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Tere mere milan ki ye raina

Posted on: April 10, 2015

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 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.

Hello everybody!

It’s been a while since I last wrote a post for this blog – the last one was on Rafisaab’s birth anniversary last year (December 24th). So it’s been more than 3 months!

During this period, I have not been visiting the blog as often as I’d like to. In the last few days though, I have got back to checking it out more often, even if I’ve only left the odd comment. But whatever be the situation, this blog is always close to my heart – there can never be any doubt about that. I have made many friends here – and whenever I visit here and see comments from friends, it makes me very happy. And that is in addition to the posts and songs, of course.

Anyway, today I received an e-mail from Atul asking me if I had the time to possibly do a write-up for a particular song. He said he had the lyrics already, so I only needed to do the write-up. When have I ever refused Atul? 🙂 I said “Sure”, and so, here is the write-up.

The song is picturised on one of the most famous couples in Hindi cinema, if not THE most famous.

The hero is a legend – importantly, one of the few legends I can say I SAW becoming a legend during my schoolboy days. (Most of the other legends of Hindi cinema had either already become legends before my time – or have become legends in the last decade or two).

The heroine was a top actress of her time – who had gained a lot of reputation in the industry in a short timeframe, primarily for her acting skills. In a sense, it is a pity she quit acting (for a while) after marriage, so we didn’t get to see many more films of hers when she was in her acting prime.

By now, I am sure you have already guessed who I am talking about. Yes, it is the Amitabh Bachchan – Jaya Bhaduri (or Jaya Bachchan as she is now usually called) duo.

And the song is from one of their best movies (at least in my opinion), Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Abhimaan.

But before I get to the song, a bit about Amitabh and Jaya.

Jaya Bhaduri (I still tend to call her this) was one of my favourite actresses at that time. Those were the early 70s – and Hema Malini was fast becoming the no.1 heroine of the time, with a string of hit films, much like Rajesh Khanna had already become the reigning male superstar.

Yet, I found myself liking Jaya Bhaduri more. There was something about her acting that struck me – she came across as far more natural and instinctive. Whether it was Guddi, Uphaar or Jawani Deewani (three films I distinctly remember seeing as a young boy), she stole the show in each of them.

I can discuss more about Jaya but I will leave that for another time. I will move on to Amitabh.

Amitabh Bachchan.

Or Big B, as he is referred to by many – a deferential reference to his towering status in the industry.

Or, the “angry young man” as he got called for a few years in the late 70s by Stardust magazine. He had had a disagreement with them, and Stardust chose not to refer to him by name thereafter.

Amitabh is such a legend that even today, almost 40 years after he became a superstar, people speak of him in a deferential tone, as if speaking in a normal tone would do him disrespect.

There was a time when, while speaking of Sachin Tendulkar and the rest of the cricket team, people would say “There’s Sachin, there’s air, and then there’s the rest”.

Many would say this applies to Amitabh Bachchan too. There’s Amitabh, there’s air (plenty of it!), then there’s the rest.

The best evidence of this is probably the fact that even today, though he is in his early 70s, Amitabh is still sought by film producers, even if he is available only for a short, cameo role. And, as if his acting isn’t popular enough, his voice is also in high demand. Even if he is not acting in a film, he has done voiceovers with his distinctive baritone voice. Amitabh still sells – and everybody knows it.

Amitabh Bachchan is such an icon that not only the Indian film industry, but also Hollywood chose to make use of his popularity by giving him a role in The Great Gatsby (2013). It wasn’t a big role – but Hollywood knew Amitabh’s stature and popularity well enough to not let an opportunity go.

Amitabh has won so many accolades in his career that I will not even bother to discuss them here. When he was voted “Actor of the Century” (the previous century) at the start of this century, I was not the least bit surprised. It seemed the most natural thing to happen, given his popularity not just in India, but amongst the diaspora worldwide.

Ok, so that’s about how Amitabh is today. Legend of legends. And that’s how most people who know him from only after he became a superstar, will remember him.

But I would like to cast my mind back to 40 years ago. To a time when Amitabh had not yet become a superstar. To the journey. For, the journey is often just as interesting, if not more, than the destination itself.
The first Amitabh film I remember seeing is Reshma Aur Shera. I remember when I saw the film as a young boy, it was too serious for me. I was then used to heroes chasing heroines around trees, singing songs. This movie was nothing like that. I remember Amitabh’s role as the dumb guy.

