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एक दिन जब हम नहीं होंगे ( रहस्यवादी प्रेम कविता )


सब से दूर जहाँ दुनियाँ के साये नहीं है, जहा सिवाय प्रेम के कुछ नहीं :-) :-) :-)

सब से दूर जहाँ दुनियाँ के साये नहीं है, जहा सिवाय प्रेम के कुछ नहीं 🙂 🙂 🙂

आओ चले हम उस जहाँ में

जहा वक्त रुका रुका सा हो
थमा थमा सा हो
वहा बैठे हुए एक दूसरे के साये तले
फिर ये सोचे उन दिनों क्या होगा
जब हम तो नहीं होंगे
पर ये हसींन नज़ारे तब भी होंगे
और यूँ  दे अपने अस्तित्व को नए मायने
उस मौन में जो तेरे और मेरे
मौन से मिलकर बना  हो
जिसमे हम धीमे धीमे घुलते जाए
साथ ही समाते जाए उस परम मौन में
जो लम्हा लम्हा हमारे पास खिसकता रहा
चोरी चोरी से चुपके चुपके से
और निगलता रहा दोनों के एक हुए मौन को
मिल गया हमारा मौन उस परम मौन से
मिट गाये सारे भेद
और अपना एकत्व
अनित्य के दायरे से दूर
अखंड हो गया
पूर्ण हो गया।


English Version Of The Poem:

When I Be Absent In This World ( Mystical Love Poem )

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The picture clicked by me depicts a spot located at my village situated in Mirzapur District, Uttar Pradesh, India.  It’s related with my childhood memories.



When I Be Absent In This World ( Mystical Love Poem )


Moving Towards A Place Where Earthly Meets The Divine :-)

Moving Towards A Place Where Earthly Meets The Divine 🙂

Let’s venture out to quiet place

Where time has come to standstill
Where moments love to freeze
And at such a place
Sitting under shade of each other’s soul
Ponder about those days
When we be missing from this world
And yet life’s beauty be prevailing around
In all its majestic grandeur
And such an introspection
Would add a new dimension
In our existence
In our collective silence
Conceived as your silence merged with mine
That annihilated our beingness
And as that happened
We kept coming close
To the realm of  Absolute
Which steadily and slowly
Kept moving towards us
Silently embracing our collective silence
The separation vanished altogether
And prevailed absolute oneness
Untouched by impermanence
Gaining entry into realm
Where oneness gets wedded to totality
In light of incessant togetherness.


Hindi Version Of The Poem: 

एक दिन जब हम नहीं होंगे ( रहस्यवादी प्रेम कविता )



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The picture clicked by me  shows River Ganges  flowing through my village situated in Mirzapur District, Uttar Pradesh, India.



Unleashing Magic Of “Triple S” Of Indian Cinema: Sahir Ludhianvi, Shakeel Badayuni and Shailendra!

Sahir: The Poet Very Close To My Heart!

Sahir: The Poet Very Close To My Heart!


         (Also published in Northern India Patrika, December 22, 2013)

Once upon a time Hindi movie songs acted as anti-depressants. Now Hindi film music gives rise to depression! Modern songs devoid of meaning and set upon incoherent beats in the name of music give rise to headache instead of removing it! Earlier songs depicted certain philosophy, which added a new dimension in the script of the movie. The movies made by Bimal Roy, Guru Dutt and Raj Kapoor effectively used songs to introduce new twist in the story. It’s altogether a different story in modern cinema. There are item numbers or poorly inserted hopelessly romantic numbers.

First, there is dearth of talented lyricists and, second, there is lack of good music directors. The bunch of music directors that we see are primarily technocrats, relying heavily on technology. Some will argue that we have talented lyricists but the ability to write one or two catchy one-liners doesn’t make anyone a lyricist! Listen the lyrics and it would be hard for you to decide whether it’s an English song, or a Punjabi song, or a Hindi song.  Look at the music compositions. It’s either for the hip-hop generation or it’s for the night clubs. It’s not merely that times have changed and we need to adjust to new trends. There is something terribly wrong with the creativity involved in making of songs! Should we not assume that capitalistic traits have murdered real creativity? Overseas rights of distribution, heavy fees extracted from rights of satellite channels and numerous other equations enjoy greater concern than ensuring bliss! 

I do not wish to appear stupidly nostalgic caught in the time warp. As an evidence of the creativity, which prevailed in 50s and 60s, I am presenting four songs of lyricists who have really inspired me a lot. Every time I come to hear a song written by them, it leaves me in state of intoxication. I am referring to trio comprised of Sahir Ludhianvi, Shakeel Badauini and Shailendra. These “Triple S” always stirred my emotions to no extent.  

Shakeel Badayuni: Great Poets Are Always Down-To-Earth!

Shakeel Badayuni: Great Poets Are Always Down-To-Earth!


