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Rangeeli rangeeli chhabeeli raani nindiya

Posted on: October 1, 2020


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast 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 a film with an unusual story-Ferry-1954.

The story of the film was written by Dhruv Chatterjee, dialogues were by Akhtar Ul Imaan and the screenplay was done by the Producer and Director of the film – Hemen Gupta. His entire family was involved in this film. Wife Ratna Gupta sang a song in the film and his daughter Baby Bula acted in the film. This Baby Bula became Archana, when she grew up to be a Heroine in her debut film Umang-70. Next film was Buddha Mil Gaya-71 and her third and last film was Anokha Daan-72. After this she left films, married her classmate Yogesh Motwani and settled in life. For some time, she was doing Fabric business also.

The lead pair of this film was Dev Anand and Geeta Bali. At this time, Dev was still uncertain as to what type of roles he fits into. His own wish was to be a Romantic Hero and from the film Munimji-55 onwards, his career really took off as a Romantic hero – an image he desperately (and later on pathetically) tried to preserve in his films. When others stopped giving him films,he started producing and directing his own films, acting in it the same way he did, when he was young.

Dev Anand acted in 116 films, directed 19 films, sang in 4 films and even wrote 2 songs in film ‘Mr. Prime Minister’-2005. Prior to film Ferry-54, his films were of a variety of subjects, from musical to comedy to serious types. In the film Zalzala-52, he died on screen for the first time. The last time he died on screen was in the film Guide-65. He never liked to die on screen. It did not fit into his scheme of future planning to become a Romantic Hero. Film Tamasha-52 was a sort of comedy film and Ferry -54 was still a different type of role.

The film was a story of a widower Zamindar, Vikas (Dev), who also worked as a Government officer in a village. He has a young child-Raju (Master Babu, who became Ritesh Kumar as a grown up actor and also married actress Maushumi Chatterjee. He was the son of Hemant Kumar), who is curious about his mother. His father has told him that she has gone beyond the river and lives in a big white palace. The child hopes that one day his mother will surely come back to him. So, he, along with his next door friend Minu (Baby Bula) goes to the River bank every day, expecting his mother to arrive in the Ferry some day.

Once when Vikas has gone to the city for work, a young girl is found in the river. She is unconscious. Villagers bring her to the nearest house of Vikas. Doctor is called. The girl survives. She is Juhi-a tawayaf’s daughter (Geeta Bali). She stays in that house. The boy Raju develops a bond with her and she too starts loving the boy. However the Chachi of Vikas, who looks after the household does not like it. When Vikas comes back, he learns everything. When she tells her story he understands that she was kidnapped as a baby and sold to the tawaif – Munnibai (Chand Burke). Munnibai tries to sell her to customers. To avoid further trouble, Juhi jumps into the river.

Due to the opposition of Chachi and the villagers, Juhi is asked to leave the house. She goes to the river to wait for the Ferry. Raju falls sick and Vikas too is uneasy. He has also developed an affinity for her. He takes Raju and rushes to the river in time to stop Juhi from boarding it . They come back to the house. Vikas finally decides to marry Juhi and Raju also gets his mother. Happy ending.

Film Ferry was released first in Bombay at the Swastik cinema on 8-10-1954 and it ran only for 7 weeks. The All India response was also lukewarm. When I saw this film in Hyderabad in late October, I had liked it, but felt that the end was too hastily wound up. Maybe the length was already too much. The film had music by Hemant kumar. Like all Bangla composers, Hemant also had a ” Maajhee” song in this film (they could never resist the temptation if a river is in the film). There was a child song ( another weak point of HK), by baby Bula and Master Babu. 2 solos by Geeta Dutt and 1 by Ratna Gupta. One 2 part Mujra song by Laxmi Shankar. In addition a record for Sitar and Sarod playing was also issued. Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and his protege Nikhil Bannerjee had played them.

Director Hemen Gupta’s name will be remembered for a long time in Hindi film history for two films that he directed. One was the early era patriotic film “Anandmath”-52,based on the novel of Bankim babu,in which Hemen Gupta himself, Pradeep kumar and Hemant kumar made their debuts in Hindi films. The second film was Kabuliwala – 61, which won acclaim and a National Award too. This movie was a based on Gurudev Rabibdranath Tagore’s novel of the same name.

