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Huye Hai Jinke Liye Barbaad

This article is written by Mr. Padmanabhan NR, Rafi Foundation, Hyderabad Chapter – This is for you Sandeep Nadkarni Sab

Mohd Rafi with Dilip Kumar

Mohd Rafi with Dilip Kumar

This review is being attempted at the instance of  Shri Sandeep Nadkarni, who wished it  from Sri. Nagesh Sidhanti who in turn had mesmerised us all with his review of Door rah kar na karo baat. I am trying a song review for the first time and would request forbearance of all concerned in case I fall short of expectations.

This song is from the film Deedar (1951) starring Ashok Kumar, Dilip Kumar, Nargis, Nimmi, Baby Tabassum and Yaqoob among others. The lyrics are by Shakeel Saheb and music by Naushad Sahab

Rafi sahib has sung innumerable song for the Shakeel/ Naushad combo many of them becoming all time classics. Yet, this song stands out not only for its rendition and effect, but also for the sheer simplicity. Strain yourselves to the optimum, you will not find any accompanying instrument save the dholak and the harmonium.

Mohd Rafi with Dilip Kumar

Mohd Rafi with Dilip Kumar

The song starts with the realisation of failure in love. A defeat can manifest itself into dejection, repentance or even revenge. But the tenor here is quite different. The failure is not leading to negativity here but is becoming sorrowfully celebratory in that even if it is one sided, he will continue to remember her through songs. Rafi Sahab initiates us into the mood that even an extreme situation like this something can be salvaged.

Try as hard as you may, it is impossible not to think of the times bygone, the togetherness, and the sense of belonging to each other. The earlier closeness has given way to distance now with each passing day. Still he wants the ramshackled remains to be there forever. For they are the pious reminders of his forlorn love. These will continue to be with him.

Listen to Huve Ham Jinke Liye Barbaad

The last stanza invariably brings out the best of Rafi Sahib in any of his songs. It almost appears that having been under the MD’s baton in preceding mukhdas and antaras, he comes on to his own in the last antara as if in a trance and the baton follows him thereafter. Maybe the last one he used to sing for himself. In this song too the same happens.

Submerging oneself in memories is one thing but there things in life which are beyond your control. Here he understands that life is finite and the child in him has passed through stages of life including a failed love. Even now if the realization has not dawned on her and his pain goes unnoticed, he will be engrossed in those memories. Because it is her cause that keeps him going and keeps him alive, amidst the turmoil that he is undergoing.

The simplicity of the song is what mesmerizes us. No embellishments, tonal or otherwise. Only his low key voice that takes the song to its pinnacle.

Does one need to tell anything more ?

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21 Blog Comments to “Huye Hai Jinke Liye Barbaad”



  2. DN says:

    Dear NRP Sahab,
    You have made a fantastic debut with this review. I hope it is the first of many many such wonderful articles to come.
    I’m sure Sandeep Nadkarni Sahab will be proud of you, and not just him, we are all proud to have been associated with you.
    A fitting tribute to a great song rendered by the great Rafi Sahab.
    Way to go NRP!

  3. Nasreen says:

    Dear Padmanabhanji

    Thank you for this beautiful review. Your words brought out the pathos of lost love as sung by our great hero, Rafi Sahab. So true that there is only voice here no major accompaniement just that soft dholak in the background. And what a voice!

    As I mentioned in another place on this site, Rafi Sahab’s voice had that extra magic because he put in expression. He did not even have to try, it came naturally to him. If it is sad, he sounds like he is crying (like the one you have reviewed) if it’s happy he makes those free laughing sounds (O, zindagi to jhoom le zara, keh rahi hai tujhse yeh fiza, saaze dil pe koi geet ga, gaa, gaa) – he just brought the mood of the song to the listener in such a way that when listening we find ourselves closing our eyes, moved to tears or smiles. We talk of one song, and another one equally beautiful, crops up in our minds. Every single song he sang, he sang with his gentle and beautiful heart. Even in a song like “guzre hain aaj ishq mein hum us mukaam se” where he is frustrated with the treachery of his beloved, and wishing ill on her, he sounds indescribably good. I’m talking of the two lines where he sings “o bewafa, tera bhi yunhi toot jaaye dil, tu bhi tadap tadap ke pukaare ke haaye dil, tera bhi saamna ho kabhi gham ki shaam se”.

    Please keep reviewing these beautiful songs in just the perfect way you have – with info about the movie it’s from and the names of the other contributors like the music director, lyricist etc.
    Way to go!!