I also remember seeing many of his early films then. Saat Hindustani, Anand, Pyar Ki Kahani, Ek Nazar, Bansi Birju, Parwana, Raaste Ka Patthar, Bombay to Goa…

I will admit that I wasn’t particularly impressed at the time. Not that I considered him a bad actor as such. It was just that, to me, he didn’t stand out as such. Then. When I see those films now, I realize how much intensity he had even in those early movies (Parwana is a terrific example). But to the young boy I was then, he was just a name.

We need to remember those were the early 70s. Rajesh Khanna was everywhere. In terms of popularity, there was Rajesh, there was air…. Other heroes who had been around for a while (Dharmendra, Shashi Kapoor, Jeetendra, Sanjeev Kumar) still managed to hold their own, inspite of the Rajesh wave. For the newcomers – and there were many – it was never going to be easy. Anil Dhawan, Navin Nischol, Vinod Mehra, Rakesh Roshan, Ajay Sahni…..and Amitabh Bachchan. He was just one of them.

In fact, I think he might even have been one notch below these guys because at least they had independent, solo hits to their name. He didn’t. Though he was appreciated in it, Anand was very much a Rajesh Khanna film. And Bombay to Goa, though a hit, was identified more with Mehmood than with Amitabh, if I remember right.

For me, the first time I really noticed – and really liked – Amitabh was in Zanjeer. Not only did I thoroughly enjoy the film, I really liked Amitabh’s role in it. A strong police officer, excellent acting, terrific dialogues – it was very different from his earlier films.

Then I happened to see Abhimaan. I remember Amitabh and Jaya had just got married when this film was released – and since it was about marital discord, it got people even more interested in the film. (Maybe some people thought they were already having problems? 🙂 ). Anyway, I was too young then to understand these nuances – but I do remember liking the songs a lot. All the songs were very popular, quite the rage at the time.

Around that time, I saw Roti, Kapda Aur Makaan. It was a mega multi-starrer but even so, Amitabh created his own space.

The next Amitabh film I saw was Majboor.

And I totally fell in love with this movie. To date, Majboor is one of my favourite Amitabh films. And Kishore’s “aadmi jo kehta hai”, one of my favourite Kishore songs, picturised on Amitabh.

Suddenly, Amitabh was being talked about more and more. I could see that he was moving ahead of the rest of the pack (the Anil Dhawans and Navin Nischols).

Then Deewar got released – and though I got to see it only much later, it raised Amitabh’s stature several notches. Suddenly he was being talked about as the successor to Rajesh Khanna. Yes, while Amitabh was becoming more and more popular, Rajesh was beginning to lose his golden touch.

I must say, at that time, I was only grudgingly beginning to accept Amitabh as a Rajesh successor. I liked Rajesh – and wanted him to do well. I felt dismayed when Rajesh’s movies kept flopping, one after another.

I remember a conversation with one of my classmates on the school football field, sometime around 1976. We were discussing who would replace Rajesh – Amitabh or Shatrughan. The latter seemed to have potential too, at that time. But soon Amitabh raced so far ahead that he left everybody else far,far behind.

I was in high school at that time. One by one, the hits began coming. Sholay was just one of many. Do Anjaane, Adalat and Ganga Ki Saugandh might not have done too well but there were many which compensated. Amar Akbar Anthony (in which Amitabh came up with a memorable comedy performance), Kasme Vaade, Trishul, Don, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar….they just kept coming.

Of the lot, Trishul is one of my favourites – once again, Amitabh’s intensity is in full display.

By the late 70s, Amitabh had firmly entrenched himself as the No.1 hero of the time. Those were the times of multi-starrers – and Amitabh acted in a fair number of them. Multi-starrer or not, most of them were masala films, which the audience loved to watch because it made them forget their personal problems for at least a couple of hours. They’d go to watch the film, see Amitabh bash up the villain and his henchmen – and cheer loudly. Amitabh was their hero because he did things on screen that they wish they could do in real life – fight against the oppressors, and win).

The saga continued in the early 80s. At this time, Amitabh had a near-fatal accident while shooting for Coolie (1983). I remember the whole country praying for him – he was so much loved by all. If anybody had a doubt about how popular he was, this was the best evidence of his popularity.

After that, his career took a dip though, to be fair, I thought many of the films he acted in were pretty atrocious themselves. They wasted his talent in rubbish roles – I learnt later from a reliable source that Amitabh did many of these films just to oblige various people.