I was looking for information on Hemen Gupta ,but found it very difficult. As I have already said recently, getting information about southern and Bengali artistes in English, is a difficult task. When I was drawing a blank from all sources, Lady Luck smiled on me. Unexpectedly, one of my friends from the US, sent me a PDF of Hemen Gupta’s Biography and the Filmography, prepared by his own son Jayant Gupta. What a coincidence ! I was listening to a duet of Uma Devi and S.D.Batish for the film Taaksaal-56 and at the same time received most unexpectedly the authentic information on its director Hemen Gupta !!

Although the original PDF contains many pages, I have abridged and edited this Biography to suit this article. My sincere thanks to shri Jayant Guptaji and shri Salim Shah ji for this.

Hemen Gupta was born on 21-3-1912,in a middle class family in Rajasthan. His Grandfather shri Nabakumar Gupta was a big Zamindar in Dacca. Hemen’s early school and college education was done in Dacca. He joined an active political career in 1926 as a Congress worker and a freedom fighter. He was arrested in 1931 and was in jail till 1938. In the jail, he studied and completed his Master’s degree in History with Honours. He also read many books on film making and was interested in it. When he was released he joined New Theatres. He wanted to make Patriotic films but till 1946 he could not do so. He made the film Bhuli Nai in Bangla-a fiercely patriotic film which was rejected by the censors. After many obstacles it got released. He also made another patriotic film in Bangle ’42’. Both films gave him name and fame.

Shashadhar Mukherjee of Filmistan in Bombay called him with an attractive offer and Hemen came to Bombay. He wrote the screenplay and directed the film “Anandmath”-52. He took Pradeep Kumar as a Hero and Hemanta Kumar as MD- his old colleagues in Calcutta. For all the three it was a debut in Hindi films. In 1953 he started his own banner “Film trust of India”and made “Ferry”-54, a love story with Dev Anand and Geeta Bali. Again Hemanta Kumar was the MD. Hemant Kumar’s young son Ritesh played a small role in this film (Later Ritesh married the famous actress Maushami Chatterjee). Ratna Gupta,Hemen’s wife, sang songs in this film. His last film under Hemen Gupta Productions was Taaksaal-56. Meanwhile he directed Meenar in 1954.

He was a staunch nationalist and idealist who wanted to make artistic films,but the producers,distributors and the financiers did not allow him that freedom. He felt suffocated. He was fed up with the commercialism in film making and he had a difficulty in coping up with the market demands. In 1961 he directed “Kabuliwala”and won accolades and a National Award too. His last film was “Netaji Subhash chandra Bose””-1966 for producer B K Adarsha.

He wanted to resume making Bangla films. His film Ánamika’ was almost completed, when suddenly he died of brain Hemorrhage,on 1-7-1967.

He was the father of actress Archana( Buddha mil gaya-71).He directed the following films in Hindi-
Anandmath-52, Ferry-54, Meenar-54, Taaksaal-56, Raaj kamal-57, Insaaf kahan hai-59, Baabar-60, Kabuliwala-61, and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose-66.

You will also find an unusual and unknown name Chand Burke in the cast of the film. Very little is known about her. Chand Burke made her debut in Maheshwari Productions’ Kahan Gaye (1946), which Niranjan wrote and directed. They fell in love on the sets and got married in 1945. Thereafter, Chand appeared in a number of films made in Lahore, and was widely known as “the Dancing Lily of the Punjab.”

Partition and her subsequent migration to Bombay adversely affected her career. After “Hamari Manzil,” which was released in 1949, Chand Burke went into complete oblivion. It was Raj Kapoor who selected her for that important role as children’s tormentor in “Boot Polish-53,” over 200 other contestants, her screen-test convincing Raj Kapoor that she was a talented actress. Some of her well known films were Ferry-54, Basant Bahar-56, yahudi ki beti-56, Adalat-58 and Lajwanti-58.

Chand was the only one in a family of twelve brothers and sisters to have joined the films (her brother S. M. Burke, I.C.S., was a Minister to the Scandina­vian countries for Pakistan). Chand obtained judicial separation by mutual consent from her husband, writer-director Niranjan in 1954.

