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Hum kidhar chale ri sakhi hum kidhar chale

Posted on: August 27, 2021


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, 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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Today’s song is from the film Pratigya-1943.

In HFGK the name of the film in Hindi is correct-” प्रतिज्ञा ”, but in English it is written as ” Pratigya “. I do not understand why it could not be written correctly as ” प्रतिज्ञा “. Even film Sant Gyaneshwar-1940 had the same problem. In Hindi it is written correctly, but in English it is Gyaneshwar. Some English language scholars must solve this puzzle. My guess is, because in colloquial Hindi language ज्ञ is pronounced as ग्य . Like ग्यान for ज्ञान . HFGK must have opted for this spelling. It is funny – in Hindi it is written correctly, but in English, this way. If it was the other way round, I could have understood, since colloquial Hindi is Gya. I can’t somehow digest this awatar of English words !

Film Pratigya-43 was made by Chitra productions and was directed by Nandlal Jaswantlal. He was one of the few foreign trained directors of Hindi films. Unfortunately, he died quite young and suddenly. The music director for this film was Ninu Majumdar ( it is not mentioned in HFGK, but Harish Raghuwanshi ji has confirmed it). Incidentally, his father was also working in this film. The cast of the film was Motilal, Swarnalata, Baby Meena (Meena kumari), Veena Kumari, Nagendra (Ninu Majumdar’s father), Hari Shivdasani (father of Babita), Bhudo Advani, Majid etc.

Motilal was one of my favourite actors because his acting was so natural and casual. In the film industry, there were few other actors too like – Ashok kumar, Balraj Sahni, Sanjeev Kumar etc. of course the senior most and the first such actor was Motilal. While his first film Shehar ka Jaadu came in 1934, Ashok Kumar’s first film Jeevan Naiya came in 1936. Initially Ashok Kumar’s acting was not natural, it was very awkward. He did not know what to do with his hands. Because of this dilemma, his acting became theatrical. However in his 13 th film-Naya Sansar-41 in which his role was of a Journalist, he had to smoke in the role. This actually solved his hand’s problem completely and from this film onwards his acting became mature and very natural. But the ‘cigarette in hand’ became his trademark in almost every film.

Motilal started his career in Sagar Movietone.In his first film his Heroine was a senior actress Sabita Devi. Their pair became so popular that they acted in 10 films together. Sabita Devi and Motilal’s first movie as a pair in the famous Sagar Movietone, was Lure of the City (aka Shaher ka Jadoo) which released on 29 th September 1934 at the Imperial Cinema Bombay. This movie was directed by Kaliprasad Ghosh and music was composed by K.C.Dey (the blind singer). Cast : Sabita Devi, Motilal, M.Kumar, K.C.Dey and Kamalabai.

This was the sound debut of Kaliprasad Ghosh at Sagar after a few successful movies directed in the silent era. Mehboob Khan was earlier selected for the lead role and was later replaced by Motilal. This was actor Motilal’s debut film and Motilal – Sabita made the best couple of the Sagar Film Company since then in many other movies under the banner of the Sagar such as, Silver King (1935), Dr Madhurika (1935), Lagna Bandhan (1936), Jeevan Lata (1939), Kulvadhu (1937), Kokila (1937), three hundred days and after (1938) and later in Sudhama Films in Ap Ki Marzi (1939) and Minerva’s Prarthana (1944).

Motilal earned millions and spent millions. He loved a good life. He was fond of good food, good clothing, good wine and a Royal lifestyle. He played on Race course and had few Race Horses too. He was the first actor to have his own small aeroplane. He had a Pilot’s licence. However, in his last days, he lost everything and became a pauper.

” A broken and a defeated man, he did not live to see the release of the one film he produced. ‘Chhoti Chhoti Baaten’ (1965)– a very close autobiographical presentation of his own life, turned out to be a production disaster for him. The loss of finances and assets may not have meant much to him, but it was the turning away of the ones he considered to be lifelong friends that probably broke him completely.

Near the end of his days, he was suffering with health problems, and was in the hospital. His pet project ‘Chhoti Chhoti Baaten’, was nearing completion, but the remaining work was moving very slowly due to financial and other difficulties. Anil Biswas, whom he had given the music composition responsibility, was those days in Delhi, working for All India Radio. He came to visit Motilal. In the hospital, Motilal implored Anil Biswas to complete the music for the film, so that it could be made ready for release. Anil Biswas responded, almost heartlessly, asking to be paid for the work that was already done and for the remaining work for background music. Motilal was stunned. And then he passed away a few days later. The work on the film was eventually completed through the efforts of Mukesh, his cousin, who convinced Anil Biswas to complete the work on the film. The film got critical acclaim and also won a special certificate of merit from the President of India, as part of that year’s national awards. Alas, but he himself was not around to see it.” ( an extract from Sudhir ji’s post, with thanks.)