1. Ye Raat Ya Chandni Phir KahanListen this song from Hindi movie Jaal (1952). The heavenly voice of Hemant Kumar, wonderful composition by S D Burman and soul stirring  verses by Sahir Ludhianvi made this song timeless!  Guru Dutt was the director of this movie- a thriller which involved Dev Anand, Geeta Bali and Purnima. Excellent cinematography by VK Murthy has made this song a poetry carved on silver screen. As I said the songs of this era were borrowed from literature. This song echoes the eternal theme that “time and tide wait for no man” – “Ek baar chal diye ager tujhe pukar ke laut ke na aayenge kaafile bahar ke”. The movie depicted Goan Christian culture and so we find the music having western effect based on sweet Guitar pieces. However, the most important aspect about this song is that it’s based on Raga Kafi, which is a midnight raga. That matches with the picturization of the song, depicting a moonlit night! 


Shailendra:  He Always Lived A Simple Life. That's Why He Emerged As Icon Of  Simplicity!

Shailendra: He Always Lived A Simple Life. That’s Why He Emerged As Icon Of Simplicity!

2. Suhana Safar Aur Ye Mausam Haseen

Bimal Roy’s Madhumati (1958) is very close to my heart. Not only it strengthens our belief in re-birth, a prominent concept in Indian philosophy, but also it makes us believe in the power of true love. As per this movie the impact of true love transcend many generations. This movie is really a classic in world cinema. Right from the first scene till the last frame of this movie, it keeps the viewer in state of trance with its gripping presentation of the story and its enchanting music. I remember when I went to see this movie in a theater couple of months ago in a film festival, the theater was jam-packed. Not a single seat was available. And I saw many of the viewers sitting on the floor of the balcony and many others still having argument with the gate-keeper to move inside even as the movie had started. Shailendra and Salil Chaudhary made each song a masterpiece. Well, this time I wish to introduce first song of this movie “Suhana Safar Aur Ye Mausam Haseen”. Every time I move on a beautiful passage passing through the valleys, I always come to remember this song. Shailendra has borrowed the appeal present in poems of Wordsworth. Nature has come alive in this song where one can actually feel that clouds are kissing the earth! – “Ye Aasman Jhuk Raha Hai Jameen Par”. Notice the wonderful prelude of this song. It’s so impressive that it has virtually become part of my consciousness! Immediately you come to realize that this song features mountains! That’s the magic of these songs. One of my favourite past-time in school and college days was to identify the song after listening clip of prelude. Anyway, it’s time to listen the whole song! Also notice the way how great maestro Bimal Da has picturized this song! 


3. Aaj Purani Raho Se Koi Mujhe 

That’s  a song which speaks volume about the singing ability of Mohammed Rafi. It’s been so deeply and soulfully sung by Rafi that it leaves you speechless. Aadmi was released in 1968 which had music under direction of Naushad and songs were penned by Shakeel Badayuni. Naushad had a special place for Shakeel in his heart and he went out of the way to help Shakeel in his last days troubled both by financial crisis and bad health. The movie highlighted love triangle and fascinating performances on part of Dilip Kumar, Waheeda Rahman and Manoj Kumar made it an unforgettable movie. The song makes it clear that one can be strong willed even if one’s heart and mind have been shattered by the cruel twists and turns of the fate. The song has tragic melody which not only depicts personal loss but also highlights that pain ultimately leads to realization of highest type- perfect union with the Lord! The camera work is wonderful in this song as it captures the roaring sea waves hitting the rocks! The song makes an appeal that someone who has begun a new journey should not be haunted by the past episodes of life! 


Shailendra’s fame attained new heights after the release of Vijay Anand’s Guide (1965). It is considered to be one of the finest movies made in Bollywood. Hats off to the courage of Vijay Anand, who went ahead with the release of this movie despite failure of  movie version of  R K Narayan’s ‘The Guide’ in English. The distributors were very much impressed with the efforts of Vijay Anand. The Hindi version proved out to be phenomenal success. S D Burman was seriously ill during making of this movie but he regained health to create some unforgettable numbers. “Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanna Hai” became one of the representative songs of women’s emancipation. However, I wish to present this number which represents the pinnacle of love, commitment and togetherness. Shailendra was a class poet, who had gifted ability to write verses in most simple language without losing sight of loftiness. When I hear these immortal songs and contrast them with songs made in present era a sense of discomfort prevails within. Well, instead of lamenting about the loss of creativity, let’s hear this song which is an ode to love and get lost in an era when music was a way to connect with higher forces!
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A Bridge Between Two Souls! (Poetry)

There exists a bridge between You and I!

There exists a bridge between You and I!

There exists a bridge between
You and I
And I travel across it
To reach to you each day.

This bridge remains invisible
In the world governed by reality
Glad that it is non-existent!
In a world marred by evil eyes
It remains invisible to naked eyes
In love with concrete images
And I did the right
By not giving it a shape
To a bridge I travel across
Each day to reach to you.

Had it been built by me
Surely it would have collapsed
Facing every passing moment
The rays of eyes dipped in
Evil and falsehood, treachery and crime,
And I would have lost something
Which sustains my earthly existence

There exists a bridge between
You and I
And I travel across it
Through the realities of visible world
To reach to you each day
In every passing moment
To arrive at a world
Where no one exists
Other than you and I.

