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Wo khush naseeb hain jinko yahaan qaraar mila

Posted on: August 29, 2020


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Today’s song is from the film Hill Station-1957.

The peak of the Golden Era of HFM was in the decade of the 50’s. In this decade, probably all operating MDs gave their best songs and the ordinary, common music loving film goer did not know how much good music he could digest. For some, it was almost an indigestion with excessive indulgence in good, Divine music and this condition had no medicine. The music lovers had to endure and enjoy the excess provision of his choicest music.

1957 – what an year it was! The best year in the Golden Era! The best year in the 50s! The best year for melody and music! Such wonderful films came in this year!!! The lineup of 1957 films looks like the selection of the creamy layer in everlasting music – ‘Mother India’, ‘Pyasa’, ‘Tumsa Nahin Dekha’, ‘Bhabhi’, ‘Asha’, ‘Miss Mary’, ‘Naya Daur’, ‘Do Aankhen Barah Haath’, ‘Paying Guest’, ‘Nau Do Gyarah’, ‘Dekh Kabira Roya’. ‘Nausherwaan e Adil, ‘Gateway Of India’, ‘Hum Panchhi Ek Daal Ke, ‘Kathputali’, ‘Sharada’ . . . Films like Baarish, Ab Dilli door nahin, Abhiman, Bada Bhai, Begunah, Beti, Chhote Babu, Coffee House, Dushman, Johnny Walker, Miss Bombay, Miss India, Mr. X, Narsi Bhagat, Paak Daaman, Pawanputra Hanuman, Ustad, Zamana, Garma Garam had equally melodious songs like other films mentioned, albeit may not be so famous. Films produced in Madras were quite popular. AVM’s ‘Bhabhi’, ‘Miss Mary’ and ‘Hum Panchhi Ek Daal Ke’, Prasad Production’s first Hindi film ‘Sharda’, and MV Raman’s film ‘Asha’ played havoc with their captive audiences. Films from south somehow have always concocted a success formula, mixing comedy, tragedy, social message, excellent production values and above all superb music, which made their films very popular everywhere.

Satyen Bose’s ‘Bandi’ brought together all the three Ganguly brothers in one film for the first time. Later he would repeat this feat in ‘Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi’ in 1958. ‘Musaafir’, Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s first Hindi film as a director, was an experimental film depicting the phases of life – birth, life, death and rejuvenation, symbolically through a succession of tenants in a house on rent. Director Amiya Chakravarty’s competition with Gyan Mukherjee came to an end with his unexpected demise while the making of ‘Kathputali’ was in progress. The film was completed by Nitin Bose. (Later, Gyan Mukherjee also passed away while making ‘Sitaron Se Aagey’ (1958) which was later completed by Satyen Bose. Both films had the same story and same heroine).

With the musical blockbuster ‘Tumsa Nahin Dekha’ from Filmistan, Nasir Hussain introduced his own success formula of entertaining films and minted crores by repeating it several times, in a new garb. This film changed Shammi Kapoor’s luck, and made him an A grade actor. However, it did not much benefit the heroine Ameeta. She remained where she was – a second grade actress. Filmistan also released ‘Paying Guest’, with chocolate hero Dev Anand, with superb music and songs composed by SD Burman. Dev also featured in ‘Nau Do Gyarah’, another musical entertainer from Navketan, his home production company.

A surprise hit that year was the socio-religious film ‘Janam Janam Ke Phere’. The song “Zara Saamne To AaO Chhaliye” became the unexpected top song of the year and an iconic one at that! ‘Apradhi Kaun’ was genuinely an excellent detective story. Amiya Chakravarty’s ‘Dekh Kabira Roya’ was a hit due to its superb music, though its cast was quite ordinary. ‘Do Aankhen Barah Haath’ got the national award. Amiya Chakravarty and Gope passed away this year. Nimmi got married. Vividh Bharati started its broadcast on 3rd October 1957.

Compared to all these musical giants. today’s film Hill Station-57 was not at all comparable. MD Hemant Kumar gave music to 9 films in 1957 alone- must be his maximum for any year. Music Aficionados still debate vehemently whether Hemant Kumar was a better singer or a better MD. As MD, he gave music to 55 films, composing 423 songs. As a singer he sang 320 songs in 173 films. In 1957, while he gave music to 9 films, he actually sang songs in 12 films.

