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Unhen Manzil Nahin Milti Jo Kismat Ke Sahaare Hain

Posted on: January 6, 2016


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.

Mohammed Rafi – ‘अ’  से  ‘ह’ तक  (From ‘अ’ to ‘ह’) – 4
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xईx  ‘उ’
“उन्हें मंज़िल नहीं मिलती जो किस्मत के सहारे हैं”

Ah yes, you notice that I skipped the vowel ‘ई’ and jumped straight to the vowel ‘उ’. The reason is that in all the film and non film songs that I could access and check, all songs starting with ‘ई’ have already been posted. With its typical usage profile in the language, there are very few songs that start with words that start with ‘ई’ in Rafi Sb’s list of songs. So I move on to the next vowel in sequence.

The young Rafi’s singing for films started in 1941, when he was merely 17 years old.  Music director Shyam Sunder was preparing the music for the Punjabi film ‘Gul Baloch’. He had heard about Rafi, and he brought him in, giving him his debut as a singer in films. The young man recorded a duet with Zeenat Begum – “Soniye Nee, Heeriye Nee”. This song, by some accounts, became very popular in Punjab.  The film itself got delayed and was eventually released in 1944.

Taking a reference from the previous article in this series, I want to acknowledge a significant correction to the detail contained therein, and I thank our dear Arun ji for the correction. Hamid Bhai, the person whose efforts it were to get the young boy Mohammed trained and gain exposure to other artists, was not the real elder brother. He was a family friend, who was impressed by the young boys artistic potential, and took pains to ensure and enable the right path for him. Once the song recorded for the Punjabi film caught the attention of listeners, it was Hamid Bhai who convinced the family to permit young Mohammed to travel to Bombay and seek a future for himself in the Hindi film industry.

With references from well wishers like Rafiq Ghazanvi and Tanveer Naqvi, the young singer was introduced to music directors and producers. Naushad Sb took a fancy to this young singer, and gave him his first singing assignment in the 1944 film ‘Pehle Aap’. The song was a soldier’s march – “Hindustan Ke Hum Hain, Hindustan Hamaara”, and was rendered as a chorus. Mohammed Rafi’s voice was one amongst a few others like Sham Kumar and Alauddin. In that sense, it was just a chorus representation for him.

The next break came to him, from music director Shyam Sunder again. In the film ‘Gaon Ki Gori’ aka ‘Village Girl’, from 1945, he got to sing a duet with GM Durrani – “Aji Dil Ho Qaboo Mein To Dildaar Ki Aisi Taisi”. Rafi Sb regarded this song as his actual debut as a singer in Hindi films.

For the letter ‘उ’, I present this philosophical song of encouragement and confidence building that exhorts the individual never to give up in the face of hardships and difficulties.  The film is ‘Vidyarthi’ from 1966. The lyrics are from the pen of Mahdukar Bihari. The music is composed by Babu Singh. As per the Geet Kosh listings, these two names appear only in two films, both from mid 1960s. Besides ‘Vidyarthi’, there is only one more film in which they worked – ‘Solah Singaar Karey Dulhaniya’, a Bhojpuri language film from 1965. Outside of these two films, both the lyricist and the music director do not seemed to have any other films to their name.

The list of actors as per Geet Kosh includes Surekha, Trideep, Sulochana, Sajjan, Helen, Daisy Irani, Geeta, Bhagwan Sinha, and a long list of names that do not seem very familiar. The name Surekha appears in a few more films, specifically as the lead actress in ‘Shehar Aur Sapna’ (1963) and ‘Aasmaan Mahal’ (1965). I am not able to locate the name Trideep in other films in that period. I request other readers and friends to add more information about the lead actors, the songwriter and the music director. In the video clip, I am guessing, on screen this song is performed by Trideep, and Surekha is the lady in closeup, who apparently seems in some perplexity and inner turmoil.

One more wonderful and exhilarating song, that really infuses enthusiasm, just by the sound of Rafi Sb’s voice and his emphatic rendering of the words of encouragement. Just listening to this song raises the levels of energy within. This song was heard quite often during the radio listening days, but seemed to have faded away later. But only for some time. Listen to it again and enjoy this resounding rendition.

Rafi Sb, forever.

