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Aji aisi nazar ko kyaa kahiye

Posted on: October 19, 2011


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

The general impression of a qawwaali is that is sung by a group of singers and musicians together. Either it is one group that is presenting, with one or two lead singers, a number of other singers providing the chorus, and some members of the group are playing the musical instruments. Or it is a presentation by two groups composed as described above, who may be competing with each other, in presenting ideas about a specific theme. This latter variation is called ‘baitbaazi’ .

But we can leave it to the producers and directors of Hindi films to create more variations of nearly anything. And they have done so with the presentation of qawwaalis also. There are some filmi qawwaalis that are presented without any accompanying singers or musicians. Rather the setting of the qawwaali is not even the normal ‘sit down in a group or two groups’ situation, but the qawwaali is presented by a single individual or a give-and-take between two individuals.

The qawwaali I discuss in this post, is presented by a single actor (well not exactly, but I will elaborate that little later). Johar Mehmood In Goa, is a characteristic and a classic film by IS Johar. Inderjeet Singh Johar was a film maker who had the knack to spice up any topic and present it as a comedy. This film is story based on the freedom struggle for Goa, in the 1960-61 time frame. When India became independent in 1947, the territory of Goa continued to be under Portuguese rule, and it took another 14 years for the them leave. The movement for independence of Goa had been in the making for more than two decades, and the showdown finally came when the Indian army and navy attacked Goa in 1961 and annexed it into India. The story presented in this film is about a group of revolutionaries led by two young men named Ram (role played by IS Johar) and Rahim (role played by Mehmood). As the story unfolds and the revelations are made – these two young men are actually twin brothers, sons of Christian parents, and as infants, were left at the doorsteps of two other families, due to reasons of dire circumstances. As it turns out these one of these families is a Hindu family and the other is a Muslim family. The two grow up to be very close friends and then become leaders of the revolutionary group that is creating problems for the Portuguese authorities. They have a number of run ins with the police, especially the superintendent Albuqurque (played by Kamal Kapoor), under very hilarious circumstances.

The scene of this song is a prison. The situation is that Rahim has been captured by the police. The problem is that there are five contenders to the post. Five persons, all looking like Rahim and all claiming to be Rahim, are in the lock up. The police force and the superintendent are perplexed are want to get to the bottom of the matter, to identify which of them is the real Rahim. At this point, Rahim breaks into this qawwaali, and all the five ‘impersonators’ join in. The words of the qawwaali are a teasing sarcasm directed at the superintendent, reproaching him for not recognizing the true ‘friend’. Mehmood has done a superb job in appearing as five personalities in the same frame, all of them together singing this qawwaali. The other presence in this clip is the actor Surender, who plays the role of deputy superintendent Peter. He is the actual father of the twin brothers, a fact that is not yet revealed between them, so far in the movie.

The lyrics are written by Farooque Qaiser and the music composition is by Kalyanji Anandji. The singing voice is that of Rafi Saab. View this excellent performance by Mehmood, as he is running circles around the senior police officers, while keeping them completely confused about the identity of the real Rahim.

wo kisko dhhond’te hain, hum saamne khade hain
kis bewafaa se yaaro, ye nain jaa ladey hain

Whom do you seek, I am standing right in front of you
Alas, my eyes are tangled with the one whose promise is not to be trusted

aji aisi nazar ko kyaa kahiye, jo yaar na apna pehchaane
deewaana banaane waale ye, dekho aaj baney hain deewaane

What to say about this glance, that sees, and yet does not recognize a friend
They, who are known to fool others, are themselves bewildered today

rang pheekaa padaa, moonh hai utraa huaa
meri jaane wafaa, kuchh to aakhir bataa

Your face has lost color, and there is despair visible on it
Tell me o dear, what is the matter after all

tu meri baat kaa, mat lagaanaa buraa
kuchh na mujh se chhupaa, mein teraa hoon teraa
tu pardaa utthaa ke dekh le, aji aaye hain tere mastaane

Please do not mind my words
I am your friend, please share with me, do not hide anything
Just raise the screen and you will find your buddies are here for you

khoi khoi nazar, ye tadaptaa jigar
kyaa huaa hai tumhen hum ko sab hai khabar

I can see your eyes are wandering, searching, and there seems to be a pain in your heart
But I do know what is going on inside you

jaayoge tum jidhar, hum milnegey udhar
ghoom ke dekh lo aaj saaraa nagar
ye baat patey ki kehte hain, isey maane koi yaa na maane

Wherever you may turn, I promise you will find me there
Search for me today anywhere in the city, and you will find me there
You may believe it or not, but this is a fact

Audio

Video

Song-Aji aisi nazar ko kyaa kahiye (Johar Mehmood in Goa) (1965) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Farooque Kaiser, MD-Kalyanji Anandji
Chorus

Lyrics

arre wo kisko dhhondh’te hain
hum saamne khade hain
waah aa haa haa haa haa
kis bewafaa se yaaron
ye nain jaa ladey hain
waah waah waah
aadaab arz hai
aadaab arz hai
aadaab arz hai

aji aisi nazar ko kyaa kahiye
aji aisi nazar ko kyaa kahiye
jo yaar na apna pehchaane
deewaana banaane waale ye
deewaana banaane waale ye
dekho aaj baney hain deewaane
aji aisi nazar ko kyaa kahiye
jo yaar na apna pehchaane

rang pheekaa padaa
munh hai utraa huaa
meri jaane wafaa
kuchh to aakhir bataa
meri jaane wafaa
kuchh to aakhir bataa

tu meri baat kaa
mat lagaanaa buraa
kuchh na mujh se chhupaa
main teraa hoon teraa
kuchh na mujh se chhupaa
main teraa hoon teraa

kuchh na mujh se chhupaa
main teraa hoon teraa
tu pardaa uthhaa ke dekh le
tu pardaa uthhaa ke dekh le
aji aaye hain tere mastaane
aji aisi nazar ko kyaa kahiye
haaye haaye
aisi nazar ko kyaa kahiye
jo yaar na apna pehchaane

khoi khoi nazar
ye tadaptaa jigar
kyaa huaa hai tumhen
hum ko sab hai khabar
kyaa huaa hai tumhen
hum ko sab hai khabar
jaayoge tum jidhar
hum milnegey udhar
ghoom ke dekh lo
aaj saaraa nagar
ghoom ke dekh lo
aaj saaraa nagar

ghoom ke dekh lo
aaj saaraa nagar
ye baat patey ki kehte hain
ye baat patey ki kehte hain
issey maane koi yaa na maane
aji aisi nazar ko kyaa kahiye
haaye haaye
aisi nazar ko kyaa kahiye
jo yaar na apna pehchaane
deewaana banaane waale ye
dekho aaj baney hain deewaane
aji aisi nazar ko kyaa kahiye
jo yaar na apna pehchaane
jo yaar na apna pehchaane

3 Responses to "Aji aisi nazar ko kyaa kahiye"

If I remember correctly, the original title of the film was GOA. But it was changed to JOHAR MEHMOOD IN GOA. My guess is that Censure Board may have objected to the original title. But I am not sure.

Anyway, the film was a hit which made the producers to use actor’s names in the titles of the films like Johar Mehmood in Hong Kong, Johar in Kashmir, Johar in Bombay.

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Sadanand ji,
You are right; IS Johar at one time has the dream of emulating he Bing Crosby-Bob Hope “Road To . . . . ” series. “Goa” (1965) and “Hong Kong” (1971) were the only two he could get to complete, before abandoning the idea. 🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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