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Peechhe Peechhe Duniya Aage Aage Hum

Posted on: July 9, 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.

This song is the 100th duet of Rafi Sb and Geeta Dutt to be posted here on our blog.

As I was browsing the net earlier in the day, checking for articles and source material on Guru Dutt, I came across this she’er (couplet) which was written by the poet Kaifi Azmi in 1964, on hearing the news of Guru Dutt’s demise.

रहने को सदा दहर में आता नहीं कोई,
तुम जैसे गए ऐसे भी जाता नहीं कोई
माना की उजालों ने तुम्हें दाग़ दिये थे,
बे रात ढले शमा बुझाता नहीं कोई

rehne ko sadaa dehar mein aata nahin koi
tum jaise gaye aise bhi jaata nahin koi
maana ki ujaalon ne tumhen daagh diye the
be-raat dhale shama bujhaata nahin koi

It is true, no one comes in this world
To reside for ever
But the way you departed
No one even leaves that way
Granted that the brightness of flame
May have inflicted painful burns
But still, no one douses the lamp
Before the night comes to an end

Remembering Guru Dutt, the vital genius of Hindi cinema, on his anniversary today (9 july 2017). Had he been alive, he would have been 92 today.

Born in 1925 this day, he was all of 39 years when he passed away. Speculations abound as to the nature and the cause of this tragic event. And the truth may quite well never been known. Depression has been cited as the primary reason. Depression – on account of domestic discord? – on account of ‘Kaaghaz Ke Phool’ ? His son, Arun Dutt maintains that the passing away was an accident. His father had sleeping disorder, and used to take sleeping pills. The debate may never be closed.

Take domestic discord. Yes, marriage with Geeta Dutt in 1954 was a love marriage. In 1956, he produced ‘CID’, and introduced Waheeda Rehman in that film. In 1957, ‘Pyaasa’ is released – a film that carries two female leads – Mala Sinha and Waheeda. The film is a success. Yes, the rumour mills and the media were working full time. Then in 1957, he did launch the film ‘Gauri’, which was supposed to be the start of Geeta Dutt’s career as an actress-singer. Granted that the film was not completed. He continued with his other projects. ‘Kaaghaz Ke Phool’ in 1959, ‘Chaudhvin Ka Chaand’ in 1960 and ‘Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam’ in 1962. Also, in 1958 came ‘Twelve O’Clock’. All these films had Waheeda as the leading lady. But then are there films that he would appear in, opposite to other leading ladies. Most certainly yes. It is ‘Sautela Bhai’ in 1962 opposite to Pronoti Bhattacharya. The in 1963, it is Asha Parekh with him in ’Bharosa’. In 1963, we see him in ‘Bahurani’ opposite to Mala Sinha. Then in 1964 there are two releases – ‘Suhaagan’ with Mala Sinha again as the leading lady, and ‘Saanjh Aur Savera’ which was opposite to Meena Kumari. When the departure happened, he had actually already launched the film ‘Bahaaren Phir Bhi Aayengi’, with Mala Sinha once again, and Tanuja and the second leading lady.

Is there a pattern that we see here? Yes, we do.  He has a continued string of films with Waheeda Rehman, till 1962. And then there seems to be a parting of ways; 1962 onwards, all his films are opposite to actresses other than Waheeda. Once again, speculations can be many. But personally speaking, I do not see any glimmers of a person so overtaken by depression, that he would suddenly shock the world with a suicide.

Let’s take ‘Kaaghaz Ke Phool’. Starting out in 1951, Guru Dutt has directed eight films in 9 years. The films are ‘Baazi’ (1951), ‘Jaal’ (1952), ‘Baaz’ (1953), ‘Aar Paar’ (1954), ‘Mr. & Mrs. ’55’ (1955), ‘Sailaab’ (1956), ‘Pyaasa’ (1957) and ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool’ (1959). Except for maybe ‘Baaz’ and ‘Sailaab’, all these films did well at the box office. With ‘Kaaghaz Ke Phool’, we see a bold personality who is producing and directing a film that reflects the sum of all the hearsay about himself and Waheeda, in vogue during those times, and taking the rumors and speculations head on. Is there any other example of such a daring undertaking? Even ‘Silsila’ (1981) was a film that was made by a third party (Yash Chopra) purportedly based on the real life love triangle.

