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Why do I like Altaf Raja ?

When I say to my friends that I like Altaf Raja (his songs, of course), they give me very strange expressions. Their expressions suggests that I am not worth living. But yes, I like Altaf Raja. Why ? There are numerous reasons. First of all, lyrics of his songs & secondly the way he sings.

Now, consider this particular song "yaaron maine panga le liya". What is our initial assumption from the title ? We think that he has taken panga with some Gundas or he is behind sister of some Neta or Aamir Aadami. Now, have a look at the lyrics of the song. [My expression in bracket]

vo bhi anjaan thi main bhi anjaan tha
usase vaada na tha kuch iraada na tha
bas yoon hi darling kah diya
O yaaron maine panga le liya

[WTF ? Where is the panga part ? Now we listen carefully to know what happens next..]

pahale to usane choti ko jhataka diya
apani gardan ko thoda sa mataka diya
main ye samajha mere jaal mein phans gayi
dekh daale ek pal mein sapane kai
phir achanak hi ek haadasa ho gaya
jiske sapanon mein main tha khoya hua
usane dekha idhar aur na dekha udhar
aur usi darling ne mere gaal par ek bharpoor thappad diya
yaaron maine panga ... || 1 ||

[We still don't see the panga part. This is expected behavior from any normal girl for any ordinary male]


pi raha tha main ek din beer bar mein
log khoye the music ki jhankaar mein
ek ladka sharaab is kadar pi gaya
apane saathi se takraar karne laga
maine samjhaaya use bade pyaar se
are faayada kya hai aapas ki takaraar se

[See, how seriously Altaf wants to bring peace in the world. Why doesn't he tell the same thing to Presidents of India & Pakistan ? Then he will surely get nobel prize for peace. But he is working at micro level, That too, in a beer bar. So no one takes him seriously :( ]

vo nashe mein gale mere padane laga
chhod kar vo use mujhase ladane laga
laal peela mujhe kar diya
haay yaaron maine panga ... || 2 ||

[Now this is what happens when one innocent man tries to help others in this society. ]


door ke ek rishte ki baaraat mein
mera jaana hua doolhe ke saath mein
maine usase kaha baat hi baat mein
shaadi vaadi mat kar aaise haalaat mein
kuch zara soch to kitni mahangaai hai
waqt hai bhaag ja aage rusavaai hai

[See, how much a common man is affected by this mahangaai ? One has to think twice before marriage. Thanks to Congress government ! BJP is not different !! ]

sabko chaunka diya itni si baat mein
khoob peeta mujhe saari baaraat ne
bhaagane ka na mauqa diya
haay yaaron maine panga le liya... || 3||

[I think remaining people beat him just because they were going to miss the lunch at marriage place. Everyone has different view on a single issue.]


ek numaaish ka charcha bahut aam tha
shahar ki har gali mein bada naam tha
usamein kushti ka ek program tha
har vijeta ko do laakh inaam tha
not ki chaah mein ek pahalavaan se
maine kushti ladi itani ghamaasaan se
dam ukhadane laga pasaliyaan bol utheen
vo munh mera tod ke rakh diya
uf yaaron maine panga ... || 4||

[This is what happens when we take opponent for granted. There is so much to learn from his experience. ]


Raah me ek bhikaari se takara gaya
Main ye bola ke tu des ko kha gaya
Hattakatta tha, gusse me wo aa gaya
Uske tewar jo dekhe to ghabara gaya
Punch aisa diya, main to chakara gaya
Un main apne kiye ki sajaa pa gaya
sajaa pa gaya, maine ye kya kiya
Wo bhikari na tha, na tadipar tha
Especail wala tha, wo hawaldar tha
Muzko lock up main pahuncha diya
Hai yaaron maine panga ... || 5||


[In this final lines, Altaf talks about problems created by bhikaris & policewala. But if a man can't differentiate between bhikari & police and who start delivering lectures about des & des bhakti without any reason to anyone, then he got the right treatment by policewala. ]

While singing this song, Altaf says "confusion" between some lines . So I am confused about this "confusion" word. What can be the possible significance of this ? Or Altaf just wants to confuse us with "confusion" ? I think this is "Paraag confusion" (Saree me saree, Paraag saree, waise confusion me confusion, Paraag confusion.)


Generally, duration of Altaf's song is more than 5 minutes, Above one lasts for 10.26 minutes. His other masterpiece "Tum to thehere pardesi" continues for 14.32 minutes. Total peace time for me.

I hope, I have helped you to change your opinions about Altaf Raja. Finally its your decision whether or not to take panga with Altaf.