Raat rangeeli – Asha Bhonsle – O P Nayyar – Chand Usmani | Baap Re Baap (1955)



The song – Raat rangeeli appears in the 1955 Kardar Productions’ hit musical comic caper Baap Re Baap (Oh, My God!) directed and produced by A R Kardar. The movie starred late Kishore Kumar, late Chand Usmani, Smriti Biswas, late Jayant, late Ulhas and late Leela Mishra.

Kunwar Ashok (Kishore Kumar) has just returned after studying in a foreign country for 5 years. His parents are overly protective and treat his one sneeze as pneumonia. On the night when he is compelled to rest due to his ‘ill health’, he sees a flower-girl Kokila (Chand Usmani) singing and dancing to the tune of this song. He falls in love with her, instantly.

Song – Raat rangeeli:

Jan Nisar Akhtar and O P Nayyar have been credited with the lyrics and music of this song – Raat rangeeli.

The girl says, “The weather is in tune with my romantic mood. O Beloved, please come to meet me.”


The cinematography was by Dwarka Divecha and K Ramanlal operated the camera. Dance choreography is by Surya Kumar.

The video opens with Kishore Kumar lying on his bed, irritated by the behavior of his parents and trying to sleep. The music begins and he gets up to look out of his balcony. Chand Usmani is singing and dancing to the tune of this song. Kishore Kumar watches the performance leaning on the parapet wall of his room’s balcony.

Kishore Kumar has been leaning onto the plants growing outside and his nostrils are irritated by some leaves. He still tries to enjoy the performance, ignoring the plants. Chand Usmani dances on a platform, built like a small stage. She is performing for herself. But, it gives the impression that she is performing for an audience and the audience happens to be the hero.

The dance movements are overly delicate. Girls, I am sure, have never been so delicate, even in the olden days. Chand Usmani’s movements are very awkward and she finds it difficult to adjust the movements of her hands. Soon, the song peters out and the video ends as Kishore Kumar, happily, eats the leaves of the plants that were irritating him.


Asha Bhonsle sang the playback for Chand Usmani and Kishore Kumar has done some comedy in the song.

Cultural Influence:

This typically filmi song introduces the heroine in the movie and depicts the way the hero falls in love with her. The song and the artists are very good. I love the Nayyar Sahab’s music, in the song. The video is watchable for Kishore Kumar’s antics and the melody of the song. The choreography is nothing to write home about. It could have been much better than this.


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