SOTW: Pyaar Ki Dastaan

Song: Pyaar Ki Dastaan
Movie: Luck By Chance (2009)
Music Director: Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy
Singer(s): Amit Paul and Mahalakshmi Iyer
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar

To add some different flavor to this series, let’s look at a relatively new song. Pyaar Ki Dastaan is a slow, romantic number from Luck By Chance and is special to my husband because it is sung by Amit Paul. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, Amit Paul was the runner up in Indian Idol 3. He lost to the undeserving Prashant Tamang, but that’s a different story. Javed Akhtar, who was one of the judges on that show, promised to give him a break and he is kept his promise through his movie.

Music is by Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy and the song is sung by Amit Paul and Mahalakshmi Iyer. Amit’s voice shines throughout this song. His voice suits songs like these – soft and melodious. Mahalakhsmi complements Amit so well that they seem to be having some kind of conversation. Lyrics don’t let the song down. I leave you with the video of this song. Enjoy!


SOTW: Mai Ri

Song: Mai Ri
Movie: Dastak (1970)
Music Director: Madan Mohan
Singer(s): Madan Mohan and Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri

This soulful song caught my attention the very first time I listened to it. One reason for this is of course the brilliant music and lyrics, but a stronger reason was Madan Mohan’s voice. This was the first time (in fact the only time) I heard Madanji’s rendition and I was smitten.The music is soulful and evokes pain in your heart. It doesn’t take much intelligence to guess what the song and the movie is about. The lyrics of the song is worth noting. With lines like ‘Padi nadiya ke kinare mein pyaasi’ and ‘Mohe bahaa le jaaye aisi lehar koi aaye na’ and ‘Paakar bhi nahin unko mein paati’, the song makes you realize the pain of the female protagonist. This song stays with you for a long time in a haunting sort of way.

Music is by Madan Mohan, of course, and the his voice adds charm to the song. Lataji does a great job, no doubt, but after you listen to the song in male voice, the female version doesn’t shine that much. Lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri.

The video which I link below has the song in male voice first followed by female voice. There is no video, just a still of the male protagonist, Sanjeev Kumar and female protagonist, Rehana Sultan.


I am not questioning why. That is the name of the song from the movie Kambakkht Ishq (notice the two Ks) which I quite liked. This is the only good song in the movie and it grabs your attention as soon as it starts playing. This is one of those songs where men and women wonder why certain things happen to them! Like Aisa Kyun Hota Hai Baar Baar from Ishq Vishq and Kuch To Hua Hai from Kal Ho Na Ho. 

It is a soft, romantic (which turns sad later) number sung beautifully by Shaan and Shreya. The opening piano piece is so melodic. Shreya’s mellifluous voice adds the needed soft touch to this song. Shaan is good too. There is some kind of ‘rap’ that goes in the background which is quite irritating. The song could have done without this, really. The relatively new lyricist Anvita Dutt Guptan has penned the lyrics and it is quite interesting.

I especially liked these lines:

Dhuan dhuan si kahani hai
To bhi aankhon mein bhi paani hai
Gaalon se yeh jo guzarti hai
Tere gham ki nishani hai

This song should definitely be on your playlist. Atleast for now.

SOTW: Piya Aiso Jiya Mein

Song: Piya Aiso Jiya Mein
Movie: Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962)
Music Director: Hemant Kumar
Singer(s): Geeta Dutt
Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni

In an attempt to resurrect this blog, I am starting a weekly series post: Song of the Week. Every Friday, I am going to blog about one song, old or new, popular or not, sad or romantic, be it any song, just one song which caught my attention. Hoping that readers will like this series, let’s talk about this week’s song. This is in memory of Hemant Kumar, whose birthday falls in the month of June.

Piya Aiso Jiya Mein Samaye Gayo Re is a soft, romantic song from Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam. Melodious music is a characteristic of Guru Dutt’s movie and this is no exception. The song is picturized on Meena Kumari (who many will praise as beautiful, but I disagree) who is waiting for her beloved husband. Guru Dutt, who plays the ‘ghulam’ or the servant, does not appear in the song. Geeta Dutt has lent her beautiful voice to this song which makes this song even more special. Her vioce has the right amount of playfulness and love in it which the song demands. Hemantda’s music in this movie is to die for. While other more popular songs of this movie can be heard even today, this song is slightly less known. Lyrics can be easily found, so I am not posting here.

Here is a video of that song. Don’t miss the funny English subtitles.

PS: Is Meena Kumari getting a pedicure in this video?

