THE BEST SONGS OF SAHIR LUDHIANVI – THE ‘MAGICIAN’ LYRICIST AND POET – PART I

I am fond of calling myself a lyrical man; words of the songs are often the most important part of the songs for me. Indeed, on the Facebook I have a page titled ‘Lyrical’ to honour and pay tribute to various lyricists. I have several (almost a dozen) posts on  my blog on my favourite lyricist and poet Shakeel Badayuni. The following posts about Sahir Ludhianvi have been reconstructed from the same page. Sahir was given the moniker of being the People’s Poet. As we go along, you would know why.

I started the series to bring home the point that whilst we genuinely love everything that Shakeel wrote, many other contemporary poets and lyricists were also good and popular.

So far, we have taken up three lyricists of great fame:

1. Shailendra. The opening song that I selected was Kuchh aur zamaana kehta hai.
2. Rajinder Krishan with his Mujhase mat poochh mere ishq mein.
3. Kaifi Azmi with his Jaane kyaa dhoondati rehati hain ye aankhen mujh mein.

Today is the beginning of a new month and year and an auspicious day to start with out fourth lyricist: Sahir Ludhianvi.

Sahir was born as Abdul Hayee on 8th March 1921. Sahir means ‘Wakeful’ or ‘Magician’ and this poet from Karimpura, Ludhiana actually awakened us with his poetry as a magician.

His mother Sardar Begum suffered at the hands of his father who eventually remarried. Some of Sahir’s poetry reflects that angst about the treatment of women. Sahir gained fame in his college (Khalsa College, Ludhiana) reading out his poems and giving his fiery speeches.

Sahir didn’t marry though he was romantically inclined to Amrita Pritam and later to the singer Sudha Malhotra.

Sahir Ludhianvi and Amrita Pritam (Pic courtesy: thebigindianpicture.com)

Sahir’s style of poetry was different from Shakeel’s. Indeed, Shakeel was exclusively a poet of Love whereas almost all other poets of that era, including Sahir, wrote about the social conditions prevalent in the country including poverty.

For example, if Shakeel wrote for a Leader song, about Taj Mahal:

Ek Shehanshah ne banwa ke haseen Taj Mahal,
Saari duniya ko mohabbat ki nishaani di hai,
Iske saaye mein sadaa pyaar ke charche honge
Khatam jo ho naa sakegi wo kahani di hai

Sahir’s was to be critical of Shahjehan for the ostentation:

Ek Shaehanshah ne banwa ke haseen Taj Mahal,
Ham gareebon ki mohabbat ka udhaaya hai mazaak,
Mere mehboob kahin aur mila kar mujhako.”

Many of his fans consider Sahir Ludhianvi as the greatest poet and lyricist of that era.

These do not include me though I was brought up in a place close to Sahir’s. As I told you a favourite is not someone like a horse who wins all races for you. A favourite is the one who comes closest to your own emotions and moods. Shakeel Badayuni does that for me.

Sahir received Filmfare awards for Best Lyricist twice: once for the Taj Mahal song: Jo vaada kiya wo nibhaana padhega; and once for the title song of Yash Chopra’s Kabhie Kabhie, which some feel was tailored on his own biography in part.

Song #01
Aurat ne janam diya mardon ko, mardon ne use bazaar diya….

Lets take a very expressive song from his 1958 BR Chopra movie Sadhana that starred Vyjayanthimala as a prostitute in love with a professor Sunil Dutt.

The film was about rehabilitation of prostitutes and stirred the conscience of the society towards them.

Datta Naik composed the song almost like a nazm, which it was.

Sahir Ludhianvi with Music Director Datta Naik or N Dutta (Also in the picture are: Yash Chopra and Mahendra Kapoor (Pic courtesy: pinkvilla.com)

Please enjoy: Aurat ne janam diya mardon ko, mardon ne use bazaar diya….

aurat ne janam diyaa mardo.n ko, mardo.n ne use baazaar diyaa
jab jii chaahaa kuchalaa masalaa, jab jii chaahaa dutkaar diyaa

tulatii hai kahii.n diinaaro.n me.n, bikatii hai kahii.n baazaaro.n me.n
na.ngii nachavaaii jaatii hai, aiyyaasho.n ke darabaaro.n me.n
ye vo beizzat chiiz hai jo, ba.nT jAtI hai izzatadaaro.n me.n

mardo.n ke liye har zulm ravaa.N, aurat ke liye ronaa bhii khataa
mardo.n ke liye laakho.n seje.n, aurat ke liye bas ek chitaa
mardo.n ke liye har aish kaa haq, aurat ke liye jiinaa bhii sazaa

jin hoTho.n ne inako pyaar kiyaa, un hoTho.n kaa vyaapaar kiyaa
jis kokh me.n inakaa jism Dhalaa, us kokh kaa kaarobaar kiyaa
jis tan se uge kopal ban kar, us tan ko zaliil-o-khAr kiyaa

mardo.n ne banaayii jo rasme.n, unako haq kaa faramaan kahaa
aurat ke zindaa jal jaane ko, kurbaanii aur balidaan kahaa
qismat ke badale roTii dii, usako bhii ehasaan kahaa

sa.nsaar kii har ek besharmii, gurbat kii god me.n palatii hai
chakalo.n me.n hii aa ke rukatii hai, faako.n me.n jo raah nikalatii hai
mardo.n kii havas hai jo aksar, aurat ke paap me.n Dhalatii hai

aurat sa.nsaar kii qismat hai, fir bhii taqadiir kii hotii hai
avataar payambar janatii hai, phir bhii shaitaan kii beTii hai
ye vo badaqismat maa.N hai jo, beTo.n kii sez pe leTii hai

Song #02
Thandi hawayen, lehrake aayen…

My maternal grandparents, after moving from Lahore, when the partition between India and Pakistan took place in Aug 1947, moved to a village halfway between Ludhiana and Nawanshahr. Sahir, did the opposite of that before partition. He studied in Ludhiana in the Khalsa High School and later in the government college. However, in 1943, at the age of 22 years, he moved to Lahore.

It was in Lahore that he published his first poetry compilation called Talkhiyan (Bitterness) in 1945. Just like most Urdu poets of that era, he became a member of Progressive Writers Association.

His style of doing things got him ample notoreity. When he was in the college in Ludhiana, he was expelled for having entered the Common Room for girls. I remember this anecdote quite well. He was fined all of Rupees Five (a huge sum at that time). He produced a ten rupees note from his kurta pocket. The principal wanted to give him the balance but he insisted that the principal keep the change just in case he, Sahir, went to the Girl’s Common Room again.

Similarly, in Pakistan, his fiery poetry, after independence, got him a warrant of arrest issued by the Pakistani government for promoting communism.

In 1949, therefore, he fled Lahore and came to India. In any case, he was too secular to be kept in Muslim Pakistan.

Soon he moved to Bombay to try his hand at writing lyrics for Hindi films. In two decades, he was so successful that he built a bungalow in Bombay called Parchhayiyan (Shadows).

In 1949 itself he wrote songs for Azadi Ki Raah Par, the movie that had Shyamlal Prashad Gupta’s famous poem converted into a song: Jhanda ooncha rahe hamaara; which I have given you on my blog in ‘The Best Azaadi (Independence) Poems’ ever written. However, Sahir’s songs including Badal rahi hai zindagi went unnoticed.

However, in 1951 movie Naujawaan for which SD Burman composed the songs, Sahir was suddenly noticed. This started a great partnership together especially for Guru Dutt movies starting with the 1951 movie Baazi.

Naujawaan was a Mahesh Kaul movie and starred Nalini Jayawant and Premnath in lead roles.

