Posts Tagged ‘Shammi Kapoor’

Rafi Fest – Tere aaghe bolna dushwaar ho gaya

December 7, 2011

Couldn’t have enough of Shammi Kapoor in yesterday’s post. So here’s one more song picturised on him.  Though I had heard this song a couple of times on radio, I saw it only recently when a friend had sent me the youtube link.

I find this song very entertaining! It’s so much fun to both listen and watch. Fast and lively music (OP Nayyar), fun-filled lyrics (Majrooh Sultanpuri), masti bhara andaaz of gaayeki and pehskash. Handsome Shammi, charming Nalini and Rafi’s addictive voice…what more could I ask for.

(Tere aaghe bolna dushwaar ho gaya
Haye mujhe pe pe pe pe pyaar ho gaya) – 2
Tere aaghe bolna dushwaar ho gaya

(Dil dhadakta hai kadam badhte nahin aaghe
Tu woh qatil hai ke aashiq door se bhaage) – 2
Ban gaye fande magar yeh zulf ke dhaage
Tere aaghe bolna dushwaar ho gaya
Haye mujhe pe pe pe pe pyaar ho gaya
Tere aaghe bolna dushwaar ho gaya…..

(Tere honthon ka yeh rass, aakhon ka yeh jaadoo
Oho yeh kya keh gaya main hoke bekaabu ) – 2
Ho bada achha agar kuch bhi na samjhe tu
Tere aaghe bolna dushwaar ho gaya
Haye mujhe pe pe pe pe pyaar ho gaya
Tere aaghe bolna dushwaar ho gaya…..

(De de dekho yeh haalat ho gayi ab toh
Qa qa qa qayamat ho gayi ab toh) – 2
Mo mo mo mohabbat ho gayi ab toh
Tere aaghe bolna dushwaar ho gaya
Haye mujhe pe pe pe pe pyaar ho gaya
Tere aaghe bolna dushwaar ho gaya…..

Tere aaghe bolna dushwaar ho gaya
Haye mujhe pppppyaar ho gaya
Tere aaghe bolna dushwaar ho gaya…..

Rafi fest – Ek nazar ek ada keemat-e-dil

December 6, 2011

I had mentioned about Rafi-Shammi jodi in yesterday’s post, so couldn’t resist posting one of their songs. But I had started this series to share some songs which are not very popular and the ones that I’ve come across only in the recent past.So, that rules out most of the famous Rafi-Shammi songs.

I came across this song just a few days ago on youtube. Though this song doesnt have the lethal effect that most of their other songs have,   it’s still a good song. Something with Rafi and Shammi in it can never be bad! (I cant vouch for the movie…but the songs, yes):-)

I find a striking resemblance in the picturisation of Yun toh humne lakh haseen dekhe hai and this, but it lacks the chemistry between the lead actors of the former and is not as spicy. There’s something missing in it, it feels incomplete. If only Jabeen Jaleel was little more expressive here and her response was a little karara….

It’s a great song to listen to and it’s always a pleasure to watch Shammi but  it’s picturisation fails to keep me glued to it. So, for me this one’s more of Rafi song than a Rafi-Shammi song.

When I first heard the prelude, I thought it was so OP Nayyarish, with the signature tonga beats and all. But checked and found out that it was Bipin-Babul’s composition. It was written by Vishwamitra Adil.

Shammi Kapoor rose to fame with Tumsa Nahin Dekha and most of his movies after that are very popular. It looks like this one just got lost somewhere. Since, it’s so rarely talked about, I always thought it was one of his pre-1957 films.

Aa ah ah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ho ho ho
Ek nazzar ek ada, keemat-e- dil aur hai kya
Ha ha… ek nazar ek ada, keemat-e-dil aur hai kya
Ho ho ek nazar….

(Gaal surk hai, chup zubaan hai
Ho na ho koi meherbaan hai) – 2
Kaun hai woh kaho jaane jigar
Ha ha ek nazar ek ada, keemat dil aur hai kya
Ha ha ek nazzar….

Waha waha…

(Uljhi saans kyun dil pe haath kyun
Dil diya toh aisi baat kyun) – 2
Aankh ladegi toh hoga asar
Ek nazar ek ada, keemat-e- dil aur hai kya
Haan  ek nazar

Zulfon mein hai kya, arey gaal par hai kya
Kho  gayi hai jo, woh nazar hai kya
Ha ha ha ha ha ha…chhed chaad ka kaam kar gayi
Hoth khil gaye latt bikhar gayi
Lena ji ab zara apni khabar
Ek nazar ek ada, keemat-e-dil aur hai kya
Ha ha… ek nazar

(Chhodo in adaaon mein dum nahin
Tum haseen ho hum bhi kum nahin ) – 2
Ho na yahin (?) pe milao nazar
Haye…ek nazar ek ada, keemat-e-dil aur hai kya
Ha ha… ek nazar ek ada, keemat-e-dil aur hai kya

Rockstar (2011)

November 18, 2011

At the beginning of this year, I had made up my mind to watch at least two films in theater – Rockstar and Don 2. Not that I didnt watch any other films in theater this year, in fact ended up watching lot more than I usually do. But when this film got released last week, I had to see it somehow and that too before somebody else could tell me the story. And I had more than one reason for watching this film – it’s Shammi Kapoor’s last film, has Ranbir Kapoor(though I almost committed suicide watching Anjaana Anjaani, I still love this guy) and is directed by Imtiaz Ali. So, I went hunting for a theater playing this film and watched it.

Movie begins with Jordan’s concert, and as the song begins, we are taken to the flashback –

Janardhan Jakhar aka JJ (Ranbir Kapoor) hails from a middle class joint family and studies in The Hindu college. He’s obsessed with music and he dreams of becoming a rockstar someday.

He plays guitar and sings songs in an attempt to entertain people at the bus stop but is dragged away by police. He complains to his friends that life’s not fair – There’s Jim Morrison who gets applauded for showing his middle finger to the crowd and there’s him, who almost gets caught just for playing music in public.

Mr. Khatana (Kumud Mishra), owner of their college canteen,  one day tells him that all great people – be it singers, musicians, writers, painters, poets have one thing in common – pain and tragedy! According to him – “toote hue dil se hi sangeet nikalta hai”, one has to endure great pain and loss in life. Only tragedy has the power of igniting that kind of dedication, passion and intensity towards something which sets them  apart from the rest of the people and makes them famous and successful.

JJ has neither fallen in love, nor got his heart broken, nor been kicked out of his house, has never been to prison either. He’s the biological son of his parents and both of them are still alive. In short, he has never encountered tragedy in life till now. So, according to Mr. Khatana he doesnt stand a chance of becoming famous and successful.


He attends few musical auditions in college but never gets selected. His friends feel he doesn’t have the style and attitude to get listeners hooked to him and that’s a very important trait for any performer. He tries to learn to be little stylish on stage but fails miserably.
One day he sees Heer Kaul (Nargis Fakhri) at a dance competition in college. His friends have an entire biography of hers and surprisingly he’s still ignorant of her. Heer – from Stephen’s college, who’s been winning all dance competitions so far and is now performing for one last time. She’s basically from Kashmir, is engaged to some guy, Jai (Moufid Aziz) who’s settled abroad and is getting married to him and going away. All this information about her is passed across to JJ when she’s dancing on stage. But the only thing that draws his attention is the fact that she’s a serial heart-breaker.  She’s popularly known as “dil todne wali machine”.  Janardhan who’s desparate to get his heart broken, so that he can become famous, sees a ray of hope and decides to try his luck with her. He walks up to her and proposes to her in a very funny style – the famous scene that’s been doing rounds in trailers : “Aye, Hi, I louve you. Girlfriend ban jaa meri. Tu aur main rrrrock karenge, bata raha hoon. Soch ke dekh.”


When she insults him infront of all her friends and sends him away he acts heartbroken and goes to Khatana’s canteen and orders for samosas to drown, rather swallow his sorrow. He tries a couple of times to woo her but she just doesnt give him a damn.
And when he realizes it’s not working, he gives up the hope of getting his heart broken and starts ignoring her. And this makes her curious as to what he’s upto. One fine day, she calls him to ask him what this is all about. He tells her the truth that he’s not really interested in her. He was pursuing her only because of her reputation. He says she’s pretty and “neat and clean” but he doesnt find her all that great. And when he walks away, she calls him from behind and says she’s going to watch a porn film named “Junglee Jawani” in one of the shabby local theaters. So much for her neat and clean and elegant image! He doesnt take her seriously in the beginning, thinks she’s kidding but when he realizes that she’s really going for the movie, he’s amazed at her and he goes along with her.  In fact, he takes her for the movie.  Once the ice is broken, they bond very well.
She tells him that she’s going to get married and go away. She’ll have to behave like a sophisticated lady then, so she has lots of things to do in a very short span of time, ie, before she gets married – like trying desi daaru, going to a cheap pub and dancing etc. Seeing her zeal for life, he promises her that he’ll help her fulfill all these wild dreams of hers. She makes a list of to-do things and he takes her to all these places. In the mean while music takes a back seat in his life.


He lies at home and goes to Kashmir for her wedding. He’s everywhere – helping people put up the lights, decorate the house, take her out for shopping. Almost reminded me of SRK in DDLJ. And when her friends come for the wedding, she introduces him as Jordan to them.
In between all these wedding preparations,  she falls for JJ. However, she gets married to Jai and off she goes to Prague. But before leaving, she invites JJ saying – pehle main jaati hoon, baad mein tu aa jaana. And poor thing he cant even pronounce Prague. He says Parag.

He goes back to Delhi and his family finds out about his Kashmir trip. They create a drama about it. But life goes on. He graduates and joins his family business. But there’s a robbery and he’s accused of it and thrown out of the house. He carries his guitar and sets off. He goes to Nizamuddin and lives there singing songs at the dargah for sometime.

That’s where Ustad Zameel Khan (Shammi Kapoor) first spots him and sees a great talent in him. After two months he lands up at Khatana’s door seeking shelter. With Khatana’s help, he attends few auditions but nothing seems to be working. Finally when Ustaad Zameel Khan puts in a word to Mr. Dhingra (Piyush Mehra),  the owner of a music company saying he feels JJ is very talented and he foresees a very bright and successful future for him, that Dhingra offers JJ a singing contract.

JJ, now Jordan, clicks with Indian public and his first musical album becomes a hit. He then goes on a Europe tour, which also includes a concert in Prague. He meets Heer in Prague, who now seems to have changed completly – the wild and full of life Heer has now turned into ‘living-just-for-the-heck-of-it’ Heer. She’s pale and has lost interest in everything in life and has developed some psychiatric problem as well. But once Jordan comes back into her life, and they start going around doing silly things like before, she gets back to normal.

This time around Jordan falls in love with her and they have a brief affair. Heer is torn between her husband who she’s guilty of cheating and Jordan who she finds totally irresistible. After Jordan’s concert in Prague, they sort of break up, as she finally makes up her mind to go back to her husband against Jordan’s will and they have a very bitter farewell. But Jordan cannot bring himself to leave the city on such a bitter note, so he sneaks into Jai’s house to meet Heer in the middle of the night, triggering the alarms and waking up everybody, unaware of the security system. He’s arrested for trespassing and unable to handle the stress and emotional turbulence Heer collapses. She’s later diagonised with a form of bone marrow cancer and is sent back to her parents in Kashmir.

