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Kyun dil hamko de daala janaab kahiye

Posted on: April 13, 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 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.

This song is from the film Pehli Raat-59. This patently Tear- Jerker film was made by A.A.Nadiyadwala’s Pushpa Pictures and it was directed by P.L.Santoshi who, once upon a time used to be a man with a Magic Wand. Ravi was the music director. Majrooh Sultanpuri was the lyricist. This duet is sung by Asha Bhonsle and Manna Dey. The cast of the film was Sohrab Modi, Nimmi, Rehman, Nanda, Sudesh Kumar, Lalita Pawar, Johnny Walker etc.

There have been very few instances in Hindi film history where a child star has becomes a successful adult Hero/Heroine. Among the successful ones there are more females than males ! Some of the examples from older generations are Raj Kapoor, Shashi Kkapoor, Meena Kumari, Madhubala, Nargis etc. Over a period of time, such cases diminished and very few child stars of later decades emerged as successful Adult stars.

One such example was that of Baby Nanda ( 8-1-1939 to 25-3-2014 ). Though she graduated from a child star to an adult heroine and also became one of the most “in demand” stars of the 1960s and the 1970s, her name always was mentioned as Baby Nanda by old timers like me. There was a popular myth that Nanda is the daughter of Master Vinayak and actress Meenakshi Shirodkar ( The famous lead pair of iconic film “Bramhachari-39 “). However, it is NOT true. Meenakshi was already a married woman before entering films. In fact it was her husband who prompted her to work in films.

A few years ago, I had read Nanda’s interview on Rediffmail. I reproduce a part of it here, in which she tells about her real parents and how she became an adult star from a child star….

” Daughter of producer, director and actor, Master Vinayak (Vinayak Damodar Karnataki), Nanda was the third born in the family comprising of seven brothers and sisters. “Sometimes I used to wonder why, in a family as big as mine, I was the favourite child of my parents. My father and mother (Sushila) were, to me, like a god and a goddess. My father used to relate stories of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Capt. Laxmi, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru etc. My parents were instrumental in imparting high moral and cultural values in all of us. This is the time when the young girl dreamt of becoming another Capt. Laxmi.”
When Nanda was 5 years old, one day her father came up to her and said, “You have to work in my film.” The young girl was taken aback and for a moment saw her dreams of becoming a second Capt. Laxmi being shattered. “He tried his best to cajole me in agreeing but I put my foot down and said “Nothing doing”. Later my mother pacified me into giving in, saying, “Your father loves you and that is why he chose you to star in his film. Later when Nanda gave her nod, to her surprise, she was told that she would have to play a boy in the film. “I wondered why did he have to choose me when my father could have taken any of my brothers to play a role? After much explanation I agreed to do the film and that was Mandir (1948). While making the film my father expired. After his death, Dinkar Patil completed the film. Having tasted filmdom, Baby Nanda decided to do films besides attending school. First she did Jaggu(1952) as a child artiste in which Shyama was playing the heroine. In 1954 she did Shankaracharya and Jagat Guru. In the same year she did Angaray directed by K.B. Lal that starred Nargis and Nasir Khan and had a good supporting cast that included Vanmala, Jagirdar, Jeevan among others. “Then she did Dinkar Patil’s Kuldaivat followed by Shevgacha Shenga produced by Sadashiv Row Kavi and directed by Shantaram Athavle.

Once there was a wedding at V. Shantaram’s place. “He called up my elder sister Meena and requested her to also get me for the marriage but with a saree on. I did the same and in the middle of the party, Shantaram came up to us and promptly told Meena, “She is the heroine of my next film.” But when Meena said that I looked too young to be a heroine of a film, Shantaram shot back saying, “The story of my film involving a brother and a sister demands a young girl and I am sure Nanda will fit the role perfectly.” The film was Toofan Aur Diya(1956) and this was the first Hindi film of Baby Nanda’s career. “After that there was no looking back and I decided not to pursue with my studies any more. And the girl Baby Nanda became Nanda.”

