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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.

Blog Day:

4616 Post No. : 16256

A celebration of 100 years of Sahir Ludhianvi – his 700th song being posted on our blog.

A hundred years today. Being celebrated by the 700th post on our blog.

Sahir Ludhianvi – the “. . . Pal Do Pal Ka Shaayar. . .“, who would be actually “. . . Har Ik Pal Ka Shaayar. . .“, being relevant for all times, and responsive to all the pitfalls and tragedies of the human experience. But then also, never to be discounted for romanticism a la “Ye Raat Ye Chaandni Phir Kahaan. . .” and “Yoon To Hamne Laakh Haseen Dekhe Hain“, or even as “Phir Na Keeje Meri Gustaakh Nigaahi Ka Gila“, or the upbeat strings of “Mere Labon Pe Dekho Aaj Bhi Taraane Hain. . .“, or even the most in depth portrayal of the bhakti (devotion) sentiment, as in “Aan Milo Aan Milo Shyaam Saanwre“, and “Tum Bansi Ho Main Taan, Ham Tum Do Nahin” and even more intense in “Aaj Sajan Mohey Ang Laga Lo. . .“.

Yes, it is the poet who is Har Ik Pal Ka Shaayar, touching all the facets of experiences of life, from the time when a child is pining for the moon as a toy, and all the way to the derelict conclusion of the human life as in “Lo Apna Jahaan Duniyawaalo, Hum Is Duniya Ko Chhod Chale“.

Sahir Sb seemed to have an affinity for the phrase ‘pal do pal’. We hear these words in ‘Railway Platform’ (1957) –

Pal Do Pal Ka Saath Hamaara, Pal Do Pal Ki Yaari
Aaj Ruke To Kal Karni Hai Chalne Ki Tayaari
Basti Basti Parvat Parvat. . .

Repeated in ‘Mehmaan’ (1974)

. . .
Pal Do Pal Dhoom Machha Ley
Yoon Mar Mat Mar Mat Yaaraa

In ‘Zameer’ (1975), he would write

Zindagi Hansne Gaane Ke Liye Hai Pal
Do Pal. . .

Then again in ‘Burning Train’ (1980), reminding us of the shades of ‘Railway Platform’

Pal Do Pal Ka Saath Hamaara
Pal Do Pal Ke Yaaraane Hain. . .

And yes, ‘Kabhi Kabhi’ (1976) of course,

Main Pal Do Pal Ka Shaayar Hoon
Pal Do Pal Meri Kahaani Hai
Pal Do Pal Meri Hasti Hai
Pal Do Pal Meri Jawaani Hai

In ‘Pyaasa’ of 1957, he had posed three very profound questions in the lines of poetry he wrote for that film. At a personal level, the query was “Jaane Wo Kaise Log The Jin Ke Pyaar Ko Pyaar Mila“. On the plane of social strife and stigma he had asked “Jinhen Naaz Hai Hind Par Wo Kahaan Hain“. And then, the ultimate question of life that he has posed is “Ye Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaaye To Kya Hai“. The film gains its depths, attempting to interpret and address these questions. And more than sixty years later, these questions continue to haunt the discerning mind. Timeless queries, one would say, but still, crystallized for once in words by Sahir.

There is this one incisive insight that the poet possesses, or maybe the other way round, this incisive insight possesses the poet. Each verse, each song that he has penned in his lifetime, goes well beyond the simple words that he wrote. His words, his lines offer you, nay they force you to take a pause and think – what profundity, in just this simple arrangement of 8, 10 or 15 words. And the thought will stay in the mind for much much longer that what it took to simply read the words for once.

This life, ‘zindagi’ – the incisive insight brings out so many facets that the poet examined it. In 1954, he penned the following for ‘Taxi Driver’

Ae Meri Zindagi
Aaj Raat Jhoom Le, Aasmaan Ko Choom Le
Kis Ko Pata Hai Kal Aaye Ke Na Aaye. . .

For ‘Munim Ji’in 1955, he wrote

Ek Taraf Haseen Jalwe Hain
Ik Taraf Jawaani
Zindagi Hai Zinda. . .

In 1958, his words for ‘Light House’ are

Tang Aa Chuke Hain Kashmakash-e-Zindagi Se Hum
Thukra Na Den Jahaan Ko Kahin Be-dilee Se Hum

With 1960 came ‘Barsaat Ki Raat’ and the promising words are

Zindagi Bhar Nahin Bhoolegi Wo Barsaat Ki Raat. . .

1962, and it is ‘Hum Dono’, with the lines

Main Zindagi Ka Sath Nibhata Chala Gaya. . .

With ‘Aaj Aur Kal’, 1963, ‘Zindagi’ was a most depressing thought.

Maut Kitni Bhi Sangdil Ho Magar
Zindagi Se To Meharbaan Hogi

‘Chandi Ki Deewaar’ and 1964, another depressing sentiment

Kahin Qaraar Na Ho Aur Kahin Khushi Na Miley
Hamaare Baad Kisi Ko Ye Zindagi Na Mile

And then, a refreshing thought in 1965, with these lines in ‘Shagoon’,

Ham Hain Maayoos Magar Itne Bhi Maayoos Nahin
Ek Na Ek Din To Yah Ashqon Ki Ladi Tootegi
Ek Na Ek Din To Chhatenge Ye Ghamon Ke Baadal
Ek Na Ek Din To Ujaale Ki Kiran Phootegi
Zindagi Zulm Sahi Zabr Sahi Gham Hi Sahi

On to 1969, and the life is a happenstance – film is ‘Aadmi Aur Insaan’,

Zindagi Ittefaaq Hai
Kal Bhi Ittefaaq Thi Aaj Bhi Ittefaaq Hai

And in the same film, we have the sobering sentiment as,

Zindagi Ki Raah Mein Khushi Ke Phool Bhi
Zindagi Ki Raah Mein Ghamon Ki Dhool Bhi
Zindagi Kabhi Yaqeen Kabhi Gumaan Hai
Har Qadam Pe Teraa-Meraa Imtahaan Hai
Zindagi Ke Rang Kai Re Saathi Re. . .

Come 1975, and it is ‘Ek Mahal Ho Sapnon Ka’; the refrain once again is downbeat as in

Dekha Hai Zindagi Ko Kuchh Itna Qareeb Se
Chehre Tamaam Lagne Lage Hain Ajeeb Se

But then it is ‘Zameer’ in the same year that bounces back to say,

Zindagi Hansne Gaane Ke Liye Hai Pal Do Pal
Ise Khona Nahin Kho Ke Rona Nahin

Plus a more sobering thought, from the same film,

Tum Bhi Chalo Hum Bhi Chalen
Chalti Rahe Zindagi
Naa Zameen Manzil Naa Aasmaan
Zindagi Hai Zindagi

With ‘Kaala Pathar’ in 1979 came the motorcycling song that infused the bubbling spirit of freedom and hope.

Jaate Huye Qadmon Se
Aate Huye Qadmon Se
Bhari Rahegi Raahguzar
Jo Ham Gaye To Kuchh Nahin
Ik Raastaa Hai Zindagi
Jo Tham Gaye To Kuchh Nahin
Ye Qadam Kisi Muqaam Pe
Jo Jam Gaye To Kuchh Nahin

Coming to the song being presented today. It is a wonder that I thought of, as I listened to this song today after a very long time. Yes, a child pining for getting the moon to play with. And with the ‘बाल हठ’ (a child’s obduracy), it is an overwhelming experience to be able to convince the child and talk it out of its impossible wish. As I listened, I am reminded of the story from the Ramayan – the passage where Ram, as a toddler, one day gets into His mind that he wants the moon to play with. No amount of coaxing and appeasing and promises by the parents and others can talk Him out of His insistence. And the accompanying wailing and waving of arms is making Kaushalya and Dashrath very worried and uncomfortable. Rajguru, Vashishth ji is summoned for help. He arrives and says, well, if the child is wanting the moon, give Him the moon. The parents are confused, and ask Vashishth ji, as to how to make that happen.

Rajguru asks for a large dish (‘परात’) with raised edges. The dish is placed in front of the child, and is filled with water. Instantly, the likeness of the moon is reflected in the water in the dish. So Vashishth ji beckons the child and points to the reflection and says, here is the moon, now play. So the toddler Ram, seeing that the moon is now so close, puts His hands in water, but swish and splash as He may, He is not able to hold in hand, the reflection that can be seen with the eyes. But the splashing play pleases Him, and the wailing is forgotten.

Sahir Sb is addressing the same situation in this song, likely that the child is insisting on visiting ‘Chanda Mama’. And as is the rule in Hindi films – well, you have a song to for a three-minute-disposition-of-a-difficult-situation. The lines in the song are actually trying to reason with the child, based on some simple logic statements, that aim at convincing the child that they (the three bad men in the film) are much better suited to be ‘Mamma’ to the child than the distant moon.

So there is arguments like, hads ‘Chanda Mama’ ever visited you? Has ‘Chanda Mama’ ever invited you to his place. He just sits in the sky and creates a fake uproar. Where as we (the three bad men in the film) are with you every day. We play with you, we take care of you and bring you toys. And so, as is wont in Hindi films, all it takes is three minutes of music and song to change the mind of any individual in any situation. Start the song, and you can time the mind conversion almost exactly to 3 minutes (maybe plus a few more seconds).

