860384634-Govinda1_6Swarg was the first ever movie with which I took notice of Govinda’s acting skills, though the film was nothing more than a typical family drama. But over the years, this talented actor became an indispensable part of the movies for me as I grew.Continue reading “Go..Go..Go…Govinda”

Kishore Kumar: Story without an End

Note- Here is a special article on Kishore Kumar on his 85th birth anniversary from well known film critic, writer and director- Khalid Mohamed,exclusively for MAM.

Kishore KumarThe three Ganguly Brothers – of the iconic comedy Chalti ka Naam Gaadi (1958) – were a part of me, many of us I should think, but we never articulated that. Perhaps the 1950s and ‘60s weren’t the eras of multiple award ceremonies, scholastic tracts and apportioning due where it’s deserved. Ashok Kumar, Kishore Kumar and the cavaliery ignored Anoop Kumar were taken for granted. Continue reading “Kishore Kumar: Story without an End”

Sawan Barse Tarse Dil: Favorite songs for the Monsoon Season

Note- This is an attempt to write about some of my favorite Sawan/monsoon songs looking at the season in totality. Also considering that the usage of words like Sawan/Barsaat/Baarish etc have been quite a lot in Hindi cinema, this post is only focusing on songs with the prominent usage of Sawan in it.

For most Mumbaikar’s traveling by the local train gives rise to lots of activities, depending on the time that one can have on hand. Generally I tend to use such time available to read a book or a magazine. Sometimes of course the mind also wanders and I try to make use of it by getting to come up with things to write about later. So while thinking about the heavy rains seen in Mumbai last Sunday (but the rains this year have been disappointing overall at least in Mumbai) I started thinking of rain related songs from Hindi films (as most of us do year on year) and realized that there have been quite a few compilations of rain songs done by people over the years.

I also realized that there are plenty of songs based on ‘Sawan’ itself  and that one can even overlook the Baarish/Barsaat songs if one has to make a compilation and that’s what I am going on to in this post. The idea is also to relate to and connect to most of the songs that I will be mentioning over here. The songs are going to be presented in the chronological order (i.e oldest to latest) and hence the numbers do not indicate any particular ranking. Here I go then-

1. Sawan Ka Mahina Pawan Kare Sor – Milan (1967)

milan_1967This classic song symbolizing a music lesson being taught by Gopi (Sunil Dutt) to Radha (Nutan) is something that most of us must have heard umpteen times in our formative years. Since I am a late 70’s product myself I was never too fond of this song initially. But all that changed I guess after the parody song in Mr.India (Sorry didi ab hum nahin karenge shor) made me look back at the song with a lot more care and respect. Sung wonderfully by Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar to the tune composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal and with lyrics composed by none other than Anand Bakshi, the song is beautifully picturised as well. Milan is a remake of the director A.Subba Rao’s own superhit Telugu film, Mooga Manasulu.

“Jiyara re jhoome aise, jaise banmaa naache mor”……Do check out the song

2. Ab Ke Sawan Mein Jee Dare- Jaise To Kaisa ( 1973 )

Jaise_Ko_TaisaThis is one of the less frequently heard Sawan based songs and I’m sure not many of us might remember the video but it’s possible that a lot of us would maybe be aware of the new version of the song seen in Dil Vil Pyar Var (2002) a film which featured 16 popular songs composed by R.D.Burman in various films but re-arranged by Babloo Chakravorty here. The new version sung by Babul Supriyo and Sadhna Sargam definitely is no match to the original song composed by R.D.Burman and sung effortlessly by Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar ( with lyrics by Anand Bakshi once again ). The song is shot in the rain and features Jeetendra and a very young Reena Roy (one of her earlier films). For those who haven’t heard of the film let me tell you that it is a story of twin brothers ( Jeetendra ) who get separated  during their childhood and go on to lead contrasting lives. For those interested let me also tell you that the film was directed by Murugan Kumaran who was known for directing & producing Hindi films mainly remade from Tamil.

“Ab ke sawan mein ji dare,rim jhim tan pe paani gire,mann mein lagi aag si”– Do check out the song which still sounds so fresh.

