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Rock n Rolla, Haseenon Ka Tola

Posted on: April 9, 2017


This article is written by Sudhir, 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.

Fabulous Foot Tappers – 7
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When the previous instalment in this series was posted, I had started it with the word ‘Goodness’. It was because that post came in after a gap of 5 months from the one previous to it. Now I am thinking what word to use – this instalment is now coming in almost 17 (seventeen) months from the previous post. Maybe you would say, the less said the better. 😉

Coming to the seventh in the series. A small miracle that this song survived the long hiatus in the interim. What I mean is that one or maybe two of the songs that I had shortlisted earlier for this series, have since been posted by other contributors. The missed opportunity is my own doing, but nonetheless, I believe the best one is now here.

It is possible that you may have heard this song before. It was a discovery of sorts for me when I had picked it up in my original list for this series. At that time I had not heard of this song earlier, and I just could not resist clicking the replay button over and over and over again. One of the fastest paced dance songs, if not the fastest, that I have heard yet. Coming from 1961, this song is pure Rock n Roll that was very much the popular genre of that era. This genre, having come into the popular milieu around the mid 1950s in the west, was on ascending heights in 1961, when this song was created for the film ‘Miss Chaalbaaz’. From the late 1950s to well into the 60s, music directors all composed rock and roll songs for Hindi films, some of which became very popular.

‘Miss Chaalbaaz’ is a stunt film production from the banner of Hind Pictures, Bombay and is directed by Pyaarelal. One of the films in which Helen played the female lead role. Other members of the star cast include Shah Agha, KN Singh, Sheila Kashmiri, Sheikh, Jilani, Rajan Kapur, Majnu, Bela, Miss Nazar, Lekhraj Chaudhry, M Wahid, Nasreen, Mohini Mala, Vikram Kumar, Nina, Ismail Azad Qawwaal amongst others. Majority of the cast reads like the supporting list of junior artists, indicating of course, that this was a low budget B/C grade film. But then, as often told in these pages, absolutely fantastic gems are to be found in these films. As is this one.

HFGK lists five songs for this film. As per listing of gramophone record numbers, apparently only three songs of this film were released on 78 rpm records. Music is from the mind of that obscure music director Jimmy or James Singh, who is mostly known only through his songs. Pankaj Raag has devoted about half page to this music director in his book, ‘Dhunon Ki Yatra’, but it mostly is a listing of his films and important songs. Two items he has noted are, that Jimmy has sung some songs in the 1950s, and that it was under his baton that Kishore Kumar did his first yodeling stint, in the 1950 film ‘Muqaddar’. Jimmy was confined mostly to stunt and costume drama films. He continued to be active till 1968, after which we see a period of silence, till two more films in 1980s. And then we hear from him no more.

The five songs of this film are penned by three lyricists – Khawar Zamaan, Akhtar Romani and Anwar Farrukhabaadi. This song is penned by Akhtar Romani.

Of the three available songs, one is already showcased here, as part of my other series titled ‘Ye Hai Bombay Meri Jaan’ – “O Bambaiwaali Chhokri Tu Ruk Ja Vallah”. I present the second song of this film on our blog, as this fabulous foot tapping number, rendered with so much zest by Geeta Dutt, supported by a chorus of voices.

The notable thing is the pace at which the rhythm and the melody progress through the song. With very few repetitions, this three and a half minute song contains an unbelievable 5 antaraas. That will give you an idea on how fast the pace of this song is. As the song plays, I find myself starting to move with the rhythm, tapping my feet and moving my shoulders. I am sure you will too, and you will also be clicking the play button again and again – that is how impressive this song is. The chorus of voices lend a powerful support to this racy number.

Given that Helen is the female lead in this film, it is almost certain that she has performed this song on screen. However, in the absence of a video clip (for which there is no hope of discovery), I will not state that as a certainty.

Listen to this fabulously constructed and wonderfully paced rocking melody. And wonder.

Song – Rock n Rolla, Haseenon Ka Tola (Miss Chaalbaaz) (1961) Singer – Geeta Dutt, Lyrics – Akhtar Romani, MD – Jimmy
Chorus

