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Mohabbat kar mohabbat kar

Posted on: July 7, 2013


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

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The Voice of Mukesh #22
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Today I am posting the 5th song by Mukesh from the film ‘Tohfaa’ (1947). As we make progress on the trip to listening to the voice of Mukesh in some well known, and some not so well known and downright rare songs, we are now coming close to the end of the 1947 list of songs by Mukesh. After this post, only two more of his songs from 1947 are to be posted.

As I was preparing for posting this and other songs from the film ‘Tohfa’, I have been searching for more information on the music director of this film, Janaab Mohammed Arif Rauf Sb. There is really very little information available anywhere about this artist. Most books and web sites simply list the three Hindi films for which he has scored the music, viz. ‘Beete Din’(1947), ‘Tohfaa’ (1947) and ‘Baseraa’ (1950). With some effort, I am able to locate a few more tidbits of information about him.

Firstly, I stumbled upon some private recordings posted on YouTube, which are ghazals rendered by Rauf Sb. As I listened to them, and perused the brief write ups, it turns out that Rauf Sb has been very famous as a ghazal singer in Hyderabad. The recordings posted on the YouTube are from live private and public concerts, where Rauf Sb has rendered some very fine ghazals. The bonus is that one or two clips also display his photograph also.

Other pieces of information are as follows. He learnt music from his father. He has worked with Akhtari Bai Faizabadi aka Begum Akhtar and has composed music for some of her ghazals. He was the station director of the Deccan Radio in Hyderabad during the 1930s and 40s.

The music he composed for the film ‘Tohfaa’ is considered his best, in comparison to the other two films. The ghazal “Kahaan Tak Jafaa Husn Waalon Ki Sehte” is considered one of the finest ghazals rendered by Mukesh. The other songs in this film are no less. Each one a musical gem in its own right.

Today’s song is the second duet of Mukesh and Hamida Banu from this film. The lyrics are by Nazeer Hyderabadi. The verses are short but sweet, as two lovers are trying to get to know each other better. There is one sh’er in this song which is a very famous and often quoted verse.

nahin asaan toofaanon mein dariyaa paar kar lenaa
jo tinkaa doob jaata hai, wohi saahil se milta hai

About the film – ‘Tohfaa’ (1947) is a film from Seth Brothers Productions, Bombay, directed by the renowned author and poet, Agha Jaani Kashmiri. The music for this film is composed by MA Rauf (Osmania). There are 10 songs in this film, written by as many 6 poets – Sakib Lakhanvi, Aarzoo Lakhanvi, Nazeer Hyderabadi, Rafiq Ghazanvi, Shant Arora and Agha Jaani Kashmiri. This song is written by Nazeer Hyderabadi. The list of actors for this film includes Nawab, Veera, Anuradha, Rehman, Mishra, Basant Malini, T N Charlie, Agha Mirza, Masiha, Shakuntala, Pushpa, Baby Janet, Anita etc.

I request other knowledgeable readers to please comment on the on screen picturization of this song. It is likely that the male person on screen is Rehman, but that is just a guess from my side.

Enjoy this lovely duet, and think of the ‘tinkaa’ that gives up its existence, drowns in the ocean, only to find the shores.


Song-Mohabbat kar mohabbat kar (Tohfa)(1947) Singer-Mukesh, Hamida Banu, Lyrics-Nazeer Hyderabadi, MD-M A Rauf Osmania
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Lyrics

mohabbat kar
mohabbat kar
jawaani hai
jawaani hai
mohabbat kar
mohabbat kar
jawaani hai
jawaani hai
arrey o chhupne waale sun
mere dil ki kahaani hai
mere dil ki kahaani hai
aur aankhon ki zubaani hai
mohabbat kar
mohabbat kar
jawaani hai
jawaani hai

arrey o gaane waale sun
ajab teri kahaani hai
ke dil ki baat hai
aur phir bhi aankhon ki zubaani hai

mohabbat kar
mohabbat kar
jawaani hai
jawaani hai

yehi gaavo
yehi gaa gaa kar khud tum geet ban jaavo
mere sapnon ki devi ho
meri aasha na thukraao
mohabbat kar
mohabbat kar
jawaani hai
jawaani hai

nazar behki kadam behke
ye kaun aaya
ye kaun aaya
pavan lehke
chaman mehke
ye kaun aaya
ye kaun aaya
nahin asaan toofaanon mein
dariyaa paar kar lenaa
jo tinkaa doob jaata hai
wohi saahil se milta hai

meri jaan chaahne waala
badi mushkil se milta hai
meri jaan chaahne waala
badi mushkil se milta hai

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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मोहब्बत कर
मोहब्बत कर
जवानी है
जवानी है
मोहब्बत कर
मोहब्बत कर
जवानी है
जवानी है
अरे ओ छुपने वाले सुन
मेरे दिल की कहानी है
मेरे दिल की कहानी है
और आँखों की जुबानी है
मोहब्बत कर
मोहब्बत कर
जवानी है
जवानी है

अरे ओ गाने वाले सुन
अजब तेरी कहानी है
के दिल की बात है
और फिर भी आँखों की जुबानी है

मोहब्बत कर
मोहब्बत कर
जवानी है
जवानी है

यही गावो
यही गा गा के खुद तुम गीत बन जावो
मेरे सपनों की देवी हो
मेरी आशा न ठुकराओ
मोहब्बत कर
मोहब्बत कर
जवानी है
जवानी है

नज़र बहकी कदम बहके
ये कौन आया
ये कौन आया
पवन लेहके
चमन महके
ये कौन आया
ये कौन आया
नहीं आसान तूफानों में
दरिया पार कर लेना
जो तिनका डूब जाता है
वही साहिल से मिलता है

मेरी जान चाहने वाला बड़ी मुश्किल से मिलता है
मेरी जान चाहने वाला बड़ी मुश्किल से मिलता है

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