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Duniya na dekhe zamaana na jaane

Posted on: June 14, 2013


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

In our series ” Lata with uncommon singers” today, today we will hear a song from Honeymoon-1960. This is sung by Lata with DWIJEN MUKHERJEE.

Dwijen Mukherjee (b. 12-11-1927) is not a very famous name in HFM, but in Bangla Music he was a legend. Having recorded 1500 songs (800 Rabindra Geet), he gave music to many Bangla films. He won several awards and is on many Government bodies too. Last year his 85th Birthday was celebrated with joy and gusto in Bengal.

He started as a Professional singer in 1944 and cut his first disc in 1945. In the late 40s, he met Salil Chaudhari and was drawn towards IPTA work. He too came to Bombay with Salilda in 1953 to sing songs in Hindi films . He sang only in Salil da’s films like Honeymoon, Jawahar, Maya, Sapan suhane and a solo in Madhumati.

Then he went back to Bengal and made a big name for himself there.

Dwijen was one of the three singers with similar voices. THe three being Hemant kumar, Subir Sen and Dwijen- who were were known as ‘Tridev’ in Bengal due to their similar voices.

His mentor and Music Director of Honeymoon, Salil Chaudhari was born on 19-11-1925. He was a writer, poet, Revolutionary in thinking and a Musician. Out of the four major Bengali composers of HFM, he was the last to come to Bombay. Anil Biswas came in 1934, S D Burman came in 1946, Hemant kumar came in 1952 and Salil da came in 1953. For the next 42 years Salil da gave music to 75 Hindi, 26 Malayalam and several Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Gujrathi, Marathi, Asaamese and Oriya films. In this he was unique as the only Music Director giving music in so many languages. He was actively involved in IPTA and was known as the only thinking Musician in India.

Rikshawala-52, a Bengali film, written by Salil da was remade in Hindi as DO BIGHA ZAMEEN-53 by Bimal Roy and Salil da gave music to the film. He used folk tunes of Bengal and Bihar in this film. His communist leaning was evident when he used Soviet Union’s Red Army marching Tune for “Dharati kahe pukar ke” in Do Bigha Zameen.

He had a special relationship with Lata. They used to spend lots of time together discussing songs and other things. Lata sang 108 songs in 37 films of Salil da, giving 66 solos and 42 duets and others.

Honeymoon was a Jubilee Pictures film, directed by Lekhraj Bhakri,with music by Salil Chaudhari(his assistant was kanu Ghosh). The cast was Manoj Kumar, Sayeeda Khan, Kuldeep Kaur, Sabita Chatterjee, Lalita Pawar, Vijaya Chaudhari, Jeevan, Radhkrisna etc.

This was the last film of Kuldeep Kaur. Immediately after this film Kuldeep Kaur died a very tragic death.

Actress Kuldip Kaur’s life story cannot be separated from erstwhile united Punjab’s premier twin cities of Lahore and Amritsar. She was the daughter of a wealthy landlord family of Punjab and the daughter –in –law of the Emperor of the Sikh Empire Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s daredevil military commander General Sham Singh Attariwala’s grandson. Her in-law’s place of residence was in village Attari located on Amritsar district’s border with Lahore district just off the Grand Trunk Road and was eighteen miles away from both Amritsar and Lahore. The lady, Kuldip Kaur was a shy, simple and a beautiful Sikh young lady. With skin so fair and translucent that she had no competition among the elite class that she belonged to. Although her beauty had no comparison, still her mind was very much down to earth and traditional. But the affluent lifestyle of the elite in Punjab changed her life forever.

Kuldip Kaur was born sometime between 1926 and 1928 and was brought up like a princess. Her spoiled Sardar husband always wanted his charming wife Kuldip Kaur to live and act like a modern lady of any metropolis of India. He wanted his wife to learn swimming and rub shoulders with the club going English elite based in Lahore and Amritsar. Once exposed to the club culture, Kuldip Kaur also started getting effected by its dark side. Since Lahore was a popular film city, Kuldip Kaur started dreaming about becoming a film actress. According to one story, Kuldip Kaur started admiring the professional qualities of actor Pran Nath, who was in acting profession in Lahore since 1940, when he successfully performed the role of a hero in Punjabi film “Yamla Jatt”. Pran loved the modern and permissive lifestyle of Lahore. By July and August of 1947, communal violence erupted into a full-fledged operation of ethnic cleansing primarily between the Muslims and the Sikhs and both Lahore and Amritsar were engulfed in the worst sectarian violence in recent history. Kuldip Kaur had no ill will against the Islam as a religion and several Muslims were her and her husband Mohinder Singh Pampa’s good friends. But things were getting out of control in Lahore and Amritsar. Both Pran and Kuldip Kaur were compelled by the quickly changing circumstances to leave Lahore in a jiffy, leaving virtually every belonging behind. Her own village being right on the border was also not peaceful either. So Kuldip Kaur decided to leave straight for Bombay. According to one story, in order to impress actor Pran, Kuldip Kaur decided to bring Pran’s stranded car from Lahore to Bombay. In a gesture of unprecedented daredevilry, she travelled from the safety of Bombay and Amritsar to Lahore and drove Pran’s car first to Amritsar and then she drove it all the way to Bombay, where she handed over the keys to a surprised but thankful Pran.

