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Blog Day :

4270 Post No. : 15500 Movie Count :

4271

Ok, so Atul approached me a few days ago requesting me for a post for a special occasion.

My posts have become very infrequent here – in fact, before my latest post on Sahir’s birth anniversary (8th March), my previous post was on his death anniversary last year (25th October). So a gap of more than 4 months.

But then, like often happens in Test cricket, you wait and wait for a wicket to fall – and when one falls, another quickly follows.

Same has happened here. Following quickly on the heels of the 8th March post, here is another one.

And on such an occasion that I just could not refuse. Let’s just call it the perfect yorker. 🙂

Friends, I am SO honoured here to present Rafisaab’s 3000th song on this blog.

Please allow me now to take a deep breath to let this sink in.

I don’t remember now when we got to Rafisaab’s 1000th and 2000th songs, but as we scale new heights, it feels like we’re entering rarified space.

3000 songs of one artiste on our blog is quite an astonishing achievement. Of course, we’ve already got there with Lata Mangeshkar (she’s going strong with 3500+ right now) but Rafisaab is only the second artiste to hit this milestone here.

Even as I write this post, I feel extremely humbled – and undeserving of this honour. This post is supposed to be a tribute not just to Rafisaab, but to this blog itself.

And there have been so many more here, starting with Atul himself, who deserve to write this. My contributions have dramatically reduced – while there are at least a dozen others (actually many more), who contribute much more, and far more regularly.

But since I am a big Rafisaab fan, I think Atul approached me for this. (In fact there are even bigger Rafisaab fans here – but let’s not start comparing. :-))

Having said all that, let’s talk a bit about Rafisaab here – and our love for him.
I say “our”, because I know I speak for everyone here when I say, we all love Rafisaab here. Only the degree might differ.

Speaking for me personally (and maybe for others too), it has never been about just Rafisaab’s voice.

Sure, for his voice alone, he would easily have had a special place in my heart. That divinity in his voice, his ability to transport me into a different realm altogether, the intonations, the “thehraav” – all of these put him on a level that’s stratospheric for me.

I have spent hours listening to Rafisaab, often intending to listen to just one song. 🙂 I’d listen to one, then get tempted to listen to another, then another, and so on. And before I’d realize it, the minutes would turn into hours. I’ve even spent all night listening to him (ok, that was a few years ago, when I coul stay awake all night). 🙂

It has been said many times before, and by many, but I will say it again – at least in HFM, I haven’t seen any singer with the versatility of Rafisaab. He could deliver every single song in exactly the mood and range required for it. Which is why he could do rock and pop singing just as comfortably as he could do bhajans and ghazals.

Rafisaab could totally get you into any mood the song demanded. He could just mesmerize you into it.

One moment he’s singing the breezy “pukaarta chala hoon main” or the sensuous “aaja re aa zaraa”, the next he’s singing the bhajan “sukh ke sab saathi”. 🙂

One moment, you’re imagining yourself as Shammi Kapoor with “aaja aaja main hoon pyaar tera”, the next you’re Bharat Bhushan lamenting “o duniya ke rakhwaale”. 🙂

They said of Rafisaab that he was an extremely shy and quiet person outside the recording room. You could barely hear his voice.

But once, in the room, recording?

He was a totally different person.

He would be so totally immersed in the song, giving it the very best he could, that you couldn’t believe it was the same person who, outside the room, hardly ever spoke.

In this sense, Rafisaab was a thorough professional. He always sought to give his very best, regardless of who the composer was.

In stature, he was often far higher than most of the composers he sang for. So it is only normal that composers might have hesitated to ask him for a retake, and could have just gone with whatever had been recorded, even if they were not fully satisfied.

But such was Rafisaab’s humility, such was his professionalism, such was his lack of ego, that he would ask the composer if it was ok – and if the composer had any suggestions for improvement, Rafisaab would redo it to the composer’s satisfaction.

That is truly the sign of greatness of an artiste.
And, considering how many successful artistes end up with ego too to match, Rafisaab stands out as an exception.

There are so many other things about Rafisaab that speak of the greatness of him as a human being.

There are other examples of Rafisaab’s nature that are also endearing.

For example, the fact that he sang for composers for a nominal fee, even just a token one rupee, because he knew they could not afford to pay him fees compatible with his stature.

Even in the royalty issue, which resulted in his fallout with Lata, his stand was typical. I don’t want to play judge here, and talk about whether his/Lata’s action was right or wrong, but it was typical of Rafisaab to feel that he had been adequately compensated for the work he had done, and shouldn’t ask for more.

Rafisaab’s generosity went beyond the industry. He provided financial support to people who did not even know who their benefactor was.

All of this, without the slightest arrogance. When someone would praise one of his songs, Rafisaab would just smile and point upwards , as if to say “sab ooparwaale ki kripa hai”.

There’s SO much one could learn from Rafisaab and his values. Ever-polite, ever-professional, ever-helpful, ever-smiling, ever-humble. And ever the family man too, because he always enjoyed spending time with his family.

I’ve written many times about him here – and much of what I’m saying here is repetitive (and possibly boring), but it always gives me great joy to write about Rafisaab, whatever the occasion.

I invariably then write about his character and not just his songs, because his character amazes me just as much as his amazing voice.

So the fact that we have now got 3000 songs of Rafisaab on this blog is a hugely satisfying achievement. My hearty congratulations to Atul, and to everyone else who has been part of this process.

Oh, and in all the discussion about Rafisaab and his 3000th song, I almost forgot.

There’s another milestone to celebrate today – today’s song also happens to be the 15500th song on the blog.

Yes, 15,500.

There was a time, in the early years of the blog, when every century was a major milestone. Then, as the centuries began getting clocked with regularity, the celebration around them decreased. We had entered the chiliad league, so our major milestones became 1000, 2000, 3000 and so on….now past 15000.
The 100s became minor milestones.
While this is understandable to some extent after 155 centuries, I still think every century deserves to be celebrated.

Let us NEVER forget that EVERY song involves a fair amount of effort, and though contributors (*cough*, *cough*) do their bit, every song still requires time & effort from Atul/Sudhirji. And they’ve put this effort 100 times, since 15400. So, I definitely think they deserve appreciation and a round of applause for this.

Now onto the song for today.

You can always trust Atul to unearth songs that have long faded from people’s memory. Or maybe they never got attention when they were released.

The same applies to films too. After all, the Hindi film industry is prolific, with hundreds of films being released every year, and thousands of songs.

As a result, many songs and films never get attention.

This blog has always tried to unearth such songs and films, and to give them their share in the limelight, even if it is several years after their release. After all, every song involves a lot of effort from many artistes. And for a film? The effort is several times more – involving so many more people, in various capacities, each one playing his/her role hoping to see the film succeed at the box-office.

I don’t know the success rate of films, but I’d say there are far more films that don’t click at the box-office, than those which do. Let’s not get into reasons here – I’m no pundit – but I do always like to acknowledge the effort that has gone into making a film anyway.

Why so much of a build-up in this post?

Because the song for today has as much to do with the film as with the song itself.

Prima facie, the song looks like a routine song. It’s a qawwali, with its usual nok-jhok, and, as isn’t uncommon in movies, with disguises. 🙂

Now I’m a sucker for qawwalis, so even though this probably isn’t in the same league as many more illustrious ones, I’m happy to just listen to it, and enjoy it.
Besides, this was 1982 – and by then, qawwalis were slowly on the decline. The times had changed, and naturally films had to reflect the changed times.
So I wouldn’t judge this qawwali, keeping other classics in mind. 🙂

When Atul sent me an e-mail requesting me for a write-up, he explained why he picked this song. It has to do with not just the song, but the film as well.

This is what he said:

The song that I have chosen for the occasion is a special song. It is a rare song. It is composed by an obscure music director called B T Singh. It is the only song of B T Singh with Rafi in his career. HFGK mentions that music was arranged and composed by Uttam Singh. He could be assistant to B T Singh.

The movie is an obscure movie called “Chambal Ke Daaku”(1982). This movie was Produced by R S Sandhu , written and directed by S Azhar for S L Cheema films, Bombay.
The USP of the movie was “Real dacoits pesented first time on screen.”
The movie had real dacoits viz Mohar Singh, Madho Singh, Fateh Singh, Lakhan Singh, Kalyan Singh and hundred of ex dacoits, and actors like Nazneen, Javed Khan, Madhumalini, Sulochana, Malti Joshi, Yasmeen, Birbal, Dushyant, Deep, Ashok, S S Khan, Nirmal Singh, Shamsher Singh, Jeewan Singh, Joginder Singh, Amreek Singh, Joginder Singh Laddhar, Mahendra Singh, Chandrakala, Ramesh Deo, Sohel Khan, Joga Singh, Sayyad Khan, Praveen Lakhad, Gajendra Gadge, Rajkumar, Baw Brar, Shabbir Khan, Guest apppearances by Padma Khanna, Hina Kausar, Mahendra, Raza Murad etc.”

Wow!
So now we have a film here where real-life dacoits just decided to act in a film. Maybe there are other examples too (what about “Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai”)?

In any case, it is a rather fascinating scenario. And of course, when I learnt about this, my mind began working overtime, imagining all sorts of things.

– Were they active dacoits, wanted by the police? If so, how did they get to act? Or had they served their sentence, and reformed? In which case, they shouldn’t be judged on their past, of course.
– How much were they paid?
– Was it maybe just a smart move for the producer to co-opt real-life dacoits so that not only does he have a USP, but he also has access to their expertise, and could film in locations he wouldn’t otherwise dare to?
– How did co-stars, and the rest of the crew feel? Imagine having chai with a real-life dacoit. You’d probably not want to upset him, or even crack a joke about him, for fear of him taking offence at it
– In the shooting scenes, was anyone worried that the dacoits might just get excited and take it all too literally?

Such thoughts, and more, came to my mind, because this was reel life and real life potentially getting mixed up. The key word here is “potentially”. 🙂

Chambal itself was a common film theme in those days – especially in the 70s and early 80s. Films mirror real-life events, and dacoity used to be in the news off and on in those days. There were plenty of dacoit films made in that time, the most famous being Sholay, of course. 🙂

I remember VP Singh, CM of UP (1980-82) came down hard on dacoity in his time, and even got a lot of praise for it. But soon after, there was a major dacoity, as if to spite him – and he offered to resign as CM.

