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Sahir’s Songs of Romance – Eight Films Association

The poet in Sahir Ludhianvi never allowed his lyricist exterior to compromise with the poetry not being given status equal to music. Lyrics for film song normally require very easy words and the meaning for the lay listener to easily align with song. Sahir’s lyrics invariably had perianised urdu touch., That would be just the first hurdle. His poetry was always steeped in the bitter reality of world. The combination ought to be too formidable for lyricist to even stay put in the commercial world of Hindi film music. However, Sahir Laudhianvi could always get a music director who was able to give the structure of his poetical lyrics the wings of music. The end result was Sahir Ludhianvi’s highly successful journey as a Hindi film lyricist during the era which had stiff competition from lyricist of all hues with almost comparable literary competence.

Roshan (Lal Nagrath) -14 July 1917 – 16 November 1967 – was one such music director who had inherent command over the melody. Roshan’s career took off with success of his second film, Malhar (1950). He scored several popular and lasting scores during the ‘50s, and as such, was indeed recognised as a music director with lot of potential. Bu that latent energy had still not reached the stage of escape velocity that could take his career into the orbit of meritorious, versatile and commercially successful as well, music director.it was at that of his career that he was associated with Sahir Ludhianvi in 1960, with Babar and Barsaat Ki Raat. One was a period film, and the other was a sheer romance social. Sahir Ludhianvi also had seen break off with S D Burman after a hugely successful run in the ‘50s till Pyaasa (9157). The association with Roshan in 1960 also proved to be a booster dose to the till now successful run of his career. In the span of seven consecutive years, they did eight films together, with the exception of one (Chitralekha, 1964) all being, more or less, Muslim culture theme ones.

For Sahir, this may have been natural ground for his poetry to Persianized Urdu poetry to flourish, but that also unleashed the Roshan’s potential in the form of composing ghazals, mujhras and qawwalis. The bond had been mutually so strong that when pure Hindu culture-based songs were to be composed for Chitralekha, Sahir brilliantly came up with chaste Hindi lyrics, including for the run-of-the-mill comedy song,  to Roshan’s classical raag based tunes.

Presently, we take up just a few representative romantic songs from this extremely rich treasure of Sahir Ludhianvi’s Eight Films Association with Roshan.

Maine Shayad Pahle Bhi KahiN Tumhein Dekha Hai – Barsat Ki Raat (1960) – Mohammad Rafi

ajnabi si ho magar gair nahiN lagti ho
vaham se bhi jo ho naazuk vo yakiN lagti ho
haay ye phul sa chehra ye ghaneri zulfein
mere sheroN se bhi tum mujhko hasiN lagti ho

dekhkar tumko kisi raat ki yaad aati hai
ek khaamosh mulaaqaat ki yaad aati hai
jahan me husn ki thandak kaa asar jagataa hai
aanch deti hui barasaat ki yaad aati hai

jiski palkein meri aankhoN pe jhuki rahti hai
tum vahi mere khayaaloN ki pari ho ki nahiN
kahiN pahale ki tarah phir to na kho jaaogi
jo hameshaN ke liye ho vo khushi ho ki nahiN

Salam-e-Hasrat Qubul Kar Lo, Meri Mohabbat Qubul Kar Lo – Babar (1960) – Sudha Malhotra

udas najrein tadap tadap kar, tumhare jalwoN ko dhundhti hai
jo kwab ki tarah kho gaye, un hasin lamhoN ko dhundhti hai
…..    …….   …….  …… …..
agar naa ho nagwar tumko toh yeh shikayat qubul kar lo

tumhiN nigahoN ki justju ho, tumhiN khayaloN kaa muddaa ho
tumhiN mere waste-sanam ho, tumhi mere waste-khuda ho
….. ……     …….   …….   …. . 
meri parastish ki laj rakh lo, meri ibadat qubul kar lo

tumhari jhukti najar se jab tak na koyi paigam mil sakega
naa ruh taskin pa sakegi, naa dil ko aaram mil sakega
….  ……     ……     …..   ……
gam-e-judayi hai jan leva, yeh ik haqiqat qubul kar lo

