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Jee chaahtaa hai

Posted on: September 30, 2011


Barsaat Ki Raat (1960) – just take away everything else, all the story, the screenplay, the characters, the histrionics, all the songs and music, and on screen plays, just take it all away, and leave just the three qawwaalis, and the greatness of this film will not be dimmed one bit. The three qawwaalis are the epitome of what this music and art form is all about. The first in the sequence, Nigaah e naaz ke maaron ka haal kyaa hogaa was discussed yesterday. The third, and the best known iconic qawwali of the three, Na to kaarwaan ki talaash hai…ye ishq ishq hai(Barsaat ki raat) has been discussed almost a little over three years ago, and then recently updated to its complete form. We are now left with the second offering in sequence, which is the subject of this post.

And in my opinion, this qawwali is the best of the three. The first one is a kind of an apprehensive affair, working from a weak set of verses, and getting overwhelmed by the opposite team, Shyama’s team is a bit off color and unsure about themselves. In the third qawwaali, there is a lot at stake, for the competition is against a much decorated current champion. And the emotions are turbulent and frayed; the romantic link between Bharat Bhushan and Madhubala is revealed to all by now, Shyama and her family are much distraught and Shyama herself is on the verge of a breakdown. The content of the third qawwaali progressively gets more philosophical and profound, and although the words truly take the listener to the zenith of the concept of ‘ishq’, the there is almost no fun and enjoyment in entire 12 plus minutes. In comparison to the second qawwaali, the third is almost as if one is attending a wake.

Let me begin by giving a brief background to the second qawwaali. The second qawwaali is now a return match, so Shyama’s team is up against the same team of Khurshid Baawra. The businessman sponsor of Shyama’s team (role played by Haroon) is bedeviled by the first loss, and wants to stake all his remaining 3 factories, just to get one win on his opponent sponsor. The rematch is planned. And Bharat Bhushan is still not traceable. So what does the businessman do in such a situation? Well of course, he would try to clandestinely break away Hazrat ‘Fitna’, the poet from the opponent team (role played by Mirza Musharraf). So the Haroon person secretly gets in touch with ‘Fitna’, and negotiates a deal with him. For a certain consideration, the opponent poet would also write the verses for this team, and will ensure that the verses on this side are the stronger. ‘Fitna’ pockets the money, and plays a dirty double cross. He has only one set of verses ready, which he very coolly hands off to both the teams.

When the qawwaali begins, and Khursheed Baawra and his team start the proceedings. On hearing the first couple of lines, Shyama’s team is shocked and drowned in tension. In their minds, the game is lost even before it starts for them, for they do not have any verses to respond with. Both Shyama and Ratna are looking askance at each other, not knowing what to do. And lo, providence plays a trump card in their favor. Bharat Bhushan suddenly appears at the venue of the competition, and whole atmosphere seems to get transformed into a positive, bubbling spirit for Shyama’s team. The verses start getting created real time on the fly, and after a couple of stanzas only, Khurshid Baawra has run out of ideas. The reason being that ‘Fitna’ was so sure of his trick, that he simply gave two verses to Khurshid Baawra, knowing that the competition would be over much earlier. He had not factored in Bharat Bhushan’s appearance and of all the people, he himself is very much shocked. Bharat Bhushan becomes the savior of this team, and the expression of joy on the faces of Shyama, Ratna and the rest of singers, is remarkable. Their faces, their actions, their singing – everything just turns into fun.

Now in between, Khurshid and his team are without a boatman. He beckons ‘Fitna’, who hands him a very well known couplet from a very famous poet (you will know it when you hear it). As soon as this verse is rendered by Khurshid, there is a lot of booing, and the people in the audience start pelting ‘Fitna’ with footwear. Now ‘Fitna’ is on the run, he tries to take refuge is the ladies section of the audience, but is beaten and driven out from there.

On this side, Shyama and Ratna are going from strength to strength, thoroughly enjoying themselves, with Khurshid watching them with a defeated expression, not knowing what to do. His one last effort at improvisation, ‘kab aa’ogey’ is a feeble and desperate call to his verse writer who has by now disappeared. In the last couple of verses, Shyama and Ratna actually walk over to the other team and continue singing right next to them, signifying that they are taking the battle right into the enemy territory. And Khurshid is resigned to defeat. (One reason for is dejection is that there is a side bet that has been wagered between Khurshid and Ratna, that if he loses, he will have to clean the footwear of the entire team on Shyama’s side).

