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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 atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day : 4048 Post No. : 15177

Clad in starched white kurta and pyjama with an unshaven face, his appearance gives an impression of a Bengali intellectual. His early association with Bimal Roy, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Hemant Kumar and Salil Chowdhary supported that impression of mine until one day I came to know that he was born in a Sikh family in pre-partition Punjab.

Yes, he is Sampooran Singh Kalra, better known by his pen name, Gulzar (born on 18/08/1934) who turns 85 today and is still active in pursuit of his first love – writing poems and short stories. He continues to be associated with Hindi films with occasional indulgence as a lyricist. His association with Hindi films started, first as a lyricist followed by screen-play/dialogue writer and finally as a producer/director. He has already spent nearly 6 decades in Hindi film industry and this association is continuing.

Gulzar saab had spent nearly a decade (1950s) in the company of some of the writers/poets of Progressive Writers Association such as Krishan Chandra, Khwaza Ahmed Abbas, Shailendra, Sahir Ludhianvi, Sagar Sarhadi etc, who were associated with Hindi film industry. But he was not attracted towards making a career in Hindi film industry. His interest was to become a poet/writer like Mirza Ghalib and Rabindranath Tagore.

Gulzar saab was destined to be associated with Hindi films and Shailendra became a catalyst in introducing him to the Hindi films. When he advised him to meet Bimal Roy for writing songs for ‘Bandini’ (1963), Gulzar saab’s first reaction was ‘I do not want to be a lyricist’. It was only when Shailendra reprimanded him for losing the opportunity to work with a great film-maker, Bimal Roy and the music director, S D Burman, Gulzar saab relented and wrote his first song mora gora ang lai le mohe shyaam rang dai de for the film.

By the way, this was the only song Gulzar saab wrote for ‘Bandini’ (1963) and for S D Burman. But this song opened up his association with Bimal Roy as Assistant Director in Bimal Roy Productions and became his grooming ground to learn the art of screen-play/dialogue writing and the film direction.

Gulzar saab is one among a few film lyricists of the golden period of Hindi film music about whom much has been documented through articles, memoirs and scores of his interviews both to print as well as electronic medias. I had also covered his journey into the Hindi film industry in my article while covering the song shaam se aankh mein nami si hai. So, I will skip the details about his celluloid journey. Broadly, Gulzar saab’s filmy career can be divided into three main phases.

During the first phase (1960-1970), Gulzar saab mostly worked as lyricist with his music directors like Salil Chowdhury and Hemant Kumar who were his colleagues in Bimal Roy Productions. Out of 16 films he was associated as lyricist in this phase, as many as 10 films were with music directors Salil Chowdhury and Hemant Kumar. He also worked with Hrishikesh Mukherjee as a screen-play/dialogue writer for films like ‘Aashirwad’ (1968), and ‘Anand’ (1970).

In the second phase (1971-1999) Gulzar saab’s career was the most active as a screen-play/dialogue/song writer and producing/directing the films. He was associated with 60 Hindi films of which he directed 19 films. Almost all of his films which he directed come in the definition of ‘middle of the road’ films which included ‘Mere Apne’ (1971), Aandhi’ (1975), ‘Mausam’ (1976), ‘Angoor’ (1982), ‘Lekin’ (1991), ‘Maachis’ (1996). Though none of the films he directed created ripple in the box office front, these films are regarded as classic in the history of Hindi films.

Gulzar saab’s association with Sanjeev Kumar and R D Burman was the highlights of his second phase in Hindi film industry. Sanjeev Kumar acted in Gulzaar saab’s films, ‘Koshish’ (1972), ‘Aandhi’ (1975), ‘Mausam’ (1976), ‘Angoor’(1982),and ‘Namkeen’ (1982). With R D Burman, Gulzar saab worked for 23 films writing 101 songs. The association would have continued but for the untimely death of Sanjeev Kumar in 1985 and of R D Burman in 1993.

The third phase of Gulzar saab’s filmy career started in the new millennium and is continuing. After the release of his film ‘Hu Tu Tu’ (1999), he had taken a decision to give up producing and directing films as he wanted to devote a considerable time in writing. In this phase, he has confined himself mostly as a lyricist and occasionally script/dialogue writing.

During this phase, Gulzar saab has been associated with the third generation of music directors like A R Rahman, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Vishal Bhardwaj. He has already written lyrics for Vishal Bhardwaj in 19 films so far and perhaps he may break his own record of the highest number of films with R D Burman(23 films). He seems to be as comfortable with the new generation as he was with the older ones.

In the 1960s, he wrote songs like hawaaon pe likh do hawaaon ke naam for Hemant Kumar. Almost 5 decades later, he also wrote a rustic song ‘beedi jalaayi le jigar se piya’ for Vishal Bhardwaj. Both these songs have unusual imageries. The first one is about the nature giving the ‘feel good’ factor. The second song, though sounds rustic, has not prevented Gulzar saab sharing his thought on the real side of the world in two lines:

Dhuaan na nikaari o lab se piya
Je duniya badi dhaank hai

[O beloved, do not exhale smoke from your lips (from beedi)
The realities in this world are already masked].

Once, A R Rahman after getting explanations from Gulzar saab on his song, jiya jale jaan jale commented ‘Gulzar saab, you are a poet of imageries. I will amend his comment to say that Gulzar saab is a poet of unusual imageries. His six songs which I have covered during the last two weeks for the Blog would give the readers the taste of his unusual imageries/metaphors, choice of words and vocabularies.

I have been following Gulzar saab’s songs for many years. For me, he is an extension of what Sahir Ludhianvi did in 1950s to 1970s – to make the song lyrics an important part of Hindi film music. Though Gulzar saab belongs to the old generation of lyricist, he still gels well with the new generation. From the year 2000 until now, Gulzar saab has written lyrics for about 60 films. ‘I am going with the flow, but making sure that my aesthetics are in place,’ he had said in a recent interview.

There is another side of Gulzar saab’s personality. He has been active in writing short stories and poems side by side with his filmy career. Many of his short stories and poems have been published. He has received Sahitya Akademy Award for his Urdu book ‘Dhuaan’ in 2002. He has been associated with the children’s poems -both in films/TV and in prints. His most popular among jingles, ‘jungle jungle pata chala hai’ for ‘Jungle Book’ (1993) in Hindi which was telecast on Doordarshan, has become synonymous more with his name than its creator, Rudyard Kipling. Gulzar saab has done such a vast work of writing short stories and poems that they require a separate article which I intend to write some other time.

Gulzar saab’s association with R D Burman in 23 films has been one of the important segments in the history of Hindi film music. I regard Gulzar saab’s collaboration with A R Rahman, the continuation of that process. In fact, I feel that after the untimely death of R D Burman in 1993, A R Rahman has carried forward ‘Pancham’s legacy’ with refinements as new techniques and new types of musical instruments have emerged.

Hence, on the occasion of Gulzar saab’s 85th Birthday, I have chosen one of the songs born out of Gulzar-Rahman collaboration, ‘ae hairat-e-ashiqui jagaa mat’ from the film ‘Guru’ (2007). The song is mainly a duet sung by Hariharan and Alka Yagnik with Mohammed Aslam singing Sufi chants in the prelude and the first interlude with chorus singing in the second interlude and at the end of the song.

A R Rahman, in an interview published in the book ‘A R Rahman, The Spirit of Music’ (2012) by Nasreen Munni Kabir has revealed that whenever he gets stuck in composing tune for a given situation in the film, he has relied on the melodies of Amir Khusrau, Bulleh Shah and Subramania Bharati. The song under discussion was one of such songs for which A R Rahman relied on the melody of Amir Khusrau’s composition, ‘ae sharbat-e-aashiqui’. Rahman has based the tune on Raag Yaman Kalyan. Gulzar wrote the lyrics to the tune as per the song situation in the film.

I wish Gulzar saab a very happy and a healthy 85th Birthday. I remember his song ‘dil to bachcha hai jee’ from ‘Ishqiya’ (2010). I hope that the ‘bachcha’ (child) in his heart will inspire him to write many more poems of unusual imageries and metaphors in the years to come.

Video Clip:

Audio Clip:

Song-Ae hairat-e-ashiqui jagaa mat (Guru)(2007) Singers-Hariharan, Alka Yagnik, Mohammed Aslam, Lyrics-Gulzar, MD-A R Rahman
Chorus,
Alka Yagnik & Chorus

Lyrics(Based on Audio Clip)

dum dara dum dara jashn jashn dum
dum dara dum dara jashn jashn dum
sun mere humdum
hamesha ishq mein hi jeena
dum dara dum dara jashn jashn dum
dum dara dum dara jashn jashn dum
sun mere humdum
hamesha ishq mein hi jeena

ae hairat-e-aashiqui
jagaa mat
pairon se zameen
zameen lagaa mat
ae hairat-e-aashiqui
jagaa mat
pairon se zameen
zameen lagaa mat
ae hairat-e-aashiqui
ae hairat-e-aashiqui
ae hairat-e-aashiqui

dum dara dum dara jashn jashn dum
dum dara dum dara jashn jashn dum
sun mere humdum
hamesha ishq mein hi jeena

kyun Urdu Faarsi bolte ho o o
kyun Urdu Faarsi bolte ho
dus kehte ho do tolte ho
jhoothhon ke shanshahaa bolo na

kabhi jhaankon meri aankh….en
kabhi jhaankon meri aankhen
sunaayen ik daastaan
jo honthhon se ae kholo na
ae hairat-e-aashiqui
jagaa mat
pairon se zameen
zameen lagaa mat
ae hairat-e-aashiqui
ae hairat-e-aashiqui
o o o
ae hairat-e-aashiqui

dum dara dum dara
dum dara dum dara
dum dara dum dara
dum dara dum dara
dum dara dum dara
dum dara dum dara
dum dara dum dara
dum dara dum dara

do chaar maheene se lamhon mein
do chaar maheene se lamhon mein
umron ke hisaab bhi hote hain
jinhen dekha nahin kal tak
jinhen dekha nahin kal tak
kahin bhi ab kok mein
woh chehre bote hain

ae hairat-e-ashiqui
jagaa mat
pairon se zameen
zameen lagaa mat
ae hairat-e-aashiqui
jagaa mat
pairon se zameen
zameen lagaa mat
ae hairat-e-aashiqui

ae hairat-e-aashiqui
o o
ae hairat-e-aashiqui

dum dara dum dara jashn jashn dum
dum dara dum dara jashn jashn dum
sun mere humdum
hamesha ishq mein hi jeena
o o o

dum dara dum dara jashn jashn dum
dum dara dum dara jashn jashn dum
sun mere humdum
hamesha ishq mein hi jeena

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

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4163

#the Decade of Seventies – 1971 – 1980 #
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# Bhoole-Bisre Geet # 85 #Remembering Kishore Kumar on his birth anniversary#
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Today 4th August (2019) (4 August 1929 – 13 October 1987) is the 90th birth anniversary of the ‘Versatile Genius’ Kishore Kumar or Abhas Kumar Ganguly or as he always liked to introduce himself as – Kishore Kumar Khandwewaala.

I have mentioned in my earlier posts that I cannot forget Khandwa when I am writing about Kishore Kumar. The place has been associated with his name forever and I have fond memories of visiting Khandwa, his ‘Gouri-Kunj’ and his memorial there on Indore road, when I was at Nagpur from 2015-2017.

