Song Sketch

Dil Par Hua Aisa Jaadu – Mr & Mrs 55 – The Smitten Spell

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How many of us wait of some magic to happen in our lives? Almost all of us. That moment when we feel – Ahh I need to have a wand which will go wooosshh and get me things I want easily. But then how many of us believe that intention plus action is also equal to magic. To see things shape up in life is magic. Magic is all around us, we just have to believe it. Yet at times some things happen out of the blue. When you are not expecting it at all. You are not even going that way, but that thing comes to you. That’s super duper magic. The excitement, the thrill, that razzmatazz, go bonkers feel. As if your heart has acquired wings. Of course we’re talking about love here, what else!!?? The smitten spell. That super under the spell feeling when you haven’t even gone to search for it. The feeling makes you realise that magic is not just an illusion but a phenomenon. This phenomenon happened to Preetam, a cartoonist in Mr & Mrs 55. Preetam (Guru Dutt) is a struggling cartoonist. Him being a practical man, stays away from the mushy magic of love. But in comes the rich, spoilt, pampered Anita (Madhubala) and that wooossshhh happens. He cannot dodge that magic aside.
For all those who love Guru Dutt, he himself is magic on screen. But if it is him smiling all along the film – wallah, double magic. That smile makes him look several years younger. That smile makes us realize his childlike, innocent face. That smile enhances the soft contours of his face, making him so handsome. Mr & Mrs 55 is an amazing treat for GD lovers. For not only is he lively but has also got some whacky punchlines in it.
When asked – Kya tum communist ho?
He answers – Ji nahi, cartoonist!!
Or when the dialogue goes – Tum iss qaabil nahi ho ki koi shareef insaan tumse baat kar sakey. Ab mera vakil hi tumse baat karega.
In comes his piquant reply – Toh aapke vakil shareef nahi hain kya?
And of course we have Madhubala with her lop-sided, charming smile and an excellent comic timing. So Preetam is under her spell (well who won’t be?) Love at first sight and the magic of it. A song situation in Hindi films.
Majrooh helps out Preetam to go vocal about his love in public. While OPN gives him the wings to glide on this magical moment. OPN doesn’t go into those dramatics of long preludes. There’s actually no time. Love has taken over. The vocals and the orchestration begin almost at the same time.

Aji dil par hua aisa jaadu
Tabiyat machal machal gayi
Nazrein mili kya kisi se
Haalat badal badal gayi

Minimalistic music of the 50s shows the practical side of this cartoonist. But Rafi’s voice is full of excitement. It shows that eagerness to accept the magic that has already happened. Feeling the rapturous pulse rate, the intoxication caused just by her handkerchief. If Preetam is affected by this love magic, his friend Rustom (Johny Walker) is enduring its side effects. For him it is a nonsensical story. One cannot miss out on the expressions of Johny Walker for sure.

Kal tak hamara na poochh kaisa haal tha
Milti nahi aankh dil ko ye malal tha
Usne jo dekha toh hasrat nikal gayi
Sun pyare
Sun pyare apni toh kismat badal gayi
Dil par hua aisa jaadu
Tabiyat machal machal gayi
Nazrein mili kya kisi se
Haalat badal badal gayi

Aisi hai ulfat ki dillagi ye hamnasheen
Wo ho gayi meri aur usey khabar nahi
Zalim mohabbat bhi kya chaal chal gayi
Sun pyare
Sun pyare apni toh kismat badal gayi
Dil par hua aisa jaadu
Tabiyat machal machal gayi
Nazrein mili kya kisi se
Haalat badal badal gayi

Milti hai aahat si pyare uske paanv ki
Dil mein chamakti hain bijliyan adaon ki
Hoga ujala ki ab raat dhal gayi
Sun pyare
Sun pyare apni toh kismat badal gayi
Dil par hua aisa jaadu
Tabiyat machal machal gayi
Nazrein mili kya kisi se
Haalat badal badal gayi

All the 3 stanzas of the song has Preetam boasting about the magical spell. And the instruments in the background help him out in this readily. The castanets, the xylophone and that extra special whistling which manipulates us to lend an ear to this exaggerated effect of love. The dopamine levels going erratic. Say, are you not under its spell too?

Avid music lover and Dev Anand fan


  1. nutsure

    May 23, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    Lovely write. I loved every bit of GD’s emoting. Keep writing …

    • Deepa

      May 23, 2018 at 7:36 pm

      Thank you for the encouraging words. I loved GD in this movie so much 🙂

  2. Samar

    May 24, 2018 at 5:18 am

    Wonderful write-up. OP Nayyar & Rafi were almost always magical. Guru Dutt makes it ethereal.

    • Deepa

      May 24, 2018 at 6:13 pm

      Thank you so much. True that about Guru Dutt 🙂

  3. Ajay

    May 24, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    Wonderful writeup. Actually, Majarooh Sultanpuri’s songs brings up OP Nayyar on top. The same applies for Majrooh & Laxmikant-Pyarelal, (Dosti 1964), Majrooh & R D Burman (Teesri Manzil 1966) and Majrooh & Anand-Milinid (Qayamat Se Quyamat Tak 1988).

    • Deepa

      May 25, 2018 at 2:14 pm

      Majrooh SDB too 🙂
      Thank you, glad you liked it!!

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