Nanda did about 70 odd films in her career and stopped when she felt like retiring. Nanda was one of the most loved stars of the industry. She always helped newcomers, when she was established like Shashi kapoor, Rajendra kumar and Rajesh khanna. Her pairing with Shashi kapoor was so well tuned that she did 8 films with him. She worked with Dev Anand, Sanjeev Kumar as well as any B grade artiste like Jagdeep or Sudesh kumar.

During the period 1960 to 65, she was the second highest paid star with Nutan. In the period of 1966-1969, she was the Second highest paid star with Nutan and Waheeda. In the 1970 to 1973 period, she was the third largest paid artist with Sadhana. Some of her hit films were Toofan aur Diya, Chhoti Behan, Bhabhi, kanoon,Dhool ka phool,Dulhan,Jab jab phool khile, Gumnaam, Shor, Parineeta, Prem Rog, Ittefaq, The train, Joru ka Gulam etc. Her first film was Jaggu-52 and last released film was Diya aur Toofan-95.

She remained unmarried till the end. In 1992, on the persuasion of friend Waheeda Rehman, she got engaged to Manmohan Desai, but due to his untimely unnatural death in 1994, her wedding never took place.

In the film Pehli raat-59, her Hero was Sudesh Kumar-a B grade actor. Sudesh started his career with film Dayar-e-Habib-56 and went on to act in some 50 odd films. Some of his well known films are Pawan putra Hanuman, Main nashe mein hoon, Chhoti Behan, Police Detective, Saranga,Maya, Boy friend, Aaj aur kal, Bharosa, Woh kaun thi, Gumrah etc. He had worked as assistand Director for Do Badan and Pyar ka Bandhan. He later became Producer and made films lie Man mandir-71, Gulam Begum Badshah-73, Uljhan-75, Badalte Rishtey-78 and Jaan hatheli pe-87 ( all data here from IMDB)

Today’s song video shows Nanda and Sudesh kumar doing the age old “around the tree” romantic sweet nothings in a park.



Song-Kyun dil hamko de daala janaab kahiye (Pehli Raat)(1959) Singers-Asha Bhonsle, Manna Dey, Lyrics-Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD-Ravi


kyun dil humko de daala
janaab kahiye
jee main to hoon deewaana
pehle aap kahiye

kyun dil humko de daala
janaab kahiye
jee main to hoon deewaana
pehle aap kahiye

ae ji kya hamen pata
ye kaisi chhaayi hai ghata
tere nainon mein khumaar ki
keh bhi daal dildaar
karen baat ye bahaar kiske pehle pehle pyaar ki

o o o
kya doon main in baaton ka jawaab kahiye
jee main to hoon deewaana
pehle aap kahiye

kyun dil hamko de daala
janaab kahiye
jee main to hoon deewaana
pehle aap kahiye

tum to ek na kaho ji
chup chaap hi raho
sune jaao jhoom jhoom ke
jiya aaj ye kahe ki
yoon hi dekhta rahe
mera yaar ghoom ghoom ke

o o o
kya yahi hai tumhaara
insaaf kahiye
jee main to hoon deewaana
pehle aap kahiye

kyun dil hamko de daala
janaab kahiye
jee main to hoon deewaana
pehle aap kahiye

kabhi khol ke jiya main kahe daaloongi piya
ab to tera mera saath hai
jaldi keejiye zara ji koi faisla mera
uljhaana buri baat hai

o o o
to kya hai dil se dil ka
hisaab kahiye
jee main to hoon deewaana
pehle aap kahiye

kyun dil hamko de daala
janaab kahiye
jee main to hoon deewaana
pehle aap kahiye

5 Responses to "Kyun dil hamko de daala janaab kahiye"

Lovely duet & interesting info on Baby Nanda.




How you forgot Hum Dono ? Can it be counted in ETC ? Can ” Alla Tero Naam” be forgotten ?

D Samant


Yes,I should have mentioned that film.while typing,a complete line having 2 more films escaped inadvertently.
Thanks for your reminder.


I had seen the movie. Surprisingly Nimmi was the mother but treated like a servant and was seen crying all the times. I wonder how she accepted the role in her prime.


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