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Ae dil meri aahon mein itna to asar aaye

Posted on: July 7, 2013


This article is written by nahm, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This is her 100th article in the blog.

I have been dithering for the last two days on the issue of which song post to send, as my 100th post. Now that I have decided on a song which is old enough and a Rafi solo, and melodious and touching as I wanted just such a song for this occasion. For some reason I have suddenly become tongue tied, or key board tied. Not that key boards ever get tied up like our human minds or tongues. But they do give us trouble, whenever we treat them badly. Only last week, it suffered a blow, with a steel bowl. And the key ‘ e ‘ came loose. It just wouldn’t stick in its place, I had all sorts of trouble in completing the last write up. Ideally I should have tried to complete the write up without using ‘e’. It is possible, as I read a paragraph on facebook, completely devoid of the alphabet ‘e’. Maybe next time this sort of thing happens, with a little used alphabet”s key than, it should be worth trying.

It is time that I share my feeling about this blog. It has been a pleasure and honour to be part of this blog. It has provided a platform for so many of us to indulge ourselves and be engrossed in poetry and music. For me specifically, it is a source of solace and inspiration. One of the few places where one can forget one’s troubles and worries.

I also wish to thank all the readers and fellow contributors and Atul ji for their forbearance and encouraging comments, ‘poor’ and ‘not so good’ star ratings and all. I dont mind the brickbats too, as they can hit me only if I let them 🙂 in this virtual world. One can always learn and say ‘better luck next time’. No, no there haven’t been any brickbats, but really, if there are, I can deal/bear with them.

One incident from my college days, I have just remembered.

We (me and my friend) were waiting at the bus stop to go home after college around noon. The bus stop was full full of people, waiting for the bus. It was rainy season, we both had our hands full with the college bags and umbrella’s etc. The BEST double decker bus arrived, every body climbed on the bus, as usual I was the ‘ late lateef ‘ and was among the last to board. The parapet of the bus was full and i couldn’t find a hold, so I caught hold of my friend. The stop was empty, the conductor pulled the bell and the bus stared with a jerk. Next I knew, we both were thrown clear out of the moving bus and landed on the road. Luckily, we were not hurt at all and just filled with embarrassment.

We quickly got up from the road, collected our belongings and just hung our heads down and went back inside the bus stop. It was only then that we allowed ourselves to burst out laughing. How naive and trusting we were, that she got hold of me and I got hold of her, thinking the other one must have gotten a hold on the bus. I was right in doing some quick thinking that I would fall out if I did not get to hold on to something. My friend on the other hand was a bit inside than I was and was likely not in danger of being thrown out even without, if I hadn’t caught her, trying to save myself. Or maybe it was the fault of the bus driver for not waiting till the people climbing in had moved a little inside. Lesson learned by both of us is not to rely on anyone and always fend for ourselves.

By and large the public in the city was well behaved and disciplined in such matters of alighting and climbing. Travelling on BEST buses was never a hazard. And those double decker buses used to have two conductors and one of them would be on the parapet, to manage the crowd.

Nowadays I find people have so little time and can not wait even to get inside the lifts. Very often I find people standing right in front of the lift door and try to get in before allowing others to get out of the lifts. It is highly irritating to have to snap at strangers ‘hey wait till we get out ‘, because others will not, everyone is busy. If I am inconvenienced, I have to deal with the matter. Even simple courtesy is as out of fashion as old fashioned chivalry.

Like many things that are no longer compatible with the changing times, the double decker bus also is a relic of the past. We get to see them only in some old movies. Here I am back to old movies and songs.

So here is a poignant and touching solo sung by Rafi Sahab. The film is ‘Actress’ (1948). Music director is Shyam Sundar and Nakshab Jarachv is the lyricist. Two songs of the film are posted, one of which is Ham apne dil ka fasaana unhen suna na sake which is also a great Rafi solo. While I knew the song ‘ham apne dil ka fasaana’, but this one ‘ae dil meri aahon mein’ was a new one for me. I liked it a lot while writing down the lyrics. Unlike some other songs which I was considering for this post, this song’s video is also available. The film has actors like Prem Adeeb, Meena Shorey, Rehaana and David Abraham. This song is a party song where Prem Adeeb , is seen sporting a dressing on his eyes and he is singing this song, either for Meena Shorey or Rehaana.

