Aam chum tam chum – Mohammad Rafi – R D Burman – Mahmood | Chhote Nawab (1961)


Movie – Chhote Nawab (1961)

Aam chum tam chum… was featured in the Mumtaz Films’ social drama Chhote Nawab (1961) produced by Usman Ali and directed by S A Akbar.

Chhote Nawab (Mahmood) is a 20-year-old young man. But, having been pampered by his father, he is naïve and childlike. He was born on February 29th and leads a life of luxuries in a Nawab family, consisting of his father, his sister Mehnuma (Minoo Mumtaz) and her husband Safdar (Kumar), besides himself.

Safdar has prompted his father-in-law to borrow a lot of money from Bhagwati Lala, resulting in the older Nawab’s heavy debts. With the approach of Chhote Nawab’s birthday, Safdar and the Lala are plotting to usurp the only property the Nawab family has, their home.

Blissfully ignorant of the goingons, Chhote Nawab plays with children less than half his age, singing this song.

Song – Aam chum tam chum

Shailendra has penned the lyrics and R D Burman has set the tune of Aam chum tam chum

The man sings, “We may lose or win, let us be engrossed in the game. The game is important for us.”

Video – Aam chum tam chum

The video opens with some kids beginning to sing and dance. Mahmood is sitting on a toddler’s tricycle and races with a motorcar. He also begins to sing with the kids and play with them. All of them take off on their own tricycles.

Mahmood tries to maneuver the tricycle, but falls down. 2 of the kids come to his rescue and they help him sit on the tricycle. The song ends abruptly and the video also ends as they continue to ride their tricycles.


Mohammad Rafi has sung this so cutely for Mahmood and some kids look on.

Cultural Influence

This is a typically filmi children’s song set to tune so well by Panchamda. There is not much cultural influence on the song. The song and artists are good. The video is watchable for Mahmood’s antics.


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