Naina Barse Rimjhim Rimjhim

by Sadhana

Film Music researcher Vishwas Nerurkar's book on composer Madan Mohan features an interesting behind the scene story of making of the song Naina Barse Rimjhim Rimjhim. The article is based on Nerurkar's interview of actress Sadhana. This is what the late great beauty said about the immortal classic.

"Madanji (composer Madan Mohan) and I first met during the making of "Woh Kaun Thi". It was inspired from Hollywood film "Woman in white". During the making of the film, director Raj Khosla told me that Madanji had composed 3 different tunes for a song situation and he wanted my opinion before taking a final call. When we went to Madanji's place he sang all three tunes for us. Impulsively I liked one and told them so and unanimously the same tune was finalized.

The song was to be shot in Simla, in snow. So we were waiting for snowfall in Simla. And when snow stated falling, we thought of rushing there, but unfortunately the song was not ready. The reason was, Lata Mangeshkar, who was to sing that song, was out of town on a long holiday. We were in fix.

During that time use of song dubbing technique had just started. So it was decided, we would record the song in the voice of a dummy singer and subsequently get it dubbed by Lata-didi.

When the choice of dummy singer came up, I insisted that Madanji only should dub the song in own voice. My reasoning was that Madanji was best familiar with the style of in which Lata-didi could render the song. I was lipsinking the song on screen and it might be difficult to dub a song subsequently, matching my movements on the screen. So if dubs the song in his voice , it would be easier for me and Lata-didi to act and sing perfectly on the song. But Madanji was bit suspicious about the idea. He asked me whether I would be comfortable while shooting the song dubbed by him. I assured him that I can do it. So Madanji sang the song and we moved to Simla to shoot the song.

Simla being a popular tourist spot, a lot of people gathered to watch the shooting. One sardarji in the crowd said: Ajee chalo chalo chhadojee, Ye kya picture shoot ho rahee hai! Ladkee ga rahee hai ladke kee aawaaz mein. Inko picture bananee nahee aatee. Ye picture naheen chalegee. When Sardarjee left the place whole unit burst out in laughter.

Subsequently, the shooting was overand Lata-didi dubbed the song in her inimitable voice. When the film was released it proved greates hit of the year and people instantly liked this song. Till date, it is treated as the benchmark for any haunting song in a film. That song was none other than "Naina Barase Rimjhim Rimjhim".

(* Note: Madan Mohan's son Sanjeev Kohli mentions- "The tune of Naina Barse Rimjhim Rimjhim was composed by Madanji in late 40's, but he never found any situation in a film to record it. It was often rejected by the directors who he sang it to.")

Here is the Lata Mangeshkar version.

Here is the Madan Mohan version.

About the author

Sadhana (Shivdasani-Nayyar) was a leading actress of Hindi cinema. In the swinging 60s, she starred in many popular films like Parakh, Mere Mehboob, Woh Kaun Thi, Mera Saaya and Anita.