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Humko Bhi Marna Hai, Tumko Bhi Marna Hai

Posted on: June 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 : 3619 Post No. : 14423

Missing Films of 1960s – 75
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‘Thief Of Baghdad’ – a movie that has now became a legend, came to the silver screen almost a hundred years ago, in an era when even Hollywood was still in the silent zone. This archetypal tale adapted from the ‘Tales of a Thousand Nights’ (what we know better as ‘Arabian Nights’), was made into a film by Douglas Fairbanks who wrote the story for the film, produced it and played the lead role. Over the decades, this film has become a seminal benchmark of what fantasy cinema should be. The lavish production was much ahead of its time of the 1920s. In that era, the production cost of the film came to a whopping 1.1 million USD. One has to see to believe the scale of production – towering palaces, fabulous interiors, special effects to blow your mind and a cast of thousands much before Cecil B DeMille put his hand to the camera. This film is available in public domain, and it is a veritable treat to watch.

Over the decades, the film has been remade in Hollywood and also in other parts of the world, sustaining and perpetuating the fantasy of this adorable tale of a petty, brazen, street smart thief whose philosophy in life is “. . . what I like, I take.” His life changes when he sees the sleeping princess and falls in love with her. The plot of the story passes through many twists and turns and magical elements, before the two lovers are joined together. While watching the film, one gets this feeling – haan yes, this is how it happens in the adventure films of Hindi cinema. But the important thing to realize is – here is where it started. This is the original, and what followed are influenced from this one.

In Hindi films, the earliest reference we can garner is a silent film from 1931 – ‘Iraaque Ka Chor’. Although not essentially mentioning Baghdad, and in the absence of any plot details, it is possible that this film follows the Fairbanks original from 1924. Besides the interesting trivia that Baghdad and Basra were probably the only two well known cities of Iraq.

In the era of sound movies, 1934 is the first time this name appears. That year, two films were made – ‘Baghdad Ka Chor’ and ‘Iraaque Ka Chor’. The next in line is the 1946 film ‘Baghdad Ka Chor’, followed again in 1955 by another film of the same name. Then in 1968, we have the Dara Singh starrer ‘Thief Of Baghdad’. In 1977 came another version with the same title, the star cast being led by Shatrughan Sinha, Kabir Bedi and Sulakshana Pandit. In 1978, Kabir Bedi starred in another film by the same name, for TV.

With this song today we bring on board the 1968 film ‘Thief Of Baghdad’. The film is produced by Bohra Brothers and is directed by Shriram. The abbreviated list of actors is Dara Singh, Nishi, Helen, Savita, Jeevankala, P Kailash, BM Vyas, Sheikh, Ravi Kumar, Ram Kumar, Maqbool, Sunanda, Amritrana, Jilani, Sarita Devi, Munshi Munakka, Bijnor, Ramesh Kant, Johnny Whisky, Dilip Dutt, Maruti, Rani, Gani, Mohammed Ali, B Sandow, Gulab, Gaffar, Mansoor, Mohammedali Steelman, Vimla, Khursheed and Saudagar Singh. And we see many of them in the video clip of this song.

The information about the songs in Geet Kosh is indicated as being not complete. It lists 5 songs, with indication that more songs are in the film. The film being available, I checked it and I can identify at least one more song which is not listed in Geet Kosh.

The credits of the film identify two songwriters – Aziz Ghaazi and SH Bihari. The writer of this song is not specifically identified. Music is given by Baldev Nath, which most likely is the same person as Baldev Nath Bali or BN Bali.

This song is a raaj darbaar dance song which is performed by Helen and Rani [Jeevankala]. The singing voice is just one, i.e. Asha Bhosle with the lines being shared by the two dancers on screen.
[Ed Note: Thanks to dear Prakash ji for correcting the identification of the lady dancer accompanying Helen in this song.]

In this screen situation, Nishi is the princess who has fallen in love with Dara Singh, a commoner. Dara Singh and his team is captured and are shown in chains. The scheming Wazir, role played by P Kailash (I need help to identify this actor) has imprisoned the King, and has forced the princess to marry him, given that her father and her lover are both his prisoners. So Nishi and this Wazir are seated in the two throne like chairs, and the dance is being performed for the occasion. As per the storyline of this film, Helen performs the role of Dara Singh’s younger sister.
[Ed Note: Once again thanks to dear Prakash ji for identifying the actor playing the role of the Wazir.]

The video clip shows a number of actors. There are two more men in chains. The one in mustard shirt with chains tied to his wrists (again need help to identify this actor) plays the role of Dara Singh’s younger brother in the film. The third person in chains, wearing a black shirt and with chains around his neck is Sheikh. There is a few other actors shown in momentary close up shots, who are also watching this performance. I request other readers and friends to please help identify them.