Attention Readers:

Hindi Version Of The Same Poem

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यथार्थ से उठायी गयी मर्दानगी की दो अलग-अलग तस्वीरे: अफ़सोस ऐसा होता ही रहेगा!

… और पुरुष मर्दानगी के चलते ऐसे ही मरते रहेंगे उस समाज के लिए जो उनकी क़द्र नहीं करता :-(

… और पुरुष मर्दानगी के चलते ऐसे ही मरते रहेंगे उस समाज के लिए जो उनकी क़द्र नहीं करता 😦

                                                     *तस्वीर एक* 
इसी साल सितम्बर महीने में महाराष्ट्र में एक सीनिअर पुलिस अफसर ने आत्महत्या करने की कोशिश की. ऐसी बाते हमारे भारतीय परिदृश्य में आम जनमानस के एक अल्पकालिक सनसनी के सिवाय ज्यादा कुछ पैदा नहीं करती। कुछ बतकही होती है इधर उधर की कुछ समय तक और फिर मामला ठंडा पड़ जाता है. लेकिन मै कुछ सोचने पर मजबूर हो गया. इस घटना के पीछे इस अधिकारी की प्रताड़ना थी जो ये एक अपने से जूनियर आई ए एस के हाथो कई वर्षो से झेल रहा था. वो भी इस वजह से कि इस अफसर ने ईमानदारी से काम करते हुए इस अधिकारी को एक इन्क्वायरी रिपोर्ट में कुछ मामलो में दोषी पाया था। और बात इस कदर बढ़ी कि इस अफसर ने अपने को आग के हवाले कर लिया। 

इस घटना का उल्लेख करने की वजह ये है कि जिन ऐसी अफसरो की बीवियाँ गहनो और महँगी साड़ियों से सुसज्जित पति को प्राप्त हर सुख सुविधा का भोग करती है उनको शायद इस बात का जरा सा भी अंदेशा नहीं रहता कि उनके पति किस तरह के समस्यायों से जूझ रहे है. उस पर से तुर्रा ये कि किसी चीज़ की कमी बेसी पर आसमान सर पर उठा लेने में जरा भी देर नहीं लगाती है. और ये घर घर की कहानी है. इस घर और ऑफिस के दो पाटो में हर मर्द पिस जाता है लेकिन अपने शोषण पर उफ़ नहीं करता क्योकि ये उसको अपना कर्त्वय लगता है. और जबकि इनकी पत्नियाँ हर तरह के अधिकारो से लैस इस तरह के मर्दो को कोल्हू का बैल बना के रखती है. और जिस तरह से इनको अधिकार मिलते ही जा रहे है उससे नहीं लगता कि आने वाले समय में परिदृश्य बदलेगा।     

                                                      *तस्वीर दो*

इलाहाबाद का एक प्रसिद्ध रेस्टॉरंट जहा हमेशा की तरह आधुनिक प्यार को विस्तार देते कई प्रेमी प्रेमिकाएँ बैठे है. इन्ही तमाम जोड़ो में से एक के बीच ऐसा हुआ. एक प्रेमी प्रेमिका बैठे हुए है कि अचानक प्रेमी का मोबाइल बज उठता है जिस पर वो किसी से लम्बी बात करता है तो प्रेमिका ने डिटेल्स लेनी चाहिए लेकिन प्रेमी के जवाब से संतुष्ट ना हुई. और जो इन दोनों के बीच मधुर बातो का सिलसिला चल रहा था वो तकरार के भयंकर रूप में परिवर्तित हो गया. बात यहाँ तक बढ़ी कि प्रेमिका ने तुरंत पुलिस को फ़ोन पर सूचित किया कि उसके साथ छेड़ छाड़ हो रही है. ऐसे मामलो में अति सक्रिय पुलिस तुरंत आ पहुँची और उसके बॉयफ्रैन्ड को तुरंत मारते पीटते थाने ले गए. प्रेमिका चूँकि एलिट क्लास से थी सो उसको अंदाजा ना था कि फ़ोन करने पर ऐसा भी हो सकता है. बात क्योकि अब थाने और घरवालो तक पहुचने वाली थी सो प्रेमिका ने मामले को खत्म करने के इरादे से सच बता दिया कि ऐसा कुछ नहीं था. वो केवल बॉयफ्रेन्ड को सबक सीखना चाहती थी. सो पुलिस ने हलकी से दोनों को चेतावनी देते हुए दोनों को छोड़ दिया। दोनों भविष्य में ऐसा ना करने की कसम खाते हुए फिर से इकट्ठा साथ निकल लिए. मर्दानगी के आधुनिक नमूने इस तरह के बॉयफ्रेंड की फसलें सदा लहलहाती रहेंगी जिसे इस तरह की लड़किया हमेशा अपने हिसाब से काटती रहेगी।


प्यार कम और तकरार ज्यादा होता है आज अधिकारो के हक़ की वजह से !!!

प्यार कम और तकरार ज्यादा होता है आज अधिकारो के हक़ की वजह से !!!



