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Songs of Gratitude

Posted on Trivia – The Spice of Life on 31/12/2021

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This is that time of the year when family, friends and acquaintances send messages expressing their gratitude. I don’t recall sending or receiving such messages ten years ago. This is a relatively nascent trend – gaining traction with the advent of various social media platforms. Social media is flooded with messages like these:-

This made me wonder about Hindi film songs of the golden era which express gratitude. The words used generally are shukriya (शुक्रिया) and meherbani (मेहरबानी). I felt this would be the best time to write this post when gratitude is in the air (alongside Omicron!!). I must mention here that there is a movie called Aji Bas Shukriya (1958) but sadly, it has no songs with the word Shukriya figuring in them. So here is my playlist of ten songs belonging to the golden era. They are not arranged in any particular order.

1) Ae Nigah-e-yaar Tera Shukriya (Shahnaz, 1948) Lyricist: Ameer Usmani Deobandi; Music Director : Amirbai Karnataki; Playback Singer : Amirbai Karnataki. This is a song that was not just sung by Amirbai, but also composed by her. The lyrics are full of gratitude. In love, one does become beemaar. The lady thanks her beloved’s gaze for rendering her unwell. The song is a rather light hearted one.

Ae nigaah-e-yaar
tera shukriya
 kar diya beemaar
 tera shukriya 

2) Shukriya Shukriya Shukriya Ae Pyaar Tera (Aaram, 1951) Lyricist: Rajinder Krishan ; Music Director : Anil Biswas; Singer : Talat Mahmood. This is one movie which I have never been able to watch fully. I have seen the first half quite a few times. I have thus not seen this song, which features in the second half, as the plot thickens. What is special about this song is that it sung on screen by Talat Mahmood himself as he plays the harmonium in a gathering. Thus, the singing star shines on screen. The song is nothing but a string of backhanded compliments. It is not a peppy party song but one of heartbreak. Rajinder Krishan uses all the words that can express gratitude in the ghazalshukriya, meherbaan and navaazish. Talat, Anil Biswas and Rajinder Krishan have created an immortal melody.

Shukriya ai pyaar tera shukriya shukriya ai pyaar tera
dil ko kitna khubasurat ghum diya shukriya
dil ko kitna khubasurat ghum diya shukriya
shukriya ai pyar tera shukriya shukriya shukriya

3) Ae Dil-e-nashad Tera Shukriya (Abe-Hayat, 1955) Lyricist: Kaif Irfani ; Music Director : Sardar Malik; Playback Singer : Asha Bhosle. While the opening lyrics of this song are very similar to the one from Shahnaz, the mood of this song is sombre. This is a song where Shashikala (the heroine of the movie) is addressing her broken heart and thanking it for destroying her by falling in love.

Ae dil-e-nashad tera shukriya
kar diya barbaad tera shukriya

4) Dekh Li Teri Ada Aji Bas Shukriya (Qaidi, 1957) Lyricist: Jan Nisar Akhtar ; Music Director : O.P.Nayyar; Playback Singer : Shamshad Begum. This song has danseuse Padmini’s scintillating performance. The lyrics, her demeanour and that of the male actor seem to suggest that this is a honeytrap. The way the words aji bas shukriya are used and sung in this song suggest that it is not a usage to express gratitude but it actually means – give me a break!! It is interesting to note that the phrase Aji Bas Shukriya became the title of a movie that was released just a year later. The producer-director team of Md. Hussain and F.C.Mehra made both Qaidi (1957) and Aji Bas Shukriya (1958). It is possible that the phrase of this song led to the naming of their next venture.

Yun hi baatein na bana tu 
mere dil ko na jala tu
dekh li teri ada 
aji bas shukriya

5) Dil Diya Hain Aapne To Meherbani Aapki (Sangram, 1950) Lyricist: Raja Mehdi Ali Khan ; Music Director : C.Ramchandra; Playback Singer : Lata Mangeshkar & Chorus. This movie is about a spoilt child in adulthood – a role essayed by Ashok Kumar. This song features in the movie as a graceful dance performance in a club. The lyrics are replete with a sense of being beholden.

Dil diyaa hain aapne to 
meharbaani aapki

ham na ab waapas karenge
ye nishaani aapki

Shukriya kahke ham
is tohfe ko karte hain qubool

jaan se pyaara hain hamein
baag-e-muhabbat ka ye phool...

6) Dil Deke Dil Diya Hain (Stage, 1951) Lyricist: Sarshar Sailani ; Music Director : Husnlal Bhagatram/Sardar Malik; Playback Singers : Md.Rafi & Lata Mangeshkar. Featuring Dev Anand and Ramola in the lead roles, Stage is a murder mystery. This song is a fitting reply to the song from Sangram. Here there is no sense of gratitude at all. There has been an exchange of hearts and thus, there is no question of feeling beholden!!

Dil Deke Dil Diya Hain
ehsaan kya kiya hain
itna gurur kaisa
kya muft de diya hain

7) Bahut Shukriya Badi Meherbani (Ek Musafir Ek Hasina, 1962) Lyricist: S.H.Bihari ; Music Director : O.P.Nayyar; Playback Singers : Md.Rafi & Asha Bhosle. This is perhaps the sweetest romantic duet of this post, which is very tastefully shot as well. Sadhana looks ravishing. The man expresses his gratitude to his lady love for accepting his hand. This is an S.H.Bihari-O.P.Nayyar composition to remember for ever. The use of the dholak and the harmonium on screen is very innovative.

