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Kalkatte ki Laila tu main Dilli shahar ka chhaila hoon

Posted on: December 27, 2021


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Today’s song is from the film ‘Aazmaaish’ (1952). It was a ‘C’ grade action film made by Vinod Chitra. The producer HS Thorani was the director also. This was Thorani’s last film as a Director. Earlier to this film, he had directed 4 films, namely- ‘Stage Girl’ (1947), ‘Black Market’ (1947), ‘Taqdeerwale’ (1948) and ‘Achha ji’ (1950). During and after the World War II, such nondescript (meaning those who had no earlier Filmi background) producers and directors had cropped up. I strongly believe Thorani too was one of such people. The entry of black money into the film industry was due to such people only.

Funnily, all such novices made only C grade action and stunt films on priority. Why ? The reason was simple. In those days i.e. during the 1940s decade, a C grade stunt film was made in just about 75000 to 1 lakh Rupees, all inclusive. These films had a captive audience in almost every city and town in India, hence the films gave guaranteed returns of 100-150 % returns on Investment. Whereas the success rate of A grade Social films was not predictable and the investment was also four times more. So, no wonder, investors like Thorani preferred making stunt films only.

I was a great fan of stunt films and would not miss any stunt films running as a morning show (11 a.m.) at much reduced rates. In those days- I am talking about the early 50’s- the morning show rates were very low like 5 Annas, 8 Annas, 12 Annas and 1 Rupee for Balcony etc. All my pocket money and short term loans were spent on this. In the late 40s and early 50s I could see some films of the 30’s and 40’s shown in their second or third runs. By mid fifties, films of the 30’s became rare and then zero, but 40’s films were coming till late into the 50’s. I have seen fearless Nadia films, and films of Master Bhagwan, Prakash, Navinchandra, Kadam brothers, Billimoria brothers, Raja Sandow, John Cavas and many more.

In those days, it was not just me or people like me, but some of the film actors of those times too were great fans of stunt films. One great example was that of Kishore Kumar who was an ardent fan of Stunt Hero Shankar Rao Vazre and he used to coax Ashok kumar to do fighting like these actors, instead of singing songs with Devika Rani ! He himself has told this thing in his several interviews. Master Bhagwan was famous as a Producer, director and actor of C grade stunt films, till he made ‘Albela’ (1951) and entered the social film circle. Once Sanjeev Kumar introduced Bhagwan to his mother saying that he used to bunk school to see Bhagwan’s stunt films.

In one interview Master Bhagwan had said that “we had a fixed story and we used to make changes in the same story several ways in different films and used it. Our audience never bothered about the story or histrionics or songs. All they needed was a few dances and death defying stunts in the films. That we gave plenty in our films.”

Actor Shyam was Bhagwan’s good friend. Once Shyam said, ”I want to work in your films.” Bhagwan said,”First you see the shooting of our films and then we will talk.” It was decided that Shyam would visit Jagriti studios of Bhagwan to see the shooting of film ‘Laalach’ (1948).

Next day Shyam and his ‘close friend’ Munawwar Sultana came to see the shooting. A fight scene was being shot. Baburao Pehelwan was single handedly fighting with 3-4 gundas. During the shooting Baburao got a forceful hit from a fighter and he fell down from the first floor gallery on a glass table below. The table was in pieces. Seeing this, Shyam and Munawwar Sultana shouted in horror. Thinking that Baburao would die from this fall, they hurriedly ran away from the studio.

Luckily, Baburao was safe with some scratches. He tied a hankie and started the fighting again. When Shyam returned, he was astonished to see Baburao doing the shoot. Bhagwan asked Shyam, “so Shyam, do you still want to work in my films ?” Shyam shuddered and said, “No Baba, who wants to die doing stunts ?” Ironically Shyam did die after doing a horse riding stunt for the film ‘Shabistan’ (1951) ! (Actually, Shyam was a trained horse rider. The famous trainer Jimmy Bharucha had trained him in Poona).

Now something about the singer Ragi. We are accustomed to seeing only the usual regular well known names, but when some new or unknown name appears, our brows are raised and we wonder who this singer is. Same thoughts came to my mind when I first came across his name a few years back. One would immediately think of the singers in a Gurudwara, who are also called Raagis. I tried and tried very hard, but except that he hailed from Andhra Pradesh, I could not get any other information on him. Then one fine morning KS Raagi’s daughter- Vijaya Hazari from Pune- appeared on RMIM forum and gave some more information. Though even this was very meager, still at least something was there.