For today’s post I am not going to discuss more about ‘Khandwa’ or ‘Gouri-Kunj’, but the song I am going to present today has a ‘Khandwa connection’ because I came across this song during my visit to Khandwa in ‘2015’ when I was preparing a post with a Kishore Kumar song 🙂

This being a song from the seventies I thought I would share it on the blog someday.
When I listen to this song first time (a lesser heard one), I had feeling of hearing it years back, may be on radio. This is a song from the 1971 movie – ‘Jai Baangala Desh’. Both the song and the movie name were new for me except the information about this movie and its song mentioned in HFGK Vol V which I was possessing.

I would request knowledgeable readers to throw more light on this movie and about its songs.

‘Jai Bangalaa Desh-1971’ was directed by I.S. Johar.

He also wrote the story of this movie and was also the producer of this movie.

The cast of this movie includes I.S. Johar, Ambika Johar, Rajeev Johar, Kaveri Choudhary (Bangladesh), S.N.Bannerjee, Ram Kamlani, Nazeer Kashmiri, Madhumati, Lakshmi Chhaya, Shefali, Pal Sharma, Bhagwan, Dilip Dutt, Polson, Jery, Tuntun, Ramesh Johar, Anand Vij, Satyadeep, Ratan Kashmiri, Master Alankar, Baby Tabassum, Ranger(Dog) and Radha in guest appearance and others.

This movie had total eight sound tracks including title music, theme music and one Dog chase music released on the records of this movie.

The remaining five songs were composed by Kalyanji-Anandji, while three lyricists namely Indeewar wrote three songs, Qamar Jalalabadi and Farooq Qaiser penned one song each.

Asha Bhonsle, Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Mahendra Kapoor and Sushma Shreshtha had given their voices to the songs in this movie.

Today’s song is sung by Kishore Kumar (the only song he had in this movie) and composed by Kalyanji-Anandji.
Lyrics are by Indeewar.

(This song plays in the background, and I am unable to identify the actor and other supporting actors shown in the picturization of this song. I would request knowledgeable readers to help in identifying of the actors please.)

On ‘friendship day’ today and paying our tributes to Kishore Kumar, I selected this song sung by Kishore Kumar, which is giving a message of ‘humanity’ and ‘brotherhood’ among the many other songs which I had thought I can share on this occasion today.
Moreover, I personally think that ‘music’ is the best friend making friends all over and bringing people together cutting across the barriers of caste, creed, race and religion all over the world.

So far, on the blog we have 1149 songs of Kishore Kumar posted out of the total 2709 songs (our statistics). And that means we still have a long way to go getting may of the Kishore Kumar songs on the blog. And day to day while listening the radio I am coming across many of his beautiful songs of ‘many moods’ from the eighties which we have to bring here on the blog.

Let us now listen and enjoy today’s song…

With this today’s song the movie ‘Jai Baangla Desh-1971’ is makes a debut on the blog!!!

(Note: – HFGK Vol V mentions that this movie was revised and passed with a new title of ‘Aage Badho’ in 1971 (13.09.1972). The first version of this movie ‘Jai Baangla Desh-1971’ was passed by Censor Board on 26.10.1971).

Video

Audio

Song-Main hoon ek roop anek (Jai Baangladesh)(1971) Singer-Kishore Kumar, Lyrics-indeewar, MD-Kalyanji Anandji
Chorus

Lyrics(Based on audio link)
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dialogues
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(first male voice, second male voice, third male voice)

(Kahaan hai Allaah
Allaah hota to mujhe is tarah andhaa
Kar diyaa jaata?
Main desh ke liye lad rahaa hoon,
Anaathon, vidhwaaon ke lad rahaa hoon

Allaah apne bandon ka imtihaan leta hai
Allaah ka naam lo,
Thheek ho jaaoge!

Main Allaah ka naam kabhi nahin loonga!!

Naa lete huye bhi tumne Allaah ka naam le liya hai
ab uski rehmat ka karishmaa dekho!!

Masjid mein main hi Khuda hoon,
Girijon mein main hi Isaa,
Mahaveer, Budhh hoon main hi,
Mandir mein main hi moorat,
Jab jaisi jahaan zaroorat,
Waisi hi meri soorat…
)

Ho badhte hai jab jab paap dharti par
Paap mitaane aata hoon
Badhte hai jab jab paap dharti par
Paap mitaane aata hoon
Ek hoon main par
Naye naye roopon mein aata jaata hoon
Main hoon ek
Roop anek
Main hoon ek
Roop anek

Ban ke Kanhaiyya bansi bajaiyya
Prem ka raaz dikhaaya hai
Ban ke Budhh kabhi shuddh kiya man
Jag ko tyaag sikhaaya hai
Kabhi Mohammad ban ke basaaya
Makka aur madeene ko o
Isaa ban ke chhalni kiya
Maine kabhi apne seene ko
Naanak ban ke
Kabhi gyaan ke deep jalaane aata hoon
Ek hoon main par
Naye naye roopon mein aata jaata hoon
Main hoon ek
Roop anek
Main hoon ek
Roop anek

Kabhi Quraan
To Kabhi Bible
Kabhi Ved kabhi Geeta hoon
Kabhi hoon Mariam
Kabhi Yashoda
Kabhi Fateema
Seeta hoon
Mere naam ki de ke duhaayi
Jo logon ko ladaate hain
Wo hain bande dharm ke andhe
Wo na kabhi mujhe paate hain
Aata nahin ladaane ko main
Mel karaane aata hoon
Ek hoon main par
Naye naye roopon mein aata jaata hoon
Main hoon ek
Roop anek
Main hoon ek
Roop anek

Ho badhte hai jab jab paap dharti par
Paap mitaane aata hoon
Ek hoon main par
Naye naye roopon mein aata jaata hoon
Main hoon ek
Roop anek
Main hoon ek
Roop anek
Main hoon ek
Roop anek
Main hoon ek
Roop anek

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Devnagri Script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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हो बढतें है जब जब पाप धरती पर
पाप मिटाने आता हूँ
बढतें है जब जब पाप धरती पर
पाप मिटाने आता हूँ
एक हूँ मैं पर
नए नए रूपों में आता जाता हूँ
मैं हूँ एक
रूप अनेक
मैं हूँ एक
रूप अनेक

बन के कन्हैय्या बंसी बजैय्या
प्रेम का राज़ दिखाया है
बन के बुद्ध कभी शुद्ध किया मन
जग को त्याग सिखाया है
कभी मोहम्मद बन के बसाया
मक्का और मदीने को ओ
इसा बन के छलनी किया
मैंने कभी अपने सीने को
नानक बन के
कभी ज्ञान के दीप जलाने आता हूँ
एक हूँ मैं पर
नए नए रूपों में आता जाता हूँ
मैं हूँ एक
रूप अनेक
मैं हूँ एक
रूप अनेक

कभी कुरान
तो कभी बाइबल
कभी वेद कभी गीता हूँ
कभी हूँ मरियम
कभी यशोदा
कभी फातीमा
सीता हूँ
मेरे नाम की दे के दुहाई
जो लोगों को लड़ाते हैं
वो है बन्दे धर्म के अंधे
वो ना कभी मुझे पाते हैं
आता नहीं लड़ाने को मैं
मेल कराने आता हूँ
एक हूँ मैं पर
नए नए रूपों में आता जाता हूँ
मैं हूँ एक
रूप अनेक
मैं हूँ एक
रूप अनेक

हो बढतें है जब जब पाप धरती पर
पाप मिटाने आता हूँ
एक हूँ मैं पर
नए नए रूपों में आता जाता हूँ
मैं हूँ एक
रूप अनेक
मैं हूँ एक
रूप अनेक
मैं हूँ एक
रूप अनेक
मैं हूँ एक
रूप अनेक


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

Blog Day : 4030 Post No. : 15147

It is that day of the year again.

The 31st of July.

A date that doesn’t need any reminder for lovers of HFM.

Of all the days in the calendar, a few stand out – and the 31st of July is one of them.

For it is the death anniversary of one of the most loved and respected figures of the Hindi film industry, Mohammad Rafi, respectfully referred to as Rafisaab.

Today on his 39th death anniversary, we on this blog, remember him with great fondness and respect.

I’ve written about Rafisaab many times here on this blog. In fact, there’s no one I have written about more than about Rafisaab.

To be honest, there really isn’t anything more for me to say that I haven’t already said before.

How I, growing up in a Kishore-dominated era, fell in love with Rafisaab’s voice.

How I’ve done all-nighters listening to Rafisaab songs, completely losing track of time.

How much I respect Rafisaab for being such a good human being, inspite of having the power to abuse his position, if he had wanted.

I’ve written about all this – and more. And I don’t want to bore readers here by repeating stuff.

Not that I get bored of writing about Rafisaab. Never. When I don’t ever get bored of listening to his voice, how can I possibly get bored of writing about him? It is such a pleasure, and an honour, to write about Rafisaab.

So whether I have any new material or not, I will write about Rafisaab – even if it is only a few lines. That is the very least I can do for someone who has given me so much joy in life. And on his Remembrance Day, I just have to write a few lines for him – to thank him for everything.

Different people make a mark in this world for different reasons. Not all leave a legacy of course, but I doubt even those who do, have any idea of the magnitude of the legacy they would leave behind. And its endurability.

I doubt Rafisaab thought about all this when he was alive. He was a simple man, happy to earn his living through the one profession that he loved, and knew he was loved for – singing. Even for that, he was humble enough to always point upwards, to God, to suggest He was to thank for everything.

Rafisaab was very soft-spoken. For all his animation while singing, he was an extremely shy person in conversation and avoided interviews. Which is also why there are very few interviews of him available out there. It is our loss, but then that was the person he was. At least we have his songs, and anecdotes of those who knew him with us.

Rafisaab was devoted to his profession – he would do riyaaz for hours. He enjoyed spending time with his family. And enjoyed playing badminton. And good food. A man who always had a smile on his lips, who never thought ill for others – on the contrary, he went out of his way to help others.

A simple man – but what a legacy!

One that he would never have imagined during his lifetime.

Even today, 39 years after he is gone, there isn’t a day when his songs are not playing on radio. There isn’t a day when HFM lovers from around the world are not listening to his songs on whatever device they have. Today, thanks to technology, we have access to music on demand.

Yes, Rafisaab has enriched the lives of millions by his sheer voice. And that, for decades. And, I am sure, will continue for decades too. Such is the love people have for Rafisaab. It transcends generations.

This is another aspect that makes me really happy for him. It is great to see young generations today, even teenagers, listen to Rafisaab’s songs. Of course, their music interests are current too – and they should be. But from what I’ve seen, many of them are still happy to listen to old HFM songs – and Rafisaab, of course. Which is why I say Rafisaab’s voice transcends generations.

In my own case, I know my next generation is also very fond of Rafisaab. My niece’s husband invariably plays Rafisaab songs in his car. Not just for me, but for himself too. Not that my niece complains. She is herself very fond of Rafisaab. 🙂 They like current songs too, but Rafisaab is a fixture in their car. Especially 1960s songs like “dil ke jharoke mein”, “pukaarta chala hoon main” and “deewana hua baadal”. I swear, I did nothing to influence them – it all happened by itself. 🙂 Actually, my niece’s father-in-law is also a Rafisaab fan, so maybe that played a role too.

Now my niece has a kid – he is not even 3, but I have a feeling he will also soon be listening to Rafisaab. 🙂

I will not be surprised if this is the story in many other families too. I hope it is – then Rafisaab’s legacy is in safe hands.

Rafisaab deserves nothing less. A person with such a divine voice, a person who had such a good heart, who did good for so many, deserves every little bit of love and respect he gets.

