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Bhala Bura Bura Bhala Hai

Posted on: October 11, 2017

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Hullo to all in atuldom

Yesterday, 10th October we had Rekha celebrating her 63rd. And today 11th October is the 75th birthday of the actor with whom she had a very good pairing from the mid 1970s to 1981.

The one and only – Amitabh Bachchan. Son of the extremely acclaimed Awadhi dialect-Hindi poet Shri Harivanshrai Bachchan and journalist Teji Bachchan. He was born in pre-independent India and his father had named him INQUILAAB, (I have heard Amitabh mention this in a few interviews). Thankfully, on the advice of another famous poet- Sumitranandan Pant- Harivanshraiji changed it to Amitabh – meaning a light that will never die out. I hope our BigB (a term coined by his fans) lives up to his name and continues to entertain us for as long as he wishes.

Initially he faced a lot of rejection from the industry as they felt he looked too thin and extra tall. He was also told that his voice was not suitable for radio; a career that he tried to fall back on as an alternative. But once he succeeded in Bollywood these very traits have made him the darling of the masses. In the initial days of struggle, after debuting as one of the seven hindustaani in KA Abbas’s ‘Saat Hindustani’ (1969), he had also taken up roles as second lead or supporting character to the likes of Manoj Kumar, Rajesh Khanna, Jeetendra, Navin Nischol, Sunil Dutt etc. He made his first appearance as the lead hero in the 1972 film ‘Bombay To Goa’, opposite to Aruna Irani. His luck turned for the better with ‘Zanjeer’ (1973) which got him an introduction to film maker Ramesh Sippy and led to ‘Sholay’ (1975). In between ‘Zanjeer’ and ‘Sholay’ he had a mixed bag of good, very good and not-so-good films like ‘Deewaar’, ‘Gehri Chaal’, ‘Bande Haath’, ‘Abhimaan’, ‘Saudagar’, ‘Namak Haraam’, ‘Roti Kapda aur Makaan’, ‘Majboor’, ‘Zameer’ etc. So, it can be safely said that as an actor he has faced an almost equal measure of successes and failures.

But that was a case when he floated a production house post a not-so-successful stint as a parliamentarian. He has produced some very good shows for television and had (again) a mixed bag of films – some were critically acknowledged some were liked by the audiences and some were torn-apart by both critics and masses – ‘Mrityudaata’ is a case in point.

As far as my falling in love with this actor called Amitabh Bachchanis concerned I suppose it started with listening to the cassette containing the dialogues of “Sholay” and his manner of mouthing -“agar kisine hilne ki koshish ki toh bhoonke rakh doonga”. Like Jai and Veeru said to Thakur in the same filum “hosh sambhalte hi pairon pe khade ho gaye”. I think my “hosh sambhaalna” (becoming conscious of movies and actors) came about the ‘Sholay’ time. And from then on, I have memories of all that I have seen in Bollywood. Ok I have been seeing movies even before ‘Sholay’ happened, ‘Seeta Aur Geeta’, ‘Haathi Mere Saathi’, ‘Aradhana’ etc. But movie watching became a habit after 1975/76. And that was the Amitabh era and I have enjoyed every single movie I was taken too. Whether it is Vijay of ‘Deewaar’, ‘The Great Gambler’, ‘Trishul’, ‘Shakti’ or ‘Don’, or Anthony of “?” (I will not name the movie), or the bumbling professor of “Chupke Chupke”, he was the darling of the masses. I still stop all my work when Amitabh appears on the small screen – ads, movies, ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati?’ etc. And I remember the frenzy the nation went into when he faced near death after an accident on the sets of Manmohan Desai’s ‘Coolie’ and a not-so-great movie went on to become a hit at that time – I think it was ‘Desh Premee’

I feel being stuck in doing almost same kind of roles made him take a sabbatical sometime between 1988-92 or till 1996 (I am not sure as I was living away from Mumbai then in a southern district of Tamil Nadu where we used to get one Hindi movie per year at the most. Shall I just say that he stopped doing movies since I was away? 🙂 But when I returned to Mumbai in 1992, Amitabh was seen in movies where he was trying to play age-appropriate characters and as also his style of movies had changed, probably this was because Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra, the two with whom Amitabh had his biggest hits, were no longer active, and a whole set of younger actors who called themselves Amitabh fans had taken over the scene as also the Khans had arrived. And then we saw Amitabh going the Ashok Kumar way- doing characters that were specially written for him even if he was not the romantic lead, he has even played negative roles and grey-shaded roles. One such different character is what we see him in the movie from which today’s song is taken.

