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Baabaalu baabaabaalu

Posted on: June 2, 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 a typical Kishore Kumar song from the film Jhumroo(1961). I have selected this song for two reasons. One, any song of Kishore Kumar-before the 70s- is loved by me and Two, this song has revived the memories of my college days.

During the later half of my college life, i.e. up to 1960-61, I was mad not only about Hindi music but also about Hollywood films and western music of those times. Cliff Richard,Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Jim Reeves, The Champs, Bill Haley group, Connie Francis, Doris Day and the likes of them were my favourites in western music. Rock N Roll was creatin a sensation not only in the west, but also in Hindi film music here.

Different varieties of Rock Music were making the young generation go crazy and a major part of the pocket money was spent on buying music records. 45 RPM was a newer sensation then. One of the many popular vocal and instrumentals was “TEQUILA” by The Champs. Today’s song from Jhumroo-61 is a copy of this famous tune.

Tequila was a Latin American flavoured Rock and Roll instrumental, based on a Cuban Mumbo Beat. American record company Challenge Records did not have a single Hit record in 1957, so they hired the Flores Trio to record some hit songs.Danny Flores of the group wrote the music and the recording took place on 23-12-1957. On the main A side was the expected hit song ‘Train to nowhere’ and on the B side was Tequila. The records were distributed to various clubs. However ‘Train to nowhere’ did not evoke the desired response. In one club, the DJ played the B side song Tequila and all hell broke loose. Public simply went mad with the music of Tequila and the song became an instant hit.

Due to its success, the Floris Trio changed their name to The Champs and re- recorded Tequila on 20-1-1958. The song writer Danny Flores said ‘Tequila’ in the song three times, in this recording. This record was a terrific Hit and became No. 1 on American Billboard on 28-3-1958 and remained there for an year or so. The song continues to hold its magic even after more than 55 years. In the meantime The Champs launched another record, ” Too Much Tequila “in 1960, after they won the Grammy for Tequila in 1959. Later, when Twist became popular, they recorded “The Taquila Twist” in 1962. All records became popular and Hits.

With so much happening in the west, how could the Hindi film world remain unaffected ? So songs were made using the partial or full tunes of these popular songs for Hindi films. Thus Kishore Kumar also copied it in this song of Jhumroo-61. I feel there are at least two more songs on this tune, but I am not able to remember them at present. If any of the readers knows the other songs based on this tune, they are requested to kindly inform us about them in the comments section and oblige.

Jhumroo-61 was conceived by Kishore kumar when he decided to produce a film with Madhubala….not on his own name but on the name of his secretary Anup Sharma. The production banner was called K.S.Films- like film Chalti ka naam gaadi-58. Shankar mukherjee, brother of Gyan Mukherjee ( Bombay Talikes and FIlmistan) was the Director. he had already directed two Dev Anand films ( Baarish-57 and Sarhad-60 ). This was his 3rd film. In all Shanker Mukherjee directed 8 films only. His other films were Baat ek raat ki-62, Pyar muhabbat-66, Mahal-69, Banarasi Babu-73, and Faraar-75. He had produced 2 films, namely Pyar muhabbat-66 and Banarasi Babu-73. He was knwn as “Dev Anand Director”.

Shanker Mukherjee knew Kishore since the days when Shanker was working as Gyan Mukherjee’s assitant in many films in Bombay Talkies and Filmistan. He convinced Kishore to be the Composer for the film Jhumroo. Kishore was rather skeptical about his capacity, but Shanker gave him full confidence. Then Kishore agreed only if Shanker directed this film. Thus Shanker Mukherjee directed his only film in which Dev Anand was not a Hero.

Kishore Kumar acted in 92 films and gave music in 10 films. Nine of them were his own films and ony one was an outside film- Zameen Aasmaan-72. It was made by a Madras company A. V Films ( A. Veerappan films). A. Veerappan was the producer and director of this film. Kishore married Madhubala in 1960 after converting to Islam and becoming Karim Abdul. He worked with Madhubala in 7 films ( Dhake ki malmal-56, Bandi-57, Chalti ka naam gaadi-58, Chandan-58, Mehlon ke khwaab-60, Jhumroo-61 and Half Ticket-62 ). Kishore hade also worked in 7 films with Kumkum ( and 6 films with Vyjayantimala).

Madhubala, born as Mumtaz jehan Dehalvi on 14-2-1933, started working from Basant-42 as a child artiste, due to poverty. As a Heroine from 1947 to 1964 she worked in 70 films and gave 15 Hit films. She had a congenital Heart Disease- a hole in heart-, which was detected first at Madras, when she was shooting for the film Bahut din huye-54. She was treated in London. After 1960, she started getting frequent serious troubles and she finally succumbed to the disease on 23-2-1969. Ironically, within an year Treatment for her ailment was discoverd successfully, but it was too late for her.

Madhubala was one of the most beautiful actresses of Hindi film world. Two things spoiled her life. One was ofcourse her ailment and the second thing was her father Ataulla Khan. He treated her only as a money making machine and due to him alone, Madhubala could not marry her love Dilip Kumar. No doubt, she married kishore Kumar later, But they hardly stayed together due to her 9 years of suffering from her ailment.

Film Jhumroo’s story was the brain child of Kishore Kumar. The screenplay was by Madhusudan Kalelkar-noted Marathi writer and famous film script expert in Hindi. The story was Rich girl loves poor boy and in the end a “Lost and found” formula was also thrown in for good measure. Ofcourse, in those days, Kishore’s fans did not bother about the film’s story or the actors’ histrionic talents. For them only Kishore was enough and in Jhumroo Kishore was in full flow singing and doing his regular popular antics. He handled the music also. Jhumroo was a Hit film.

The song and dance video shows Kishore Kumar and Chanchal ( Madhubala’s sister) on the screen with the famous Tequila tune copied effectively.

Audio

Video

Song-Baabaalu baabaabaa lu (Jhumroo)(1961) Singers-Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD-Kishore Kumar
Unknown male voice

Lyrics

hey
baabu lu baaba lu baaba
hey
baabu lu baaba lu baaba
hey
baabu lu baaba lu baa
jaane de jaane de jaa jaa
jaane de jaane de jaa jaa
jaane de jaane de jaa

baabaabaa baa baa
baabaabaa baa baa
jaa jaa jaa jaa jaa
jaa jaa jaa jaa jaa

baaba lu baababaa
jaane de
baabu lu baaba lu baaba
hey
baabu lu baaba lu baaba
hey
baabu lu baaba lu baa

hey hey
hey hey
hey hey
hey hey
main bhi nahin hoon kuchh kam
doongi tamaache dhamaa dham
main bhi nahin hoon kuchh kam
doongi tamaache dhamaa dham

hey hey
hey hey hey
hey hey
hey hey hey
aayi badi hai chham chham
doonga bhulaaye sargam
aayi badi hai chham chham
doonga bhulaaye sargam
sare ga maamaaregaa
ho
papapani paani
mamamamm

o ho ho ho ho
mamamaaregaa
mamamaaregaa
papani pani
papani ni

papapani ni
jaane de
baabu lu baaba lu baaba
hey
baabu lu baaba lu baaba
hey
baabu lu baaba lu baaba
baa

hey hey
hey
hey hey
hey
todoongi main tera sarr
jeete jee jaayega tu marr
todoongi main tera sarr r r
jeete jee jaayega tu mar
marrr
baabu lu baabaabaa lu
hey

baabu lu baababaa lu
baabu lu baababaa lu
hey
baabu lu baaba baalu
baabu lu baababaa lu

baddam
baddam
baddam
baddam
baddam
baddam
he hehe he
khaane de

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