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Tere Bachpan Ko Jawani Ki Dua Deti Hun - An immortal gem from MUJHE JEENE DO penned by Sahir Ludhianvi. (The Art of Situational Songs in Hindi Film Music - 1) By Bobby Sing

26 Nov, 2014 | Articles on Cinema / Articles on Music, Poetry and Life / THE ART OF SITUATIONAL SONGS IN HINDI FILM MUSIC

Among the many shares by fans and connoisseurs of Hindi Cinema commemorating the 100th birth anniversary of Sahir Ludhianvi, this is a small drop in the ocean remembering one of the most difficult situational songs of Hindi films, penned by the legendary poet in his impeccable style beyond comparison.

The cult song is a lesser talked about gem from the thoughtful, off-beat classic Mujhe Jeene Do (1963), directed by Moni Bhattacharjee that was based on the life of a revolutionary dacoit and his surrender. Produced by Sunil Dutt, who also played the lead role in the film along with Waheeda Rehman, it had an outstanding soundtrack together conceived by an exceptional team of Jaidev and Sahir, including tracks like ‘Raat Bhi Hai Kuchh Bheegi Bheegi’, ‘Ab Koi Gulshan Na Ujade’ and more. However, the particular gem quoted as one of the most difficult situational songs in Hindi cinema is sung by the dacoit’s wife in the film as a thoughtful mother, predicting the probable future of their child, who will never be accepted by society as a fellow human, being the son of a known and wanted criminal. 
Coming at the most crucial stage of the film, it focuses on the mother worried about the kid, who yet doesn’t know about the family he has born in and how that is going to affect his entire life adversely in the coming years. Thinking about his tough time ahead, she says:
“Tere Bachpan Ko Jawaani Ki Dua Deti Hun,
Aur Dua Deke Pareshan Si Ho Jaati Hun”
Such is the power in the prophetic lines penned by Sahir, that the child’s father, a known dacoit, has to decide on surrender with a heavy heart going through a major transformation. Flawlessly sung by Lata Mangeshkar, the song and its meaningful lyrics get a beautiful execution on screen with various props of paintings, religious symbols, their shadows, and more incorporated in a worth applauding set designed when there were no computer graphics available for the art-designers. 
Beginning with a thought-provoking couplet, the lyrics progress focusing on the mother caringly expressing her thoughts with tears in the eyes for her son. The toddler grows into a 6-7-year-old kid living in those rough conditions along with his ‘wanted’ parents. But the pensive look on Dutt’s face and the silent members of the gang depict an entirely different story of their inner dilemma. Giving words to the complex situation as a mother witnessing it all, Sahir writes:
Tere Bachpan Ko Jawaani Ki Dua Deti Hun
Aur Dua Deke Pareshan Si Ho Jaati Hun

Mere Munne Mere Gulzaar Ke Nanhe Paudhey
Tujhko Haalaat Ki Aandhi Se Bachaane Ke Liye
Aaj Main Pyaar Ke Aanchal Mein Chhupa Leti Hoon
Kal Yeh Kamzor Sahara Bhi Na Haasil Hoga
Kal Tujhe Kanton Bhari Raah Pe Chalna Hoga
Zindagani Ki Kadi Dhoop Mein Jalna Hoga
Tere Bachpan Ko Jawaani Ki Dua Deti Hoon
Aur Dua Deke Pareshan Si Ho Jaati Hoon

Tere Mathey Pe Sharaafat Ki Koi Mohar Nahin
Chand Bosey Hain Mohabbat Ke So Woh Bhi Kya Hain
Mujhsi Maaon Ki Mohabbat Ka Koi Mol Nahin
Mere Masoom Farishtey Tu Abhi Kya Jaane
Tujh Ko Kis Kis Ke Gunahon Ki Saza Milni Hai
Deen Aur Dharm Ke Maare Hue Insaano Ki
Jo Nazar Milni Hai Tujh Ko Woh Khafa Milni Hai
Tere Bachpan Ko Jawaani Ki Dua Deti Hoon
Aur Dua Deke Pareshan Si Ho Jaati Hoon
Bediyan Leke Lapakta Hua Kanoon Ka Haath,
Tere Maa Baap Se Jab Tujh Ko Mili Yeh Saugaat,
Kaun Laayega Tere Vaaste Khushiyon Ki Baraat,
Mere Bachey Tere Anjaam Se Ji Darta Hai,
Teri Dushman Hi Na Saabit Ho Jawani Teri,
Kaanp Jaati Hai Jise Soch Ke Mamta Meri,
Usi Anjaam Ko Pahunchey Na Kahaani Teri,
Tere Bachpan Ko Jawani Ki Dua Deti Hoon,
Aur Dua Deke Pareshan Si Ho Jati Hoon”
In short, every line of the soulfully written song makes you feel for the characters emoting on the screen, well aware of the tragedy to happen any time, any moment in their uncertain life ahead. And I seriously believe this is one of the best examples of a situational song written for a film having the depth of poetry and literature by a legendary poet giving birth to an immortal gem. No doubt only Sahir could write these lines, feeling the exact situation of the script as a concerned mother.
(Note : MUJHE JEENE DO (1963) also features in the Movies To See Before You Die List at BTC.)

Bobby Sing
NOTE : The edited form of the article was also published in THE FREE PRESS JOURNAL Newspaper (Mumbai Edition) on 8th March 2021.

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