The song is actually a ghazal. It is upbeat and full of hope. And Rafi Sahab’s singing is poignant. This must have been a popular song in those days, even if I was not aware of this song. This song is a treat to the ears.

Video

Audio

Song-Ae dil meri aahon mein (Actress)(1948) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Nakshab, MD-Shyam Sundar

Lyrics

ae dil meri aahon mein
ae dil meri aahon mein
itnaa to asar aaye
ae dil meri aahon mein
itnaa to asar aaye
jab aankh khule unn ki
tasveer nazar aaye
ae dil meri aahon mein

bekaar muhobbat hai
jab tak ke muhobbat mein
jab tak ke muhobbat mein
jab tak ke muhobbat mein
armaan na poore hon
umeed na bar aaye
umeed na bar aaye
jab aankh khule unn ki
tasveer nazar aaye
ae dil meri aahon mein
ae dil meri aahon mein

jis waqt meri
unn ki ee ee ee
nazron se milen ae
nazren
nazron se milen nazren
nazron se milen nazren
koyi na idhar dekhe
koyi naa idhar aaye
jab aankh khule unn ki
tasveer nazar aaye
ae dil meri aahon mein
itnaa to asar aaye
jab aankh khule unn ki
tasveer nazar aaye
ae dil meri aahon mein
ae dil meri aahon mein

poochho to muhobbat ki
ee
manzil se guzarnaa hai
ae ae
manzil se guzarnaa hai
manzil se guzarnaa hai
socho to muhobbat ki
manzil se guzar aaye
jab aankh khule unn ki
tasveer nazar aaye
ae dil meri aahon mein
ae dil meri aahon mein

toofan se bachne ki
ummeed na thhi lekin
ummeed na thhi lekin
ummeed na thhi lekin
aa hi gaye saahil par
go laakh bhanvar aaye
aa hi gaye saahil par
go laakh bhanvar aaye
jab aankh khule unn ki
tasveer nazar aaye
ae dil meri aahon mein
itnaa to asar aaye
jab aankh khule unn ki
tasveer nazar aaye
ae dil meri aahon mein
ae dil meri aahon mein

18 Responses to "Ae dil meri aahon mein itna to asar aaye"

Congratulations!!!
this is second doubles after Kamath sir- so you have become – Kapil Dev no.2 for our blog !! Getting 100 in both posts and lyrics !!!

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Thanks. Even I used to be a Kapil Dev fan, around the days of 1983 world cup.

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Nahm ji,

Greetings and kudos for reaching the century milestone. Thanks so much for contunuing to enrich the wonderful experience of visiting this blog everyday. 🙂

Regarding the letter ‘e’, way back in 1939, a short novel was published, titled ‘Gadsby’. The author is Ernest Vincent Wright. The entire novel has been written without using the letter ‘e’. Now that must have been quite a work for the author, improvising the sentences to be grammatically correct, and be sensible. Imagine having to write a page without using ‘the’, or ‘he’ or ‘she’. (You can get more info online).

And yes, thanks for this gem of a song from Rafi Sb. Wonderful memories.
🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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Thanks a lot for your appreciation, and the pleasure and good fortune is all mine, in being a part of this blog.

Thanks for the info on the novel. The English language happens to be a very resourceful medium as well as being useful. I was amazed to read the longest sentence in the other blog’s link which Atul ji has shared a few days ago. That sentence in itself is a mini novel.

Regards.

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Nahmji
Congrats for the double. Its like some people cannot cannot pronounce some particular alfaaz thereby creating unlikely and unusual humour.

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Thank you. I think you are talking about he sentence without ‘e’ .

