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Shukriya aapki inaayat ka

Posted on: July 18, 2014

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Atul Song-A-Day 10K Song Milestone Celebrations – 35
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In our series of introduction posts, now we reach a very special person indeed ! Formally named Greta Kaemmer, she is known to us all as just Memsaab.

Today, when I take a pause and look back, I can clearly see one important turning point for the blog, which arrived thanks to Memsaab. The date was 29 november, 2008, when Greta discovered the song blog. She was kind enough to write an article about this blog in her blog titled- “I am in love”.
She wrote

NOVEMBER 29, 2008
I’m in love…
with this blog. Go there now. Be prepared to spend an entire day there (at least). It is chock full of beautiful Hindi film songs, from all eras, with links to YouTube and—best of all—the lyrics transliterated for us non-Hindi script readers, sometimes (early posts) accompanied by English translated lyrics also. It’s truly a labor of love by Atul and a must-see for anyone who enjoys filmi songs (and who reading this doesn’t?).

Wah! wah! Atul! And he’s promised that he will start doing the English translations again too. So let’s make it worth his while!

Edited to add: In my enthusiasm I forgot to mention that he also has wide-ranging knowledge on singers, music directors, lyricists, film history and all kinds of other interesting tid-bits that he includes in his posts. Okay, I’m done. Go there now.

I feel extremely grateful to Greta for giving publicity to the blog. We all know what a celebrity can do to a product when he/she endorses it. Greta was that celebrity for this blog.

Her endorsement helped gain me the much needed traffic of visitors from her blog and elsewhere. Quite a few of these new visitors became regulars and later contributors and helped in taking the blog forward.

Not just these visitors, Greta herself was kind enough to become a regular visitor and a contributor to the blog. And her articles had interesting nuggets of information that only she could have dug up. It was through one of her articles that we became aware of the fact that Helen had a brother who also worked in Hindi movies. And she has the ability to observe so many things in a song that to most mortals may appear an otherwise unremarkable song.

Greta has championed the cause of the small time actors in a big way. So much so that lesser known dancers like Bela Bose, Laxmi Chhaaaya, Edwina etc are finally getting recognition mainly thanks to the efforts of Memsaab. I unabashedly admit that I was not aware of the names of many of these lesser known actors before I read about them in Memsaab’s blog.

Memsaab has shown us how to enjoy movies even when they seem to lack the ability to entertain us. Seen through the eyes of Memsaab, there is hardly any movie that does not seem entertaining. She is a perfect salesperson for Hindi movies (especially the B grade movies). I have found her reviews far more entertaining than the movies themselves. And once you read her reviews, they you become aware of the entertaining highlights of the movie. Much of these entertaining highlights may be less by design and more by chance though. And the fact that memsaab gets to watch many of these movies on DVD with dodgy sub titles provides a big source of hilarity for her as well as her readers.

“Nahin face” and “purdah lite” are two of the several terms that Memsaab has coined. She undertook an enormous task of making a list of lesser known actors alongwith their photographs. Thanks to this initiative, many of these lesser known actors have become known to the present generation of movie lovers for the first time.

Memsaab has been a frequent visitor to India. In one of her earlier visit, she participated as a special guest in a Filmy quiz programme called “Bollywood ka Boss” (shot in late 2007 and aired in 2008) and she actually replied every question correctly that the host Boman Irani threw at her.

She has developed some good contacts in Hindi movie industry. And thanks to them, she managed to fulfil a major aspiration that she had- viz meeting her idol Shammi Kapoor. In her subsequent visits she has met some more well known Bollywood personalities.

Her other favourite actors include names like Rajesh Khanna, Mumtaz, Dara Singh, Asha Parekh, Helen etc. Among oldtimers, she finds Chandramohan and Prithviraj Kapoor as irresistible. A series of articles appeared in an Hindi newspaper about Chandramohan and I sent her the translation of these articles.

Once I located a delightful B grade movie called “Smuggler” and sent it to her for her review. She was kind enough to review it in her own inimitable style.

Memsaab has been featured in a few Indian publications, such as this and this.

Many talented bloggers have rallied around her and have created some badly needed resources, viz DVDs of forgotten movies with proper sub titles (under the name of EDU productions). These have qualities that far exceed the “quality” offered by any official DVD retailers.

Memsaab has a great sense of humour (as can be seen from her articles). She has tremendous patience and open mindedness as can be seen in her willingness to learn and master an entirely alien art form belonging to a land half the world away from her country.

Another of her qualities that I find so endearing is her love for pets, especially dogs. Her pets have a world wide fan following and many of us mourned when one of her pet passed away. And she mourned the demise of my cat. She wrote an article on anipals in her blog and dedicated that article to me. Likewise, I too have written a few articles on my pets and I always look forward to Memsaab’s comments on these articles. And she, in uncharacteristic glee has made comments like “” whenever I have written about my pets.

As a token of affection and gratitute, here is a song from “Chaalbaaz” (1969). This song is sung by Rafi and Asha Bhonsle. It is picturised on Dara Singh and a lady who could be Sanjana (I request our knowledgeable readers to help identify her).

Farooque Kaiser is the lyricist. Music is composed by the music director trio of Lala Asar Sattar.



