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O hamdam jhoom le zara

Posted on: July 31, 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.

Today is the 31st of July 2015.

For lovers of Hindi music, especially that of yesteryear, this date has a special significance and immediate recall.

This is the date, 35 years ago, that Mohammad Rafi (who I always refer to as Rafisaab), left us.

It is a date that still fills many of us with a sense of sorrow. Sure, everybody has to go some time but the universal feeling is that Rafisaab left us too soon. He was not even 56 when he passed away. And it’s not as if he was ailing for a long time. His death was about as unexpected as they come.

Anyway, nobody has control over these matters. Whenever I think about it, I end up only being grateful for the time that he DID have here, and for what he did with that time.

You can live a 100 years and not make the slightest difference to anybody’s life. Or you can live 56 (or even less, like many others have) and make an impact. I am reminded of a Rafisaab song from my childhood sau baras ki zindagi se achhe hain, pyar ke do chaar din.

And what an impact!

The value of the legacy of songs that Rafisaab has left behind for generations to listen to and enjoy, is immeasurable.

As is the love in the millions of hearts that he won. His voice apart, Rafisaab was supposed to be an exceptional human being. Stories of his kindness abound – that only adds to the love people have for him, and endears him to generations that didn’t know him personally.

As for me, ever since Rafisaab won me over, many summers ago when I was still a young boy surrounded by Kishoreda magic, with his o duniya ke rakhwaale playing on radio, I have never looked back.

Regulars here know what Rafisaab means to me. I’ve written often about him here, especially on his birth/death anniversary.

While starting on this post, I wasn’t sure what specifically I should write about today. Having already written a lot about Rafisaab in the past, I don’t want to repeat myself. Besides, I don’t want to discuss aspects of his life or songs that are anyway discussed by everybody all the time.

In this connection, another thing sometimes bothers me. I grew up in the 70s – and, to be honest, most of Rafisaab’s career and fame happened before that. So most of it is secondhand for me, whereas there are Atulites here who have experienced it firsthand. They are far more competent to talk about his career than I am. At the most, I can add my two cents for the 70s.

And that is what I want to touch upon today.

It is well-known that Kishore Kumar swept the industry in 1969 with songs of Aradhana. From then on, his domination for the next decade and more, was so overpowering that songs of other male singers stand out more by exception than by rule.

All singers might have felt the impact of Kishore Kumar’s sudden popularity but for the likes of Mukesh and Manna Dey, the impact would have been minimal. They had their own style and niche following – composers used them for specific types of songs. That didn’t change.
The change was felt most by Rafisaab. His No.1 position had been taken away by Kishore Kumar almost overnight.

From what I’ve read, Rafisaab was much affected by this and even began having self-doubt. Imagine, Rafisaab having doubt about his own ability! Apparently, Naushad, who has not just composed some of Rafisaab’s most memorable songs, but was also a very good friend and confidant, talked to Rafisaab and assured him that he had nothing to fear about his ability.

In the first half of the 70s, Kishore’s domination meant that Rafisaab was heard more as exception than otherwise. He had his “aaj mausam bada beimaan hai” from “Loafer”, “badi door se aaye hain” from “Samjhauta”, his “humko to jaan se pyari hai tumhari aankhen” from “Naina”, his “mera mann tera pyaasa” from Gambler. He delivered hits for Yaadon Ki Baaraat, his teri bindiya re for Abhimaan is memorable even today, his teri galiyon mein na rakhenge kadam won him an award. Yet, these were few and far between.

It was in the second half of the decade that Rafisaab came right back into reckoning. Many claim that it was Amar Akbar Anthony (1977) that got him back – and it might well be so – but I personally think it was Laila Majnu (1976) which should be credited with his comeback. The film might not have had quite a blockbuster hit like parda hai parda but songs like is reshmi paazeb and tere dar pe aaya hoon were popular too.

Anyway, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that Rafisaab was back!

Parda hai parda became a superhit. His other songs in Amar Akbar Anthony were also successful and things began looking up again. Hum Kisise Kam Nahin, starring Rishi Kapoor, was released a few months later – and its songs too became a rage. Rafisaab shone once again – his chand mera dil, his ye ladka hai allah duet with Asha Bhosle, his hai agar dushman qawwali were all hits. But the biggest hit of the film was easily his kya hua tera waada, which won him not just a Filmfare award but also his only National Film Award.

Suddenly, there was a buzz about him – and from 1977 till his death, I think he did just fine. He had hits in Abdullah, Sargam, Karz, Apnapan, Suhaag, The Burning Train, Qurbani and Aap To Aise Na The, among others.

