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Laagi naahi chhoote raam chaahe jiyaa jaaye

Posted on: October 20, 2020

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

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I wonder why Guru Dutt (09/07/1925 – 10/10/1964) who till 1958, had acted in lead roles in films of his own banner only, decided to act in films outside his banner. His first film outside his banner in a lead role was ’12 O Clock’ (1958) followed by ‘Sautela Bhai’ (1962), ‘Bharosa’ (1963), ‘Bahurani’ (1963), ‘Suhaagan’ (1964) and ‘Saanjh Aur Savera’ (1964). While his first film outside his banner as a lead actor may be an aberration, some of his later films as an actor outside his banner may probably have been out of financial compulsion following the box office failure of his film ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool’ (1959).

There is always hidden desire of any intellectual film director to direct a film on a story of his choice and on his terms. But very few producer/financier would agree to produce/finance such a film from the point of view of the commercial consideration. For Guru Dutt, ‘Pyaasa’ (1957) and ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool’ (1959) were two such films which he was keen to bring them to the notice of the film audience.

I came to know from an article by Nasreen Muni Kabir in that the idea of making ‘Pyaasa’ (1957) had virtually begun in 1948 when Guru Dutt had written a story out of the frustration when he came to Mumbai in 1948. The post-partition period was difficult to adjust to a new environment. It was also difficult for the Padukone family to sustain in a big city without work. And Guru Dutt was not getting film offers. So, he wrote the story titled ‘Kashmakash’ making a poet the protagonist who faces the problem in getting his poems published. The story remained in the limbo until he established himself as a film director of repute.

In 1951, in the wake of his commercially hit film, ‘Baazi’ (1951) for which Sahir Ludhianvi had written popular songs, Guru Dutt had become a successful film director. I remember to have watched an interview of a film celebrity during its B/W avatar (I do not recall now as to who was the film celebrity). That film celebrity mentioned that during the making of Baazi’ (1951), Sahir Ludhianvi had given to Guru Dutt a copy of his collections of poems ‘Talkhiyaan’ (1944). Guru Dutt was very much impressed with a couple of nazms which included ‘jinhe naaz hai Hind par wo kahaan hai’. This nazm matched with the gloom of a poet in his story. Guru Dutt had decided to include this nazm whenever he makes the film based on his story, ‘Kashmakash’.

Since Guru Dutt was not sure of getting producer or financier for such a film and also the response on the box office due to gloomy nature of the story, he felt that he will have to take the financial risk in producing the film. For that he required his own resources to make the film as a producer. This explains as to why Guru Dutt, in the meanwhile, concentrated on making saleable light comedy films like ‘Aar Paar’ (1954) and ‘Mr and Mrs 55’ (1955) to fill his coppers for producing a film on a subject for which box office outlook was uncertain.

Abrar Alvi, in Satya Saran’s book ’10 years with Guru Dutt’ (2008) has mentioned that during one of the shooting schedules of ‘Mr and Mrs 55’ he narrated the story of a real life Gulabo, a courtesan to Guru Dutt which fascinated him to give a shape to his story, ‘Kashmakash’. In the meanwhile, he got busy with producing ‘C.I.D’ (1956) which also got the tremendous success at the box office. Now, Guru Dutt was ready to produce and direct the film of his choice. ‘Kashmakash’ became ‘Pyaasa’ (1957). Contrary to Guru Dutt’s expectation, ‘Pyaasa’ (1957) did good business at the box office and also got critics’ appreciation.

Probably, the success of ‘Pyaasa’ (1957) gave Guru Dutt a confidence in producing another of his favourite gloomy subject. That the fame and glamour attached to a successful film director has its cost in terms of personal spaces. A single failure would wipe out all the gains of a successful director earned over the years. A commercial failure would get more highlighted than the appreciation of his brilliant work of the past. The box office failure of ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool’ (1959) overshadowed the brilliant work as a director. What hurt Guru Dutt most was not the box office failure but the way the critics slammed him as narcissist and as his own biopic. After a gap of over a decade, Guru Dutt’s box office disaster got recognition as one of the greatest classic Hindi films.

The box office failure of ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool’ (1959) has affected the banner, Guru Dutt Films financially. There was not enough money to sustain the staff of Guru Dutt Films. It is during this time, Guru Dutt seems to have found a way of raising funds by acting in the films made outside his own banner during 1962-64. He also took the decision not to direct any films in future. His next two films under his own banner – ‘Chaudhavin Ka Chaand’ (1960) and ‘Sahab Bibi Aur Ghulam’ (1962) became box office hits, redeeming his film production banners.

