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Do Nain, Bechain

Posted on: September 8, 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.

Songs to Tickle Your Memory – 34
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This post will go down in the blog history as probably the most peculiar and unique post. As I begin to write these words, I have absolutely no idea what song this post is going to showcase. But still, I am starting to write this, as I have been waiting for quite some time now for things to fall in place. But they are stubbornly resisting.

When the previous ‘honky-tonk’ post – yes, that is the name I have chosen for these one off surprises that visit us during this fantastic journey into the forests and oceans of Hindi film music; the previous ‘honky-tonk’ post was “Jaan Se Bhi Pyaari Hai, Dosti Hamaari”, which, after lots of tribulations and complicatedness was finally negotiated at the station number ‘12345’. So जैसे की मैं कह रहा था, when the previous ‘honky-tonk’ post was published, our dear Avadh Lal ji had spun for me a googly, that I was not able to negotiate at all. And I was thinking, in the same post, Atul ji had made a comment in the morning, about BS Chandrashekhar, the renowned googly and chinaman bowler, and how it was difficult for the batsmen facing him to read his deliveries. Atul ji had intended some other expression, but a few hours later came this very special googly, from our dear friend in Lucknow. Avadh Lal ji’s comment, later than evening, talked about another such number, that is much closer than waiting for ‘22222’, which we had discussed in the comments before that.

Avadh Lal ji talked about this peculiar number in his comment. His indications pointed towards a number that would be a treat for the mathematically inclined folks – people with a ‘head for numbers’, as he put it. And so, without revealing the number itself, he let go the googly from his end. And poor me and Atul ji, we were left wondering how to decipher it. Then Atul ji commented that probably Avadh Lal ji has given the number in his comment itself. On reading his comment, I immediately wrote an email direct to him, requesting him to clarify. He responded that most likely, the number is Avadh Lal ji’s mobile phone number, which he has given at the end of the message – likely that he is wanting me to give him a call. I was not convinced.

Then came Avadh Lal ji’s next comment, wherein he talked about a train journey from Howrah to Amritsar. Goodness, he was giving us more clues, but we were just stumbling around without even being able to decipher the clues. Then finally, I think Avadh Lal ji also gave up on us  😉 and he then wrote me a direct email. The train journey that he mentioned in his second comment should have been caught, but we didn’t. Actually, we did not connect.  Just a little above Avadh Lal ji’s second comment about the train journey is the comment from Nitin Ji, where he talks about train number ‘12345’, Saraighat express, going from Howrah to Guwahati. And then Avadh Lal ji talks about a train going from Howrah to Amritsar. The connect should have been to look for the train number of the train going from Howrah to Amritsar and passing through Lucknow. We missed it.

And so Avadh Lal ji provided that connect, and explained the number that he had in his mind. He is talking about Durgiana express, (Durgiana Temple is a very famous temple of Durga Maa in Amritsar; and he had mentioned this temple also in his comment), the train going from Howrah to Amritsar. The number of the train is ‘12357’ – the post number where I am stuck today. And then he explained the ‘honky-tonk’ peculiarity of this number. This number is made up of the first five prime numbers, appearing in the correct order. A prime number, as most of us are familiar with, is a number that has no divisors other than one and itself. And so this number, is the only 5 digit number that is made up of only prime digits, appearing in order. We can think of variations in this scheme, where these five digits can be rearranged (e.g. in reverse order etc.). But in terms of the natural ascending order, it is this number – ‘12357’.

And so here I am. With a ‘honky-tonk’ number suggested to me. And me, without the faintest idea (so far) on what to do with this.

==== Two Days Later ====

I am sure all of us will recall such captions as above, appearing on screen in films, as the director attempts to connect the follow up segments of the story. Having penned (or typed) the above paragraphs couple of days ago, the matter is now being continued today afternoon (on 8th September). Well yes, I do have a song identified now. Mind you, it is a wonderful song, and quite appropriate for my current predicament too. That you will understand I am sure, as you proceed with the post, and listen to the song.

