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Piya kaisa milaa hamen haay

Posted on: October 23, 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 Leela-1947. The film was made by Filmistan. The film was directed by Dattaram Pai. He was essentially a film editor and did editing in several films including Achhut Kanya,Jagriti,Nastik,Kismet,Samadhi,Sargam,Woh kaun thi,Chingari etc.He did editing in 24 films from 1936 to 1998-a span of 62 years.He died in 2000. He had earlier directed the film Eight Days-1946, which was actually directed by Ashok Kumar, but Pai’s name was advertised as a Director. In the case of the film Leela -47, he tried on his own but the result was not so good. He went back to his job of Editing quietly.

Lyricists were Qamar Jalalabadi and G.S.Nepali. The music was by C.Ramchandra. For C Ramchandra, finding Filmistan was a goal achievement, because those days he had left Jayant Desai’s company and was looking for another film company.His good old friend Kavi Pradeep, who was close to S.Mukherjee from their Bombay Talkies days, brought in a very lucrative offer from Filmistan and C Ramchandra joined it with pleasure.

Though C Ramchandra had begun his career in 1942 with Sukhi Jeevan, his first Hindi film as a MD, his music had not flourished till he joined Filmistan. The 5 films he had made with Jayant Desai were reasonably good but they were not Hits. It was only in Filmistan he achieved what one would call-Success. Out of the 11 films that he made here. His success rate was more than 50%. Especially, the music of films like Shehnai-1947, Saajan-1947, Khidki-1948, Nadiya ke paar-1948, Patanga-1949, Samadhi-1950 and Anarkali-1953 created songs which are remembered even today. To make songs whose popularity lasted for more than 70++ years, is surely an achievement.

It was also when he was with Filmistan that people were comparing him and Naushad and a discussion always circulated who was the Numero Uno as an MD. Though I am a C Ramchandra Fan, I am of the opinion that in the race of creating everlasting Hit songs, C Ramchandra was no match to Naushad. The strike rate of Naushad’s Hit films was much much more than that of C Ramchandra.

In the year 1946, C Ramchandra gave music to 4 films(1 for Filmistan), in 1947 it was 7 films (4 for Filmistan) and in 48 films were 8 (2 for Filmistan). So, in these 3 years, he did 19 films (7 for Filmistan). The rest consisted of stunt films of Master Bhagwan and other social films. Hit films were -5, all for Filmistan. If you see data for Naushad in the same period i.e. 1946,1947 and 1948, Naushad did only 8 films, but in these, 6 celebrated Silver Jubilee and 1 Golden Jubilee. Only Elan-1947 did not do well musically, though it was a hit film by Mehboob khan. The record of Naushad in success is unique. Out of the 64 films of Naushad (I am not counting Pakiza), there were 3 Diamond Jubilee films, 6 Golden Jubilee films and 23 Silver jubilee films ! I am sure no one can surpass the success of Naushad. His average number of songs per film comes to 10 songs, while for CR it is 8.4 only.

In the 40’s and 50’s decades many films were made on the background of play theatres and dance theatres. There were 2 possible reasons. One- prior to the advent of Silent and Talkie films, the main entertainment source for common people was Stage dramas. Despite the films, the stage dramas and dance troupes thrived. Hence it was used as a base for film stories. Secondly, this automatically provided plenty of scope for songs in the film. The last such film, in which a Drama company was the base of the film story I remember having seen was ” Hum sab chor hain ”-1956. After this film, at least I have not seen any such other film.

So, according to this norm, the film Leela-47 was about Drama companies and their artistes etc. The story was by Uma Devi-the singer, s/play by producer Gyan Mukherjee and Dialogues by Rajendra Shankar.

LEELA is a story of Naresh(Kanu Roy) and Leela(Shobha),their love,separation and union.

Naresh runs “Vidya Mandir” an institute where Mahabharat is made in several languages. Mrs Lal(Sunalini Devi) is the owner of “Kala bhavan”.She has a daughter Indira(Veera),whom she wants to marry Naresh.Once she arranges a show in aid of Vidya Mandir-Shakuntala.

Leela who is aspiring starlet approches Naresh who recommends her to the show and she is taken,but when Mrs.Lal knows that she came thru Naresh,Leela is not only removed from the show but also thrown out of the hostel.

Naresh, through his friend Shastriji(Agha) brings her to Vidya Mandir and gets her into another show.They fall in love and decide to marry.Naresh goes to his village and tells his mother(Leela Mishra) about Leela,but she wants only Indira.Feeling unwanted and rejected,Leela goes away.
Shatriji finds her and explains the love of Naresh for her and brings her back and the lovers are united forever.

The Heroine of this film, Shobha, unfortunately remains an actress about whom no information is available. On going through the HFGK, I find her name in at least 20++ films. Sometimes she is listed as Shobha Devi. Another bit of information about Shobha was that the actress Lata Sinha, who started as a child star (as Baby Lata) in Riyasat-55 and Nau Do Gyarah-1957 etc. was her daughter. Lata did a good role in Bees saal baad-1962. She mainly acted in action/stunt, costume and other B and C grade films only. She was also in the film Bhoot Bungla-1965.

