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Ruby o Ruby jaane mehboobi

Posted on: August 14, 2010


This writeup was originally by me. Now Sudhir’s writeup and translation of this song have also been added
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Atul’ write up
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When I was growing up as a pre teen kid in late 1960s and early 1970s, I heard many songs that left indelible imprints on my psyche. There are a few such songs which I never heard again for several decades. Thanks to this blog, which makes me look for songs and which familiarises me with songs sent as farmaishes by my readers, I have been rediscovering many of these forgotten gems.

“Ruby O Ruby” was a song that had left an indelible impression on my mind when I heard this song in early 1970s. But I was not aware about the deails of the song, and once the phase of this song was over,I forgot all about it.

Now, some 36-37 years later, I was reminded of this song again, thanks to the farmaish for this song by Raja. And it was only then that I came to know that the song was from a movie called “Chaahat” (1971). The movie is so obscure that this song was not available. Now,this song has become available on internet. The video version unfortunately is too noisy and detracts from the awesomeness of the song.

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Sudhir’s writeup
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A dance party in the 60s and 70s meant twist and shake. And the scores for the songs used for such dance numbers are racy and foot tapping. So how about twist and shake number that starts with the strains of a piano. Rare, you might say. But not impossible. Laxmikant Pyaarelal have integrated piano sequences in the initial parts of this very nippy number. And the singing voice, that of Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar.

Generally one does not tend to associate the name of Mukesh with such brisk and foot tapping numbers. But yes, here is one, and I assure you, very enthralling, and very hummable. This next song in the list of obscure but very lovable numbers by Mukesh, is a duet with Lata, from the film ‘Chaahat’ (1971). An obscure film, although it had an impressive star cast that includes Jeetendra, Mumtaz, Biswajet, Mala Sinha, Achla Sachdev, Asit Sen, Sunder, Mridula, Roopesh Kumar, MA Latif, Master Javed, Baby Yasmeen, Madhumati, Rajshri T amongst others. It is a film produced under the banner of New Films Corporation, Bombay and is directed by Moni Bhattacharya. The lyrics are by Anand Bakshi, and the music compositions, as noted above, are by Laxmikant Pyaarelal.

I am not familiar with this film, and there is almost no additional information available for this film. The performance of a the song on screen has an intriguing interlude. The song is being performed on screen by Jeetendra and Mumtaz, who appear to be two young hearts on way for a romantic relationship. And yet, Jeetendra has a photo of Mala Sinha sitting on his piano, and later in the song, after Biswajeet and Mala Sinha have joined the party, there is a couple of stolen moments of intimate exchange that Jeetendra attempts to have with Mala Sinha, after which Mumtaz again pulls him back into their duet song. Those couple of moments of Jeetendra’s display of closeness for Mala Sinha result in awkward and embarrassed reaction from all the other three main players. I request other readers to please add more information about this scene as well as the film, and help clarify this situation.

As noted above, the song is really endearing and lovable, and I am sure every young heart that loves music, will also love this song. A relatively rare occasion that Mukesh has sung such a party song that steams ahead at a very brisk pace. And the composition is very melodious and hummable. And once again, another of the songs that I had heard on the radio as a child, then lost it and did not hear it again for years. And then encountered it again, after decades thanks to YouTube.

Enjoy this lovely composition by Laxmikant Pyaarelal.

(NOTE: The online video clip has a basic noise level that is constant throughout. So the link for the audio clip is also provided below.)

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Translation-Provided by Sudhir
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ruby o ruby, jaan-e-mehboobi
dil ki baaten chheed de

Ruby, o my dear beloved, life of my love
Come let us talk of this heart, and its emotions

ab na kar intezaar
kyun ke hum tum mein pyaar
honay waalaa hai, aaj kal mein
ruby o ruby . . .

Let us banish this lingering wait
For it appears as if the love between us
Is going to start, within a day or so
Ruby, o my beloved. . .

dil ko banaayen saaz, aaj ki raat hum
dil ke utthaayen naaz, aaj ki raat hum
keh len wo – jo na kahaa
sun le wo – jo na sunaa
ye umar na guzar jaaye, aaj kal mein
ruby o ruby . . .

