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Teri meri meri teri yaari badi puraani

Posted on: August 16, 2016


This article is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular 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.

Sometimes you wonder why a song becomes a huge hit. And at other times, you wonder why a song doesn’t.

Today, as I write this post, I am left to ponder on why this song did not become as huge a hit as, in my opinion, it deserved to. The only explanation I can come up with is that the film tanked badly at the box office. And as we know, many a song has suffered purely because the film itself didn’t do well.

Not that this song isn’t known at all. It did have its moments, as 1970s Hindi film aficionados might recall. I remember listening to it in the mid-70s. But after that, it seems to have just disappeared from the radar. I myself have not heard it for over 40 years!

So here I was, watching this film “Charitraheen” (1974) a few days ago. Whenever I watch a 1970s film of which I do not readily know all the songs, I secretly hope there will be one of those pleasant surprises when suddenly a song plays and you go “Hey, I know this one! This song is in THIS movie?” For me there’s maximum chance of this happening in 1970s movies only because that was the period I was in school, hearing all sorts of “current” songs from my classmates and on radio, without having a clue which film they were from. There are many such “orphan” songs which later got tagged for me with a film name.

As for “Charitraheen”, I knew only one song of the film before watching it. That is “dil se dil milne ka”. It is probably the most popular song of the film – and is a song I’m very fond of. It has already been posted here.

And then, as I watched the film, this song “teri meri…meri teri…yaari…badi puraani” began playing and I had that “hey!” moment.

It was just fantastic listening to this song after more than 40 years.

But my enjoyment was not for this one reason alone. I realized that the song sounded much better, and far more fun now, than I ever recall from the 70s, when I heard it last. At that time, it was one of many songs playing – and I didn’t pay much attention to it.

But this time, I did. Putting the song in the context of the movie’s storyline, gave it more meaning. The lyrics by Anand Bakshi are simple (as they often are) but they fit in very well with the situation. RD Burman’s music is just superbly catchy – and the performances by Sharmila Tagore and Sanjeev Kumar are brilliant! The dancer also does a very good job – I am guessing it is Leena D’Souza (she is introduced before the song as Leena, hence my guess).

But what completely blew me away was Asha Bhosle.

Now we all know about Asha’s quality, her versatility, her range, her ability to portray the mood of a song such that it completely drags you in. Whether it is a bhajan like “tora mann darpan kehlaaye” or, at the other extreme, “dum maaro dum”, Asha gets under the skin of the song and totally drags you in.

Here, she does exactly the same – and completely bowls me over! As it is, we know the Asha-RD combo was magic. It was like such voice and music so perfectly tuned that you felt they were one.

With this song, I get the same feeling. Which is why, I feel the song deserves to be much better-known. People from later generations might not even have heard of it.

I feel the same way about the film. This was the first time I was seeing this film, though I do remember it being released, being reviewed in Illustrated Weekly of India – and becoming a flop.

It didn’t deserve this fate, in my opinion. It has a very sound storyline – after all, it is based on Saratchandra’s famous novel by the same name. Normally films based on novels have a strong storyline to fall back on – and this is no exception.

The performances are also very good. Sharmila Tagore and Sanjeev Kumar have great chemistry. And the director is none other than the then highly regarded Shakti Samanta. (In fact, he repeated some of his Aradhana cast here, like Manmohan and Sujit Kumar. I was actually glad he went with Sanjeev instead of Rajesh Khanna. Sanjeev is an absolute delight in this film, as he very often is).

And yet the film tanked. I really don’t understand why.

I will narrate the story very briefly just to put this song in context. Sanjeev and Sharmila meet at a hill station, and fall in love with each other. But, as very often happens, they get separated. They meet years later in a club, where circumstances have now made Sharmila a callgirl. This is the situation in which this song plays.

Do listen to the song and let me know what you think. I just can’t have enough of it. Especially Asha Bhosle. This song is now be one of my favourite Asha songs. 🙂

Speaking as a 1970s person, this is vintage Asha. And vintage RD. What a foot-tapping number! Or, in Mumbaiya lingo, jhakkaas! 🙂

PS by Atul:-Lyrics of this song as well as other details were sent some three years ago by Prakashchandra and I had even marked it for posting as song number 9688 ! I wonder how this song missed out getting discussed then. May be this song was destined to be discussed by Raja as song number 12334 some three years later! :).

The lyrics of this song are by Prakashchnadra. And the dancer lip syncing is Leena Das, as informed by Prakashchandra.


Song-Teri meri meri teri yaari badi puraani (Charitraheen)(1974) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Anand Bakshi, MD-R D Burman
Sanjeev Kumar
Sharmila Tagore
chorus

Lyrics(Provided by Prakashchandra)

teri meri
meri teri
teri meri yaari badi puraani
ho
teri meri
meri teri
teri meri yaari badi puraani
toone mujhe ae
pehchaanaa
main hoon wahi
teri deewaani
ho ho
jaani
o jaani
jaani jaani
o jaani
teri meri
hhhaa
meri teri
teri meri yaari badi puraani ee ee

u u u u
u u u u
u u u u
u u u u

hey hey hey hey hey hey hey

Excuse me
Hmm?
Hum pehle kahin mile nahin hain?
shaayad, don’t remember
Tum..mera matlab hai, aap…Rama Sen nahin hain?
She’s dead…My name is Rosie

aankhon ne dekhaa dil machhal gaye ae
uff hum dono kitne badal gaye ae
kitne mausam aaye nikal gaye ae
uff hum dono kitne badal gaye ae
toone mujhe ae
pehchaanaa
main hoon wahi
bhooli kahaaani
ho.ho.jaani
o jaani
jaani jaani
o jaani
teri meri
meri teri
teri meri yaari badi puraani ee

u u u u
u u u u
u u u u
u u u u

hey hey hey hey hey hey hey

Waqt..ek aadmi ko kahaan se kahaan pahuncha deta hai
Aur kya se kya banaa deta hai haan?
hahaha

soorat woh lekin woh nazar nahin ee
donon pe kyaa guzri khabar nahin ee
koyee shikwaa kar loon magar nahin ee
donon pe kyaa guzri khabar nahin
toone mujhe ae
pehchaanaa
main hoon wahi
sapnon ki raani
ho ho jaani
o jaani
jaani jaani
o jaani ee
teri meri
hhaa
meri teri
teri meri yaari badi puraani
toone mujhe ae
pehchaanaa
main hoon wahi teri deewaani
o ho
jaani
o jaani
jaani jaani
o jaani ee
teri meri
hha
meri teri
teri meri yaari badi puraani ee

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7 Responses to "Teri meri meri teri yaari badi puraani"

dancer is Leena D`souza aka Leena Das

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1164077/bio?ref_=nm_dyk_trv_sm#trivia
As per imdb, daughter in law of singer Mohammed Rafi

Hey Rajaji
When I read the title I thought I knew the song, and on playing it I found yes I know it. But as u ve said an ‘orphan’ song got an address

Excellent song. The chorus and style reminds me of Baandhe Haath song “O Maajhi O Maajhi Jaaye kahan.

I too am a die hard lover if RDB. But, I too missed it on my memory radar. I came to know about it through a page discussing RDB’s rhythm innovations. It says that in teri meri…..,he used inverted kettledrums.
When I searched to know more of this song, I fell upon your page. After reading your comments, now it has become my top 5 cabaret songs. Leena & Sharmila both got under the skin of the song.
I salute all of them. Now I wish to watch more of Leena. Thanks to write on this song.

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