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Kahe tose sajna ye tohri sajaniya

Posted on: July 16, 2013


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

“Kahe tose sajana, ye tohri sajaniya” is an incredibly romantic yet a touching number from “Maine Pyar Kiya” (1989). Directed by Sooraj Barjatya, it was one of the biggest hits of 1989 – and of the 1980s – earning “All-time Blockbuster” status at the Box Office. It starred Salman Khan (in his first lead role after his film debut an year earlier in a side role in Biwi Ho To Aisi) and Bhagyashree (making her debut).

But first the background (as adopted from Wikipedia):

Karan and Kishan have been friends for years. But they grow apart and have little in common. The widower Karan is a poor mechanic who lives an humble existence in the countryside. Kishan is a rich man with a vast business empire and little time for old friends. However, when Karan prepares to go to work abroad and earn more money, he turns to Kishan to take care of his daughter Suman (Bhagyashree). Kishan agrees and Suman comes to stay with his family. At first, country girl Suman is ill at ease in the huge mansion. She is befriended by Kishan’s son Prem (Salman Khan), who assures her that he has no romantic interest in her and that a boy and a girl can be platonic friends. The pair share outings and confidences and all seems to be going well.

One day Prem takes Suman to a rich peoples’ party who humiliate Suman and accuse her of scheming to marry Prem. Suman leaves in tears and distances herself from Prem. But Prem realizes that he has fallen in love with her. With his mother’s support, who likes the unassuming Suman, Prem sets out to win Suman’s heart. He succeeds, but Kishan, his father, does not approve of the relationship and sends Suman back to her home in disgrace just as her father Karan returns from overseas. Kishan accuses him of plotting to match Prem and Suman which results in the two old friends quarrelling and Karan and Suman returning to their village in humiliation.

Prem refuses to accept the separation, defies his father and is disinherited. He goes to Suman’s village and begs Karan for Suman’s hand. Karan put a condition: Disinherited Prem must prove that he can support his wife by his own efforts. Prem then works as a truck driver and laborer in the nearby quarry.

“Kahe tose sajana, ye toharii sajaniya” plays in the background graphically depicting the period when Prem is working his heart out as a laborer and truck driver in the quarry to earn money. Suman supports him at every step in his tribulations, keeps a loving vigil over him with total devotion and unconditional surrender in love. The scenes during the song are touching as Suman bears every pain and hardship to provide some comfort to Prem as he single-mindedly pursues his job to earn money. This number is one of Asad Bhopali’s best compositions. Sharda Sinha’s heart touching rendering of it evokes the emotions encapsulated in the lyrics and enacted lovingly by the lead-pair. Not for nothing is Sharda known as the Bihar Kokila (Nightingale of Bihar), and the tune does credit to the composer duo Ram Laxman.

To round off the remaining story:

When Prem is ready with the required money and comes to win over his lady-love’s father, he is ambushed by his enemies. They nearly succeed in killing him, but he survives. Karan harshly dismisses Prem’s efforts, but his stoic determination finally melts Karan’s heart, and he agrees to let Suman marry Prem. By the end of the movie, in the typically Bollywood style, the estrangement between Karan and Kishan ends too … and Prem and Suman live happily ever after.


Song-Kahe tose sajna ye tohri sajaniya (Maine Pyaar Kiya)(1989) Singer-Sharda Sinha, Lyrics-Asad Bhopali, MD-Ram Laxman
Chorus

Lyrics

kahe tose sajna
kahe tose sajna
ye tohrii sajaniya
pag-pag liye jaaoon,
tohri balaiyaan main
pag-pag liye jaaoon
tohri balaiyaan
magan apani dhun mein,
rahe mora sainya
pag-pag liye jaaoon
tohri balaiyan
pag-pag liye jaaoon
tohri balaiyaan

badariya si barsoon
ghata ban ke chhaaoon
badariya si barsoon
ho oo
badariyaa si barasoon
ghata ban ke chhaoon
jiya to ye chaahe
tohe ang lagaaoon
laaj nigodi mori
roke hai painya
pag-pag liye jaaoon
tohri balaiyaan main
pag-pag liye jaaoon
tohri balaiyaan

main jag ki koi reet na jaanoon
main jag ki koi
ho oo
main jag ki koi reet na jaanoon
maang ka tohe
sendoor maanoon
tu hi choodiyaan mori,
tu hi kalaiyaan
pag-pag liye jaaoon
tohri balaiyaan
Main
pag-pag liye jaaoon
tohri balaiyaan

aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa

mohe laage pyaare
sabhi rang tihaare
mohe laage pyaare
ho mohe laage pyaare
sabhi rang tihaare
dukh-sukh mein har pal
rahoon sang tihaare
dar’dva ko baante,
umar lar’kaiyan

ho pag-pag liye jaaoon
tohri balaiyan
kahe tose sajnaa,
ye tohri sajaniyaa
pag- pag liye jaaoon
tohri balaiyan main
pag- pag liye jaaoon
tohri balaiyan
pag- pag liye jaaoon
tohri balaiyan
pag- pag liye jaaoon
tohri balaiyan

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5 Responses to "Kahe tose sajna ye tohri sajaniya"

Sharda Sinha”s slightly husky voice suits the rural locale and the mood of the situation perfectly … and the combination of Asad Bhopali’s movingly romantic lyrics and innocently beautiful Bhagyashree’s selfless devotion and total surrender in love lifts this number to sublime heights.

Beautiful ! Shekhar ji – nice post to launch this movie on the blog.
i remember in 1989, i had watched this movie at the weekend with all our office colleagues and some of them held from Bihar.
During our discussions they used to tell hey remember that song ‘kahe tose sajnaa’ … and they would then tell us about the singer Sharda Sinha.
I always like songs rendered by folk singers and this is one of them !!
thanks !!!

You’re welcome, Avinashji. Glad you liked the post. Thanks for your kind words and for sharing your reminiscences about it.

This song is forever hit and everygreen and ine of my best hit list

credit goes to asad bhopali saab

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