Here is the list of songs for the movie:

1. Dekho dekho jii kuchh bhii kar lo jiit hamaarii hai.
2. Dil kaa dard na jaane duniyaa.
3. Ek aag hai dahakataa raag hai.
4. Pi pi pi piyaa ham aur ham pi pi piyaa tum aur ham.
5. PanaghaT pe dekho aa_ii milan kii belaa.
6. ThaNDii havaae.n laharaake aae.n.
7. Zaraa jhuum le, jawaanii kaa samaa.N hai suhaanaa.

Naturally, the song to listen to is Thandi hawayen sung by Lata Mangeshkar.

Please enjoy: Thandi hawayen, lehrake aayen…

ThaNDii havaae.n, laharaake aae.n
rut hai javaa.n, unako yahaa.N, kaise bulaae.n
ThaNDii havaae.n …

chaa.Nd aur taare, ha.Nsate nazaare
milake sabhii, dil me.n sakhii, jaaduu jagaaye.n
ThaNDii havaae.n …

kahaa bhI nA jaaye, rahaa bhI nA jaaye
tumase agar, mile bhI nazar, ham jhe.np jaae.n
ThaNDii havaae.n …

dil ke fasaane, dil hii nA jaane
tumako sajan, dil kii lagan, kaise bataaye.n
ThaNDii havaae.n …

Song #03
Dekh ke akeli mohe barkha sataaye….

Guru Dutt’s 1951 movie Baazi was a major success for Sahir Ludhianvi, within two years of joining the Hindi films. The movie starred Dev Anand and Geeta Bali.

I saw Baazi on my computer last to last year. It is a crime thriller. Between Guru Dutt and Dev Anand, as with other producers and directors they made any number of these movies with almost similar stories. Before the formula films shifted to hero being in love with a smuggler’s daughter, these were the staple fare from Hindi films: Howrah Bridge, China Town, Aar Paar and many more.

Dev Anand’s would be wife Kalpana Kartik also acted in the movie.

Sahir and Sachin da made the following songs for the movie:

1 Suno Gajar Kya Gaaye Geeta Dutt
2 Dekh Ke Akeli Mohe Barkha Sataaye Geeta Dutt
3 Yeh Kaun Aaya Ki Meri Dil Ki Duniya Mein Geeta Dutt
4 Tadbeer Se Bigdi Hui Taqdeer Bana Le Geeta Dutt
5 Aaj Ki Raat Piya Geeta Dutt
6 Tum Bhi Na Bhoolo Balam Geeta Dutt
7 Sharmaaye Kaahe Ghabraaye Kaahe Shamshad Begum
8 Mere Labon Pe Chhipe Kishore Kumar

We shall take one of these tonight and two more tomorrow.

Please enjoy Geeta Dutt sing: Dekh ke akeli mohe barkha sataaye….

ko: (Tip Tip Tip Tip Tip Tip
Tip Tip Tip Tip Tip Tip) – 2
gii: u_ii dekh ke akelii mohe barakhaa sataa_e
gaalo.n ko chuume kabhii chii.NTe u.Daa_e re …

gii: chalii na jaa_e chaal lachakuu.N jaise Daal
saa.Dii bhiigii cholii bhiigii bhiige gore gaal
ko: gore gaal gore gaal gore gore gaal
saa.Dii bhiigii cholii bhiigii bhiige gore gaal u_ii …

gii: luuTe haar si.ngaar paapii jal kii dhaar
khulii sa.Dak pe luT ga_ii logo.n mai.n alabelii naar
ko: (ek alabelii alabelii alabelii ) -2
khulii sa.Dak pe luT ga_ii logo.n mai.n alabelii naar u_ii …

gii: paa.Nv phisalataa jaa_e tan hichakole.n khaa_e
aise me.n jo haath paka.D le man usakaa ho jaa_e
ko: (bas ho jaa_e ho jaa_e ho jaa_e) – 2
aise me.n jo haath paka.D le man usakaa ho jaa_e u_ii …

Song #04
Tadbeer se bigadi hui taqdeer bana le…

I am sorry for having taken a break for the last two days; but, I assure you it was because of circumstances beyond my control.

On the First of January 2017, with the onset of a brand new year, we had started with one of the greatest poets and lyricists of our times: Sahir Ludhianvi, the moniker Sahir meaning ‘Wakeful’ or ‘Magician’.

After his first movie, the 1949 movie Azadi Ki Raah Par, for which he wrote the lyrics of songs, it was only in his second movie, the 1951 movie Navjawan, wherein he paired with SD Burman, that he was noticed. In the very next movie: the 1951 Guru Dutt movie Baazi, he excelled. Thus began a very enduring and adorable pairing with the music Director SD Burman that lasted until their 1957 movie Pyaasa.

I have given you a song from Baazi: Dekh ke akeli mujhe barkha sataaye, sung by Geeta Dutt and I had intimated that we shall be taking up another two songs.

Here is the first of them. This too has been sung by Geeta Dutt and picturised on another Geeta: Geeta Bali.

The two Geetas on the sets of Baazi (Pic courtesy: geetadutt.com)

Please enjoy: Tadbeer se bigadi hui taqdeer bana le…

(tadabiir se biga.Dii huI taqadiir banaa le, taqadiir banaa le
apane pe bharosaa hai to ye daa.nv lagaa le,
lagaa le daa.nv lagaa le ) – 2

(Darataa hai zamaane kii nigaaho.n se bhalaa kyuu.N
nigaaho.n se bhalaa kyuu.N ) – 2
insaaf tere saath hai ilazaam uThaa le, ilazaam uThaa le
apane pe bharosaa hai.n to ye daa.nv lagaa le
lagaa le daa.nv lagaa le

(kyaa khaak vo jiinaa hai jo apane hii liye ho
apane hii liye ho ) – 2
khud miTake kisii aur ko miTane se bachaa le
apane pe bharosaa hai.n to ye daa.nv lagaa le
lagaa le daa.nv lagaa le

TuuTe hue patavaar hai.n kashtii ke to ham kyaa
haarii huI baaho.n ko hii patavaar banaa le, patavaar banaa le
apane pe bharosaa hai.n to ye daa.nv lagaa le,
lagaa le daa.nv lagaa le

tadabiir se biga.Dii huI …

Song #05
Aaj ki raat piya dil na todo…

That brings us to the last promised song from the 1951 movie Baazi, a Dev Anand (Navketan) production directed by Guru Dutt. The movie starred Dev Anand and Geeta Bali and also Dev Anand’s would-be-wife Kalpana Kartik.

This last song has also been sung by Geeta Dutt and happens to be one of my favourites. By now, even you know that I have a soft corner for the Raag (Dhun) Pahadi and this has been composed by SD Burman in that raag, Tal Dadra.

Geeta Dutt with SD Burman, Guru Dutt and RD Burman (Pic courtesy: learningandcreativity.com)

This song striaghtway takes you to those enchanting night songs perfected between Sahir Ludhianvi and SD Burman including my all time favourite: Ye rat ye chandini phir kahan. As far as Dev Anand and Kalpana Kartik are concerned, they too have their share of night songs by the pair, eg: Chup hai dharti chup hai chand sitaare, Phaili hui hain sapno ki baahen (both being waltzing numbers) and Teri duniya mein jeene se behatar hai ke mar jaayen.

Please enjoy: Aaj ki raat piya dil na todo…

aaj kii raat piyaa
aaj kii raat piyaa dil na to.Do
man ki baat piya maan lo
aaj ki raat piya

dil kii kahaanii apanii zubaanii tum ko sunaane aayii huu.N
aa.Nkho.n me.n leke sapane suhaane apanaa banaane aayii huu.N
cho.Dake saath piyaa muu.Nh na mo.Do
man kii baat piyaa maan lo
aaj kii raat piyaa

chandaa bhii dekhe taare bhii dekhe hamako gagan kii oT se
ghaayal kiyaa hai dil tumane meraa meeThi nazar kii choT se
thaam ke haath piyaa yuu.N na cho.Do
man kii baat piyaa maan lo
aaj kii raat piyaa

Song #06
Nigahen kyun milayi thi agar youn chhod jaana tha…

Guess what? Since I mentioned it in the last two songs, it would be easy to guess that in his next movie, the 1952 movie Lal Kunwar, he did a hat-trick, in that he paired again with SD Burman.

