Lyrics & Chords


22 OCT 2010.
Recorded from TV speaker output after using Magic Sing karaoke. Not the best quality in recording. My apologies.

This is a lovely song by Lataji with deep meaning, from the multi-starrer film GUMNAM (1965) starring Manoj Kumar, Nanda, Pran, Helen, Mehmood and others. Music was by Shankar Jaikisan for this mystery movie based on an Agatha Christie novel and lyrics were by Hasrat Jaipuri.Lataji has sung this and there is no male version of this. I took it up for singing as I am fond of this song.

A sketch of the plot is given here:

Gumnaam (Urdu for “unknown” or “anonymous”) is a 1965 Bollywood film directed by Raja Nawathe and starring Manoj Kumar, Nanda, Pran, Helen and Mehmood.

Seven people mysteriously win a free vacation. On the way to their destination, the plane has engine trouble and they are left abandoned in a remote seaside location. They find shelter in a large mansion inhabited by a comical butler Mehmood. One by one, they are murdered and the remaining vacationers try to figure out why they were chosen for the trip and what they have in common. The plot is an uncredited adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel “And then there were none”.

This title song ‘Gumnaam hai’ borrows (again uncredited) from Henry Mancini’s theme tune from the Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn movie Charade. Music by Shankar – Jaikishan……
The film came to wider attention when its opening dance item number Jaan Pehechan Ho (a Hindi phrase roughly translatable as “We should get to know each other”) was featured in the film Ghost World. The dance features singing by Bollywood legend Mohammed Rafi and wild head-shaking dancing by Laxmi Chhaya, neither of whom appears again in the film. The infectious Hawaiian-style beat of the music and the sixties atmosphere of the nightclub have gained the sequence a cult following……
Awards & Nominations; * Filmfare Nomination for Best Supporting Actress-Helen * Filmfare Nomination for Best Supporting Actor-Mehmood * Filmfare Best Art Direction Award- Colour Movie- S.S. Samel……

(from Wiki)

Gumnam Hai Koi – sung by V.S.Gopalakrishnan


gumanaam hain koee, there is someone nameless
badanaam hain koee there is someone discredited
kis ko khabar
kaun hain wo,
anjaan hain koee

kisko samjhe hum apanaa, whom can we call ours
kal kaa naam hain ek sapanaa tomorrow is unknown (like a dream)
aaj agar tum zindaa ho, If you are alive today
to kal ke liye
kal ke liye maalaa japanaa pray for tomorrow

pal do pal kee mastee hain, we enjoy for a moment or two
bas do din kee bastee hain after all we live for two days
chain yahaan par mehangaa hain, Chain=peace of mind
aaur maut yahaan
maut yahan par sastee hain death is cheap here

kaun balaa tufaanee hain, which storm does any good
maut ko khud hairaanee hain yama himself is perplexed
aaye sadaa weeraanon se, we have always come from wilderness
jo paidaa huaa
paida hua wo faanee hain (fanee=mortal) The born one is just mortal



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