Atul’s Song A Day- A choice collection of Hindi Film & Non-Film Songs

O mister o mister suno ek baat

Posted on: April 2, 2015


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.

MISSING GEMS FROM THE GOLDEN 50s….Song No. 10
——————————————————-

Today’s song is from a 1957 film-AGRA ROAD.

When I first thought of this series, I had planned to discuss one song from each year of the 50’s decade and wind up after 10 songs. But when I actually started the spade work,I came across so many songs from so many films that I had to curtail songs from the long list. Still, the number stood at 20 songs. A series with more than 10 to 15 songs really becomes monotonous for me to write the articles. My articles contain information about at least 2 to 3 persons,matters or happenings and it requires research,references and collection of data etc. Since I insist on writing only that which I can defend,should a controversy arise,i can not stretch my imagination alone to write the articles.

So, it became a difficult task to exclude some songs. To my surprise,I noticed that I was unknowingly adding more songs to the list,whenever I discovered them. This made the job more difficult. Actually and naturally, the number of songs for 1957 alone,in my list,became 17 ! I said naturally,because 1957 was an year which gave us the best and the most musical films amongst all other years of the decade,as listed in my last article. However,many 1957 films did not get a mention in that article for want of space.

Films like Baarish, Ab Dilli door nahin, Abhiman, Bada Bhai, Begunah, Beti, Chhote Babu, Coffee House, Dushman, Johnny Walker, Miss Bombay, Miss India, Mr. X, Narsi Bhagat, Paak Daaman, Pawanputra Hanuman, Ustad, Zamana, Garma Garam-though not mentioned in earlier list-had equally melodious songs like other films mentioned, albeit may not be so famous.

I am still in a dilemma what to do with the 17 songs of 1957 alone. Still songs from 1958,59 and 60 are in the wings awaiting their appreciation. For the time being,I think I will discuss ‘few ‘more songs from 1957 in addition to last song and today’s song. This much partiality for 1957 to banati hi hai naa ?

AGRA ROAD-57 was a Nageena films presentation (which was owned by Ravindra Dave,the Director of Nageena-51. After this film’s tremendous success he opted for its name for his company). The film was produced and directed by Ravindra Dave. Not only that, but the assistant director was Narendra Dave, Assistant Photographers were Pratap Dave and Arvind Dave Assistant Editor was Balwant Dave and the production manager was Surendra Dave. It looked like an employment exchange for Dave family ! Director Ravindra Dave was born in Karachi on 16-4-1919. After graduation,he joined Dalsukh Pancholi’s diatribution empire as a manager. Pancholi was his Mama (Maternal Uncle). here only he learnt the art of Editing fro Shaukat hussain (husband of Noorjehan). He wrote Screenplays for pancholi’s films, till 1941. In 1943,he got his first break as a joint director ,with Vishnu Pancholi,for film “Poonji”-43. Then there was no looking back. After Partition he came to Bombay with Pancholi. His first film here Nageena,with Nutan,was a Hit film. Ravindra Dave directed 30 Hindi films. Some of his films were,Nageena-52,Agra Road-57,Post Box 999-58,Guest house and Satta bazar-59,Raaz-67. His last Hindi film was Road to Sikkim-69. He also wrote story and splay of Saajan-69,made by Mohan Saigal.

From 1971, he turned to Gujarati films with Jasal Toral-71 and he directed some 26 Gujarati films. His period in Gujarati cinema is considered as the Golden Era for Gujarati films.

He had married Jasumati Ben. he had 2 sons and 4 daughters. He died in Bombay on 21-7-1992.

The cast of the film Agra Road-57 was Vijay Anand, Shakila, Nanda, Satish Vyas, Amarnath,Krishnakant, Bhagwan, Nazeer,Dhumal etc. Vijay Anand was one of my most favourite Heros. I felt that he had the good looks of Dev Anand, the styles of Chetan Anand and he was a very good actor, best of the three brothers.

Vijay Anand was a celebrated filmmaker, writer, editor, and actor in Hindi cinema. Known as “Goldie,” the younger brother of filmmaker Chetan Anand and matinée idol Dev Anand, Vijay Anand was born in Gurdaspur, Punjab, India on January 22, 1934. A very literate man, he graduated from Bombay University and while still a teenager wrote the script for his brother Dev Anand starrer “Taxi Driver” (1954), directed by his other brother Chetan Anand. The film, inspired by the crime thrillers of Hollywood, was released through their home production company Navketan, and became his first big hit.

