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Mehfil mein nahin to dil mein sahi

Posted on: November 10, 2011


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

In the previous qawwaali I had posted (Poochho Na Hamen Ishq Mein Kyaa Kyaa Nazar Aayaa), we saw Dara Singh and Mumtaz enjoying the qawwaali being performed by Jagdeep, Mohan Choti, and Shakila Banu Bhopali. So how about Dara Singh actually performing a qawwaali. No, not impossible, if that is the first thought that came to your mind. This qawwaali is co-presented on screen by Dara Singh, along with Maruti and a host of junior artists.

The film is ‘Watan Se Door’, is a 1968 production from Rainbow Films, Bombay, and it is directed by Kamraan. The star cast is an impressive list of B grade artists, that includes Dara Singh, Nishi, Kamraan, Tiwari, Maruti, Sham Kumar, Minaakshi, Amarnath, Tun Tun, Daisy Irani, Khursheed Khan, Jerry, Habeeb, Masood, Moolchand, Beebu Cheena etc. The lyrics for this film are by Farooque Qaiser, and the music is by the duo Lala-Sattaar. This is one of the handful of films for which music is composed by this duo. As noted in write ups and comments earlier, there is really no information traceable for Lala-Sattaar (and also for the trio music directors Lala-Asar-Sattaar). Request once again the knowledgeable readers to please add more information if possible.

From the situation created for this qawwaali, I can surmise the following about the storyline of the picture. Apparently, this film is about a war between India and an unnamed neighboring country. Dara Singh, Maruti and others are soldiers in the Indian Army, and seems like they have been captured by the enemy. The group is in a prisoners-of-war camp, and as is apparent from the video clip, there is one (or more) of this group that are trying to dig a tunnel to escape from this prison. And so, as the guards and camp commandant come to inspect, the group breaks out into singing, to distract the attention of the guards, possibly from the sounds of digging, as well as to cover up the absence of one (or more) prisoners from this group. And so we have this fun qawwaali, that is presented on screen by Maruti and Dara Singh. It is real interesting to see a muscular he-man that Dara Singh is, making the delicate movements that need to go with the singing – fun to watch. The singing voices are those of Mohammed Rafi and Manna Dey. On screen, there is a motley group of junior artists, some are very recognizable from their appearances in many other films, but I am not able to place a name to these faces. The bald fellow in undershirt sporting a huge belly is the most familiar. Request other readers to please help identify him and others in the singing group.

Enjoy, maybe one of its kind, a qawwali performed by Dara Singh. 🙂

(There is one more very unique and unexpected appearance that Dara Singh makes in another song, another film – look out for that song in a post coming up shortly).

mehfil mein nahin to dil mein sahi
dildaar milenge kahin na kahin

Lovers are bound to meet, somewhere, somehow
Be it in a festive get together, or simply within the heart itself

gulshan mein nahin sahraa mein sahi
do phool khilenge kahin na kahin

The twin flowers of love will bloom, somewhere, somehow
Be it in the garden of love, or even in the arid and desolate desert
(NOTE: sahaaraa = desert)

judaa hai jo dilbar, mil jaayegaa
gumchaa tamannaa ka khil jaayegaa

Beloved, who is far away, will surely meet
The flowers of yearning will surely bloom in the heart

tu na mere dil ki baat jaane deewaane
badalti hai qismat zaraa dheere dheere
jahaan aap hongey ye dil jaayegaa

O besotted dear of mine, you do not know the true feelings of my heart
The destiny takes its own time to change
Where ever you may be, this heart of mine will surely follow you

teri kyaa shaan hai pyaare
niraali aan hai pyaare
zaraa tu dekh le hans ke
yehi armaan hai pyaare

O my dear, what to say of your dignity
And the honor you have is second to none
That you may glance at me with a smile
Is a singular desire of this heart

saari duniyaa mein tu hi pyaaraa hai
pyaar ne tere hamen maaraa hai

In the whole wide world, you alone are dear to my heart
My love for you will be the end of my life

ye teri chhamm chhamm karti chaal
ye tere rehsam jaise baal
khudaaraa ghunghat munh pe daal
buraa hai mere dil ka haal<

Your graceful gait is alive with tinkling sounds of anklets
Your hair are as soft as silk
I beseech you in the name of Allaah, keep your face in the veil
As it is, my heart is in dire straits, as it longs for you

baaton baaton mein meri jaan pe ban jaayegi
arre pyaar tadpegaa to dil se ye sadaa aayegi

Just as we exchange these words, my life breath will come to the brink of extinction
And as the heart is tormented with love, it is surely going to call out (for you)

