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Meri Pukaar Sun Le O Jag Ke Rakhwaale

Posted on: July 6, 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 film ‘Ratnavali’ (1945). The film has 8 songs tuned by Pt. Gobind Ram. Two songs of this film are already discussed on our blog. This is the third song, sung by Rajkumari. The film was made by Amar Pictures and the director was Surendra Desai.

The story of how Amar Pictures came into existence has been detailed authentically in the book ‘Sagar Movietone’ by friend Biren Kothari ji. Without going into the details of this story, suffice to mention that it was owned by Chimanlal Desai. Originally in the distribution business, Chimanlal, along with Dr. Ambalal Patel established Sagar Movietone, through Imperial Film company. When the famous and successful Sagar ran into financial difficulties, partly due to the second world war situation and partly due to the gambling habit of Chimanlal Desai, the company dissolved and gave birth to National Studios. Chimanlal could not get along with the new directors and left national to float his own production company – Amar Pictures. His sons Virendra and Surendra were with him. (Virendra had married Nalini Jaywant as his second wife ).

Music was given by Pt. Gobind Ram, who was a highly respected composer in the film industry. Originally, when K Asif first visualised the making of “Mughal e Azam”, in the late 1940s, he had finalised and declared the music director to be Pt. Gobind Ram. Also, C Ramchandra revered only two composers – one was Sajjad Husain and the other was Pt. Gobind Ram. He gave music to only 32 films, starting with ‘Jeevan Jyoti’ (1937) and ending with ‘Naqaab’ (1955).

The cast of the film ‘Ratnavali’ was Surendra, Ratnamala, Maya Banerjee, KN Singh, Leela Mishra, Ansari, Jaani Babu etc. Most names in the cast seem familiar except that of Ratnamala. How many of us really know anything about this actress? It is surprising that a very lovely and beautiful actress, who was heroine of about 20 films in the 1940s and has about 300 films to her credit, remains practically unknown. She was the heroine with Saraswati Cinetone, Prabhat Film Company, Sagar, Ranjit, Prakash pictures etc. – all well known banners. She was in films for 50+ years and was a famous name in Marathi films of Dada Kondke.

It is a great pity that hardly any or no information about her is available in books, encyclopedias, wiki or on internet. When all sources of information come to a dead end, I turn to Harish Raghuwanshi ji of Surat and I am never disappointed. Here, I provide a short biodata of Ratnamala, based principally on the articles given by Harish ji. Thanks, Harish ji.

She was born as Kamal Bhivandkar on 22-6-1923 in Bombay. She was good looking and could sing well. From the age of 14 years, she went on the stage of several Ganesh Melas prevalent in those times. She earned 5-10 rupees per performance. In 1938, she was picked up by Dada Torne of Sarswati Cinetone, who cast her as heroine in Marathi film ‘Bhagwa Zenda’. Seeing her performance, she was taken by Prabhat Film Company for the Marathi version of their film ‘Das Baje’ (1942). Torne had renamed her as Ratnamala.

Vijay Bhatt of Prakash Pictures offered her a role in film ‘Bharat Milap’ (1942), when Kusum Deshpande, who was selected for the role of Bharat’s wife, fell ill. Seeing her performance, she was selected as a heroine for film ‘Station Master’ (1942). Here too the original heroine Jyoti fell ill. Then came ‘Panghat’ (1943), ‘Police’ (1944), ‘Kavita’ (1944) etc. She acted in many mythological films also. Some of her well known later films are, ‘Dholak’ (1951), ‘Maya Bazar’ (1949), ‘Sasural’ (1961), ‘Bhabhi Ki Choodiyan’ (1961), ‘Faulaad’ (1963), ‘Woh Kaun Thi’ (1964), ‘Nishaan’ (1965), ‘Bahu Beti’ (1965), ‘Mera Saaya’ (1966), ‘Raaz’ (1967), ‘Saraswati Chandra’ (1968), ‘Brahmachari’ (1968), ‘Upahaar’ (1971), ‘Seeta aur Geeta’ (1972), ‘Nastik’ (1983) etc.

She acted in 130 Hindi films and many more in Marathi films. From the 1950s onwards, she did character roles. She became famous as mother of Dada Kondke in 11 of his films. She was called ‘Aaye’ (आये)  in the Marathi films of Kondke.

