Mere naseeb mein ae dost tera pyaar nahin…The song reveals its theme in the punch-line of the song. What a song this is and what an actor Rajesh Khanna was!
Rajesh Khanna as a wounded lover had a charisma that nobody else could have touched.
While Dilip Kumar in sorrow seemed to internalise everything and let the sorrow implode within his being, he seemed to be more of a touch-me-not kind of betrayed lover; on his part, Dharmendra got bitter and vicious when hurt and one feared his wrath, but with Rajesh Khanna it was different.
It was with Rajesh Khanna that our protective streak was awoken, everyone loved him, wanted to protect him, man, woman, child, grandmother. Everyone wanted him in a very special way! We asked ourselves, ” Why would anyone hurt this wonderful man?” We wanted to protect him from undeserved pain, everyone wanted him back to his charming self, to see him crick his head in that unique way, to crinkle up his eyes with crow’s feet showing up, and most of all we wanted to see his 1000 watt smile again.
Rajesh Khanna enveloped everyone in his persona, his anguish was our anguish, his smile brightened up our beings, his caring was always special.
Enough has not been written about this “phenomenon” and it will take eons to understand the pull of this star. He was the right man at the right time, the Hindi film industry was waiting just for this rage, this eternally good man who could do no wrong. This man was king with a capital K. He ruled the Hindi film industry and the second in place was miles down below him!
Here he is singing a beautiful song, once again tugging at our heart-strings, making us want to reach out and protect him, to rescue him, to get him out of his grief. Laxmikant-Pyarelal out-did themselves, Anand Bakshi was brilliant, and Kishore Kumar was right up there being Rajesh Khanna during this phase!
I wept and wept when I heard this song…It still makes me weep, why are people so shallow as to divide hearts on the basis of rich and poor? The injustice to the poor, the injustice to a pure heart…
Main Roz Lab Pe Nai Ek, Aah Rakhta Hoon
Main Roz Ek Naye Gam Ki Raah Takta Hoon
Kisi Khushi Ka Mere Dil Ko, Intezar Nahin
Mere Naseeb Mein Aye Dost…
Gareeb Kaise Mohabbat, Karei Ameeron Se
Bichhad Gaye Hain Kayee Raanjhe, Apani Heeron Se
Kisi Ko Apane Muqaddar Pe, Ikhtiyaar Nahin
Mere Naseeb Mein Mein Ae Dost…
Khiza Ke Phool Pe Aati Kabhi Bahaar Nahin
Mere Naseeb Mein Ae Dost, Tera Pyaar Nahin …
A classic if ever there was one!
Originally written on 29 December 2017
Lata Jagtiani is an author of several books including the biography, ‘O.P.Nayyar King of Melody’. She has been a lecturer both in India and abroad teaching English and Creative Writing to college students. She lives in Mumbai.