Aasha (1957 film)

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Asha Hindi film 1957.jpg
Directed by M.V. Raman
Produced by Raman Productions
Starring Kishore Kumar
Om Prakash
Music by C. Ramchandra
Running time 171 min
Country India
Language Hindi

Aasha, also transliterated as Asha, was a 1957 Hindi film. The film became a box office hit.[1]


The story tells about Kishore who is good-hearted person and always helps poor people even though he is from Zamindar family. Then he travels to Bombay to stay with his cousin Raj who cheats lots of girls. One day when both go for a hunt in jungle, Raj meets the man who asked him to marry his daughter but Raj murders him and he frames the case to Kishore. So Kishore escapes from there. Finally Kishore and his lover Nirmala prove that Raj is guilty and Raj tells the truth in front of everyone. Now police arrest Raj and Kishore marries Nirmala happily.



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.

Use in media[edit]

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. ^ a b 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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