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Raat chaandni samay suhaana hai

Posted on: January 9, 2023


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This new year 2023 has seen lots and lots of debutant movies being introduced to the blog. as many as seven movies made their debuts in the blog in this new year. One of the movies had just one song in it. So its debut coincided with its getting YIPPEED as well. We did not have a “proper” YIPpying of the movie so far.

To make up for that, here is the first “proper” Yippying occasion in the blog in 2023. The movie getting YIPPEED is “Basant”(1960).

“Basant”(1960) was produced and directed by Bibhuti Mitra for Mitra Productions Bombay. The movie had Nutan, Shammi Kapoor, Minoo Mumtaz,Kammoo,Cuckoo(guest artiste), Murad, Vittaldas Panchotia, Jagadish Kamal, Gyani, Rajendar, V.Namade, Rawley, ShyamLal And Johnny Walker in it.

This movie was not an original movie. It drew heavily from earlier movies which in turn drew heavily from yet other movies. The movie was a mixture of “Safar”(1946) and “Shabnam”(1949), which were hit movies made by Bibhuti Mitra in the past taking inspiration from Hollywood movies “It happened one night”(1934) and “Love Affair”(1939), later remade as “An Affair to remember”(1957).

Great Memsaab, when she was actively reviewing Hindi movies, had posted a long and funny review of this movie.

An excerpt, which was earlier quoted while discussing this movie, is quoted here again:-

“Take the plot of It Happened One Night, sprinkle in some ingredients from An Affair To Remember, then stir in a third plot which is completely nuts, and voila! it’s Basant. Two of my favorite Hollywood films and some masala craziness for the price of one Hindi film! Sure, there are huge plot holes and it’s nonsensical at times, but what do I care—especially when the hero and heroine are my beloved Shammi Kapoor and beautiful Nutan. They are great together: his nonchalant silliness complements her feisty character perfectly.
Plus, there’s Pran! and lovely music from OP Nayyar.

Meenakshi Rai (Nutan) is the spoiled daughter of millionaire Rai Bahadur (Murad). We know that she’s a modern girl because she wears trousers and says “My foot!” a lot. She wants to marry Rajesh (Pran), a man of whom her father disapproves strongly.

Her father is escorting her to Calcutta by train to get her away from Rajesh, but she disembarks at another stop in the middle of the night as he is sleeping. Her bag is stolen on the platform by a scoundrel named Billoo (Johnny Walker) and she chases him to a nearby fairground, where she recovers her bag but discovers that her father already has the police after her.

To escape them, she takes to the stage and sings a lovely song (“Raaste Mein”) with a guy named Ashim (Shammi Kapoor). But when she returns to the train station to catch the Bombay train, it’s crawling with police and her father is there! So is Ashim, who has figured out who she is; he’s traveling to Bombay as well.

She decides to take the bus instead and sits next to Billoo—who steals all the money from her purse when she isn’t looking. For some reason never explained, Ashim is on the bus too, and sees a police roadblock ahead. He pushes Billoo aside and saves her from detection.

They enact a hilarious drama of a possessive husband and his shrewish wife, and the policeman flees to avoid getting involved. Shammi and Nutan are really fun to watch as he continues to needle her (and imitates her “My foot!” at every opportunity), and she gives it back to him as good as she gets.

To escape further notice, Meenakshi and Ashim take to the side roads. When Billoo the con man sees a poster with her photo and a Rs 50,000 reward, he starts trailing them. There is a lot of other comic side plot action with Johnny, but I won’t go into it here. He is pretty funny, though.

As Meenakshi and Ashim head towards Bombay by whatever transport they can find, they argue a lot but are getting acquainted too. She tells him that she is headstrong because her father has always been so controlling, and she is longing for a little freedom. They are so CUTE together.

Back in Bombay, Rai Bahadur just wants his daughter back, and is even willing to compromise with Rajesh.

But Ashim and Meenakshi are falling in love.

So true! When the two reach her home in Bombay, she confesses her feelings to Ashim. He tells her to meet him after one month apart, as a test to make sure their love is true. This seemed like a bad idea in An Affair To Remember, and it seems like a bad idea now, but she happily agrees.

Unfortunately, Rajesh is waiting in the wings, and he needs her money. On Meenakshi’s birthday—which Ashim attends in disguise—Rai Bahadur announces her engagement to Rajesh, as promised. Ashim is furious and confronts her, but she reassures him that she loves him. Rajesh overhears them, and sends his thugs to kill Ashim when he goes on a trip to deliver a valuable necklace in this place (our lunatic third plot development):

On the night when they are to meet, Meenakshi has a car accident and is paralyzed from her waist down. Rai Bahadur dies of a heart attack when he hears the news. When she recovers enough to leave the hospital in a wheelchair, Rajesh tells her that Ashim is dead too.

