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Kuchh peenaa kuchh pilaanaa

Posted on: April 23, 2021


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Today’s song is from the film Talash-1943. This is one of those films, about which hardly any information is available on the net or in any book. But thank God, at least credits for all the important departments like Banner, Director, MD, Lyricist and all the star cast names are available in HFGK.

There are few films about which, except their titles and year of censoring, nothing else is known, not on the internet, in any book or even in HFGK. Just for example, in the year 1943 itself you have films like “Pati pooja”, “Magic of South India”, and “Andhi Duniya”, for which the page space is blank- no information at all except the Banner’s name. Since 1931, almost all years till at least 1960, one can find such films in HFGK.

Film Talash-43 was a Stunt film and its cast was full of the usual artistes who featured in such C grade action films. The cast shows the names of Benjamin, Leela Pawar, Ranibala, Sadiq, Dalpat, Faqir Muhammed, Nazira, Shyamsundar, Jahangir, Meherbano, Roopa etc.

I have no idea who this actor Benjamin was, but he featured in stunt and action films from mid 30’s to mid 40’s. All the other names are familiar. There were 8 songs in the film and the singers included Kalyani Bai, Zohrabai ( this was the first time Zohrabai sang for a film’s Heroine in a solo and a duet-thanks to Khan Mastana, the MD), Nalini Rao, Shyamsundar and Khan Mastana – the MD himself. it was a common matter that usually the Music Director also sang a few songs in the film – if he was a singer, which most early era MDs were.

In this singers’ list there are 2 names which fall into the “Same Name Confusion” category. One was Kalyani bai and the other was Shyamsundar.

As far as Shyamsundar is concerned, he was different from Music Director Shyam Sunder (Gabba) and he continued to sing in films till 1955, well after the demise of MD Shyamsunder in 1952, confirming that he was a different person. I have written earlier also about him. Kalyani bai and Kalyani Das were singers who operated in same period in Calcutta and Bombay and both sang in films made in both cities, so the scope of confusion was plenty. However, there was a distinct time slot for their operation in singing.

Kalyani Bai (1920-2009) (real name – Zarina) was an actor-singer who was trained in classical singing. She sang khayal, thumri and ghazals for All India Radio and recorded such genre of songs for HMV. This led her to a filmy career in Calcutta in 1934 as an actor-singer. After some struggle, she was employed with New Theatres and she acted in films like ‘Anaath Ashram’ (1937), ‘Mukti’ (1937), and ‘President’ (1937) in which she also sang some songs for herself.

In 1937, Kalyani Bai left New Theatres and joined Ranjit Movietone in Bombay (Mumbai). Her first film with Ranjit Movietone was ‘Toofaani Toli’ (1937). In the 40s, she appeared to have become a freelancer, although I find that she worked in more films directed by VM Vyas of Sunrise Films than other banners. She was one of the singers in the famous All-Women qawwali in the film Zeenat-1945. Her last film as an actor-singer was ‘Ghar’ (1945). However, she lent her voice for other actresses in films released during 1947-54. She also acted in small roles in a few films of the 1970s and probably early 80s. She later married Seth Chirauddin Bakar. She had 2 sons and a daughter from him. She retired and settled in Bombay. She died on 1-10-2009.

Kalyani Das was a playback singer who started her career in Hindi films from Calcutta with PC Barua’s ‘Jawaab’ (1942) and ended her playback singing career in Hindi films with ‘Iran Ki Ek Raat’ (1949). She also sang for a few films made in Bombay. To the best of my knowledge, she did not act in any films.

It is not so difficult to segregate ‘Kalyanis’ as both of them worked in Calcutta at different times. Kalyani Bai worked in films produced in Calcutta up to 1937 whereas Kalyani Das commenced her playback singing career from Calcutta from 1942 onward. She mostly worked for music director Kamal Dasgupta (8 out of 11 Hindi films in which she was playback singer). She sang 37 songs in 11 films….Jawab-42, meghdoot-45, Kurukshetra-45, Zameen Aasmaan-46, Prem ki Duniya-46, Bindiya-46, Manmaani-47, Giribala-47, Faisla-47, Swayamsidha-49 and Iran ki ek raat-49.

