Ghar aaja ghir aaye badra – Lata Mangeshkar – R D Burman | Chhote Nawab (1961)


Movie – Chhote Nawab (1961)

Ghar aaja ghir aaye badra 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 the Chhote Nawab’s 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 youth 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.

Soon, Chhote Nawab falls prey to the advances of a cabaret dancer Sophie (Helen), who was initially working at Roshan’s brother Captain’s (Johnny Walker) Club. Being prompted by Sophie, Chhote Nawab leaves his mentor’s home and sort of settles with her in another club owned by Bihari (Anwar Hussain). Chhote Nawab also picks up vices like ill-temper, ill-manner, drinking and gambling. Captain visits the club to convince Chhote Nawab to return to Roshan’s home.

Captain disguises as a Parsi gentleman and ensnares Sophie. Chhote Nawab overhears a conversation about him between the 2 and is heart-broken that she could dump him for a richer man. However, Chhote Nawab gets into a bigger net, which is thrown by Bihari. Bihari takes him to his home where this mujra is being performed.

Song – Ghar aaja ghir aaye badra

Shailendra has penned the beautiful lyrics and R D Burman has set the tune of Ghar aaja ghir aaye badra.

The girl requests her Beloved, who has gone away due to some reason, to come back home.

Video – Ghar aaja ghir aaye badra

The video opens with the music beginning in the background. Mahmood says he is not interested in watching the mujra. But, Anwar Hussain insists that he watches it. A female dancer appears in front of the camera blocking the view of the 2 male actors. She begins to sway in tune with the music. Mahmood is interested, now.

Ameeta, on the other hand, is sad that her Beloved is not with her. Back to Anwar Hussain’s house, the female dancer is now dancing on her feet. The nautch girl’s song depicts the loneliness of Ameeta, due to the careless attitude of her beloved in the movie, Mahmood. Soon, the song peters out and the video ends.


Lata Mangeshkar has sung Ghar aaja ghir aaye badra and Mahmood Anwar Hussain, Ameeta and others perform onscreen.

Cultural Influence

This is a typically filmi mujra. Though the song talks about the heroine’s condition, the video shows the stark contrast between the hero and the heroine’s situations. Lata Mangeshkar is fantastic, singing the song. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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