Darya mein jahaj chale paacha – Asha/Usha/Kishore – Rahul Dev Burman – Parveen/ Bindiya/Johnny | Shaan (1980)


The second post for today is the analysis of the song, Darya mein jahaj chale paacha, from the Bollywood movie Shaan (1980). The song has been analyzed on the basis of its context and visualization.

Movie – Shaan (1980)

The song, Darya mein jahaj chale paacha, was featured in the Sippy Films’ crime action movie Shaan (1980), produced by G P Sippy and directed by Ramesh Sippy. The movie starred Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Bindiya Goswami, Parveen Babi, Johnny Walker, Mazhar Khan, etc.

Ravi (Shashi Kapoor) and Vijay (Amitabh Bachchan) are cheated by Renu (Bindiya Goswami) and her uncle (Johnny Walker) and land inside the lockup. Their elder brother, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Shiv (Sunil Dutt) gets them released and pulls them up for their wayward ways. But for the young men, it is a regular thing and the lectures do not affect them. To find the girl, who had cheated them, they decide to contact a poor street-smart differently-abled Abdul. In the next shot, Abdul (Mazhar Khan) is seen singing his introductory song.

Through Abdul, the brothers locate Renu and her uncle. Renu and her uncle compromise with the brothers and the foursome join hands for future ‘projects’ in cheating people. During one of these ‘collaborations’, they are in the process of stealing a queen’s necklace when they meet Sunita (Parveen Babi). Sunita steals the necklace and deposits it in Vijay’s coat pocket. He does not get caught when everyone is searched. Vijay is given a lift by Sunita in a car and they leave together.

The police follow them and they have to stop when the road they had taken ends at the seafront. It turns out that Sunita had gotten into ‘someone else’s’ car, of the same color. Sunita and Vijay are let off. The reason the necklace did not catch police’s attention was that Vijay had transferred it from his pocket to inside his walking stick! They divide the loot with his other friends. From then on, they form a team of 6 to loot people.

Their next ‘project’ is Ravi and Vijay duping people in the guise of sadhus. Sunita, Renu and her uncle perform this song while Ravi and Vijay ‘walk’ on the water of a swimming pool.

Song – Darya mein jahaj chale paacha

The lyrics of the song, Darya mein jahaj chale paacha, were penned by Anand Bakshi and were set to tune by Rahul Dev Burman (R D Burman).

The song goes thus, “The ship moves backward on the ocean. Look, this is a grand show. The engine pulls the train’s compartments. Nat Yogi and Khat Yogi will walk on water, today.” The names Nat and Khat together means Natkhat or mischievous in Hindi!

Video – Darya mein jahaj chale paacha

The cinematography is by S M Anwar. Dance choreography is by P L Raj.

The video opens with the banner of Shashi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan, in disguise. Parveen Babi and Bindiya Goswami begin to dance in tune with the music. Some other girls and men join them around the pool.

The lead girls begin to sing. Johnny Walker, in the guise of an old sadhu, joins them in the song. Within seconds, the 2 lead girls raise the curtains to reveal Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor, sitting on a stage. The 2 leading men nod to the crowd and to each other.

Johnny Walker approaches them post their signal and they converse regarding the money from the crowd. The older man informs them that the money has come in and requests them to proceed with the act.

Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor drop their staff and continue holding the rudraksha beads’ garlands, to stand up. They walk toward the pool on a red carpet and jump into it, as the other team members escape. The song rises to a crescendo and ends with the video.


Asha Bhonsle Usha Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar sang this song for Parveen Babi, Bindiya Goswami and Johnny Walker. Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor and other actors are also seen in the video.

Cultural Influence

I love this Asha Bhonsle, Kishore Kumar and Usha Mangeshkar croon. It’s a fun song, in which the whole set of lead actors perform to cheat a whole big set of people. It also reveals how people are naïve and can be cheated by some really clever people. The song and the artists are ammmazing (intentional spelling). The video is watchable for the same.


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