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Rakhna dil mein dil ki baat

Posted on: April 8, 2015

This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in If this article appears in sites like and etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.


Today’s song is from a film called Garma garam-57 which makes its Debut on the Blog today. You may wonder why this 1957 film did not have even one of its songs posted here,so far. The answer is,this film was an outright B grade film with second level actors and its Music Director was a talented composer without much luck. Therefore,in spite of having some very good songs,the film did not get ay recognition. It went as it came, without anyone noticing. Too many comedy actors were stuffed in the cast- Agha, Gope, Omprakash, Bhagwan, Maruti, Haarun, Chhota Gope and Indira Bansal. The film industry is replete with examples of films becoming flops when so many comedians act in one film (exceptions like’ Bombay to Goa” etc are also there though)’.

In 1957, in the crowd of excellent musical films, a film , in order to be noticed needed to be either exceedingly lucky or having superb music. Garma Garam had none, that is why it was dropped by the audience like a Garma Garam Potato ! The film was described as a Stunt film. I don’t know what stunts these comedians did in it. There were 11 songs in the film. I have heard about 5 songs from this movie and was reasonably pleased with its music. Unfortunately, a person with bad luck nullifies all other good points around him. Poor Vinod, though a very talented composer, could never be counted among the Top grade maestros. He always got only B or C grade films. Even then some of the extraordinary songs he created in such movies are a testimony to his Genius.’The song “Lara lappa” from film ‘Ek Thi Ladki ‘-1949 alone was enough to engrave Vinod’s name in HFM history !

Bombay film industry can swing in extremes. At times it can be very generous and at others very cruel. It bows its head before you, if you have a big nametag or a big name God-father backing you solidly behind you and more often it refuses to acknowledge your genius. Bombay film industry certainly did not give what was due to some brilliant music directors like Shyam Sunder, Vinod, Sajjad Hussain, Alla Rakha, Khursheed Anwar, Hans Raj Behl and Sardar Malik to name a few.Bombay film industry deserted Husn Lal and Bhagat Ram, when they were at their creative best. Even the acclaimed greats like Anil Biswas and Madan Mahan did not get their rightful due, compared to some lesser but luckierr artists in the field.

Music Director Vinod’s real name was Eric Roberts, but for film industry he chose a more familiar and shorter name “Vinod”. This was revealed by one of his sons-in-law Kelly Mistry, who is married to his daughter Veera Roberts. His other daughter’s name is Veena Roberts (after marriage Veena Solomon).

According to Vonod’s son-in-law Kelly Mistry, Vinod was born on May 28, 1922.Vinod hailed from a Christian family of Lahore , who were converted from Hindus. Vinod had his family tree connected to Gurdaspur and Amritsar. As a child Vinod was fascinated by the band music which was prominently played during Lahore ’s colorful Hindu weddings. Vinod also listened carefully for hours to the Rababi musicians performing “Shabad Kirtan” at Gurdwara Dehra Sabib Lahore and other shrines. Vinod became a student of Lahore ’s famous music director Pandit Amar Nath and learnt the fundamentals of ragas and tune making with the help of a harmonium from the great maestro.

He started making tunes while being inLahore prior to 1947 and after the death of Pandit Amar Nath, he got the contract of composing the music for a number of films including Punjabi film “Chaman”. But the film could not be taken up due to tense communal atmosphere in Lahore . It was made much later on in India after 1947. Pushpa Hans and Shamshad Begum lent their voices to the songs in this film. Lata Mangeshkar was a new find, looking for work and Vinod gave her three songs to sing. Incidentally Lata’s all three numbers became landmark songs not only for this film, but for other Punjabi films to follow. Those were the days of extreme communal tension on both sides of the Radcliffe line in Punjab , as a consequence after its release the film did not do well in Pakistani Punjab. But the selling of its music even in Pakistan did quite a decent business.

