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Poetic Liberty or Crazy Songs ? Thursday, 14 May, 2009

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Poetic Liberty or Bad Songs?

This article was originally published here in PFC, now being cross-posted here.

The world of Hindi film song lyric is like an ocean of expressions of emotions, mainly of love and pain. For years, song writers and lyricists’ deep poetic thoughts, through their eloquent verses, have been, creating magnificent tunes which are sung across generations. Such songs are original, melodious, memorable and generally termed as ’good songs’ and often as- ‘timeless classics’.

However, there are other kind of songs which neither qualifies to be lyrically enriched, nor that meaningful, but necessarily possess some unique virtue of jingles to become ‘catchy’ and create its own band of listeners for a long period of time. Most of the cases however, the tunes and lyrics of such songs are not even original and inspired or directly lifted from works of international artistes. Subjectively, some people term few of them as ‘bad’ songs. I, for one, loved those songs as a kid and still remember them as reminiscent of those good old silly days. Interestingly, most of such songs are dance numbers and are very upbeat and rhythmic in nature.

Success or popularity of such songs always makes me think, why such songs become popular at the first place? Is it because of its tune? Or the catch phrase in the lyrics? The way they are picturized? Or simply because of the playback singer’s voice or a combination of all the factors?  I don’t know. There’s no need to know actually.

Let me list down my favorite ‘catchy’ songs which boldly use meaningless phrases, awkward verses and repeat words, yet are immediately identifiable and hummable. The list is restricted only to the songs, which has at least one meaningless phrase (or group of words), to rhyme with other meaningful wordings. Please note yodleying, humming and other vocal modulations are excluded from this category.

1. Ina Mina Dika Dai Damo Nika
Movie : Asha (1957) |Singer(s): Kishore Kumar| Music Director(s): C Ramchandra
Lyricist(s): Rajinder Kishan

na mina dika dai damo nika/ maka naka naka chika pika rika

ina mina dika dika, de dai damo nika/ maka naka maka naka, chika pika rola rika

rumpum posh, rumpum posh

dil de du hai koi lene wala, aise vaise ko nahee dene wala

suratiya hasin ho, umariya jawan ho

koi bhee use dekhe toh bas yeh guman ho

yahee hai yahee hai yahee toh hai wo

Augmented with idiosyncratic Kishore Kumar antics, this outstandingly crazy but brilliantly racy number, till date is unmatchable for it’s nonsense quotient and probably there would never be any. I wonder if the first para was written by Rajinder Kishan or added by Kishore himself!

2. Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu

Movie: Howrah Bridge (1958)| Music : O.P. Nayyar | Singer:Geeta Dutt |

Lyricist: Qamar Jalalabadi

Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu/ Chin Chin Chu baba chin chin chu

Raat Chandni main aur tu/ hello mister how do you do ?

Babaaaa….Babaaa

This song is as famous for its Chinese name ‘chin chin chu’ and as the first hit of ‘Helen’. This is probably one of the most evergreen songs, alive even after half a decade of its creation.Geeta Dutt’s voice and the mystic charm of Hellen has an intoxicating effect bringing alive the ‘Sunehri Yaadein’ of bygone days.

3. Dum Dum Diga Diga

Movie: Chhalia (1960) | Music: Kalyanji- Anandji | Singer: Mukesh | Lyricist: Qamar Jalalabadi

Dum Dum Diga Diga Mausam Bheega Bheega

Bin Piye Maein To Gira…Maein To Gira… Maein To Gira

Haye Allah, Surat Aap Ki Subhan Allah

Another evergreen happy foot tapping number which elegantly passed the test of time. A timeless classic, undoubtedly.

4. Hum bewafa

Movie: Shalimar (1978) | Music: R. D  Burman | Singer: Kishore Kumar | Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

Chorus: Jingala La La Jhum..

kishore: Hum Bewafa Hargiz Na The Par Hum Wafa Kar Na Sake

humko Mili Uski Saza Hum Jo Khata Kar Na Sake

hum Bewafa Hargiz Na The, Par Hum Wafa Kar Na Sake

chorus: Phur.. Phur.. Phuur..

The gloom of the song is accentuated by that unsympathetic tribal ‘Jingalala hoo…phurr phurr’. Kishore and RD both got award for best music and playback respectively. Usha Uthup received an th best playback award for her One two cha cha cha number too.

5. Jile Le Jile Le

Movie: Tarzan (1985) | Music : Bappi Lahiri | Singer: Alisha Chinai | Lyrics : Anjaan

Jee le le Jee le le /, Aiyo Aiyo Jee le le

Masti me Masti Me/ Aiyo aiyo jee le le

Dooba dooba dooba dooba masti me

Kabhi kbahi kaliya mile hasti mein (?)

