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Door kahin door hamen le chalo sanam

Posted on: July 10, 2013


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

“Wo Jab Yaad Aaye, Bahut Yaad Aaye”(‘Parasmani’, 1963).

Yes, that is true. When one starts to remember the wonderful gems like “Sau Baar Janam Lenge, Sau Baar Fanaa Honge”(‘Ustaadon Ke Ustaad’, 1963), “Ajnabi Tum Jaane Pehchaane Se Lagte Ho”(‘Hum Sab Ustaad Hain’, 1965), “Do Dil Dhadak Rahe Hain Aur Awaaz Ek Hai” (‘Insaaf’, 1956), “Ae Mere Dil-e-Nadaan Tu Gham Se Na Ghabraana”(‘Tower House’, 1962), “Raat Raat Bhar Jaag Jaag Kar Intezaar Karte Hain”(‘Pyaar Ka Saagar’, 1961), “Din Ho Ya Raat, Hum Rahen Tere Saath” and “Zindagi Bhar Gham Judaai Ka Mujhe Tadpaayega”(‘Miss Bombay’, 1957), “Donon Jahaan Ke Maalik, Tera Hi Aasra Hai”(‘Khul Jaa Sim Sim’, 1956), “Dil-e-Nadaan Zamaane Mein Mohabbat Ek Dhokha Hai”(‘Mast Qalandar’, 1955), “Raaz-e-Dil Unse Chhupaaya Na Gayaa”(
(‘Apna Banaa Ke Dekho’ 1962), “Main Khushnaseeb Hoon Mujhko Kisi Ka Pyaar Milaa” (‘Tower House’, 1962), “Humko Tumse Pyaar Hai, Tum Pe Dil Nisaar Hai” (‘Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye’, 1963), “Milte Hi Nazar Unse Hum Ho Gaye Deewaane” (‘Ustaadon Ke Ustaad’, 1963), “Hum Pyaar Kiye Jaayenge, Koi Rok Sakey To Rok Le”(‘Aaya Toofaan’, 1964), “Pyaar Bant’te Chalo”(‘Hum Sab Ustaad Hain’, 1965), “Naaz Tha Jispe Mere Seene Mein Wo Dil Hi Nahin” (‘Fareb’, 1968), “Raat Se Kaho Ruke Zaraa” (‘Luteraa’, 1965) – and on and on and on. A repertoire of more than 550 songs written for a little more than 150 films in a career that lasted from 1949 till his passing away in 1990. Ah, yes, cannot miss including the all time great memorable sound of “Hansta Huaa Nooraani Chehraa”, again from the film ‘Paarasmani’ (1963).

‘Remembering Asad Bhopali Sb on the anniversary of his birth today (10th July, 2013).’

A significant example of a career that lacked rewards and recognition for his entire life, despite the fact that the songs that have come from his pen have become hugely popular and memorable in the mainstream of the Hindi film industry and with the audience. And yet, the rewards were always inadequate, and the recognition came when he was already afflicted with maladies on the way to no-return.

Born in Bhopal on 10th July, 1921, Asad was a bright student and took on to writing poetry early in his childhood years. As a young man, his poetry was full of patriotic fervor and defiance, to the extent that he was jailed by the British establishment for his writings. His popularity raged far and wide in his hometown, and he became favorite invitee at the local mushairas and concerts.

Asad Sb’s connection with the Bombay film world began in a very interesting manner. Fazli Brothers production team in Bombay was working on the project for the film ‘Duniya’ (released in 1949). The lyrics responsibility for this film was assigned to Aarzoo Lucknawi. Aarzoo Sb did write 2 songs for this film, and then he migrated to the newly formed Pakistan. Fazli brothers were on the lookout to engage other lyricists. A friend by the name Seth Sugan Chand, who was a film distributor in Bhopal, suggested for the producers to come to Bhopal, as the city is considered to be a literary and academic center in central India. Fazli borthers sponsored a ‘mushaira’ in Bhopal (in May 1949), which they attended themselves along with the film’s director, Hasnain Khan. At this gathering of luminary poets of Bhopal, Asad Sb stole the limelight and won the hearts of the audience as well as the producers and director of ‘Duniya’. The offer to work for this film was made the very next day. Shortly thereafter, Asad Sb travelled to Bombay and stepped into the world of Hindi cinema. Two of his creations were included in the film, and both turned out to be wonderful melancholic gems. C Ramchandra was the music director. And the songs – “Armaan Lutey Dil Toot Gayaa, Dukh Dard Ka Saathi Chhoot Gayaa” sung by Suraiyyaa and “Rona Hai To Chupke Chupke Ro” rendered by Rafi Sb.