Lyrics

rock n rolla
haseenon ka tola
nigaahon mein shola
ye bam ka gola baabbu
rock n rolla
haseenon ka tola
nigaahon mein shola
ye bam ka gola baabbu

haaye re ye bhiga bhiga mausam
baras rahi hai shabnam
paani mein dheema dheema sargam
taras rahe tanha hum
lehron ke sang dil dola. . .
rock n rolla
haseenon ka tola
nigaahon mein shola
ye bam ka gola baabbu

mister educated hain
poore suited booted hain

mister educated hain
poore suited booted hain
mister educated hain
poore suited booted hain
jab aate hain
farmaate hain
how do you do
how do you do miss nola
rock n rolla
haseenon ka tola
nigaahon mein shola
ye bam ka gola baabbu

baade saab karela hai
baabu moonchh mundela hai
baade saab karela hai
baabu moonchh mundela hai
sar pe chameli
gaal albele
chehra chikna gola
rock n rolla
haseenon ka tola
nigaahon mein shola
ye bam ka gola baabbu

zulfon mein phool khila ke
akhiyaan gulaabi barsa ke
gori gori baahen lehra ke
behki adaayen dikhla ke
jhoomen bahaaren solah
rock n rolla
haseenon ka tola
nigaahon mein shola
ye bam ka gola baabbu

upar english jaakit hai
andar khaali paakit hai

upar english jaakit hai
andar khaali paakit hai
galey mein phanda. . .
galey mein phanda
kaam na dhandha
baaten taalamtola
rock n rolla
haseenon ka tola
nigaahon mein shola
ye bam ka gola baabbu

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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रॉक्क एण रोल्ला
हसीनों का टोला
निगाहों में शोला
ये बम का गोला बाब्बू
रॉक्क एण रोल्ला
हसीनों का टोला
निगाहों में शोला
ये बम का गोला बाब्बू

हाय रे ये भीगा भीगा मौसम
बरस रही है शबनम
पानी में धीमा धीमा सरगम
तरस रहे तन्हा हम
लहरों के संग दिल डोला॰ ॰ ॰
रॉक्क एण रोल्ला
हसीनों का टोला
निगाहों में शोला
ये बम का गोला बाब्बू

मिस्टर एजूकटेड हैं
पूरे सूटेड बूटेड हैं

मिस्टर एजूकटेड हैं
पूरे सूटेड बूटेड हैं
मिस्टर एजूकटेड हैं
पूरे सूटेड बूटेड हैं
जब आते हैं
फरमाते हैं
हाउ डू यू डू
हाउ डू यू डू मिस नोला
रॉक्क एण रोल्ला
हसीनों का टोला
निगाहों में शोला
ये बम का गोला बाब्बू

बाड़े साब करेला है
बाबू मूंछ मुंडेला है
बाड़े साब करेला है
बाबू मूंछ मुंडेला है
सर पे चमेली
गाल अलबेले
चेहरा चिकना गोला
रॉक्क एण रोल्ला
हसीनों का टोला
निगाहों में शोला
ये बम का गोला बाब्बू

ज़ुल्फों में फूल खिला के
अखियाँ गुलाबी बरसा के
गोरी गोरी बाहें लहरा के
बहकी अदाएं दिखला के
झूमें बहारें सोलह
रॉक्क एण रोल्ला
हसीनों का टोला
निगाहों में शोला
ये बम का गोला बाब्बू

ऊपर इंगलिश जाकिट है
अंदर खाली पाकिट है

ऊपर इंगलिश जाकिट है
अंदर खाली पाकिट है
गले में फंदा॰ ॰ ॰
गले में फंदा
काम ना धंधा
बातें टालमटोला
रॉक्क एण रोल्ला
हसीनों का टोला
निगाहों में शोला
ये बम का गोला बाब्बू

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1 Response to "Rock n Rolla, Haseenon Ka Tola"

Sudhir ji,

Dhunon ki yatra does not give full info on Jimmy aka James singh.

Composer Jimmy is one of those little known composers who never got fame or name in spite of their Talents. His real name was JAMES SINGH. he was a Christian sikh from Ludhiana. He was educated in Delhi.he started his career in Hindi films as a singer in Chorus. he could play many western instruments,especially all types of Guitars.When he failed as a singer,he became assistant to many composers. Finally.he got his chance to compose few songs for film ‘Muqaddar-50’,though with Khemchand Prakash and Bhola Shreshtha. He composed 2 duets of Asha and Kishore. The credit of teaching ” Yodelling ” to Kishore kumar goes to Jimmy. Kishore ‘yodelled ‘first time in this film.

Jimmy then gave music to 14 more films like, Shrimati ji,Smuggler,Awara Shehzadi,Sher e Baghdad,Nek khatoon,pathan,Misschaalbaz,Tarzan and Gorilla,Duniya hai dilwalon ki,Tarzan in fairy land,khoon aur sazaa, pyar ki bazi,Aakhir and his last film,Sachhi Ibadat-1987.Inspite of giving sweet and melodious songs of a variety,Jimmy never came upto A class. He always remained a composer for C grade films. Anyway,as long as Kishore’s yodelling is heard,Jimmy’s name will be remembered.

Jimmy came to filmdom to become a singer. He sang in films like Imandar-39,Baghi-39,Pyar-40,Jadu nagri-40,Anjaam-40, and maya Nagri-44. After this he never sang again in films.

Jimmy wrote 3 songs for film sher e baghdad-57 also.

-AD

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