Jordan’s brought back to India and put in prison. Amidst all this negative publicity, which Dhingra himself encourages, he decides to release Jordan’s next album which becomes an instant hit.
He’s released from prison. Inspite of all the negative publicity and the bad-guy image, he still manages to become very famous and is highly sought after. He continues doing concerts but he’s a changed man now, not the same old JJ who used to live for music and could die for music. He has terrible mood swings, throws tantrums and gets into fights at the drop of a hat, is forever angry and frustrated. He has all that he has ever dreamt of – he’s a rockstar now and is famous and popular but he’s not happy. It’s Sheena (Aditi Rao Hydari), a reporter whose major assignment has been to cover the journey of JJ to Jordan, who finally spells it out for him that he has everything he’s ever wanted in life but he doesnt have Heer with him. And it’s her absence in his life that’s left him hurt, burning with jealousy and feeling incomplete.

During one of his concerts, he meets Mandy (Heer’s sister) who informs him that Heer is suffering from terminal disease and is dying. He leaves all his assignments and rushes to Kashmir. Her parents are furious when they see him after all that happened in Prague but when they realize that Heer’s condition has started improving after his arrival, they kind of accept him. His contracts, assignments, concerts again become secondary in his life. He is fully focussed on Heer once again. That’s when Khatana arrives and tells him there
are serious charges against him for breaking contracts. Khatana and Heer finally convince him to complete his scheduled concerts. Heer even accompanies him for one of them where journalists and reporters accuse him of breaking Heer’s marriage, for stealing away somebody else’s wife and he loses his temper again and ends up creating a scene.

Heer’s condition begins deteriorating again and she goes into coma. He’s accused of almost killing Heer and he turns even more bitter. The movie abruptly ends when he sees Heer walk up to him during one of his concerts where he’s singing Nadaan parinde.

First half was very entertaining and enjoyable but somehow I failed to fathom the complexity  of the second half. I ended up asking myself -‘was that really necessary’, in quite a lot of places. The way this movie was promoted, I guess I had too much of expectations from it. The tagline of the movie that said one person has the capability of making you and of destructing you didnt really fit in. The script didnt have that intensity to live up to the tagline, at least for me.

If you go and put your hand in the fire, knowing that you’ll get burnt, you cannot possibly blame and hate the world because you knowingly burnt yourself. I found all that anger and hatred in the second half kind of funny. The only reason JJ proposes to Heer initially is because he wants to get his heart broken so that he could become famous not because he actually was in love with her. Even later, when they subsequently becomes friends, she starts nurturing feelings for him but he’s not even sad or hurt when she gets married and goes (May be he’s in love with her but doesn’t realize it then. But she’s already married and gone, so what even if he realizes it now?).
And then after a year or more perhaps (because in the meantime, he finishes his studies, joins family business, gets thrown out of the house, spends time in dargah and finally comes back to Khatana, with whose help he becomes a singer) suddenly when he realizes that he’s not going to be the part of that Europe Tour, which includes a concert in Prague he goes hyper and becomes ready to go to any extent, to sign any contract, any bond just to be able to be a part of it. He has a desperate urge to see her, out of nowhere, just like that all of a sudden.  He falls in love and has an affair with her in Prague, both of them fully aware of the fact that she’s already married to somebody else. And then when he realizes that he cannot have her forever, he condemns the whole world, starts neglecting his career, and turns into a rebel. It’s not even the case of her betraying him. All this didnt make much sense to me. May be if you look at it from a guy’s perspective it would make more sense, might have something to do with  male ego. But for me, half of the hatred and anger in the second half looked forced.

Inspite of all this, I thought Ranbir was flawless in his performance. He was perfect as simpleton and silly Janardhan and rebellious Jordan. It was his movie all through, he was totally terrific!
Nargis was an eye candy, looked pretty and  shared a good chemistry with Ranbir but her dialogue delivery could have been better. And if she really wants to make a place in bollywood, then I think she should start working on her Hindi.
All the supporting actors were really great –
Kumud Mishra as Mr. Khatana was superb as JJ’s support system, who stood by his side till the end – during good times and bad times. Though he failed to comprehend JJ’s bheaviour half the time, he was always there when needed.
Aditi Rao Hydari makes her presence felt with her powerpacked performance as Sheena, in the small role that she has got.
Piyush Mehra was awesome in the role of an arrogant and cunning owner of a music company.
Moufid Aziz as Jai hardly had anything much to do but was pleasant to look at and portrayed his role very well. One of those few onscreen husbands who dont get hyper on learning that his wife’s been cheating on him.
Shernaz Patel and Mandy (dont know what her real name is) were great too as Heer’s mother and sister.
And coming to Shammi Kapoor…he lit up the screen with his presence. Wish he had a little longer presence. He had a very short role, though an important one. It’s because of him that the music company takes up JJ and turns him into a rockstar.  The only time my eyes turned moist while watching this movie was when he appeared on the screen for the first time, at dargah. I was filled with mixed emotions – sad that he’s no longer with us and happy at the same time that we at least get to see him on screen even now. May his soul rest in peace.

It’s a very well directed and beautifully shot film. Imtiaz Ali is a a wonderful director. Though I wouldnt call this his best film ( I still like Socha Na Tha and Jab We Met more), it’s still worth a watch. I didnt find the music very appealing though, not my interpretation of music for a movie named Rockstar. Musically speaking, it has great songs, with deep lyrics and fabulous music, but I wish there was at least one or two lively and peppy numbers. May be it’s also because I had not heard the songs before, they were not at all familar to me.  Over all, I would say it’s a well made movie and I did enjoy watching it. It’s for the first time in my life that I went to a theater all alone and watched a movie, and that too in a totally new place. So it was a different experience altogether.

(Since, I had watched the movie in theater, all the screencaps have been taken from youtube.)

Ten of my favourite Shyama songs

June 11, 2011

Shyama was one of the most beautiful actresses to have graced the screen. She was charming, gorgeous, lively, expressive and there was something very refreshing about her.

It was her birthday on 7th June. Though a little late, here’s wishing her a very Happy Birthday!!!

Her real name was Khurshid Akhtar. Shyama, her screen name, was given to her by Guru Dutt.

I haven’t seen many movies of hers, apart from Bhabhi. Chhoti Behen and Sharda (And she has a bit of grey shade to her character in all these movies). But I love most of the songs picturized on her.

Shyama and Geeta Dutt  – This is one deadly combination. Geeta’s voice suited Shyama’s vivacious-ness so well. Not that I am restricting my list only to this jodi but couldn’t help mentioning it.

1. Ae dil mujhe bata de (Bhai Bhai, 1956) : I didn’t want to include this song in this list as it had already featured in my Geeta Dutt special post. But I couldn’t help it, simply couldn’t move ahead without this one. It’ one of my all time favourites! Ae dil mujhe bata de tu kispe aa gaya hai, woh kaun hai jo aakar khwabon pe chha gaya hai…They say you are in love when kuch kuch hota hai… Hmmm, let me rephrase that – they say you are in love when somebody walks into your life, starts being a part of your every dream, when your every thought begins revolving around him/her and changes your life forever without you even realizing it and you dont mind when you do. And it’s also believed that love makes life beautiful. Filmy symptoms of being in love – You don’t feel hungry, you turn into an insomniac, you’ll suddenly start finding friends in stars and the moon, you smile to yourself, you day dream, you sing songs and dance like noone’s watching.  Well, this song has all of these ingredients and a lot more. The joy of feeling that attraction towards somebody…a tug at the heartstrings is so beautifully expressed in this song. Shyama, bright and glowing, her expressive eyes dreamy and dancing along with her – her happiness  so obvious. Geeta sounds equally happy, even in her plight of not knowing who exactly has taken over her heart. They are in such perfect sync with each other.  I thoroughly love listening to this song and watching it. And Ashok Kumar’s amused expressions are to die for!

2. Dekho woh chaand chhup ke (Shart, 1954) : This movie had very nice songs. After debating over Na yeh chaand hoga and this, I finally chose this one. Very very romantic. Shyama and Deepak pledging their love for each other under the moonlight. Though the video is little melo-dramatic, especially the beginning where Deepak is so nervous,  the song is very sweet – Hemant Da’s voice renders the soothing and subtle effect to it. I love the way Lata sings “Hum ho gaye tumhare….” and Shyama’s response to “Aisa naa ho ke humko raste mein chhod jao, Jaa kar kahin kisi ki duniya nayee basao” …her denial, the brief shake of her head, so brief that one would almost miss it and the smile that follows with the last antaraa. …

3. Lehraaye jiya balkhaye jiya (Shaarda,1957) : Well, Shyama was definitely very fond of dancing all around the house. She uses the space (covers the stage) very well while dancing and I find her pretty graceful as a dancer. She in fact flows with the song…in a state of joyful exuberance.  She’s singing with joy when she gets to know that she’s getting married to Raj Kapoor, who she’s always been in love with. I think I am not wrong about the plot. I went into a shock after watching this movie, so dont remember things very clearly. It’s Asha singing for her here to Chitalkar’s composition.  Shyama also won Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for her role in this movie.

4. Yeh  lo mai haari piya (Aar Paar, 1954) : Though Shyama is confined to a car here and can’t dance,  her priceless expressions and her eyes do such complete justice to the picturization of this timeless classic and Geeta Dutt’s flawless rendition. Guru Dutt is great playing hard to get…but for how long can he resist the magic?  It was so difficult to choose just one song from this movie…it’s a true musical treasure house.  I almost chose Jaa jaa jaa bewafaa, though sad it’s such a beautiful song. But finally I settled for this one. It’s very entertaining and one of it’s kind. All of them – OP Nayyar, Geeta Dutt and Shyama are at their stunning best!

5.  Do naina tumhare pyaare pyaare (Shrimati ji, 1952) : Here we have dashing Nasir Khan and young Shyama dancing to a peppy and a romantic duet. I recently came across this song and fell in love with it. Geeta Dutt and Hemant Kumar sound so good together in this. And Jimmy’s composition is awesome  – it’s a simple, sweet and a catchy song. Geeta Dutt’s singing suits Shyama’s chulbulapan so perfectly.

6.  Achha ji maaf kardo (Musafir Khana, 1955) : OP Nayyar’s composition again, rendered by Rafi saab and Geeta Dutt for Karan Diwan and Shyama. Shyama is dancing again in the garden, doing her trademark steps. I especially like the way she actually counts on her fingers to  “Dil par jo teer chalaye unka hisaab kardo” at 1:20 and the way she pats his arms to the same line at 2:56. The last antara would have been so much fun to watch if Karan had shown little more attitude. Everytime I see this song, how I keep wishing it had Shammi Kapoor or Dev Anand or Guru Dutt in it. There’s one more track in the movie Dil de daala which I am very fond of.

