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Apna hai tu begaana nahin maine tujhe pahchaana nahin

Posted on: September 24, 2009


When separated relatives “inadvertently” meet again in Bollywood movies, background music goes on an overdrive. And the body language of the separated relatives show that they are trying to recognise each other, but without success. In some cases, a background song also gets played on this matter.

This song from “Mehboob ki mehandi” (1971) is very much a song like this. What a great coincidence that Pradeep Kumar must force his way into a ladies compartment of an Indian Railways train, and that he should be let in by Leena Chandawarkar, despite protests by other ladies. By Bollywood logic, this must mean the two have to be somewhat related. Now, even the dumbest of movie goer quickly realises that the two are father and daughter, but the two characters are dumber still. They are not going to realise this fact till the last reel !. The train stops, and they get down, and this song gets played in the background as a parting song.

The same song gets played again, when, by another coincidence of Manmohan Desai proportions, both of them once again find themselves in the same household, where Pradeep Kumar has taken up occupation as a servant, and Leena Chandawarkar as teacher to a school kid. How very coincidental, but still, the two of them continue to remain oblivious to the identities of each other till climax of the movie, when the relation between the two would be revealed in an hurried and unconvincing manner ( if my experience of similar lost and found movies is any indicator).

One cannot fault the song though. Rafi sound as divine in this song as ever. And his voice had that ability to move the listeners. Anand Bakshi is the lyricist and Laxmikant Pyarelal composed the music.

This movie is a musical blockbuster, and this song is one of the lesser known songs from this movie. In fact, I was not at all aware of this song, but for the review of this movie by Memsaab. And this song is a nice sentimental song. In fact, I have opened a new category for thi kind of song. I call it “”you look familar” song. May be I should have given this category some more descriptive name. Any suggestions ?


Song-apna hai tu begaana nahin (Mehboob ki mehandi) (1971) singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Anand Bakshi, MD-Laxmikant Pyarelal

Lyrics

apna hai tu begaana nahin
maine tujhe pahchaana nahin
apna hai tu begaana nahin
maine tujhe pahchaana nahin
ye sach hai afsaana nahin
maine tujhe pahchaana nahin

aankhe na jaanen kinka nasha hai
rang lahu ka lahu pahchaanta hai
rang lahu ka lahu pahchaanta hai
ye parda uth jaaye
shaayad yaad aa jaaye
ruk jaa zaraa abhi jaana nahin
maine tujhe pahchaana nahin
maine tujhe pahchaana nahin

jab dekhoon tujhko lagta hai aise
tu mere dil ka koyi tukda hai jaise
tu mere dil ka koyi tukda hai jaise
baaten hain begaani nazren hain anjaani
chehra magar anjaana nahin
maine tujhe pahchaana nahin
maine tujhe pahchaana nahin

2 Responses to "Apna hai tu begaana nahin maine tujhe pahchaana nahin"

🙂 @ “Now, even the dumbest of movie goer quickly realises that the two are father and daughter, but the two characters are dumber still. They are not going to realise this fact till the last reel !. ”

I like your new category “you look familiar”. Am trying to think of other songs that could fit in this category. How about “kya hua tera vada ” and “o nanhe se farishte” , for starters ? 🙂

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I don’t know about “you look familiar”—it is two hearts speaking to one another more than appearance. Maybe something about dil ka rishtaa 🙂 (what do I know though, I don’t even speak Hindi and maybe that is more of a romantic connection, which this is not).

In any case it is a good category, and this was my favorite song from the film even though all of them are wonderful. There’s just something about Rafi’s rendition of it that is really special.

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