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Mudke na dekho dilbaro

Posted on: October 8, 2018

This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a 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.

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I was told by my mother that my father was very fond of Hindi films. He was a fan of V Shantaram and Shanta Apte. He would visit Mangalore (now Mangaluru) just to watch a newly released Hindi film. This was in early 40s, when travelling from my native place (Mulki) to Mangaluru – about 25 kms of distance – was itself an adventure. It used to take almost the whole day. So to watch a film in a theatre in Mangaluru, it was necessary to stay overnight in the city.

Our family shifted to Bombay (Mumbai) in around Diwali time in 1951 as my father had got a job in the city. On week days, he was busy with his office work. On Sundays, he would often visit the Fort area where some of his friends from the native place had also shifted. They were part of his amateur musical drama troop in the native place where my father was associated as a music composer. So almost on all Sundays, my father would be with his friends for rehearsal of songs for the musical plays in Konkani and Kannada languages which would be staged during some kind of festivities. So I had no occasion to see films with my parents during 1952-53.

Unfortunately, in July 1954, my father passed away at the age of 42 after a brief period of illness. So the entire responsibility for sustenance of the family fell on my mother. Spending money on watching the films in theatres was the least priority. But as a rule, my mother allowed us to see one film a year in the theatre. As a result, I remember the names of most of the films which I watched during 1954-64.

As far as my memory goes, the first Hindi film which I watched in a local theatre was ‘Samaaj’ (1954). I do not remember anything about the film except that I saw a big poster of the film as we entered the theatre premises. The next was ‘Insaaniyat’ (1955) which I saw in a local but different theatre. Again I do not remember much of the film except the Zippy, the ape and a song apni chhaaya mein bhagwan bithha le mujhe, sung on the screen by Dilip Kumar. I still remember that during the show, bed bugs in the theatre bothered us a lot.

1956 was a bonus year for me as I got opportunity to see two films – ‘Bhai Bhai’ (1956) and ‘Jhanak Jhanak Paayal Baaje’ (1955). I do not remember as to who took us for ‘Bhai Bhai’ (1956). I remember most part of the film as well as some songs. I was impressed with Kishore Kumar’s acting and his song mera naam abdul rahman. But today, this would be my least preferred song compared to all other songs in the film. This was the film in which I started believing that Ashok Kumar was a drunkard in his ‘real life’ because of his drunkard’s acting in the film.

‘Jhanak Jhanak Paayal Baaje’ (1955) was my first film which I saw in a theatre located in the city. My maternal uncle has taken me for this film at Metro theatre (Dhobi Talaao) where it had run for more than a year. We had gone for 3.00 – 6.00 pm show. It gave me a great feeling watching my first colour film.

When the show was over at 6.00 pm, we came out of the theatre and found that all the roads were deserted. There were many policemen on the roads. One policeman told my uncle that a curfew has been clamped in this area. We were permitted to walk on the left footpath of the road leading to VT (Chhtrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus) railway station. We came to know later that some people had died in a police firing on a big morcha of Sanyukta Maharashtra Samiti which was demanding a separate Maharashtra State.

My cousin (who was about 15 years elder to me) had got a good job in Mumbai. One day, he told us that he would sponsor to take our entire family as well as a few other relatives to a magnificent theatre to watch a film. The theatre was Liberty and the film was ‘Champakali’ (1957). It was really a magnificent theatre compared to all other theatres I had visited earlier. There was wall to wall carpet probably laid on some soft material as we felt that we were walking on foam mattresses. I do not recall much about the film except one song, chhup gaya koi re door se pukar ke.

I am not able to recall as to which films I saw in 1958 and 1959. Probably, I may not have got to see any film. By 1960, I, my brother and my two cousins had become the fan of Shankar-Jaikishan. Those days, we used to consider O P Nayyar as SJ’s ‘rival’. Now I feel that we ourselves had created this ‘rivalry’ in our mind. Those days, it was thought that the song, tin kanastar peet peet kar gala phaad kar chillaana composed by S-J was aimed at O P Nayyar and we all believed this to be true because it suited us being the fan of S-J. When I listened to this song recently, I felt that it was more of a general observation about copying western tunes with loud orchestration. In fact, this song can be treated as a satire on the current state of Hindi film music.

