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Chaandni hai mausam e barsaat hai

Posted on: July 31, 2014


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a 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.

GEMS FROM THE MIGRATORS…song no. 5
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So far, I have done 16 series here. This is the 17th series. Writing for a series is not an easy job.It not only requires lot of spade work,but also requires a continuous flow,avoiding a long gap between 2 posts, lest the tempo is lost. When I start a series, I am always in lot of tension till it is completed successfully. Every series is a new beginning for me. In spite of all this (and the ensuing allegations of ” neglect ” from the family ) I enjoy doing this work. There are many Blogs on internet which do posts on theme like ” Cycle songs”, Motor songs” or Sawan songs etc. I have always felt that Atul ji’s Blog is not an ordinary one and it must have real specially made exclusive topics for series I could do these posts,because Atul ji has always helped me with the Lyrics and has encouraged me always. Thanks Atul ji.

Talking about Partition and Migration of composers, many MDs left some films half complete and later on other composers had to do the balance songs. Some of the films they did here remained unreleased and few were released much later,after they migrated. However most composers were diligent and completed their work before migrating..

Today we will talk about ” Babaji ” or GUHLAM AHMED CHISTI aka G.A.Chisti. he was known as babaji in the industry because of his simple and good nature.However,at the end of his life,he lived a life of a Fakir.

Born in 1905 in a village Gana Chor, near Jallundhar, Punjab, he was music oriented from childhood. He met Agha Hashr Kashmiri, who employed him as assistant at Rs.50 p.m. Chisti learnt music and writing from him ( he is believed to have written 12 film songs, later in his life). After Agha’s death, Chisti joined H.M.V. and recorded many NFS of Jaddan bai and Amirbai Karnataki. As a composer, his first 2 films were Punjabi-Deena duniya-36 and Sohni Mahiwal-38. His first hindi film was Raavi Talkies’,Punjab’s ” Paap ki duniya’-39. Then he went to Calcutta and worked as assistant to R.C.Boral for some time.

Famous producer/Director R C Talwar had good relations with Chisti and Chisti had composed music fro most of his films. After ‘Pardesi Dhola’-41(Punjabi), Talwar’s first hindi film was ” Khamoshi’-42. Then came Talwar’s Manchali-43,Shukriya-44 and Albeli-45. he also composed music for Kidar Sharma’s ‘Kaliyan’-44
One of the songs of film ‘Shukriya’-44,” Nainon ke teer” sung by Sunder was banned by Govt.,due to its vulgar lyrics.(This song is posted on this Blog). His other films were Zid,Yeh hai zindagi and jhoothi kasme. Chisti decided to migrate to Pakistan and left in 1949. films like ‘Do Baten’-49 (completed by K P Sen),Nai Bhabhi-50 and Jawani ki aag-51 (completed by Harbux singh) were released after his departure.

When Chishti went to Pakistan, he was welcomed there with open arms. He got many films. He became one of the topmost composers of independent Pakistan, becoming the First to cross the mark of 100 films-he composed music for 157 films, about 50 Urdu and the rest Punjabi among them. He was known as Babaji. After retirement,he lived a life of a Fakir. He died on 25-12-1995 at Lahore.

One of his films,” Sassi”- 40s ,remained incomplete in India, but he used the tune and song ” Na yeh chand hoga,na taare rahenge” in a film in Pakistan -named ‘Sassi’-in 1954. At the same time Hemant kumar too used this song/tune in his film Shart-54. We do not know who copied whom. Babaji was also credited with introducing a 9 year old Baby Noorjehan in a stage show in Lahore. he gave singing opportunities to many new singers of Pakistan and many of them became famous singers. When Pakistan won the Cricket World Cup in 1992, Babaji composed one song in honour of the team. ( Thanks to Shri Harish Raghuvanshi ji.)

Today’s song is from the film,” Khamoshi”-42 made by Talwar Production. R.C. or Raghbeer chand Talwar was born in Telgang in western Punjab(now in Pakistan),on 27-4-1910. He established Talwar productions in 1941 and made films like Khamoshi,Manchali,Albeli,Khiladi,Sangdil,Ilzam,Rukhsana.Mem sahib,Ek dil sau afsane and Naya kanoon-65.

The cast of film Khamoshi was Ramola, Gyani, Shyamsundar, Ramdulari, Sunder Singh, Amarnath etc.

Actress Ramola (real name- Rachel Cohen) was born in a Jew family in 1917. Her father Hayam Cohem was a school Teacher. later they shifted to Calcutta where she completed her matriculation and joined films. her first film was ‘ Graher fer’-38,a Bangla film. She did few small roles and then came ‘Khazanchi’-41 from Pancholi of Lahore. This changed her career and she became a popular actress. She did films like Masoom,Khamoshi manchali..almost 30 films.Initially,Ramola was a small actress.It was Jagdish Sethi who introduced her to director/lyricist/dialogue writer Kidar Sharma.

