A forgotten old song: Jinhe naaz hai hind par vo kahaan hain

Song: Jinhe naaz hai hind par vo kahaan hain

Film: Pyaasa (1957)

Cast: Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Mala Sinha, Johnny Walker, Rehman

Lyrics: Janab Sahir Ludhianvi

Music: R.D. Burman

Singer: Mohammad Rafi

Vijay (Guru Dutt) is sitting with his friends in a brothel. He is trying to gulp all his pain with a glass of alcohol. The men are enjoying the dance of a lady. From nowhere a small child begins to cry. Everybody except the lady and Vijay ignore the call of the little kid. She is in pain and wants to run to her hungry baby. But, she is not allowed to leave and is forced to keep dancing for the pleasure of her customers. Vijay is saddened by her agony and leaves the brothel. He then sings this song, calling out to people who claim to find pride in the nation, but, do nothing about the plight of women. These women are subjected to pain and misery, they are tortured to sell their body and yet, not a single soul comes to defend them.

The song holds true even today. The lyrics were taken from Janab Sahir Ludhianvi’s poem ‘Chakley’ and were simplified for the film.

“Jinhe naaz hai hind par vo kahan hain, ye kooche ye neelaam ghar dil kashi ke, ye lut te hue kaarawaan zindagi ke, kahan hain, kahan hain muhaafiz khudi ke? jinhe naaz hai hind par vo kahan hain? Kahan hain kahaan hain kahaan hain?”

You can watch and listen to the song here: Jinhe naaz hai hind par vo kahaan hain


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