I have ruffled a dozen souls to get the first 1-2 lines of this. Unfortunately, most recordings of this song do not have this opening dialogue (and Gulzar sahab has this wonderful story to tell about how Pancham-da responded to his idea of introducing dialogues in between a song) and searching all over the internet didn’t quite help me. I had to force my mom to search for the music tape and play it for me 5 times over and over again (over the telephone :-)!!! Now you know why she’d rather leave me here in Bangalore! 😉
This is how the beautiful song, “Tum aa gaye ho, noor aa gaya hai” starts in some rare recordings. Of the songs in the movie Aandhi, I like Tere bina zindagi, the most, but this dialogue (which I hope I am reproducing correctly) is beautiful and interesting from an artist/creator’s point of view. I’ll tell you why… (SK: Sanjeev Kumar, SS: Suchitra Sen)
SK: Aa tumko uttaloon kandon par
Tum uchakkar shareer honton se
Choom lena ye chaand ka maatha (I always thought it was chaand gavaah tha!)
Aaj ki raath dekha na tumne
Kaise jhuk jhuk ke kohniyon ke bal
Chaand itna kareeb aaya hai. (Sorry, I won’t translate this beautiful free-verse)
SS: (simmering laughter) Beautiful, wonderful.
SK: Achchi hai na?
SS: Bahut achchi hai.
SK: Pata hai, jab tum achcha kehti ho, to bahut hi achcha lagta hai.
SS: Tumare paas ye kavita na hoti to tum bahut ordinary aadmi hotey.
SK: Kaise na hoti. Baarah saal ka tha jab mashairon padna shuru kiya tha (not sure about this one)
SS: Tumne saarey kaam baarah saal ke umarr mein hi kar liye (This line will be understood only if you watch the movie)
SK: Haaan! Saarey kaam baarah saal ke umarr mein kar liye… sivaiy shaadi ki.
SS: (laughs) Woh kyoon nahin ki?
SK: Tum jo nahin mili varna woh bhi kar leta.
SS: Bach gaye tum, varna kunwaarey reh jaatey.
Even today this exchange makes me smile. I grew up listening to this on all kinds of music systems, and would recite it without understanding a word (there was a time when I didn’t understand Hindi/Urdu well). The line in red, is what struck me today. Every artist, has this special person in their life, and it is this person’s opinion that matters most to them. It could be their husband, girlfriend, wife, boyfriend, teacher (which is mostly so in my case), idol… someone, whose smile is the morning sunshine and whose nod is the dance of trees in Spring. Just wanted to share this…