The movie was directed by Ravinder Dave and was on the life of Imtiaz Mahal (meaning “distinguished one of the palace”) better known by her birth name Lal Kunwar. She was the Empress of the Mughal Emperor Jahandar Shah.

Imtiaz Mahal (Pic courtesy: Wikipedia)

She was a former dancing girl who exercised supreme influence over the Emperor, encouraged frivolity and pleasure which eventually led to his ignominious downfall.

The movie had the follwing songs put together by the pair:

1. Nigahen kyun milayi thi – Suraiya.
2. Awaz deta hai sola ka sin – Asha Bhosle.
3. Raja Jani laga mujhe nainva ka baan re – Shamshad Begum.
4. Prit Sataye Teree Yad Naa Jaye Teree – Suraiya.
5. Aayi Hu Mai Raja Tere Dwar – Suraiya.
6. Bachke Humse Bhala Sarkar Kaha Jaoge – Geeta Dutt, Asha Bhosle.
7. Chal Ae Dil Rah Me Koi Sahara Mil Hi Jayega.
8. Tum Jo Mile Arzu Ko Dil Ki Rah Mil Gayi – Suraiya.
9. Dil Ka Bhed Jan Lo Ho Sake To Man Lo – Asha Bhosle.
10. Wo Nigahe Jab Uthi Ghir Ke Badali Cha Gayi.
11. Ye Din Nahin Aah Bharne Ke Din.

Please enjoy: Nigahen kyun milayi thi agar youn chhod jaana tha…

nigahe kyon milayi thi, agar yu chhodjana tha
nigahe kyon milayi thi, agar yu chhodjana tha
ummide kyon jagayi thi, ummide kyon jagayi thi
agar dil ko jalana tha

khushi maangi thi hamne gam se daman bhar diya tune
khushi maangi thi hamne gam se daman bhar diya tune
are o jane wale, are o jane wale
hay yeh kya kar diya tune
mohabbat ki kasam hamne tujhe aisa naa jana tha
nigahe kyon milayi thi, agar yu chhodjana tha

chale aavo tumhe iss dil ki aahen yaad karti hain
chale aavo tumhe iss dil ki aahen yaad karti hain
jo suni ho gai tum bin woh raahen yaad karti hain
mile kyon the agar milna bichhadne kaa bahana tha
nigahe kyon milayi thi agar yu chhodjana tha
ummide kyon jagayi thi, ummide kyon jagayi thi
agar dil ko jalana tha

Song #07
Ye raat ye chandini phir kahan, sun ja dil ki daastan….

Ladies and gentlemen, whilst Sahir Ludhianvi paired with SD Burman to give us some of the most enchanting (especially night and moon songs) songs in Hindi movies, I have mentioned to you several times now that SD Burman was the music director of choice for Dev Anand movies; so much so that Burman da used to proudly day that his middle name Dev is actually the name of his favourite hero Dev Anand!

SD Burman with his favourite hero: Dev Anand (Pic courtesy: learningnad creatrivity.com)

Can you guess why am I so excited tonight. We are going chronologically with Sahir Ludhianvi films and we have come to the 1952 movie Jaal tonight, yet another Guru Dutt movie starring Dev Anand and hence the music has to by SD Burman. By this time, the pairing of Sahir with Sachin was much talked about and acclaimed.

In this movie, they created a song that is immortal. It has been sung by my favourite singer Hemant Kumar and I have goose-pimples everytime I listen to it; the song being my idea of how a perfect song is made.

Lets first have a look at the list of songs for the movie:

1 Sun Ja Dil Ki Dastan (Yeh Raat Yeh Chandni) Hemanth Kumar
2 De Bhi Chuke Hum Dil Nazrana Geeta Dutt, Kishore Kumar
3 Chori Chori Meri Gali Aana Hai Bura Lata Mangeshkar
4 Yeh Raat Yeh Chandni Hemanth Kumar
5 Jor Laga Ke Haiya
6 Pighla hai sona door gagan par Lata Mangeshkar
7 Hans le gaa le dhoom macha le (Kaisi ye jaagi agan) Lata Mangeshkar
8 Soch samajh kar dil ko lagana (Dhoka na khana) Geeta Dutt

You will agree with me that Ye raat ye chandini phir kahan stands out just as moon amongst stars.

Jaal is a snare or a trap. Dev Anand as Tony Fernandes, a city bred (Bombay) street smart guy wants to ensnare a simple fishing folk woman Geeta Bali as Maria. His attraction is too strong for her to turn down even though she is warned by another woman Lisa that Tony played the same or similar game of love with her too! And then she is warned by a gypsy palm-reader. However, the pull of the love that Tony offers is far too strong.

Now, lets say an ordinary lyricist had to come up with these emotions on a guitar based song; what would he do? And then you think about what Sahir did. Well, Sahir did what he did 13 years later in movie Kaajal: he created a memorable song making the trap look so fascinating, viz: Ek baar chal diye gar tujhe pukaar ke, laut kar na aayenge kaafile bahaar ke. Outstanding! Here is what he did in Kaajal song: Achhon ko bura saabit karna, duniya ki puraani aadat hai! It must be the best song ever written for a man in villanous role!

And now think of what Sachin Dev Burman does to the lyrics. Sachin was the best to make it look like as if a song is based on Raagas. He did it with several including Deewana mastaana hua dil jaane kahan hoke bahaar aayi for Bambai Ka Babu. But here, he had to think of a raaga that would reflect the fishermen folks simple ways. And what better raaga than Raag Kaafi that has direct connection with the folk music of India! Sheer genius there.

And finally, who should sing it? Well, what you want to do with the song is for Maria (Geeta Bali) not to be able to resist the pull of her lover singing. You have night, you have moon, you have breeze…..and you require a singer to build up this atmosphere. You don’t have to think twice; it has to be Hemant Kumar. So much so that when he sings: Jaati baharen hain uthati jawaniya, taaron ki chhayon mein keh le kahaniyan……you feel someone is painting the scene for you!

Ladies and gentlemen, great songs ain’t an accident. So many things go into them to make them emerge great.

Please enjoy the greatest song of Hemant Kumar and one of the greatest of the pair of Sahir Ludhianvi and Sachin DEV Burman: Ye raat ye chandini phir kahan, sun ja dil ki daastan….

ye raat ye chaa.Ndanii phir kahaa.N
sun jaa dil kii daastaa.N
ye raat…

pe.Do.n kii shaakho.n pe soii soii chaa.Ndanii
tere khayaalo.n me.n khoii khoii chaa.Ndanii
aur tho.Dii der me.n thak ke lauT jaaegii
raat ye bahaar kii phir kabhii na aaegii
do ek pal aur hai ye samaa, sun jaa…

laharo.n ke ho.nTho.n pe dhiimaa dhiimaa raag hai
bhiigii havaao.n me.n Tha.nDii Tha.nDii aag hai
is hasiin aag me.n tuu bhii jalake dekhale
zi.ndagii ke giit kii dhun badal ke dekhale
khulane de ab dha.Dakano.n kii zubaa.N, sun jaa…

jaatii bahaare.n hai.n uThatii javaaniyaa.N
taaro.n ke chhaao.n me.n pahale kahaaniyaa.N
ek baar chal diye gar tujhe pukaarake
lauTakar na aae.nge qaafile bahaar ke
aajaa abhii zi.ndagii hai javaa.N, sun jaa…

Song #08
Ye mausam, ye hawayen….

The 1953 movie Shole (that’s how it was spelt that time) came 22 years before the 1975 movie Sholay starring Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini and Jaya Bahaduri; both the heroes married the heroines in later life! That’s what Sholay can do to you!

