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Bahaaron ne kiye sajde

Posted on: August 23, 2012


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music.

Mukesh, a voice that simply does not cease to surprise. It is known that the total number of songs sung by him are numbering around 1,000. The only hope that this number may go up is discovery of maybe some more songs, but that number will not be huge. Most people refer to the Geet Kosh for identifying the songs under various categories. And it is a fact that the Geet Kosh still has some missing details, especially for the films in the 1930s and 1940s. If possible that continuing additional search may yield more details for some films, where the song details are missing. And we may be able to discover more songs sung by the singers in those years.

But, alas, that number is also (sadly) going to be small. Still the journey of discovering Mukesh (and many other such artists) is still far from complete. One day we will reach the bottom of the list, but that day is still some way in the future. And today, we should count our blessings. 🙂

This song – it is another gem remembered from the childhood days. Recollections of radio broadcasts, and the mind’s affinity to record the songs in just one hearing, has stored many gems in the memory. And this song is one of them. Another superb example of how Mukesh’s voice can transform any song into a memorable one.

The song is from a 1976 film, ‘Bombay By Night’. With this post, this film makes a debut on this blog. The film is produced under the banner of Upendra Films, Bombay, and is directed by A Shamsheer. A grade B social drama, the film has a fairly well known star cast that includes Prithviraj Kapoor, Sanjeev Kumar, Kum Kum, Ramesh Deo, Bela Bose, Asit Sen, Mohan Choti, Lata Sinha, Heera Saawant, Saadiq, Sujaata, Johnny Whisky, Ashok Razdaan, Neelkamal, Lala Nazeer, Arun Choudhary, Geeta Kaushal, Mahesh, Ridku, Devendra Kumar, Pratap Kumar, Moppet Rajesh. The songs of this film are written by Upendra. (I wonder if the banner name and the name of lyricist apply to the same person, quite possible). And the music composition is by Iqbal Qureshi.

As I was checking out the Geet Kosh entry for this film, I noticed a very peculiar thing about this film. In a decade where practically all the films had their songs released on EPs, SPs and LPs, this film, released in 1976, has its songs released on 78 rpm records. There are a total of 6 songs in this film. And there are three 78 rpms on which the songs are released. Besides of course there are two EPs also listed for the same songs. And the film is black and white, another rarity in the 70s decade. One possibility is that this film possibly belongs to the earlier decade, and its release was delayed. That might explain the fact that a very young looking Kum Kum is playing the coy leading lady in this 1976 release, whereas she has appeared in a somewhat more elderly role, paired with Pran, in the 1973 film ‘Ek Kunwaari, Ek Kunwaara’.

Anyway, bringing back the memories with this wonderful solo. On screen, the song is performed by Sanjeev Kumar, making a very sincere effort to woo Kum Kum, his lady love. The picturization has been made more impressive, by the manner in which Sanjeev Kumar renders this song. The words of this song are exquisite. The descriptions and the epithets used by the poet to express appreciation of beauty, are simply wonderful. Just sample this line

farishton ki taubaa tod de
ye teri angdaayi

waah, what a wonderful expression – ‘even the angels would give up their vows, seeing the graceful exertions of your body’.
Enjoy this lovely creation from forty, maybe fifty years ago.

bahaaron ne kiye sajde, gulon ne sar jhukaaya hai
badi fursat se maalik ne, haseen tum ko banaaya hai

The seasons of spring
They do their obeisance in your honor
And the flowers
They bow their heads respectfully to you
Your splendid loveliness
The Creator has created
With single minded devotion
When free from everything else

tere gaalon ki surkhee ko churaane ko gulaab aaye
tera naazuk badan, is ki balaa leney shabaab aaye

The roses show up
To pilfer the rogue from your cheeks
And the prime of youth itself
Visits to wish you well
And take away all ill omens
And shadows of peril

wo gorey haath jis mein sangemarmar ki sufedee hai
ghataa saawan ki zulfon mein teri aaraam karti hai
haseena o haseena, haseena o haseena

Ah, those fair hands
Shining like white marble
And the swirling clouds of monsoon
They come and rest in your tresses
O lovely one, O gorgeously charming one

tera chehraa zameen ka chaand ban kar jagmagaaya hai
magar kyun chaandni ko apne ghunghat mein chhupaaya hai

Your countenance, it shimmers
Like an earthly moon
Yet the shining moonlight
It stays imprisoned within your veil

wo aankhen aisi hain jaise ghazal ke pehle do misrey
teri maasoomiyat pe baitthe hain andaaz ke pehre
haseena o haseena, haseena o haseena

Your eyes
Like the inception of a poem of love
And your elegant panache
It watches over your virtuosity and innocence
O lovely one, O gorgeously charming one

farishton ki taubaa tod de ye teri angdaayi
teri qaatil jawaani bann gayee phoolon ki rusvaai

Even the angels would give up their vows
Seeing the graceful exertions of your body
And your most enviable adolescence
Is a cause of embarrassment for the flowers

wo teri chaal jis ka khud qayaamat bhi pataa poochhe
teri kaafir adaayen hai jis ko ab khudaa poochhe
haseena o haseena, haseena o haseena

Your gait, your bearing and your pace
Is sought after even by the devastating cataclysms
And your graceful style
Oh how without mercy it is
That even the Almighty Himself
Asks after it
O lovely one, O gorgeously charming one

Audio

Video

Song-Bahaaron ne kiye sajde (Bombay by night)(1976) Singer-Mukesh, Lyrics-Upendra, Md-Iqbal Qureshi

