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Kaanton ke saaye mein phoolon ka ghar hai

Posted on: October 21, 2016

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Today (21 october 2016) is the birth anniversary of one of Hindi cinema’s most popular leading men, Shammi Kapoor. And, as is our practice on this blog, we remember , and pay tribute, to him today.

It was on this day, in 1931, that Shammi Kapoor was born as the second scion of an illustrious film family. In fact, the numero uno film family of the industry.

His father, Prithviraj Kapoor, was a big star in his time. His elder brother, Raj Kapoor, was also already a big star by the time Shammi Kapoor made his film debut. It is therefore understandable that in the beginning, Shammi Kapoor was probably a bit in their shadow. He tried to conform to what was then the industry trend, without trying to forge much of his own identity.

As it turned out, this was a disaster. Being a newcomer, when the industry was ruled by the stars of the time, Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand (and even Bharat Bhushan) there was not much scope for an actor who would be just another “also ran”. That is how Shammi Kapoor’s early films were. Nothing particularly special about any of them or his roles – he was in danger of fading away as another failed actor.

But many are the stories of the industry – both of turnarounds (positive) and crashes (negative). Sometimes it takes one break, just one, to turn things around. And then, if you can ride that wave and keep up the momentum, there’s a chance you’ll have a sustained run for as long as you can carry on the show. After all, like they say, nothing succeeds like success.

In the case of Shammi Kapoor, this turned out to be very true. That one break turned out to be Nasir Hussain’s Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1957). A complete makeover – moustache removed, hair style reworked – and a gungho, dashing stye, with a swagger, and an attitude to match – this was how Shammi Kapoor was presented to the audience in this film. Or maybe I should say rebirth, because that was the end of the old Shammi Kapoor and the birth of a new one.

Oh, how the audience lapped it up. They just loved this “fun” Shammi Kapoor. They had not quite seen anything like this before, seeing as most of the fare dished out at the time was slow, melodramatic, often tragic, stuff.

Tumsa Nahin Dekha (1957) turned out to be a mega hit. Not just Shammi Kapoor but even the music (composed by OP Nayyar) was a blockbuster hit.

But most importantly, it turned the tide for the industry. A trend had been set, the pulse of the audience had been sensed to want more of this – and more of this they got.

And Shammi Kapoor was right at the centre of it all. In fact, he led this revolution, which was then followed right through the 60s decade by the likes of Joy Mukherjee, Biswajeet and many others of the time.

Right from 1957 till about 1970, Shammi Kapoor ruled. The big 3 were still around of course – and had their share of hits – but the 60s (Swinging Sixties as they were called) are identified more with Shammi Kapoor than with any other actor of the time. His string of successes, even if the storylines weren’t particularly original or strong, bear testimony to this.

When you watched a Shammi Kapoor film of the time, you knew you were in for light-hearted entertainment and fabulous songs. By his very presence, Shammi Kapoor could light up the screen. His style had women swooning over him. His dancing was special – apparently he didn’t even need a choreographer, he could just come up with his own moves on the floor, and they’d be better than anything anyone could think up.

He had his ups and downs. Losing Geeta Bali, that too so young, was a massive, immeasurable loss. It naturally took him a while to come out of it. But, with persuasion from his family members, he did – and moved on with his life, as he had to.

By the end of the 60s, his knees were giving him trouble. They’d taken a lot of beating through the years – and he couldn’t continue with the same vigour and energy he’d shown through the decade. So, at the start of the 70s decade, Shammi Kapoor took a break from acting, to spend some time with his parents. Which is just as well, because they passed away within a couple of weeks of each other in May-June 1972.

In the mid-70s, we saw Shammi Kapoor back in action – but this time, more portly, and not so much a leading man anymore. He tried his hand at producing and directing, but with only moderate success.

After that, we got to see Shammi Kapoor, the character actor, in a number of films. Right till the early 2000s, one could see him in films. Often as father of the hero or heroine.

By the 2000s, his health had begun to deteriorate. He needed to get dialysis done thrice a week, a fact that he just took in his stride. Like he said “I give 3 days a week to the hospital, but I still have 4 days to myself”.

And that was typically Shammi Kapoor.

