Tiki riki tiki riki – Asha/Mohd. Rafi – Madan Mohan – Helen/Manoj | Who Kaun Thi? (1964)


Today’s first post is the song, Tiki riki tiki riki, from the Bollywood movie, Woh Kaun Thi? (1964). The song has been analyzed on the basis of its context and visualization.

Movie – Who Kaun Thi? (1964)

The song, Tiki riki tiki riki, appeared in Prithivi Pictures’ hit psychological mystery Woh Kaun Thi? (1964) meaning – Who was she? directed by Raj Khosla and produced by N N Sippy under the banner of Prithvi Pictures. The movie starred Sadhana, Manoj Kumar, Prem Chopra, K N Singh, Helen, Parveen Chaudhary, etc.

Dr. Anand (Manoj Kumar) is driving a car at the beginning of the movie. Suddenly, a woman (Sadhana) comes in front of his car and he gives her a lift. She introduces herself as Sandhya. The moment she enters the car, the wipers stop working! Dr. Anand is even more spooked when the woman shows him the way, without proper visibility and directs him to a cemetery. When they reach the cemetery, the gates open, as if automatically and Dr. Anand hears someone singing Naina barse rimjhim rimjhim… The woman disappears in front of the cemetery gate.

Dr. Anand is expected to inherit a huge fortune from a distant relative. There is a catch here. He will get the inheritance only if he is mentally stable. It appears that there have been cases of insanity in his family in the past. Dr. Lata (Parveen Chaudhary), another medical expert in the hospital, loves Dr. Anand. However, he does not intend to leave his girlfriend Seema (Helen).

In the next shot, Dr. Singh (K N Singh), who is Dr. Anand’s boss and Lata’s father, announces a dance item by Anand and Seema and Dr. Singh doesn’t seem to be pleased with the relationship between Anand and Seema. This is the song that the pair performs at this point in the movie.

Song – Tiki riki tiki riki

The lyrics of the song, Tiki riki tiki riki, penned by Raja Mehendi Ali Khan, were set to tune by Madan Mohan.

The girl says, “Are you the same guy, who met me in my dreams last night?”

The man sings, “I gave you my heart yesterday. Where did you lose it?”

Video – Tiki riki tiki riki

Director of Photography is K H Kapadia. Dance chorography is by Surya Kumar-Satyanarayan.

The video opens with Edwina Violette beginning to dance with a male dancer on the dance floor, as the music begins. Helen slides down onto the dance floor. The sounds of the trumpets and later the dancers’ claps push the song forward with enthusiasm.

Manoj Kumar joins Helen in the dance. Parveen Chaudhary does not seem to be very pleased to look at them together. Helen begins to sing as she continues to dance. Manoj Kumar also joins in the song and continues to dance.

K N Singh is also sitting with Parveen Chaudhary and realizes that Parveen Chaudhary is not happy with the 2 lead performers together. He seems to be thinking of some solution to the problem. Soon, the song rises to a crescendo and the video also ends as they stop dancing.


Asha Bhonsle and Mohammad Rafi sing this song on the playback for Helen and Manoj Kumar. Parveen Chaudhary, K N Singh and others are also seen in the video.

Cultural Influence

The music has its distinct origins in Goan tradition. That makes the song very feet tapping and dance-worthy. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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