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Kehti hai mujhko duniya deewaana nashe mein hai

Posted on: February 10, 2020


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusaist 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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Hindi Songs from Bangla Films -17
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Bengali film industry has given us many eminent film directors. If I list the names in chronological order, the first name that comes to my mind is Debaki Kumar Bose who had directed classic films like ‘Chandidas’ (1932), ‘Puran Bhagat’ (1933), ‘Vidyapati’ (1937), ‘Nartaki’ (1940) etc. Next in line is P C Barua known for classic films like ‘Devdas’ (1935). ‘Mukti’ (1937), ‘Jawaab’ (1942) etc. Then we have Nitin Bose, Phani Majumdar, Bimal Roy etc. In respect of parallel cinema, names of Satyajit Roy, Mrinal Sen, Ritwik Ghatak, Tapan Sinha, Rituparno Ghosh etc are well known not only in India but also internationally. This list is not exhaustive as their names came to my mind mainly because they were associated with Hindi films.

During the last few months, I have been selectively watching Bangla films on video sharing platforms. In this way, I became aware of some more directors for the first time. Among them, one of the directors whose film direction I liked is that of Ajoy Kar. I have seen his films like ‘Harano Sur’ (1957), ‘Saptapadi’ (1961), “Saat Paake Bandha’ (1963). I have also gone through the details of his other films on the net. His films are mostly based on unusual story line. Being a cinematographer himself, his films are full of some fine black and white photography. In fact, his photography ‘speaks’ dialogues for the actors on whom the shots have been framed. His four films have received National Film Awards for the best feature film/Certificates of Merit in Bengali film category.

Recently, I watched one more of his film, ‘Khelaghar’ (1959) which strengthened my view that Ajoy Kar was one of the greatest Bengali film directors whose name has, by and large, remained unknown to non-Bengali film audience. He had no occasion to direct any Hindi film although one of his Bangla film ’Saat Paake Bandha’ (1963) was remade in Hindi as ‘Kora Kaagaz’ (1974) with Anil Ganguly as director.

‘Khelaghar’ [1959 (Playhouse)] was a suspense film based on a patriotic theme of pre-independent India with more prominence to human relationship. The story was written by Salil Sen Gupta who also wrote dialogues for the film. The main cast consisted of Uttam Kumar, Mala Sinha, Chhabi Biswas, Asit Baran, Salil Datta, Preeti Majumdar, Ashish Mukherjee, Khagen Pathak, Dhiraj Das etc. Hemant Kumar was the music director for the film.

The story in the film revolves around a revolutionary, Gautam Chatterjee (Uttam Kumar) and Ruchira (Mala Sinha), the daughter of the Police Insepctor Banerjee (Chhabi Biswas). The film starts with a scene in which revolutionary Gautam who has been awarded death sentence by hanging has escaped from the jail. After deceiving the police forces, he accidentally enters into a compound of the Police Inspector’s residence and climb the pipe leading to a bedroom where Ruchira is sleeping. He gags her and tells that to save his life, he is forced to do this act. After discarding his jail uniform and wearing Police Inspector’s casual dress, he leaves the house and remains elusive to the police.

In the meanwhile, Ruchira’s marriage has been fixed with a foreign-return boy against her wish but she agrees to the marriage to keep her father’s word. The prospective husband’s constant interference in her personal matters creates a rift between them and Ruchira avoids meeting him. Her father is bent upon marrying her with the boy despite Ruchira’s dislike for him. One day, after heated arguments with her father over her marriage, Ruchira runs away from home in the night. Her father sends his police to bring her back. In trying to dodge the police, Ruchira lands alone in a shady street where a group of goons try to catch up with her. A well-dressed person saves her from the goons. The person is none other than revolutionary Gautam who though recognises Ruchira, refrains from mentioning it while Ruchira fails to recognize him. Both introduce each other with their false names and background.

