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Aa jab tak hai jaan main naachoongi

Posted on: August 15, 2016


This article is written by Peevesie’s mom, 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.

Hullo to All in Atuldom

At the outset let me wish all a very Happy Independence Day. We as a country turn 69 today(15 august 2016) & enter into 70th year of being independent.

But no my post today is not about India’s freedom struggle. Hope it doesn’t make me unpatriotic. Today I am talking about a movie that was released on this date 41 years back (on 15 august 1975).

Gosh sooo looong back; seems like yesterday. This movie has been called a “Curry Western” instead of a “Spaghetti Western” probably because of its stylish baddies, its bleak locations and characteristics it shares with films like “The Magnificent Seven”. While it has features that are unusual for an Indian film like an absence of family ties and the presence of evil rather than villain, it was still very typically Indian in that there were songs, comedy and romance.

As per the practice of those times, the movies music was released by Polydor (later it became Music India) two months before the scheduled release date. But then the makers ran into the Central Board for Film Certification. The Board had a written-in-stone set of rules, and with the country being in State of Emergency the board’s powers to dictate and control what could be shown on screen had increased. The board objected to all the violence which was very finely choreographed but was still more impactful than actual gore. The board also wanted some changes in the storyline.

After trying all the tricks at their disposal to pacify the Board, the director rushed to reshoot the climax, cut certain scenes taking care that it didn’t alter the story etc. With the cuts and the new ending the Board was satisfied but (if memory serves me right) it was given an ADULTS ONLY certificate. (I was not allowed to see the movie by my parents at the time it released. I saw the movie a year later at Hyderabad thanks to an indulgent Mama). I don’t know if this was later changed to UNIVERSAL- a ‘U’ certificate (There are many, who were adults back then, in our blog, who will be able to enlighten us here.)

The film was premiered simultaneously, in a glittering star-studded affair, at two cinemas of Mumbai – Minerva and Excelsior- on a rainy 14th August. This event itself was something like a Salim- Javed movie full of drama. Only one among the audience- Prakash Mehra- felt that the movie was an unstoppable hit though the rest gave mixed reactions-more brickbats than bouquets.

The public’s reaction was also nearly the same as that of the premiere audience. The movie was written off as a sure FLOP. A film that had two and half years of hard work and toil from all involved was written off. But by the middle of the second week there was a turn around as word of mouth spread about the unusual story line and visual impact of 70mm combined with the 6-track sound. By the third week the audience was repeating the dialogues. Polydor- the record company- which was facing low record sales hit upon the jackpot idea. A month after the release of the movie a fifty-eight minute record of selected dialogues was released.

So my dear fellow Atulites that then was the behind the scenes story of the release of one of India’s successful, most loved and watched blockbuster of its times- Sholay- I am sure all of you might have guessed which movie I was talking of. People might argue that Mother India or Mughal-e-Azam were better films, and trade pundits might point out that Hum Aapke Hain Kaun or Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge were bigger. But none of these films can rival Sholay in terms of scale and longevity of its success.

The first song from Sholay “Yeh Dosti” was posted in this blog was on January 10, 2009. The first song composed for this movie was “Koi Haseena Jab Rooth Jaati Hain”. The movie was perfect with every character being given a specific detailing so also the songs. “Yeh Dosti” was a 21-day endeavor; execution of “Koi Haseena” had a story in itself; “The Holi” song was an epic exercise with dozens of dancers, junior artistes, colours, and a mela atmosphere complete with a Ferris wheel and a Merry-GO-Round- taking 20 days to shoot.

The catchy “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” pre-climax number was shot on the rocks in Gabbar’s Den. Hema Malini was a consummate dancer, trained in classical dance for years. For her the steps were easy but the settings and the scorching May Sun made dancing difficult. But Ramesh Sippy got the exact expression of being tortured due to the extreme heat from Hema Malini. Of course Ramesh was slightly lenient in that he had given her some kind of padding to be used in long shots and a spot-boy was always at hand to splash water on her feet as soon as a shot was done. And the bottle-breaking by Sambha was practiced with plastic being the mock glass but the actual shot had to be glass and Hema’s already blistered feet caught a few splinters when the bottle shattered. This then my dear friends is the story of the picturisation of the last and final song (in the movie as well as on our blog) of “Sholay”.

