Aah chod do aanchal – Asha/Kishore – S D Burman – Nutan/Dev | Paying Guest (1956)


Today’s first post is the analysis of the song, Aah chod do aanchal, from the Bollywood movie, Paying Guest (1956). The song has been analyzed based on its context and visualization.

Movie – Paying Guest (1956)

The song, Aah chod do aanchal, appeared in the S Mukherji Production’s romcom Paying Guest (1956), produced by Shashadhar Mukherji and directed by Subodh Mukherji. The movie starred Dev Anand, Nutan, Shobha Khote, etc.

Ramesh Kumar (Dev Anand) is a homeless advocate and he gets into a tiff with a college-student and dance teacher Shanti (Nutan) while living in a previous rental home. He gets thrown out of the house due to that. Ramesh follows Shanti and finds out that her home is available for rent but her father would allow only elderly men. Ramesh disguises as an old Muslim man ‘Mirza’ and gets the space as a paying guest. He then continues to follow Shanti and complains to ‘Mirza’.

Ramesh visits Shanti at night and she goes to ‘Mirza’ for help. ‘Mirza’ beats up Ramesh, who leaves, not before… not before Shanti starts feeling something for Ramesh. She visits the art shop owned by Ramesh’s friend (Sajjan) where Ramesh is lying ‘unconscious’ when one of her students tell her about it.

But then, Holi reveals to everyone that ‘Mirza’ is none other than Ramesh when Shanti and her friends apply color to his face and the false beard and moustache come off. He is thrown out of the house. However, while throwing him out, Shanti’s father suffers a heart attack and Ramesh helps her call the doctor and take care of the older man.

After 2 days, Shanti’s father comes to and the doctor tells him that Ramesh had taken care of him. The older man is not very happy because Ramesh had left without paying the rent and tells Shanti to get it. Shanti is visibly elated and visits the art shop. Ramesh’s friend tells her that Ramesh had left a suicide letter. Shanti rushes to the pond near her home to look for him and jumps into it. Ramesh, who has been watching her from a treetop, saves her. Since then, they begin to date. They sing this song during one of their dates.

Song – Aah chod do aanchal

The lyrics of the song, Aah chod do aanchal, were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri and the music was set by S D Burman.

The girl sings, “Aah, let go of the edge of my sari. What will people say?” The man replies, “People are fans of your style. What will this crazy man do?”

Video – Aah chod do aanchal

The director of photography was Dronacharya.

The video opens with the lead pair moving about a garden and the music beginning. Dev Anand catches hold of the edge of Nutan’s sari and she begins to sing. They perform a small amount of dancing.

The lead pair finds its way to a cave-like formation under a bridge to save themselves from the rain. They sit on a seat, which looks as though made to order for them. The song peters out and the video ends as they try to save themselves from the rain.


Asha Bhonsle and Kishore Kumar sang this song for Nutan and Dev Anand.

Cultural Influence

This song is a teasing (ched-chad) number between the hero and the heroine. I love this Asha-Kishore croon. The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for Dev Anand’s classic stride.


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