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Nahin boloon nahin boloon

Posted on: April 6, 2013


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

TAMASHA (1952) was produced by Ashok Kumar and Savak Vacha under the banner of Bombay Talkies. When the film was conceptualised, both Ashok Kumar and Savak Vacha were contemplating leaving Bombay Talkies after handing over the management to the Workers’ Cooperative. Under the new management, three films – ‘Mashaal’ (1950), ‘Maa’ (1952) and ‘Tamaashaa’ (1952) were produced. Unfortunately, all these films did not get the commercial success plunging the Workers’ Cooperative into serious financial debt. Ashok Kumar, Dev Anand, Meena Kumari and many others tried to rescue it by offering to work free for its films. The trio – Ashok Kumar, Dev Anand and Meena Kumari and others worked for the banner while making ‘Baadbaan’ (1954). Unfortunately this film also failed miserably at the box office thus bringing down the curtains on Bombay Talkies Limited, the first listed company from Hindi film industry on the Bombay Stock Exchange.

I watched a few part by part video clips of the the film ‘Tamasha’ available on the internet and found the story plot interesting. Even the dialogues written by Krishan Chandar are catchy. The film was directed by Phani Majumdar. The star cast comprises of Ashok Kumar, Dev Anand, Meena Kumari, Kaushalya, Kishore Kumar, Sunalini Devi, Bipin Gupta, Shivraj, Randhir etc.

The story revolves around a young Dilip (Dev Anand), the heir apparent to his wealthy grandfather Rai Saheb (Bipin Gupta), who is in love with Nayantara (Kaushalya). She is aspiring to become a film actress. Her mother (Sunalini Devi) and a struggling film director (Randhir) conspire to use her relationship with Dilip to make him finance the film which would be her launching pad. The stumbling block is Dilip’s ‘ailing’ grandfather Rai Saheb who is against the alliance with Nayantara as this would bring shame to the family. Although Dilip keeps assuring him that he has severed all ties with her and pretends that he is in love with a homely girl Kiran (Meena Kumari) from a middle class family, he continues his alliance with Nayantara. To keep his grandfather happy, he even hires the services of Kiran to act as his love interest in the guise of a housekeeper.

Actually, Nayantara is in love with Ashok Kumar (I guess performing the role of the real Ashok Kumar, the actor). Her love interest to Dilip is confined only for his money while she really loves Ashok Kumar. Kiran finds the atmosphere in Rai Saheb’s house conducive for housekeeping work as the later is under the impression that she is going to be her future daughter-in-law. Also in the house, she finds Raju ( Kishore Kumar), the step brother of Dilip very helpful. As expected, Dilip is torn between infatuation with Nayantara and his liking for Kiran because of her good nature.

I do not know how the film ended as I could not get hold of some of the video clips of the latter parts of the film on the internet. But judging by the normal stance of such type of Hindi films, I guess that Dilip gets married to a homely girl Kiran and Ashok Kumar may be helping him in this direction.

The film had 8 songs of which 5 songs have already been discussed in the blog. During the making of this film, Khemchand Prakash died in harness and the responsibilities of music direction were entrusted to Manna Dey and S K Pal. Of the 8 songs, only one was composed by Khemchand Prakash, five by Manna Dey and two by S K Pal. Incidentally, the name of S K Pal as a music director does not figure in the credit titles of the film. Out of 8 songs, there is only one song sung by a male singer and that is by Kishore Kumar on himself. Rest 7 songs are by female playback singers. This may probably be the only film where Dev Anand as a lead actor did not get any song to sing. Also, I do not recall any other films than this one in which Dev Anand and Kishore Kumar acted together.

I have chosen a song ‘ nahin boloon nahin boloon’ sung by Rajkumari who had given playback for Kaushalya in the movie. The song was written by Bharat Vyas and set to music by S K Pal. This is the first song in the film and the character of Nayantara is introduced in the movie with it, . This is a typical mujra style song in which Rajkumari excels along with the genre of devotional songs.


Song-Nahin boloon nahin boloon(Tamasha)(1952) Singer-Rajkumari, Lyrics-Bharat Vyas, MD-S K Pal

Lyrics

nahin boloon
nahin boloon
mere man mein kya kya baaten
hato ghoonghat nahin kholoon
nahin boloon
nahin boloon
nahin boloon
mere man mein kya kya baaten
hato ghoonghat nahin kholoon
nahin boloon

kya kahte hain matwaare
do ras ke bhare naina
kya kahte hain matwaare
do ras ke bhare naina
ghoonghat mein simat baithe hain
koi laaj bhari maina
haay laaj bhari maina
mere man mein jo maina hai chhupi
chhupi
mere man mein jo maina hai chhupi
uske hi sang doloon doloon
uske hi sang doloon
nahin boloon
nahin boloon
boloon
nahin boloon
nahin boloon
nahin boloon
boloon
nahin boloon

chhup chhup mat dekho sajan
thhar thhar thhar kaanpen badan
chhup chhup mat dekho sajan
thhar thhar thhar kaanpen badan
maroo main haaye sharam se
maroon main haaye sharam se
ae ae ae
maroon main haay sharam se
umariya baali hai mori
haay umariya baali hai

nahin boloon
nahin boloon
mere man mein kya kya baaten
hato ghoonghat nahin kholoon
nahin boloon

3 Responses to "Nahin boloon nahin boloon"

The announcer is Krishnakant

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Thanks for identification of the actor.
He is not announcing the dance by Nayantara ( Kaushalya) on the dance floor. Actually, he is in his newspaper office reading the last part of his news report which he has already prepared in anticipation of the death of Rai Saheb, linking Rai Saheb’s ‘anticipated’ death with the love affairs of Dilip (Dev Anand) and the famous dancer and aspiring actress Nayantara….. and the camera pans on her.

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Kamath ji,
Bombay Talkies had a wonderful history.
In 1943/44,a group of disgruntled artists including Ashok kumar,Shashadhar mukherjee,Sawak Watchha,Gyan Mukherjee and others left Bombay Talkies and Filmistan was established in 1944. The first film of Filmistan was ‘ Chal chal re Naujawan ‘.
Ashokkumar was emotionally so much attached with Bombay Talkies,that he purchased Bombay Talkies in 1947 and made films like Majboor,Ziddi,Mahal,Mashaal,Muqaddar,Sangram,Maa and Tamasha.
After Tamasha,the condition of Bombay Talkies was terrible and Ashok kumar left it.
Few workers of Bombay Talkies established a Bombay Talkies Workers’ coop society and produced Baadbaan in 1952 but Filmistan was finally closed in 1954,for ever.
Recently I had read in papers that someone is trying to restart Bombay Talkies again.
Maa,Mashal and Tamasha were NOT made by the Coop society,but were produced by Ashok kumar under Bombay Talkies Banner only.
-AD

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