(Part 6) Boat Songs

So far we enjoyed boat songs under different categories. I had kept aside the songs picturised on ship on purpose. Of course I was planning to have a separate post on ship songs. The basic difference for me between a boat and a ship is simple. A boat is rowed manually and is smaller in size. While a ship runs on fuel and is bigger than a boat, it may be a palace in itself.

Ship Songs

While I was going to add a song, Aayi Re Ho Kali Ghata from Raj Tilak, it was very short, so I decided to skip it.

ship 1

There was another song from Samundar (1957) where celebrations go on on a ship, the video of which was removed by the uploader, forcing me to skip it from today’s list.

I got a few songs from Black and white movies. I selected a few from the 70s and 80s as well. And a few of the songs are from the noughties and beyond. I even had the song from Bahubali which I finally didn’t include on the list. It was too much for me.

ship 2

Anyways, I hope readers would welcome this part as well. I have selected the songs picturised on a ship for its whole length. Without further ado, let’s start the voyage.

1. Aankhon Pe Bharosa Mat Kar – Detective (1958) Rafi & Sudha Malhotra / Mukul Roy – Shailendra
This was one of the songs I could instantly recollect. Pradeep Kumar, Daisy Irani travel on a boat, so is Mala Sinha. The boat is on its way to Calcutta (now Kolkata). Though the film had good songs, perhaps those were a misfit in the movie. Shailendra told the truth in a simple language. The tune and singer’s rendition added a flavour to it. The opening harmonica pieces and Mala Sinha’s beautiful umbrella also added a charm to the song in my opinion.

2. Tum To Dil Ke Taar Chhedkar – Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja (1961) Talat Mahmood / Shankar Jaikishan – Shailendra
This was one of the very few films where the majority of the story takes place on a ship. It’s certainly not a boat. It deserves a place on my list. And what a beautiful and romantic song this one is! I’m totally in love with it. Talat’s silken voice praising beautiful Waheeda Rehman.

3. Josh e Jawani Hai Re Hai – Around The World (1967) Mukesh / Shankar Jaikishan – Shailendra
Not my particular favourite, but fits so well with today’s theme. Raj Kapoor actually wipes the floor, does the dishes as a part of a crew member on the ship. We get to watch all the parts of the ship along with the deck and the kitchen. Though the lyrics by Shailendra are good, the song is not my favourite. The film also flopped badly at the box office despite its shooting on real foreign locations.

4. Yunhi Tum Mujhse Baat Karti – Sachcha Jhuthha (1970) Lata Mangeshkar & Rafi / Kalyanji Anandji – Indeevar
After the grand success of Aradhana, Rajesh Khanna reached the top and ruled the industry. Sachcha Jhottha was released in 1970 when Rajesh Khanna fever had just begun. Good songs and Rajesh Khanna’s double role resulted in a box office success. The song is still very popular and surely my favourite. Though I find his mannerisms a bit odd and funny now, he was a youth icon then. Audience was crazy about him. Enjoy the beautiful ride.

5. Chahe Raho Door Chahe Raho Paas – Do Chor (1972) Lata Mangeshkar & Kishore Kumar / R D Burman – Majrooh
A thoroughly enjoyable song. An eye candy pair of performers, a catchy tune, beautiful singing and good lyrics. Tanuja looks beautiful and Dharmendra handsome. The couple moves around the ship throughout the song.

6. Zindagi Ki Na Toote Ladi – Kranti (1981) Lata Mangeshkar & Nitin Mukesh / Laxmikant Pyarelal – Santosh Anand
As I always say, my knowledge of the 80s is very weak except for the late 80s. Though I like the lyrics and Lata Mangeshkar’s rendition, its picturisation is not great in my opinion. Anyway, it fits the bill, though I agree the ship is perhaps smaller than the other songs.

7. Pyar Ki Kashti Mein – Kaho Na Pyaar Hai (2000) Udit Narayan & Alka Yagnik / Rajesh Roshan – Ibrahim Ashq
An excellent ship song from Hritik Roshan’s debut film. We see a grand cruise ship and the entire crew dances and sings on the deck. The film was a huge success at the box office and Hritik Roshan became the heartthrob of the youth. His dancing skills and good looks were obviously showcased well in the movie. Plus he played a double role in the movie, quite challenging for a newcomer. Amisha Patel too became popular, though she couldn’t sustain success. All the songs of the movie were hugely popular and some of the songs do maintain their popularity.

