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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 sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day : 3779 Post No. : 14759

For me, this is a crush that still endures – a crush that I have never gotten over. Since the days when I first saw her in ‘Talash’ (1969) – and the song – “Kar Le Pyaar Karne Ke Din Hain Yahi” – a part of me has always remained smitten with her image and her thoughts. Helen, aah Helen – the ultimate danseuse of the silver screen. Helen – whose art has established the gold benchmark as a dancer, for all measures – from the past, and maybe, forever in the future. For sincerely, till this time, no other dancer has come close to this ultimate – in grace, in innovation, in energy, in movement – in every aspect of this art form.

It is said that the classical dance forms of India, are probably the most expressive traditional dances. The dancers are coached to develop the enhanced expressions for all the human emotions. The artist is taught not just to exhibit a series of well coordinated movements, which of course is very pleasing to the senses, but it is imperative for them to also communicate the emotions through the facial expressions, body language and the finer movements like twitching and trembling of specific muscles and body parts. The art of the Kathak, Bharat Natyam, Khatakali, etc. is so very refined in this aspect, and the aspiring artists are trained from a very young age.

As far as I am aware, Helen simply started dancing in films (in her teens, as early as when she was 13). She probably has no formal training in any dance form. And yet, seeing Helen on screen, in all the dancing forms, is an experience that flows across and covers the entire spectrum of human emotions and human exchange. In a career that spans almost seven decades, from the end of 1940s to the present day, she has likely appeared in 600+ films, and has regaled the audiences with that many colors and flavors of practically any dance form that may exist on this planet – rhumba, prancing, conga, frolic, folk, swing, rock n’ roll, spin, skip, step, samba, kabuki, disco, cabaret, jive, jump, cha cha cha, foxtrot, cavort, flamenco, waltz, boogie, santoso, flit, jig, jitterbug, hustle, gambol, polka, hop, sway, bunny hop, tap, shimmy, careen, salsa, mambo etc. – and of course, lavani and bhangra too. 🙂

Seeing her in so many different avatars of dancing, one is convinced that rhythm is naturally ingrained into her, and that there is almost a divine intervention here that allows her to pick up any choreography and perform exceedingly pleasing movements to it. The expression of emotions come to her so naturally – and the graceful flow of movements that is so excellently effortless – when she is in front of the camera, she actually knows what she is into. Such realization in the mind brings about a natural performance that simply cannot be executed in any better way. Unlike many of her ilk that have also performed on the Indian screen – yes, she knows, she is fully aware of what she is into.

There are a handful of rare performances by her that are not accompanied by any song. One of the finest, and in my humble opinion, her best such performance is a songless dance from the film ‘Hulchul’ (1971). Folks may remember this stage dance – for the variety of dance forms that are packed into this maybe 9 or 10 minutes performance, the multiple emotions that flow through it, and the significant message this dance experience is attempting to convey. (I tried to bring on this dance clip to our blog, but Atul ji is uncertain whether it qualifies. 😉 Maybe, I will try again.)

For me and my puppy-love heart, Helen is an ageless wonder that I adore. Sweet sixteen – that is what she is in my books, and that is how she is going to be, always.

And that also brings up today the most appropriate song of hers – to wish her a very happy birthday. The film is ‘Toofaan’ from 1969. The words are from the pen of Akhtar Romani. Music for this peppy and well paced dance number is created by Daan Singh. The singing voice – Asha Bhosle, probably the longest lasting partnership of singing voice and dancing steps on the Hindi screen.

Sharing the screen with Helen in this song is Dara Singh, whose birth anniversary just came two days ago (19th Nov). With this song we also remember him – he would have been 90 this year.

The dance is a typical folk dance from north India, performed in a very rural setting. Just see how wonderfully, this ordained Queen of the Cabaret – how wonderfully she is executing this oh so typically a rural folk dance.

And the words of the mukhda,

laaga mohe ab ki baar
o baanke piya pandrah pe ek nayo saal

Dear Helen, always young, always fresh, always sixteen – always sweet sixteen – forever.

