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What’s your problem…kya hai tera gham bata

Posted on: October 30, 2011


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

About six weeks ago, the request for this song appeared on the Reader’s Farmaishes page. The request has been put in by Dr. Mona Shah. And the song itself I believe does not need any introductions. An iconic song that hit the radiowaves in 1981, was a rage with teenagers and young people of that era and beyond. The film Kalyug (1981) has just this one song, and this song has become a cult icon all by itself. But there is also a tribulation that is attached with this song. It is rare.

By any standards, 1981 is still a recent memory for most of us, and this song, I am sure, has touched a raw nerve in every heart since it was released. A song that gave a new idiom to the expression of the young generation, and its title line became a byword, a phrase in normal conversations. Dr. Shah has rightly said that she has been searching for this song for a long time. It is rare, in the sense that the complete song is never played in the movie. And being the solitary song in the film, its release on a 45 rpm EP was a quiet affair. And I am sure whatever EPs were published, must have been snapped up immediately. No cassettes were made, and the EP record is now a rarity that commands a premium. Having the VHS tape or disc of this film is a small consolation, since, as I noted above, the complete song is never played in the film. And where it is played partially also, it is overlaid with spoken dialogues. And hence it is not possible to extract this song from the film itself.

What did surprise me is that this song has not yet hit the internet, I mean the complete version. After reading Dr. Shah’s request, I have had it in my list to pull out this song from my collection and post it, but somehow it kept sitting on the back burner compared to other priority posts. I did try to search for it on YouTube and elsewhere, but could not locate the complete original song as far as I could search. Even the web sites that specialize in lyrics of Hindi film songs, are quiet about it. At best I could locate one set of lyrics published which are of course incomplete, as well as woe fully erroneous, since the folks trying to extract the lyrics from the film track would be daunted by the overlaid dialogue. But finally I have got it done, and here is this post for this enthralling song.

The lyrics are by Balwant Tandon, a poet whose name is not too well known. He has a small body of work that he has contributed to the Hindi film music, but it is hard work to locate his songs. A very memorable creation that does come to mind is one version of an iconic song. The film is Thokar (1953) and the song ‘Ae Gham-e-Dil Kyaa Karoon. Yes, I too was surprised to come across this information, that the Asha Bhosle version of this song is written by Balwant Tandon (the Talat version is penned by Majaaz Lucknowi).

The music composition is by Vanraj Bhatia, the venerated scion of both Indian classical and Western classical music, who incidentally has been the Reader in the Faculty of Music, Delhi Unversity from 1960 to 1965. A gold medalist from the Royal Academy of Music, London, Vanraj Bhatia has been the sound and the music of what is called the New Wave or Art Films cinema in India, from 1970s onwards. A name that appears in almost all films by Shyam Benegal, Girish Karnaad and the like. With compositions like “Mhaare Gaam Kaathaa Paare” (Manthan, 1976), “Shamsher Bhare Na Maang Ghazab” (Mandi, 1983), and “Tero Hari Naam Hari Naam Hari Naam, Mein Julaahaa” (Susman, 1988), Vanraj Bhatia has carved a special niche for himself in Indian music. And another fact about him that is somewhat lesser known. His bread and butter are ad films, and he has more than 7,000 jingles to his credit, some of which are truly remarkable and popular.

And the singing voice is that of Preeti Sagar – a voice that is so lovely, and yet has struggled for commercial success in the industry. Critics and writers often compare her with Geeta Dutt and Asha Bhosle, and this comparison has denied due recognition to this highly talented singer.

