Bacchus in Bollywood

October 9, 2016

Guest article by DP Rangan

(The intoxicating drink as elixir of life is a part of mythology in almost all cultures. Harivansh Rai ‘Bachchan’ said that while the world celebrates Holi and Diwali only once a year, दिन को होली रात दीवाली रोज़ मनाती मधुशाला. After galloping on the High Horse, riding the tonga, and romancing with moon and stars in the night, DP Rangan ventures into the delights and sorrows of drinking. I have described him as a seventy plus-going on-seventeen, which makes him short of the minimum legal age for drinking. But this is an age when a youthful heart is filled with forbidden thoughts. In this well-researched article, typical of him, he takes us through the mythology and history of liquor and some drunken songs of Bollywood. Thank you Mr Rangan for another nice article from your inexhaustible repertoire. – AK)

Dilip Kumar and MotilalHomo sapiens have been indulging in drinks from time immemorial. There are enough records in writing or stone carving to demonstrate this fact. Our religious literature talks of Aryans drinking somras after performing yagnas. Adverse effect on health of habitual drunkards did not deter them from indulgence. It came to be accepted as a consequential hazard. History is replete with instances of kings ruining themselves by excessive drinking and also destabilising their kingdoms due to negligence of proper administration leaving it in the hands of their incompetent or even villainous henchmen. The final sufferers were the common populace.

We all know Greeks believed in a hierarchy of Gods living on Mount Olympus headed by Zeus. Dionysus was the god of grape harvest and wine, and fertility in Greek mythology and was a God of epiphany. He is considered an outsider and admitted as the last God (twelfth) to Mt. Olympus. He was the youngest of the lot and born of Zeus and a mortal mother. His followers did not observe social norms and habits of the day and believed in the natural state of living. They used intoxicants and cultivated other arts such as dance and music to liberate themselves. The cult was introduced to Rome by and by, and the Romans named the God of wine and fertility, Bacchus, and hence this term has been associated with wine and other drinks. An orgy where wine is liberally gulped by participants is called bacchanalia.

Countries in Europe had their own brand of drinks. Scotland was a major producer of whisky from malt. French bred extensive vineyards, harvested the fruits, crushed and fermented it to produce rich wine drinks. In Russia, it went by the name of vodka, while in USA, it was called bourbon. History of these traditional drinks developed over centuries would make interesting reading. Let me first start with Scottish whisky.

The name whisky was derived from uisge beatha and it was being produced in Scotland over ages. First documented record of distilling was in 1494 as seen from tax records of the day, Exchequer Rolls. The entry in the record states – ‘Eight bolls of malt to Friar John Cor wherewith to make aqua vitae’ (water of life). 1500 bottles of whisky could be produced out of this quantity of malt. This goes to show that distillation was well established by then. Art of distillation was not well refined, and the liquor produced was more potent and even dangerous to some extent. Steady efforts were made and distillation was considerably improved by 16th – 17th century.

Scotch whisky originally was produced from malted barley and it was aged by storage in oak casks. Standing pot stills were used for distillation. Scotch whisky became a popular drink and a part of the Scots’ way of life. Distilleries sprang up throughout Scotland to cater to the growing demand. Secret of whisky making was the preserve of the monks of the day. Monastries were the home of distilleries and the lay public were kept away. King Henry VIII of England confiscated monasteries and the expelled monks had to make the whisky outside and share the knowledge with the public. The Scottish Parliament started taxing whisky from 1644 and, as usual, illicit distilleries mushroomed everywhere. With the union of Scotland and England in 1707, taxes rose higher and gave further impetus to illicit trade. Smugglers and taxmen clashed often and, yet, the smuggling flourished. Duke of Gordon from Scotland, himself a producer of illicit whisky in his extensive estate, proposed legitimization of the entire process. In 1823, Excise Act was passed, legalizing distilleries on payment of duty. Smuggling was no longer profitable and died out within a decade.

Malted whisky was being produced in potted stills initially. In 1820, continuous still was invented. Aeneas Coffey built his own ‘Coffey’ still in 1831. With this it was possible to produce consistent quality spirit and, for the first time, grain whisky made its appearance. It was a much lighter and less expensive whisky. Malt and grain whisky were mixed to create blends. Johnny Walker introduced his brand in 1820. French wine (brandy) from Cognac region of France was also being consumed in England. Phylloxera beetle invaded and destroyed vineyards in France around 1880 and the wine industry collapsed. Scots took advantage and captured the market. Later rejuvenation of the wine industry could not make any dent in the whisky market. Soon other brands such as J&B, White Horse, Dewar’s and Ballantyne’s sprang up. The industry went from strength to strength and its product is being consumed in more than 200 countries.

Wine industry was nurtured initially in France. Burgundy, Bordeaux and Cognac were some of the well known regions where vineyards flourished and several varieties of wine were produced. It spread to other regions in Europe. Today vineyards can be found in Southern United States and Australia and, unlike the whisky produced only in Scotland, wine became a native product in many countries. It had a much chequered history.

American whisky called ‘Bourbon’ is based on corn. The name is derived from the place of its production – Old Bourbon county of Viriginia which today falls in Eastern Kentucky. The knowledge of distilling was brought to America by settlers from Scotland and other European countries in late 18th century. The first commercial distillery was started in 1783 by Even Williams in Louiseville and the brand still survives. It is stored in white oak barrels and seasoned over several years giving it a distinct copper colour. Prohibition was in force in USA from 1920 to 1933. Liquor smuggling industry flourished and Scotch whisky entered the market at the expense of local distilleries which were closed. After 1933, the local industry started picking up.

Whisky was introduced to India by the British during their rule. In 1820s, Edward Dyer moved from England to India and set up the first brewery in Kasauli. This was shifted to Solan and now it is known as Meakin Breweries. Most distilleries in India produced alcohol from molasses, a byproduct of the sugar industry. Malt whisky was produced in small quantities but blended with alcohol. It is surprising to note that Indian whisky consumption is the third largest in the world, next to China and Russia. Poverty and meagre purchasing power restricts a large sections of Indians to the native variety produced from molasses. Illicit liquor also flourishes with the connivance of police and politicians here, with the inevitable tragic loss of poor lives now and then, when such drinks turn lethal due to ingredients used in fermentation.

Alcoholics played a singular role in many Indian movies. Devdas was about the life of its drink-besotted hero due to frustrated love, and his eventual demise. In many pictures, heroes were shown as addicted to liquor and causing misery to their family and his beloved. Because tragedies were not welcome, producers had to end films with heroes completely weaned from their bad habits like Daag (1952). There could be more such films, but my knowledge of film history is poor and I dare not venture further in such mine-laden field.

I am presenting below a series of film songs sung by heroes/heroines under the influence of drink, or made to sing by drunk heroes as in Bhai Bhai. The virtuoso Mohammad Rafi is the most popular male singer for these kind of songs, lip-synched by inebriated males. Lata Mangeshkar has also managed to sing such songs for the heroine. There could be other singers, particularly in the modern era, who could fill the bill. Having not followed movies for over 40 years actively, I do not want to do any exploration in the field.

1. Piya bin nahi aawat chain by K.L. Saigal from Devdas (1935), lyrics Kidar Sharma, music Timir Baran

The first version based on the novel of Sarat Chandra Chatterjee was produced in 1928 in the silent era. The second version with K L Saigal as Devdas and Jamuna as Paro was released in 1935 (it also had a Bengali version released in the same year). Though Devdas resorts to self-destruction, the character has cast a spell on generations of readers and film-goers. Most of the songs by Saigal are sung under drunken stupor. In this song he openly exhibits his drunken state.  It is said that Ustad Abdul Karim Khan was highly impressed by Saigal’s rendering of his famous Thumri.

2. Ae mere dil kahin aur chal by Talat Mahmood from Daag (1952), lyrics Shailendra, music Shankar-Jaikishan

Dilip Kumar and Nimmi are the main actors. It is the story of a village carpenter and his love for the sister of a local rich man. This version is sung by the hero while he is besotted. Dilip Kumar, as an alcoholic, is rejected by the girl’s family.  After his mother’s death he leaves the village and returns as a reformed character and is united with Nimmi in the end. All the songs are top class and this song is sung in a sad way by Lata Mangeshkar, too.  There is also a happy version near the end of the film.

