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Hum Ko Bhula Diya To Kya

Posted on: March 16, 2016


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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.

Forgotten Melodies of the 1940s – 21
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Do Music Directors direct the music?

This is the title of an article appeared about 72 years ago in June 1943 issue of FILMINDIA magazine. I had read the title of the article more than a year back but did not go through it at that time thinking that it must have been written by some staff of the magazine. Recently, when I came across the same article, I was surprised to find that the article was written by Ramchandra Pal, the music director who has composed music for Bombay Talkies films like ‘Kangan’ (1939), ‘Bandhan’ (1940), ‘Punar Milan’ (1940), ‘Naya Sansar’ (1941) and many more films in other banners mainly in the 40s. The article is well written.

Based on his own experiences and also of his colleagues, Ramchandra Pal has given a few instances which I will not repeat here. The sum and substance of the article is that the music directors, in most cases, have no control over what is to be sung, how it is to be sung, who is to sing and where the song is to be fitted in the screenplay. In most of the cases, it is decided by the producers or directors many of whom have suddenly joined the film industry after earning lot of (unaccounted) money during the World War-II, without having the basic knowledge of film making. According to the author, these producers and directors have their own whims and fancies.

All the time, I was under the impression that after the collapse of the studio systems in the late 40s,  it was the stars (main actors) who used to interfere in the song recording to suit their own images and producers and directors merely followed the dictate of the stars. Of course, at a later stage, even the film distributors and financiers started interfering in the realm of music direction in terms of type of the songs, who should sing and who should write the lyrics. Some would even suggest to copy the tunes of the most popular songs from other films – both regional and foreign.

I am giving this background as some time we get to hear  songs which remind us of similarly composed songs from other Hindi films or even from regional films. And we tend to treat them as ‘inspired songs’. Who knows, this may be the handywork of producers/directors or distributors/financiers. The song which I am presenting is one of those songs which reminds me of the tune of a popular song. The song is “Humko Bhula Diya To Kya, Yaad Meri Bhulaao To Jaanun” from the film ‘Chanda Ki Chandni’ (1948). Geeta Dutt sings the song on the words penned by DN Madhok. The song is composed by Gyan Dutt.

This song reminds me of a popular KL Saigal song “Jeene Ke Dhang Sikhaaye Jaa” from the film ‘Parwaana’ (1947). Incidentally, this song was also written by DN Madhok. Could it be that IA Patel, the producer of ‘Chanda Ki Chaandni’  (probably, the only film he produced) would have been a fan of KL Saigal? Or is it Gyan Dutt who liked the tune and decided to use it in a modified way? My own take is that the music director of Gyan Dutt’s stature would not borrow others’ tune unless he is forced to.

The film was directed by Dwarka Khosla. The star cast included Jairaj, Rehana, Veera, E Billimoria, Gulab, Moni Chatterjee, Amir Bano, Kesari, Tiwari etc.

It is worth noting that Geeta Dutt has attempted to sing the mukhda in KL Saigal style. Whether she was successful or not is another matter. But I like the way she sang this song.


Song – Hum Ko Bhula Diya To Kya (Chanda Ki Chaandni)(1948) Singers – Geeta Dutt, Lyrics – DN Madhok, MD – Gyan Dutt

Lyrics

hamko bhula diya to kyaa
yaad meri bhulaao to jaanun
hamko bhula diya to kyaa
yaad meri bhulaao to jaanun
aana na ho jo laut ke
aana na ho jo laut ke
khwaab mein bhi na aao to jaanun
hamko bhula diya to kyaa
yaad meri bhulaao to jaanun

tumse tumhaare dard ko
meri wafa ka paas hai
tumse tumhaare dard ko
meri wafa ka paas hai
jaise hatey ho hamse tum
jaise hatey ho hamse tum
dard ko yoon hataao to jaanun
hamko bhula diya to kyaa
yaad meri bhulaao to jaanun

dekh liya hai tera dil
dard se door door hai
dekh liya hai tera dil
dard se door door hai
dard ko jis se pyaar hai
dard ko jis se pyaar hai
mera saa dil dikhaao to jaanun
hamko bhula diya to kyaa
yaad meri bhulaao to jaanun

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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हमको भुला दिया तो क्या
याद मेरी भुलावो तो जानूँ
हमको भुला दिया तो क्या
याद मेरी भुलावो तो जानूँ
आना ना हो जो लौट के
आना ना हो जो लौट के
ख्वाब में भी ना आओ तो जानूँ
हमको भुला दिया तो क्या
याद मेरी भुलावो तो जानूँ

