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Oonche oonche mehlon waale ban baithhe bhagwaan

Posted on: September 26, 2013


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

I did say in my last post of ‘N’ song that I will quickly move on to the next alphabet. But this post has got inadvertantly delayed at my level. The reason is my hectic schedule, which has made me a frequent traveller. Things are a bit crazy and and unsettled. I am one of those who hates travel. But then if the situation demands that you leave the comforts of home and be a backpacker, so be it. Hopefully, next month is going to be better than the last few months, with things resolved on one front at least which has taken me out of town thrice in two months.

Some one wise has said that ” things will not always go the way you want it, so compromise and be happy that you have achieved something and accept the rest as destiny ‘. But I told the wisened one that even if things do not always go the way we plan it, we have to try our level best to make them the way we want. We keep trying till there is hope, at the same time being prepared to accept whatever is the end result.

The last trip was a train journey to and fro travelling alone. So it gave me an opportunity to observe people and interact with co-passengers. I have enjoyed the day journeys for a change, snacking our way through, after a long time. It was like going to stay in a chawl, chitchatting with neighbours on all and sundry topics. A lady with a kid got down midway. She said with all sincerity, ‘ham yehaan upnagar mein rehte hain, kabhi aao to ghar aana’. I said ‘haan zaroor aayenge’. The only thing connecting us was the train journey. Still the familiarity with which we met and parted, was refreshing. And the server from pantry, kept referring to the kids,(on both journey) as ‘pantya’. ‘kaay devu pantyala sandwich devu kaa “, he kept saying with a dour face, bringing smiles on the faces of all who could hear him.

Now the next alphabet is “O” as in ” sOng” which has these lines :

ek hi saagar ek hi naiyya
ek hi khewanhaara
ham bhi musaafir
tum bhi musaafir
sab ka ek kinaara

There would be no ‘song ‘ without an O , that is for sure. This Rafi solo, composed by Madan Mohan from the movie ‘Jaagir’ (1960) is mentioned in the list under ‘U”. But I feel it is occurate spelled as “oonche oonche mehlon waale’. The lyricist is Raja Mehdi Ali Khan. One Madan Mohan song is a must for Rafi’s series.

The song is talking about the divide of have’s and have nots in true 50’s fashion. The sentiments in that era were stereo-typical that the people with money are necessarily bad and highhanded. May be some people were meaner than others. Public perceptions are not the same anymore and have undergone a seachange. As a song in 90’s which says :

rehne ko ghar nahin
sone ko bistar nahin
apna khudaa hai rakhwaala
ab tak ussi ne hai paala

The change was such that a hero playing tapori character as an introduction to his girlfriend, said, “apun ke paas ek kholi hai, friend log hai, bas aur kya chaahiye”.

There is more equality in behaviour patterns at least. There is less begrudging each other in our urban set ups. We as a nation of people belonging to cross sections of society, have grown up and learnt to hold our head high and be on top of the situation. And not look for pity or sympathy from those better off than us.

The song is picturized as a gathering song where the land lords of the area are mixing with the tenents. Niranjan Sharma is the actor singing this song with the other dewellers joining in dancing, enacting the words as in dance drama. I am not able to recognise any of the actors. But the song itself is apportioning blame, philosophical and defiant all in the same breath. Such was the medium of film songs, that in a few lines a lot was said.

Rafi sahab as usual is in his elements here, in a high pitch song, with no chorus to accompany, sounding as if the whole group is singing. There was this particular punjabi folk like composition style favoured by many music directors, which were invariably sung by Rafi sahab, as his voice quality and range suited them. And Rafi sahab sang such song with such effortlessness that they sound so sweet and easy on ears, despite being high pitched. I have just found an audio link also for the song, which is believe it or not sounding like the musical instruments are also singning with Rafi. Amazing echo and bass here. If technique could make such singers than we would have had a few more singers with Rafi sahab’s abilities and qualities.

Video

Audio

Song-Oonche oonche mehlon waale ban baithhe bhagwan (Jaagir) (1959) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Raja Mehdi Ali Khan, MD-Madan Mohan

Lyrics

ooo oooo
ooooooo
oo oo
oonche oonche mehlon waale
ban baitthe bhagwaan
kabhi na socha kabhi na samjha
ham bhi hain insaan
ham bhi hain insaan
oonche oonche mehlon waale
ban baitthe bhagwaan
kabhi na socha kabhi na samjha
ham bhi hain insaan
ham bhi hain insaan

oo oooo
oooooo
bhai bhai hai ham phir bhi
kar nahin sakte pyaar
ham donon ke beech khadi hai
daulat ki deewar
bhai bhai hai ham phir bhi
kar nahin sakte pyaar
ham donon ke beech khadi hai
daulat ki deewar
aa nirdhan ko gale lagaa le
hans kar o dhanwaan
kabhi na socha kabhi na samjha
ham bhi hain insaan
ham bhi hain insaan

oonche oonche mehlon waale
ban baitthe bhagwaan
kabhi na socha kabhi na samjha
ham bhi hain insaan
ham bhi hain insaan

ek hi saagar ek hi naiyya
ek hi khewanhaara
aa aaaa aa
ek hi saagar ek hi naiyya
ek hi khewanhaara
ham bhi musaafir
tum bhi musaafir
sab ka ek kinaara
ho sab ka ek kinaara
do din ke iss saathh mein
kyun yeh nafrat ka toofan
kabhi na socha kabhi na samjha
ham bhi hain insaan
ham bhi hain insaan
oonche oonche mehlon waale
ban baitthe bhagwaan
kabhi na socha kabhi na samjha
ham bhi hain insaan
ham bhi hain insaan

oooo oooooo
ek kutiyaa kuchh toote bartan
yeh jaagir hamaari
oonche mehlon waalon
iss par bhi hai nazar tumhaari
ek kutiyaa kuchh toote bartan
yeh jaagir hamaari
oonche mehlon waalon
iss par bhi hai nazar tumhaari
yeh jaagir na tum ko denge
de denge ham jaan
kabhi na socha kabhi na samjha
ham bhi hain insaan
ham bhi hain insaan
oonche oonche mehlon waale
ban baitthe bhagwaan
kabhi na socha kabhi na samjha
ham bhi hain insaan
ham bhi hain insaan

7 Responses to "Oonche oonche mehlon waale ban baithhe bhagwaan"

Niranjan Sharma is not singing, but is in the suit, watching the singer. Ulhaas can also be seen in a couple of scenes. I don’t know who is the singer! I’ll like to know.

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How risky to jump the gun. Yagnikji is right. The Lady could be Kumari Naaz. Meena kumari was the heroine. The man is a nondescript

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I did not do guess work, the excel sheet is mentioning the name of Niranjan Sharma. And I have written in the same para that :

” I am not able to recognise any of the actors. ”

Anways, thanks for identifying the real Niranjan Sharma.

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Wonderful song nahm ji. I am sure nobody else could have done so much justice to this song as Rafi saab has. You just cannot not get attracted to Rafi saab singing.. he truly was GOD! Thank you nahm ji, loving the series.

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Nahmji,
You are adding more charm with every alphabet, making this series more joyful. Thanks for making us your companions in your journey from A……Z. 🙂

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Khyati ji,

I am the one who is grateful for your company on this journey from A to Z. The journey has been slower than intended. Thanks for bearing the breaks in between and keeping track. Even I am finding it difficult to remember which type of songs are already covered. 🙂

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