After leaving for Bombay, Kuldip Kaur’s contact with her parents and in-laws got diminished. On arrival in Bombay, Kuldip Kaur made up her mind to plunge headlong into the film industry. She was prepared to act in Hindi/Urdu as well as Punjabi films. The experts of film industry were of the opinion that her large piercing eyes, robust build and her flat chin made her an ideal choice for the role of a vamp. The first ranking heroines of the time included Durga Khote, Naseem Bano, Madhubala, Nargis, Suraiya and Nutan. Other heroines included Binarai, Shyama, Nimmi, Nirupa Roy, Meena Shori, Nigar Sultana, Veena and Kamini Kaushal. There was a real shortage of ladies willing to perform the role of vamps. One of Kuldip Kaur’s first films was a Punjabi blockbuster “Chaman” (1948). Within the same year Kuldip Kaur acted in two Hindi/Urdu films Ziddi and Grahsthi. All her 1948 films did well at the box office. After that she neverlooked back and went from strength to strength. At one stage Kuldip Kaur was so busy in her film roles that for a long duration she did not have time to visit Punjab.

In 1949, Kuldip Kaur worked in at least two films “Ek Thi Ladki” and “Kaneez”. “Ek Thi Ladki” was a blockbuster. Music Director Vinod composed some great tunes for this movie. “Kaneez”, featuring the music of Ghulam Haider did not do too well. In 1950, Kuldip Kaur acted in two great musical Hindi movies “Samadhi” and “Adhi Raat” and did two Punjabi movies “Madari” and “Chhai”. 1951 was a great year for Kuldip Kaur, she played the roles of vamps in six movies “Stage”, “Rajput”, “Nai Zindagi”, “Ek Nazar”, “Afsana” and “Mukhra”. Her role in film “Afsana”, which featured a brilliant actor Ashoke Kumar was critically appreciated. 1952 was another great year for Kuldip Kaur. She worked in four movies “Shisham”, “Nau Bahar”, “Baiju Bawra” and “Anjaam”. Again her role was highly praised in film “Baiju Bawra”. In 1953 again Kuldip Kaur had four films “Mashooka”, “Baaz”, “Anarkali” and “Aabshar”. Out of these “Anarkali” was a super hit and her role stole the limelight. 1954 was another great year for Kuldip Kaur. She was featured in three movies “Lal Pari”, “Gul Bahar” and “Daak Babu”. 1955 was one of the busiest professional years for Kuldip Kaur. She played the bad girl’s role in “Teer Andaz”, “Miss Coca Cola”, “Mast Qalandar” and “Jashan”. 1956 was sort of a lean year for Kuldip Kaur, she worked in two films, but none was released. Two of Kuldip Kaur starrer movies, spilled over from 1956, were released in 1957. These were “Sheroo” and “Ek Saal”. In 1958 Kuldip Kaur had her roles in two films “Sahara” and “Panchayat”. In 1959, Kudip Kaur had her roles in three more films “Pyaar Ka Rishta”, “Mohar” and “Jagir”. Out of these, one film “Mohar” was a great musical, its music composed by Madan Mohan was simply outstanding. When she had fewer Hindi films in hand, she worked in Punjabi films. 1960 started as a reasonably good year for Kuldip Kaur. She had already completed a Hindi film “Maa Baap” and a Punjabi film “Yamla Jatt” and more pictures were on the way.