Thus started a lifelong saga of struggle and living just beyond the limelight, for the next almost four decades. Through the golden years of 1950s and 1960s, and weathering the phase of tumultuous transitions in the 1970s, the talent of Asad Sb continued to contribute to Hindi cinema and continued to regale the audiences with popular songs. He had this ability to thread in words of chaste Urdu, into verses and make them sound simple and easy to remember. Once again, the temptation is to continue listing his wonderful creations, but let me fast forward to 1989 and the phenomenal success of Rajshri Production’s film ‘Maine Pyaar Kiya’. The list of songs of this film make an exhilarating read – “Mere Rang Mein Rangne Waali”, “Dil Deewaana, Bin Sajnaa Ke Maane Naa”, “Kabootar Ja Ja Ja”, “Aa Jaa Shaam Honay Aayee”. A long time after the earlier decades, came a film whose songs were literally played in every household, and hummed by people on the street. The film went on to become a phenomenal blockbuster, and its songs were the most important factor that made it happen.

With this film, there are bittersweet memories that Asad Sb’s family has. The producers had promised big things to Asad Sb, if the songs of this film became successful. The songs did. But the promises were never fulfilled. The unfortunate part was that before the release of the film in December 1989, Asad Sb was afflicted with a paralytic stroke, and he was moved to Bhopal to be close to the rest of this family. Then in early 1990, when the Filmfare awards for 1989 were announced, Asad Sb was in no condition to go to Bombay to accept the Best Lyricist award for the song “Dil Deewaana” – a crowning recognition for him, that came a bit too late in his career and in his life.

It appears that the achievements of ‘Maine Pyaar Kiyaa’ were destined to be his swansong. It is but a matter of speculation now, what life would have been after the success of ‘Maine Pyaar Kiya’. He passed away on 9th June 1990, without being aware of and without savoring the taste of success that his writings had brought him that year. It is said that many people, especially the poets and authors, inadvertently or purposefully, say or write the words that eventually become the epitaph of their lives. Way back in 1973, Asad Sb wrote the iconic song for the film, ‘Ek Naari Do Roop’ – “Dil Ka Soona Saaz Taraana Dhoondega”. The words and the ideas expressed therein, indeed have become the farewell message for his life.

log mere khwaabon ko churaa kar
dhaalenge afsaanon mein
mere dil ki aag bategi
duniya ke parwaanon mein
waqt mere geeton ka khazaana dhoondega

dil ka soona saaz taraana dhoondega
teer-e-nigaah-e-naaz nishaana dhoondega
mujhko mere baad zamaana dhoondega

Yes, Asad Sb, we continue to search, for the wonderful gems that you have bequeathed to this art form, and to this culture. Gems, so many of which are still lost under the sands of anonymity. Yes, we continue to search –your words.

As I was looking for the song to add to this post, my attention was mostly on trying to ferret out some lost gem from the early years of Asad Sb’s career. As I checked the lists and songs, I was surprised that this wonderful and most loveable piece of music had so far not made it on this blog, whereas practically all other songs of this film, ‘Ek Sapera Ek Lootera’ (1965) are already showcased here. And suddenly the choice was clear. With music by Usha Khanna, this song is the only Lata song in this film. Such a wonderful melody, such beautiful words, such exquisite expressions of desires – to be far far away from anything, anybody else, and there be just the company of the two lovers, lost in the arms of each other. Love at its expressive best.

On screen, the song is performed by Kum Kum, as she shares her emotions and desires with the young and strapping Feroze Khan. As I was searching for online uploads of this song, I was appalled to read a note on one of the YouTube posts that the manufacturers of the disc version have deleted this song from the DVDs/VCDs available in the market. What sacrilege, what heartless and motivated actions; destroying the beauty, and risking it losing forever. However, the saving grace being that there are other concerned souls who have clipped out this song, most likely from original VHS versions, and posted it online. With this post, I am providing links for both the audio and video versions, as the video version does not have the complete lead in set of lead in verses.

