Haal Chaal Theek Thaak Hai

I wrote a post on Gulzaar Sahab some time back here. Undoubtedly Gulzaar Sahab has been a master of poetry & lyrics of our time. You know I can proudly said I lived in the times of the great poet Gulzaar.
I am sure a lot of people would be familiar with the serious and in-depth writings of Gulzaar Sahab on human nature, love, emotions etc.

Somehow you don’t find the sarcastic sides in the poets too often and then finding a sarcastic side to such a deep poet is something beyond imagination. Now here I got a song which captures his hold on sarcasm current issues and problems of the society and how beautifully he has imbibed in a poetry and then the lyrics of the song. Kishore Kumar has done a fabulous job with Mukesh singing it in such a mood that is so relevant to the depth of the song.

The movie is a 1971 movie when the country was struggling with problems like Corruption, Unemployment, Quota Raj or License Regime, spiraling high prices. And Gulzaar captures them so well making it funny yet deep. Sarcastic and absolutely true.
For those who haven’t heard this song before or got the lyrics completely I have compiled both of them below. Enjoy another beauty by Gulzaar Sahab.

Haal Chaal Theek Thaak hai
Sab Kuch Theek Thaak hai
Kaam nahi hai warna yahaan
aapki dua se sab theek thaak hai

Aab-o-hawa desh ki bahot saaf hai
kaayda hai, kanoon hai, insaaf hai,
Allah Jaane Koi Jiye Ya Mare
aadmi ko khoon voon sab maaf hai

Aur Kya Kahoon, Choti Moti Chori
Rishwat Khori Deti Hai Apna Guzara yahaan
aapki dua se baaki theek thaak hai

Gol Mol Roti ka Pahiya Chala-2
Peeche Peeche Chaandi ka rupaiya Chala
Roti Ko Bechaari Ko cheel le gayi
Chandi Leke munh kala Kauwa Chala

Aur Kya Kahoon, Maut Ka Tamaasha
chalaa Hai Betahaasha,
Jeene Ki Fursat Nahi Hai Yahaan
Aap Ki Dua Se Baaki Theek Thaak Hai.

12 comments on “Haal Chaal Theek Thaak Hai”

  1. Tanvi Reply

    Hi…Nice post…definitely lyrics are so realistic. wonder why they dont write songs like that anymore.


    • Prats Reply

      Yeah the lyrics are absolutely lovable, thats the beauty of Gulazar Sahab so simple yet so realistic.

      You know what I had the exact same feeling in my mind Why dont they write songs like this anymore 🙁

    • Prats Reply

      @Smita: I know you are a big fan of him too 🙂 I saw the HT article thought I am not very sure if this song would be there as its one of the songs that just got lost in the pages of time… Do hear it when you get a chance its a reflection of depth and simplicity of Gulzar sahab.

  2. shubhashish Reply


    I loved this song…more becoz of kishore’s rendition…the manner in which he modulated his voice to match the subtleness of the lyrics and situation……unfortunately, with due credit to gulzar sahab, this fact gets overlooked……


    • Prats Reply

      I have no doubts about that, Kishore & Mukesh have done a fabulous job with the song. I mean keeping the satirical tone while singing is not the easiest thing to do.

      I know my blog post overlooks that aspect of the song primarily because I generally get lost in the lyrics of the song and loose my focus on other aspects. I agree what you said is very very correct.

      • shubhashish Reply

        The best way to listen to a song is to pay meticulous attention to the lyrics…. nice that i have met a person who thinks alike…….and who readily agrees as well…:)


        • Prats Reply

          @Shubhashish: Same Sentiments here man…. I am an absolute sucker for lyrics, and that’s the one point where I indulge in the song or don’t.

          Check this song from Gulzaar again and its simplicity of lyrics 🙂


    • Prats Reply

      @Prerna: Thanks a lot Prerna. Its always great to meet other fans of artists you worship. Mera Kuch Samaan was a master stroke in all respects. Love that song.

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