“Nau Do Gyarah” (1957) was Vijay Anand’s directorial debut, which was based on his own script. The film starred his brother Dev Anand and Dev’s wife Kalpana Kartik. It became another hit. Goldie showed an exceptional visual style, especially when it came to picturizing song sequences. His next film was the story of a black marketer and his redemption in “Kaala Bazaar” (1960). The film starred his brother Dev again, along with Waheeda Rehman, who became a regular heroine for most of Navketan films during that era. This was also the only film where all three brothers (Chetan, Dev, and Vijay Anand) acted together.

“Tere Ghar ke Saamne” (1963) with Dev Anand and Nutan was a romantic comedy that became another hit. Goldie also wrote the screenplay for “Hum Dono” (1961) and supposedly ghost-directed the film as well. His masterpiece as a filmmaker came with “Guide” (1965). Based on RK. Narayan’s novel The Guide, the film is unforgettable for its bold themes about how a man (Dev Anand) and woman (Waheeda Rehman) live together outside the sanctity of a marriage. Composer S.D. Burman’s songs were given stunning visuals. The film became a huge hit and won several major awards, including two Filmfare Awards for Vijay himself for directing and for writing the dialogue for the film. With Guide, Vijay Anand became the Hindi film industry’s big star filmmaker.

He was a visionary, a genius who could make intellectually stimulating films that could also generate profits and win industry awards. His next film also brought him everlasting glory. He directed and edited “Teesri Manzil” (1966) for producer and writer Nasir Husain. The film starred Shammi Kapoor and Asha Parekh and gave composer R.D. Burman (S.D. Burman’s son) his first major success. The film’s suspenseful story, combined with the stars’ romantic chemistry, and Burman’s modern songs, made it into another box office smash and a perpetual favorite among moviegoers. Vijay Anand was at the pinnacle of his fame, when he went back to Navketan to direct the hit film “Jewel Thief” (1967). But there was a wrinkle. He found his “Jewel Thief” leading lady Vyjayantimala to be a distracted diva, especially after he enjoyed the professionalism and dedication of his previous leading ladies Waheeda Rehman and Asha Parekh. Nevertheless, Vyjayantimala gave a heartfelt and polished performance in “Jewel Thief,” and it seemed like Vijay Anand can do no wrong. But his next film proved otherwise.

After three hit films in a row (Guide, Teesri Manzil, Jewel Thief), Vijay Anand experienced his first flop. Initially, “Kahin Aurchal” (1968) had the makings of a hit, as it starred Dev Anand and ‘Asha Parekh’, who were both top box office draws in 1968, along with music composers Shanker-Jaikishen. But the film’s financier Tolaram Jalan wanted a flop film to adjust his income taxes, and so he took the film from Vijay Anand and released it in a single matinée show and then pulled it. This experience pained the filmmaker, especially since the film never resurfaced again. He bounced back with “Johnny Mera Naam” (1970), which grabbed the top stop at the box office in 1970. It starred Dev Anand and Hema Malini. Vijay Anand won two Filmfare Awards, one for editing and the other one for his screenplay. He then directed “Tere Mere Sapne” (1971) based on the A.J. Cronin’s novel “The Citadel.”

He also played a supporting role as an alcoholic doctor. While, the film became his personal favorite, it wasn’t a major success at the box office and became a turning point in his career. His subsequent films like “Blackmail” (1973), “Chhupa Rustom” (1973), “Bullet” (1976) were major disappointments. Also, at this time, Dev Anand was establishing himself as his own director. At this time Vijay Anand was going through personal problems, as he married his much younger relative ( own sister’s daughter) and turned to a spiritual leader Godman Rajneesh. He did return to directing films with multi-starrers like Ram Balram (1980) and Rajput (1982) but the filming took a long time, because of the stars’ busy schedules and Anand felt he made too many compromises. He still made occasional films, such as Hum Rahe Na Hum (1984) and Main Tere Liye (1988) but these films lacked the famous Vijay Anand style. In all he directed 16 Hindi films.

Vijay Anand also acted in films for other directors, such as Double Cross (1973) and Ghungroo ki Awaaz (1980). Waheeda Rehman and Rakhee proclaimed him to be an genius filmmaker but also told the press that his acting skills paled in comparison to his directing skills. Generally it is believed that he made his acting debut with film “Joru ka Bhai”-56. I always remember his small but eye catching role of a journalist, in the initial part of film Funtoosh-56. He acted in two major hit films, Kora Kagaz(1974) and Main Tulsi Tere Aangan ki (1978), but in both instances his acting was overshadowed by his leading ladies, Jaya Bhaduri and Nutan, who both won Filmfare Awards in the Best Actress category. He acted in 13 films, including Funtoosh-56.