The Hero of this film was Kanu Roy. The name KANU ROY is another instance of ” Same name confusion “. There was a composer also by the name Kanu Roy who gave music in a few films, in the same period. Most people and many internet sites, including IMDB,consider these two different persons as one and claim films for acting and music together,as if he was an actor and a composer. In Hindi films this happened routinely, but in the early era of Talkie films. Master Krishnarao, Vinayakrao Patwardhan, Master Mohammed, Badriprasad, Vithaldas Panchotiya etc can be quoted as actors/composers. Lately only the name of Kishore Kumar comes to mind in this category. Let us see who these two Kanu Roys were…..

Kanu Roy (the Actor) was in reality a name for Nalini Ranjan Roy, born at Jabalpur. He was very fond of acting and so landed at Bombay Talkies,a company started by 2 Benagalese- Himanshu Roy and Devika Rani. Those days many people from Bengal used to come to Bombay Talkies, but only the capable ones like Amiya Chakravarty, Shashadhar Mukherjee or Ashok Kumar etc could make their careers here. Kanu Roy started his acting career with the film Basant-1942. His name Nalini was sounding like a Girl’s name in Bombay ( there were already half a dozen Nalini’s working in films those days), so it was changed and he opted for Kanu, his pet name in the house. Thus Kanu Roy came into films. Due to his good looks, he even became a lead actor in a few films. Nazrana-46 (UR) was one such film where he was working opposite Kamini Kaushal. Kanu Roy worked in about 46 films from 42 to 83 ( kisi se naa kehna). Kanu Roy also left Bombay Talkies along with S.Mukherjee and others and joined Filmistan. He was in many Filmistan films like, Munim ji, Nastik, Naagin, Jagriti etc. He acted in a Bangla film ‘Samar’too in 1950. ( I have his full Filmography.)

Kanu Roy (the Composer) gave music to very few films like Uski Kahaani-66, Anubhav-71, Avishkar-74, Tumhara Kallu-76, Grih pravesh-79, Mayuri-81 and Shyamla-79 which was re-censored in 1981 as Woh phir na aayee. Some people and sites describe him as Geeta Dutt’s brother, but he was not her brother. Her brother was Mukul Roy. Kanu Roy, the composer died in Bombay on 20-12-1981.

Today’s song is a very good song, sung by Shamshad begum. Somehow I get reminded of another 1947 film song ” maari katari mar jaana” after listening to today’s song. That song is also composed by CR only- from film Shehnayi-47. There were 9 songs in the film. 8 songs were already discussed. Today’s song is the 9th and the last song of this film. The film gets YIPPEED !


Song- Piya kaisa mila hamein haay (Leela)(1947) Singer- Shamshad Begum, Lyricist- Qamar Jalalabadi, MD- C Ramchandra

Lyrics

Piya kaisa mila hamein haay
mila hamein haay
ke jisko pyaar na karna aaye
haaye re haaye
Piya kaisa mila hamein haay
Piya kaisa mila hamein haay
mila hamein haay
ke jisko pyaar na karna aaye
haaye re haaye
Piya kaisa mila hamein haay

Main usey pyaar karna sikhaaun
Main usey pyaar karna sikhaaun
dil ki baaten nazar se sunaaun
dil ki baaten nazar se sunaaun
wo dulhan ki tarah sharmaaye
haan wo sharmaaye
haaye re haaye
Piya kaisa mila hamein haay

kar ke apni nazar neechi neechi
kar ke apni nazar neechi neechi
baat karne lage pheeki pheeki
baat karne lage pheeki pheeki
meethhi baaten tujhe kaun sikhaaye
tujhe kaun sikhaaye
haaye re haaye
Piya kaisa mila hamein haay

baat chhedo koi muskuraa ke
baat chhedo koi muskuraa ke
door baithhe ho kyun paas aa ke
door baithhe ho kyun paas aa ke
apna ban kar huye kyun pare
huye kyun pare
haaye re haaye
Piya kaisa mila hamein haay

kya mila humko aankhen milaa ke
kya mila humko aankhen milaa ke
main to keh doongi ghar ghar mein jaa ke
main to keh doongi ghar ghar mein jaa ke
koi aison se dil na lagaaye
haan dil na lagaaye
ke jisko pyaar na karna aaye
haaye re haaye
Piya kaisa mila hamein haay

2 Responses to "Piya kaisa milaa hamen haay"

Thanks for the post Sir ji. As I had mentioned several times here I always love to read about C. Ramchandra ji, so that was the main attraction for me to go through this post. Secondly a song in the voice of Shamshad Begum, that is bonus and then information about Dattaram Pai and two same name persons – Kanu Roy. And the finally the information about the movie, other details and the discussion about music created by Naushad and C. Ramchandra. Nice post as usual coming from you. Enjoyed the post and the song too 🙂
Many thanks,

PS :- (Yippeeee 🙂 to ‘Leela-1947’ !!!

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