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Vishal Bhardwaj: A Genuine Music Composer In Times When Indian Music Directors Have Become Copycats

Vishal Bhardwaj: The Really Talented Filmmaker And Music Composer

Vishal Bhardwaj: A Truly Talented Filmmaker And Music Composer

( Also published in  Northern India Patrika, December 08, 2013 ) 

One needs a great musical mind to appreciate the music of Vishal Bhardwaj. We are well aware of his directorial skills, having seen his ability to deal with complex themes in movies like Omkara, Maqbool, Kaminey and Saat Khoon Maaf, to name a few. In my eyes he is a music director par excellence, who still have guts to introduce original compositions in Bollywood given way to borrowed tunes. If we analyze deeply the happenings inside Bollywood’s musical landscape what prevails is recycling of works of others in most blatant manner with no credits to original composers who composed these compositions in the first place.  

Very recently I watched “Ek Thi Daayan” which dealt with supernatural elements. It was a theme which had not much scope for a romantic number. However, Vishal managed to create magic with his “Yaaram” song. Gulzar after demise of his best friend RD Burman felt a great sense of loneliness. He wasn’t all wrong in feeling that way. Only RD Burman had that capability to lend perfect musical notes to newsy type lyrics penned by Gulzar. Thanks to the arrival of Vishal Bhardwaj, which allowed Gulzar to breathe a sigh of relief. Vishal didn’t disappoint Gulzar. The chartbusters like ” Yaaram”, “Naina Thag Lenge”,  “Darling”, “Chod Aaye Hum Wo Galiyan”, “O Saathi Re”,  “Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji”, “Raat Ke Dhai Baje”, “Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola” and “Sapney Me Milti Hai” etc. are the ones which bear testimony to the fact he knows what treatment very sensitive verses of Gulzar actually need.

This very highly conscious music director, dealing in experimentation and improvisation in unorthodox manner, loves to introduce best of the literary works, which until now remained unexplored by Indian movie-makers. The cinematic versions of Shakespeare’s Othello, Macbeth and Hamlet really impressed all film-goers. At the same time, movie versions of Ruskin Bond’s “Susanna’s Seven Husbands” and “The Blue Umbrella’ also left the lovers of cinema spellbound. In fact, even in movie meant for kids like Makdee you can notice the variation he introduced in his music. He has received National Award for his music in Ishkiya and Godmother. Today Bollywood is dominated by musicians who first don’t know what music really means, and second, they are not musicians but technocrats depending on arrangement of music done by the computers. A reason why film music sounds so mechanical and jarring to the ears. Worse, it’s so humiliating when foreign composers make allegations that Indian music makers totally copied their compositions in the name of inspiration!

Happy That This Man Has Got So Many Awards!

Happy That This Man Has Got So Many Awards!

Against this backdrop, this genuine music composer evokes a sense of self pride within with his creativity. Let’s hope his fabulous compositions which make wonderful use of various instruments like Piano and Guitar keep enthralling music lovers. One is not against Western music and use of latest technology but against ignorance of richness present in Indian music. There is calculated attempts on part of movie makers to diminish the aura of Indian classical music. Vishal Bhardwaj is the best example of how to blend western notes with Indian classical music. This art needs to be learnt by new age Indian music directors, who, sadly, are more interested in making money instead of truly enriching the world of film music. Anyway, Vishal Bhardwaj needs to be complimented for keeping the roots of Indian classical music green and fresh.

Some of the songs composed by him: 

1. Chod Aaye Hum Wo Galiyan

2. Naina Thag Lenge

3. Maine To Maanga Tha 

4. Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji 

5. Raat Ke Dhai Baje 

6. Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola

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विश्व फ़िल्म इतिहास की दो बेहद शानदार फिल्मे है आवारा और शोले!



आवारा : एक युवा मन के जिद और संकल्प से उपजी शानदार कृति.

आवारा : एक युवा मन के जिद और संकल्प से उपजी शानदार कृति.

भारतीय फिल्मो ने मई २०१३ में १०० वर्ष पूरे कर लिए. ये एक लम्बी अवधि होती है किसी भी मीडियम के गुण दोष को परखने के लिए. हमारी फिल्मो ने कई मंजिलो को तय किया लेकिन फिर भी गुणवत्ता की दृष्टि से इसकी रफ्तार बहुत धीमी है. हमारी अधिकांश फिल्मे एक ढर्रे पे बनती है जिनमे प्रयोगवादी फिल्मकारों के लिए बहुत कम स्पेस बचता है कुछ नया करने के लिए. ऐसा नहीं कि उल्लेखनीय काम नहीं हुआ पर इनकी संख्या कम है. आज भी आप देखे कि  सालाना  लगभग 800-900  फिल्मे बालीवूड में बनती है पर उनमे से कितनी याद रख भर पाने के लायक होती है?  इसी तरह फिल्मी संगीत भी खासकर वर्तमान समय में बेसुरें ताल में है कुछ एक अपवाद को छोड़कर. उस पर भी अगर विदेशी स्टैंडर्ड्स से गौर करे तो भारतीय फिल्मे अभी बहुत पीछे है. क्षेत्रीय भाषाओ जैसे बंगाली, मलयाली, इत्यादि में अच्छा काम हुआ लेकिन जिस तरह हिंदी फिल्मो में उतार आया वैसे इन भाषाओ की फिल्मो में भी गुणवत्ता के लिहाज सें गिरावट दर्ज की गयी. खैर इस लेख में मै आवारा और शोले इन दो फिल्मो का जिक्र करना चाहूँगा.

