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Roothh ke hamse kahin

Posted on: August 26, 2012


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

I start this article with a confession that Hindi film songs of post-1980 period, by and large, are not on my search radar unless I come across some of them by chance. It was one of such chances that took me to a song ‘rooth ke hamse kahin jab chale jaaoge tum’ from the film JO JEETA WOHI SIKANDAR (1992). I was attracted by its first line of lyrics. The song was written by Majrooh Sultanpuri and that made me to watch the video clip. And what a sentimental song relating to brother-brother relationship! As I watched the video clip, some reminiscences of my childhood days flashed before my moist eyes like a slide show.

We were a group of four – I, my younger brother and two of my cousins. Because of our narrow age differences, we were more like friends than brothers.

Every year we looked forward to summer vacations during which, we would stay in each other’s places. This was the most beautiful part of our childhood – relaxation from the parental controls, playing games all through the days and of course watching one Hindi film in a nearby theatre as a part of our annual quota. Those days, in the absence of TV, our main activities after the school and during holidays were playing marbles, gilli danda (tipcat) and cricket with tennis ball. While the first two games did not turn out to be of much nuisance value, it was cricket which used to create lot of bad blood not only among us and other players but also with the neighbourhood. There would always be dispute regarding leg before wicket and the bowling turn. But the most awkward moment was when the ball hit the window glass of the neighbouring building. Within no time, all the players would disperse into hiding. Of course, many tennis balls would be lost in this process and there would be complaints to our guardians. After these incidences, there would be some lull in playing cricket in the compound but soon it would resume and the ‘action replays’ of window glass breaking would eventually take place every time.

Those days, Bombay (Mumbai) had tram services which were completely withdrawn some time in 1964. On Ganesh immersion day, we used to travel by double decker tram from the starting point at King’s Circle and travel through main road up to Museum. All four of us would occupy the front seats on the upper deck of the tram to get a ring side view of Ganesh immersion processions on the way without any hindrance. Being run on the tracks on the middle of the road, tram journey was much smoother than journey by buses which used to be held up in traffic jam due to immersion processions.

As we grew as teenagers, all of us got interested in Hindi film songs. We used to eagerly wait for Wednesdays to listen to Binaca Geet Mala. At that time, we all were admirers of Shanker- Jaikishan. However, after sometime, we were vertically split and two of us including me ‘defected’ to Laxmikant-Pyarelal camp who had become famous after ‘Parasmani’ (1963). There would be arguments and counterarguments of both these music director duos among us. Sometimes, the arguments would become heated but it never threatened our relationship nor it came in the way of watching movies of rival camps of music directors in the theatres.

After completion of our education, we got busy in our careers and family responsibilities. Under these changed circumstances, we could not often meet together or spend time together for longer periods. But we made it a point to meet on some special occasions like festivals, family get together and the annual monsoon picnics which we have continued so far. During our get together, one of the topics of discussion would be the Hindi film songs of the golden era.

In his childhood, my younger brother after getting scolded from my mother for some wrong doings, used to run away to a nearby garden from our house sulking over the scolding. He would eventually return home after cooling down. About 10 years back, after a brief illness, he was admitted to a hospital. He went to hospital without sulking but this time never to return home. It is said that time is a great heeler of grief and bereavement and I thought that I had already overcome this. But after watching video clip of this song, not only the grief surfaced, it also brought back all those nostalgia of our childhood comradeship.

‘Rooth ke hamse kahin jab chale jaaoge tum’ is a background song sung by Jatin Pandit on the tune set by him and his brother Lalit Panditknown as Jatin-Lalit music director duo. The song is picturised on Amir Khan and Mamik with the flash back of their childhood days played by the present day actor Imran Khan ( nephew of Amir Khan) and Sharokh Bharucha respectively. The film was produced by Nasir Hussain and directed by his son Mansoor Khan. The background for this song was that Mamik, Amir Khan’s elder brother in the film is accidentally pushed by his rivals from other college resulting in his fall from the table top into the valley. He is admitted to the hospital in a serious condition and the doctor after performing emergency operation tells his father ( Kulbhushan Kharabanda) that his chances of survival are bleak. After hearing this news, Amir Khan recalls his childhood days with his elder brothers.

The lyrics of Majrooh Sultanpuri and the beautiful interludes of piano, violin and saxophone create a perfect poignant atmosphere. Thanks to his lyrics and the accompanying musical composition, this song reminds me of the golden era of Hindi film songs even though it belongs to early 90s.

