(Part – 1 ) The Bicycle Saga

Last year in June I dedicated the entire month to the songs picturised on a train. I divided it into several parts as per my criteria and presented five parts. The series was well received. After that I published songs with Tonga rhythm and songs picturised on a Bullock cart. These posts were also welcomed by the readers. Next in the series was songs picturised on a boat. As usual the series was divided in parts and I presented 8 parts. It was appreciated well.

When I was thinking about the next vehicle of transportation, I thought of bicycle songs.
June 3rd is celebrated as World Bicycle Day and Dusted off presented her bicycle songs post on the day. It boosted up and stirred my idea of the series. But of course it took me some months to actually do it, as the boat songs series was still incomplete.

To cut the long story short, here I am to present the first part of the bicycle saga. Did you say ‘Oh No!not again!’.
But still let me…….

Today’s part focuses on the Hindi film songs with

Group of bicycles

Bicycles have been a part of Hindi cinema since eternity. Especially if the main lead is a college going teen (though he or she may look much older) such songs were mandatory. There are songs with one of the protagonists riding a bicycle or both of them or a group of friends going for a picnic or some such.

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Today let’s watch and listen to ten bicycle songs featuring a group of bicycles. In all the songs, the cyclists sing the song, which was the main criteria for selection. And as it’s a group of bicycles, all the songs on the list are chorus supported. But of course that’s my observation and not a criteria for selection.

Let’s begin… … …

1. Sawan Ke Nazare Hain – Khazanchi (1941) Shamshad Begum, Ghulam Haider & Chorus / Ghulam Haider – Wali Saheb
The first song takes us back to the 40s, when bicycles were the main vehicle for personal use.
There are two groups of cyclists traveling separately, though they are singing the same song. Both the groups collide with each other at the end. Some of the scenes are shot using superimposed images. Ramola and S D Narang were the protagonists of the film and we can see a young Madan Puri in a supporting role.
It is considered a pathbreaking song. It was one of the songs that had a light hearted mood and girls were shown riding the bicycle in a carefree mood. The boys whistling added further to the joyous mood. The song was even criticized for being culturally spoiled. It however proved to be a popular song and Hindi film music was free from a heavy classical influence. The songs were now hummable even for the general public.

2. Ban Ke Yeh Panchhi Gaaye – Anari (1959) Lata Mangeshkar & Chorus / Shankar Jaikishan – Hasrat Jaipuri
And, this one from the 50s surely finds a place on the list. Nutan (can’t help adding, she looks absolutely beautiful) and company riding bicycles on a picnic. Raj Kapoor, also on a bicycle, accidentally collides with the girl’s team. Shobha Khote who plays a supporting role in the film was a national cycling champion in reality. She also enjoys the ride with Nutan and company.
The song is extremely melodious and uses the chorus very effectively. The tickling bicycle bells add a realistic touch to it.

3. Main Chali Main Chali – Padosan (1968) Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkar & Chorus / R D Burman – Rajendra Krishan
After the 40s and 50s, let’s enjoy an absolutely fabulous song from the late 60s. Saira Banu and company roam around on bicycles, and it is an absolute delight to watch beautiful scenery, luscious green trees, and bright red flowers in the backdrop of clear blue sky.
One of my favourite duets by the Mangeshkar sisters. A notable point is that at least 4 to 5 actresses lip sync to Asha Bhosle’s voice. And Asha Bhosle’s energetic rendition is one of the major highlights for me. I am not a Saira Banu fan, so the singers and the song’s overall picturisation are important attractions for me.

4. Aanchal Ko Udne Do – Picnic (1966) Asha Bhosle & Chorus / S Mohinder – Majrooh
The song opens with an energetic prelude and whistling follows immediately, which assures a melodious song. And we indeed witness a good bicycle song. Picturised on Azra and company, the song has cycling throughout.
S Mohinder didn’t compose for big banners, but his songs nevertheless enchant us. And this one’s not an exception. Please follow the link to watch the video on YouTube.

5. O Soniye Jab Jeet Hui – 10 O’clock (1958) Rafi, Geeta Dutt & Chorus / Ram Ganguly – Shyam
The Geeta Bali, Suresh starrer 10 O’clock wasn’t a popular movie and the song is not popular either. Last year, while I was researching Geeta Dutt and Rafi duets posts, I came to know about this song. The bicycles are part of mukhda and at the end. The song portrays a war of genders. The song is without Rafi’s part in the mukhda.

6. Jab Din Haseen Aur Dil Jawan – Adalat (1958) Asha Bhosle, Rafi & Chorus / Madan Mohan – Rajendra Krishan
Very rarely did Madan Mohan compose such an outright western tune. The song has a jazzy rhythm and is surely enjoyable. The cyclists travel for a while to reach the picnic destination. They ride the boat, dance, sing and enjoy themselves. Though cycling is not throughout, it’s quite an entertaining song.

7. Suno Re Bhaiya Hum Laye Hain – Paigham (1959) Rafi & Chorus / C Ramchandra – Kavi Pradeep
Johnny Walker leads the team of workers in a cycle rally protesting against Motilal. Quite an enjoyable song with cycling throughout the song.