Kalyug is an authoritative production from Shashi Kapoor, directed by Shyam Benegal. The impressive star cast includes Shashi Kapoor, Rekha, Raj Babbar, Supriya Pathak, Anant Nag, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Sushma Seth, Amrish Puri, Om Puri, Akash Khurana, Victor Bannerjee, Reema Lagoo, A.K. Hangal, Vijaya Mehta, Vinod Doshi, and many more well known names from the theatre and art film world of Bombay. Very loosely based on the theme of the epic Mahabharat, the story tells about two lines of the same family getting the compete with each other for business, a competition that has tragic consequences for the entire family. Ramchand and Bhishamchand (AK Hangal) are two pioneering brothers in business. After the passing away of Ramchand, his elder brother Bhishamchand, a life-long bachelor riases the two sons of Ramchand. He also establishes a solid foundation for the family business. Khubchand (Vinod Doshi) the elder son of Ramchand begets two sons, Dhanraj (Victor Banerjee) and Sandeepraj (Akash Khurana). Puranchand, Khubchand’s younger brother, is no more, and there are three sons by him. His sons are Dharamraj (Raj Babbar), Balraj (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) and Bharatraj (Anant Nag). Sushma Seth plays a pivotal role of Puranchand’s widow, and mother to three sons. Rekha plays the role of Supriya, wife of Dharamraj, and Reema Lagoo plays the role of Kiran, wife of Balraj. Another player in the game is Karan (Shashi Kapoor) an orphan brought up by Bhishamchand, who apparently has a hidden past and some strange connection with the families. A series of events take place that bring the long hidden feud between the two lineages to light and despite Bhishamchand’s efforts to mediate between the two, the situation gets out of hand and events take a tragic turn. Dhanraj’s men accidentally kill the young son of Balraj and to take revenge Bharatraj murders Karan. Quite a few skeletons from the family cupboard tumble out in the open that only adds to the tensions and hatred, finally culminating in the destruction of the two families. The director is wanting to make us ponder on the brittleness of our moral fabric, and also to show that probably nothing has changed in the human relations over the centuries – the same themes and same destinies are played out again and again on the stage of this world. There are no lessons learnt.

In the beginning of movie, a marriage is arranged between Bharatraj and Subhadra (role played by Supriya Pathak), niece of Supriya (Rekha), and daughter of Kishan Chand (Amrish Puri). After a brief engagement and courtship, the wedding takes place, and the couple go on a honeymoon. Subhadra carries a cassette player with her, and this song is played many times during this phase of the film, in the background, while other action or dialogue is happening on screen. The song itself is about lost love, and disloyal lovers with a message to move on and forget the past. The existence of this song brings out the vast differences between the personalities of the newlyweds. Subhadra likes this song – for her it is the in thing. But Bharatraj is extremely irritated by this song, almost as if he is the accused and disloyal lover the song is about. The brittle relationship does not seem to take off. While at honeymoon itself, Bharatraj is called back home by Supriya (Rekha) on account of a business emergency. After that this marriage is downhill all the way, also having a wretched ending like so many other things in the film.

So enjoy this wonderful treat of a song by Preeti Sagar, a song that should not have been as rare as it has become now.

kyaa hai tera gham bataa
zindagi ko yun na kar, tu kharaab

What is the sorrow that troubles your heart
Speak out, share it,
Don’t just ruin your life on account of this

yaar tera, kho gayaa,
dilrubaa, nahin milaa
thhaa wo koi bewafaa
bewafaa se kyaa gilaa

The one dear to your heart, has left and gone
One who was your sweetheart once, is not yours anymore
That person turned out to be disloyal, untrue
What else to expect from someone disloyal – don’t complain

hotaa hai kyaa, tujh ko ye mehsoos kabhi
ho jaataa hai dil bilkul maayoos kabhi

Does it come to pass sometimes, somedays
That you feel your heart is completely disillusioned

lagtaa hai patjhad aa kar lalchaayegaa
jis se mohabbat ki thhee wo naa aayegaa

And so also, it feels that the days of autumn will seem inviting
For the one you loved is not returning anymore

sapna thhaa wo, tu bhool bhi jaa
mat dil ko jalaa, ab muskuraa

Think of it as a dream and let go
Hurt your heart no more, and just smile now

jeene ki adaa, aa seekh zaraa
aur gham ko bhulaa, ab muskuraa

Get to know life and learn the knack to live without pain
Forget the sadness and just smile now

dil agar tootaa tera
toh sitam kyaa huaa
ye to hai aisi sazaa
jis kaa hai apnaa mazaa

So what if someone broke your heart
It is not a calamity
This is a punishment that has a pleasure of its own

haste thhe wo toh zamaanaa hastaa thhaa
baat baat par dil dewaanaa hastaa thhaa

The days were such
That when he smiled, the whole world seemed to be smiling
The crazy heart would be happy, at every word, every gesture

chaley gaye wo par na gayee un ki khushboo
tere dil ki lagan ka thhaa wo sab jaadoo

He has left and gone, for long now, yet the fragrance of his presence persists
But that was not his presence, believe me
It was the magic of your own making,
It was your own persistent resolve of love

sapna thhaa wo, tu bhool bhi jaa
mat dil ko jalaa, ab muskuraa

Think of it as a dream and let go
Hurt your heart no more, and just smile now

jeene ki adaa, aa seekh zaraa
aur gham ko bhulaa, ab muskuraa

Get to know life and learn the knack to live without pain
Forget the sadness and just smile now


Song-What is your problem kya… hai tera gham bata (Kalyug)(1981) Singer-Preeti Saagar,Lyrics-Balwant Tandon, MD-Vanraj Bhatia
Chorus=Blue

