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Aaj ye aanchal munh kyun chhupaaye

Posted on: January 30, 2012


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

A wonderful gem of a song from Mukesh ji. The film is ‘Holiday in Bombay’, a 1963 production from the banner of Yug Chhaayaa, Bombay, and is directed by PL Santoshi. The actor credits includes Shashi Kapoor, Vijaya Chaudhry, Rajendra Nath, Naseem Banu, Ulhas, Dhoomal, Randhir, P Kailash, Sulochana Chatterjee, Lakshmi Chhaayaa, Rajan Haksar, Jeevankala, Ram Kumar, Renu Makkad, Heera Saawant, Kundan, BB Bhalla, D Silip, Nazir Kashmiri, Hublikar. The lyrics for this song are penned by Anjaan, and the music composition is by N Dutta.

The following synopsis is adapted from the details of the film as provided by Arun ji, our in house encyclopedia of information on films of yesteryears.

“HOLIDAY IN BOMBAY – 1963, directed by PL Santoshi is a really hilarious film and it did a brisk business too. It is a story of two cousins who have decided to never ever get married in life. Once they come to Bombay for a pleasure trip. Instead of returning as singles, they fall in love with 2 neighborhood girls. Nath (Shashi Kapoor) falls for Vijaya (Vijaya Chaudhary) and Gautam (Rajendranath) falls for Seema (Naseem Banu – not to be confused with Saira Banu’s mother who retired in 1957 (last film Nausherwaan-e- Aadil). This actress was a new comer who disappeared after this one film). Vijaya’s Mama (Rajan Haksar) and Seema’s father (Dhumal), both refuse their proposals of marriage. In fact, the Mama actually demands Rs. 50,000 from Nath to allow the wedding. So the young couples go in for civil marriage and the cousins return home with their brides. Then the Mama sends 2 ladies to the cousins’ home, claiming to be their earlier (false) wives. Vijaya and Seema are fooled by this ploy, and they return once again to their ‘mayaka’. Meanwhile Nath’s father (Ulhas) makes an entrance. All this confusion creates very funny situations. Dhumal, as Seema’s boxer father is just superb. Needless to say that everything settles down peacefully and the lovebirds are united once again, this time with blessings from all elder’s.”

The voice of Mukesh is so different, so contemplative – every song that he has lent his voice to, has become a dear song, stuff that memories are made of. This one is once again, a song that I remember from listening to the radio decades ago. And when I met it again on YouTube a little while back, it was a wonderful reprisal.

Enjoy this wonderful solo from Mukesh ji, a song coming from a heart in love.

aaj ye aanchal munh kyun chhupaaye
aankh ka kaajal kyun sharmaaye
aakhir kyaa hai baat hansi kyun
hotthon tak aa kar ruk jaaye

Pray, why does this scarf
Try to hide your appearance today
And why is the kohl in the eyes shy, timid
Pray what reason, does the smile
Just touches the lips, but then pulls back

sehmi nazar, badli adaa, aaj hai har andaaz nayaa
dil ki lagi, chhup na saki, raaz ye aakhir khul hi gayaa
rang badal kar kidhar chali ho
badan sametey nazar churaaye

The eyes, they are hesitant
The mannerisms are cautious, uncertain
All gestures today have a new flavor
That the heart is afire, could not be hidden
The secret is revealed at last
In a different glow, where do you go
Self consciously, avoiding (my) gaze

mehki hawaa, behki ghataa, ye aalam ye madhoshi
chup na raho, kuchh to kaho, tod bhi do ye khamoshi
ye mausam ye ghadi milan ki
roz kahaan jeevan mein aaye

Fragrant breeze, wayward clouds
The environs themselves are tipsy
Pray say something, and break this silence
This ambience, these moments together
Will not be everyday in life

dil ko mere mil hi gayaa, saathi pyaar ki raahon ka
saath kabhi chhoote na, in lehraati baahon ka
ab na judaa ho dil se teri
bal khaati zulfon ke saaye

At last, the heart has found
The companion on these passages of love
Pray, this togetherness, the nearness of your arms
Remains so, forever
May the shade of your curly tresses
Is never separated (from me)

Audio

Video

Song-Aaj ye aanchal munh kyun chhupaaye (Holiday in Bombay)(1963) Singer-Mukesh, Lyrics-Anjaan, MD-N Datta

Lyrics

aaj ye aanchal munh kyun chhupaaye
aankh ka kaajal kyun sharmaaye
aakhir kyaa hai baat hansi kyun
hotthon tak aa kar ruk jaaye
aaj ye aanchal munh kyun chhupaaye
aankh ka kaajal kyun sharmaaye
aakhir kyaa hai baat hansi kyun
hotthon tak aa kar ruk jaaye
aaj ye aanchal munh kyun chhupaaye

sehmi nazar
badli adaa
aaj hai har andaaz nayaa
dil ki lagi
chhup na saki
raaz ye aakhir khul hi gayaa
rang badal kar kidhar chali ho
badan sametey nazar churaaye
aaj ye aanchal munh kyun chhupaaye
aankh ka kaajal kyun sharmaaye
aakhir kyaa hai baat hansi kyun
hotthon tak aa kar ruk jaaye
aaj ye aanchal munh kyun chhupaaye

mehki hawaa
behki ghataa
ye aalam ye madhoshi
chup na raho
kuchh to kaho
tod bhi do ye khamoshi
ye mausam ye ghadi milan ki
roz kahaan jeevan mein aaye
aaj ye aanchal munh kyun chhupaaye
aankh ka kaajal kyun sharmaaye
aakhir kyaa hai baat hansi kyun
hotthon tak aa kar ruk jaaye
aaj ye aanchal munh kyun chhupaaye

dil ko mere
mil hi gayaa
saathi pyaar ki raahon ka
saath kabhi
chhoote na
in lehraati baahon ka
ab na judaa ho dil se teri
bal khaati zulfon ke saaye
aaj ye aanchal munh kyun chhupaaye
aankh ka kaajal kyun sharmaaye
aakhir kyaa hai baat hansi kyun
hotthon tak aa kar ruk jaaye
aaj ye aanchal munh kyun chhupaaye

4 Responses to "Aaj ye aanchal munh kyun chhupaaye"

Beautiful song. Mukeshji singing for Shashi Kapoor reminds me of another song “Zikr hota hai jab kayamat ka…..” from My Love. Thanks Sudhirji for this song.
This lady, Vijaya Chaudhry was a “HISTORY” for me as I knew only few movies of her like Saraswatichandra, Satta Bazar, Bindiya. Now she is a “MYSTERY” for me as this blog and YT is providing me with so many of her movies with famous heros. And now she is a turning to a sweet “PASTRY” for me as I enjoy her songs/acting.

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Lovely song. When I saw this posted here, it did not ring a bell at first but only after listening to it I realised that I’ve heard it a few times many years ago but had completely forgotten it. In fact I used to confuse this song with “chehre se zara aanchal”, also a Mukesh song. 🙂

Although many considered Mukesh “besuraa” (and he himself used to say this of himself), I’ve always found his songs coming straight from the heart – whether they were sad, soulful songs or even light songs like this.

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It is sweetness in voice that matters, and Mukesh’s voice had an innate sweetness in it that cannot be taught through training.

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Raja ji,

Good to see you back :).

Yes, there is something about this voice, that makes each one of his songs catch your attention. There is sweetness, there is pathos, and a quality of freshness and innocence in the voice. Even the not-so-good words and music take on a completely different quality, when they have been rendered by him – so lovely and so enjoyable.

Rgds
Sudhir

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