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Jeewan ke raaste hazaar

Posted on: March 21, 2017


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, 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’s song is from the film Savera-58. It is sung by Manna Dey and chorus. The Lyricist was Shailendra and the composer was Sailesh Mukherjee. This song was quite popular during its time and I was surprised to see that this was not yet posted on the Blog.

The composer Shailesh Mukherjee was a multifaceted artist. He was an actor as well as a singer. He composed music for 3 films. He acted as a Hero under the name of Shreekant Gaurav,in 3 films namely, Miya Bibi Razi-60, Pyar ki pyas-61 and an unreleased film Monica-62. He sang 19 songs in 11 films from Andhon ki duniya-47 to Suhani Raat-74. After retiring from Hindi films, he used to interview Bangla stars for Calcutta A.I.R. After that he came back and became an Architect and Interior Decorator, doing work on stars’ and their relatives’ bungalows. He bought 26 acres of land in Karjat, near Bombay and built a farm house for family enjoyment there. He was so much attached to Karjat that after his death, as per his wish, his ashes were scattered on this land in Karjat !

His daughter Kajri also became an actress and did films like Tumhara Kallu-75, Sangat-75, Balika Badhu-76, Dillagi-78. etc etc. She won the Best Supporting actress Filmfare award for Balika Badhu-76 also. She was married to the son of character artist Bipin Gupta’s son. Sailesh Mukherjee’s son and later Grandson became Architects and Interior Decorators as per his wishes. ( Thanks to Ms. Meeta Mukherjee, daughter in law of Sailesh Mukherjee for providing all this information to me.)

Film Savera-58 was directed by a well known director Satyen Bose. The cast was Ashok Kumar, Meena Kumari, Bipin Gupta, Dhumal, Ramesh Sinha, Narmada Shankar etc etc.

Bipin Gupta was born to a Bengali family on 27th August 1905 in Meerut, the 5th child of his parents Trailokya Nath Gupta and Khemankari Devi.They later moved to Barrackpore. He attended the Chinsura Training School and the Barrackpore Government High School. He was married to Annapurna Devi.

Gupta’s first Bengali film was Chokher Bali ( Film Padosan in Hindi was made based on this film later ) directed by Sotu Sen in 1938. Throughout his career he had worked on almost 300 films though he played the hero only once, in the film Noori-1934. It was produced by Durga International Films, Calcutta. His Heroine was Sheela Devi. It was a flop movie.

He started working in Radio in 1934 and by 1936 he became a professional stage artist. He stayed for 30 years in Bombay to establish himself in Bollywood.

In 1964 he produced the film Daal Me Kala, directed by Satyen Bose and starring Nimmi, Kishore Kumar and Abhi Bhattacharya. The film took almost 4 years to make.

Bipin Gupta worked in over Hindi and Bengali films. He generally did the roles of Zamindar, teacher, father, Grandfather etc. All character roles. His voice was very good. Once, in Madras, while shooting for film “Teen Bahuraniya” at Gemini Studios, Prithviraj Kapoor lost his voice. Bipin Gupta dubbed all his film dialogues.

He died on 8th September 1981 in Calcutta. His son married Kajri- the daughter of Sailesh Mukherjee, actor, singer and composer. She too was an actress.( Thanks to Harish Raghuvanshi ji for some information ).

Normally information is available on internet or in books for well known actors. In Hindi cinema, there are hundreds of small actors and actresses, about whom no information is available anywhere. If some information is at all available, it will be very sketchy and incomplete. In some old yearbooks of Hindi film industry, such actors were to be found with 5-6 lines about them. In such cases, they are kept alive by the Picture Galleries, created, maintained and updated periodically, by two stalwarts, viz. Dr. Surjit Singh ji and Greta memsaab ji- both from USA. It is ironical that no efforts from the film industry in India are known to have been made in this direction. With existing Picture Galleries by these two great souls, at least these faces have their rightful names now. Other than this no information is available on them anywhere.

In such a situation, Mr. M.N.Sardana ji from Delhi and shri Venkataraman ji from Hyderabad and their associates are doing yeomans’ service by writting about less known but frequently seen on screen small actors of Hindi Cinema. M.N.Sardana ji especially needs an honourable mention for enrichinng the group “Woh din yaad karo” on Facebook by regularly bringing such actors to limelight by writing small bio notes on them. My hats off to M.N.Sardana ji. I am simply amazed to see his tremendous knowledge in this field. Students of Hindi film history-like me- will be indebted to him for his services in this field.

