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Kaaya ki rail niraali

Posted on: December 30, 2015


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Railways are an important part of Indian lives and a significant part of Indian population use the servicess of Indian Railways and they are directly or indirectly affected by Indian Railways. Hindi movies are no exception and we often find Indian Railways getting represented in them.

There are some movies where Railways play a central role. Some of these movies in fact have Railway specific titles as well. For instance, we have Hindi movies with titles like “Toofaan Mail”(1934), “Return of Toofaan Mail”(1942), “Rail Ka Dibba”(1953), “Railway Platform”(1955), “The Burning Train”(1980) etc. Then there were movies with “normal” non Railway titles where Railways played important roles, viz. “Vidhaata”(1983) etc.

“Station Master”(1942) was a movie which was an out and out Railways movie. It had a railway titles, and its story revovled entirely around Indian Railways. And that included some of its songs as well.

“Station Master”(1942) was directed by Chimanlal Luhar for Prakash Pictures. The story, screenplay and dialogues were written by P L Santoshi and V. Aundhkar. The movie had Prem Adeeb, Ratnamala, Jagdish Sethi, Kaushalya, Jeevan, Suraiyya, Gulab, Amirbai, Pratima devi, Shakir, Umakant Desai etc in it.

Though story of “Station Master”(1942) are available online, but they are inaccurate. I watched the whole movie (whatever was available of it) and I have got a better idea of the story of the movie than what what can get from other online resources. I had posted the story earlier in the blog. Here is what I had mentioned about this movie in the past:

Arun (Prem Adib), a train guard, lives with his mother. Parmanand (Jagdish Sethi), a widower, is a station master who has a daughter called Usha (Ratnamala). A pointsman (name of the actor not known to me) is close to him and is his right hand man for him in his personal as well as professional life. Pointsman’s wife (played by Amirbai Karnataki) has taken care of motherless Usha for the last 16 years. Pointsman and his wife have a son and a daughter. Daughter is played by Suraiyya. Actor’s name playing the son is not known to me.

Niranjan (actor playing this role is not known to me) is Divisional Traffic Superintentent and is a big Railway official for other characters in the movie. He is a widower and his sister (name of actress not known) is dying to see him remarry. Cunning Manikbabu (Jeevan) puts in the word to Niranjan’s sister that Usha is a suitable girl for Niranjan. The two of them visit Parmanand’s residence, see Usha and approve her.

Usha herself has fallen in love with Arun, of course.

Manikbabu (Jeevan) would want Arun to marry his “paagal” daughter (played by Kaushalya). Arun’s mother visits Manikbabu to see his daughter and Manikbabu shows her Usha instead of showing his “paagal” daughter, and Arun’s mother naturally approves of the girl, thinking her to be Manikbabu’s daughter.

Usha, realising that she was being married off to Niranjan, a much older man, against her wishes loses her zest for life. Later, on repeated insistence by her father, she tells him that she is in love with Arun.

Parmanand is so distracted by this news that he is unable to concentrate on his job as a station master. His absent mindedness on job causes a railway accident in which an express train collides with a goods train.

An enquiry is held. All witnesses try to lie to protect him but Parmanand himself tells the truth and accepts his mistake. In filmy style, he is exonerated just because he tells the truth and accepts his guilt. In real life, he would be dismissed from service, no matter whether he spoke the truth or not.

Usha is advised to sacrifice her happiness and get married to Niranjan for the sake of her father who would otherwise lose his job.

Arun is made the guard of the baaraat special. When Manikbabu comes to know that Arun is the guard, he objects and when Niranjan asks the reason, he blurts out that Arun and Usha were in love with each other.

The movie ends on an illogical note when the bride and bridegroom are getting married and Niranjan enters the mandap, much to the surprise of baaraatis. If Niranjan is not the groom, then who is the groom ? It is Arun, of course. Niranjan, on getting to know about Arun and Usha had decided to get then married. He gives a sermon to the baaraatis on the ill effects of getting people married against their wishes etc. 🙂

So, a movie that was going along quite logically sees a couple of illogical twists, that lead to a rather artificial happy ending for the movie.

