Bahut shukriya

I knew Joy Mukherjee only for this song. Or chose to. This defined him for me - a romantic, and not flashy. In fact, he was a mediocre actor. It was the 'averageness' that endeared him. Like many actors of his generation, it was the songs that made him a hero - the balladeer, the serenader. The music conveyed the emotions.

khushi to bahut hai, magar ye bhi gham hai
ke ye saath apna kadam do kadam hai
magar ye musafir dua maangtaa hai
khuda aap se kisi din milaae
bahut shukriya, badi meherbani
meri zindagi mein huzoor aap aaye

(The happiness is tinged with sorrow
For we measure togetherness with every step we take
But this traveller prays
That god wills we meet again
Thank you for coming into my life)

The steps have halted. He left this world today

Movie: Ek Musafir Ek Hasina
Singer(s): Mohammad Rafi, Asha Bhonsle
Music Director: O P Nayyar
Lyricist: S H Bihari
Actors/Actresses: Joy Mukherjee, Sadhana
Year: 1962

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