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This is the tale of a Hindi film director whose first film he wrote and directed, became a super hit. Unfortunately, he also reached the pinnacle of his career as a director with his very first film. The reason was that none of his subsequent films could achieve the same scale of successes as was with his first film. He was associated with Hindi films as a director for nearly 3 decades, but he directed only 6 films. During the same period, he also produced 3 films. His name was Ram Krishna Nayyar, better known in Hindi film industry as R K Nayyar. In my view, he was a director whose expertise was in directing films in the genre of romantic mystery thriller.

Not much information is known about R K Nayyar’s early life. He started his filmi career as an assistant to Raj Kapoor in ‘Aah’ (1953) and to Prakash Arora in ‘Boot Polish’ (1954). He made his debut as a director in Sashadhar Mukerji’s ‘Love in Simla’ (1960). The film became super hit at the box office with debutant lead actors, Joy Mukerji and Sadhana. It is said that R K Nayyar was instrumental in suggesting the fringe hair style which Sadhana used in this film to hide her broad forehead. Her hairstyle became so popular that it became known as ‘Sadhana Cut’.

R K Nayyar’s next directorial venture came after a gap of 3 years in ‘Ye Raasten Hain Pyaar Ke’ (1963). This film was based on the famous Nanavati-Ahuja case of 1959. But the film was only moderately successful. He next directed Sashadhar Mukerji’s ‘Aao Pyaar Karen’ (1964) with Joy Mukerji and Saira Bano in the lead roles. The film did not click on the box office despite having a good musical score by Usha Khanna.

In 1966, R K Nayyar married Sadhana. In the same year, he released his first film as a producer-director, ‘Ye Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hai’ (1966) under his own banner, R K Nayyar Films. It was a high budget film with a major part of shooting taking place in Europe. The film did not fare well on the box office front.

Once again after a gap of 3 years, R K Nayyar directed ‘Intaqaam’ (1969) which was produced under the banner of Shaktiman Enterprises with Sadhana and Sanjay Khan in the lead roles. It was a ‘come back’ film for Sadhana after she had some medical issues. ‘Intaqaam’ (1969) was a hit film which should have revived the career of R K Nayyar. But it took him as long as 17 years to direct his next film. ‘Qatl’ (1986) which he also produced. It was his last film as a director. After this, he produced his last film. ‘Pati Parmeshwar’(1989) under R K Nayyar banner but entrusted Madan Joshi, his assistant to direct the film. Both these films flopped at the box office.

I was wondering as to why R K Nayyar had gaps in his filmi career. I got the answer from a rare interview which Sadhana had given sometime in 2012. R K Nayyar had lost a lot of money when his films. ‘Ye Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hai’ (1966), ‘Qatl’ (1986) and ‘Pati Parmeshwar’ (1989) flopped at the box office. Loans were to be repaid. Sadhana had almost withdrawn from the films after her persistent medical issues. All these put R K Nayyar in financial crunches affecting his own health. He had become an asthma patient which later became the reason for his death in 1995.

As mentioned earlier, ‘Ye Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hai’ (1966) was R K Nayyar’s first film as a producer-director under his own banner, R K Nayyar Films. The star cast included Ashok Kumar, Joy Mukerji, Saira Bano, Motilal, Sayeeda Khan, Hari Shivdasani, Badri Prasad, Mohshin Abdullah, Janakidas, Manmohan etc. The film was a romantic thriller with some good songs. But the film failed to sustain audience’s interest to make it a box office hit film. It is said that the film’s complicated plot with Saira Bano playing the double role with the same name and Joy Mukerji playing imposter confused the average cinema audience.

The film had 7 songs (including one multiple version) of which 4 songs (including one multiple version) have been covered on the Blog. All the songs are written by Rajinder Krishan and set to music by Ravi.

I am presenting the 5th song, ‘nange baazoo nangi taange husn ka ye meyyar nahi’ from the film to appear on the Blog which is sung by Mohammed Rafi. It is picturised on Joy Mukerji when he and Saira Bano are on a visit to Paris for participating in Mr Universe and Miss Universe, respectively.

