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Yaari hai imaan mera yaar meri zindagi

Posted on: February 12, 2012


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

Here is a qawwali not for “how did I forget…..” category, but to wish Pran , a most respectful, loved by all generations of Hindi Cinema, a nice human being and the best character actor that our hindi film industry has ever produced, a Happy 92nd Birthday on Feb 12th, from all of us.

He was hated by all kids as a villain while harassing the hero, he was hated by all women while abusing heroine or any female actor in the movie, before Upkaar (1967) and then he was loved by all kids while beating up villain, saving hero’s life and was respected as or sometimes more than the hero, by all women, while saving any female’s “izzat”.

I remember in one of his interview, he said that whenever he used to attend any parties, specially kids’, all kids would run away from him looking at him as a kidnapper. And that made him so sad that he tried to stay away form kids parties. But after Upkaar, whenever he attended any party, all kids would just run to him and hug him saying – we love you Malangchacha.

As a kid, I watched his Halaku on Doordarshan and was so scared that couldn’t sleep whole night. It was a great relief after watching him dead in one movie, thinking that he is gone to hell, a well deserved place for the bad guy. But guess what! When I saw the same “bad guy” alive in the next movie, I cried complaining to my mother that he is a ghost. My mother explained me that he is not a ghost, but a bad person. But that would not convince me as I had seen him bleeding to death. So I continued, arguing with my mother that once a person is dead, he is gone forever. My loving mother, trying to explaining me the reality of movies said that it was not his blood, just the red color. Oh My God! That explanation of hers created more fear in me watching any movies with Pran in it thinking that what’s the meaning/use even if he is dead, as he is going to be alive, may be next Sunday (hindi movie day on Doordarshan)! Than slowly, I got “matured” not only by the knowledge that my mother had given to me about this “drama”, but when I saw a hero “dead” at the end of a movie, leaving me sad and wishing that whatever my mother told me should be true, I was so happy that the same hero was alive in the next movie. That one event “opened my eyes”.

Coming back to the topic, we are very thankful to Manoj Kumar for giving Hindi Cinema, the best Character actor that it has got. Premnath and Ajit started that career as a hero and ended as a villain. Whereas, Pran started his career as a villain and after Upkaar, he never acted on those types of roles. Here is a song from Zanjeer where you will see him dancing/ singing & celebrating his fake b’day with his friend, Amitabh Bachchan, just to hold him at his place for his safety. The song is composed by Kalyanji Anandji and sung by Manna Dey. Gulshan Bawra has penned this song.


Song-Yaari hai imaan mera yaar meri zindagi (Zanjeer)(1973) Singer-Manna Dey, Lyrics-Gulshan Bawra, MD-Kalyanji Anandji

Lyrics

aa
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa
gar khuda mujh se kahey
gar khuda mujh se kahey
kuchh maang ae bande mere
main ye maangoon
oon
mein ye maangoon
mehfilon ke daur yoon chaltey rahen
hum pyaalaa hum nivaalaa
humsafar hamraaz hon
ta qayaamat,
ta qayaamat
jo chiraagon ki tarah jalte rahen

yaari hai imaan mera
yaar meri zindagi
arre yaari hai imaan mera
yaar meri zindagi
pyaar ho bandon se ye
o o o
pyaar ho bandon se ye
sabse badi hai bandagi
yaari hai
yaari hai imaan mera
yaar meri zindagi
yaari hai imaan mera
yaar meri zindagi

saaz e dil chhedo jahaan mein
ae ae ae
saaz e dil chhedo jahaan mein
pyaar ki goonje sada
hey
saaz e dil chhedo jahaan mein
pyaar ki goonje sada
jin dilon mein pyaar hai
unpe bahaaren hon fida
pyaar leke noor aaya
aa aa aa
pyaar leke noor aya
pyaar leke taajgi
yaari hai
arrey
yaari hai imaan mera
yaar meri zindagi
yaari hai imaan mera
yaar meri zindagi

arrey jaan bhi jaaye agar
aa aa aa
jaan bhi jaaye agar
yaari mein yaaron gham nahin
hey
jaan bhi jaaye agar
yaari mein yaaron gham nahin
apne hote yaar ho
ghamgeen matlab hum nahin
hum jahaan hain us jagah
hum jahaan hain us jagah
jhoomegi naachegi khushi
yaari hai
arrey
yaari hai imaan mera
yaar meri zindagi
yaari hai imaan mera
yaar meri zindagi

aa aa aa aa aa
gul e gulzar kyoon bezaar
nazar aata hai
gul e gulzar kyoon bezaar
nazar aata hai
chashme badka shikar
yaar nazar aata hai
chhupa na hum se
zara haal e dil suna de tu
teri hansi ki keemat kya hai
ye bata de tu
teri hansi ki keemat kya hai
ye bata de tu
kahe to aasmaan se chaand taare le aaoon
haseen jawaan aur
dilkash nazaare le aaoon
oye oye kurbaan

tera mamnoon hoon
oon oon oon oon oon
tera mamnoon hoon
toone nibhaaya yaaraana
teri hansi hai aaj
sabse bada nazraana
teri hansi hai aaj
sabse bada nazraana
yaar ke hanste hi
ee ee ee
yaar ke hanste hi
mehfil pe jawaani aa gayi
aa gayi
yaari hai
yaari hai imaan mera
yaar meri zindgi
yaari hai imaan mera
yaar meri zindgi ho
yaari hai imaan mera
yaar meri zindagi
loshe

