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Na Biwi Na Bachcha, Na Baap Bada Na Maiyya

Posted on: July 23, 2017


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 (23rd July 2017) is the death anniversary of one of the most popular comedian artistes of yesteryear, Mehmood (29 September 1932 – 23 July 2004).  On this occasion I’d like to pay a humble tribute to him.

To call Mehmood just a comedian is not to do him full justice. For, apart from doing very popular comedy roles, he was also a producer and director in his own right. And he also did playback for some songs Not just that, he even wrote for a couple of films  – so, all things considered, he must be considered quite an all rounder. Of course his comedy roles are what made him a big star in the industry and these are what he is best known for.

Mehmood was the son of the famous stage and film actor-dancer of yesteryear, Mumtaz Ali . He was one of eight children – one of his sisters was Minoo Mumtaz, is well-known for her dances and character roles in the 50s and 60s. Mehmood started as a child artiste in a few films – I remember seeing him in Kismet (1943). He did several odd jobs, like selling eggs and poultry products, being a driver. He even taught Meena Kumari table tennis – as a result of this association, he ended up marrying her sister, Madhu.

In films, it took him a while to get recognition and significant roles. He can be seen in small roles in ‘Do Bigha Zameen’ (1953), in ‘CID’ (1956), and in ‘Pyaasa’ (1957). He had somewhat more significant roles in ‘Chhoti Bahen’ (1959),  ‘Shriman Satyavaadi’ (1960) and ‘Miya Biwi Raazi’ (1960), suggesting that his career graph was definitely on the up. And then come 1961 and Mehmood struck gold with the Prasad Productions film ‘Sasuraal’. Not only was the film a huge hit but Mehmood got a Filmfare nomination for Best Supporting Actor. His comedy in the film was hilarious and much-appreciated.

‘Sasuraal’ was also a trend-setter in that it triggered the famous Mehmood-Shubha Khote pairing. And the famous Mehmood-Dhumal partnership. Film after film in the 1960s would feature them, often with success. ‘Sasuraal’ also had two popular songs picturised on Mehmood-Shubha Khote.  They were “Apni Ulfat Pe Zamaane Ka Na Pehra Hota” and “Jaana Tumhaare Pyaar Mein”. Clearly with this film, if not earlier, Mehmood had made his stamp on the industry – as a comedy actor. He never looked back. The screen name Mahesh, that he had in ‘Chhoti Bahen’ (1958) and now in ‘Sasuraal’ (1961) was like a lucky charm for him. He would have that name in at least fifteen films thereafter.

The 60s was a golden decade for Mehmood. He went from strength to strength as producers realized his growing popularity. Much like Johnny Walker who would invariably have a song picturised on him, Mehmood too would get at least one song picturised on him. Often this would be sung by Manna Dey. Sometimes Mehmood, with his antics, would even overshadow the hero of the film. In ‘Gumnaam’ (1965), his screen performance of “Hum Kaale Hain To Kya Hua” stole the show. Even ‘Aulaad’ (1968) is best-remembered for his Charlie Chaplin act opposite Aruna Irani in the song “Jodi Hamari”. And that brings me to his other partnership – with Aruna Irani. This was another successful pairing for Mehmood – one that went well into the 70s.

Among Mehmood’s many films of the 60s, I would like to mention two here. ‘Pyar Kiye Jaa’ (1966) and his home production, ‘Padosan’ (1967). In both these films Mehmood scaled new heights of comedy – and firmly established himself (if any further confirmation was necessary at all) as the leading comedian of the times. By then Johnny Walker was also in decline, so Mehmood was THE most sought-after comedian.

Oh, before I forget, I must mention his partnership with IS Johar, the other well-known maverick comedian.  Mehmood teamed up with him to act in a couple of films,  ‘Johar Mehmood in Goa’  (1965) and ‘Johar Mehmood in Hong Kong’ (1971).

Mehmood continued to be a popular actor through the 70s. Though he did act thereafter, his career slowed down. However, any discussion on Mehmood would be incomplete without referring to his direction and production endeavors. Back in 1961, when he was still not an established actor, Mehmood chose to make a film ‘Chhote Nawab’, directed by his brother Usman Ali. This was the film which gave RD Burman his break.  The film, with Mehmood in a lead role, unfortunately did not do well at the box-office.

In 1965, Mehmood would again team up with RD Burman for a home production for ‘Bhoot Bangla’. The producer was officially his brother Usman Ali, Mehmood was the director.  This film, again with Mehmood in the lead role opposite Tanuja, did well – and brought RD Burman a lot of credit for its music. RD Burman himself had a small role in the film, including possibly the only song he lip synced on screen, in his own voice. This further cemented the Mehmood-RD Burman friendship. They would  go on to work together in ‘Padosan’ (1968), a film that was a hit in its time and continues to be popular to this day as one of the finest comedies ever. This film brought RD Burman huge recognition, while also getting Mehmood a lot of plaudits for his acting.

Throughout his career, Mehmood acted in a number of films for South Indian producers.  And many of these films did well at the box-office, thanks in no small measure to Mehmood himself. Or he would do a remake of a South Indian film, using a South Indian director. Unlike many other actors, he had no qualms or airs about working with anyone. Some prominent films come to mind – ‘Sadhu Aur Shaitan’ (1968), ‘Lakhon Mein Ek’ (1971), ‘Main Sundar Hoon’ (1971),  ‘Bombay to Goa’ (1972), ‘Do Phool’ (1973).

In 1974, Mehmood directed a landmark film of his career ‘Kunwara Baap’. It was a sensitive film, serious in its message – something we were not used to seeing from Mehmood. This gave us a glimpse into another side of his personality. Then in 1976, Mehmood made two films that were noticed. One was ‘Sabse Bada Rupaiya’, which although it didn’t do well at the box-office, was known for its popular songs. And the other was ‘Ginny Aur Johnny’, which fared better, and starred Mehmood’s own daughter, Ginny.

