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Jaane bhi do jaane bhi do

Posted on: December 28, 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.

The history of Lahore film industry is as old as the era of silent films. When talkies started getting produced from early 1930s, the Lahore film industry seems to have lost the race to Bombay (Mumbai) and Calcutta (Kolkata) in producing Hindi/Urdu films. Many film artists based in Lahore started migrating to Calcutta and Bombay looking for greener pastures. But the decade of 1940s saw two prominent Lahore based film productions companies holding their own against the big production houses of Bombay and Calcutta viz. Bombay based Ranjit Movietone and Bombay Talkies and Calcutta based New Theatres. They were Pancholi Art Pictures of Dalsukh Pancholi and Shorey Pictures of Roop K Shorey.

The successful films like ‘Khazaanchi’ (1941), ‘Khandaan’ (1942), ‘Zameendaar’ (1942) from Pancholi Art Pictures relied mostly on social themes. Films like ‘Himmat’ (1941), ‘Nishaani’ (1942) and ‘Shalimar’ (1946) from Roop Pictures specialised in the genres of light comedy and costume drama. While some of the Lahore based film producers like A R Kardar ultimately shifted their base from Lahore to Bombay, Dalsukh Pancholi and Roop Shorey continued to produced films in their respective Lahore studios until partition in 1947 when they had to hastily leave Lahore to migrate to India with most of their assets including studios in Lahore lost forever for them.

While both Dalsukh Pancholi and Roop Shorey had initial box office successes in post-partition period in India like ‘Nagina’ (1951) and ‘Ek Thhi Ladki’ (1949), respectively, most of their later films in the 50s and 60s did not bring them money and fame. Roop K Shorey made his last attempt to produce and direct ‘Ek Thhi Reeta’ (1971) repeating the story of his most successful film ‘Ek Thhi Ladki’ (1949). But he failed to make it a commercial success. His death in 1973 as well as the death of Dalsukh Pancholi in 1959 ended the saga of two of the prominent film producers based in Lahore during pre-partition period.

SHALIMAR (1946) was produced under the banner of Shorey Pictures and was it was directed by Roop K Shorey. This film happens to be the last film which Roop K Shorey produced at his Lahore studio during pre-partition period. The film had an impressive star cast of Chandramohan, Begum Para, Al Nasir, Manorama, Majnu, Hari Shivdasani, Pramila etc. The film seems to have become an obscure one over time as not much details about the film is available except that it belonged to fantasy and costume genre. I did not find review of the film in ‘Filmindia’ magazine.

It is said that for the selection of the heroine for the film, Roop K Shorey had come to Bombay (Mumbai) and had selected Meena (Later Meena Shorey) as the heroine. However, since she was under contract with Minerva Movietone of Sohrab Modi, he had to drop the idea of casting her in the film. Finally, it was Dalsukh Pancholi who took Meena for his films ‘Shahar Se Door’ ( 1946) for which Meena had to shell out Rs.30000/- to make an ‘out of court’ settlement with Sohrab Modi to get her released from the contract with Minerva Movietone.

‘Shalimar’ (1946) had 7 songs, all penned by Aziz Kashmiri which were set to music by Pandit Amarnath, Anupam Ghatak and Lachhiram Tomar. However, distribution of songs among the music directors is not available. Two songs from the film have been covered in the Blog.

I am presenting the third song from the film ‘jaane bhi do, jaane bhi do’ sung by Zeenat Begum and S D Batish. This is a rare song in the sense that the video of the song has been uploaded on YT for the first time only about two months back. It is a lovely song and pleasing to the ears. It appears from the lyrics that song may have been picturised as a romantic interlude between the hero and heroine who are in the incipient stage of love. While the heroine is wary of what the society would say about their love affairs, the hero, as usual, has no worry on that front.

As I said earlier, it is not known as to who composed this melodious song amongst Pandit Amarnath, Anupam Ghatak and Lachhiram Tomar. When I first heard this song, I felt that its tune had some similarity with another rare song which I had uploaded on YT some time back. Later, I found out that the antara tune of the song has some similarity with the mukhda tune of chhod ke baalam haay na jaana composed by Lachhiram Tomar for the film ‘Birhan’ (1948). Based on this, my wild guess is that song under discussion may have been composed by Lachhiram Tomar.


Song-Jaane bhi do jaane bhi do (Shaalimaar)(1946) Singers-Zeenat Begum, S D Batish, Lyrics-Aziz Kashmiri, MD-Pt Lachchiram

Lyrics

jaane bhi do
jaane bhi do
jaane bhi do
jaane bhi do
ae jaan-e-jahaan hamen jaane bhi do
jaao nahin
jaao nahin
jaao nahin
jaao nahin
hamen aankhon ki pyaas bhujaane bhi do

beet chali hai
beet chali hai raat suhaani
beet chali hai raat suhaani
chadhne ko hai subah jawaani
chadhne ko hai subah jawaani

aa aa aa aa
koi dekh na le
koi dekh na le
badnaami na ho
chhod bhi do
badnaami se daaman bachaane bhi do
jaane bhi do
jaane bhi do
jaane bhi do
jaane bhi do
ae jaan-e-jahaan hamen jaane bhi do

abhi pyaar to hamne kiya hi nahin
abhi pyaar to hamne kiya hi nahin

abhi dil kaa aa
abhi dil kaa kanwal to khila hi nahin
abhi dil kaa aa
abhi dil kaa kanwal to khila hi nahin
abhi naa jaao
naa tarsaao
abhi naa jaao
naa tarsaao

jara dil ki jalan ko mitaane bhi do
jaane bhi do
jaane bhi do
jaane bhi do
jaane bhi do
ae jaan-e-jahaan hamen jaane bhi do

wo dekho chamkaa subah kaa sitaara
wo dekho chamkaa subah kaa sitaara
chhod bhi do pallu hamaara
chhod bhi do pallu hamaara
aa aa aa aa
koi dekh na le
koi dekh na le
badnaami na ho
chhod bhi do
badnaami se daaman bachaane bhi do
jaane bhi do
jaane bhi do
jaane bhi do
jaane bhi do
ae jaan-e-jahaan hamen jaane bhi do o

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