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An amazingly rare instance in Hindi films when 'One Melodious Composition' was used in more than 4 songs by different music directors in their distinctive projects. (Did You Know - 42)
15 Jan, 2013 | Did You Know!

For all friends loving Hindi Film Music from the Golden Era here is a rare and interesting information of an amazing instance when ‘One Melodious Composition” was adapted in more than 4 songs by different music directors in their distinctive projects.
(To experience the similarities you can search for the respective songs in Youtube as they are easily available there posted by true fans and various companies.) 1. "Thandi Hawayein Lehra Ke Aayein"
In the beginning S.D. Burman originally composed this song for film "Naujawan" in the year 1951, which was a big hit.
(Sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi) 

2. “Tera Dil Kahan Hai”

After 3 years Roshan composed a song for film “Chandni Chowk” released in 1954 which had a similar tune. (inspired from SDB's song as confirmed by RDB in one of his interviews given to Tabassum.)
(Sung by Asha Bhosle and Lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri)

3. “Yahi Hai Tamanna”
In 1964, one of Madan Mohan song's mukhra had similar notes in "Aap Ki Parchhayian”.
(Sung by Mohd. Rafi and Lyrics by Raja Mehdi Ali Khan)

4. “Rahen Na Rahen Hum”
Interestingly Roshan himself used the same old composition again in another hit song after almost 12 years in film "Mamta" released in the 1966.
(Sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri)

5. “Saagar Kinare Dil Ye Pukare”
And then R.D. Burman also adapted some of the similar notes for his song in film “Saagar” released in 1985.
(Sung by Kishore Kumar and Lyrics by Javed Akhtar)

Apart from the above,
R. D. Burman composed “Hamein Raaston Ki Zaroorat Nahin Hai” again reminding you of the similar notes in NARAM GARAM (1981) and then used the same composition again for “Hamein Aur Jeene Ki Chaahat Nahin Thi” in AGAR TUM NA HOTE (1983). 

Hence, unarguably this is a rare and unique instance in the history of Hindi Film Music which probably hasn’t got any parallel as far as I can remember.

(Thanks to Manoj Chandran and Pradeep Mahadeshwar for their valuable contribution in the songs mentioned.)


after this article was posted, some new additions were also made by friends as mentioned below which are equally interesting as posted in the main article :
(Contributed by Chris)

“Sham-e-Gham Ki Kasam” by Khayyam in FOOTPATH (1953)
“Mere Man Ke Diye” by Salil Chowdhury in PARAKH (1960)
“Maan Ke Panchhi” by Shankar Jaikishan in NAINA (1973) and
“Ek Din Aap Yun Humko Mil Jayenge” by Jatin Lalit in YES BOSS (1997) have huge similarities in their mukhras.

(Contributed by Justin John)

“Muqala Muqabla” by A. R. Rahman in KADHALAN (1994) (Tamil-Telugu)
“Muqala Muqabla” by A. R. Rahman in HUMSE HAI MUQABLA (1994) (Dubbed)
“Muh Kaala Muqabla Hoga” by Rajesh Roshan in SABSE BADA KHILADI (1995)
“Oh Janeman Chehra Tera” by Dilip Sen Sameer Sen in RAGHUVEER (1995) and
“O Mere Sanam” by Anu Malik from SURAKSHAA (1995) have almost similar beginnings.

(More Collected later)

“Gori Hai Kalaiyan” GORI (1991) (Stalled or unreleased)
“Gori Hai Kalaiyan” in AAJ KA ARJUN (1990)
“Aap Jo Mere Meet Na Hote” in GEET (1992) (Inspired Version)
The basic composition of these also reminds you of “Maar Diya Jaaye Ya Chhorh Diya Jaaye” from MERA GAON MERA DESH (1971).

