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Main Tere Saath Hoon Jahaan Tu Hai

Posted on: January 8, 2017


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.

The byline in one of the news programs on the 6th evening was – “फिल्मों का एक युग, मिनटों में सिमट गया” (“filmon ka ek yug, minton mein simat gaya”) (an entire era of (Hindi) filmdom, faded away in a matter of minutes). A completely unexpected departure happened earlier in the day. Very much in the saddle, and very much in the busy prime of his career, Om Puri passed away suddenly. The amount of intensity he packed into his characters, and in his dialogue delivery, it seemed he was going to last forever on the screen. Sixty six years they say. Goodness, it just seems like yesterday that Bhikhu picked up that axe used to cut wood at a cremation ground, and brutally attacked his own sister.

‘Aakrosh’ (1980) was a very disturbing movie. Om Puri has played the role of a poor tribal, whose wife is subjected to sexual assault; she commits suicide and the perpetrators of the crime have Bhikhu arrested. In the entire film, the protagonist utters nary a single word (except for one flashback episode). In the entire film, he mutely carries a stunned look of anger, trying to come to terms with his circumstances. The dark intensity of the portrayal still lingers on as a haunting memory.

Those were the days when arthouse films were making a splash. Directors like Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Shyam Benegal, Govind Nihalini, and actors like Girish Karnad, Smita Patil, Om Puri, Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah etc. had successfully fostered the parallel cinema movement and caught the imagination of many generations of cine goers. This parallel cinema achieved commercial success also, and we saw almost a couple of decades of realism stories on celluloid. Om Puri was one of the prime movers of this movement.

Nandita Puri (his second wife) titled the biography that she penned for him – “Unlikely Hero: The Story Of Om Puri”. Ah yes, quite, an unlikely choice for a lead performer on screen. One can strike out tall, also strike out well built, also strike out notable personality, also strike out the charming face – all necessary and essential ingredients of the making of a ‘hero’ in Indian cinema. Om Puri had neither. No good looks, no attractive physique, no height – and possessing a pock marked face which no advertising agency would pick up for a shaving cream ad. In the first go, he was rejected by the FTII, simply on the basis of his physique and persona. But he had some other things, some other very important things that helped to plant himself on the silver screen and stay put there for four decades. A voice with a natural rasp and tremor, that adds to the intensity of the on screen persona. A performance grasp so rare, that one would wonder at the versatility combined with ease that he would astound the viewer with the reality and the understanding of the characters.

That quality has been an indelible signature, and the number of performers that one would put in the same list as him, can maybe counted on the fingers of one hand. He has been the lead protagonist, a supporting actor, a comedian, a villain, played role in all age brackets – and has executed each of his assignments with a conviction beyond assurance. He made his mark projecting intensity of controlled anger in his portrayals in ‘Aakrosh’ (1980) as the mute tribal Lahanya Bhikhu, in ‘Kalyug’ (1981) as the corruptible trade union leader Bhavaani Pandey, in ‘Ardh Satya’ (1983) as Sub Inspector Anant Velankar. In the iconic 1982 film ‘Gandhi’, he appears very briefly as Nahari, one of the street rioters in Noakhali, who lays down his weapons at the feet of Gandhi, but then he also vents his anger about how his own child was brutalized by the ‘other’ community. The scene is etched in the mind – it is night, with dim flickering lights from the flames of hand held torches, Gandhi ji laying on a cot, undertaking fasting; and the pock marked face of Om Puri so intensified in partial light, his complaining voice so amplified in the silence of the night. His screen presence lasted for less than two minutes, but the images are unforgettable.

The mind was conjuring, or rather say typecasting him as the personification of anger, when he did an about turn and suddenly surprised the audiences with his comic portrayal of Ahuja, the limping, shady builder in the cult film ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro’ (1983). Seen mostly with an open bottle of hard liquor in hand and donning dark glasses, his dialogue delivery of a mixed Hindi-Bambaiya-Punjabi accent, his freewheeling assay of the character added a significant new dimension to the comedy. And one realized – this performer, he just cannot be typecasted. He went on from strength to strength, covering an entire spectrum of character roles that would be any performers dream portfolio.

