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Bhaabhi aayi

Posted on: May 15, 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 the film Subah ka tara-54, a Rajkamal film by V. Shantaram.

V.Shantaram is one of the most respected Directors and Producers of India. His life story is truly a “Rags to Riches” story. Born at Kolhapur, V. Shantaram ( 18-11-1901 to 27-10-1990), spent his childhood doing hard work for survival. He could hardly study upto Matriculation. From work in a Cinema Theatre to work in a Drama company to work in a Cinema company- he did considrable amount of menial jobs in the film industry in his early days..

Baburao Painter of Maharashtra Film company of Kolhapur, where Shantaram was working recognized his talent and gave him small roles in films, then made him a Hero and later even gave him a chance to direct a film, which he could not complete due to ill health. Shantaram did lot of work for the company, but he was not rewarded suitably. Unable to tolerate injustice for long, Shantaram left the company, along with four of his trusted friends and they established PRABHAT FILM COMPANY in June 1929 at Kolhapur. This was the beginning of a bright, eventful and extra ordinary career for him for the next few decades.

While in Prabhat, he did monumental work of making films with an eye on Social reforms. Among all the films of Prabhat, three of his films stand out….Duniya na Maane-37, Aadmi-39 and Padosi-41- all bilinguals in Hindi and Marathi. In these films he tackled social issues like, marriage of young and very old, the kothewali’s life and the communal divide.

In 1941, he left Prabhat and started his own Rajkamal Kala Mandir in Bombay in 1942. He continued his crusade against social evils through his films, Like Dowry in Dahej, India – China Unity in Dr. Kotnis ki amar kahani, Miners’ problems in Surang, Problems of the Blind in Parchhain, widow marriage in Subah ka tara, reforms among Jail convicts in Do Ankhen bara haath etc.

Afterwards he changed tracks and promoted Dance and music in films like Jhanak Jhanak payal Baaje, Navrang, Geet gaaya patharon ne, Boond jo ban gayee Moti, and jal bin machhli nritya bin Bijli. For such films he loved to give long Titles generally. The credit part was also an attraction for the audience, as every time he used different novel ideas to show the cast credits of his films.

While Shantaram’s professional life is well documented and well known, his personal life is not all that well known. He was, by any standards, not a Hero material in looks ( of course, compared to Sheikh Mukhtar..he was Handsome ! ), but he proved that histrionics and not just good looks can make ordinary looking person a Hero in films.

Shantaram’s first marriage was on 9-6-1922 with Ambu Mugalkhod. After marriage the bride was named Vimlabai. His second marriage took place on 22-10-1941, with Jayashree Kamulkar, but he did not divorce Vimlabai, fro whom he had 3 issues- Prabhat Kumar, Saroj and Charusheela ( mother of actor Sidharth Ray). Jayashree too gave him 3 issues- Kiran Shantaram, Rajashree and Tejashree. His third marriage took place on 22-12-1956 with Sandhya (Vijaya Deshmukh). They have one daughter- Madhura Jasraj…wife of singer Pt. Jasraj. Before his third marriage Shantaram had divorced his second wife-Jayashree. However, his first wife Vimlabai was still intact as his first wife.

He never ever took Vimlabai with him for any function. He always went in these functions with Jayashree or Sandhya. Jayashree went to America with him. Sandhya went to Delhi and Berlin with Shantaram to receive awards. However, when Dadasaheb Phalke award was announced to Shantaram, he took his first wife Vimlabai ( and not Sandhya, his then current wife) to Delhi to receive the Award !

Today’s song is sung by Usha Mangeshkar and it is filmed on Pradeep Kumar and a child artiste- Rajashree…Yes, she is the same Rajashree, daughter of V.Shantaram and actress Jayashree, who later on became a Heroine in many films. Considering that it was her first film appearance, it is astonishing to see her skills of acting, ease of actions and her self confidence in doing the role ! By the way, perhaps this film Subah ka Tara-54 may be the only film in which V. Shantaram, his second wife Jayashree and his daughter Rajashri acted together in one film.