Tum Ek Baar Muhabbat Ka Imtahaan To Lo, Mere Jhunun Meri Vahshat Ka Imtahaan To Lo – Babar (1960) – Mohammad Rafi

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

na takht-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

maiN apni jaan bhi de duN to aitbaar nahiN
ke tum se badhke mujhe zindagi se pyar nahiN
yuN hi sahi meri chahat ka imtihaan to lo

Tumhari Mast Nazar Gar Idhar NahNi Hoti, Nashe Mein Chur Fiza Is Qadar NahiN Hoti – Dil Hi To Hai ((1963) – Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar

tumhi ko dekhne ki dil mein aarzuein haiN
…..  …..   ……   …. .   .
tumhare aage hi oonchi, nazar nahiN hoti

khafa na hona agar badh ke tham luN daaman
….   ……   …….   …  ….
ye dil fareb khata, jaan kar nahiN hoti

tumhare aane talak ham ko hosh rahta hai
….   ……   ….  ……. ….
phir us ke baad hamein kuchh khabar nahiN hoti

Churaa Le Naa Yumko Ye Mausam Suhaana Khuli VaadiyoN Mein Akeli Na Jaana, Lubhaataa Hai Mujhko Ye Mausam Suhaana Main Jaaungi Tum Mere Pichhe Na Aana – Dil Hi To Hai (1963) – Mukesh, Suman Kalyanpur

lipat jaayega koi bebaak jhokaa
javaani ki rau mein naa aanchal udana

mere vaaste tum pareshaN Na Hona
Mujhe Khub Aata Hai Daman Bachana

ghata bhi kabhi chum leti hai chehara
samajh soch kar rukh se zulfein hatana

ghata mere nazdik aakar to dekhe
in aankhoN ne sikha hai bijli girana

PaoN Choo Lene Do PhuloN Ko Inaayat Hogi, Varana Hamko NahuN Inko Bhi Shikayat Hogi – Taj Mahal (1963) – Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar

aap jo phul bichhaaye unhe ham thukraaye
 ….. …..  ……   ……
hamko dar hai ke ye tauhin-e-muhabbat hogi

dil ki bechain umangoN pe karam farmaao
…..   …..   …….   ……  …..
itna ruk ruk ke chaloge to qayaamat hogi

sharm roke hai idhar, shauk udhar khichein hai
….   ……   ……. ….. 
kya khabar thi kabhi is dil ki ye halat hogi

sharm gairoN se hua karti hai apnoN se nahi
…..   …..   …..  ….
sharm ham se bhi karoge to musibat hogi

Chand Takata Hai Idhar Aao KahiN Chhup Jaayein, KahiN Laage Na Najhar, Aao KahiN Chhup Jaayein – Dooj Ka Chand (1964) – Mohammad Rafi, Suman Kalyanpur

phul sakhoN se jhuke jaate hothoN ki taraf
jhoke bal khaake mude aatein hai
ho mude aate haiN julfoN ki taraf
…..    …..   …..   …..
chhod kar inki dagar aao kahiN chhup jayein

maiN hi dekhuN sajan duja na dekhe tohe
kya khabar kaun sautaniya tora
ho sautaniya tora man mohe
….   …..   ……   …….
dil pe dalo na asar aao kahiN chhup jayein

sari najroN se pare sare najaaroN se pare
aasmanoN pe chamakte hue
ho chamakte hue taroN se pare
…   …..   …..    …..   …
odh kar lal chunar aao kahiN chhup jayein

Sun Aye Mahjabin Mujhe Tujhse Ishq NahiN, – Dooj Ka Chand (1964) – Mohammad Rafi

yuN maiN tera Qayal huN, Qayal huN
naaz-o-adaa par mayal huN, mayal huN
….. …… ……
jalwoN ka dam bharta huN
chhup-chhup dekha karta huN
par aye pardanashNi mujhe tujhse ishq nahiN

tu wo dilkash hasti hai, hasti hai
jo kwaboN mein basti hai, basti hai
….  …… …..
tu kah de to jaan de duN
jaan to kya imaan de duN
par aye khaslagi mujhe tujhse ishq nahiN

