Ten of my favourite daaru songs

A friend of mine on Facebook recently posted her favourite daaru song, as she called it: Yeh jo mohabbat hai, from Kati Patang (1970). And since I’m not one to let inspiration go a-begging, I decided I had to do a post on my favourite daaru songs. Classic Hindi cinema is replete with these: songs induced by alcohol, songs praising alcohol, songs reviling alcohol (even if sung in an alcohol-induced half-stupor; remember Yeh laal rang kab mujhe chhodega)?
So here’s a list of ten of my favourite daaru songs, all from films of the 50’s and 60’s that I’ve seen. Cheers!

Ek jaam... jaam ke naam (a toast to a toast)

1. Hui sham unka khayaal aa gaya (Mere Humdum Mere Dost, 1968): Though Mere Humdum Mere Dost had another equally famous daaru song—Chhalkaaye jaam—I don’t count that as a real daaru song, since the hero and his cronies are only pretending to be tipsy in that one. This one, though, is the real McCoy. It’s beautifully sung by the inimitable Rafi Sahib, and picturised on a lonely Dharmendra as he wanders through his home, glass in hand, bemoaning the faithlessness of his beloved.

Hui shaam unka khayaal aa gaya

2. Din dhal jaaye (Guide, 1965): Another example of melancholia brought on by alcohol. Like Hui sham unka, this too is a cry of anguish for a lost love—even though that love is lying just up the stairs. Everything about this song is beautifully done: the camera, as it uses the balustrade and the carving of a chair as frames; the desperation of Waheeda Rehman as she listens to the song, and then eventually follows it down to the distressed singer; the regret in Dev Anand’s expressions; the lyrics; the music, Rafi’s voice… a classic.

Din dhal jaaye haai raat na jaaye

3. Hai duniya usi ki zamaana usi ka (Kashmir ki Kali, 1964): Yet another example of drowning the memories of an old love in drink, though this song’s also equally in praise of love. This would have been on my list simply because it stars Shammi Kapoor, but it’s also here because it’s been beautifully sung (Rafi, who else?), and because the music is so lovely. It’s picturised well too, with the camera moving between Shammi Kapoor and the two other main characters in the deserted bar/restaurant: the sax player and another befuddled drunk, whom our hero solemnly salutes at the end of it all.

Hai duniya usi ki zamaana usi ka

4. Yeh jo mohabbat hai (Kati Patang, 1970): Yes, I have to agree with my pal; this one’s definitely among the best daaru songs there is. Like Dharmendra, Dev Anand and Shammi Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna too laments a lost love, though he’s a little more cheerful about it as he drinks and prances through a club on a stormy night. But there’s a sadness and a cynicism underlying this song, reinforced by the cut to Asha Parekh as she stands at a window, stricken at the discovery that she is the unwitting reason for this man’s angst. Superb song, and Kishore Kumar is marvellous.

Yeh jo mohabbat hai

5. Hum bekhudi mein tumko pukaare (Kala Pani, 1958): This song is played out in the light-and-shadow setting of a kotha where the hero sets out to entrap the seemingly heartless tawaif who holds the key to a long-ago crime. Other than the fact that the two leads—Dev Anand and Nalini Jaywant—are very easy on the eyes, the song has superb half-cynical, half-romantic lyrics; and the music, very muted and at times almost not there, is perfect. Not just one of my favourite daaru songs, but also one of my favourite songs, irrespective of anything else.

Hum bekhudi mein tumko

6. Aao huzoor tumko (Kismat, 1968): Classic Hindi film heroines do not get drunk. But when they do, they do it in style—and Babita is all oomph in Aao huzoor tumko. Clad in a clingy red dress, very bling jewellery, a white faux fur stole (and short black gloves, too!), she careens her way across an outdoor party, flinging herself into the arms of every man she sees, promising to take him to the stars. The men are more than willing to oblige, though a huffy Biswajit, looking like a cross between a baby and a thundercloud, sulks at the bar counter. The band in the background are an old, familiar lot: The Monkees.