Anyway, in the 1953 movie Shole, cinders of passion were between Ashok Kumar and Bina Rai. There were six songs in the movie, with two of them having been sung in different versions twice in the movie. Out of these eight, Sahir penned only one and it was composed by Dhaniram and sung by Geeta Dutt after Hemant Kumar puts her on the track.

(Poster courtesy: Saavn)

This was the song and the theme was the same as the last Jaal song: ye mausam ye hawaye ye rut suhani fir na aayegi.

Please enjoy: Ye mausam, ye hawayen….

ye mausam ye hawaye ye rut suhani fir na aayegi
fir na hogi dilwale zindgani fir na ayegi
koi hasrat na rakh dil me
ye duniya char din ki hai ye duniya char din ki hai
jawani mauj dariya hai jawani jo laut ke na aayegi

nigahe mila, nigahe mila or ek jam lele or ek jam lele
ha jawani ke sir ha jawani ke sir koi lizam lele
nigahe mila, nigahe mila nigahe mila, nigahe mila
nigahe mila, nigahe mila nigahe mila, nigahe mila

nigaho ke saaye me palti hai duniya palti hai duniya
hasino ke hamraah chalti hai duniya chalti hai duniya
hasino ke pehlu me aaram le lo hasino ke pehlu me aaram le lo
aaram le lo jara aaram le lo aaram le lo jara aaram le lo
nigahe mila, nigahe mila nigahe mila, nigahe mila

masjid mandir sabhi to na jaye sabhi to na jaye
ye tujh ko mitane kahi kho na jaye kahi kho na jaye
kahi is dali pe koi aaram le lo kahi is dali pe koi aaram le lo
aaram le lo jara aaram le lo aaram le lo jara aaram le lo
nigahe mila, nigahe mila or ek jam lele or ek jam lele
ha jawani ke sir ha jawani ke sir koi lizam lele

Song #09
Koi raag chhed dabi aag chhed…..

In the next movie, the 1953 Amiya Chakrabarty movie Shahenshah, starring Ranjan and Shakila, Sahir was back with SD Burman just as Shakeel used to pair with Naushad.

A scene from the 1953 movie Shaehnshah (Pic courtesy: cineplot.com)

The movie had the following songs put together by the pair:

1. Jaam Thaam Le Sochate Hi Sochate Naa Bite Saari Raat – Shamshad Begum.
2. Aayi baharen leke raaten – Asha Bhosle.
3. Le Le Dil Ko Le Le Kismat Ke Hai Ye Mel – Geeta Dutt.
4. Nazon Ke Pale, Kaanto Pe Chale – Talat Mahmood.
5. Khaak Hua Dil Jalte Jalte – Lata Mangeshkar.
6. Chahat Ka Khazana Hai Tere Liye – Lata Mangeshkar.
7. Gham Kyo Ho Jinewalo Ko – Lata Mangeshkar.
8. Koi Raag Ched Dabi Aag Ched – Asha Bhosle.
9. Shahi Ki Zanzire Todte Chalo – Manna Dey.

As many as six singers to sing nine songs; great.

Please listen to this song that reminds you of a signature tune perfected by the pair by now: Koi raag chhed dabi aag chhed (Also remember that to use the word raag is something unique with Sahir. Even in the Jaal’s ye raat ye chandini song he says: Lehron ke honthon pe dheema dheema raag hai):

koi rag chhed dabi aag chhed
ke yahi hai zindgani
kahi hai bahar kahi par nisar
koi mang le nishani
koi rag chhed dabi aag chhed
ke yahi hai zindgani
kahi hai bahar kahi par nisar
kahi bandh le nishana koi rag ho

abhi waqt maharba hai
abhi zindagi jawa hai
abhi waqt maharba hai
abhi zindagi jawa hai
ye sama tera sama hai koi rag chhed

nit aaho ke ishare
ye khile khile nazare
nit aaho ke ishare
ye khile khile nazare
mujhe kah rahe hai sare koi rag chhed

zara dil ki sun suna le
zara khud ko aazma le
zara dil ki sun suna le
zara khud ko aazma le
koi aarzu jaga le koi rag chhed
koi rag chhed dabi aag chhed
ke yahi hai zindgani
kahi hai bahar kahi par nisar
koi mang le nishani koi rag chhed

Song #10
Raat ke rahi thak mat jaana…

Before we ended last night we took up a song from the 1953 movie Shahenshah wherein Sahir Ludhianvi, once again, paired with SD Burman.

By now, he was as much with SD Burman, as Shakeel was with Naushad and Hasrat and Shailendra were with Shankar Jaikishan.

Hence, in the 1953 movie Babla, directed by NB Agrami and Bhibhuti Laha, he was again with SD Burman. The movie starred Paresh Banerjee, Hiralal, Manju Dey, Master Niren, Pahadi Sanyal and Sova Sen.

Following were the songs of the movie:

1. Raat ke rahi thak mat jaana – Manna Dey.
2. Jag mein aaya koi koi jaaye re – Talat Mahmood.
3. Raat ke rahi thak mat jaana – Lata Mangeshkar.
4. Lehron ke rele sang naiya mori khele – Hridyanath Mangeshkar.
5. Raat khushi ki aayi – Manna Dey.
6. Hamre munder bola kaga sakhi ri – Rajkumari.

As you notice, half the songs are ‘Raat’ songs; I brought out yesterday how he was the best for such songs.

Please enjoy Manna Dey sing: Raat ke rahi thak mat jaana…

Manna Dey, Mohammad Rafi and Sahir Ludhianvi

rat ke rahi, rat ke rahi thak mat jana
subah ki manjil dur nahi, dur nahi
rat ke rahi

dharti ke phaile aangan me,
pal do pal hai rat kaa dera – (2)
julm kaa sina chir ke dekho,
jhank raha hai naya savera
dhalta din majabur sahi,
chadhata suraj majabur nahi,
majabur nahi
thak mat jana,
ho rahi thak mat jana
rat ke rahi

sadiyo tak chup rehnewale,
abb apna hak leke rahenge – (2)
jo karna hai khul ke karenge,
jo kehna hai saf kahenge
jite ji ghut ghut kar marna
iss jag kaa dastur nahi, dastur nahi
thak mat jana, ho rahi thak mat jana
rat ke rahi

tutengi bojhal janjire,
jagengi soyi takdire – (2)
lut pe kab tak pehara dengi,
jung lagi khuni shamashire
rah nahi sakta iss duniya me,
jo sab ko manjur nahi, manjur nahi
thak mat jana, ho rahi thak mat jana
rat ke rahi

Song #11
Jab duniya badli hai phir kyun na badle hum….

For the last movie of 1953, for which

(Poster courtesy: cineplot.com)

Sahir penned the songs, he was back with SD Burman’s “favourite” hero Dev Anand. And the heroine opposite Dev Anand was Madhubala. I am talking about the 1953 movie Armaan that was directed by Fali Mistry.

There were as many as nine songs in the movie; Talat Mahmood and Manna Dey sang for Dev Anand and Asha Bhosle and Geeta Dutt sang for Madhubala.

Following is the list of the songs:

1. Jab Duniya Badli Hai Phir Kyu Na Badale Hum Khilte Hue Mausam Me – Asha Bhosle.
2. Krodh Kapat Ke Andhiyare Mein – Manna Dey.
3. Bharam Teri Wafaon Ka, Mita Dete To Kya Hota – Talat Mahmood.
4. Bol Na Bole Janewale – Talat Mahmood, Asha Bhosle.
5. Jadu Bhari Yeh Fizayein Khati Hai Aaja Dil Me Machaye Sochta Hai Kya – Geeta Dutt.
6. Tum Ho Pardesi Kya Janey Kis Din Chhod Jao – Asha Bhosle.
7. Yeh Hansi Yeh Khushi Lakho Barse Yuhi Aaye Naujawani Teri Geet Gati Rahe – Geeta Dutt.
8. Chahe Kitna Mujhe – Duet – Asha Bhosle, Manna Dey.
9. Mai Pankh Lagake Ud Jau – Asha Bhosle.

