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Main bewafa nahin hoon tere pyaar ki qasam

Posted on: August 14, 2016

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Today (14 august 2016) is the death anniversary of our beloved actor, Shammi Kapoor.

It’s already his 5th death anniversary – it feels like only yesterday that we got the sad news of his death. But time flies – and we can do nothing about it.

For many of us, Shammi Kapoor is a special person in the industry.

Not because he was a star in his time – there were stars before him, there have been stars after him.

What set Shammi Kapoor apart was not his stardom but his style – and, later in life, his interactions with the public at large.

But first, his style.

Every actor, who aspires to become a big star, probably tries to create his own image. Whether through his looks (maybe a hairstyle), or his dialogue delivery or choice of role or anything else that is distinctive about him. Otherwise, you end up being an “also ran”, one of so many out there in an unforgiving industry.

Some succeeded, some didn’t.

But few managed to do it SO successfully that they changed the tone of the entire industry!

Many would give credit to (or blame it on, depending on what they felt about it) Shammi Kapoor for changing the “rukh” of Hindi cinema in the late 1950s.

Up until then, many Hindi films were tearjerkers, playing on high emotions of the audience. Dilip Kumar, reigning tragedy king, delivered hit after hit with this formula as did female leads like Nimmi and Nargis.

Music in films was also completely in sync with this sentiment. Sad songs were not only a must in every film (especially songs of separation or despair), many films were full of sad songs, with a happy song being an exception. So while it was high-quality music, the underlying tone was mainly sad and serious.

The trend was so strong that Shammi Kapoor too fell for it and his first few films saw him conforming to this mode.

But this was directly in contrast to his basic nature and character. At heart, Shammi was a very different person – and portraying these roles, contrary to his nature, just didn’t work for him.

So when Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1957) came along, Shammi Kapoor gave the public a glimpse of another side to him. His more natural side. Starting with a haircut that symbolized a break from the past.

And what a break!

The public LOVED the film. And LOVED Shammi Kapoor and his style/mannerisms in it. It was SO different from anything they’d been used to.

Tumsa Nahin Dekha was a huge hit. The light-hearted, catchy music by OP Nayyar too caught on – and that was the start!

A new trend began to emerge in the industry. Hollywood was already in the throes of Elvis Presley craze – and films and music in Hollywood were increasingly moving towards, what got to be known as, the “Swinging Sixties”. Rock ‘n Roll was THE popular form for music, the dance floor got increasingly popular (Remember the Twist?)

India wasn’t going to be left behind. Not with Shammi Kapoor, who was MADE for this revolution. His dance moves were divine – the way he could move on a dance floor, improvising moves on the fly – were so natural that he didn’t need choreographers to teach him moves. Even his normal gait was different from others. And his expressions, the way he’d move his head – Shammi Kapoor had a style that the audience hadn’t ever seen before.

And they lapped up almost every film of his. From 1957 to 1969, this style (together with music to match, with the voice of Rafisaab) delivered hit after hit. Dil Dekho Dekho, Junglee, Chinatown, Professor, Bluffmaster, Kashmir Ki Kali, Rajkumar, Jaanwar, Teesri Manzil, Brahmachari, Evening in Paris, Prince and more.

The stories were often similar and very predictable, no doubt. But people watched the films not for the storyline. They watched the film for Shammi Kapoor and his style. And invariably the music that was a hallmark of his films. Even the heroine ended up being secondary.

THAT was Shammi Kapoor of the time. Till his much-battered legs gave way and he had to call it a day, at least as lead hero.

After a break, he came back as a character actor – and was much-loved in this role too.

But what probably made him REALLY popular with generations much younger to his own, was the post-acting phase of his career. Or maybe I should call it, his Internet avatar.

Shammi Kapoor was one of the early adopters of the internet in India, well before it became mainstream. He created his own website, where he posted anecdotes of his life, with pictures of his family.

Today, if a film personality does this, it might not seem that uncommon. But in those days (I’m talking 1990s), for a film personality to do this, was absolutely unheard of. Shammi Kapoor was nothing, if not a pioneer.

Later he released a series (available on youtube) where he talks about his experiences in life. Each episode talks about a particular phase, or person who he reminisces. It is a hugely enjoyable series – and gives us an insight into the life of a person who was so much more than just an actor.

