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Nindiyaa maami aa jaao

Posted on: April 23, 2016

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When one looks at the sources of stories of Indian movies, one realises that Indian mythological and historical tales have been one of the largest sources of stories.

In addition, mythological/ historical/ fairy tales of adjacent places have also served as sources of stories. For instance, good number of Indian movies are inspired from various Arabian nights tales.

If one looks farther, one finds that European mythological/ historical/ fairy tales have also been used in Indian movies.

Literature of Willaim Shakespeare (April 1564- 23 april 1616) is one of the maljor sources of stories for movies all over the world, including Indian movies. All separated at birth double role movies, mistaken identity movies, that have served as staple diets of Hindi movies over the decades have been inspired from tales penned by Shakespeare.

“Comedy of Errors”, which was written by Shakespeare around 1594 has served as the inspiration for at least two Hindi movies. One of them is “Do Dooni Chaar”(1968) and another is “Angoor”(1982).

Today (23 april 2016) is the 400th death anniversary of Shakespeare. On this occasion, here is a song from “Do Dooni Chaar”(1968). This song is sung by Raanu Mukherji, who had sung the famous “Maasoom”(1960) song Naani teri morni ko mor le gaye (Maasoom) as a child artist.

Gulzar is the lyricist. Music is composed by Hemant Kumar, father of Raanu Mukherji.

The song is picturised as a grown up lullaby song on Tanuja who lip syncs this song in a bid to put Kishore Kumar to sleep.

I have not been able to note down the lyrics fully to my satisfaction. I request our readers with keener ears to suggest corrections in the lyrics wherever applicable.


Song-Nindiya maami aa jaao (Do Dooni Chaar)(1968) Singer-Raanu Mukherji, Lyrics-Gulzar, MD-Hemant Kumar


nindiya maami aa jaao o
nindiya maami aa jaao
chanda maama so rahe hain
chanda maama so rahe hain
maami tum chali aao o
nindiya maami aa jaao o
nindiya maami aa jaao

saare jag se chhutti le kar
jaldi aana nindiyaa
is shaitaan ki aankhon mein
ek baar mein laana nindiya
saare jag se chhutti le kar
jaldi aana nindiya
is shaitaan ki aankhon mein
ek baar mein laana nindiya

jaage taare jaagne do
jaage taare jaagne do
tum chhup chhup chali aao
nindiya maami aa jaao
nindiya maami aa jaao

kaajal daal ke sapnon ka aankhon ke button lagaao
in masum si aankhon ko pariyon ke saath sulaao
kaajal daal ke sapnon ka
aankhon ke button lagaao
in maasoom si aankhon ko pariyon ke saath sulaao
raaja mera laadla hai
raaja mera laadla hai
tum jaldi chali aao
nindiya maami aa jaao o
nindiya maami aa jaao
chanda maama so rahe hain
chanda maama so rahe hain
maami tum chali aao
nindiya maami aa jaao o
nindiya maami aa jaao

9 Responses to "Nindiyaa maami aa jaao"

Lovely song . fell in love with it when I heard for the first time today. Before I sent you post. But I see that you were already ready with it


Nice lullaby tune.
I would suggest these changes in the lyrics:-
‘ ek baar mein laana nindiya’,
‘jaage tare jaagene do’ (not ‘chaand taare’) and
‘Raaja mera laadla hai’.


I think there may be some changes as suggested below;

chaand taare jaagne do (jaage taare instead of chand taare)
jaage taare jaagne do

aaja mera laadla hai (raaja instead of aaja)
aaja mera laadla hai (raaja instead of aaja)


Generally it is chandamama. Hats off to Gulzar for using nindiyamami as a symbolism for nindiya. However I feel it could have been much better if he had used chandamami instead of nindiyamami. Whatsay?


Nitin Shahji, Your views seem to be the same as Gulzar’s in this case. the Moon is established as Chanda Mama in folklore for ages, so Nindiya, Moon’s consort, is Mami.

