Melodies From The Golden eRa of Bollywood Music!

Movie: Anari (1959)

Music Director: Shankar Jaikishan & Hasrat Jaipuri
Lyrics: Shailendra


I love everything about this song. Raj Kapur the great showman had a sentimental make-up and such songs with an image of The Tramp(The Fool) suited him extremely well. The influence of Charlie Chaplin is clearly visible. Initial music is intentionally rapid for about forty seconds in which the tramp walks and jumps along mingling with passing lambs, waving hand to flying birds with a jolly mood, holding his hat with a hand as it’s about to fall-off from his head. He salutes a marching group of scouts and then suddenly halts his step which is about to fall on a Cricket which is on road. Using a leaf he picks it up and places safely above a wall–music softly changes with the tingling of guitar strings and he starts singing. Mukesh has magically filled the space with his voice and it’s also one of the best of Shailendra.

After circling a round or two with two young girls the vagabond starts whistling with two bikers and then seeing a posh vehicle passing by –ponders for a few second on his own poverty and says looking at his empty pocket that even though he is a pauper going by his pockets, he is rich as far as wealth of heart goes. Looking at the beggar boy at the corner of the street he approaches him and sits besides him for a while telling him about his philosophy:

“Only that which is spent for love is life,

That which burns for the Autumn is life,

No matter whether someone believes it or not,

I have faith that this is the way of life.

To get sacrificed for someone’s smiles,

To borrow someone’s pain if possible,

To have love for someone in your heart,

This is the way of life!”


This song was destined to be enacted by Raj Kapur. Neither Dev Anand nor Dileep Kumar would have been able to do justice with it. Such great expressions and sentiments that his act makes the song immortal and memorable. Small acts of kindness by the fool along with magnetic voice of Mukesh and melodious music by Shankar/Jaipuri make for many goosebumps in four beatific minutes of wisdom–is it a pity that such songs are not made anymore?

The beggar boy looking with affinity at his sermon extends his friendly amenity with some pity on his poor friend Tramp and offers something to eat out of his bowl. As a gesture of gratitude the tramp thanks him waving his hat and moves along with an expression which Shahrukh Khan often mimicks(it seems). Seeing a blind man crossing the street helps him along and offers the eatables he had in his hand–then sings:

The bond of faith between hearts,

The love is alive because of fools like us,

We will be remembered even after our death,

We will smile in someone’s tears(with an expression of ‘hope’ on his face!)

Every flower will say to buds again and again:

This is the way of life!”

{ Remarking at the wisdom in the entire song–it’s simply heartwarming and overwhelmingly beautiful. The last lines hint that vagabond is flowering of consciousness--the wisdom shining through him tells all those who are going to ripen in time–that this is the way to live! My interpretation of last pair of lines need not resonate with others who interpret imagery of tramp only in socio-economic context–though wisdom of the song is enough to suggest otherwise.}

Then he gradually disappears into the horizon–straddling, jumping and waving –holding his hat with beautiful music and perhaps a beach is visible with a few boats–or maybe not–as seen from an angle under a tree–and a few people.





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