Waada karo nahi chhodogi tum – Aa Gale Lag Jaa (1973)

Presenting a gem starring the inimitable RD Burman laced with impishness and superb word-play by Sahir Ludhianvi like jahaan tum ho wahaan main bhi hoon; jawaan tum ho jawaan main bhi hoon! Master vocalists Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar duet their cases playfully.

O thehro meri jaan

Wada karo nahi chhodogi tum mera sath
Jahan tum ho, wahan main bhi hoon
Chhuo nahi dekho zara peeche rakho hath
Jawaan tum ho, jawaan main bhi hoon

Suno meri jaan hanske mujhe yeh keh do
Bheege labon ki narmi mere liye hai
Ho jawan nazar ki masti mere liye hai
Haseen adaa ki shokhi mere liye hai
Mere liye leke aayi ho yeh saughat
Jahan tum ho, wahan main bhi hoon

Mere hi peeche aakhir pade ho tum kyun
Ek main jawan nahi hoon aur bhi to hain
O mujhe hi ghere aakhir khade ho tum kyun
Main hi yahan nahi hoon aur bhi to hain
Jao jaake le lo jo bhi dede tumhein hath
Jahan sab hai, wahan main bhi hoon

This racy duet is extremely catchy and melodious at the same time! RD Burman uses the guitar riffs and a beautiful combination of synthesizer and the saxophone to reach the crescendo before the dialogue-style vocals from the maestros and evergreen legends Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar take over. Kishore’s vibrato while opening the number and in his lines at the end of the mukhdas makes for wonderful listening while Lata’s alaap in the 2nd antara and at the end of the number adds a beautiful feel to the overall package. Sahir Ludhianvi uses simple but wooing words for the male and defensive one for the female! Sample this – Kishore pleads ‘Jahaan tum ho, wahaan main bhi hoon’ to which Lata cautiously responds via ‘Jawaan tum ho, jawaan main bhi hoon’. A careful and repeat listen to the song will have one notice RD using a very different and endearing rhythm in the antaras. The other very popular number from the movie was Tera mujhse hai pehle ka naata koi (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IF9o2crV84). Waada karo is an experience …of wooing, teasing, resistance, playfulness and anticipated togetherness! 🙂

About Shailendra Singh

A music lover, critic and self-proclaimed aficionado!
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