“Dil Ke Armaan Aansuon Mein Beh Gaye” in NIKAAH (1982)
“Dil Hi Dil Mein Le Liya Dil from AAJ KI AAWAZ (1984)
“Dheere Dheere Aap Meri” in BAAZI (1995)
“Tumse Kitna Pyar Hai” in COMPANY (2002), all have similar mukhdas resembling to a Mehdi Hassan ghazal “Rafta Rafta Aap Meri Hasti Ka Saaman Ho Gaye”

R. D. Burman’s Bengali song "Tumi Koto Je Dure” was adapted in the song “Tune Kiya Kya Jadoo” in APNE APNE (1987) and then used again as “Aaja Meri Jaan” in AAJA MERI JAAN (1992). Later it also inspired another similar song “Aaja Sunle Sada” in GURUDEV (1992) and recently its again been used as a remix RDB version with the same words “Aaja Meri Jaan” in I LOVE NY (2013-15).

“Raja Jaani Na Maaro Nayanva Ke Teer” in WATAN PARAST (1934) was also heard in LAL KUNWAR (1952) and SANSAR (1971) which later was also found in SANSAR (1987) as “Radha Rani Na Jaiyo Ri Jamuna Ke Teer” that also probably inspired the comedy song, "Apni Apni Biwi Pe Sabso Garoor Hai" in DO RAASTE (1969). 

Link for the complete detailed article on this song is given below:

With thanks for these valuable contributions!

Tags : Rare instance in Hindi films, One Melodious Composition used in 4 songs, Amazing Bollywood Trivia at bobbytalkscinema.com, Did You Know Facts on Bollywood, Unknown Facts on Hindi Films, Unknown Facts on Hindi Film Music..
15 Jan 2013 / Comments ( 23 )
Amit Joshi

Very interesting facts.

One more thing I want to ask: Is there any other film in which same song was composed with two different tracs like in film Mausam song called: "Dil dhoondta hai fir wahi phursat ke raat din" it is both in sad (nostalgic) version and in happy version. Do you remember any other song like this ?

Bobby Sing

Hi Amit,
Thanks and yes there are many instances in which a song is included in the film in two versions ie. Happy and Sad......In fact it used to be there more often in the last century.
For instance :
"Rotey Hue Aatey Hain Sab" in two versions in MUQADDAR KA SIKANDER.
and in the present times,
The title songs of "Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham", "Main Hoon Na" & "Kal Ho Na Ho" in two versions in the films. 


Well, RDB\'s version only has a resemblance and he wasn\'t very blatant.
not sure about the rest, they are more similarities there .
p.s. I\'m not a RDB fan.
Bobby Sing

Yes Chris and thats what mentioned in the article that RDB takes only some of the similar notes.


Sir, There IS another example:
1.from Footpath 1953, music Khayyam
2.from Parakh 1960 music Salil Chaudhary
3.from Naina 1973 music Shankar Jaikishan
4.from Yes Boss 199 music Jatin Lalit

All the songs/inspirations including the main article are GOOD.
It becomes a problem when someone like Bappida takes a classic western tune and converts it into a faster disco number.

Bobby Sing

Thats a great addition Chris.....though the notes have a minor difference in few but still this can be included in the list too for reference along with another example suggested by a friend.

So will be uploading the post soon.


Imtiaz Ahmed Kalu

As you had mentioned about Thandi Hawaein (One Melodious Composition adapted in different movies). There is another example

Film: Anmol Ghadi Song: Kya Mil Gaya Bhagwan Tujhe Dil ko Dukha Ke
Music: Naushad Year : 1940

Film: Jagriti Song: De Di Hume Azadi Bina Khadag Bina Dhal
Music: Hemant Kumar Year: 1954

Listen to both the tunes. They are very much similar

What are your feelings?

Bobby Sing

Hi Imtiaz,
Yes they surely sound the same really.
Thanks for sending the info and I will soon be writing a detailed post on the subject including this and a few more in the article.

So Keep Visiting and Writing in.


I came across this song from \'Naram Garam\'

This an be added to the main post.

and this could be original song from where \'Thandi Hawayein" came from

Bobby Sing

Yes Chris, the song has its similarities but actually this whole song from NARAM GARAM was reused as it is by RDB in his AGAR TUM NA HOTE title song making it a unique example of its own kind separetely.

