Anokhe Bhol!

18 Nov

Arunji has been a loyal follower of this blog and has always been very much encouraging with his comments and suggestions. This is his second post 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 as usual makes this post more dear to me. Thank you Arunji!

Arunkumar Deshmukh’s ten favourite songs with “interesting” lyrics

Words like ‘Dumbak dumba’ or ‘chidi chapata ‘ or Ding dong etc always attracted me in Hindi songs. In the early 50s I was an avid listener of Radio Ceylon. They used to have a weekly programme of ‘ Anokhe Bol ‘ for 15 minutes. I waited thru the week for this programme. it was my favourite programme. Songs played in this programme had odd words in it and those songs haunted me for the entire week till the next programme, when next set of songs took over.
From my early childhood i was very fond of seeing films and enjoying its music. We were in Hyderabad State. This being a Muslim ruled state; there were many peculiar things in those days. For example, in most Theatres, there used to be a class called “ZANANA “(Ladies Only). This was like a balcony. It was meant for those Burkha-clad Muslim women who wanted to see the films, without being seen by the men folk. A huge cloth curtain was dividing the Zanana Class and the rest of the Theatre. A She-male or a He-female (I don’t know which! ) was appointed with the exclusive duty of removing the huge curtain once the film started and closing it before or as soon as the Interval or the end of the film, so that the women could see the film and still not get exposed to the prying eyes of the men folk in the theatre.

In those days there was no seat numbers and seats used to be reserved by keeping a hanky, or a bag or simply a small child. In the Zanana class, sometimes there used to be quarrels in loud voices. In such cases the curtain was hastily drawn, lights put on, and the film stopped, till the quarrelling sides were pacified! This class used to admit children with women ranging from 1 to 8 years. The women and children used to make so much noise many times, that people were avoiding that side of the theatre to sit. These Zanana classes continued 2 to 3 years even after Hyderabad was liberated from Nizam and merged with India.

my father was a criminal lawyer(means, he used to take only criminal cases) and had no time to see films, but my mother was fond of films. Once in every year, in the summer holidays, we used to go to mother’s ‘Mayaka’, a small Tauka place, with only 1 theatre. The rates of these theatres in those day would seem unbelievable today-4 annas, 6 annas, 10 annas and the Dress Circle of 1 rupee. In 1 Rupee we enjoyed cushioned chairs (without hand rests) and Fans. There were only 2 shows, 6 pm and 9 pm. On Friday to Sunday morning shows the rates were half, and old films were shown.

Once I had the opportunity to go to my MAMI’s Mayaka, which was a small village nearby. The attraction was that there was a ‘Touring Talkies (Open Theatre)’ in that town. On the first evening we went to see the film, which was ‘Badi Behan”-1949. It was almost a new film in 1951. I can never forget the experience of Open Theatre with almost 100 people seeing the film in pindrop silence. Later when I went to the Drive-In Theatre in Bombay, I remembered this experience.

From these Anokhe experiences to Anokhe Bol Songs now. . . . Film songs with strange, meaningless words were quite common in films of 50s and 60s. But the First Anokhe Bol song was from HATIM TAI-1933, sung by a chorus. The Anokhe Bol were Donga Donga Dum Dum, Daka Adam Boka, masham maka… This was written by G. R. Sethi with music by Madholal Master.
C. Ramchandra was a composer who was fond of such songs. We find many songs from him. Similarly Kishore Kumar was given such songs as it suited his style and yodelling. By the way, do you know that Yodelling was taught to Kishore Kumar by a small time composer of India-JIMMY or James Singh ?(Thanks to DUSTEDOFF  for this trivia).
It is not surprising that most Anokhe Bol songs were popular, after all some masala with melody is always welcome!
When I started thinking about these songs I found most songs from 50s and 60s. The funniest thing is, it’s not only C. Ramchandra alone, almost every composer (including SDB, Naushad, Salil etc)
and almost all lyricists and all singers were into it. Hai na Anokhi Baat?
The 10 Anokhe Bol songs selected today may not be the Best, but some are iconic, evergreen and some are, maybe , unknown to some of you.
So, enjoy Anokhe Bol. . . . . . . . . . .

