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Ae Dil Tu Kahin Le Chal

Posted on: August 27, 2019


This article is written by Mahesh Mamadapur, 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 : 4057 Post No. : 15189

Mukesh and his co-singers – 5
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We remember Mukesh on his remembrance day today (22 July 1923 – 27 August 1976).

Needless to say, the post had to be special. But, when a singer has almost 80% of songs considered as hits and most of these songs already represented on the blog, what can be more special. Well, a few hitherto songs of Mukesh continue to be discovered with a great deal of exhilaration to his fans and old hfm lovers in general. I assume that the present song will make this post special.

It is well known that Mukesh has nil to very few duets with singers like Noorjahan, Amirbai Karnataki, Jagit Kaur, Khursheed, Parul Ghosh etc. With singers like Hamida Banu, Suraiya, Rajkumari, Surinder Kaur, Sitara Kanpuri etc, the numbers are again quite few. He does have sizable numbers with Lata, Asha, Suman Kalayanpur, Geeta Dutt etc.

A very interesting companion in singing in this discussion will be off course the versatile Shamshad Begum. I had almost taken it for granted that all songs of hers with Mukesh have been covered on the blog. But then one thing led to another and resulted in this post of which I am extremely happy. Not one but two duets have been discovered in the last few weeks. Before I proceed with revealing the songs, it is pertinent to mention the traceability aspects of these duets.

We go back to Sadanand ji posting the Mukesh number for MGR in the comments section. I decided to take up Dhaniram’s collaboration with Mukesh and as usual sent the query to Shri Harish Raghuvanshi ji (of Surat) enquiring if it was the sole song under the composer.

Harish ji did confirm the singularity of the case, but added a priceless info that there is a duet in Shole (1953) in which Mukesh has a duet with Shamshad Begum. He further stated that very few music lovers are aware of this duet. The context being Dhaniram being the other composer apart from Naresh Bhattacharya to have scored music for the film. When I searched for this duet on the internet, I came across a Hemant Kumar solo and his duet with Shamshad Begum. Not losing hope, I was lucky enough to find the full movie on youtube. I first decided to go through the credit titles if I could trace Mukesh.

The film titles are shown on a railway track with very poor background and the moving train literally pushing the titles out of the screen. With great difficulty, I saw all the titles and there appears no mention of any of the playback singers in the film. Here, I would seek more knowledgeable reader’s kind explanation as to why many of the old films never bothered to credit playback singers in the titles. I suppose this trend continued even in the sixties for quite a few films.

The print of the film is extremely poor in both voice and picturization. The saving grace being something is available to run through. In spite the bad print and poor audio what stands out is the impeccable grace and beauty of Bina Rai and the ever energetic and melodious voice of Shamshad Begum. Coming back to the bad print of the film Shole (1953), I decided to run the film arbitrarily at short intervals. Then for one of the duets with a rather long prelude, I could hear sound bites very familiar to me. Yes, it is undoubtedly Mukesh.

I was so excited that I noted the time at which this duet starts and closed the film. I went to the other room in my house where my wife was busy with our daughter in her studies. They had a cursory look at my face and instantly both asked what I was so delighted about. I told them about the discovery and they again became engrossed with the studies knowing very well that this guy has no better work to do. My daughter likes a few songs of Raj Kapoor sung by Mukesh and wife likes a few of his duets and solos, but they are never into these statistics and other aspects of old hfm songs as I am. Anyways, I was back to the same link and juncture and again savored what I was listening for the very first time; an unheard duet of Mukesh. Only the first couple of lines of the mukhda are sung by Mukesh and then Shamshad Begum takes over for the rest of the duet. Its an extremely melodious duet to listen.

Now coming to another strange feature, I found four different versions of this song. The below table is self-explanatory and I have provided links for each of the versions.

Version Singers YouTube link
Film Soundtrack Mukesh, Shamshad Begum https://youtu.be/G8gkPL4qc8o
Hemant Kumar https://youtu.be/mmoh60LfIsc
78 rpm record Hemant Kumar https://youtu.be/OuvVFrcTYuU
Hemant Kumar, Shamshad Begum https://youtu.be/zlzgIDgky7g
Full movie SHOLE (1953) https://youtu.be/W6ubiNUgZuQ

Now, if the film had Mukesh and the 78 rpm version songs had Hemant Kumar, it would have been quite understandable. But, Hemant Kumar having sung the film version of the solo makes the case quite intriguing. Did Mukesh walk out of the film after singing the duet? We may never know. What we do know is that during this period he was working in various departments such as acting, composing, producing etc. and these experiments costing him dearly in terms of getting offers to give playback arguably for the rest of his singing career.