Exquisite is probably lacking the degree of meaning to define this song. Sublime, maybe.

Enjoy.

Video

Audio

Song-Door kahin door hamen le chalo sanam (Ek Sapera Ek Lutera)(1965) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Asad Bhopali, MD-Usha Khanna

Lyrics

mere sanam
mere sanam
mere sanam
mere sanam
tu jo nahin
kuchh bhi nahin
pyaar hai mera
aag mein jal rahaa
tu jo nahin
kuchh bhi nahin
pyaar hai mera
aag mein jal rahaa
mere sanam
mere sanam

mere sanam
mere sanam
mere sanam
mere sanam
mere sanam
mere sanam

door kahin door
hamen le chalo sanam
door kahin door
hamen le chalo sanam
jahaan na ho koi
hum donon ke siwaa aa
jahaan na ho koi
hum donon ke siwaa aa
door kahin door
hamen le chalo sanam
door kahin door
hamen le chalo sanam

bheege bheege nain muskuraayen aen
sehme sehme honth gungunaayen
bheege bheege nain muskuraayen aen
sehme sehme honth gungunaayen
mehka dil ka veeraana
mat poocho ye afsaana
mehka dil ka veeraana
mat poocho ye afsaana
door kahin door
hamen le chalo sanam
jahaan na ho koi
hum donon ke siwaa aa
door kahin door
hamen le chalo sanam

tarsi tarsi pyaar ki ye baahen aen
baar baar aaj tumhen chaahen
tarsi tarsi pyaar ki ye baahen aen
baar baar aaj tumhen chaahen
jaan bhi tum ho dil bhi tum
chaahat ki manzil bhi tum
jaan bhi tum ho dil bhi tum
chaahat ki manzil bhi tum
door kahin door
hamen le chalo sanam
door kahin door
hamen le chalo sanam
jahaan na ho koi
hum donon ke siwaa aa
jahaan na ho koi
hum donon ke siwaa aa
door kahin door
hamen le chalo sanam
door kahin door
hamen le chalo sanam

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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मेरे सनम
मेरे सनम
मेरे सनम
मेरे सनम
तू जो नहीं
कुछ भी नहीं
प्यार है मेरा
आग में जल रहा
तू जो नहीं
कुछ भी नहीं
प्यार है मेरा
आग में जल रहा
मेरे सनम
मेरे सनम

मेरे सनम
मेरे सनम
मेरे सनम
मेरे सनम
मेरे सनम
मेरे सनम

दूर कहीं दूर हमें ले चलो सनम
दूर कहीं दूर हमें ले चलो सनम
जहां न हो कोई
हम दोनों के सिवा
जहां न हो कोई
हम दोनों के सिवा
दूर कहीं दूर हमें ले चलो सनम
दूर कहीं दूर हमें ले चलो सनम

भीगे भीगे नैन मुस्कुराऐं
सहमे सहमे होंठ गुनगुनाएँ
भीगे भीगे नैन मुस्कुराऐं
सहमे सहमे होंठ गुनगुनाएँ
महका दिल का वीराना
मत पूछो ये अफसाना
महका दिल का वीराना
मत पूछो ये अफसाना
दूर कहीं दूर हमें ले चलो सनम
जहां न हो कोई
हम दोनों के सिवा
दूर कहीं दूर हमें ले चलो सनम

तरसी तरसी प्यार की ये बाहें
बार बार आज तुम्हें चाहें
तरसी तरसी प्यार की ये बाहें
बार बार आज तुम्हें चाहें
जान भी तुम हो दिल भी तुम
चाहत की मंज़िल भी तुम
जान भी तुम हो दिल भी तुम
चाहत की मंज़िल भी तुम
दूर कहीं दूर हमें ले चलो सनम
दूर कहीं दूर हमें ले चलो सनम
जहां न हो कोई
हम दोनों के सिवा
जहां न हो कोई
हम दोनों के सिवा
दूर कहीं दूर हमें ले चलो सनम
दूर कहीं दूर हमें ले चलो सनम

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10 Responses to "Door kahin door hamen le chalo sanam"