I do not know if he acted in any Malayalam films. In the early 1990s, he was seen in the television serial Tehqiqaat playing Sam the Detective. In 1997, his older brother Chetan Anand’s death devastated him. In 2001, he took over as the new censor board chief after Asha Parekh finished out her controversial three year term. Earlier, she hadn’t given clearance to his nephew Shekar Kapur’s film “Elizabeth” (1998) and several film industry insiders expected some tension between them, especially after Parekh admitted that she and Anand didn’t see eye-to-eye on policing adult films. But she invited him to her sixtieth birthday celebration in 2002, and they both celebrated the occasion as old friends and colleagues. Anand was in the process of making another film with brother Dev Anand, when he died on February 23, 2004 due to a heart attack. He left behind his wife, Sushma and son Vaibhav, an aspiring filmmaker. His grief-stricken older brother Dev Anand wept openly at the funeral.( Thanks to some material from article of Ramstep-IMDB).

The story of Agra Road was-

Seth Dhanraj had 2 daughters,Sarita (Shakila) and Seema(Nanda) and a servant-Dhumal. Sarita loves Sunil (Vijay Anand). Parents of both have approved the match,so no problem in singing and dancing. However the two families separate when Dharaj insists on making Sunil his ‘Ghar Damaad’. Sunil’s father is pressurised by Dhanraj to return a loan taken by him few years back…or else.. Dhanraj’s nephew Niranjan( Amarnath) arrives to grab his wealth. He murders Dhanraj and injures Seema when she sees this. Both are thrown in river. Seema is saved by a gang of crooks who keep her hostage in a club. Police Inspector Khanna(Bhagwan) rescues her and brings home. meanwhile Niranjan has taken Sarita to Bombay on some excuse. He wants to kill her too. Sunil goes with her. Bhola,a painter who loses his voice in an accident caused by mistake by Seema has seen Niranjan murdering Dhanraj,but cant speak. From here the story goes berserk.

Now, Niranjan wants to murder Sarita, Sunil, Seema and bhola. A big task indeed. However his plans are foiled by all others. Bhola’s voice comes back in time, Khanna, the P.I. and Sunil get Niranjan arrested and Sunil and Sarita as well as Bhola and Seema get united

The composer for Agra Road was Roshan and he composed some very good songs. Most songs of the film were western tunes. Mid 50s was the period when Rock and Roll music was popular in India.Most films in that period had Western type songs-based on western tunes(copied or ‘inspired ‘). Films like Baarish, Mr. X, Paying Guest etc had such famous and popular songs. Today’s song also is a Ditto copy of the western song “Woman” by Jose Ferrer and Rosemary Clooney,line by line. The original song is available on You Tube, for those who want to enjoy the song. The filming of the song is just superb. Both Shakila and Vijay Anand look stunningly attractive. The song matches the Waltz dance in the Ballroom. Plenty of Anglo Indian girls and boys prospered during this period to do western style dancing on songs.

So,let us now enjoy this foot tapping song,sung by Geeta Dutt and surprisingly Manna Dey- who was branded only as a Bhajan and classical singer……


Song-O mister o mister suno ek baat (Agra Road)(1957) Singers-Geeta Dutt, Manna Dey, Lyrics-Prem Dhawan, MD-Roshan
Female chorus
Male chorus
All

Lyrics

o o
O mister
o mister suno ek baat
Badi bewafa hai ye mardon ki zaat
O mister
o mister
suno ek baat
Badi bewafa hai ye mardon ki zaat

Badalte hain ye rang pal mein hazaar
Karen in ke waadon pe kya aitbaar
Ye karne ko kar lenge haathi shikaar
Par ik hi nazar mein hain chit sarkaar
aa haa
aa ha
o ho
o ho
hmm hmm
hmm hmm
aa haa
aa haa

O madam
o madam suno ek baat
Badi betuki hai ye aurat ki zaat

O madam
o madam suno ek baat
Badi betuki hai ye aurat ki zaat

Ye haan bhi kahen to ye samjho ke naa
Aur na jo kahen to ye samjho ke haan
Har ek baat mein ye adhoori to hain
Magar kya karen ke zaroori to hain
Aaha

aaha
o ho
o ho
umm hmm
umm hmm
aa haa
aa haa

O mister
o mister suno ek baat
Badi bewafa hai ye mardon ki zaat

Ye baahar to leadar pleader bhi hain
Mager ghar mein aa ke ye geedad bhi hain
Ishaaron pe inko nachaate hain hum
Dilon pe hukoomat chalaate hain hum
Aaha

aaha
oho
oho
hmm hmm
hmm hmm
aaha
aaha
O madam
o madam suno ek baat
Badi betuki hai ye aurat ki zaat

