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

I have so far given you three parts of this post:

In ‘The Best Songs Of Sahir Ludhianvi – Part I’, I gave you two dozen songs. Initially, I started with a favourite of mine: Aurat ne janam diya mardon ko, mardon ne use bazaar diya, from the 1958 BR Chopra movie Sadhana. I soon settled with giving you his songs chronologically from Thandi hawayen, lehrake aayen (from 1951 movie Naujawaan) to Ab woh karam karen yaa sitam main nashen main hoon (from 1955 movie Marine Drive).

In ‘The Best Songs Of Sahir Ludhianvi – Part II’, I gave you two songs more than two dozens as I wanted to finish with the songs of 1957 Guru Dutt classic Pyaasa in one part only (the last song was ‘Aaj sajan mohe ang laga lo’). This was the last and the 18th movie when Sahir Ludhianvi paired with SD Burman. Of course, the Part II we had started with ‘Ye baharon ka sama’ from the 1955 Dev Anand, Geeta Bali movie Milaap.

In ‘The Best Songs Of Sahir Ludhianvi – Part III’, I gave you 22 songs from Youn to hamane lakh haseen dekhe hain from the 1957 movie Tumsa nahin dekha to Bachcho tum taqdeer ho kal ke Hindustan ki from the 1959 movie Didi.

Let me reiterate that I am 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.

Lets proceed further into the world of Sahir Ludhianvi’s songs.

Song #73
Ye husn ye ada….

The next movie of 1959 in which there was just one song by him (the rest were by Anand Bakshi) was Lal Nishan. The song Ye husn ye ada was penned by him, composed by Nirmal Kumar and sung by Sudha Malhotra and Mohammad Rafi. It is a qawwali.

Please enjoy: Ye husn ye ada….

ye husn, ye ada, ye najakat to dekhiye
aji tuti hai hum pe jo wo
haye tuti hai hum pe jo, wo kayamat to dekhiye
tuti hai hum pe jo, wo kayamat to dekhiye
tuti hai hum pe jo, wo kayamat to dekhiye
tuti hai hum pe jo, wo kayamat to dekhiye

ye shokh, ye junun, ye dahshat to dekhiye
aashiq bane hai haye
aashiq bane hai, aapki surat to dekhiye
aashiq bane hai, aapki surat to dekhiye
o aashiq bane hai, aapki surat to dekhiye
aashiq bane hai, aapki surat to dekhiye

zulfo me badaliya hai, nigaho me bijaliya
baato me shokhiya hai, adao me mastiya
inki nazar ke waar se, bachna muhal hai
is husne nau bahar se, bachna muhal hai
jab chahe ye dilo ke, khazane ko lut le
ek hum hi kya hai, sare zamane ko lut le
zamane ko lut le

ye husn, ye ada, ye najakat to dekhiye
haye najakat to dekhiye
hoye najakat to dekhiye
tuti hai hum pe jo, wo kayamat to dekhiye
tuti hai hum pe jo, wo kayamat to dekhiye

Song #74
Main hoon Mister John….

(Pic courtesy: LyricsBogie)

The next movie of 1959 was indeed his last for that year: Naach Ghar and he was back with N Dutta or Datta Naik.

Have a look at the songs that they made together:

1. Dil Zubaan Na Khol Sirf Dekh Le Kisi Se Kuch Na Bole Sirf Dekh Le.
2. Dukh Jo Diye Hain Duneeya Ne.
3. Meri Sune To O Pardesi Dil Se Dil Takrane De, Bhala Lage Toh Gale Se Lagja.
4. Dil Tujhko Diya Tha Dildar Maan Ke.
5. Janeman Chilman Utha Kar Dekh Le Dil Jalo Se Dil Laga Kar Dekh Le.
6. Door Se Yun Na Tarsao.
7. Main Banjara Door Ka.
8. Main Hoon Mr. John.
9. Tere Shaharo Se Raaja Hame Ban Hee Bhale.
10. Tumhe Kaise Kahoon.

Lets listen to Main Hoon Mister John if not for anything but to relive that era that Sahir earlier than 1957 had with SD Burman. The movie Naach Ghar was a forgettable movie starring Ashok Kumar, Anoop Kumar, Kamala Laxman, Helen, Shobha Khote, Iftekhar, and Gopi Krishna.

Please enjoy: Main hoon Mister John….
(The picture shown in the video is NOT the picture of this song but from Mr and Mrs 55: Jaane kahan mera jigar gaya ji)

main hoon mr. John
watan hai mera Bonn
rang birange bhes badal kar
ghooma hoon jahaan
main hoon mr. John
watan hai mera Bonn
rang birange bhes badal kar
ghooma hoon jahaan
arbastaan,
inglistaan
cheen japan aur afghanistaan

mat khaa mere kaan
chhod yeh ulti taan
jaan na hai pehchaan
magar tu ban baithha mehmaan
mat khaa mere kaan
chhod yeh ulti taan
jaan na hai pehchaan
magar tu ban baithha mehmaan
oh shaitaan
be-imaan
kehnaa maan
kho baithhegaa jaan
main hoon mr. John

hrr
tum ne ham se dil thha lagaaya
haan
ham ne thha tum ko apnaaya
hmm hmmm
tum ne ham se dil thha lagaaya
ham ne thha tum ko apnaaya
beech mein tapka ek paraaya
jis ne tum ko ham se chhudaaya
oh baap re
ham ko tum bin chain na aaya
deputy jaisa bhes banaaya
desh desh mein khoj lagaaya
aakhir iss mehfil mein paaya
meri jaan
jaa jaa
ho main qurbaan
achcha
kuchh pehchaan
kyun hai tu hairaan
main hoon mr. john
watan hai mera Bonn
rang birange bhes badal kar
ghooma hoon jahaan
arbastaan,
oh ho
inglistaan
aa aa
cheen japan aur afghanistaan
main hoon mr. John

o awaara o deewaane
oh ho ho ho
waah waah
samajh gayee main tere bahaane
aa haaa
o awaara o deewaane
samajh gayee main
tere bahaane
chala hai tu kis ko behkaane
yeh saare kartab hain puraane
kitne bhi hain tere thhikaane
sab hain mere jaane pehchaane
tu ho kar aaya hai thaane
ab jaayegaa paagalkhaane
yaah yaah yaahu hu yaa
hu yaa yaa yaahu
chhod yeh jaan
khaak na chhaan
pakad yeh kaan
ishq nahin aasaan
mat khaa mere kaan
chhod yeh ulti taan
jaan na hai pehchaan
magar tu ban baithha mehmaan
oh shaitaan
ah haa haa
be-imaan
oh ho ho
kehnaa maan
kho baithegaa jaan
main hoon mr. John

Song #75
Tum ek baar mohabbat ka imtihaan to lo….

And that brings us to the first movie of 1960 Babar which started a very meaningful pairing that Sahir had with Music Director Roshan. Another thing that happened with the movie was that Sahir was with Sudha Malhotra in a big way.

The movie was directed by Hemen Gupta who was secretary to Netaji Subhash Chndra Bose and made several movies for Bimal Roy including Anand Math and Kabuliwala.

(Moghul king Babur as depicted in a painting)

Hindi movies’ infatuation with our moghul rulers and trying to find something good about them are indeed fascinating. Babur or Ẓahīr-ud-Dīn Muḥammad was responsible for laying the moghul dynasty foundation in India. He was the direct desendant of Taimur and Genghis Khan who perpetrated untold atrocities on our people. “Unlike his father, he had ascetic tendencies and did not have any great interest in women. In his first marriage, he was “bashful” towards Aisha Sultan Begum, later losing his affection for her. However, he acquired several more wives and concubines over the years, and as required for a prince, he was able to ensure the continuity of his line; Babur treated them and his other women relatives well. In his memoirs, there is a mention of his infatuation for a younger boy when Babur was 16 years old. According to the historian Abraham Eraly, bisexuality was common and pederasty high fashion among the central Asian aristocrats of the time.” However, since he was relatively nicer to women as compared to his predecessor and successors, the imagination of Hindi films industry was aroused!

Following are the songs that Sahir and Roshan put together:

1. Payaam\-e\-ishq muhabbat hame.n pasa.nd nahii.n.
2. Salaam\-e\-hasarat qubuul kar lo.
3. Tum ek baar muhabbat kaa imtahaan to lo.
4. Tum maa ho tum aisa na karo.
5. Haseeno ke jalwe pareshan rehte agar ham na hote.

We shall be taking up two out of these.

The first one is a favourite Mohammad Rafi song of mine. It has very romantic and powerful lyrics. The Mughals were known to have ill-treated their women and Babar was no exception. However, in poetical expressions especially in the movies, they made the women feel absolutely great!

One person who needs to be appreciated for the song is Mohammad Rafi.