The third name which had a potential of ‘Same name Confusion’ was NALINI. In the period from the 30’s to 50’s, there were several ‘Nalini’s operating same time, as actresses and singers. They were Nalini Tarkhud, Nalini Jaywant, Nalini Nagpurkar, Nalini Borkar, Nalini Dhere, Nalini Gupte, Nalini Saraf(Seema), Nalini Chonkar, Nalini Rao and Nalini Korgaonkar. However, the problem of ‘ Same Name Confusion’ never arose for any ‘ Nalini’. The simple reason was- all of them were Marathi artistes and as per their custom, they always used their Surnames to make distinction between other ‘Nalini’s. Hence SNC rarely involved Marathi artistes. The other example of this was Shanta Apte, Shanta Hublikar, Shanta Mujumdar, Shanta Kumari and Shantarin.

One peculiar thing about film Talash-43 was that the Director and lyricist of the film was same – A Kareem. (another such example was Kidar Sharma). There were few artistes in the Film Industry who were ‘all- rounders’. These artistes achieved excellence in many departments of film making. A. Kareem was one such artiste. He was brother of Music Director Ghulam Mohammed. He was an Actor, Producer, Director, Composer, Lyricist, writer, screenplay and dialogue writer and a Costume designer ! In my opinion, he can be compared with only Badri Prashad, who was Actor, Producer, Director, Composer, Singer, Character artiste and a Choreographer too !..

In the early era, there were many such artistes who did many things-sometimes out of necessity or compulsion or to sustain jobs. But they were known for ONE main activity. Similarly A. Kareem was known as a Lyricist. He started his career with Aaj ki Duniya-40 as an actor. He also acted in Jagat mohini-40, Meri Khwaish-041, and Circus ki Sundari-41. He wrote s/p and dialogues, with P L Santoshi for films Circus ki sundari-41 and Bombay Calling-42. He composed music for 5 stunt films like Kashmir ki kali-46, Toofani Teerandaz-47,Atom Bomb-47, Dhoomketu-49 and Maya Mahal-49. He had composed 35 songs.

He directed 13 films like Kalakar-42, Talash-43, Badmash-44, Jeewan swapna-46, Parbat ki Rani-48, Rangeele Musafir-50, Josh-50, Gazab-51, Char chand-53, Maharani-57, Mehfil-57, Tilasmi Duniya-62 and Mehbooba-65.

As a Costume designer he worked for Naya Daur-57, Dil apna aur Preet Parayee-60, Mere Mehboob-63,Kaajal-65, Main vohi hoon-66 and Dastak-70. As a Lyricist his most famous song was Talat’s “Hai ye vohi aasman, aur vohi zameen, par meri Taqdeer ka ab vo zamana nahin “. He wrote 146 songs in 20 films.

Nowadays, it is impossible to find such All rounders in the film industry.

Today’s song is a solo song sung by Kalyani Bai, composed by Khan Mastana. With this song, film Talash-43 makes its Debut on the Blog.


Song- Kuchh peena kuchh pilaana (Talaash)(1943) Singer-Kalyani bai, Lyricist- A Kareem, MD- Khan Mastana

Lyrics

lalalalalala
kuchh peena
kuchh pilaana aa aa aa
kuchh peena
kuchh pilaana
kuchh peena
aaya hai samaa suhaana
aaya hai samaa suhaana
kuchh peena
kuchh pilaana
kuchh peena
kuchh pilaana
kuchh peena
kuchh pilaana

main bech rahi hoon jawaani
haan aan aan
main bech rahi hoon jawaani
jiska mol hai paani paani
jiska mol hai paani
koi aankhon ka jhhuthhaana
koi aankhon ka jhhuthhaana
lalalala
kuchh peena
kuchh pilaana
kuchh peena
kuchh pilaana
kuchh peena

zindagi khatm na ho jaaye tarakki teri
zindagi khatm na ho jaaye tarakki teri
is qadar pee ke na baaqi rahe hasti teri
is qadar pee ke na baaqi rahe hasti teri

ang ang se joban chhalke
ang ang se joban chhalke
do nainon se madira chhalke
do nainon se madira chhalke
usko na bekaaar ganwaana
usko na bekaaar ganwaana
usko na bekaaar ganwaana
usko na bekaaar ganwaana
laalalalala
kuchh peena
kuchh pilaana
kuchh peena
kuchh pilaaaaaana

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