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Gham gaya to gham na kar

Posted on: February 17, 2012


“Gyaarah Hazaar Ladkiyaan” (1962) is a Film Friends Production. It was directed by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas. Starcast of the movie included names like Bharat Bhushan, Mala Sinha, Nadira, Achala Sachdev, Mukri, David, Helen, Murad, Baby Farida, Baby Vidyarani, Baby Vijaya, Jagdish Kamal, Nazir Kashmiri, Meenal, Soni Sultana, Indira, Jugnu etc.

This movie, along with its music has been by and large forgotten. I have no idea about the movie, but the music of this movie is worth listening to. So far one song from this movie has been discussed in this blog. Here is another song from the movie. This is a Helen song which is sung by Asha Bhonsle as picturised on Helen as a cabarat song.

Majrooh Sultanpuri is the lyricist. Music is composed by N Datta.

Lyrics of this song, as well as the translation have been provided by Sudhir jee.

This song happens to be the 800th song of Asha Bhonsle as a singer in this blog. She is the third most prolific singer in this blog and it is only a matter of time before she reaches her four figure mark in the blog.


Song-Gham gaya to gham na kar (Gyaarah Hazaar Ladkiyaan)(1962) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD-N Datta
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Lyrics(Provided by Sudhir)
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gham gayaa to gham na kar
gham naya jagaa le
ek chiraag bujh gayaa
doosraa jalaa le
gham gayaa to gham na kar
gham naya jagaa le
ek chiraag bujh gayaa
doosraa jalaa le
gham gayaa to gham na kar
hoo
ho ho ho ho

zindagi
roshni
saath saath hai
jhoothh hai
ye jahaan
kaali raat hai
zindagi,
roshni
saath saath hai
jhoothh hai
ye jahaan
kaali raat hai
kaali raat hi sahi
par kadam kadam pe hain
pyaar ke ujaale
ek chiraag bujh gayaa
doosraa jalaa le
gham gayaa to gham na kar
hoo
ho ho ho ho

bazm ka rang to
ek tak nahin
aur bhi hain yahaan
tere hum-nasheen
bazm ka rang to
ek tak nahin
aur bhi hain yahaan
tere hum-nasheen
tak rahaa hai kis liye
apni aankh mein liye
deep bujhne waale
ek chiraag bujh gayaa
doosraa jalaa le
gham gayaa to gham na kar
gham naya jagaa le
ek chiraag bujh gayaa
doosraa jalaa le
gham gayaa to gham na kar
hoo
ho ho ho ho

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Translation(Provided by Sudhir)
——————————-
gham gayaa to gham na kar, gham naya jagaa le
ek chiraag bujh gayaa, doosraa jalaa le

Don’t be sad
If your heartache deserts you
Just awaken a new heartache
Light another lamp
If one burns no more

zindagi, roshni saath saath hai
jhoothh hai ye jahaan kaali rat hai
kaali raat hi sahi
par kadam kadam pe hain
pyaar ke ujaale

Life and the sparkle of radiance
Always keep together
That this life is a dark night
Is a lie, don’t believe it
Even so, if it is
A dark night
Yet there are
Glowing pools of love
At every step

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6 Responses to "Gham gaya to gham na kar"

Atul ji,
GYARA HAZAR LADKIYAN-1962 is a misleading title,suggesting that it is about Arabian Night stories or some Fantasy film.Far from it,the film was produced by Film Friends,a group of socialistic,left leaning writers and poets,affiliated to IPTA,as an attempt to draw attention of the world to the exploitation and tribulations of working women.
The film was co-written and produced by Ali Sardar Jafri and K.A.Abbas,and was directed by Abbas himself.
Puran(Bharat Bhushan),a son of a millionaire,rebels against his cpitalist father,leaves home and joins a progressive journal.He writes a series on working girls.In this connection,he meets Asha(Mala Sinha) who is working as a clerk in Rationing office.They meet few times and dutifully fall in love.
Meanwhile,his father pressurises the editor to sack Puran and forces him to return home.Purannrefuses and starts his own journal.The Govt.closes Rationing Offices after the war,and Asha loses the job.Her younger sister Uma(Helen) does a job of Dancer in a Night club.The owner of the Night club tries to take undue advantage of Uma and in the melee,Uma kills him and runs away to home.
To save sister,Asha takes the blame and is promptly arrested by the police.Puran,with the help of his reporter friends,finds out the truth and defends Asha in the court.Puran gives very long speeches in the court,throwing light on the exploitation of working women of the world in general,Bombay in particular and the Nightclub specifically.Asha is set free ” ba izzat ” and the lovers unite under the Red Flag.
The audience who came there looking for entertainment, got a dose of socialism thru lengthy speeches,obviously to their disapproval and the film flopped.The makers of the film,I am sure,must have felt a sense of achievement that they did their duty of teaching the society something important !
-AD
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Arun ji,

Thanks for the details about this film. Yes, I had also read about the theme of this film, in an article on KA Abbaas.

However, is there any special reason behind the name of this film? Any significance of the number ‘eleven thousand’? It would be interesting to know.

Rgds
Sudhir

Sudhir ji,
If I remember right, in my childhood,the phrase ‘Gyara Hazar xxxxx’
was being used to express plurality of anything,e.g. gyara hazar bachhe aisa karte hain,Gyara hazar kutte bhonk rahe the etc.
may be,like that this phrase was used to express plurality of working girls-may be.
I lived in a muslim-urdu dominated state of Hyderabad where this was commonly used in conversations.Since the producers,director and the story writers were urdu speaking,it is very much possible that the title was used in that meaning.
This is my take on your query.
-AD

Thanks Arun ji,

This could well be the correct explanation.

Rgds
Sudhir

Atul ji,

So we celebrate another multi-century milestone on this blog. Thanks so much for the reminder that this is the 800th song for Asha ji, that is posted on this blog.

Congratulations

Rgds
Sudhir

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