Anyway, 1960 our entire family went to see ‘Dil Apna Aur Preet Paraayi’ (1960) in a local theatre. I enjoyed not only the songs but the film itself. A couple of scenes got engraved in my mind while watching the film. First, I felt very sad about Meena Kumari’s predicament in the song, ajeeb daastaan hai ye. Second, it amused me when after the end of the dream sequence song, mera dil ab tera o sajna, Raj Kumar was holding the handle of the door of an ambulance and dancing as if he was holding the hand of Meena Kumari.

In 1961, it was ‘Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja’ (1961), again S-J film. We have gone to see this film mainly for its songs. I do not remember about the story of the film. In 1962, I and my younger brother had gone to stay with our cousins during our summer vacation by which time they had shifted to a new resident at Byculla. S-J was still our favourite. We got permission from our aunt to see ‘Aashiq’ (1962) which was running at Ganesh Talkies at Lalbaug. We travelled from Byculla to Lalbaug by tram. The queue for the current ticket (3.00 – 6.00 pm show) was long. We stood in the queue. As we came nearer to the ticket window with just about 10 persons ahead of us, the ‘House Full’ board was displayed. We were hugely disappointed.

After some discussion, we decided to stand in the queue for the next show (6.00 – 9.00 pm). While taking this decision, we were oblivious of the fact that our aunt will get worried if we did not reach home by evening. We watched the film and enjoyed the songs. When we returned home at around 9.30 pm, our cousins got a good dressing down from my aunt. She thought that it was a handiwork of her younger son whereas in reality, it was a collective decision.

I am not able to recall as to which film I saw in 1963. It is quite possible that there was no occasion for me to see any film. In 1964, I got an opportunity to see ‘Sangam’ (1964) with one of my relatives in a local theatre. Except for o mehbooba tere dil ke pass hai and dost dost na raha, all other songs sounded a shade lower in quality than what S-J had composed for ‘Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai’ (1960). I also did not much enjoy watching the film.

By this time, I and my elder cousin had defected to Laxmikant-Pyarelal camp while my younger brother and younger cousin continued to be the fan of S-J. There used to a lot of musical discussion between us mainly on S-J versus L-P. Sometime it would reach a flashing point. In 1965, I had got a job. My elder cousin had shifted to Pune to complete his Engineering degree. With this, our L-P vs. S-J rivalry naturally came to an end.

‘Waqt’ (1965) was the first film which I saw from my own money as I had got a job. From 1965 and 1969, I had watched in the theatres one film almost every week-end (either afternoon show on Saturdays or Matinee show on Sundays). In Economics, there is a law of diminishing marginal utility. This law seemed to have applied to my week-end film watching. Over a period of time, I developed a diminishing interest in films and by 1972, I had almost given up visiting theatres for films. The reason could be that I had been seeing all types of films, many of them could be categorised as craps.

Since then, I visit theatres to watch only those films which my wife wished to see, which had good reviews and I have a liking for the subject of the film. In this process, now we end up watching on average 3-4 films in a year.

‘Raazi’ (2018) was the last film I and my wife saw in a multiplex sometime in May 2018. During the show, one of its songs overwhelmed me so much that it lingered in my mind for a long time. I felt that I should present this song as a part of the article. The song is ‘ungli pakad ke tune chalna sikhaaya thha na’ sung by Vibha Saraf, Harshdeep Kaur and Shankar Mahadeven.

This song takes me to the golden period of Hindi film music in terms of its composition, lyrics and picturisation .. Harshdeep Kaur’s soulful rendition of her part in the song brings out the emotional bond between a father and a daughter.

The song starts with a Kashmiri couplet which is a part of Kashmiri folk song of bidaai:

bae chhasay khanmaej koor
deu mey rukhsat myane bhaijaano

[I am your darling daughter. Come, it is time to bid farewell to me, o brother].

Music Directors, Shankar-Ehsan-Loy has used mostly Kashmiri musical instruments like rabab, dotara and esraj to give a feel of the song from the Kashmir valley.

