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Socha thha kya kya ho gayaa

Posted on: August 30, 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 the film Bhool Bhulaiyan-49.

Films with this title were made three times.

The first was in 1933. This was the second full length comedy film after the Talkie era began ( the first was ” Muflis Aashiq “-1932, made by Madon Theatres,Calcutta. It was based on a drama written by Munshi Mahir. Vithaldas Panchotia had done the lead role as well as provided the film’s music with 32 songs in it ! ). The 1933 film was based on Shakespeare’s drama ” Comedy of Errors “. Comedians Nazir Ahmed Ghory and Manohar Janardan Dixit ( popularly known as Ghory and Dixit,emulating the antics of Laurel and Hardy.) had done the main roles in the film.

The second was made by Ranjit Movietone in 1949. I have neither seen this film, nor any information about its storyline is available now. But, from the type of songs of the film, it does not seem to be a comedy film at all.

The third film of the same Title was made by T Series in 2007. This Bhool Bhulaiya-2007 was a remake of the Malyali film Manichitrathazhu-1993. The original film was so popular that there remakes also in Kannada-2004, Tamil-2005 and even Bangla-2005. This Hindi film of 2007 was claimed to be a Horror Comedy film, with psychiatric angle.

Film Bhool Bhulaiyan-49 was directed by Taimur Behramshah, an employee of Ranjit. Earlier too he had directed another Ranjit film-Lakhon mein ek-47. Later when Rajit was going downhill, he left it and started his own copant Taimur Art Films, under which he produced and directed his last film -Izzat-52. In all his 3 films, he had taken Bulo C Rani as his Music Director.

Bulo C Rani did 574 songs in his 71 films. He joined Ranjit in 1942 to assist Khemchand prakash, who gave him a break for singing in film Mehmaan-42. Bulo sang 34 songs in 19 films in all. Sometimes he used the name ‘ Bhola’ to sing songs. The songs of film Jogan-50 and the famous qawali ” Hamen to loot liya milke husnwalon ne ” were the highlights of his career. Born on 6-5-1920, his end came inn a tragic way of suicide on 24-5-1993.

Today’s song is sung by A.R.Oza- a name not known to many. Amritlal R. Oza was a Nagar bramhin from Gujarat. He joined Ranjit when Khemchand prakash, Gyan Dutt and Bulo C Rani were paid musicians there. His first song came in Pujari-46. He was very friendly with Bulo C Rai and Hansraj behl. He sang maximum songs for them only. At the same time he sang in Gujarati films and he became very famous and popular there. Some Hindi films in which he sang are, Lakhon mein ek-47, Nanad Bhojai-48, Bichhade Balam-49 ( he sang with Meena Kumari also), Bhool Bhulaiyan-49, Nili-50 etc. He sang 39 songs in 23 Hindi films, but sang many more in Gujarati. After retirement he settled in Ahmedabad, where he died on 13-5-1985.

Film Bhool Bhulaiyan-49’s cast was Agha, Zeb Qureshi M.A., Bhudo Advani, Pesi Patel, Maruti, Anwari etc etc.

Zeb Qureshi M.A. appeared in only 5 films, namely Santan-46, Director47, Aokhi Ada-48, Bhool Bhulaiyan-49 and Naujawan-51. Zeb was the elder sister of Mumtaz or Taji- wife of actor Shyam Chadha. When Shyam died during the shooting of film Shabistan-51, Taji migrated to Pakistan with her children. Zeb also went to Pakistan.

Comparatively, Agha jaan was a very well known actor. I have not counted, but my guess is that Agha was a Hero in nothing less than 20 films. In film Jwar Bhata-44 Agha was the Hero and Dilip kumar was a side hero in his first film. Later on ofcourse things changed.

Agha’s life story is very interesting. Funniest thing is that in film Bhool Bhulaiyan-49, the Hero-Agha- was not educated even upto III std., but his Heroine was easily one of the most educated actresses in Hindi films- she was M.A. and she always flaunted her degree.

Agha (21-3-1914 to 30-4-1992) was of Persian descent. He was born in Poona. He was known for comic roles and modeled himself on Bob Hope’s style of acting. He appeared in over 300 Hindi films in his career between 1935 and 1986. His son, Jalal Agha, also became an actor, most known for the song, Mehbooba Mehbooba from film Sholey-75.

