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Us dil ki kismat kya kahiye

Posted on: June 4, 2014


This article is written by Sudhir, 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.

She was born as Tejeshwari, a name given to her by her father. She was also called Fatima, a name given to her by her mother. The story of her parents and her birth, is like a fairy tale of destiny. As they say, when love has to happen, it will. And at the place where it is destined to happen, the players and participants all reach that place, by design.

Her father, an aspiring student of medicine, came to Calcutta, all the way to Rawalpindi (now in Pakistan) to complete his preparatory studies (pre-medical), and was supposed to sail for England from Calcutta itself. Her mother, by then a famous singing star in the world of classical music as well as the film industry in Bombay, came to Calcutta in connection with her career assignments. Her father belonged to a high status Hindu family of Rawalpindi. Her mother, a Muslim, was already a mother of two sons. In Calcutta, a chance meeting happened, and then love followed. Given this background of her parents, this seems to be the most unlikely of the possibilities of two people from such diverse antecedents, to fall in love, and be attached and committed enough to set up and sustain this exemplary relationship.

It is obvious that her father’s family was dead against this relationship, for many reasons. But, as they say, love is blind. And it is also defiant and committed. Her father changed his religion. He gave up his family. He gave up his career, and cancelled his plans for studies in England. He married his lady love. The year was 1928. They traveled back to Bombay and settled there. And our protagonist was born this day (1 june), in 1929.

Her father’s name – Uttam Chand Mohan Chand. Her mother’s name – Jaddan Bai. Besides being named Tejeshwari and Fatima, she was in general called by the name Baby Rani. For many a year, including her appearances in child roles, that is the name by which she would be known. She had just stepped into her teens, when Mehboob Khan, a family friend, proposed to cast her in the leading role in his upcoming film. He invited her for a screen test. She was judged as successful and the role was assigned to her. The Mehboob Khan suggested her to change her name for silver screen. He reasoned that names like Fatima or Tejeshwari or even Rani seemed unlikely and unimpressive as the name for a leading lady. He had a preference for letter ‘N’. He gave her screen name, ‘Nargis’. In 1943, she appeared in ‘Taqdeer’ with this name, playing opposite to Motilal and Chandramohan. Both the name and the film proved to be change of destiny for her.

Remembering Nargis on the 85th anniversary of her birth (1st June).

Born under the Gemini sun sign, she proved her mettle to the hilt, playing many an opposite roles concurrently in life. She is the nippy and spring-in-the-step upscale young woman in many a film and also in real life – she was the tomboy of Marine Drive. She is also the white sari clad ‘Jogan’ (1950), and ‘Laajwanti’ (1958). And in the magum opus of her career – ‘Mother India’ (1957), she is the young bride who looks the most exquisite beauty from a fairy tale, in “Pee Ke Ghar Aaj Pyaari Dulhaniya Chali” and > “Matwaala Jiya Doley Piyaa” ; and she is also the resolute mother who puts a bullet into her own son, to save the honor of another young girl. It was an ultimate testimony that in 1967 she played the role of a lady with a split personality in the film ‘Raat Aur Din’. She won the national award for best actress that year.

Meaningful and honest relationships were the bulwark of her life. Her drive and his family, and her makeup team, remained with her all her life. Time was when the scorching chemistry between her and Raj Kapoor sizzled not only the projection screens, but also the real life. Then, getting back from a person who would only use others as stepping stones, she stepped into a lifetime relationship with Sunil Dutt that became a real life illustration of a committed household personality. She gave up a career that was still at a high point on popularity graph. It was in the late sixties that SS Vasan, the famous director, approached her for a role in his upcoming film. He presented her with a blank check, for her to fill in the amount she desired. She returned the check, and the offer, saying that she was doing three films already – Sanju, Anju, and Priya (names of her three children).

Her screen career lasted almost three decades. She is well known for many trying and difficult performances that she accomplished on screen. Like her father, she once also was an aspiring doctor. Despite her inclinations, the life and family circumstances steered her towards a career in films. In later years in life, she devoted herself to philanthropy and helping people in need.