6. Mujhe mil gaya bahana teri deed ka (Barsaat Ki Raat, 1960) : Simple and a delightful song. Shyama dancing yet again singing her gratitude to the moon for bringing her so much happiness. She looks so radiant, like a chaand-ka-tukda herself. I had seen this movie very long ago, during the good old Doordarshan days. I don’t remember much of the story, apart from Zindagi bhar nahin bhoolenge and a part of Madhubala-Bharat Bhushan love story. I need to watch this movie again, at least for its songs and for Shyama and Madhubala. Phew, there are so many movies to watch and so many to re-watch!

7.  Saiyan pyaara hai apna milan (Do Behne, 1959) : A very beautiful romantic song picturized on Shyama and Rajendra Kumar. I love the sets, it’s such a beautiful room. And Rajendra Kumar and Shyama make a very wonderful couple. The song, it’s picturization is so serene. And it somehow reminds me of Chhupa kar meri aankhon ko and Ek tera saath hum ko do jahan se pyaara hai.

8. Tumse hi meri zindagi (Apna Ghar, 1960) : Pretty Shyama and handsome Premnath pledging their love for each other. Geeta Dutt and Mukesh sing for them. The prelude is pretty fast and peppy but the song slows down once the mukhda begins. I just realized that all the songs so far have been extremely romantic. It wasn’t intentional but I’m a sucker for romantic songs, so can’t help it. Let me try, at least, try to end the post with two not-so-romantic songs 😉

9.  Tabiyat thik thi aur dil bhi bekraar na tha (Mirza Sahibaan, 1957) : Tabiyat thik thi aur dil bhi bekraar na tha, yeh tab ki baat hai jab kisi se pyaar na tha. Such a melodious song, though a little sad. Sardul Kwatra’s composition is awesome and Lata’s rendition flawless, as usual. For a change Shyama is not dancing with joy. This song is a true example of being helplessly in love. If only they had shown a glimpse of Shammi darling…sigh!!!!

10. Tumhe husn deke (Jabse Tumhe Dekha Hai,1964) :  I hadn’t set any rules for choosing the songs for this post, I just went with the flow –  flow of listing down which ever song came to my mind but I was still focussing on solos and duets.  And now, since I couldnt get a glimpse of Shammi Kapoor in the previous song, I had to include this one. Few days ago I had mentioned in dustedoff’s post that anything with Shammi Kapoor would qualify for my every post. So, here it goes! A terrific qawali picturized on Shyama, Kumkum, Shammi Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor, Om Prakash, Bhagwan and many more.  – one of the most flamboyant qawalis I have ever come across. Fabulous song, glamorous starcast, great dance and all wonderful people…aur kya chahiye, hai na? 🙂

Chhupa kar meri aankhon ko and Oh Chaand jahan are two of my favourite songs but they are not a part of this list as I had already included them in my earlier posts.

There’s one more song that I recently heard on radio and have been dying to get my hands on it’s video. Dil unko utha ke de diya from Baap Bete. I am head over heels in love with this song, but as the video is not available, I decided to put it in the extras. The first 2 lines of the song is sung by Madan Mohan himself and then Lata follows. I hope somebody uploads its video soon on youtube. Log kehte hai dhoondne pe toh bhagwaan bhi mil jaate hai aur hum hai ke yahan ek video ke liye taras rahe hai.

And here’s one more not-romantic performance that I couldn’t list above.

Here’s wishing her good health and lots of happiness. To one of the most stunning and vivacious actresses!

Chaar Dil Chaar Raahein (1959)

April 2, 2011

The idea of seeing the Kapoor brothers share the same screen space was what first prompted me to buy this movie. But inspite of it having my Shammi darling, I somehow kept postponing watching it for a long time. The picture on the cd cover always managed to demotivate me from watching it – the trio of Meena Kumari, Raj Kapoor and Nimmi give such a depressing look, that every time I took the cd, I just ended up keeping it aside, till now.

As always, it was a song that finally made me watch the movie. I had heard Stella o stella from Return of  Mr. Superman, and I sort of liked it for the humour in it. One fine day, somebody had posted this song on facebook and one of my friends had commented on it saying that this song was first picturized on Shammi Kapoor and Kumkum in Char Dil Char Rahen in 1959 and then was used again in Return of Mr. Superman in 1960!

The movie opens very beautifully, with Raj Kapoor making quite  an entry into the village and a conversation that leaves one wondering….

Chavli (Meena Kumari) recognizes Govinda (Raj Kapoor), and though he finds her familiar he can’t exactly place her. So he heads home. Govinda is Chaudhary’s son. And he had been sent to the town to study when he was a little boy. Now he has finished his schooling and has come back home.

When he inquires about the girl he had met on his way, he finds out that she’s Chavli –  who is an achhoot and a bal-vidhwa (an untouchable and a child widow).

As soon as he finds out who she is, he goes to meet her. He finds her sitting beside a stream.

Govinda : Pehchana mujhe? (Did you recognize me?)

Chavli : Hmmm

Govinda : Pata hai kitne baras ke baad mile hai? (Do you have an idea after how long we have met today?)

Chavli : Hazaron baras (Thousands of years)

Govinda : Bas? (Just thousands of years?)

Chavli : Isse aaghe ki ginti mohe naa aave (I can’t count beyond that) – I love the way she says this…it’s just so cute!

Next, we are taken to a flashback where two little kids are playing. And the entire village gossiping about an Ahir guy playing with a Chamar girl which is not acceptable in the society.  (The Ahir are a caste of cowherds, milkers, and cattle breeders. Chamar (“tanner”; from the Sanskrit Charmakara) is a prominent occupational caste in India, Pakistan and Nepal. Chamar is a Dalit sub-caste. Traditionally, their social status was low in the Indian caste system because of the association with tanning and thus were considered as untouchables, but in modern days they are one of the progressive castes in India – Courtesy wikipedia). It happens that little Chavli (Baby Naaz) has been expelled from the local school. When Govinda comes to know of this he voluntarily drops off saying that he wont go to a school that doesn’t let his Chavli study. So they spend their day playing and running around the village together.

When Choudhary comes to know about it, he sends his son to the town to study, as a punishment. And now, he has finally returned after so many years. He tells Chavli that he will stay back now, he wont go back to the town.

Chavli : Yahan rehke kya karega? Sheher jaayega toh baabu banega,  coat patloon pehnega, bungla mein rahega, motor gaadi mein pon-pon karta phirega. (But what will you do here? If you go to the town, you’ll become a gentleman – wear coat and pant, live in a bunglow, roam around in a car)

Govinda : I will look after my father’s cattles and will teach in the school here. But I am not going back.

He goes back home and tells his father of his decision to stay back. Choudhary is very happy to hear that and says his mother will be happier than him. He reveals that his wife has gone to Choudhary Malkan Singh to ask his daughter, Lajjo’s hands for Govinda.

Govind :  Baat meri karne gaye hai aur mujhse poocha tak nahih. (She’s gone with a proposal and she didn’t even ask me about it?)

Choudhary : Arey bhala..Ladka-ladki se poochkar koi unka biha kare hai?  Aur phir ladki ka baap koi mamooli aadmi nahin…60-70 bhains hai unke paas. (Does anybody ask the guy and the girl and get them married? And Choudhary Malkan Singh is not an ordinary man…he has 60-70 buffaloes.)

Govind : Uski beti bhi toh koi bhains se kum nahin hai baba! (His daughter is not less than a buffalo herself!)

Chodhary : Beta, shareef ladke aisi baat nahin karte (That’s not how a gentleman talks, son)


Govinda tells his father that he won’t marry Lajjo but will marry Chavli instead. He doesn’t believe in caste and religion. And he cares a damn about what the others would think of his decision.

He takes Chavli and goes to the temple and asks the Pujari (Nana Plasikar) to get them married.

But the Pujari suggests that if he’s rebelling against everybody and getting married to an achhoot, then why do it quietly in the temple without any witness. He should go to Chavli’s house dressed as a proper groom with proper band and baaja, marry her and bring her home. Govinda sees sense in this and goes to all his friends in the village inviting them for his wedding. But all of them refuse to be a part of such a disgraceful alliance except for one. So the two of them set out for Chavli’s place.

This causes agitation among the Ahirs and Chamars in the village. But as both groups are against the marriage, they unite and decide to stop the wedding. Choudhary goes to meet Chavli and offers everything he has to her –

Choudhary : Mere paas 14 bigha zameen, 14-15 bhains, 100-200 nagad hai…maang, kya chahye? (I have land, buffaloes, cash…what do you want. You name it and you’ll have it)

Chavli : Aapka aashirwaad (I only need your blessings)

When Govinda arrives, he sees that Chavli’s hut is on fire. He runs to save her, but all he can find there is an anklet of hers. He sees all the Ahirs and Chamars there and reaches a conclusion that they have burned his Chavli to death.

He announces – Aaj se mera koi baap nahin, ghar nahin, gaon nahin, jaat-biradari nahin, koi dharam nahin…yeh sab is aag mein jal gayi. Aaj se main akela hoon.  And he sets off. He walks for days together mourning and finally reaches a crossroad. He finds an anklet there, which is exactly the same as the one he had found at Chavli’s house. The thought that Chavli might be alive brightens him up but he doesn’t know which way to go from there. He sees a car coming and he asks the driver, Dilawar Khan (Ajit) if he has seen a girl passing by. When Dilawar says no, he decides to sit right there and wait for Chavli.

Dilawar is Nawaab Saab’s (Anwar Hussain) driver. His Munshi (Rashid Khan) tells Nawaab about Pyaari (Nimmi), a new tawaif in town who sings very well. Nawaab sends for Pyaari and she sings for him. He’s very pleased with her and is ready to bestow her with all his wealth but she refuses.

Dilawar hates her because he thinks she’s of the kind who would rob his master of all his wealth. But when he learns that she refused to take any of it, he develops a soft corner for her. And before long Pyari and Dilawar are in love. One fine day Nawaab loses all his power and riches and decides to go to Bombay to start a new life. He offers to take Pyari and her mother with him and promises to look after them lifelong. But Pyari chooses Dilawar over  Nawaab.

Dilawar and Pyari soon have a misunderstanding between them because Dilawar, though is in love with Pyari and wants to marry her, he doesn’t want the extra responsibility of looking after her mother. And Pyari refuses to leave her mother alone. She says, other women have  families, so the daughters can leave them when they get married, but a prostitute doesn’t have a family, all that she has is her daughter. And now that she has found love, she cannot be so selfish and leave her mother all alone. At the same crossroads, they part ways and go in different directions.

Johnny (Shammi Kapoor) makes an entry next (finally).  Rastogis – Mr. and Mrs. Rastogi, their little kid along with their aaya, Stella (Kumkum) are on their way to  Hotel Parbat on a vacation when their car breaks down right at the crossroads. Johnny offers to fix their car and in return they give him a lift till Hotel Parbat.

Johnny is in search of a job. So he goes to meet Mr. Ferreira (David), the Manager. He doesn’t have to work too hard to impress Mr. Ferreira and he soon gets the job of a waiter cum dishwasher at the Hotel.

