The one constant thing that keeps me sane in this stressed out world filled with complexities, is the music of the yesteryears – the Golden era of Hindi films. I try to recapitulate these melodic gems every now and then, and thank goodness for the Indian music channels that still air them. One such gem that I have playing constantly over the last couple of days is – Ye Dil Tum Bin Kaheen Lagta Nahi – from the movie – Izzat.
Released in 1968, this movie starred Dharmendra in a double role, and Tanuja, alongside the supporting cast consisting of Manmohan Krishna, Lalita Pawar, Balraj Sahni, Jayalalitha and Mehmood.
This track probably features in my list of the most brilliant work of Laxmikanth Pyarelal, and is very unlike the sort of composition they did during the 80s and the 90s. It could be very easily mistaken to a Madan Mohan composition, and the ethereal lyrics penned by Sahir Ludhianvi spell magic, and equally beautiful are the vocals of the lead pair – Mohd. Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar.
My favourite bit of the song is the first verse:
Kisi ke Dil mein baske Dil ko tadpaana nahi achcha
Nigaaho ko jhalak de dekar chhoopana nahi achcha
Ummeedon ke khile gulshan ko Jhulsaana nahi achcha
Humein tum bin koi jachta nahi.. Hum kya kare?
Tumhi Kehdo ..Ab Ae Jaan-e-Wafa, Hum kya Kare?
Attempt at Translation:
After making a place in someone’s heart, to torture that heart is not good
After giving a few glances, to hide away is not good
After the blooming of the flower of hope, to scorch it is not good
There is no one else that I like, what do I do?
You tell me, O my love, what do I do?
Here’s the Youtube video link for your viewing pleasure.
And also, here is Abhilasha Chellum’s brilliant live performance of the same song at Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Superstars – 2010
P.S. Do check out Memsaab’s review of Izzat.