By the time the next surprise came, one would be resigned to the fact that there is no way to bind him to a set of roles, or even to a medium. This surprise was in the form of dedicated appearances on the small screen. He moved, seemingly all too soon, into significant roles in TV serials. And not just significant, these are memorable gems that adorn his resume and his filmography. He did the TV film ‘Sadgti’ in 1981. And then in 1985 came ‘Khandaan’. The following year saw some of the most memorable serials exhibited on Doordarshan – ‘Raag Darbaari’, ‘Yatra’, ‘Tamas’ and ‘Katha Sagar’. ‘Raag Darbaari’, a political satire, sees Om Puri as the history student, Rangnath, on vacation to his native village, viewing the play of political corruption. ‘Yatra’, an endearing slice of an entire nation, packed into two very long train journeys, sees Om Puri as the army jawaan, Gopalan Nair, witnessing and sharing parts of lives and experiences of a cross section of the society. This serial has been my favorite since I saw it as a teenager. It touches many familiar threads about what our country is – ocean in the south to Himalayas in the north, and desert in the west to the forests in the east. ‘Tamas’ sees him as a poor ‘chamaar’ (one who skins dead animal carcasses for leather) who is inadvertently caught in the divisive ploys of communal odium at the time of partition of the country in 1947. These were followed in 1988 by another compelling political satire – ‘Kakka ji Kajhin’ wherein he played the title role of Kakka ji, a small town politician.

In between, Om Puri transitioned seamlessly from parallel cinema into the mainstream commercial cinema. And more – into international cinema. In 1992, he got top billing alongside Patrick Swayze in Roland Joffe’s ‘City of Joy’. As he himself narrated the experience, he practised barefoot for two weeks, pulling a rickshaw in the streets of Calcutta. So much so that on one of his practice sessions in the morning, he happened to stop by at a roadside tea shop for a cup. When he was leaving, he heard someone comment behind, “that is Om Puri; used to be a successful screen artist; seems to have fallen on hard times”. In his own words, this was one of the best compliments he said he has received.

Talking of compliments and recognitions, he picked up all significant trophies on his way – Filmfare award, National Award, awards at international film festivals, lifetime achievement awards and Padam Shri.

Besides the ‘City of Joy’, there is a number of British and Hollywood productions in which he appeared. He worked with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts in the film ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’ (2007), and rubbed shoulders with Jack Nicholson in ‘Wolf’ (1997). In the 1996 film ‘The Ghost and the Darkness’, he worked with Val Kilmer.

Coming into the 1990s and beyond, one just expected him to be there. One did not really follow him. He just appeared on screen, every so often. His roles never carried any uncertainties; always convincing, always solid, always adding strength to his portrayals. The film, any film it maybe, never carried any misgivings on his account. An actor’s actor, as he has been called. His roots were in theatre. One of the more famous alumni of the National School of Drama in Delhi, he and Naseeruddin Shah are batch mates. Yes, a lot can be learnt, a lot can be accomplished by training. But that is never the complete story. There are capabilities that are inborn, that are natural. With Om Puri, it was the ability to put a stamp of conviction into any and every character he played on screen.

Regulars will remember, he features in the iconic “Miley Sur Mera Tumhara” production by Doordarshan.  He is the bearded young man seen sitting with a group of Punjabi folks lip syncing the lines

“… सुर का दरिया बह के सागर में मिले
बदलां दा रूप लै के
बरसन हौले हौले …”

“… sur ka dariya beh ke saagar mein miley
badlaan da roop le ke
barsan haule haule…”

(the musical stream of notes
flows into the ocean
changes into clouds
comes down sprinkling ever so softly)

Truly, his passing has further diminished the flag bearers of an era, that had once brought a new life stream into Indian cinema. He is going to be dearly missed.

RIP.

The song presented with this post today is from the 1985 film ‘Paththar’. The song is pictruized on him, although he is not lip syncing himself. Come to think of it, I am not able to recall any film in which he has lip sync-ed a song. I request friends and readers to correct me. This is a song of separation, as the hero is apparently trying to drown his sorrows in drink. Om Puri is seen with an open bottle in hand, stumbling along, and reminiscing good times from the past.

The song is written by Kulwant Jaani, and the music composition is by the Ram Laxman. The singing voices are of Asha Bhosle and Pankaj Udhas. There are two more versions of this song, one in the solo voice of Asha Bhosle and the second in the solo voice of Pankaj Udhas. The leading lady in the video clips is Anuradha Patel. The film is produced and directed by Deepak Bahri. An interesting note I find on Wikipedia and on IMDB. That music director Raam-Laxman is a solo person with the name Vijay Patil. Apparently, this was originally a duo, but the partner in this team, whose name was Raam, suddenly passed away in 1976, after they had signed up for ‘Agent Vinod’ (1977), their first film. Subsequently, Vijay Patil has continued to compose music using the name the two of them had set up for themselves. Again, I request readers and friends to please clarify this information, and to please add more.

