Hero introduces himself!

Let me first explain my idea for the post. Old Hindi films many times have songs that were sung by the hero on his first appearance on the screen, or sometimes during the early minutes of the film, explaining his philosophy of life. The songs used to establish his character in the movie and made it easier for the viewers to understand.
Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand had such songs in the majority of their movies. And of course other heroes would have had such songs, though off hand I can’t think of any. Let me see if I could find those songs. As I haven’t watched many movies from the golden era, it would be an exercise for me.

Hero 1

Let’s go to the list, ten songs that introduce the hero and tell us of his character in the movie. I’ve tried to find songs picturised on heroes other than Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand. Otherwise the post would have ended enumerating their songs. Still, as their songs are the main inspiration for the post, I’ve added a couple of songs each. So without a further ado, let’s hit the list. As usual the songs are from the pre-70s films.

1. Hum Hai Rahi Pyar Ke – Nau Do Gyarah (1957) Kishore Kumar / S D Burman – Majrooh
It was obviously one of the songs that I’d in my mind. Dev Anand merrily singing the anthem of his life. He plays Madan Gopal, who has to keep moving homes, as he fails to pay the rent and the landlord throws him out. He is too hard up to pay the rent. His happy go lucky nature is highlighted in the song. His uncle leaves him a sum of 11 lakhs and he buys a lorry to travel to Mumbai. What a philosophy! He is rough and tough, can manage to survive in any circumstances. He welcomes grief and joy with equal ease. The playful song also has a tinge of sadness, but it is waved off in the joyous mood.

2. Awara Hoon Awara Hoon – Awara (1951) Mukesh / Shankar Jaikishan – Shailendra
Raj Kapoor is released from jail. He’s a free bird now. But his time in the jail has left an impact on his mind. He has lost his innocence, moreover he has lost faith in humanity and the world in general. He is now a homeless vagabond, there’s nobody left who cares for him. His soul is wounded, but he spreads happiness. Raj Kapoor built his screen image akin to that of Charlie Chaplin. Though it wasn’t suitable for this film, he carried forward the image to his future RK film’s ventures.

3. Main Ghareebon Ka Dil – Abe Hayaat (1955) Hemant Kumar / Sardar Malik – Hasrat Jaipuri
Prem Nath plays Jamal, who’s the son of the Wazir of the Kingdom. He helps out poor citizens and makes fun of the rich. He calls himself heart of the poor and voice of the nation. He further describes his attitude towards life.

4. Mera Joota Hai Japani – Shree 420 (1955) Mukesh / Shankar Jaikishan – Shailendra
The list can never be complete without this one. In this movie, Raj Kapoor fully explored his Charlie Chaplin image. Look at his attire, his facial expressions. Worn out shoes, a short pants, old coat and a hat. He also adapts some of Chaplin’s gestures to complete the picture. He proudly emphasizes his being an Indian at heart, let his attire be a combination of multinational styles. He wants to reach Mumbai, but has no idea about his destination or the goal in life. He has left that to god’s grace. He believes in consistency and dedication. To give up is the end of life, he adds. The song appears at his very first entry on screen. It builds the necessary background for his character in the film.

5. Le Chala Jidhar Yeh Dil – Miss Bombay (1957) Rafi / Hansraj Behl – Prem Dhawan
I had included the song on my list of Hansraj Behl post. It fits the bill perfectly. The film opens with the song, with Ajit driving a lorry, named Miss Bombay. He sings to himself uncovering his philosophy of life. The one who adapts to the changing circumstances and succeeds, the rest lose the battle. Don’t accept beggary, believe in your own self. Follow your heart, have faith. The harmonica pieces and whistling adds a cheerful and carefree attitude. The lorry has a cute puppet playing violin, attached to a side.

6. Akela Hoon Main – Baat Ek Raat Ki (1962) Rafi / S D Burman – Majrooh
Dev Anand plays Rajesh, a lawyer by profession. He’s all alone, to the extent that he calls his shadow his only companion. He wanders aimlessly, following only his heart. He hasn’t undertaken any new case for a long time and his friend, Johny Walker worries about his future. A good song. It is said the movie was titled ‘Akela’ and this song was supposed to be the title track. It was however changed to Baat Ek Raat Ki, I’m obviously not aware of the reason.

