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Mere dil ka dil ka mere dil ka kabootar

Posted on: August 5, 2022


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Today’s song is a comedy duet from the film ‘Roshni’ (1949).

The film was made by Standard Pictures Corporation, Bombay. It was directed by Ramanlal Desai and the MD was C Ramchandra. The lyricist was PL Santoshi. The cast of the film was Rehana, Nihal, Pran, VH Desai, Mumtaz Ali, Sophia, Chand Barq, Indira, Shama, Zarine, Ishrat etc.

After making it in Hindi films as an MD for film ‘Sukhi Jeevan’ (1942), C Ramchandra had joined Jayant Desai productions on a salary of Rs. 300 pm. He gave successful films like ‘Bhaktaraj’ (1943), ‘Zaban’ (1943), ‘Lalkar’ (1944), ‘Manorama’ (1944) and ‘Samrat Chandragupta’ (1945), C Ramchandra felt that he deserved a salary increase. As Jayant Desai was not ready to increase it to his desire, he left the company. After a few months, with the help of Kavi Pradeep, C Ramchandra joined Filmistan, where he got what he wanted, namely salary of Rs. 1,000 pm and freedom to give music to outside films also.

While he continued with Filmistan, he reached his peak in career by giving hit musicals like ‘Safar’ (1946), ‘Shehnai’ (1947), ‘Sajan’ (1947), ‘Nadiya Ke Paar’ (1948), ‘Khidki’ (1948), ‘Patanga’ (1949), ‘Sargam’ (1950) and many more. Meanwhile he was giving music to films of other production companies, but managing a proper balance with Filmistan films. ‘Roshni’ (1949) was also one such film.

Taking a look at the cast, I found 3 actresses of interest, about whom not much is known to common lovers of old films and music. The first was Shama. During the period of 1930’s and the 1940’s, there were 3 actresses with the name Shama or Shyama. The first of them was Shyama Zutshi, second was Shama Dulari and the third was actress Shyama, who ruled in the 50’s and the 60’s with over 160 films.

Shyama Zutshi was the first Kashmiri Girl who joined films in 1934. She acted in many films, some of which are :-

1 ‘Vishnu Bhakti’ in 1934
2 ‘Laila Majnu’ in 1935
3 ‘Khooni Jadugar’ in 1939
4 ‘Kaarwaan e Hayaat’ in 1935

Shyama Zutshi belonged to a well to do family of Lahore. Her father was a barrister. She was quite a successful and sought after actress but suddenly she moved out from films and focused on politics and freedom struggle. Shyama was a congress leader .

Another reason for her to quit films was the presence of a fellow Kashmiri Actor Chander Mohan Wattal. Chander Mohan would always tell her to quit as according to him acting in films was not meant for girls from good families . Chander Mohan Wattal opposed the entry of Kashmiri girls to films .

The second was Shama Dulari. Not much is known about her personal life. Shyama Dulari hailed from a small city of Madhya Pradesh. She was interested in acting and had acted in school and college dramas. After education, she came to Bombay and appeared for a screen test and interview at Filmistan. She passed the test, but did not like the salary that was offered.

She went to Poona and met WZ Ahmed of Shalimar Pictures. He was quite impressed with her and signed an exclusive contract for 3 years, offering her a very lucrative salary. However in the next two years she acted only in two films – ‘Meerabai’ (1947) and ‘Shehzadi’ (1947). Due to the contract, she could not work anywhere else also.

After 1947, when Ahmed migrated to Pakistan along with Neena, she came to Bombay. Jayant Desai signed her for the lead role in the film ‘Lakhpati’. Unfortunately, due to her father’s illness, she had to leave Bombay and go back to her native city in MP. She came back and tried to get work. She worked in films like ‘Rangeela Rajasthan’ (1949), ‘Shair’ (1949), ‘Roshni’ (1949), ‘Rooplekha’ (1949), ‘Naqli Baap’ (1949), ‘Jal Tarang’ (1949), ‘Ek Teri Nishani’ (1949), ‘Char Din’ and ‘Dolti Naiya’ (1950). Her last known film was ‘Babul’ (1950) wherein she did a small role.