I myself used to travel a lot by train from Orissa to Delhi in the early 80s, and go through Gwalior-Morena (I think Dholpur in Rajasthan also), which I think is the Chambal area. The landscape would be “interesting”, and would trigger my imagination. 🙂

Anyway, enough of digression.

Back to the song, it is sung by Rafisaab (of course), together with Asha Bhosle and Manna Dey. Rafisaab passed away in 1980, so it’s possible this is one of his last few songs – unless the film took a while to get released.

I must admit I couldn’t recognise many faces – but Ramesh Deo is, of course, unmistakeable.

Hope you enjoy the song, and imagine yourself singing it with real-life dacoits in Chambal Valley. 🙂

And once again, congratulations to the blog for clocking Rafisaab’s 3000th, and the blog’s 15500th.

Audio

Video


Song-Uljhan ho chaahe koi aa jaaye mushqil (Chambal Ke Daaku)(1982) Singers-Rafi, Asha Bhonsle, Manna Dey, Lyrics-Gauhar Kanpuri, MD-B T Singh
Male chorus
Female chorus

Lyrics

banaayenge bhanwar mein raasta
aur lahron pe saahil
bhanwar kehte hain uljhan ko o
lahar ka naam hai ae ae mushqil

uljhan ho chaahe koi aa jaaye mushqil
uljhan ho chaahe koi aa jaaye mushqil
mil ke rahegi yahin apni manzil
mil ke rahegi yahin apni manzil
kehta hai aaj yehi mera dil
uljhan ho chaahe koi aa jaaye mushqil
uljhan ho chaahe koi aa jaaye mushqil

kahaan se aaye ho
bolo ji kya iraada hai

Ji kya iraada hai
hamaari baat hai
ya doosron se waada hai

ye dil ka raaz hai
dil mein hi rehne do dilbar
haan rehne do dilbar
banega baat ka afsaana honthon pe aa kar
dilon ke raaz ko
o o o o o o
dilon ke raaz ko
nazron se ham to
kehte hain
kehte hain
kehte hain
ham si haseenon ko samjho na gaafil
gaafil
ham si haseenon ko samjho na gaafil
uljhan ho chaahe koi aa jaaye mushqil
uljhan ho chaahe koi aa jaaye mushqil

haaye
haseen adaaon ka rangeen nazaara dekhenge
nazaara dekhenge
ham apni aankh se kismat ka taara dekhenge
haaye ae ae ae
ae ae ae
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa
nazar nawaaz
nazaaron mein jee nahin lagta
haaye ae ae
haseen chaand sitaaron mein aen
jee nahin lagta
sa ni ma dha pa ni
dhi ma pa ni sa
sa ni sa dha ni
pa dha
ma pa
ma ga ma
ga re ga sa re
sa re ga ma pa
nigaah e naaz ka hamko ishaara mil jaaye

ishaara mil jaaye
hamen bhi jeene ka
koi sahaara mil jaaye

isharaa paaoge ae ae ae
isharaa paaoge
jhaanko hamaari aankhon mein
aankhon mein
aankhon mein
chaand se chehre pe
taaron ki jhilmil
jhilmil

chaand se chehre pe taaron ki jhilmil
uljhan ho chaahe koi aa jaaye mushqil
uljhan ho chaahe koi aa jaaye mushqil

samajh gaya hoon main
dil aur nazar ke afsaane

nazar ke afsaane
anaar ek hai
aur uske do hain deewaane

deewaana kaun hai
duniya ko ye bataana hai
yahi bataana hai
nazar ke teer se taqdeer aazmaana hai
jo hoshiyaar hai
ae ae ae ae ae
jo hoshiyaar hai
duniya usi ke kaabil hai
kaabil hai
kaabil hai
mehfil se baahar bhi hai ek mehfil
mehfil

mehfil se baahar bhi hai ek mehfil
uljhan ho chaahe koi aa jaaye mushqil
uljhan ho chaahe koi aa jaaye mushqil
kahin uljhan hai
kahin mushqil hai

kahin mehfil kahin manzil
ye lo mera fasaana
ye kissa hai puraana
oho
hamaara dil na todo
oho
ye dil ki bat chhodo
oho
mere nazdeek aao
oho
qayaamat na uthhaao
oho
tumhaara dil hai patthar
aha
magar tum ho sitamgar
oho
mujhe tarpaaya tumne
oho
mujhe uljhaaya tumne
oho
tujhe hamne pooja
oho
mere dil mein hai dooja

oho
kahaan hai wo kidhar hai
oho
idhar hai ye udhar hai


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Blog Day: 4270 Post No.: 15499

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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2010-2020) – Song No. 14
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In my personal opinion, “Namak Halaal”(1982) is one movie that had come at a critical juncture in the history of HFM and also in my personal life as well. 1982 was a time when the golden era of HFM was over. Songs and also movies were plainly becoming ridiculously rubbish. This was my personal opinion and many others shared this view.

But common people, what is often described as the LCD (Lowest common denominator) could not care less. This section of moviegoers, who are not much into thinngs like class, taste etc and are more into instant gratification loved whatever was being dished at that time.

And what was that ? That was disco. Most of them mindless, brainless kind of it. Standard formula of those days was to fill the movie with a few loud disco music where lyrics did not matter much. The lyricist only had to fit in a few arbitrary words including the word Disco, and the lyrics was done. Music director had an easier time. They only had to lift tunes of disco music from west. This lifting was shameless and blatant, without giving any credit to the original composer , and obviously without buying its rights.

The person who was almost singlehandedly responsible for this rot was Bappi Lahiri.

But Bappi Lahiri was not always like that. He started his career in mid 1970s and created some veryfine compositions. His music was so catchy that I often mistook his composition for R D Burman compositions, which is real high praise for a music director. It was he who composed such catchy and often iconic songs such as Chalte chalte mere ye geet yaad rakhna(Chalte Chalte)(1976), Aali re aali re Holi(Zakhmee)(1975), Pyaar maanga hai tumhi se(College Girl)(1978), Maana ho tum behad haseen (Toote Khilone) , Haan pahli baar ik ladki mera haath pakadkar (Aur Kaun), Hamse nazar to milaao (Ikraar), Tumhaaraa pyaar chaahiye mujhe jeene ke liye (Manokaamna) etc.

The problem with these tunes was that most of these tunes were class but these movies and its songs often went unnoticed. As a result, Bappi Lahiri’s career was going nowhere. So he finally decided that “to hell with class. I will compose music that sells.” So he started creating plagiarised disco songs. These songs were so popular that the entire music industy was forced to copy his disco music. And that sounded the death knell for the golden era of HFM.

Ironically, Bappi Lahiri kept producing some classy compositions even during the post Goolden era. My simple observation is that he did so when he used golden era singers in movies of golden era directors. On rest of the occasions, when mediocre producers and directors along with mediocre starcast was used, Bappi Lahiri would produce mediocre plagiarised music, and he would insist on giving playback for the hero in such movies.

“Namak Halaal”(1982) was directed by a golden era director namely Prakash Mehra. This movie, which was produced by Satyendra Pal for Chaudhary Enterprises, Bombay was a A grade movie with top stars of the day. Amitabh Bachchan was the hero. Others in the movie were Waheeda Rehman, Shashi Kapoor, Parveen Babi, Smita Patil, Satyen Kappu, Ashalata, Harish, Chandrashekhar, Dev Kumar, R S Chopra, Tuntun, Asha Chandra, Aazaad, Bob Cristo, Viju Khote, Jinder Walia, Nandita Thakur, Ram Sethi, Ranjeet Sood, Om Prakash, Ranjeet etc, with special appearances by Suresh Oberoi and Kamal Kapoor.

I had watched this movie by bunking my college (so what is new 🙂 ). Being a movie goer of high standards, I did not like the movie much. Having watched the movie, I went to the college the next day in what was the college recreation room which has facilities for indoor games like carrom board, TT etc. Some sports magazines were also available there.

There a few staff were playing carrom. While playing it, one of the staff, who had watched the movie, animatedly described the movie in glowing terms to his colleagues, leaving others suitably impressed and overwhelmed. He certainly made them eager to watch the song. I was listening to the discussion and I too got inflenced and realised that the movie was not all that bad that I had thought. This movie indeed was fun to watch. subsequently, I have watched parts of this movie and realised that this movie has some parts that have become all time classic scenes. For instance, there is this scene where hotel manager (played by Ranjeet) asks hairon Singh (played by Amitabh Bachchan) if he can speak English. The scene that follows can amuse movie goers even today. It is this movie that gave us a classic dialogue- “Moochhen ho to Nathhulal jaisi warna na hon.”

The movie had five songs in it. These songs had the golden era singers in it. Kishore Kumar sang for Amitabh Bachchan and his singing made all the difference. No one else could have sung these songs with so much energy, verve and midas touch. And the picturisation of these songs were fantastic. There are cases when poor picturisation destroys the effect of a great song. But that is not the case in this movie. all the songs have been picturised superbly. watching the picturisation of these songs is a highly entertaining and fulfilling experience.

Four of these songs have been covere in the past. Here are the details of the songs already covered in the blog:-

S N Song Song number in blog Date of posting
1 Pag ghunghroo baandh Meera naachi thi 143 11-Oct-2008
2 Jawaan jaaneman haseen dilruba 2364 27-Mar-2010
3 Raat baaqi baat baaqi 8622 1-Sep-2013
4 Thhodi si jo pee li hai 14951 23-Mar-2019

One can see that the previous song from the movie was covered more that one year ago. After covering that song, I had become aware that only one song from the movie remained. But this song was such a song that it deserved a befitting writeup, and that required time. And I for some reason or the other was not able to find time for a writeup.

So I kept dilly dallying and things kept getting delayed. Finally a time came when I was informed that “Namak Halaal”(1982) becomes eligible for the blog ten year challenge. I informed other potential writers- “Dont dare touch it. It is my song.” 🙂

So here I am, finally forced to bring thing song onboard in the blog.

This song “aaj rapat jaaye to hamen na uthhaiyo” is a rain song extraordinaire. And it becomes so because it had been sung with gusto by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhonsle. It is difficult to think of any other singers who could have sung this song with this much aplomb.

