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Lambu jee lambu jee bolo Tingu jee

Posted on: October 11, 2020

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Hullo Atuldom

“Coolie” was released on 2nd December 1983. It was produced by Ketan Desai and directed by Manmohan Desai. Kadar Khan was the script writer as also the dialogue writer. It starred Waheeda Rehman, Rati Agnihotri, Shoma Anand, Rishi Kapoor, Kadar Khan, Satyen Kappu, Goga Kapoor, Suresh Oberoi, Om Shivpuri, Nilu Phule, Ashalata (who passed away recently),and Shubha Khote, Amrish Puri and Mukri in guest appearances. Of course it had Manmohan Desai cast Amitabh Bachchan in the title role with an Eagle as his companion. The Eagle was called Allah Rakha in the movie.

The movie had Kadar Khan give some great dialogues to his characters, some of which were heavy duty and some were funny. For example Iqbal introduces himself with “Humaari taarif zara lambi hai. Bachpan se hain sar pe Allah ka haath aur Allahrakha hai apne saath. Baju pe 786 ka hai billa, 20 number ki bidi peeta hoon. kaam karta hoon coolie ka aur naam hai Iqbal”. He follows it up with “jiske sar pe pad jaaye haath bache na uska ek bhi baal” and that get smirks from the audience. Then during the course of a fight scene with Suresh Oberoi, Amitabh Bachchan picks up a Hammer and Sickle, holds it up in a particular fashion and mouths “Hum mazdooron ka seena lohe ki deewaar hai, aur yeh humaare hathyaar hain. Yeh humara pet paal bhi sakte hain aur tum jaison ka pet phaad bhi sakte hain”.

“Coolie” was a movie that was slammed by the critics as the worst ever etc. but was lapped up by the paying public. It has attained cult status over the years. Puneet Issar was just a villains’ henchman when he was signed for the movie but the fight sequence in which AB was hurt made Puneet Issar famous. And the smart Manmohan Desai froze the scene in the final cut of the movie and a message appears on screen marking it as the shot when AB was injured. Apparently this was done at Amitabh’s behest. That was the kind of relation that AB shared with Manji (as Mamohan Desai was called by his friends).

One thing was on display in 1982. The level of love that the public had for the actor by the name Amitabh Bachchan. When he lay comatose in a Bombay Hospital, a whole nation prayed for him. There were reports of how people made promises to their respective gods and even fulfilled them when he recovered and restarted work on 7th January 1983. It proved that the struggle that he had on the way to superstardom had borne fruit.

Just another matter that he was a good actor who made the incredible seem normal, like fighting a leopard, tiger and a crocodile at times, with bare hands (he was not the first one to do this onscreen) in “Khoon Pasina” and some other movies. He made it seem normal that a roadside orphan could grow up to be a well to-do do-gooder who is even benevolent on the man who insulted him when he was in his teens- remember “Muqaddar Ka Sikandar”. He mastered rhythm and could move a leg to music without making a fool of himself. He was appreciated when he tried to sing in his tuneless style to begin with and he has sung around 20-30 songs in his career that started in 1969. Of course he has recited poems in “Kabhi Kabhi” and “Silsila”.

He has had a wide range of roles post 2000 when he switched tracks to play characters that are appropriate to his age. He has co-starred with heroes who are his children’s age group. He is one of the actors of that generation who still has movie-makers seek him with specific roles & movies. The other was Rishi Kapoor.

Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan have acted together in a number of movies first time being in “Kabhi Kabhi” 1976. Their first successes also came in the same year-1973. Rishi Kapoor’s “Bobby” and Amitabh Bachchan’s “Zanjeer”. The two were long time friends and the last time they collaborated was in “102 not out” in 2018.

This jodi has been my personal favourite from the first time I saw them. And it is but natural that I present this song of “Coolie”. It shows the two actors’ comic side. The two of them are not eyeing the same girl. Their target is the prize money that the girl’s father Mukri promises for bringing the girl back home. She has this penchant for running away from home and is in cahoots with Sunny (Rishi) who dons a new getup every time he drops her home. Only this time Iqbal has also spotted the girl and decides to drop her home and claim the prize money.

What I like about the song is the various outfits and wigs that AB and Chintu use. The detailing that has gone into draping Chintu with a dhoti that has extra width to cover the stilts when he is trying to compete with the elephant’s height. And also the pronounced jerks that AB and Shoma Anand experience when on the elephant which at first feels that they are having a camel ride.

This song is in the voices of Shailendra Singh and Shabbir Kumar. This movie was the first time AB had a different voice.
All in all a fun song to celebrate the 78th birthday of the superstar of the millennium who has also been given the epithet BigB.



Song-Lambu jee lambu jee bolo tingu jee (Coolie)(1983) Singers-Shailendra Singh, Shabbir Kumar, Lyrics-Anand Bakshi, MD-Laxmikant Pyarelal


lambu ji lambu ji
bolo tingu ji”,
lambu ji lambu ji
haan bolo tingu ji
mere raste mein taang na adaana
mere raste mein taang na adaana
iss kanya ko haath na lagaana
o haath na lagaana
ae tingu ji tingu ji
bolo lambu ji,
tingu ji tingu ji
haan bolo lambu ji
mere raste mein taang na adaana
mere raste mein taang na adaana
iss kanya ko o haath na lagaana
o haath na lagaana
tingu ji tingu ji

bolo lambu ji
lambu ji lambu ji
bolo tingu ji

o dekha isse maine tumse pehle
arre dhoondhha isse maine tumse pehle
arre dekha isse maine tumse pehle
hey dhoondha isse maine tumse pehle
par le rahi hai yeh naam mera
chhodo ji yeh hai inaam mera
inaam mera
lambu ji lambu ji
bolo tingu ji
mere gusse ko na neend se jagaana
iss kanya ko haath na lagaana
o haath na lagaana
lambu ji lambu ji
kya bolo tingu ji

taam ti taam
ae taam ti taam
aiyyo taam ti taam
re taam ti taam
madras se main aaya hoon Bombay,
raste mein ho gaye tum kitne lambe
lambi udaanen kad kitna chhota

iss khel mein kya chhota kya mota
kya chhota kya mota
lambu ji lambu ji
haan bolo tingu ji
lambe kad ka na rob tu jamaana
iss kanya ko haath na lagaana
o haath na lagaana
lambu ji lambu ji
o bolo bolo tingu ji

layaa nahin isko bhagaakar
yeh faisla karega iska father
o layaa nahin isko bhagaa kar,
ye faisla karega iska father
kar daale na yeh kissa baraabar,
hmm donon ka yaani hissa barabar
lambu ji lambu ji
bolo tingu ji
ladki hai yeh nahin koi khazaana
iss kanya ko haath na lagaana
o haath na lagaana
ji haath na lagaana
oye hatah na lagaana,
tingu ji
tingu lambu

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