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Tum Chale. . . Kyon Chale

Posted on: April 26, 2018


This article is written by Sudhir, 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.

Blog Day : 3569 Post No. : 14305

Thoda Sa Dil Laga Ke Dekh. . .

Film – ‘Musafirkhana’ from 1955, she plays the role Mary, the love interest of Frankie (Johnny Walker). Mary’s mother fancies another match for her daughter, and Frankie is contemplating suicide on that account. As it often happens in films, Mary breaks out into a song, trying to lift up Frankie’s dying spirits.

1958 – she plays the role of Nargis, the bosom friend of Sheela (Nutan), in this confused and comic scenario of mixed identities and true love – ‘Aakhiri Daao’. Funny to note that Nargis is her real name. And casting credit lists her assumed name. Always life is so interesting.

On to 1960 and ‘Dil Apna Aur Preet Paraayi’. Now she is Sheela, the naughty and playful nurse, who is reprimanded by the head nurse for putting on too much lipstick. Then it is ‘Half Ticket’ in 1962. As Lily, a partner in crime with Raja Babu (Pran) – the scene is simply hilarious, as she tries again and again to pat Vijay’s (Kishore Kumar) bottom – actually his back pocket, searching for an expensive diamond that Raja Babu has hidden there. There is a whole music and dance sequence, with a tape recorder keeping company, as she tries to extract the stolen goods from Vijay, without letting him know.

In 1965, she is Stella, the au pair companion to Rita (Nanda), in the musical romantic drama ‘Jab Jab Phool Khile’. 1970, moving into senior roles; the film is ‘Purab Aur Paschim’, and she herself is Rita, the British Indian wife of Sharma (Madan Puri), always with a smoking cigarette in her hand.

Fast forward forty years, to 2012 – she is very much on screen, this time playing the mother in law to Nargis (Daisy Irani) and grandmother of Farhad (Boman Irani) in ‘Shirin Farhad Ki To Nikal Padi’.

6th March earlier this year, she passed away in her sleep, just some weeks short of her 89th birthday. A memorable career for more than six decades, with quite over 200 films in her portfolio, and a number of very successful TV serials thrown in for good measure. Nargis Rabadi – she would have been 89 today.

Born this day in 1929, Nargis’ father was a priest in the Parsi temple. She was just 3 years old when her father passed away. Her mother raised her two daughters, working as a cook at the Parsi community festivals. After completing her studies, her elder sister got a job as an office secretary at Johnson & Johnson. So when Nargis completed her studies, she also came to Johnson & Johnson, working in the packaging department.

A close family friend and uncle, Chinuu Mama, was associated with the film industry. One thing led to another, and Nargis was introduced to Sheikh Mukhtar, who at that time was searching for a second lead lady for his film ‘Ustad Pedro’ (1951). At first, he was concerned that Nargis may not be able to handle the Hindi/Urdu dialogue, being a Parsi. But Nargis talked to him and the director Harish, and they were convinced she could do the role. That’s how she got her first break in films.

And with the first break, she also got a new name. The film’s director was concerned that her name might be confused with another rising star of those years – Nargis. And so he suggested her to change her name to Shammi. She did, and the name served her well for the remainder of her life. In later years, she became to be better known as Shammi Aunty.

Stringing through the cameos above, an interesting thing emerges. Her name is Nargis. She changes that to Shammi. In the 1958 film ‘Aakhiri Daao’, her name in credit appears as ‘Shammi’, and her screen name is Nargis. Then in 2012, her screen name is not clearly evident (in ‘Shirin Farhad. . .’), but then her daughter in law (Daisy Irani) has the screen name of Nargis. 🙂

Alongside ‘Ustad Pedro’, Harish was also directing another film at the same time – ‘Malhaar’ (produced by Mukesh, the singer). Impressed by her performance during the shooting of ‘Ustad Pedro’, he cast her as the heroine of ‘Malhaar’ opposite to another new face, Arjun. Although ‘Ustad Pedro’ did good business and was popular, ‘Malhaar’ failed to impress at the box office. The prospects of growing as a leading lady in the industry slowly receded.

But on the other hand, she became very much in demand for second lead female roles. Especially if the role demanded some comic goofiness, Shammi was quite the first name that the producers thought of. With little breaks here and there, she continued her cinematic journey, playing oh so many an endearing roles, leaving behind indelible memories. The wide eyed shocked look on her face as she opens the door to find her grandson (Boman Irani) standing there, as if coming out of a melee – is simply priceless. So many more of such moments flicker through the mind’s eye, as I pull together this piece today.

