by Arun Bajaj  Arun Bajaj




The Mukesh number Duniya banana wale kya tere man mein samaai from Teesri Kasam summons the all-powerful Almighty to the witness box for cross-examination in a court which has no jury, no Judge but only plaintiffs and thousands of them galore.. It is a series of accusations : kind of the famous “I accuse “ open letter published by Emile Zola against the Govt; it is a song which expresses righteous indignation against the sadistic designs of someone who calls himself the creator of the universe.
The philosophy underlying this immortal piece is reminiscent of Macbeth’s soliloquy “ Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow” in which Macbeth rues over a wasted life despite his newly acquired kingdom and fulfillment of all his ambitions. Dust unto dust seems to be the only reality. The cart-puller Hiraman’s unrequited love for the nautanki dancer enthralls him for a while but he has the homespun wisdom to absorb the hopelessness of such tender feelings. A simple, uncomplicated mind like Hiraman’s asks: if this was not to be, then why it had to begin ? Which is that force, that cosmic energy behind this scheme which appears to be so heartless ? If God created this world then why is he so cruel to his own children ? 
Many would not be knowing that the mukhda of this song was penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri . The story goes that in Majrooh’s period of adversity, Raj Kapoor extended financial help and to repay that debt, Majrooh offered this wonderful mukhda which was chiseled to perfection by Hasrat Jaipuri in the subsequent antaras. Songs like these are not conceived every day : they just happen once in a while. The extraordinary talents of Basu Bhattacharya, Phanishwarnath Renu, Shailendra, Shankar Jaikishan, Mukesh and Raj Kapoor chanced to dovetail with each other at one magical moment and history was created. Alas ! This does not happen every day, every time.