Jee le le Jee le le /, Aiyo Aiyo Jee le le

Cognizant of the wild theme, the lyrics did poetic justice to Tarzan’s (Hemant Birje) untamed expression of love towards Kimi Katkar’s junglee jawani. For the uninitiated it would be interesting to note that Bappida used the pseudonym Basavalingaiah Hiremath when he sang his songs like Jeele le Jee le and I am a Disco Dancer !! Talking about Disco Dancer, the song Koi yahan aha nache nache, Koi wahan aha nache nache, Auwa Auwa would also fall under the category of songs we are discussing.

6. Zubee Zubee Zubee

Movie: Dance dance (1987) | Music : Bappi Lahiri | Singer: Alisha Chinai | Lyrics : Anjaan

zu zu zubee zubee zubee, zu zu zubee zubee zubee

zubee zubee hey hey

(mere dil gaye ja zubee zubee zubee

mastee mei gaye ja zubee zubee zubee) – (2)

hey zubee zubee zubee, hey hey zubee zubee zubee, zubee zubee hey hey

zubee zubee zu zu zubee zubee, zubee zubee zu zuuuuuuuu

aaah aaah aaah

Clearly, the weirdest lyrics ever heard, but just because of the oomph of the voice, the song is unforgettable. More discussions on this song can be found on my post on Best songs of Alisha Chinai.

7. Oye Oye, Oye O O Oaa

Movie:Tridev (1989)| Singer(s) : Amit Kumar, Sapna Mukherjee | Music: Kalyanji Anandji

Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

Tridev, with its star studded cast and superhit songs, created huge furor. Sapna Mukherjee  for the Oye Oye song, won the best female playback beating Alisha Chinai’s raat Bhar Jaam se !  The same year I learnt that the song was an Inspiration from Gloria Estafan’s Rhythm’s gonna get you. Nevertheless, ‘Oye Oye’ became the slogan of the youth. Slightly Tarzanish, lipped by Nasiruddin and Sonam, Oye Oye song remains as a memorable milestone.

8. Tamma Tamma Loge

Movie: Thanedar (1990) | Singer: Anuradha Paudwal, Bappi Lahiri | Music: Bappi Lahiri
Lyricist(s): Indeevar

tamma tamma loge

too premee aaha, mai premee aaha

too raajee aaha, mai raajee aaha

phir kya daddy kya amma

ik bas too hee pyaar ke kaabil, saara jahan hai nikamma

tamma tamma loge…….

Clearly, the talent of Bappi Lahiri (or Basavalingaiah Hiremath) on creating such gems out of meaningless words are beyond any doubt. This is also the first ‘Kompooterijed mujik’ in Hindi Cinema as he claimed.In his own words he is the ‘living lejend in hindi mujik industry’, and I dare doubt it.

9. Hai Huku Hai Huku Hai Hai

Movie : Gopi Kishen (1994) | Singer(s): Alka Yagnik, Kumar Sanu, Poornima |

Music : Anand Milind | Lyricist(s): Sameer

Hai Huku Hai Huku Hai Hai (4)

yeh ladke mere samne

Hai Huku Hai Huku Hai Hai (2)

yeh ladke mere samne, mera dil liye jaye jaye…(2)

Hai Huku Hai Huku Hai Hai

Suneil Shetty trying compact the ground with robust heroine Shipa Shirodkar on his side, by thumping the earth vigorously, an action need to be accepted as ‘dancing’. The cumulative masculinity of this song is degraded slightly when Shipa lips “who ladka mere samne mera dil liye jai jai jai”. I also remember the letter SO DA was written is large letters on Suneil Shetty’s shirt. Where is Shilpa Shirodkar gone ?

10. Jab Bhi Koi Ladki Dekhe Mera Dil Deewaana Bole Ole Ole Ole Ole Ole Ole

Movie : Yeh Dillagi (1994) | Singer(s): Abhijeet| Music: Dilil Sen- Sameer Sen | Lyrics: Sameer

This was one fast paced song picturized on Saif Ali Khan and a room full of girls. I think this was the song which established Saif’s playboy image

11. Chinai Chun Chun

Movie: Jallad (1995) | Singer- Udit Narayan, Sadhna Sargam | Music- Anand-Milind |

Lyrics – Sameer

See Song No-2 @ 0.38.

Chinai chun chun chinai chun chun

Kya kehti hai dil ki dharkan dilbar mere sun

Chinai chun chun chinai chun chun

Apparently the song seems to be a dedication to Alisha Chinai, but it was Rambha and Mithun, whom this song is picturized on. Mithun played double role and his villain role of ‘Amavas’ fetched him  the‘ best villain’  award from Filmfare.