3. Zamana yeh samjha ke hum pi ke aaye by Lata Mangeshkar from Anarkali (1953), lyrics Rajendra Krishna, music C Ramchandra

A Pradeep Kumar and Bina Rai starrer, the film’s success is mainly because of the top quality music composed by C. Ramchandra. This fictional love story of Prince Salim and court dancer Anarkali is familiar to one and all. The emperor Akbar is not aware of the love affair. Another girl from Akbar’s court vying for the love of Salim gives a spiked drink to Anarkali. With no control over her senses, she dances in a sensual way before Akbar and betrays the love affair. An enraged Akbar entombs her alive in the end. Lata Mangeshkar had done full justice to the tune, including the hiccups. Every song in the film is a gem by itself.

4. Nashe me jo daulat ke hum dagmagaye by Lata Mangeshkar from Sitara (1955), lyrics Shakeel Badayuni, music Ghulam Mohammad

Pradeep Kumar, Vijayantimala, Shashikala and Om Prakash are the principal actors. No live video is available for any of the songs. The way it is sung by Lata Mangshkar leaves no one in doubt about it being sung under the influence of drinks.

5. Kisko kabar thi by Talat Mahmood from Devdas (1955), lyrics Sahir Ludyanavi, music S. D. Burman

Directed by Bimal Roy, the fourth version of the classic story, had Dilip Kumar playing the role of Devdas with Suchitra Sen as Paro and Vyjayanthimala as Chandramukhi. S.D. Burman’s music was out of the world with each song a great hit. This song, sung in slow tempo by Talat Mahmood, is picturised on Devdas after a fair intake of drink. The film bagged three Filmfare awards in 1957 – Best Actor Dilip Kumar, Best Supporting Actor Moti Lal and Best Supporting Actress Vyjayanthimala.

6. Sharabi ja ja by Lata Mangeshkar from Bhai Bhai (1956), lyrics Rajendra Krishna, music Madan Mohan

A movie from Kollywood, it was a family drama dealing with two brothers, who were separated in childhood, and meet again when the younger sibling is a young man. The main actors are Ashok Kumar, Kishore Kumar, Nirupa Roy, Shyama and Nimmi. Ashok Kumar, a model family man, is lured into bad ways by Shyama and becomes a drunkard. Here fully drunk, he is forcing Nimmi, the beloved of Kabul pathan Kishore Kumar to sing and in sheer terror she obliges. Madan Mohan showed his class and all the songs are wonderful to listen to even after such a long time. Mera naam Abdul Rehman is a lilting and fast duet sung by Kishore Kumar and Nimmi.

7. Jangal mein mor nacha by Mohammad Rafi from Madhumati (1958), lyrics Shailendra, music Salil Chowdhury

A Dilip Kumar, Vijyantimala, Pran and Johnny Walker starrer, it was a great musical hit. The storyline was lifted from Mahal. It would be interesting to note Bimal Roy who directed this movie, was the Editor of Mahal. This particular song with every note sung and orchestrated exhibits drunkenness. None but Mohammad Rafi can do such a stellar performance. I consider it one of the greatest songs sung by him in this vein. Salilda had excelled himself in setting this tune and it can stand up with other songs of this type composed by music directors as O P Nayyar. In the same film Rafi sings another song in a grave manner full of pathos – Toote hue khwabon ne. Vividh bharathi, the sole source of film music in those radio days, usually played the sad one but rarely this song. Thanks to You Tube and internet, such obstacles have evaporated and most of the songs are available for a click.

8. Maine pi hai by Mohammad Rafi from Raat Ke Rahi (1959), lyrics Vishwamitra Aadil, music Bipin Bapul

Shammi Kapoor and Jabeen Jalil are the leading pair here. I have posted another song from this film in the blog – Tonga in Bollywood and the storyline is given in brief there. Fully drunk Shammi Kapoor is chasing Jabeen, claiming he is not drunk in the real sense but bowled over by her.

9. Mujhko yaaro maaf karna by Mukesh from Main Nashe Mein Hoon (1959), lyrics Shailendra, music Shankar-Jaikishan

This is a typical plot about a playboy roaming with his sidekicks, frequenting night clubs and getting involved with the vamp, while his chaste bride-to-be sits in the house pining for him and singing devotional songs. In the end, the hero returns home cured of his infatuation and is reunited with the homely girl. Raj Kapoor, Mala Sinha and Nishi are the main actors in this melodrama. Shankar-Jaikishan have acquitted themselves well composing many pleasing tunes. Here Raj Kapoor admits he is drunk and asks his colleagues to excuse him.

10. Na jao saiyan by Geeta Dutt from Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962), lyrics Shakeel Badayuni, music Hemant Kumar

This picture is about the decadent life style of the rural rich in Bengal in colonial days. Meena Kumari, the Chhoti Bahu of the house, is dismayed to find that her husband (Rehman) is spending his time with naach ghar girls and neglecting her. Challenged by her husband, she starts drinking to keep him in the house. Guru Dutt as Bhootnath is made to procure the drink by her. What a sterling performance from the great Meena Kumari. She is carrying the film singly on her shoulders by her superb performance as chhoti bahu in spirit. This song is an outstanding example. Hemant Kumar showered the film with delectable tunes and the master lyricist Shakeel has injected life into the songs.

Guru Dutt had requested Shashi Kapoor to act as Bhoothnath. But he demurred and Guru Dutt himself had to take the role. Guru Dutt had stopped directing and handed it over to Abrar Alvi. Waheeda Rehman was initially adamant to take the role of Chhoti Bahu. Guru Dutt had decided upon Meena Kumari and did not concur with Waheeda’s proposal. The director took a trial shot but concluded Waheeda Rehman was too young looking to act the part and the rest is history. Meena Kumari had the unique distinction of being the sole nominee for the best actress Filmfare award in three films of 1962 – Aarti, Main Chup Rahungi and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam and received the said award for the last film.

11. Sharab ka sahara le ke by Mohammad Rafi from Commercial Pilot Officer (1963), lyrics Anand Baxi, music Roshan

No information is available about the film. Live video is not there either. Sohan Kapila, Shyama and Shashikala are the main actors. The song is slow-paced and Rafi shows his mastery in bringing out the emotions. One can detect O P Nayyar’s general style in this song.

12. Sawan ke mahine mein by Mohammad Rafi from Sharabi (1964), lyrics Rajendra Krishna, music Madan Mohan

Dev Anand and Madhubala are the principal characters in the movie and in love with each other. Dev Anand falls a prey to Bacchus and starts drinking. The girl’s father forbids their romance and Dev Anand’s mother is equally harsh. Madan Mohan has created a nice song to fit with the scene and Mohammad Rafi had sung with the right intonation. There is more than one version of the song.

13. Mujhe duniyawalo sharabi na samjho by Mohammad Rafi from Leader (1964), lyrics Shakeel Badayuni, music Naushad

Dilip Kumar, as reporter Khanna, is out to nab a gang of antinationals. Vyjayantimala, initially antagonistic, falls under his spell. After the usual ups and downs in such a movie, the good triumphs and they are united. Here he is made drunk and sings under its influence and conveys real situation to the heroine. Naushad has compiled a pleasing song, but this kind of song is not his forte.

14. Sharabi sharabi by Sumant Kalyanpur from Noor Jahan (1967), lyrics Shakeel Badayuni, music by Roshan

So far I have been describing songs which had been sung by hero or heroine under the influence of drinks – whisky, wine etc. But there are other types of intoxicants too. A garden full of flowers in full bloom and sweet aroma could induce a feeling of being light headed if one were to wander over. The scenery unfolding before someone atop a mountain could also induce euphoria. The rainy season is another occasion when people feel very relaxed and in an upbeat mood. Here Meena Kumari sings in praise of the ‘sawan mausam’ and how it induces a feeling of being drunk with love. Suman Kalyanpur had given a splendid performance. Shakeel Badayuni and Roshan combination has produced another great song with the most appropriate lyrics.

15. Background music for Wobbly Animals from Animals Are Beautiful People (1974)

I now close the post with a piece dealing with the behaviour of animals in peculiar circumstances. This is an extract from the film Animals are Beautiful People exhibiting the day to day life of various animals living in Okhavango Delta, an oasis in the great Namib Desert of South West Africa, as also Kalahari Desert. I processed the video and posted it to You Tube. Human beings should not be under the mistaken impression they alone can get drunk and suffer from its after effects. This snippet will demonstrate animals too get tipsy and act in a funny manner. A group of maribou starks are watching the antics of the animals with a puzzled look.

