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Hamko to yaari se matlab hai

Posted on: August 7, 2020


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Hullo Atuldom

7th August- remembrance day of Gulshan Kumar Mehta. It seems like just recently that my husband read the news of his demise from the morning papers and asked me who it was? I just rattled out a list of songs that were written by him and he was surprised that almost all the songs that I mentioned he knew he had heard but without knowing who had written it or other details about the song. Today is this Gulshan Kumar Mehta’s 11th anniversary. He is known popularly as Gulshan Bawra.

The name “Baawra” was goven to him by distributor Shantilal Dave who could not believe that the then 19 year old “Baawra” could write such meaningful lyrics. And this moniker “Baawra” stuck.

As I sat to write this post I found a link on youtube that gave me 45 minutes of Gulshan Bawra songs under the title “Best of Gulshan Bawra” and contained the following songs: tumhe-yaad-hogaa; Aapse humko bicchde huye ek zamaana beet gaya; Hamne jo dekhe sapne; Waada karle saajna tere bina main na rahoon; Le chal le chal mere jeewan saathhi; Jeewan ke har mod pe mil jaayenge hamsafar; Tumko mere dil ne pukaara hai; Yaari hai imaan mera yaar meri zindagi.

Of the 10 songs in that list I didn’t know only two:- “dil sambhaale sambhalta nahin” and “beete hue din kuch aise hi hain”. But of course all the 10 are present on our blog. And 141 out of the 380 odd songs that he has written, are present in the blog. His first outing in movies was in the 1959 movie “Satta Bazaar” (1959) with the classic ‘tumhe yaad hoga kabhi hum mile the’. His career spanned almost four decades and we have a range of songs to entertain ys from the patriotic Aaj hai do october ka din and ‘mere desh ki dharti’; melodiously romantic ‘chaand ko kya maloom’ and funnily romantic ‘peenewaalon ko peene ka bahana chahiye’. His ‘dukki pe dukki ho’ is as popular as ‘dilbar mere kab tak mujhe’. And I remember having seen him on screen lip syncing ‘deewane hai deewano ko na darr chahiye’ and also enjoying the party in ‘Parivaar’ when Nanda sang ‘aaj hai do october ka din’. He was there on screen in Manoj Kumar directed ‘Upkaar’ as the halwai’s son. His songs have been put to music by Kalyanji Anandji, R D Burman, Shankar Jaikishan. He was awarded the best lyricist Filmfare award for “mere desh ki dharti” and “yaari hai imaan mera yaar meri zindagi” which also topped that years Binaca Geetmala.

Thinking of this lyricist on his anniversary with a song from the 1984 release “Andar Baahar”. 1984 was when I had discovered the new crop of good looking actors Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor, Sunny Deol etc. They looked good and danced/ acted reasonably well too. So I could request my dad to see this movie. He was also a fan of movies which were of the ‘masala’ genre and had some good songs for added pleasure and relaxation. I could never convince him to see any of the Arty movies, but that is another story.

“Andar Baahar” was a movie produced by Romu Sippy and directed by Raj N. Sippy. It had a cast of Jackie Shroff- Anil Kapoor- Parikshit Sahni- Anita Raaj- Danny. This was Moon Moon Sen’s Hindi debut (one of the reasons my dad agreed to come for the movie, he wanted to see Suchitra Sen’s daughter).

The movie had a very simple storyline:- A cop-n-crook story. The crooks led by Danny crack the safe of a bank, and one of them turns greedy and tries to shoot the others out of his way. The sound gets cop Ajay Sahni (Parikshat Sahni) to the spot and one of the team of crooks runs away with the loot. Danny escapes from prison and threatens the absconding Gulshan Grover of killing his sister if he doesn’t return the loot. Gulshan squeals to the cops and inspector Ajay and his friend Ravi Khanna (Jackie) reach the spot. Only this time, in the operations, inspector Ajay is fatally wounded and now inspector Ravi seeks vengeance. With the permission of the commissioner he brings the wounded crook Raja (Anil Kapoor), who is still in his custody, to help him track Shera (Danny) Gulshan etc and bring the movie to a close. In the process Ravi Khanna finds a friend in Raja who takes Ajay’s place in his life.