3.  Ab Ke Sajan Sawan Mein- Chupke Chupke (1975)

Chupke_Chupke_(1975)Now this is one song which I’m sure all of us must have heard of umpteen times. That Chupke Chupke is one of the best comedy films in Hindi Cinema is a fact known to all of us. It was a landmark film made by Hrishikesh Mukherjee who had this special knack of getting top stars to work with him on films that were down to earth and typical slice of life kind. Chupke Chupke is easily one of the best performances of Dharmendra who was outstanding as the Botany Professor Parimal Tripathi. There is of course no rain depicted in the song as its picturised indoor with Sharmila Tagore singing before a small audience at home. But what makes the song even more special is that Dharmendra in the guise of the driver is hiding behind the curtain and listening to the song while Sharmila Tagore seems to be having a lot of fun. A suspicious Om Prakash and a samosa munching Asrani only make the song even more charming. Composed by S.D.Burman and sung by Lata Mangeshkhar, the lyrics are by Anand Bakshi.

“Itne bade ghar mein nahin,ek hi jharokha

Kis tarah hum denge bhala,duniya ko dhokha

Raat bhar jagayegee ye mast mast pawan

Sajan mil na sakenge do man,ek hi aangan me”

Do check out this evergreen song once again

 4. Mere Naina Sawan Bhadon- Mehbooba ( 1976 )

Mehbooba-1976Mehbooba was a reincarnation film with Rajesh Khanna and Hema Malini in the lead. Directed by Shakti Samanta who had worked a lot with Rajesh Khanna, the film didn’t really work commercially. But the songs composed by R.D.Burman were popular and this song in particular is a very popular Kishore Kumar hit. There is a even a female version of the song (sung by Lata Mangeshkar ) in the film. And the lyrics are again by Anand Bakshi, no wonder he was such a prolific lyrics writer. As much as the song is lovely the video is also a lesson for aspiring filmmakers. Check out the song and you’ll make out that either there was no continuity A.D on the sets or that he/she did a lousy job over here. Less than half way into the song the location abruptly shifts from outdoor to indoor (a bad set being passed off as the natural external location) and the costumes of Rajesh Khanna and Hema Malini  also change ( check out his trousers/jeans and also his vest )  🙂 . However the song is deeply romantic and still retains its charm and that’s why it makes it to my list.

“Baat puraanii Hai, ek kahaani hai
Ab sochoon tumhen, yaad nahin hai
Ab sochoon nahin bhuule, wo sawan ke jhuule”


5. Sawan Ko Aane Do- Sawan Ko Aane Do ( 1979 )

Sawan Ko Aane DoAll those who are Bollywood enthusiasts here would know that Rajshri Productions always stood a little different from other production houses. They were not just into production but also had a well established distribution network spread across the country through which they distributed not only their own films but also that of others. When it came to their productions the underlining rule was clear-the films had to be family oriented and definitely within a very comfortable budget. This was the trend which they followed well into the 80’s around the time when they really went broke & then they had a rebirth with Sooraj Barjatya turning around the tide with Hum Aapke Hain Kaun. So keeping in line with their underlining rule in the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s the focus was always on having a family drama (an Agent Vinod was an odd exception) and the dependence on big stars wasn’t there. Another thing that the films kept in mind was the music had to reach out to the masses but with an emphasis  on melody.

Sawan Ko Aane Do was one such Rajshri product which featured Arun Govil, Zarina Wahab and Rita Bhaduri in the lead roles. A very simple tale of a small town guy who becomes a famous singer and is the object of affection of 2 women, one the daughter of the zamindar in his home town & the other who actually helps him become a big star, the film is still mainly remembered for the songs composed by Rajkamal. Most of the songs were sung by my one of my favorite singers, Yesudas. The title song however is sung by Jaspal Singh and Kalyani Mitra. In typical Krishna and Radha avatars, the song reminds one of Krishna in Vrindavan, surrounded by gopikas. The lyrics by Gauhar Kanpuri are really wonderful with an old world charm

“Jhoolon ki honge kataren, phoolon ki honge bahare

Sargam ke leke yeh bhavre, kaliyon ka ghunghat uthare

Sapne jaga lunga, tumko tumhi se main ek din chura lunga”

6. Rimjhim Gire Sawan- Manzil ( 1979 )

Manzil ( 1976 )Basu Chatterjee ‘s Manzil is again a reminder that both Basu Chatterjee and Hrishikesh Mukherjee stood out from the rest of the Bollywood brigade in the way they stood rooted and made slice of life films, mostly revolving around the middle class. Like Hrishida even Basu Chatterjee could manage to work with stars whenever needed. Manzil had Amitabh Bachchan as Ajay Chandra, a normal youngster with dreams in his eyes. Ajay falls in love with Aruna (Moushumi Chatterjee) and pretends to be a rich man in front of her family to impress them. Ajay is not a bad guy, he thinks he can succeed in his business before the wedding and make his dreams come true only to face hurdles one, after the other.

