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Sapna toot na jaaye kahin ye

Posted on: April 21, 2021


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 made in Calcutta in the early 40’s. The film is Taqrar aka All for a son-1944. It was written, produced and directed by Hemen Gupta, under his own banner, Art Films, Calcutta. It was a remake of his own Bangla film “Dwand”-43. Since the film was made in Calcutta, all the artistes were from Bangal. The cast consisted of Jamuna, Iftekhar, Molina, Aruna devi, Ranjit Roy, Dev bala, Indu Mukherjee, Tulsi Chakraborty, Nimai etc etc.

The HFGK says the music was by Sachin Das (Motilal). With this type of entry, I was confused. What did it mean ? Did it mean that

1.The other name of Sachin Das was Motilal ?

2.Was Sachin Das a son of Motilal ?

3.Was Motilal a Co-MD ?

4.Was Motilal his assistant ?

5. Was his full name Sachin Das Motilal ?

6. Was this Motilal same as another MD called Master Motilal, Motilal, Motilal Nayak or Master Motilal Nayak, who gave music to 12 Hindi films, made in Calcutta in the 30’s ?

When I got tired of considering options, I directly wrote to Harmandir Singh Hamraaz ji, to get clarification. I was glad that he very promptly replied-within hours- by E mail and he also sent me a copy of the film booklet of film ” All for a Son or Taqrar”-44 on Whatsapp. Hamraz ji has only stressed that in this case, Motilal was another name of Sachin Das and that both are the same person. Additionally, he mentioned that this was the only film for which Sachin Das is credited ( I, however, found out that he had given music to a Bangla film “Tapobhang”(1947). He further made it clear that in the absence of “Solid Proof”, he was not ready to accept that this Motilal was the same as Master Motilal Nayak-MD of the 30’s in Calcutta.

So, the net result of all this exercise was that I still stood at where I was at the beginning, without adding any more information about this Sachin Das (Motilal). Finally, my friend N.Venkataraman from Kolkata informed me that Sachin Das was a classical musician and was a regular performer on Calcutta A.I.R in the 40’s. He had given music to some films too. Some of his renditions were recorded by Hindustan Records and a CD was released recently of songs by Sachin Das.

When you want to have genuine, credible information about an unknown artistes, this is how one has to spend days together and refer to several sources. It is not an easy job.

The film had mostly Bangla artistes. Even Iftekhar, who became a famous Screen Cop in Bombay films later, was a Bangla artiste till then, having worked, I believe, in a few Bangla films. He had married a Bangla Jew girl Hanna Joseph also( and converted her). Such films give opportunities to know more about Bangla artistes. Actors in this film like Indu and Tulsi were males. Bangla names are confusing in identifying the Gender of the person. I have almost always gone wrong in this. I always,initially, mistook Moni Chatterjee as a female artiste. Now let us know more about Tulsi Chakraborty.

Tulsi Chakraborty or Tulsi Chakrabarti ( 3 March 1899 – 11 December 1961) was an actor and comedian who worked in Bengali cinema in the 1940s and 1950s. His most notable role could be the lead role in Parash Pathar, directed by Satyajit Ray.

Chakraborty was born on 3 March 1899 in the small village called Goari. His father, Ashutosh Chakraborty, was an employee of the Indian Railways and the family had to move around various places in undivided Bengal. So, young Tulsi had to spend a lot of time in Calcutta staying with his paternal uncle Prasad Chakraborty, the elder brother of Asutosh Chakraborty. Prasadbabu was a talented tabla and harmonium player who was an employee of the renowned Star Theatre, the legendary Bengali commercial theatre stage and production company. He had a small group of musicians who used to play live background music during theatrical performances. It was through his uncle’s contacts that Tulsi was able to watch the finest actors of the generation at work and this fostered his own ambitions to become a singer-actor. Before launching in theatre, Tulsi Chakraborty engaged himself in a number of odd-jobs, starting from dish-washer in a small North Calcutta eatery to working as a clown in a circus in Burma (now Myanmar). In films, he started with character roles before performing as a comedian. He was known for his realistic acting. He never used any make-up or extra arrangements. Usually, he was clad in a white dhoti accompanied by a sacred thread on his shoulder.

One of Chakraborty’s notable performances was in Sharey Chuattor, which was the debut film of the popular pair of Bengali cinema: Suchitra Sen and Uttam Kumar. In Parash Pathar directed by Satyajit Ray, he acted in the lead role of Paresh Dutta. He unleashed memorable roles in Uttam Kumar-Suchitra Sen starrers Ekti Raat and Chaowa Pawa. In both these films, Chakraborty played a sceptical inn owner; in the latter, he teamed up with Rajlakshmi Devi. He also had a small role as that of a village pandit cum grocer in Pather Panchali. Ray once remarked that if Chakraborty had been born in the United States, he would have been awarded an Oscar for his acting.

Tulsi acted in only films made as a Hindi version or made in Calcutta. He worked in 8 Hindi films namely, Saugandh-42, Jawab-42, Wapas-43, Shri Ramanuj-43, Taqrar-44, Subah Shyam-44, My sister and finally Hamrahi-44.

Chakraborti spent the latter part of his life in utmost poverty. His widow was also known to have lived in abject poverty as was revealed by a television programme. Due to his poverty, he had to take a walk from Tollygunge studio to his home in Shibpur, Howrah. He died on 11 December in the year of 1961. (based on wiki and my notes.)

Another artiste to know more about is Molina Devi. Molina being an uncommon name there was no other actress of this name. Molina Devi was born in 1917. She received training in acting from Aparesh Mukherjee, and made her debut, at the age of 8, in a silent movie. She was acknowledged as one of the leading actresses of the Bengali stage, with her professional career spanning more than three decades.