The song that I present today, however, is on a more somber note, the words expressing the very emotion that the heart wants to convey – “तुम चले॰॰॰ क्यों चले”. The film is ‘Awaara Ladki’ from 1967. This is an Asha Bhosle solo rendition that is picturized on a much younger Shammi. In the clip, we also see Sudesh Kumar – with a very lost look on his face, walking away from her, and then the song begins.

It is a peculiar situation – I am reminded of the one earlier song that I had posted from this film. The emotional mood of the song and the situation of that song is precisely the same – Sudesh Kumar + lost look + walking away, only the lady singing that song is different. It is Sheela Ramani singing “Arre Jaane Waale Nazar To Mila Ja”. Discovery of these two similar songs indicate some sort of a love triangle in the film’s story. Interesting – prompts me to watch this film.

This song is not listed in the Geet Kosh, although the print does indicate that there are more songs than the four listed. Music is by Dhaniram, and the uploader of this video clip, a dear friend Dharmesh from Rohtak, has indicated that the lyrics are from the pen of Kaif Irfani. So I will go by that information for now.

Bidding a good bye to a dear goofy artist, and to the long innings she has played on screen. Rest in peace, Nargis; or maybe I should say, wallow in mirth Shammi Aunty, wherever you are.

Adios and farewell.

 

Song – Tum Chale. . . Kyon Chale  (Awaara Ladki) (1967) Singer – Asha Bhosle, Lyrics – Kaif Irfani, MD – Dhaniram

 

Lyrics

toot chukka hai
dil pehle bhi
soch to mujh par thukraate zaalim
na loot naseeba banta hai abhi bhi

tum chale. . .  kyon chale
tum chale. . .  kyon chale
doley hansi labon pe
doley hansi labon pe
bhool rahe hain muskaana
bhool rahe hain muskaana
tum chale. . .  kyon chale

dhadkan ke saaz par hook ye kehti
dhadkan ke saaz par hook ye kehti
palak kinaara nadiyaan ansuwan ki behtin
palak kinaara nadiyaan ansuwan ki behtin
shaam e gham hi mera mausam suhaana
bhool rahe hain muskaana
bhool rahe hain muskaana
tum chale. . .  kyon chale

shab se shabnam rotey rotey kehti
shab se shabnam rotey rotey kehti
besahaara aaj dekh ek taara
besahaara
sun zara haaye
kehta angaara afsaana
bhool rahe hain muskaana
tum chale. . .  kyon chale

bin ishaare tere maut bhi na aati
bin ishaare tere maut bhi na aati
tu kar ehsaan main nadaan sahi
nadaan sahi
maut ki maujon mein
beh jaaun to chale jaana
bhool rahe hain muskaana
tum chale. . .  kyon chale

tum chale. . .  kyon chale
doley hansi labon pe
doley hansi labon pe
doley hansi labon pe
doley hansi labon pe
doley hansi labon pe
doley hansi labon pe

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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टूट चुका है
दिल पहले भी
सोच तो मुझ पर ठुकराते ज़ालिम
ना लूट नसीबा बनता है अभी भी

तुम चले॰ ॰ ॰ क्यों चले
तुम चले॰ ॰ ॰ क्यों चले
भूल रहे हैं मुसकाना
भूल रहे हैं मुसकाना
तुम चले॰ ॰ ॰ क्यों चले

धड़कन के साज पर हूक ये कहती
धड़कन के साज पर हूक ये कहती
पालक किनारा नदियां अंसुवन की बहतीं
पालक किनारा नदियां अंसुवन की बहतीं
शाम ए ग़म ही मेरा मौसम सुहाना
भूल रहे हैं मुसकाना
भूल रहे हैं मुसकाना
तुम चले॰ ॰ ॰ क्यों चले

शब से शबनम रोते रोते कहती
शब से शबनम रोते रोते कहती
बेसहारा आज देख एक तारा
बेसहारा
सुन ज़रा हाए
कहता अंगारा अफसाना
भूल रहे हैं मुसकाना
तुम चले॰ ॰ ॰ क्यों चले

बिन इशारे तेरे मौत भी ना आती
बिन इशारे तेरे मौत भी ना आती
तू कर एहसान मैं नादान सही
नादान सही
मौत की मौजों में
बह जाऊँ तो चले जाना
भूल रहे हैं मुसकाना
तुम चले॰ ॰ ॰ क्यों चले

तुम चले॰ ॰ ॰ क्यों चले
डोले हंसी लबों पे
डोले हंसी लबों पे
डोले हंसी लबों पे
डोले हंसी लबों पे
डोले हंसी लबों पे
डोले हंसी लबों पे

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