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Same Mukhda, Two Different Songs

Posted on Trivia – The Spice of Life on 11/05/2022

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When I thought about this theme, I felt I would be spoilt for choice. But as I started looking for songs, I realized that I would have to dredge really deep. There are so many film songs that have been penned over the last eighty years or so. However, the lyricists, it appears, have been wary of not repeating the words of the mukhda used by other fellow lyricists. This is why it is an arduous task to find two songs with the same opening words. I was shortlisting songs which have at least the first four words in common. I restricted myself to the golden era songs. This also made me wonder as to how lyricists achieved this feat, for I am not aware whether there was a data base in the fledgling years, where all songs that were penned were systematically chronicled.

I must mention here that I owe this entire post to the Hindi Cine Raag Encyclopaedia compiled painstakingly by Shri K.L.Pandey. AKji of Songs of Yore fame and Subodh Agrawal (a music lover and regular on SoY) had very generously sent me a complimentary copy of this book.

I must also say here that many a times, the same lyricist, plays around a little with the mukhda to conjure up a new one. For example, Rajinder Krishan wrote two songs with almost the same opening lyrics but still the songs sound so different. These two songs are Kehte Hain Pyaar Kisko (Baarish, 1957)and Kehte Hain Chaand Jisko (Sanjog, 1961).

So here are the five pairs of songs which have at least the first four words of the mukhda in common.

1 a) Mere Sapnon Ki Rani (Shahjahan, 1946) Lyricist : Majrooh Sultanpuri; Music Director : Naushad; Singers : K.L.Saigal & Md.Rafi. This is a song which music lovers cherish to this day, for Md.Rafi sang with the greatest singing star of the day – K.L.Saigal. He sang just the mukhda towards the end but that in itself was considered an enviable achievement, given the fact that Saigal was at the zenith of his popularity and Rafi was still to establish himself.

Mere sapnon ki rani 
mere sapnon ki rani
Ruhi Ruhi Ruhi Ruhi Ruhi Ruhi

1 b) Mere Sapnon Ki Rani (Aradhana, 1969) Lyricist: Anand Bakshi ; Music Director : S.D.Burman; Playback Singer : Kishore Kumar. This is a delightful romantic song featuring the Himalayan toy train. Delectably shot in the serpentine mountainous roads, this was a chartbuster. In fact, no antakshari is complete without this song being sung.

Mere sapnon ki raani kab aayegi tu
aai rut mastaani kab aayegi tu
beeti jaaye zindagani kab aayegi tu
chali aa, aa tu chali aa

2 a) Phir Teri Yaad Naye (Bekhabar, 1965) Lyricist: Raja Mehdi Ali Khan ; Music Director : S. Mohinder ; Playback Singer : Md.Rafi/Suman Kalyanpur. Both the movie and the song are not well known. This ghazal is a song of reminiscence with both male and female versions, which evoke a surge of emotions. The slow paced song with wonderful lyrics, sung mellifluously by Rafi for Dara Singh(??) is spell binding. Suman Kalyanpur sings for Sayeeda Khan, the female lead.

Phir teri yaad naye geet sunane aayi
dil ki duniya mein naye deep jalane aayi

2 b) Phir Teri Yaad Naye (Aayi Teri Yaad, 1980) Lyricist: Naqsh Lyallpuri; Music Director : Jaidev ; Playback Singer : Bhupinder Singh. This too is a ghazal sung by Bhupinder Singh. The music of Jaidev is heavenly. It is a pity that the song is not well known. The movie too is non-descript. The lyrics are very weighty.

Phir teri yaad naye deep jalane aayi
meri duniya se andheron ko mitaane aayi

3 a) Hum Tujhse Mohabbat Karke Sanam ( Awara, 1951) Lyricist: Hasrat Jaipuri; Music Directors : Shankar Jaikishan ; Playback Singer : Mukesh. This iconic song is a typical Mukesh – Raj Kapoor one. Sung melancholically, it speaks of the consequences of falling in love.

Hum tujhse mohabbat karke sanam 
rote bhi rahe, hanste bhi rahe 
khush hoke sahe ulfat ke sitam
 rote bhi rahe, hanste bhi rahe 

3 b) Hum Tujhse Mohabbat Karke Sanam (Wahaan Ke Log, 1967) Lyricist: Shakeel Badayuni; Music Director : C.Ramchandra; Playback Singer : Mukesh. The only commonality between this and the earlier song is that both are sung by Mukesh. Wonder how the playback singers would have felt singing the same mukhda in two different tunes! This is a light romantic song featuring an avuncular Pradeep Kumar and a fresh as a daisy Tanuja.