Another interesting aside – the first proposition of the hero of ‘Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam’ was Shashi Kapoor. On account of a scheduling conflict, Guru Dutt yet once again stepped in as the male lead. Regulars will note that this had also happened earlier with the film ‘Baaz’ (1953). It is good it happened, because we were then introduced to the actor Guru Dutt. Till ‘Baaz’ came along, Guru Dutt was happy to cruise along being a producer and director, not inclined to be a lead actor.

OK so ‘Kaaghaz Ke Phool’ was a setback – that was 1959. When this setback happens, we do not see a frantic film personality in panic; like running from his creditors, and a broken person seeing his career plummet. Quite pragmatically so, he takes himself off from being a director, and concentrates on being a producer, and an actor. By the time ‘Kaghaz Ke Phool’ comes on the scene, Guru Dutt is associated with ten films in a significant way (producer, director, actor) from 1951 (‘Baazi’) to 1959 (‘Kaaghgaz Ke Phool’) over a period of nine years. Then after ‘Kaaghaz Ke Phool’, we find him actively associated with seven films from ‘Chaudhvin Ka Chaand’ (1960) to ‘Saanjh Aur Savera’ (1964), over a period of five years. Plus the launch of one more film as a producer-director-actor (‘Bahaarein Phir Bhi Aayengi’). And two more films with other directors, in progress (to be discussed little later in the article). So is that a vanquished film maker, consumed by the depression of failures and personal stigma? I leave it for the readers to judge.

Incidentally, in the film ‘Kaaghaz Ke Phool’ has a scene, wherein a broken Suresh Sinha (role played by Guru Dutt), is confronted by his producers and financiers, who vociferously blame him for the delays in projects, and want to take him off and throw him out of the studio. Once again, I use the word ‘pragmatic’. In real life, Guru Dutt takes himself off from being the director, but continues to be a producer and an actor, focusing on things that can still be done. And his energy, or the average rate of his projects per year does not diminish; rather it increases.

Two important meetings were scheduled the day next to the night he passed away. The first meeting was with Mala Sinha, with regards to the preparations for the film ‘Bahaarein Phir Bhi Aayengi’. The second meeting was with Raj Kapoor, presumably for future collaborative work.

Three films were in progress when the unfortunate end came. ‘Bahaarein Phir Bhi Aayengi’, his own home production. After a brief hiatus, his brother Atmaram took on the mantle of the producer, and the film was completed, bringing in Dharmendra as the leading man. Some reels had been already shot. The scenes having Guru Dutt in the frame, were re-done with Dharmendra.

The second film ‘Love And God’, started in 1963, was the dream project of K Asif, almost akin to a second magnum opus after the blockbuster ‘Mughal e Azam’ (1960).  Guru Dutt was playing the role of  Qais (Majnu), opposite to Nimmi in the role of Laila. No video clips have been made available so far, but some images of work on studio sets are available online. As we all know, this film was later restarted with Sanjeev Kumar stepping into the role of Majnu. K Asif restarted the work on this film in 1970.

The film apparently had a jinx on it. K Asif passed away in March 1971, at the age of 47. The work on the film stalled once again. Then another 12 years later, Akhtar Asif, the widow of K Asif, sought help from producer-director-distributor KC Bokadia, and planned to restart the work and complete the film. Another shattering misfortune intervened, and Sanjeev Kumar passed away in 1985. Akhtar Asif eventually settled for releasing an ‘almost’ complete film, by piecing together the scenes and shots that were available based on the work done till then. This ‘incomplete’ final version was released in 1986.

The third film, ‘Picnic’ was purportedly a romantic social, like his earlier ‘Saanjh Aur Savera’, ‘Suhaagan’ et al, the films that he did as an actor for other producers. In this film, Guru Dutt was paired with Sadhna, and this would have been their first film together. The film has remained incomplete. Apparently the video clips of the scenes that were already shot, are available.

In 1983, a film was released titled ‘Film Hi Film’. This film was about the process of film making, and the ups and downs in the fortunes of a producer. The film carries a few song sequences from some unreleased films. A partial video of one of these is a song recorded and picturized for for the film ‘Picnic’ – “Kitna Rangeen Hai Ye Chaand Sitaaron Ka Samaa“, already posted on our blog.

