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Chaandni raat hai Chaandni raat hai

Posted on: June 7, 2022


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a 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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5072 Post No. : 16993

Today’s song is from the film Firdaus-1953.

I have not seen this film and I do not know its story either. From what I read somewhere about this film, it seems to be a story of a newly married couple – Indra and Madhu, who get separated on their first night itself. The film has the background of India’s Partition.

1953 was a period just about 6 years after the Partition turmoil and those who suffered from it directly were still in the process of setting their lives in order. While people had not forgotten the pain of partition, no one wanted to even think again about that period. Therefore films made with such stories and background did not fare so well. While about 10 to 15 % of the population had actually suffered during Partition, for all others these were only stories, not knowing its devastation and the seriousness.

Most of the country had left the partition behind and looked forward to development and prosperity. Hindi film industry too had recovered from the shake up and was on the tracks once again.However, even in the films made now it reflected the changing society of India. Films were made on Mythology, Joint family benefits, Musical Comedies. It was now the turn of the South to replace the East in terms of winning the Hindi markets. However, compared to the Bangla artistes, not many southern artistes-especially the males- joined Hindi films. Mainly actresses came from south to Hindi films.

1953 established the practice of ” Guest Artistes” in Hindi films, starting from the film ‘ Aabshaar ‘ aka Waterfall, decisively. RK films and Raj Kapoor surged forward with films and Raj- Nargis paired with ‘ Aah ‘. Milestone and Hit films like Anarkali, Baaz, Boot Polish, Dil-E-Nadaan, Do Bigha Zameen, Fareb, Footpath, Jhanjhar, Jhansi ki Rani (First Indian Technicolour film), Ladki, Mayurpankh, Patita, Shikast, Teen Batti Char Raasta etc. entertained the audience, besides the Mythologicals, Historicals (distorticals ?), action and stunt films and family dramas.

Film Firdaus-53 was made by New premier Films and it was directed by Vasant Joglekar. It was produced by M.S.Ahluwalia. Music was composed by Roshan and Robin Chatterjee and the cast was Geeta Bali, Anup Kumar, Omprakash, Badriprashad, Vasant Thengdi, Randhir etc etc.

Everyone in this world has friends. Some are social friends, some are professional friends, few are Fb and WA friends. The best category is where the childhood friendship continues till old age and also a friendship which grows late in life but is a heartfelt one. One such friendship was famous in the film industry in the 50’s decade. Our film industry is full of ungrateful people. There is nothing like true friendship here. So called friends do not hesitate to cut the throat of others for selfish purposes. There are hundreds of such instances here. However for every rule there is an exception and there was ONE friendship which was used as an example here. That is the friendship of Vasant Joglekar and Ashok Kumar. They were true friends and their friendship ended only when Joglekar died.

Vasant Joglekar, actor-by compulsion and producer/Director-by choice was born on the Christmas day, 25th September 1914 at Nagpur. He started his filmi career as asstt. to Master Vinayak in 1942. In the struggling days he met Ashok Kumar and they became friends forever.

starting with Aap ki seva mein-47,in which Lata Mangeshkar sang her first Hindi film solo, Joglekar produced 10 films and directed 20 films ( 11 Hindi and 9 Marathi). In one of the Marathi films directed by this young man-Vasant Joglekar, sctress Sumati Gupte was acting in it. They fell in love and soon got married in 1943. Sumati became Sumati Gupte Joglekar. In due course, the couple had 3 daughters- Meera, Chanda and Madhushri.
In almost all his films Ashok Kumar was a fixture. There was a time when Ashok kumar was involved in 30 films at one time,still the 31st film was that of Joglekar. The only condition Dadamuni used to put was that Joglekar’s wife, actress/housewife Sumati Gupte Joglekar should provide him food Tiffin cooked by her own hands, at the shooting place ! . He was very fond of her cooking. No wonder, Sumati was a CKP by birth-a fish eater and the Bangali babu liked Fish dishes very much !

Joglekar’s Filmography as a Director in Hindi films – Aap ki sewa mein-47, Adalat-48, Nand Kishore-51, Jeet Kiski-52, Firdaus-53, Samaj-54, Karigar-58, Aanchal-60, Aaj aur kal-63, Ek Kali Muskayee-68 and last film Prarthana-69.

Vasant Joglekar tried to promote his daughter Meera as a Heroine in Hindi films, with the film Ek Kali Muskayee-68. However, she was not successful and the film was a flop.

