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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.

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Films are regarded as director’s medium. He is like a captain of the ship. It is the director’s responsibility to make his film successful – critically as well as financially.

A film director may have directed many successful films but he will generally be known by his one classic cult film. For instance, when we talk about PC Barua, ‘Devdas’ (1935) comes to our mind first though he had directed other successful films like ‘Mukti’ (1937) and ‘Jawaab’ (1942).  In case of Mehboob Khan, it is ‘Mother India’ (1957) though he had directed many successful films in the 1940s. K Asif and ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ (1960), Guru Dutt and ‘Pyaasa’, (1957) and Kamal Amrohi and ‘Pakeezah’ (1972) are inseparable. In the international arena, Raj Kapoor is known more for his film, ‘Aawaara’ (1951) than other equally successful films. This is not an exhaustive list.

But there is one film director who is known by his flop film in the genre of satirical comedy. The film is ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron’ (1983) and the director is Kundan Shah. In an interview held sometime in 2012 on the occasion of the re-release of the film in digitised version, he had said he considered this film as his failed project though it has attained a cult status.

Remembering Kundan Shah today, October 7th on his 2nd Remembrance Day who excelled in projecting the serious social issues in soft comedies through films and TV serials. I became aware of him with his very first film which I had watched on TV much before he became well known by his TV serials.

I found it very difficult to get the information on Kundan Shah’s early life before he ventured into films and TV serials. A book, ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron – Seriously Funny Since 1983’ (2010) written by Jai Ajay Singh was supposed to have some information about his early life. But the book has remained out of stock for some time. However, a preview of some pages of the book was available online which gave me some information about the early life of Kundan Shah.

Born in a Gujarati family, Kundan Shah spent his childhood in Aden (now in Yemen) and did his schooling there until the age of 13 when his family shifted to Mumbai. He completed his schooling and thereafter his graduation in commerce. He worked for a publishing house for about 4 years before enrolling himself in the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in 1973 for direction. It is at FTII, he found interest in the genre of comedy during the second year of the course.

As a project in FTII, he made a 25-minute diploma film titled ‘Bonga’ (Siren) which the students of direction have to make in the final year. The film was a farcical comedy involving a gang of five people attempting a bank robbery. The cast included FTII students like Satish Shah, Rakesh Bedi, Suresh Oberoi, Om Puri etc. There were no dialogue in the film except each one of the gang of five yelling ‘bonga’. Bhaskar Chandavarkar, an instructor in FTII at that time (who was also a music director) composed the background music. The film was critically acclaimed by his fellow students in FTII. His seniors in FTII like Naseeruddin Shah and Saeed Akhtar Mirza were surprised as to how this serious looking man could have made a graceful comedy film out of the nonsensical ideas.

After completion of his diploma in FTII in 1976, Kundan Shah struggled for a couple of years to find the opening in the film industry. He formed a commune of some of his fellow FTII diploma holders and produce short documentary films. However, in this work, Kundan Shah ran into financial problems. Almost all of his colleagues had already been disillusioned with their career and left for their respective places. Kundan Shah also moved to England with his family and worked there to make enough money to pay off his debt.

Kundan Shah returned to India after about 18 months. He got an attractive offer from the maker of ‘Gandhi’ (1981) to work as Assistant Director for six months at a monthly salary of Rs.10,000/-. The offer was very tempting. He consulted his colleague, Saeed Akhtar Mirza who dissuaded him from accepting the offer as he would mostly be doing the work of crowd controlling during the outdoor shooting. Instead, Saeed Mirza coxed him to write a script and make the film himself. In the meanwhile, Kundan Shah worked as Assistant Director in  Saeed Akhtar Mirza’s ‘Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Aata Hai’ (1980) and Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s ‘Sazaa-e-Maut (1981). These association also put pressure on him to direct a film as his FTII fellow students, Saeed Mirza and Vidhu Vinod Chopra had already made films. It is at this point of time, Kundan Shah decided to make a feature film which resulted in making his first film ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron’ (1983).

As I came to know from the video clips of interviews of Kundan Shah, Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Sudhir Misra and others, it was a long struggle for completing the film and releasing it. Kundan Shah wrote the story and script based on the experiences of two of his fellow FTII students who after failing to get any assignment from the film industry, decided to open a photo studio and undertake fashion and industrial photography. Their bad experiences in the venture became the main theme of the story coupled with Kundan Shah’s personal experiences in dealing with a rationing office in Mumbai for the release of cement quota for repairs to drainage system in his building where he was the Secretary.

