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Ishq ke shole ko bhadkaao ki kuchh raat kate

Posted on: August 25, 2020

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Today, August 25th is 51st Remembrance Day of Shaayar-e-Inquilaab, Makhdoom Mohiuddin, an Urdu poet, a dramatist and a politician whose name may not ring bell for many of the lovers of Hindi film songs. They may, however, be aware of a couple of his popular Hindi film songs such as ek chameli ke mandve tale from’Chaa Chaa Chaa’ (1964) and aapki yaad aati rahi raat bhar from ‘Gaman’ (1979).

Makhdoom Mohiuddin (04/02/1908 – 25/08/1969) was born in Medak in the then Hyderabad state (present day Telangana). He belonged to the family of religious teachers and preachers. He lost his father, when he was 6. Subsequently, his mother remarried and went away in her separate way making Makhdoom Mohiuddin almost like an orphan. He was brought up by his paternal uncle. It is said that Makhdoom was influenced by his uncle’s leaning towards the leftist ideology.

After completion of his school in the various villages in Hyderbabd State, Makhdoom moved to Hyderabad in 1929 and completed graduation and post-graduation from Osmania University by 1936. During this period in Osmania University, he wrote dramas in which he also acted in them. He got employed as an Urdu lecturer in the City College of Hyderabad. Later on, Hyderabad was to become his residence from where he got involved in the fight against British Rule for which he was jailed. He founded the Communist Party of India (CPI) in Hyderabad State and became the union leader for Electricity, Railways and Municipal workers under AITUC (the union wing of CPI). He was instrumental in creating the Hyderabad chapter of the Progressive Writers Association. In 1946-47, he joined the Telangana Agitation against the Nizam of the then Hyderabad State. After the police action against the Nizam of Hyderabad and its merger with India in 1948, Makhdoom Mohiuddin led the Teleangana Peasants’ Movements for land reforms. He successfully went on hunger strike for making available rice at a fair price for the lower strata of the population. Before that Makhdoom had led an arm rebellion against the Government for which he went underground for nearly 5 years.

In 1952, when the first general elections were announced, Communits Party decided to give up the arm rebellion and instead decided to participate in the election. Makhdoom Mohiuddin successfully contested the first general election as a candidate of CPI from Huzurnagar for Hyderabad State assembly and became the leader of the opposition. From 1956 until his death in 1969, he was the member of legislature council of Andhra Pradesh.

In his youth, Makhdoom was influenced by Munshi Premchand’s writings as also of Urdu poets like Daagh Dehlvi, Amir Minai and later Akhtar Sheerani and Hasrat Mohani. With the success of his play ’Murhsid’, during his university days, Makdhoom became a known personality among the circle of artists and intellectuals. During this time, he came into contact with Sarojini Naidu and though her with some of the top political leaders of that time including Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru.

In the pre-independent India, Makhdoom found time to write poetry in jails and during the period he was underground. Post-independence, he had an active literary life by reciting his poetry in political rallies and mushairas. During this period, he published his second collections of poems called ‘Gul-e-Tar’ (1961), the first being ‘Surkh Savera’ (1944). His poems are mostly in the genre of revolutionary and romance.

Makhdoom Mohiuddin died of heart-attack in Delhi on August 25, 1969. He was buried in Hyderabad. At the time of his death, he did not have a house of his own. The Communist Party raised money to buy a small house for Makhdoom’s family in Hyderabad. As a tribute to Makhdoom, Faiz Ahmed Faiz wrote a ghazal, taking the refrain from Makhdoom’s ghazal ‘aap ki yaad aati rahi raat bhar’ and in the same metre with a title ‘Makhdoom Ki Yaad Mein’:

