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Mere baba ne baat meri maan li

Posted on: August 14, 2019


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Today’s song is from film Shakuntala-43. This was the first film of V.Shantaram, under his own new banner- Rajkamal Kala mandir. The song is sung by film’s Heroine, Jayashree, on whom it was filmed also. The song was written by Ratan Piya ( I like this musical name, really !) and the music was by Vasant Desai.

The film was directed by Shantaram and the Cinematographer was his own brother V. Awadhoot.The cast of the film Shakuntala-43 was, Jayashree, Chandramohan, nana Palshikar, Nimbalkar, Zohra, Shantarin, Ameena, Vilas, Ratan piya etc etc.

Besides being the first film of Rajkamal, it was also first film of Vasant Desai to give music to a Shantaram film. He went on togive music to other Shantaram films like, Parbat pe apna dera-44, Dr. Kotnis ki amar kahani-46, Matwala shayar Ram Joshi-47 ( Amar Bhoopali-52 in Bangla and in 55 for Marathi version also), Dahej-52, Surang-53, Jhanak jhanak payal baje-55, do aankhen baraa haath-57 and Ladki Sahyadri ki-66.

Likewise, for Lyricist and writer Diwan Sharar ( real name Dewan Atmanand Sharar) also this was first film with Shantaram. He adapted the story from original ‘ Abhigyan Shakuntalam” in Sanskrit by mahakavi Kalidas. He wrote the story, dialogues and some lyrics too. later on he did some more Shantaram filmslike Parbat pe apna dera-44, Dr, Kotnis ki amar kahani-46, Apna Desh-49, Teen batti Chaar raasta-53 and jhanak jhanak Payal Baje-55.

So far,8 songs of this film are already discussed here and lot of information has been given in them, I too have done one post for this film. I wrote about this film being the First in 3 cases as mentioned above. This film also was the Last film in Pre-Partition era for one artiste, who was a very popular and well known Heroine, in the early era of the Hindi films. Her name is Miss Zohra Jaan aka Zohra.

In the Hindi film industry history,there have been many brother and sister pairs who worked in films. However, there were only 2 cases where 3 sisters worked in Hindi films as Heroines. The first ‘Triplet’ was Zubeida (Alam Ara fame), Sultana and Shahzadi,who all operated in the 30’s. The second ‘ Triplet ‘ was Zohra, Mushtari and Anuradha (real name Khurseed Akhtar), who worked in Hindi films from the 20s to the 40s. Mushtari died in her teens, after doing just 8 films as Heroine, and the other sisters migrated to Pakistanafter partition.

Miss Zohra Jaan or Zohra is not known to most people. She was one of the most successful heroines in the 30’s, having her first 5 films declared as Hit films, in the early era of Cinema. let us know more about her.

Zohra was born into a famous courtesan’s family of Delhi. originally from Punjab, the family had shifted to Delhi for better prospects. She was trained in Dance and Music in Lahore. They were 3 sisters-Zohra, Mushtari and Khursheed Akhtar ( screen name Anuradha). Zohra, as a young girl, was very naughty and mischievous. She had learnt Urdu, Punjabi and Pushtu languages, with excellence.

One day, while on an outing in Lahore, with father, Zohra saw a shooting on the road. This was her first encounter with a film shooting and she was terribly impressed. A.R.Kardar had started a small studio ‘ United players’ Corporation’ in Lahore and he was doing the shooting. He saw the sisters and was keen on taking them in films. Next day Kardar, along with a common friend, went to Zohra’s father and made his offer, which was out rightly refused by her father.

After few days, her father took the family to Bombay, in 1928, for some work. They hired a beautiful bungalow on Chaupati. Zohra was quite grown up now.she sang very well. She did some Mujra programmes. At the same time her Mujra and some devotional songs were recorded by The Twin Records company.

Neelam, a singer known to the family took the girls to see a film in Imperial Talkies. Ardeshir Irani, who saw them there, was impressed.Along with Neelam, he went to meet her father, next day. He offered Rs. 500 for each sister- Zohra and Mushtari- per month if they agree to working in his films.In those days, Rs. 1000 was a hugh amount and it did the trick . With father’s permission, Zohra was very happy.She did 2 silent films- Nand kumar-1929 and Radha Krishna-1930.

When the Talkie films started, she did Anang sena-31, Niti Vijay-32, Dagabaz Ashiq-32 and Bharati Mata-32 with Imperial. However, due to her command over Urdu language and good acting all these films being Hits, she started getting offers from other producers. She got an offer of Rs. 2500 and she left Imperial. Mushtari continued at imperial. ( Mushtari,who was in her teens did only 8 films. She fell ill and was removed to Lahore. However Mushtari died on 8-6-1934 at a very young age.)

Zohra became very popular and went on from 2500 to 5000 rupees per month. She was a very calculated person and saved quite a lot money. She went on doing films after films. In the beginning of her carer she had married Rafique Ghaznavi, who was making a career in films as actor,director, singer and Music Director. He had earlier married Anwari in Lahore but divorced her after a daughter was born.

