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Chanda ki kirnon se lipti hawaayen

Posted on: July 6, 2011


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

The enticement of the tinsel world of films has fostered many real life stories of people from all walks of life giving up their professions and jobs, with an aspiration to make it a success in the film world. The story of the famous composer Chitragupt (full name Chitragupt Stivastava) is also of this kind. Born in 1917 in Karmaini (Chhapra District), Bihar, Chitragupt did a double MA in Economics and Journalism, and was working as a lecturer in Patna. In the early 40s, he gave it all up and came to Bombay with a dream to make it big, not as an actor, but as a singer and music director. He worked as an assistant with SN Tripathi, who became his mentor. In 1946, Chitragupt got his first independent assignment as a composer for the movie Toofan Queen. Not a success on the box office, the film did nothing much to help progress Chitragupt’s career. He would do another 20 odd films between 1946 and 1952, before coming into his own in the early 1950s. The 1952 film Sindbad the Sailor, though not a huge success in itself, its music was very successful. In 1955, SD Burman recommended him to the AVM studios (in Madras), which started an association that lasted for many years. During this time, he composed music for many hit films from AVM viz., Mein Bhi Ladki Hoon, Barkha, Mein Chup Rahoongi, Bhaabhi etc.

Chitragupt continued to bring music to the films till 1988. By the time Insaaf Ki Manzil (1988) was released, Chitragupt had composed music for almost 140 plus films (including some films in Bhojpuri, Punjabi and Gujarati), in a career that spanned more than four decades. This despite the fact that he suffered a heart attack in 1968 and then a paralytic stroke in 1974. He recovered and continued his work as a composer.

This post is a wonderful Kishore da song from the film Intezaar (1973). A Mohan Sehgal production, the film’s star cast included new comer lead pair of Baldev Khosa and Padmini Kapila. This was Baldev’s second film as the lead actor, whereas for Padmini Kapila, this was the debut movie. Other main players include IS Johar, Leela Misra, Mohan Choti, Rinku Jaiswal etc. Baldev Khosa’s career did not last much; he did about 8 movies from 1971 to 1980, and then moved on to politics (he was an MLA from Versova in Mumbai). Padmini Kapila continued in films till the year 2000. In earlier years she appeared as the lead actress in some movies (notably Tumhaari Kasam opposite to Navin Nischol), but soon moved to secondary roles.

Since the movie did not make any significant splash, this song was heard on the radio a few times, and now is just in the memory of a few. But what a beautiful gem of a song this is, very melodious and sung so invitingly by Kishore da. The lyrics for this song are by Verma Malik. On screen, Baldev Khosa is singing this song to his lady love, Padmini Kapila. They are apparently neighbors, and he is wooing her from across the courtyard between their houses. The hero is expressing his desire to see his lady love; she wakes up from her sleep on hearing his voice and obliges by appearing in the balcony. . . . a la Shakespeare :). And as it usually happens in such situations, the hero and heroine are transported (magically?) for part of the song to a scenic spot, and then return to their original setting to complete the song.

Enjoy this relatively less heard offering from Kishore da.

(NOTE: The video clip available on YouTube has only the first and second antaraas; the third anataraa is missing. I checked on YouTube, and also found the audio clip of the song. However, this published version of audio is also incomplete; it has the third antaraa but the second is missing. Both links are provided below.)

Video Clip

Audio Clip

Song-Chanda ki kirnon se lipti hawaayen (Intezaar) (1973) Singer-Kishore Kumar, Lyrics-Verma Malik, MD-Chitragupta

Lyrics

chanda ki kirnon se lipti hawaayein
chanda ki kirnon se lipti hawaayein
sitaaron ki mehfil jawaan
aa ke mil jaa
aa ke mil jaa
aisa mausam miley phir kahaan
aa ke mil jaa

chanda ki kirnon se lipti hawaayein
sitaaron ki mehfil jawaan
aa ke mil jaa
aa ke mil jaa
aisa mausam miley phir kahaan
aa ke mil jaa

nazaaron ke rangon mein shabnam milaa ke
teri maang bhar doon suhaagan banaa ke
nazaaron ke rangon mein shabnam milaa ke
teri maang bhar doon suhaagan banaa ke
bechain main hoon
aur betaab tu hai
bahaaren bhi hain meharbaan
aa ke mil jaa
aa ke mil jaa
aisa mausam miley phir kahaan
aa ke mil jaa

ye chandan si kaayaa
ye resham si baahen
machalti tadapti gulaabi nigaahen
ye chandan si kaayaa
ye resham si baahen
machalti tadapti gulaabi nigaahen
saanson ki garmi
ye hothhon ki narmi
sunaaye teri dastaan
aa ke mil jaa
aa ke mil jaa
aisa mausam miley phir kahaan
aa ke mil jaa

tere nain kehte hain teri kahaani
ke chhupte nahin chadd ke chaand aur jawaani
tere nain kehte hain teri kahaani
ke chhupte nahin chadd ke chaand aur jawaani
kadam dagmagaana
badan ka chhuraana
muhabbat ke hain ye nishaan
aa ke mil jaa
aa ke mil jaa
aisa mausam miley phir kahaan
aa ke mil jaa
aa ke mil jaa
aisa mausam miley phir kahaan
aa ke mil jaa