Rajashree was born on 8-10-1944 at Bombay. At the time of film Subah ka Tara-54, she must have been just 10 year old. She acted in 5 more films as a child artist before she debuted as an adult Heroine in the film Geet gaaya Patharon ne-64, opposite Jeetendra who too debuted though this film. In all she acted in only 16 completed films. Some of her popular films were Stree-61, janwar65, Sagai-66, Around the world-67 and Bramhachari-68.

While in America for shooting of Around the world, she met an American student Greg Chapman and they fell in love. Their Love affair went on for 3 years. Raj Kapoor is on record saying that during this period her frequent trips to USA delayed his film for almost 3 years. His budget overshot and the film also flopped miserably ! Rajashree got married in 1967 and left for USA permanently, having half a dozen uncompleted movies for which she had reportedly taken money from the producers. One such uncompleted fil was Naina, with Shammi Kapoor and Maushami Chatterjee. She had done 3 films with Shammi kapoor.

Rajashree stays in Los Angeles and she has a customized clothing business. They have one daughter. At the time of Partition in 1947, hundreds of film artistes migrated to Pakistan, but most of them completed their assignments in India before leaving. There is hardly any case on record of artists who left their works incomplete. Those who could not complete work on hand, arranged for a replacement before going away. Post- Partition, Rajashree was perhaps the only case who tricked producers and migrated to USA.

At the time of making the film Aadmi-39, V.Shantaram was claiming that ‘Life is for Living” and he was against Saigal’s films like Devdas where the Hero dies when his love fails. He was of the opinion that this was a wrong lesson/ideal set before the youth of the times.

Strangely, if one sees his films like Padosi-41, Dr.Kotnis ki amar kahani-46, Apna Desh-49, Dahej-50, Surang-53, Subah ka Tara 54, Do ankhen bara haath-57, in all these films the lead character dies…someties there are multiple deaths too in these films. perhaps, he felt that it was the demand of the story. May be.

Film Subah ka tara-54 had a cast consisting of Jayashree, Pradeep Kumar,Shakuntala, Chandrakanta, Naaz, Ameerbai Karnataki, Ameenabai ( sister of B.Nandrekar), V.Shantaram etc. There were 9 songs in the film. The Music Director was C.Ramchandra, but the background music was done by Vasant Desai. Today’s song is the 5th song from the film to be posted here. There were two very popular songs in this film. One was a duet “gaya andhera, hua ujala, chamka chamka subah ka tara” and the other was “Bhabhi aayee”. From the comments made in 2012 on these pages, I find that there was a request for this song by Khyati ji and Sadanand ji. I do not know how this song remained uncovered so far. perhaps it was waiting for me. I checked the Movie songs page at least 10 times to confirm this.

The film tackled widow marriage. I have not got film’s synopsis in my notes. Here is the story as it appears on wiki….

The film is told in flash-back. It starts with a few people troubling a disheveled, insane man holding a bedding. The mad man is Mohan (Pradeep Kumar) who finally sits down with a sympathiser and starts narrating the story.

Mohan meets a young widow, Padmini (Jayshree) taking medicine for her dying mother. Padmini’s mother, from her death-bed, warns her about befriending young men as she’s a widow and society demands that she live alone with just a white sheet as a companion for that’s her life as a widow.

Following her mother’s death Padmini goes to her paternal uncle’s house to live. Her uncle has gone to Africa and her Aunt treats her badly. Mohan falls ill thinking about Padmini’s situation and her rebuff when he pursues her. He is looked after by his mother and young sister (Baby Rajshree).

Padmini is made to work as a maid in her Uncle’s house but has a kind cousin sister, Bharti (Chandrakanta). Mohan arrives there on some work and the Aunt has chosen him as a suitable boy for Bharti’s marriage. Mohan sees Padmini and tells her how he feels, which is overheard by the Aunt. The Aunt throws Padmini out of the house to fend for herself.

The story continues with the problems Padmini faces, Mohan’s search for Padmini and her death when she sets the house left by her mother, on fire. Mohan finds the bedding in the aftermath of the fire and goes insane.