I remember being impressed with the film when I saw it as a kid on Doordarshan. I was fascinated to see my hero Amitabh play a down to earth man who is a romantic and a dreamer. It was also interesting to note that unlike in most films here he wasn’t shown to be starting any vague ‘industry’ or establishment but the film clearly showed him doing something interesting- manufacturing scientific instruments. Watching Amitabh and A.K.Hangal (no I am not joking) testing ammeters and voltmeters was interesting because you hardly see such things in films. Rimjhim gire sawan is one of my all time favorite songs and the song clearly is an indicator of love being in the air. The occasion is a friend’s wedding and Amitabh sings the song to entertain the newly wedded couple and the other guests. Just before the song there’s a brief encounter between Amitabh and Moushumi which Moushumi keeps thinking about during the song. The song is composed by R.D.Burman and the lyrics are by Yogesh. While there is also a female version sung by Lata Mangeshkar, it is this male version sung by Kishore Kumar that I’m really fond of.

“ Mehfil mein kaise kehden kisise,dil bandh raha hai kisi ajnabi se”

7.  Patjhad Sawan Basant Bahar- Sindoor ( 1987 )

Sindoor ( 1987 )Back in the 80’s Chitrahaar on Doordarshan used to be a program that most people looked forward to eagerly. This was the program where one got to see most of the new songs from Hindi Cinema and there were some songs which were so popular that they would keep getting repeated in various episodes and people would look forward to these songs. This song from Sindoor was again one such song. Directed by K.Ravi Shankar, Sindoor was a typical family entertainer of the 80’s with an ensemble cast comprising of Shashi Kapoor, Jeetendra, Govinda, Rishi Kapoor, Jayapradha, Neelam etc. Composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal and written by their favorite lyricist, Anand Bakshi, the song featuring Shashi Kapoor, Neelam and Govinda ( in the background ) reminds you of how life was so simple back those days. Sung effortlessly by Lata Mangeshkar and Mohd.Aziz (who briefly occupied Kishore Kumar’s position in the late 80’s & early 90’s) the song is still soothing to the ears. Actually the song has multiple versions in the film with one of them being picturised on Rishi Kapoor and Jayapradha and sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Suresh Wadkar.

“ Rangon ka mela hai yeh jag saara, rang badalti jeevan dhara” 

8. Lagi Aaj Sawan Ki Phir – Chandni ( 1989 )

Chandni ( 1989 )To be honest when Chandni released I wasn’t all that enthusiastic about it. Maybe the triangular romance with 2 seniors like Vinod Khanna and Rishi Kapoor wasn’t all that enticing for me though I knew it was more a Sridevi film. But even then as a kid I still enjoyed the songs those days, if not the film itself. Of course in course of time I’ve also gone on to have respect for the film as well. Films like Chandni and Chaalbaaz in the same year showed how popular Sridevi was those days. This particular song is an all time favorite romantic number and picturised very well on Sridevi who is seen to be enjoying the rain and Vinod Khanna who is pouring his heart out through the song. The composer duo Shiv-Hari really worked well with Yash Chopra and this song is again another reminder of that aspect. Suresh Wadkar is one singer who hardly disappoints and even here he elevates the song to a large extent with his mellifluous voice. And it’s no surprise that this song has also been written by Anand Bakshi.

