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Aage bhi jaane na tu

Posted on: December 17, 2008


“Waqt” was the first multi starrer movie in Bollywood history, though some people call “Kismat” ( a movie of 1940s) as the first multi starrer.

“Waqt” was almost like a fore runner of Manmohan Desai blockbusters. It had family members getting separated, being raised by different parents, and getting united with each other towards the end of the movie.

In addition, the movie had some superb music as well. Sahir Ludhianvi was the lyricist and Ravi was the music director. They created some wonderful songs sung by Asha Bhonsle, Mahendra Kapoor, Manna Dey etc.

Here is one of the most popular songs from “Waqt”, viz “aage bhi jaane na tu”, sung by Asha Bhonsle. This was a party song in the movie, and was picturised in a typical 1960 way, which by the way, did not change much from the way such songs continue to be picturised in subsequent decades.In fact, this song may have serves as a template for future party songs in Bollywood.

This song is picturised on a lady called Erica Lal, who was an American lady who married an Indian.


Song-Aage bhi jaane na tu (Waqt) (1965) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Sahir Ludhianvi, MD-Ravi

Lyrics

aage bhi
jaane na tu
peechhe bhi
jaane na tu
jo bhi hai
bas yahi ek pal hai
aage bhi
jaane na tu
peechhe bhi
jaane na tu
jo bhi hai
bas yahi ek pal hai
aage bhi jaane na tu

anjaane saayon kaa
raahon mein deraa hai
andekhi baahon ne
ham sabko gheraa hai
ye pal ujaalaa hai
baaqi andheraa hai
ye pal ganvaanaa na
ye pal hi teraa hai
jeenewaale
soch le
yahi waqt hai
kar le poori aarzoo
aage bhi
jaane na tu
peechhe bhi
jaane na tu
jo bhi hai
bas yahi ek pal hai

is pal ke jalwon ne
mehfil sanwaari hai
is pal ki garmi ne
dhadkan ubhaari hai
is pal ke hone se
duniyaa hamaari hai
ye pal jo dekho to
sadiyon pe bhaari hai
jeenewaale soch le
yahi waqt hai
kar le poori aarzoo
aage bhi jaane na tu
peechhe bhi jaane na tu
jo bhi hai
bas yahi ek pal hai
aage bhi jaane na tu

la lalala
lalalala
la
lala
lalalal
lalala
lalala
lalalalala

is pal ke saaye mein
apnaa thikaanaa hai
is pal ke aage ki
har shay fasaanaa hai
kal kisne dekhaa hai
kal kisne jaanaa hai
is pal se paayegaa
jo tujhko paanaa hai
jeenewaale
soch le
yahi waqt hai
kar le poori aarzoo
aage bhi jaane na tu
peechhe bhi jaane na tu
jo bhi hai
bas yahi ek pal hai
aage bhi jaane na tu

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11 Responses to "Aage bhi jaane na tu"

What I know is that this song is picturised on “Jennifer Candall” the then would-be wife of Shashi Kapoor.

yes we should not look back and shouldnt look forward we should live in the present there lies the secret of peaceful living

What a wonderful song. And sang so beautifully by Asha! Dil bhar gaya!

Was the song Aage Bhi Jaane Na Tu, lip sync in the movie Waqt by Jeniffer Kendall (then Shashi Kapoor’s wife) or as we are being told by an unknown Erika Lall?

No, this song was lip synced by Erica Lal.

Much thanks for your answer Atulbhai, one last q, if you don’t mind?
Do we (filmi buff) knows anything in the hindi film industry about Erica Lal? Did she ever appears in any other hindi movies?
Atulbhai, as someone who is knowledgable in filmy songs we do respect your answers……..thanks once again

The information known to me is that she was an American who came to India and settled here marrying an Indian, some mr Lal. May be there are people who may be able to give more information about her.

Thanks very much Atulbhai, with your help we can now say that there is now something to go by, on the Erica Lall angle towards the Aage Bhi Jaane no tu mystery:
So far we know that
1) Erica Lal is the lady who lip sync the song Aage Bhi Jaane na tu and
The song was picturised on an America lady – Erica Lal (she was married to an Indian).
2) The elegant woman singing this beautiful song is Erica Lal. She was a flight attendant (referred to as ‘air hostess’ those days) with Air India. Her name comes in the titles of the movie with B R Chopra acknowledging his thanks to Air India.

Really cannot say how the Jeniffer Kendall angle came about.

Thanks for all the help:
asj:

I know nothing about hindi language but this magnificent songs make me happy and emotional,
what a grest song,
Thanks for your jobs for this magnificent site.

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