Songs That Tug At Your Emotions – Song #26

The twenty-sixth day of songs in this series.

In the last twenty-five days, we have taken up songs of thirteen male singers: Talat Mahmood, Manna Dey, Kishore Kumar, Mohammad Rafi, Mukesh, Hemant Kumar, Mahendra Kapoor, SD Burman, KL Saigal, Pankaj Mullick, Jagmohan ‘Sursagar’, Hariharan and Yesudas. We also took up songs of eleven female singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Suman Kalyanpur, Shamshad Begum, Geeta Dutt, Uma Devi (Tun Tun), Suraiya and Zohrabai Ambalewali, Sudha Malhotra, Amirbai Karnataki and Kavita Krishnamurthy. We took up a duet between Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhosle in the last post. And lastly we took up a Talat Mehmood song: Phir wohi shaam wohi gham wohi tanhaayi hai.

One of the fans commented on these songs, “The songs that you are giving us are everyone’s favourites.” The truth is that songs often remind us of days gone by and fill us with nostalgia both happy and sad.

I am sure thousands of you would identify with the next song. It is from the 1972 Basu Chatterjee movie Piya Ka Ghar starring two who graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) at Pune: Jaya Bahaduri and Anil Dhawan. The song is: Yeh jeevan hai is jeevan ka yehi hai rang roop.

(Poster courtesy: learningandcreativity.com)

Lets start with the movie. First, Raja Thakur made a Marathi movie called Mumbaicha Jawai, which speaks volumes about the title since at that time Mumbai was known as Bombay. Then came Tarachand Barjataya, who founded Rajshri Productions and made many successful movies such as Dosti, Uphaar, Geet Gaata Chal, Jeevan Mrityu, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Dulhan Wohi Jo Piya Man Bhaaye, Akhiyon Ke Jharokhe Se, and Maine Pyar Kiya. He produced Piya Ka Ghar and made Basu Chatterjee direct it. The movie brings out the reality, difficulties and travails of staying in a house in Bombay by large families (which is generally the case). Even though the movie depicted this life in 1970s, the scenario would be generally the same even now, if not worse. Let alone there being no privacy for a new couple in the house, there is none outside too. For example, couples in love are often the target of others including the police.

The song brings out this reality and calls it the reality of life, not just the reality of life in Mumbai.

Anand Bakshi with Laxmikant Pyarelal

Let me tell you something about the Lyricist of the song: Anand Bakshi and the Composer Laxmikant Pyarelal:

Anand Bakshi was a master lyricist who matched his lyrics perfectly with the emotions of the protagonist. His most common  pairing was with Laxmikant Pyarelal with whom he worked in 302 movies. Then, with RD Burman, he did the second highest movies of his career: 99. Amongst the old breed of lyricsts, Anand Bakshi was the only one who penned more than 3000 songs whilst lyricists like Sahir and Sahkeel only penned less than 800.

This song is because of Anand Bakshi pairing with Laxmikant Pyarelal.

Laxmikant Pyarelal made songs and music for 635 movies from 1963 to 1998 when Laxmikant died on 25 May. Nearly half of the movies, 302 to be exact, have been with Anand Bakshi. Anand Bakshi penned more than 3000 songs. More than half of these are with Laxmikant Pyarelal. Just like Anand Bakshi, Laxmikant Pyarelal too tasted resounding success in the very first movie that they attempted: the 1963 movie Parasmani. The popular songs of the movie include: Hansta hua noorani chehra, and Raushan tumhi se duniya. But, the song from the movie that is still everfresh and fondly remembered is this:

