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Chham chham chham…ghanghor ghataayen chhaayin

Posted on: April 28, 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.

Vintage Shamshad Begam
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Song-1 Shamshad Begam and Motilal
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I started seeing films since my early childhood in the late 40s. I was lucky enough to see many films of the 30’s too, in their second or third runs. By the mid 50s, the films from the 30s were gone but almost all films of the 40s were still available.

English, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu or Kannada- language was no bar as far as watching movies of these languages was concerned . Those were the days when 78 RPM records used to be played by Hotels on gramophone. This helped me to hear the latest songs. In the 1960s Posh hotels had Juke Box. Soon it became common and Juke Boxes were seen everywhere. You needed just a coin of 4 Annas to listen to your desired song on it. Usually 4 songs in a row were lined up and they could all be listed to by putting 4 coins in it.

My favourite songs in those days were by Shamshad Begum and Kishore Kumar. I liked Rafi and Mukesh also, but not Lata or Asha. Geeta was OK occasionally. The Radio days came in the 50s and 60s and a variety of songs by Lata, Asha and others became the staple music. Binaca Geetmala was a programme, which was hotly discussed in friends circles.

With all this, songs of Shamshad-solos or duets captured my heart completely. I had a big collection of her songs, first on 78 RPM discs, then 45 RPM, LPs, Tapes, Video cassettes and finally CDs and DVDs. I liked her voice and singing style. Slowly my visits to Theatres for films reduced and once I got engrossed in career building, I stopped visiting Theatres- to save time. Films could be seen at home or in Hotel rooms on VCR or later on VCD/DVD players. It may sound strange and unbelievable, but I have not visited a single Multiplex so far in my life. In fact, I have not seen a film in a Theatre after 1981 (Khoobsoorat) !! I know it is not a thing of pride but music has overtaken seeing films. Moreover ‘good’ films do not come these days,anyway.

I liked Shamshad Begum songs from the beginning. Uneducated but immensely talented Shamshad was the reigning queen of the HFM in the 40s and till about ’55. Her seniors and co-singers bowed out, but she continued-first with C. Ramchandra, then with Naushad and later with O P Nayyar. Her Luck began to run out in 1950s and all the composers who previously supported her left her and started using the rising singing stars. From 1949 onwards, C Ramchandra was totally devoted to Lata, Naushad too had realised that the new crop of Heroines wanted only Lata and so he quietly went for her and O P Nayyar-when he found a soulmate in Asha, he simply forgot Shamshad and Geeta. So much for the “professional” composers !

In my opinion, two things went against Shamshad. One, in the early phase of Hindi cinema, the storylines of the films used to be very strong. Consequently, songs were inserted considering the need of the plot and to enhance the value of music in the film. As a result, songs were given to side Hero/heroines, special dancers or character roles. Naturally Shamshad sang for artistes than the Heroines. The singing Heroines sang their own songs. If an analysis is done, it will be seen that till about early 50s, 70% songs in a film were sung by artistes other than the Lead pairs.

It was only after the new crop of Hero/Heroines came and when they realised that songs can help them become popularity, they started demanding more songs on them in the films. Slowly,the ratio reversed and after 1955-56, 80% of songs were picturised on the Lead pairs and the rest-if any-on others. Thus singers like Shamshad, who sang for all and sundry found her singing opportunities dwingling. In those days, Lata very cleverly chose to sing only for the Heroines and according to her, for all ‘others ‘there were Asha, Geeta and Shamshad. This badly affected Shamshad’s career.