Now since there are friends in the movie it is mandatory to have a song where the heroes proclaim their love for each other. This is sung by Shailendra Singh and Suresh Wadkar. R D Burman is the music composer. The song has a stamp of RD all over it:- great opening piece and in between the mukhda and antara. We can also hear the harmonica (popularly called mouth organ) through the song.

Incidentally it also happens to be Suresh Wadkar’s 65th birthday. He has been active since 1977 – ‘Paheli’ and ‘Gaman’ (1978). His voice was different from the reigning voices of that time. He also is trained in classical music which is evident in “Saanjh Dhale Gagan Taley” and his numerous songs which need a clear voice at high pitch. We have 71 songs of his on the blog. We have a lot more songs out there for us to learn the range that he can sing in. For today we shall hear him here in this song and wish him a very Happy Birthday.

N.B.: There is a sad version to this song, video of which I am unable to locate.

Video – Part I (Jackie with Parikshat Sahni)(lyrics based on this)

Video – Part II (Jackie with Anil Kapoor)

Video – Part III (Jackie – Sad Version)

Song-O hamko toh yaari se matlab hai (Andar Baahar)(1984) Singers-Shailendra Singh, Suresh Wadkar, Lyrics-Gulshan Bawra, MD-R D Burman
Both

Lyrics

o humko toh yaari se matlab hai
ho humko toh yaari se matlab hai
arre humko toh yaari se matlab hai
haan humko toh yaari se matlab hai
yaar ho kaisa bhi
chaahe jhootha ya sahi
baat sach hai yahin yaara

haan humko toh yaari se matlab hai
oo humko toh yaari se matlab hai
yaar ho kaisa bhi
chaahe jhootha ya sahi
baat sach hai yahin yaara

hey ek aur ek toh gyaarah hote hai
ab toh hum wohi gyaarah hain
humko jo koyi aankhen dikhaayega
uski maut ka ishaara hai ae ae

ek aur ek toh gyaarah hote hai
ab toh hum wohi gyaarah hain
humko jo koyi aankhen dikhaayega
uski maut ka ishaara hai

ho jab tak bhi jeeye
yoon hi hasatein rahe
log kuchh bhi kahein yaara

arre humko toh yaari se matlab hai
ho humko toh yaari se matlab hai
yaar ho kaisa bhi
chaahe jhootha ya sahi
baat sach hai yahin yaara

hey jeene ko jeete hain
yoon toh sabhi yaaro
jeena usiko kehte hain
jeete nahin jo apne liye hi
auron ke dil mein rehte hai hae hae
jeene ko jeete hain
yun toh sabhi yaaro
jeena usiko kehte hai
jeete nahi jo apne liye hi
auron ke dil mein rehte hai
kaun rahega yahaan
hai yeh phaani jahaan
kal honge kahaan yaara
hey humko toh yaari se matlab hai
ho humko toh yaari se matlab hai
yaar ho kaisa bhi
chaahe jhootha ya sahi
baat sach hai yahin yaara

hae ab toh hum kabhi
door na honge ji
apna aisa iraada hai
tere liye pyaare
jaan haazir hai
tujhse yeh mera waada hai

ho ab toh hum kabhi
door na honge ji
apna aisa iraada hai
haan tere liye pyaare jaan haazir hai
tujh se yeh mera waada hai

ho ik dooje ka hum
sada baatenge gum
aaj khaale kasam yaara
arre humko toh yaari se matlab hai
ho humko toh yaari se matlab hai
yaar ho kaisa bhi
chaahe jhootha ya sahi
baat sach hai yahi yaara
arre humko toh yaari se matlab hai
arre humko toh yaari se matlab hai

2 Responses to "Hamko to yaari se matlab hai"

Nalini Ji, Thanks for writing on Gulshan Bawra. My best memory of him is
as seen on the screen in the song ‘deewane hai deewano ko na darr chahiye’ . However I have had less knowledge about the many songs he wrote. From your write up I find many good songs I liked, are penned by him.

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Thank you Sudhirji for adding the sad version.
What is the name of the actor, in that clip, who hand Jackie the flame

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