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Ye na thhi hamaari kismat

Posted on: December 8, 2015


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, 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.

SHANKAR-JAIKISHEN IN THE 50s…Song No. 6
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The mid 50s was a period when one could see the deep impact of the Nehruvian socialism on the film that were made. Great film makers like Mehboob Khan, B R Chopra and Raj Kapoor tried to support Nehru and Gandhian philosophies through their films. Being great artists, they combine socialism with entertainment in a skillful way. Films like Naya Daur, Mother India, Jagte Raho, Phir subah hogi, Do bigha Zameen,Boot polish,Ab dilli door nahin etc and later on films like Son of India and Naya Kanoon etc clearly indicated Socialism.

Raj Kapoor was not only a great showman, but he was also very professional in his approach to film working. He never forgot that basically he was an Actor, which gave him money to fulfil his desire of achieving something as a Director. As an Actor,he worked in 66 films. Though his banner RK Films made 21 films, he had acted in only 16 of these films, which means he acted in 50 films made by other banners. When he acted in other’s films, he never ever interfered in the Director’s work (this was in sharp contrast to Dilip Kumar, who liked to play a Ghost Director in every film). Raj Kapoor produced 18 films and directed only 10 films in his life.

Film Main nashe mein hoon-59 was directed by Naresh Saigal. Raj was paired with Mala Sinha in this movie. The story was about preaching the ill-effects of Alcoholism. In this film, Raj Kapoor’s father’s role was played by Mubarak. Mubarak was a 6 feet tall, handsome man with an impressive personality. During his times, he was a wellknown actor, though now hardly anyone knows who he was.

Mubarak Khan was born in Bombay on 29-1-1909 in a Muslim family. He was from Afghan descent. His mother died after delivery and his building contractor father also died after Mubarak was around 2-3 year old. The Parsee partner-Mr. Merchant- of his father brought up Mubarak and his sister. That is how he used Parsee surname Merchant and was known as Mubarak Merchant.

He studied up to B.A. His English was very good and it came handy in his career later on. In those days educated persons or persons from respectable families looked down upon the Film industry and they were not ready to join it.His God Father,mr. Merchant did not want him to work in films,but he was interested Once Mubarak,who was almost 6 feet tall,fair in complexion and with a good physique,went for a party,he was noticed by Film Director Parshwanath Altekar, who was working i Chandulal Shah’s company-Ranjit Studios He invited Mubarak to join films and he agreed. He joined Ranjit studios and did his first silent movie- Pati Patni-1929. Director was Chandulal Shah and the lead pair was Gohar Mamajiwala and Raja Sandow.

After doing about 10 silent films with Ranjit, Imperial and Navjeevan studios, Mubarak went to Calcutta and joined Indian National Theatre. He acted in many English drama of Shakespeare He met and became friendly with Prithwiraj Kapoor. When the Theatre company closed,Prithwiraj Kapoor stayed back and joined New Theatres,but Mubarak returned to Bombay.

By that time the Talkie had started and he got a role in film Noorjehan-1931. However,as he could not sing,after that film he joined Anderson Theatre company doing work in Dramas again.H.E.Bhappi Soni was instrumental in bringing him back to films. He made his debut in film Veer Kunal-1932. Due to his attractive personality, he went on getting roles after roles.

In 1938 he acted opposite Durga Khote in a bilingual film Saathi ( Songadya in Marathi),which he had produced also. Mubarak must have worked in more than 100 films. Some of the major films of Mubarak were Kangan, Tansen, Lalkaar, Manorama, Renuka, Kismet, Tadbir, Ujala, Jhansi ki Rani, Waqt, Hamraaz etc etc. His personality was suitable for roles of Kings and Maharajas. He did the role of Samrat Akbar in Tansen-43,Maharana Pratap-46 and Anarkali-53,In Samadhi-50 he was Ashok kumar’s brother and in Nagin -54 he was the Tribal chief. He also did many villain roles.

Due to his impressive personality he did Akbar’s role in film Tansen-43. Again he did Akbar in film Anarkali-53 also. From then onwards he became a mandatory actor for most Mughal era historical films.

