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Dagar mori chhodo jee

Posted on: July 24, 2022


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Today’s song is from the film Ladai ke baad-1943.

This is a very misleading title for a film which was made during the peak period of Second World war. Reading this title, it is natural for anyone to feel that this was a film which was on the matters which will take place after the war is over, or it may be a depiction of the country and the social life going through changes after the war ended. But none of it ! It was simply all about a war (Ladai) between two neighbouring families, caused by the usual Ego clash – though there is a loving couple in both families, hoping to get married. And it was called a Comedy film.

The film was made by Navyug Chitrapat, Poona. There is a little history behind the launch of this film making company. Master Vinayak (father of actress Baby Nanda) had his own film company Hans Pictures, in partnership with half brother Baburao pendharkar and cameraman pandurang Naik. Their first film was Chhaya-36-aq bilingual in marathi and hindi. It was not only a hit film but also it won many awards. Next 2 films, Premveer-37 and Dhrmveer-37 were also successful. Then came the film Jwala-38, a bilingual. Unfortunately this film was a big flop and Vinayak suffered heavy loss. To make it up, he then made 2 more films-Bramhachari-38 and brandy ki botal-39. Although these were successful at the Box office, the loss was not compensated. Even the last attempt with marathi film Ardhangi-40 (Hindi-Ghar ki Rani-40) could not salvage the damage done by jwala and Hans Pictures was dissolved.

He then launched navyug Chitrapat, along with Acharya P.K.Atre as a partner. Navyug was the first film company to offer 100 rupees shares to the common public (Bombay Talkies had given its shares to its Directors initially). The first film made was in Marathi-Lapandav-40. Then came Amrit-41(in Hindi and marathi) and ‘Pahili Mangalagaur’-42 in marathi, wherein Lata Mangeshkar made her Debut. During the making of this film, Vinayak left navyug and started his own ” Prafull Pictures’. After the last film Ladai ke baad-1943, navyug Chitrapat also closed down.

Actually, if one goes through the early marathi Cinema production history, one would know that launching and closing film companies was quite frequent in the Marathi film industry. In the early era, films were made in Poona, Kolhapur and Bombay. Two major communities in Maharashtra, Gujarati and Marathi entered the cinema field. Gujaratis were businessmen and had the money power. They immediately became the owners of film companies, supplied finance and made profits. Marathi people had no money but they had a hard working nature, acting Talent, Music expertise and Technical knowledge. Thus the jobs were automatically divided. Whenever Marathi people owned or launched film companies, they lost the battle due to lack of business sense and clash of false egos among partners. In later years, however, this picture changed.

Film Ladai ke baad-43 was directed by R.S.Junnarkar. Raghunath Shankar junnarkar was born on 19-3-1911 in Bijapur. After matriculation, he joined the film industry as a technician,in 1931, in Zarina pictures. He moved to kohinoor film company and then to United Artistes. Later he joined Kohinoor Cinetone in the capacity of screenplay writer and editor in 1934. master Vinayak Called him to Hans pictures in 1936. He was diligent and hard working. He got his first chance as a director of film sangam (Hindi and Marathi)-1941. Before this, he had jointly directed the film Bahurani in 1940, with actor Mubarak.

For navyug pictures he directed Pahili mangalagaur, Tuzach (Hindi version Main tera hoon) and Pundalik all marathi films. After Vinayak left navyug he completed the film pahili mangalagaur. In this film, there was a kissing scene of Snehaprabha pradhan and Shahu Modak. Lata also debuted in this film with acting and singing for herself.

Junnarkar was excellent as a screenplay writer. he wrote for films Nigahe nafrat -35 (Debut of Shobhana Samarth), Chhaya-36, dharmaveer-37, jwala-38, Neera and nanda-1946(directed also). he also wrote lyrics for film Taqrar-1944, he edited films, premveer, Nigahe nafrat, dharmaveer, Birha ki raat and Baazuband. (Thanks to the book ‘ Marathi Cinema in retrospect’ by Sanjit Narvekar).

Coming back to film Ladai ke baad-43, the songs were written by Wali Saeb.He was the brother of lyricist Nazim Panipati. Wali Saheb was a person of one of a kind. He was an educated person fond of writing stories and songs, but he was also very orthodox in nature, So much so, that he had made it compulsory for his actress wife Mumtaz Shanti, to come for shootings in a Burkha, and was also a perfect Hypocrite who allowed her to act in films as a lover of the Hero ! He would put it in her contract that the hero would not touch her during the shoots. To ensure this, he used to be present personally in her every shoot. After the shooting, she was to put on her Burkha again and head straight home, without talking a word with anyone.

It seems her uncle Barkat Nizami ( husband of actress Geeta Nizami) had brought her in films and he used to take away 75% of her earnings ( 50% for himself and 25% for his son). However, after her marriage to Wali saheb, this had stopped.