Secondly, when Lata came on the scene, the older generation female singers like Ameerbai, Zohrabai etc were already on the wane. Only Geeta and Shamshad were left. Geeta got all songs of Guru Dutt films. Additionally,the Bengali lobby of Burman, Hemant, Salil and A Biswas was in her support. Shamshad had no one to back her up. It was Naushad, who first indicated that he had tilted towards Lata, when Lata sang all songs of Andaz-49 for the heroines and Shamshad sang only for Cuckoo. next was C Ramchandra,when he fired Shamshad in front of the orchestra players when she could not sing to his satisfaction. She was so much hurt that she closed her song book and walked out. Normally, C Ramchandra would have apologised soon after, but this time nothing like this happened and Shamshad understood that everything was finished. ( Shamshad, however,in a later day interview denied that anything like this had happened). In case of O P Nayyar, in one of the interviews he gave in 2003 to Dr. Mandar, he admitted that “his lead singer” in those days prevented “others” from singing for him.

Shamshad being too gentle and straightforward gave up the fight too meekly, in my opinion. Even her last attempt to remain in Limelight with a ‘Shamshad Stage Show’, did not bear ant fruits as she did not do any follow up after that, due to her self respect.

In my opinion, Shamshad could have continued for another 8 to 10 years easily if only she had fought it out, but it was not to be and a vibrant, youthful, solid voice disappeared from the musical scene. I feel that it was not she but millions of lovers who were the losers because of her ouster from the music scene.

We are starting a New Series from today titled “VINTAGE SHAMSHAD BEGUM “, wherein we will discuss her songs from 1943 to 1951 only. There will be duets with 10 different singers of the 40s. These songs will be from films which were not famous, but their songs were good. This series will not discuss her popular or famous songs, but I am sure even these songs will give you equal pleasure.

All of us know that Shamshad became All india famous after ‘Khazanchi’-41 songs-a film made in Lahore. She specially came to Bombay, on Mehboob Khan’s invitation, to sing songs of the film Taqdeer-43-a debut film for Nargis. Here is an account in her own words, as to how ‘Taqdeer’ happened . This is an extract form the interview taken by shri Gajendra Khanna ji. ( In this series he has very kindly allowed us to use material from his site http://www.shamshadbegum.com. Thankyou,sir.)…

” Gajendra Khanna : How did the offer for Taqdeer(1943) come up?

Shamshad Begum : It was all thanks to the insistence of Mehboob Khan. He was one of the biggest directors of the time. His films like Jagirdar(1937), Deccan Queen(1936) and Aurat(1940) (which was a milestone) were very popular and some people used to call him Father of Indian Cinema crediting him for his contributions to it. He had heard my songs in Khazanchi and was planning Taqdeer with Motilal and a debutant Nargis as the lead actress. He told his secretary to take my bookings. He told him, Saahab yeh artist book nahi hoti(This artist doesn’t take bookings). He asked him the reason for that. The secretary told him that the singer’s possessive father doesn’t reply and doesn’t let her leave Lahore. Mehboob sahab would not be deterred and he came all the way to Lahore to convince my father.

It was a really big thing that one of the biggest producer-directors ever came there to get a new singer to sing for his ambitious movie! He told my father, “Yeh abhi chhoti hai. Bologe baith jaao to baith jaayegi, jo kahoge maan legi. Aapne usse kuen ka mendhak banaya hua hai. Woh to samudra ki machchi hai. Samudra mein daaloge to wahaan bhi tairegi. Aap isse ijaazat nahi denge to jab yeh badi hogi to aapko apna career na aage badhne ke liye zimmedaar maanegi.”(She is young now and will do as you say. She is capable of making a mark in the ocean, why do you want to keep her in a well. If you don’t allow her to spread her wings now, she will blame you when she is older).

My father understood his point and gave permission. Mehboob sahab promised to arrange for a house, car and servant for me which he did. I was offered Rs 300 per song for the movie. I came to Bombay to sing for this movie. All the songs were sung by me and became very popular. I promptly ran away back to Lahore after singing the songs. “

Today’s song is from the film Taqdeer. TAQDEER-1943, is a real forgotten and obscure movie, about which hardly any information will be available on the net,However I remember this movie and have my notes about it.

