Yeh toh Allah ko khabar – Mohammad Rafi – Kalyanji-Anandji – Arjun Hingorani | Katilon Ke Katil (1981)


Movie – Katilon Ke Katil (1981)

Yeh toh Allah ko khabar appeared in 1981 hit Kapleshwar Films’ Katilon Ke Katil (Killer of Murderers) directed by Arjun and Anil Hingorani and produced by Arjun Hingorani. The other stars in the movie were Zeenat Aman, Rishi Kapoor, Tina Munim, late Amjad Khan, late Nirupa Roy, late Pradeep Kumar, Shakti Kapoor, late Mukri, Kalpana Iyer, etc.

A rich man (Pradeep Kumar) has a small divine chariot with Lord Krishna and Arjuna, made up of gold studded with diamonds. The criminal Black Cobra (Amjad Khan) wants that for himself. He kills the rich man and in the confusion, his wife Radha (Nirupa Roy) gets separated from her sons Ajit and Munna. Ajit watches his father being killed by Black Cobra and that gives him a big shock. When he cannot remember his past, he is adopted by a Muslim woman and named Badshah. Munna is adopted by a petty thief (Mukri).

Right then, an ascetic (Arjun Hingorani) sings this song.

Song – Yeh toh Allah ko khabar

The lyrics of Yeh toh Allah ko khabar were written by Rajinder Kishan and the music was composed by Kalyanji-Anandji.

This song has some philosophical overtones, stating that God knows His own doings. If your intentions are clean, you need not worry about anything else. Who knows, whom He will favor in life?

Video – Yeh toh Allah ko khabar

Cinematography is by Kishore Rege.

The video opens with Nirupa Roy near a funeral pyre at night. Then, the scene changes to the day when Arjun Hingorani begins to sing this song. He is wearing the garb of an ascetic. A small infant is crying and he picks it up to give it to the mother. The camera focuses on the Mahalakshmi temple first and then the Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai.

Both the worship places are close to each other. A short recap of what had happened in the movie until then is shown. Nirupa Roy breaks her bangles, which are the symbols of Indian married women whose husbands are alive. This is indicative of the loss of her husband, played by Pradeep Kumar. Amjad Khan is having a great time with 3 girls. Nirupa Roy is crying.

The sharp contrasts between the 2 different situations are shown. The song is repeated again and again throughout the movie and this video has all the other versions also. I did not get a video with only this version of the song. Since we need a context for all of them, I am stopping the description of the video here.


The playback of the song was sung by Mohammad Rafi for Arjun Hingorani. Nirupa Roy, Pradeep Kumar, Amjad Khan and others are also seen in the video.

Cultural Influence

This typically filmi song has some Sufism in it. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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