Tak dhum tak dhum baje – Manna Dey – S D Burman – Dev Anand | Bambai Ka Babu (1960)


Movie: This song appears in the 1960 Naya Films’ Bombai Ka Babu (Gentleman from Bombay, Babu is also a name here) directed by Raj Khosla and produced by Raj Khosla and Jal Mistry. The star-cast included late Dev Anand, late Suchitra Sen, late Jeevan, late Nazir Hussain, late Dhumal, late Achala Sachdev, late Jagdish Raj and late Tun Tun.
Babu (Dev Anand) is part of a gang of criminals. This is his introductory song that appears in the beginning of the movie.
Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by late Majrooh Sultanpuri and the music was composed by late S D Burman.
The gist of the song is, “The world’s dhol (a percussion instrument) is being played in the tune of tak dhum tak dhum. Bigger the sound, the larger is the secret within.”
Video: Cinematography is by Jal Mistry. Dance choreography is by Suresh Bhatt.
The video opens with Dev Anand beginning the song. Some kids begin to dance on the music, which has begun. Dev Anand is walking around and bumps into Tun Tun. She gets angry and comes forward to hit him. A man comes near the group and talks something secretive with another man.
Dev Anand talks about the conversation that it is something illegal that they are talking about. He sees a girl with a pomeranian in a car and compares the situation with theirs. He kicks a wicker basket and it lands on Tun tun’s head! He looks at the kids and older people in a poor condition and feels for them.
Manohar Deepak, who plays Dev Anand’s inspector friend, looks at him and tears well in his eyes. The song peters out and the video ends as Dev Anand and Manohar Deepak face each other.
Artists: The playback singers are Manna Dey and onscreen performers are Dev Anand, Tun Tun, Manohar Deepak and others.
Cultural Influence: The hero feels pathetic about his situation and that of some beggars. He compares their condition with that of rich people. The song is filled with sarcasm. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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