POPULAR CYCLE SONGS OF BOLLYWOOD

By

Sharada Iyer

Our rich repertoire of films boasts of many kinds of unique song picturizations which have kept the songs as well as the artistes associated with them alive in our hearts. Take for instance the innumerable songs picturized on different modes of transport- from bullock cart and horse cart to cycle, car, jeep, bus, train, plane and even helicopter- the vehicle in all these songs imparts a special character to the songs and thus help the actors in conveying their emotion in a distinctive manner in the concerned situation .

The very conception of such ideas requires tremendous imagination that definitely needs to be lauded. The director who thinks of the apt situations to insert such songs in the narrative, the dance director or choreographer who translates this idea into reality, the lyricist who writes the words, the music director who turns them into catchy songs and finally the actors/actresses who put life into them-it is a collective coordination of all their efforts that ends up in a memorable 3-minute song.

This blog-post focuses on many of the popular cycle songs of Hindi cinema. The situations vary from a fun group song where friends sing together to solos where the actor is in a mood to celebrate life on his own. Then there are the duets where the hero and heroine are both on a cycle confessing their love for one another or just teasing each other. There are also songs where the hero/supporting actor is busy stalking the heroine/supporting actress respectively to convey his feelings. In some songs however, the cycle is not there for the entire song but only for the first part or somewhere in the middle.

A song on a cycle somehow always conveyed a sense of freedom. From the Black White era to the recent films, so many interesting songs have been sung by all our top playback singers and have been picturized on a variety of actors. This post includes popular songs where mostly the cycle is there for either the entire song or at least a major part of the song.

We start this fun-filled journey of ours with the foot-tapping evergreen number from Padosan sung by none other than Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle. Picturized on Saira Banu and her friends the tempo of the song and the words are just too good. Never before or after has a song captured the energy, vivacity, verve, naughtiness and the ebullience of youth with such remarkable ease. There is that special ‘X’ factor which cannot be described but only felt when one hears the song. 

Saira Banu – PADOSAN

‘Main chali main chali dekho pyar ki gali…’

Singers- Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle

Here is a song from Anari where Nutan is singing with her friends also captures the feelings of that age and stage of life when youngsters have only dreams and not a care in the world!

Nutan – ANARI

‘Banke panchi gaye pyar ka tarana …’

Singers- Lata Mangeshkar and chorus

The earliest cycle song that I came across was that of a group song from the film Khazanchi-a blockbuster hit of 1942 whose songs became a rage. It is picturized on the hero S D Narang , the heroine Ramola and their friends as part of their college picnic. Fans of Hindi cinema would be interested to note the ace villain Madan Puri cycling next to the hero. The film must have been a part of his early days of trying to get a foothold in the industry. But such is the irony of life that years later Madan Puri is still remembered as one of Hindi cinema’s iconic villains while S D Narang is hardly remembered by anyone!

S D Narang, Ramola Devi– KHAZANCHI

‘Saawan ke nazaare hain…’

Singers- Shamshad Begum, Ghulam Haider

It is a very common sight in villages to see the postman deliver letters to every house on his cycle. This was innovatively captured in this interesting song by Kishore Kumar singing for Rajesh Khanna, the latter adding his own dose of charisma! The song remains quite unique.

Rajesh Khanna – PALKON KI CHAON MEIN

‘Daakiya daak laya daakiya daak laya…’

Singer-Kishore Kumar

Interesting solos:

The lyrics of all these solos are an interesting mix ranging from just a happy heart singing and enjoying to thinking aloud some poignant thoughts. They convey a lot about the character and his mood while singing these songs:

Mehmood – PYAASE PANCHHI

‘Pyaase panchi neelgagan mein geet milan ke gaaye…’

Singer-Mukesh

Dev Anand – BAAT EK RAAT KI

‘Akela hoon main is duniya mein koi saathi hai toh mera saya…’

Singer- Mohammed Rafi

Joy Mukherjee – ISHHARA

Chal mere dil lehra ke chal, mausam bhi hai vada bhi hai…’

Singer- Mukesh

Sanjeev Kumar – ANOKHI RAAT

‘Dulhan se tumhara milan hoga o man thodi dheer dharo…’

Singer- Mukesh

Rajender Kumar – AAS KA PANCHI

‘Dil mera ek aas ka panchi…’

Singer- Subir Sen

Anil Dhawan – ANNADATA

‘Guzar jaaye din din din,ke har pal gin gin gin..’

