Songs With Substance : Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli, Haaye!

| October 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

AnandThis series brings alive once again timeless, simple yet soulful classic songs, with their value-enhancing, life-affirming interpretations.

Year 1971- Film Anand. Starring Hindi cinema’s first superstar Rajesh Khanna in the lead role. The film had soul-stirring music compositions by the poet and short-story writer in his own right, the master-blender of eastern and western music traditions , the one and only Salilda aka Salil Chaudhry.

The film is about one Anand Sehgal ( Rajesh Khanna) who is suffering from lymphosarcoma (a cancer of the intestine). He knows he has just six months left before he says final good bye, yet his vitality and will to live life to the hilt mesmerizes all. In one of his reflective moods he expresses his wonder about Life through the pathos filled voice of Mukesh. The lyrics by that time unknown Yogesh, encapsulates the life’s impermanence and its mysterious manifestation and disappearance.

Zindagi …kaisi hai paheli, haaye!

The ephemeral life flows between the two banks of joy and sorrow that result in either smiles and laughter or tears and cries. This is the reality yet unfathomable. It is part of the numerous mysteries through which the incomprehensible life expresses itself.

Zindagi kaisi hai paheli, haaye!

Kabhi to hansaaye kabhi ye rulaaye..

Mind is an unseen river of thoughts that is relentless in its flow. It pays no attention to what it has. Its forever influenced by what others have and wants to get more and more. This quest for more forms its treasure trove of wishes,aspirations and dreams. Unawakened to its true calling it chases those dreams unmindful of the consequences. This pursuit leads to a state and a situation when one fine day the dream merchant himself simply goes beyond the dreams- to a nowhere land. If only the mind aka man could awaken to its true mission!

Kabhi dekho man nahi jaage peechhe peechhe sapno ke bhaage
Ek din sapno ka raahi chalaa jaaye sapno ke aage kahan..

Man is supposed to be born free but finds himself all around in chains. The chains of family, siblings, friends, colleagues, professionals, foreigners make him share his joys and sorrows, pleasure and pain with them. He creates his own Shangri La, his El Dorado, his own Vaikuntha within the bonds of family and society and then suddenly he leaves all that behind and vanishes into an eternal silence. That silence, that emptiness, the so called nirvana, which though preordained for everyone is still every man’s own choice. May be because he has no choice eventually. Though the choice of eternal silence is his own but when and how it will come remains in the realms of mystery.

Jinhone sajaaye yahan mele sukh-dukh sang-sang jhele
Wahi chunkar khaamoshi yu chale jaaye akele kahan..

In just two verses, lyrics writer Yogesh  tried to express the essence of mysteriousness of life. But the key to live enveloped in this mystery is provided by one simple word Kaisi. It conveys that sense of wonder at everything in the world that it provides an essential tool with which anyone can navigate life  bracing all its ups and downs with cheerfulness that Rajesh Khanna so passionately embodied in the film.

Anand : * Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Ramesh Deo, Johnny Walker, Dara Singh

Dialogues : Gulzar

Lyrics: Yogesh, Gulzar

Edited & Directed By : Hrishikesh Mukherjee

Produced By ; N C Sippy, Hrishikesh Mukherjee

Trivia    : •Yogesh wrote two songs for Anand- Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli and Kahin Door Jab Din Dhal    Jaye. These proved his ticket to big league  who till date had been struggling writing songs for stunt genre films.

• The film fetched Filmfare Best Actor Award for Rajesh Khanna and Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Amitabh Bachchan.

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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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