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Tum zara si baat pe khafa na ho

Posted on: July 26, 2012


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

After Malika-e-Tarannum Noor Jehan left India post-Partition, Suraiya (1929-2004) was the undisputed Singing Superstar of Bollywood for the next several years. It was not until Salma Agha blazed all-too-briefly like a meteor on the Bollywood horizon in Nikaah (1982) that anyone even reminded us of the great diva.

In Suraiya’s own words, “Noor Jehan was born great; Lata earned her greatness; but greatness was thrust upon me (Suraiya)!” However, as Lataji once said in the context of her perceived competition with the other two greats, there is really no comparison – a playback singer (such as Lataji) lends her voice to many thespians, and a singing star (which Suraiya always was, and so was Noor Jehan until 1963 when she quit acting and became a playback singer) has none other than herself to express through on the silver screen.

With Mahal (1949) Lataji scaled Olympian heights of film music and stood alone at the Mount Everest of Bollywood singing. Everyone bar none who sang in her idiom (such as Suman Kalyanpur or Sudha Malhotra) suffered in comparison with the Sur Saraswati. But with her distinctive full-bodied vocals, Suraiya was one of those few who could hold their own in the Era of Lata – the others being Geeta Dutt who went like a musical Hooghli in full flow within her own métier, and Asha Bhosle once she came out of Lata’s shadow and carved her own distinctive style in the musical custody of the Rhythm King that composer Omkar Prasad (“O.P.”) Nayyar truly was.

The Lata-O.P.Nayyar disaffection is a Bollywood legend. But even Suraiya and O.P.Nayyar came together but once – in the Nisar Ahmad Ansari directed Mr Lambu (1956) with the actor-producer Sheikh Mukhtar being in the lead role with Suraiya. Two of its numbers are already on this blog: the Suraiya solos Soyi hai kahaan jaa kar taqdeer muhabbat ki and Yaad karoon tori batiyaan. But Suraiya also had a surpassingly sweet duet in this movie: “Tum zaraa si baat pe khafaa na ho” with Rafi. What strikes me in this number is the way Suraiya has rendered it with a Lata-like sweetness (instead of her distinctive full-bodied vocals) and, if I may say so, somewhat in the Lata-idiom – that too under the baton of Bollywood’s sole Lata-agnostic O.P.Nayyar!

Video clips of this movie are not yet available on the Internet but most of its audios are available on YouTube.


Song-Tum zara si baat pe khafa na ho (Mr Lambu)(1956) Singers-Suraiyya, Rafi, Lyrics-Harsh, MD-O P Nayyar

Lyrics

tum zaraa si baat pe khafaa na ho
tu meraa dilrubaa
main teri dilrubaa
maaf kar meri khataa
jo bhi ho o o
dil diyaa hai ab jo bhi ho so ho
ho laakh hon sitam ham to ae sanam
haan kahenge sar jhukaa ke jo kaho

tum zaraa si baat pe khafaa na ho

dard ban ke mere dil mein aaye ho
baadalon men bijliyaan si laaye ho
dard ban ke mere dil mein aaye ho
baadalon men bijliyaan si laaye ho
ho o o
bijliyaan nahin
dil kii aag hai
tere husn kaa ye suhaag hai
jo hai teraa aaj tu bhi uski ho

tum zaraa si baat pe khafaa na ho

pyaar ki ghataa hoon main chaand tu
le udi kahaan se teri aarzoo
pyaar ki ghataa hoon main chaand tu
le udi kahaan se teri aarzoo

ho o o ye bataa-o kyaa dil jalaaoge
yaa meri lagi tum bujhaaoge
meethe-meethe bol bol ek do
dil diyaa hai ab jo bhi ho so ho

sun ke teri ye nasheeli raagini
jhoomti hai mere dil mein chaandni
sun ke teri ye nasheeli raagini
jhoomti hai mere dil mein chaandni
ho o o ek baat hai aaj poochh loon
jaane phir kabhi main na keh sakoon
ek jaan ho ke ham kyon hain do

tum zaraa si baat pe khafaa na ho
tu meraa dilrubaa main teri dilrubaa
maaf kar meri khataa jo bhi ho
dil diyaa hai ab to jo bhi ho so ho
laakh hon sitam ham to ae sanam
haan kahenge sar jhukaa ke jo kaho

tum zaraa si baat pe khafaa na ho

6 Responses to "Tum zara si baat pe khafa na ho"

Is this Suraiya or Geeta Dutt??

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It is Suraiya – but singing in the Lata-idiom … and sounding not like Lata but somewhere between Geeta Dutt and Asha Bhonsle!

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The audio that was originally posted with the article on this web-page has been removed by YouTube. But another good audio is available at http://youtu.be/wGsDqlepoIo.

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Another sweet song of my childhood memory turns out to be – OPN magic! Thank you for the nostalgia………..

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BTW even Rafi has sung this song with such softness and tenderness that when I first heard it I wondered if it was Talat singing, till I heard more of the song. This was decades ago……

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BTW this was the only time I have read the name of Harsh the lyricist. Any more info about him? Superb job in this song……..a sweet song that literally brings tears to one’s eyes, with the ineffable feeling of sadness, for the time that has gone never to return……one wonders if anyone will love and hear songs like this one, already obscure, when people of my generation are all gone……….

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