Please enjoy: Tum ek baar mohabbat ka imtihaan to lo….

tum ek baar muhabbat ka imtahaan to lo
mere junun meri vahshat ka imtahaan to lo
tum ek baar muhabbat ka imtahaan to lo

salaam-e-shauq pe ranjish bhara payaam na do
salaam-e-shauq pe ranjish bhara payaam na do
mere khloos ko hiras-o-havas ka naam na do
meri vafa ki haqikat ka imtahaan to lo
tum ek baar muhabbat ka imtahaan to lo

na takt-o-taz na laal-o-guhar ki hasarat hai
na takt-o-taz na laal-o-guhar ki hasarat hai
tumhare pyar tumhari nazar ki hasarat hai
tum apne husn ki azmat ka imtihaan to lo
tum ek baar muhabbat ka imtahaan to lo

mai apni jaan bhi de du to aitbaar nahi
mai apni jaan bhi de du to aitbaar nahi
ke tum se badhke mujhe zindagi se pyar nahi
yu hi sahi meri chahat ka imtihaan to lo
tum ek baar muhabbat ka imtahaan to lo

Song #76
Haseeno ke jalwe parehsan rehte….

(Gajanan Jagirdar as Babar or Babur in the 1960 movie)

Yesterday, we started taking up songs of the 1960 movie Babar and we had taken up just one song, one of the best of Mohammad Rafi: Tum ek baar mohabbat ka imtihaan to lo.

I told you yesterday that with this movie there started a very meaningful relationship between Sahir Ludhainvi and Roshan.

Roshan was, of course, very good at qawwalis.

Here is, therefore, a very fine qawwali from the movie, sung by Mohammad Rafi, Manna Dey, Sudha Malhotra and Asha Bhosle.

Please enjoy: Haseeno ke jalwe parehsan rehte….

hasino ke jalwe pareshan rahte
hasino ke jalwe pareshan rahte
agar hum na hote, agar hum na hote
agar hum na hote, agar hum na hote
hasino ke jalwe
mohabbat se tum log anjan rahte
mohabbat se tum log anjan rahte
agar hum na hote, agar hum na hote
agar hum na hote, agar hum na hote
mohabbat se tum log anjan rahte

hami ne tumhe jane mahfil banaya
nigaho me tulne ke kabil banaya
hami ne sikhaya tumhe war karna
huye katl or tumko katil banaya
huye katl or tumko katil banaya
ye sab nazo bejan rahte, bejan rahte
ye sab nazo bejan rahte
agar hum na hote, agar hum na hote
agar hum na hote
hasino ke jalwe pareshan rahte

hami ne tumhe pyar ki roshni di
jo aachal se chalki wo chandani di
najar se jawani ki shabnam luta ke
tamanna ke har phul ko tajgi di
tamanna ke har phul ko tajgi di
chamak aarzuo ke viran rahte, viran rahte
chamak aarzuo ke viran rahte
agar hum na hote, agar hum na hote
agar hum na hote, agar hum na hote

tumhe hamne jadu bhare khwab bakshe
andheri fizao ko mahtab bakshe
junu ko wafa ka salika sikhaya
dilo ko dhadkane ke aadab bakshe
dilo ko dhadkane ke aadab bakshe
ye nadan dil yuhi nadan rahte, nadan rahte
ye nadan dil yuhi nadan rahte
agar hum na hote, agar hum na hote
agar hum na hote, agar hum na hote
mohabbat se tum log anjan rahte

jawa bajuo ko lachak hamne di hai
hasi chudio ko khanak di hai
hami ne bhara loch angadayi me
tumhe bijliyo ki chamak hamne di hai
tumhe bijliyo ki chamak hamne di hai
tum is husn par khud pasheman rahte, pasheman rahte
tum is husn par khud pasheman rahte
agar hum na hote, agar hum na hote
agar hum na hote, agar hum na hote
hasino ke jalwe pareshan rahte

dua do ke tumko mohabbat sikha di
murabbat ki khatir sarafar sikha di
hami ne tumhe dhange tahzib baksha
hami ne tumhe aadmiyat sikha di
hami ne tumhe aadmiyat sikha di
jamane me wahsat ke saman rahte, saman rahte
jamane me wahsat ke saman rahte
agar hum na hote, agar hum na hote
agar hum na hote, agar hum na hote
mohabbat se tum log

Song #77
Naa to karvaan ki talaash hai……

Alright, ladies and gentlemen, if you are waiting for me to tell you about the affairs of Sahir Ludhianvi, I think you all know about Amrita Pritam already. She had an unsuccessful marriage with Pritam Singh. She listened to Sahir in a mushaira in 1944 and was enamoured by him. He was shy of course and usually the one thing that they shared together was – hold your breath – silence. She was so fascinated by him that when they were together, mostly in silence, he would smoke cigarettes, leave them half and light more. She used to save all the stubs and smoke them after he’d leave. That’s how she took to smoking.

In 1958, suddenly after 14 years of their silent acquaintance, he took fancy to Sudha Malhotra. She was an aspiring singer and Sahir started giving her his best songs to sing. I have already given her: Tum mujhe bhool bhi jaao to ye haq hai tumako. I just gave you another qawwali from 1960 movie Babar and one of the singers was Sudha.

It didn’t go beyond his “morning-alarm” calls to her (always to discuss songs only) and then it ended as abruptly as it started. Many people feel that the 1963 Gumraah song that he wrote: Chalo ik baar phir se ajanabee ban jaayen hum dono, was meant for her!

The 1960 movie Barsaat Ki Raat had Bharat Bhushan as a poet with Madhubala enamoured by him. Sahir was such a lyricist and poet that many movies had poets as central character, based on his own life. This continued, if you recall, until 1976 movie Kabhi Kabhi!

I have already given you three songs from Barsaat Ki Raat on the birth anniversary of Madhubala on Valentine’s Day this year: 14th of Feb.

It remains for me only to give you the best qawwali in Hindi movies ever, which was a qawwali that he made Sudha Malhotra sing together with Mohammad Rafi, Asha Bhosle, SD Batish and Manna Dey.

A scene from the best qawwali in Hindi movies: Na to karwaan ki talaash hai…

Roshan based on Raag Kalavati, Taal Kaherava.

Please enjoy: Naa to karvaan ki talaash hai……

naa to kaaravaa.N kii talaash hai, naa to hamasafar kii talaash hai
mere shauq-e-khaanaa kharaab ko, terii rahaguzar kii talaash hai

mere naamuraad junuun kaa hai ilaaj koI to maut hai
jo davaa ke naam pe zahar de usii chaaraagar kii talaash hai

teraa ishq hai merii aarazuu, teraa ishq hai merii aabaruu
dil ishq jism ishq hai aur jaan ishq hai
Imaan kii jo puuchho to Imaan ishq hai
teraa ishq hai merii aarazuu, teraa ishq hai merii aabaruu,
teraa ishq mai.n kaise chho.D duu.N, merii umra bhar kii talaash hai

ishq ishq teraa ishq ishq …

ye ishq ishq hai ishq ishq, ye ishq ishq hai ishq ishq

jaa.Nsoz kii haalat ko jaa.Nsoz hii samajhegaa
mai.n shamaa se kahataa huu.N mahafil se nahii.n kahataa kyo.nki
ye ishq ishq hai ishq ishq, ye ishq ishq hai ishq ishq

sahar tak sabakaa hai a.njaam jal kar khaak ho jaanaa,
bharii mahafil me.n koI shammaa yaa paravaanaa ho jAe kyo.nki
ye ishq ishq hai ishq ishq, ye ishq ishq hai ishq ishq

vahashat-e-dil rasm-o-diidaar se rokii naa gaI
kisii kha.njar, kisii talavaar se rokii naa gaI
ishq majanuu kii vo aavaaz hai jisake aage
koI lailaa kisii diivaar se rokii naa gaI, kyo.nki
ye ishq ishq hai ishq ishq, ye ishq ishq hai ishq ishq

vo ha.Nsake agar maa.Nge.n to ham jaan bhii dede.n,
haa.N ye jaan to kyaa chiiz hai Imaan bhii dede.n kyo.nki
ye ishq ishq hai ishq ishq, ye ishq ishq hai ishq ishq

naaz-o-a.ndaaz se kahate hai.n ki jiinaa hogaa,
zahar bhii dete hai.n to kahate hai.n ki piinaa hogaa
jab mai.n piitaa huu.N to kahate.n hai ki marataa bhii nahii.n,
jab mai.n marataa huu.N to kahate hai.n ki jiinaa hogaa
ye ishq ishq hai ishq ishq, ye ishq ishq hai ishq ishq

mazahab-e-ishq kii har rasm ka.Dii hotii hai,
har kadam par koI diivaar kha.Dii hotii hai
ishq aazaad hai, hi.nduu naa musalamaan hai ishq,
aap hii dhama.r hai aur aap hii Imaan hai ishq
jisase aagaah nahii shekh-o-barahaaman dono,
us haqiiqat kaa garajataa huA ailaan hai ishq

ishq naa puchchhe diin dharam nuu, ishq naa puchchhe jaataa.N
ishq de haatho.n garam lahuu vich, Dubiyaa.n lakh baraataa.N
ke … de ishq
ye ishq ishq hai ishq ishq, ye ishq ishq hai ishq ishq

raah ulfat kii kaThin hai ise aasaa.N naa samajh
ye ishq ishq hai ishq ishq, ye ishq ishq hai ishq ishq

bahut kaThin hai Dagar panaghaT kii
ab kyaa bhar lAU.N mai jamunaa se maTakii
mai jo chalii jal jamunaa bharan ko
dekho sakhii jii mai jo chalii jal jamunaa bharan ko
na.ndakishor mohe roke jhaa.Do.n to
kyaa bhar lAU.N mai jamunaa se maTakii
ab laaj raakho more ghuu.NghaT paT kii

jab jab kR^ishhN kii ba.nsii baajii, nikalii raadhaa saj ke
jaan ajaan kaa maan bhulaa ke, lok laaj ko taj ke
janak dulaarii ban ban Dolii, pahan ke prem kii maalaa
dasha.rn jal kii pyaasii miiraa pii gaI vishh kaa pyaalaa
aur phir araj karii ke
laaj raakho raakho raakho, laaj raakho dekho dekho,
laaj raakho raakho, he he he,
laaj raakho raakho, he he he,
laaj raakho raakho
ye ishq ishq hai ishq ishq, ye ishq ishq hai ishq ishq

allaah rasuul kaa faramaan ishq hai
yaane hafiiz ishq hai, quraan ishq hai
gautam kaa aur masiih kaa aramaan ishq hai
ye kaayanaat jism hai aur jaan ishq hai
ishq saramad, ishq hii ma.nsuur hai
ishq muusaa, ishq koh-e-nuur hai
Kaaq ko but, aur but ko devataa karataa hai ishq
intahaa ye hai ke ba.nde ko Kudaa karataa hai ishq

haa.N ishq ishq teraa ishq ishq
teraa ishq ishq, ishq ishq …

Song #78
Kashti ka khamosh safar hai, aaj mujhe kuchh kehna hai….