The song was picturised on Amitabh Bachchan and Smita Patil as a rain song. In rain songs, the actors , especially the lady gets dangerously wet. This song is one of the most dangerously wet sari song of them all. We are aware of several occasions when censors have ordered that songs be deleted because they found the picturisation as objectionable. Some examples being Balmaa khuli hawaa mein (Kashmir Ki Kali) and Jaata kahaan hai deewaane sab kuchh yahaan hai sanam (CID). Censors found the depiction of the female character objectionable in these songs. So these songs were deleted from the movie. Only their audio remain. and I need not tell you how popular these songs are.

When I posted the previous song from the movie, which was Thhodi si jo pee li hai , and which happened to be posted on 3900th day of the blog, our beloved Khyati jee censured me as well as Sudhir jee.

Congratulations Atulji and team on reaching this milestone.
I am thinking what kind of spell ASAD is under recently? Aap nashe waali baat kar rahe ho, seedhe shaade Sudhurbhai pichkaari maarne ki baat kar rahe hai… Just concerned or rather worried. 😉
Regards
Khyati

My comment was:

Agla jo gaana bacha hua hai is movie ka, that will increase your anxiety about us even more. That song is- aaj rapat jaaye. 🙂 🙂

Khyati jee commented

That song should be played/posted behind the curtain. Bachhon pe bura asar padega. 😉

The picturisation of this song is indeed like that. Fortunately Indian censors had become more liberal since the days of 1950s and 1960s and this song passed muster with the censors. The fact that this movie was directed by a heavyweight diirector and starred the biggest star of the day, who also had strong political connections must have certainly helped.

So, here is this song, the fifth and final song from “Namak Halaal”(1982). as part of blog ten year challenge. With this song, all the songs of “Namak Halaal”(1982) have been covered and this movie thus joins the list of movies that have been YIPPEED in the blog.

Devnagri script lyrics are provided by Avinash Scrapwala, a person who keeps an eagle eye on “blog ten year challenge” opportunities. 🙂

Video

Audio

Song-Aaj rapat jaaye to hamen na uthhaiyyo (Namak Halal)(1982) Singers-Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Anjaan, MD-Bappi Lahiri

Lyrics

aaj rapat jaayen to hamen na uthhaiyyo
aaj phisal jaayen to hamen na uthhaiyyo
hamen jo uthhaiyo to o
hamen jo uthhaiyyo to
khud bhi rapat jaiyo
haan khud bhi phisal jaiyo
aaj rapat
aa ha aaj rapat jaayen to hamen na uthhaiyyo

barsaat mein thhi kahaan baat aisi
pehli baar barsi barsaat aisi
barsaat mein thhi kahaan baat aisi
pehli baar barsi barsaat aisi
kaisi ye hawa chali
ha
paani mein aag lagi
ha
jaane kya pyaas jagi re ae
bheega ye tera badan
ha
jagaaye meethi chubhan
ha
nashe mein jhume ye mann re
kahaan hoon main
mujhe bhi ye hosh nahin aa

ha ha ho ho ha ha ho ho
aaj behak jaayen to hosh na dilaiyo
aaj behak jaayen to hosh na dilaiyo
hosh jo dilaiyo to o
hosh jo dilaiyo to
khud bhi behak jaiyo
aaj rapat
aa ha aaj rapat jaayen to
hame na uthhaiyyo

baadal mein bijli baar baar chamke
dil mein mere aaj pehli baar chamke
baadal mein bijli baar baar chamke
dil mein mere aaj pehli baar chamke

haseena dari dari
ha
baahon mein simat gayi
ha
seene se lipat gayi re ae
tujhe to aaya maza
ha
tujhe to soojhi hansi
haa
meri to jaan phasi re
jaan e jigar kidhar chali
nazar churaa ke
aa ha ho ho ha ha o ho
baat ulajh jaaye to aaj na suljhaiyo
baat ulajh jaaye to aaj na suljhaiyo
baat jo suljhaiyo to o o
baat jo suljhaiyo to
khud bhi ulajh jaiyo

aaj rapat
aa ha aaj rapat jaayen to
hame na uthhaiyo

baadal se chham chham sharaab barse
saanwri ghata se shabaab barse
baadal se chham chham sharaab barse
ho saanwri ghata se shabaab barse
boondon ki baji paayal
ha
ghata ne chhedi ghazal
ha
ye raat gayi machal re ae
dilon ke raaz khule
ha
fiza mein rang ghule
ha
jawaan dil khulke miley re ae
hona thhaa jo hua wahi
abb darna kya
aa ha
o ho aa ha ho ho
aaj doob jaayen to hamen na bachaiyo
aaj doob jaayen to hamen na bachaiyo

hamen jo bachaiyo to o o
hamen jo bachaiyo to
khud bhi doob jaiyo
aaj rapat
aa ha aaj rapat jaayen to
hame na uthhaiyo
aaj phisal jaayen to hamen na uthhaiyo
aa ha
o ho
aa ha
o ho

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Devnagri script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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अरे अरे अरे
ना ना ना ना
ना ना ना ना आ

आज रपट जाएँ तो
हमें ना उठैय्यो
आज फिसल जाएँ तो
हमें ना उठैय्यो
हमें जो उठैय्यो तो ओ
हमें जो उठैय्यो तो
खुद भी रपट जैय्यो
हाँ
खुद भी फिसल जैय्यो
आज रपट
आ हा
आज रपट जाएँ तो
हमें ना उठैय्यो ओ

बरसात में थी कहाँ बात ऐसी
पहली बार बरसी बरसात ऐसी
बरसात में थी कहाँ बात ऐसी
पहली बार बरसी बरसात ऐसी
कैसी ये हवा चली
हाँ
पानी में आग लगी
हाँ
जाने क्या प्यास जगी रे ए
भीगा ये तेरा बदन
हा
जगाये मीठी चुभन
हा
नशे में झूमें ये मन रे ए
कहाँ हूँ मैं
मुझे भी ये होश नहीं आज

आ हा
ओ हो
आ हा
ओ हो
आज बहक जाएँ तो होश न दिलैय्यो
आज बहक जाएँ तो होश न दिलैय्यो
होश जो दिलैय्यो तो ओ ओ
होश जो दिलैय्यो तो
खुद भी बहक जैय्यो
आज रपट
आ हा
आज रपट जाएँ तो
हमें ना उठैय्यो ओ

बादल में बिजली बार बार चमके
दिल में मेरे आज पहली बार चमके
बादल में बिजली बार बार चमके
दिल में मेरे आज पहली बार चमके

हसीना डरी डरी
हा
बाहों में सिमट गयी
हा
सीने से लिपट गयी रे
तुझे तो आया मज़ा
हा
तुझे तो सूझी हंसी
हा
मेरी तो जान फँसी रे ए
जान जिगर किधर चली
नज़र चुरा के
आ हा
ओ हो
आ हा
ओ हो
बात उलझ जाए तो
आज ना सुलझैय्यो
बात उलझ जाए तो
आज ना सुलझैय्यो
बात जो सुलझैय्यो तो
खुद भी उलझ जैय्यो

आज रपट
आ हा
आज रपट जाएँ तो
हमें ना उठैय्यो ओ

बादल से छम छम
शराब बरसे
सांवरी घटा से
शबाब बरसे ए

बादल से छम छम
शराब बरसे ए
ओ सांवरी घटा से
शबाब बरसे ए

बूंदों की बजी पायल
हा
घटा ने छेदी ग़ज़ल
हा
ये रात गयी मचल रे ए
दिलों के राज़ खुले ए
हा
फिजा में रंग घुले ए
हा
जवान दिल खुलके मिले रे ए
होना था जो हुआ वही
अब डरना क्या
आ हा
ओ हो
आ हा
ओ हो
आज डूब जाए तो
हमें न बचैय्यो
आज डूब जाए तो
हमें न बचैय्यो

हमें जो बचैय्यो तो ओ ओ ओ ओ
हमें जो बचैय्यो तो
खुद भी डूब जैय्यो
आज रपट
आ हा
आज रपट जाएँ तो
हमें ना उठैय्यो
आज फिसल जाएँ तो
हमें ना उठैय्यो
आ हा
ओ हो
आ हा
ओ हो


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Blog Day :

4162 Post No. : 15333 Movie Count :

4224

Hullo Atuldom

Sometimes a sudden tune or memory or word sends the mind looking for a song or visual connection. So, a few days back it was a tune in my head that sent me looking for today’s song. I remembered, rather vaguely, that the song had Ashok Kumar dancing away merrily. I remember having seen it eons ago on Doordarshan – the one source of most of my nostalgia.

I hunted down the song. I found the name of the movie it was from. Searched for it on YouTube. Enjoyed my first encounter with that movie thoroughly. It has been listed on IMDB.com under “action, crime, drama” genre. It should also have been categorised as “comedy”.

The movie had a huge cast- a set of dancing actresses headed by Shashikala, Aruna Irani, Prema Narayan, Helen, Jayshree T., Meena T. and Shubha Khote & Manorama. The male line up was headed by Ashok Kumar, Ranjeet, Sujit Kumar, Keshto Mukherjee, Asrani, Jagdeep, Viju Khote, Krishan Dhawan, Chandrashekhar, Coca Cola, Pinchoo Kapoor, Birbal, Yusuf Khan (Zabisco from Amar Akbar Anthony), Babban, Pakoda Kader etc. There were a few more known faces which were billed as guest appearance- Amjad Khan, special appearance- Danny and friendly appearance -Mehmood.

There were many movies back then where we had known faces putting in appearances in these categories as a gesture to the maker of the movie. And I think I know why Mehmood did this movie as the maker S. Ramanathan had been a co-director on “Bombay to Goa”.

This movie begins on a night where Ranjeet (one of the serious persons throughout the movie) is hatching a plot to steal diamonds from the vault of Pinchoo Kapoor’s residence in the company of Sujit Kumar (he plays a dead body for half the movie)- that is where the crime angle is. As the plan is being executed Pinchoo Kapoor is shot dead (crime angle again). But he Dials 100 with the help of his pet Pomeranian -that is one intelligent pet which has a good part to play in helping recognize the lost daughters of the family. That is when the ‘drama angle’ comes into play when the pet recognizes one daughter because of her locket, takes her to the bungalow where the loyal servant of the house enquires about the girl whose photo is in the locket. Further family-drama comes into play when it turns out that the girl in possession of the above mentioned locket is also the younger daughter of the family and in the absolute climax of the movie the sisters unite and with the aide of the hero and practically the entire cast catches Ranjeet and hands him over to the cops headed by Krishan Dhawan and Chandrashekhar.

