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Sanam jab ghar se nikal ke chalo

Posted on: June 25, 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.

“Saanwari Surat Mann Bhai Re Piya” – the timeless melody that brings together Madan Mohan the music director and Lata Mangeshkar the singer, for the first time, in Devendra Goel’s second venture as a producer director. This was the second time that Madan Mohan was wielding the baton, his first offering being the music of “Aankhen” (1950), also produced and directed by Devendra Goel. It is interesting to note that Lata ji did not sing in Madan Mohan’s first film, despite the fact that a couple of years earlier, in 1948, Madan ji had requested Lata ji to make a promise to sing in his debut film, if he becomes a music director. Lata ji did not keep the promise for “Aankhen” the first film, but kept the promise for “Adaa” the second one, and thereafter, kept the promise for all the years and all the films that Madan ji composed for.

Remembering Madan Mohan on his anniversary of birth today, (25th June).

The story behind the promise and how it was not kept for the first instance, is very interesting. Madan Mohan is the son of Rai Bahadur Chunnilal, the co founder of Filmistan Studios, with Shashadhar Mukherji, in mid 1940s. Born in 1924, the young Madan had a penchant for music, and wanted to become a music director, surprisingly, to the dislike of his father, whose business was films. In short, after his education, he joined the army, but did not last long in it. Music was his natural calling. He resigned from the army and joined All India Radio at its Lucknow station as a musician. Here he was to meet and become friends with current and future stalwarts like Roshnara Begum, Jaidev, Faiyyaaz Khan, Roshan and Begum Akhtar. In his own words, he acknowledges that his interest creating ghazals became a passion after listening to Begum Akhtar. And it is notable that after the film ‘Roti’ in 1942 with Anil Biswas, the only other music director that Begum Akhtar sang for in films is Madan Mohan.

And so, our protagonist, after spending some time at Lucknow, headed for Bombay, aspiring to make it big in the film industry. Predictably, his father did not like the idea of him going around studios in search of work. The film ‘Shaheed’ was being planned, and Ghulam Haider had a request into S Mukherji, to bring on board the very young Lata Mangeshkar. The success of ‘Mahal’ (1949) under the direction of Khemchand Prakash was still a year in future. S Mukherji was not impressed with what he had heard of and heard about Lata. Ghulam Haider Sb got permission to do one recording and then have S Mukherji to listen and make a decision. Rai Bahadur Sb, the other partner, put his own request in, and the song to be recorded became a duet. He wanted his son to try out as a singer with Ghulam Haider Sb, opting to get him work in his own company. And so the duet “Pinjre Mein Bulbul Boley” was recorded in the voices of Lata ji and Madan Mohan. Gosh, what a rare and priceless recording this one would be. Unfortunately, it was never released on record. And I wonder whether this song is even saved anywhere at this time.

Anyway, Ghulam Haider Sb took the recording to S Mukherji. And as if with some pre-determined notions, S Mukherji rejected both singers. The aftermath of that is all known history, and I will not recount it. But this was the occasion that Madan ji requested Lata, then a relatively new and unknown singer, to promise to sing in his first film. Lata ji made the promise. But at that time, her impression about young Madan was that of a rich man’s son, who was just passing time in a studio where his father was a partner. And so, when ‘Aankhen’ (1950) came about, she did not pay much attention to it. But after the release of this film and the waves its songs created, Lata’s own interest in singing for Madan Mohan came up. Who can deny this after hearing gems such as Meena Kapoor’s “Mori Atariya Pe Kaaga Boley” , Mukesh’s “Preet Lagaa Ke Maine Ye Phal Paaya” , Rafi’s “Hum Ishq Mein Barbaad Hain Barbaad Rahenge”, and Shamshad Begum’s “Mohbbat Karne Waalon Ka Yehi Anjaam Hota Hai” .

And so began a relationship that has led to the creation of some of the most beautiful classic gems and iconic songs, and all while kept away any gossip and controversy. Both accepted and carried on a brother-sister relationship, in its true value.

To celebrate today’s occasion, I have selected this peppy and foot tapping number from a much neglected and forgotten film ‘Night Club’ (1958). True to its name, the film has some very good dance items with music and lyrics to match. This particular song is performed on screen by Nishi. In addition, there is a wonderful dance number by Helen, and surprisingly, a very interesting dance number by Kamini Kaushal, who feigns being drunk, dancing in the company of the restaurant waiters, after closing time, accompanied by Ashok Kumar disguised as one of the waiters. We need to get more of the songs of this film on to this blog. So far there has been only one song posted. This is the second offering from this film.

Produced under the banner of Verma Pictures, the film is directed by Naresh Sehgal. It is a typical cops and robbers story, with Ashok Kumar playing a police inspector and Mubarak playing a gangster. Others in the star cast are Kamini Kaushal, Nishi, Maruti, Dhumal, S Nazeer, Gope, Helen, Satish, Mahinder, Iftikhar, Ram Mohan, Jamaal, Inderjeet, Narbada Shankar, and Brahmanand etc. The seven songs of this film are written by Majrooh Sultanpuri. Music of course, is Madan Mohan’s. The singing voice in this instance is Asha Bhosle.