  4. Anoop Kulkarni says:

    Dear NRP Sahab,
    You have made a fantastic debut with this review. I hope it is the first of many many such wonderful articles to come.
    I’m sure Sandeep Nadkarni Sahab will be proud of you, and not just him, we are all proud to have been associated with you.
    A fitting tribute to a great song rendered by the great Rafi Sahab.
    Way to go NRP!

  5. Anwar-ul-Haque says:

    Dear Padmanabhan ji,

    A very very nice article on a great song! You perceived the song from philosophical point of view and composed it brilliantly. Many thanks for your article!

    Just listen the first shaer (verse) at the beginning of actual song:
    “Aseer-e-panja-e-ahd-e-shabab kar ke mujhe
    Kahan geya mera bachpan kherab kar ke mujhe”
    Just great poetry, great tune and great rendition! Music at its best and no one will be able to produce such gems in future, I am sure.

    A beautiful Naat is also sung by Rafi Sahab on this particular tune. It is “Basi hai dil mein Nabi ki yaad”. You can hear the same on following link.

    Thanks and best regards.


  6. A S MURTY says:

    NRP hats off to you for such fine prose on one of the all time top song of rafi sahab. Your gesture to come up with this write-up for Sandeep nadkarni sahab and on behalf of nagesh sidhhanti speaks volumes of your commitment and ‘concern’ and these traits move us all. short though it was by your standards, it made very interesting and fine reading. i always listen to the attached song while also reading the articles and all that you have narrated jells with the melodious tune and the impeccable rendition of rafi sahab. keep it coming with more and more analysis on the other notable songs by rafi sahab, we never get tired of reading and listening to these gems.

  7. Jay Iyer says:

    NRPji, Great review of a simple but good song. Thanks.


  8. Padmanabhan NR says:

    At the very outset I thankeach and everyone of you for having appreciated my maiden effort.

    Harishji, these old songs have that ‘something’ in them which command and beget attention. Yet, there are occasions we ourselves forget about them and then it is left to people like Nadkarni sahab who remind us of these heritages.

    Nagesh, you are a real wordsmith ! You provoke us to think and look for answers which are there in your write-ups itself. Taking one step forward of your ‘unrecognized worthiness’ theme, this is reflected most when one tries to impose that superiority complex dilemma. it is not realization of superiority which propels one to act in that manner but a grave sense of insecurity within himself which spurs him to react in a way which is not his strength, Thereby getting exposed. That may also be the reason why rafi sahab was sidetracked by so many music directors despite him being head and shoulders above any of them. Thanks for the value addition, Nagesh.
    Shrirang sahab, Yes you are right. the motivating factor was Nadkarni sahab only.
    Rameshbhai, Aajkal aap jahaaj chhodkar chhutti ke mood men hain isliye masti men mere sach ko bhi mazaak keh rahe hain ! Huzoor, Haqiqat mein main hindi men sochta hoon. Aaap hi nahin mera bhi yeh manna hai ki ek achha dost mila. Shukriya.
    Bina, thanks for all the good words. yes, rafi sahab’s voice is very different here-a soft version of his normal tone. One reason why these songs become nostalgic is that we are able to relate them to some past events – you being reminded your father singing it !
    Suman, Guruji, this indeed is one of the simplest of songs with the deepest of meanings. thanks for your appreciative words.
    Padmanabhan NR,
    Rafi foundation, Hyderabad Chapter and Baar baar rafi, bangalore

  9. Siva says:

    Dear Shri Padmanabhan
    Excellent review! although I had listened to this song so many times, I could appreciate it better after reading your review-especially the last stannza, where, as you have mentioned, Sahab breaks free from the MD’s baton and is on his own.
    The most beautiful thing about Rafi sahab’s songs are that he put in his soul into it -be it a sad song, comical one, romantic, angst-ridden, etc–the list of emotions/genres are endless and so are the songs….
    That is why I repeat here once again, we all listen to Rafi sahab’s songs with our heart and not ears. Hence all other issues that are endlessly debated in this site/other sites do not matter– there cannot be one more Mohammad Rafi -both a singer and human being par excellence

  10. M V Devraj says:

    Dear NRP, just as the song and its rendition your review is very deep and yet is simple,short and sweet.For us,music lovers,these old gems will always touch our hearts and then when you have the great combo of Rafi/Naushad/Shakeel/DilipKumar words will not be able to express our feelings.Many of the songs which Rafisaab has sung gives such feelings in us that we feel as if he had sung the song for himself.
    Vo gam se laakh rahe aazaad
    sune na dard bhari fariyaad
    afsaanaa, afsaanaa unke pyaar kaa,hum kehte jaayenge…Is this not what we wish to communicate with Rafisaab?
    Respected Nadkarnisaab,I pray to the Almighty to cure you of your ailment and to let you lead your days peacefully and healthily.I thank you for all the joy which you have given us by your various memorable posts and I do hope you will continue this endeavour as long as possible.Sir,my humble salutations to you.
    M V Devraj

