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Honthon pe tera naam

Posted on: October 17, 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.

Here is yet another melodious song- that sounds rather like a Bhajan from the 50s. The film is Fashion-57. It is sung by Lata and Hemant kumar.

I am confused and unable to decide whether I like Hemant Kumar’s bhajans or his serious songs or his romantic duets more. Whichever genre of Hemant Kumarsongs I hear, I feel that I like that Genre of Hemant Kumar more till I listen to his songs of some other genre. But then it is to his credit that he sings every song with so much of dedication that the listener has no choice but to like it. One thing is certain though that I like his duets more than his solos- from whatever genre.

During the 50s decade, Hemant Kumar sang for almost all major Heroes, except probably Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar. I am not very sure about these two actors. Manoj Kumar is comparatively a new actor, who became famous (as Mr. Bharat) during the 60s and the 70s. In his hay days, Manoj had used the voice of Mahendra Kapoor, Mohd. Rafi and Mukesh for singing on the screen. However his film life had started with a playback from Hemant Kumar, for the first and the last time.

It was by chance that the youngster named Hari Kishan Goswami met his distant cousin Lekh Raj Bhakri a film maker, who was on a visit to Delhi, where Hari Kishan Goswami and his family like hundreds of other refugee families from Punjab were given shelter in Kingsway camp located in north Delhi. The well experienced movie maker was impressed with the personality of the lanky handsome man & inquired from him if he was interested to be an actor. The young lad, who was a fan of Dilip Kumar , readily agreed & reached Bombay. Those days Bhakri Sahab was making Fashion with his favourite actor Pradeep Kumar, Mala Sinha, Chandra Shekhar, Jabeen & Kammo & the shooting was in progress. Mr Goswami was told to be in the studio to get himself acquainted with the nitty gritty of film making .

One day a junior artist, who was to lip sync a song in Hemant Kumar’s voice could not report on set. Mr Goswami was then asked by his mentor to put beard & sing the song to chide wayward hero (Pradeep Kumar), who has left his wife (Mala Sinha),for another woman (Kammo) having ill intentions. The song was ‘ Dharti ki godh mein…”.

After Fashion ,Bhakri Sahab made Sahara in 58 ,with M Rajan & Meena Kumari & Hari Kishan Goswami ( who now wanted to be called as Manoj Kumar, the name Dilip Kumar had in a film), was given a substantial role . Bhakri Sahab true to his words took Manoj Kumar in his subsequent movies Panchayat, Chand & Honeymoon (1960).

Lekh Raj Bhakri, directed his first movie Shaan in 1950 and thereafter he regularly directed movies like Resham, Rajput, Thokar, Dak Babu etc with in modest budget. He directed about two dozen movies during 1950 to 1962. He made most of his movies under the banner Tasviristan, owned by Kuldip Sehgal and his sibling Mulkh Raj Bhakri’s Golden movies. Mulk Raj Bhakri ,besides being a producer of Hindi/Punjabi movies ,was also a writer & lyricist. He wrote,the famous song ‘Haye Chanda Gaye Pardes’ for Chakori, which is still appreciated by connoisseurs of film music. Mulkh Raj Bhakri also made Bhangra ,a super hit musical in Punjabi ,which had Sunder & Nishi in leads.

Mr Lekh Raj Bhakri made many family oriented movies like Maa Beta, Tange Wali ,Naya Zamana, Honeymoon etc. At the same time ,he had no problems in directing films of other genre for those who wanted to watch fantasy & Arabian Nights movies. For them he made Naqab, Alladin Laila & Nag Padmini. Later, he made a musical Muslim social ‘Shama’ ,which had Suraiyya and Nimmi and its music was composed by Ghulam Mohammad.

Besides Manoj Kumar, Lekh Raj Bhakri also gave initial breaks to Kanu Roy- with his film Pyar Ki Rahen (1959 ) and Iqbal Qureishi- with Panchayat (1958 ). He also introduced actor Vijay Dutt with Shama. Mr Bhakri hanged his boot after Banarsi Thug ,a hugely entertaining movie ,released in 1962. He did not make any further attempts to make movies as after the arrival of colour ,the budget of Hindi movies had increased many folds and now it had become an unaffordably risky business proposition for him. It did not suit the temperament of a simple soul like Bhakri Saheb.

