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Chale chak chak chak chak rail

Posted on: August 17, 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 Mera Munna-1948. This film was made by Minerva Movietone. However, it was not directed by Sohrab Modi, but by an outsider- Vishram Bedekar.

Nostalgia ! This feeling is very common amongst Senior Citizens. However, middle age or young people too may indulge in Nostalgia of their favourite times in life or even an incident. Nostalgia is defined as ” Sentimental yearning for the past”. Everyone has some sweet memories of the past. When alone,one indulges in Nostalgia. Sometimes it is shared with the near and dear ones. Many times, an event, an old friend, an old movie or a film songn or an old house,town or anything on this Earth can trigger Nostalgia, if happy memories are connected with it. When you visit your first company where you started your career, surely Nostalgic memories will haunt you.

Same thing happened to C.Ramchandra, when he visited Minerva Movietone in 1948 to sign a contract for giving music to its film ‘Mera Munna’. It was Minerva Movietone, where, in 1936, he had begun his training in Music Composition. After his first film as a Hero-” Naganand “-35 bombed badly ( the first show had only 7 people in the audience-who also left in the interval. Naturally, there were no further shows of the film ! ), he shifted from Kolhapur to Bombay, looking for suitable jobs.

One day he learnt that a big actor from a drama company was about to start a film studio and that recruitment was going on, he decided to try his luck there. Selling a Gold medal he had won in some competition, he stitched a coat and went for the interview. It was Sohrab Modi who took his interview and appointed him as an assitant worker on a salary of Rs. 15 pm. In the two and half to three years that he spent in Minerva, in the beginning of his struggle, he learnt many things.

At Minerva, his first teacher was Bundu Khan as MD. Second was Habib Khan. Next was B.S.Hoogan. C Ramchandra learnt notation writing and use of western instruments for indian ragas. After Hoogan, came Meer Saheb. He was truly a very knowledgeable musician and C Ramchandra learnt many things from him. Actually the training of Meer Saheb gave him the confidence that he too could give music and make tunes. During Meer Saheb’s tenure in Minerva, C Ramchandra became friendly with an young actor and director- Master Bhagwan. He was acting and directing a film ‘Bahadur Kissan’-38. Meer Saheb was the Music Director for this film. Most work was done by C Ramchandra, on behalf of Meer saheb. During this period Bhagwan and he became very good friends.

One day Bhagwan offered C Ramchandra an opportunity to give music to a Tamil film, which Bhagwan was to direct. C Ramchandra gladly did it. After doing one more Tamil film in Madras/Kerala, C Ramchandra got his first Hindi film ” Sukhi Jeevan”-42 as a music director-thanks to Master Bhagwan who was its director. This was the beginning of an eventful and illustrious career of C Ramchandra, who gave music in 112 films, composing 947 songs. He also sang 198 songs in 77 films during his career.

When Sohrab Modi sent a call to him to come for composing songs for one of his films, C Remembered remembered all this. While in Minerva, he knew Modi as a strict disciplinarian and a kind soul. In the subsequent period, C Ramchandra was impressed with the extraordinary success of Minerva movies like Pukar-39, Sikander-41 and Prithwi Vallabh-43. Afterall, his and Minerva’s careers had started together only ! Though he had become a famous and successful Music Director now with films like Shehnai, Saajan, Nadiya ke paar and Khidki etc amongst his 30 odd films, he went to meet Modi.

There was a tremendous change in circumstances when he left Minerva in 1938 and today when Minerva requested him to work for them in 1948. He had become so big that he could have easily refused to work for them, but he was not ungrateful. C Ramchandra has described this meeting to one of his friends, Isak Mujawar thus…

” When I entered the office of Minerva, after 10 years, I realised that while I had grown in my stature, Minerva had lost some of its sheen and its place among the top studios. Whatever I had learned while working here had made my foundation so strong that I could never repay Minerva’s debt fully. As I entered, I saw the same tall, well built Sohrab Modi and by his side Mehtab was sitting next to him. As soon as I crossed the door, both of them stood up. I was embarrassed. I went ahead and touched his feet. He murmured something and hugged me. I did Namaste to Mehtab ji. Modi talked briefly about his film and their expectations about the music. Then with a little hesitation, he asked me my fees. I smiled and said, “Give me just One Rupee, sir. That’s my fees for Minerva”. However, they did not agree and a nominal token fees was fixed. I signed the contract “.

