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O maniyaapur ke chhaila

Posted on: September 18, 2017

This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular 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 Raag Rang-52. The film was produced by Bali sisters, Bombay banner. The producer was Hari Darshan bali, the Director was Digvijay Bali ( elder brother of Geeta Bali) and the heroine of the film was Geeta Bali, opposite Ashok kumar. At this time, the age of Geeta Bali was just 22 years and Ashok kumar was almost double of her age, at 41 years !

Ashok kumar was probably the earliest star actor who was called an Evergreen Actor, because he continued to do Hero’s roles till he was 49 years old ! However, after he retired, Dev Anand overtook him by doing Hero’s roles till he was 66 years old. So, truly speaking, Dev Anand was the real Evergreen Hero ! But, surprisingly, a Meteor, or call it a Hurricane-if you like it- Called Rajesh khanna, swept these two first generation stalwarts and created a Record of doing Maximum Films as a Hero. You will be ( or may be not ) surprised to read that Rajesh Khanna has an Unbroken Record of doing 106 films as a solo Hero, followed by Dev Anand with 92 films and Ashok kumar at the 3rd number with 86 films as a Solo Hero !

In last so many years- till 1980 – I must have seen hundreds of Films- Hindi, Marathi, English, Tamil, Telugu, kannada, Malyalam and Konkani. In the Hindi films, I can not forget 3 actresses, who were Bubbly, playful, with innocent looks and with Natural acting talent. They were Meena Shorey, Nalini Jaywant and Geeta Bali. I enjoyed every film of these actresses, which i saw. It is difficult to forget the role and acting of Meena Shorey in film ” Ek thi Ladki-49″, or Nalini Jaywant in film ” Hum sab chor hain-56″, or Geeta Bali in film ” Aji Bas Shukriya-58″. These were all my favourite actresses. it is very unfortunate that they all met their deaths in very tragic circumstances.

Geeta Bali’s dancing eyes and her animated, expressive face which mirrored her soul were her most outstanding features. Yet life was snatched away from this vibrant personality at an achingly young age of 35.It is some consolation that Geeta crammed a lot into her short life: 80 odd films in a ten-year career.

She married struggling actor-turned-megastar Shammi Kapoor and mothered two children: a son and a daughter. Today, she is remembered as a wonderfully natural actress and a fabulous human being.She was quite close to her sisters and brother. her childhood pet name was KEETA.

True, Geeta’s reputation as an actress rests more on her performances than her roles. Natural, spontaneous and gifted with a spot-on sense of comic timing, she never really found a vehicle worthy of her talent. Largely a shade better than the movies she starred in, she frittered away her talents in B-grade films.

Probably the fact that she was born into a family that had to struggle for sheer survival and the fact that she reached the top through sheer grit had Geeta stress on quantity rather than quality. Film lore has it that when mentor [filmmaker] Kidar Sharma first met Geeta, she was living with her family in somebody’s bathroom!

Geeta, who was born on 30-11-1930 at Amritsar, as Harikirtan Kaur, had done a few small-time dancing roles in pre-Partition Punjab in films like Badnami-46, Kahan gaye-46 and Pat jhad-48, before moving to Mumbai. Impressed by her off-screen vivacity, Sharma cast Geeta in his Suhaag Raat (1948). Audiences related to her instantly and watched wide-eyed as she nonchalantly tossed her unconscious hero, Bharat Bhushan over her shoulder in a scene.

Soon, Geeta was inundated with contracts (that’s what they called film offers then). She accepted most. She won raves even in supporting roles like in the 1949 Suraiya starrer Badi Behan and the Madhubala starrer Dulari.

In 1951, she became a major star with Guru Dutt’s first hit, Baazi (she went on to do three other films under his direction). Geeta played gangster’s moll with a golden heart to Kalpana Kartik’s conventional heroine. But Geeta played her role with such gay abandon that hero Dev Anand divulges, “People came repeatedly to theatres to see Geeta’s spirited dancing to Tadbeer se bigdi hui taqdeer bana de.

Geeta proved she could do tragedy (Sharma’s Raj Kapoor starrer Bawre Nain) or and play the lighthearted heroine to comedian Bhagwan in the super successful Albela. Albela’s swinging C Ramchandra composed songs like Shola jo bhadkeand Sham dhale mere khidki tale made front-benchers dance with the stars and even fling coins on screen.

Pug-nosed Geeta was no conventional beauty, but that transparent face and that smile constantly flirting on her lips made sure you couldn’t tear your eyes away from her.