I found one more major discrepancy in the story of this movie. According to the story, Arun (Prem Adib), his mother, Manikbabu (Jeewan), his daughter (Kaushalya), Niranjan and his sister live in one place whereas Usha (Ratnamala), her father Parmanand (Jagdish Sethi), the pointsman, his wife (Amirbai Karnataki) and children (including daughter played by Suraiyya) live in a far off place, and one must board a train to travel between two places. But we find that the heroine Usha (Ratnamala) often walks into Arun’s (Prem Adib) garden while plucking flowers in the mornings. That is how the two of them fall in love. Once she even walks into the home of Kaushalya when Arun’s mother happens to go there. This is a serious discrepancy in the story of the movie that has gone unnoticed.

Coming to the songs of the movie, there are twelve songs in it. As many as eleven songs have already been discussed in the blog. The song under discussion is the twelfth and final song in the movie. This song is chronologically the first song of the movie and this song gets played at the very beginning as a background song as titles roll on the screen. I can distinctly detect the voices of Prem Adib and Suraiyya in the song. Prem Adib is the main singer while Suraiyya’s voice is part of the chorus, though clearly identifiable. So this is one song where Suraiyya has lent her voice (and this fact has not been noticed so far) so it is one more Suraiyya song that needed to be added to her tally of songs.

Pt Indra Chandra is the lyricist. Music is composed by Naushad.

With this song, “Station Master”(1942) joins the list of movies that have all their songs covered in the blog.

Audio (Full)

Video (Partial)

Song-Kaaya ki rail niraali (Station Master)(1942) Singers-Prem Adib, Suraiyya, Lyrics-Pt Indra Chandra, MD-Naushad

Lyrics

Kaaya ki rail niraali
Kaaya ki rail niraali
kar jaayegi station khaali
rail niraali
rail niraali
kar jaayegi station khaali
khaali khaali
rail niraali
rail niraali
Kaaya ki rail niraali

ja jhatpat ticket kataa le
ja jhatpat ticket kataa le
ye rail nahin rukne ki
ye rail nahin rukne ki
?? saaman uthha le
ye rail nahin rukne ki
?? saaman uthha le
ye rail nahin rukne ki
?? saaman uthha le
ye rail nahin rukne ki
engine ne seeti de daali
rail niraali
rail niraali
kaaya ki rail niraali

ticket baabu ne ticket de diye
palle ke sab takey le liye
ticket baabu ne ticket de diye
palle ke sab takey le liye
sambhal sambhal ker chal re musaafir
sambhal sambhal ker chal re musaafir
door hai tera gaaon
haaan
door hai tera gaaon
haaan
ooncha neecha platform
kahin na phisle paaon
ooncha neecha platform
kahin na phisle paaon
tere sang hai gaune waali
rail niraali
rail niraali
kaaya ki rail niraali
kaaya ki rail niraali

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3 Responses to "Kaaya ki rail niraali"

Lovely train song!!! In the last stanza, Prem Adib says:” OOncha neecha platform, kahin na phisle paaon.” While getting off Gujarat Mail in the early morning hours at Dadar one year ago, I actually went into the gap between the coach and the platform because I hadn’t noticed the large gap. Passengers on the platform pulled me out. No damage except large boodclot on the thigh. My wife and I continued the journey to Bangalore but I was thoroughly shaken

Seshadriji,
You were lucky to scrape through. Thank Him; you were reborn.
Many people are dying these days for the same reason. In fact there are regular announcements in the local trains. The railways are planning to reduce the gap in 2016
I take this opportunity to wish every one of us a Very Happy New Year and A Happy New Life to Seshadriji.

Congratulations Atul ji on covering all songs of “Station Master-1942”, and its joining the ‘list of movies-all songs covered’ 🙂

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