So with this song, the 1968 film ‘Thief Of Baghdad’ makes its debut on our blog. That also brings the count of films brought on board through this series now to 75. Wow. Let us see how many more we are able to add in the coming weeks. Working on the home work list that Katie Ben prepared for me, we shall not be hitting the century mark on this series, but I think we will get pretty close. 🙂

 

Song – Humko Bhi Marna Hai, Tumko Bhi Marna Hai  (Thief Of Baghdad) (1968) Singer – Asha Bhosle, Lyrics – [Unattributed], MD – Baldev Nath

Lyrics

khabrdaar. . .

hoshiyaar. . .

humko bhi marna hai
tumko bhi marna hai

humko bhi marna hai
tumko bhi marna hai
marne se darna kya
jeene ki baaten kar
humko bhi marna hai
tumko bhi marna hai

duniya ke gulshan mein
kaante hazaaron hain
duniya ke gulshan mein
kaante hazaaron hain
kaanton se bachta ja
duniya se daaman bhar
humko bhi marna hai
tumko bhi marna hai

chaahat ki raahon mein
maana ke khatra hai
chaahat ki raahon mein
maana ke khatra hai
phir bhi tu chalta ja
mere ishaaron par
humko bhi marna hai
tumko bhi marna hai

maujon mein rehne de
kashti jawaani ki
maujon mein rehne de
kashti jawaani ki
aata nahin hum ko
marna kinaaron par

humko bhi marna hai
tumko bhi marna hai
marne se darna kya
jeene ki baaten kar
humko bhi marna hai
tumko bhi marna hai

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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खबरदार॰ ॰ ॰

होशियार॰ ॰ ॰

हमको भी मरना है
तुमको भी मरना है

हमको भी मरना है
तुमको भी मरना है
मरने से डरना क्या
जीने की बातें कर
हमको भी मरना है
तुमको भी मरना है

दुनिया के गुलशन में
कांटे हजारों हैं
दुनिया के गुलशन में
कांटे हजारों हैं
काँटों से बचता जा
दुनिया से दामन भर
हमको भी मरना है
तुमको भी मरना है

चाहत की राहों में
माना के खतरे हैं
चाहत की राहों में
माना के खतरे हैं
फिर भी तू चलता जा
मेरे इशारों पर
हमको भी मरना है
तुमको भी मरना है

मौजों में रहने दे
कश्ती जवानी की
मौजों में रहने दे
कश्ती जवानी की
आता नहीं हम को
मारना किनारों पर

हमको भी मरना है
तुमको भी मरना है
मरने से डरना क्या
जीने की बातें कर
हमको भी मरना है
तुमको भी मरना है

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9 Responses to "Humko Bhi Marna Hai, Tumko Bhi Marna Hai"

1)at 0:16 dancer lip syncing for the song dancer is Rani(in orange outfit)
2)at 0:24 guy in black outfit and chains of pearl sitting with Nishi is P.Kailash(it is a guess, only 60% sure)

Sudhir ji

corrections please,
the other dancer is not Jeevankala(as you have mentioned in the post) with Helen, it is RAANI/RANI(who performed 2 mujra type of dances in Dil diya dard liya), That`s I am very much sure.

at 3:46 it must be Savita(that`s a pure guess)

Dear Prakash ji,

Thanks for correctly identifying the dancer accompanying Helen. I have made the correction in the article above.

Rgds
Sudhir

in the credit cards they have displayed lyricist`s name
only as “Lyrics by “S.H.Bihari””

in the credit sequences
the following names of actresses are displayed
Nishi,Helen,(we know them very well)
Savita,Sunanda,(at 3:46 & 3:47->
2 ladies can be seen, one must be Savita and another must be Sunanda(who wears chain on across her head), that`s a guess, I am not very sure about that

Sarita Devi(always plays elderly lady`s role with grey hair),
Rani(is the dancer in the above song)
,Vimla(her name comes at the dead end, so she must be there in the movie,but not in a much important role)
Jeevankala(I know her face very much, she is not there in the song sequence,she got another duet dance song with Helen, in the same movie)

Dear Prakash ji,

Thanks for this input. I have expanded the list of actors in the article above.

Rgds
Sudhir

In the movie Leader(1964)
P.Kailash(Wazir) appears in the below given song video link
(at 2:08 you can see P.KAILASH), who is the actor playing the role of Wazir sitting with Nishi Kohli

Thanks once again Prakash ji,

I have updated the write up above.

Rgds
Sudhir

Thief of Bagdad(bagdad ka chor)
Bohra brothers
Producer:Ram kumar Bohra
Directed by Shreeram bohara
Gauge of the film:35 mm
Length of the film:3996.38m
Reels:16
No.of certificate:55945
Date of certificate :12.12.1978
Bohra Brothers presents
Dara Singh as Thief of Bagdad(in eastman colour)
Starring:Nishi, Helen,Savita,Jeevankala,P.Kailas,B.M.Vyas,Sheikh,RaviKumar,
RamKumar,
Maqbool,Sunanda,AmritRana,Jilani,Saritadevi,Munshi,Munaka,Bijnor,
Rament kant,Johnny Whisky,Dilip Dutt,Maruti,Rani,
Gani,Mohamdali,B.Sandow,Gulab,Gaffar,Mansoor,
Mohamadali Steelman,Vimla,Khursheed and Saudagar Singh

Story and dialogue:H.M.Singh,
Scenerio:Kamal Sharma
Screen play:ShreeRam Bohra
Playback singers:Asha Bhonsle,Usha Mangeshkar,Shamshad Begum,Kamal Barot,
Dancers or Haridressers:Tikoo,Khatoon,Khursheed,Bela
Dance directors:P.L.Raj,Satyanarayan,Sohanlal,Harbans bhape
Art director:Sant Singh
Make up:Vasant Salvi
Costumes:R.Durgaprasad
Junior artistes supplied by Amarsingh Panjabi
Fights composed by Azim Bhai,Gani
Costumes:I.D.Chowdhury, Jaggi
Stills:Modern Publicity
Titles:Nain Singh
Records on h.m.v
Stuidios:Gurudutt,rooptara,famous, Ranjit,filmalaya studios
Editor:S.R.Sawant
Audiography:M.J.Dharamsey
Photography and special effects by B.Gupta
Lyrics by S.H.Bihari
Music:Baldevnath

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