Anand Bakshi died on 30 Mar 2002 in Mumbai. However, the songs of Anand Bakshi with Laxmikant Pyarelal kept appearing until the 2011 movie Soundtrack. They had started with the 1964 movie Mr. X in Bombay with super-hit songs: Mere mehboob qayamat hogi, Chali gori pi ke milan ko chali, and Khoobsurat haseena jaane jaan jaaneman. Some of my other favourite songs of the pair from 1965 to 1975 are: Main mujhe apne aanchal mein chhupa le (Chhota Bhai, 1965), Khat likh de saanwariya ke naam babu, Mere dushman tu meri dosti ko tarse, Suno sajana papihe ne (Aaye Din Bahar Ke, 1966), Jab jab bahar aayi aur phool muskaraye, Saat samundar paar se gudiyon ke bazaar se (Taqdeer, 1967), Baahosh habas mein deewana and Nazar na lag jaaye kisi ki raahon mein (Night In London, 1967), Ham tum yug yug se yeh geet milan ka, Sawan ka mahina pawan kare sor, Ram kare aisa ho jaaye, and Mubarak ho sabako sama ye suhaana (Milan, 1967), Mera naam hai chameli, Tu kitani achhi hai O maa, Sang basanti rang basanti aa gaya, and O phiraki waali tu kal phir aana (Raja Aur Rank, 1968), Raat suhaani jaag rahi hai dheere dheere chupke chupke (Jigri Dost, 1969), Bindiya chamkegi, Chhup gaye saare nazaare, Khiza ke phool pe aati kabhi bahaar nahin, and Ye reshmi zulfen ye sharbati aankhen (Do Raaste, 1969), Main raahi anjaan raahon ka, and Rimjhim ke geet sawan gaaye (Anjana, 1969), Saari khushiyan hain mohabbat ki zamaane ke liye (Suhana Safar, 1970), Sharaafat chhod di hamane (Sharaafat, 1970), Sham dhale Jamuna kinaare (Pushpanjali, 1970), Dhal gaya din ho gayi shaam, Haay re haay neend nahin aaye (Humjoli, 1970), Shadi ke liye razamand karli (Devi, 1970), Mujhe tumase mohabbat hai magar main keh nahin sakta (Bachpan, 1970), Achchha to hum chalte hain, Ab aan milo sajana (Aan Milo Sajana, 1970), Agar dilbar ki ruswayi, Khilauna jaankar tum to mera dil, Teri shaadi pe doon tujhako tohfa main kya (Khilauna, 1970), Jaane kyun log mohannat kiya karte hain, Itna to yaad hai mujhe, Mere deewanepan ki bhi koi dawa nahin, and Ye jo chilman hai (Mehboob Ki Mehndi, 1971), Chal chal chal mere haathi, Dilbar jaani chali hawa mastani, and Nafrat ki duniya ko chhod ke (Haathi Mere Saathi, 1971), Sachayi chhup nahin sakti (Dushman, 1971), Aap aaye bahar aayee, Mujhe teri mohabbat ka (Aap Aaye Bhar Aayee, 1971), Haay sharmaayun (Mera Gaon Mera Desh, 1971), Kitna maza aa raha hai (Raja Jani, 1972), Dheere dheere bol koi sun na le, and Ek na ek din ye kahani banegi (Gora Aur Kala, 1972), O manchali kahan chali, Tan man dhan sab hai tera (Manchali, 1973), Aj mausam nbada beimaan hai, Main tere ishq mein mar na jaayun kahin, Motiyon ki ladhi hoon main (Loafer, 1973), Mere dil mein aaj kya hai, Ni main yaar manana ni (Daag, 1973), Akhiyon ko rehne de, Hum tum ik kamre mein band hon, Beshaq mandir masjid tode, and Main shayar to nahin (Bobby, 1973), Gore rang pe itna gumaan kar, Naach meri bulbul ke paisa milega, Ye public hai ye sab janati hai (Roti, 1974), Aadmi jo kehta hai, Phir na kehna Michael daaru pi ke danga karta hai, Nahin main nahin dekh sakta tujhe rote huye, Tumhen jo bhi dekh lega (Majboor, 1974), Chal dariya mein doob jaayen, Doston mein koi baat, Prem kahani mein ik ladka hota hai, and Phool ahista phenko (Prem Kahani, 1975), Man jat yamla pagla deewana (Pratigya, 1975).