I always have a warm feeling, and feel energized, when I discuss, or write about, Rafisaab. His songs immediately come to my mind, THAT voice, those intonations in the rendering. I get lost, happily so, thinking about his songs.

I can keep going on and on, but then I will be repeating what I’ve written in the past. And will be boring the readers. 🙂

So I’ll just move on to the song for today.

This is from Jaani Dushman (1979). A decade right up my sleeve, given that I’m a 1970s boy. Avinashji, himself a huge Rafisaab fan, sent me the lyrics and requested me to do a write-up.

By the late 70s, Rafisaab had regained his place in public mindspace. The first half of the decade had been totally dominated by Kishore Kumar (inspite of a few Rafisaab hits). But by the mid-70s, Rafisaab began coming back. I remember Laila Majnu (1976) songs being a success. A year later, he had chartbuster hit songs in Amar Akbar Anthony (1977), Hum Kisise Kam Nahin (1977) and Apnapan (1977), to mention just three films.

And so he continued, with hits in Abdullah (1980) and Karz (1980), right until his untimely death.

Jaani Dushman (1979) was during his revival phase.

The film has the popular, foot-tapping Rafisaab-Asha Bhosle duet “tere haathon mein pehna ke chudiyaan”, but also the song of today “chalo re doli utthao kahaar” (which comes multiple times in the film, if I remember right), was popular too.

The film itself is a multi-starrer in keeping with the trend of the time. Those were the days of multi-starrers – many commercial films had two or more lead heroes and heroines. JD went a step further, and must be considered a mother of multi-starrers – it had at least 5 “heroes” – Jeetendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Vinod Mehra, Shatrughan Sinha and Sunil Dutt. And Rekha, Reena Roy, Bindiya Goswami, Neetu Singh and Sarika amongst the “heroines”. Other movies of that era that were multi-multi-starrers that come to mind are Naagin (1976) and the Burning Train (1980).

I remember seeing the film at the time, but given my pathetic memory, I don’t remember too much of it. I do remember that it was meant to be a horror film of sorts, where a monster is supposed to murder every newly-wed bride. Something like that.

The songs of the film were quite popular, and the film too did well I think.

“Chalo re doli utthao kahaar” is a background song, picturised during the bidaai of a daughter as she leaves her parents’ home. It is a typical Rafisaab song – he was very good at emotional, background songs of this type. With their ebbs and flows.

Talking of emotional, background songs, am reminded of Ravi, the composer of songs of Waqt (1965) saying he had insisted with the Chopras on Rafisaab singing “waqt se din aur raat”, though Mahendra Kapoor, and not Rafisaab, was generally their preferred singer. He had said that this song would suit Rafisaab more than anyone else.

Similarly Kalyanji Anandji picked Rafisaab to sing a couple of lines as background song in that death scene in Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978) – “zindagi to bewafa hai, ek din thukraayegi”. Anandji said in an interview that he was a bit embarrassed to ask Rafisaab to sing those lines, because he had no other song in the film, and it was only a couple of lines. But he wanted them to be in Rafisaab’s voice. Without the slightest ego, Rafisaab rendered those lines with his usual high standards.

L-P, ever loyal to Rafisaab, even during Kishore Kumar’s peak, used him to render the emotional background song “nafrat ki duniya ko chhod ke” of Haathi Mere Saathi (1971) even though Kishore Kumar sings the songs picturised on Rajesh Khanna.

This song for today is also an L-P composition. I request you to please listen to this song – and remember Rafisaab today.

Rafisaab, you will always be in our hearts. The years roll by, but the love and respect does not diminish one bit. For what you’ve given the world, millions are ever grateful to you.

Personally, I can’t thank you enough, hence this post as a humble tribute.

(As mentioned above, lyrics for today’s song have been provided to me by Avinashji. I thank him for providing me these lyrics).

Video

Audio

Song-Chalo re doli uthhaao kahaar piya milan ki rut aayi (Jaani Dushman)(1979) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Verma Malik, MD-Laxmikant Pyarelal
Chorus

Lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)-Based on audio link

Hmm hmm hmm
Hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm
Hmm hmm hmm
Hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm

Ho o
Chalo re doli uthhaao qahaar
Piya milan ki rut aayi ee
Hmm hmm hmm
Hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm

Ho o
Chalo re doli uthhaao qahaar
Piya milan ki rut aayi ee
Pi ki nagri le jaao
Qahaar
Piya milan ki rut aayi
Chalo re doli uthhaao qahaar
Piya milan ki rut aayi
Hmm hmm hmm
Hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm

Jin nainon ki ee tu hai jyoti
Un nainon se ae barse moti
Daawaa nahin hai
koi Zor nahin hai
Beti sadaa hi paraayi hoti
Jaldi naihar se le jaao
Qahaar
Piya milan ki rut aayi
Chalo re doli uthhaao qahaar
Piya milan ki rut aayi ee

Chhaayi hai dekho hariyaali ee ee
Aayi hai rut khushiyon waali ee
Har aasha parwaan chadhi ee ee ee
Din hai Dashehra
Raat deewaali ee
Galey daal baahon ka haar
Qahaar
Piya milan ki rut aayi
Chalo re doli uthhaao qahaar
Piya milan ki rut aayi

Tan maike man teri nagariyaa
Ud jaaun main Ban ke badariyaa
Chaand nagar ko Chali chakori ee ee
Pyaasi hoon milan ki sanwariyaa
Mere sapne sajaao
Qahaar
Piya milan ki rut aayi ee
Chalo re doli uthhaao qahaar
Piya milan ki rut aayi

Sooni padi ee
Bhaiyya ki ee haveli
Vyaakul behnaa aa
Rah gayi akeli ee
Jin sang naachi
Jin sang kheli ee
Chhoot gayi wo o
Sakhi Saheli ee
Ab naa deri lagaao
Qahaar
Piya milan ki rut aayi
Chalo re doli uthhaao qahaar
Piya milan ki rut aayi
Piya milan ki rut aayi
Piya milan ki rut aayi ee

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Devnagri Script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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हं हं हं
हं हं हं हं ह
हं हं हं
हं हं हं
हं ह
हं हं हं

हो ओ
चलो रे डोली उठाओ कहार
पिया मिलन की रुत आई ई
हं हं हं
हं हं हं हं ह

हो ओ
चलो रे डोली उठाओ कहार
पिया मिलन की रुत आई ई
पि की नगरी ले जाओ
कहार
पिया मिलन की रुत आई
चलो रे डोली उठाओ कहार
पिया मिलन की रुत आई
हं हं हं
हं हं हं
हं हं ह

जिन नैनों की तू है ज्योति
उन नैनों से बरसे मोती
दावा नहीं है
कोई जोर नहीं है
बेटी सदा ही पराई होती
जल्दी नैहर से ले जाओ
कहार
पिया मिलन की रुत आई
चलो रे डोली उठाओ कहार
पिया मिलन की रुत आई ई

छायी है देखो हरियाली ई ई
आई है रुत खुशियों वाली ई
हर आशा परवान चढ़ी ई ई ई
दिन है दशहरा
रात दिवाली ई
गले डाल बाहों का हार
कहार
पिया मिलन की रुत आई
चलो रे डोली उठाओ कहार
पिया मिलन की रुत आई

तन मयके मन तेरी नगरिया
उड़ जाऊं मैं बन के बदरिया
चाँद नगर को चली चकोरी ई ई
प्यासी हूँ मिलन की सांवरिया
मेरे सपने सजाओ
कहार
पिया मिलन की रुत आई ई
चलो रे डोली उठाओ कहार
पिया मिलन की रुत आई

सूनी पड़ी ई
भैय्या की ई हवेली
व्याकुल बहना आ
रह गयी अकेली ई
जिन संग नाची
जिन संग खेली ई
छूट गयीं वो ओ
सखी सहेली ई
अब ना देरी लगाओ
कहार
पिया मिलन की रुत आई
चलो रे डोली उठाओ कहार
पिया मिलन की रुत आई
पिया मिलन की रुत आई
पिया मिलन की रुत आई ई

O rangrez

Posted on: July 25, 2019


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 atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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Sports biopic is a rare genre for Hindi film industry until recently. Producing a sport biopic film is like venturing into an uncharted water. However, the box office successes of ‘Paan Singh Tomar (2012) and ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ (2013) have created a trend in Bollywood to produce sports biopic films on a regular basis. During the last 5 years, sports biopic such as ‘Mary Kom’ (2014), ‘Dangal’ (2016), ‘Azhar’ (2016), ‘Budhia Singh – Born to Run’ (2016), ‘M S Dhoni – The Untold Story (2017) and ‘Soorma’ (2018) were released. Some more sports biopic films have been in the pipelines for a long time. They include films on Dhayan Chand (Hockey), Saina Nehwal (Badminton), P V Sindhu (Badminton), Abhinav Bindra (Shooting) etc.

‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ (2013) was a trend-setter in Hindi films in propagating sports biopic as a genre of film. The film was directed by Rakeysh Ompradkash Mehra with Farhan Akhtar as Milkha Singh – the Flying Sikh who was the first Indian sprinter to win gold medals in Asian and Commonwealth games. The screen-play, dialogues and songs were written by Prasoon Joshi. The film was a box office success to the extent that it logged about Rs,165 crore as global earnings as against the total cost of about Rs.30 crore in producing the film.

Unlike other genres of films, producing biopics, that too the sports biopic films are time consuming process as experienced by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, the producer-director of the film. True life stories required a lot of research. Finding a financier/distributor for the sports biopic film is equally difficult as this was an emerging genre of the film at the time of making the film. Lastly, finding a right type of actor to do the role of the sports biopic character is difficult. The actor needs to devote a considerable time to come into the physique and the mannerism requires for the character he plays in the biopic. Most of the top actors will not have time to spend for training schedules. Farhan Akhtar who did the role of Milkha Singh in ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ (2013) had revealed during an interview:

I went through a tremendous amount of training for nearly seven and a half months before we started shooting, and then again for the entire duration of shooting, which lasted about 10 or 11 months. So I was under training for more than a year and a half. I actually lived the life of an athlete; I wasn’t just pretending to be one.

Farhan Akhtar also took Urdu lessons from his father, Javed Akhtar and Punjabi lessons from Gulzar to improve his diction.

I missed watching ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ (2013) when it was released in July 2013 despite a high recommendation from my son. Recently, I watched the film on Hotstar and liked it. This is one of few films which I had watched on small screen in one go. I regretted for not having watched the film on a multiplex screen when it was released

The film has depicted the life story of Milkha Singh broadly reflecting three stages of his life from 1947 to 1962. In the first stage, he migrates to India as a 12-year orphaned boy from his village in Pakistan who has lost his parents, a brother and sister during partition. As a boy, he spends his childhood in Refugee camp in Delhi. His married sister takes care of him. In the second part, his grows into a teenager when he indulges in petty crime. He also falls in love with Biroo (Sonam Kapoor). But his girl friend would marry him only when he abandons his ruffian way of life and become a responsible man. Milkha Singh accepts the challenge and joins Army in his third attempt. The last part of the film is on his becoming a successful athlete (sprinter) after overcoming lots of physical hardships. He wins gold medals in Asian and Commonwealth Games but loses his Biroo as her parents had married her to a different groom. He also loses the medal in Rome Olympic but at the end he emerges winner in his life.

The director refrained from over-dramatising the emotional events following the partition. Milkha Singh has been depicted in the film true to his life having both good and not so good sides of his life. I never knew that Milkha Singh had a very traumatised childhood and had spent few days in Tihar Jail for petty crime, until I saw the film. For me, Milkha Singh was a ‘Flying Sikh’, a title which was given by General Ayub Khan when he defeated his Pakistani counter-part in 200m run in Indo-Pak Friendship Athletic Meet at Lahore in 1962.

