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Baat niklegi to phir door talak jaayegi

Posted on: October 30, 2014

This article is written by Ava Suri, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a 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.

The Unforgettable was the first album of ghazals and nazms launched by Jagjit-Chitra. It was released in 1977.

These days television and FM radio stations bombard the viewers/listeners with new film songs. A song becomes popular at once, or not at all. In a month or two, another song takes its place at the top of the Pop charts and it’s gone forever.

But those were slower times. When I turned up in Delhi in 1979, The Unforgettable was still gathering steam. My cousins had a turntable, and I listened to this album in the good old way, placing the needle on the record. The sounds were amazing. The music was soothing and seductive. Jagjit’s voice, heavy but low, crooned out the ghazals. Chitra’s fluty voice was melodious. Together they seduced my senses with the breathtaking shairi and a melody that gave me an out of body experience.

I listened to the album over and over again. I bought a copy of its cassette as well and listened to it all the time. It never lost its magic for me. At each listening, I would fall under its spell anew.

I know there are many other ghazal singers who are far superior. But that was the time of Jagjit and Chitra and they ruled the roost.

I was just at the end of my teens then. I was full of hopes and aspirations. The world was out there and full of possibilities. In such a rosy scenario, such songs sounded even sweeter, such songs that spoke of love and longing.

For this post I have chosen the first song in the album, “Baat niklegi to phir door talak jayegi”. The song is a recitation of the shairi, it is not ‘sung’. Yet Jagjit Singh’s mellifluous voice makes it sound like a soulful nazm. It speaks of a lover asking a young girl to hide her passions lest she is censured for it. It is loaded with sensuality and sweetness of love.

Song-Baat niklegi to phir door talak jaayegi (Jagjit Singh NFS)(1977) Singer-Jagjit Singh, Lyrics-Kafeel Azar, MD-Jagjit Singh


Baat niklegi to phir
door talak jaayegi
Log bewajha
Udaasi ka sabab poochenge
Yeh bhi poochenge
ki tum itni pareshaan kyun ho

Ungliyaan uthengi
sookhe huye baalon ki taraf
ik nazar dekhenge
guzre huye saalon ki taraf
Choodiyon par bhi kayi tanz kiye jaayenge
Kaanpte haathon pe bhi, fikre kase jaayenge

Log zaalim hain
har ik baat ka taana denge
Baaton baaton mein mera zikr bhi le aayenge
Baaton baaton mein mera zikr bhi le aayenge
unki baaton ka zara sa bhi asar mat lena
Warna chehre ke ta’asur se samajh jaayenge

Chaahe kuchh bhi ho
sawaalat na karna unse ae
Chaahe kuchh bhi ho
sawaalat na karna unse ae ae
Mere baare mein koi baat na karna unse

baat niklegi to phir
door talak jaayegi

6 Responses to "Baat niklegi to phir door talak jaayegi"

Thank you very much, Ava ji,
Although I had heard of Jagjeet Singh earlier, it was in 1976 (1977?), when I really started appreciating his soulful rendering of Ghazals, courtesy one of my friends who had his album, “The Unforgettables”. Like you, first we used to listen to the record on the turntable and thereafter on the cassette.
I also vividly remember my friend’s gesture of drawing my attention to his picture on the cover of the album and remarking about his eyes – a mysterious, melancholic look showing the depth of emotions and some sort of hypnotic effect. I too concurred with his observation.
Many decades later, whenever I had occasion to hear his ‘live’ stage performances in Mumbai, my impression was that it was not just a photographic trick but his eyes (and his persona) did have a mesmerising charisma.
Warm regards,


Avadh Lalji,

Thank you for the appreciation. I think he was singing on the TV and radio stations every earlier than he released the album. Not sure.

Yes, his eyes also sang along with him. Nice thing to notice. 🙂


Thank you ava ji
for writing about this gem, Jagjit ji `s voice always haunt me. His voice especially in songs like “koyee ye kaisse bataaye, ke woh tanhaa kyon hai(from”Arth”), “ye faasle teri galiyon ke humse taye na huye, hazaar baar ruke hum,hazaar baar chale”(from Mammo) is out of the world.



I love the Jagjit Singh songs from Arth. The poetry of Kaifi Azmi leaves me speechless.

Jagjit Singh has the knack of enhancing the shairi with his ghazals. I have often ‘discovered’ some wonderful Shair from his ghazals.

He never tries to overshadow the shairi. He tries to get to the ‘rooh’ of the nazm. I think that is why he manages to touch the soul of the listeners.


Ava ji,

Wonderful remembrance. This is one of the ghazals by Jagjit Singh that I have had the good opportunity to listen to in a live program. The effect of his voice in a live program is simply something else. Just the rendition of the first verse, seemed as if he took us far away on a long journey.

Thanks again.



Yes, the way he said ‘door’ was really remarkable. I remember that.

Lucky you, for getting the opportunity to listen to him live.


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