Chhaa Gaye Badal Nil Gagan Par, Khul Gaya Kajhara Saanj Dhale – Chitralekha (1964) – Mohaamd Rafi, Asha Bhosle

dekh ke mera mann bechain
rain se pehle ho gayee rain
aaj hriday ke swapna phale
ghul gaya kajara sanjh dhale

rup kee sangat aur ekant
aaj bhatakta mann hai shant
keh do samay se tham ke chale
ghul gaya kajara sanjh dhale

andhiyaro kee chadar taan
ek honge do vyakul pran
aaj naa koyee dip jale
ghul gaya kajara sanjh dhale

Aise To Na Dekho Ke Bahak Jayein KahiN Hum, Aakhir Koik InsaN Hai Farishta To NahiN hum, Haaye Aise Na Kaho Baat Ke Mar Jayein KahiN Hum, Aakhir Koik InsaN Hai Farishta To NahiN Hum – Bheegi Raat (1965) -Mohammad Rafi, Suman Kalyanpur

angdaai si leti hai jo khushboo bhari zulfein
girti hai tere surkh laboN par teri zulfein
zulfein na teri chum le ae mahjabiN hum
aakhir koik insaN hai farishta to nahiN hum

sun sun ke teri baat nasha chhaane laga hai
khud apne pe bhi pyar sa kuchh aane laga hai
rakhna hai kahNi paanv to rakhte haiN kahiN hum
aakhir koik insaN hai farishta to nahiN hum

bheega sa jo hai naaz ye halka sa pasina
haaye ye naachti aankhoN ke bhaNvar dil ka safina
socha hai ke ab dub ke reh jayein yahiN hum
aakhir koik insaN hai farishta to nahiN hum

Log Kahete Hai Ke Tum Se Kinaraa Kar Lein, Tum Jo Keh Do To Sitam GaNvaaraa Kar Lein – Bahu Begam (1967) – Mohammad Rafi

tumne jis haal-ae-pareshaN se nikala tha hamein
aasra de ke mohabbat ka sambhala tha hamein
sochte hai ke wahi… …… ….. haal dobara kar lein

yuN bhi ab tumse mulakat nahiN hone ki
mil bhi jao …  ….  …. ..  to koi baat nahiN hone ki
aakhri baar bas ab …. ….  jikr tumhara kar lein

aakhri baar khayalo mein bula le tumko
aakhri baar kaleje se laga lein tumko
aur phir apne tadapne …. …. …. ….  . ka najara kar lein

Saahir Ludhianvi’s Eight Films Association with Roshan can best be explored in more than one article, may be at next opportune occasion(s) in the future. For the present, we ready up for Sahir Ludhianvi’s 18 films dream-like association with S D Burman in the next episode.

By ASHOK M VAISHNAV

In July 2011, I opted to retire from my active career as a practicing management professional. In the 38 years that I pursued this career, I had opportunity to work in diverse capacities, in small-to-medium-to-large engineering companies. Whether I was setting up Greenfield projects or Brownfield projects, nurturing the new start-ups or accelerating the stabilized unit to a next phase growth, I had many more occasions to take the paths uncharted. The life then was so challenging!
One of the biggest casualty in that phase was my disregards towards my hobbies - Be with The Family, Enjoy Music form Films of 1940s to mid-1970s period, write on whatever I liked to read, pursue amateur photography and indulge in solving the chess problems.
So I commenced my Second Innings to focus on this area of my life as the primary occupation.
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I maintain contact with 38-years of my First Innings as freelance trainer and process facilitator.
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3 replies on “Sahir’s Songs of Romance – Eight Films Association”

Thank you for sharing these beautiful songs and especially for transcribing some of the lyrics. (It is so much harder as a non-native speaker to understand song lyrics than dialogues.) I was particularly interested to hear the songs from “Babar.” I had been under the impression that I had seen nearly every film on which Roshan and Ludhianvi collaborated, but this one I had not even heard of!

Dear Shelomit

Roshan and Sahir Ludhianvi have simply weaved melody and meaning into the songs they have created together.
Barasat Ki Raat was so popular, and even successful at the box office, that it almost overshadowed the musically and lyrically rich songs from Babar.

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