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Hone waali ho ke rahegi himmat haar na jaana

Posted on: August 21, 2020


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Today’s song is from a comedy film Halla Gulla-1954. This was a film made by Bhagwan, under his own banner- Bhagwan Art productions, Bombay. He was the producer and the director. He had done a role in the film too. However, Master Bhagwan was not the Hero. The Hero was Sajjan and the Heroine was Shakila. Besides these 3 people, there was a line up of actors in the cast, like Leela Gupte, Leela Gandhi, Baburao pahilwan, Dada Salvi and many more-most of whom are unknown names to me.

Master Bhagwan started directing the films from Bahadur Kisan-38, then came Criminal-39 and Sukhi Jeevan-42. In between, he went to Madras to direct two Tamil films, Jaykodi and Van Mohini. His film Sukhi Jeevan-42 was the Debut film for C.Ramchandra in Hindi films. This film was produced by Harishchandra Rao kadam- the elder of the Kadam brothers (Chandra Rao Kadam being the younger one). The film was a success, with a good run in theatres. His contract for this film had assured him a 20% share in profits, if the film was a success. Since the film was a success and ran long, Bhagwan asked for his 20% share to H.Kadam. However, he flatly refused, claiming that inordinate delay had caused excess expenditure and there was no profit. Bhagwan understood that he was being cheated, but could not do anything except expressing his displeasure.

Bhagwan decided then and there that hereafter he will not work for anybody else. He would have his own production set up and a studio. He started his own company-“Jagriti pictures”and also got a studio- Asha Studio, which was near RK studio. His successful stint as a director had earned him a name and he had no difficulty in getting finances for his first film. The terms were, take 80000/- and return 1 Lakh, when the film gets sold to distributors. Film making was so cheap then ! The first film which Bhagwan made as an independent Producer Director was intentionally titled “Badla-43”, as if he took revenge on Harishchandra Rao Kadam !

This sort of cheating of the gullible,helpless artistes was common in some companies. One such famous company was Minerva of Sohrab Modi. When he made his second film “Saeed E Hawas”-36, he had engaged an actor Chandra Kumar, as a Hero in that film. Chandra Kumar (real name Sardar Gul who changed his name to Anil Kumar again) was promised Rs. 200/- for this role. After the film was released, when he asked for his payment, Modi gave him only Rs. 50/-, claiming that the film was a flop. Chandra Kumar was helpless and he left Minerva for good, immediately.

Master Bhagwan’s first film ‘Badla’-43 was a Hit film. He then started making films after films, in the Stunt Genre. Films like Bahadur, Jalan, Madadgar, Dosti, Shakehand, Matlabi, Bach ke rehna, Bhole Bhale, Jeete Raho, Bhedi Bangla etc etc. His stunt films became popular and he earned lot of money. At his peak, he had 2 Bunglows in Bombay and 6 cars. His films had many admirers in the film line also, like Raj Kapoor, Sanjeev Kumar, Naushad etc.

Today’s film is Halla Gulla-54. The name immediately brings to the mind a popular song “Halla Gulla lailla, khullam khulla gayi la” famous in the 50’s times. However the song is not from this film. It was from film Dholak, for which Shyam Sundar had given the music. Barring very few films, which Bhagwan directed, he never did the role of Hero in his films. In the film Halla Gulla also he was not the Hero. Sajjan was the Hero.

Sajjan was one of the very few people in the film line who were Literature oriented. Some examples were Meena Kumari writing Shayari and Bharat Bhushan with an unusually big library of English books. Sajjan not only wrote poetry and film lyrics, he wrote a research based big book on Nav Ras in the Human Life. He participated in kavi Sammelans and Mushayaras and won laurels. His published poetry book “Jawan”was so popular that Nehru bought 100 copies for Delhi libraries. It was reprinted in several editions.

Born on January 15, 1921 in Jaipur, his full name was Sajjan Lal Purohit, a Pushkarna Bramhin. For many generations in the family, no one was interested in music or acting. He was famous with his first name in the movie world. Sajjan did his graduation from Jawahar college, Jodhpur. He had a desire to be a lawyer but not an actor.

