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Khilte hain gul yahaan khil ke bikharne ko

Posted on: September 2, 2010


This post is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor of posts to this blog

The summer of 1972 was my very first trip to Mumbai (then Bombay). It was summer vacation and my parents and all of us had gone to spend the vacation in Bombay.

I still remember that trip and the excitement. For us, first-timers in Bombay, we expected to see filmstars all over the place. There was an apartment building a short distance from our hotel. My sisters swore that they could see Sanjay Khan outside the building. When this happened for three successive days, we decided to go upto the building complex to check it out. Obviously it was not Sanjay. My sisters, who were Sanjay fans, were hugely disappointed.

During that trip, our driver did point out a stationary car to us saying it was the car of B.R Chopra. His movie, Dastaan, had just been released, so his name was fresh in my mind. We felt very good just looking at that car. That was the closest we came to seeing anything of or belonging to a celebrity.

On that trip, we did see two films though. I don’t remember the name of the film theater in Bombay but I do remember the two movies. They were Sharmilee and Tangewaala.

I remember expecting to see Sharmila Tagore in Sharmilee. Instead it was Raakhee. In a double role.
I liked the movie a lot. Normally I forget a movie story a few days after seeing it and forget the names of the characters within a few minutes of seeing the movie. But I have never forgotten the names Kamini and Kanchan, the “bad” and “good” Raakhee in the movie.

The movie was a pretty big hit, especially considering it was Rajesh Khanna tsunami time. The story was ok, the songs were very good. And Narendranath made a mean villain.

In those days, I would remember songs fully – from first word of mukhda to last word of last antara. It was just something that you picked up – the brain was much sharper then. I knew most of the songs of Sharmilee by heart.

Sharmilee had a number of hit songs. One of its big hits, which later featured quite often on Kishore Kumar albums/cassettes, was “khiltey hain gul yahaan”.

It is a lovely song, with sweet lyrics about love, but using elements of nature to express love. This is typical of Neeraj, one of my favourite poets and song-writers. He made a great team with SD Burman. They were a popular combo for Dev Anand’s Navketan banner, with movies like Prem Pujari, Tere Mere Sapne and Gambler to show for their efforts. All movies with lovely songs.

My friend’s grandmother (now deceased) was a neighbor of Neeraj in Meerut. I understand from my friend that Neeraj is still in Meerut but is in poor health. He was fairly well-known at Kavi Sammelans, poetry being his forte. Film songs just happened to evolve from there.

This song “khiltey hain gul yahaan” has two versions. A Kishore version sung early in the movie when Shashi meets Raakhee (Kamini) and falls for her. Then, much later in the movie, when he is fed up that he married the wrong Raakhee (Kanchan), there is a Lata version when Raakhee appears again in front of him.

I hope you enjoy the song.

Audio – Kishore Kumar version

Video – Kishore Kumar version

Audio – Lata version

Video – Lata version

Song-Khilte hain gul yahaan (Sharmilee) (1971) Singers-Kishore Kumar/Lata, Lyrics-Neeraj, MD-S D Burman

Lyrics
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Kishore Kumar version
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Hmm hmm hmm hmm
Khiltey hain gul yahaan
Khil ke bikharney ko
Khiltey hain gul yahaan
Khil ke bikharney ko
Milte hain dil yahaan
Mil ke bichhadney ko
Khiltey hain gul yahaan

Kal rahey na rahey
Mausam ye pyaar kaa
Kal rukey na rukey
Dolaa bahaar kaa
Kal rahey na rahey
Mausam ye pyaar kaa
Kal rukey na rukey
Dolaa bahaar kaa
Chaar pal milein jo aaj
Pyaar mein guzaar dein
Khiltey hain gul yahaan
Khil ke bikharney ko
Khiltey hain gul yahaan

Ho ho
hoho hoho hah

Jheelon ke honthon par
Meghon ka raag hai
Phoolon ke seeney mein
Thandi thandi aag hai
Jheelon ke honthon par
Meghon ka raag hai
Phoolon ke seeney mein
Thandi thandi aag hai
Dil ke aainey mein tu
Ye samaa utaar le
Khiltey hain gul yahaan
Khil ke bikharney ko
Khiltey hain gul yahaan

