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Mann Ka Mor Mera Kisey Bakhaane

Posted on: June 19, 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 the film ‘Maata’ aka ‘The Mother’ (1942). Not many people know about this film. Made by Kirti films, it was a social film, directed by Dada Gunjal. Music was composed by Vasant Kumar Naidu, for the lyrics by DN Madhok. The cast of the film was Shobhana Samarth, Chandrakant, Mubarak, A. Himalaywala, Urmila Devi, Bhudo Advani, Moti, Bibi Bai, Munshi Khanjar, Suraiya Begum etc.

Chandrakant is a name which appears for a very few films as an actor. In fact, he acted in only 2 films. The other film was ‘Maharathi Karna’ (1944) (he had a small role). Chandrakant Gaur was born in UP in 1929. He was an educated person and knew many languages like Marathi, Gujarati and Punjabi, in addition to Hindi and English. He was a quick learner and a good writer. He came to Bombay to become a director. Instead of that he started as an actor in ‘Maata’.

During the shooting of ‘Maharathi Karna’, Bhalji Pendharkar spotted this young man’s talents and took him to Kolhapur as his assistant. Chandrakant, being a fast learner, became adept at direction. He came back to Bombay and hurriedly directed his first film – ‘Riding Hero’ (1951), a stunt film made by Laxmi Productions of Chimanlal Trivedi. After this, he directed 29 Hindi films, mostly B grade, stunt/action films only.

He also directed a Hit Punjabi film ‘Bhagat Dhanna Jaat’ (1974). According to indiancine.ma, this film is said to have revived Punjabi film industry. He did some Gujarati mythologicals and Marathi films too. Together his tally goes to 45 films. In between he became famous for writing stories of films like ‘Patita’ (1953), ‘Seema’ (1955), ‘Dekh Kabira Roya’ (1957), ‘Kathputali’ (1957), ‘Anita’ (1967) and ‘Mahasati Savitri’ (1973).

From the cast listing, another interesting name is that of A Himalaywala. His name was Mohd Afzaluddin. He was born in March 1916, at Dehradun. After school education he joined his brother, Mohd Misaluddin’s firm – The Himalaya Drug Company, a leading Pharma company of repute (even today). He worked there for 10 years and after a dispute with his brother, left the company. He came to Bombay to join films.

First he had thought of starting a company, but looking at the situation, he decided to do acting only. His first film was ‘Kiski Biwi’ (1942), directed by MA Mirza. His name was changed from Afzal to A Himalaywala (since he came from the Himalayan town of Dehradun, like Kashmiri from Kashmir), by Shaukat Hussain, husband of Noorjehan. However in many films he was credited as Afzal only. He worked in few films like, ‘Vishwaas’ (1943), ‘Ankh Ki Sharm’ (1943), ‘Dost’ (1944), ‘Kismatwaala’ (1944), ‘Zeenat’ (1945), ‘Humayun’ (1945), ‘Nal Damayanti’ (1945), ‘Jagbeeti’ (1946), ‘Samrat Ashok’ (1947) and ‘Elaan’ (1947).

He was an outspoken and straightforward person, fond of hunting, football and travelling by car. He toured all of India twice in his car. In 1943, he married actress singer Amirbai Karnataki. After marriage he banned her from acting in films. Within 2-3 years, on this and other issues, they could not get along. He used to hit her and take all her money. At last, it was rumoured that he gave her talaaq after taking 2 lakh rupees and her car. Even after this he was stalking her. She stayed with her elder sister Ahilya Bai. Then one day, she was kidnapped by Himalaywala, from the recording room. She was kept locked in a room and beaten daily. She somehow managed to inform this to her sister.

Ahilyabai then got in touch with her acquaintance Mr Rasiklal Vyas and his brother Chhailabhai Vyas – one of the best criminal lawyers of Bombay. With their political and social connections, they forced the police to register an FIR, which was refused due to Himalaywala’s bribe. Meanwhile Himalaywala was alerted by his cronies. Within few hours Amirbai was escorted back to her sister’s place, by Himalaywala. All this episode is described in full details in the book ‘Aap Ki Parchhaiyaan’, by Rajnikumar Pandya ji. Amirbai later married Gujarati Journalist Badri Kaanchwala.

After partition, Himalaywala migrated to Pakistan. There the lady luck smiled on him and he did very well. He became successful as an actor and was famous also. His role of Akbar in film ‘Anarkali’ (1957) was particularly appreciated very much. Mohd Afzuluddin Himalaywala died in 1984 in Lahore.

The director of this film was V.M. aka Dada Gunjal, who started his career by directing his first film, ‘Bhakt Ke Bhagwan’ (1934). He went on to direct 38 films in Hindi and Marathi. His last film was ‘Ek Armaan Mera’ (1959). Dada Gunjal was born in Bombay on 25-1-1904 and died also at Bombay on 6-11-1968.

The music director for this film was a less known composer, Vasant Kumar Naidu. He was  born in 1915. His family had settled in Burma like thousands of other South Indian families.  When Burma was struggling for independence, in the 1930s, most Indians left Burma and came to India. Many went to Calcutta and many went to South India. Many families walked for around 6 months from Burma to India.  Vasant Kumar’s family was one among them.  They walked from Rangoon to Madras.  The family settled in Madras for some years.

Vasant Kumar Naidu had come alone to Bombay earlier in search of a career in music. He was an instrumentalist and could play any string instruments and also harmonium. He was also very much interested in reading different languages. There were many books that he read. He was also very keen in dressing up and had several suits in those days. He joined the film industry and started getting established as a music director.  He then called his mother and other siblings to live with him in Bombay along with his eldest brother’s widow and her son. He had 4 brothers. His eldest brother expired in Madras itself. Vasant Kumar was the second eldest. He had two younger brothers as well.  They all lived on Peddar Road. He left his Peddar Road flat and moved to Parel. He lived in Parel until his death on 16-10-1951.

Vasant Kumar got married in Madras. This marriage was a proposed marriage arranged by his mother. Eventually his other brothers also got married. All three brothers and their wives stayed under the same roof in Parel in a joint family which was headed and supported monetarily by Vasant Kumar.  His younger brother Pandurang Naidu was also picking up in music career. He became a musician (he played banjo and mandolin). Vasant Kumar taught several string instruments to him. His youngest brother, Sreenivasan Naidu, in the later part of his life became music composer for Indian Railway Music Academy (Central Railway Cultural Academy).

Vasant Kumar is survived by his only daughter, Pramila Naidu, who is a widow now. She lives in Pune with her grown up children. Pramila Naidu was around 5 years old when her father expired.  She has a vague memory of her father. It’s sad to see her struggling now financially. She still gives tuition at the age of 70 to make her living. She lawfully owns all these 3 flats in Parel, Mumbai but the 3rd generation of the family has occupied these flats and are not willing to vacate the property. This property is now worth in crores. The cousins of Pramila Naidu got together and filed a law suit against these 3rd generation greedy family members. The law suit is going on now for the past 3 years.

Vasant Kumar started his career in 1939 by giving music to film ‘Thunder’ (1939) and ‘Pakke Badmash’ (1939). Till 1947, he gave music to 22 films, as per the HFGK entries. He composed 160 songs in these 22 films. He is variously mentioned as Vasant, Vasant Kumar and VK Naidu, in addition to his name Vasant Kumar Naidu. He sang 1 song, a duet with Khan Mastana for film ‘Mere Sajan’ (1941).

His filmography is,

  • Thunder (1939)
  • Pukke Badmash (1939)
  • Rangeela Jawan (1940)
  • Jung-e-Azadi (1940)
  • Desh Bhakta (1940)
  • Suhana Geet (1941)
  • Meri Khwaish (1941)
  • Mere Saajan (1941)
  • Lehri Jawan (1941)
  • Lalaji (1942),
  • Call of youth (1942)
  • Mata (1942)
  • Watan ki Pukar (1943)
  • Nai zindgi (1943)
  • Mohabbat ki jeet (1943)
  • Daawat (1943)
  • Circus Girl (1943)
  • Bhagta Bhoot (1943)
  • Beda Paar (1944)
  • Shahi Khazana (1946)
  • Chamkati Bijli (1946)
  • Toote Di (1947)

Unfortunately, Vasant Kumar got mostly B and C stunt and action films for composing the music. Big banners like National Studios gave him an opportunity with film ‘Lalaji’ (1942), in which Naidu got many songs sung by Anil Biswas, Kusum Mantri, and Vatsala Kumthekar. However such films came to him only as an exception, therefore his exposure to audience was limited and his name did not gain any fame. Actually, many big, well known and popular singers sang for Naidu.

However, without a mentor, Godfather or the support of a big banner, it became impossible for Vasant Kumar to grow further. During the transition period of 1947-48, when many composers migrated to Pakistan, the existing big composers made their positions solid. Thus smaller composers never got any opportunity to benefit from the void created by the exit of composers. This was the case of many small time composers like Vasant Kumar.

The film ‘Maata’ has 7 songs. I have heard 6 of them and feel, he could have done better than this. The selected song is a better one from the lot. The singer’s name is not available.The film makes its debut on the blog.

[Author’s Note: Credits- indiancine.ma, A.I. Film Directory (1946), Aap Ki Parchhaiyaan, Muvyz, HFGK, Shishir Krishna Sharma’s and my notes.]


Song – Mann Ka Mor Mera Kisey Bakhaane (Maata) (1942) Singer – [Unknown], Lyrics – DN Madhok, Music – Vasant Kumar Naidu

Lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)

mann ka mor mera
mann ka mor mera
kisey bakhaane
tum bin aur kaun jaane
mann ka mor mera
mann ka mor mera
kisey bakhaane
tum bin aur kaun jaane

chhod kari
ghar ko aa ja re
saawan ki ritu aayi
jhir jhir baadal
barsan laage
birhan de duhaai
aa tu kisi bahaane
aa tu kisi bahaane
tum bin aur kaun jaane
mann ka mor mera
mann ka mor mera
kisey bakhaane
tum bin aur kaun jaane
mann ka mor mera
mann ka mor mera
kisey bakhaane
tum bin aur kaun jaane

sab ke saajan
ab ghar aaye
baaki ek nigodi
un ka bhala kabhi na hove
preet laga jin todi
jiya laag la
jiya laag la
kisi thikaane
jiya laag la
kisi thikaane
tum bin aur kaun jaane
mann ka mor mera
mann ka mor mera
kisey bakhaane
tum bin aur kaun jaane
mann ka mor mera
mann ka mor mera
kisey bakhaane
tum bin aur kaun jaane

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

मन का मोर मेरा
मन का मोर मेरा
किसे बखाने
तुम बिन और कौन जाने
मन का मोर मेरा
मन का मोर मेरा
किसे बखाने
तुम बिन और कौन जाने

छोड़ करि
घर को आजा रे
सावन की ऋतु आई
झिर झिर बादल
बरसन लागे
बिरहन दे दुहाई
आ तू किसी बहाने
आ तू किसी बहाने
तुम बिन और कौन जाने
मन का मोर मेरा
मन का मोर मेरा
किसे बखाने
तुम बिन और कौन जाने
मन का मोर मेरा
मन का मोर मेरा
किसे बखाने
तुम बिन और कौन जाने

सब के साजन
अब घर आए
बाकी एक निगोड़ी
उन का भला कभी ना होवे
प्रीत लगा जिन तोड़ी
जिया लाग ला
जिया लाग ला
किसी ठिकाने
जिया लाग ला
किसी ठिकाने
तुम बिन और कौन जाने
मन का मोर मेरा
मन का मोर मेरा
किसे बखाने
तुम बिन और कौन जाने
मन का मोर मेरा
मन का मोर मेरा
किसे बखाने
तुम बिन और कौन जाने

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2 Responses to "Mann Ka Mor Mera Kisey Bakhaane"

@ Sudhir Sir ji – Heartiest Congratulations on your another Century 🙂
Now the ‘Club’ has a Senior with the so far lonely junior there 🙂

@Deshmukh Sir – many many thanks for this post !!!

The singer sounds like Rajkumari Dubey

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