Songs With Substance : Ruk Jana Nahin Tu Kahin Haar Ke

| November 20, 2013 | 1 Comment

imtihaan (1974)In this series that brings alive simple yet soulful songs with their value-enhancing, life-affirming interpretations, we bring you yet another evergreen song of hope and courage penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri in film Imtihan.

Year 1974 : Film :Imtihan- Pramod Sharma(Vinod Khanna) plays an idealistic professor who takes on himself the onerous task of reforming a group of indisciplined, rowdy students. In the process college principal’s physically handicapped daughter Madhu(Tanuja) falls for him who encourages her to leave behind the past and get on with her life. Then the college chairman’s daughter Rita ( Bindu) is also smitten with him.

She feels spurned and out of jealousy falsely accuses him of sexual harassment. How Vinod Khanna comes out of this ordeal forms the crux of the film and a situation for this song also. Kishore Kumar rendered this one of the most motivational songs so beautifully that it pulls at one’s heartstrings whenever it is played even today.

Ruk jana nahee tu kahin haar ke

Its such a simple exhortation. To keep going, to dust your knuckles, get up and move on. A couplet in Urdu says : Girtey hain Shahswaar hi maidaan-e-jung mein..Wo tifl kya gireinge jo ghutnon kay bal chalet hain (The warrior on a horseback is prone to fall on the battle-field, a crawling baby has no reason to fall).A road to glory is littered with thorns. Everybody dreams of his rose garden. But life does not promises roses to anyone.Its when the going gets tough, the tough gets going.

Ruk jana nahin tu kahin haar ke

Kanto pe chal ke milenge saye bahaar ke

O rahee, o rahee

On the battlefield in Kurukshetra Arjuna faced the dilemma to fight or not to fight. Lord Krishna through eighteen chapters of  Bhagwad Gita made him realize that it is his duty to act without bothering about the fruits of the actions thereof.

Fortune favors the brave. Napoleon was told that it will be suicidal and impossible to cross Alps in the winter. He replied impossible word is not in my dictionary. He took the risk of launching an attack on the enemy from absolutely unexpected quarters and won the battle. That kind of courage, boldness makes even the toughest of obstacles get pulverized ..It was Goethe who wrote in his famous work Faust;

Each indecision brings its own delays,

And days are lost lamenting over lost days

Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute-

Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

Only engage, and then the mind grows heated-

Begin it, and then the work will be completed

— Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Mighty forces come to aid the person who has boldness. The results of an agonizing wait are no less than ripe fruits full of juices.Just engage. Begin and half the task is done.Persist and you reach the destination.

Suraj dekh ruk gaya hai,

Tere aage jhuk gaya hai

Jab kabhee aise koyee masatana,

Nikale hain apnee dhun me divana

 Shaam suhanee ban jate hai,

 Din intezaar ke

O rahee, o rahee

There is always room at the top. The crowd is at the bottom. To achieve anything lofty and big, one has to go solo. There is no entourage to prop you. It’s a lonely journey to the destination. Best of the athletes from Carl Lewis to Usain Bolt have been doing their exercises and training regimes solo for nine to ten hours daily for years just to take a shot at the Olympics 100 metres gold.

The temptations are many. That’s the time when one’s resolve is tested. Hanuman while going to Sri Lanka had faced obstructions, temptations  to deflect him from his goal to find out the whereabouts of Sita, after Ravana kidnapped her and took her away. He with combination of smartness, agility and humility overcame those hurdles and eventually reached Sri Lanka.

Focus is the key to reach your goals. A set of blinkers as put around horses eyes are needed to avoid all distractions.

Sathee na karwan hai,

 Yeh tera imtihan hai

 Yunhee chala chal dil ke sahare

 Ke detee hain manzil tujhko ishare

 Dekh kahee koyee rok nahee le,

 Tujhko pukar ke

O rahee, o rahee

Life throws up situations, tests one’s resolve and patience. If one can just do what is needed and what is right, the results will be immense. Just mulling over or musing about things and situations won’t do. Its said that what you do speaks so loud, I can’t hear what you say. The action is the key that opens the doors to any destination.


* Another hit song Roz shaam aati thi magar aisi na thhi  was a sensuous number sung by Lata Mangeshkar in the film.

*The film was inspired by Sidney Poitier’s To Sir With Love(1967).

*Prakash Jha also made a film called Hip Hip Hurray (1984) inspired by To Sir With Love.

Film: Imtihan

Lyricist : Majrooh Sultanpuri

Music Director: Laxmikant-Pyarelal

Director : Madan Sinha

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Category: Songs With Substance

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Dhieraj Mohan is Hindi cinema’s keen observer. With earnest interest in its dynamics and constantly changing milieu he revels in dwelling on the discrepancies, idiosyncrasies,contradictions,masala and the formula that defines Bollywood.He is a poet and a screenwriter too,who simply adores Hindi cinema’s chameleon like traits.

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  1. Sumit says:

    That’s a very detailed and beautiful description of one of my all time favorite songs. I remember this song as my teacher’s favorite song and he had discussed the meaning of this one with reference to Mahabharata all along. Thank you for this lovely explanation , yet again.

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