  11. Dr.Vasudha says:

    NRP jee,
    your review is at its commendable best.Though a debutant in this venture you have succeeded in dissecting the emotions.
    I wonder sir do we have to go to the extent of being barbaad –dosen’t barbaadi just happen at times–we unconsciously entangle ourselves in a maze of unfulfilled desires and unrecognised worthiness as Sidhanti rightly puts it. Frustration thus cropped up may lead to emotional homicide.
    Congratulations sir !Your write up promises a very optimistic future .I can see NRP–the budding film critic
    Sandeep Nadkarni saab–AApko hum na jaane kahaan kahaan doondah –Aap jahaa bhi rahein khush rahein–Wishing you a speedy recovery sir!

  12. Narayan says:

    NRPJI, Nagesh and all Rafi Bakts…..
    Kudos to you all for a humble and great tribute to our living legend Sandeep Nadkarni saab and a great son of Rafi sahab . For Sandeep saab our Icon was Godlike Father and revered him so much.
    Since he had requested in this forum , the great team of blore n hyd with support of all Rafi poojaris are paying rich tribute to Rafi sahab and his talented Shishya n a great devotee Sandeep saab…..

    We all pray that our living legend recovers from his ailment soon…


  13. H.V.GURU MURTHY says:


    Short & sweet review. This particular song, with just minimum instrumental music required the Singer to carry the complete song on his shoulder and how well Rafi Saab has done.

    I fully agree with Nageshji. Given a stone, Rafi had the capability to turn it inot Gold. Of the nearly 5000 songs, there are many songs which only Rafi could make them passable, which otherwise would have fallen by the way side.

  14. Utthara says:

    NRPji, your-heart warming gesture of writing this review for Sandeep Nadkarni saab has moved me. Even if it is on behalf of Nagesh.
    While th song celebrates lost love, your review brings out poignantly all the emotions__ of lost love, pain, memories.
    Dilip, the tragedy king, never got the heorine in his earlier films. it was always the other person who walked away with the heroine leaving Dilip to sing soulful numbers. Deedar, which has 12 mesmerising songs including Meri kahani bhoolnewale, is a tear-jerker. The hero, like the Greek hero, goes on a self-destruction path. In this movie, Dilip, though cured of his blindness, deliberately loses his eyesight in the end.
    The song Hue ham jinke liye barbaad actually summarises the plot of the movie. And your review encapsulates the human emotions in a sweet, though short manner. Reviews need not always be long to convey one’s views. If in your first attempt, you have cast a spell, then we can really expect some masterpieces from you.
    Nagesh has stated a very thought-provoking state of mind __ of unrecognised worthiness. Which some miscontrue as self-pity or of one being self-effacing. If one is self-efacing, it is because one is looking for recognition of one’s worthiness and not because one wants to be a doormat to be trampled over.
    NRPji, your review throws a new light on this ever-appealing song.

    I agree with you totally that Rafi saab unleashed his best in the last stanzas __ he always sang as if possessed. Your description of this quality of his is fantastic.
    Nadkarni saab, here is wishing you a speedy recovery. We all are grateful to you for sharing your experiences with us. I feel humbled and honoured to be sharing the same forum as you.

    Regards to all


  15. Suman Gupta says:

    NRP ji ,
    Like the song your review has been simple and yet very very, effective in conveying the message.
    The song deserved a review , thank you for doing justice to the song, and fulfilling the wishes of Sandeep Nadkarni ji.


  16. Nagesh Sidhanti says:

    Dear Sandeep Nadkarni sab,

    Listening to ‘huye hum jinke liye barbaad’, I am haunted by some
    questions. Can anyone emotionally destroy us without our own permission
    at sub-concious level? I wonder !! Here, I wish to submit my personal
    albeit narrow views on the premise of barbaadi.

    This remarkably self-sustaining emotion, often stems from adverse
    situations where the affected one does not have the wherwithal to
    ‘accept’ and cope with it.

    Sulking with self-pity and boasting success, often are two sides of the same coin. There is an underlying desire for admiration, in both cases. The root
    cause in my humble opinion is not a feeling of ‘unworthiness’ but ‘un-
    recognized worthiness’.