I have given both video and audio links. Audio link cover full song while video link is a shorter version covering only three stanzas ofthe song.

Video

Audio

Song-Rooth ke hamse kahin (Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar)(1992)Singer- Jatin Pandit, Lyrics-Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD-Jatin Lalit

Lyrics ( on the basis of audio clip)

rooth ke hamse kahin
jab chale jaaoge tum
rooth ke hamse kahin
jab chale jaaoge tum
ye naa sochaa thaa kabhi
itne yaad aaoge tum
rooth ke hamse kahin
jab chale jaaoge tum
rooth ke hamse kahin

main to naa chalaa thaa
do kadam bhi tum bin
ho o
phir bhi meraa bachpan
yahi samjhaa har din
chhod ke mujhe bhalaa
ab kahaan jaaoge tum
chhod ke mujhe bhalaa
ab kahaan jaaoge tum
ye naa sochaa thaa kabhi
itne yaad aaoge tum
rooth ke hamse kahin
jab chale jaaoge tum
rooth ke hamse kahin

baaton kabhi haathon se bhi
maaraa hai tumhen
ho o
sadaa yahi kehke
hi pukaaraa hai tumhen
kyaa kar loge meraa
jo bigad jaaoge tum
kyaa kar loge meraa
jo bigad jaaoge tum
ye naa sochaa thhaa kabhi
itne yaad aaoge tum
rooth ke hamse kahin
jab chale jaaoge tum
rooth ke hamse kahin

dekho mere aansoo
yahi karte hain pukaar
ho o
aao chale aao
mere bhaai mere yaar
ponchhne aansoo mere
kyaa nahin aaoge tum
ponchhne aansoo mere
kyaa nahin aaoge tum
ye naa sochaa thaa kabhi
itne yaad aaoge tum
roothh ke hamse kahin
jab chale jaaoge tum
roothh ke hamse kahin

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3 Responses to "Roothh ke hamse kahin"

I am amazed at your prodigious effort in creating this bank of music having thousands of songs, write – up about them,data about the music director, lyricist, lyrics, singers etc.
This is actually a love of labour which is sure to win the hearts of all those who love the great golden era of hindi music especially the ’50s and ’60s.your efforts will live for ever and what’s more it has the ability to accept corrections and /or additions wherever and whenever necessary.
In this context I would like say the following:
When I finish hearing a song, I go “back”, but I go to the very beginning of the yearwise or musicwise depending on the choice I have earlier made. To scroll through this is very tiring, cumbersome and time consuming and therefore I give up after hearing a few songs of my choice.Can you seek help to modify your software so that when I press “back” I see a window in which I type what I want eg. Burman S.D, Then I see “Do you mean S. D Burman”?
I reply yes Or I click I at once and get what I want. Otherwise I go to Burman but I don’t see it there because in your system you have entered it in S.

Please make the software very user friendly so that all music lovers like me can enjoy music for a long time without getting tired in choosing what they want.
May you live as long as you want and not want as long as you live.

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Sadanandji,
I was reading your memories of childhood and remembering my those golden days, was feeling so happy, lekin aap ke bhai ki baat ne aankh mein aansoo la diye. It must have been hard or just impossible for you to forget those days you had spent with your younger brother. Aadmi kitni bhi koshish kyun na kare, lekin aisi kitni baaten hoti hai jo wo bhulna chaahta hai lekin uska pyaar wo sab yaaden man ke koi kone mein sambhaal ke rakh deta hai. Aur usi meethi yaad ke sahaare wo apna saara jeevan guzaarta hai.

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Sadanandji, my deepest sympathy to you.
My younger brother died 9 years ago. For his memory, I have keep his name as my password on some of the web sites that I visit.
It seemed so unreal at the time he died…like I would never be able to even think about him and not feel pain inside. As we grew up he was boy and I was girl…but I used have exact matching pants, shirt, kurta, pajama, shoes etc… and exactly short cut hair like him until I was at age 13/14. I was always playing with boys, climbing trees, catching baby turtles, seashells, shiny rocks from the river bank. sometimes stading on piece of wood to sail the river and getting wet and can’t go home until clothes get dry 🙂
It was my mom who worked very hard on me to change me from a boy to a girl :).
To me, he and I was more like brothers than bro/sis
When he was taking his last breath I was talking to him on phone, (from USA to India) I knew that he wasn’t able to answer me but he listened to me and I told him that I was lucky to have him as my bro, and wish I will see him again as my bro..for many more times as we will reborn.
I miss him..and that never goes away.

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