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Chhan chhan chhan chhan baje rupaiyya naache duniya

Posted on: March 23, 2016


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 atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Today’s song is from a film called Chaar Paise-55. This is a funny song and dance video of Kishore Kumar. Funnier was the fact that though this film was passed by the Censors on 12-12-1955, the film was never released in theatres, but its DVD and CDs are available in the market and also the film itself is available on You Tube. One can enjoy the songs and acting of Kishore Kumar of the 50s, in this film. Almost all songs are also available on You Tube.

The funniest thing about this film was its Music Director B.D.Burman. When I saw this name first time, I thought it was a printing error and the Music Director must be S.D.Burman. But even in the credits of the film his name is B.D.Burman. My marathon efforts to find information about this person drew a blank. It seemed as if someone came to films only to give music to this one film and having done it, he disappeared into thin air, like a spirit. No information was available anywhere on him.

I once bumped into a Blog on Internet accidentally and there I came to know that B.D.Burman’s name was Barendra Dev Burman aka Baruda for people who knew him. He seemed to be from Agartala, Tripura state. Only this much and no more information. Even S.D.Burman was from Tripura. Could there be some kind of connection between them ? No one knows !

Like a phoenix bird, this B.D.Burman suddenly resurfaced again in 1962 and gave music to a film called “Mohabbat Zindabad’-62. He then quietly disappeared again, never ever to return thereafter.

Similarly, the producer/Director of this film, N.K. Ziri (Ziree ?) was also a name difficult to trace anywhere. Only information was that he had earlier directed one movie, “Nazneen”-51. Except this, there was absolutely no information on N.K.Ziri. One common thing I found was that Amjad Khan ( son of actor Jayant-real name Zakaria Khan) had made his debut as a child artiste in the film Nazneen-51. Jayant was also in the cast. Even in film Chaar Paise-55, both Amjad and Jayant were again in the cast of this film.

Film Chaar Paise-55 was neither a suspense/Detective story nor a comedy film. It was a poor mixture of both. The cast included Kishore Kumar, Shyama, Johnny Walker, Agha, Kammo, Nishi, Nazir Kashmiri etc etc. In the 50’s decade Kishore Kumar had become very popular and he got several film offers. Still, that time Shyama was considered a bigger star than him and she got First billing over Kishore Kumar in the credits of the film.

Shyama ( real name Khursheed Akhtar) was born on 12-6-1935 at Lahore. Her family shifted to Bombay when she was 2 year old. Shyama’s father was a fruit seller (like Dilip Kumar’s father), in the Byculla market, in those days. Khursheed studied in Urdu medium Municipal school. When she was 10 year old, a chance visit to see film shooting ended in her participating in the shooting. The film was “Zeenat”-1945. She was given her screen name-Shyama. Along with Shashikala and Shalini-the other child stars, she sat in the famous qawali, “Aahen na bhari”, India’s first all female qawwaali. Though Noorjehan sang in the qawwali, her lines were NOT lipsynched by herself, but someone else lipsynched them. In the true sense, this was her first playback in films !

In the next 6 years Shyama did 8 films mostly uncredited,in small roles , like Shayar, Jal Tarang, Namoona, Sajaa, jalsa, Nishana etc. During the film Jalsa’s shooting, its heroine Geeta Bali took fancy of her and predicted that one day, she too will become a Heroine.

She became a heroine for the first time in the film Shabnam-1949, opposite Nasir Khan-Dilip Kumar’s brother. Shyama did about 200 films ( 50 as Heroine). During her times, she worked with almost all Top grade actors and Actresses like Dev Anand, Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Ashok Kumar, Guru Dutt, Kishore Kumar,Johnny Walker, Meena Kumari, Madhubala, Nutan, Waheeda Rehman, Nimmi etc etc. She always impressed her fans, even in the presence of other Top Heroines.

She married Cinematographer Fali Mistry in 1954. They had 2 sons and 1 daughter. Shyama retired from films in 1976. Fali Mistry died in 1979. Nowadays Shyama has become very obese and spends her time happily with her old friends.

I saw this film, Chaar Paise-55 on You Tube. Here is a short synopsis of the film, whatever I could understand. It is very tiring to sit through a film for 2-3 hours and more so if the film is like this one.

Mohan (Kishore Kumar) is a C.I.D. Inspector. While coming back to Bombay from Delhi, he meets Chandu (Jayant)-a crook. Chandu tries to steal Mohan’s money in their hotel, but Mohan is smarter than him. They reach Bombay. Chandu gets his team of small crooks to steal money.