“ Kuch aise hi din the woh jab hum mile the

   Chaman mein nahin phool dil mein khile the

   Wahin to hai mausam magar rut nahin woh

    Mere saath barsaat bhi ro padi hai

   Lagi aaj sawan ki phir woh jhadi hai “


9. Sawan Ka Mahina Aaya Hai- Aayee Milan Ki Raat ( 1991 )

Aayee Milan Ki RaatBack in the early 90’s Gulshan Kumar and his T.Series rocked the music industry and thus quite a few films were made just on the basis of a hit music track. People like Nadeem-Shravan, Anuradha Paudwal, Kumar Sanu etc benefited largely due to this phenomena. One such film that came out during this time was Aayee Milan Ki Raat, a film with tantriks, snakes, magic etc : ) .  Starring Avinash Wadhavan (remember him?) and Shaheen (she also did Mahasangram but does anyone else remember her in any other film?) the music by Anand-Milind was quite popular thanks to Doordarshan , Vividh Bharati, Radio Ceylon etc. This is a typical rain song sung by Mohd.Aziz and Anuradha Paudwal in full gusto. The song is nostalgic for me as it’s reminiscent of a special period- the early 90’s when I was slowly becoming a serious collector of audio cassettes as well. And I’m all the more curious to know if there’s anyone else here who has also seen the movie (because I certainly watched it : ) ).

“ Tere husn shabab ki baat huyi ya madira ki barsat huyi

Mausam bhi sharabi lagta hai.mujhe bhi chadiya nasha hai  

 Oye mahiya bujhe de pyas jiya ki ho “

10. Sawan Barse Tarse Dil- Dahek ( 1999 )

DahekDahek is one of those films which get ready and the audio release happens and the promos are aired too, just that these alone are not able to help the cause of a bad script and also a delayed release as well. Starring Akshaye Khanna and Sonali Bhendre and directed by Lateef Binny, probably the only saving grace for this film is this lovely romantic track composed by Anand-Milind (guest composers for the film with Adesh Shrivastava having composed the other songs). Sung by Hariharan and Sadhana Sargam and written by Majrooh Sultanputi the song captures a rainy day in Mumbai and shows the lead pair who is in love and wanting to meet up in spite of the rain.

“ Ek Mohabbat ka deewana dhoondta sa phire

Koi Chahat ka nazrana dilruba ke liye”

What started off as a very small exercise in terms of recollecting a few songs centered around Sawan has gone on to become a fairly enormous post for 2 reasons- one there has been enough to write about these songs & the movies they belong too. And two- I have just let myself go footloose and fancy free in writing this without sticking to any conventions. So I hope you don’t mind going through this article and the list of songs chosen. It would also be great if you could let me know what your favorite monsoon songs are and if you feel I have left out any important song from the list.

Note- I would also like to point out that if the list was not restricted to Hindi film songs then I would have gladly included 2 more songs- Ab Ke Sawan Aise Barse by Shubha Mudgal and Sawan Mein Lag Gayi Aag by Mika. Both the songs were trendsetters and quite popular some time ago. Of course Sawan Mein Lag Gayi Aag also featured in Hansal Mehta’s Woodstock Villa but the movie version of the song doesn’t really appeal to me at all.













Top 12 friendship songs of Bollywood

The bond of friendship has been one of the oft depicted bonds in Bollywood since time immemorial. From Jai and Veeru of Sholay to Akash , Sid and Sameer of Dil Chahta Hai , the depiction of friendship in Hindi cinema might have gone a radical change. Still it continues to be one of the most explored relationships in Hindi. Moreover , when it comes to declaring undying love and dedication to their friends no one does it better than Indian cinema.

On the eve of Friendship day, here is a look at the some of the best songs in Hindi cinema that have gone to immortalise the bond of friendship on celluloid.

Yeh dosti hum nahin todenge – Sholay

How can one not mention Sholay while talking about Best friends forever(BFF) jodis of Hindi Cinema? Right from doing daylight robberies, harassing “Angrez ke zamaane ke jailor” to taking on the most dreaded villain of Hindi cinema – Gabbar Singh, the duo of Jai and Veeru have done it all. And they survived through almost all of it, thanks to their strong friendship . And what could be better than this song , which brilliantly depicts their love and respect for each other.

Tere jaisa yaar kahaan – Yaarana

The film Yaarana sees Bishan (Amjad Khan) helping his best friend Kishan (Amitabh Bachchan) to realise his dreams of becoming a playback singer and they stick with each other through thick and thin , proving that their  bond of friendship is indeed a strong one.

This beautiful composition by Rajesh Roshan sees Amitabh Bachchan getting his moment of glory as a singer and performer in the film. And it also gives him a chance to thank his BFF for sticking with him through thick and thin.