Hai duniya badi bewafa dekhiye
zara husn ki ye ada dekhiye

Hum hi naaz sahte hain
hamse hi daaon
hamaari hi bili
aur Humko hi meow
Meow

meow
meow
meow
meow
meow
meow

Tum ho ?? din to hum raat hain
Bana hai jahaan jab se hum saath hain
Hamaare bina duniya sajti nahin
Ke ik haath se taali bajti nahin

aa haa
aa ha
o ho
o ho
umm hmm
umm hmm
aa haa
aa haa
O mister
o madam suno ek baat
lalalallalalla

5 Responses to "O mister o mister suno ek baat"

Boss good one.. and can I suggest a song that is sort of obscure but by my biggest fav.. KK.. Priye paaneshwari? Hilarious one that.

Youtube link

Like

Arunji,
I appreciate your problem. It is a problem of plenty. Such was the year 1957.
Personally I used to like Chetan Anand amongst the bros as he had more finesse, style and character.

Like

Arunji, as usual, a very informative post by you. I’ve not been here much lately (entirely my loss) but whenever I visit, it is a real pleasure reading the posts and listening to the songs.

Vijay Anand is easily one of my favourite directors. I had read about his career earlier but the way you describe it here, makes it compact and wonderful to read.

It is atrocious that a film can be pulled out of circulation just to cater to the producer’s selfish interest. Imagine how much effort must have gone into “Kahin Aur Chal”!

Also, about Vyjanthimala being distracted, could it be partly because of Amrapali’s failure in 1966? I remember reading an interview with her where she said, after Amrapali’s box office disaster, she completely lost interest in acting in Hindi films. All films she did after that, she did mainly to meet her obligations, even if most of them did become hits. Would be interesting to know if other directors who worked with Vyjanthi had complaints about her professionalism or commitment?

For what’s it’s worth, Tere Mere Sapne is one of my favourite films from my childhood days. Even when I was young, I was impressed by the relative depth of the storyline. Maybe the Indian audience wanted just the usual humdrum, masala films.

Like

Raja ji,
Thanks for your comments.
Yes,the failure of Amrapali was a big disappointment for her and she had lost interest in doing films. After this,she was cast opposite Dilip kumar in ‘Ram aur Shyam’ a remake of Telugu hit Ramudu Bheemudu. Dilip kumar could not tolerate her working with disinterest and they had heated arguments on the sets,after which she was replaced halfway into the film by Waheeda Rehman.
This embitterment came out out while doing Jewel Thief,in which she had replaced Saira Bano after 2 reels-due to her marriage with Dilip kumar.Further, she had not forgotten that she was rejected for film ‘Guide’ in favour of Waheeda Rehman and this was her first film in Navketan. Somehow things were managed well.
However The grand success of Jewel Thief restored her interest and confidence in films.(In 1996,Dev Anand had asked her for ‘Return of Jewel Thief’ but she did not want to re enter films).
In 1968, she acted with 3 Top Heros. In Sunghursh with Dilip Kumar ( they never spoke to each others throughoutt the film shooting,after the Ram and Shyam episode. Incidentally it was the 7th film together for them)). In Saathi,it was Rajendrakumar and in Duniya,it was Dev Anand for the 3rd film together.
In Duniya and Saathi,the directors were southern ones,so there was no question of ‘disinterest’ tolerance. Anyway,after all hit films,V.Mala was again a normal person. her work in the Bangla film,with Uttam kumar was also lauded internationally,during this period.
So,the disappointment and disinterest for films did not last beyond Jewel Thief,anyway.
-AD

Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

What is this blog all about

This blog discusses Bollywood songs of yesteryears. Every song has a brief description, followed by a video link, and complete lyrics of the song.

This is a labour of love, where “new” songs are added every day, and that has been the case for over TWELVE years. This blog has over 16300 song posts by now.

This blog is active and online for over 4000 days since its beginning on 19 july 2008.

Important Announcement

(© 2008 - 2021) atulsongaday.me The content of this site is copyrighted and it may not be reproduced elsewhere without prior consent from the site/ author of the content.

Total number of songs posts discussed

16312

Number of movies covered in the blog

Movies with all their songs covered =1257
Total Number of movies covered =4426

Total visits so far

  • 14,334,894 hits

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,934 other followers

Bookmark

Bookmark and Share

Category of songs

Current Visitors

Historical dates

Blog Start date: 19 july 2008

Active for more than 4000 days.

Archives

Stumble

visitors whereabouts

blogadda

blogcatalog

Music Blogs - BlogCatalog Blog Directory
%d bloggers like this: