Tuesday, June 4, 2013

dekhi zamane ki yaari

Kaagaz ke Phool (1959)

Kaifi Azmi stepped in for Kaagaz ke Phool as lyricist after fallout between Sahir Ludhianvi and SD Burman.  He penned some of the most awesome lyrics in Guru Dutt saab's semi auto biographical magnum opus film where protagonist falls on bad times and forsaken by same industry that revered him once, He practically forecasted his suicide in the movie. Dekhi zamane ki yaari is a bitter and cynical look at the short life of fame and relationships in a world that values only what it can get. The whole movie was  so much so that Dr. Rajendra Prasad(then President) walked out midway of the movie and it received negative response across the board. This had a huge impact on Guru Dutt and he never took the director cap after that. The Rafi's voice increases the sense of loss.

Are Dekhi Zamaane Ki Yaari
Matlab Ki Duniya Hai Saari
Bichhade Sabhee, Bichhade Sabhi Baari Baari
Kya le ke milen ab duniya se, Aansu ke siva kuch paas nahi
Ya phul hi phul the daaman men, Ya kaanton ki bhi aas nahi
Matalab Ki Duniya Hai Saari
Bichhade Sabhee, Bichhade Sabhi Baari Baari


Another marvelous song in same movie is waqt nai kiya kya haseen sitam, a philosophical view on lost love.
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