Aao huzoor tumko sitaaron mein le chaloon

7. Chhoo lene do naazuk honthon ko (Kaajal, 1965): I’m not a Raj Kumar fan, and Meena Kumari in distressed mode distresses me. Despite that, this is a great daaru song—a paean to liquor, a ‘mubarak cheez’ (an auspicious thing) even though it’s badnaam, much maligned. There is (or is it my imagination?) an indication that our heroine’s drunk husband is perhaps also hinting that he, like the liquor, isn’t all bad. Excellent lyrics, and Mohammad Rafi is brilliant—he was pretty good at daaru songs, wasn’t he?

Chhoo lene do naazuk honthon ko

8. Na jaao saiyaan chhudaake baiyaan (Sahib Biwi Aur Ghulam, 1962): If Meena Kumari was at the receiving end in Chhoo lene do naazuk honthon ko, here she’s the one who’s intoxicated. As the neglected wife of a debauch, the Chhoti Bahu drowns her sorrows in drink and then throws her all into one last desperate bid to hold on to her husband. With two of Hindi cinema’s most expressive actors onscreen, this is a song that’s not just wonderful to listen to, but a treat to watch, with Meena Kumari at her seductive best and Rehman, first indifferent, then intrigued, and finally put off. Awesome.

Na jaao saiyaan chhudaake baiyaan

9. Jo unki tamanna hai barbaad ho jaa (Intequam, 1969): Despite the horrendous decor (bright blue and yellow mirrored finishes, a crimson chandelier, plastered pillars—and that’s only some of it), this song’s a favourite of mine. Partly because it’s sung very well and partly because I like both Sanjay Khan and Sadhana. Most of all, I like the way the song plays out the relationship between the two main characters in this scene—the wronged woman who’s seeking revenge, and the loving husband who finds himself an unwitting part of that revenge. What makes the song even more my type is the unusually poignant/romantic scene that follows, after our hero crumples to the floor.

Jo unki tamanna hai barbaad ho jaa

10. Ae mere dil kaheen aur chal (Daag, 1952): Daag had three versions of this superb song, and this one, the slow version in Talat Mehmood’s voice, is a fabulous daaru song. There’s no alcohol to be seen here, but the effects of its consumption are apparent in the way Dilip Kumar stumbles about a deserted village, by turn cheery and melancholy, deriding the indifference of the world around. Not very much happens in the course of the song, and there are no other characters (unless you count a stray dog), yet it’s powerful—Dilip Kumar’s acting and Talat’s voice are a potent combination.

Ae mere dil kaheen aur chal

What are your favourites?


91 thoughts on “Ten of my favourite daaru songs

  1. Fab Post, i love the sahib bibi aur ghulam the most as that’s the only i’ve known previously. my favoutite daaru song will have to be one with Dharmendra from Seeta aur Geeta

    Another possible one could be Mala’s drunken stupor in Night in London though I’m not sure thats a daaru song


  2. Thank you! :-)

    Yes, the Mala Sinha song from Night in London definitely qualifies – like Ae mere dil kaheen aur chal, it doesn’t actually feature drinking, but the effects of drinking (which is also true of Na jaao saiyaan). I like the song too, wish I’d remembered it, though I’m not sure I’d have put it on my list of top favourites. Am not so sure about the Seeta aur Geeta song… I love the songs of that film, but not this one too much. The lyrics are good, but the music’s iffy.


    • Not sure why this song got edited out — “Phool Aur Patthar (1966) – Sheeshe Se Pee Ya Paimane Se Pee”, Request, reconsider your list….But, then you are very right with rest of the nine minus the 10th one.


  3. Love your Ek jaam… jaam ke naam ! Inspiration should never be wasted, no matter what.

    You’ve listed some of my favorite daaru songs. Rafi did have a great line in drunking. :-) My daaru list would also include Pran’s hilarious drunk song – Phir na kehna Michael daaru pi ke (Majboor), Jungle mein mor naacha (Madhumati) and Manna Dey trying to turn Rafi away from the bottle in Munh se mat laga cheez hai buri (Johnny Walker).

