Melodies From The Golden era of Bollywood Music!

 

This is a comical song. I haven’t seen a better advertisement song in Bollywood films. This Ad is certainly a hyperbole. If anyone could advertise anything like this they would multiply their sales in minutes! This is a song about head-massage offered by a street-walking masseuse. The video is very blurred black and white film hence not clear–the masseuse seems to be walking in a 1957 Mumbai street in evening and tries to lure two three customers. He manages to get only one but evidently the one is not content with the service being offered–hence emphasis on its being an Ad-hyperbole. The music and picture has great comical elements. 

This song is one of my all time favorites. It’s been so popular that a big brand of medical drugs copied it in one of its advertisement jingles. The song is from a 1957 film Pyaasa and filmed on Johnny Walker–one of the greatest comedians ever! If you observe Johnny Walker’s eyebrows–they’re conical like those of Kishore Kumar and Shahrukh Khan suggesting great histrionic talent!  A word on him and his name which reminds you of a Whisky brand:

One of the earliest and best-loved comedians of Indian Cinema, Johnny Walker brought smiles and amusement to all whenever he was on film. Christening himself after the famous Scotch whisky, Walker would drive audiences wild with laughter with his squeaky voice, pencil-thin moustache and his now-classic drunken antics. Everyone, cast, crew and audience alike, loved his iconic image of the hero’s comic and often drunk sidekick, who would cause comedy to occur in the film. Ironically, his drunken image was a stark contrast to his real-life persona, which was that of a sober and humble soul

Wikipedia

Johnny Walker entertained many generations of cinema-goers with his great comedy and this song is a memorable tribute to him. But of course a great song is created only when all factors like music, lyrics, playback and onscreen performances are excellent–which is certainly the case with this one.

Mohammad Rafi is undoubtedly one of the greatest playback singers of all times and needs no introduction–he was fabulous with all types of songs including comical ones. Sahir Ludhiyanavi’s lyrics are time-less and S. D. Burman’s music is euphonious and funny.

सर जो तेरा चकराये, या दिल डूबा जाये
आजा प्यारे पास हमारे, काहे घबराय, काहे घबराय

(तेल मेरा है मुस्की, गन्ज रहे न खुस्की
जिस के सर पर हाथ फिरा दूँ, चमके किस्मत उसकी ) \- २
सुन सुन सुन, अरे बेटा सुन, इस चम्पी में बड़े बड़े गुन
लाख दुखों की एक दवा है, क्यूँ ना आज़माये
कहे घबराये, कहे घबराये
सर जो तेरा …

(प्यार का होवे झगड़ा, या बिज़िनेस का हो रगड़ा
सब लफ़ड़ों का बोझ हटे जब पड़े हाथ इक तगड़ा ) \- २
सुन सुन सुन, अरे बाबू सुन, इस चम्पी में बड़े बड़े गुन
लाख दुखों की एक दवा है, क्यूँ ना आज़माये
कहे घबराये, कहे घबराये
सर जो तेरा …

(नौकर हो या मालिक, लीडर हो या पबलिक
अपने आगे सभी झुकें हैं, क्या राजा क्या सैनिक ) \- २
सुन सुन सुन, अरे बेटा सुन, इस चम्पी में बड़े बड़े गुन
लाख दुखों की एक दवा है, क्यूँ ना आज़माये
कहे घबराये, कहे घबराये
सर जो तेरा …

–Sahir Ludhiyanavi. Lyrics courtesy: here

Lyrics(Translated)

If you feel dizzy or depressed,

Come to me, why are you scared?

(My oil is Muski,

Neither dandruff nor hair-fall can stay,

The fortune starts shining for one whose head I sweep with my hand-2,

Listen listen Oh son,

This head-massage has miraculous properties,

One panacea for all your troubles,

Why don’t you try it?)

(Whether it’s a love-clash or a business deal gone bad,

All matters resolve themselves smoothly when a strong hand(mine) thrashes obstacles,

Listen listen Oh Mister,

This head-massage has miraculous properties,

One panacea for all your troubles,

Why don’t you try it?)

Be it a king or a servant,

A leader or a common man,

All bow their head down before me,

Listen listen Oh son,

This head-massage has miraculous properties,

One panacea for all your troubles,

Why don’t you try it?)

 

If you feel dizzy or depressed,

Come to me, why are you scared?….

 

 

 

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