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9 Responses to "Yaari hai imaan mera yaar meri zindagi"

I have a great admiration for Pran as a human being.
Thanks for the article with a lovely song.

Excellent write-up, Khyatiji.
When I was in school, I used to have a “favorite song” every few months (or even days ;-)). I would sing the song non-stop for that period before moving on to another one. This was one of those songs.

And a very happy birthday to Pran saab. Have always been a big fan of him.

Thanks Kamathji & Rajaji for the kind words. I feel so bad for hating Pran Sahab before I became “jyani” (knowledgeable) about this Drama in Cinemas. I consider only Him as a character actor of our Hindi Cinema not because I am a huge fan of Him, but according to me, – he is a true kalakaar , kala ko aakar denewala, who inspite of being a true & loving human being, can portray himself as the meanest, cruel person on the screen to that extent that people would hate him. Till today, I argue (sweet kind) with my father, a huge fan of Ashok Kumar, on this topic as he thinks that AK was the best character actor.

I am going to be a fence sitter— agree with both Khyatiji and her father—- Ashok Kumar and Pran were truly all rounders in boolywood; where everyone was concerned with their image.
only yesterday i saw a programme on Times Now Channel dedicated to Mr. Pran. he looks handsome even now @ 90. God Bless him and grant his wish to live upto “100 not out” his words according to his daughter as shown in the said programme.
he actually thanked Manoj Kumar for writing a role specially for him in the movie. he said and i quote– he had turned down manoj kumar’s offer in “Shaheed” telling that it was a very small role. then it seems that MK convinced him by telling that if Pran doesn’t play the role the role gets deleted from the movie.. such was the love that the industry seemed to ve for this actor (in all characters dat he played)
one cannot imagine “Victoria No.203” without AK or pran. can anyone remember the hero of the movie? or would “Amar Akbar Anthony” ve happened without KISHANLAL?
and can anyone think of any movie of Dev Anand-Dilip Kumar-Raj Kapoor without pran. he has been supportive to all our stars right from 1946 or whenever he made his debut.
o and in yesterday’s programme i learnt that he made his debut as a romantic actor and he looked so cute. that his heroine in his second movie “Khandaan” was “Noorjehan”
god we can go on and on about this actor.
wishing him a belated happy birthday through our blog

Khyati ji,
What a wonderfully emotional article on the different facets of PRAN !
I really appreciate your thoughts. What you had felt about PRAN in your schooldays(that he is the croockest/meanest man in this world)was also very effectively narrated by Hrishida in ‘GUDDI’,wherein Jaya Bhadury asks Dharmendra not to accept anything from PRAN-even as a gift-because he must have had some malafied interest at heart, being a bad man !
She actually echoed what school kids of her age thought of PRAN.
In a way,it was a Certificate of Merit for him for his good effective acting !

Pran sounded meaner in his villain roles also because he was a suave looking man contrary to his intentions.A rough or stern looking villain,like say Tiwari,Amjad khan or Jayant is accepted as a natural bad man,but good looking villains like Pran,Ajit or for that Matter Raj Babbar sounded more mean.
Thank God PRAN turned to positive roles!
And thanks for your write up.
-AD

Thanks Arunji for those words of appreciation. I totally agree with you on Jaya Bhaduri’s fear of Pran in Guddi. I really love, admire Pran saab. It’s not that I don’t like other character actors, but Pran saab changed the dimension of character roles. Another reverse story I forgot to mention was about my kids. During my visit to India in 1995, my two very young boys, saw Zanjeer on TV. They loved it so much that I had to buy video for them. They watched that movie apprx 20 times just in two months! They loved Pran more than AB. I told them that this actor has done very bad roles in old movies. Guess what! They won’t agree with me saying, mom, best person/good guys can’t be mean to anybody. 🙂

Great respect for Pran, a wonderful actor, and more so a hard working and amazing human being. Belated birthday wishes.

according to the following link to the vinyl record of the above song, it has got 2 versions, But I am unable to find the seperate 2 versions:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/OST-ZANJEER-7-45-INDIA-72-HINDI-BOLLYWOOD-MANNA-DEY-RARE-/142137565809?hash=item21180f2271:g:MLsAAOSwbYZXUdtJ

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