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Nazar kuchh aaj aisa aa raha hai

Posted on: January 3, 2016


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.

Today we will discuss a song and its film Najma-43, the First production from Mehboob Khan’s newly established “Mehboob Productions”.

From the day film making started, it was seen as a source of entertainment only. During the silent era, the stress was on visuals as there was no sound. But once the films started ‘talking’and singing, the content became just as important as the visuals, if not more.

There were two types of film makers in the film industry. The largest group was of film makers who saw film making only as a business to make money. But there were a few film makers who looked at it as a means of conveying messages to the society. They treated cinema as a vehicle of social reforms and a powerful medium to stress the virtues of values and ill effects of social evils like Alcoholism, Gambling, Dowry etc. They raised their voices against the outdated and harmful traditions, beliefs and unjust practices in the Indian Society through cinema.

This was a difficult task when there was no sound, but once the Talkie arrived, these film makers took upon themselves the task of social reforms. Thus, studios like Bombay Talkies, Prabhat Films and New Theatres of Calcutta made films exposing the hazards of outdated harmful traditions and upholding the need to change social systems of Child marriage, Widow marriage, illiteracy, Dowry, Zamindari, Tyrant moneylenders and suppression of the poor and the deprived classes etc etc.

Not only the film companies, even a few Individual film makers came forward with such films. One of them was Producer Director Mehboob khan. He was a visionary and many of his films were much ahead of time. Being a hardcore socialist and a staunch follower of Nehruvian philosophy, his films took up social issues. Many of his film ideas were copied by newer film makers in the coming decades.

Mehboob Khan was born on 7-9-1906 in the village Saraar Kashipura in Baroda district of Gujarat in a poor Muslim family. He grew up in Bilimora, but could not get much education. He came to Bombay and joined Imperial film company as an extra in 1927. His first role was as one of the 40 thieves in the film “Alibaba aur chaalis chor”-1927. While checking the rushes of the film shooting, Ardeshir irani spotted Mehboob Khan and gave him small roles in films like Shirin Farhad, Dilawar, Romantic prince, Veer Abhimanyu etc.

When Alam Ara – 31 was to be made Ardeshir Irani first thought of making Mehboob Khan as its Hero. However the company realised that Mehboob had no recognition among the audience and he was a new face, while Master Vithal who commanded every films run of atleast 4 weeks was a popular Hero. There was less risk in casting Master Vithhal and hence Master Vithal got this Historic role. While Mehboob Khan continued acting in many Talkie films later, he was keen on becoming a Director. Finally, he got the opportunity to direct the film “Al Hilal-35”, made by Sagar Movietone. In the next 27 years Mehboob Khan directed many Block busters and iconic films, till he stopped with “Son of India”-62.

Mehboob’s career had three phases. The first phase was in Sagar movietone, where he directed Al Hilal-35, Deccan Queen, Manmohan(36), Jagirdar-37, Hum,Tum aur voh, Watan (38), Ek hi Rasta-39 and Alibaba-40.

It was Mehboob who started the trend of Two Heroes with films like Jagirdar-37 (Surendra and Motilal), Hum,Tum aur Voh-38 (Motilal and Harish), Anmol Ghadi-46 (Surendra and Zahoor Raja), Anokhi Ada-48 (Surendra and Prem Adeeb), Andaz-49 (Raj and Dilip).

Even the three Heroes trend was started by Mehboob with Ek hi Rasta-39 (Arun Ahuja, Harish and Shaikh Mukhtar). Generally B R Chopra’s film Waqt-65 is taken as the first 3-hero film, but it is not so.

The second phase of Mehboob was with National studios, where he made Aurat-40, Behan-41 and Roti-42. Roti-42 was the first film to shout against the tyranny of the rich against the poor.

The third phase of Mehboob started with his own Mehboob productions. His first film here was Najma-43, a Muslim social. From 1937 to 1942, Anil Biswas had given music to each and every film of Mehboob, but due to some strained relations, this time Rafiq Ghaznavi was called in as the Music Director. Anil Biswas had given music to his 7 films ( later he gave music to one more film,Paia hi paisa-56, made by Mehboob productions, taking his tally to 8 films). After the film Anmol Ghadi-46, it was Naushad who gave music to his next 8 films, which were directed by him.

Mehboob’s films contributed immensely to Hindi film industry. The first ever “Paan” song in a Hindi movie was in his film Najma-43 ( “mujhe jo khilate hain paanon mein Mirche”), sung by Ashok Kumar. This song was so popular that the sale of its Records got Rs. 8000 as Royalty to Ashok Kumar in those days. Hero singing while playing piano was seen in Hindi movies for the first time in “Anmol Ghadi-46”. The first “Happy Birthday” song in a Hindi movie was in the film Andaz-49 (“Meri laadli re”). Najma-43 and Elan-47 were Muslim Socials which advocated reforms to muslim social set ups. Elaan-47 created an uproar with the Fundamentalists too for some time. The story of Andaz-49 served as inspiration for many future films like Sangam-64, Ramavatar-88 etc. Betab-83 was almost a remake of the film Aaan-52. Film Aan-52 was the First full colour film, originally shot on 16mm and later blown up to 35 mm in England.

Mehboob gave and promoted many stars to Hindi cinema, like Surendra, Sitara Devi, Arun Ahuja, Harish, Shaikh Mukhtar, Waheedan bai, Nargis, Nadira, Master Sajid ( whom he had adopted as a son), Simi, Murad etc . Similarly Waheedan bai and her daughter Nimmi both worked with/for him as Heroines. Sulochana (Ruby Myers) was in his First film-Alibaba and chaalis chor-27 and also in his last film ‘Son of India’-62. Actor Kumar was also in his first directorial venture, “Al Hilal”-35 and his last film as a director, ‘Son of India’-62.