Watch Geeta Bali in the Guru Dutt-directed Jaal (1952). Dev Anand, a cigarette-smoking smuggler on the run from the police, tries to entice morally upstanding heroine Geeta into his web. Geeta evocatively communicates her struggle against, and her eventual surrender to, handsome Dev’s seduction call Yeh raat, yeh chaandni phir kahan.

Famously down-to-earth despite her star status, Geeta was the antithesis of the coy 1950s’ heroine. She often drove herself to her premieres in an open jeep. Those who knew her claim she was a Samaritan who touched the lives of whoever she met. She is said to have personally groomed Mala Sinha, then a newcomer.

To date, so many years after her death, her secretary Surinder Kapoor’s (Boney Kapoor’s father) productions begin with a shraddhanjali to Geeta Bali.

Shammi Kapoor entered her life when they worked in the quaintly named Miss Coca Cola and Coffee House together. On an impulse, Geeta played a small role of a man in Sharma’s Shammi Kapoor starrer Rangeen Raatein. On the film’s Ranikhet outdoor, Shammi and Geeta fell in love.

Kapoor was a year younger to her and was not yet a star, but the twosome were hell bent on marrying each other. Geeta had worked with Shammi’s eldest brother, Raj Kapoor in Bawre Nain, and with his father, Prithviraj Kapoor in Anand Math, Shammi was unsure about their reaction to this match.

But on August 23, 1955, with producer-director Hari Walia as witness, the couple were married at the Banganga Temple at 4 am.

Geeta continued to work after marriage in a few films like Sohrab Modi’s Jailor (1958), where she won raves as a blind girl. With Shammi Kapoor turning into a huge star and the birth of her two children Aditya (nicknamed Mickey) and Kanchan, she eased her workload.

The desire to do that one fulfilling role she would be remembered for prompted Geeta to attempt the production of a classic for herself. She started Rano, based on Rajinder Singh Bedi’s famous novel, Ek Chaddar Maili Si, based on a widow’s remarriage to her brother-in-law.

Upcoming star Dharmendra played her hero.

Geeta, had not been vaccinated for small pox, despite the fact her father too had died of Small Pox. She had ignored repeated warnings in the child hood. She contracted the dreaded disease while shooting the film. The best care was rushed to her, but her fever apparently reached 107 degrees. Her doctor saw a picture by his patient’s bedside and asked who the pretty lady was. The disease had so wracked Geeta’s frail frame that he didn’t recognise her as the same person!

Geeta Bali passed away on January 21, 1965, leaving behind eight-year-old Aditya and three-year-old Kanchan in the care of a devastated Shammi Kapoor.

Ironically, she was cremated in Banganga, not far from where she was married. ( adapted from, with thanks.)

Film Raag Rang-52 had 11 songs. 8 songs are already discussed and posted in the Blog. Today’s song is the 9th song. This is a lively duet. Since I have not seen the movie, I can not say on whom it is filmed, but from the lyrics, it looks that it might have been filmed on Geeta Bali. This duet is sung by Lata Mangeshkar, Trilok Kapoor and chorus. Now, this singer Trilok Kapoor is a case of ‘ Same name confusion’. There was another actor Trilok Kapoor ( famous for the role of Mahadev in Mythological films) operating at the same time in the industry. Since he was the more famous one, most sites, Blogs and enthusiastic new music lovers credit this singer’s songs to the actor. I reproduce here what I wrote about this singer and the actor in my series ” Same name Confusions” posted on, about 3 years ago.

About the Singer TRILOK KAPOOR….

He too was from Multan, just like the actor Trilok kapoor, and was keen on singing in films. He and his wife have sung many Punjabi songs.
Singer Trilok kapoor sang a song in film Birhan-48 (Tu chanda main teri chakori – a duet with Dilshad Begum- record No. GE 5232). The film was in the making in 1946 at Lahore, but was released in 1948 due to Partition in 47.

The singer of this song can not be the actor Trilok kapoor, for the simple reason that he was busy in making 4 films in 1946 in Bombay and it is impossible that just to sing a song in a film, anybody would go to Lahore in those tumultous days.
Anyway, after the Partition, the singer Trilok Kapoor became a displaced person. He came to Bombay and met MD Shyamsunder, who sympathised with him, being a Punjabi himself from the same region. Shyam Sunder gave him a song in Bhai Behan-1950, a duet with Shamshad Begum. He got a job in Radio and continued singing in films like Guru Dakshina, Raag rang, Titlee,Goonj, Naya Raasta, Miss Mala, Saloni, Tootey Khiloune, Laadla and finally his last song in Trolley Driver-1958.