    Your Shammi daaru song reminds me that he seems to be woefully lacking in the drinking and singing department – off hand I cant recall any other drinking songs of his!


  4. A good selection. I like most of them. But I do prefer the funny ones as well. The Madhumati ‘jungle mein mor naacha’ as already mentioned and this one, it’s so hilarious, all about Devdas and his confusion between Paro and Chandramukhi. I don’t know the film’s name only the words which helped me trace it.


  5. I might have to copy this, although I’d have trouble narrowing it down…

    :-) Rajesh and Mumtaz had some good drinking ones and one of my faves bollywooddeewana has already mentioned—Dharmendra’s song in Seeta Aur Geeta. Does pretending to be drunk count?


  6. @Pacifist – the song is from “Haath Ki Safai.”

    Daaru songs are such fun. Among my favorites is “mujhko yaaro maaf karna” from Main Nashe Mein Hoon. Wonderful lyrics.

    But to tell the truth, I’m partial to “nasha” songs rendered by the ladies. I actually think they do better in this genre than Rafi, Kishore, etc. Examples:

    Hoon abhi main jawan aye dil – Geeta Dutt

    Haye re meri zulfen – Lata Mangeshkar

    Apne dil mein jaga – Asha Bhonsle

    Teri meri yaari badi purani – Asha Bhonsle


  7. bollyviewer: Jungle mein mor naacha was on this list, but then I moved it to the Johnny Walker list (coming up later) – I so absolutely love that song, lyrics, music, JW’s antics, and of course Rafi’s singing. Like the Majboor song too; Pran was good in that film.
    And yes, offhand I can’t think of any other intoxicated Shammi Kapoor songs – he was enough of a madcap without the addition of daaru!
    BTW, another wonderful daaru song that would have definitely been on this list if I’d seen Jaagte Raho would’ve been Zindagi khwaab hai: Motilal is superb in that.

    pacifist: Ah, good one! I don’t remember having ever seen this. Thank you for that – lots of fun :-)

    memsaab: I thought a bit about people pretending to be drunk, then decided I’d have to drop that (which is why Chhalkaaye jaam or Kaise rahoon chup didn’t find a mention in this list). And I’m not listing songs where people get high on other things – mysterious herbs, bhaang, etc. That probably deserves a post all its own.

    Shalini: You just made my day with all those great songs. Thank you – I actually haven’t seen any of these films (except for Aar Paar; I’d forgotten about that song – Shakila sizzles!), so in any case the songs wouldn’t have featured here. But it just gives me more reasons to watch these films!


  8. In addition to most of the daaru songs here, I also like ‘chcheda mere dil ne taraana tere pyaar ka’. And then there’s ‘Nadiya se dariya, dariya se saagar’.


  9. A lovely trip down “daru” memory lanes…there was this song from “Jagte Raho” picturised on Moti Lal…”zindagi khwab hai…”Also, some songs from later years are from Des Pardes-“Sardi mein jab oiyoge yaaron” and from SRK’s Devdas- “sheeshe se sheesha takraye”


  10. Yes, I do like Chheda mere dil ne taraana tere pyaar ka – Dev Anand seems to have been one of those on whom quite a few daaru songs were picturised (he’s also there in the delightful Haai haai haai yeh nigaahein, which I listed on a previous post about my ten favourite party songs).

    Love Nadiya se dariya too! I don’t list songs or films after the 50’s or 60’s but if I decided to extend this blog to the 70’s (which, in my opinion, also had some great films and excellent music), this song would definitely be somewhere at the top of the list.


  11. The two of us seem to think in tandem, Rachna! I was just reminded of Zindagi khwaab hai too! I’d definitely have put it in this list if I’d seen Jaagte Raho.

