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Bach ke chalna meri sarkaar ki ye Bombay hai

Posted on: February 9, 2022

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Today’s song is from the film Stage-1951.

The film was made by Jeevan Pictures, Bombay. The producer was G D Chandana and the film was directed by one Vijay Mhatre, who was basically a successful Cinematographer. He got an opportunity of directing a film but could not do much to make the film a Hit, despite having a popular lead pair of Dev Anand and Ramola (Khajanchi-41 fame). This was due to a very weakened run of the mill story of the film. He ended his directorial career with only this film and went back to his comfort zone of remaining a successful Cinematographer.

There were two Music Directors who composed 12 songs of the film. However, HFGK credits only 9 songs with MD’s name. The remaining 3 songs are left ‘ Ram Bharose’. Luckily there was only one Lyricist-Sarashar Sailani, so it is understood that all the songs were written by him only.

Sarashar Sailani was born on 12-3-1925 in Lahore. He was not much educated (not a graduate), but was a school teacher, used to participate in Mushairas. The owner of Jeevan Pictures,Lahore, was Motiram Jain and he was a lover of Shayari and poetry. Motiram liked his shayari. When Motiram started his First film Arsi-47, he invited Sailani to write story, song and dialogues for this film. Arsi-1947 was his first film as a Lyricist. Some songs became popular and Sailani jumped into the film line.

Lachhiram called him for his next film Mohini-47 and Shyamsunder called him for Ek Roz-47. Along with director Daud Chaand, Sailani also shifted to Bombay. However, after the Partition, Daud returned to Lahore but Sailani remained in India. He wrote lyrics. generally he got only low budget films, but he worked with some quality composers like Pt. Amarnath, Husnlal-Bhagatram, Roshan, Chitragupta, Jaidev, A R Qureshi, Hansraj Behl etc.

In all, he wrote 150 songs in 32 films. From 1960 onwards, after the film ‘ Bade ghar ki bahu’, he stopped songwriting and took up only story, dialogue writing, in which he did many good films. some of such films were Bewafa,Baaz,Barsat ki raat,Unpadh,Aayi milan ki bela,Aapki parchhaiyan,Ganga ki laharen, Majboor, Aaye din bahaar ke, Aman, Devar, Gunahon ka devta, kanyadaan,Aya saawan jhoom ke, Anjana etc.etc. His last film as a dialogue writer was Maa aur Mamta-70. He died on 10-4-1969 at Bombay.

One of the Music Directors was Sardar Malik for this film. Sardar Malik today is a lesser known composer compared to other giants of the film industry, but he has created some golden melodies. Born on 13-1- 1925, Sardar Malik had learnt classical music from Ustad Alauddin Khan. He also learned a variety of dancing skills from Pt.Uday Shankar. Some other stars like Guru Dutt and Mohan Sehgal too were part of the troop under Pt. Uday Shankar, same time.

Sardar Malik got his break as a Music Director in a movie called ‘Renuka’ which was released in 1947. Sardar Malik also sang 4 songs in this movie – 2 solo songs and also 2 duets with Zohrabai. But the movie was not a big success and he remained unrecognized. In the same year, he also composed music for a movie ‘Rain Basera’, but that movie too was not successful. In 1949, only one movie was released of Sardar Malik and that was ‘Raaz’. The movie had some wonderful numbers from Rafi, Amirbai and Binapani Mukherjee.

In 1951, Sardar Malik shared the credits with Husnlal Bhagatram and composed a few songs for a movie ‘Stage’, which had lovely numbers sung by Asha Bhosle like ‘Dil Machalne Laga’. Asha Bhosle had excellent control in her voice in the early 50s and her association with Sardar Malik was very special in this era when Lata and Geeta Dutt were at the top.

His next movie was ‘Laila Majnu’ which was a huge success. Sardar Malik composed only 3 songs for this movie ‘Baharon Ki Duniya Pukare’, ‘Tere Dar Pe Aaya Hoon’ and ‘Dekh Li Ae Ishq’. All the other songs were composed by Ghulam Mohammed but the songs showed his versatility and he gained recognition in the film industry. Thokar (1953) established Sardar Malik as a successful composer. Songs like ‘Ae Gham-e-Dil Kya Karoon’ by Talat and Asha Bhosle and ‘Hawa Ghungunayee Fiza Muskayee’ are evergreen numbers.