I remember being very happy for him – I used to look forward to his songs. For example, though Om Shanti Om of Karz was extremely popular, I always preferred dard-e-dil. The variations in the song fascinated me.

Obviously, the voice of Rafisaab in the late 70s wasn’t quite like his voice of the 50s and 60s. It was only natural that with age, his voice would also undergo change.

Or so I thought.

And that brings me to the song of today.

It is from a little-known film called Haiwaan (1977). Little-known for me, at least, because I’d never heard of it till I came across it by accident a few days ago while looking for Deb Mukherjee films.

Apparently it’s a horror film, starring Deb Mukherjee, Joy Mukherjee, Ram Mukherjee and Toy Mukherjee. So, pretty much a Mukherjee family coup. 🙂

Most interestingly though, I stumbled upon this Rafisaab song in the film. When I listened to it, I was delighted. Not surprising, because Rafisaab songs usually delight me anyway. 🙂 Then what was different here?

What surprised me most was his voice in this particular song. It had all the characteristics of a typical 1960s Rafisaab catchy number. In fact, I closed my eyes to listen to it – and I felt as if it was a Joy Mukherjee 1960s song. Or even a Johnny Walker 1950s song! Unless this song was recorded much earlier and released only in 1977 for this film, it is quite astonishing.

But then, Rafisaab never failed to surprise me – and I was just so thrilled to come across this song that I decided I would post it here on his death anniversary.

The song is picturised on actors I cannot recognize – maybe somebody can help? The ones I think I can recognize are Prema Narayan, Deb Mukherjee and Ramesh Deo.

The music is by Bappi Lahiri. Till much of his music came for criticism in the 80s, Bappi Lahiri’s music was quite fun to listen to, if a bit loud at times.

Please listen to this now, with eyes closed. And tell me if it doesn’t feel like vintage Rafisaab of the 60s. 🙂

As I sign off, I just want to say: Rafisaab, we will NEVER forget you. You will ALWAYS remain in our hearts. Thank you for all that you have given us. Words cannot express our gratitude to you.


Song-O hamdam jhoom le zara (Haiwaan)(1977) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Pradeep Roy Chaudhary, MD-Bappi Lahiri


O hamdam jhoom le zaraa
Ki mausam bhi hai pyaar ka
Jahaan ki fikr kyun karein
Jo tera dil hai meherbaan
O hamdam jhoom le zaraa
Ki mausam bhi hai pyaar ka
Jahaan ki fikr kyun karein
Jo tera dil hai meherbaan
O hamdam jhoom le zaraa

Sanam yoon dil pe chha gaye
Kahaani aam ho gayi
Chaman mein tum jo aa gaye
Har kali jaam ho gayi ee ee
Sanam yoon dil pe chha gaye
Kahaani aam ho gayi
Chaman mein tum jo aa gaye
Har kali jaam ho gayi
Jahaan ki fikr kyun karein
Jo tera dil hai meherbaan
O hamdam jhoom le zaraa
Ki mausam bhi hai pyaar ka
Jahaan ki fikr kyun karein
Jo tera dil hai meherbaan
O hamdam jhoom le zaraa aa aa

Jawaan mausam hai dil jawaan
Mohabbat kyun na hum karein
Mil gaye donon dil to phir
Kaise dil pe sitam karein
Jahaan ki fikr kyun karein
Jo tera dil hai meherbaan
O hamdam jhoom le zaraa
Ki mausam bhi hai pyaar ka
Jahaan ki fikr kyun karein
Jo tera dil hai meherbaan
O hamdam jhoom le zaraa

Bas itna chaahta hai dil
Sanam hum tere ho rahein
Husn ki shokhiyaan rahein
Ishq ki mastiyaan rahein
Bas itna chaahta hai dil
Sanam hum tere ho rahein
Husn ki shokhiyaan rahein
Ishq ki mastiyaan rahein
Jahaan ki fikr kyun karein
Jo tera dil hai meherbaan
O hamdam jhoom le zaraa
Ki mausam bhi hai pyaar ka
Jahaan ki fikr kyun karein
Jo tera dil hai meherbaan
O hamdam jhoom le zaraa

17 Responses to "O hamdam jhoom le zara"

Production house:Family Film Club`s
Directors:Ram Mukerji(Actress Rani Mukherji`s Father),Rono Mukerji, Subhash Mukerji
Presented by S.Mukerji
Starcast:Deb Mukerji, Nazneen, Prema Narayan
Friendly appearances by Rakesh Roshan,Joy Mukerji,Laxmi Chhaya, Padma Khanna
Introducing the largest talents from Filmalaya Academy of Cine Arts & Television:
Dharam Pal, Mangal Singh,S.K.Sharma,Girdhar,
Neena Mahapatra,Munna Sarkar, Martin,Goel,Shetty,Raju and
Vinay/Viney Malhotra,Satya Priya

