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Kaun kahe unse jaake ae hazoor

Posted on: September 8, 2013


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

As we get to the close of today, 8th Sep, I believe we should not let the day pass without remembering another great artist whose birth anniversary also falls today. The creator of such wonderful and popular melodies like “Do Naina Tumhaare Pyaare Pyaare” (‘Shrimati ji’, 1952), “Girengi Bijliyaan Kab Tak, Jalenge Aashiyaan Kab Tak” (‘Sultaan e Aalam’, 1956), and “Ye Zameen Hamaari Ye Aasmaan Hamaara”(‘Zameen Ke Taare’, 1960) S Mohinder is also the name behind the music of such films as ‘Paapi’ (1953), ‘Shirin Farhaad’ (1955), and ‘Naata’ (1955).

Born in the Silanwaala village in Punjab, his father was a sub-inspector in the police. And besides, he was a skilled player of the flute. The young Mohinder inherited this love for music from his father. On seeing his son’s deep interest, his father arranged for him to learn classical music from such stalwart gurus like Bade Ghulam Ali Khan and Laxman Dass. After completing his education, he got associated with the Lahore radio station, and also started composing for Punjabi films that were made in Lahore.

When the partition happened, he was forced to relocate. He moved to Bombay, and with the help of his friends and mentors like Hansraj Behl, he sought to get a break into Hindi films. His debut venture as an independent music director was ‘Sehra’ in 1948. These were followed by films like ‘Jeewan Saathi’ (1949), ‘Shaadi Ki Raat’ (1950), ‘Nili’ (1950) and ‘Shrimati ji’ (1952). The melodies he created got some attention, but not much to bring him to the top cadre of music directors. He continued to work for B grade productions most of his career. The film ‘Shirin Farhaad’ (1955) is considered as the high point of his career. Practically all the songs of this film became popular, and continue to appear in selections and radio programs. The songs and music of ‘Naata’ (1955), ‘Sau Ka Note’ (1955), ‘Zameen Ke Taare’ (1960) and ‘Mehlon Ke Khwaab’ (1960) were also appreciated.

He continued to create music for Hindi films, well into the 1960s. He also continued to create music for Punjabi films. The highest point of his career is his work for the Punjabi hit film ‘Nanak Naam Jahaaz Hai’ (1969), for which he was also given the national award for the best musical score.

The song that I have picked for this post has been rendered by Asha ji. It is a wonderful but now forgotten song from the 1953 film ‘Paapi’. A fairly successful film of its time, it starred Raj Kapoor and Nargis in lead roles. Raj Kapoor plays a double role – one role as a bad character Raju, who decries God and openly speaks against Him, and the other role as Swami ji, a religious teacher. The bad guy is on the run from the law after a robbery when a train accident places him in a situation where people take him to be the religious teacher. Fearing the arms of law, he gladly and silently moves into the role. The rest of the film is a depiction of the internal struggle that occurs within him, and the transformation that takes place. The real teacher returns, and the bad person confesses to his crime and undergoes the punishment of law.

There is a very interesting episode connected with the music of this film and the fortunes of its music director. It is not well known that S Mohinder was the original music director for the iconic musical ‘Anarkali’ (1953). Both the movies were in production simultaneously. S Mohinder recorded two songs for ‘Anarkali’. The producer did not like the music and rejected them. S Mohinder then brought these melodies to the film ‘Paapi’ and it was decided that they will be used in this film. However, the producer of ‘Anarkali’ changed his mind and requested S Mohinder to bring those songs back into his film. S Mohinder was faced with a very difficult dilemma, on which producer to please and whom to displease. ‘Paapi’ seemed, at that time, a better wager, given that it was a Ranjit Movietone film with the lead pair of Raj Kapoor and Nargis, whereas ‘Anarkali’ was led by Pradeep Kumar and Bina Rai, both relatively new comers and of course much less known and popular in comparison. S Mohinder took the decision to stay with Ranjit Movietone and Chandulal Shah, the production house behind ‘Paapi’. One can only speculate what would have been the course of history, had he made a different choice.

The song is penned by Sarshaar Sailaani. On screen, it is performed by Nargis. In the situation of mixed identities, the real teacher is injured in the train accident, and Nargis takes care of him under the mistaken belief that he is Raju. The police suspect him to be the criminal. Being what he is, the person who is really the Swami ji, does not respond to the advances by Nargis, who thinks that Raju is spurning her. This song is played in this situation of mistaken belief.

The influence of Punjabi folk is the visible undercurrent in this song. The visual in the video clip is not very clear, and also the song ends somewhat abruptly near the end. I guess that is because of the original reel itself. I could not locate a more complete audio clip so far, so we must make do with what we have. And what we have is a lovely song of complaint, as the beloved is being turned away by the one she loves, or thinks that he is the person she loves. Listen and enjoy.


Song-Kaun kahe un se jaa ke ae hazoor (Paapi)(1953) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Sarshar Sailaani, MD-S Mohinder

Lyrics

kaun kahe un se jaa ke ae hazoor

kaun kahe un se jaa ke ae hazoor
hamaara kya qasoor
raho jo door door
kaun kahe un se jaa ke ae hazoor

koi poochhe to khaamosh rehna
koi poochhe to khaamosh rehna
dil ki baaten kisi se na kehnaa
pyaar waalon ka yahi hai dastoor
hamaara kya qasoor
raho jo door door
kaun kahe un se jaa ke ae hazoor

koi kitna hi dil ko sambhaale
koi kitna hi dil ko sambhaale
laakh aankhon mein aansoo chhupa le
chot khaane waala royegaa zuroor
hamaara kya qasoor
raho jo door door
kaun kahe un se jaa ke ae hazoor

dil churaa ke nigaahen churaana
dil churaa ke nigaahen churaana
kis se seekhaa hai dil ko sataana
hum to marte hain tum par zaroor
hamaara kya qasoor
raho jo door door
kaun kahe un se jaa ke ae hazoor

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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कौन कहे उनसे जाके ए हुज़ूर

कौन कहे उनसे जाके ए हुज़ूर
हमारा क्या क़सूर
रहो जो दूर दूर
कौन कहे उनसे जाके ए हुज़ूर

कोई पूछे तो खामोश रहना
कोई पूछे तो खामोश रहना
दिल के बातें किसी से न कहना
प्यार वालों का यही है दस्तूर
हमारा क्या क़सूर
रहो जो दूर दूर
कौन कहे उनसे जाके ए हुज़ूर

कोई कितना ही दिल को संभाले
कोई कितना ही दिल को संभाले
लाख आँखों में आंसू छुपा ले
चोट खाने वाला रोएगा ज़रूर
हमारा क्या क़सूर
रहो जो दूर दूर
कौन कहे उनसे जाके ए हुज़ूर

दिल चुरा के निगाहें चुराना
दिल चुरा के निगाहें चुराना
किस से सीखा है दिल का सताना
हम तो मरते हैं तुम पर ज़रूर
हमारा क्या क़सूर
रहो जो दूर दूर
कौन कहे उनसे जाके ए हुज़ूर

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3 Responses to "Kaun kahe unse jaake ae hazoor"

HB was a great musician. Period

And of course S Mohinder was also equally great.

Nitin ji,
At first, I thought you were referring to the acknoweledged great duo, Pt. Husnlal – Bhagatram.
Only later I realised that you meant Hansraj Behl, who has also given us some great songs. I too agree about S. Mohinder whose contribution is often forgotten.
Avadh Lal

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