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Afsaana likh rahi hoon dile bekaraar ka

Posted on: October 19, 2008


This is an absolutely wonderful evergreen song sung by Umadevi.
This song was picturised on an actress called Munawwar Sultana. The actress as well as the singer are no more around, but this song has easily become immortal.

But despite such a hugely popular song, Umadevi found herself out of a job. The reason was, she was under contract to sing only for A R Kardar movies. Defying this contract, she sang for a non Kardar movie called “Chandralekha” and as a result, Kardar dropped her as a singer from his productions.

Forced to try something else for a living, she began acting at the advice of Naushad and the first movie she acted in was “Babul”. That revived her fortunes in the film industry- as an actress, if not as a singer. And as an actress, she was called Tuntun. This name too was suggested by Naushad.

But everyone will admit that with the passage of time, Umadevi ( Tuntun) will still be remembered thanks to this immortal song that she sang in “Dard”.


Song- Afsana likh rahi hoon dile bekaraar ka (Dard ) (1947) Singer- Uma Devi (Tuntun), Lyrics- Shakeel Badayuni, MD- Naushad

Lyrics

afsaana likh rahi hoon
afsaana likh rahi hoon
dil-e-beqaraar kaa
aankhon mein rang bhar ke tere intazaar kaa
afasaanaa likh rahi hoon

jab tu nahin to kuchch bhi nahin hai bahaar mein
nahin hai bahaar mein
jab tu nahin to kuchch bhi nahin hai bahaar mein
nahin hai bahaar mein
jee chaahtaa hai munh bhi
jee chaahtaa hai munh bhi na dekhun bahaar kaa
aankhon mein rang bhar ke tere intazaar kaa
afsaanaa likh rahi hoon

haasil hain yoon to mujhko zamaane ki daulaten
zamaane ki daulaten
haasil hain yoon to mujhko zamaane ki daulaten
zamaane ki daulaten
lekin naseeb laayi
lekin naseeb laayi hoon ik sogwaar kaa
aankhon mein rang bhar ke tere intazaar kaa
afsaanaa likh rahi hoon

aajaa ki ab to aankh mein aansoo bhi aa gaye
aansoo bhi aa gaye
aajaa ki ab to aankh mein aansoo bhi aa gaye
aansoo bhi aa gaye
saagar chhalak uthaa
saagar chhalak uthaa mere sabr-o-qaraar kaa
aankhon mein rang bhar ke tere intazaar kaa
afsaanaa likh rahi hoon
afsaanaa likh rahi hoon
dil-e-beqaraar kaa
aankhon mein rang bhar ke tere intazaar kaa

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11 Responses to "Afsaana likh rahi hoon dile bekaraar ka"

Ooh Atul, you have now started Pre-empting Farmaishes!

Well, Every time Tuntun is mentioned I just think of this song. I was watching a clip recently which featured Tuntun and I thought I would put in a farmaish, but then it slipped my mind for the last few days. But you have done it anyway 🙂 Thanks!

Its a really nice old fashioned and simple song, sung beautifully by Uma Devi. Shame she did not sing too many songs.

Yes, every time someone mentions Tuntun, I am reminded of this song. This song was a regular in Radio Ceylon’s “purani filmon ke geet” between 7:30 to 8 AM, and it was one “purana geet” that I liked even as a kid.

Oh another one that reminds me of my mother and her humming this song!

I can vouch for the fact that this used to be a much loved and much hummed song in 1970s. I am sure it was even more popular when this song was first released.

I can vouch for that 1970s comment.
Very nice song to listen to…you cannot help liking it.

Just reminds me of Uma Devi who sang the song but unfortunately was not very successful. Her other song i like is from “Natak” Dil wale Jal jal hi marjana tum preet na kar pachtana.

I wish she had sung more songs.

I have heard this song several times and I saw Tuntun in the film
Babul and several other films. Everything appears in mind when I hear this song or her acting in the films. Memory of any things / happenings so comes always delights the mind. Tuntun was a nice one. She is remembered.

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One correction I would like to make to the lyrics:
‘lekin naseeb layi hoon EK TOH GAVAR ka’.

Please let me know if anybody thinks differently.

“Sogwaar” is the correct word as already posted.

The word is “sogawaar”, meaning “a grieving or melancholy person”

Haasil hain yun to mujh ko zamaane ki daulaten
lekin naseeb laayi hoon ek sogwaar ka

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