Diye Jalte Hai – Namak Haraam

Namak Haraam directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee was loosely based on a Shakespearean play ‘Beckett’. The  film tells the story of   two best friends Somu(Rajesh Khanna) and Vicky (Amtabh Bachchan) belonging to different strata of the society and how their friendship gets affected due to a clash of ideologies.

This beautiful song composed by R.D Burman and sung by Kishore Kumar shows the duo in one of their happiest moments together.

Yaaron – Rockford

The film Rockford is a coming of age story set in hostel and centered around a school going kid. Though this song was a part of the Rockford OST, it was never featured in the movie. Instead, a separate music video was shot (which was a very popular trend those days and still continues to be ) to promote the film.

This beautiful composition rendered beautifully by K.K  implies that friendship and love are one of the best things to happen in an individual’s life. And the memories of such love and friendship are to be cherished forever.

Bane chahe dushman zamana hamara – Dostana

This Dostana doesn’t refer to the Abhishek BachchanJohn Abraham starrer. Instead this refers to the Amitabh BachchanShatrughan Sinha film in which the two actors star as childhood friends who are separated due to misunderstandings only to reunite towards the end in true Hindi film fashion.

This song sees them giving an ode to their immortal friendship. Composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal , this song is one of the rare collaborations of Kishore Kumar and Mohammed Rafi who come together to do the playback for Amitabh and Shatrughan Sinha respectively.

Yaari Hai Imaan Mera – Zanjeer

The first solo megahit of Amitabh Bachchan sees him as an honest police officer who avenges the death of his parents who were murdered by Teja (Ajit) with ample help in the form of ladylove Jaya Bachchan and a good samaritian Pathan played by Pran.

This song follows after an explosive confrontation between Amitabh and Pran in the police station. And this song shows  the bond of friendship being cemented between them. With vocals by the versatile Manna Dey and music by Kalyanji Anandji, this song is undoubtedly one of the best songs that celebrates the bond of friendship in true hindi film style.

Dil Chahta Hai – Title Song

Director Farhan Akhtar created a revolution of sorts with his directorial debut , that had some brilliant cinematography (Ravi K Chandran), awe-inspiring visuals and some brilliant music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

The result was Dil Chahta Hai. A trendy, urban, coming of age movie set in an urban milieu.

The film is about three best friends Akash (Aamir Khan), Sameer (Saif Ali Khan) and Siddharth (Akshaye Khanna), their individual relationships and the effect that these relationships have on their friendship.

At a time when Bollywood was getting increasingly stereotypical, this film came as a breath of fresh air with its subtle and subdued depiction of individuals and relationships.

The title song sees the friends heading to Goa, wherein they are having a gala time whilst enjoying the company of each other , indicating that  the moments spent with best buddies are to be cherished forever.

Qurbani – Title Song

Qurbani directed by the late Feroz Khan was a stylish actioner with the right mix of action, setinments, romance and melodrama. The film focusses on two friends Vinod Khanna and Feroz Khan who drift apart since they are in love with the same woman – the superhot Zeenat Aman only to come together for a action packed and an emotional reunion in the end.

One of the film’s highpoints was undoubtedly the music by Kalyanji-Anandji and Biddu. The extremely hummable title song(co-incidentally once again song by (Kishore Kumar and Mohammed Rafi) well establishes the bond between the duo of Feroz Khan and Vinod Khanna in the film.

Jaane nahi denge tujhe – 3 Idiots

Based on the book ‘Five Point Someone’ by Chetan Bhagat , 3 Idiots was a much better on-screen adaptation of the book directed by Rajkumar Hirani with his usual flair for feel good cinema.

The film focuses on three friends (Aamir, Sharman & Madhavan) and the ups and downs they face during the course of doing their engineering course.

The song comes at a time when Sharman Joshi’s character is going through one of his worst phases as a student. Being unable to take the pressure anymore , he attempts suicide. The song sees his other friends Aamir and Madhavan trying their best to help Sharman recover from the incident. Though the picturisation is a bit filmy unlike the normal style of Hirani , it does manage to brign a lump in your throat.  Shantanu Moitra and Sonu Nigam deserve a great amount of applause for doing a wonderful job composing and rendering the song beautifully.