In 1941, he arrived in Calcutta and worked as an apprentice in a laboratory of East India Film Company. His initial breakthrough in films was as an extra in films like Masoom (1941), Chowringhee (1942). Sajjan left Calcutta during World War II and reached Bombay. In Bombay he knew Prithwiraj Kapoor from his Calcutta days. He joined the Prithvi Theatre and worked in dramas like, Shakuntala, Pathan, Deewar, Aahuti, Kalakar, Kisan Paisa etc etc. Here he came into contact with Shammi, Raj, Shashi kapoor, Omprakash, Premnath, Zohra Saigal, B M Vyas, Ram Ganguli, Shankar, jaikishen and others. Afterwards, he started doing dramas separately. In ” Dhola Marwan” his heroine was Snehprabha Pradhan. He did many One Man Shows too.

He was a writer of Poetry. He participated in many gatherings of poets. His poetry book ” Jawan” became so popular that even Nehru had bought 100 copies of it. It was reprinted four times.

In Mumbai he worked as an assistant to famous director Kidar Sharma. At that time great showman Raj Kapoor also worked as an assistant to Kidar Sharma. He also worked as assistant to Gajanan Jagirdar and for film Vakil Sahib-43 and got Rs. 35 as salary.

A poet by heart, Sajjan showed His talent when he wrote dialogues for Meena -1944 and lyrics for Door Chalen -1946, Jail Yatra-47 and Dhanyavad -1948.

His acting debut film was Mera Suhag-47. After that, Bombay Talkies’ Muqaddar was released in 1950. His heroine was Nalini Jayvant. As a Hero, he worked with Geeta Bali, Nutan, Nimmi, Shyama, Shakila, Nalini Jaywant etc etc.

Now Sajjan was well established in the film world. In 1950s- 60s Sajjan acted as hero or side-hero in films like, Sainya, Rail Ka Dibba, Bahana, Sheesha, Malkin, Nirmohi, Kasturi, Mehmaan, Lagan, Girl School, paridhaan, Do Dulhe, Ghar-Ghar Mein Diiwali, Haa-Haa-Hee-Hee-Hoo-Hoo, Poonam, Jhanjhar, Halla- Gulla. As a hero his last film was Kabuliwala-61 and as an artist he last appeared in the 1986 release Shatru.

Artist of more than 150 films Sajjan also worked in TV serials. In Vikram-Betaal he played Betaal. His other serial was Lena-Dena.

Sajjan acted in more than 150 films. Though he was a reasonably good actor, he felt very awkward while singing a song on screen. His Producers and Directors knew this and they gave him minimum songs. Thus he is on record in his 150+ films to have sung around 20 odd songs only, in spite of being a Hero in some films. After retirement, Sajjan was not in good health, but he wrote a book ‘ Ras-Bhav ‘, discussing all the 9 Rasas as enunciated by Bharat Muni’s Treatise on “Natya Shastra”. He also published a book on the Birth Centenary of Prithviraj Kapoor, whom he revered very much. Sajjan died on 17-5-2000. (Based on interview by Sulbha Ternikar, in her book-Chanderi Athavani (चंदेरी आठवणी ), with thanks.)

The Music Director of this film was Nissar Bazmi. I always wondered,how some composers,who were found mediocre here,without much spark,giving music only to B and C grade films,became extremely popular and successful in Pakistan,winning accolades ? one example is Nisar Bazmi. To understand this strange phenomena,one must consider the state of affairs in Pakistan Film Industry for 5-6 years post Partition. Here is a part of an article on this issue,I found on a Pakistani site,filmbirth.com

” Pakistan has been a part of India up until 1947. Up to that point Lahore was one of the thriving cinema producing centers in India. The first film made in a Lahore studio was “Delhi Express” (1935) and Urdu and Punjabi films were to follow. The partition of India into two independent states – India and Pakistan, caused the demise of the Lahore film industry. Most Hindu filmmakers in Pakistan fled the region when the Islamic Pakistani government became independent. Without the Indian funding and production facilities, the migration of many renowned filmmakers and stars and a lack of proper distribution channels, Lahore (Lollywood) soon became less than a footnote in the regional cinematic landscape.

