Ruk jaana nahi tu kahin haar ke – Imtihan (1974)

Film: Imtihan (1974)
Music: Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri
Singer: Kishore Kumar

If you’re looking for some inspiration, this one will provide you quite a bit of it! This Laxmikant-Pyarelal track has haunting use of the male and female chorus, minimalistic instrumentation and accompaniments to ensure Kishore Kumar’s soulful vocals reach and touch your heart. This track has the capability to lift the mood for anyone in distress with the evergreen lyrical genius Majrooh Sultanpuri penning couplets like Ruk jaana nahin tu kahin haar ke, kaanton pe chal ke milenge saaye bahaar ke; Sooraj dekh ruk gaya hai, tere aage jhuk gaya hai and Saathi na kaarwaan hai, yeh tera imtihan hai! The high-pitched O raahi o raahi urges one to show perseverance and to keep going whatever the situation…

Despite being an immensely talented writer, Majrooh Sultanpuri (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Majrooh_Sultanpuri) only won the solitary filmfare award for another LP song Chahunga main tujhe saanjh sawere from Dosti (1964). He also was the winner of the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award in 1993. In this number, his moving words give everyone the inspiration to keep moving on even when you face multiple adversities along the way. Another noteworthy number from his album is the Lata Mangeshkar sung Roz sham aati thi magar aisi na thi (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rhPlLYCcg8)

About Shailendra Singh

A music lover, critic and self-proclaimed aficionado!
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