Johnny being Johnny, is smitten by Stella at first sight and he doesn’t waste much time in getting his feelings across to her. And with all his cute ways of trying to impress her, Stella cant resist his charm for long either. Before long, the two are madly in love with each other.

One day Johnny asks Stella –

Johnny : Tumhara bachcha kaisa hai? (not to be confused…she’s an aaya after all)

Stella : Na toh eat-ta hai, drinkta hai saara din weepta weepta hai. Usko daant aa rahe hai.

Stella gets a letter from her mother one day saying that her father has been diagnosed with tuberculosis and will have to be sent to the sanitarium immediately, which would cost them Rs. 500. Johnny takes up the responsibility of earning that amount required for his would-be father-in-laws treatment.
There’s this sweet sequence where Johnny and Stella talk about their dreams, their future.

Johnny goes and asks Ferreira for extra work. He confides in him that Stella’s father is not well and he needs to earn extra money for his treatment.

In our films no love story can go smooth, unless it’s a Rajshri film, without a third person forming a traingle and plotting cunning ways to create misunderstandings between the two lovebirds. And this one’s no different. Ferreira, who also has an eye for Stella sees this as an opportunity and comes up with a plan to land Johnny in trouble.  He gives Johnny the charge of supplying the guests at the hotel with alcohol, which is legally prohibited in the premises of Hotel Parbat. Johnny blind in love doesn’t see the danger this task imposes, he sees it as an opportunity to make quick money and promises to himself that he’ll quit the job once he earns 500 bucks.

Stella is quite disappointed when she learns what Johnny is upto. She catches him red-handed when he goes to deliver Rastogi’s order of  Whiskey. He somehow manages to convince her that he’ll avoid trouble and he won’t do it for long. Just when he manages to manaofy her and all’s well between them, Ferreira gets Jhonny arrested!

He gets released after three months and unaware that Ferriera was behind all this, he first goes to Ferreira to collect his money. He asks him if he knows where Stella is. That’s when Ferriera introduces Stella as Mrs. Ferriera. Poor Johnny is heart broken. Angry and murderous, he tries to kill Ferriera.

He wanders around for sometime and then starts up a garage at the same crossroads to keep himself occupied. At one point of time, Johnny sings one line of the sad version of my song, Stella o stella o stella, tera johnny ab tak hai akela…


At this point, Nirmal (P Jairaj) makes an appearance. He is a well-educated man and reaches just in time to help all the protagonists of the story. He himself being a socialist, spreads awareness among people on what socialism can do. He makes speeches on exploitation of the poor by rich, lower castes by higher castes in the society etc…these are things that ordinary people can relate to. Thus, he manages to attract lots of people with his socialist theory. He comes up with a proposal of  building a proper road that would connect all the 4 destinations that the crossroads leads to.

There are lots of Contractors fighting for that contract, including Nawaab saab and Ferriera. But it’s Nirmal and his battalion of ordinary people who win it and start building the road.

Will they be successful in achieving their goal and proving the the so-called-rakhwales of the society that given a chance nothing’s impossible for them? With people like Nawwab and Ferriera in the opposition what are the challenges they will face? How is this mission connected to the earlier love stories? Will any of those 3 stories have a happy ending? Are any of these stories interconnected?

Frankly speaking, I don’t know how to rate this movie. It ended so abruptly, in fact the ending itself was missing from the cd. I could kill eagle videos for this! As though deleting the song, and lots of other parts of the movie was not enough, they had to compromise with the ending as well 😦
It was as if I was watching the movie on tv and kept having frequent power cuts. There were so many missing links that I had to use my own imagination to put all the pieces of the story together.

But having said that, I did enjoy watching this movie. To start with, it had been so long since I saw one that it was nice to see such a power packed performance. Everybody was fabulous! K Abbas has done a good job as a director. There were so many social issues addressed in the movie – caste system, religions (the 3 couples in the movie belonged to 3 different religions), power, money, corruption etc.  And the best part was, none of the stories were dragged for too long. Though there was a little bit of  rona-dhona, it was just for sometime and the story quickly moved to the next couple. Except for Nirmal’s speeches, which were a little preachy at times, must say it was quite fast-paced. I guess, I must give a little bit of credit to Eagle videos as well for wiping away so many scenes 😛

I don’t know how many songs were there originally in the movie, the only ones that I got to see were few Lata Numbers that Pyaari sings for Nawaab saab (Koi maane na maane, Intezaar aur abhi , Jab main kehti hoon), one Meena Kapoor (Anil Biswas’s wife)  song picturized on Chavli (Kachchi hai umariya) and the last song, which the entire crew sings as they build the road (Saathi re bhai re). I won’t say I loved the music of this movie, I found it pretty average. Anil Biswas was the Composer and Sahir Ludhyanvi the lyricist. Except for Saathi re bhai re, I dont even remember having heard the rest of the songs. And I was too disappointed that there were no songs picturized on Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor to be able to appreciate the rest 😦

Budtameez (1966)

September 18, 2010

It was Sadhana’s birthday on 2nd September. She’s one of my favourite actresses and I keep raving so much about her. But look at the irony I couldn’t do a post on her birthday.

I was feeling bad about it but I made up for it last Sunday – saw two of her movies back-to-back. Arzoo and Budtameez.

Favourite actor, favourite actress and lots of fabulous songs – I was dying to watch this movie and it had been lying in my must-watch pile for quite sometime. And now I have finally done it! I had first seen this movie more than a decade ago. I had almost forgotten the story but some of the songs, esp the title track always remained afresh in my memory.

Shyam Kumar Saxena (Shammi Kapoor) hails from Allahbaad and lives with his younger sister Beena (Purnima) whom he lovingly call Binny and step-mother (Manorama). We are not taken to a flashback but through a series of conversation it’s revealed that Binny had met with an accident because of Shyam and she’s wheel-chair bound now. Movie begins with Shyam coming home at midnight and Binny keeping awake to wish him for his birthday. Though she’s his step-sister, she loves him dearly and the feeling is mutual.

But Manorama is not very fond of Shyam and keeps nagging him for not getting a job. So he leaves for Bombay the following day in search of a job.

A beggar asks him for some money on the streets of Bombay and when he takes out some money from his pocket a 100 rupees note falls from his pockets and goes flying into a car. He goes running behind and gets into the car in search of it. Just then the car-owner, Shanta (Sadhana) comes along with a bunch of friends and screams at him. She threatens him to get out of his car and drives away.

 Quite lost in the city, he’s just strolling around when he finds a wallet fallen on the ground and hurries behind a man to return it. Raja Bahadur (Brahm Bhardwaj) is highly impressed with Shyam’s honesty and when Shyam breaks a vase worth Rs. 100 in the store, he pays for it. Shyam is hesitant about Raja Bahadur paying for it but he tells him to return the money when he has it and gives his card before leaving.

Shyam comes across Shanta and her friends again at a swimming pool and demands for his money. They play the fool with him and sing Surat haseen lagta hai deewana. At the end of it he somehow manages to get his money back and goes to Raja Bahadur’s house to return the money.

As they converse, it turns out that Raja Bahadur was friends with Shyam’s grandfather in Allahbad. And he invites Shyam to stay with them. Shanta, Raja Bahadur’s granddaughter, is literally shocked to find him in her house. She tries her best to get him out of the house.

Raja Bahadur loves Shanta dearly and oversees her faults. Now this has made her such a spolit brat. He realizes that his affection has made her so headstrong and rude. So he has hired Rita (Laxmi Chhaya) to help him out in bringing Shanta back on track but all their efforts have been going in vain.

They sit down for breakfast the following morning. Shanta throws away the juice that her butler serves her because she doesn’t like it and half of it falls on Shyam. He argues with her saying she’s not the only one at the table and she should at least have some basic table etiquettes. They have a row over this. At the end of it, Shyam gets up, fetches a jug of water, pours it on Shanta  and walks out. Raja Bahadur and Rita look at the entire episode in awe. Shyam, guilty of his actions, goes to his room and starts packing. He wants to leave the house before Raja Bahadur throws him out for insulting his darling granddaughter.

But what follows next is quite the opposite. Raja Bahadur is highly impressed with Shyam and is convinced now that if someone can put some sense into Shanta’s head, it’s Shyam. So he hires Shyam as the Manager of the house! But before handing over the charge, he explains few things to him as to why Shanta is so aloof to everybody and why she hates men so much – Shanta’s father was a drunkard. The sight of her father getting drunk everyday and beating his wife has etched an indelible impression in her memory. One day when it gets too much to bear, her mother commits suicide. And this has turned her into a man-hater. She doesn’t believe in love and she feels all men are the same. According to her every love story/marriage would end either giving lots of pain or in a suicide. She is also the president of a Ladies Club, a club where she preaches how bad men are and all the members of the club are prohibited from falling in love.

Raja Bahadur also blames his son for all this and says he personally despises people who drink.

But now that Shyam has come into their lives, he is assured that Shanta will learn to love her life and people around her. He also reveals to Shyam his wish of getting Shanta married to him. According to him, he could never find a better guy for Shanta.

Now, there’s Devdas (Kamal Mehra) who has always dreamt of marrying Shanta. He happens to be a family friend’s son and is a little crazy. His sense of dressing is wierder than himself- one day he comes dressed as Robinhood to meet Shanta and the other day as a donkey. He’s such a joker. 

One day Shanta comes down to the hall from her room and is surprised to find the house empty except for Shyam. Shyam tells her that Raja Bahadur has gone to Khandala for some Business deal and Rita has gone with him. As she hates the sight of Shyam, she doesn’t like the idea of being home alone with him. So she decides to go to Khandala as well. She asks the driver to get the car ready.

And yes, you all guessed it right. Her chauffeur is none other than Shyam himself, in disguise of an old man. They leave for Khandala. He drives so slowly and keeps preaching so much to irritate her that after a while she takes over the wheel. 

She’s furious when she discovers that Shyam cheated on her and followed her. Like it happens in all Hindi films, their car breaks half way through. She shows attitude and starts walking. And to this attitude he sings Haseen ho tum khuda toh nahin.

Too add to Shanta’s plight, it’s already dusk, getting darker with every passing minute and it starts pouring heavily. Shyam suggests they go and look for some shelter but Shanta says she would spend the night in the car rather than go anywhere with him. So he leaves her in the car, goes behind a tree and hides. From there he starts roaring like a tiger to scare her. In less than a minute, he has Shanta running out of the car calling out for him, scared to death. They finally find the remains of an old abandoned house in the middle of the jungle and they go there to take shelter from the rain. And this is such a beautiful scene. It’s as though only the entrance of the house is intact – there’s only a space wide enough for one to stand there. Shyam, being a perfect gentleman, lets Shanta take refuge there but Shanta’s conscience doesn’t let her leave Shyam getting drenched in the rain all night. So she calls him and they try to adjust in that little available space. Shyam stands with his breath held in so that his tummy goes in and makes some space for Shanta to fit in as well. It’s so hilarious!!! And then Shanta spots a snake hanging nearby and faints in shyam’s arms. Just then, there’s a gunshot and Colonel Jung bahadur (Jagdish Raj) comes marching. He first thinks they must be lovers who have run away from their house and come and almost shoots them. But Shyam manages to convince him that they are already married and were on their way to Khandala but got stuck due to bad weather. Colonel takes pity on them and takes them to his bunglow.