राजकपूर और गुरुदत्त मेरे पसंदीदा फिल्मकार रहे है. जिस संवेदनशीलता से इन्होने फिल्मे बनायीं उसकी मिसाल ढूंढ पाना मुश्किल है. राजकपूर जो कि ज्यादा पढ़ लिख नहीं पाए ने जब आवारा बनाने का निर्णय लिया तो वो एक बोल्ड निर्णय था. फ़िल्म की कहानी ख्वाजा अहमद अब्बास ने लिखी थी जो प्रोग्रेसिव लेखको की जमात से आते थें. फ़िल्म का शीर्षक ही विवादित था लेकिन जिद के पक्के राजकपूर ने शीर्षक बदलने से मना कर दिया. ये यकीन कर पाना मुश्किल है कि इस कम पढ़े शख्स ने भारतीय फ़िल्म इतिहास को उसकी सबसे भव्य फिल्मे दी, सबसे बेहतरीन फिल्मे दी. राजकपूर  की ये विलक्षण निशानी थी कि फ़िल्म के हर पहलू चाहे वो गीत हो या संगीत हो या एडिटिंग हो सब पे पैनी निगाह रखते थे और जितने भी संशोधन वो करते थें वे सब फ़िल्म को नयी उंचाई दे जाते थे. आवारा भी इन्ही सब प्रयोगों से लैस थी.

इतनी कम उम्र में आवारा या आग जैसी फिल्मो का बनाना ये साबित कर देता है कि बुजुर्गो की तोहमत झेलते ये ” कल के लौंडे” ही अंत में अपवाद काम करके जाते है. ये किसी भारी भरकम इंस्टिट्यूट से नहीं निकलते बल्कि जिंदगी की पाठशाला में तप कर निकलते है और ये सिद्ध कर देते है कि “कुछ लोग जो ज्यादा जानते है वो इंसान को कम पहचानते है”. आवारा में नर्गिस के बोल्ड दृश्य थें लेकिन किसी को भी मना लेने का हुनर रखने वाले राजकपूर  ने उस दृश्य को हकीकत में बदल दिया लेकिन इस प्रक्रिया में क्रिएटिविटी के उच्चतम शिखर पे हम राजकपूर को पाते है। आवारा में भारतीय फिल्मो का पहला ड्रीम सीक्वेंस भी है. जब इस पर कई लाख रुपये खर्च करने की बात आई तो सब ने राजकपूर को सनकी कहा क्योकि पूरी फ़िल्म का बजट एक तरफ और इस ड्रीम सीक्वेंस का खर्च एक तरफ रख दे तो इतना बजट काफी होता है एक अन्य फ़िल्म के निर्माण के लिए. लेकिन राजकपूर ने ड्रीम सीक्वेंस के बजट में कोई कटौती नहीं की. आज टाइम मैगज़ीन राजकपूर के आवारा में किये गए अभिनय को 10 सर्वश्रेष्ठ अभिनय कौशल जो फ़िल्म के सुनहरे परदे पे अवतरित हुई उनमे से एक मानती है और आवारा फ़िल्म इतिहास की सौ सर्वश्रेष्ठ फिल्मो में से एक है.

सन 1951 में रिलीज़ आवारा कायदे से देखा जाए तो  पहली वो फ़िल्म मानी जायेगी जिसने असल अन्तराष्ट्रीय ख्याति प्राप्त की. चीन, सोवियत संघ, टर्की, रोमानिया, मिडिल ईस्ट और अन्य जगह ये ख़ासा लोकप्रिय रही. इसका गीत संगीत भी इतना लोकप्रिय हुआ कि  “आवारा हूँ” गीत विदेशो के उन हिस्सों में भी बजता था जहा भारतीय फिल्मो की पहुच कुछ नहीं थी. आवारा मैंने पहले पहल 1988 में देखी जब दूरदर्शन ने एक विशेष प्रसारण के तहत इन फिल्मो को दिखाया। राजकपूर जो मशहूर कपूर खानदान से होते हुए भी ने फिल्मी सफ़र की शुरुआत क्लैप बॉय से किया उस ने दिखाया कि हुनर जन्मजात ही आता है. ये किसी स्कूल की देन नहीं होती. ये फ़िल्म चाहे शंकर जयकिशन का संगीत हो, राज-नर्गिस की रूमानी केमिस्ट्री हो, शैलेन्द्र-हसरत के हृदयस्पर्शी गीत हो या राधू कर्माकर का  बेहतरीन छायांकन हो हर लिहाज़ से सर्वोत्तम थी. आवारा इस बात का प्रतीक है कि बदलाव युवा वर्ग ही लाता है अपनी सोच से और अपनी जिद से.

