Day 11: Ajeeb Dastan Hain Ye

Movie: Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai (1960)
Song: Ajeeb Dastan Hain Ye
Music Director: Shankar-Jaikishan
Lyrics: Shailendra
Singers: Lata Mangeshkar
Actors (in the song): Raaj Kumar, Meena Kumari, Nadira.

If a song survives the onslaught of more than 50 years of music and remains popular with people whose parents weren’t in born when the song released, then there has to be something really special about it!

Ajeeb Dastan Hain Ye  is certainly one of those songs. I think part popularity of the song is also owed to a lot of daily soaps on Indian TV that often use this song for any and every love-triangle. Honestly, look at the video and you realise that this is clearly how it usually is. A couple meant to be together but usually isn’t because of the “other woman” who actually is the wife. Cut to this song.

Meena Kumari is the one singing this song in the movie voiced by Lata Mangeshkar (who sounds like a different person) while Nadira and Raaj Kumar look on. I presume it’s their wedding or a wedding  party because I have not seen the movie, but I cannot understand for the life of me, why would anyone sing such a sad song to a wedding and be allowed to do so! People are swaying and appreciating her very apparent sad mourning of love. Weird.

One of the other reasons this song has remained evergreen is also the lyrics, I think. Shailendra Kesarilal, the lyricist must be applauded because he succeeded in finding the right combination of contempt, longing and love in his lyrics that people connect with even today. However, the most popular lines are also my favourite ones:

Mubarakein tumhein ke tum…
kisi ke noor ho gaye,
kisike itne paas ho,
ki sabse door ho gaye.

(Congratulations to you,
that you’re someone’s light now,
So close to someone now,
that you’re away from everyone else.)

There are two videos I offer today, the first is Lata Mangeshkar live in concert with a (pointless) introduction by Jaya Bachchan and the second is the original from the movie. Notice the change in the voice of the singer and the fact that it sounds beautiful either way.

On a side note, the chorus ladies in their colourful saris from the first video make an entertaining sight! 🙂

Here are the videos!

And the second one:


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