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Dil ki manzil kuchh aisi hai manzil

Posted on: February 27, 2012


This article is written by Ava Suri, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a new contributor to this blog.

Tere Ghar Ke Samne is one of the great movies offered up by Indian Cinema. It stars Dev Anand, Nutan, Om Prakash, Hrindranath Chattopadhyaya and Rajendranath. As was mandatory, this movie had some of the lovliest songs ever, thanks to lyrics by Hasrat Jaipuri, set to music by SD Burman, sung to perfection by Lata, Asha and Rafi.

For me one song from this film is personal in a way I find very hard to put down in words. The song Dil Ki Manzil is picturised on my mother Helga. When I was very young, was a babe in arms, my mother parted ways with my father. She tried to take care of me and my brother on her own while living in Bombay. It was not easy for her, as can be easily imagined, she was herself just a girl, barely 21 or 22. She decided to leave me and my brother in the care of my uncle and promised to come back for us when she felt more comfortable. That was not to be and I grew up not ever having any recollection of my mother.

There were two or three faded pictures and stories that my cousins told me. She was a young student in the University of Berlin when she met my father, who was a professor there. She married him barely out of her teens and came to India happily. She had integrated well with my father’s family and was soon their favorite. She learned to cook Indian food, speak Hindi and was very happy. It was my father’s footloose ways that led to their separation. He was forever going off to some other country, leaving his young wife behind to fend for herself.

After I grew up, I wrote letters to her, and started a chain of communication with her, that has been going on, rather irregular but well, it’s there. She moved to another country, started teaching, re-married and took on another name. She is still my pen friend mother and I love her.

I must admit that the first time I saw her in this song, I became very emotional. I have seen it countless number of times thereafter, as is natural, but still feel a jolt when she sings the opening line, the camera zooming up to her face. She is amazingly beautiful, just like Hollywood heroines of the 60s. This is the only dance she performed in the movies. Apart from this she had a bitty bit role in Kaise Kahoon as well, a movie starring Nanda and Biswajeet, a sweet sort of a film.

Apart from Helga, the song is danced to by none other than Edwina, who has become a friend of mine thanks to Tom Daniel and Greta. The ambience of the song is superb, there are lot of musicians and dancers , making it feel like a proper ‘carnival dance’. I especially like the girl in striped pants who walks about playing on a violin, and the guy with a set of bongo drums strapped to his middle.

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Song-Dil ki manzil kuchh aisi hai manzil(Tere Ghar Ke Saamne)(1963) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Hasrat Jaipuri, MD-S D Burman

Asha Bhonsle sings for Helga as well as for Edwina
Chorus

Lyrics

Ah ha ha
deewaane

cha cha cha
cha cha cha
cha cha cha
cha cha cha

ole ole ole ole ole ole o
ole ole ole ole ole o
o ah!
o ah!
o ah!
o ah!

dil ke manzil
kuchh aisi hai manzil,
pyaar jisne kiya ho wo jaane
dil ke manzil
kuchh aise hai manzil,
pyaar jisne kiya ho wo jaane
ah ha ha ha o
oh ho ho o
eh he he he o
ah ha ha aa
ah ha ha o
he he he he
ah ha ha ha o
he he he he
dil ki manzil kuch aisi hai manzil
pyaar jisne kiya ho wo jaane

pehlu mein yoon to
sab ke hi dil hai
dard ho jisme,
dil wohi dil hai
pehlu mein yoon to
sab ke hi dil hai
dard ho jisme,
dil wohi dil hai

he he
Pyaar jo hoga,
dard bhi hoga
pyaar na ho to,
jeena mushkil hai
aaj kis se jawaan hai yeh mehfil,
pyaar jisne kiya ho wo jaane

dil ki manzil kuch aisi hai manzil,
pyaar jisne kiya ho wo jaane

(undecipherable sounds)

itna bada hai
duniya ka phera
log dilon se milte nahin hain

itna bada hai duniya ka phera
log dilon se milte nahi hain
he he
pyaar bina to dono jahaan me
phool khushi ke khilte nahin hain

kaun kisko hua hai ab haasil
pyaar jisse kiya ho wo jaane
dil ki manzil kuch aisi hai manzil
pyaar jisne kiya ho wo jaane
ah ha ha ha o
oh ho ho o
ah ha ha ha aa
oh ho ho ho o
oh ho ho o
ah ha ha ha aa
eh he he o
ah ha ha aa
o ho ho ho ho
dil ki manzil kuchh aisi hai manzil
pyaar jisne kiya ho wo jaane

34 Responses to "Dil ki manzil kuchh aisi hai manzil"

Ava,
Words fail me – and you know I’m very rarely lost for words! 😉

What an absolutely WONDERFUL post, straight from the heart! This is so much more than just a post about a song. Am SO happy YOU wrote this one here. Only you or your brother could have done justice to this.

You are absolutely right – your mother looks really stunning in this song. And what a delightful song it is! I play it quite often too – love the atmosphere. 🙂 Edwina as well, so what’s not to love? 🙂

Tere Ghar Ke Saamne is one of my favourite movies of the 60s. Dev Anand – Nutan, full of witty dialogues, oodles of fun. Lovely songs too.

I’d never heard of a film called Kaise Kahoon till you mentioned it here but now that I know your mom has a role in it (even it is is only a bit role), I want to see it! 🙂

Thanks for this lovely, lovely write-up!

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Ava,
Can’t express my feelings with words. Hope you will listen to my “silent heart”.

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Khyati : Thanks so much. I can feel your love.