Some interesting connects, but I am not fully satisfied myself. I remember Gogia Pasha. I am sure most readers will be familiar with this famous magician who was a popular performer in 1950s and 60s, and may have also had the opportunity to see him perform on stage and on screen. Ah yes, he has appeared in some Hindi films also. One that immediately comes to mind is ‘Door Ki Awaaz’ (1964). When I was a school going kid, my dad once took us for one of his stage shows in Delhi. Gogia Pasha was quite a showman, and he knew how to keep the audience ensnared, attentive, and always in good spirits. I remember one of his dialogues by heart. And the reason for remembering is the peculiar mincemeat that he made of the English grammar, to convey his intent. He was presenting a small trick, just with his hands and a very small box. The trick did not work. Maybe intentionally so. So he addressed the audience with a glum look of disappointment on his face, and said, “Sometimes, I does it; sometimes I does not does it”. And he had the audience rolling with laughter.

I find myself in a similar quandary right now, and I am reminded of this dialogue by Gogia Pasha – “Sometimes, I does it; sometimes I does not does it”. 😀 😀

The exercise that confronts me is to justify the ‘honky-tonk’ post number 12357. So in the past three four days, my time is being consumed in trying to explore ideas to present this post number in an appropriate song. The outcome today, is less than satisfactory, in my opinion. Let us see how the readers respond.

I will refrain from re-stating some of the scenarios that I have already described in detail in the post ‘12345’ – “Jaan Se Bhi Pyaari Hai, Dosti Hamaari”. Needless to say that I did run some similar searches in my attempts to identify an appropriate song. The number today is somewhat different, and hence the earlier schematics did not give any appreciable results. Plus my own efforts were kind of half hearted. All the time in the back of my mind I had this thought – we should have a new idea, a new method.

Then in between, I once again came to a panic situation, and thought about just putting in a number song, like ‘Ek Do Teen. . .’. With this thought in mind, I searched the Geet Kosh for all songs that start with this combination of words. Believe me, there is more than just a handful of such songs in the period from 1931 to 1980. The number is somewhere in the early to mid twenties. I got my heart set on one of the earlier such songs, but to my dismay I found that I did not have it in my collection. So frantically, I wrote to a some friends in my circle. One person, one of our better known collectors, immediately sent me that song. My relief, however was short lived. My friend also attached a rider to his message – “ye gana kisi ke sath share mat karna”. Caught within the conflict of morality for sharing on one hand, and personal loyalty to my friend on the other, I was quickly back to square one. Not that I did not have other ‘Ek Do Teen. . .’ songs, but generally, bas mood hi badal gaya. 🙂

I was beginning to get prods from Atul ji, to move on. And also, got reminders, not just emails, but even phone calls, reminding me about anniversaries (we have an important one today). The message clearly coming through was, better get moving. Then I thought of taking a simplistic approach. I decided I will  pick up the songs already posted, at post numbers which are numbers within this number. So I selected post number 12, 23, 35, 57 and for good measure, I also picked up 123, 235, 357, and also 1235 and 2357. I listed them together and then decided I will pick up some uncommon combination of artists from this data, and then see what comes up.

The music director names that I shortlisted are Roshan, Rajesh Roshan, Kalyanji Anand ji, Madan Mohan, RDB, and Laxmi-Pyaare. The lyricists that came up are Asad Bhopali, Anand Bakshi, Sahir, Majrooh, Gulzar and Raja Mehdi Ali Khan. The singers shortlisted are Lata, Kishore, Rafi, Asha, Usha Mangeshkar and Kamla Barot. I then studied the combinations across these names. The exercise in itself is very informative. E.g. Kishore Kumar has just one, just one solo song with Roshan. Asad Bhopali, Sahir and Gulzar have not worked with Roshan. And yes, Kaifi Azmi has just one song with Roshan. Your guess is correct, it is the very first song of this blog (“Miley Na Phool To Kaanton Se Dosti Kar Li” from film ‘Anokhi Raat’ (1968)). At that time, we did not have any traditions of milestones and anniversaries, what to talk about ‘honky-tonk’ numbers. Otherwise, just think of it, the very first song on the blog is a very unique one, just one of its type.