So, the actor Trilok Kapoor and singer Trilok Kapoor are two different persons-

1) Actor Trilok Kapoor never sang after 1942.

2) Singer Trilok Kapoor never sang in any film featuring actor Trilok Kapoor.

3) If actor Trilok Kapoor was a singer himself, he would have sung his own songs in his films, instead of taking playback from other singers, e.g. G M Durrani in Mirza Sahibaan-47. Those who are singer actors rarely take playback from others.

4) The voice of Trilok Kapoor in songs and the dialogues in films is different.

5) It is likely that,actually the song of Aaj ki Duniya-40 and the duets of Raja Rani also were sung by the singer Trilok Kapoor, as he sang a song in Birhan in 1946, as mentioned above with record number. the entry in HFGK may be just a case of ” Same name confusion” (like few other cases). Since the songs are not available, the benefit of doubt should go to singer Trilok Kapoor because he was a singer and NOT to actor Trilok Kapoor as he was NOT a singer.

6) The final verdict was Shamshad begum had confirmed over Phone that Trilok Kapoor with whom she sang was NOT the actor/brother of Prithviraj Kapoor, but was a different person.

So,please remember,actor Trilok Kapoor and singer Trilok Kapoor were two different persons.

Let us now enjoy the catchy duet from the film Raag Rang-52. The Music Director is Roshan.

Song-O maniyaapur ke chhaila (Raag Rang)(1952) Singers-Lata, Trilok Kapoor, Lyrics-Prakash Bakshi, MD-Roshan


gori gori
gori chori
gori gori
gori chori
gori gori
gori chori

(o o o maniyaapur ke chhailaa
ho o o)
gori gori
chori chori

gori gori
gori chori

o maniyaapur ke chhailaa
main roop gaanv ki chhori
main roop gaanv ki chhori
gori gori re
gori chhori re

daar nain mein kaajar raajaa
baat main dekhoon tori
baat main dekhoon tori
chori chori re
chori chori re

o maniyaapur ke chhaila

raat chaandni
rut phaagun ki
tum bin jiyaa lage naa
haaye lage naa
jab se gaye pardes piyaa more
ghar mein diyaa jage naa
haay jage naa
o o o
jag bairi na dekh sake ji
hamri tumhri jori
chaand chakori
main roop gaanv ki chhori
gori gori re
chori chori re

o maniyaapur ke chhailaa

faaslaa hum mein sau kos kaa
beech bahe dariyaa aa aa aa
na naiyyaa na tair sakoon main
kaise aaun bataa aa aa
na naiyyaa na tair sakoon main
kaise aaun bataa aa aa

milnaa ho to raajaaji
milne ke laakh bahaane
laakh bahaane
nadi cheer kar milte hain nit premi ?? deevaane
?? divaane

o o o
teri aas mein jeeti hoon nit ??
joraa jori
main roop gaanv ki chhori
gori chhori re
gori chhori re


3 Responses to "O maniyaapur ke chhaila"

Cine projection was part of my Sound Engineering course (1953-54) at St Xavier Institute, Bombay. (now Mumbai) We had few reels of various different films in 35 mm film format. As we had to repeatedly project those reels during our training, I remember that we had a reel of film ‘Raag Rang’ amongs the lot and we had projected it so many times that I had the song ‘Karte Hai Ishaare Gagan Se Chaand Taare’ (Lata and Trilok Kapoor) by heart and used to sing loudly along with the film. My professor Shri Bhagwat did not mind that but rather enjoyed it. I had not seen the film but was told that Geeta Bali was in boys disguise in most part of the film. I am searching ever since for that film, for getting the original sound track of the lovely songs, unsuccessfully. I have all the songs in disc version of that film, and love them.

Bharat ji,
Thanks for your comments about your course material etc.
I think, Geeta Bali did the Boy’s role throughout the film in ” Rangeen Raaten”-56- doing the role of GULU, brother of Mala Sinha, and not Raag Rang. As far as I remember,film Raag Rang was about an young man aspiring to become a Singer.

Yes Arunbhai, I was confused, ( I will not try to justify my statement by saying that I am 85 years young) It was ‘ Rangeen Raaten’ and NOT ‘Raag Rang’. Thanks for correcting.

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