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Main hansoo ke ispe roun hai ajeeb ye nazaara

Posted on: May 13, 2015


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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.

Troika of the Blog’s latest century singers – Mukesh, Rafi and Kishore Kumar : 3. Kishore Kumar
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After reading a vast repository of information available on the internet as well as in the books, I am pretty certain about the personalities of Mukesh, Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Talat Mehmood, Manna Dey, Geeta Dutt, Asha Bhonsle etc. But I am not so sure about what sort of person Kishore Kumar was. He was branded as eccentric, unpredictable, money minded, stingy etc etc. In a rare interview conducted by Lata Mangeshkar about a couple of years before his death in 1987, he had revealed that he donned the mask of eccentricity and unpredictable behaviour just for those persons whom he disliked and did not wish to be associated with. But how can one explain his eccentric behaviour even with his elder brother Ashok Kumar and his family members whom he respected a lot ? (In this context, there is a story narrated by Ashok Kumar’s daughter, Preeti Ganguly which I will skip here. (Those interested may read it here).

Kishore Kumar’s so called eccentric behaviour, I think, may have stemmed from the aftermath of the struggle he had to face in his early years in the Bombay film industry. He had come to Bombay to become a playback singer and his elder brother Ashok Kumar was discouraging him from becoming one. Instead he was persuading him to join Bombay Talkies as an actor and he hated to be an actor. Then, there were some persons in the film industry who passed their judgement that he had no personality like that of Ashok Kumar to become an actor nor had a good voice to become a playback singer. They all advised him to go back to his native place Khandwa.

While he could get some roles in films of Bombay talkies, it was S D Burman who gave him the chance to sing in the film ‘Aath Din’ (1946). Although he gave playback singing mainly for Dev Anand during his initial years of his singing, the stamp of actor-singer remained with him for a long time until he sang for Rajesh Khanna in ‘Aaradhana’ (1969). So one can say that his cherished dream of becoming a playback singer was finally realised after being in the film industry for nearly 25 years. By mid 70s, Kishore Kumar had become the leading playback singer in HFM giving a tough competition to Mohammed Rafi.

Although Kishore Kumar is known mostly for playful and teasing songs with his antiques if he is also singing on himself, his sad songs are heart touching. For instance listen to some sample songs like husn bhi hai udaas udaas, wo meri taraf yoon chale aa rahen hain, panthhi hoon main us pathh kaa and badi sooni sooni hai zindagi ye zindagi.

On the occasion of covering of Kishore Kumar’s 900th songs in the Blog, I present one of his rare sad songs ‘main hansoo ke ispe roun’ from an incomplete film MAA (1960s) which is stated to have been gone on the floor sometime in 1960. Not much information is available about the film except that the film had Kishore Kumar and Kumkum in lead roles. In one of the comments on the YT, three 78 rpm HMV records of the songs of this incomplete film bearing Nos. N. 55663-64-65 were released. I have a 78 rpm record of ‘Anokhi Raat’ (1969) bearing No. N.55688 which led me to believe that records of the songs from MAA were issued sometime in 1969. The same commentator on YT has mentioned Majrooh Sultanpuri as lyricist and Chitragupt as music director of this incomplete film. I request our knowledgeable readers of the Blog to throw some more light on this film.

I regard this song as one of the gems of Kishore Kumar.


Song-Main hansoo ke ispe roun hai ajeeb ye nazaara (Maa)(1960)(UR) Singer-Kishore Kumar, Lyrics-Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD-Chitragupta

Lyrics

main hansoo ke ispe roun
hai ajeeb ye nazaaraa
tere aansuon mein chamkaa
mere pyaar kaa sitaara
main hansoo ke ispe roun
hai ajeeb ye nazaaraa

meri khaatir chashm e jaana
jaane kyaa tujhpe beeti
meri khaatir chashm e jaana
jaane kyaa tujhpe beeti
yehi sochoon aaj dil ki
baazi kyun maine jeeti
mujhe dukh hai ki main kyun na
wahi baazi phir se haara
main hansoo ke ispe roun
hai ajeeb ye nazaaraa

mere gham mein rooh jiski
rehti ho itni pyaasi
mere gham mein rooh jiski
rehti ho itni pyaasi
nazron se choom loon main
uss chehre ki udaasi
mera itna payaam usko
koi pahunchaa de khudaara
main hansoo ke ispe roun
hai ajeeb ye nazaaraa
tere aansuon mein chamkaa
mere pyaar kaa sitaara
main hansoo ke ispe roun
hai ajeeb ye nazaaraa

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5 Responses to "Main hansoo ke ispe roun hai ajeeb ye nazaara"

Sadanand ji, thanks for introducing the song. It is a lovely one, it is a gem of KK as you say. Nobody sings melancholic songs like him according to me.

Sadanandji,
I thought Ziddi-1948 was his first movie. I am enable to find any songs sung by KK in Aath Din-1946

Nitin Bhai,

As per www,myswar.com, the song ‘baanka sipahiya ghar jaay ho’ from ‘Aath Din’ (1946) was sung by Kishore Kumar. Unfortunately, the song is not available online. I guess, the record for this song may not have been issued. Note that film has 7 songs – the odd numbers for issue of 78 RPM records for all songs.

Thanks for the info.

Dear Sadanand ji,
Thanks for an excellent post. I also do not remember having come across this masterpiece song earlier.
Despite Kishore being mostly admired for his playful numbers, his voice could bring pathos, like in the songs you have mentioned and also, if I may add, “Dukhi man mere sun mera kahna’ and other numerous ones.
Though at most places, it is written that Kishore had debuted in ‘Ziddi’, I had also read somewhere about his song in ‘8 Days’ (Aath Din), which was an earlier film and I had wondered about the same. Your comment has now clarified the position.
Once again thanks & regards,
Avadh Lal

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