On screen we can see Nishi performing the song. Other actors part of this club dance sequence are Ashok Kumar in his uniform, Mubarak, the gangster boss and the owner of the place, Maruti playing a waiter, and we also see Ram Mohan wearing a beret and Iftekhar donning a felt hat, in the underground interludes, trying to ‘thikaana lagaao’ a dead body. Regular folks will recognize Ram Mohan as the engine driver who belts out the zesty RD Burman number “Dhanno Ki Aaankhon Mein, Raat Ka Surma” in the film ‘Kitaab’ (1977). Of course the person we see in this clip is the twenty years younger version of him.

Listen to this very hummable and endearing melody. And remember the one who was known as the ‘aristocrat’ amongst music directors in the film industry. Enjoy.

Audio

Video

Song-Sanam jab ghar se nikal ke chalo (Night Club)(1958) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD-Madan Mohan

Lyrics

sanam jab ghar se nikal ke chalo
jawaani ke din hain sambhal ke chalo
huzoor na aise machal ke chalo
aji zaraa halke chalo
hey hey
sanam jab ghar se nikal ke chalo
jawaani ke din hain sambhal ke chalo
huzoor na aise machal ke chalo
aji zaraa halke chalo
hey hey

nazren bachaa ke uthaaun na
dekho ji buraa hai zamaana
nazren bacha ke uthaaun na
dekho ji buraa hai zamaana
raahon mein pade hai hazaaron
kahin takraa mat jaana
sanam jab ghar se nikal ke chalo
jawaani ke din hain sambhal ke chalo
huzoor na aise machal ke chalo
aji zaraa halke chalo
hey hey hey

kyun hai nazar khoi khoi
kyun hai adaa soi soi
kyun hai nazar khoi khoi
kyun hai adaa soi soi
sun lo hamaari sadaa bhi
hum bhi tumhaare hain koi ee ee
sanam jab ghar se nikal ke chalo
jawaani ke din hain sambhal ke chalo
huzoor na aise machal ke chalo
aji zaraa halke chalo
hey hey

khade ho kahaan pehchaano
phir chaahe maano na maano
khade ho kahaan pehchaano
aji phir chaahe maano na maano
buri hai yahaan ki hawaayen
bhole ho ji tum kya jaano o
sanam jab ghar se nikal ke chalo
jawaani ke din hain sambhal ke chalo
huzoor na aise machal ke chalo
aji zaraa halke chalo
hey hey
aji zaraa halke chalo
hey hey

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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सनम जब घर से निकल के चलो
जवानी के दिन हैं संभाल के चलो
हुज़ूर न ऐसे मचल के चलो
अजी ज़रा हल्के चलो
हे हे
सनम जब घर से निकल के चलो
जवानी के दिन हैं संभाल के चलो
हुज़ूर न ऐसे मचल के चलो
अजी ज़रा हल्के चलो
हे हे

नज़रें बचा के उठाओ ना
देखो जी बुरा है ज़माना
नज़रें बचा के उठाओ ना
देखो जी बुरा है ज़माना
राहों में पड़े हैं हजारों
कहीं टकरा मत जाना
सनम जब घर से निकल के चलो
जवानी के दिन हैं संभाल के चलो
हुज़ूर न ऐसे मचल के चलो
अजी ज़रा हल्के चलो
हे हे हे

क्यूँ है नज़र खोई खोई
क्यूँ है अदा सोई सोई
क्यूँ है नज़र खोई खोई
क्यूँ है अदा सोई सोई
सुन लो हमारी सदा भी
हम भी तुम्हारे हैं कोई ई ई
सनम जब घर से निकल के चलो
जवानी के दिन हैं संभाल के चलो
हुज़ूर न ऐसे मचल के चलो
अजी ज़रा हल्के चलो
हे हे

खड़े हो कहाँ पहचानो
अजी फिर चाहे मानो ना मानो
खड़े हो कहाँ पहचानो
अजी फिर चाहे मानो ना मानो
बुरी हैं यहाँ की हवाएँ
भोले हो जी तुम क्या जानो
सनम जब घर से निकल के चलो
जवानी के दिन हैं संभाल के चलो
हुज़ूर न ऐसे मचल के चलो
अजी ज़रा हल्के चलो
हे हे
अजी ज़रा हल्के चलो
हे हे

3 Responses to "Sanam jab ghar se nikal ke chalo"

Our tributes to the great composer Madan Mohan ji !!
@ Atul ji – kindly correct the name of Madan Mohan (missing ‘n’) in 4th line. thanks !

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I ran into this song when I was going through Madan Mohan’s repertoire. Its a lovely song.

Thank you for posting this.

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Begum Akhtar sang in Sachha Sapna-1942 for Annasaheb Mainkar; Dana Pani-1953 MD: Junior Mohan; for Madan Mohan in Eshan-1954

Ram Mohan was Rajendra Kumar’s secretary and then went on to act in many TV serial. His last movie was Khuda Kasam-2010 >his 256th movie

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