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Dekho bina saawan baras rahi badli

Posted on: December 25, 2011


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

Remembering Rafi Saab on his 87th birth anniversary.

‘Saawan’ (1959) is a film produced under the banner of NC Films, Bombay. The banner ‘NC Films’ belongs to the Behl family. Music director Hansraj Behl and his brother Gulshan Behl started this company, in the name of their father, Sh. NC Behl. Gulshsan Behl is the producer. The film is directed by Ramesh Tiwari. There are 10 songs listed for this film. All songs except one are penned by Prem Dhawan. One of the songs is written by Asad Bhopali. This song is from the pen of Prem Dhawan. The film is a social drama, and the star cast includes Bharat Bhushan, Ameeta, Jeevan, Achla Sachdev, Tiwari, Helen, Leela Misra, Tuntun, Majnoo, Naazi, Jagdish Kanwal, Master Deepak etc.

This song plays in the background, and is picturized on Ameeta. It appears that Ameeta is separated from her lover (presumably Bharat Bhushan). The pain of separation is so severe, or maybe there are additional factors, that Ameeta is almost suicidal in this scene. In the beginning one can see a revolver in her hand. Later the revolver is replaced by a flute, yet the end result is that she still gives up her life by jumping in a well. Or maybe not in reality; one can see that suspicious vortex rotate in front of her face, a typical device used in the films from that era, to represent that a dream sequence or a thought sequence in the mind is about to start. Possibly the representation is to depict the extreme emotion that is playing in Ameeta’s mind.

The song, the words, the melody and the voice, are low key most of the time, and really touch the heart. The words are simple, and very beautifully crafted. Rafi Saab’s voice is soft and yet very matter of fact, establishing the agony that appears to be tormenting Ameeta.

dekho binaa saawan baras rahi badli
piyaa ke daras to taras rahi badli

See, the wisp of cloud is so lost
Without its lover (the season of rains)
And it craves for a even glimpse of him
(NOTE: the metaphor used here is just so beautiful. The lover and beloved are depicted as the clouds and the season of rain (saawan). The season is not yet here, and the cloud is wandering and lost, showering its rain, not knowing where to look for its lover.)

pee bin duniya sooni ho gayi,
mann ki peedaa dooni ho gayi
sau gham jaage kismet so gayi
chhalak rahi nainan ki gagree

The world is a lonely desolate place
Without the loved one in company
The anguish in the heart has multiplied
A hundred sorrows are rearing their head
And the good fortune seems to have gone to sleep
The pitchers of eyes are overflowing

reh gayi birhan haar piroti
tootey sapne bikhrey moti
bicchad gayee deepak se jyoti
lut gayee haaye mann ki nagri

The forlorn one, she was preparing a garland for her lover
But he did not come, and she is still threading the flowers together
The dreams, they are shattered
And the pearls are strewn and lost
The flame is not longer with the lamp
The kingdom of the heart is ravaged and plundered

is duniya ne pyaar hai chheenaa
kab tak ro ro aansoo peenaa
door sajan se kaisaa jeenaa
chhod de duniyaa ab tu pagli

It is this cruel world
That has robbed you of his company
Alas, for how long would you shed these tears of agony
This life, is no life, being so far away from him
Is better to forsake this world
(than to live with this pain)

Audio

Video

Song-Dekho bina saawan baras rahi badli (Saawan)(1957) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Prem Dhawan, MD-Hansraj Bahl