So do chek it out.

Ashok M Vaishnav

In so far as multiple versions of a song is concerned, I draw attention of the readers here to a series of posts under the category - Multiple Version Songs - http://www.songsofyore.com/category/songs-on-themes/multiple-version-songs/page/2/ -

@ Songs of Yore - http://songsodyore.com

Bobby Sing

Thanks for visiting and writing in Ashok M Vaishnav with the link.
Hope you read & liked the article featured here at BTC too.


Sunil Malhotra
I may just add to your list following two songs on sounding similar
Film zabak - Teri duniya se door chale hoke majboor - rafi and lata duet
And Film Kali topi lal rumal - lagi chootena ab to Sanam - again rafi and lata duet
Sunil Malhotra
Here is another set of similar sounding songs
Film Bhagam Bhag year 1956 song Hey Babu Yeh Hai Zamanaa Tera...... And
Film Bhagam Bhag year 2006 song Hey Babu Yeh Hai Zamanaa Tera
Bobby Sing

Hi Sunil Malhotra,
Thanks for visiting and writing in with your own suggestions to the post.
But I think there is some confusion here as the songs you have mentioned are not having much similarities in their compositions as I strongly feel.

"Teri duniya se door chale hoke majboor" (Zabak) and "Lagi choootena ab to Sanam" (Kaali Topi Lal Rumal) don't really have any similar progression but YES they can be sung together without any major difference in the main chord.

Plus "Hey Babu Yeh Hai Zamana Tera" form 1956s Bhagam Bhag has been used as a tribute in the track of 2006 Bhagam Bhag but the song post that particular part is quite different.

However to make it more clear I would like to mention two more compositions with similar Mukhraz (Sthayi) just sent to me in a message at Facebook. And the tracks are :

1. Simti Hui Yeh Ghadiyan (Chambal Ki Kasam) and
2. Yeh Zulf Agar Khul Ke (Kaajal)

Also if you wish to read it in more details, just check out the following article at the site :
"The Art of making new songs from already released tracks"



Dilip Apte
Hi Bobby Sing,

Very interesting and informative post. Will surely read further
Bobby Sing

Thanks a lot Dilip Apte Ji for your kind words.
It is really great to see you here at BTC

Please do keep visiting and writing in.

Arijit Guha

Another instances of two songs in same music are raat ke humsafar of the movie an evening in paris and age bhi jaane na tu from the movie waqt.

Bobby Sing

Hi Arijit Guha,
Thanks for visiting and writing in.
Though you can say that these songs have a similar start and progression but we cannot really put them in this particular category as I feel.
But its no doubt an interesting comparison indeed.


Zain Khan
This is one of my favorite hobbies, comparing old and new songs. Here are some of my observations:

1. Jhoole main pawan ke aayi bahar - baiju bawra and
ambarsariya mundeya we - Fukrey

2. Mujhe dekh kar - Ek musafir ek hasina
Mujhe raat din - Sangharsh

3. Yehi hai tamanna - Ap ki parchhaiyian
Sagar Kinare - Sagar ( this song was acknowledged by RDB as original Madan Mohan composition)

4. Hum tum chor se - Dharti kahe pukar ke
Tauba tumhare ye ishare - Chalte chalte ( antara made as mukhra)

and many more, will update as they come to my mind.
Bobby Sing

Hi Zain Khan,
Thanks a lot for writing in with your own findings.

However if really interested then do check my other 3 posts on this, links to which you will find in this first article on the subject given below.



Milind Gokhale
IN The Movie Gharaonda !!

Do deewane shahar me raat me aur dopeher me (happy)

Ek akela is shahar me raat me aur dopeher me (Sad)
Bobby Sing
Thanks a lot for visiting and writing in Milind Gokhale Ji.
Though the two songs you have mentioned from GHAROANDA have same opening lyrics and different compositions,
but your comment still gave me an excellent idea of an article around these two songs only to be quoted in a different manner.

With a big thanks once again will post about it soon.
So please do keep visiting
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