Mr Bhakri,who did not believe in showing off ,always kept a low profile despite being a successful director. Much later, he passed away on 03 March 1976 in the age of sixty years.( adapted from the article by shri M.N.Sardana ji )

There were 8 songs in the film Fashion-57. The seven singers used were Asha, Lata, Hemant Kumar, Mubarak Begum, Sulochana Kadam, Geeta Dutt and Bela Mukherjee ( Hemant kumar’s wife). All songs were written by Bharat Vyas. There was a multilingual song in this movie, which was the second such song in a Hindi movie, the first such movie being “Teen batti char rasta”-53. This mult lingual song was in two parts. The first part “Bindu baashi, davo mor haate” was sung by Mubarak Begum and Sulochana Kadam, where as the second part “naya naya fashion”- used as a Title song, which was sung by Asha Bhonsle. Hemant Kumar sang four duets in the movie and all duets became popular.

Today’s song is also one of those 4 duets and was quite popular in those days. When you hear it, you will recall it, I am sure.

Hemant Kumar sang for Pradeep Kumar, Chandra shekhar and Manoj Kumar in this film. After the rise of Lata, Geeta Dutt had become less important, but the Bengal Lobby in the HFM always helped her by giving her songs. This was also the period when Geeta and Guru Dutt had trouble in their married life and Geeta sang songs in other than Guru Dutt films banner- against the wishes of Guru Dutt. This naturally hurt his ego and matters worsened further.

Pradeep Kumar and Hemant Kumar had very friendly relations. Right from ‘Anandmath’-52, all films of Pradeep Kumar had music by Hemant kumar. Incidentally, 1957 can be said to be the Zenith year of Hemant’s career. In this one year, he was the only MD who had 10 film releases. Among them 4 were Pradeep Kumar films. When Pradeep Kumar started his own production company ‘Deep and Pradeep films’, Hemant Kumar was the MD for his first film Ek Jhalak-57.

Unfortunately Pradeep Kumar had a very sad end to his life. Once a popular Hero of Hindi films, he died unsung, unknown at a fan’s house in Calcutta ( his relatives had deserted him). The news came in Local papers after 10 days.

Fashion-57 was a film which exposed the false glamour of Fashion, with a preachy tear-jerking story.

Kishore (Pradeep kumar) is a rich person having ancestral property to enjoy. Like most Hindi film Heroes, he does nothing to earn money. (I always wondered how the hero survived in his life. Except in the New Wave films-in Rajnigandha, for example, I have rarely seen Heroes attending office or engaging himself in some money making activity ! ) He is married to Shanta (Mala Sinha), a very simple, homely, traditional but good looking wife. They have a cute daughter Kamla (Jabeen Jaleel).

Kedar (Jagdish Sethi) their friendly neighbour has an evil eye on Shanta. He intentionally makes Kishore a drunkard and a visitor to Dancing girls. Once Shanta goes to Kedar’s house to search for Kishore. Kedar tries to molest her, but she escapes cleverly. Next day, Kedar tells a false story to Kishore about her night visit. Kishore gets angry and throws Shanta out of the house, suspecting her character. Shanta takes revenge and kills Kedar. She is arrested and jailed.

Kishore tells Kamla that her mother had died and brings home a dancer, Manorama (Kammo). Kamla starts aping Manorama who further teaches her to be fashionable. By the time Manorama leaves Kishore, Kamla has grown up into a spoiled brat with modern fashions.

Kishore meanwhile realises that Kamla was innocent and brings her home after she comes from Jail, however he can not tell Kamla that Shanta is her mother ( a child does not recognise own mother ! ). Kamla is in love with a young man Ramesh (Chandra shekhar), who is simple and traditional. Shanta meets Ramesh and his mother. They hatch up a plan to teach Kamla a lesson and reform her. After a few songs and one or two reels, Kamla improves, realizes that Fashions are only showy and Indian culture is the best bet.