By the way I noticed that the moustache of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman which has become trendy, resembles that of Prayag Raj in the role of an Army Officer in ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ (2013).

The mesmersing music composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (S-E-L) is another plus point of the film. The album has 8 songs including one rock version of title song which is played as the credit titles run at the end of the film. I was unaware of almost all of the film’s songs except the title song ‘bhaag Milkha bhaag’ until I watched the film recently. I am sure, after ther release of the film, three of the songs namely, ‘havan kund maston ka jhund’ ‘zinda’ and ‘slow motion angreza’ must have become very popular with the younger lots as these songs are blended with rock music and rhythmic beats.

But what made me to write this article is one song out of 8 songs in the film which lingered in my mind for a long time. The song is ‘o rangrez tere rang dariya mein’ rendered by Javed Bashir and Shreya Ghoshal. Javed Bashir is a Pakistan-based Hindustani Classical, Sufi and Qawwali singer. The tune of the song is based on raag Khamaj which is generally used for virah ras (separation). Hence this raag is favourite of ghazal and thumri singers. Shankar Mahadevan has used Khamaj raag in this song somewhat in a lighter mood to sync with the romantic background of the song.

Another feature of this song is that though it is picturized as a romantic song, the underlying tone of the lyrics is Sufiyana. The song starts with salutation to Rangrez. The words, ‘Rang’ and ‘Rangrez’ have been widely used by Sufi poets. ‘Rangrez’ is a Persian word which means ‘dyer’ who colours the cloth. But Sufi poets use this word metaphorically for a Sufi Saint who imparts colour (knowledge) to his followers to be one with the Almighty. There is no difference between ‘you’ and ‘me’ in a same way when colour is applied to the cloth and they become one. Prasoon Joshi has nicely written three lines in the song under discussion to emphasize on the philosophy of ‘oneness’:

ek bhi saans alag nahin leni
khench lena praan iss tan ke
nahin rehna dooja ban ke

One more feature of this song is that in the interlude music, in addition to percussion (Tabla and Dholak) Bouzouki (Mandolin like instrument) and Guitar, a rare musical instrument called Esraj has been used. One can listen to the sound of Esraj in Video clip of the song between 1:33 and 2:05 which sounds like that of Sarangi. The reason is that Esraj (like Dilruba) is a hybrid musical instrument combining the sounds of Sitar and Sarangi. This instrument has rarely been used in Hindi film music as it has almost extinct from professional circuit by 1980s. Instead music directors like S D Burman, Roshan, R D Burman had used Dilruba. It appears that Esraj is one of music director S-E-L’s favourite musical instruments. They have used Esraj for musical compositions in ‘Manmarziyaan’ (2018) and ‘Raazi’ (2018) also.

Enjoy this ‘two-in-one’ song – a romantic song if one watches the video clip of the song and a Sufiyana song if one only listens to the song.

Video
f
Audio

Song-O rangrez (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag)(2013) Singers-Javed Bashir, Shreya Ghoshal, Lyrics-Prasoon Joshi MD-Shankar Ehsan Loy
Both

Lyrics (based on audio clip):

o rangre…..z
o rangrez
tere rang dariya mein
o rangrez
tere rang dariya mein
doobna hai bas tera ban ke
haaye
nahin rehna dooja ban ke

ek bhi saans alag nahin leni
ek bhi saans alag nahin leni
khench lena praan iss tan ke
haaye ae
nahin rehna dooja ban ke

apne hi rang mein mujhko rang de
dheeme dheeme rang mein mujhko rang de
saundhe-saundhe rang mein mujhko rang de
rang de na
rang de na
rang de na..aa
o o o
apne hi rang mein mujhko rang de
dheeme dheeme rang mein mujhko rang de
saundhe saundhe rang mein mujhko rang de
rang de na
rang de na
rang de na.. aa

ghunghroo hai tu
main to hoon paaon piya
jha na na na nan
peepal tu main to hoon chhaaon piya
tabhi hoon magan
o.. naino mein bas chhab teri lehraaye
jhalke chhalke chhalke re

barse halke halke
apne hi rang mein
ho o o
apne hi rang mein mujhko rang de
dheeme dheeme rang mein mujhko rang de
saundhe saundhe rang mein mujhko rang de
rang de na
rang de na
rang de na..aa

maala mein aa tujhko piro loon
tujhe pehnu sajan
honthon mein aa sargam sa boloon
tujhe rat loon sajan
sajan tees meri pees de mujh mein hi
ghul ja
mill ja mill ja sajnaa

pighal ke mill jaa mill jaa
apne hi rang mein
ho o o
apne hi rang mein mujhko rang de
dheeme dheeme rang mein mujhko rang de
saundhe saundhe rang mein mujhko rang de
rang de na
rang de na
rang de na..aa

ni dha pa
dha re sa
ni dha pa
dha re sa

o rangre….z
(o rangre…z)
o rangrez
tere rang dariya mein
o rangrez
tere rang dariya mein
doobna hai bas tera ban ke
haay
nahin rehna dooja ban ke

apne hi rang mein mujhko rang de
dheeme dheeme rang mein mujhko rang de
saundhe saundhe rang mein mujhko rang de
rang de na
rang de na
rang de na aa

ho o o
apne hi rang mein mujhko rang de
dheeme dheeme rang mein mujhko rang de
saundhe saundhe rang mein mujhko rang de
rang de na
rang de na
rang de na aa


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In the blog, Sudhir Jee sometimes describes me as Ranchiwala Gaanewaala.

I have spent the formative years of my life in Ranchi. But when I think about it now, I find that the last time I visited Ranchi was in 1991 ! So it has been 28 years since I lost touch with Ranchi ! More than a quarter of a century !

I would dearly love to go to Ranchi and relive my memories of that place. It will be an emotional, sentimental and nostalgic visit whenever I go there.

But do I have to actually go there to relive the memories of that place ? Now a days it is possible to try and relive those memories online as well. So, I tried to see if I could relive some of my memories through online technologies.

My father was a railwayman who joined Railways in 1958, before I was born. He was posted in Ranchi. Initially he lived here and there in rented accomodations and finally he got a railway quarter in Ranchi railway colony in 1964. He retained this quarter till 1992. It was vacated after he retired.

So, this small quarter in Ranchi was my base for more than a quarter of a century. Of course, I had left Ranchi in 1983 to pursue Engineering (in Railways itself).

I studied upto class V in one school. It only had classes upto V, so later I was admitted to another school from where I passed my matriculation in 1978. Then I joined college. So these were the three places where I went to study while at Ranchi.

On searching online, I found a few photographs of Ranchi Railway station and I noticed that the main building of Ranchi Railway station was virtually unchanged from what it was in 1970s.

I fired up google earth and zeroed it in to Ranchi Railway station. On zooming it in, I began to see many familiar locations. On North of the Railway station, there was a playground. It was Railway sports ground, now called SERSA (South Eastern Railway Sports Association) stadium. Till 1970s, it was an open field where buffaloes used to roam all around. When I used to commute between my home and school on foot, I would take this route (via the sports ground) while returning. In case some football matches were going on in the evening, I would stop and start watching the football match, postponing my return to home. 🙂

One Railway inter departmental football tournament was held during december 1974 and its final was played on 1 january 1975. There was a good crowd to watch the final, and naturally I too was there. The team that I was supporting (it was the team belonging to my father’s department) played well, but the opposition team, despite being outclassed on the field, managed to emerge winners, much to my disappointment. The teams were awarded by the Chief Guest and his wife. I wondered why he was the chief guest. Much later I came to know that he was the chief guest because he was the boss of Adra Division (Ranchi Railway station was under Adra division). His designation was Division Superintendent. Now this designation is changed to Divisional Railway Manager. The gentleman who was the DS was from the same service to which I would belong more than one decade later. I met that gentleman, named S M Bhargava much later in 1990s when I was posted in Secunderabad and he was settled there after retirement.

On google earth, I could also locate my school where I studied upto matriculation. This school has since been relocated to another far off place and it has been converted as an Ashram. The locals opposed this move, but the school authorities succeeded in converting it into an Ashram. On zooming the place, I could locate my erstwhile school (now an ashram). I could see the place which used to be our playground within the school, where we would play during lunch break.

Likewise, I was able to locate my earlier school and also my college on google earth.

What about locating my quarter ?

I zoomed in to the area south of Railway Station. I got disillusioned and disappointed because the area appeared totally unfamiliar. So what has happened. Has the Railway colony been totally changed and rendered unrecognisable ? I felt despondent and thought that a major part of my younger days has been robbed off.

Then I braced myself, and began to look again. This time I began to look with more concentration and this time I started to recognise places. Then I zeroed in to a place which had to be my quarter which was my base for 28 years. I compared it with other landmark. I became more and more convinced that this is indeed the place. I could recognise the other landmarks as well.

The quarter indicated with hand was my place.
When I looked at adjacent quarters, I recalled the persons who stayed in those quarters. I also located the river (Harmu River) that flowed may be 200 metres from the quarter.

What about my neighbours in the colony ? Can I locate some of them online. Likewise, what about my school mates, college mates ? Is it possible to locate someone.

I realised that locating the neighbours would be a tall order. I knew them mostly by their nicknames, not by their actual names. And in most cases, I was not even aware about thei names.

I decided that my best (and only) bet was to locate Josephs. Mr Joseph lived on the quarter adjacent to our quarter. He was a Railway driver. In one of my nostalgia pieces, I have mentioned that some of my neighbourhood kid used to have the best quality hoop made out of steam locomotive piston rings. I was talking about the Joseph kids.

How do I locate these Joseph Kids ? The one kid in my age group was known to us by his nickname of Chikkoo. But what was his real name ? I wrecked my brain, and remembered that his “school” name was Christopher. So I looked for Christopher Joseph on facebook. I located one, who had mentioned that he lived at Ranchi. I remembered that the Joseph’s had bought plot near the railway colony and had built their home there as Mr Joseph was nearing retirement in early 1990s. So it made sense that Christopher Joseph, the eldest available son would inherit that home after his father and would stay there.

But the facebook page contained little information and not even any DP. But when I looked at his facebook friends, I came across one person called Eugene Joseph. This person had his photograph in his facebook page. This person was unmistakably Eugene Joseph, the younger brother of Christopher Joseph. He was born in february 1966 in their railway quarter and the young neighbourhood kids including me were allowed to see the newborn brother of Chikkoo on that very day. He was named Eugene. Kids had difficulty pronouncing the name and they called him “Engine”. Later their younger brother was born and he was named Ashley. Obviously this name too was difficult to pronounce for kids and he was promptly renamed Asli by the kids. 🙂 The kids were like that. I recall that they had trouble pronouncing a kid called Shakeel and they would call him “cycle”. 🙂

I tried to locate some more neighbourhood kids but drew a blank mainly because I was not aware of their formal names.

What about locating my school mates and college mates by the same method ? I had tried that in the past and I was able to locate a school kid called Shyamal Kumar Dey. We were in the same class in school and later on both of us got admitted to St Xavier’s college, Ranchi in 1978. His facebook page mentioned that he had done Engineering from West Bengal and had then joined a PSU. He was incidentally posted in Ranchi itself which was the HQ of his PSU.

In 2018, when I first located him on facebook, I sent him an email message. He did not respond. Perhaps he could not remember me or may be he did not consider me worthy of responding.