No information after that. Problem was that at the same time the famous actresses Shyama (Khurshid Akhtar) and Shyama Dulari were in the film line. Shyama initially was acting under the names like Baby Akhtar, Baby Khurshid and Baby Shyama; whereas Shama Dulari was credited as Shama, Shama Dulari and sometimes Shyama also. I listed films in Shyama’s name and tried to see the credits of films which were available. Though very few films are available on You Tube, I tried to separate the films for Shama Dulari based on her credits and by conjuncture. Still there could be some errors, which will be corrected when proof comes up suitably.

The third was Shyama, too well known to write anything about. We all know her well.

The case of Shama Dulari was different. She was actually a victim of an intentional restrictive contract. When she signed a contract with WZ Ahmed of Shalimar Pictures, Poona, little did she know that she would rot there without work for 3 years ! The company used her only in 2 films – ‘Shehzadi’ (1947) and ‘Meerabai’ (1947). Rest of the time she was paid only half salary and legally she was prohibited from working elsewhere. It was only after Ahmed migrated to Pakistan, with Neena and without paying the staff salaries, she became a free bird.

Such cases were not uncommon in the Hindi film industry. This happened with actress Meena Shorey too (Lara Lappa girl) and Sohrab Modi, who demanded Rs. 60,000 from her to remove a legal case against her for breaking their contract and working in a Lahore film. It was with the intervention of Mehtab, that the amount was reduced to Rs. 30,000, which Meena had to pay through her nose to avoid legal action.

Same happened with Mrudula, the first heroine of Dilip Kumar in the film ‘Jwaar Bhata’ (1944). She had signed a contract with Devika Rani of Bombay Talkies for work in the films. However, after ‘Jwaar Bhata’, she did not get any film. After 1945 end, Devika Rani left Bombay Talkies, selling all her shares and getting married to ‎Svetoslav Roerich,  a Russian artiste, leaving Mrudula to rot for the remaining 3 years without work and thus spoiling her career.

This also took place with the firebrand actress Shanta Apte, when Prabhat Film company threatened her to take legal action if she worked in films of other companies, breaking their contract. She was a tough person. She staged a demonstration at the gates of Prabhat film company and also sat for Fasting (अन्न सत्याग्रह). Newspaper reporters were called, and for the fear of bad publicity, Prabhat compromised and relieved Shanta Apte unconditionally !

The third name in the cast is Indira (Wadkar). In the 40’s and 50’s, there were 3 Indira named actresses. Indira Wadkar, Indira Billi (heroine of some Punjabi films) and Indira Bansal – the fat comedienne. Hansa Wadkar’s father had three sisters, Kesharbai, Indirabai and Sushilabai. Sushila was married to Master Vinayak, a renowned actor-director of the early era of Indian cinema. The elder sister as well as Indira Wadkar were acting in films and Indira was a classical singer as well. Indira acted in several films including ‘Duniya Kya Hai’ (aka ‘Resurrection’) (1937) and in films of Vinayak’s production company Hans Films like ‘Devata’ (1939) in Marathi. Indira used the surname Wadkar to avoid using the family name Salgaokar, for fear of reprisal from society against women acting in films. Her older sister, Kesharbai, was working in a film made by MG Rangnekar and suggested that Indira Wadkar work in films to sustain her family. She acted in 11 Hindi films. She was a popular shrewish mother in law in Marathi films.

Today’s song is a comedy duet sung by Chitalkar and Shamshad Begum. Enjoy.


