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Saajan ke naina jaadu baan

Posted on: November 14, 2016

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Today (14 november 2016) is the death anniversary of yesteryear leading lady and character actor, Veena.

I must admit that I got to know Veena’s name less than 10 years ago. It was probably due to memsaab’s blog. In fact, that blog has made me aware of many personalities that I had seen for years on screen without knowing their names.

I had seen Veena in a few films – but entirely in her later-year character roles, like in Pakeezah or Jheel Ke Us Paar. She didn’t act in very many movies as a character actor (at least not as many as Nirupa Roy or Kamini Kaushal) but her face was distinctive enough to stand out.

It was only when I got to know more about her from memsaab’s blog that I realized she had been in the industry for several decades – and had been a popular leading lady in the 1940s.

So in this respect, she is part of the league of Durga Khote, Leela Chitnis, Manorama, Kamini Kaushal, Shyama, Usha Kiran and Nirupa Roy and maybe some others too – who transitioned successfully into character roles from being popular leading ladies in the 1940s/50s. Dulari too?

Even so, I had never seen a film with Veena in a leading role. (That reminds me, I still haven’t seen a film with Leela Chitnis or Manorma in a leading role. Need to correct that soon).

Until recently.

A few months ago, I happened to see Najma (1943) – with Veena as Najma.

I’ve posted a couple of songs already here from this film – I really liked it a lot. It’s a Mehboob Khan film – and that already warmed me to it. I’ve watched a fair number of Mehboob Khan films, and have never been disappointed by him so far.

An added attraction of the film is Ashok Kumar – who I like quite a lot. It also has Sitara Devi and M. Kumar.

Very briefly, the storyline of the film is that Ashok Kumar and Veena fall in love with each other, but circumstances result in their marrying different people (Sitara Devi and M.Kumar). How they (and their spouses) deal with this situation is what the story revolves around. It’s a pleasantly paced film, with fine performances all round. I liked Veena a lot in this film.

I now need to see more films of hers. I’ve heard her Afsana (1951), also with Ashok Kumar, is very good. I’m told it inspired the storyline of Dastaan (1972) starring Sharmila Tagore and Dilip Kumar.

So today, while we pay tribute to Veena, here is a song from Najma (1943). It is a lovely song – the occasion is a dance performance with Veena and M.Kumar as main guests. From what I remember, they’re a newly married couple at the time.

I like everything about this song. The dancing is very nice – and the composition by Rafiq Ghaznavi is very pleasing too. I need to listen to more Rafiq Ghaznavi compositions – whatever I’ve listened to, I’ve liked a lot.

I hope you like this song too.



Song-Saajan ke naina jaadu baan (Najma)(1943) Singers-Mumtaz, Amirbai Karnataki, Lyrics-Anjum Pilibhiti, MD-Rafiq Ghaznavi


saajan ke naina jaadu baan
haaye main vaari jaaun
sajni ki bhauhen hain kamaan
hoye main vaari jaaun
tori najar ke baan niraale
palkon ki oat se maare hain bhaale
ghaayal kiye hai dilo jaan
haaye haaye haaye

saajan ke naina jaadu baan haye main vaari jaaun
sajni ki bhauhen haia kamaan hoye main vaari jaaun

prem ke saare pench ka maanjha
man ki pawan par ho gaya saajha
naina patang ke samaan hui hui hui
sajni ki bohe hai kamaan hoye main vaari jaaun
sajan ke naina jaadu baan
haye main vaari jaaun

Chausar bhi chhodi pachisi bhi chhodi
preet ki tujhse dori hai jodi
kehna liya hai tora maan
haaye haaye haaye

sajan ke naina jaadu baan
hui hui hui
haay haay haay
sajan ke naina jadu baan haye main vaari jaaun
sajni ki bhauhen hain kamaan hoye main vaari jaaun

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