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Leu Ji Memsaab Hamaara Pista Bahut Achha

Posted on: February 4, 2018


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.

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In the early 1970s in Mumbai, it was quite common to see Pathan moneylenders standing outside the gates of the factories, mills, railway workshops and even some of the Government offices. Pathan moneylenders used to lend money at high interest rates, mostly to workers and subordinate staff who were in perpetual need of money. I had frequently watched them standing outside the main gate of my office, normally in pair, during the first week of every month. Their operations were always discreet without inviting any attention from the passers-by except that their distinct dress and caps would identify them to be the Pathans.

I had got the first hand information on the modus operandi of the Pathan moneylenders from one of my subordinate staff who was perpetually indebted to them. On the salary day, they would be present at the gate at the start of the office, at lunch time and the office closing time. If a borrower is not able to pay the monthly interest/principal amount, he would try to avoid the Pathans by not going out of the office during lunch time, would leave the office well before the closing time or leave late. But the network of the Pathans was so large that they would eventually catch the defaulters and get at least the interest amount by their discreet strong arm methods.

Their other occupation, that I have seen during my early years in the office, was selling dry fruits on the footpath. The Pathan would generally come around lunch time to sell the dry fruits near the gates of the office. He would continuously give high pitch commentaries describing the  quality of dry fruits and revealing the benefits of consuming dry fruits. Some passers-by would stand and watch the proceedings. Amongst these bystanders I suspected that a few of Pathans’ cronies would have themselves bought few items of dry fruits to create an aura of the demand for his dry fruits.

When the things which I described above became common, the Hindi films took cognizance of such activities which normally culminate into fun songs. For example, note the second stanza of the immortal song Din Hai Suhaana Aaj Pahli Taarikh Hai in which lalaji (generally refers to money lending Pathans) is waiting for his client to repay his loan:

kis ne pukaara ruk gaya baabu
lalaji ki jaan aaj aaya hai kaabu
o paisa zara laana
laana laana
o paisa zara laana
aaj pahli taarikh hai
khush hai zamaana aaj pahli taarikh hai

Similarly, in the song Mera Naam Abdul Rehman, Pistaawala Main Hoon Pathan from ‘Bhai Bhai’ (1956), the second stanza of the song has the following lines:

leo ji bhai saab hamaara pistaa bahut achhaa
leo ji mem saab hamaara pistaa nahi kachchaa
leo ji saab log khaayegaa aap ka baal bachchaa
khaa ke dekho very very good mera charoli baadaam pista

Very recently, I came across a similarly worded stanza in sales pitch song from the 1939 film ‘Hero No. 1’. The song is ‘Leu Ji Memsaab Hamaara Pista Bahut Achhaa’. The song is sung by actor-singer  Shyam Sundar (Sr.) on the words of Pandit Anuj, is set to music by Lallubhai Nayak. The actor-singer Shyam Sundar is not to be confused with the music director Shyam Sundar. As per his filmography, Shyam Sundar (Sr.) started his career as actor with ‘Sakhi Lutera’ (1934). He worked in over 30 films – overwhelmingly during 1930s and 40s. He has sung about 20 songs on himself in the films. It is apparent that his voice is feminist. Had I not seen his videos of the songs from ‘Hunterwali Ki Beti’ (1943), I would have assumed him to be a female singer.

So the inspiration for the second stanza of the song from ‘Bhai Bhai’ (1956) referred to above was the song under discussion which came out 15 years earlier of ‘Bhai Bhai’ (1956). I guess, Pandit Anuj may have got the inspiration for the lyrics by actually observing a Pathan selling dry fruits with his sales pitch.

‘Hero No.1’ was produced by Vijay Bhatt under the banner of Prakash Pictures and was directed by Balwant Bhatt. This action film had the cast of Jayant, Gulab, Umakant, Shirin, Lallubhai Nayak, Faizi, Munshi Khanjar, Bholaram, Ranjit, Shyam Sundar etc. There were 7 songs in the film.

With this song, the film ‘Hero No.1 (1939) makes a debut in the Blog.

[Ed Note: ‘Charoli’ is also a dry fruit. It is known by other names as ‘chironji’ or ‘chirongi’. Its English name is almondette.]


Song – Leu Ji Memsaab Hamaara Pista Bahut Achha (Hero No. 1) (1939) Singer – Shyam Sundar (Sr), Lyrics – Pandit Anuj (aka Sampatlal Shrivastav Anuj), MD – Lallubhai Nayak
Unidentified Female Voice

Lyrics

leuji memsaab
hamaara pistaa bahut achhaa
leuji saab log
hamaara pistaa nahi kachchaa
leuji memsaab
khaayega aap ka baal bachchaa
kha ke dekho very very good
meraa charoli badaam pistaa
 
banaa chatpata aalishaan
boodha kha ke hoye jawaan
banaa chatpata aalishaan
boodha kha ke hoye jawaan
khaanewaale kaa gaal hota laal. . . fauran
khaanewaale kaa gaal hota laal. . . fauran
leuji memsaab
hamaara pistaa bahut achhaa
leuji saab log
hamaara pistaa nahi kachchaa
leuji memsaab
khhaayega aap kaa baal bachchaa
khaa ke dekho very very good
mera charoli badaam pistaa
 
majedaar meri kismiss
majedaar meri kismiss
boodhi khaa ke ho jaaye miss
boodhi khaa ke ho jaaye miss
chintayen hoti dismiss. . . fauran
chintayen hoti dismiss. . . fauran

ae chokra
jara uppar aao

aaya memsaab

leuji memsaab
hamaara pista bahut achhaa
leuji saab log
hamaara pista nahi kachchaa
leuji memsaab
khaayega aap kaa baal bachchaa
khaa ke dekho very very good
mera charoli badaam pistaa