(Pic courtesy: LyricsBogie)

That brings us to the 1960 movie Girl Friend that starred Kishore Kumar with Waheeda Rehman. For the first time, Sahir paired with Hemant Kumar as Music Director and they made the following songs:

1. Aaj Rona Pada Toh Samjhe – Kishore Kumar.
2. Aaj Mujhe Kuchh Kahanaa Hai, Aaj Mujhe Kuchh Kahanaa Hai – Kishore Kumar and Sudha Malhotra.
3. Kashti Kaa Kaamosh Safar Hai, Aaj Mujhe Kuchh Kahanaa Hai – Kishore Kumar and Sudha Malhotra.
4. Mai Pagal Hu – Kishore Kumar.
5. Na Dhela Lagta Hai Na Paisa – Daisy Irani, Kishore Kumar.
6. Kahate Hain Ise Paisaa, Paise Ki Kahaani – Hemant Kumar, Kishore Kumar, Ranu Mukherjee.
7. Jhuk Jhuk Buddhi Maa Ko – Kishore Kumar.
8. Bum Buma Bum Karega Kutum Jo – Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar.

Lets take up the song sung by a girl in her twenties at that time that Sahir had crush on: Sudha Malhotra. Was this the song that he would have sung for her?

Please enjoy: Kashti ka khamosh safar hai, aaj mujhe kuchh kehna hai….

ki: kashti ka khaamosh safar hai, shaam bhi hai tanahaai bhi
dur kinare par bajati hai laharo ki shahanai bhi
aaj mujhe kuchh kahana hai, aaj mujhe kuchh kahana hai
lekin ye sharmili nigaahe mujhako ijaazat de to kahun
ye meri betaab umage thodi fursat de to kahun

su: jo kuchh tumako kahana hai, vo mere hi dil ki baat na ho
jo mere khvaabo ki mazil us mazil ki baat na ho
ki: kahate hue dar sa lagata hai, kahakar baat na kho baithun
ye jo zara sa saath mila hai, ye bhi saath na kho baithun

su: kabase tumhaare raste pe mai, phul bichhaaye baithi hun
kah bhi chuko jo kahana hai mai aas lagaaye baithi hun
ki: dil ne dil ki baat samajh li, ab munh se kya kahana hai
aaj nahi to kal kah lege, ab to saath hi rahana hai

su: kah bhi chuko, kah bhi chuko jo kahana hai

ki: chhodo ab kya kahana hai

Song #79
Hum jab chale to ye jahan jhuume…..

(Pic courtesy: LyricsBogie)

Before we broke off last week, I gave you a song from the 1960 movie Girl Friend: Kashti ka khamosh safar hai. If in Girl Friend, Sahir paired with Hemant Kumar for the first time, for the 1960 movie Hum Hindustani, he paired with Usha Khanna for the first time. In a typical male bastion of music direction, Usha Khanna battled to establish herself and she did.

The title song of the movie: Chhodo kal ki baaten made waves. But, as some of you may know, the song was not penned by Sahir, but by Prem Dhawan. The movie starring Asha Parekh and Joy Mukherjee (both in their second movies after Dil Deke Dekho and Love in Shimla respectively) and Sunil Dutt had nine songs: four penned by K Manohar, two by Bharat Vyas, and one each by Prem Dhawan, Rajinder Krishan and Sahir Ludhianvi.

The Sahir Ludhianvi song Hum jab chale to ye jahan jhuume was sung by Mohammad Rafi for Sunil Dutt.

Please enjoy: Hum jab chale to ye jahan jhuume…..

ham jab chale.n to ye jahaan.N jhuume
aarazuu hamaarii aasamaa.N ko chuume
o ho ho ham jab chale.n …

ham na_e jahaan ke paasabaa.N
ham na_ii bahaar ke raazadaa.N
ham ha.Nse.n to ha.Ns pa.De har kalii
ham chale.n to chal pa.De zindagii
saare nazaaro.n me.n phuulo.n me.n taaro.n me.n
hamane hii jaaduu bharaa
ham jab chale.n …

hamase hai fizaa_o.n me.n ra.ng-o-buu
hamase hai is zamii.n kii aabaruu
nadiyo.n kii raaginii hamase hai
har taraf ye taazaGii hamase hai
saare nazaaro.n me.n …

duur ho ga_ii.n sabhii mushkile.n
khi.nch ke paas aa ga_ii.n ma.nzile.n
dekhakar shabaab ke hausale
khud-ba-khud simaT ga_e faasale
saare nazaaro.n me.n …

Song #80
Ye haath hi apni daulat hai….

(Pic courtesy: CineMaterial)

In his next movie, the 1960 movie Masoom (in Hindi films, at least four movies have been named Masoom: in 1941, 1960, 1983 and 1996).

The movie had a favourite song of mine albeit penned by Shailendra: Nani teri morni ko more le gaye sung by Ranu Mukherjee with composition of Hemant Kumar. Four other songs were penned by Raja Mehdi Ali Khan and one by Sahir, all with compositions by Robin Banerjee.

Sahir’s one is titled: Yeh haath hi apni daulat hai and was sung by a woman Sahir was in love with: Sudha Malhotra though at that time, whatever was the enthusiasm for love, had already tapered off.

Please enjoy: Ye haath hi apni daulat hai….

mehnat karte aaye hai hum mehnat karte jayenge
jab tak ye hath salamat hai kyu daan ke tukde khayenge
kyu daan ke tukde khayenge ye hath hi apni daulat hai
ye hath hi apni takat hai kuch aur to punji paas nahi
ye hath hi apni kismat hai ye hath hi apni daulat hai

hum dhanwalo ke put nahi nirdhan ma bap ke bache hai
sab aur sahare chhute hai ye do hi sahare sache hai
ye do hi sahare sache hai ye hath hi apni daulat hai
ye hath hi apni takat hai kuch aur to punji pas nahi
ye hath hi apni kismat hai ye hath hi apni daulat hai

kya gam jo hamare mat pita sona chandi na jod sake
wo achhe dil ke malik the wo lut ka mal na jod sake
wo lut ka mal na jod sake ye hath hi apni daulat hai
ye hath hi apni takat hai kuch aur to punji pas nahi
ye hath hi apni kismat hai ye hath hi apni daulat hai

bhulenge hum na is shiksha ko chori se mehnat behtar hai
sukh ke liye zilat sahne se dukh sahne ki aadat behtar hai
dukh sahne ki aadat behtar hai ye hath hi apni daulat hai
ye hath hi apni takat hai kuch aur to punji pas nahi
ye hath hi apni kismat hai ye hath hi apni daulat hai

Song #81
Bhool sakta hai bhala kaun tumhaari aankhen…..

(Pic courtesy: LyricsBogie)

His next movie was the 1961 movie Dharamputra in which he was back with N Dutta or Datta Naik. Dharamputra was one of the early movies of Yash Chopra based on a novel by the same name by Acharya Chatursen. If you recall, two years before this, Yash Chopra had made Dhool Ka Phool and I gave you songs of that too, penned by Sahir and composed by N Dutta.

If Dhool Ka Phool was steeped in Nehruvian secularism (I gave you the song: Tu Hindu banega na musalmaan banega, insaan ki aulad hai insaan banega), the same theme in another manner returns in this movie through the characters of Shashi Kapoor (Dilip Rai, a Muslim hater but born to Mala Sinha as Husn Bano and her lover Rehman as Javed) and Indrani Mukherjee (Meena).

The movie had excellent songs just like Dhool Ka Phool.

