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Koi phool na khilta ye kali bhi na hoti

Posted on: April 1, 2017

This article is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in If this article appears in sites like and etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

After yet another fairly long absence from the blog, I am back here with this post.

As I said in my previous post, this absence has purely to do with my tendency sometimes to withdraw from social contact and go into a shell. It is a phase I go through and has absolutely nothing to do with any specific individual or group.

Least of all, this blog.

While my participation here might be much reduced in the last few months, this must not be even remotely construed to mean any diminishing interest in this blog, or in the Atulite ecosystem that has sprung around it. As one of the first-ever visitors to this blog, seeing it take baby steps – and see it grow to what it is today – is a very special, hard-to-describe feeling. I am still amazed, after all these years, when I think of how Atul has managed to make this happen in this manner, given all the constraints on his time. So even if my participation has reduced, my encouragement is still hundred per cent for the blog and Atul.

It has truly been a most incredible journey. And I am not normally very generous with superlatives. 🙂 I choose the moments carefully so as to lend them that special value that otherwise gets diluted if everything is expressed in superlatives. But in Atul’s case, it is entirely justified.

This is also one reason why I am always happy to write a post for this blog, even if the frequency now is much less than it used to be. And especially when Atul requests me to write a post, I feel honoured to do so – to date, I don’t think I’ve ever refused him.

A short while ago, Atul asked me if I could write this post for a double occasion.

First of all, this is the 13,100th post on the blog.

Secondly, this also happens to be Rafisaab’s 2700th song on the blog.

I readily agreed – I like to celebrate every milestone here, though I am aware I have missed a few recent ones.

Let’s first look at the 13,100th song as a milestone. I know we’ve now got used to the “100”-milestone since we’ve hit 131 of them, so now we don’t pay too much attention to it. We’re more excited by the “1000”-milestone.

But then, when the 13,000th song came up, I think it was, surprisingly, a somewhat subdued celebration. It’s a bit like when Sachin was getting all those hundreds, somewhere we got so used to it, they began “merging” into each other in our minds.

We shouldn’t allow that to happen here – like I’ve said many times before, every 100 is a build-up of 100 individual songs, each of which requires a lot of effort. There are no short cuts, like a 4 or a 6 in cricket. So your score goes up, only one song at a time. And this is largely Atul’s work.

So his score right now is 131* in terms of hundreds. And that is just amazing, considering he thought he’d probably muster a couple of thousands when he started this blog. 🙂

So, congratulations to all for the 13,100th song – and a special thanks to Atul.

Now for the second milestone.

Rafisaab’s 2700th here.

Clearly THIS is the reason Atul asked me to do this post. 🙂

Those who have read my previous posts here, would be knowing by now that I am a huge Rafisaab fan. Not that I do not like others’ songs (I do!), but Rafisaab has a very special place in my heart. And not just for his singing.

I’ve written many posts on Rafisaab here – on various occasions. His birth anniversary, his death anniversary, his various milestones on this blog. Come to think of it, I must have bored readers completely, repeating the same thing umpteen times. And yet, Atul wants me to write on Rafisaab – and I feel energetic and enthusiastic about it. 🙂

But that’s Rafisaab for me. I can never get bored of listening to him. And I can never get bored of listening about him. 🙂 I think I have watched every video out there on youtube talking about him. Yes, many of them are repetitive (like me!), but so what? I’m not complaining!

Many years ago, I wrote an e-mail to Shammi Kapoor. It was my first (and to-date only) communication with a film celeb. It was a spur-of-the-moment thing, I don’t remember what prompted me to write to him. I think he was very unwell, and I just felt like writing to him.

In that e-mail (which I still have in my e-mail box), I mentioned “I never had the opportunity to interact in any way with Mohammad Rafi (Rafi saab to me) – I constantly think about how much I would have loved to have met him, talked to him. I do not want to make the same mistake with you.“
Now when I look at this, at one level, it sounds horrible, almost portentous, to write something like this – but Shammi Kapoor was nice enough to respond promptly with a “thank you”. 🙂

But it is true – I used to wonder how it would have been to meet Rafisaab. He might not have liked it though – he was supposed to be a very shy person, not fond of interviews. Even Ameen Sayani, who has interviewed many a film personality, said he found it difficult to get an interview with Rafisaab. There are just a few interviews of Rafisaab available online. In all of them, he’s very soft-spoken and humble, entirely in keeping with the general impression about him.

Of course, if I’d met him, I’ve no clue what I’d talk to him about. I’d probably be totally tongue-tied. 🙂

Coming to his songs, we all know the trajectory of his career. How he rose to great success in the 1950s, went on to rule the 1960s till, right at the end of the decade, a storm hit HFM in the form of a rejuvenated Kishore Kumar.

The years to follow were tough on Rafisaab. They also happened to be my schoolboy days, when Kishore was everywhere. You often paid attention to a non-Kishore song noticing that it was a different voice – in other words, not Kishore’s. These songs were rare, such was Kishore’s domination of the air waves at the time.

