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Agar teri jalwaa numaayee na hoti

Posted on: March 2, 2011

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

In the late 1940s/early 1950s, South Indian production houses began making films in Hindi. AVM Productions became very well-known with their runaway hit, Bahar in 1951. This was based on a superhit Tamil film and was the movie that launched Vyjanthimala in Hindi movies.

Gemini Studios (with the symbol of the Gemini twins) had their share of success with films like Insaniyat, Raj Tilak, Paigham in the 50s.

Much later, in 1971, Devar Productions made Haathi Mere Saathi which was arguably one of the most popular films of Rajesh Khanna’s entire career.

Then there was also Prasad Productions which made the superhit film Sasuraal (1961) and Beti Bete (1964), amongst a host of other films. LV Prasad was a much-respected director not just in South Indian cinema but in Hindi cinema too.

It is rumoured that some actors, especially in the 50s and 60s, were not keen on working in South Indian productions. The names of Dev Anand and Dilip Kumar are touted in this context. Be that as it may, this did benefit other actors like Rajendra Kumar, Sunil Dutt and Jeetendra who had no such qualms and were often to be seen in Hindi films made by South Indian production houses.

Often, these films would feature a South Indian heroine. Apart from the big names Vyjanthimala and Padmini, one could also find Ragini, Jamuna, Saroja Devi and Savitri in some of these films.

Now, as a young boy, I had heard of Saroja Devi. She was a big name in South Indian cinema but, since I’ve not seen many South Indian movies, I’d never got to see a film of hers.

So the first film I happened to see her in was Beti Bete. And that was just a few years ago. And my first reaction was “wow, she’s beautiful!”. I wasted no time in following it up with Sasuraal. I’d been wanting to see this movie for a long time anyway but now I had an added reason to watch it.

I liked both these movies – the story is ok and the songs are just lovely. And I will admit I fell madly in love with Saroja Devi in both these movies. Not only is she beautiful but she is very charming too. When Rajendra Kumar sings “teri pyari pyari soorat ko kisi ki nazar na lage, chashme baddoor” to her in Sasuraal, he could have been singing this on my behalf. 😉

The song I present here is “agar teri jalwa numayee na hoti”, a fairly well-known song from Beti Bete. I like this song a lot. It is very pleasant to listen to – as Shankar Jaikishen’s music often is. The voices are Rafi saab’s and Suman Kalyanpur’s. Lyrics are by Hasrat Jaipuri.

Listen and enjoy. And of course, watch the video for Saroja Devi. 🙂



Song-Agar teri jalwaa numaayee na hoti (Beti Bete) (1964) Singers-Rafi, Suman Kalyanpur, Lyrics-Hasrat Jaipuri, MD-Shankar Jaikishan


Agar teri jalwaa numayee na hoti
agar teri jalwaa numayee na hoti
Khuda ki kasam ye Khudayee na hoti
agar teri jalwa numayee na hoti
Khuda ki kasam ye Khudayee na hoti
agar aankh tumse milaayi na hoti
meri zindagi muskurayee na hoti
agar aankh tumse milaayi na hoti
meri zindagi muskurayee na hoti

bahaaron ka mausam na hota suhaana
bahaaron ka mausam na hota suhaana
tere dum kadam se hua aashiqaana
tere dum kadam se hua aashiqaana
nazaaron mein ye dil rubaayee na hoti
Khuda ki kasam ye Khudayee na hoti
agar aankh tumse milaayi na hoti
meri zindagi muskurayee na hoti

tere pyaar ne mujh par ehsaan kiya hai
tere pyar ne mujh par ehsaan kiya hai
mera dil liya hai mujhe dil diya hai
mera dil liya hai mujhe dil diya hai
agar toone ulfat nibhaayee na hoti
meri zindagi muskurayee na hoti
agar teri jalwaa numayee na hoti
Khuda ki kasam ye khudayee na hoti

agar noor tera na aata jahaan mein
agar noor tera na aata jahaan mein
to rakha hi kya thaa zameen aasmaan mein
to rakha hi kya tha zameen aasmaan mein
ki maalik ne duniya banaayee na hoti
Khuda ki kasam ye Khudayee na hoti
agar aankh tumse milayi na hoti
meri zindagi muskurayee na hoti
agar teri jalwa numayee na hoti
Khuda ki kasam ye Khudayee na hoti

5 Responses to "Agar teri jalwaa numaayee na hoti"

Sunil Dutt is nice too–can’t help liking him– so I watch the beti bete songs for him. There is one fun song where he has this chefs hat and they are dancing around the living room.


I like Sunil Dutt too. In fact, I’d see a movie just for Sunil Dutt. I remember that chef’s hat song. Was fun.


Atul ji, Raja ji,

Listening to this song, and to many other songs on this blog, one cannot help but wonder at one thing. Whatever may have been the quality of the production of films or the performance by the actors, more often than not, the lyricist, the singers and the music director almost never failed to deliver top quality songs. Whether it be a fun song, or a sad one, a song of love, a song of war, a pondering look at life, or a celebration of life; whatever may be the emotion, the words and the music and the voices almost always capture one’s heart with their intrinsic charisma. A little careful listen to the words, feeling the voices echo within with your eyes closed, catching the rhythm and the beats on the surface of your skin, these songs have a quality of getting inside you and just making you love them. The words and the music and the emotions came from poets, singers and musicians who had the influence of culture – the poetry of Sufis, Kaalidas, Kabir, Raskhan, others; the music and the rhythms of classical masters; and the voices that were nurtured with care through the years; when creating a gem was the reward in itself, much more than the paltry remunerations these artists got.

This particular song sounds like a light happy song that the two lovers are singing in praise of each other. But as one looks into the words to fathom, the depth of the meaning is akin to divine –
Agar teri jalwa numayee na hoti
Khuda ki kasam ye Khudayee na hoti
– tere jalwon se hi ye khudaai barqaraar hai; and the claim is being honored by invoking God himself – “Khuda ki kasam”. The deeper emotions go much beyond the simple exchange of words between lovers. It is the Sufi poet who is putting the love of his beloved at the same level as God.

Such creations, that were abundant in the initial decades of Hindi film music, are now so very rare in the years after the 80s; the din of the synthesizer has drowned the words, the rhythms and the emotions.

wo mausikee, wo shaayari, wo gaayaki,
ab kahaan

kya log thhe wo roohani
kya waqt thha woh nooraani
taar dil ke abhi tak gungunaate hain
yaad un nafees nagmon ki alhaani

wo shaayari, wo gaayaki, wo mausikee
haan ke basee hai dilon mein
aur yaadon mein
taar dil ke abhi tak gungunaate hain
abhi tak . . . .

😦 🙂


Couldn’t agree more!

I think there must be poets out there today too who can write like this, who want to write like this. Maybe not many, but there will be a few for sure.

But kadardaan bhi to hone chaahiyen! (there need to be patrons too!).

How many people nowadays really listen properly to lyrics, try to understand the sentiment or emotion trying to be conveyed? I should not generalise – I am sure there are songs written even today with strong content – but they are too few and far between. In the past most songs were like this, nowadays “dhoondhna padta hai” (one has to search for them).


dear mr atul, congratulations .you are doing a nice job.please tell me in which film lataji sang ‘soja meri nanhi pari.’ [is it maa ? ]


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