Fortunately, the outflow from Lahore was accompanied by an inflow into the city. Affected by the same political change, a number of talented Muslims who have established themselves in Bombay’s (now Mumbai) film circles, moved back to Lahore. Prominent among them were film producer Syed Shaukat Hussain Rizvi, his wife actress and singer Noor Jehan, actress Swarn Lata, actor Nazeer, director W. Z. Ahmad, director Luqman, director Sabtain Fazli, music director Feroze Nizami and music director Khawaja Khursheed Anwar. These creative artists laid the foundation of the Pakistani film industry. They were also responsible for producing some of the best films ever made in Lollywood.

The creative energy of Lahore’s film people began to express itself as soon as the partition frenzy subsided. Lollywood became alive again and Teri Yaad was the first film released after partition. Featuring Nasir Khan, brother of film icon Dileep Kumar and Asha Posle, it was released at Lahore Parbhat Cinema on Sept 2, 1948. Its producer was a Hindu named Diwan Sardari Lal, Daud Chand was the director while Nath was the music director. The following year, Anis Productions released a Punjabi film Pheray. Featuring Nazeer (who was also its director) and Swarn Lata, the film proved to be a success and became the first Pakistani film to complete a 25-week run at cinema houses. Another important film was Naubahar Films’ Do Ansoo which was released in 1950. Produced by Sheikh Latif and directed by Anwar Kamal Pasha, it won popularity and became first Urdu film to complete its silver jubilee. ”

Due to shortage of composers, all were welcomed with open arms. Those who had talents did extremely well here. Unfortunately the second generation of composers of calibre were not prepared and once these migrants disappeared from the scene,the musical fields of Pakistan dried up. According to an article on Wiki,there are 7 ages in Pakistan Film music –

1.Independence and growth-1947-1958
2. The Golden Age of Pak Film Music- 59-77
3. The age of Disaster…..77-88 (Onslought of VCR and brain Drain to Bangladesh in 1971)
4. Politics,Islamisation and downfall…..79-87
5. Collapse…..88-2002
6. Decline…..2002-2009
7. New wave and Hopes….2010 onwards.

Anyway, Nisar Bazmi migrated to Pakistan during the Golden Age period and got all the benefits.

Nisar Ahmed was born in 1925,in Naseerabad, Khandesh,Bombay Presidency,in an orthodox family where there was no Musical background. However,Nisar was keen on learning music. By singing Saigal’s songs he won his teacher’s mind,who convinced his father and he was sent to Bombay to live with his Uncle. Due to his singing he soon joined the ‘Yaseen Kawwal Group’ and became famous as ‘Yaseen ka chhokra’. meanwhile he learnt classical music from ustad Amaan ali khan for 4 years. He joined AIR on a temporary basis and started singing. The then music director of AIR Dinkar Rao Amembal made him permanent on a salary of Rs. 45 pm. When his father learnt this he was overjoyed that without studies also he was earning more than educated people ! This was 1940.

Those days a drama ‘Nadir Shah Durrani’ was running on Radio. Nisar composed music for it and also gave background music. Impressed with his work he got his first Film,” Jamna paar”-1946 as a MD. He left AIR,changed his name to Nisar Bazmi and for got his dream of becoming a singer. In the next 15 years,he composed music for about 40 films,but only 27 films were released. Most of these films were C grade stunt films. Though he gave reasonably good music,he remained a C grade composer throughout. For film ‘Khoj’-53,the assistant producer had not much money. For singing a song he could only offer Rs.50/- to Mohd. Rafi (who was charging almost 1000/- per song those days). Rafi liked the song and he magnanimously sang the song ” chand ka dil toot gaya ” by taking just ONE rupee as fees !

