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Main London Chhod Ke Aa Gaya

Posted on: October 8, 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 : 3734 Post No. : 14680

6th October, he would have been 72. Life is such. It always, well almost, seems as if this was not the time to go. But this passage is such – no one has any say about it. One can only express emotions and reflect upon the loss. And then there are souls, people who are more close to heart than others. And the loss, the vacuum, seems to be bigger and deeper.

A person who once had declared that “. . . cricket, not films, is my first love”. At school, college and local club levels, he played a fair amount of good cricket, in the company of would be test players like Eknath Solkar and Budhi Kunderan. But then, he settled for a career in films, when he realized that he could never be a Vishwanath. [Author’s Note: These references are excerpted from an interview with Illustrated Weekly of India, in 1979.]

Born in 1946, he was not even a year old, when the family moved from Peshawar (now in Pakistan) to Bombay, when the partition happened in 1947. There was a temporary back and forth movement of the family between Bombay to Delhi (1957) and then back to Bombay (1960). Throughout his school and college days, he had a very normal progression of life, playing cricket and watching films. He aspired to be a cricketer, and also, he was enamoured by films.

As he stepped into his 20s, and completed his college education, a meeting with Sunil Dutt brought to him his break in films. Sunil Dutt was in preparation for his film ‘Mann Ka Meet’ (1968) which was intended to be a launch vehicle for Som Dutt, his younger brother`. Vinod played the a grey villain type role in this film. Some of his next few assignments followed in the same vein – supporting roles or villain’s roles – ‘Purab Aur Paschim’, ‘Aan Milo Sajna’, ‘Sachcha Jhootha’, ‘Mastana’ in 1970 and ‘Elaan’ and ‘Mera Gaon Mera Desh’ in 1971.

1971 is also the kind of firming-up an take-off year for Vinod. This year came his first film as an action hero in ‘Hum, Tum Aur Woh’. Also, this year was released the much acclaimed ‘Mere Apne’, produced and directed by Gulzar. A sensitive film about coming of age youngsters and the growing angst among the new generation, Vinod was cast in a strong lead role, challenged by another equally strong role of Shatrughan Sinha, the two heading competitor street gangs in a typical city in India.

Come 1973, and Gulzar cast him in the lead role in an off-beat theme on the commercial circuit – and a surprise songless film no less from this poet and film maker. ‘Achanak’ takes on where ‘Ye Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke’ (1963) faded out ten years earlier. Loosely connected with the famous/infamous Nanavati case (1959-61) from real life, the film takes off from the point where, in real life, the jury’s verdict of not guilty (at the Session Court level) was overturned by the Bombay High Court and awarded life imprisonment to the accused. The film was critically acclaimed – and so was the lead role played by Vinod.

Quite well considered as an established actor by this time, we see him in 1974, in the role of a college lecturer in ‘Imtihan’. A string of action films continues, far too many to be listed. I will follow him through the films that I actually viewed in that decade – ‘Aarop’ and ‘Haath Ki Safai’ in 1974, ‘Shaque’ and ‘Hera Pheri’ in 1976, ‘Parvarish’ in 1977, ‘Inkaar’ and ‘Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki’ in 1978, ‘Meera’ in 1979 and ‘The Burning Train’ in 1980. I am sure you will say I missed some. Yes, surely did. Just for a special mention – the highest grossers and the most popular films of their years – ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’ in 1977, ‘Muqaddar Ka Sikandar’ in 1978 and ‘Qurbani’ in 1980. With a portfolio as the one sampled above, the career discussion is fully represented, even if we choose not to mention his films that came later.

His film career was punctuated between 1982 and 1986, when he took a self-imposed leave from his career and went to stay with Osho, or Guru Rajnish. But whatever the circumstances may have been, he returned to the industry in 1987, and just continued without a pause with his career.

Vinod Khanna passed away on 27th April last year (2017).

Remembering him on his birth anniversary, here is a lesser known, but a wonderfully performed song from the film ‘Aadha Din Aadhi Raat’ from 1977. The film is from the banner of Bharati International, Madras and is directed by Dhundi. The star cast includes Asha Parekh, Vinod Khanna, Shabana Azmi, Prem Chopra, Om Shivpuri, Jalal Agha, Jayshree T, Prem Bedi, TP Jain, Surendra Nath, Kirti Kumar, Pratima Devi, Vishu Raje, Makranee, Shobha Harman, Ranjeet, and Keshto Mukherjee etc.