Song- Mere dil ka dil ka mere dil ka kabootar(Roshni)(1949) Singers-Chitalkar, Shamshad Begam, Lyrics-P L Santoshi, MD-C Ramchandra
Chitalkar + Shamshad Begam

Lyrics

mere dil ka dil ka
mere dil ka
o mere dil ka kabootar
tere chhajje pe bole
tere chhajje pe bole
gutar goon goon goon goon goon goon
gutar goon goon goon goon goon goon
gutar goon goon..hoon
mere dil ka dil ka
mere dil ka kabootar

tere gali ke karoon main sau sau phere
saanjh sawere
tere gali ke karoon main sau sau phere
saanjh sawere
duniya kahe tu laila hai meri
main tera majnu
duniya kahe tu laila hai meri
main tera majnu
gutar goon goon goon goon goon goon
gutar goon goon goon goon goon goon
gutar goon goon..hoon
mere dil ka dil ka mere dil ka
haan mere dil ka kabootar tere chhajje pe bole
tere chhajje pe bole
gutar goon goon goon goon goon goon
gutar goon goon goon goon goon goon
gutar goon goon..hoon
mere dil ka dil ka
mere dil ka kabootar

gali ke phere na kar more raja
ankhiyon mein aa jaa more raja
gali ke phere na kar more raja
ankhiyon mein aa jaa more raja
nazar bachaa ke main duniya se
palkon mein rakh loon
nazar bachaa ke main duniya se
palkon mein rakh loon
gutar goon goon goon goon goon goon
gutar goon goon goon goon goon goon
gutar goon goon..hoon
mere dil ka dil ka mere dil ka
haan mere dil ka kabootar
tere chhajje pe bole
tere chhajje pe bole
gutar goon goon goon goon goon goon
gutar goon goon goon goon goon goon
gutar goon goon..hoon
mere dil ka dil ka
mere dil ka kabootar

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir Kapur)
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मेरे दिल का दिल का
मेरे दिल का
ओ मेरे दिल का कबूतर
तेरे छज्जे पे बोले
तेरे छज्जे पे बोले
गुटर गूँ गूँ गूँ गूँ गूँ गूँ
गुटर गूँ गूँ गूँ गूँ गूँ गूँ
गुटर गूँ गूँ गूँ॰॰हूँ
मेरे दिल का दिल का
मेरे दिल का
मेरे दिल का कबूतर

तेरी गली के करूँ मैं सौ सौ फेरे
साँझ सवेरे
तेरी गली के करूँ मैं सौ सौ फेरे
साँझ सवेरे
दुनिया कहे तू लैला है मेरी
मैं तेरा मजनूँ
दुनिया कहे तू लैला है मेरी
मैं तेरा मजनूँ
गुटर गूँ गूँ गूँ गूँ गूँ गूँ
गुटर गूँ गूँ गूँ गूँ गूँ गूँ
गुटर गूँ गूँ गूँ॰॰हूँ
मेरे दिल का दिल का
मेरे दिल का
हाँ मेरे दिल का कबूतर
तेरे छज्जे पे बोले
तेरे छज्जे पे बोले
गुटर गूँ गूँ गूँ गूँ गूँ गूँ
गुटर गूँ गूँ गूँ गूँ गूँ गूँ
गुटर गूँ गूँ गूँ॰॰हूँ
मेरे दिल का दिल का
मेरे दिल का कबूतर

गली के फेरे ना कर मोरे राजा
अँखियों में आजा मोरे राजा
गली के फेरे ना कर मोरे राजा
अँखियों में आजा मोरे राजा
नज़र बचा के मैं दुनिया से
पलकों में रख लूँ
नज़र बचा के मैं दुनिया से
पलकों में रख लूँ
गुटर गूँ गूँ गूँ गूँ गूँ गूँ
गुटर गूँ गूँ गूँ गूँ गूँ गूँ
गुटर गूँ गूँ गूँ॰॰हूँ
मेरे दिल का दिल का
मेरे दिल का
हाँ मेरे दिल का कबूतर
तेरे छज्जे पे बोले
तेरे छज्जे पे बोले
गुटर गूँ गूँ गूँ गूँ गूँ गूँ
गुटर गूँ गूँ गूँ गूँ गूँ गूँ
गुटर गूँ गूँ गूँ॰॰हूँ
मेरे दिल का दिल का
मेरे दिल का कबूतर

2 Responses to "Mere dil ka dil ka mere dil ka kabootar"

Does this mean that Hansa Wadkar and Nanda were related? Oh my god, it is such a small world out there…! Lata Mangeshkar, Padmini Kolhapure and Nanda are also related.

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Yes, indeed !
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