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The Many Colors of Love #22 – Defiant Love
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And so wrote the scribe

ishq baghaawat kar baithe to
duniya ka rukh mod de
aag lagaa de mehlon mein
aur takht e shaahi tod de
seena taane maut se khele
kuchh na karen fariyaad

The lines bring to mind the compelling images from the powerful scenes of the iconic film ‘Mughal e Azam’ (1960). A prince who declares war on his own father, the emperor of India, for the sake of the woman he loved. Defeated in battle, he is brought in chains to the royal court, and is subsequently condemned to death by the emperor, for his audacity and his seditious actions. On the day of the punishment, the prince is being taken to the place where the execution is to happen. And a commoner, a sculptor who had earlier introduced the prince to the stunning beauty that would be his sweetheart, joins the crowds, and sings these line praising the glory, the courage and bravery, of the people in love. And the memory also brings on the minds screen, the earlier scenes from this story, telling of the defiance that was expressed by the prince’s beloved, in the royal court in the presence of the emperor and the empress themselves. The scene that is immortalized in the song – “Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya”.

What is about this love that compels the protagonists towards relentless and daring impudence that is adamant to take on the whole world. What is the power that drives this possessiveness and this dedicated intent that eventually expresses itself as a rebellion. A rebellion that is never ever taken very kindly by the kinsmen and the society, Rather, in most cases, the rebellion has drastic and tragic consequences, as has been documented in the tales of love told the world over.

Maybe, there is another way. Maybe at times there seems to be a mute submission and acceptance in the face of the family or societal strength that seems impregnable. There are tales too, of the unfulfilled love that grieves in loneliness and cries in the night. Yes, that destiny too is visited upon the lovers at times, albeit the consequences are still as distressing and tragic as the rebel scenario. And yet, this defiant and recalcitrant expression that takes on the minds of the lovers, is a powerful theme – one that is the more fascinating of the two.

Stories of such intense conduct simply go on to underscore the power that this emotion of love exercises upon the minds of its protagonists. The protected environment of the family, within which an individual grows and learns, is a given at the time of birth. The individual has not exercised any rights or choices to be with the particular family one is born in. It simply is. It is the most important and the most significant given, at the start of one’s life.

As the individual grows, and starts to spread its wings of awareness beyond the family, one comes in touch with other people that will become friends and acquaintances. And then, one of these associations develops into a special one – a relationship that has not existed in life before, a relationship that is not like anything else experienced before, a relationship that is more gratifying than anything else in life. A relationship of love between a man and a woman. An association that appears to complement and complete one’s imperfect self into a perfect whole. An association that demarcates a completely new state of affairs in life, that did not exist before. An association for which the individual feels a sense of paramount ownership and decision making. As association that brings in a sense of fulfillment that surpasses anything else in life that has existed thus far.

And the individual begins this experiential journey of love, not just with the other person, but also with this sense of fulfillment, this sense of being complete and this sense of ownership and achievement.

But then the world steps in. It tries to explain, tries to dissuade, tries to browbeat, threatens, tells of the consequences – all of which are reasons that do not appeal at all to the two people in love. It sometimes results in a grievous and mute withdrawal, giving life to the words – “Do Dil Toote, Do Dil Haare, Duniya Waalo, Sadqe Tumhaare”. And at other times it takes form of a revolt that will compel the confined Bobby and Raj to run away in the darkness of the night (‘Bobby’, 1973). Or in the case of Shehzada Salim, embark on a militant expedition against his own father and emperor of India.

The expressions of this revolt have been capture so beautifully in the two songs from the film ‘Mughal e Azam’, mentioned above. But the power of expression and the audacity that is contained in this song, is completely unmatched, ending up being more powerful a song than the two songs of ‘Mughal e Azam’ combined. In some ways, this song is the reason behind my working on this series of colors of love. Couple of years back when I heard this song for the first time, it simply blew my mind. The words, the expression of courage, the sheer negligence of consequences, the militant rhythm, and the constrained rendition – it all took my mind by a storm.

The militant rhythm – if Anil Da had anymore increased the pace of this tune, it would have become a marching song of the soldiers. And the constrained rendition – I have thought about it, wondering why there is not a corresponding ferocity in the rendition, to match the words that are being sung. The song from ‘Mughal e Azam’ in the voice of Rafi Sb, has been crafted as an intense and raging composition that has the capability for an adrenaline rush, brining your blood to boil. But in this song, Anil Da chose to keep the rendition by Lata ji a few notches below that ferocity. And the effect – it is simply superb. Think of a threat that is delivered viciously and loudly. And then think of the thread that is delivered firmly, but without the fireworks. The latter tells you that the level of confidence and conviction in the assertion is so great that it does not even care to create fear. The emotions and the surging feelings of the receiver of this threat are unimportant – and the nonchalant and dismissive expression, is something to be more afraid of.