शोले: जिसकी आंच एवरग्रीन हो! गयी

शोले: जिसकी आंच एवरग्रीन हो! गयी!


शोले का भी जिक्र हो जाए. जहा आवारा बनते समय एक हलचल महसूस की गयी वही शोले के निर्माण के समय ऐसा कुछ नहीं था. बल्कि हैरान करने वाली बात ये है कि भारतीय फिल्मो के इतिहास में अनोखे आयाम जोड़ने वाली ये फ़िल्म जब प्रदर्शित हुई तो सब तरफ फीका फीका सा माहौल था. ये वो फ़िल्म थी जिसे आज विदेशी आलोचक भी मानते है कि निर्देशन, अभिनय और कैमरा वर्क के हिसाब से ये फ़िल्म बेजोड़ है. शोले की दहक को अजर अमर सरीखा बना देने वाले गब्बर सिंह का रोल पहले डैनी के हिस्से में आया था लेकिन उनके मना कर देने के बाद ये हलकी आवाज़ वाले अमजद खान के हिस्से आया. इससे बहुत से लोगो को इसके निर्माण के दौरान ये महसूस होने लगा कही ये एक वजह ना हो जाए इस फ़िल्म के ना चल पाने का . लेकिन अमजद खान ने जो संवाद अदायगी की वो इतनी बेजोड़ है कि उसके बारे में भारत का हर बच्चा भी जानता है.

आज लगभग 35 सालो बाद भी इस फ़िल्म के किरदारों का जिक्र होता है. रेडियो या टेलीविज़न खोल के देखे आपको जय-वीरू, बसंती और गब्बर के दर्शन होना तय है. मेरा रेडियो जब भी मुंह खोलता है मतलब “चालु”  होता है तो गब्बर की आवाज़ की नक़ल में कोई शख्स जरूर थोड़ी देर में कहता है ” इस घंटे का पैसा कौन दिया है रें”. यहाँ तक कि एक भारतीय बैंक के विज्ञापन में भी  “बसंती” ने ख़ासा योगदान दिया. मुझे याद आते है अपने कॉलेज के दिन. खाली वक्त में हमारे कालेज के कई प्रतिभाशाली कलाकारों से अगर कुछ परफार्म करने को कहा जाता था तो ये लगभग तय होता था कि उनमे से कोई शोले के डायलोग की मिमिक्री जरूर करेगा.  इस फ़िल्म की विलक्षण बात ये है कि इस फ़िल्म के हर किरदार ने शानदार अभिनय किया और जिसका सीधा सम्बन्ध कहानी को नया मोड़ देने सा था. इसका नतीजा ये हुआ कि एक बहुत सामान्य सा दर्शक भी अच्छी तरह याद रखता है कि किस किरदार ने किस वक्त पे क्या संवाद बोला है. सो इस फ़िल्म के मशहूर चरित्र तो लोगो ने याद रखे ही रखे लेकिन इसके गौड़ चरित्र भी उतने ही यादगार साबित हुए. अब जैसे ए के हंगल का बोल हुआ ये संवाद भी लोग बड़ी गंभीरता से याद रखते है ” इतना सन्नाटा क्यों है भाई?”  

महबूब खान दुबारा फिर ना  कभी “मदर इंडिया” जैसी कोई फ़िल्म बना पाए और ना रमेश सिप्पी “शोले” जैसी  कोई और यादगार फ़िल्म दे पाए.  कही ना कही प्रकति में चीज़े अव्यक्त भाव से छुपी रहती है और वक्त आने पे कोई ना कोई उनका माध्यम बन जाता है उनको यथार्थ के धरातल पे लाने का. कम से कम “शोले” जैसी फिल्मे इसी रहस्यमय बात की साक्षी है. शोले चाहे अपने ट्रीटमेंट में विदेशी गुणों से ओतप्रोत रही हो, संगीत भी पाश्चात्य धुनों से प्रभावित था लेकिन ये अन्तत: भारतीय परंपरा के बुराई पर अच्छाई की जीत को दर्शाती है, पवित्र  प्रेम को दर्शाती है और मित्रता के महत्व को प्रक्षेपित करती है.


क्यों पूछने की हिम्मत है किसी की: अब तेरा क्या होगा कालिया :P :P :P

क्यों पूछने की हिम्मत है किसी की: अब तेरा क्या होगा कालिया 😛 😛 😛






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A Stunning Love Story That Culminated Into Suicide!

Shouldn't The Lovers Meet Better Fate?

Shouldn’t The Lovers Meet Better Fate?

“The course of true love never did run smooth.” (Shakespeare). This became evident in cruel fashion in case of Divya and Ilavarasan.  Ilavarasan and Divya belonged to different castes. Ilavarasan belonged to Dalit community and Divya came from a higher Vanniyar community. When their love story attained pinnacle, it did not evoke sweet episodes as one witnesses in Hollywood/Bollywood candyfloss movies. Last year, the girl’s father, unable to digest the vituperative remarks of people belonging to his community committed suicide. And now the news arrives that Ilavarasan, after Divya came to disown the marriage in blatant fashion, has committed suicide by jumping before the train.  