The song I present today is another surprise partial song from the 1957 film ‘Pyaasa’. This song appears in the film for a little over one minute. The situation is that of a group of college students are going for an outing on bicycles. Within this group, Vijay (Guru Dutt) and Meena (Mala Sinha) are together riding one bicycle. The song is picturized on them, and their companion bicycle riders. In the film this brief interlude appears as a flashback, as Vijay remembers his college days and his romantic relationship with Meena. Vijay has just seen Meena, after a long time, alighting from a car and going inside a shop. Memories of the college days come back to him, and this partial song is played as part of this reminiscence.

From the sound and the flow of this song, the way it begins and fades away, it is evident that this clip is not complete in itself, and that it has been edited out of a longer version of the song. It is highly possible that this is (was) a full fledged song in its own right, and was also fully picturized. Later, the college days sequences in the film seem to have been converted into flashback and this song would have been edited.

I have tried to confirm whether the longer / more complete version of this song is available. But so far I have not turned up any positive response from the friend circle from whom I am enquiring.

Going by the credits of the film ‘Pyaasa’, the music is composed by SD Burman and the lyrics are written by Sahir Ludhianvi. The singing voices are of Rafi Sb and Geeta Dutt. Atul ji reminds me that, this song is the 100th duet of Raf Sb and Geeta Dutt, to be posted on the blog.

An out and out romantic love song, it shows Guru Dutt in a light, involved mood, singing a romantic song. I know, many ‘What’s’ and ‘Why’s’ remain unanswered. But here there is a lot of food for thought.

Song – Peechhe Peechhe Duniya Aage Aage Hum  (Pyaasa) (1957) Singer – Mohammed Rafi, Geeta Dutt, Lyrics – Sahir Ludhianvi, MD – SD Burman
Geeta Dutt + Mohammed Rafi
Chorus

Lyrics

hon laakh museebat raste mein
par saath na apna chhoote
la la la la lall lall lallaa lallaa
toote na mohabbat ki kasmen
ab chaahe qayaamat toote

hon laakh museebat raste mein
par saath na apna chhoote
toote na mohabbat ki kasmen
ab chaahe qayaamat toote

peechhe peechhe duniya hai
aage aage hum
badhte hi jaate hain qadam hardam
kahaan ka safar hai
kisko khabar hai
hum ko nahin hai koi gham
ho ho ho

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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हों लाख मुसीबत रस्ते में
पर साथ ना अपना छूटे
ला ला ला ला लल्ल लल्ल लल्ला लल्ला
टूटे ना मोहब्बत की कसमें
अब चाहे क़यामत टूटे

हों लाख मुसीबत रस्ते में
पर साथ ना अपना छूटे
टूटे ना मोहब्बत की कसमें
अब चाहे क़यामत टूटे

पीछे पीछे दुनिया है
आगे आगे हम
बढ़ते ही जाते हैं कदम हरदम
कहाँ का सफर है
किसको खबर है
हमको नहीं है ग़म’
हो हो हो


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7 Responses to "Peechhe Peechhe Duniya Aage Aage Hum"

Very thoughtful post indeed. Informative as well as thought provoking on the life and times of Guru Dutt – the great, and who unfortunately left early.
Thanks for this post Sir !!
Not able to listen the song now. Have to come back later.
But the post was so interesting that I cannot left it unfinished when I started reading it.
Thanks,

https://atulsongaday.me/2011/11/22/kitna-rangeen-hai-ye-chaand-sitaaron-ka-samaa/
This song has been already posted once HELP ????!

Dear Prakash ji,

Yes, this is an error on my part. I have been working to replace the song and update the post.

The song has now been replaced, please check the updated post.

Rgds
Sudhir

There is another surprise song ripped off from FILM HI FILM (1983). The song is from the unfinished film PICNIC (1960s) picturised on Helen and Guru Dutt:

Sadanand ji

Thanks for this input. Yes, I am familiar with this song also. However, I was searching for a song in which Guru Dutt would be lip syncing. Quite fortunate that I was able to locate this partial song in ‘Pyaasa’.

I will definitely use this song also at some opportune milestone in the future.

Thanks again,

Rgds
Sudhir

One post says it all about this legend’s life and contribution to the HIndi Cinema.
Thanks Sudhirji for this informative post.

Thanks Khyati Ben

🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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