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Chalti huyi gaadi jo ho jaaye phatt re

Posted on: August 21, 2016


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, 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.

Today’s song is from the film Nadaan-1951. It is a duet sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Chitalkar. It is a fun song video, filmed on Dev Anand and Madhubala.

This is one of those few songs where C.Ramchandra has sung for some other Music Director. This time the Music Director is Chick Chocolate, so no wonder since Chick was his long time assistant for many years. Chitalkar loved to sing. He never missed any chance to sing a song in films where he was the composer. After Lata became his lead singer, he sang duets with Lata as many times as was possible. However, as a true professional, he understood the professional exigencies of pairing Lata with other male singers in some cases. Thus, while he sang 47 duets with Lata Mangeshkar, he paired Lata with other male singers in as many as 55 duets, under his baton !

His love for singing was seen from his very first film “Naganand”-35, in which he was the Hero opposite an actress who had a male sounding name like Azambai. In that film too, he had sung 2 songs- which of course are not available as they were not made into records. C. Ramchandra also sang few songs in films of other MDs. He sang in films of Mir Saheb, Anil Biswas, S D Burman,Roshan, P.Ramakant and Chick Chocolate ( both his assistants), Hemant kumar,Laxmikant-Pyarelal,Usha Khanna and Kishore Kumar.

Holder of the funny sounding name of Chick Chocolate was none other than A.X.Vaz.

Chic Chocolate (1916 – May 1967) born Antonio Xavier Vaz, was a Goan Trumpeter who led a Jazz band at the Taj Mahal Hotel in Bombay and was one of Bombay’s best known jazz musicians. He was also a Hindi film music composer and played trumpet in various soundtracks.

Chic was born Antonio Xavier Vaz in Aldona in 1916. He learned music at his local parochial school and, despite the wishes of his mother who wanted him to earn a “respectable” living as a mechanic, he followed his dreams of a life playing music.

Influenced by Louis Armstrong, Chic styled himself after his great jazz hero—Chocolate’s trumpet playing and “Scatting” technique were a tribute to Armstrong. His stage presence has been recognized as dramatic, with accounts reporting that the musician would fall on one knee, while raising his instrument to the stars, during the band’s crescendo. Chocolate earned the sobriquet, the “Louis Armstrong of India”, as he not only played jazz like an African American, but also possessed a similarly dark complexion.

By the mid-40s, after had played in Rangoon and Mussoori, Chic had established himself as a popular Bombay jazz musician. He started out with a group called the Spotlights and by 1945 had formed his own outfit, Chic and the Music Makers, beating out 12 other bands to win a contract at Green’s Hotel, which was owned by the Taj Mahal Hotel. A newspaper article from the time described Chic Chocolate’s band as “Bombay’s topflight band”. Chic Chocolate occasionally led a two-trumpet barrage at the Green’s Hotel with Chris Perry.

Like many Goan musicians of the time, Chic Chocolate played jazz live at the night but his days were spent in the film studios, recording and arranging sound tracks for movies. He had a short career as a music composer in Bollywood movies. In 1951, he began his career as a music director with the movie Nadaan. Nadaan had a popular track list, including songs like Talat Mehmood’s Aa Teri Tasvir Bana Loon and Lata Mangeshkar’s Sari Duniya Ko Peechhe Chhodkar.

Chic Chocolate was an integral part of composer C.Ramchandra’s team. Ramachandra is popularly credited with introducing swing into Bollywood with tunes such as Gore Gore O Banke Chorefrom Samadhi and Shola Jo Bhadke from Abela. However the credit for these songs is due to Chic Chocolate. Their collaboration in the 1952 film Rangeeli included the song “Koi Dard Hamaara Kya Samjhe”, sung by Lata Mangeshkar. He is remembered for his work with Naasir in the 1956 film Kar Bhala, and he also collaborated with Madan Mohan. Chic was the assistant music director for the film Bhai Bhai.

Chic’s lives as jazz man and film musician sometimes merged. He had a Cameo Appearance in the film Albela, along with his band in a song sequence dressing them in frilly Latinesque costumes. Chic capitalised on the film’s success by dressing his band in those costumes in future live performances.

Chic died in May 1967 in Mumbai, aged 51. Shortly after, Chetan Anand’s Aakhri khat was released. The bluesy song “Rut Jawaan Jawaan” featured several close-ups of Chic Chocolate playing his trumpet solos from the bandstand. Chic had lived with his wife, Martha and his children in an apartment in Colaba.

