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Shabnam To Royi Royi, Taare Bhi Roye Bairi

Posted on: March 14, 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 in Bangla Films – 22
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‘Banarasi’ (1962, Bangla film) was produced by Ruma Guha Thakurta and was directed by her husband, Arup Guha Thakurta. The film was based on a story written by novelist Bimal Mitra (he also wrote the story of the film ‘Sahab Bibi Gholam’).  The main actors in the film are Soumitra Chatterjee, Ruma Guha Thakurta, Tulsi Chakraborty, Tarun Kumar, Asha Devi, Maneka Devi, Shyam Laha etc. The film is available on a video sharing platform with English sub-titles.

I had heard of Ruma Guha Thakurta (Ruma Devi for Hindi film audience) as an occasional actor in Hindi films and an ex-wife of Kishore Kumar. Finding her name in the Bangla film under discussion, that too not only as an actor-singer but also as a producer of the film, I thought I need to know more about her than what I had the impression about her in my mind. Fortunately, information about her is available on-line including her interview on Doordarshan.

Ruma Devi (03/11/1934 – 03/06/2019) was born as Ruma Ghosh (later known as Ruma Guha Thakurta after her second marriage) in a family of talented vocalists. She was the niece of Satyajit Ray.

Ruma Devi started as a dancer in Uday Shankar’s troupe in Almora. Later, she shifted to Bombay (now Mumbai) and worked as a child actor in her first film, the Bombay Talkies’ ‘Jwaar Bhata’ (1944). She worked in three more Hindi films – ‘Mashaal’, 1950 (’Samar’ in Bangla), ‘Afsar’ (1950) and ‘Raag Rang’ (1952). She got married to Kishore Kumar in 1951. After the birth of their son, Amit Kumar in 1952, Ruma Devi stopped working in the films.

In 1958, Ruma Devi and Kishore Kumar parted amicably. Ruma Devi shifted to Kolkata and set up Calcutta Youth Choir (CYC) in collaboration with her maternal uncle, Satyajit Ray and Salil Chowdhury. Throughout her life, she was actively involved with CYC. In 1974, she led a troupe of singers and dancers of CYC to participate in Copenhagen Youth Festival where CYC won the first prize.

In 1959, she worked in her first exclusive Bangla language film, ‘Ganga’ (‘The River’, 1960) as a supporting actor. Her role in the film was critically acclaimed. She worked in about 60 Bangla films from 1950 through 1998 during which she was associated with the renowned  directors like Satyajit Ray in ‘Abhijan; (1962) and ‘Ghanashatru’ (1989), with Tapan Sinha in films like ‘Atithi’ (1959) and ‘Nirjon Saikote’ (1963) and with Tarun Majumdar in films like ‘ Palatak; (1963) and ‘Balika Bodhu’ (1967). She also worked in Bangla films as a playback singer and did choreography in a couple of Bangla films. Her last film as an actor was Mira Nair’s English film ‘The Namesake’ (2006).

In 1960, Ruma Devi got married to director Arup Guha Thakurta with whom she has a son, Ayan and a daughter, Sromona Chakroborty who is a singer.

Ruma Devi passed away in her sleep on 03/06/2019 at her Kolkata residence due to old age-related problems.

The story of ‘Banarasi’ (1962) is as under:

Ratan (Soumitra Chatterjee) works as a draftsman in the railways and stays in an old man’s house in Kolkata as a paying guest. The only person with whom he shares his personal matters and who also help him financially in case of need is his close friend, Monty (Tarun Kumar). One day, while returning from watching a play in the theatre, Ratan sees a girl who has stopped her horse driven coach to buy a paan. The girl’s face resembles that of his childhood friend, Sona (Ruma Guha Thakurta) who was kidnapped at the ghats of River Ganga in Banaras. He watches her until she gets down from the coach and enters a building. Ratan wants to meet her but Monty discourages him by saying that the building houses courtesans. But Ratan is anxious to visit her to ascertain whether she is really Sona, his childhood friend to whom he was to marry later.

One day, without the knowledge of Monty, Ratan visits Sona and comes to know that the girl he saw earlier was indeed Sona whose life has now changed after her kidnapping and she has become a courtesan with a new name ‘Banarasi’. Ratan tells her that he wants to marry her and both of them can still start a life afresh by shifting to a place away from Kolkata where no one would know their background. After much persuasion, Sona agrees. Ratan arranges his transfer to a remote village where Railway is lying new tracks. Sona runs away with Ratan in the night.  Both of them get married in a temple at Kalighat and travel by train to their new place of work in a remote village.