Nargis passed away in 3rd May, in 1981, just 56 years of life. Yet once again, she left a ‘career’ that was at a high point on popularity graph.

In celebration of her memory today, I present this sound of melancholia from the 1949 film ‘Lahore’. Lyrics are from the pen of Rajinder Krishan. The music composition comes from baton of Shyam Sunder. The singing voice is that of Lata Mangeshkar.

The film is produced under the banner of Jaimini Dewan Productions, Bombay, the home company of actor Karan Dewan and his brother Jaimini Dewan. The film is directed by ML Anand. The star cast of the film includes Nargis, Karan Dewan, Om Prakash, Kuldip, Pratima Devi, Gulab, Randhir, Balakram, Urvashi and Ramavtar amongst others.

Listen to this gem, and watch Nargis in one of her earliest performances.

Enjoy.

(Video – partial)

(Audio – complete)

Song-Us dil ki kismat kya kahiye (Lahore)(1949) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Rajinder Krishan, MD-Shyam Sundar

Lyrics

us dil ki kismet kya kahiye
us dil ki kismet kya kahiye
jis dil ka sahaara koi nahin
bedard zamaane kya teri
bedard zamaane kya teri
mehfil mein hamaara koi nahin
bedard zamaane kya teri
mehfil mein hamaara koi nahin
bedard zamaane

is gham ki raat ke aanchal mein
waise to hazaaron taare hain
waise to hazaaron taare hain
waise to hazaaron taare hain
ban jaaye jo aas musaafir ki
ban jaaye jo aas musaafir ki
aisa hi sitaara koi nahin
bedard zamaane kya teri
mehfil mein hamaare koi nahin
bedard zamaane

ulfat ke chaman mein ae nadaan
ulfat ke chaman mein ae nadaan
kyun dhoondh raha hai kaliyon ko
yahaan gham ke kaante ugte hain
yahaan gham ke kaante ugte hain
phoolon ka nazaara koi nahin
bedard zamaane kya teri
mehfil mein hamaare koi nahin
bedard zamaane

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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उस दिल की किस्मत क्या कहिए
उस दिल की किस्मत क्या कहिए
जिस दिल का सहारा कोई नहीं
बेदर्द जमाने क्या तेरी
बेदर्द जमाने क्या तेरी
महफिल में हमारा कोई नहीं
बेदर्द जमाने क्या तेरी
महफिल में हमारा कोई नहीं
बेदर्द जमाने

इस ग़म की रात के आँचल में
वैसे तो हजारों तारे हैं
वैसे तो हजारों तारे हैं
वैसे तो हजारों तारे हैं
बन जाये जो आस मुसाफिर की
बन जाये जो आस मुसाफिर की
ऐसा ही सितारा कोई नहीं
बेदर्द जमाने क्या तेरी
महफिल में हमारा कोई नहीं
बेदर्द जमाने

उलफत के चमन में ए नादान
उलफत के चमन में ए नादान
क्यूँ ढूंढ रहा है कलियों को
यहाँ ग़म के कांटे उगते हैं
यहाँ ग़म के कांटे उगते हैं
फूलों का नज़ारा कोई नहीं
बेदर्द जमाने क्या तेरी
महफिल में हमारा कोई नहीं
बेदर्द जमाने

9 Responses to "Us dil ki kismat kya kahiye"

Sudhir ji,
Thanks for posting a song to remember NARGIS.
The story of Jaddan bai and Uttamchand’s marriage detailed as above differs from other accounts..
1. Dr. Surjit Singh ji,while writing about film ‘ Talash-e-haq ‘-1935 states-
” The movie “talaash\-e\-haq”

Produced and set to music by Jaddanbai for her own company
called Sangeet Films and directed by C. M. Luhar. Another name for the
movie was “Search for Truth”. Jaddanbai was a popular and renowned
singer of her day. She thrilled her listeners with her thumris and
daadraas over the Radio and through gramophone records. In 1918, she was
admitted for an operation in Lucknow, where she met a brilliant medical
student from Rawalpindi, Uttamchand Mohanchand, and, folks, this is
1918!, they fell in love! He was converted to Islam by Maulana Azad and
married her. Their daughter called Fatima Rashid was born on June 1, 1929
in Calcutta. With the screen name of Baby Raani, she appeared in this
movie, which turned out to be the first movie in the whole world to have
a female music director [Check!]. The baby grew up to debut in Mehboob’s “taqdiir”
at the tender age 14, with the name Nargis, against her wishes. She
really wanted to be a doctor like her father. But the movie was so
successful that etc. etc.”

