chalaa bhii aa (चला भी आ)

Baji J. Ram Rao
09:34 +0530 Sat. 20-Dec-2014

Here’s a lovely duet, with the opening and second stanzas by Lata Mangeshkar and the third stanza by Mohammed Rafi.

“चला भी आ, हो, आजा रसिया!
जाने वाले आ जा तेरी याद सताए; ख्वाबों का घरौंदा कहीं टूट न जाए!”
from Man Ki Aankhen(1970).

Sahir Ludhianvi wrote the lyrics and the music was composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

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This song was shot at the ruins of the 8th century CE Martand Sun Temple 8 km. from Anantnag, Jammu & Kashmir.
The temple was ransacked and destroyed in the early 15th century CE by islamic sultan Sikandar But-shikan (Alexander idol-destroyer), after standing 700 years.


The song is picturized on Waheeda Rehman in a sweet and simple white saree with green sparse floral motifs.
The haunting flute, a lovelorn maiden’s appeal to her lover to return.
His memories trouble her and gazing upon the shattered ruins of the sun temple, she worries that the nest of her dreams not shatter.

Sample lyrics

मुरझा चले हैं अरमान सारे, धुँधला गए हैं सभी उजले नज़ारे
Aspirations have started to wither, all bright scenarios have dimmed

कैसे जियूँगी ग़मों के सहारे? तरसी निगाहें मेरी तुझको सदायें दे, धड़कन पुकारे !
How will I live depending on sadness? My tormented glances call out to you. (My) heartbeat calls out (to you).

चला भी आ, हो, आ जा रसिया, दिल तो गया मेरा, कहीं जान न जाए!
Do come (soon), darling, my heart has departed, hope my life does not also leave!

जाने वाले आजा तेरी याद सताए
O one that is leaving, do return, your memories trouble (me).

Of course, Dharmendra shows up to affirm his devotion, in the third stanza.