(Much of the details in this write up I have compiled from the book ”Sholay- The Making Of a Classic” by Anupama Chandra)

Now lets have the last and final song of Sholay which was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and written by Anand Bakshi and R. D. Burman was the music director. We have Veeru (Dharamendra) tied up in chains and the evil- Gabbar (Amjad Khan possibly the only movie where he was thin) sneering. And there is Sambha (Mac Mohan) getting his Bandook ready in the middle of the song; too good! But wait till Jai (Amitabh Bachchan) appears on the hillock and says “agar kisine hillne ki koshish ki toh bhoon ke rakh doonga”. 🙂

It is actually a very short song with the first line in the mukhda being repeated four times to start the song. I think this situation was similar to the song in the 1971 Dev Anand- Hema Malini movie “Shareef Badmaash” – ‘Mohabbat baazi jeetengi Zamaana baazi haarega‘ which was posted a few months back.

This brings the curtains down on Sholay and we say “YYIIPPEEEE!!!!”

Audio

Video

Song-Aaa jab tak hai jaan main naachoongi (Sholay)(1975) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Anand Bakshi, MD-R D Burman

Lyrics

O o
oooo
ooo
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aa aa
jab tak hai jaan
jaan-e-jahaan
main naachoongi ee ee ee ee ee

aaa jab tak hai jaan
jaan-e-jahaan
main naachoongi ee ee ee ee

aaaa
jab tak hai jaan
jaan-e-jahaan
main naachoongi
aaaa haa
jab tak hai jaan
jaan-e-jahaan
main naachoongi
ee ee
ee ee
ee ee

pyaar kabhi bhi martaa nahin
maut se bhi ye dartaa nahin
pyaar kabhi bhi martaa nahin
maut se bhi ye dartaa nahin
lut jaayenge mit jaayenge
mar jaayenge ham
zindaa rahegi
hamaari daastaan
o o haa
jab tak hai jaan
jaan-e-jahaan
main naachoongi
ee ee
ee ee
ee ee

toot jaaye paayal to kyaa
paanv ho jaaye ghaayal to kyaa
toot jaaye paayal to kyaa
paanv ho jaaye ghaayal to kyaa
dil diyaa hai
dil liyaa hai
pyaar kiyaa hai to
denaa padegaa muhabbat kaa imtihaan
o o
haa
jab tak hai jaan
jaan-e-jahaan
main naachoongi
main naachoongi
main naaghoongi
main naachoongi

ye nazar jhuk sakti nahin
ye zubaan ruk sakti nahin
ye nazar jhuk sakti nahin
ye zubaan ruk sakti nahin
main kahoongi
gham sahoongi
chup rahoongi kyaa
bebas hoon lekin nahin main bezubaan
o o haa
jab tak hai jaan
jaan-e-jahaan
main naachoongi
ee ee ee ee

aaaaaa
jab tak hai jaan
jaan-e-jahaam main naachoongi
main naachoongi
main naaghoongi
main naachoongi

7 Responses to "Aa jab tak hai jaan main naachoongi"

YIPPEEEE!! One of the biggest blockbusters of yesteryears now has all songs from the movie discussed on the blog. Congratulations Atul ji and Peevesie’s Mom ji for YIPPEEEEing Sholay (1975).

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While watching this movie,Lata ji`s voice and the effect of this song picturisation still lingers in my memory…………….Pancham the great

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Thanks, Peevisie’s Mom, for this enlightening write-up on one of the most famous and popular Indian films of all-time. I was in high school when this film was released – and the first indication I got that it was becoming a hit was thanks to its dialogues. My classmates were all going “kitne aadmi the” and so on. Releasing that dialogues cassette was a master stroke – a lot of people became even more eager to see the film after listening to the dialogues.
Gabbar Singh is still my favourite villain (ok, “evil guy” to use your term). His must be one of the most outstanding performances in Hindi cinema.

After Sholay, there was a bit of a fallout of Dharam with Ramesh Sippy. As it is, Dharam used to get drunk on the sets – and that wasn’t very nice for others. He almost killed Amitabh when he used the real bullet instead of the fake one by mistake (he was drunk, he didn’t realise). This was corroborated by Ramesh Sippy himself.

As people know, Gabbar’s terrirory, and the village of Ramgarh, was actually Ramanagaram, between Bengaluru and Mysore. Since then it has become famous for Sholay and is currently a protected site, I think. (Otherwise builders will not leave even this place 🙂 ).

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Congratulations Atul ji – Peevesie’s Mom ji on covering all songs of ‘Sholay-1975’ and its joining to the ‘lis to movies-all songs covered’ 🙂
@ Peevesie’s Mom ji – nice post !! enjoyed it a lot, and thanks for the other information about this movie. 🙂

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sorry I posted above wrong clip, here is the right video:

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