Lyrics

hooo hooooo
hooo hooooo
aaaaaa
aaaaaaa aaaaaaa

dekho binaa saawan baras rahi badli
piyaa ke daras to taras rahi badli
dekho binaa saawan baras rahi badli

pee bin duniya sooni ho gayi
mann ki peedaa dooni ho gayi
mann ki peedaa dooni ho gayi
sau gham jaage
kismet so gayi
chhalak rahi nainan ki gagree
dekho binaa saawan baras rahi badli
piyaa ke daras to taras rahi badli

reh gayi birhan haar piroti
tootey sapne
bikhrey moti
tootey sapne
bikhrey moti
bicchad gayee deepak se jyoti
lut gayee haaye mann ki nagri
dekho binaa saawan baras rahi badli
piyaa ke daras to taras rahi badli

is duniya ne
is duniya ne pyaar hai chheenaa
kab tak ro ro aansoo peenaa
door sajan se kaisaa jeenaa
chhod de duniyaa
ab tu pagli
dekho binaa saawan baras rahi badli
piyaa ke daras to taras rahi badli

4 Responses to "Dekho bina saawan baras rahi badli"

Sudhir ji,
SAAWAN-1959 had a story by Brij Katyal,who also wrote the s/play and dialogues.
This Brij Katyal was basically a Producer and Director,having his own production house Beekay films.Under this banner he produced and directed about 25 films including Amitabh’s Ajuba.Brij had a penchant for writing and in many of his films,he used to write the s/play or story or dialogues,or all or atleast 2 of these things.
The story of this film is such that one will be reminded of many popular films.
Daku Jangotiya (what a name !) kills father of Ram and Gopal but they are saved by their mother who runs away with them.In due course of time a storm comes and all are separated (just like in Kumbh mela).By chance Jangotia finds Ram and without knowing huis identity,takes him and brings him up to become Daku Himalaya.Gopal is found by a childless Tangawala and becomes a shepherd,who is an expert in Flute playing.But due to his flute playing he does not get any job and goes to Shyamnagar,where his mother also lives.
Gopal loves Badli,d/o his maalik,so also the chief of the villege,Raja also does.Daku Himalaya attacks the villege,sees Badli and becomes the third member who loves her.Raja forces the freedy father of Badli to marry her to him,which he agrees.Badli is frustrated and sings the above song in a dream.
The rest of the story details,how the brothers confront each other,then join hands to punish their father’s killer,how they get their mother,how Ram sacrifices and how Gopal(with his Flute) and Badli unite at last with
mother’s blessings.
This type of story can remind one of Nasseb,Ram Balram,or many of Manmohan Desai’s films.
-AD
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Sudhir ji,
SAAWAN-1959 had a story by Brij Katyal,who also wrote the s/play and dialogues.
This Brij Katyal was basically a Producer and Director,having his own production house Beekay films.Under this banner he produced and directed about 25 films including Amitabh’s Ajuba.Brij had a penchant for writing and in many of his films,he used to write the s/play or story or dialogues,or all or atleast 2 of these things.
The story of this film is such that one will be reminded of many popular films.
Daku Jangotiya (what a name !) kills father of Ram and Gopal but they are saved by their mother who runs away with them.In due course of time a storm comes and all are separated (just like in Kumbh mela).By chance Jangotia finds Ram and without knowing his identity,takes him and brings him up to become Daku Himalaya.Gopal is found by a childless Tangawala and becomes a shepherd,who is an expert in Flute playing.But due to his flute playing he does not get any job and goes to Shyamnagar,where his mother also lives.
Gopal loves Badli,d/o his maalik,so also the chief of the villege,Raja also does.Daku Himalaya attacks the villege,sees Badli and becomes the third member who loves her.Raja forces the greedy father of Badli to marry her to him,which he agrees.Badli is frustrated and sings the above song in a dream.
The rest of the story details,how the brothers confront each other,then join hands to punish their father’s killer,how they get their mother,how Ram sacrifices and how Gopal(with his Flute) and Badli unite at last with
mother’s blessings.
This type of story can remind one, of Nasseb,Ram Balram,or many of Manmohan Desai’s films.
-AD
218

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Arun ji,

Thanks again, for the detailed write up.

Rgds
Sudhir

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Arunji
One small correction
Amithab`s AJOOBA(1991) was produced and directed by
Shashi Kapoor under the banner of FILM-VALAS and story,screenplay & dialogue writer is Brij Katyaal.

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