Kewal Singh Ragi was born and brought up in Hanamkonda, Warangal in erstwhile Andhra Pradesh (now it comes in Telangana), about 100 kms from Hyderabad. From childhood he was interested in singing. When he was in his teens, he ran away to Bombay (where else ? In olden days those who ran away used to land in Bombay almost always. Where do people run away to, nowadays ?). He got an entry into All India Radio and started singing there. He was in Bombay for 12 years. He not only got a chance to sing in films, but he composed music too as well as acted in some films,like ‘Daagh’ (1952) and ‘Patita’ (1953) etc.

He sang in films from 1940 to 1952 and sang songs with Geeta Roy, Shamshad Begum, Uma Devi, Kishori (supposedly, his own sister), Zebunnisa, Khursheed, Roshan Ara Begum, Razia Begum etc. These were all songs from B and C grade films. Some of the films he sang in were, ‘Do Bhai’ (1947), ‘Namumkin’ (1946), ‘Hamari Kismet’ (1949), ‘Siskiyaan’ (1950s), ‘Bulbul’ (1951), ‘Humraz’ (1940), ‘Aazmaaish’ (1952) etc. He gave music to ‘Bulbul’ (1951) and ‘Siskiyaan’ (1950s) (unreleased).

At this time, he had a heart problem and after leaving everything, he left for Hanamkonda, where he lived till 1974, when he breathed his last there.

The story of the film ‘Azmaish’ (1952) was nothing special –

Chhaya was engaged to Manoj. But he fell in love with Bela – the gypsy girl. Markus – son of the gypsy leader also loved Bela and his assistant Keron had bad designs on Bela. Disgusted with all this, Bela induces Manoj to run away with her to the city and they leave one night. Meanwhile Chhaya and her friend Bijli come to know that they are in city and they too go to the city to search them.

Keron is furious. He tries to rape Bela but Bela commits suicide. Markus kills Keron and in a fight with Manoj, Markus gets killed by falling from a hill. Manoj now realizes his mistake. He accidentally meets Chhaya and Bijli. They embrace each other and the story ends with their marriage.

Here is a duet of Shanti Sharma and KS Ragi. Shanti Sharma had sung 15 songs in 6 Hindi films – ‘Raees’ (1948), ‘Veer Ghatotkach’ (1949), ‘Kinara’ (1949), ‘Aazmaaish’ (1952) and ‘Maalik’ (1954).


Song- Kalkatte ki Laila tu main Dilli shahar ka chhailaa hoon (Aazmaaish)(1952) Singers-Kewal Singh Raagi, Shanti Sharma, Lyricist- FM Qaiser, MD- Ninu Mujumdar

Lyrics

Kalkatte ki Laila tu
main Dilli shahar ka chhaila hoon
albela
Kalkatte ki Laila tu
main Dilli shahar ka chhaila hoon
albela
do dil ki mehmaan jawaani
do dil ki mehmaan jawaani
duniya chaar dinon ka mela
hoy chhaila
hoy chhaila
Kalkatte ki Laila tu
main Dilli shahar ka chhaila hoon
albela

paison ko tum goli maaro
prem ka rishta hamse jodo
paison ko tum goli maaro
prem ka rishta hamse jodo
aaine mein munh apna dekho
paaon pado aur peechhaa chhodo
aaine mein munh apna dekho
paaon pado aur peechhaa chhodo
dil ka lagaana khel na samjho
dil ka lagaana khel na samjho
bhaiyya hai ye bada jhamela
bhaiyya hai ye bada jhamela
Kalkatte ki Laila tu
main Dilli shahar ka chhaila hoon
albela

dil mein basne waalon hardam
humko apna meet samajhna
humko apna meet samajhna
meet samajhna
meet samajhna
prem ki baazi haarne waale
haar ko apni jeet samajhna
haar ko apni jeet samajhna
jeet samajhna
jeet samajhna
jeet ke haara haar ke jeeta
jeet ke haara haar ke jeeta
jisne prem ka juaa khela
o chhaila

Kalkatte ki Laila tu
main Dilli shahar ka chhaila hoon
albela

aapas ka iqraar na toote
duniya chhoote tu na chhoote
aapas ka iqraar na toote
duniya chhoote tu na chhoote
ye na kehna pade kisi din
hum sachche tum jhoothhe
ye na kehna pade kisi din
hum sachche tum jhoothhe

aaja milkar bitaayen jeewan
aaja milkar bitaayen jeewan
tu bhi akeli main bhi akela
o Laila
tu bhi akeli main bhi akela
Kalkatte ki Laila tu
main Dilli shahar ka chhaila hoon
albela
Kalkatte ki Laila tu
main Dilli shahar ka chhaila hoon
albela

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