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This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

VINTAGE SHAMSHAD BEGUM…Song No. 10…Last song of the series.
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Today’s song is from the film Mangala-1950. It is a duet of Shamshad Begum and T.A.Moti. This is also the last song of this series.

In this series, we have heard,so far, 9 duets of Shamshad Begum, from her early films in the 40s. From the first film of hers in Bombay (Taqdeer) to her first film in Madras(Mangala), we have heard duets with 9 different singers, featuring Motilal, Surendra, K S Raagi, Ram Kamlani, Anil Biswas, G M Durani, Sulochana Kadam, Lata and Chitalkar and today is the 10th singer T.A.Moti. I wanted to include her duets with S D Batish, Geeta Dutt, Mohd.Rafi and Surinder Kaur, but it was not possible to accomodate them in this series.

Film Mangala-50 was a remake of the Hit Tamil film ‘Mangamma Sapatham-1943′. After the unprecedented foray of Gemini’s Vasan’s hit film Chandralekha-48. Subramaniam Srini Vasan or simply S S Vasan, became aware of the unlimited scope of the Hindi belt market for south-made Hindi films. Vasan was a writer, Editor, producer and Director, but above all, he was a Business Tycoon. He had established the popular Tamil magazine “Anand Vikatan”, and owned Gemini studios, Gemini Laboratories and Gemini distribution circuits. He soon decided to take advantage of the success of Chandralekha and made another Trilingual film . In Tamil it was called “Apoorva sahodarargal”, in Telugu, it was “Apoorva Sahodaralu”, and in Hindi it was called “Nishan”-49. This film too was a great success. Encouraged by this, S S Vasan mad his 1943 Tamil Hit film “Mangamma Sapatham”-43, into a remake in Hindi with the name “Mangala”-50.

Not by coincidence, but by design, the Hero for all these 3 remakes and the originals was Ranjan. (This film was remade in Simhalese as “Mathalan” in 1955 and in Telugu as “Mangamma shapatham”in 1965- featuring N T Ramarao, later the Chief Minister of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh, and Jamuna).

In the early times of Film Industry, very few educated people used to join here. That is why Graduates or Postgraduates used to flaunt their degrees with pride- like Moti, B.A.-the lyricist, or Kavi Pradeep’s pseudoname- Miss Kamal B.A. or even singer Surendra as B.A., LL.B.

A highly qualified person and that too in an unrelated subject joining films was a wonder then. Thus, a young man with an unlikely name for a Hero, like RAMNARAYAN VENKATRAMAN SARMA Alias actor RANJAN was a novelty. Ranjan was born in Madras on 2-3-1918 in an orthodox Brahmin family. He did his B.A. with Phisics and then completed M.Litt in Carnatak music and Dance and became a Research Fellow for Ph.D. He also became the Managing Editor of ‘ NATYAM ‘ a magazine for Dance,drama and Music. In total contrast to his expertise in fine arts, he learnt FENCING( Sword Fighting) after he saw it in the Olympic Games.

He was spotted by a Tamil Producer and he made his Debut in the film ” Ashok Kumar “-1941. After a few films in Tamil and Telugu he got the role of SHASHANK in the Magnum Opus film Chandralekha in 1948. The Drum dance and his fencing were the two attractions in the film. The final sword fighting is considered the Longest ever Fencing fight in films till today ! The film was a Hit and Ranjan became typedcast in Action films. Ranjan was a very poor actor, but his Fencing skills were marvellous.

In 1949, came ” NISHAN “, based on the Hollywood film ” The Corsican brothers’-one good and one bad. Tt was a story of twins. The audience liked a scene from the film which showed that there were marks on one brother’s back if the other one was whipped !. The film, in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu was a hit everywhere mainly for its fencing scenes. In ‘Mangala’ opposite Bhanumati, he was the villain and the Hero too.

He was invited by New York University for a Fellowship, but Vasan did not leave him, so after Mangala-1950, as soon as the contract was over, Ranjan came to Bombay.

‘Shin shinaki Boobla Boo’-1952 saw him with Rehana but as a Romantic Hero he was worse than Bharat Bhushan or Pradeep Kumar !

He acted in Sindbad the sailor, Baghi, Shahenshah, Kafila, Baghdad, Baap Beti, Nishan Danka and a host of B and C grade films, many of them dubbed or remakes of southern films. He was known for only Fencing. But he never became famous like Stewart Granger in ” Scaramouche” for his fencing. In the 50s he acted in 23 films, in 60s he did 18 films and in 70s his tally was 17 films. A total of 58 films in Hindi.