Singer- Kishore Kumar

Navin Nischol– GANGA TERA PANI AMRIT

‘Is dharti is khule gagan ka kya kehna…’

Singers- Mohammed Rafi & Asha Bhonsle

Though this song is remembered as a solo Yogita Bali who joins him for a while does get to sing a few lines towards the end.

Vijay Arora-Shashi Kapoor – GAUTAM GOVINDA

‘Ek ritu aaye ek ritu jaaye mausam badle na badle naseeb…’

Singer- Kishore Kumar

Here is a soothing solo picturized beautifully. The hero is driving a jeep and singing the song while the heroine and her friends are cycling in front of the jeep. A lilting composition indeed!

Biswajit– MERE SANAM

‘Pukarta chala hoon main…’

Singer- Mohammed Rafi

Songs where the actor is stalking or teasing the actress:

Dev Anand-Nutan – PAYING GUEST

‘Maana janab ne pukara nahin…’

Singer- Kishore Kumar

Johny Walker – KAHIN DIN KAHIN RAAT

‘Yaaron ki tamannah hai…’

Singer- Mahendra Kapoor

Manoj Kumar-Sadhana-AMAANAT

‘Cycle pe haseenon ki toil…’

Singers- Mahendra Kumar, Asha Bhonsle

Dharmendra-Mala Sinha – LALKAR

‘Zara mud ke toh dekh kudiye…’

Singer- Mohammed Rafi

Johny Walker – BAHAREIN PHIR BHI AAYENGI

‘Suno suno Miss Chatterjee apne dil ka matterjee…’

Singer- Mohammed Rafi

Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor– SHAAN

‘Janu meri jaan…’

Singers- Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar

Songs sung in a group:

Pradeep Kumar-Nargis – ADALAT

‘Jab din haseen aur dil jawaan kyun na manaye picnic…’

Singers- Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhonsle

Shakeela-Vijay Anand – AGRA ROAD

‘Unse rippy tippy ho gayi…’

Singers-Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhonsle

Rishi Kapoor-Rakesh Roshan – AAP KE DEEWANE

‘Ram kare Allah kare teri meri dosti bani rahe…’

Singers- Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar

Love duets:

Shyam-Nigar Sultana – BAZAR

‘Ae mohabbat unse milne ka bahana mil gaya…’

Singers- Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar

This is a 1949 film and interestingly the cycle is used as a prop in the song being sung on stage…

Kishore Kumar-Mala Sinha – BEWAQOOF

‘Michael hai toh cycle hai, Michael jo nahi cycle bhi nahin…’

Singers- Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhonsle

Trust Kishore Kumar to give us a unique love duet with Mala Sinha giving him company on this tandem bicycle.

Pradeep Kumar-Asha Parekh-GHUNGHAT

‘Yeh zindagi ka mausam…’

Singers- Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhonsle

Dev Anand-Mumtaz – TERE MERE SAPNE

‘Ae maine kasam li…’

Singers- Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar

Vinod Khanna-Saira Banu – AAROP

‘Nainon mein darpan hai drpan mein koi…’

Singers- Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar

Raj Kapoor-Vyjayantimala– NAZRANA

‘Mere peeche ek deewana…’

Singers- Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar

Nanda-Moti Sagar – APNA GHAR

Kaise bheege bheege pyar ke nazare…’

Singers: Mohammed Rafi, Suman Kalyanpur

Anil Kapoor, Gracy Singh– ARMAAN

‘Meri zindagi mein aaye aur aise aaye ho tum…’

Singers- Sunidhi Chauhan, Sonu Nigam

One more instance where the song starts on a cycle but is abandoned after a while.

