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Sunsaan Jungle, Manaaye Jaa Mangal

Posted on: June 1, 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 1951 film ‘Simba’, which is making its debut on the Blog. The film was made by Comedy pictures and was directed by Mohammed Hussain. Mohd. Hussain was born in Bombay on 25-2-1918. He directed about 40 odd films, which included some known names like Roop lekha-49, Sipah salar-56,Qaidi-57, Aji bas shukriya-5d, Delhi Junction, Shikari,Faulad,Teesra kaun,Thakur jarnial singh, Dilruba,CID 909,Jaal saaz and lastly Madina masjid-77.

‘Simba’ was a C grade film. Though not exactly an action or stunt film, it was a costume film having a story of a lost son, old king, young queen, crooked wazir, loyal knights and a jungle tribe chief having an unusually beautiful, good looking daughter etc. The cast of the film was Baburao, Krishna Kumari, Sheikh, Afghan Sandow, Habib etc.

During the period between 1950 and 1960, I was very fond of seeing stunt films – both Hindi and English. Hindi stunt films were easily identified by two things – one, the producer or director’s names and two, from the cast. Actors and actresses working in stunt/action films were fixed. Names like Kamran, Nadia, Baburao Pehelwan, Afghan Sandow, Habib, Ismail, Master Bhagwan, Dalpat, John Cavas, Dilawar, Leela Pawar, Leela Gupte, Shanta Patel, Usha Shukla, Azeembhai, Vasantrao Pehelwan, Madhuri, Dhondu, Sheikh, Sayani, Naazi, Nishi etc. were a guarantee of 2-3 hours of exciting times. Forget the music or a coherent sensible story. Fighting, fencing, riding and a mix of comedy and dance was an assured entertainment.

However, there was a small but genuine problem. There were two actors with the name Baburao. One was Baburao Pehelwan and the other was Baburao Pendharkar. Both were at times billed as Baburao. We needed to see the other cast and decide which Baburao it was. While Baburao Pehelwan was working in only C grade stunt/action, costume or fantasy films, Baburao Pendharkar, though worked in B or C grade films worked mainly in social films.

Baburao Pehelwan, hailed from Kolhapur – famous for wrestlers due to royal patronage from King Shahu Maharaj. He started his career with the Wadias as an extra doing small roles and as a duplicate for Fearless Nadia. Master Bhagwan picked him up from there and made him a hero in his stunt pictures like, ‘Badla’ (1943), ‘Madadgaar’ (1947), ‘Laalach’ (1948), ‘Jalan’ (1948), ‘Bhedi Bungla’ (1949) etc. After the eclipse of stunt and action films, by the 60s, he joined fight master Azeem Khan’s team as a fighter and a duplicate. In the film ‘Howrah Bridge’ (1958) he was Ashok Kumar’s duplicate in the final scene, where he is to climb the Howrah Bridge.

Baburao Pehelwan operated in an era when there was a spate of actors calling themselves “pehelwan”. They were in great demand in stunt and action films. At one time there were actors like Baburao Pehelwan, Vasantrao Pehelwan, Sadiq Pehelwan, Nandram Pehelwan, Maane Pehelwan, Amir Khan Pehelwan. There was one more actor in the 30s named Marutirao Pehelwan. He was a handsome person. He was the hero in the first Gujarati talkie film, ‘Narsi Mehta’ (1932). He married his co-star of many films Tara, elder sister of dancer Sitara Devi. After retirement, Marutirao Pehelwan settled in Dhule in Maharashtra and opened a dairy. World famous dancer Gopi Krishna was their son.

Baburao Pendharkar had a better lineage. He too was from Kolhapur. He was the second son of singer Radhabai and a local doctor Dr. Gopal Pendharkar. He was born in 1896. His elder brother Bhalji Pendharkar, was a famous film maker. His mother Radhabai later married Damodar Karnataki and Master Vinayak was born to them. Kamlabai -younger sister of Radhabai, married Rajaram Vankudre and V. Shantaram was their son.