She was later married to Sunder Singh Bhavnani- grandfather of superstar Ranveer Singh. She is also related to Suneeta Kapoor.

She acted in about 30 films. Her last film was Pehchan-72.

Today’s song is an exceptionally sweet song – Lori – sung by Geeta Dutt. I would rate this Lori amongst her best songs and one of the best Loris of HFM ever. I am sure all the listeners will also love it. In addition to Geeta’s Lori, there is also a small video where Hemant Kumar, Baby Bula and Geeta dutt sing one line each. Enjoy….

Audio (Geeta Dutt Solo)

Video (Hemant Kumar-Geeta Dutt- Baby Bula)

Song-Rangeeli rangeeli chaabeeli raani nindiya (Ferry)(1954) Singer-Geeta Dutt, Lyrics-Rajinder Krishan, MD-Hemant Kumar

Lyrics(audio version)

rangeeli rangeeli chhabeeli raani nindiya
aa mere raaja ki ankhiyon mein aa
rangeeli rangeeli chhabeeli raani nindiya
aa mere raaja ki ankhiyon mein aa

aaja ri lekar sapne suhaane ae
sukh ke zamaane ae
aaja ri lekar sapne suhaane ae
sukh ke zamaane
dheere se aana
kahin duniya na jaane
duniya na jaane
palkon ki duniya tu aa ke basa aa
aa mere raaja ki ankhiyon mein aa
rangeeli rangeeli chhabeeli raani nindiya
aa mere raaja ki ankhiyon mein aa

bikhar gayee mere maathhe ki bindiya aa
bikhar gayee mere maathhe ki bindiya
dard na jaane mere manwa ki nindiya
bikhar gayee mere maathhe ki bindiya
dard na jaane mere manwa ki nindiya
keh de chandaniya se
dil na jalaa aa
aa mere raaja ki ankhiyon mein aa
rangeeli rangeeli chhabeeli raani nindiya
aa mere raaja ki ankhiyon mein aa
rangeeli rangeeli chhabeeli raani nindiya
aa mere raaja ki ankhiyon mein aa

30 Responses to "Rangeeli rangeeli chhabeeli raani nindiya"

I am very happy that today I am completing 8 years of posting my articles on atulsongaday, with my 910 th post.
Thank you.
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Arun ji,
Congratulations and thanks a lote for sharing the information on Hemen Gupta.

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Thanks, Sadanand ji.

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Heartiest Congratulations Sir ji, on completing eight years on the blog.
Looking forward to your 1000th post and after that completing a decade of posting on the blog.
Thanks and regards,
Avinash

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Thanks, Avinash ji.

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Friends,
I am sorry.
Due to an error on my part, I wrote that it is my ” 910 th Post’.
But actually it is the 907 th Post.
I regret the error.
This, of course, does not change my feelings in any way.
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Arunji,
Congratulations for completing 8 years of posting articles.
That’s a great achievement.
And the post is of course very informative, got to know about Hemen Gupta and Baby Bula (Archana).
I wasn’t aware of the song, it’s good too.

Thank you for the post and once again heartiest congratulations.

Anup

🙂

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Thanks, Dr, Anup ji.
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Cograts !
Hope the 1000th comes soon !!
Setting a record !!!

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Thank you, Gopal Pillai ji.

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Chand Burke did two hit dances that year Mein Baharon ki natkhat raani – Boot Polish (1954) and this one in Ferry:

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I went into tears laughing reading this: ” His own wish was to be a Romantic Hero and from the film Munimji-55 onwards, his career really took off as a Romantic hero – an image he desperately (and later on pathetically) tried to preserve in his films. When others stopped giving him films,he started producing and directing his own films, acting in it the same way he did, when he was young.”
I like that thought.

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It was very sad but a fact that he always considered himself to be a heartthrob of million damsels, till he breathed his last.
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Dear Guruji,

Hearty Congratulations on crossing another milestone – many more ahead.

A few corrections, just two :

Hemant Kumar’s son was named JAYANTA .

“Kabuliwala” was written by Gurudev Tagore.