1. Film – Ek Thi Ladki-1949; Song-Lara Lappa
Singer-Lata, Rafi, Satish Batra and Chorus
Lyricist-Aziz Kashmiri
This is an Iconic song of Indian Hindi films. In-spite of being as old as about 60 years,it is still very popular. This is shot on Meena Shorey. She looks so young and naughty here.
This song gave her a permanent identity as the Lara Lappa Girl. This tune is based on a Pahadi-Punjabi tune of Kangra District.

2. Film-Bawre Nain-1950; Song- Aye Ichak Beechak Churr
Singer-Shamshad Begum
Lyricist-Kidar Sharma
Shot on Raj Kapoor, Geeta Bali and Cuckoo

3.Film- Dholak-51 Song- Halla Gulla Layilla
Singer-Shamshad Begum, Satish Batra, Rafi, Chorus
Lyricist-Aziz Kashmiri
This is a song where live orchestra is playing. The song is shot on Meena Shorey, Majnu, Ajit and others.

4. Film- Sazaa-51 Song-Gupchup gupchup pyar karen
Lyricist-Rajendra Krishna
composer- S.D.Burman
Singers-Hemant Kumar and Sandhya Mukherjee
This song is shot on Dev Anand and Nimmi (for once she is smiling and not weeping-as always!).
This was also the debut song for Sandhya Mukherjee. The song is simply fabulous. Just close your eyes and listen to the melody.

5. Film- Funtoosh-56 Song- Denewala Jab bhi deta
Singer- Kishore Kumar, Chorus
Lyricist- Sahir Ludhiyanvi
composer- S.D.Burman
This is one of my favourites from Kishore/Dev Anand duo. The song is shot on Dev Anand,making merry and entertaining the guests. You can also see Mehmood, Sheila Ramani, K.N.Singh and Bhagwan Sinha (doing the Shayar’s role). Just see the range of Kishore’s voice.

6. Film- Asha-57 Song- Eena Meena Dika
Lyricist-Rajendra Krishna
Singer- Kishore Kumar
Shot on Kishore Kumar, you can also see Vyjayantimala. It is said that the tune and wording of this song was found by C.Ramchandra, when he heard some children playing and uttering these words.

7. Film- Do Bigha Zameen-53 Song- Haryala sawan aaya…
Singers-Lata, Manna Dey,chorus
Composer- Salil Chaudhary
This is a lovely joy song from a land mark film of India by Bimal Roy. It is shot on a group of farmers, who have come to the city to earn, welcoming the first rains of the season.

8. Film- Aawaz-56 Song- Dhitang Dhitang bole
Lyricist-Prem Dhawan
Composer- Salil Chaudhary
This is only an audio. The tune is based on a Bengali song of Hemant Kumar, composed by Salilda himself (auto-plagiarism ?)

9. Film- Ek Do Teen-51 Song- Aka baaka chidi chadaka
Singer-Asha Bhosale/Chorus
Lyricist-Aziz Kashmiri
This is song item done by young girls just before a function. Shot on Meena Shorey.

10. film- Savera-58 Song- chhupa chhupi agad bagad
Singers- Lata/Manna Dey/chorus
Lyricist- Shailendra
Composer-Sailesh Mukherjee
This is a memorable song from a less known composer. Sailesh was a multi faceted person. He has acted as a hero in 2-3 films, he has sung several songs and also given music to few films.

Enjoy the playlist!


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49 responses to “Anokhe Bhol!

  1. dustedoff

    November 18, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Thank you so much for this post, Arunji (and thank you, Harvey, for hosting it)! I simply loved the memories of theatres in Hyderabad back in the days when there used to be a zenana – that was really delightful! 🙂

    And what a fabulous idea for a post. Yes, there are so many songs with nonsensical words here and there. Perhaps lyricists gave up in frustration after a while, when they couldn’t find proper words to fit in the music? I like a lot of the songs you’ve listed – and I made a discovery. I’d never heard the Hindi version of Dhitang dhitang bole, though I’ve known the Bengali version since I was a child.

