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Mera Mann Banphool Phoola Na Samaaye Re

Posted on: June 16, 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.

In the 1940s, Lala Jagat Narayan of Jagat Talkies Distribution was one of the biggest controller of the chains of theatres and film distributions network in Northern India having his office at Chandni Chowk in Delhi. He was regarded as an undisputed king of film distribution and exhibition. By virtue of his experience in film distribution and exhibition business, he was in a better position to assess the likes and dislikes of the film audience.

In 1948, Jagat Narayan decided to diversify into the film production business and set up a separate entity named Jagat Pictures. As a businessman, he was attempting for a vertical integration of film productions with his existing business of distribution and exhibition. As a student of economics, I would call his attempt as a backward linkage in that he would have some flexibility in supply chain for film distribution and exhibition.

Jagat Narayan had not done anything new. My understanding is that earlier, Imperial Film Company of Ardeshir Irani had done the same vertical integration albeit in a different way. In 1929, Ardeshir Irani set up Sagar Films (later known as Sagar Movietone) as a subsidiary of Imperial Film Company. In 1930, he roped in Chimanlal Desai and Ambalal Patel, as partners of Sagar Films. They were already the owners of Select Film Circuit in Bangalore which was the sole distributors for South India of the films from Imperial film Company. After sometime, Ardeshir Irani left Sagar Films and Desai and Patel became the sole proprietors of Sagar Films. With this, Desai and Patel had film productions and distributions under their command.

The vertical integration business model was later replicated by some prominent film distributors such as NN Sippy of Prithvi Pictures in 1960, Tarachand Barjatya of Rajshri Film Production in 1962, Gulshan Rai of Trimurti Films in 1970 etc. There are, however, pros and cons for the vertical integration of film business in terms of the risk-reward perception.

Coming back to the Jagat Pictures, ‘VEENA’ (1948) directed by JP Advani was its maiden offering. The star cast included Rehman, Sulochana Chatterji, Veera, Yakub, Hemavati, Leela Mishra, Girdhari etc. It was a social film with familiar story line of a love triangle. The gist of the story of the film based on a review published in December 1948 issue of ‘Sound’ magazine is as under:

Madan (Rehman), a poet, having lost his mother and father in the childhood has been brought up by his grand-mother (Leela Mishra). She gets worried about Madan who spends most of his time in idleness. After having lost in her efforts to make him work, the grand-mother decides to follow the traditional remedy, that is, to get him married. She chooses a girl, Veena (Veera) who is a doctor. Madan is not ready for the marriage. So he runs away from the home.

After days of traveling, Madan reaches a village where he falls in love with Ratna (Sulochana Chatterji), the village girl. He becomes the guest of Ratna’s brother Manglu (Yakub), a vagabond. In the village, Manglu loves Myna (Hemavati) but he is not aware that she also loves him. This leads to a situational comedy. At last, he takes the help of Madan to guide him to woo Myna. He succeeds.

In the meanwhile, Madan and Ratna’s love for each other results into the engagement. However, soon he gets the news that his grand-mother is on the death bed and he must visit her. At first, Madan was not ready but Ratna convinces him to visit so that he also gets blessings from his grand-mother for their impending marriage. So Madan visits her grand-mother. Just before her death, grand-mother places Veena’s hand with his hand and dies before Madan could reveal to her that he was already engaged to Ratna. Much against his wish, Madan gets married to Veena.

After the marriage, Madan tells Veena that she could get anything from him but not his love. But Veena was interested only of his love and nothing else. Madan deserts her and goes back to Ratna. But Veena takes it as a challenge to win over her husband. Veena gets an opportunity to prove her point. When Ratna gets seriously ill, it is Veena who is called upon to perform surgery on Ratna which result in saving her life. Madan has a change of heart and with Ratna’s advice, he goes back to his wife, Veena.

The film was reported to be a box office success. And why not? Being produced by a person who has been in the film distribution and exhibition business for long, his maiden film had all the ingredients of a box office formula – drama, romance, comedy, 12 songs, a couple of dances etc.

