Aaj hua mera dil matwala – Lata/Mohd. Rafi – R D Burman – Ameeta/Mahmood | Chhote Nawab (1961)


Movie – Chhote Nawab (1961)

Aaj hua mera dil matwala… was featured in the Mumtaz Films’ social drama Chhote Nawab (1961) produced by Usman Ali and directed by S A Akbar. The movie starred Mahmood, Ameeta, Minoo Mumtaz, Helen, etc.

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. Post his birthday, the Lala visits the palace to throw the Nawab family out of the house. While pleading with the man, the older Nawab suffers a heart attack and soon, expires.

Safdar beats up and throws Chhote Nawab out of the house. Unable to fill his belly without any money, the naïve young fellow is found by his father’s friend Nawab Nazir Hussain (Nazir Hussain) from Calcutta (Kolkata now). The older man takes him back home and his daughter Roshan (Ameeta) teaches the young fellow how to behave maturely. About a year later, Chhote Nawab matures as a person and falls in love with Roshan. The couple sings this song on one of their dates.

Song – Aaj hua mera dil matwala

Shailendra has penned the lyrics and R D Burman has set the tune of Aaj hua mera dil matwala

The girl and the man sing, “My heart became intoxicated, today. You tell me, who performed this magic on me.”

Video – Aaj hua mera dil matwala

The video opens with Ameeta and Mahmood sprinting in a garden with spring in their steps. She begins to sing. There are a couple of changes in locales. They travel in an open car, with Mahmood driving it. He plays the harmonica, intermittently. Mahmood drives the car over a bridge.

Mahmood gets down from the slow-moving car and sprints rhythmically, singing the song! This reminds me of the recent Kiki challenge. While he dances along and then, sits on the front hood of the vehicle, Ameeta handles the steering wheel.

Mahmood returns to his place behind the steering wheel. The car picks up speed and soon, enters a tunnel. This marks the end of the song and the video. The picturization in different natural locales is good, despite the black and white medium.


Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammad Rafi have sung Aaj hua mera dil matwala for Ameeta and Mahmood.

Cultural Influence

This is a typically filmi romantic song. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable.


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