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Ae bahaaduron ae mujaahidon

Posted on: June 9, 2022


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Today’s song is from the film Phool-1945.

The film was directed by K.Asif. I think there will not be a single person in India where Hindi is understood and spoken, who has either not seen or has not heard about the film and k.Asif, its maker. Though Asif was only its director, the film was his dream for 15 years and he had spent the best years of his life dreaming, shaping, planning and making this film.

K.Asif was a Dream merchant. He never bothered about people around him. He lived in his own world. His ideas were big, dreams were big and even his loans were big. But most important was his self confidence was King sized and he knew he could do what he dreamt ! Once upon a time a boy working in the Costume section of Atre pictures, sewing dresses on the sewing machines, lived life royally. He thought big – in Lakhs. His first condition to talk to a Financer was ” No Budget”. A millionaire like Shiraz Hakeem poured lakhs only on his words alone !

When Mughal E Azam ( called MEA,henceforth) began initially, there was Chandramohan as Saleem, Madhubala as Anarkali and Sapru as Akbar. After Chandramohan died and Shiraz-his financer migrated to pakistan, Asif waited patiently, but he did not leave his dream. Taking new actors and MD (Naushad instead of Anil Biswas), he did complete his dream project. On 5 th August 1960, MEA was released in 100 theatres all over india at a time. After Chandralekha-1948, it happened only now. Thousands of posters were painted by G.Kamble for this film. Asif bought all colours and all Brushes from the market and for the next few days the Bombay markets were dry !

Meanwhile Asif made a normal film ” Phool”-1945, with 14 Top stars of those times. The giant Drum Dance (नगारा नृत्य ) was the first ever in this film. Chandralekha – 1948 famous for it came second. But it became more famous. In 1951, he made the film Hulchul,but it was not directed by him, only produced by his own company K.Asif productions.His film Love and God remained incomplete with 75 % shooting done. He used to announce big budget films like, Ramayan, Mahabharat, Tajmahal, but none of them even started. Film janwar having Dilip Kumar and Suraiya and Sasta Khoon Mehanga Pani remained incomplete. With all this K.Asif was called ” Movie Mughal” , only due to Mughal E Azam !

In personal life also he lived as he wished. He first married Sitara Devi ( she was living as a consort with his Mama), then one of his cousins in his village. During the making of MEA, he married Nigar Sultana. (Sitara, in one interview had said ” I recommended Nigar’s name for MEA. She came back as my Sautan” ) and lastly he married Akhtar – sister of Dilip Kumar. Dilip never pardoned him for doing this. He died too early or we would have seen more adventures from him.

Asif was born Asif Karim in Etawah, Uttar Pradesh, on 14-6-1922 to Parents Dr. Fazal Karim and Bibi Ghulam Fatima- sister of versatile Actor/Director/Producer Nazir Ahmed Khan. Asif was the youngest of his siblings with Sikander Begum being the Eldest and Masood Karim, the first Muslim President of Sindh Club second in line. Asif Karim went to Bombay to his uncle (Mama) Nazir Ahmed Khan and later took the name K. Asif.
Nazir, in order to help him, opened a Tailor’s shop for him in Bombay, but he was not made to become a Tailor. He had big dreams of making a big film as a Director. Meanwhile, he eloped with Sitara Devi, the mistress of Nazir. However, Nazir traced them to Delhi and they came back to Bombay, as husband and wife.

His directorial debut, Phool (1945), did very well at the box-office. In 1944, Asif planned to make a film called Mughal-e-Azam based on the life and times of Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great’s court dancer, based on a Urdu novel ‘Anarkali’ written by Syed Imtiaz Ali Taj, with Chandramohan in the male lead and the then upcoming actress Nargis in the female lead. However, in 1946, before the production of the film could begin, the male lead, Chandramohan, died. At that time, Asif temporarily shelved the film until further notice. He produced the film Hulchul and released it in 1951.
At that time, Asif recast Mughal-e-Azam with Dilip Kumar in the male lead and Madhubala in the female lead and began the production of the film in the same year. In 1960, after twelve years in production, Mughal-e-Azam was released and became a huge hit at packed cinema houses across India.