This is one reason why I enjoy listening to Rafisaab’s songs from the early 70s. This was supposedly his “bleakest” period – by 1977, he had come back strongly with “parda hai parda” and songs of Hum Kisise Kam Nahin.

But the early 70s were when he was completely overshadowed by Kishore Kumar. He often got just one song in a film, the others would be usually sung by Kishore. It was like the composer was giving Rafisaab a token song, maybe as appreciation and gratitude for the past, but not wanting to risk it by trying to buck the Kishore trend.

Rafisaab did have the odd big hit. Songs of Yaadon Ki Baarat did become popular. Then there was the award-winning “teri galiyon mein na rakhenge kadam”, composed by Usha Khanna. And there was “aaj mausam bada beimaan hai” , very popular to this day, composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal.

In fact, of all the composers, L-P were the ones who still gave Rafisaab a fair number of songs in the early 70s, though they obviously also used Kishore a lot. They always felt Rafisaab still had it in him to deliver them hits – and were probably anyway indebted to him for singing for them for one of their early films (maybe their first?) Parasmani, at a time when Rafisaab was a big name, and they were a relative nobody. Rafisaab’s roshan tum hi se duniya was one of several popular songs in the film.

Soon after, L-P stormed into recognition, winning the best Music Director Award for Dosti, a film with plenty of popular Rafisaab songs, including one he won an award for – chaahunga main tujhe saanjh savere.

So the special relationship between Rafisaab and L-P was sealed and continued right till Rafisaab’s death.

The song for today is also an L-P composition, sung by Rafisaab. And since it’s a 1974 film, Paise Ki Gudiya, the song falls squarely in the “Rafisaab’s bleakest period” bracket.

I’d heard this song a few times in my childhood – I think it was probably mildly popular in its time. Another song of this film, meri baat ke maane do, sung by Kishore Kumar, was popular too – and has been posted here by me.

This song surprisingly wasn’t posted yet – and fits quite nicely as the 2700th song for Rafisaab. It also happens to be the only remaining song of the film to be posted – so now, this film can also be considered YIPPEEEED. 🙂

When I listened to this song keenly today, one thing struck me.

This song could have been sung as any routine song but it is Rafisaab who gives it some life, especially with the “agar tu na hoti” bit. It’s that nuance that makes us sit up. And it is in that moment, when you realize why Rafisaab, even if this was his bleakest period, was special.

To me, this comes across as a pleasant, very hummable, song. While much of the credit for this goes to Rafisaab, the lyrics by Verma Malik are uncomplicated and romantic, also adding allure to the song.

Please do listen to it – you might choose to listen to it more than once.

And once again, congratulations to Atul for the 13,100th song. And congratulations to Rafisaab for his 2700th.



Song-Koi phool na khilta ye kali bhi na hoti (Paise Ki Gudiya)(1974) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Verma Malik, MD-Laxmikant Pyarelal


Ho ho ho o o o
Ho ho ho o o o
o ho ho o o o
Ho ho ho o o o
Koi phool na khilta
Ye kali bhi na hoti
Zindagi bhi na hoti
Agar tu na hoti
Koi phool na khilta
Ye kali bhi na hoti
Zindagi bhi na hoti
Agar tu na hoti
Na hota ujaala
Aur ye raat bhi na hoti ee
Koi baat hi na hoti
Agar tu na hoti
Koi phool na khilta

Koi zameen na hoti
Aur aasmaan na hota
Koi zameen na hoti
Aur aasmaan na hota
Koi haseen na hota
Koi jawaan na hota
Na taare muskuraate
Ye nazaare bikhar jaate
Koi khushi na hoti
Agar tu na hoti
Koi phool na khilta

Bulbul ke mast naghme
Koyal ki shokh taanen
Bulbul ke mast naghme
Koyal ki shokh taanen
Ye baadlon ke saaye
Panchhi ki ye udaanen
Ye fizaan na hoti
Ye hawa na hoti
Ye ghataa na hoti
Agar tu na hoti
Koi phool na khilta

Na koi pyaar hota
Na intezaar hota
Na koi pyaar hota
Na intezaar hota
Na koi dil machalta
Na beqaraar hota
Poochhe jo koi hum se
Ye sab hain tere dum se
Koi bhi shai na hoti
Agar tu na hoti
Koi phool na khilta
Ye kali bhi na hoti
Zindagi bhi na hoti
Agar tu na hoti
Zindagi bhi na hoti
Agar tu na hoti

Ho ho ho o o o
Ho ho ho o o o
Ho ho ho o o o
Ho ho ho o o o
Ho ho ho o o o
Ho ho ho o o o

16 Responses to "Koi phool na khilta ye kali bhi na hoti"

BHAIYON AUR BEHENO! (as Ameen Sayani would say) Ab YIIPPEEEE!! Kehne ki baari hai,;-)
Isike saath Rafi ke geet ke 2700 poore hue. Badhayi Ho Badhayi
And finally Congrats Atulji on the figure of 13100. May we many more.