That effect Anil Da has been able to create in this song. And the words – goodness they carry the power of the extreme scenarios. I still have to find a more powerfully written and rendered song in this genre. The first line itself is a supercilious expression of the highest authority making an announcement.

keh do ke mohabbat se na takraaye zamaana

“Let it be known
That none may dare
To contest with love”

A proclamation as if coming from the highest office in the land – “keh do. . .”, “let it be known”. I do not even care who listens to this proclamation, I do not care what thoughts and ammunition is being gathered in your mind, I do not care if you are offended by it. A sweeping declaration that takes into its ambit the entire world, so to say – this is love, and you are warned not to dare to come in opposition.

aakaash se takraayegi fariyaad kisi ki
hil jaayega sansaar zameen kaanp uthegi
suraj ko milega na sitaaron ki thikaana

The commiserations of love will strike against the very fabric of the sky itself. The earth will tremble and the entire world will shudder. The sun and the stars in the sky will cower in self defense, and will find no place to hide.

Goodness, wow – the power being expressed is ascribed with capabilities to send such shudders through the universe that the stars and the suns will pray for their safety and existence. And that is just the result of a ‘fariyaad’, a commiseration that will rise to skies and envelop this creation. The protagonist is dismissive about whether the universe remains or not. It is love defied that has the power to dismantle and pack away this universe even. And the underlying refrain – I do not care.

aahon mein wo sholay hain ki phuk jaayen hawaayen
jal jaayen jhulas jaayen sulag jaayen ghataayen
udd jaaye dhuaan ban ke zamaane ka zamaana

The burning sighs carry embers that will raze even the winds to ashes. And the clouds in the skies will be scorched and singed out of existence. Let this whole creation be annihilated and evaporate in a whiff of smoke.

Wow and goodness – the protagonist realizes that there is nothing left if there is nothing left, if the creation is destroyed. And yet, the expression is there to say, you try to defy love, you will be destroyed, this entire creation will be destroyed. There is this conviction inherent here that love is greater than the creation itself (wow, what startling connection to the philosophies). And the underlying refrain – I do not care.

hum sar pe kafan baandh ke aayen hain muqaabil
haathon pe liye jaan to thokar mein liye dil
ae maut kisi aur ko marne se daraana

You wanted a confrontation, and here I am, wearing the coffin cloth, ready even to end myself. Do not sweet talk me with promises of life, for I am carrying it in my hand, ready to discard it at a moment’s notice. Do not entice me now with the entreaties of the heart. For the defiance of love, I will fight to the end – I have no use for a heart that would listen and agree with you. O the silent reaper of death, go elsewhere and terrify others with the calamity you carry in your hands. Me – I am not anymore afraid of even you.

As I said before, a more powerful set of verses that describe this defiance I have not yet come across. For that, this song is the tops in my list for this genre.

A word now about the connection to the film ‘Mughal e Azam’. In my write up for the song “Allah Bhi Hai Mallah Bhi Hai”, I had written about the original plans for Mughal e Azam. Originally, this film was planned in the mid 1940s. The ensemble of actors who were to play the main roles were Nargis, Chandramohan, Sapru and others. Music direction was assigned to Anil Biswas and Kaif Bhopali was to be the lyricist. The plans came under a cloud. The main financier for K Asif migrated to Pakistan after the partition happened. Chandramohan passed away in 1949, and the project was shelved for some time. In the early 1950s, it was revived again. Dilip Kumar was identified to play the role of Salim, and Prithviraj Kapoor was also brought into the cast of actors. But by this time, Nargis and Dilip Kumar had parting of ways. Asif Sb stuck to his decision to include Dilip Kumar, and decided to drop Nargis. After much mulling and search, finally Madhubala was picked for the role of Anarkali.

Meanwhile, when the earlier team was assembled and the outline of the script was in progress, Kaif Irfani and Anil Biswas went ahead to create some songs. However, with the scale of changes that happened later in mid 1950s, Anil Da was replaced by Naushad Sb as the music director. I am only speculating, as I have not seen this in print anywhere yet, that one of the reasons of Anil Da’s downhill career after mid 1950s could have been the selection of Naushad by Asif Sb above him, for ‘Mughal e Azam’.

The song or songs earlier created for ‘Mughal e Azam’, were later used in the film ‘Maan’. Of course, the film was nowhere near ‘Mughal e Azam’ in its scale, grandeur and execution. And so these gems of Anil Da’s and Kaif Bhopali’s efforts were relegated to a B grade film. I wonder what would have been, if these songs were part of the final ‘Mughal e Azam’.