Imli ka boota – Saudagar

At the time of its release , Saudagar was one of the most hyped and eagerly awaited films . For a very simple reason – since it brough together , two of the biggest superstars – Dilip Kumar and Raaj Kumar in the same frame. Besides this , the film also featured an ensemble cast of Amrish Puri, Anupam Kher, Jackie Shroff, debutantes Vivek Mushran and Manisha Koirala amongst others. It also featured music by Laxmikant Pyarelal which contained chartbusters such as ‘Ilu Ilu’ and the above featured song amongst others. And director Subhash Ghai met the expectations as the film went on to become one of the biggest box office hits.

The film tells the story of  best freinds Veeru Singh (Dilip Kumar) and  Rajeshwar Singh(Raaj Kumar) who become bitter enemies due to a misunderstanding created by Chuniya(Amrish Puri) and his accomplices. Only to re-unite towards the end to eliminate their common enemy Chuniya and rekindle their everlasting friendship.

This song which is the theme song of the film plays at various critical junctures of the film. At this point , the song is playing when both the friends reunite after a long time.

Khudgarz – Zindagi Ka naam dosti

Khudgarz which was the directorial debut of Rakesh Roshan tells the oft-repeated story of two best friends (Jeetendra  and Shatrughan Sinha) who become sworn enemies due to a series of misunderstandings initiated by the evil Kiran Kumar. Though the storyline is predictable , the film is well directed by Roshan and well enacted by Jeetendra and ‘Shotgun’ Sinha.

One of the film’ s highpoints was the music composed by Rajesh Roshan which featured a couple of hummable numbers, including the above mentioned number which very well depicts the friendship between Jeetendra and Shatrughan Sinha.

Mustafa Mustafa – Duniya Dilwalon Ki 

Duniya Dilwalon Ki was a dubbed version of the Tamil hit film ‘Kadhal Desam’ starring Abbas, Vineeth and Tabu amongst others. The film is love triangle where two friends (Abbas and Vineeth) fall for the same girl (Tabu).

The music composed by A.R Rahman was one of the biggest strengths of the film even in the dubbed version. The Mustafa Mustafa song was a rage when it had released.  The song which celebrates the spirit of friendship is rightly considered by many as an anthem of friendship.


Fun Mode : Kishore-da's Unbridled Enthusiasm

Just the other day I was listening to Kishore songs, not the sad depressing numbers which can make even a normal person melancholic, but some fun songs for a change. One thing that came out loud and clear was the fact that he enjoyed singing those songs, however silly the lyrics was or however absurd the tunes were; he gave it his all.

If a singer himself does not seem kicked about a song, how will he ever enthuse others? That’s the feeling I get when I hear those inane new talents on the numerous talent hunt shows. They come, they sing, they don’t even bother to work on the comments given by the judges [some of the judges are not even worth their salt, better not hear their comments at all] and mechanically appear again in some other show.

Anyways, back to Kishore da. He totally gets into the mood, full-on, unplugged. There are legends about Kishore and the manner in which he rendered the Khaike Paan Banaraswala number. It goes like this: Kishore actually asked for a bunch of pans which come in those cases [as seen in Padosan] and a peek-daan to spit out the paan. He sat on the floor or some kinda bed and literally rambled the words Bhang Ka Rang Jama Ho Chaka-chak. I go back to my previous para where I mentioned that unless the singer does not enjoy the song, there is very less chance that others will. And Kishore was a master of that. The kind of energy that he would blow into the song and the infectious jovial nature is unparalleled.

Since his Padosan songs have been talked about no end, I shall refrain from doing so. Let me talk about his other songs, especially from the black & white era. In the same genre as Mere Bhole Balam from Padosan was a song called Gaana Na Aya Bajana Na Aya, Dilbar Ko Apna Bana Na Aya. Its a hilarious song that blows your top-off. Kishore is seen trying to create a new song and the result is pure comedy. The lyrics were again by Rajendra Krishen and music by Hemant da. There is a small Brit accent piece, Kishore trying an imitation, really funny. Who could imagine the ever-serious Hemant Kumar composing such a number, but such was the exuberance of Kishore that everyone was affected by it. Also seen in the video clip is Gemini Ganesan along with Meena Kumari who are baffled by Kishore’s antics. Probably the only time that the south matinee was seen with Kishore in the same frame.

