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Roz kunwaa khoden bhai roz piyen paani

Posted on: March 19, 2019


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 other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, 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 Jungle mein Mangal-47. This was a stunt C grade movie made by Harishchandra Pictures. The film was directed by Baburao Badodekar- a name I heard for the first time. No wonder, because in those days, when stunt films were made by the dozen an year and at a cost of Rs. 30 to 40 thousand, getting quality directors for them was not possible. A seasoned Cameraman or an actor from even stage drama used to double as director of such movies for about 1 or 2 thousand rupees per film. The song writers used to get 10 to 15 rupees per song and unknown composers used to get lured by the prospect of seeing his name in the booklet, name in the film credits and about 2 or 3 thousand rupees per film.

Munshi Shyam was the Lyricist for this movie. Initially, I used to laugh at such hybrid names, but as the time went by I realised that the poets thought differently about their Takallus (pen name), probably considering it as an exclusive identity. Many Lyricists flaunted their hometown name with their Pen names- like Sahir Ludhiyanvi (Abdul Hai), Majrooh Sultanpuri (Asrar Hasan Khan), Arzoo Lucknowi (Syed Anwar Hussain), Anjum Jaipuri (Osman Khan Rehmani) etc etc.

This film’s music was by Nandram Omkar ji. he was the exclusive composer of Harishchandra Pictures and gave music to only 5 of their films, namely, Jungle mein Mangal, Barrister and Azad Jeevan-all of 1947, Sone ki Chidiya and Bahadur Jeevan of 1948. No other information about him as to where from he came or where to he went , is available. From the name, he seems to be a Rajasthani person. The cast of the film was Harishchandra Rao, Latika, Dalpat, Munshi Shyam, Balram etc etc.

After I started writing posts on old film songs, my outlook to the life changed completely. This world was something new for me. I was able to use whatever knowledge I had gathered over my past life span. Of course my diaries, which I was habituated to maintain after seeing every film seen, came very handy. Everything was going smoothly and one day something happened.

I was the Chairman of our Housing Society for over 10 years. Our recent Treasurer in our society was one Mr. Ramesh Advani. After we worked together for few years, one day he casually said that he was the son of Bhudo Advani-the yesteryear comedian. i was stunned. Even in my dreams I had not imagined that I would some day be in close contact with some actor’s close relative. I was excited and told him that I want to interview him, so that first hand information about his father can be put on Internet. He agreed and called his elder sister also and one full day I talked to them, making notes and selecting old photographs from their albums.

Soon the interview was posted on http://www.memsaabstory.com, a Blog site belonging to an American enthusiast and a lover of Hindi old films. The response was beyond my expectation. After this I became alert and grabbed all opportunities to interview close relatives of old actors. Without going into details of every instance, I can only say that I could interview daughter of Parshuram, son in law of Mirza Musharraf, grandson of early era stunt star Shankarrao Vazare, Son of Heroine Indurani, daughter of yesteryear Heroine Latika- among the few I have contacted and collected first hand information about the artistes concerned.

Ms. Cindy Bell, daughter of actress Latika (Heroine of today’s film also) reacted to one of my posts on this Blog, in which I had said that Latika was a Jew. Cindy wrote in her comment that Latika was not Jew etc. I got in touch with her- first by E mail and then by Phone ( she is in London). She sent Latika’s detailed information to me from London, where Latika was living in 2014, with her sons and daughter.

In the year 2014, I got in touch with Ms. Sindy Bell, daughter of Latika and a resident of London, U.K. Sindy was kind enough to provide me a brief note on her Biography. Latika had acted only in 13 films from 1944 to 1948.

” Latika was born 13th October, 1924 in Darjeeling. Her Tibetan name was Hungu-Lamou. Her mother was Tibetan. Her father was an Australian who adopted Buddhism, living in India as a race horse trainer for the Maharajas. He died when Latika was still very young leaving her with a newly born brother. As a child, Latika was sent to the Kalimpong girl’s orphanage also called ‘The Homes’ for her education by her mother and new step-father until she was 16. Her mother had four more children, her half-brothers and sisters.