14 Responses to "Chanda ki kirnon se lipti hawaayen"

Sudhir ji,
A very good write up on Chitragupt.
Chitragupt was a double M.A. in Economics and Journalism and could speak excellent English,which proved very helpful while working with south producers.
He gave music to the First Bhojpuri hit ‘Gangamaiyya tori pihari chadhaibo’
He parted ways with his mentor S.N.Tripathy as they clashed on using western tunes in films.
Besides Hindi,Punjabi,Bhojpuri and Gujarati films,he gave music to one Tamil film also,featuring MGR.
His sons Anand-Milind,assisted him for 8 years before starting independently.Their QSQT was very famous movie.
I had the fortune of meeting Chitragupt in Nov.1990,at Milind’s marriage.He was quite weak,by then.We spent a lot of time together.
Baldev Khosa,was a flop Hero in all his movies.He was Brother-in-law of Sunil Dutt(sister’s husband).That is how he entered films,and later politics(read congress).
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Arunji,
Is this Baldev Khosa in the movie Thokar (1974)? I haven’t watched the movie, but have seen the song “Apni aankhon me basakar koi ikraar karoon”. After watching this song just one time, never dared to watch it again. Such a beautiful song by Rafi and was wasted on Baldev Khosa and Alka. (Picturization was so horrible!) Now I just cherish this melody on my CD.

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Arun ji

Once again, just marvelous.

It is very appropriate that Atul ji refers to you as “our own encylopedia of films and music”.

Thanks again 🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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This song was played often on Rangawali (7.40 am – 8.00 am) on Vividh Bharati, which is how I grew to like it.
Thanks Sudhirji for that missing stanza. I doubt if I ever heard it before, but with VB’s arbitrary snipping of songs, anything is possible.
How pleasant to read the info on the song and the feedback, as opposed to the comments on the YouTube page – downright indecent. Must be grateful to see the video and utter my thanks and keep quiet.

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Dear Desi-at-large ji

Welcome and thanks for your appreciation. 🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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What a lovely song, heard after ages.
Thank you Atulji, for all the efforts you take to make us the listeners happy.
Maya

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There was another lovely Lata number in this movie that I wasn’t able to find on YouTube – Kahe ko mora bichhua baaje re/ aankhon mein bairi kajra naache re/ Bataao ae hawaaon ae ghataaon bolo na..

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Sudhirji and Atulji,

Greeat job! I also like this song very much.
If I remember correctly, Baldev Khosa also acted in a film called ‘Daraar’ which had a very good song ‘Kyun chamake, kyun chamake, tere maathe ki bindiyan’. The music director was sudhir Phadke.

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Atul, as usual a wonderful analysis. What I love about the blog is the wonderful analysis.

Arun Kumarji – were you a journalist? You have so much information. I never knew that Baldev Kosa was related to Sunil Dutt though I had some intuition about it.

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One addition… this movie was watched by me in 1995 on TV and for weeks the memories stayed. Let us not trash someone because the movie was a flop. At the end of the day, luck also plays a role. This is the reason Padmini Kapila and Baldev Kosa did not make it big.

Baldev, a 1968 FTII graduate was first seen in Atmaram [Guru Dutt’s brother] ‘s “Umang” in a small role. Baldev also acted with Zarina Wahab in the musical hit – “Nayya” [1979].

Padmini Kapila played a double role in the movie. As a child the heroine watches her dad sexually assaulting her mother and she grows up hating the concept of marriage. But Baldev falls in love with her and tries to woo her. Then this song – Chanda Ki Kirnon Se plays. Vishal Anand, Dev Anand’s nephew, played the villain in this movie. He is Padmini’s brother, seduces Rinku Jaiswal only to cheat her later. Baldev tries to reform him and finally Padmini has to intervene.

Padmini later said in an interview that she signed the movie on the sets of “raja jani” a dharam-hema starrer when she was just 16 years old. Later on, Padmini was associated with Prakash Mehra for a long time and is believed to have been a lucky mascot for Mehra. They say that she wrote the script for Laawaris. But when they broke up, Mehra’s luck also ran out. She produced films like – Meeta Zehar but did not achieve much success. But her role in Abhishek Bachchan’s Refugee was noted.

I watched Thokar also. It was a simple story. Interestingly, Baldev Kosa is in love with Alka but Alka is in love with Shiv Kumar.

I would recommend seeing “Intezaar”. It is a good movie. It was remade in Tamil as “Nizhal Nijamakirathu” [The shadow turns real] and featured Kamal Hasan, Sarath Babu, Shobha and Sumitra. It was directed by none other than K Balachander. It was a super hit in Tamil.

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Intezar was the remake of a Malayalam movie “Adimakal” which was released in 1970/71. Satyan and Sheela played the lead roles; incidentally these were the screen names of Baldev Khosa and Padmini Kapila in the hindi version.

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one of my favorite songs ,
thanks for this post Sudhir ji !!! (I don’t know why it is ‘less heard’ (?) )
I am aware of this song since many years and thereafter got in my collection through a audio cassette on Kishore Dada’s first anniversary.
Thanks a lot !!!

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First anniversary – first remembrance day I mean

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Full song – audio version

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