As human being Mehboob Khan was simply great. S.Fatelal, once a Director/owner and partner of Prabhat Films, fell on hard times. He wanted to make a film in Marathi, but could not afford studio rents. Mehboob Khan gave him his studio on a rent of Rs. 600 when the rate was Rs.6000 per day. He not only helped him in finance and distribution, but also wrote in his own will that for any regional film shooting, the studio rent should be only Rs.600 for the next 50 years !

When Mehboob Khan was in the process of building his own studio in 1949, he faced financial crunch. he met Dev Anand. Actually Dev Anand had never worked with Khan, but they knew each other. Khan asked for money from Dev and Dev gave the money immediately. Khan kept this gesture in mind. When the studio opened, a place was given to newly started Navketan Films of Dev Anand for their office – FREE of rent. He wrote in his will also that No rent should be taken from Dev Anand till Dev was alive.

Mehboob Khan was a pucca socialist and a devotee of Pt.Nehru. The day Nehru died, Mehboob Khan got a heart attack and died. His last rites were performed before Nehru’s last rites !

Today’s film Najma-43 was directed by Mehboob Khan. Starring Ashok Kumar and Veena, it had music by Rafiq Ghaznavi with lyrics by Anjum Pilibhiti.

Najma was the first film under Mehboob Khan’s Mehboob Productions banner. Khan paid Kumar Rs. 1 Lakh for his role in the film, a record at the time. Due to its financial success upon release, the film became a blueprint for Muslim Socials that followed.

Najma emphasises the importance of education and the necessity for modern development within the Muslim community, but also portrays the value of family honor and upholding traditions like arranged marriage. The film’s upper class Lahknawi protagonists live in an economically privileged world and follow the traditional tehzeeb etiquette of Lucknow. The film mainly deals with family relationships and the effects of tehzeeb on them. Many of these elements became the prototype for later Muslim social films which usually focused on male-female relationships in upper-class Muslim communities.

The story was….Lucknow medical student Yusuf (Ashok Kumar) has fallen in love with Najma ( Veena), the daughter of his wealthy neighbour, after seeing her only once. Encouraged by his friend Bedil ( Yaqub), he decides to pursue her. Najma thinks he is too forward and tries to punish him by putting salt in his food at her family’s Eid celebration, but accidentally serves it to his father Dr. Khan (Murad) instead. Najma then falls in love with Yusuf, meeting him secretly in the garden. Their romance is interrupted when Dr. Khan announces that he has betrothed his son to his cousin Raziya ( Sitara Devi). Although Yusuf initially refuses to marry Raziya because she is an uneducated village girl and he loves Najma, Najma convinces him to marry Raziya to preserve his family’s honour.

Heartbroken, they both marry other people; Yusuf marries Raziya and Najma weds the wealthy Mukarram Nawab ( M.Kumar). Raziya finds out about Yusuf’s hidden love and becomes very jealous. Meanwhile, Yusuf sinks into depression and Najma becomes ill with worry over him. Mukarram overhears Raziya jealously berating Najma over her love for Yusuf and resolves to kill him. But Mukarram has a serious accident and Yusuf is the only one who can save his life. Yusuf saves Mukarram’s life and assures him and Raziya that he does not wish to take Najma away. Giving up each other forever, Yusuf and Najma part.

The video of this song is in surprisingly good quality. The female singer in this song is Mumtaz but I do not think it is Mumtaz Shanti, because Mumtaz Shanti was not a playback singer. In my opinion this could be some other singer named Mumtaz.


Song-Nazar kuchh aaj aisa aa raha hai (Najma)(1943) Singers-Mumtaz, Ashok Kumar, Lyrics-Anjum Pilibhiti, MD-Rafiq Ghaznavi

Lyrics

nazar kuchh aaj aisa aa raha hai ae ae
nazar kuchh aaj aisa aa raha hai ae ae
zamaana jaise badla ja raha hai ae
zamaana jaise badla ja raha hai
hai
nazar kuchh aaj aisa aa raha hai

umangon par zamaana aa raha hai ae ae
umangon par zamaana aa raha hai ae ae
khushi ka rang chhaaya ja raha hai ae ae
khushi ka rang chhaaya ja raha hai ae ae
umangon par zamaana aa raha hai

suni kaanon ne ye aawaaz kiski ee ee
suni kaanon ne ye aawaaz kiski
haan
ye dil seene mein machla ja raha hai ae ae
ye dil seene mein machla ja raha hai

wo jitna mujhse chhupte ja rahe hain aen
wo jitna mujhse chhupte ja rahe hain aen
nazar ka shokh badhta ja raha hai
nazar ka shokh badhta ja raha hai

sitaare jhilmilaaye ja rahe hain aen
sitaare jhilmilaaye ja rahe hain aen
kahin kya muskuraaya ja raha hai ae
kahin kya muskuraaya ja raha hai

fida hone ye kis par aasmaan se
fida hone ye kis par aasmaan se
zameen par chaand utra aa raha hai ae
zameen par chaand utra aa raha hai

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4 Responses to "Nazar kuchh aaj aisa aa raha hai"

Is she the same Shanti who sang in
Chandan (1941)
Saugandh (1942)
Fashion (1943)
Mahasati Anasuya (1943)
Dharti Ke Lal (1946)

She is not Shanti.She is Mumtaz
Please read last para.

I think the last stanza should begin with,
“Fida hone ye kis par aasman se”.

Arunsaab , Writing some more about famous film ” Mother India ” During shootings many extras working at Billimoria were so pleased with him they worked for free . He had so much of reputation and during his visit to London , India had so much strict control on the foreign exchange policy that he travelled there with few Sterlings . I enjoyed this blog and song .Shekhar

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