Lets enjoy the very first song, sung by Asha Bhosle: Jab duniya badli hai phir kyun na badle hum….

jab duniya badli hai phir kyu na badle hum
khilte huye mausam me kyu bite rut ka gam
jab duniya badli hai phir kyu na badle hum
khilte huye mausam me kyu bite rut ka gam
jo bite bit gayi
jo bite bit gayi ab usko yaad na kar
rangin baharo ko yuhi barbad na kar
in najuk ghadiyo ki umre hoti hai kam
khilte huye mausam me kyu bite rut ka gam
jab duniya badli hai phir kyu na badle hum
khilte huye mausam me kyu bite rut ka gam

chahat ke gulshan se
chahat ke gulshan se khushiyo ki kaliya chun
kuch apne dil ki kah kuch mere dil ki sun
ye duri kaisi hai main phul tu shabnam
khilte huye mausam me kyu bite rut ka gam
jab duniya badli hai phir kyu na badle hum
khilte huye mausam me kyu bite rut ka gam

Song #12
Jayen to jayen kahan….

Next film, his first film of 1954, had to have Sachin Dev Burman composing his songs. Why? Simply because it was a Dev Anand movie directed by his brother Chetan Anand for their company Navketan Films. Kalpana Karthik, who was to secretly marry Dev Anand during the making of this movie, acted opposite him.

Here is from Wikipedia: “Dev Anand’s taxi in the movie was the British made Hillman Minx black car with number 1111. Such became the popularity following the film that the British made Hillman Minx became a vehicle of choice as a taxi in Bombay until the 1970s”.

Dev Anand was Mangal in the movie and Kalpana was Mala.

The movie had the following songs:

1 “Jayen To Jayen Kahan (Talat)” Talat Mahmood 03:32
2 “Dil Jale To Jale” Lata Mangeshkar 02:44
3 “Jayen To Jayen Kahan (Lata)” Lata Mangeshkar 03:12
4 “Chahe Koi Khush Ho” Mohammed Rafi 03:05
5 “Aye Meri Zindagi Aaj” Lata Mangeshkar 06:31
6 “Jeene Do Aur Jiyo” Asha Bhosle 02:53
7 “Dil Se Milake Dil Pyaar Kijiye” Lata Mangeshkar 02:56
8 “Dekho Mane Nahi” Asha Bhosle, Jagmohan Bakshi 02:54

Talat‘s Jayen to jayen kahan was

Talat Mahmood with Sahir Ludhianvi (Also in the pic: Rafi, Indrani Mukherjee and N Dutta) (Pic courtesy: pbs.twimg.com)

the most popular song of the movie. Sachin da composed it in Raag Jaunpuri, Taal Kaherava.

Please spare a thought of the lyrical excellence of the song by Sahir Ludhianvi, the ‘magical’ lyricist.

Please enjoy: Jayen to jayen kahan….

jaae.n to jaae.n kahaa.N – 2
samajhegaa, kaun yahaa.N, dard bhare dil kii zubaa.N
jaae.n to jaae.n kahaa.N …

maayuusiyo.n kaa, majamaa hai jii me.n
kyaa rah gayaa hai, is zi.ndagii me.n
maayuusiyo.n kaa, maayuusiyo.n kaa, majamaa hai jii me.n
kyaa rah gayaa hai, is zi.ndagii me.n
rUh me.n Gam dil me.n dhuaa.n
jaae.n to jaae.n kahaa.N …

apanaa bhii Gam hai, unakaa bhii Gam hai
ab dil ke bachanekii, ummiid kam hai
apanaa bhii Gam hai, apanaa bhii Gam hai, unakaa bhii Gam hai
ab dil ke bachanekii, ummiid kam hai
ek kashtii, sau tuufaa.N, jaae.n to jaae.n kahaa.N …

o jaane vaale, daaman chhu.Daa ke
mushkil hai jiinaa, tujhako bhulaa ke
o jaane vaale, o jaane vaale, daaman chhu.Daa ke
mushkil hai jiinaa, tujhako bhulaa ke
isase to hai, maut aasaa.N, jaae.n to jaae.n kahaa.N …

siine me.n shole, saaso.n me.n aahe.n
is zindagii se, kaise nibaahe.n
siine me.n shole, siine me.n shole, saaso.n me.n aahe.n
is zindagii se, kaise nibaahe.n
har jazabaat hai viiraa.N, jaae.n to jaae.n kahaa.N …

Song #13
Aaj kisi ke haathon ne dil ke taaron ko….

The last movie of his whose song I gave you was the Dev Anand starrer Taxi Driver. Talat Mahmood sang for him: Jaayen to jaayen kahan.

Savdhaan is not just a fauji command to come to attention but also the name of this 1954 movie directed by Dutta Dharmadhikari and starring Motilal and Shyama; yes, ladies and gentlemen, the Aar Paar girl Shyama who had Geeta Dutt sing for her Jaa jaa jaa jaa bewafa (Sun sun sun sun zalima).

Sahir penned the songs of the movie and Vasant Ramachandra composed them; there was one composed by Vasant Desai too: Mohabbat ki nazar jab meharbaan malum.

Here is the list:

1. Aaj Kisi Ke Hatho Ne Dil Ke Taro K – Asha Bhosle.
2. Chalo Hato Jaao Jaao Saiya – Asha Bhosle.
3. Nazar Se Dil Me Samane Wale – Asha Bhosle.
4. Raat Muskurati Hai Dhadkane Jagati Hai – Asha Bholse, Geeta Dutt.
5. Aap Aaye Hai Nasihat Hume Farmane – Khan Mastana, S Balbir.
6. Jhananan Baje Mori Jhanjhar – Asha Bhosle.
7. Mohabbat Ki Nazar Jab Meharba Malum – Asha Bhosle.

I am avoiding the Raat song and giving you Aaj kisi ke haathon ne dil ke taaron ko….

aaj kisi ke dil ke haatho ne, dil ke taaro ko chhed diya

dil ke taaro ko chhed diya

aaj kisi ke dil ke haatho ne, dil ke taaro ko chhed diya

dil ke taaro ko chhed diya

gahari nind me soye saaz ki, gahari nind me soye saaz ki

jhankaaro ko chhed diya

dil ke taaro ko chhed diya

dil ke taaro ko chhed diya

aaj kisi ke dil ke haatho ne, dil ke taaro ko chhed diya

dil ke taaro ko chhed diya

ha ha ho ho ho

aaj meri tanhaai apne aap se bhi sharmaane lagi

aaj meri tanhaai apne aap se bhi sharmaane lagi

dil ki dhadkan nagama bankar, hontho par lahraane lagi

hay mere hontho par lahraane lagi

jo saahil ko saath baha le

jo saahil ko saath baha le

un dhaaro ko chhed diya

dil ke taaro ko chhed diya

dil ke taaro ko chhed diya

aaj kisi ke dil ke haatho ne, dil ke taaro ko chhed diya

dil ke taaro ko chhed diya

har jhokhe se mujhko unake saath ki khushbu aati hai

tanman me ek thandi thandi aag bikharti jaati hain

jaane kisaki shokh najar ne, jaane kisaki shokh najar ne

aangaaro ko chhed diyaa

dil ke taaro ko chhed diya

dil ke taaro ko chhed diya

aaj kisi ke dil ke haatho ne, dil ke taaro ko chhed diya

dil ke taaro ko chhed diya

Song #14
Dheeth Langar Natkhat Harjaai….

Even as early as in 1954 Sahir and SD Burman knew that on my Facebook group Yaad Kiya Dil Ne we are going to usher in 2017 by having a Fest on Krishna songs. Hence, both of them got together again after a small break in the last Motilal, Shyama movie and made as many as ten songs for Radha Krishna.