Poor Meenakshi is bereft. Is Ashim really dead? If not, where is he? Did he show up for their rendezvous and think her absence meant she had decided to marry Rajesh? Will she marry Rajesh? Will she ever walk again?

Oh, the drama! The tears! The beauty of Shammi! “

Reading the above, we can realise that “Chori Chori”(1956) and “Dil Hai Ke Maanta Nahin”(1991) also used the same story.

Despite borrowing heavily from all time hit movies, “Basant”(1960) failed at the box office.

We are discussing songs of “Basant”(1960) so let us now coonfine us to songs. The movie had as many as 14 songs ! In a movie running around three hours, one third of time must have been taken by the songs themselves !

One notices that Asha Bhonsle’s voice figures in all 14 songs. It is easily a record for a singer to lend his/her voice in each and every song of a movie where the song count is so high.

The movie had as many as 10 Rafi-Asha Bhonsle duets. Easily a record in a movie for a duet singing pair. In addition, they figured in another song, that also had the voice of S D Batish.

O P Nayyar, the music director, clearly belived in one size fits all policy. All male actors lip synced in Rafi’s voice. All female actors lip synced in Asha Bhonsle’s voice. It the process, Asha Bhonsle lent her voice to Nutan, Kammo and Minu Mumtaz in different songs ! Video of four songs are not available, so who knows, she may have lent her voice to some more female actors in the movie. If all videos were available, then I would not be surprised to find that Johny Walker and Kammo had more songs picturised on them in the movie than Shammi Kapoor and Nutan !

As discussed above, the movie had 14 songs in it. 13 songs have already been covered.
Here is the list of the 13 songs that have been covered in the blog so far:-

Blog post number SongDate of posting Singer(s) Remarks
1860 Peechhe hat hat hat babu chhed naa 4 September 2009 Asha Bhonsle Picturised on Nutan
2815 Mere dil pe lagaake darling apne naam ki chit 20 August 2010 Rafi, Asha Bhonsle Picturised on Johny Walker and Kammo
6054 Raaste mein ik haseen 4 June 2012 Rafi, Asha Bhonsle Picturised on Shammi Kapoor and Nutan
6779 Chori chori ik ishaara ho gaya hai 3 october 2012 Rafi, Asha Bhonsle Picturised on Shammi Kapoor and Nutan
7296 Baaje waala Patiyaale waala 31 December 2012 Rafi, Asha Bhonsle Picturised on Johny Walker and Kammo, Post by Sudhir
8529 Nainon mein sooraj ki kirnen 14 August 2013 Rafi, Asha Bhonsle Picturised on Shammi Kapoor and Nutan
9967 Ukkad dukkad bamba 15 July 2014 Asha Bhonsle Picturised on Minu Mumtaz and Shammi Kapoor, Post by Sudhir
11240 Hamne unke saamne pehle to khanzar rakh diya 2 July 2015 Rafi, Asha Bhonsle, S D Batish Picturised on Shammi Kapoor, Kammo and Johny Walker
13030 Mere lahange mein ghunghroo lagaa de 11 March 2017 Asha Bhonsle, Rafi Picturised on Nutan, Shammi Kapoor, Johny Walker
13203 Duniya pakki four twenty 28 April 2017 Rafi, Asha Bhonsle Picturised on Johny Walker, Video unavailable , Post by Arunkumar Deshmukh
16772 O madam Nancy you are my fancy 16 January 2022 Rafi, Asha Bhonsle Video unavailable, Post by nahm
17130 Jee chaahta hai khench loon tasweer aapki (Basant) 8 September 2022 Asha Bhonsle, Rafi Video not available, post by nahm
17311 Idhar main khoobsoorat hoon (Basant) 5 January 2023 Asha Bhonsle, Rafi Video not available

We can see that this movie had a very long and eventful stay in the blog. The songs of this movie have been discussed not only by me, but also by Sudhir Jee, Arunkumar Deshmukh jee and nahm jee. We have discussed quite a few topics, while covering these songs, including introduction to some of our regulars.

Finally the movie gets YIPPEED in the blog with its 14th and final song. This song is sung by Asha Bhonsle and chorus. It is picturised on Minu Mumtaz and others.