Song – Laaga Mohe Ab Ki Baar (Toofaan) (1969) Singer – Asha Bhosle, Lyrics – Akhtar Romani, MD – Daan Singh

Lyrics

laaga mohe ab ki baar
o baanke piya pandrah pe ek nayo saal
laaga mohe ab ki baar
o baanke piya pandrah pe ek nayo saal
duniya pukaare solah baras ki
dekho chali re kataar
o baanke piya sun sun ke rang bhayo laal
laaga mohe ab ki baar
o baanke piya pandrah pe ek nayo saal

nainon mein kajra
zulfon mein gajra
haathon mein mehndi racha ke
gaalon pe laali
pairon mein paayal
maathe pe bindiya sajaa ke
dekhoon jo darpan awaaz aaye..e..e..e
dekhoon jo darpan awaaz aaye
khil ye gayo re singaar
o baanke piya sun sun ke rang bhayo laal
laaga mohe ab ki baar
o baanke piya pandrah pe ek nayo saal

logon ke darr se
mein apne ghar se
panghat mein ja na sakoon
panghat to kya
main apne hi angnaa
ghoonghat hataa na sakoon
ghoonghat jo sarke awaaz aaye..e..e..e
ghoonghat jo sarke awaaz aaye
hamri bhi kismat sanwaar
o baanke piya sun sun ke rang bhayo laal
laaga mohe ab ki baar
o baanke piya pandrah pe ek nayo saal
duniya pukaare solah baras ki
dekho chali re kataar
o baanke piya sun sun ke rang bhayo laal
laaga mohe ab ki baar
o baanke piya pandrah pe ek nayo saal

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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लागा मोहे अब की बार
ओ बाँके पिया पन्द्रह पे एक नयो साल
लागा मोहे अब की बार
ओ बाँके पिया पन्द्रह पे एक नयो साल
दुनिया पुकारे सोलह बरस की
देखो चली रे कटार
ओ बाँके पिया सुन सुन के रंग भयो लाल
लागा मोहे अब की बार
ओ बाँके पिया पन्द्रह पे एक नयो साल

नैनों में कजरा
ज़ुल्फों में गजरा
हाथों में मेहंदी रचा के
गालों पे लाली
पैरों में पायल
माथे पे बिंदिया सजा के
देखूँ जो दर्पण तो आवाज़ आए॰॰ए॰॰ए॰॰ए
देखूँ जो दर्पण तो आवाज़ आए
खिल ये गयो रे सिंगार
ओ बाँके पिया सुन सुन के रंग भयो लाल
लागा मोहे अब की बार
ओ बाँके पिया पन्द्रह पे एक नयो साल

लोगों के डर से
मैं अपने घर से
पनघट पे जा ना सकूँ
पनघट तो क्या
मैं अपने ही अंगना
घूँघट हटा ना सकूँ
घूँघट जो सरके आवाज़ आए॰॰ए॰॰ए॰॰ए
घूँघट जो सरके आवाज़ आए
हमरी भी किस्मत संवार
ओ बाँके पिया सुन सुन के रंग भयो लाल
लागा मोहे अब की बार
ओ बाँके पिया पन्द्रह पे एक नयो साल
दुनिया पुकारे सोलह बरस की
देखो चली रे कटार
ओ बाँके पिया सुन सुन के रंग भयो लाल
लागा मोहे अब की बार
ओ बाँके पिया पन्द्रह पे एक नयो साल

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Blog Day : 3650 Post No. : 14495

“Raaj darbaar” song used to be an important part of small budget B grade movies of early 1960s. These songs would typically be sung by two singers and one of them would be Kamal Barot. 🙂

Two or more female dancers would give a synchronised dance performance, watched by royals seated proudly on their thrones.

Movies may be B grade but the music was mostly A grade stuff, seeing that there was a good supply of A grade music directors badly in need of assignments. While some of these music directors continued to languish in these movies , some of them quickly graduated to A grade stuff. 1963 saw an interesting case when the music of Parasmani (1963) became a runaway hit and that catapulted Laxmikant Pyarelal , till then assistants to Kalyanji Anandji, to big league.

“Sunahri Naagin”(1963) was also a curious case. It came in the same year as “Parasmani”(1963) and it shared several artists with “Parasmani”(1963). For instance, Babubhai Mistri was the director in both the movies and Mahipal was the hero in both of them.

If Laxmikant Pyarelal were the music directors in “Parasmani”(1963) then “Sunahri Naagin”(1963) had music by their mentors viz Kalyanji Anandji.