When the script was ready, no producer/financier was willing  to invest in the film based on his script. Some financiers termed the script as idiotic. As a last resort, Kundan Shah approached National Film Development Corporation (NDFC) to take a loan for producing the film himself. The total cost film production was expected to be around Rs. 7 lakhs and NDFC would grant the loan only up to 75% of the cost after their Script Committee approved the script. However, Kundan Shah got a pleasant surprise when NDFC not only approved his script but also offered to produce the film under its banner as they thought that the script was an effective commentary on the situations prevailing in the country. So financial side of the problem got sorted out.

Next was the selection of actors and the crew for the film. With a budget of only Rs.7 lakhs, engaging the established actors even for the main roles was out of question. Kundan Shah relied on his FTII colleagues and the actors/ crews from IPTA/National School of Drama. The actors included Naseeruddin Shah, Ravi Baswani, Satish Shah, Satish Kaushik, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapoor, Bhakti Bharve, Neena Gupta, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Deepak Qazir, Rajesh Puri, Ashok Banthia and Jaspal Sandhu. Some of the actors also worked behind the camera. For instance, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Deepak Qazir were the Production Controllers. Satish Kaushik was one of the dialogue writers. Renu Saluja was the editor for the film beside the assistant director.

Naseeruddin Shah had revealed in an interview that during the making of the film, he was feeling uneasy with the script as he felt that all he was doing appeared to him to be nonsensical. He had arguments with Kundan Shah on several occasions but at the end it was Kundan Shah whose writ prevailed. Even after the completion of the film, Naseeruddin Shah was pessimistic about the success of the film.

The film was released in a few theatres in Mumbai in and some other cities in August 1983. The film received a lukewarm response from the audience. The film was withdrawn after a week in Mumbai and ran in a few theatres only for morning shows. In Delhi, the film ran for 37 weeks in a single theatre for morning show only. The film was also shown on then newly set up DD Metro Channel on the week-ends for a month or so. Gul Anand, the producer of some off-beat comedy films like ‘Khatta Meetha’ (1978) and ‘Chashme-e-Buddoor’ (1981) after watching the film had said to Kundan Shah that if he had not seen the film and only read the script , he would have thrown it out of his window. This shows how Kundan Shah made an interesting film out of the nonsensical script. The lukewarm response for the film was a setback for Kundan Shah. He did not venture into directing any film for the next 10 years.

After about 30 years, ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron’ (1983) was digitally restored and was re-released in November 2012 in multiplexes in Mumbai and in some major cities by which time, the film had already attained a cult status.

In the meanwhile, television was becoming a mass media with a pan India reach. In 1984, Doordarshan permitted the sponsored TV serials produced outside Doordarshan on its National Channel. Kundan Shah and many other persons associated with film industry took this as an opportunity and started their association with the producers of TV Serials. Kundan Shah made his debut on Television by directing some episodes of ‘Ye Jo Hai Zindagi’ (1984). It ran on Doordarshan with 67 episodes some of which were directed by Manjul Sinha and Raman Kumar. Actors were drawn from FTII and theatres. The serial had a phenomenal run which rediscovered Kundan Shah as a master of directing situational comedy.

With the runaway success of ‘Ye Jo Hai Zindagi’, Kundan Shah became the partner in Iskra Films, a TV serial producing company started by Saeed Akhtar Mirza and Aziz Mirza. ‘Nukkad’ (1986) was its first production.  The other successful TV Serials in which Kundan Shah was associated with were ‘Wagle Ki Duniya’ (1988) and ‘Circus’ (1989).

After a gap of more than 10 years, Kundan Shah decided to make a film on the script he wrote in the genre of romantic comedy. The film’s original title ‘Albela’ had to be changed to ‘Kabhi Haan Kabhi Na’ (1994) as this title was already registered by someone with Film Producers Associations like IMPPA. As usual for Kundan Shah, the film was delayed for a variety of reasons. The original lead actors, Amir Khan and Juhi Chawla withdrew from the film due to delay in finding a producer/financier. Shahrukh Khan, who was originally taken for the role which eventually went to Deepak Tijori, was promoted as a lead actor with Suchitra Krishnamoorthy.

