Arunkumar Deshmukh’s 10 favourite cycle songs

02 Oct

Arunji has been a loyal follower of this blog and has always been very much encouraging. With this post he makes his debut here on this blog in the role of an author. It is an honour for me that he agreed to do this post. His personal reminiscences makes this post more dear to me. Now, without much ado I give the microphone to him.

It is said, that Indian Films represent the life in India. There is, however, a section of people who believe that the society emulates what is shown in films. So, what is the truth?

When the Talkie came to India and films were made, only one thought was there in the minds of the producers and that was to make films based on Mythological and Historical stories.
This went on for first 5-6 years, but then film makers realised that people will like their films if they could relate their lives with it. So, films based on stories with village background, the caste system, dowry, the moneylender and the farmers were made. These became popular. The urban and the city viewer who was educated were looking for something different. Thus, films were made on love stories set in cities and bigger towns.

Those days middle class was growing in India by leaps and bounds and these were the people, who could spend the money. Now these were the people the films were aimed at.
In the 40s and 50s, the most common transportation vehicle was CYCLE. Almost everybody knew how to ride a cycle. Few people had cars and motorcycles had not yet become popular. Scooters were yet unknown.

I remember, I got my first Cycle when I was in school. My school was 3-4 miles far and I used the cycle to go to school in the morning and to go to friends in the evening. There were many cycles on the road and there was a Traffic rule that every cycle must have a Lamp on the Cycle’s handle as a caution to other vehicles. These lamps were kerosene and Cotton-batti lamps in the night. Sometimes, the lamps got extinguished due to wind. Unaware of this, the police used to catch us. On hearing our plea about the lamp, wind etc, the police would touch the glass of the lamp. if it was still warm, we were let out with a warning only. This was the life in late 40s and early 50s, when I was in Hyderabad State.

It was natural that now cycles too should feature in films. Imaginative Directors used cycles for the heroes when they chased the heroines and for the heroines when they went on a picnic with sahelis. In many films, the village affluents would be shown as cycle owners and the city people using it for moving about.

Up to the 70s, cycles were part of many films. Slowly, cycles were replaced by scooters, Mopeds and motor cycles in films and by 80s, it was only cars and fancy Mobikes for the heroes. Poor cycles were reduced to be shown, only used by the doodhwalla bhaiyyas (milk-men).

It is interesting to note that many songs featuring cycles became very popular which gave impetus for more such songs.
Here I am presenting few popular and not so popular CYCLE SONGS in films. Obviously, all songs are pre-70s period.
There may several forgotten Cycle songs in films, and readers are requested to share these with us.

I must thank Harveyji, for giving me the opportunity to showcase the Cycle Songs of Hindi Films.

1. sawan ke nazare hain  – Khazanchi [1941]
MD: Ghulam Haider; Lyrics: Wali Saheb; Singers: Shamshad Begum & Khan Mastana
The first song is from the musically famous film of the 40s.
With this film the Punjabi Folk and the dholak beat music replaced the stage type music from the West and the Rabindra Sangeet influenced music from the East, in Indian Hindi films.
This was also Shamshad Begum’s debut Hindi film, singing all 9 solo songs and creating a record of sorts in debut.

2. humko hansate dekh zamana jalata hai – Hum Sab Chor Hain [1956]
MD: O.P.Nayyar; Lyricist: Majrooh Sultanuri; Singers: Mohd. Rafi and G. M. Durrani
Filmed on: I. S. Johar and Majnu
The second song is from a musical film having Shammi Kapoor with a mooch (Mustache).In this film though Nalini Jayawant was a bit older for SK, she looked superb in the film.
The song is sung on screen by I.S.Johar and Majnu, who were trying to become a pair in Hindi films, like Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. They even copied their YOGI DANCE steps in this film. This is one of my favourite films.

