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Chaandi lutaa le chaahe sona bahaa le

Posted on: July 3, 2017

This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in If this article appears in sites like and etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Today’s song is from film Raajkanya-55. It is a wonderful song by Rafi. Written by G.S.Nepali, it has been composed by the king of melody, my favourite Music Director Chitragupta.

Even if a beautiful girl is born in a dismally poor family, her beauty is no less, even if a poor family boy tops a competitive exam, his marks do not get diluted, even if a small town boy becomes a CEO of a world famous organization, his intelligence is not diminished. Exactly same way, though Chitragupta never became an A grade composer and was not backed by any famous actor, singer or a production house consistently, his songs will forever remain melodious.

Have you realised that every film of Chitragupta had at least one song which became popular. Actually Lata Mangeshkar was quite close to Chitragupta and his family. She used to relish their Bihari food. Lata was a regular member of picniiks by Chitragupta and his family. However she only supported, first C.Ramchandra, then Madan Mohan and then Laxmikant – Pyarelal, till the end and to the hilt. It is to the credit of Chitragupta than he never ever took undue advantage of his personal proximity to Lata !

Mohd. Rafi respected Chitragupta very much and had always given priority to his recordings.Rafi had said that he truly enjoyed singing Chitragupta’s songs due to their melody.

Mohd. Rafi, no doubt, was a versatile singer. Like Lata, when he came on the scene of playback singing-after considerable hard work and struggle- one by one, he replaced the old singers who sang in the films.

Ashok Kumar’s singing spree stopped when Rafi sang for him in film Saajan-47.
Ishwarlal stopped singing when Rafi sang for him in film Sharbati Aankhen-45
Shahu Modak stopped after Chakradhari-54
W.M.Khan after Aalam Ara-56
Master Nissar ater Boot polish-54
G.M.Durrani after Lal Pathar-71
Karan Dewan after Duniya-49
N M Charlie after Zameen ke Tare-60
Balak Ram after Shri Ram Bharat Milan-65
Moti Sagar after Paak Daman-57
Man Mohan krishna after Basant bahar-56

Mohd. Rafi even sang for some composers who used to sing in films:-

S N Tripathi -Pawanputra Hanuman-57
Snehal Bhatkar-Bawre Nain-50 ( he was doing a Beggar’s role) and
Sudhir Sen- Saat Phere-70

Rafi was the only male playback singer who sang with 3 major singer actresses

Khursheed- Aage Badho-47 and
Suraiya- many (13) films.

Coming from a very humble beginning and after hard work and struggle, Rafi had his ups and downs in his career. Like any other big and popular star, he too had his critics,detractors and people who tried to use him. Though he understood their game, he never reacted adversely and always acted very professionally. Ace composer Anil Biswas never liked Rafi’s singing and he had openly passed a remark to that effect ( which,of course, he denied later). However whenever Anil ji called him to sing for him, Rafi always did it professionally, without indicating anything else. Similarly, C.Ramchandra, Roshan, Salil Chaudhari and R D Burman were also not amongst his fans, but he sang for them all, whenever called to do so.

Mohd. Rafi, on his part, had no enemies. he had a clash with leading singer Lata on two counts. One when Lata raised the Royalty issue and two, when Lata’s name came in Guinness Book for 25000 songs. He however, patched up readily, when interested composers intervened, because his nature was not vengeful basically.

Rafi understood how a small singer would feel and he never refused or hesitated to sing with less known or small time singers( unlike Lata ). Thus Rafi sang with singers like Gandhari (Rane), Razia Begum, Chandbala, Chand Burke, Kumudini Dikshit, Malti Pandey, Paro Devi, Laxmi Roy ( Geeta Dutt’s sister and Pramod Chakravarty’s wife), Laxmi Shankar, Pramodini Desai Patkar,Nirmala devi, Ramola,Uma Devi, meena Kapoor,Pushpa Huns etc etc. Some of these became well known later on.

Rafi had sung with old timers like Rajkumari ( she was the first female playback singer to sing with him in his career), Zohrabai, Hameeda Bano, Lalita Deulkar, Mohantara Ajinkya etc etc. However when these old timers eclipsed, he sang with the remaining major singers like Asha Bhonsle ( 806 songs), Lata ( 344 songs ), Shamshad Begum ( 160 songs ), Suman Kalyanpur ( 141 songs ) and also Geeta Dutt, Mubarak Begum, Sudha Malhotra, Usha Mangeshkar etc etc.

