Gham nahin kar muskura – Rafi/Geeta – O P Nayyar – Johnny/Shyama | Choo Mantar (1956)


the arrest of Movie – Choo Mantar (1956)

Gham nahin kar muskura was featured in Sadiq Productions and Shree Sound Studios’ romedy Choo Mantar (1956) directed by M Sadiq and produced by P B Billimoria. The movie starred Johnny Walker, Anita Guha, Gajanan Jagirdar, Shyama, etc.

Baijnath or Baiju (Johnny Walker) is an unemployed, slacker and flirt. He sings beautifully and all women from his village are attracted to his singing. The men always complain to his father and often, beat up Baiju for his supposed troublemaking. One day, the village Panchayat decides that they would boycott the entire family and burn down their house if Baiju is not thrown out of the village. Baiju himself decides that it is time for him to leave the village and leaves the place bag and baggage.

As he travels through a forest, he catches 2 dacoits trying to loot the belongings of an elderly stranger (S N Banerjee) and saves the older man. Baiju travels to another village with him protecting the old man and his belongings. They part ways at the outskirts of the old man’s village and he takes off further, on his own. Within minutes, he hears a girl (Anita Guha) singing a song. The girl is Princess Ratnavali of the kingdom and as usual, Baiju has fallen in love with her. He keeps looking at the balcony of the princess’ room. When the King (Gajanan Jagirdar) finds out that this stranger is watching the princess’ room, he gets Baiju beaten up and thrown in the jungle. But, Baiju returns and sings a song.

Again, Baiju is beaten up and this time he is thrown in the river. The elderly stranger, he had helped turns out to be a fisherman and the old man catches the unconscious Baiju while fishing. The old man has a daughter Sawli (Shyama) and she is in love with Mahesh (Karan Dewan), the son of a rich man, who is always ill. As Baiju recovers, he begins to call Sawli as his sister. It turns out that Mahesh’s father is in the process of marrying his son to Princess Ratnavali for the big dowry she is expected to bring.

On the wedding day, Baiju and Sawli visit the venue with a plan. Baiju decides to disguise himself as a maid. But, it so happens that the maid he has chosen is some courtesan, the star performer for the wedding. Baiju is whisked off to the hall where the performance is expected. After a hilarious song and dance sequence, Baiju replaces the princess bride with Sawli and he runs away with Princess Ratnavali. The impersonation is caught and so are the lovers. The king challenges the penniless and non-earner Baiju to get 10 lacs (1 million) rupees to prove that he is eligible to marry the princess. Baiju counter challenges that he would get 15 lacs (1.5 million) in 3 months. The princess’ marriage is stalled for the time being.

However, the minister is not happy with the turn of events. He orders the arrest of Baiju, Sawli and her father. Somehow, the brother and sister escape. But, they catch Sawli’s father and torture him in the dungeons. However, Mahesh supplies him food. Having escaped imprisonment, Sawli loses her will to accomplish the task they had taken up. On the other hand, Baiju keeps his positive thinking intact. Right then, they find a group of gypsies, who earn money by performing in front of crowds in markets and fairs. Baiju sings this song at this time.

Song – Gham nahin kar muskura                      

O P Nayyar and Jan Nisar Akhtar produced the music and lyrics of Gham nahin kar muskura, respectively.

The gist of the song is, “Don’t feel sad. Smile. Enjoy every moment of life.”

Video – Gham nahin kar muskura

Cinematography is by Minoo Bilimoria. Dance choreography is by Surya Kumar.

The video opens with some actors beginning this song and dancing. Johnny Walker and Shyama look at them. Johnny Walker takes over the singing and Shyama smiles at it. Shyama joins the dancers and herself begins to dance and sing. The music rises to a crescendo and Johnny Walker also joins in the dance. The song ends abruptly and the video ends there.


Mohammad Rafi and Geeta Dutt sang Gham nahin kar muskura... for Johnny Walker and Shyama and others look on.

Cultural Influence

This is a typical O P Nayyarian song for a Bollywood movie. The music reflects the typical gypsies’ nomadic culture. I love that bongo music in this song. My feet go tapping in tune with it. The song and the artists are good and the video is watchable for the same.


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