Also, during late forties and early fifties, the void created by the passing away of KL Saigal in early 1947 was yet to be filled. Good friends Mukesh and Talat Mahmood were vying to fill the gap and they both failed. One can now say with much conviction that the void created by KL Saigal will remain till the end of days.

Coming back to the versions, both the film soundtracks have poor audio and the 78 rpm ones have better audio quality. For some reason, I personally feel the duet of the film soundtrack is the best amongst the four if a better copy is available to listen. The momentary pause that Shamshad Begum has in the film soundtrack is more appealing than in the version song. Now one may ask, pause is a pause and how it can be differentiated. Well, crazy music lovers have additional senses to assimilate such nuances in music. Long live such craziness. 🙂

Now we come to the important discussion on the combo of Shamshad Begum and Mukesh. Forget writing in detail about their association, the very mention of the two names together excites me to no end.  Mukesh and Shamshad Begum, two different styles, but when it came to duets the styles glued to form some glorious duets in the annals of HFM. At many places on the net it is mentioned that the singers have altogether 22-24 duets. I am happy to list 29 and here is the carcanet of the jewels.

A cursory glace at the table reveals that they have actively sung most of their 29 duets during a period of only for 4 years of their career. This aspect has much to be pondered about.

S. No Name of song Movie (year) Music Director Lyricist
1 kya jaadu hai tere paas piyaa Chehra (1946) M A Mukhtar I C Kapoor
2 O dil ko hasaane wale Shatranj (1946) Madhav Lal and Baldev Nayak G S Madhup
3 lut gayi laajo beech Chheen Le Aazaadi (1947) Hansraj Behl Pt Indra Chandra
4 Moti chugne gayi re hansi Chheen Le Aazaadi (1947) Hansraj Behl Pt Indra Chandra
5 aagre se odhni manga de Laakhon Mein Ek (1947) Hansraj Behl Pt Indra Chandra
6 raat ko ji haay raat ko ji  Aag (1948) Ram Ganguly Majrooh Sultanpuri
7 kaise bataaun unse Anjuman (1948) Bulo C Rani Majrooh Sultanpuri
8 kabhi dil dil se takraataa  Anokhi Ada (1948) Naushad Shakeel Badayuni
9 Bhool gaye kyun deke Anokhi Ada (1948) Naushad Shakeel Badayuni
10 Tere naaz uthhane ko jee Grihasthhi (1948) Ghulam Mohammad Shakeel Badayuni
11 aayi saawan ritu aayi Mela (1948) Naushad Shakeel Badayuni
12 dharti ko aakaash pukaare Mela (1948) Naushad Shakeel Badayuni
13 main bhanwara tu hai phool Mela (1948) Naushad Shakeel Badayuni
14 mera dil todne waale Mela (1948) Naushad Shakeel Badayuni
15 O janewale humko bhool na O Jaanewaale (1948) Ali Hussain Moradabadi
16 sajanwaa prem kahaani O Jaanewaale (1948) Ali Hussain Moradabadi
17 ho badi zulmi tamanna hai Dada (1949) Naashad Majrooh Sultanpuri
18 pyaar mein tumne dhokhaa Shabnam (1949) S D Burman Qamar Jalalabadi
19 tu mahal mein rehni waali Shabnam (1949) S D Burman Qamar Jalalabadi
20 tumhaare liye huye badnaam Shabnam (1949) S D Burman Qamar Jalalabadi
21 maine dekhi jag ki reet (Happy and Sad versions) Sunhere Din (1949) Gyan Dutt D N Madhok
22 hamse nain milaana BA paas Aankhen (1950) Madan Mohan Raja Mehdi Ali Khan
23 Jaao sidhaaro hey raadha Aarzoo (1950) Anil Biswas Majrooh Sultanpuri
24 ho kaale kaale baadal Apni Chhaaya (1950) Hanuman Prasad P L Santoshi
25 kehne waale kehte hain Bijli (1950) Khemchand Prakash Bharat Vyas
26 hato hato ji aati hain ham Dilruba (1950) Gyan Dutt S H Bihari
27 mohabbat karne waalon se Hanste Aansoo (1950) Ghulam Mohammad Shewan Rizvi
28 duniya ne chede kahaniyaan Ek Thha Raja (1951) C R Subbaraman Pt Sudarshan
29 Aye dil tu kahin le chal (multiple versions)

 

Shole (1953)

 

Naresh Bhattacharya

 

Kamil Rashid

Before I proceed to write on the above duets please note that song no 23 has SD Batish, 26 has Geeta Roy, Pramodini Desai and 27 has Rafi saab singing along with Mukesh and Shamshad Begum in the respective songs.

