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Buraa hai na gaana buraa

Posted on: August 14, 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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Today’s song is from the film ‘Road No. 303’ (1960).

This film was special in many respects. Let’s start with it’s title. Among the total of 3240 Talkie films made in the first 30 years of Hindi films (1931-1960), only 19 Hindi films had titles which actually had numbers in their Titles. The first one to have a numerical figure in its title was Miss 1933 (1933) and the last one to have it was today’s film Road No. 303 (1960). Just for information of our readers, there were 7 such film titles in the 1930’s (total films 924), only 4 such film titles in the 1940’s (total films 1191) and 8 such film titles in the 1950’s (total films 1125). There were hundreds of film titles having figures in words, like ‘Ek Thi Ladki’, ‘Do Gunde’, ‘Teen Batti Char Rasta’ etc. but numbers in titles were a novelty.

Secondly, this was the first Hindi film of the music director C Arjun. He started by giving music to the first Sindhi film after the Independence – ‘Abana’ in 1958. (The first Sindhi film ever in India was ‘Ekta’ (1940), made by Wadia Movietone, directed by Homi Wadia).

Thirdly, this was the first and the only Hindi film in which Mehmood and Shubha Khote were the leading pair. In all other films, they were in the side roles.

‘Road No. 303’ was made by Mahesh Pictures, Bombay and it was directed by Dharam Kumar. He was born on 26-11-1919 and had directed 14 Hindi films. His first film as a director was ‘Jalte Deep’ (1950) and his last film was ‘Truck Driver’ (1970). Dharam Kumar expired on 28-7-1993, in his 75th year. The 6 songs of this film were written by Naksh Lyallpuri (3) and Jaan Nissar Akhtar (3).

‘Road No.303’ is truly an obscure movie as no information is available about it on any internet site. This name too is not known to many. The film was produced by Ratankumar and Bhikhubhai. The story of film is….

Manohar (Maqbool) is murdered and his body is thrown on the Road No. 303 in the dead of the night. Ramesh (Mehmood), his younger brother who loved him much is devastated. Manohar was an honest Police officer.

Ramesh is in love with Sadhana (Shubha Khote), a young and educated daughter of Seth Deen Dayal (KN Singh) . Seth ji is a well known philanthropist rich man, running destitute homes for widows and orphans.

Ramesh starts finding out about the cause of murder and he learns that soon Manohar was to arrest a big person in society for some serious crime. Munna (Bhagwan) , a small-time pickpocket and a friend of Ramesh, also helps him . Sona (Helen) a dancer in ‘Red Lite Cafe’ is also in love with Ramesh and helps him.

Meanwhile there are attempts to kill Ramesh too. Finally, with the help of Sona, Munna, and Sadhana, Ramesh finds out that the murderer is nobody else but Seth Deen Dayal who runs a racket of trading women and children to Arab countries.

Sadhana is very firm and in the end Seth ji is arrested for murder of Manohar and for his illegal work.

The debutante composer C Arjun was one of those composers who never got what he really deserved. In spite of giving music to 22 films, he always remained a “lesser known music Director”. His best known film was ‘Jai Santoshi Maa’ released in the same year (1975) as film ‘Sholay’ of Ramesh Sippy and it did an unprecedented business amongst the mythological films.

His full name was ARJUN PARMANAND CHANDNANI and he was born in Karachi on 1-9-1933. After partition his family settled in Baroda. He inherited his musical talent from his father who was a singer. He became assistant to another Sindhi music director Bulo C Rani. He started his career with composing for a Sindhi film ‘Abana’ (1958) (first Sindhi film in Independent India).

His first Hindi film was ‘Road No. 303’ in 1960. Off and on he got films under nondescript banners with B/C grade cast. That he created memorable music nevertheless did not do much to change his fortunes. His teaming with the lyricist Jaan Nisar Akhtar would rank at par with the best of Sahir Ludhianvi’s composed by SD Burman or Roshan. He also composed a number of non film songs.

He gave music to 22 Hindi films, besides films in Gujarati, Sindhi and Haryanvi languages. Some of his films were, ‘Main Aur Mera Bhai’, ‘Punarmilan’, ‘Ek Saal Pehle’, ‘Jai santoshi Maa’, ‘Raksha Bandhan’, ‘Karwa Chauth’, ‘Aankh Ka Taara’, ‘Lambu In Hong Kong’, ‘Ustad Pedro’, ‘Mangu Dada’, ‘Gunahon Ka Mandir’, ‘Nawab Sahib’, ‘Kanoon Aur Mujrim’, ‘Hamari Kahani’, ‘O Mere Jaane Jigar’ etc. His film ‘Susheela’ (1966), which was incomplete, was completed and releasd as ‘Subah Zaroor Aayegi’ in 1977 in which “Bemurawwat Bewafa Begaana e Dil Aap Hain” song sung by Mubarak Begum and “Gham Ki Andheri Raat Mein” sung by Talat and Rafi became very popular.

