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Ye kis manzil pe le aayi

Posted on: June 9, 2013

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

Hindi film industry is known for making most of the artists (actors, directors, music directors, singers, lyricists etc.) struggle for years before they finally reap the rewards of success in their careers. There are some who continued to struggle in the film industry for long without attaining much success in their pursuits. For examples, playback singers like Sudha Malhotra and Minoo Purshottam, music directors like C Arjun and G S Kohli and lyricists like Asad Bhopali and Naqsh Layalpuri did not attain the success in their filmy careers which they deserved. In this list, Asad Bhopali seems to be the ‘leader’ among strugglers.

Asad Bhopali’s career as a lyricist spanned over 4 decades but he was never in the reckoning among the top lyricists of Hindi film industry. Based on the sequence of films for which he wrote songs, his career reminds me of one of the famous dialogues of actor Ajit relating to ‘liquid oxygen’ ( liquid isse jeene nahi degaa, oxygen isse marne nahi dega). Asad Bhopali’s occasional success with film gave him the ‘oxygen’ to continue in the film industry. But his success not translating into getting more works especially from the big banners ensured that he continued to struggle for survival in the film industry.

Ghalib Asad Bhopali, Asad Bhopali’s son from his second wife, had said in an radio interview that his father was partly responsible for the perpetual struggle in his career. Being a self-respecting person, Asad Bhoapli’s conscience did not permit him to approach producers and music directors for work. The result was that while his contemporaries like Sahir Ludhianvi, Shakeel Badayuni, Majrooh Sultanpuri having already established in Hindi film industry got films from big banners to write songs, Asad Bhopali had to be content with song writing mostly in ‘B’ and ‘C’ grade films.

Asadullah Khan aka Asad Bhopali (10/07/1921 – 09/06/1990) was born in Bhopal. His father Munshi Ahmed Khan was a teacher of Arabic and Persian languages. He learnt Arabic and Persian from his father while he was formally educated in Urdu and English. Like many literary personalities of pre-independent India, the young Asad was also drawn towards Independence movements and he participated in that by writing and reciting revolutionary poems for which he was jailed. After release from the jail, he participated in various mushairas in and around Bhopal.

Asad Bhopali’s entry into Hindi film industry was by chance. Fazli brothers, the producers of the film ‘Duniya’ (1949), were looking for a Urdu poet who could write songs for the film to replace poet-lyricist, Arzoo Lucknawi, who after writing two songs for the film, migrated to Pakistan. One of the theatre owners of Bhopal who was in Bombay (Mumbai) suggested to Fazli brothers to attend a mushiara to be held in Bhopal and select any one of the poets who impressed them. Both the producers and director of the film attended the mushiara in which Asad Bhopali among many poets recited a revolutionary poem which impressed Fazli brothers. Next day, he was given an advance of Rs.500/- by Fazli brothers to travel to Bombay to write lyrics for their under production film ‘Duniya’ (1949). Asad Bhopali wrote two songs for the film thus making a beginning of his filmy career that then spanned over 4 decades. A detailed profile of Asad Bhopali is here and a transcript of a radio interview in Hindi of Ghalib Asad Bhopali on the life of Asad Bhopali is here.

On the basis of the information I culled out from, during 1949-1990, Asad Bhopali wrote 513 songs for 131 films, that is on an average of less than 13 songs per year. Among music directors, he worked with Usha Khanna the most with 40 films. In all, he worked with 29 music directors as under :

S No Music director Number of films
1 Usha Khanna 40
2 Hansraj Bahl 16
3 Laxmikant Pyarelal 15
4 Ganesh 11
5 Ravi 8
6 N Datta 6
7 C Arjun 3
8 Husnlal Bhagatram 3
9 Lachhiram Tamar 3
10 Rajkamal 3
11 Lala Sattar 3
12 Kalyanji Anandji 2
13 A R Qureshi 2
14 Other 16 music directors 1 each
Total All music directors 131

Asad Bhopali had no opportunity to work with some of the prominent music directors of his time like S D Burman, Shanker-Jaikishan, O P Nayyar, Madan Mohan, Roshan, R D Burman etc. He worked with other prominent music directors like Anil Biswas, C Ramchandra, Naushad, Shyam Sundar, Chitragupta for only one film each. With this, it was obvious that most of his 131 films were of ‘B’ and ‘C’ grade films. But he wrote finest lyrics even in such films.