The song is penned by Anand Bakshi and the music is by Laxmikant Pyaarelal. The scene is a party, ostensibly at the residence of Prem Chopra, in honor of a certain person / friend returning from abroad. It is apparent that Vinod Khanna is in disguise and masquerading as that friend of Prem Chopra. Shabana, who plays the role of Prem Chopra’s daughter, is offended at the wooing advances being made by this foreign returned gentleman whom she quite clearly does not fancy. The body language and the silent exchanges indicate that Prem Chopra is trying to make her stay on in the party, so possibly there is some business angle to this interaction also. And the presence of some dangerous looking characters in the party frame, indicates that the ‘business’ that Prem Chopra is pursuing is not really a good happy one.

Menewhile in the CSP (comic side plot), apparently the real ‘foreign returned’ gentleman has been kidnapped by our hero and is being held captive, with the help of his side kick – Jalal Agha.

The actual gentleman who is being forcibly kept away from the prospecting party event, is the character actor by the name TP Jain. In 1960s and 70s, TP Jain was a very active figure in the Delhi theatre circles and a very active presence in the plays on Delhi Doordarshan.

This song reminds one of “Priye Praneshwari” (‘Hum, Tum Aur Woh’, 1971), a similar disguise song, albeit a suited booted version.

Enjoy this farcical performance, and a lesser known lilting melody – “Main London Chhod Ke Aa Gaya”.


Song – Main London Chhod Ke Aa Gaya (Aadha Din Aadhi Raat) (1977) Singer – Kishore Kumar, Lyrics – Anand Bakshi, MD – Laxmikant Pyaarelal
Unidentified Male Voice
Unidentified Female Voice
Chorus

Lyrics

hmmmmm mmmmmmmm
mmmmmmm mmmmmmmm

hey..ey..ey
mmmmmmm mmmmmmmm

haa..aa..aa..aa..aa

baahar jaa ke maine
fashion dekhe aise aise
kaise kaise
arey baalon ka cut bhi ek jaisa
ha ha ha ha ha
aur kapde bhi
ik jaise
arey ladka hai ya ladki hai
koi pehchaane kaise
aa he pagdi baandh ke main gaya tha
ke pagdi baandh ke main gaya tha
chunri odh ke aa gaya
main london chhod ke aa gaya
aa gaya..aa..aa
main london chhod ke aa gaya
aa gaya..aa..aa
main london chhod ke aa gaya

maine london jaa ke babli
paisa bahut kamaaya
maine london jaa ke babli
paisa bahut kamaaya
motor le li
chauffer rakha
bangla naya banaaya
khaali bangley
mein rehne se lekin mazaa na aaya
khaali bangley
mein rehne se lekin mazaa na aaya
teri yaad jo aai to main
teri yaad jo aai to
teri yaad jo aai to
main waapas daud kea a gaya
main london chhod ke aa gaya
aa gaya..aa..aa
main london chhod ke aa gaya
aa gaya..aa..aa
main london chhod ke aa gaya

gori memen lipstick powder
na kaajal na bindiya
gori memen lipstick powder
na kaajal na bindiya
ye rang roop kahaan jo loote
ek nazar mein nindiya
made in foreign se achha hai
kuchh bhi made in india
made in foreign se achha hai
kuchh bhi made in india
mere paas thi jitni cheezen
mere paas thi jitni cheezen
mere paas thi jitni cheezen
saari tod kea a gaya
main london chhod ke aa gaya
aa gaya..aa..aa
main london chhod ke aa gaya
aa gaya..aa..aa
main london chhod ke aa gaya

babli
tum bhi gaao
la lalla la laa
la lalla la laa
arey aap log bhi gaao na bhai
la lalla la laa
lallaa lallal lal laa
la lalla la laa
lallaa lallal lal laa
la lalla la laa
lallaa lallal lal laa

mushkil se rehta hai saath
wahaan par koi joda
arey mushkil se rehta hai saath
wahaan par koi joda
sabka hai dastoor
ke is ko pakda us ko chhoda
london ki ik madam ne jab
london ki ik madam ne jab
mere dil ko toda
tere pyaar se toote dil ke
tere pyaar se toote dil ke
tukde jod ke aa gaya
main london chhod ke aa gaya
aa gaya..aa..aa
main london chhod ke aa gaya
aa gaya..aa..aa
main london chhod ke aa

