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Lo dum daba ke bhaage…hamen darr kaahe ka

Posted on: December 19, 2018


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, 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 other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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Today’s song is a very very special song. It is from film Roomal-49. Four songs from this film are already discussed. Luckily, this song was yet to be discussed, as if waiting for me. It is a duet of Mohd. Rafi and Asha Bhosle. Written by Nazim Panipati, it is composed by Hansraj Behl. HFGK is silent on the MD’s name for all songs, though there were two of them- Hansraj Behl and Aziz Khan. However, there are other references to confirm that Behl was composer for this song, namely 1. The uploader has mentioned his name 2. Rafi’s Excel sheet mentions his name and 3. Behl’s name is mentioned for this song in book ‘ Rafinama’ by Isak Mujawar.

Now, coming to the point why this song is special.The reason is….this is the First ever duet of Rafi and Asha Bhosle. Rafi had started Playback recording from 1944 and Asha started from 1948. Within one year, Asha sang a duet with Rafi in film Roomal-49. Another film Lekh was also made in 1949 and they sang in that film too, but Roomal duet was the First one to be recorded.

Incidentally, Asha and Rafi had the maximum duets in HFM. They sang a total of 806 duets from 1949. Their last duet came on the screen in film Kala Coat-1993 ( 13 years after Rafi had left us.)-MD Iqbal Gill. Asha Bhosle and Rafi created 3 records during their journey together-
1. Maximum duets – 806
2. Maximum duets in one MD’s films – 92 duets in OPN’s films.
3. Rafi-Asha maximum duets in one film- Basant-60 – 11 duets
(Ed note-The blog has 514 Rafi-Asha Duets, including this song.)

Mohd. Rafi was the only singer who sang duets with the 3 major female actor singers of the 40s. He sang with Noorjehan (Jugnu-47), Khurshid ( Aage Badho-47) and Suraiya (Kajal-48 and in 11 more films).

Besides the known and well known female singers, Rafi sang duets with some ‘ not so well known ‘ female singers too. Some of them are Laxmi Rai, Kumudini Dikshit, Lakshmi shankar, Gandhari Rane, Promodini Desai, Razia Begum, Malti Pande, Pushpa Huns, Ramola, Pushpa Pagdhare, Pratibha, Kanchan, Poornima, Meena Patki, Jyoti, Kamla Sista, Kaushi Gidwani, Savita Suman, Sumitra Lahiri, Sagarika Mukherji, Krishna Bose, Krishna Mukherji, etc etc.

Rafi sang maximum songs with Laxmikant-Pyarelal (369), followed by Shankar-Jaikishen – 341, Chitragupt-247, Ravi-235, O P Nayyar-197, Kalyanji – Anandji – 169, Naushad-149, Madan Mohan-169, R D Burman-122, Usha Khanna-114, Sonik- Omi-104 and N Dutta-102. ( all figures from book Rafinama by Isak Mujawar).

Rafi sang only 1 duet with Meena Kapoor in film Aabroo-56. There is another song having voices of Meena, Rafi,Asha and Manna Dey in Tajmahal-63). This is understandable considering Anil da’s opinion about Rafi’s singing !

Film Roomal-49 was directed by Ramchandra Thakur. He was born on 17-12-1908 at Suver ( noe Umedgadh) in Sabarkantha Dist. Gujarat. From his 9th year onwards he was educated in Bombay. He completed his M.A. in Pali language, to become a Teacher but not so good results forced him to join Film industry. He had already written articles on films. He had also translated sound recordist Minoo Katrak’s book in Hindi and Gujarati.
He joined the Marketing department of Sagar Movietone. After Baburao Patel headed that department, he was shifted as asstt. director. He co directed film Gramophone Singer, along with Virendra Desai-the owner’s son-who later married Nalini jaywant despite he being already married.

Thakur’s first film as an independent director was ‘Civil Marriage’-40, in which Snehprabha Pradhan made her debut. He worked for Ranjit, Prakash and other banners. Her directed 20 films. His last film was Nawab Sirajuddoula-67. He mainly directed Mythologicals, social and comedy films.
He was a multifaceted person. He knew and could speak 11 languages. He wrote scripts for film Baiju Bawra-52 and several Gujarati films. He also directed 2 Gujarati films. He wrote 4 research based Novels. His article on Sagar Movietone has become a reference point for researchers.
Ramchandra Thakur died on 31-10-1992. (adapted from ‘ Sagar Movietone’-Biren kothari)

The cast of film Roomal-49 was Nargis, Rehman, Jairaj, Jeevan, Badriprasad, Jillobai, Cuckoo, Jankidas etc etc.

Jillobai (real name Zuleikha Ibrahim), born in 1905, in Bombay, was a Tawayef from Delhi. She started from stage dramas and then silent films. During this period, Master Nissar was attracted towards her, but being a shrewd woman, she spurned his advances, only after lot of money was spent on her by him. She acted in more than 100  Talkie films and also sang 3 songs in 3 films initially. Her first talkie film was  India’s first Talkie film Aalam Ara-1931, in which she sang one song also. She acted in many popular films like Anarkali-35, Kissan Kanya-37, Pukar-39, Sikander-41, Taqdeer-43, Zeenat-45, Jugnu- 47, Mother India-57, Mughal-e-Azam-60 etc etc. Her last film seems to be Suhani Raat-74. (I thank Sudhir ji and Pramod Godbole ji for providing additional information) .