After completion, the film remained in the cans for nearly 18 months as no distributor was willing to release the film probably due to the hero turning out to be loser in the end. This was the status of this film despite the fact that by this time, Shahrukh Khan was already on his path to become a super star due to box office successes of his films like ‘Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman’ (1992), ‘Deewana’ (1992), ‘Darr’ (1993) and ‘Baazigar’ (1993). Finally, Shahrukh Khan in partnership with one of his friends from the film industry released the film in February 1994. Though the film was regarded as an average success after the release, over a period of time, the film has earned more than 5 times its cost and it has also attained a cult status for Kundan Shah.

It was another six years after ‘Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa’ (1994) that Kundan Shah took ‘Kya Kehna’(2000) for direction which was Preity Zinta’s debut film. This was Kundan Shah’s first mainstream film which was devoid of any comedy. On the contrary, Kundan Shah tackled a serious issue of pre-marital pregnancy with sensitivity. As usual for Kundan Shah, this film was also delayed in getting released. Once it got released, it was  the pleasant surprise to all concerned with the film that it was a box office hit.

The next in lines of films which Kundan Shah directed were ‘Hum To Mohabbat Karega’ (2000), ‘Dil Hai Tumhara’ (2002) and  ‘Ek Se Badkar Ek’ (2004). All the three films flopped at the box office making him to take a virtual retirement from the mainstream films. He returned to his foray of making films with off-beat themes in ‘Teen Behanen’ (2005), based on a real-life story of three sisters who committed suicide because their father could not afford to pay dowry. The film remained unreleased till date.  His last film was a political satire, ‘P Se PM Tak’ (2015) which was a disaster at the box office.

Kundan Shah died in sleep of heart attack on October 7, 2017 at his residence. One of the emotional tributes on his death was that of Shahrukh Khan whom he compared like his mother. He said ‘I was 25 when I came to Mumbai. I have stayed in Kundan’s house and I have been fed by his family and taken care of by them’. Shahrukh Khan had worked in a few episodes of Kundan Shah’s TV Serials, ‘Wagle Ki Duniya (1988) and as a lead actor in ‘Circus’ (1989). His close friends who had been regular visitors to his office said that Kundan Shah’s office cupboard was full of film scripts in various stages. Sadly, there were no takers for these scripts to turn them into films.

As a tribute to Kundan Shah on the occasion of his 2nd Remembrance Day, I am presenting a song from ‘Kya Kehna’ (2000) which was directed by him. The song is ‘Ae Dil Laaya Hai Bahaar, Apnon Ka Pyaar, Kya Kehna’. The song is rendered by Hariharan and Kavita Krishnamurthy on the words of Majrooh Sultanpuri which was set to music by Rajesh Roshan. The song has two versions – happy and sad, the latter version being also a inspirational song.

Hariharan lip syncs for Anupam Kher, Chandrachud Singh and Mamik Singh while Kavita Krishnamurthy lip syncs for Farida Jalal, Preity Zinta and Nivedita Bhattacharya (in sad version). On the sound track, some lines of the song have been rendered as duet, but in the film, it is for all the actors present in some scenes.

The tune of the song is a straight lift from Oh Carol, I am but a fool, darling I love you, though you treat me cruel, sung by pop singer, song writer and composer, Neil Sedaka in  1957.

Happy Version

Sad Version

Song – Ae Dil Laaya Hai Bahaar, Apno Ka Pyaar, Kya Kehna  (Kya kehna) (2000) Singer – Hariharan, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Lyrics – Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD – Rajesh Roshan
Harirahan + Kavita Krishnamurthy

Lyrics

Happy Version

oh……..o
ho o o o o
o o o o o
o o o o

ae dil
laaya hai bahaar
apnon ka pyaar
kya kehna
milen hum
chhalak utha
khushi ka khumaar
kya kehna
khile khile chehron se aaj
ghar hai mera
gul-e-gulzaar
kya kehna…aa
khile khile chehron se aaj
ghar hai mera
gul-e-gulzaar
kya kehna
ae dil
laaya hai bahaar
apnon ka pyaar
kya kehna
milen hum
chhalak utha
khushi ka khumaar
kya kehna
 
hum tum yun hi milte rahein
mehfil yoon hi sajti rahe
bas pyaar ki yehi ek dhun
har subah-o-shaam bajti rahe
gale mein mehekte rahein
pyaar bhari
baahon ka haar
kya kehna…aa
khile khile chehron se aaj
ghar hai mera
gul-e-gulzaar
kya kehna
 
oh……..o
ho o o o o
o o o o o
o o o o
ae dil
laaya hai bahaar
apnon ka pyaar
kya kehna
milen hum
chhalak utha
khushi ka khumaar
kya kehna
khile khile chehron se aaj
ghar hai mera
gul-e-gulzaar
kya kehna…aa
khile khile chehron se aaj
ghar hai mera
gul-e-gulzaar
kya kehna
 
