Item Song of 80s – Yeh Din tau Aaata Hai

Today every 2nd hindi film has an Item Number, which usually involves the film’s heroine or some other special dancer / model/ actress or all of that to gyrate to a fast rhythm dance track mainly to lure the hero/ other character of the film. The song usually does not have much relevance to the actual film’s plot although the makers do try their best to fit the song in the narrative of the film. The song is mostly an up tempo, fast beat song with lyrics being little important.

Of course this tradition of Item songs is nothing new and existed long back in our films. Here is one of the track I heard today,  of course have heard it multiple times in the past and enjoyed it too. Today, while hearing it once again, I realized that this was almost an Item song in the film with no actual connection to the film’s story, although it involves the lead stars only but the song is the film’s Item number.

The song in question is ‘Yeh Din tau Aaata Hai’ from the 1983 film Mahaan starring none other than Amitabh Bachchan in a triple role and featuring the best item girls your money can buy in the 80s, Zeenat Aman and Parveen Babi. This song features Big B and Parveen Babi dancing to the rocking  R D Burman tune. The song is sung by Asha Bhosale and R D Burman himself and is a fantastic upbeat number in true sense. You cannot but tap your feet to it.

Asha Bhosale’s catchy voice is matched by RD’s perfect tone and the music is a mix of Arabian and Indian tunes with generous dose of Disco to match the 80s theme.

Enjoy it once again..This song would clearly give Munnis and Sheilas a run for their money, even today.


Good Song in Bad Film – Jab Chhaye Mera Jadoo

Here I am beginning a series where I would list down songs which are good otherwise but part of a really bad film. There are several such ‘hidden gems’ deep buried inside mindless films.

Here’s one of them.  The song is titled “Jab Chhaye Mera Jadoo” , a classic Asha Bhonsale number with trippy disco music and a classic  Rajesh Roshan tune that would make even Sunny Deol dance in rhythm.

The song features Simple Kapadia and Kalpana Iyer and is set in a typical 80’s style bollywood discotheque. Dev Anand, Mehmood and Prem Chopra make the appearances in song at various times. However the song clearly belongs to the singer Asha Bhosle and composer Rajesh Roshan.

The film’s name LOOTMAAR describes everything about the film and explains how bad it was. The film was directed, produced and acted by none other than evergreen Dev Anand. Tina Munim, Amjad Khan, Nirupa Roy also starred.

The film released in 1980 to a disastrous box office performance. The song however was an instant hit around the party circuits and is even today a favorite in every Bollywood themed disco party.