After the release and success of Mughal-e-Azam, Asif planned yet another motion picture called Love and God, his first directorial venture to be made completely in color, and began production. The film was to star Guru Dutt in the male lead and Nimmi in the female lead. However, in 1964, when lead actor Guru Dutt died, shooting came to a halt. Asif recast Sanjeev Kumar in the male lead and resumed production of the film. During the production of the film, K. Asif died on 9 March 1971 at the age of 48 and the film was abandoned. In 1986, Asif’s widow, Akhtar Asif, released the film in an incomplete form.

He directed 2 films- Phool-1945 and Mughal E Azam-1960. His third film ” Love and God” was half made. He produced Hulchul-1951 and Mughal E Azam-1960. He also wrote the screenplay of Mughal E Azam-60. One film “Sasta khoon mehnga pani-86” was never completed.

He won the Best Director, Best film and President’s Silver medal for Mughal E Azam-1960.

K.Asif was a person who understood the value of a talented person and he honoured them always. There is a story about Asif, Dilip kumar and Sajjad Hussain.

This is a story of 1951.

SANGDIL was being made.shooting had stopped before next shot and all the artists were chitchatting.Dilip kumar was humming a tune Sajjad has made for a song of Sangdil.Suddenly Dilip stopped.turned to Sajjad,who was sitting nearby and said,”If you make this tune this way,I tell you,it will become a much better song.” And he hummed some tune.

There was pindrop silence because everyone knew what Sajjad was !
Sajjad got up,went to Dilip Kumar and tapping his chest said acidly,”this is the last time you are saying any such thing to me,remember.Main itnaa bhi nahi giraa hoon abhi,jo tum se salaah loon.'( I have not yet reached such low level as to take improvement suggestions from you )

The atmosphere became tense.Dilip was insulted in front of everybody.This was not digested by him.He went to K.Asif later.Hulchul,produced by Asif had music by Sajjad.Asif was Dilip’s friend and Dilip wanted Asif to throw away Sajjad from Hulchul.Dilip was the Hero of Hulchal also.Asif listened to Dilip coolly and then said,”Sajjad did the right thing.He has not done anything wrong.Why did you poke your nose in his work ? Does he ever tell you how to act ? Acting is your field,Music is his,so never do it again.”
For once Dilip had met his match !

Few years back I had read a book” Rahen na rahen hum” by Shantaram Mankikar.I had made some notes from this book. One of the notes is about Jamal Sen and K.Asif.

When K. Asif announced Sasta Khoon Mehnga Paani, which had a Rajasthani backdrop, he-asked Jamal Sen to be an advisor to bring authenticity to Naushad’s compositions. But luck once again played truant with him and the project never saw the light of the day.
Jamal Sen knew Producer Director K.Asif for many years.Once they met somewhere and Asif took Jamal to the sets of Mughal-E Azam. There a dance sequence was to be shot and Gopikrishna was rehearsing the steps. Jamal saw everything but did not comment anything. As Asif knew him well, he suspected something and asked Jamal what was wrong. Jamal told him that the sets are absolutely appropriate but the dance steps and the ‘Bol’ were not commensurate with the period when Akbar was reigning. Asif asked him then and there to make new Dance steps,prepare the ‘Bol’ and make music for that sequence.
Jamal Sen did that and Asif was more than happy.
However that piece of Dance and music was not used by Naushad in the film.

Then there is the story how K.Asif got Bade Ghulam Ali khan to sing a song for his dream film Mughal E Azam-1960.

For the song ‘Prem Jogan Ban Ke’, director K Asif expressed the desire of having legendary classical singer Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan as the playback singer. Music director Naushad told K Asif that the singer doesn’t sing for films. Yet, K Asif took a chance.

He and Naushad met Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan at the latter’s residence. K Asif told him that he’ll pay him whatever that he asks for. Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan quoted Rs. 25,000, which was an insane amount of money in those days to be paid to a singer. As per some reports, singers were barely paid around Rs. 500-1000 per song at that time. Yet, K Asif, without hesitation, agreed and even paid him an advance of Rs. 10,000 on the spot.

Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan then turned up on the day of recording at Mehboob Studio. The singer threw a fit when he saw that there was no gadda, chaddar or takiyas laid out for him. Immediately, K Asif gave the studio the setup of a baithak.Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan then began the recording. K Asif didn’t seem impressed with his rendition. He told the singer that his rendition was a bit too heavy and doesn’t go with the song’s soft, romantic mood. An angry Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan stormed out of the studio and said that he’ll return only when he had seen the scene on which the song will be played.

