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Baat koi matlab ki hai zaroor

Posted on: August 19, 2014


This article is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a 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.

One of the things I like doing, is to watch old films on youtube. In the past, there weren’t that many available but over the last few years, many more have been uploaded. Especially the ones that aren’t very easily available otherwise. For somebody like me, that is like “andhe ko kya chaahiye, do aankhen”. 🙂

Of course, watching them depends on availability of time (and connectivity/bandwidth). For example, I know Atul doesn’t watch movies that much because they take too much time. And we know he is hard-pressed for time. So he prefers just the songs. I can understand.

But I do like watching old movies, especially the black-and-white ones. So sometimes, late in the evening (after 10.30 or 11.00 p.m, when all is quiet around me), I sit back and watch the odd movie. Usually it is a Hindi movie but occasionally it is an old black-and-white Hollywood film. (I love old Cary Grant films :-))

When I watch an old Hindi film, I always watch out for the songs. They can be put in one of four categories.

First, the “known” songs that I already know are in the film, so no surprise. The fun then is to see the context in which the song is played. Sometimes the meaning gets enhanced, the lyrics begin to make much more sense.

Second, the “known” songs that I didn’t realize were in this film, so it’s a (pleasant) surprise to hear them. (The best example of this is when I saw Chhota Bhai-1966 (just for Nutan) and suddenly heard “maa mujhe apni aanchal mein chhupa le” – a song I knew right from my early childhood. I had no idea which film it was from.)

Third, “unknown” songs that I hear for the first time while watching the film, and fall in love with. There are many examples of this – one that comes to mind is the delightful SD Burman composition “sa sa sa sa re” from Naughty Boy (1962). Also, the song “bahman ho ya jaat” from Karigar (1958). When I hear such songs, I get excited and immediately check if the song has already been posted here on the blog. If not, I try to write up the song.

Fourth, “unknown” songs that I hear for the first time, and don’t manage to hold my interest. I sometimes fast-forward these.

Today’s song comes in this third category. I heard it for the first time when I watched the movie – and I quite liked it.

The film is Apradhi Kaun (1957), directed by Asit Sen (the actor) for the banner Bimal Roy Productions.

I happened to watch this film a few days ago. It is a whodunit, based on a Bengali story. Though it is supposed to be a good suspense film, sadly I managed to guess the killer right from the beginning (put it down to my experience 🙂 ) , so to that extent my fun was diluted. Having said that, I still liked the film. It is worth a watch.

The song is an Asha Bhosle club dance number “Baat koi matlab ki hai zaroor”. It is a catchy tune – and Asha’s variations when she says “baat koi matlab” are fun to listen to. :- )

The 1950s/1960s films were full of these sort of club dances – often with the song conveying some sort of message (a warning, a threat) to somebody in the audience (usually the hero), while sinister-looking people would be hanging around, often puffing a cigar or cigarette.

One of the earliest songs of this genre I can think of is the lovely “suno gajar kya gaaye” from Baazi (1951), a film that also has the lovely “tadbeer se bigdi hui taqdeer bana de” in this category.

There are many more – “babuji dheere chalna” (Aar Paar – 1954) and “mera naam chin chin choo” (Howrah Bridge – 1958), for example.

I’ve always enjoyed these songs – they’re usually lively songs, and the way the underlying message is conveyed is fun. Full credit to the lyricist who understand the situation and writes a song to match it.

This song “baat koi matlab ki” is picturised on Lillian (Lilly in the film) who is suspected by the detective, Abhi Bhattacharya, of knowing something about the murder that has taken place. She is a dancer in a club. So he visits it, with the intention of questioning her.

It’s a fun song – and I liked it the moment I heard it.

I hope you like it too.

Audio

Video

Song-Baat koi matlab ki hai zaroor (Apraadhi Kaun)(1957) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Majrooh sultanpuri, MD-Sali Chaudhary

Lyrics

yeah

Baat koi matlab ki hai zaroor
nahin to kab aate idhar huzoor
baat koi matlab ki hai zaroor
nahin to kab aate idhar huzoor
kyun ho ji
ghabraaye
sar jhukaaye
sharmaaye
kyun ho ji
ghabraaye
sar jhukaaye
sharmaaye
hum gareebon mein aaye
thhaa tumhe to bada guroor
baat koi matlab ki hai zaroor
nahin to kab aate idhar huzoor
baat koi matlab ki hai zaroor
nahin to kab aate idhar huzoor

kuchh karte aur kuchh kehte
hum kabhi aise nahin thhe
kuchh karte aur kuchh kehte
hum kabhi aise nahin thhe
haan jee ultey tum hi thhe
dilbari ke nashe mein choor
baat koi matlab ki hai zaroor
nahin to kab aate idhar huzoor
baat koi matlab ki hai zaroor
nahin to kab aate idhar huzoor

yeah

koi jeete koi haare
ye to duniya hai pyaare
koi jeete koi haare
ye to duniya hai pyaare
paas aao hamaare
kaahe baithhe ho itne door
baat koi matlab ki hai zaroor
nahin to kab aate idhar huzoor
baat koi matlab ki hai zaroor
nahin to kab aate idhar huzoor