3. saanwale salone aaye din bahar ke – Ek Hi Raasta [1956]
MD: Hemant Kumar; Lyricist: Majrooh Sultanpuri; Singers: Lata Mangeshkar and Hemant Kumar
Filmed on: Sunil Dutt and Meena Kumari
Hemant-Lata duets are always a treasure to keep and pleasure to hear. Lata used to enjoy singing with Hemant Kumar, about whom, she had said, “When I listen to Hemantji singing, I feel some sadhu is singing”. This song is simply a delight to hear.

4. manaa janaab ne pukara nahinPaying Guest [1957]
MD: S.D.Burman; Lyricist: Majrooh Sultanpuri; Singer: Kishore Kumar
Filmed on: Dev Anand and Nutan
The ever young Dev Anand doing chhed-chhad with pretty heroines was absolutely loved by youngsters in those days. The youthful pair of Dev and Nutan gives a superb performance in this song, though Nutan is not in a right mood.

5. inse rippy tippy ho gayiAgra Road [1957]
MD: Roshan, Lyricist: Prem Dhavan, Singers Mohd. Rafi and Geeta Dutt
Filmed on: Vijay Anand and Shakila
This was a film having Vijay Anand as a hero. His lady-love here was Shakila. One can find great efforts on the part of Vijay Anand to resist and discard Dev-like mannerisms. Later he directed Dev for some superb films. This is a combined cycle and car song, sung by riders of both.

6. suno re bhaiyya hum layen hainPaigham [1959]
MD: C. Ramchandra; Lyricist: Kavi Pradeep; Singer: Mohd.Rafi and Chorus
Filmed on: Johnny Walker and others
In this song Johnny Walker is singing the song on cycle while leading a morcha of protesters against corruption. This was a period when JW ruled the pack of comedians to such an extent that special song situations were created for him in the scripts. It was an unwritten rule that JW must have a song or two in every film. Where are such comedians now?

7. dil mera ek aas ka panchhi – Aas Ka Panchhi [1961]
MD: Shankar-Jaikishen; Lyricist: Hasarat Jaipuri; Singer: Subir Sen
Filmed on: Rajendra Kumar
‘Aas Ka Panchhi’ was a film very close to my heart. In this film Rajendra Kumar, the Jubilee star is shown as a NCC cadet. During my college days, I was a Senior Under officer in NCC, and aspired to join the Army. The Army, however, was firm in retaliation and rejected my 4 SSB attempts to join Army, and thus saved the country. Note-Our NCC commandant had no daughter like Vyjayantimala.
Enjoy this Hemant Kumar clone, Subir Sen’s song.

8. pyaase panchhi neel gagan ke – Pyaase Panchhi [1961]
MD: Kalyanji Anandji; Lyricist: Qamar Jalalabadi (Omprakash Bhandari); Singer: Mukesh
Filmed on: Mehmood
This Mukesh song became quite popular in those days. This Mehmood-Ameeta film was not so good, but the music was very good.

9. akela hoon main – Baat Ek Raat Ki [1962]
MD: S.D.Burman; Lyricist: Majrooh Sultanpuri; Singer: Mohd. Rafi
Filmed on: Dev Anand
Here is Dev Anand again singing about his woes of being a single man in life. It starts as a cycle song and ends as a boat song.

10. main chali main chali – Padosan [1968]
MD: R.D.Burman; Lyricist: Rajendra Krishna; Singers: Asha Bhsole, Lata Mangeshkar and Chorus
Filmed on: Saira Bano
This is a type of song which is quite common in Hindi films-heroine going on a picnic with sahelis on cycles. Another such song was Nutan’s Anari song panchhi banke gaye pyar ka taraana. I opted for this song as Saira looks gorgeous in this song.

Here is the play-list!


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78 responses to “Arunkumar Deshmukh’s 10 favourite cycle songs

  1. harveypam

    October 2, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Thank you Arunji for this beautiful post.

