Day 20: Pyar Hua Ikrar Hua Hain

Movie: Shree 420 (1955)
Song: Pyar Hua Ikrar Hua Hain
Music Director: Shankar-Jaikishan
Lyrics: Shailendra
Singers: Manna Dey and Lata Mangeshkar
Actors (in the song): Raj Kapoor, Nargis

No song is more iconic in Hindi cinema than this one! On Manna Dey’s 95th Birth Anniversary, here’s presenting one of his most famous songs!

Unfortunately, I am busy and dozing off on my laptop as I write this! Update will follow soon!

Cannot resist the tidbit: The kids in the song are actually Rishi Kapoor, Ritu Kapoor and Randhir Kapoor! 🙂

Enjoy this evergreen song here!


Day 12: Dil Ka Haal Sune Dilwala

Movie: Shree 420 (1955)
Song: Dil Ka Haal Sune Dilwala
Music Director: Shankar-Jaikishan
Lyrics: Shailendra
Singers: Manna Dey
Actors (in the song): Raj Kapoor.

Perhaps my father’s favourite song of all time and mine too to an extent, Dil Ka Haal… is a beautiful song with great lyrics and Raj Kapoor. Overshadowed by more popular songs from the movie, this song is a rare one off where the philosophy of the lyrics hit me hard because the song is in its essence a social commentary on India and Indians.

The video is pretty straightforward, some construction workers chilling after a day of work and the “Daulatwaala” is irritated by the show outside his mansion. It’s no secret that Raj Kapor aped Charlie Chaplin a lot and that trait is very clear in this song as well.

The effect of the voice of Manna Dey picturised on Raj Kapoor is nice to watch when the setting is so informal. One of the highlights of this song to me is the “tsk tsk” or “ch ch ch” sound that the chorus makes, and in this case audience watching Raj Kapoor sing. I remember doing that clucking sound with my father when he would sing this song.

Though the song can be considered satire and a open confession of the life of the character, I like how emotional it is. Especially the line “Bhook ne bade pyaar se paala”, if that doesn’t touch you, I’ve no clue what would.

My favourite verse is:

Ghum se abhi aazad nahi main,
Khush hoon magar aabad nahi main,
Manzil mere paas khadi hain,
Paanv mein lekin bedi padi hain,
Taang adata hain daulatwaala.

(I am not free from depression yet,
I am happy but not flourishing,
My goal stands close to me,
But my feet are chained,
The rich man interferes.)

Enjoy the video here and tell me if you like it as much as I do:

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: