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Rafi fest – Birthday Special (I)

December 27, 2011

Dharmendra (8th), Dilip Kumar (11th), Raj Kapoor (15th, 14th), Biswajeet (15th), Naushad (24th, 25th), Rafi (24th), Rajesh Khanna (29th) – This post and the ones that will follow are dedicated to all these birthday boys.

My initial plan was to do one song with lyrics per day, whole of this month. But work demanded more of me, so couldn’t stick to the original plan.

I wont say all the songs that I’m posting here today are the ones that I have come across recently. They are just relatively less heard of. And some of them are songs which I’ve heard pretty often but noticed only now.

1. Na jaane kyun hamare dil ko tumne dil nahin samjha (Mohabbat Zindagi Hai, 1966) : I had first heard this song long long ago (dont remember where exactly, either we had a cassette/LP record at home or had heard it on radio) but had first seen it’s video when I had read the review of this movie on memsaab’s blog. And then had completely forgotten about it until I heard it on radio couple of weeks back. And now all of a sudden it’s pouring in everywhere! I dont know how I could forget such a great song in the first place! Though I wouldn’t call the video great, the song itself is amazing -with all chhed-chhad, haseen gile-shikwe wala lyrics and music. S.H Bihari is the lyricist and O.P Nayyar the music director. And all the songs featuring here this month are sung by Rafi! So that doesn’t even need to be explicitly mentioned.
Totally love  Tumhi ne jaan le li aur tumhe qaatil nahin samjha – the way it’s sung and picturized!

2. Tumhari mulaquat se (Mohabbat Zindagi Hai, 1966) : A more subdued one but so highly romantic!  If Dharam was trying to force himself too much on her in the previous song, in this he appears to have fallen for her at the very first sight. It’s such a beautifully written song – The way it describes the realization of one’s own emotions on meeting someone is so sweet. And it has more of happiness and acceptance to it than awe, making not just Dharmendra but even the one watching the song feel so good about him finding his love. He’s following her everywhere, holding her handbag and even sandals! His antics are really cute and adorable 🙂
Dharam looks even more garam in his shorts! Love Rafi’s restrained rendition inspite of all the paagalpan that goes on in the song, even the ‘hoye’ is sung with so much of control.

3. Yakeen karlo mujhe mohabbat hai tumse (Yakeen, 1969) : Sounds more like a Shammi Kapoor/Joy Mukherjee type song. This time around it’s our glam queen in shorts and uff her adas and nakhras! It’s as though Dharam is on patao-the-heroine spree. Watching the video makes me feel like they are playing catch-me-if-you-can!  But he does get lucky in this one towards the end. Like harvey mentioned, Dharmila jodi is so awesome! They share such a cute chemistry! Apart from being fun,  it’s such a catchy song. The magic of Rafi, Shankar-Jaikishan and Hasrat Jaipuri! I love the rise and fall of notes especially in ‘Tumhari tasveer hai nazar mein, charag jaise ho rehguzar mein‘…the way mein part suddenly drops down.

4. Baharon ki baarat aa gayi (Yakeen, 1969) : No, I wasn’t actually planning to do Ek Hi Film se, but it just sort of happened. Though I had heard both these songs before, I had never paid much attention to them. I heard Gar tum bhoola na doge from this movie on radio sometime back and then checked it out on youtube. I had no idea it was picturized on Dharmila. And I found these in the related links section. Surprisingly these two songs didnt gain the popularity of Gar tum bhoola na doge. This song does remind me of Kaun hai jo sapno mein aaya (Jhuk Gaya Aasmaan) and Chala jaata hoon kisi ki dhoon mein (Mere Jeevan Saathi). Must be the picturization but am wondering if Dharam too meets with an accident after the song. I didnt quite like this song when I saw  it the first time but it has grown on me. I really like the way ‘Suno toh mere dil, suno toh meri jaan, hothon pe dil ki baaaaaat aa gayi‘ is sung. The type puncture sequence is funny. The last antara is different in video and audio. Audio version has –
Honge muthi mein dono jahaan, jis ghadi main unhe paunga
Chaand suraj ke dole mein phir, apne ghar par unhe launga

5. Dil kahe ruk ja re ruk ja (Mann Ki Aankhen, 1970) : I heard this on radio few days ago and instantly fell in love with it. It wasn’t the first time I had heard it. I find it so strange that there are some songs which I have  heard all my life but never noticed. And one fine day, I hear it on radio and suddenly realize how good it is and get addicted to it. Wonder if the mood that I’m in has anything to do with it. But I saw the video for the first time last week. It reminded me a little of Suhana safar aur yeh mausam haseen and a little of Yeh kaun chitrakaar haiThis lovely song is written by Sahir and composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal.
Ruk ja re ruk ja makes me want to stop doing whatever I’m doing and just let the song take over.

Songs picturized on other actors (birthday boys) will come up in a day or two, as and when time permits.

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Ten of my Favourite Mukesh Songs

August 29, 2010

When dustedoff had done a post on Mukesh on his Birth Anniversary, this is what I had said :

“I don’t know how exactly to put my feelings for Mukesh in words….it’s kind of confusing. Not that I dislike him…he has a wonderful voice and he has sung some of my favourite songs. But I’ve never been a great fan of his either.
1. Majority, at least the most popular songs of his, are usually so sad and full of despair that I try avoiding them.
2. My dad is a big big fan of Mukesh….and he has some of the saddest songs ever in his collection
3. A cousin of mine had once told me that when someone gets hooked on to old songs, it usually begins with Kishore, then gets into Rafi mode and eventually ends up liking Mukesh better. And when I initially started listening to Hindi songs, it was Kishore Kumar’s. Now I’m in Rafi phase but I never want to get over Rafi. 🙂 Since half of his prediction came true, I guess I am scared of getting into the final phase.