    It was a tour de discovery for me. The Khazanchi song is very beautiful. I liked it a lot. The Pyaase Panchhi song was also new. It needs some time to get used to Mehmood mouthing a Mukesh song.
    The Anari song, which didn’t make to the post is one of my favs. Here it is:
    ban ke panchhi gaye pyar ka tarana

    And then there is this brief song from Pyaasa, which is not my favourite song but it comes to my mind

    The other two fav cycle songs are from the 70s. The one is from Gautam Govinda: ek rut aaya, ek ruut jaaye

    And the other is nainon me darpan hai from Aarop

    Once again, thank you it is a lovely list.

    • Arunkumar Deshmukh

      October 3, 2012 at 9:59 am

      Harvey ji,
      Actually,I must thank you for giving me this opportunity.
      I love old,melodious songs.The varieties of songs are so many that one can get a song in practically every conceivable situation-almost.
      I chose Cycle songs,because these days such songs are uncommon.
      I do hope our readers/viewers enjoy them.

  2. harveypam

    October 2, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    And how could I forget my most fav bicycle song:
    ae maine kasam li from Tere Mere Sapne

    • coolone160

      December 23, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      Maine kasam li is my favorite:) .There is one song dedicated specially to cycle from Amaanat[1977];filmed on Sadhna and Manoj kumar

      • coolone160

        December 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm

        lol… I forgot to scroll down …… There is a mention of this song by Sudhirji ….. sorry! 🙂

  3. Edwina

    October 2, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this & watching the Videos as well It gave Me great pleasure indeed!

    • Arunkumar Deshmukh

      October 3, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      Thanks,Edwin ji.

      • Arunkumar Deshmukh

        October 3, 2012 at 2:54 pm

        sorry,the spelling should have been Edwina ji.Apologies.

  4. Lalitha

    October 3, 2012 at 3:08 am

    Very nice post on that popular mode of transportation in my school days! Thanks, Arunji! Here is another bicycle song, at least they are riding their bikes at the start, later they are chasing each other on foot! I guess RK was more comfortable off the bicycle than on it!

    • Arunkumar Deshmukh

      October 3, 2012 at 10:05 am

      Thank you Lalitha ji.
      I am glad you liked the songs.
      The above song is sung by Asha and Mukesh,but the 78 RPM record of this song,which I have shows the name of Lata ji instead of Asha ji.
      ofcourse the mistake was corrected in later issues.

    • harveypam

      October 3, 2012 at 11:19 am

      Beautiful song, Lalitha! Heard it today for the first time!

  5. Anu Warrier

    October 3, 2012 at 4:05 am

    Harvey, it’s nice to see you back, albeit as the host. 🙂 Thank you, Arunji for the reminiscences.

    Here are my picks from Ghunghat/1960/Ravi (S says it is a faster version of Insaaf ki dagar pe; I must admit that, upon listening carefully to it, I agree.

    Ishaara 1951 Kalyanji Anandji

    One of my favourite cycle songs (though t
    The singer is in a jeep): form Mere Sanam OP Nayyar

    Rafi-Johnny Walker combination from Sitaron se Aage

    A beautiful, beautiful number from a (slightly) later age; Salilda, Kishore Kumar in Annadata

    Dil mera ek aas ka panchchi Subir Sen singing for Rajendra Kumar in Aas ka Panchchi MD: Shankar-Jaikishen

    Harvey has already posted Ban ke Panchhi from Anari – it’s a particular favourite. He’s also posted Nainon mein darpan hai from Aarop – this was Bhupen Hazarika’s debut as MD in Hindi.

    Now I’ll stop flooding your comments post. Do link these, Harvey, if you get a chance? Otherwise the post will take a long time to load.

    Thank you once again, Arunji for the lovely songs you posted. My personal favourites from your list are the ones from Khazanchi, Paying Guest, Ek Hi Raasta and Baat Ek Raat Ki.

