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Gustaakh nazar chehre se hataa

Posted on: December 24, 2012


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

As I had mentioned in my post the day before, more news and information to share. Let me start by telling about the visitors we had in Delhi during the last four, five weeks. The first to come was Dr. M L Kapoor, from Suffolk, Virginia in the US. Dr. Kapoor is an avid lover of old Hindi films and film music. He is a diehard fan of Pankaj Mullick and Naushad. He has two cars, and the number plates of the cars carry the words ‘NAUSHAD’ and ‘PMULICK’. He is one of the guiding spirits behind the websites on KL Saigal, Pankaj Mullick and KC Dey. He is a doctor of internal medicine, now retired. His main area of interest is the films from New Theatres.

Simultaneously, two other eminent guests also were in Delhi at the same time. Nalin ji Shah may not need any introductions. He is a senior journalist and a historian of Hindi films and film music, based in Bombay. He does stage programs on KL Saigal, and on the early history of Hindi film music, and regularly appears on Doordarshan. While in Delhi, he appeared on the program ‘Good Evening India’ on DD-National, and presented a brief discussion on the ghazals in Hindi films.

The second guest is someone I met for the first time, but have been an avid listener to her voice on the radio for a long time, many many years ago. Vijaylaxmi ji Deseram, the well known announcer and broadcaster of Radio Ceylon, also was in town during the same period. Vijaylaxmi ji worked at Radio Ceylon from 1971 to 1985. In 1985 she had to leave Sri Lanka, on account of political disturbances. She moved to the US and got a job at Voice of America, managing their Hindi Service. She retired from VOA in 2008. She is a contemporary of eminent broadcasters of Radio Ceylon like Ameen Sayaani, DS Parmar, Manoj Mahajan, Gopal Sharma, and others.

During end November and early December, I spent a fair amount of time with these guests. Nalin ji and I were invited to a meeting of group of music lovers in Delhi. This group is a long standing set of friends, all of whom are fans of the music of 1940s, 50s and 60s. I was familiar with a few members from some earlier interactions, but it was the first time for me to attend a meeting of the full group. The occasion was to honor Nalin ji.

This meeting was very interesting for me from one specific perspective. When I introduced myself, at least four or five people recognized my name from the posts on the blog. They said they are regular followers of our blog, and did mention both Atul ji and Arun ji by name. One of them also shared that he collects articles on Hindi films and film songs, and has a large collection from many decades. In our blog, he has found another treasure and is adding many articles from our blog into his collection. (It is just a collection, he says he does not intend to use it for publication).

Then, through Vijaylaxmi ji, I got introduced to Prof. Zaver Mal Parekh of IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University). Although Dr. Parekh is in the Hindi department, his main interest in the field of Hindi cinema. He regularly publishes articles on subjects related to films, film history, and the influence of films on the culture and society of India. He has also authored many books in this field.

Let me take a breather here. I will continue this thread in another post in a day or two. I shall get on with the song I present in this post. This here is a wonderful dance floor song, from the film ‘Jaali Note’ (1960). This film has some very wonderful melodies created by OP Nayyar. The film is produced by SS Pachchi under the banner of SP Pictures, Bombay, and is directed by Shakti Saamant. The impressive star cast includes Dev Anand, Madhubala, Om Prakash, Bipin Gupta, Madan Puri, Helen, Krishnakant, Tun Tun, Kundan, Vishwa Mehra, Bhardwaj, Pachchi, Kehsav Rana, Uma Dutt, Mahendra Sood, Sailen Bose etc.

The film has 8 songs in all, of which, six have already made it to this blog. The lyrics for this film are written by Anjaan and Raja Mehndi Ali Khan. This particular song is penned by the latter. The singing voices are those of Asha Bhonsle and Mohammed Rafi. On screen, this is a Helen dance song. Sharing the dance floor with her is Dev Anand. The scene is also full of disguises. Dev Anand is disguised as an old gentleman, looking very much like the disguise he wears in the film ‘Paying Guest’ (1957). We also see Om Prakash present in the scene, also dressed up as an old gentleman.

Then we also see one more person, who is also obviously in a disguise.

Apparently, Dev Anand and Om Prakash are looking for someone. The ‘someone’ is the third person with a disguise. He is also present in the scene, and is making strong efforts to hide from Dev Anand. All this while, the song is in progress, Helen is dancing, and she is obviously trying the third person to make a getaway. She is trying to distract Dev Anand, and trying to involve him in the dance.

But more than the scene, the song itself is a gem of an OP Nayyar melody. Listen and enjoy.

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Song-Gustaakh nazar chehre se hataa (Jaali Note)(1960) Singers-Asha Bhonsle, Rafi, Lyrics-Raja Mehdi Ali Khan, MD-O P Nayyar

Lyrics

gustaakh nazar
chehre se hataa
hum ko na sataa
arre jaa, chalaa jaa
jaati hai kidhar
baaten na banaa
ye karti hai kyaa
la-haul-vilaa

gustaakh nazar
chehre se hataa. . . aa aa aa

bedard bhi hoon
magroor bhi hoon
mat dekh idhar
aur teri pahunch se
door bhi hoon
o jaadugar
bedard bhi hoon
magroor bhi hoon
mat dekh idhar
aur teri pahunch se
door bhi hoon
o jaadugar
arre jaadugar
jaadu na chalaa
aankhen na milaa
arre jaa, chalaa jaa
jaati hai kidhar
baaten na banaa
ye karti hai kyaa
la-haul-vilaa

gustaakh nazar
chehre se hataa. . . aa aa aa

naagin ki tareh
balkhaati hui
balkhaa ke chaloon
bijli ki tareh lehraati hui
lehraa ke chaloon
naagin ki tareh
balkhaati hui
balkhaa ke chaloon
bijli ki tareh lehraati hui
lehraa ke chaloon
mere husn se darr
ulfat na jataa
deewaanaa hai kyaa
arre jaa, chalaa jaa
jaati hai kidhar
baaten na banaa
ye karti hai kyaa
la-haul-vilaa

gustaakh nazar
chehre se hataa. . . aa aa aa

o shokh adaa
mujh se na ulajh
hatt chhod mujhe
mujhe naazuk naazuk phool samajh
mat dekh mujhe
o shokh adaa
mujh se na ulajh
hatt chhod mujhe
mujhe naazuk naazuk phool samajh
mat dekh mujhe
kaanton si nazar
mujhse na milaa
mere dil mein na aa
arre jaa, chalaa jaa
jaati hai kidhar
baaten na banaa
ye karti hai kyaa
la-haul-vilaa

gustaakh nazar
chehre se hataa. . . aa aa aa

4 Responses to "Gustaakh nazar chehre se hataa"

Sudhirji,
Vijayalaxmi; the name definitely rings the bell when we were used to listening Radio Ceylon. Is the Sri Lanka Radio program(Radio Ceylon) alive? Can we hear the 7.30 to 8 am programme ending with Saigal’s song. Can any of us provide the details. Can we hear it on the Net.
I used to prove that Saigal was 30 times more popular than Kishore Kumar. How? Obviously as the latter’s song aaj paheli tareekh hain was played only on the first of every month.

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Nitinbhai, Radio Ceylon still continues to broadcast old hindi numbers from 7.30 am to 8.00 with a KL Saigal number at the end. Unfortunately the programme is not what it used to be. There is also a news broadcast in English starting around 7.45 am lasting about 5 minutes. This cuts into the number of songs that can be played in about 30 minutes. Reception is often poor, though you can hear it in the Internet. I don’t have the ID rightaway but can give you. I am still grateful to Radio Ceylon for letting me listen to old hindi numbers at 7.30 am.

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