Of course, we have to sit through the movie, from the murder to reach the climax (only place where there is dishoom- dishoom in the movie), through a not-so-boring movie. Danny was a revelation as far as his comic timing was concerned. I will not spell here what transpires through the movie and spoil the fun for anyone who may wish to see this movie.

Today’s song features the tenants of Manorama’s apartment as they gather to wish the newly-engaged hero -heroine (every Bollywood movie worth its name needs a jodi) Vinod Mehra and Bindiya Goswami. Everyone is singing and having the time of their life except Bindiya Goswami. The song is sung by Manna Dey (for all the males present), Asha Bhonsle (for the females) and Bappi Lahiri for Vinod Mehra. Anjaan wrote the song and Bappida was the music director for this S. Ramanathan directed “Dial 100” which released on 2nd April 1982.

Here is the song where Ashok Kumar leads along with Aruna Irani and the rest of those present join. I have always loved songs where Ashok Kumar visibly enjoys himself. Let us also enjoy this song.

Thinking of Dada Moni today on his anniversary.

Audio

Video


Song-Maara gaya maara gaya koi bechaara maara gaya (Dial 1000(1982) Singers-Asha Bhonsle, Manna Dey, Bappi Lahiri, Unknown voice, Lyrics-Anjaan, MD-Bappi Lahiri
Male chorus
Female chorus
All chorus
Manna Dey + Asha Bhonsle

Lyrics

Haaan
Haaaa
Haaan
Haaaa

maaraa gaya
maaraa gaya
koi bechaara maaraa gaya
maaraa gaya
maaraa gaya
koi bechaara maaraa gaya

(arey kaun maaraa gaya)
oye hoye hoye hoye hoye

koi kunwaara maaraa gaya
ye maazra kaise kab ho gaya haan
koi kunwaara maaraa gaya
ye maazra kaise kab ho gaya
ladka jawaan ladki jawaan
dono mile toh ghazab ho gaya

koi kunwaara maaraa gaya
ye maazra kaise kab ho gaya
koi kunwaara maaraa gaya
ye maazra kaise kab ho gaya

laa lala laa lalala laa
laa lalalaa laa
laa lala laa lalala laa
laa lalalaa laa
laa lala laa lalala laa
laa lalalaa laa
laa lala laa lalala laa
laa lalalaa laa

kahaan dono mile kaise mile
haa haa haa
ho kahaan aankh ladi kaise ladi
haa haa haa
kahaan teer chale kaise chale
haa haa haa
ho kahaan baat badhi kaise badhi
haa haa haa
chhupi chhupi
tauba re tauba
chori chori
haye re haye

kahaan bandhi
gaya re gaya
prem dori

aankhon aankhon mein jud gaya taanka
pada kaise kahaan dil pe daaka
aankhon aankhon mein jud gaya taanka
pada kaise kahaan dil pe daaka
bolo ji bolo ye bhed kholo
kaise ye sab ho gaya aaa aaa

ooi
koi kunwaara maaraa gaya
ye maazra kaise kab ho gaya
arrey ladka jawaan ladki jawaan
donon mile to gazab ho gaya

ho koi kunwara maaraa gaya
ye maazra kaise kab ho gaya

aaaa aaaaaaa
aaaaa aaaaaa

kahaan pyaar ki yeh baat chhupe
haa haa haa
kahin jaake kahin raaz khule
haa haa haa
ho jahaan pyar mein do yaar milen
haa haa haa
wahin dekh ke yeh log jalen
haa haa haa
yahaan wahaan
oooi maa
baat chali
baba re baba
shor macha
gayi re gayi
gali gali
chhora chhori pe hoke lattoo
hua sabki nazar mein nikhattu
ho chhora chhori pe hoke lattoo
hua sabki nazar mein nikhattu
do dil mile toh hangama aisa yun besabab ho gaya aa
ooi
koi kunwaara maaraa gaya
ye maazra kaise kab ho gaya
arey ladka jawaan ladki jaawan
dono mile to gazab ho gaya

hey koi kunwaara maaraa gaya
ye mazara kaise kab ho gaya

laa lalalaa laalalalaa
laa lalalaa laalalalaa

hooo ohhoo
hohoho hohoho
kahin koi jale jalta rahe

haa haa haa
koi kuch bhi kahe kahta rahe
haa haa haa
yahaan tera mera saath rahe
haa haa haa
yahi pyar yahi baat rahe
haa haa haa
toone mujhe
kya
maana sajan
haay re haay
maine tujhe
oye hoye
maana dulhan
gayi re gayi
kahin saabit na ho preet jhoothi
aayi dene gawaahi angoothi
kahi saabit na ho preet jhoothi
aayi dene gawaahi angoothi
ungali pakad ke
bahe pakad li
kissa gazab ho gaya aaa

hurr
koi kunwaara maaraa gaya
ye maazra kaise kab ho gaya
arey ladka jawaan ladki jawaan
dono mile to gazab ho gaya

hurr
koi kunwara maaraa gaya
ye mazara kaise kab ho gaya

maaraa gaya maaraa gaya (oooooooooooo)
koi kunwara maaraa gaya (oooooooooooo)
maaraa gaya maaraa gaya (oooooooooooo)
koi kunwara maaraa gaya (oooooooooooo)
maaraa gaya maaraa gaya (oooooooooooo)
koi kunwara maaraa gaya (oooooooooooo)
maaraa gaya maaraa gaya (oooooooooooo)
koi kunwara maaraa gaya (oooooooooooo)


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Blog Day : 4155 Post No. : 15322

Hullo Atuldom

We are into the last month of 2019. There are a lot of messages being forwarded on WhatsApp and other social media platforms urging the reader to enjoy the last TEEN year in a long time to come, after this the new millennium will be on the threshold of adulthood (India has 21 as the official age at which a person is considered an adult).

Here is the first birthday post for the month. Let us all wish the “raunaq e blog”- titled bestowed on the recipient two years ago on this date- a very Happy Birthday. May she be forever healthy happy cheerful and full of life, as she has been described by Atulji and Sudhirji in their posts in the blog.

I have not gone looking for hitherto unposted Talat Mehmood songs as Atulji had suggested two years back but went with my regular practice of mixing this birthday girl with the flamboyant, evergreen, forever PACHCHEES (25) actor of the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s who was forever hyperactive. And going by what the two Sutradhars of our blog have written, our birthday gal sounds to be ‘hyperactive’ and may she be forever PACHCHEES or shall I say “Aththara” (18). Wish you a very happy birthday Ben Katie a.k.a Khyatiben. Lets us have a great time today on your birthday. Let the music begin and play through the day from this end of the globe to your end.

tum jiyo hazaaron saal saal ke din hon pachaas hazaar,
sau saal jiyo tum jaan meri , or the evergreen baar baar din ye aaye.
Let all these and other birthday songs available here and elsewhere be played on loop (as kids we used to say rewind and replay the cassette). Let our dear birthday gal choose a song she likes; we shall play that too on LOOP.

Today we also remember Raju “Guide” on his 8th Remembrance Day with a song that showcases him with his typical mannerisms which I feel he adopted after around 30-35 years in the industry. That typical nod, crooked smile that made ladies go weak at the knees (or was that smile always a killer) etc. This is from the 1982 release “Swami Dada” which was produced and directed by Dev Anand and had a large cast. The ladies in the movie were Rati Agnihotri, Padmini Kolhapure (she was still a teenager), Urmila Bhatt, Sushma Seth, Naaz, Christine O’Neil, Beena, Baby Khushboo etc. The male cast was headed by Dev Anand, Mithun Chakravarty, Naseeruddin Shah, Shakti Kapoor, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Tom Alter, Bharat Kapoor, Sudhir etc, this was Jackie Shroff’s first credited screen appearance playing Shakti Kapoor’s confidant.

The first song from this movie was posted exactly seven years back for the same occasion; at that time, I had found this on IMDB.com –

Hari Mohan is a saintly person who organizes Hindu prayers and discourses in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. He is called “Swami Dada” by everyone. He has many followers, and devotees who throng in large numbers to hear his sermons. What they do not know that Hari Mohan is a professional thief, and is now conspiring with a young woman, and a group of orphaned children to steal the temple jewellery.

On revisiting imdb I found a little more to go with the above –
Dev Anand is one of the tapori gang, handled by Kulbhushan Kharbanda. He escapes to Western country, only to come back and see that the members of the gang living in same conditions. He, himself have become a spiritual person. Named Swami. In order to break the gang, Dev poses himself as Ringo Dada. Hence the name Swami Dada
Hari Mohan is a saintly person who organizes Hindu prayers and discourses in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. He is called “Swami Dada” by everyone. He has many followers, and devotees who throng in large numbers to hear his sermons. What they do not know that Hari Mohan is a professional thief, and is now conspiring with a young woman, and a group of orphaned children to steal the temple jewellery.

“Swami Dada” had music by RD Burman and Anjaan was the lyricist. The playback for today’s song is by Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar.
Thinking of the style icon, winner of Dadasaheb Phalke award (2002), Padma Bhushan (2001), and three-time filmfare award recipient one of which was the life-time achievement in 1993, and a darling of the masses for nearly sixty years who is still an inspiration and will remain one for generations to come thanks to the legacy he has left behind. I am not trying to describe the kind of movies he was associated with or anything about his biography here. Let us just get on to the song.


