Aaj Pehli Tareekh Hai…


Note: This post was written sometime ago and just transferred here.

Going by the title, this post would have published on first of this month, but for me the ‘Pehli Tareekh‘ comes on fourth day of month. This is the day when the figures in my bank account arise a bit i.e. something known as salary in the corporate world, gets credited to my account. So on this important day, it has become a ritual for me to listen and sing the most appropriate song for the situation that is ‘Khush Hai Zamaana, Aaj Pehli Tareekh Hai‘. Everybody must have watched the current advertisement of a chocolate with the song ‘Aaj Pehli Tareekh Hai‘. And I am sure all those must have liked and enjoyed it too because of the simplicity and retroness in it.

But very few people will be aware of the fact that this is actually a song from an extremely little rather rarely known bollywood movie named ‘Paheli Tarikh(pronounced as ‘Pehli Tareekh’). The movie was released on January 1, 1954 and was directed by Raja Nene, who was also in the lead role opposite Nirupa Roy. Yes you read it right! Nirupa Roy, the ‘Queen of Misery’ and our very own stereotype bollywood mother, was the female lead of this movie. The other starcast included Agha, Ramesh Kapoor and some others. The music was of renowed music director Sudhir Phadke aka ‘Babuji’ and lyrics by Qamar Jalalabadi. The song was sung by none other than Kishore Kumar.

An interesting fact about the song is that this song is used to play on Radio Ceylon(now Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation) on first day of every month in a program of old hindi songs between 7:30 AM to 8:00 AM. Its also amazing to know that it is played on the same program till date. The song is not just what used to telecast in the ad but is much lengthier than that. Infact this is one of the lengthiest bollywood song. Usually on first of every month the mukhda and first antara of the song is played but on the first of January, complete full song is played.

The song beautifully captures the feeling of common people, at that time, on the first day of every month, when people get their salary after working for a complete month. Here are the complete lyrics of the song:

Din Hai Suhaana, Aaj Pehli Tareekh Hai
Din Hai Suhaana, Aaj Pehli Tareekh Hai
Khush Hai Zamaana, Aaj Pehli Tareekh Hai
Pehli Tareekh Hai Ji, Pehli Tareekh Hai

Biwi Boli Ghar Zaraa, Jaldi Se Aana,
Jaldi Se Aana…
Shaam Ko Piyaaji Hamein, Cinema Dikhaana
Hamein Cinema Dikhaana…
Karo Naa Bahaana, Haan Bahaana Bahaana
Karo Naa Bahaana, Aaj Pehli Tareekh Hai
Khush Hai Zamaana, Aaj Pehli Tareekh Hai
Pehli Tareekh Hai Ji, Pehli Tareekh Hai

Kisne Pukaara, Ruk Gaya Babu
Lalaji Ki Jaan Aaj, Aaya Hai Kaabu
Aaya Hai Kaabu…
O Paisa Zaraa Laana…
O Paisa Zaraa Laana, Laana Laana Laana
O Paisa Zaraa Laana, Aaj Pehli Tareekh Hai
Khush Hai Zamaana, Aaj Pehli Tareekh Hai
Pehli Tareekh Hai Ji, Pehli Tareekh Hai

Banda Bekaar Hai, Kismat Ki Maar Hai
Sab Din Ek Hain, Roz Aitbaar Hai
Mujhe Na Sunaana, Haan Sunaana Sunaana
Mujhe Naa Sunaana, Aaj Pehli Tareekh Hai
Khush Hai Zamaana, Aaj Pehli Tareekh Hai
Pehli Tareekh Hai Ji, Pehli Tareekh Hai

Dar Ke Saamne, Aaye Mehmaan Hain
Bade Hi Shareef Hain, Puraane Meherbaan Hain
Bade Hi Shareef Hain, Puraane Meherbaan Hain
Arrey Jeb Ko Bachaana, Bachaana Bachaana
Jeb Ko Bachaana, Aaj Pehli Tareekh Hai
Khush Hai Zamaana, Aaj Pehli Tareekh Hai
Pehli Tareekh Hai Ji, Pehli Tareekh Hai

Dil Beqaraar Hai, Soye Nahi Raat Se
Sethji Ko Gham Hai Ki, Paiso Chalo Haath Se
Arrey Lootega Khazaana, Khazaana Khazaana
Lootega Khazaana, Aaj Pehli Tareekh Hai
Khush Hai Zamaana, Aaj Pehli Tareekh Hai
Pehli Tareekh Hai Ji, Pehli Tareekh Hai

Ae Cinema Waalon Aao Aao, Khel Mazedaar Hai
Ho Khel Mazedaar Hai Ji, Khel Mazedaar Hai
Agha Hai, Bhagwaan Hai, Kishore Kumar Hai
Nimmi, Geeta Baali Hai, Ashok Kumar Hai
Nargis, Raj Kapoor Hai, Dilip Kumar Hai
Geeton Ka Toofaan Hai, Naach Ki Bahaar Hai
Naach Ki Bahaar Hai…
Paanch Aane Ka Dus Aana…
Paanch Aane Ka Dus Aana…
Paanch Aane Ka Dus Aana…
Arrey Waapas Nahi Jaana, Jaana Jaana
Waapas Nahi Jaana, Aaj Pehli Tareekh Hai
Khush Hai Zamaana, Aaj Pehli Tareekh Hai
Pehli Tareekh Hai Ji, Pehli Tareekh Hai

Mil-jul Ke Bachchon Ne, Baapu Ko Gheraa
Baapu Ko Gheraa…
Kehte Hain Saare Ki, Baapu Hai Mera
Baapu Hai Mera…
Khilaune Zaraa Laana…
Khilaune Zalaa Laana, Aaj Peli Taleekh Hai (the spellings in this line are intentional, no typing error)
Khush Hai Zamaana, Aaj Pehli Tareekh Hai
Pehli Tareekh Hai Ji, Pehli Tareekh Hai
Din Hai Suhaana, Aaj Pehli Tareekh Hai
Khush Hai Zamaana, Aaj Pehli Tareekh Hai
Pehli Tareekh Hai Ji, Pehli Tareekh Hai

PS: I tried a lot but could not find a video of this song😦 If anybody happens to find one, please share it with me too. However this is an audio version of the song. Enjoy!!!

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