According to Kidar Sharma,
“She was smart and a charming young lady. Her only drawback was her height. She was not tall, but she had lofty ambitions. One day she came to see me and I promised I would personally take her to the director of her choice. She said, “I would like to be introduced to Mr. Nitin Bose, and no one else.” I took her to Mr. Bose, and was sure that her charm and talent would impress him.

Mr. Bose scanned her, from top to toe, while I praised her talent and her choice of a director, like Nitin Bose. After a long silence, Mr. Bose addressed me and said, “When you brought her to me, why did you forget to bring some bricks for her to stand on?” Poor Romola was hurt and heart-broken by this great director’s caustic remark. She quietly said, “Goodbye” and walked away from his office.

I followed her and found that she was in tears. ‘I was moved by the plight of a struggling youngster having high hopes, being ridiculed for something which nature was responsible for. I knew what it felt like to be ridiculed. I had experienced it often enough. I escorted her to the tram junction and there she bid me goodbye. To encourage her, I said, “Please, Romola, don’t be heart-broken. One day, when I become a director, you will be my first heroine, and we will prove to Mr. Bose and the world, what a great star you are.” Romola laughed and said,- “Poor Mr. Kidarnath, the dialogue-writer will never be a director and I will never be a heroine.” So saying, she jumped into the tram.”

However, Kidar Sharma kept his promise and cast her in his first film as director Aulad / Dil Hi Tou Hai (1939). Aulad/Dil Hi To hai was a down-to-earth story of a middle-class father, who had sacrificed all his life to educate his son and is darling daughter, hoping that they would be worthy children to the society and to the family. Little did the old man know that the generation gap would present a different, horrifying reality, which would destroy him completely. The modern college Miss, who destroys the dreams of her old father, the aged struggling middleclass man, was played by Ramola.

After the success of the film, Ramola got romantically involved with R.C. Talwar, Kidar Sharma’s assistant who later became a director in his own right. According to Kidar Sharma, “R.C. Talwar was a classmate and friend so I ignored his relationship with Ramola.”

Later Ramola appeared in many films including Qaidi, Khazanchi, Khamoshi, Swan Aya Re, Rim Jhim etc. After the arrival of new heroines including Madhubala, Nargis, Meena Kumari etc, Ramola’s career got eclipsed and she bid farewell to her film career. Her last 3 films Actor, Jawani Ki Aag and Stage were released in 1951.” (Thanks to Cineplot).

The lyricist of Khamoshi was Himmatrai Sharma who was Kidar Sharma’s youger brother. he was one of the 3 surviving siblings out of 10. They had a sister called Guro. Though Himmatrai wrote lyrics for few films,likeKhamoshi,Jogan,Shokhiyan,Chhora Chhori,Jaldeep etc,he was a famous Urdu Poet in his own right. His 2 books, “Mian Azad filmi duniya mein” and “Mian Azad Siyasat ke maidan mein” were very famous. These were written as a sequel to original book “Mian Azad” by Pt.Ratan nath Sarashar.

Today’s song is sung by Ramola and Sunder Singh. he is the same comedian Sunder, who was a leading man in many early films. Born in Sialkot in Punjab (now in Pakistan), his first film was Veer kesari-1938. After the film Shukriya-44 he shifted to comedy roles and was popular in several films in the 50s. He stopped singing after 1947.

Let us now enjoy this light hearted comedy song from “Khaamoshi” which is composed by Babaji G.A.Chisti.


Song-Chaandni hai mausam e barsaat hai (Khaamoshi)(1942) Singers-Ramola, Sundar, Lyrics-Himmatrai Sharma, MD-G A Chishti

Lyrics

chaandni hai
chaandni hai
mausam e barsaat hai
chaandni hai
mausam e barsaat hai
aao dear
aao dear
kyaa suhaani raat hai
aao dear
kyaa suhaani raat hai

tujhse milne ke liye
tujhse milne ke liye
hoon
beqaraar
aao seene se laga lo ek baar
aao seene se laga lo ek baar

mujhko seene se lagaate kyun nahin
mujhko seene se lagaate kyun nahin
haal e dil apna sunaate kyun nahin
haal e dil apna sunaate kyun nahin

kal to kehte thhe milenge raat ko
kal to kehte thhe milenge raat ko
ab hua kya hai tere jazbaat ko
ab hua kya hai tere jazbaat ko

haal e dil mujhse kaha jaata nahin
haal e dil mujhse kaha jaata nahin
bin kahe
mujhse raha jaata nahin
jaaneman ab lut chuki hai dil ki ship
jaaneman ab lut chuki hai dil ki ship
bhasm kar baithha hoon main
college ki fees
is museebat se chhuda sakti ho tum
is museebat se chhuda sakti ho tum
mujhko aafat se bacha sakti ho tum
mujhko aafat se bacha sakti ho tum

bhool jaao
chhod do is baat ko
bhool jaao
chhod do is baat ko
cheerio
phir kal milenge raat ko o

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2 Responses to "Chaandni hai mausam e barsaat hai"

The so called vulgar lyrics were naino ke teer chala gayi ek sahar ki londiya

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As usual packed with information. Thanks for the write-up on G A Chisti and ramola. An interesting song too. Enjoyed both the write-up and song.

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