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Main pyaar ki Lailaa hoon

Posted on: January 11, 2017


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.

Today(11 january 2017), we are celebrating two milestones on the Blog. First, Sudha Malhotra has hit her maiden century on the Blog. Second, her 100th song happens to be the 12800th song on the Blog. So this is double celebration post. Congratulations to Atulites for adding one more century to the Blog making it the 128th century.

Sudha Malhotra’s maiden century has come the hard way. It took more than 8 years for the Blog to achieve the magic figure of 100 songs for her. But the delayed century has to be seen in the perspective of her active playback singing career which was just 10 years long during which she sang about 250 songs, a majority of which came during 1957-60.

We are fortunate that Sudha Malhotra (b. 30/11/1936) is among us and she has completed 80 years on November 30, 2016. She was awarded Padma Shri by Government of India in 2013. We wish her a healthy and a purposeful life.

Sudha Malhotra is a contemporary personality of Hindi film music for us which makes it easier for us to get necessary information on her life and career on the net. Hence, I will avoid repeating the same in this post. Suffice it to say here that she was born in Delhi, raised in Lahore and later in Bhopal. At the age of 6, she sang a couple of songs of Noor Jahan in a charity show in Lahore under the guidance of Ghulam Haider. Later she started singing on All India Radio, Lahore. She had undergone classical musical training under the tutelage of Ustad Abdul Rehman Khan of Patiala Gharana.

In an interview on Rajya Sabha TV conducted some time in 2013, Sudha Malhotra had said that she recorded her first song mila gaye nain for Anil Biswas in ‘Aarzoo’ (1950) at the age of 14. This song became popular because of which she started getting assignments from Hindi films. tum mujhe bhool bhi jaao in ‘Didi’ (1959), the only song which she herself composed, became virtually her last song to be recorded. But some of her songs did appear in the films released in the 1960s which were recorded prior to her marriage in 1960. After marriage, she did not sing for any film except for Raj Kapoor’s ‘Prem Rog’ (1982) in which she sang one song, ye pyaar thhaa ya kuchh aur thhaa. However, she continued to sing in concerts and recorded some non-filmy ghazals and bhajans.

I came to know about Sudha Malhotra as a playback singer very late by which time she had already taken retirement from the film industry. Some of her songs which used to get played on Vividh Bharati quite often in the 1960s like salaam-e-hasrat qabool kar lo, kashti ka khaamosh safar, naa main dhan chaahoon etc made me aware of Sudha Malhotra.

After joining the Blog, I also came to know about some of her beautiful songs from obscure movies which are now my favourite. Those include mujhe tarke taalluk ke liye samjhaaya jaata hai, ham tumhaare ho chuke hain, mere nadeem mere hamsafar udaas na ho, kaun rang mungwa kawan rang motiyaa etc. I also like some of her non-filmy ghazals. I liked her rendition of Sudarshan Fakir’s non-filmy ghazal meri zubaan se meri daastaan suno to sahi.

One of the important piece of information which I came to know for the first time from Sudha Malhotra’s interview on Rajya Sabha TV was that she along with Geeta Dutt had recorded Sahir Ludhianvi’s famous nazm ‘kabhi kabhi mere dil mein khayaal aata hai’ under the baton of Khaiyyam for Chetan Anand’s film which was shelved half way. The same song with the same tune was later used by Khaiyyam in Yash Chopra’s film ‘Kabhi Kabhi’ (1976) in the voices of Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar.

Like many other playback singers who joined Hindi film industry in the 50s, Sudha Malhotra also had to face stiff competition from the top most playback singers of her time. As a result, she was largely confined to singing for actresses in the lower rungs, or singing duets. I also feel that she may have been sidelined during the initial stage of her playback singing career due to near similarity of her voice with that of Geeta Dutt and Meena Kapoor who were in the limelight in early 50s.

The brighter side of Sudha Malhotra’s playback singing career was the backing she got during 1957-60 from Sahir Ludhianvi who had then become one of the most sought after lyricists and whose writ worked with the second line of the music directors. In the interview I referred to above, she has acknowledged with humility that it was Sahir Ludhianvi who was instrumental ingiven her her best poetic songs. Some of these songs have become immortal.

Now coming to Sudha Malhotra’s 100th song making it 128th century song for the Blog, the song which I am presenting today is one which I heard for the first time a couple of days back. I liked it because it is a peppy song which is appropriate for celebration posts like the present one. The song is ‘main pyaar ki laila hoon’ from the film ‘MR X’ (1957). The song is sung by Sudha Malhotra and Manna Dey on the words of Hasrat Jaipuri which is set to music by N Datta.

Enjoy this club song.


