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Rangeen Bahaaron Se Hai Gulzaar China Town

Posted on: January 15, 2018


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.

Blog Day : 3468 Post No. : 13923

Now, none of the regulars can say they have not heard this song. In a film that boasts of more than one song that competes for the title of the best song in the film, this song surely is one of the best songs in this film. Wow – that sure is saying something for the quality of songs of this film. In 1962, music director Ravi has been active as an independent music director for about seven years now, and he already has about 30 films behind him, that he has composed for. His films include such notable hits as ‘Ek Saal’ (1957), ‘Dilli Ka Thug’ (1958), ‘Ghar Sansaar’ (1958), ‘Chaudhvin Ka Chaand’ (1960), ‘Ghunghat’ (1960), ‘Gharaana’ (1961), ‘Modern Girl’ (1961), ‘Bombay Ka Chor’ (1962) and many more. And then in 1962, out comes this Shammi Kapoor, Shakila, Helen starrer called ‘China Town’ – and the popular response is “Baar Baar Dekho, Hazaar Baar Dekho”. Oh yes, the songs of this film – one just does not feel done with them, no matter how many times you have heard them.

Produced and directed by Shakti Samant, the cast of actors includes such notables – Shammi Kapoor, Shakila, Helen, Madan Puri, SN Bannerjee, Keshav Rana, TunTun, Rashid Khan, Polson, Samson, Shetty, Jeevankala, Mridula and about twenty more names.  Songwriter of all the eight songs in this film is Majrooh Sultanpuri, and the music, already mentioned, is by Ravi.

Eight songs in all, seven of which have already been showcased on our blog. And we come to the yippeee night for this film, brining on board this last, but not the least, songs of this film. It is a lovely composition, and just by listening to it, even without the visual, the image that comes to mind is – Helen. Ravi has tried to recreate the magic of “Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu” – albeit a slower pace, and has done a great composition.

But wait. What is this that I discover? The song that we have always heard in the film, and also as generally available in most uploads – goodness that song is missing from the listings in Geet Kosh. This question took up most of my time today afternoon and evening. I must admit that either I have been forgetful, or plain ignorant. Other folks may already know this, but this song has two versions, which, as I discovered after some leg work on the internet and searching my own collection, are quite different from each other, in terms of wordings. The tune and the melody is exactly the same but the words are noticeably different.

The Geet Kosh listing shows the title of this song as “Laakhon Haseenon Se Hai Gulzar China Town”. But as we play the video clip of this film, this song appears as the film beginning song, with the title line changed to “Rangeen Bahaaron Se Hai Gulzar China Town”. This latter version is the one that is the most available in all the searches one makes online. It is almost as if the former version does not exist. I checked in my collection, and am relieved to find that I have both versions in the folder of this film. And then, with some more intense search online, I am finally also able to locate a Sa Re Ga Ma upload, which is the “Laakhon Haseenon” waala version. The upload comment specifically states that this recording is from the vinyl record prepared from the sound track. There is some error here possibly, because the sound track version is “Rangeen Bahaaron Se”. I checked some more and then I am able to locate an Eraksoldies upload of an SLBC (Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corp) program that presents all songs of this film. Knowing this is an SLBC recording, these songs are quite surely from 78 rpm records. And this selection contains the “Laakhon Haseenon” waala version. I checked again in my collection, and sure enough, this version in my collection also is from a 78 rpm recording. So anyways. . .

What may have been the reason to make two versions, is not clear at this time. We know that it was an era that all songs were recorded twice, once for the 78 rpm record, and once for the final sound track. We see many instances that the two versions are different, in that there is either a different antaraa, or an additional antaraa in the sound track version. More noticeably, the difference in the two versions generally is the music – different lengths of preludes and interludes, maybe an extra couplet in the beginning, subtle variations in the music arrangement and the instruments used. However, it is only rarely that we see that there is a considerable variation in the wordings of different lines themselves. It is generally accepted that the 78 rpm version is released first. Also generally that both versions are recorded simultaneously. But yes, there are known cases where these two recordings may have been done at different points in time, as per circumstantial requirements. Recall the song of ‘Chhalia’ (1960) in which the song “Chhalia Mera Naam. . .” was re-recorded for sound track after the censors raised objections to some words in the original recording.