The video of this song is not available, but it most certainly is picturized on Geeta (role played by Baby Rani) who plays the upset little child, wanting the moon, and the three bad men – Govind, Joseph and Nazir (roles played by Pran, Ajit and Anwar Hussain respectively). The singing voice for the three bad men are back played by Manna Dey, Mahendra Kapoor and Manhar. The singing voice is not identified for a few lines at the end of the song, which are apparently lip synced by the child.

The film is ‘Nanha Farishta’ from 1969. A film by T Prakash Rao, is a touching tale of three criminals whose lives are transformed by the love a small child girl they have kidnapped. The star cast of this film includes Pran, Ajit, Anwar Hussain, Baby Rani, Padmini, Pandharibai, Balraj Sahni, Johnny Walker, Suresh, Mukri, Raj Mehra, Sunder, Maruti, and Prem Kumar.

The film has four songs, all penned by Sahir Sb. The music is composed by Kalyanji Anandji. Two of the four songs are already showcased on our blog. This is the third song to find its place here, as the centenary celebration of this gifted poet. And we also add the celebration of adding the 700th song by Sahir Sb to our blog.

A very refreshingly joyful song – yes, Sahir Sb had the versatility to pen such gems also.

Listen and enjoy.

Song – Chanda Kaahe Ka Tera Maama (Nanha Farishta) (1969) Singer – Manna Dey, Mahendra Kapoor, Manhar, Unidentified Child Voice, Lyrics – Sahir Ludhianvi, MD – Kalyanji Anandji
Manna Dey + Mahendra Kapoor + Manhar

Lyrics

arre chanda kaahe ka tera mamma
mamma

chanda kaahe ka tera mamma
naabhe ke naama na jaama
jaama
mamma mamma mamma
arre hum hain tere mammaa
mamma mamma mamma
arre hum hain tere mammaa
chanda kaahe ka tera mamma

na tujh se milne dharti pe aaye
na tujh ko apni nagri dikhaaye
hum ko to chanda bilkul na bhaaye
bilkul na bhaaye
hamen bilkul na bhaaye
amber pe baitha chaahat jataaye
jhootha machaaye humgaama. . .
mamma mamma mamma
arre hum hain tere mammaa
mamma mamma mamma
arre hum hain tere mammaa
chanda kaahe ka tera mamma

hum tujh ko nit nit godi khelaayen
arre nehla dhula ke powder lagaayen
haathi dilaayen ghoda dilaayen
haathi dilaayen munni ghoda dilaayen
naach aur ga ke kartab dikhaayen
tak dhin tak dhin sa re ga ma. . .
mamma mamma mamma
arre hum hain tere mammaa
mamma mamma mamma
arre hum hain tere mammaa
chanda kaahe ka tera mamma

tu hai chaheti tu hai dulaari
mariam hamaari seeta hamaari
dil tujh pe sadqe
jaan tujh pe waari
donon jahaan se tu hum ko hai pyaari
hum ne tera haath thaama. . .
mamma mamma mamma
arre hum hain tere mammaa
mamma mamma mamma
arre tum ho mere mammaa
chanda kaahe ka tera mamma
chanda nahin hai mera mamma
mamma
mamma mamma mamma
arre hum hain tere mammaa
mamma mamma mamma
arre hum hain tere mammaa

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Hindi Script Lyrics
(Provided by Sudhir)
————————————————————
अरे चंदा काहे का तेरा मामा
मामा

चंदा काहे का तेरा मामा
नाभे के नामा ना जामा
जामा
मामा मामा मामा
अरे हम हैं तेरे मामा
मामा मामा मामा
अरे हम हैं तेरे मामा
चंदा काहे का तेरा मामा

ना तुझसे मिलने धरती पे आए
ना तुझको अपनी नागरी दिखाये
हमको तो चंदा बिलकुल ना भाए
बिलकुल ना भाए
हमें बिलकुल ना भाए
अंबर पे बैठा चाहत जताए
झूठा मचाये हंगामा॰ ॰ ॰
मामा मामा मामा
अरे हम हैं तेरे मामा
मामा मामा मामा
अरे हम हैं तेरे मामा
चंदा काहे का तेरा मामा

हम तुझको नित नित गोदी खिलाएँ
अरे नहला धुला के पाउडर लगाएँ
हाथी दिलाएँ घोड़ा दिलाएँ
हाथी दिलाएँ मुन्नी घोड़ा दिलाएँ
नाच और गा के करतब दिखाएँ
तक धिन तक धिन सा रे गा मा॰ ॰ ॰
मामा मामा मामा
अरे हम हैं तेरे मामा
मामा मामा मामा
अरे हम हैं तेरे मामा
चंदा काहे का तेरा मामा

तू है चहेती तू है दुलारी
मरियम हमारी सीता हमारी
दिल तुझपे सदक़े
जां तुझपे वारी
दोनों जहां से तू हमको है प्यारी
हमने तेरा हाथ थामा॰ ॰ ॰
मामा मामा मामा
अरे हम हैं तेरे मामा
मामा मामा मामा
अरे तुम हो मेरे मामा
चंदा काहे का तेरा मामा
चंदा नहीं है मेरा मामा
मामा
मामा मामा मामा
अरे हम हैं तेरे मामा
मामा मामा मामा
अरे हम हैं तेरे मामा

 


This article is written by Peevesie’s mom, 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.

This article is the 400th writeup of Peevesie’s mom in the blog.

Blog Day :

4521 Post No. : 16080

Hullo Atuldom

I have been getting reminders and ‘pokes’ (a term from Facebook) in the form of personal messages from a few Atulites who are asking me why the sudden slump on my part. Now I know what Atulji goes through when all of us question him on “Blank days”. I also am feeling like the first-follower of the blog ‘Rajaji’ who took a few weeks to reach his 200th post with ghodi pe hoke sawaar.

This slump can be attributed to the festival season and having my Mom-in-law for company. I would like to copy-paste a thought that Rajaji has written in his 200th post (sorry for not taking your permission Rajaji)

“No excuses though – if Atul can write up and post songs every single day, I just cannot have an excuse for taking five weeks for one post. :-)”.

In spite of the mentioned reasons I managed to sneak in my post number 399 and that was only 10 days back.

December 3rd is one of those days in the calendar, followed by ASAD, which has two occasions to have special posts. To start of let me wish the “Raunaq-e-blog” a very happy birthday. This was a title bestowed on the recipient in a post three years ago on this date. May she have a healthy, peaceful, musical and joyful day. May her appearances on the blog and WA group be more regular. Wishing our Ben Katie a very happy birthday. On this day I present you a song of the forever PACHCHEES romantic hero of the 50s, 60s, 70s, and the better part of the 80s. May you be as Evergreen and Hyperactive as him.

I went through the filmography of the forever Pachchees Dev Anand and found a few songs of his first decade in the film industry yet to be posted here on the blog. I had almost made up my mind about the song too. One such song was from the movie “Ham Bhi Insaan Hain” (1948) of which the blog has only four from a possible nine songs. But the hurdle for me was the name of the music director “H P Das”. A name new to me; as also the names Amir Banu, Ramola Devi, German, Niharika, Pal, G. Das etc. I decided that this movie and its songs should be handled by the more knowledgeable stalwarts of ASAD. I decided that I shall tread on safe territory and have chosen a song from a movie of the 70s.

I have seen this movie ages ago on Doordarshan and recall that it had something to do with the construction of a bridge to connect India’s North East with the rest of the country. The favoured villain of those times- Pran- played a chieftain of that region who is against the bridge construction as this will lead to the betterment of the locals whom he has kept under his bondage. Sharmila Tagore played the local girl who is ready to take up arms at her Chief’s behest and goes on a mission to sabotage the bridge. Dev Anand played the engineer in-charge of the Bridge Project and also the reason for Sharmila Tagore’s change of opinion about the bridge, its construction, and her chief ‘Deng Do Rani’ (Pran). Johnny Walker, Lalita Pawar, Sujit Kumar, Kanan Kaushal, Jayshree T., Keshto Mukherjee, Asrani, Iftikaar etc played supporting characters. The movie had music by S. D. Burman and Anand Bakshi was the lyricist. The movie’s title was picked up from Allama Iqbal’s patriotic song “Saare Jahaan se Achcha”. In fact “saare jahaan se achcha” features in the movie too in the voice of Sushma Shrestha and chorus.

Gori gori gaaon ki gori re was the first song to be posted. Mera naam yaao mere paas aao was next. Then came this song Naina soyi soyi raina jaage jaage by our in-house encyclopedia who has made some interesting observations about Lata singing with Uncommon Singers. There was another uniqueness about that song- it was possibly the only time when Lata, SD Burman and RD Burman featured together.
The last song to be posted has been Ho tushima ree tushima aa gaya toofaan by Sadanand Kamathji and it was a tribute to Burmanda on his anniversary.

There are three more songs left of which the film version of “Saare Jahaan se Achcha” is one.

Before we get on to the song I must thank Atulji for allowing us as contributors on his blog and posting my mail to him giving details of the song as my first post ever as lyrics- contributor. That prompted me to send a few more lyrics as farmaishes and then the writing bug bit me and the number of days between my posts have been steadily reducing. I know my contributions are not masterpieces but my own thoughts and feelings. How I wish I had the patience of Sadanandji to write well-researched posts. Or the knowledge of Arunkumarji whom I call Guruji or even the resources (read HFGK) of people like Sudhri, Avinashji etc. I must also mention the love of Nahmji’s love for poetry and poets and her posts have been enlightening.