Tonight, let us play the music of this heart
Tonight, let us do the bidding of this winsome heart
Let us say – that which is unsaid so far
Let us listen – that which is unheard so far
For else this life will pass, within a day or so
Ruby, o my beloved. . .

nazren churaa ke hum, kyaa karenge sanam
daaman bachaa ke hum, kyaa karenge sanam
dil kabhi – khonaa to hai
ye sitam – honaa to hai
honaa hai to ye ho jaaye, aaj kal mein
ruby o ruby . . .

Letting the glances to stay away, what is to be gained so
Keeping out of reach of the other, what is to be gained so
This heart – will be lost one day
This fate – will befall one day
If it is so, then let it happen so, within a day or so
Ruby, o my beloved. . .

aisi ho koi baat, jo bhanaanaa baney
aur is bahaaney se, ye fasaanaa baney
ye nazar – hai beqaraar
kyun ke hai – ye intezaar
ek pyaam aane waalaa hai, aaj kal mein
ruby o ruby . . .

An episode such as this, let that be a pretext
And a pretext such as this, let that be a saga of love
These eyes – they are restless and impatient
For there is – this hopeful anticipation
That a message (of love) is expected, within a day or so
Ruby, o my beloved. . .

Video-poor audio

Audio

Song-Ruby o ruby jaane mehboobi (Chaahat) (1971) Singers-Mukesh, Lata, Lyrics-Anand Bakshi,MD-Laxmikant Pyarelal
Mukesh + Lata =Fuchsia

Lyrics

Ruby o Ruby
jaan-e-mehboobi
dil ki baaten chhed de
Ruby o Ruby
jaan-e-mehboobi
dil ki baaten chhed de
ab na kar intazaar
kyun ke ham-tum mein pyaar
hone waalaa hai aajkal mein

Ruby o Ruby
jaan-e-mehboobi
dil ki baaten chhed de

dil ko banaayen saaz
aaj ki raat ham
dil ko banaayen saaz
aaj ki raat ham
dil ke uthaayen naaz
aaj ki raat ham

kahne do
jo na kahaa
sun len wo
jo na sunaa
ye umar naa guzar jaaye aajkal mein
Ruby o Ruby
jaan-e-mehboobi
dil ki baaten chhed de

Ruby o Ruby jaan-e-mehboobi
dil ki baaten chhed de

nazren churaa ke ham
kyaa karenge sanam
nazren churaa ke ham
kyaa karenge sanam
daaman bachaa ke ham
kyaa karenge sanam

phir kabhi
honaa to hai
ye sitam
honaa to hai
honaa hai to ye ho jaaye
aajkal mein
Ruby o Ruby
jaan-e-mehboobi
dil ki baaten chhed de

Ruby o Ruby
jaan-e-mehboobi
dil ki baaten chhed de

aisi ho koi baat
jo bahaanaa bane
aisi ho koi baat
jo bahaanaa bane
aur ik bahaane se
ye fasaanaa bane

ye nazar
hai bekaraar
phir se hai
ye intezaar
itna aane waala hai aaj kal mein
Ruby o Ruby
jaan-e-mehboobi
dil ki baaten chhed de
Ruby o Ruby jaan-e-mehboobi
dil ki baaten chhed de

ab na kar intazaar
kyun ke ham-tum mein pyaar
hone waalaa hai aajkal mein

Ruby o Ruby
jaan-e-mehboobi
dil ki baaten chhed de

4 Responses to "Ruby o Ruby jaane mehboobi"

Yaaay!!! Finally it is here. 🙂
This was one of those songs which I heard as a young boy without knowing anything of the movie. I may even have seen it at that time without realising this. But it stuck in my mind. Just like “pretty pretty Priya”, “na sun sun sun bura”, “dar lage to gaana ga” and a whole lot of other songs from that time. 🙂

Thanks Atul. Made my day today. 🙂 And isn’t Mumu just gorgeous?

I must say this has all the signs of a movie made in the 60s (maybe upto 1968) but released only in 1971? Maybe somebody can clarify/confirm.

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Really nice one–will add it to my Jeetendra’s crazy dances playlist. I really like Jeetu circa 1968. Yes,Raja, Mumu is cute and matches Jeetu’s crazy antics.

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Thanks for making seeing my childhood again

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Here is the song of this forgotten pearl

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