12. Aanan Fanan

Movie: Hathkadi (1995) | Singer(s)- Abhijeet ( or was it Anu Malik?), Swarnalatha |

Music- Anu Malik | Lyrics – Maya Govind

The lyrics go like this-

Chand ka dola laaya hoon dulhan/ aanan faanan aanan fanan

Dekh bani hai duniya jabse/ saathi hoon main tera tabse,

lekar tujhko jaunga dulhan/ aanan faanan aanan fanan.

One of the seriously hilarious song, rich with true Govinda flavour, spiced up with Shilpa Shetty’s hip shaking visuals.

I can quickly remember some more songs of this nature-

Ding Dong Sing a Song….. ( Hero, 1983)

Auwa Auwa….. ( Disco Dancer 1983)

Tunna Tunna Ta Ta Tunna….(Adharm, 1992)

Gutur Gutur….. ( Dalal, 1993)

Aa A ee, U U oo, Mera Dil Na Todo…… ( Raja Babu, 1994)

Humma Humma….. ( Bombay, 1995)

Dil Ding Dong Ding Bole…… (Kuchh to Hai, 2003)

Zara Zara touch me ….Bin Tere Sanam Dum di dum di dum….. ( Race, 2007)

Annan Faanan….. ( Namastey London, 2007)

Ta tananana Tandoori Nights…. ( Karzzz…the remake, 2008)

There are some songs which have successfully used drum beat sounds as catch phrases, which can’t be categorized meaningless in entirety, but the songs are worth a mention.

Dhina Dhin Tak … Aa Jee O Jee (Ram Lakhan, 1989)

Tak Dum Dum Tak Dum Dum/ Ghode jaisi chla Hathi jaise dum (Dil to Pagal Hai, 1997)

The list no way claims to be exhaustive.

I request readers to read the comment section of the PFC article which is probably the most exhaustive thread on the topic. In my view that can serve as a near exhaustive reference for such crazy songs!

If time permits, Ill try to compile all the songs in this post, till then don’t hesitate to comment with your favorites among them 🙂

Ps: A Laurel Wreath would be given to each commenter , who comes up with a fresh contribution, a new song (new= a song not mentioned in this post or PFC comment section) falling into the category being discussed.

To avoid ‘creative frauds’, request you to provide a link as a proof of the song’s existence.

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1. eye-in-sty-in - Friday, 15 May, 2009

the lyrics are surely crazy.. Made me laugh! How about the atrocious music accompanying some songs?

2. Abha - Friday, 15 May, 2009

hahaha! had fun reading this!

off the top of my head, can remember

dhin taak dhin at dhin dhir dhinna (2)… tune mujhko bechain kiya, tune bihi toh mera chaaiinnn liya! jackie and juhi song! dunno the movie!

aa aaa eee oooo ooooo mera dil na todo? does that fall in this category?! :p

hun huna re hun huna… one kajol number!

bum bum bole?! the whole beginning! and bum chiki bum:D

yamma yamma yamma yamma, teh khubsoorat sama?

will come back when i can think of some more!

brilliant post! 🙂

cheers!
………………………..
~uh~: Great contributions Abha !

You get the laurel wreath for Bum Bum Bole. Congrats !!
that Jackie Juhi song could not place it. Hope you are not confusing with
tera naam Liya tujhe yuaad kiya from Ram Lakhan ?

Rest all are relevant too, though others have already mentioned them.

Do go through the the PFC thread to have an idea of the number of such songs that exists!
Warning- You may feel nauseatic and crazy, while reading so many crap song lyrics.
😀

3. Abha - Friday, 15 May, 2009

oh aa aa eeoo was already there! sowvy! 😀

~uh~: Atleast 10 people have mentioned that song on PFC, shows it’s influence :p

4. Shibani - Saturday, 16 May, 2009

Oh yeah…

Aaaowwwaaaaa Aaaowwwaaaaa – from Disco Dancer…the song that raped ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’…Koi Yahan Aaha Nache Naache

~uh~: Good one, but entry is repeated 🙂

5. Shibani - Saturday, 16 May, 2009

1 more..

Bum STICKY STICKY Bum…hehe…from HUM

~uh~: That too is a repeat entry. You have to have a new entry after all this songs.

6. Abha - Monday, 18 May, 2009

naah! i found the song! its goriya re goriya re mera dil chura ke ay ja! dhin taak dhinak dhin dhir dhinna! 😀

so do i get another wreath for this one?! 😀

yyyaaayyyy!

~uh~: Gee Hyuk Hyuk !!! You get the wreath as well as the robe for this fresh contribution 😀
I love that song….
Now I found this one from Hathkadi to be “Hall of Fame” material…..

