Haye haye haye yeh nigahen – Kishore Kumar – S D Burman – Dev Anand | Paying Guest (1956)


Today’s first post is the analysis of the song, Haye haye haye yeh nigahen, from the Bollywood movie, Paying Guest (1956). The song has been analyzed based on its context and visualization.

Movie – Paying Guest (1956)

The song, Haye haye haye yeh nigahen, 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’.

He then continues to follow Shanti and lands at her college debating event. During the debate, Shanti is talking about love being more important for marriage. While her college-mate, Chanchal (Shobha Khote) speaks for wealth being more important for marriage. 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.

Chanchal marries the elderly Public Prosecutor Dayal (Gajanan Jagirdar) for his money. She meets Shanti to make her friend jealous and finds her with Ramesh. On the contrary, Chanchal gets jealous of Shanti and decides to create a rift between her friend and Ramesh. It’s easy for her due to Shanti’s penury and the parasitic attachment of Shanti’s brother-in-law, Prakash (Yakub) to Shanti’s family. Soon, Shanti’s father dies when her brother-in-law pushes him due to some issue.

Due to Shanti’s financial crisis, Chanchal convinces Shanti to join a theater and gets a jobless Ramesh to join Dayal as his assistant. Dayal becomes the unknowing instrument through whom Chanchal entices Ramesh in her dragnet. Prakash joins Chanchal in this endeavor and one day, they spike Ramesh’s drink at a club. At this point, Ramesh sings this song, in an inebriated condition.

Song – Haye haye haye yeh nigahen

The lyrics of the song, Haye haye haye yeh nigahen, were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri and the music was set by S D Burman.

The man sings, “What fantastic eyes!”

Video – Haye haye haye yeh nigahen

The director of photography was Dronacharya.

The video opens with several couples beginning to dance in the dance area. Dev Anand is behaving like he is drunken and staggers into the dance area. Shobha Khote looks at him, pleased.

Dev Anand bumps into someone and begins to laugh and then sing. Shobha Khote tries to pull him back to their table. Dev Anand pushes her away and begins to dance with another girl.

He teases a man’s moustache, who glares at the lead actor. Shobha Khote tries to pull him back again. But he pushes her away, again. Then, Dev Anand performs a few steps with Shobha Khote.

He lights a cigarette from a girl’s cigarette, as she is smoking. Then, he begins to dance with Shobha Khote again, who is happy. Gajanan Jagirdhar is watching them and does not seem to be very happy. He gets up. Yakub looks worried.


Kishore Kumar sang this song for Dev Anand. Shobha Khote, Gajanan Jagirdhar, Yakub and some other actors are also seen in the video.

Cultural Influence

This song is a drunken performance by the hero. The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the same.


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