What follows is a laughter riot. Shanta comes back to her sense, she gets murderous when she discovers that she’s put in the same room as Shyam. Now Shyam has to do all he can to make sure that she doesn’t come to know what he has told the colonel – that they are a married couple! He scares Shanta saying Colonel is mad. He has spent 6 months in a mental asylum and shoots anything and everything at the first opportunity he gets. He tells the same story to colonel about Shanta. He goes around the house singing Budtameez kaho ya kaho jaanwar.

When Shanta gets back home the next morning, she realizes that Raja Bahadur had never gone to Khandala. It was all his plan to get Shyam and Shanta together. She goes mad with anger. She goes to Devdas with her friends and tells him she would marry him if he helps her get Shyam out of her way. Devdas is more than eager to please her.  Remember, Raja Bahadur hates people who drink. So they make a plan to get Shyam drunk at a party and strike his name out of Raja Bahadur’s good books for good.

Devdas throws a party and everybody is invited. Shanta and Devdas give Shyam laddu’s filled with bhaang.

(Doesn’t she look like Kareena here? )

He gets drunk and sings  Apni baahon se koi kaam toh lo. The lines he recites before the song is  just awesome : Nashaa pilaa ke giraanaa toh sab ko aataa hai, Arre mazaa toh jab hai ke girton ko thaam le saaqi. Thanks Nasir, I had completely forgotten about this song until I saw saw it on your blog.  And now hardly a day passes without me listening to it.

Raja Bahadur makes his entry at the end of the song and is shocked to see Shyam stuporing. And Shanta adds to it saying he even tried misbehaving with her. But is it so easy to trap Shyam? The truth is that he already knew about Shanta’s plan and he never had the laddu in the first place! He was just acting drunk. When he tells the truth to Raja Bahadur, Shanta hits him on his head with a bottle rendering him uncounscious.

Raja Bahadur takes him home and summons a doctor. Doctor, after dressing his wounds and giving him an injection, tells Raja Bahadur that there’s a chance of Shyam getting blind. When Shyam recovers and gets up Rita enquires if he’s able to see. She then confides in him about the doctor’s fear of him losing his sight. This gives him an idea and he hides the fact that he can see. He acts blind in front of Shanta. And this makes Shanta feel guilty. He sings Dil ko na mere tadpao. But it doesn’t take her long to figure out his act. Slowly she starts falling for him. Being headstrong as she is, she’s reluctant to accept it even to herself.

And when she finally does followed by Pehla pehla pyaar hai yeh pehla pehla pyaar, a Baba comes to give news of Shyam’s death.

She almost has a nervous breakdown and goes running to the place where Shyam had dived into the river and drowned himself. Baba follows her and says Shyam had left a note behind for a girl named Shanta. When she tells him that she’s Shanta, he gives the note to her. She reads it and finds out how much Shyam loved her. She feels miserable that he died because of her. So she decides to end her life as well and jumps into the river. Baba catches her just in time and reveals his real identity. They sing Sirf tum hi toh ho jispe marte hai hum pledging their love for each other. This is where the dialogue in my earlier post comes into picture.

Raja Bahadur is delighted that Shanta has fallen in love with Shyam. He meets up with a Panditji and fixes a date for their wedding.

In the mean time, back in Allahbad, Manorama is looking for a guy for Binny. One Panditji tells Manorama that there is one eligible guy who belongs to a respectable family. But they will get their son married to Binny only if Shyam is ready to marry their widowed daughter! She knows that if she talks to Shyam about it, he wouldn’t even listen to her. So she tells Binny, without revealing the actual truth that she has found a guy for her and he has a lovely sister who would make a great match for Shyam. Happy and excited Binny immediately writes to Shyam about it and asks him to reply back to her letter immediately  if he’s ok with the proposal so that they can commit to them and begin with the preparations.

Raja Bahadur is busy with wedding preparations as well. When Devdas finds out that he’s getting Shanta married to Shyam, he tries to fight with him for Shanta. But Raja Bahadur doesn’t give a damn to him. Just then Devdas notices a letter addressed to Shyam on the table in the hall.

 He, along with his friend read the letter and reply to it. The letter never reaches Shyam! Now thinking Shyam is happy with the proposal, Manorama and Binny also start preparing for the weddings. Before you start wondering how they managed to copy Shyam’s hand-writing…they don’t write the reply back, they send a telegram instead, ruling out the possibility of getting caught! Smart guys 😛

Shyam leaves for Allahbad, with due permission from Raja Bahadur, to return with his family for the wedding. He’s in a shock to discover things at home. He has always held himself responsibile for Binny’s accident. She’s become handicapped because of him. Now there’s a good proposal come in and if he tells about Shanta and his wedding in Bombay, his sister may never get married. Who else would marry a handicapped girl, who can’t even walk??? So he quietly sacrifices his love and gets himself involved in the wedding preparations.

Shyam’s wedding card reaches Raja Bahadur in Bombay and he’s shocked to see it. He can’t believe that he made such a big mistake – He always thought of Shyam as someone who’s very reliable and responsibile. The guy who had left with a promise to marry Shanta is now getting married to somebody else!  Shanta, still unaware of Shyam’s wedding, is happily selecting jewelleries for her own wedding.

Shanta is heart-broken when she learns the truth and she becomes her old self again. Raja Bahadur is all set to cancel the invitaitons but Shanta insists that she will get married as planned but to a different guy,  Devdas. If Shyam can forget her and get married to somebody else, she argues so can she!

Will Binny get to know that Shyam had already  committed himself to Shyam before it’s too late? Will she be able to change their fate even qif she does find it out? Will Shyam ever discover that it was all Devdas’s doing? Watch Budtameez to find out.

It’s a lot like Ziddi (1964). Both are about  taming a stubborn girl but I liked this one much better. Not just because it has Shammi Kapoor in it (though that’s one of the reasons) but because the story is handled and executed better here. Sadhana is gorgeous!!! Shankar Jaikishan’s music is awesome and the songs penned by Shailendra and Hasrat Jaipuri are simply superb. Love each one of them!

The script was written for Shammi Kapoor…everything about the movie is extremely Shammi-sque. I can’t imagine anybody else doing this role. He is stylish, suave, romantic, flirty, smart, caring, funny….as always. Sadhana is amazing –  arrogant, stubborn, witty and very very beautiful. Sadhana’s Shanta was a perfect match for Shammi Kapoor’s Shyam! And they shared a great chemistry!  Apart from the lead pair, I liked all the others as well. Every character had a well-defined role.

I particularly liked Brahm Bhardwarj and Jagdish Raj!

Jagdish Kanwal’s dialogues were crisp and just perfect. I love him for that filmy dialogue alone! After an overdose of Manmohan Desais movies from the 70’s and 80’s with all lost-and-found themes (not that I don’t like them, I have seen most of them, not just once but so many times) I had almost forgotten that he had directed some great movies like this. This film just restored my faith in him.

All in all, a very entertaining film. I see myself watching it quite often – it has made its place in my favourite Shammi Kapoor films (others being : Dil Deke Dekho, Professor, Teesri Manzil, Raj Kumar…..). I thoroughly enjoyed watching the film. A great stress-buster! 🙂

I somehow missed Rajendranath in this movie. Kamal Mehra was great as Devdas but would have loved to see Rajendranath do that role.

You can watch if online if you can’t get a dvd.

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 Saira Banu Songs

August 23, 2010

Here’s wishing Saira Banu a very very Happy Birthday! (23rd August). I am not a big Saira Banu fan. I find Saira Banu very screechy most of the time – but that doesn’t mean I don’t like her at all or don’t watch her movies. I liked her in movies like Shagird, Aayi Milan Ki Bela, Jhuk Gaya Aasmaan etc. And she has some great songs picturised on her….such good songs that I couldn’t resist myself from doing this post (knowing that it’s her Birthday).

So, here are few songs of hers that I like the most, not in any particular order.It’s a random list of first 10 or rather 15 songs that came into my mind.

One more thing before I start with the songs. How could I not mention Vividh Bharati? I was listening to VB in the afternoon and they played all Saira Banu’s songs in one of their programs. It was then I checked and confirmed her birthday.

1. Aap naraaz khuda khair (Pyaar Mohabbat, 1966) : This is one of my all time favourites and I love everything about this song. Rafi’s singing goes without saying. Shankar-Jaikishan’s music is amazing. Dev Anand is great but it’s Saira who steals the show for me. She looks very beautiful, charming and elegant. Her expressions are simply awesome!


2. Main chali main chali (Padosan, 1968) :  Rendered by Lata and Asha, this is a very masti-bhara number! It has something very refreshing and carefree about it. Rajendra Krishan’s lyrics and R.D’s music is very very cheerful and pleasing. Bhai batur is another typical Saira Banu song, in her signature style. And I really like it but there’s another signature song coming up next. So this was showcasing a different mood of Saira. I like her chilled out character here – that carefree  and eco-friendly attitude.

3.  Unse mili nazar (Jhuk Gaya Aasman, 1968) : This is what I call Saira Banu’s signature style. Penned by Hasrat Jaipuri, composed by Shankar-Jaikishan, sung by Lata and picturised on our B’day girl, this is one of my all-time favourite songs. It’s such a catchy song – everything about it is lovely – the tune, lyrics, singing and Saira looks gorgeous. Picturisation is very very cute, romantic and sensuous. Saira’s expressions of self-confession are so innocent and sweet. I find this and Bhai batur pretty similar – picturisation wise.

4. Kanha kanha (Shagird, 1967): This has Saira in a different avtaar altogether. I initially thought of including my favourite number from this musical blockbuster – Woh hai zara khafa khafa, but felt Dil vil pyar vyar and Ruk ja aye hawa are more like typical Saira Banu songs. But this one is different from other songs of hers, spiritual and magical at the same time. I find her extremly beautiful here. Lata is terrific and Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s music is fantastic!

5. Kashmir ki kali hoon main (Junglee, 1961) : My favourite song from this movie is Ehsaan tera hoga mujh par, but I like the Rafi version more than Lata version. Saira’s expresssions are not all that great in it. It’s Rafi’s voice topped with Shammi Kapoor’s expressions and eyes that has made the song what it is. Ja ja ja mere bachpan is sweet but it’s Saira, looking like a Kashmiri doll in Kashmir ki kali hoon main that makes it to this list – her looks, the Kashmiri attire, angry and khadoos look of Shammi Kapoor (with a pout)…everything about this song is so lovely in a typical Hindi Film style. Again, this song reminds me a bit of O mere sona re from Teesri Manzil.


