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Aaja Re Pardesi Main To Kab Se Khadi Is Paar

Posted on: May 25, 2019


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.

Blog Day : 3963 Post No. : 15044

Songs Repeated in Hindi Films – 1
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Reading the title of the post, you must be wondering – “ये क्या हो रहा है?” (“What is this going on?”). This song – who says this song is not yet posted. Goodness, this film is yippeee’d long back. So why are we re-posting this song? Sudhir seems to have taken up certain vice (or vices) with unlikeable after effects. 😀 😀

Well, no and yes. No – I have not taken up any such vices 🙂 that may impair my abilities to make decisions about posting songs. And yes – this song, from film ‘Madhumati’ of 1958, is already posted here on our blog. The film ‘Madhumati’ made its debut here on 1st May, 2009. The eleven songs of this film made their appearances over the subsequent four plus years, and film was yippeee’d on 4th Jul, 2013. This song originally appeared on 3rd May, 2009. ‘Madhumati’ is a done deal.

Of course your question still remains – “ये क्या हो रहा है?”. The answer to that follows.

I will try to make the long story short. Beginning of this month, Bakshi ji and I were in Bombay, to attend the annual two day seminar titled ‘Cine Music Beyond Entertainment’, which is arranged by our friend Shri Kushal Gopalka, every year. In one of the post session discussions, I came to know about a very interesting anecdote. The session was on the life and work of music director Vasant Desai.

The anecdote is about the 1971 film ‘Guddi’. The Geet Kosh lists three songs for this film,

The first two songs are penned by Gulzar. The third is a traditional bhajan, written by Meerabai, one of the greatest saints of the Bhakti Movement in India, which originated in India in the eighth century AD. Meerabai, who belonged to the royal family of Mewar (in Rajasthan) spent her time here on this sub continent, in the fifteenth century AD. Music for these three songs is composed by Vasant Desai. All three songs are in the voice of Vani Jairam. When the film released in theaters, it had only these three songs in it.

Now, one of the supervisory activities that the producer and distributor staff undertake, especially in the first one or two weeks of the film exhibition, is that they go to select cinema halls where the film is being shown. They will be present in the hall as the film is being shown, and they will also mingle with the crowd during intermission and at the end of the film. The objective is to pick up and gather live feedback about the film from the audience. It helps them to make some choices and educated decisions about the future exhibition plans.

One thing that happened during this exercise was that the team gathered feedback that sounded negative. One part was the use of only one playback voice, and that too a very fresh debut. Plus the overall summary of live audience feedback sounded disheartening and negative. Immediate discussions happened involving Hrishikesh Mukherji, the producers (Rupam Chitra) and the distributors. One recommendation that came out of these discussions was to somehow modify the mix of songs in the film. It was felt that the bhajan song (of Meerabai) should go. What should replace it? How to create a new song for the film at a short notice? Please note that this description of events is for the very first one or two days after the release of the film.

One of the recommendations from the distributors was to include another song, preferably by Lata Mangeshkar. After quick discussions, it was decided to re-use the song of ‘Madhumati’. I really wonder how fast the decision and action taken process worked. Approvals were sought and taken – Bimal Roy’s estate, Salil Chowdhury et al. The team was reassembled, and the song was picturised. Apparently, the Meera bhajan was in the same setting in the film. At the party, Jaya Bhaduri is performing the Bhajan by Meerabai – “Hari Bin Kaise Jiyun Ri” – an expression of her waiting for Samit to come to the party. This song from ‘Madhumati’ fitted the emotional-expression criteria to the T.

The song was picturzed, it was edited into the film, replacing the bhajan, the censor certificate for revision to the film was applied for and taken. Multiple copies of the revised reel of the film was quickly processed and produced on emergency basis, and distributed to the theatres for immediate change to the film being shown. How fast this whole process worked – one may gauge the speed and success of this whole exercise from the fact that the revision appeared in the theatres before the first week of exhibition was complete, i.e. within the first 5 or 6 days only.

Now, interestingly, Vasant Desai was away from Bombay at that time. Important point to note is that this whole decision making and replacement process happened without the involvement of Vasant Desai, the music director.

Possibly many of our learned friends in this musical bandwagon may already be aware of this. I was not, so this was a startling discovery for me. I must add hurriedly that yes, I have seen this films, possibly more than once, but somehow I do not carry any memory of this song being present in this film.

The booklets of the film do not contain this song. And hence, the Geet Kosh also does not list this song. This song does not appear on the EPs/LPs of this film. This song has no other status in relation to this film, except that yes, it is included in the film. The credits at the beginning of the film remain unchanged. Vani Jairam is the only playback voice, and Vasant Desai is the sole music director. And so, the video of this song is the only evidence that this song is present in the film.

A very, very interesting episode. For me, it brought into very sharp focus, an idea that songs from earlier films are at times, re-used in later films. Before this discussion happened in Bombay, I was aware of one or two such instances. They were just interesting trivia in the mind. After this discussion highlighted this activity so sharply, an idea started to form in my mind. I started to search for more such instances. I searched through my own memory, I researched the remarks and footnotes in the Geet Kosh, and I discussed this with friends and collectors in our group and in my circle, trying to gather more information about such re-use of songs. And when I am able to gather a sizeable list, the thought came to the mind – this is a new series to discuss this very interesting facet of the Hindi film music.