So this analysis did throw up some interesting details, which I am refraining to present all here right now. In parts, they may appear in future posts, as appropriate. So the net is that I shortlisted a few possibilities. Comparing with our blog records, I find that few of the songs on this shortlist, with more uncommon pairings of artists are already posted on our blog. Then went in to check the remaining songs on the list. On the whole not a very convincing argument, nor a satisfying theory to back it up. And so, I refer to Gogia Pasha once again – “Sometimes, I does it; sometimes I does not does it”.

Now the reason I picked this song is – from the list of shortlisted songs, this is the only one that starts with a number, thus allowing some connect and some comfort. ‘दो’ (two) is a unique number, in the annals of the Prime Number theory. This prime number thing, as explicated by Avadh Lal ji, is what started this search. So I thought why not. 😉 Moreover, given that we are seized with the Prime Number enthusiasm for this post, there is this very significant additional consideration. The number ‘two’ is the only even prime number anywhere in the universe. No other even Prime Number exists, simply because just by the definition of Prime Numbers, no other even number can ever be a prime. Imagine the glorious and the dignified high-ranking position that this number enjoys; a position that cannot be challenged, anywhere in the universe, or for that matter, anywhere in time either. So here is one unique designation that carries a valid ‘forever’ claim with it. And so, when I located this song starting with the word ‘दो’ in this shortlist, my mind quickly zeroed in on it as the choice for this post.

This song once again, is a memory tickler from the radio listening days. And I am a bit surprised that this has not yet made it to the blog. In a way it is good, it now comes in with lot of pomp and show. The film is ‘Boxer’ from 1965. This one is a regular Dara Singh – Mumtaz starrer, of which we have many in the 1960s. Produced under the banner of Sudharshan Chitra, Bombay, it is directed by Radha Kant. The music is by Laxmikant Pyaarelal. The five songs are shared between Asad Bhopali (three) and Anand Bakshi (two). This song penned by Asad Bhopali. The singing voice is Lata Mangeshkar. The song is performed on screen by a very young Tabassum, playing the role of a blind girl, most likely younger sister to Dara Singh. We see Dara Singh also in this clip briefly. Also visible is the actress Mridula, likely playing the mother’s role.

When this song appeared in the short list, it did tickle some fond memories of songs heard on the radio. And yes, it also connects with my predicament today for this post – searching for an appropriate song, and pleading to the Almighty, for showing me some light

de de mujhe bhi
thoda sa ujiaara

And so, “Sometimes, I does it; sometimes I does not does it”.   😉

Song – Do Nain, Bechain (Boxer) (1965) Singer – Lata Mangeshkar, Lyrics – Asad Bhopali, MD – Laxmikant Pyaarelal

Lyrics

do nain
bechain
do nain
bechain
mohe daras dikha
bujhe deep jalaa
nahin beete jeevan rain
do nain
bechain
do nain
bechain

mann pechaane..ey..ey
mann pechaane
nain naa jaane
kaisa roop hai tera
ek jhalak de
chaahe le le
saara jeevan mera
mere mann mohana
tohey dekhe bina..aa..aa
nahin beete..ey..ey
nahin beete jeevan rain
do nain
bechain
do nain
bechain

ik ik saas hai..ai..ai
ik ik saas hai
dukh mein doobi
sukh ka naam na jaanun
pal pal teri
yaad mein beete
dooja kaam na jaanun
kahoon tujhse main kya
tujhe sab hai pataa
nahin beete..ey..ey
nahin beete jeevan rain
do nain
bechain
do nain
bechain

pyar ke suraj. . .
pyar ke suraj
de de mujhe bhi
thoda sa ujiaara..aa..aa
doondh rahi hai
kitne yugon se
mann ki naav kinaara
meri bigdi banaa
soye bhaag jagaa..aa..aa
nahin beete..ey..ey
nahin beete jeevan rain
do nain
bechain
mohe daras dikha
bujhe deep jalaa
nahin beete jeevan rain
do nain
bechain
do nai..ai..n
bechain