    • Arunkumar Deshmukh

      November 18, 2012 at 7:29 am

      Madhu ji,
      There is no greater joy than knowing that someone as knowledgeable as you has liked the post and the writing. Thanks,indeed.
      Dhitang Dhitang…..originally a Bangla song by Hemant Kumar,with Music by Salilda,has many clones in many languages,like Hindi,Tamil,Marathi,Sinhalese etc.
      here is the original one….


      • Arunkumar Deshmukh

        November 18, 2012 at 7:32 am

        And….here is the Sinhalese (from Sri Lanka) version…..


        • harveypam

          November 18, 2012 at 9:32 am

          Both the songs are lovely! Hemant’s voice is a delight to hear in the Bangla version! Thank you Arunji!

    • harveypam

      November 18, 2012 at 9:31 am

      The idea is lovely, isn’t it? I wonder, why I myself didn’t come up with this idea!

  2. harveypam

    November 18, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Thank you Arunji for this entertaining post!

    The road down your memory lane was lovely to walk though!

    Many of the songs were new for me. The wonderful song from Dholak is one such song. Not only the song from Aawaz was new to me but also the film itself. I didn’t know that Nalini Jaywant and Usha Kiron shared screen space!
    The song from Ek Do Teen also surprised me!

    Here are some of my contributions. The so-called gibberish in these songs are really from living languages. They are just used here as fillers!

    gapuchi gapuchi gam gam – Trishul

    kherishu varishu – Harjaae

    goyake chunanche – Manoranjan

  3. raja

    November 18, 2012 at 10:35 am

    What a wonderful post, Arunji.
    Thoroughly enjoyed reading it – and am patting myself on the back for knowing as many as 5 of these songs. 🙂 Which also means, discovering 5 songs (which is never a bad thing!).

    I remember Hasrat Jaipuri in an interview saying that “uff yu ma” in “ye aankhen uff yu ma” was something he just cooked up in a hurry – it means nothing at all. When the song became a big hit, he was very pleasantly surprised. 🙂 Everybody began asking him the meaning of this, and he had to keep saying that it really meant nothing.

    Sometimes it’s just fun to sing along without having to look for meaning in the words.

    Must say I really loved reading about your experiences in those early years. You describe them so well, it is as if the events are playing out in front of my eyes. Thank you so much, Arunji.

    • harveypam

      November 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      Thanks for that info on uff yu maa, Raja! Didn’t know that! Uff is know, but in the combination with u maa is not!

  4. Arunkumar Deshmukh

    November 18, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Raja ji,
    Thanks a ton.
    I am happy that you liked the theme and that some songs were new for you.
    Anokhe Bol songs are quite high on my favourite songs’ list and it was difficult to choose the 10 songs.
    There are many many more melodious Anokhe Bol songs,which can be dished out.
    -Arunkumar Deshmukh.

  5. Subodh Agrawal

    November 18, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Great idea for a post and very well presented. Thanks Mr Deshmukh and Harvey. Two songs that came to my mind were ‘Ichak dana’ from ‘Shri 420’ and ‘Main hoon jhum jhum jhum jhum jhumroo’ from the eponymous film.

    Bol can be ‘anokhe’ in many ways. There are the excellent songs in this post which use meaningless words meaningfully. Once could call them Jabberwocky songs. Then there are the ones like ‘My name is Anthony Gonsalves’ which use regular words in nonsense strings. Many such songs have been filmed on Govinda. The strangest lyrics I recall are quite regular – the words are normal, and the sentences meaningful, but it is the use of global political imagery in a mujra song that makes the whole combination very unique. It is from a five year old film Gulaal:

    • harveypam

      November 18, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      Arunji, does brighten up things here, doesn’t he?

      The song from Gulaal was completely new for me!
      Although seemingly nonsense it does make its criticism very audible and what metaphors and similies! Wonderful! Thanks for introducing me to it Subodh!

    • Arunkumar Deshmukh

      November 19, 2012 at 9:24 am

      Thanks,Subodh ji.

