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Hum Ne Chaaha Magar Keh Na Paaye

Posted on: July 26, 2016


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular 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.

For a soft and lovely and romantic expression, it probably does not get better than this delightful ghazal. The words, the music, and the rendition – all have come together to craft this wonderful expression of bashful love. Love, that wants to say many things, but remains un-speaking, when presented with the opportunity. The anxiety and hesitations tie the tongue, and the moments pass by without a word being said. Shakeel Sb has so beautifully painted the words around this emotion. Each couplet is a priceless gem. I am bowled over with how the words are knitted together.

hasraten aarzooen umangen
jaane kis raah par jaa rahi theen
un ko dekha to manzil samajh kar
ruk gaya karvaan un ke aage


Wow. And all this – without actually saying a word. The director (Nitin Bose) has so beautifully crafted the picturization of this song. The very spirit of this song would have been sullied, if the singer and the listener were together. And so this song is designed as a song being performed in the broadcasting studio at a radio station. And the intended recipient of this message is at the other end of the wave spectrum, listening to these words, as they emanate from a radio. Aah, what delicate handling, and what a discerning presentation.

The rhythm and the pace of Ravi’s music is soft and pleasant. There is a feeling of relaxed remorse, but seemingly a very satisfied and happy remorse. (‘happy remorse’ – sounds like an oxymoron. Ah yes, but all is possible in love. 🙂 ) The instruments are played lightly, and do not distract from the words or from the visual. A light, flowing melody, that has been so lovingly rendered by Asha ji. All in all, a very pleasing and enchanting ghazal.

The film ‘Ummeed’ is listed in the Geet Kosh in the year 1971. However, some online sources, specifically IMDB and Wikipedia, list this film with the year 1962, which apparently seems to be an error. The film is produced by Rajan Films, Bombay and is directed by Nitin Bose. The Wikipedia and IMDB also list Bimal Roy’s name as the editor of this film.  This information also appears to be in error, since Bimal Roy had passed away in 1966. Is this a film that was started in the early 1960s, but got delayed and was finally released only in 1971? I request other knowledgeable readers and friends to please comment on and add more information if available.

The star cast is impressive – Ashok Kumar, Joy Mukherji, Nanda, Leela Naidu, Tarun Bose, Agha, Leela Misra, Chandrima Bhaduri, Hazara Singh, Parshuram, Lakshi Chhaya, Nazir  Kashmiri, Jeevankala, Madhumati, Jankidas,  Sabita Chatterji, Tuntun, Ravikant, and Hussain amongst others. The film has seven songs, which include a rare song – written and rendered by the music director Ravi himself – “Insaan Jee Raha Hai Ummeed Ke Sahaare”.

Onscreen, the song is performed by Nanda, singing in the studios at a radio station. Joy Mukherji and Leela Naidu are seen together, sipping tea, and listening to this song on the radio. There is possibly some conversation before this song starts, but once the song comes on, all conversations cease. Joy Mukherji seems to be in a trance, as he listens to the voice on the radio. And Leela Naidu, possibly misreading his silence, appears happy within.

Listen, and lose yourself in the softness of this poem of love.

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Song – Hum Ne Chaaha Magar Keh Na Paaye (Ummeed) (1971) Singer – Asha Bhosle, Lyrics – Shakeel Badayuni, MD – Ravi

Lyrics

hum ne chaaha magar keh na paaye
pyaar ki dastaan un ke aage
hum ne chaaha magar keh na paaye
pyaar ki dastaan un ke aage
jab nigaahe mili sharm aayi
khul na paai zabaan un ke aage

ek uljhi hui si tamannaa
dil mein kuchh karwaten le rahi hai
ek uljhi hui si tamannaa
dil mein kuchh karwaten le rahi hai
dil mein kuchh karwaten le rahi hai
un ki baahon ka le len sahaara
itni himmat kahaan un ke aage
hum ne chaaha magar keh na paaye
pyaar ki dastaan un ke aage

hasraten aarzooen umangen
jaane kis raah par jaa rahi theen
hasraten aarzooen umangen
jaane kis raah par jaa rahi theen
jaane kis raah par jaa rahi theen
un ko dekha to manzil samajh kar
ruk gaya karvaan un ke aage
hum ne chaaha magar keh na paaye
pyaar ki dastaan un ke aage

dekh kar be-zabaani hamaari
kaash wo jaan len baat dil ki
dekh kar be-zabaani hamaari
kaash wo jaan len baat dil ki
kaash wo jaan len baat dil ki
haath phailaa ke kuchh maangti hoon
apni tanhaai’aan un ke aage
hum ne chaaha magar keh na paaye
pyaar ki dastaan un ke aage
jab nigaahe mili sharm aayi
khul na paai zabaan un ke aage

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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हम ने चाहा मगर कह ना पाये
प्यार की दास्ताँ उनके आगे
हम ने चाहा मगर कह ना पाये
प्यार की दास्ताँ उनके आगे
जब निगाहें मिलीं शर्म आई
खुल ना पाई ज़बान उनके आगे

एक उलझी हुई सी तमन्ना
दिल में कुछ करवटें ले रही है
एक उलझी हुई सी तमन्ना
दिल में कुछ करवटें ले रही है
दिल में कुछ करवटें ले रही है
उनकी बाहों का ले लें सहारा
इतनी हिम्मत कहाँ उनके आगे
हम ने चाहा मगर कह ना पाये
प्यार की दास्ताँ उनके आगे

हसरतें आरज़ूएं उमंगें
जाने किस राह पर जा रही थीं
हसरतें आरज़ूएं उमंगें
जाने किस राह पर जा रही थीं
जाने किस राह पर जा रही थीं
उनको देखा तो मंज़िल समझ कर
रुक गया कारवां उनके आगे
हम ने चाहा मगर कह ना पाये
प्यार की दास्ताँ उनके आगे

देख कर बे-ज़बानी हमारी
काश वो जान लें बात दिल की
देख कर बे-ज़बानी हमारी
काश वो जान लें बात दिल की
काश वो जान लें बात दिल की
हाथ फैला के कुछ मांगती हूँ
अपनी तनहाईआं उनके आगे
हम ने चाहा मगर कह ना पाये
प्यार की दास्ताँ उनके आगे
जब निगाहें मिलीं शर्म आई
खुल ना पाई ज़बान उनके आगे

6 Responses to "Hum Ne Chaaha Magar Keh Na Paaye"

As per credit sequences:of movie “UMEED”
censor certificate date:28.4.1971
Editing by Bimal Roy(A.F.E.)
Lyrics by Late Shakeel Badayuni
Title song written by music maestro RAVI
Title song & Piano song sung by music maestro RAVI

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Dear Prakash ji,

Thanks for the details. So it does mean that this film was produced in the early 1960s, definitely before 1966, which is the year of passing away of Bimal Roy. It is clear that the release of this film was held up for many years, finally coming to the audiences in 1971.

Rgds
Sudhir

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Superb!
What a composition, profound lyrics, excellent rendition and a great direction by a master craftsman! Most wonderful combination!
The great touch of a maestro director is reflected in extracting just the perfect responses from even Joy Mukherji and Leela Naidu, who were never considered to be anything other than wooden-faced. Nanda, of course, is competent as ever.
Salutes to you, Sudhir ji, for spotting the gem and letting us enjoy and appreciate the intrinsic beauty of the song much enhanced by your interpretation.
Best regards,
Gratefully yours,
Avadh Lal

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Dear Avadh Lal ji

Thanks for your attention and your appreciative comments. 🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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