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Hum Chaahen Na Chaahen Phir Bhi Kabhi

Posted on: July 28, 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.

Missing Films of 1960s – 24
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To each his due – that is an adage that basically covers all the destinies, whether right or wrong, whether happy or sad. The struggle to definitively define whether success is destined, or whether it can be achieved through hard work, is a tough task indeed. Logic and arguments work both ways. Believers of destiny even go as far to propound that one will put hard work in life, because that is what the destiny says should be. And sometimes one tends to lean towards that argument – for there are numerous cases we know of people successful without having to put in too much hard work, or having displayed much capabilities. And of course, there are cases, also very numerous, where highly capable people are seen putting in lot of hard work most of their lives, but still, the coveted fruits of success elude them. And so, after witnessing so many such seemingly unfortunate lives, living through such seemingly unfair circumstances, one is eventually resigned to say – to each his due.

It has been discussed in these pages very often, as to how life has dealt a losing proposition to artists whose talent was much more than the recognition and rewards they achieved. Their careers seemingly did not last too long. And their work usually never got highlighted in A grade cinema. But when we come across their creations and performances, the mind asks “why”.  Why is it that these artists never made it to A grade cinema, despite having demonstrated capabilities for the same. The answers, are difficult to find.

Remembering Robin Bannerji, one such talented music director, on the anniversary of his passing away (July 27th).

Robin had a short career that lasted little over a decade. And he passed away at a relatively young age, beset by problems of health, penury and family misfortunes. He got his first break, working as an assistant to Hemant Kumar, in the 1960 film ‘Masoom’. Hemant Kumar composed one song for this film, and then he departed on a trip outside India. All the remaining songs were then composed and completed  by Robin.

His films number just about twenty, spread across thirteen years of active work. We see no more of his work after 1973. And then, after another 13 years, he passed away in 1986.

His work, and his creations, speak for themselves. Almost all his films are categorized as ‘C’ grade. But the songs, and the melody – are an instant head turner. A number of his songs that got popular, being played on radio, are wonderful memories that still haunt the alleyways of the mind. But the more attractive thing is the unheard and unknown songs that turn out to be such wonderful gems. A the music of a few of his films is not available at all. Films like  ‘Junglee Raja’ (1963), ‘Hukam Ka Ikka’ (1964), ‘Flying Circus’ (1965) and ‘London Express’ (1968), are simply not traceable at this time.

Today, I present this wonderful melody from the 1966 film ‘Rustam Kaun’ – one of the films listed in Khyati Ben’s list of missing films of 1960s. The words are from the pen of Yogesh Gaur. Interestingly, it seems that Robin has maximum number of films working with this songwriter. Together they have appeared in seven of Robin Bannerji’s films, that amounts to one third of all the films that he has done.

‘Rustam Kaun’ is a production from the banner of Amrit Kala Mandir, Bombay and is directed by Dharam Kumar. The star cast includes Randhawa, Malika, Shaam Kumar, Mumtaz, Kamal Mehra, Jagdeep, Tun Tun, Aruna Irani, Rajmala, Meenakshi, Jagdish etc. The list also includes the names like Samson, Hercules, Hanuman and Joginder Singh – apparently all wrestlers. The list also includes Shakila Banu Bhopali, although her name does not appear as a singer in the song list.  (There is one qawwaali in this film which is rendered by Suman Kalyanpur and Manna Dey, onscreen performed by Jagdeep and Shakila Banu Bhopali).

On screen, this song is performed by Malika. A love song, on the same theme as another song posted couple of days ago, saying what effect the presence of the lover has on the mind and heart of the beloved (“Hum Ne Chaaha Magar Keh Na Paaye“). Malika is expressing these sentiments to Randhawa. The song is lovely – the words, the music, the rendition – all of it. Except for the on screen performance. The on screen antics of the lady, put a lie to the sentiments being expressed. One of those wonderful songs that are recommended as – to be heard only. So try, listen to it without paying attention to the visuals. 🙂

 

 

Song – Hum Chaahen Na Chaahen Phir Bhi Kabhi (Rustam Kaun) (1966) Singer – Suman Kalyanpur, Lyrics – Yogesh, MD – Robin Bannerji

Lyrics

hum chaahe na chaahen
phir bhi kabhi
wo saamne jab aa jaate hain
har baar nazar jhuk jaati hai
har baar kadam ruk jaate hain
har baar kadam ruk jaate hain
hum chaahe na chaahen
phir bhi kabhi

hum bhool se shaayad ulfat ki
baahon mein chale aaye hain
hum bhool se shaayad ulfat ki
baahon mein chale aaye hain
anjaan safar ki anjaani
raahon mein chale aaye hain
ab kya hoga kyonkar hoga
ye soch ke ghabra jaate hain
ye soch ke ghabra jaate hain
hum chaahe na chaahen
phir bhi kabhi

kya baat hai kyon mere dil ke
jazbaat bikhar jaate hain
kya baat hai kyon mere dil ke
jazbaat bikhar jaate hain
badle badle se kyon apne
andaaz nazar aate hain
har aahat par apne dil ki
khud chaunk ke balkha jaate hain
khud chaunk ke balkha jaate hain
hum chaahe na chaahen
phir bhi kabhi

ye kaisi anokhi baat hui
uljhan mein ulajh jaate hain
ye kaisi anokhi baat hui
uljhan mein ulajh jaate hain
ye uljhan aur ulajhti hai
jitna isey suljhaate hain
begaane hain wo lekin ab to
hum khud se bhi sharma jaate hain
hum khud se bhi sharma jaate hain
hum chaahe na chaahen
phir bhi kabhi

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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हम चाहे ना चाहें
फिर भी कभी
वो सामने जब आ जाते हैं
हर बार नज़र झुक जाती है
हर बार कदम रुक जाते हैं
हर बार कदम रुक जाते हैं
हम चाहे ना चाहें
फिर भी कभी

हम भूल से शायद उलफत की
बाहों में चले आए हैं
हम भूल से शायद उलफत की
बाहों में चले आए हैं
अंजान सफर की अनजानी
राहों में चले आए हैं
अब क्या होगा क्योंकर होगा
ये सोच के घबरा जाते हैं
ये सोच के घबरा जाते हैं
हम चाहे ना चाहें
फिर भी कभी

क्या बात है क्यों मेरे दिल के
जज़्बात बिखर जाते हैं
क्या बात है क्यों मेरे दिल के
जज़्बात बिखर जाते हैं
बदले बदले से क्यों अपने
अंदाज़ नज़र आते हैं
हर आहट पर अपने दिल की
खुद चौंक के बलखा जाते हैं
खुद चौंक के बलखा जाते हैं
हम चाहे ना चाहें
फिर भी कभी

ये कैसी अनोखी बात हुई
उलझन में उलझ जाते हैं
ये कैसी अनोखी बात हुई
उलझन में उलझ जाते हैं
ये उलझन और उलझती है
जितना इसे सुलझाते हैं
बेगाने हैं वो लेकिन अब तो
हम खुद से शर्मा जाते हैं
हम खुद से शर्मा जाते हैं
हम चाहे ना चाहें
फिर भी कभी

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