“Sunahri Naagin”(1963) had eight songs in it. Four songs from the movie have been covered in the blog. All these songs were covered in 2010 ! There has been a lull for eight years since then.

Here is the fifth song from “Sunahri Naagin”(1963) to appear in the blog. This is a raj darbaar song which is picturised on several female dancers. I am unable to identify them and I request our knowledgeable readers to help identify them.

The song is sung by Kamal Barot (what did I say earlier 🙂 ) and Mubarak Begam. Ved Prakash is the lyricist. Music is composed by Kalyanji Anandji.


Song-Main to ho gayi re badnaam (Sunahri Naagin)(1963) Singers-Kamal Barot, Mubarak Begam, Lyrics-Ved Prakash, MD-Kalyanji Anandji

Lyrics

wafaaon ka aalam
mitne laga hai
mohabbat ka dam
phir ghutne laga hai

main to ho gayi re badnaam
lete lete tera naam
main to ho gayi re badnaam
lete lete tera naam
saanwariya
kisko doon ilzaam
saanwariya
kisko doon ilzaam
main to ho gayi re badnaam
lete lete tera naam
saanwariya
kisko doon ilzaam
saanwariya
kisko doon ilzaam

<ye dil to tera deewaana hai
chaahat se bhara paimaana hai
itna bhi mujhe maaloom nahin
itna bhi mujhe maaloom nahin
apna hai ya begaana hai
main to ho gayi re badnaam
lete lete tera naam
saanwariya
kisko doon ilzaam
saanwariya
kisko doon ilzaam

ek teer jigar ke paar hua
aur dard gale ka haar hua
kuchh haal ajab sa hai dil ka
kuchh haal ajab sa hai dil ka
jabse tera deedaar hua
main to ho gayi re badnaam
lete lete tera naam
saanwariya
kisko doon ilzaam
saanwariya
kisko doon ilzaam

bhoole se mohabbat kar baithe
ye kaisi qayaamat kar baithe
dil hamse baghaawat kar baitha
dil hamse baghaawat kar baitha
ham dil se baghaawat kar baithe
main to ho gayi re badnaam
lete lete tera naam
saanwariya
kisko doon ilzaam
saanwariya
kisko doon ilzaam


This article is written by Avinash Scrapwala, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day : 3624 Post No. : 14445

Greetings to dear Atul ji, and best wishes for many many happy returns of today.

The 1977 film ‘Chhaila Baabu’ is joining the ‘Yippeee Club’ of movies or ‘movies having all their songs covered’ on the blog. Indeed, a long wait for me and particularly for this song which was the first that I shared when I was still only a ‘year-old’ contributor on the blog. Other songs of this movie which I shared later were lucky and got posted before the today’s song. This song is the one which I cannot forget since my childhood, may be because this being a ‘mother-son’ song. I must be 9-10 years old when I had watched this movie with my parents in my childhood.

The part-I of this song and even the part-II is on screen performed by Achala Sachdev whom we mainly remember for playing a mother or thereafter grandmother in Yash Raj films. When I glance through the list of the films she acted in I realized that I have watched many of them but cannot recollect now.

Also I found that not much information is available about her on the domain (except there is page on wiki about her) and mainly other articles which were posted after she passed away on 30.12.2012 , and about how she was ignored by the film personalities in her last days. May be our seniors can do a detailed post on her with one of the songs performed by her on screen. Or maybe it is there and I am not aware, if so, please forgive me.

As I am not aware of her initial films and whether she got a lead role or second lead and if at all there are any songs which she performed on screen, except the another one, that I know, is from the 1970 film ‘Heer Ranjha’, where all the Bhabhi’s dance on their devar’s (Rajkumar’s) marriage preparations – ‘Naache Ang Ve . . .’ a beautiful composition by Madan Mohan ji.

Achala Sachdev was born in Peshawar (now in Pakistan) on 3rd May 1920. She acted in over 130 films (as per info on wiki). She began her filmi career with ‘Fashionable Wife’ in 1938 and ‘Na Tum Jaano na Ham’ (2002) was her last film. She died on April 30, 2012 at Pune. She was 91 then.