What about someone from college, apart from Shyamal Dey ? I could locate one.

St Xavier’s college, Ranchi admitted only the “brightest” students where brightness was judged by marks obtained in the matriculation examination. The Bihar Board topper among girls, who had achieved fourth rank overall in the state was a resident of Ranchi and she had also joined St Xavier’s college. The students were divided into two sections, viz section A and B. Each section had batches. All girls were in the same batch. Some boys were also in that batch. I was among the boys who were in the batch alongwith girls. Needless to say that boys of other batches envied the boys of this batch. 🙂 Personally I think that most boys of this batch were quite simple and “bhondoo”, Amol Palekar type. 🙂 I do not recall interacting much with any of those girls. Once while doing chemistry practicals, I by fluke had produced a perfect bead while doing borax bead test. The instructor showed this bead to all including the girls telling them that it was created by one among them. 🙂

More than one decade later, I was in Delhi, as part of my probation as a Railway probationer. We were doing parliamentary training, where we would attend a three day seminar on how parliament functions. On one day we were also taken to Parliament to watch how it functioned. We saw Parliament hall from visitor’s gallery and watched the then PM V P Singh replying to some parliamentary question.

The parliamentary training batch had members of two other services in addition to Railways. The participants had their names written in front of them. I found the name of a lady participant matching the name by which we knew her in our college. It was unmistakably the same lady. Her surname differed which was only to be expected because she must have been married by that time.

Next day I mustered enough courage to approach her and talked to her. It turned out that she was indeed the same lady. She informed me that she had married an IAS officer who was then posted as an ADC to the Governor of that state.

That was nearly three decades ago. While searching for my college time mates, I came across the name of this lady once again. I found that considerable information was available on her online. Her husband had reached the top viz had become Principal Secretary of that state. They had two sons and one of them was an IAS officer as well. So this class mate of mine, who was the topper among girls in matriculation examination of Bihar that year was doing very well in her life. I felt happy for her.

I tried to locate some people, but drew a blank. I think that I need to physically go to Ranchi and visit the familiar landmarks, including the place where I stayed and try to find some old acquaintances who may actually be staying in Ranchi even today. That I suppose would be a tall order. Most people may have been staying elsewhere by now.

Ranchi itself has changed considerably, as I have been informed by those who are more current with developments in Ranchi. I was able to locate a few relatives of mine who were settled in Ranchi but they were too young for me to find much in common with them. I tried to locate their parents instead but they were not on facebook. In one of my posts on Binaca Geetmala 1971 finals, I have mentioned my Mama with whom I was going to Ranchi but had an unscheduled night halt in another town. I could locate his children on facebook but not the mama himself. Those kids were not even born by that time. The mama himself was not on facebook.

When I thought of a song to accompany my reminiscences about Ranchi, I was very clear about the movie the song was to be from. The movie had to be “Hip Hip Hurray”(1984). One clear reason is that the story of this movie takes place in Ranchi ! So, it is a perfect movie for my purpose.

“Hip Hip Hurray” (1984) was produced by Manmohan Shetty and Pradeep Uppoor. It was the debut movie of Prakash Jha as a movie director. The movie had Raj Kiran, Deepti Nawal, Deepa Rani, Nikhil Bhagat, Shafi Inamdar etc in it.

I would have saved my effort by quoting the story of this movie from wikipedia or imdb, but the story as contained in these sites are horrible. So I have provided my own summary of the story here:

Sandeep Chaudhary (Raj Kiran), a resident of Mumbai is a computer science and Electronics Engineering graduate as well as a sports enthusiast. After his graduation, he appears for some job interviews, including one interview for a multinational computer company (called IDM 🙂 ). The people taking interview on behalf of the company seem to be totally clueless about computers going by the kind of questions he ask (more seriously, it is a reflection on the dialogue writer’s lack of knowledge of computers. Our venerable Gulzar is the dialogue writer.)
He has a smart and pretty career minded and fast life loving girl friend Uma(Deepa Rani).

While Sandeep Chaudhary is waiting for offer from IDM, which is likely to take three months, his uncle asks him to use this time fruitfully by joining as a sports teacher in a school at Ranchi whose principal is known to him.

So Sandeep Chaudhary boards a train and arrives Ranchi Railway station. He takes a rickshaw and reaches the school. The school Jamnadas school (a fictional school-scenes of this school were shot in Vikas Vidyalaya and Bishop Westcott Boys’ School in Ranchi ) is full of incompetent and careless teachers as well as disinterested, disillusioned and indisciplined students.

School teachers there ask him -” Mr Chaudhary, Bambai ke kis school mein padhaate thhe aap ?”
Sandeep Chaudhary- “jee main engineer hoon. computer science aur electronics mein”.

Hindi teacher- “electric mein hain ? Aap electrician hain. To khel kood mein kahaan se aa gaye?”

Hindi teacher gives his gyan- “Khel kood se is desh ki pragati sambhav hai kya. Ab aap hi bataaiye. Hamaare desh ke jo bhi mahaan neta thhe.
Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru, Subhash, Guru Nanak, Kabir aur kaun sa footbaal ya hockey khela karte thhe ye log ?”

Sandeep Chaudhary tries to bring discipline in the sports field and is met with resistance by students, led by the rouge student Raghu (Nikhil Bhagat). Raghu, who has failed four years in a row in the same class is a school bully and he has a teenager’s crush on lady teacher Miss Anuradha Roy (Deepti Nawal).

It is clear that the ambitions and temperaments of Sandeep Chaudhary and his fiancee do not match. With Sandeep Chaudhary in Ranchi and not in habit of keeping in touch with his near and dear ones through letters (the usual way of keeping in touch those days), Uma writes to him that there was little point continuing this relation and they should part ways. And she wishes him best of luck for future.

Sandeep Chaudhary decides to build a school team despite resistance from all concerned, viz teachers, students as well as parents. He presses on regardless. The experience of the first football match is disastrous though, because the school team loses 0-12. Sports teacher of the other team (played by Shafi Inamdar) mocks him- “aapko sport teacher kisne bana diya Mr Chaudhary ?”

Sandeep Chaudhary renews his efforts to built a stronger team. He gradually wins over those good players (led by Raghu) who had kept away from playing the earlier match. Gradually, all of them except Raghu join in. Raghu, who thus finds himself isolated does not like it and he retaliates by attacking Sandeep Chaudhary. And he then falsely implicates Sandeep Chaudhary of roughing him up. This lie gets busted because of the evidences provided to the Principal by Miss Anuradha Roy, who herself is a victim of stalking by Raghu. The Principal decides to expel Raghu from school. But Sandeep Chaudhary intervenes and prevents his expulsion. A chastened Raghu grudgingly falls in line and starts practicing with the football team.

The students practice with great motivation, waking up early in the morning and reporting at the sports field for practice. There are murmurs of resistance though. Parents of one Kid prohibits their son from participating in football citing his poor academics as the reason. Sandeep Chaudhary goes and meets them to try and persuade them.

“pichhle saal wo ek baar fail kar chuka hai.”- mother of the boy states.

“lekin, pichhle saal to koi games nahin thha hamaare school mein.”- Sandeep Chaudhary points out.
“toh tum kya kehna chaahte ho. Football khelne se uska maths aur science theek ho jaayega.”- is the sarcastic retort by the father.

“No Sir. Mere kehne ka matlab hai games mein hissa na lene ka matlab zaroori nahin hota hai ki padhaai achchi ho jaati ho. Haan ye zaroor hota hai ki bachche jo school se bhaage rahte hain unka school mein dil lagne lagta hai. Aur phir, rahi baat maths aur science ki main Inder se pehle hi kah chuka hoon main usey tuition khud doonga na.”- Sandeep Chaudhary tells the father.

The father mocks him-“Come on, it is not football. Main physics, chemistry aur chemistry ki baat kar raha hoon.”

“I know sir, Main electronics aur computer science mein graduate hoon.”- Sandeep Chaudhary breaks this information to the stunned parents who look at each other in bemusement.

The rematch takes place with the team that had won the last time by 12-0 margin. This time the enthusiasm is palpable not only among the players and students, but among teachers as well. The match begins, with the opposite team coach Shafi Inamdar as dismissive of his opponents as earlier.

The match begins, and by halftime the team is down 0-2. Will history repeat itself ?

The tide slowly begins to turn in the second half. The team pulls one goal back, and then the second one two. In the dying minutes, Raghu, after a dodging a few defenders as well as the goal keeper puts the ball into the net.

The school secures a memorable and first ever win over their arch rival school. The whole school fraternity is overjoyed.

Sandeep Chaudhary receives a letter which is the job offer from IDM. He is naturally happy, but the happiness is naturally tempered.

Miss Anuradha Roy goes to meet Sandeep Chaudhary. He is still asleep, the attendant opening the door explains.

Miss Roy goes to the bedroom-“Sandeep, pata hai saadhe saat baj rahe hain. Janaab abhi tak bistar mein pade hain. Chalo uthho. Naha dho lo. Thanda lagta hai to paani garm kar deti hoon.” She proceeds to leave the bedroom.

“Anu, idhar aao”- Sandeep Chaudhary beckons him, still lying in bed.

Anu goes to him.
“Mujhse shaadi karogi”- he pops the question.
“nahin”- pat comes the reply, there is absolutely no connection between verbal language and body language.
“badmaash!”-remarks Sandeep Chaudhary so the deal is finalised.

A party is held to celebrate the win. Teachers as well as players are invited. The students wonder if the sports culture that he inclucated in the school was ephemeral. Will the school sports go back to its previous days ? Raghu offers to take up the responsibility of sports in the school and vows to return as a sports teacher to the school after passing out from the school.

The movie ends with Sandeep leaving the school premises for the station.

This movie was the debut movie of Prakash Jha as a director. And this movie is like scoring a century on debut. It is a movie that I have fallen in love with. What is there not to like and love in this movie.

1. The story is set in Ranchi.
2. The characters are totally real life and believable.
3. I was in the right age group as well as temperament to totally identify with the hero.
4. The movie is inspirational.
5. It is a different film. It is a film about sports.

Unlike usual movies, this movie does not have the usual formula based songs- a love song, a separation song, a cabarat etc. My guess is that the director did not want any songs in it but later on compromised and had some songs playing in the background. I find that the first two songs (that I shortlisted to go with this writeup) are both picturised almost in identical manner. It is as if the same picturisation was used for both songs.

I have finally decided to go with the first song. This song is movie opening song. The song plays in the background as Sandeep Chaudhary and his girl friend Uma go around places in Bombay.

The song is sung by Yesudas. Gulzar is the lyricist. Music is composed by Vanraj Bhatia.

With this song, “Hip Hip Hurray” (1984) makes its debut in the blog. Though I can hardly sit through movies these days, it is one movie that has the ability to hold my attention. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who is interested in watching good well made movies.

Going by the casting, the lady, who plays the fiancee of Raj Kiran is Deepa Rani. She looked quite impressive. I wonder why she failed to have a long innings in movie world.

Another impressive character was Raghu, played by Nikhil Bhagat. He too vanished from movies after this impressive role. 31 years later, he reappeared in “Tamasha”(2015), this time playing the role of Deepika Padukone’s father. Unlike others, Nikhil Bhagat was not enamoured of showbiz so he decided to concentrate on business. He has a business of leather goods. He was persuaded to come back to films by Imtiaz Ali, the director of “Tamasha”(2015) who had watched “Hip Hip Hurrray” (1984) during its time and who was suitably impressed with the movie as well as the actor.

I hope that the lady Deepa Rani too resurfaces some time in future, like Nikhil Bhagat.