(Poster courtesy: cinematerial.com)

Krishna is my all time favourite. Radha’s name always precedes her whenever both names are together and so it was in this 1954 Raja Nene movie starring Kamini Kaushal and Ratan Kumar.

All ten songs have been sung by females: mostly Lata Mangeshkar and some by Asha Bhosle and Geeta Dutt:

1. Dheeth Langar Natkhat Harjaai – Lata.
2. Nilgagan Me Baadal Baaje Angana – Lata.
3. Tum Bansi Ho Mai Taan Hum Tum – Lata, Geeta.
4. Dhith Langar Natakhat Harajaai – Lata again.
5. Aisi Bansi Bajayi Main To Kho Gayi – Lata.
6. Ankhiya Farkat Hai Ji – Lata.
7. Ghir Aaye Ras Megh Rasik Ji (Part 1) – Asha.
8. Jhum Uthe Nain Mere Dekh Tujhe Saanware – Lata.
9. Ghir Aaye Ras Megh Rasik Ji (Part 2) – Asha.
10. Suno Sakhi Kal Chale Jayenge Brindavan.

Sahir penned only songs #1, 3 and 4. The rest were penned by Narendra Sharma and Satyendra Athaiya.

Please enjoy: Dheeth Langar Natkhat Harjaai….

dheeth langar natkhat harjaai
tohe laaj na aaye
ek to man ka dheeraj lute
duje jiya jalaaye
dheeth langar
ho dheeth langar natkhat harajaai
tohe laaj na aaye

aate jaate baiyaan pakde
aate jaate baiyaan pakde, roke baat hamaari
kankad maare gagariya phode
kankad maare gagariya phode
waah re preet tihaari
nit nit ki ye raar kanhaai
ham se sahi na jaaye
dheeth langar natkhat harjaai
tohe laaj na aaye

baansuriya ki ter sunaakar
baansuriya ki ter sunaakar, hamko paas bulaaye
ham aaye to auron ke sang
ham aaye to auron ke sang
hil mil raas rachaaye
bebas ka man bas mein karake
chaturaai dikhalaaye
dheeth langar natkhat harjaai
tohe laaj na aaye
ek to man ka dheeraj lute
duje jiya jalaaye
ho dheeth langar
ho dheeth langar natkhat harajaai
tohe laaj na aaye

Song #15
Gori ke naino mein nindiya bhari….

His next movie, the 1954 KB Lal movie Angarey also had ten songs but there is no similarity with Radha Krishna. First of all, all ten songs were penned by Sahir and secondly he was once again back with SD Burman.

The movie starred Nargis and Nasir Khan, one of those movies in which Nargis too took a short break from acting with Raj Kapoor.

(Poster courtesy: cinegems.com)

Here are the songs that Sahir and Sachin da made:

1. Tere Sath Chal Rahe Hain Yeh Jamin – Talat, Lata.
2. Mere Aansu Meri Aahen, Us Basti Ko Jaanewaale – Lata.
3. Mere Khevanahaar, Ummid Ki Jholi Men – Lata.
4. Raajadulaari Bitiyaa Ri Tohe – Lata.
5. Dub Gae Aakaash Ke Taare – Talat.
6. Pyar Bhari Dhadakano Ke Har Leke Aayungi – Lata.
7. Unhen Kho Kar Dukhi Dil Ki Duaa Se Aur Kyaa Maangun – Lata.
8. Roop Ki Rani Aayi Pyar Ki Daulat Layi Re – Shamshad Begum.
9. Gori Ke Naino Me Nindiya Bhari – Shamshad Begum. Kishore Kumar.
10. Ling Ring Shimba Shangrila – Asha Bhosle.

With so many people taking a break, we too take a break from Lata and Asha songs and listen to Shamshad Begum and Kishore Kumar sing: Gori ke naino mein nindiya bhari….

gori ke naino me nindiya bhari, aa ja ri sapno ki nilam pari
gori ke naino me nindiya bhari, aa ja ri sapno ki nilam pari
are o mere jakhamo ki fitkari, aa bhi ja kyo der itni kari

o nilam pari ruth jaungi mai, kiya toh naa aaungi mai
khamosh rahne me hai behtari
aati hu, aati hu, dam lo ghadi, aa bhi ja kyo der itni kari
gori ke naino me nindiya bhari, aa ja ri sapno ki nilam pari

too hur hai aur mai langur, too hur hai aur mai langur hu
ulfat ke hatho se majabur hu
gussa naa kar, naa kar, gussa naa kar
o meri besuri, o meri besuri, aa bhi ja kyo der itni kari
aati hu, aa ti hu, dam lo ghadi, aa bhi ja kyo der itani kari
gori ke naino me nindiya bhari, aaja ri sapno ki nilam pari

Song #16
Badi mushkil hai ajab mera dil hai na jane….

The first of the movies of the year 1955 was S Srivastava’s Chingari starring Shekhar, Nalini Jaywant, Pran and Leela Mishra.

The songs of the movie were penned by both Sahir and Shailendra and one by Anjum and composed by Manohar.

Sahir penned the following three songs:

Lata rehearsing a song for 1953 movie Shahenshah with SD Burman (Pic courtesy: i.ytimg.com)

1. Badi Mushkil Hai Ajab Mera Dil Hai Na Jane – Lata.
2. Jiyungaa Jab Talak Tere Fasaane Yaad Aayenge – Talat.
3. Dil ki duniya mein aa ke na jaana – Lata.

Please enjoy: Badi mushkil hai ajab mera dil hai na jane….

badi muskil hai azab mera dil hai
na jane kise dhunde na jane kise chahe
badi muskil hai azab mera dil hai
na jane kise dhunde na jane kise chahe

sakhyio se chupti firu kahi dil na lage
rato ko tare gine falak bhi na lage
mere sang sang meri nindiya bhi sari raat jage
mere sang sang meri nindiya bhi sari raat jage
badi muskil hai azab mera dil hai
na jane kise dhunde na jane kise chahe

sapne aaye man lalchaye jake fir na aaye
jake fir na aaye
dil nadan ye arman machle or rah jaye
machle or rah jaye
badi muskil hai azab mera dil hai
na jane kise dhunde na jane kise chahe

aye dil ye tuhi bara unhe dhundu kaha
sapno me dekha jinhe milegne wo kaha
bin karan angan me kya sochu khadi khadi
bin karan angan me kya sochu khadi khadi
badi muskil hai azab mera dil hai
na jane kise dhunde na jane kise chahe
badi muskil hai azab mera dil hai
na jane kise dhunde na jane kise chahe

Song #17
Jise tu kabool karle…..

If you all feel that for the last many movies he didn’t write a song that was hit or popular, then you will know that it is going to be remedied with his next movie, which is none other than Bimal Roy’s Devdas with Dilip Kumar in the title role, Vyjayanthimala as the hooker Chandramukhi and Suchitra Sen as Parvati or Paro.

Bimal Roy directing Suchitra Sen and Dilip Kumar in a scene of Devdas (Pic courtesy: bollywooddirect.com)

No surprises as far as two things are concerned:

1. The movie was the first Hindi movie to be based on Sharat Chander Chattopadhyay novel Devdas.
2. Sahir was back with SD Burman and they made the following songs:

“Mitwa Lagi Yeh Kaisi” Talat Mehmood Dilip Kumar
“Kisko Khabar Thi” Talat Mehmood Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala
“Jise Tu Kabool Karle” Lata Mangeshkar Vyjayanthimala, Dilip Kumar
“Ab Aage Teri Marzi” Lata Mangeshkar Vyjayanthimala
“O AaneWale Ruk Ja” Lata Mangeshkar Vyjayanthimala
“Woh Na Ayenge Paltkar” Mubarak Begum Vyjayanthimala
“Aan Milo Aan Milo” Manna Dey and Geeta Dutt Baby Naaz, Nana Palsikar, Dulari
“Sajan Ki Ho Gayi Gori” Manna Dey and Geeta Dutt Suchitra Sen, Nana Palsikar, Dulari
“Manzil Ki Chah Mein” Mohammad Rafi and Chorus Suchitra Sen, Vyjayanthimala
“O Albele Panchi” Asha Bhosle and Usha Mangeshkar Baby Naaz

I shall start with a favourite song of mine (I have given this as an example of Vyjayanthimala’s superb dancing) that is not really a dance-song but she breaks into slow, beautiful, elegant dancing whilst talking to him and wanting him to stay. It is superb.