Pyaasa hai dil sanam
Pyaasi ye raat hai
Honthon mein dabee dabee
Koi meethi baat hai
Pyaasa hai dil sanam
Pyaasi ye raat hai
Honthon mein dabee dabee
Koi meethi baat hai
In lamhon pe aaj tu
Har khushi nisaar dey
Khiltey hain gul yahaan
Khil ke bikharney ko
Milte hain dil yahaan
Mil ke bichhadney ko
Khiltey hain gul yahaan

————-
Lata version
————-
Aaa aaa aaa aa
Aaa aaa aaa aaa
Ho o o o
Khiltey hain gul yahaan
Khil ke bikharney ko
Milte hain dil yahaan
Mil ke bichhadney ko
Khiltey hain gul yahaan
Khilke bikharne ko
Khilte hain gul yahaan

Kal rahey na rahey
Mausam ye pyaar kaa
Kal rukey na rukey
Dolaa bahaar kaa
Kal rahey na rahey
Mausam ye pyaar kaa
Kal rukey na rukey
Dolaa bahaar kaa
Chaar pal milein jo aaj
Pyaar mein guzaar doon
Khiltey hain gul yahaan
Khil ke bikharney ko
Milte hain dil yahaan
Milke bichhadne ko
Khiltey hain

Ho
Jheelon ke honthon par
Jheelon ke honthon par
Meghon ka raag hai
Phoolon ke seeney mein
Thandi thandi aag hai
Dil ke aainey mein tu
Ye samaa utaar le
Khiltey hain gul yahaan
Khil ke bikharney ko
Milte hain dil yahaan
Milke bichhadne ko
Khiltey hain gul yahaan

Pyaasa hai dil sanam
Pyaasi ye raat hai
Honthon mein dabee dabee
Koi meethi baat hai
Pyaasa hai dil sanam
Pyaasi ye raat hai
Honthon mein dabee dabee
Koi meethi baat hai
In lamhon pe aaj tu
Har khushi nisaar dey
Khiltey hain gul yahaan
Khil ke bikharney ko
Milte hain dil yahaan
Mil ke bichhadney ko
Khiltey hain gul yahaan

5 Responses to "Khilte hain gul yahaan khil ke bikharne ko"

Just passed by today. You know this song had me mesmerized from the first bar when I first saw it on youtube last year. It was on replay for months and months. Everything is delicious–I don’t just mean the chai he serves up which had me on a chai quest–I mean the beautiful people too. Shashi is especially shashilicious.

The Kishore version is better when you listen to the two versions together. It might have to do with his rich vocals –sort of like Indian curries and wine, the rich spicy curry rendering the delicate white bitter.

Lucky Raja to have visited Bombay in the 70s. Back then, when you flew abroad, it was usually through Bombay. So I too visited Bombay a few times in the 70s. And my mom tells me Rajesh Khanna was in the elevator once-it was a Peddar Road apartment and we were visiting somone (I don’t know when–it may have been in 1976–or earlier.)

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This song is all Neeraj. Excellent poetry.

In Kishore version, there is additional element called happy, in love and charming “Shashi Kapoor”. Lata version is with sad, handicapped and searching Shashi-ji. If you remove visual effects (of SK), and unlike “sophy”, I think Lata version is better.

Also, sorry to hear about great Neeraj. I like all songs he penned for Hindi cinema.

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Came across a nice article on a person associated with this movie, Vrajendra Gaur (dialogue):

http://www.screenindia.com/news/vrajendra-gaur-word-power/673381/

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Kal rahey na rahey
Mausam ye pyaar kaa
Kal rukey na rukey
Dolaa bahaar kaa
Kal rahey na rahey
Mausam ye pyaar kaa
Kal rukey na rukey
Dolaa bahaar kaa
Chaar pal milein jo aaj
Pyaar mein guzaar dein
Khiltey hain gul yahaan
Khil ke bikharney ko
Khiltey hain gul yahaan awesome song

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a beautiful song no doubt :)..wasnt aware of lataji’s version till i read ur posting 😉

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