How funny can Kishore da get? Well, turns out very funny. So funny that in the movie Aansoo Aur Muskaan, there is a song picturised on Kishore in a ashram which is called Swami Kishore-aanandam Kirtan Ashram. And the song itself is Guni Jano Bhakt Jano, which sees Kishore in the garb of a sadhu. The lyrics of the song even goes on to list all the stars of bollywood in a fine spin of words sounding like bhajan

brahmaande he koti sitaram prithvi par bhi anek sitaram
arre aashirvadam ashok-kumaram
prithvi-putram raja-kapuram shammi-kapuram shashi-kapuram
ramam shyamam dilip-kumaram purab-pashchim manoj-kumaram
arre premapujari dev-anandam, roopa-pujari IS-joharam
arre nilam-kamalam raj-kumaram, yade yadam sunil-dattam
are ittefaqam rajesh-khannam jai jaani rajendra-natham
uchhalamakudam jai mahamudam

Two of the wackiest Kishore songs feature Pran, and Kishore himself in motley attire, thats pure coincidence. In Cheel Cheel Chillake, he is dressed in a school uniform, probably on some tour in scouts jamboree. The movie was Half Ticket, I haven’t been able to see the movie yet. But if the movie is even half as good as the song, then it shall be a treat to watch.

No one can forget a pre-supposed duet song being sung by the same singer. Kishore achieved that feat in Aake Seedhi Lagi where he not only cross-dressed but also cross-voiced. He sang as Kishore for Pran and then as squeaky/screechy and rustic village-belle-Kishore for himself. I am not even finding words to describe Kishore’s ludicrous yet fantastic act. No one could have pulled it off, but him.

‘Kahani Kismat Ki’ had an unprecedented song picturisation. And much before Dharamendra had climbed atop a tank in Sholay, he was seen in a crane elevated carrier singing Rafta Rafta Dekho Aankh Meri Ladi Hai; which he does after gathering a small crowd. Towards the end, he even starts singing ghati lyrics which is hilarious, and an embarassed Rekha looks around for some kind of sanity.

Then, there is the Eena Meena Deeka number. The mukhda of the song is a string of garbled words that make no sense but have been sung with great conviction as though it were the commandments. Kishore totally believed in the song and executed it with perfection, just watch his choreography; amazing. And the lyrics of the song has some insensible wisdom. Check this

Mat socho ki sasta hai sauda
Phal paayega lagayega jo paudha
Dil ki ye kyaari banegi phulwaari
Ye duniya jalegi, jalan ki hai maari
Hasegi hasegi hasegi meri pyaari

If you thought Kishore had sung only romantic and sad songs for Rajesh Khanna, then you are wrong. Rajesh Khanna too had a fair share of Kishore’s masti songs. One of them being the Saasu Tirath, Sasura Tirath from the movie Souten. The lyrics literally mean that in-laws are are to be worshipped and visited regularly as a duty and a pilgrimage.

Another lesser spoken about song from the movie ‘Chalti Ka Naam Gadi’ was Hum The Wo Thi Aur Samaa Rangeen Samajh Gaye Na. The two brothers, Anup and Kishore, discussing the forbidden topic of an encounter with a woman which Anup hasn’t had and Kishore teases him with lyrics which go like this:

Khoya Mai Kaise Uski Baton Mei
Kehta Hoon Dam To Lene Do Ahhaha
Khoyi Woh Kaise Meri Baaton Mei
Kehta Hoon Dam To Lene Do Ahhaha
Kya Kya Keh Dala Aankho Aankho Mei
Kehta Hoon Dam To Lene Do Ahhha

Another song from the same movie, worth mentioning, is the Panch Rupaiya Barah Aana song. It so happens that Kishore repairs Madhubala’s car and she still owes him Rs.5.75. And Kishore is out to get that money, even if it means earning it by entertaining her.Watch Kishore dressed in leather pants, jacket and a feathered cap. And watch him each time he says Chahe Namoona Dekh Le and tunrs up in a different costume. This song later became an inspiration for a song in movie ‘Jeevan Ek Sanghursh’, where Amit Kumar crooned Dede Mera Dede Tu Bees Rupaiya, Twenty Rupees My Twenty Rupees.