Lyrics

what’s your problem
what’s your problem

kyaa hai tera gham bataa
zindagi ko yoon na kar
tu kharaab
what’s your problem
what’s your problem

yaar tera
teraa
kho gayaa
gayaa
dilrubaa
rubaa
nahin milaa
milaa
yaar tera
kho gayaa
dilrubaa
nahin milaa
thhaa wo koi bewafaa
bewafaa se kyaa gilaa
thhaa wo koi bewafaa
bewafaa
bewafaa

bewafaa se kyaa gilaa
kyaa gilaa
kyaa gilaa

kyaa hai tera gham bataa
gham bataa

what’s your problem
what’s your problem

hotaa hai kyaa
tujh ko ye mehsoos kabhi
kabhi
kabhi
kabhi
kabhi

ho jaataa hai dil
bilkul maayoos kabhi
kabhi
kabhi
kabhi
kabhi

lagtaa hai patjhad aa kar lalchaayegaa
jis se mohabbat ki thhee wo naa aayegaa
aayegaa
sapna thhaa wo
tu bhool bhi jaa
mat dil ko jalaa
ab muskuraa
jeene ki adaa
aa seekh zaraa
aur gham ko bhulaa
ab muskuraa
muskuraaaa
what’s your problem
what’s your problem

dil agar
agar
tootaa tera
teraa
toh sitam
sitam
kyaa huaa
huaa
dil agar
tootaa tera
toh sitam
kyaa huaa
ye to hai aisi sazaa
jis kaa hai apnaa mazaa
ye to hai aisi sazaa
hai sazaa
hai sazaa

jis kaa hai apnaa mazaa
hai mazaa
hai mazaa

kyaa hai tera gham bataa
gham bataa

what’s your problem
what’s your problem

hanste thhe wo
toh zamaanaa hanstaa thhaa
hanstaa thhaa
hanstaa thhaa

baat baat par
dil dewaanaa hanstaa thhaa
hanstaa thhaa
hanstaa thhaa

chaley gaye wo
par na gayee un ki khushboo
tere dil ki lagan ka thhaa
wo sab jaadoo
sab jaadoo
sapna thhaa wo
tu bhool bhi jaa
mat dil ko jalaa
ab muskuraa
jeene ki adaa
aa seekh zaraa
aur gham ko bhulaa
ab muskuraa
muskuraaaa
what’s your problem
what’s your problem
what’s your problem
what’s your problem
what’s your problem
what’s your problem
what’s your problem

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16 Responses to "What’s your problem…kya hai tera gham bata"

thanks to Sudhirji atul has finally put up this song. i ve requested it ages ago when atul had started his farmaishes page. i had wanted to introduce it to my daughter Peevesie.
thank you both of you once again

Thanks for this post Sudhir Sir. I have always like Preeti Sagar’s voice and singing style. This is incidentally her debut in this blog. There are a few more hit and famous songs of by Preeti Saagar. “mhaaro ghar angana na bhoolo na” (Manthan ?), picturized on Smita Patil comes readily to mind.

Regards.

but i thought “My Heart Is Beating” from Julie is already posted. that means Preeti Saagar has already made her appearance here

i stand corrected Nahmji. atul has posted another song of “Julie” and not “My heart is beating”

Yes ! now you reminded me of another song of Preeti Sagar. “my heart is beating” from “Julie” would be the claim to fame in r/o Preeti Sagar.

Some of the well known names from the 80’s are still missing here, like the lyricist Qateel Shifai, MD Biddu, singers Nazia Hasan & Zoheb Hasan etc.

Atulji

video of the song is available at Youtube, you have to type “Kya hai tera gam bata”

It is mainly picturised on Supriya pathak and Anant naag. If my memory serves me right, in the movie this song has been used as a background piece, once while the couple were on their honeymoon and second time when there is a business or social gathering is going on.

Further, Anant naag is from Bengaluru(hails from North Canara district of Karnataka).He is a former bank employee and famous theatre personality in mumbai and later on starred in
Ankur, Manthan, Nishant,Kondura,Bhumika
Gehraayee(Arun vikas directed movie starring Padmini kolhapure)
Mangalsuthra(with rekha),Yuva(manirathnam`s)
Raat(ramgopal Verma)Anaahat(Amol Palekar`s marathi venture)and in Hindi television serial Malgudi days(this venture is directed by great theatre personality,actor,visionary ,ananth nagi`s brother Late Shankar nag,who died in a car acciedent)

Anant nag is a great actor and very famous in Kannada Film Industry and acted in other south indian lagauage movies.

