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Pep and Zest in each note…

This song has been playing in my head since the last six decades.

Off and on other songs take its place, but this one is never too far in the background. A very optimistic song, it serves as a mood elevator whenever I need the spiritual upliftment. It is probably the most famous song from the movie Shararat , a movie that most don’t know much about.

Shararat was a unique movie in so many ways. Written, directed and produced by H S Rawail, it had the irrepressible Kishore Kumar star opposite Meena Kumari (to their credit they did do a few films as the lead pair together)

The movie has a typically corny plot and storyline. Chandan (Kishore Kumar) and Shabnam (Meena Kumari) are in love and engaged to be married but Shabnam’s father decides to marry her to Suraj (Raj Kumar). The heartbroken Chandan commits suicide. After her marriage, Shabnam is shocked to find out that Suraj’s younger brother Deepak (also enacted by Kishore Kumar) is the spitting imaage of Chandan. Soon she finds herself being accused of an illicit relationship with Deepak (Kishore Kumar #2) . Deepak leaves home, but a mischief maker engineers a meeting between the two in order to convince Suraj that his wife is being unfaithful to him. The interesting part is the pairing between the male and female lead who have such a different temperament and image. A triangle with a huge difference.

The movie had music by Shankar Jaikishan and the lyrics were written by Shailendra and Hasrat Jaipuri. This film is also unique for while it naturally featured Kishore Kumar singing his own songs, two versions of one song (Ajab hai daastaan teri yeh zindagi) that were picturized on Kishore Kumar were sung by Rafisaab on Kishore Kumar’s insistence. Amazingly the lyrics of the two versions were written by two different lyricists : Shailendra and Hasrat separately.

While this one (the first part) was written by Shailendra, followed by the one written by Hasrat Jaipuri. Also interesting is RajendraNath standing in the corner with Kumkum , who was Kishoreda’s leading lady in the superhit Mr X In Bombay.

The lyrics have minor changes, but are distinct: 
The first version written by Shailendra are as follows:

Ajab hai daastaan teri ai jindagi - (2)
Kabhi hasa diya rula diya kabhi
Ajab hai daastaan teri ai jindagi
Kabhi hasa diya rula diya kabhi
Ajab hai daastaan teri ai jindagi

Kali khilane na paayi thi ki shaakh hi ujad gayi - (2)
Abhi jara ?? ke hamase pyaari maa bichhad gayi
O aasmaan bata -2 kiya hamane the kya
Jo mili yeh saja - (2)
Ladakpan mein hi yeh duniya luti
Ajab hai daastaan teri ai jindagi
Kabhi hasa diya rula diya kabhi
Ajab hai daastaan teri ai jindagi

The ones by Hasrat Jaipuri are as follows:

 Ajab hai daastaan teri ai jindagi - (2)
Kabhi hasa diya rula diya kabhi
Ajab hai daastaan teri ai jindagi
Kabhi hasa diya rula diya kabhi
Ajab hai daastaan teri ai jindagi

Tum aayi maan ki mamata liye toh muskuraaye hum
Ke jaise phir se apane bachpan mein laut aaye hum

Tumhaare pyaar ke -2 isi aanchal tale
Phir se dipak jale - (2)
Dhala andhera jahi roshani
Ajab hai daastaan teri ai jindagi
Kabhi hasa diya rula diya kabhi
Ajab hai daastaan teri ai jindagi

Magar bada hi sang dil hai yeh maalik tera jahaan
Yahaan maan beton pe bhi log uthaate hai ungaliyaan
Kali yeh pyaar ki -2 jhulas ke reh gayi
Har taraf aag thi - (2)
Hasaane aayi thi rulaakar chali
Ajab hai daastaan teri ai jindagi
Kabhi hasa diya rula diya kabhi
Ajab hai daastaan teri ai jindagi

Amazing act of showing respect for Rafisaab’s skills by Kishoreda. And to me a unique example of camaraderie between the two.

Have a great day ahead, folks, stay calm and safe

Let’s beat the Wuhan Virus, not just with inane interviews and advice to the WHO.

By abchandorkar

Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Pune, India

11 replies on “Pep and Zest in each note…”

Again great write up Aniruddha, this kind of casting is beyond imagination especially looking at Kishordaa’s image later on ! Great souls these singing maestros were ! Kumkum you mentioned, passed away yesterday.

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Ohhh wow!!! How do you get that rare
Priceless info..Didn’t know the lyrics were two different song writers 😮😮🙏
Yesss Shararat is a very very nice movie
A rare view of Meenaji my most favourite
She even went on to do a Male part in disguise in this movie😄👍👍👍👌
My respect for Kishorda increased
100 fold when I saw him performing on a Rafi number 🙏🙏🙏🙏👍
Imagine you doing the Angioplasty
And on board..is written somebody
else as…cardiologist 😮😮!!!!
THANK YOU FOR A LOVELY SHARE🙏

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Beautiful lyrics by shailendra and hasrat jaipuri….. Kishor kumar in totally different role in that song….liked the song…. In which year the movie was released? must be very old movie…. Totally unknown to my generation…. Thank you so much Aniruddha sir for sharing such a nice and rare information through your beautiful writing as always…. enriched my knowledge…

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Thanks Kshama. The movie was made in the late 50s. The beauty of good music is it’s eternal.

I love Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Kundan Lal Saigal and Abdul Karim Khan, all of whom had passed away before I was born

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