Today (19 july 2019) marks eleven years of continued existence for this blog. Over fifteen thousand one hundred songs have been covered in the blog during the 4018 days of existence, which means that the blog has been buzzing with activity, covering songs at the rate of just under four songs daily. We have run up some impressive statistics associated with the songs covered in the blog. But more important that the numbers is the fact that the blog has given rise to a musical bandwagon, and a close knit team of music lovers who have gradually become close friends, online as well as offline.

I have loved this eleven year long journey. I have grown up considerably as a human being thanks to my interaction with so many like minded individuals during this musical journey.

I take this opportunity to thank one and all for their continued support, encouragement, contributions etc. May this association go on and on.

Audio

Video

Song-Ek subah ek mod par (Hip Hip Hurray)(1984) Singer-Yesudas, Lyrics-Gulzar, MD-Vanraj Bhatia

Lyrics

ek subah
ek mod par
maine kahaa
usey rok kar
ek subah ek mod par
maine kahaa usey rok kar
haath badhaa ae zindagi
aankh milaa ke baat kar
haath badhaa ae zindagi
aankh milaa ke baat kar

roz tere jeene ke liye
ek subah mujhe mil jaati hai
roz tere jeene ke liye
ek subah mujhe mil jaati hai
murjhaati hai
koyi shaam agar to
raat koyi khil jaati hai
main roz subah tak aataa hoon
aur roz shuroo karta hoon safar
haath badhaa ae zindagi
aankh milaa ke baat kar

tere hazaaron chehron mein
ek chehraa hai mujhse miltaa hai
tere hazaaron chehron mein
ek chehraa hai mujhse miltaa hai
aankhon kaa rang bhi
ek saa hai
aawaaz kaa ang bhi miltaa hai
sach poochho to ham do judwaan hain
tu shaam meri main teri sahar
haath badhaa ae zindagi
aankh milaa ke baat kar
ek subah ek mod par
maine kahaa usey rok kar
haath badhaa ae zindagi
aankh milaa ke baat kar
haath badhaa ae zindagi
aankh milaa ke baat kar
ek subah
ek mod par
maine kahaa
usey rok kar
maine kahaa
usey rok kar
maine kahaa
usey rok kar


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Blog Day : 4014 Post No. : 15121

“Tulsi Vivaah”(1971) was was directed by Chandrakant for Tulsi Films, Bombay. The movie had Dara Singh, Jayshree Gadkar, Randhawa, Geetanjali, Abhi Bhattacharya, Aazaad, Anita Guha, Rajan Haksar etc in it.

This religious movie had fourteen songs in it. Two songs from the movie have been covered in the past.

Here is the third song from “Tulsi Vivaah”(1971) to appear in the blog. this song is sung by Mahendra Kapoor and chorus. Kavi Pradeep is the lyricist. Music is composed by C Ramchandra.

The song is picrurised as a melancholic background song as Jayshree Gadkar (playing Tulsi) is shown suffering throughout the picturisation.


Song-Chalti phirti dukh ki kahaani teri bhi kya zindagaani (Tulsi Vivaah)(1971) Singer-Mahendra Kapoor, Lyrics-Pradeep, MD-C Ramchandra
Chorus

Lyrics

chalti phirti dukh ki kahaani
teri bhi kya zindgaani
o o chalti phirti dukh ki kahaani
teri bhi kya zindgaani
o o
dukh ki chita par jalti jawaani
teri bhi kya hai kahaani
aa aa aa aa
aa aa
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aa

sir par tapasya ki bindiya lagaa kar
balidaan aankhon mein bhar ke
dharti ke upar preetam ki khaatir
jeeti hai tu mar mar ke
o o
kurbaani ki zinda nishaani
teri bhi kya hai kahaani
o o
chalti phirti dukh ki kahaani
teri bhi kya zindgani
aa aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa

haathon mein tere samarpan ke kangna
haathon mein tere samarpan ke kangna
pairon mein tyaag ki paayal
phir bhi o devi kya teri kismat
jeewan hai tera ghaayal
o o aansu mein doobi ghar ki raani
teri bhi kya hai kahaani
o o
chalti phirti dukh ki kahaani(aa aa aa aa)
teri bhi kya zindgaani (aa aa aa aa)
teri bhi kya zindgani(aa aa aa aa)
teri bhi kya zindagaani(aa aa aa aa)


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

Blog Day : 4004 Post No. : 15107

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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2009-19) – Song No. 38
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Today’s song is from the movie ‘Nai Umar Ki Nai Fasal-1965’. This movie was introduced on the blog on this day ten years back viz on 5th July 2009.

The movie ‘Nai Umar Ki Nai Fasal-1965’ is known mainly for its ‘epic song’ ‘Caravan guzar gaya’ written by Neeraj. The movie made its debut in the blog with this song.

Whenever I come across ‘milestone movies’, ‘epic movies’, or ‘the movies which have left a mark in the annals of Hindi film history’, I feel the urge to find out more about such movies and to share its songs on the blog if the opportunity for that still exists. I get an opportunity to share a song from this mvie today. I think that it is the first opportunity for me to cover a song composed by Roshan, one of my favourite music directors.

Though only one song from the movie is supposed to be left over, I found out that the number of leftover songs is not one but two.

As per HFGK this movie had seven songs (including one multiple version song) only. Movie information on wiki listed eight songs for this movie.

The one song not mentioned in HFGK is a song which plays in the background when the titles of the movie keeps rolling, and this is the song we are going to present here today.

The other remaining song from the movie is penned by Manmohan Tiwari according to HFGK. However, the movie titles only mention the name of Neeraj ji as lyricist for this movie.
So I guess that the today’s song is also written by Neeraj ji.

(I would request our editors and knowledgeable readers to throw more light on this movie and its songs.)

Now, for all such movies and their songs where we wish to cover the relevant details, trivia or biographical information about the ‘cast and crew’ of that movie we always have few posts which comes with such information.
Details of this movie and its songs, including trivia etc are covered in posts on the songs , viz.

Mero sainyya gulabiyo ko phool
Isko bhi apnaata chal usko bhi apnaata chal
and
Caravan guzar gaya gubaar dekhte rahe

After today’s post, just one more song from the movie is left to be covered. I can say that the remaining song will waiting for an appropriate occasion before that song gets covered. 🙂

Looking back at this date ten years back, songs from following movies were covered on the blog on 05th July 2009;

‘Umang-1970’ All Songs covered
‘Nai Umar Ki Nai Fasal-1965’
‘Chaar Dil Chaar Raahein-1959’ All Songs covered
‘Jhoola-1962’ All Songs covered
‘Aaraam-1951’ All Songs covered
‘Aarzoo-1950’ All Songs covered

‘Nai Umar Ki Nai Fasal’ was directed by R. Chandra for Shri. Vishwabharati Films. It had Tanuja, Rajeev, Leela Chitin, Shobhna Samarth, M.A. Latif, Renuka Rai, S.K. Prem, Ulhas, Bhalla, Raj Kishore, Khurshid Bawra and others.

Music for this movie was composed by Roshan and lyrics were written by Neeraj and Manmohan Tiwari (one song).

Today’s song is sung by Bhupinder Singh. It is a background song that plays with titles rolling on the screen. This song also has a second part which appears at the end of the movie.

Today’s song is a motivational song that seeks to inspire the new generation to bring about a positive change in the society for the upliftment of all. Thisis is in complete contrast to the debut song of this this movie ten years back on the blog, which was a ‘melancholic song’ (as Atul ji mentioned in his post ten years ago).

Let us now listen to today’s song …

Video (Part I)

Video (Part II)

Song-Nayi umar ke naye sitaaro (Nai Umar Ki Nai Fasal)(1965) Singer-Bhupinder Singh, Lyrics-Neeraj, MD-Roshan

Lyrics

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Part I
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Nayi umar ke naye sitaaro
Nayi fasal ki nayi bahaaro
Khilo phalo is tarah ke
Poore chaman ka poora libaas badley
Nayi umar ke naye sitaaro
Nayi fasal ki nayi bahaaro

Likho jawaani ke naam khat wo
Ke phool ban jaayen khaar saare
Be-roshni ki lagaao kalmen
Zameen pe ugne lagen ae sitaare
Badaldo pichchhle hisaab aise
Ulat do gham ke naqaab aise
Ke sab ki sab ye zameen badley
Ke sab ka sab ye aakaash badley
Nayi umar ke naye sitaaro
Nayi fasal ki nayi bahaaro
Nayi umar ke naye sitaaro
Nayi fasal ki nayi bahaaro]

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(Part 2)
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Nayi umar ke naye sitaaro
Nayi fasal ki nayi bahaaro
Khilo phalo is tarah ke
Poore chaman ka poora libaas badley
Nayi umar ke naye sitaaron
Nayi fasal ki nayi bahaaron

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Devnagri Script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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(भाग -1)
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नयी उम्र के नए सितारो
नयी फसल की नयी बहारो
खिलो फलो इस तरह के
पूरे चमन का पूरा लिबास बदले
नयी उम्र के नए सितारो
नयी फसल की नयी बहारो

लिखो जवानी के नाम ख़त वो
के फूल बन जाएँ खार सारे
बे-रौशनी की लगाओ कलमें
ज़मीन पे उगने लगे ए सितारे
बदलदो पिछले हिसाब ऐसे
उलट दो ग़म के नकाब ऐसे
के सब की सब ये ज़मीन बदले
के सब का सब ये आकाश बदले
नयी उम्र के नए सितारो
नयी फसल की नयी बहारो
नयी उम्र के नए सितारो
नयी फसल की नयी बहारो
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(भाग -2)
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नयी उम्र के नए सितारो
नयी फसल की नयी बहारो
खिलो फलो इस तरह के
पूरे चमन का पूरा लिबास बदले
नयी उम्र के नए सितारो
नयी फसल की नयी बहारो


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

Blog Day : 3985 Post No. : 15074

Saw “Bees Saal Pehle” which released on 6th June 1972, viz a few days back aaj se “saintees saal pehle”.

It starts off as any horror movie of those times. We have Vinod Mehra driving a vehicle (highly polluting by the standards set in the modern days) through a ghat road in perfect weather, rather late in the evening. His vehicle stalls when he stops it to see what or who has jumped over the cliff, doesn’t find a thing but now he has to look for help to restart his journey.

He sees a bungalow close by-predictably- and it is almost dark by the time he gets there. He knocks and the door opens by itself (was reminded of Mehmood from “Pyar Kiye Jaa”). He walks in with a “Koi hai? Arre koi hai?” (anybody there?). And an old man (Iftikhar) materializes and offers him a room for the night in the cob-web infested house.

Surprisingly the room has a clean patch. And as is the norm since time immemorial (my first experience was in the Ashok Kumar- Madhubala starrer “Mahal”) Vinod Mehra hears a lady scream and then sob and then sing plaintively. Sure enough, Vinod runs out of the room seeking the old man and asks for an explanation.

Then the movie goes into “Bees Saal Pehle” there was a Choudhury (Abhi Bhattacharya) in a city nearby, whose only heir (Ritesh) was in love with a sweet girl (Farida Jalal) of the area but had to marry another damsel (Anupama) to relieve her of her distress. By the time the movie got to this point in the story it had given us a party song, a romantic song, a line of a bhootiya (haunting) song and a “questioning the god” song.