Today’s song is filmed on Dev Anand and a bunch of kids something on the lines wallah kya nazaara hai mausam bada pyaara hai, galiyon galiyon khaak bahut din humne chhaani; hans tu hardam khushiyaan ya-gham etc. These were the songs that followed “Ye Gulsitaan Hamaara” but all were feel-good songs where Dev Anand is trying to cheer the crowd. It is in the voice of Kishore Kumar. It is nine years since Devsaab passed away and it feels like yesterday. Thinking of the fabulously stylish and charming actor who entertained us for decades.

Once again wishing our Ben Katie on her birthday. Let us have all the birthday songs on loop for her.


Song-Hey suno meri baat chalo mere saath (Ye Gulistaan Hamaara)(1972) Singer-Kishore Kumar, Lyrics-Anand Bakshi, MD-S D Burman
Unknown child’s voice
Chorus

Lyrics

hey
hey ae ae
hey kareeto
ae pareeto
he teeno kheya rukka
arre o denga
ae mummun
hahahahahaah
hahahahahaaha

hey suno meri baat
chalo mere saath
hey ae ae
rakh do ye teer
chhodo ye kamaan
tum kitne pyaare
nyaare nyaare
jaise ambar ke taare
saare
aage peeche khade ho jaao
aao khelo ye naya khel
chhuk chhuk chalti hai aise
dekho kaise chalti hai rail
arre aage peechhe khade ho jao
aao khelo ye naya khel
chhuk chhuk chalti hai aise
dekho kaise chalti hai rail

aao

hey ahey
is ped par meethhe meethhe phal
hey ae ae
is ped par meethe meethe phal
kitne hain pakke kitne kache
bolo gin kar sab bacche acche
aye munmun tu zara gin to
ek do teen chaar
ek do teen char panch chhah saat

shaabaash
ek ke baad hai do phir teen
phir chaar phir paanch chheh saat

seekh lo ginte hain kaise
dekho aise gino mere saath
he he
ho ho

hey ae ae
kya hai sansaar
kya hai sarkaar
hey ae ae
kya hai sansaar
kya hai sarkaar
tumko bataaun main sikhaaun
jag neeti samjhaaun
gaaun
dekho tum chor ho
haan
tumne chori ki
arre baap re
tum sipaahi
achcha
main thaanedaar
hey
tum bhaago
tum pakdo
jhoomo naacho gaao khelo chor sipaahi aaj
duniya mein chalta hai kaise
dekho aise chalta hai raaj
aage peechhe khade ho jaao
aao khelo ye naya khel

arre waah re denga
chhuk chhuk chalti hai aise
dekho kaise chalti hai rail

ek baar phir se
lalalalalala
lalalalalala
lalalalalala
lalalalalala

ek baar aur
lalalalalala
lalalalalala

haha
lalalalalala
lalalalalala


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Blog Day :

4502 Post No. : 16039

Today (14 November 2020) is Children’s day in India.

UN Children’s day is observed on 20 November. India began to celebrate Children’s day (on 20 November) since 1956. However, India started observing Children’s day on Jawaharlal Nehru’s birthday (14 November) starting from 14 november 1964), viz after the death of Jawaharlal Nehru (14 november 1889- 25 may 1964) earlier in the year 1964.

According to wikipedia

Children’s Day is celebrated across India to increase awareness of the rights, care and education of children. It is celebrated on 14 November every year as a tribute to India’s First Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Fondly known as Chacha Nehru among children, he advocated for children to have fulfilled education.Nehru considered children as real strength of a nation and foundation of society. On this day, many educational and motivational programs are held across India for children.

The celebration of Children’s Day in India dates back to 1956. Prior to the death of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, India celebrated Children’s Day on 20 November (the date observed as Universal Children’s Day by the United Nations). After the death of Jawaharlal Nehru, his birth anniversary was deliberated to be celebrated as Children’s Day in India. It was done so because he was very popular with the kids as Chacha Nehru, hence, a resolution was passed in the parliament to give a befitting farewell to the first Prime Minister of India.

Today 14 november 2020 is also Deepaawali !

There are some people (including myself) who were curious to know if Children’s day in India as well as Deepaawali have fallen on the same day in the the past as well.

I did some research, and found that Deepaawali has coincided with 14 november on 6 occasions in the past 120 Years. Here are the details:-

Year Day Remarks
1898 Monday
1917 Wednesday
1936 Saturday Exactly same as in 2020
1955 Monday
1974 Thursday First occastion of Deepawali falling on India’s Children’s day
2020 Saturday Exactly same as in 1936

Gregorian calendar (to determine birthdays) and Hindu calendar (to determine deepawali and other festivals) applicable in 1936 and 2020 were identical ! So the Hindu festivals of both these years fell on the same dates and same days on Gregorain Calendar!

“Naunihaal”(1967) is an ideal movie to celebrate Children’s day. The movie was about Nehru and it was about children. This movie was directed by Raj Marbros for ‘Mercury Productions, Bombay’. The movie had Balraj Sahni, Indrani Mukherji, Sanjeev Kumar, Master Babloo, Harendranath Chattopadhyay, Abhi Bhattacharya, Madhvi, Jagdeep, Asit Sen, Brahm Bharadwaj, Manmohan and others.

The movie had seven songs in it. Five songs have been covered. Here are the details:-

S.No. Song Title Posted on
01 Rin tana rin tana … kitna pyaara pyaara
02 Tumhaari zulf ke saaye mein shaam 06.05.2009
03 Ahaa ahaa ahaa chhutti aa gayi
04 Roop ke pujaariyon husn ke bhikhariyon 01.08.2020
05 Na re na re babu 14.07.2016
06 Patthar ke bhagwaan pighal jaa 10.05.2013
07 Meri aawaaz suno 01.08.2010

On the occasion of Children’s day, here is a quintessential children’s song from “Naunihaal”(1967), a song where Children’s are happy with the fact that chhutti has finally arrived. 🙂

The song is sung by Kamal Barot, Krishna Kalle and chorus. Kaifi Azmi is the lyricist. Music is composed by Madan Mohan.

Lyrics of the song were sent to me by Avinash Scrapwala.


Song-Ahaa ahaa ahaa chhutti aa gayi (Naunihaal)(1967) Singers-Kamal Barot, Krishna Kalle, Lyrics-Kaifi Azmi, MD-Madan Mohan
chorus

Lyrics(Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)

ahaa aa
ahaa aa
ahaa aa
ahaa ahaa ahaa
chhutti aa gayi
aha ha ha ha
chhutti aa gayi
dhol bajaayenge
chhuttiyaan manaayenge
dhoom machaayenge
waah waah waah
ahaa ahaa ahaa
chhutti aa gayi
dekho dekho
dekho chhutti aa gayi
dhol bajaayenge
chhuttiyaan manaayenge
dhoom machaayenge
waah waah waah waah
ahaa ahaa ahaa
chhutti aa gayi
ahaa
ahaa ha ahaa haa
laa la laal aa
paa ram pam
paa paa paa

isne rataaya
kuchh usne rataaya
isne rataaya
kuchh usne rataaya
ye bhi padhaaya
aur wo bhi padhaaya
ye bhi padhaaya
aur wo bhi padhaaya
paper pe baaghon ka nakshaa dikhaaya
lekin hawaa ka ek jhonkaa
naa aayaa aa
baaghon mein jaayenge
lattoo nachaayenge
pench ladaayenge
waah waah waah waah
ahaa ahaa ahaa
chhutti aa gayi
dekho dekho
dekho chhutti aa gayi

phirtaa hai aankhon mein
ghar ka nazaara
phirtaa hai aankhon mein
ghar ka nazaara
aise bhi hai pyaare (?)
kisey aangan ye pyaara (?)
nanhaa munnaa
nanhaa munnaa
bhaai hamaara
jaa ke khilaayenge usi ko dubaara
daddy ab aayenge
mummy ko laayenge
hamko le jaayenge ae
waah waah waah waah
aha ha ha ha
chhutti aa gayi
dhol bajaayenge
chhuttiyaan manaayenge
dhoom machaayenge
waah waah waah waah
ahaa ahaa ahaa
chhutti aa gayi
dekho dekho
dekho chhutti aa gayi


This article is written by Avinash Scrapwala, 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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4482 Post No. : 15993 Movie Count :

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#The Decade of Seventies – 1971 – 1980 #
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# Bhoole-Bisre Geet # 107 # Tribute to Sahir Ludhianvi #
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Today 25th October’2020 is the fortieth Remembrance Day of poet-lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi. He was born on 08th March’1921 and that will mark hundred years of his stepping out on this planet earth.

Sahir Ludhianvi left this mortal world on 25th October’1980 due to heart attack when he was playing cards with his friends.

Today remembering Sahir Ludhianvi and paying him a tribute on the blog I am presenting a song penned by him for the ‘1977-movie- Jaagriti’. As per HFGK Vol-V (1971-1980) this movie was first titled as ‘Ajab Teri Sarkar’ and even its song records were released by this title. I think that affected one song of the movie which was supposed to be in four parts, but now only one of its parts is available.

“Jaagriti-1977” was directed by Rajendra Bhatia for ‘Jai Films, Bombay’. It was produced by Vimal Bhatia and Naresh Malhotra. It had Nutan, Vinod Mehra, Reena Roy, Master Satyajeet, Prem Chopra, I.S. Johar, Paintal and Asrani, with Krishnakant, Lily Chakravarty, Padma Chawhan, Ashoo and Junior Mehmood. They were supported by Ram Mohan, Karan Dewan, Sushil Bhatnagar, Birbal, Mounto, Keshav Rana, Madhu Apte, Brook Bond, Jugnu, Aditya Sharma, Manjeet, Salim, Rajesh, Raj Bachhan, Master Ripple, Master Ravi, Manmohan, Aarti, Ram Avtar, Narbada Shankar and Raaj Kishore.