Those were the days when artistes gratefully acknowledged the help they received in their early careers !

There is a name in the film’s cast- Wazir Mohammed Khan, who made his name written in Hindi film History for ever, for being the first ever singer on the screen, when he sang ” de de khuda ke naam par “, in film Aalam Ara-1931, India’s first Talkie film. Despite my efforts, I could not get any information about him, from any source at my disposal.

W.M.Khan was a Pathan. His first film was ‘Alam Ara’-31 and his last film was also Aalam Ara-73. he sang a song in the first film and again the same song in the similarly titled film Alam Ara-56. I saw him on the screen first time in film Kabuliwala-61, in which he lip synched the famous song ” Aye mere pyare watan…”. W.M.Khan acted in 73 films. He sang 6 songs in 4 films, namely Alam Ara-31, Sair e paristan-34, Dard e dil-34 and after 22 years he sang his first song again in film Alam Ara-56- though no record was issued for it. When he acted in the third version of Aalam Ara in 73, he became the first male actor to have worked in 3 films with the same title, from the very first Talkie film. The next and the only other actor to achieve this feat was Ashok kumar, who acted in Kangan-39, kangan-59 and kangan-72. The only female actress to achieve this feat was Sulochana ( Ruby Meyers) who had acted in Anarkali-28, Anarkali-35 and Anarkali-53.

Today’s song is the second song in a span of one month, which talks of ‘going to Bombay’, after a song from film ‘Kirti’-42, posted on 19-7-2018. The singer’s name of today’s song is not mentioned in HFGK. I hear 2 separate voices in the song, but people with better hearing than me can know more about the voices.
( credits- Autobio of C Ramchandra, Isak Mujawar’s book, Flash back, HFGK, MuVyz, and my notes )


Song-Chale chak chak chak chak rail (Mera Munna)(1948) Singers-Unknown child voice 1, unknown child voice 2, Lyrics-Qamar Jalalabadi, MD-C Ramchandra

Lyrics

chale chak chak chak chak rail
chale chak chak chak chak rail
chalo jee zara Bambai chalen
haan Bambai chalen
lage ismein na paani na tel
lage ismein na paani na tel
chalo jee zara Bambai chalen
haan Bambai chalen

hamne baapu ki ghanti churaayi
hamne baapu ki ghanti churaayi
maan ke aanchal ke jhande banaayi
maan ke aanchal ke jhande banaayi
hamne ghar mein banaaye hai rail
hamne ghar mein banaaye hai rail
chalo jee zara Bambai chalen
haan Bambai chalen
chale chak chak chak chak rail
chalo jee zara Bambai chalen
haan Bambai chalen

baapu laayenge jaa kar langoti
baapu laayenge jaakar langoti
maata laayenge ?? ki ??
maata laayenge ?? ki ??
ham khilaunon se bhar lenge rail
ham khilaunon se bhar lenge rail
chalo jee zara Bambai chalen
haan Bambai chalen
chale chak chak chak chak rail
chalo jee zara Bambai chalen
haan Bambai chalen

mere chaachaa jee Bambai se aayenge
mere chaachaa jee Bambai se aayenge
ghoda laayenge
tamtam bhi laayenge
ghoda laayenge
tamtam bhi laayenge
laayenge tota maina ka khel
laayenge tota maina ka khel
chalo jee zara Bambai chalen
haan Bambai chalen
chale chak chak chak chak rail
chalo jee zara Bambai chalen
haan Bambai chalen
lage ismein na paani na tel
chalo jee zara Bambai chalen
haan Bambai chalen

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5 Responses to "Chale chak chak chak chak rail"

Enjoyed reading about Minerva Movietone and C Ramchandra. Thanks Arunji for writing this. I also love songs of the movie. Pity its not available and forgotten.

Probably, ‘Mera Munna’ (1948) is the only film in which are songs with greetings ‘Good morning’ and ‘Good nights’ – both in the mukhdas of two different songs.

*which ‘have’ song

Good observation.
Thanks.

It sounds like
“Mata laayegi SASTE ki GOTI”

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