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Ho aayee hoon main saat aasmaan se

Posted on: January 8, 2015


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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.

There are a good number of Hindi films’ prints and negatives especially pertaining to the golden era of Hindi film music which have been lost. The loss could be because of damage to the film prints and negatives probably due to their improper storage. After all, film prints and negatives require storage of some specialised kind. Some producers/owners of the films who had taken due precautions by storing films in film laboratories, lost the films due to reasons beyond their control like fire in the laboratories. Most of these lost films had gems of melodic songs.

There is one unique case of a Hindi film of golden era which was lost forever not because the film print and negatives were damaged or got destroyed in fire but because of a court order to the producer of the film to destroy all the prints and the negative. The film was BEGUNAAH (1957). The film was produced by Mahipatray Shah and Anupchand Shah under the banner of Rupkamal Chitra and directed by Narinder Suri. Kishore Kumar and Shakila were in lead roles with Mubark, Radhakishen, Krishnakant, Ramlal, Helen, Raja Nene, Sheila Vaz, Tun Tun etc in supporting roles. The story of the film was accredited to I S Johar. I have recently seen on the internet an old poster of this film mentioning therein that it was a film with ‘romance mingled with mystery and music’. With Kishore Kumar as the lead actor, the film must be the humorous one too.

The film was released on March 8, 1957 all over India. At that time I was around 12 years of age. If my memory serves me right, the songs of the film had become very popular on the radio before the film was released. However, within a week or so, the film was withdrawn from theatres and the prints of the film destroyed on a court order. The reason was that Paramount Pictures based in Hollywood filed a lawsuit in Bombay (Mumbai) court on the plea that ‘Begunaah’ (1954) was an unauthorised copy of a Hollywood film ‘Knock On Wood’ (1954) for which they were producer/distributor. It is claimed that a few prints of the film were still with theatres for over a year after the court order in the film distribution territories like Nizam (now Telangana and Andhra Pradesh) and North-East India. Later on those prints were also destroyed.

I had not seen ‘Begunaah’ (1954) when it was released. I had read the synopsis of the film on a google group discussion forum from those who had been fortunate to watch the movie when it was released. During the discussions a couple of participants in the discussion revealed that they had seen the film as late in 1960. The synopsis of the film is available on our own Blog, courtesy Shri Arunkumar Deshmukh in his article “dil albele pyaar ka mausam who had also seen this film when it was released. The story plot seems to be interesting one at that time giving Kishore Kumar enough room for displaying his antiques.

The film had in all six songs composed by Shankar-Jaikishan of which four songs have been covered in the Blog. I am presenting the 5th song ‘gori gori gori main pariyon ki chhori’ written by Hasrat Jaipuri and sung by Lata Mangeshkar. The main feature of this song is the excellent play of dholak. In fact, dholak had got a prominent place in this song among the other musical instruments used.

Enjoy the song sans its video clip.


Song-Ho aayi hoon main saat aasmaan se (Begunaah)(1957) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Hasrat Jaipuri, MD-Shankar Jaikishan

Lyrics

baabaanu babaanu…u
ho baabaanu baabaanu…u
ho baabaanu baabaanu u

gori gori gori
main pariyon ki chhori ee
gori gori gori
main pariyon ki chhori
chham chham
chham chham
chham chham karti
aayi hoon main saat aasmaan se ae
ho aayi hoon main saat aasmaan se ae
gori gori gori
main pariyon ki chhori
gori gori gori
main pariyon ki chhori
chham chham
chham chham
chham chham karti
aayi hoon main saat aasmaan se ae
ho aayi hoon main saat aasman se ae

sooraj se laayi main dil ki agan
chanda se laayi main gora badan
sooraj se laayi main dil ki agan
chanda se laayi main gora badan
bijli se dekho tadap laayi main
ye kaajal ghataaon se le aayi main
haaye kispe daaloon ye kajra ki dori
gori gori gori main pariyon ki chhori
chham chham
chham chham
chham chham karti
aayi hoon main saat aasmaan se ae
ho aayi hoon main saat aasmaan se ae

gaalon pe masti bhara hai jo til
ye hai kisi mast bhanwre ka dil
gaalon pe masti bhara hai jo til
ye hai kisi mast bhanwre ka dil
duniya ka gham dhoney aayi hoon main
ye dil de ke dil lene aayi hoon main
de de dil warna ho jaayegi chori
gori gori gori main pariyon ki chhori
chham chham
chham chham
chham chham karti
aayi hoon main saat aasmaan se ae
ho aayi hoon main saat aasmaan se

5 Responses to "Ho aayee hoon main saat aasmaan se"

Dear Kamath Sir,
I was fortunate enough to see “Begunaah”. It was hilarious despite being a thriller and murders mystery.
Like you, I was also a pre-teener and thoroughly enjoyed the comic sequences including those when someone opened a cupboard / wardrobe only to be shocked as a dead body tumbled out of it. In fact, I was fascinated by the film to have watched it a number of times ( at least thrice I reckon but may be more) before it was banned by the court. But I guess it must have been done much much after the release surely not within a week.
Later, I could see the original version – Danny Kaye’s “Knock on Wood”. Only then I realised that Kishore Kumar had based his comic antics and yodelling style on the pattern of Danny Kaye, his role-model and one of the most popular Hollywood actors-singers of his time. What a wonderful actor was Danny Kaye, who freely undertook philanthropic performances extensively in touring poor underdeveloped countries of Asia & Africa as an honorary United Nations ambassador of UNICEF.
Some 30 years after, i.e., in late 80s, I also took my own children and my nephew /nieces to watch the film. Needless to say, it was a hit with them as well.
I may share a very interesting fact which may not be known to many: MD Jaikishan on screen played piano in a night club/restaurant singing the soulful song ‘Ai pyase dil bezubaan, tujhko le jaoon kahan’ playbacked by the inimitable Mukesh. It happens to be my most favourite Mukesh sad song.
Thank you very much for touching the old chords of my childhood memory.
With warm regards,
Avadh Lal

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Avadh Lal ji,
Thanks for sharing your nostalgic moments connected with the film ‘Begunaah’.

In my younger days, the first thing I got to know about the song ‘ae pyaase dil bezubaan’ was that it was picturised on Jaikishan, singing the song while playing a piano. Those days, it was the talking point among the lovers of old Hindi film music. Those who missed seeing this film were disappointed for missing the opportunity of watching Jaikishan singing a full song in the film, of course in the voice of Mukesh.

A few days back, I came across a photograph of this song on a website showing Sheila Vaz in a kathak dancing pose in front of Jaikishan. So my guess is that in the picturisation, she may be dancing on this sombre song just like Dilip Kumar singing and playing piano and Cuckoo dancing on ‘jhoom jhoom ke nacho aaj’ in ‘Andaaz’ (1949).

Just to refresh your memory, I give below the link to the photograph showing Jaikishan on piano with Sheila Vaz in dancing pose in front of him. In the link, the picture appears at the end of the list of songs sung by Manna Dey for Shankar-Jaikishan.

http://shankarjaikishan.wordpress.com/tag/kishore-kumar/

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Dear Kamath saheb,
Thank you very much.
Warm regards,
A. B. Lal

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Sadanand ji

Thanks a ton for the rare photograph. It gets to be more and more enticing to be able to lay hands on a surviving copy of this film.

Avadh Lal ji,

Thanks to you for sharing your memories of this film. I had specially purchased a DVD of ‘Knock On Wood’ last year, to get a flavor of ‘scene by scene’ copy, as ‘Begunaah’ is alleged to be.

Rgds
Sudhir

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A very late posting. Wonder who played Dholak?

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