7 Responses to "Baat koi matlab ki hai zaroor"

Raja ji,

Thanks for posting this song.
Apradhi kaun was one of my favourite films and I must have seen it 4-5 times at least,including re-runs.
The story line,direction,acting,comedy and the music were very good.Comedian Kumud Tripathi (Abhi’s asstt.) came into limelight only after this film. There were 2 songs shot on him. One is already posted here,but the more interesting song’ phir wohi raat hai phir wohi hai darr’ is still due here.
I am also happy that you made it clear that the Director was Asit Sen the actor. Most sites and writers mistakenly credit this film to the other Asit Sen,who was only a Director and not actor. Actor Asit Sen had also directed another good film,’Pariwaar’-1956.
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Indeed the other song “phir wohi dard hai” is still not posted. And it is a fantastic song. Total fun. I think I will post it in the next few days. 🙂

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Dear Raja Hello.

I very much like your article because I also use to to watch old films for the fun to know the song that comes in catagory 2 and 3.It is really a great pleasure if a song appears that either u had not heard earlier and u liked it or you had heard the song but were unaware that the song is from this film. I had enjoyed watching film Milap( N Dutta ) and to my surprise it had so many songs I did not know were from this movie like1.Bachna zara ye zamana hai bura 2.Humse bhi kar lo kabhi kabhi to 3.Jaate ho to jaao par jaoge kahan 4.Piya khul ke na nain milaye re and last but not least Ye baharon ka sama .

These days I am not watching movies ( i may restart after your article) but I receive Whatsup clipping of old songs from my friend circle.Recently I recd songs from 2nd category like Lata song Kabhi to aa kabhi to aa from movie Patrani ( Shanker Jaikishen) Gore gore hathon mein mehndi laga ke nainon mein kajra dal ke from Parineeta and Talat/Lata song aye meri zindgi tujhe dhoondo kahan
from movie Adle Jahangir and composer is Husan Lal Bhafat Ram and my most favourite category is 3rd one where u hear song ist time and like it. In this category is Lata Rafi duet Sun to lo mera afsaana chahe pyar karo chahe thukra do from movie Raat ki Rani and composer is Hans Raj Behal.Another fun that challenge my knowledge is then to guess who are the composers of these songs.I had sleepless nights in guessing the composer of song Gore gore haathoh mein. Ultimately I went to UT and found the name of composer was Arun Kumar Mukherji who is unknow to me.

Ashok Mehta, New Delhi

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Raja,
I will advise our bloggers to watch UTube movies not on our PC or Laptop where you have to sit up for hours on end, but on your smart TV’s big screen lying down at home. Some of the TVs have inbuilt internet and hence has UTube also.
But if your flat TV does not have one then you can have wi-fi connections which will serve your PC/Laptop and TV; plug LAN dongle into your TV. Presto you can enjoy B/W movies on big screen like 29/42/55 inch TVs
Or other option is to connect your PC/Laptop/Tablet to TV through HDMI cable. You don’t have to spend a lot of money buying a new computer, you can always buy a cheap tablet PC or your smartphone with HDMI output and connect to TV.
Regarding your take on FFwording unknown songs; we tend to forget that the songs which we like very much were the songs which we did not like at first hearing. Why you a like a particular song is because you have heard it number of times creating empathy for the song; here the phrase familiarity breed…does not apply but familiarity breaths popularity. So the so-called unknown remains so because we do not take the effort to hear it even once. I remember the song hontho pe aisi baat from JT was rejected by the viewers in Kohinoor theatre, Dadar but later on it caught on like fire.

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You are right, Nitinji. That is why I use FF sparingly. Every song is the product of a lot of effort – whether it is successful or not, is something else. Very good point you’ve made. Thank you.

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Arun Kumar Deshmukh

Great to read your comments on Apradhi Kaun and was thrilled to read about actor Kumud Tripathi,I saw this movie at Liberty, New Delhi on a Sunday morning show ( 9 am show).I am so happy that you can pick and talk for KT.My immediate memory of this actor was a song picturised on him, composed by Khayyam from Mohabbat Isko kehte Hain” Itna husn pe huzoor na garoor keejiye,”

Ashol Mehta, New Delhi
8447770133

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Raja ji,
In the pre Doordarshan days, after the Durga Puja, a few old Hindi and Bengali movies were shown in the local clubs by the puja organizers. I remember seeing this movie in the 60s in one such Pandals. Thanks for the song and reviving old memories.

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