6. O sanam tere ho gaye hum (Aayee Milan Ki Bela,  1964) : Another musical blockbuster. Each and every song in this film is a masterpiece. I had thought of including Tum kamseen ho first and then realized that I hadn’t put a duet (with a male singer) yet and I’m already half-way through. And also, I have already included a paean to her above and there will be few more by the time I reach the end of this post. So here goes one of my favourite Lata-Rafi romantic duets. Lovely tune from SJ camp and highly romantic lyrics by Hasrat Jaipuri. I like Rajendra Kumar-Saira Banu pairing, they look good together and they share a good chemistry. And I love everything about this song, including Rajendra Kumar’s dance 😀


7. Unki pehli nazar kya asar kar gayi (April Fool, 1964) : Talking about musical blockbuster, here’s one more. After battling between Tumhe pyaar karte hai, Mera naam rita chirstina and Unki pehli naazar ka, I chose this over the other two – Tumhe pyaar karte hai is a lovely song, no doubt about it but didn’t want to put two romantic duets in a row (if that can be called an excuse). Mera naam rita christina – everytime I see this song, I keep wishing  it had Helen in it. It definitely portrays Saira in a different avtaar again but I like this song better.  It does sound like a sober and more Bolly-Bharatiya-Naari version of Unse mili nazar. Lata is mindblowing in it and so is Saira. Truly amazing song!


8. Tum akele toh kabhi baag mein (Aao Pyaar Karen, 1964) : I find songs and movies more charming and fascinating when they are in Black & White than in color. May be because all the people whom I like so much looked much better in B&W days. Both Joy Mukherjee and Saira look so gorgeous in this one. This movie again has some lovely songs – be it Tum akele toh kabhi, Dil ki aaine mein, Yeh jhuki jhuki or Tammannao ko khilne do. Tum akele toh is very entertaining. Hats off to the lyricist for penning down this duet – a true battle of words. Usha Khanna’s music as always is lively and peppy. Lata and Rafi are at their best. Saira looks very young and pretty. Though the set looks artificial, I love the song. It’s such a lovely song and with Joy and Saira on screen, I just can’t complain about anything. The full song’s video is not on youtube yet. The link above has only half of the song. However, the audio is available.


9.  Hum bhi agar bachche hote (Door Ki Awaaz, 1964) : I almost put Husn se chaand bhi sharmaya hai but as this is a Birthday special post and it’s Saira’s birthday, here’s this all-time favourite birthday song dedicated to her. Not a great movie, but Joy-Saira pairing always promised some great songs.

10. Husn chala kuch aisi chaal (Bluffmaster, 1963) : Not a movie that I remember fondly, except for few songs and this happens to be one of them. What an eye-candy! Now that I have seen Shammi Kapoor in his true Shammiesque style, (unlike the one in Kashmir ki kali hoon main, though he looks cute there as well) I can sleep peacefully. Ok, I shouldn’t be changing focus. Saira looks very pretty and like I keep saying, B&W movies have a different charm. With Shammi on screen, it’s difficult to concentrate on somebody else. So I better end it here.

Here’s wishing the lady a great year and a healthy life ahead!

Preet Na Jaane Reet (1966)

August 9, 2010

I realized that it’s been so long since I saw a movie. I can’t believe myself that I could survive without a dose of vintage movie for so long. I was finally at home the whole day yesterday and I couldn’t do without watching one. I opened my DVD/VCD box and I went through them. I first took out Char Dil Char Raahein, but I was in no mood of seeing tragedy. I am not sure if it really is a tragedy but Meena Kumari and Raj Kapoor put me off, inspite of Shammi Kapoor. I wanted to watch something entertaining and fun. I picked up Teesri Manzil, Professor and Dil Deke Dekho but I have seen all these movies so many times and I wanted to watch something new. So finally decided on Preet Na Jaane Reet. Though I had the VCD for quite a long time, I somehow hadn’t come across watching it yet. Then, I came across the songs while doing Rafi Sings for Shammi and was totally floored by Teri zulfen pareshan, Yun na dekho hume baar baar and Oh jaanewale sun zara yeh dil ka maajra. Haye…Rafi and Shammi, I can never get enough of them!

Seth Karamchand (Nasir Hussain) gets a telegram. Chandu, his man servant brings it to him and Sethji is extremely happy. Seeing his happiness Chandu asks :
Chandu : Is it from Chhote Babu?
Sethji : Yes. He has reached Bombay and will be coming here tomorrow.

Chandu rushes to the market to buy baingan (brinjal) for Baingan ka bharta and other favourite vegetables of Chhote Babu. Sethji warns him that Ashok must have developed a taste for Chicken Broth, Stew, Salad etc. and may not relish Chandu Kaka’s homemade food any more. But that doesn’t dampen Chandu’s spirit. He’s very sure that Chhote Babu will still savour his Chutneys and Bharta.

The scene shifts to another house. Husband (Siddhu? Since he’s not referred by name anywhere, I will call him Jijaji) is sitting and reading newspaper. Wife, Sharda (Shammi) comes screaming into the room calling her servants but none of them seem to be around.


Sharda : Suniye, sun rahe hai aap?
Jijaji : Ji, boliye.
Sharda : Main kab se chila rahi hoon aur aap par asar hi nahin hota. chup chap akhbaar padhe jaa rahe hain. (I’ve been screaming for so long and you are here sitting quietly and reading newspaper!)
Jijaji : Aap kahe toh bhool ho gayi, main chilla ke akhbaar padna shuru kar deta hoon. (I’m sorry, I didn’t know I was to read it loud)
And he literally starts reading the paper loud. Sharda is a very dominating wife and hardly lets her husband speak. In case if he does get to voice his opinion, she screams : “Aap chup rahiye!” And he obediently replies : “Aap kahe toh bhool ho gayi!”

Sharda knows that Ashok is coming back after 5 years in Europe. He’s the only son of Seth Karamchand, the richest man around. So she feels he’s the most eligible boy in town for her sister, Kavita (Saroja Devi). Sharda wants Kavita to accompany her and go to receive Ashok at the airport but Kavita refuses because she is of a different opinion. She gives 2 reasons to justify her denial :          
1. Mujhe abhi shaadi nahin karni (I don’t want to get married now).
2. Ameer baap ke bete se mujhe saqt nafrat hai. Siwaye apne baap ke tukde todna use kuch nahin aata (I hate rich guys. They are too dependent on their father’s earnings and are not capable of standing on their own feet).
So off they go to the airport without Kavita. Sethji, Sharda and Jijaji are waiting at the airport and the plane’s landing. Sethji is very excited and says – main apne bete ko 5 baras ke baad dekhne jaa raha hoon..na jane kitna bada ho gaya hoga,  kaisa ho gaya hoga (I’m going to see my song after 5 years. Wonder how much he must have changed and grown).
Jijaji : 5 baras bada ho gaya hoga, zaroor!!! (He must have grown by 5 years now, of course! He says that as a matter of fact and with so much of enthu. I fell for him immediately.)

Everybody descends from the flight  but they can’t spot Ashok anywhere. So concluding that Ashok didn’t come by that flight, the party returns back home.

Kavita and her group of friends are on their way to college when a car passes by splashing slush on Kavita. But the gentleman, Ashok (Shammi Kapoor), behind the wheels drives back when he realizes what he has done. But before he can say anything the girls begin scolding him:
Starting with Kavita : Junglee, Jaanwar!!!
Her friends ask him : Aankhen bandh karke chalate ho? Apne baap ka sadak samajhte ho, dekha bechari ka sari kharab kar diya na? (Do you drive with your eyese closed? You think that this road is your father’s property?)
Ashok : I’m so sorry.
Kavita : Tumhare sorry keh dene se meri saari toh dhul nahin jayegi. (Your sorry wont clean my saree)
He offers to take her home where she could change and then would drop her to her college. But her friends misunderstand him and tell her : Ek number ka badmaash lagta hai. Pehle ghar dekhega, phir college aur phir naam poochega (He looks like a goon. He’ll first find out where you live, then the college where you study and thenwill ask for your name. His intentions don’t look good).
Enough is enough. He can’t take it any more. So much for his decency! So he offers her some money and tells her to get her saree dry cleaned/washed or get a new one…
She retorts : Bazaar mein akal aur tameez mile toh isi note se khareed lena thode aadmi ban jaoge! (Keep the money to yourself. Buy some wit and good manners if you come across any. That will at least make you a little human.)


Meanwhile, one of her friends punctures his car tyre.
Ashok : Oh, what do I look like now?
Kavita : Budtameez!


(How convenient na…All they have to do is to recite the names of his movies : Junglee, Jaanwar, Budtameez, Pagla Kahin Ka when they have to scold him. I have noticed this in quite a lot of movies and I just love it!)

Ashok goes to a garage (Desuza, Decruz and Fernandes Garage) and calls out for DeSuza. Somebody answers that he’s dead. Next, he calls for Decruz and the same voice replies that he’s dead too.

Finally, he calls for Fernandes and Fernandes(Johney Walker) crawls out from under a car saying : Zinda hai (he’s alive).
It turns out that Ashok and Fernandes were school buddies but Fernandes wasn’t interested in studies. So his uncle took him under his wing and taught him the trick of the trade and gave him a job in his garage.He concludes saying – Apni toh yeh life hai bhaiya aur abhi tak without wife hai (This is my life bro and I’m still without a wife). Fernandes fixes his car and off he goes.


He reaches home and his father is pretty annoyed that he didn’t inform him that he wasn’t coming by flight, knowing that he would go to the airport to recieve him. But one look of regret from his son and the father melts. Ashok explains that his friend, Shamu asked him to drive home instead of taking the flight. Hence, he took his car and came over.

They sit down to dine, on a huge dining table and they sit at opposite ends (Love the way they converse here. They can’t even see each other directly, the lamp comes in between and they keep bending on opposite sides while talking so that one is visible to the other).

Ashok tells Chandu that he missed all these delicacies so much in Europe. He went to so many restaurants hunting for proper food but he couldn’t find anything as deletable as what Chandu has prepared.
Sethji : So you just went around hunting for good food. How about work?
Ashok : I worked hard as well. You will get the reports soon, you can see it for yourself.
Sethji : Did you get to go around and see the places as well or were you burried in work all the time?
Ashok : Oh no…I did go to lots of places – Rome, Venice, Berlin, Paris, London etc
Sethji : What did you like the most there?
Ashok : Girls! (with such a casual attitude. As though he meant saying : what else did you expect?)
Then he realizes what he has just said and gets choked.
Sethji : Chandu, how old is Ashok now?
Chandu : Maalik, you shud get him married now. You were a father at his age.

The next day he goes out and sees Kavita and her friends at a petrol pump. He overhears them mention putting up at Ashok Hotel. He follows them. And they all shower him with the same gaalis again calling him Aawara, Loafer, Badmaash, Junglee etc. He accepts that he spoiled her saree that day but even they punctured his tyre, so it’s not fair to label only him a budtameez.
Ashok : Main aapko yakeen dilana chahata hoon ke main man, dharam aur karam ka bahut hi nek, pavitra aur shareef insaan hoon. Mauka aane par apni sharafat ka namuna pesh karunga. Jai Hind! (For your kind information I’m a good decent guy and will prove it to you when the time comes).
In the mean time, during the conversation he manages to poke their tyre with something, leaving them behind with a flat tyre. He drives ahead and when he realizes that they have stopped their car, he gets down and offers some suggestions but nobody wants them.


