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Kuchh aankh mili kuchh paisa milaa

Posted on: November 8, 2013


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

It is a well known fact to all those interested in Hindi film music of golden era that Mohammed Rafi regarded G M Durrani as his idol. In the initial period of his singing career starting with his public and private performances, Mohammed Rafi used to imitate the singing style of G M Durrani. In the later 40s, as he started getting assignments for playback singing in Hindi films, somewhere during this period, he developed his own style of singing. Perhaps to some extent, credit should go to the music directors like Naushad, Husnlal-Bhagatram and Shyam Sundar who groomed him suitably in the initial stage of his playback singing. Later, with the popularity of his songs in ‘Baiju Bawra’ (1952), he reached the stage of ‘take off into a sustained growth’ in his playback singing carrier. The rest is history.

On the other hand, G M Durrani’s playback singing career had reached the plateau by late 40s and by 1950-51, his carrier was on the downward sloping curve. On the top of it, he decided in 1951 not to sing for the films after return from Haj pilgrimage. This decision to some extent gave opportunity for other male playback singers especially Mohammed Rafi who had, by that time, created a niche for himself in Hindi film industry. Despite his astonish success, Mohammed Rafi continued to regard GM Durrani as his inspiration. Probably not wanting his idol to remain incognito in Hindi film industry, with his persuasive skill, Mohammed Rafi could bring back Durrani to sing in Hindi films. But by that time, it was too late. In the Hindi film industry, the maxim ‘out of sight out of mind’ is very much true.

I was interested in knowing as to how many songs Mohammed Rafi had sung with his idol G M Durrani. After searching for such songs in the excel sheet of Mohammed Rafi’s songs and also on http://www.myswar.com , I found that there were 13 such songs as detailed below:

Sr No. Songs Film Singers Lyricist Music Director
1 Aji dil ho qaaboo mein to Village Girl (1945) Durrani-Rafi & Chorus Wali Sahab Shyam Sundar
2. Sakhi ki khair tere baba ki khair Laila Majnu (1945) Durrani, Khan Mastana, Rafi & Chorus Tanvir Naqvi Govindram
3. Aashiqon ka kaafila Sassi Punnu (1946) Durrani, Rafi & Chorus I C Kapoor Gobindram
4. Koltar mein rang de Shikaayat (1948) Durrani, Khan Mastana, Rafi, Aslam Jaan Nisar Akhtar Rashid Atre
5. Laara lapaa laara lapaa laai rakhdaa Ek Thi Ladki (1949) Lata, Durrani, Rafi Aziz Kashmiri Vinod
6. khabar kisi ko nahin wo kidhar ko dekhte hain Beqasoor (1950) Durrani, Rafi, Mukesh Aarzoo Lucknowi Anil Biswas
7. Do din ki zindagi hai Ajeeb Ladki (1952) Rafi, Durrani, Shamshad Shakeel Badayuni Ghulam Mohammed
8. Wo jo aa rahi hai ghar mein Anand Bhawan (1953) Rafi-Durrani Raja Mehdi Ali Khan Vasant Desai
9. Kuchh aankh mili kuchh paisa mila Musafirkhana (1955) Rafi-Durrani Majrooh Sultanpuri O P Nayyar
10 Hamko hanste dekh zamaana jalta hai Ham Sab Chor Hain (1956) Rafi-Durrani Majrooh Sultanpuri O P Nayyar
11 Aye ishq isse barbaad na kar Zara Bachke (1959) Rafi-Durrani-Nirmala Raja Mehdi Ali Khan Nashad
12 Hamne circus mein naukari kar li Tarzan Meraa Saathi (1974) Rafi-Durrani NA Shankar-Jaikishan
13 O balle balle sardar ji di gal suno Tarzan Meraa Saathi (1974) Rafi-Durrani NA Shankar-Jaikishan

Interestingly, Mohammed Rafi’s first recorded song in Hindi film was from Village Girl (1945) mentioned at Sr. No. 1 in the above list which happened to be a duet with his idol G M Durrani. However, Rafi’s first released Hindi film song was ‘Hindustan ke hum hai Hindustan hamaara’ from ‘Pehle Aap’ (1944). Of the 13 songs of Mohammed Rafi with G M Durrani listed above, 4 songs have been covered in the blog. Audio/Video clips of a few of these songs are not available on the websites as of now.

I have chosen for discussion one of Rafi-Durrani duets ‘kuchh aankh mili kuchh paisa mila’ from MUSAAFIRKHAANA (1955) set to music by O P Nayyar. The song is picturised on Karan Dewan and Johny Walker with Rafi and Durrani giving playback for them respectively. It is a fun song with Majrooh Sultanpuri’s playful words. The stanzas meant for Johny Walker contains some Bambaiyya words. Since I have been so much used to watching Johny Walker’s songs with Rafi’s voice, it was difficult for me to pinpoint which playback singer was singing for whom in the video clip. In fact, I see very little difference in the voices of Rafi and Durrani in the video clip. Probably, for a change, Durrani may have decided to sing for Johny Walker in Rafi style :). While the audio clip of the song has four stanzas, the partial video clip of the song has only 3 stanzas of which the last stanza is not included in the audio clip.

Enjoy the fun song.