Audio

Video

Song-Bhaabhi aayi (Subah Ka Taara)(1954) Singer-Usha Mangeshkar, Lyrics-Noor Lucknowi, MD-C Ramchandra

Lyrics

bhaabhi aaayi
bhaabhi aaayi
badi dhoom dhaam se meri bhaabhi aayi
badi dhoom dhaam se meri bhaabhi aayi
bhaabhi aaayi

rail ne seeti maari
jaldi mein giri bichaari
bhaabhi kaa deel thhaa motaa
aur rail kaa dibbaa chhotaa
rail ne seeti maari
jaldi mein giri bichaari
bhabhi kaa deel thhaa motaa
aur rail kaa dibbaa chhotaa
mushkil se jaa ke usmein wo samaayi
bhaabhi aaayi
bhaabhi aaayi

khidki se nikaali gardan
aur bhak bhak bolaa engine
bhaabhi ne jo ghoonghat kholaa
to aankh mein pad gayaa koylaa
khidki se nikaali gardan
aur bhak bhak bolaa engine
bhaabhi ne jo ghoonghat kholaa
to aankh mein pad gayaa koylaa
bhaabhi ji ne aankh bhi ganwaayi
bhaabhi aaayi
bhaabhi aaayi

paan beedi maachis cigarette
paan beedi maachis cigarette

chaay garam
chaay garam
chaay garam

taangaa
ae taange waale
idhar aao

bhaabhi ne bulaaya taanga
usne ek rupaiya maanga
?? kaa naseebaa phootaa
taange kaa pahiyaa tootaa
bhaabhi ne bulaaya taanga
usne ek rupaiya maanga
?? kaa naseebaa phootaa
taange kaa pahiyaa tootaa
thhummak thhummak thhummak paidal aayi
thhummak thhummak thhummak paidal aayi
bhaabhi aaayi
bhaabhi aaayi

lo bhaabhi ghoonghat kholo
aao bhaiyaa se bolo
aao
aao
lo bhaabhi ghoonghat kholo
aao bhaiyyaa se bolo
tabeeyat hamaare bhaiyaa ki lalchaayi
bhaabhi aaayi
bhaabhi aaayi

8 Responses to "Bhaabhi aayi"

A very interesting but rare song. Never heard it earlier.
Thanks for the song all the info

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Arunji,
Everything with your post is very nice as it is always. This time it is to be accepted with a little correction. Madhura is daughter of Shantaram-Vimalabai. Her DoB is 6-8-1937.(four years before his marriage with Jayashri.) Last week only she has announced that she is going to direct a movie for the first time at her 78th year of age. Madhura married Pt. Jasraj(19-3-1962) five years after Shantaram married Sandhya(22-12-1956). Shantaram-Sandhya have no issue.
I really feel very uncomfortable,to suggest you a correction. In one post before also you had done the same mistake. I am sorry I could not correct it that time.
The details are from SHANTARAMA (V.Shantaram’s autobiography).

D Samant

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D Samant ji,

Thanks a million for your correction. Yes indeed, Madhura is Vimlabai’s daughter.I have checked various sources now.
I had got my information from Wiki, as I do not have a copy of Shanntarama. Please confirm if Vimlabai and Shantaram had 4 children, namely madhura, Saroj, Prabhat kumar and Charusheela ?
I got all the other info from Isak Mujawar’s books, except who was who’s child.
A mistake is a mistake and I regret the error.
Now that it has been pointed out, same mistake will not occur again, I assure you.
I never feel bad if errors in my information are brought to my notice,because only( more) knowledgeable persons can do this and I feel that this is my gain.
-AD

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Arunji,
The answer to your question is ‘yes’.Charusheela (Shantaram-Vimla,29-3-1943) is only three months older than Kiranchandra (Shantaram-Jayashri.26-6-1943).

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Thanks.
Interesting !
-AD

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Pd. Jasraj-ji is my ‘Bade Guruji’ as I learn classical music from Pd. Suman-ji Ghosh. I used to send Birth day wishes to Pd Jasraj-ji every year. Now thanks to Shri D Samantji, who informed me about Bade Guruji’s Marriage date being 19-3-1962. Since 19th March happens to be my birth-day too, I will greet Bade Guruji on his Wedding anniversaries too.
Thanks Samant-ji.

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Naina had Shashi Kapoor and not Shammi.

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Thanks for this info.

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