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Mohe le chal balam mele mein

Posted on: October 13, 2012


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

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Lesser known singers- Singer 8 (Vatsala Kumthekar)
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Lord Byron had said,” Time is a great leveller”.
To paraphrase Lord Byron, Hindi film industry is a great leveller. This industry has taken some people from Rags to Riches and some others from Riches to Rags !

This is a Maya nagri. Those who thought that all that glittered was Gold, discovered the harsh reality of the cruel world at their own expense.

There are many cases where an artist reached a particular height of his career in professional life but later on died unsung, unknown and unatteneded. There are instances like Parveen Babi and Nalini Jayawant, whose death went unnoticed for days together and when news spread their bodies were beyond recognition. For many, the end was violent. Like Sayeeda Khan and Director Brij.

But the worst is when Death does not come fast and the last days are spent in penury, begging and in bedridden condition unattended.

Master Nissar, who once boasted of owning the only car in Bombay, other than that of the Bombay Governor, died in Kamathipura slums in Bombay penniless. His last rites were performed by the Cine Artists Association.

The beautiful bubbly Meena Shorey died in Lahore in utter poverty and her last rites were performed with money collected through charity.

One time popular hero WASTI was found begging near Liberty Cinema in Bombay. Rattanbai, the famous singer of her time was seen begging at Haji Ali Dargah in Bombay. The wife of Khemchand Prakash also was found begging there by Naushad. Mohd Rafi found Khan Mastana begging near a Dargah.

Rajkumari, Vimmi, Bharat Bhushan, Master Bhagwan spent their last days very humiliated, in poverty and obscurity. We all know, by now, the sad story of Mubarak Begum living off the meagre earnings of her Auto-driver son, in a Bombay Zhopadpatti.

The story of PARSHURAM, once a popular actor/singer of 30s and 40s is very pathetic. Tabassum, who ran the record breaking TV program ‘Phool khile hai gaulshan Gulshan’, once stopped at a traffic signal. From her car, she saw a familiar face begging at every car. She immediately recognised Parshuram. She got down quickly, took him in her car to the TV studio. He was the same Parshuram who sang the famous song of Duniya na maane-1937 ‘Man saaf tera….’. He was cleaned, fed and robed newly. Then she did his live interview on the TV and paid him Rs.1000/- on the spot. Later he got 1 or 2 film offers, but then he disappeared forever. May be he died unknown to people around him.

Chandra Mohan, Sheikh Mukhtar, Cuckoo…………so many stories of sorrow and sad ends……

This is Bombay Film Industry-the Maya nagri.

Inspite of all this, still millions of people come to Mumbai with dreams in their eyes…..

Today we see the case of one such singer who scaled heights of popularity and then went to the nadir from the Zenith….

VATSALA KUMTHEKAR was born in Bombay in 1909. Her family was a noted singers family from Goa. After schooling she got regular music training fro Ustad Barkat Ali, the elder brother of Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. She specialised in Thumris.

Her beauty and sweet voice attracted many and she started holding Mehfils and Jalsas from 16-17 years onwards. Her fame spread far and wide and she did programmes all over India. No wonder film companies ran after her. She started the career with Prabhat’s “WAHAN”-1937.

Then came Banke Sanwariya, Madhu Bansari, Hurricane special, Jumbo ka beta, Aaj ki duniya, Anuradha, Jai swadesh, Aurat, Holiday in Bombay, Rabhat, Sangam, Lalaji, Aabroo, Jabaan, Aashirwad, Ishara and Rahat.

She was quite popular and many film personalities were keen to marry her. She got married in 1940, but her married life was bad. Her husband left her for another woman. After 3 years he returned to her. She openly accepted him and looked after him till he died. By now she had stopped getting films. After husband’s death, she almost became penniless and lost her mind. She was seen roaming in Bombay like a mad woman and begging.

One day her dead body was found on Tardeo Bridge, Bombay. She was identified by some onlooker, but before the news reached the film industry, she was already cremated by the Municipality as an unclaimed body.

Here is a delightful song sung by Vatsala Kumthekar and Meer Sahab. Meer Sahab is the music director as well as well. Lyrics is written by Munshi Shyam. The movie is “Laal Haveli” (1944).


