Yeh duniya gol hai – Rafi – Ravi – Johnny Walker | Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960)


Movie: This song appeared in 1960 hit Muslim social drama Chaudhvin Ka Chand (Beauty of the Moon one day before the Full Moon) produced by late Guru Dutt and directed by Mohammad Sadiq under the banner of Guru Dutt Films. The movie starred Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, late Rehman, late Johnny Walker, etc.

The setting of the movie is Lucknow city, where Islamic Culture flourished. Nawab (Rehman) falls in love with an unknown girl (Waheeda Rehman), whom he meets in the market. After another chance encounter with the girl Jameela, Rehman tells his friends Aslam (Guru Dutt) and Mirza (Johnny Walker). They decide to find her during Urs (death anniversary of a Sufi Saint). They are counting on her coming to the market and the dargah during that time. It is at this time that Mirza disguises as a fakir to help his friend find the girl.

Song: The music of this song was composed by Ravi and the lyrics were penned by Shakeel Badayuni.

The man says that people visit the dargah to ask for various things for themselves. He wants to see only the girl.

Video: Cinematography is by V K Murthy.

The video opens with Johnny Walker disguised as a fakir asking for alms. He is sitting beneath a bridge and begins to sing. He comes outside and continues singing. He follows a woman wearing a burkha. It is, actually, a little boy sitting on the shoulders of a bigger boy! He closes the burkha and lets them go.

He follows another woman in a burkha and taps on her shoulder. The woman lifts her veil and her slipper as well. She throws the slipper on him and he escapes. An actor performing the role of a policeman comes that way and Johnny Walker changes the words of his song the moment he sees him.

Guru Dutt and Rehman also come that way. Rehman gives Johnny Walker a coin. The video ends when Johnny Walker pulls Rehman toward him with his stick.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Mohammad Rafi and the onscreen performances are by Johnny Walker among others.

Cultural Influence: This is a funny song covertly disguised as a devotional song. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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