The station master of the village railway station accommodates him in his house until he gets the staff quarters. Both Ratan and Sona are happy. However, their happiness is short lived as Ratan comes across a calendar with her picture as a courtesan in a shop. Now Sona’s past haunts him and there is some tension between husband and wife. Their tension is further compounded when one of Sona’s old clients who has halted in the village on a business trip, recognises Sona. She and Ratan are humiliated in the presence of villagers. Sona decides to leave her husband as she feels that it was due to her past that Ratan has to face the humiliation in the society. She leaves the house in the dead of the night. Ratan, on not finding her wife in the house, goes out searching for her. He meets Sona halfway and promises her that no matter what the society says, he would always be with her. With these words, Ratan accompanies Sona to an uncharted place leaving everything behind in the house.

The film was critically acclaimed but did not do well on the box office front. Probably, the theme of the story was familiar. The extent of sympathy which the director of ‘Umrao Jaan’ (1981) created for the character of the courtesan was missing in the character of courtesan in ‘Banarasi’ (1962). However, both Soumitra Chatterjee and Ruma Guha Thakurta have given sensitive performances as per the demand of their respective roles.

By now, I have come to know that Bangla films with courtesan’s theme or scenes have a couple of Hindi songs. In ‘Banarasi’ (1962) also, there are 3 Hindi songs of which two are mujra songs and the third is a partial holi song in Bhojpuri dialect. I am presenting one of the two mujra songs, “Shabnam To Royi Royi” sung by Ruma Guha Thakurta who is singing for herself as a courtesan. The song is written by Nyay Sharma which is set to music by Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.

Song – Shabnam To Royi Royi, Taare Bhi Roye Bairi (Banarasi)(Bangla) (1962) Singer – Ruma Guha Thakurta, Lyrics – Nyay Sharma, MD – Ustad Ali Akbar Khan

Lyrics

shabnam to royi royi
taare bhi roye bairi
ab to tu aaja aaja
jaanewaale aaja..aa
jaanewaale aaja
shabnam to royi royi
taare bhi roye bairi
ab to tu aaja aaja
jaanewaale aaja..aa
jaanewaale aaja
 
taare bhi royen
meri raahen bhi royen
nigaahen bhi royen
meri duaa’en bhi royen
taare bhi royen
meri raahen bhi royen
nigaahen bhi royen
meri duaa’en bhi royen
manzil to khoi khoi
saathi bhi khoye bairi
ab to tu aaja aaja
jaanewaale aaja
jaanewaale aaja
 
royen muraaden apni
aanchal nahin hai
samjhi hum jisko saahil
saahil nahin hai
kashti to soi soi
kinaare bhi soye bairi
ab to tu aaja aaja
jaanewaale aaja..aa
jaanewaale aaja

shabnam to royi royi
taare bhi roye bairi
ab to tu aaja aaja
jaanewaale aaja..aa
jaanewaale aaja
 
palkon ne haar piroye
kis ko pehnaa’en
hichki malhaar gaaye
kis ko sunaa’en
palkon ne haar piroye
kis ko pehnaa’en
hichki malhaar gaaye
kis ko sunaa’en
hasrat to royi royi
nazaare bhi roye bairi
ab to tu aaja aaja
jaanewaale aaja. . .
jaanewaale aaja

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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शबनम तो रोई रोई
तारे भी रोये बैरी
अब तो तू आजा आजा
जानेवाले आ जा॰॰आ
जानेवाले आजा
शबनम तो रोई रोई
तारे भी रोये बैरी
अब तो तू आजा आजा
जानेवाले आ जा॰॰आ
जानेवाले आजा

तारे भी रोएँ
मेरी राहें भी रोएँ
निगाहें भी रोएँ
मेरी दुआएं भी रोएँ
तारे भी रोएँ
मेरी राहें भी रोएँ
निगाहें भी रोएँ
मेरी दुआएं भी रोएँ
मंज़िल तो खोई खोई
साथी भी खोये बैरी
अब तो तू आजा आजा
जानेवाले आजा॰॰आ
जानेवाले आजा

रोएँ मुरादें अपनी
आँचल नहीं है
समझी हम जिनको साहिल
साहिल नहीं है
कश्ती तो सोई सोई’
किनारे भी सोये बैरी
अब तो तू आजा आजा
जानेवाले आजा॰॰आ
जानेवाले आजा

शबनम तो रोई रोई
तारे भी रोये बैरी
अब तो तू आजा आजा
जानेवाले आ जा॰॰आ
जानेवाले आजा

पलकों ने हार पिरोये
किस को पहनाएँ
हिचकी मल्हार गाये
किसको सुनाएँ
पलकों ने हार पिरोये
किस को पहनाएँ
हिचकी मल्हार गाये
किसको सुनाएँ
हसरत तो रोई रोई
नज़ारे भी रोये बैरी
अब तो तू आजा आजा
जानेवाले आ जा॰॰आ
जानेवाले आजा

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