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Zindagi ka ajab fasaanaa hai

Posted on: July 10, 2011

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

This is another beautiful ghazal from the film Chhoti Chhoti Baaten (1965), presented as a duet in this movie. The ghazal is sung by Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar, and on screen, it is picturized on Moti Sagar and Manju. Moti Sagar plays the role of Motilal’s son in this movie. Motilal leaves his children and comes to live in a village. After some time, one of his sons, Moti Sagar, disillusioned with his own life in his own ways, also follows him and starts to live with his father in the village. Here, he falls in love with a village girls, Radha, played by actress Manju.

On screen, Moti Sagar is working in the fields and Radha gets his lunch for him. It is apparent that they like each other, but have not really expressed it to each other. After a brief meeting, they part to go different ways, and then the song plays. Both characters appear to be singing for themselves, and also to each other, as they are walking away.

The lyrics are by Shailendra, and the soft composition is by Anil Biswas. Enjoy this lovely gem of a ghazal, from the last movie for which Anil Da composed the music.



Song-Zindagi ka ajab fasaanaa hai (Chhoti Chhoti Baaten) (1965) Singers-Mukesh, Lata, Lyrics-Shailendra,MD-Anil Biswas


zindagi ka ajab fasaanaa hai
rotey rotey bhi muskuraana hai
zindagi ka ajab fasaanaa hai

ishq mein jaante hain jaan gayee
ishq mein jaante hain jaan gayee
phir bhi kehte hain aazmaanaa hai
phir bhi kehte hain aazmaanaa hai

kaisi mushqil hai koi jaane
kaisi mushqil hai koi jaane
aag ko aag se bujhaana hai
zindagi ka ajab fasaanaa hai

dil lagaayaa thha par na thhee ye khabar
dil lagaayaa thha par na thhee ye khabar
maut ka ye bhi ek bahaanaa hai
maut ka ye bhi ek bahaanaa hai

dil to kehta hai tere paas chaloon
dil to kehta hai tere paas chaloon
kyaa karoon raah mein zamaana hai
zindagi ka ajab fasaanaa hai
rotey rotey bhi muskuraana hai
zindagi ka ajab fasaanaa hai
rotey rotey bhi muskuraana hai

14 Responses to "Zindagi ka ajab fasaanaa hai"

Sudhir ji,
You have already written about Motilal,the film and Anil biswas in your earlier article on may 6th 2011,on the song of this movie.
Motilal Rajvansh(1910-1965),an extraordinary actor and a thorough gentleman died almost penniless.he was an addict of Gambling and Racing.When he died,even his companion of 15 years,Nadira,did not attend his funeral.Such was the tragic end.
Motilal’s famous comment on his own film career was
” Married a 100 times
died almost 2 times
never born,but always
brought down by Parachute ”


Somewhere I have read that actor Motisagar is the father of famous singer PREETHI SAGAR(who sang in most of shayam benegal`s films and the famous JULIE song-“My heart is beating, keeps on repeating).
Arunji please throw some more light on the correctness of this fact


Prakashchandra ji,
PREETI SAGAR is the daughter of Motisagar,cousin of actor Motilal and singer Mukesh.
She won Filmfare awrd for her song “Mhare gaon ” from Manthan(1978).
Preeti now lives in Mumbai with her husband and 2 daughters.She owns a company ANGELA FILMS which makes Ad films,short films and does dubbing.
She last sang to promote AADHAR cards,in 2010,for the Govt.of India.


Thanks Arunji for the information

Further I want to know from you,whether MOTISAGAR acted or directed in any film produced in mid 80`s.I have seen a film shown on doordarshan at thursday evenings(PRATEEKSHA or something like that must be the title) I am searching the name of the film from many years. I vaguely remember that MOTISAGAR was associated with this film.

The starcast of the movie also I don`t remember, yes an kashmiri actor called ASHOK PANDIT was the main actor,Motisagar must have been acted in that film. Swaroop sampat must have been also there. Preethi sagar sang a song in this film.
Love story against the backdrop of village must be the main theme of the film.

Can you help me,in this direction please

with regards


Prakashchandra ji,
MOTI SAGAR was an actor,writer and producer.He did not direct any picture.He was the son of Ramanand Sagar and helped him in TV Serials Ramayana and Krishna.
He acted in Malhar,Makhhichoos,Diwali ki raat,our house,Burma road,Nawab Sirajuddoula and Chhoti chhoti baten.He wrote Badal,Rambharose,Charas,and Lalkaar.He produced Badal and Hum tere ashiq hain.
He entered films along with cousins Motilal,Mukesh and Tara Harish.He died in 1999.He has,however, directed some TV serials.
I could not find any film with the description you have given.If you can give some definite clue then it may be possible.


Thanks again for the information,
But for the time being, I am not able to give you any definite clue, may be some other day, my memory prompts me correctly.


Prakashchandra ji,

One movie comes to mind. Baadal (1985) is produced by Moti Sagar under the banner of Amar Movies. Lead pair in this movies are Mithun Chakravarty and Poonam Dhillon. Other actors are Shammi Kapoor, Shakti Kapoor, Madan Puri, Rajedranath, Prema Narayan, Arun Govil, Jayashree T, Bob Christo etc.

I checked and found that the music for this movie is composed by Bappi Lahiri, and lyrics are by Anjaan.



thanks for the pain you taken for me,
But that is not the film, I do have my own doubt about the both Moti saagar`s were different identities. But I don`t have any pucca proof about that. According to my gut feeling son of Ramanand saagar is different and the choti choti baatein actor(preethi saagar`s father is different)

Anyways Thanks again sudhirji


Sudhir bhai and Arunji

I have found out the name of movie directed by Moti sagar(father of Preethi sagar)
It is PRERANA(1984)
starring Kiran juneja,Ashok Pandit,Sudhir pandey, moti sagar
music: Vijay kumar
Produced by Mihir Films(It must be offbeat and a social movie)
and the songs are sung by
Preethi sagar,Namita sagar,Niti sagar,Moti sagar and nitin mukesh

lyrics by Rajesh johri,Moti sagar,NIrmala mishra,Somi sharad

So in this movie totally Moti sagar plays the role of actor, lyricist, director and singer


does anyone know who “moti sagar’s” wife was?


very good film




Arunkumar Deshmukh ji
Moti Sagar the actor and Moti Sagar the producer and director of serials like Prithiviraj Chauhan, Sai Baba, Jai Shri Krishna, Meera, Shakuntala and Mahavir Hanuman are two different people.


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