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Kabhi khud pe kabhi haalaat pe ronaa aaya

Posted on: May 4, 2009


When it comes to music of a movie, it is the music director that gets much of the credit for the song ( alongwith the singer and the lyricist, of course). It is often the assistant music director/ arranger who is often does the real work and still he remains unsung.

There are some lucky assistants who made it as full fledged music directors. For instance Ravi (assistant to Hemant Kumar), Kalyanji Anandji ( assistant to Hemant Kumar), Laxmikant Pyarelal (assistants to Kalyanji Anandji), Sonik Omi (assistants to Roshan, Madan Mohan etc).

Then there were some assistants who were relatively less successful when they decided to work as independent music directors. Jaidev was one example. He was assistant to S D Burman. He got an opportunity to work as an independent music director with “Ham Dono” (1961). He came up with memorable songs in this movie.

Unfortunately, despite such a promising beginning, he failed to make it big as a music director. He coninued to get sporadic opportunities as a music director, but he failed to get into the big league.

I have already posted two songs from “Ham Dono”, and both these songs are regarded as classics. Here is a third song from this movie. As can be seen from the lyrics-” kabhi khud pekabhi haalaat pe rona aaya”, this song is a timeless classic as well.

This song is written by Sahir Ludhianvi and it is picturised on Dev Anand, both of them. Yes, Dev Anand has a double role in this movie, and both the Dev Anand’s are shown in this movie. One sings this sad song, and the other consoles him by puting his arms around the shoulders of the other.


Song-Kabhi khud pe kabhi haalaat pe ronaa aaya (Ham Dono) (1961) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Sahir Ludhianvi, MD-Jaidev

Lyrics

kabhi khud pe
kabhi khud pe, kabhi haalaat pe ronaa aayaa
kabhi khud pe
kabhi khud pe, kabhi haalaat pe ronaa aayaa
baat nikli, to har ik baat pe ronaa aayaa
baat nikli, to har ik baat pe ronaa

ham to samjhe the ke ham bhool gaye hain unko
ham to samjhe the
ham to samjhe the ke ham bhool gaye hain unko
kyaa huaa aaj, ye kis baat pe ronaa aayaa
kyaa huaa aaj, ye kis baat pe ronaa aayaa
kabhi khud pe, kabhi haalaat pe ronaa

kisa liye jeete hain ham
kisa liye jeete hain ham kiske liye jeete hain
baarhaa aise sawaalaat pe ronaa aayaa
baarhaa aise sawaalaat pe ronaa aayaa
kabhi khud pe

kaun rotaa hai kisi aur ki khaatir ai dost
kaun rotaa hai kisi aur ki khaatir ai dost
sabko apni hi kisi baat pe ronaa aayaa
sabko apni hi kisi baat pe ronaa aayaa
kabhi khud pe
kabhi khud pe, kabhi haalaat pe ronaa aayaa
baat nikli, to har ik baat pe ronaa aayaa
kabhi khud pe

6 Responses to "Kabhi khud pe kabhi haalaat pe ronaa aaya"

A truly outstanding song! I have never understood why Jaidev didn’t make it big after this, but it is possible that the others were producing so many great songs in that period, and the producers made their offers to the bigger names, rather than the upcoming ones. It is a real pity.

This song never fails to move me, and it is truly a classic. Thanks, Atul!

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Music directors needed to be great in public relations and lobbying too, and that could be the main reason why many great musicaly trained peol failed to make it big in music direction.

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Another classic from this movie is missing: “Allah Tero Naam”.

re Jaidev: He managed to give music in 40+ (how many can you name?) movies. Unfortunately majority of them failed to make any impact in box office.

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Compare the song from the film with a ghazal written by Urdu poet Saifuddin Saif. Not only the thought process, is the same, both the ghazals have the same metre and radiff ( ending word/s in second verse of a she’r). I am reproducing only 4 she’rs of the ghazal:

hum ko to gardish-e-haalat pe rona aaya
rone waale tujhe kis baat pe rona aaya

kaise jeete hain ye kis tarah jiye jaate hain
ahl-e-dil ki basar auqaat pe rona aaya

jee nahin aap se kya mujhko shikaayat hogi
haan mujhe talkhi-e-haalat pe rona aaya

kitne betaab thhe ke rimjim mein peeyenge lekin
aayi barsaat to barsaat pe rona aaya

It is difficult to know as to who got inspired from whom. Both Sahir Ludhianvi and Saifuddin Saif were contemporaries.

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Great !!
thanks for sharing Sir !

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