Hum hain raahi pyaar ke – Nau Do Gyarah (1957)


Hand-picked an inspirational ode to flexibility, peace and acceptance where Majrooh Sultanpuri is a guru! Set to tune by the timeless legend and stalwart – SD Burman – who makes Kishore Kumar and us ‘ride the tide’ quite literally. I can just say, ‘Jo bhi pyaar se mila, hum usi ke ho liye’.

Hum hain raahi pyaar ke, humse kuchh naa boliye
Jo bhi pyaar se mila, hum usi ke ho liye

Dard bhi hume qubool, chain bhi hume qubool
Humne har tarah ke phool, haar me piro liye
Jo bhi pyaar se mila, hum usi ke ho liye
Hum usi ke ho liye, Jo bhi pyaar se mila, hum usi ke ho liye

Dhoop thi naseeb mein, to dhup mein liya hain dum
Chandani mili toh hum, Chandani mein so liye
Jo bhi pyaar se mila, hum usi ke ho liye
Hum usi ke ho liye, Jo bhi pyaar se mila, hum usi ke ho liye

Dil pe aasaraa kiye, hum to bas yun hi jiye
Ik kadam pe hans liye, ik kadam pe ro liye
Jo bhi pyaar se mila, hum usi ke ho liye
Hum usi ke ho liye, Jo bhi pyaar se mila, hum usi ke ho liye

Raah mein pade hain hum, kab se aap ki kasam
Dekhiye to kam se kam, boliye na boliye
Jo bhi pyaar se mila, hum usi ke ho liye
Hum usi ke ho liye, Hum hain raahi pyaar ke, humse kuchh na boliye

This heart-warming and inspiring number based on raag bhairavi opens with a high-pitched whistle accompanied by guitar-based rhythm that continues throughout the number. After a long-ish but super-soothing prelude, SD Burman makes Kishore Kumar sing the same opening lines (Hum hain raahi pyaar ke) in a different and higher-octave tune as well to impart the much-needed impact on the mukhda. Do note the leitmotif ‘hum usi ke ho liye’ being sung twice every other time with the next line starting with it. The happy-go-lucky Kishore seamlessly moves from one (middle) octave to the other …especially the higher one in the antara. For me though, Majrooh Sultanpuri is the real star here with couplets like Dard bhi hume qubool, chain bhi hume qubool, Humne har tarah ke phool, haar me piro liye, Jo bhi pyaar se mila, hum usi ke ho liye. Such numbers inspire so much that they tend to re-appear in different avatars …like with Aamir Khan and Pooja Bhatt starrer Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahi (1991; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8dnwrVczmc). Inspires, teaches and makes one learn to be happy irrespective of the situation and conditions. Dhoop thi naseeb mein, to dhup mein liya hain dum; Chandani mili toh hum, Chandani mein so liye; Jo bhi pyaar se mila, hum usi ke ho liye…

About Shailendra Singh

A music lover, critic and self-proclaimed aficionado!
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