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Matak matak naachoon re

Posted on: June 18, 2011


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

Abdul Rashid Kardar belongs to the trio of directors who are called the Movie Mughals of the Hindi cinema world. The other two directors in this group are K Asif (Mughal e Azam, Mohabbat aur Khuda etc.) and Mehboob Khan (Roti, Mother India, Son of India etc.). They are called Movie Mughals, as all of them approached their profession with a big heart, and budget was never considered a constraint in the face of quality or perfection of their creations. The movie names listed are an ample illustration of this trait.

AR Kardar has had a very long stint with Hindi movies. Originally hailing from Lahore, Kardar started working with movies production as early as 1924. Lahore was then the cultural capital of north India, and it logically became the birthplace of cinema production in that part of the country. The seeds sown here eventually blossomed to be the film industry in Pakistan, as well as the Punjabi film industry in India. Kardar started his career as a film journalist and a calligraphist who made posters for the foreign films released in India. In 1924, he assisted GK Mehta in producing and directing the first film created in that part of the country. It was a silent film titled The Daughters of Today. Kardar also acted in this movie. This team followed up with few more productions, and then in 1928, Kardar set up his own film production company by the name ‘United Players Corporation’. The first production from this company, Husn Ka Daku (1929), was also Kardar’s debut as a director and a hero. He produced more movies under the same banner (‘Sarfarosh’, ‘Qismat Ka Her Pher’ etc.) which firmly established the credentials for Lahore as a film production centre on par with other centers like Calcutta and Bombay. Kardar later on moved to Bombay, and restarted his career there as a screenplay writer, and very soon moved to directing and producing, and was an active player in the industry till 1976, the year that saw the release of ‘Mere Sartaaj’, the last movie produced and directed by him. During his long career of almost five decades, he is credited with directing some very successful movies, like Baghban (1938), Swami (1941), Nai Duniya (1942), Shah Jehan (1946), Dard (1947), Dillagi (1949), Dulari (1949), Dastaan (1950), Jadoo (1951), Dil e Nadaan (1953), Yasmin (1955), Dil Diya Dard Liya (1966) etc.

Kardar produced and directed ‘Do Phool’ in 1958, an adaptation of the famous children’s novel ‘Heidi’, by the Swiss authoress, Johanna Spyri. The main players in this movie are child artists, Baby Naaz and Master Romi. (I will not recount the theme here, please see the post “Bachpan Ka Mora Tora Pyaa”). This song is filmed as a performance by street artists. In the clip, one can see one person sitting in a wheel chair, indicating that we are in the later part of the story (when Heidi’s friend, Klara, who is confined to a wheel chair comes to stay with Heidi and her grandfather). In this version, Heidi’s role is played by Baby Naaz, as Poornima in the movie. Her friend on the wheelchair is Rupa, played by Vijaya Choudhry. Other actors one can identify in the clip are Mumtaz Begum (as Rupa’s Aunt), Bipin Gupta with the beard, (as Poornima’s grandfather) and Master Romi as Jaggu. One can also identify SN Bannerji sitting in this group.

The person who is performing the dance, could be one of the two actresses by the name Nasreen or Neelam Kothari; I cannot be 100% certain which one. Her dance movements are very professional. Although not be very polished, yet she has given a good account of herself. The fun lyrics for a street dancer are penned by Hasrat Jaipuri, and the fast paced melody is composed by Vasant Desai. The singing voice is that of Aarti Mukherjee. Aarti’s voice is yet another talent that was very much underutilized in the industry.

Enjoy this, another children’s song from the movie Do Phool.


Song-Matak matak naachon re (Do Phool) (1958) Singer- Aarti Mukherji, Lyrics-Hasrat Jaipuri, MD-Vasant Desai