Song-Galiyon galiyon khaak bahut din humne chhaani (Swaami Dada)(1982) Singers-Lata, Kishore Kumar, Lyrics-Anjaan, MD-R D Burman

Lyrics

paanch ke note mein ab kya dam hai

ho o o dus ka note cigarette ko bhi kam hai
ho o ab hare note ka mol hai kya
socho kuchh oonchi baat zara
ab baat karo toh laakhon ki
dekhenge khwaab karodon ke

galiyon galiyon khaak bahut din humne chhaani
ho badla hai ab daur badal jaayegi kahaani
ho ik banjaaran banegi kal mehlon ki raani
ho o o galiyon galiyon khaak bahut din humne chhaani
badla hai ab daur badal jaayegi kahaani
ho o ik banjaaran banegi kal mehlon ki raani
ho o o galiyon galiyon khaak bahut din humne chhaani

aaj sanwar ke dekha jo darpan
apni nazar se sharma gayi ee
kiske hunar ka chal gaya jaadoo
kahaan thi kahaan se kahaan aa gayi
ho mera haar

iss heere ke haar mein kya hai
apna mol toh aanko
tum kya ho kya ban sakte ho
apne dil mein jhaanko
jhoothhe nakli sapne dekhe
jhoothhe nakli sapne dekhe
asli baat na jaani ho o o

galiyon galiyon khaak bahut din humne chhaani
ho badla hai ab daur badal jaayegi kahaani

mil ke mere saath chalo toh
woh duniya dikhlaoon
jeete ji woh jannat kaise
milti hai batlaoon

tumko masheeha maan liya hai
ab jaana hai aur kahaan aan
tumse mile toh dekhe ujaale
varna dhuaan thhe donon jahaan
badlen hum aur yoon badlen
badlen hum aur yoon badlen
ho duniya ko hairaani ho o

galiyon galiyon khaak bahut din humne chhaani
ho badla hai ab daur badal jaayegi kahaani
ho ik banjaaran banegi kal mehlon ki raani
ho o o galiyon galiyon khaak bahut din humne chhaani


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Blog Day :

4089 Post No. : 15231

Today (28 september 2019) is the 90th birthday of Lata Mangeshkar (DoB 28 september 1929).

When one discusses songs sung by Lata, we mostly discuss all time classics, songs that have stood the test of time, songs that have become iconic etc. And there are hundreds of such songs.

Also, she was very particular about the kind of songs that she would sing. She would look down upon songs with lyrics that she found objectionable. Instead of facing her ire, music directors would often take the easy way out and get these songs sung by some other singer. And the major beneficiary was her own sister Asha Bhonsle. Most cabaret songs sung by shady female characters (often Helen, Bindu etc: ) in the movie went to Asha Bhonsle. On some occasions, some music directors who had the necessary connections with Lata ji (viz Laxmikant Pyarelal) managed to convince her to sing such songs. That is how we found her agreeing to sing a few cabaret songs for Laxmikant Pyarelal.

The “Inteqam”(1969) cabaret song Aa jaane jaan tere liye main aas lagaaye is a song that is normally the preserve of Asha Bhonsle, Lata has done an Asha Bhonsle in this song !

Likewise, when the “disco” craze began, which killed off the golden era of HFM for ever, it is rare to see her singing “disco” songs.

So it comes as a great surprise to everyone how she agreed to sing this “disco” song from “Khuddaar”(1982). This movie was produced by F K Rattonse and Anwar Ali and directed by Ravi Tandon for Yokohoma Productions, Bombay. The movie had Sanjeev Kumar, amitabh Bachchan, , Vinod Mehra, Tanuja, Parveen Babi, Bindiya Goswami, Prem Chopra, Mehmood, A K Hangal, Ramesh Dev, Pinchoo Kapoor, Raveendra Kapoor, Madhu Malini etc in it.

The movie had seven songs in it and the songs were mostly of “Chaalu” kind as was the trend in those days. Our own Raja, even to this day, can be successfully trolled by reminding him that the song Angrezi mein kahte hain ki I love you wfrom this movie was the top hit song of Binaca Geetmala that year. 🙂

On the occasion of Lata Mangeshkar’s birthday, here is a “Disco” song from “Khuddaar”(1982).To this day, I have not been able to understand how Lata Mangeshkar agreed to sing this song ! But she sang this song alright. And this song is a party song too, fit to be covered on the occasion of her birthday.

The song is sung by Lata and Kishore Kumar. If Lata agreed to sing such a song, then Majrooh Sultanpuri agreed to pen a song like this ! Music is composed by Rajesh Roshan. He certainly must have been quite a persuasive person, who convinced Majrooh Sultanpuri and Lata to be associated with this song. 🙂

The song is picturised as a party song on Vinod Mehra, Kalpana Aiyyer and many others.


Main ek disco tu ek disco (Khuddaar)(1982) Singers-Lata, Kishore Kumar, Lyrics-Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD-Rajesh Roshan
Chorus

Lyrics

main ek disco
tu ek disco
main ek disco tu ek disco
duniya hai ek disco
disco eighty two
disco eighty two
disco eighty two
lalalalalala
pani sa
ni dha re sa ni sa pa
pa ni re
ramaramarama

meri khushiyaan
mere sapne
hain zinda yahin
mujhe pinjra na dikhaao
main parinda nahin
meri khushiyaan mere sapne
hain zinda yahin
mujhe pinjra na dikhaao
main parinda nahin
mujhe kehne de kehne de
tujhko meri kasam

disco eighty two
disco eighty two
disco eighty two

lalalalala
pa ni sa
ni sa ni sa ni sa pa
pa ni re
ramaramarama

ye jaam to phir jaam hai koi eher to nahin
ise peeke gungunaaun
tu khafa to nahin
ye jaam to ye jaam hai koi zeher to nahin
ise peeke gungunaaun
tu khafa to nahin
mujhe jeene de jeene de
tujhko meri kasam

disco eighty two
disco eighty two
disco eighty two
disco eighty two
disco eighty two
lalalalalala

tu mujhse main tujhse kuchh kehte rahen
raat aadhi baat baaki
hum bahakte rahen
mujhe udne de udne de
tujhko meri kasam
disco eighty two
disco eighty two
disco eighty two
lalalalala
main ek disco
tu ek disco
main ek disco tu ek disco
duniya hai ek disco

disco eighty two
disco eighty two
disco eighty two
lalalalala

ru ru ru
ru ru ru ru ru ru ru


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 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 : 3949 Post No. : 15025

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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2009-19) – Song No. 31
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Aah, the heady days of a decade before. Posting six songs was quite the norm. On 11th May, the following films got represented on the blog.

Mashaal

1950
Hamraaz 1967
Aankhen 1968
Parichay 1972
Ghar 1978
Nikaah

1982

Believe it or not, except for ‘Ghar’, all the remaining films made their debut on the blog that day. As I check the record of the films over the intervening years, five of the films have completed their tenure, and all their songs are now showcased here. Just one of these films has not yet been yippeee’d. And that is ‘Nikaah’ from 1982.

When ‘Nikaah’ hit the theatres in 1982, it did create a popular flutter. The doe eyed Salma Agha caught the fancy of the audiences early on. For a brief time, she was quite a rage. Then, the second quality of this film, that drew crowds and appreciation, was the music and the songs. Practically all the songs were hits, and have enjoyed lasting popularity and appeal.

The film has six songs, and four of them have already occupied their places on the blog. Browsing the list, one is once again struck with wonderment and praise, for the songs are –

Beete Huye Lamhon Ki Kasak Saath To Hogi
Dil Ke Armaan Aansuon Mein Beh Gaye
Fazaa Bhi Hai Jawaan Jawaan
Dil Ki Ye Aarzoo Thhi Koi Dilruba Miley

Fabulous songs, each one of them. Now about the remaining songs of this film. There is one qawwaali song, which is more or less incidental in the film. It is the other remaining song that is notable, unique and having its own claim to fame.

Ghulam Ali does not need any introduction to the readers. This phenomenal singer, was quite a rage in India during the 1980s and 90s. Even today, his performances are enthralling and much awaited. It is quite sad that his performance trips to India have become a victim of politics.

When this film was released, it was acknowledged that BR Chopra had accomplished almost a coup, in being successful to have a song, a ghazal actually, sung by this popular and legendary singer, included in the film. I am not sure, but perhaps this is the only instance of Ghulam Ali’s voice being a part of a Hindi film.
[Ed Note: Based on the inputs received from Anekant ji and Sadanand ji, in the comments section below – certainly this song is not the only instance of Ghulam Ali singing for Hindi films. Thanks to both for this important update. 🙂 ]

And so, as I was checking the details, I was quite taken by surprise that this song is not yet posted here on our blog. Well, today, it comes on board.

For its times, this film was a bold statement addressing social issues relating to marriage and divorce in the Muslim community. The predicament of the lady getting a raw deal in life at the hands of a whimsical male partner, whose bizarre behavior and fanciful decisions are quite supported by the norms of the society, completely unmindful of the traumatizing consequences on the mind and the psyche of the lady – and all that, for no fault of hers.

This famous ghazal, which has been one of the all time favorites outside of the film domain, is penned by Maulaana Hasrat Mohaani.
[Ed Note: Sadanand ji further informs us that this ghazal as a non-filmi creation, is also sung by Jagjit Singh for the the TV Serial ‘Kahkashaan’ (1992) produced by Ali Sardar Jaffrey. That version is already posted on our blog at “Chupke Chupke Raat Din. . .“, by Sadanand ji himself. That post also includes a detailed bio-sketch of the poet, Maulaana Hasrat Mohaani – a very interesting read. Thanks Sadanand ji.]

The music composition is by Ghulam Ali himself. The complete ghazal is of course much longer, and there are various variations in different live performances and other recordings. In the film, only two she’rs are included. There are versions of this ghazal as being in the film, which are apparently longer with more couplets, but those are the handiwork of technology only. Some folks have uploaded longer versions, which are copy-paste extensions of the visual clips, overlaid with additional audio, giving an impression of a longer song in the film. But watching with little attention, one can make out that it is a fake.

On screen, this rendition is performed by the gramophone player. Deepak Prashar, having dismissed and divorced his wife, Salma Agha, is having bouts of depressive regrets, and he misses her. If I recall rightly, it is his birthday celebration, and he invites Salma. In this clip it is cake that we encounter first. Then we see a weepy Deepak listening to this ghazal, as it plays on a gramophone in the room. Salma makes an entry, unnoticed by Deepak, and she witnesses the pain of loss and regret that Deepak is exhibiting. Rest, as part of the story, to be discussed another time.

