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Ge ge ge ge gailey zara Timbaktu

Posted on: July 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 Pre-69 song of Kishore kumar from his ‘sab kuch’ film Jhumroo-61.

There has been, there is and there will always be a fierce discussion among die hard Kishore and Rafi fans about who is a better singer. I do not like to subscribe to such discussions so I will not take any side. However, I strongly feel that good songs must be enjoyed in a pure way, because the song is the ultimate product emerging as a result of efforts and inputs of the Lyricist, Composer and the Singer. When all the three things sync well and match your likings then only you declare it as a “good song”.

A song being ‘Good’ and a song being ‘Popular’ are two different things. A song becomes or is declared good, because you like it ( for whatever reason), and a song becomes Popular when most or many people like it- for different reasons individually. Some may love the Lyrics, some may like the Tune or some may like the way it is sung by the singer.

Songs you consider Very Good, may not necessarily be Popular. I give my own example. Lata’s song ” Mohe lagaa saara jag feeka feeka ” from film Jhanjhar-53 is my favourite. I consider it a very Good Song, but it never became a Popular song. Another song, ‘ Pareshan hoon,ki kyon meri pareshani nahee jaati ‘ by Amirbai karnataki in film ” Parbat pe apna dera”-44 is my pet song, but it is hardly known to anyone- forget it being Popular !

Everyone must have experienced this phenomenon. ‘Good’ or ‘Bad’ are highly subjective and relative terms. In case of Kishore Kumar, there is a large section of Music Lovers who feel his Pre-69 songs- especially songs of the 50s- are very good compared to the songs of Post Aradhana period. Kishore Kumar himself was of this opinion.

Kishore Kumar came to Bombay in 1940, with a dream of becoming a singer. It took him 21 years to realise his dream,after he sang his first song for Dev Anand in Ziddi-48. In those days Mukesh was becoming a Top singer, soon followed by Talat. Instead of songs, offers of acting came to Kishore Kumar, because he was presentable and he was adept in acting in light hearted comical roles. His acting career was going great guns….at the cost of singing. But he had no choice. He insisted and succeeded in many cases to atleast sing his own songs. He was typedcast as a singer for breezy and comic songs. That is why he had to plead several days to Salil Chaudhari to give him the song,” chhota sa ghar hoga ” from film Naukari-54.

Only S D Burman understood his potential and made him a voice of Dev Anand from the film Baazi-51 till Paying Guest-57. When it was looking like Kishore was getting established as a Playback singer, suddenly Burman deserted him for Rafi for the next seven years- till the film Guide. For this only Kishore is to be blamed, because he was so much flooded with acting assignments in the 50s that he was unable to spare time for playback singing. Except for Dev and himself, Kishore hardly sang for anyone else. Though Burman gave excellent songs to Kishore in ” Chalti ka naam gaadi’-58, the songs clicked, but not Kishore as a singer.

Finally Kishore opted for the only way out to sing songs of his choice, he accepted the suggestion of Shanker Mukherjee, the Director of Jhumroo-61 to be his own Music Director and thus Jhumroo-61 became Kishore’s first film as a Music Director. He did a marvellous job of composing a variety of songs- sad, happy, comedy, serious- in Jhumroo. The film became famous for his outlandish songs and Kishore Kumar’s antics on the screen in the film like ” Babali babali ba ba” or “Ge ge ge geli Timbaktoo” or even “main hoon Jhumroo” etc.

Though S D Burman again took Kishore back under his wings and used his voice in Guide or Jewel Thief, his songs for R D Burman in Padosan-68 were more popular. People, however, remembered his role in the film more than his songs. This was the time when Kishore was getting increasingly frustrated and he wanted to go back to Khandwa. Ashok Kumar advised him to stop doing film roles and concentrate only on singing. 1969 came and Hemant Kumar first used him for Rajesh Khanna in Khamoshi. Then came Aradhana. The two songs of Aradhana-69, ‘ Mere sapnon ki raani’ and ‘ Roop tera mastaana’ changed the course of Musical History of Hindi films.

Now every composer wanted only Kishore Kumar. What Aradhana did to Rajesh Khanna and Kishore Kumar, probably has no parallel in the history of Hindi films. He not only became Rajesh Khanna’s voice, but every other Hero wanted only Kishore Kumar. In the 70s, Kishore and Rajesh Khanna’s pair was a Hit. It was no differnt in the 80s, when it was Kishore Kumar’s voice and Amitabh Bachchan on screen that ruled the roost. Hero changed ,but singer remained same. Seeing that his protege had finally made it, S D Burman must have died a happy man in 1975.