  6. thandapani

    November 18, 2012 at 4:13 pm


    The prelude where you mention the cinema viewing experience in Hyderabad is simply amazing. It was so well described, it brought the scene alive.

    You have listed some really lovely songs here. Loved listening to them 🙂

    • Arunkumar Deshmukh

      November 19, 2012 at 9:26 am

      Ava ji,
      It is Harvey ji,who motivates me to write these things.Thanks to him.
      I am happy you liked the post.

  7. Anu Warrier

    November 18, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    What a delightful post, Arunji. It was very interesting to read about the theatres in Hyderabad having a zenana! Thank you, Harvey for hosting this post.

    The songs are delightful as well; and I must confess that my mind jumped immediately to Gapuchi gapuchi gham gham that Harvey listed. As far as Dhitang dhitang dole is concerned, my introduction to that came much later. The song that is familiar to me is this one, the Malayalam version of the same song:

    The picturisation is horrible, but the song is musically more complicated than the Bengali original.

    • harveypam

      November 18, 2012 at 7:53 pm

      The man with the blonde wig looks groovy!

      • Anu Warrier

        November 18, 2012 at 11:25 pm

        The man with the blonde wig, Harvey, was one of Malayalam films’ earliest ‘superstars’ when there was no such thing. 🙂 Prem Nazir. A reasonably competent actor, a very successful star, evergreen hero, and a gentleman to the core.

        And for the Anokhe bol another contribution, if no one else has put it up yet:

        And if I have RK, how can I not have AB?

        And this one. 🙂

        • harveypam

          November 20, 2012 at 8:36 pm

          Of course I know Prem Nazir! But it seems I know him more from reading rather than seeing his films!

    • Arunkumar Deshmukh

      November 19, 2012 at 9:32 am

      Anu ji,
      I feel satisfied that these memories evoke interest.Everyone has such type of memories,some get opportunities to showcase them.
      This song was known to me,but since I did not recollect its wordings,I could not locate it nor could I mention it in the write up.
      Thanks for this song.

  8. Samir

    November 18, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Excellent list & concept Mr. Arun Deshmukh, I have close family in Hyderabad and have fond memories.
    I hope this song qualifies, at least you have Dev & JW & several others letting their hair down 🙂

    • harveypam

      November 18, 2012 at 7:52 pm

      Love this song, Samir!
      Why doesn’t it surprise me that it is a Dev Song? 😉

    • Arunkumar Deshmukh

      November 19, 2012 at 9:34 am

      Samir ji,
      Thanks for your appreciation.
      This song is one of my favourites.Good that you posted it.

  9. tinku

    November 20, 2012 at 6:55 am

    One such song is Railgaadi Railgaadi from Ashok Kumar’s movie Ashirwaad. It has so many anokhe words.

  10. Arunkumar Deshmukh

    November 20, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Tinku ji,
    Rail gadi Railgad from Aashirwad does sound like having Anokhe Bol,but if you see the Lyrics,all such words are normal words,spoken rapidly,giving a feel of Anokhe it is-

  11. Songs Of Yore

    November 20, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Congratulations Arunji for coming up with another interesting post.

    It is most interesting to note that three of the ten songs (30%) are picturised on Meena Shorey. I think this establishes her as the Hindi film’s original screwball heroine.

    The Anokhe Bol songs are so many that they can be divided into some distinct categories:

    1. Classical tarana/ thillana traditon: These songs have a melodic beauty, such as Aplam chaplam from Azaad, Tara ri ta ra ri from Dastaan or Na dir dhim tana dir na from Pardesi. Here is a less known Tana der na song by Asha Bhosle and Shamshad Begum from Pyar Ka Sagar, composed by Ravi:

    2. Wild, comic songs: Kishore Kumar is the master of this type of songs. Subodh has mentioned Jhumroo title song. There are several songs in this film which have non-sensical words. A very intersting song is Worli ka naka by Rafi picturised on Raj Kapur in Do Ustad, composed by OP Nayyar.