For film ‘Bhala Adami’-58, he gave chance to Anand Bakshi as a Lyricist first time. His last film in India was ” Mister Toofan”- released in 63. Nisar migrated to Pakistan in 1962. Producer Fazal Karrem Fazli of Fazli brothers offered him first film ” aisa bhi hota hai “. The music of this film became Hit and very popular and there was no looking back for Nisar Bazmi. He gave music to 57 Pak films. He won Nigar Awards 7 times and also won ‘Pride of performance’ award from the President.

His last film was in 1981. He came back to Karachi and started teaching aspiring singers,but only one of them became a famous singer. He regretted that the younger generation looked for quick money and did not put hard work. None of his 8 sons loved music. They all followed different avocations. In his later life he was famous for learning Quran by heart.

His filmography in India was- Jamna Paar, Jeb katara, Dagabaj Dost, Khoufnak Aankhen, Hamari kismat, Jiyo Raja, Roop lekha, Bade Saheb, Gazab. Baama, Kyun ji, Gorilla, Khoj, Halla gulla, Sitamgar, Adamkhor, Pyara Dushman, Fighting queen, Jungle queen, Kar bhala, Bhala Admi, kal kya hoga, Sachhe ka bolbala, Teer aur Talwar, Shola jo bhadke, Zareena and Mister Toofan.
Bazmi sahib taught music to up-and-coming youngsters, but only Faisal Latif managed to become somewhat popular. When asked why his students like Shafiq-ur-Rehman, Tanveer Afridi, Shabana and Shazia Kausar are unable to reach the top, he said, “My job was to train them, which I did. Now it is up to the musicians to utilize them as I am sure they have the talent to be the best.” When asked if our youth going in the right direction, Bazmi sahib felt that it was because of our youths’ lack of interest that our music is not what it used to be.

“A youngster today doesn’t want to be taught like the legendary singers. His only interest is to become rich and famous in a short time, which is certainly the wrong way.”

He died on 22-3-2007 at Karachi.

(My thanks to Shri Harish Raghuvanshi ji, book Albela by Isak Mujawar and information in Listener’s Bulletin-no. 118)

Today’s song is sung by Asha Bhosle and chorus. There were 9 songs and ALL songs had Asha Bhosle as a singer. 8 songs were duets with Rafi. This is the only song without Rafi.


Song-Hone waali ho ke rahegi himmat haar na jaana (Halla Gulla)(1954) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Saba Afghani, MD-Nisar Baazmi
Chorus

Lyrics

ho o o
hone waali ho ke rahegi
himmat haar na jaana
gaao ek taraana
jhoom jhoom ke

ho o o
hone waali ho ke rahegi
himmat haar na jaana
gaao ek taraana
jhoom jhoom ke
gaao ek taraana
jhoom jhoom ke

ho ho o
o o o

ho o o
jaaun to naakaami
lautoon to badnaami
dil mera ghabraaye
kuchh na samajh mein aaye
kuchh na samajh mein aaye
o o o
o o o
laa pukaare aage badhhnaa
pyaar kahe ruk jaana
gaao ek taraana
jhoom jhoom ke
gaao ek taraana
jhoom jhoom ke

ho ho o
o o o

ho o o
kaisi hai majboori ee e
paas bhi rah ke doori
naagan si bal khaaun
haath maloon reh jaaun
haath maloon reh jaaun
o o o
o o o
mujh pe jo kuchh beet rahi hai
haal koi na jaana
gaao ek taraana
jhoom jhoom ke
gaao ek taraana
jhoom jhoom ke

ho ho o
o o o

ho o o
man hi man mein ro loon oon
apna bhed na kholoon
baat zubaan tak aaye
aur kahin naa jaaye
aur kahin naa jaaye
o o o
o o o
door khadi kismat muskaaye
chhede raag zamaana
gaao ek taraana
jhoom jhoom ke

ho o o
hone waali ho ke rahegi
himmat haar na jaana
gaao ek taraana
jhoom jhoom ke
gaao ek taraana
jhoom jhoom ke

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