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Na koi umang hai na koi tarang hai

Posted on: May 18, 2012


During 1960s and 1970s, the quality of public involvement with movies and music tended to be of a higher level than what it is now. Movie magazines those days used to give reports on the progress of movies that were under production. Once the movies were released, magazines would give a summary of the story of the movies as well as their reviews. Not just that, books would be published that would give the detailed screenplay of movies.

There were a few movies which were based on potboiler Hindi novels. Gulshan Nanda was the most popular Hindi novelist of those days. Several of his novels were made into successful movies.

“Kati Patang” (1970) is arguably the most well known among such movies. The initial editions of these Gulshan Nanda novels prior to the movie were just novels, but subsequent editions, after movies were made based on these novels would also contain stills from the movie.

I had read the novel “Kati Patang” which had the stills from the movie in it too. The novel belonged to my college going teenager mausi, but I had read the novel to the full and enjoyed it. I would have loved to watch the movie only if someone would take me to the movie. It must be said that the story was so well described in the movie that I could visualise the story in my mind’s eye in vivid eastmancolour.

I have not watched this movie in the movie hall even to this date, but I do not think I have missed the movie. the novel that I read was a good substitute for the movie. Today I have the VCD of this movie lying around somewhere with me, but watching it now will be nowhere close to the experience of watching the movie in a movie hall as a pre teen kid and under the ambience of 1970. The atmosphere of watching a movie like this in its time is something to be experienced. I am sure my contemporaries (and regulars of this blog) have been more fortunate than me and they have watched this movie as pre teen kids. I certainly envy them. 🙂

Listening to the music of this movie was something no one could be denied though. The songs of this movie were everywhere. They were these on radio Ceylon, fuelled by farmnaishes from Jhumri Talaiyya and elsewhere, on Binaca geetmala, on loudspeakers etc.

I have discussed as many as six songs from this movie in the blog. Thanks to the list provided by Mr Arunkumar Deshmukh, now we know that the movie had seven songs in it. The song which was not discussed till now is the melancholic title song of the movie.

Here is this seventh and final song from the movie. the song is sung by Lata. It is picturised on Asha Parekh, who masquerades as a widow and a mother of a young child in the movie, though in reality she is neither, and the moviegoers’ sympathy is obviously solidly behind her.

The lyrics of this song were written by Anand Bakshi. Music is composed by R D Burman.

The video of this song is incomplete, as it only contains the first and the third stanza. I have also included an audio link of the song, which contains the full song.

Here is this magical title song from “Kati Patang” (1970). Lyrics of this song were sent to me by Khyati Bhatt. With this, the blog now boasts of all the songs from “Kati Patang” (1970). So it is yet another small feather in the cap of the blog, so to say.

Video(incomplete song)

Audio(full song)

Song-Na koi umang hai (Kati Patang)(1970) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Anand Bakshi, MD-R D Burman

Lyrics

na koi umang hai
na koi tarang hai
meri zindagi hai kya
ek kati patang hai
na koi umang hai
na koi tarang hai
meri zindagi hai kya
ek kati patang hai
na koi umang hai

aakash se giri main
ek baar katke aise
aakash se giri main
ek baar katke aise
duniya ne phir na poochho
duniya ne phir na poochho
lootaa hai mujh ko kaise
na kisi ka saath hai
na kisi ka sang hai
meri zindagi hai kya
ek kati patang hai
na koi umang hai

lag ke gale se apne
babul ke main na royi
ho ho
aa aa aa aa aa
lag ke gale se apne
babul ke main na royi
doli uthhi yoon jaise
doli uthhi yoon jaise
arthi uthhi ho koi
yahi dukh to aaj bhi
mere ang sang hai
meri zindagi hai kya
ek kati patang hai

sapnon ke devta kya
tujh ko karoon main arpan
sapnon ke devta kya
tujh ko karoon main arpan
patjhad ki main hoon chhaaya
patjhad ki main hoon chhaaya
main aansuon ka darpan
yahi mera roop hai
yahi mera rang hai
meri zindagi hai kya
ek kati patang hai
na koi umang hai

5 Responses to "Na koi umang hai na koi tarang hai"

so finally this song makes its appearance

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Even I read a lot of Gulshan Nanda novels when I was young. Several of them were made into movies, and I remember those books with stills from the movies in between them.

Kya din the! I loved this movie totally when I saw it then, I dont know if I would still love it. But then, Rajesh was so dashing then, I might 🙂

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Gulshan Nanda’s sons are ace film publists today. And Yash Chopra’s DAAG was probably the first film from this writer’s bag.

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I read somewhere Sharmila Tagore refused to do this role, which was first offered to her by her favourite mentor Shakti Samanta, thinking that she will get typecated with widow`s role with all those white sarees and sad image she got with Aaradhana.

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