With warm regards

PARTHA CHANDA

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Pratha ji,
Thanks for your wishes.
Thanks also for additional information,not corrections.
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Dear Guruji,

You have referred to him as RITESH and you have said that “Kabuliwala” was written by Bankim Chandra. You may like to cross check.

\With warm regards

PARTHA CHANDA

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Partha ji,
Yes. About Kabuliwala there is a mistake.
However, Ritesh has been mentioned as Hemant Kumar’s son, twice. Please see again. There are two references about Hemen Gupta’s son Jayant in the post. Infact, the Bio was sent by Jayant only.
Nothing escapes your critical eyes, indeed. This is helpful to us, surely.
Please let me know if I have written anything wrong. I am ready to correct myself at any stage.
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Dear Guruji,

Aap Bura Man Gaye. First, age has nothing to do with it. With the kind of prolific writing that you do, some errors are bound to creep in. It is anyone’s bounden duty to rectify the error so that it does not get carried forward. JAYANT is the name of Hemant Kumar’s only son. It is incidental that Hemen Gupta’s son is also named Jayant, which is a common Bengali name. In fact RITESH is a very uncommon Bengali name.

You may like to see the link below

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moushumi_Chatterjee

It is clearly mentioned that her husband’s name is Jayant Mukherjee.

With sincere best wishes and looking forward to many many more Posts from you.

Count me as one of your admirers.

PARTHA CHANDA

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Pratha ji,

Thanks for your reply.
I am not at all upset due to your comments. By now I know your good intentions.
How the age came in, I wonder. I had said at any stage…..Not at any age.
I am writing to you a mail separately for other points.
Presently I am out of Mumbai, so I have no access to my Laptop.
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Dr,Pradeep Shetty ji,
Thank you for confirming that Jayant-son of Hemant Kumar- was called Ritesh in Hindi films.
Thanks also for your wishes.

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Partha ji,
It will take some time for returning to Mumbai.
I would like you to know that Hemant Kumar’s son Jayant was called in all his Hindi films, as RITESH. You can check the filmography and credit lists yourself.
If you had known this small matter all your confusion that I was wrong in calling him Ritesh would not have occurred, I feel. But no problem, we all make mistakes. That is why I keep my mind open to accept my errors and try to correct them. I have corrected the Kabuliwala’s author name, when you pointed out my error.

With this, I do hope all matters raised by you are clarified.

I once again say, I am not at all disturbed by your pointing out errors anytime. Please do continue and help me.
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A Message received from Harish Raghuwanshi ji, Surat….

Dear Arunkumar ji
 Congratulations for writing 907 posts in the last 8 years. Every post is a Gem as far as rare information is concerned.
Your strength is to write posts with sincerity and with maximum new and rare information which is generally not given anywhere else.
 
Harish Raghuwanshi 1-10-2020

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Dear Arun ji,

Congratulations for posting for 8 years …..awaiting the 1000th post!

I was little disappointed in a sense that I expected this to be Anna song, nevertheless it is very sweet as you said! Thanks a ton for this post full of information as usual!

Warm Regards,

Umesh

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Umesh ji,
Thank you.
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Arun ji,

Very informative, as usual.

Thank you and congratulations for the milestone that will be reached soon.

Jayanta was called Rithesh in his Hindi movies. In FERRY, he was credited as Master Babu. In the Sitar, Sarod jugalbandi between Dev Anand and Geeta Bali, he is seen playing the Tabla.

Dev Anand can also be seen playing violin in the song , Na ro ae rone wale.

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Dr.Pradeep Shetty ji.
Thanks for confirming about Ritesh name.
Thanks also for your wishes.
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Arun Ji, Congrats on completing 8 years of interesting, informative posts.
Good to know about Hemen Gupta who I remember only for ‘Kabuliwala’ and ‘Anand Math’. I liked the performance of Archana in all her films of a short career.
I can not forget Chand Burke for her ‘ Main Baharon ki natkat Raani…”

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Satish ji,
Thank you for comments.
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I remember Chand Burqe in another movie Apne Huye Paraye(1964), where she plays an evil character alongwith Manoj Kumar, Mala Sinha, Shashikala, Thanks Arun ji for Information about her…….
Regards
Prakash

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Prakash ji,
Thank you very much.
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