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Meri beete jawaani mastaani

Posted on: July 26, 2022


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Today’s song is from the film Intezar ke baad-1947.

1947 was the year of our Independence and this was also the year in which the highest number of Hindi films were made-187 ! This record remained unbroken till 1985 when 187 Hindi films were made. That means from 1931 to 1984 – a span of more than 50 years – thi record remained unbeaten. Even for the All India film count of all languages was the highest till 1947 – it was 280 films. This of course was broken sooner when in 1949, a total of 291 films of all languages were made in the country.

When the quantity increases without a valid reason, it usually damages the quality.Although few landmark Hindi films were made in 1947, like Jugnu,Do Bhai, Dard, Mirza Sahibaan, Shehnai, Elaan, Parwana, Saajan, Neelkamal, Aap ki sewa mein,Meerabai (of M.S.Subbulaxmi), Naatak, Sidoor etc., most others were below par. This possibly happened as there was a deluge of migrating Muslim film artistes from India to Pakistan and they completed their films somehow to fulfil ther contractual responsibilities. Thus not much attention was given to quality, but to complete the film.

Intezar ke baad-47 was also one such film. Based on an unbelievable flimsy story, directed by a veteran of silent films and a lusterless musical score made this film an ordinary movie to remember. The film was directed by G.P.Pawar, a fall out of the silent era. The music was by Aziz Khan aka Aziz Hindi. A point to note was, however, that few old time artistes like Shantarin, Shanta Kumari and madhav kale etc. featured in the film. The cast, besides these artistes, consisted of Jeevan, Rahaman,Husn Ara, Gope, Rajkumar, madhukar gupte, Shanta Patel, Vijaya etc. The story of this film was….

The Zamindar of Ratanpur had no child for a long time. At last he got a charming daughter. His wife fought with him bitterly when he was drunk and left the home with the baby. She left the baby at the doorsteps of Dada patel- a kind gentleman and then she committed suicide. Eventually the baby grows up into a beautiful girl-Shama. The zamindar also adopts an orphan-Mohan, who too grows up.
A local merchant Fakirchand wants to marry his daughter Shaila to Mohan- who is a wayward wasted young boy and he wants to marry Shama. Shama loves another good person-Dr. Ajay who also loves her. The Dewan of the zamindar blackmails zamindar to expose that his son Mohan is actually the dewan’s own son. He also blackmails Dada patel to expose that Shama is not his daughter. When Mohan learns all this, he kills Dewan.
The police arrest him. In the court everything is exposed and Mohan is jailed for 2 years. Dr. Ajay and Shama get married. After Mohan comes out he is a reformed person. He gets married to Shaila. All’s well that ends well ( and the audience is happy that the film has ended ! ).

2 names from this film attracted me. One was actress Shanta kumari. To get some information on Shanta Kumari, I had spent a few years and had scanned several sources like books and sites etc. Finally, here is her information that I collated from several sources.

Miss Shanta Kumari , a forgotten name of early Bollywood, who championed in both silent and talkies (please do not confuse with the South Indian actress of the same era).
Miss Shanta Kumari was born in 1904 to a family of ten and entered silent movies at the age of sixteen (1920). She worked in 1920 s with the Sharada film company ( Kala Pahad, 1927) with Master Vitthal and later joined Delhi’s Great Eastern film company ( Bhai ki Kasai, 1928, Pilgrims of Love 1929, Kumud Kumari 1929). She later joined the Ranjit film company ( later Ranjit Movietone) and acted with Eddie Billimoria in Prince Charming (1930) & Castles in the Air (1930). In 1930 also she worked with Kohinoor Film Company for the movie Arya Kanya (1930). Since she was a very accomplished singer and dancer she hadn’t got any difficulty in entering Talkies and excelled in Talkies. She made her debut talkie with Shri Krishna Film Company’s Heer Ranjha (1931). Her some other memorable early Talkies were Lanka Dahan (1933), Hatim Tai (1933), Bulbul-e- Punjab(1933), Bhoola Shikar (1933), Aaj Kal (1934), Sinhasan (1934), Baal Hatya (1935)