Now let the experts take over and carry this theme further by bringing out more such songs. It need not be restricted to only songs of Bacchus but also other situations which induce more or less similar feelings but in a beneficial manner to the singer.

{ 76 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Subodh Agrawal October 9, 2016 at 11:44 am

Wonderful article, Mr Rangan. You have not only included songs that specifically refer to liquor, but also those that are sung under its influence. Every song on this theme that I could recall is in your list. I could think of only two more ‘Zindagi khwab hai’ from ‘Jagte raho’ and ‘Ek ghar banaunga’ from ‘Tere ghar ke saamne’, which has Nutan in the whisky glass. There is this super-cute scene in which she bends low as Dev adds an ice-cube to the drink:

2 Shashi Dharan October 9, 2016 at 12:14 pm

DP Rangan ji & AK ji,
Another good one by Ranganji. Loved the selections.
No. 11, “Sharab ka sahara’ is a new one for me, but loved it.
Missed — Hum bekhudi mei tumko;
Kabhi khud pe kabhi haalat pe &
Koi Saagher dil ko behlata nahi.


3 KB October 9, 2016 at 2:07 pm

One song from Paying Guest (1957) Hai hai hai ye nigahen also fits in here.In fact there are numerous songs on Johnny Walker apart from the one mentioned above which can be counted. However, in this catagory he was a class by himself. Good selection of topic.

4 ksbhatia October 9, 2016 at 4:12 pm

D P Rangan ji ;

When you write its magic [ la Doris day ] . Me being teetotaler do enjoy songs soaked in such bottle . In my last vacation to Atlanta , two years back , my son in law took me to a beautiful place 120 miles north of Georgia called Biltmore estate . A property as one of the biggest in america of the area of more than 6000 acres having a mansion of more than 150 rooms . The area is habitated by some beautiful model village and have vinery and other attractive collections for visitors to enjoy.

We, though teetotalers , enjoyed the know how of the various methods and procedures that goes on to make a product around which the human world sways to their feet in an imaginary dance . Seeing the so many barrels stacked and stored in temperature control tunnels reminded me of an old hollywood movie of the mid 60s…..Secret of Santa Vitoria….a beautiful film of the world war period depicting life of the 40s when storage of wine was a crime . The film had excellent acting by Anthony Quinn . The shades of some of the scenes of this film can be seen in bollywood Sholey .

Another movie that reminds me of this topic is again a mid 60s comedy from the hollywood ….Spanish Fly. A naughty movie of its kind , a worth watching again kind.

Desi version of earlier movies of the 40s had some interesting films and songs based on Daaroo , peg or paimaana . I am posting two vintage and one golden period song as a soda for the starter .

1.Mora botal wala balamwa…..Brandy ki bottle[1939]…Dada Chandekar [MD]

2.Bhari hai aag matwale tere botal ke paani mein…Brandi ki bottle[1939]

3.Nashe mein hum nashe mein tum…..Rafi, Suman….Black Cat…N. Dutt…..Johny walker at his best .

….to be contd…..

5 Mahesh October 9, 2016 at 4:17 pm

Begum Akhtar in Roti 1942.
char dinon ki jawaani deewane pee le pee le

Mukesh in Toofan mein pyar kahan 1966.
le pee zara aur pee

6 mumbaikar8 October 9, 2016 at 4:55 pm

DP Rangan,
Indian are truly fascinated by Whisky, passengers with Red Labels and Black Labels is a common sight at Indian International Airports.
Very interesting article and great collection of songs. The video at the end is the icing on the cake.
In this song from Bank manager ( I have not seen the movie) the situation is rare. Hero is totally drunk and heroine is happily singing kadam bahke bahke jiya, nevertheless a beautiful song.

7 SSW October 9, 2016 at 5:28 pm

Nice theme Mr. Rangan, there is a really nice single malt whiskey that comes from Bangalore called Amrut that I have tasted on occasion. I like my whiskeys smoky so I tend towards those types of Scotch though I do like a good bourbon. In New England where I live there is a local singer who does live shows who I like a lot, he has interesting lyrics and his lead guitar accompanist is great musician, he gets an amazing tone from the guitar. Here is an example, do pay attention to the lyrics.

There is nothing quite so sorry
Like a bad drunkard’s remorse
Well I may be real hungover
But at least I stayed the course

8 Ashwin Bhandarkar October 9, 2016 at 8:53 pm

Two more songs from the Burman stable:

1. Rangeela re from Prem Pujari –

2. Kucch to log kahenge from Amar Prem –

9 Ashwin Bhandarkar October 9, 2016 at 9:01 pm


For some reason, I read ‘Bacchus’ as ‘Bacchoos’ when I came across this post and for a moment, I thought it was on songs featuring kids, before enlightenment dawned on me when I started reading through it.

10 SSW October 9, 2016 at 9:18 pm

Two songs from films that were released when I was young. RD’s music in Seeta aur Geeta was really wonderful and of course Manna Dey singing for Dharmendra was not very common. Nice understated use of the accordion.

Then another one of my schoolboy memories…this time LP doing their Goan bit .

Subodh @1 I really like the shivers the ice-cube creates, I will go and have a dry martini tonight. 🙂

11 SSW October 9, 2016 at 9:25 pm

Incidentally in the second song the one from Majboor , in the first interlude there is a set of measures played by the two violins, which reminds of a western piece , does anybody have any idea where it was inspired from?

12 ksbhatia October 9, 2016 at 11:30 pm

Whenever i think of R D B / Rajesh khanna combo song the very first comes in my mind is……Yeh jo mohabbat hai…..from Kati Patang . The beautiful composition backed by fine interludes makes it worth hearing again and again . I suppose this song is based on western song , read it some where , but can’t remember.

13 ksbhatia October 10, 2016 at 12:04 am

D P Rangan ji;

Raaj Kumar is credited to have sung many songs with wine and woman . Here are a few to enjoy to…

1. Jhanak jhanak tori baaje payaliya….Mere Hazoor

2.Jitni likhi thi mukadar mein….Nai Roshni

3.Choo lene do najuk hoothoan ko…..Kaajal

4.Yeh zulf agar khul ke ……Kaajal

5. Kabiraa nirbhay raam……Kaajal

This is a beautiful contrast to the theme song which i think is already fav. of few SoY members.

14 ksbhatia October 10, 2016 at 12:16 am

Moti lal was another actor of yester years who had played many drunked roles and sang some songs as also . Beside his famous song……Zindgi khawab hai….there is one more song from the same film ….Jagte Raho .

Main akeli lakhoan deewane dil ke…..

15 SSW October 10, 2016 at 6:32 am

Mr.Bhatia the song from Kati Patang is indeed very good, great interludes (such a lovely trumpet line in the first interlude and the flute pieces as it drops down ) and a very nice string section etc. I think it is an RD original , I do not think it is inspired from a western melody. Great singing by Kishore Kumar too, it starts a quite a pitch and then goes higher when he sings “Unka ” , in the first line and then “Lete”.. in the second line…and then comes down in “rehne do chodo”. Great stuff.

16 D P Rangan October 10, 2016 at 7:07 am

At the outset let me confess I had a feeling of trepidation as to how this would be viewed by the followers and but for the encouragement of the Bog Boss would not have ventured. Now I find that my apprehensions were groundless.

I thank all the viewers so far for the way they had given their inner feelings.

AK – As usual you had written poetry as introduction. I think my entire post is nothing compared what you have sketched by way of a sum up. I thank you very much for bearing with me and correcting my peccadilloes and infusing enough confidence in me to think of future posts.

Subodhji : Appreciation from you is warmly appreciated. Happy to note you found the songs were tailor made for the topic.

Shashiji : Thank you for the kind words.

KB : Very kind of you to find the topic chosen by me as good.

Bhatiaji: Thank you for your appreciation. I read your travelogue with interest. I had myself visited a few distilleries in Scotland when I was in Edinburgh for 2 months. As expected the songs from your pen are pouring forth in a torrent. I will listen to all of them and compile a dossier of songs.

Maheshji : The two songs you had introduced are very pleasing to the ears. I will give the you tube link for them.

Mumbaikar 8: Thanks for your appreciation. I am very glad to note you like the you tube post I created on tipsy animals of Africa. I have the full episode and was happy could introduce it here.

SSW : I am happy you find the theme interesting. Listened to the song you had posted. Quite pleasing.

Ashwinji : I am happy you realised the true nature of the post and went through it.

I had to struggle a little to get a few songs. I am amazed there are so many songs on this subject. I have to admit to my ignorance of golden age songs to some extent.