By that logic, it would seem that the “Laakhon Haseenon” waala version is recorded earlier and the “Rangeen Bahaaron Se” version which appears in the sound track was probably done later. The former, 78 rpm version carries two antaraas, and the latter soundtrack version carries three antaraas. And there is a sizeable modifications of words themselves. Now what prompted these wording changes – that needs to be explored. I would request our knowledgeable readers and friends to please add information related to this query.

The earlier songs posted for this film are listed below.

Baar Baar Dekho Hazaar Baar Dekho 617 25-Jan-09
Dekho Ji Ek Baalaa Jogi 3486 2-Feb-11
Yamma Yamma Yamma Tu Parwaana Main Shamma 4858 21-Oct-11
Hum Se Na Poochho Hum Kahaan Chale 11688 24-Dec-15
Ye Rang Na Chhootega Ulfat Ki Nishaani Hai 13586 15-Sep-17
Bada Qaatil Hai Mera Yaar China Chin Chin Chu 13917 14-Jan-18

 

Of the above listed songs, the “Yamma Yamma Yamma. . .” song actually includes two songs, which are listed at nos. 5 and 6 in the Geet Kosh. And the song “Bada Qaatil Hai Mera Yaar. . .” is the song listed at no. 8 in the Geet Kosh.

So we bring to Yippeee land, this most musical film, that started its journey on our blog close to – goodness, nine years. Wow. Maybe one day we shall do an analysis on the patterns in the time taken to bring all songs of a film on board. Maybe it brings out some interesting results.

Enjoy both these “Rangeen Bahaaren” and “Laakhon Haseeen” versions of the song. And welcome ‘China Town’ to Yippeee land. 🙂

[Ed Note: Ah yes, and the titling on the video clip (it is uploaded in the Rajshri channel) is also incorrect. They have captioned the upload as “Thandi Bahaaron Se. . .” whereas it is very clearly heard as ‘Rangeen Bahaaron Se. . .”.]

[Video Version – from Fim Clip]

[Audio Version – from Gramophone Record]

Song – Rangeen Bahaaron Se Hai Gulzaar China Town  (China Town) (1962) Singer – Asha Bhosle, Lyrics – Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD – Ravi
Chorus

Lyrics

Video Version
rangeen bahaaron se hai gulzar china town

shehar waalon ki shaam e bahaar china town
aa ke to dekho ek baar china town
china town
china town
china town

ho oo
dekho dekho
idhar to dekho
dil ki ye raahen
hawaayen
ye rang raliyaan
ho oo
behki behki
ye mehki mehki
zulfon ki bhaanti
balkhaati
lehraati kaliyaan
nomoshkaar

rangeen bahaaron se hai gulzar china town
shehar waalon ki shaam e bahaar china town
aa ke to dekho ek baar china town
china town
china town
china town

oo oo
chung chung cheena
o chun chun chinna
kehte hain pyaare
ishaare
sambhal ke zara
oo oo
babu aana
par kho na jaana
ye dil ka pyaala
matwaala
na chhalke zara
bo-shu
rangeen bahaaron se hai gulzar china town
shehar waalon ki shaam e bahaar china town
aa ke to dekho ek baar china town
china town
china town
china town

oo oo
kar le baaten
pyaari hain raaten
tujhko duniya se
begaana
ho jaana hai to aa
oo oo
kar le baaten
pyaari hain raaten
tujhko duniya se
begaana
ho jaana hai to aa
aa-shu
rangeen bahaaron se hai gulzar china town
shehar waalon ki shaam e bahaar china town
aa ke to dekho ek baar china town
china town
china town
china town
china town
china town