Here is what M.N.Sardana ji wrote about an actor called Narbada Shankar ( Narmada Shankar ), sometime back…

Narbada Shankar – one of the most memorable character actors of Hindi cinema. His voice is so unforgettable and unique, you know its him without even seeing him. He played a wide variety of roles but he was most commonly seen as a Pandit / Shastri / Pujari or a Doctor. But he is up for playing much more — he’s been father-in-laws of prospective brides / husbands, opinionated neighbours, an exorcist, a detective, a postman, a tangewala, etc. etc. the list goes on.

Shankar was born Narmada Shankar Tribhuvan Nayak. In his early career he is said to have worked primarily as a female impersonator in New Alfred Theatre Company dramas (when women were forbidden from performing in dramas). In this role he would enter film with Turki Hoor (1925) playing a female role. He worked on and off thru the next two decades with not much success. It wasn’t until the late 40s he would begin to get noticed.

With the role of the Judge in Namoona (1949) Narbada began his journey into a major character actor. He continued playing the diverse roles mentioned above thru the 50s, 60s and 70s. He slowed down and did less work in the 80s. Ek Chitthi Pyar Bare (1985) is one of his last films where he characteristically plays a doctor. He passed away on November 13, 1988 in Malad, Mumbai.

Film Savera-58 had very good songs. The story centred around a doctor who becomes a criminal due to circumstances and after realising his mistake surrenders,serves a jail term and begins a new life. The film is available on You Tube. I had seen it in 1958 itself, but to refresh my memory, I saw it again now. The story of Savera-58 is…

Dr, Kundan (Ashok kumar) is fro a middle class family. He has a childhood friend Shanti (Meenakumari) and they plan to marry once he becomes a doctor. After becoming a doctor, while serving in a Hospital, Kundan is blamed and held responsible for a patient’s death due to wrong medicine given by some other doctor. He is removed from service and does not get a job. He becomes a criminal. He meets shanti and upon her advice leaves criminal life and becomes a Sanyasi-Poornanand. A murder charge is put on him when he was a criminal and he faces the case in the court. He defends himself in the court and successfully proves that not he but victim’s wife was the murderer.
He however gets sentence for his other crimes and goes to jail. When he comes out, Shanti is waiting for him outside. They both travel towards a New Savera…a New Life.

Let us now enjoy this Manna Dey song from Savera-58.


Song-Jeewan ke raaste hazaar (Sawera)(1958) Singer-Manna Dey, Lyrics-Shailendra, MD-Sailesh Mukherji
Chorus
Manna Dey + Chorus

Lyrics

om om om
om om om
om om om

man ke andhiyare mein
soone galiyare mein
jaago jyotirmay
jaago
jaago
jaago
jaago
jaago

o o
o o
o o
o o

jeewan ke raaste hazaar
jeewan ke raaste hazaar
zara soch ke chal bande
har kadam pe hain bharam ke jaal
tu ?? chal bande
jeewan ke raaste hazaar
jeewan ke raaste hazaar

aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aa

dil mein chhupa chor tujhe le ke jahaan jaaye
tujhe le ke jahaan jaaye
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa

dil mein chhupa chor tujhe le ke jaahaan jaaye
us gali se mud ke kabhi koi na aa paaye
koi na aa paaye
haar ke na baithh
apne aap ko badal bande
jeewan ke raaste hazaar
jeewan ke raaste hazaar

aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa

dhal rahi hai chhal ki raat
ho chala sawera
dekho ho chala sawera
aa aa aa

dhal rahi hai chhal ki raat
ho chala sawera
aise mein bhi haaye tere dil mein hai andhera
dil mein hai andhera
man ke dwaar khol zara
dhoop mein nikal bande
jeewan ke raaste hazaar
jeewan ke raaste hazaar
ho o
ho o
ho o
ho o o

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5 Responses to "Jeewan ke raaste hazaar"

M N Sardana ji has informed me that the note on actor Narbada Shankar is written by his friend Upendra Ben Samarnayke ( Upendra Sachith) inn 2013, in WDYK.

Dear Arunji ,

Hindi Film “Padosan” is actually based on a Bengali Film “Pasher Bari” made in 1952 , with Comedian Bhanu Bannerjee in the role played by Mehmood and singer Dhananjay Bhattacharjee in the role of the SInger .

“Chokher Bali” , on the other hand is a Novel by Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore and deals with more serious human relationships .

With warm regards

PARTHA CHANDA

Thanks for this information.
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Dear Deshmukh Saheb, The article is simply marvellous. I wonder how you gather all this information. I am lucky to read such articles. Keep the good work going on.

Namaskar
Kuldeep Chauhan

Dear Kuldeep,
Happy to read your comment after a long time. Thanks for the appreciation.
The information details in all my articles are the results of my study, reading and help of books and friends in this field.
Encouraging comments-like yours-work as motivation for me to continue my work.
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