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Arrey samdhi to darjin ka yaar lagan ke kapde bane

Posted on: June 12, 2020


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, 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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Today’s song is from the film “Uljhan” (1942). This was the first of the three same title films. The second came in 1975 and the third was in year 2000. This was the second film by Acharya Art Productions, floated by director N R Acharya. This was after he left Bombay Talkies, to chart out his own path, without either following the splinter group led by S Mukherjee or remaining with the rest of Bombay Talkies staff.

Probably, he thought that with Gyan Mukherjee in Filmistan and Amiya Chakrawarty and Najam Naqvi in Bombay Talkies, he had dim chances of progressing further. Like the splinter group, Acharya too had his own followers, like Anjali Devi and Ramchandra Pal, who stayed with Acharya. In later years, Anjali Devi became Mrs. Acharya too. Obviously, she had her own private agenda in following Acharya.

This film was directed by Acharya himself and the music for the 10 songs written by Lyricist Kailash Matwala, was composed by Ramchandra Pal. The cast of the film was Sardar Akhtar, Mazhar Khan, Krishnakant, Anjali Devi, Amrutlal, Rajkumari Shukla and others.

You find a name Amritlal/Amrutlal in the cast. He was an old time actor, from the beginning of Talkie films. Sometimes he was cast even as Master Amrutlal, because he sang songs too. He was basically a comedian and was known as Chaman in the film line. There is hardly any information-practically Nil- about him available anywhere, like many of the old time artistes. What we know about him is from HFGK alone. He acted in some 20 Talkie films, starting with Vikram Charitra-1932 to film Roop Nagar-1947. There are 23 songs in 10 films on his name also. He stopped singing from the film Pagli Duniya-44. Looks like his old style singing was no more appreciated.

Here too, we find that the Same Name Confusion has played a game. There was an All India famous literature giant Amrutlal Nagar. In spite of his colossal writing work, he spent 7 years of his illustrious career, from 1940 to 1947, in film line. During this period, he wrote 33 songs in 4 films…Sangam-41,Kisi se na kehna-42, Kunwara Baap-42 and Raja-43. Amritlal Nagar ( 17-8-1916 to 23-2-1990) was an extraordinary person. He handled almost every department of Literature-except perhaps Poetry and Autobiography. Short stories, Novels, dramas,travelogues and Lyrics etc etc were written by him During 1940 to 1947 period, he was in the film industry. He wrote stories, s/p, dialogues of as many as 20 films in Bombay , Kolhapur and Madras. He dubbed M.S.Subbulakshmi’s Tamil film ‘ Meerabai’ into Hindi. He also worked to translate Russian films like Zoya and Bukhara into Hindi. He won innumerable awards, including Padma Bhushan and Sahitya academy award. He was one of the very rare Hindi Literature stalwarts to work in the film industry for such a sustained period.

Unfortunately, there is the usual mix up in the filmography of these two wholly different personalities. Added to this confusion, there was also the singer Amrutlal Oza. Novelist Amrutlal Nagar never acted and never sang a song. Amrutlal Oza began his singing career with Film Pujari-1946. Actor singer Amrutlal had stopped singing from 1944 itself. Still, many sites and Blogs and writers get confused and mix up every Amrutlal’s filmography for acting and singing.

In one of my recent posts, I had mentioned that in the early era of Talkie films, the low caste and Tawaif girls joined films so that they could get married to some rich, successful person and lead a respectful life of a housewife. Amongst such girls, few were really capable and helped their partners in conducting their business – like Gauhar Mamajiwala of Ranjit or Mehtab of Minerva. Sardar Akhtar, who was the Heroine of today’s film-Uljhan-42 was also one such capable woman, who married Mehboob Khan and shared his work. How they got married was quite Cinematic too….