Jayshree T and Helen make special appearances in this movie.

Story of this movie was written by Sharad Pilgaonkar and screenplay was written by Sachin Bhowmick. Dialogues of this movie were written by Sagar Sarhadi. Editing of this movie was done by Nand Kumar.

This movie was passed by Censor Board on 19.03.1977.

This movie had four songs written by Sahir Ludhianvi and composed to music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Asha Bhonsle, Suman Kalyanpur, Minoo Puroshottam, and Dilraj Kaur were the playback singers for this movie.

Today’s song is sung by Suman Kalyanpur and composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

Two songs of this movie sung by Asha Bhonsle noted long back are ready with us, however I when I came across this song sung by Suman Kalyanpur I selected it for today’s presentation for ‘special’ reasons. It’s a song praising to almighty and sung by Suman Kalyanpur.

I hope you will like the song too.

With today’s song this movie ‘Jaagriti-1977’ makes its debut of the blog (and also join the same titles of movies released in ‘1949’ & ‘1954’. There was one more movie with the same title released in ‘1992’.

With the today’s movie ‘Jaagriti-1977’ making its debut on the blog, all movies where Sahir Ludhianvi had written lyrics for movies released from 1971-1980 are now represented on the blog.

S.No. Movie Year Music Director
01 Ganga Tera Paani Amrit 1971 Ravi
02 Sansaar 1971 Chitragupta
03 Bhaai Ho To Aisa 1972 Sonik Omi
04 Daastaan 1972 Laxmikant-Pyarelal
05 Aa Galey Lag Jaa 1973 R.D. Burman
06 Daag 1973 Laxmikant-Pyarelal
07 Dhundh 1973 Ravi
08 Joshila 1973 R.D. Burman
09 Mehmaan 1973 Ravi
10 36 Ghante 1974 Sapan Chakravarty
11 Deewaar 1975 R.D. Burman
12 Ek Mahal Ho Sapnon Ka 1975 Ravi
13 Zameer 1975 Sapan Chakravarty
14 Kabhie Kabhie 1976 Khayyam
15 Laila Majnu 1976 Madan Mohan
15 Laila Majnu 1976 Jaidev
16 Shankar Shambhu 1976 Kalyanji-Anandji
17 Amaanat 1977 Ravi
18 Jaagriti 1977 Laxmikant-Pyarelal
19 Nawaab Saahib 1978 C. Arjun
20 Trishul 1978 Khayyam
21 Hum Tere Aashiq Hain 1979 Ravindra Jain
22 Kaalaa Patthar 1979 Rajesh Roshan
23 Chambal Ki Qasam 1980 Khayyam
24 Chehre Pe Chehra 1980 N. Dutta
25 Insaaf Ka Taraazu 1980 Ravindra Jain
26 The Burning Train 1980 R.D. Burman

I think this movie ‘Jaagriti-1977’ must be an obscure movie of its time and may be not seen by many. I would request knowledgeable reader who have watched this movie to throw more light on the movie, its songs and artists in the movie.

let us now listen to today’s song …

Audio

Song-Ham hain teri santaan (Jaagriti)(1977) Singer-Suman Kalyanpur, Lyrics-Sahir Ludhianvi, MD-Laxmikant Pyarelal
Chorus

Lyrics

ham hain teri santaan
ham hain teri santaan
ham hain teri santaan
ham hain teri santaan

ye praan teri den hai
ye deh teraa daan
Allaah kahe koyi tujhe
ya kahe bhagwaan
ham hain teri santaan
ham hain teri santaan
ham hain teri santaan
ham hain teri santaan

ye praan teri den hai
ye deh teraa daan
Allaah kahe koyi tujhe
ya kahe bhagwaan
ham hain teri santaan
ham hain teri santaan
ham hain teri santaan
ham hain teri santaan

jeewan ke har ik mod pe
thokar se bachaana
thokar se bachaana
bhatken to hamen haath pakad
raah pe laana
raah pe laana
ham jo bhi hai jaise bhi hain
bas itnaa rahe dhyaan
ham hain teri santaan
ham hain teri santaan
ham hain teri santaan
ham hain teri santaan

duniyaa mein kabhi jhoothh ke
aage na jhuke ham
aage na jhuke ham
sach baat ke ailaan se
roke na ruken ham
roke na ruken ham
mil jaaye tere dwaar se
ham sab ko ye vardaan
ham hain teri santaan
ham hain teri santaan
ham hain teri santaan
ham hain teri santaan
ham hain teri santaan
ham hain teri santaan


This article is written by nahm, 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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4473 Post No. : 15975

16/10/2020 – 72nd Birthday of Hema Malini
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So the dream girl is turning 7 & 2, 72. This same way we should make 2 & 2, 22. Right ? wrong, imdb is making “two and two make five”, in simple translation of the movie “Do aur do paanch”(1980). They have “Athiest” for “Nastik”, “The patriot” for “Deshpremi” and “Blind law” for ‘Andha Kanoon”. This is great going. But they go a step ahead and translate “Naseeb” as “Destiny and Fate”, whereas “Dard” is “Conflict of emotion”. I learnt today that ‘Trishul” is “Trident” and “Kasauti” is “Criterion” in English. Many of the 173 films listed in the filmography have been left alone, to dwell in their hindi/urdu quagmire. Some titles like ‘Shareef Badmash” ‘Sharafat” ‘Sholay” ‘Sachhe ka bolbalaa”, “ Ek chadar maili si”,”Jise tu qubool kar le” and ‘Maan Gaye ustaad” have been wisely given a wide berth.

But they can’t stop from falling into “Seven on seven” for “Satte pe satta”. And they failed to translate “Dharmatma” into “The Godfather” ?. They could have done worse and translated “Raziya Sultan” to “Emperor of Contentment”. I did tell Peevesie’s mom the other day, this translating of movie names business is a good exercise for the brain.

Let us go to the song and birthday girl now. The Wikpedia page on Hema Malini is here and is quite exhaustive. If I have to say something from my own “two paisa worth” opinion, Hema Malini was one courageous female artist, who being a public personality, chose to be Dharmendra’s second wife, rejecting other eligible bachelors such as Sanjeev Kumar and Jeetendra. About Dharmendra’s commitment, there is very filmy dialogue “ekbaar main ne commitment kar li, to phir main apne aap ki bhi nahi suntaa”. Bigger men and personalities have been found to have feet of clay, in similar situations.

The song I have chosen to present today is a much heard and seen song in “Chaayageet”. It was lying buried in the memory and as soon as I saw the title of the song it came back that it is a song where HemaMalini is playing “hide n seek” with kids in the garden. The kids in question are, Master Chintu, Master Raju, Master Alankar, Master Laddu, Padmini Kolhapure, Madhu Malini, Master chicoo, Bunty, Bobby etc. all child artist. The list is sourced from two different sources, so could be inaccurate. There is sad version also of the song, where these kids are singing and searching for Hema Malini.

This is the brief story line of the film, which stars, Ashok Kumar, Dharmendra, Asrani, Prem Chopra etc.:

Sapna, who works under a number of aliases, is a modern day female Robin Hood, who steals from whoever she can, so that she can maintain a home for orphans. One day she meets with wealthy and eligible bachelor, AnupamVerma, and poses as a wealthy princess. He takes her to meet his grandparents, and even lets her live in his palatial bunglow. But soon Sapna’s past catches up with her, when she is recognized as Champabai, a prostitute.

The creative team is the prolific Laxmikant-Pyarelal-AnandBakshi, with Lata Mangeshkar singing both versions with few un-credited kids voices and chorus.

Happy version audio :

Happy version video

Sad version audio :

Sad version video

Song-Chhuppa chhupi khelen aao (Dream Girl)(1977) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Anand Bakshi, MD-Laxmikant Pyarelal

Lyrics(Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)

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Happy version
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Chhupa chhupi khelein aao
Chhupa chhupi khelein aao

Chhupa chhupi khelein aao
Chhupa chhupi khelein aao

Paas hi chhupnaa
Door nahin jaana
Jab main bulaaoon
Daude daude chale aana
Chhupa chhupi khelein aao
Chhupa chhupi khelein aao
Chhupa chhupi khelein aao
Chhupa chhupi khelein aao

Luk chhup jaana
Makai ka daana
Raja ki beti aayee
Ha ha ha
Ha ha

Sab chhup gaye
Nahin nahin didi
Ek minute

Sab chhup jaao
Aage peechhe
Main baithhi hoon
Ankhiyaan meenchey
Ho o
Sab chhup jaao
Aage peechhe
Main baithi hoon
Ankhiyaan meenchey
Main aayee
Main aayee

Ye pakdi
Kaisi hai ye didi
Bhala aankh michaulee
Daayi aankh band ki
Baanyi aankh kholi

Kisne
Maine
Nahin to
Kaisi hai ye didi
Bhala aankh michaulee
Daayi aankh band ki
Baanyi aankh kholi

Pakadi gayee tum
Chhodo bahaana
Abb main chhupoongi
Mujhe dhoondh ke laana
Chhupa chhupi khelein aao
Chhupa chhupi khelein aao
Chhupa chhupi khelein aao
Chhupa chhupi khelein aao