Baburao Pendharkar started in the silent era and his first talkie was Prabhat’s ‘Maya Machhindra’ (1932). He worked in 69 films. His role in ‘Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani’ (1946) was famous. His last film was ‘Amrapali’ (1966). He worked in several Marathi films too. He died in 1967.

The music for the film ‘Simba’ is by DC Dutt. His name is not known to many. All of us know that Lata Mangeshkar had to struggle very hard in her initial attempts for getting into playback singing in Hindi films. In her early struggle, 3 Duttas helped her. The first is of course Datta Davjekar who gave her the first opportunity to sing  a song for his film ‘Aapki Sewa Mein’ (1947). The second is K Datta or Datta Korgaonkar. K Datta took Lata under his wings and gave her opportunity to sing after his favourite singer Noorjehan left India. The third Dutta is DC Dutt. No information is available about him whatsoever , except what is printed in HFGK and its duplication in Pankaj Raag’s book ‘Dhunon Ki Yatra’. Thanks to this, we know that his debut film was ‘Sona Chandi’ (1946). Out of 12 songs of the film, only two were his and one of them was by Lata Mangeshkar.

This Lata song, which is a song on Gandhi ji, has a history. Film ‘Sona Chandi’ was censored first on 19-7-46 and released. That time these 2 songs of DC Dutt were not present in the film. In January 1948,when Gandhi ji’s death took place, many songs on Gandhi ji were recorded by many singers and composers. One of the most famous, popular and successful song was “Suno Suno Ae Duniya Waalo, Bapu Ki Ye Amar Kahani” sung by Mohd. Rafi in 4 parts and composed by Husnalal-Bhagatram. In this spate, DC Dutt also recorded a Gandhi ji song by Lata in 1948. Producers of film ‘Sona Chandi’ acquired this and one more song (by Saroj Borkar), and included them in the film. The film was re-certified by censor on 9-4-48. Thus an early song of Lata was in a film, because of DC Dutt.

DC Dutt later did some more films like, ‘Sarai Ke Baahar’ (1947), ‘Dil Ki Awaz’ (1948), ‘Anjana’ (1948) (in which he acted also), ‘Ram Darshan’ (1950), ‘Aahuti’ (1950), ‘Simba’ (1951), ‘Ranee’ (1952) and lastly ‘Saahil’ (1959). Very surprisingly, after film ‘Sona Chandi’ (1946), Lata did not sing a single song in any of his films. After 1948-49, Lata had become a very busy and ‘in demand’ singer and she would sing only for established composers. It is well known that she did not sing even in Madan Mohan’s debut film ‘Aankhen’ (1950), just because he was new.

Today’s song is really a good song with a good tune, but it is too slow for its type. 1947-48 onwards C Ramchandra, Naushad, Shankar Jaikishen, Husnlal Bhagatram,Vinod, SD Burman etc were all making fast paced music which was lapped up by the public. Obviously, the old slow, Saigal type songs had no room in the competition anymore. Even the singer of this song, Sulochana Kadam, became famous and popular after her lilting songs of film ‘Dholak’ (1951) only. Composers who did not or could not change, eclipsed slowly. The first clip of this song that I got from YouTube was a bruised one, with some words missing. Sadanand Kamath ji provided a better and full version of the song which is being used here now. Thanks, Sadanand ji.

Enjoy the song now…..


Song – Sunsaan Jungle, Manaaye Jaa Mangal (Simba) (1951) Singer – Sulochana Kadam, Lyrics – Indeevar, MD – DC Dutt
Chorus