    3. Children songs: These are traditional songs sung by mothers to manaao the whining child. The child, who would have become aware of some words, would find these funny enough to forget his whining for the time being. Later the rural children games would also have non-sensical rhythmic phrases. Song no 9, Akka baka chidi chataka comes from this tradition. Lakdi ka ghoda from Masoom is a children song of this type, though using sensible words.

    4. Sensible words non-sensical song: Anand Baxi became a master of this genre – Ek to teen chaar panch…barah terah from Tezaab is a case in point. In between we had a number of songs picturised on Jeetendra such as, Chal shuru ho ja, Jha jha jhopdi me cha cha charpayi

    • Arunkumar Deshmukh

      November 20, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      Thank you AK ji,for your kind words.
      Your last group is very interesting.I think many songs can come in this category.The Railgadi song from Aashirwad is one example.The other example that comes to mind is Dilli Ka Thug song
      “C A T cat….” or Dil deke Dekho song-‘ Be ekam Be Be dune char’ etc etc.

  12. pacifist

    November 21, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    What a delightful post Arunji. THank you so much for it. I was so engrossed in reading that I had forgotten what the post was about when it sprung pleasantly with the first song. At least 3 songs were absolutely new.
    Each and every song is so lively and with good tune too.

    One song that comes to my mind is this chikibum chikibum.
    Interestingly these songs were very melodious too.

    • Arunkumar Deshmukh

      November 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      Pacifist ji,
      I am happy that you liked the post.
      Thanks also for posting one of my favourite songs.I simply love this song.Wonder how I totally missed it from my list !Never mind,atleast you posted it.Thanks.

  13. pacifist

    November 21, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Another one with pum pum – just at the beginning, but a nice song, unless one wants to consider the ra ra riyariya ra at the end 🙂
    At about 7minutes it’s the longest song I’ve ever heard, leaving those long qwaalis of Barsaat ki Raat.

    • Arunkumar Deshmukh

      November 22, 2012 at 6:30 am

      Pacifist ji,
      Talking of longest songs,the above song is quite behind many others.
      Na to karwan ki…..qawali was in 4 parts on 78 RPM records,adding to about 12+ minutes totally.
      Compared to this there was a song in the film ‘Sampoorn Teerath Yatra-1970,in which there was a song in 4 parts,totalling a whopping 42 minutes-i.e. each part of 10.5 minutes appro.
      Singlly,Guide song of Lata-Piya tose naina laag re is 7.5 minutes.
      Then there is a song in film Kurbaan-2009’Tu jab jab mujh ko pukare which is 10.54 minutes long.
      There is a song in Raj Kanwar’s film with Chandrachur singh and mahima Chaudhari which is about 12 minutes long.
      There may be some more too.

    • harveypam

      November 25, 2012 at 9:55 am

      This is a beautiful song, pacifist!
      It is so lovely to see scenes of old Bombay. Even the local trains are different. So fascinating to see the trams!
      The streets are nearly empty and he about singing bheed-bhaad! Just imagine, what would they think about the present situation!
      The message is somewhat misleading, but love Rafi’s voice!
      Thank you for the song pacifist!

      • pacifist

        November 26, 2012 at 11:27 pm

        Glad you enjoyed it, harvey. Discovered while searcing for Nishi /Maruti songs 😀

        • harveypam

          November 27, 2012 at 12:11 am

          I thought as much!
          good you did that!

  14. pacifist

    November 22, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Those are really very long songs Arunji.
    They couldn’t have ever played these songs on the radio. They would take up the whole programme 😀 Thanks for the information.

  15. Shilpi Bose

    November 26, 2012 at 8:02 am

    This post made me nostalgic and I confess to wiping a tear or two, why? Well, although I was not around in the early fifties, this Anokhe Bol programme continued well into the sixties. I remember the programme began with the mukhda of the song, ‘Dumbak dumba thumpak thumpa’, I was a little girl and enjoyed this programme. Those days the radio held pride of space in every home and our home was no different. Life was simple, we just had a few needs and I remember we as a family were very, very happy then. So these songs stir up memories of those happy days. OK, I am guilt y of indulging in my sob story Arunji and Harvey so please forgive me. Does the following song fit into this list

    • harveypam

      November 26, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      No, dear Shilpi, it is not at all a sob story! It is very interesting! Personal history is very much neglected field.
      Ichak dana, bichak dana has always been my favourite! Thanks for the song and memories!


