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Ab to muskuraaiye

Posted on: September 23, 2013


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

If one is asked to select the most impish naughtiness on the Hindi film screen, one would be hard pressed to choose between two names. One of them is Geeta Bali, a prodigal performer that the industry lost in 1965, at an unbelievably young age – just 35 years.

And the second name is Tanuja. A name that brings to mind such memorable films as ‘Hamaari Yaad Aayegi’ (1961), ‘Bahaaren Phir Bhi Aayengi’ (1966), ‘Gustaakhi Maaf’ (1969), ‘Pavitra Paapi’ (1970), ‘Anubhav’ (1971), ‘Mere Jeevan Saathi’ (1972), and ‘Imtihaan’ (1974). Also known for her roles of poignant restraint and maturity, her performances in the 1960s and 70s are better known for effortless humor and her ability to inject an exuberant vivacity into the scenes where she is present in the frame.

Wishing Tanuja ji a very happy 70th birthday. Born this day in 1943, of unquestionable pedigree, the evidence of which is carried forward into the next generations also. The complete family tree would involve the Samarth family on one side and the Mukherjee clan on the other. That represents an illustrious family graphic, on par with the best known lineages in the industry, that does not need any more elaboration.

But of course, it is not because of this pedigree that she is what she is. Her own brand of sparkle and energy has been her signature self that made her the principal comedienne leading lady in the 1960s and 70s. As I leaf through my memory chronicles, I remember my very first image of her where I am able to identify her, and recall with a relish her double role in the film ‘Gustaakhi Maaf’ (1969). I had seen this film on Doordarshan as a child, and the hilarious confusion of twin sisters separated at birth (a la Comedy of Errors, ‘Do Dooni Chaar’ and ‘Angoor’) was a fantastic treat of mirth and laughter for this pre teen kid. For ages after that, I have been searching for this film, but it seemed to have spun away into some black hole. (It is only this year, a few months back, that I have been able to locate a copy of this film from a friend, and it is now available online also.) You can imagine the whooshing yahoo that I felt when I got hold of this film again, and viewed it eagerly. The entire experience was completely intact. The combination of Tanuja, Sanjeev Kumar and yes, Sujit Kumar – who has also fared very well in the comic role – is just a series of side splitting situations one after the other. The dead pan humor of
Sanjeev Kumar and the completely fresh and incisive vitality of Tanuja, have made this a memorable comedy in my books.

I am tempted to and I will do it. Reproduced below is a paragraph from my earlier write up on another song from this film “Aisa Gussa Na Kijiye Huzoor”

Of all the breezy and quickturn ladies on the Hindi screen, I would score Tanuja as the one who is the best comedienne. Well, accounting for Geeta Bali surely; I would like to acknowledge that. 🙂 The mere presence of Tanuja on the screen, generally means some mischief, some trouble, some quick fire exchange, and a lot of smiles and laughter. Not that she has not done more steady and serious situations on the screen. But that she just excels in the mischief department. It is just all there in her eyes and her smiles. And there is none who can do that better.

After that viewing on Doordarshan, whenever I would chance to see her face in a film ad, or a film poster, I would add that film to my list of must-view films. Her portrayal of the younger sister in the household, in ‘Do Dooni Chaar’ is simply marvelous. From ‘Bahaaren Phir Bhi Aayengi’, I vividly remember the scene when she takes off after Deven Verma when it is revealed that he had played a prank on her regarding her exam results. And of course, the song “Koi Keh De Keh De Keh De Zamaane Se Jaa Ke”, simply inimitable. Sometime later when I would see ‘Jewel Thief’, again the memories of the song “Raat Akeli Hai, Bujh Gaye Diye” are simply marvelous. Here is a performer who has the knack of going from lowest octave of expressions, to the highest, in a fraction of a second. Just the eyes – a blink, a flicker, and a killing sideways glance; just the face – a smile, a twitch, a growl; she is able to bind together a bevy of expressions into tiny fractions of time, as they press on one after the other, and the line of the song is delivered, before you know it is –one is so consumed in following the rushing expressions one after the other.

Sample the song – “Baag Mein Kali Khili Bagiyaa Mehki” (‘Chaand Aur Suraj’, 1965); this song is an enamoring favorite from the radio listening days, and it was many years later that I would get to see this song in video, and realize, wow, yes, this song is only possible for her to do.

The song in this post is from the comedy of errors – ‘Do Dooni Chaar’. In this film, Tanuja gets to perform three wonderfully lively and chirpy songs that are simply a treat to watch. One of them, “Aisa Gussa Na Kijiye Huzoor” is already showcased here. This is the second of her solos, while the third waits in the wings to be posted.

The film is a Bimal Roy Production, directed by Debu Sen. The lyrics are crafted by Gulzar. Just listening to the choice and flow of words, one can make a fair guess, this has to be his handiwork. Music is by Hemant Kumar, and the singing voice of all the three solos in this film, is that of Ranu Mukherjee.