Their love story from the very beginning was marred by series of unfortunate developments. It first resulted in a typical caste bigotry, which this time did not remain confined to a small section. The mounting tension took in its grip whole Tamil Nadu. They got married amid unprecedented developments.” I was on my way to Trichy for a football match. When I was in Omalur, I got a call from Divya saying that people in her house are trying to get her married to someone else. She asked me to take her with me. We went to Andhra Pradesh and got married there.” ( Ilavarasan in an interview to Tamil Edition of India Today).

The Society's Evil Ways Had The Last Laugh!

The Society’s Evil Ways Had The Last Laugh!

When they got married, it led to huge tension in whole Tamil Nadu. A political party named Pattali Makkal Katchi entered into a campaign, triggering the impression that marriages between Dalit boys and non-Dalit brides were mainly for the purpose of extorting money. Fake cases got filed against Ilavarasan so as to block his appointment into police department in which he got newly selected. The issue further deteriorated when girl’s father committed suicide last November. Many colonies in  Naikkankottai village got burnt- the village of boy’s father.

For Divya, these developments seemed a bolt from the blue. After her father’s suicide, she went into state of depression and decided to separate from Ilavarasan. Naturally, her decision left Ilavarsan in a state of shock, who was determined to seek better days. Just a day before his suicide, it’s learnt that Divya categorically informed the reporters inside the Madras High Court campus about her decision to disown the marriage and not to return to Ilavarasan at all. Unable to withstand this dejection, the very next day Ilavarsan jumped before the train and ended his life.

Divya might have decided to disassociate with Ilavarsan but Ilavarsan remained true to her till his last breath. The only thing found in his possession, near the railway track, were the letters which he wrote to her during 2011.

 Ilavarsan:  This Courageous Boy Tried To Fight To The Finish But  Divya Proved To Be Made Of Lesser Mettle!

Ilavarsan: This Courageous Boy Tried To Fight To The Finish But Divya Proved To Be Made Of Lesser Mettle!


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Meeting The Giants In World Of Writing: My Precious Moments With Ruskin Bond And Gulzar

Ruskin Bond: From His Writings I Learnt The Art Of Writing Simply!

Ruskin Bond: From His Writings I Learnt The Art Of Writing Simply!

The world of writing is marred by strange twists and turns. It’s never easy for a writer, whether established or novice, to keep pace with time in an easy-going manner in world dominated by materialistic principles, which treats nurturing aesthetic pleasures as some sort of waste of time. When selling rose becomes more worthwhile task than to appreciate its scent, it’s quite certain that one would not gain much by falling in love with creative pursuits. I faced extremely tough conditions with humiliating episodes taking place quite frequently, but I always tried not to take them to heart, remembering that great writers of previous eras also received similar treatment. Pain and humiliation do not break a writer ( unless destiny has predestined such a fate) but make him gain more insights, not available to ordinary mortals. The other thing that really kept me going ahead with ease despite huge setbacks was constant support of extremely talented souls, who appeared at various stages of my life as friends and colleagues. Apart from them, I feel really privileged that I also got an opportunity to spent some precious moments with towering figures in world of literature. These very special moments still keep me spirited and cheerful in depressing times even as memories related with those meetings have been clouded by the affairs of time.

I met Ruskin Bond and Gulzar at a time when my bonhomie with the writing world was gaining depth. However, after meeting them, I became certain that being a writer was no crime! I always met people who stupidly asked me( and thereby revealing the actual worth of their grey cells) about my work sphere even as I told them that I write! ” It’s okay that you write but what work you do?” That’s the sort of queries which always chased me. Thank God such queries today neither appear nor they have any relevance left in my life. The sight of Gulzar and Ruskin had left me spellbound, although I had met them separately, but exhibition of feelings remained the same.

I became the fan of Ruskin Bond at the very moment when in one of the boring literature classes of my school, I first came to read his story “The Eyes Have It”. The intensity of emotions expressed in this story fascinated my young heart to great extent. Though my class teacher, the other school mates and the old-fashioned academic standards, compelled me to anticipate the story in a given way, I came to visualize many other things as I read this story. And that’s why I met Ruskin Bond not only as reader but also as a writer! It’s the writings of Ruskin which taught me that how you say is equally important as what you come to say! However, the greatest lesson Ruskin taught me was that great writing is simple writing! Never use bundle of complicated expressions, which make a reader be involved more in picking up a dictionary than being lost in the content of the post! It’s one of the reasons why I avoid reading Arundhati Roy unless I have to sleep early!

The impressions left by Ruskin can also be traced in my being!

The impressions left by Ruskin can also be traced in my being!

Ruskin Bond, the Sahitya Akademi and Padma Shri awards winner, visited Allahabad, circa 2003. He had come here to attend promotional event organised by a leading publisher Rupa & Co. I wasn’t prepared for this meeting, but the moment I heard news of his arrival, I got prepared my manuscript related with my first unpublished anthology- The Petals Of Life.  When I met him, I saw him surrounded by his well-wishers. I waited for my turn, and fortunately when my turn came he had some spare moments. He gave a fabulous smile when I introduced myself as a writer and informed him about my literary pursuits. When I handed him my poems, he seemed to be very pleased by this gesture. He patted my back and asked me to keep writing. Though he was tired but he still obliged me by giving me his autograph at number of places. Our conversations lasted for few minutes but the undercurrents still remain alive. And so I refuse to leave the company of pen!