Frankly speaking, I never gave it much thought, but looking back, I have been subconsciously avoiding Mukesh’s songs. Though I would like to believe that it’s because most of his songs are sad, I’m yet to figure out the real reason behind it. I agree that just because I like Rafi so much doesn’t mean I shouldn’t like any other singers. And that’s never been the case, in fact. I am extremely fond of Talat, Hemat, Manna Dey etc. Anyways, more thoughts on that later. When I discovered it was Mukesh’s Birth Anniversary today, and started thinking of his songs, I realized that I love quite a lot of them. I really wanted to do a post but was very very busy. I was kind of feeling guilty about it and was hoping somebody else would so that I could at least list down my favourite songs here in the comment section. But now I have changed my mind…like you quoted And for all those years I failed to recognise your genius : I am also going to dedicate a post to Mukesh Chand Mathur.”

It’s over a month since I said that and I have been listening to a lot of Mukesh’s songs since then. And before long I found out that  there are hundreds of his songs that I really really adore. Like dustedoff rightly said,  Mukesh is one of those voices that grows on you –  it has definitely grown on me. I have learnt to appreciate his singing better now.

I can completely relate to what Harvey had said :  “I started off as a Kishore fan, went through Rafi phase, came back to KK and then again to Rafi and now I luv both! Have turned bigamist 😉 and am regularly unfaithful to them with Talat, Hemant, Manna and Mukesh and not necessarily in this order!” And this is a blisfful state!

I just realized I am a polygamist and it’s indeed a blissful state! 😀 😀

After having consciously explored his songs regularly for over a month, it’s very tough to list just 10 songs of his. So, as usual I have put some filter criteria to make my job easier. As Mukesh was the voice of Raj Kapoor and Manoj Kumar, I am intentionally ruling out their songs. Or else I will end up listing only 10 RK songs or 10 MK songs.

With my newly found fondness for him, there’ll be many more posts dedicated to Mukesh in the months to come. Will cover some of his rare gems in my later posts. For this one, my focus is on songs he sang for the actors who were generally associated with other singers.

So, on his Death Anniversary (27th Aug), in fond memories of Mukesh, here are my ten favourite songs of his –

1. Kahin door jab din dhal jaye (Anand, 1971) : This is one of my all time favourite songs from my all time favourite movie. Out of the few songs that Mukesh has sung for Rajesh Khanna – Jis gali mein tera ghar na ho (Kati Patang), Maine tere liye hai saat rang ke (Anand), Haan toh main kya keh raha tha (Raja Rani), Kahin door jab din dhal jaye etc, this one tops my list. When he sings tabhi machal ke pyaar se chalke, chhue koi mujhe par nazar na aaye – I can actually feel the song caressing me. The deep longing in mere khayalon ke aangan mein koi sapno ke deep jalaye and the sense of loss in  kho gaye kaise mere sapne sunhere…yeh mere sapne yehi toh hai apne…is simply mindblowing. Touching lyrics (Yogesh), beautiful picturisation, soothing music (Salil) and sensitive and poignant rendition makes this song a masterpiece. Only Mukesh could build this atmosphere of a deep longing. I never tire of listening to this song.

2. Phool tumhe bheja hai khat mein (Saraswati Chandra, 1968) : It was the songs that tempted me into watching this movie. Had it not been for Nutan and the songs, I would never have seen it. Now that I’ve seen the movie, I would rather forget about it…it was a torture. But I still love the songs – this, Chandan sa badan and Main toh bhool chali. Another iconic chitthi song picturised on Nutan and Manish…it’s very sweet and overflowing with love. Penned by Indeevar, composed by Kalyanji Anandji and rendered by Mukesh and Lata, it’s beautiful in every sense,  one of my favourite romantic duets. Sweet lyrics, music with just the right ambience and listening to it one can feel the nervousness, anticipation and love in it. This shows the level of involvement that everybody has put in creating this gem.

 3. Yaaron surat hamari pe mat jao (Ujala, 1959) : A delightful Mukesh-Rafi duet brimming with bromance – both in singing and in picturisation. It’s the carefree attitude with which these two dashing dudes – Raj Kumar and Shammi Kapoor run around and jump and dance and sing to this song that it scores over Duniyawalon se door for me from the same movie. Shailendra’s lyrics and Shankar-Jaikishan’s tunes are simple and sweet. It’s an absolute delight listening to and watching this song!

4. Kisi nargise nazar ko (Main Nashe Mein Hoon, 1958) : The fun quotient in this song is simply superb. Maruti dancing to Hasrat Jaipuri’s lyrics and Shankar-Jaikishan’s music, this lovely song somehow reminds me of Lakhon hai nighahon mein. I first heard this song on Vividh Bharati. And was pleasantly surprised to hear Mukesh singing a fun song!

5. Chal ri sajni ab kya soche (Bombai Ka Babu, 1960) : Picturised on Dev Anand, Suchitra Sen, Nasir Hussain and Achala Sachdev, it’s one of the most emotional songs ever. Mukesh has never been more suited to a song…there’s so much emotion in his voice – it looks like the song was tailor made for him. Majrooh Sultanpuri’s lyrics, SD Burman’s composition, Mukesh’s rendition and the vidai scene…everything is just perfect!

6. O jaane wale  ho sake toh laut ke aana (Bandini, 1963) : Very rarely did SD Burman use Mukesh. But when he did, the affect was truly magical and soul-stirring. Chal ri sajni and O Jaane wale are two such live examples. I love Mukesh’s voice here. Shailendra’s lyrics is touching and SD Burman’s music is classic. This song has something extremely melancholy and a sense of deep longing about it – something which only Mukesh could create. It takes me into a trance. Picturisation is equally beautiful.

7. Aaya hai mujhe phir yaad woh zaalim (Devar, 1966) : Another gem of a song picturised on my favourite jodi – dashing Dharmendra and enticing Sharmila. His rawness and her sophistication – simply an amazing combination. And Mukesh’s pathos leaden voice adds to the magic. When I first saw this film, it was Kaajal wale nain that stole my heart away but the next time I saw it, it was this song that captivated me. Fabulous composition from Roshan. Anand Bakshi’s childhood beckoning lyrics , Mukesh’s rendition, Dharmendra and Sharmila’s story in the movie everything put-in together, really takes me back to those carefree childhood days.  

