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Chameli Chameli Chameli ki shaadi

Posted on: January 15, 2023


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Today’s song is the Title song from the film Chameli ki shaadi-1986.

This is one of my favourite films, amongst the hundreds of films that I have seen since the 1940’s decade. As such I love seeing genuine comedy films. Every Hindi film has atleast one or two comedy scenes. In earlier films, there used to be a specialist actor – the Comedian. Nowadays, especially from the Amitabh times, the film’s Hero does the comedy scenes, stunt scenes and emotional scenes himself, thus eliminating the comedy specialists totally. After Asrani, paintal and others of their ilk, I don’t think any major comedy specialist rose in Hindi films.

The first comedy film, after the Talkie films started, was made almost immediately. It was made by Ranjit Movietone and the film was “Bhutia Mahal”-1932. We do not know about its plot or any other information , other than what is given in the HFGK. Subsequently many comedy films came. The first ever comedy film which I remember having seen was ” Ek thi Ladki ”-1949. I really enjoyed that film. Later on I have seen it several times. Being fond of comedy films, I never missed them. In the 50’s there were several films like Bhagam Bhag, New Delhi, Hum sab chor hain etc etc. During the VCR times, I saw many comedy films-some new some repeat times. Though I had stopped visiting Cinema halls since the 80’s, most newer comedy films were watched either on VCR or the TV. Film Chameli ki shaadi-1986 is one of the Top Ten comedy films I ever saw.

Anil kapoor is not my favourite actor, nor is Amrita Singh. The director Basu Chatterjee, of course, was my favourite. One of the other actors of this film-Amjad khan’s image was etched as Gabbar Singh in my mind. However, in this film he proved his versatility in doing a comic role too. Annu kapoor, pankaj Kapoor and Bharati Achrekar are known experts and they too chipped in their comedy parts.

Anil Kapoor actually started his career with acting in different languages. His first film was Hamare Tumhare-1979, his other film was a Telugu film-‘ Vansh vriksham’-1980 and a Kannada film ‘ Pallavi Anupallavi’-1983. His career took a positive turn with the film ‘ Mashal ‘-1984. I have seen his films, Mr. India-87, Tezab-88, Ram lakhan-89, Bibi No.1-99 and Nayak-2000. Not many actually, considering his large number of films in Hindi.

As far as Amrita Singh is considered, honestly, I always considered her with masculine features and her marriage with 12 years younger Saif Ali khan and her conversion was keeping her low in my eyes. I have seen only one of her films and that was Chameli ki Shaadi-1986. She has done a superb job in it. Hats off to Basu Chatterjee, who used all her typical girlish characteristics. Here is the film’s story….

Charandas is a fledgling wrestler who lives with brother Bhajandas. According to Bhajandas, Charandas should marry and start a family of his own. But Charan is hell bent on becoming a wrestler and is even ready to remain a bachelor until 40 as per the norms of Mastram. However, one day, Charan’s thoughts are challenged when he sees Chameli at Kallumal’s coal depot. He realizes that to marry her, he may have to leave Mastram’s Akhara.

Charan does so and seeks help from Advocate Harish, a close friend of his brother. Harish appreciates Charan’s love and is ready to help him. Charan dares to confess his love to Chameli. On other hand, Anita, Chameli’s best friend is also convinced of Chameli’s true love. The lover duo start meeting secretly. One day, however, the love affair is exposed when a relative of Chameli spots the duo in a restaurant.

The respective families soon take up cudgels against their wards and make it clear that they won’t allow inter-caste marriage. Chameli is kept under house arrest and her parents decide to have her marry one of their acquaintances. Charan learns of this development. Mastram is surprisingly supportive of Charan’s love. He explains that just as bachelorhood is a challenge for would-be wrestlers, a lover should not back out from the challenge posed by the world.

Mastram, along with Charan’s friends, backs the lovers to overcome the obstacles. Here, Champa calls in the help of her rogue brother Chhadam Lal aka Chhadmi against Charan. With the help of Harish and all his friends, Charan chalks out a plan to rescue Chameli from her house. As per the plan, Charan abducts Chameli from her own house, while Harish sees to it that the duo legally get married. Charan and Chameli are initially frightened, but Harish convinces them by telling them that as long as people do not dare to marry outside the caste like them, Indians will never be truly united.