During this time, Amitabh also dabbled in politics – and unsuccessfully so. The mid-80s to mid-90s period was a bad time for him. His production company, ABCL, also got into controversies and ended up with losses. His finances took a serious downturn, as a result.

Then, sometimes in the mid/late 90s, things began looking up again for Amitabh. Not only did he come back to acting (though he had a couple of poor returns), he also got a contract as a TV reality show host – for the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. In this avatar of his, Amitabh has reached new heights of success and popularity, with the show now running for several years.

And thus his transformation over the last 40 years is complete. From a struggling actor to a legend.

Most of this is known to everybody – but I still get great pleasure in writing about this because I feel like I have seen it all happening in front of my eyes.

If one has to point out one reason for Amitabh’s success (and there are many), I am sure a lot of people will say “his hard work and professionalism”.

Amitabh’s professionalism is legendary. Even at the height of his superstardom fame, he never lost his professional attitude towards work and his colleagues. (Contrast this with Rajesh Khanna who allowed success to get to this head and, sadly, earned only a bad name thereafter from most of his colleagues). Rajesh would keep directors waiting for hours – Amitabh is known for his punctuality. Even to this day.

Apart from this, Amitabh comes across as extremely modest about his achievements. This in itself, is rare in an industry of hubris and self-promotion.

Without doubt, Amitabh Bachchan is a very worthy role model for anybody who aspires to achieve something in life. His has been a story of struggle (even early rejection) and then fame, through hard work and commitment. Many can learn from this.

Ok, this has already become too long – as usual I got carried away.

It is time now to discuss the song for today.

It is “tere mere milan ki ye raina” from Abhimaan (1973).

This is a very popular song – as are almost all the songs of this film. I remember all the songs fondly because when my dad bought a tape recorder for the first time (a National flat deck tape recorder), we had only two or three cassettes at home. We would play them constantly. They were songs of Guddi, Yaadon Ki Baaraat, Zanjeer – and Abhimaan.

So I think I heard the songs of this movie a thousand times then itself. And never got bored of them. 🙂

My favourite song of this film is “teri bindiya re”. I do think it is one of the best songs of the 70s – with Rafisaab’s voice being outstanding and superbly paired with Lata’s voice. I can listen to (and have listened to) this song a zillion times, without ever getting bored.

Having said that, this song “tere mere milan ki ye raina” is also absolutely wonderful to listen to. It comes at a particularly poignant point in the film, signifying the reconciliation of Amitabh and Jaya, who have got separated, thanks to Amitabh letting his ego get the better of him.

This song in a nutshell, encapsulates the acting skills of both Amitabh and Jaya. They both act so realistically in this scene, it almost feels like it is real. And that is purely down to the quality of their acting. It helps too that the director is Hrishikesh Mukherjee – a tough taskmaster but one who was always able to get the best out of his actors.

The song is composed by SD Burman. Abhimaan was one of his last few films, I think he was already in ill-health by then. What a wonderful score he came up with! I love every single song of this film.

The song is written by Majrooh Sultanpuri. When you have a song with the Majrooh-SD Burman combo, you can be sure you are onto something good.

Anyway, I will leave you with this song – for you to listen to and enjoy. Thank you for reading this long post.

Atul’s note-The lyrics of this song were provided (long back) by Khyati Bhatt.


Video (Longer)

Song-Tere mere milan ki ye raina (Abhimaan)(1973) Singers-Kishore Kumar, Lata, Lyrics-Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD-S D Burman

Lyrics(Provided by Khyati Bhatt)

hmm hmm
ho o o
ho o o
tere mere milan ki ye raina
ho tere mere milan ki ye raina
naya koi gul khilaayegi
naya koi gul khilaayegi
tabhi to chanchal hain tere naina
dekho na
dekho na
tere mere milan ki ye raina

tere mere milan ki ye raina
ho tere mere milan ki ye raina
naya koi gul khilaayegi
naya koi gul khilaayegi
tabhi to chanchal hain tere naina
dekho na
dekho na
tere mere milan ki ye raina

aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa
nanha sa gul khilega angna
sooni bainyaa sajegi sajna aa
nanha sa gul khilega angna
sooni bainyya sajegi sajna

jaise khele chandaa baadal mein
khelega wo tere aanchal mein
chandaniya gungunaayengi
chandaniya gungunaayengi
tabhi to chanchal hain tere naina

tere mere milan ki ye raina

tujhe thhaame kayi haathon se
miloonga madbhari raaton se
tujhe thhaame kayi haathon se
miloonga madbhari raaton se
jagaa ke ansuni si dhadkan
balamwa bhar doongi tera man

nayi ada se sataayegi
nayi ada se sataayegi
tabhi to chanchal hain tere naina
dekho na
dekho na
tere mere milan ki ye raina
naya koi gul khilaayegi
naya koi gul khilaayegi
tabhi to chanchal hain tere naina
dekho na
dekho na
tere mere milan ki ye raina