Audio

Song-Mehfil mein nahin to dil mein sahi (Watan Se Door)(1968) Singer-Rafi, Manna Dey, Lyrics-Farooque Kaisar, MD-Lata Sattar
Chorus= Red

Lyrics

aaaaa aaaaaaa aaaaa
mehfil mein nahin
to dil mein sahi
dildaar milenge kahin na kahin
dildaar milenge kahin na kahin
dildaar milenge

dildaar milenge kahin na kahin
kahin na kahin
kahin na kahin
dildaar milenge
aaaaaaaaaa
ho gulshan mein nahin
sehraa mein sahi
do phool khilenge kahin na kahin

do phool khilenge
gulshan mein nahin
sehraa mein sahi
do phool khilenge
kahin na kahin

do phool khilenge kahin na kahin
do phool khilenge

judaa hai jo dilbar
dilbar
judaa hai jo dilbar
mil jaayegaa
gumchaa tamannaa ka khil jaayegaa
jaayegaa
judaa hai jo dilbar
tu na mere dil ki baat jaane
deewaane
deewaane
deewaane
badalti hai qismat
qismat
badalti hai qismat
zaraa dheere dheere
jahaan aap hongey
ye dil jaayegaa

teri kyaa shaan hai pyaare
niraali aan hai pyaare
zaraa tu dekh le hans ke
yehi armaan hai pyaare
saari duniyaa mein tu hi pyaaraa hai
pyaar ne tere hamen maaraa hai
haaaye
saari duniyaa mein tu hi pyaaraa hai

hoy pyaar ne tere hamen maaraa hai
ye teri chhamm chhamm karti chaal
ye tere rehsam jaise baal
ye teri chhamm chhamm karti chaal
ye tere rehsam jaise baal
khudaaraa ghunghat munh pe daal
buraa hai mere dil ka haal
khudaaraa ghunghat munh pe daal
buraa hai mere dil ka haaaaaaaal
baaton baaton mein meri jaan pe ban jaayegi
arre pyaar tadpegaa to dil se ye sadaa aayegi
kyaaa
o mehfil mein nahin to
dil mein sahi
dildaar milengey kahin na kahin
dildaar milengey
ho dildaar milengey kahin na kahin
dildaar milengey

aaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaa
o dildaar milengey kahin na kahin
dildaar milengey

aaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaa
dildaar milengey kahin na kahin
dildaar milengey

aaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaa
aaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaa
aaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaa
dildaar milengey kahin na kahin
dildaar milengey

aaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaa
aaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaa
aaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaa
aaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaaa
dildaar milengey kahin na kahin
dildaar milengey kahin na kahin
dildaar milengey

6 Responses to "Mehfil mein nahin to dil mein sahi"

Sudhir ji,
WATAN SE DOOR(1968) was directed by Kamran,who was once a leading hero of C grade movies and he was in great demand in his times,as audience used to flock to dilapidated,obscure,nondescript theatres to watch his films with great enthusiasm and in great numbers too.
Actually the story of this film is totally different and unimaginable for a film of Dara Singh.
The war with China is on in the Himalayas.Capt Ranjit(Dara singh),Dr.Khan(Kamran),Prof. Kapoor(Shyam kumar),Nurse Mala(Nishi) and few soldiers escape with a microfilm of chinese secrets,in custody of Ranjit.On the way,they fight chinese army,free Indian girl Bharati(Minakshi) and her brother,and generally do heroic deeds.They are surrounded by chinese army once.Ranjit escapes and seeks help from Raka(Amarnath) tribal leader,who obliges and drives away the entire chinese platoon ! In return he now wants Mala the lovable Nurse.Irked by the idea of losing his muse,Ranjit thrashes Raka and makes him unconcious.Raka’s fiancee Shibika helps them to escape from there.
Again the chinese attack and this time plant a Time Bomb around them after tieing them.
The further story is easily predictable.Ranjit escapes,destroys Time Bomb,kills many chinese soldiers and reaches Indian camp.The Govt.gives him a medal and Mala gives him her OK.
-AD

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The Belly belongs to Moolchand 🙂

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And I am looking for the guy with the mustache and gaunt face who is also dancing, I want to know his name! The little guard is Ratan Gaurang too, he’s a staple in those “Chinese” war/spy films.

I want to see this one!!!

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Yes, I am seriously thinking of introducing a tag for songs featuring Moolchand’s belly. 🙂

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It is formidable indeed.

I am hoping that the next “different” Dara song is from The Killers 😀 because it needs to be on here.

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Arun ji,

Thanks so much for the detailed synopsis of the film.

And Mem Didi,
Thanks for the identification of Mool Chand. I am not aware of the name of the gaunt fellow with moustahce; will try to find out.

Rgds
Sudhir

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