Rafi probably was the only male singer who sang for maximum number of 2 generation actors, like

Raj Kapoor- Randhir/Rishi Kapoor
Mumtaz ali-Mehmood
Jayant- Amjad
Premnath-Prem kishen
Agha- Jalal Agha
Jeevan- Kiran kumar etc etc

During his career Rafi saw many child stars graduating to adult Heroes. He sang for such actors like Suresh, Anant Marathe, Jagdeep,Vinod Mehra, Sachin, Mahesh Kumar, Sudhir Kumar etc .

Among Heros, he sang maximum songs for Shammi Kapoor-183 songs. In film Basant, he sang 8 songs and in Kashmir ki kali, he sang 7 songs for Shammi Kapoor. Rafi sang many songs for Dev and Dilip. For a long time Mukesh and Manna Dey were considered Raj Kapoor’s voice. Rafi sang 31 songs for Raj Kapoor – 7 solos and 24 duets. When Rafi first sang in film Deedar for Dilip Kumar, Mehboob Khan told Dilip, ” This is your voice. Hereafter sing only in this voice.” Dilip followed the advise till he was lured by Kishore’s voice later on.

As far as Music Directors are concerned, Rafi sang maximum songs for Laxmikant Pyarelal, 369-186 solos, followed by Shankar Jaikishan, 341-216 solo. Surprisingly third number is Chitragupta with 247 songs, Ravi-235, R D Burman-222, O P Nayyar-197-57 solos, Naushad- 149-81 solos and Usha Khanna-114 songs.

Of all the singers ( including Saigal) who sang Hindi songs, I consider Rafi a complete, versatile and perfect singer. He was, additionally, a very religious, honest, simple and kind person.

Today’s song comes from film Rajkanya-55. The film was produced by Chandrakant Desai and Director was Vinod Desai. The banner was Vinod films. The cast was Nalini jaywant, Manhar Desai, Bipin Gupta, Sunder, B M Vyas, Sapru etc etc.

Manhar Desai was a Gujarati Christian-real name Malcolm Alfredo D’souza. He was born on 3-8-1917. He used to stammer when he was a boy. He used to act and sing in dramas and due to his stammering style, he was very popular on stage. After completing High school, he ran away to Bombay to join Films, but could not even enter any studio, Disappointed, he returned to his home and restarted studies. He joined Wilson college in Bombay for graduation. In college he started acting and singing on stage. He had a friend N.C.Pandey, who was also mad after films. He promised Manhar that if he becomes a Director, he will make manhar a Hero. While in college Manhar married his classmate, who was from U.P.

In 1947, Manhar got a call from his friend N.C.Pandey, who was to direct a Hindi film. He made manhar the Hero of this film and thus fulfilled his promise. Toofani Sawar-47 was the first film of Manhar Desai, in Hindi. He was invited to work in film Gunsundari-48 ( Gujarati), opposite Nirupa Roy. The film was Hit and he acted in next film Mangal Phera-49 with Nirupa Roy. This too became a Hit film in Gujarati and then there was no looking back. His next Hindi film was Madhosh-51 opposite Meena kumari. Following their success in Gujarati, Nirupa Roy and Manhar were paired in several Mythological films in Hindi. Films Naag Panchami-53 and Shivratri-54 made him a popular Hero in Hindi mythological films.

Manhar Desai was fond of Reading. During breaks in shooting, he would catch up with his reading. He also was a good painter. Manhar worked in 106 Hindi films. His last film was Nal Damyanti-88. In the last phase of his career, he was disillusioned about the working in films in this era, so he gave up working and retired. Manhar Desai died on 25-2-1992.