    SRK’s Devdas had some good songs, though the film irritated me – it was too opulent. The magnificence of it all somehow detracted from the story itself – in the Dilip Kumar version, you get to see all the angst! ;-)


  12. Oh yes! Zindagi khwaab hai! And Moti Lal made the song memorable! And also the walking drum that was Raj Kapoor, which was the strolling companion to the drunkard Moti Lal. :)


  13. Great idea, love them :-) Bhang songs next time perhaps?

    A little snippet on “Yeh jo mohabbat hai” from Kati Patang (which I think I may have mentioned on Atul’s delightful blog). The anecdote from Kaka:

    “Once, Pancham and I were flying together to Delhi for the premiere of Baharon Ke Sapne. When the plane took off and started cruising, he started humming a catchy tune. The moment I heard it, I cajoled him to use it for one of my playback songs.

    Months later, we were at the sitting of Kati Patang and we just could not get the right tune for a particular song which had a waltz metre. That’s when, fortunately, I could recall the same tune that RD had sung at 32,000 feet. This melody, which was instantly approved by director Shaktida Samanta, was none other than ‘Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai’.”

    Ah, RD, Kishore and Kaka…:-D



  14. Suhan: That’s a delightful little anecdote! And Kati Patang had such absolutely wonderful songs… just thinking about Yeh shaam mastaani gives me gooseflesh. Thank you also for that link to the story on Rajesh Khanna reminiscing about RDB – I love all the songs he lists as his favourite RDB numbers!
    Bhaang songs? Hmmm. That’ll need some thinking (and also much more watching of films – not that I’m averse to the idea). ;-)

    memsaab: And I’m off to read it! Can’t wait to see what you’ve listed there. :-)

    Ava: Yup, that’s a delightful song. But was Anthony Gonsalves drunk in that? (It’s been a while since I saw Amar Akbar Anthony, so don’t recall). One of the most hilarious drunk scenes I can remember was filmed on Amitabh Bachchan, though – was it in Satte pe Satta or in Amar Akbar Anthony? – where he’s talking to his reflection in the mirror while trying to patch it up. Awesome.


  15. Great Post. I am with you on Raj Kumar Meena Kumari and Raj Kapoor.
    I am not too fond of mukesh because he ‘s sung most of Raj Kapoor’s songs!
    Yeh kya hua kab Hua from Amar Prem is one of my favourites..
    You should also do one on Bhang songs- Jai Jai Shiv Shankar- Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz springs to mind.


  16. “I am not too fond of mukesh because he ’s sung most of Raj Kapoor’s songs!”

    That’s probably the reason I don’t much like Mukesh either – though I have to admit that one of his most hauntingly beautiful songs (Woh subah kabhi toh aayegi) is filmed on Raj Kapoor. And there are other non-RK Mukesh songs that I like, including of course Zindagi khwaab hai.

    Am wondering what I’d put on a bhaang post. Jai jai Shiv Shankar is the obvious choice, but beyond that I can’t think of any other songs… suggestions, anyone?


  17. I think one has to research Holi songs for this.
    I know there was some bhang taking for Holi in Namak Haram. But I can’t find it on youtube.

    Allso that song, which had Amitabh, Jaya, Rekha, Sanjeev. Amitabh and Rekha flirt outrageously while singing a holi song under the influence of bhang, I think. Can’t remember the name of the film.


  18. Another Bhaang song with Kaka, of course ;-) apart from Namak Haraam’s “Nadiya se dariya” and Aap ki kasam’s “Jai Jai Shiv Shankar” that have already been mentioned is Bandhan’s “Bina badra ke bijuriya kaise chamke” (with Kaka, Mumtaz and assorted gaonwale). It’s very sweet.


  19. I’m on a roll :-D
    Here are some more, but I don’t know how to link it the way Shalini has done. (Thanks Shalini for the name of the film :-)
    I hope I’m not flooding your blog, but this topic is wonderful!! :-D

    Paap Ki aandhi


  20. Don’t worry about flooding my blog – I like seeing all the songs readers introduce me to! :-)

    I suppose I’m really old-fashioned: I haven’t seen or heard either of these songs. Of the two, I like the Madhuri Dixit one better – it’s kinda cute.

    BTW, no worries about copying the URLs in: WordPress is erratic that way. It sometimes changes a copied URL to a link, sometimes it embeds the video. Not a problem either way!