The life story of Sardar Akhtar is very interesting. Sardar Akhtar was a Punjabi Muslim born in Lahore in 1915. Her mother was a famous singer on the infamous Hira Mandi Road of Lahore. Akhtar learned singing from her mother and also other ustads. Her younger sister Bahar Akhtar was beautiful and a good singer. These sisters were famous as Daaro and Baharo in Lahore. Bahar was hired by United Players Corpn. of Lahore , as a Heroine in their film ” Qatil Katar “. Producer A R Kardar was also its Hero. They fell in love. Bahar was under strict surveillance by her mother, but with the help of a friend, Kardar abducted her and they were married. When this news reached her mother, Akhtar and her mother made a Police complaint against kardar. Kardar and his unit members were arrested and kept in a lock up for a few days for abducting a Minor girl. They were released when Bahar herself gave a statement in their favour. Kardar destroyed the negatives of his film to prevent Bahar from further acting in films.

After this episode Akhtar started working in dramas. She went to Calcutta and did a small role in the film Dhoop Chhaon-35. From there she came to Bombay and joined Saroj Movietone. She did films like Eid ka chaand,Roop Basant and Naqsh e Sulemani and earned a good name. She acted in films of Minerva and Wadia-mostly stunt action films. Mehboob needed two Heroines for his film Alibaba.. He selected Waheedan Bai and Sardar Akhtar. Akhtar was the younger sister of Bahar-wife of A.R.Kardar. In an article in Filmfare dated 16-8-1957,Mehboob wrote ” the moment I saw Sardar Akhtar, I fell for her and knew that one day she will be my wife.” Sure enough, he married her later.

Mehboob khan gave her a big role in the film Aurat-40 and her image changed. She also did Mehboob’s film Roti, during which they got married on 25-4-1942.. It was during the shooting of film Aurat, Mehboob was attracted towards Jyoti- sister of Waheedan Bai and one of the cast of Aurat- and he started spending time with her, having Tea together, Lunch together etc. Sardar Akhtar noticed this and played her cards well. She encouraged Jyoti to accept outside film offers lest she would be out of circulation. Then she poisoned Mehboob by telling him that Jyoti was not a good girl and that she was more interested in outside film roles. Consequently, Jyoti’s role in the film Aurat was reduced. By the time the film Aurat was completed, Akhtar had fully influenced Mehboob and then insisted on getting married. He too wanted it and they got married just before the film was released.
They did not have any issues but they adopted Saajid khan, child star of film Son of India-62. After Mehboob’s death in 1964 May, Akhtar lived alone, occasionally visiting Sajid khan, who had settled in the USA.

Sardar Akhtar did 44 films. Her last film was Raahat-45. However, she did small roles in films Hulchal-71 and Bandhe Haath-74. Sardar Akhtar sang 92 songs in 27 films. Considering that she was not a regular or playback singer, her 92 songs were highly creditable. Not even 50% of her songs came on gramophone records. During one of her US visits, Sardar Akhtar died there on 2-10-1984. She was a devotee of sufi saint Ashraf khan, her co-star of many films including Roti-42.

Film Historian and author Shri Rajnikumar Pandya ji had interviewed N R Acharya (Nrusinh Prasad Acharya). According to him the film Uljhan-42 was totally based on a Gujarati novel- MALELA JEEV (Souls of oneness), written by Pannalal Patel.

Today’s song is sung by an unidentified female with chorus. It is a good song. With this song, film Uljhan-42 makes it’s Debut on the Blog.

(information used in this post is culled, with thanks,from various sources like ‘Sapnon ke Saudagar’ by Vithal Pandya, Kamlakar P.’s Blog, wiki, Filmdom-1946, ‘Mehboob Khan’ by S.Kinikar and my notes).


