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Badan Pe Sitaare Lapete Huye

Posted on: December 24, 2019


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.

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A great day today. The remembrance day of one of most recognized icons of the Golden Era of Hindi film music. Rafi Sb. The name says it all. It is our own compulsions that drive us to write again and again about him, but yes, the name says it all. The mere mention brings to mind spontaneously, the journey spanning four decades, and thousands of rich gems that he rendered and bequeathed to us. The one voice that makes loving this music oh so easy.

We already have two posts today, enriching his memory, and talking about his work and his personality. The adjectives and epithets have all been used, time and again, so one is at a loss to say new things about him. There is a celebration gathering that happens at this residence today. Many devoted fans from across the country are in Bombay for this occasion. Our dear Bakshi ji is there today – have to hear from him his account of the visit to Rafi Mansion today.

Besides Bakshi ji, there are two more very good friends who are there today. Both of them are in the category of devotion beyond definition. It is a devotion that takes on the form of worship, which in of itself is a quality to be appreciated. Their life is all about Rafi Sb, their work is all about trying to perpetuate his memory. My meeting with them individually was through other friends, who introduced us. And it did not take any time to acknowledge and understand – this is going to be a lifelong association. I will briefly talk about them today.

Ahsan Qasim is a resident of Hapur, a small town that is about one a half hour’s drive from Delhi. He runs a small restaurant in his neighborhood, and has also setup a small coaching school for basic teaching of English and computers. He is an avid searcher and collector of anything that relates to Rafi Sb. As of now, we are quite much at the limits of Rafi Sb’s recorded songs. Yes, some numbers are still not accounted for, and I dare say, some numbers are still to be identified, given the gap in information available for some untraceable films of the era. But that does not limit his search. He is continuously searching for recordings of live programs, sitting through complete films looking to find out snippets of Rafi Sb’s voice used for items that do not qualify as complete songs, and hence have not been part of 78 rpm or LP releases. The verses sung in the film ‘Pyaasa’ (1957) are quite well known. But there are dozens of more such snippets that Ahsan Bhai has searched out.

He also collects videos of Rafi Sb’s songs, and hence he also continuously digging to locate films that are not yet in public domain. He has a channel on YouTube by his own name. He continuously adds to it – rare audios and videos of Rafi Sb songs. Recently he has uploaded a small video segment of a Rafi Sb song from the film ‘Kahin Aur Chal’ (1968), a film that decidedly has been categorized as lost, for now.

He has made a detailed listing of all the stars, and many who do not qualify as stars, to whom Rafi Sb has given playback. Rafi Sb never shied away from singing for completely new and unknown actors, as well as on screen characters. Ahsan Bhai’s drive is to identify such actors – he has a list and video clips of many totally unknown faces who are lip syncing Rafi Sb’s voice. And to say the least, his endeavor to dig out old films has been so beneficial for armchair collectors like me. 🙂 He is the person who was finally able to acquire ‘Karvaan e Hayaat’ and shared with me. Like so, he has dug out many other rare films, which we know that are not available in public domain.

The second person I wish to talk about today is another dear friend – Arun Gautam. The name plate outside his door reads as ‘Rafi Arun Gautam’. He is a resident of Delhi. When I visited his home for the first time, I was amazed to see – he has one room completely devoted to Rafi Sb. The room is almost like a museum, and also a room where he hosts his friends for listening sessions. The walls of the room are adorned with portraits and photographs of Rafi Sb, some are absolutely rare. All the shelves are full of books, cassette tapes, 78 rpm records and LPs. In between spaces are full of small and large memorabilia that relates to Rafi Sb. There is a harmonium, although not the original, but an exact replica of the one owned by Rafi Sb. There is telephone instrument, with Rafi Sb’s home phone number written on it – once again an exact replica of the original. There are two small cars (toy cars actually) – one a white Ambassador, and the second one a red Fiat, complete with the actual numbers on the number plates. The cars models and numbers are exactly the ones owned by Rafi Sb. There is a small statue of Rafi Sb. There are road signs – place of birth of Rafi Sb, his residence area in Bombay etc. I mean, it is a real treat for the fans of Rafi Sb. And Arun ji has such a childlike pleasure as he shows us visitors around the room.

There is an old gramophone player – the original HMV 102. If any of the readers have heard this sound they will understand. And for those who haven’t, I recommend them to listen to one if possible. Arun ji has a Philips player also – which is electronic. He played the same records on both the machines. The sound from the 102 – it shook my inside. Never ever have I heard such a complete and such a rich sound being reproduced from a 78 rpm record. Yes, we all know that the 78 rpm recording and reproduction is the ultimate. But that day, listening on the 102 was an unsurpassed, never before experience. A machine that is just cranked by hand, no electric or electronics involved. Just a very good sound box and a very good needle. The sound filled the room as I have never heard before. And with the same childlike eagerness, Arun ji played so many rare records. Not that we have not heard the audio before. But the records themselves are so rare, only one or maybe a few acknowledged copies to be existing in public domain. It was a memorable session we had that day, on my first visit. And of course, followed up later with more such sessions.