It was a Mehboob Production film,directed by Mehboob,Music by R.Gaznavi,and Lyrics by Mahrul Kadri.There is one song in the film written by Agha M.Shirazi(who also acted in the film) and one song by Anjum Pilibhiti also. There were 10 songs in the film,2 chorus songs,4 solos of Shamshad begum and 4 duets of Shamshad and Motilal.

The cast of the film was Chandramohan, Motilal, Nargis, Jilloobai, Kayam Ali, Ansari, Shirazi, Laddan etc. The Story was by Ghulam Mohd. and screenplay and dialogues were by Agha Jaani Kashmiri.

It was a lightweight comedy about Justice Gangaprasad(Chandramohan) and a Theatre owner Seth Badriprasad(NM Charlie),who lose their daughter and son in Kumbha Mela( This is where this trend started for future films,especially Manmohan Desai type films) respectively.

The children are found but exchanged and Gangaprasad brings up Babu(Motilal) as a rich playboy and Badriprasad raises Salma(Nargis) as a dancer in his Theatre.They fall in love,causing a problem of class Difference.This is revealed when their identities are revealed.

Funny thing is Gangaprasad’s wife(Jilloo bai) raises Motilal thinking that he is a Girl. The scene when it is revealed that he is a Boy,is very hilarious.

There is a song in the film,’Meri Mata Bharat Mata’,in which Nargis is shown holding a sicle and a cloth bundle,with waving Fields behind her.This reminds us of her role and posters of ‘Mother India’-1957(also a Mehboob prodn.)

Here are some Titbits….
Baby Fatima (Nargis) was all of only 14 when she became Heroine of this film.
When Mrs. Mehboob was doing her make up and wrapping her up in a Saree, she was mugging up the dialogues.
Mehboob told her that if she doesn’t do this role, he will incur heavy losses, thus she agreed to do the role.
She was also very happy, when told that all her songs will be sung by Shamshad begum.
She had to wear high heels to match the height of her first hero, Motilal.
Taqdeer was a Hit film.

So,here is a duet from this film. Just enjoy the youthful and fresh voice of Shamshad Begum……


Song-Chham chham chham…ghanghor ghataayen chaayin (Taqdeer)(1943) Singers-Shamshad Begam, Motilal, Lyrics-Mahrul Qadri, MD-Rafiq Ghaznavi
Chorus

Lyrics

chham chham chham
chham chham chham
chham chham chham
chham chham chham
chham chham chham
chham chham
chham chham
chham chham
chham chham chham
chham chham chham
chham chham chham
chham chham chham
chham
chham chham
chham chham
chham chham
chham chham

ghanghor ghataayen chayin
een een
ghanghor ghataayen chayeen
een een
aur mast hawaayen aayin een een een
aur mast hawaye aayin een een
paigham khushi ka laayin
paigham khushi ka laayin
ab dil ka dard hua kam
kam kam
ab dil ka dard hua kam

chham chham chham
chham chham chham
chham chham chham
chham chham chham
chham chham chham
chham chham
chham chham
chham chham

ulfat ka bhed bata de
ae ae ae ae ae
ulfat ka bhed bata den
ae ae ae ae ae
honthon se honth mila de ae ae
honthon se honth mila de ae ae
aankhon se mast bana de
aankhon se mast bana de
mit jaayen sab dil ke gham
gham gham
mit jaayen sab dil ke gham

chham chham chham
chham chham chham
chham chham chham
chham chham chham
chham chham chham
chham chham
chham chham
chham chham

aa aa aa

duniya ne li angdaai ee ee
duniya ne li angdaai ee ee
har shay pe jawaani chaayi
har shay pe jawaani chaayi
masti ne thhokar khaayi
masti ne thhokar khaayi
kyun yaad kisi ki aayi
haan yaad kisi ki aayi
o jaanewaale thham thham
thham thham
o jaanewaale thham thham
thham thham
thham thham
thham thham thham
thham thham thham
thham thham
thham thham
thham thham

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11 Responses to "Chham chham chham…ghanghor ghataayen chhaayin"

SB sang all the 9 songs in Khazanchi-41, a record of sorts. This was bested by Asha in Basant-60 when she she figured in all the 14 songs!

