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Kismat ka khel hai janaab e aali

Posted on: December 12, 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.

SHANKAR- JAIKISHEN IN THE 50s…Song No. 8
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Should an actor working as a Hero be necessarily good looking ? In India, yes ! If one sees the list of heroes from 1931 till recent time, one will find that on 99% of the occasions, the Heroes were handsome, good looking,tall and with good physique- irrespective of whether they could act or not. Not that there were no heroes who were ordinary looking, but by and large they were exceptions or they were the producers or directors themselves ( like Kishore Sahu ) or their sons etc. The Indian audience had a mind set that a film Hero must be good looking and the Heroine must be beautiful-preferably.

However, with the arrival of New Wave films or the Parallel Cinemas, this rule was sidelined. This was because now the stress was on the story line, histrionics and social messages, and not just entertainment unlike the case the mainstream cinemas. Heroes like Amol Palekar,Om Puri or Girish Karnad- who were not handsome by any standards- played lead roles in such movies. Similarly ordinary looking actresses like Smita Patil and Shabana Azmi could become Heroines in these films. But all this came only after the 70s. Till then Handsome Heroes and beautiful Heroines were the norms. There were, of course some exceptions like Sheikh Mukhtar,Dilip Kumar,Ranjan, Bhagwan etc, in mainstream cinema as well.

When Sunil Dutt came to Bombay in the early 50s, he was aspiring to become a Film hero. He was 6 feet tall, Handsome and healthy. He was also an educated person, a Punjabi and an announcer in Radio Ceylon, doing Filmy programme announcements. All this helped and he got his first break directly as a hero in Sehgal production’s film “Railway Platform”-55, produced by Kewalkrishna Sehgal and directed by Ramesh Sehgal. The life story of Sunil Dutt is devoid of any struggle either for career, marriage, status or political stature. Truly, a lucky person !

Sunil Dutt was born on 6 June 1929, as Balraj, in Khurd village, Jhelum District district, Punjab Province,British India. When he was five years old, Dutt’s father died. When he was 18, the Partition of India began inciting Hindu-Muslim violence across the country. A Muslim named Yakub, who had been friends with Dutt’s father, saved their entire family. The family resettled in a small village on the bank of river Yamuna called Mandauli in Yamuna Nagar district of Haryana. Later he moved to Lucknow and spent a long time in Aminabad Galli during graduation. He then moved to Bombay, where he joined Jai Hind College as an undergraduate and took up a job at the city’s BEST Transport company. Starting out in radio, Sunil Dutt was hugely popular on the Hindi service of Radio Ceylon, the oldest radio station in South Asia. He moved to acting in Hindi films and got introduced to the industry with 1955’s Railway Platform.( Incidentally, he worked in 55 films)

He shot to stardom in the 1957 film Mother India where he co-starred with Nargis, whom he married on 11 March 1958. Dutt played a short-tempered, angry son of Nargis. During the making of this film a fire happened on the sets. It is believed that Dutt braved the raging fire to save Nargis and thereby won her love.
He had one son Sanjay Dutt, also a successful film actor and two daughters, Priya Dutt and Namrata Dutt. His daughter Namrata married Kumar Gaurav, son of Rajendra Kumar. The two fathers were co-stars in Mother India.

Dutt was one of the major stars of Hindi Cinema in the late 1950s and 1960s and continued to star in many successful films which included Sadhna (1958), Sujata (1959), Mujhe Jeene Do (1963), Khandaan (1965) and Padosan (1967). His collaboration with B.R.Chopra proved to be successful in films such as Gumraah (1963), Waqt (1965) and Hamraaz(1967). One of his favourite writers and friends was Aghajani Kashmiri. Dutt created a record of sorts by directing and starring in the unique film Yadein (1964) in which he was the only actor.

He later turned producer of the 1968 film Man ka meet which introduced his brother Som Dutt who was unsuccessful in films. In 1971 he produced, directed and starred in the big-budget period romantic film Reshma aur Shera (1971) which was a huge failure at the box office. He also worked as a Lead opposite Madhubala in her last movie, “Jwala” which was released only in 1971.He continued to star in hits that included Heera (1973), Pran jaaye par vachan na jaaye (1974), Nagin (1976) and Jaani Dushman (1979). He also starred in a series of Punjabi religious movies in the 1970s: Man jeete jag jeete (1973), Dukh Bhanjan tera naam (1974), and Sat sri akal (1977).

He launched his son Sanjay’s career with Rocky in 1981 which was a success. Shortly before the film’s release, Dutt’s wife died of Pancreatic Cancer. He founded the Nargis Dutt Foundation in her memory for the cure of cancer patients. He was a sponsor of the India Project, an organisation akin to Operation Smile for the treatment of Indian children with facial deformities.

