Wednesday 16 January 2013

Cutting Chai with Bhawana Somaaya - Day 15

Scent of a poet
15. 1. 2013, Mumbai

Yesterday was poet Kaifi Azmi’s birthday. So many years after he wrote the unforgettable ‘Waqt ne kiya kya haseen situm…’ for Guru Dutt’s Kagaz ke Phool Azmi is remembered as a prolific lyricist whose contribution to cinema cannot be undermined.

On his birthday I choose my 10 favourite Kaifi Azmi songs and explain why.

On top of the list is the poignant ‘Dekhi zamane ki yaari bichde sabhi baari baari…’ in Kaagaz Ke Phool for the extra-ordinary poetry and the song picturisation.

‘Ye nayan darre darre…’ from Kohrra where a husband is full of praise for his new bride. In the same film ‘O beqarar dil…’ is about contradictory emotions and the haunting ‘Jhoom jhoom dhalti raat…’ about state of heart and unexpressed emotions.

Saara mora kajra chuddaya tunne …’ from Do Dil for the obvious flirtation. ‘Baharo mera jeevan bhi sawaron…’ from Akhri Khat for hope.

Dheere dheere machal…’from Anupama for pending happiness and ‘Kuch dil ne kaha…’ from the same film for self expression which can unfold in this case only amidst nature.

Chalte chalte…’ from Pakeezah for the rhythm and the playfulness and ‘Aaj soch toh aansoon bhar aaye …’for the lingering pain that refuses to abate.

Jhukki jhukki ye nazar…’ from Arth for the unexpressed attraction and ‘Jalta hai badan…’ from Razia Sultan for physical longing and desire.

Kaifi Azmi is a rare poet who had a song for every mood and every occasion maybe that is why he continues to be a part of our life after so many years.

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