Mohan is in love with Seema (Shyama), whose father has abondened his family, being a drunkard, Seema grows up with her mother. She is very innocent and can not discriminate what is good for her. She falls for a young man Roshan, who is not a straight guy. However Mohan knows that Roshan as a crook.

Here Chandu meets his old croney- Fantoo. Fantoo kidnaps Mohan’s brother, to black mail him. Actually that brother is adopted and is in fact long lost son of Chandu. Now, Fantoo blackmails Chandu too. Chandu and his team join hands with Mohan and they trap Fantoo. Fantoo is arrested. Chandu gets his son back. Roshan is also exposed and finally Mohan and Seema Unite.

Film Chaar Paise-55 had 6 songs. 2 songs are already posted. Today’s song is the third song to appear in the blog. Surprisingly, this is the only song Kishore Kumar sings in this film. All the other five songs in the movie are sung by Lata Mangeshkar. Whatever the film, it is always a pleasure to see Kishore Kumar on the silver screen-dancing and singing and performing his antics…..


Song-Chhan chhan chhan chhan baje rupaiyya naache duniya (Chaar Paise)(1955) Singer-Kishore Kumar, Lyrics-Sartaj, MD-B D Burman

Lyrics

chhan chhan chhan chhan
chhan chhan chhan chhan baje rupaiya
naache duniya
chaar paison ka khel hai duniya
maane koi na maane bhaiya
chhan chhan chhan chhan
chhan chhan chhan chhan
baje rupaiya
naache duniya
chaar paison ka khel hai duniya
maane koi na maane bhaiya

chaar paise hon paas tumhaare
jahaan bhi tum jaao
tumko dekhe duniya saari
baabu ji kehlaao
chaar paise hon paas tumhaare
jahaan bhi tum jaao
tumko dekhe duniya saari
baabu ji kehlaao

halwa khaao poori khaao
khaao naan khhataai
peda khaao barfi khaao
isi ke sab hain bhaai
jiska paison se mel
wahi khele ye khel
jiska paison se mel
wahi khele ye khel
chhan chhan chhan chhan
chhan chhan chhan chhan
baje rupaiya
naache duniya
chaar paison ka khel hai duniya
maane koi na maane bhaiya

haan
kahin pe daaka kahin pe chori
chori us par seena zori
kahin pe daaka kahin pe chori
chori us par seena zori
karte hain phir pesh safaai
pehan ke suit aur laga ke tie
dekho ji ye haath safaai
ho gai apni cheez paraai
lalaalalalaala
lallalalalaala
lalaalalalaala
chhan chhan chhan chhan
chhan chhan chhan chhan
baje rupaiya
naache duniya
chaar paison ka khel hai duniya
maane koi na maane bhaiya

suit boot pahan kar chalna
sabko ye sikhlaata
jiski jeb ho khaali baabu
kadka vo kehlaata
suit boot pahan kar chalna
sabko ye sikhlaata
jiski jeb ho khaali baabu
kadka vo kehlaata
jinke paas hon paise chaar
ooncha bangla motor car
haal na poocho unka yaar
sachhi baat hai sarkaar
koi cash ka beemaar
koi race ka shikaar
koi cash ka beemaar
koi race ka shikaar

chhan chhan chhan chhan
chhan chhan chhan chhan
baje rupaiya
nache duniya
chaar paison ka khel hai duniya
maane koi na maane bhaiya
chhan chhan chhan chhan
chhan chhan chhan chhan
baje rupaiya
naache duniya

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4 Responses to "Chhan chhan chhan chhan baje rupaiyya naache duniya"

Dilip’s father sold mostly apples from Crawford Market, near CST.

Sartaj Rahmani also penned in
Baghdad Ka Chor (1955)
Awara Shahzadi (1956)
Jallad (1956)
Husn Banoo (1956)
Noor-e-yaman (1956)
Aadmi (1957)
Jahazi Lutera (1957)
Laalach (1960)

The fifth song Dil Hai Nishana Naino Ke Teer Ka is sung by Asha Bhosle.

It feels strange that two stars like these couldn’t guarantee a release yet the movie is available. I think there must be some story behind it which hopefully we will come to know one day. Its BDB’s misfortune in a way that he could work only so much!

Long time back (about 35-40 years ago) I read in one article on films that the movies having words of coins in their titles (e.g. Sab se bada rupaiya ) were super flops. Is it true?

D Samant

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