Baat itnisi hai kehdo koi deewanonse – Mohammad Rafi – Shankar-Jaikishan – Mahmood | Beti-Bete (1964)


Movie – Beti-Bete (1964)

Baat itnisi hai kehdo koi deewanonse appears in the Prasad Productions’ Beti Bete (1964) directed and produced by L V Prasad. The movie starred late Sunil Dutt, Saroja Devi, Jamuna, late Mahmood, Shobha Khote, late Jayant, late Agha, late Rajindernath, etc.

A widower Raghu (Jayant) has 3 children – Lakshmi (Baby Farida), Ramu (Master Shahid) and Munna (Master Anwar) and is in debt. Blinded during an industrial accident, he loses his job and is admitted to the hospital. While returning home, he overhears the heartless landlord saying that instead of being blinded he should have died and thus the children could be placed in an orphanage. He leaves the place and the landlord throws out the children. During travel in a third-class compartment of a train, the 3 of them are caught without a ticket. Then Ramu gets separated from the other 2.

Ramu is found by a stage performer. He is educated and groomed for that industry. Lakshmi takes the toddler Munna to a mansion, where she is treated well by the boy Madhu in the house and ill-treated by his father. Due to Madhu, the 2 children get a shelter. Soon Munna is kidnapped because Madhu puts a gold chain around his neck. But the kidnapper is caught by a street performer and Munna is saved.

The children grow up. Lakshmi (Jamuna) still lives in Madhu’s (Sudesh Kumar) house. Both are in love with each other. Madhu is sent abroad for higher studies not before he gives a ring to Lakshmi as a token of their engagement. His father observes this and the moment Madhu leaves the country, he snatches the ring and throws Lakshmi out of the house.

Ramu (Sunil Dutt) has grown into a handsome young man and plays the lead character of Lord Krishna in different plays for his troupe. When the owner of the troupe reveals that he brought him up to marry his daughter, Ramu runs away, in his Lord Krishna costume. He reaches the home of Parmanand (Agha), who has a daughter Saroj (B Saroja Devi).

Munna (Mahmood) has been brought up by a street performer. When the street performer dies, he tells Munna how the man had found him as a baby and gives him the gold chain. Post the older man’s death, Munna leaves the place and begins working for daily wages. He sings this song at the time he is working in a quarry.

Song – Baat itnisi hai kehdo koi deewanonse

The lyrics of Baat itnisi hai kehdo koi deewanonse were penned by Hasrat Jaipuri and the music was composed by Shankar-Jaikishen.

The song insists that human beings are made to fight the turmoil in their lives.

Video – Baat itnisi hai kehdo koi deewanonse

The cinematographer is Dwarka Divecha.

The video opens with a construction machine dropping mortar on the road and the beginning of the music. Mahmood has joined some other workers breaking rocks with a large hammer. He also begins to sing the song. He works on different construction machines.

A boy throws his books near Mahmood and runs toward the edge of the cliff to commit suicide. Mahmood is in time to stop him. It appears that the boy has failed in an exam and had decided to take the extreme step. Mahmood coaxes him to give up his intention.

Similarly, he helps others and finally, he travels on a ferry. The song peters out and the video also ends there.


Mohammad Rafi has sung Baat itnisi hai kehdo koi deewanonse for Mahmood.

Cultural Influence

This typical filmi song has philosophical overtones. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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