Song-Main pyaar ki laila hoon (Mr X)(1957) Singers-Sudha Malhotra, Manna Dey, Lyrics-Hasrat Jaipuri, MD-N Datta

Lyrics

main pyaar ki laila hoon
paaoge tum na aisi
ye chaand bhi deewaana
soorat hai meri aisi
main pyaar ki laila hoon
paaoge tum na aisi
ye chaand bhi deewaana
soorat hai meri aisi
main pyaar ki laila hoon

dil ka ilaaz kar doon
rakhti hoon wo dawaai
tum jaise bigde dil ki taqdeer bhi banaai
dil ka ilaaz kar doon
rakhti hoon wo dawaai
tum jaise bigde dil ki taqdeer bhi banaai
itna mujhe bata do
hai koi mere jaisi
ye chaand bhi deewaana
soorat hai meri aisi
main pyaar ki laila hoon
paaoge tum na aisi
ye chaand bhi deewaana
soorat hai meri aisi
main pyaar ki laila hoon

main kya bataaun tujhko
chaahat ki aisi taisi
jab kar diye hain toone
ulfat ki aisi taisi

is pyaar ke jahaan se
bhaagoge tum kahaan tak
chhodoongi main na peechha
jaaoge tum jahaan tak
ye baat hai to madam
kismat ki aisi taisi
jab kar diye hain toone
ulfat ki aisi taisi

main pyaar ki laila hoon
paaoge tum na aisi
ye chaand bhi deewaana
soorat hai meri aisi
main pyaar ki laila hoon

taareef apne munh se
main kya karoon tumhaari
duniya mein tere jaisi
dekhi hai kai naari
taareef apne munh se
arre main kya karoon tumhaari
duniya mein tere jaisi
dekhi hai kai naari
haan haan

tum videshi ho ye baat hai sachchi
ye chaand bhi deewaana
soorat hai meri aisi
main pyaar ki laila hoon
paaoge tum na aisi
ye chaand bhi deewaana
soorat hai meri aisi
main pyaar ki laila hoon

8 Responses to "Main pyaar ki Lailaa hoon"

Heartiest Congratulations to Atul ji and all Atulites, readers and well wishers of the blog on this 12800th song-post on the blog !!!

Many thanks for this wonderful post Kamath Sir !!

All the best wishes for many more MILEStones yet to come on the blog in future …

Congratulations Atul ji for 12800 songs.

Sadanand ji,

As far as the First song of Sudha Malhotra is concerned, the information she gave and gives even now in all intervies is totally wrong. not that she does not know, but she does it intentionlly.
When in 2014 I found that she had sung 3 songs in film The Last Message-1949, under the baton of an unknown composer Abid Hussain Khan, I wrote to shri Girdharilal Vishwakarma ji, the wellknown Record collector and Hindi film song Historian asking for the truth. He replied me this on 25-7-2014…
” Maine sudha malhotra ke kuchh interview sune unmen wo yahi kahati hai ki unhone pahali baar film- arzu_1950 main anil biswas ke music direction main gaya tha…jabki unki film last message 1949 main aa gayi thi…records series dekhen to bhi saaf lag raha hain ki last message ke record pahale bane the..fir kyun wo arzu ko pahali film bata rahi hai…is duvidha ko door karne ke liye main unka contect no. hasil karke unko phone kiya…maine unko poocha ki aapko yad hai ki aapne film last message main gane gaye the..kuchh sochkar boli han yaad hai..maine kaha ye film to arzu se pahale bani thi..unhone kaha han ye gane maine arzu se kafi pahale gaye the tab main bahut chhoti thi…aapne yad dilaya to mujhe yad aa gaya…maine kha phir aap har interview main arzu ko pahali film kyun batati hai…unhone kaha arzu main bade music director anil biswas the isliye unka hi jikra karti hun aurlog last message ke bare main nahi janate hai aur kabhi kisini is film ke bare main mujhe poochha bhi nahi isliye maine bataya bhi nahi…phir main last message main unke gaye teenon geet ek ek karke unhen sunaye…to wo awak rah gayi ki main in geeton ko recording ke baad aaj pahali baar sun rahi hun ye to bahut achhe gane hai.. aapne meri bachpan ki yaden taja kar di…ek bada sawal ye uthata hai ki kalakar kyun apni B aur C gred ki filmon yaad nahi rakhate…kuchh had tak wo log bhi jimedar hain jo kalakaron ka interview lete hai…jo aisi baten unhen poochate hi nahi hai [ kai mauko par to interview lene wale ko bhi pata nahi hota hai] wo to sirf kalakar ki baton main han se han milate jate hai…. isase research karane walon ke sath bada confusion ho jata hai ki wo kis baat ko sahi maane. ”

Unfortunately she is not the only artiste to hide facts intentionally. Some Top class actors and actresses too did this. Even Mala sinha, Meenakumari and Johnny walker are on record to do this.

-AD

Arun ji,

I was aware that Sudha Malhotra had sung in ‘The Last Message’ (1949) and but chose to ignore it as Sudha Malhotra has done in her various interviews. But my reason for ignoring the information was different.

I found in August 1949 issue of ‘Filmindia’ magazine that the film ‘Aarzoo'(1950)’s major shooting was completed and distributors for the films finalised. But I do not know as to why the film was delayed for the release. As it happened with the first songs of Suraiya and Mohammed Rafi, I felt that it was quite possible that ‘Aarzoo’ (1950) song may have recorded first but the film got released later than ‘The Last Message’ (1949).

As regards the record series in deciding the time period of the recording of the song, if I recall correctly, you had mentioned in your comments elsewhere in the Blog long time back that some time the record series does not necessarily work in sequential order in terms of time period.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, I agree that many artists chose to ignore their humble beginning by tagging themselves with their first successful ventures. I can add Gulzar to this list.

Sadanand ji,

You will find that Sudha ji herself has agreed that The last message songs were earlier to Arzoo, while talking on phone and she has also tried to justify why she hid this fact by saying that Anil Biswas was a big composer. I think in this case the matter is very clear.

-AD

I hear ?? as,
‘tum jaise bigade dil ki taqdeer bhee banaai’.

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