It is the beauty of our naming of relationships, isn’t it? By calling a lady Mami, you underscore and bring into the conversation the existence of the Mama. That’s the way I see it.


After writing I also felt I was mistaken. How can you have Chandamami and Chandamami. Mama and Mami should have different names; not same as I propose.
Why can’t the moon’s consort be chandani so we can use the chandani as imagery and call her chandani mami. Whatsay?


Sure Sir, the objective was to put the somewhat overgrown child to sleep, so any entity which can be associated with sleep, should be pressed into service. Chanda, chandni, ratiya or nindiya, all qualify.

‘Chandni’ would be totally loyal and obedient while ‘Nindiya’ is more independently minded, given to its own nakhras, or could be occasionally ‘bewafa’ also. Have your pick. Or after all, they are Gods, let Chanda mama have both!


Ranu Mukherjee also crooned in
Puchha Jo Pyar Kya Hai, Sharma Ke Maar Daala
with Kishore Kumar in Eent Ka Jawab Patthar (1982)
with Savita Banerjee, Usha Mangeshkar, Hemant Kumar Salil Chowdhury Prem Dhawan Kabuliwala (1961)
How Sweet Dadaji
with Asha Bhosle Shankar Jaikishan Hasrat Jaipuri Saazish (1975) Kehte Hain Ise Paisa Paise Ki Kahaani
with Hemant Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar Hemant Kumar Sahir Ludhianvi Girl Friend (1961)
Mera Qatil
Hemant Kumar Kaifi Azmi Faraar (1965)
Saanjh Khile Bhor Jhare
with Hemant Kumar Raghunath Seth Harivansh Rai Bachchan Phir Bhi (1972)
Naach Haseena Naach Ke Duniya Dekhe
with Mukesh Laxmikant Pyarelal Anand Bakshi Ek Bechara (1972)
Khota Paisa Nahi Chalega Nahi Chala Hai Nahi Chalega
with K N Sharma Preeti Sagar Jaidev Sudarshan Faakir Dooriyan (1979)
Come On Oh Darling
with Lorna Bappi Lahiri Harindranath Chattopadhyay Paapi (1977)
Jawani Mera Yara Na Aayegi Dobara
with Kishore Kumar Sapan Jagmohan Naqsh Lyallpuri Call Girl (1974)
Kyu Hai Diwane Tu Akela, Kahan Gaye Tere O Saathi
Hemant Kumar S H Bihari Bees Saal Pehle (1972)
Aa Utha Le Apna Jaam Kya Tujhe Kisi Se Kaam
Ranu Mukherjee Jaidev Kaifi Azmi Faslah (1976)
Ab To Muskuraiye Zara, Apki Shararate Gul Khila Chuki
Hemant Kumar Gulzar Do Dooni Chaar (1970)
Aisa Gussa Na Kijiye Huzoor,
Hemant Kumar Gulzar Do Dooni Chaar (1970)
Hum Hai Footpathi Footpath Humara Sathi
with Sabita Chowdhury Salil Chowdhury Yogesh Minoo (1977)
Jab Tak Ye Raat Hai Baaqi, Teri Meri Baat Hai Baaqi
Hemant Kumar S H Bihari Bees Saal Pehle (1972)
Jooti Lungi Sitaro Wali
Sonik Omi Verma Malik Shankar Dada (1976)
Ye Dil Tera Hi Thaa
with Asha Bhosle, Mahendra Kapoor Chitragupt Kafil Azar Toofan Aur Bijlee (1976)
Bum Bole, Koi Mare Jiye
with Asha Bhosle, Ajit Singh Bappi Lahiri Kulwant Jani Ek Ladki Badnaam Si (1974)
I Am Call Girl
Sapan Jagmohan Naqsh Lyallpuri Call Girl (1974)
Sabhi Ki Prabhu Tune Vipda Haari
S N Tripathi Prem Dhawan Shiv Parvati (1962)
Zeher Bhi Khaya Kuye Me Kuda
Usha Khanna Hasrat Jaipuri Munimji (1972)


hats off to you, knowledgeable dignitaries


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