On the eve of Raj Kapoor’s birth anniversary (Born: 14th December 1924), here’s a song that will resonate with his fans… no, this isn’t a Shankar-Jaikishan song, but yes, the voice that personally suited the birthday guy the most was that of Mukesh (Mathur). Here he sings Khayaam’s composition for Phir Subah Hogi (1958). The lyrics have Sahir’s stamp on it, without a doubt — socialist leanings?
During that period of the late 1950s, it must have resonated with a wide Indian audience – just over a decade in the post-Independence era. Poverty, joblessness was rampant… just a broad context to the song. Oh, and I love the glimpses of flamenco and percussion… listen to the castanets. Of course, you won’t see red… no pun intended. 😉