Chalo abb meri baari hai
Dekho beimaani nahin karna
Haan

Dhoondh hi lenge dhoondhnewaale
Gora mukhda naina kaale
hoondh hi lenge dhoondnewaale
Gora mukhda naina kaale

Hey pakdee
Chhupne bhi diya nahin
Mujhe haay haay
Chori chori mere peechhe
Peechhe chale aaye
Chori chori mere peechhe
Peechhe chale aaye
Pakadi gayee main
Tumne ye jaana
Tumne ye maana hoga
Maine nahin maana
Chhupa chhupi khelein aao
Chhupa chhupi khelein aao
Chhupa chhupi khelein aao
Chhupa chhupi khelein aao

Paas hi chhupna
Door naa jaana
Jab main bulaaoon
Daude daude chale aana
Chhupa chhupi khelein aao
Chhupa chhupi khelein aao
Chhupa chhupi khelein aao
Chhupa chhupi khelein aao

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Sad version lyrics :
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paas hi chhupnaa
door na jaana
jab ham bulaayen
didi daudi chali aana
chhuppa chhuppi khelen aao
chhuppa chhuppi khelen aao
chhuppa chhuppi khelen aao
chhuppa chhuppi khelen aao

tu to sach much chhup gayi didi
tu to sach much chhup gayi didi
roothh gayi tu
baat hai seedhi
gali gali dhoondhe
ma’afi maange
ham saare ae
gali gali dhoondhe
ma’afi maange
ham saare ae

saamne to aajaa
tu hi jeeti
ham haare
tu hi jeeti
ham haare

aankh michauli ka kar ke bahaana
achcha banaaya tu ne
hamko deewaanaa
chhuppa chhuppi khelen aao
chhuppa chhuppi khelen aao
chhuppa chhuppi khelen aao
chhuppa chhuppi khelen aao

bhool huyi ham
khel khel mein
reh gaye ham sab aaj akele
bhool huyi ham
khel khel mein
reh gaye ham sab aaj akele

ham se zyaada pyaare
kya meet mil gaye
lagtaa hai tujhe didi
naye geet mil gaye
naye geet mil gaye
bhool gayi wo geet puraana
jab ham bulaayen
didi daudi chali aana
chhuppa chhuppi khelen aao
chhuppa chhuppi khelen aao
chhuppa chhuppi khelen aao
chhuppa chhuppi khelen aao

chhuppa chhuppi khelen aao
chhuppa chhuppi khelen aao


This article is written by Peevesie’s Mom, 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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4456 Post No. : 15934

Hullo Atuldom

Some songs keep playing in our mind as if on loop. This I had said in one of my previous posts. Today’s song is one such.
I saw it consciously a number of times in the last few years. Consciously means I may have seen it in the ’70s or ’80s when these movies were aired on the doordarshan but I was not old enough to appreciate them or the meaning of their lyrics. But now on repeat viewing of the movie I am getting wiser. I had filed away (mentally) that this needs to be on the blog. So here it is.

“Sadhu Aur Shaitaan” a 1968 release had 4 songs all written by Rajinder Krishan and Laxmi-Pyare were the music directors. Asha Bhonsle, Usha Mangeshkar, Manna Dey and Mohd. Rafi were the playback singers.

Only one song has been posted on the blog. That one had Mehmood replaying his “hum kale hain toh kya hua” character. We had Mehmood mouthing the initial part of “Chunia, ari kidhar hai ri tu? Mere dil ki rani. Mere nawaason ki naani. aa gaya hoon main. arre dekh le main aa gaya permission leko”.

Today’s song has him giving gyaan about the importance of knowing one’s mother tongue in addition to learning “A B C D”. We should remember that this was a movie which came at a time when we had enough students opting for schools which were not essentially English medium. We should also remember that all those who trained in non-English medium schools were no less intelligent and we have many pioneers in various fields from those students too. I know I will be stirring a hornet’s nest if I talk about which is a better language for educating the masses of the country.

My personal feeling is that education should be in a language where in the parents also understand what the child is learning so that they are able to clarify doubts that the child has as he is studying. People may feel that my thoughts are very old fashioned but…..

Today happens to be the birth anniversary of Mehmood who would have been 88. He knew how to bring a smile on the viewer’s face, how to tickle their funny bone. He was the son of actor/dancer Mumtaz Ali and brother of dancer Minu Mumtaz (about whom our Sadanandji has written in his this post). His brother Anwar Ali was also an actor who paired with Mehmood in “Bombay To Goa” as Rajesh to Mehmood’s Khanna.

Mehmood took up odd jobs at a rather young age to help look after his large family which had 7 siblings. He decided to try acting to support his family once he married and had his first son and had his first break in “C.I.D” with a small role of the killer. He had other small unnoticed roles in “Do Bigha Zameen” “Pyaasa” etc. His innings in Bollywood was peppered with comic roles that were an essential part of the story and we often saw him drill sense into older characters towards the end of the movie.

I saw a part of “Meri bhabhi” (1969) this morning where he was doing just that as Shambu. But he was a class apart when he turned to movie making and gave us classics like “Bhoot Bungla”, “Padosan”, “Bombay To Goa” and the most poignant, message carrying of them all “Kunwara Baap”. His last movie released in 1996 “Dushman Duniya Ka” which he directed and Jeetendra headed the cast. It is interesting to note that Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan had special appearances in it.

Remembering the actor, producer, director Mehmood with this song sung by Manna Dey and Asha Bhonsle.


Song-A for apple B for baby (Saadhu aur Shaitaan)(1968) Singers-Asha Bhonsle, Manna Dey, Lyrics-Rajinder Krishan, MD-Laxmikant Pyarelal
Chorus
Unidentified child voice 1
Unidentified child voice 2
Asha Bhonsle + Manna Dey

Lyrics

a for apple,
b for baby,
c for camel,
d for daddy
a for apple,
b for baby,
c for camel,
d for daddy
a for apple,
b for baby,
c for camel,
d for daddy

d for daadhi
d for daddy
o d for daadhi
no
d for daddy

a for andha
b for behra,
c for cana
d for duffer

a for apple
b for baby
c for camel
d for daddy

la la laralara roo
la la laralara roo rooroo

aa haa

E se England hai
F se Finland hai
G se kaun land hai
bolo bolo bachchn
G se German hai, H se Holland hai
I se mera india
jaihind jaihind

chhodo bachcho a b c
aao seekho ka kha ga
arre chhodo bachcho a b c
aao seekho ka kha ga
raag videshi bhool ke
pyaaron gaao sa re ga ma pa
gaao sa re ga ma pa

ga ma pa ga ma pa
ga se gay ma se mata aa aa
ga se gay ma se mata,
pa se bolo kya

pita
chhodo bachchon a b c
aao seekho ka kha ga
aao seekho ka kha ga

ka kha ga ka kha ga
sa
sa
re
re
ga
ga
ma
ma
pa dha ni sa

aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aa

n se naarangi, o se om hari om, p se prem pat’r
yeh mera prem patr padhkar
ke tum naaraaz na hona
ye mera prem patr

p se prem patar toh q se,
q se queen
hukum ki
r se roti besan ki,
s se saag sarson ka

a b c d e f g h i j k
n o p q,
l m n o p q

ka kha ga
a b c
arre ka kha ga
no a b c

chhodo bachchon angrezi hindi urdu ka jhagda
chhodo bachchon angrezi hindi urdu ka jhagda
tamil bolo, bangla bolo
bolo desh ki har bhaasha
seekh sako toh seekho bachchon
seekh sako toh seekho bachchon
saari duniya ki vidya
chhodo bachcho angrezi hindi urdu ka jhagda
tamil bolo, bangla bolo
bolo desh ki har bhaasha

lala lala lala laa
lala lala lala laa
lala lala lala laa
lala lala lala laa
lala lala lala laa
lala lala lala laa


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4444 Post No. : 15892

“Naag Mohini”(1963) was directed by Shantilal Soni for Dimple Films Bombay. This “pauraaanik” movie had Vijaya Chadhary, Mahipal, Sundar, Rajan Haksar, Bablu, Uma Dutt, Indira Bansal, Rajrani, Sood, Khursheed etc in it.

The movie had six songs in it. Four of these songs have been covered in the past.

Here is the fifth song from “Naag Mohini”(1963) to appear in the blog. the song is sung by Suman Kalyanpur. Bharat Vyas is the lyricist. Music is composed by Sardar Malik.

The song is picturised as an “inspirational” song, which to me sounds more like a “putting up a brave face” genre of song on a kid who could be Bablu going by the star cast. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the identity of the kid.