    Sir, poet shakeel badayuni however has suggested that the protagonist
    maintains a ‘stoic’ approach, despite the barbaadi, primarily in recognition
    of love, not-withstanding relationship status. Love at its unconditional best.

    The spirit of the song has been deftly conveyed by NR padmanabhanji
    when he writes….. ‘The failure is not leading to negativity here but is
    becoming sorrowfully celebratory’…..The positive suggestion of celebration
    is nothing but ‘ acceptance’ and this acceptance indeed is the nutrient for emotional growth. That by putting behind, we recognise the presence of higher forces that mysteriously govern life events.

    This forum is one such joyous celebration by those who believe
    Rafi sab ‘is’ the authorised representative of those very forces.

    Atleast I believe so.

    In reverence,

    Nagesh Sidhanti

  17. bina says:

    NRP Sir:

    Deedar was released in 1951 and had twelve songs, each one a gem…hue hum jinke liye barbaad the song that you have reviewed for Sandeep Nadkarni Saab is sung by a fresh and young and earnest Rafi…the nasal twang in his voice is reminscent of KL Saigal to me.

    A blind Dilip Kumar pines for his childhood sweetheart..and your lines bring out in sharp focus the tone and lyrics and you have such a precise and refined way of stating your fine impressions…its a pleasure Sir to read your analysis.

    Those yesteryear films and their beautiful songs..and nothing but the songs that made the movie…sigh! To top it all this is Naushad and Shakeel and Rafi…a powerful combination, if ever there was one…

    It is a simple and wholesome review of an unforgettable song…please keep writing as you do..

    Sandeepji aapke taste ki daad dena chahti hoon …yeh gaana mere liye bhi bahut hi nostalgic hai..ise maine mere pitaaji ko gaate hue suna hai mere bachpan mein (my father is 75 years young)…aap hamesha salamat rahen, yahi dua hain hum sab Rafi Bhakton ka…

    Kind regards,

  18. dearest nrp jee,

    baatey karney pey aap toh kehrehethey kee – aap hindi mey sochtey aur phir angrezi mey likhtey hain.

    wah kyaa ullu banayaa mujhey. mujhey pehley sey hee maloom thaa key yah ek natkhat jhoot thaa.

    nrp bhai – if your first review is of such magnanimity then we are in for a treat in the susequent ones to follow.

    rafi saheb was such a magician that all the songs he has sung have become memorable. he had this great quality in him to breathe a rare class into every of his rendition.

    in my opinion, rafi saheb is the only singer i have observed has put in immense effort into all his songs. this rare quality has fooled people into thinking that a particular song is easy, when attempted revealed why he was known the ” maestro ”

    nrpbhai, hum teh dilsey aapkaa shukr guzaar hain. likhtey rehyegaa. acchha lagtaa hai.

    aap jaisey shaksh ko dost kehlaaney mey behad fakr mahsoos hotee hai.

    adaab rafi,

    ramesh – bangalore

  19. shrirang nawathe says:

    dear NRPadmanabhanji,

    Hats off to your commentary and explaining of philosophical side of the song.The specialities in such a simple song are rarely seen by a common man, but your observations are remarkable. For a personality like Sandeep Nadkarni ji, this can be the best choice.Regards;
    shrirang nawathe

  20. Nagesh Sidhanti says:

    Dear NR Padmanabhan ji,

    At the outset, I wish to sincerely appreciate your gesture to come
    forward and write this review on my behalf. A noble act, not surprised,
    coming from a passionate Rafi bhakt like you.

    Your review is extremely well written and covers the philosophical side
    of the lyrical intent in no less than profound manner. Hats off to you sir
    for pointing out the protagonist’s spirit to retain the ‘ramshackled’
    remains. Isn’t that a micro-cosm of the song itself??

    You throw a stone at Rafi sab and he’d convert that into gold. No matter
    how much efforts I put to pay attention to lyrics, I get mesmerized by
    the rendition.

    NR Padmanabhan ji, really hoping that ‘ huye hai’ is first of many
    such eruditions.

    Sandeep Nadkarni sab, here is wishing you a great health and a
    wonderful life. Being a part of nearly 1000 songs is a huge
    accomplishment and we are proud that a legend by his own rights,
    such as yourself, is present with us in this forum and I just want you
    to know that we cherish every mail you send, as if Rafi sab himself
    is engaging you as a medium to connect to all his bhakts.


    Nagesh Sidhanti

  21. Harish says:

    Dear Shri Padmanabhan,

    Thanks for an excellent write-up on one of my fav Rafisaab’s songs. You have brought in new perspectives that i had totally missed! One think I cd never understand…how come such an amazing song never got the popularity it so richly deserved?

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