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Sat, 31 Aug 2013 11:31:00 GMT | By Mansoor Khan, Glamsham Editorial

Do you know Govinda Aalaa Re... song was shot on Mumbai streets?



Govidaa aalaa re aalaa zaraa mataki sambhaal brijabaalaa...

This Mohammad Rafi song has become a permanent feature at every Janmashtmi festival since the past many decades. What's surprising is that even after 50 years the song holds the same mania that it generated when the song was composed in 1963! Even today as the song is played on public podium the youth and the children alike go fanatical dancing to its beat with all their vigor.

On this Janmashtmi Glamsham.Com wishes its readers HAPPY JANMASHTMI and unravels some untold facts related to this evergreen song.

No Janmashtmi festival is complete without the playing of the song Govinda aalaa re aalaa zaraa mataki sambhaal brijabaalaa...But do you know who composed this song? Who is its lyricist and what is the name of the movie in which this song featured?

Well, the song is from the movie BLUFFMASTER (1963) and was directed by Manmohan Desai, who later gave multiple hits like AMAR AKBAR ANTHONY, DHARAM VEER, PARVARISH, SUHAAG, NASEEB, COOLIE, etc. The song has been composed by Kalyanji Anandji and is written by Rajindra Krishan. The movie had big stars like Shammi Kapoor, Saira Banu and Pran in the lead roles.

How the song was conceived and picturised is an untold tale. In an interview Manmohan Desai, when asked about the song said, "When Madhusudan Kalelkar (eminent writer who wrote great movies like ANKHIYON KE JHAROKHON SE, DULHAN WAHI JO PIYA MAN BHAAYE) wrote a scene where the hero is in need of money to give an expensive gift to his girlfriend, his friend advices him to break the Dahi Handi and win the prize money. I was overwhelmed by the idea because till then no song on Dahi Handi breaking was ever made."

He continued, "To give the song an authentic look I decided to shoot the song in the streets of Mumbai and choose my home ground Khetwadi (near Girgaum, at the foot of the Malabar Hill, Mumbai) where I was born and brought up. When I told my idea to my cinematographer N. Satyen he too was overjoyed. Thus we shot the song in the same lane where I used to participate in the Dahi Handi celebrations. Shammi Kapoor was given complete freedom to dance in a fanatical style like the typical Gopalas (GOVINDA troops). Dance director P. Raj just modified the steps. The crowd used in the song are my friends and locals of Khetwadi."

The icing on cake was Mohammad Rafi sung the song with same spontaneity and vigor that was portrayed by Shammi Kapoor on the screen; the result was the song became super hit and is still the most sought after Janmashtmi festival song.

Readers would be surprised to know despite becoming a top rank filmmaker; Manmohan Desai did not move to posh locations of Mumbai but continued to live in Khetwadi till his death.

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