Preethi sagar`s voice is outstanding in shaym benegal movies like
1)tumhare bin jee na lage ghar mein-bhumika
2)saawan ke din aayo sajnwaa aan milo-bhumika
3)piyaa baajiyat pyaala..jeeyaa jaaye naa-nishant
4)mera ziskila baalama na aaya-bhumika
5)shamsheer bahina maang gazab-mandi
6)Ah itni sundar ho, saari duniya deewaani hogi with yesudas-
Anand ashram-dir:shakthi samantha(picturised on moushumi chatterjee,rakesh roshan
f)Whether her voice is there in Junoon song-Saawan ki aayee bahaar re-Hameshaa Main bhool jaataa hoon is baat ko

Further another movie was there starring Amol palekar and Suhasini mulay regarding a revolutionery hair dresser or something to that effect namely RAAMNAGRI(1982).
This movie has got only superb duet featuring preethi saagar and yesudas(I may be wrong regarding singer`s name, but the song was picturised as a maharastrian LAAVNI TYPE song featuring amol palekar and a young suhasini mulay)(music must be by Jaidevji)
I am not able to recall the lyrics of that song, It was picturised as stage song having maharastrian essence…(the lyric of the song contains words like”pehne chudiyaan, pehne chudiyaa)Vividhbharthi people always used to broadcast this song.

Someone help me in this regard(to identify the song) arunji, nahmji
HELP

hullo Prakashchandraji
i hope atul is list ko hum dono ke joint farmaish main convert kardenge. but i think the male singer in Ramnagari was Hariharan. lets see what atul has to offer us from this list?????

hullo Prakashchandraji
i just visited Gaana.com and found that the female singers in Ramnagari are Anuradha Paudwal and one (new name to me) Neelam Sahni. the male voice is Hariharan

oh sorry, I am mixing up my memory with other song , anyways Thank you peevesie`s mom ji.

I must have been thinking of Anand Ashram song(yesudas and preethi sagar duet ” Aha tum itni sunar ho, saari duniya deewaani hogi, ye shuru huyee tumse, tumhi par khatham kahaani hogi” picturised on Moushumi chatterjee and rakesh roshan) and mixed it up with Raamnagri song.

But I found out my favourite song from Raamnagri, by following your clue.
It was sung by A.Hariharan (you are right)The lyrics of songs:
“Raathon ko maange hain saajan se
gehne goriya gehne goriya
nathni bhi teeka bhi jhumke bhi
pehne goriya pehne goriya”(Naqsh Layillpuri and Jaidev ji)

This song is superb, just hear it once, if you are interested.

It was picturised in the movie as a stage song enacted by Amol Palekar and Suhasini Mulay. That song must have been lip synced by amol palekar only and suhasini mulay must have been his dancing partner. I am not able to recollect the video of the said song. The video is not availabel I think.I searched for it. Another search of my favourite ended with this effort.

Sorry, for mixing up the playback singer`s name.

hullo Prakashchandraji
i actually came to know that there was an Amol Palekar movie “Raamnagari” coz of ur above comment. and i sat and listened to all the songs in that movie before i wrote my reply to you. also thanks to you i got to know that Suhasini Mulay has been around since 1982. i was always wondering if Lagaan was her first movie.
and anyway as Shahrukh Khan once said,” Bade Bade deshon main choti choti baatein hoti rehti hain” similarly kabhi kabhi gyaani log bhi galatiyan kar te hain jise nazar-andaz kiya jaata hain! what say????

Gyan kaahe ka hai Peevesie`s Mom ji, Ye tho sau feesadi “Paagalpan”hai ha..ha.ha….

regards
prakash

If you want to see much more young suhasini mulay, she is there with Utpal duttji in 1969 Bhuvan Shome(director -Mrinal sen), afterwards she was there in Hindi dubbed version(Andher nagari)of Gujrathi movie Bhavani Bhavai(1980)(director Ketan mehta and starring Naseeruddin shah,ompuri)

oh so she was there in “Bhavani Bhavai” also. thats news to me. a long time ago i must ve seen it many times. but of course at that time i cud only recognise Dina, Ratna & Supriya Pathaks in the movie other than Smita Patil and Deepti Naval. was Neena Gupta also there in that movie?

As far as I know
nina gupta started with Saath saath(82)(she is there in all college campus scenes),Gandhi(82)Mandi,Utsav(84-with shankar nag, she has very intimate scenes)Trikal(shayam benegal`s Goan saga with Leela naidu)

thanks for this song

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