    November 26, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Interstingly we also had had a similar pattern for screeing of the films in 50s and continued till some time in 60s. This may be before 50s too, but that would be before I was born, so I have no means to ‘recall’ the fond memories.he only difference being that Janana was a full-fledged show at 12.00 noo, after which three shows of 3.00, 6.00 and 9.00 PM were screened.
    The lowest ticket – 4 annas – was the front most, just near the screen, right on the floor. So, during the 3.00 PM show, this grade of tickets usually went abegging, becuase the floor would be quite wet, courtsey the children who would have accompanied thier mothers and had had field day for thier loo – activity in the show. It was also jokingly said, that the hat salt also used to have a good mix up slat from the tears of the ladies who would profusely weep inthe climax of the family drama.
    Each show would , and those 10 minutes on intervals, would have re-run of songs from the film that was being screned.
    It was possible to enjoy the audio of the film without entering the hall!

    [ BTW, I am refrerring to the scenarios of my childhood, in Bhuj, the western part of Gujarat, in Kutch district.]

    • harveypam

      November 26, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      Lovely anecdotes these, Ashokji!
      Really amusing!


        November 27, 2012 at 10:24 am

        I also add a few Anokhe Bol songs from my side, to this already very rich article and its discussions:

        Us Paar Saajn Is Paar Dhare – Chorichori – Lata Mangeshkar and chorus – Shanker Jaikishan –

        Jaap Jaap Jaap Re Jaap Re Preet Ki Mala – Sharda – Mukesh – C Ramchandra –

        Babam Babam Bam Lahiri – Ramu Dada – 1961 –Mukesh – Chitragupta –

        Mombasa Mombasa Raat Milan Ki Aayee – Sargam – 1950 – LataMnageshkar and Chorus – C Ramchandra

        Ho Gaadwale Gaadi Dheere Haank Re – Mother India – Shamshad Begum, Mohammad Rafi, and Chorus – Naushad –

        Jab Nain Milay – Jadoo – 1951 – Shamshad Begum – Naushad –

        Tum Na Tum Na Dere Naa .. Kadara meri Jaane Naa – Dhake Ki Malmal 1951- Shamshad Begum and Asha Bhosle – O P Nayyar – 9 A Taraana based song as referred to AKji hereabove

        Ye Kaun Aaya Ke Meri Dil Men Bahaar Aayee – Baazi – 1951 – Geeta Dutt – S D Burman –

        Chaand Raat Tum Ho Saath – Half Ticket – 1962 – Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle – Salil Chaudhary – song starting with Kishore yodelling –

        Teki Main Jooth Boliyan – Jagte Raho – Mohammad Rafi, Balbir and Chorus – Salil Chaudhary –

        Thora Sa Dil Laga Ke Dekh – Musafir Khana – Shamshad Begum and Mohammad Rafi – O P Nayyar – The beuty of this song is that Rafi does not sing any word in this song except singing along Anokhe Bols..

        Lapak Japak Tu Aa Re Badarwa – Boot Polish – Manna Dey – Shanker Jaikishan

        Mera Naam Chin Chin Choo – Howrah Bridge – 1958 – Geet Dutt – O P Nayyar – Clever use of a Chinese sounding Anokha Prpoer Noun in Mukda and interlude on Anokhe Bol , too –

        Dhum Taqdoom Taqdoom Baje – Bombai Ka Babu – 1960 – Manna Dey – S D Burman –

        Tak Tak Dhoom Dhoom – DO Aankhen Barah Haath – 1957 – Lata Mangeshkar and Chorus – Vasant Desai –

        And here is a fitting tribute to Anokhe Bol Prpgram of Radio Ceylon –
        and another, an immortal, one – ( Of course it does not have any anokhe bol, has enough of Ankha Andaaz!)

        • harvey

          November 27, 2012 at 10:50 am

          Wow Ashokji! This is practically an encyclopaedia of Anokhe bol songs!
          I am looking forward to going through them!

