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Banne Re Teri Akhiyaan Surmedaani

Posted on: May 30, 2021


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 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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Missing Films of 1960s – 117
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A surprise discovery if ever there was one. And I have missed it all these years, having see this film long back.

‘Saara Akaash’ from 1969 – it has always been represented and listed as a songless film. This impression is so much ingrained into the system and it never came to mind to consider otherwise. So it was a great surprise to come across this clip from the film on YouTube. And suddenly the memories of this film had to be modified.

‘Sara Aakash’ (‘The Whole Sky’) is a film based on the novel of the same name, written by Rajendra Yadav. This was Yadav’s debut novel. The film marks the debut of Basu Chatterjee as director, and was also the first film of cinematographer KK Mahajan.  The film has background score by Salil Chaudhry.

The film is regarded as one of those which pioneered the New Wave cinema in India, along with ‘Uski Roti’ and ‘Bhuvan Shome’ which were also released the same year.

The star cast of the film includes Rakesh Pandey, Madhu Chakravarty, Nandita Thakur, AK Hangal, Dina Pathak, Mani Kaul, Shaily Shailendra, Jalaal Agha, Tarla Mehta, Aarti Boley and Om Prakash Gautam amongst others. Renowned film maker Mani Kaul appeared in this film, in what is considered as his only substantial screen appearance.

Set in the contemporary mid 1960s milieu of a traditional middle class joint family in Agra, the film deals with internal conflicts of a newlywed couple, both of whom find themselves unprepared for domestic life. Agra-based collegian, Samar Thakur (Rakesh Pandey), lives in a joint family consisting of his father (AK Hangal), mother (Dina Pathak), brother Amar (Mani Kaul) and his wife (Tarla Mehta); as well as a married sister, Munni, estranged from her husband. Samar is is prevailed upon by the family to marry Prabha (Madhu Chakravarty), a matriculate, much to his chagrin as this interferes with his future plans. The marriage does take place, and he soon finds that they are incompatible. The matters come to a head and Prabha leaves her matrimonial home to return to her parent’s home. She returns after four months. Family tensions continue, but then also we see a bonding emerge between the two, moving towards a healthy understanding.

KK Mahjan received the 1969 National Award for B&W cinematography, and Basu Chatterji received the Filmfare award for best screenplay.

The discovery of this background song in the film changes the status of this film, and it now becomes the 117th episode in the series on Missing Films of 1960s.

The song itself is a piece of traditional music of North India, and is played at wedding time. The words of this song indicate that the ladies on the girl’s side are singing this song, addressing the groom and tell him things about the members of his family, in a good spirited banter.

There is another version of this traditional song – it has been used in the film ‘Dushmani’ (1995). In this version, the song is presented as a praise for the bride, as she gets ready for the wedding ceremony and is being adorned with fine dress and jewellery. The song is available on YouTube as “Banno Teri Ankhiyaan Surmedaani“. On screen this song is performed by Neena Gupta.

A couple of interesting trivia.
The film ‘Saara Akaash’ was shot in the residential house of Rajendra Yadav. On a visit, when Basu Chatterji saw the house, his response was that this is the perfect setting for the film.
Dina Pathak appears in both films – in ‘Saara Akaash’ as the mother of the protagonist. In ‘Dushmani’ she appears at the grandmother of the bride Manisha Koirala.

With this post we have brought on board the 117th film in this series.


Song – Banne Re Teri Akhiyaan Surmedaani (Saara Akaash) (1969) Singer – [Unattributed], Lyrics – Traditional, MD – Salil Chaudhary

Lyrics

banne re teri ankhiyaan surmedaani

banne re tere baba laakh hajaari
banne re tere baba laakh hajaari
banne tere taau ka ohda bhaari
banne re teri <??> laal gulaabi
banne re teri taai nakhrewaali
banne re teri ankhiyaan surmedaani
banne re teri ankhiyaan surmedaani

banne re tere chaacha laakh hajaari
banne re tere chaacha laakh hajaari
banne re tere phoopha ka ohda bhaari
banne re teri <??> laal gulaabi
banne re teri bua nakhrewaali

banne re tere baba ka ohda bhaari
banne re teri mausi laakh hajaari

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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बन्ने रे तेरी अँखियाँ सुरमेदानी

बन्ने रे तेरे बाबा लाख हजारी
बन्ने रे तेरे बाबा लाख हजारी
बन्ने रे तेरे ताऊ का ओहदा भारी
बन्ने रे तेरी <??> लाल गुलाबी
बन्ने रे तेरी ताई नखरेवाली
बन्ने रे तेरी अँखियाँ सुरमेदानी
बन्ने रे तेरी अँखियाँ सुरमेदानी

बन्ने रे तेरे चाचा लाख हजारी
बन्ने रे तेरे चाचा लाख हजारी
बन्ने रे तेरे फूफा का ओहदा भारी
बन्ने रे तेरी <??> लाल गुलाबी
बन्ने रे तेरी बुआ नखरेवाली

बन्ने रे तेरे बाबा का ओहदा भारी
बन्ने रे तेरी मौसी लाखों तारे
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7 Responses to "Banne Re Teri Akhiyaan Surmedaani"

Dear Sudhir ji,

As you would be knowing, the word BANNO is derived from the Urdu
BANU, meaning unmarried Lady.

An earlier version of the BANNO song is from 1943 by Amir Bai


(banni tera jhoola hai anmol…)

And the most recent version is from 2015, in the Film “Tanu Weds Manu Returns”, albeit in a modernised form.


(banno tera swagger lagey saaxy…)

[ the story goes that young Tanishq Bagchi, one of the Music Directors of the film had to change the word to “saaxy” to convince his Dad in Kolkata that they were talking about Saxophones and there was nothing “sexy” about it ].

With warm regards

PARTHA CHANDA

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Sorry, the Links got mixed up. Here is the song from STATION MASTER (1943) by Amir Bai


(banni tera jhoola hai anmol…)

My sincere apologies

PARTHA CHANDA

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Dear Sudhir ji,
As you would be knowing, the word BANNO is derived from the Urdu
BANU, meaning unmarried Lady.

An earlier version of the Banno Song was in 1943, sung by Amir Bai

(banni tera jhoola hai anmol…)

And the most recent version is from 2015, in the Film “Tanu Weds Manu Returns” , albeit in a modernised form .


(banno tera swagger lagey saaxy…)

[ the story goes that young Tanishq Bagchi, one of the MusicDirectors of
the film had to change the word to “saaxy” to convince his Dad in Kolkata
that they were talking about Saxophones and there was nothing “sexy”
about it ].

With warm regards

PARTHA CHANDA

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Sudhir Ji,
Thanks for the post reminding/pointing out that Saara Akaash indeed had a song. Saara aakash is a gem of a movie that always stayed with me.

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incidentally, another lovely ‘Banno’ song

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Sudhirji
The word in is Daadi
That is what I gathered on repeated hearing

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It sounds as ‘daadi’ in the first stanza. In the second stanza it sounds like ‘chachi’.

Wonderful reminder of a wedding song. Heard many times here and there and forgotten.

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