    • Arunkumar Deshmukh

      October 3, 2012 at 10:13 am

      Thanks Anu ji for liking the songs.
      Your songs include 2 of my ‘likes’.
      Chal mere dil and pukarta chala hoon main.Actually I considered this song-pukarata-,but the singer is in Jeep.ofcourse it does not make it less melodious.

    • harveypam

      October 3, 2012 at 5:45 pm

      Yes Anu, the load of work at the moment doesn’t allow me to post! But kind-hearted people like Arunji bail me out!

      The Ghunghat song does have an uncanny resemblance to insaaf ki dagar pe! 🙂
      That and chal mere dil lehra ke were new for me!

      pukarta chala hoon main is indeed an unusual bicycle song!

      guzar jaye din din din is one of my fav Salil male songs!

    • thandapani

      October 3, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      Anu, your choices.. fabulous. I esp love Guzar jayen din din.. 🙂

      • Anu Warrier

        October 4, 2012 at 1:47 am

        And I’m glad Arunji bailed you out, Harvey. As you so rightly said, Veerane mein bahaar aa gayi. His theme fit in very well with the unique themes you come up with, so it is all to the good. 🙂 And I got to hear some more wonderful songs from the comment board. All good.

        Thank you so much, Ava. Salilda is a particular favourite, and his compositions even amidst the cacaphony of the later 70s have withstood the test of time.

  6. sunheriyaadein

    October 3, 2012 at 5:31 am

    What a great list and a lovely theme! A theme that reminds of the days that were carefree and less complicated and less polluted too.
    I had never heard the one from Khazanchi before, a beautiful song! I love Saanwale salone aaye din bahar ke and<Akela hoon main
    And the one from Aarop is so beautiful. The first song that came to my mind when I saw the theme was the one from Annadata that Anu has posted above, followed by Pukarta chala hoon main
    Few more that I can think of are –
    Goriye baliye kahan leke chali hai – Tel Maalish Boot Polish

    Michael hai toh cycle hai – Bewaqoof

    Unche niche raaste aur manzil teri door – Khuddar

    Daakiya daak laaya – Palkon Ki Chhaon Mein

    Though these dont have actual cycle in the song, they are still about cycles –
    Yeh cycle ka chakkar – Akeli Mat Jaiyo

    Ladki cycle wali – Pati Patni aur Woh

    And a dhinchak Govinda song –
    Chandi ki cycle sone ki seat – Bhabhi

    • Arunkumar Deshmukh

      October 3, 2012 at 10:17 am

      Thanks Sunehriyadein,
      Truely,that time was a real peaceful one.
      The Cycle advantages,which come to mind NOW are-no Petrol headache,no servicing woes,no insurance and above all NO PARKING problem !

    • harveypam

      October 3, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      Hey Archu! Was surprised to see that unche niche raaste is a cycle song. Moreover I didn’t know that Khuddar had Sanjeev Kumar in it and also Vinod Mehra!
      Still remember reading your review of Palkon Ke Chhaon mein! I had a feeling afterwards of having seen the movie with you!
      Thanks for reminding me again of Michael hai to cycle hai!
      Yeh cycle ka chakkar and ladki cycle wali are indeed curious!

  7. Songs Of Yore

    October 3, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Good to see Mr Arunkumar Deshmukh at the topline instead of the bottomline. My compliments on an excellent write up. Your post and comments include my most favourite cycle songs. I have to come back to enjoy it at leisure.

    I hope now Harvey is finally back.

    • Arunkumar Deshmukh

      October 3, 2012 at 10:22 am

      AK ji,
      Thanks for your comments on me being on Top. Chalo Bhai,kis me to Top kiya !
      Your words make me feel like singing…Aaj mai oopar….

    • harveypam

      October 3, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      Not yet completely back SoY! *sigh*
      Bahut kaam baaki hai! Hopefully in November!

      Upar ya neeche Arunji sab jagaha chamakte hai!

