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Aa dil mein samaa jaa

Posted on: March 18, 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’s song is from film Naaz-54. It is sung by Meena Kapoor and chorus. This song has a very lilting tune and the Trademark chorus of Anil Biswas. I have realized, over a period, that he loved to have at least a song or two in almost every film, where Chorus is prominent in the song. What’s more, his own voice is always distinctly identifiable in every chorus.

Curiosity led me to examine the Films and the Discography of Anil Biswas ( available on Dr.Surjit Singh ji’s site ), to see whether my feelings about his chorus songs was true. From the first 20 films, ie. up to 1937, full details of singers are not available. However, in his very first film-Dharam ki Devi-1935, he had one chorus song. In his second film-Sher ka panja-36 he had two chorus songs and in the film Jwar Bhata-44 he had three chorus songs. In the film Kismet-43,there was that famous chorus song-“aaj Himalaya ki choti se hum ne lalkara hai” along with one more chorus song. Then onwards till 1954 ( for about 50 films) there are 45 known chorus songs by him. Some chorus songs are mentioned in HFGK but not in his Discography, so in effect, the number of chorus songs may be much more. For example, today’s song from film Naaz-54, is mentioned as a chorus song in HFGK,but the Discography does not indicate so. Similarly, film Laajawab-50 had four chorus songs as per HFGK, but Discography does not indicate even one of them as chorus song.

Whatever the actual/factual number, the fact remains that Anil Biswas had a liking for composing Chorus songs and he would be one of the singers in them too ! In this connection. I remember one incident which C.Ramchandra has narrated in his Autobiography. The relevant portion ( translated from Marathi) is like this…

On the day of recording his first ever Hindi film song(a chorus song) all arrangements were done. Chorus singers were ready, musicians were ready and technicians were ready. Suddenly, a set of visitors arrived at the studio. The visitors were all top composers of the day like Anil Biswas, K.Datta, Naval Chatterjee and some others. They all had heard about C Ramchandra, his tunes and his work. They wanted to see how he operated. C Ramchandra had tremendous respect for Anil Biswas. He knew that the contributions of Anil Biswas to Hindi Film Music was praiseworthy. Anil Biswas was a master of harmonization technique in western and indian music instruments.

C Ramchandra described this event thus-
” It was my great fortune that a senior composer whom I considered as my Guru was present at my first recording. To my greatest surprise all the visitors joined the Chorus group for singing. I just wanted to check if final take can be taken. I said one ..two..three and the song and music started, but I felt something was wrong. One singer was sounding different. I stopped and ran outside to singers. To my shock it was Anilda who put a Teevr Nishaad which was not in my composition. He smilingly asked, is it Ok ? I said respectfully, No Dada, this is not right. He very magnanimously and without further questions agreed and they all sang to my tune only !.”

Now coming to the film Naaz-1954. It is widely claimed that this was the first film in Hindi, which was shot in Foreign countries, namely in Cairo of Egypt and London of U.K.. It is mentioned so in HFGK and is quoted at many places since last so many years. However, IT IS NOT TRUE.
Film “India in Africa”-1939 ( Africa mein Hind aka Jungle Geet ) was made by Adarsh Chitra, Calcutta. Its Director and composer was Hiren Bose. The cast of the film was B.Nandrekar, Urmila Devi Gupta, S.N.Banerjee, A.K.Mitra etc etc. This film was shot in Africa. Its Hero B.Nandrekar had gone to Africa for its outdoor shooting. This information is given on page 69 of “Maharashtra-The Birthplace of Hindi Film Industry” published by Chief Information officer, Maharashtra Information Centre, in 1969. The book was written,in English, by famous film journalist Isak Mujawar. The copies of this book are kept in the Libraries of Oxford University, UK as also in USA, Australia and many countries. It is considered an important book on Film History in India.

Thus film India in Africa-1939 is the First film to be shot outside India and film Naaz becomes the second film.

NAAZ(1954),was a S.K.Films’ production and the producer and director was S.K.Oza.This must have been the ultimate budget film of those days as the story,screenplay and dialogues were also by S.K.Oza.