Some other favourites of Anand Bakshi with Laxmikant Pyarelal from 1975 onwards are: Aayegi aayegi kisi ko hamari yaad aayegi, Jaaneman kisi ka naam nahin, Ki gal hai koi nahin (Jaaneman, 1976), Ke aaja teri yaad aayi (Charas, 1976), Dream girl (Dream Girl, 1977), O meri mehbooba tujhe jaana hai to jaa (Dharm-Veer, 1977), Koi maane ya na maane (Chacha Bhatija, 1977), Aadmi musafir hai aata hai jaata hai (Apnapan, 1977), Ke mere dil ne tadap ke, Aap ke anurodh pe main ye geet, Aate jaate khuubsurat awara sadakon pe, Jab dard nahin tha seene mein (Anurodh, 1977), Anhoni ko honi karde, O hamako tumase ho gaya hai pyaar, Parda hai parda, and Shirdi waale Sai Baba (Amar Akbar Antony, 1977), Bhor bhaye panghat pe, Chanchal sheetal komal (Satyam Shivam Sundaram, 1978), Main tulsi tere aangan ki (Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki, 1978), Ham to chale pardes, Ram ji ki nikali sawari (Sargam, 1979), Ek ritu aaye ek ritu jaaye (Gautam Govinda, 1979), Teri rab ne banayi jodi (Suhaag, 1979), Bane chahe dushman zamaana hamara, and Mere dost kissa ye kyaa ho gaya (Dostana, 1980), Dard-e-dil dard-e-jigar dil mein jagaya aapne, He tumne kabhi kisi se pyaar kiaya hai (Karz, 1980), Hamako bhi gham ne maara (Aas Paas, 1981), Ham bane tum bane ek duje ke liye, Solah baras ki baali umar ko salaam, Mere jeevan saathi pyar kiye ja, and Tere mere beech mein kaisa hai ye bandhan anjaana (Ek Duje Ke Liye, 1981), Khatun ki khdmat mein salaam apun ka (Desh Premi, 1982), Rote rote hansana seekho (Andha Kanoon, 1983), Saari duniya ka bojh uthaate hain (Coolie, 1983), Ding dong O baby sing a song (Hero, 1984), Chitthi aayi hai watan ki chitthi aayi hai (Naam, 1986), Main teri dushman (Nagina, 1986), Mera naam hai Lakhan (Ram Lakan, 1989), Jumma chumma de de (Hum, 1991), Tu mujhe qabool main tujhe qabool (Khuda Gwaah, 1992), Choli ke peeche kya hai, Nayak nahin khalnayak hoon main (Khalnayak, 1993), and Khidaki khuli zara to hangama ho gaya (Deewana Mastana, 1997).

Please enjoy Kishore Kumar sing a composition of Laxmikant Pyarelal on the lyrics of Anand Bakshi a song from the 1972 Basu Chatterjee movie Piya Ka Ghar: Yeh jeevan hai is jeevan ka yehi hai rang roop….

ये जीवन है
इस जीवन का
यही है, यही है, यही है रंग रूप (२)
थोड़े ग़म हैं, थोड़ी खुशियाँ
यही है, यही है, यही है छाँव धूप
ये जीवन है …

(ये ना सोचो इसमें अपनी
हार है कि जीत है ) – २
उसे अपना लो जो भी
जीवन की रीत है
ये ज़िद छोड़ो, यूँ ना तोड़ो
हर पल एक दर्पण है
ये जीवन है …

धन से ना दुनिया से
घर से न द्वार से
साँसों की डोर बंधी है
प्रीतम के प्यार से
दुनिया छूटे, पर ना टूटे
ये कैसा बंधन है
ये जीवन है
इस जीवन का
यही है, यही है, यही है रंग रूप
थोड़े ग़म हैं
थोड़ी खुशियाँ
यही है, यही है, यही है छाँव धूप
ये जीवन है

In the 1967 movie Jewel Thief, there is a dialogue about Bombay being too crowded and hence Tanuja liked to stay in Powai hills. Now, even those places are crowded. Indeed, crowds never leave you all the way to Viraar on the Western side and Panvel on the Eastern side. There is no place to go for a modicum of privacy. There was a time, when one could go to Lonavla to see that quiet and be with one’s partner exclusively. Now, there would be any number of people getting into your love scene.

The movie portrayed the situation in 1972. Forty-six years later, you are always in a crowd anywhere in Mumbai and suburbs. Hence, the strain of the song even more appropriate today than it was in 1972.

इस जीवन का
यही है, यही है, यही है रंग रूप

I hope you enjoyed it too.

Please await the next song in the series.

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