According to some historians Vinod’s mentor Pandit Amar Nath died in 1946. Some other historians say that Pandit Amar Nath died in February of 1947. But by 1944 most of the Lahore based music directors like Khurshid Anwar (in 1941), Shyam Sunder (in 1943), Hans Raj Behl(in 1944), Rashid Atre, Feroze Nizami, Ghulam Haider, Pandit Husna Lal Bhagat Ram shifted their base to Bombay. Pandit Amar Nath and Pandit Gobind Ram were the only ones left in Lahore. After Pandit Amar Nath’s health deteriorated in 1946, Vinod inherited some of his contracts. “Khamosh Nigahein”, “Paraye Bas Main” and “Kamini” were some of the movies which fell into Vinod’s kitty. None of these 1946 movies did well at the box office and Vinod did not get any mileage from them either.

Vinod got the best break in his career in 1949, when he got the contract to compose the music for Hindi film “Ek Thi Ladki”. The film became a hit and its Lata song “Lara lappa lara lappa layi rakhda, addi tappa addi tappa layi rakhda” became a nation-wide hit. The tune of this song was based on an old Pahadi Punjabi folk tune of Kangra district. While listening to his other songs for this film, a similarity with the tunes of film “Mirza Sahiban” composed by his mentor Pandit Amar Nath could be clearly established. This goes to prove that Vinod, in letter and spirit, learnt the art of tune making from his teacher. This earned him contract for another Punjabi film “Bhaiya Ji” made in 1950. Lata sang several memorable songs for this movie. One of its sad songs “Ajj mera mahi nall tutt gaya pyar ve akhiyan na maar ve” was acclaimed to be a landmark song. Even Sardul Kwatra had a great admiration for this song. This song later on inspired the tunes of several Hindi songs. In 1949 Vinod composed music for another Hindi film “Taara”, which did not create any waves.

Talat Mahmood and Mohammad Rafi were the favourite male singers of Vinod, who always did full justice to his tunes. According to Sardul Kwatra Vinod had no God-father like Shanker and Jaikishan had in producer actor Raj Kapoor and producer Amiya Chakravarty and Naushad had in a very popular producer Mehboob Khan. Roop K. Shori, who gave Vinod music composition contracts for his films, somehow did not belong to the big league of Bombay based film producers like Sohrab Modi, K.A. Abbas, V. Shantaram, Mehboob Khan, Raj Kapoor etc.

Roop K. Shori of course was a very famous film producer in Lahore, who while moving to Bombay , took his entire team with him. Music director Vinod and lyricist Aziz Kashmiri were members of his group. Vinod composed the music for most of Roop K. Shori films. In all Vinod composed music for 27 Hindi films, out of which he shared music with other music directors for at least six films. Some of his films were not completed and some were not released even after completion. Among some of Vinod’s best known creations were the musical compositions of films “Anmol Rattan” (1950), “Wafaa” (1950) “Sabaz Bagh” (1951) “Aag ka Dariya” (1953), “Laadla” (1954) and “Makhi Choos” (1956). For a while Roop K. Shori got Vinod a salaried job as a music director in “Filmistan Studios”. One characteristic of Vinod was that in Punjabi films he inserted Hindi songs and in Hindi film songs he inserted some Punjabi wording. This trend was discontinued later on, but since the nineties once again Punjabi songs are becoming a part of most Hindi films and these songs are proving big hits.

Vinod was doing one or two successful films on an average per year from 1948 to 1957, but one or two hit films in a year are not enough to ensure a decent standard of living in a city like Bombay. HusnLal Bhagat Ram gave the music for 19 films in 1949 and 1950 and Shanker Jaikishan were composing music in 3 to 4 hit films every year during the fifties and sixties. Such busy schedules made both duos financially quite well off. O.P. Nayyar was also doing 3 to 4 successful films a year during the fifties, but somehow he did not manage his finances well. On the other hand Naushad was professionally quite creative and he always managed his finances well and lived in comfort. Both Shyam Sunder and Vinod, in spite of being thoroughly professional in their field, were never financially well off. They both died during the fifties. After Vinod’s untimely death at a young age of thirty seven on December 25, 1959, his wife Sheela had great difficulty in bringing up his children. Vinod loved his childhood city of Lahore and did not want to leave that great cultural centre, but the unfortunate partition of Punjab and the resultant bloodshed and its trauma left him with no option of going back to Lahore. Vinod was every inch a Punjabi and he longed to compose music for the Punjabi films, but after 1951 mostly two music directors ended up getting all the music direction contracts. They were Master Hans Raj Behl and Sardul Kwatra. Vinod composed music for only five Punjabi movies. These are “Chaman” (1948), “Bhaiya Jee” (1950), “Mitiar” (1950), “Ashtalli” (1954) and “Nikki” (1958). Vinod died a frustrated man, who’s professional genius was always shortchanged.

Although Vinod composed music for thirty two films, most of these films were under small banners and the music of most of them let down by the film’s poor showing at the box office. Vinod died in Bombay on 25-12-1959. (Adapted from an article by H..Aujla.Thanks).

Today’s song is sung by Sabita Banerjee and Mohd. Rafi. The song is very sweet and the tune very lilting.

Sabita Banerjee was born in Lahore on 18-7-1938,but she grew up in Delhi. her father was Dy. general manager of Reserve Bank of India. her mother encouraged her to learn singing Soon she became so expert in singing that she won “Miss Golden Voice”award in a Bombay contest in 1952. She also won “Saigal memorial trophy’in 1953 in another contest. No wonder the Film composers were attracted towards her and the offers started coming her way. The very next year composer Nashad gave her a break in his film “Darwaza”-54.

Actor Ashim kumar introduced her to composer Salil Chaudhari. She did many songs for him. They soon fell in love and married each others. She became Sabita Chaudhari. She sang in about 37 Hindi films. However she sang in more Bangla films. Some of her Hindi films were-Honeymoon-60, Usne kaha tha-60, Sapne suhane-61, Aankh ka nasha-Yahudi ki beti-56, Madhumati ,Suhag-58, Kavi Kalidas-59, Masoom-60, Kabuliwala-61, Chor darwaza-65 etc etc. She is living in Kolkata as a retired person.

Now over to the Garma Garam-57 song…Enjoy…

Song-Rakhna dil mein dil ki baat (Garma Garam)(1957) Singers-Sabita Chatterjee, Rafi, Lyrics-D N Madhok, MD-Vinod


Rakhna dil mein dil ki baat
Rakhna dil mein dil ki baat
Na katenge din na kat sakegi raat
Rakhna dil mein dil ki baat
Na katenge din na kat sakegi raat
karti ho dance
mile jo chance

Yaad nahin
kisne ye baat kahi
Tu nahi to aur sahi
Aur nahin aur sahi
Yaad nahin
kisne ye baat kahi
Tu nahin to aur sahi
Aur nahin aur sahi
Yaad nahin
kisne ye baat kahi

Tujhmein bhi wo jaadu hai
Tujhmein bhi wo jaadu hai
jidhar dekh le maare
jidhar dekh le maare
Haathon mein kaleja thaame
Peeche peeche phire ghaayal bechaare
kaho jee
kaisi ye baat kahi
Tu nahin to aur sahi
Aur nahin aur sahi
Yaad nahin kisne ye baat kahi

Mujhe darr hai
tujhe Meri nazar na lag jaaye
o mujhe darr hai tujhe
Meri nazar na lag jaaye
Lut jaaunga main
o ghabharaunga main
Din raat main karoonga haye haye haay haay
Din raatmain karoonga haye haye haaye haaye
Aaja naino ki naav mein tujhe le chaloon
Ansuwan ke saagar mein aen
Ya pyaar bana ke tujhko dhaaloon
Dil ke gaagar mein
Kaho ji
kaisi ye baat kahi
Tu nahin to aur sahi
Aur nahin aur sahi
Yaad nahi
kisne ye baat kahi
o Tu nahin to aur sahi
Aur nahin aur sahi
Yaad nahin kisne ye baat kahi

3 Responses to "Rakhna dil mein dil ki baat"

Bhaiyaji-1950; Lata; Vinod;

Great Stuff


What a beautiful and well researched article, icing on the cake is beautiful song! Thanks a ton Arun ji!


Umesh Sontakke ji,

Thanks a million for your appreciation.


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