8. Sajnaji Vari Vari Jaaoon – Honeymoon Travels Private Limited (2007) Sunidhi Chauhan & Shekhar Ravjiani / Vishal Shekhar – Javed Akhtar
A group of couples on their honeymoon on a cruise liner. The song was very popular and it still is. Certainly an enjoyable song on the list.

9. Jee Le – U Me Aur Hum (2008) Shreya Ghoshal & Adnan Sami / Vishal Bhardwaj – Munna Dhiman
A befitting song. I didn’t particularly like it. But that was mainly because I heard it carefully for the first time. Though I’ve watched the movie, I didn’t remember any of the songs.

10. Gallan Goodiyaan – Dil Dhadakne Do (2015) Sukhwinder Singh, Yashita Sharma, Shankar Mahadevan, Manish Kumar Tipu & Farhan Akhtar / Shankar Ehsaan Loy – Javed Akhtar
I really appreciate this one because it’s a single shot song. All in a single take, that’s really incredible! The entire Mehra family, played by Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah, Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra, travels on a cruise and most of the film is shot on a ship. This song was mentioned by Partha Chanda in one of his comments on an older boat-songs post.

Please add a ship song if you wish.

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33 Replies to “(Part 6) Boat Songs”

  1. Good selection of songs, Anupji (especially the one from Roop ki Raani Choron ka Raja, which I love). Here are some more:

    From Sagaai (in which Premnath played a ship’s captain), Ho Daddyjee:

    From Sargam, Main hoon ek khalasi:

    From Kab? Kyon? Aur Kahaan?, Dil toh dil hai kisi din machal jaayega:

    And from Tum haseen main jawaan, Munne ki amma yeh toh bata:

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    1. Thank you Madhuji for the appreciation and for the songs.
      I should have remembered the one from Sargam. Not only it fits perfectly, but it’s one of my favourites too.
      While I was aware of the songs from Sagai and kab kyun kahan?, I had no idea of thier picturisation.
      I had thought of Tum Haseen Main Jawan, but I didn’t like the lyrics. Somewhat offensive I felt! I didn’t like Calling an innocent baby ‘bin badal ki barkha’ and similar kind of words. Though I’m not aware of the situation in the song, I wasn’t quite comfortable with it. I couldn’t take it as funny. So I skipped it.

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  2. An enjoyable post on ship songs, Dr Anup! I had been looking forward to it.
    All the songs are known and popular. I would say except the one from U, Me aur Hum, all are my favourites. Though, I too am not fond of Kranti song’s picturization.
    Here’s a song from Shankar Hussain (1977) that I am quite fond of.
    Hope it fits in, as it is on a steamer.
    Beautifully sung by Rafi, composed by Khayyam and picturized on a very young Kanwaljeet – Kahin ek masoom nazuk si ladki. Kamal Amrohi’s lyrics are interesting.

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    1. Thank you for the appreciation Dr Rajesh.
      I’m glad you liked the songs. And for me too, the least favourite was the one from U Me aur hum.
      Let it be on steamer, I like the song a lot! And I don’t know if I can call it a ship or not. It’s not being rowed, so it’s not a boat.
      But what a beautiful song! Excellent rendition by Rafi.


      1. Anupji, this was a song Rafi rated as one of his favourites. He even corrected the grammar. Ab extract from the newspaper article says :-
        The last song that he chose was the finest nazm: ‘Kahin ek maasoom nazuk-si ladki‘ (Film: Shankar-Hussain, Lyrics: Kamaal Amrohi, Music: Muhammad Zahoor Khayyam Hashmi aka Khyyaam). This is a long nazm (not a ghazal, it’s often mistaken for a ghazal by the uninitiated announcers and listeners). Rafi was very happy after recording this song and the taciturn legend hugged Kamaal Amrohi and said, “Aap likhte kyon nahin?” (Why don’t you write more?). He corrected a word grammatically in this song. The word was ‘qalam‘, used in Urdu as a feminine gender (muannas) and in Persian as a masculine gender (muzakkar). Rafi suggested that ‘Qalam haath se chhoot jaata (not jaati)’ will sound better because we often say in Persian: Qalam goyad ke man shah-e-jahanam…Qalam kahta, not kahti, hai ke main duniya ka baadshah hoon: (The quill proclaims that I’m the Emperor of the world). Rafi fell in love with the imagery used by Amrohi and complimented Khyyam on his lilting composition.
        While I too love the visual imagery of the song, I do not appreciate the words magar saanwli si

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  3. Songs picturized on cruise liners are often fun to watch even if the songs aren’t great.
    Here’s one from Pyar Mohabbat 1966
    Dekho dekho Madam – Rafi, Manna Dey

    One more from Around The World
    Dil lagakar aapse pachhta rahe hain – Mukesh

    Chale jana zara thehro from the same film is picturized on a motor boat.
    Would it fit here?

