Saturday, 24 October 2009

Feeling Helpless, She May Have Chosen To Forget Me

This is a great song penned by Kaifi Azmi (Shabana Azmi's communist father), and composed by the melodic Madan Mohan. The latter was born in Iraq and initially became an Indusian Armyman. No doubt he was able to create great melodies for this 'fauji' morale-boosting movie made in 1964.

Director Chetan Anand's (Dev Anand's brother) Haqeeqat starred Balraj Sahni and Dharmendra and was based on the Sino-Indian War of 1962.

Notice that the (masteres in English literature) hero, Balraj Sahni, (Rawalpindi-born, ex-Ravian from Government College Lahore) does NOT get to lip-synch (03:00 ) on screen for this song!

This film saw Rafi, Talat, Manna Dey, and Bhupendra singing together AND separtely! Bhupendra appeared on the screen for the first time, much before he established himself as a popular playback singer.

This a very long song in wonderful black and white. It is totally unsuitable for today's suicide bombing Tall-Ebans, who think of heaven and not their beloveds at home. What a shame Kaifi Azmi sahib.

Pak Armymen need not feel bad watching this, the Indian Armymen are as human as anybody and fully capable of loving and hating. The appearance of very ordinary-looking men on screen gives the film a very real look.

* Movie: Haqeeqat
* Singer(s): Mohammad Rafi, Talat Mehmood, Bhupinder, Manna De
* Music Director: Madan Mohan
* Lyricist: Kaifi Azmi
* Actors/Actresses: Dharmendra, Priya Rajvansh, Haridutt Shridhar
* Year/Decade: 1964, 1960s

Hokay majaboor mujhay usney bhulaya ho gaa
Zehar chupkay say davaa jaankay khaayaa ho gaa
Hokay majabuur mujhay usney bhulaya ho gaa
Hokay majabuur mujhay...

Bhupendra: Dil ne aise bhii kuchh afasaanay sunaae hoNnge - 2X
Ashq aaNkhoN nay piye aur na bahaae hoNge
Band kamare meiN jo khat meray jalaae hoNge
Aik ik harf jabiiN par ubhar aayaa ho gaa

Rafi: Usane ghabraake nazar laakh bachaaii hogii - 2X
Dil ki lutTii huii duniyaa nazar aaii hogii
mayz se jab merii tasviir haTaaii hogii - 2X
Har taraf mujhko
Har taraf mujhko taRapataa huaa paayaa hogaa
Hokay majabuur mujhay usney bhulaya ho gaa
Hokay majabuur mujhay...

Talat: ChaiR ki baat pay armaaN machal aae hoNge - 2x
Gham dikhaave kii haNsii meiN ubal aae hoNge
Naam par meray jab aaNsuu nikal aae hoNge - 2x
Sar na kaaNdhay say
Sar na kaaNdhay say sahelii ke uThaayaa hogaa
Hokay majabuur mujhay usney bhulaya ho gaa
Hokay majabuur mujhay...

Manna De: Zulf zid karkay kisi nay jo banaaii hogii -2X
Aur bhii gham kii ghaTaa mukhRay pay chhaaii hogii
Bijli nazaroN naiN kai din na giraaii hogii
RaNg chehray pay kai roze na aayaa hogaa
Hokay majabuur mujhay usney bhulaya ho gaa
Hokay majabuur mujhay...

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