8. Unse Rippi Tippi Ho Gayi – Agra Road (1957) Rafi, Geeta Dutt & Chorus / Roshan – Prem Dhawan
The song has good orchestration and tune. The singers have done their job excellently. Rafi’s yodeling is the highlight of the song. The picturisation is however utterly disappointing, almost irritating. The lead pair, Shakeela and Vijay Anand travel in a car while the friends accompany on bicycles. It appears as if Vijay Anand was forced to act in the song, he hardly cares for his expressions. I added it to the list as a slight variation of the main theme.

9. Yeh Zindagi Ka Mausam – Ghunghat (1960) Asha Bhosle, Rafi & Chorus / Ravi – Shakeel Badayuni
One of my favourites from Ghunghat. The song is opened by Asha Parekh and Pradeep Kumar riding a separate bicycle, but a crowd of friends soon joins in. At least ¾ th of the song is picturised on bicycles. Quite good to listen to and watch.

10. Cycle Pe Haseeno Ki Toli – Amaanat (1977) Rafi, Asha Bhosle, Manna Dey & Chorus / Ravi – Sahir
And, to end the list, I’m presenting a song from the 70s. Picturized on, Manoj Kumar, Sadhana, Mehmood and Aruna Irani, the song has cycles in the picturization as well as in the lyrics. If not great, the song is entertaining. We can recognize a young Dheeraj Kumar among the crowd of boys surrounding Manoj Kumar. The video song has only two verses, but the audio version is a bit longer.
Though popularly taken as a trio, the song has a fourth voice, that of an unknown female singer, who remains uncredited. Perhaps she was a singer from the chorus.

Please add your favourite song picturised on a group of bicycles.

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19 Replies to “(Part – 1 ) The Bicycle Saga”

  1. Dear Anup ji,

    You always leave a few plum songs for your “friends” to add. Many thanks for that. If you do everything, what are we here for? 🙂

    You may like this beautifully featured duet somewhere in AAREY COLONY and there are some wonderful long shots too

    (सांवले सलोने आये दिन बहार के ……)

    [ notice how Sunil Dutt taps Daisy on the head as a signal for stopping or for playing the harmonica ]

    With warm regards

    PARTHA CHANDA

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  2. Anup ji
    Thanks for some unfamiliar yet good cycle songs .
    The songs I would add here are slightly unusual . Normally cycle songs are “Toli” songs as exemplified by almost all songs in your list and each individual in the toli has a separate cycle but
    a) Hey Maine Kasam li – Tere mere Sapne – Neeraj – SDB
    Dev and Mumtaj share the cycle
    TMS is one of my favourite albums.
    b) Janu meri jaan – Shaan – AB- RDB
    Amitabh and Shashi share a cycle but have different seats.

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  3. You covered it all. Dil mera ek aas ka panchi sung by Subir Sen; Hawa se halki hoon aaj by Lata ; Raam kare Allah kare teri meri dosti from Aapke Deewane; Yahaan ke hum Sikandar are a few additional ones.

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    1. Rahul ji,
      Dil mera ek aas ka panchhi would be there on one of the future parts.
      I think,
      For today’s theme, Group of bicycles
      The one from Aap Ke Deewane fits.

      Yahan Ke Hum Sikander does fit, though the cycling part is small.

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  4. Very good collection, Anupji! I can’t think of any other songs that fit these criteria, though Yahan ke hum Sikandar from Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar has a section which features a group on cycles – but since there’s a good bit of time when they’re not on cycles, I don’t think that really works.

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    1. Thank you for your appreciation Madhuji.
      I think I should grant Yahan Ke Hum Sikander. Rahul has mentioned it already. It has cycling for a short time, but then the song from 10 O’clock has also for a relatively short time.
      🙂

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    1. Yes,
      I agree with you. It becomes much more challenging. But then it’s fun too, it’s it?

      I have selected the song from Sitaron Se Aage for the last part, miscellaneous bicycle songs. As you’ve already mentioned, it’s picturisation is different.
      Hence the category.
      🙂

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  5. You are really a perfectionist. On any theme you seem to explore all permutations and combinations and bring out a series of posts. The theme itself does not lend itself to produce iconic songs. I have seen most of the movies. One curious fact is absence of Lata in all the ten songs posted by you. Johnny Walker is also a great cyclist and does all gimmicks. In the picture Seema, Shoba Khote chases her husband in a cycle to wrest what he had stolen from the ashram. Will eagerly wait for other parts on this topic.

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    1. Ranganji,
      Thank you for your appreciation. I agree with you, the series won’t have many iconic songs, though next parts would have a few.
      There’s Ban Ke Yeh Panchhi by Lata Mangeshkar on the list.
      🙂

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  6. Anup ji ,

    Njoyed group – cycling !!!

    अमानत song lyrics were so funny nd equally fun to c MK flirting .

    Liked the criteria nd the songs selected accordingly .

    My addition
    Film रामू दादा
    Picturised on जयमाला nd her सखियाॅं

    दिन हैं सुहाना मस्ताना

    Looking forward for the next parts in this series ..
    curious about what criterias wud U form !!!

    With best wishes ,
    Pramod Godbole .

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