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    1. Thank you for sharing the songs. As you say, fun to watch, but songs not great.
      As I had one song from Around The World, so skipped others.
      Chale Jana Zara Thahro could be taken as one fitting the first part, ‘two is company’. Though not a boat literally.


  4. The first 2 I remembered feature Hema Malini.


    Tere sheeshe ka samaan…


    Zindagi ke na toote ladee…


    Dil aisa kisi ne mera thoda..

    One from MANN..

    Was it Nasha ye pyar ka nasha hai?


    Chahe meri jaan tu le le…


    Sajna ji vaari vaari jaaoon…

    Speedboats were a part of
    Asman se aaya farishta…. right?



    Mera dil jis dil pe fida hai
    Ek dilruba hai

    What about the beautiful
    O re majhi, O re majhi
    Mere sajan hai us Paar?


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    1. Oh!
      That’s a flood of songs!
      Out of the songs on the list, two are already on my list.
      Zindagi Ki Na Toote Ladi and Saina Ji wari wari.
      Dil Aisa has been added by Partha Chanda Ji.

      Tera sheeshe ka saman, Yes! Fits

      So does one from Dayavan

      Bewafa – ek dilruba hai. Of course, a perfect fit!

      And, I too think, the one from Mann does fit, though I’m not sure. But it’s a good song, let that be an inspired one!

      Nasha ye pyar ka nasha hai

      An evening in Paris, it’s there in the final part. You will have to wait for the final part.

      O re majhi is picturised on a railway platform if I remember correctly. So doesn’t qualify!



  5. The main melody of “Aankhon Pe Bharosa Mat Kar” sounds very familiar. I wonder if it was later copied in some other song–if so, I am not thinking of it. Pradeep Kumar I have seen almost exclusively in historical films. It was a little surprising to see him dolled up in goggles in this picturization!

    The version of “Yunhi Tum Mujhse Baat Karti” that you have posted has only the very opening. Shemaroo has put the whole song on YouTube:

    I have heard it many times (the film is a favorite of mine), but would not turn up a chance to listen to it once more : )

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    1. Oh!
      Off hand I won’t be able to name the song that sounds like Aankhon pe bharosa mat kar. But it’s a good song.
      Pradeep Kumar has acted in a number of social films in addition to historical films. But perhaps he’s better known for his roles in the latter.
      The Shemaroo song opens only on YouTube and I particularly hate that black window mentioning ‘it’s blocked on other sites’. So I chose the one that opens on the blog page, inadvertently choosing an incomplete song. I’ll add the main link in the write-up. And I hope to do it sooner.
      Today was a hectic day and I couldn’t reply to all the comments. So I’ll edit the post later. And I am fond of the song, it’s catchy. Nice rhythm.

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  6. Oh, by the way: I had thought of “Aap Ko Pehle Bhi Kahin Dekha Hai” from “Tum Haseen Main Jawaan,” but wasn’t certain if it counted since it is supposed to take place in the inside of the ship rather than on the deck. Then I realized that the same is true of the song from “Dil Dhadakne Do.” So here it is:

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      1. Probably not? He’s a naval officer in this one, so I think he’s mostly in uniform shorts. (Madhu posted another song from the same film above.) It’s been a few years since I’ve watched “Tum Haseen Main Jawaan,” though, and I usually get distracted by the ladies. This is the one where Helen sings a sneezing song, if that helps!


      1. I think that blue wig is supposed to be some sort of nod to Egyptiana. 😉 I remember someone (Beth Watkins, I think?) once compiling old Hindi film sequences and scenes that had ancient Egyptian imagery – and there were quite a few!

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        1. I am always on the lookout for Egyptian-styled songs. Given that my family is Egyptian, we find them particularly entertaining : ) I had not thought of this connection but can “see” it as a possibility now that you have mentioned it (in combination with the cut of the dress, her eyeliner, armband, etc.). I feel as though I have seen other nightclub-type scenes in which the heroine wears a tinsel wig like Hema’s here. The only example I could come up with off the top of my head, though, was “Ae Dost Tu”–

          –and in that instance it’s a little different, given that the tinsel seems meant to be a part of Rekha’s hat and her natural hair remains visible.

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  7. The mention of Dharmendra reminded me of one more of his songs that fits here. It also fits your post on trios.
    Balram ne bahut samjhaaya – Ram Balram 1980 – Rafi, Asha, Dilraj Kaur
    An enjoyable song, thanks to the two ladies,,,

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