Welcome to the fourth post of the series based on the train songs. As I said already, the earlier couple of parts were dedicated to train songs with the train rhythm. And today’s part has songs picturised on a moving train without a train rhythm to support.
As expected these songs include songs of all the types. There are romantic songs, sad songs, Chhed Chhad songs, philosophical songs and so on.
So without further ado, let’s hit the list. I know some of the songs do have a train whistle or a train rhythm for a very short time, quite insignificant to call it a continuous train rhythm. Also you may find some of the iconic train songs on the list, but if you listen very carefully and compare those songs with the songs on the earlier two lists, you will get the answer. These songs have no typical train rhythm.
So here we go,
1. Dekho Ji Ek Bala Jogi Matwala – China Town (1962) Rafi & Minoo Purushottam / Ravi – Majrooh
Shammi Kapoor disguising himself as a jogi aspires to be with Shakila. The latter looks beautiful and though I’m not a Shammi Kapoor fan, he does entertain a lot in the song. He sings a love song, but manages to pass it as a bhajan to others. The song does have train whistles and a train rhythm for a brief period in the second Interlude.
All the black and white movies show this kind of coupe in the trains, the benches being parallel to the windows. I haven’t ever seen this in reality. Did such an arrangement exist in the past?
2. Humko Samajh Na Lijiye – Kalpana (1960) Asha Bhosle / O P Nayyar – Qamar Jalalabadi
Ragaini and Ashok Kumar travel in a train compartment. Ragini sings the बोल of the Kathak aloud, and Ashok Kumar asks her to keep quiet as it’s getting late and it’s time to sleep. When she doesn’t care for the suggestion, he tries to sing the तत्कार himself. Ragini is disturbed and angry. She immediately jumps down and bursts into a song. I tend to take this as a complete overreaction.
Ashok Kumar is amazed with her dancing. I wonder if it’s really possible to dance so effortlessly in a moving train! Practicalities aside she dances really well. The song has not a trace of train rhythm.
3. Aao Bachchon Tumhe Dikhaye – Jagriti (1954) Pradeep / Hemant Kumar – Kavi Pradeep
It’s one of the most popular train songs of Hindi cinema. Don’t be surprised to find it on today’s list. If you listen carefully, the song has military marching beats. The song has a strong patriotic fervour, and it is really inspirational. It is sung with passion by the lyricist, Pradeep. A school teacher is traveling with students, visiting important historical places across India. Travel is mainly by train. The song mentions Rajasthan, Maharashtra,Bengal,Jallianwala Bagh.
4. Yeh Rang Bhare Badal – Tu Nahin Aur Sahi (1960) Asha Bhosle & Rafi / Ravi – Asad Bhopali
It’s a melodiously good romantic song. Though at times it does sound like a train rhythm, it’s quite a commonplace rhythm used in many songs. It’s picturised on Pradeep Kumar and Nishi. The latter, though not a prominent name in Hindi cinema, was a popular actress of Punjabi films, or so I believe. Enjoy the lesser heard song.
5. Gaya Andhera Hua Ujara – Subah Ka Tara ( 1956) Lata Mangeshkar & Talat Mahmood / C Ramchandra – Noor Lukhnowi
Another melody picturised on Pradeep Kumar, this time with Jayashree. I have known this song for a couple of decades, but never thought it to be a train song. It was a surprise for me when I found it to be one! It’s the best known and the most popular song of the movie. Very notably obvious studio-picturised song, than on a teal moving train.
6. Apni Nazar Se Door Woh – Bazaar (1949) Lata Mangeshkar & Rafi / Shyam Sunder – Qamar Jalalabadi
Actor Shyam travels away from Nigar Sultana, in a train, sitting alone in a compartment. It’s one of my favourites, again I had no idea it was a train song.
7. Dhoondhne Tujhko Nain Deewane – Jab Yaad Kisiki Aati Hai (1967) Lata Mangeshkar & Mahendra Kapoor / Madan Mohan – Raja Mehdi Ali Khan
An excellent melody by Madan Mohan. I never thought of it as a train song, but fortunately remembered in time. What a soothing melody. Dharmendra sings it while helping his elder brother drive the train. The film opens with this beautiful song. While I watched the initial 20 minutes of the film, I was intrigued. Is it a good film to watch? Perhaps dustedoff would answer this!
8. Ek Musafir Ko Duniya Mein – Door Ki Awaaz (1964) / Rafi / Ravi – Shakeel Badayuni
A fun song with a touch of philosophy! It’s picturised on Johnny Walker and his expressions and energy make it an audiovisual treat. The song does have train whistles in between, but not a proper and obvious train rhythm. Please follow the link to watch the song on YouTube.
9. Dekh Tere Sansar Ki Halat – Nastik (1954) Pradeep / C Ramchandra – Kavi Pradeep
Ajit is traveling on the train in despair with his family. It seems he has fallen prey to a fraud and has lost everything. Though the song shows more of the cruel and selfish world around us, it is a well known train song. It was one of the few songs that I thought of while researching. Pradeep was a visionary poet. Whatever he thought still holds true, in fact the scenario is getting worse day by day.
10. Aaj Is Nagari Kal Us Nagari – Naya Zamana (1957) Rafi & Chorus / Kanu Ghosh – Prem Dhawan
Pradeep Kumar, traveling on the train, listens to a man singing with his party. Mala Sinha looks anxious and bewildered may be because Pradeep Kumar is going away from her. And the lyrics of the song suit their situation perfectly. It describes the train as something that flies away with the steam. And today it’s carrying a woman’s beloved away from her. A song based on Marathi folk. I’m not able to exactly put it into a category, but I think it resembles both Lawani and Powada (पोवाडा). Traditionally Powada is an inspirational song full of वीर रस.
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