Vinod Khanna has rarely been seen in comical acts, except for the movie Hera Pheri with BigB. But in this song Priye Praneshwari from movie ‘Hum Tum Aur Woh’ is a song which sees Vinod Khanna in never-seen-before getup. The only other funny getup Vinod Khanna ever did was in Hera Pheri. In this song, Vinod is singing to his lady love in chaste hindi and even I did not know the meaning of a few of those words. The lyrics of the song and Kishore’s rendition is just awesome.

priye praaneshwari, hridayeshwari
yadi aap hamey aadesh karey to
prem ka hum shri ganesh karey

If anyone is depressed, thinking about love and missing their loved ones, should listen to Hum To Mohabbat Karega from ‘Dilli Ka Thug’. Its another comical song which describes the extent to which a person can go, to prove his love and to stay with loved ones. After hearing words like Joota Polish Karega Tel Maalish Karega, they are bound to smile at their own stupidity and limitless affection for their loved one, what with thoughts like … joota paalish karega lekin tum par marega, laila laila karega thandi aahen bharega and doobegaa nahin tairega pyaar se ham nahin darega

A song which encapsulates the qualities that a man looks for in a woman is very humorously penned in Zaroorat Hai Zaroorat Hai Zaroorat Hai, Ek Shirimati Ki, Kalavati Ki, Seva Karey Jo Pati Ki. It may sound a bit idealistic, but its to be taken with a pinch of salt; because the song is really a romantic one at heart. Sample this:

haseen hazaaro bhi ho khadey, magar usi par nazar padey ho zulf gaalo se khelti, ke jaise din raat se ladey adaaon mei bahaar ho, nigaahon mei khumaar ho qabool mera pyaar ho to kya baat hai itar mein saanse basi basi, vo mastiyo mei rasi rasi zara si palkein jhuki jhuki, bhavey ghaneri kasi kasi phoolon mei gulaab ho khud apna jawaab ho vo pyar ki kitab ho to kya baat hai 

And with Kishore enacting it, his facial expressions and the naugtiness in the voice was great.

This is just the beginning of a long list of Kishore-da’s songs which continue to enthrall us. The man was a complete maverick and no one entertained us, the way he did; whether it was infront of the camera or behind it, be it in the recording studios or shooting a movie. Whereever there was a fun moment, he was there; or may I put it like this – wherever he was there, there were fun moments. So, please go ahead and list your fave Kishore songs which tickled your funny bone, I am sure that won’t be a tough task!

Discerning Few : Rafi Sings For Bachchan

Yesterday was Rafi’s death anniversary. Hope his soul is in peace.

na fankaar tujh sa tere baad aya
mohammed rafi tu bahut yaad aya

– A song from movie Kroadh

Just the other day I was watching the song and something struck me. I felt that the song was ironical in so many ways. Although its a tribute to Rafi Saab, it was sung by Md.Aziz, a so-called Rafi clone, whose voice is such a far cry from the soothing and melodious voice of Rafi. And the fact that the song was filmed on Amitabh Bachchan, whereas Rafi hardly sang a dozen songs for him.Continue reading “Discerning Few : Rafi Sings For Bachchan”

Anand Mara Nahin, Anand Marte Nahin: R.I.P Rajesh Khanna

Note– This happens to the 500th Post on MAM. We at MAM thank all our authors and readers for their support and look forward to your continued patronage.

Rajesh Khanna-1After moving in and out of the hospital in recent weeks Rajesh Khanna aka Kakaji finally passed away earlier today (18 July). Ever since the recent Havells commercial came out there has been a lot of talk about Rajesh Khanna. Everyone had a word or two to talk about the ad and as to whether R.Balki had done the right thing or not in making the commercial. Continue reading “Anand Mara Nahin, Anand Marte Nahin: R.I.P Rajesh Khanna”

Mr India : A Trip Down Memory Lane

Mr.India is one of the first movies I ever saw and still have fond memories about it. And why not? It is so hard to dislike this movie. During the 80’s Bollywood was churning out assembly line products which had a standard template. An idealistic hero in love having a supportive heroine (in all ways) as he clashes with an evil villain and the ever suffering family of its main lead with necessary comic relief and so on.Continue reading “Mr India : A Trip Down Memory Lane”