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Main kise apna kahoon aaj mera koi nahin

Posted on: August 20, 2015


This article is written by Mahesh Mamadapur, 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.

Mukesh and his Composers – 6
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Jaidev ! The very name brings to mind some of the most beautiful and melodious creations in our film industry. Sadly, barring a few, the films for which he composed music did not fare well at the box-office. In spite of being a three time national award winner, luck and good fortune eluded him till the very last days of his life in terms of fame, money, happiness, health, marriage and a settled life.

The association of Mukesh with composer Jaidev is also unfortunately restricted to very few songs. The collaboration started in 1963 with Mukesh giving playback for Chetan Anand in “Kinare Kinare”. This film apart from being known to be made by Lyricist Nyay Sharma was also known for 3-4 singers singing for Dev Anand. Many web sites erroneously include Mukesh’s name among singers singing for Dev Anand (citing this movie as the instance of Mukesh singing for Dev Anand) which is wrong. After this solitary song in 1963, the next phase of Mukesh-Jaidev collaboration started only in early seventies and it was also restricted to just half a dozen songs, two of which were in “Chand Grahan” which was unreleased as a film and whose recordings were released much later in 1997.

Now, analyzing these few songs, one really wonders, again, without any coherent conclusions as to why the combination did not collaborate more often. Jaidev worked under S D Burman who was not very appreciative of Mukesh. When Jaidev started composing independently, he was associated with Navketan films fora few movies. This fact must also be kept in mind that Jaidev himself ran out of luck many times. After the phenomenal success of “Hum Dono”, Dev Anand had promised him more work, but Hum Dono was the first and last film that they worked together. Jaidev even composed a couple of songs for Guide, but ultimately he had to settle down as SD Burman’s assistant in it.

All these names of Chetan Anand, S D Burman, DevAnand, Jaidev, Navketan made my mind wander to an intriguing question. Did Mukesh ever sing for Navketan films? I posed this question to Shri Harish ji who literally came back in a jiffy with the reply mail and also a wealth of articles pertaining to Jaidev. I thank him profusely for all the help extended.

So to slightly stray away from this topic, Mukesh sang “Sunte thhe shauk se…. Is mulaaqat ka …” in the film “Jaaneman” 1976 along with Rafi saab and Hemlata under Laxmikant Pyarelal. This triad-qawalli seems to be his only song for Navketan films.

Coming back to the subject at hand, below is the table of songs sung by Mukesh for Jaidev in Hindi movies.

S.No Name of song Name of the movie (Year of Release) Co Singer if any Lyricist
1 Jab gham e ishq sataata hai Kinare Kinare (1963) Nyay Sharma
2 Apne watan mein aaj do boond paani nahin Do Boond Paani(1971) Noor Jahan Kaifi Azmi
3 Main kise apna kahoon, aaj mera koi nahin Ek Thi Reeta (1971) Lata Naqsh Llayalpuri
4 Phir milengi kahaan Bhaavna(1972) Asha Bhonsle Naqsh Llayalpuri
5 Le chalo, le chalo Maan Jaayiye(1972) Vani Jairam Naqsh Llayalpuri
6 Tujhko yoon dekha hai Chand Grahan(UR)(1997) Kaifi Azmi
7 Tumhi ne dil ko dil Chand Grahan (UR)(1997) Noor Jahan ?? Kaifi Azmi

So after the first solo in 1963, we have the next few songs only in 1971-72. However each song is a gem with the rendering and composition of the highest class. Among the co singers, Noor Jahan is a mystery with not much clarity. However what is amply clear from the voice is that she is not the legendary Malika-e-Tarannum. Also, very curiously there is a female voice at the very fag end of the last song in the table and that too restricted to just a few seconds of humming only. I request more knowledgeable readers to throw some light on this voice.

Only two songs (S. No 3 and 5) are yet to be posted on the blog. How I wish I could post both the songs in the same post as it’s very difficult to choose the better one. Both are outstanding duets with Lata and Vani Jairam respectively. I will go with Lata-Mukesh duet from “Ek Thi Reeta” (1971). Needless to say, it’s a beautiful composition by Jaidev with some excellent rendering by Lata and Mukesh. A song that will linger in the mind long after listening and one feels like listening to this song again and again.

In the next post we shall go through the songs of Mukesh with R D Burman which incidentally Atulji has already covered a few days back.


Song-Main kise apna kahoon aaj mera koi nahin (Ek Thhi Reeta)(1971) Singers-Mukesh, Lata, Lyrics-Naqsh Llayalpuri, MD-Jaidev

Lyrics

main kise apna kahoon
aaj mera koi nahin
mera hamdard mere dil ke siwa koi nahin
koi nahin
koi nahin
main kise apna kahoon
aaj mera koi nahin
koi nahin
koi nahin

ek tinke ki tarah ham toh ude jaate hain
ek tinke ki tarah ham toh ude jaate hain
kahaan le jaaye hawa iss ka pata koyi nahin
kahan le jaaye hawa iss ka pata koyi nahin
koi nahin
koi nahin

tees ban-ban ke sada deti hai kyun yaad teri
tees ban-ban ke sada deti hai kyun yaad teri
ik mohabbat ke siwa meri khata koyi nahin
ik mohabbat ke siwa meri khata koyi nahin
koi nahin
koi nahin
aaaaaaaa
main kise apna kahoon aaj mera koi nahin

tujhko maaloom nahin teri tamanna ke siva
tujhko maaloom nahin teri tamanna ke siva
dil ke jalte huye zakhmon ki dava koyi nahin
dil ke jalte huye zakhmon ki dava koyi nahin
koi nahin
koi nahin

main kise apna kahoon aaj mera koi nahin
mera hamdard mere dil ke siwa koi nahin
koi nahin
koi nahin
koi nahin
koi nahin

koi nahin
koi nahin

5 Responses to "Main kise apna kahoon aaj mera koi nahin"

Everything is fabulous about the song. Mahesh ji, thanks.

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Ditto!
Thanks and regards, Mahesh ji.
Avadh Lal

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Mahesh-ji,
I wish I could write like you, Arunbhai, Sudhirbhai and other contributors. I am a die-hard fan of Jaidev and have already presented 20 of his songs on this wonderful blog. I was lured by Noorjehan (whose songs had always mesmerized me) for some time, and has finished ALL her Indian songs on our blog. But now I am back with my first love and soon present ‘Genius of Jaidev – 21’. This time I have started to cover all jaidev compositions, which are yet to be covered in this blog, starting from his oldest movies in chronological order. I am sure you have seen (rather heard) those earlier presentations. But again I wish I can write like you.

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Aparna ji and Avadh ji,
Many thanks for liking the song.

Bharat ji,
I am aware of your well researched posts on Jaidev and Noorjehan.
In fact, I had you in mind while writing this post and would be obliged if you can throw some light on the ” Noor jahan” singing with Mukesh in the next phase of Jaidev songs which you have started recently.
Regarding write ups, I remember we both had requested Sudhir ji to conduct distant course for us. He is yet to revert. 🙂
Thanks.

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Maheshji,
Sorry, if by my writing, it has created a falsehood that there is a song of Noorjehan with Mukesh !! Heavens no…… Even Lata who was in the same picture with Noorjehan, had not that chance. Rafi and Durrani were the lucky guys.

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