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Wo poochhte hain ae dil tu kiska hai shaidaayi

Posted on: May 18, 2021

This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in If this article appears in other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of, then it is piracy of the copyright content of and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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‘Nai Roshni’ (1941) was produced by Mehboob Khan under the banner of National Studios and was jointly directed by Chimankant Gandhi and Lalit Mehta. The star cast included Sardar Akhtar, Harish, Husn Bano, Amar, Kanhaiyalal, Sunalini Devi, Sankata Prasad, Budho Advani, Agha, Baby Meena etc.

The director-pair of Chimankant Gandhi and Lalit Mehta had also directed ‘Aasra’ (1941) and Lala Ji’ (1941) – both under the banner of National Studios. Those days, under studio system, it was not uncommon to have two directors for films. It is possible that the original directors assigned for the films were unable to continue their assignments due to a variety of reasons. But when the same pair of directors is repeated in more than one film, it can be safely assumed that the pair has jointly directed the film. For example, Bakul Bhatt and Babubhai Mistri jointly directed two films – ‘Muqabala’ (1942) and ‘Mauj’ (1943). V G Damle and Sheikh Fattelal jointly directed 3 films – ‘Gopal Krishna’ (1938), ‘Sant Dnyaneshwar’ (1940) and ‘Sant Tukaram’ (1948).

There were a few cases where only one film was jointly directed by the pair of directors but not as a substitute for the original director. For example, Zia Sarhadi and Mahendra Thakore jointly directed ‘Postman/Abhilasha’ (1938), Virendra Desai and Mahendra Thakore did for ‘Sadhana’ (1939) and S U Sanny and M Sadiq for ‘Namaste’ (1943).

On checking the details of some of the films produced under the banners of Sagar Movietone and National Studios, I found that Chimankant Gandhi and Lalit Mehta had worked as Assistant/Chief Assistant Director to Mehboob Khan in some films beside also involved in the other areas of film productions since the early years of Sagar Movietone after the advent of sound films These two names are also mentioned in the book, ‘Sagar Movietone’ by Biren Kothari.

Both Chimankant Gandhi and Lalit Mehta were in the inner circle of friends of Mehboob Khan from his Sagar Movietone days. Chimankant Gandhi had started with Mehboob Khan as his Assistant Director from ‘Deccan Queen’ (1936). He continued his association with Mehboob Khan in the same capacity until Mehboob Khan’s last film, ‘Son Of India’ (1962). I have noticed that in the credit titles of the films, the name of Chimankant Gandhi appeared first and that too in bold/capital letters among Mehboob Khan’s 3-4 assistant directors. This shows how important Chimankant was for Mehboob Khan. Lalit Mehta worked as Production Controller and in other capacity with Mehboob Khan during his days in Sagar Movietone and National Studios until he independently directed ‘Amaanat’ (1943) and ‘Azaadi Ki Raah Par’ (1948). I could not trace Lalit Mehta’s filmy career after 1948.

‘Nai Roshni’ (1942), brings another long-term association of Mehboob Khan with Agha Jani Kashmiri, the story, screen-play and dialogues writer. Lucknow-born Agha Jani Kashmiri (1908-1998) had a very interesting journey to his filmy career. At the age of 24, he ran away from his home to Rangoon to become the lead actor in ‘Shaan-E-Subhaan’ (1933) opposite Sultana. After working in a few films at Kolkata, Agha Jani Kashmiri came to Mumbai some time during the second half of 1930s and joined Bombay Talkies. Himanshu Rai, the boss of Bombay Talkies, after knowing his literary background encouraged him to pursue the career in story, screen-play and dialogue writing. He got the first assignment as a screen-play writer for ‘Vachan’ (1938) which was a box office success. He had a small role in Bombay Talkies next film, ‘Bhabhi’ (1938).

In 1940, Agha Jani Kashmiri joined Mehboob’s National Studios and wrote story, screen-play and dialogues for ‘Aasra’ (1941) and ‘Nai Roshni’ (1941). With the closure of National Studios in 1942, Mehboob Khan set up his own production house, Mehboob Productions. The first film produced under the new banner was ‘Najma’ (1943) for which Agha Jani wrote story, screen-play and dialogues. The film was a box office success. Thereafter, Mehboob Khan and Agha Jani Kashmiri combination tasted high box office success in ‘Taqdeer’ (1943), ‘Humayun’ (1945), ‘Anmol Ghadi’ (1946) and ‘Anokhi Ada’ (1948). Agha Jani Kashmiri’s last film with Mehboob Khan was ‘Amar’ (1954).

During his filmy career, Agha Jani Kashmiri wrote story/scree-play/dialogues for over 50 films most of which were box office hits. It was an irony of fate that ‘Tohfa’ (1948), the only film which he produced, directed and wrote story, screen play and dialogues, failed miserably at the box office. But this failure did not dent his stature as a screen-play and dialogue writer. He continued to be active in the film industry until about mid-1970s when he and his wife migrated to Canada to joined his two sons who have settled there. Agha Jani Kashmiri died on March 27, 1998 in Toronto.

‘Nai Roshni’ (1941) was released in Mumbai on November 8, 1941 and a review of the film was published in January 1942 issue of ‘Filmindia’. Based on the review, a summarized version of the story is given below:

Bihari (Amar) is a bank manager and Indira (Sardar Akhtar) is his fashionable wife. Mohan (Kanhaiyalal) is a clerk in the same bank whose financial condition is poor. He has a demanding wife in Vijaya (Sunalini Devi). His daughter, Geeta (Husn Bano) is of a marriageable age. Master ji (Sankata Prasad)’s family stay in the neighborhood of Mohan who has a grown-up son, Madan (Harish), a music teacher. Geeta has joined Madan’s music class and both love each other. But the marriage will have to wait until the financial condition of her father, Mohan improves.

Bihari has a reputation of having affairs with girls. One day, when his wife is away, he brings a girl to his house but is caught red handed by his wife. In order to bring her husband to the senses, Indira hatches a plan in which she pretends to have an affair with Madan by joining his music class. Madan is unaware that Indira is the wife of bank manager, Bihari. The ‘affair’ comes to the notice of Bihari and he is determined to end his wife’s affair with Madan. However, when he is made to believe that Madan has been staying in his house with Indira, Bihari hatches a counter plan which results into some hilarious situations. The only way, Bihari can end his wife’s ‘affair’ is to get Madan married to Geeta which he succeeds. At the end, parents of Geeta and Madan are happy and Indira is happy that her husband has realised not to have his extra-marital relationship.

The film had 11 songs, all written by Dr. Safdar Aah Sitapuri and set to music by Anil Biswas. None of the videos of the songs was available on any video sharing platform. So, I have uploaded a song, ‘wo poochhten hain ae dil tu kiska hai shaidaayi’ which I am presenting here. The song is rendered by Harish and Sardar Akhtar. The audio quality of the song is not up to the mark as the background music sounds as loud as the song rendition. The reviewer of the film had criticised the sound recording of the film.

A feature of this song is that it has a long prelude music (103 seconds).

With this song, ‘Nai Roshni’ (1941) makes its debut on the Blog.

Audio Clip:

Song-Wo poochhte hain ae dil tu kiska hai shaidaayi (Nai Roshni)(1941) Singers-Harish, Sardar Akhtar, Lyrics-Safdar Aah Sitapuri, MD-Anil Biswas


wo poochhten hain ae dil
tu kiska hai shaidaayi
wo poochhten hain ae dil
tu kiska hai shaidaayi

chup hoon to jiyoon kaise
boloon to hai ruswaayi
chup hoon to jiyoon kaise
boloon to hai rusawaayi

wo poochhten hain ae dil
tu kiska hai shaidaayi
wo poochhate hain ae dil

kyun aag uthaata hai
tu phool ke dhokhe mein
kyun aag uthaata hai
tu phool ke dhokhe mein

leti hai ?? aankhon ko kinaaraa ??
let hai ?? aankhon ko ??
wo kam hai jo kar guzre
deewaana wo deewaana
wo kam hai jo kar guzre
deewaana wo deewaana

jab zabt karaana thha
phir kyun kiya saudaayi
jab zabt karaana thha
phir kyun kiya saudaayi

wo poochhaten hain ae dil
tu kiska hai shaidaayi
wo poochhaten hain ae dil
tu kiska hai shaidaa..yi

2 Responses to "Wo poochhte hain ae dil tu kiska hai shaidaayi"

Dear Sadanand ji,

Many thanks for the write-up on a rare song and about Agha Jaani. You are rendering yeomen service by presenting such unheard of but melodious songs. If you can also master the technique of removing background noises, it will be “sone pe suhaga”!

As one viewer has commented…..”Pl upload”.

There must be hundreds of songs lying there in the cans, hidden from Public View. Pl keep up the good work.

As an aside, years later, at least in the Bangla Film Industry, you had groups of talented Directors, forming Combines and Directing under banners such as AGRAGAMI and AGRADOOT. One never knew who was/were the real Directors, the entire group got the name. The list included such stalwarts as Bibhuti Laha and others and some landmark films such as AGNI PARIKSHA, SURYATORAN, SAGARIKA and others were made by these teams.

If I am not mistaken, the trend began in Hollywood in the ’30s and continues to the day.

With warm regards



Partha Chanda ji,

Thanks for the appreciation.

While writing a series ‘Hindi songs in Bangla films’ for the Blog, I came across ‘Agragami’ and ‘Agradoot’ as directors of a few Bangla films. At first, I thought that these were ‘nom de plume’ of two directors. Later on, I came to know that these were the names of two groups consisiting of directors, screen-play/dialogue writers and technicians for the films. The concept appears to be to emphasise that a film making is a collective effort also of persons behind the camera.


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