Movie Details of Chori Chori

Music: Shankar-Jaikishan, Traditional

Lyrics: Shailendra, Hasrat Jaipuri

Label: Saregama

Director: Anant Thakur

Raj Kapoor’s fifth movie with his dream musical team of Shankar-Jaikishan and Shailendra-Hasrat Jaipuri won the composer duo their first Filmfare Award. The composers’ work here featured a scintillating variety of genres – the musical influences ranging from world music to earthy folk to classical; there was even the rarity of a traditional Carnatic thillana (equivalent of the Hindustani tarana) sung by veteran singer M L Vasanthakumari. Instead of Mukesh (presumably because the singer was pursuing his acting dreams around this period), Raj Kapoor’s singing voice here was Manna Dey; and Dey & Lata Mangeshkar got to deliver the album’s most memorable tracks.

Best Song of Chori Chori: My top pick from the album is the Manna Dey-Lata Mangeshkar duet Yeh Raat Bheegi Bheegi. Shankar Jaikishan’s haunting tune gained immensely from their arranger Sebastian D’Souza’s spectacular employment of violins, guitars and Latino percussion that lent the song a very Western feel. Shailendra’s romantic lines were delivered to a tee by the singers.

On a related note: The opening verse of the other Dey-Lata duet Aaja Sanam derives its tune from the Italian folk song Tarantella Napoletana.

The Chori Chori Playlist:

  1. Uss Paar Saajan (Singer: Lata Mangeshkar | Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri)
  2. Sava Lakh Ki Lottery (Singer: Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi| Lyrics: Shailendra)
  3. Panchhi Banoon Udti Phiroon (Singer: Lata Mangeshkar | Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri)
  4. Yeh Raat Bheegi Bheegi (Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey | Lyrics: Shailendra)
  5. Jahan Main Jaati Hoon (Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey | Lyrics: Shailendra)
  6. All Line Clear (Singer: Mohammed Rafi | Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri)
  7. Aaja Sanam Madhur Chandni Mein Hum (Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey | Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri)
  8. Rasik Balma (Singer: Lata Mangeshkar | Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri)
  9. Manbhaavan Ke Ghar (Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle | Lyrics: Shailendra)
  10. Thillana (Singer: ML Vasanthakumari | Music: Traditional)

Listen to the entire album of Chori Chori here:

(With contributions by Praveen VR, co-founder of; information partly sourced from and


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