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Khaali haath shaam aayi hai

Posted on: July 1, 2013


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

This is the only song of Ijaazat (1987) missing on this blog. For me the songs of Ijaazat have a special place in my heart. I still remember the audio cassette, which I bought. It was a rainy August afternoon. I knew exactly what I wanted to buy from my first earnings through giving tuitions. I came back from the college and I think I must have listened to that cassette on that day nearly hundred times. But that is just half the reason for its special status. In the 80s the music in Hindi films was IMHO losing quality. The arrival of Ijaazat came as a whiff of fresh air. More than that, it reinstated my faith in Pancham once again.

Gulzar uses the birhan theme in this song and instead of letting the protagonist sing that her lover has not come, he makes her put the blame on the evening, which has come empty-handed. She is sad, she is melancholic, but even the release of the sorrow through tears is not given to her. The evening will go away unw(h)etted. Amazing lyrics by an amazing poet!

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Song-Khaali haath shaam aayi hai (Ijaazat) (1987) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Gulzar, MD-R D Burman

Lyrics

khaali haath shaam aayi hai
haan khaali haath shaam aayi hai
khaali haath jaayegi ee
khaali haath shaam aayi hai
aaj bhi na aayaa koi
aaj bhi na aayaa koi
khaali laut jaayegi ee ee
khaali haath shaam aayi hai
khaali haath jaayegi ee
khaali haath shaam aayi hai

aaj bhi na aaye aansoon
aaj bhi na bheege nainaa
aaj bhi na aaye aansoon
aaj bhi na bheege nainaa
aaj bhi ye kori rainaa
aaj bhi ye kori rainaa
kori laut jaayegi ee ee
khaali haath shaam aayi hai
khaali haath jaayegi ee
khaali haath shaam aayi hai

raat ki siyaahi koi
aaye to mitaaye naa aa
raat ki siyaahi koi
aaye to mitaaye naa
aaj naa mitaaye to ye
aaj naa mitaaye to ye
kal bhi laut aayegi ee ee
khaali haath shaam aayi hai
khaali haath jaayegi ee
khaali haath shaam aayi hai
aaj bhi na aayaa koi
aaj bhi na aayaa koi
khaali laut jaayegi ee ee
khaali haath shaam aayi hai
khaali haath jaayegi ee
khaali haath shaam aayi hai

9 Responses to "Khaali haath shaam aayi hai"

Yes those were dry decades with no rhythm to speak of. The songs of this movie are very good.

lovely post Harvey.

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Thanks Ava! So poignant, eh?

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Harveyji,
Yesterday only, out of curiosity, I was reading RDB’s profile on Wiki and read about his music in this movie.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R.D._Burman#Decline
Just read under the section titled “Decline”

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Khyatji, thanks for the link! Coincidentally was reading the same article on his birthday.

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Mukhda(that too only 1st line) of a Pancham compositon from Anamika(“Jaaoon toh kahaan jaaoon sab kuchch yahin hai, tere dar ke baahar to na duniya na dil hai”)tunewise got resemblances with the mukhda of “Khali haath shaam aayee hai”. I may be wrong, But I get a vague resemblance about the mukhdas of these two songs.

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Wonderful that song from Anamika! Heard it after a long time.
It does have some similarity to khaali haath shaam aayi hai. Nice discovery!

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