‘Aulad’ (1954) showed Sardar Malik’s overall class through his magical compositions. This movie had some great numbers like ‘Duniya Tasveer Ha’i (Talat Mahmood) and ‘Tum Salamat Raho Hazar Baras’ (Asha). The same year saw the release of ‘Chor Bazar’ (1954), which had some of the best songs rendered by Lata Mangeshkar. She sang 3 beautiful songs in this movie ‘Chalta Rahe Yeh Karvan’, ‘Huyi Yeh Humse Ye Nadani’ and ‘Dar Dar Ki Thokare Hain’. In the mid-50’s Sardar Malik composed music for a few movies like Ab-e-Hayat-55, Taxi-555-58, Chamak Chandni-57 and Maa Ke Aansoo-59. All these movies had some nice songs. If we observe the decade of the 50s, Asha Bhosle, Talat Mahmood and Rafi sang some of the best songs of Sardar Malik.

The decade of 60’s saw the release of ‘Saranga’ (1960), which can be considered as one of the best movies of Indian Cinema. The title song of the movie sung by Mukesh and the sad version of the same sung by Rafi is still as popular as it was 60 yrs ago. Many veteran music composers consider this movie as the best movie composed by Sardar Malik ever. The same year saw the release of ‘Mera Ghar Mere Bachche’ which contained some great songs sung by Mukesh, my favorite song being the duet of Mukesh with Suman Kalyanpur ‘Baharon Se Poochho’.

Sardar Malik remained active in the first half of the 1960s and composed some outstanding music for second rung movies like Madan Manjari, Bachpan, Pick Pocket, Naag Mohini, Jantar Mantar, Maharani Padmini, Roop Sundari and Main Hoon Jadugar. It was destiny that most of the films he composed for were not box-office successes, but he never compromised on the quality of his music. His career appears to come to an abrupt halt in the mid-60s. The last movie of Sardar Malik was Gynaaniji which was released in 1977. This movie had songs sung by Rafi, Asha, Jaspal Singh and Jagat Singh Jagga. After this he gave music to one film in which all his family was working- Nigahain-1983. He even wrote a few songs for this film.

Sardar Malik gave music to 25 films, composing 199 songs. He sang 8 songs in 2 films-Renuka-47 and Raaz-49.

Sardar Malik had huge knowledge on all forms of Indian Music. He always depended on light background orchestration in many of his songs. He made the use of accordion and flute in many of his songs. As he was classically trained, he had excellent knowledge on various ragas too. Married to noted lyricist Hasrat Jaipuri’s sister, Kausar Jahan (Bilqis), Sardar Malik had three sons – Annu, Abbu and Dabbu Malik. Thanks to his father’s blessings, Annu Malik met with a lot of success in the 1990s and 2000s.

Sardar Malik passed away on January 27th 2006, but the legacy he has left behind will always remain with us.

Today’s song is sung by Master Sonik and Lata mangeshkar. Hindi films had so far, to my knowledge,3 artistes who were blind and into film music. The first was K C Dey, a singer and a music director. The second was Manohal Lal Sonik- again a singer and a music director and the third one was Ravindra Jain who was a Lyricist, singer and a Music Director. Their natural deficiency did not come in the way of their music careers and the industry too gave them the recognition for their talents.

Master Sonik aka Manohar lal Sonik was born on 26-11-1926 in Sialkot, Punjab.By his third year, he lost his vision completely. Undaunted, he learnt music-first from the Music school of Lahore and then from Lucknow. For sometime, he was assistant to pt. Amarnath Batish.

After Partition he joined Delhi A.I.R. Later, he sang 8 songs in 7 Hindi films,namely Chaar Din-49, Stage-51,Kashmir-51, Khaibar-54, Mast Qalandar-55, Inquilab-56 and then after 20 years he sang in film Umar qaid-75 also. He gave music to film Ishwar Bhakti-51 along with Giridhar and then film Mamta-52, with Hansraj Behl.