7. Lakhon Hai Nigah Mein – Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon (1963) Rafi / O P Nayyar – Majrooh
Joy Mukherjee makes a musical entry with the song. A good melodious song. The hero is looking for his dream girl, but hasn’t found her so far. The park he’s strolling with his guitar in, has groups of beautiful girls merrily hanging out. (Perhaps a girl’s college has arranged a picnic!). He likes a girl’s hair, another girl’s beautiful face, other’s eyes and so on. But he wonders where would his mate be? She is supposed to have all the qualities of his dream girl. He keeps on daydreaming of her. This song doesn’t talk about his life philosophy, but mentions his dreams about his mate. I wonder if he plays a singer in the movie. I’ve seen the movie on Doordarshan, years ago and don’t at all remember anything.

8. Dil Mera Ek Aas Ka Panchhi – Aas Ka Panchhi (1961) Subir Sen / Shankar Jaikishan – Hasrat Jaipuri
Rajendra Kumar plays Rajan Khanna who aspires to join military services. He’s a member of NCC in school and continues to be a sincere and dedicated cadet in college as well. He is optimistic about his bright future and talks about the goal of his life. Subir Sen, who sounds very much like Hemant Kumar, has sung the song quite impressively, though he couldn’t establish himself in Hindi films.

9. Ehsan Mere Dil Pe Tumhara Hai – Gaban (1966) Rafi / Shankar Jaikishan – Hasrat Jaipuri
Sunil Dutt plays a character who takes bribes to get people’s work done. His father is an honest clerk and doesn’t know about it. It seems from the song that he borrows things from his friends or even lifts things without getting noticed. His charming behaviour covers it all. It would perhaps be the only song that is designed to showcase the dishonest hero.

10. Kisi Na Kisi Se Kabhi Na Kabhi – Kashmir Ki Kali (1964) Rafi / O P Nayyar – S H Bihari
Shammi Kapoor has run away from his home as his mother intends to marry him off with a girl of her choice. She doesn’t care if he approves or not. She wants to impose her choice on him. The latter, frustrated and angry, escapes to Kashmir. On the way, he breaks into a song where he sings about his wish. He wishes to meet a girl, who’s one of the most beautiful and gorgeous girls. Very cheerful and catchy song, thanks to O P Nayyar for the wonderful melody. I thought about the song twice, as I felt it’s not exactly fitting the theme. But later settled for it, though I’m still not sure about it.

Would you like to add a song to the list?

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50 Replies to “Hero introduces himself!”

  1. A wonderful set of songs, but I agree with you that KIsi na kisi se doesn’t seem to fit – because it’s not as if he’s really introducing himself or talking about who he is, etc (for that matter, I don’t think Laakhon hain nigaah mein fits either, because that’s got the same sort of ‘looking-for-love’ theme rather than ‘this-is-who-I-am’ theme of the other RK/Dev songs.

    Does Main hoon jhum-jhum-jhum-jhumroo count?

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    1. Yes,
      I was not confident about the Kashmir Ki Kali song.
      But as I was going to include songs that heroes sing at their entry in the film, I included Lakhon Hai Nigah Mein. Joy Mukherjee makes an entry on the screen singing this song.
      And,
      I had thought of the Jhumroo song, but KK wasn’t a part of its picturisation, so I decided to skip it.
      🙂

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      1. Oh, okay. So it was meant to be songs that heroes sing when they enter the story. But Dev Anand doesn’t enter Nau Do Gyarah with Hum hain raahi pyaar ke and Shammi doesn’t enter Kashmir ki Kali with Kisi na kisi se.

        But I will shut up now. 🙂 It’s your blog, your post, your rules.

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        1. Oh!

          “Old Hindi films many times have songs that were sung by the hero on his first appearance on the screen, or sometimes during the early minutes of the film, explaining his philosophy of life. The songs used to establish his character in the movie”

          These are the criteria, so the songs fit, except the Kashmir Ki Kali song.
          🙂

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          1. 🙂
            No problem!
            I had Zindagi Khwab Hai from Jagte Raho on the shortlist. But the film has no conventional character of a hero and Motilal can’t be called Hero of the movie, so I skipped it.
            Actually that was supposed to be the tenth song on the list.