  21. @ QUOTE [This one? Very nice; I hadn’t seen it before, though I’ve heard it. Love the folksy feel to it all!] END QUOTE

    Yes it is, isn’t it? I miss so much those films set in the villages–guess there’s no place for them in today’s India Shining’s multiplexes :-( though I believe Benegal tried with “Welcome to Sajjanpur”?

    Bandhan had some nice songs, sung by Mahendra Kapoor and not the ubiquitous Kishore (for him), since this was pre-Aradhana Rajesh–it was shot before but released after and hence was a big hit. Had a storyline :-), and of course Mumtaz as also Sanjeev Kumar and Anju Mahendru in a largish role. This was when Anju M. and RK were together and, according to him (pardon my gossipy biddy avtaar here please) they caused the poor producer many heartaches because they’d had a fight and refused to look at each other in the scenes they had together, of which there were many :-)


  22. Bandhan sounds unmissable! I love the RK-Mumtaz jodi, and a film with such great music (yes, I’ve been checking out youtube for other songs) gets my vote. Will put it on my wishlist immediately. And Sanjeev Kumar? Lovely, lovely.

    I don’t think village-setting films have gone completely out of vogue, though granted they’re fewer. Lagaan, Maalamaal Weekly and Iqbal are three I can think of, off the top of my head.


    • Narinder Bedi had brought in Mumtaz for a small role in Mere Sanam – (yeh hai reshmi zulfon ha andhera) and believed she would go far. He also worked with her in Brahmachari. Shortly after that signed her as heroine for Bandhan. That pair was a hit.


      • Yes, Mere Sanam was really the first big budget (relatively) film that Mumtaz acted in – unless one takes into account Rustom Sohrab. All her B-grade films with Dara Singh were really quite forgettable.


  23. Daaru songs leave me real cold except for some soulful numbers like the one from Amar Prem. What I hate most is the self-pity, which drips from these songs.
    The funnier daaru songs are always trying to be so funny all the time, that they are hardly funny!
    Sorry to be a wet blanket!


  24. dustedoff: “It’s not so much the daaru-ness of the songs that pulls me in as the music.”

    That’s quite obvious :-) Some of the most beautiful melodies are on the list, simply brilliant!


  25. Thank you :-)

    And that’s actually my criterion for any of the lists I draw up on this blog – music is the main criterion; everything else is secondary. If a song doesn’t have good music, it won’t figure on one of my lists!


  26. I found this from Memsaab’s reference, and of course, really loved it. Most songs in here are my favorite, and am glad too see others contributing many more. Instead of adding other songs (all that I know have already been added); allow me to focus on the kind of alcohol that pairs well with some of them.
    Incidentally, I have written a (strictly amateur) post about some food, wine, song pairings.
    Hence continuing from that thread, my pairings would be :-
    1) Most Rafi songs with a Red Bordeaux (complex, multi-layered, improve with age)
    a) Din Dhal Jaye — Perhaps a Margaux Cabernet Sauvignon
    b) Hai Duniya Usiki — Picturised on Scotch Whiskey, but probably more suited to a Pauillac Cabernet Sauvignon.
    c) Hum Bekhudi Mein — Right Bank Merlot based St. Emillion or Pomerol.
    2) Most Kishore songs with a Red Burgundy (light romantic, yet with depth, bittersweet)
    a) Yeh Jo Mohabbat hai — Certainly a Gevrey Chambertin or a Vosne Romanee (Pinot Noir of course)
    3) Most Asha Bhosale songs with Champagne (bubbly, frothy, effervescent)
    a) Aao Huzur Tumko — An excellent example, any good brand such as Mumm, Veuve Clicquot
    4) Talat Mehmood with Cognac (dark, blue mood)
    a) Ae Mere Dil Kahin Aur Chal — Remy Martin, Hennessy, Tesseron

    I may be way off base with some (maybe all) pairings, but individually the songs & the wines/cognacs are something to be enjoyed at leisure.

    And, I shall say the same about this post as well.