The Homes (one for girls, one for boys) were founded by a Scottish missionary, so as a child, Latika was christened Agnes and this is the name she uses in England. Her mother was Buddhist, her step-father, an Anglo-Indian by the name of Webber, was a Protestant but Buddhism was the prevalent faith among her surrounding family of aunties and uncles in Darjeeling.

Latika’s step-father was an engineer who built bridges and due to his work, when she was a teenager, they moved to Mumbai. It was there that Latika made friends with a neighbour who was a kathak dancer and actress. She was invited to visit the Minerva film studios and was there spotted by the director Sohrab Modi and offered the opportunity to act. This was where she was given the stage name Latika, which she is still called by friends and family in India to this day.

In those days, all the scripts were in Urdu which she read beautifully and also learnt kathak dancing. I’m sure you already know the 12 films Latika acted in from the mid 1940’s to early 1950’s, in particular the film Gopinath with Raj Kapoor (1948), where she played the ‘femme fatale’ and her lovely dance sequence in Jugnu (1947).

Latika had always had a respect and interest in holy writings. It was during this period that she met a Jehovah’s Witness who was able to explain the bible, not as a church book, but as holy writings, it’s answers to the ‘big’ questions we all ask and it’s promised blessings. It satisfied all of Latika’s questions about life, so she became a Jehovah’s Witness.

It was while as an actress she met and eventually became friends with Gope at the studios. To this day, Latika says he was the kindest, most compassionate man she ever met. They married and, at Gope’s request, Latika retired from the film industry.

Latika did introduce Gope to the bible. He would read by himself (or as my mother would say, ‘exclaim in delight!’), passages from it, early mornings on the verandah before work. She said he was particularly taken with the accounts of Jesus and how tenderly he treated people. To her surprise, of his own volition, he too become a Jehovah’s Witness.

Gope had a large house in Juhu which also came to house all Latika’s family. When we saw it, it had became a hotel but I’m not sure what has happened to it now.

Before Gope’s death, they had two sons, Gope Jr, and Lalith. When Gope suddenly and unexpectedly died, when the boys were three and five, mum decided to join her siblings who had earlier migrated to the UK. I came from her second marriage.

Latika is still alive and very well and living in the UK. She is in her 90th year, still beautiful. My niece’s second name is Latika and Gope Jr’s two sons bear the (second) name of Gope also. Latika has a big family with grand-children and great grand-children, all from Gope’s lineage. ”

Harishchandrarao and Chandrarao Kadam- this brother pair of actor-producer-director was famous in the circle of stunt film crowds, both onscreen and off screen.

Hero of this stunt film was Harishchandra Rao (Kadam). He was born in Bhuj, Gujarat on 11-8-1910. He did early schooling in Bhuj, but his family shifted to Karachi, due to financial debacle. He did Cycle repairing work and completed his matriculation by age of 18 years. He joined a Touring film company. Once, while in Bombay he was watching the film shooting in Paramount company. Suddenly, the director offered him a role in the film. Thus he entered the films. from 1932 he did few silent films.

He joined Shankar Bhatt’s Prakash Pictures and worked in their first Talkie, ” Bambai ki Mohini “- 1934. He was with Prakash, upto 1939, doing stunt films inside and outside also. He did some films for Wadia too, in between. Finally he started his own company, ” Harishchandra Productions “. He continued to work as actor, director and producer. he sang few songs also.

Some of his films were Daulat, Naujawan, Rangila mazdoor, Rangila jeevan, Sukhi jeevan, Lehri jawan, Inaam, Sone ki chidiya, Durban, Laat sahib, Tamasha etc etc He worked in about 42 films.

His brother Chandrarao Kadam was also a stunt actor. He was known as Stunt King. He had his Chandrarao Films. He acted, directed and produced films. The brothers were friendly with Master Bhagwan and gave him preference in their films, till Bhagwan started his own company- Jagriti films. later on Chandrarao floated his own Chandivali Studio in Bombay suburb, which is still actively run by his progeny.