It would not be an exaggeration to state that Mukesh and Shamshad were pioneers in playback singing. I know it is more often used for Shamshad’s career, but let us not forget that Mukesh too started giving playback as early as 1944 with ‘Uss Paar’. Why ‘Uss Paar’ and not ‘Moorti’ or ‘Pheli Nazar’? Well, that could take another detailed post. 🙂

In the above list song number 1, 3, 4 and 5 are regular features on Radio Ceylon and are played to this day. 6 was of course the directorial debut of Raj Kapoor, with Ram Ganguly’s haunting scores – the songs of the film remain popular to this day. The next film of RK, as we are well aware, had a change in composers. Shamshad Begum had a cabaret solo in ‘Awara’ and a couple of not so popular songs for SJ thereafter.

10 by one of my favourite composers Ghulam Mohammed is a rare treat to hear. I only wish Mukesh has sung more songs for him.

8, 9 and 11 to 14 need no description and arguably are the best-known duets of the combo; the magician of these two films being none other than the great Naushad.

‘Shabnam’ under SD Burman had 3 duets of the combo with Mukesh giving playback for thespian Dilip Kumar. Needless to say, the songs of this film were a huge rage during those days.

21 under Gyan Dutt is an absolute masterpiece. The debut movie of Madan Mohan had the combo singing a comical duet at 22.

The other songs may not be very well known, but as I have said earlier it is the combination of the singers that make the duets lively and a pleasure to listen.

Quite a few of these duets have been covered by our Sudhir ji in his series on Mukesh wherein he covered the rare and difficult to trace songs at the beginning of Mukesh’s career. Again, as I have written earlier, in spite of the best efforts of Sudhir ji having covered all the songs of Mukesh till 1950, welcome discoveries continue to be uncovered and 2 is such an example. Sudhir ji has shared the audio with me and it will be posted on the blog in the very near future. 🙂

29 and probably the last duet of the combo is covered in this post and I have already written about the many facets of this song. In fact Sudhir ji has sent queries and sought clarifications from his collector friends to understand the existence of the multiple versions of this song in the film.

‘Shole’ (1953) was directed by BR Chopra for Hira Films. The movie had Ashok Kumar, Bina Rai, Purnima, Jeevan, Mohana, Manmohan Krishna, Mirza Musharaf, Romi, Naaz, Uma Dutt etc in it. The movie had two music directors viz Dhaniram and Naresh Bhattacharya. The present song is composed by the latter. The lyrics of this multiple version song are credited to Kamil Rashid.

The lyrics of the Hemant Kumar solo version are slightly different in the 78 rpm vs the soundtrack versions, but giving due credit to Hamant Da, I herewith, for obvious reasons, present the lyrics of only the film soundtrack version of Mukesh and Shamshad Begum

I thank Harish ji for all the help rendered in making this elusive duet of Mukesh appear on the blog. I also thank Sudhir ji and Atul ji for giving me yet another opportunity to present this post.

Lastly, on his remembrance day, I pay humble tributes to Mukesh whose mellifluous voice continues to regale listeners the world over.

Song – Ae Dil Tu Kahin Le Chal  (Shole) (1953) Singer – Mukesh, Shamshad Begum, Lyrics – Kaamil Rashid, MD – Naresh Bhattacharya

Lyrics

ae dil
ae dil
tu kahin
le chal
le chal

ae dil tu kahin le chal
le chal
le chal

ae dil tu kahin le chal
le chal
le chal

aa aa aa aa

ye door ki manzil se mujhe
kis ne pukara hai
bhatke hue raahi ko
yeh kis ka ishaara hai
aashaon ke sagar ka
shayaad wo kinara hai
aashaon ke sagar ka
shayaad wo kinara hae
ae dil wahin le chal
wahin le chal
wahin le chal

ae dil tu kahin le chal
tu kahin le chal
kahin le chal
kahin le chal

jahaan ishq ke hothon par
fariyaad na ho koi
majboor na ho koi
naashad na ho koi
taqdeer ki thokar se
barbaad na ho koi
barbaad na ho koi
ae dil wahin le chal
wahin le chal
wahin le chal

ae dil tu kahin le chal
tu kahin le chal
kahin le chal
kahin le chal

do dil jo judaa kar de
wo raat na aati ho
hothon pe shikaayat ki
koi baat na aati ho
jahaan gham ki ghata le kar
barsaat na aati ho
barsaat na aati ho
ae dil wahin le chal
wahin le chal
wahin le chal

ae dil tu kahin le chal
tu kahin le chal
kahin le chal
kahin le chal

le chal
le chal
le chal
le chal
le chal

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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ए दिल
ए दिल
तू कहीं
ले चल
ले चल