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
———————————–

दो नैन
बेचैन
दो नैन
बेचैन
मोहे दरस दिखा
बुझे दीप जला
नहीं बीते जीवन रैन
दो नैन
बेचैन
दो नैन
बेचैन

मन पहचाने॰॰ए॰॰ए
मन पहचाने
नैन ना जाने
कैसा रूप है तेरा
एक झलक दे
चाहे ले ले
सारा जीवन मेरा
मेरे मन मोहना
तोहे देखे बिना॰॰आ॰॰आ
नहीं बीते॰॰ए॰॰ए
नहीं बीते जीवन रैन
दो नैन
बेचैन
दो नैन
बेचैन

इक इक सास है॰॰ए॰॰ए
इक इक सास है
दुख में डूबी
सुख का नाम ना जानूँ
पल पल तेरी
याद में बीते
दूजा काम ना जानूँ
कहूँ तुझसे मैं क्या
तुझे सब है पता
नहीं बीते॰॰ए॰॰ए
नहीं बीते जीवन रैन
दो नैन
बेचैन
दो नैन
बेचैन

प्यार के सूरज॰॰॰
प्यार के सूरज
दे दे मुझे भी
थोड़ा सा उजियारा
ढूंढ रही है
कितने युगों से
मन की नाव किनारा
मेरी बिगड़ी बना
सोये भाग जगा॰॰आ॰॰आ
नहीं बीते॰॰ए॰॰ए
नहीं बीते जीवन रैन
दो नैन
बेचैन
मोहे दरस दिखा
बुझे दीप जला
नहीं बीते जीवन रैन
दो नैन
बेचैन
दो नै॰॰ए॰॰न
बेचैन

 

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5 Responses to "Do Nain, Bechain"

Sir, a very interesting and unique post.
Great efforts put in by you for the post and the song. We salute you Sir !!
Thanks once again !!!
I think it’s ‘everytime you does it, and its everytime you does it Simply Great’ 🙂

Sudhir ji,

Simply awe·struck at what you and Atul ji achieve on the blog.

Dear Sudhir ji,

Wah Wah ! Kya baat hai !

Your today’s post is easily one of your best ones ever. I was totally engrossed while reading it. My mind was also oscillating with your ups and downs in trying to get the right song. What dedication,what involvement ! Truly, I feel proud of you indeed.
If your these efforts are ever told to youngsters in future, they will wonder that there was such a person existing !

As far as writing interesting posts ” you always does it ” !!!

Thanks once again.

-AD

First of all, I offer my unconditional and most sincere apologies to one and all, especially Sudhir ji and Atul ji, for sending them on a wild goose chase. It was truly unintentional if it turned out to be a googly, a la the unique B. S. Chandrasekhar, who had little idea about what the ball was going to do after going out of his hand as if it had a mind of its own.
But even so, it seems that the batsman facing the delivery was more than equal to the task and, like the freak wizard’s team mate and little master, the inimitable G.R. Viswanath, unleashed a fierce square cut to send it to the ropes.
Sudhir ji has “DOES IT”.
As a result, we have all been treated to a sweet song, which was quite popular on the radio at that time.
Thanks a heap, Champion.
Warm regards,
Avadh Lal

Sudhir ji ,Avadhlal,ji.

After reading a very interesting article,I feel very uncomfortable to state that the set of prime numbers starts with 2. The first five prime numbers are 2,3,5,7 and 11. ‘ONE’ is not a prime. For a number to be prime its set of divisors should have exactly TWO members. Itself and 1.(Set of divisors of 1 has only one member). Still the article is alright.

D Samant

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