After Sword fighting became obsolete he shifted to writing. The story of film MUNIMJI-55 was written by him. After few years in south he was seen again in ‘Chor chor’-74 and ‘Chaitali’-76. Ram Balram was his last film.

He married a Muslim girl and she converted to Hinduism taking the name of Laxmi. Ranjan wrote 12 books on Dancing and music.

He shifted to USA to live with his son, but died on 12-9-1983,in New Jersey-USA,due to Heart attack. He was so much forgotten that even the news of his death was not published in India.

Today’s song is from Magala-50. It is a duet of Shamshad with T.A.Moti. I knew about Moti,B.A. but not about Moti T.A.. There was also the singer actor Moti Sagar. I tried very hard to gather information about this singer. I contacted my Tamil and Telugu friends and checked all known south Indian film channels, but to no avail. This is a great problem which I usually encounter in case of Southern and Bangla artistes. Information about these artistes is very difficult to come by. At times Bangla artiste information may be available but inormation about obscure South artistes is conspicuous by its absence.

Actually, the southern film activity, though as old as Hindi Talkie films, is strictly limited to four southern states. It was only the adventurous S S Vasan who ventured into the bastion of Hindi film markets, by promoting his film Chandrlekha. In fact this had encouraged other producers like AVM, Prasad, Vijaya etc to tap the Hindi belt. While making a multilingual film, the south producers always called the Hindi artistes, be it actors, Directors ,composers or singers to come to Madras, but they never went to Bombay. It was only through Dubbed or remade films that south actors, composers or actors were exposed to the Hindi arena. Those days anyone from south was a “Madrasi” and likewise anyone from other than south was a North Indian or a Punjabi ! No one from the North bothered to distinguish between Tamil, Telugu, Kannada or Malayalam-films or people. Everything was “Madrasi “.

The divide between the North and the south went on widening, which finally resulted in the Ánti-Hindi Agitations” of the 60s and 70s in Madras and other southern places. Fortunately, in recent times and with the New Generation, thanks to the coalition politics at the centre and states as well as I.T. centres at Hyderabad and Bangalore, the North-South exchange is much better and each state is identified individually. Thanks also to writers like Chetan Bhagat’s novels. Thanks to Modernization.

Coming back to T.A.Moti, all that I was able to know about him was that he was from Madras. He was a rare person who learnt Hindustani Classical music under experts. His Hindi pronunciation was very clear, without the typical southern style. He flourished in the later part of the 40s. In almost all dubbed and remade films in Hindi, during the 40s to 60s he sang songs in such films. He was also a very popular singer in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam languages. In South Indian versions of Barsat, Aan, Udan khatola etc etc he sang all the Tamil and Telugu songs. It was a hilarious scene to watch Dilip kumar singing in Tamil !.

From film Chandralekha-48, he started singing in Hindi films too. There may be many,but i heard his songs in Chandralekha, Nishan, Mangala, Dil-46, Intezar ke baad-47, Meri behan-62 Ram and Rahim-68. I read somewhere that in addition to Hindi, Tamil, Telugu,Knnada and Malayalam, T A Moti also sang in Marathi.

The composers of Mangala was a team of D.Parthsarthi, Balkrishna Kalla and E. Shanker. This team also gave music to few other films like Mangala-50, Sansar-51, Mr.Sampat-52, Bahut din Huye-54. Balkrishna Kalla with mohd. Shafi gave music to Krishna Kanhaiya-52. Independently he gave music to only one film-Do Dulhe-54. The southern composers gave music only to dubbed films or remakes.

In the original version of Mangala, which was ‘Mangamma Shapatham’- 43, the Heroine was Vasundhara Devi-mother of Vaijayanti mala. In hindi film mangala, the Heroine was P.Bhanumathi, but the hero was same – Ranjan. There were some Hindi actors like Agha, David and Badriprasad. The composer of today’s song, Balkrishna Kalla also did a small role in this film. When Shamshad begum sang songs for Chandralekha, her songs were recorded in Bombay, but for Mangala, Shamshad went to Madras first time and sang 9 songs out of its 15 songs. In this film the songs and dances of Carmen Miranda were freely copied in the Tamil, Telugu and Hindi versions.

Let us now enjoy this video of the comedy song which is filmed on Agha and Suryaprabha ( I guess). With this song, we end this series here only.


