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Chit doley nit doley

Posted on: July 2, 2021


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular 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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After leaving Prabhat Film Company in May 1942, V. Shantaram had announced his new film, ‘Shakuntala’ (1943) under his own banner, Rajkamal Kala Mandir. He was looking for a reputed writer who could write screen-play and dialogues for the film. Baburao Patel, the editor of ‘Filmindia’ magazine who had business relations with Prabhat Film Company (through its printing press) and with V Shantaram, suggested the name of Dewan Sharar, author, playwright, poet and journalist of the international repute. In those days, Dewan Sharar used to publish his short stories every month in ‘Filmindia’ magazine after returning to India sometime in 1941 from London where he had been staying for many years.

Around the same time, D R D Productions of D R D Wadia had announced its maiden film, ‘Ishaara’ (1943) based on the Dewan Sharar’s famous novel, ‘The Gong of Siva’ (1935). With this film as well as ‘Shakuntala’ (1943), Dewan Sharar had shifted from Delhi to Mumbai and had made Cricket Club of India (CCI) as his temporary abode to write screen-play and dialogues for both these films. Since V Shantaram, after leaving Prabhat Films, did not have his own office, it was at CCI where he and Dewan Sharar met frequently to finalise the screen-play and dialogues for ‘Shakuntala’ (1943).

‘Ishaara’ (1943) was released in June 1943 and after couple of months, ‘Shakuntala’ (1943) was released. Both these films were box office success. Dewan Sharar had a long partnership with Rajkamal Kala Mandir as a story, screen-play, dialogue, song writer and sometime as an actor until ‘Jhanak Jhanak Paayal Baaje’ (1955).

Shantaram was to direct ‘Omar Khayyam’ under the banner of Prabhat Films in 1941 and the screen-play of the film written by Baburao Patel was ready. However, at that time, Shantaram did not go ahead with the film as his relationship with other directors of Prabhat Films was strained. After leaving Prabhat Films and the successful run of his maiden film, ‘Shakuntala’ (1943), Shantaram toyed the idea of reviving ‘Omar Khayyam’. He entrusted Khwaja Ahmed Abbas to rewrite the screen-play of ‘Omar Khayyam’. However, due to the fear of copyright issue that may crop up with Prabhat Films, Shantaram once again abandoned the plan to direct ‘Omar Khayyam’. It is quite possible that during this period, Khwaja Ahmed Abbas might have brought to the notice of Shantaram his novella, ‘And One Did Not Come Back’ which was based on the life of Dr. Dwarkanath Kotnis who spent 4 years in China during 1938-42 on a medical mission.

The story of Dr, Dwarkanath Kotnis impressed Shantaram so much that he not only decided to make a film as a biopic but also decided to act in the title role of Dr. Kotnis. The film took nearly 2 years to complete at a total cost of Rs.20 lakhs. The delay was mainly due to reshooting of some sequences which Shantaram was not happy when viewing the film at the editing table. For the sake of authenticity, Dr. B K Basu, one of the doctors who accompanied Dr. Kotnis to China and a Chinese lady was part of the production team to supervise during the shooting of the film [Source; from the advertisement which appeared in ‘Film Pictorial’, April 1946].

‘Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahaani’ (1946) was made in Hindi and English with the title ‘The Eternal Tale of Dr. Kotnis’. The film had V Shantaram in the title role of Dr. Kotnis and Jayshree as Chinese nurse, Ching Lan. Other actors in the film were Keshavrao Date, Pratima Devi, Ulhas, Janaki Das, Dewan Sharar, Salvi, Hudlikar, Baburao Pendharkar, Master Vinayak etc. The screen-play was jointly written by Khwaja Ahmed Abbas and V P Sathe, the writer and publicist. Dialogues and songs were written by Dewan Sharar. The film was released on March 16, 1946 at Swastik Theatre, Mumbai.

I am not sure whether the English version of film was released. But there is a mention in one of the issues of ‘Filmindia’ magazine of 1946 that Shantaram along with Jayshree and Dewan Sharar sailed to London in July 1946 on their way to New York taking with them the English version of ‘Shakuntala’ (1943) and ‘Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahaani’ (1946) for release in the USA.

‘Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahaani’ (1946) had 7 songs – all written by Dewan Sharar which were set to music by Vasant Desai. Three songs have been covered on the Blog. I am presenting the 4th song, ‘chit doley nit doley subah shaam prabhu ji’ a lullaby from the film sung by Jayshree on whom the song is picturised along with V Shantaram. Dewan Sharar makes a brief presence in the song picturisation. The child in the cradle is Rajshree, the reel and the real daughter of V Shantaram and Jayshree.

Lyrics of the song were sent to me by Prakashchandra.

Video Clip:

Audio Clip:

Song-Chit doley nit doley (Dr Kotnis Ki Amar Kahaani)(1946) Singer-Jayshree, Lyrics-Dewan Sharar, MD-Vasant Desai

Lyrics(Provided by Prakashchandra):

chit doley
nit doley
chit doley
nit doley
subah shaam prabhu ji ee
chit doley
nit doley
chit doley
nit doley
subah shaam
ho shaam savera
subah shaam
ho shaam savera
mann preetam kaa ho dera
aa aa
mann preetam kaa ho dera
iss dere kar bhi le
iss dere kar bhi le
vishraam prabhu ji
chit doley
nit doley

neele parvat khet sunahre
neele parvat khet sunahre
neeli nadiyaan gahre gahre
neeli nadiyaan gahre gahre
chanda taare lete saare
chanda taare lete saare
ae ae
teraa naam prabhu ji ee
chit doley nit doley

pyaare nazaare
pyaare nazaare hain pyaare pyaare
pyaare nazaare
pyaare nazaare hain pyaare pyaare
aaankhon hi aankhon mein
ae ae ae ae
aankhon hi aankhon mein karte ishaare
nain tere
nain mere
nain tere
nain mere
ae ae ae
din rain prabhu ji
chit doley
nit doley
subah shaam prabhu ji
chit doley
nit doley

1 Response to "Chit doley nit doley"

Many thanks for this informative post Sir ji. I always like to read about V. Shantaram ji and his contributions to Hindi/Marathi Cinema.
Enjoyed the post and this song.
Thanks Prakash ji for the lyrics of the song.
Regards,

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