Video – Duet Version

Audio – Female Solo Version

Audio – Male Solo Version

Song – Mein Tere Saath Hoon Jahaan Tu Hai (Paththar) (1985) Singer – Asha Bhosle, Pankaj Udhas, Lyrics – Kulwant Jaani, MD – Raam Laxman

Lyrics (Provided by Prakashchandra)
Duet Version

main tere saath hoon jahaan tu hai
main tere saath hoon jahaan tu hai
dil ki dharti kaa aasmaan tu hai ae ae
dil ki dharti kaa aasmaan tu hai ae ae ae
mein tere saath hoon jahaan tu hai

tere seene mein
aag hai meri..eee
tere seene
teri seene mein aag hai meri
tere seen mein aag hai meri..eee
meri aankhon mein jaan-e-jaan tu hai ae
meri aankhon mein jaan-e-jaan tu hai
dil ki dharti kaa aasmaan tu hai ae ae ae
main tere saath hoon jahaan tu hai

jis ki khaathir bhatak rahaa hoon mein
jis ki khaathir bhatak rahaa hoon mein
jis ki khaathir bhatak rahaa hoon mein
meri manzil ka woh nishaan tu hai
meri manzil ka woh nishaan tu hai ae
dil ki dharti ka aasmaan tu hai
main tere saath hoon jahaan tu hai

chain aaye na ab qaraar aaye..ae
chain aaye
chain aaye na ab qaraar aaye
chain aaye naa ab qaraar aaye
mujh ko aawaaz de
jahaan tu hai ae
mujh ko aawaaz de
jahaan tu hai ae
dil ki dharti kaa aasmaan tu hai
main tere saath hoon jahaan tu hai
main tere saath hoon jahaan tu hai

Female Solo Version
mein tere saath hoon jahaan tu hai
mein tere saath hoon jahaan tu hai
dil ki dharti kaa aasmaan tu hai ae ae
dil ki dharti kaa aasmaan tu hai ae ae ae
mein tere saath hoon jahaan tu hai

tere seene mein
aag hai meri..eee
tere seene
teri seene mein aag hai meri
tere seen mein aag hai meri..eee
meri aankhon mein jaan-e-jaan tu hai ae
meri aankhon mein jaan-e-jaan tu hai
dil ki dharti kaa aasmaan tu hai ae ae ae
mein tere saath hoon jahaan tu hai

teri chaahat ki main kahaani hoon
teri chaahat ki main kahaani hoon
teri chaahat ki main kahaani hoon  oon
meri ulfat ki daastaan tu hai
meri ulfat ki daastaan tu hai
dil ki dharti kaa aasmaan tu hai..ae
main tere saath hoon jahaan tu hai

maut se bhi judaa nahin honge ae
maut se bhi
maut se bhi judaa nahin honge
maut se bhi judaa nahin honge ae
main wahin hoon sanam jahaan tu hai
main wahin hoon sanam jahaan tu hai
dil ki dharti kaa aasmaan tu hai ae
main tere saath hoon jahaan tu hai
main tere saath hoon jahaan tu hai

Male Solo Version
main tere saath hoon
jahaan tu hai ae
main tere saath hoon jahaan tu hai ae
dil ki dharti ka aasmaan tu hai
dil ki dharti ka aasmaan tu hai..ae
main tere saath hoon jahaan tu hai

aankh jalwa tera talaash kare ae
aankh jalwa
aankh jalwa teraa talaash kare
aankh jalwaa teraa talaash kare
dil bhi poochhe mera kahaan tu hai
dil bhi poochhe mera kahaan tu hai
dil ki dharti kaa aasmaan tu hai..ae
main tere saath hoon jahaan tu hai

jis ki khaathir bhatak raha hoon main
jis ki khaathir bhatak raha hoon main
jis ki khaathir bhatak raha hoon main..ae
meri manzil ka wo nishaan tu hai..ae
meri manzil ka wo nishaan tu hai
dil ki dharti ka aasmaan tu hai
main tere saath hoon jahaan tu hai

chain aaye na ab qaraar aaye..ae
chaain aaye
chaain aaye na ab qaraar aaye
chaain aaye na ab qaraar aaye..ae
mujhko aawaaz de kahaan tu hai ae
mujhko aawaaz de kahaan tu hai ae
dil ki dharti kaa aasmaan tu hai
main tere saath hoon jahaan tu hai ae ae
main tere saath hoon jahaan tu hai ae

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

युगल स्वर
मैं तेरे साथ हूँ जहां तू है
मैं तेरे साथ हूँ जहां तू है
दिल की धरती का आसमान तू है
दिल की धरती का आसमान तू है
मैं तेरे साथ हूँ जहां तू है

तेरे सीने में
आग है मेरी
तेरे सीने
तेरे सीने में आग है मेरी
तेरे सीने में आग है मेरी
मेरी आँखों में जान ए जान तू है
मेरी आँखों में जान ए जान तू है
दिल की धरती का आसमान तू है
मैं तेरे साथ हूँ जहां तू है