Song-Shukria aapki inaayat ka (Chaalbaaz)(1969) Singers-Rafi, Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Farooque Kaiser, MD-Lala Asar Sattar


hmm hmm
hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm
aa aa
aa ha ha ha ha

Shukriya aapki inaayat ka
meharbaan shukriya
Shukriya aapki sharaarat ka
meharbaan shukriya
Shukriya aapki inaayat ka
meharbaan shukriya
Shukriya aapki sharaarat ka
meharbaan shukriya

aap ki raahon mein dil hai
shauk se thukraaiye
aur kya khidmat karoon main
jaaneman farmaaiyem
hosh kehta hai ??
takti rahoon
pyaar ki zid hai magar is aag mein jal jaaiye
zara ban ke
tan tan ke
haaye zara ban ke
tan tan ke
ye adaayen sataaye
khuda ki kasam
Shukriya aapki sharaarat ka
meharbaan shukriya
Shukriya aapki inaayat ka
meharbaan shukriya
ha ha

beqaraari intezaari pyaar ak anjaam hai
chain hai na palbhar
raat ko aaraam hai

aapki hi hi den hain
zara chhup ke
niraala sanam
Shukriya aapki sharaarat ka
meharbaan shukriya
Shukriya aapki inaayat ka
meharbaan shukriya

12 Responses to "Shukriya aapki inaayat ka"

WOW. She is Memsaab in the real and every sense. Great Greta Greatest.
Sanjana or is it Meenakshi?


It is SANJANA, she is the one who lip syncs for the song of Zanjeer(1973)”Deewane hain deewanon ko na ghar chahiye”as a street dancer(with Gulshan Bawra) and also there in Tahir hussain`s Carvan(1971) as one of the banjara dancers with Jeetendra,Asha parekh.And there in Nasir Hussain`s Yaadon ki baraat(1973)as character artiste


Ah, an intro to Greta! Or Memsaab, as she is lovingly known to all those familiar with her amazing blog. 🙂

Her contribution to popularising Hindi cinema, especially the lesser-known yesteryear movies and lesser-known actors, is immense. A bit like Atul bringing lesser-known yesteryear songs to the fore, through this blog. 🙂

Like Atul, even I have learnt of many lesser-known actors only through her blog. There were so many of these faces “torturing” me from my childhood. 🙂 I couldn’t put a name to a face, till memsaab came into the picture and “did the needful”. 🙂

I have had the good fortune of meeting her – she is really a wonderful person to know. Tremendous sense of humour and very warm-hearted.

Am glad she has also written a post for this occasion. What fun this occasion is – bringing everybody together. 🙂


I am one of those people who found Atul’s blog through Memsaab’s blog. There was a time when I used to be an avid blog hopper. That is, I would go through the blogroll of a good blog and try to discover some good blogs to follow.

Greta’s blog yielded some really good blogs that I could follow.

Some of my best friends today are the people who hung out on Greta’s blog. Harvey, Reeba, Raja, Madhu, Archu. And so many of others that I met through her blog.

Your post is SO SPOT ON. You have described Greta perfectly. I love the deep compassion she has for others which shows in her writing. I always say that the warmth of her heart shows in the way she describes the movies she writes about.

I am lucky to have met her and Greg for a little while in October 2013. She was returning to Mumbai from Shimla and had stopped at Chandigarh for her flight. I had just returned from US and was severely jetlagged. But it was really great to meet her.



Atul ji,

Thanks a lot for ‘ introducing ‘ Memsaab to our readers.Most of the visitors to this Blog are aware of Memsaab and the new ones would know now.

I was very fortunate in being a Guest writer on her Blog twice,once in December 2011,when I interviewed Bhudo Advani’s son and then again in January 2013, when I interviewed actor/singer Parshuram’s daughter.

I found her extremely helpful,cordial,jovial and very very enthusiastic about anything connected with older films and artistes of Hindi films.

I would not have believed this ,if anyone had told me about her before I found out about her Blog,that an American lady writes about Hindi films and is an expert on things concerning the old films and artistes.

She truly is an exceptional person.

I am a regular visitor and commenter on her Blog,though I find less activity there since past an year or so.

The kind of work Memsab has done for Hindi film history is very laudable and we should be grateful (Gretaful ?) to her for her efforts.

Her fan following is huge and most of the people who put comments on her Blog are highly informed people. Many times I learnt so many things from their comments. Needless to say that they write because she encourages and appreciates them.

Sometimes whenever I find free time,I go to her Blog and start reading the comments section,as if reading a book of information.

Thank you,Memsaab,for what you did and are doing and hope will continue doing in future,for the genuine lovers of old Hindi films.



This is a ‘gratitude’ song. Tag is needed.


Thank Atulji.. Had visited her blog earlier. Happy to know more about Greta Memsaab. Thank for her immense contribution.


Wow, what an introduction to the most likable person. Her posts crank me up always, end up laughing so much. Keep up the good work Greta!


Well chosen song. Dara Singh is one of her favourites, isn’t it?


Wow…I am so touched, honestly. I am the one who is so lucky to have discovered a world and people that I might never have in another age. Hindi movies and the music in them have enriched my life immensely, as have those of you I have “met” (in person and online). I love all of you. Congratulations on this great milestone! Wah! Wah!


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