Audio Clip

Partial Video Clip

Song-Kuchh aankh mili kuchh paisa mila (Musaafirkhaana)(1955) Singers-Rafi, G M Durrani, Lyrics-Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD-O P Nayyar
Both

Lyrics(based on audio clip)
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kuchh aankh mili kuchh paisa milaa
hamen dilbar dekhiye kaisa milaa
kuchh aankh mili kuchh paisa milaa
hamen dilbar dekhiye kaisa milaa

yoon to sab ke sanam hain jaan e jigar
kismat ke dhani laakhon hain magar
yoon to sab ke sanam hain jaan e jigar
kismat ke dhani laakhon hain magar
na milega kahin hamen jaisa milaa
hamen dilbar dekhiye kaisa milaa
kuchh aankh mili kuchh paisa milaa
hamen dilbar dekhiye kaisa milaa

utthh naach mere dil saath mere
zara jhoom ke ab din apne phire
utthh naach mere dil saath mere
zara jhoom ke ab din apne phire
taqdeer khuli sanam aisaa milaa
hamen dilbar dekhiye kaisa milaa
kuchh aankh mili kuchh paisa milaa
hamen dilbar dekhiye kaisa milaa

hamra shaadi bane aisi chaal chalo
koi uska mummy se jaa ke milo
hamra shaadi bane aisi chaal chalo
koi uska mummy se jaa ke milo
ho god ye gham hamko kaisa milaa

hamen dilbar dekhiye kaisa milaa
kuchh aankh mili kuchh paisa milaa
hamen dilbar dekhiye kaisa milaa

wai kho abhi aachaa thaa tum
wo abhi kyaa ho gaya
wo aapan ban jaayega kyun majnu ka chachaa
wai abhi aachaa thaa tum
wo abhi kyaa ho gaya
wo aapan ban jaayega kyun majnu ka chachaa
wai abhi aachaa thaa tum
wo ye deewana log hamko kaisa milaa

hamen dilbar dekhiye kaisa milaa

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Lyrics (based on partial video clip)
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kuchh aankh mili kuchh paisa milaa
hamen dilbar dekhiye kaisa milaa
kuchh aankh mili kuchh paisa milaa
hamen dilbar dekhiye kaisa milaa

youn to sab ke sanam hai jaan e jigar
kismat ke dhani laakhon hain magar
youn to sab ke sanam hai jaan e jigar
kismat ke dhani laakhon hain magar
na milega kahi hamen jaisa milaa
hamen dilbar dekhiye kaisa milaa
kuchh aankh mili kuchh paisa milaa
hamen dilbar dekhiye kaisa milaa

Bambai mein idhar Paris mein udhar
apun jaisa sanam nahi hoyenga kidhar
Bambai mein idhar Paris mein udhar
apun jaisa sanam nahi hoyenga kidhar
nahi hoyenga kidhar hamko jaisa milaa

hamen dilbar dekhiye kaisa milaa
kuchh aankh mili kuchh paisa milaa
hamen dilbar dekhiye kaisa milaa

6 Responses to "Kuchh aankh mili kuchh paisa milaa"

Kamath ji,

There are 2 points.
1. As per the interview taken by shri Rajnikumar Pandya and published in his book,”Aap ki Parchhaiyan”, G M Durani has said that he has sung more than 100 duets with Mohd. Rafi. His actual words in Hindi were ” aur aanewale saalon mein itni jagahon par unhon ne meri sifarish kee,ki kamse kam sau,Ded sau duet maine unke saath gaayen” (a cursory browsing thru HFGK showed me more than 25 songs,the details were not noted by me,though.)

2. Durani stopped singing in 1971 only. His last song was from ‘Lal Pathar”.
The 2 songs you mentioned in above table ,as from ‘Tarzan mera Saathi”-1974 are actually from film “Lahore-1949”. They have been reused in this film.
This fact is clearly mentioned in Hindi Film Geet kosh. One can always check Lahore songs and confirm this fact. This is one song in divided parts.

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I do not have HFGK. So I relied on the information from the sources mentioned in my article. Only one out of two songs of ‘Tarzan Meraa Saathi (1974) has been shown under ‘Lahore'(1949) in http://www.myswar.com that too as a solo by G M Durrani. Since your source is HFGK, I take it to be correct.

But I am really surprised that Mohammed Rafi had sung more than 100 songs with G M Durrani.

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Sadanand kamath ji,
Even in HFGK,the Lahore song is shown as a solo of Durani only.

Further,even I have doubts about Durani’s claim that he sang 100-150 duets with Rafi that too after ‘Hum sab chor hain’-56.

As per records available,Durani sang 500+ songs from 1941 to 1950 and from 1951 to 1971,he sang only 60+ songs in 47 films.
So,where is the question of singing 100-150 duets with Rafi ?
Post 1951,his most duets were with Shamshad and Asha.

As far as the interview is concerned,I guess this is a case of lapse of memory by an aged artiste. This is very common. Nowadays you find this phenomena with even Lata ji.

I have checked every page of HFGK upto 1957-from 1951 onwards and find that with Rafi he had only 4 duets. Then I stopped.His duets were more with others .

-AD

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Thanks for your further research on the subject. This has saved my time and affords. I was completely flabbergasted by Durrani’s claim.

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Sorry for typo. I meant ‘efforts’ and not ‘affords’.

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Sadnand ji,

Thanks for this fun song, that surely seems to be more than it is. With the video version seemingly incomplete, I wonder whether there would be another stanza that may be same as one of the audio version, or maybe different.

Sure seems a strange sound with Rafi in playback and Johnny Walker on screen, and Johnny Walker not lip syncing Rafi.

Rgds
Sudhir

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