A salute to this legendary singer from across the border, who has a very solid grounding and training in the Hindustani classical music. And this post brings this popular film to being one short of having all its songs posted here. So the yippee-dom announcement should not be too far off now. 🙂

 


Song – Chupke Chupke Raat Din Aansoo Bahaana Yaad Hai (Nikaan) (1982) Singer – Ghulam Ali, Lyrics – Maulaana Hasrat Mohaani, MD – Ghulam Ali
Chorus

Lyrics

hmmm mmmm mmmm mmmmmm
aaa aaaa aaaaaa
hmmm mmmm mmmm mmmmmm

chupke chupke raat din
aansoo bahaana yaad hai
chupke chupke raat din
aansoo bahaana yaad hai
hum ko ab tak aashiqui ka wo
zamaana yaad hai
chupke chupke raat din
aansoo bahaana yaad hai

khench lena wo mera
parde ka kona daf-attan
khench lena wo mera
parde ka kona daf-attan
aur dupatte se wo tera
munh chhupaana yaad hai
hum ko ab tak aashiqui ka wo
zamaana yaad hai
chupke chupke raat din
aansoo bahaana yaad hai

dopehar ki dhoop mein
mere bulaane ke liye
dopehar kid hoop mein
mere bulaane ke liye
wo tera kothe pe
nange paanv aana yaad hai
hum ko ab tak aashiqui ka wo
zamaana yaad hai
chupke chupke raat din
aansoo bahaana yaad hai

hmmmmm hmmmmmm hmmm hmmm hmmm
aaaa aaaa aaaa
hmmmmm hmmmmmm
hmmm hmmmm hmmmm
hmmm hmmmm hmmmm
hmmmm hmmmm hmmm
hmmmm hmmmm hmmm

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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हम्मम म्ममम म्ममम म्मममममम
आs आsss आsssss
हम्मम म्ममम म्ममम म्मममममम

चुपके चुपके रात दिन
आँसू बहाना याद है
चुपके चुपके रात दिन
आँसू बहाना याद है
हमको अब तक आशिकी का
वो ज़माना याद है
चुपके चुपके रात दिन
आँसू बहाना याद है

खेंच लेना वो मेरा
पर्दे का कोना दफ़-अतन
खेंच लेना वो मेरा
पर्दे का कोना दफ़-अतन
और दुपट्टे से वो तेरा
मुंह छुपाना याद है
हमको अब तक आशिकी का
वो ज़माना याद है
चुपके चुपके रात दिन
आँसू बहाना याद है

दोपहर की धूप में
मेरे बुलाने के लिए
दोपहर की धूप में
मेरे बुलाने के लिए
वो तेरा कोठे पे
नंगे पाँव आना याद है
हमको अब तक आशिकी का
वो ज़माना याद है
चुपके चुपके रात दिन
आँसू बहाना याद है

हम्मममम हम्ममममम हम्मम हम्मम हम्मम
आss आss आsss
हम्मममम हम्ममममम
हम्मम हम्ममम हम्ममम
हम्मम हम्ममम हम्ममम
हम्मममम हम्ममम हम्मम
हम्मममम हम्ममम हम्मम

 

 


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Blog Day : 3918 Post No. : 14981

“Raajput”(1982) was produced by Musheer Riaz and directed by Vijay Anand for M R Productions, Bombay. This “social” movie had Dharmendra,Hema Malini,Rajesh Khanna, Vinod Khanna, Ranjeeta Kaur, Tina Munim,Rehman, Ranjeet, Nazir Hussain, Om Shivpuri, Indrani Mukherjee, Iftekhar, Purnima, Murad, Mohan Sherry, Prem Sagar, Tej Sapru, Brahma Bhardwaj, Harbans Darshan M Arora etc in it.

The movie had six songs in it. Four songs (including one muliple version song) has been covered in the past.

Here is the fifth song from “Raajput”(1982) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Rafi and female chorus. Anand Bakshi is the lyricist. Music is composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal.

The song is a bacround song which is picturised as a bidaai song. The picturisation shows Hema Malini is a doli, with this song being played in the background. The picturisation shows Rajesh Khanna (the bridegroom), alongwith Tej Sapru (his father) and other members of Barat party. In a distance Dharmendra is seen astride a horse.

Lyrics of this song were sent to me by Prakashchandra. He points out that he audio of this song is longer than the video by one stanza and more. Lyrics are as per the full audio version.

Audio( Full)

video(Partial)

Song-Doli ho doli (Raajput)(1982) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Anand Bakshi, MD-Laxmikant Pyarelal
Female Chorus

Lyrics(Provided by Prakashchandra)

doli ho doli ee
ho doli
doli ho doli ee
jab jab guzri tu iss dagar se
bichhdaa koyee humjoli ee
doli ho doli
ho doli
doli
ho doli ee

maayad ri laadli
baabaa sa ri pyaari
chhod peehar ye le chaali ee
maayad ri laadli
baabaa sa ri pyaari
chhod peehar ye le chaali ee

tu kyaa jaaney
kaun suhaagan
tu kyaa jaaney
kaun suhaagan
tu kyaa jaaney
kaun abhaagan
jo baithha bas uss ko uthhaayaa
apne raste ho li ee
doli
ho doli
ho doli
doli ho doli ee

ik aangan tu phulwaa baante
ik aangan bikhraaye kaante
tere aagey peechhe dukh sukh
kheley aankh michauli ee
doli ho doli
ho doli
doli ho doli ee

maayad ri laadli
baabaa sa ri pyaari
chhod peehar ye le chaali ee

jag mein aissaa kyun hota hai
ik hanstaa hai
ik rotaa hai
tujh se kitni baar ye poochhaa
tu ik baar na boli ee
doli ho doli
jab jab guzri
tu iss dagar se
bichhdaa koyee humjoli ee
doli ho doli
doli ho doli ee


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Blog Day : 3900 Post No. : 14951

Today (23 march 2019) happens to be 3900th day for the blog. This clearly is a landmark day for the blog, and a cause for celebration. It is just that I had no idea how to celebrate it. I had not thought about any special song so cover with some special write up.

The day is all but gone. One post came up in the evening, and that avoided the day from ending up as a dot day.

I had decided not to watch IPL, but I found myself getting tempted to watch the opening match of the IPL season. One hour later, as the match had become one sided and boring, I have decided that it would be a better idea to devote my time to the blog rather than in watching this IPL match. 🙂

When I went through the list of movies that have just a few songs left, I found out that “Namak Halal”(1982) has two songs left to be covered.

“Namak Halaal” (1982) was produced by Satyendra Pal and directed by Prakash Mehra. The movie had Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Smita Patil, Parveen Babi, Waheeda Rehman, Ranjeet, Satyen Kappu etc in it.

All five songs of this movie are extremely popular songs, and the two remaining songs are of the time that I was saving for special occasions. I thought that this occasion was special enough to discuss one of these two songs of “Namak Halal”(1982).

So, here is this song from “Namak Halaal”(1982)- thhodi si jo pee li hai. The song is sung by Kishore Kumar. Anjaan is the lyricist. Music is composed by Bappi Lahiri.

All the songs of the movie, including this one, are well picturised, which was the hallmark of Prakash Mehra movies. That was specially true for this movie. Earlier in the movie, Om Prakash, playing Amitabh Bachchan’s “daddu” pretends to be a lecherous old man and not Amitabh Bachchan’s “daddu”. In this song, Amitabh Bachchan tries to get even with Om Prakash, by playing a lecherous man himself. His plan gots haywire when Smita Patil drops in, unannounced. 🙂

It is a superbly sung song by Kishore Kumar, and so is the picturisation. Bappi Lahiri’s music composition in this movie was something that he would be quite proud of, when he looks back at his career.

Here is this special song from “Namakhalaal” (1982), to mark the special occasion of the blog turning 3900 days old. Two important milestones beckon. One is he 4000 day mark and another is 15000th song mark in the blog. Hopefully we will have something special planned for those occasions. 🙂


Song-Thhodi si jo pee lee hai (Namakhalaal)(1982) Singer-Kishore Kumar, Lyrics-Anjaan, MD-Bappi Lahiri

Lyrics

hey raani priyaani preetaani
corlo baani ee
turu turu turu
hey priya priya priya
priya shigoru nugoru kuru uu
kuru kuru kuru
hey krishumbu mukumbu muriyaami ee
ee ee
ee ee
ruf

thhodi si jo pee li hai
chori to nahin ki hai
thhodi si jo pi li hai
chori to nahin ki hai
o julie
o sheela
o raano, jamaalo
koi hamko roko
koi to sambhaalo
kahin ham gir na paden
hey hey
thhodi si jo pi li hai
chori to nahin ki hai
o julie
o sheela
o raano, jamalo
koi hamko roko
koi to sambhalo
kahin ham gir na pade
thhodi si jo pee li hai
chori to nahin ki hai
eee

main bhi jaanoon peena to buri baat hai
kaise na piyoon pyaasi ye raat hai
main bhi jaanoon peena to buri baat hai
kaise na piyoon pyaasi ye raat hai
upar se haseenon ka haseen saath hai ae
o juli, o sheela,
o rano, jamalo
hamen gori gori baahon mein utha lo,
kahi hum gir na paden
hey hey
thhodi si jo pee li hai,
chori to nahin ki hai

mera hai zamaane se alag raasta
mujhe bhala duniya se kya waasta
mera hai zamaane se alag raasta
mujhe bhala duniya se kya waasta
hamse khafa kyun log hain kya pata
o julie
o sheela
o raano jamaalo
hamen dushmanon ki nazar se bachaa lo
kahin hum gir na paden
he he
thhodi si jo pee li hai
chori to nahin ki hai
ee

arre mar gaye bhai
ruru
ruru ruru
ruru
ruru ruru
ruru oo oo
oo oo
thhoda-thhoda dil pe hai jawaani ka nasha
uspe phir nasha hai ye tere pyaar ka
thhoda-thhoda dil pe hai jawaani ka nasha
uspe phir nasha hai ye tere pyaar ka
tauba ye nashe mein nasha mil gaya
aa aa
sharaabi sharaabi nigaahen na daalo
hamare jawaan dil ko yoon na uchaalo
kahi hum gir na pade
thhodi si jo pee li hai
chori to nahin ki hai
o poono meri jaan
ye gussa dabaa lo
hamen do sahaara
gale se laga lo
hey kahin hum gir na pade
arre
hum to gir pade
hihi
hihi


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Blog Day : 3852 Post No. : 14864

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Blog ten year challenge (2009-2019)- Song number 2
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We have started Blog ten year challenge one day ago. In this, we will post another song from a movie whose song was covered in the blog on the same day ten years ago.