  27. That is such an unusual and delightful way of dealing with the songs in this post!! Thank you so much – that’s wonderful. I myself am not much of a daaru drinker, but when I do drink, it’s invariably wine, so all your suggestions make plenty of sense :-)

    Am off to read the link. Can hardly wait to see it!

    Thank you.


  28. Rafi Sahab has presented a host of songs on Daaru and you have listed a few of the more famous ones. Just take these two songs – MEHFIL SE UTH JAANE WALON TUM LOGON PAR KYA ILZAAM from Dooj Ka Chand and yet again this one – JITNI LIKHI THI MUQADDAR MEIN HUM UTNI PEE CHUKE from Nayi Roshni. Mind boggling daaru songs for those who have not heard them or simply forgotten them. They deserve to be among the top ten always.


  29. Awesome! Now this is what I call an intoxicating discussion! Excuse the pun, LOL. Thanks for the link….now I have a list for my second compilation and for the ‘bhang’ compilation too. You rock.


    • Thank you, Veen – though I must concede that a lot of the rocking is done by the people who contributed to the discussion – those comments have some delightful suggestions (not to mention Samir’s interesting list of recommendations for actual wines and spirits!!)


  30. if i had to select i would recommend the best 15 as follows
    1)Yeh Kya Hua(Superstar rajesh khanna)
    2)Thodisi Jo Peeli Hain
    3)Chalka Yeh Jaam(dharmendra)
    4)Peete Peete Kabhi Kabhi Yun Jaam(dilip kuamr)
    5)Tu Kya Jane O Bewafa
    6)Haan Maine Sharaab Pe Hain
    7)Jane Kya Pilaya Tune
    8)Do Ghoot Mujhe Bi pilade
    9)Chori Chori Chupke Chupke tere mere(devanand)
    10)Peene walon ko peene ka
    11)Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai(Superstar rajesh khanna)
    12)Mujhe Duniya walon sharabi na samjho(dilip kuamr)
    13)Michael Daru Peeta hai(pran)
    14)Hum Kitne Nadaan The yaro(dharmendra)
    15)duniya mujhse kehti hai ke peena chod dey(dharmendra)
    16)kaise kahe hum(shahsi kapoor)
    17)Hai Hai Hai Yeh Nighayen(devanand)
    18)Chingari Koi Badke
    19)Khulam Khula Pyaar Karenge Hum Dono
    20) Ae mere dil kaheen aur chal (Daag, 1952)
    21)Aao huzoor tumko (Kismat, 1968)
    22)Nadiya Se Dariya—most melodiuos of the whole list
    23) Lachak Lachak Teri Jawani (sitapur ki geeta- rajesh khanna and hema)
    24)Hum Bequdi Me Tum ko
    25)Zindagi Khawab Hai


  31. Lovely choices.
    My favorite daaru song that I sing often (besides Din dhal jaye hai) is the one from Hum Dono:
    “Kabhi khud pe kabhi halat pe rona aya” – Sahir! (sigh)


  32. Here is a song, which I had never heard of. The film is I think an Indo-Iranian co-production. Waheeda is doing a sort of Rangeela re here, which is also a good drunken song.

    Chodd mera haath mujhe peene de from Subah-o-Sham


      • you are right pacifist. With the indo-iranian cooperation I meant Subah o sham. I think I didn’t express myself properly there.
        Thanks for pointing that out.
        So the first song is from Prem Pujari and the second is from Subah-o-sham, which I think is sort of an indo-iranian cooperation (according to imdb)


  33. Thank you for that, harvey! – and, what a coincidence. Only last night (I was up past 2, thinking of Waheeda Rehman songs)… I thought of Rangeela re tere rang mein.

    Hadn’t heard that song from Subaah-o-shaam. Now that I think of it, I don’t really recall ever having heard of the film itself. And I didn’t know India had done any films in collaboration with Iran. Now I want to see this one!


    • Me too, I’d never ever heard of this film, just came across this song on you tube.
      When I think of Waheeda Rehman so many songs come to my mind that it is very hard to choose 10 fav. But one song which is not that popular but very beautiful is: sandhya jo aaye man ud jaye from Phagun and from the same film ‘phagun aayo re’, where it is a delight to see her dancing gracefully in a nine-yard sari.