The move ‘Chhaila Babu’ was Produced by Shomu Mukherjee and Directed by Joy Mukherjee. It was a ‘suspense thriller’. It had Rajesh Khanna in title role of ‘Chhaila Babu’, accompanied by Zeenat Aman, Asrani, Ranjeet, Padma Khanna, Achala Sachdev, Macmohan, P Jairaj, Ravindra Kapoor and Om Shivpuri. Since in my earlier write ups about the songs of this movie I have already mentioned about the details of this movie and my nostalgia associated with its’ songs, and so I will not repeat it here.

But something that I would like to mention here is about Joy Mukherjee as a ‘director’ of this movie. Earlier I had read about his directing the movie ‘Humsaaya’ (1968), but I had forgotten about it. Though I must mention here that I had watched many of Joy Mukherjee’s movie in my teen years when I was studying in 11th -12th. And I liked all his movies very much and have watched them repeatedly; especially ‘Shagird’ (1967), ‘Phir Wohi Dil Laaya Hoon’ (1963), ‘Door Ki Aawaaz’ (1964), and ‘Love In Tokyo’ (1966). In those days i.e. 1983-85, old movie were still being screened in theatres sometime in four shows or noon shows only and they used to run packed houses. Specially in the city of Akola (Maharashtra) (CP & Berar circuit for movies) many old movies used to run packed houses and I watched many old movies during those years there. ‘Ziddi’ (1964) I think I watched on Doordarshan.

I got the VCD of ‘Ek Baar Muskuraa Do’ (1972) just four-five years back from an ‘online’ store. Then I had also watched ‘Love in Shimla’ (1960) during my school days during the weekly screening of movie in our ‘colony recreation club’. And its song Alif Zabar Aa Alif Zer Ae Alif Pesh O ’ has been in my memory since then. I do not remember correctly now if I had watched his ‘Ek Musaafir Ek Haseena’ (1962), but since I have the cassette of this movie, as I like the songs of this movie very much, and maybe I had watched some of its songs on TV, it also remains one of my favorites.

Coming to the songs of his movies – which was another main factor for me to watch his movies repeatedly. Our in house Encyclopedia Shri Arun ji had already done a detailed post on Joy Mukherjee here , while presenting a song from his movie ‘Love In Bombay’ (2013(1971)). This was Joy’s third directorial venture after ‘Humsaaya’ & ‘Chhaila Babu’.

HFGK Vol V mentions that today’s song in three parts and it noted down the first part as a ‘happy version’, whereas from the song one can guess and take it as a ‘sad song’ or ‘missing the beloved song. The first part in its picturization shows the mother (Achala Sachdev) remembering the ‘happy memories’ while singing this song searching for her lost son (Rajesh Khanna). And the in the second part while only the ‘mukhda’ of the first version is repeated only, the third part is in the voice of Kishore Kumar and starts with different lines. However, since HFGK mention this song in three version it was required to watch this movie again and clear the confusion.
[Ed Note: In this presentation, the parts 2 and 3, as mentioned in HFGK, are together presented as part II, as per the video clips.]

When Atul ji was in a ‘Yippeeee’ mode again during the first four months of this year I had sent him reminder for this song and also with a request to throw light on this song if possible. Finally, a week before I watched this movie online (most uncomfortable way to watch a movie for me, but then … we have to 😊).

The 1st part of the song is where the mother, Achala Sachdev is searching for her son, who ‘bachpan mein bichhad gaya’. It includes flashback of the mother-child playing – ‘happy memories’ included 😊. Now when this child grows up as Rajesh Khanna, he remembers this song and use to sing it on the ‘mouth organ’ gifted to him by his mother on his birthday. The second part of Lata for this song is only a repeat of first few lines of the earlier part 1 of this song. And the third part is the Kishore Kumar version of this song, in which the mother-son get re-united.

The earlier songs from the movie are posted on our blog, as per the details given below;

Song Title Post Date
 Yaar dildaar tujhe kaisa chaahiye  08.12.2008
 Kal raat sadak par ik ladki  29.12.2014
 Hamko nikaaloge ghar se sajan pachhtaaoge  04.02.2015
 Main Baaboo Chhailaa  29.12.2017

Let us now listen and enjoy the today’s song. . . “Chhaila Mera Chhaila”.