Secondly, Shri Rajnikumar Pandya ji,noted writer and winner of Academy Awards 5 times,has written several books on Film industry. In his book, “Aapki Parcchhaiyan”,he has written a very long article on Nargis,Jaddanbai and their connection to nehru Family,after meeting Nargis,in person.
In this book he mentions,(rough Translation from Hindi), Jaddanbai was invited by the Nawab of Lucknow for a mehfil. She went there. In the Mehfil,a handsome uttamchand Mohan,from Ravalpindi, was present. He was already studying in a Medical college there. They fell in love and he proposed. Jaddanbai was married twice earlier,so she was cautious. She asked for family’s permission. Uttam went to Ravalpindi,but did not return till 1928. He came back,searched for Jaddanbai in Calcutta,got converted as Abdul Rashid and married her.

-AD

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Kishwar Desai,in her book “”Darlingji” though refers to above mentioned “Aapki Parchhaiyan” but tells a different story of marriage of Jaddanbai and Mohanbabu..According to her,Mohanbabu was four years younger to Jaddanbai and in one of her performances in Lucknow, Jaddanbai (already married twice with one son from each, Akhtar Hussain and Anwar Hussain) found a man by the name of Mohanbabu, staring at her and entranced.He had come from Rawalpindi and was to go to England to pursue studies to become a Doctor.He would regularly attend. the performances of Jaddanbai until one day he,enamoured,proposed to her.He being a Brahmin was asked by Jaddanbai if his parents would agree for this.He told he would go back to Rawalpindi and make them agree.He went back but did not return back.In the meantime,Jaddanbai moved to Calcutta for better clientele.As the Luck would have it, while giving performances in Calcutta,she again spotted Mohanbabu in audience.(What made him go to Calcutta is not known).Mohanbabu did not think it to be a mere coincidence that he was able to meet Jaddanbai again.He saw a role of Destiny in this and was not ready to let the matters go off this time.He married Jaddanbai in 1928 against the wishes of his parents after embracing Islam with conversion done by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.His new name was Abdul Rashid.He could never become a Doctor. P.S.Nargis and Sunil Dutt often addressed each other as Darlingji,as per Kishwar Desi. 2.Kindly throw some light on the movie’Lahore’.Very little is known about this.

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Rakesh ji,
The story detailed in ‘Darling ji’ is the same as given by shri Rajnikumar pandyaji,but his story is in more details. I have done a precis writing of the whole story,to make the comment a short one. I have also read the book Darling ji,
-AD

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Arun ji,

Thanks for your more detailed research into this background.

For my write up, I have referred to Shri Tamarkar’s ‘Beete Kal Ke Sitaare’. The interlude in Lucknow of 1918 is missing from this reference. I believe that the details provided by Shri Pandya are more complete. The doctor and the singer could have met in 1918 for the first time. But they got married in 1928 and Baby Rani was born in 1929.

Rgds
Sudhir

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Fascinating……

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Love reading all these wealth of info, Very helpful to all NRIs growing up in 70s. Thanks to all. This is what makes this blog so unique. Thanks Atulji for that. 🙂

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Thanks Sudhirji for the composition by Shyamsunder rendered by Lata Mangeshkar. Nice song.
I have read the book Darlingji. Like to seek one small clarification. If I remember right Jaddan Bai entered films after her Calcutta days. On the advice of Saigal she went to Lahore and from there her film career started. Later she moved to Bombay. Please correct me if I am wrong.
Thanks

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Sudhirji,you mention that she was the tomboy of Marine Drive.I believe Bina Roy was heroine of Marine Drive and not Nargis.Kindly educate me.

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Or.you are talking about her real life role as a tomboy?

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