In 1982 he was appointed as the Sheriff of Mumbai, an apolitical titular position bestowed on him by the Maharashtra government for a year.

He turned character actor in the 1980s often playing an elderly police officer or patriarch at the centre of family feuds. He retired from the film industry in the early 1990s to turn to politics after his last few releases including Parampara(1992) and Kshatriya (1993). His political career was halted for some years in the early 1990s when he worked to free his son from jail after he was arrested for keeping an AK-56, a Pistol and Hand granades that he claimed was for protection of his family after bomb blasts in Mumbai.

In 1995 he won the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the film industry for four decades. He returned to films shortly before his death in 2003’s Munnabhai,MBBS He shared the screen with son Sanjay for the first time although they had appeared earlier in Rocky (1981) and Kshatriya (1993).
Sunil Dutt died of a heart attack on 25 May 2005 at his residence in Bandra,Mumbai. His seat in Parliament was contested by his daughter, Priya Dutt, who won it and was a member of parliament from North West Mumbai between November 2005–April 2014.( adapted from wiki).

Film “Kismat ka khel”-56 was made by Kishore Sahu under his Sahu Films banner. He directed it also. The cast was Sunil Dutt, vyjayanti mala,Begum para, yashodhara katju, Mukri, Badriprashad,Kamaljeet,Bhudo Advani,Tun Tun etc etc. This was Sunil Dutt’s just the 4th film in his career. Earlier he had worked in Railway platform(Nalini jaywant), Kundan-55( Nimmi), and Ek hi raasta-56 (Meena kumari). Though Sunil Dutt was new,all his heroines were experienced and quite senior to him. Nalini jaywant was even elder to him in age.

This film was supposed to be a Mystery film, but in reality it was a very predictable film. The story was that of a young man who is falsely accused of a murder. he runs away and is helped by good natured members of a slum. one of them, a dancing girl falls in love with him. With her help, he gathers proof of his innocence and the film ends happily with the hero and heroine coming together.

I had not seen the film that time,but before writing this article, I saw this movie on You Tube and got bored with a story of beaten track and shoddy direction. There are comedians like Mukri, Bhudo Advani and yashodhara katju, but no laugh evoking comedy. There were 7 songs in the film. today’s song will be the 4th song on the Blog. This is a Dance-song enacted by Vyjayantimala in a train to collect enough money for paying TT for tickets of Sunil Dutt and herself. Out of 7 songs, six songs are by Lata. Lyricist is Shailendra for this song.


Song- Kismat ka khel hai janaab e aali (Kismat Ka Khel)(1956) Singer-Lata, Lyrics- Shailendra, MD- Shankar-Jaikishen

Lyrics

kismat ka khel hai janaab e aali
kismat ka khel hai janaab e aali
kismat ka khel hai janaab e aali
aapke paas hain moti khazaane
aur apni jeb khaali
jeb khaali
jeb khaali
nikle baazar se wo muskuraate
badhke har cheej pe boli lagaate
humne gardan jhuka li
haan jhuka li
lo jhuka li
kismat ka khel hai janaab e aali

hamko bhi dhoondhti
kismat hamaare ghar pe aayi
lekin hum soye thhe
aaraam se odhhe rajaai
lekin hum soye thhe
aaraam se odhhe rajaai
ho o
tab se roothi huyi hai
naaz waali
naaz waali
kismat ka khel hai janaab e aali
kismat ka khel hai janaab e aali
aapke paas hain moti khazaane
aur apni jeb khaali
jeb khaali
jeb khaali
kismat ka khel hai janaab e aali

humko apni gareebi ka zara bhi gham nahin hai
zinda hain aapki duaa se
ye kuchh kam nahin hai
zinda hain aapki duaa se
ye kuchh kam nahin hai
o o
mat poochho kis tarah ye jaan sambhaali
jaan sambhaali
kismat ka khel hai janaab e aali
kismat ka khel hai janaab e aali
aapke paas hain moti khazaane
aur apni jeb khaali
jeb khaali
jeb khaali
kismat ka khel hai janaab e aali

kya leke aaye thhe hum
aur kya le jaayenge wo
jod ke kuchh inhen
aur kuchh unhen de jaayenge wo
jod ke kuchh inhen
aur kuchh unhen de jaayenge wo
oo
pyaari duniya niraali
hai niraali
hai niraali
kismat ka khel hai janaab e aali
kismat ka khel hai janaab e aali
aapke paas hain moti khazaane
aur apni jeb khaali
jeb khaali
jeb khaali
kismat ka khel hai janaabe aali
aapke pas hain moti khazaane
aur apni jeb khaali
jeb khaali
jeb khaali
kismat ka khel hai janaab e aali

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