1 Main Jab Bhi Akeli Hoti Hoon Asha Bhosle
2 Aaj Ki Raat Mahendra Kapoor
3 Naina Kyon Bhar Aaye Asha Bhosle
4 Tumhari Aankhen Mahendra Kapoor
5 Jo Dil Deewana Machal Gaya Mohammed Rafi, Chorus
6 Yeh Kis Ka Lahu Hai Kaun Mara Mahendra Kapoor, Chorus
7 Jai Janani Jai Bharat Maa Mahendra Kapoor, Chorus
8 Chahe Yeh Mano Chahe Woh Mano Mahendra Kapoor, Balbir, Chorus

Please enjoy my favourite by Mahendra Kapoor: Bhool sakta hai bhala kaun tumhaari aankhen…..

bhuul sakataa hai bhalaa kaun ye pyaarii aa.Nkhe.n
ra.ng me.n Duubii huii nii.nd se bhaarii aa.Nkhe.n
bhuul sakataa hai bhalaa kaun …

merii har sos ne har soch ne chaahaa hai tumhe.n
jab se dekhaa hai tumhe.n tab se saraahaa hai tumhe.n
bas ga_ii hai.n merii aa.Nkho.n me.n tumhaarii aa.Nkhe.n
ra.ng me.n Duubii huii nii.nd se bhaarii aa.Nkhe.n
bhuul sakataa hai bhalaa kaun …

tum jo nazaro.n ko uThaao to sitaare jhuk jaaye.n
tum jo palko.n ko jhukaao to zamaane ruk jaaye.n
kyuu.N na ban jaaye.n in aa.Nkhon kii pujaarii aa.Nkhen
ra.ng me.n Duubii huii nii.nd se bhaarii aa.Nkhe.n
bhuul sakataa hai bhalaa kaun …

jaagatii raato.n ko sapano.n kaa khazaanaa mil jaaye
tum jo mil jaao to jiine ka bahaanaa mil jaaye
apanii qismat pe kare naaz hamaarii aa.Nkhen
bhuul sakataa hai bhalaa kaun ye pyaarii aa.Nkhe.n
ra.ng me.n Duubii huii nii.nd se bhaarii aa.Nkhe.n
bhuul sakataa hai bhalaa kaun …

Song #82
Abhi na jaao chhod kar ke dil abhi bhara nahin…..

We have had a two weeks break in continuing with the best songs of our fourth Lyricist in our ‘Remembering Great Lyricists’ series: Sahir Ludhianvi. At this juncture I want to remind you that these lyricists are not being taken up in any particular order and the number of the lyricist doesn’t correspond with his or her ranking or standing.

His next movie in 1961 was Dev Anand’s Navketan Films production Hum Dono which was credited to have been directed by Amarjeet but Dev Anand claimed that it was his brother Vijay Anand who directed the movie based on his own script.

Dev Anand had a double role in the movie: as Army Captain Anand and Major Manohar Lal Verma. Anand was in love with Sadhana as Mita and joined the army so as to prove to Sadhana’s father that he could be someone in life. Manohar Lal Verma was married to Nanda as Ruma. Both, the Captain and the Major meet in Burma and the Major is reported dead in action. Captain has to break news to his widow Ruma and the story becomes complicated when Nanda as Ruma starts thinking of him as her husband Manohar and Sadhana as Mita suspects that her love of lifetime is having affair with another woman. In the end, Manohar too returns having miraculously escaped death.

Dev Anand had a double role in the movie, seen here with his two heroines: Sadhana and Nanda (Pic courtesy: Indiandhamaal)

After 1955, when Sahir paired with Music Director Jaidev in the movie Joru Ka Bhai, Sahir paired with him again in this movie and both ended up creating some of his best songs:

1. “Abhi Na Jao Chhodkar” – Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle
2. “Adhuri Yaad Pyas Chhod Ke” – Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle
3. “Allah Tero Naam Ishwar Tero Naam” – Lata Mangeshkar
4. “Jahan Mein Aisa Kaun Hai” – Asha Bhosle
5. “Kabhi Khud Pe Kabhi Haalaat Pe” – Mohammed Rafi
6. “Main Zindagi Ka Saath” – Mohammed Rafi
7. “Allah Tero Naam” – Lata Mangeshkar

We shall be taking up three songs tonight.

Lets first take up the song that is considered one of the most iconic and enchanting duets in Hindi films, having been sung by Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhosle. It was composed by Jaidev in the Raaga of the evening: Kalyan. Taal is Dadra.

Please enjoy: Abhi na jaao chhod kar ke dil abhi bhara nahin…..

ra: abhii na jaao chho.D kar ke dil abhii bharaa nahii.n – (2)
abhii abhii to aaii ho – abhii abhii to
abhii abhii to aaii ho, bahaar banake chhaaii ho
havaa zaraa mahak to le, nazar zaraa bahak to le
(ye shaam Dhal to le zaraa – 2), ye dil sambhal to le zaraa
mai.n tho.Dii der jii to luu.N, nashe ke ghuu.NT pii to luu.N
nashe ke ghuu.NT pii to luu.N
abhii to kuchh kahaa.Nahii.n, abhii to kuchh sunaa nahii.n
abhii na jaao chho.Dakar ke dil abhii bharaa nahii.n

aa: sitaare jhilamilaa uThe, sitaare jhilamilaa uThe, charaaG jagamagaa uThe
bas ab na mujhako Tokanaa
bas ab na mujhako Tokanaa, na ba.Dhake raah rokanaa
agar mai.n ruk ga_ii abhii to jaa na paauu.Ngii kabhii
yahii kahoge tum sadaa ke dil abhii nahii.n bharaa
jo khatm ho kisii jagah ye aisaa silasilaa nahii.n
ra: abhii nahii.n abhii nahii.n
aa: nahii.n nahii.n nahii.n nahii.n
ra: abhii na jaao chho.Dakar ke dil abhii bharaa nahii.n

ra: adhuurii aas, adhuurii aas chho.Dake, adhuurii pyaas chho.Dake
jo roz yuu.Nhii jaaogii to kis tarah nibhaaogii
ki zi.ndagii kii raah me.n, javaa.N dilo.n kii chaah me.n
ka_ii muqaam aae.nge jo ham ko aazamaae.nge
buraa na maano baat kaa ye pyaar hai gilaa nahii.n
aa: haa.N, yahii kahoge tum sadaa ke dil abhii nahii.n bharaa
ra: haa.N, dil abhii bharaa nahii.n
aa: nahii.n nahii.n nahii.n nahii.n

Song #83
Main zindagi ka saath nibhata chala gaya….

We had just started taking up songs of the 1961 movie Hum Dono starring Dev Anand in double role as Captain Anand and Major Verma together with Sadhana and Nanda.

Anand was in love with Sadhana as Mitu. Her father was not keen on the match since Anand didn’t even have a job whereas she was the daughter of a rich Jagirdar (played by Gajanan Jagirdar; yes, ladies and gentlemen the same man who played Babar’s title role). So, in order to prove to the father that he could become something, he joined the Indian Army.

In the video of the last song you must have seen the cigarette lighter that Sadhana as Mita had given him. He lights a cigarette with this lighter and then sings this song whilst looking at himself in a pond, after joining the Army.

Mohammad Rafi sang this on Jaidev’s composition.

Please enjoy: Main zindagi ka saath nibhata chala gaya….

mai.n zi.ndagii kaa saath nibhaataa chalaa gayaa
har fikr ko dhu.Ne.n me.n u.Daataa chalaa gayaa

barabaadiyo.n kaa soG manaanaa fizuul thaa – 2
barabaadiyo.n kaa jashn manaataa chalaa gayaa
mai.n zi.ndagii…

jo mil gayaa usii ko muqaddar samajh liyaa – 2
jo kho gayaa mai.n usako bhulaataa chalaa gayaa
mai.n zi.ndagii…

Gam aur khushii me.n fark na mahasuus ho jahaa.N – 2
mai.n dil ko us muqaam pe laataa chalaa gayaa
mai.n zi.ndagii…

Song #84
Kabhi khud pe kabhi halaat pe rona aaya…

The last song of the 1961 movie Hum Dono has some of the best lyrics of Sahir Ludhianvi and as per my personal choice, actually his best lyrics. I feel that following lines are the best lines that he ever wrote:

कौन रोता है किसी और की ख़ातिर ऐ दोस्त
सबको अपनी ही किसी बात पे रोना आया

What’s the scene? Dev Anand as Captain Anand meets Dev Anand as Major Manohar Lal Verma in a camp during the Burma Campaign. He is filled with heartache of having parted from his beloved Sadhana as Mita and Manohar has similar feelings for his wife Nanda as Ruma. It is Dev Anand as Captain Anand who lip syncs this song sung by Mohammad Rafi on Jaidev’s composition.

Dev Anand as Captain Anand (left) and also as Major Manohar Lal Verma (right)

Jaidev composed it in Raag Gara, Taal Dadra; the same Raag and Taal in which these songs were composed: Tere mere sapne ab ek rang hain, Aise to na dekho, Hamsafar saath apna chhod chale, and that beautiful song of Shakeel Badayuni in 1963 movie Mulzim composed by Ravi and picturised on Pradeep Kumar and doe-eyed Shakeela: Deewana keh ke aaj mujhe phir pukaariye.

Please enjoy: Kabhi khud pe kabhi halaat pe rona aaya…

kabhii Kud pe, kabhii haalaat pe ronaa aayaa
baat nikalii, to har ik baat pe ronaa aayaa

ham to samajhe the ki ham bhuul gae hai.n unako
kyaa huaa aaj, ye kis baat pe ronaa aayaa

kisa liye jiite hai.n ham kisake liye jiite hai.n
baarahaa aise savaalaat pe ronaa aayaa

kaun rotaa hai kisii aur kii Kaatir ai dost
sabako apanii hii kisii baat pe ronaa aayaa

Song #85
Rimjhim rimjhim sawan barse tumse milan ko jiyara tarse…..