Shanta Kumari was very beautiful. After her first Talkie film Heer Ranjha-1931, came many films, including 4 parts of the film Hatimtai-33, in which she was Heroine Husnbanu. In film Sant Tulsidas-34, she sang along with even G N Joshi, famous classical singer of those times and later on an officer in H.M.V. Recording section. Due to her good singing, till 1936 she sang on A.I.R. Bombay. In 1940, she got married to Sound Recordist Kothari. In the later period, she acted in some famous films like Bharat Milap-42, Ramrajya-43, Prithvi Vallabh-43, Gwalan-46, Ram Vivah-49 and Grih Laxmi-49. After a gap, she appeared in the film Toofan aur Diya-56. She acted in few C grade films and her last film was Toofani Tarzan-62. She acted in 27 films and sang 21 songs in 8 films. She died on 18-1-2006 ( information collated from Beete kal ke sitare by Shriram Tamrakar, MuvYz,interview by V S Nigam on medium.com and book The lost Treasure by K.Pasupuleti with thanks).

The other name was singer Munawar Sultana. There was an actress Munawar Sultana working in Indian films from 1941 (Khazanchi) to 1956 (Jallad), but she never sang and the singer Munawar Sultana never acted in any film-here or in Pakistan. Still, due to similarity in names, people mixed up these two artistes. Here is the singer’s information.

Munawar Sultana was a film playback singer of Pakistan active in the 1950s. She was born on 8-11-1924 at Lahore. She started her career in the mid-1940s as a radio and film playback singer. She used to take music lessons from the renowned music director Ghulam Haider. She started singing in Hindi films. She sang 25 songs in 14 Hindi films. The films were Shukriya-44,Dhamki-45, Behram Khan-46, Aai Bahar, Pagdandi-47, Mehendi, Intezar ke baad, Ek roz, But Tarash, Rooprekha, Reet, Patjhad, Chup chup ke and Barsat ki ek raat-48.

After independence of Pakistan in 1947, Lahore film industry had to rebuild itself because most of the Hindu film studio owners decided to migrate to India and they left Lahore, Pakistan. Music Director Ghulam Ahmad Chishti, Munawar Sultana and Inayat Hussain Bhatti are mostly credited with bringing the dead music industry of Lahore back to life again.She also worked with music directors Rashid Attre, Safdar Hussain besides Ghulam Haider and Baba Chishti to produce many super-hit film songs in the 1950s.

She continued to work at the Radio Station, Lahore and recorded many popular Punjabi folk songs there as well. Munawar Sultana was known for her melodious voice among the Pakistani public. In the late 1950s,she married the then Station Director of Radio Pakistan, Lahore-Ayub Roomani.

Her marriage coupled with arrival of new playback singers-especially Zubaida Khanum and Naseem Begum ended her singing career. She started focusing more on her family life and kids. She died on 20 May 1995 in Lahore,Pakistan. (Information adapted from pak.mag and IMDB, with thanks.)

Today’s song is sung by Munawar Sultana. This is the second song from this film here.


Song- Meri beete jawaani mastaani (Intezaar Ke Baad)(1947) Singer-Munawar Sultana, Lyricist- C.Zaman, MD- Aziz Khan Hindi

Lyrics

Meri beete
Meri beete jawaani mastaani
haaye Raama
mere baanke balam nahin aaye
Meri beete
Meri beete jawaani mastaani
haaye Raama
mere baanke balam nahin aaye
mera dhak dhak ye nanha sa dhadke jiya
mera dhak dhak
mera dhak dhak ye nanha sa dhadke jiya
joban aaya
joban aaya
magar tum na aaye piyaa
haan
joban aaya
joban aaya
magar tum na aaye piyaa
kaun roothhi jawaani ko manaaye
haaye
kaun roothhi jawaani ko manaaye
haaye Raama
mere baanke balam nahin aaye
Meri beete
Meri beete jawaani mastaani
haaye Raama
mere baanke balam nahin aaye

gore gaalon ka
gore gaalon ka rangat gulaabi gayi(?)
baanke naina mere ab sharaabi nahin
ab to saawan bhi man ko na bhaaye
haaye
ab to saawan bhi man ko na bhaaye
haaye Raama
mere baanke balam nahin aaye

haaye aana naa
aana naa
hai sooni nagariya meri
ab to lelo piyaa jee khabariya meri
haaye na aana
aana aana
hai sooni nagariya meri
ab to lelo piya jee khabariya meri
aag birha ki man ko jalaaye
haaye
aag birha ki man ko jalaaye
haaye Raama
mere baanke balam nahin aaye
Meri beete
Meri beete jawaani mastaani
haaye Raama
mere baanke balam nahin aaye

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