Movie – Chhote Nawab (1961)
Churake dil ban rahe hain bhole 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. Chhote Nawab categorically declines to change himself.
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 is dragged into a bigger net, thrown by Bihari. In desperation, the brother and sister, Captain and Roshan, team up to bring Chhote Nawab to his senses. Roshan disguises as a nautch girl, with Captain disguising as her agent. She sings this song hidden behind her veil. 2 other girls perform this dance.
Song – Churake dil ban rahe hain bhole
Shailendra has penned the beautiful lyrics and R D Burman has set the tune of Churake dil ban rahe hain bhole.
The girl says sternly, “You have stolen my heart. But then, you are acting like nothing happened.”
Video – Churake dil ban rahe hain bhole
The video opens with a female voice beginning this song in the background and Mahmood and Johnny Walker looking up at the camera. Ameeta is sitting on the floor with her face covered by a transparent veil. She wipes some teardrops from her cheek. She remembers the times she had spent with Mahmood, in an earlier scene. The song peters out and the video ends there.
Lata Mangeshkar has sung Churake dil ban rahe hain bhole for Ameeta and Mahmood, Johnny Walker and others also perform onscreen.
This is a typically filmi mujra, which has an indirect message for the hero, who has gone wayward. Lata Mangeshkar is fantastic, singing this song. The song and artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.