Another note that I add to this post. Last night as I was preparing the write ups for today, I had a bit of miscalculation fog up my plans. I was under the impression that I was still two short of my 600th post, whereas it actually was one short. So I merrily sent in the Mukesh song with Trilok Kapoor write up as the first one for today, and this Tanuja write was to be the 600th offering – inviting one and all to an indulgent treat of smiles and laughter – “Ab To Muskuraaiye”. 🙂 🙂

And so, after the posting of the Mukesh song early morning, I get this phone call – yes, not an email, but a phone call, all the way from California. Khyati Behn is calling in with congratulations and her brand of chirpiness, and I realize my miscalculation. I did not let her know at that time, but now I reveal this faux pas on my part. 😀 😀

And then later in the day as I finalize this write up, I am thinking, it is all for the good, because this is the 601st post and that is an auspicious number in itself. So, all the more better. Bringing in smiles and laughter and the Tanuja brand of on screen antics, here is this wonderful song dedication to her on her 70th.

Be prosperous, healthy and live long. 🙂

Audio

Video

Song-Ab to muskuraaiye (Do Dooni Chaar)(1968) Singer-Ranu Mukherji, Lyrics-Gulzar, MD-Hemant Kumar

Lyrics

ab to muskuraaiye
muskuraaiye zaraa
aap ki sharaaraten gul khilaa chuki
aur koi gul khilaaiye
muskuraaiye
please
ab to muskuraaiye
muskuraaiye zaraa
aap ki sharaaraten gul khilaa chuki
aur koi gul khilaaiye
muskuraaiye

sau chalen sunaar ki
ek hi janaab ki
sau chalen sunaar ki
ek hi janaab ki
aap se khudaa panaah maang le
ho sakey to wo galey mein taang le
aap sa namoona kaise ban gayaa
taaliyaan
taaliyaan
taaliyaan taaliyaan
mil ke taaliyaan bajaaiye
muskuraaiye
pleeeese
ab to muskuraaiye
muskuraaiye zaraa
aap ki sharaaraten gul khilaa chuki
aur koi gul khilaaiye
muskuraaiye

chaahiye qaraar to
beqaraar kijiye
chaahiye qaraar to
beqaraar kijiye
chaahne ke qaaede ajeeb hain
door ho ke dekhiye qareeb hain
roothiye to rooth kar manaaiye
aaiye
aaiye
aaiye aaiye
ek baar paas aaiye
muskuraaiye
ab to muskuraaiye
muskuraaiye zaraa
aap ki sharaaraten gul khilaa chuki
aur koi gul khilaaiye
muskuraaiye

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
———————————————
अब तो मुस्कुराइए
मुस्कुराइए ज़रा
आप की शरारतें गुल खिला चुकीं
और कोई गुल खिलाइए
मुस्कुराइए
प्लीज
अब तो मुस्कुराइए
मुस्कुराइए ज़रा
आप की शरारतें गुल खिला चुकीं
और कोई गुल खिलाइए
मुस्कुराइए

सौ चलें सुनार की
एक ही जनाब की
सौ चलें सुनार की
एक ही जनाब की
आप से खुदा पनाह मांग ले
हो सके तो वो गले में टांग ले
आप सा नमूना कैसे बन गया
तालियाँ
तालियाँ
तालियाँ तालियाँ
मिल के तालियाँ बजाइए
मुस्कुराइए
प्लीज
अब तो मुस्कुराइए
मुस्कुराइए ज़रा
आप की शरारतें गुल खिला चुकीं
और कोई गुल खिलाइए
मुस्कुराइए

चाहिए करार तो
बेक़रार कीजिये
चाहिए करार तो
बेक़रार कीजिये
चाहने के कायदे अजीब हैं
दूर हो के देखिये करीब हैं
रूठिए तो रूठ कर मनाइये
आइये
आइये
आइये आइये
एक बार पास आइये
मुस्कुराइए
अब तो मुस्कुराइए
मुस्कुराइए ज़रा
आप की शरारतें गुल खिला चुकीं
और कोई गुल खिलाइए
मुस्कुराइए

5 Responses to "Ab to muskuraaiye"

Sudhirji, hearty congratultions on reaching the milestone. What a write-up, I think I don’t have to say this as it is always the same case with you. You write with such clarity and piece together so many fragments that your writing is as lively as the heroines discussed here.
Atulji – thank you very much for the treat that this blog is 🙂

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Aparna ji,

Thanks so much for your message of appreciation. Words, such as yours, is the encouragement tonic for me. 🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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Tanuja was pixie little chit of a girl reminding me of Audrey Hepburn. She also styled herself like her. He was chulbuli, elfin, fay and sprite.
She can lift the spirit anytime anywhere.
I still feel Angoor was the best adaption. Amazingly Sanjeev figured in both the adaption. Could be a record of sort.
Ranu’s song was very popular . Her husky was superb. She could well have sung some cabere numbers. Not to be. What a shame.

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Sudhirji,
Very sparkling write up for one of the LIVE actresses of Hindi Cinema. I had always been partial to Geeta Bali for this category (to tell you the truth, I am still today), till I saw Bahaaren Phir Bhi Ayengi on Doordarshan. The first film that saw of her was Haathi Mere Saathi. Then Pavitra Papi, Anubhav, Mere Jeewan Saathi, Bachpan, etc. It was Jeene Ki Raah which I enjoyed the most. Just like Koi kehde zamaane se jaake…. of BPBA, Aap mujhe achhe lagne lage…. and Aa mere humjoli aa…. of Jeene Ki Raah are my favs.
Thanks for the post.

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Khyati ji,

Very welcome, I am glad you liked the post. 🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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