Kishore took 21 years to fulfill his ambition. Once he reached the top, he stayed in that No 1 position for the next 18 years till his death!

Jhumroo-61 was probably the last film in which we could see the old Kishore Kumar of the 50s- enacting his Music. It is a superb experience to see and listen to Kishore doing his own songs on the screen. Today’s song too is from this genre only. So, let us enjoy seeing and listening to Kishore doing his lovable antics, with meaningless words in the song…..


Song-Ge ge ge ge gailey zara Timbaktu (Jhumroo)(1961) Singer-Kishore Kumar, Lyrics-Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD-Kishore Kumar
Chorus

Lyrics

haay

koi teri gali aaya
chori chori chori
dhintaak taak taak

haa

kaakri maakri aakri maakri
kaakri maakri aakri maakri
he he he he
hene taak taak taak

ha ha ha
ge ge ge ge gailey zara timbaktu
kaathmaandu kaathmaandu gaille hu
main main main main hoon loha chumbak tu
kaise bhala bach bachke rahoon
ge ge ge ge gailey zara timbaktu
kaathmaandu kaathmaandu gailey hu
main main main main hoon loha chumbak tu
kaise bhala bach bachke rahoon

ge ge ge gailey zara hu

ho ho ho ho ho
ho ho ho ho ho
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa

ho ho ho
bhanwre ko kyaa rokengee deewaaren
ho ho ho ho
kaanten chamkaayen cham cham talwaaren
aa aa aa aa
bhanwre ko kyaa rokengee deewaaren
kaanten chamakaayen cham cham talvaaren
pawan jab chali
o gori gori kali
main aayaa teri gali
koi kyaa karegaa
gaa gaa

ge ge ge gailey zara timbaktu
kaathmaandu kaathmaandu gailey hu
main main main main hoon loha chumbak tu
kaise bhala bach bachke rahoon
ge ge ge gailey zara hu

o ho ho
o o o
o o o
o o o
o o o

ho ho ho
milne aayaa tujhse ye parwaanaa
ye
parwaanaa parwaanaa
ae meri shama toone nahin pehchaanaa
nahin
pehchaanaa pehchaanaa
milne aayaa tujhse ye parwaanaa
ae meri shama
toone nahin pehchaanaa
main wahi hoon deewaanaa
palak na giraanaa
tu zaraa saa uthaanaa
aankhon kaa pardaa daa daa

ge ge ge gailey zara
ge ge ge gailey zara
ge ge ge gailey zara

timbaktu
kaathmaandu kaathmaandu ggailey hu
main main main main hoon loha
main main main main hoon loha
main main main main hoon loha

chumbak tu
kaise bhala bach bachke rahoon
ge ge ge gailey zara hu

o ho ho
ho ho ho ho
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa

ho ho ho
tujhko mere sang-sang chalnaa hai
sang chalnaa hai chalnaa hai
chandaa ko baadal se milnaa hai
mil
milnaa hai milnaa hai
tujhko mere sang-sang chalnaa hai
chandaa ko baadal se milnaa hai
roke jo koi aake
tu lat bikharaake
nazar ko bachaake,
andheraa kiye jaa jaa jaa

ge ge ge gailey zara timbaktu
kaathmaandu kaathmaandu gailey hu
main main main main hoon loha chumbak tu
kaise bhala bach bachke rahoon
ge ge ge gailey zara timbaktu
kaathmaandu kaathmaandu gailey hu

gailey gailey
main main main main hoon loha chumbak tu
kaise bhala bach bachke rahoon
ge ge ge gailey zara hu

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2 Responses to "Ge ge ge ge gailey zara Timbaktu"

o thank you soooo very much for this song. it was a not so very popular song i remember my dad used to tell me, but he loved all the songs of this movie and sang them too. and i just got used to this song and was waiting for some occasion to send it to atulji for posting.
more than a villain’s den song this is a “doosre shaadi ki band bajaana” (a very mumbaiyya way of telling spoiling some one’s party ;-)) and “dulhan ko bhaga le jaana” song.

Arun Saab
All songs of Jhoomroo were nice . Enjoyed this blog as usual .
Shekhar

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