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Ban Main Bhi Jo Mehke Phool

Posted on: July 29, 2016


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular 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.

 

I was in the midst of writing a short write-up on a song from the film ‘Jawaani Ki Reet’ (1939) produced under the banner of New Theatres. The film was not available to view in DVD/VCD format. Luckily, I could get a short review of the film in February 1940 issue of  ‘Filmindia’ magazine which gave me some indication as to the theme of the story. The story reminded me of the film ‘Kangan’ (1939) produced under the banner of Bombay Talkies, as I had watched the 40-minute snippet of the film on YT a few days back.

Both these films had been released in 1939 with a couple of month’s gap, ‘Kangan’ (1939) being released first. The story of both these films had, more or less, the same familiar theme – wealthy fathers with conservative outlook, the sons with a modern outlook having love affairs with girls from the poor family. Obviously, the conservative fathers would oppose such an alliance, to the hilt. In both the films, the sons of rich fathers were prepared to forgo the inheritance of the wealth from the fathers for marrying the girls of their choice from the poor family. The end of both these films seems to be meek affairs. In the case of ‘Kangan’ (1939), the father realises his wrong doings from reading a novel written by none other than his son (Ashok Kumar) reflecting his own life story and agrees for the marriage with his fiancee (Leela Chitnis). In ‘Jawaani Ki Reet’ (1939), the story writer finds an easy way out by making the father to die because of ill health so that the son (Najam-ul-Hasan) marries his fiancee (Kanan Devi).

And what were the audiences’ reactions to both these films? If I go by the box office discussions in ‘Filmindia’ magazines, ‘Kangan’ (1939) was a runway hit while ‘Jawaani Ki Reet’ (1939) did not make money for New Theatres. In my view, songs of the latter film was more pleasing to the ears than the songs from the former film. So even with Kanan Devi as the actor-singer and RC Boral as the music director, ‘Jawaani Ki Reet’ could not be salvaged at the box office.

I am presenting the song ‘Ban Mein Bhi Jo Mehke Phool’ from the film, sung by Kanan Devi. The song written by Aarzoo Lucknowi is set to music by RC Boral. As I said earlier, the songs from the film, especially those rendered by Kanan Devi are very melodious and this song is no exception.

The song starts with a 40 seconds’ musical prelude. There are three music interludes between mukhda and antaras which give an impression of a symphony orchestra. RC Boral, and Pankaj  Mullick, his contemporary at New Theatres, seem to be very much influenced by the symphony orchestra which used be played in a few top hotels in Calcutta (Kolkata) those days including the famous orchestra of F. Casanovas in the Grand Hotel.

By the way the tune of the 40 seconds’ prelude of this song seems to inspire Roshan while composing the song ‘Chali Jaa Chali Jaa Chhod Ke Duniya’ in the film ‘Humlog’ (1951).


Song – Ban Main Bhi Jo Mehke Phool (Jawaani Ki Reet) (1939) Singer – Kannan Devi, Lyrics – Aarzoo Lucknavi, MD – RC Boral

Lyrics

ban mein bhi jo mehke phool
roop suhaana hi hoga
ban mein bhi jo mehke phool
roop suhaana hi hoga
bhanwra jitni door se bhi ho
daud ke anna hi hoga
bhanwra jitni door se bhi ho
daud ke anna hi hoga
aaaaaaaaaaa

patta patta naach raha hai
mast hawa hai mast fiza
patta patta naach raha hai
mast hawa hai mast fiza
jis ke bin sukh bhi sankat hai
us ko bulaana hi hoga
jis ke bin sukh bhi sankat hai
us ko bulaana hi hoga
aaaaaaaaaaa

saagar paas panchhi bola
boli par jis ki mann dola
saagar paas panchhi bola
boli par jis ki mann dola
ghar kaa aangan sukh ka paalan
sab ko bhulaana hi  hoga
ghar kaa aangan sukh ka paalan
sab ko bhulaana hi  hoga

phul bin maali ann bin thaali
rut matwaali sab bekaar
phul bin maali ann bin thaali
rut matwaali sab bekaar
aaye na wo ab bhi to un ko
lene jaana hi hoga
aaye na wo ab bhi to un ko
lene jaana hi hoga
aaaaaaaaaaaaaa
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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
—————————————–

बन में भी जो महके फूल
रूप सुहाना ही होगा
बन में भी जो महके फूल
रूप सुहाना ही होगा
भौंरा जितनी दूर से भी हो
दौड़ के आना ही होगा
भौंरा जितनी दूर से भी हो
दौड़ के आना ही होगा
आssssssssss

पत्ता पत्ता नाच रहा है
मस्त हवा है मस्त फिज़ा
पत्ता पत्ता नाच रहा है
मस्त हवा है मस्त फिज़ा
जिसके बिन सुख भी है संकट
उसको बुलाना ही होगा
जिसके बिन सुख भी है संकट
उसको बुलाना ही होगा
आssssssssss

सागर पास पंछी बोला
बोली पर जिसकी मन डोला
सागर पास पंछी बोला
बोली पर जिसकी मन डोला
घर का आँगन सुख का पालन
सब को भूलना ही होगा
घर का आँगन सुख का पालन
सब को भूलना ही होगा

फुल बिन माली अन्न बिन थाली
रुत मतवाली सब बेकार
फुल बिन माली अन्न बिन थाली
रुत मतवाली सब बेकार
आए ना अब भी तो उनको
लेने जाना ही होगा
आए ना अब भी तो उनको
लेने जाना ही होगा
आssssssssss
 

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