Audio Version

laakhon haseenon se hai gulzar china town
dil waalon ki hai shaam e bahaar china town
aa ke to dekho ek baar china town
china town
china town
china town

oo oo
chung chung cheena
qaatil haseena
karti hai pyaare
ishaare
sambhal ke zara
oo oo
babu aana
par kho na jaana
ye dil ka pyaala
matwaala
na chhalke zara
bo-shu
laakhon haseenon se hai gulzar china town
dil waalon ki hai shaam e bahaar china town
aa ke to dekho ek baar china town
china town
china town
china town

oo oo
kar le baaten
pyaari hain raaten
tujhko deewaana
mastaana
ho jaana hai to aa
oo oo
khud hai masti
yahaan ki basti
haare alam ko
har gham ko

bhulaana hai to aa
aa-shu
laakhon haseenon se hai gulzar china town
dil waalon ki shaam e bahaar china town
aa ke to dekho ek baar china town

———————————————————
Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
———————————————————
विडियो संस्करण
रंगीं बहारों से है गुलज़ार चाइना टाउन
शहर वालों की शाम ए बहार चाइना टाउन
आ के तो देखो एक बार चाइना टाउन
चाइना टाउन
चाइना टाउन
चाइना टाउन

हो ओ॰॰॰
देखो देखो
इधर तो देखो
दिल कि ये राहें
हवाएँ
ये रंग रलियाँ
हो ओ॰॰॰
बहकी बहकी
ये महकी महकी
ज़ुल्फों की भांति
बलखाती
लहराती कलियाँ
नोमोष्कार

रंगीं बहारों से है गुलज़ार चाइना टाउन
शहर वालों की शाम ए बहार चाइना टाउन
आ के तो देखो एक बार चाइना टाउन
चाइना टाउन
चाइना टाउन
चाइना टाउन

ओ ओ॰॰॰
चुँग चुँग चीना
ओ चुन चुन चिन्ना
कहते हैं प्यारे
इशारे
संभाल के ज़रा
ओ ओ॰॰॰
बाबू आना
पर खो ना जाना
ये दिल का प्याला
मतवाला
ना छलके ज़रा
बो-शू
रंगीं बहारों से है गुलज़ार चाइना टाउन
शहर वालों की शाम ए बहार चाइना टाउन
आ के तो देखो एक बार चाइना टाउन
चाइना टाउन
चाइना टाउन
चाइना टाउन

ओ ओ॰॰॰
कर ले बातें
प्यारी हैं रातें
तुझको दुनिया से
बेगाना
हो जाना है तो आ
ओ ओ॰॰॰
कर ले बातें
प्यारी हैं रातें
तुझको दुनिया से
बेगाना
हो जाना है तो आ
आ-शू
रंगीं बहारों से है गुलज़ार चाइना टाउन
शहर वालों की शाम ए बहार चाइना टाउन
आ के तो देखो एक बार चाइना टाउन
चाइना टाउन
चाइना टाउन
चाइना टाउन
चाइना टाउन
चाइना टाउन

औडियो संस्करण
लाखों हसीनों से है गुलज़ार चाइना टाउन
दिल वालों की है शाम ए बहार चाइना टाउन
आ के तो देखो एक बार चाइना टाउन
चाइना टाउन
चाइना टाउन
चाइना टाउन

ओ ओ॰॰॰
चुँग चुँग चीना
क़ातिल हसीना
करती है प्यारे
इशारे
संभल के ज़रा
ओ ओ॰॰॰
बाबू आना
पर खो ना जाना
ये दिल का प्याला
मतवाला
ना छलके ज़रा
बो-शू
लाखों हसीनों से है गुलज़ार चाइना टाउन
दिल वालों की है शाम ए बहार चाइना टाउन
आ के तो देखो एक बार चाइना टाउन
चाइना टाउन
चाइना टाउन
चाइना टाउन

ओ ओ॰॰॰
कर ले बातें
प्यारी हैं रातें
तुझको दीवाना
मस्ताना
हो जाना है तो आ
ओ ओ॰॰॰
खुद है मस्ती
यहाँ की बस्ती
हारे अलम को
हर ग़म को
भुलाना है तो आ
आ-शू
लाखों हसीनों से है गुलज़ार चाइना टाउन
दिल वालों की है शाम ए बहार चाइना टाउन
आ के तो देखो एक बार चाइना टाउन
चाइना टाउन
चाइना टाउन
चाइना टाउन
चाइना टाउन
चाइना टाउन

 

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