‘Sautela Bhai’ (1962) was his first film in a lead role outside his banner after the debacle of ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool’ (1959). The film was directed by Mahesh Kaul. The main star cast included Guru Dutt, Pranoti Ghosh, Bipin Gupta, Rajkumar, Kanhaiyailal, Asit Sen, Bela Bose, Rani, Jeevankala, Radheshyam, etc. The film was based on a story, ‘Baikunther Will’ by Sharatchandra Chattopadhyay.

So far, 4 songs out of 8 from the film have been covered on the Blog. Here is the 5th song, ‘ab laagi naahin chute raama chaahe jiya jaaye’ from ‘Sautela Bhai’ (1962) which is presented here. The song is sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Meena Kapoor on the dancers, Rani and Jeevankala, respectively. There is also a male voice in a couple of lines in the song which, I feel, is that of the music director, Anil Biswas. The song was written by Shailendra.

Half-way through the dance, Guru Dutt makes a surprise entry and finds that his step brother (I guess, he is Rajkumar Jr.) is drunk and seen in the midst of the dancers. In a fit of rage, Guru Dutt assaults him. Some of patrons push Guru Dutt out of the courtesan’s house after which the singing and dancing resume.

Video Clip:

Audio Clip:

Song-Laagi naahin chhoote raam chaahe jiya jaaye (Saautela Bhai)(1962) Singers-Lata, Meena Kapoor, Anil Biswas, Lyrics-Shailendra, MD-Anil Biswas
Lata Mangeshkar + Meena Kapoor
Unknown male voice

Lyrics(based on video clip)

ab laagi naahi chhoote raam
laagi naahi chhoote raama
chaahe jiya jaaye raama
chaahe jiya jaaye raama
chaahe jiya jaaye
laagi naahi chhoote
naahi chhoote
naahi chhoote raa…m aam
chaahe jiya jaaye

waade ae ae kaa tere kisko bhala
o bhala aitbaar thha aa

phir bhi tamaam raat piya intzaar thhaa
khaamoshiyon mein har kisi aahat pe chaunk kar
aji aahat pe chaunk kar
kisi aahat pe chaunk kar
kehna mere is dil ka yahi
baar baar thha aa aa aa
ae pare hatt
ke laagi naahi chhoote raa aam
chaahe jiya jaaye raa..m
chaahe jiya jaaye raama
chaahe jiya jaaye raama
chaahe jiya jaaye
laagi naahi chhoote
naahi chhoote
naahi chhoote raa.. aa aam
chaahe jiya jaaye

yoon hi raha jo teri wafa
ho jafaaon ka Silsila aa
niraash hoke toot hi jaayega dil mera
kya gujri mujhpe
tum ye kisi se na poochhna
kisi se na poochhna
kisi se na poochna

sun lena meri kabr se ae
aayegi ye sada aa aa
ke laagi naahi chhoote raa. aa aam
chaahe jiya jaaye raama
chaahe jiya jaaye

chaahe jiya
chaahe jiya
chaahe jiya
chaahe jiya jaaye
laagi naahi chhoote
naahi chhoote
naahi chhoote raa….. aa aa aam
chaahe jiya

[Interruption in dances]

aa aa aa
aa aa aa aaa
ek maazra sunaata hoon main husn ishq ka



lekin wo dono kabron se aati thhi yeh sada
laagi naahi chhoote raama
chaahe jiya jaaye raama
chaahe jiya jaaye

subhaan allah

laagi naahi chhoote raama
chaahe jiya jaaye raama
chaahe jiya jaaye

chaahe jiya
chaahe jiya
chaahe jiya
chaahe jiya jaaye
ah ah ah
waah waah jiyo

7 Responses to "Laagi naahi chhoote raam chaahe jiyaa jaaye"

Dear Sadanand ji,

Thank you for those insights into the making of PYAASA. We have heard unconfirmed stories of there being a “Gulabo” in Sahir’s life which inspired him to write the Nazm “Chakle” when he was in Lahore.