जिसकी खातिर भटक रहा हूँ मैं
जिसकी खातिर भटक रहा हूँ मैं
जिसकी खातिर भटक रहा हूँ मैं
मेरी मंज़िल का वो निशां तू है
मेरी मंज़िल का वो निशां तू है
दिल की धरती का आसमान तू है
मैं तेरे साथ हूँ जहां तू है

चैन आए ना अब करार आए
चैन आए
चैन आए ना अब करार आए
चैन आए ना अब करार आए
मुझको आवाज़ दे
जहां तू है
मुझको आवाज़ दे
जहां तू है
दिल की धरती का आसमान तू है
मैं तेरे साथ हूँ जहां तू है
मैं तेरे साथ हूँ जहां तू है

महिला एकल स्वर
मैं तेरे साथ हूँ जहां तू है
मैं तेरे साथ हूँ जहां तू है
दिल की धरती का आसमान तू है
दिल की धरती का आसमान तू है
मैं तेरे साथ हूँ जहां तू है

तेरे सीने में
आग है मेरी
तेरे सीने
तेरे सीने में आग है मेरी
तेरे सीने में आग है मेरी
मेरी आँखों में जान ए जान तू है
मेरी आँखों में जान ए जान तू है
दिल की धरती का आसमान तू है
मैं तेरे साथ हूँ जहां तू है

तेरी चाहत की मैं कहानी हूँ
तेरी चाहत की मैं कहानी हूँ
तेरी चाहत की मैं कहानी हूँ
मेरी उलफत की दास्तां तू है
मेरी उलफत की दास्तां तू है
दिल की धरती का आसमान तू है
मैं तेरे साथ हूँ जहां तू है

मौत से भी जुदा नहीं होंगे
मौत से भी
मौत से भी जुदा नहीं होंगे
मौत से भी जुदा नहीं होंगे
मैं वहीं हूँ सनम जहां तू है
मैं वहीं हूँ सनम जहां तू है
दिल की धरती का आसमान तू है
मैं तेरे साथ हूँ जहां तू है
मैं तेरे साथ हूँ जहां तू है

पुरुष एकल स्वर
मैं तेरे साथ हूँ जहां तू है
मैं तेरे साथ हूँ जहां तू है
दिल की धरती का आसमान तू है
दिल की धरती का आसमान तू है
मैं तेरे साथ हूँ जहां तू है

आँख जलवा तेरा तलाश करे
आँख जलवा
आँख जलवा तेरा तलाश करे
आँख जलवा तेरा तलाश करे
दिल भी पूछे मेरा कहाँ है तू
दिल भी पूछे मेरा कहाँ है तू
दिल की धरती का आसमान तू है
मैं तेरे साथ हूँ जहां तू है

जिसकी खातिर भटक रहा हूँ मैं
जिसकी खातिर भटक रहा हूँ मैं
जिसकी खातिर भटक रहा हूँ मैं
मेरी मंज़िल का वो निशां तू है
मेरी मंज़िल का वो निशां तू है
दिल की धरती का आसमान तू है
मैं तेरे साथ हूँ जहां तू है

चैन आए ना अब करार आए
चैन आए
चैन आए ना अब करार आए
चैन आए ना अब करार आए
मुझको आवाज़ दे
जहां तू है
मुझको आवाज़ दे
जहां तू है
दिल की धरती का आसमान तू है
मैं तेरे साथ हूँ जहां तू है
मैं तेरे साथ हूँ जहां तू है

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8 Responses to "Main Tere Saath Hoon Jahaan Tu Hai"

Simply superb.
What a comeback Sudhir ji !
True to your reputation of informative and emotions filled articles,this too is a highly readable and sentimental piece of excellent write up.
Once I started reading I had to continue till end without a break.
Thanks for this treat.
Hope to see you more on the Blog.
-AD

Arun ji,

Thanks so much for your message. Yes, past many months have been hectic and tiring, and I too have missed being on the blog.

Hope to be more regular now on.

Rgds
Sudhir

Welcome Back Sirji/ Sudhirji
long time no c :-))
U ve given us a very lovely song to say RIP.

a small thought- the song reminds me of “tu is tarah se meri zindagi mein shamil hain” please correct me if i am wrong.

And answer to your query- there are a few songs that Om Puri has lip synced to.

In the film Raambhajjan Zindabad to be released in Feb 2017, Om Puri has also sung a song. ( check on google and UT)

the theme music piece of this song is the theme music of film Qayamat se Qayamat tak by Anand Milind….

Welcome Back Sudhir Ji after a Loooooong Gap.
Superb, Informative write-up.

It was so long, that I thought that another Sudhirji has joined the group and had started to write to the contributor that we had a same named Sudhirbhai, who contributed to the blog almost daily. But the style of lovely writing halted me and with a bang of recognition realized that the writer was none other than OUR Sudhirbhai only.

kya baat kahi hai!

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