When I look at the songs that were posted this day ten years ago (viz on 3 february 2009), I find that six songs were covered on that day, and they were from “Barsaat”(1949), “Nadiya Ke Paar”(1948), “Phaagun”(1958), “Umang”(1969), “Do Dishaayen”(1982) and “Laat Sahab”(1967).

Yesterday, I had three movies to chose from for the ten year challenge and chose “Sharaabi”(1984). Today, I find my choices severely limited. As many as five of these movies have already been YIPPEED by now. So that leaves only one movie that is eligible today.

This movie is “Do Dishaayen”(1982). “Do Dishaayen”(1982) was produced by Mrs R Renuka and directed by Dulal Guha for Sudarshan enterprises, Bombay. This “social” movie had Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Prem Chopra, Aruna Irani, Dr Shriram Laagoo, Nirupa Roy, Asit Sen, satyen Kappoo, Sudhir Pandey, Abhi Bhattacharya, Shammi, Dulaari, Manik Dutt, Madhu Malini, Baby Pinky, Asha Sharma, Nandita Thakur, Reeta Kamal etc in it.

The movie had three songs in it. Two songs from the movie have been covered. They were covered on consecutive days, viz 2 february 2009 and 3 february 2009. Here are the details of these songs:-

Song Title

Post No.

Post Date

Koyi kya kare chalte chalte 666 2-Feb-2009
Kisi ko phool mile kisi ko dhool 675 3-Feb-2009

Incidentally, this date that year (viz 3 february 2009) was the 200th day for the blog. Today, ten years down the line is (10 x 365)+200 + 2= 3852. So today the blog is into its 3852th day of existence. Simple arithmetic ! (The figure of 2 is for two additional days for leap year).

So, after a lull of ten years, here is the next song from “Do Dishaayen”(1982) which happens to be the third and final song from the movie.
This song is sung by Anwar and Asha Bhonsle. Lyrics are penned by Anand Bakshi. Music is composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal.

The link provided is an audio link. Video link is not available on YT as of now. Providing missing video links on YT is a thankless proposition, so I can just tell the readers that this song is picturised on Dharmendra and Hema Malini.

With this song, all the songs of “Do Dishaayen”(1982) joins the list of movies that have all their songs covered in the blog.


Song-Main tere paas hoon tu mere paas hai(Do Dishaayen)(1982) Singers-Anwar, Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Anand Bakshi, MD-Laxmikant Pyarelal
Both

Lyrics

ho o o
hmm hmm
hmm hmm
hmm hmm

main tere paas hoon
tu mere paas hai
main tere paas hoon
tu mere paas hai
aa bujha len usey
dil mein jo pyaas hai
main tere paas hoon
tu mere paas hai
main tere paas hoon
tu mere paas hai

uff ye mukammal tanhaayiyaan
mausam ki dilkash angdaayiyaan
uff ye mukammal tanhaayiyaan
mausam ki dilkash angdaayiyaan
ye dooriyon ki parchhaaiyaan
mil ke bhi dil mein jaise milne ki aas hai
main tere paas hoon
tu mere paas hai
main tere paas hoon
tu mere paas hai

kya tere seene mein dil nahin
kya tere seene mein dil nahin
kya tu hi meri manzil nahin
ya kya main tere kaabil nahin
kya sabab hai
kya hai kaaran
tu kyun udaas hai
main tere paas hoon
tu mere paas hai
main tere paas hoon
tu mere paas hai

aa aa aa aa aa
jaane kahaan main kho gayi thhi
jaane kahaan main kho gayi thhi
main door tumse ho gayi thhi
tumne jagaaya so gayi thhi
ye kya pata thha mujhko
ye raat khaas hai
main tere paas hoon
tu mere paas hai
main tere paas hoon
tu mere paas hai

aa bujha len usey
dil mein jo pyaas hai
main tere paas hoon
tu mere paas hai
main tere paas hoon
tu mere paas hai


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Blog Day : 3751 Post No. : 14716

The Hindi film industry has seen many legends in its 100+ years of existence. Giants in their chosen field, revered by not just their generation but by generations that followed. They have a very fond place in the hearts of film lovers, who are eternally thankful for their immense contribution to cinema. They all recognise the the world of cinema would be much the poorer without this contribution.

One such legend, and one who probably elevates the worth of the term “legend”, is, without doubt, yesteryear poet and lyricist, Sahir Ludhianvi.

Today (25 october 2018)happens to be his death anniversary – and, as we’ve done on previous occasions, we pay our humble tribute to him today.

Among various artistes that I’ve written about on this blog, Sahir has probably featured the most, alongside Rafisaab. I’ve written many times about him, on his birth and death anniversaries.

And yet, I’m never bored while discussing Sahir. Yes, readers of my posts might get bored 🙂 – but I’m not.

Whenever I write about him, I feel a rush of energy in my body. The content might be repetitive, but the huge regard I have for him overcomes everything else.

Sahir’s status as poet and lyricist extraordinaire is established beyond debate. He might not have been the most popular person around (and that’s the understatement of the millennium!) but even his most ardent critics would have to grudgingly acknowledge the sheer magic of his poetry.

Such is the richness of the treasure trove that he has left us that no post can do justice to it. In previous posts on him, I have often listed some of his songs – the sheer power of many of them transports you to a different world. Yes, there’s much more to a song than just its lyrics – but with Sahir, you could be assured that the lyrics never missed your attention.

Sahir’s lyrics were a direct reflection of his personality. He had strong views on various aspects of life and society, on relationships, on politics – and never hesitated to let the world know of them. It was as if he was waiting for an opportunity to use his poetry and lyrics to convey the message that Sahir, the person, wanted to get across to the world.

Thus, when you listened to “zindagi bheekh mein nahin milti, zindagi badh ke chheeni jaati hai”, you felt it was Sahir exhorting you to demand your rights in life.

Or even, later in life, when he was disillusioned with the way things were going in his life, “main pal do pal ka shaayar hoon”.

Sahir had a very strong sense of justice and injustice in society. Early in life, when called upon to choose between his mother and his far wealthier father, he chose his mother. Till her very end, he was totally devoted to her. Many of his songs reflect the loving relationship between a mother and child.

Throughout his life, Sahir spoke out against injustice and tyranny. He spoke for the underprivileged, the marginalized, the labour class. He tried to show society a mirror, however ugly it looked. He was trenchant in his criticism of the state of affairs – “Samaj ko badal daalo” was one of his lines.

Sahir’s lament about the pathetic state of living for the poor in India is well illustrated in the poignant songs of Pyaasa (1957). “Yahaan par to jeewan se hai maut sasti” he wrote, following it up with “ye duniya agar mil bhi jaaye to kya hai”. “Jinhe naaz hai Hind par wo kahaan hain”, he said.

Continuing in this refrain, he went satirical, writing “Cheen-o-Arab hamara, Hindustan hamara, rehne ko ghar nahin hai, saara jahaan hamaara” for Phir Subah Hogi (1958).

Each line, one could feel, coming straight from the heart.

There were other aspects also that Sahir was concerned about and discussed in his lyrics. Hindu-Muslim unity for example. Always a sensitive topic, and even more so in the years following independence. But Sahir was never one to shy away from a topic – his lines “tu Hindu banega na Musalmaan banega” are some of the greatest lines of Hindi cinema.

The other thing that bothered Sahir greatly was the treatment of women in Indian society. He was deeply disturbed by the lack of respect accorded to women, thanks to a patriarchal society that privileged men over women. Sahir minced no words while lamenting this – his “aurat ne janam diya mardon ko” is a classic in Hindi cinema, with its entire theme revolving around women and how they have been treated by men in India.

It is therefore only fitting that on his death anniversary, the song picked for the blog reflects his thoughts on this topic. The song is “Seeta bhi jahaan sukh paa na saki” from Lakshmi (1982). The film was released after Sahir’s death – in fact, the film starts with a tribute to Sahir.

This song was one of several songs proposed to me for this write-up by Avinashji. As usual, he has been kind enough to prepare the lyrics for this song.

Though this song is not all that well-known, certainly not as well known as “aurat ne janam diya mardon ko”, its words are trademark Sahir. Typical of him, in this song too, he laments the way women have been treated in Indian society. But this time he uses Seeta as his example, saying even she could not find happiness on this earth. He says women have forever suffered, and in today’s world, there isn’t even a Valmiki to give a Seeta refuge in time of need. She has to fend for herself all alone, and constantly seek to avoid the predatory eye of men around her.

Talking of the predatory eye, I cannot help talking about one of the hottest topics right now in India – at least in urban India and on social media. And that is the #MeToo movement. I’m sure Sahir would have had something to say about it, had he been around. So I’m taking the liberty of sharing my thoughts on the subject.

The #MeToo movement, in my opinion, is primarily about those who have been sexually abused and harassed, coming out with their story. While these are mostly women, it is not necessarily limited to women alone. There have been a few cases of men too coming out with their horrific stories. At the moment, it is largely focussed on workplace harassment, but there’s no reason it couldn’t go way beyond that.

It is a fact that, mainly thanks to our patriarchal society, there is a huge power imbalance between men and women in India. This actually exists around the world, but the patriarchy makes it much worse in India.

Power, as we all know, is a hugely corrupting and intoxicating drug. So it is not at all surprising that those in power, mostly men, would tend to exploit those they have power over, mostly women. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody.

What makes it worse, as if to add insult to injury, Indian society is also unforgiving towards women in this respect. Instead of being supportive, it tends to blame the victim. Even the woman’s own family make her feel guilty for what is essentially a man’s wrongdoing. She is often gaslighted into thinking that it is somehow her fault, that she invited it. She is encouraged to just be quiet about it, since “the honour of the family” might be at stake.

If she is a working woman, she might even be encouraged to stop working. Many women have fallen out of the workforce in India for this reason alone.