 

Part I (Lata Solo)

Part II (Lata – Kishore Duet)

Song – Chhaila Mera Chhaila (Chhaila Babu) (1977) Singer – Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar, Lyrics – Anand Bakshi, MD – Laxmikant Pyaarelal

Lyrics

Part I

chhaila mera chhaila
chhaila mera chhaila
maa ko badaa sataaye
aangan mein chhup jaaye
kho jaaye to kya ho mere raam

chhaila mera chhaila
maa ko badaa sataaye
aangan mein chhup jaaye
kho jaaye to kya ho mere raam
chhaila mera chhaila

shaam savere mere naina
dhoondhte rahe
kahaan hai kahaan hai
kahaan hai kahaan hai
sabse poochhte rahe
kahaan hai kahaan hai
sabse poochhte rahe
aa ke peechhe
aankhen meeche
aanchal kheenche mera ghanshyam
chhaila mera chhaila
chhaila mera chhaila

deewaani huyi main aisa laage
laage re mohe
jisko dekhoon chhaila jaisa laage re mohe
jisko dekhoon chhaila jaisa laage re mohe
bichhda hai jo
mil jaaye to
vyaakul mann ko aa jaaye aaraam
chhaila mera chhaila
chhaila mera chhaila
maa ko badaa sataaye
aangan mein chhup jaaye
kho jaaye to kya ho mere raam
chhaila mera chhaila
chhaila mera chhaila
chhaila mera chhaila

Part II

chhaila mera chhaila
chhaila mera chhaila
chhaila mera chhaila
chhaila mera chhaila
mera chhaila
mera chhaila
chhaila
chhaila
chhaila

naa ro maa naa ro
sun li hain maine
teri pukaar
teri pukaar
aaj mila hai
waapas maa bete ko
khoya pyaar
khoya pyaar
duniya saari
tujhse haari
maa tu jeeti ye jeewan sangraam
chhaila tera chhaila
chhaila tera chhaila

chhaila tera chhaila
chhaila tera chhaila

jee chaahe main
tere charnon mein
sar rakh ke roun
sar rakh ke roun
aa jaaye waapas
bachpan main teri
god mein soun
god mein soun
phir na kabhi main tujhko sataaun
tujhe manaaun
maa tujhko parnaam

chhaila tera chhaila
chhaila tera chhaila
chhaila tera chhaila
chhaila tera chhaila
chhaila tera chhaila
chhaila tera chhaila

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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भाग १

छैला मेरा छैला
छैला मेरा छैला
माँ को बड़ा सताए
आँगन में छुप जाए
खो जाए तो क्या हो मेरे राम

छैला मेरा छैला
छैला मेरा छैला
माँ को बड़ा सताए
आँगन में छुप जाए
खो जाए तो क्या हो मेरे राम

शाम सवेरे मेरे नैना
ढूढ़ते रहे
कहाँ है कहाँ है
कहाँ है कहाँ है
सबसे पूछते रहे
कहाँ है कहाँ है
सबसे पूछते रहे
आ के पीछे
आँखें मिचे
आँचल खींचे
मेरा घनश्याम
छैला मेरा छैला
छैला मेरा छैला

दीवानी हुई मैं ऐसा लागे
लागे रे मोहे
जिसको देखूं छैला जैसा लागे रे मोहे
जिसको देखूं छैला जैसा लागे रे मोहे
बिछड़ा है जो
मिल जाए तो
व्याकुल मन को आ जाए आराम
छैला मेरा छैला
छैला मेरा छैला
माँ को बड़ा सताए
आँगन में छुप जाए
खो जाए तो क्या हो मेरे राम

छैला मेरा छैला
छैला मेरा छैला
छैला मेरा छैला

भाग २

छैला मेरा छैला
छैला मेरा छैला
छैला मेरा छैला
छैला मेरा छैला
मेरा छैला
मेरा छैला
छैला
छैला
छैला

ना रो माँ ना रो
सुन ली हैं मैंने तेरी पुकार
तेरी पुकार
आज मिला है
वापस माँ बेटे को
खोया प्यार
खोया प्यार
दुनिया सारी
तुझसे हारी
माँ तू जीती ये जीवन संग्राम
छैला तेरा छैला
छैला तेरा छैला

छैला तेरा छैला
छैला तेरा छैला

जी चाहे मैं
तेरे चरणों में
सर रख के रोऊँ
सर रख के रोऊँ
आ जाए वापस
बचपन मैं तेरी
गोद में सोऊं
गोद में सोऊं
फिर न कभी मैं तुझको सताऊं
तुझे मनाऊं
माँ तुझको प्रणाम
छैला तेरा छैला
छैला तेरा छैला
छैला तेरा छैला
छैला तेरा छैला
छैला तेरा छैला
छैला तेरा छैला


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 sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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The film ‘Tere Mere Sapne’ is an intense personal favorite, as are many of Vijay Anand’s films. This film is a very sensitive, rational and balanced view of the healthcare systems in our country, especially in the rural areas. Of course, the time frame is of 1960s (the film released in 1971). The medical profession and healthcare systems have seen unbelievable transformations, especially the brazen and vulgar commercialization of this profession, that was once considered a hallowed service of the people. But maybe more of that later.

