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Aazaad hain ham aaj se jailon ke taale tod do

Posted on: April 5, 2018


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.

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Today’s song is from a film called Ahinsa-1947. The film makes its Debut on the Blog. The song is sung by Chitalkar, an unknown female voice and Chorus. Written by G S Nepali, it is composed by C Ramchandra.

1947 was a very momentous and memorable year in the annals of Hindi film Industry.Many talented actors, directors,singers, composers, lyricists, writers and technicians left India, opting to migrate to Pakistan. The year 1947 actually started with a bad Omen. K L Saigal died on 18th January 1947. The country was on the threshold of Partition and Independence for two countries. The film industry, which was a true Secular industry, started harbouring doubts about each other.

Muslim artists who decided to migrate, started completing their assignments hurriedly. Suddenly, the film industry became extremely busy, resulting in churning out 181 Hindi films in just one year.This was a record in itself. It took another 40 odd years to break this record.187 films were made in 1985.

A void was created suddenly, when scores of film artistes from various disciplines migrated en masse to Pakistan.Most left in 1947,few more left within next 5 to 10 years and still some more,like actor Kumar left in the early 60s. By 1965, the entire process was almost complete, with few exceptions. Though the list is very long, some names who left India are, M.Ismail, Rafiq Gaznavi, Ghulam Mohd. actor, Zahur Shah, Zahur raja, Mukhtar Begum, Charlie, Nazir Ahmed, Ghulam haider, Najmul Hasan, Noorjehan, S M Yousuf, G A Chisti, Firoz Nizami, Ajmal, Khurshid Anwar, Saadat manto, Najam Naqvi, Ragini, W Z Ahmed, Swarnalata, Nashaad, Premlata,Shaukat Rizvi, Himalaywala, Rasheed Atre, meena Shorey, Asha Posley, Renuka devi, Nissar Bazmi, Sudhir, Santosh etc etc……..

In 1947, so many films were made, but since many were completed in a hurry, a large chunk of films failed miserably. Only a handful films were good and successful. In fact these films were so good that their music and songs actually heralded the beginning of “The Golden Period”. Films like Jugnu, Do Bhai, Dard, Mirza Sahiban, Shehnai, Elaan, Sindoor, Meera, Parwana, Saajan, Aapki sewa mein, Bela, Do dil and many more gave excellent and long lasting songs.

Some landmarks too took place. Lata’s first playback song, Usha Kiran’s debut in film Lalat, in her real name-Usha Marathe, Extra ordinary film Elaan, which was much ahead of its time and a very bold film on Muslim society weaknesses, Madhubala’s debut, debut of Uma Devi, Debut of Manhar Desai(Malcom D’souza), Last film of Saigal-Parwana, Last film of Noorjehan-Mirza Sahiban, First Simhali film ‘Broken promises’ made in Bombay, First studio-Uday in Kerala and the rise of C Ramchandra as a strong competitor to Naushad, were some important events of 1947.

C Ramchandra left Jayant Desai’s job in 1945. Then he was working on a film called ” Ahinsa”, which was delayed, censored in 1947 and released only in 1948.

The story was based on 1942 Quit India movement, but since it was delayed, lot of changes in story and songs took place. That was a period when Gandhi ji was on Top. He was the epitome of Ahinsa (Non violence), though the Partition took place with his consent only. So, to cash on the Gandhi wave, the film title must have been kept Ahinsa. I have not seen the film, but Baburao Patel’s Film India does not speak good about the film. Actually, this film was a resounding flop.

The gist of the film story is, Santosh- an upholder of Ahinsa, saves a British soldies from getting killed with an axe, by some terrorists. In the melee that ensues, the culprits run away and Santosh is caught with axe in his hands. Luckily, the soldier testifies in his favour and he is saved. This was a Debut film for the actor Santosh Kumar, the production house, Kashmir films and its Director Rajaram.

The real name of Santosh Kumar was Syed Moosa Abbas Raza. He was born on 25-12-1925 at Lahore. He hailed from a noble family of U.P. he graduated from Osmania University of Hyderabad Deccan, he also passed the ICS exam with flying colours. He was a tall and very handsome young man with command over English and Urdu.

His first film was ‘Ahinsa’-47 and second film was ‘ Meri kahani-48’. Then he migrated to Pakistan. He was one of the most successful actors of Pakistani films.He was the Hero of film ‘ Do Aansoo’-50, the first film in Pakistan to celebrate Silver Jubilee. He won the first Nigar Award too.

After working in more than 100 films, he diversified and became a Director in an American food company. He had also led many film industry delegations abroad. he was truly a Superstar. His second wife was actress Sabiha Khanum. His all family was in films. he died on 11-6-1982, just a few days before his son’s marriage. It was often said in Pakistan that if he had opted to remain in India, he would have overtaken Dilip kumar !

Navin Yagnik ( from U.P.), who also wrote the film story, did the role of the terrorist, Ramayan Tiwari was the Boss of the gang. The film was directed by Rajaram-his first film as a director. later he directed 3 more films,namely, Madadgaar-47, Dhoom dham-49 and Dilbar-51.

Film Ahinsa was released at Novelty Theatre Bombay on 20-2-1948, just about 3 weeks after Gandhi’s death. may be the timing was wrong, as there were many riots all over India during this period. Today’s song seems to be a marching song. the music and tune of the song is very good. I liked it. The songs of film Ahinsa were not available so far. They have been uploaded on You Tube only on 16th March 2018, about 20 days ago.h


Song-Azaad hain hum aaj se (Ahinsa)(1947) Singers- Unknown female voice, Chitalkar, Lyricist- Gopal Singh Nepali, MD- C Ramchandra
Male chorus
Female chorus
Both
Both +chorus

Lyrics

Azaad hain hum aaj se
jailon ke taale tod do
ab jaao apne desh ko
angrezon bharat chhod do
bharat chhod do
bharat chhod do

?? phusla ke chhen li
tumne ?? shamsheer
kaanoon padhkar pyaar se
phir pahna di zanjeer
do sau baras se bhar gaya thha
paapon ka ghada phod do
ab jaao apne desh ko
angrezon bharat chhod do
bharat chhod do
bharat chhod do
Azaad hain hum aaj se
jailon ke taale tod do
ab jaao apne desh ko
angrezon bharat chhod do
bharat chhod do
bharat chhod do

maara hai deshbhakton ko tumne
goli se bhoon ke
jaallianwaala bagh mein
hain daagh ab bhi khoon ke
jaallianwaala bagh mein
hain daagh ab bhi khoon ke
saari duniya dhikkaar ki
ab to apna munh mod lo
ab jaao apne desh ko
angrezon bharat chhod do
bharat chhod do
bharat chhod do

Azaad hain hum aaj se
jailon ke taale tod do
ab jaao apne desh ko
angrezon bharat chhod do
bharat chhod do
bharat chhod do

le kar mazhab ka maamla
tumne jhagda badha diya
le kar mazhab ka maamla
tumne jhagda badha diya

Hindu aur musalmaanon ko
aapas mein lada diya
Hindu aur musalmaanon ko
aapas mein lada diya
ham lad maren ya kuchh karen
tum ghar hamaara chhod do
ham lad maren ya kuchh karen
tum ghar hamaara chhod do
ab jaao apne desh ko
angrezon bharat chhod do

bharat chhod do
bharat chhod do
Azaad hain hum aaj se
jailon ke taale tod do
ab jaao apne desh ko
angrezon bharat chhod do
bharat chhod do
bharat chhod do

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