Song-Hum hain baalak kal ke maalik (Naag Mohini)(1963) Singer-Suman Kalyanpur, Lyrics-Bharat Vyas, MD-Sardar Malik

Lyrics

hum hain baalak
kal ke maalik
hum hain baalak
kal ke maalik
samjho mat naadaan
aa jaayen gar hathh pe apni
jhukta hai bhagwaan
ho o
hum hain baalak
kal ke maalik

jungle ho ujaad ho
saamne pahaad ho
sheron ki dahaad ho
koi na sake re humen thhaamne
din ho ya raat ho
aandhi barsaat ho
koi bhi na saath ho
badhte hi jaayen hum saamne
hum hain bachche
dhun ke sachche
sheron ki santaa aan
aa jaayen gar hathh pe apni
jhukta hai bhagwaan
ho o
hum hai baalak
kal ke maalik

dikhne mein kamzor hum
shakti mein ghanghor hum
aandhiyon ka zor hum
pade na kisi ko hum se vaasta
chaahe jalti aag ho
bhaazlu cheeta baagh ho
fan uthaaye naag ho
koi na roke humaara raasta
hum hain ladke
hum jo bhadken
ban jaaye toofaa aan
aa jaayen gar hathh pe apni
jhukta hai bhagwaan
ho o
hum hain baalak
kal ke maalik
hum hain baalak
kal ke maalik
samjho na naadaan
aa jaayen gar hathh pe apni
jhukta hai bhagwan
ho o
hum hain baalak
kal ke maalik


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusaist 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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4343 Post No. : 15648 Movie Count :

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‘Sparsh’ (1980) was Sai Paranjpye’s first feature film. Besides directing it, she wrote the story, screen-play and dialogues.  At the time of making of the film, she faced enormous problems at every stage – from the selection of actors to the submission of the film’s final print to the Central Board of Film Certification and then to the Feature Film Jury of the National Film Awards on due date. And if I go by what the director of the film has revealed through her interviews in newspapers and periodicals and also in her Marathi book, ‘Sai – Maaza Kalapravaas’, the major obstacles came from the producer of the film – Basu Bhattacharya, who was known in Hindi film industry as a stingy producer.

Sometime in the later half the 1970s (the actual year is not known), Sai Paranjpye produced a 10-minute documentary film on the visually impaired for Delhi Doordarshan to be telecast on the World Handicap Day. For this purpose, Sai Paranjpye had to visit a blind school to get a feel of how the blind students study and do extra-curricular activities. She had gone to the blind school with the apprehension in her mind as to whether she will be able to emotionally cope up with when she would witness them in the school.  However, she was pleasantly surprised to observe that the blind students were playing on the ground with a lot of excitement as if they were normal students. She also met the principal of the school who was also blind and had done PhD from the University of Wisconsin (USA). He looked savvy and dynamic – same as how a normal person at his position would look. Then an idea occurred to her that visually impaired persons need to be treated like normal persons more than showering pity and sympathy. This idea was translated in her TV documentary.

Sai Paranjpye, however, felt that 10-minute TV documentary was too short to cover the important aspects of what she had witnessed in the blind school. So, she expanded the subject into a telefilm titled ‘Raina Beeti Jaaye’ with Kulbhushan Kharbanda and Sushma Seth which was telecast on Delhi Doordarshan (year is not known but it has to be sometime in the later 1970s.). The film was well received and there were demands for its re-run on Doordarshan. This encouraged her to make a full-length feature film with a story revolving around a couple – one handicapped with blindness and the other a normal person who is emotionally handicapped. She also covered in the script some day-to-day incidences of the blind students. Thus, the idea of ‘Sparsh’ (1980) was born.

Sai Paranjpye had written the script of ‘Sparsh’ keeping in mind Sanjeev Kumar and Tanuja in the lead roles. However, after agreeing to work in the film, at the last moment, Sanjeev Kumar got himself out of the project when he came to know that the film was to be produced by Basu Bhattacharya. Probably, Sanjeev Kumar had a bad experience in working with Basu Bhattacharya in ‘Anubhav’ (1971) and ‘Girha Pravesh’ (1979). In his place, Naseeruddin Shah was roped in. Since the director was not sure about the working chemistry between Naseeruddin Shah and Tanuja, the latter was replaced by Shabana Azmi who had earlier worked with Naseeruddin Shah. When no one was ready to produce the film, Basu Bhattacharya offered to produce the film under his banner, Aarohi Films. The music direction was entrusted to Kanu Roy, the ‘darbaari’ musician of Basu Bhattacharya as Sai Paranjpye calls him. For lyrics, she selected her favourite, Indu Jain.

The film was to be majorly shot at Blind School Relief Association (BSRA) at Delhi. For the first time, Sai Paranjpye personally realised that Basu Bhattacharya, the producer was a stingy person. He had asked all the actors in the film to come for the shooting in their own dresses. Sai Paranjpye had to arrange for the uniform of the blind students in the film with a donation of cloth from a reputed cloth mill of Mumbai. The producer had arranged the free accommodation to all the actors and the technical staff in the hostel of BSRA which were barely comfortable. There are many more interesting anecdotes while making the film which have been described in Sai Paranjpye’s Marathi book referred to above in her own witty style.

Because of the subject of the film, a couple of philanthropists had given the donations for making the film which was naturally passed on to the producer of the film. In addition, there were many others who have contributed in the making of the film. In the credit title of the film, the list of such persons is bigger  than the list of the main and supporting actors. In short, my guess is that Basu Bhattacharya did not have to shell out much for the financing of the film as a producer.

It is worth noting that when ‘Sparsh’ (1980) was being made, Basu Bhattacharya was already working on his home production, ‘Griha Pravesh’ (1979). Aspersions were cast on the Aarohi Films that a part of the finance meant of ‘Sparsh’ (1980) was diverted for financing ‘Griha Parvesh’ (1979). So, the finance from the producer was not forthcoming on time for ‘Sparsh’ (1980). By the time the  film’s shooting was completed, Sai Paranjpye realised that she was not only the director but also a de facto production controller.

The film’s shooting was completed and was sent for processing at Bombay lab. But the prints had not come back for a long time. In fact, the Lab had not taken the processing of the film since Basu Bhattacharya had not cleared his dues to the lab on his earlier films. Since Sai Paranjpye wanted to send the film for participating in the National Film Awards, there was an urgency to complete the work on time. The producer of the film was not in a hurry to complete the process. Sai Paranjpye met the owner of Bombay lab and requested to take the processing of the film. She also assured him that  she would  arrange to pay for the processing out of her own resources. Thus, the film was processed, dubbed and a print of the film was sent in time as an entry for National Film Awards, 1980. The film won 3 National Film Awards – the best film, Sai Paranjpye for the best screen-play and Naseeruddin Shah for the best actor. The irony was that Basu Bhattacharya as a producer received the best film award for ‘Sparsh’ (1980) in the hands of the President with a cash prize.

It took another 4 years for ‘Sparsh’ (1980) to get a theatrical release in 1984. The premier of the film was held at Eros theatre in Mumbai. In 1985, the film won 3 Filmfare Awards – The best film and two awards for Sai Paranjpye for best director and the best dialogue. On the one side, the film was critically acclaimed not only in India but also in International film festivals held at London, Cairo, Beijing and Sydney. On the other side, barring Naseeruddin Shah who got all his dues from Basu Bhattacharya after putting much pressure on Basu Bhattacharya, no one including Sai Paranjpye, Shabana Azmi, Kanu Roy, Indu Jain, playback singer Sulakshna Pandit etc. got their dues from the producer for the film. For music director, Kanu Roy, it was his last film who died of cancer few months after the completion of the film.

Incidentally, Sai Paranjpye, in her film ‘Katha’ (1982) named Farooq Shaikh as Basu who was doing a negative character in the film. Is it symbolic or just a co-incidence?

The star cast of ‘Sparsh’ (1980) includes Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi in lead roles supported by Om Puri, Sudha Chopra, Mohan Gokhale, Arun Joglekar etc with scores of blind students.  Ustad Amjad Ali Khan made a guest appearance in the film as a sarod player.  The film was certified by the Censor Board on January 30, 1980. The film is now available for watching on a video sharing platform with English sub-titles and it is in HD. The gist of the story of the film is as under:

The story centres around the two main characters. Anirudh (Naseeruddin Shah) is the principal of a blind school who is handicapped by his blindness. Kavita (Shabana Azmi), a young widow is emotionally handicapped due to death of her husband. She has become reclusive and shuns the society. Her only hobby is the gardening and singing. Her close friend, Manju (Sudha Chopra) tries to bring Kavita out of her shell and suggests to work for the blind school of which her husband is one of the patrons. But she  does not succeed much.

On a party arranged by Manju on the occasion of her marriage anniversary, she invites Kavita who reluctantly agrees to attend. In the party, Kavita sees Anirudh whom she had briefly met near her house. She meets him and gets formally introduced as a principal of a blind school. After getting to know her background, Anirudh requests her to join his blind school as he finds it difficult to get the required sighted personals for the school. After much persuasion by Manju, Kavita joins the blind school.

After joining the blind school, children are happy with Kavita as they get the motherly treatment which was not there earlier. She makes them participate in extra-curricular activities like handicrafts, sports, plays, music etc. Anirudh is happy that the children have been kept busy in constructive activities. Over a period of time, both Anirudh and Kavita come closer and start liking each other’s company. They get engaged.

However, Anirudh starts developing complex of being visually handicapped. He feels that after marriage Kavita would get projected having made a great sacrifice in marrying a handicapped person. He would always feel low in front of Kavita. He may have to depend upon her after the marriage. So, he decides to call-off the engagement. Kavita is shocked by his decision but she diverts her mind by continuing her work among the blind students of the school. She learns Braille, (the language in which blind students read the books) and translate many books in Braille.

One day, Anirudh comes to Kavita’s house and request her to leave the blind school as according to him, it is creating the resentments among the other visually impaired staff and teachers. Actually, this is an excuse. The real reason is that Anirudh finds himself uncomfortable ever since he called off his engagement with Kavita. This time, Kavita tells him that she would not leave the school as it is her need to be with the 200 students of blind school. And if Anirudh forces her to leave, she would revolt against the order. After the few days of this incidence, Kavita, while in the school comes to know that Anirudh has been transferred to another blind school out of Delhi. Kavita tenders her resignation sighting the reason that the school needs Anirudh more than her.