I like this film, in all its aspects. I know when this film was released, there were many articles in magazines and newspapers, trying to find and point out technical and medical faults with the film’s many medical scenarios. It was like pointing out the defects in a mango, that one is no doubt enjoying, but still complaining that the skin of the mango is too thick or too thin. 🙂 My counter to this discussion was – please, hold on, this is a film, a dramatization of human situations. The director is trying to tell a story, about a very important profession in the society, attempting to exhibit certain ground realities, and also trying to suggest some approaches. It is not a treatise on anatomy or cardiology, that should be scientifically perfect, but does not tell a story.

In my humble opinion, all aspects of this film are very creditable – be it the storyline development, be it the dialogues and dialogue delivery, be it the performances by individual actors – no matter what is the time that character spends on the screen, be it the pace at which the tale progresses, be it the subtle and overt messages it intends to present, or be it the music and the songs – each one of them being a gem status song. I am sure the readers are familiar with the many songs of this film, and they will agree to this statement. Neeeraj, the poet, and Sachin Da (SD Burman) have collaborated to create and bring a set of such beautiful and meaningful songs. And when one tops that with Vijay Anand’s handling of the song picturization scenarios, it is like ‘सोने पे सुहागा’.

Let us take today’s song for example. This is the penultimate song of this film to be posted (and yes, we should be on the lookout for a Yippeee call for this film, very shortly 🙂 ). The story revolves around a small town, and the small hospital this town has. The senior doctor in this hospital (role played by Mahesh Kaul), who founded this hospital, is in the evening of his life. He is part paralyzed, and not fully capable to handle his duties as the Chief Medical Officer. His wife (role played by Paro), on the other hand, rules the hospital with an iron hand, and does not allow the inability of her husband to manage the setup, to be exposed to the outside world or to the regulatory authorities. Another senior doctor in the hospital is Dr Kothari (role played by Vijay Anand), who has given up his battle with the complexities of life, and is drowning himself in drink, in the anonymity of this small out of the place village. Into this scenario steps in Dr Anand (role played by Dev Anand). A recent graduate, he is fresh young mind with hallowed dreams of serving the poor people.

The situation for the song is that an elderly couple in the village (roles played by Sapru and Dulari), very hesitatingly and bashfully announce to the doctors at the hospital that they are on way to the first child in their lives. There is happiness and good news scenario, punctuated by the sad news that the child, when born, is not breathing. Dr Kothari, the gaynecologist, is drunk and out cold, not in a position to even wake up. Dr Anand saves the day, and brings the child back into the living world, by attempting to and cleaning his windpipe which was blocking the child’s breathing. It is a day of salvation and new life for this old couple. Of course, celebration has to follow.

So the family has a celebration at their home, and this song, a dance by Jaishree T, is part of that celebration. Dr Anand is present, along with other invitees from around the village. Also present is Nisha (role played by Mumtaz) a school teacher in the local school. Of course, the amorous developments have already taken place between the new young doctor and this pretty school teacher. It is a match made in heavens, as they say. OK, but the rest of the story at another time. 😉

As with everything else in this film, even this dance is such an exquisite piece of performance. As I said earlier, in the hands of a master director like Vijay Anand – it has to be so. The performance is nothing short of a full blown onslaught on the senses, that it does not leave anytime for the viewer to breathe. The pace of music is so fast. The lyrics and words are tumbling right on top of each other. Neeraj has knitted together the words that catch you trying to keep pace with understanding them while hearing the next line. Burman Da’s melody, no matter is delivered at Presto speed, and one has to be very alert to keep pace with the music, still comes out to be an exquisite song delivery.

