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Raaja saahab ghar nahin

Posted on: July 6, 2013

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

My last post here was only a few days ago but it is my pleasure and honour to be able to post here once again today for a double-special occasion.

This song happens to be the 8300th song on this blog. Yes, we’re chugging along rather nicely – this is the 83rd song-hundred on this blog. At this rate, Sachin’s milestone is not too far away. ? So congrats to Atul – and of course to all others too here for their part too – for getting to yet another blog hundred.

I also want to mention that though we seem to be getting to these century milestones with regularity, it does not in any way undermine the amount of effort taken for each hundred. After all, each hundred here is built up, song by song, with all the due attention to lyrics, attribution and write-up. And, unlike cricket, there are only “singles” here, no twos, threes, fours and sixes. Every single song has to be “run” individually. So whether it is the 3rd hundred or the 83rd hundred, it is a matter of great satisfaction whenever we get to a hundred-milestone.

I did say this is double-special because this song represents another milestone too. Today, with this song, we are posting the 400th song of one of our most respected lyricists, Sahir Ludhianvi, on this blog. And I feel extremely honoured to have the opportunity to do the honours.

As anybody who has read some of my previous posts here would know already, I am a huge, huge fan of Sahir saab. It is not that I don’t like or respect other lyricists (in particular, Kaifi Azmi saab and Gulzar saab are two others whose lyrics I like a lot) but Sahir has always been very close to my heart.

When I was young, I only knew the names of some lyricists without really knowing their work. I’d heard of Anand Bakshi, Shailendra, Hasrat Jaipuri, Rajinder Krishen, Majrooh, Shakeel Badayuni, for example – but if you asked me specific songs, I’d be stumped. (I think I knew Shailendra-Hasrat more than the others because of their Shankar Jaikishen association. I somehow happened to know a lot of S-J songs, more than any other composer when I was young).

Anyway, the first lyricist whose work I got to know much more specifically was Sahir Ludhianvi. It was sadly only through his death though. I remember reading a tribute to him in the Illustrated Weekly of India when he died. As I went through the article – and looked at the songs mentioned – I was stunned to discover that he’d written so many songs that I knew but never knew who the lyricist was.

I already liked most of those songs. Many of them were already among my favourites and used to play on All India Radio quite often. For example, songs of Hum Dono, Barsaat Ki Raat, Pyaasa, Taj Mahal, Gumrah, Humraaz were regulars on AIR. At that time I had no idea they were all Sahir’s lyrics.

The more I started paying attention to lyricists, the more I noticed Sahir. Soon it became the other way round – the more I noticed that a song was Sahir’s lyrics, the more attention I paid to it. And could only marvel at not just his poetry but the way he could arouse passion through his words. To use a cricket cliché, if a quality bowler can make the ball talk, Sahir could make his songs really talk. He could express every emotion through his songs. Happiness, sorrow, bitterness, anger, love/romance, regret, devotion, plain frolic – they were all in his repertoire and he gifted us with them all, depending on the situation.

I have specifically mentioned “frolic” in the above paragraph because today’s song I have picked as his 400th song is one in this category.

Normally Sahir is associated with high-quality poetry. And often with hard-hitting, serious poetry. It would sound almost blasphemous to then pick a Sahir song on this occasion that, I must admit, does not quite fit the norm.

But that is precisely the reason I have picked such a song. Sometimes it is good to “let your hair down” as the saying goes in English. Relax, enjoy a fun moment instead of always being serious and hard-hitting. For Sahir, I would think even writing this song would have been such a moment. A relief from his usual pensive pen.

The song is a total timepass song from the movie “Aaj aur Kal”. A film that I happened to see only a few days ago. A film that I really liked a lot.

The song is “Raja Saheb ghar nahin”.

When I saw the movie and heard this song, I thought I was hearing it for the first time. Now I feel I might have vaguely heard it before. But so vaguely that I would rather concede that it was the first time I was hearing it. In that case, , it then turned out to be love at first sight/hear.

There are songs that are lovely to listen to, but somehow the picturisation disappoints you. It takes away a bit from the song. I remember, for example, being rather disappointed when I saw the picturisation of the song “ponchh kar ashq apni aankhon se” for the first time on youtube. I really loved this song (I still do) – but I expected something more than just Jeetendra consoling Asha Parekh in a rather plain fashion.

On the other hand, there is picturisation that accentuates the other elements of the song. For example, I feel many of Shammi Kapoor’s songs feel even better when you see him dancing to them on screen. So it works both ways.

There was this debate a few years ago when Aamir Khan supposedly made a comment about what makes a song famous. He said something to the effect that a song becomes famous because of the actor(s) involved. I remember Javed Akhtar taking offence to this, saying that this undermined all the others involved in the making of the song. I think later Aamir clarified that he didn’t mean it in the way it came out.

My own take on this, based on my own experience, is that the actors only give a finishing touch to a song. There are loads of songs that would have become hits even without actors lip-synching to them. In fact, before the youtube days, how many songs did we get to see the video of? Yet, these songs were on our lips and we loved them. And what about non-film songs? What about songs of movies never released but the audio album is out? So I tend to agree with Javed saab – the actors’ role is supplementary but hardly key to the popularity of a song. Unless of course, the acting has a particular stand-out element to it.

The reason for this discussion at all (it is a bit of a digression) is that in this song today, I think the acting does accentuate the song. The song is a lively song as it is – and Ravi’s composition is just as joshila – but the acting of Tanuja (and to some extent Deven Verma) make it well and truly enjoyable.

A quick background of the situation before I close.

Ashok Kumar is the ruler of a state – and rules it with an iron hand. He is extremely strict – even within his own family, with his four children (two sons, two daughters). They are allowed no liberty at all, they are even required to call him “Your Highness”. They don’t like it one bit, but they have no choice but to obey his every instruction.