Qamar Jalalabadi, whose remembrance day falls today, is the lyricist of the song. So this song serves as a tribute to him.

O P Nayyar is the music director of course.

Most of our posts these days appear in the early morning. But this song is about “Raat chaandni”, so postig it in the morning would have appeared inappropriate. so I am posting this song, when it is night. It is not quite “chaandni raat”(full moon night), that day was three days ago on 6 january 2023), but the moon is still full enough to be able to shed its chaandni tonight. So the setting for the song is appropriate enough.

So here is this 14th and final song from “Basant”(1960). Lyrics of this song were sent to me by Prakashchandra.

With this song, all the songs of “Basant”(1960) get covered in the blog and the movie thus joins the list of movies that have been YIPPEED in the blog.

video link (Longer song)

Audio (shorter song)


Song-Raat chaandni samay suhaana hai (Basant)(1960) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Qamar Jalalabadi, MD-O P Nayyar
Male chorus
Female chorus
All chorus

Lyrics(Based on Video link)(Provided by Prakashchandra)

raat chaandni samay suhaana hai
balley balley balley ae ae ae ae
raat chaandni samay suhaana hai
balley balley balley ae ae ae ae
tohey milega preetam pyaaraa
chhori hho
hoyye chhori..eee
tohey milega preetam pyaaraa
chhori hho
hoyye chhori…eee

ahhaa haa hhaaa aaa
kotlaa chhupaake jummeraat aayi hai ae ae
aaj mere sainyyan ki baaraat aayi hai ae
aaj mere sainyyaan ki baaraat aayi hai
kotlaa chhapaake jummeraat aayi hai ae ae
aaj tere sainyyaan ki baaraat aayi hai

ho o o aaj mere sainyyan ki baaraat aayi hai
raat chaandni samay suhaana hai
hho balley balley balley ae ae ae ae

sabhi baaraati taaron jaisey
dulha chanda jaisa
haayye rey chanda jaisaa
ghoonghat ke pat khol ke dekho
roop hai mera kaisa
haayye rey roop hai kaisaa aaaa
ghoonghat ke pat khol ke dekho (haa aaa haa aaaa)
roop hai tera kaisaa (haa aaa hhhaaaa aaaa)
tumhare roop hai kaisaa (haa aaa hhhaaaa aaaa)
haayye rey mar mar ke zaalim raat aayi hai ae ae
aaj tere sainyyaan ki baaraat aayi hai
ho o o aaj mere sainyyaan ki baaraat aayi hai
kotlaa chhapaake jummeraat aayi hai ae ae
aaj tere sainyyan ki baaraat aayi hai

ho o o aaj mere sainyyan ki baaraat aayi hai ae
raat chaandni samay suhaana hai
hho balley balley balley ae ae ae ae

log bichhaayen sej pe kaliyaan
maine bichhaayeen ankhiyaan
teri raah mein ankhiyaan
aisee waisi baat na kehna
dhadke mori chhatiyaan
haayye rey dhadke chhatiyaan aaan
aisee waisee baat na kehna
dhadke mori chhatiyaan
(haaa haaaa haaa)
hayye rey dhakdke chhatiyaan (haaa haaaa haaa)
taras taras ke ghadi milan ki haath aayi hai ae aeyye
aaj tere sainyyan ki baaraat aayi hai
ho o o aaj mere saiyyan ki baaraat aayi hai ae ae
kotlaa chhapaake jummeraat aayi hai
aaj tere sainyyan ki baaraat aayi hai

ho o ho aaj mere sainyyaan ki baaraat aayi hai ae
raat chaandni samay suhaana hai
hha balley balley balley ae ae

3 Responses to "Raat chaandni samay suhaana hai"

Yes, the ‘moon’ was still a ‘full moon’ 🙂
Congratulations Atul ji – Prakash ji on covering all songs of this movie and its joining to the ‘list of movies-all songs covered’ 🙂
14 songs – Great Yippeeee !!!
Thanks,

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longer video link:

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YYIIPPEEEE!!!!
14 songs over & done, Congratulations Atulji and PCji for helping Atulji throw “Chandra-Prakash” on the last song of this film.
“On the night when they are to meet, Meenakshi has a car accident and is paralysed from her waist down. Poor Meenakshi is bereft. Is Ashim really dead? If not, where is he? Did he show up for their rendezvous and think her absence meant she had decided to marry Rajesh? Will she marry Rajesh? Will she ever walk again?”
This tear-jearker part was used in the Manisha Koirala-Amir Khan-Anil Kapoor starrer “Mann”

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