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Barbaad kar daala mujhe

Posted on: September 9, 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.

Today’s song is from film Diwani-1947. It is sung by Gyan Dutt and Sunanda Kkamath-both making their debut on this Blog as singers.

What is the difference between a “Popular Award ” and a ” Critic’s Award” ? Which is more important ? Which is more desirable by a Composer ? these questions have no ‘ right’ or ‘wrong’ answers. Personally I feel a composer who wins both awards is a true music maker. But then it is very rare. At least I don’t remember any composer who was applauded by both – the people and the Critic.

I also do not know what is the basis for giving these awards. Why Critics don’t like Popular music ? What do they consider as good music ? Perhaps even the Critics may not be able to answer these questions.

In case of Actors, it is a different matter. There are two clear cut categories. The Popular actor and the parallel or the new Wave actor. Shaban Azmi, Farooq Shaikh, Naseeruddin Shah, Sadhu Meher, Anant Naag, Dipti Naval etc were considered small cinema actors (Not that they did not do commercial cinema, but it was for financial reasons). Sanjeev Kumar, Dharmendra, Amitabh, Manoj Kumar, Rajendra Kumar, Raj, Dev, Dilip were clearly the popular variety. Amongst these, hardly anyone ( may be Sanjeev Kumar) did the small cinema. Similarly, there were specialised Directors too for Parallel cinema, like Benegal, Karnad, Govind Nihlani,Satyadev Dubey etc, while Manmohan Desai,Sippys,Chopras etc were directors of Commercial movies.

In Music Directors, however,there may not be any one who succeeded in both varieties ( may be Jaidev). I am sure most composers wanted to remain Popular and those who could not become Popular-in the Traditional way- slid towards the other group,if not all,but the majority. Thus OPN, Naushad, L-P, K-A, S-J never cared for Critics and small timers like Kanu Ghosh or Kanu Roy craved for Critic’s acclaim.

There were a few composers who were neither here nor there. Gyan Dutt was one of them. True, in his time there was no Parallel cinema, but Critics were very much there. Though he operated from 1937 to 1965-almost 30 years, he never became famous as some of his contemporaries like, Anil Biswas, C.Ramchandra, Naushad etc. He was a Bengali born in Bangalore. There are conflicting reports not only about his Birth year ( 1915 or 1920),but also about Birth place. Some sources say he was born in East Bengal. It is pitiable that during his lifetime no one ever tried to confirm these details. So much for our concern to record history !

As was the practice those days, Gyan Dutt ( real name Jnanan Dutt) was employed by Ranjit studios ( “we have more stars in our studio that there are in the sky”), along with other composers. He composed music for 25 films in Ranjit from 1937 to 1940. Khemchand Prakash, who replaced him in Ranjit did 20 films from 1940 to 1945 and then it was Bulo C Rani who did about 25 films after 1945 onwards. For most films of Gyan Dutt in Ranjit the film directors were Gujaratis like, Jayant Desai, Chaturbhuj Doshi, Chandulal Shah, Manibhai Vyas etc. He was called Pandit Gyan Dutt.

In those days, hero and Heroines used to sing their own songs. Thus his songs were sung by Waheedan bai, Khatoon, Kalyani,Sunita Devi, Ila Devi, Madhuri, Sitara, Indubala, Vasanti, Savita Devi, Miss Rose, Meera, Gauhar, Snehprabha Pradhan etc.Among males it was Ishwarlal, Kantilal, Ghori, Bilimoria, Charlie etc.

Gyan Dutt gave music to 58 films, but songs from only Saigal’s Bhakta Surdas-42 and Raj kapoor’s Sunehre Din 49 are well known. Actually songs of Aapki Marzi-39 and Sant Tulsidas-39 were also popular in those days. Khursheed sang many songs for him. He also sang a few songs himself. His last film was janam janam ke Saathi-1965.

His death came on 3-12-1974 in Bombay. Unfortunately except for a small time less known composer Sapan Chakravarty,no one from the film industry attended his funeral and a good composer died unsung,unknown and all alone !

Film Diwani-47 was a Minerva movietone film. It was directed by Y.D.Sarpotdar ( brother of another director – producer Nanasaheb Sarpotdar). He was basically a good Cinematographer and began his career in 1928 with Shri Balaji. After doing 12 silent films, his Talkie film was Jeevan Naatak-35 and till Krorepati 1961. He did 29 films as a cinematographer only. This was the only film that he directed in his life.

The heroine of Diwani was Mumtaz Shanti who did 20 films from Basant-42 to jawani ki hawa-52,before migrating to Pakistan with her husband.Her best film was Kismet-1943.

The Hero of Diwani was Wasti, Riyasat ali Wasti was born in Nagaon-UP in 1912. His father was a respected person ,being City magistrate and then Dewan with raja of Bundelkhand. After graduating from Ambala,wasti joine Punjab Government PWD and served for 7 years. Then he went to Lahore and di his first film ‘ Prem yatra’-37,as a Hero. His Heroine was Umrao Zia Begum,who later married composer Ghulam Haider. The very next year Wasti came to Bombay and did baghbaan,industrial india,Rikshawala,Thokar,Qaidi and Nartaki in calcutta,Kudmai(Punjabi- it was a remake of the hit Marathi film ‘ lagna pahave karun’. Later in 1954 Hindi film Baaraati was remade on the same story),Awaz,nayi duniya,namaste,jeewan,pehle Aap,Ek din ka Sultan, Meghdoot and other some 35 films till 1976. he also produced 2 films.

His last days were spent miserably,in penury and anonymity. he was even seen begging opposite Eros theatre in Bombay. He died in 1996,unseen,unsung and unheard.

Here is a song from the film Diwani-47, sung by Gyan Dutt and Sunanda Kamath( no information whatsoever about this singer)-both making their Debut on this Blog as Singers..

(I am thankful to shri Harish Raghuvanshi ji for information used herein and his article on Wasti in his Gujarati book ” Inhe na Bhulana” )

Audio

Song-Barbaad kar daala mujhe (Deewaani)(1947) Singers-Gyan Dutt, Sunanda Kamath, Lyrics-Shams Azimabadi, MD-Gyan Dutt

Lyrics

barbaad kar daala mujhe
barbaad kar daala
ghulaabi ne
ghulaabi ne
ghulaabi ne
badnaam kar daala mujhe
badnaam kar daala
sharaabi ne
sharaabi ne
sharaabi ne

na main peeta
na gum hota
na ye ruswaayiyaan hotin
na main peeta
na gum hota
na ye ruswaayiyaan hotin
teri khaatir zamaane mein na ye badnaamiyaan hoti
teri khaatir zamaane mein na ye badnaamiyaan hoti

main khud pachhtaa rahi hoon
daal kar naadaan se paala
main khud pachhtaa rahi hoon
daal kar naadaan se paala
mujhe badnaam kar daala
mujhe badnaam kar daala
sharaabi ne
sharaabi ne
sharaabi ne
barbaad kar daala mujhe
barbaad kar daala
ghulaabi ne
ghulaabi ne
ghulaabi ne

tera maara hua hamne kabhi bachta nahin dekha
magar maine shareefon ko behakta bhi nahin dekha
tujhe peekar koi deewaana
jab masti mein aata hai
kahaan hai kaun hai
kiske liye hai
bhool jaata hai
mujhe peekar hi
?? insaan aata hai
meri masti hi main har aadmi pehchaana jaata hai
meri khoobi ko bas pehchaan sakta hai nazar waala
meri khoobi ko bas pehchaan sakta hai nazar waala
mujhe badnaam kar daala
mujhe badnaam kar daala
sharaabi ne
sharaabi ne
sharaabi ne
barbaad kar daala
mujhe barbaad kar daala
ghulaabi ne
ghulaabi ne
ghulaabi ne

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