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Haseenon se to bas saahab

Posted on: March 17, 2011


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

One of the best things about old Hindi songs is that not only are they, by and large, melodious but they come in all varieties, to suit every mood. So depending on your mood, you can always pick up an appropriate genre of songs and you will enjoy a treasure-house of songs in that category.

I do this quite often. Usually I am in an upbeat mood and then I listen to upbeat songs, often to a catchy tune or lilting beat. For example, songs like “udey jab jab zulfen teri”, “akhiyan bhool gayi hain sona”, “dil ka haal suney dilwaala” all of which I totally love. I don’t know whether it is the folk-tune in them or something else but they have something special about them.

Then there is the indoor catchy song. Whether it is a cabaret number or dance or other such party performance, there are plenty in this category that I like. A few that come top of mind are “zindagi ittefaq hai”, “baar baar dekho”, “baar baar din ye aaye” and of course that Shashikala classic “zindagi mein pyar karna seekh le”.

These are songs that I listen to on youtube very often, just to pep me up or keep me in my good mood.

Then there is this song that I first heard only about a year ago. It is from the film Ustadon Ke Ustad (1963).

Now the only song I’d ever heard of this movie earlier was “sau baar janam lenge”. That is a classic and I’ve known it from my very early days. But that was it!

When I heard this Rafi number “haseenon se to bas saaheb” about a year ago for the first time, I fell instantly in love with it. It is peppy and catchy and the music, by Ravi, is easy on the ears. The lyrics, by Asad Bhopali, are good fun too. Since that first time, I’ve heard this song several times and have never got bored of it.

The song itself is a typical 1960s song, picturised on Pradeep Kumar, Shakeela and her numerous friends (sahelis). Pradeep Kumar is having a laugh at the expense of the girls, teasing them, advising his fellow male friends that it is best to keep a distance from pretty girls. You want neither their friendship nor their enmity.

Although Shakeela does not have too much of a role in this song, I quite like her so her presence certainly does not harm the song. But it is mainly Pradeep Kumar’s show on screen.

All in all, it is a good timepass song and I think anybody who listens to it will realize that it does grow on you after a while.

Hope you like it too.

Audio

Video

Song-Haseenon se to bas saahab (Ustaadon Ke Ustaad) (1963) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Asad Bhopali, MD-Ravi

Lyrics

Haseenon se to bas saahab salaamat door ki achhi
na inki dosti achhi
na inki dushmani achhi

haseenon se to bas saaheb salaamat door ki achhi
na inki dosti achhi
na inki dushmani achhi
haseenon se to bas saahab salaamat door ki achhi
na inki dosti achhi
na inki dushmani achhi
haseenon se to bas saahab salaamat door ki achhi

peeley chehre hain magar
unpe lipstick powder
cartoonon ki tarah
aa rahey hain ye nazar
ye hai shamm-e-anjuman
dekho inka baankhpan
husn ki tauheen hai
adh khuley inke badan
na inka pyaar achha hai
na inki berukhi achhi
haseenon se to bas saahab salaamat door ki achhi
na inki dosti achhi
na inki dushmani achhi
haseenon se to bas saahab salaamat door ki achhi

inki soorat dekh kar
inki haalat dekh kar
muskura denge huzoor
aap bhi munh pher kar
ye to apne aap ki
khud udaatey hain hansi
ik tamaashey ke siwa
kuchh nahin ye zindagi
andhere jis se sharmaaye
nahin wo roshni achhi
haseenon se to bas saahab salaamat door ki achhi
na inki dosti achhi
na inki dushmani achhi
haseenon se to bas saahab salaamat door ki achhi
na inki dosti achhi
na inki dushmani achhi
haseenon se to bas saahab salaamat door ki achhi

3 Responses to "Haseenon se to bas saahab"

This is indeed a wonderful song by Ravi…who is really one of my favorite music directors 🙂

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Yes, I call him a creator of iconic songs.

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Ravi(Ravi shankar Sharma) was a favourite with south indian producers like,Prasad,AVM,Gemini etc.
After Mehmaan(1973),Ravi took a long break upto 1982 when he gave music to Nikah.In1986,on insistence of South singer Hariharan he started his southern innings under the new name BOMBAY RAVI.From Panchgani(1986) to Mayukham(2005),he gave music to 14 Malyalam films creating several iconic songs there also with Hariharan,Chitra and Yesudas.
In an interview to Malyala Manorama,Ravi had said that he was very close to almost all the southern producers and he was fond of south as he liked their professional approach and punctuality to their work.
Very few people know about Ravi’s sojourn in south.

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