Having failed to convince Ruchira to go back to her home or take shelter in a women’s hostel, Gautam arranges for a small room for her stay with the help of his Hindi speaking associate (Asit Baran). In the meanwhile, the police forces are looking for Gautam. After getting a tip off from an informer, the police raid the house in which Ruchira is staying where Gautam has come on a visit. But his associate who has already got a wind of the police raid, makes both of them to escape from the back door. While Gautam knows that police had come to catch him, Ruchira thinks that her father had sent the police force to take her back home.

After this incidence, Gautam’s associates suggest him to leave Ruchira as the risk to his life by associating himself with a daughter of the Police Inspector is very high. They also think that she could be a mole from the police to catch him. But Gautam rejects the proposals and arranges her stay in a room of his associate’s house. Over a period of time, Ruchira starts liking Gautam who also likes her but he downplays his feeling towards her as he has no future for a settled life with noose around his neck already waiting.

While Gautam is having a meeting with his associates in an underground hideout, police forces raid the place. While trying to run away from the place, Gautam is hit by a bullet on his leg. Somehow, he escapes from the police dragnet and reaches to Ruchira who tends him. At this point, he tells her to return to her father’s home as he knew from the beginning that she was the daughter of Police Inspector, Banerjee. Later, she also comes to know from an old newspaper with his photo that the person who has helped her is none other than the revolutionary Gautam to whom the entire police force is looking to catch him. Guatam once again tries to persuade Ruchira by telling her that the last few days they spent together was like a playhouse on a sand which would be swept away by sea waves. But Ruchira remains firm on her decision not to leave him in this situation.

After few days, Inspector Banerjee is shocked to get the news from an informer that his daughter is looking after the injured Gautam in a house. He calls for police force and lead himself for a raid. He asks Gautam to surrender but Ruchira comes in his way and tells her father that he can take Gautam over her dead body. Nevertheless, Gautam surrenders and he is taken to the police station. Despite repeated plea from her father, Ruchira refuses to return home with him by telling that she would stay back in her husband’s house. Though she has not married to Guatam, her it was her intention to let her father know.

Now, here comes the suspense part of the film. Next day after the re-arrest of Gautam, a person surrenders in front of the Inspector Banerjee claiming that he is the real revolutionary Guatam Chatterjee and he would prove this only in the court. In the retrial of Gautam, the real Gautam Chatterjee reveals that the arrested person is Shantanu Roy (Uttam Kumar) who is not a member of the Revolutionary Group but a poet and musician in whose house the revolutionary group used to meet occasionally. During one such meeting in his house, the police raid led by Inspector Banerjee Shantanu Roy held the door until all the revolutionaries including Guatam Chatterjee escaped from the back door. Since Inspector Banerjee addressed Shantanu Roy as Gautam Chatterjee, this gave an idea to Shantanu Roy to impersonate himself as Gautam Chatterjee to save the real Gautam Chatterjee.

The court pronounced the judgement giving 2 years of rigorous infringement to Shantanu Roy for falsifying as Gautam Chatterjee and having link with the revolutionary group. The film ends with Shantanu Roy telling Ruchira that after all, the playhouse is going to remain true as it is the question of few months wait.

The film is a ‘must watch’ for its superb story telling direction, the excellent performances by the main actors and the sublime black and white photography. Most of the scenes have been shot in the night in keeping with the theme of the film. That Ajoy Kar took some excellent close-up shots of Mala Sinha and Uttam Kumar, speak a lot about their acting ability. I never felt bored in watching this film which has English sub-titles.

I found only one song listed in the film on various sites which is a Bengali song rendered by Hemant Kumar. I came to know about a short (of about 2 minutes) Hindi song only after watching the film which I am presenting with this article. The song is ‘kehti hai mujhko duniya deewaana nashe mein hai’ sung by Mohammed Rafi and picturised on Asit Baran in the role of an associate of the revolutionary Gautam in the film. Since his dialogues in the film are in Hindi, the song has to be in Hindi which is set to music by Hemant Kumar. Going by the credit titles of the film, the song is written by S H Bihari.

Actually, Asit Baran is acting as a drunkard to get into a room where he is secretly scheduled to meet Gautam. Since the duration of the song is less than 2 minutes, probably no gramophone record of the song was made. Luckily, the video clip of the song is available. There is another two- line Hindi song sung by Rafi and picturised on Asit Baran.

