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Lo khili khet mein sarson

Posted on: January 4, 2014


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.

The 13th song in the ” VINTAGE KISHORE ” series is from film Lehren-1953. It is a duet by Kishore and Lata and the Music Director is C.Ramchandra.

Lehren-53 was produced by C.Ramchandra under the banner of New Sai Productions. This was a Production house established by C.Ramchandra and actor Omprakash. They were very good friends. Under this banner,they produced 3 films- Jhanjhar-53, Lehren-53 and Duniya Gol hai-55. All 3 films were eminently average and flopped with a bang. C.Ramchandra says about Jhanjhar-53, in his Marathi Autobiography-” Majhya Jeevana chi Sargam”… ” the failure of Jhanjhar reminded me of the failure of my very First film ” Naganand’-1935. it was withdrawn from the Theatre after its First show, when only 7 people had come to see the film ! Atleast Jhanjhar ran for a few days !! ”

Film Jhanjhar and Filmistan’s Anarkali were being made at the same time and C.Ramchandra was the Music Director for both the films. Being his own and First film, C Ramchandra was taking extra efforts on Jhanjhar music, but he was not neglecting Anarkali work. However, Filmistan-which knew about his own film Jhanjhar- thought otherwise. When C Ramchsndra went to Kolhapur for another of his film-Raja Shiv Chhatrapati, in which Lata Mangeshkar had also done a small role; he received a legal notice from Filmistan, accusing him of neglecting the work of Anarkali !

As luck would have it, Jhanjhar released ( or was allowed to release by Filmistan, because Filmistan had cleared Anarkali from Censors in jan-53 itself-2 months before Jhanjhar was Censored) before Anarkali and Flopped miserably. (Personally I like the music of Jhanjhar very much). When Anarkali released it made several records in popularity for its Music !

All three films of New Sai productions were Flops. Though C.Ramchandra was the Music Director for all 3 films, he surprisingly did not sing even one song in any of these films. The music of Jhanjhar and Lehren was good, but ‘Duniya gol hai’ flopped because the Music, Story and the Direction by Omprakash were all below average. I remember, in those days,the Trailer of Duniya Gol hai was more popular that the film itself. In the Trailer of ‘Duniya gol hai’, Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar and Ashok Kumar, appear separately on the screen and claim that They have directed the film. Lastly, at the end, Ompraksh appears on the screen and announces- ” Yeh sab paagal hain. Film to maine Direct kee hai. Jaroor dekhana”. In this film, as many as 13 actors made ‘Guest Appearance’, obviously for the love of Ompakash.

Lehren-53 had 10 songs in it. Kishore had 1 solo and one duet each with Lata and Shamshad Begum. The cast was, Kishore Kumar, Shyama, Shakuntala, Bipin Gupta, Omprakash, Sunder, Leela Mishra, Iftikhar etc.

The story of Lehren-53 revolves around 3 characters. One Hero and 2 Heroines. Kishore loves Shakuntala and treats Shyama sympathatically because she had lost her parents. She stays with her uncle omprakash. Shyama however takes Kishore’s sympathy as his love for her. Even his uncle and Kishore’s best friend Sunder think that way. This happens because Kishore feels too shy to express his love for Shakuntala. This situation becomes very embarrassing for Kishore, especially as he is pushed to marry Shyama. This part of the story is upto Interval.

After Interval, Kishore tries very hard to get out of this tricky situation and succeeds by first telling the truth to Sunder and then to uncle Omprakash. They make a plan so that Shyama overhears Kishore’s love dialogues to Shakuntala. But this has an opposite effect. Shyama thinks that Kishore has played a double game with both the girls.

At the end, all misunderstandings are cleared( for which Shakuntala has to pretend her suicide and sacrifice to allow Shyama and Kishore to get married). Shyama steps back and Kishore and Shakuntala are married.

The film had several comedy scenes. The film was directed by the veteran Harnaam Singh Rawail (H S Rawail).

H S Rawail (21-8-1921 to 17-9-2004) was a script writer,Cinematographer,producer and Director. he directed 22 famous films like Shukriya, Zid, Patanga-49, Sagai, Saqi, Shagufa, Mastana, Shararat-59, Mere Mehboob etc.

Born in Lyallpur in 1921, Harnam Singh Rawail (H. S. Rawail) came to Mumbai as a teenager with the dream of making movies and no money in his pocket. Rawail soon moved to Kolkata where he wrote several scripts before moving onto direction.

Rawail marked his directorial debut in Bollywood with Dorangia Daku in 1940. The movie unfortunately didn’t click at the box-office.

Rawail’s films Shukriya (1944) and Zid (1945) had failed to create any impact on the audience. Jhoothi Kasmein (1948) and Do Baatein (1949) were failures too. It was only in 1949, when he tasted success with Patanga. The movie was quite popular during that time. Rawail started getting recognised in the industry.

