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Uthhaa hai ik toofaan

Posted on: April 28, 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.

The song which I heard today for the first time, made me to prepare a short write up on it. The song is ‘uthhaa hai ik toofaan seene mein hai talaatum’ sung by Shamshad Begum in the film CHILMAN/JANNAT (1949). The poignant song was written by M K Chibbar and was set to music by Hanuman Prasad. By the way, I came across for the first time, the Urdu word ‘talaatum’ in the song. According to http://www.rekhta.org, the word means ‘dashing of waves, sea storm, or upheaval’.

I had come to know from ‘Filmindia’ magazines of 1949 that the film was originally titled CHILMAN (1949) as all advertisements and the film’s still photographs were in the name of CHILMAN. From the magazines, it is not known as to when the name of the film was changed to JANNAT (1949). Both the films have the same banner and the same director, viz O S S Productions (Orient Sound Studio Production) and M Changezy, respectively. The main star casts in both these films were the same – Ajit, Rehana, Shanti Madhok, Pritama Malhotra, Nazir Kashmiri, Anwari etc.

The change in title of the film at the last moment before the release is not new to the Hindi film industry. Off hand, I can recall that the film’s title ‘Dil Hi To Hai’ (1939) was changed to ‘Aulad’ (1939) at the time of its release. Similarly, ‘Dil Ki Aawaz’ (1948) was released as ‘Anokha Pyaar’ (1948). However, in case of ‘Chilman’ (1949), the film, in its new avatar as ‘Jannat’ was released with the original 10 songs of ‘Chilman’ (1949) and two additional songs – both the songs being sung by Kalyani (I have not heard these two songs. So I am not able to say whether these two songs were sung by Kalyani Das or Kalyani Bai). In this context, I reproduced below the comments by Sudhir ji on my post zahe kismat teri mehfil se jo paighaam aaya hai which solves the ‘puzzle’:

Regarding the two films, ‘Chilman’ and ‘Jannat’; yes, they are the same film. Released once, and then re-released under a different banner (financial compulsions maybe – one banner selling the rights to the movie to another banner, and the re-release happens in a different name to avoid any legal complications). The peculiar thing would be that it is re-released within the same year. As you have pointed out, all songs of ‘Chilman’ are also present in ‘Jannat’, and that ‘Jannat’ has two extra songs.

This means that ‘Chilman’ (1949) was released first with 10 songs and later on it was once again released as ‘Jannat’ (1949) after some re-shooting and adding two songs as mentioned above. The change in banners of these two films was only cosmetic. ‘Chilman’ was produced under the banner of O S S Productions. When the ‘Jannat’ was released, the name of the banner was changed to Orient Sound Studio Production, the full form of the earlier banner.

Shamshad Begum is mainly known for singing light-hearted songs which have become very popular. But the song under discussion is a poignant one and in my view she has beautifully rendered the song keeping her high throated voice in control. I wish, music directors especially of 1950s and 1960s could have utilised her voice more often for such type of songs which in those years went mainly to Lata Mangeshkar by default.

This is the song which has one of the best amalgams of voice, melody and lyrics. Unfortunately, the song did not become popular probably due to the failure of the film at the box office.


Song-Uthhaa hai ik toofaan (Chilman/ Jannat)(1949) Singer-Shamshad Begam, Lyrics-M K Chhibbar, MD-Hanuman Prasad

Lyrics

uthhaa hai ik toofaan
seene mein hai talaatum
uthhaa hai ik toofaan
seene mein hai talaatum
jee ho raha hai bekal
khushiyaan palat gayi hain
dil hai mera pareshaan
dil hai mera pareshaan
uthhaa hai ik toofaan
seene mein hai talaatum

kyun chaand chhup raha hai
bijli chamak rahi hai
main jaanti hoon meri
kismet pe hans rahi hai
kismet pe hans rahi hai
main ho rahi hoon hairaan
main ho rahi hoon hairaan
uthhaa hai ik toofaan
seene mein hai talaatum

maathhe pe kya likha hai
ye kaun jaanta hai
kismet zama ke meri
khaamosh ho gayi hai
khaamosh ho gayi hai
nikle na dil ke armaan
nikle na dil ke armaan
uthhaa hai ik toofaan
seene mein hai talaatum

aayi khabar khushi ki
ik aas paa gayi hai
ab hai gham e judaai
milne ki phir khushi hai
milne ki phir khushi hai
dil ho raha hai shaidaa
dil ho raha hai shaidaa
uthhaa hai ik toofaan
seene mein hai talaatum

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