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Prem ka pinjra ho gaya soona

Posted on: November 30, 2013

This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in If this article appears in sites like and etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Raja Mehdi Ali Khan joined the Hindi film industry sometime around mid 1940s as a dialogue writer. His first film as a lyricist was Filmistan’s ‘Do Bhai’ (1947) in which he teamed up with S D Burman and wrote lyrics for all the songs. His next two films as a lyricist with S D Burman were ‘Vidya’ (1948) and ‘Kamal Ke Phool’ (1949). Surprisingly after 1949, Raja Mehdi Ali Khan had no opportunity to team up with S D Burman again. His association with Madan Mohan started in the film ‘Aankhen’ (1950) which continued till 1967 in 12 Hindi films.

Having not worked with S D Burman since 1949, I was a bit surprised to find that S D Burman has sung two non filmy songs (NFSs) penned by Raja Mehdi Ali Khan. The NFSs were udd gaya bhanwra kali udaas and ‘prem ka pinjra ho gaya soona’ which I am presenting here. As per, the records of these two NFSs were released in 1960. However, going by the style of lyrics as well as compositions, these two NFSs appear to belong to the period between late 40s and early 50s.

As far as I know, Raja Mehdi Ali Khan did not write lyrics for any other NFSs. It is interesting to note that the two NFSs referred to above and mera sundar sapna beet gaya from ‘Do Bhai’ (1947) have, more or less, the same theme – separation from the beloved. The point to ponder is whether these NFSs were originally written for ‘Do Bhai’ but got rejected by the boss of Filmistan, Shashidhar Mukherji. I have not come across in the website to support this assumption. But Shashidhar Mukherji had been known for such rejections. For example, ik dil ke tukde hazaar huye was written by Qamar Jalalabadi originally for Filmistan’s ‘Sindoor’ (1947) but Shashidhar Mukherji rejected the song calling it ‘useless’. Later, the song was used for ‘Pyaar Ki Jeet’ (1948).

Probably later on, S D Burman thought that lyrics of these two songs were worth recording as NFSs. Whatever may be the background story about these two NFSs, let us savour S D Burman’s voice in ‘prem ka pinjra ho gaya soona’ composed by him and written by Raja Mehdi Ali Khan.

Song-Prem ka pinjra ho gaya soona (S D Burman NFS)(1960) Singer-S D Burman, Lyrics-Raja Mehdi Ali Khan, MD-S D Burman


prem ka pinjra ho gaya soonaa
man ka panchhi chhoot gayaa
aa jaa o bichhade saathi aa jaa
kaahe hamse roothh gayaa
prem ka pinjra ho gaya soonaa
man ka panchhi chhoot gayaa

chain hamaara le gaya koi
aansoo hamko de gayaa
de gaya koi dukh ki duniyaa
neend hamaari le gayaa
chaand bhi hai aakaash bhi hai
taqdeer ka taara toot gayaa
prem ka pinjra ho gaya soonaa
man ka panchhi chhoot gayaa

sookh gayi ee
sookh gayi
sookh gayi meri phulwaari
danss gayi ee
danss gayi
danss gayi haay yaad tumhaari
sookh gayi meri phulwari
rah gayi aahen rah gaye aansoo
sab kuchh koi loot gayaa
prem ka pinjra ho gaya soonaa
man ka panchhi chhoot gayaa

ham tumhen itnaa yaad karen
kabhi tum bhi to hamko yaad karo
jis duniyaa ko tumne ujaadaa
aa ke usse aabaad karo
ab main hoon wo doobti naiyyaa
jiska sahaara chhoot gayaa
prem ka pinjra ho gaya soonaa
man ka panchhi chhoot gayaa
aa jaa o bichhde saathi aa jaa
aa jaa aa
aa jaa o bichhde saathi aa jaa
kaahe hamse roothh gayaa
prem ka pinjra ho gaya soonaa
man ka panchhi chhoot gayaa
prem ka pinjra ho gayaa soona


3 Responses to "Prem ka pinjra ho gaya soona"

The voice of SDB appears raw and fresh in comparison to his later years songs which we are more familiar with.


Shashidhar Mukherjee was the most non-musical ear or mind in our film industry. When Ghulam Hyder presented Lataji, he rejected saying ‘aisee patli awaaj nahi chalegi’. Luckily he was cremated after his death, If he was buried and listening Lataji for the last six decades, he would have been rotating eternally in his grave.!!!


Fresh voice, lyrics, music all point to this NFS belonging to the 50s


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