Please enjoy: Jise tu kabool karle…..

jise tuu kabuul kar le vo sadaa kahaa.N se laauu.N
tere dil ko jo lubhaa le vo adaa kahaa.N se laauu.N

mai.n vo phuul huu.N ke jisako gayaa har koii masal ke
merii umr bah ga_ii hai mere aa.Nsuo.n me.n Dhal ke
jo bahaar ban ke barase vo ghaTaa kahaa.N se laauu.N
tere dil ko jo…

tujhe aur kii tamannaa mujhe terii aarzuu hai
tere dil me.n Gam hii Gam hai mere dil me.n tuu hii tuu hai
jo dilo.n ko chain de de vo davaa kahaa.N se laauu.N
tere dil ko jo…

merii bebasii hai zaahir merii aah-e-be-asar se
kabhii maut bhii jo maa.Ngii to na paa_ii usake dar se
jo muraad le ke aa_e vo duaa kahaa.N se laauu.N
tere dil ko jo…

Song #18
Ab aage teri marzi….

You would agree with me that the last song from 1955 Bimal Roy movie Devdas was as full of beautiful lyrics as was its composition and picturisation.

Vyjayanthimala and Dilip Kumar in a scene in Devdas (Pic courtesy: indiatimes.in)

It is very easy to guess what number from the movie I am giving you next. Once again it is a Lata Mangeshkar number picturised on Vyjayanthimala.

Guess what? Nargis was offered the role of Chandramukhi by Bimal Roy but she wanted the role of Parvati or Paro, thinking of that as the lead role. The best of the songs in the movie and the best play of emotions, if you recall the story, were, however, picturised on Chandramukhi and Vyjayanthimala gratefully bagged the role.

Vyjayanthimala in this dance (this is indeed a dance number) is simply rhythem in motion. Those huge saucer eyes are always part of her dance mudras. There would never be a dancer like her.

Please enjoy: Ab aage teri marzi….

diladaar ke qadamo.n me.n aa aa aa
diladaar ke qadamo.n me.n dil Daal ke nazaraanaa
mahafil se uThaa aur ye kahane lagaa diivaanaa

puruSh : kyaa

ab aage terii marzii ho aage terii marzii
ho more sai.nyaa.N ho more balamaa bedardii aage terii marzii
aage terii marzii sajanavaa
aage terii marzii piharavaa
aage terii marzii

na puuchh hamase ke kyo.n sogavaar baiThe hai.n
terii adaa_o.n pe ham dil ko vaar baiThe hai.n
labo.n pe jaan hai aur beqaraar baiThe hai.n
nigaah milane ke ummiidavaar baiThe hai.n

puruSh : sachchii

ab aage terii marzii …

siine me.n mohabbat ke jazbaat kaa tuufaa.N hai
jiine kii bhii hasarat hai marane kaa bhii aramaa.N hai
ab aage terii marzii ho aage terii marzii
ho more sai.nyaa.N ho more balamaa bedardii aage terii marzii
aage terii marzii zulmii
aage terii marzii nirda_ii
aage terii marzii

Song #19
Kisko khabar thi, kisko yakeen tha, aise bhi din aayenge….

The 1955 Bimal Roy movie Devdas whose songs I started giving you yesterday had songs that one would want to listen to all the time. It is not for nothing that in 2005 Indiatimes Movies ranked the film amongst 25 Must See Movies of all times.

Bimal Roy, the director of some of the best Hindi movies (Pic courtesy: http://media2.intoday.in)

Bimal Roy was awarded Ceritificate of Merit for the Third Best Feature Film at the National Fim Awards. At the Filmfare Awards, Dilip Kumar won the Best Actor Award, Motilal as the Best Supporting Actor in his role as Chunni Babu, and Vyjayanthimala as the Best Supporting Actress as Chandramukhi. Vyjayanthimala declined to accept the award as she felt that she should have been considered for Best Actress as her role was equivalent of Parvati played by Suchitra Sen. Hindi films hadn’t accepted the idea of two heroines in the same movie!

I would like to give you all the songs of the movies since I have fond memories of listening to them in my young days.

However, I end with this Talat Mahmood song that has always played in the depths of my mind whenever I am alone, lonely and sad.

It is a perfect sad song in many different ways: lyrics, composition, rendition and picturisation and this experience is waiting for you by a click. I have found for you the original sound-track of the song together with its dialogues. You will have to ignore the poor audo quality.

Please enjoy: Kisko khabar thi, kisko yakeen tha, aise bhi din aayenge….

kis ko khabar thii kis ko yaqii.n thaa
aise bhii din aaye.nge
haay
jiinaa bhii mushakil hogaa aur marane bhii na paaye.nge
haay kis ko khabar thii

ham jaise barbaad dilo.n kaa
jiinaa kyaa aur maranaa kyaa
aaj terii mahafil se uThe
kal duniyaa.N se uTh jaaye.nge
haay kis ko khabar thii

Song #20
Chup hai dharti chup hai chaand sitaare….

In the next movie of 1955, a MK Burman movie called House No. 44, Sahir and Sachin da were back making songs for Dev Anand as they did for those enchanting numbers of Jaal, three years ago.

House No. 44 had Kalpana Kartik opposite Dev Anand and had two lovable waltzing numbers: Phaili hui hain sapno ki raahen, and Chup hai dharti chup hain chaand sitare, one each for the heroine and the hero.

Mohammad Rafi too sang for Dev Anand, for example in Guide. However, the most adorable songs of Dev Anand have been sung by Hemant Kumar. This movie had quite a few of those including Teri duniya mein jeene se to behtar hai ke mar jaayen.

(Collage courtesy: learningandcreativity.com)

Here is the list of songs for the movie:

1. Aag ladi bangle mein – Asha Bhosle
2. Chup Hai Dharti Chup Hain Chand Sitaare—Hemant Kumar
3. Dekh Idhar O Jaadugar – Asha Bhosle
4. Dum Hai Baaki To Gum Nahin – Asha Bhosle
5. Oonche Sur Mein Gaaye Jaa – Kishore Kumar
6. Peeche Peeche Aakar—Lata Mangeshkar & Hemant Kumar
7. Phaili Hui – Lata Mangeshkar
8. Tere Duniya Mein Jeene Se – Hemant Kumar

Lets start with Chup hai dharti, one of my favourites. It is another thing that the story line had no need for a song there, just as in Patita, the favourite number Yaad Kiya Dil Ne was forced to be there. But, then, Hindi movies were known more for their music and songs than for any excellence of screenplay and story.

Please enjoy: Chup hai dharti chup hai chaand sitaare….

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chup hai dharatii, chup hai.n chaa.Nd sitaare
mere dil kii dha.Dakan tujhako pukaare

khoye khoye se ye mast nazaare
Thahare Thahare se yah ra.ng ke dhaare
Dhoo.NDh rahe hai.n tujhako saath hamaare
chup hai dharatii …

Aa~ haa~
kone kone mastii phail rahii hai
baahe.n banakar hastii phail rahii hai
tujh bin duube dil ko kaun ubhaare
chup hai dharatii …

nikharaa nikharaa sa hai chaa.Nd kaa jauvan
bikharaa bikharaa sa hai nuur ka daaman
aajaa merii tan_haayii ke sahaare
chup hai dharti …

Song #21
Teri duniya mein jeene se to behtar hai ke mar jaayen….