(Pic courtesy: Cinestaan)

We finished with the songs of the 1961 Navketan production Hum Dono last night. In 1962 he worked only with N Dutta or Datta Naik and did three movies with him: Dilli Ka Dada, Kala Samundar, and Sachche Moti.

In Dilli Ka Dada, Sahir penned four songs and Jaan Nisar Akhtar wrote three. These were the four songs penned by Sahir:

1. Aji ham Dilli ke daade hain.
2. Hamne bhi mohabbat ki thi.
3. Rimjhim rimjhim sawan barse tumse milan ko jiyara tarse.
4. Zara suno ji.

Lets take up Song #3 sung by Manna Dey and Asha Bhosle.

Please enjoy: Rimjhim rimjhim sawan barse tumse milan ko jiyara tarse…..

rim jhim rim jhim sawan barse
rim jhim rim jhim sawan barse
tumhare milan ko jiyra tarse
tumhare milan ko jiyra tarse
chham chham chham chham payal chhanke
chham chham chham chham payal chhanke
bolo sajan kaise niklu ghar se
bolo sajan kaise niklu ghar se
chham chham chham chham payal chhanke
sawan barse

chanchal shital pawan jhakore
vyakul man me aag lagaye
garaj garaj ke kare badarwa
dekh ke soi peed jagaye
nain hatat nahi tumhari dagar se
nain hatat nahi tumhari dagar se
nain hatat nahi tumhari dagar se
tumhare milan ko jiyra tarse
chham chham chham chham payal chhanke
sawan barse

more anganwa laz ka pahra
band kiwadiya khol na pau
gili lakadiya ban ban sulgu
muh se kuch bhi bol na pau
mar mar jau jag ke dar se
mar mar jau jag ke dar se
bolo sajan kaise niklu ghar se
bolo sajan kaise niklu ghar se
chham chham chham chham payal chhanke
sawan barse

Song #86
Arre O deewane khushi ke zamaane phir nahin aane….

In the next movie of 1962 Kala Samundar, Sahir penned just one song whilst Anand Bakshi wrote the rest including Meri tasveer lekar kyaa karoge.

The song that Sahir penned was Mohabbat karo to karo chhup chhupa ke that was sung by Asha Bhosle and Mohammad Rafi. I am not giving it here.

Asha Bhosle and Mohammad Rafi singing song Chahe dekhe ghoor ke

In the next movie Sachche Moti starring Madhu Apte, Helen and Jeewan, he penned all the songs:

1. Arre O deewane khushi ke zamaane phir nahin aane.
2. Chahe dekhe ghoor ke chahe deve gaaliyan.
3. Garaz ho to nakhre dikhati hai biwi.
4. Mere munne re seedhi raah pe chalna.
5. Ai mere meharbaan ab na le imtihaan.
6. Sachche ka hai bol bala suno re bhai.

In the first song, danced by Helen, N Dutta somewhat recreated the magic that Sahir had with SD Burman.

Geeta Dutt sang this song.

Please enjoy: Arre O deewane khushi ke zamaane phir nahin aane….

are o diwane khushi ke jamane
phir nahi aane re man bhi ja
are o diwane khushi ke jamane
phir nahi aane re man bhi ja

ye sharmana ye ghabrana thik nahi
aahe bharna ji tarsana thik nahi
jine ke bahane sare jag jane
tu nahi jane re jaan bhi ja
are o diwane khushi ke jamane
phir nahi aane re man bhi ja

badh ke dil ka daw laga le der na kar
koi suhana dhokha khale der na kar
jine ke bahane sare jag jane
tu nahi jane re jaan bhi ja
are o diwane khushi ke jamane
phir nahi aane re man bhi ja
are o diwane khushi ke jamane
phir nahi aane re man bhi ja

Song #87
Mujhe gale se laga lo bahut udaas hoon main….

In the first movie of the year 1963, Sahir Ludhianvi paired, for the first time in his career as a lyricist, with Ravi. You may recall that two years before him, for the first time, Shakeel Badayuni too had paired with Ravi in Chaudhvinh Ka Chand and straightway won his first Filmfare Award as Best Lyricist, an award that Shakeel made a hat-trick of in the next two years, and an award, which so far since inception two years before Shakeel had gone to Shailendra (Yeh mera deewanapan hai, and Sab kuchh seekha hamne). Sahir would have to wait for another year before he would get his for Taj Mahal song, pairing with Roshan.

(Pic courtesy: webmallindia)

The name of the movie was Aaj Aur Kal. The movie produced and directed by Vasant Joglekar starred Sunil Dutt, Raj Kumar and Nanda besides Tanuja and Ashok Kumar.

Sahir and Ravi created the following songs:

1. “Mujhe Gale Se Laga Lo” Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhosle 3:14
2. “Raja Saheb Ghar Nahin” Mahendra Kapoor and Asha Bhosle 3:23
3. “Maut Kitni Bhi Sangdil Ho” Asha Bhosle 3:24
4. “Taqat Na Hoga Taj Na Hoga” Manna Dey and Geeta Dutt and Mohammed Rafi 3:15
5. “Yeh Wadiyan Yeh Fazayen” Mohammad Rafi 3:13
6. “Mujhe Chhedo Na Kanha” Asha Bhosle 3:25
7. “Itni haseen itni jawaan raat kya karen” Mohammad Rafi
8. “Zindagi ke rang kayi re” Asha Bhosale

We shall take up one song today and one tomorrow.

This song was composed by Ravi in Raag Asavari, Taal Kaherva. It is amongst the best sad songs of Asha Bhosle and the lyrics are outstanding.

Please enjoy Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhosle sing for the lead actors a marvellous song: Mujhe gale se laga lo bahut udaas hoon main….

aa: mujhe gale se lagaa lo, bahut udaas huu.N mai.n

nazar me.n tiir se chubhate hai.n ab nazaaro.n se
mai.n thak ga_ii huu.N sabhii TuuTate sahaaro.n se
ab aur bojh na Daalo

ra: bahut sahii, Gam-e-duniyaa, magar udaas na ho
kariib hai shab-e-Gam kii, sahar udaas na ho
bahut sahii

sitam ke haath kii talavaar TuuT jaaegii
ye uu.Nch-niich kii ciivaar TuuT jaaegii
tujhe kasam hai merii hamasafar udaas na ho

aa: na jaane kab ye tariikaa ye taur badalegaa
sitam kaa Gam kab musiibat kaa daur badalegaa
mujhe jahaa.N se uThaa lo, bahut udaas huu.N mai.n

Song #88
Ye waadiyan ye fazayen bula rahi hain hamen….

Last night, I started giving songs of the 1963 movie Aaj Aur Kal in which, for the first time, Sahir paired with Ravi, the music director with a golden touch (I say that conscious of the fact that as soon as Shakeel Badayuni paired with him, he received two of his three Filmfare Awards).

Last night I gave you one of the most beautiful songs of Asha Bhosle: Mujhe gale se laga lo bahut udaas hoon main.

Tonight I give you the other song from the movie that is so refreshing. And the reason it is so refreshing is because it has been composed in Raag Pahadi (Tal Kaherva). Pahadi is a dhun and is indeed very refreshing. In this case, it is actually used in the hills.

Please enjoy Mohammad Rafi sing: Ye waadiyan ye fazayen bula rahi hain hamen….

ye vaadiyaa.N ye fizaa_e.n bulaa rahii hai.n tumhe – 2
khaamoshiyo.n kii sadaa_e.n bulA rahii hai.n tumhe
ye vaadiyaa.N ye fizaa_e.N bulaa rahii hai.n tumhe

tumahArI zulpho.n se khushabU kI bhIkh lene ko
jhukI jhukI sI ghaTAe.n bulA rahI hai.n tumhe
khAmoshiyo.n kI sadAe.N …

hasI.n champAI pairo.n ko jabase dekhA hai
nadI kI mast adAe.n bulA rahI hai.n tumhe
khAmoshiyo.n kI sadAe.N …

merA kahA nA suno dil kI baat to sunalo
har ek dil kI duAe.N bulA rahI hai.n tumhe
khAmoshiyo.n kI sadAe.n bulA rahI hai.n tumhe

ye vAdiyA.N ye fizAe.N bulA rahI hai.n tumhe …

Song #89
Umr hui tumase mile phir bhi jaane kyun…

Sahir’s next movie in 1963 was Bahurani in which, once again, for the first time he paired with music director C Ramchandra. The movie had the following songs:

1. Umr hui tumase mile phir bhi jaane kyun.
2. Balma anari man bhaye.
3. Main jaagun sari rain sajan tum so jao.
4. Ye husn tera ye ishq mera rangeen to hai badnaam nahin.
5. Kaam krodh aur lobh ka maara.
6. Etal Ke Ghal Me Tital Bahar Acha Ya Bheetar.
7. Kab gham ki ghatayein.
8. Bane aisa samaaj.

We shall be taking up two tonight.

Lets take the first one sung by Hemant Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar for Guru Dutt and Mala Sinha.