          • ASHOK M VAISHNAV

            November 28, 2012 at 5:05 am

            May I add a few more songs that have surfaced in my memory?

            Ye Aankhen Uff Yoon Ma – Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai – 1961 – Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar – Shanker Jaikishan –

            Naach Re Man Badakamma – Raj Kumar – 1964 – Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle – Shanker Jaikishan –

            Badakamma Ekad Boto Re – Shatranj – 1969, Mehmood, Mohammad Rafi, Sharda – Shanker Jaikishan –

            Teriya Teriya – Chalis Baba Ek CHor – 1954 – Lata Mangeshkar (and an unrecognised male voice!!??) – S D Burman – – Interestingly another clip mentions male singer as Chitalkar –

            • harveypam

              November 28, 2012 at 10:41 am

              Wow still more!
              This is a pre-christmas gift!
              Thanks Ashokji!

  17. bombaynoir

    December 22, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I’m kind of late here, but oh well. Loved the part about theatres! Man, I really wish that I could watch an old film in theatres. Time machines! My grandma also said that she used to go in the morning with her friends into theatres in Singapore and tie hankerchiefs on the seat. Sometimes they used to argue over the seats.

    I really wonder, though, what is it like to watch an old film with fans all around you? I’ve never experienced that. I generally prefer to watch films -alone- so that I can: 1) Stare at the lead actor and think about how good looking he is, 2) Avoid criticism and other comments from people about the film, and 3) Have all sorts of insane reactions (Like running around in circles and laughing, oh trust me, I’ve done that!). And there’s also this fear that someone may not like the film, and start criticizing it. I know Indian audiences (Singapore audiences are just frozen… dead.) will dance and stuff if they like the song (Picture people dancing to “Zindagi Ek Safar” in theatres. :D), but boo and throw shoes if they don’t like the film.

    Well, maybe they don’t. I don’t know.

    • harveypam

      December 23, 2012 at 6:22 am

      Better late than never Sasha!
      I have seen films, where people used to throw coins at the screen, while watching a dance and whistle and all. But nowadays they don’t do such things. Not that I mind it.
      But while watching Talaash a few days back, I heard people talking on their mobile while watching the film. And mind you it was that touching last scene from the movie!
      That reminds me of Madhu’s short story!

      • bombaynoir

        December 23, 2012 at 5:57 pm

        Yeah, Dev also said that when they had the premeire of Guide, the people didn’t throw coins at the screen during the dances, and they were shocked. But imagine during the 50’s and 60’s! God I would spend all day in the cinema. Just watching the movie over and over. 😀 Hey, it’s only 4 annas a show!

        For a second there I thought you meant the old Talaash. 😛 Was it a good film? I haven’t seen a new film in at least 2 years. (Last one I think was Dabangg, then of course the reruns of Singh Is King and those other movies) And I also avoid SRK’s movies like the plague. (Plus there was that frightful song “Anarkali Disco Chali”. Talk about making a mockery of Hindi cinema!)

        Which short story? 😛

        • harveypam

          December 30, 2012 at 7:49 am

          Guide had enough songs deserving to be thrown coins at! Love all of its songs! And such a classic! Love it for its story and message!

          “Which short story? :P”
          Madhu’s short stories collection!

  18. Subodh Agrawal

    January 2, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    The discussion about Shakila and Shashikala on Dustedoff reminded me of a song from Phool aur Patthar, ‘zindagi me pyar karna seekh le……..o titikara pitikara nitidara yola’. A memory from childhood: ‘da dir dara meri ladli bani hai taron ki tu rani’. There was also some mastane-diwane song with ‘tu ru tu, tu ru tu,

    • harveypam

      January 3, 2013 at 6:15 am

      That is what I call a fruitful discussion!
      I knew the da dir dara song but the titikara pitikara song was completely new for me!
      Here is the link to it:

  19. Madhav singh

    September 16, 2016 at 4:28 am

    Great work of listing songs with anokhe bol. Will you please search for name of film to which song dumbak dumbak dumba, tu thigani main lamba.


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