In film industry, Zohra was known as ‘Marlene Dietrich’ of India. From 1931 to 1943, she did 31 films and had sung 44 songs in 15 films. Unfortunately none of her records of film songs are available,as most songs were not made commercially. Her private NF song records may be available with some Record Collectors of India or Pakistan. her last film in India was “Shakuntala”-43. She was further engaged to work in Shantaram’s next film ‘Parbat pe apna dera’-44. At that time the winds of Partition were blowing and some communal riots also took place. Zohra was scared and she left for Lahore.

Meanwhile Rafique Ghazanavi had divorced her after 15 years of married life. He married Zohra’s younger sister Anuradha. After migrating to Pakistan, he divorced her also and married someone else. Their daughter Shaheen was young now and ready for entering films. Zohra married director A.M.Mirza.

Sohrab Modi and Kardar urged her to come back for their films,but she was reluctant to come here due to fear. In Lahore,her daughter started getting film roles.In 1948, Filmistan invited her to act in their proposed film “Heer Ranjha”. So, Zohra came on 3 month’s visa. She immediately worked in a quicky stunt film “Aaj ka Farhad”-48. The news of her coming to Bombay spread and she was flooded with offers. In just 15 days, she made 10 contracts. Prithviraj Kapoor got her 1 year visa, with Morar ji Desai’s help.

During this period some artistes in Pakistan felt that because of Indian films,film industry in Pakistan was not developing and hence there was an agitation not to take any Indian films for exhibition and distribution. As a reply, India also declared not to take any Pakistani artiste in Indian films. Producers like Jagdish Sethi and P N Aurora hesitated to proceed with their films with Zohra. So once again Zohra went back to Pakistan.

Her daughter Shaheen’s career took off. Several offers came to Zohra also,but she did not want to work with new people. Consequently,offers stopped coming. It was rumoured that Zohra was curt, egoistic and very quick tempered, which was actually true. in reality Zohra could never forget the free atmosphere at India and the work of professionals here. That was also the cause of her career’s ending Pakistan. There is no information about her after that. In India, Zohara worked with the Best actors, best Directors and Best banners, at Bombay, Lahore and Calcutta.

Hindi film industry is full of unbelievable stories and anecdotes about producers, Directors, Actors, Singers and music Directors. Among actresses,the story of actress Shanta Apte is very famous how she taught a lesson to Baburao Patel, by beating him with a whip, in his office, for writing objectionable and insulting about her in magazine Film India. her name is quotes as an example of Woman-Power, courage and as an act of protecting self respect.

It is unfortunate that an act of similar nature, performed by Zohra in 1934 ( much earlier to Shanta Apte’s act) has remained unknown. She did something to protect her self respect and to teach a lesson for insulting her.Let us know how it happened.

Zohra was shooting for film ‘Jawani Diwani’-34 in Jayant studio of Jayant Desai. She had sent her driver for bringing lunch, but he was delayed. The shooting was going on even after the Lunch period of 1.30 to 2.30. She became very uneasy. Unmindful of the delay, the director arranged foranother shot. Zohra told him,” Lunch hour is already over and it is past 2.30.I am going.”

The director said ” you cant go without doing this shot.”

Zohra was angry and said- “you are arranging for this shot since last one hour. I can not wait anymore.”

Director said sarcastically, ” O Bai ji, this is your job, not a joke.”

His calling her “Bai ji” was very insulting for Zohra. She removed her chappals and gave a solid beating to the director. He started begging pardon. This matter went to the owners and the director was removed instantly. You must be wondering how the word ‘ Bai ji’ annoyed Zohra. To understand this, we have to know something.

To understand this word,we have to go back in History. There were 565 Princely states in India before Partition. Due to patronising of fine arts like music and dance by these Princes, a new class of Nautch Girls emerged in the 19th century. All Nautch Girls were not the same. Author Michael Kinnear, in his book “The Gramophone company’s first Indian Recordings 1899-1908 “, has explained the classification and Nomenclatures of these Nautch Girls. As per that, there were 4 types…

Lowest Class…..IV Name – Khanki Prostitutes/Sex workers
Class III Name – Kaneez Daasi or servant
Class II Name – Bai ji Singing/Dancing
Class I Name – Jaan Top class singers

They all were called collectively as Tawayafs. The readers will now understand the difference between Amirbai,Waheedanbai,Jaddanbai and Tamancha Jaan, Gauhar Jaan, Malika Jaan, Zohra Jaan etc etc.

There were quite a few such stars in the annals of early cinema world. Hopefully,more artistes will be dug out with their history.

Today’s song is sung by Jaishree. The video shows how happy Shakuntala is, about her father agreeing to send her to Dushant.

( This article is based on information from various sources, like Zohra’s interview in Madhuri magazine of 18-12-1981, book ” The lost treasure” by Kamlakar Pasupuleti and Surjit Singh ji, Screenplay by Isak Mujawar, MuVyz, HFGK, CITWF, shri Harish Raghuwanshi ji and my notes.)


