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ye rishta kya kehlaata hai

Posted on: February 23, 2023

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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Maqbool Fida Hussain, popularly known as M F Hussain (17/09/1915 – 09/06/2011) has been one of the internationally celebrated artists known for his narrative, satirical, somber and paintings. He has also done paintings in series forms – Ramayan, Mahabharat, Mahatma Gandhi, Urban and Rural India etc. Some of his paintings have sold in the auction at record amounts. Some of his paintings had become controversial and drawn protests from a section of the people.

Towards the last part of his life, M F Hussain became fascinated by Madhuri Dixit. It is said that he watched ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’ (1994) 67 times just for Madhuri Dixit. Probably, she became the muse for his subsequent paintings. He did a series of paintings on Madhuri Dixit. His fascination of Madhuri Dixit led his entry into Bollywood by making ‘Gajgamini’ (2000) with Madhuri Dixit. He depicted her from a simple woman to Kalidas’s Shakuntala, Leonarda da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and a photo journalist’s model. The film failed miserably at the box office. The film critics termed the film as an abstract work which was difficult to understand. M F Hussain’s response was that he followed his heart when he made the film as a tribute to womanhood.

Despite the financial loss in ‘Gajgamini’ (2000), at the age of 88, M F Hussain made his second attempt in film making. This time, his muse was Tabu in ‘Meenaxi: Tale of 3 Cities’ (2004). The film depicted Tabu as a muse of a novelist who has been suffering from ‘writer’s block’ for the last 5 years. Tabu is also in search of perfect love. The film was released on April 2, 2004, but M F Hussain took the decision to withdraw the film from theatres on April 24, 2004 after some Muslim organization objected to the lyrics of the song ‘noor-un-ala-noor’ penned by M F Hussain as ‘blasphemous.’ The film suffered the same fate as ‘Gajgamini’ except that the film was critically acclaimed, both nationally and internationally.

Urmila Matondkar became, M F Hussain’s 3rd muse when he watched her film, ‘Rangeela’ (1995). He saw the funny side in her. Hence, he was planning to make a comedy film with her. However, his self-imposed exile in Qatar from 2006 onwards prevented him from making any new films.

‘Meenaxi: Tale of 3 Cities’ (2004) was a home production of M F Hussain who was also director with his painter-son, Owais Hussain helping in the direction. The cast included Tabu, Raghuveer Yadav, Kunal Kapoor, Nadira Babbar, Sharat Saxena, Bharat Kapoor, Remo D’Souza, Rachana Shah etc. The film had some of the top film professionals like cinematographer Santosh Sivan, Art Director Sharmishta Roy, internationally known choreographer, Astad Deboo and music director A R Rahman.

I could not find the film’s DVD on video sharing websites as well as on the OTT platforms. So, I am not giving the gist of the film’s story based on my viewing of the film. However, I reproduce below the synopsis of the film’s story taken from Imdb (parenthesis mine):

Nawab (Raghuveer Yadav), a popular Hyderabadi novelist, is suffering from a classic case of writer’s block. Five years have passed, and stories of substance seem to have dried up. Then, almost providentially, Nawab comes across a young woman named Meenaxi (Tabu). She is enigmatic and individualistic – and not quite willing to perform the part of a passive muse. But that doesn’t deter a rejuvenated Nawab from giving her different personae – she can be the mysterious perfume trader of Hyderabad, the exotic desert bloom of Jaisalmer, the orphaned Maria of Prague (hence the tale of 3 cities). Inexorably, she consolidates her command over the novelist. She dismisses his renewed attempts at writing as insubstantial and hackneyed, plunging him into a state of deeper despair. She is scathingly critical about his story and is amused by one of his characters, the lovelorn and awkward Kameshwar (Kunal Kapoor). Finally, as Nawab strives on a new page all over again, Meenaxi comments that perhaps the book is in vain. In any case, it is much too late. The writer must survive and live if he can, without her support, inspiration, and criticism.

M F Hussain’s paintings are modern art and subject to varied interpretations by those who understand paintings, just like, say Mirza Ghalib’s ghazals which can be interpreted differently by those who are Urdu laureates. I can guess that his films’ depiction of the story would also be abstract. So, it is not expected that the normal film audience would understand and enjoy his films. M F Hussain, the financiers and distributors of the films would know in advance that his films are not expected to be box office hits. Perhaps, it is more of a thrill for the financiers and distributors to be associated with M F Hussain as a part of the elite group than making money from his films.

‘Meenaxi’ (2004) has six songs written by Rahat Indori (4), Sukhwinder Singh (1) and M F Hussain (1). All the songs were set to music by A R Rahman. I have watched video clips of all the songs which are available on video sharing websites. All the songs are well composed and picturised.

I am presenting ‘ye rishta kya kehlaata hai’, the first song from the film to appear on the Blog. The song is written by Urdu Poet, Rahat Indori and is rendered by Reena Bhardwaj, a London-based British-Indian singer and songwriter. She was doing her post-graduation from the London School of Economics when she got a call from A R Rahman to record the song under discussion. This was her debut Hindi film song. She has also sung a few Tamil and Telugu film songs for A R Rahman.

All the songs which I have watched are like M F Hussain’s ‘paintings in celluloid’. Each frame of the song’s shooting looks like a painting. One can take a screenshot of any frame and will look like a painting. I was so much impressed with ‘painting look-like frames’ that I made an audio clip of the song under discussion by including some screenshots from the video clip of the song. Audio clip is uploaded with the article.

The song is a beautiful poetry which M F Hussain picturised as if he was painting in multiple frames with beautiful colour combinations.

Video Clip:

Audio Clip:

Song-Ye rishta kya kehlaata hai (Meenaxi:The of 3 cities)(2004) Singer-Reena Bhardwaj, Lyrics-Rahat Indori, MD-A R Rahman


koi sachche khwaab dikhaakar
aankhon mein sama jaata hai
ye rishta….aa
ye rishta kya kehlaata hai ae
ye rishta kya kehlaata ae
ye rishta kya kehlaata ae
ye rishta kya kehlaata ae

jab sooraj thhakne lagta
aur dhoop simatne lagti
koi anjaanee see cheez meri
saanson se lipatne lagti hai..aae ae ae
koi anjanee see cheez meri
saanson se lipatne lagti
main dil ke kareeb aa jaati hoon
dil mere kareeb aa jaata hai ae
ye rishta kya kehlaata ae
ye rishta kya kehlata ae

iss gumsum jheel ke paani mein aen
koi motiyaan kar deta hai
ek daayra ban’ne lagta hai ae
aur badhke bhanwar ban jaata hai
ye rishta kya kehlaata
ye rishta kya kehlata
ye rishta kya kehlata
ye rishta kya kehlata ae

tasweer banaati rehati ho..on
main tooti huyi aawazon par..r
ek chehra dhundati rehati hoon
deewaaron kabhi darwaazon par r r
ek chehra dhundati rehati hoon
deewaar kabhi darwaazon par
main apne paas nahin rehati
aur door se koi bulaata hai
ye rishta kya kehlaata
ye rishta kya kehlata
ye rishta kya kehlata
ye rishta kya kehlata
ha aa aa aa aa aa haaa
hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmmm


2 Responses to "ye rishta kya kehlaata hai"

Nice one Sadanandji Thanks for the song, Infomative post and thanks for introducing me for this song,


Please read it as “INFORMATIVE”


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