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  2. Anupji once again you have hit the top with a great and challenging theme. The songs are self revealing and are as per your vision. I really enjoyed all the songs most of which I have listened very many times during Radio era.
    Can I add this song to your list. Dilip Kumar introduces himself as a lover of nature and the pristine surroundings of the hilly terrain he is walking on his way to take up his role as manager of an estate. A classic Salil Chowdhury creation with Mukesh excelling himself as a happy go lucky singer.

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    1. Thanks a lot Ranganji for your appreciation. I think we can add the Madhumati song by Mukesh to the list. There is definitely a mention of his own dreams in the song. So besides being a song praising nature, it also has a touch of personality of the character.
      Thanks for adding it to the list.
      🙂

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  3. Anupji it is sad to observe that all the songs are by heroes only revealing a gender bias which has been prevalent in our films ab initio. I think the song I am posting from Madhumathi and sung by Lata Mangeshkar would fit the bill. Vijayanti Mala as the hill belle is longing for the ‘paradesi’ to enter her life and claim her and an element of exaggeration is seen in lyrics when she adds that she has been waiting for him for generations.

    Aajara paradesi

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    1. Oh!
      Yes! There can be a separate list of Heroine’s songs of course! I have never supported gender bias on my blog. It would be a very nice idea to have a list of Heroine’s songs. I’ll surely post a list. And the song Aaja Re Pardesi would be a great choice for it.
      Thanks for the idea.
      🙂

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  4. Anup ji,
    A very novel idea indeed.
    Hope you include Heroines also singing about themselves and not just the Heroes. In fact there are many songs fitting in this theme, but sung by Non Heroes. I do not know if they fit here.
    However, here is a song by a Heroine.
    Film – Ladki-1953

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    1. Thank you Arunkumarji for the appreciation.
      Mr Rangan also suggested the same idea of adding Heroines to the list. I’ll surely do it. And in addition to the Madhumati song, the song from Ladki, incidentally also picturised on Viajayanti Mala, fits the bill.
      Thanks for the idea.

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  5. What a unique and innovative idea, Anup ji. I am so happy to see the usually forgotten Premnath featured over here. Here are two more songs of his that I love. The first one is from Badal: Mein Rahi Bhatakne Wala Hoon…. “Mein machlu to ik aag bhi hoon, mein jhoomon to ik aag bhi hoon….”

    The other one is from Forty Days when PN was no-longer the thin slim reed of Badal: “Mein Deewana Mastana…”

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  6. मैं प्यारका दिवना…आयी मिलन की बेला

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  7. Dr. Anup,

    A unusual and interesting theme with a nice selection of songs.
    Quite an enjoyable and stimulating activity to recollect the relevant songs.

    The first song that came into my mind when I started reading was Main hoon jjhum jhum jhumroo. Then I saw that Madhuji had mentioned it.
    And I understood that it didn’t fit in as we never see KK in the song.

    Here’s the song which is on the screenshot at the beginning:
    Mera naam raju gharana anaam – Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai 1960

    And some more songs that may fit in:
    Main aashiq hoon baharon ka – Aashiq 1962

    Bas yehi apradh main har baar karta hoon – Pehchaan 1970

    Main raahi anjaan raahon ka – Anjaana 1969

    Mast baharon ka main aashiq – Farz 1967

    Hum to hai raahi dil ke – Caravan 1971

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      1. A couple of songs from the 70s.

        Main to chala jidhar chale rasta – Dharkan 1972

        Ladies & Gentlemen…Main aaya hoon – Amir Gharib 1974

        I have one technical query.
        Most of the time, when I write a comment, it goes for moderation and approval.
        It is visible only after half a day or so.
        My comments of yesterday were visible only today afternoon. But I could read comments that were actually posted later than mine,
        Is it for specific comments or readers?

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        1. Dr Rajesh,
          Firstly about your query, the comments having two or more links (songs or any other) are sent for moderation and approval as per settings of the site, to reduce spam. So nearly always I find your comment in pending folder. I approve it the next day. So that’s the reason. I know it becomes annoying to see it everytime. But I request you to bear with it.

          Coming to the songs, both the songs fit the theme.
          🙂

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          1. Thanks, Dr. Anup, for your clarification. I guess, I should be patient and wait for the post to be visible. Alternatively, post comment with one link at a time.