This is the song which would make any father to shed tears after listening because of its soulful music and lyrics. After all, it has been written by Gulzar who must have had the same pain at the time of the marriage of his daughter, Meghna Gulzar, the director of the film.

Video Clip:

Song-Mudke na dekho dilbaro (Raazi)(2018) Singers-Harshdeep Kaur, Shankar Mahadevan, Vibha Saraf, Lyrics-Gulzar, MD-Shankar Ehsan Loy
Harshdeep Kaur+Chorus


bae chhasay khanmaej koor
deu mey rukhsat myane bhaijaanon

bae chhasay khanmaej koor
deu mey rukhsat myane bhaijaano
bae chhasay khanmaej koor

ungli pakad ke toone
chalna sikhaaya thha na
dehleez oonchi hai ye
paar kara de
baba main teri mallika
tukda hoon tere dil ka
ikk baar phir se dehleez
paar karaa de
hmm hmm hmm
mudke na dekho dilbaro
mudke na dekho dilbaro
mudke na dekho dilbaro

mudke na dekho dilbaron

fasalein jo kaati jaayen
ugti nahi hain
betiyaan jo byaahi jaayen
mudti nahin hai
o o fasalein jo kaati jaayen
ugti nahi hain
betiyaan jo byaahi jaayen
mudti nahni hai
aisi bidaai ho to
lambi judaai ho to
dehleez dard ki bhi
paar kara de
baba main teri mallika
tukda hoon tere dil ka
ikk baar phir se dehleez
paar kara de

mere dilbaro…..on
barfein galengi phir se
mere dilbaro……on
fasalein pakengi phir se
tere paaon ke tale
meri duaa chale
duaa meri chale

baba main teri mallika
tukda hoon tere dil ka
ek baar phir se dehleez
paar kara de
mudke na dekho dilbaro
mudke na dekho dilbaro
mudke na dekho dilbaro
mudke na dekho dilbaro

mudke na dekho dilbaro
mudke na dekho dilbaro


7 Responses to "Mudke na dekho dilbaro"

Beautiful nostalgic post Sadanandji.
And yes the song u ve shared brings a lump in my throat. A song which I loved on first hearing on some FM channel. And then when I saw the movie I was floored.
This, Parmanu and Raid are class movies I saw this year. I should thank my children for dragging me to the theatres


Peevesie’s Mom,
In the recent years, it is my wife who pesters me to visit theatres and plays. ‘Aapla Manush’ (2018) was one such instance this year. But for a change, ‘Raazi’ was on my initiative.


enjoyed reading post Sadanandji Thanks for sharing your memories and the for the song of Raazi


Thanks, Prakashchandra ji.


Sadanand Ji, Liked your nostalgic post on various counts.

1. For finding that you are [ were? :)) ] a SJ fan like me.. But I did not look upon any of their contemporaries as rivals, but equals ( SJ being first among equals !!)
Until, of course, MD Ravi ‘snatched’ Filmfare awards in the years I felt SJ deserved the awards. The second ones were LP who I felt had ‘snatched’ assignments with producers who were SJ backers( by presumably under quoting). I could never even think of speculating which songs were by S & which were by J , or even speculate who is better of the two.!! ( until Raju Bharatan started speculating)

I felt sorry for Shankar for slowly being ignored by even SJ regulars , starting with Raj Kapoor. But then those who put in the money go by perceptions that half (Shankar) is not as good as a whole ( SJ). I also felt that creativity suffers when your strengths are robbed by fate( Shylendra & Jaikishan)

2. For finding that you enjoyed the same films that I also did., and noting the way you recounted those years of movie going.

3. for choosing a gem of a song ( rare these days) for the post.


Shenoy ji,

Thanks for liking the post.

We cousins were around 14 years of age when we became the fan of S-J and regarded OPN as his ‘rival’. By 1966, I had given up the idea of ‘fan’ and instead considered myself as the ‘admirer’ of good music, singing and lyrics.

You are right. There was no point in speculating as to which songs were composed by Shankar and Jaikishan. It was a team work and who so ever took initiative in composing the tune may have received the additional inputs from other or some time even from their music arrangers.


Atul ji and Sudhir ji,

The name of Gulzar has not been tagged. Please tag his name to reflect this song under ‘Gulzar’.


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