Gulzar- the Oscar Award winner lyricist-also visited Allahabad, at the invitation of same publisher, during the same period. My meeting with him was once again a hurried affair than a pre-planned affair. When I reached the place where he was about to arrive after couple of hours, I was apprehensive about the meeting. However, call it my luck, despite presence of huge crowd, I created space for my meeting with this amazing man. It was hard for my eyes to acknowledge the fact that maker of landmark movies like Aandhi, Ijaazat, Kitaab, Parichay and Achanak, to name a few, was sitting right before my eyes. Like always, this time, too, he was clad in white kurta-pajama. And like always donned his lips a typical smile, which any Gulzar fan would easily recognize had he/she been noticing photographs of him quite sincerely. To be honest, I had not read enough literature penned by him but I had watched his movies and heard his songs with exceptional zeal and abnormal seriousness. And that’s why his “surrealism” permeated in my writings as well. Anyway, he remained seated in relaxed way. When I informed him about my credentials, his faced remained expressionless yet I noticed that he was pretty conscious! And as I finished saying what I had to say, he gave a very deep look at me. A stare that refused to leave me and became part of my being. I left the space after spending couple of minutes with him but as I came out of that place and headed towards my home these particular lines from this immortal song “Aknhon Mein Humne Aapke” kept appearing and disappearing within mind’s chamber-

              “नज़रे उठाई आपने तो  वक्त रुक गया

               ठहरे हुए पलो में जमाने बिताये है “

         – When you looked at me, the time stopped
         And in those moments I came to live many lives.

Many thanks to these gentlemen who appeared at a very important juncture in my life. I needed some genuine encouragement and their generosity in display of emotions proved to be a tonic for my spirit chased by uncertainties. The uncertainties remain the same but my spirit attained the required evolution and so my writings. And so I am still writing! Pervert critics remain the same and situation remains hopeless like always and yet I am above all these negative concerns. A proof that meeting such enlightened gentlemen did not go in vain.

Gulzar: I still remember that I met you!

Gulzar: I still remember that I met you!


Excerpts from the story ” The Eyes Have It” :

“I wondered if I would be able to prevent her from discovering that I was blind. Provided I keep to my seat, I thought, it shouldn’t be too difficult.”


“The man who had entered the compartment broke into my reverie.

‘You must be dissapointed,’ he said. ‘I’m not nearly as attractive a traveling companion as the one who just left.’

‘She was an interesting girl,’ I said. ‘Can you tell me – did she keep her hair long or short?’

‘I don’t remember,’ he said, sounding puzzled. ‘It was her eyes I noticed, not her hair. She had beautiful eyes – but they were of no use to her. She was completely blind. Didn’t you notice?’”


Song: Ankhon Mein Humne Aapke..

Movie: Thodi Si Bewafai

Singers: Lata and Kishore

Lyricist: Gulzar

Music: Khayyam

Gulzar: That's The Way He Smiles!

Gulzar: That’s The Way He Smiles!


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Ensuring Separation Is Always Easy But Formation Of New Relationship Remains A Daunting Task!

Separation Hurts!

Separation Hurts!

Separation sometimes becomes the fate of a cherished relationship. On most occasions, the inherent contradictions, operating in a relationship, lead to untimely demise of the relationship. If that’s not the case, the societal pressure, resting on the vilification campaign of the petty minds, paves the way for parting of ways. The thing that really hurts is that factors ensuring the break-up dominate the life’s cruel drama. However, the positive elements involved into the making of new relationship, after the break-up, never operate with the same pace, the way negative elements led to dissolution of previous relationship. Building a home is difficult affair than bulldozing a well-built home!

Ravana, used shrewd means, to abduct Shree Sitaji, which was an easy affair. The abduction part was an easy task. However, Lord Rama had to enter in dangerous war with Ravana to ensure the freedom of Shree Sitaji. It’s really stunning that shrewdness-an aasuri pravitti (demoniacal attribute)- has now become synonymous with intelligence in modern times. On the contrary, the person exhibiting simplicity, representative of Lord Rama’s persona, is seen as representative of dumbness. The dominance of this sort of understanding is really baffling. People justify their shrewdness in name of battle of survival!

However, the pangs of separation, is never easy to bear. It does manifest, no matter, how hard you try to keep it confined within chambers of heart. When used constructively such depressive mood leads to origin of great literature, but the ordinary mortals- the greater lot- succumb to lesser means or, for that matter, give way to annihilation of life-force. Well, let’s learn to drink poison like Lord Shiva, or if that’s not possible then let the molten lava of emotions flow. There is no point in holding back the strong emotions.

On Two Different  Routes After Long Togetherness!

On Two Different Routes After Long Togetherness!

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