Lyrics

sunsaan jungle
manaaye jaa mangal
sunsaan jungle
manaaye jaa mangal

oo ooooo oooo ooo ooo oo
ooo ooo oooo
oooo ooo oooo oo oo

raat andheri
mat kar deri
mat kar deri
raat andheri
mat kar deri
tu mera main teri re
tu mera main teri
ho tu mera main teri
sunsaan jungle
manaaye jaa mangal

jagmag karte jugnu jaise
jugnu jaise
jagmag karte jugnu jaise
deep jaley bin baati
ho deep jaley bin baati
in ko bhi hai khoj kisi ki
dhoondh rahe hain saathi re
dhoondh rahe hain saathi
ho dhoondh rahe hain saathi
sunsaan jungle
manaaye jaa mangal
raat andheri
mat kar deri
mat kar deri
raat andheri
mat kar deri
tu mera main teri re
tu mera main teri
ho tu mera main teri
sunsaan jungle
manaaye jaa mangal
sunsaan jungle
manaaye jaa mangal

kadam kadam par girne ka darr
girne ka darr
kadam kadam par girne ka darr
bichhe huye hain kaante
ho bichhe huye hain kaante
koi nahin hai aisa jag mein
jo dukh tera baante re
jo dukh tera baante
ho jo dukh tera baante
sunsaan jungle
manaaye jaa mangal
sunsaan jungle
manaaye jaa mangal
sunsaan jungle
manaaye jaa mangal
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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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सुनसान जंगल
मनाए जा मंगल
सुनसान जंगल
मनाए जा मंगल

ओ ओssss ओss ओs ओs ओ
ओs ओs ओss
ओss ओs ओss ओ ओ

रात अंधेरी
मत कर देरी
मत कर देरी
रात अंधेरी
मत कर देरी
तू मेरा मैं तेरी रे
तू मेरा मैं तेरी
हो तू मेरा मैं तेरी
सुनसान जंगल
मनाए जा मंगल

जगमग करते जुगनू जैसे
जुगनू जैसे
जगमग करते जुगनू जैसे
दीप जले बिन बाती
हो दीप जले बिन बाती
इन को भी है खोज किसी की
ढूंढ रहे हैं साथी रे
ढूंढ रहे हैं साथी
हो ढूंढ रहे हैं साथी
सुनसान जंगल
मनाए जा मंगल
रात अंधेरी
मत कर देरी
मत कर देरी
रात अंधेरी
मत कर देरी
तू मेरा मैं तेरी रे
तू मेरा मैं तेरी
हो तू मेरा मैं तेरी
सुनसान जंगल
मनाए जा मंगल
सुनसान जंगल
मनाए जा मंगल

कदम कदम पर गिरने का डर
गिरने का डर
कदम कदम पर गिरने का डर
बिछे हुये हैं कांटे
हो बिछे हुये हैं कांटे
कोई नहीं है ऐसा जग में
जो दुख तेरा बांटे रे
जो दुख तेरा बांटे
हो जो दुख तेरा बांटे
सुनसान जंगल
मनाए जा मंगल
सुनसान जंगल
मनाए जा मंगल
सुनसान जंगल
मनाए जा मंगल

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7 Responses to "Sunsaan Jungle, Manaaye Jaa Mangal"

Arunkumar ji,

I was under the impression that of the two Pendharkar brothers Bhalji was younger. So with due respect to your knowledge I searched for the date of birth of Bhalji. It is May,3, 1897.
This ts just to rectify an error. Pl XQs

D Samant

D Samant ji,
Yes. What you say is right.
I was fully aware of this too. However, I slipped while typing the article. Regret the lapse on my part.
I do welcome knowing if there is an error in my writings, so please do not feel embarrassed.
To know what is wrong, one must first know what is right and these days very few people know what is right.
Thanks again.
-AD

By the way, Samant ji, are you based in Mumbai ?

The answer is YES. Actually in Jogeshwari (East).Very close to station.
The question follows.

Sorry, there is no question to follow.I typed after clicking reply. After posting it automatically went in its proper place.

This was not the only film of Mohd. Hussein. He had made more than 40 films, including some famous films, like, ‘Aji Bas Shukriya’, ‘Delhi Junction’, ‘Faulad’,’ Shikari’, ‘Teesra Kaun’, ‘CID 909’ etc.

Nayan Yagnik ji,
Thanks for pointing out this error.
I am trying to make suitable corrections in the write up.
Deeply regret the lapse.

-AD

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