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nahm,

I love this song and its lyrics. Hence, I was planning to write my next article on this song. In the event, it was good that this song became your century of articles. Congratulations.

ACTRESS (1948) is a story of a love triangle – Prem Adib and sisters , Rehana and Meena Shourie. All the three are connected with acting and singing on the stage. It was love at first ‘sound’ (as against sight) as Prem Adib and Rehana fall in love after singing a duet song – Prem Adib from Delhi and Rehana from Bombay for a radio station in Bombay without seeing each other. Prem Adib comes to Bombay to meet Rehana but instead meets Meena Shourie whom he assumes to be Rehana. The first half of the film is a light comedy because of the mistaken identity but the second half turns into a melodrama as things started unfolding. At the end, Meena Shourie, the elder sister sacrifices her love for Prem Adib so that he and Rehana can marry and live happily thereafter.

The song under discussion is the last song of the film. It is not a party song but a stage song. Why is Prem Adib on the stage with bandaged eyes? Because after getting badly injured in a car accident, post operation, his eye bandage is to be removed. But Meena Shourie gets an idea that instead of opening the bandage in the hospital, why not on a stage show during which he would be requested by his fans to sing, In this way, there is a possibility that her beloved Rehana who is missing after her attempted suicide, may come back as she is not only the beloved but also his fan. Indeed, it does happen as planned and he sees Rehana after removal of his eye bandage but not without some suspense.

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Sir,

Thanks a lot for sharing the story of the film.

I have seen the other Radio duet song by Shamshad- Rafi too. Both Rafi solos are posted now. I loved this song for being the epitome of Rafi style of singing and chose this one over a few other songs like the bhajan in ‘ insaniyat ‘ and one Johnny walker song.

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nahm ji

Congratulations on your 100th post.

Deri ke liye “maaf” keejiye.

Regards
Prakash

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Thank you. Der aane ka koyi gila nahin, durust aane ke liye shukriya 🙂 .

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Nahm ji,
Congrats on the feet achieved.
Thanks for the song. Many of Rafi saab’s songs of late forties and early fifties are simply out of this world.

Regarding English Language….

This is an unusual paragraph. I am curious as to just how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it. It looks so ordinary and plain that you would think nothing was wrong with it. In fact, nothing is wrong with it. It is highly unusual though. Study it and think about it, but still you may not find anything odd. But if you work at it a bit you might find out. Try to do so without any coaching.

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Thanks.

Indeed, this was the para that did the round on facebook.

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Congratulations to become FIRST ALL-ROUNDER FEMALE of Atulji’s team. 🙂
Thanks Nahm for all your contribution and looking forward for the doubles in both the categories.

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Thanks a lot, Khyati ji.

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In my rush to copy paste the paragraph, I have inadvertently added an extra “e” to feat. The correct and complete greeting once again.

Congratulations on the feat achieved.

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Nahm ji,
I know I am very late,but then,its better late than never !
Heartiest Congratulations on completing a wonderful Century of very meaningful and selected song posts. It is always a pleasure to read your posts.
As I was out of Mumbai for quite some time, I could not write earlier.
I wish you many more Milestones and hope you will give us a feast of excellent songs,as always.
-AD

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Congrats Nahm ji! Sorry for the delay! The song is good no doubt….but write up was equally good, especially on civic sense getting elbowed out of our lives 🙂

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I am extremely embarrassed to be coming so late to this post but taking refuge behind nahmji’s earlier remark “der aaye durust aaye”, I am going to congratulate her on her 100th write-up here. She already has crossed that milestone with lyrics, so her contribution is Kishore Kumar-ish. 🙂

This was a wonderful write-up. I loved the anecdote about the bus and she and her friend falling off it. Indeed, everything seems to be hurried now – there seems to be no time to take a step back and relax and just reflect. A point very well brought out here.

I’ve never heard this Rafi saab song before. What a lovely song! Thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. And thanks to Kamathji for the storyline too.

Hoping to see many more posts from you, nahmji.

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