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Saaf karo insaaf karo

Posted on: July 1, 2011


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

Vasant Desai had a fairly long stint of thirty plus years in the film industry, and yet his total assignments as a music director are less than fifty. It is said that he did not take up or did not get many assignments because of his style. His style is deeply rooted in the classical and folk traditions, and he maintained that style throughout his career. In the 60s and 70s, his assignments are few and far between, and yet, with each outing as a composer, he has left an indelible mark.

Aashirwaad (1968) is a very notable film in Vasant Desai’s career. Five songs of this movie are already posted on this blog, and need no reminder. In this post, another gem of a folk offering is discussed. This song is created in the style of the traditional Lavni dance of Maharashtra. It is a fairly long offering (a little over 9 minutes), but it keeps a swift pace throughout and never lags in interest. The lyrics are built around a paheli (riddles) session, that takes place between a group of Lavni dancers visiting the village, and the villagers. In a traditional setting, a group of traveling dancers would visit villages, and set up a performance there. In this scenario, the dancers are posing riddles to their audience and challenging them to answer, or be called monkeys. All the riddles of the dancers are riposted by the village men folk essentially by the lead characters in the film. And then one riddle is posed by Ashok Kumar, which the dancer group is not able to answer.

The lyrics of the this paheli song are by Gulzar, and the music composition is by Vasant Desai. Just note the variations as you listen through this song. All the four antaraas are composed differently, in different rhythms. The singing voices for the dancers are of Asha Bhosle and Hemlata. I am not able to identify the five Lavni dancers on screen. I think I have seen at least two of these in other movies, but cannot identify them. As for the male voices, there are three participants, and all three are present on screen in person. There is Ashok Kumar, playing the role of Shivnath Chaudhry, or Jogi Thakur, who is singing for himself. Then we have Harindranath Chattopadhyay, playing the role of the old and poor farmer, Baiju ‘Dholakia’. In the movie, Ashok Kumar refers to him as his Guru. He is the one appearing on screen with a hukka in his hand, and he also sings for himself. The third person who participates in this riddles game is Mirza Sahib, another friend of Shivnath in the village. Ashok Kumar calls him Chachaa in the movie. The persona behind the beard is Bipin Gupta, and he too speaks / sings for himself in this song.

So listen to this interesting game in a folk refrain, and try to guess the answers before they are revealed in the song. Some are simple, some not so. Good luck. 🙂


Song-Saaf karo insaaf karo (Aashirwaad) (1968) Singers-Asha Bhonsle, Hemlata, Ashok Kumar, Harindranath Chattopadhyay, Mirza Sahib, Bipin Gupta, Lyrics-Gulzar, MD-Vasant Desai

Lyrics

suniye
aaaaaa aaaaaa aaaaaaa aaa aaa aaaaaaaa
saaf karo
saaf karo insaaf karo
saaf karo insaaf karo
bhai bhool bhulaiyyaan maaf karo
bhai bhool bhulaiyyaan maaf karo
hai ek paheli badi naweli
hai ek paheli badi naweli
jo boojhe to baney kalandar
jo boojhe to baney kalandar
aur na boojhe to
bandar bandar bandar

kai baras to kabhi na aaye
arre kai baras to kabhi na aaye
aur aaye to phir kabhi na jaaye
hai aaye to phir kabhi na jaaye?
hoo kaato phenko
phir aa jaaye
boojhe koi ye batlaaye

kai baras to kabhi na aaye
aaye to phir kabhi na jaaye
kaato phenko phir aa jaaye
kaato phenko phir aa jaaye

arre, aisa lagta hai jaise hum log gadhon ke gaaon mein aa gaye
hahaha
chachaa, ye to gaali de rahe hain
arre re re re
gadhe nahin, soorten to dekho, ullu aur bandron ke gaaon mein aa gaye hain
shivnath, daadhi to nahin
daadhi?
haan kaato, phenko phir aa jaaye
kai baras tak. . . arre haan
haan daadhi
ha ha ha ha ha
kyun chachaa, aakhir tinkaa milaa na daadhi mein?