But during this very year, her life was cut short when she got some thorns in her feet and legs and she pulled those out by herself. True to her character of a daredevil woman, she took her injuries lightly and did not seek medical advice immediately. Her sores became not only septic, but she got Tetanus too, which is incurable. Kuldip Kaur died in 1960. She led a fast paced life and her end came as abruptly too. Her husband, who even in separation loved her immensely was left a heart broken man. A few years later one day, while blessing a newly married couple, he told them to live together until death and not abandon each other while living. This message reflected his extreme pain at the desertion by his beloved wife. I thought it will be appropriate to record, at least a partial history of Kuldip Kaur. Her fascinating life story has several lessons for the present readers and the unborn posterity. ( Thanks to apna.org)

In Hindi film Industry, there were many deaths which were Tragic.

Geeta Bali died of Small Pox. Her father had also died of Small Pox, but Geeta always refused to get the Small pox vaccine.

Music director Vinod had died of Tetanus caused by a small wound while shaving.

Shankar Das Gupta died on Railway platform, while alighting from a slowing train.

Composer Madhulal master was found murdered in his house.

Sayeeda Khan was shot dead by her husband ,who also shot himself.

Vasant Desai died in Lift doors when it started suddenly.

Other actors who met tragic ends also included Nalini Jaywant, Parveen babi, Vatsala Kumthekar, Parshuram etc.

The story of HONEYMOON-1960 was-

Shanta and Prema are fast friends. Both are educated. shanta is bold. Prema is timid. After father’s death, Shanta has to live with her elder cousin brother, Sitaram,who works in a office. His wife does not like Shanta’s modern behaviour.

Prema’s father is rich and encourages free behaviour of girls,which is resented by his wife.

Once Shanta meets Kishore, who is a painter,but his paintings are never sold. He stays with Deendayal who treats him as his brother. Deendayal and Sitaram fix Shanta’s marriage with Kishore. Shanta takes a test of Kishore and then refuses to marry him. But soon she realises that his love is genuine, and she wants to marry him. Now his brother refuses as kishore is very poor. Nevertheless Shanta marries him and they start a happy life.

Prema meets a ultra modern boy Kailash and without making any enquiry marries him. They both go to London for Honeymoon.

Shanta and Kishore are leading a happy life despite poverty. One day prema comes back from London. Kailash has cheated her and left her in London.

Prema realises that it is not modernity alone, but Love that is more important for a happy married life.


Song-Duniya na dekhe zamaana na jaane (Honeymoon)(1960) Singers-Dwijen Mukherji, Lata, Lyrics-Shailendra, MD-Salil Chaudhary
Both

Lyrics

Duniya na dekhe
zamaana na jaane
chalo kahin door chalen aen
jahaan din raat sapnon ke phool khile
duniya na dekhe
zamaana na jaane
chalo kahin door chalen aen
jahaan din rat sapnon ke phool khile

duniya na dekhe
zamaana na jaane ae ae

aa aa aaha
aa aa aa aaa
o ho ho
a aa aa aa
aa haa aaa haa

aa haa haa
aa haa haa

Pyaar bahe badhaye
dekho Humko bulaye
Rut ye suhani
ja ke na aaye
Pyaar baahen badhaaye ae ae
dekho
Humko bulaaye

chalo
us nagri mein jahaan
preet Ke deep jale
o o o
chalo us nagari mein jahaan
preet ke deep jale

jahaan din rat sapno ke phool khile
duniya na dekhe
zamana na jaane ae ae

aa aa a aahh aaha
aa aahaa
o o o o
aa haa aa haa

aa haa aa haa haa haa
saath tum ho mere
mujhe kya chahiye
mere ho tum me hu tumhare liye

saath tum ho mere ae ae
mujhe kya chaahiye
tum hi duniya ho meri
log jalen to jalen

tum hi duniya ho meri
log jalen to jalen
jahaan din raat sapno ke phool khile
duniya na dekhe
zamaana na jaane ae ae

3 Responses to "Duniya na dekhe zamaana na jaane"

How come all Bangla singer has, if not same, have similar voices. Is it because most of them smoke Charminar and lap up fish dishes. Needs investigation.

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He sang Naam Mera Nimmo Mukam Ludhiana with Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey; MD: Salil Chowdhury; Lyrics: Shailendra; in film Sapan Suhane (1961) starring Helen, Chandrashekhar, Bhagwan Dada, Balraj Sahni
Also sang in same film Nazar Se Mil Gayi Nazar Aur Pal Me Dil Tera Hua.
Tera Aankh Se Aankh Milana with Binota Chakraborty MD: Nachiketa Ghosh; Lyrics: B M Sharma; Film: 25th July (1951)

I think she also acted in Bade Ghar ki Bahu-1961; Farmaish-1953; Naach-1949; Neelam Pari-1952;

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Sounds like a ‘tonga song’.

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