17 ASHOK M VAISHNAV October 10, 2016 at 9:17 am

Wonderful collection, covering a very broad spectrum of situations, singers and particularly the actors. I salute a toast to Mr. Rangan.

Some day, a follow-on article may venture into the unanswered questions :
– Songs different actors have performed while being drunk or under the influence of any intoxicating drink
– That may interestingly throw up of information on who gets to score the highest appearances etc.
– The singers not covered here
– Music directors not covered here.
And if the writer has a fait degree of knowledge of music, he or she may be able to explain the differences in the styles etc.

18 arvindersharma October 10, 2016 at 10:01 am

DP Rangan Ji and AK Ji,
Lovely post once again and thanks for the songs, a few of which I have heard for the first time.
Some lovely additions have been made by our regular participants on SoY, especially Bhatia Ji, along with his very interesting traveling experience.
Would be adding a few more, but first of all my favorite Saigal.
Piye ja piye ja from Pujarin composed by Timir Baran

Sehgal sings Ghalib, which is my very favorite NFS ghazal
Har ek baat pe kehte ho tum ke Tu kya hai
Second stanza
Piyun sharaab agar khum bhi dekh loon do Char
(Khum is wine barrel)

19 Dinesh K Jain October 10, 2016 at 11:15 am

AK & DPRangan, my drunken thanks and compliments on your intoxicating offering.

Allow me two personal suggestions. As the very name suggested, film Sharabi’s theme and songs were all liquor-soaked, but I thought that the best song of the film, also picturised on Dev Anand, and in fact far more sozzled, with sharaab and gham both, than in ‘Sawan ke mahine mein’, deserved preference for your list. The allusion is obviously to the outstanding number, Mujhe le chalo aaj phir us gali mein.

And secondly, Sadhana’s ‘Kaise rahoon chup’ from her Inteqam, should have been regarded as deserving of inclusion in your list for its theme, picturisation and immense popularity.

Do not take me amiss…Bacchus is such a popular theme for Indian movies that there would surely be many more apt songs, and the final choice has to be a difficult task, but I thought it would be fun to add to these!

20 KB October 10, 2016 at 8:56 am

Raaj kumar is another actor who does this type of acts exceedingly well. I remember one from Maryada (1971) with Helen where he has excelled himself just as in films like Kaajal and Vaasna.

21 KB October 10, 2016 at 9:01 am

Raaj Kumar is another actor who does this type of acts exceedingly well. I remember on number from Maryada (1971) where alongwith Helen he does a song dance sequence Hum ko ho gaye tumse pyar and excels in it as in the earlier films such as Kaajal and Vaasna.

22 peddadu October 10, 2016 at 9:29 am

A enchanting collection of ‘bachhus’ film-songs. I just would like to add my most favourite song of mine -by Rafi (of course, as ONLY he could sing in such an appropriate tone!) fro Naya Rasta :

23 Shalan Lal October 10, 2016 at 9:51 am

DP Rangan

Excellent subject, excellent information about the history of drinks and very good selction of songs. Well done!

Some more information about the ancient Indinas Somras-Paan could have been added. In Rigved there are some Richas (The original word is Rucha means verses form which the word Rig-Ved is formed.) There are some Richas on god Indra. In one Richa he gets drunk and syas “Where shall I put this earth, here or there?”- A typical drunkard’s utterance.

About ‘Bachhus’ there are some very good paintings made by various artists. The famous is by Caravaggio.

The film Johnny Walker is made on the subject of Drinks and Johnny Walker is the hero of the film.
The song “Muhase mat laga cheese hai buri” is very famous and also his song from the film Gateway of India is very good joined by his brother Tony Walker drunk and Madhubala pretends being drunk and sing. It is a riot of a song.

Good work DP!

Shalan La

24 Subodh Agrawal October 10, 2016 at 1:09 pm

I am reminded of two verses, one English and one Urdu, in this context. The English one first:

Malt does more than Milton can,
To justify God’s ways to man.

The second one beautifully illustrates the concept of ‘circumstantial evidence’ in law:

Shaikh ko ham ne kabhi peete nahin dekha,
Maikade se nikle to chehre pe noor tha.

25 AK October 10, 2016 at 1:52 pm

Too good.

26 mumbaikar8 October 10, 2016 at 4:26 pm

In continuance with Mr.Subodh
Kahan mai-khane ka darwaza aur kahan vaa.iz
Par itna jante hain kal vo jata tha ke humnikle

27 ksbhatia October 10, 2016 at 6:16 pm

D P Rangan ji, Arvinder Sharma Ji , S S W ji ;

Thanks for your encouragement and appreciations . Yes I do like songs which carries beautiful preludes and interludes using trumpet , flutes , saxa. etc. They all add up to enhance the intoxication of the drinks .

I am now posting some happy and sad songs filmed on some popular stars of the golden period and will add more as they come in my mind.

A. Dilip Kumar.

1. Mujhe duniya walo…..Rafi….Leader ….Naushad

2.Hum dard ke maron ka…..Talat….Daag…..SJ

B. Dev Anand

3.Chheda mere dil ne…Rafi….Asli Naqli…..SJ

4.Hum bekhudi mein tum…..Rafi…..Kalapani…..SDB

……to be contd…….

28 ksbhatia October 10, 2016 at 6:26 pm

Ms. Mumbaikar 8 ; @6

Kadam baheke bahek piya … a lovely song and is my fav. too. The energy , the rhythm and its interludes are all well composedand carries typical stamping of Madan Mohan . Incidently one of the songs of Veer Zaara was based on interlude of this song , nearly after five decades . And the song was…. do dino ka tha yeh carvan aur phir chal diye tum kahan hum kahan .

29 mumbaikar8 October 10, 2016 at 10:17 pm

I must say you have a very sharp ears for preludes and interludes.

30 shyam chirravoori October 11, 2016 at 1:03 am

Sharabi sharabi by Sumant Kalyanpur from Noor Jahan (1967), lyrics Shakeel Badayuni, music by Roshan- is fine.
Hence,Sahir and Roshan combination has produced another great song with the most appropriate lyrics- needs correction or removal

31 Shalan Lal October 11, 2016 at 9:12 am

I copied the following chart from the Wikipedia:
The novel has been made into films in many Indian languages, including Bengali, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Urdu, Assamese and

Malayalam.[1][2][3] It is the most filmed non-epic story in India.
Notable film versions of the novella include:
Year Title Language Director Cast Notes
Devdas Paro Chandramukhi

1927 Devdas (1928 film)
Silent film
Naresh Mitra
Phani Sarma
Niharbala/Miss Parul

1935 Devdas (1935 film)
P.C. Barua
P.C. Barua
Jamuna Barua
Chandrabati Devi

1936 Devdas (1936 film)
P.C. Barua
K.L. Saigal
Jamuna Barua

1937 Devdas (1937 film)
P.C. Barua
Phani Sarma

1953 Devadasu (1953 film)
Vedantam Raghavaiah
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
known as Devadas in Tamil
1955 Devdas (1955 film)
Bimal Roy
Dilip Kumar
Suchitra Sen

1965 Devdas (1965 film)
Khawaja Sarfaraz
Habib Taalish
Shamim Ara
Nayyar Sultana
Pakistani film

1974 Devadasu (1974 film)
Vijaya Nirmala
Ghattamaneni Krishna
Vijaya Nirmala

1979 Devdas (1979 film)
Dilip Roy
Soumitra Chatterjee
Sumitra Mukherjee
Supriya Choudhury
also known as Debdas
1982 Devdas (1982 film)
Chashi Nazrul Islam
Bulbul Ahmed
Kabori Sarwar
Bangladeshi film

1989 Devadas
Crossbelt Mani
Venu Nagavally
Ramya Krishna

2002 Devdas (2002 Bengali film)
Shakti Samanta
Prasenjit Chatterjee
Arpita Pal
Indrani Halder

2002 Devdas (2002 Hindi film)
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Shahrukh Khan
Aishwarya Rai
Madhuri Dixit

2009 Dev.D
Anurag Kashyap
Abhay Deol
Mahi Gill
Kalki Koechlin
A modern-day take on Devdas
2010 Devdas (2010 film)
Iqbal Kasmiri
Nadeem Shah
Zara Shaikh
Pakistani film

2013 Devdas (2013 film)
Chashi Nazrul Islam
Shakib Khan
Apu Biswash
Bangladeshi film

• In the film Haath Ki Safai, a song in the movie is about the play Devdas with Randhir Kapoor as Devdas and Hema Malini as chandramukhi

The original story is a long short story and another story called “Bindur Chhle” together published in a book form. According to me the Hindi and Bengali versions were not strict to the original story. The drinking of Devdas was given too much exposure in most of the films. I have not idea how Tegu, Tamil and other versions did . Did they do from theoriginal book or from the Saighal and Dilip K versions?