Today, though Shammi Kapoor is not with us, we have these videos to enjoy. And of course one can always watch a Shammi Kapoor film and enjoy his style in it. If ever I want a fun song, I usually end up watching a Shammi Kapoor song/dance sequence. Among my favourites are the songs of Tumsa Nahin Dekha and Dil Deke Dekho, “raaste mein ek haseen” (from Basant) and “husn chala kuchh aisi chaal” (from Bluffmaster). But there are many more.

This brings me to the song for today.

It is from the film Preet Na Jaane Reet (1966), starring Shammi Kapoor, Saroja Devi and Parveen Chaudhary.

It is not one of Shammi Kapoor’s better-known films – and I don’t think it did particularly well at the box-office.
Its songs are also not all that well-known, especially when compared to songs from an average Shammi Kapoor film.

Even so, I happened to watch this film last night. I’d seen it a really long time ago – and the only scene I remembered from it was when Shammi Kapoor decides to marry the girl at the mandap when she’s rejected by her groom-to-be. I remembered nothing else – so I thought I’d give it another watch.

The story is as follows.

After some misunderstanding (as is common in Hindi films), Shammi Kapoor and Saroja Devi are in love and on the verge of getting married. Then Shammi Kapoor has to attend a friend’s wedding. But things go wrong at the wedding, the bride gets rejected by the bridegroom – she and her family are devastated. Shammi Kapoor steps up right there, and offers to marry her. The rest of the story is how they (all three of them, and their families) cope with this sudden change in situation.

This song “main bewafa nahin hoon”, as one can imagine, plays after Shammi Kapoor has got married. Saroja Devi feels he has betrayed her – he is trying to explain (to himself actually) that it wasn’t a case of not being loyal to her, it was just the circumstances that resulted in this dramatic change in the situation and their fortunes.

I’d never heard this song before and quite liked it when I heard it last night. The lyrics are by Qamar Jalalabadi. Music is by Kalyanji Anandji, who had provided some wonderful music for an earlier Shammi Kapoor hit, Bluffmaster.

With this post, I’d like to once again pay tribute to Shammi Kapoor and thank him for all those wonderful moments he’s given us through his films and videos.



song-Main bewafa nahin hoon tere pyaar ki qasam (Preet Na Jaane Reet)(1966) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Qamar Jalalabadi, MD-Kalyanji Anandji


Main bewafa nahin hoon
Tere pyaar ki kasam
Main bewafa nahin hoon
Tere pyaar ki kasam
Iqraar jo kiya
Usi iqraar ki kasam
Iqraar jo kiya
Usi iqraar ki kasam
Main bewafa nahin hoon
Tere pyaar ki kasam

Maana hamaare pyaar ka
Aalam badal gaya
Maana hamaare pyaar ka
Aalam badal gaya
Apne hi dil ki yaad se
Aashaana jal gaya
Dil phir bhi hai wahi
tere deedaar ki kasam
Main bewafa nahin hoon
Tere pyaar ki kasam

Ulfat ke phool gir gaye
kismat ki dhool mein
Ulfat ke phool gir gaye
kismat ki dhool mein
Khushboo hai tere saans ki
har ek phool mein
Is pyaar ke lutey huye gulzaar ki kasam
Main bewafa nahin hoon
Tere pyaar ki kasam
Iqraar jo kiya
Usi iqraar ki kasam
Main bewafa nahin hoon
Tere pyaar ki kasam

3 Responses to "Main bewafa nahin hoon tere pyaar ki qasam"

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Production house:Moviestan
Producer:H.K.Ravi Director:S.Banerjee
starcast:Shammi Kapoor, B.Saroja Devi,Parveen Chaudhary,
Nazir Hussain,Minoo Mumtaz,Randhir,Shammi, Dhumal,
Siddhu, Johnny Walker,


All his 17 movies(hope the figure is right) flopped till he removed the hideous mustache. Wow what a makeover(like Madhubala) from Tumsa Nahi Dekha(really and literally ShammiTumsa Nahi Dekha). He was the most articulate actor and was the first to make use of the Internet. He was a real gizmo found of latest ladies and gadgets.
He has the record of acting with maximum debutantes with great success. That’s gutsy enough.


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