Another song which uses the tandem cycle but only in the beginning and end of the song. Both the heroes are on one cycle and the two heroines on the other tandem cycle

Dharmendra, Vinod Khanna, Hema Malini, Parveen Babi- THE BURNING TRAIN

‘Pehli nazar mein humne to apna dil de diya tha tumko…’

Singers- Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhonsle, Usha Mangeshkar

Here is a ‘one of a kind’ song where the cycle is used for a super family outing and all three- Sunil Dutt, Meena Kumari and child artiste Daisy Irani seem to be having a great time!

Sunil Dutt-Meena Kumari – EK HI RAASTA

‘Saanware salaune dekho din bahar ke…’

Singers- Hemant Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar

Another rare song where both the characters of the actor playing a double role are riding a cycle and singing together…

Vijay Anand – DOUBLE CROSS

“Dekho hum donon ki yaari kya kehna…’

Singers- Kishore Kumar, Bhupinder Singh

In the song below, cycle becomes part of a competition. In this film Manoj Kumar participates in a cycling contest to earn money and sings the song throughout the entire time. Premnath walks beside him providing him the necessary encouragement to keep him going

Manoj Kumar-Premnath –SHOR

‘Jeevan chalne ka naam chalte raho subaho shaam…’

Singers- Mahendra Kapoor, Manna Dey

Here is a song from a very recent film. The cycle is there in the song only for a small part but the hero Akshay Kumar shows consideration to make the rod comfortable for his wife Radhika Apte to sit and ride and that is endearing.

Akshay Kumar – PADMAN

‘Aaj se teri saari galiyan meri ho gayi…’

Singer- Arijit Singh

Only audio of this song is available. I have included this song because from the lyrics of the song one can imagine the use of cycle on screen.

AJEEB LADKI

‘O Cycle waale babu, cycle ka pahiya rok le…’

Singers: Shamshad Begum, G M Durrani

Before I end this post, here is a little information on two of our artistes who had been cycling champions at the time they joined films.

Actor Jankidas Mehra born in 1910 in Lahore was a ‘World Cycling Champion’ when he was introduced by Dalsukh Pancholi in the 1942 film ‘Khazanchi’. Not only did his title get mentioned along with his name in the credits, he also had a superb cycling chase sequence picturized on him.

jankidassJankidas served as the only Indian member of the International Olympic Committee at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin and was the only Indian to have broken the world record in cycling between 1934 and 1942. (source: Wikipedia). Along with Mr Sohrab Bhoot, he founded the Cycling Federation of India in 1946.

Actress Shubha Khote was a National Cycling Champion and was given a special chase scene on cycle in her debut film Seema in 1955.  Though her ambition to represent her country internationally was cut short her cycling talent did attract director Amiya Chakraborty to sign her for the film and today at the age of 80 years, she still continues to act!

 

 

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12 thoughts on “POPULAR CYCLE SONGS OF BOLLYWOOD

  1. Top Class piece. Fantastic & meticulous research & writing .
    Very interesting piece.
    Enjoyed the read & thoroughly .
    Very articulate & entertaining .
    Cheerios .
    Shyamu

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  2. Lovely post on a very original and interesting topic. Yes, you are right. The most iconic cycling song is main Chali.. And you have described the scene perfectly. Many of the dongs you’ve posted took me down the memory lane, songs we’ve grown up listening to….

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  3. Dear Dr Bollywood, another fabulous post!
    Permit me to submit these for your consideration:
    The Burning Train: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aslzCZHs7WA
    Mera Naam Joker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0I8bCWcY3Y

    I am sure we shall soon get treated with a series of this kind – on trains, buses, flying objects, floating objects, et al! Unfortunately, we may still not have songs aboard a space ship, with the hero and the heroine crooning a love song, while the Moon peeps in from one of the windows!!

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    1. Thank you for the feedback 🙂
      As I have mentioned this post does not include all the songs.. there are still so many songs where cycle features for a few minutes. The Burning Train song has cycle in the beginning and end only. That could be included. However Mera Naam Joker cannot be a cycle song because the cycle is there only for a few seconds…

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