7. toonfactory - Monday, 18 May, 2009

Can anything beat this year’s Oscar Nominated O Saya? Rahman got nominated as the lyricist (?) too for the song…
…..
~uh~: Agreed. He is already proved him with numbers like ‘Humma’ and Urvasi’ and ‘telephone dhun me hasne wali…..’ !

8. ~uh~™ - Monday, 18 May, 2009

Anyone reading this post has the video link of the song ‘Annan Fannan’ from Hathkadi ? If yes, do paste it here.

9. Vidooshak - Monday, 18 May, 2009

All Gulzar songs would make it to the list. With all his “geeli hansi, peeli hansi” and “paon ke tale firdaus chale” type lyrics, I am sure he is the baadshah of silly lyrics. Unfortunately in his case, those lyrics end up sounding like deep poetry and in some language they probably mean much!

🙂

Lovely post and a great repository. Proud of you, Abha, for some dazzling contributions. Agree with Toon that “O Saya” and “Paper Planes” are both worthy of Oscar for Sillyrics
……

~uh~: You are very right, M. The greatest Example of Guzaar’s nonsense lyric can be found from the film Kitaab. It starts with AA ee oo eee
and ends with VIP underwear baniyaan…..

Indian lyricists are pathbreakers and where the listeners imagination ends, there genius starts….;-)

10. couchpapaya - Tuesday, 19 May, 2009

hehe what a fun idea for a post!! of course alisha chinai has to be there 😀 how abt tutak tutak tutiya i love u ???? and salman khan with tan tana tan tan tan tara …. smita shld have made the suggestion but i got here first haha!!
…..
~uh~: I was testing the PFC waters with this post, you see. Do see the comment section there and check if any song is missing, you may get the laurel wreath too 🙂
Where did you find Smita here? Blogworld hallucination, i guess 😉

11. Rofl Indian - Friday, 22 May, 2009

soni de nakhre sone lagade o meinu, soni de nakhre sone lagade – 2

oh keindie pump up the jame oh keinde
oh jannah jannah (4)

soni de nakhre soni lagde meinu…… (4)
oh keinde pump pump pump up (4)
oh jannah jannah
oh keindie pump up the jame oh keinde (4)
oh jannah jannah oh keinde

Do I get the laurel wreath? 😀

~uh~: As the challenge is to come up with new entries not mentioned in the PFC comment section, your entry is repeat of comment #123 ( though, he entered wrong lyrics).
However, that song is among the craziest few. Especially the way ‘pump up the jam’ is sung 😀
Keep trying 🙂

12. couchpapaya - Saturday, 23 May, 2009

whoo got another one .- chanda chamke cham cham …. from fanaa. laurel wreath ??? 🙂 and dont say the lyrics make sense, they seem like gobbledegook to me …..

~uh~: Aha ! Good work Bish ( or shall I start calling you Pepe?).
The virtuous Laurel Wreath is bestowed onto you 🙂

13. B Desai - Friday, 29 May, 2009

Couple of more to your list…

1. Meri Bhains Ko danda kyo mara?
Woh khet me chara charti thi..
Tere bap kya leti thi? — Old Shammi kapoor Movie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iz6sveiN0E0 (its an audio only… i couldn’t find the video for this song… its very funny song with crazy lyrics sung by Manna De)

2. Goli mare tera dupatta… — Kyoki

3. Ek chumma tu mujko udhar daide.
badle me UP Bihar laile… Chhote Sarkar

4. Zehar hai ke pyar hai tera chumma — Sabse Bada Khiladi

5. Pappu Can’t Dance Sala… — Jane Tu…
Another crazy song from ARR…

6. Dheere Se jaana Khatiyan Mein….

7. Aana meri jaan aana mer jaan
Sunday ke Sunday

14. B Desai - Friday, 29 May, 2009

oops… link for the 1st song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iz6sveiN0E0 … audio only…

15. B Desai - Friday, 29 May, 2009

looks like the link is not coming…

~uh~: Thanks for the contributions and the links. It’s working now 🙂

16. anand - Thursday, 24 September, 2009

Great database of crazy film songs, so here is my contribution. I don’t know whether it has already been posted.

It is the famous, “C A T Cat Maane billi” from “Dilli ka thug” with Kishoreda and the evergreen Nutan acting.

17. Mallika - Thursday, 14 January, 2010

I always thought the song “Lakdi ki kaathi” was pretty meaningless – I never liked it, though.
“Ye ilu ilu kya hai” was silly, but still kinda catchy

18. Mallika - Thursday, 14 January, 2010

Oh, and what about “Thande thande paani se nahana chahiye … gaana aaye ya na aaye gaana chahiye” 😀


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