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Saawan ke nazaare hain

Posted on: April 4, 2012


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

KHAZAANCHI (1941) was produced by Lahore based Pancholi Art Picture owned by Dilsukh Pancholi and directed by Moti Gidwani. The star cast included Ramola, S D Narang, M Ismail, Durga Mota, Manorama, Ajmal etc. Recently, I watched this film on the internet and felt as if I was watching one of the films of 50s with a familiar story line – romance, a villain, murders, court proceedings, climax scenes of chase etc and finally victory of truth over evil. No doubt, this film was a blockbuster at the box office front. I am giving below a synopsis of the film story just to get an idea as to how this type of the story line became familiar in the films mostly produced in the 50s.

The story revolves around two families – Shadilal ( M Ismail) who is a Cashier in a bank in Lahore and Durgadas (Durga Mota) who is a wealthy businessman. Shadilal’s son Kanwal (S D Narang) is in love with Madhuri (Ramola), the only daughter of Durgadas. Ramesh (Ajmal), Durgadas’s business partner wants to marry Madhuri with the sole intention of grabbing his partner’s wealth. Shadilal is required to visit Bombay for depositing some gold jewelleries where he gets entangled in a murder of a female actor in his hotel room which was actually committed by the actor’s accomplishes. Finding himself in a piquant situation, Shadilal runs away and finally reaches Lahore in shamble.

With his family reputation at stake, Shadilal does not wish to reveal his identity though co-incidences bring him close to his son and daughter (Manorama). Adding to his bad luck, Shadilal once again is falsely implicated for the murder of a man and gets arrested. Kanwal, his son who has now become an advocate, fights the case as a prosecutor without knowing that the man arrested for murder is his father Shadilal. A newspaper reporter (Jankidas) has some important clues regarding murder which help Shadilal to prove his innocence. He is finally acquitted and the real culprits arrested. Kanwal is married to Madhuri and all’s well that ends well.

If the film ALAM ARA ( 1931) was a mile stone in the history of Indian film industry indicating a shift from the era of silent movies to talkies, KHAZAANCHI (1941) was the turning point in setting a new bench-mark for the film making in India – the extensive use of outdoor shootings, song picturisation, shift from the classical and ghazal based songs to folk tune based songs, use of musical instruments such as dholak and taal. All the songs of this film were great hits. With the extra-ordinary success of this film, Ghulam Haider became the most sought after music director and it is said that he commanded the highest fee of Rs.25000/- in those days. For Shamshad Begum, this was her first film as a playback singer which made her one of the top playback singers during 40s and early 50s.

Two songs from this film have already been discussed in this blog. In my younger days, I identified this film with the only song I had heard at that time on the radio – ‘saawan ke nazaare hain’ which is the third song from this film to be discussed here. Having watched the video clip now, I know as to why this song was a craze when the film was released. Apart from the catchy tune, it was perhaps the first time that the whole song was picturised on a group of girls and boys cycling on the road, ending with boy’s cycles crashing on the girl cyclists. This song picturisation became a trend setter in some later films. Two songs which come to my mind are ‘ban ke panchhi gaaye pyaar ka tarana’ from ‘Anadi’ (1959) and ‘main chali main chali dekho pyaar ki galli’ from ‘Padosan (1968).

The song is written by Wali Saheb and sung by Shashad Begum, Ghulam Haider and chorus. In fact, the film starts with this song picturised on S D Narang, Ramola and their friends who are cycling on the road. It is said that there were some uncredited actors in this song who later became well known actors. I could only identify Madan Puri ( on the cycle next to S D Narang playing mouth organ) though Pran was in the film as a friend of S D Narang. The film ends with a part of this song being replayed while S D Narang and Ramola are on their cycle rides after their marriage.

Though lyrics are same in the video and audio links, there is a minor difference. While in the video link, 5th to 8th lines have been sung by male chorus, in the audio link, they are rendered by Ghulam Haider though the YT caption gives credit to Khan Mastana. I have heard Khan Mastana’s other renditions and have come to the conclusion that the voice in this audio clip does not match with his voice. So for me, it is Ghulam Haider’s voice in the audio clip as well.

Video

Audio

Song-Saawan ke nazaare hain (Khazaanchi)(1941) Singers-Shamshad Begam, Ghulam Haider, Lyrics-Wali Sahab, Md-Ghulam Haider
Male chorus, Female chorus

Lyrics

saawan ke nazaare hain
aha aha
saawan ke nazaare hain
aha aha
aha aha
saawan ke nazaare hain
aha aha
saawan ke nazaare hain
kaliyon ki aankhon mein
la la la la laa
kaliyon ki aankhon mein
mastaana ishaare hain
kaliyon ki aankhon mein
mastaana ishaare hain

aa aa aa aa aa
jo ban hai fizaaon main
aa aa aa aa aa
jo ban hai fizaaon mein
kho jaaye gale mil kar
kho jaaye gale mil kar
madhumay ghataaon mein
kho jaaye gale mil kar
madhumay ghataaon mein
us desh chale sajni
us desh chale sajni
phoolon ki yauwan per
la la la la laa
phoolon ke yauwan per
bhanwre naa mare sajni
phoolon ke yauwan per
bhanwre naa mare sajni

aa aa aa aa aa
us desh mein kyaa jaanaa
aa aa aa aa aa
us desh mein kyaa jaanaa
pyaar ke raahon se
la la la la la laa
pyaar ke raahon se
jo dil se hain begaanaa
pyaar ke raahon mein
jo dil se hai begaanaa

tum preet ko kyaa jaano
tum preet ko kyaa jaano
aag se mat khelo
la la la la laa
aag se mat khelo
ae husn ke deewaano
aag se mat khelo
ae husn ke deewanon

1 Response to "Saawan ke nazaare hain"

in pune , lata mangeshkar won singing competition for this movie song and received the prize from gulam haider himself .
lata later on, got to sing for him, for song of movie, majboor.

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