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Apne baalam se mil kar aayi ho

Posted on: April 14, 2017


This article is written by Gajendra Khanna, 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 (14 april 2017) as I write this post, I cannot help but remember Legendary Singer Shamshad Begum. It is after all her Birthday. It has been nearly four years since She left for her heavenly abode. Like two of my favourites S D Burman and C Ramchandra, She was born in and passed away in the same month. In her case it was the month of April. She was born on 14th April 1919 at Lahore (as She told me when I interviewed her) and passed away on 23rd April 2013. Today (14 april 2017) would have been her 98th Birthday.

She is one of the most humble and down to earth human beings I have ever met. I shall always treasure having had the opportunity to have met her and got her blessings. The interview I had with her is available for your reading pleasure at my website http://www.shamshadbegum.com dedicated to her at this Location.

Before I proceed further, I would request all to join me in contributing to this site http://www.shamshadbegum.com which completes seven years since its launch today. There’s lots to be done on the website and more hands will go a long way in adding to it.

I can still remember the first time I heard her voice. I was a few years old. In those days, we used to have a Philips cassette player at home and My Mother would often play cassettes on it at home. I was introduced to many artists thanks to the songs played from the carefully chosen cassettes by my Mother. One of the cassettes which had been bought had Awara and Shri 420 on either side of it. I can still remember it playing its Side A with Awara when the song Ek Do Teen started playing. I was really enamoured by the song and the singer. What a lovely earthy voice it was to my young ears! With the number of times I must have rewinded that cassette to listen to that song repeatedly Its really a wonder that it continued to be available for use for years to come! I did not know at that time that the Singer was Shamshad Begum (which was remedied quickly by reading the inlay card of the cassette) or that it had been picturised on the Adorable Cukoo (who didn’t exist for me till many years later!). I was to hear her sing in many songs after that on our family radio and her renditions have never ceased to give me joy since.

Some of her best songs have been sung for her mentor Ghulam Haider. Unfortunately, a large number of their songs are unavailable particularly the non-film and Punjabi songs recorded by the duo in Lahore. With the training She got from Ghulam Haider, She was a force to be reckoned with during the 40s and most of the 50s.

Before I talk about the song under discussion, I should mention a little bit about how the movie came to be. After the death of Himanshu Rai, Bombay Talkies studio was facing a number of difficulties. Many were not happy with the way things were being run after his death. Even though Kismet was a blockbuster hit in 1943, the seeds of discontent were sown already. The same year producer Shashadhar Mukherjee (of the famous Mukherjee clan of Hindi films), production controller Raibahadur Chunilal (a big name in those days though he’s now more known as composer Madan Mohan’s father!), actor Ashok Kumar and Director Gyan Mukherjee among others decided to form their own studio called Filmistaan which continues to exist till date though production of films ceased long back (Recently you may recall the song Offo from movie Two States which was partially picturised there).

The team started working on their first film for the studio. The studio is Goregaon, Mumbai is spread over five acres near Patkar College. With its multiple shooting floors, a temple and garden for outdoor locations it was to become a popular destination for shooting of films. But naturally, the hero of the film was Ashok Kumar himself. Gyan Mukherjee the director of the film (some may recall Guru Dutt dedicating Pyasa to him!). Shashadhar Mukherjee the producer and the task of lyrics was given to Kavi Pradeep who had also been part of the Bombay Talkies team which came to Filmistan. The beautiful Naseem Bano (the original Pari Chehra now known more as Saira Banu’s Mother to future generations) was chosen to be the heroine. Sadat Hasan Manto was the writer for the film. Master Ghulam Haider was the rage at that time and was called to take up the task of the Composer. His favourite singer Shamshad Begum was given a number of songs to sing for the movie. The title of the movie was chosen after the super duper hit song from Bandhan, Chal Chal Re Naujawan. This 1944 release went on to be a hit and was the seventh highest grosser of the film. It’s a tragedy that the movie is not available now and its songs are also so less talked about as well.