The comments in Geet Kosh identify only the song “Allah Bhi Hai Mallah Bhi Hai”, as the song originally prepared for ‘Mughal e Azam’. When I came across this song and I heard it, I find very definite strains of similarity to both the songs from ‘Mughal e Azam’ – “Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya” and “Zindabaad Zindabaad, Ae Mohabbat Zindabaad”. With little tweaking, this song is kind of the two songs of ‘Mughal e Azam’, rolled into one. Minus the ferocity of “Zindabaad Zindabaad”, I find this song to be the more powerful song that presents the defiance of love. And my intuition tells me that this song is also one of the original songs created for ‘Mughal e Azam’ by Anil Da and Kaif Bhopali.

The film ‘Maan’ is from the banner of Filmkar Limited, it is directed by Safdar ‘Aah’. The main cast of actors includes Ajit, Chitra, Jagirdaar, Durga Khote, Kumar, Achla Sachdev, Yashodhara Katju, Kamlesh Kumari, Chandabai etc. There are nine songs in this film, three of which are already showcased here. This is the fourth song from the movie finding its place on this blog. There are two other lyricists who have contributed the lyrics, the director Safdar ‘Aah’ himself and Raja Mehdi Ali Khan.

A super creation in my lists, a song that has succeeded in the power of expression it is supposed to deliver. Listen and enjoy.


Song-Keh do ke muhabbat se na takraaye zamaana (Maan) (1954)Singer- Lata, Lyrics-Kaif Bhopali, Md-Anil Biswas

Lyrics

ye pahaad rond daale. . e e e.
ye zameen seenk daale
na dabey na dab sakenge
kabhi pya. .ar karne wa. .ale. . e e e

keh do. . oo oo oo
keh do ke mohabbat se na takraaye zamaana
keh do ke mohabbat se na takraaye zamaana
aasaan nahin pyaar ke deepak ko bujhaana
keh do
keh do ke mohabbat se na takraaye zamaana
keh do. . oo oo oo

aakaash se takraayegi fariyaad kisi ki
aakaash se takraayegi fariyaad kisi ki
hil jaayega sansaa. . aar
hil jaayega sansaar
zameen kaanp uthegi
suraj ko milega na sitaaron ki thikaana
keh do
keh do ke mohabbat se na takraaye zamaana
keh do. . oo oo oo

aahon mein wo sholay hain ki phuk jaayen hawaayen
aahon mein wo sholay hain ki phuk jaayen hawaayen
jal jaayen jhulas jaayen sulag jaayen ghataayen
udd jaaye dhuaan ban ke zamaane ka zamaana
keh do
keh do ke mohabbat se na takraaye zamaana
keh do. . oo oo oo

hum sar pe kafan baandh ke aayen hain muqaabil
haathon pe liye jaan
to thokar mein liye dil
haathon pe liye jaan
to thokar mein liye dil
ae maut kisi aur ko marne se daraana
keh do
keh do ke mohabbat se na takraaye zamaana
keh do. . oo oo oo

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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ये पहाड़ रौंद डाले॰ ॰ ए ए ए
ये ज़मीन सींक डाले
ना दबे ना दब सकेंगे
कभी प्या॰ ॰र करने वा॰ ॰ले॰ ॰ ए ए ए

कह दो॰ ॰ ओ ओ ओ
कह दो के मोहब्बत से ना टकराए ज़माना
कह दो के मोहब्बत से ना टकराए ज़माना
आसान नहीं प्यार के दीपक को बुझाना
कह दो
कह दो के मोहब्बत से ना टकराए ज़माना
कह दो॰ ॰ ओ ओ ओ

आकाश से टकराएगी फरियाद किसी की
आकाश से टकराएगी फरियाद किसी की
हिल जाएगा संसा॰ ॰आर
हिल जाएगा संसार
ज़मीन काँप उठेगी
सूरज को मिलेगा ना सितारों को ठिकाना
कह दो
कह दो के मोहब्बत से ना टकराए ज़माना
कह दो॰ ॰ ओ ओ ओ

आहों में वो शोले हैं के फुक जाएँ हवाएँ
जल जाएँ सुलग जाएँ झुलस जाएँ घटाएँ
जल जाएँ सुलग जाएँ झुलस जाएँ घटाएँ
उड़ जाये धुआँ बन के जमाने का ज़माना
कह दो
कह दो के मोहब्बत से ना टकराए ज़माना
कह दो॰ ॰ ओ ओ ओ

हम सर पे कफन बांध के आयें हैं मुक़ाबिल
हाथों पे लिए जान
तो ठोकर में लिए दिल
हाथों पे लिए जान
तो ठोकर में लिए दिल
अए मौत किसी और को मरने से डराना
कह दो
कह दो के मोहब्बत से ना टकराए ज़माना
कह दो॰ ॰ ओ ओ ओ

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