The film had 12 songs written by three songwriters, viz. Pt. Narendra Sharma (5), Swami Ramanand Saraswati (4) and Prem Dehlvi (3). All songs were set to music by Anil Biswas. 10 songs are available on YT of which 7 songs have been covered in the blog.

I am presenting one of the two rare songs which were not available on YT. The song is ‘Mera Mann Banphool Phoola Na Samaaye Re’ sung by Shamshad Begum. The words are written by Pt. Narendra Sharma.

An unusual feature of this song is that the musical interludes take place even during the singing of mukhda and antara parts in addition to the usual interludes. These musical interludes are as pleasant to the ears as the song. The long flute interlude during the first antara of the song may be the work of Pt. Pannalal Ghosh.

The musical orchestration gives me an impression of a dance song in a rural setting which means that it may have been picturised on Sulochana Chatterji.


Song – Mera Mann Banphool Phoola Na Samaaye Re (Veena) (1948) Singer – Shamshad Begum, Lyrics – Pt Narendra Sharma, MD – Anil Biswas

Lyrics

mera mann banphool
phoola na samaaye re
mera mann banphool
phoola na samaaye re
mera mann banphool

kabhi hanse kabhi gaaye
kabhi hanse kabhi gaaye
kabhi sharmaaye re
mera mann banphool
phoola na samaaye
mera mann banphool

naache ban bel sang
naache ban bel sang
aaj mere ang ang
naache ban bel sang
naache ban bel sang
aaj mere ang ang
kaun jo ragon mein meri
ras ban jaaye re
kaun jo ragon mein meri
ras ban jaaye re
mera mann banphool
phoola na samaaye re
mera mann banphool

saadh huyi meri poori
saadh huyi meri poori
door do dilon ki doori
saadh huyi meri poori
door do dilon ki doori
koi sapnon ke phool-doley mein jhulaaye re
koi sapnon ke phool-doley mein jhulaaye re
mera mann banphool
phoola na samaaye re
mera mann banphool 
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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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मेरा मन बनफूल
फूला ना समाये रे
मेरा मन बनफूल
फूला ना समाये रे
मेरा मन बनफूल

कभी हँसे कभी गाये
कभी हँसे कभी गाये
कभी शरमाये रे
मेरा मन बनफूल
फूला ना समाये रे
मेरा मन बनफूल

नाचे बन बेल संग
नाचे बन बेल संग
आज मेरे अंग अंग
नाचे बन बेल संग
नाचे बन बेल संग
आज मेरे अंग अंग
कौन जो रगों में मेरी
रस बन जाये रे
कौन जो रगों में मेरी
रस बन जाये रे
मेरा मन बनफूल
फूला ना समाये रे
मेरा मन बनफूल

साध हुई मेरी पूरी
साध हुई मेरी पूरी
दूर दो दिलों की दूरी
साध हुई मेरी पूरी
दूर दो दिलों की दूरी
कोई सपनों के फूल-डोले में झुलाए रे
कोई सपनों के फूल-डोले में झुलाए रे
मेरा मन बनफूल
फूला ना समाये रे
मेरा मन बनफूल

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2 Responses to "Mera Mann Banphool Phoola Na Samaaye Re"

Reading about the cases of vertical integration in business, reminds me of the adventures of my very good friend Kanubhai Bhuva.
He had plunged into thirty different ventures during his colorful life.
He was the producer with the banner of ‘Supra Films’ and he produced a film titled ‘Jyot Jale’. Deceived by the industry, he suffered heavy loss.
He, then, started a Distribution office at Chandni Choak in Delhi and had rights of many territories for films like ‘jyot Jale’, ‘Satyakam’, ‘Hum Tum Aur Woh’, ‘Mera Naam Joker’, ‘Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi’ etc. His net profit of all these ventures was only ‘Experience’.

Lovely voice and song.

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