बहुत दुखा रे… (Bohot dukha re)

There are few songs that grab you instantly by intensity of the music, lyrics or by sheer brilliance of the voice that conveys emotions so effortlessly.

बहुत दुखा रे, बहुत दुखा मन from Mukkabaaz is probably one song where all these three are interwoven so beautifully that it is almost impossible to choose one as the winner.

Anurag Kashyap needs no recommendation – he is one of the most interesting film-makers in Hindi film industry and I rate him highly in spotting new talent – not only in actors, but also among story-writers, directors, musicians, singers, lyricists and so on. This song बहुत दुखा रे, बहुत दुखा मन has few interesting stories about it as well.

Mukkabaz – The Film

I have been impressed with this films ever since I saw it – especially Vineet Kumar Singh is super impressive – given that he has not only acted exceptionally well in the lead role, but he is also the writer of the story of sportsman’s struggle. Vineet Kumar is an Ayurvedic doctor by qualification, pursuing his dream to be an actor and a film-maker. Anyway, this post is more about the song, not so much about the film – but it is definitely one of the most interesting films of 2018.

The other songs of this film are also powerful and have varied range – from folk to rap, but I’ll skip them in this post. 🙂

The Lyricist – Hussain Haidr​y

Hussain Haidr​y got fame with his viral poem – Hindustani Musalman at Kommune, a performing arts forum in Mumbai. He is a chartered accountant and an MBA for IIM, Indore, who left his corporate job in Kolkata and came to Mumbai to pursue his passion to be a writer and poet. He is already famous in literary fests and has written 7 songs in Mukkabaaz. I’d be following this new lyricist curiously to see his journey in the films, he seems to retain that poetry element even in the film songs.

It is that simplicity, intensity and flow of Haidr​y’s words that take this song to a new level – set in the rustic UP tone and dialect, these words literary make you feel the agony of separation.  You can almost feel those tears while listening to बहुत दुखा रे, बहुत दुखा मन
हाथ तोरा जब छूटा… And my heart almost skipped a beat while listening to those last lines in the baritone voice of Dev Arijit for the first time – मोरे हाँथ में तोरी हाँथ की छुवन पड़ी थी बिखरी… Of course, music and singing bring those words alive.

Musician & Singer – Rachita Arora

I believe Rachita Arora is the magic in this mellow, melodious song – she is the composer as well as the singer along with Dev Arijit (male voice). Rachita is trained in Hindustani classical music and she has done few other films including Newton in the last couple of years. However, this indeed seems to be her big break and her work here is versatile and distinctive. She was introduced to Anurag Kashyap by Makarad Deshpande and in this conversation she fondly recalls her year-long journey with this films while composing its songs.

This classical based song starts with simple but mesmerizing tune and with powerful musical interludes. The way singers softly sing बहुत दुखा रे, बहुत दुखा मन  makes your heart melt. And both the singers capture emotions accurately – while the female voice conveys more of pain and sadness, the male voice exudes intense pain as well as anger – and that anger becomes more prominent towards the end of the song.

Rachita’s voice is unbelievably sweet and soothing, feels almost like a fresh breeze on a summer afternoon. The only other equally mellifluous voices that I can think of among contemporary singers would be Shreya Ghoshal or Monali Thakur – it would be exciting to see what kind of songs she gets in the future. In facts, being a talented musician herself, it would be more interesting to see what kind of songs she picks up for herself in her own projects as a composer. Again, she is another new talent that I’d love to listen to over the next few years.

I couldn’t find much information about Dev Arijit and IMDB shows only Mukkabaaz for his name, though I could fund this Durbin song by him on YouTube. He has picked up tone and emotions quite well in this song as well.

The connect…

Somehow, I am always fascinated  by this image of ‘हाथो में हाथ‘, loved it in Swanand Kirkire’s  Baawara Mann (बावरा मन) as ‘इस सयानी भीड़ में बस हाथोमें तेरा हाथ हो’ or his lines ‘आज हाथ थाम लो इक हाथ की कमी खली’ from the title track of Khoya Khoya Chaand, also loved this image in Gulzar’s words  हाथ छूटें भी तो रिश्ते नहीं छोड़ा करते and I love it in this Haidr​y’s song as well.

Beyond the obvious romantic expression, I think ‘हाथो में हाथ‘ is also about the human connect, bonding and relations. ‘हाथो में हाथ‘ is knowing that you have someone with you, someone you can count on – a friend or a companion. This song voices the pain of separation, of losing that holding hand of the beloved. I have lost quite a few good friends in the last few years due to various reasons, I still feel that pain, I still miss that holding hand and connection that I shared with them. Anyone who has experienced separation of the beloved even temporarily can relate to this song, Haidry’s words and Rachita’s tune as well as singing bring it alive.

There are some moments in this song when there are hardly any instruments playing in the background and the singers hum those words gently, almost like whispers – I get goose bumps every time I listen to those lines in this song.

These days I mostly believe that I am not as sensitive and sentimental as I used to be, but then there are times when I am proved wrong, and this is that one song….