The liveliness, the presentation by Shyama and Ratna, the verve in the music as well as in the rendition, is just so heartwarming. Every time I listen to this qawwaali, my heart wants to make me stand up and applaud. Such is the impact of this qawwaali.

I think I have said enough and now I should let you switch on the link and play this wonderful joyous musical creation.

The lyrics are by Sahir and music is Roshan. The singing voices this time around are of Asha ji for Shyama, Sudha Malhotra for Ratna, Balbir for Khurshid Baawra, and voice of Bande Hasan in accompaniment to Balbir’s


Song-Jee chaahtaa hai (Barsaat Ki Raat) (1960) Singers-Balbir, Bande Hasan, Asha Bhonsle, Sudha Malhotra, Lyrics-Sahir Ludhianvi, MD-Roshan
Balbir, Bande Hasan and chorus
Asha Bhonsle, Sudha Malhotra and chorus

Lyrics

aaa aaa
aaa aaa
na khanjar uthhegaa
na talwaar tumse
na khanjar uthhegaa
na talwaar tumse
haaaaan
ye baazu mere
ye baazu mere
aazmaaye huye hain
aur
pehchaantaa hoon khoob
pehchaantaa hoon khoob
tumhaari nazar ko main
pehchaantaa hoon khoob
tumhaari nazar ko main
pehchaantaa hoon khoob
tumhaari nazar ko main
pehchaantaa hoon khoob
tumhaari nazar ko main
pehchaantaa hoon khoob
tumhaari nazar ko main
bhai jaane na doongaa
haaaan
jaane na doongaa haath se
dil aur jigar ko main
jaane na doongaa haath
haath se
jaane na doongaa haath
haath se
jaane na doongaa haath se
dil aur jigar ko main

aaa aaa
dil aisi shai nahin hai jo
kaaboo mein reh sakey
dil aisi shai nahin hai jo
kaaboo mein reh sakey
dil aisi shai nahin hai jo
kaaboo mein reh sakey
bhai samjhaaun kis tareh se
haaan
samjhaaun kis tareh se
kisi bekhabar ko main
samjhaaun kis tareh se
kis tareh
samjhaaun kis tareh se
kis tareh
samjhaaun kis tareh se
kisi bekhabar ko main

haaaaaaan
aayee hai unke chaand se
chehre ko choom kar
ho aayee hai unke
haan haan aayee hai unke
ho ho aayee hai unke
aayee hai unke chaand se
chehre ko choom kar
bhai jee chaahtaa hai
haaaaan
jee chaahtaa hai choom loon
apni nazar ko main
jee chaahtaa hai choom loon
ho apni nazar ko main
jee chaahtaa hai choom loon
ho apni nazar ko main
jee chaahtaa hai choom
choom loon
jee chaahtaa hai choom
choom loon
jee chaahtaa hai choom loon
apni nazar ko main

aaaa aaaa
aaaa aaaa
go zulm be-hisaab kiyaa
is nigaah ne
go zulm be-hisaab kiyaa
is nigaah ne
rusvaa kiyaa kharraab kiyaa
is nigaah ne

go zulm be-hisaab kiyaa
is nigaah ne
rusvaa kiyaa kharaab kiyaa
is nigaah ne
ik kaam lajawaab kiyaa
is nigaah ne
jo tujhko intikhaab kiyaa
is nigaah ne
jo tujhko intikhaab kiyaa
is nigaah ne
bhai jee chaahtaa hai choom loon
apni nazar ko main
jee chaahtaa hai choom loon
ho apni nazar ko main
main
jee chaahtaa hai choom loon
apni nazar ko main
jee chaahtaa hai choom
choom loon
jee chaahtaa hai choom
choom loon
jee chaahtaa hai choom loon
apni nazar ko main

jee chaahtaa hai choom loon
apni nazar ko main
jee chaahtaa hai
jee chaahtaa
jee chaahtaa hai
jee chaahtaa
jee chaahtaa hai
jee chaahtaa
jee chaahtaa hai
jee chaahtaa
hoo jee chaahtaa hai
jee chaahtaa
jee chaahtaa hai
jee chaahtaa
jee chaahtaa hai
jee

haaaan
ishq par zor nahin
hai ye wo aatish fitnaa
ishq par zor nahin
hai ye wo aatish fitnaa
ishq par zor nahin
hai ye wo aatish fitnaa
ke lagaaye na lagey
aur bujhaaye naa baney
ab tum hi kaho ke
kyaa
jee chaahtaa hai
jee chaahtaa
jee chaahtaa hai
jee chaahtaa
jee chaahtaa hai
jee

