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Kuchh aur zamaanaa kehta hai

Posted on: May 6, 2011


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie songs and a regular contributor to this blog.

Chhoti Chhoti Baatein (1965) is the last movie of the great actor Motilal. Motilal had been active in the Hindi film world for more than 3 decades by then. This was his first (and also the last) venture as a director and producer. Unfortunately, Motilal passed away before the release date of the movie, and in more than one ways, this movie turns out to be his swansong.

The movie is an offbeat social drama, on a theme that was, at least in those decades, was a taboo – friendly relations between two grown up mature people, outside of their own families.

In the storyline, Motilal is a widower. After retirement, he realizes that his children actually do not want him around, as they are busy with their own lives and own families. He bequeaths his assets to them, keeping enough for his own living, and moves to a village to live alone. Here he meets with Nadira, a young lady with radical views. Their friendship grows, but it becomes an eyesore for the village people, who object and complain to the two of them and to Motilal’s family. The story has a sad ending, as Motilal dies of dejection on being misunderstood, and getting isolated in the face his family and society.

There is a very beautiful solo by Mukesh in this movie, a song that speaks of his plight – ‘zindagi khwaab hai thhaa hamen bhi pataa’. Motilal apparently was greatly influenced by Charlie Chaplin (although he never did try to act like him). An earlier Motilal movie, ‘Mastaana’ (1954) was kind of based on the Chaplin production ‘The Kid’. This movie is also influenced by another Chaplin production, ‘Limelight’.

This movie is also the swansong of the very talented music director Anil Biswas. This was the last movie for which he composed the music. After this he took retirement from the Bombay film world and moved to Delhi. He continued to be active with Doordarshan and also composed background score for many documentaries.

The songs of this movie are written by Shailendra, and are so wonderfully set to soft tones of music by Anil Da. This song is a wonderful ghazal, rendered so beautifully by Meena Kapoor. On screen, this song is picturized on Nadira. She and Motilal are sitting in a boat. They do not start out together (apparently so since Motilal can be seen in his swimming costume). Nadira is taking a boat ride, and the boatman sees Motilal struggling in the water, and helps him climb aboard the boat. This is the first introduction of these two characters in the story. A conversation happens between Nadira and Motilal, and Nadira then sings this ghazal. (This video clip only has the ghazal; albeit on YouTube there is also a longer clip that covers this entire episode).The opening lines of the ghazal are a direct expression of the radical mind set of the character played by Nadira – ‘kuchh aur zamaanaa kehtaa hai, kuchh aur hai zidd mere dil ki’.

Enjoy this beautiful ghazal by Shailendra, lovely composition by Anil Da, and sung so softly by Meena Kapoor.

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Song-Kuchh aur zamaanaa kehta hai (Chhoti Chhoti Baaten) (1965) Singer-Meena Kapoor, Lyrics-Shailendra, MD-Anil Biswas

Lyrics

hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm
kuchh aur zamaana kehta hai
kuchh aur hai zidd mere dil ki
kuchh aur zamaana kehta hai
kuchh aur hai zidd mere dil ki
main baat zamaane ki maanoon
ya baat sunoon apne dil ki
kuchh aur zamaana kehta hai

duniya ne hamen be-rehmi se
thhukraa jo diyaa achhaa hi kiyaa
thhukraa jo diyaa achhaa hi kiyaa
naadaan hum samjhe baithhe thhe
naadaan hum samjhe baithhe thhe
nibhti hai yahaan dil se dil ki
kuchh aur zamaana kehta hai

insaaf muhabbat sachaai
insaaf muhabbat sachaai
ye rehm-o-karam ke dikhlaawe
kuchh kehte zubaan sharmaati hai
kuchh kehte zubaan sharmaati hai
poochho na jalan mere dil ki
kuchh aur zamaana kehta hai

go basti hai insaanon ki
insaan magar dhoondhe na milaa
insaan magar dhoondhe na milaa
pathhar ke buton se kyaa keejey
pathhar ke buton se kyaa keejey
fariyaad bhalaa toote dil ki
kuchh aur zamaana kehta hai
kuchh aur hai zidd mere dil ki
main baat zamaane ki maanoon
ya baat sunoon apne dil ki
kuchh aur zamaana kehta hai

4 Responses to "Kuchh aur zamaanaa kehta hai"

Sudhir ji,

Thanks a lot for posting this song. I am familiar with but had forgotten it. Such beautiful poetry. Since yesterday i am coming back to hear it again and again.

Regards.

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