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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हम्ममममम म्मममममम
म्ममममममम म्मममममम

हे ए॰॰ए॰॰ए
म्ममममममम म्मममममम

हा॰॰आ॰॰आ॰॰आ॰॰आ

बाहर जा के मैंने
फ़ैशन देखे ऐसे ऐसे
कैसे कैसे
अरे बालों का कट भी एक जैसा
हा हा हा हा हा
और कपड़े भी
एक जैसे
अरे लड़का है या लड़की है
कोई पहचाने कैसे
आ हे पगड़ी बांध के मैं गया था
के पगड़ी बांध के मैं गया था
चुनरी ओढ़ के आ गया
मैं लंदन छोड़ के आ गया
आ गया॰॰आ॰॰आ
मैं लंदन छोड़ के आ गया
आ गया॰॰आ॰॰आ
मैं लंदन छोड़ के आ गया

मैंने लंदन जा के बबली
पैसा बहुत कमाया
मैंने लंदन जा के बबली
पैसा बहुत कमाया
मोटर ले ली
शौफ्फर रखा
बंगला नया बनाया
खाली बंगले में रहने से
लेकिन मज़ा ना आया
तेरी याद जो आई तो मैं
तेरी याद जो आई तो
तेरी याद जो आई तो
तेरी याद जो आई तो मैं
वापस दौड़ के आ गया
मैं लंदन छोड़ के आ गया
आ गया॰॰आ॰॰आ
मैं लंदन छोड़ के आ गया
आ गया॰॰आ॰॰आ
मैं लंदन छोड़ के आ गया

गोरी मेमें लिपस्टिक पौडर
ना काजल ना बिंदिया
गोरी मेमें लिपस्टिक पौडर
ना काजल ना बिंदिया
ये रंग रूप कहाँ जो लूटे
एक नज़र में नींदिया
मेड इन फौरन से अच्छा है
कुछ भी मेड इन इंडिया
मेड इन फौरन से अच्छा है
कुछ भी मेड इन इंडिया
मेरे पास थी जितनी चीज़ें
मेरे पास थी जितनी चीज़ें
सार तोड़ के आ गया
मैं लंदन छोड़ के आ गया
आ गया॰॰आ॰॰आ
मैं लंदन छोड़ के आ गया
आ गया॰॰आ॰॰आ
मैं लंदन छोड़ के आ गया

बबली
तुम भी गाओ
ला लल्ल ला लाss
ला लल्ल ला लाss
अरे आप लोग भी गाओ ना भई
ला लल्ल ला लाss
लाल्ला लल्ललल ला ला
ला लल्ल ला लाss
लाल्ला लल्ललल ला ला
ला लल्ल ला लाss
लाल्ला लल्ललल ला ला

मुश्किल से रहता है साथ
वहाँ पर कोई जोड़ा
मुश्किल से रहता है साथ
वहाँ पर कोई जोड़ा
सबका है दस्तूर
के इसको पकड़ा उसको छोड़ा
लंदन की इक मैडम ने जब
लंदन की इक मैडम ने जब
मेरे दिल को तोड़ा
तेरे प्यार से टूटे दिल के
तेरे प्यार से टूटे दिल के
टुकड़े जोड़ के आ गया
मैं लंदन छोड़ के आ गया
आ गया॰॰आ॰॰आ
मैं लंदन छोड़ के आ गया
आ गया॰॰आ॰॰आ
मैं लंदन छोड़ के आ

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1 Response to "Main London Chhod Ke Aa Gaya"

He was a really good actor and very less seen in his last years. He was just 19 when he was discovered by Sunil Dutt. His business man father didn’t like the idea but gave him two years after persuasion. Rest is history.

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