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Zindagi aa rahaa hoon main

Posted on: October 13, 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.

One thing about life that amazes me is its unpredictability. Let me explain. See when I got the email from Sudhirji in April 2014 informing me about the approaching 10K milestone I had decided to send as many songs as possible to Atul for reaching 10000 as soon as possible. And in right earnest I sent 4 songs over a week in my (personal) “March unto 10000” mission. And I must say Atul was good to me by posting all of them instantly. Then came my unexpected tour of Delhi; and I took a break from my list of romantic songs and sent a Delhi based song. This is one incident that proves that we plan something and we end up doing something else.

Then another thing happened- we had a trip to Kerala to celebrate my Mom-in-laws’ 83rd birthday as also my Peevesie got admission to NID and I was off the blog for a longish time. So in keeping with the spirit of the time I decided to write a post for my dear Mom-in-law (which is still lying half written) and in between made a rush- rush trip to Ahmadabad and Gandhinagar to settle my daughter’s admission. And enroute I had posted a status on Facebook’s Atulsongaday page that mentioned an Anil Kapoor song. Now my daughter questioned me about the said song and here I am writing for her. So another example of “socha tha kya, kya ho gaya”. Right?

Now the song I am talking of is from the 1984 Yash Chopra produced and directed movie “Mashaal”. This movie had a star cast of Dilip Kumar, Waheeda Rehman, Madan Puri, Amrish Puri, Saeed Jaffery, Anil Kapoor, Rati Agnihotri, Gulshan Grover etc. The movie had music by Hridyanath Mangeshkar and Jaaved Akhtar was the lyricist.

The movie had a typical Bollywood masala story of an upright journalist who is out to expose the ills in the society. But becomes a victim of circumstances (both financial and societal) and deviates from his chosen path and becomes a BAD MAN himself. This movie had a scene which proved that there can be no one to beat Dilip Kumar in tragedy scenes. A young man (Anil) whom he (Dilip Kumar) had reformed from being a vagabond; becomes a journalist himself and returns from training only to find his mentor having gone off track.

The song under discussion has been shot at Bangalore outside the Vidhan Soudha & High Court and inside Cubbon Park. It is on Anil’s lips as he is making his return journey to Mumbai and I felt that my Peevesie would have had similar feelings on her way to NID. Hence this song.

As they say in the movies or the current serials, there is a time leap. This post has been lying in my folder that has songs that I wish to share with fellow Atulites who have tastes similar to mine. I am sure that there have been a lot of changes in every individual’s life in the 2 &1/2 years that this post has cooked to come to the blog.

My own Peevesie has moved on from NID Gandhinagar and is settling into a job in Mayanagari (Mumbai). About the same time as Peevesie’s entry into NID Atulji’s daughter also moved to Kota (am I right?) and enrolled for a Pre-University course and in the last month or two has got admission into a prestigious Medical College in Mumbai for under-grad studies in Medicine. All the best to her.

I am sure people are wondering why I am digging out this today. Well it used to be a song that I loved back then when I was just getting into my college life. I loved the way Kishore Kumar had sung it. It felt that this was meant to show the feelings of anyone stepping into any new Phase of Life. And a strange coincidence is that 33 years after this song/ movie Anil Kapoor’s son Harshvardhan Kapoor had his debut movie releasing last Friday.

1987 itself was a very eventful year. That was the year when, in my Final year at college, we had the Reliance World Cup for Limited Overs Cricket. It was held jointly in India and Pakistan and Australia emerged victors in the final that was held in Calcutta (before it became Kolkata.)

But we also had an unfortunate incident that year. We lost the legend Kishore Kumar to a heart ailment. He had suffered an attack in 1986 and so had to greatly reduce his recordings. He had planned to retire and go back to his native Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh. But that just was not destined to be. His last recording was for a Mithun starrer in 1987. He suffered a massive attack and died on 13th October 1987. His body was taken back to Khandwa for cremation.