Sad Version
 
dil ka koi tukda kabhi
dil se juda hota nahi
apna koi jaisa bhi ho
apna hai wo duja nahi
yahi hai wo milan hai jo
sachmuch hai
dil ka qaraar
kya kehna
khile khile chehron se aaj
ghar hai mera
gul-e-gulzaar
kya kehna
ae dil
laaya hai bahaar
apnon ka pyaar
kya kehna
milen hum
chhalak utha
khushi ka khumaar
kya kehna
 
kuchh apne hi tak yoon nahi
ye hai sawaal sab ke liye
jeena hai to jag mein jiyo
ban ke misaal sab ke liye
dekho kaisa mehak raha
pyaar bhari
baahon ka haar
kya kehna…aa
khile khile chehron se aaj
ghar hai mera
gul-e-gulzaar
kya kehna
ae dil
laaya hai bahaar
apnon ka pyaar
kya kehna
milein hum
chhalak utha
khushi ka khumaar
kya kehna
 
jo ho gaya so ho gaya
logon se tu darna nahi
saathi tere hain aur bhi
duniya mein tu tanha nahi
saamna karenge mil ke
chaahe dus ho
chaahe hazaar
kya kehna..aa
khile khile chehron se aaj
jag hai mera
gul-e-gulzaar
kya kehna

oh……..o
ho o o o o
o o o o o
o o o o
ae dil
laaya hai bahaar
apnon ka pyaar
kya kehna
milen hum
chhalak utha
khushi ka khumaar
kya kehna
khile khile chehron se aaj
ghar hai mera
gul-e-gulzaar
kya kehna
khile khile chehron se aaj
ghar hai mera
gul-e-gulzaar
kya kehna

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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.

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I hope to bring in a party mood with today’s post. We are celebrating something very important. We are wishing our leader good health, good times, good infrastructure in the form of uninterrupted power supply and good broadband facilities. We are also wishing that he never loses interest in adding new posts and finds for us hitherto unheard songs from rare movies and gives us rare combinations in terms of music directors, singers, actors etc. And I promise on behalf of fellow followers of the blog that we will not stop following the blog, keep sending new farmaishes (requests), and the regulars will also help you keep track of upcoming milestones, birthdays anniversaries etc.

I am sure I have the support of all Atulites in what I have promised our dear Atulji. So, let us all wish him a very Happy Birthday. May you relentlessly keep the blog moving. 🙂

The party song with this post is from Dharma Prorductions’ 2006 release ‘Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna’ which was directed by Karan Johar and starred his friend and favourite Shahrukh Khan with Rani Mukherjee, Preity Zinta, Kiron Kher, Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan with guest appearances by Arjun Rampal, Kajol and a few others. The movie had Shankar-Ehsaan- Loy for music directors and Javed Akhtar as the lyricist. Today’s song is in the voices of Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa, Vasundhara Das and Shaan.

Happy Birthday Atulji!!! Lets party tonight.

 

Song – Where’s The Party Tonight  (Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna) (2006) Singer – Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa, Vasundhara Das, Shaan, Lyrics – Javed Akhtar, MD – Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Shankar Mahadevan + Vasundhara Das
Female Chorus
Male Chorus
All Together

Lyrics

nacho nite
gotta nach all nite
do you feel alright
wanna nach all nite

nacho nite
gotta nach all nite
do you feel alright
wanna nach all nite

dance with me baby
won’t you dance with me all night
won’t you party party party
won’t you burn the floor all night

nacho nite
gotta nach all nite
do you feel alright
wanna nach all nite

dance with me baby
won’t you dance with me all night
won’t you party party party
won’t you burn the floor all night

pyare pyare lamhe
lamhe lamhe
pyari pyari baatein
baatein baatein
sapno ke din hain
din hain din hain
sapno ki raatein
raatein raatein
ho gunje hai dil ke tarane
bajne hai geet suhane
behke hai sare deewane
toh nach le nach le whole night

where’s the party tonight
somewhere down the road
where’s the party tonight,
on the dance floor
oh sapno ke din hai,
sapno ki raatein
where’s the party tonight