In the cast of this film there is a name Veena Kumari. Today’s song is also sung by Veena Kumari and Amirbai Karnataki. We all know that there was another famous actress Veena in the same period. Here is a fresh case of ” SAME NAME CONFUSIONS “. In my first book, released in 2018, I had clarified about 56 artistes coming under the SNC category. In the last one and half years I have discussed 14 such new artistes and including today’s case, there will be 16 artistes. The total comes to 72 and surprisingly there are 36 Males and 36 female artistes in this group, so far. However, I feel, as the time passes by, there are still few more cases yet to come to light and that, finally in this, the females will outnumber the males in numbers.

One of the reasons for this could be that in the early era, actresses came from Muslim Tawayef families or even poor families. In such families, the girls’ names were pretty common – like Nurjahan, Zubeida, Khurshid, Naseem or Shameem etc. Those who came first in films kept their original names, others had to change their names. But even then, the limited stock of names created problems. For example, Khursheed Akhtar changed her name to Shyama, but there were already 2 Shyamas working in films. One more example was today’s case. Originally Nurjahan, changed name to Veena Kumari, but there was another Veena working in films.

The trouble with same names is when you want to write about them, their Filmography is mixed up. Secondly, most sites, blogs and Fb pages invariably mix up even their Bio data, in addition to Filmography. My B.P. goes up when I see this . Whenever possible, I try to give explanations to make corrections, but every time it is not possible. Further they quote from sites like Wiki and IMDB, who are the major culprits in creating, sustaining and nurturing the same name confusions.

Anyway, let us now see who this Veena Kumari was. Her original name was Nurjahan. Her father was a landlord in Lucknow. She was born in 1916. As per customs of those times, she never went to school, but being well to do, got private tutors and she learnt Urdu and English sufficiently to read and speak. She was a typical good looking girl. She was very fond of seeing silent films with her father. When the Talkie films started, her interest grew much more and she decided to join films. She was a natural good singer too and this helped her get into films.

Her first film was Inteqam-33, where she worked without any fees. Here she was credited with her real name Nurjahan. In the 1939 film Swastik, made by Mohan Pictures, she became the Veena kumari-heroine of Jeevan. She continued working in films like Radhika,Asra and Kasauti- all 1941, Gharib and Zevar in 42, pratigya, masterjee and Chiragh in 43, Mujrim-44, Gunjan and Shauhar in 48. Shauhar was made by her own banner-Dil-Sitan arts. The film was directed by her. Her last film was Basera-50. She sang 22 songs in 7 films. She was quite good at singing. When you hear her today’s song, you will agree with me.

Now let us see what proves they were 2 different persons. Firstly, Veena Kumari started her career much earlier than Veena. Secondly, Veena started acting in Punjabi films in 1941 only and then came to Bombay for film Yaad-42, Najma-43,Rajputani-44, Humayun-45 etc. Thirdly, Veena kumari was a B grade actress and her films were made by smaller banners, whereas, from the beginning, Veena was in the Big league of Mazhar khan, Ranjit, Mehboob, Kardar, K.Asif, Minerva etc. Fourthly, Veena kumari stopped working in 1950, while Veena continued till 1983. The most important point was, Veena could not sing, whereas Veena kumari sang 22 songs in 7 films. All this clearly separates them as different actresses.

Veena acted in about 100 films in her 40 years’ career. Her Biodata is available freely on the Internet as well as on this Blog. So much for the Same Name Confusion in this case.

Now let us listen to today’s song. With this song, film Pratigya-1943 makes its Debut on this Blog.


Song- Hum kidhar chale ri sakhi hum kidhar chale (Pratigya)(1943) Singers-Veena Kumari, Amirbai Karnataki, Lyricist- Unknown, MD- Ninu Majumdar
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Lyrics

Hum kidhar chale ri sakhi
Hum kidhar chale
le chali taqdeer jidhar
hum udhar chale

Hum kidhar chale ri sakhi
Hum kidhar chale
le chali taqdeer jidhar
hum udhar chale

pal mein yahaan pal mein wahaan
hum chale na jaane kahaan
pal mein yahaan pal mein wahaan
hum chale na jaane kahaan
is dagar kabhi to kabhi us dagar chale
is dagar kabhi to kabhi us dagar chale
le chali taqdeer jidhar
hum udhar chale
le chali taqdeer jidhar
hum udhar chale

barsaat ka din hai
saawan ka maheena
barsaat ka din hai
saawan ka maheena
ban ban mein bajaati hai koyal ?? veena
barsaat ka din hai
saawan ka maheena

pyaar ke mausam mein sakhi hum kidhar chale
is pyaar ke mausam mein sakhi hum kidhar chale
le chali taqdeer jidhar
hum udhar chale
le chali taqdeer jidhar
hum udhar chale

aa main tujhe le chaloon saajan ki nagariya
aa main tujhe le chaloon saajan ki nagariya
beech ke panghat pe sakhi bhar le gagariya
teri bhar le gagariya
beech ke panghat pe sakhi bhar le gagariya
teri bhar le gagariya
tujh to milegaa tera saajan ?? tale
tujh to milegaa tera saajan ?? tale

hum jidhar chale
hum jidhar chale
le chali taqdeer jidhar
hum udhar chale
le chali taqdeer jidhar
hum udhar chale
hum kidhar chale ri sakhi
hum kidhar chale
le chali taqdeer jidhar
hum udhar chale

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