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O my darling o my sweety

Posted on: February 21, 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, February 21st 2017 is the 26th Remembrance Day ( I, feel it is better to call it Remembrance Day than calling it death anniversary) of Nutan, one of my favourite actresses. The first film of her which I saw in a theatre was ‘Milan’ in 1967. Thereafter, I had watched her black & white films when they were telecast on Doordarshan sometime in the early 80s. I am sure, many readers would agree with me that Nutan, through her intense acting, made us to ponder over the some of the social issues raised in films like ‘Seema’ (1955), ‘Sujaata’ (1959), Bandini’ (1963), ‘Saraswatichandra’ (1968) etc.

I had watched the film ‘Seema’ (1955) for the first time on Doordarshan probably in late 70s or early 80s. The story of the film and the roles played by Nutan and Balraj Sahani created so much impact on me that the story of the film lingered in my mind for few days. I had a similar experience when I saw ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool’ (1959) on its rerun some time in 1974. But this time the impact was such that I had no desire to watch this classic film once again. The story and scenarios were too gloomy for me. I had no such worries as far as ’Seema’ (1955) was concerned and I watched it multiple times.

I watched the film ‘Seema’ (1959) once more from my collections of DVDs of the classic Hindi films a few months back. After watching the film this time, I had a strong urge to write an article on Nutan’s journey in the film industry for the Blog in token of my gratitude for such a fine actress. I had done some research on her journey of almost 4 decades in Hindi film industry. I watched some of her classic black & white films once more to get a feel of her acting talent. I had also gone through some comments on the 4th updated edition of Nutan’s biography in Marathi ‘Asen Me Nasen Me’ (I may be I may not be) which was released about a year back. These coupled with interviews and few articles including one in ‘Filmfare’ magazine gave me an idea about Nutan’s filmy career which I find unique and interesting.

At the outset, it would appear that initially, Nutan (04/06/1936-21/02/1991) was reluctant to be an actress. Probably her mother, Shobhana Samarth, one of the top actresses of the 1940s may have decided that Nutan would become an actress. So she launched Nutan in her home production ‘Hamaari Beti’ (1950) which she produced and directed when Nutan was barely 14 years. Even though, the film did not fare well on the box office front, Nutan was noticed as a fine actress. This was followed by ‘Ham Log’ (1951) and ‘Nageena’ (1951) among other films in the early 50s which were successful.

However, most of her films released during 1952-54 did not fare well on the box office. Even though film offers were coming to her, Nutan decided to quit films for short period and pursue a course in Swiss Finishing School La Chatelaine. The school was meant for girls to acquire social grace and etiquette in the upper class society, especially as a precursor for the marriage. But Nutan was destined to become an actress.

A few profile pictures of her which Nutan sent from Switzerland of her trips in Europe to her mother was published in ‘Filmindia’ magazine, probably at the behest of her mother. The pictures attracted the attention of Shashdhar Mukherjee of Filmistan for the role of Heer for the film ‘Heer’ (1956). Nutan was called back from Switzerland to sign the film. During the same time, she also signed ‘Seema’ (1955). While ‘Heer’ (1956) did not fare well on the box office, ‘Seema’ (1955) became one ?of the top 10 hit films of 1955. This success was followed by the success of ‘Paying Guest’ (1957), ‘Dilli Ka Thag’ (1958), ‘Anaari’ (1959) and ‘Sujaata’ (1959) among some other films in which she acted.

Sometime in 1959, Nutan married Rajnish Bahl, a Lieutenant Commander in Indian Navy. At the time of her marriage, Nutan announced her retirement from films.

In 1960, Bimal Roy approached her with a script of ‘Bandini’ (1963) and said that this script was written keeping her in mind. If she declines the offer, he would not make the film. Since she had already decided not to work in the films, she was in a piquant situation. But her role in the film was challenging. Accepting the film would open the pandora’s box as few other banners had also been approaching her to accept the heroine’s role in the films.

It was very difficult to her say no to Bimal Roy especially when the role was a challenging one and Bimal Roy was prepared to wait. She agreed to work for the film. With this acceptance, she also signed ‘Tere Ghar Ke Saamne’ (1963) and ‘Dil Hi To Hai’ (1963). All these films became box office hits.

Generally, we talk about ‘first coming’ or ‘second coming’ in regard to any artist’s career. For Nutan, it was her ‘third coming’. Normally in the film industry, once an artist announces retirement or becomes out of sight, he or she becomes out of mind from those who matters in the film industry. Even if one calls her absence ?from? the film? industry in 1954 and again in 1960 as short sabbaticals, it is difficult for most of the artists in such situation to regain the pivotal position in the film industry. Nutan proved it wrong. Not only she proved her worth in terms of box office success of the films on her ‘second coming’ and ‘third coming’, she lapped up Filmfare awards for the Best Actress in ‘Seema’ (1955), ‘Sujaata’ (1959), ‘Bandini’ (1963), ‘Milan’ (1967) and ‘Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki’ (1978). It may be something of a record that she got 5 Filmfare Awards for the same category (Best Actress) over a period of 22 years from the age of 17 to 42 years.