Essentially the movie had eight songs with one of them appearing twice in the movie. The singers used were Lata Mangeshkar, Ranu, Asha Bhonsle, Kishore Kumar and Hemant Kumar as playback singers. S.H.Bihari was the lyricist and Hemant Kumar was the producer (Geetanjali Pictures) and music composer. Movie was directed by Probir Roy. The title card said that Ritesh (Hemant Kumar’s son) was introduced in this movie and I was surprised to see Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s name in the star cast. I didn’t get to the part where Hrishida makes a screen appearance as by then I had found my song to go with this post.

Going by the time of release of this movie, today’s song could well be one of the last songs that Hemant Kumar sang for Hindi movies. His journey started in 1935 with recording a song for All India Radio, Bengali non-film songs happened in 1937 and first film song was for “Nimai Sanyas” in Bengali in 1941. His first Hindi film came in the form of “Anand Math” of Filmistan in 1952. He had a 50-year long career dedicated to music- he was a Rabindra Sangeet exponent. I am sure we have had Hemantda’s detailed biography in a few posts of this blog.

We remember Hemant Kumar Mukherjee, of the wonderful voice, with a song sung and composed by him in the later part of his career, today on his 99th birth anniversary.


Song-Poochhe to kaun poochhe ye baat aasmaan se(Bees Saal Pehle)(1972) Singer-Hemant Kumar, Lyrics-S H Bihari, MD-Hemant Kumar

Lyrics

poochhe toh kaun poochhe
yeh baat aasmaan se
yeh kaisi dushmani thhi
bijli ko aashiyaan se
poochhe to kaun poochhe

barbaadiyon ko apni
aabaadiyaan samajh le ae
barbaadiyon ko apni
aabaadiyaan samajh le ae
aisa junoon laaye
har aadmi kahaan se
poochhe toh kaun poochhe
yeh baat aasmaan se
yeh kaisi dushmani thhi ee
bijli ko aashiyaan se
poochhe toh kaun poochhe


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

Blog Day :

3971 Post No. : 15056 Movie Count :

4132

“Dheere Dheere“ –

Dheere Dheere Machal Ae Dil-e-Beqaraar

Dheere Dheere Chal Chaand Gagan Mein

Dheere Se Jaana Bagiyan Mein O Bhanwra

Dheere Se Aa Ja Ri Ankhiyan Mein Nindiyaa Aa Ja Ri Aa Ja

Dheere Dheere Bol Koi Sun Na Le

Dheere Chal Dheere Chal O Bheegi Hawa

O More Sainya Ji Utrenge Paar Re Nadiyaa Dheere  Baho

Pal Pal O Pal Samay Tu Dheere Dheere Chal

Then there are songs have the word in different context, like;

O Gaadi Waale Gaadi Dheere Haank Re

Man Re Tu Kaahe Na Dheer Dharay

And this category of songs cannot be thought of without the superbly melodious “Dheeme Dheeme Gaaun, Dheere Dheere  Gaaun”.

All the above songs are already posted in the blog.  I had actually planned to do a series on ‘dheere dheere’ songs.  I also have plans for a few more such word based theme posts.   But for all these themes I am finding only newer songs.  So the series idea is dropped, will just be preparing random posts for which ever song appeals.

Here I am presenting a song which suits the theme to the ‘T’. Its from the movie ‘Aashiqui’ (1990) which is making its debut here. More than 29 years ago this movie came and the music created a storm. I personally am witness to the rage these songs were. In recent days I have been listening to the songs of this film and I am having to revise my choice of best song in the movie. This song ‘Dheere Dheere Se Meri Zindagi Mein Aana” used to by my favourite and I thought this was the best. But the other songs like the title song “Saanson Ki aroorat Hai Jaise”, “Jaan-e-Jigar Jaan-e-Mann”, “Main Duniya Bhulaa Doonga”,  “Nazar Ke Saamne Jigar Ke Ppaas”, “Ab Tere Bin Jee Lenge Hum”, “Tu Meri Zindagi Hai “, “Dil Ka Aalam Ab Kya Sunaaun Tumhen” etc.  Total 9 songs all are chartbusters. At the time this movie came and songs were so popular, it was a known fact that the songs were all from the Music Bank created by T-series (Gulshan Kumar). I think Mahesh Bhatt may have got to select the songs he wanted for his film. That is the only explanation for such high quality melodious songs in one film, when films used to succeed on only one or two good songs. Such was the condition of film music, despite the ghazal already having made a big comeback in Hindi film music. All songs in a film couldn’t be ghazal recitiations like in ‘Umrao Jaan’, so the film makers were making use of the urdu ghazal selectively.

There was at least one song in the above mentioned list which is a direct lift from an existing older song.

The music of the film was by Nadeem-Shrawan, and the singers were Kumar Sanu and Anuradha Paudwal. The lyrics are by Rani Malik for this song. The film had newcomers Anu Agarwal and Rahul Roy for hero and heroine, with support cast of Deepak Tijori as the friend, Reema Laagu as the mother, Tom Alter as the warden, among others.

Here is an excerpt of a review on imdb.com :

“Each and every song of this movie is timeless. Nadeem-Shravan may not be creative and experimental like A. R. Rehman, but it is true that if “melody” had a second name it would be Nadeem-Shravan. “Aashiqui”, “Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin”,”Sadak”, “Saajan”, “Deewana”, “Dil Ka Kya Qusoor”, “Salami”, “Damini”, “Dil Waale”, “Raja Hindustani”, “Jeet”, “Pardes” are examples of this genius combination. Mahesh Bhatt is one of the finest filmmakers we had, but it is sad that his biggest commercial success is probably his weakest work as a director, or probably got overshadowed by the lovable music.”

I can’t agree more with the above para. I don’t know the songs of ‘Dil Waale’ and ‘Jeet’ of the above listed films, but can add ‘Hum Hain Raahi Pyaar Ke’ and ‘Dhadkan’ which came much later, to this list. ‘Pardes’ would be the highest point or the culmination of this phenomena called Nadeem-Shrawan.

The music of this film did make a clean sweep of the Filmfare Awards of 1991

Best Music Director : Nadeem Saifi – Shravan Rathod

Best Lyricist : Sameer (For the song “Nazar Ke Saamne”)

Best Playback Singer – Male :
Kumar Sanu  (For the song “Ab Tere Bin”)

Best Playback Singer – Female :
Anuradha Paudwal  (For the song “Nazar Ke Saamne”)

This is the tally of these artists in the blog so far,

Nadeem Shrawan 15
Anuradha Paudwal 35
Kumar Sanu 22
Sameer 30

No wonder that the songs of ‘Aashiqui’ have been rehashed multiple times and reused a couple of times for ‘Aashiqui’ – 2 & 3.  I have come across very very high praise for Nadeem-Shrawan, some go to the extent of calling them SD Burman-ish.  Output wise I am inclined to agree that they were able to maintain a particular standard, which was a difficult task, given the market and commercial requirements.   As for being SDB-ish, I have found a song or two by them to be in the SDB mode.

Anyway, the songs of this movie are on their way to becoming sort of folklore/folk songs in the next century 🙂 🙂 , at the current rate and trends.

Video

Audio

Song – Dheere Dheere Se Meri Zindagi Mein Aana (Aashiqui) (1990) Singer – Kumar Sanu, Anuradha Paudwal, Lyrics – Rani Malik, MD – Nadeem Shravan

Lyrics

dheere dheere se
meri zindagi mein aana
dheere dheere se
dil ko churaanaa
tum se pyaar hamen hai kitna jaane jaana
tum se mil kar tum ko hai bataana

dheere dheere se
meri zindagi mein aana
dheere dheere se
dil ko churaanaa
tum se pyaar hamen hai kitna
jaane jaana
tum se mil kar tum ko hai bataana

jab se tujhe dekha
dil ko kahin aaraam nahin
mere hothon pe ek tere siwa
koi naam nahin
apna bhi haal tumhaare jaisa
hai saajan
bas yaad tujhe karte hain
aur koyi kaam nahin
ban gayaa hoon main
teraa deewaana
dheere dheere se dil ko churaana
oo dheere dheere se meri zindagi mein aana
dheere dheere se dil ko churaanaa

tu ne bhi aksar mujh ko jagaaya
raaton mein
aur neend churaai
meethi meethi baaton mein
tu ne bhi beshaq
mujh ko kitna tadpaaya
phir bhi teri har ek adaa pe
pyaar aaya
aa jaa aa jaa ab kaisa sharmaanaa
dheere dheere se dil ko churaana
oo dheered heere se meri zindagi mein aana
dheere dheere se dil ko churaanaa
tum se pyaar hamen hai kitna jaane jaanaa aa
tum se mil kar tum ko hai bataana
dheere dheere se meri zindagi mein aana
dheere dheere se dil ko churaanaa

———————————————————-
Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Nahm)
———————————————————-
धीरे धीरे से
मेरी ज़िंदगी में आना
धीरे धीरे से
दिल को चुराना
तुम से प्यार हमें है
कितना जाने जानां
तुम से मिल कर
तुम को है बताना
ओह ….
धीरे धीरे से
मेरी ज़िंदगी में आना
धीरे धीरे से
दिल को चुराना
तुम से प्यार हमें है
कितना जाने जानां
तुम से मिल कर
तुम को है बताना

जब से तुझे देखा
दिल को कहीं आराम नहीं
मेरे होंठों पे एक तेरे सिवा
कोई नाम नहीं
अपना भी हाल तुम्हारे जैसा
है साजन
बस याद तुझे करते हैं
और कोई काम नहीं
बन गया हूँ मैं
तेरा दीवाना
धीरे धीरे से
दिल को चुराना
धीरे धीरे से
मेरी ज़िंदगी में आना आ
धीरे धीरे से
दिल को चुराना

तू ने भी अक्सर मुझ को 
जगाया रातों में 
और नींद चुराई 
मीठी मीठी बातों में
तू ने भी बेशक
मुझ को कितना तड़पाया
फिर भी तेरी हर एक अदा पे
प्यार आया
आ जा आ जा अब कैसा
शरमाना
धीरे धीरे से
दिल को चुराना
धीरे धीरे से
मेरी ज़िंदगी में आना आ
धीरे धीरे से
दिल को चुराना
तुम से प्यार हमें है
कितना जाने जानां
तुम से मिल कर
तुम को है बताना
धीरे धीरे से
मेरी ज़िंदगी में आना आ
धीरे धीरे से
दिल को चुराना


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day : 3965 Post No. : 15047

Songs Repeated in Hindi Films – 2
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One of the most iconic songs of Saigal Sb. A song that is a definitive representation of Hindi film music of the 1930s. That incomparable rendition by Saigal Sb under the music direction of RC Boral was recorded live for the film ‘Street Singer’ (1938). Recorded more than eight decades ago, this remains a signature piece for time immemorial. The vision of Saigal Sb, leaving his home, just carrying his harmonium with him, walking with a slow measured pace, and singing this thumri – it is one of the lasting images of Hindi cinema. That version of the thumri from the ‘Street Singer’ can be viewed here – “Baabul Mora, Naihar Chhuto Hi Jaaye“.

Anecdotes around that live recording and shooting tell of a microphone hidden in the harmonium, of the slow pace of walking so as to complete the singing and the visual shot keeping within the range of the camera. Playback singing had already been invented (1935) and was in progressive use in the industry. And yet, this song was recorded live. The performance can only be called – unprecedented, incomparable and peerless. Nothing more fascinates the diehard fans of Saigal Sb, than this one song by him. Many singers have sung this, but the Saigal version remains untouched, unsurpassed.