In 1924, she debuted in a silent film while at the age of 8 and thereafter worked as dancer mainly in the mythological and historical plays. She performed some memorable roles in Bengali as well as Hindi films. She got a breakthrough in Puran Bhagat and Molina played the title role in the movie, Rani Rasmani. She took various roles, even vamps in her early career such as in Pramathesh Barua’s Rajat Jayanti in 1939. She also directed a Kolkata based theatre troupe, M. G. Enterprises.

Molina worked in Rangana theatre as chief artist. She performed as a singer on radio and contributed to the formation of Mahila Silpi Mahal, a welfare association for female artists of Bengal. Molina Devi’s high creative excellence had found expression in such diverse media as the stage, the film and the radio. As a founder of the M. G. Enterprise, now in its twenty-third year, she had been responsible for the success of such well-known plays as ‘Thakur Sri Sri’, ‘Rani Rasmoni’, ‘Jagatbandhu’ and ‘Bholagiri’.

She had been honoured and decorated by many eminent organisations and learned bodies. For her eminence in the field of Drama and her contribution to its enrichment, Molina Devi received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Acting.

Her first husband was Jolu Boral and the second husband was actor Gurudas Banerjee.

Molina died on 13 August 1977 in Kolkata. She acted in 22 Hindi films. Her first Hindi film was Raaj Rani Meera-33 and last film was Babla-53. She also sang 11 songs in 4 Hindi films.

I have 6 songs from this film Taqrar-44 in my collection. Believe me, all songs are very melodious. There are 3 Jagmohan duets and 3 solos. Lovely songs. Wish Sachin Das had given music to more films. Meanwhile, enjoy this song…..

with this song, the Lyricist Azad, Composer Sachin Das and the film Taqrar-44 make their Debut on the Blog.


Song- Sapna toot na jaaye kahin ye bandhan chhoot na jaaye (Taqraar)(1944) Singers-Unknown female voice, unknown male voice , Lyrics-Azad, MD-Sachin Das
Both

Lyrics

Sapna toot na jaaye kahin ye
bandhan chhoot na jaaye
aa haa
pyaar chhalak na jaaye sajaniya
man mein kyun ghabraaye
preet ki nagri sooni padi hai
teri aas lagaaye
haan haan teri aas lagaaye
koi ghadi mein aao saajan
aaye
koi ghadi mein aao saajan
garva tohe lagaaye
man mein kyun ghabraaye sajaniya
man mein kyun ghabraaye
Sapna toot na jaaye kahin ye
bandhan chhoot na jaaye

sapna toota saajan aaya
phooli phali jawaani ee ee
sapna toota saajan aaya
phooli phali jawaani
prem ki god bhari aashaa ne
raaja ke sang raani
prem ki god bhari aashaa ne
raaja ke sang raani
chali hamen bisraay sajaniya
chali hamen bisraay

sapnaa aa
Sapna toot na jaaye kahin ye
bandhan chhoot na jaaye
chaah kisi ki
aah kisi ki
tumko kyun parvaah kisi ki
chaahe jiya jar jaaye sajanvaa
maano main hoon balaaye
haan haan
maano main hoon balaaye

tu hai telin
main hoon teli
mere man mein tu hi akeli
aao
aao khilaaun gud ki bheli
aao
aao khilaaun gud ki bheli
kaahe gayi khisyaay(?0 raani
kaahe gayi sharmaay sajaniya
kaahe gayi sharmaay

sapnaa aa
Sapna toot na jaaye
Sapna toot na jaaye kahin ye
bandhan chhoot na jaaye
sapna toote
duniya chhoote
prem ka bandhan kabhi na toote
kaahe rahi ghabraay raani
kaahe rahi ghabraay

maine kahaa thha
un hoon hoon hoon hoon
maine kahaa thha

un hoon
un hoon
hamne kahaa thha
donon prem deewaane ae ae
donon prem deewaane

sukh ke baadal chhaaye aali
jhoom uthhi hai daali daali
sukh ke baadal chhaaye aali
jhoom uthhi hai daali daali
man ka panchhi naach uthha hai
phoola naahin samaaye sajaniya
phoola naahin samaaye

sapnaa
toot na jaaye
naa jaaaa
na jaaaa

5 Responses to "Sapna toot na jaaye kahin ye"

Arun Ji,
Thanks for an interesting post. I comment, generally, only when I find more info about a known personality. In this case I note that Iftekar hailed from Bengal. When you wrote about Moni Chatterji, being assumed by you as female, I recalled, with a chuckle, Moni Bhattacharya, director of ‘Mujhe Jeene Do’ & ‘Usne kaha tha’.
The song of the post is acceptable to my ears. However, IMHO, for me most songs of pre 1950 are in the same mould

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Satish ji,
Thanks for your comments.
It is nowhere mentioned by me that Iftekhar hailed from Bengal. He was a Punjabi Muslim from Jallundhar, who came to Calcutta after studying in Lucknow and Kanpur. He seems to have stayed in Calcutta for quite some time to do small roles in Bangla films, including ‘ Dwand’, the original film on which Taqrar was remade. Hemen Gupta gave him the chance to work in Hindi film. I hope the matter is now clear to you.
-AD

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Arun Ji,
thanks for further info on Iftekhar. I got an impression, while reading the post, that he may be from undivided Bengal.

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Sachin Das Motilal was a famous light classical singer. He was famous for his semi-classical or raag-pradhan songs in the 40s-50s. I personally knew him since he used to teach my elder sister in Kolkata in the 70s. My father was a big fan of his voice and he persuaded him to teach my sister. I am not sure whether he is the same person as the composer of this song.

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Thank you Soumya ji for additional information.
-AD

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