The cast was one of the best of those days, but unfortunately the imagination of Mr.S K Oza in the story knew no bounds. The story consisted of
Poor boy meets rich girl, Mistaken identity twist, a shipwreck, Gold smuggling ring, secret Revelation from a Harem, desert rescue, death from 450 feet high Pyramid, love, passion, jealousy, dancing girls and much more.

It did contain enough stuff for atleast 20 movies ! The story was so twisted that I am sure all the artists must have stopped thinking and the director must have lost the track several times. What is more, all the shots of shipwreck, Harem, desert etc were shot in the studio sets only and shabbily too. Part of the film was shot in Cairo and London, adding some attraction to the publicity of the film.

All in all,it went the way it deserved.

The music by Anilda,however, was very good but it too could not save the film.

The director of this film was Shubh Karan Oza, who was born on 16-10-1921, at Hathras-U.P. He was educated in Kanpur. He joined films in 1939 as an assistant to Kidar Sharma,in Film Corporation of India Ltd. Same year he acted in film Dil hi to hai-1939, for which Kidar Sharma was the director. Oza got his first film as director with film Doli-1947. Next came Nai Raat-48, Aadhi Raat-50, Hulchal-51 and Sitara-55. He started his own production company and made Naaz-54. He was the first director to go to Ceylon to direct a Simhalese film “Daivya Yoga”in 1958. He wrote stories of films like Mastana -54 and Upasana-71. He was the Executive production manager for film Agni Rekha-73. In his career, Oza had the opportunity to direct Big stars like Dilip kumar, Nargis,Ashok Kumar etc.

Shubh Karan oza died in Bombay on 4-10-1980.
(Thanks to Shri Harish Raghuvanshi ji for this information.)

Let us now enjoy this melodious chorus song by Meena kapoor and others. You may be able to recognize Anil Biswas’s voice also in the chorus easily…..


Song-Aa dil mein sama jaa (Naaz)(1954) Singer-Meena Kapoor, Lyrics-Safdar Aah Sitapuri, MD-Anil Biswas
Chorus

Lyrics

dil mein sama ja
dil mein sama ja
dil mein sama ja
dil mein sama ja
dil mein sama ja
dil mein sama ja
khaamosh hai jahaan
madhosh hai phijaan
khaamosh hai jahaan
madhosh hai phijaan

aa aa aa
dil mein sama ja
dil mein sama ja,
dil mein sama ja
dil mein sama ja
dil mein sama ja,
dil mein sama ja

aa dil mein sama ja
aa dil mein sama ja
aa dil mein sama ja
aa dil mein sama ja
hmm mmm hmmm hmmm
hmm mmm hmmm hmmm

ae jaane jahaan jaane jigar jaane tamanna
ae jaane jahaan jaane jigar jaane tamanna
sadke tere dhartee mera saamaane tamanna
samaane tamanna,
ai naaje saraapa
aa dil mein sama ja
aa dil mein sama ja
hmm mmm hmmm hmmm
hmm mmm hmmm hmmm

sun mast ada mast nazar mast jawaanee
sun mast ada mast nazar mast jawaanee
ae jaam e muhabbat hamen yeh raktr(?) javaanee
pee aur pila ja
aa dil mein sama ja
aa dil mein sama ja
aa dil mein sama ja
aa dil mein sama ja
aa dil mein sama ja
aa dil mein sama ja
hmm hmm hmm hmm
hmm hmm hmm hmm
hmm hmm hmm hmm

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4 Responses to "Aa dil mein samaa jaa"

Salilda was also good in composing chorus songs.

AKD Sir,
Thank you very much for this song, bearing a stamp of Anil Da.

May I venture to consider the following changes in the lyrics:
1. Sadke tere dhadke (dhartee) mera samane tamanna; and
2. ae jaame muhabbat hamein de mast (yeh raktr) jawani?
Regards,
Avadh Lal

Arun-ji, the write-up on Anilda was excellent.

Thanks,Seshadri ji.
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