Song – Unhen Manzi Nahin Milti Jo Kismat Ke Sahaare Hain (Vidyarthi) (1966) Singer – Mohammed Rafi, Lyrics – Madhukar Bihari, MD – Babu Singh

Lyrics

unhen manzil nahin milti
jo kismet ke sahaare hain
hai unki zindagi bhi maut
jo himmat ko haare hain

unhen manzil nahin milti
jo kismet ke sahaare hain
unhen manzil nahin milti
jo kismet ke sahaare hain
hai unki zindagi bhi maut
jo himmat ko haare hain
unhen manzil nahin milti
jo kismet ke sahaare hain

bhale toofaan takraaye. . .
bhale toofaan takraaye
teri kismet ki lehron se
bhale toofaan takraaye
teri kismet ki lehron se
jinhen khud par
jinhen khud par bharosa hai
wo hardam hi kinaare hain
jinhen khud par bharosa hai
wo hardam hi kinaare hain
hai unki zindagi bhi maut
jo himmat ko haare hain
unhen manzil nahin milti
jo kismet ke sahaare hain

jo de kar zindagi jeete
unhen kya maut ka darr hai
jo de kar zindagi jeete
unhen kya maut ka darr hai
jo bujh kar roshni
jo bujh kar roshni karte
wohi roshan sitaare hain
jo bujh kar roshni karte
wohi roshan sitaare hain
hai unki zindagi bhi maut
jo himmat ko haare hain
unhen manzil nahin milti
jo kismet ke sahaare hain

nahin mushkil hain kuchh duniya mein
gar insaan chaahe to
nahin mushkil hain kuchh duniya mein
gar insaan chaahe to
falak choome kadam
falak choome kadam aa kar
wo kudrat ke nazaare hain
falak choome kadam aa kar
wo kudrat ke nazaare hain
hai unki zindagi bhi maut
jo himmat ko haare hain
unhen manzil nahin milti
jo kismet ke sahaare hain

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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उन्हें मंज़िल नहीं मिलती
जो किस्मत के सहारे हैं
है उनकी ज़िंदगी भी मौत
जो हिम्मत को हारे हैं

उन्हें मंज़िल नहीं मिलती
जो किस्मत के सहारे हैं
उन्हें मंज़िल नहीं मिलती
जो किस्मत के सहारे हैं
है उनकी ज़िंदगी भी मौत
जो हिम्मत को हारे हैं
उन्हें मंज़िल नहीं मिलती
जो किस्मत के सहारे हैं

भले तूफान टकराए॰ ॰ ॰
भले तूफान टकराए
तेरी किस्मत की लहरों से
भले तूफान टकराए
तेरी किस्मत की लहरों से
जिन्हें खुद पर
जिन्हें खुद पर भरोसा है
वो हरदम ही किनारे हैं
जिन्हें खुद पर भरोसा है
वो हरदम ही किनारे हैं
है उनकी ज़िंदगी भी मौत
जो हिम्मत को हारे हैं
उन्हें मंज़िल नहीं मिलती
जो किस्मत के सहारे हैं

जो देकर ज़िंदगी जीते
उन्हें क्या मौत का डर है
जो देकर ज़िंदगी जीते
उन्हें क्या मौत का डर है
जो बुझ कर रोशनी
जो बुझ कर रोशनी करते
वही रोशन सितारे हैं
जो बुझ कर रोशनी करते
वही रोशन सितारे हैं
है उनकी ज़िंदगी भी मौत
जो हिम्मत को हारे हैं
उन्हें मंज़िल नहीं मिलती
जो किस्मत के सहारे हैं

नहीं मुश्किल है कुछ दुनिया में
गर इंसान चाहे तो
नहीं मुश्किल है कुछ दुनिया में
गर इंसान चाहे तो
फ़लक चूमे कदम
फ़लक चूमे कदम आ कर
वो कुदरत के नज़ारे हैं
फ़लक चूमे कदम आ कर
वो कुदरत के नज़ारे हैं
है उनकी ज़िंदगी भी मौत
जो हिम्मत को हारे हैं
उन्हें मंज़िल नहीं मिलती
जो किस्मत के सहारे हैं

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3 Responses to "Unhen Manzil Nahin Milti Jo Kismat Ke Sahaare Hain"

Sudhirji,
Superbly rendered song by Rafi. Purani yaade taaza kar di. Thanks
In YT they are mentioning Geeta Bali though her last movie was Jabse tumhe..in 1963

Sudhir ji,

Actress Surekha Pandit was the daughter of actor,director,producer,lyricist,Choreographer,composer and the famous character actor Badri prashad.
He had 2 daughters. One left him early after marriage,but Surekha looked after Badri pershad till his death.
She acted in several films. Her most remembered film was Anupama,where she did the role of Sharmila’s mother-Aruna (Tarun Bose’s wife in the film). She also did roles in films like mere sanam,Mere huzur,Nartaki,Gaban,Sant Gyaneshwar,Aadmi aur Insan,Saat Hindustani,Do dooni chaar,shehar aur sapna,Aasman mahal,vidyarthi,Aarti etc.
After marriage her name became Surekha Parkar.
-AD

addenda- Badri pershad also sang songs in Hindi films. So, he was also a singer.

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