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Chale aana morey raaja waada yaad kar ke

Posted on: September 21, 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 am aware that Begum Para and Paro Devi are two different actresses. There is no same name confusion. Yet momentarily, I tend to get confused with the names of these two actresses. If someone to ask me as to which one of these two actresses was in the film ‘Neel Kamal’ (1947), I may have to think for a while before giving the correct answer, that is Begum Para.

I was planning to write an article on Paro Devi for the last one month. In fact, I had already uploaded a rare song of her on YT about a month back. But I got involved in writing articles about other rare songs. Today morning, I decided that I must initiate preliminary work in getting the background information about Paro Devi from websites to complete the article. To my dismay, my search on the websites did not yield even a basic profile of Paro Devi. On the other hand, unwittingly, I came across a lot of information on Begum Para.

At last, I could retrieve some information on Paro Devi from Sadat Hasan Manto’s book ‘Stars from Another Sky’ which I have in my possession. Both these actresses had come from different backgrounds and the progression of their filmy career has differed. Paro Devi was a courtesan from Meerut and she entertained only the high grade clientele both in terms of affluence and eminence like Josh Malihabadi and Saghar Nizami. She was financially well off. All she wanted now was to become an actress. On the other hand, Begum Para came from a respectable family. Her father was the Chief Justice of the then Bikaner State. She was educated in Aligarh Muslim University and was financially well off. Like Paro Devi, Begum Para was also interested in becoming an actress. Since her elder brother Madsrurul Haq was already married to actress Protima Dasgupta, it was easy for Begam Para to get an entry into the film by becoming the heroine in ‘Chaand’ (1944).

How Paro Devi landed in Hindi film industry is not mentioned in Manto’s book. However, I guess that some of Paro Devi’s clientele may have been from the Hindi film industry and one of whom may have recommended her name to Shashdhar Mukherjee of Filmistan when he was finalising the cast for the film “Shikaari’ (1946). It is interesting to note that both Josh Malihabadi and Saghar Nizami were involved with Hindi film industry at that time.

Paro Devi started her acting career with Filmistan’s ‘Shikaari’ (1946). In the film, Ashok Kumar and Veera were in lead roles. Paro Devi had a side role as a Burmese tribal girl who was head strong and aggressive. But in view of her background as an entertainer with pleasing manners, the film’s director had lots of difficulties in getting from her the required expression and delivering the dialogues in commensurate with her role in the film. Since as courtesan, singing came to her naturally, in this film, she sang her own songs. The film was a huge box office hit. With this, Paro Devi as an actor-singer signalled her arrival in Hindi film industry.

During 1946 to 1950, Paro Devi acted in 16 films, but barring a couple of films, she was mostly in the capacity of what is known as a side heroine/character. During this period, she sang around 40 songs on herself. However, because of her peculiar voice quality which, to my mind, was more suited for coquettish songs than the soft love songs, she had to lip sync in the voices of other playback singers. For instance, in ‘Shabnam’ (1949), Shamshad Begum sang four songs for her including tumhaare liye huye badnaam. From about mid-50s onward, Paro Devi was mostly relegated to the character roles. From her filmography, I find that she was fairly active in her acting career which spanned for nearly 35 years during which she acted in 88 films.

I am presenting one of Paro Devi’s rare songs ‘waada yaad karke….chale aana morey raaja waada yaad karke’ from the film ‘HEERA’ (1947). It is a duet sung with G M Durrani. The song is written by Qamar Jalalabadi which is set to music by Husnlal-Bhagatram. Out of the 11 songs in the film, as many as 8 songs have been rendered by Paro Devi- both solos and duets. This was one of the very few occasions when she got the lead role in a film. The hero was Ishwarlal who also directed the film.

Enjoy this duet composed in a typical Husnlal Bhagatram style.


Song-Chale aana morey raaja waada yaad kar ke (Heera)(1947)Singers-Paro Devi, G M Durrani, Lyrics-Qamar Jalalabadi, MD-Husnlal Bhagatram

Lyrics

waada yaad kar ke
dekho(?) waada yaad kar ke
waada yaad kar ke
dekho(?) waada yaad kar ke
chale aana morey raaja
waada yaad kar ke
chala aaoun mori maina
waada yaad karke
maina dar hai kya tujhe
waada yaad hai mujhe
maina dar hai kya tujhe
waada yaad hai mujhe
tujhko bagiyaa mein basaaoonga
aazaad kar ke
chala aaoun mori maina
waada yaad karke

chale aana morey raaja
waada yaad kar ke
chale aana morey raaja
waada yaad kar ke

aaj kar ke ishaare
maina tumko pukaare
bano gaa ke hamaare
bano gaa ke hamaare
chhod dena naa zindagi barbaad kar ke
chhod dena naa zindagi barbaad kar ke
chale aana morey raaja
waada yaad kar ke
chala aaoon mori maina
waada yaad kar ke
maina muskuraaye jaa
khushi ke geet gaaye jaa
maina muskuraaye jaa
khushi ke geet gaaye jaa
mere dil ko na dukhaana
fariyaad karke
chala aaoon mori maina
waada yaad karke

chale aana morey raaja
waada yaad kar ke
chale aana morey raaja
waada yaad kar ke

meri duniya ke ujaale
kar lee dil ko dikhaale (??)
mujhe apni banaa le
mujhe apni banaa le
raaja tujh ko bulaaoon
main fariyaad kar ke
raaja tujh ko bulaaoon
main fariyaad kar ke
chale aana morey raaja
waada yaad kar ke
chala aaoon mori maina
waada yaaad kar ke

chale aana morey raaja
waada yaad kar ke

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