dance with me baby
won’t you dance with me all night
won’t you party party party
won’t you burn the floor all night
nacho nite
gotta nach all nite
do you feel alright
wanna nach all nite

oooo sajna aa
oooo sajna aa
tere bina main nahi
ooooooo

i wanna go dancing
where’s the
take you out
party tonight
i wanna go dancing
where’s the
let’s scream and shout
i wanna go dancing
where’s the
take you out
party tonight
i wanna go dancing
where’s the
let’s scream and shout
party tonight

jo meri manzil tha,
paagal jispe dil tha
ha wo mujhe mil gaya
phool jo mehka tha,
jispe dil behka tha
baahon mein woh khil gaya
meheki hai pyar ki raahein,
beheki hai saari nigahein
phaili hai khwabon ki baahein
toh nachle nachle whole night
where’s the party tonight,
somewhere down the road
where’s the party tonight,
on the dance floor
oh sapno ke din hai,
sapno ki raatein
where’s the party tonight

nach
nach all nite
get it right
nach
nach all nite
get it right

meri ye kahani
jiski hoon deewani
woh hai deewana mera
jo hai dil ki rani
usko bhi zabani
yaad hai fasana mera
ho puri hui koi kahani 
mil gayi dil ki nishani
jhoom uthi ye zindagaani
toh nachle nachle all night
where’s the party tonight,
somewhere down the road
where’s the party tonight,
on the dance floor
ho sapno ke din hai,
sapno ki raatein
where’s the party tonight
where’s the party tonight,
somewhere down the road
where’s the party tonight,
on the dance floor
ho sapno ke din hai,
sapno ki raatein
where’s the party tonight
aaaa aaaaa

aaa aaaaaa

i wanna go dancing
where’s the
take you out
party tonight
i wanna go dancing
where’s the
let’s scream and shout
i wanna go dancing
where’s the
take you out
party tonight
i wanna go dancing
where’s the
let’s scream and shout
party tonight


This article is written by Sudhir, 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 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.

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Greetings to all friends and readers, as India celebrates another anniversary of its freedom from foreign domination.

A lot can be and has been said and debated about this theme, in the press, in the media, in personal conversations. . . there is never a perfect closure to these discussions. Yes, the honor of the nation is an emotion that should and almost always does, transcend all other emotions. I say almost, because, at least in my evaluation of an individual’s relationships with the surroundings and the society, the matters of culture and humanism would at times weigh in more than national pride. In my mind, the definitions of national boundaries are quite artificial. They are more often than not, drawn by vested and many a times malicious intentions. Humanism, on the other hand, has no boundaries, period, none whatsoever across the planet. And culture – well it is defined more by environmental forces and the flow of historical compulsions. Culture grows. It develops and spreads driven by natural boundaries, and human acceptance of that which correctly conforms to the natural affinities and tendencies.

History, they say, is always written by the victorious. And they also say, that the Gods favor the righteous. One would thus expect the flow of human experience should be more correct and righteous. But it is not. The history of the human experiences is fraught more with misery and evil, than anything else. In the circumspect analysis, one would then conclude contrary to “. . . the Gods favor the righteous”, that might is right. Because more often than not, the victorious generally are the stronger contender, and also, more often than not, they are ruthless in their beliefs. And if not, the victory brings them to that point where they become so. Power corrupts – invariably.

Of all the good and bad topics in the history of what we call the struggle for independence of India, for me, the most punishing act inflicted on our nation, and more importantly, our culture, was the partition of our land. And lest we forget, our nation was partitioned more than once, and quite surreptitiously, before the much celebrated and bloody events of 1947.

First, in 1896, the Durand Line was drawn that created Afghanistan. For millennia before that, even before the Muslim and Mughal clans invaded India, the kings of this subcontinent had ruled over the land of Afghans and beyond, and had the regions of Samakkand and Bukhara in their regime. That was the first cut.

Then, in 1914, a conference was held in Simla. The McMahon line was announced and the Tibetan regions were delinked from India, formally by creating an international boundary. The next cut came in 1937 – the boundaries on the east were redrawn and Burma was carved out as a state, separate from India. And then, of course the cruelest cut of all, came in 1947 with the adoption of the Radcliffe line and the creation of a separate nation of Pakistan in two parts, the West and the East. Over a period of just about 50 years, a grand continent nation with its grand culture, that stretched from the Pamirs in Central Asia, to as far as Siam (now Thailand) and Cambodia in the Far East, was reduced to half its original spread.