And what a versatile actress Nutan was. If she did an intense acting of a rebellious and angry girl in ‘Seema’ (1955), she was also good in projecting herself in light romantic films like ‘Paying Guest’ (1957). If she wore swimming suit in the role of a swimming champion in ‘Dilli Ka Thag’ (1958), she was equally at ease in an intense role of a low caste adopted daughter in ‘Sujaata’ (1959). Again if she got an unconventional role of a jailed girl in ‘Bandini’ (1963), she also excelled in the light social comedy film ‘Tere Ghar Ke Saamne’ (1963).

From the 1980s onward, Nutan started getting supporting roles. Her role of a woman suffering from amnesia in the film ‘Meri Jung’ (1985) won her the Filmfare award for the Best Supporting Actress. During this phase of her career, Nutan worked with Dilip Kumar for the first time in the film ‘Karma’ (1986).

Nutan died of cancer on February 21, 1991 at the age of 55.

Two of her films – ‘Naseebwala’ (1992) and ‘Insaaniyat’ (1994) were released after her death.

Just as Shabhana Samarth produced and directed ‘Hamaari Beti’ (1950) for launching her elder daughter Nutan, She also produced and directed ‘Chhabili’ (1960) for launching her younger daughter Tanuja. With these two films, Shobhana Samarth probably created a history of launching her both the daughters by producing the films and directing her two daughters. It is also a co-incidence that Nutan sang her own songs in these two films produced and directed by her mother under the baton of Snehal Bhatkar.

There were 7 songs in the film CHHABILI (1960) of which as many as 6 songs were sung by Nutan either solo or as duet. 4 songs (including one multiple version song) from the film have been covered in the Blog.

On the occasion of Nutan’s 26th remembrance day, I am presenting the 5th song ‘O my darling, O my sweety’ from the film CHHABILI (1960) Sung by Nutan and Mahendra Kapoor. The song is written by S Ratan which is set to music by Snehal Bhatkar.

After listening to most of the songs rendered by Nutan including the playful song under discussion, I wonder as to why her potential as a singer was not exploited by producers/directors of her films.


Song-O my darling O my sweety (Chhabeeli)(1960) Singers-Nutan, Mahendra Kapoor, Lyrics-S Ratan, MD-Snehal Bhatkar
Both

Lyrics

o my darling
o my sweety
tujh pe fida
haay
mera dil hai
kya nigaahen
kya adaayen
tere bina jeena mushqil hai
o my darling
o my sweety
tujh pe fida haay mera dil hai
kya nigaahen
kya adaayen
tere bina jeena mushqil hai

phir wo kahegi
hehehe
how sweet
how sweet
how sweet

tu hai meri laila tu meri shirin
tu hai meri sohni sab se haseen
arre waah
tu hai meri laila
tu meri shirin
tu hai meri sohni
sab se haseen
tera mera pyaar ho jhoomti bahaar ho
par tujhe paana badi mushqil hai

o my darling
hmm hmm
o my sweety
hmm hmm
tujh pe fida haay mera dil hai
arre kya nigaahen
kya adaayen
tere bina jeena mushqil hai

how sweet
how sweet
how sweet

tere liye saara jag chhod diya
apnon se naata tod diya aa
haay haay

tere liye saara jag chhod diya
apnon se naata tod diya
baaten kar pyaar ki
dil beqaraar ki
ae dil waale
tu kyun be-dil hai
o my darling
o my sweety
tujh pe fida

haay
mera dil hai
kya nigaahen
arre kya adaayen
tere bina jeena mushqil hai

o my darling
hmm hmm
o my sweety
hmm hmm
tujh pe fida
haay mera dil hai
kya nigaahen
kya adaayen
tere bina jeena mushqil hai

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5 Responses to "O my darling o my sweety"

in Kannoon apna apna(1989)Nutan acted in wilfe`s role of Dilip kumar alongwith Sanjay dutt and madhuri dixit

Thanks for pointing out..

Atul ji,

In the relevant sentence in the article, the words ‘and last time’ may please be cut/omitted.

Dilip and Nutan as hero and heroine were to act together in late 50’s but the project got shelved. Imagine their histrionics pitting against each other.

There was this Film of Nutan’s , made in 1958 , titled “Zindagi Ya Toofan” which , reportedly , although made in India , was never released in India . It was released instead in Pakistan , sometime in 1962 or thereafter , as a PAKISTANI FILM !

Would be grateful if Arunji could shed some light on this . Did the Film obtain an Indian Censor Certificate and was it smuggled out ?

With warm regards

PARTHA CHANDA

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