When Manju comes to know about these developments, she goes to meet Anirudh in his office and tells him point blank that he has been seeing the imaginary issues in his marriage out of his complex and ego without giving any consideration the impact of his decision on Kavita’s life who has once again been emotionally shattered with his decision. After Manju’s friendly banter, the realisation comes to Anirudh’s mind. The film ends with a scene showing Anirudh slowly walking towards Kavita’s house.

The highlight of the film is Sai Paranjpye’s crisp screen-play and dialogues which I feel has made the film more interesting to watch with no melodramatic scenes. Naseeruddin Shah’s restrained performance as a blind principal of the school is one of his bests among his acting in the middle-of-the-road films. Before the shooting, he had spent about a fortnight with the blind principal of BSRA, Delhi to observe his mannerism and conduct. One can observe in the film that Sai Paranjpye has not shown him as blind man in a conventional way which we are used to see in Hindi films. He looks like a normal sighted man. It is only his mannerism in talking, walking, picking up of things etc which gives an impression of a blind man.

The title of the film ‘Sparsh’ is very apt which literally mean ‘touch’. But in a broader sense, it means ‘feeling’ which is the essence of the film. I will highly recommend the readers of this Blog to watch the film, preferably in one seating if not already seen.

‘Sparsh’ (1980) has 3 songs, all written by Indu Jain and sung by Sulakshna Pandit. The songs have been set to music by Kanu Roy. I am presenting the first song ‘Geeton Ki Duniya Mein Sargam Hain Hum’ sung by Sulakshna Pandit and chorus. In audio clip, there is an additional stanza. Overall, it is an inspirational song.

With this song, ‘Sparsh’ (1980) make a debut in the Blog.

Notes and Acknowledgements:

  1. Some of the information about the background for making the film ‘Sparsh’ (1980) is based on an interview conducted by Sridhar Rangayan and Saagar Gupta titled ‘Queen of Humour: A Candid Interview with Award-Winning Director and Writer Sai Paranjpye,’ South Asianist, Vol 2, No.3 (2010).
  2. The anecdotes and trivia included in the article are based on the Marathi book, ‘Sai – Maaza Kalapravaas’ (2016) written by Sai Paranjpye.

Video

Audio

Song – Geeton Ki Duniya Mein Sargam Hain Hum (Sparsh) (1980) Singer – Sulakshana Pandit, Lyrics – Indu Jain, MD – Kanu Roy
Chorus

Lyrics

geeton ki duniya mein sargam hain hum
phoolon mein khushboo ke parcham hain hum
gaao bachcho
geeton ki duniya mein sargam hain hum
phoolon mein khushboo ke parcham hain hum
phir se gaao
geeton ki duniya mein sargam hain hum
phoolon mein khushboo ke parcham hain hum
 
chalte hain kadmon mein manzil bhare
mutthi mein khushiyon ki kunji dhare
chalte hain kadmon mein manzil bhare
muthi mein khushiyon ki kunji dhare
toofaan mein ghir jaayen kashti hain hum
taazi hawaaon ke jhonkhe hain hum
shabaash
geeton ki duniya mein sargam hain hum

phoolon mein khushboo ke parcham hain hum
geeton ki duniya mein sargam hain hum
phoolon mein khushboo ke parcham hain hum
 
nannhe dilon mein ummeeden hazaar
beejon mein jaise chhupi ho bahaar
nannhe dilon mein ummeeden hazaar
beejon mein jaise chhupi ho bahaar
kismat ki bagiya ke maali hain hum
kal ke karishme dikhaayenge hum
aa ha
geeton ki duniya mein sargam hain hum
phoolon mein khushboo ke parcham hain hum
geeton ki duniya mein sargam hain hum
phoolon mein khushboo ke parcham hain hum

chhote umar mein  akal se badhe
himmat ki mitti mein khele badhe
bolo
chhote umar mein akal se bade
himmat ki mitti mein khele badhe
taaron ko choo aayen itna hai dam
sir chadh jo bole ko jadoo hain hum
geeton ki duniya mein sargam hain hum
phoolon mein khushboo ke parcham hain hum
phir se gaao
geeton ki duniya mein sargam hain hum
phoolon mein khushboo ke parcham hain hum

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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गीतों की दुनिया में सरगम हैं हम
फूलों में खुशबू के परचम हैं हम
गाओ बच्चो
गीतों की दुनिया में सरगम हैं हम
फूलों में खुशबू के परचम हैं हम
फिर से गाओ
गीतों की दुनिया में सरगम हैं हम
फूलों में खुशबू के परचम हैं ह

चलते हैं कदमों में मंज़िल भरे
मुट्ठी में खुशियों की पूंजी धरे
चलते हैं कदमों में मंज़िल भरे
मुट्ठी में खुशियों की पूंजी धरे
तूफाँ में घिर जाएँ कश्ती हैं हम
ताज़ी हवाओं के झोंके हैं हम
शाबाश
गीतों की दुनिया में सरगम हैं हम
फूलों में खुशबू के परचम हैं हम
गीतों की दुनिया में सरगम हैं हम
फूलों में खुशबू के परचम हैं हम

नन्हें दिलों में उम्मीदें हज़ार
बीजों में जैसे छुपी हो बहार
नन्हें दिलों में उम्मीदें हज़ार
बीजों में जैसे छुपी हो बहार
किस्मत की बगिया के माली हैं हम
कल के करिश्मे दिखाएंगे हम
आ हा
गीतों की दुनिया में सरगम हैं हम
फूलों में खुशबू के परचम हैं हम
गीतों की दुनिया में सरगम हैं हम
फूलों में खुशबू के परचम हैं हम

छोटे उमर में अकल से बड़े
हिम्मत की मिट्टी में खेले बढ़े
बोलो
छोटे उमर में अकल से बड़े
हिम्मत की मिट्टी में खेले बढ़े
तारों को छू आयें इतना है दम
सर चढ़ जो बोले वो जादू हैं हम
गीतों की दुनिया में सरगम हैं हम
फूलों में खुशबू के परचम हैं हम
फिर से गाओ
गीतों की दुनिया में सरगम हैं हम
फूलों में खुशबू के परचम हैं हम


This article is written by Avinash Scrapwala, a fellow enthusaist 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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If there was a category like ‘post inspired by fellow Atulite’ or ‘post inspired by Atulite WA group chat’, this post would have been included under that category. This past Sunday there was a discussion between me and Peevesie’s Mom ji regarding the theme of the ‘Rangoli’ this week, which was Jaya Bhaduri/Bachchan, and so I messaged to her that I was expecting a post from her. Instead, she asked me that even I can do a post. And she also pointed out the birth anniversary of actor Jeetendra (and so if there was a song of Jaya Bachchan and Jeetendra, it would have been suitable for the post).

But then, few days back I myself had sent a song to Atul ji requesting to post it on the birth anniversary of another Jaya i.e. Jayaprada whose birth anniversary was on 3rd April. And that thought inspired (? 😊) me – Yes, I can do this post combining the anniversaries of both Jayaprada and Jeetendra – and yes, this song, which I liked, was already there and the film has not made a debut on the blog. And one more purpose was getting achieved i.e. to introduce ‘movie with the same title’ on the blog. So here is a song from ‘Tohfa’ (1984). One movie with the same title ‘Tohfa’ was released in 1947 and this movie has already been represented on the blog with seven songs covered out of total ten songs in it.

The 1984 film ‘Tohfa’ was directed by K Raghavendra Rao for Suresh Productions, Madras. It was produced by D Rama Naidu. The star cast includes Jeetendra, Sridevi, Jayaprada, Kader Khan, Shakti Kapoor, Mohan Choti, Urmila Bhatt, Leela Mishra, Jagdeep, Aruna Irani, Jayshree T, Master Rinku and others. Asrani makes a friendly appearance in this movie.

Dialogues for this movie are written by Kader Khan and editing of this movie was done by KA Marthand. The movie was passed by Censor Board on 21.01.1984.

The film has five songs (including one two-part song). Lyrics are written by Indeevar. Music of this movie is composed by Bappi Lahiri. Asha Bhonsle, Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar and SP Balasubramaniam have given their voices to the songs in this movie.

Today’s song is sung by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar and lip syncing it on screen are Jeetendra and Jayaprada respectively.  Also seen in the picturization of this song is Master Rinku who gets to lip sync few lines in between the song in the voice not credited in the movie titles and also not mentioned in HFGK Vol-VI (1981-1985).

3rd April was actress Jayaprada’s fifty eighth (born on 03.04.1962) birth anniversary and here on the blog we are wishing her a belated Happy Birthday and a happy, healthy and peaceful life ahead.

Also, Jeetendra celebrates his seventy-eighth birth anniversary today on 7th April (born on 07.04.1942) and we wish him too a very Happy Birthday today and a happy, healthy and peaceful life ahead.

Now coming back to 1984. This year, Jeetendra and Jayaprada were seen together in the following movies;

S No Movie Name Music Director Passed by Censor Board
1 Haisiyat Bappi Lahiri 10.08.1984
2 Maqsad Bappi Lahiri 30.04.1984
3 Tohfaa Bappi Lahiri 21.01.1984

If we consider the annual ‘Binaca Geetmala’ list of 1984 as many as four songs from the movie ‘Tohfa’ were represented there. Today’s song ranked at number twenty-seven, while other songs ranked at number 3 – “Pyar Ka Tohfa Tera, Bana Hai Jeevan Mera” (title song), number 4 was “Ek Aankh Maaroon To”, and number twenty-six was “Gori Tere Ang Ang Mein’.