Some reviews are of course available for the film as are the lobby cards. One description goes like this,

“Filmistan’s much-awaited debut film from the makers of hit film Kismet (1943). The title of this story of friendship and betrayal over two generations evokes Ashok Kumar’s hit song from Bandhan (1940). Friends Thakur Jaipal Singh (Sethi) and Jamuna Prasad (Ghaznavi) fall out when Jaipal Singh’s wife Savvitri (Motibai) finds she shares a common musical interest with Jamuna Prasad. Her husband accuses her of infidelity and throws her out. The framing story has Jaipal Singh’s horse-riding daughter Sumitra (Banu) meet Jamuna Prasad’s son Arjun (A. Kumar). They briefly work together combating an epidemic and Sumitra meets her mother without recognising her. At the end when the thakur himself arrives, his wife recognises him. Jamuna Prasad sings a song (Aya toofan) amid storm and thunder, and when it settles down Savitri is found dead beneath an uprooted tree. The earlier history, starting the flashback, is told with strident voice-over narrator following the example of Citizen Kane (1941), according to Filmindia. The film makes some political allusions equating the thakur’s authoritarianism with Nazi rule and includes several nationalist numbers, e.g. Jai bharat desh and the communal harmony Bolo har har mahadev allah-o-akhar (both Ashok Kumar). Although a minor hit, the film is considered a disappointment compared with Kismet.”

Its probably wrong to compare two movies, leave alone Kismet. It would be great if the movie print turned up for viewing anyway! (As I wish for the studio’s other missing movies like Eight Days).

In this movie “Chal Chal Re Naujawaan”(1944), Shamshad Begam has sung five songs, and they are songs of different moods. For instance, there is this rare lullaby song (posted in the blog last year) where she has brought out the emotions of the mother singing the lullaby very well.. Blessed is the child who gets to hear such lullabies!

And what about the song under discussion ! Another rare song, it is a song where a saheli is teasing her soon to be (or newly) married saheli. Blessed is the would be (or newly married) bride who gets teased by her sahelis with a song like this. 🙂

Here is this playful teasing song from “Chal Chal Re Naujawaan”(1944). It is penned by Kavi Pradeep. Music is composed by Ghulam Haider.


Song-Apne baalam se mil kar aayi ho (Chal Chal Re Naujawaan)(1944) Singer-Shamshad Begam, Lyrics-Kavi Pradeep, MD-Ghulam Haider

Lyrics

ho gori
pyaar bhara dil
preet ke naina
koi chhupaaye
kabhi chhupe na

hoy hoy
apne baalam se
apne saajan se
apne rasiya se
mil kar aayi ho
aayi ho
apne baalam se
oy hoy hoy
baalam se
apne saajan se mil kar aayi ho
aayi ho
ho daiyya
ho daiyya
arree o daiyya
ho dekho dekho
dulhaniya sharmaayi ho
sharmaaye ho
ho dekho
ho dekho
ho dekho dulhaniya sharmaaye ho
sharmaaye ho

hoy hoy haaye
pyaar se roothhe huye piya ko
hmm
pyaar se roothhe huye piya ko
manaayke
gale lagaay ke
hihihihi
pyaar se roothhe huye piya ko
manaayke
gale lagaay ke
wo hamse bina bole
chori chori chali jaaye ho
chali jaaye ho
wo hamse bina bole
chori chori chali jaaye ho
chali jaaye ho
ho dekho
ho dekho
ho dekho dekho dulhaniya
sharmaaye ho
sharmaaye ho
ho dekho
ho dekho
ho dekho dekho dulhaniya
sharmaaye ho
sharmaaye ho

apne baalam se
hoy hoy hoy baalam se
apne baalam se
apne saajan se
apne rasiya se
mil kar aayi ho
aayi ho
ho daiyya
ho daiyya
arree o daiyya

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2 Responses to "Apne baalam se mil kar aayi ho"

very nice, from the heart post Gajendraji. all you love for the artist comes through here.
thank you very much

Such wealth of information, Gajendra. I did not know you met the great lady, Shamshad Begam. I was kind of thinking you would choose a song that combined Shamshad and Kamini Kaushal. :p Next time maybe.

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