            Main shayar to nahin (Bobby) reminded me of another Shayar song from the 70s.
            Main pal do pal ka shayar hoon – Kabhi Kabhie 1976.

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          2. Dr Rajesh,
            I think the first option is more suitable. It’s an easy solution.
            🙂

            And thank you for sharing a beautiful melody from the 70s. When the film music was taking a turn for Western styles, a few composers like Khayyam still stuck to the melody.
            A fine example of a very good 70s song.
            🙂

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  8. Anup ji wants to add some songs, hope these fits into the theme
    Akela Hoon mein Hamsafar Dhoondta Hoon —Jaal
    Synonymous to song no. 6 in your list, I adore this song
    Mein Bombay ka Babu—–Naya Daur
    Mein Tou Ek khawab Hoon—-Himaly ki Gaud Mein
    Aate Jate Hue Sub ki Khabar Rakhta Hoon—–Shaan

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    1. Naghmaji,
      Thanks for sharing the songs.
      But I’m sorry, except the song from Jaal, others do not qualify.
      Naya Daur song is picturised on a supporting character and appears very late (almost in last half an hour of the movie)
      The song from Shaan, though appears early in the movie, again is picturised on a supporting character.
      Himaalay Ki Gaod mein is a situational song, not that the song comes in the early part of the film or it develops the character of the hero. So though picturised on the main lead, I think it’s not fitting the bill.
      In fact, I wasn’t sure of the last song on my list, and surely that’s actually not a fitting one. I mentioned so in the post as well.

      🙂

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  9. Main pal do pal ka shayar hoon is one of my favorite songs of the 70s, though I am not too fond of the film.

    Here’s the link to the video version:

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  10. Dr. Anup,

    The 80s had many such songs where the action hero was introduced with a song or at least had a song within few minutes in the film.
    Such as:
    Banjara main nahin magar – Khwab 1980
    Doston ko salaam…..Rocky mera naam – Rocky 1981
    Masti ka main jam hoon – Humse Badhkar Kaun 1981
    Main hoon aadat se majboor – Aadat Se Majboor 1982
    Saari duniya ka bojh hum uthate hain – Coolie 1983
    I am a street dancer – Ilzaam 1986
    Main bhi actor banonga naam wala – Geraftaar 1985
    Mard tangewala main hoon mard tangewala – Mard 1985
    Mujhe kehte hain romeo – Muddat 1986

    But, all these songs are strictly average, even though some were popular during when the film was released.
    Hence I am not posting the links.

    But, here’s one song from a 1988 film, which heralded the return of melody and youthful romance
    Papa kehte hain bada naam karega – Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak

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    1. “But, all these songs are strictly average, even though some were popular during when the film was released.”

      Oh yes!
      I agree completely.
      And thank you for sharing the cute song from QSQT.
      It’s of course one of my favourites and fits the bill.
      🙂

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  11. In 1956 film New Delhi, Hero (Kishore Kuamr) is on the look out for a house as he ssets his feet on New Delhi for his new job. He is rejected everywhere becuase he not a Bengali or Marathi or Marwadi or a Gujarati, because he is Indian in his introduction. The tavern where he stayed in transit has people form all regions of India, so the tavern owner claims that his tavern is the real India. With this dialogue the song Are Bhai Nikal Ke Aa Ghar Se takes off –

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    1. Ashokji,
      Thanks for introducing the song to me. I wasn’t aware of the song. But the song list is of the songs introducing the hero. KK doesn’t talk anything about himself in the song. So I think it doesn’t fit.

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  12. It’s rather late to comment . But I cannot resist adding
    Ye dil na hota bechara from Jewel thief. It’s within few minutes from the beginning and the theme of the song is similar to kisi na kisi se / lakho hai nigah me
    If the condition at the beginning or within few minutes is waived then
    Main jindagi ka saath nibhata chala gaya may fit in. It describes both the on screen and real life character of the hero perfectly.

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    1. nandupohnerkar,
      Welcome to Mehfil!
      I think I should say ‘Yes’ to Yeh Dil Na Hota.
      Main Zindagi Ka Saath is content wise perfect. But comes too late in the movie to call an introductory song.
      Thank you for visiting and hope to see you often.

      🙂

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