He worries them all the more by singing Yun na dekho hume baar baar.

Finally Kavita and group reach Ashok Hotel and they declare they are from Sharda college but the Manager apologizes saying he couldn’t book a room for them as all the rooms are already filled. They all get worried because it’s dark already and they don’t know the place. They request the Manager to arrange for something but he says there isn’t anything much he can do. But if they would go and talk to the owner, they might get a room if their luck favours them because there are roooms reserved for the owners.
Kavita, the leader of the group goes to speak to the owner. But when she realizes it’s Ashok she just walks out. But her friends are in no mood of going and searching for another place to spend the night. So they try convincing Ashok. They literally corner him. But he strikes a deal that he would give them a room provided their leader, Kavita comes and requests for it!
Pehle apne langoor jaisa shakal toh dekhe! Main request karoon?!!! – This is her reaction when she hears of the deal. But when her friends emotionally blackmail her into arranging an accomodation for them, she gives in and reqests Ashok to give them a room, which he immediately does.

The following morning Sethji also turns up at the hotel demanding the Manager for Book of Accounts. When he learns that Ashok’s there, he goes to his room. Kavita and group happen to be at the counter. Manager confides in them that Sethji is very short tempered. This gives her an idea to get Ashok into trouble. So she sends her friends one my one to Ashok’s room, all of them claiming to be his girlfriends. After the first one leaves, Ashok explains to his father that she’s gone crazy.


But when this continues, Sethji : Kya in sab ka dimaag kharab hai? (You mean to say all these girls have gone crazy?)
Ashok : Mumkin hai (It is possible)
Sethji : Ya phir mera dimaag kharab hai? (Or think think I’ve gone crazy to believe you?)
He orders Ashok to pack his bag immediately and leave with him.

It’s Ashok’s birthday and Sharda and Jijaji are getting ready for the party. Sharda wants Kavita to accomany them but Kavita refuses. Jijaji convinces her to join them and finally she gives in and goes with them to Sethji’s house. But the best part it she doesn’t know that her Badmaash, Junglee, Budtameez is the birthday boy. She’s quite surprised to find him even there. And ignores him as much as she can even after learning he’s Sethji’s son. Ashok is obviously hurt by her behaviour and asks her :
Ashok : What’s your problem with me?
Kavita : First impression is the last impression. You are a loafer, gunda, Roadside Romeo. The only thing you have learnt all these years is to pick on girls.
Ashok : If you stand by that, then there’s another saying that goes ‘Try try n try my boy until you succeed’. Mohabbat karengi ek din mujhse aap (you will fall in love with me someday).
Kavita : Mohabbat karegi meri juti (Fall in love with you? My foot!) I’ll fall for a guy who’s hard-working and earns a living for himself, not someone who’s used to enjoy and spend his father’s money.


Fernandes is in love with Rosy (Minoo Mumtaz), Dhumaal’s daughter. They own a small eat-joint and Fernandes usually eats there and doesn’t pay for his food. Rosy doesn’t mind but Dhumal is mad at him. So Fernandes is hiding from Dhumal because he owes him money. Fernandes and Rosy sneak away to the garage and dance to this lovely Rafi-Kamal Barot duet – Yahan bhi toh nahin hai wahan bhi toh nahin hai. Check the lyrics of this song – tu meri chevrolet hai, tu meri juliet hai…could there be a better song for a car-mechanic to sing?

Ashok wants to prove himself to Kavita. He wants to show her that even he can work hard and earn a living for himself. So he convinces Fernandes to give him a job at his garage. And he changes his name to Mohan from Ashok. One day Kavita is walking past the garage on her way back home from college, with few books in her hand. Mohan is fixing a car. Just as she crosses the car, he crawls out from beneath the car. She trips over his leg and almost falls down, the books however fall and he picks them up and gives them to her. With the impression she has of Ashok, she starts scolding him again. He claims he’s not Ashok but she doesn’t believe him. Finally when Fernandes addresses him as Mohan, she’s convinced that he’s a different man. She goes back home and realizes that one of her books is missing and is sure that it must have got misplaced when it fell at the garage. So she comes back to the garage  and goes to Mohan’s room. She sees him sitting in a small room and reading a book. Just because he’s poor she immediately develops a soft corner for him. He tells her that he’s a graduate. Just then she smells something burning. He realizes he was cooking daal. So he hurries to the kitchen. She helps him with the daal. In the mean time he narrates that he left his house because his father wanted him to get married to a  fashionable girl. But his mother always told him he should get married to girl who can cook and feed him with her hands. And he agrees with his mother. She feels shy and runs out of his room.

Kavita has a dance program in her college and invites Mohan for it. She dances to Arey o kanha bairi zamana.

Sharda is still trying to fix Kavita with Ashok. She invites Ashok home for tea. But Kavita is nowhere around and Sharda and Jijaji are feeling a little uneasy about it. But Ashok feels it’s time for some fun. So he reveals to them that Kavita is in love with a mechanic named Mohan at Desuza Decruz and Fernandes garage. He’s not at all surprised that she’s not at home. They don’t believe him but he takes them to the garage and asks Fernandes about Mohan and after a while he himself comes dressed as a Mechanic, Mohan. Sharda is mad at him. They have a very interesting argument.

Mohan : Aapne shaadi se pehle mohabbat nahin ki? (Didn’t you fall in love before getting married?)
Sharda : Ji nahin.,..hamare khandaan mein shaadi se pehle mohabbat karne ki reewaz nahin hai (We don’t have the tradition of falling in love before getting married in our family)
Jijaji : Ji haan, inke khandaan mein shaadi ke baad bhi mohabbat karne ki reewaz nahin hai (Oh yes, they don’t even have a tradition of falling in love after getting married in their family).
She warns him never to meet her sister again and goes.

One day Ashok comes home and Kavita is furious seeing him. But he tells her he’s Mohan. He’s dressed up as Ashok so that Sharda doesn’t suspect him. Sharda, thinking it’s Ashok sends Kavita with him and tells her to take him around the place. They sing this lovely song – Teri zulfen pareshaan.

Jijaji is not convinced that Ashok and Mohan are two different people. So he goes to Mohan’s room and investigates. It doesn’t take him long to find the truth. He goes back home happily only to see Sharda and Kavita quarelling over Ashok and Mohan. When he finally gets a chance to speak he tells them that Ashok’s been fooling both of them – Ashok and Mohan are not two different people but one and the same!

Kavita goes to his room at the garage to confront him. He’s humming Tumne pukara aur hum chale aaye as he’s getting dressed and exclaims : “Woh aaye ghar mein hamare khuda ke kudrat hai.Kabhi hum unko kabhi apne ghar ko dekhte hai” when he sees her. He can make out that she’s not in the best of her moods so asks her if everything’s ok.
Kavita : My family wants me to get married to this guy who I totally dislike. Main sochti hoon phir tumhara kya hoga, tum toh zehar kha loge (But more than that I am worried about you. What would happen to you if I get married to somebody else? You might kill yourself).
Mohan : Zehar khaye mere dushman, main toh baratiyon ke saath mithai khaunga, mithai. (Now, how do I translate that!) Ashok’s not as bad as you think he is….he’s a nice guy and he loves you so much. And I am not as innocent as you think. I have a secret.
Kavita : Secret? Are you married already?
Mohan : Not married but I am engaged to a very rich girl. Now if you get married to Ashok even I will get to marry her without feeling guilty about it.

She yells at him and he realizes that she has learnt the truth and tries to reason with her.
Ashok : You love one name and hate the other one, but the person is one – me. Pati hone ke liye 4 cheez hone chahiye (there are 4 qualities that guys should have to become a husband) and I have all the 4 things.
1. Main shehar ka sab se bada raheez hoon – Ashok (I’m the richest person in town)
2. Main awwal darze ka aashiq hoon – Mohan (I’m a lover boy)
3. Main bahut bada kalakaar hoon kyunki tumhe meri ek roop se mohabbat hai aur doosre se nafrat (I’m a great actor. You love one and you hate the other form of mine)
4. Main dil ka achha hoon aur shareer ka tandurust…yaani ke hamare hone wale bachche tandurust honge, mote honge, kuch tumhare jaise honge aur kuch mere jaise. (I’m good at heart and am physically fit. That means our children will be healthy and they will look a little like you and a little like me)
Kavita : Tum mujhe seedhi tarah se ghar jaane doge ya nahin (Will you let me go home?)
Ashok : Ab tum us ghar mein jaa kar kya karogi? Ladki toh parayi hoti hai. Aur yeh tumhare gharwale bhi jaante hai. Ab maan bhi jao. Tum mujhe chahe boora samjho ya achha samjho maine yeh sab tumhara pyaar jitne ke liye kiya. Yeh na kisi gareeb ka pyaar hai na kisi ameer ka, yeh ek insaan ka pyaar hai jisne tumhe apne dil se pyaar kiya (What will you do going to that house? You will anyways have to get married and leave it someday. Whether you think good of me or bad of me, I did all this to win your  love. This is neither a rich man’s love nor a poor man’s love, it’s true love and I love you from the bottom of my heart).
They sing Oh jaanewale sun zara yeh dil ka maajra and everything is settled between them.

Both their families are happy about the alliance. Sethji even engages himself  in selecting jewelleries and sarees for his bahu.
I wish the film had ended here. It was so delightful till here. But a Hindi film of 60’s just couldn’t happen without any conflict and it couldn’t end here, right? There has to be a twist. Especially when the hero has finally wooed the heroine and all is well and none of their families opposes to it, there has to be some twist to separate the two of them.
Ashok leaves for Shyamnagar to attend a friend’s wedding. Ashok and few other friends pull Shekhar’s (the groom) leg and keep worrying him. But just when the wedding ceremonies are about to begin, Shekhar’s dad takes him and leaves – the wedding is cancelled. No, it’s not for dowry. He discovers that the bride had earlier run away with someone and he feels it will be a disgrace to accept her as his daughter-in-law now. Ashok begs with Shekhar not to dishonour the girl’s family. He tries to reason with him saying everybody makes a mistake, that doesn’t mean that you behave this way and ruin somebody’s life for one mistake. But all his efforts go in vain.

Seeing the state in which bride’s father and mother are in, he offers to marry their daughter. He gets married without even seeing the girl and then takes her home and goes. But Sethji isn’t very pleased with him for what he has done. He kicks him out of the house. So Ashok goes back to the garage and lives there with his wife, Sheila (Parveen Choudhary).


Sharda and Jijaji are shocked to hear the news. Kavita blames him for cheating on her. Ashok wanders along singing Main bewafa nahin hoon tere pyaar ki kasam. But Jijaji tells her it’s not fair to reach a conclusion without knowing the entire truth.So she sets out to find the truth. She goes to Ashok’s house and meets Sheila.  And the poor soul pours her heart out  to her.

 Kavita feels guilty for accusing Ashok of infidelity. She sings O maine mana mere meet.