By the way, the original words of “Jinhe Naaz …..” are as under :

ye kūche ye nīlām ghar dilkashī ke
ye luTte hue kārvāñ zindagī ke
kahāñ haiñ kahāñ haiñ muhāfiz ḳhudī ke
sanā-ḳhvān-e-taqdīs-e-mashriq kahāñ haiñ

(Courtesy “REKHTA”)

The last line translates to (subject to correction by Nahm ji)

Where are they who praise, the pious eastern ways?

The words “Jinhe Naaz hai Hind….” were added for PYAASA.

With warm regards


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Partha Chanda ji,

Thanks for your comments.
Actually, I had in my mind to use in my article as ‘Chakle nazm’ from Sahir saab’s ‘Talkhiyaan’. But I thought it is better to use the wording of the song, ‘jinhe naaz hai HInd’ for better connectivity with the original nazm with the simpler version of the nazm used in film’s song..


Dear Sadabad ji.. Gurudatt was very sensitive. Film industry is a business though it’s creativity to some extent. Your thoughts may be written in a book
for people to read and agree or disagree. It’s less risk if book is not sold.But in film… financer wants hus money back as early. If not profit but investment needs to be recovered.
Rajakapoor made ‘Bobby’to recover loss of MNJoker.
Bobby was no near to his earlier.. Masterpieces eg
Awara~Shree420~Bootpolish etc.
It’s said the film is for ‘Masses or Classes’…?
Kaagaz Ke Phool..No doubt masterpiece but you need readers to read your story to reach the masses.
KKPhool was way ahead of the time for Indian Audience.. Hence could not get digested..Same with MN joker.
Thanks and regards!


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Dear Shri Sadanand ji…I always read your articles and appreciate the value of information and its analysis.Here.. Gurudatt is very sensitive person from film line, which is also a business.But like any sensitive person, he tries to make his creation as per his perception, which is totally against the norms of this world. Here film is seen as a ‘high value return’ commodity and investors expect the money back period as low as possible. They don’t see the feeling of  Gurudatt or Rajakapoor.Hence, Gurudatt had to compromise with the need of the market.Even Rajakapoor had worked in some ‘c’ grade films like ‘Do Ustaad’ against his inner voice. However Rajkapoor, after the debacle of Mera Naam Joker, wisely made ‘Bobby’..Total commercial film nowhere near his master pieces like Awara or Shree 420 of earlier time.I think that was a total revenge on the audience as he thought they would try to perceive the feeling of Joker…! In vain..Gurudatt was too sentimental to revert back after his masterpiece.. Kaagaz Ke Phool.It was way ahead of the time like Jagte Raho.Well…We only wish, if Gurudatt had survived from it, we would have been lucky to see some more master pieces. With warm regards! Dilip Pardeshi..PUNE

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Dilip Pardeshi ji,

Thanks for your appreciation. Your comments have given me the food for some thoughts.

For Raj Kapoor, if it was ‘Aawaara’ (1951) and ‘Shri 420’ (1955), so was ‘Aar Paar’ (1954) and ‘Mr and Mrs. 1955’ (1955) for Guru Dutt. In both these sets of films, some social issues were presented in light-hearted manners. As such these films became successful at the box offices. While Raj Kapoor got monetary strength to produce classic films like ‘Boot Polish’ (1954) and ‘Jaagte Raho’ (1956), Guru Dutt got the risk taking capacity to produce his classics ‘Pyaasa’ (1957) and ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool’ (1959).

Both Raj Kapoor and Guru Dutt, after the failures of ‘Mera Naam Joker’ (1970) and ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool’ (1959) decided to produce films as per the commercial requirements. Raj Kapoor produced ‘Bobby” (1973) and Guru Dutt produced ‘Chaudhvin Ka Chaand’ (1960). Both these films were successful at the box offces. But there was a difference. While Raj Kapoor went for totally mainstream films keeping in view requirements of audience and the film distributors, Guru Dutt went for a mix of socially relevant films with some doses of commercial considerations – for example, ‘Sahab Bibi Aur Ghulam’ (1962). I also feel that Guru Dutt’s sensitivity would not have allowed him to produce films only to make large scale profits.


Kamath sir,

This is very interesting post, with new insight into Guru Dutt’s career and his film making. His film making was his expression, and he was very much conscious of his mediums power of influence.

I thought, he stopped directing after ‘Kaaghaz ke Phool’ as if he had said all he could say, as an expression via films, or he felt drained as a story teller.

Thanks and regards.

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Does any one know about the song- Piya Baware pachhtaye; who is the singer and if is NFS or film song?


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