I had seen Barua version, Saighal Version Dilip K version and later Bengali versions. I was a passiaonate reader of the novels and short stories of Sharat Chandra.
I want to draw attantion to the readers to my Comment on the film Aadmi by Shatanram in the “”Dekho Dosto Chhed Ka Maza” and he mantioned that the film Aadmi was deliberately pointed to the Bengali audience to counter the effects caused by the Devdas on Bengali in particular and genral youth in India during the Independence Movment. His Aadmi ” subtitle was in English “Life is for Living”

Shalan Lal

32 arvindersharma October 11, 2016 at 2:19 pm

DP Rangan Ji, AK Ji and Bhatia Ji,
My second edition of the post is from my favorite Rafi, there are two very favorite NFS, hugely popular during the radio era, and one film song from an obscure film, but a favorite nevertheless.

Saqi ki har nigaah pe Bal kha ke pee gaya
Lehron se khelte hua lehra ke pee gaya
penned by Jigar Muradabadi and composed by Taaj Ahmed Khan

A great Hindi NFS, whose composer and lyricist I could not find, despite having asked many of my very knowledgeable friends. Hope I’ll get the name here
Pyale se adhar mile Madhushala jhoom gayi
Diwane ke honthon ko ik Bala choom gayi

Ye to mumkin hi nahi hai ke behak jaun main
Saqiya itni pila de ke Mehak jaun main from Jai Jwala composed by Kamalkant
Will be back with more

33 ksbhatia October 11, 2016 at 7:07 pm

Arvinder Ji ;

Beautiful non filmi songs you have posted . Each one is a gem .

Pegs and Jaams , depending upon the mood, takes you to different levels….down to earth or riding a cloud . I am posting a few songs where lady sways to the rhythm and beats of waltz and some western style music .

1.Nazar Nazar se ho rahi baat pyar ki….Lata , Mukesh, ……Main nashe mein hun….SJ.

2. Na chhedo kal ke afsaane….Lata…Raat aur Din……SJ

3.Aaj yeh meri zindgi…..Asha…Yeh raasten hain pyar ke…..Ravi

4. Peene ke din aaye …..Shamshad….Khazanchi[1941]…Gul. Haider

5.Yeh rangeen mehfil gulabi gulabi….Asha….Faulad….G S Kohli

…..wait for more….

34 Hans October 11, 2016 at 7:55 pm

Nice topic and some info too. This topic was discussed in SOY and some songs were posted, but this post will provide opportunity for more. Title of the article is not impressive as per me. This topic demanded a title like ‘kuchh to log kahenge’. Can it be changed now. Consider one from the following songs.

First one mentioned by Shalanji in comment 31 from Hath Ki Safai mukhda of which aptly describes the mental state of a sharabi – peene walon ko peene ka bahana chahiye. As Shalanji had not given the link I am giving it here.
Strangely for a 1974 film no video seems to be available on youtube.

The second is ‘log peete hain ladkhadate hain’ sung by Hemant in film Faraar.

Hemant also sang another great sharabi song in film Manzil – yaad aa gayi

I see Chitragupta who created two of the greatest sharabi songs has not been mentioned. Singer was no other than his and my favourite and who is considered the best in this genre -Rafi.
1. Main kaun hoon – Main Chup Rahungi
2. Aaj is darja pila do – Vaasna

35 D P Rangan October 11, 2016 at 9:10 pm

Ashokji – Fully appreciate your views. Coverage of actors is purely incidental. Hunting for one song one actor on this topic would be time consuming and perhaps not commensurate with the benefit. It is beyond me with my poor knowledge of interpreting lyrics in Hindi. Thanks for your complements.

Arvinderji : Thanks for your sayings. To me it is surprising to find that a few of the songs is being heard for the first time by you. I am expecting cartload of songs from you and will listen to all of them.

Dineshji : I am happy to see your post a second view. Selection of song has an element of chance. I remembered a few from what I have heard over the years and a few others I stumbled upon. It took me quite some time to collect this many songs. I expect the experts here to add to the list and make it comprehensive.

KB : I will look for the song from Maryada and add it to my list.

Peddaduji : Welcome to SoY on behalf of AK. Thanks for the appreciation. You have added a good song on the theme.

Ms. Shalan Lal : I was a little wary of how you would view my attempt. Relieved to note I have scraped through. The note of the various versions of Devdas took me by surprise. This must be the only story with so many movies down the years. Nageswara Rao did the act in the Telugu version. Here too stress was on the drinking scenes. Tamil version was dubbed one. I have read somewhere that Dilip Kumar did drink and performed in Devdas to make his acting perfect. He seems to have admitted Nageswara Rao without touching a drop of liquor, but only with water did a better job.

Hansji : I am not as erudite as you in these matters. Even though I spent bulk of my life in the cow belt my Hindi is only enough to manage day to day affairs. Probably the titles suggested by you may be long winded one. You can forward your suggestion to the blog master and it is up to him to decide. But your song selection is superb and I enjoyed all of them. If you can give me a link to the previous post on the subject I would love to peruse it.

36 D P Rangan October 12, 2016 at 7:16 pm


Welcome to SoY on behalf of AK. I thank you for your alertness in spotting my mistake in song No. 14. It was not apparent to me after it was pinpointed. The ever alert AK has corrected my mistake. Please accept my apologies for this avoidable glitch.

37 Ravindra Kelkar October 13, 2016 at 4:45 pm

DP Ranganji,
Beautiful post, thoroughly enjoyed it, the content as well as songs. The icing on the cake is surely the introduction by AKji. Wonderful.
Some songs which so far have not been posted come to mind
1) Din Dhal Jaaye – Rafi – “Guide”
2) Hai Duniya Usi Ki Zamana Usi Ka – “Kashmir Ki Kali”
3) Kabhi Na Kabhi Kahi Na Kahi – “Sharabi” (other two songs have been mentioned in post as well as in the comments). This song is also a classic
4) Mujh Ko Baar Baar Yaad Na Aa-Kishore,Asha-“Ragini”
5)Kwaab Ho Tum – Kishore – “Teen Deviyan”
6)Kaisa Hai Mere Dil Tu Khiladi-Kishore-“Gambler”

38 arvindersharma October 13, 2016 at 5:56 pm

DP Rangan Ji
First of all,
Let me take this opportunity to Wish You a Very Happy Birthday Sir, as being a Facebook friend has it’s own advantages. ((AK Ji may please note )
The fact that we have personally met each other is of course another factor, but a big thanks to Facebook for reminders.
Now coming to some songs

Peene ke din aaye by Umrao Zia Begum from Khazanchi composed by Ghulam Haider

Ulfat ka kaam pila by Nirmala Devi from Shama Parwana composed by Husnlal Bhagatram

Jaam thaam le by Shamshad Begum from Shehanshah composed by SD Burman

Bhar bhar ke jaam pila by Lata and chorus from Yasmin composed by C Ramchandra

Will be continuing…

39 D P Rangan October 13, 2016 at 8:04 pm


Am very happy to observe you enjoyed the post – writing and the songs. I have already made my mark on the introduction by AK. I enjoyed all the songs you posted. I do not know whether song No. 5 in your list fits the theme.


Songs from the far past. What a collection you must have. Expect more such in the next post. Thanks for the birthday wish.

40 Hans October 13, 2016 at 9:04 pm

Kelkarji and Sharmaji have listed a number of good songs.

Shailendra wrote a song ‘yaad aayi aadhi raat ko kal raat ki tauba’ which aptly describes the mindset of a sharabi. Here is the link

Rafi again. Song ‘maine peena seekh liya’ from Goonj Uthi Shehnai and picturised on Rajendra Kumar.

Another one which I consider perhaps the best sharabi song. ‘Mehfil se uth jane walo’ from Dooj Ka Chand, music by Roshan and picturised on Bharat Bhushan.

From what is generally believed about Lata’s selection of songs to sing it would appear sharabi songs would not be her forte. But, a couple of songs have already been posted. Here are two more both picturised on Meena Kumari.