Song- Mere baba ne baat meri maan li (Shakuntala)(1943) Singer-Jayshree, Lyricist- Ratan Piya, MD- Vasant Desai

Lyrics

Mere baba ne baat meri maan li
Mere baba ne baat meri maan li
?? baba ne
?? baba ne
achche baba ne baat meri maan li
achche baba ne baat meri maan li
Mere baba ne baat meri maan li
Mere baba ne baat meri maan li

?? sandes
apne preetam ke des
?? sandes
apne preetam ke des
haay ??
kaun jaaye arri
le ke paati meri
kaun jaaye arri
le ke paati meri
Mere baba ne baat meri maan li
Mere baba ne baat meri maan li

bhanwre bhejoon tujhe
par hai ye darr mujhe
wo bhi kaliyon ka ras pee ke phool jaayega
wo bhi kaliyon ka ras pee ke phool jaayega
aur mera sandesa bhi bhool jaayega
aur mera sandesa bhi bhool jaayega

meri nanhi kudi(??)
aaj kar lo deri
meri nanhi kudi(??)
aaj kar lo deri

arre pyaari gayi maari
kya jaayegi
arre pyaari gayi maari
kya jaayegi
raah aadhi na pahunchegi
laut aayegi
raah aadhi na pahunchegi
laut aayegi
Mere baba ne baat meri maan li
Mere baba ne baat meri maan li

maina

kaho mitthhu ye maina tumhaari
saari baaten kahegi hamaari
nahin bhoolegi na
na na na na na
?? kah degi na
haan haan haan haan haan
mere pyaare pyaare maina
mere achche achche maina
mere pyaare pyaare maina
mere achche achche maina
leja meri khabar
mere saajan ke ghar
leja meri khabar
mere saajan ke ghar
Mere baba ne baat meri maan li
Mere baba ne baat meri maan li

kahna ab to bula lo mujhe
apne paas
kahna ab to bula lo mujhe
apne paas
pyaasi dasshan ki main
swaami teri udaas
pyaasi dasshan ki main
swaami teri udaas
dekh lena badha
unki jaldi se ??
jajaaldi jaldi se
meri pyaari pyaari maina
meri achchi ahchi maina
meri pyaari pyaari maina
meri achchi ahchi maina
leja meri khabar
mere saajan ke ghar
leja meri khabar
mere saajan ke ghar
Mere baba ne baat meri maan li
Mere baba ne baat meri maan li

aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa

7 Responses to "Mere baba ne baat meri maan li"

Arun ji,

This was my mother’s one of favourite songs. I have heard this song not on gramophone record or on radio but from my mother in my childhood. I wanted to write the article discussing this song, But due to bad audio, I could not decipher the lyrics. So I selected another song from the film for the article.

It is nice to see that at last, this song is making appearance on the Blog.

Thanks for the article which is, as usual, full of information

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Sadanand ji,
Interesting to read how this song was heard first by you.
Thanksfor your appreciation.
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Suggestion from my side but needs to be verified

Mere baba ne baat meri maan li
Mere baba ne baat meri maan li
?? baba ne haan
rishi baba ne haan

bheju kaise sandes
apne preetam ke des
bheju kaise sandes
apne preetam ke des
haay koi kahin
mujhe milta nahin

meri nanhi gudi (??)
aas kar loon teri
meri nanhi gudi (??)
aas kar loon teri

arre jaari gayi maari
tu kya jaayegi
arre jaari gayi maari
tu kya jaayegi

kaho mitthhu ye maina tumhaari
saari baaten kahegi hamaari
nahin bhoolegi na
na na na na na
ye kah degi na

meri pyaari pyaari maina
meri achchhi achchhi maina
meri pyaari pyaari maina
meri achchhi achchhi maina

pyaasi darshan ki main
swaami ke bin udaas
pyaasi darshan ki main
swaami ke bin udaas
dekh naina (??) badha
udke jaldi se jaa
udke jaldi se jaa

meri pyaari pyaari maina
meri achchhi achchhi maina
meri pyaari pyaari maina
meri achchhi achchhi maina

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Dear Guruji,

To the best of one’s knowledge V SHANTARAM made the film AMAR BHOOPLAI in Marathi and Bangla at the same time in 1951/2. It was shown in the 1952 Cannes Film Festival. Here is the iconic song in Bangla :

Although the writing is in Bangla, it reads “Film : Amar Bhupali (1952).

Submitted

PARTHA CHANDA

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Thanks for this information, which I should have checked earlier.
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Thanks for the informative ( as always) post. That bit about ‘classification’ of Nautch girls was amusing ( to me).
Considering that Zohra was a sought after actress, I wonder what role she played in this movie, where Jayashree plays the heroine..
I have not heard this song so far ( not even from my mother,…ha ..ha .. ha). It does have an old world charm

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Thanks, Satish ji.
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