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Mori gali aa re sajan

Posted on: June 14, 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.

Leela Chitnis (1909-2003), who was known for portraying the role of a suffering mother during 1950s through 1970s was one among the early female actresses in 1930s with an educated background. She was the first film actress from India to appear in the advertisement for the Lux soap in 1941 which she endorsed at that time.

After registering box office hits in her successive films like ‘Sant Tulsidas (1939), ‘Kangan’ (1939), ‘Azaad’ (1940) and ‘Bandhan’ (1940), Leela Chitnis decided to set up a film production company named Chitra Productions in partnership with C R Gwalani (probably he was her second husband). ‘Kanchan’ (1941) was the maiden film under the newly set up banner. However, being the new banner, Chitra Productions relied heavily on the infrastructure and resources of Ranjit Movietone where she had earlier done one of her successful film, ‘Tulsidas’ (1939).

Apart from the film’s director, Manibhai Vyas, who was a regular with Ranjit Movietone, some of the actors who were on the rolls of Ranjit Movietone at that time like Arun Kumar Ahuja, Mubarak, Kesari, Nagendra Mazumdar etc were taken. The star cast of the film included Leela Chitnis and Arun Kumar Ahuja in the lead role. The supporting cast consisted of Pramila, Mubarak, Kesari, Vimla Vashisht, Bhagwandas etc. D N Madhok, the lyricist and Gyan Dutt, the music director who were already associated with Ranjit Movietone were entrusted with their respective fields in the film.

Months before the film went to the shooting floor, Leela Chitnis did the spade work for film production. She had a couple of dances in the film apart from singing 8 songs on herself for which she did rehearsals for months. The film’s story was written by her. So she had to go through the screen-play and dialogues.

The film was released sometime in the month of August 1941. The film’s review was published in October 1941 issue of ‘Filmindia’ magazine. The gist of the story based on the ‘Filmindia’ review is as under:

A tailor (Nagendra Mazumdar) has two daughters – Kanchan (Leela Chitnis) and Kumud (Pramila). Both the daughters are in love with Kishore (Arun Ahuja), an educated young man. Kishore likes Kanchan and he reciprocates her feelings towards him whereas he avoids Kumud. Subsequently, Kumud works out a plot which forces Kishore to leave for a city job.

Now a landlord (Mubarak) enters in the scene. He has a vicked manager who, for a very minor reason, burns down the huts of the farmers. Kishore comes to know about it and he rescues the farmers from the clutches of the fire. In this process, the father of Kanchan and Kumud also comes under the monetary trap of the landlord as he lends money to reset the house.

Since the father is not able to repay the loan, the landlord gives him options of either attaching his whatever the assets or to give one of his daughters in marriage. Kumud refuses to act as a pawn to the landlord. Kanchan agrees to marry the landlord thus sacrificing her love for Kishore.

When the arrangements for the marriage are going in full swing, Kanchan’s mother who had known the landlord from her younger days when she was in love with him, gives the landlord a long lecture of self-consciousness on the issue. The landlord has a change of heart and he withdraws himself as the bridegroom. Kanchan gets married to Kishore.

It is evident that there was nothing new in the story to keep the audiences’ interest in the film. The Review has criticised the way the screen-play has been written which makes the story disjointed. Then there is a couple of dances of Leela Chitnis which were said to have created obstacles in the smooth flow of the story.

The review has also criticised the acting of all the major actors except Nagendra Mazumdar in the role of the father of two daughters. About the acting of Arun Kumar Ahuja, the hero, the reviewer writes:

‘He is clumsy most of the time and has a gait hardly suitable for a hero. He seems to have been taken for his slender figure and a long nose. And that is hardly enough equipment for a hero.’

It was reported in a subsequent issue of ‘Filmindia’ that Arun Ahuja was annoyed with the adverse remarks made about him in the review. He was reported to have conveyed through a person to tell Baburao Patel that he was a Sikh and he would break every bone of his if he keeps on writing like this. Baburao Patel’s repartee was that Arun was a kid. Let him put his own bones in order and moves them a bit when asked to.

The film failed at the box office and Leela Chitnis had to return to Bombay Talkies to work for ‘Jhoola’ (1941) which became a box office hit. After about 14 years, Leela Chitnis produced and directed ‘Aaj Ki Baat’ (1955) under the banner of L C Productions. This was her last film as a producer as well as a director.

‘ KANCHAN (1941) had 11 songs of which 3 songs have already been covered in the Blog. One of the 11 songs was set to music by Naushad.

I am presenting one of the two rare songs which was uploaded by me on YT a few months back. The song is ‘mori gali aa re sajan mori gali aa’ sung by Leela Chitnis. The song is written by D N Madhok and is set to music by Gyan Dutt.

The song has about 1:10 minutes of prelude music which gives me an impression that it may be a dance song.


Song-Mori gali aa re sajan (Kanchan)(1941) Singer-Leela Chitnis, Lyrics-D N Madhok, MD-Gyan Dutt

Lyrics

mori gali aa re sajan
mori gali aa
mori gali aa re sajan
mori gali aa
mori gali aa re sajan
mori gali aa
kook raha mero mann
kook raha mero mann
meri gali aa aaa
kook raha mero mann
mori gali aa
mori gali aa re sajan
mori gali aa
mori gali aa re sajan
mori gali aa

ambuwaa ke jhaad taley
chori chori aan miley
ambuwaa ke jhaad taley
chori chori aan miley
o jise mann khoj raha
mero piya aa
jise mann khoj raha
mero piya
mori gali aa re sajan
mori gali aa
mori gali aa re sajan
mori gali aa
kook raha mero mann
kook raha mero mann
mori gali aa aaa
kook raha mero mann
mori gali aa
mori gali aa re sajan
mori gali aa
mori gali aa re sajan
mori gali aa

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1 Response to "Mori gali aa re sajan"

Atul ji,

Please correct the last but one paragraph to read as under:

‘ KANCHAN (1941) had 11 songs of which 3 songs have already been covered in the Blog. One of the 11 songs was set to music by Naushad. I am presenting a rare song which was …………..’

The information of another film got mixed up with this film.

Inconvenience caused to you is deeply regretted.

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