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Ab akele hi chalna padega

Posted on: October 25, 2014


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

Sahir, from Ludhiana – the poet rebel or the rebel poet. With childhood spent in dearth and need, in the narrow lanes of the poorest sections of the city, he grew up with a strong disdain for the establishment and the rich and powerful of the society. When the poet within him awakened and stretched, one of the first poems (nazm) that expressed his bottled emotions – starts the line “Kasam Un Tang Galiyon Ki Jahaan Mazdoor Rehte Hain” (swearing upon the narrow lanes which are home to the poor laborers.

Remembering Sahir Sb on the anniversary of his passing away (25th October).

Sahir’s real name was Abdul Hayi. Actually born into a rich family of landowners, his mother left his father’s home, taking him along, when he was just six months old. His father was the stereotype rich playboy, who had fourteen wives in his lifetime. After studying at Khalsa High School and Government College in Ludhiana for his matriculate, he came to Lahore in 1943 to do his bachelor’s at the Dyal Singh College. Another objective of coming to Lahore was to get his first book of poetry – ‘Talkhiyaan’ – printed and published. It took almost two years before the publication saw the light of the day. For economic reasons, he had to drop his college studies in between, and started working as editor for Urdu publications – ‘Adab e Lateef’ and ‘Shaahakaar’.

In 1947, when the partition happened, he continued to stay in Lahore. At that time he was the editor of the Urdu publication ‘Savera’. His editorials were not seen kindly by the new government in Pakistan. In 1948, for a specific editorial that criticized the govt. for issues relating to social resurgence and nation re-building, warrants were issued in his name. He bid good bye to Lahore and moved to Delhi. His fame as a poet was on the rise. His stay in Delhi did not last long. Accompanied by his friend and fellow verse-maker Majaaz Lucknowi, he made his way to Bombay and the Hindi film industry.

His first film as a lyricist is ‘Azaadi Ki Raah Par’ which was a 1948 production. In this film he wrote four of the six songs. After this, he had to wait for three more years before songs written by him appeared in more films. 1951 saw the release of films ‘Naujawaan’ and ‘Baazi’, for both of which he wrote all the songs. Also released in 1951 was film ‘Sazaa’, in which he contributed just one song – a song that turned out to be a memorable gem selection – “Tum Naa Jaane Kis Jahaan Mein Kho Gaye” . It is very interesting to note that in his three films in 1951, the music direction was by SD Burman.

Another legendary artist that we remember with reverence today is Manna Dey. Yesterday (24th October) was Manna Da’s first anniversary of passing away. A year ago, Manna Da breathed his last, after an illustrious career in films that spanned well over six decades.

The name of SD Burman is also interestingly linked with Manna Da. It was under the baton of Sachin Da that he sang the now iconic “Upar Gagan Vishal” for the film ‘Mashaal’ (1950). He had already been active in the industry as a singer for more than seven years, and it was this song that brought him popularity and singing stardom, and established him as one of the top rung singers in the industry.

This song from the 1970 film ‘Samaaj Ko Badal Daalo’ brings together Sahir Sb and Manna Da, under the music direction of Ravi. The film is from the house of Gemini, Madras and is directed by V Madhusudan Rao. The main cast of actors includes Ajay Sahni, Sharda, Prem Chopra, Aruna Irani, Pran, Mehmood, Kanchana, Shammi, Naqi Jahan, Kanhaiya Lal, David, Praveen Pal, Jaishri Talpade, Baby Brahmaji, Baby Dolly, Manmohan Krishan, Dhumal, Sundar, and Mukri etc. On screen this song is picturized on Sharda and Ajay Sahni.

A song from the genre that is very familiar both to the poet and the singer. I present it with fond remembrance of these two stalwart artists who have left us a treasure of musical memories that are eternal.

Listen and ruminate.

Video

Song-Ab akele hi chalna padega (Samaaj Ko Badal Daalo)(1970) Singer-Manna Dey, Lyrics-Sahir Ludhianvi, MD-Ravi

Lyrics

bin paani ki machhli hai tu
bin patvaar ki naav
kya jaane ab duniya tujhse
karegi kya bartaav

ab akele hi chalna padega
ab akele hi chalna padega
zindgani ke lambe safar mein
ab akele hi chalna padega
paanv zakhmon se kaise bachenge
laakh kaante hain is guzar mein
ab akele hi chalna padega

tujhko godi mein jisne khilaaya
aaj sar se utha uska saaya
tujhko godi mein jisne khilaaya
aaj sar se utha uska saaya
aaj tu jis qadar hai akeli
utni tanhaa na thi umra bhar mein
utni tanhaa na thi umra bhar mein
ab akele hi chalna padega
zindgani ke lambe safar mein
ab akele hi chalna padega

[dialogue – Ajay Sahni]

ye bhayaanak andheron ki duniya
kaatilon aur luteron ki duniya
ye bhayaanak andheron ki duniya
kaatilon aur luteron ki duniya
kaun hai jo tera haath thaame
sangdil zaalimon ke nagar mein
sangdil zaalimon ke nagar mein
ab akele hi chalna padega
ab akele hi chalna padega
zindgani ke lambe safar mein
ab akele hi chalna padega
ab akele hi chalna padega
ab akele hi chalna padega

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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बिन पानी की मछली जैसे
बिन पतवार की नाव
क्या जाने अब दुनिया तुझसे
करेगी क्या बर्ताव

अब अकेले ही चलना पड़ेगा
अब अकेले ही चलना पड़ेगा
ज़िंदगानी के लंबे सफर में
अब अकेले ही चलना पड़ेगा
पाँव ज़ख़्मों से कैसे बचेंगे
लाख कांटेन हैं इस रहगुज़र में
अब अकेले ही चलना पड़ेगा

तुझको गोदी में जिसने खिलाया
आज सर से उठा उसका साया
तुझको गोदी में जिसने खिलाया
आज सर से उठा उसका साया
आज तू जिस क़दर है अकेली
उतनी तन्हा ना थी उम्र भर में
उतनी तन्हा ना थी उम्र भर में
अब अकेले ही चलना पड़ेगा
ज़िंदगानी के लंबे सफर में
अब अकेले ही चलना पड़ेगा

[संवाद – अजय साहनी]

ये भयानक अँधेरों की दुनिया
कातिलों और लुटेरों की दुनिया
ये भयानक अँधेरों की दुनिया
कातिलों और लुटेरों की दुनिया
कौन है जो तेरा हाथ थामे
संगदिल ज़ालिमों के नगर में
संगदिल ज़ालिमों के नगर में
अब अकेले ही चलना पड़ेगा
अब अकेले ही चलना पड़ेगा
ज़िंदगानी के लंबे सफर में
अब अकेले ही चलना पड़ेगा
अब अकेले ही चलना पड़ेगा
अब अकेले ही चलना पड़ेगा

3 Responses to "Ab akele hi chalna padega"

@ Sudhir ji – thanks for this post Sir !!
like the way you combine Sahir Saab & Manna Da’s initial career with Dada Burman , and thanks for this song which, as you said, is truly familiar to their genre ( Sahir Saab & Manna Da’s) !!

My tributes to Manna Dey ji and Sahir Ludhianvi ji !!!

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Sudhirji,
What a selection to pay tribute to both the legends! Thank you for the post and reminding this melody again.
BTW, little correction is needed in the first line –
It should be “bin paani ki machhli hai tu”

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Wah, Sudhir ji, waah!
Warm regards,
Avadh Lal

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