Like Chic Chocolate, many instrument players from Goa joined Hindi film music world. Many of them became assistants or arrangers for major Music Directors, in due course. Some well known names from among them were Anthony Gonsalves, Chick Chocolate, Cris Perry, Frank Fernando, Sebastian D’souza, Shridhar parsekar (all from Goa), Enoch Daniels, Shyamrao Kamble, Anil Mohile, Bal Parte etc etc.

Being with leading composers for quite some time, some of these arrangers developed a desire to become Music Directors themselves. Few of them even tried their hand at composing music to some films independently. Most of them failed miserably and soon returned to their practised avocation again.

According to D.O.Bhansali,a leading sound Recordist of the 60s and the 70s, a group of arrangers, namely Dattaram, Enoch Daniels and Sebastian D’souza together gave music to film ‘Street Singer’-1966, under the name of “Sooraj”. After this one film, the group disintegrated. There are , however, some cases where the one time assistants or arrangers became famous and successful independent Music Directors. In fact, most MDs were assistants in the beginning of their careers to gain knowledge and experience.

The lead pair of film Nadaan-51 was Dev Anand and Madhubala. It was a divine pleasure to see handsome Dev and the most beautiful actress Madhubala together in a film. First film of this pair was Nirala-50. They acted in total 8 films. The other films were, Madhubala-50, Aaraam-51, Armaan-53, Kala Pani-58, Jaali Note-60 and Sharabi-64.

Film Nadaan-51 was directed by Heera Singh, who had earlier directed2 films namely Jeena seekho-46 and Namoona-49. Later on he directed few more films like Talash-52, Lakhon mein ek-55, Qeemat-56 and Dayaar e Habeeb-56.

There were 9 songs in the film. Today’s song will e 6th song to be posted here. The film can boast of having a famous Talat song “aa teri tasveer bana loo”in it. Other than this song remaining songs were ordinary. I always wondered, when these assistants/arrangers are with their Music Directors, they give very good tunes/songs, but independently,none of them gave above average songs. may be this was the reason they could not extend their work as MDs for long. Today’s song is a fun song video shot on Dev and Madhubala.


Song-Chalti huyi gaadi jo ho jaaye phatt re (Naadaan)(1951) Singers-C Ramchandra, Lata, Lyrics-P L Santoshi, MD-Chic Chocolate
Chorus

Lyrics

chalti huyi gaadi
jo ho jaaye fatt re
peechhe na hatt re
aage hi datt re
ho peechhe na hatt
arre aage hi datt
kabhi peechhe na hatt
are aage hi datt re
ae ae ae ae
chalti huyi gaadi
jo ho jaaye fatt re
peechhe na hatt re
aage hi datt re
ho peechhe na hatt
are aage hi datt
kabhi peechhe na hatt
arre aage hi datt re
ae ae ae ae
ho o

seth ji ko darr hai
ji moti kamar hai
ji moti kamar hai

ji moti kamar hai
seth ji ko darr hai
ji moti kamar hai
ji moti kamar hai

ji moti kamar hai
bal na kahin kha jaaye
haaye haaye haaye
arre haaye haaye haaye
arre haaye haaye haaye haaye
pet ye na jaaye kahin fatt re
tond ye na jaaye kahin ghatt re
kabhi peechhe na hatt
are aage hi datt
kabhi peechhe na hatt
arre aage hi datt re
ae ae ae ae
chalti huyi gaadi
jo ho jaaye fatt re
peechhe na hatt re
aage hi datt re
ho peechhe na hatt
arre aage hi datt
kabhi peechhe na hatt
are aage hi datt re
ae ae ae ae
ho o

baaba ki sun lo
o baat mere baabu
o baat mere baabu
o baat mere baabu
mushqil mein chhodo
na haath mere baabu
o haath mere baabu
o haath mere baabu
sabne diya jo saath mere baabu
ho saath mere baabu

ho saath mere baabu
patt ho jaaye baazi to ho jaaye chitt re
peechhe na hatt re
aage hi datt re
ho peechhe na hatt
arre aage hi datt
kabhi peechhe na hatt
arre aage hi datt re
ae ae ae ae
chalti huyi gaadi
jo ho jaaye fatt re
peechhe na hatt re
aage hi datt re
ho peechhe na hatt
are aage hi datt
kabhi peechhe na hatt
arre aage hi datt re
ae ae ae ae
chalti huyi gaadi
jo ho jaaye fatt re

(o o o o o o)
peechhe na hatt re
aage hi datt re
ho peechhe na hatt
arre aage hi datt

(o o o o o o)
kabhi peechhe na hatt
are aage hi datt re
ae ae ae ae
ho o

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1 Response to "Chalti huyi gaadi jo ho jaaye phatt re"

I find this blog very informative & this song delightful !
I will listen to all other Dev CR songs.

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