Raja : Thanks a lot for the lovely comment. I love this song too, it has a nice cluttery effect, not too ‘choreographed’. I have long wanted to review Kaise Kahoon, now I think I will, soon.

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Ava ji

one hour back, I began to comment on your post, But felt like how can I express my feeling by mere words.
And the line “I grew up not ever having any recollection of my mother” made me very sad. Still I am fumbling with my words.

God Bless you,

regards and lot`s of love
prakash

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Please dont feel sad, that was not my intention. It is to highlight WHY this song is so special for me.

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Very inspiring post! Such a positive approach to the experiences of life fully deserve my salute.

-Pratap

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Thank you Pratapji.

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Ava ji,
I am stunned.It took me quite some time to come to normalcy.
For a long long lon long time I had not come accross such an open,uninhibited and sincere self revealation.Only a very couragious and clean hearted girl can do this.
All this also goes to stress why and how much this song means to you and the cause of liking it.Undoubtedly,it is a very good song.
Tere ghar Ke Samne was a Dev film in which Dev’s role was very pleasing accentuated by Nutan ofcourse.
Recently I read somewhere, ‘ in a world where only lies abound,telling truth becomes revolutionary ‘. I never thought I will get the proof so early.
-AD

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Arunkumarji,

I thank you humbly. It was hard for me to tell people about my parents, but I think I am old enough to now understand why they acted the way they did. My father is no more now, he was so immersed in his pursuit of education that he used to neglect the worldly life. I am blessed and honoured to have such wonderful parents and am proud of them.

I am a big fan of Dev Anand. For me he was a hero like no other.
T

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Hullo Avaji
this is a lovely post straight from the heart.
welcome to the list of contributors.
actually we shd thank Atul that he has let us help him in his passion and puts up our contirbutions immediately. in this way we will reach not only 6000 but 10000 in no time.
like “vodafone” we r all “happy to help” Atul. what say all you atulites?

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I am proud to be an atulite too 🙂 There is some amazing work going on here and it is thanks to Atul.

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No words can describe the emotional undercurrent of the write up by Madam Ava Suri. We, however, can feel her pain and longings. The song picturised on her mother is too nostalgic for Hindustani Film Music lovers. Tere Ghar Ke Samne had finest numbers shot in most eloquent way by film’s director Vijay Anand. In this particular song one an easily discern the fine camerawork. However, this particular song seems odd with its sound and texture completely different from the rest of the songs in the B/W movie gem.

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That is right. It seems more like a handiwork of RD Burman.

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This the last rmeaining song of ”Tere Ghar ke Saamne”. The music of this film even this film is a favourite of mine since i saw it in the 80’s. It is such a light hearted comic /romantic and everything is just right . Be it music, lyrics, singing, direction and acting of all actors, with nothing being over the top. One of the first Audio CD’s i bought was of this film.

I am only grateful that i did not send the lyrics of this song, or it would have been another wasted effort(like many others).

Good effort Ava ji. May god give more forbearance and courage.

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Thank you so much Nahm.

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Ava, like so many others, I didn’t know how to express myself in comments! You have done well in handling things growing up. I liked the video, the picturization of the song is quite brilliant, carnival like as you have said. Your mom’s indeed pretty and there were some real interesting dance moves there..footwork was quite good among the dancers. The lady in the striped pants playing the violin does look fabulous. This has been lovely to watch.

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Thank you so much Anup! This means a lot to me.

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Ava Ji,
I liked your post immensely & share your sentiments expressed, while writing. Others have already expressed what I would have liked to add.
Good wishes & thank you
K S shenoy

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Thank you Mr. Shenoy.

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Dear Ava,
I have read your post several times and have not posted a comment for two reasons: my mother passed away 21 years ago, and there are still times when the pain is as raw as if it happened just yesterday. The other reason is that the last three months have been very difficult for me – my father has been very ill, he was in the hospital for nearly two months, came home and was progressing, if slowly, and then had a setback again last week. This period has been both physically and emotionally draining for me and anything emotional is more than I can handle right now.
I feel your pain, Ava, and I admire your strength. Only a person with strength can endure so much and still be positive and I pray that you will always be like this, because it gives me strength to read your post again and again. Thank you.

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Lalitha, Thank you. And I can understand how you feel. One wants one’s parents around forever, and it hurts when it does not happen. Not everyone has the luxury of having their parents around for a long time. There are many people who are in a situation that is much worse. You just have to be thankful for what you have.

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Stunning she looks; Thank you for the intro to this lovely number

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Vee, I am glad I was able to show you her vid at my home 😀

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A nice, sincere and positive post, Ava!
Love you!
It is always nice to meet people who are so positive-minded and open like you!
Remain so!
hugs

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I will try Harvey dear, its friends like you who give me strength. 😀

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You are strong enough, I don’t think we can give you anything you don’t already have AND I mean it!

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In my effort to appear to belong to today’s generation, I’m going to have to say “Word!” and “+1111111111111111” to Harvey’s comments above. 🙂 Ava, Harvey’s absolutely right!

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Thank you Raja and Harvey. I really love you both.

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Ava Ji, a post straight from your heart. Like others, I have no words to express. It is really nice to see such nice hearted people like you. May God bless you and your family.

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Thank you so much, Pradeepji.

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Ava ji,
A sincere, moving piece. Tremendous personal loss, difficult to come into terms,is handled courageously. You carry no I’ll will towards your parents and say( in a later comment),how, you understand the reasons for their behaviour.
Only thing I can say is Bravo and follow it up with a God Bless!

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Pradeepji, Thank you for your kind wishes. The love of my extended family and friends made up for everything.

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