Please enjoy: Umr hui tumase mile phir bhi jaane kyun…

umr hui tumase mile phir bhi jaane kyo
aise lage jaise pahali baar mile hai
umr hui baag saje phir bhi jaane kyo
aise lage phool pahali baar khile hai

rup jagaa yun, bin sanvaare saajanaa mai sanvar gai
rup jagaa yun, bin sanvaare saajanaa mai sanvar gai
aaj lagaa yun, aaj lagaa yun
motiyo se meri maang bhar gai
kajaraa chhalake, acharaa dhalake
umr hui tumse mile phir bhi jaane kyo
aise lage jaise pahali baar mile hai

sag tumhaaraa, meri zindagi ko raas aa gayaa
sag tumhaaraa, meri zindagi ko raas aa gayaa
paa ke sahaaraa, paa ke sahaaraa
dur thhaa mai, apne paas aa gayaa
duniyaa saari laage nyaari
umr hui tumase mile phir bhi jaane kyo
aise lage jaise pahali baar mile hai

jhum uthaa tan, man me ek aisi baat aa gai
jhum uthaa tan, man me ek aisi baat aa gai
jiski thi lagan, jiski thi lagan
aaj vo milan ki raat aa gai
akele rah gaye, akhiyaan bah gayi
umr hui tumase mile phir bhi jaane kyo
aise lage jaise pahali baar mile hai

Song #90
Main jaagun sari rain sajan tum so jao…

And the last song tonight is also from the 1963 T Prakash Rao film Bahurani, a remake of Telugu film Ardhangi, which was based on Maddipatla Suri’s Telugu translation of Bengali novel Swayamsiddha written by Manilal Banerjee. Swayamsiddha went on to be made into a 1975 Bengali movie of same name.

The movie starred Guru Dutt and Mala Sinha in the lead roles together with Feroz Khan.

The second promised song from the movie is once again a slow song and very very good. It has been sung by Lata Mangeshkar and brings out the self-sacrificing image of the Indian women, at least in that era.

Please enjoy: Main jaagun sari rain sajan tum so jao…

mai jagu sari rain sajan tum so jao so jao so jao
gito me chupa lu sajan tum so jao so jao so jao

saanjh dhale se bhor bhaye tak jaag ke jab katti hai ghadiya
saanjh dhale se bhor bhaye tak jaag ke jab katti hai ghadiya
madhur milan ki aas me baskar khilti hai jab jeevan ladiyan
mai jagu sari rain sajan tum so jao so jao so jao

phiki pad gayi chand ki jyoti dhundhale ho gaye dip gagan ke
phiki pad gayi chand ki jyoti dhundhale ho gaye dip gagan ke
so gayin sundar sej ki kaliya so gaye khuilte bhag dulhan ke
khulkar ro le nain khulkar ro le nain sajan tum so jao
mai jagu sari rain sajan tum so jao so jao so jao

jag ke so gayi tan ki agni badhkar tham gayi man ki halchal
jag ke so gayi tan ki agni badhkar tham gayi man ki halchal
apna ghunghat aap uthakar khol di maine panv ki chhagal
abb hai chain hi chain sajan tum so jao so jao
mai jagu sari rain sajan tum so jao so jao so jao

Song #91
Laaga chaunari mein daag chhupaaun kaise….

(Pic courtesy: The-Sales Room)

In the next movie of 1963, Dil Hi To Hai, it was the third time that Sahir paired with Roshan: Babar and Barsaat Ki Raat in 1960 and now in 1963 Dil Hi To Hai. The movie was a Rawal movie: written by CL Rawal, produced by BL Rawal and directed by both CL Rawal and PL Santoshi. It starred Raj Kapoor and Nutan.

Sahir and Nutan created the following songs in the movie:

1. “Bhoole Se Mohabbat” – Mukesh
2. “Dil Jo Bhi Kahenga” – Mukesh
3. “Laaga Chunri Mein Daag” – Manna Dey
4. “Nigahen Milane Ko Jee Chahta Hai” – Asha Bhosle
5. “Parda Uthe Salam Ho Jaye” – Asha Bhosle, Manna Dey
6. “Tum Agar Mujhko Na Chaho” -Mukesh
7. “Tumhari Mast Nazar” – Lata Mangeshkar, Mukesh
8. “Yun Hi Dil Ne Chaha Tha” – Suman Kalyanpur
9. “Gusse Men Jo Nakhra Hai” – Mukesh
10. “Chura Le Na Tumko Ye Mausam Suhana” – Mukesh, Suman Kalyanpur
11. “Tumhari Mast (Revival)” – Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar
12. “Laga Chunari Mein Daag (Revival)” – Manna Dey

If you notice, one after the other, all good and popular songs. However, we shall be taking up only three.

First lets take up Manna Dey‘s favourite genre’ of singing: the classical. This was composed by Roshan in Raag Bhairavi, Tal Kaherava.

The song is at two levels: one is the ordinary sounding worldly level and the second is the spiritual level about a person visiting the Earth from his/her babul’s (father’s) place in Heavens and getting corrupted here and then having to return to the Creator (babul). It is the deeper meaning which is indeed the essence of the song.

Please enjoy the ever popular: Laaga chaunari mein daag chhupaaun kaise….

laagaa, chunarii me.n daag, chhupaaU.N kaise
laagaa, chunarii me.n daag
chunarii me.n daag, chhupaaU.N kaise, ghar jaaU.N kaise
laagaa, chunarii me.n daag …

(ho ga_ii mailii morii chunariyaa
kore badan sii korii chunariyaa ) – 2
aa … jaake baabul se, nazare.n milaaU.N kaise, ghar jaaU.N kaise
laagaa, chunarii me.n daag …

bhuul ga_ii sab bachan bidaa ke
kho ga_ii mai.n sasuraal me.n aake
aa … jaake baabul se, nazare milaaU.N kaise, ghar jaaU.N kaise
laagaa, chunarii me.n daag …

(korii chunariyaa aatmaa morii
mail hai maayaa jaal ) – 2
vo duniyaa more bAbul kaa ghar
ye duniyaa sasuraal
haa.N jaake, baabul se, nazare milaaU.N kaise, ghar jaaU.N kaise
laagaa, chunarii me.n daag …

aa aa~
dhiim ta na na na dir dir taanum
taa na dere na
dhiim ta na na na dir dir taan, dhiim ta dere na …
sapt suran tiin graam ba.nsii baajii
dir dir taanii, taa nii nii da, nii da pa ma, pa ma ma ga
ma dha ga ma ma ga re sa
dha dha keTe dha dha dha keTe dha dha keTa dha keTa
dharat paag pa.Dat nayii paraN
jhaa.Njhar jhanake jhana nana jhana nana
dir dir ta tuum ta da nii, ta na na na ta na na na
dhiim ta na na na na dir dir taam …

Song #92
Bhule se mohabbat kar baitha…..

We have just started taking up songs of the 1963 movie Dil Hi To Hai penned by Sahir Ludhianvi and composed by Roshan.

Lets now take up the title song sung by Mukesh. The movie had a predominant Urdu content as was the trend during those days. Raj Kapoor acted as Ysuf/Chand/Khan and Nutan as Jamila Banu. Even the villain Pran was Sheku/Yusuf in the movie. Hence, one would witness in the movie sherwanis and the like.

This one though has Raj Kapoor wearing a western suit and he sings in the style that he perfected: standing in front of the mike and emoting mostly with facial expressions; you may recall his Dulha Dulhan song of five stanzas in front of the mike: Hamane tujhako pyaar kiya hai jitana kaun karega itana.

Please enjoy: Bhule se mohabbat kar baitha…..

bhuule se mohabbat kar baiThaa
naadaa.N thaa bechaaraa dil hii to hai
har dil se Kataa ho jaatii hai
biga.Do na Kudaaraa dil hii to hai
duniyaa me.n hamaaraa dil hii to hai

( is tarah nigaahe.n mat phero
aisaa na ho dha.Dakan ruk jaa_e ) -2
siine me.n ko_ii patthar to nahii.n -2
ehasaas kaa maaraa dil hii to hai
duniyaa me.n hamaaraa …

( bedaadagaro.n kii Thokar se
sab Kvaab suhaane chuur hu_e ) -2
ab dil kaa sahaaraa Gam hii to hai -2
ab Gam kaa sahaaraa dil hii to hai
duniyaa me.n hamaaraa …

Song #93
Nigaahen milane ko ji chahta hai….

As you saw in the movie Barsaat Ki Raat that had the best qawwali in Hindi movies: Na to karwan ki talaash hai, Roshan was very accomplished in this genre of music.

The 1963 movie Dil Hi To Hai too had a qawwali that has been sung by a female: Asha Bhosle singing for Nutan. Roshan composed it in Raag Kalyan, the raag of the evenings, Tal Kaherava.

Please enjoy: Nigaahen milane ko ji chahta hai….

