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Kahta hai Joker saara zamana

Posted on: January 19, 2009


India of 1970 was a much more simple,unsophisticated, and underdeveloped in most respects. So much so that movie makers who decided to make different off beat movies were left in the lurch. Raj Kapoor was one such movie maker who paid heavily for overestimating the calibre of his audience. His ambitious labour of love “Mera Naam Joker” fell flat at the box office.

By now, “Mera Naam Joker” has been watched by lots and lots of people on cable TV, on its VCD/DVD etc, and there are many people who like this movie, but that was not the case in 1970. At that time the movie had flopped and it has destroyed many long term associations. For instance, “Mera Naam Joker” was the last time Raj Kapoor had Shankar Jaikishan as music director, Hasrat Jaipuri as lyricist and Mukesh as singer. In fact Raj kapoor himself gave up acting and became a movie maker.

Coming to “Mera Naam Joker”, it had many songs, sung by many singers, and the songs had done well. The theme song was “kahta hai joker saara zamaana” and it was sung by that old faithful , Mukesh. The lyricist was Neeraj and he wrote some beautiful songs for this movie.

The words of this song are quite poignant really. The picturisation is just as moving. The movie was full of memorable songs, and this song was certainly one of them.


Song-Kahta hai joker saara zamaana (Mera Naam Joker) (1970) Singer-Mukesh, Lyrics- Neeraj, MD-Shankar Jaikishan

Lyrics

kahtaa hai jokar saaraa zamaanaa
aadhi haqeeqat aadhaa fasaanaa
chashmaa uthaaro, phir dekho yaaro
duniyaa nayi hai, chehraa puraanaa
kahtaa hai jokar …

apne pe hans ke jag ko hansaayaa
ban ke tamaashaa mele mein aayaa
mele mein aayaa
hindu na muslim, poorab na pashchim
mazhab hai apnaa hansnaa hansaanaa
kahtaa hai jokar …

dhakke pe dhakkaa, rele pe relaa
hai bheed itni par dil akelaa
par dil akelaa
gham jab sataaye, seetee bajaanaa
gham jab sataaye, seetee bajaanaa
par maskhare se dil na lagaanaa
kahtaa hai jokar saaraa zamaanaa
aadhi haqeeqat aadhaa fasaanaa
chashmaa uthaaro, phir dekho yaaro
duniyaa nayi hai, chehraa puraanaa
kahtaa hai jokar ..

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3 Responses to "Kahta hai Joker saara zamana"

I remember I used to like this song a lot as a kid.
It is a very simple and sweet song.
Deceptively simple actually.
Because it is quite philosophical, if you just listen to the words.
This was the first movie I saw in a film theater. Till then I had only seen movies in open-air in our local club.

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This lovely film flopped – probably and certainly partly- because of REVENGE. Raj Kapoor had made a movie “Around The World ( i loved it , but it was a bigger flop ) thru a Producer called Pacchi – who had invested a collosal figure ( a crore – a record those days ) – on behalf of RK. The day joker was released, i myself had got a ticket thru the “black”-market – at half the price. This was fixed by Pachchi – who wanted to see RK go down !

By the way, this Pachchi guy did small comedy roles in a couple of his own films.

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Sir, there is the another version of the song in some sad mood with less musical instruments. Here one additional stanza sandwiched between above two stanzas while first and last stanzas are same but all lines repeated here twice. It seems to be audio version only as no video available so far…

Here is the YT link :

And below is the complete audio lyrics:

Kahta hai joker sara zamaana
adhi haqeeqat aadha fasaan
chashma uthaaro, phir dekho yaaron
duniya naye hai, chehra puraana
kahtaa hai joker saara zamaana
aadhi haqeeqat aadha fasaana
kahta hai joker …

Apne pe hans ke jag ko hansaaya
ban ke tamasha mele mein aaya
apne pe hans ke jag ko hansaya
ban ke tamasha mele mein aaya
mele mein aaya…

hindu na muslim, poorab na pashchim
hindu na muslim, poorab na pashchim
mazhab hai apna hansna hansaana

kahta hai joker sara zamaana
aadhi haqeeqat aadha fasaana
kahta hai joker …

Kal tha jahaan par ab na wahaan hoon
aaya kahaan se pahuncha kahaan hoon
kal tha jahaan par ab na wahaan hoon
aaya kahaan se pahuncha kahaan hoon
pahuncha kahaan hoon…

lamba safar hai chhakda sawari
lamba safar hai chhakda sawari
manzil pe baboo phir bhi hai jana
chashma utaaro phir dekho yaaron
duniya nayee hai chehra purana
kahta ha joker…

Dhakke pe dhakka, rele pe rela
hai bheed itni par dil akela
dhakke pe dhakka, rele pe rela
hai bheed itni par dil akela
par dil akela…

gham jab sataaye, seetee bajaana
gham jab sataaye, seetee bajaana
par maskhare se dil na lagaana

Kahta hai joker saara zamaana
aadhi haqeeqat aadha fasaana
chashma uthaaro, phir dekho yaaron
duniyaa nayee hai, chehra puraana
kahta hai joker ..

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