8. Sambhal ke karna jo bhi karna (Ek Phool Char Kaante, 1960) : Each song in this movie is a masterpiece. And I had a real tough time choosing one. But the Shammi-Rafi-sque feel of this song just wins over the rest for me. A beautiful flirtatious melody picturised on Sunil Dutt and Waheeda Rehman. You can feel both Mukesh and Sunil enjoying the song to the fullest singing and portraying it.

9. Tu kahe agar (Andaaz, 1949) : Suhana safar aur yeh mausam haseen, Dil tadap tadap ke and Yeh mera deewanapan hai are more popular Mukesh songs picturised on Dilip Kumar. And I do love all these songs. I haven’t seen Yahudi yet, and the Madhumati songs are too popular. So my vote goes for Tu kahe agar.  Mukesh’s voice brimming with love and Dilip Kumar’s expression singing it onscreen as Nargis leans over his piano, it’s just amazing! Also, it’s one of those few compositions of Naushad that has Mukesh as the playback singer. Majrooh’s lyrics is very sweet and romantic.

10. Dil jalta hai toh jalne de (Pehli Nazar, 1945) : This is a historic song…historic as in, it brought Mukesh to limelight. It was his first hit song. It’s a known fact that it was Motilal who first noticed Mukesh and brought him to Bombay. He got his break as a playback singer in 1945 with the film Pehli NazarDil jalta hai toh jalne de was composed by Anil Biswas and lyrics penned by Aah Sitapuri. It was incidentally picturised on Motilal himself. He was such a big fan of K. L. Saigal that in his early years of playback singing he used to imitate his idol. He does sound so much like Saigal here. In fact, it is said that when K. L. Saigal first heard this song, he said “That’s strange, I don’t recall singing that song”.

It’s ten songs already. And I had so many other songs in my mind 😦

Dekho mausam kya bahar hai, khayalon mein kisike,Tumse hi meri zindagi, waqt karta jo wafa aap hamare hotey, Mein to har mod par thujko doontha chala, Gardish mein ho taare, Yeh sehar bada albela, Mile na phool, Kabhi kabhi mere dil mein, Jinhe hum bhoolna chahe, Kahin karti hogi woh mera intezaar, Tere hothon ke do phool pyaare pyaare, Oh re taal mile, Yeh kaun chitrakar hai, Hum toh tere aashiq hai, Aye dil na mujhse chhupa, Mujhe raat din yeh khayal hai, Jaaoon kahan bata aye dil, Tum ruthi raho main manata rahun etc….

For someone whom I have subconsciously ignored all these years, I spents hours devoted to him on the eve of my birthday. And now that I have finally done a post on him, I am feeling really very happy! 🙂

May your soul rest in peace Mukesh Chand Mathur! Though quite late in life, I have finally realized how much I love your voice.

Ten of my Favourite Jeetendra Songs

April 9, 2010

I am not a big Jeetu fan, but like Nasir saysthere’s neither anything great about him nor a larger than life charisma, but there’s something about him, something  that just can’t be ignored. And some of his songs are truly awesome, be it Rafi or Kishore singing for him, they are just amazing! Here’s wishing him a very happy (belated) birthday and here is a list of songs through which he dances, flirts, jumps, romances, dances,  jumps and dances over and over again.

1. Baar baar din  yeh aaye (Farz, 1967) : I actually love all the songs from this movie, like  Tumse o haseena, Mast baharon ka, Hum toh tere aashiq hai, Dekho dekho ji  better but since it was his birthday yesterday and this one’s  one of the best birthday party songs, this is a special  dedication to him.


2. Musafir hoon yaaron (Parichay, 1972) : One of my favourite movies and surprisingly this song marks my introduction to the Jumping Jack  – this is the first movie of his that I saw. Guess that’s one of the main reasons why I like him still even after watching him in all the other not-so-good movies.


3. Rukh se zara naquaab (Mere Huzoor, 1968) : What do I say about this song…I adore this song for every possible reason – music, lyrics, Rafi’s voice, picturisation…it’s all so lovely. I came home late from work last night and put the tv on just in time to see this song on B4U music and that’s what prompted me to do this post.


4.  Saat ajoobe is duniya mein  (Dharam Veer, 1977) : Garam dharam in minis and Jeetu in such flashy outfits….and as though that’s not enough – it has an added advantage of Zeenat’s and Indrani Mukherjee’s  presence, glimpse of Jeevan and lots of other royal pleasantness. Just this song itself is so spicy – a true representation of 70’s masala movies.


5. Dhal gaya din (Humjoli, 1970) :  Here comes Jeetu in his trademark White Trousers and shoes combo romancing Leena over a game of badminton followed by lots of other goodies. I had seen this movie ages ago but still remember the entire story. This movie had some very catchy dance numbers –  rain dance in Haye re haye, Jeetu shaking a leg with gorgeous Mumtaz in  Tik tik tik mera dil dole.

6. Chadhti jawaani teri chaal mastaani (Caravan, 1971) : Talk about catchy numbers and here comes another movie full of them – Piya tu ab toh aaja, Chadti jawani teri chaal mastaani, Daiyya main yeh kahan aa fassi, Ab jo miley hai, Dilbar dil se pyaare, Kitna pyaara vaadha, Goriya kahan tera desh re….to choose just one song from this movie is so tough – all the songs are ek-se-badkar-ek, RDB at his best. I like Kitna pyaara vaadha a lot, it’s a very cute romantic number but with Aruna looking the way she is in Chadhti jawaani, I had to choose this one.


7. Tere haathon mein pehnake  (Jaani Dushman, 1979): If the other songs are catchy and foot-tapping, I would rate this as a shoulder-shaking song in addition to being catchy, peppy and playful! Jeetu’s energy level, Neetu’s bubbly-ness, cheerful lyrics, perfect rendition and great choreography – this song gives a different dimension to this otherwise mysteriously bride-disappearing saga and distracts viewers for a while from what is inevitable.