His attitude towards life is one of the main reasons he is so much loved. And not just by people of his generation, but by every generation younger than him. Even teenagers.

Shammi Kapoor endeared himself to them all. He was a pioneer in India in getting his hands wet with technology – long before most of India had access to the internet, he was using it. He created his own website on it, narrated anecdotes, uploaded pictures of family. I remember enjoying reading all this in the mid-1990s.

No wonder he was so popular with the younger crowd. He was an inspiration to them, even if he was 40-50 years older than them.

Later, almost at the age of 80, he made a series of videos called “Shammi Kapoor Unplugged” where, in each episode, he discussed a particular topic. These are available on youtube – I’ve watched them all, and thoroughly enjoyed them. Again, his positive, fun attitude comes through very strongly in them.

Today, as we pay tribute to Shammi Kapoor, we remember not just his acting career, but the person he was. For he was much more than just his acting. Actors come and go, people like Shammi Kapoor are a rarity.

So thank you, Shammiji, for being the person you were – and for giving us so much entertainment over the years.

Now, to the song for today.

This is from the film “Vallah Kya Baat Hai” (1962).

It’s picturised on Shammi Kapoor – but it isn’t a Rafisaab song.

It’s sung by Manna Dey. This seems strange to me – not because Manna Dey’s voice hadn’t been used for Shammi before this (it had – in Ujala), but because other songs of this film are with Rafisaab’s voice. Besides, it’s the type of song you’d expect Rafisaab to sing, it has no elements that would seem to make Manna Dey a better fit for it.

So I wonder why this particular song is with Manna Dey’s voice. Maybe there’s a story behind this?
Or maybe not.

The song is composed by Roshan. One of the few films where Roshan has composed for a Shammi Kapoor starrer.

It’s a scene with Shammi Kapoor and kids in a park – somewhat reminiscent of Brahmachari (1968) a few years later. He’s giving them some advice about life. I have seen this film but I cannot quite remember the context of this particular song in it.

In any case, it’s a pleasant enough song – I hope you enjoy it.


Video – Part I

Video – Part II

Song-Kaanton ke saaye mein phoolon ka ghar hai (Vallah Kya Baat Hai)(1962) Singer-Manna Dey, Lyrics-Prem Dhawan, MD-Roshan


kaanton ke saaye mein
phoolon ka ghar hai
phoolon ke ghar pe jo
teri nazar hai
kaante hataa ke phool chun le
O raaja sun sun sun le
O raaja sun sun sun le

daali daali jhoome jaise titli ee
khel tu bhi jag ki hawaaon se
to kaanton ko bhi hansna sikhaaye jaa
o bholo bhaali apni adaaon se
jiski yaari bahaaron ki raahon se
usey bhala kisi ka kya darr hai
kaanton ke saaye mein
phoolon ka ghar hai
phoolon ke ghar pe jo
teri nazar hai
kaante hataa ke phool chun le
O raaja sun sun sun le
O ho ho ho ho
O raaja sun sun sun le

pyaare yahaan aasha ke chiraagon ki ee
dukh ki pawan hamjoli hai
duniya mein neki se buraayi ki ee
sadaa yehi aankh michauli hai
aankh jisne bhalaayi pe kholi hai
usey bhala kisi ka kya darr hai

o raaja sun sun sun le
ho ho
o raaja sun sun sun le

gori gori hansi teri jo kabhi ee
dab jaaye gham kaale kaale se
ban ja himmat ka sitaara tu
apne hi mann ke ujaale se
dhoondhe rastaa jo mann ke ujaale se
usey bhala kisi ka kya darr hai
kaanton ke saaye mein
phoolon ka ghar hai
phoolon ke ghar pe jo
teri nazar hai
kaante hataa ke phool chun le
O raaja sun sun sun le
raaja sun sun sun le ae ae

Hmm hmm hmm
Hmm hmm
Hmm hmm
Hmm hmm hmm
Hmm ho ha

2 Responses to "Kaanton ke saaye mein phoolon ka ghar hai"

The very fact that the song confused the listners is a huge compliment for Mannada. Remember Mannada singing for RK; it was runaway success..


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