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Gori kaahe khadi angna atariya mein aao

Posted on: June 6, 2017


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular 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.

In my recent article, I had listed the films from 1936 to 1942 in which Anil Biswas was associated with producer-director, Mehboob Khan under the banners of Sagar Movietone and later National Studios. Their association came to an end with the release of ‘Roti’ (1942). A news clipping in October 1942 issue of ‘Filmindia’ magazine revealed that on the eve of the release of ‘Roti’ (1942), National Studios was sold to K M Modi (I believe, he was the younger brother of Sohrab Modi) who was a film exhibitor.

At the time of the sale of National Studios, there were 3 films on the floor – ‘Apna Paraaya’ (1942), ‘Jawaani’ (1942) and ‘Lala ji’ (1942). These films were completed and released under the banner of National Studios with Mehboob Khan as producer. Incidentally, one song each from these films have been covered in the Blog which means that these films have already made their debuts in the Blog.

APNA PARAAYA (1942) was directed by Ramchandra Thakur. The star cast included Shahu Modak, Hansa Wadkar, Urmila, Sankatha Prasad, Qaiyam Ali, Agha, Jyoti, Dulari, Gulzar, Pesi Patel, Raj Rani, Wasekar etc. The condensed version of the story of the film, based mainly on a review of the film in ‘Filmindia’ magazine is set out below:

Vasant (Shahu Modak) returns to India from England after a long stay and finds everything not to his taste in India. Prior to his departure to England, he was married to Veena (Hansa Wadkar). Both have not seen each other as grown up persons for a long time. In England, Vasant has fallen in love with a sophisticated Laxmi (Urmila) who also returns to India with him. His father Jeewan Seth(Sankatha Prasad) wants him to stay with Veena which he refuses as he thinks that she is not suitable for him. This angers Jeewan Seth and in the ensuing quarrel, Vasant decides to leave the house of his parents.

Vasant wanders all over the places, looking for job but he gets none.(I wonder as to how England-return Vasant cannot get a job!). His love interest, the sophisticated Laxmi, deserts him. Ultimately, he gets a job in a village where his wife Veena stays with her poor uncle (co-incidence). She is waiting for her husband (Vasant) to take her to his place. She is heart broken when he does not turn up. Ultimately, her other rich uncle takes her with him in his place. Now Vasant gets a job as a teacher for Veena at her rich uncle’s place (another co-incidence).

While travelling in a train to reach his new place of employment, Vasant loses his bag to a thief who while on a run is crushed under the train. Vasant reaches Veena’s place and starts teaching Veena without knowing that they are actually husband and wife. Both Veena and Vasant are fond of each other but having already married, Veena does not outwardly show her feeling towards Vasant.

In the meanwhile, the thief who had been run over by the train is unidentified because of severity of the accident. At last, from the tag of the bag, dead body is identified as that of Vasant. Now Veena considers herself to be widow. However, seeing the condition of Veena, he narrates the true incidence in the train thereby disclosing himself to be Vasant. However, with this revelation, Vasant finds himself in difficulties. Due to some misunderstanding, police keeps him in lock-up for some time until the confusion gets cleared from both the families and Vasnat and Veena are united.

The film did not fare well at the box office. The film was not much advertised probably due to the change of hands at National Studios. I guess, the story of the film was not of much interest to the front benchers in theatres and for other cinegoers, the story of the film was too pedestrian to be interesting.

As of now, I could locate online only two songs (out of 11) from the film of which one has already been covered in the Blog. Here is the second song ‘gori kaahe khadi anganaa atariyaa mein aao’ to appear in the Blog. The song is sung by Anil Biswas and Maya on the words of Pandit Indra.

I am aware of the names of two female actor-singers of the 1940s – Maya Bannerji and Maya Devi. None of them seems to have acted in ‘Apna Paraaya’ (1942). To the best of my knowledge, none of them have done playback singing. Probably, Maya in this song may be a different person.

The composition and rendering by Anil Biswas show his mastery over folk music. Note the flute prelude, probably by Pandit Pannalal Ghosh. From the singing style and wordings, the song may have been picturised on some side actors performing in a nautanki (folk theatre).


Song-Gori kaahe khadi angna (Apna Paraaya)(1942) Singers-Anil Biswas, Maaya, Lyrics-Pt Indra Chandra, MD-Anil Biswas

Lyrics

gori kaahe khadi angnaa
atariya mein aao
gori kaahe khadi angnaa
atariya mein aao
aayi aayi balmaa
diya to jalaao
diya to jalaao
aayi aayi balmaa
diya to jalaao
diya to jalaao

o gori kaahe khadi angnaa
atariya mein aao
gori kaahe khadi angnaa
atariya mein aao

atariya mein naahin
nazariyaa mein aao
atariya mein naahin
nazariyaa mein aao
aayi aayi balmaa
nazar na lagaao
aayi aayi balmaa
nazar na lagaao

nazariyaa mein naahin
karejwaa mein aao
nazariyaa mein naahin
karejwaa mein aao
karejwaa mein aao
jigarwaa mein aao
karejwaa mein aao
jigarwaa mein aao
nazariyaa mein naahin
karejwaa mein aao
nazariyaa mein naahin
karejwaa mein aao

gori aisi aao
jaise baaghon mein phool
jaise joban mein dhool(??)
jaise baaghon mein phool
jaise joban mein dhool(??)
aayi aayi balmaa
zaraa to dam khaao
zaraa to dam khaao
aayi aayi balmaa
zaraa to dam khaao
zaraa to dam khaao

o gori kaahe khadi anganaa
atariya mein aao
gori kaahe khadi angnaa
atariya mein aao
aayi aayi balmaa
diya to jalaao
diya to jalaao
aayi aayi balmaa
diya to jalaao
diya to jalaao

o gori kaahe khadi angnaa
atariya mein aao
gori kaahe khadi angnaa
atariya mein aao
gori kaahe khadi angnaa aa aa

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