Film Raajkanya-55, a Costume film, had music by Chitragupta,assisted by Dilip Dholakia. The film had 8 songs in it. Today’s song is only the 2nd song to be discussed here. This song had become quite popular in those days. I remember listening to this song on Radio frequently. Enjoy this melodious song from Chitragupta……


Song-Chaandi luta le chaahe sona baha le (Raaj Kanya)(1955) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-G S Nepali, MD-Chitragupta


chaandi luta le chaahe sona baha le
kismat ka likha hua tale na taale
chaandi luta le chaahe sona baha le
kismat ka likha hua tale na taale

wo hai khilaadi
tu hai khilauna
jeewan hai tera
honi ka hona
hansna aur rona
wo hai khilaadi
tu hai khilauna
jeewan hai tera
honi ka hona
hansna aur rona
tilak lagaa le
chaahe ganga nahaa le
kismat ka likha hua tale na taale
chaandi luta le chaahe sona baha le
kismat ka likha hua tale na taale

faslon ki baali
phoolon ki pyaali
karta wahi hai
bhar bhar ke khaali
chaandi ki thhaali
faslon ki baali
phoolon ki pyaali
karta wahi hai
bhar bhar ke khaali
chaandi ki thhaali
kaaghaz likha le
chaahe pothi chhapa le
kismat ka likha hua tale na taale
chaandi luta le chaahe sona baha le
kismat ka likha hua tale na taale

matlab ke pher mein
main main na karna
na jaane kab ho tujhko guzarna
jeete jee marna
matlab ke pher mein
main main na karna
na jaane kab ho tujhko guzarna
jeete jee marna
jantar jagaa le
chaahe mantar padhaa le
kismat ka likha hua tale na taale
chaandi luta le chaahe sona baha le
kismat ka likha hua tale na taale

5 Responses to "Chaandi lutaa le chaahe sona bahaa le"

Ah, thoroughly enjoyed this post, Arunji. As usual, very informative.

I knew about the others, but I didn’t know about Roshan. Some of his career’s biggest hits came from Rafisaab, no? Barsaat ki Raat, Aarti, Taj Mahal, Chitralekha, to name a few. That only shows Rafisaab’s professionalism – like you say, he was never vengeful towards anyone.

Seeing your list of multi-generation, I was thinking of 3 generations – Prithviraj, Raj, Randhir/Rishi. Rafisaab has sung for Prithviraj too, hasn’t he?

Once again, thanks for this post, Arunji. Some very interesting stats too of Rafisaab’s songs for various composers and with co-artistes. I also like the fact that he sang with many less-known singers, another sign of his big heart.

This song is also a very nice song. Am a big fan of Chitragupt myself. His compositions were always pleasant to the ear. One of my favs is “mujhe dard-e-dil ka pataa na tha”. Also Lata’s “dil ka diya, jalaa ke gaya”. And songs of Ganga Ki Lehren. And the fun song from Aulad – jodi hamari. Just love it. So many other songs too – needs to be recognised much more.


Raja ji,
Thanks for your comments. I am glad you find the write up interesting.


Arun Ji,
Enjoyed reading a detailed account of my most favorite Hindi film play back singer, Mohmd Rafi. Interesting stats too.
I can not imagine some MD’s not being his fans.( as stated by you).
I have read a lot about Rafi, the human being. You have restated and emphasized it. Nice to know he had no hang up about singing with ‘smaller’ singers.
Though I am not a big fan of Chitragupta, I consider His ‘Jaag dile diwana’ sung by Rafi to be an all time great song
Thanks for the post.



Sometimes I wonder as to why Chitragupt was considered a ‘B’ grade composer when a number of his songs were better than the songs we consider as ‘A’ grade. We may agree that he might not have been given ‘A’ grade movies for composing music, but his music was always well above those ‘B’ or ‘C’ grade films. Which Music Director could have composed songs such as “Aaj ki raat naya chand leke aaiyi hai”, “Main kaun hoon main kahan hoon”, “tadpaoge Tadpalo hum tadap tadap kar”, “Aaj is darja pila do”, “Lagi chhote na ab to sanam”, “Rang dil ki dhadkan bhi lati to hogi”, “Dil ko lakh sambhala”, “Deewane tum deewane hum”, “Chand jane kahan kho gaya”, “Dil ka diya jalake gaya”, “Teri duniya se door chale hoke majboor”, “Mujhe dard e dil ka pata na tha”, “Agar dil kisi se”. I think, no one.

I am a great fan of Chitragupt’s music and consider him at par with the ‘A’ grade Music Directors.


Very true.
Thanks for concurring.


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