  8. Subodh Agrawal

    October 3, 2012 at 8:48 am

    I echo the sentiments of SoY. It is indeed nice to see Sh. Deshmukh as the author of a post on an interesting theme. Thanks to Harvey for providing the platform. Some songs are new for me and for some others like ‘Dil mera ek aas ka panchhi’ and ‘Akela hoon main’ their association with the bicycle was a discovery for me.

    Frankly I can’t think of any other cycle song that has not already been covered in the post and comments. Well done!

    • Arunkumar Deshmukh

      October 3, 2012 at 10:24 am

      Subodh ji,
      Thanks for your words.

    • harveypam

      October 3, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      Subodhji I am grateful to Arunji for bringing bahaar in this virana of the blog! 🙂
      Thank you!

  9. dustedoff

    October 3, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Great post, Arunji! Thank you for those songs, and more importantly, for those anecdotes – I really loved those, especially about how policeman would touch the bicycle lamp to see whether it was warm or not.

    I especially like Saanvle-salone aaye din bahaar ke, Main chali main chali and Akela hoon main from the ones you’ve selected. The song from Khazanchi was new to me, as was Pyaase panchhi neel gagan ke. I was going to suggest a couple of songs – the ones from Tere Mere Sapne and Anari, in particular – but I see they’ve already been posted. So here’s one which I think hasn’t been mentioned yet: Suno suno Miss Chatterjee from Baharein phir bhi aayengi:

    It’s not 100% on a cycle, but a lot of it is with Johnny Walker on his cycle.

    • Arunkumar Deshmukh

      October 3, 2012 at 10:30 am

      Thanks,Madhu ji, for your encouraging words.
      The song posted by you is one of my favourites.That way,all songs-at least 90% of them-filmed on JW are my’ Likes’.
      This song would have certainly fitted into the above list,if I had only thought of it earlier.

    • harveypam

      October 3, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      Madhu, didn’t you feature this song in your list of songs in motion or was it Johnny Walker songs? That was my first introduction to this song!

      • dustedoff

        October 4, 2012 at 6:24 am

        It was in my list of favourite JW songs, Harvey. 🙂

  10. raja

    October 3, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Lovely to see a post by Arunji.

    A couple of new songs for me in this list – I didn’t know the Khazanchi song and the Pyaase Panchhi song. Btw, the lyricist for the Pyaase Panchhi song is mentioned as Qamar Jalalabadi (Omprakash Bhandari). Any story behind this? 😉

    I like all the other songs – hard to pick one of them as a favourite. The peppy “main chali main chali” would compete with the mischievous “maana janaab ne” but it is very hard to look past “saanwle salone aaye din bahaar ke” from Ek Hi Raasta song. What a sweet little gem it is.

    Thank you so much for this post, Arunji. And thanks for hosting this, Harvey.

    And oh, I forgot. Just loved the bicycle-related experiences of the times – esp the traffic cop checking to see if the lamp was warm or not. 🙂

    • Arunkumar Deshmukh

      October 3, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      Raja ji,
      Thank you for your comments.This will surely give me encouragement.
      QAMAR JALALABADI was born to a Punjabi khatri couple of Lala Harjas Rai Bhandari and Tej Kaur,on the 9th march Jalalabad in Punjab(now in Pakistan).From the young age OMPRAKASH BHANDARI started doing poetry.There was a Shayar already in Jalalabad,who used the Takhallus of ‘AMAR’ for himself.When he saw Om ji’s poetry he was so impressed he gave him the Takhallus(Pen name) of QAMAR-which literarly means Chand or Moon. When grown up,he cntinued with Qamar and added the town’s name-as was the practice those days-Jalalabadi to his name and thus Qamar Jalalabadi was born .

    • harveypam

      October 3, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      The pleasure was all mine in hosting this, Raja! I had a nice time going through the list AND I got to comment first! 🙂

  11. thandapani

    October 3, 2012 at 5:50 pm


    Wah! What beautiful songs.

