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Ye tooti botal ke tukde

Posted on: October 30, 2016


This article is written by Raja, 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, the 30th of October 2016, is the death anniversary of Vinod Mehra, yesteryear actor.

When Vinod Mehra died in 1990 of a heart attack, at the young age of 45, it came as a shock to many, including myself. He had been a familiar figure in films for the previous two decades, with reasonable success. And at 45, still had plenty to look forward to in his career and life.

But nobody can predict life and death – we have seen other sudden deaths in the industry, like those of composers Roshan and Jaikishen, who also died young. We are usually left only with memories. And a sense of “what if”.

My memories of Vinod Mehra are inextricably linked with my childhood, because that was the 1970s – and that was the decade that he came into prominence as a young actor. He had started his career as a child artiste earlier but began playing lead roles only from the start of the 70s decade.

Some might remember Vinod Mehra in the role of Nandu in Amar Prem (1971). Although the film was out-and-out a Sharmila-Rajesh film, the role of Nandu, the boy who takes solace in Pushpa(Sharmila)’s love as opposed to his stepmother’s, is also remembered. Vinod Mehra played the older Nandu who returns to his village to seek out Pushpa .

Vinod Mehra then acted in a fair number of leading man roles in the early-mid 70s – and met with reasonable success, given the times.

I say “given the times” because for me, the early 70s were a special time in Hindi cinema. I’ve said this before – I don’t know any other era when there were SO many aspiring actors trying to make it in Hindi cinema – and many of them as leading men.

Vinod Khanna, Shatrughan Sinha went into villain roles first and then transitioned to leading man roles.

Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Dhawan, Ajay Sahni (later changed his name to Parikshat Sahni), Kabir Bedi, Rakesh Roshan, Vijay Arora, Vikram, Rakesh Pandey, Romesh Sharma…to just name a few.

And then there were the existing big names. Dharmendra, Shashi Kapoor, Manoj Kumar, Dev Anand, Rajendra Kumar (though he was slowing down) still going active.

And of course the superstar who I kept for last – Rajesh Khanna.

Such was his wave that everyone else had to hold tight not to be swept away. Even the established actors felt it, let alone the newcomers.

In these times, Vinod Mehra still managed to hold his own.

Elaan (1971) was a fun film, where he did the “invisible man” act, much like Anil Kapoor in Mr. India many years later.

Ek Thi Reeta (1971) was a success – always useful early in an actor’s career.

Parde Ke Peechhey (1971), a murder mystery I remember all too well from my childhood days, was an ok film – I don’t know how it did at the box-office

Lal Patthar (1971), a film best remembered for Hema Malini and Raj Kumar, still gave him visibility, thanks to the most popular song of the film “geet gaata hoon main” being picturised on him.
But I think it was the huge success of Anuraag (1972) that gave him a rather secure footing in the industry. Though the film was primarily focussed on a blind Moushumi and her relationship with the boy, it was a big hit – with all the songs becoming very popular. Vinod Mehra, acting opposite Moushumi, got a big boost from this film.

After that, he continued to act throughout the decade, sometimes as leading man, sometimes in a character role – but was a regular throughout the decade.

I remember him opposite Moushumi Chatterjee in a fair number of films. After the success of Anuraag, they also did Raftaar, Do Jhoot, Us Paar and Sabse Bada Rupaya together. It was a popular pairing at the time.

Vinod Mehra was also very good friends with Mehmood and often did a role in Mehmood’s films, even if it was only a guest role. Kunwara Baap, Sabse Bada Rupaya and Ginny aur Johny are names that come to mind. He also co-starred with Mehmood in Do Phool (1974).

Many other films come to mind. With Rajesh Khanna in Anurodh (1977), with Amitabh Bachchan in Jurmana (1979) and Khud-daar and Bemisaal (1982). He wasn’t the lead role in any of these, but gave a solid performance in them all.

And of course, Ghar (1978). The film that changed my impression of Rekha as an actor and which I have memories of. A movie with some of the finest songs of the decade.