I have not seen this film – that time or even at a later time, because I was not a fan of Bina Rai or Pradeep Kumar. Produced by A A Nadiadwala, for the banner- Pushpa Pictures, this Social film was directed by Shakti Samant. In the cast were also, K N Singh, Maruti, Prtotima Devi, Krishnakant, Shyama,Sheela Vaz and many others, including a Dog named Tiger. I always wondered, how can anybody name a Dog as Tiger, when Tigers are never known to be named as Dog. And then, what’s the role of a Dog in a Social film ? Of course in some films, trained dogs do some story turning acts, as in film ” Hum aapke hain Kaun-94″

In Hindi films, there are some senior actors ( I mean, those who have been in films for more than 25-30 years), who remained quiet, without attracting much comments or getting even few lines in the film reviews. They came, stayed and went as quietly as they remained in films. Actors like Sankatha Prasad, Niranjan Sharma,Habib, Anwar, Shaikh, Shivraj etc etc. One such name was Krishna Kant.

The name of krishna kant or K K is known to many people. Krishnakant ( 15-9-1922 to 24-10-2016) was a noted character actor of long standing. His career spanned from 1943 to 1989, a whopping 46 years. After retirement he had settled in Surat, Gujarat. His life story has been made into a Gujarati book ” Guzra hua zamana” written by the famous author Shri Biren Kothari ji. He has gifted me a copy of this book. Reading this book takes you into those times.KK had a knack of telling the history in an interesting way, with a lot many photographs. Till the last day (94 years) his memory was excellent. During my visit to Surat in early 2016, I could not meet him, due to paucity of time. This will pinch me forever. Our Sudhir ji and Bakshish Singh ji met him, when they went to Surat to meet Harsh Raghuwanshi ji.

Krishnakant acted in 109 Hindi, 16 Gujarati, 2 Bangla and 2 English movies. He has also directed 2 Hindi and 13 Gujarati films. In addition, he was active on TV in his later years. He acted in 8 Hindi and 6 Gujarati serials and directed 3 Hindi serials. He also acted in 1 Hindi and 7 Gujarati stage dramas. Here is a short Bio data of him-

Krishnakant (15-9-1922 to 24-10-2016)
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Gujarati and Hindi actor and director born in Howrah, Bengal, as Krishnakant Maganlal Bukhanwala. Son of a textile engineer; educated in Surat and in Bombay. Obtained a diploma in radio and electrical engineering (1940); then joined the Rooptara Studio in Bombay, working in the sound department. Assisted Nitin Bose for five years, then worked with Arvind Sen on Muqaddar (also acting in it) and with Subodh Mukherjee (Paying Guest, 1957). First major acting role in Phani Majumdar’s Andolan; other notable roles are a paralytic in Amiya Chakravarty’s Patita and the villain in Shakti Samanta’s Detective. Left films in the late 50s to concentrate on Gujarati theatre work (e.g. Pravin Joshi’s Manas Name Karigar) mainly with Harkrishen Mehta’s group. Returned to cinema in the early 70s; turned to direction with Dakurani Ganga, adapting Mehta’s novel Pravaha Paltavyo. Directed a series of Gujarati films based on plays or films from other languages: e.g. Visamo is based on Harkrishen Mehta’s play, in which he acted the role of an old teacher, recalling Paranjpe’s Oon Paoos (1954) and Panthulu’s School Master (1958). Also adapted Anant Mane’s Manini (1961) as Maa Dikri. With these films he introduced a novel style of urban entertainment to Gujarati cinema, although relying on conventional reformist melodrama plots about the joint family, the generation gap and the exploitation of women. Also noted actor on Hindi and Gujarati television.

FILMOGRAPHY (* also d): 1943: Paraya Dhan; 1950: Chor, Muqaddar; Mashaal; 1951: Andolan; 1952: Daag; Tamasha; Zalzala; 1953: Patita; 1954: Baadbaan; Dhobi Doctor; Naukri; 1955: Faraar; Subse Bada Rupaiya; Ghar Ghar Mein Diwali; Seema; 1956: Sailaab; Jagte Raho; Patrani; Sudarshan Chakra; Dhola Maru; 1957: Agra Road; Bandi; Begunah; Hum Panchhi Ek Dal Ke; Yahudi Ki Ladki; Bhabhi; 1958: Ghar Sansar; Detective; Howrah Bridge; Mehndi; Parvarish; Post Box 999; Delhi Ka Thug; 1959: Insaan Jaag Utha; Satta Bazaar; Madhu; Ghar Ghar Ki Baat; Jaalsaaz; 1960: Jaali Note; 1961: Tanhaai; 1963: Jivno Jugari; Vanraj Chavdo; 1969: Do Raaste; Kanku; 1971: Duniya Kya Jaane; Hathi Mere Saathi; Pyar Ki Kahani; Sharmilee; Paraya Dhan; 1972: Mere Jeevan Saathi; Do Chor; Annadata; Gunsundari No Ghar Sansar; 1973: Gaai Aur Gori; Suraj Aur Chanda; Mr Romeo; Manchali; 1974: Parinay; Ajnabi; Trimurti; Vardan; Aarop; 1975: Anari; Kala Sona; Sant Surdas; 1976: Deewangee; Koi Jeeta Koi Haara; Sajjo Rani; Dakurani Ganga*; 1977: Jagriti; Kulavadhu*; 1978: Khoon Ki Pukar; Visamo*; Maa Dikri*; Ghar Sansar*; 1979: Sonba Ane Rupba*; 1980: Maniyaro*; Meru Mulande*; Jog Sanjog*; 1981: Hotel; 1982: Prem Lagna*; Dharmo*; Jawabdaar*; 1983: Main Awara Hoon; Poojana Phool; 1986: Teesra Kinara*; Chhota Admi*; 1988: Kharidar.

