The soul stirring song ‘Aye Maalik Tere Bande Hum ….’ from V. Shantaram’s classic film DO AANKHEN BARAH HAATH is arguably one of the finest spiritual songs ever penned in Indian Cinema. The highpoint of this song is that even today it is sung as a morning prayer in many schools in India and believe it not, few schools in Pakistan too sing this song!
Wanna guess who wrote this marvelous song? It is a tragedy that while the song is remembered the poet, who penned it, has been faded from the memory of the people. Well, the poet is Pt. Bharat Vyas, the champion of spiritual and thought provoking lyrics. Most of his songs came straight from his heart. Aadha Hai Chandrama Raat Aadhee… (NAVRANG); Saranga Teri Yaad Me Nain Hue Bechain … (SARANGA); Aa Laut Ke Aaja Mere Meet… (RANI ROOPMATI); Nirbal Se Ladai Balvan Ki, Ye Kahani Hai Diye Ki Aur Tufaan Ki… (TOOFAN AUR DEEYA) etc.
In an interview when he was asked how he writes such striking soulful lyrics, he said, “When the heart bleeds genuine poetry flows instantaneously.”
Citing an example, he said, “My son once eloped from house on a petite quarrel with me. After days when he did not return I became restless in his agony. Incidentally, same time a film producer came to my house and requested me to write a song of a father and son. However, I kicked him away in grief, though my wife, who knew my nature, called the film producer the evening to collect the song.”
“The song that I wrote in my son’s agony was Jara Samane Toh Aao Chhaliye, Chhup Chhup Chhalane Me Kya Raj Hai… from the film JANAM JANAM KE PHERE,” he informed.
Readers may note that the song marks the following verse that explains vividly the agony of Bharat Vyas for his son.
Ham Tumhen Chahe Tum Nahee Chaho, Aisa Kabhee Nahee Ho Sakata
Pita Apane Balak Se Bichhud Ke, Sukh Se Kabhee Nahee So Sakata
(I love you and you don’t love me, this is impossible to happen
A father estranged from his son can never sleep peacefully)