(Part 7) Boat Songs

So far I’ve covered boat songs under various categories. But there were songs which were kept aside as ‘not fitting’ into any particular category. I tried to sort that list into subcategories to present for today’s post. I want to call it atypical boat songs or

Miscellaneous Boat Songs

Some of the songs were also added by readers commenting on the previous posts of the series.

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Singer not on the Boat –
So far all of the boat songs had singers travelling on the boat, whether there was a group of boats or a ship . But I came across a few songs where the singer or one of the singers (in a duet) is not travelling on a boat. So I thought of compiling such songs in a separate category. Here I go….

1. Tu Ganga Ki Mauj – Baiju Bawra (1952) Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar & Chorus / Naushad – Shakeel Badayuni
It’s actually the song that perfectly fits the list. Bharat Bhushan sings it from the banks of the river. It’s too much for the embarrassed and shy Meena Kumari. She tries to run away from the situation and catches a boat. She rows the boat herself. She finally hides her face but lands up in front of Bharat Bhushan. What a wonderful song it is!

2. Nadi Nare Na Jao – Mujhe Jeene Do (1965) Asha Bhosle / Jaidev – Sahir
The song actually has the majority of the components of a boat song, covered so far on previous posts. Waheeda Rehman and Sunil Dutt were not in the boat in the initial quarter . Then Sunil Dutt rides a boat, ultimately Waheeda and Sunil Dutt share the boat. Waheeda Rehman is on the boat only for the last verse. Sunil Dutt never opens his mouth to sing, in fact in the entire film. Of course as a goon you are perhaps not expected to sing either! Anyway, the song is my favourite and was also mentioned by Anita ji.

3. Gagan Jhanjhana Raha – Nastik (1954) Lata Mangeshkar & Hemant Kumar / C Ramchandra – Kavi Pradeep
One of my favourite songs on the list. It’s a duet and Nalini Jaywant is the one riding a boat. She sings as well, while Hemant Kumar sings as a voice from heaven. The divine voice guides the troubled passenger on the boat to reach the destination. The song, very evidently shot on a set, has a very interesting orchestration. It has a definite touch of church bells.

On a Stationary Boat –
I hadn’t thought of it as a separate category, but Mr D P Rangan added one song in his comments on the very first part of the series. There, the song fulfilled the criteria except that the boat wasn’t moving, but stationary. Then I purposely started looking for such songs and got a few to form a separate category. So here we go….

4. Dum Bhar Jo Udhar Munh Phere – Awara (1951) Lata Mangeshkar & Mukesh / Shankar Jaikishan – Shailendra
This was actually the song added by Mr Rangan. So I’m adding it to the first place in this category. Two lovers cooing together in solitude. It appears to be a lake in a garden. It is an extremely romantic song. The shy girl requests the moon to look away from them so as to enjoy his company. Whereas the boy wants to see her beautiful face in the moonlight and wishes to get lost in her eyes. Absolutely sweet and cute lyrics woven in an equally sweet tune.

5. Majhi Meri Qismat Ke – Hum Hindustani (1960) Lata Mangeshkar / Usha Khanna – Rajendra Krishan
The song is picturised on a sea shore full of a row of anchored boats. Asha Parekh sings as she makes her way through the boats. The long shots are shot on a real shore while most of the close-ups seem to have been shot on a set. Lata has set her voice to a charmingly sweet note; it feels as if she is really spellbound.

6. Yeh Sama Sama Hai Ye Pyar Ka – Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965) Lata Mangeshkar / Kalyanji Anandji – Anand Bakshi
A somewhat sensuous song picturised on an unlikely location, a houseboat! I know a houseboat is stationary on the majority of occasions, the song fits perfectly here. Nanda enjoying on the terrace of the houseboat, singing playfully to herself. Lata’s voice has a velvety soft texture in this song, which soothes the mind. Please follow the link to watch on YouTube.

Partially on a boat –
Songs partially picturised on a boat form a large chunk of Hindi film songs. I could have made a separate post on the category, though it would have made no sense. So I thought of adding the category as a part of this post which happens to be the last part of the boat songs. Readers have occasionally added a few songs in the comments on the previous posts. A couple singing a romantic number on a boat appears to be a favourite with old Hindi films. So there are a number of songs fitting the category. I’m sure readers would already be ready with their own list of songs in this category. I selected my favourites for it, which include…..

7. Yeh Nayi Nayi Preet Hai – Pocket Maar (1956) Lata Mangeshkar & Talat Mahmood / Madan Mohan – Rajendra Krishan
One of my favourites from the movie. Handsome Dev Anand and bubbly Geeta Bali open the song on a motor boat and continue till the end of the first verse. What a soft and soothing expression of love!