Kavita still loves Ashok (after finding out the truth) but Ashok comes in terms with his life. He accepts that it was not in his fate to marry Kavita and is content with what he has got. He tries his best to forget his past and to start his life afresh with Sheila. Even her past doesn’t bother him. He doesn’t blame her for coming in between him and Kavita but accepts her whole-heartedly and does his best to be a good husband. So what next???

What happens to Kavita?  Ashok and Sheila are quite happily married. What will happen to this love triangle? Will Sethji finally accept Sheila as his daughter-in-law? Will Sharda ever forgive Ashok for what he has done to Kavita?

I loved the first half of the movie. It was truly amazing! It had comedy, emoshun, romance and beautiful songs. Second half wasn’t very necessary. I felt like it was just put to make the story longer. And to show that love is all about sacrifice.

On the whole I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, except for the end. Shammi Kapoor in his Black&White days is delicious! Saroja Devi is beautiful. Johney Walker and Minoo Mumtaz’s romance is cute. Parveen Choudhary, Nasir Hussain, Dhumaal and Shammi are all great. And whoever the man playing Jijaji is (Siddhu?), I totally loved him – he was so witty and his one liners were simply awesome! Kalyanji-Anandji’s music , assisted by Laxmikant-Pyarellal is fabulous. Songs were penned by Anand Bakshi, Qamar Jalalabadi, Gulshan Bawra and Indivar and were rendered by Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi, and Kamal Barot. Great direction from S. Bannerjee!

I would rate it 7.5/10.

P.S : He looks familiar. I haven’t seen Ek Musafir Ek Haseena yet, but I think I have seen him somewhere, may be in Dil Deke Dekho.

Chhote Sarkaar (1974)

March 20, 2010

I must say this was quite an unusual film…unusual for two reasons –

  • Credits listed only Sadhana and Shammi Kapoor followed by these :

I had to rewind to make sure that I hadn’t missed out on Prem Chopra/Pran/Lalita Pawar’s names. Then I paused for a while – wondering how a movie would go on for more than 2.5 hours without any of these people, will Shashikala be able to solely pull it on for that long, what would Helen’s role be? I had so many questions in my mind even before the movie started.

Honestly speaking, I had no clue as to what this movie was about. I had just seen it listed in Shammi’s filmography and had checked for it in imdb but with not much luck. And surprisingly I could never associate it with any song either. As if this curiosity was not enough, I spotted the VCD in a video store, Shammi and Sadhana, both looking so adorable on the cover, it was too much of a temptation to resist.

Chhote Sarkaar begins with Moti Babu (Shammi Kapoor) returning home from Shikaar and there is quite a big group waiting to attend to him.

After wiping away his sweat and offering him his drink, the group strikes a conversation – it’s more of a comparison, in fact, as to what a lifestyle he leads, how great he his, how classy his hobbies are and how rich he is compared to Raja, who’s good for nothing and has acquantaince with ordinary village people, who paints pictures of girls and sells the paintings to earn his livelihood and how obsessed he seems about his latest model, Kasturi (Helen).  How could two people born to a same mother be so different – while Moti is the Shaan of the haveli, Raja is a disgrace to the family! (whoa, that’s even rhyming!!!)

Moti interferes here saying that he doesn’t want to hear anything about Raja. (that’s the Moti Babu look, with his head tilted towards his left throughout the movie).

The scene then shifts to Raja’s room, who’s busy giving a final touch to his painting of Kasturi who’s in exactly the same pose, on the sofa behind him.

Gulabi (Shammi), the housemaid sees Kasturi and rushes off to Seema (Shashikala) to gossip about how shameless it’s of Kasturi to wear such cheap dresses.

Seema goes to Raja’s room. Their past unfolds as they converse – they used to study together in college and she used to be his model once upon a time, actually she was his first model ever.

Obviously, she’s very jealeous of  Kasturi and tells Raja that he should resume making her portraits.

But now that she’s married to his brother, Moti, he tells her that she’s like a mother figure to him (Bhabhi Maa ke barabar hoti hai) and can’t even think of making her paintings and selling them. She begins her tale of how lonely she is.

Moti is usually out and she is all alone, the least he could do was to give her company. She tries to seduce him and he asks her to leave. She takes that as an insult and takes a vow to take revenge. When Moti comes back home that night, she complains to him that Raja tried to rape her and Gulabi nods in support. He’s so angry about the whole thing, he almost kills Raja for it. Even Maa (Sulochna) buys the story and says she’s so ashamed of him.  Raja is then kicked out of the haveli.

He makes up his mind never to paint any woman ever. He goes to this bar in the village with some new paintings to give them over to his agent, Asit (Asit Sen) . Now that Raja has stopped painting her, Kasturi dances in the same bar to earn a living –  Main kesar kasturi .

Asit tells him that he’ll starve to death at this rate, because nobody would be interested in such paintings. It’s the beauty, youth and lust in his painting that sell (that was the exact translation).

Sad and depressed , he goes back home (now that he’s kicked out of the Haveli, he lives in the village). On his way, he sees a girl sleeping on a bench. Just as he’s about to cross her, he notices a snake sliding towards her and pulls her down from the bench. Initially, she misunderstands his intention and accuses him of trying to take advantage of the situation – a lone girl all by herself, in the middle of nowhere. But when she sees the snake herself, she’s very grateful to him for saving her life.

Radhika (Sadhana) has come from some other village and is on her way to the house where her aunt works. But she kind of gets lost and tired that she is after the journey, she falls asleep on the bench. She takes out a slip of paper containing her aunt’s address and gives it to Raja, but in a very filmy way, it starts raining all of a sudden and the address gets washed away.

The state he is in after all that happened, he doesn’t offer her any  help. He walks back home and Radhika follows him. After some persuasion he finally lets her into the house. He first instructs her to change quickly coz she’s totally drenched and he’s scared she might catch cold. Then he goes to get coffee for her from a thermos and by the time he’s back she’s fast asleep on the couch, wrapped in a towel!

She looks so beautiful, innocent and at so much peace in her sleep, that he just can’t stop himself from capturing it onto his canvas. Yes, he makes a painting of her 🙂

When he gets up the following morning, he finds her gone. Any guesses??? Radhika is Gulabi’s neice and she finds her way to the haveli next morning.

She gets the shock of her life when she sees Moti in the haveli and she is totally confused.

Through her uncle Radhika learns about all that had happened earlier between Moti and Raja. As it turns out that Uncle knows all the truth and feels sad that Raja was framed in such a way that even his Maa went against him.

She goes to meet Raja and when she learns that the painting was sold for Rs. 1000, she’s very happy for him and offers to model for him. He tells her about his dream – to earn enough money to start up a school for the village kids. She’s all the more impressed with him and decides to do all that she can to help him achieve his dream. And they both sing and dance to O jhuke jhuke naino wali aaja mere paas.

The bar where Kasturi dances closes after a police raid. Now she’s totally jobless and is finding it hard to survive. Sunder, a local goon tries to woo her but she’s so smitten by Raja that she just gives a damn to other guys. Jaggu, another goon, comes in for help and warns Sunder not to bother her any more.

Sunder, Jaggu, Kasturi

Jaggu tells her that she’s like a sister to him and she need not worry about any thing going forward. He tells her that Raja was enquiring about her. He offers her a lift to take her to Raja. Happily she goes with him, but here comes the twist. Jaggu is Moti’s aide and he takes her to Moti instead. The light in the room is so dim and Moti doesn’t face her, not all that difficult to convince her that it’s Raja. Moti tells her how much he loves her. She’s so delighted about it and everything else just follows.

She goes back home to find Raja waiting for her, and that’s when she realizes that Jaggu cheated on her and she ended up sleeping with Moti! Thank god, she realizes this fact and Raja is spared.

Cutting the long story short, Seema is expecting and the doctor says that there are some complications and she needs to be extra careful. Radhika is appointed to take good care of her. Due to the complications, Seema is admitted into a hospital. One night, finding Radhika alone at home, Moti tries to rape her.

Doctor’s manage to save only Seema, they lose her child. Kasturi, who was also expecting Moti’s child, delivers a baby boy.

Raja, on the other hand, becomes quite a famous painter. Asit and Raja decide to exhibit his work. A painting named “Naari – Tere teen Roop” (Three forms of a Woman)  is the highlight of the exhibition. Seema is quite shocked to see Radhika in all Raja’s paintings. But it gets too much for her to take when she sees the most-talked about painting, which is –

She goes back home and kicks Radhika out of the house and sends her back to her village. Exhibition is a huge success. Raja comes searching for Radhika to share the news and he finds her gone. It doesn’t take him long to figure out what had happened. He feels sorry for her because she was punished for no fault of hers. Just because she was poor and was a servant in the house, she was not in a position to fight for what is right. So he decides to groom her and present her to the society in a different way. With this in mind, off he goes to her village.

He sings this romantic number to her  Tere chehere mein hai jo baat and he brings her back in a new avataar. Radhika becomes Princess Chaand and Seema is called to felicitate her at an event but the makeover is such that Seema fails to recognize her!

While Raja is busy grooming Radhika, Moti goes to the villagers, disguised as Raja and convinces them to vacate their houses so that he can build a hotel in that land. He promises to build a colony for them and since they all look upto Raja, they agree to this proposal.

With all the attention that Radhika gets as Princess Chaand, she breaks her engagement with Raja saying she doesn’t want to ruin her life and future by getting married – Kya roz roz peena

Kasturi pleads with Moti to accept his child.  Raja overhears this conversation and is shocked to find out that Moti is responsible for all that happened to Kasturi. Just as he enters to fight for Kasturi and help her get justice, Moti shoots her dead and she falls into Raja’s arms.

Next, Raja is arrested for murdering Kasturi!  Moti then gets Kasturi’s child kidnapped and throws him off into a lake.

How mean and inhuman can Moti get? Is there any limit to the crimes that he commits? Is there anything good in store for Raja? Will Maa ever learn the truth? Will Moti ever be forgiven for all his misdeeds? What makes Radhika change so much? Will Seema ever confess her conspiracy against Raja? And will the villagers ever learn the truth that it was Moti who rendered them homeless and not Raja?

Coming back to the unusual factors –

  • Shammi playing the bad guy was a real surprise to me! No wonder there was no need for Pran and Prem. And must say that he’s done it pretty well. I wish he had done more roles like this 😉
  • Songs….A Shammi Kapoor film with just 4 songs (out of which 2 were Item numbers each picturised on Helen and Sadhana)!!!!???? Isn’t that an injustice?

I won’t rate it as Shammi’s best work – a typical 70’s masala flick, predictable plot  but entertaining enough to keep one hooked. I can’t still get over the fact that Shammi can be so mean. And must say that he has done the role pretty convincingly – I almost hated him at one point, but his expressions were so hilarious, I just couldn’t help laughing most of the time.

At some places, the characters were too loud and had such exaggerated expressions esp the first few minutes after Sadhana’s entry.

I totally enjoyed watching it, full paisa vasool material. If only Raja’s character wasn’t so bechara, laachaar, majhboor and self-sacrificing, I’m sure I would have liked the movie even better. 

It’s always more fun being the bad guy and Shammi looked like he was actually enjoying doing it. I have always loved Shammi and I love him all the more now! 😀