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Twinkle twinkle little star

Posted on: August 24, 2020


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Hullo Atuldom

23rd August was the birthday of the beautiful Saira Banu. She was born to yesteryear actress Naseem Banu and producer Mian Ehsan-Ul-Haq in 1944.

She made her debut opposite Shammi Kapoor in 1961 as the OH! so gorgeous Kashmiri ‘Kali’ with her introduction song being “Kaashmir ki kali hoon main mujhse na rootho babuji”. In all the years, since then she has remained gorgeous and aged gracefully. In between then and now, she was an active star in the Hindi film firmament till about 1976 when Prakash Mehra directed “Hera Pheri” released. She appeared in a cameo with her husband Dilip Kumar in Yash Johar produced and Ramesh Talwar directed “Duniya” (1984) as parents of Rishi Kapoor.

One of the movies-Faisla- that she acted in the 70s released in 1988; this was her last official release. But this beauty had the best costars in the 15-16 years that she was active with ‘Padosan’ opposite Sunil Dutt catapulting her to the top league after which “Victoria No 203” opposite Navin Nischol was a big hit. We have seen her opposite Dharmendra in ‘Jwar Bhata’, ‘Aadmi Aur Insaan’, ‘Resham Ki Dori’, ‘Pocketmaar’, ‘Chaitali’, and ‘International Crook’. She was in ‘Purab Aur Paschim’, ‘Balidaan’, and ‘Shaadi’ with Manoj Kumar as her hero. But her pairing with Dilip Kumar in ‘Gopi’, ‘Sagina’ and ‘Bairaag’ was after her marriage to her childhood crush.

As I was preparing the post for wishing the beautiful Saira Banu I looked for possible songs and made a discovery. I always thought that the 1970 releases ‘Purab Aur Paschim’ and ‘Gopi’ would have been Yyippeeeed by now. A thought that came because we have 15800+ songs on our blog and we have been active for 12+ years. I find we have four songs of “Purab Aur Paschim” out a possible eight or nine songs. We have
(1) dulhan chali o pahan chali
(2) Hai preet jahaan ki reet sada, a post that has 51 comments, must be a record. The last comment was on 6th August 2018.
(3) koyi jab tumhaara hriday tod de
(4) purwa suhaani aayi re purwa was the last to be posted.

That too eight years ago. How have we missed posting songs from this movie. Chalo let us take it a step forward.

Here is a song that is sung by Mahendra Kapoor and Asha Bhonsle. It is written by Prem Dhawan and set to music by the brothers Kalyanji- Anandji. The song begins with some dialogue between puppets that are dressed as a Jat and Videshi Mem. The whole event is meant to belittle the westernized character played Saira Banu as Preethi the daughter of an Indian brought up in London. It ends when she realizes that she is being made fun of. (Personally I felt that we take this ‘west is bad east is best’ a little too far)

Incidentally, 24th August happens to mark 20 years since Kalyanji Virji Shah (30 June 1928-24 August 2000) said good bye to this world. He was the music director of such hits as “mera jeevan kora kaagaz kora hi reh gaya”, “rote hue aate hai sab hasta hua jo jaayega”, “jiska koi nahi uska toh khuda hai yaaron” (as Kishore Kumar and Manna Dey solos) and the still-so-popular “Yaari hai imaan mera yaar meri zindagi”. Of course, the songs I have mentioned were all in the 70s and 80s, years when I was growing up and learning to appreciate songs.

But Kalyanji, of the duo, began as a musician in the early 50s. He was the one who played the Clavioline for the songs of ‘Nagin” that were essentially Hemant Kumar scores. Remember the “Nagin-been” from 1954 which has become the signature tune used in all serpent-related songs, scenes and movies? He formed an orchestra group with his brother Anandji, all those years ago, which performed in and around Bombay (as Mumbai used to be called). His arrival in the industry was in, what is called, the golden period of Hindi Film Music when SD Burman, OP Nayyar, Madan Mohan etc were the compeetition. He still managed to get a foothold “Samrat Chandragupt” was his first film. He was officially joined by his brother Anandji, to form the duo, with movies like Satta Bazaar, Chhalia etc. The long journey of the duo gave us many gems and we treasure all of them lovingly. Thank You Kalyanjibhai- Anandjibhai.

Coming back to today’s song- wishing Saira Banu all health and happiness even if a day late & remembering Kalyanjibhai. Here is that song for which the farmaish/ reminder was made on 6th August 2018.


Song-Twinkle twinkle little star (Purab Aur Paschim)(1970) Singers-Mahendra Kapoor, Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Prem Dhawan, MD-Kalyanji Anandji
Chorus

Lyrics

twinke twinkle little star
how I wonder what you are
how I wonder what you are
gaao

aaho
oye twinkle twinkle little star
how I wonder what you are
how I wonder what you are
o twinkle twinkle little sta aa aaa aa aa aaar
you fool
everybody is a fool baby
everybody is a fool baby
sabhi se jawaani mein ae ae ae
ae ae ae
ae ae
hoti pyar ki bhool baby
o hoti pyar ki bhool baby
oye twinke twinkle little star
how I wonder what you are
how I wonder what you are
samjhe madam
what?
o seedha kar doonga what baby
o seedha kar doonga what baby
you mem paschim ki ee eee ee ee
te main purab ka jat baby
o te main purab ka jat baby

alright I teach you something else
sikhaao ji
singing aa yaa yipee yipee ya
singing aa yaa yipee yipee ya
yeh changa hai
jack and jill went up the hill
to fetch a pail of water
jack and jill went up the hill
to fetch a pail of water
gaao

aaho
oye jack and jill went up the hill
to fetch a pail of water
to fetch a pail of water
oye jack and jill went up the hill
ee ee ee ee
you idiot
main nahin
tu hai idiot baby
main nahin
tu hai idiot baby
naari hoke piye whisky
ee ee ee ee ee
aur piye cigarette baby
aur piye cigarette baby
oye twinkle twinkle little star
how I wonder what you are
how I wonder what you are

oh what do you want
i want a chance baby
i want a chance baby
phir dekh meri taal pe
ae ae ae ae
ae ae ae
kaise karegi tu dance baby
o kaise karegi tu dance baby
oye twinkle twinkle little star
how I wonder what you are
how i wonder what you are

up above the world so high
ee ee ee ee
aa aa ee ee
like a diamond in the sky
like a diamond in the sky

twinkle twinkle little star<
how I wonder what you are

jack and jill went up the hill
ee ee ee ee ee
jack and jill went up the hill
to fetch up pail of water

twinkle twinkle little star
how I wonder what you are

twinkle twinkle little

4 Responses to "Twinkle twinkle little star"

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Good choice Peeviecie’s mom. Another Asha Bhosle song and another lyricist in Prem Dhawan. And a combination of K-A with Saira Banu song too.

Keep up the good work.

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Thank u for liking the selection. Another song of the Saira Banu K-A combo from Balidaan was posted two days back.

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Good combination, Nalini ji. Two birds with one stone !

Asha ji sounds like a proper Videsi Mem! Of course ,we all know about her versatility.

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