Nanhe munne bachche teri muthi mein kya hai – Rafi/Asha – Shankar-Jaikishan | Boot Polish (1954)


Today is Children’s Day (late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s birthday) and thus I have selected 3 children’s songs for today.

Movie: This song appears in 1954 social drama Boot Polish directed by Prakash Arora and produced by Raj Kapoor under the banner of R K Films. The movie bagged the Filmfare Award for the Best Film. The movie starred Baby Naaz, Ratan Kumar, late David, Chand Burque, etc.

Bhola (Ratan Kumar) and Belu (Baby Naaz) are orphaned and left in the care of their wicked aunt Kamla (Chand Burque). She makes them beg on the streets forcefully and takes away their money. A bootlegger John Chacha (David) teaches them to respect the self and work for a living instead of begging.

One day, the other older people in their shanty fight against him for not allowing them to beg and hit him. When he falls down, one of the little boys in their shanty comes to him with clenched fists and says that he would beat up the person who hit their John Chacha. It is at that time that John Chacha sings this song. The children of the shanty, who have gathered around him by now, join him in the song.

Song: The music of this song was composed by Shankar-Jaikishan and the lyrics were penned by Shailendra.

The man asks the children, “What is inside your fists?” The children reply that their fates are present in their fists. That means the children had decided to take things into their own hands and earn their living. This is the gist of the song.

Video: Cinematography is by Tara Dutt. Dance choreography is by Satyanarayan.

The video opens with David asking the little boy what is present in your fist. Ratan Kumar replies that their fate is present in their fists. All the children are dancing by now. David embraces the 2 children playing the main protagonists of the movie. The video ends with all the children surrounding David.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhonsle and the onscreen performances are by David, Ratan Kumar, Baby Naaz and other children.

Cultural Influence: The 2 children are compelled to beg by their aunt. But, of all the people a bootlegger, teaches them the value of self-respect and makes them work hard to earn a living. That is what the song depicts. The song is good and the video can be watched for the children and the deep meaning of the song.


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