In 1951, Rawail had two flops with Sagai and Jawani Ki Aag, both failing to create an impact on the audience. Madhubala-starrer Saqi (1952), Shagufa (1953), Lehren (1953), Mastana (1954), Teerandaz (1955) and Pocket Maar (1956) had also failed to gather success. Rawail came back after three years with Shararat (1959), starring Raaj Kumar, Kishore Kumar and Meena Kumari, besides others. It had some nice comedy sequences, but still couldn’t gain much attention from the public. In 1961, Rawail had two releases. Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja, starring the evergreen Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman, was a big flop. Kanch Ki Gudiya, starring Manoj Kumar as the main lead, had also failed to gather a big box-office collection. Mere Mehboob (1963), starring Rajendra Kumar and Sadhana, was a big musical blockbuster. That was the turning point in Rawail’s career. It is known to be one of the best romantic films ever made in Bollywood. Sunghursh (1968), starring Dilip Kumar and Sanjeev Kumar besides others, was a good film, but was a below average earner at the box-office. Rawail then produced and directed Mehboob Ki Mehndi (1971), featuring Rajesh Khanna and Leena Chandravarkar. The film depicted the Muslim culture well, but was a resounding flop. It did have some great music though. Laila Majnu (1976) was written and directed by Rawail. The film, starring Rishi Kapoor and Ranjeeta Kaur in lead roles, became a huge blockbuster. The Muslim social Deedar-E-Yaar (1982), produced by the film’s hero Jeetendra and directed by Rawail, was a remake of sorts of Mere Mehboob. The film scripted by H. S. Rawail’s son, Rahul Rawail, was one of the biggest box office disasters in the history of Indian cinema, wiping out senior Rawail’s career as a film-maker.

Rahul Rawail paid his father’s best work a compliment when he titled one of his films “Jeevan Ek Sangharsh” in 1990. (Thanks to Gomolo).

India is notoriously famous for poor records of History. Same is applicable to Film industry too. Look out for statistics of any singer and you have half a dozen different numbers. What is worse is, that few writers have written Biographies of singers, incorporating their statistics and these too are not without shortcomings. The worst thing is the singer himself never ever keeps his own record. Take the example of leading singers like Lata. The fiasco of her Guiness record claim is too well known to be repeated here. She actually seems to be lower than Asha or Rafi. Of course, nothing is guaranteed as far as number of songs are concerned.

As per one set of Statistics, Kishore Kumar has sung a total number of 2909 songs and the break up is like this-

Hindi film songs
—————————
solos-1135
Duets-1320
Mixed-195
———————————
Total Hindi film songs- 2650
Number of Films-1094
———————————
Hindi NFS- 13
other Language Film songs-177
Other language NFS- 69
————————
Grand Total2909

Today’s song is ” Lo, khili khet mein Sarson ‘. I am sure that Punjabi readers and lovers of Punjabi food will immediately remember ” Sarson ka saag aur Makke di Roti”,which is a popular dish in this Winter season….

Let’s enjoy the song. Rajinder Krishan is the lyricist.

Lyrics of this song were provided by Nitin Shah.


Song-Lo khili khet mein sarson (Lehren)(1953) Singer-Lata, Kishore Kumar, Lyrics-Rajinder Krishan, MD-C Ramchandra

Lyrics(Provided by Nitin Shah)

lo khili khet mein sarson
ye sun sun guzre barson
tum banoge mere baalma
aaj ya kal ya parson
lo khili khet mein sarson
ye sun sun guzre barson
tum banoge mere baalma
aaj ya kal ya parson

din door nahin wo gori
tum hoke rahogi mori
din door nahin wo gori
tum hoke rahogi mori

kahin bhool na jaana sainyaa
mere dil ki karke chori
kahin bhool na jaana sainyaa
mere dil ki karke chori
kahin intezar mein tere
murjha na jaaye sarson
tum banoge mere baalma
aaj ya kal ya parson
lo khili khet mein sarson
ye sun sun guzre barson
tum banoge mere baalma
aaj ya kal ya parson

mere sang sang chalte rahiyo
phir baat na aisi kahiyo
mere sang sang chalte rahiyo
phir baat na aisi kahiyo

dar laage mere jee ko
kahin chhod mujhe na jaiyo
dar laage mere jee ko
kahin chhod mujhe na jaiyo
ho jaaungi main peeli
jaisee peeli ye sarson
tum banoge mere baalma
aaj ya kal ya parson
lo khili khet mein sarson
ye sun sun guzre barson
tum banoge mere baalma
aaj ya kal ya parson

1 Response to "Lo khili khet mein sarson"

Amazed to see that no comment so far for this superb melodious and very rare song, especially when article posted by “Living Encyclopaedia” Arun Sir and moreover for a special series “Vintage Kishore”

Thanks for this nice write-up as usual, very informative on H.S. Rawail A very humming song with the essence of soil. Also thanks to Radjesh Ashabhosle for uploading the song on YT.

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