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Khaamosh mohabbat ki khaamosh kahaani hai

Posted on: January 13, 2017


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular 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.

During the early days of sound films in 1931, Calcutta (Kolkata) film centre had actresses like Patience Cooper, Jahanara Kajjan, Violet Cooper, Anwari, Sabita Devi (real name: Iris Maude Gasper), Kanan Devi, Radharani etc. Most of them had graduated from the silent films. Those days, in the absence of playback singing system, actresses had to sing their own songs in the films. So, those with good voices also got chance to act in the films made especially in the 30s. Begum Akhtar, Mukhtar Begum, Indubala, Kamala Jharia etc are few names that come to my mind. Ratan Bai was also one of those who joined the bandwagon of actresses in Calcutta in 1932 as an actor-singer. Incidentally, this Ratan Bai (Begg) was a different actor and as such she should not to be confused with Ratan Bai (Shilotri), the mother of Shobhna Samarth.

I found an article in January 1943 issue of FILMINDIA, written by Susheela Rani Patel covering the interview of Ratan Bai. The interview throws some information about Ratan Bai but there is nothing much on her family background. I have summarised the interview covering only such information which may be interest to the readers of the Blog. I have also included some supportive information culled out from other reliable sources on the internet such as ‘Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema’ and various issues of ‘Filmindia’ magazines of 1940s, especially in regard to Ratan Bai’s films.

Ratan Bai (real name: Imam Bandi) was born on 12th June 1912 in Patna. After some initial home education, most of her childhood was spent in Calcutta (Kolkata). As a child, she was fond of watching movies in theatres. At the age of 15, Ratan Bai got married. (Nothing is mentioned about her husband in the interview though I A Hafisji, actor-director, has been identified in a photograph as her husband).

It was not until 1932 when she was approached by Amar Mullick to join New Theatres as an actor-singer in the film ‘Subah Ka Sitara’ (1932). This was followed by ‘Yahudi Ki Ladki’ (1933), ‘Rooplekha’ (1934) and Kaarwan-e-Hayat (1935). One source reveals that I A Hafisji was one of the early persons who joined New Theatres along with Premankur Atorthy, Nitin Bose and Amar Mullick in 1932. In all likelihood, both Ratanbai and her husband I A Hafisji may have joined the New Theatres together.

At the time of the release of the film ‘Kaarwan-e-Hayat (1935), Ratan Bai had a tussle with New Theatres regarding chopping of her scenes in the film which were replaced by another actress. The letters exchanged between Ratan Bai and New Theatres are interesting. Those letters are available as a part of the article, Gender as method: Early Indian cinema and a few marginal actors written by Madhuja Mukherjee. After this incidence, Ratan Bai seems to have quit New Theatres and landed in Bombay (Mumbai) along with I A Hafisji and Premankur Atorthy, one of the writer-directors on the pay roll of New Theatres who had directed 3 of the 4 films Ratan Bai did with New Theatres.

In Bombay, she joined Eastern Art Production and acted in their films ‘Bharat Ki Beti’ (1935) and ‘Yaasmin’ (1935). She left Eastern Art Production and worked in Kolhapur Cinetone’s ‘Bhikaran’ (1935) and ‘Hindi Mahila’ (1936) directed by her New Theatre director Premankur Atorthy. She returned to Bombay and joined Imperial Film Company. She starred in their films ‘Sarala’ (1936), ‘Dhanwaan’(1937) and ‘Usne Kya Socha’ (1937), the last one being directed by I A Hafisji, her husband. Hafisji also acted with her in her first two films with Imperial Film Company.

From 1937 onwards, Ratan Bai became a freelance artist and acted in ‘Sitara’ (1938), ‘Ghazi Salauddin’ (1939), ‘Kalyani’ (1940), ‘Malan’ (1942), ‘Ujaala’ (1942), ‘Laajwanti’ (1942), ‘Rai Saheb’ (1942), ‘Saheli’ (1942), Shri Krishna Arjun Yuddh’ (1945) etc. ‘Dharam’ (1945) appeared to be her last film as an actor. In all, she acted in 25 films during her filmy carrier (1932-46).

Ratan Bai also produced three films. She revealed during the interview that she invested in the films out of her own savings without approaching the film financiers. From the advertisements which appeared in FILMINDIA magazines of 1943 and 1945, she had produced ‘Saheli’ (1942), ‘Dharam’ (1945) and ‘Daasi Yaa Maa’ (1946) under the banner of Star Productions. Her name as a producer was printed as ‘Rattan Bai Begg’. I presume that ‘Begg’ was her family name.

Ratan Bai was a polyglot, who knew seven languages including Bengali and English. She was known for her dialogue delivery in chaste Urdu in films.