ए दिल तू कहीं ले चल
ले चल
ले चल

ए दिल तू कहीं ले चल
ले चल
ले चल

आ आ आ आ

ये दूर की मंज़िल से मुझे
किसने पुकारा है’
भटके हुये राही को
ये किसका इशारा है
आशाओं के सागर का
शायद वो किनारा है
आशाओं के सागर का
शायद वो किनारा है
ए दिल वहीं ले चल
वहीं ले चल
वहीं ले चल

ए दिल तू कहीं ले चल
तू कहीं ले चल
कहीं ले चल
कहीं ले चल

जहां इश्क़ के होठों पर
फरियाद ना हो कोई
मजबूर ना हो कोई
नाशाद ना हो कोई
तक़दीर की ठोकर से
बर्बाद ना हो कोई
बर्बाद ना हो कोई
ए दिल वहीं ले चल
वहीं ले चल
वहीं ले चल

ए दिल तू कहीं ले चल
तू कहीं ले चल
कहीं ले चल
कहीं ले चल

दो दिल को जुदा कर दे
वो रात ना आती हो
होठों पे शिकायत की
कोई बात ना आती हो
जहां ग़म की घटा ले कर
बरसात ना आती हो
बरसात ना आती हो
ए दिल वहीं ले चल
वहीं ले चल
वहीं ले चल

ए दिल तू कहीं ले चल
तू कहीं ले चल
कहीं ले चल
कहीं ले चल

ले चल
ले चल
ले चल
ले चल
ले चल

14 Responses to "Ae Dil Tu Kahin Le Chal"

Very useful documentation and wonderful exposition.

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Dear Ashok ji,

Coming from you, the appreciation means a lot to me.

Thanks.

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Maheshji
this is a very well researched post for a hard-to-find song. great job. you should write more often, you give a lot of information and stats.

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Nalini ji,

Many Thanks for the comment. I have incomplete posts and statistics on other artists too. Unable to find time to finalise them. Let me see what best I can do.

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record company audio track:1

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record company audio 2

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record company audio 3

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A post with good information. It is befitting that a die hard Mukhesh fan write on his remembrance day.
Mahesh ji,
Well written. Looking forward for more.

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Mahesh ji,

I like the change in your style of writing. keep it up.
Remember, length alone is not a good style. The reader must accept that you have really taken efforts to make it readable with genuine information.
Your this article fulfils this test.
Well done.
This also shows your dedication for songs of Mukesh- your True love !

-AD

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Arunkumar Sir,

Many Thanks for your comments.

I was eagerly awaiting for your valuable views on

1. Playback singers not being credited in the titles for many movies of 40s and 50s.

2. The unusual versions of this song in which Mukesh sings only a couple of lines of the mukhda.

Regards
mahesh

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Mahesh ji,
Excellent research based post.

In this film, Hemant Kumar sings for Ashok Kumar.
Mukesh sings for the boatman in the song under discussions. So when Ashok Kumar is present in the picturisation, the playback singer for the boatman has to be a different voice.

In an interview sometime in 1989, Hemant Kumar had revealed that he remembers that he had recorded only the solo version of song under discussion. He said probably, for duet version, some lines may have been incorporated from his solo version of the song.

The question comes to my mind as to why the music director used Mukesh for only 2 lines and that too for a junior actor. My take is that Mukesh may have obliged Naresh Bhattacharya.

Incidentally, , Mukesh had sung under Naresh Bhattacharya in ‘Dak Bungalow’ (1947), NFSs ‘pitu maatu sahaayak swami sakha’ and ‘sur ki gati main kya jaanu’ in the 50s.

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Sadanand ji,

Many Thanks for your detailed comment.

Sudhir ji in a whatsapp chat with me had drawn very similar circumstances.

Mukesh, 2 years back in 1951 had given playback to Ashok Kumar in Afsana under HB for BR Chopra only. So why bring in Hemantda for a sad solo ?

Strangely. the sad solo by Hemant Kumar in the film comes earlier to the duet by Mukesh and Shamshad Begum. So if Hematda had already rendered the solo, why the boatman was allowed to repeat the same lines and that too with Ashok Kumar in the frame.

But, then let us accept your’s and Sudhir ji’s similar views.

Thanks.

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Thanks Mahesh Sir for this informative post on Mukesh Sahab. Your all articles on Mukesh are always full of such height of R&D and statistics that no scope to comment on. But this is my first comment –
Thanks a lot for introducing this Mukesh song on the blog as well as to me coz I was always in the illusion that I am aware about all available HFM songs of Mukeshji but thanks for disillusioning my belief. A nice and off-beat style of presentation.

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Anekant ji,

Many Thanks for your kind words.

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