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Rut hai suhaani mast hawaayen

Posted on: August 10, 2011


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

Street Singer (1938) is a landmark film, that was a big success in its own time. The film is a trendsetter, and a musical bonanza beyond par. Produced by BN Sircar for New Theatres, Calcutta and directed by Phani Mazumdar, it had the two foremost singing stars of that era, paired for lead roles. The star cast includes KL Saigal, Kaanan Devi, Jagdish Sethi, Bikram Kapoor, AH Shorey, Boken Chatto, Chamanlal, Abdul Rehman, Braja Paul, Ram Kumari, Nirmal Bannerjee, Rani, Satya Mukherjee. Interestingly, the music maestro Khemchand Prakash, also played a role in this movie, as a stage hero working in the theatre.

The movie boasts of 13 songs, most of them were big hits when released. The music of this film created a benchmark, and most of the songs rendered are memorable and still popular with music lovers. The lyrics are written by Aarzoo Lucknowi and the music composition is by RC Boral.

A brief synopsis – Bhulwa and Manju are childhood friends, who earn their living by singing on the streets. Bhulwa is the inspiration behind the songs, and both of them sing together. Their singing comes to the attention of a theatre owner, and he offers a job to Manju to sing on stage. As the story unfolds, Manju becomes a successful stage artist. However, their friendship starts to drift apart, so much so that Bhulwa finally moves out. The separation causes a realization in minds of both of them, as they realize their actual feelings for each other, and the story moves to a bring them together again at the end.

This, and some other films of Saigal Saab, were marred by the way an initial contract was unmindfully signed with the Hindustan Records company, sometimes in 1932-33. This contract was a life time agreement that Hindustan Records would have exclusive rights to release the songs sung by Saigal Saab. This did create problems in release of some songs, and as a results, some songs could never be released as discs. This film has a total of 13 songs, of which 5 are duets sung by Saigal Saab and Kaanan Devi. Unfortulately, Kaanan Devi had a similar contract arrangement with Megaphone records. The disastrous result of this twin contract situation is that the duets of these two leading singers could not be released on disc, with each company not allowing the other to use the voices together.

In hindsight, what a dumb stand taken by the companies for their individual and myopic interests, preventing the general public and music lovers to easily listen to some of the best music created for this, and some other movies. As per the arrangement between the New Theatres and Megaphone Records, all these duets are released as solo songs in the voice of Kaanan Devi. The brighter side is that fortunately the video print of this film is available, and hence there is a way to access the original duet versions of these songs by extracting them from the video footage. For some other movies, the situation is not so happy, as the video prints of some of these films are not yet traceable.

The situation for the song is that the theatre owner has made the offer to employ Manju; the offer has been accepted. Bhulwa and Manju are expected to leave their current home and move to a proper house that is arranged by the theatre management. In this song, the two are happy that their fortunes have changed and they are moving up in the world. Manju is seen tossing things around, as the two are apparently preparing to leave. At the end of the clip, we can see two well suited gentlemen (a very brief shot) who have probably come to escort Bhulwa and Manju to their new home.

The links below are provided for both versions of the song; the duet as played from the video clip of the song, and the record version which is the solo in Kaanan Devi’s voice. The lyrics for both versions are practically the same, but still both versions are provided.

Enjoy this yet another wonderful duet from this memorable film, in the voice of Saigal Saab and Kaanan Devi.

Movie version-Duet

Audio version-Solo-Kanan Devi

Song-Rut hai suhaani mast hawaayen (Street Singer) (1938 ) Singers-Kanan Devi, K L Saigal, Lyrics-Aarzoo Lucknowi, MD-R C Boral
Kanan Devi + K L Saigal

Lyrics

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Duet version-From Movie
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rut hai suhaani mast hawaayen
rut hai suhaani mast hawaayen
chhaayi hain oodi oodi ghataayen
chhaayi hain oodi oodi ghataayen
rut hai suhaani mast hawaayen
rut hai suhaani mast hawaayen

sukh ka jaagna
sukh ka sonaa
har karwat sukh honaa
honaa hai
sukh kaa jaagnaa
sukh kaa sonaa
har karwat sukh honaa
honaa hai
sukh kaa jaagnaa

duniya aage badhe to ham bhi
peechhe kyun reh jaayen
duniya aage badhe to ham bhi
peechhe kyun reh jaayen

(Dialogue)
(ye kya karti ho
meri khushi
mera ghar
jo jee chaahe karoongi
achhaa karo
zaroor karoongi
karoongi to)

phoolon se raanaa’ee seekhen
gunchon se zebaa’ee seekhen
phoolon se raanaa’ee seekhen
gunchon se zebaa’ee seekhen
jaise rang rache hon sab mein
wahi rang rang jaayen
jaise rang rache hon sab mein
wahi rang rang jaayen

hum bhi wahi rang rang jaayen

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SOLO version from record (Kaanan Devi)
——————————————————–

rut hai suhaani mast hawaayen
rut hai suhaani mast hawaayen
chhaayi hai oodi oodi ghataayen
chhaayi hai oodi oodi ghataayen
rut hai suhaani mast hawaayen
rut hai suhaani mast hawaayen

sukh kaa jaagnaa
sukh kaa sonaa
har karwat sukh honaa
honaa hai
sukh kaa jaagnaa
sukh kaa sonaa
har karwat sukh honaa
honaa hai
sukh kaa jaagnaa

duniya aage badhe to ham bhi
peechhe kyun reh jaayen
duniya aage badhe to ham bhi
peechhe kyun reh jaayen

phoolon se raanaa’ee seekhen
gunchon se zebaa’ee seekhen
phoolon se raanaa’ee seekhen
gunchon se zebaa’ee seekhen
jaise rang rache hon sab mein
wahi rang rang jaayen
jaise rang rache hon sab mein
wahi rang rang jaayen
hum bhi wahi rang rang jaayen

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