First one is ‘sansar se bhage firte ho’ from Chitralekha. From lyrics or Lata’s singing it may not appear to be a sharabi song, but, Meena’s great sharabi acting makes it clear that this song belongs to this category.

What Lata might have left in giving sharabi expression to the above mentioned (perhaps to give better meaning to the great lyrics) song, she made up in the second song ‘sharabi sharabi mera naam ho gaya’ from Chandan Ka Palna, which I consider to be one of the best sharabi songs by a female singer. This also shows RDB’s mastery over composing sharabi songs if we look at the two sharabi songs from Seeta aur Geeta, one of which sung by Manna Dey was posted by SSW. The other one ‘haan ji haan maine sharab pee hai’ was sung by Lata.

41 Ravindra Kelkar October 14, 2016 at 5:56 am

DP Ranganji,
The song “Khwab Ho Tum Ya Koi Hakikat” from Teen Deviyan fits the bill, in my view. In the movie, Dev Anand is offered a glass of whiskey. The party people insist Dev to drink the glass in one gulp, before starting to sing. Dev duly obliges & then sings this song. If you watch the song closely & Dev’s mannerisms, you will notice that he is a bit intoxicated, or tipsy, especially his eyes reflect it superbly. Also notice , the third stanza – the words are “Phir Pukaro Mujhe Phir Mera Naam Lo, Girata Hoon Phir Apani Bahon Mein Thaam Lo”.
The link to song is –

42 D P Rangan October 14, 2016 at 5:00 pm


Thanks for making me understand. My lack of knowledge of how to interpret the lyrics is also a hindrance. Even otherwise it is a good song and I have seen the movie when it was released. Ultimately he chooses one of the girls through hypnosis.

43 Jignesh Kotadia October 14, 2016 at 8:46 pm

welcome again with another evergreen topic !
great work, great compilation of the drunken songs. Since reading is most boring thing for me unless it is written on Golden Era’s MDs, Singers, Lyricists or Actors, i skipped the long preface of this post 🙂 excuse me for this Sir..
idk if i missed but didnt see this heavily drunken song of Asha in the main selection or comments here :
Aao huzur tumko sitaaron men le chalu
Dil jhoom jaaye aisi bahaaron men le chalu

44 Jignesh Kotadia October 14, 2016 at 8:57 pm

Idk whether this song fits into this theme but all kinds of intoxicants are being used in this party, wine, cigar, cigarette and the gambling.

khan mastana’s terrific singing in his own music direction.. Muqabala, 1942

Hum apne dard ka kissa sunaye jaate hai
Woh hans rahe hai hum aansoo bahaye jaate hai

Muqabala’s music was a memorable one. Yakub’s “Muzrim hun muhabbat ka jo chahe saza dena” and Rajni’s “Piya nainon men aan samaaye” are other must listen songs from this film.

45 Jignesh Kotadia October 14, 2016 at 9:23 pm

a duet from Naina, 1973
Sharada and KK

Jane mujhe tune ye kya cheez pila di
Pyas to bujhaai nahin, aag laga di

i have no hichkichaahat to tell that i am also a big fan of Sharada’s intoxicating voice. It was a welcome change in 60’s into the monotonous era of lata-asha, after Suraiya and Geeta’s expulsions.

now this is another Asha beauty from SJ’s film “The Gold Medal”. This film has a typical late 60’s SJ music.. but it is not clear when the film was released ? over to experts..

Mere qaatil utha botal, mila nazre
pila bhar bhar, ke mehfil rang pe aa jaaye
ke mehfil rang pe aa jaye

this film is another very nice work by SJ

46 Jignesh Kotadia October 14, 2016 at 9:36 pm

now, one of my favorite ghazal of Jagjit singh

Thukraao ab ke pyar karo, main nashe men hun
Jo chahe mere yaar karo, main nashe men hun

girne do tum mujhe mera saaghar sambhaal lo
itna to mere yaar karo, main nashe men hun

ab bhi dila raha hun yakeen e wafa magar
mera na aitbaar karo, main nashe men hun

Pankaj Udhas’s

Mazaa lena hai peene ka to,
kam kam dheere dheere pee
Chalega umrabhar peene ka
mausam, dheere dheere pee

Nahin ye aakhiri hai aur bhi
Maikhaane raahon men
Zara aaram se kuchh baith
humdum, dheere dheere pee

Juda hoke dukhi hona
tadapana, jaagna, rona
Jawaani men to honge
senkdo gham, dheere dheere pee..

47 D P Rangan October 15, 2016 at 1:32 am


I just write the post. How it is viewed by blog followers is their lookout. You have suggested some nice songs which have been included in the master list. Muqabala song is simply great. I am more than happy to get such songs on the subject. The film Golden Medal was released in 1984. Lyrics by Verma Malik.

48 peddadu October 15, 2016 at 8:23 am

Jignesh Kotadia@44
I liked the Khana Mastana’s Muqabala (1942) song ‘Hum apne…’ , composed by himself. This reminds me of a similar tune for Chaalees Din (1959) song, composed by Babul (is he same as Bipin Babul?), ‘Naseeb hoga mera meherban kabhi na kabhi’ –

49 Anil Kane October 15, 2016 at 5:27 pm

D.P.Rangan ji,

Nice article, Sir.

I would like to add two more songs by Lata ji.

1. Ararararara main toh giri re giri re giri re
Post Box 999

2. Maine toh nahin pee, main saqi bani thi
Main Nashe mein hoon

50 Jignesh Kotadia October 15, 2016 at 6:49 pm

Thank u very much. It is really satisfying for me that i can please the veterans here.
yes, Two songs mukhdas are quite similar !
i also dont know whether this Babul is one of the duo or not but Babul has done very good work in Naqli Nawaab, Reshmi Rumaal etc movies making him a candidate of forgotten MDs series.

51 ksbhatia October 15, 2016 at 7:21 pm

D P Rangan ji ;
I thank Arvinder Sharma ji for intimating your birth day date and along with others wish you a happy birth day though a belated one . May you continue to entertain us with many more interesting posts , that is our wish .

As before i am again posting some songs on the theme and hope you will like them . I am separating the B/W era and Colored era songs . But first b/w era songs .

1. A very fine starter song by Rafi and Lata , very entertaining and beautifully enacted by Johny walker and Madhubala , from Gateway of India . A very well composed melody with amazing interludes by the great Madan Mohan ….
…..Dekhta chala gaya mein zindgi ki rahoan mein….

2. Another fine song from Madan Mohan , this time enacted by Pran and Sadhna , sung by Lata and Pran/ MM [?]….film ..Man mauji.

…..Aya kahan se pee ke diwane…..

3. Rafi is at his best with sad songs in this slow intoxicated one ……

….Ab woh karam karen ya sitam main nashe mein hun…..from Marine Drive with music by N.Dutta…..

4. Here is a surprise composition and very different from his own style i.e from Gulam . Mohd . Again by Rafi from Do Gunde …

…Main nashe mein hun…..

5. Here is another surprise . A song composed by a very senior composer of vintage and golden era. Leaving the details for all others to guess.

Duniya sharabi , duniya sharabi…..Rafi

6. Rafi again in another rare song from Raat ke Rahi . MD[?]

……Main ne pee hai……

7. This one is a famous song by Rafi from Sanjog which ran into trouble with censors . The producer had to change the word from maine to chai as is evident from the song. Music….Madan Mohan.

….Do ghunt maine / chai pee….

8.Om Prakash again on Rafis song from Mera qasoor kya hai with music by Chitragupt.
…Zamana sharabi ban jayega….

9.Time to switch over to Talat , a very different one from ….Roop Ki Raani Chooroan Ka Raaja , Music SJ.

….Suna Bhai Humne…..

10. This time again very different song from an old film Kavi . MD[?]

…..Main pee ke nahin aaya…

…… be contd,….

52 peddadu October 16, 2016 at 7:59 am

K.S.Bhatiaji @51,
A good addition of bachhus songs indeed.
5. is from Tasngewala (1972), composed by Naushad sab.
6. is from Raat ke raahi (1959), composed by Bipin Babul (duo? or same as Babul of Chaalis din, Reshmi rumal etc?).

53 D P Rangan October 16, 2016 at 4:36 pm

Thanks for the birthday wishes. It is just one more weary milestone in my life. I will try to write some more posts. Whether they will be interesting/entertaining is upto the experts populating the blog. I am making a list and it is already more than 80 songs.

Anil Kaneji
Thanks for reading the post and grading it. The songs posted by you is also good to listen. Got the you tube links too.