8. Tera saath hai toh (Pyaasa Saawan, 1981) : I don’t remember much of the movie except for the fact that Jeetu is playing a double role (father and son) in this, but I love the songs – Tera saath hai toh and Megha re megha re. It’s such a highly romantic number.

9. Tere sang pyaar main (Nagin, 1976) : It’s so nice to see Jeetu jumping around a little gracefully, though his steps (esp the hand movements) look so feminine, but provided that he’s a Naag, I guess that’s ok. I remember watching this movie as a kid and had thoroughly enjoyed it. I think I should give it a try again – feisty Reena seeking vengeance and some good songs doesn’t sound all that bad. Reena and Jeetu share a very good chemistry here and both their costumes are  very sexy.


10. Aa meri humjoli aa (Jeene Ki Raah, 1969) : One of the best hide-n-seek songs ever – it’s such a cute song. I like Tanuja’s reaction to the song –  the way she suddenly jumps up from her seat (love the blue saari that Tanuja’s wearing). The other songs –  Aap mujhe achhe lagne lage, Aane se uski, Ek banjara gaye  are nice as well.

As always, I’ve already reached ten songs and there are still so many more playing through my mind : Ke hum tum chori se (Dharti Kahe Pukar Ke), Raat suhani jaag rahi hai (Jigri Dost), Yeh mulaquat ek bahana hai (Khandaan), Tere khayalon mein hum (Geet Gaya Pathharon Ne), Dil ki baatein dil hi jaane (Roop Tera Mastaana), Pal do pal ka (The Burning Train), Meri saanson ko jo (Badalte Rishte), Kab tak huzoor roothe rahoge (Aulad), Kisi raah mein kisi md par (Mere Humsafar)  – to name a few

Ok…now I think I like Jeetendra a little more than what I have admitted at the beginning of this post – “Tumse o deewane kabhi mohabbat na maine karni thi, magar mere dil ne mujhe dhoka de diya” 😉

Boyfriend 1961

December 29, 2009

Before I start with Rajesh Khanna special this week, there are two movies that have to write about. They have been pending for more than two weeks now.

After I read memsaab’s review of Aakhri Khat, I went to all the video stores in the city hunting for it and finally found it in one. There I saw Boyfriend (though it was a VCD and not a DVD). Not that I need an excuse to buy a Shammi Kapoor film, but doesn’t this look tempting?

The movie begins with a little boy running on the street in a dark night with few men behind his heels. He halts to catch his breath just below this notice on a wall.

An elderly couple visit a temple. One of the pujaris enquires as to who they are and why they come to visit the temple every year on the 2nd of January. The elder pujari introduces them as Thakur Harcharan Singh (Shivraj) and his wife, Rajni Singh (Amirbai Karnataki) from Ambala.  22 years ago, they had lost their son elder son, Madan. So they come every year on that day with a hope of finding him someday.

In Shimla, Madan aka Shyam is being released from  jail after being arrested for the second time for petty theft. First time he was arrested as Madan and later on as Shyam. Inspector returns him his gold locket and sends him off with a piece of advice on leading a good life ahead.Also says no matter how many times he changes his name, but he’ll get caught everytime he does something wrong.

In Thakur Harcharan Singh’s house in Bombay, they are talking about Madan. Even after all these years Rajni feels that they will find him someday. Their younger son Sunil (Dharmendra) makes an entry at this point. He’s a Police Officer and says he is working on a murder case and wont be returning home that night. Rajni is diappointed the he goes around solving everybody else’s problems but doesnt put in enough effort to find Madan. Then in typical filmy ma style she says : Na jane mera Madan kahan hoga, kis haal mein hoga  (Don’t know where my Madan is, how he is).

At this, the scene shifts to the scenic beauty of Shimla and finally we get a proper glimpse of Madan/Shyam’s (Shammi Kapoor) singing Mujhe apna yaar banalo .

Enroute to Bombay, Shyam meets Shantilal in the train. When Shantilal addresses him as Madan, he says he’s Shyam and not Madan. They were together in Shimla jail during Shyam’s first sentence. Shantilal is ill and he tells Shyam about his daughters – Sangeeta and Sushma who live in Bombay.  He had left his family and fled Bombay after taking Rs. 50,000 from Thakur Harcharan Singh.

Shyam tells him they will go together to Bombay and find his daughters. But the following morning he gets up to find Shantilal gone. As he had given a word to Shantilal that he would find Sangeeta and Sushma, he sets out on his mission the moment he reaches Bombay. He asks every girl he meets if her name is Sangeeta/Sushma. Finally he bumps into Sushma (Nishi) but by the time he realizes it’s her, it’s too late, she’s already gone.

Thakur Harcharan Singh is the owner of Stage Center. And Sangeeta does dance shows for him. Shyam reaches the stage and stands outside. Thakur and his wife pass by him.

They see Sangeeta (Madhubala) practicing dance inside and praise her for all the hard work she’s putting up for the show. Sangeeta says she’s dancing so that she can earn enough to pay her father’s debts to him. That’s the Director/Dance Master of Thakur’s shows in the picture.

There’s this guy hiding in the shadow and eyeing Rajni’s necklace. He manages to steal it when she is leaving Stage Center.

Sunil arrives at that very moment and seeing Shyam there he suspects him of stealing the necklace. He takes Shyam’s talashi but doesnt find anything on him and lets him go. When police arrives the real theif  puts the necklace in Sangeeta’s makeup box kept in a taxi and runs away. But Shyam sees him putting the necklace.