Hum tujhse mohabbat karke sanam
duniya ka fasaana bhul gaye
aankhon se teri ek jaam piya
phir hosh me aana bhul gaye

4 a) Hum Aur Tum Aur Yeh Sama (Dil deke Dekho, 1959) Lyricist: Majrooh Sultanpuri; Music Director : Usha Khanna; Playback Singer : Md. Rafi. This is a breezy romantic song that Rafi sings for Shammi Kapoor. Asha Parekh, the heroine however looks disturbed even as Shammi woos her. It was with this movie that Usha Khanna made her debut as a music director.

Hum aur tum aur yeh samaa  
kya nasha nasha sa hain 
boliye na boliye  
sab suna suna sa hain

4 b) Hum Aur Tum Aur Yeh Sama (College Girl, 1960) Lyricist: Rajendra Krishan; Music Directors : Shankar Jaikishan; Playback Singers : Md. Rafi & Lata Mangeshkar. This song is a duet but the hero is once again Shammi Kapoor as in the earlier song from Dil Deke Dekho. This is a picnic song with some slow dancing. I was pleasantly surprised to find neither Hasrat Jaipuri nor Shailendra penning songs for this movie. All the songs were written by Rajendra Krishan. I am however not too impressed by the use of the English word ‘lovely’ which is repeated a number of times to complete the metre.

Hum aur tum aur ye sama  
lovely lovely lovely 
 chhed koi daastaan 
 lovely lovely lovely

5 a) Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya (Mahal, 1949) Lyricist: Nakshab; Music Director : Khemchand Prakash ; Playback Singer : Lata Mangeshkar. This movie put the spotlight on two young ladies. One was Lata Mangeshkar who gained fame as a playback singer and never looked back. The other was Madhubala who became an established actress after her stellar performance in this movie. It was also marked the directorial debut of Kamal Amrohi. The song begins with the haunting sound of the gong.

Dil ne phir yaad kiya
bewafaa laut bhi aa

5 b) Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya (Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya, 1966) Lyricist : G.L.Rawal; Music Directors : Sonik Omi ; Playback Singers : Mukesh, Md.Rafi & Suman Kalyanpur. This was a film that had the three Rawal brothers occupying centrestage. Banarasi Lal Rawal was the producer, Chaman Lal Rawal the director and Gulzari Lal Rawal the lyricist of the film. Thus, it was all in the family. The movie’s storyline is said to be pretty tortuous and intolerable. The music directors were the uncle – nephew duo Sonik Omi. This is a lovely triad shot on a boat. All the three on the boat – Dharmendra, Rehman and Nutan – look troubled.

Dil ne phir yaad kiyaa 
barq si laharaayi hain 
phir koi chot muhabbat ki 
ubhar aayi hain

This ends my post on two songs with the same mukhda. In a way, I am glad that there aren’t many songs of this category because this shows how the lyricists tried to avoid emulating each other. This is what adds variety and beauty to our film songs. The mukhdas of many songs are comparable but they are not replicas. There are very few songs with the same mukhda.

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11 thoughts on “Same Mukhda, Two Different Songs

  1. Great collection of songs, Anitaji. I would never have been able to come up with a list like this (even though I knew most of those songs). Kudos for the effort!


  2. Anita,
    You have made a nice use of ‘Hindi Cine Raag Encyclopedia’ 🙂 . This is a type of theme which you recognise when you see it. But if you try to think of such combinations, you have to rack your brains quite hard. The songs based on traditional folk or semi-classical lyrics would have many versions, such as ‘Babul mora naihar chhuto hi jaay’, or ‘Mohe panghat pe Nandlal chhed gayo re’, or ‘Inhin logon ne le leena dupatta mora’, or ‘Jhumka gira re’.


  3. Interesting topic! The one factor that makes me surprised that same-mukhda songs are not more common is how many films are named after an earlier song. Since at least part of the appeal of titling a film after a song is to capitalize on the fondness or nostalgia that audiences have for that song, one would also expect the song itself to be remade or at least imitated.

    AK’s recent post on songs of 1943 made me think about this phenomenon. “Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare” from “Nai Kahani” was clearly an extremely popular song of that year. As late as 1966 there was a film of the same title, which must surely be meant to refer to the song. Yet the film “Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare” has no “Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare” song in it, nor even anything on a similar topic as far as I can recall.


    1. Thanks for the very interesting observation made by you. I had perfunctorily referred to this phenomenon in one my posts titled ‘Songs of Gratitude’
      The song that I referred to in my post was from a movie called Qaidi – Aji Bas Shukriya. In case you are interested in reading more on this, there is another source whose link I am sharing here.–w7pppJ&sig=ACfU3U36Vdm99BTNEMyHDr7a7uWcemnB0A&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjQpf6dsY31AhXEFogKHd5fDsgQ6AF6BAgWEAM#v=onepage&q=what%20does%20aji%20bas%20shukriya%20mean%20in%20hindi%20translation&f=false


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