There is no track of Rattan Bai’s filmy career and the personal life after 1946. In the interview, she had revealed that she had two sons. I have seen a photo of a scene from the film ‘Dharma’ (1945) showing Ratan Bai with one of her sons who has acted in the film as a child artist. As mentioned by her in the interview, she had invested her own savings in producing films under the banner of Star Productions. While ‘Saheli’ (1942) brought some profit, her subsequent two films ‘Dharma’ (1945) and ‘Daasi Yaa Maa’ (1946) were big flops. Her last film as a producer, ‘Dua’ (1946) was probably shelved. So she must have lost a substantial amount of her savings in these films.

Once failure sets in, the film industry is very ruthless to such artists. Probably, she thought it fit to move away from the film industry during rest of her life. It will be interesting to know as to how she spent time during post-1946 period.

SAHELI (1942) was one of three films which Ratan Bai produced under the banner of Star Productions. The film was directed by S M Yusuf. The star cast included Ratan Bai, Pahari Sanyal, Yakub, Pramila, Shahnaz, Jillo Bai, Syed Ahmed etc. I have no idea about the story of the film as the review of the film is not available. From the advertisement of the film, it appears to be a social thriller.

There were 7 songs in the film, all penned by Wahid Qureshi which were set to music by Bashir Dehlvi. I am presenting the first song from the film, ‘khaamosh mohabbat ki khaamosh kahaani hai’ sung by Ratan Bai to appear in the Blog.

With this song, ‘Saheli’ (1942) makes its debut in the Blog.


Song-Khaamosh mohabbat ki khaamosh kahaani hai (Saheli)(1942) Singer-Ratanbai, Lyrics-Wahid Qureshi, MD-Bashir Dehalvi

Lyrics

khaamosh mohabbat ki ee ee
khaamosh kahaani hai
khaamosh mohabbat ki khaamosh kahaani hai
khaamosh mohabbat ki khaamosh kahaani hai
aankhen hain jo baadil(?) ki aankhon se sunaani hai
aankhen hain jo baadil(?) ki aankhon se sunaani hai

rehne de mere dil mein tu rog judaai kaa
rehne de mere dil mein tu rog judaai kaa
ye teri mohabbat ki chhoti si nishaani hai
ye teri mohabbat ki chhoti si nishaani hai

pehle jo kiya dil ko aabaad mohabbat se
pehle jo kiya dil ko aabaad mohabbat se
barbaad isse karne ki ab kis liye thhaani hai
barbaad isse karne ki ab kis liye thhaani hai
khaamosh mohabbat ki khaamosh kahaani hai

tu chaahe to thhukra de
tu chaahe to apna le
tu chaahe to thhukra de
tu chaahe to apna le
dil hai tere kadmon par
dil hai tere kadmon par
thokar mein jawaani hai
dil hai tere kadmon par
thokar mein jawaani hai
khaamosh mohabbat ki khaamosh kahaani hai

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3 Responses to "Khaamosh mohabbat ki khaamosh kahaani hai"

Is she the same Ratanbai who sang so many folk songs like ‘Nadi naare na jaao’ and ‘Mohe ghoor ghoor ke na dekho’. The voice of this film song seems much different from the above songs which I have.
Researchers, A pleasent job for you.

Those two folk songs were sung by Gulab Bai as far as I know.

It should be Rattanbai
Apne Maula Ki Jogan Banoongi
Rattan Bai Pankaj Mullick Yahudi Ki Ladki (1933)
Baje Man Ki Baani
Rattan Bai Bashir Khan Dehlvi Waheed Qureshi Saheli (1942)
Chale Pawan
Naseem, Rattan Bai Sajjad Hussain Shewan Rizvi, Baalam Pardesi Dharma (1945)
Duniya Me Rahe
Rattan Bai Sajjad Hussain Shewan Rizvi, Baalam Pardesi Dharma (1945)
Haan Sajan Aaye
Rattan Bai Shyam Babu Pathak Ehsan Rizvi Malan (1942)
Jam Jam Rahe Meharban
Rattan Bai Sajjad Hussain Shewan Rizvi, Baalam Pardesi Dharma (1945)
Jeevan Ki Dor
Rattan Bai Sajjad Hussain Shewan Rizvi, Baalam Pardesi Dharma (1945)
Kyun Yaad Tumhari Aati Hai (Part – I)
Rattan Bai, Pahadi Sanyal Bashir Khan Dehlvi Waheed Qureshi Saheli (1942)
Mai Dekh Rahi Hu Duniya Ke Nazare
Rattan Bai Bashir Dehlvi Ujala (1942)
Mai Geet Madhur Madhur Sunaau
Rattan Bai Bashir Dehlvi Ujala (1942)
Nain Se Nain Kare Kya Baate
Rattan Bai, Pahadi Sanyal Bashir Khan Dehlvi Waheed Qureshi Saheli (1942)

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