Nazim Panipati, who wrote the songs of film Roomal-49, along with Mulkraj Bhakri and Rupbani, was born in lahore in 1920. His real name was Muhammed Ismail Khan. He was the younger brother of Dirctor/Lyricist Wali sahab. Due to his hobby of writing shairi, he was introduced to Dalsukh Pancholi and Roop k. Shorey. He first wrote songs for Punjabi films. His first film as a Lyricist in Hindi was Zamindar-42. He shifted to Bombay and wrote 80+ songs in 25 films. His last film in India was Sheesham-52. Then he migrated to Pakistan. He wrote more than 120 songs for Pak Television and Punjabi/Urdu films. He died in Lahore on 18-6-1998.

Today’s song by Rafi, Asha and chorus looks to be a fun comedy song. Enjoy this song….


Song-Lo dum daba ke Bhaage….hamen darr kaahe ka(Roomaal)(1949) Singers- Rafi, Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Nazim Panipati, MD- Hansraj Bahl
Both
Unidentified Male Voice 1, Unidentified Male Voice 2, Unidentified Male Voice 3
Chorus

Lyrics

aa
ha aa aa aa
aa aa aa
lo dum dabaa ke bhaage
warrant laane waale ae
khud ban gaye hain ulloo
ulloo banaane waale

aji haan aan aan
ulloo banaane waale
haan aan
ulloo banaane waale

haan aan aan aan aan aan aan
ulloo banaane waale
haan aan
ulloo banaane waale

ham sab ke sab
ham sab ke sab
ham sab ke sab
ham sab ke sab
hoshiyaar
hamen darr kaahe ka
hamen darr kaahe ka
hamen darr kaahe ka
hamen hai darr kaahe ka
hamaara beda ho gaya paar
beda ho gaya paar

hamaara beda ho gaya paar
hamen darr kaahe ka
hamen darr kaahe ka
hamen darr kaahe ka
hamen hai darr kaahe ka

paas nahin hai
paisa dhela
babu ji paisa dhela
lala ji paisa dhela
oy hoy hoy hoy
paisa dhela
phir bhi laga hua hai
mela
hai mela
ab to mangal
shukkar hafta
ab to mangal
shukkar hafta
har din hai itwaar
aji haan
har din hai itwaar
laa la
lallalalla
lallalalla laa
hamen darr aah
hamen darr ee
hamen darr ooh
hamen darr kaahe ka
hamen hai darr kaah
e ka

khelo koodo naacho gaao
every thing is happy now
every thing is happy now
kuchh na kuchh to
mil jaata hai
kuchh na kuchh to mil jaata hai
naqd ho ya udhaar aar
naqd ho ya udhaar
mere yaar
khushi mein naach
tu apni maan
mere dildaar
hamen darr
hamen darr
hamen darr
hamen darr kaahe ka
hamen hai darr kaahe ka

ham hain engine
tum ho lorry
dil hai armaanon ka thhaana
ham hain thaanedaar
aji haan
ham hain thaanedaar
aji haan
ham hain thaanedaar

o thhaanedaar
o thhaanedaar
o thhaanedaar
o thhaanedaaaaar
hamen darr
hamen darr
hamen darr
hamen darr kaahe ka
hamen hai darr kaahe ka

ka..ahe ka

ka..ahe ka

 

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6 Responses to "Lo dum daba ke bhaage…hamen darr kaahe ka"

Arun ji ,
It was interesting to know about Rafi’s songs .
Nd what a funny song it is !!!

I remember having seen an actress named Jilloo in ” Mughal – E – Azam ” as Madhubala’s mother nd in ” Mother India ” as Nargis’s mother – in – law .
Both of the roles she did were praiseworthy .

Arun ji , thnx for uploading the very first duet of Rafi nd Asha .

Pramod ji,
Thanks for your comments and information about Jillobai’s films. Looks like she continued upto 1960. However,for strange reasons all records indicate her last appearance in 1952 only. Anyway, I will update her information with me.
Thanks again.
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Though statistics delight and create heartburn for some. The statistics do not tell all. The flip side of Rafi”s maximum song with LP is due to
LP’s large number of films,where as OPN and SJ have smaller number
of films – but average ratio – songs to films – will favour OPN and SJ and
Chitragupta etc. Likewise due to LP’s sheer number of films – they score in respect of other sings – Lata etc.But average ratio will favour other MDs. That is the irony. Nonetheless we are enarmoured of statistics.
.
However, Arun ji , it is your painstaking work and minutes detail that I appreciate a lot and request you to keep us enthralled with such details in charted and uncharted territory.

Manohar Lal Dave ji,
I entirely agree with you about statistics- which can be misleading at times. However, they are an important tool of information also.
Thanks for your appreciation.
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Arun ji ,
It might be same name confusion also.
There may be more than one Jilloo in that period .
For that , a photograph from her movies in the fifties would clear our doubt .

Pramod ji,
In all probabilities, there was only one Jillobai. Good that you pointed out. Similarly, our Sudhir jee has also added some more information. With these new additions and her year of birth, the info on Jillobai in this article will be corrected soon by the editor, consequent to my request.
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