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Kaash aisa hotaa

Posted on: August 4, 2016


This article is written by Raja, 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.

Today is the birth anniversary of our beloved Kishore Kumar, lovingly called Kishoreda by many. Had he been alive today, he would have turned 87.

On this day, we remember Kishore Kumar fondly on this blog and pay tribute to him as one of the geniuses of the Hindi film industry, the like of whom we are likely never to see again.

I don’t use the term “genius” lightly – but it sits so comfortably on Kishore Kumar that it doesn’t feel heavy or unwarranted at all. For Kishore was indeed a genius, a very rare type of person who seemed to be able to do just about anything, without breaking sweat.

He is best-known for his singing, of course. But he was an accomplished actor, playing both lead and comedy roles, when he chose to act. Singing was his first love, acting wasn’t – and yet he has given us many memorable roles as actor.

And then there was Kishore the director.

As if his acting and singing weren’t enough, Kishore dabbled in directing too. And stunned us with some amazing films, for their philosophical depth as much as anything else. Kishore had an image of being a prankster, a fun-loving, crazy person – and yet, through his films, he showed his audience another side to his persona. One has to see “Door Ka Raahi” or “Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Mein” to see this Kishore.

He also produced these films and a few others.

And as if acting, singing, directing and producing weren’t enough, he also wrote the script for these films. And a few others.

And as if acting, singing, directing, producing and writing weren’t enough, he even composed music for these and a few other films.

Surely then calling Kishore Kumar a genius isn’t misplaced? Most people sweat to achieve any one of these, Kishore just seemed to handle them all without any problem at all.

Personally I am very fond of Kishore the actor – he was always a pleasure to watch on screen. Whether he was doing a crazy scene (most of the time!) or a serious one (occasional).

But it is as a singer that he will be remembered most. And that’s because his singing career spanned his entire career, for almost 40 years till his death in 1987.

Even Kishore’s singing career can be split into roughly two periods.

Uptil 1969 (Aradhana), Kishore could be considered a successful singer-actor. He delivered many hit songs, for himself and for other actors, mainly Dev Anand. SD Burman, in particular, was very fond of Kishore and often used him in his films. I must say that I really LOVE many Kishore songs of this period, probably more than I like his songs of later years. The “sparkle” in his voice during this period is just remarkable.

But it is also fair to say that inspite of his many hits till 1969, he was not the No. 1 singer in the industry. If nothing else, he was just not that prolific.

1969 – and the success of Aradhana – changed it all. Overnight, Kishore became THE No.1 male voice in India, sought after by one and all. His acting career took a back seat, his singing was now totally in the limelight.

After that, there was no stopping him.

In this second phase (1969-1987 (his death)), he was unstoppable.

He so dominated the industry that the next name didn’t come anywhere close.

I should know – throughout the 70s and 80s, I was witness to the Kishore onslaught (and I say it with love and respect). I could not escape him – and I didn’t really want to, either. I loved Kishore’s voice – I still do.

As I was growing up, in my neighbourhood, in my school, any song programme, whether on radio or just a group of us singing, would not be possible without a Kishore song. He had SO many popular songs at the time that you could sing all day and night and still have enough to sing.

I was – and still a – a big fan of Kishore songs. His fast, fun songs (ye jawaani hai deewani) or his slow, sad songs (ghunghroo ki tarah), I love them all. His soft, romantic songs (sama hai suhaana suhaana, o hansini, o mere dil ke chain) or his “chaalu” songs (rafta rafta, naach meri bulbul, bachna aye haseenon, om shanti om), I love them all.

Kishore Kumar was so gifted he even sang in both male and female voices in “aake seedhi lagi”. He could just do anything and it would come out ok.

Today, as we remember him and pay tribute to him on his birth anniversary, l can only thank him for coming into our lives and leaving us with an amazing legacy of songs. We can never thank him enough. He will always be in our hearts.

Now for the song for today.

This one is from Aahutee (1978).

I remember seeing this film when it was released. As far as I remember, it didn’t do too well at the box-office, probably just ok. But I quite liked its songs. Especially two songs, “naukri sau hi hazaar ki” and my favourite “kaash aisa hota”.