In the last song tonight, I am not going to give you the waltzing number sung by Lata Mangeshkar for Kalpana Kartik for the 1955 movie House No. 44; but, I am going to take you to this song whose lyrics give the impression of being a sad number and whose tune, especially the interludes make it look like as if it is light-hearted comedy!

Yes, I am talking about: Teri duniya mein jeene se sung by Hemant Kumar. Perhaps the intended scenario is an in-between the two feelings: that is, a humorous acceptance of the deplorable condition of indigence that Dev Anand finds himself.

There is a situation here similar to Dev Anand’s another movie: Kaala Pani in which whilst singing, in a railway compartment (he occupied the lower berth in First Class), the song: Apni to har aah ek toofan hai, he adds: Ooper wala jaan kar anjaan hai. Here Ooper wala can be taken as God as well as the heroine Waheeda Rehman (in the upper berth). That song also had SD Burman’s composition but Shailendra’s lyrics.

Here in this song from House No. 44, Dev Anand uses the word ‘Teri Duniya‘ both for God and Kalpana Kartik.

Please enjoy: Teri duniya mein jeene se to behtar hai ke mar jaayen….

terii duniyaa me.n jiine se to behatar hai ki mar jaae.n
vohii aa.Nsuu, vohii aahe.n, vohii Gam hai.n jidhar jaae.n
terii duniyaa me.n jiine se to behatar hai kii mar jaae.n

koii to aisaa ghar hotaa jahaa.N se pyaar mil jaataa
vohii begaane chehare hai.n jahaa.N pahu.Nche jidhar jaae.n
terii duniyaa me.n jiine se to behatar hai kii mar jaae.n

are o aasamaa.N vaale bataa isame.n buraa kyaa hai
khushii ke chaar jho.nke gar idhar se bhii guzar jaae.n
terii duniyaa me.n jiine se to behatar hai kii mar jaae.n

Song #22
Phaili huin hain sapno ki baahen….

We are paying a tribute to our fourth great lyricist: Sahir Ludhianvi. Before we broke off on 9th Jan, we took up two songs from the 1955 movie: House No. 44 starring Dev Anand and Kalpana Kartik. We took up a waltzing number: Chup hai dharti chup hain chand sitaare, and another beautiful number Teri duniya mein jeene se to behtar hai ke mar jaayen.

We are ready to proceed further. At this stage I give you the other waltzing number from the movie but this time sung by Lata Mangeshakar.

Please enjoy: Phaili huin hain sapno ki baahen….

phailii huii.n hai.n sapano.n kii baahe.n
aajaa chala de.n kahii.n dUr
vahii.n merI manzil vahii.n terI rAhe.n
aajaa chala de.n kahii.n dUr

uu.Nche ghaaT ke sa.ng tale chhip jaae.n
dhu.ndhalii fizaa me.n kuchh khoe.n kuchh paaye.n
dha.Dakan kii lay par koii aisI dhun gaaye.n
dede jo dilako dilakii panaahe.n
aajaa chala de.n kahii.n duur …

jhuulaa dhanak kaa dhiire dhiire ham jhuule.n
ambar to kyA hai taaro.n ke bhI lab chhUle.n
mastii me.n jhuule.n aur saare Gam bhuule.n
piichhe nA dekhe.n mu.Dake nigaahe.n
aajaa chala de.n kahii.n duur …

phailii huii.n hai.n …

Song #23
Suramai raat hai, ab tera intezaar kaun kare….

1955 was a very busy year for Sahir Ludhianvi. His songs with SD Burman were making waves and he was much in demand. Just before Sahir we took up Kaifi Azmi as lyricist. Kaifi would write lyrics of one or two movies in a year. In 1955, on the other hand, Sahir penned songs for as many as nine movies.

After Devdas and House No. 44, his next movie was Joru Ka Bhai. It was a Chetan Anand movie starring Vijay Anand, Kumkum, Balraj Sahni and Sheila Ramani.

Sahir’s songs, in this movie, were composed by Jaidev.

Music Director Jaidev

He wrote only two of them whilst Vishwamitra Adil penned the remaining eight. Following is the list:

1. Suramai Raat Hai, Ab Teraa Intezaar Kaun Kare – Lata Mangeshkar and Talat Mahmood.
2. Teri Zulfon Se Pyar – Talat Mahmood.

I have already told you that Sahir was a great one for Raat Songs.
Please enjoy Lata Mangeshkar sing: Suramai raat hai, ab tera intezaar kaun kare….

suramaii raat hai sitaare hai.n
aaj dono.n jahaa.N hamaare hai.n

subah kaa i.ntezaar kaun kare – 2

phir yah rut yah samaa mile na mile
aarzuu kaa chaman khile na khile
vaqt kaa aitabaar kaun kare
subah kaa i.ntezaar kaun kare

le bhii lo ham ko apanii baaho.n me.n
ruuh bechain hai nigaaho.n me.n
iltejaa baar baar kaun kare
subah kaa i.ntezaar kaun kare

Talat version
na_ii raat Dhalatii jaatii hai
ruuh Gam se pighalatii jaatii hai

terii zulfo.n se pyaar kaun kare
ab teraa i.ntazaar kaun kare

tum ko apanaa banaa ke dekh liyaa
ek baar aazamaa ke dekh liyaa
baar baar aitabaar kaun kare
ab teraa i.ntazaar …

ai dil-e-zaar soGavaar na ho
unakii chaahat me.n beqaraar na ho
haay, badanasiibo.n se pyaar kaun kare
ab teraa i.ntazaar …

Song #24
Ab woh karam karen yaa sitam main nashen main hoon….

For the last song of this evening, I take you to his next movie in 1955: GP Sippy movie Marine Drive. It was indeed the first movie of GP Sippy under his production house Sippy Films. The main cast of the film was Ajit and Bina Rai.

Ajit and Beena Rai in Marine Drive

Sahir paired with N Dutta and made the following songs:

“Ab Vo Karam Karen Yaa Sitam Main NasheMen Hun” – Mohammed Rafi
“Apane Kayaalo Ko Samajha Dijiye” – Lata Mangeshkar
“Karam Ki Bhikh Maangi, Bataa Ai Aasamaan Vaale” – Mohammed Rafi
“Aji Tum Aur Hum Ho Sath Sath” – Asha Bhosle
“Dil Bhi Mit Jaye To Ulfat Dil Se Jane Ki Nahi” – Asha Bhosle
“Mohabbat Yu Bhi Hoti Hai” – Mohammed Rafi , Asha Bhosle
“Mai Hu Phuljhadi Tu Hai Shola” – Asha Bhosle
“Rat Sunsan Hai Zindagi Viran Hai” – Asha Bhosle

The first one is a beautiful song sung by Mohammad Rafi.

Please enjoy Mohammad Rafi sing: Ab woh karam karen yaa sitam main nashen main hoon….

ab vo karam kare.n yaa sitam mai.n nashe me.n huu.N
mujhako na koii hosh na Gam mai.n nashe me.n huu.N

siine se bojh unake Gamo.n kaa utaar ke
aayaa huu.N aaj apanii javaanii ko haar ke
kahate hai.n Dagamagaate qadam mai.n nashe me.n huu.N

vo bevafaa hai.n ab bhii ye dil maanataa nahii.n
kambaKt naasamajh hai unhe.n jaanataa nahii.n
mai.n aaj to.D duu.ngaa bharam mai.n nashe me.n huu.N

furasat nahii.n hai rone rulaane ke vaaste
aae na unakii yaad sataane ke vaaste
is vaqt dil kaa dard hai kam mai.n nashe me.n huu.N

I hope you liked my choices so far. I shall be covering the remaining best songs of Sahir Ludhianvi in several parts.

Please await Part II.

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