By the way, Asit Baran was a well known actor-singer and playback singer who has acted and sung in Hindi films like ‘Saugandh’ (1942), ‘Kashinath’ (1943), ‘Wapas’ (1943), ‘Wasiyatnama’ (1945), ‘Manzoor’ (1949), ‘Parineeta’ (1953), ‘Suhag Sindoor’ (1953 ), etc. But for the song under discussion, Rafi sang for him. The reason is that by 1953, Asit Baran’s voice had somewhat deteriorated. In the film ‘Suhaag Sindoor’ (1953), songs sung by Shailesh Mukherjee may have been picturised on Asit Baran who was the lead actor in the film.

Enjoy this lesser known Rafi song.

Video link:

Song-Kehti hai mujhko duniya deewaana nashe mein hai (Khelaghar)(1959) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-S H Bihari, MD-Hemant Kumar

Lyrics

kehti hai mujhko duniya
deewaana nashe mein hai
ha ha ha
wah
nashe mein hai
meri nazar se dekho
zamaana nashe mein ha….i
kehti hai mujhko duniya
deewaana nashe mein hai
meri nazar se dekho
zamaana nashe mein hai
hic
nashe mein hai

bhookha koi gareeb jab
raahon mein gir pada
bhookha koi gareeb jab
raahon mein gir pada
duniya ne ye kaha ke
uthhaana nashe mein hai
kehti hai mujhko duniya
deewaana nashe mein hai
meri nazar se dekho
zamaana nashe mein hai

ik jaam aur de de
ho saaqi tera bhala
de de saaqi kya kami hai
ik jaam aur de de
ho saaqi tera bhala
aakhir tera deewaana hai
maana nashe mein hai
kehti hai mujhko duniya
deewaana nashe mein hai
meri nazar se dekho
zamaana nashe mein hai
hic
nashe mein…..

6 Responses to "Kehti hai mujhko duniya deewaana nashe mein hai"

Sadanand ji,

I must congratulate and thank you profusely for presenting this series. This is actually working as a window to all of us,for Bangla films- which in normal circumstances we would not have cared for….seeing them a distant possibility.
I am also convinced once again that Bangla film fraternity is much much ahead of its Hindi counterpart. In this matter it is like Laxmi and Parvati of Lanka ( the rich and the poor), as far as treatment to the films by the directors and the variety of topics that are used for making films.
Today’s film story tops the list of stories you have presented so far. Thanks once again.
The Blog has become richer by your this series, undoubtedly and I am fortunate to have seen this series.
I hope other readers too realise the value of this effort by you.
-AD

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To add to your remarks, this song itself is a hidden gem.

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Arun ji,
Thanks for your encouraging words.

Earlier, I used to assume that barring the parallel films directed by some of the Bengal’s greatest directors like Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Ritwik Ghatak etc, rest of the films would be commercial films. It is only after watching more than a dozen Bengali films of other directors, I realised that these Bengali films are mostly ‘middle of the road’ films ( say between parallel and commercial films). They have strong story lines. There are no excessive melodrama nor other masala ingreadients like fights, dances or item numbers etc.

I feel that it is the Bengali audience who encourages producers/directors to make such films as I have noted that most of these ‘middle of the road’ films have been commercially successful.

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Sadanand ji,

You have made a point which is actually the strength of Bangla films from the start of films and that is Strong story lines !
The Bangla people are mad at reading all that is published in their languages. This has imbibed in the film makers and they always resorted to making films on some existing stories.
The Bangla production houses do not have ” story Departments ” like in Mumbai.
-AD

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This indeed is a ‘Unique series’ introducing us to the hidden gems and ‘Bangla’ movies too.
I remember I had watched many ‘Bangla’ movies on Sunday afternoons on ‘Doordarshan’ during my stay at Kota. I had a great admiration and fascination for them and the ‘folklore’ from that part of India.
Thanks for this post and song,
Thanks for this wonderful series.

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Thanks for the appreciation.

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