Going across a vast region of land, having a variety of geographies – plains, mountains and deserts, having people speak more than a thousand dialects, having people with a plethora of contrarian food habits – still this vast expanse of land was united by a single seminal culture that arose from the earth of this sub-continent.

Couple of days back, when I was doing some research on ‘Urvashi’ and Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, for the post by Bharat Bhai, my eyes caught another related reference – a historical treatise of major proportions, authored by the same Dinkar. The title – ‘संस्कृति के चार अध्याय’ (‘Sanskriti Ke Chaar Adhyaye’ – a history of our culture in four chapters). In this path break historical thesis, Dinkar has charted the course of evolution of the culture of this subcontinent. The first segment talks about the Vedic origins of our culture. The second segment examines the rise of Buddhism and Jainism – the conflict and then the subsequent coming together in a single society. The third segment documents the advent of Islam, the reign of the Islamic dynasties – once again, the conflict and then the subsequent genesis of the Ganga-Jamni culture of peaceful co-existence. The fourth segment studies the invasion by the European kingdoms and the associated arrival of Christanity to the shores of this nation. Yet once again, discusses the conflict and the eventual prevalence of the merged society.

Over the ages, the culture of this land has exhibited a remarkable resilience to external influences, even potentially destructive influences. In the four phases of the history researched and documented by Dinkar, each phase establishes the thought supremacy of the tolerant and humanist culture of this land, that imbibed all that came to it, accepted them as different and yet the same, allowed a peaceful coexistence outside of the political machinations, and made the foreigners love it, and blend into it. That, in my opinion, is the superlative strength of this culture. And just because of this strength, I believe this culture will never be, it cannot be – destroyed. No wonder, our forefathers called it the ‘सनातन संस्कृति’ – a culture that is timeless, without a beginning and without an end.

I have a dream. Generally it is said – dreams are dreams. And nothing more. But still – I have a dream. And the dream comes from my desire to be able to go back to the land of my familial ancestors, to the places where my parents and grandparents were born and where they lived and thrived. The partition of 1947 was a disaster of proportions much greater than the Holocaust that was wreaked upon Europe by Hitler and his Germany. The number of people who suffered at the hands of the Third Reich is of the order of 5 million. The 1947 partition consumed anywhere between 10 to 20 million people on both sides of the border. And yet, the world historians do not discuss this monumental human tragedy as what it really is.

That is the power of subjugation and slavery that our self serving political leadership has always accepted and acquiesced to. There are many examples in world history, where nations have been partitioned and separated, and then they have come together once again, because the people wanted it to be so. The US has seen its own flavor of this partition during the Civil War (1861 – 1865), but they fought to bring it back together. Germany was partitioned in 1945 and the people finally toppled the Berlin Wall in 1989. Vietnam was divided and it fought the greatest superpower for decades, so it could be one once again. And now the efforts for Korea are beginning to be heard.

I have a dream, which I am quite sure will always remain a dream.

The song I present today is from a film that needs not introductions. Three songs of this musical bonanza are already showcased on our blog. I picked this film and this song for this post, because this film, as recently as 14 years ago, made a very courageous attempt to call out a spade, a spade. It is this and other similar literary and cultural expressions that give a breath of life to the dream I have. And the thing that I simply love about this film and this song, is the unabashed expression that confirms that the two neighbors are the same land and the same culture.

aisa des hai mera
ho oo
jaisa des hai tera

Ah yes, this song confirms my dream. But I also know that my dream will always remain a dream. . .

The film is ‘Veer Zaara’ from 2004. It has been a popular hit in its time, and I am sure I do not need to cover more details – friends and readers are likely already familiar. The song is written by Javed Akhtar. The music has been adapted from the unused tunes created by the late Madan Mohan, which are now in the collection of his son, Sanjeev Kohli. The singing voices are those of Udit Narayan, Lata Mangeshkar, Pritha Majumdar, and the famous Punjabi folk singer and actor Gurdas Maan, who makes a brief cameo appearance in this song itself.

Today morning, I read an article written by Anupam Sinha, that was carried in the Indian Express newspaper. Readers will be familiar with this name – he is the director of ‘Mulk’, the Rishi Kapoor starrer that is released just recently – on the 3rd of this month itself. In the film and the in the article, Anupam Sinha is raising many uncomfortable questions about the direction of the destiny of this nation and this land. Questions that today are becoming more and more difficult to articulate in the evolving ethos of the culture of this sub continent. That says quite a bit, doesn’t it. Yes, it is becoming more and more difficult to raise such questions.