Then again, thanks to the power imbalance, she is up against it if she even chooses to seek justice through the justice system. To even make a complaint to the police, to get an FIR registered is a huge challenge. When you’re complaining about a more powerful party, the system will bend towards that party. The police will either discourage you from giving your complaint, or will mock you, or will flatly refuse to write an FIR.

If you do get past the police hurdle, you still have the rest of the justice system to deal with. Courts which will insist on evidence – which in most cases of this sort is just not available.

Besides, the other party being much more powerful, he can ensure your life is made miserable.

So justice through the normal justice system (which is often referred to as “due process”) is almost always a pipedream.

To help matters, at least in the workplace, new legislation was brought in in 2013, replacing the earlier Vishakha guidelines which laid out steps to be taken at a workplace to deal with sexual harassment complaints. An employer is supposed to set up an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) and so on.

I won’t go into all the details, but the reality is that many employers have not even set this up. And even where this is theoretically in place, women who have complained have failed to get justice. On the contrary, it has boomeranged on them – they’ve been marked as “trouble-makers” in the organisation. Remember, they are complaining about someone who is almost invariably in a higher power position in the company.

With this being the stark reality, whether we like it or not, is it surprising that many women have just kept their pain buried within themselves? They have tolerated harassment but not brought it out in the open. Maybe they didn’t want to jeopardize their careers – after all, it is the woman who tends to bear the brunt of any negative fallout in these matters.

But now we have #MeToo.

Some women at least have decided enough is enough. It is not their shame to bear, so why should they? So they have decided to come out with their story. It is cathartic for them – it must be so hard to keep this buried within you for years.

Some of them have disclosed their identity, some have not. Some have disclosed the identity of the predator, some have chosen not to specifically name him (although there are usually enough hints in their story). It’s upto each person to decide what level of comfort she has – no one can demand she behave in a particular way.

One complaint about #MeToo is that many of these stories are coming out after many years. Ten years, even twenty years. Why didn’t they come out earlier? How can we possibly believe something that might or might not have happened a decade ago?

I feel this is unreasonable. I’ve already explained how the odds are stacked against the woman – the situation was even worse a decade ago. Besides, when women have been constantly shamed, why would they invite further ridicule by complaining, especially when they have no hope of justice?

It is only now, that thanks to the #MeToo movement, they are coming out with their story – hoping to get closure if nothing else. If they get justice, great – if not, at least they’re hoping for closure.

Many have complained that outing men on social media is not the right way to go about this. That women should follow due process – that is, go through the justice sytem of police and courts, or through the workplace structures for this purpose.

And that has worked, right? After trying all that, and hitting their heads against a wall, women have finally chosen social media as their hope for getting their message across. And who can blame them? It’s not like they didn’t want due process – it is that “due process” failed them completely.

Another criticism of #MeToo is that it is often just accusation, without evidence. And no court can possibly accept that. There’s a chance that an innocent person is maligned out of malice or whatever other reason, and his reputation totally destroyed by a #MeToo accusation.

Yes, this is possible. In the spate of accusations, it is possible that some are fake too. Which is why every accusation needs to be attempted to be vetted to the extent possible. Having said that, it is also very unreasonable and unrealistic to expect evidence in cases of sexual harassment, because of its very nature. It tends to happen behind closed doors. So there will be many cases where such evidence is just not available.

Yet another criticism is that #MeToo is about the urban elite and about sometimes seemingly trivial harassment, while women in rural India suffer far worse.

I think this is unfair. Yes, rural women suffer harassment too – possibly much more. Does that mean urban women should be silent? What sort of logic is that? Rather, we should hope the movement spreads to rural India too. Most movements anyway start with those who have relatively more agency – and then spread.

All in all, I think #MeToo in India was long overdue. It started in the US almost exactly a year ago, and exposed many well-known Hollywood personalities like Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey. Around that time, an Indian in the US, Raya Sarkar, prepared a list of predators in academia – but she was unfortunately criticized and the movement did not pick up steam then in India.

Now it has.

No one knows how it will go from here. Will it evolve further? Or will it fizzle out?

I’m sincerely hoping it evolves further. I’d like to see it grow – go beyond urban India, go beyond the few sectors it has so far been largely restricted to (films, media, advertising). There must be many more cases in politics, in government and corporate India, where power is most prone to abuse. Maybe those stories are slow in coming because the women involved are less comfortable coming out with their stories.

And that’s only fair. Each person has to decide for herself – she has to weigh the consequences of her actions. We need to respect that.

One huge positive impact of #MeToo has been that men themselves seem to be re-assessing their behaviour. Not just in the past but also in the present. They seem to be becoming more sensitized and aware of boundaries and space. And about consent. At least I hope so.

Hopefully films too will become more sensitized to gender from now on. I think it is already happening. Films in the past have been hugely misogynistic, often presenting stalking as romantic! And considering how much of an influence films/TV have on society, they might have playe thei role too in moulding society into what it is today.

But then, they were a function of their times – I don’t want to dwell on the past. We can’t change that anyway.

What we can change is the present and the future. And hopefully from now on at least, we will see better-behaved men, whether triggered by #MeToo or not.

Of course, we need much more to happen. Until we dismantle patriarchy there is always going to be victim-blaming and shaming. We all know that men are the root cause of the problem, yet we will continue to blame the women and expect them to “behave themselves”.

So much more needs to happen. We can all do our bit – by calling out patriarchy when we see it, even if it happens without our close circles. By bringing up the next generation with a better understanding of gender equality so that boys don’t grow up with a sense of entitlement. This is what manifests itself in most undesirable behaviour when the boy becomes a man.

Clearly we haven’t done enough in the last 60 years, since Sahir wrote “aurat ne janam diya” in 1958. It’s a sad reflection of our society that it feels relevant even in 2018.

I’d like a future generation to listen to it and say “Oh, how horrible things were for women in those days! Thank God things are so much better today, and women don’t go through all that!”

I know I’m dreaming – but you know what they say. Ummeed pe duniya kaayam hai.

Let’s do our bit to make it happen?

Thanks for listening.


Song-Seeta bhi jahaan sukh paa na saki (Lakshmi)(1982) Singer-Mahendra Kapoor, Lyrics-Sahir Ludhianvi, MD-Usha Khanna

Lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)

Naa tera durbhaagya nayaa hai
Naa jag ka vyavhaar nayaa aa
Naa raahon ke shool naye ae
Naa patthar dil sansaar nayaa

Seeta bhi jahaan sukh paa naa saki
Tu us dharti ki naari hai
Seeta bhi jahaan sukh paa naa saki
Tu us dharti ki naari hai
Jo zulm teri taqdeer banaa
Jo zulm teri taqdeer banaa
Wo zulm yugon se zaari hai
Seeta bhi jahaan sukh paa naa saki
Tu us dharti ki naari hai

Wo kanyaa ho ya garbhwati
Naari ko sadaa apmaan milaa
Wo kanyaa ho ya garbhwati
Naari ko sadaa apmaan milaa
Avtaaron ki nasl badhaa kar bhi
Patitaaon mein sthaan mila
Sadiyon se yahaan har ablaa ne
Sadiyon se yahaan har ablaa ne
Ro ro kar umar guzaari hai
Seeta bhi jahaan sukh paa naa saki
Tu us dharti ki naari hai

Kehne ko to devi kehlaayee
Par naar yahaan daasi hi rahi
Kehne ko to devi kehlaayee
Par naar yahaan daasi hi rahi
Do pyaar ke meethhe bolon ki
Martey dam tak pyaasi hi rahi
Jo zehar miley wo peeti jaa
Jo zehar miley wo peeti jaa
Tu kaun si Janak dulaari hai
Seeta bhi jahaan sukh paa naa saki
Tu us dharti ki naari hai

Maikaa chhoota sasuraal chhoota
Jaayegi magar jaayegi kahaan
Maikaa chhoota sasuraal chhoota
Jaayegi magar jaayegi kahaan
Ab Valmiki saa koyi rishi
Is dharti par paayegi kahaan
Ab tu ik bhatki hirni hain
Ab tu ik bhatki hirni hain
Aur mard ki aankh shikaari hai
Seeta bhi jahaan sukh paa naa saki
Tu us dharti ki naari hai
Seeta bhi jahaan sukh paa naa saki
Tu us dharti ki naari hai

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Devnagri Script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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ना तेरा दुर्भाग्य नया है
ना जग का व्यवहार नया आ
ना राहों के शूल नए ए
ना पत्थर दिल संसार नया

सीता भी जहां सुख पा ना सकी
तू उस धरती की नारी है
सीता भी जहां सुख पा ना सकी
तू उस धरती की नारी है
जो ज़ुल्म तेरी तकदीर बना
जो ज़ुल्म तेरी तकदीर बना
वो ज़ुल्म युगों से जारी है
सीता भी जहां सुख पा ना सकी
तू उस धरती की नारी है

वो कन्या हो या गर्भवती
नारी को सदा अपमान मिला
वो कन्या हो या गर्भवती
नारी को सदा अपमान मिला
अवतारों की नस्ल बढ़ाकर भी
पतिताओं में स्थान मिला
सदियों से यहाँ हर अबला ने
सदियों से यहाँ हर अबला ने
रो रो कर उम्र गुजारी है
सीता भी जहां सुख पा ना सकी
तू उस धरती की नारी है

कहने को तो देवी कहलाई
पर नार यहाँ दासी ही रही
कहने को तो देवी कहलायी
पर नार यहाँ दासी ही रही
दो प्यार के मीठे बोलों की
मरते दम तक प्यासी ही रही
जो ज़हर मिले वो पीती जा
जो ज़हर मिले वो पीती जा
तू कौनसी जनक दुलारी है
सीता भी जहां सुख पा ना सकी
तू उस धरती की नारी है

मैका छूटा ससुराल छूटा
जायेगी मगर जायेगी कहाँ
मैका छूटा ससुराल छूटा
जायेगी मगर जायेगी कहाँ
अब वाल्मीकी सा कोई ऋषि
इस धरती पर पाएगी कहाँ
अब तू इक भटकी हिरनी है
अब तू इक भटकी हिरनी है
और मर्द की आँख शिकारी है
सीता भी जहां सुख पा ना सकी
तू उस धरती की नारी है
सीता भी जहां सुख पा ना सकी
तू उस धरती की नारी है


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