8. Sawan Ka Mahina – Milan (1967) Lata Mangeshkar & Mukesh / Laxmikant Pyarelal – Anand Bakshi
One of the most melodious and the most popular songs of the movie. The boat journey by Nutan and Sunil Dutt forms quite an important part of the story. And the first couple of verses are picturised on a boat. The song is remembered prominently as a boat song. And I wanted to include it under a suitable category on my list as it’s one of my all time favourites.

9. Dil Ki Nazar Se – Anari (1959) Lata Mangeshkar & Mukesh / Shankar Jaikishan – Shailendra
Another extremely popular song and unparalleled romanticism. The song starts on the banks of a river and the first verse of the song is actually picturised on a boat. I’m fond of the song and it obviously finds a place on today’s list. The video clip has a few shots before the actual song starts and is quite a fun to watch.

10. Aasman Se Aaya Farishta – An evening in Paris (1967) Rafi / Shankar Jaikishan – Hasrat Jaipuri
And to end not so favourite of mine. But needs a mention. The song starts with the hero hanging onto a helicopter, while the heroine is water surfing with friends. The hero soon lands up on a boat, teasing the heroine. Though both of them are not my favourites, the song is too apt for the list. And Sharmila Tagore wearing a bikini was much talked about and she was criticized too. But her look proved to be a trendsetter.

Readers, please add songs fitting to any of the categories.

I might come back with one or a couple of posts in the boat songs series, though I would like to pause for a while. I have a very rough idea of the next part, and need to work on the ideas. But let me take a break from the boat series for the time being.

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49 Replies to “(Part 7) Boat Songs”

  1. I like your categorization of boat songs -but the moment you mentioned that Aasman Se Aaya Farishta is not so much your favorite- I lost all respect for your analytical skills. I wonder how any true music / movie buff cannot have this number on their favorites lists – C’mon dude, what am I missing here. This is an iconic number at so many levels – singer, lyrics, actor, situation, location, picturization, director, and above all the music directors weaving their magic with this wonderful catchy tune. I understand the concept of ‘Pasand Apni Apni Khayal Apna Apna” – but I am struggling to understand how and why anyone cannot have this number as one of their all time favorites!
    Keep blogging – we love you – regardless.


  2. Tumhe ho na ho mujhko to ..

    The lovers watch a boat sailing in the Sea sitting on the shore.


    1. Oh!
      This would make an interesting category.
      A couple watching a sailing boat in a river or sea.

      The only other song that I can think fitting here is,
      Nadiya Chale chale re dhara from Safar.

      Do you have any other befitting song?


  3. Anup ji ,
    Once again , hats off to Ur research .
    Wonderful categorisation .

    For partially on boat category ,
    I wud like to add one from दाल में काला .
    निम्मी had a very nice pleasant role in it . She had a few comedy scenes .
    Listen to the sweetness poured by आशा भोसले

    Nd one from marathi movie एकटी
    इंदुमती पैंगणकर ( कानन कौशल )
    Nd once again the sweet rendition by आशा भोसले .
    नाविका चल तेथे दरवळते जेथे चांदणे …
    A line in the song is very wonderful ..
    दूरदेशीचे बुलबुल यावे आज पाहुणे घरी … !!!

    With best wishes ,
    Pramod Godbole .

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    1. Pramod ji,
      Thank you for your appreciation.
      I’m glad you liked the list.
      And thanks a lot for sharing the wonderful boat songs.
      Perfectly fitting the ‘partially picturised on boat’ category.


  4. That song from Jab Jab Phool Khile is one of my favourites of all time, and the picturisation too, really working to Nanda’s strengths. And Shashi Kapoor’s reaction shots are sublime.

    Trying to recall if Sunil sings at all in Mujhe Jeene Do, I don’t think so. Too busy looking cute in plaid and eyeliner.

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    1. Yes,
      The houseboat song Jab Jab Phool Khile is a favourite of mine too. Lata’s perfectly soothing voice, excellent expressions. And equally adorable are Nanda and Shashi Kapoor.
      I liked your description of Sunil Dutt in Mujhe Jeene Do.


  5. Not sure whether this boat song has been covered in earlier posts on this topic.
    Song: Naiyya Meri Chalti Jaye Sahare Tere
    Singer : Mohammed Rafi
    Lyricist: Hasrat Jaipuri
    Music : Naushad
    Film : My Friend
    Year : 1974
    Actor singing on boat: Rajeev
    Actress : Prema Narayan

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    1. Ash,
      This song is a perfect fit for the Part 4 of the boat series. The one that complied ‘Group of boats’ songs. Either a big group of boats or just two boats occupied separately by the lead couple.

