Every Hindi film music aficionado knows about the greatness of this man named Sampooran Singh Kalra aka Gulzar. We have all heard his famous songs a thousand times now, such as: “Tere bina zindagi se” from Aandhi, “Hazaar Rahen” from Thodisi Bewafayee, “Mera kuch saaman” from Ijaazat, or “Kajra re” from Bunty aur Babli. This series is about those lesser known songs penned by this master poet.
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Movie: Masoom (1983)
Music Director: Rahul Dev Burman
Singer: Aarti Mukherjee

Do Naina aur Ek Kahani,
Thoda Sa Badal Thoda Sa Paani, Aur Ek Kahani
Do Naina aur Ek Kahani

Chotisi do jheeloon mein woh beheti raheti hai
Koi sune ya na sune kaheti raheti hai
Kuch Likh kar kuch zubaani
Thoda Sa Badal Thoda Sa Paani, Aur Ek Kahani

Thodi si hai jaani hui Thodi si nayee
Jahan ruke Aasun wahi puri ho gayi
Hai to nayee phir bhi hai puraani
Thoda Sa Badal Thoda Sa Paani, Aur Ek Kahani

Ek khatm ho to doosri raat aajaati hai
Hoothon pe phir bhulee hue baat aajaati hai

Do nainon ki hai ye Kahani
Thoda Sa Badal Thoda Sa Paani, Aur Ek Kahani

By now, you are probably familiar with the pattern used in this song and have recognized it already – yes I am referring to TRIVENI.

Masoom was directed by Shekhar Kapur way before his Elizabethean days. It was written by Gulzar and tells a touching story of a child born out of wedlock trying to bond with the legitimate family of his father. It had spirted performances by the entire cast (even the ham-queen Urmila was tolerable). The music was composed by RD and songs were written by Gulzar. Other songs like “Tujhse Naraaz nahi zindagi” and “Lakadi ki kaathi” became immensely popular in those days and can be heard on Aakashwani and RD-Gulzar CD compilations even today. This song however got over-shadowed by the popularity of the other songs. It was sung by an unknown singer, Aarti Mukherjee. Her voice works for this simple and fluid tune belonging to the lullaby mould.
The RD-Gulzar team have given Hindi music many timeless compositions. RD, for sure, did not quite understand the complete meaning of Gulzar’s poetry, but neverthless was probably the only composer who could compose tunes to such bizarre poetry as “Mera kuch saaman” and “Is mod se jaate hain” to name only two of the hundreds of gems these two creative moguls produced. Quoting Forrest Gump – Them two were like peas n carrots.