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Saajna main sada tere saath hoon

Posted on: August 7, 2018


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 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.

Blog Day : 3672 Post No. : 14554

I just realized that, in the last few years, most of my posts here have been linked to a specific occasion. A birth anniversary, a death anniversary, a blog milestone or something similar.

In the past, I would write a post just for the heck of it – but my writing has gone down considerably. Not just in quality, but in quantity too. And I think there’s a correlation here – it’s a vicious circle. As with many skills, practice makes perfect. Forget perfection, but practice at least helps keep a skill alive.

The less I write, the less I find myself able to string words into sentences – and sentences into paragraphs. Words used to flow in the past, now they’re like Indian batsmen, barring Kohli, batting in English conditions. 🙂

So I thought I should write a post “ainven”. No anniversary or occasion – just writing for the heck of it.

The trigger for this post is actually a recent post by Peevisie’s Mom. On the occasion of Kishore Kumar’s birth anniversary, she posted the song “janam janam mere sanam” from Faasle (1985). I hadn’t heard this song in a while – but I remember liking this song a lot at the time the film was released. It was a fairly popular song in its time.

That got me thinking.

I’ve generally been harsh on 1980s music. And I’ve never made a secret of it. 🙂 Taste is personal, and what I like, or don’t like, might be very different from another person’s taste So I hope I don’t offend anyone here with my thoughts.

But my own experience has been that by the early 80s, I began feeling a decline in quality. Not with every song of course, but increasingly I was coming across “new” songs that I didn’t like very much. I often give the examples of “angrezi mein kehte hain” and “shaayad meri shaadi ka khayaal” but there were many more. I use these as examples only because they were massively popular, as evidenced by their topping Binaca Geet Mala in those years.

Then there was the onslaught of the Himmatwala (1983) storm. To be honest, much later in life I listened to the songs again – and didn’t mind them all that much. But at that time (in the 80s), already suffering from the “angrezi mein” attack, I didn’t need this. It was like facing Marshall and Holding from two ends – there was no escape.

So for years, I just shut off from listening to “new” songs. Movies like Ek Jaan Hain Hum, Love 86 and many more came and went – they had popular songs too, but I wasn’t interested.

That was also, again in my opinion, a lean period for Hindi cinema itself. Amitabh Bachchan seemed to be on a decline, and there was a sort of vacuum of credibility around. Yes, there were films being made – with Mithun Chakraborty, Sanjay Dutt, Sunny Deol, Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, newcomer Govinda and others – but I stayed away from them all.

And I totally stayed away from the Jeeetendra-Sridevi-Jayaprada storm that followed the Himmatwala storm. I call this the “ice cream khaogi” period – some will recognise this as a line from a popular song of the time. 🙂

So all in all, I generally stayed away from films. During that period (1985-1990), I must have watched less than 10 films. I can remember Saagar, Meri Jung, Mera Jawaab – all in 1985. After that, I remember just Pushpak (1987) for the next few years.

That was also the time that Hindi cinema was going through a video piracy crisis. Not that it made a difference to me, because I didn’t watch “new” films even on video then. I just didn’t want to watch them. Some friends tried to persuade me – there were “big” movies being released like Jaanbaaz and Karma. I wasn’t interested.

I think Mera Jawaab (1985) sealed it for me. I’d gone to Hyderabad to visit my sister. We decided to go for a film in a nearby theater. We had no clue about the film except that it was a Jackie Shroff-Meenakshi Seshadri film – which was fine for us.

Now, in those days, violence was very much the norm in a film. Shakti Kapoor, Gulshan Grover were the ruling villains. In this film, the heroine, Meenakshi Seshadri, gets brutally raped by three men and killed halfway through the film. The rest of the film is a revenge story of how Jackie avenges her rape/murder.

My sister got a headache watching the film, I too didn’t enjoy it at all, and was glad when it was over.

That film only further reinforced my feeling that the movies and music of that period weren’t my cup of tea. Maybe it was my fault – maybe I was just out of tune with the times. Maybe audience tastes had changed, and I was stuck in an earlier era.

It wasn’t just the movies, it was the music too.

The golden period of music is generally considered to be upto the end of the 60s. Though I’m a 70s person, I will be the first to admit that the 70s were already a few notches lower than the 60s. And the 80s probably just continued the decline further.

Again, we should not get carried away by extremes. Some will point to a dozen superb songs of the 70s (probably Gulzar-RD Burman) to make a point that 70s too had great music. That’s not my point. One has to look at TOTAL output to see what proportion of songs you would consider as “great”. Again, I agree this is subjective – so I will go with popular opinion.

