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Naacho ghoom ghoom ke

Posted on: April 20, 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 the film Sarhad-1960.

We now enter the the final year of the 50’s decade,into the year 1960. This was an year full of interesting films in different genres. The most important event of the year,of course, was the release of the monumental film “Mughal-E- Azam “.

Though its central theme was the love story of Prince Saleem and Dancer Anarkali, the film basically was about Akbar. The film had taken more than 15 years to make, several changes in the script and the cast and an investment of Rs. One Crore. In those days-55 years ago, this amount was astronomical. The combined efforts of 4 writers -Amaan, Ehsaan Rizvi,Kamaal Amrohi and Wajahat Mirza; hugh sets, extra ordinary music and exceptional acting by leading artistes, combined with almost a lifetime dream effort from producer-director K.Asif, made “Mughal-E-Azam” ä memorable, unique,iconic film. Irony of fate was that except for the “Best Film” category, the film did not win a single FilmFare award ! Understably, K.Asif refused to accept this award saying,”if no other faculty of the film was good enough for an award, how the film can be the Best Film ? ‘

Mughal E Azam was also made in Tamil and English languages. In Tamil the title was Akbar. When the Tamil version failed eminently, K.Asif decided not to release the English version. Though it was made, mystery shrouds around where the prints were stored ? Till date, the mystery remains unsolved.

Another strange thing about the film’s lead pair , Dilip kumar and Madhubala was that throughout the film’s shooting both were not on speaking terms with each others-due to their love break up and the Madhumati court case in which Dilip deposed against Madhubala in B R Chopra’s favour. Full marks to both actors that,seeing the film, no one can imagine this even in dreams !

Raj Kapoor made “Jis desh mein Ganga behti hai” tackling the problem of the outlawed dacoits and their surrender,leading to their assimilation into the society. Following Musafir-57 and Anadi-59, Hrishikesh Mukherjee established his independent image with Anuradha, with stellar acting by Leela Naidu and Balraj Sahni and excellent music from the Sitar expert Ravi Shanker.

After the failure of Kagaz ke phool, Guru Dutt never directed any other film. He made Chaudhavi ka chaand, directed by M.Sadiq, on purely commercial level and succeeded mainly due to good music by Ravi. Dil apna aur preet parayee, Ghunghat, Chhalia, Parakh were successful films of that year. Love in Simla brought a fresh breeze with Debutants- actors Joy Mukherjee and Saadhna and Director R K Nayyar too.

After Azad-55, Kohinoor was yet another comedy film for Dilip and Meena Kumari. Though both were Tragedy king and queen, surprisingly ( and to our good luck) they both never came together in any Tragedy film ! Thanks God for that, ofcourse ! They were together in both Azad and Kohinoor. Dev Anand figured in 6 films in 1960.

Kanoon became the 3rd songless film-after Naujawan-37 and Munna-54. “Barsaat ki raat” was aother musical like “Love in Simla”.

Film Finance Corporation was established to help small producers. Film and television institute of India ( FTII ) was started in Poona,on the land where old Prabhat Film company had existed.

With this, we come to the end of the analysis of the activities in the Film Industry during the 50’s decade. In doing this analysis for every year, lot of help came from the book “Hindi cinema-sadee ka safar” by shri Anil Bhargava ji. My thanks to him.

Film Sarhad-60 was produced by K H Kapadia under the banner of Alankar chitra. The screen play was by Madhusudan Kalelkar, a stalwart in Marathi stage dramas and an old hand at Hindi film writings, story by Rajan Bose and dialogues were by Vrajendra Gaur The Director was Shankar Mukherjee. Younger brother of Gyan Mukherjee,Shankar Mukherjee, became a director after the demise of Gyan to whom he assisted till then. His first film Barish was successful and then he directed 5 more films of Dev Anand alone,namely,Sarhad-60,Baat ek raat ki-62,Pyar muhabbat-66Mahal-69 and Banarasi babu-73. He had also produced Pyar muhabbat and Banarasi Babu. In between,he encouraged Kishore Kumar to become a Music Director in Jhumroo-61 which Shankar directed. His last film was Faraar-75. Then he shifted to Calcutta to shine in Bangla films.

Film Sarhad was a film totally away from the usual films of Dev Anand. In 1960, Dev Anand acted in 6 films-Manzil, Kaala baazaar, Bambai ka Babu, Ek ke baad ek, Sarhad and Jaali note. Two of of these sixfilms-Bambai ka Babu and Sarhad had different storylines than the usual ones. Sarhad film role was a 180 degree turn around for Dev Anand . I wonder how he agreed to this film. The story was a strange mixture of Tarzan, a Jungle story and a love story with a villain for taste added. Love story-Yes but a jungle and tribal role for Dev Anand ? A strict No-No ! No wonder the filmed flopped miserably. After films like Paying Guest,Baarish,Munim ji,Dev Anand had built an image of a happy go lucky Lover Boy, who is wronged by minor problems. He was never known for his acting prowess. People had digested this fact. They wanted and loved him as a chocolate lover boy with elastic body. Straying away from this image always derailed the film.