Meanwhile, on learning that Chameli is missing, her parents lodge a complaint against Charan. They proceed to the place where Charan and Chameli are going to get married. Meanwhile, Bhajandas also comes with his men to disrupt the marriage. Both the parties have arrived late, as Charandas and Chameli are legally husband and wife now. They vent their ire on Harish, who according to them is responsible for corrupting the duo. Harish takes Kallumal aside and explains that if the marriage is permitted by him, he will garner votes of both the castes in the election because his son in law is the leader of all the young people and also has support from the akhadas.

Convinced by the argument of Harish, Kallumal relents because of being enticed by the illusion of winning the local election. Similarly, Harish tells Bhajandas that an influential Kallumal is sure to win the elections. If Bhajandas accepts the marriage, he will get special perks for his coal business thanks to Kallumal. Besides, he will get coal and cement at a subsidized rate from Kallumal. Bhajandas becomes greedy and relents. In the end, Chameli and Charandas are united with the blessing from both the parties.

I sometimes see the comedy scene videos of this film on YouTube and get myself cheered up. My most favourite scene is when Anil, Amrita and Komal toton a big Hotel for a date. I have seen this video so many times, that I have learnt that YouTube has decided to ban me from seeing it anymore ! Now that the name of Komal has come up here, how many of us know anything about this lovely looking dance expert who was also known as ” Rupini ” ? Here is some information about her which will surprise the readers, I am sure.

Komal Mahuvakar was born in Mumbai in a well educated family. Her father was a Lawyer and mother a famous Dietician, attached to big Hospitals like Leelavati, Breach Candy and Jaslok. While schooling, she learnt classical dancing. She was accidentally spotted by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and he met her parents. He offered Child roles to her in films like Mili-1975, Kotwal Saab-1977 and Khoobsurat-1980. She also worked in films like Des pardes-78 and Saanch ko aanch nahin-1979. She did her first film as a Heroine -Payal ki Jhankaar-1980.

After this she took a new name “RUPINI ” and went Southwards. We know many south indian actresses like Rekha, Hema Malini, Padmini, Shri Devi etc, who made a name in Hindi films. But we do not know much about Bombay girls going south and making a name for themselves. Komal Mahuvakar aka ‘ Rupini’ worked in 35 Tamil films, 10 Kannada films, 5 Malayalam films and 2 Telugu films. She also worked in 19 Hindi films upto 1989. Rest of the time, she was busy working in the South.

She left films in 1996. She married Mr. Raina, a successful Businessman, having a big Bungalow in Chembur, Mumbai. They have 1 daughter – Anisha. Komal and her husband have opened a big Heart Hospital in Chembur. She also started Dance classes for aspirants. presently she is leading an active life in Mumbai.

In the beginning of Talkie films, most heroes had to sing their songs themselves and it was a troublesome job for the Music Directors to make the non-singer hero sing a song as per their tune. There were some stars who knew or had the singing skill, like actor Surendra (152 songs in 40 films), with whom it was no problem. When the playback system came into full swing in the early 1940’s, the Music Directors heaved a sigh of relief. Actually, Naushad is on record having said ” it was tedious hard work to get the non-singer actors to sing a song. Playback has freed us from this torture !” Thereafter everything seemed to be in order. Actors acted and singers gave them playback.

Then at the end of the 40’s Raj kapoor sang 3 songs for himself in 3 films. He was of course a trained singer, but it started a different trend. His brother Shammi kapoor sang 1 song in his film-Jeewan Jyoti-1953. His younger brother Shashi kapoor sang 2 songs in 2 of his films. Both were non singers. The next generation saw many more actors singing their own songs. This was the time when Actors ruled the industry. The MDs or producers had no guts to say No to them.

Akshay Kumar sang 6 songs in 6 films.
Shatrughna Sinha sang 9 songs in 9 films.
Amir Khan sang 13 songs in 10 films.
Shahrukh khan sang 10 songs in 10 films.

Above all, can you imagine, the Superstar Amitabh Bachchan has sung 64 songs in 44 films !!! (all stats from muVyz).

