Songs With Substance: Zindagi Kay Safar Mein Guzar Jaatey Hain Jo Makaam

| November 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

aap ki kasamThis series brings alive  the timeless, evergreen, simple yet soulful classic songs, with their value-enhancing, life-affirming interpretations.

Year-1974. Film-Aap Ki Kasam. The film had one of the best music albums composed by R D Burman with lyrics by a lyricist-for-all-seasons Anand Bakshi.

It’s the story about the relationships gone sour due to jealousy and suscpicion and its fallout on the protagonists. In the film Rajesh Khanna falls out with his doting wife Mumtaz due to suspicion that she is having an affair with his best friend Sanjeev Kumar. By the time he realizes his suspicions were unfounded, its too late. As he wanders through life a broken man his lamentation and anguish is beautifully expressed in verses penned by the prolific  Anand Bakshi.


Zindagi ke safar mein guzar jate hain jo makaam,
woh phir nahin aate,
woh phir nahin aate!

Change is the single unchangeable law of nature. What is today, it will disappear tomorrow- either through degeneration, decay or destruction. It’s as much true of human relationships as of flowers in bloom. The beautiful blossoms are just there—but not forever. The relationships howsoever intimate they may be, are going to end—either through separation or break-ups or death. Because our bodily existence is ephemeral how the bodily relationships could be permanent.It happens that once you part ways with someone special, or walk out, its impossible to get them back.

You may regret, repent and do all kinds of penance but they don’t return. Their loss is irreplaceable. You may be surrounded by hordes of well-wishers, friends and other relatives, but that someone special’s vacuum haunts. Its very important to cherish your relationships. To handle them with care. To nurture and nourish them constantly. Because once they start withering away they won’t recover ever their vitality and life.The key to fulfilling relationships is not to take them for granted.
phool khilte hain,
log milte hain
phool khilte hain,
log milte hain magar
patjhad main jo phool
murjha jate hain
woh baharon ke aane se khilte nahin
kuchh log ek roz jo bichad jate hain
woh hazaron ke aane se milte nahin
umr bhar chahe koi pukara kare unka naam
woh phir nahin aate,
woh phir nahin aate

It’s a scientific fact that almost eighty five percent of information is absorbed through the sense of sight. Almost ten percent through the sense of hearing and balance through other senses of touch, smell and taste. All senses are imperfect but sense of hearing and seeing lead the pack. A man’s ears can be poisoned with misrepresentations and lies.

Eyes are said to be silent communicators , a window to the person’s soul. So much is dependent on the eyes. Still they are are not objective in their reception  and recording. What one sees, need not be true. And to just believe in what one sees can lead to gross misunderstandings. Eyes can make one get the wrong impressions firsthand. So a balance is needed. Corroboration of facts is required. Because suspicion is like termites eating silently into a relationship. The best of friendships can crash on the rock of suspicion. It has to be nipped in the bud. It has to be cleared from the mind’s space as soon as possible.

It’s said that even the legendary wise slave Lukmaan Hakim from Africa who had treatment for any kind of illness or disease had no medicine for suspicion .This can only be done by clarifying your doubts first hand at the first available opportunity. Channels of communication have to be kept open and transparent, otherwise the suspicion will keep festering resulting in the death of a relationship. Then there won’t be any point in socalled crying over a spilled milk. Whom you suspected and consequently lost shall never come back.They are lost forever. Even per chance if you are united again, it will not be the same again. The knot will mar the smoothness of a binding thread.

aankh dhoka hai
kya bharosa hai
aankh dhoka hai kya bharosa hai suno
doston shaq dosti ka dushman hai
apne dil me ise ghar banane na do
kal tadapna pade yaad me jin ki
rok lo roothkar unko jaane na do
baad me pyaar ke chahe bhejo hazaron salaam
woh phir nahi aate
woh phir nahi aate

The whole world is made of duality. Days change into nights , seasons come and go. Its ever on the move. Its said that Time and Tide wait for no man. Once you have missed an opportunity its gone forever. There may be other avenues and opportunities but never the same one. Its better to take risks, face the challenges with courage than to regret in the sunset of life about the lost opportunities and missed chances. Its better to heal the relationships as soon as possible. By forgiving others.By forgiving oneself for all the real and imagined goof-ups and resolving to make one’s sojourn worth-a-while by cherishing every moment of this transient life. By going beyond the pulling strings of getting even.

subaah aati hai
raat jaati hai
subaah aati hai
raat jaati hai yuhi
waqt chalta hi rehta hai rukta nahi
ek pal me ye aage nikal jaata hai
aadmi theek se dekh paata nahin
aur parde pe manzar badal jaata hai,
ek baar chale jaate hai jo din raat subah shaam
woh phir nahi aate
woh phir nahi aate!

zindagi ke safar mein,guzar jate hain jo makam
woh phir nahin aate,
woh phir nahin aate!

The art of steering through the rough and tumble of day-to-day interactions and surviving the storms in very close relationships is enumerated in these verses so beautifully. By keeping in mind the practical truths and these guiding facts it can become very easy to avoid the pitfalls that make one stumble. The key is to keep the constant remembrance of transience of life and how people, situations and relationships have to be cared for with love and cherished with gratitude.

Film : Aap Ki Kasam

Lyricist :Anand Bakshi

Music Director: R D Burman

Director : J Om Prakash

Trivia :

  • The movie had one of the finest and evergreen collection of songs.
  • Anand Bakshi wrote this song in one day after listening to the script.
  • R D Burman got Filmfare nomination as Best Music Director for this film
  • J Om Prakash, maternal grandfather to Hrithik Roshan, made his directorial debut with this film.
  • Jai Jai Shiv Shankar still makes one dance with abundance to the folksy beats of Holi celebrations
  • Jai Jai Shiv Shankar was 2nd topmost song in Binace Geetmala’s Annual list year 1974.
  • Karvatein Badaltey Rahein Saari Raat Hum makes one feel like falling-in-love all over again.It was a product of a healthy one upmanship between RD Burman and Anand Bakshi as to who gives a better composition or lyrics.
  • Its picturisation reminds one of Raj Kapoor and Yash Chopra’s handling of romance.
  • Rajesh Khanna gave another sterling performance of his career.
  • The film was a remake of a Malaylam film Vaazhve Mayam directed by K S Sethumadhavan

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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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