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Hai ishq wahi aag jo paani mein lagaa de

Posted on: February 17, 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 If this article appears in sites like and etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

It is a well-known fact that when sound films came into being in 1931, majority of the films which were produced, especially in the 1930s, belonged to the genres of action, adventure, costume drama, mythology, fantasy, folk legend etc. There were few takers for films containing social, family drama and romantic themes. In a way, this was the legacy from silent films. Those who produced and directed silent films may have thought it prudent to try more or less the same genres in sound films to begin with.

Hyderabad (Sindh) born Mohan Dayaram Bhavnani (1903-1962) was one of those directors who started his filmy carreer as director in silent films in 1925. He directed 19 silent films before venturing into sound films. From the listing of films directed by him, I find that most of his films belonged to the genres of action, adventure and costume dramas.

Before joining film industry, Mohan Bhavanani had studied film making in Germany after completion of his college in 1925. On the eve of the imminent arrival of sound films in India, Mohan Bhavnani once again went to Germany to study the techniques of sound films. His first sound film was ‘Trapped’ (1931) which probably may have been converted from his last silent film ‘Farebi Jaal’ (1931). This was the film in which Durga Khote made her maiden appearance as an actress. This was also the film in which Enakshi Rama Rao had a small role who later married Mohan Bhavnani.

In 1935, Mohan Bhavnani started his own film production company, Bhavnani Productions. Under his banner, he produced the first film ‘Jaan Bahadur’ (1935). This was followed by ‘Jaagran’ (1936) in which his wife, Enakshi Rama Rao was the lead actress. In all, he directed 23 sound films. 13 of these films were produced under his own banner.

In 1948, Mohan Bhavnani bid adieu to film industry and joined Film Division as the Chief Producer. He worked in this till 1955. In 1958, on an invitation from the Chinese Government for producing a documentary on China, he made extensive trips to China.

In 1937, Mohan Bhavnani had produced and directed a jungle adventure film ‘Zambo, the Ape Man’ a.k.a. ‘Sher-E-Jungle’ (1937). The film seems to be a success at the box office as he produced and directed its sequel, ‘Zambo Ka Beta’ a.k.a. Son of Zambo (1939). The star cast of the film included Navin Yagnik, Bimla Kumari, Nayampalli, Sunita Devi, Vatsala Kumthekar, David, Fatty Prasad, A S Gyani, Gulab, Gulzar etc.

There were 9 songs in the film written by Pandit Shivkumar who was associated with India’s independence movement and was a scholar in Hindi, Sanskrit and Urdu languages. Songs were set to music by Pandit Badri Prasad who, in his later filmy career, switched over in the role as a character actor and choreographer.

I am presenting the first song ‘hai ishq wohi aag jo paani mein lagaa de’ from the film ZAMBO KA BETA (1939) to appear in the Blog. The song is sung by Vatsala Kumthekar who also acts in the film. The song is rendered in the thumri style. After all, Vatsala Kumthekar was trained in Hindustani classical music under Ustad Khadim Hussain Khan of Agra Gharana.

With this song, ‘Zambo Ka Beta’ (1939) makes its debut in the Blog.


Song-Hai ishq wahi aag jo paani mein lagaa de (Zambo Ka Beta)(1939) Singer-Vatsala Kumthekar, Lyrics-Pt Shivkumar, MD-Pt Badri Prasad


hai ishq wahi aag jo o
paani mein lagaa de
haan haan
paani mein lagaa de
haan haan
paani mein lagaa de ae ae ae ae
hai khwaab wahi khwaab jo o
sotey se jagaa de
haan aan
sotey se jagaa de
haa aan
hai khwaab wahi khwaab jo o
sotey se jagaa de…ae ae ae ae

hai khushk ?? dekh chuke ae
ae ae ae ae ae
hosh ki duniya aa aa aa aa
ab aisi pilaa de ki jo o o
behosh banaa de
haan haan
behosh banaa de
haan aan
ab aisi pilaa de ki jo o
behosh banaa de ae ae ae

khaali hai suraahi to o o o o o
madhosh to tu hai ae ae ae ae ae ae
khaali hai suraahi to o o o o o
madhosh to tu hai ae ae ae ae ae ae
aa apne labon ko ye mere
aa apne labon ko ye mere
munh se lagaa de
haan haan haan
munh se lagaa de
haan aan
aa apne labon ko mere
munh se lagaa de
haa aan
hai ishq wahi aag jo
paani mein lagaa de…ae ae ae


2 Responses to "Hai ishq wahi aag jo paani mein lagaa de"

@ Kamath Sir – thanks for this informative article and congratulations on “Zambo Ka Beta-1939” on the blog.
Nice post and like the lyrics too ‘hai khwaab wahi so sotey se jagaa de’ waah !!
Was it the earliest ‘sequels’ in the Hindi movies?

Pandit Badri Prasad
Madhusudan (1941)
Vanmala (1941)
Zevar (1942)

Pandit Shivkumar
Bhakta Kabir (1942)
Shree Ram Avtar (1950)
Draupadi Vastra Haran (1952)
Shahi Bazar (1957)

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