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Oh come on Atul- we are discussing  ‘Tere mere milan ki ye raina’ -not Amitabh and Jaya’s career graph. Dilip Apte From: atul’s bollywood song a day- with full lyrics To: Sent: Friday, April 10, 2015 9:44 AM Subject: [New post] Tere mere milan ki ye raina #yiv7954734834 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv7954734834 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv7954734834 a.yiv7954734834primaryactionlink:link, #yiv7954734834 a.yiv7954734834primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv7954734834 a.yiv7954734834primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv7954734834 a.yiv7954734834primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv7954734834 | Atul posted: “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 If this article appears in sites like and etc then it is p” | |


Wow! What an excellent write up, Rajaji. I was just lost specially while reading AB’s short biography.
Talking about AB & RK – In my case, it was ulta. I was/am always a loyal fan 😉 of Amitji. Rajesh Khanna’s entry was later in my life. Don’t remember exactly but I think I saw Bansi Birju on Doordarshan when I was introduced to this future Big star by my brother. Second movie was Ek Nazar, again on Doordarshan. The song Patta patta boota boota… touched my heart and the association with Rafi saab began. One movie that I would like to include in your list is Namak Haram-73 in which again AB & RK acted together. Anand & Namak Haram both movies has hit songs but none is picturized on Amitji. He stole the show by his acting. “Point note kiya jaay Milord” 🙂
Thanks again to you and Atulji for the post.


@ Raja ji – ‘aakhir aap ko aanaich pada na Saab !!
Apun ko pata tha Saab, aap ke paas time nahin to kya hua, apun sab logon ka yaad to aapko zaroor aata hoga 🙂
– Many many thanks for the post … great as usual.
– I got to see many of Amitabh Bachchan ‘s earlier films too, I think between1975 to 82 (untill Khuddar-1982) were the years when we saw most of his films and in between, at the colony place where we were living I got to watch ‘Mehbooba’, ‘Mere Jeewan Saathi’ and other RK films, must be in 1978-79 or 79-80 (I was in std 8 th/9th).
And in my case it was reverse, slowly I developed more liking for RK films and after ‘Khuddar’ I almost stopped watching Amitabh films and as RK make a come back with ‘Avtaar’ in 1983, I was totally taken up by his ‘style’ and when I was in 11th/12th 83-85 and extended to further few years I repeatedly watched RKs old films and (that were back in the theaters and on video parlours then) and new films.

@ Khyati ji – thanks for this song


since i am writing this from my good old desktop and not my Android smart phone i don’t have the option of the ‘clap’ emoticon but so what? here goes ‘clap’ ‘clap’ ‘clap’ ‘clap’ ‘clap’
that applause is for Raja bhaiyya’s return to the blog.
‘clap”clap”clap”clap’ this is for the great write up on my all tym favourite.
‘clap”clap”clap”clap”clap’ this is for the song itself.
and now the final ‘clap”clap”clap”clap”clap’ for our Atulji who has “discovered this song at looooong last”
i think this should also fall in the “How come this song was not posted earlier” category……whatsay?


Kindly correct the words of second stanza in the line “jagah ki ansuni si dhadkan” it should be ” jagaa ke ” instead of “jagah ki”

Gustakhi Maaf…..


Thanks everybody. It is nice to be back with a post for the blog. 🙂 I hope to be able to write up a few more in the coming days.



Lovely write up as always Raja ji. And a beautiful song. I cannot really select one song from this movie that I like. Each one of them is a gem.


well written atulji, i would like to add one more point about this song is that burman dada had perfectly knew the ability of jaya in the film as the singer and so if you see the notations of the song it is clearly defined by lata getting that perfect note rather kishore kumar deliberately leaving that particular note in the begining of the song and in the antara……what a song….


Video Clip of the song:

Hemant Kumar’s Bengali version (NFS)

Kishore Kumar’s Bengali Version (NFS)


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