Today, I’d like to bring “kaash aisa hota” to the blog. It also surprisingly happens to be the first Aahutee song here – so this film makes its debut today on the blog.

It is a very pleasant song. Shashi Kapoor and Parveen Babi are in love with each other. But Shashi is poor and has no choice but to work hard at a living. Parveen accepts this as their life but of course, nobody prevents her from dreaming of what could be.

So this song is a dream of how their life could be, if only they could escape the drudgery of their reality.

Both Lata and Kishore sing this song well, in my opinion. Lyrics are by Anand Bakshi, music by Laxmikant Pyarelal.


Song-Kaash aisa hota (Aahuti)(1978) Singers-Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar, Lyrics-Anand Bakshi, MD-Laxmikant Pyarelal
Chorus

Lyrics

Hmm hmm hmm
Hmm hmm hmm
Hmm hmm hmm
u u u
hmm hmm hmm
Aaaa aaaa aaa

Deewaar jo itni oonchi na hoti
Chhat pe akeli tu jab a raat soti ee
Kankar maar ke tujhko main jagaata aa

Kaash aisa hota
Kaash aisa hota
Teri gali mein hota mera chaubaara
Chaubaare se dekhti tujhe din saara
Aangan mein tere khulta mera jharokha
Jhaank leti neeche milte hi mauqa aa
Kaash aisa hota
Kaash aisa hota
Teri gali mein hota mera chaubaara
Chaubaare se dekhta tujhe din saara
Aangan mein tere khulta mera jharokha
Jhaank leta neeche milte hi mauqa aa

Kaash aisa hota
Kaash aisa hota
Kaash aisa hota

Kaash aisa hota
Ghar tera hota
Saamne mere ghar ke
Ghar tera hota
Saamne mere ghar ke
Tu mere khidki ke
Paas se guzar ke
Likh ke roz chitthi
Phenk jaata
Kaash aisa hota
Kaash aisa hota
Kaash aisa hota

u u u
u u u

Kaash aisa hota
Jee jaan se tu mujhe pyaar karti
Jee jaan se tu mujhe pyaar karti
Jab darpan leke tu singaar karti
Jab darpan leke tu singaar karti
Main door se dekhta muskuraata aa

Kaash aisa hota
Kaash aisa hota
Kaash aisa hota

u u u
u u u

Thha sundar ye sapna magar naseeb apna
Bahaa ke ye paseena
hamen hai yaar jeena

Karein gareeb ulfat
Kisey hai itni fursat
Hamaari zindagaani
Teri meri jawaani
Isi tarah kategi
Kamaate apni roti
Na jaane tu kahaan hai ae
Yahaan wahaan dhuaan hai
Yahaan wahaan dhuaan hai

Sochte ye dil ko hum
De rahe hain dhokha
Hmm hmm hmm hmm hota
Kaash aisa hota
Teri gali mein hota mera chaubaara
Chaubaare se dekhti tujhe din saara
(Kaash aisa hota)
Aangan mein tere khulta mera jharokha
(Kaash aisa hota)
Jhaank leti neeche milte hi mauka
(Kaash aisa hota)
Kaash aisa hota
Kaash aisa hota
Kaash aisa hota

5 Responses to "Kaash aisa hotaa"

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Heartfelt tribute to the ‘versatile genius’ and a lovely song to accompany it. Thanks Raja ji for this post and the song.
I vaguely remember of watching this movie in my childhood and remember only two of its songs viz. ‘naukri hazaar ki’ and ‘bharat ka bhaai lakshman..’, had shared the first one (long back).
I was suppose to mention this in reply to your comments on ‘main raaja tu raani’, (but let it be here now..)’
‘kabhi kabhi mere dil mein khayaal aata hai ki, hamaari dhundhli dhundhli yaadein bhi kitni milti julti hain’ 🙂

Thanks again for introducing this song on the blog !!!

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Parveen Babi had the best roles with the best actors and banners. Still she went into depression. How come. Was she setting herself higher un- achievable goals.

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I did not see the film but the song was all over the radio in those days. The golden age of the radio was also coming to a close by then. Henceforth we would listen to songs on TV and miss out hugely.

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