K Asif had not shot the said scene till then. With no other option, he quickly filmed the sequence of his lead actors Dilip Kumar as Salim and Madhubala as Anarkali romancing each other in the palace garden. The filmmaker then quickly edited, cut a print and screened it for the singer. According to Naushad, Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan saw the whole scene in silence. At the end, he nodded in approval and remarked that both Salim and Anarkali look ‘khoobsurat’! He then recorded the song as per the scene’s mood and K Asif’s guidance. He gave three more takes too. Each time he sang, the scene was played in front of him. When Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan was leaving, he asked K Asif to use whichever version he liked and to make sure it sounded good!

Today’s song from Phool-1945 is a chorus song. It is a rare song given to me by friend Abhay jain-USA and uploaded by our own Sadanand Ji-India ! Thanks to both.

(I have used information from book Ye un dinon ki baat hai by Yasir Abbasi, Rahen na rahen hum by Shantaram Mankikar, Yaadon ki baaraat by Shirish Kanekar , wiki, HFGK, muVyz and my notes)


Song-Ae bahaaduron ae Mujaahidon (Phool)(1945) Singers- Chorus, Lyricist- Not known, MD- Ghulam Haider

strong>Lyrics

Ae bahaaduron
ae mujaahidon
Ae bahaaduron
ae mujaahidon
badhe chalo badhe chalo
aage badhe chalo
badhe chalo badhe chalo
aage badhe chalo

khuda tumhaare sar pe hai
khudi tumhaare paanv mein
badhe chalo kadam uthaaye
rahamaton ki chhaaon mein
Ae bahaaduron
ae mujaahidon
badhe chalo badhe chalo
aage badhe chalo
badhe chalo badhe chalo
aage badhe chalo

?? hai maut se
?? dil jawaan
buland aaj jinke dam se
hai hilaal e nishaaniyaan
?? aaj is tarah
dushmanon ke darmiyaan
?? bastiyaan
yahi madad ka waqt hai
yahi hai waqt e imtehaan
ye hai waqt e imtehaan
Ae bahaaduron
ae mujaahidon
badhe chalo badhe chalo
aage badhe chalo
badhe chalo badhe chalo
aage badhe chalo

?? jawaan ho
abhi tum imtihaan do
?? mulk o kaum par
kaul do zabaan do
Himalay ki chotiyon pe
chadh ke tum azaan do
azaan do
tumhaare zor ki gawaah
karbala ki khaak hai
?? aasmaan tak
abhi tumhaari dhaak hai
tumhaari jeet har tarah
?? ki jaaan do
jiyo to ??
maro to tum shaheed ho
shaheed ho
maro to tum shaheed ho o o o

5 Responses to "Ae bahaaduron ae mujaahidon"

Happy Birthday Sir ji !!!
Wishing you a healthy, peaceful and musical life ahead.
Regards,
Avinash

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Thanks.
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?? hai maut se
?? dil jawaan
– jo kheltein hain maut se
wo …. sher hind jawaan

?? aaj is tarah
dushmanon ke darmiyaan
– gheere hain aaj is tarah dushmanon ke darmiyaan

?? bastiyaan
yahi madad ka waqt hai
– kafan … … na zakhmiyon ko pattiyaan

?? jawaan ho
abhi tum imtihaan do
– diler ho jawaan ho, abhi tum imtihaan do

?? mulk o kaum par
kaul do zabaan do
– chunoge (?) mulk o kaum par, kaul do zabaan do

?? aasmaan tak
abhi tumhaari dhaak hai
– zameen se aasmaan tak abhi tumhaari dhaak hai

?? ki jaaan do
jiyo to ??
maro to tum shaheed ho

– ?? ki jaan do, jiyon to baaghiyon mein ho, maron to tum shaheed ho

Regards,

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Arun Ji,
Thanks for the post. Incidentally I note that tomorrow is K Asif’s birth centenary.
It was interesting to read about Bade Ghulam Ali Khan episode and how he finally recorded the song as conceived by K Asif.

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Satish ji,
Thanks for your comments.
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