Sudhir ji

Iss gaane ki bahut dinon se intezaar thaa

Dhanyawaad

Regards
Prakash

Bahut dhanywad, Sudhirji! I had seen ‘Ek Sapera Ek Lutera’ when it released. And I had not been disappointed. A rakishly handsome Feroz Khan, an ethereally lovely Kumkum and feet tapping songs too. Incidentally, for the price of one ticket, we had got to see two Feroz Khans! Yes, he had a double role in this movie. It’s so sad that Asad Bhopali never got the accolades due to him. And when it did come, he was in no position to accept it! Sudhirji, even Usha Khanna was an under used music director. Her music never ever disappointed, yet fame eluded her. She had given music for a Malayalam movie called ‘Moodal Manju’ (Fog). The songs are still popular in Kerala. To give credit to her, the tunes were all fresh ones. Not rehashed from her Hindi movies. To think Usha Khanna had made her debut in ‘Dil Deke Dekho’ starring Shammi Kapoor and a new, fresh Asha Parekh! Every song is a hit. As was her music in ‘Hum Huindustani’, especially that exquisite Lata number, “Majhi mere kismatke jee chahe jaha le chal….”

He was Chhupa Rustom working unobtrusively churning out charmers after charmers. One particular song in Sawan > tumhe yaad kiye mere dil ne kab aaoge sajan milne was very sweet. I also loved some of his songs in:
Aadhi Raat (1950); Afsana (1951); Moti Mahal (1952); Lal Pari (1954); Dost (1954); Shah Behram (1955); Darbar (1955); Alladin Laila (1957); Mr Q-1958; Sim Sim Marzina (1958); Sawan (1959); Tu Nahin Aur Sahi (1960); Rustom-e-baghdad (1963); Raaka (1965); Boxer (1965); Main Wohi Hoon (1966); Sher e Watan (1971); Chhaila Babu (1967); Night In Calcutta (1970); Ek Paheli (1971); Shararat (1972); Roop Tera Mastana (1972); Free Love (1974); Awargi-1990;

Prakash ji, Mani ji, Nitin ji,

You are very welcome. 🙂

I agree with Nitin ji, for using the epithet of ‘Chhupa Rustom’. All the films you have listed Nitin ji, and many more, have such wonderful and unheard songs, that it is a treat to discover them and listen to them. I am sure all these songs will find there place here in good time.

Mani ji,
Yes, Usha Khanna is another highly underrated and underacknowledged talent. The fun part is to go to the lesser known films of these underrated artists and try to search the songs. And I promise, there is always a surprise in store. I had never heard of the film ‘Flat No. 9’ (1961), till one day I tried to trace the antecedents of the fantastic Mukesh solo “Gaa Deewaane Jhoom Ke”. When I located this film through this song, I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the other five songs in this film, that have been as obscure as the film itself. The no. of songs produced is much larger than the airwaves bandwidth or the attention span of the listeners, and for a variety of reasons, so many of such wonderful gems simply stay hidden.

And that is where this blog is the utmost fun place to be. As a team, we are all bringing up such obscure but oh so lovely songs – it is like having your favorite ice cream every day. 😀 :D.

Best Rgds
Sudhir

Sudhirji, aapne sahi kaha. There’s a veritable treasure of fantastic songs out there from obscure movies! Have you heard of a movie called ‘Black Cat’? It released in 1958 and starred Balraj Sahni and Minu Mumtaz. Music was by N Datta and two songs by Lata are just lajawab! ”Main tumhi se poochthi hoon…” and ”Sitare raah takthe hai chale aao…” And what about a movie titled ‘Toofan me pyar kahan’? It starred Ashok Kumar (don’t know who the heroine was) and there’s this wonderful, soulful and melancholic Rafi number, ” Itni badi duniya, jahan itna bada mela…” Music was by Chitragupt. N Datta and Chitragupt wwere also brilliant music directors who were crushed underfoot by ‘popular’ but far less talented music directors. No wonder they refer to filmdom as ‘tinsel town’. The glitter and chamak are hollow and artificial…..

What a write up on Asad Saab Sudhir ji. Feel so bad when you hear stories like this. Such talent which never got its due. Thank you Sudhir ji.


another video link

Sudhirji,one minor correction.Song ‘Humko Tumse Pyar Hai’ from Kahin Pyar Na Ho Jaye has lyrics by Qamar Jalalabadi

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