In the film, this song spans an extended sequence of scenes. And small parts of this song are also rendered by Kanan Devi. There is a sequence where Kanan Devi attempts to sing this song in the theatre. Later, Bhola (KLS) departs from their shared home, upset that Manju (Kanan Devi) is enamored by Amar Babu (Jagdish Sethi), and wants to move in with him. But after just one day away from Bhola, Manju returns home searching for him. And finds that he has left. She makes a phone call to Amar Babu, requesting him to bring his car. They start to drive towards the road that leads to Bhola and Manju’s home village. In the meantime, the scene shifts between Manju searching for Bhola, and Bhola walking away with the harmonium. The song is reprised here three or four times, sometimes just the mukhda, sometimes just the antaraa.

Amar Babu is driving the car with dismay in his heart. A windstorm arrives. There is lot of dust in the air, and visibility is not good. Manju alights from the car, and starts following the path on foot – the path that Bhola would have taken returning to his village. Tired and overcome by storm, Bhola falls down by the roadside. Manju sees someone lying on the road and rushes to him. The tryst happens again. Amar Babu watches them from a distance. And then with a wry smile on his face, he returns to his car, to start the lonely journey back to his home. Bhola and Manju start their foot journey back to their village. Once again the song is heard in the voice of Kanan Devi, as the visual shows the two mates, in a silhouette against a darkening sky. The hearts have met, they are returning home, and the lady’s voice is telling – “Le Babul Ghar Aapno, Main Chali Piya Ke Des. . .”.

Thirty five years later, in 1973, this classical thumri is now included in the film ‘Aavishkaar’, starring Sharmila Tagore and Rajesh Khanna. This time, the music composition is by Kanu Roy, who transformed it into a duet, with the participating voices of Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh. This time, in the picturization, this is presented as a background song, as the visual action on screen is mostly silent – and yet very expressive.

‘Aavishkaar’ presents a scenario of a brief hiatus in the lives of two people very much in love. In love they are, and they get married, and they start to live together. Maybe, just love is never enough. What love is – it needs to be examined, re examined and re invented often. And then it becomes love, more love and more meaningful. Else, just the drudgery of the consistent proximity, which used to be like heaven to start with, turns into stagnant boredom. Expectations still riding high, the lull now breeds contempt – a contempt that is actually screaming for and seeking a rejuvenated level of understanding and sharing. That is what ‘Aavishkaar’ is about.

The film starts on a day when it is the wedding anniversary of the protagonist couple. Amar (Rajesh Khanna) is aware, but still, broodingly ignores. He works late in office, he goes to see a film with a female co-worker, giving the audience the impression that he is seeking extra marital happiness. On his way back at night, he finally musters enough thought and courage, and buys a bouquet of Rajnigandha flowers. Arriving home, a certain scene transpires before he enters the house, and on an impulse, he places the bouquet in a flower pot next to the door, and enters the house, pretending that he does not remember the anniversary. A long night passes. There are flashbacks, there are arguments, there is even physical violence – highlighting the drift that has occurred in the relationship. Basu Bhattacharya has handled the conflict and the interactions very deftly. In my mind, this is the best handling of the situation of a very loving relationship gone sour. Many other films come to mind – ‘Arth’, ‘Dooriyaan’, ‘Anubhav’, ‘Aandhi’, ‘Grih Pravesh’, ‘Aap Ki Kasam’, the comical ‘Pati, Patni Aur Who’, ‘Abhimaan’ . . . and more. In ‘Aavishkaar’, the director portrays the conflict, the pain, and the reconciliation, at a very psychological level.

So, after a distraught and a tension filled hostile night, mostly sleepless and lot of exchanges and memories, the new day dawns. The rigmarole of the daily routine beckons. Mansi (Sharmila Tagore) gets up early and opens the front door to pick up the milk delivery. And then she sees. . . the bouquet standing in the flower pot. She picks it up. And the voice of Jagjit Singh drifts in from the background. She finds Amar standing behind her. . . and there is an embrace. A lot changed and a lot settled in that night of strife.

The two stanzas play out slowly. The first one as the couple are embracing and then they move back into the home. The second stanza is an external shot, mixing flashback again possibly, as we see the couple on the beach, in a mood of frolic, as the singer croons yet once again to say. . . “Le Babul Ghar Aapno, Main Chali Piya Ke Des. . .”.

The two instances that we are so familiar with, of the use of this song in Hindi films, both seem to have happy conclusion. But that was not the original thought when Wajid Ali Shah wrote and composed this thumri, way back in 1856. The British had played a game of deception with the Nawab of Awadh. In a bloodless coup, Wajid Ali Shah was dethroned and sent to Calcutta, and the British annexed Lucknow and the kingdom of Awadh. The Nawab was completely heartbroken, on leaving his beloved city, and his cultural roots. That is the time when this timeless poem was conceived.

Yes, the interpretations works both ways. There is this indication of a newlywed bride, going to her new matrimonial home. There is sadness on leaving the parent’s home, but there is also an eagerness and joyful elation of being with the one, with whom a new bond of love will be explored. And, there is the gloomy and poignant interpretation. Looking at the sad dilemma that was faced by Wajid Ali Shah – he was sentenced to leave behind his beloved city, his happy pastimes, and the people who made up his life that far. The discussions in literature talk about the passing passage of life into afterlife. That too, is a leaving behind of the home that one thinks to be their own, and then embark on a journey to meet the Maker. This jusxtaposition is captured so beautifully and so splendidly in this brief two verse thumri – “Main Chali Piya Ke Des. . .”.

In the context of this series, I bring on this song today to highlight another dimension of reuse that we see so often in Hindi films – the reuse of traditional poetry and folk music. This particular thumri is so simply a dear favorite of singers, that gathering the number of different renditions by different artists would be a big exercise in itself. Just to give you an idea, this thumri has been sung by the following singers – the list goes all the way from Bade Ghulam Ali Khan to Alisha Chinoy. The names, in no particular order are – Ustad Faiyaz Khan, Gauhar Jaan, Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Siddheswari Devi, Begum Akhtar, Rasoolan Bai, Naina Devi, Kesarbai Kerkar, Ustad Mushtaq Hussain Khan, Malka Jaan, KL Saigal, Jagmohan Sursagar, Kannan Devi, Ustad Khadim Husain Khan, Girija Devi, Shobha Gurtu, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki, Kishori Amonkar, Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh, Jagjit Singh (solo), Rajan-Sajan Mishra, Alisha Chinoy, Mahendra Chopra. . . and I am sure, many more artists of repute.

If I talk about Hindi films, then besides the two instances already covered in the write up above, this thumri appears in two more films. In 1954, Manna Dey has sung this for the film ‘Mahatama Kabir’ – a really wonderful rendition. Then later in 1964, Lata Mangeshkar has sung this for the Bhojpuri film ‘Naihar Chhutal Jaaye’.
[Ed Note: Dear Arun ji adds two more instances of this song being used in Hindi films, both from early 1930s. This song has been rendered by Durga Khote in the 1931 film ‘Trapped’ aka ‘Farebi Jaal’. Then again in 1934, this thumri appears in the list of songs for the film ‘Naachwaali’ – no information available regarding singer or music director.]

Such reuse that involves traditional poetry and folk songs, is really very simple, because this material is beyond the intellectual property disputes. For that matter, we have seen many such other creations being used in films across the decades. On the devotional side, the poems of Meerabai, Kabir Das, and Soordas are very popular and are used quite freely by the producers. Then we have the adabi poets, once again a traditional treasure that does not have any copyright issues attached. Ghazals of Ghalib are quite popular and have been used in many films across the decades. As I scanned the songs in HFGK I find that the ghazal “Dil e Nadaan Tujhe Hua Kya Hai” appears in 9 films from 1931 to 1980. The ghazal “Nuktacheen Hai Gham e Dil” appears in four films, “Ye Na Thee Hamaari Qismat” appears three times, “Phir Mujhe Deeda e Tar Yaad Aaya” also appears in three films, and so on.

Checking for Meerabai’s bhajans, one finds the popular ones like “Mere To Girdhar Gopal”, “Main To Gidhar Ke Ghar Jaaun”, “Tum Jo Todo Piya” etc., being used in many films. Not a precise search, but my estimate is that Meerabai’s bhajans appear in Hindi films more than 100 times. The search cannot be precise because there are many instances where the traditional bhajans or ghazals have been used without giving credit to the original poet. Additional note – Amir Khusro’s poetry appears in Hindi films no less than 10 times, of which at least 4 are occurrences of “Kaahe Ko Byaahi Bides. . .”.

The more difficult proposition would be to trace the folk songs reuse across Hindi films. With so much variations, and without acknowledgement to the original folk source, it is difficult to make an estimate of folk music reuse in films. But I will surely add that this segment would be more voluminous than the bhajans and ghazals. The song, or variations thereof, of “Jhumka Gira Re. . .” has been used in no less than four films.

Coming to the film ‘Aavishkaar’. The film is produced under the banner of Aarohi Film Makers and is directed by Basu Bhattacharya. The songs of this film are written by Gyandev Agnihotri and Kapil Kumar. And yes, this traditional thumri originally created by Wajid Ali Shah. The cast of actors is listed as Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore, Deena Gandhi, Denis Klement, Satyendra Kappu, Monika Jasnani, Devendra Khandelwal, Margaret, Mahesh Sharma, and Minna Johar etc.

Interesting side note – this film is the 2nd in the now famous trilogy by Basu Bhattacharya, on the topic of marital discord, the first one being ‘Anubahv’ (1971) and the 3rd being ‘Grih Pravesh’ (1977).

More interesting side notes. As we talk about reuse, I must mention the other interesting reuse in this film. Probably this is the only film where we can hear Sharmila Tagore singing. At one place in the film, the iconic Manna Dey song “Hansne Ki Chaah Ne. . .” is being sung by Sharmila. Then, at another place in the film, the song from ‘Teesri Kasam’ (1966) – “Duniya Banaane Waale, Kya Tere Mann Mein Samaai” is playing on the radio, and we can also hear Sharmila singing along with it.

So much for today. In the next episode, we shall explore another very interesting aspect of re-use of songs.

Song – Baabul Mora, Naihar Chhuto Hi Jaaye  (Aavishkaar) (1973) Singers – Jagjit Singh, Chitra Singh, Lyrics – Traditional, MD – Kanu Roy
Jagjit Singh + Chitra Singh

Lyrics

baabul mora. . .
naihar chhuto hi jaaye

baabul mora. . .
baabul mora. . .
naihar chhuto hi jaaye

chaar kahaar mil mori
doliyaan sajaaye re
mora apna begaana
chhuto jaaye. . .
naihar chhuto hi jaaye

[dialogue – Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila]

angnaa to parbat bhaya
deori bhai bides
le babul ghar aapno
main chali piya ke des
main chali piya ke des
main chali piya ke des

baabul mora. . .
naihar chhuto hi jaaye

———————————————————
Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
———————————————————

बाबुल मोरा॰ ॰ ॰
नईहर छूटो ही जाये

बाबुल मोरा॰ ॰ ॰
बाबुल मोरा॰ ॰ ॰
नईहर छूटो ही जाये

चार कहार मिल मोरी
डोलियाँ सजाये रे
मोरा अपना बेगाना
छूटो जाये॰ ॰ ॰
नईहर छूटो ही जाये

[संवाद – राजेश खन्ना, शर्मिला टागोर]

अंगना तो परबत भया॰ ॰ ॰
डेयोड़ी भई बिदेस
ले बाबुल घर आपनो
मैं चली पिया के देस
मैं चली पिया के देस
मैं चली पिया के देस

बाबुल मोरा॰ ॰ ॰
नईहर छूटो ही जाये

 


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