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Arrey jaana hai to jaao manaayenge nahin

Posted on: July 18, 2019


This article is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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The years roll by – time stops for no one.

And, just like that, it is now 7 years since that day in 2012.

I still remember that day very well – I first got the news on Facebook.

One of my friends had posted “vaada tera vaada”, saying “RIP Rajesh Khanna”.

It shook me – I immediately checked Twitter for validation. (Now Twitter is known to post fake death news from time to time. Not so long ago, they had posted news of Mumtaz’s death – thankfully, fake.) But I wanted a second source.

Sadly, and I realized this very soon with a sinking feeling, the news on 18th July 2012 was not fake. Rajesh Khanna (or Kaka, as he was more affectionately known) HAD passed away. For the past year, he had been suffering from cancer – and the cancer had finally won.

I felt miserable that day. Not that I didn’t know he was suffering from cancer, but I never expected him to go when he did.

That day my Facebook status was
Kya samjhega ye aalam koi
Badaa bhaari hai dil ye mera
Ki le gaye ho saath safar pe tumhaare
Tukda jo kabhi tha dil ye mera

Rubbish poetry, I know – but hey, it did reflect my mood.

Those were the times when I’d seek refuge in my blog. I’d just dump my thoughts onto my blog, for my own sake. It was my way of releasing my feelings, not suppressing them within.

That day too I went to my blog, and wrote a piece for Rajesh Khanna. A personal piece – well, about as personal a piece that one can write about someone he has never met, someone whose many character flaws one acknowledges, and yet someone who was a big part of one’s childhood.

I’ve written about Kaka several times here, and I don’t want to bore readers by repeating stuff.

I’ll just say a few things, and then move on to the song.

Firstly, most times when I discuss Kaka with others (I don’t do much of this anymore), I get the following reactions.
Firstly, a criticism of his acting – mostly his set mannerisms, and his hamming.
Secondly, criticism about him as a person.

I’ve noticed that people who dislike Kaka, tend to dislike him rather intensely. 🙂 On one, or both, of the above counts.

And, I must admit, they would not be wrong.

The first point first.

Without doubt, Kaka’s acting lost its freshness after a few years – and was a big reason for his decline. His superstar success lasted only a few years. During this period, he acted in a whole lot of films. Both he, and his producers, wanted to cash in on his name. Just his name used to be enough to sell a film. Sure, the films were all successful – Kaka holds the record for maximum number of consecutive hits.

But over-exposure comes with its risks. Especially when you’re boxed into a method of acting, expected to conform to set mannerisms, and a set dialogue delivery style. Yes, they made you successful, but style wears out after a while. Kaka’s mannerisms did become an issue. That the storylines also were beginning to get thin, did not help.

Much later in his career, we got to see a different Rajesh Khanna. Not THE superstar anymore, he could afford to act differently, in different roles. Let’s not forget he got his break in films by winning an acting contest, so he couldn’t have been that bad an actor. 🙂

Now, to the second point.

Again, I have to agree. It’s no secret that Kaka allowed success to get to his head. His unprofessional, and possibly even mean, behaviour with colleagues and others, left a lot of people bitter. No doubt many would have been happy to see him go down. A point made even more stark when compared with the upcoming star, Amitabh Bachchan, who was the model professional actor, punctual and polite.

I will not defend Kaka on this front at all. Much later in life, he did realize this himself.

All I will say is, every one of us has failings. Maybe if Kaka’s success had been more gradual, he’d have been a different person. Failure teaches us much more than success – Amitabh had a string of failures before becoming a superstar.

One person’s life is often a lesson for another. Just as people can tell aspiring youngsters “Look at Amitabh – how he struggled early in his career, but his perseverance and professionalism made him a superstar”, they can also say “Look at Rajesh Khanna – how he let success get to his head at a young age, and destroyed his career and relationships”.

One can learn from both.

To me, while I accept these criticisms, I will always remember, and thank, Rajesh Khanna for giving me many wonderful memories in my childhood.

That tilt of the head, that smile, that kurta, that dialogue delivery – today people might mock all of this, but in those days, these are what millions swooned over. That “Pushpa, I hate tears” line is still one of the best-known lines in Hindi cinema.