(adapted from Encyclopaedia of Indian Cinema).

Today’s song is a very good, typical Lover’s song by Hemant Kumar. The song had its own share of popularity for some time in those days. Now enjoy the song, with Nostalgia…..


Song-Wo khushnaseeb hain jinko yahaan qaraar mila (Hill Station)(1957) Singer-Hemant Kumar, lyrics-S H Bihari, MD-Hemant Kumar

Lyrics

wo khushnaseeb hain jinko yahaan qaraar mila
hamen to dil jo mila wo bhi beqaraar mila
wo khushnaseeb hain jinko yahaan qaraar mila
hamen to dil jo mila wo bhi beqaraar mila
wo khushnaseeb hain

mili hain pyaar mein dar dar ki thokaren hamko
mili hain pyaar mein dar dar ki thokaren hamko
lagaaye rakhte hain seene se har ghadi gham ko
jo khatm ho na kabhi aisa intazaar mila
hamen to dil jo mila wo bhi beqaraar mila
wo khushnaseeb hain

sitam hai gham ke samandar mein har khushi doobi
sitam hai gham ke samandar mein har khushi doobi
hamaare ashq mein khud apni zindagi doobi
sahaara de koi aisa na ek baar mila
hamen to dil jo mila wo bhi beqaraar mila
wo khushnaseeb hain jinko yahaan qaraar mila
hamen to dil jo mila wo bhi beqaraar mila
wo khushnaseeb hain

10 Responses to "Wo khush naseeb hain jinko yahaan qaraar mila"

There is no fear of indigestion with your style of sumptuous serving. There is always room for GULAB JAMUN. Excellent information. Thanks.

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Ha Ha Ha.
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Thanks Sir for this wonderful post. Very interesting flash-back write-up on the year 1957. Thanks also for the selected song. Heard first time but remind the another immortal song penned by Sahir Ludhianavi from Pyasa (1957) “Jaane wo kaise log the jinke pyaar ko pyaar mila”. Interestingly both these songs based on same mood sung by same singer for the same year.

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Anekant ji,
Thanks for your appreciation. Such comments really make my efforts worth the while.
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Arun Ji, Thanks for taking us through 1957. I would consider 1959 also musically rich year in HFM. Nice to know about the detailed profile of Krishna Kant, someone I have remembered as a ‘small time’ character actor — which, I now see, is not a correct identity of Krishna Kant :))

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Satish ji,
Thanks for your appreciation.
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Sir,

Yes, it is amazing that so many great films were released in the year 1957. Some are all time greats like ‘Pyasa’, Mother India and ‘Naya Daur”. Musically also , as you list it is an excellent line up of movies.

I saw “Kala Bazaar”, a few days ago, which showed the premier of ‘Mother India”, with all the great film personalities shown entering the theatre, while ticket prices in black and soaring outside.

The song is eerily similar to “jaane wo kaise log thhe’ in mood and meaning.

Regards.

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Nahm ji,
You will be surprised that 1957 was a Hat Trick year – in the sense that, even the years 1937 and 1947 had churned out Blockbusters and famous, Musical films.
I do not know about 1967,1977 or 1987, but I am sure this feat was not repeated any more time.
Thanks for your comments.
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Sir ji, many many thanks for this post and particularly this song. Since last two months this song was going through my mind since I got to know this was pending. I had mentioned this song in the list of ‘vintage favorites’ of Hemant Kumar where he sing to his own compositions.
However, since one more song from the list, already shared, was also pending since long so I was following with our editors for that.
But I am very much happy to see this song ‘wo khushnaseeb hain jinko yahaan qaraar mila’ on the blog with this well deserved post.
Thanks for taking us through the musical journey of ‘1957’ and thanks for the detailed information about Shri Krishna Kant ji.
I had watched ‘Janam Janam Ke Phere’ and it reminds me the many b/w movies which i get to watch in my growing years. I like the song ‘zaraa saamne to aao chhaliye’ very much and it has always been in my memory since then.
Thanks and regards,

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Avinash ji,
Thanks for your comments.
I am glad that you liked this post.
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