Lyrics

bahaaron ne kiye sajde
gulon ne sar jhukaaya hai
bahaaron ne kiye sajde
gulon ne sar jhukaaya hai
badi fursat se maalik ne
haseen tum ko banaaya hai
bahaaron ne kiye sajde

tere gaalon ki surkhee ko
churaane ko gulaab aaye
tera naazuk badan, is ki
balaa leney shabaab aaye
wo gorey haath jis mein
sangemarmar ki sufedee hai
ghataa saawan ki zulfon mein teri
aaraam karti hai
haseena o haseena
haseena o haseena
bahaaron ne kiye sajde
gulon ne sar jhukaaya hai
badi fursat se maalik ne
haseen tum ko banaaya hai
bahaaron ne kiye sajde

tera chehraa zameen ka chaand ban kar
jagmagaaya hai
magar kyun chaandni ko
apne ghoonghat mein chhupaaya hai
wo aankhen aisi hain
jaise ghazal ke pehle do misrey
teri maasoomiyat par baithhe hain
andaaz ke pehre
haseena o haseena
haseena o haseena
bahaaron ne kiye sajde
gulon ne sar jhukaaya hai
badi fursat se maalik ne
haseen tum ko banaaya hai
bahaaron ne kiye sajde

farishton ki bhi taubaa tod de
ye teri angdaayi
teri qaatil jawaani bann gayee
phoolon ki rusvaai
wo teri chaal jis ka
khud qayaamat bhi pataa poochhe
teri kaafir adaayen bhaaye jis ko
ab khudaa poochhe
haseena o haseena
haseena o haseena
bahaaron ne kiye sajde
gulon ne sar jhukaaya hai
bahaaron ne kiye sajde
gulon ne sar jhukaaya hai
badi fursat se maalik ne
haseen tum ko banaaya hai
bahaaron ne kiye sajde

6 Responses to "Bahaaron ne kiye sajde"

Sanjeev Kumar acted in film Sholey, that came out in 1976. One can see he looks different in both of these films from same year.
Besides Mukesh singing style is around year 1966. So this movies should list as year 1966…a digit error (typo) 🙂 (lol)

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Sudhir ji,
BOMBAY BY NITE-1976 has a very very intersting history of making.
The Lyricist of this film UPENDRA was one mr.Upendra Maurya,a very rich jahagirdar from MP(from Ratlam,probably-not sure) who was simply bitten by Films.He was keen on producing a film in the late 60s.He came to Bombay and established Upendra Films Ltd. and started producing the film Bombay by Nite in or around 1968.
In the late 60s.there used to be a series “World by Night” movies produced by Disney films in which unusual and uncommon acts performed during Nights all over the world were filmed and shown.There were 2 parts,World by Night-1 and World by Night-2.These became very popular in that time.I have seen both these films. Inspired by this series Bombay by Night depicted night club and other various night scenes of Bombay Night life were woven into the film.
Due to some dispute the film was stalled and remained in the cans for few years.In 1976,the balance few shots were completed and film was released.It naturally failed to make any ripples because the tastes of the filmgoers had changed considerably,meantime.
This Upendra was a Lyricist cum self declared poet.He had written some songs in the film Ghar Ghar ki Baat-1959 and Panch Ratan-65 also.
He became a Music Director of a dubbed South indian film Roshani and Andhera – 1974. Chandrakant Sawant,also from MP,was his assistant in this film.There were only 4 songs sung by yesudas,vani jairam,Usha Mangeshkar,Jaiwant kulkarni and Pushpa Pagdhare.
He has also written songs in Teen Chehre-79.
The story of BOMBAY BY NITE-1976 is about a very brave and adventurous young man Santosh(Sanjeev Kumar).His sister is very ill and he has no mney for her treatment.One night he meets seth Ishwarlal,a rich Millowner,who traps him to join a gang of croocks and criminals,with the enticement of earning lot of money in a short time.Santosh,being a straight person lands into several difficulties due to this gang and in the end he turns the tables on the Gang by exposing them and busting their gang and the leader,with the help of his GF KumKum etc.etc.He gets a prize money from the Police which is used for sister’s treatment.
During all these activities the night life of Bombay city is shown in the film.
-AD
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Arun ji,

Thanks so much for details about the film, its producer and the circumstances under which this film was released in 1976.

Harmandir ji also confirms that the film was inordinately delayed, and the release year is 1976, as per censor records.

Thanks again

Rgds
Sudhir

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Sudhir ji,
I forgot to mention an important thing about this song.
The Mukesh song,posted by you today-Baharon ne kiye sajade was one of the favourites of Mukesh and he had included it in the HMV cassette’ RARE GEMS OF MUKESH’.
Also in this film Kishore Kumar sang for IQ first time.
-AD

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Very interesting. Everything about this post – the write-up, the song, the comments. Another exhibit for why this blog is so special!!! 🙂

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Dear Sudhir Sahab,

Thank you for a superb write-up. You have helped me understand some of the Hindi/Urdu words I couldn;t track donw. My Hindi is all right, but nowhere near as excellent as a native speaker!
A gorgeous song, especially for an ardent fan of Mukesh like myself, I am wondering about the Black and White filmstock used in this film. I’m a retired scientist and professor and I have for some years also taught a film class (fine films from all over the world) for retired faculty, townspeople and their spouses. In a group of Indian films I showed a couple of years ago, I had included a fine film Bhumika, made by Shyam Benegal, actually a cousin of a great director, Guru Dutt. Benegal Sahib speaks in an interview provided among the extras on the DVD, and he mentions that there are both colour and B&W scenes in Bhumika because they kept running out of colour stock and it was hard to import this in the seventies. Ultimately, it worked well for the film and the critics thought the switch between colour scenes and B&W had some deeper meaning. Benegal Sahib was amused at this but was happy that the critics and viewers didn’t mind the switches! So I’m wondering if Bombay by Night was made in B&W because of difficulties in obtaining colour film stock from abroad. Just a thought.

Dr P Sudevan,

Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA

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