His films of that era made me feel good when I saw them in the early 70s. Later, when I saw them again, I’d still smile at “rona kabhi nahin rona”, “yahaan wahaan saare”, “nainon mein nindiya hai”, “ye shaam mastaani” and a whole lot of other songs. They’d bring back memories of my childhood.

Like one of my best friends (in class I) would always sing “pyaar deewana hota hai” from Kati Patang. It was his favourite song. I liked it a lot too, but I’d counter him with “ye shaam mastaani”. I know it sounds silly, but these are not just songs for me – they have memories attached to them. Like the incident attached to “o mere dil ke chain” – I’ve discussed the incident here earlier.

And that’s the thing. Each person’s memories are different, and therefore connect with someone is different. And while I acknowledge all Kaka’s failings, I also want to give him back a little bit of that love that I got from watching his films during my childhood.

That’s also the reason for this post. I haven’t written for a while now, but Avinashji requested me to write a post for this occasion. I was hesitant, since I sincerely believe I’ve lost my writing ability. I even told Avinashji “I can’t write anything longer than a tweet now” :-). But he was kind enough to share with me a whole lot of Kaka songs not posted yet, so I could easily pick one.

Now to the song.

Initially I thought of posting a sad song, considering it is on Kaka’s death anniversary. But then I thought again.

What I’d like to remember most of Kaka is the joy I got from watching his films, from before his decline. I think, from up there, he’d also probably like most people to remember him for those films.

So today’s song is from one of his early films – Bandhan (1969). I remember seeing this film long ago, though I don’t remember the story now.

By the way, it is exactly 50 years since this film was released. 1969 was a milestone year for Kaka – this was the year he became a superstar with Aradhana. And Do Raaste was a huge hit too.

The song “jaana hai to jao” shows early glimpses of the superstar-to-be. One can see some of those mannerisms that would become his hallmark in the coming years. And it is always fun to see Kaka and Mumtaz together, even if this was a less-known film than their more famous films to come.

The song is in the voices of Mahendra Kapoor and Asha Bhosle. Not surprising that Mahendra Kapoor was used, considering music is by Kalyanji-Anandji. The MK-KA combo had a huge hit with Upkar (1967), so KA were happy to use MK again. And at that time, Rajesh Khanna was “just another hero”. Kishore Kumar had not yet become his voice. In fact, in this film, even Mukesh sings a happy song for Rajesh Khanna. 🙂

I hope you like the song.

Thanks for the memories, Kaka.

Whatever the world might say about you, remember, when it comes to romance in film,

“tere hi to sar pe mohabbat ka taaj hai”.


Song-Arrey jaana hai to jaao manaayenge nahin (Bandhan)(1969) Singers-Mahendra Kapoor, Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Indeewar, MD-Kalyanji Anandji

Lyrics(Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)

Arrey jaana hai to jaao
arrey jaana hai to jaao manaayenge nahin
jaana hai to jaao
manaayenge nahin
nakhre kisi ke uthhaayenge nahin
nakhre kisi ke uthhaayenge nahin

eh
aana hai to aao
bulaayenge nahin
aana hai to aao
bulaayenge nahin
kadmon pe sar ko jhhukaayenge nahin
kadmon pe sar ko jhhukaayenge nahin
hmph
aana hai to aao

dekhi hai dekhi hai dekhi
arrey dekhi hai dekhi hai
tere jaisi kitni chhoriyaan
marti hain marti hain mujhper
saare gaaon ki goriyaan

arrey budhhu hai budhhu hai bilkul
tu kya dulhan laayega
Lagta hai tu kunwaara mar jaayega
Lagta hai tu kunwaara mar jaayega
hum kahen aur kya
tera bhaiyya khada
tujhe
nazron mein uski giraayenge nahin
ha ha ha
nazron me uski giraayenge nahin

arre samjhe
jaana hai to jaao manaayenge nahin
jaana hai to jaao manaayenge nahin
nakhre kisi ke uthhaayenge nahin
nakhre kisi ke uthhaayenge nahin
jaana hai to jaao

jab raaja mahaaraaja
koi mujhe byaahne aayega
jab raaja mahaaraaja
koi mujhe byaahne aayega
seene pe seene pe tere
saanp sa lahra jaayega

arrey tu hai bandariya
hmphh
chal chal
arrey tu hai bandariya
koi madaari hi tujhko le jaayega
kas ke maarega dande
nachaayega
kas ke maarega dande
nachaayega
haa haa
akl moti teri
O naak chhoti teri
mendhki ko to munh hum lagaayenge nahin
chhi chhi
mendhki ko munh hum lagaayenge nahin
eh
jaana hai to jaao
jaana hai to jaao bulaayenge nahin
jaana hai to jaao bulaayenge nahin
kadmon pe sar ko jhhukaayenge nahin
jaa
jaana hai to jaao