Lastly Rajaji I read you post at one shot and by your own standards it was very short.


Waah, you read the entire post in one shot! Great! 🙂
My standards must be quite scary if you feel this was a very short post by my standards. 🙂
I am so lazy I don’t even edit my posts – I just dump my thoughts and send them over. 🙂 So sometimes they can be pretty random. 🙂


Rajaji, I also read it in one shot. If it is about Mohmd Rafi, I can’t pause. To me he was (is) the most versatile singer ever in Hindi film music history. I have read numerous accounts of Mohmd Rafi the human being.
Congrats Atulites, another milestone.p
Thanks for the post .


Thanks, Shenoyji. The world could do with more people like Rafisaab. Not just excellent at their profession, but just good, decent human beings. Increasingly, a rarity.


Loved the post Raja ji, as usual it’s full of passion and love for this blog and Atulites.
I like this song very much and surprised that it was yet to come. Well there are many such “still to come”
Heartiest Congratulations to Atul ji
And heartiest congratulations to all on this special post and this milestone.


Thanks, Avinashji. I still have that one Sahir post outstanding – need to write that one too soon. 🙂


Sorry I forgot to inform you, that song was already posted by Atul ji more than a week ago.
I think he missed the mail conversation we had and to cover the movie on the blog he himself note down and post the song. ( I was a bit disappointed and since I was doing preparations for my travel it slipped out and even during our talk on that day i missed it )
But, we do have more other songs 🙂


Congratulations to all Atul-waasis, Atul, and readers of the blog.

Lovely post, Raja. Long and detailed as usual.


Thanks. The “detailed as usual” is something I need to work on. I just dump my thoughts without editing them – this is then the result. 🙂

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I repeat here my comment on the song post for ‘kya se kya ho gaya’ from ‘Guide’ :

‘A memory, momentous,
A drop, which shapes.
The legacy that lingers,
It is the purity which prevails.

Congratulations ! ‘

I can endorse most of what you have written as my thoughts except that I am not one of the senior most contributors and not contributed to the shaping of the blog like you have done since the beginning in 2008. And also I never emailed to Shammi Kapoor. Except these two points the rest is my feelings exactly, if I could express them so lucidly.

This blog started with a song about ‘phool’ and kaante i.e. ‘mile na phool to kaanton se dosti Kar li ‘ .

Here is hoping that this can continue in a manner of……

kaanton se daaman chudaa ke
kaliyon ko seenchen to achha hai
phool jab bhi khilen to bahaar ho
gulshan mehkaayen to achha hai


Good one, nahmji. Totally agree.

I wouldn’t call myself a senior contributor or anything like that. We are all Atulites, just that some of us got onto the train a bit earlier than others. 🙂 But everyone’s travelling together. 🙂 No senior, junior distinction. 🙂


Congratulations Atulji and all his fans. Thanks to dear Rajaji for selecting an appropriate song to celebrate two more milestones and writing an informative post.
So truly said….
“This song could have been sung as any routine song but it is Rafisaab who gives it some life, especially with the “agar tu na hoti” bit. It’s that nuance that makes us sit up. And it is in that moment, when you realize why Rafisaab, even if this was his bleakest period, was special.”


Thanks, Khyatiben, There are many times when I think “would this song have had this effect if it was some other singer”? And my answer is often “no”. 🙂


Raja ji,

Thanks for your post. You always tend to become sentimental while writing about two matters- one, the Blog growth and two- Rafi saab.

It is always a pleasure to read your posts because nowadays , writers with such sentiments and involvements have become rare.

You said rightly,that you dont love Rafi saab only for his singing, but also love him as a person.

As a person, Rafisaab was a great singer with his heart going for the needy. I have several anecdotes wherein Rafi saab has shown the larger side of his heart. I quote just one here.

Composer Nisar Bazmi was a nobody in1953 here. (Later he migrated to Pakistan and became a famous and successful composer,is a different story). He was giving music for film Khoj-53. He went to Rafisaab and offered Rs.50 per song-when his going rate was around 500/-, saying that his producer was a poor man and he could offer only this much,but Nisar wanted Rafi to sing for him. Rafi sang songs in his film not for Rs. 50, but for only ONE rupee per song to help him.

Thanks for this article once again.

Congratulations to you, Atul ji and others for 13100 songs and Rafi’s 2700…..going to 3000.



Thanks, Arunji.

Indeed it is Rafisaab’s big-heartedness that makes him such a special person for us. With all the success he had, he could easily have been an arrogant person, exploiting his success. That he was very grounded and chose to help those in need, is something that others could learn from.

We could do with more like Rafisaab in today’s world.




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