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Kabhi chalti hoon main kabhi rukti hoon main

Posted on: December 18, 2016


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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.

RANEE (1943) was produced and directed by P C Barua under the banner of Barua Productions. The star cast included P C Barua and his wife Jamuna in lead roles with Bikram Kapoor, Patient Cooper, Kalawati, Johar Ganguly etc in the support roles. The story of the film, culled out from the review published in July 1943 issue of ‘Filmindia’ is as under:

Malti (Jamuna), a village girl becomes a victim of rumour-mongers on the eve of her marriage, branding her as a unchaste girl. The villagers ostracise her and one day she runs away from the village after creating an impression that she had committed suicide.

Malti arrives in a city and joins a city hotel as a maid with a new name, Ranee.

One day, Raj (P C Barua), the brother of a village landlord, who has come to the city for learning music, checks in the same hotel. Over a period of time, Ranee who is attached to Raj as a maid servant falls in love with him. He likes her affection towards him without reciprocating his love for her. However, before the love is blossomed, Ranee leaves the hotel and Raj goes back to his village.

The separation creates emotional problem for Raj who indulges in heavy drinking. Ranee has now become a full-fledged nurse. On the other hand, Raj’s heavy drinking has sent him almost to his death bed. Ranee is brought as a nurse to take care of Raj who recovers from the ill-effect of his heavy drinking. He now comes to know that Ranee is really Malti who has suffered injustice from the hands of the society. Raj marries Malti and all is good that ends well.

‘Ranee’ (1943) is not available in any format for viewing. Prima-facie, the story of the film appears to be ordinary for a director like P C Barua to showcase his capabilities which he had admirably displayed in his earlier films like ‘Devdas’ (1935), Mukti’ (1937), ‘Jawaab’ (1942) as director. I have watched all these three films in Bengali/Hindi versions. As per the box office reports,‘Ranee’ (1943) was a commercial disaster at the box office.

If ‘Devdas’ (1935) and ‘Mukti’ (1937) bought P. C Barua the adulation as an intellectual director who was quite ahead of time in cinematic presentation of the story, he met the Waterloo of his filmy career with ‘Ranee’ (1943). He could never recover from the shock and emotional burden arising out of shattering of his image as a successful director. Besides, he was also caught in debt-trap. His addiction to alcohol increased damaging his liver beyond repair. Later, he did some films like ‘Subah Shaam’ (1944), ‘Pehchaan’ (1946), and ‘Iran Ki Ek Raat’ ( 1949) but none of these films could bring back his past glory.

I find it interesting to use the titles of P C Barua’s three most successful films in describing his downfall with the box office failure of ‘Ranee’ (1943). He had no ‘Jawaab’ as to why the film failed. The resultant emotional upheaval made him to follow the escapist route of ‘Devdas’ which hastened his ‘Mukti’ from this world in November 1951 at the age of 48.

‘Ranee’ (1943) had 9 songs written by Pandit Madhur which were set to music by Kamal Das Gupta. I am presenting the first song ‘kabhi chalti hoon main, kabhi rukti hoon main’ from the film to appear on the Blog. The song is sung by Anima Dasgupta. The song has followed ?a typical Bengali school of music. Pandit Madhur wrote the song in simple words to convey the feelings, hopes and aspirations of a girl who is probably on a threshold of a romantic relationship.

With this song, ‘Ranee’ (1943) makes its debut in the Blog.


Song-Kabhi chalti hoon main kabhi rukti hoon main (Ranee)(1943) Singer-Anima Dasgupta, Lyrics-Pt Madhur, MD-Kamal Dasgupta

Lyrics

kabhi chalti hoon main
kabhi rukti hoon main
kabhi gaanon se dil ko behlaati hoon main
kabhi chalti hoon main
kabhi rukti hoon main
kabhi gaanon se dil ko behlaati hoon main

kabhi hans hans ke bijli ko tarsaati hoon
kabhi ro ro ke ae ae
ro ro ke baadal ko sharmaati hoon
kabhi aankhon se moti lutaati hoon main
kabhi aankhon se moti lutaati hoon main
kabhi gaanon se dil ko behlaati hoon main
kabhi chalti hoon main
kabhi rukti hoon main
kabhi gaanon se dil ko behlaati hoon main

kabhi apne hi mann se main karti hoon baat
kabhi aankhon hi aankhon mein kat’ti hai raat
kabhi apne hi mann se main karti hoon baat
kabhi aankhon hi aankhon mein kat’ti hai raat
kabhi ??dhyaan mein khoyi jaati hoon main
kabhi ??dhyaan mein khoyi jaati hoon main
kabhi gaanon se dil ko behlaati hoon main
kabhi chalti hoon main
kabhi rukti hoon main
kabhi gaanon se dil ko behlaati hoon main

mere din hain naye meri raaten nayi
mere din hain naye meri raaten nayi
mere kisse naye meri baaten nayi
mere kisse naye meri baaten nayi
nayi duniya ye apni basaati hoon main
nayi duniya ye apni basaati hoon main
kabhi gaanon se dil ko behlaati hoon main
kabhi chalti hoon main
kabhi rukti hoon main
kabhi gaanon se dil ko behlaati hoon main

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3 Responses to "Kabhi chalti hoon main kabhi rukti hoon main"

He had no ‘JAWAAB’ as to why the film failed. The resultant emotional upheaval made him to follow the escapist route of ‘DEVDAS’ which hastened his ‘MUKTI’ from this world in November 1951 at the age of 48.

Kya baat hai, Sadanand-ji, Trying for literary Oscar?

?? – khud.
Must have been a new style of singing in 1943. Nice tune, easy on the ears.

Anima Dasgupta
Bindiya (1946) Kamal Dasgupta Pandit Rammurti
Ae Kamal Kali Tum Hanso Hanso
Mera Bachpan Rutha Jaye with Hemant Kumar

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