Song – Arrey samdhi to darjin ka yaar lagan ke kapde bane (Uljhan)(1942) Singers- Chorus song, Lyricist- Kailash Matwala, MD- Ramchandra Pal

Lyrics

Arrey samdhi to darjin ka yaar
lagan ke kapde bane
Arrey samdhi to darjin ka yaar
lagan ke kapde bane
arre samdhin ne paaala sunaar
arre samdhin ne paaala sunaar
naye naye gahne bane
aha naye naye gahne bane
Arrey samdhi to darjin ka yaar
lagan ke kapde bane
Arrey samdhi to darjin ka yaar
lagan ke kapde bane

kahaan bhaage ye ?? sawaar
kahaan bhaage ye ?? sawaar
bade tum chhaila bane
bade tum chhaila bane
Rupa maaregi jhaadu ki maar
haan haan
Rupa maaregi jhaadu ki maar
haan haan khasam ka yoonhi(??) bane
haan haan khasam ka yoonhi(??) bane
Arrey samdhi to darjin ka yaar
lagan ke kapde bane
Arrey samdhi to darjin ka yaar
lagan ke kapde bane

ek dikhaawan ?? jaan
apni maa ke phhodo kaan
ek dikhaawan ?? jaan
apni maa ke phhodo kaan
Rupa jab bhi gaali dewe
budhiya teri sun na lewe
Rupa jab bhi gaali dewe
budhiya teri sun na lewe

arre sun to sahi o ganwaar
arre sun to sahi o ganwaar
kahaan yoon chalte bane
kahaan yoon chalte bane
bhauji se kahe ??
bhauji se kahe ??
bhaiyya tera jaaye sad
bhaiyya tera jaaye sad
bahan bhare teri kuyen se paani
bahan bhare teri kuyen se paani
Rupa meri ban patraani
Rupa meri ban patraani
maare gin gin ke hunter hazaar
maare gin gin ke hunter hazaar
na unse rote bane
haan haan
na unse rote bane
Arrey samdhi to darjin ka yaar
lagan ke kapde bane
Arrey samdhi to darjin ka yaar
lagan ke kapde bane

4 Responses to "Arrey samdhi to darjin ka yaar lagan ke kapde bane"

Dear Guruji,

One more feather in your cap for bringing the past so alive to us. Just some queries :

1) Surely this ANJALI DEVI is different from the one from the South.

2) We were given to understand that Mehboob Studios are being run by Mehboob’s Sons. If not SAJID KHAN, then who?

With warm regards

PARTHA CHANDA

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Partha ji,
Obviously this Anjali Devi is different. The Southwali Anjali Devi had made her Debut in Hindi films with film Ek tha Raja-1951.
Sajid Khan was liked by Sardar Akhtar and she had no issues. She insisted and the couple adopted Sajid khan as their son.
However, Mehboob was married to his cousin Fatima in 1924 itself and he had a son AYUB, born in 1926.
Auyb died in March 2008. His wife Yasmin and their children now look after the Mehboob Studio.
Hope your queries are answered satisfactorily.
Thanks for your comments.
-AD

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Dear Shri Arun Deshmukh jin It was really a good treat to read about N R Acharya and Film ULZAN and also about Sardar Akhtar in your Post 15657. I would like to add that I had interviewed (Late) Mr N R Acharya (Nrusinh prasad Acharya) through and with Kavi Pradeep ji early in 80’s. I have penned a long article on Acharya and relevant incidents with Bombay Talkies in one of my Gujarati books of pen portraits namely અક્ષરની આંખે-( Through the eyes of Words), I just request you to add that the Film ULZAN was totally based on a Gujarati Novel names MALELA JEEV (Souls of oneness ) by (Late) PANNALAL PATEL a very talented senior Novelist of Gujarat who later on received GNANPITH AWARDS for his contribution to Gujarati literature. I am attaching few pics of N R Acharya ji.In one of the same he is seen with Abhi Bhattacharya. NirupaRoy and her husband Kamal ji Regards *RAJNIKUMAR PANDYA *

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On Fri, Jun 12, 2020 at 10:39 AM Atul’s Song A Day- A choice collection of Hindi Film & Non-Film Songs wrote:

> Atul posted: “This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, 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 ” >

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The information about the novel included, as per your suggestion.
Thanks.

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