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Haan qaidi

Posted on: November 1, 2012


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This write up contains hard to find details on this obscure movie. This is the 400th obscure movie whose details have been provided by him in this blog.

I was very fond of seeing movies and listening to the songs since childhood. Those days, children were not allowed to see films, unlike today (only the other day I saw my neighbour taking his family of wife and 2 sons aged 10 and 14 to see the film “The Dirty picture”. I became sqeamish, but these are current trends). If at all a film was to be seen, the children had to go with their mother, aunt, grandmother or some such female relative and the film would invariably be “Ram Ravan Yudh” or “Bakasur ki Maut”.

Hyderabad state, where I spent my early years was ruled by a Muslim king- The Nizam(Ala Hazarat). There were some social customs, like Burkha, which reflected in the social lives of the citizen.

For example, in almost every theatre, there used to be a special class-“Zanana Class”. It was made out of the half of the Balcony class with a wall partition between them. The frontal portion facing the screen had a thick curtain, which was removed after the film started and covered again after the film ended, thus protecting the women spectators from the prying eyes of the public.

Same procedure was observed for Interval period also. Only women and small children were allowed in this subsidised class. A special ‘Curtain Mover’ used to be the incharge of this and the Zanana Class.

Usually a She -Male or a He -Female (dont know which) was appointed for women’s safety. This type of arrangement was also available in other muslim states like, Junagarh, Bhawalpur, Lucknow, Bhopal etc. Women used to make lot of noise and at times there were big quarrels, when the films were stopped, curtain moved, peace established and the films were restarted.

I was lucky to start seeing films independently from the end of 40s. Usually, it was from the school directly. Every Friday to Sunday, there used to be a Morning show from 11 am. In this, the tickets were almost half rates, like 4 annas, 6 annas, 12 annas etc. Thus I was able to see many films of 30s and 40s, till about 1955-56 or so.

Once I went to college, then to the job and other priorities of life, I saw less films, never missing an opportunity to see older films and making notes. From 1980 to 2000,I stopped seeing films, and when I retired in 1998, I dug out my old collections.

During my job days, I never used any computers though there was one in my cabin all the time. I started using computer in 2009. I learnt its ABC from my grandchildren, who seemed to know Bill Gates from their childhood ! They taught me how to surf, download the songs, send the E mails, how to make CDs etc. Somewhere in the end of 2010 I discovered ‘atulsongaday.wordpress.com’ and my life changed once again. I relived my memories of old films and songs. My sincere thanks to our dear ATUL JI for this.

Very few films of 30s and 40s are available on DVDs. Information about these films is difficult to get. it is mostly through books, articles and information provided by some selfless souls on their blogs and sites. There are hundreds of blogs on old films and music.

An astonishing fact is that many such blogs are run by foreigners from different countries. Memsaab, Richard etc are some examples. There are many more. Many people from abroad write comments on this blog and Lyrics are contributed from UK and USA regularly. This only shows how popular this blog is all over the world !

Today we will talk about a film from 1938. The name is BHABHI.

This was a Bombay talkies film directed by a German, Franz Osten- who knew India very well. The MD was Saraswati Devi and the Lyrics were by J.S.Casshyap Natwaan(he did Mmahatma Gandhi’s role in ” Nine Hours To Rama “). The cast was P.Jairaj, Renuka Devi, Pithawala, V.H.Desai, Meera, Maya Devi, Rama Shukul, Agha Jani Kashmiri(the lyricist-who was the younger brother of actor Nawab kashmiri, a fixture in calcutta films), Lalita Deulkar(later Mrs.Sudhir Phadke), Bimladevi, Surve etc etc. There were 11 songs in it sung by Renuka Devi, Meera, Saroj Borkar and S.N.Tripathi.

The Hero of the film was P JAIRAJ (1909-2000) who was born in a Zamindar family of Karimnagar in Telangana area of Hyderabad State. He was tall, handsome and well built. Those days almost every hero had to sing songs. Despite many attempts, Jairaj could never sing a single song in any of this films. When Playback started Jairaj was more happy that even R.C.Boral,a s now he did not need to sing songs.

The Heroine was RENUKA DEVI (1918-1989),whose real name was Khurshid Jahan and after marriage she became Begum Khurshid Mirza. She was from a rich family and entered films after she was a mother of a child. Her family supported her. Besides being very beautiful, she was a good singer. Her first film was Jeevan Prabhat-1937 from Bombay Talkies. After partition, she went to Pakistan and became a famous TV personality there.

I have not seen the film…atleast not the full film. One of my Pakistani friends had shown me few parts of the film during my Karachi visit in the 90s.

I have collected film’s information from Pakistani articles and from Mazhar.dk, all that is pakistani,, pakistan movie database and some other sites.

Kishorechand(Jairaj) is a good natured young businessman, having a big friend circle. His best friend is dying and Kishore gives him a promise that he will take care of Bimala(Maya Devi),his wife.