So Shyam goes to Sangeeta’s house in the night and steals the necklace from her makeup box. He battles against his will to sell it and finally decides to return it to Sunil the following morning hoping it would give him a chance to prove him that he’s innocent. When he’s still making up his mind on the next course of action, a Hawaldar on duty spots him and asks him what he’s doing there so late in the night. He says he came in search of Sangeeta. On being asked if Sangeeta knows him, he tells the Hawaldar to take him to Sangeeta and he could see it for himself. The moment Shyam tells he knows Shantilal, Sangeeta calls him in. Hawaldar now convinced that he had actually come to meet her, leaves assured.

Both Sangeeta and Sushma are delighted to hear about Shantilal but are hurt at the sametime that he himself didnt come to meet them. As it starts raining very heavily outside, they ask Shyam to stay back that night. Seeing Sangeeta sleeping, he sings Salaam aapki meethi nazar ko.

The sisters get up in the morning to find him gone. Shyam goes to Thakur’s house early the next morning to return the necklace.  But he is stopped by Sampat (Dhumal), Thakur’s man servant. When Sampat learns that Shyam has come to return the stolen necklace he flicks it off from Shyam’s pocket. Unaware of this Shyam goes to Sunil but is surprised himself when he finds the necklace gone from his pocket.  Anyways, he tells Sunil that he has changed now and will find some proper job soon.

Sunil and Sushma are in love. Sushma has a pic of Sunil inside her book and is busy talking to his pic when the phone rings.

It’s Sunday, the only day when Sunil’s off. He tells her he’s coming to her house to meet her. But she has a prior commitment of going shopping with Sangeeta. She makes up an excuse and manages to send Sangeeta alone.

Here Shyam goes to Sethji (who seems to be extremely fond of Shyam) to clear his earlier debts. Shyam owns a room in Bombay and Sethji says he’s planning to get his son married that year and asks if Shyam could give his room to his son. During the conversation Shyam discovers that Thakur and Director are in search of a tall, fair and handsome hero (there’s so much stress on this – 6 foot ka lamba, khubsoorat sa naujawan) for their play “Boyfriend” to cast opposite Sangeeta.

Off he goes to meet Thakur who approves of him at first sight itself. But they still ask him to give an audition and he dances to Mujhe apna yaar banalo and bags the role. He’s introduced to the entire unit including Sangeeta but she puts up her price and doesnt even talk to him properly because he left home that morning without even telling them and she’s angry with him! But not for long (And I dont blame her for that. How could anyone resist his charm for long?)

They sing Aaigo aaigo yeh kya ho gaya on their way home. He drops her at her place and goes to his room. Shantilal comes to see him. He says he doesnt have the courage to face his daughters after all that they have had to go through because of him and the debts he had taken. He is very ill and knows he’s dying. He gives Bhagwat Geeta to Shyam, tells him to give it to his daughters and dies.

The sisters are devastated by the news. And Shyam consoles them.

The all leave for Shimla for a Stage show there. Their show in Shimla “Miya Biwi”  – Dekho Na Jaao Ae Jaan E Man  proves to be a huge success.

After the show is over Shyam and sangeeta go skating. Sangeeta falls down and breaks her leg. This accident leaves her crippled and she can’t dance anymore. Shyam holds himself responsible for it.

She’s all sad and depressed thinking that Shyam may not like her anymore. But Shyam says he’s in love with her soul and she’ll always remain the same for him. But she says she can never dance with him again.  To which he says he had joined the theatre for her and not because he enjoys dancing and acting.
 Sangeeta : You are god to me

Shyam :  What do you know about me to treat me as your god?

Sangeeta : You think I need to know you more than what I already do? What I know of you is more than enough and I trust you more than anyone else

Once they are back in Bombay, Shyam goes to Banwarilal to buy a gift for Sangeeta. He says he needs something that will cheer her up. And Banwari shows him a necklace. Shyam feels it’s similar to Rajni’s necklace that was stolen but Banwari argues that there can be more than one necklace of the same design.

Now that Sangeeta can no longer work for him, Thakur sends his manager (Moolchand) to Sangeeta’s place asking them to either pay his debt of Rs. 50,000 or to vacate the house. He says if they can arrange for Rs. 2,000 (i.e., the interest amount) in 2-3 days, then he can convince Thakur to give them a time of one month to pay the remaining amount. He even gives them a court notice.

Shyam is shocked by Thakur’s behaviour. 

Thakur on the other hand is looking for a heroine for his play. He wants a girl to cast opposite Shyam in “Boyfriend”. But Shyam arrives at that very moment and says he wont work with Thakur anymore. He has an argument with Thakur on how he has treated Sangeeta. Shyam challenges Thakur that a day will come when he’ll have to beg Sangeeta for help and that day he would think of him(there’s so much of stress on 6 foot ka haseen naujawan again. In fact this is how Thakur addresses him throughout the movie).

Sangeeta, Sushma and Shyam are desparately in need of Rs. 2,000 so that they dont lose their shelter at least. Shyam sets out to sell the necklace he had bought for Sangeeta. But since he asks only for Rs. 2,000 for it, everyone feels there’s something fishy about it and nobody buys it.

Tensed that he couldnt arrange for money, he sings Mujhe apna yaar banalo once again (this looks like an all-purpose song ;-)). He gets an idea. He goes to Sethji, gives his room to Sethji’s son and takes Rs. 2,000 in return.

Then he goes to Thakur, deposits Rs. 2,000 and takes a receipt. Now the sisters won’t have to leave the house at least. But Sunil comes and asks him where he got the moeny from. He still feels that Shyam has stolen it. Thakur offers Shyam to come back to stage but Shyam says if he comes back on stage it’ll be with Sangeeta. He again says the 6 foot ka haseen naujawan dialogue – in short, every dog has its day!

Shyam goes to consult a doctor. After seeing Sangeeta’s reports he says she can be cured and she’ll be able to dance again. But he says he will have to do a major operation and that will cost Rs. 5000. Shyam says he’ll arrange for the amount and fixes an appointment with the doctor.