      • Thank you for the Phagun suggestions! Haven’t seen either of them, (in fact, I thought Phagun starred Madhubala), but will certainly try and find these ones on youtube.


        • There were 2 PHAGUN’s. One of 1958 starring Madhubala and Bharat Bhushan with music by OPN and another of 1973 starring Waheeda, Jaya Bhaduri and Vijay Arora with music by SDB. The later was directed by Rajinder Singh Bedi and was certainly a far better film !


            • After the success of Dastak, Rajinder Singh Bedi (my uncle) was always asked why he had made a film in black and white so for his second film he decided to make something totally different and did Phagun. It was a beautiful movie but did not do well at the box office – several people said it was all about sarees!


                • Yes he was my dad’ s oldest brother, more like a father to him since they lost their parents when dad was 10 and Tayaji was 18. They were 3 brothers and one sister, and most of the family abandoned them in case they ended up taking care of 4 kids. My grandfather was a post master and after his passing Tayaji was given a job at the post office on compassionate grounds. I found a beautiful photograph of all 4 of them taken a few months before his passing. I tried but was not able to post it.


                  • Would you be interested in writing a guest post for my blog on your Tayaji? Tell us a little more about him, how he got into the cinema industry and so on. I know that a lot of people would be very interested – me, of course, included! And you could put in that photo there as well.

                    If you’re interested, do let me know, and I’ll send you a mail.


                    • Sure would love to. If you prefer – you will probably find a whole bunch of facts and dates online – I could include some anecdotes/snippets of him as the man rather than the writer/director.


  34. There’s one song that I remember from when I was a very young boy. It made quite an impression on me then. At that time I had no clue about the movie, all I remembered was Balraj Sahni and a marriage scene (I think his daughter’s (or sister’s) marriage had been called off by the boy’s party. *sigh*).

    I tracked it down again on youtube as soon as youtube came into our lives. It has always remained with me. So it is never going to make your list (no great music!), it is a self-pity song (so many will run miles away from it!) but I have those childhood memories associated with it that will always ensure it will remain in my memory. And I am a big fan of Balraj Sahni, so I thought he should also find a mention somewhere on this lovely long list of daaru songs. Here it is.


    • Balraj Sahni is one actor with whom I would never think that a daaru song would have been picturised!
      Thanks for presenting a new facet to Balraj Sahni’s profile. BTW he is also a big fav of mine!


    • I have seen this film, but ages back – so the song sounded familiar, but I couldn’t remember how it was picturised or anything other than the leads in the film. Thank you for that, Raja! Yes, really a very different Balraj Sahni song – I’m so used to seeing him as an extremely dignified man (even when he’s in shades of grey or not completely likeable), that this drunken tottering about is quite a change!


  35. Madhu, I should have crawled through your blog looking to see what you had posted before posting my list :( *perking up* ) We only share 4 songs out of 10, though, so I suppose it is okay. You do not happen to have a list of patriotic songs, do you? I just posted my favourites from that genre.

    *going off to see the lists Madhu has put up, so I won’t duplicate them*


  36. I now remember this song – thank you for that contribution. :-)

    P.S. I completely agree with that “try not to watch the video”! this was a frightful movie, too. I couldn’t believe, at the end of it, that I actually sat through all of it. Horrible.


  37. What is so interesting is that despite “daaru” not being my thing, I still find your top 9 songs exactly line up the way I would them too.. Amazing!

    One song I would like to mention is Rafi’s “Yeh Zulf Agar Khul Ke Bikhar Jaaye to Accha” with brilliant lyrics from Sahir and fitting music from Ravi (movie Kajal, 1965). According to the Youtube uploader (see link below), Sahir had written 40 shers for this song, of which only 9 were used.. I am not a huge fan of Raj Kumar (though Helen is graceful as always) . The last few shers that Rafi sang (with little or no music) show what a classy work of art this song is… And from what I gather, Rafi was a teetotaller – it just speaks volumes of his ability to act or infuse moods into songs, at will!