… raaz kii baat hai
mehafil me.n kahe.n yaa na kahe.n
bas gayaa hai koii is dil me.n kahe.n yaa na kahe.n
kahe.n yaa na kahe.n …

nigaahe.n milaane ko jii chaahataa hai
dil-o-jaa.n luTaane ko jii chaahataa hai

vo tohamat jise ishq kahatii hai duniyaa
vo tohamat uThaane ko jii chaahataa hai

kisii ke manaane me.n lazzat vo paayii
ki phir ruuTh jaane ko jii chaahataa hai

vo jalavaa jo ojhal bhii hai saamane bhii
vo jalavaa churaane ko jii chaahataa hai

o… jis gha.Dii merii nigaaho.n ko terii diid huii
vo gha.Dii mere liye aish kii tamahiid huii
jab kabhii mai.nne teraa chaa.Nd saa cheharaa dekhaa
iid ho yaa ki na ho mere liye iid huii
vo jalavaa jo ojhal bhii hai saamane bhii
vo jalavaa churaane ko jii chaahataa hai

mulaaqaat kaa koii paiGaam diijiye kii
chhup chhupake aane ko jii chaahataa hai
aur aake na jaane ko jii chaahataa hai
aur aake na jaane ko jii chaahataa hai
nigaahe.n milaane ko jii chaahataa hai

Song #94
Yeh fiza, Yeh hawa, Aa bhi jaa….

The year 1963 was a very successful year for Sahir Ludhianvi, if not the most successful. He started his career as a lyricist from the 1949 movie Azaadi Ki Raah Par and it was in 1964 that he received his first Filmfare Award for the 1963 movie Taj Mahal, which he did with Roshan. It would be another 13 years before he would get his second and last one for the movie Kabhie Kabhie.

Best Lyricist Award was instituted in 1959, four years after the Awards themselves were instituted and Shailendra received the first two: 1959 and 1960. After these Shakeel did a hat-trick from 1961 to 1963 and then it was Sahir.

We shall come to Taj Mahal later. Before that, even if Sahir failed to get award for the movie Gumraah, these are indeed his best and most beautifully worded songs:

1. “Yeh hawa, ye fiza, Aa Bhi Ja” Mahendra Kapoor
2. “Aa Ja Aa Ja Re” Mahendra Kapoor, Asha Bhosle
3. “Aap Aaye To” Mahendra Kapoor
4. “Chalo Ek Baar Phir Se” Mahendra Kapoor
5. “Ek Pardesi Door Se Aaya” Asha Bhosle
6. “Ek Thi Ladki Meri Saheli” Asha Bhosle
7. “In hawaaon mein Tujhko Mera Pyar Pukare” Mahendra Kapoor, Asha Bhosle

We shall be taking up three tonight; Song #s 1, 3 and 4.

Gumraah was the fourth BR Chopra film for which Sahir penned the lyrics. For the other three: Naya Daur, Sadhana and Dharamputra, BR Chopra had got N Dutta as Music Director. Here he got Ravi and after Aaj Aur Kal, this was the second film in which Sahir paired with Ravi.

Lets take the setting of Song #1. Meena (Mala Sinha) an ex beloved of Rajendra (Sunil Dutt) is married to Ashok (Ashok Kumar). They are in Naini Tal and Rajendra is waiting for his ex flame to have a tryst with him on a hill top, for old time’s sake.

Ravi composed this in Raag Bhupali, Taal Kaherva.

Please enjoy Mahendra Kapoor sing for Sunil Dutt: Yeh fiza, Yeh hawa, Aa bhi jaa….

o ho ho
o ho ho o ho o ho
o ho ho ho
o ho ho o ho ho ho ho ho
o ho ho ho ho ho
o ho ho

ye hawaa ye hawaa ye hawaa
ye fizaa ye fizaa ye fizaa
hai udaas jaise meraa dil meraa dil meraa dil
aa bhii jaa aa bhii jaa aa bhii jaa -2

aa ke ab to chaa.Ndanii bhii zard ho chalii ho chalii ho chalii
dha.Dakano.n kii narm aa.Nch sard ho chalii ho chalii ho chalii
Dhal chalii hai raat aa ke mil aa ke mil aa ke mil
aa bhii jaa aa bhii jaa aa bhii jaa -2

raah me.n bichhii hu_ii hai merii har nazar har nazar har nazar
mai.n ta.Dap rahaa huu.N aur tuu hai beKabar beKabar beKabar
ruk rahii hai saa.Ns aa ke mil aa ke mil aa ke mil
aa bhii jaa aa bhii jaa aa bhii jaa -2

o ho ho
o ho ho o ho o ho
o ho ho ho
o ho o ho ho ho ho ho ho
o ho ho ho ho ho
o ho ho

Song #95
Aap aaye to khyaal-e-dil-nashaad aaya….

We are taking up songs of the 1963 BR Chopra movie Gumraah in which Mala Sinha is married to Ashok Kumar but is still in alliance with her ex lover Sunil Dutt. The name of the movie Gumraah (Astray) is revealing. Both Sunil Dutt and Mala Sinha are astray.

The next song is when she actually meets him for the recording of his song in a studio. The lyrics are amongst the best of Sahir and very impressive and revealing indeed.

This too has been sung by Mahendra Kapoor for Sunil Dutt.

Please enjoy: Aap aaye to khyaal-e-dil-nashaad aaya….

aap aaye to Kayaal-e-dil-e-naashaad aayaa
kitane bhuule hue zakhmo.n kaa pataa yaad aayaa
aap aaye …

aap ke lab pe kabhii apanaa bhii naam aayaa thaa
shokh nazaro.n se muhabbat kaa salaam aayaa thaa
umr bhar saath nibhaane kaa payaam aayaa thaa
aapako dekh ke vo ahad-e-vafaa yaad aayaa
kitane bhuule hue zakhmo.n kaa pataa yaad aayaa
aap aaye …

ruuh me.n jal uThe bujhatii huii yaado.m ke diye
kaise diivaane the ham aapako paane ke liye
yuu.N to kuchh kam nahii.n jo aapane ahasaan kiye
par jo maa.Nge na paayaa vo silaa yaad aayaa
kitane bhuule hue zakhmo.n kaa pataa yaad aayaa
aap aaye …

aaj vo baat nahii.n phir bhii koii baat to hai
mere hisse me.n ye halkii sii mulaaqaat to hai
Gair kaa ho ke bhii ye husn mere saath to hai
haay kis vaqt mujhe kab kaa gilaa yaad aayaa
kitane bhuule hue zakhmo.n kaa pataa yaad aayaa
aap aaye …

Song #96
Chalo ik baar phir se ajanabee ban jayen ham dono….

Ladies and gentlemen, if in the last two songs of the 1963 BR Chopra film Gumraah you appreciated the lyrics of Sahir Ludhianvi, the compositions of Ravi and silky smooth singing of Mahendra Kapoor, then you haven’t seen the best yet.

The best is about it dawning on both the Gumraah or Astray lovers that it is not socially acceptable to carry on with a love afffair of earlier days after she had got married.

This is the best of Sahir, in the same class as his Hum Dono (surprisingly, these two words actually occur in the song!) number: Kabhi khud pe kabhi halaat pe rona aaya.

The husband between the two ex lovers.

Please enjoy: Chalo ik baar phir se ajanabee ban jayen ham dono….

chalo ik baar phir se, ajanabii ban jaae.n ham dono
chalo ik baar phir se …

na mai.n tumase koI ummiid rakhuu.N dilanavaazii kii
na tum merii taraf dekho galat a.ndaaz nazaro.n se
na mere dil kii dha.Dakan la.Dakha.Daaye merii baato.n se
na zaahir ho tumhaarii kashm-kash kaa raaz nazaro.n se
chalo ik baar phir se …

tumhe.n bhii koI ulajhan rokatii hai peshakadamii se
mujhe bhii log kahate hai.n ki ye jalave paraae hai.n
mere hamaraah bhii rusavaaiyaa.n hai.n mere maajhii kii – 2
tumhaare saath bhii guzarii huii raato.n ke saaye hai.n
chalo ik baar phir se …

taarruf rog ho jaaye to usako bhuulanaa behatar
taalluk bojh ban jaaye to usako to.Danaa achchhaa
vo afasaanaa jise a.njaam tak laanaa naa ho mumakin – 2
use ek khuubasuurat mo.D dekar chho.Danaa achchhaa
chalo ik baar phir se …

Song #97
Tere bachpan ko jawani ki dua deti hoon….

We finished taking up songs of the 1963 BR Chopra movie Gumraah in which Sahir had some of his best lyrics especially in the iconic and unforgettable song: Chalo ik baar phir se Ajnabee ban jaayen hum dono.

As I mentioned earlier, 1963 was the most successful year for Sahir since that was the year for him to get his first Filmfare Award. He got the next and last one more than a decade later with Kabhie Kabhie.

We shall come to that movie two movies later. First, lets take up his Mujhe Jeene Do, a production of Sunil Dutt’s company Ajanta Arts (the same one that made Sadhana earlier, whose songs I gave including the one with which I started this tribute for him: Aurat ne janam diya mardon ko).

The movie was directed by Moni Bhattachargee and was about the rehabilitation of dacoits. Hindi movies were and are very concerned about the rehabilitation of prostitutes, dacoits, Pakistanis and anyone whom the society looks down upon. Considering that Hollywood has similar obsession (eg, Pretty Women), we conclude that nothing like taking up cudgels for the downtrodden and pariahs whilst laughing all the way to the bank.

We should never forget that the Film industry also hold faujis in great esteem on the screen and lose no opportunity making money from their misery, valour and values. However, in real life, ask anyone in the film industry to stand up for the faujis and they have sudden bouts of amnesia.