Mere Desh Ki Dharti

Come Republic Day or Independence Day, this song is bound to fall on your ears.  I never gave any particular attention to this song, but this article in yesterday’s Hindu made me take notice of it. What looks (or sounds) like an innocent song, may not be that innocent after all. Read the article to see what I mean.

My first reaction to this article was one of dismissal. I thought the author was creating a scene out of nothing. After all, it is not possible to include every freedom fighter in a 5 minute (or whatever its length may be) song. The omission of certain people might be accidental. And the usage of color red instead of saffron, could it be that the Hindi word for saffron could not be fit in the song’s meter?

Is this a case of an unintentional bias against certain category of people and the author being too cynical? Or does the author really have a point? What do you say?

Zara si aahat hoti hai

Song: Zara Si Aahat Hoti Hai
Movie: Haqeeqat (1964)
Music: Madan Mohan
Singers: Lata Mngeshkar
Lyrics: Kaifi Azmi

I first listened to this song on Lata Mangeshkar’s Legends series. I still can’t believe how blissfully unaware I was of the existence of this song. This is probably the one song which caught my attention immediately and has held it till date.

My memory was refreshed when I listened to this song recently on Farishta, Worldpsace’s radio station for old Hindi music. The show was a special on Lata’s songs from 1960s and aired some of her best songs, some of which I was not even aware of. Kudos to the organizers of this show and the host, Rakesh. Hope to listen to more such shows in the future. One complaint I have is they don’t publicize the shows enough. If they repeatedly advertise these special shows on their stations, people will be informed about them. I don’t know how many such shows I have missed for not being aware!

Coming back to the song, it is from the movie Haqeeqat. I know nothing about the movie. Neither have I watched it, nor have I read about it. In fact, I avoided watching the video of the song until now. After listening to the song so many times, I have created an impression of the song in my mind. It is soft and beautiful and just like how I want it. I didn’t want to shatter this image after watching the original video. But I did watch it today and was not disappointed. The video does justice to the song – it doesn’t go overboard by making the lady dance and sway.

The music is by none other than Madan Mohan. The beautiful words which express the longing of the lady for her beloved have been written by Kaifi Azmi, another artist par excellence. The best part of the song has to be Lata’s voice. It is young and supple and is just right for the song. For once I think this song couldn’t have been as good in anybody else’s voice. Her harkatein, certain pauses between words – all contribute to bring out the eagerness in meeting the beloved. Lata’s voice has so much of longing and waiting squeezed in it. In short, this song is magical from beginning to end.

Zara si aahat hoti hai to dil sochta hai
Kahin yeh woh to nahi

Chupke seene mein koi jaise sada deta hai
Shaam ke pehle diya dil ka jala deta hai
Hai usi ki yeh sada, hai usi ki yeh ada
Kahin yeh woh to nahi

Shakl phirti hai nigahon mein wohi pyari si
Meri nas nas mein machalne lagi chingari si
Choo gayi si jism mera kiski daman ki hawa
Kahin yeh woh to nahi

Sara Pyar Tumhara

Song: Sara Pyar Tumhara
Movie: Anand Ashram
Music: Shyamal Mitra
Singers: Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar
Lyrics: Indeewar

Anand Ashram, a 1977 movie, had Sharmila Tagore, Ashok Kumar, Maushami Chatterjee and many others. Its music was very popular. Music was by Shyamal Mitra and lyrics by Indeewar.

Tum Itni Sundar Ho, a famous song by Yesudas and Preeti Sagar can be heard on Vivdhbharti even now. Jab Chaho Chali Aaoongi is a peppy song sung by Lata Mangeshkar. Tere Liye Maine Sabko Chhoda is a beautiful, sad song by Kishore Kumar. The singer’s voice is deep and sonorous in this. These are some of the songs, but the song I like the most is Sara Pyar Tumhara.

I love this duet song, sung by Asha Bhosle and Kishore Kumar. Melodious tune, beautiful singing and lyrics make this song very attractive. You will like it the first time you listen to it. The music director presents a different kind of music for each song and this song is no different. Kishore and Asha seem to be having a conversation rather than singing out the written lyrics. The wordings are beautiful too. It’s slow pace and melodious tune will suck you in.

Sadly, I don’t hear this song on any radio station. I first heard it on Radio City when Sheetal used to host the 11 o’clock show. Now I hear it on Worldspace’s Farishta. Sheetal Iyer is the Program Director of Farishta, BTW. I don’t know if she has any say in the song selection, but Farishta plays a variety of old Hindi film songs and it is a treat to listen to. Thanks to such radio stations, old, almost forgotten songs are still alive.