And the performance by Jaishree T – probably the best I have seen from her. The choreographer, Hiralal, has done a real great job in conceptualizing this dance. You may watch it more than once to check – no movements are repeated, even if the lines are being repeated. The dance goes from one breathless set of movements to the next, without a respite. The three minutes and some seconds performance just leaves one breathless, trying to keep pace with the words, the melody, the dancers movements, the dancers expressions – everything so perfectly blended together into a swirl of a pleasurable whirlwind experience. Just watch when Jaishree T dances and moves to the line – ‘sheeshi hoon kewde ke paani’. Or for that matter, just pick any line, and each line is expressed through her movements so exquisitely.

The performance and the words of the song, also work to further develop, whatever it is that is developing between the young doctor and the pretty schoolteacher, for one can catch them exchanging furtive glances as the performance progresses.

A lovely song, a fantastic performance, that I for one, simply am not tired watching it again and again. View, and enjoy, this onslaught on the senses. Exquisite performance all around.

 

Song – Mera Saajan Phool Kamal Ka, Kali Main Raat Rani Ki  (Tere Mere Sapne) (1971) Singer – Asha Bhosler, Lyrics – Neeraj, MD – SD Burman

Lyrics

mera saajan
o mera saajan phool kamal ka
kali main raat rani ki
raat ki rani chameli ki khushboo
sheeshi hoon kewde ke paani
kali main raat rani ki
mera saajan phool kamal ka
kali main raat rani ki

meri najaakat
hai lakhnauwa
choodi hai meri ajmer ki
choli silaai maine
dilli mein jaa ke
saari hai pehni chander ki
meri najaakat
hai lakhnauwa
choodi hai meri ajmer ki
choli silaai maine
dilli mein jaa ke
saari hai pehni chander ki
ras ki pyaali phoolon ki daali
laali main joban jawaani
kali main raat rani ki
mera saajan phool kamal ka
kali main raat rani ki
mera saajan
mera saajan phool kamal ka
kali main raat rani ki

haaye
simmi jaisi raja
naak hamaari
saayera baanu jaisi chaal re
nakhre mere mumtaaj jaise
sadhna jaise mere baal re
simmi jaisi raja
naak hamaari
saayera baanu jaisi chaal re
nakhre mere mumtaaj jaise
sadhna jaise mere baal re
sone ki chidia
aafat ki pudia
gudia hoon main japaani
kali main raat rani ki
mera saajan
ho mera saajan phool kamal ka
kali main raat rani ki
raat ki rani chameli ki khushboo
sheeshi hoon kewde ke paani
kali main raat rani ki
mera saajan phool kamal ka
kali main raat rani ki

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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मेरा साजन
ओ मेरा साजन फूल कमल का
कली मैं रात रानी की
रात की रानी चमेली की खुशबू
शीशी हूँ केवड़े के पानी
कली मैं रात रानी की
मेरा साजन फूल कमल का
कली मैं रात रानी की

मेरी नजाकत
है लक्खनन्व्वा
चूड़ी है मेरी अजमेर की
चोली सिलाई मैंने
दिल्ली में जा कर
साड़ी है पहनी चंदेर की
मेरी नजाकत
है लक्खनन्व्वा
चूड़ी है मेरी अजमेर की
चोली सिलाई मैंने
दिल्ली में जा कर
साड़ी है पहनी चंदेर की
रस की प्याली फूलों की डाली
लाली मैं जोबन जवानी
कली मैं रात रानी की
मेरा साजन फूल कमल का
कली मैं रात रानी की
मेरा साजन
मेरा साजन फूल कमल का
कली मैं रात रानी की

हाए
सिम्मी जैसी राजा
नाक हमारी
सायेरा बानू जैसी चाल रे
नखरे मेरे ममताज़ जैसे
साधना जैसे मेरे बाल रे
सिम्मी जैसी राजा
नाक हमारी
सायेरा बानू जैसी चाल रे
नखरे मेरे ममताज़ जैसे
साधना जैसे मेरे बाल रे
सोने की चिड़िया
आफ़त की पुड़िया
गुड़िया हूँ मैं जापानी
कली मैं रात रानी की
मेरा साजन
हो मेरा साजन फूल कमल का
कली मैं रात रानी की
रात की रानी चमेली की खुशबू
शीशी हूँ केवड़े के पानी
कली मैं रात रानी की
मेरा साजन फूल कमल का
कली मैं रात रानी की


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