आपकी याद आती रही रात-भर
चाँदनी दिल दुखाती रही रात-भर

गाह जलती हुई, गाह बुझती हुई
शम-ए-ग़म झिलमिलाती रही रात-भर

कोई ख़ुशबू बदलती रही पैरहन
कोई तस्वीर गाती रही रात-भर

फिर सबा सायः-ए-शाख़े-गुल के तले
कोई क़िस्सा सुनाती रही रात-भर

जो न आया उसे कोई ज़ंजीरे-दर
हर सदा पर बुलाती रही रात-भर

एक उमीद से दिल बहलता रहा
इक तमन्ना सताती रही रात-भर

After going through the chronicles of Makhdoom’s life, especially during the pre-independent India, it is admirable that he could find time to write both romantic as well as revolutionary poems in the midst of a very active political life. Makhdoom Mohiuddin’s personality has been best summed up by Khwaja Ahmed Abbas as under:

He was a glowing flame as also cool drops of dew. He was the call of revolution as also the soft tinkling of anklet. He was knowledge, he was action, he was wisdom. He was the gun of the revolutionary guerrilla and also the sitar of musician. He was the odour of gun powder and the fragrance of jasmine.

Makhdoom Mohiuddin did not specifically write lyrics for any Hindi films. However, his published poems were used in the films in ‘Usne Kaha Thha’ (1960), ‘Chaa Chaa Chaa’ (1964), ‘Insaaf Kahaan Hai’ (UR, 1978), ‘Gaman’ (1979), ‘Baazar’ (1982) and ‘Mandi’ (1983).

On the occasion of 51st Remembrance Day of Makhdoom Mohiuddin, I am presenting his ghazal ‘ishq ke shole ko bhadkaao ke kuchh raat kate’ which was used in the film ‘Mandi’ (1983). The ghazal is rendered by Asha Bhosle which is set to music by Vanraj Bhatia. In the film, the song is picturised on Smita Patil who sings for about one minute of duration in tune but without the accompanying music. The audio version contains the full ghazal with orchestration. unfortunately, video clip is not separately available online.

Acknowledgement: The biography of Makhdoom Mohiuddin in the article is based on T V Serial ‘Kahkashan – Makhdoom Mohiuddin (1991) and a Ph.D thesis, ‘Makhdoom Mohiuddin – Life, Works and Times’ by Afrose Fatima Ahmed (May 2011).

Audio Clip:

Song-Ishq ke shole ko bhadkaao ke kuchh raat kate(Mandi)(1983) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Makhdoom Mohiuddin, MD-Vanraj Bhatia


aa aa aa aaaaaa
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aaa

ishq ke shole ko bhadkaao ke kuchh raat kate ae ae
raat kate ae
dil ke angaare ko dahkaao ke kuchh raat kate ae
raat kate ae
ishq ke shole ko bhadkaaao

koī jalta hī nahin
koi pighalta hi nahin
mom ban jaao
pighal jaao
pighal jaao
ki kuchh raat kate ae
raat kate ae
raat kate
ishq ke shole ko bhadkaaao…o

hijr mein milne shab-e-maah ke ġham aaye hain
chaarasaazon ko bhi bulwaao
ke kuchh raat kate
raat kate
ishq ke shole ko bhadkaao…o

chashm-o-ruḳhsaar ke aazkaar ko jaari rakkho
pyaar ke naghmen ko dohraao
ke kuchh raat kate
ishq ke shole ko bhadkaao ke kuchh raat kate ae
raat kate ae
dil ke angaare ko dahkaao ke kuchh raat kate ae
raat kate ae
ishq ke shole ko bhadkaao…o

aaj ho jaane do har ek ko badmast-o-kharaab
aaj ho jaane do har ek ko badmast-o-kharaab
aaj har ek ko pilwaaao
ke kuchh raat kate
koh-e-ġham aur giraan aur giraan aur giraan
ġhamzadon teshe ko chamkaao ki kuchh raat kate
kuchh raat kate
kuchh raat kate ae
ishq ke shole ko bhadkaaao…o
ishq ke shole ko bhadkaaaao………o

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