hooo
yaad aayaa haan
Radha naam ki ladki thi ik
oonche kad ki
tumko us ki baat sunaaun
arre kyaa kehti thhi
kyaa aaaa karti thhi
aaaaaaa aaaaaa aaaaaaaa

gaagar mein jab agni bhar ke
sar pe rakh li, rakh li
aji oo sar pe rakh li, rakh li
ho jamuna paaon mein pad ke boli
tadpe machhli machle
aji oo tadpe machhli machle
ho jitni baar mujhe phoonkoge
aaag lagaa ke
utni baar utthegi tan se
dhuen ki badli badli
aji oo dhuen ki badli badli

kaun thi raadha
kaun thi jamuna
kaun thi raadha
kaun thi jamuna
ab ki baar bataao to jaanen
mirza saab ka lohaa maanen
kyun kalandar
banogey bandar
chullu bhar ka peena ho to laaun samandar
kyun kalandar
banogey bandar

gaagar mein jab agni bhar ke
sar pe rakh leee
sar pe rakh leee
jamuna paaon mein pad ke boli
tadpi machhli
tadpi machhli
jitni baar mujhe phoonkoge aag laga ke
jitni baar mujhe phoonkoge aag laga ke
utni baar utthegi tan se
utni baar utthegi tan se
dhuen keee
badli badli badli

ab iska jawaab to do
kaan pakad kar
naak pe donon ghutne tekey
uthh kar do aankhon mein
aankhen daal ke dekhe
arre kaan pakad kar
naak pe donon ghutne tekey
uthh kar do aankhon mein
aankhen daal ke dekhe
kyun kalandar
banogey bandar
chalegaa chullu
ya laaun samandar

saari jawaani koi na aaya aankh milaane
aaj budhaape mein koi kaise pehchaane
kaan pakad kar
naak pe jab wo ghutne tekey
kaun, kaun
kaan pakad kar
naak pe jab wo ghutne tekey
tab aankhon par chadh ke chashmaa aankh to dekhe

achha ab ke tum sab meri baat bataao
aur na samjho tum to saare gobar khaao

ek dafaa ek dost ke ghar pe socha thaa wo ghar pe hogaa
ek dafaa ek dost ke ghar pe socha thaa wo ghar pe hogaa
jaa kar dekha
dost nahin hai
dost nahin hai
dost nahin hai

us dost ki sunder patni ko jis haal mein paaya
taubaa taubaa dekha aur pasinaa aayaa
maan ko bhi ek baar yoon hi dekha thaa lekin
behan ko dekh ke mushkil se dil ko samjhaaya
aisi kitni sunder sunder naariyaan dekhi bhaiyyaa
aisi kitni sunder sunder naariyaan dekhi bhaiyyaa
lekin

apni patni ko us haal mein dekh na paayaa
apni patni ko us haal mein dekh na paayaa
ab kaho kalandar
haal bataao
kaho kalandar haal bataao
varna langdi chaal dikhaao

haa haa haa haa haa haa haa

chachaa mein to inhen bandariyaa nahin kahoonga, kyun
kyun
bandariyaa naaraaz ho jaayegi

ha ha ha ha ha ha

chheee chheee chheee chheee
jaanta hoon jo soch rahe ho
chheee chheee chheee chheee
jaanta hoon jo soch rahe ho
naari ka wo roop jo tum sab khoj rahey ho
chheee chheee chheee
jaanta hoon jo soch rahe ho
naari ka wo roop jo tum sab khoj rahey ho

ab suno jawaab

maan ko dekha behan ko dekha dekhi bhabhi achhi
maan ko dekha behan ko dekha dekhi bhabhi achhi
lekin
apni patni ko dekha hai kis ne
vidhwaa
vidhwaa
sachi sachi sachi

saaf kiyaa
saaf kiyaa
saaf kiyaa insaaf kiyaa
saaf kiyaa insaaf kiyaa
bhai bhoolne waalon ko maaf kiyaa
bhai bhoolne waalon ko maaf kiyaa

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