He goes back home to find Sangeeta sleeping (which she’s only pretending to). He sings Dheere Chal Dheere Chal Ae Bheegi Hawa (asks hawa to dheere chal meri bulbul ki hai neenden jawaan and he himself sings so loud :-D)
He keeps the necklace that he had bought for her on her neck. At the end of the song, she wears the it and comes out.
Sangeeta : You think I’ll look good if I wear this?
Shyam : No, now that you’ve finally worn it I feel the necklace looks beautiful. I bought it from the footpath for Rs. 2.25 but it has become priceless

Sangeeta : You are not a human, you are god!
Shyam : Call me whatever you want but dont ever call me god

Sangeeta : If that’s the case shall I tell you the truth?

Shyam : What truth?

Sangeeta : The truth is that you are a theif!
Shyam : A theif?
Sangeeta : Yes, a theif.
Shyam : What did I steal?
Sangeeta : So you are saying you havent stolen anything?
Shyam : No, I havent stolen anything
Sangeeta : Then why are you getting nervous?
Shyam : I’m not nervous
Sangeeta (laughing) :You have stolen my heart away!

Phew!!!! That was such a releif to Shyam 😀

Sunil comes to Sangeeta’s house, meets Sushma and warns her that Shyam’s not a nice man. Sushma tries to defend Shyam. Sangeeta enters the room and Sunil sees the stolen necklace on Sangeeta’s neck.


He asks her where she got the necklace from. He also tells her that it’s a stolen stuff. He threatens them that if they dont tell him who gave that necklace to her, he will arrest both of them. Finally Sushma admits that Shyam gave it.

Sampat’s dream of robbing Thakur (has been eyeing his safe from the very beginning) finally comes true when he finds out the combination to safe’s lock. But he needs a partner to execute his plan. He tells Sevakram (Maruti Rao) to send someone. Sevakram informs Shyam about it. As Shyam desparately needs Rs. 5,000 for Sangeeta’s operation, he accomapnies Sampat in his mission.

Unaware that Sunil has revealed about him, Shyam comes home to Sangeeta. He’s shocked himself to find that it was the same (stolen) necklace. But there’s no way he can prove his innocence. He says he’s going to surrender himself to police but Sangeeta doesnt let him go. Police siren rings, but he runs away before police could arrive. He manages to escape but leaves his gold locket behind.

Thakur and his wife recognize the locket as Madan’s. And they realize that Shyam is their son. They send Sunil to find Shyam.

Shyam comes to Sangeeta’s house disguised as  Sardar Guruvachan Singh (owner of a theatre company in Shimla who wants to cast her in his next play). He takes her to the doctor (with whom he had fixed an appointment earlier). After an operation Sangeeta is cured. She can walk and dance now.

Someone’s been following Guruvachan Singh. Thinking it’s Sunil’s trick to arrest him, he tries to mislead his follower that leads to a hilarious sequence. And this ends with Kyon Jee Mujhe Pehchaa.

Sunil makes a masterplan to arrest Shyam. And when he finally succeeds in doing so Shyam tells Sunil : “It’s my misfortune that I can neither convince you nor Sangeeta that I am innocent.” There’s one more song here – Dekho na jao ae berehem

When Rajni sees Shyam, she hugs him tight and says : Madan beta, where were you all these years? Pagla kahin ka!!! But the twist here is that he refuses to admit he is Madan.

What happens next? Will they ever find the real Madan? Will Sampat get caught? What happens to Sangeeta?

I enjoyed watching the movie but there was nothing wow about it (except for Shammi)! Definitely not one of his best movies either but entertaining enough to keep one glued to his/her seat esp if you are a Shammi Kapoor fan.

I didn’t find Madhubala all that great like in her other movies. She looked kind of exhausted throughout. Chirpy and feisty, Nishi is good but her dialogues get irritating at times. It being one of Dharmendra’s earlier movies, he looks and sounds  novice. I just couldn’t  imagine him screaming “Kutte, Kamine…main tera khoon pee jaaunga” at this point of time.

But it isn’t all that bad either 😀 Shankar Jaikishan’s music is good. And as I had mentioned in my earlier post, I have a soft corner for songs the moment I recognize Rafi’s voice.

I would say it’s Shammi’s movie all the way! And if I watch it again it would be only for Shammi Shammi and Shammi (though that was the case now as well).

Ten of my favourite Dharmendra songs

December 8, 2009

Here’s wishing our apna ‘Garam’ Dharam paji a very very Happy Birthday!!!

In the mid seventies, he was voted as one of the most handsome men in the world, a feat only repeated by Salman Khan (from Bollywood) in 1997.  He was such a treat to eyes . He had an amazing combo of  good looks and great physique!!!

1. Pal pal dil ke paas (Black Mail, 1973) : This is one of the first Hindi songs that I learnt.  Though my dad had a huge collection of Lata, Rafi, Mukesh, Kishore number-  I wasnt much into music then. Firstly, I didnt understand the language and second, I was content playing with the other kids in the neighborhood and reading Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Famous Five and Secret Seven.  ( See my luck, am working from home today and compiling this list ; this very song is playing in the background in the fm that I am tuned to).

When I was in 8th standard, my maths teacher was an Indian (from Bihar). And when we didnt feel like studying we would occasionally make him sing songs in the class. This was one of his favourties (others being Chalte Chalte, Mere Naina Saawan Bhado and Mera Jeevan Kora Kaagaz). Most of my other classmates would sing along with him, but I couldnt coz I didnt know the lyrics. One day I felt so bad, that I actually hunted for Kishore Kumar’s records (gramophone records) from my dad’s collection, played them, sat down to write down the lyrics and learnt them by-heart! Though I didnt understand what it actually meant or what the song was about, I could atleast sing along with the rest of them and I was delighted 🙂

Now that I know the language and understand what it means, it’s one of my all-time favourite songs. And oh how romantic it is!

2. Aap ke haseen rukh pe (Baharen Phir Bhi Ayengi, 1966) :  Beautiful Tanuja, amazing Mala Sinha and dashing Dharamji on screen, Rafi saab’s golden voice, Anjaan’s  lyrics and OP Nayyar’s music…this one is simply superb. My heart skips a beat everytime I listen to this song. I run short of words to describe how beautiful this song is and how much I like it.