His name was Wali Mohd Khan. He was born in Poona on 10-8- 1908. His family was from Punjab. He became a Compounder with a Doctor in Lahore till 1938. He used to write songs for the Recording companies, for a sum of Rs. 5 per song ! He entered film line as a story writer and Lyricist, with film,” Soni Kumharan ‘ produced by East India Film Company.His songs became popular and he started writing dialogues too.He wrote songs, stories and dialogues for 36 films in all, with 280 songs. He worked for Kamla Movietone, Pancholi studios,Talwar productions, Cine art production etc.He even sang one song in the film Udhar-1949.

After trying his hand at Direction in Venus pictures film ” Lady Doctor”-44, he went on to produce and direct film ” Dekhoji”-47, under his own banner, Punjab film corporation ltd. Bombay. He produced and directed 4 more films, Padmini-48, Heer Ranjha-48, Putli-50 and Zamane ki Hawa-52. In all these films, the Heroine was Mumtaz Shanti. He migrated to Pakistan, with his actress wife, in the mid 50s. ( Thanks to information from Film Directory-46, muVyz, HFGK and my notes.)

I am not giving the film story because it was given along with the film’s first song discussed here in 2016. The music was by Dada Chandekar. Shankar Vishnu aka Dada Chandekar was from Kolhapur. He was born on 19-3-1897. His father used to do Keertan in temples and also play Harmonium. Dada also became an expert in playing the harmonium. Due to poverty, Dada joined Kirloskar drama company and used to do female roles. One day, by chance when the regular Harmonium player was absent, Dada got the opportunity to play Harmonium in a drama, which was lauded by all.

Later he joined Deenanath Mangeshkar’s Balwant Natak company where he played Harmonium for 20 years. Now Dada wanted to join the film industry. He assisted Dhamman Khan in the film Kaliya Mardan made by Bhali Pendharkar. When Dhamman Khan was removed due to his irregularity, Dada was appointed MD for the same film. Thus started his career finally. In 1937, he joined Huns Pictures of Master Vinayak and gave background music for the film Jwala-1938. This prompted the film Brahmachari-1938 to be given to him. This film’s music became Hit and created records in Hindi and Marathi versions. He gave music to Huns and Navyug films.

His other films as a MD were Brandy ki Botal-39, Devta-39, Ghar ki Rani-40, Amrit-41, Sangam-41, Ladai ke baad-43, Lieutenant-44, Din Raat-45, Main Tera Hoon-47, Moti-47 and his last Hindi film Phool aur Kaante-48. Meanwhile he was doing Marathi films also. He gave music to 25 Marathi films till 1964. It was he, who gave the First ever opportunity to Lata Mangeshkar to sing in a film. The film was ” Pahili Mangalagaur”-1942. It was a duet with Snehprabha Pradhan.

Dada Chandekar gave music to many Marathi dramas and he also worked for All India Radio, Poona for a few years. Dada Chandekar, one of the early composers of Hindi and Marathi films, died on 27-1-1976 at Poona.

Today’s song is a duet sung by Snehprabha Pradhan and Govind Kuruvilkar.

Editor’s note. This is the 100th song of Wali sahab as a lyricist in the blog. He becomes 32nd lyricist and 94th artist overall to complete 100 songs in the blog.


Song- Dagar mori chhodo ji (Ladaai Ke Baad)(1943) Singers- Snehprabha Pradhan, Govind Kuruvilkar, Lyricist- Wali Sahab, MD- Dada Chandekar

Lyrics

Dagar mori chhodo ji
Dagar mori
chhodo ji
tum to chhedoge
main hoon akeli
tum to chhedoge
main hoon akeli
Dagar mori chhodo ji
Dagar mori
chhodo ji

donon haathhon mein mere kabootar
donon haathhon mein mere kabootar
tere sar se bhari hai ye gaagar
tere sar se bhari hai ye gaagar
kaise chhedoonga
naar naveli

Dagar mori chhodo ji
Dagar mori
chhodo ji
tum to chhedoge
main hoon akeli
tum to chhedoge
main hoon akeli
gaagar mein donon kabootar bithhaakar
gaagar mein donon kabootar bithhaakar
gaagar ko dhhakke se upar uthhaakar
gaagar ko dhhakke se upar uthhaakar
hamse karoge athhkheli
hamse karoge athhkheli
tu ko samjhaye ??
tu ko samjhaye ??

Dagar mori chhodo ji
Dagar mori
chhodo ji
tum to chhedoge
main hoon akeli
tum to chhedoge
main hoon akeli

mujhe baadh liya kaajal ki dori se kyun
mujhe baadh liya
mujhe baadh liya kaajal ki dori se kyun

toone chhedaa thha
toone chhedaa thha
panghat pe chori se kyun
toone chhedaa thha
panghat pe chori se kyun
mose bhool hui
aaj mose bhool hui
naar naveli

kahin dekhe na mori saheli
Dagar mori chhodo ji
Dagar mori
chhodo ji
tum to chhedoge
main hoon akeli
tum to chhedoge
main hoon akeli
agar mori chhodo ji
Dagar mori
chhodo ji

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