Then one day, he needs to travel to Delhi for a meeting with heads of other princely states. His children are overjoyed, they are SO relieved that finally they have a little bit of breathing space and freedom for themselves, albeit only temporarily. This song represents their ecstatic state of mind on the occasion.

It is a delightful song – and one that I’ve been hearing a lot in the last few days, ever since I got to know it. It features Tanuja, Deven Verma and Rohit as siblings. (According to imdb, this actor is Rohit). As you can see, Tanuja and Deven Verma are not just enjoying themselves but also telling the rest of the staff to have fun while the Raja Saheb (Ashok Kumar) is away.

After all, when the cat is away, the mice will play, no? ?

Enjoy the song. It may not be the greatest song for a Sahir occasion but it is far from the worst too, in my opinion. The voices are those of Asha Bhosle and Mahendra Kapoor.

Song-Raja sahab ghar nahin (Aaj aur Kal)(1963) Singers-Asha Bhonsle, Mahendra Kapoor, Lyrics-Sahir Ludhianvi, MD-Ravi


Raja Saheb ghar nahin,
humko kisi ka darr nahin
aaj to gardan oonchi kar ke,
kahenge hum sau baar
be adab, be mulaahiza, be muhaal
ba adab, ba mulahiza, hoshiyaar
Raja Saheb ghar nahin, humko kisi ka darr nahin
aaj to gardan oonchi kar ke, kahenge hum sau baar
be adab, be mulahiza, be muhaal
ba adab, ba mulahiza, hoshiyaar

naachenge aur gaayenge,
cheekhenge chillayenge
naachenge aur gaayenge,
cheekhenge chillayenge
man marzi ka pehnenge,
man marzi ka khaayenge
mahal ke oonche deewaaron se,
door hain pehredaar
be adab, be mulaahiza, be muhaal
ba adab, ba mulahiza, hoshiyaar
Raja Saheb ghar nahin, humko kisi ka darr nahin
aaj to gardan oonchi kar ke, kahenge hum sau baar
be adab, be mulahiza, be muhaal
ba adab, ba mulaahiza, hoshiyaar
chup gaddaar

aankhen jhuki jhuki ho kyun,
saansein ruki ruki ho kyun
aankhen jhuki jhuki ho kyun,
saansein ruki ruki ho kyun
Rajaji jab yahaan nahin,
phir baatein betuki ho kyun
aaj ke din to band karo ye,
jhooth ka kaarobaar
be adab, be mulahiza, be muhaal
ba adab, ba mulahiza, hoshiyaar
Raja Saheb ghar nahin, humko kisi ka darr nahin
aaj to gardan oonchi kar ke, kahenge hum sau baar
be adab, be mulahiza, be muhaal
ba adab, ba mulaahiza, hoshiyaar

Raajon aur sultaanon ka,
kissa gaye zamaanon ka
Raajon aur sultaanon ka,
kissa gaye zamaanon ka
Insaanon ke aage kyun,
sheesh jhuke insaanon ka
atom ka yug in andhi rasmon se hai bezaar
be adab, be mulaahiza, be muhaal
ba adab, ba mulaahiza, hoshiyaar
Raja Saheb ghar nahin, humko kisi ka darr nahin
aaj to gardan oonchi kar ke, kahenge hum sau baar
be adab, be mulaahiza, be muhaal
ba adab, ba mulaahiza, hoshiyaar

8 Responses to "Raaja saahab ghar nahin"

Congrats Atul ji
Congratulations for all friends in the Atuldom on the occasion of another Century.



congratulations Atul ji.. congrats to all.. thanks Raja ji for this lovely post. chaliye , Shukr hain ki aap ghar pe hain aur puraani filmein bhi dekh rahe hain, iss se hamare liye to posts ki barsaat hoti rahegi aur aapke shabd is suhane mausam mein hame bhawnaaon se sarabor karte rahenge ….. thanks!! Sahir Saab we miss you…!!!


Thanks for the entertaining song!


Congratulation to Atulji and all his fans.
Rajaji, there are number of Rafi songs in my lists of “disappointment by picturisation”. “ponchh kar ashq apni aankhon se….” “apni aankhon mein basaakar koi iqraar karoon…”- Thokar-74 ; “Tujhe kya sunaaun main dilrubaa….” Aakhri Daao-58 ; “Jab bhi ye dil udaas hota hai…..” Seema-71. The list is long.


Congrats all around for the incredible achievement. Unlike the cricketers we are consistently scoring centuries after centuries with unfailing consistency after every 15 days. No loosing form!!!


Congratulations Atul on reaching this double milestone.

Thank you Raja for the lovely write-up. I love the way you write.

Somehow the song reminded me of song Piya Bawari that the members of the family sing on the roof when the autocratic mother is away! Similar situation, na?

Nice description here “Sahir could make his songs really talk” Can it be called a metaphor? If songs could talk, could talk sing? Nice thought eh?


Sorry, that song from Khubsoorat defying the bossy mother was ‘Saare Niyam Tod do’


Atul ji,

Great form, as Nitin ji said. On with the century posts with unfailing regularity. Oh one would wish that some other things in life could also be so dependable. 🙂

Raja ji,
Contrary to the title of the song, sir, you are very much home. And we enjoy your being home, and seeing you (and your posts) more often. Thanks for the song and the write up. 🙂

Ava ji,
I think the song you want to refer to is “Saare Niyam Tod Do” from ‘Khoobsurat’ (1980). (It is on the blog at

Best wishes and congratulations to all friends on this bandwagon.

Let the music play. . . continue to play.



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