As I am gathering information about such instances, I also became aware af the various modes of re-use. Yes, the re-use happens not only just ‘as is’, but there even are further variations on how this re-use may occur. As we proceed with the series, I will be highlighting and discussing these different re-use ‘styles’. It does make for a very interesting discussion.

And so, here is the first offering of this series. The song from ‘Madhumati’ of 1958 is re-used – as is, ditto, no change – 13 years later in ‘Guddi’ of 1971. Ah, I must correct myself. One change does happen. The original song in ‘Madhumati’ has three stanzas. The re-use version in ‘Guddi’ has only two stanzas. The first stanza of the ‘Madhumati’ version is left out.

This is the very first re-use ‘style’ – the song has been directly used and copied as is. No alterations, no additions, no other changes. Just get approvals, and simply insert the earlier song, as it fits into the storyline. This is the simplest form of re-use. I will be presenting more such instances moving forward.

So view this associated video clip, and listen to the original recording of this song, now being lip synced by Jaya Bhaduri. The scenario is so utterly different. The original setting in ‘Madhumati’ is mountains, forests, river and waterfall. The entire natural surroundings seem to be participating in the earlier picturization of the song. In this later ‘Guddi’ incarnation, this is just a song being sung at a party. The performer, very naturally, is just standing still, as the audience simply watches and waits for the song as it progresses. Absolutely minimal activity and movement in this scene.

Besides Jaya, we can also see Sumita Sanyal, Utpal Dutt and Vijay Sharma in the clip, as family members watching the impromptu performance. Samit Bhanj, for whose benefit and in whose wait, this song is being performed, is seen arriving at the party, just as the song gets started, and he thoughtfully waits just outside the entrance to the room, listening to the song being performed. Amongst the guests at the party, there are many familiar faces – of junior artists that are part of such scenes in films. But their names remain obscure.

Before I close this write-up, another very interesting aside. The film ‘Guddi’ has already been yippeee’d on our blog, as of 20th March, 2013. That is, as per the Geet Kosh list of songs. But now, we have one more additional song from this film. A repeat, but nonetheless another song that is part of this film, performed by the actor(s) in this film. Another cateogry called for – ‘yippeee+‘ – finding more songs in a film that are officially listed for the film. 😀 😀 I am sure there are more than one such instances earlier also, when songs for certain films have been posted that do not appear in the official list of songs.

So. . . starting this interesting journey of repeat songs in Hindi films. I hope this thread will interest you.

Song – Aaja Re Pardesi Main To Kab Se Khadi Is Paar  (Guddi) (1971) Singers – Lata Mangeshkar, Lyrics – Shailendra, MD – Salil Chaudhry

Lyrics

aa jaa re. . . ae ae ae
pardesi

main to kab se khadi is paar
ye ankhiyaan thak gayin panth nihaar
aa jaa re. . . ae ae ae
pardesi
main to kab se khadi is paar
ye ankhiyaan thak gayin panth nihaar
aa jaa re. . .  pardesi

tum sang janam janam ke phere
bhool gaye kyun saajan mere
tum sang janam janam ke phere
bhool gaye kyun saajan mere
tadpat hoon main saanjh sawere oo oo
aa jaa re main to kab se khadi is paar
ye ankhiyaan thak gayin panth nihaar
aa jaa re. . . ae ae ae
pardesi

main nadiya phir bhi main pyaasi
bhed ye gehra baat zara si
main nadiya phir bhi main pyaasi
bhed ye gehra baat zara si
bin tere har saans udaasi oo oo
aa jaa re main to kab se khadi is paar
ye ankhiyaan thak gayin panth nihaar
aa jaa re. . . ae ae ae
pardesi

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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आ जा रे॰ ॰ ॰ ए ए ए
परदेसी

मैं तो कब से खड़ी इस पार
ये अखियाँ थक गईं पंथ निहार
आ जा रे॰ ॰ ॰ ए ए ए
परदेसी
मैं तो कब से खड़ी इस पार
ये अखियाँ थक गईं पंथ निहार
आ जा रे॰ ॰ ॰ ए ए ए
परदेसी

तुम संग जनम जनम के फेरे
भूल गए क्यों साजन मेरे
तुम संग जनम जनम के फेरे
भूल गए क्यों साजन मेरे
तड़पत हूँ मैं साँझ सवेरे ओ ओ
आ जा रे मैं तो कब से खड़ी इस पार
ये अखियाँ थक गईं पंथ निहार
आ जा रे॰ ॰ ॰ ए ए ए
परदेसी

मैं नदिया फिर भी मैं प्यासी
भेद ये गहरा बात ज़रा सी
मैं नदिया फिर भी मैं प्यासी
भेद ये गहरा बात ज़रा सी
बिन तेरे हर सांस उदासी
आ जा रे मैं तो कब से खड़ी इस पार
ये अखियाँ थक गईं पंथ निहार
आ जा रे॰ ॰ ॰ ए ए ए
परदेसी