    Yeh sab to aap hi kar sakte the. Lucky Harvey! Ke aap unke blog par mehmaan aaye!

    • harveypam

      October 3, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      Khoob kahan Ava!

    • Arunkumar Deshmukh

      October 3, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      Ava ji,
      Thanks for your lovely comments.
      yeh meri khush naseebi hai ke unhone mujhe bulaya,
      main unse mila aur humne duniya ko Bhulaya !
      Since you and Harvey ji like old films from the bygone era,just for your info,I have done a Guest Posting of a song from film SAVITRI-1937,on Atul ji’s blog,on 1st Oct.2012,in case you have missed it.

  12. chitrapatsangeet

    October 3, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    lovely selections AD Saheb, very well done!
    Harvey and AD Saheb, in spite of producing some delightful numbers, Nashad,like Sajjad, never got his due from Indian cinema before he moved to Pakistan.
    I remember one lovely song by Geeta Dutt and Talat Mehmood “Chori Chori Dil ka lagana buri baat hai” picturized on a very prety Ameeta.

    • chitrapatsangeet

      October 4, 2012 at 1:57 am

      sorry it is by Asha and a cycle rickshaw song.

      • harveypam

        October 5, 2012 at 11:11 pm

        Doesn’t matter, karthik, after all a cyclerickshaw has alos a rickshaw in front of it! 🙂
        Doyou know by any chance the male actor in that song. I think I have seen him in some Marathi song. Arunji, any idea?

        • Arunkumar Deshmukh

          October 12, 2012 at 6:17 pm

          Yes,you are right Harvey ji.
          The male in this song was a Marathi actor Anant Kumar,who did the role of Chhota bhai in the film.

    • Arunkumar Deshmukh

      October 4, 2012 at 8:24 am

      Thanks,Karthik ji for your appreciation.

  13. Atul

    October 5, 2012 at 3:08 am

    It is so lovely to see so many cycle songs at one place, including a few that I never knew were cycle songs and others that I had forgotten all about.

    More than the songs, forgotten facts about cycles in India in the past decades is priceless. Traffic cops used to check bicycles with the same seriousness with with motorbikes are tested today. And bicycles needed to have lamps with them at night. Today I do not see any bicyclist using night lamp at night time and nobody bothers. This lamp derived its power from a tiny dynamo that would rotate as the cycle moved.

    Those days cycles needed to be have their licenses and their license plates were required to be affixed to the bicycle. So it was not just a case of going to the cycle store and buying a bicycle as it is now. Those were the days when one needed to have a license to own radio too.

    Cycles built during British time were still around in 1960s and 1970s and they were much more sturdy and durable than the cycles manufactured in India in 1960s and 1970s. I recall that my grandfather’s (nana) younger brother was a proud possessor of a bicycle that he had bought in 1942 (at a cost of Rs 42) and it looked far sturdier and wonderful in 1976 than the India made bicycles of recent vintages.

    It is a wonderfully informative article on bicycles and songs associated with them.

    • Arunkumar Deshmukh

      October 5, 2012 at 6:38 am

      Atul ji,
      Thanks for your comments.They are as informative and interesting as stated above.
      I know that many Municipal corporations in India required the cycles to be registered with them and the relevant no. had to be painted on the Mudguard portion of the cycle wheels.There were taxes to be paid as well.

    • harveypam

      October 5, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      Thank you Atul for the info!
      You are right, in previous times the things were meant to last for generations. Nowadays the things are made to be used and thrown away. Just look at the mobile phones! They have some of the rarest and costliest of minerals on the earth and still they are programmed to be useless in matter of few years!