Popular opinion would suggest that the 1950s had a high proportion of songs that could be considered “great” or classic. There were films like Baiju Bawra, Awara, CID, Chori Chori, Madhumati, Naya Daur, Anari and many more that had multiple songs that fit this bill.
The 1960s too continued this trend. Films changed with the advent of colour, they became more “entertainment” and music began reflecting this too. But even so, its quality remained very high. Many of the composers were still the same, even if they adapted their style to new demands.

By the 1970s, many of the old composers had disappeared from the scene. And audience tastes changed yet again – it became even more loud, in my opinion. One could see this in the dress sense too – bright, loud colours, floral prints. I remember having pink, striped, bellbottoms at the time. 🙂

It is my personal opinion (I must emphasise this!) that music too became more loud than melodious. The reason we keep referring to the Gulzar-RD Burman songs is that they were largely the EXCEPTION for that period. They gave us relief from the loud music. The same reason why the Yesudas-Hemlata songs became so popular in that time. They were melodious, compared to a lot that was on offer.

Just to clarify, I am not saying 70s songs were not catchy. They were extremely catchy. But there’s a difference between being catchy, and being soft and melodious.

By the late 70s, the disco fever had fully caught on in India. It had started earlier in the decade already in the West – it was only a matter of time for it to catch on in India too.

For a good part of the 80s, disco music was popular. Bappi Lahiri, known as King of Disco Music, thrived.

I was fond of disco songs too – I fondly remember listening to “Disco Station Disco” from Hathkadi (1982) many times. 🙂

As the decade progressed, and I progressively lost interest in “new” movies and songs, I lost track of what was going on.

I’d get to listen to the odd song – maybe playing on radio, or during a festival. In those days, during festivals, the latest, most popular songs, would play loudly in the entire neighbourhood.

And this is how I listened to “janam janam mere sanam” from Faasle (1985). In those days I was in Mumbai (then Bombay) and this song used to play on radio quite often.

When I heard it now, after SO many years, it brought back memories of those years – the 80s.

Since then, though I avoided “new” movies then, I’ve seen many 80s films. In my “blanket ban”, I had missed out on films like Arth, Ardh Satya, Masoom, Ijaazat, Mr India, Agar Tum Na Hote – all of which I saw later. And Karma too. I’ve even seen Himmatwala, Tohfa, Mawaali and some others of the “ice cream khaogi” genre. And a few Amitabh Bachchan films too of that period – Aakhree Raasta and Ganga Jamuna Saraswati, and some more.

I liked some, I didn’t like some – but then, three decades later, it is easier to look back and have a different perspective on the time. And yes, one does mellow a bit too with age. 🙂

I realize that even if the overall standard had declined, there were a fair number of pleasant songs in the 80s too. I’ve written here earlier about “O yaara tu pyaaron se” from Kaash (1987). This was a film I saw much later – and I really liked this song.

In recent years, I’ve been coming across 1980s songs that I’d never heard before – beautiful songs like the Gulzar-RD song “roz roz aankhon tale” from Jeeva (1986) which someone introduced to me a few years ago. I am sure there are many more too.

Which brings me to my song for today.

When Peevisie’s Mom posted a song from Faasle (1985), I first confused it with Jawaani (1984).

Faasle has two young newcomers, Rohan Kapoor and Farha. Jawaani also had two young newcomers on the scene – Karan Shah and Neelam. That was the period of love stories with young pairs – probably following the huge success of Betaab (1983) and Hero (1983).

Jawaani is a film I happened to watch a few years ago. I don’t know how I ended up watching this film – I’d never even heard of it before. Nor had I heard of Karan Shah, the hero. But as I watched it, I found that I quite liked it. I don’t remember the story now – I think it was typical (rich girl, poor boy, girl’s father doesn’t approve of girl’s choice). But inspite of this, it held my attention. Or rather, I should say, since I watch such movies with zero expectations, it far exceeded my expectations. 🙂

But the highlight for me was the songs.

Usually in a film, I get pleasantly surprised if I come across a song that I immediately recognise as “arrey, ye gaana IS film mein hai?”. Now imagine that happening to 6 songs in a film! I realized, as I watched Jawaani, that I knew the following songs in the film but had no clue they were from this, or from the same, film.