    I love this song for great poetry and velvety singing..



    • Yes, this is a truly lovely song. In fact, I’m surprised I hadn’t included it in my list, since I like it a lot – it probably was on my shortlist, actually. And yes, I’m not a Raj Kumar fan either, but he was all right here… and Helen is lovely and graceful as always.


      • One more song that I would like to add – Rafi’s Koi Sagar Dil Ko Behlata Nahi (1966 Movie Dil Diya Dard Liya – Music Naushad, Lyrics by Shaqueel Badayuni) on Dilip Kumar and Waheeda Rehman.


          • Two more songs on this theme that I like a lot. Not exactly :”Daaru” songs because you don’t see them drinking but it’s obvious that they are intoxicated – Common link (Rafi and Rajendra Krishan the lyricist)

            1. Kabhi na Kabhi, Kahin Na Kahin – Sharabi (Rafi/Madan Mohan/Rajendra Krishan)

            2. Main Kaun Hoon Main Kahan Hoon – Main Chup Rahungi (Rafi/Chitragupt/Rajendra Krishan)


            • Oh, yes! Both good songs, and the one from Sharaabi had to be there. But this list was from well before I watched Sharaabi (or even knew about it, I think…), so that’s why it’s missing. Thank you for adding those, Ashish.


  38. Na jao saiyan is one of the most brilliantly picturised song, Meena Kumari’s performance is beyond words and the cinematography by the great V.K Murthy is just outstanding, also the song is very different form other “sharabi” songs.
    If you list is rankwise then I personally feel that it should be on the top.


  39. Hi Dustedoff. Or should I say Madhu. I know I’m really late commenting on this (like a few years!) and just like I was saying to another wonderful blogger, Anu, I hope you won’t mind! Its just that its so hard to resist from commenting when all you lovely people are writing about something so close to my heart, films and music from the 40s to the 60s. My husband is more a 70s and RD- Kishore fan, and although I love them too, I hardly have anyone to fangirl with over my favorites! So thank you!
    What a delightful collection of “drunk” songs. I know you explained that you didn’t include Jungle mein mor and Mooh se mat laga as you wanted to put them in a separate Johnny Walker list, but how about this one from Gateway of India? Dekhta chala gaya main zindagi ki raah mein? Its an absolute riot! And I did read somewhere that the guy playing the piano was Johnny’s real-life brother, Tony! Not sure if that’s true, but the song is awesome!


    • I had completely forgotten about Dekhta chala gaya! I haven’t seen the film, but I’ve heard the song before. So much fun. :-)

      I’m not sure if that’s Tony Walker; the only film in which I’m sure that Johnny Walker’s brother (who went by the screen name Vijay Kumar) definitely acted is the Mala Sinha-Sanjay Khan-Nazima starrer Dillagi. No idea if he’s the same as Tony Walker, or if there was a third person… Vijay Kumar was much more round-faced in Dillagi, but then that was from 1967, and it may well have been this same man. I can’t tell, though there is a definite resemblance to Johnny Walker.


  40. The other day, we were discussing this type of songs on our whatsapp group ‘ Music Madness ‘ and a few songs that I initiated to start the discussion were all picturised on Dev Anand. The inspirational song that prompted me to start it all was the iconic SHARABI film song ‘ mujhe le chalo aaj phir us gali me jahaan pehle pehle yeh dil ladkhadaya ‘ and surprisingly, that song is not only not there in your list but is not mentioned at all in all the discussions thereafter ! To me, it’s a landmark song and one of the best of Madan Mohan and again, one of the best in this genre !
    All said and done, that whatsapp discussion made me curious to search on DUSTEDOFF to search out if any such list is posted there and I found out this!
    It’s my earnest request to Madhulika jee and others to please listen to the priceless gem that I have mentioned.


    • Yes, I think that song slipped through the cracks, somewhere… I hadn’t yet seen Sharaabi when I compiled this list, and was unaware of its songs, and it seems even the commenters suggested the other songs of the film, not that one. Yes, a very good song, indeed. Thanks for reminding us of it.


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