Vinod Mehra will always remain an integral part of the film-watching experience of my childhood. And for that, I am thankful to him. Ok, so he was not THE big star of the time – but not everyone can be become such. But like Milton said “they also serve, who stand and wait”. And Vinod Mehra served – and served well. For all of two decades, till death snatched him from us. Surviving those two decades in the industry as a top leading man is an achievement in itself. So, thank you to him.

Now, we move on to the song for today.

This is from the film Bandagi (1972).

To be honest, I had never heard of this film till today. When I was looking for a song for today for Vinod Mehra, I had many options. Songs of Parde ke Peechhey (1971), Do Phool (1974) for instance. But I’ve deliberately picked this song, for 2 reasons.

First, ever since Atul’s post yesterday where he’s listed out in detail, statistics, year by year, of no. of films covered and still-to-go on this blog, I have the urge to try to bridge the gap and introduce more more films to the blog. See it as a “sabka saath, sabka vikaas” initiative where hitherto-missed out films also get their mention. 🙂

I couldn’t find this film, Bandagi, covered yet – so it was my preferred option.

Second reason is, when I listened to this song (which I’ve never heard before), I found it interesting. For the following reason.

Kishore was, of course, in his element in 1972. Shankar-Jaikishen on the other hand, were in decline. In fact, Jaikishen had already died. Shankar Jaikishan were very well-known for their fastish, high-pitched songs (“dil ke jharokhe” types). To see them try this style with Kishore is intriguing in its own way.

Please listen to the song and let me know what you think of it. I quite like it and have listened to it many times already today. 🙂

Audio

Video

Song-Ye tooti botal ke tukde(Bandagi)(1972) Singer-Kishore Kumar, Lyrics-Rajinder Krishan, MD-Shankar Jaikishan

Lyrics

Ye tooti botal ke tukde
O sanam
O sanam
Bewafaa aa aa
Har tukda hai tasveer mere dil ki
Berehem
Bewafaa aa aa
Ye tooti botal ke tukde
O sanam
O sanam
Bewafaa

Kaho to sab ke khaali jaam
apne khoon se bhar doon
Jo na-manzoor ho to
is se tohfa aur behtar doon
Chiraagon ko bujha doon
dil jalaa kar raushni kar doon
Kaho to sab ke khaali jaam
apne khoon se bhar doon
Jo na-manzoor ho to
is se tohfa aur behtar doon
Chiraagon ko bujha doon
dil jalaa kar raushni kar doon oon
Ye tooti botal ke tukde
O sanam
O sanam
Bewafaa aa aa
Har tukda hai tasveer mere dil ki
Berehem
Bewafaa

Main sapna to na thha
tumne magar sapna banaa daala
Mujhe patthar samajh kar
apne raste se hataa daala
Bhikhari hi to hoon
achha kiya dar se uthhaa daala
Main sapna to na thha
tumne magar sapna banaa daala
Mujhe patthar samajh kar
apne raste se hataa daala
Bhikhari hi to hoon
achha kiya dar se uthhaa daala aa
Ye tooti botal ke tukde
O sanam
O sanam
Bewafaa aa aa
Har tukda hai tasveer mere dil ki
Berehem
Bewafaa aa aa
Ye tooti botal ke tukde
O sanam
O sanam
Bewafaa aa
Bewafaa aa
Bewafaa

5 Responses to "Ye tooti botal ke tukde"

Another example of SJ or rather S’s hurtling downhill.
VM was a sad example how mismanaged success going overboard leads to death. Add to it booze and cigs. A la Rajesh K. Panjus love to do it in excess.

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Raja Ji,
You have captured Vinod Mehra’s carreer graph very well. He was a likeable actor. His role in Amar Prem is will remembered by many.
As for the song Nitin Ji is right Though SJ are my favorites, this song is clearly an example of fading SJ brand .

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Raja Saab, thanks for this post remembering Vinod Mehra on the blog.
I liked all his movies that he had acted in and those I have watched so far.
And thanks for launching this movie on the blog. I had noted this title to be introduced on the blog, but I think, I have never heard any of its songs earlier including this one.
So far for the song with this post – liked this one by Kishore Kumar. Nowadays I am listening more and more of Kishore Kumar songs, and have came across many which I am listening for the first time, so still we have a long way to go …

Thanks again !!

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