3.  Kajal wale nain mila ke (Devar, 1966) : The only fun-filled song in the otherwise serious movie. When Deven Verma, his cousin, asks him if he has ever been in love, he sings this song describing a girl (Sharmila) who he had met as a kid and liked –  unaware of where she is and how she is now. She later on gets married to Deven, and all that Dharam goes through when he gets to know who she is. Too much of sacrifice, drama and never ending stretch at the climax (where I always felt Sharmila overacted a little too much).  But Dharamji and this song are the best part of this movie. Deven looks great as well.

4. Main nigahen (Aap ki Parchhaiyan, 1964) : This song is deadly!!! Innocently very romantic. Dharam ji, I just cant take my eyes off him. And Rafi saab…. I go speechless everytime I hear this song. What a mindblowing composition!

5. Jhil mil sitaron ka (Jeevan Mrityu, 1970) : Dharmendra with Rakhee again. Apart from the great couple on screen, this song is so full of dreams and that’s what I like the most about it. Fantastic number composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal and penned by Anand Bakshi.

6. Ek haseen shaam ko (Dulhan Ek Raat Ki, 1966) : A romantic tale with lots of twists and turns, starring Dharmendra and Nutan.  This is a melodious track composed by Madan Mohan and rendered by Rafi.

7.  In baharon mein (Mamta, 1966) : Roshan composes haunting music for this family drama. Majrooh Sultanpuri does the lyrics. All the songs from this album are fabulous.  While the other songs like Rahe na rahe and Chhupa lo yun are serious and intense, this one is light and cute and infectiously romantic.

9 . Koi haseena jab (Sholay, 1975) : Before I get murdered by public for not including Sholay in the list, here it is! Loaded with action, romance, thrill and drama, the film is a must watch and the music needs oft repeating with fabulous scores by R D Burman and lyrics by Anand Bakshi.

10. Kali palak teri gori (Do Chor, 1972) : After debating whether to put this or rafta rafta, I finally decided on this. This is one of the cutest duet songs and I truly love it!

One of the most good-looking heros in Indian Cinema, who excelled in being romantic, comic and heroic (action packed) all at the same time. Love you Dharam ji, u truly rock!!! 🙂

Akashdeep (1965)

November 29, 2009

Mujhe dard-e-dil ka pata na tha…..this song led me to this movie. Had heard it on radio first, then watched the video on youtube.  I just couldnt take my eyes off Dharmendra. And when I checked the other songs in the movie, I liked them as well.  So I ended up buying the DVD.

Though it’s more of Ashok Kumar movie (the fact that I wasnt aware of till I sat down to watch the movie), I wasnt disappointed. Dharamji makes his entry almost after half way through.

It begins with young Shankar staring at the chimney of a mill. He’s a troubled and disturbed guy. He leaves his brother Madhu at home to study only to find Madhu ordering people at their father’s Tea-stall.

Bipin, their father has taken to drinking. When Mamaji comes home and sees Bipin leaving:

Mamaji : Kahan jaa rahe ho, Bipin?
Wife : Naali mein girne
Bipin : Nahin, sab kuch bhoolne
Mamaji : kya bhoolna chahate ho, Bipin?
Bipin : Woh din jo beet gaye, woh din jo beet rahe hai, woh din jo kabhi nahin aayenge
Mamaji : Bhool sakte ho kya?
Bipin : Nahin, yehi toh musibat hai
Mamaji : Zindagi se bhagna aasan nahin hai
Bipin : Haan, yeh bhi thik hai. par zindagi hai toh maut bhi toh aayegi ek din, phir….phir kya karegi zindagi

Kya shey banayi hai aadmi ne peene ko
dekhne mein pani
paani ke andar aag, aag ke baad chingari, phir raag,
phir ban jaati hai samadhi, jispe koi phool nahin chadhata, koi phool nahin chadhayega

Accha toh main chala shankar ke mamu, abhi kuch paise baanki hai , kahin yeh (pointing towards his wife) phool na khareed laaye mere samadhi pe chadhane

Mamaji, seeing Shankar brooding, tells him that Bipin always wanted to become a poet, but then he had to do something to earn a livlihood and look after the family. That’s when he opened the tea-shop. But he was never happy about it.  He couldnt live his dream and to forget the pain, he drowned himself in liquor every evening.  The title track is played in the background

Bipin, before dying tells Shankar that he had a dream but could never make it come true. After father’s death, Shankar takes up the family responsibility. He works and works very hard. He does all kind of jobs.

One day, Mr. Sinha spots him and asks him what he does.


Shankar : I work
Mr. Sinha : Will you work in my Mill?
Shankar : No
Mr. Sinha : Why? Is the place where you work better than my Mill?
Shankar : No, but I can atleast think of buying the shop where I work, but your Mill….the chimneys are too high

And Shankar actually buys that shop, names it “Shankar Bhandar” and this is followed by a chain of his stores and business : Shankar Hardware House, Shankar and Co. Building Contractors, Shankar Timber Mart, Shankar Trading Corporation and so on. He grows up to be a very rich and successful businessman.

 Mamaji has a very important role, the only person whom Shankar turns to everytime he needs an advice, suggestions. Mamaji is a voice of conscince throughout, tries his best to keep Shankar grounded to his roots.

While Shankar has progressed so much, lives in a grand house, Madhu (Mehmood) still works in the same tea-shop, with Ramu (Kesto Mukherjee) as his helper. Wonder why the name of the  tea-shop is Cha Cha Cha 😛

 Shankar hates poverty and tries to make Madhu the General Manager of one of his firms but Madhu rejects his offer. When Shanker complains to Mamaji about it, Mamaji says may be Madhu is happy owning the tea-shop, and living in their old house.  And happy he is though he lives a very plain and simple life! He’s married to Sheila (Shubha Khote) and has a little daughter too. They keep fighting most of the times but in a very sweet way and must say that they both make a wonderful couple.  And this is not over-the-board comedy with Mehmood, he doesnt look forced into the script. He does it just right. And I love Mehmood in such roles.

