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Aankh bhar aayi dil bhar aayaa

Posted on: October 18, 2011

“Pehle Aap” (1944) is one of the movies whose songs defined the course that Hindi movie music would take in the decades to come. I have discussed as many as six songs from this movie already, including songs that have become far too rare to find.

Recently I discussed a rare song from “Pehle Aap” on a farmaish by a reader. Here is another song from the movie on the same farmaish.

When I listened to this song, I immediately recognised it as a song that was a regular song in the “Puraani filmon ke geet” programme broadcast on Radio Ceylon between 7-30 am to 8 am. At that time, I had no idea about the details of this song, but it was clear to me that it was one of more popular songs of its time. And now, I find that this song had ended up as so obscure that this song was not available even on YT !

Here is this rare song from “Pehle Aap” (1944). It is sung by Zohrabai Ambalewaali. D N Madhok is the lyricist. Music is composed by Naushad.

I have not been able to get the lyrics of this song to my satisfaction. As a result there are several gaps in the lyrics noted down by me. I request our readers with keener ears to help point out the correct/ missing words in the lyrics.
PS-Now the corrected lyrics have been provided by Sudhir jee which plugs the earlier gaps in the lyrics

In the meanwhile, enjoy this rare and special song from “Pehle Aap” (1944), which was quite popular on Radio Ceylon “Puraani filmon ke geet” programme and I am sure it was a hugely popular song of its time.

And I just noticed that this song is the 200th composition of Naushad in this blog. In is quite a sizeable portion of all Naushad compositions, considering that Naushad composed around 660 songs in Hindi movies in his career. I am sure that with time we will have almost all the Naushad compositions in the blog.


Song-Aankh bhar aayi dil bhar aayaa (Pehle Aap) (1944) Singer-Zohrabai Ambalewaali, Lyrics-D N Madhok, MD-Naushad

Lyrics(Provided by Sudhir)

Aankh bhar aayee dil bhar aaya
dil ko lagaa ke ye phal paayaa
bhool gaye naina nindiyaa ko
hamne apna aap ganwaayaa
aankh bhar aayi dil bhar aaya

chain tere bin nahin
tu hain kahin main kahin
chain tere bin nahin
tu hai kahin main kahin
milke jo bichhadnaa thhaa(?)
kaahe dil ka nagar basaayaa
aankh bhar aayi dil bhar aaya

tum hi kaho kyaa karoon
jeeti rahoon ya maroon
tum hi kaho kyaa karoon
jeeti rahoon ya maroon
palkon par aa baithhe aansoo
dil ne ronaa raag sunaayaa
aankh bhar aayi dil bhar aaya

bhor bhayi ghar aa
yaa hamen paas bulaa
bhor bhayi ghar aa
yaa hamen paas bulaa
chaal dinaa ye jag hai le jaa (?)
aage ghor andhera chhaayaa
aankh bhar aayi dil bhar aaya
dil ko lagaa ke ye phal paayaa
bhool gaye naina nindiyaa ko
hamne apna aap ganwaayaa
aankh bhar aayi dil bhar aaya

3 Responses to "Aankh bhar aayi dil bhar aayaa"

Atul Sir,
Music Director Naushad had given wonderful songs which cannot be easily forgotten. The way the lyrics are handled the tune and but not the least is the ear pleasing musical interludes by the musical instruments.
Many songs that came out in the 1943 to1948 had these characteristics.
but most of them are not on the youtube nor do they find a place in your
Bollywood song a day, Below are a few such examples:-

1. Film Keemat (1946) song by Naseem Akthar
O hum se hush ke khush zamana
Chand ko gale se lagaye
2.Film Jeevan (1943 ) chorus dong led by Zohra Bai
Karlo mohabat karlo

Is it possible that you may give these songs in your collectionns


Searching for the songs which are not available in youtube and uploading them is a time consuming exercise. I did that when I needed to discuss songs of Bulo C Rani. I may do that in case of Naushad too when I run out of Naushad songs available on youtube.


This song had an impact on the lyricist Raja Mahdi Ali Khan who wrote a song in Aankhen in 1950. The opening lines of the song are as follows: Preet lagake maine ye sukh paya sudh budh khoyee chain ganwaya. It was tuned by Madan Mohan and sung by Mukesh. It was hugely popular in those days but no body cared for the original song.


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