Bahut shukriya badee meherbanee
meri zindagi mein huzur aap aayen
kadam chum lun ya ki aankhen bichha dun
karun kya yeh meri samajh mein na aayen

8) Aapne Huzoor Mujhko Kya Se Kya (Fariyaad, 1964) Lyricist: Kedar Sharma ; Music Director : Snehal Bhatkar; Playback Singers : Md.Rafi & Suman Kalyanpur. Starring Ashok Sharma (Kedar Sharma’s son) and Zeb Rehman, this movie did not fare very well. Ashok Sharma perhaps did not have it in him to deliver a powerful performance. I love the rhythm of the song and the way in which the lyrics are repeated. The parts where both singers sing together are a real treat. I would rate this as one of the best songs of Snehal Bhatkar. This is however not a very well known song, especially since the movie did not do well. The song is one of mutual admiration, where both express gratitude for having found the other – as the word meherbaani is repeated in the song quite a few times.

 Aapne huzur mujhe
kya se kya bana diya
khaak se uthaya 
aasaman pe baitha diya
zindgani, zindgani, zindgani
meherbaani meherbaani

9) Jaane Teri Nazron Ne Kya Kar Diya (Grahasthi,1963) Lyricist: Shakeel Badayuni ; Music Director : Ravi; Playback Singers : Md.Rafi & Lata Mangeshkar. This was the time when Shakeel Badayuni had started working with music directors other than Naushad. A typical family drama as the name suggests, it is about a married man who lives dual lives. This song seems to have shot in the Brindavan Gardens of Mysore. This song features Rajshree and Manoj Kumar. The man here thanks the lady – apna banaane waale tera shukriya.

Jaane teri nazron ne kya kar diya
jab tujhe dekhoon mera dhadke jiya
toone mohabbat se mera dil bhar diya
apna banaane waale tera shukriya

10) Tera Shukriya Ki Toone (Humsaya, 1968) Lyricist: Shewan Rizvi ; Music Director : O.P.Nayyar; Playback Singers : Md.Rafi & Asha Bhosle. This song is from a war movie with an espionage subplot. It has excellent compositions of O.P.Nayyar. This is a song of reconciliation and an expression of gratitude at having made up. It is picturized on Joy Mukherji and Sharmila Tagore.

Tera shukriya ke tune
 gale phir laga liye hain
maine dil ke tukde chunkar, 
naya dil bana liya hain
mujhe mera pyaar de de
tujhe aazmaa liya hain, 
teri wafaa ke aage
maine sar jhuka liya hain.. 

Here I end my list of ten. There were quite a few songs that I did not include as I was spoilt for choice. What I like best about the songs of gratitude is that some of them are tongue in cheek while others are steeped in irony. They are peppered with back handed compliments in the name of expressing gratitude.

I am taking your leave for this year. Before that, I must thank (😊) all my readers for reading, following and commenting. Here’s wishing you all a very Happy New Year!!

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12 thoughts on “Songs of Gratitude

  1. Happy new year and thank you for these lovely songs! The one from “Fariyaad” has made me interested to seek the film out, despite its meager reputation. I so much enjoy Zeb Rehman in supporting roles, but have never seen a movie with her as the heroine.


    1. Welcome to Trivia! Thanks a lot for stopping by, reading and commenting! Zeb has been the object of many mix -ups. First as PreetiBala she was thought to be a look alike of Madhubala though I don’t find any resemblance. And then as Zeb Rehman she was thought to be a relative of Waheeda Rehmaan. She does feature in Bahu Begum (a movie which you have reviewed) as a supporting actress. I loved the song from Fariyaad for its lively music and changing tempo. I had never heard the song earlier.

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      1. Thank you for the welcome! I found your site from Madhulika’s blogroll. It is a mystery to me how anybody could think Zeb Rehman and Madhubala look alike, but then again, any beautiful actress of that generation seems to have been fated to be compared to Madhubala.


  2. Happy New Year to you and readers of trivia.

    A good post as usual. The first sing I thought of was ‘Mere Mehboob Mere Sanam, shukriya meherbani qaram’ feom Duplicate. Though it’s not from the golden era, it does appear to fit.

    Can’t think of any other song at present.



  3. Happy New Year! And what a great round-up of gratitude songs. The first one which came to my mind was Bahut shukriya badi meherbaan, and then the one from Duplicate, which Anupji has mentioned. Here’s another one, not very nice, but it fits the bill: from Anokhi Pehchaan, Aapka shukriya aapki meherbaani:


  4. Anitaji,

    Wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year!!

    Hope all’s well and safe with you and family, considering the multiplication of covid positive cases.

    You have ended the new year with an appropriate post on gratitude.
    Year-end thank you messages is indeed a recent social media phenomenon.

    Bahut shukriya badi meharbani is the first song that came to my mind.

    Here’s one from Gaban (1967) which has shukriya in the antara:
    Ehsaan mere dil pe tumhara hai doston…
    …..yaaron ne mere waste kya kuchh nahin kiya
    sau bar shukriya arey sau bar shukriya

    One from the 80s
    Aap ka khat mila aapka shukriya – Sharda (1981)

    One from the 90s:
    Sun beliya shukriya meharbani – 100 Days (1991)

    Lastly, from Chalbaaz (1969)
    Shukriya aap ki inayat ka


    1. Thanks for the wishes, Dr.Deshpande! My entire family (including myself) is indisposed. Omicron has struck with vengeance. I do not think I will be able to publish a post this week.
      The songs you mentioned are all apt. The song from Gaban is a personal favourite, which never occurred to me.


  5. Anitaji,

    Sorry to hear that your entire family is affected. I hope the symptoms are not severe.
    These are indeed challenging times.

    Take care and i wish you and your family a speedy recovery!!


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