54 ksbhatia October 16, 2016 at 5:37 pm

Peddadu ji ;
Thanks for liking the songs . For songs @5&6 , you have hit the bulls eye.

Here are a few more to the list @51 .

11. A duet by Manna Dey and Lata ji from Birju Ustad . The music is by Kalyanji Anandji but having style of Dattaram .

…Na humne pee na tumne pee…..

12. Maine to nahin pee…Lata….Main nashe mein hun…SJ

13. Nasha pila ke….Asha….Aab e Hayat…..Sardar Malik

14. Madira chhalke mere nainon se….Asha…Senapati….MM

15. Nasha sa chha gaya….Lata….Bindiya….Iqbal Quereshi…

……to be contd……

55 ksbhatia October 16, 2016 at 6:07 pm

D P Rangan ji ;

Here are some special addition to the listed songs which have mukhada as…..peeke/ jhoom ke chale hum chale .

1. Peeke hum tum jo chale…..Mukesh…..Sangam…..SJ

This one liner was filmed on Raj Kapoor while making a peg and waiting for Rajendra kumar before the main song …Dost dost na raha .

2.Pike hum tum jo chale…..Asha , Usha…Gumnaam….SJ

This was a very well made suspense movie and excellent photography by K H Kapadia was the highlighter besides its hit songs .

3. Jhoom ke chale ye chale wo chale….Asha…Night Club…MM

This one is having typical north india beats for which MM is famous for.

4. Now this one is a rare song from Pakeezah which was not included in the movie or perhaps left for its sequel . Marvelous redention by Lata ji . To some it may bring the memories of Amar and Sohni Mahiwal songs like….Tumahre sang mein bhi chalungi .

Peeke chale ye chale….Lata…Gulam Mohd.

… be contd…..

56 N Venkataraman October 17, 2016 at 9:40 am

Sorry, I am very late for the party. Compelled to be out of circulation for some time. I have not enough words to praise you for this post. Both the subject and the songs were close to my heart. Your write-up is comparable with good single malt whiskey. But it was a few pegs short. Ye dil mange more. I would like to concur with Mumbaikarji that the video at the end is the icing on the cake.

The two songs that I could recollect instantly were from Jagte Raho and the songs were posted by Subodhji and Bhatiaji. More songs have been posted and Bhatiji has taken the lead as usual. Arvinderji and Jignesh have posted some wonderful NFS. I am not a teetotaller and I love my drink as much as I love other good things in life. Different people have different views on ‘Nasha’. Kisi ko Sur ka nasha, kisi ko sharaab ka aur kisi ko mohabbat ka nasha. But if one can blend all the three, then it becomes Blender’s pride. let us see what Pankaj Udhas has to say on this subject. Truly intoxicating melody and music.
Thanks once again.

57 N Venkataraman October 17, 2016 at 12:17 pm

Sharaab itni sharifana chiz hai aadam
ke pike aadmi sach bolta hai subhaho sham

Here is a song penned by Shaikh Adam Abuwala, sung by Pankaj Udhas

Saeed Rahi says
Zindagi jeene ko di jee maine,
kismat mein likha tha pee to pee maine,
main na peeta to tera likha galat ho jaata
tere likhe ko nibhaya kya khata ki maine

Now listen to Anup Jalota lending his voice to Saeed Rahi’s kaalam-e-Haq

Let me take this opportunity raise a toast on your birthday, belated though. Please accept my best wishes.
Jhoom Barabar Jhoom Sharabi by Aziz Nazan, film FiveRifles (1974), lyrics Aziz Kalyanji-Anandji

58 KB October 17, 2016 at 2:54 pm

One forgotten song in this catagory was Kaise rahu chup from Intaquam (1969).

59 D P Rangan October 17, 2016 at 4:31 pm

I also do not have adequate words to appreciate your comments on the post. Listened to all you uploaded. What a pleasure it gave. Now I am improving my understanding of the lyric. I am indeed very much pleased at your appreciating the snippet about the animals under tipsy conditions. The other one was Mumbaikar. In fact I was a bit disappointed not to receive opinion about this last piece. I think it is the best I have posted on this subject. The animals behave in a natural manner and they can get tipsy only during the brief period the fruit lasts.

60 ksbhatia October 17, 2016 at 7:06 pm

D P Rangan ji ;
I am continuing with b/w songs . The more I dig the more I get the gems . From laughter to classics .

1.Charandas ko peene ki jo aadat na hoti….Kishore singing and acting in double role….Pehli Jhalak…..CR

2.Yeh nain dare dare……Hemant….Kohra….Hemant

3.Mujhe le chalo aaj phir us gali mein….Rafi….Sharabi…..MM

To me this is one of the greatest combo of a song ….its lyrics , music , acting and direction .

4. This one again a beautiful song by Asha ji enacted by the Pin Up actress of the mid 50s and 60s Sheila ramani in Taxi Driver with superb music by SDB .

Jeena do aur jeeyo…..

….to be contd…..

61 ksbhatia October 21, 2016 at 6:41 pm

D P Rangan ji ;
One more song with vintage taste . One of the best of Lata ji and Saazad hussain . film…Rustam Sohrab ….

Aye dil ruba…..

62 ksbhatia October 22, 2016 at 7:41 pm

D P Rangan ji;

If there is a competition amongest the golden period stalwarts as to who gulped maximum number of pegs , I think Dev Anand wins hands down . In every other movie we had wonderful songs , some time sad, some time naughty and some time romantic . Dev Anand fully justified the demand of screenplay . In every frame he looked handsome with killer looks in happy and romantic songs with his famous half tooth smile and looked drowsy in sad songs . A happy go lucky with every heroin of yester years movies . We are really missing the stars in current setup movies .

Here is a cross section of some of his song with variant inputs .

1.Chheda mere dil ne …..Rafi….Asli Naqli….SJ

2.Hum bekhudi mein tum….Rafi…Kala Pani….SDB

3. Aise to na dekho…..Rafi….Teen Devian….SDB

4.Aa gaya maja ….Asha , CR….Sarhad…..CR…[ A beautiful melody and dance by Raagini ]

63 AK October 24, 2016 at 9:45 am

Dear frienda,
Mr Rangan has done a fantastic thing. He has put all the songs on this theme added in comments in an Excel sheet with their YT URL link. I have mailed the list to all the readers who commented on this post. Any person interested in the list may please write to me to:

64 Shalan Lal October 24, 2016 at 10:10 am

AK @ 63

If I say on behalf of all the fans of SoY that Mr Rangan has done a great contribution to our interest the Soy readers will not have objection. May he do the same with his other posts as well.

I think AK this YT URL should be put in the right hand side pane of the Songs of Yore for good and easily accessible.

This should be the practices with other posts with subjects like Atariya and Aangan etc. also the songs based on the various Ragas with Raga name as the heading e.g Makans.

Well done DP and I say May your tribe increase!

Shalan La

65 ksbhatia October 24, 2016 at 6:46 pm

Rangan ji ;
Hip hip hurray !!!

All that I want to sing is……He is a jolly good fellow ,
he is a jolly good fellow, and
he is a jolly good felloooow
and so are all of us …..
[ Refer to this beautiful scene/piece of song in Awara , just 3.00 minutes before the famous song …Ek bewafa se pyar kiya……]

On behalf of SoY family I propose a vote of thanks to AK and Rangan ji for their untiring efforts , burning their candles to lit the SoY bright all the time . Thanks goes to Ms. Shalan Lal for her encouragements made from time to time . With Diwali knocking the doors ; Me and my family wishes all the members ….A very happy Diwali….in advance .

66 Shalan Lal October 25, 2016 at 8:43 am

Ksbhatia and AK

I join the Diwali Goodwishes with you and also praise AK and Rangan ji for their untiring efforts, and other post writers and commentators burning their candles to lit the SoY bright all the time!

I wonder if nay one has done a post on Diwali songs?

I mentioned Khajanchi film inwhich there is a “Diwali Phir Aa Gayi Sajani” as comment for the post “Angana”.

Shalan La

67 D P Rangan October 25, 2016 at 9:15 pm

What I did was a very ordinary piece of work. The idea behind was that of AK. He was the brain and I am merely a brawn. Still I thank you Shalan Lal and Bhatiaji for the sentiments expressed. I inserted you tube link in last column, because many times they do not work. The other data that I input will make it possible for any one to search for an alternate link. All ideas for improvement of presentation are always welcome. I will try to build similar excel sheets for the other 4 posts. I know it would be lot of labour, but in the end it would be beneficial to followers. As the blogs get older this may help someone to identify songs easily and add it to their collection. Whenever I come across a song I like, I get an mp3 version for my records. Many you tube videos are not live, implying they are merely songs displayed in a visible format.