It is 29 years to the day today. Kishore Kumar’s reputation remains unabated after his death. There are endless streams of commemorative works, remixes and repackaging of earlier recordings. He is always there with us through his works.

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Song-Zindagi aa rahaa hoon main (Mashaal)(1984) Singer-Kishore Kumar, Lyrics-Jawed Akhtar, MD-Hridaynath Mangeshkar

Lyrics

liye sapne nigaahon mein
chala hoon teri raahon mein
liye sapne nigaahon mein
chala hoon teri raahon mein
zindagi
aa raha hoon main
zindagi
aa raha hoon main

kayi yaadon ke chehre hain
kayi kisse puraane hain
teri sau daastaanen hain
tere kitne fasaane hain
kayi yaadon ke chehre hain
kayi kisse puraane hain
teri sau daastaane hain
tere kitne fasaane hain
magar ik woh kahaani hai
jo ab mujhko sunaani hai
magar ik woh kahaani hai
jo ab mujhko sunaani hai
zindagi
aa raha hoon main
zindagi
aa raha hoon main

mere haathon ki garmi se
pighal jaayengi zanjeerein
mere kadmon ki aahat se
badal jaayengi taqdeerein
mere haathon ki garmi se
pighal jaayengi zanjeerein
mere kadmon ki aahat se
badal jaayengi taqdeerein
ummeedon ke diye lekar,
ye sab tere liye lekar
ummeedon ke diye lekar,
ye sab tere liye lekar
zindagi
aa raha hoon main
zindagi
aa raha hoon main

kabhi tujhko gila mujh se
kabhi mujhko shikaayat hai
magar phir bhi tujhe meri
mujhe teri zaroorat hai
kabhi tujhko gila mujh se
kabhi mujhko shikaayat hai
magar phir bhi tujhe meri
mujhe teri zaroorat hai
main yeh iqraar kartaa hoon
main tujhse pyaar kartaa hoon
main yeh iqraar kartaa hoon
main tujhse pyaar kartaa hoon
zindagi
aa raha hoon main
zindagi
aa raha hoon main
la la la laala la
la la la laala la
la la la lala la
la la la lala la
laalaalaaa
laalaalaala
laalaalaaa
laalaalaala

4 Responses to "Zindagi aa rahaa hoon main"

Thanks for this song, Peevisie’s Mom. I had completely forgotten about it, though it was quite popular in its time. Mashaal was released during THAT period – so I stayed away from it, and watched it only a few years ago. 🙂

1987 will be remembered by Indian cricket fans as the year Gavaskar played his last Test. 🙂

Nice post – and you are right, Kishore Kumar will always remain with us through his work.

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@ Peevesie’s Mom ji – Nice Post to present with this song 🙂
Many Thanks …!!!

I like this song very much and in fact …
Well this is the first one after we had coined the new term 🙂

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Peevesie’s Mom ji,

With this song I had a wonderful trip down memory lane. Those were the carefree days …. of growing up, watching such good and even not so good movies, listening to the songs on radio, discussing the movie, the dialogues, the scenes, everything. This movie is specially memorable for the dialogues such as ‘Zamana bada kharab hai tolaram…..” repeated by Madan Puri and the tapori refrain by Anil Kapoor ” Apun ke paas kholi hai…. friend log hai…..” . While the grownup were going gaga over Dilip Kumar’s histronics, we kids had a lot of fun with these dialogues. Not to say that this happened during summer vacations at Belgaum.

I think the major films used to release in time with school vacations etc. unlike now when they want a Diwali or a Eid release.

Another thing is that I intantly remembered this song as ‘liye sapne nigaahon mein’ on Anil Kapoor in ‘Mashaal’ as I read the title line and also that it is picturized with Vidhan Souda and the High court at Bangalore. Now as I saw the song again, both the buildings are shown only in the beginning of the song.

Thanks for the wonderful reminder.

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