Mubarak directed one film Bahurani-1940. The film flopped so miserably that Mubarak vowed never to direct any other film. Mubarak’s English was very good. He wrote the story and screenplay of Raj Kapoor’s film ‘Phir subah hogi-58 ‘ along with director Ramesh Sehgal. The film was based on the Russian novel, ‘Crime and Punishment ‘by Dostoevsky.

Mubarak got a heart attack first i 1961 and again in 1964. he retired from films. Once B R Chopra came to him and offered him a role in Waqt. He declined and then on Chopra’s repeated requests he did that role. An ambulance and a doctor was all the time kept ready during his shooting. Such was his value to the knowledgeable. After that also he did some film but he had lost interest in working in changed atmosphere now. His last film,I think ,must be ‘Insaniyat’.-1974.

In his last days,he was financially very bad. He lived alone in a flat of his own,but survived on donations from friends and pension from Filmfare fund and Cine Artistes Assn. He was a bachelor. His sister had died long back. He breathed his last on 26-8-1985, at Bombay.

Today’s song is a gazal by Ghalib, which was undoubtedly one of the popular gazals for film makers. This gazal was featured in 3 films. First it was used in Deccan Queen-1936, then in Mirza Ghalib-54 and finally in Main nashe mein hoon-59. Today’s song is from the film Main nashe mein hoon”-59. It is presented as a Mujra song. This will surely remind you of the memorable Suraiya song from film, “Mirza Ghalib”-54.

There is another Mirza Ghalib ghazal that is even more popular among fil makers. This ghazal “Dil e Naadaan tujhe hua kya hai “, which has featured in as many as 8 films- Anang Sena-31, Gul e Bakavali-32, Kimiyagar-36, millionaire-36, Hunterwali ki beti-43, Apna Desh-49, Kashmir hamara hai-50, and Mirza Ghalib-54.

When I saw the video of this song in “Main nashe mein Hoon”-59, I sincerely felt that Usha Mangeshkar was not the right choice to sing such a Ghazal. Additionally, the presentation of the song itself leaves a lot to be desired. All said and done, this Gem of a gazal is still lovable and worth listening and watching.

[Translation – Provided by Sudhir Kapur]

ye naa thhi hamaari kismet, ke wisaal e yaar hota aa aa
agar aur jeete rehte, yehi intezaar hota aa aa

It was not be my destiny
That a meeting with my beloved would be
Even if I would live for more years
This eternal waiting would still be

ye kahaan ki dosti hai, ke bane hain dost naaseh
koi chaarah-saaz hota, koi gham-gusaar hota

What has become of friends
And what has become of this friendship
That friends are now preachers and advisers
O how I wish
Someone would offer a healing cure
Someone would comfort me in my agony

NOTES:
wasl, wisaal = union, meeting
wisaal e yaar = meeting with the beloved
naaseh = preacher, adviser
chaarah = remedy, cure
chaarah-saaz = healer, one who can cure
gham-gusaar = comforter, an intimate and understanding friend

This is a much longer ghazal by Ghalib.  Only two couplets are presented here. Ghulam Mohammed Sb has composed this in a very invigorating rhythm for the film ‘Mirza Ghalib’ (1954).  From the first line, it appears that the poet thinks he is at the end of his life, and has not yet met his beloved.  For he says – Even if I would live for more years, this eternal wait would still be.

The particular second couplet that has been picked, is a pointed reference to the so called friends who turn into advisers when a person is in difficult times. The poet says, he wishes someone to comfort him, he wishes someone to heal his pain. But no, the friends come and sermonize on all the mistakes done, almost implying – good, you deserve the misery you got.  And poet is bemoaning the fact that he needs a friend who would empathize and share his grief. But in real life, that is not to be.