  14. Samir

    October 5, 2012 at 4:47 am

    I still enjoy bicycling, and I try to do so on weekends weather permitting. Found several new songs in this wonderful list, and really like the few that I know. All the hindi bicycle songs I know have already been added, so how about this Paul Newman & Katharine Ross one from “Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid” —

    • Arunkumar Deshmukh

      October 5, 2012 at 6:40 am

      Wonderful song and the ride too.

    • harveypam

      October 5, 2012 at 11:02 pm

      so romantic!
      funny that while she is waiting for him up in the barn that all he can think of is his antics on the bicycle. Leena would sing ‘kaise mithi ke madho se pala pada’

  15. Sudhir Kapur

    October 5, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Arun ji, Harvey ji,

    Kudos – so many cycle songs, and all at one place. Simply amazing.

    And to add one more to the long list of cycle songs. Today morning Atul ji posted a write up from me, for the song from film ‘Amaanat’ (1975) – “Cycle Pe Haseenon Ki Toli”. Another very wonnderful and peppy cycle song.

    The link on Atul ji’s blog is at

    The YouTube link for video of song is at Video has only two stanzas. The more complete 3 stanza audio is available at


    • harveypam

      October 5, 2012 at 10:58 pm

      Thank you Sudhirji!
      This song was totally new for me. Funny song!

  16. harveypam

    October 5, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Edwina brought this song to my notice few days back. It alos features her.

  17. Gaddeswarup

    October 6, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Just wondering whether there are no bicycle songs with Shubha Khote. I think she was the cycling champion of Maharashtra for a few years. I do not know whether it can be considered a bicycle song; but there is some cycling in ‘awara hun’.

    • harveypam

      October 6, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      Shubha Khote was a cycling champion, that is true, she does feature in the song: banke panchhi gaye pyar ka tarana.
      Does she have a song in Seema as well?

  18. bluefire

    October 6, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    2-in-1 is better! 🙂

    Also partial use of cycle,

  19. pacifist

    October 20, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Oh, I missed this excellent post since I was away that week.
    Thank ou Arunji. THe choice of songs is good, I like them all, especially the first two. The secong being also my choice in the ‘funny songs’ post.

    The first song is well picturized. The way they fall and crash into each other with bicycles falling everywhere must have needed a good deal of effort then.
    Another thing interesting about the song is that not just the hero and the heroine’s bicycles collide, but it would seem every girl’s bicycle collided with a boy’s. Hahaha. So many romantic possibilities there.

    I will come back with a song/some songs when I have thought a bit about it.
    THe misfortune of coming so late to a post like this is that most songs get posted already.

    Thank you once again Arunji and harvey for hosting it. He’s such a good host.

    • harveypam

      October 29, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      Glad you liked the post, pacifist!
      It is funny in fact, that I also thought the same about the first song, what a synchronised crash!

  20. pacifist

    October 20, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Well, it *is* called a cycle ricksha 😀

    • harveypam

      October 29, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      A very beautiful song. Do you know who the guy is? I remember him from marathi films, but can’t recall his name.

    • pacifist

      October 29, 2012 at 6:54 pm

      It could be Anant Kumar or Umesh.

  21. bombaynoir

    October 24, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Woo! Awesome post! I can’t ride a bicycle, although I’ve been trying. (And failing because I try to lean it over too much on one side… just ‘cos Rajesh did it on his motorcycle on Andaz.) I agree with the ‘society emulates films’ thing, surely I’m not the only one who tries to do EVERYTHING my favorite actors do, right? (Like wearing scarves like Dev or dancing like Shammi or wishing to go on the Darjeeling Railway because Rajesh sang “Mere Sapnon Ki Rani” there?

    But anyway. I literally jumped and jumped because the songs I thought of were all listed there. Yay. -clapclapclap- Good job! And Arunji, I like your name. Arun. 😀 It’s so much fun to say and it’s awesome.