I was not aware of this song until I heard this song a couple of days back. What invited my attention to this song was the unusual mukhda for a Hindi film song. There are other unusual features of the song:

In the film sound track version, the song starts with antara, ‘tera badan hai raaj khuda kaa’ followed by mukhda, ‘nange baazoo nangi taange’ as a refrain. This is because Joy Mukerji responds in song when Saira Bano says –“kya main ladki nahi hoon?, kya main haseen nahi hoon?” Furthermore, there are 4 antaras in the film sound track version of the song. In the record version, the song starts with mukhda followed by only two antaras – 1st and 4th of the film sound track song probably to accommodate the song within the space of a 78 RPM record.

In the film sound track version, the mukhda is ‘nange baazoo nangi TAANGE’. However, in the record version, mukhda is ‘nange baazoo nangi RAANEN’. ‘Raanen’ is a Urdu word which means ‘thighs’.

In the lyrics, some other unusual Urdu words have been used as under:

Meyaar= Standard, Measurement

Paash= Sprinkle

Khoo-e-uriyaani= Habit of nakedness

Enjoy the song with Mohammed Rafi intoxicatingly singing ‘beemaar’ in the song.

Video Clip:

Audio Clip:

Song-Nange baazoo nangi taangen (Ye Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hai)(1966) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Rajinder Krishan, MD-Ravi

Lyrics (Based on Video Clip)
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tera badan hai raaj khuda kaa
insaanon par paash na kar
tera badan hai raaj khuda ka
insaanon par paash na kar
yaa aisa ghar mujhe dikha de
jis mein koi deewaar nahin ee

nange baazoo nangi taangen
husn kaa ye meyaar nahin
khoo-e-uriyaani se lutf uthhaaun
rooh meri beemaar nahin ee
nange baazoo nangi taangen
husn kaa ye meyaar nahi
khoo-e-uriyaani se lutf uthhaaun
rooh meri beemaar nahin ee
nange baazoo

aankh shama se tab hatati hai
jab tak wo khaamosh na ho o
be-parda ho jaaye to koi
takne to taiyyar nahin
nange baazoo nangi taangen
husn ka ye meyaar nahin
khoo-e-uriyaani se lutf uthhaaun
rooh meri beemaar nahin ee
nange baazoo

la la la laa laa laa
la la la laa laa laa laa
la la
la la la laa laa laa laa
la la la laa
la la laa
la la laa
la la laa

kisne dekhi chaand ki chaandi
kahaan bika suraj ka sona
kahaan lagaa inki boli
aisa koi baazar nahin
nange baazoo

apna ek ek ang dikha kar
jeet li toone husn ki baazi
soch zara ye thhande dil se
jeet teri kya haar nahin ee
nange baazoo nangi taangen
husn kaa ye meyaar nahin
khoo-e-uriyaani se lutf uthhaaun
rooh meri beemaar nahin
nange baazoo

——————————
Lyrics (Based on Audio Clip)
——————————

nange baazoo nangi raanen
husn kaa ye meyaar nahin
khoo-e-uriyaani se lutf uthaaun
rooh meri beemaar nahin ee
nange baazoo nangi raanen
husn kaa ye meyaar nahin
khoo-e-uriyaani se lutf uthaaun
rooh meri beemaar nahin
nange baazoo

tera badan hai raaj khuda kaa
insaanon par baash na kar
tera badan hai raaj khuda kaa
insaanon par baash na kar
yaa aisa ghar mujhe dikha de
jis mein koi deewaar nahin ee
nange baazoo nangi raanen
husn kaa ye meyaar nahin
khoo-e-uriyaani se lutf uthhaaun
rooh meri beemaar nahi
nange baazoo

la la la laa laa laa
la la la laa laa laa laa
la la
la la la laa laa laa laa
la la la laa
la la laa
la la laa
la la laa

apna ek ek ang dikha kar
jeet li tune husn ki baazi
apna ek ek ang dikha kar
jeet li tune husn ki baazi
soch zara ye thhande dil se
jeet teri kya haar nahi ee
nange baazoo nangi raanen
husn kaa ye meyaar nahi
khoo-e-uriyaani se lutf uthaaun
rooh meri beemaar nahi
nange baazoo


When one thinks on the movie “Modern Girl” (1961), one thinks of the song Ye mausam rangeen samaan. This song is a very popular Mukesh song,and I associate this song with this movie whenever I hear the name of this movie.
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