Aasha (1957 film)

Directed by M.V. Raman
Produced by Raman Productions
Starring Vyjayanthimala
Kishore Kumar
Om Prakash
Music by C. Ramchandra
Running time
171 min
Country India
Language Hindi

Aasha (Hindi: आशा, translation: hope), also transliterated as Asha, was a 1957 Bollywood film starring Vyjayanthimala and Kishore Kumar, and directed by M.V.Raman. The film became a box office hit.[1] This film was partly coloured by both Gevacolor and Technicolor. The film was remade in Tamil as Athisaya Penn.


The story is about Kishore who is good-hearted person and always helps poor people even though he is from rich Zamindar family. One day he travels to Bombay to stay with his cousin Raj, who cheats a lot with girls. When they both go for a hunt in the jungle, Raj meets a man who demands he marry his jilted daughter . Raj murders the father and he frames the crime on Kishore. Kishore is forced to flee. Finally Kishore and his lover Nirmala prove that Raj is the guilty one, and Raj tells the truth in front of everyone. Now the police arrest Raj and Kishore marries Nirmala amid happy celebrations.



The music for the film was composed by C. Ramchandra and the lyrics were written by Rajendra Krishan. The song "Eena Meena Deeka", sung by Asha Bhosle and Kishore Kumar in two different versions, became very popular.[2] It was one of the Hindi cinema's first rock and roll numbers.[3] The words of the song were inspired by kids playing outside composer C. Ramchandra's music room.[4] The kids were chanting "Eeny, meeny, miny, moe", which inspired Ramchandra and his assistant John Gomes to create first line of the song, "Eena Meena Deeka, De Dai Damanika". Gomes, who was a Goan, added the words "Maka naka" (Konkani for "I don't want"). They kept on adding more nonsense rhymes till they ended with "Rum pum po!".[4] The title of the David Dhawan film Eena Meena Deeka was inspired by this song. It was later covered by Timid Tiger and Goldspot. In 1999 Sarfarosh film starring Aamir Khan and Sonali Bendre content a song Jo Haal Dil Ka which included the eena meena deeka lyrics in a beginning part of the song.

Track # Song title Singers Picturized on
01 Iinaa Minaa Dikaa Daai Daamonikaa Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle Vyjayantimala, Pran, Om Prakash, Meenu Mumtaz, Kishore Kumar
02 Eena Mina Dika (Female) Asha Bhosle
03 Zaraa Ruk Ruk Ke, Main To Dwaar Chali Sakhi Lata Mangeshkar Kishore Kumar, Vyjayantimala
04 Chal Chal Re Kanhai Lata Mangeshkar
05 Are Chhote Aur Bade Kaa, Insaaf Kahaan Kaa Hai Kishore Kumar Kishore Kumar, Vyjayantimala
06 Haal Tujhe Apani Duniya Ka Kishore Kumar) Pran
07 So Ja Re Chanda So Ja Asha Bhosle
08 Tu Na Aaya Aur Hone Lagi Sham Re Lata Mangeshkar
09 Tumko Salaam Hain Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar

Use in media

An advertising campaign by the JWT agency of London for the UK bank HSBC in October 2008 used the "Eena Meena Deeka" song from the film as background music.[5]


  1. BoxOffice India.com
  2. "1957: Year that was". The Indian Express. 1998-02-27. Retrieved 2007-07-06.
  3. "Asha: A composer's Dream". Rediff.com. 2003-09-08. Archived from the original on 6 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-06.
  4. 1 2 Ashwin Panemangalore (2006-06-16). "The story of 'Eena Meena Deeka'". DNA (newspaper). Retrieved 2007-07-06.
  5. HSBC - Washing machine on YouTube Accessed November 2008

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