Vasant Joglekar died on 13-1-1993.

Even in this film, Firdaus-53, Ashok kumar was present as a Guest artiste, though not in the cast. Today’s song is sung by Geeta Dutt. Written by D N Madhok, the music was by Robin Chatterjee. He was born on 8-1-1914, at Calcutta. His name is not too well known to Hindi film lovers, though he was very famous in Bengal, where he composed several NFS and film songs. For many years he assisted Anupam Ghatak,MD. He even sang in the chorus for New Theatre’s film Adhikar-1938. However he was not so successful in Hindi films.

His first Hindi film was Rajlakshmi-1945, wherein he gave the first opportunity to Talat Mahmood to sing a Hindi film song. Till then he was singing Bangla NFS and film songs with the name Tapan kumar. His next film was Tum aur main-1946 which had very good songs by kanan Devi. Then came Voh Dono-1947 and here Sandhya Mukherjee gave good songs. Robin Chatterjee gave music to 14 Hindi films,namely – Rajlakshmi-45, Tum aur main-46, Voh Dono-47, Sabyasachi-48,Ratnadeep-51, Pehli Shadi-53, Firdaus-53, Shobha-54, Majboori-54, Africa-54, Dhake ki malmal-56, Miss Toofan mail-58, Police Station-59 and Chimney ka Dhuvan-1973…this was a much delayed film. He also gave music to a Bhojpuri film- Saiya se kar le milanwa-1966.

Robin Chatterjee died on 2-4-1976 at Bombay at the age of just 62 years.

There is a strange and unusual name in the cast – Vasant Thengadi. Vasant Thengadi was born on 11-1-1910 at Nagpur. He was son of Congress leader Dhaniram Thengadi. Vasant had his education in Poona. He could not join the Army, because of his father’s political connections. He had to leave his Engineering college after father’s death. Being very handsome,tall and with good physique, he started working in Marathi dramas and films. He started his Hindi work with the film Dhuandhar-35. ( This was also the Debut film for Leela Chitnis and Meera Alexander). He started doing Villain roles and became popular and famous. Besides Marathi films, his Hindi films were Taramati-45, Phir bhi apna hai-46, Mera Ladka-38, Din Raat-45, Ten o clock-42 etc. Later he also worked as assistant director to Raja Nene.

His wife Kusum Thengdi and her sister Ranjana were also actresses. Ranjana was Dilip Kumar’s Heroine, in the film Milan-1946.

Today’s song is a rare song. You will like this song.


Song- Chaandni raat hai chaandni raat hai (Firdaus)(1953) Singer-Geeta Dutt, Lyrics-D N Madhok, MD-Robin Chatterjee

Lyrics

Chaandni raat hai
Chaandni raat hai

Chaandni raat hai
Chaandni raat hai
Chaandni raat hai
Chaandni raat hai
aise mein aake milo humse to kya baat hai
aise mein aake milo humse to kya baat hai
chaandni raat hai
chaandni raat hai
chaandni raat hai
chaandni raat hai

chhup ja chanda
so ja taaron
chhup ja chanda
so ja taaron
ek dooje ko ankhiyaan na maaro
ek dooje ko ankhiyaan na maaro
aaj balam ji se meri mulaakat hai
chandani raat hai
aaj balam ji se meri mulaakaat hai
chaandni raat hai
chaandni raat hai
chaandni raat hai
chaandni raat hai
aise mein aake milo humse to kya baat hai
aise mein aake milo humse to kya baat hai
chaandni raat hai
chaandni raat hai

chhoti chhoti lahren uthhen nadiya ke paani mein
chhoti chhoti lahren uththen nadiya ke paani mein
jaise armaan uthhe uthhti jawaani mein
jaise armaan uthhe uthhti jawaani mein
unse na kahiyo chanda teri meri baat hai
chaandni raat hai
unse na kahiyo chanda
teri meri baat hai
chaandni raat hai
chaandni raat hai
aise mein aake milo humse to kya baat hai
aise mein aake milo humse to kya baat hai
chaandni raat hai
chaandni raat hai
chaandni raat hai
chaandni raat hai

3 Responses to "Chaandni raat hai Chaandni raat hai"

Thanks Arunji for the post & the song, enjoyed reading the post…

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Thanks Prakash ji.
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Arun Ji, Thanks for uploading such rare song with lot of info about Vasant Joglekar & Robin Chatterji.

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