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Happy days are here again

Posted on: February 28, 2016

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Hullo to all the guys and gals of Atuldom

The writing bug has hit me after a long time.

Had an enjoyable January. To begin with had a quiet ushering in of the New Year followed by birthday time. So each had a small outing attached to it.

Then the most eventful Sunday….17th January 2016. A day which was under planning since October 2015 when we had a mail from Guruji of his impending visit to Bangalore via Hosur and Hyderabad. This time the group met at a new venue— Residence of Gajendra Khanna. Now here I feel like mentioning that I am floored by his collection of Vinyl Records and the number of WORKING TURNTABLES or Record Players as I used to call them as a kid. Another thing that should be mentioned is his wonderful idea of how to get more people to enjoy an event and the thought behind getting us live on YOUTUBE that day. We went live that day at about 11. And instantly Avinashji, Ben Katie, Atulji YYIIPPEEEE master and a few of Gajendra’s friends (I don’t know exactly how many or who all) hooked on to us. The (physical) attendees were Shenoyji, Arunji (Guruji), Rajaji, Gajendraji and a group of music lovers whom I got acquainted with for the first time that day.

There was a die-hard Dev Anand fan — N.R. Prasad who needs a special mention here. He gave us an account of how he managed to meet his idol on his 88th birthday. I could imagine what he must have felt at that minute —to be able to stand in the same frame as your idol, wishing him on his birthday and also being able to spend around an hour with the man himself. He also recounted how he had written out a poem in praise of Devsaab with the intention of presenting it to him if he got an opportunity. Prasadji was able to do not only do that but also read out the poem which comprised of the titles of all the movies that Devsaab had acted in until then. (His last movie Charge sheet released after that).

My take-home from the meet was a detailed instruction on how to download TUNEIN on the mobile so as to be able to listen to Radio Ceylon’s morning program of Hindi Movie songs. Thanks to this app I heard the “Pehli Taarikh” song on radio after almost 25 years. (Entirely down memory lane moment for me– on that day I missed my Dad who used to love that song.) After the song my husband told me that there was a similar song in Tamil in a 1950s movie and I discovered that the songs were indeed similar. A spectator’s version of that days events been presented by Atulji a long time ago.

The month of January ended with a holiday to the sea side resort in Pondicherry and we are already into the second month of the year, why does time have to run so much?

We have a few birthdays in Bollywood in the month of February. Actors of the young brigade—Urmila Matondakar turned 42; Abhishek Bachchan turned 40 and the youngest in the set- Shahid Kapoor. Then in the older set we had Waheeda Rehman, Deepti Naval, Jackie Shroff, Amrita Singh, Vinod Mehra, Madhubala, Randhir Kapoor, Nimmi, iftekar, Danny, AND PRAN (as the title cards of the movies starring Pran would have it). Plus there were a few whom I know are neither young nor old – Pooja Bhatt, Sonu Walia, Rahul Roy etc. in our own gang of Atulites Avinashji also has his birthday (He shares the date with PRAN!!!). Now I usually wish my favourite actors with a song featuring them on their birthdays. But I have missed it all. But as they say better late than never. So sticking to that custom here is a party song to celebrate these birthdays. The good part is it features at least three of the actors who had their birthdays.

The song is from the 2002 directorial debut of Anupam Kher “Om Jai Jagdish”. The movie starred Waheeda Rehman as the mother of Anil Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan and Fardeen Khan and mom-in-law of Mahima Chaudry, Urmila Matondkar and Tara Sharma. It had Anu Malik as the music Director and Sameer was the lyricist. Singers are Alka Yagnik, Sonu Nigam and Udit Narayan.

Filmy Trivia: The movie marked Waheeda Rehman’s return to acting after a gap of 11 years post Yash Chopra’s “Lamhe” in 1991. I just read somewhere that originally YashRaj Films wanted the three Khans in the title role but due to date issues the starcast changed and so also the producer.

Today also happens to be Ravindra Jain’s birthday. Hope we have a song lined for that too.

Oh I should not forget we are celebrating one more birthday with this song. Wish You A very Happy Birthday Satyajitji. So the happy birthday song or the “Happy Days Are Here Again Song” (used to be the jingle for the cola Thumbs Up years ago)

Song-Happy days are here again(Om Jai Jagdeesh)(2002)Singers-Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Lyrics-Sameer, MD-Anu Malik
Female chorus
Male chorus
All chorus
Male singers together


choodi saji hai haathon mein
haathon mein
haathon mein

phir se baji shehnaayi hai
choodi saji hai haathon mein
haathon mein
haathon mein

phir se baji shahnaayi hai
mehendi rachi hai pairon mein
pairon mein
pairon mein

dekho khushi ghar aayi hai
happy happy
happy happy
happy days are here again
happy happy happy happy
happy days are here again
happy happy happy happy
happy days are here again
happy happy happy happy
happy days are here again

kabhi na kabhi ha karte karte meri jaan
dekho na apni to ho gayi shaadi

mehbooba mehbooba kal tak teri thi mehbooba
ban gayi dekho aaj meri bhaabhi
koi na koyi to mil jaaye kahin
rab sabki banaata hai jodiyaan

kahin na kahin to yaaron kabhi na kabhi
mit jaaye dilon ki dooriyaan
aayi dekho aayi mere ghar ki laxmi
ghar ko swarg banaane

mere sapnon ka meri khushiyon ka
jhilmil sansaar basaane

happy happy happy happy
happy days are here again
happy happy happy happy
happy days are here again
happy happy happy happy
happy days are here again
happy happy happy happy
happy days are here again

ye dua ye dua ye hai maa ki dua
na kabhi ab saath ye chhoote

na lage na lage is ghar ko nazar
ham se na ab kabhi rab roothe

hamko kasam hai ye hamko kasam
teri mamta pe sab kuchh vaar de
dekhke hamko ye duniya jale
ik dooje ko itna pyaar de

koi kuchh bole ab koi kuchh bole
ham maanenge tera kahna
vaada kiya ye vaada kiya
hamen saath saath hai rahna

happy happy happy happy
happy days are here again
happy happy happy happy
happy days are here again
happy happy happy happy
happy days are here again
happy happy happy happy
happy days are here again

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1 Response to "Happy days are here again"

Thanks for the report of our meet & an appropriate song for today ( to greet those whose birthdays just passed by)


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