wo sadaa door door rehtaa hai
naa’sehaa tu durust kehtaa hai

uspe marney se kuchh nahin haasil
aahen bharney se kuchh nahin haasil

be muraawwat hai
bewafaa hai wo
mere dushman ka aashnaa hai wo

ab isey chhodnaa hi behtar hai
ye bharam todna hi behtar hai
maante hain teri naseehat ko
haay par kyaa karen
par kyaa karen tabeeyat ko
bhai jee chaahtaa hai
jee chaahtaa
jee chaahtaa hai
jee chaahtaa
ee chaahtaa hai
jee

kab aa’ogey
kab aa’ogey
arre bhai kab aa’ogey
jab aa’ogey
tab aa’ogey
kab aa’ogey
jab aa’ogey
tab aa’ogey

mar jaayenge gar yoon hi ghazab dhaa’ogey
hum dho ke barastey hain sharaabi baadal
tum ab bhi naa aa’ogey
to kab aao’gey
bhai jee chaahtaa hai
jee chaahtaa
jee chaahtaa hai
jee
aaaaaa
jee chaahtaa hai
jee
aaaaaa
jee chaahtaa hai
jee
aaaaaa
jee chaahtaa hai
jee
aaa aaaa aaa aaaaa

pichhle pehar jab os padey
aur thhandi pawan chaley

birhaa agan moraa tan man phoonke
sooni sej jarey

hoo
sab sakhiyaan chali pee ko rijhaane
morey sajan hain door thhikaane

aur mera bhi
jee chaahtaa hai
jee chaahtaa
jee chaahtaa hai
jee chaahtaa

kyun aap pe martey
hum ye nahin keh sakte

haaye bas
jee chaahtaa hai
jee chaahtaa
jee chaahtaa hai
jee chaahtaa

seerat ka hai sawaal
na soorat ki baat hai
hum tum pe mar mitey
ye tabeeyat ki baat hai

bhai jee chaahtaa hai
jee chaahtaa
jee chaahtaa hai
jee chaahtaa
jee chaahtaa hai
jee chaahtaa
jee chaahtaa hai
jee chaahtaa
chaahtaa
chaahtaa
jee chaahtaa hai
jee chaahtaa
jee chaahtaa hai
jee chaahtaa
jee chaahtaa hai choom loon
apni nazar ko main
jee chaahtaa hai choom loon
apni nazar ko main

8 Responses to "Jee chaahtaa hai"

It is an awesome write up on an awesome song. Thanks for giving the background behind the qawwalis of the movie. Now I can certainly see these qawwaalis in the right perspective and appreciate them even better.

And I just noticed that this is your 200th post. Congratulations, and thanks a lot for your write ups that are invaluable additions to this blog.

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Atul ji,

Thanks so much for your kind appreciation. Yes certainly, the qawwaalis in this film have a lot of story behind them, and that is what made them so much more interesting. 🙂

This music is just so close to my heart, and I thank you for establishing this blog, and providing such a treasure and also opportunity for people like me. 🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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Oh, I am SO happy to see this qawwali here! I LOVE all the qawwalis of Barsaat Ki Raat – and I wouldn’t want to compare one with the other but this one is indeed particularly sweet because it is the “grunge” qawwali. I remember I saw this movie for the first time only a couple of years ago – and loved it! The songs are obviously the highlight but I loved the Urdu too.

And what an absolutely fantastic write-up, Sudhirji. Very accurate (as usual), it is almost as if the whole situation is playing in front of our eyes (the video helps to accentuate it but even without the video, this description would have been enough). You could be an excellent cricket or hockey commentator, especially in the pre-TV days 😉

Also, congrats on your double hundred here. Looking forward to your triple. 😉

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Raja ji

Thanks so much for your message and greetings.
Me too, looking forward to many many more songs on this blog.
🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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Sudhir ji,
I wonder how God has given you so much of dedication towards music.Add to this your impeccable style of writing and we have the best recipe for enjoying the music to the core-understanding the minute places of intricate amplification of the hidden meanings.
Really,you are superb.
As I was absent for few days,I took time to go thru all your postings in last few days and enjoyed them. THANKS.
Congratulations for crossing 200 mark too !
-AD

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Arun ji,

Welcome, it is good to see you back.

Thanks for your kind appreciation, and greetings. 🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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These write-ups make me want to get the movie and see it once again; thistime with a better understanding of the intrigue that is going on, which escaped me when I saw the movie years ago.

Thanks Sudhir.

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Welcome Krishna ji,
🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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