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11 Responses to "Aaja Re Pardesi Main To Kab Se Khadi Is Paar"

Sudhir Ji, very interesting post. Thanks.
on revisiting the post of song ‘ hari bin..’, I find some comments were made by readers . Two comments were made about the absence of the song from the movie. One was from our expert Prakshachandra ji.
quote:
Prakashchandra
March 20, 2013 at 7:06 pm
I am not very sure about this fact, but I had read somewhere that thinking that the above posted song was replaced by Madhumati song at the climax . Please correct me If I am wrong. T
his may be my fertile imagination, but I have read somewhere that producers thought that the bhajan “Hari bin kaise” may not jell with the audience as a climax song.
Unquote
Your post unravels the mystery in detail :))

Dear Satish ji,

Thanks for your comments and appreciation.

And thank you for pointing me towards the song “Hari Bin Kaise Jiyun Ri” on our blog itself. That is good reminder, because I erred in preparing this post – that I did not refer back to the post of the song “Hari Bin. . .”, which I should have. I will surely checkout the earlier posts for the subsequent episodes of this series.

Thanks again and regards
Sudhir

Hullo Sudhirji
If I may suggest, please see Guddi again. You will find one more re-used song “tujhe jeewan ki dor se baandh liya hai” where Guddi is fantasizing about Dharmendra.

Dear Peevesie’s Mom ji,

Yes, you are right.

And interestingly, there actually are three more snippets of songs that have appear in this film. These are

a. “Ya Dil Ki Suno Duniya Waalo” – from ‘Anupama’ (1966)
b. “Abhi Salaamat Abhi Hai Zinda” – from ‘Pyaar Hi Pyaar (1969)
c. “Aaj Ka Chaand Haseen Hai. . .” – unknown/unreleased film (??)

So in addition to the song snippet “Tujhe Jeevan Ki Dor Se Baandh Liya Hai” (from ‘Asli Naqli’ (1962)), and the song from ‘Madhumati’, this film touches upon and presents five songs from earlier years. Regarding the song – “Aaj Ka Chaand Haseen Hai. . .”, I tried to locate some information, but nothing seems to be available. The singer’s voice is not familiar. Was there an unreleased / incomplete / proposed film which starred Dharmendra and Vimi – once again I have not been able to locate any info.

‘Guddi’ being a film about the film industry, it is not surprising that so many earlier songs, appear here.

Rgds
Sudhir

Sudhir ji,
Thanks for this new and very interesting,innovative series. Hardly anybody would have thought of such a subject. Full marks to you and Atul ji for this creative idea.
Frankly, I was not aware of the story behind Guddi’s Madhumati song. I read the story with keen interest. I do hope that you have gathered similar information on each of the coming songs in this series.
There are various ways in which older songs are repeated in later films for various purposes. One popular way was to hear such song through Radio.
What I observed is that such songs are rarely used in full in later films, because the purpose of playing such songs in later films is different in every film.
I await your next song in this series anxiously….
Thanks again.
-AD

Dear Arun ji,

Thanks for your appreciative and encouraging message. 🙂

I do hope the series will be interesting. I must say that I may not have all the stories behind the reuse, but surely some of the repeat songs present an interesting situation in themselves.

Thanks again and regards,
Sudhir

This is a great blog.. and I am a very big fan.. it’s very informative… I just love it.. …
Heartiest congratulations to all the writers of this blog..

I liked this thread of repeated songs .. and Aaja re Pardesi is an excellent start…
By the way, there is another song which is re used- as it is…
The song is “Kaanton se kheench ke… aaj phir jeene ki tamanna hai”.
(Courtesy: Article by Dilip Thakur, Published on Bahuvidh.com)
The story goes like this:
While making film Qyamat( 1983) starring Dharmendra, Shatrughan Sinha, Smita Patil, Jaya Prada etc. , there is a party scene in the film, ideal for a song. Director Raj Sippy thought, instead of making new song a old song be reused. He approached Nasir Hussain for “Chura Liya Hai Tum ne Jo Dil se”. He declined permission.
Thereafter Sippy approached Vijay Anand for “Kaanton se kheench ke ye Aanchal”. Vijay Anand without hesitation granted permission. In Qayamat this song is picturized on Smita Patil and Jaya Prada.
Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyzGFSu7M0o

Thanks and regards,
Ajit Patankar

Dear Ajit ji,

Thanks for this very important addition to my list. It is great to have the additional details you have provided.

Thanks once again

Rgds
Sudhir

video of qayamat

This is a great idea of series of reused songs. Title was enough to tell me this was from “Guddi”. Also the other songs used in Guddi , Tujhe Jeewan ki dor se”.
I also remember discussing about this song, sometime back either in the comments or in the mail. This song is listed in geetkosh as Madhumati song.
I hope you are not planning to include rehashed / remixed songs, which are a dime a dozen. Otherwise we are in for a journey of new discoveries.

Dear Nahm ji,

Rest assured, no remixes and rehashes. Only the regular replays.
🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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