Song-Mohe le chal balam mele mein (Laal Haveli)(1944) Singer-Vatsala Kumthekar, Meer Sahab, Lyrics-Munshi Shyam, MD-Meer Sahab

Lyrics

Mohe le chal balam mele mein
main kaisee kaisee haar gayee
haar gayee re
main kaisee kaisee haar gayee
haar gayee
Mohe le chal balam mele mein
Mohe le chal balam mele mein
main kaisee kaisee haar gayee
haar gayee re
main kaisee kaisee haar gayee
haar gayee re

tujhe kaise le jaaun gori mele
tujhe kaise le jaaun gori mele
wahaan ghoorenge laakhon lugele
hoy
wahaan ghoorenge laakhon lugele
kahenge jaani haay
najariya tori maar gayee
maar gayee re
najariya tori maar gayee
maar gayee

Mohe le chal balam mele mein
main kaisee kaisee haar gayee
haar gayee re
main kaisee kaisee haar gayee
haar gayee re

mere dil pe saajan nikhattoo
hoy
mere dil pe saajan nikhattoo
hoy
Dilliwaali jobaniya pe lattoo
hoy
Dilliwaali jobaniya pe lattoo
sautaniya jaadu tona daar gayee
daar gayee re
jaadu tona daar gayee
daar gayee
Mohe le chal balam mele mein
main kaisee kaisee haar gayee
haar gayee re
main kaisee kaisee haar gayee
haar gayee re

main bhi ab teri leela sunaaun
main bhi ab teri leela sunaaun
tere yaaron ko gin gin bataaun
ho
tere yaaron ko gin gin bataaun

laaj kar do ??
laaj kar ??
doob mariho talaiyya mein jaaike
doob mariho talaiyya mein jaaike
kaun aata hai wo keshdhaari
kaun aata hai wo keshdhaari

wo to naihar ka more pujaari
ho
wo to naihar ka more pujaari
aur hai kaun ye pagiyawaala
aur hai kaun ye pagiyawaala

wo to babul ke ganwa ka gwaala
wo to babul ke ganwa ka gwaala
haay pyaari
baaton mein tu to mohe maar gayee
maar gayee re
najariya tori maar gayee
maar gayee

Mohe le chal balam mele mein
main kaisee kaisee haar gayee
haar gayee re
najariya tori maar gayi
maar gayi

Mohe le chal balam mele mein
main kaisee kaisee haar gayee
haar gayee re
main kaisee kaisee haar gayee
haar gayee re

10 Responses to "Mohe le chal balam mele mein"

Your article makes for a very sad reading. Bombay is truly a mayanagri. Many of these people who died an unsung death and died penniless could have been more prudent, isnt it? Some were cheated, abused, misused and what not. But some had opportunity to lead a dignified life and die also a dignified death. Shall we say it is all fate??

Is the lady in the video Vatsala herself?

Not but the least, thank you very much for introducing us to many obscure singers. Your articles are interesting and informative.

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Aparna ji,
I am glad you liked the articles.
By introducing the ‘Less known singers’ we(myself and Atul ji) thought that the newer generation will know about them and the older ones will enjoy nostalgia.
Most of the earlier generation artists are to be blamed for their own mistakes-not making a provision for future,not being choosy about the people around them etc etc. ofcourse it is easily said than done.
Comparatively,today’s generation is very calculative.

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It is Vatsala in the VDO.

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Thanks for the reply and clarification.

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That is a sad story. It was difficult to invest money in those days. There were no financial advisers. The only way an actor could hang on to money was by being very canny.

But it is sad to see a person taste such glory and fame and yet die in such penury.

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Prem Kishan on his father Prem Nath (from Cineplot):

Like the time he came to the aid of a big-time pro­ducer Chandulal Shah who had fallen on bad times. Nobody from the industry came forward to help him but without anyone’s knowledge, Dad would help him financially. I learnt of this only after Chandulal’s death, when his son came to me one day and returned the money.

There was the famous artiste Cuckoo whose dances in films were very popular in those times. During her bad days when everyone had turned their back on her, my dad bought her a taxi-cab which ensured regular earnings to run her home.

Dad was also the first person to start a fund for those actors who had fallen on bad days with our Cine Ac­tors’ Association.

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I am happy to inform you that I have been informed by Mr.AK ji of Songs of Yore blog,that Mubarak Begum has shifted into a flat.
He and our Sudhir ji,it seems ,met Mubarak begum after her programme in Delhi and learnt it from her itself.I reproduce below the relevent portion of Shri AK ji’s E Mail to me-
“Thanks to Sudhir Kapurji, I had a chance to attend a concert by Mubarak Begum in Delhi on Oct 7, 2012 (!) and meet her thereafter. She mentioned about her son’s family and four granddaughters, one of whom was attending to her. She is so frail she needs someone constantly to look after her. Apparently the girls are like from any middle class background, doing various professional courses and in jobs or looking for one. Except some regret that the industry was not fair to her, she appeared quite contented with her personal life.”
Lucky for her that she is no more in a slum.These are one room tenements in a building.
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What is all this that takes one so high in life and snatches everything the other day? It is their own Karma and destiny. Be that what it may, but the blog and comments gave a very sad reading.

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What is it that takes one so high in life and snatches every thing the other day? Is it Karma or destiny? Be that what it may but the blog as well as the comments, though quite Informative, gave a very sad reading.

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This cruel world 😥

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