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Tum is nigaah se dekho na baar baar mujhe

Posted on: May 13, 2021


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I had almost forgotten about the existence of a film titled ‘Room No. 9’ (1946) until I came across a song from the film on one of the video sharing platforms a few days back. I checked on our Blog to know that two songs from the film was covered in the Blog as early as in March 2013 but surprisingly, the song which I had heard has not yet been covered in the Blog. I liked the song so much that I decided to share the song on the Blog with a small write-up.

‘Room No. 9’ (1946) was produced by S R Rajguru under the banner of Navyug Pictures and was directed by Vedi. The star cast included Shyam and Geeta Nizami in the lead role with K N Singh, Dar Kashmiri, Saroj Borkar, Randhir, Kesari etc in the subsidiary roles. At the outset, I did not have any idea as to which genre the film belonged. The film’s title gives an impression that it may be crime thriller. But an advertisement of the film which appeared on one of the 1946 issues of ‘Filmindia’ magazine indicates that film has the ‘most unusual romance’.

The film was released in Mumbai on June 15, 1946 and a review of the film was published in August 1946 issue of ‘Filmindia’ magazine. Based on the review, I am presenting below a summarized version of the story of the film:

Geeta (Geeta Nizami) is an heiress to a huge fortune left by her father. With this, Geeta’s life is at risk as her uncle is eyeing on her fortunes. For the attainment of his objective, he employs Pratap (K N Singh) a crook to do the needful.

For completing the formalities of handing over the fortunes to Geeta, Barrister Premchand (Raj Bishwas), the executor of the will, comes to the city and stays in a hotel where his son, Shyam (Shyam) escorts Geeta to the hotel room. However, Geeta suspects Shyam to be a crook without knowing that he is the son of Barrister Premchand. Instead, she relies on Pratap, the crook who kidnaps her. However, Shyam rescues her.

Thakur Ajit Singh (Randhir) who is a regular guest in the hotel gets attracted towards Geeta though he already has Rani (Saroj Borkar) as his mistress who is a disgraced wife of Barrister Premchand and the mother of Shyam. Neither Rani nor Shyam is aware that they are mother and son.

In Geeta’s room, Thakur Ajit Singh tries to molest her and, in this milieu, Thakur is shot dead. Thinking that Geeta must have shot him, Shyam takes the crime on himself and runs away from the police. However, he is arrested and put on trail for the murder of Thakur Ajit Singh. Based on the evidence given by Rani, Shyam is sentenced to death by hanging.

Barrister Premchand appeals to the high court for the review of the lower court’s verdict. In the court, he produces the childhood photograph of Shyam with his mother Rani. The mother in Rani makes her to confess that she had shot dead Thakur Ajit Singh in that fateful night. Shyam is acquitted and there is a happy end to the film.

The film had 8 songs, all written by Nakshab Jarchvi and set to music by Rashid Attre. As mentioned earlier, two songs have been covered in the Blog. I am presenting the 3rd song ‘tum iss nigaah se dekho na baar baar mujhe’ sung by Mohammed Rafi.

The song is written in a ghazal format and it is one among Rafi’s early dozen odd solo renditions. From his rendition, I can guess that Rafi has mastered the art of voice modulation for particular actors as early as 1946. The moment I heard the song, I got a feel that he was singing for Shyam.

Audio Clip:

Song-Tum is nigaah se dekho na baar baar mujhe(Room number 9)(1946) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Nakshab, MD-Rashid Atre

Lyrics

rahe to kaise rahe ae
dil pe ikhtiyaar mujhe ae ae ae ae
haan aan aan
rahe to kaise rahe ae ae
dil pe ikhtiyaar mujhe ae ae ae ae ae
tum iss nigaah se dekho na baar baar mujhe
tum iss nigaah se dekho na baar baar mujhe

jo mujhse bachte thhe
pahlu mein aaye baithen hain
jo mujhse bachte thhe
bachte thhe
pahlu mein aaye baithen hain
bahut dinon se thha iss din ka intzaar mujhe
bahut dinon se thha iss din ka intzaar mujhe
tum iss nigaah se dekho na baar baar mujhe

hamesha aapne
hamesha aapne
haan aapne
gairon pe ki nigaah e karam
hamesha aapne
haan aapne gairon pe ki nigaah e karam
hamesha aapne rakha hai bekaraar mujhe
hamesha aapne rakha hai bekaraar mujhe
tum iss nigaah se dekho na baar baar mujhe

wohi to ho
jo meri ek bhi na sunte thhe
wohi to ho jo meri ek bhi na sunte thhe
wohi to ho jo meri ek bhi na sunte thhe
ab ikhtiyaar tumhen hai ke ikhtiyaar mujhe
ab ikhtiyaar tumhen hai ke ikhtiyaar mujhe
tum iss nigaah se dekho na baar baar mujhe
tum iss nigaah se
dekho na baar baar mujhe…e

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