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Hansi Le Ke Aaye The, Ro Kar Chale

Posted on: August 3, 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 my previous article on the song “Kat Gayi Waadon Mein“, I have talked about Mulkhraj Bhakri, writer, producer and lyricist from the Lahore film industry, who became one of the many victims of the country’s partition in 1947 . In Bombay (Mumbai), due to his hard work, he regained his position in the Hindi film industry.  In this article, I propose to talk about one more victim of partition who was born with a silver spoon in a Gujarati family settled in Karachi and actively connected with the Lahore film industry in the 1940s. I am not talking about Dalsukh M Pancholi but director, Ravindra Dave who happened to be his nephew. Let me unfold Ravindra Dave’s story.

Ravindra Dave (also known as Ravin Dave, Ravinder Dave) was born on April 16, 1919 at Karachi in an affluent family. His father Seth Ratilal Dave had a flourishing business of film distribution for North Indian territories. Later, it became a well-known film distribution company, Empire Talkie Distributors, which specialised in importing American films for distribution in Northern India. This was the first film distribution company which undertook to distribute India’s first talkie ‘Alam Ara’ (1931) in Northern India. (I have found in some references on the internet which say that Pancholi’s were also connected with Empire Film Distribution).

Ravindra’s heart was already in the film distribution work and wanted to be like  his father. So he left school half way and joined his father’s company. His first assignment was to get the distribution of Prabhat’s films. He successfully concluded distribution deals for ‘Mahatma’ (1935), ‘Amar Jyoti’ (1936), and ‘Duniya Na Maane’ (1937).

With the success of the film distribution work, Ravindra became interested in film making. He persuaded his uncle Dalsukh Pancholi to make him Production Manager for his film ‘Chaudhary’ (1941). In his next film ‘Poonji’ (1943), Pancholi gave him the chance to co-direct the film along with Vishnu Pancholi. With his talent firmly established in film making, Pancholi gave him the assignment of writing the script for ‘Dhamki’ (1943) and directing it.

When Ravindra Dave was directing Pancholi’s next film, ‘Patjhad’ (1948), the partition happened and the communal riots that broke out in Lahore made him and Pancholis to come to Bombay with the completed reels of the film which was later released in 1948 after completion of the film in Bombay (Mumbai). For both Pancholis and Ravindra Dave, it was like starting their filmy career afresh.

As I had mentioned in my last article, Mulkhraj Bhakri was  also a victim of partition and had come to Bombay (Mumbai) after the partition along with his brothers. He became the rallying point for displaced film artists and technicians from Lahore. Bhakri who was the ‘de facto’ producer of the film ‘Chunariya’ gave Ravindra Dave his first assignment in post-partition India to direct the film. Next, Dave got Prakash Pictures’ ‘Saawan Baadhon’ (1949) to direct.

With the business acumenship which was in his blood, Dave produced his first film ‘Chakori’ (1949) which was directed by his brother, Ramnarayan Dave. In the meanwhile, his uncle Dalsukh Pancholi who was producing his first film ‘Meena Baazar’ (1950) in post-partition India, assigned the film to Ravindra Dave to direct it.

During his Hindi film career, Ravindra Dave directed about 30 films between 1943 and 1969 which include ‘Nagina’ (1951), ‘Moti Mahal’ (1952), ‘Bhai Saheb’ (1954), ‘Shikar’ (1955), ‘Chaar Minaar’ (1956), ‘Agra Road’ (1957), ‘Post Box 999’ (1958), ‘Guest House’ (1959), ‘Girls’ Hostel’ (1962), ‘Punar Milan’ (1964),‘Dulha Dulhan’ (1964), and Raaz’ (1967). The last Hindi film which he directed was ‘Road to Sikkim’ (1969). Most of the Hindi films which he directed  were those where  either Dalsukh Pancholi or Mulkhraj Bhakri was the producer / writer / lyricist etc.

From 1970 onward, Ravindra Dave got himself completely associated with Gujarati films with his debut film ‘Jesal Toral’ (1971) which was his home production. The film was made in Eastman colour and was one of the biggest hits in Gujarati cinema. Thereafter, he was exclusively with the Gujarati films directing  20-25 films until 1985.

Ravindra Dave breathed his last on July 21, 1992.

‘Chunariya’ (1948) was a box office hit film which helped  the career revival of some of the displaced persons from the Lahore film industry. The film was produced under the banner of Kuldeep Pictures of Kuldeep Sehgal from Lahore who seems to me to be more  a financier than the producer of the film. It was directed by Ravindra Dave. The story, dialogues, screen-play and lyrics were written by Mulkhraj Bhakri, and the production controller was his brother Lekhraj Bhakri, both from Lahore.

For music director Hansraj Bahl, the success of the film was a blessing  after continuous flops of his prior 4 to 5 films. The success of the film ensured that he was kept busy in his work for the next 5 years which became the busiest period of his career. Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar who were yet to firmly establish themselves as playback singers, gave one of their best renditions of 1940s in this film with their hit solo songs, “Sab Kuchh Lutaayaa Hum Ne Aa Kar Teri Gali Mein” and “Dil e Naashaad Ko Jeene Ki Hasrat Ho Gayi Tum Se“, respectively.