That is the source of my fears – that my dream is always going to remain a dream. . .

Song – Aisa Des Hai Mera (Veer Zaara) (2004) Singer – Gurdas Mann, Udit NarayanLata Mangeshkar, Pritha Majumdar, Lyrics – Javed Akhtar, MD – Madan Mohan
Female Chorus
Male Chorus

Lyrics

oo ooo oo oo
ooo oo oo oo oo
oo ooo ooo ooooo

amber hethaan
dharti vasdi
aithe har rut hasdi
ho oo oo oo

kinna sohna
des hai mera
des hai mera
des hai mera. . .
kinna sohna
des hai mera
des hai mera
des hai mera. . .

dharti subehri ambar neela. . . ho oo
dharti subehri ambar neela
har mausam rangeela
aisa des hai mera
ho oo aisa des hai mera
aisa des hai mera
haan aisa des hai mera
boley papiha koel gaaye..ey..ey..ey
boley papiha koel gaaye
saawan ghir ke aaye
aisa des hai mera
ho aisa des hai mera
aisa des hai mera
haan aisa des hai mera

mundere mere
kaaga boley wey
chithi mere maahi di
chithi wich mera naam wey
chithi mere maahi di

gehun ke kheton mein
kanghi jo karen hawaayen
rang birangi kitni
chunariya ud ud jaayen
panghat par panihaaran
jab gagri bharne aaye
madhur madhur taanon mein
kahin bansi koi bajaaye
lo sun lo
kadam kadam pe hai mil jaani..ee..ee
kadam kadam pe hai mil jaani
koi prem kahaani
aisa des hai mera
ho aisa des hai mera
aisa des hai mera
haan aisa des hai mera

ooo oo oo oo oo oo
oo oo oo oo oo oo
oo ooo ooo oooo oooooo
ho meri jugni de taaghe pakke
jugni os de munh to fabbe
jinun satt ishq di lagge
o saain mere..aa o jugni
(hooo oooo  ooooye)
veer mere..aa o jugni kehndi ai
o naam saain da lendi ai

hoyyye hoyyye
hoyyye hoyyye
hoyyye hoyyye
hoyyye hoyyye
oy dil kadd litta ee jind meri..aa

baap ke kandhe chadh ke
jahaan bachche dekhen mele
melon mein nat ke tamaashe
kulfi ke chaat ke thele
kahin milti meethi goli
kahin churan ki hai pudia
bhole bhole bachche hain
jaise gudde aur gudiya
aur inko
roz sunaayen daadi naani..ee..ee
ho oo
roz sunaayen daadi naani
ik pariyon ki kahaani
aisa des hai mera
ho aisa des hai mera
aisa des hai mera
haan aisa des hai mera

sadke sadke jaandi e mutiyaare ni
kanda chuba tere pair baanki e naare ni
oy
ni adee e

kanda chuba tere pair baanki e naare ni
kaun kadde tera kaandra mutiyaare ni
kaun sahe teri peed baanki e naare ni
oy
ni adee e

kaun sahe teri peed baanki e naare ni

ho oo
ho ho
ho ho ho ho ho
mere des mein mehmaanon ko
bhagwaan kaha jaata hai
wo yahin ka ho jaata ha
jo kahin se bhi aata hai

aaa haa aaa aaa aaa aaa
aaa aaa aaa aaa
tere des ko maine dekha
tere des ko maine jaana
aaa aaa aaa aaa
tere des ko maine dekha
tere des ko maine jaana
jaane kyon ye lagta hai
mujhko jaana pehchaana
yahaan bhi wahi shaam hai
wahi savera..aa..aa ho oo
wahi shaam hai wahi savera
aisa hi des hai mera
jaisa des hai tera
waisa des hai mera
haan
jaisa des hai tera

aisa des hai mera
ho oo
jaisa des hai tera

aisa des hai mera
haan
jaisa des hai tera

aisa des hai mera
ho oo
jaisa des hai mera

———————————————————
Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
———————————————————
ओ ओss ओ ओ
ओss ओ ओ ओ
ओ sओ ओ ओss ओssss

अम्बर हेठां
धरती वसदी
ऐथे हर रूत हसदी
हो ओ ओ
किन्ना सोह्णा
देस है मेरा
देस है मेरा
देस है मेरा॰ ॰ ॰
देस है मेरा
देस है मेरा
देस है मेरा॰ ॰ ॰