Bheega bheega pyaara pyaara
Halla gulla mazaa hai jawaani
Gali gali dhoondha tujhe
Maana abhi ho kamsin
Saajna main sada tere saath hoon
Tu rootha to main ro doongi sanam

Much later, I got to know that this track was composed by RD Burman. At that time, he was not having too much success – but this film was among his successes.

When I got reminded of this film, I checked to see which songs had got posted here. To my surprise, not a single song has been posted yet. So, with this song, this film makes its debut on this blog.

I quite like Lata’s rendition here. Her voice is not just excellent, she also gives the necessary emphasis at different points to make the song more interesting and musical. You’d expect nothing less from her after all her years of experience. 🙂

This also happens to be the only film I have seen of Neelam. She was popular in her own way – but this was exactly the period that I stayed away from films. 🙂 I quite liked her in this film.

Hope you like the song. You’ve probably heard it before if you listened to radio in the mid-80s. It was quite popular.

P.S: While writing this post, I didn’t realize that the 7th of August is the death anniversary of Gulshan Bawra. A lyricist I will always associate with the songs of Upkaar and Zanjeer because that was when I first heard of him in my childhood. He has also acted in a few films. I remember the song “deewaane hain deewaanon ko” of Zanjeer picturised on him.

Today’s song, coincidentally, happens to be written by him and I would like it to be considered a tribute to him.

So this post which started as being an “ainven” post ends up being another anniversary post.


Song-Saajna main sada tere saath hoon (Jawaani)(1984) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Gulshan Bawra, MD-R D Burman
Chorus

Lyrics

aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aa

saajna
main sadaa tere saath hoon
ye jahaan ho ya wo jahaan
saajna
main sadaa tere saath hoon
ye jahaan ho ya wo jahaan
saajna

ru ru ru
ru ru ru ru
aa aa aa
aa aa aa

aaja chalein wahaan
pehre na ho jahaan
na ho dushman koi
aaja chalein wahaan
pehre na hon jahaan
na ho dushman koi
aise jahaan mein hi
jaa ke basaayenge
chhota sa ik aashiyaaan
saajna
main sadaa tere saath hoon
ye jahaan ho ya wo jahaan
saajna

meri nigaahon mein
tu hi rahe sadaa
maine bas ye chaaha
meri nigaahon mein
tu hi rahe sadaa
maine bas ye chaaha
teri lagan mujhe
meri lagan tujhe
ye lagan yoon rahe jawaan
saajna
main sadaa tere saath hoon
ye jahaan ho ya wo jahaan
saajna

ru ru ru
ru ru ru
ru ru ru

tere bina meri
mere bina teri
zindagi hai adhoori
tere bina meri
mere bina teri
zindagi hai adhoori
baahen hon baahon mein
pyaar ki raahon mein
chalta chale ye kaarwaan
saajna
main sadaa tere saath hoon
ye jahaan ho ya wo jahaan
saajna
main sadaa tere saath hoon
ye jahaan ho ya wo jahaan
saajna

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5 Responses to "Saajna main sada tere saath hoon"

Atul ji,

Good article .
No doubt that everyone has different likings. When majority likes it, the song becomes famous or popular. I aver, the liking of a song is not much connected with the song profile or tune etc, but it reflects the person’s choice. In other words, the quality of popular song reflects the quality of people in majority who have liked it. No offence intended to anyone,please.
I have always said that ‘ Not all that was made before 70s was good, as much as Not all that was made after 7os ‘.
But then before 70s the good quality songs were high in percentage and after the 70s, the percentage dropped miserably.
One of the members of RMIM had put it in the following manner…

(Partly) Borrowing terminology from credit card issuers,

30s = Titanium
40s = Platinum
50s = Gold
60s = Silver
70s = Bronze
80s = Iron
90s = Wood
00s = Dirt

Its not necessary that everyone will agree to this classification.
Afterall,” पसंद अपनीअपनी, खयाल अपना अपना ”

-AD

Sorry.
The quote should be “Not all that was made before 70s was good, as much as Not all that was made after 70s was bad ”
-AD

I am extremely sorry.
The article is written by Raja ji and the comment should have been addressed to Raja ji, instead of Atul ji.
I apologise for the inadvertant error.
-AD

Karan shah is Nephew of actress Tina Ambani.
He is Son-in-law of D.M. Balsaver and Shubha Khote.

oh is he married to Bhavana Balsavar? that is news !!! though i knew he was nephew of Tina Munim
and Rajaji thank you for remembering this song and bringing out of the long-forgotten list. i recollected it when it began playing

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