‘Chunariya’ had 10 songs out of which 6 songs have already been covered in the Blog. Here is the 7th song “Hansi Le Ke Aaye Thhe Ro Kar Chale’ sung by SD Batish. The song is written by Mulkhraj Bhakri.

[Note: The above bio-sketch on the early life of Ravindra Dave is based on a short article written by character actor Janki Dass which appeared in May 1949 issue of ‘Sound’ magazine.]


Song – Hansi Le Ke Aaye The, Ro Kar Chale (Chunariya) (1947) Singer – SD Batish, Lyrics – Mulkhraj Bhakri, MD – Hansraj Behl

Lyrics

hansi le ke aaye thhe
ro kar chale
hum ashkon se daaman
bhigo kar chale
hum ashkon se daaman
bhigo kar chale
hansi le ke aaye thhe
ro kar chale
hum ashkon se daaman
bhigo kar chale ae
hum ashkon se daaman
bhigo kar chale

huyi duniya meri andher hai
huyi duniya meri andher hai
ho ye kismet meri ka koi khel hai
huyi duniya meri andher hai
huyi duniya meri andher hai
muqaddar ki kha kar thokar chale ae
hansi le ke aaye thhe
ro kar chale
hum ashkon se daaman
bhigo kar chale

kiya kis liye hamko qadamon se door
kiya kis liye hamko qadamon se door
o bataayaa to hotaa hamaara qasoor
kiya kis liye hamko qadamon se door
kiya kis liye hamko qadamon se door
chalen hain magar tere ho kar chale ae
hansi leke aaye thhe
ro kar chale
hum ashkon se daaman
bhigo kar chale

tamannaayen dil ki..ee
to dil mein rahi hain. . .
meri hasraten. . .
ban ke aansoo baheen hain
milaa thha jo mushkil se
kho kar chale
hansi le ke aaye thhe
ro kar chale
hum ashkon se daaman
bhigo kar chale ae. . .

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
———————————————————

हंसी ले के आए थे
रो कर चले
हम अशकों से दामन
भिगो कर चले
हम अशकों से दामन
भिगो कर चले
हंसी ले के आए थे
रो कर चले
हम अशकों से दामन
भिगो कर चले
हम अशकों से दामन
भिगो कर चले

हुई मेरी दुनिया मेरी अंधेर है
हुई मेरी दुनिया मेरी अंधेर है
हो ये किस्मत मेरी का कोई खेल है
हुई मेरी दुनिया मेरी अंधेर है
हुई मेरी दुनिया मेरी अंधेर है
मुकद्दर की खा कर ठोकर चले
हंसी ले के आए थे
रो कर चले
हम अशकों से दामन
भिगो कर चले

किया किस लिए हमको कदमों से दूर
किया किस लिए हमको कदमों से दूर
ओ बताया तो होता हमारा कसूर
किया किस लिए हमको कदमों से दूर
किया किस लिए हमको कदमों से दूर
चलें हैं मगर तेरे हो कर चले
हंसी ले के आए थे
रो कर चले
हम अशकों से दामन
भिगो कर चले

तमन्नाएँ दिल की॰॰ई
तो दिल में रही हैं॰॰॰
मेरी हसरतें॰॰॰
बन के आंसू बही हैं
मिला था जो मुश्किल से
खो कर चले
हंसी ले के आए थे
रो कर चले
हम अशकों से दामन
भिगो कर चले॰॰॰

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3 Responses to "Hansi Le Ke Aaye The, Ro Kar Chale"

Harish Raghuwanshi ji, the film historian, has send me an e-mail giving the additional information as to why Ravindra Dave turned to Gujarati films from 1970 onward. I am paraphrasing his reply below:

“in around 1971, Ravindra Dave started his Hindi film ‘Nagina’ with Sanjay Khan and Leena Chandavarkar. The lead actors were not cooperating in the film shooting. Sometime, there were long waits for lead actors to arrive for the shooting.So he decided to discontinue the film. Upendra Trivedi, who was taken in the role of a villain in the film, suggested to Ravindra Dave to produce Gujarati films which can be produced at a lesser cost. So the idea of producing ‘Jesal Toral’ (1971) came. The film was produced and directed by Ravindra Dave. Interestingly, Upendra Trivedi, the villain of ‘Nagina’ was taken as a hero for ‘Jesal Toral’ (1971). Ravindra Dave directed 26 Gujarati films. The last Gujarati film he directed was ‘Maalo Naagde’ (1985.”

Eenjoyed the post.Mulkraj Bhakdi’s name made my day.I remember he was either a director or producer or both and if I recall had Manoj Kumar as her in a movie.I am amazed that you have choosen him in this post.Because only popular people. ate written about.I am not sure how popular he was.But kudos to u for writing in details about now forgotten artists. No doubt a class post.

Thanks for your appreciation.

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