Supporting cast:Manik Dutt, Pradeep Roy Chowdhary,Ramesh, Babu Khan, Ram Mukerji,Rumana,Mrs.Sunila Pradhan, Kanchan,Usha Rani,
Raghuvir,Pramod Lal
Child Artistes:Samrat,Toy,Boy,Bablu,Sarbani,Raja,Master Chiku
Introducing New Singer:Krishna Mukerji(who is today`s famous movie star Rani Mukherjee`s real life mother)

I did sent Lyrics of another song from this movie, that`s why I do have information about the starcast of the movie…….


Where is Ramesh Deo in the picturisation ?, I could not find him……..
Lyricists of movie :Hasrat Jaipuri, Gohar/Gauhar Kanpuri, Amit Khanna, Dadaji, Pradeep Roy Chowdhari,
Records on Polydor
1)Mona Lisa:Shailendra Singh, Krishna Mukerji:Gohar Kanpuri
2)O diwani raja rani:Amit Kumar:Amit Khanna
3)I lOve you:Krishna Mukerji:Hasrat Jaipuri
4)Ramaiya Sharanam:Krishna Mukerji & Chorus:Dadaji
5)Ye jo naari:Kishore Kumar:Gohar Kanpuri
6)Main haiwan hoon:Bappi lahiri:Gohar Kanpuri
7)Maan na maan:Amit Kumar, Krishna Mukerji:Gohar Kanpuri
8)Pagal Pagal:Hemant Kumar, Asha Bhosle, chorus:Pradeep Roy Chowdhari
9)O humdum jhoom le zara:Mohd.Rafi, & chorus:Pradeep Roy Chowdhari
10)Pyari Pyari rut diwani:Manhar Udhas, Krishna Mukerji
11)Jai Maa:Krishna Mukerji


The guy who lip syncs(who dances with Prema narayan) for the song may be one of the following new faces appearing in the credit sequences:
Dharam Pal, Munna Sarkar, Mangal Singh


PCji here u ve won the race. Even I was going to say that there is no ramesh deo in this song. Agreed that the inspector who walks in looks like him


Thanks for the treat.
Much as we wish the song may have been recorded earlier by BL who started with Aarop in 1974, lets accept Rafisab could push the envelope and up the ante when the song merited it.


BL means Bappi Lahiri Am I right ?,
But I didn`t find Bappi Lahiri`s name in 1974 Aarop credit sequences(even as assistant director……..I may be wrong, Please correct If I am wrong)

for Aarop (1974)music director is Bhupen Hazarika

Bappi Lahiri started with Nanha Shikari(1973)


Krishna also sang in Teesri Aankh-1982 >Eid Ke Din Gale Mil Le Raja, Dur Baitha Hai Kyu


He was 54 years when he breathe his last.


Sorry it IS 56 years


Raj-ji, thanks for a soul-touching tribute to Rafi Saab. Volumes have been written about him and still there is something unsaid. That’s Rafi Saab!!


Thanks, everybody.

It is quite possible the person isn’t Ramesh Deo, though he does look like him. The only two I feel confident identifying are Prema Narayan and Deb Mukherjee. 🙂

Nitinji, “lets accept Rafisab could push the envelope and up the ante when the song merited it.” Totally! Absolutely no doubt about that! That is why this song came as such a pleasant surprise to me. Even in 1977, he came up with a song of such youthful exuberance, rolling back the years. I listened to this song manyt times – and just HAD to post it. 🙂


Raja ji,

What a song.

Yes, the tuning of emotions to the needs of the song is the hallmark characteristic of Rafi Sb, that no other singer has been able to accomplish as well as he has. 1977, and this rocking composition from Bhappi Lahiri :). And Rafi Sb comes up with aces all the way.



Prakash ji,
The guitarist-singer sharing the stage with Prema Narain seems to have a quite familiar face.
Could you please check up whether he is Shailendra Singh, who is also a singer for one of the film’s songs?
May be one of the other stalwarts / our ASAD-opaedia (Deshmukh Saheb) could shed some light here?
Avadh Lal


Aila new name…. ASAD-opaedia… excellent


bappi lahiri sounds like shankar jaikishan here blindly >>> (Y) wch iz quite shocking!!!






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