      Here’s the link


  6. One more boat song comes to mind – again, not sure whether it has been covered in earlier posts on this topic.
    Song : Aag Pani Mein Lagi Hoye Hoye Kaise
    Singers : Mohammed Rafi / Lata Mangeshkar
    Lyricist: Rajendra Krishna
    Music : Salil Chowdhary
    Film : Jhoola
    Year : 1962
    Actors on different boats : Sunil Dutt / Vyjayanthimala

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  7. Another boat number
    Song : Hue Hain Tumpe Aashiq Hum
    Singer : Mohammed Rafi
    Lyricist: Majrooh Sultanpuri
    Music : O.P.Nayyar
    Film : Mere Sanam
    Year : 1965
    Actors on boat : Biswajit / Asha Parekh


  8. Partially on boat number
    Song : Kehdo Kehdo Jahan Se Kehdo Ishq Pe Zor Nahin
    Singers : Mohammed Rafi / Suman Kalyanpur
    Lyricist: Hasrat Jaipuri
    Music : Shankar Jaikishan
    Film : April Fool
    Year : 1964
    Actors on boat : Biswajit / Saira Banu


    1. Mangala Bhogle Ji,
      Welcome to Mehfil.
      Thank you for adding yet another beautiful song. The song is a perfect fit for the first part of the boat series on my blog.
      It’s a melodious duet.


  9. Anupji, there are so many songs in the category of partially picturised on a boat. Thanks for mentioning me in song # 2.
    Three songs come to mind in the sub-category of partially shot on a boat.
    1) Yahin hain woh saanjh aur sawera from Saanjh aur Sawera

    2) Aaja Re aaja aaja nain duware from Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raaja. In fact this song has dual versions. The one sung by Asha Bhosle seems to be completely shot on a huge boat.

    3) Tu Laali Hain Sawere Waali from Abhi To Jee Le.

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    1. Yes,
      That’s what I said in the write-up as well. There are many songs in ‘partially picturised on a boat’ category.
      Thank you for adding the beautiful songs. I hadn’t known about the last song from Ab To Jeele.
      About Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja, nearly the entire film takes place on a ship like big boat. Hence, Tum To Dil Ke Taar chhedkar was there on my ship songs post.

      As so far no one added a popular song, which was on my short list, fitting in partially picturised on a boat category, let me add it,

      Nearly 3/4th part on a boat.



  10. Dr. Anup,

    A nice list of all good songs. I like all of them though songs #1 and 10 are my all-time favourites.

    Aasman se aaya farishta reminded me of two more Shammi Kapoor songs which can fit in the partially on boat category.

    A Shammi-Sharmila song from Kashmir Ki Kali 1964 – Deewana hua badal – another favourite.

    And this one from Junglee (1961) – Kashmir ki kali hoon main – The boat part is the last antara.

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    1. Dr Rajesh,
      Thank you for your appreciation. I’m glad you liked the list.
      I had included the screenshot of Deewana Hua Badal in the fourth part – Group of boats post, as I had thought of it as having two groups let them be travelling alone on the boats.
      Jaunglee song fits perfectly.


  11. Some more songs in the partially shot on the boat category.

    Hum tumhare liye tum hamare liye – Intaquam (1968) . The screenshot at the top of the post is from this song starring Sanjay Khan-Sadhana

    Two songs starring his brother Feroz Khan.
    Ek Paheli 1971- Mera tumhare saath to sadiyon ka

    Apradh 1972 – Tum mile pyar se mujhe jeena


    1. yes,
      the screenshot is from Hum Tumhare Liye.
      Mera Tumhara Saath To is my favourite Rafi-Suman duet. Thanks for adding it here.
      The third song wasn’t known to me. Thanks for introducing it to me.


  12. A great series analysed in all its configurations and posted. A splendid job the least I can say. Here is a song from Kaun Apna Kaun Paraya (1963) – Zindagi Bar Yehi by Asha Bhonsle and Mohammad Rafi, Shakeel Badauni and music by Ravi. Song starts in terra firma and then shifts to boat and back again to mother earth. Does it meet your standards.


    1. Rangan ji,
      Thanks a lot for appreciation and encouraging words.
      I had the song from Zindagi on my shortlist as originally I had thought of compiling a separate list of ‘Partially picturised on boat’
      So I’m happy to see it here.
      Thank you so much for visiting and commenting!


  13. Anup,
    This is a very interesting category. I would have never realised that some of my most favourite songs, such as ‘Tu Gnga ki mauj main’ would fall in this category. Congratulations.

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  14. Nice list! I’m certain more will come to me with time, but given that admission has been extended to some-bits-on-boats, I will include another from “Milan.” This was one of my most listened-to songs over the past winter.

    This song includes paper boats as well as the real one.

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  15. Not sure whether this song is mentioned in any of your previous posts, if not what a great miss.
    Majhi Chal O’ Majhi chal
    Rafi, from Aya Sawan Jhoom Ke.


  16. Shashi Kapoor also did a film called Anari (1973), nowhere close to brother Raj’s classic.
    Here’s a song frm the film which can fit into partially on the boat category:
    Humko to jaan se pyari hai tumhari ankhen

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  17. This, I think, is a unique one – on a warship or aircraft carrier.
    Another title song:
    Har koi chahta hai ek mutthi aasman – Ek Mutthi Aasman 1973

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