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Log kehte hain ke hum lafange hain

Posted on: August 4, 2021

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Hullo Atuldom

Choosing a song for today’s post was not so easy. We are celebrating our beloved Kishore Kumar’s 92nd birthday and seem to have run out of all popular songs. Songs that are played on the repeat on music channels and FM radio are not for us. We, a tribe that is called Atulites, living in kingdom (Atuldom for short) are not satisfied with oft-repeated songs.

Not that we don’t love a ‘jeewan ke safar mein raahi’; ‘zindagi ke safar mein’; ‘zindagi ka safar’ or ‘zindagi ek safar’ (some songs that say ‘life is a journey’) as much as ‘munna bada pyaara’; ‘chanda o chanda’; ‘soyi ja taara’; or ‘aa ri aa jaa’ and ‘ankhiyon mein chhote chhote sapne sajaay ke’. Atulites also savor ‘ye raatein ye mausam nadi ka kinaara’ along with ‘main hoon jhum jhum jhum jhum jhumroo’.

There are some Atulites for whom the Kishore Kumar era began with ‘mere sapnon ki rani’ and the songs of ‘Padosan’ and all songs of Rajesh Khanna movies of the ’70s (like yours truly).

There are other Atulites who have seen the growth of this actor/singer/composer/ lyricist/ producer/ director from the ’40s. He was a K L Saigal fan (and from what I have read at various places, most singers of that period were Saigal fans) and his first song in Bollywood “marne ki duaayen kyun mangoon” has a rather “Saigal feel” to it. That didn’t stop him from ‘yodelling’ once he discovered that aspect of singing, inspired by Jimmie Rodgers and Tex Morton.

He was equally comfortable singing ‘aake seedhi lagi dil pe jaise katariya’ and ‘mere naina saawan bhadon’. Singing madcap songs like ‘ek chatur naar’ and ‘rafta rafta dekho aankh meri ladi hai’ was as natural as ‘panthhi hoon mein uss path ka’ and ‘aa chal ke tujhe main leke chaloon’.

I am sure any follower of the blog will say ‘there she goes on her worship Kishore Kumar journey’. But that is the male sound I heard maximum in my growing up years. Of course he came to that level after a long and arduous struggle.

He was mentored by SD Burman in his initial years of singing in movies after he got a break in ‘Ziddi’ under Khemchand Prakash’s music direction. Salil Chaudhary, OP Nayyar, Kalyanji Anandji, C. Ramachandra, Madan Mohan and all the music directors of that period have songs of Kishore Kumar that are still in public memory. That doesn’t mean he didn’t sing for the next generation of music directors. Can’t forget ‘inteha ho gayi intezaar ki’ – Bappi Lahiri, ‘Kya mausam hai’ -Rajesh Roshan, ‘tera chehera mujhe gulaab lage’- Anu Malik (oh yes! he has sung for Anu Malik too); and the biggest of the next generation music directors – R D Burman and Laxmi-Pyare- we cannot even list all the wonderful songs that he had sung under their music direction.

He has duets with male as well as female singers and also multi-singer songs best example of multi-singer song being Hum ko tumse ho gaya hai pyaar kya karen.

But why did I write ‘we have run out of popular songs’. Out of a possible 2709 songs (that the blog’s stats page says that we have of Kishore Kumar in Bollywood), 1245 have been posted in the blog. Of these 577 are solo songs of Kishore Kumar. That leaves us with 1464 songs to choose from. If I think of songs from the ’70s, we have many non- Dev Anand, Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan songs to choose from which were regularly played on Vividh Bharati.

Seeing Randhir Kapoor on Indian Idol over the weekend reminded me of today’s song.
This post from last year gives the story of “Lafange” (1975) in brief. Today’s song helps to establish the character of Gopal played by Randhir Kapoor. It shows how heroes, who play con-men in movies, have gold-plated conscience. They rob the haves and help the have-nots. All heroes are Robinhoods when they play con-men and undergo a character change when they fall in love with the beautiful heroines. Predictable, correct?

Missing singer/actor/producer/director/ composer Kishoreda on his birth anniversary.



Song-Log kehte hain ke hum lafange hain (Lafange)(1975) Singer-Kishore Kumar, Lyrics-Anand Bakshi, MD-Laxmikant Pyarelal


hmmmhmmhmmm kehte hain
ke hum lafange hain
log kehte hain ke hum lafange hain
hum lafange nahin hain patange hain
hum lafange nahin hain patange hain
lafange nahin hum patange hain aen
log kehte hain ke hum lafange hain

apne kai roop hain isliye
apne kai roop hain isliye
log humko kehte hain bahroopiye
chehre se humko na pehchaaniye
hum kitne rangon mein rangein hain aen aen
lo…o o..g kehte hain ke hum lafange hain

apne khayaalon mein jo hai haseen
apne khayaalon mein jo hai haseen
ek din milegi kahin na kahin
kismat buri hai bure hum nahin
hum insaan dil ke changey hain aen
lo..oo..g kehte hain ke hum lafange hain

ho ho o
ho ho ho
ho ho ho
ho ho o

yaaron ki khaali dua chaahiye
yaaron ki khaali dua chaahiye
apne liye humko kya chaahiye
unke dukhon ki dawaa chaahiye
pyaase hain jo bhookhe nange hain aen
lo..o o.g kehte hain ke hum lafange hain
log kehte hain ke hum lafange hain
hum lafange nahin hain patange hain
hum lafange nahin hain patange hain
lafange nahin hum patange hain aen
log kahte hain ke hum lafange hain


2 Responses to "Log kehte hain ke hum lafange hain"

Our tributes to Kishore Kumar !!!
Thanks for this post Peevesie’s Mom ji. I do not remember if I had listen this song earlier. But now I listened to it attentively and enjoyed too.
I have not watched this movie so can’t say much about it.
Thanks and regards,


audio longer one ???


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