The story of film Sarhad-60 was….

Amar(Dev) runs away from home to the jungle where he is found and brought up by a kind Junglr tribal chief(Dhumal). His daughter Gulabi loves Amar Jaggu,the tribe villain loves Gulabi. A grown up Amar becomes a rich businessman with his Timber factory. Jaggu (Sajjan) hates him.
One day Amar’s father (Anwar Hussain) comes to the jungle with Mala (suchitra Sen)-an orphan brought up by him. Amar refuses to go with his father. The father leaves.Mala stays in jungle,because she starts loving Amar. She determines to reform Amar and take him to the civilised world one day. Gulabi is jealous of her.

Gulabi and Jaggu hatch a plan. Jaggu arranges a strike in Amar’s Timber business. The work stops and Amar and Mala are captured. They are asked to go away. Amar is heart broken,but Mala helps him to break the strike and bring to normalcy. Jaggu is also exposed. However Amar decides to go away with mala to the city.

1955/56 to 1965/66 was a period when the Hindi film industry was under the influence of western Pop music and Rock N Roll. Those days, almost every social film did have a song or two based on western tune. Most composers like S D Burman, Roshan, Hemant kumar, Shankar Jaikishan etc used songs copied from western Pop songs. Today’s song is also from that genre. C Ramchandra was an advocate and promoter of Western music who used western tunes from the days of Shehnai-47. In his recent films in this decaade like Asha, Baarish etc he had liberally used such Rock n Roll music.

In today’s song, you will find Dev Anand trying hard to copy the styles of Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard or Paul Anka, with a Guitar trying miserably to to use the dance steps-which do not suit him at all. Ragini,a certified,professionally trained dance expert is seen mixing Indian dance with western steps. Overall, one would feel like closing the eyes and listening to the song. This is the first song of the film which comes within first 10 minutes after the film starts.

Majrooh’s lyrics and C Ramchandra’s music ( they worked together again in Dal mein kala-64 only) gave 7 songs in this film. This is the 5th song of this movie on this Blog. Enjoy.



Song-Naacho ghoom ghoom ke (Sarhad)(1960) Singers-C Ramchandra, Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD-C Ramchandra
Male Chorus
Female chorus
All chorus


O naacho ghoom ghoom ghoom ghoom ghoom ke
O gaao jhoom jhoom jhoom jhoom jhoom ke
yaaron kam se kam saare din ka gham
bhoolo pyaala choom ke

bhool jaana zamaane ko shaam se
ye hum Jaise hi maston ka kaam hai
Jhoom jaana mohabbat ke naam pe
ye ham jaise maston ka hi kaam hai
aji khaao piyo bas yoon hi jiyo
O naacho ghoom ghoom ghoom ghoom ghoom ke
O gaao jhoom jhoom jhoom jhoom jhoom ke
yaaron kam se kam saare din ka gham
bhoolo pyaala choom ke

mat socho hai bhaari ye zindagi
pukaarti hai suno kya ye dil ki dhun
maza le lo tumhari hai zindagi
pukaarti hai suno kya ye dil ki dhun
Is dhun ke laya badhti chale
arre haan martwaalon dhoom se

O naacho ghoom ghoom ghoom ghoom ghoom ke
O gaao jhoom jhoom jhoom jhoom jhoom ke
yaaron kam se kam saare din ka gham
bhoolo pyaala choom ke

5 Responses to "Naacho ghoom ghoom ke"

CR passed all sarhad of mediocrity in the movie.


I saw Mughl e Azam at Maratha Mandir. I think it was the first movie in MM. I was fascinated by the plush pink velvet decor and mirrors. A person thinking he was his nose bloodied against the huge mirrror on the ground floor reflecting the outside view. For the first time I saw tickets printed in multi-colour.
The movie was financed by Shapoorji Pallanji who had a torrid time acceding grudgingly to the demands of huge amounts from K Asif who wanted everything perfect. It was once-in-a-life-time movie.
According to me Mughl e Azam, Baiju Bawra, Mother India and more recent Angoor and Chupke Chupke are a must-see movies. Yeh nahi dekha to kya dekha.


Arun ji,

Thanks for this grand tour of the 1950s. I have been following this series with great interest.



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