Meanwhile, his nephew Omprakash Sonik, who was a singer in Delhi A.I.R., proposed working as a team of composers, calling themselves as ” SONIK-OMI “. They got their first film ” Dil ne phir yaad kiya”-66. The songs became popular. They continued to give music till Anadi Dada-93, when Master Sonik died on 9-7-1993. As a team, music was given to another 5 films by Omi alone till the film- Yeh hai basti Badmashon ki-1999. As a team, they gave music to 104 films composing 536 songs.

Today’s song is from the film Stage-51. There was a time between say, 1940 to 1970 when many film stories were woven around the Hero or Heroine being either a part of or an aspirant to be a part of a drama company or a musical group ( some examples are Albela, Hum sab chor hain, Teesri Manzil etc). This gave the producers ample scope and opportunities to include song and dance items in the film without any problem. Stage-51 was also one such movie having a murder mystery of a singer dancer. The film story was….

Prof.Rajan(Raj Mehra) is sad because his family life is spoiled due to the sharp and acidic tongue of his wife(Kuldeep Kaur).His daughter Sudha(Ramola) is with him on this issue.One day he discovers that his college love Kamini(Gulab) is in town as Neelam the stage dancer.He goes to meet her.Both share their grief but Rajan can not help her.In due course, Rajan’s wife learns about Neelam,there is a fight and Rajan is injured by accident.He goes to meet Neelam-who is murdered and police arrest Rajan with blood stained clothes.

Sudha, who is enjoying her boy friend Anand’s(Dev Anand) Birthday party, learns about it. She is determined to find out the real culprit. With help from Anand, his friend Chunnu(Sunder) and some clues, they reach Poona. Sudha joins as Dancer in the previous stage company of Neelam. They get the proof that the Owner of the theatre(Mubarak)is the culprit.

After some chase,suspense and a mock fight(it is funny to see Dev Anand fighting 7-8 gundas at a time),the murderer is caught by the police, Rajan released,Sudha-Anand married and Rajan’s wife reformed.

Let us now listen to the funny song which gives advice on how to be careful in Bombay.

Song- Bach ke chalna meri sarkaar ki ye Bombay hai (Stage)(1951) Singers- Master Sonik , Lata Mangeshkar, Lyricist-Sarshar Sailani, MD- Sardar Malik


sach kahaa kisi ne
bache hamesha
bachke mod ko
hamesha bachke mod ko chaliye
ho bachke
bachke chalna
bachke chalna meri sarkaar
ke ye Bombay hai
ke ye Bombay hai
taxi waalon se hoshiyaar
ke ye Bombay hai
ke ye Bombay hai

hamne is shahar ke andaaz niraale dekhe
hamne is shahar ke andaaz niraale dekhe
har kadam par yahaan dil lootne waale dekhe ae
har kadam par yahaan dil lootne waale dekhe
lut na jaana sare baazaar
ke ye Bombay hai
ke ye Bombay hai
bachke chalna meri sarkaar
ke ye Bombay hai
ke ye Bombay hai

ghar se hum aaye thhe
business koi karne ke liye ae ae
ghar se hum aaye thhe
business koi karne ke liye
ab hain bechain kisi shokh pe marne ke liye ae ae
ab hain bechain kisi shokh pe marne ke liye

bik na jaaye kahin ghar baar
ke ye Bombay hai
ke ye Bombay hai
bachke chalna meri sarkaar
ke ye Bombay hai
ke ye Bombay hai

hamko rah rah ke hansi aati hai in ladkon par
hamko rah rah ke hansi aati hai in ladkon par
phirte hain ishq ladaane ke liye sadkon par r
phirte hain ishq ladaane ke liye sadkon par
aise ladkon se khabardar
ke ye Bombay hai
ke ye Bombay hai

bachke chalna meri sarkaar
ke ye Bombay hai
ke ye Bombay hai

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