Kishore now reveals the truth about Shanta being her mother. Ramesh and Kamla unite. Shanta and Kishore unite. All is well that ends well !!!

Now enjoy this melodious song by Lata and Hemant kumar….


Song-Honthon pe tera naam (Fashion)(1957) Singers-Lata, Hemant Kumar, Lyrics-Bharat Vyas, MD-Hemant Kumar

Lyrics

honthon pe tera naam,
tu hi to hai mera shyaam
tere siva mera koyi aur naa aa
honthon pe tera naam
tu hi to hai mera shyaam
tere siva mera koyi aur naa aa
honthon pe tera naam

jeevan apna tum sang baandha
jeevan apna tum sang baandha
tu mera mohan main teri raadha
charnon me tere piya
mere hain chaaron dhaam
tere siva mera koyi aur naa aa
honthon pe tera naam
tu hi to hai mera shyaam
tere siva mera koyi aur naa aa
honthon pe tera naam

o o o o
o o o o o
dwaar tihaare aaya tera pujaari
dwaar tihaare aaya tera pujaari
daras ka pyaasa prem bhikhaari
tum hi base ho mere nainon mein subaho sham
tere siva mera koyi aur na aa

honthon pe tera naam,
tu hi to hai mera shyaam
tere siva mera koyi aur naa aa
honthon pe tera naam
tu hi to hai mera shyaam
tere siva mera koyi aur naa aa
honthon pe tera naam

12 Responses to "Honthon pe tera naam"

I came across this duet from the 1953 Film “Dhun” in which Hemant Kumar sang for Raj Kapoor

Admittedly , it is one of the forgettable numbers from a Film which had some immortal compositions by Madan Mohan . And the lip synching is atrocious !

Regarding Dilip Kumar , I wonder if Hemant Kumar sang for him in the Film “Insaniyat”.

Warm regards

PARTHA CHANDA

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Sam ji,
Thanks for this VDO. However the song is in the background.

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Thanks for reminding me about this song which was discussed on this Blog in 2012.
https://atulsongaday.me/2012/09/19/hum-pyaar-karenge-ham-pyaar-karenge/

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Dear Arunji,

There is also this duet by Hemant Kumar and Uma Devi from the film “Babul”.

Although I doubt that it was used in the Film and is at best a “Version Song” , not uncommon in those days .

Would be grateful if you throw light on this .

With warm regards

PARTHA CHANDA

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Partha ji,
This version song (milte hi aankhe) is by Hemant and Geeta according to HFGK. But I think there is some mistake. The female singer is neither geeta nor Uma Devi. It could be Rama Devi, some unknown singer at that time. There is another song ‘ chhod babul ka ghar’- a version song by Rama Devi.
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Dear Arunji,

There must be many such errors and oversights in HFGK (it is but natural in such a voluminous document) . Is it not worth updating HFGK so that people that come after us do not get the incorrect information ?

Warm regards

PARTHA CHANDA

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Partha ji,

Yes,you are right. Perhaps you are aware of the HFGK correction and updating project undertaken by shri. Abhay Jain ji from USA. His work is put on anmol fankaar in a special column. Anyone can contribute to it.

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The lip syncing is obviously atrocious because the the uploader has mixed the picturisation of the song https://atulsongaday.me/2011/11/23/armaan-bhare-dil-ki-lagan-tere-liye-hai/ for ‘Dhun’ (1953) song.

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yes, it is so obvious.

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Thanks , Sadanandji , for clearing up the confusion about the lip synching . Now we will never know if Hemant Kumar ever sang for Raj Kapoor or not – we can only assume he did .

Warm regards

PARTHA CHANDA

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Partha ji,
We need not only assume about the song.
I checked up and I found that the film historian Isak Mujawar in his book, ” चित्रपट संगीताचा सुवर्णकाळ १९३१ ते १९६० ” ( in Marathi) ( The Golden Era of Film Music-1931 to 1960) mentioned specifically that this song was picturised on Raj kapoor and Nargis and that Hemant kumar gave playback to Raj kapoor. So, it is confirmed.

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