Lyrics

aaaaaaaaaaa
aaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaa aaaaaaa
matak matak naachoon re
dekho matak matak naachoon re
main to chini ki hoon gudiyaa
jaadoo ki hoon pudiya
matak matak naachoon re
matak matak naachoon re
dekho matak matak naachoon re
main to chini ki hoon gudiyaa
jaadoo ki hoon pudiya
matak matak naachoon re
matak matak naachoon re

jab mein naachoon duniya naache
dekh ke mera khel
ruk jaaye haathi ruk jaaye motor
ruk jaaye lambi rail
jab mein naachoon duniya naache
dekh ke mera khel
ruk jaaye haathi ruk jaaye motor
ruk jaaye lambi rail
hoon to chhoti
par mein khoti
sab se mera mel
main to chini ki hoon gudiyaa
jaadoo ki hoon pudiya
matak matak naachoon re
matak matak naachoon re
matak matak naachoon re
dekho matak matak naachoon re
main to chini ki hoon gudiyaa
jaadoo ki hoon pudiya
matak matak naachoon re
matak matak naachoon re

paani mein bhi aag lagaa doon
patthar ko pighlaa’un
mere dum se jag mein chham chham
deepak chaand banaa’un
paani mein bhi aag lagaa doon
patthar ko pighlaa’unn
mere dum se
jag mein chham chham
deepak chaand banaa’un
phir bhi kitni naazuk hoon mein
ye kaise batlaa’un
main to chini ki hoon gudiyaa
jaadoo ki hoon pudiya
matak matak naachoon re
matak matak naachoon re
dekho matak matak naachoon re
matak matak naachoon re
dekho matak matak naachoon re
mein to chini ki hoon gudiyaa
jaadoo ki hoon pudiya
matak matak naachoon re
matak matak naachoon re

nagri nagri phirti jaaun bijli mera naam
hansnaa gaana dil behlaanaa
ye hai mera kaam
nagri nagri phirti jaaun bijli mera naam
hansnaa gaana dil behlaanaa
ye hai mera kaam
bachhon boodhon aur jawaanon
aayee tumhre gaaon
main to chini ki hoon gudiyaa
jaadoo ki hoon pudiya
matak matak naachoon re
matak matak naachoon re
dekho matak matak naachoon re
matak matak naachoon re
dekho matak matak naachoon re
main to chini ki hoon gudiyaa
jaadoo ki hoon pudiya
matak matak naachoon re
matak matak naachoon re

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7 Responses to "Matak matak naachoon re"

Sudhir ji,
A very informative Bio artcle on A.K.Kardar.I liked it very much.
Kardar and Mehboob khan were old players(incidently,they were co-brothers.Sardar Akhtar was Mehboob’s wife and her sister Bahar Akhtar was Kardar’s wife.The third sister was Naseem Akhtar,actor and singer)K.Asif came on the scene much later,comparatively.
Kardar was a very capable director.In fact both Kardar and Mehboob Khan were the ‘thinking’ directors who understood indian economy and the culture too.
It is intersting to note that a so called serious director like Kardar had directed a comedy film like ‘Baap re Baap’ in 1955.
May I humbly point out that Dil diya dard liya was a 1966 film and not 1955.
-AD

Arun ji,

Yes, the movie year for Dil Diya Dard Liya is an error on my part. The previous movie name in the same sentence is Yasmin (1955), and seems I erroneously wrote the same year for the next name also. Thanks for the catch.

Atul ji,

I request to please make the above correction in the write up, as it is a factual error.

Thanks and regards
Sudhir

Sudhir has again done wonders with his research on Kardar Saheb. May I add that Kardar Saheb owned a film studio at Parel in then Bombay. I visited it many times in my childhood with my father, who had a contract with next door neighbor, Imperial Tobacco Company (predecessor of India Tobacco). I remember watching a shot there of Kum Kum taken by director Tara Harish, as Kardar Studios was rented to other producers. There was another film studio in the vicinity, Minerva Moveitone, owned by the legendary Sohrab Modi. Master Romi lived in a nearby street at Mohamedali Road in Bombay. Unfortunately, he did not make it big as an actor when he grew up. Wonder where he is these days!

Arif Bhai,

Thanks for your kind appreciation :).

It would be good to hear more from you sometimes, about the memories of your visits to Kardar studios, and also other memories and anecdotes related to films and film personalities.

Rgds
Sudhir

Shukriya, Sudhirbhai, will try! This is an awesome medium and I do appreciate very much what Atul is doing, and your contributions to this site.

Best wishes!

Arif

yes, knowing more about Kardar and his studio will be awesome.
Infact, knowing anything about the movie world of those days that you can share will be awesome.

@ Sudhir ji – thanks for this informative post about R.Kardar Saab.
Nice post and interesting song too.

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