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Ek preetam ki do pyaari

Posted on: October 30, 2013


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

This is a song from Sagar Movietone’s film ” Service Ltd”-39. It was a social cum crime cum mystery cum comedy film directed by Chimanlal Luhar, a well known director of those times. The music was by Anupam Ghatak, Lyricists were Zia Sarhadi and Pt.Indra and the cast included Surendra, Maya Banerjee, Bibbo, Yakub, Kayam Ali, Bhudo, Sankatha and other Sagars regulars.

After the initial enthusiasm of making Mythologicals and Parsi Theatre type costume dramas, film makers of the late 30s started trying to present films based on imported themes or comedy films. While films were made on works of authors like Agatha Christie etc, there were directors who tried their hands on offbeat entertaining themes.

Because of the studio system, each studio had their set of Directors, Music Directors, actors and actresses. Ranjit and Sagar had the cream of the industry in their studio and they made films in quick succession.

Ranjit boasted of directors like, Nandlal Jaswantlal, Jayant Desai and Chaturbhuj Doshi and Sagar had Sarvottam Badami and Chimanlal Luhar. Outside these two studios there was Kishore Sahu, who too made comedy films, taking inspiration from foreign films. (so this disease is present here from the beginning ! ).

Service Ltd. was also a comedy mixed film directed by Chimanlal Luhar. This is what is written about Luhar in the book ‘ Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema’ by Ashish Rajadhyaksha and Paul Willemen-

Chimanlal Muljibhoy Luhar (1901-48)

Hindi director. Chemistry graduate from Bombay University. Noted author and critic in early 1920s, e.g. in journals like Vismi Sadi, Navchetan and Bombay Chronicle. Started career as laboratory assistant at Kohinoor Studio in the 20s. Became noted cameraman working e.g. for several documentaries with Bombay-based production unit K.D. Brothers, apparently under tutelage of an English cameraman affiliated to the Prince of Wales’s official entourage during his tour of India. Following a brief stint at Saurashtra Film in Rajkot (1925), and a longer one at Krishna Film, where he shot around 20 films, he joined Sharda with Dagabaaz Duniya (1926). His later films at Sharda included several Master Vithal stunt movies (e.g. Gul Badan, Kanak Kanta, both 1928). Wrote and shot Harshadrai Mehta’s costumed spectacle Janjirne Jankare (1927), praised by the ICC Report. Turned producer (1931) with partner Harshadrai Mehta (Mehta-Luhar Prod.) continuing in the Master Vithal vein of stunt and adventure thrillers starring Navinchandra. Then a partner in Sharda (1933) and a director at Sagar (1934-40), where he began signing his name to his films and introduced the stunt genre. Later directed Prakash Pics (1941-6).

FILMOGRAPHY: 1932: Sassi Punnu; 1935: Silver King; Talash-e-Haq; 1936: Do Diwane/Be? Kharab Jan; 1937: Captain Kirti Kumar; 1938: Dynamite; 1939: Kaun Kisika; Seva Samaj; 1940: Saubhagya; 1941: Darshan; 1942: Station Master; 1943: School Master; 1944: Us Paar; 1946: Bindiya.

The music Director Anupam Ghatak was born in 1911 at Mymensingh(now in Bangladesh). he took music lessons from father Atul Ghatak and Keshav ganesh Dhekan. He became excellent Flautist. After a short stint in AIR,he joined as asst. to B C Boral (brother of Raichand Boral) and later to R C Boral himself for Vidyapati-1937

His Hindi film career started with ‘Tarzan ki Beti-38 and Bhole Bhale-39. He gave music to only 17 Hindi films, which included Ladies Only, Service Ltd., Sadhana, Uski tamanna, Civil marriage, Sri ramanuj etc. In Lahore he did Champa, Badnami and Shalimar before Partition. His last Hindi film was Shamsheer, which was released only in 1953, after he died in 1948 itself.

Though he was not much successful in Hindi, his place in the Bangla music is very high, next only to R C Boral and Pankaj Mullik. He died very young, but his name in Bangla Music will be remembered for many years.

The story of Service Limited-1939 was very interesting and a little ‘hat ke’ than the usual films of that era. The film was a commentary on existing laws which are inadequate to prevent crookery or stop them. The criminals take advantage of this lacuna and operate without getting caught. The film tried to suggest that the crooks should begiven a dose of their own medicines !

Shobhana Devi (Maya Banerjee) is young, beautiful and very rich girl whose father Seth Ramnath is murdered by a gang by cheating him of lakhs of rupees. Jagmohandas(Yakub) is the chief of the gang which did this to the Seth and Shobhana knew it. The law was unable to do anything without direct proof.

Her father had appointed a committee of 3 Trustees for her as guardians, consisting of a senior, Sir Motilal, his personal physician Dr. Mehmood and a young,brilliant Barrister Anil (Surendra,BA,LLB himself).

She decided to start a firm ‘Sewa Samaj’ or ‘Service Ltd’, to help the victims of this gang, whom Police could not help. Barrister Anil, who loves her, helps her in this project.

Their first case is of a young girl Vasanti who is blackmailed by her ex-lover with her love letters. Anil meets Biharilal, the lover, as Vasanti’s bridegroom who wants to buy the love letters. In return Anil pays him with forged money. This money is forged by the Jagmohan’s gang only. Thus police arrest the lover.

The second case of Lady Sulochana and her stolen Necklace worth Two Lakhs,is also solved by giving the crooks a dose of their ownn medicine.

The third and final case is where Jagmohan’s goon has stolen a national Treaty copy to sell to an enemy country. With the help of Police Shobhana and Anil catch all the culprits and finally destroy Jagmohan’s Gang. Jagmohan is sent to Jail and Shobhana’s revenge is complete.

Anil and Shobhana unite.

Now let us hear the comic song from Surendra.


Song-Ek preetam ki do pyaari (Sewa Samaj)(1939) Singer-Surendra, Lyrics-Zia Sarhadi, MD-Anupam Ghatak

Lyrics

suna
ek preetam ki do pyaari
ha ha ha ha

ek preetam ki do pyaari
ek preetam ki do pyaari
main kaisa hoon sansaari re ae
kaisa hoon sansaari re ae
kaisa hoon sansaari
ek pyaari ka naam hai nindiya
ek pyaari ka naam hai nindiya
aankhon ki wo raani hai
aankhon ki wo raani hai
aur doosri tu pyaari
aur doosri tu pyaari
man mandir ki raani hai
man mandir ki raani hai
dono par main balihaari
dono par main balihaari
dono par main balihaari
dono par main balihaari
main kaisa hoon sansaari re ae
kaisa hoon sansaari

dono sautan jang machaayen
dono sautan jang machaayen
jang mein rang manaayen
jang mein rang manaayen
haan haan
dono sautan jang machaayen
dono sautan jang machaayen
jang mein rang manaayen
ye kahen raat hamaari
ye kahe raat hamaari
ye kahen raat hamaari
ye kahe raah hamaari

aadhi aadhi raat baant lo
aadhi aadhi raat baant lo
maano
maano baat hamaari re ae
maano baat hamaari
maano baat hamaari re ae
maano baat hamaari
main kaisa hoon sansaari re ae
kaisa hoon sansaari

1 Response to "Ek preetam ki do pyaari"

Arun ji,
Thanks. Quite interesting lyrics.

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