    • harveypam

      October 29, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      Sorry for replying so late, Sasha, but I was gone for more than 10 days and didn’t have internet access.
      You can console yourself about not being able to ride a bicycle. I learnt it at 23 (just imagine!) and now I do it everyday.
      Arun is indeed a beautiful name isn’t it? It means the Sun! A young sun at that! and he is the country’s voice (Deshmukh).

      • bombaynoir

        October 29, 2012 at 9:06 pm

        Aww, must’ve been terrible. I can’t live for even a day without the internet! No songs = Me in a bad mood. But at least you’re taller when you’re 23! Those big bikes are too tall for me, and those stupid chilidsh kiddy bikes are too small (I have terribly long legs, but not long enough for the big bikes). Hate being stuck in between.

        Oh cool! 😀 I actually like the way it sounds, and also because Rajesh used that name in Aradhana. -hides under couch-

        Don’t kill me. 😛

        • harveypam

          October 30, 2012 at 9:51 pm

          It wasn’t terrible dear. It was just great, not havign to look up in computer but using the time for good things like going for walks etc.
          Hiding behind the couch is not going to help you much! 😉

  22. Songs Of Yore

    October 24, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Came back as I just came across this ‘new’ cycle song:

    Kaise bheege bheege pyare hain nazare by Rafi and Suman Kalyanpur from Apna Ghar, music Ravi

    • harveypam

      October 29, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      I think somebody posted it on my Nanda post last time, but is as usual with me, I had completely forgotten you know by any chance the guy in it? The song is very lovely!

      • deedee2020

        June 14, 2016 at 8:00 pm

        The male actor is Moti Sagar, NOT a son of Ramanand Sagar. (same name confusion). Actor/father of Preeti Sagar Moti Sagar, actor Motilal (Rajvansh), director Tara Harish and singer Mukesh were distant cousins.

        • harveypam

          June 19, 2016 at 10:25 pm

          Thank you, Dee! I had never heard about Moti Sagar.thanks to you, I can put a name to a face now.

      • deedee2020

        June 14, 2016 at 8:01 pm

        it’s me, Dee Thakore


    October 31, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Bicycles not only remind us – the older generation – of our (that great!) bygone era as well as symbolize the fitness exercising hour of the current times.

    Cycle being the most common mode of transportation, it is but natural that cycles had a position of prominence in the Hindi Films, till scooters and mobikes took over.

    This travel – initiated by by Arun Kumarji on harveypam’s cycle – has been made merrier by those who have joined the troupe.

    I thought I would enjoy and cheer from the side-lines only. But, more I read the post, less I could resist the temptation to take a plunge. So here are a couple of pedals from cycle as well;

    The foremost that comes to my mind is the number of times Rajendra Kumar must have fallen in love with his heroines by colliding with their bicycles – Dhool Ka Phool, Mere Mehboob.

    And, of course, I think no discussion of bicycles in the cinema can ever end without taking note of Vittorio De Sica’s Academy Award–winning Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di biciclette), which, in itself, defined an era in cinema. Here is the link to the original film – To those who would not find time enough to see the entire movie, I would recommend to definitely see this trailer clip:

    • harveypam

      October 31, 2012 at 8:00 pm

      Thank you Ashokji, that you all the same decided to comment!
      You are right, the bicycle has in the course of its metamorphosis taken up different shapes and sizes and forms!
      Rajendra Kumar’s characters would surely have been helpless without their bicycles!
      Vittorio de Sica’s Ladri di biciclette is indeed a masterpiece, which also inspired Bimalda’s Do Bheega Zameen, though the later was darker.


        November 2, 2012 at 9:19 am

        Many of our friends were willing to travel to college on bicycles, instead by bus, to replicate the l’affair Rajendra Kumar’s ‘love’ly success(es), but just because there were no girl students in our engineering college (in those days), they used to remain worried as to how they will ‘fall’ in love!!!

        • harveypam

          November 2, 2012 at 10:42 am

          jungal me na sher na hiran
          chale buddhu shikar karne!



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