And if we consider movies with music composed by Bappi Lahiri, the annual list Binaca Geetmala of 1984, contained as many as eight movies – ‘Sharaabi’, ‘Tohfaa’, ‘Mawaali (1983)’, ‘Maqsad’, ‘Haisiyat’, ‘Wanted’, ‘Kaamyaab’, and ‘Qaidi’.

Let us now enjoy the today’s song, which I like most from this movie. In the movie, the second stanza of the song is repeated when Jayaprada dies, leaving a child behind to Sridevi and Jeetendra also present there.

With this song ‘Tohfa’ (1984) makes its debut on the blog.

Editor’s note:- This song happens to be the 200th duet of Lata and Kishore Kumar in the blog.

Video

Audio

Song – Albela Mausam, Kehta Hai Swagatam (Tohfa)(1984) Singers – Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar, Lyrics – Indeewar, MD – Bhappi Lahiri
Unidentified Voice
Lata Mangeshkar + Kishore Kumar
Lata Mangeshkar + Kishore Kumar + Unidentified Voice

 

Lyrics (Based on audio link)

o ho o ho o
ho ho ho o

o ho ho o
o ho o ho o

mehki kyun gali gali
khili kyun kali kali
kya kehti hai hawa

mehki kyun gali gali
khili kyun kali kali
kya kehti hai hawa

tujhe har khushi miley
lambi zindagi miley
deti hai ye dua

albela mausam
kehta hai swaagatam

albela mausam
kehta hai swaagatam

ringa ringa roses
pocket full of posies
hai sha
bu sha
all fall down

ha ha ha
ha ha ha

kaun sa hai wo phool
ke jis’se aangan banta hai gulshan
jab aanchal mein laal hansega
ghar ban jaayega madhuban
kaun se hain wo deep ke jin se
darte hain andhiyaare
ghar mein ujaala. . .
bhar dete hai

sundar nain tumhaare
sundar nain tumhaare

albela mausam
kehta hai swaagatam
albela mausam
kehta hai swaagatam

johnny johnny
yes pappa
eating sugar
no pappa
telling lie
no pappa
open your mouth
ha ha ha

ha ha ha ha

kyun pooja ke baad hi bolo
maang bhara karte hain
lambi umar sindoor ki ho
ham ye maanga karte hai
ye to kaho jeevan ke safar ki
aakhri aarzoo kya hai
tujh se pehle main utth jaaun
maine ye socha hai
agley janam mein, , ,
donon milenge. . .
apnaa ye waada hai
apnaa ye waada hai
albela mausam
kehta hai swaagatam
albela mausam
kehta hai swaagatam

mehki kyun gali gali
khili kyun kali kali
kya kehti hai hawa

tujhe har khushi miley
lambi zindagi miley
deti hai ye dua

albela mausam
kahta hai swaagatam
albela mausam
kahta hai swaagatam

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Devnagri Script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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ओ हो ओ हो ओ
हो हो हो ओ

हो हो हो ओ
ओ हो ओ हो ओ

महकी क्यूँ गली गली
खिली क्यूँ कलि कलि
क्या कहती है हवा

महकी क्यूँ गली गली
खिली क्यूँ कलि कलि
क्या कहती है हवा

तुझे हर ख़ुशी मिले
लम्बी ज़िन्दगी मिले
देती है ये दुआ

अलबेला मौसम
कहता है स्वागतम
अलबेला मौसम
कहता है स्वागतम

रिंगा रिंगा रोज़ेस
पाकेट फुल ऑफ पोज़ीस
हू शा
बू शा
औल फॉल डाउन

हा हा हा
हा हा हा

कौन सा है वो फूल
के जिससे आँगन बनता है गुलशन
जब आँचल में लाल हंसेगा
घर बन जाएगा मधुबन
कौन से हैं वो दीप के जिनसे
डरते हैं अंधियारे
घर में उजाला. . .
भर देते है
सुन्दर नैन तुम्हारे
सुन्दर नैन तुम्हारे

अलबेला मौसम
कहता है स्वागतम
अलबेला मौसम
कहता है स्वागतम

जॉनी जॉनी
येस पाप्पा
ईटिंग शुगर
नो पाप्पा
टेल्लिंग ए लाई
नो पाप्पा
ओपन योर माउथ
हा हा हा

हा हा हा हा

क्यूँ पूजा के बाद ही बोलो
माँग भरा करते है
लम्बी उम्र सिन्दूर की हो
हम ये मांगा करते है
ये तो कहो जीवन के सफ़र की
आखरी आरज़ू क्या है
तुझसे पहले मैं उठ जाऊं
मैंने ये सोचा है
अगले जनम में॰ ॰ ॰
दोनों मिलेंगे॰ ॰ ॰
अपना ये वादा है
अपना ये वादा है
अलबेला मौसम
कहता है स्वागतम
अलबेला मौसम
कहता है स्वागतम

महकी क्यूँ गली गली
खिली क्यूँ कलि कलि
क्या कहती है हवा

तुझे हर ख़ुशी मिले
लम्बी ज़िन्दगी मिले
देती है ये दुआ

अलबेला मौसम
कहता है स्वागतम
अलबेला मौसम
कहता है स्वागतम


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Happy Children’s Day to Atuldom

“Makdee” means spider. This was also the title of a movie in 2002 which was directed by Vishal Bharadwaj who was also the music director. This was one of the movies in recent times that portrayed children the way they actually should be – as bright, intelligent, naughty and playful. I am put-off when children are portrayed as miniature adults and made to mouth huge sentimental dialogues which I am 100% sure kids from normal upbringing would not even dream of. My definition of kids from a normal upbringing is where the only thing that a child has to do is finish their school, come home -play in the ground or backyard, do their studies for the next day, help around the family as per necessity, play mischief and be active through the day so that they sleep peacefully and wake up fresh to have their routines all over again. In between all this they should have time to read comics, novels, have memorable time with their grandparents and friends which will stay with them for their life as pleasant memories. ‘Makdee’ was one such movie.

It had Shweta Prasad play 10-year-old twin sisters – Chunni and Munni. Chunni who was a prankster and Munni the timid, studious kind. Chunni keeps fooling around the village and constantly gets into trouble with the local butcher Kallu along with her friend ‘Mughal-e-azam’ and on one occasion Kallu chases them around the village and in the melee Munni runs into a mansion which is famous around the village as to being haunted. Then what follows is Chunni’s struggle to find her sister, save her from the clutches of the witch who resides in the haunted mansion, and in the process solve the case of all the persons from the village, who went missing, when they ventured into the mansion. She also is felicitated by the collector of the district as she finds the reason for the witch (Shabana Azmi) making the mansion her home- a hidden treasure.

‘Makdee’ had all the elements that would was needed in a children’s film- fun/ fantasy and a moral – which is the essential of any story telling session with kids. The moral being that “you cannot cry wolf always, as a time will come when people will stop believing you.”

14th November is celebrated as children’s day in India in memory of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. He was fondly called chacha Nehru and it is said that he was fond of children. I remember my father used to tell me about his school trip to Delhi when he was in class 8 or 9 and they were fortunate to have an audience with the then Prime Minister Pandit Nehru and what an experience it was – today’s youngsters would use the word AWESOME. My father was also proud about nearly sharing birth dates- his birthdate was 15th November. In fact, he used to say that it was not difficult to remember chacha Nehru’s death anniversary as that was the date he landed in Mumbai from Ahmedabad for his job and found all available forms of transport had stopped as a mark of respect to the departed leader. But that is not the purpose of this post.

Let us move on and enjoy this lively song which shows the exact emotion a child will have when it is a holiday from school or vacation or there is an unexpected holiday declared due to rains, bharat bandh, or death of some trustee or anyone remotely important. Here I will confess that I see myself as Chunni, Munni, Mughal-e-azam and all the kids in this movie. I identified with them.


Song-Kukdoo koon chhutti hai (Makdee)(2002) Singer-Upagna Pandya, Lyrics-Gulzar, MD-Vishal Bhardwaj
Chorus

Lyrics

kukdu koon oo
kukdu koon oo
chhutti hai
he chhutti hai
he chhutti hai
kukdu koon oo

ghanti bajaao paape
ghanti bajaao re
bastaa uthhaao paape
bastaa uthhaao bhaago re
hai kitaabon se kutti
chhutti hai
arre chhutti hai chhutti
chhutti hai
hai kitaabon se kutti
kutti hai
arre chhutti hai chhutti
chhutti hai
he chhutti hai
he chhutti hai
kukdu koon oo

jhum tanakum tanakum
jhum tanakum tanakum
tara tara tara
la la la lala

somwaar susti mein katataa hai
mangal ko mood kahaan banta hai
arre somwaar susti mein katataa hai
mangal ko mood kahaan banta hai

budh ki chintaa mein veer ki fikar
shukkar ka tambu shani ke ghar
monday ko sunday ki chhutti hai
hai kitaabon se kutti
chhutti hai
are chhutti hai chhutti
chhutti hai

arre monday ko sunday ki
arre chhutti hai chhutti
chhutti hai
he chhutti hai
kukdu koon oo

ghanti bajaao paape
ghanti bajaao re (he he he he)
bastaa uthaao paape
bastaa uthaao bhaago re
da da daa da da
pom pom pom
da da daa da da
pom pom pom
da da daa da da
pom pom pom
da da daa da da
pom pom pom
master jee
bhaago


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