Aks (The Reflection) is a 2001 supernatural thriller film directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and produced by Amitabh Bachchan and Jhamu Sughand. It is a Bollywood adaption of Hollywood movie “Fallen”(1998) starring Denzel Washington. Although the film won critical acclaim, it failed to perform at the box office. Amitabh Bachchan received his first Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for his performance.

Aks is a supernatural thriller centring on two characters — Manu Verma, the cop, and Raghavan, the shadowy killer.

Raghavan is caught and, as he is about to be executed by hanging, his spirit goes into Manu Verma’s body and starts to manipulate the cop into performing acts that Raghavan wanted to perform. But he couldn’t save himself. He goes to another town but is not able to find peace.

Eventually, Raghavan’s spirit leaves Manu’s body. Everything seems to be normal. Manu & his family go on vacation. Unfortunately, Raghavan’s spirit is still alive to conquer Manu’s friend’s body.

(The above synopsis I got from Wikipedia.)

This movie brought Amol Palekar and Amitabh together for the first time. Anu Malik gave music for the movie and Gulzar the lyricist, (a rare occasion I think). This is one of the many songs in Amitabh Bachchan’s voice. With this the film ‘Aks’ makes a debut on the blog.

Happy birthday to our Anthony Gonsalvez / Shahenshah / Vijay Dinanath Chauhan / Don – alright let’s just say HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU DEAR AMITABH BACHCHAN.


Song – Bhala Bura Bura Bhala Hai (Aks) (2001) Singer – Amitabh Bachchan, Lyrics – Gulzar, MD – Annu Malik


bhala bura
bura bhala hai
khote par sab khara bhala hai
bhala bura
bura bhala hai
khote par sab khara bhala hai

jooth sach ka kya pata hai
ek gham ek badi bala hai
chaal dhaal sab ek jaisi
saara kuch hi napa tula hai
sach ke sar jab dhuaan uthe to
jooth aag mein jala hua hai
bhala bura
bura bhala
khote par sab khara bhala hai

kala hai to kaala hoga
maut ka hi masaala hoga
choona kaththa zindagi to
supaari jaisa chhaala hoga
baap ne janaa nahin to
paapiyon ne paala hoga
thook se nikal gaya tha
bhook se nikaala hoga
bhala bura
bura bhala
khote par sab khara bhala hai

wo jo ab kahin nahin hai
us pe bhi to yakeen nahin hai
rehta hai jo phalak phalak pe
uska ghar bhi zameen nahin hai
akal ka khayaal agar wo
shakal se bhi haseen nahin hai
pehle har jagehon par tha wo
suna hai ab wo kahin nahin hai

bhala bura
bura bhala
khote par sab khara bhala hai
bhala bura
bura bhala
khote par sab khara bhala hai
bhala bura
bura bhala
khote par sab khara bhala hai

ha ha ha ha

Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)

भला बुरा
बुरा भला है
खोटे पर सब खरा भला है
भला बुरा
बुरा भला है
खोटे पर सब खरा भला है

झूठ सच का क्या पता है
एक ग़म एक बड़ी बला है
चाल ढाल सब एक जैसी
सारा कुछ ही नपा तुला है
सच के सर जब धुआँ उठे तो
झूठ आग में जला हुआ है
भला बुरा
बुरा भला है
खोटे पर सब खरा भला है

काला है तो काला होगा
मौत का ही मसाला होगा
चूना कत्था जिंदगी तो
सुपारी जैसा छाला होगा
बाप ने जना नहीं तो
पापीयों ने पाला होगा
थूक से निकाल गया था
भूख से निकाला होगा
भला बुरा
बुरा भला है
खोटे पर सब खरा भला है

वो जो अब कहीं नहीं है
उस पे भी तो यकीं नहीं है
रहता है जो फ़लक फ़लक पे
उसका घर भी ज़मीं नहीं हैं
अकल का ख्याल अगर वो
शकल से भी हसीं नहीं है
पहले हर जगहों पर था वो
सुना है अब वो कहीं नहीं है

भला बुरा
बुरा भला है
खोटे पर सब खरा भला है
भला बुरा
बुरा भला है
खोटे पर सब खरा भला है
भला बुरा
बुरा भला है
खोटे पर सब खरा भला है

हा हा हा


3 Responses to "Bhala Bura Bura Bhala Hai"

I would not call this a SONG. It is a speech with emotion with the background of some bits, which Annu Malik calls Rhythm.
Let me clear myself, before somebody gets annoyed that I love Big B for his voice which always conveys emotions to the fullest.


One may call it a song, but to me, it sounds like a recitation of a poem or some such thing…….
Listening to AB’s voice in any way, is a treat.

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