तुमसे तुम्हारे दर्द तो
मेरी वफा का पास है
तुमसे तुम्हारे दर्द तो
मेरी वफा का पास है
जैसे हटे हो हमसे तुम
जैसे हटे हो हमसे तुम
दर्द को यूं हटाओ तो जानूँ
हमको भुला दिया तो क्या
याद मेरी भुलावो तो जानूँ

देख लिया है तेरा दिल
दर्द से दूर दूर है
देख लिया है तेरा दिल
दर्द से दूर दूर है
दर्द से जिसको प्यार हो
दर्द से जिसको प्यार हो
मेरा सा दिल दिखाओ तो जानूँ
हमको भुला दिया तो क्या
याद मेरी भुलावो तो जानूँ

 

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10 Responses to "Hum Ko Bhula Diya To Kya"

Excellent piece, Kamath Saheb.
Thanks a lot.
But is it really surprising what was written 72 years ago?
It was merely an acceptance of reality. After all, some things never change.
Remember the adage: ” He who pays the piper calls the tune.”
And also, “Money makes the mare go.”

Yes, Geeta Roy’s (She wasn’t Dutt in 1948) voice definitely is not in her usual style. Nevertheless, it is a sweet song.
Once again thanks and regards,
Avadh Lal

Very sweet song

Sadanand ji,
After reading your article, I remembered one incident of the Producer’s force to copy a song.
Manchi mansulu was a popular Telugu movie made by AVM. When AVM made Hindi film ‘Pooja ke phool’-64, the music director was Madan Mohan. One day A.V.Meippan called him and told that he should use the tune of a song from Manchi Mansulu, in Pooja ke Phool.
Madan Mohan had no chhoice but to use the tune of “Oho Oho Paurama”sung by Janaki in the Telugu film ‘Manchi Manusulu’. The Hindi version of this is Lata’s song “Meow meow meri sakhi,achhi achhi meri sakhi”.
Ofcourse as expected by A V Meippan, this Hindi song also became popular.
This is one incident where the interference and force of producer was applied.
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Arun ji,
Yes, I remembered the moment I read in your comments ‘Pooja Ke Phool’ (1964).

One important point I missed from Ramchandra Pal’s article was about a music director requiring to ‘kill’ his own ‘baby’, even after the approval and recording of the song as the producer/director has a change of mind. He says that this is the most painful for a music director.

Madan Mohan had also faced the same situtation in the case of https://atulsongaday.me/2010/12/14/meow-meow-meri-sakhi-achchi-achchi-meri-sakhi/. In keeping with the original song in telugu film, with ‘bird’ as a prop in the song, he had composed ‘mujhe apni akhiyaan de de o pyaare panchhi’ which was recorded. However, lateron, director insisted that Madan Mohan uses the original tune of the song from the Telugu film. Madan Mohan had no choice but to fall upon the pressure of the director.[Source: madanmohan.in].

The prop in the song was changed from ‘bird’ to ‘cat’.

This is that song-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gswNJ–XF1k

It is nothing new. Even today MDs have no say. They are being ruled by actors, directors, producers and even distributor.
Thats why we find NFSs are beautiful as there is no interference from anybody.
I remember the case of taqdeer ka fasan song from Sehra. After the famous songs sung by M Kapoor in Navrang, Shantaram wanted M Kapoor to sing the song against the wishes of Ramlal(debut) who dare not go against the giant. He could not sleep as he had visualize the song for Rafi as nobody could do justice to the song.
He had an idea. Next day morning he suggested that let both of them sing. Shantaram had to agree that Rafi’s version was far superior.

It is a common knowledge that even an MD of the highest calibre and one of the most influential persons in the industry, Naushad Saheb had to succumb to the wishes of the Producer/Director/Financier and omit the recorded version of duet in the voices of Rafi & Talat. The song, “Kaisi haseen aaj baharon ki raat hai”, was again recorded in the voices of Rafi & Mahendra Kapoor, which was used in the Dilip Kumar’s film Aadmi (1968).
Avadh Lal

Kamath saheb,
Any chance of discovering the recorded song, ‘mujhe apni akhiyaan de de o pyaare panchhi’?
Thanks and regards,
Avadh Lal

Avadh Lal ji,

It was indicated in madanmohan.in that the song will be posted in due course. However, I did not locate the song on the website.

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