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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लेउ जी मेमसाब
हमारा पिस्ता बहॉत आच्छा
लेउ जी साब लोग
हमारा पिस्ता नाहीं काच्चा
लेउ जी मेमसाब
खाएगा आपका बाल बच्चा
खा के देखो वेरी वेरी गुड
मेरा चारोली बादाम पिस्ता

बना चटपटा आलीशान
बूढ़ा खा के होए जवान
बना चटपटा आलीशान
बूढ़ा खा के होए जवान
खानेवाले के गाल होता लाल॰॰॰ फौरन
खानेवाले के गाल होता लाल॰॰॰ फौरन
लेउ जी मेमसाब
हमारा पिस्ता बहॉत आच्छा
लेउ जी साब लोग
हमारा पिस्ता नाहीं काच्चा
लेउ जी मेमसाब
खाएगा आपका बाल बच्चा
खा के देखो वेरी वेरी गुड
मेरा चारोली बादाम पिस्ता

मजेदार मेरा किस्समिस्स
मजेदार मेरा किस्समिस्स
बूढ़ी खा के हो जाये मिस्स
बूढ़ी खा के हो जाये मिस्स
चिंताएँ होतीं डिस्समिस्स॰॰॰ फौरन
चिंताएँ होतीं डिस्समिस्स॰॰॰ फौरन

ए छोकरा
जरा ऊपर आओ

आया मेमसाब

लेउ जी मेमसाब
हमारा पिस्ता बहॉत आच्छा
लेउ जी साब लोग
हमारा पिस्ता नाहीं काच्चा
लेउ जी मेमसाब
खाएगा आपका बाल बच्चा
खा के देखो वेरी वेरी गुड
मेरा चारोली बादाम पिस्ता

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5 Responses to "Leu Ji Memsaab Hamaara Pista Bahut Achha"

Sadanand ji,

I have written about this actor/singer Shyamsunder in my article dated 24-8-2013 on a song ‘Loot liya’ of film Dil ki Rani-47. here is the extract, for our readers…..
” This Shyam Sundar was different from the music director Shyam Sundar aka Shyam sunder Gabaa, the famous music director.

As per an extract from a book published in 1938, SHYAMSUNDER was introduced by Krishna Film Co., as a Child Star,who could also sing.

His first film was Sakhi lutera – 34, in which he sang 2 songs.

From 1935 to 1955, he acted in 37 films. He sang about 15 songs in 8 films during his career.

As he was operating ,when the famous composer Shyamsunder (Gabaa) was also in the film industry, sometimes there was a confusion that composer Shyamsunder acted and sang in films,which was not the case.

They were two different persons.

Here is the Filmography of Actor/singer Shyamsunder,as per HFGK-

Fashionable India-35…1 song
Romantic India-36…2 songs
Badhe Chalo-37
Sneha Lagna-38
Bijli-39…2 songs (estimated)
Hero No. 1- 39…3 songs
Hukm ka Ikka-39
Dharma Bandhan-40
Yaad Rahe-40
Madhusudan-41
Preetam-42
Sewa-42…3 songs
Hunterwali ki Beti-43…1 song
Talaash-43…1 song
Sanyasi-45
Hoor-E-Jungle-46
Naamumkin-46
Toofani Queen-46
Dil ki Rani-47… 2 songs
Stunt Queen-47
11 O’clock-48
Mala,The Mighty-48
Delhi Express-49
Joker-49
Dhoomketu-49
Circuswale-50
Jodidar-50
Preet ka Geet-50
Saudaminee-50
Hamari Shaan-51
Hyderabad ki Nazneen-52
Jungle ka Jawahar-52
Shamsheerbaaz-53
Sherdil-54
Jai Mahadev-55
Raaj Darbar-55

Music Director Shyamsunder died on 15-7-1952 itself, while the singer/actor Shyamsunder continued upto 1955,which again confirms that both were different.”

-AD

Thanks a lot for a detailed filmography with number of songs rendered by Shyam Sundar.

Just to avoid the ‘same name confusion’ I used the suffix (Sr.) against his name in the article.

Sadanand ji,
I also find lot of similarities in this song and the song ” Mera naam Abdul Rehman,Pistawala hun main pathaan’ by Kishore kumar in film Bhai Bhai-56. When i heard both songs full, I found places where the wordings and the tune is almost same. You can also check.

Arun ji,

I have already mentioned about the near similarity of the song of ‘Bhai Bhai (1956) with this song in paragraph 5 of my post.

Yes indeed. I missed it.

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