Arun ji also played some very rare and unheard snippets. Do you know that Rafi Sb has sung two lines of the immortal ghazal of Saigal Sb from ‘Shahjehan’ – “Gham Diye Mustaqil. . .”. This snippet is hidden away in the film ‘Reporter Raju’ (1962); it is not on any record, and only someone painstakingly searching for such things will be fortunate enough to locate it. And then, at the end of the session, as we were preparing to say goodbye, he asked us to wait for a minute. He went inside, and returned with a small plastic package. Opening it, he showed us a necktie – an original worn by Rafi Sb at recordings. Around the room he pointed out to a couple of photographs wherein Rafi is sporting that very necktie. We find out that it is presented to Arun ji by Rafi Sb’s daughter herself, when she visited Delhi and also came to Arun ji’s home. That was the most exhilarating close encounter for me.

And one more thing about Arun ji. He is the convener of the group that is petitioning for the Bharat Ratna award for Rafi Sb.

The most endearing thing about these two gentlemen – very soft spoken, very friendly, extremely humble, and a heart that will share anything you ask of them. True and devoted lovers of music, I must say. And I am fortunate to be in their circle of friends.

Memories of Rafi Sb, shaken and enlivened by these reminiscences.

The song today – although it is a Rafi song, but today’s presentation is not in his own voice. This song, “Badan Pe Sitaare. . .”, originally from the film ‘Prince’ (1969) – Rafi Sb giving playback for Shammi Kapoor, has got repeated in the film ‘Fanney Khan’ from 2018. Yes, so recent. The magic of the golden era lives on and on. This version is sung by Sonu Nigam, and performed on screen by Anil Kapoor.

This song comes to us courtesy of Peevesie’s Mom – the lady is always on the lookout to combine events and anniversaries. Today, 24th is the birth anniversary of Rafi Sb. And it is also the birth anniversary of actor Anil Kapoor. She located this song, and then graciously called me to take it on and present it as part of the ‘repeat songs’ series. Of course, with a short notice (like less than 24 hrs 🙂 ), and a opportunity to combine celebrations that is very difficult to pass. The song had to, has to come today, and today only. Of course, the pleasure of rewards is quite commensurate with the bait proffered. 😀

As I mentioned, the singing voice is Sonu Nigam – a sound that is quite close to Rafi Sb’s singing, as per many opinions. I am retaining the original credits of lyrics and music composition. On screen, we see Anil Kapoor, a part time vocalist in a local orchestral group in the film, attempting a ‘Shammisque’ perfromance. How far successful, I leave it to the readers to judge. For one, Shammi Kapoor would never have a set of dancers around him, in the manner in which the latter day dances are choreographed.

Some other links that come to mind. The dance starts with the rapid shaking of a hand by Anil Kapoor – memories of the dance in the song “Aa Ja Aa Ja, Main Hoon Pyaar Tera” (‘Teesri Manzil’, 1966). Then, we have the initial ‘alaap’ sounds, so to say. The first “lallalllallaaa, la llarrall lallaa lallallaaa” reminds one of the famous Rajesh Khanna performance of “Gulaabi Aankhen Jo Teri Dekhin. . .” (‘The Train’, 1970). Then there is a second piece that goes like “la ra la la la ra la la la ra la la la ra laa” – I am not able to decipher its ‘hear-alike’ source. Then there is the 3rd piece “pappaa pa pappaa pa” – if I am not mistaken, it reminds one of the opening sounds of “Duniya Mein, Logon Ko. . .” (‘Apna Desh’ 1972). Request readers to please add to or comment on these observations.

So a song with many entanglements. Original Rafi Sb song, rendered by a Rafi Sb ‘hear alike’. Original song performed by a Kapoor, now performed by another Kapoor. And the two anniversaries to add to the mix. Quite an interesting addition to the repeat song series. Thanks Peevesie’s Mom ji.

Happy and healthy wishes to Anil Kapoor – goodness, he turns 63 today. Last year he was 62. My, my. 🙂

And long live the memories of Rafi Sb. The best thing that God gave to Hindi films. Unforgettable.

Song – Badan Pe Sitaare Lapete Huye  (Fanney Khan) (2018) Singers – Sonu Nigam, Lyrics – Hasrat Jaipuri, MD – Shankar Jaikishan

Lyrics

lallalllallaaa
la llarrall lallaa lallallaaa
la llarrall lallaa lallallaaa
la llarrall lallaa lallallaaa
 
la ra la la la ra la la la ra la la la ra laa
la ra la la la ra la la la ra la la la la laa
la ra la la la ra la la la ra la la la ra laa
 
paraa pappaa
paraa pappaa
paraa pappaa
paraa pappaa
 
pappaa pa pappaa pa
pappaa pa pappaa pa
pabbaa ba babbaa ba
babbaa ba babbaa ba
 
riul rham jham
jhamriul rham jham
jhamriul rham jhalurum

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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लल्ल लल्ल लल्ल ला
ला लारल्ल लल्ला लल्ललल्ला
ला लारल्ल लल्ला लल्ललल्ला
ला लारल्ल लल्ला लल्ललल्ला