बहुत दुखा रे, बहुत दुखा मन
सांझ का घोर अंधेरा मोहे
रात की याद दिलावे
रात जो सिर पर आवे लागे
लाग बरस कट जावे
आस का दर्पण कजलाया रे
लागी मोहे झूठा
बहुत दुखा रे
बहुत दुखा मन
हाथ तोरा जब छूटा

सांझ का घोर अंधेरा मोहे
रात की याद दिलावे
सांझ का घोर अंधेरा मोहे
रात की याद दिलावे

चिट्ठी जैना ऊ देस
जो देस गए मोरे सजना,
हवा के पर में बांध के भेजे
हम संदेस का गहना,
बिरहा ने पतझड़ बनके
पत्ता पत्ता लूटा,
बहुत दुखा रे
बहुत दुखा मन
हाथ तोरा जब छूटा

सांझ का घोर अंधेरा मोहे
रात की याद दिलावे
सांझ का घोर अंधेरा मोहे
रात की याद दिलावे

धूप पड़े जो बदन पे मोरे
अग्न सी ताप लगावे,
छाँह में थम के पानी पियें तो
पानी में ज़ेहर मिलावे,
धूप पड़े जो बदन पे मोरे
अग्न सी ताप लगावे,
छाँह में थम के पानी पियें तो
पानी में ज़ेहर मिलावे,

तन की पीर तो मिट गई
मोरे मन का बैर ना टूटा,
बहुत दुखा रे
बहुत दुखा मन
हाथ तोरा जब छूटा

मोरे हाँथ में तोरी हाँथ की
छुवन पड़ी थी बिखरी
बहुत दुखा रे
बहुत दुखा मन
हाथ तोरा जब छूटा

बहुत दुखा रे
बहुत दुखा मन
हाथ तोरा जब छूटा

– Written by Hussain Haidr​y, Composed by Rachita Arora, and sung by Rachita Arora & Dev Arijit

You can watch it here –

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कई दिनों से शिकायत नहीं जमाने से….

ये आसमान, ये बादल, ये रास्ते, ये हवा
हर एक चीज़ है अपनी जगह ठिकाने से
कई दिनों से शिकायत नहीं जमाने से….

When you’re happy, you complain less! There’s a bit of psychology/REBT in this song. 😛

Jokes apart, some voices have that earthy feel or singer-next-door appeal and then there are some heavenly voices – Mohammed Rafi’s voice was undoubtedly divine and transcendental….unique & exclusive!

This song has that ‘happiness with contentment’ elements of someone who has found his bliss.This is not a song of ecstasy, or triumph of winning over someone… it’s more of gratitude……it’s a pleasant spring of freshness, a realization that, ‘yes, we are blessed together’….a subtle but rejuvenating fragrance of memories that stay within, and bring a smile on your face without any reason when you’re working or doing some mundane daily chores…. knowing deep down that you’ve found your real bliss & inner peace!

Rafi’s voice captures all this beautifully….the essence of contentment and gratitude, not ecstasy of triumph. It’s not so much about personal achievement or possession…just a heartfelt bliss, gratitude for being blessed with someone.

Words of Nida Fazli are exemplary, they describe the bliss – Rafi feels it and expresses it in his voice in a way that only he could have done….

हर एक फूल किसी याद सा महकता है
तेरे ख़याल से जागी हुई फिजायें है
ये सब्ज़ पेड़ है, या प्यार की दूवायें है
तू पास हो के नहीं फिर भी तू मुक़ाबिल है

तेरे जमाल से रोशन है कायनात मेरी
मेरी तलाश तेरी दिलकशी रहे बाकी
खुदा करे की ये दीवानगी रहे बाकी
तेरी वफ़ा ही मेरी हर खुशी का हासिल है

Usha Khanna’s music is beautiful, though I feel the preludes and interludes in Rafi’s version of this song are a bit too loud. There is another version of this song sung by Hemlata and that is also sung very nicely, but IMHO it does not express soul of the song as well as Rafi does or as well as Nida Fazli’s words suggest.  Although I believe she definitely has got better stanzas/words in her version. There is yet another version of this song by Manhar Udhas, but in my ‘not so humble’ opinion, I think he just missed the soul of this song. His version sounds like someone singing a sad song about separation….

As for the the videos, hmmm……well, Rafi’s version is supposed to be an euphoric party song (that explains loud preludes & interludes) and other two are outdoor version filmed on Ranjeeta and Raj Babbar.  Without going into the details of their facial expressions and acting prowess, let me just say that these songs are not visual treats anyway, they are not to be watched, they need to be listened to carefully, preferably with eyes closed!

Songs are magical….they can sing for themselves appropriately in your mind long after you think you’ve forgotten them. This was one of my favourite songs in my teenage days but I haven’t heard this one for years now, probably it has been more than a decade….but then magic happens! 🙂

I was feeling quite blessed today…the reasons are too personal to put here, but I had this rare, blissful feeling today and somehow this song started playing in my mid….told you, they are magical! 🙂

And when they take over, you have no other option but to express whatever is flowing through you….

N’Joy!!!!

Rafi’s version from the movie –

And here is Hemlata’s version –

And if you insist, here is the one by Manhar Udhas –