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Sach bataa tu mujhpe fidaa

Posted on: May 16, 2011


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie songs and a regular contributor to this blog.

Talat Mehmood started his musical career in 1939, singing ghazals on All India Radio, Lucknow. He had formally trained in music under Pt. SCR Bhat at the Morris Music College in Lucknow. His voice caught the attention of HMV, with whom he produced many records of non filmi ghazals. His records started gaining popularity, and in 1944 came the phenomenal hit, “Tasveer Teri Dil Mera Behlaa Na Sakegi”, which continues to be a very popular number on ghazal selections even today. The Calcutta film industry took notice and Talat moved to Calcutta. Initially, in Calcutta, he recorded many Bengali songs both for films and non-films, under the name ‘Tapan Kumar’. Talat as a person, had a handsome and commanding appearance and was offered cameo roles in the movies. In 1949, he moved to Bombay. After the release of “Aarzoo” (1950) and the unbeatable hit “Ae Dil Mujhe Aisi Jageh Le Chal”, composed by Anil Biswas, there was no looking back.

During the period from 1945 to 1958, Talat appeared in about a dozen movies. He tried his hand many times to make a successful acting career, and project himself as a singer–actor. Falling back on the times when some of the great singer–actors were popular as well as successful, e.g. KL Saigal, Surendra, Noorjehan, Suraiyaa etc., Talat also tried be one. However, these great names had their prime time in the 30s and 40s – notable exceptions being Suariyaa and Kishore Kumar who continued to draw success in this particular category even in the later decades. The time was 1950s, and majority of the primary singing stars were not actors. Mohammed Rafi and Mukesh had tried, but got out of this thought pretty quick, and focused solely on singing. The volume of production was growing and all aspects of film making were becoming very specialized. In 1958, three movies starring Talat were released, and after that Talat retired from acting. The 1958 movie Sone Ki Chidiya, that also starred Nutan and Balraj Sahni, was his last film released.

In this movie, Nutan plays a successful actress at the peak of her popularity, and Talat is a new and struggling actor, trying to establish himself. The sub plots reveal that Talat is facing economic hardships trying to support a large family of siblings, after his father passes away. Nutan and Talat get attracted to each other. Nutan is also having a hard time at the hands of her family. She is also without parents and her two brothers, who are dependent on her income from films, control her life and her contracts, to their own ends. Nutan sees an opportunity in Talat, and she plans to give up her family and elope with him. The ensuing story is interesting, if somewhat predictable, and I will restrain from telling it all here.

This song is actually a part of a film within the film. In the storyline, Nutan and Talat are co-starring in a film, and this song is being picturized on a location shoot for that film. The others present at shooting location are getting clear signals that there is something deeper going on between the two actors, more than just the song they are filming together. Especially Nutan’s two brothers, who are shown concerned at this display of bon-homie between the two actors, and are seen whispering to each other. As the song progresses, one can see that Nutan, through the words in the song, is trying to ascertain and make up her mind about her co star. And the words of the song also reflect this effort the two lovers are making to understand their own feelings and relationship; the lady is asking her gentleman friend “Sach Bataa Tu Mujh Pe Fidaa Kyun Huaa Aur Kaise Huaa” – tell me why did you start doting upon me and how did this happen.

The wonderfully light and meaningful lyrics are written by Kaifi Azmi Sahir Ludhianvi, and the lilting composition is quite a signature creation of the master of melodies, OP Nayyar. The light hearted and playful singing is done very well by Talat Mehmood and Asha Bhosle.
Enjoy this pleasurable song, from the last movie that Talat acted in.

Audio

Video

Song-Sach bataa tu mujhpe fidaa (Sone Ki Chidiyaa) (1958) Singers-Talat Mehmood,Asha Bhonsle,Lyrics-Sahir Ludhianvi,MD-OP Nayyar

Lyrics

sach bataa tu mujh pe fidaa
kyun huaa aur kaise huaa
maar gayee teri baanki adaa
yoon huaa aur aise huaa
sach bataa tu mujh pe fidaa
kyun huaa aur kaise huaa
maar gayee teri baanki adaa
yoon huaa aur aise huaa
sach bataa tu mujh pe fidaa aaaa

naazneen main hi nahin
hain yahaan laakhon haseen
naazneen main hi nahin
hain yahaan laakhon haseen
mujh se hi tujhe pyaar kyun huaa
dil pe nazron ka vaar kyun huaa
mujh se hi tujhe pyaar kyun huaa
dil pe nazron ka vaar kyun huaa
maar gayee teri baanki adaa
yoon huaa aur aise huaa
sach bataa tu mujh pe fidaa
arre kyun huaa aur kaise huaa
maar gayee teri baanki adaa aaaa

chaand si soorat teri
mohini moorat teri
chaand si soorat teri
mohini moorat teri
teri dhun mujhe be-sabab nahin
aur jalwon mein ye ghazab nahin
nteri dhun mujhe be-sabab nahin
aur jalwon mein ye ghazab nahin
sach bataa tu mujh pe fidaa
arre kyun huaa aur kaise huaa
maar gayee teri baanki adaa
yoon huaa aur aise huaa
sach bataa tu mujh pe fida aaaa

shukriyaa ae meharbaan
mil gaye mujhe do jahaan
shukriyaa ae meharbaan
mil gaye mujhe do jahaan
ye sahaara bhi kam nahin mujhe
aaj duniya ka gham nahin mujhe
ye sahaara bhi kam nahin mujhe
aaj duniya ka gham nahin mujhe
maar gayee teri baanki adaa
yoon huaa aur aise huaa
sach bataa tu mujh pe fidaa
arre kyun huaa aur kaise huaa
maar gayee teri baanki adaa aaaa

5 Responses to "Sach bataa tu mujhpe fidaa"

New Delhi, 18th May 2011.

Dear Atul Ji,

This is a fine song. I have seen this movie when I was very young (14 years).

This post/blog give lots of information which enlightens me.

I am searching for a song which I feel has not been discussed in your blogs. This song is:

Song: Dil téré hijr mein beemaar hai thora thora téri zulfon mein giriftaar hai thora thora.
Film: Actor
Year: 1951
Music: Aziz Hindi & Ebrahim
Lyrics: Nazim Panipati
Singer: Gulam Mustafa Durrani

I would request your good-self or Sudhir ji to give their comments on this song.

Warm regards,
Mohan Lal

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My guess is LALA RUKH (1958) was Talat’s last film released as an actor.

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Atulji, Iam also fan of talat Mehmood. can i get lyrics of Mai teri chhabi banaunga pl.

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It is from which movie ?

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Bhanuji,
Here is a clip.

Atulji,
It’s a private song.

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