धरती सुनहरी अम्बर नीला॰ ॰ ॰
हो ओ
धरती सुनहरी अम्बर नीला
हर मौसम रंगीला
ऐसा देस है मेरा
हो ओ ऐसा देस है मेरा
ऐसा देस है मेरा
हाँ ऐसा देस है मेरा
बोले पपीहा कोयल गाए॰॰ए॰॰ए॰॰ए
बोले पपीहा कोयल गाए
सावन घिर के आये
ऐसा देस है मेरा
हो ऐसा देस है मेरा
ऐसा देस है मेरा
हाँ ऐसा देस है मेरा

मुंडेरे मेरे
कागा बोले वे
चिट्ठी मेरे माही दी
चिट्ठी विच मेरा नाम वे
चिट्ठी मेरे माही दी

गेहूं के खेतों में
कंघी जो करें हवाएँ
रंग बिरंगी कितनी
चुनरिया उड़ उड़ जाएं
पनघट पर पनिहारिन
जब गगरी भरने आए
मधुर मधुर तानों में
कहीं बंसी कोई बजाए
लो सुन लो
कदम कदम पर है मिल जानी
कदम कदम पर है मिल जानी
कोई प्रेम कहानी
ऐसा देस है मेरा
हो ऐसा देस है मेरा
ऐसा देस है मेरा
हाँ ऐसा देस है मेरा

ओss ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ
ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ
ओ ओss ओss ओsss ओsssss
हो मेरी जुगनी दे तागे पक्के
जुगनी ओस दे मुंह तो फब्बे
जिनूं सट्ट इश्क़ दी लग्गे
ओ साईं मेरे॰॰आ ओ जुगनी
(हो॰॰ओ॰॰ ओए)
ओ साईं मेरे॰॰आ ओ जुगनी कहंदी ऐ
ओ नाम साईं दा लैंदी ऐ

होय्ये॰॰ होय्ये॰॰
होय्ये॰॰ होय्ये॰॰
होय्ये॰॰ होय्ये॰॰
होय्ये॰॰ होय्ये॰॰
ओ दिल कड्ड लित्ता ई जिंद मेरी॰॰आ

बाप के कंधे चढ़ के
जहां बच्चे देखें मेले
मेले में नट के तमाशे
कुल्फी के चाट के ठेले
कहीं मिलती मीठी गोली
कहीं चूरन की है पुड़िया
भोले भोले बच्चे हैं
जैसे गुड्डे और गुड़िया
और इनको
रोज़ सुनाएँ दादी नानी॰॰ई॰॰ई
हो ओ
रोज़ सुनाएँ दादी नानी
इक परियों की कहानी
ऐसा देस है मेरा
हो ऐसा देस है मेरा
ऐसा देस है मेरा
हाँ ऐसा देस है मेरा

सड़के सड़के जानदी ए मुटियारे नी
कंडा चुब्बा तेरे पैर बाँकी ए नारे नी
ओय नी अड़ीए

कंडा चुब्बा तेरे पैर बाँकी ए नारे नी
कौन कड्डे तेरा कांडड़ा मुटियारे नी

कौन सहे तेरी पीड़ बाँकी ए नारे नी
ओय नी अड़ीए
कौन सहे तेरी पीड़ बाँकी ए नारे नी

हो ओ
हो हो
हो हो हो हो हो

मेरे देस में मेहमानों को
भगवान कहा जाता है
वो यहीं का हो जाता है
जो कहीं से भी आता है

आs हाs आs आs आs आs
आs आs आs आs
तेरे देस को मैंने देखा
तेरे देस को मैंने जाना
आs आs आs आs
तेरे देस को मैंने देखा
तेरे देस को मैंने जाना
आs आs आs आs
जाने क्यों ये लगता है
मुझको जाना पहचाना
यहाँ भी वही शाम है
वही सवेरा॰॰आ॰॰आ हो ओ
वही शाम है वही सवेरा
ऐसा ही देस है मेरा
जैसा ये देस है तेरा
वैसा देस है मेरा
हाँ
जैसा देस है तेरा

ऐसा देस है मेरा
हो ओ
जैसा देस है तेरा

ऐसा देस है मेरा
हाँ
जैसा देस है तेरा

ऐसा देस है मेरा
हो ओ
जैसा देस है मेरा


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