One person, who probably believed in everything that he was writing was Sahir Ludhianvi and his last song that justifies the title of the movie, as Waheeda Rehman is running away from the police with her child born out of relationship with a dacoit is indeed the most memorable song of the movie with the best lyrics.

Jaidev, who paired with Sahir in Dev Anand movie Hum Dono (glorifying the life of an army officer) was the composer.

Knowing me, it should surprise no one that I should start with this, the last song, whilst taking up songs of 1963 movie Mujhe Jeene Do.

Please enjoy Lata Mangeshkar sing: Tere bachpan ko jawani ki dua deti hoon….

This song is sung by a mother (Waheeda) to her child as a “lori”. The father (Sunil Dutt) is a “daaku” and is on the run from the law. Hence the entire family is constantly in hiding, moving from place to place hoping to remain undetected. This song is basically an expression of how the sins of the parents visit the children. The “dard” and softness in Lata’s voice as she sings this song makes it one of the most moving songs that you can get from Sahir.

tere bachapan ko javaanii kii duaa detii huu.N
aur duaa deke pareshaan sii ho jaatii huu.N

mere munne mere gulazaar ke nanhe paudhe
tujhako haalat kii aa.ndhii se bachaane ke liye
aaj mai.n pyaar ke aa.nchal me.n chhupaa letii huu.N
kal ye kamazor sahaaraa bhii na haasil hogaa
kal tujhe kaa.nTo.n bharii raaho.n pe chalanaa hogaa
zi.ndagaanii kii ka.Dii dhuup me.n jalanaa hogaa
tere bachapan ko javaanii …

tere maathe pe sharaafat kii koI mohar nahii.n
cha.nd hote hai.n muhabbat ke sukuun hii kyaa hai.n
jaise maao.n kii muhabbat kaa koI mol nahii.n
mere maasuum farishte tuu abhii kyaa jaane
tujhako kis-kisakii gunaaho.n kii sazaa milanii hai
diin aur dharm ke maare hue i.nsaano.n kii
jo nazar milanii hai tujhako vo khafaa milanii hai
tere bachapan ko javaanii …

be.Diyaa.N leke lapakataa huaa kaanuun kaa haath
tere maa.N-baap se jab tujhako milii ye saugaat
kaun laaegaa tere vaaste khushiyo.n kii baaraat
mere bachche tere a.njaam se jii Darataa hai
terii dushman hii na saabit ho javaanii terii
khaak jaatii hai jise sochake mamataa merii
usii a.njaam ko pahu.nche na kahaanii terii
tere bachapan ko javaanii …

Song #98
Jo wada kiya wo nibhana padhega….

We just started taking up songs of the 1963 movie Mujhe Jeene Do in which Sahir paired with Music Director Jaidev to create the following songs, the last one of which we have already taken up. We shall not take up any more remembering the fact that we took up these songs for the birthday of Waheeda Rehman on 03 January.

Lets take up the songs of his next movie Pyaar Ka Bandhan, in which, once again, he paired with Ravi after Gumraah, the same year.

The movie starred Raj Kumar and Punjabi actress Nishi. Sahir and Ravi made the following songs:

1 “Ghodaa Pishori Meraa, Main Hun Alabelaa” Mohammed Rafi
2 “Meri Pahali Aarazu Ka” Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle
3 “Aa Meri Ankho Ki Gehrayi Me” Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle
4 “Zaraa Bach Ke O Balie Bach Ke” Mahendra Kapoor, Asha Bhosle
5 “Bojh Utha Le Saathi Bojh Uthale” Mohammed Rafi
6 “Ek Pyar Ke Bandhan Ki Khatir (Sad)” Asha Bhosle
7 “Sambhal Kar Ishq Farmana” Mohammed Rafi, S. Balbir

None of these deserve to be given here. Hence, without much ado, we jump to his 1963 movie Taj Mahal. The movie was directed by M Sadiq and starred Pradeep Kumar as Mughal Emperor Shehan Shah and Beena Rai as Mumtaz, his beloved, for whom Shahen Shah erected the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world.

After Dil Hi To Hai, the same year, Sahir paired with Roshan and this was their best pairing ever. They created the following songs:

1. “Jo Baat Tujh Mein Hai” Mohammed Rafi
2. “Jo Wada Kiya Wo” Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar
3. “Jurm-E-Ulfat Pe” Lata Mangeshkar
4. “Qhuda-E-Burtur” Lata Mangeshkar
5. “Na Na Na Re Na Na, Haath Na Lagana” Suman Kalyanpur, Minoo Purshottam
6. “Paaon Chhoo Lene Do” Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar
7. “Chandi Ka Badan” Mohammed Rafi, Manna Dey, Asha Bhosle, Meena Kapoor
8. “Husn Se Duniya Hansi” Asha Bhosle

We shall be taking up two of the songs tonight.

The first song is the one for which Lata Mangeshkar was nominated for yet another Filmfare Award. For the movie, of course, both Sahir and Roshan were goven Filmfare Awards for Best Lyricist and Best Music Director respectively.

Please enjoy this lovely duet sung for the lovers by Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar. Roshan composed it in Raag Pahadi, Tal Kaherava: Jo wada kiya wo nibhana padhega….

jo vaadaa kiyaa vo nibhaanaa pa.Degaa
roke zamaanaa chaahe roke khudaaii tumako aanaa pa.Degaa
jo vaadaa…

tarasatii nigaaho.n ne aavaaz dii hai
muhabbat kii raaho.n ne aavaaz dii hai
jaan-e-hayaa, jaan-e-adaa chho.Do tarasaanaa tumako aanaa pa.Degaa
jo vaadaa…

ye maanaa hame.n jaa.N se jaanaa pa.Degaa
par ye samajh lo tumane jab bhii pukaaraa hamako aanaa pa.Degaa
jo vaadaa…

ham apanii vafaa pe naa ilazaam le.nge
tumhe.n dil diyaa hai tumhe jaa.N bhii de.nge
jab ishq kaa saudaa kiyaa phir kyaa ghabaraanaa tumako aanaa pa.Degaa
jo vaadaa…

chamakate hai.n jab tak ye chaa.Nd aur taare
na TuuTe.nge ab ehad-o-paimaa.n hamaare
ik duusaraa jab de sadaa hoke diivaanaa hamako aanaa pa.Degaa
jo vaadaa…

Part-II

hamaarii kahaanii tumhaaraa fasaanaa
hameshaa hameshaa kahegaa zamaanaa
kaise bhalaa kaisii sazaa dede zamaanaa hamako aanaa pa.Degaa
jo vaadaa…

sabhii ehal-e-duniyaa ye kahatii hai hamase
ki aataa nahii.n koii mu.Dake adam se
aaj zaraa shaan-e-vafaa dekhe zamaanaa tumako aanaa pa.Degaa
jo vaadaa…

bahut jii lagaayaa zamaane se hamane
bahut vaqt kaaTaa bahaane se hamane
jab se huaa tumase judaa ye dil na maanaa tumako aanaa pa.Degaa
jo vaadaa kiyaa

ham aate rahe hai.n ham aate rahe.nge
muhabbat kii rasame.n nibhaate rahe.nge
jaan-e-vafaa tum do sadaa fir kyaa Thikaanaa hamako,
aanaa pa.Degaa
jo vaadaa…

Song #99
Paanv chhune do phuulon ko inaayat hogi…

And the last song for tonight from the 1963 movie Taj Mahal too became equally popular. This too is a duet between Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar singing for Pradeep Kumar as Shahen Shah and Bina Rai as Mumtaz; they, if you remember, also acted as Prince Salim and Anarkali in the 1953 movie Anarkali that had some of the best lyrics of Rajendra Krishan.

Please enjoy: Paanv chhune do phuulon ko inaayat hogi…

paa.Nv chhuu lene do phuulo.n ko inaayat hogii, inaayat hogii
varanaa hamako nahii.n, inako bhii shikaayat hogii
shikaayat hogii

aap jo phuul bichhaae.n unhe.n ham Thukaraae.n – 2
hamako Dar hai
hamako Dar hai ke ye tauhiin-e-muhabbat hogii, muhabbat hogii
paa.Nv chhuu lene do …

dil kii bechain uma.ngo.n pe karam faramaao – 2
itanaa ruk ruk
itanaa ruk ruk ke chaloge to qayaamat hogii, qayaamat hogii
paa.Nv chhuu lene do …

sharm roke hai idhar, shauk udhar khii.nche hai – 2
kyaa khabar thii
kyaa khabar thii tabhii is dil kii ye haalat hogii
ye haalat hogii
paa.Nv chhuu lene do …

sharm gairo.n se huaa karatii hai apano.n se nahii.n – 2
sharm ham se
sharm ham se bhii karoge to musIbat hogii, musIbat hogii
paa.Nv chhuu lene do …

Ladies and gentlemen, with that I finish with Part IV of the best songs of our fourth lyricist (not in any order): Sahir Ludhianvi. I hope you liked my selection. We have reached only up to the year 1963 and have a long way to go. Please await following parts.

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2 Comments

  1. Ravi, I request you go through the lyrics as there are a few omissions and errors.. Especially in the quawali..अगर हम न होते..

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