When she was very young, Ratnamala was married to Raja Pandit, a producer director of Marathi films. As she became more successful and Raja Pandit became a failure, their marriage came on rocks. She had one son with Raja Pandit, named Jaikumar, who had also acted in one film. Unfortunately, he died suddenly in an accident. Ratnamala lived in her own Bungalow in Andheri, Bombay, along with her foster son, Ramesh. Ratnamala died of heart attack in January 1989.

The story of film ‘Ratnavali’ is based on a Sanskrit drama written by King Harsh Vardhan. Ratnavali, princess of Lanka is very beautiful. She is blessed with a boon that whosoever marries her, will become the king of the world. So, all kings and maharajas are eager to marry her. They send their representatives to Lanka. Only the minister of the kingdom of Kaushambi succeeds in taking her to his state. The king falls in love with her. However the existing queen resists this marriage and problems arise. After many ups and downs, the queen Vasav Datta agrees and Ratnavali and the king get married.

This storyline is adapted from the review of this film appearing in the magazine ‘Film India’ in one of the issues of 1945. Baburao Patel criticised this film and declared it to be a time waste. He also predicted that it will be a big flop. On the contrary, the film was moderately successful and did good business.

When you will hear today’s song, you will feel that you have heard this tune in some other songs too. You are right. The same tune is used in song “Betaab Hai Dil” from film ‘Dard’ (1947), sung by Suraiya and Uma Devi and composed by Naushad !  Gobind Ram himself used this tune again for the song “Fariyad Meri Sun Le” sung by Shamshad Begum in the film ‘Ghar ki Izzat’ (1948).

Let us enjoy this original song now….


Song – Meri Pukaar Sun Le O Jag Ke Rakhwaale (Ratnavali) (1945) Singer – Rajkumari, Lyrics – IC Kapoor, MD – Pt Gobind Ram

Lyrics

meri pukaar sun le o jag ke rakhwaale
meri pukaar sun le
meri pukaar sun le o jag ke rakhwaale
jee bhar gaya mera mujhe duniya se utha le

bhagwan mujhe bataa de
maine hai kya bigaada
bhagwan mujhe bataa de
maine hai kya bigaada
pal bhar bhi mera hansnaa
na ho saka gawaara
achha teri khushi hai
achha teri khushi hai
mujhe aur rula le
jee bhar gaya mera mujhe duniya se utha le
meri pukaar sun le
meri pukaar sun le

ban kar ke khel saare
mere bigad chuke hain
ban kar ke khel saare
mere bigad chuke hain
samjhi thi jinko apna
begaane ban chuke hain
samjhi thi jinko apna
begaane ban chuke hain
mann door kahin chal
mann door kahin chal ke
apni chita banaa le
mann door kahin chal ke
apni chita banaa le
jee bhar gaya mera mujhe duniya se utha le
meri pukaar sun le
meri pukaar sun le
meri pukaar sun le
———————————————————
Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
———————————————————
मेरी पुकार सुन ले ओ जग के रखवाले
मेरी पुकार सुन ले
मेरी पुकार सुन ले ओ जग के रखवाले
जी भर गया मेरा मुझे दुनिया से उठा ले

भगवन् मुझे बता दे
मैंने है क्या बिगाड़ा
भगवन् मुझे बता दे
मैंने है क्या बिगाड़ा
पल भर भी मेरा हँसना
ना हो सका गवारा
अच्छा तेरी खुशी है
अच्छा तेरी खुशी है
मुझे और रुला ले
जी भर गया मेरा मुझे दुनिया से उठा ले
मेरी पुकार सुन ले
मेरी पुकार सुन ले

बन कर के खेल सारे
मेरे बिगड़ चुके हैं
बन कर के खेल सारे
मेरे बिगड़ चुके हैं
समझी थी जिनको अपना
बेगाने बन चुके हैं
समझी थी जिनको अपना
बेगाने बन चुके हैं
मन दूर कहीं चल
मन दूर कहीं चल के
अपनी चिता बना ले
मन दूर कहीं चल के
अपनी चिता बना ले
जी भर गया मेरा मुझे दुनिया से उठा ले
मेरी पुकार सुन ले
मेरी पुकार सुन ले
मेरी पुकार सुन ले

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1 Response to "Meri Pukaar Sun Le O Jag Ke Rakhwaale"

Thank you Arun ji
for the detailed information about actress Ratnamala, I know her has one of character artiste of 70`s hindi movies

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