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Devnagri Script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
———————————————
अरे जाना है तो जाओ
अरे जाना है तो जाओ
मनाएंगे नहीं
जाना है तो जाओ
मनाएंगे नहीं
नखरे किसी के उठायेंगे नहीं
नखरे किसी के उठायेंगे नहीं
ये
आना है तो आओ
बुलायेंगे नहीं
आना है तो आओ
बुलायेंगे नहीं
क़दमों पे सर को झुकायेंगे नहीं
क़दमों पे सर को झुकायेंगे नहीं
हं
आना है तो आओ

देखी है देखी है देखी
अरे
देखी है देखी है
तेरे जैसी कितनी छोरियां
मरती है मरती है मुझपे
सारे गाँव की गोरियाँ
अरे बुद्धू है बुद्धू है बिलकुल
तू क्या दुल्हन लाएगा
लगता है तू कुंवारा मर जाएगा
लगता है तू कुंवारा मर जाएगा
हम कहे और क्या
तेरा भैय्या खडा
तुझे
नज़रों में उसकी गिराएंगे नहीं
हं हं हं
नज़रों में उसकी गिराएंगे नहीं

अरे समझे
जाना है तो जाओ मनाएंगे नहीं
जाना है तो जाओ
मनाएंगे नहीं
नखरे किसी के उठायेंगे नहीं
नखरे किसी के उठायेंगे नहीं
जाना है तो जाओ

जब राजा महाराजा कोई
मुझे ब्याहने आएगा
जब राजा महाराजा कोई
मुझे ब्याहने आएगा
सीने पे सीने पे तेरे
सांप सा लहरा जाएगा

अरे तू है बंदरिया
चल चल
अरे तू है बंदरिया
कोई मदारी ही तुझको ले जाएगा
कसके मारेगा डंडे
नचाएगा
कसके मारेगा डंडे
नचाएगा
हां हां
अक्ल मोटी तेरी
ओ नाक छोटी तेरी
मेढकी को तो मुंह हम लगायेंगे नहीं
छी छी
मेढकी को मुंह हम लगायेंगे नहीं
ये
जाना है तो आओ
जाना है तो आओ
बुलायेंगे नहीं
जाना है तो आओ
बुलायेंगे नहीं
क़दमों पे सर को झुकायेंगे नहीं
जा
जाना है तो जाओ

4 Responses to "Arrey jaana hai to jaao manaayenge nahin"

Thank you very much Raja Saab for your post on Kaka’s Remembrance Day today.
It’s always nice to read about your memories of those days and it also gives me the feeling of the ‘Rajesh Khanna magic’ then and though I was few years younger than you I vaguely remember the songs on radio, my Father performing ‘chal chal chal mere saathi’ on mouth organ in ‘Ganpati festival’ wearing a special guru kurta-payjama for that occasion, the movie ‘Haathi Mere Saathi’, (I watched it later many times) and it’s songs etc etc.
Songs of his earlier movies are all part of my nostalgia of my early childhood.
After that it was around late seventies and early eighties for me when the Rajesh Khanna magic’ took over me …
Thanks again !!!

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thank you Rajaji for this post on our Pet Superstar. the original superstar. the heart throb and heart ache of the female gender of that era.
if you scrutinize Kaka’s filmography his career took off only after Aradhana. his debut was Aakhri Khat and i don’t think it was a success. at that point every one was trying out different singers for Kaka. and so this song is no surprise.
i started foloowing him only from Aradhana (ve said this before too) and my personal favourite from that movie is Sapno ki Rani and chanda hai tu.
on my Kaka playlist next in line would be “duniya mein rehna hai toh kaam karo pyare”; and all of the songs which Radio Ceylon played this morning.
no partiality here as far as choosing playback singers as long as they are Rajesh Khanna songs.
Thank you Avinashji for providing the lyrics

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Wow what a lovely write up Raja ji! You have lot of writing balance in you, so well worded! Thank you!

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