ला रा ला ला ला रा ला ला ला रा ला ला ला रा ला
ला रा ला ला ला रा ला ला ला रा ला ला ला ला ला
ला रा ला ला ला रा ला ला ला रा ला ला ला रा ला

परपप्पा
परपप्पा
परपप्पा
परपप्पा

पप्पा पा पप्पा पा
पप्पा पा पप्पा पा
पब्बा बा बब्बा बा
बब्बा बा बब्बा बा

रीउल रह्म झम
झमरीउल रह्म झम
झमरीउल रह्म झालूरम

बदन पे सितारे लपेटे हुये
ओ जाने तमन्ना किधर जा रही हो॰॰ओ॰॰ओ
ज़रा पास आओ तो चैन आ जाये
ज़रा पास आओ तो चैन आ जाये

बदन पे सितारे लपेटे हुये
ओ जाने तमन्ना किधर जा रही हो
ज़रा पास आओ तो चैन आ जाये
ज़रा पास आओ तो चैन आ जाये

है बनने सँवरने का जब ही मज़ा
कोई देखने वाला फन्ने तो हो
नहीं तो ये जल्वे हैं बुझते दिये
कोई मिटने वाला इक फन्ने तो हो
बदन पे सितारे लपेटे हुये
ओ जाने तमन्ना किधर जा रही हो
ज़रा पास आओ तो चैन आ जाये
ज़रा पास आओ तो चैन आ जाये

बदन पे सितारे लपेटे हुये
ओ जाने तमन्ना किधर जा रही हो
ज़रा पास आओ तो चैन आ जाये
ज़रा पास आओ तो चैन आ जाये

[तुरही वादन]

बदन पे सितारे लपेटे हुये
ओ जाने तमन्ना किधर जा रही हो
ज़रा पास आओ तो चैन आ जाये
ज़रा पास आओ तो चैन आ जाये

 

5 Responses to "Badan Pe Sitaare Lapete Huye"

hullo Sudhirji
am i glad that i landed on this song when i googled to check if there was any association of Anil Kapoor with Mohd.Rafi even if i was 100% sure that Anil Kapoor came into Bollywood post 1980 i.e. after Rafisaab passed away. i was thinking i will get hints to movies where Anil Kapoor was assistant to the director and Rafisaab had a song or two, Anil used to be assistant in movies like “Hum Paanch” which was produced by his father Surinder Kapoor. and when i saw this video i was jumping with joy and put the call through to you that instant. i sat through the song only after the call. then i remembered that i had seen this movie last year on Amazon and had enjoyed it. what with good performers in the cast- Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Rajkumar Rao and Anil Kapoor.
now coming to the post: it is brilliant. and the mention of the two Rafi Bhakts takes it to another level.
you are right that the first “lallalllallaaa, la llarrall lallaa lallallaaa” reminds one of the famous Rajesh Khanna performance of “Gulaabi Aankhen Jo Teri Dekhin. . .” (‘The Train’, 1970). another Rafi song
but the 3rd piece “pappaa pa pappaa pa” i feel is vocalizing the music piece of “Badan Pe Sitaare” itself.
and yes, Sonu Nigam a Rafi- bhakt himself, must have felt privileged to sing this song. And we can see a 62 year old forgetting his age and going young. (he says age is a number for him)
Thank you Sudhirji i was waiting for this through the day

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Dear Peevesie’s Mom ji,

Once again, thanks to you for locating this song, that added the zing to Rafi Sb’s anniversary.

I went back to hear the original song, and you are right about the vocalization of the lead in rhythm. And actually what I mention as the 2nd and 3rd segments, after hearing the original, I realize that both of them are the lead in rhythm of the original song. Just that the 3rd part also sounds similar to the song from ‘Apna Desh’ that I mentioned.

And thanks again, for your words of appreciation. 🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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Sudhirji,
Your series is great. This one, especially with your so fond description of two Rafi-fans and collectors is fascinating. Congratulations.
AK

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Dear AK ji,

Thanks for you words of appreciation. Yes, having met these two gentlemen has added a new dimension to my understanding of the word ‘fan’. These folks, and there are more of them, are really a class apart.

And yes, the series is turning up some very interesting instances. There is still a few more to go, and each one is good surprise.
🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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Sudhir Ji, Enjoyed going thru every word your write up.

. Any praise, tribute to my demi-God Rafi Saab is always welcome. I am happy to learn about Ahsan Qasim & Arun Gautam.. Their passion is noteworthy for Rafi fans.
I immediately subscribed to Qasims YT channel :))
It is a ” terrific’ choice of song.. One Kapoor re-enacting another Kapoor, Sonu Nigam singing a Rafi song.

Regards

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