None of these actors were trained singers. No wonder Anil kapoor also wanted to sing in his own films. He has sung 4 songs in 4 films. His first song was in Chameli ki Shaadi-1986. The others were from Andaz-94, Hamara dil aapke paas hai-2000 and tashan-2008. I read somewhere that Anil approached the MD Kalyanji-Anand ji and requested them for a song in this film.When they agreed, he cautioned them that it was his first time and that they should make it very simple to sing. As a way out, a Title song was created. He did quite a good job of it with hard work during rehearsals and the song was passed in the first take of recording itself !

Today’s song has a lilting, simple but haunting tune. Anil Kapoor sang it nicely. Enjoy his Debut song…
( Thanks to wiki, Net4u, muVyz, and my notes ).


Song- Chameli Chameli Chameli ki shaadi (Chameli Ki Shaadi)(1986) Singer-Anil Kapoor, Lyrics-Anjaan, MD-Kalyanji Anandji
Chorus

Lyrics

chameli chameli
chameli ki shaadi
jahaan se anokhi
niraali ye shaadi
chameli chameli
chameli ki shaadi
jahaan se anokhi
niraali ye shaadi

chameli chameli
chameli ki shadi
jahaan se anokhi
niraali ye shaadi

papapapapara
para
papapapapara
para
papapapapara
para
parararapum

arre charan daas ik ladka thha
aashiq thhaa par kadka thha
charan daas ek ladka tha
aashiq thhaa par kadka thha

o lad gayi aankh chameli se
uljha ajab paheli se
lad gayi aankh chameli se
uljha ajab paheli se

chameli thhi kallu laala ki shahzaadi
chameli thhi kallu laala ki shahzaadi
chameli chameli
chameli ki shaadi
jahaan se anokhi
niraali ye shaadi
chameli chameli
chameli ki shaadi
jahaan se anokhi
niraali ye shaadi

dil jab dil se takraaye
phir koi rok nahin paaye
dil jab dil se takraaye
phir koi rok nahin paaye

chaahe koi toofaan uthhe
chaahe koi aandhi aaye
chaahe koi toofaan uthhe
chaahe koi aandhi aaye

deewaanon ne kashti toofaan se takra di
deewaanon ne kashti toofaan se takra di
chameli chameli
chameli ki shaadi
jahaan se anokhi
niraali ye shaadi
chameli chameli
chameli ki shaadi
jahaan se anokhi
niraali ye shaadi

papapapapara
para
papapapapara
para
papapapapara
para
parararapum

ant magar achcha hi hua
poori hui donon ki dua
ant magar achcha hi hua
poori hui donon ki dua

ik aisa insaan mila
dil ka muqaddar badal diya
ik aisa insaan mila
dil ka muqaddar badal diya

milaqke dilon ko yoon jodi mila di
milaq ke dilon ko yoon jodi mila di
chameli chameli
chameli ki shaadi
jahaan se anokhi
niraali ye shaadi
chameli chameli
chameli ki shaadi
jahaan se anokhi
niraali ye shaadi

lalaala lalaala lalaalalalalala
lalaala lalaala lalaalalalalala
lalaala lalaala lalaalalalalala
lalaala lalaala lalaalalalalala

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4 Responses to "Chameli Chameli Chameli ki shaadi"

Enjoyed the post Sir ji. I had watched this movie long back then and do not remember it fully now. Yes, it was an interesting movie to watch.
I think I need to watch it again now after so many years to refresh the memory 🙂
Thanks for the additional information about Komal Mahuvakar.
Regards,

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Avinash ji,
Thanks.
I was keen on telling about Komal because such actors are never in limelight,which actually they deserve.
Thanks again.
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video link showing the song picturised as the title of the film rolls:

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Roopini appeared in many kannada movies opposite Late VishnuVardhan,Late Ambarish, Ravichandran:
One of her Kannada film songs of Roopini aka Komal Mahuakar:

One of her Last major roles in Hindi films is Rishi Kapoor and Sridevi starrer 1986 NAGINA, where she appears as Prem chopra`s daughter or sister who loves Rishi Kapoor

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