Also, Lata sang all the 8-9 songs of Poonam (1952) under SJ.

In Khazanchi,SB sang only 7 solos out of 9
In Basant all 9 were solos of Lata.

This was a very common phenomena in the 30s. In 1947 alone
Manmain-10 solos of Kalyani
Meerabai-all13 solos by Sitara Kanpuri and in
Meera – all 18 solos by M S Subbulaxmi. This record is not yet broken.
In Bangla film “Sadhok Ramprosad”- 23 solos were sung by Dhananjay Bhattacharya.

Khazanchi-1941 I stand by my contention
The Basant-1960 I know of had understandably only songs of Asha as MD was OP; Lata’s name was unthinkable for him
Did you mean Manmani-1947>alongwith Kalyani solos there was Hemantda also
My stress was one singer singing all the songs in the movie
All Meerabai films had to have one singer

Nitin ji,
The film should have been Poonam-52 and not Basant. Sorry.
Both Meerabai had one singer only each.

Another such movie Aurat (1953) MD – SJ starring Premnath & Beena Roy where all songs are solos and rendered by Lataji.

1. Aa Sun Le Mere Dil Ki Pukar, Sun Le Meri Dil Ki Pukar

2. Aaj Ki Raat Kabhi Woh Ayenge Kabhi Kushi Banke

3. Ankhon Ankhon Me, Tumko Chupa Ke Dekh Liya

4. Apne Lut Jaane Ka Gham Bewafa Ne Diya Gham

5. Nainon Se Nain Hue Chaar Aaj Mera Dil Aa Gaya

6. Dard-E-Jigar Thaher Zara, Dum To Mujhe Lene De

7. Dard- E- Ulfat Haaye Dard -e- Ulfat Chupaon Kahan

8. Ulfat Kaa Saaz Chhedo

9. Zulm Hai… Ye Duniya Banayi Hai Kis Beraham Ne

Motilal sang in>>
Aap Kyun Aayenge Kyu Aap Kyu Aayenge
Taqdeer (1943)
O Jaane Wale Aaja
Taqdeer (1943)
Chalo Sajan Chalo Sajan Dur Kahi Jaaye
Sasural (1941)
Dost Dosto Ek Naya Sabak Sikhlana Hoga
Aage Kadam (1943)
Is Aankh Me Jaadu Hai
Sasural (1941)
Kaise Kategi Ratiya Tum Waha Hum Yaha
Sasural (1941)
Kaanto Sa Chubha Jaata Hai
Aage Kadam (1943)
Meri Mata Bharat Mata
Taqdeer (1943)
Pyara Hai Sama My Dear Come To Me
Kamal (1949)
Tohe Motor Me Baitha Du
Sasural (1941)
Wo Ruthe Hue Hai
Aage Kadam (1943)
Ye Kaisa Hai Dharm Tumhara
Aage Kadam (1943)

Mahir Ul Qadri>>>
Aaj Mora Man Mora Man Nach Raha Re
Jeevan (1944)
My Dear I Love You
Jeevan (1944)
O Jaane Wale Aaja
Waah Chamak Chamak Kar
Jeevan (1944)
Zalim Jawani Kaafir Adaaye
Bigdi Hui Kismat
Zabaan (1943)
Chhaayi Kaali Ghata More Baalam Akele Mat Jaiyo
Mitti (1947)

Arun ji
Thank you for this much of ANMOL information.

Regards
Prakash

Thanks Prakash ji

Arun Sir,
Very interesting series indeed on one of the most talented singers. Looking forward eagerly for the rest of the series.
Thanks.

Thank you,Mahesh ji.
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