In the cast one finds the name Dalpat. Not much information was available about him. Here is what I found on Fb group ‘Vo din yaad karo’. This is written by shri M N Sardana ji. Thank you, sir for this bit of information.

Dalpat (Joshi) was also stunt artist . A tall, sophisticated and suave person mostly appeared in negative roles . Dalpat was a part of Wadia’s unit since its inception and played the role of villain in the stunt movies ,which used to have Fearless Nadia and John Cawas or occasionally some other hero, apt in performing stunts .

Owing to the unprecedented popularity of Miss Nadia , other film makers also cast her along with Mr John Cawas and Mr Dalpat in their similar type of stunt movies for which she was known . After her era was over ,Basant Pictures concentrated their energy in making Mythological and Arabian Night movies ,in which Dalpat Saab always had a role . Later in 50s, studio system came to an end and actors and technicians who learned their art from their benevolent master Homi Wadia , looked for assignment from other producers.

One may call it as destiny or lack of initiative on the part of Mr Dalpat Ram , he was offered only costume /stunt/religious movies by outside producers . Mr Dalpat ,who did a stint of production controller for few movies, was reverentially called Dalpat Kaka owing to his age ,seniority and status by film folks. Dalpat acted in 121 films, from Hoor e Baghdad-34 to Toofani Takkar-78.

Today’s song is one of the more rare songs, according to its up loader- our own Sadanand Kamath ji. He says, none of the songs from any of the films of Nandram Omkar ji are available on You Tube. So, this happens to be the first and the only song available on You Tube today. Thanks, Sadanand ji. This song is sung by an unknown Male singer with chorus. With this song, the film and the MD make their debut on the Blog.


Song-Roz kunwaa khoden bhai roz piyen paani(Jungle Mein Mangal)(1947) Singer-Unknown male singer, Lyrics-Munshi Shyam, MD- Nandram Omkar ji
Chorus

Lyrics

ho ho
he he he
he he he

Roz kunwaa khoden bhai
Roz kunwaa khoden
roz piyen paani
ye hai ghareebon ki zindgaani
ye hai ghareebon ki zindgaani
Roz kunwaa khoden bhai
Roz kunwaa khoden
roz piyen paani
ye hai ghareebon ki zindgaani
ye hai ghareebon ki zindgaani

he he
he he he
he he
he he he
he
he
he he
he he

sukh mein khushi hai
na dukh mein hai ranzo gham
sukh mein khushi hai
na dukh mein hai ranzo gham

sukh mein khushi hai
na dukh mein hai ranzo gham
sukh mein khushi hai
na dukh mein hai ranzo gham

is jag mein yoon hi bita dete hain ham
is jag mein yoon hi bita dete hain ham
is jag mein yoon hi bita dete hain ham
apna ladakpan budhaapa jawaani
ye hai ghareebon ki zindgaani
apna ladakpan budhaapa jawaani
ye hai ghareebon ki zindgaani
ye hai ghareebon ki zindgaani

Roz kunwaa khoden bhai
Roz kunwaa khoden
roz piyen paani
ye hai ghareebon ki zindgaani
ye hai ghareebon ki zindgaani

he he he he
he he he he
he he he he
he he he he
hey
he he
he he
he he
he he

dharti se ham nikaalen paani aur daana
dharti se ham nikaalen paani aur daana
dharti se ham nikaalen paani aur daana
dharti se ham nikaalen paani aur daana
haan is par bhi roothha hai hamse zamaana
is par bhi roothha hai hamse zamaana
haan is par bhi roothha hai hamse zamaana
isne hamaari kadar hi na jaani
ye hai ghareebon ki zindgaani
isne hamaari kadar hi na jaani
ye hai ghareebon ki zindgaani
ye hai ghareebon ki zindgaani

Roz kunwaa khoden bhai
Roz kunwaa khoden
roz piyen paani
ye hai ghareebon ki zindgaani
ye hai ghareebon ki zindgaani

hup ho ho
hup ho ho
hoy hoy
ho
ho ho ho
ho ho ho
ho ho
ho ho
ho ho ho
ho ho ho
ho ho

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