Song-Bhole bhaale sanam matwaale sanam (Mangala)(1950) Singers-T A Moti, Shamshad Begam, Lyrics-Pt Indra Chandra, MD-Balkrishna Kalla
Both

Lyrics

o jee o jee o jee o
o jee o jee o jee o o

haan jee o haan jee o haan jee o
bhole bhaale sanam matwaale sanam
raat jaave hai jaave hai raat jaawe hai

more pyaare balam matwaale balam
neend aave hai aave hai
neend aave hai

jaao jaao ji balam
O balam besharam
teri jaan ki kasam
neend aave hai
tera kaisa ye sitam
zara soch to sanam
o sanam
beraham
raat jaave hai

neend aave hai aave hai
neend aave hai
raat jaave hai jaave hai
raat jaave hai

Raani aaj meri gaadi pehuchi
dil ke gaanv tak
pahunchi dil ke gaanv tak

Raaja main bhi teri ho gayi
ab sar se paanv tak
dekho Sar se paanv tak
main takiya tu rajaai
tu ghaas ??
main seena tu angdaai
tu tabla main shehnaai
tumhen jaan gaye ham
karo pyaar zara kam
kaise karoongi hajam
jee ghabraawe hai
more pyaare balam
matwaale balam
neend aave hai aave hai
neend aave hai
bhole bhaale sanam
matwaale sanam
raat jaawe hai jaawe hai
raat jaawe hai

kya baat karta
nimbu bhi rasgulla ban gaya
Ye sher tere
jaadu se ab billa ban gaya

mehmaan mere manmaane
maine dhang tere pehchaane
baalam banke lage sataane
Main aaya pyaas bhujane
Aao gaayen milke ham
huye door saare gham
o sanam
naachen ham
tu sataave hai

neend aave hai aave hai
neend aave hai
raat jaave hai jaave hai raat jaave hai


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

MISSING GEMS FROM THE GOLDEN 50s…. Song No….8
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Today’s song is from a milestone film of 1950 – ‘Sangram’. I call this a ‘milestone’ film for many reasons.
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“Jogan”(1950) was directed by Kidar Sharma for Ranjeet Movietone, Bombay. The movie had Nargis, Dilip Kumar, Manju, Pratima Devi, Pesi Patel, Poornima, Baby Tabassum, Anwari, Ramesh Thakur, Darpan, Rajendra Kumar etc in it.
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“Jogan”(1950) was directed by Kidar Sharma for Ranjeet Movietone, Bombay. The movie had Nargis, Dilip Kumar, Manju, Pratima Devi, Pesi Patel, Poornima, Baby Tabassum, Anwari, Ramesh Thakur, Darpan, Rajendra Kumar etc in it.
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This article is written by Nahm, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Mohammed Rafi – The Incomparable – 5
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‘Rafi Ke Dard Bhare Geet’ is a famous genre of Rafi songs.  Some of the most endearing and touching songs in Hindi films are the sad songs sung by Rafi Sb.  Almost every hindi movie has a sad song.  Amongst them, the soulful singing by Rafi Sb in these songs is widely acknowledgde as the best.  There are many movies where Rafi Sb has only one song even when he is not the favored singing voice for the film.  That song generally is a song for the second line artist, or a background song, or a title song, and in many cases, it is a sad song.  Then there are many movies in which all male songs are in the voice of Rafi Sb.  There are movies where he sang romantic song, light hearted song, sad song, comic song, qawwali, folk and spiritual songs for different actors.  There are numerous examples for both these cases.
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“Afsar” (1950) was a Navketan Films production. It was directed by Chetan Anand. The movie had Dev Anand, Suraiya, Krishan Dhawan, Rashid Khan, Ruma Guha Thakurta, Manmohan Krishna, Kanhaiyalal etc in it.
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“Bhai Bahan” (1950) was produced by Krishna M and directed by Ram Daryani. The movie had Geeta Bali, Nirupa Roy, K N Singh, Prem Adeeb, Bharat Bhushan, Gope, Jeewan, Kukku etc in it.
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“Pyaar”(1950) was directed by V M Vyas for Sunrise Pictures, Bombay. The movie had Raj Kapoor, Nargis, Yakoob, Gulab, Shyama, Nawab, Neelam, Kesri, Wazir Muhammad Khan, Parvati Devi etc in it.
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“Nirdosh”(1950) was directed by Najam Naqvi for Filmistan. The movie had Shyam, Rehana, Misra, Om Prakash, K. N. Singh, S. M. Abbas, Kuldip Kaur, S. L. Puri, Mukri etc in it.
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“Pyaar”(1950) was directed by V M Vyas for Sunrise Pictures, Bombay. The movie had Raj Kapoor, Nargis, Yakoob, Gulab, Shyama, Nawab, Neelam, Kesri, Wazir Muhammad Khan, Parvati Devi etc in it.
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