 Roma (Nanda), their sister is studying in Shimla. After completing her studies she comes back home. Madhu goes to receive her at the airport. But she disguises herself as a pathan and Madhu doesnt recognize her. He comes back to Shankar’s house to tell him that he could find Roma at the airport when he sees the same pathan again. Pathan tries to bully Madhu and they have a small fight where Madhu tries to defend himself. In this process pathan’s turban falls and Madhu finally recognizes Roma.

Shankar buys the shares of Mr. Sinha’s mill. When he goes to meet Mr. Sinha to his house, he sees Vani (Nimmi) outside and asks if Mr. Sinha is home but Vani doesnt answer him. He asks her a couple of times but she doesnt respond to any of his questions. Furious, he asks if she’s dumb. He finally walks away and is driving out, when Vani comes running, stops him and hands him a note. After reading it he realizes that she’s actually dumb and cant speak (She wanst born dumb, she could speak when she was small, but loses her voice due to some reason. She can however hear everything. She can read and write as well).

He feels really sorry for her. When he meets Mr. Sinha he asks him if he can marry his daughter.  Shankar says that he knows Vani cant speak but he still wants to marry her, Mr. Sinha has no objection. On hearing this conversation Vani is so happy, that she goes to her room and starts singing. I want to point out that unlike other movies, she doesnt actually sing the song. She plays the record on a gramophone and just does lip-synch, smart girl! Dil ka diya jalake gaya

In a very quiet ceremony Shankar and Vani get married. Shankar takes over Mr. Sinha’s mill after his death. But the employees, union, board of directors dont accept him as their owner. As predicted, Tarun (Dharmendra) is the union leader.  Roma, dressed up as a pathan again, meets Tarun on her way to Madhu’s house. Her scooter breaks down and Tarun helps her fix it.

Tarun comes to Shankar’s house to meet him. Roma, when she goes to open the door and finds Tarun standing there, she’s surprised. He finds Roma familiar too but cant figure out where he’s seen her before. But the next time he sees her dressed as a pathan, he points out that he knows a girl who looks like him. Roma falls in love with Tarun and we are treated to another wonderful song here Mile to phir jhuke nahin.

There are lots of problems going on in the mill. The union decides to go on a strike and they need fund. All this discussion goes on in Madhu’s tea-shop and Shankar overhears the conversation.  They do a show (after lot of drama) to raise fund where Mehmood performs and this song is hilarious – Jaa raha hoon main zindagi se.

Back at the mill and board of directors meeting, Mr. Desai, also a board member,  opposes to everything that Shankar says or proposes.  There are lots of clashes.

In the meantime, Roma and Tarun are busy romancing. Finally my initial reason behind watching this movie comes…yes, the song: Mujhe dard-e-dil ka pata na tha.

Shankar initially has no problem with Tarun, inspite of him being the union leader.  When he comes to know that Roma is in love with him, he proposes a promotion to Tarun but being the typical egoistic hero, he refuses.  Lots of misunderstandings crop in and Shankar turns totally against Tarun. Roma leaves the house and goes to live with Madhu and Sheila. Vani, who’s expecting, falls down and has a miscarriage. Doctor says that she can never have a child again. Seeing Vani totally depressed, Madhu convinces Sheila to give their daughter to Vani. But Shankar doesnt like it.

The union is almost at war with Shankar. Vani desparately tries to convince Shankar to cool down, shows him the pictures where her father was distributing sweets to the employees in the mill. But Shankar is disappointed that even Vani thinks he’s wrong. She finally leaves the house and goes.

Filomina (Achala Sachdev), who had come to the house with Vani after her marriage decides to leave the house as well

Shankar is all alone.

When Mr. Tiwari (Ramayan Tiwari), Tarun’s father, who’s mentally ill, finds out about Tarun and Roma, he goes to Shankar to talk about their marriage. Shankar is too disturbed with the happenings at the mill to think about it. Tarun bunks work and goes to meet Roma one afternoon and there’s another lovely track – Suniye kya pyaar mein sharmana. During Tarun’s absence, an accident occurs in the mill. In another accident, Shankar gets hurt badly. Nothing seems to be going right.

When Tarun discovers that pathan and Roma are the same person, he feels that she’s been fooling around with him just to pass on the union secrets on to her brother, Shankar.  And they part ways as well. Vani learns that Shankar’s life is in danger and comes back home to stop him from going out. But doesnt find him home. She leaves a note for him and goes to the mill.

I feel really sad for Shankar. Everybody misunderstands him. It’s not that he doesnt like poor people or is dominating. It’s the poverty that he hates.  He has progessed so much, his dream to to take his employees, his family along and move ahead in life but nobody understands him. All his ideas to do so are taken wrongly. For instance, he decides to build houses for all his employees near the mill so that they wont have to travel long, and can come to work inspite of harsh weather. But Desai opposes to this saying he’s trying to take people under his control.  He’s left all alone 😦

After a lot of drama at the climax, the lawyer announces that Shankar has turned the mill into a cooperative soceity, where each employee is an equal shareholder and says :

“Jab tak mehnat karne wala haath aur sapna dekhne wala dimag saath nahin ho jaate, hum mein se koi aaghe nahin badh sakta”

Finally everyone is convinced that Shankar has been doing things for their good all along. He lights an Akashdeep and the movie ends.  And as the saying goes – All’s well that ends well!!!

Akashdeep lights up the sky and shows the way in the dark, similarly Ashok Kumar tries to lead the entire soceity towards a better livelihood, hence the name.

There’s nothing great about the movie (except for the music, of course) it’s still a nice watch. Story sounds extremely predictable and repetitive, but this could have been one of the first movies of it’s kind.  All in all, I enjoyed watching the movie.