Song – Ye Na Thhi Hamaari Kismat (Main Nashe Mein Hoon) (1959) Singer – Usha Mangeshkar, Lyrics – Mirza Ghalib, MD – Shankar Jaikishan

Lyrics(Provided by Nitin Shah)

ye naa thhi hamaari kismet haaye
ye naa thhi hamaari kismet
ke wisaal e yaar hota aa aa
agar aur jeete rehte ae ae
agar aur jeete rehte
yehi intezaar hota aa aa
ye naa thhi hamari kismet haaye
ye naa thhi hamari kismet

ye kahaan ki dosti hai
ke bane hain dost naaseh
koi chaarah-saaz hota aa aa
koi chaarah-saaz hota
koi gham-gusaar hota
ye naa thhi hamaari kismet
ye naa thhi hamaari kismet
kr visaale yaar hota aa aa
ye naa thhi hamari kismet haaye
ye naa thhi hamaari kismet

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
———————————————————-

ये ना थी हमारी किस्मत हाय
ये ना थी हमारी किस्मत
के विसाले यार होता॰॰आ॰॰आ
अगर और जीते रहते॰॰ए॰॰ए
अगर और जीते रहते
यही इंतज़ार होता॰॰आ॰॰आ
ये ना थी हमारी किस्मत हाय
ये ना थी हमारी किस्मत

ये कहाँ की दोस्ती है
के बने हैं दोस्त नासेह
कोई चारा साज़ होता॰॰आ॰॰आ
कोई चारा साज़ होता
कोई ग़म गुसार होता
ये ना थी हमारी किस्मत
ये ना थी हमारी किस्मत
के विसाले यार होता॰॰आ॰॰आ
ये ना थी हमारी किस्मत हाय
ये ना थी हमारी किस्मत

 

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8 Responses to "Ye na thhi hamaari kismat"

Who is the dancer? Bela Bose?

Vijayavaman

Yep. Good ghazal wasted on cheaply choreographed mujra song.

ye naa thhi hamaari kismet haaye
ye naa thhi hamaari kismet
ke ye ghazal e waar hota aa aa
agar aur jeete rehte ae ae
agar aur jeete rehte
yehi intezaar na hota aa aa
ye naa thhi hamari kismet haaye
ye naa thhi hamari kismet

Does Mukesh burst into “mukho yaaron maaf karna ” after the end of this short song.? (The way it has been sung and pictured refrains me from calling it a ghazal).

After the end of the song in the same link, Mohd Rafi saab, Begum Aktar’s versions are also available.

However, my personal view is Ghulam Mohammed composed Suraiya’s version will remain quintessential.

This is Bela Bose Dance

Although I have a vcd of मै नशेमे हू for several years, I watched the film for the first time last night.

This morning, I opened Atul’s song website to know more about songs and started with ये ना थी हमारी किस्मत. As usual, Mr. Deshmukh has provided and excellent biography of Mr. Mubarak. I recognized Mubarak as the inspector in फिर सुबह होगी but didn’t know anything about him.

I simply like to listen to old Hindi film songs (late forties to early seventies) and I did like ये ना थी हमारी किस्मत from मिर्झा गालिब more compared to the मै नशेमे हू version.

I will add some comments about another song – मुझको यारो माफ करना in this space. Mr. Atul (in commenting about that song) said that usually comedians like Johney Walker sang such drunkard songs and मुझको यारो was first such song sung by a hero.
Well, not quite. मै नशेमे हू came out in 1959. Older songs by the main character (male / female) include
You can start with Saigal, Dilip Kumar versions of देवदास.
ए मेरे दिल कही और चल, दाग (1952) – Dilip Kumar.
जमाना ये समझा, अनारकली (1954) – Bina Rai
हाय हाय हाय ये निगाहे, पेइंग गेस्ट (1957) – Dev Anand.
गूंज उठी शेहनाई (also came in 1959) had an excellent song by Rajendra Kumar .
Finally, a drunkard song sung by neither a comedian nor a hero: जिंदगी ख्वाब है from जागते रहो (1956) by Motilal.

Few more drunkard songs sung by the hero prior to 1959.

चरणदास को पीने की जो आदत ना होती , पहेली झलक, किशोर कुमार, (1954)
मै पीके नही आया, कवी , भारत भूषण, (1954)
उंचे सुरमे गाये जा, घर नं ४४, देव आनंद, (1955)
मै नशेमे हू , मरीन ड्राईव्ह, अजीत, (1955)

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