Basant dies and kishore brings Bimala to his house. The society and his parents disapprove their relationship as brother and sister and they are disowned and thrown out. The rent a house. After few days, one Mr. Vinay Babu (V.H.Desai) comes as their neighbour with his daughter Renuka(Renuka Devi). Kishore and Renuka fall in love, much to the annoyance of Anupam Babu(Rama Shukul) who too is a suitor for Renuka.

There is one more lover. Bela(Meera),a friend of Renuka also loves Kishore. Anupam spreads foul stories about Bimala and Kishore creating misunderstandings between the lovers. Luckily, Deshbandhu Upadhyaya(Pithawala) ex teacher of Kishore helps to clear all misunderstandings and the film ends in Hero-Heroine’s marriage.

We will see a song now which depicts the happy moments for the couple.

Audio

Video

Song-Ham qaidi(Bhabhi)(1938) Singers-Male voice, Renuka Devi, Lyrics-J S Kashyap, MD-Saraswati Devi
Male voice + Renuka Devi

Lyrics

haan
qaidi
haan qaidi
haan qaidi
tan man qaidi
jeewan qaidi
tan man qaidi
jeewan qaidi
qaidi
haan qaidi

nainan mein ye soorat qaidi
man mandir ye moorat qaidi
nainan mein ye soorat qaidi
man mandir ye moorat qaidi
qaidi
ham qaidi
waare is bandhan par saare
janm janm ki aazaadi
waare is bandhan par saare
janm janm ki aazaadi
ham qaidi
ham qaidi
ham qaidi

16 Responses to "Haan qaidi"

Arun Kumar Ji,
Loved your post.Took me back to the days i saw movies from ‘Zanana class'( though it was not known by that name in our town near Mangalore).I used to carried in arms to avoid buying ticket for me,till my legs almost reached the ground ( while being carried in arms 🙂 )
K S Shenoy

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Shenoy ji,
Thanks a lot.

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An interesting reminiscent of movie watching in theaters in olden days..

I was not that fortunate to see movies in my childhood days. There was an informal ‘Censor Board’ in my house to decide which film we could watch. My first movie I watched in a theater was ‘Samaj’ in 1954 in Bombay. I remember that stall tickets costed 5 annas ( equivalent to 30 paise).

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Thanks.

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Arun ji

Wonderful milestone – congratulations on reaching the 400 mark with your write ups on films from the yesteryears. The information that you provide is such a treasure, because it is not available elsewhere in print or on the internet. And it is valuable because it is first hand information, as you have seen it and recorded it.

Thanks for this treasure of information, that cannot be duplicated from elsewhere.

And yes, a wonderful reminder of a vintage song. 🙂

Rgds
Sudhir

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Sudhir ji,
Thanks.
All this was possible because of people like you and Atul ji,who encouraged me by motivating words,from time to time.
I am also thankful to you for various discussions we had in the past on several topics,which enhanced my knowledge.
-AD

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Arun ji

Congratulations on 400th post and thank you very very much for sharing your memories with us.

Regards
Prakash

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Prakash ji,
I feel very happy to join the august company of you and Sudhir ji,who have reached milestones of 400 in the respective fields.
Thanks for your kind words.
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ADji,
Congrats on your incredible feat and thereby offering us a veritable delectable and delicious dish of treasure troves of info.

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Nitin ji,
Thanks.
I believe,knowledge increases by sharing it with others.
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Arunkumar Ji,
We were paying only one and half annas for the floor section in the forties in Guntur district. Luckily we were allowed to go by ourselves if the movie hall was with in three miles. There were touring talkees between villages which is used to shift a bit every few years to come under different jurisdictions. There were Tamil and Hindi movies too but Barsaat was shown in a small town five miles away. I had to wait until 1964 to watch that movie. But I did watch Rattan in the forties or early fifties (we were in that village till 1952) and I remember my mother singing songs fromRattan as well as songs from Tamil films. But I was completely turned of film songs after ‘ Bol Radha bol’ from Sangam(?) and started listening film songs only a few years ago again. This blog is helping connecting the dots and your wonderful posts are bringing back the memories of those days.

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What a wonderful post, Arunji. I love reading about experiences of that period (1930s-1960s). And congratulations on your 400th contribution here. Each one is priceless – as it is original and full of information, without missing out even the minutest of details. Thank you SO much!

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Raja ji,
I am honoured.elated and happy that my contributions are being liked by the people who I respect and whose opinions do matter to me immensely.
Thanks Raja ji for your encouraging and motivating words which will keep me going on and on….
-AD

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Arunji,
Sorry…sorry….sorry…
Late ho gayi aapko badhayi dene mein. “Congratulations” and “thank you” shabd bahut chhote lagte hai, aap ke is vishaal yogdaan ke liye. Since I have joined this blog, I learned so many things from your posts, comments not only about the movies, but also about other aspects of life. Dhanyawaad.

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Khyati ji,
I am thankful to people like you whose words always encouraged me to continue doing this sharing of information which is collected by me over a considerably long period.
The notes which I used to make about the films are in such bad shape by now that many papers have been discarded by me,having recorded the info on this blog.
Thanks once again for your useful comments from time to time.
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