Agha confessed that he went to school for just three days, “that was as long as I could stand it”. He spent time “mooching” around Poona Race course, as he wanted to become a jockey and loved horses. Later in life Agha owned 2 Race Horses and was seen on Bombay and Poona Racecourses very often.

Agha came to Bombay and joined his neighbourhood drama group. Writer Sanjit Narwekar,in his famous book,”Eena Meena Deeka”syas,” Aghajaan Baig or Agha was a fun loving practical joker, who finally gravitated towards Cinema.Legend has it that he saw Prithviraj kapoor and Mubarak exchanging swear words at each others while shooting for a silent film at the Jyoti studio-as was the practice between friends during the silent era.At first he was shocked but soon realised that anyway nothing would be heard in the film as it was a silent film. He himself was a fluent user of swear words and this trait attracted him towards films. The story is probably apocryphal,but the fact remains that he began doing small roles in films.” His interest in acting took him to films where in 1933 he started as a production manager in Kanwal Movietone.

Agha’s first film was Kanwal Movietone’s Stree Dharma also called Painted Sin (1935) starring Mehtab and Nazir. However, his films Karwan-e-Husn (1935), Wadia’sRangila Mazdoor (1938), and Anuradha (1940) helped him gain recognition as a comic actor. He acted in Kikubhai Desai’s (Manmohan Desai’s father) Circus Ki Sundari (1941) which was popular and this helped in getting lead roles in films like Muqabala (1942), Laheri Cameraman (1944) and Taxi Driver (1944). His most active years were from 1930s to 1960s.

He was the Hero in Bombay Talkies film Jwar Bhata-44,in which Dilip Kumar made a debut. Dilip was the secondary Hero. This fact Agha used to always tell. later on of course the picture reversed and Agha became a tailpiece to Dilip in his films.

Agha’s had 3 daughters and one son-Jalal Agha. His wife’s name was Masuma. One daughter Shahnaz Vahanvati acted in film Saat Hindustani-69. She is married to actor/director Tinu Anand. Another daughter acted in Mrig-Trishna-75. His third daughter was a Model for Ponds Cream,in the 70s.

Agha died on 30 April 1992 of a heart attack in Pune, Maharashtra, India. He was 78 years old. He was survived by three daughters and one son, Jalal Agha. Jalal Agha died on 5 March 1995, in New Delhi, also of a heart attack.

Agha was once nominated for Filmfare Best supporting actor’s award for Ghunghat-60.

Today’s song is perhaps the best song by A.R.Oza. In any case, it is one of my favourite songs from 1940s. You will also enjoy it


Song-Socha thha kya kya ho gaya (Bhool Bhulaiyya)(1949) Singer-A R Oza, Lyrics-Butaram Sharma, MD-Bulo C Rani

Lyrics

aaa
soch thha kya
kya ho gaya aa
kya ho gaya aa
mera naseeb yaar ajeeb
mera naseeb yaar ajeeb
kahaan so gaya
kahaan kho gaya
kahaan so gaya
kahaan kho gaya
aa
soch thha kya aa
kya ho gaya
kya ho gaya

ummeeden gayin
sab sahaare gaye
wo baaatein gayin
wo ishaare gaye
ummeeden gayin
sab sahaare gaye
wo baaatein gayin
wo ishaare gaye
dagaa deke apne wo pyaare gaye
hum ghareeb bemaut maare gaye
aa
socha thha kya aa
kya ho gaya
kya ho gaya aa

hai armaan bhari zinadgaani abhi
hai aankhein kisi se ladaani abhi
hai armaan bhari zindagaani abhi
hai aankhein kisi se ladaani abhi
hai ulfat ki sun’ni kahaani abhi
?? hai jawaani abhi
aa
soch thha kya aa
kya ho gaya
kya ho gaya

mera naseeb yaar ajeeb
mera naseeb yaar ajeeb
kahaan so gaya
kahaan kho gaya
kahaan so gaya
kahaan kho gaya

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4 Responses to "Socha thha kya kya ho gayaa"

Arunbhai / Maheshbhai,
When I read the first line, I remembered Suraiya’s song. That song was my favorite one and I used to sing often, years back. I could not take it out of my mind and ultimately had to take out my harmonium and sang that for about fifteen minutes. !!!

Arun ji,

I have a copy of film’s advertisement in which the film has been categorised as ‘ romantic musical comedy’.

Incidentally, Zeb Qureshi’s sister Laila Qureshi was also in the star cast of the film.

The song does sound like a comedy song as they were sung in those days.

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