68 ksbhatia October 26, 2016 at 5:28 pm

D P Rangan ji;
Switching over from B&W to color era songs . Will continue with B&W songs later on as well .

1.Inteha ho gayi intezar ki…..Kishore…Sharabi[1984]….Bappi Lehri

2.Dede pyar de pyar de…………ditto………

3.Log kahte hain main sharabi hun……..ditto…….

4.Thodi si jo pee lee hai…..Kishore…Namak Halal….Bhappi Lahri

5.Chalkaye jaam aap ke naam….Rafi….Mere Humdam Mere Dost..LP

6.Hui sham unka khayal aa gaya…Rafi…….ditto……

7..Sheeshe se pee ya ….Asha…Phool aur Pathar…..Ravi

8.Abhi to haath mein jaam hai….Manna Dey…Seeta aur Geeta..RDB

9.Aao hazur tum ko…Asha….Kismat…….OPN

10.Maine pee sharab tumne kya piya…Rafi…Naya rasta….N. Dutta

….to be contd…..

69 ksbhatia October 26, 2016 at 6:05 pm

D P Rangan ji ;

Here is a masterpiece of a song which I feel I should not club it with any other song . This lone song stand out against all , on its strength and perfection of Rafi , Sahir and S D Burman ; as also Guru dutt as actor and Director .

Salute to Sahir’s poetry that made this song a real classic of all time.

Jineh naaz hai hind par woh kahan hai……

70 Hans October 26, 2016 at 7:33 pm

Thanks for the excel sheet. I have saved it and am doing some corrections to some of the southernised lyrics.

You have snatched my favourite. I was looking to post a set of 5 sharabi songs picturised on different actors/actresses and this was one of them. I have still a full set which I am giving below.

1. The first song is ‘jara o janewale rukh se anchal’ from V.Shantaram’s Subah Ka Tara. This scene was repeated in Bhai Bhai in the song ‘sharabi ja’ (song no. 6). The only difference is that here the song is sung by the sharabi and the lady is fearful, while in Bhai Bhai the lady sings the song. Can anybody identify the actor behind the ‘moti moonchh’ and ‘mota chasma’. My guess is Shantaram himself, who was not acting in the film but perhaps appeared as guest artist, because this character in not seen again in the film. The singer and composer is C. Ramchandra.

2. The second song is ‘aur nahin bas aur nahin’ from Roti Kapada aur Makaan sung by Mahendra Kapoor for Manoj, who is not drinking but everybody else is busy in the act. This song brought a filmfare award for MK.

3. Roti Kapada aur Makaan had another such song picturised on Aruna Irani and sung by Lata (how many she sang of this genre) which became very famous for its lyrics ‘panditji mere marne ke baad’

4. Now this one picturised on and lyp-synched by Shashikala (Dharmendra is also there) from Phool aur Patthar. Sheeshe se pee ya paimane se pee by Asha music Ravi.

5. And lastly this one picturised on Hema in the presence of again Dharmendra. And the singer is again Lata. Song is ‘jane kya pilaya tune’ film Jugnu music SDB.

71 Hans October 26, 2016 at 7:45 pm

In my previous post Dharmendra was present in two of the songs in silent mode. Some of the songs picturised on him have been already posted. But, he had a lot of such songs. I present here a set of 5 songs of this genre all sung by Rafi.

1. Chhalkaye jaam from Mere Humdum Mere Dost
2. Hui sham unka khayal aa gaya from Mere Humdum Mere Dost
3. Main jatt yamla pagla from Pratiggya
4. Zindagi guzarne ko sathi from Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka
5. Aaj galo muskuralo from Lalkar. This song has a sad version also without sharab.

72 ksbhatia October 27, 2016 at 7:26 am

Hans ji ;

Some time it happens like that , the songs get repeated when two like minded people are working on the same theme and same songs get repeated . That is what happened on 26 th october.

Yes, the actor behind moti poonchh and mota chashhma is non other than V. Shantaram . Incedently this song can be treated as chhed chhad song.

A song for you ,sir

Kyun pyaala chhalakta hai……Manna Dey….Phir Bhi…..Raghunath Seth

73 D P Rangan October 27, 2016 at 8:22 pm

Thanks for mentioning my global venture in the latest Angan post. You know drinking is an universal vice and you can find drunkards and occasional dippers in any human group in any part of the world, whether in organised society or among tribals in the impenetrable jungles of Amazon. As I showed in my post even animals are not impervious to its effects. That should justify my tour of drink producing countries. Still I appreciate it very much.

Thanks for correcting the lyrics. I have work cut out for me and will update the sheet. Leve it to me. Now it is much easy as I have to do a few songs at a time.

74 ksbhatia October 28, 2016 at 6:37 pm

Hans ji;
Like Pyaasa song @69 , Here is another scene stealer from Devdas { Dilip ‘s }….
Kisko khabar thi , Kisko pata tha ..aise din bhi ayenge….S D Burman’s master creation full justified by Talat and of course Dilip Kumars superb drunkard acting . In the movie , this song was only partly shot as per demand of the situation but overall impact was great .

Kisko khabar thi…….Talat’s full song

Kisko khabar thi…..Song from 1:58:00 to 2:00:00 [ full movie]

Now, a question to the sharp telescopic ear listeners . Listening to this picturised song again and again my little minds says that this song is sung by Dilip Kumar in movie version. If one listen to the famous duet of Dilip and Lata ji’s song in Musafir and this song , one may make mistake like me. Over to Experts .

75 ksbhatia November 1, 2016 at 6:50 pm

D P Rangan ji ;

Visited this post once again and loading some songs and background music of old movies as well.

1.Sansaar se bhaage phirte ho….Lata…Chitralekha…Roshan

2.Mujhe pyas aisi pyas lagi hai….Asha….Andaz[1971]….SJ

3. A beautiful instrumental waltz piece as background music in a scene from An Evening in Paris…..enacted by Pran ,Shammi Kapoor , Sharmila tagore… and listen from 6:25 to 8:15 .

76 ksbhatia November 2, 2016 at 6:33 pm

D P Rangan ji
Johny Walker , an icon of the bollywood movies , a comedian par excellence, did some wonderful roles and appeared in many drunkard roles and danced to many songs while drunk . Many other comedian also followed his foot steps but could not measure upto the standards laid down by Johny Walker .
I think the only actor that left the impression of a drunkard comedian was Keshto Mukherjee . He could make us laugh without even uttering a word. His lanky appearence in crossed squint eye jack looks, some time wearing texas hat, would make your belly bounce with laughters at the first go itself .His breaks and pause with unique chukles in his dialogue deliveries was the hallmark of his typical style . I have hardly seen him standing straight on the silver screen ; not even with his stable head.
I was looking for some drunkard songs on him but could not find one that I could confidently post . Yes, one song that shows Keshto dancing to the tune of street singer is worth watching as a substitute . The song is…..Tedi tedi humse phire saari duniya….from old movie Musafir. This movie is credited to many debut appearences . Keshtos debut , Dilip Kumars only duet with Lata ji, Hrishikesh Mukerjee’s first directional movie and Shailendra singing his own written song as well [ not his debut though] .

One may note the unique dance by Keshto invented by him before the invention of Break Dance in Hollywood . I am sure this was his own creation with no help from any dance director . A very appropriate to the tedi tedi hum se chale song.
Now coming to reality , the earth truly rotate about its axis which is tilted at an angle of 23.5 degree from its vertical plane . The axis points to the Polaris , the North star .
This tilt of the earth is the reason of having so many seasonal changes that we experience thru the climatic changes like feel of the winter or feel of the fresh air and as much as changes in the vegetation as well . Had it rotated about its vertical axis there would not been such changes and there would have been uniformity in climate every where with minor variations in temperatures depending upon the earths distance from the sun . The variations in appearences of humans and animals would have been minimal . But nothing can be said about peace .

In the song Shailendra in his concluding stanza states…..

Kal aye thye , kal jaana hai raaja
Tera mera kyun kare saari duniya

The song though filmed as a comedy leaves a great message for the listener .

[ The song reminds me of another song of Hemant kumar……Zamin chal rahi aasman chal raha hai …..not related to this theme]

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