After this, Mehmood began fading away from the scene. By then he had already become a living legend in his own right and didn’t need any industry validation. He would still appear in the odd film but he wasn’t a selling point for a film anymore.

Much later, in the 90s, he made a film, another serious film, called ‘Dushman Duniya Ka’ (1996) starring his own son, Manzoor Ali. This was a hard-hitting film about drugs – I remember seeing it.

That is my last memory of a Mehmood film.

So, quite a career! And much of it during my childhood years. This is probably why I have so many memories of his films. And although I must admit that sometimes his part could be distracting from the story line (like in ‘Tumse Achha Kaun Hai’ (1969), or even ‘Ziddi’ (1964), both directed by Pramod Chakravarty), it was more a director’s issue than Mehmood’s acting fault. For example, I feel  Hrishikesh Mukherjee did a fantastic job with him in Do Dil (1965).

Anyway moving on to the song for today. This is from the 1976 film, ‘Sabse Bada Rupaiya’. It is the title song – sung by Mehmood himself. It  was quite popular in its time. I remember I was in high school then – and everyone around me would be saying “The whole thing is that…”.  Even today, you can still hear sometimes “the whole thing is that,  ki bhaiya, sabse bada rupaiya”. The phrase has made its place in the popular jargon of this country.

As I usually do, I watched the film again recently in order to refresh my memory of it. I’d watched it in the 70s itself, but forgotten the details. It was nice to watch it again. I like the film a lot, it has lovely songs – it’s a pity it didn’t do well at the box-office. The story is about Vinod Mehra, a very big-hearted, generous businessman and his friend, Mehmood, who works for him, but is much more business-minded and careful with money. Mehmood disapproves of the way Vinod Mehra gives away his money to charity. It’s an interesting plot, different from the usual stuff at that time.

Vinod Mehra and Moushumi Chatterji are supposed to get married to each other. But since Vinod Mehra has played a prank on Moushumi, she decides to return the favour in this song. All for fun. Mehmood, of course, is still trying to convince Vinod Mehra about the importance of money.

So here is the title song, “na biwi na bacha”. The music is by the duo of Basu-Manohari, earlier assistants for SD Burman, then later for RD Burman. Here they get a chance to branch out on their own. And I think they did a pretty good job of it too.

Hope you enjoy the song.

ED” With this song, which is the fourth and final song from the movie in the blog, “Sabse Bada Rupaiyya”(1976) now get YIPPEED in the blog.


Song – Na Biwi Na Bachcha, Na Baap Bada Na Maiyya (Sabse Bada Rupaiya) (1976) Singer – Mehmood, Lyrics – Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD – Basu Manohari
Chorus

Lyrics

hooo
na biwi na bacha
na baap bada na maiya
the whole thing is that
ki bhaiya sabse bada rupaiya

na biwi na bacha
na baap bada na maiya
the whole thing is that
ki bhaiya sabse bada rupaiya

bin rupaiya to mister
teri mummy ka pyaar
jo paida karta tujhe to
kabhi na kar sakta mere yaar
doctor laut jaata
fee na milti agar
tu maa ke pote ke andar
padaa hi reh jaata har baar
to kiya jisne paida
wo ishwar hai na maiya
the whole thing is that
ki bhaiya sabse bada rupaiya

ooo
haath khaali agar tu
mar gaya meri jaan
na agni tujhko chhuegi
na dharti hi degi maan
hahaha
hahaha
hahaha
hahaha
hahahahahaha
hadd ye hai mere bhai
ye khudao ka ghar
teri daulat ne banaaya to
hue khush allah bhagwaan
tu us duniya ke khaatir
jodey ja aana paiya
the whole thing is that
ki bhaiya sabse bada rupaiya

sabse bada rupaiya
sabse bada rupaiya
sabse bada rupaiya
sabse bada rupaiya
sabse bada rupaiya
sabse bada rupaiya
haah

ek leader ko dekho
he is looking so very grand
udaata firta dinner hai
in the hotel sun n sand
uske ladke ki shaadi
dekhe ja ye na pooch
kahaan se aaya ye haathi
from where this english band
aaj kaahe ka nation
kaahe ki dharti maiya
the whole thing is that
ki bhaiya sabse bada rupaiya

na biwi na bacha
na baap bada na maiya
the whole thing is that
ki bhaiya sabse bada rupaiya
once more
na biwi na bacha
na baap bada na maiya
the whole thing is that
ki bhaiya sabse bada rupaiya
sabse bada rupaiya
very good
sabse bada rupaiya
sabse bada rupaiya
hooo
sabse bada rupaiya
sabse bada rupaiya
sabse bada rupaiya

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4 Responses to "Na Biwi Na Bachcha, Na Baap Bada Na Maiyya"

There appears to be two identical Posts on the same Subject Line ,on the same day , one by S Kapur and the other by Atulji .

The other duplicate one has been deleted.

Thanks for this post Raja Saab !!
Discussion on Hindi movies and our childhood memories of HFM cannot be without discussing the movies of Mehmood.
He has given us many memories of his acting, comedy and songs from his movies.
I like this song very much and specially for Mehmood, his jigs and his expressions on this songs.
Songs of Kunwaara Baap’ and this movie ‘Sabse Badaa Rupaiyya’ were frequently heard on loud speakers during those years. And they would also a part of almost every Orchestra programs during festivals.
Thanks for this post once again !!
( Kuchh gaane Sirf aap ki post ke liye hi bane hain, aisa main keh sakta hoon 😊)

ditto ditto to every thing said by our own Avinashji

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