Some of his notable songs are :

Hamen duniya ko dil ke zakhm dikhlaanaa nahin aata (Aadhi Raat) (1950), Lata, Rafi, Kismat bigdi duniya badli (Afsaanaa)(1951), Mukesh , Keh rahin hain dhadkanen pukaar kar (Laal Pari)(1954),Talat-Geeta Dutt , Do dil dhadak rahe hain aur aawaaz ek hai (Insaaf)(1958), Talat-Asha, , Ham tumhaare ho chuke hain (Rangeela Raja)(1960),Talat-Sudha Malhotra, Raaz e dil unse chhupaayaa naa gayaa (Apna Banaa Ke Dekho)(1962),Rafi , Wo jab yaad aaye bahut yaad aaye(Parasmani)(1963),Lata-Rafi, Tere pyaar ne mujhe gham diya(Chhaila Babu)(1967), Rafi,
Dil ka soona saaz taraana dhoondhega(Ek naari do roop)(1973), Rafi.

Even with more than 4 decades of his career, Asad Bhopali never got recognition in terms of awards until the fag end of his life. He got the Filmfare Award for the best lyrics of the song ‘dil deewaana bin sajanaa ke mane na’ from ‘Maine Pyaar Kiya (1989) in 1990. But Asad Bhopali was not in a position to attend the Award function as he was bedridden due to a paralytic stroke. He was shifted to his ancestral home in Bhopal in 1990 and after a few days, he breathed his last on June 9, 1990.

At the fag end of his filmy career, Asad Bhopali was keen to publish his ghazals and nazms which he wrote for films but were not accepted by producers/directors for the songs. But here also, luck was not in his favour. During one of the heavy spells of rains, his diary containing hundred of such ghazals and nazms was lost in a flood. Instead of ruing the loss, Asad Bhopali consoled himself by saying ‘jo bikni thhi wo bik chuki aur jo bik nahin payee wo kisi kaam ki nahin thhi’ ( whatever was saleable was sold and whatever was not sold was of no use). This comment sums up the tragedy in the life of a poet. How apt he wrote a couple of lines in a song Dil ka soona saaz taraana dhoondhega. :
waqt mere geeton ka khazaana dhoondhega
mujhko mere baad zamaana dhoondhega

On the occasion of the death anniversary of Asad Bhopali, I have chosen a song written by him which, in a way, is a reflection of his struggling carrer in Hindi film industry. The song is ‘ye kis manzil pe le aayi meri badkismati mujhko’ from the film MAIN SUHAAGAN HOON (1964). The song is sung by Talat Mehmood and is composed by Lachhiram. The film had 7 songs of which 4 songs have already been covered in the blog. The song under discussion was the only song Asad Bhopali wrote for this film.

Song-Ye kis manzil pe le aayi (Main Suhaagan Hoon0(1964) Singer-Talat Mehmood, Lyrics-Asad Bhopali, MD-Pt Lachchiram


ye kis manzil pe le aayi
ye kis manzil pe le aayi
meri badkismati mujhko
jahan hasrat se mudkar dekhti hai
zindagi mujhko
ye kis manzil pe le aayi

mere daaman mein kaante rakh diye
phoolon ke badle mein aen aen en
phoolon ke badle mein
mere daaman mein kaante rakh diye
phoolon ke badle mein aen aen aen
phoolon ke badle mein
mere maalik bataa aisi sazaa
kyun di gayi mujhko
kis manzil pe le aayi

dil-e-naadaan teri baaton mein aakar
lut gaya hoon main aen aen aen
lut gaya hoon main
dil-e-naadaan teri baaton mein aakar
lut gaya hoon main aen aen aen
lut gaya hoon main
bahut tadpa rahi hai
aaj meri beqashi mujhko
kis manzil pe le aayi

meri ye zindagi hai
ya andheri raat saawan ki ee ee ee
raat saawan ki
meri ye zindagi hai
ya andheri raat saawan ki ee ee ee
raat saawan ki
nazar aati nahin ab
door tak bhi raushni mujhko
kis manzil pe le aayi
ye kis manzil pe le aayi
meri badkismati mujhko
jahaan hasrat se mudkar dekhti hai
zindagi mujhko
ye kis manzil pe le aayi

4 Responses to "Ye kis manzil pe le aayi"

Sadanand ji

Thanks for so much of information about Asad Bhopali ji, who is my favourite Lyricist.And thanks for the lyrics of a nice song and a very good song.



Sadanand-ji, so much of info on Asad Bhopali for which many thanks


Sweat, toil and tears- this seems to be the fate of many talented people amidst all the glamour. Great lyrics, which we appreciate better in the light of the write-up. sung soulfully by the incomparable Talat .Sensitive tune. Hearing it for the first time. thanks for this great upload.


Thanks a lot for the info regarding Asad Bhopali. Reminds me of his great lyrics in Afsana 1951 sung by Lata…”wo paas bhi rahkar pas nahi
hum dur bhi rahkar dur nahi…..

And then this number is a seamless flow of Talat saab’s silken voice.

Many Thanks.


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