I still remember the interview of C Arjun by Ameen Sayani on radio in Binaca Geetmala program, a long time ago about the story behind as to how a popular song was written by Indivar and how it was tuned, for the film ‘Punarmilan’ (1964).

C Arjun said – “One day we (both me and Indivar) were travelling in a BEST bus while returning home in the evening, from the recording studio. Both of us were sitting on the same seat and the bus was packed full with passengers. After 2 or 3 stations Indivar saw that a young and very beautiful girl boarded the bus and she came near our seat standing in the middle amongst other standing passengers. Indivar was repeatedly looking at her time and again. After 4 or 5 minutes, Indivar asked me to leave my seat and offer it to the pretty girl standing besides us.

After a bit of hesitation I agreed and gave my seat to her. To my surprise, Indivar didn’t talk to her even once while she was sitting beside him for about 20 -25 minutes before she de-boarded the bus at one of the stops in our way. When I asked Indivar why he didn’t talk to her?. He replied today he shall de-board the bus with me at my residence bus stop & answer me when we shall reach my home. We de-boarded the bus at my residence. On reaching home Indivar said “My dear Arjun, thank you so much for offering your seat to her and letting her sit beside me and I have imagined and thought of some lines while she was standing and then sitting beside me”. Indivar there and then spoke those lines to me and they were “PAAS BAITHO TABIYAT BAHAL JAYEGI, MAUT BHI AA GAYI HO TO TAL JAYEGI”.

And then Indivar wrote this whole song there and then in about one hour and asked me to compose its tune the same night. We sat together after our dinner and composed its tune before we went to our beds late at night. Indivar stayed with me that night and left for his home next day morning.”

C Arjun died on 30-4-1992, due to a massive heart attack when he was recording a non-filmi Sindhi song in the Sterling Studios, Mumbai.

Sometime back there was a story that C Arjun started his career with acting and that he was the hero in film ‘Malhar’ (1951).

There is irrefutable proof available on Cinegems and Cineplot, that the hero of ‘Malhar’ was none other than Arjun Bakshi, and NOT C Arjun, MD.

Arjun Bakshi who had acted in some other films, including ‘Daku ki Ladki’, and Naujawan etc, was later a screenplay writer in Hindi films. He is the father of the actress Jyoti Bakshi (of ‘Bullet’, with Dev Anand). Jyoti and her father separated later and Jyoti had a very pathetic and sad demise, a few years back.

Few years back one senior member from RMIM group had reported that he had met Arjun Bakshi in a Music shop in Canada in 2003. And as written above, C Arjun had died in 1992. So, once for all it is clear, once again, that C Arjun the composer and Arjun the actor were two different persons. In addition, C Arjun’s nephew – Shyam Chandnani, who is in Dubai appeared in a music related Blog- Songs of Yore and commented that C Arjun had never ever acted in any film or visited Canada, in his lifetime. That was another final confirmation.

This film was only the second film – after ‘O Tera Kya Kehna’ (1959), in which Mehmood and Master Bhagwan came together. Today’s song is filmed on these two comedians. Though this was C Arjun’s first film, he had used Rock and Roll music for his songs. In today’s song he has tried a jugalbandi in Rock n Roll music with Bharat Natyam Music. Two duets were filmed on the lead pair. This song was quite popular in 1960 and many readers might remember it also.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that this song was not yet featured on the Blog. Perhaps, it was waiting for me to write on it. Enjoy this duet featuring Rafi and Manna Dey.


Song- Bura hai na gaana bura (Road No 303) (1960) Singers- Mohammed Rafi, Manna Dey, Lyricist- Jaan Nisaar Akhtar, MD- C Arjun
Mohammed Rafi + Manna Dey

Lyrics

bura hai na gaana
bura
bura hai na gaana
bura

itna to jaan
kya cheez ye kala hai ae ae ae
itna to maan
karte ki vidya hai

bura hai na gaana
bura na bajaana
ye phan puraana
bura hai na gaana
bura

mathura nagar ki kunj galin mein
dekhi hamne dhoom re
hoye dekhi hamne dhoom re
arey murli ki vo taan raseeli
manva jaaye jhoom re
manva jaaye jhoom re

dil ko har ek naach jhanjhore
kathak ke yoon baaje tode
[Kathak bol]
bura hai na gaana
bura

o door dakhan mein jaakar dekhi
duniya sur aur taal ki
duniya sur aur taal ki

chhan chhana chhan baje manjire
goonje thape naal ki
goonje thape naal ki
dil pe jara bhi rahe na kaabu
bharatnatyam dekh ke babu
[Bharatnatyam bol]
bura hai na gaana
bura
bura hai na gaana
bura

sair sapaate karte yaaron
aaye jab punjab mein
haaye aaye jab punjab mein
oye naach vo dekha rang rangeela
jo na dekha khawaab mein
jo na dekha khawaab mein

boodha baccha loola langda
jisko dekha nache bhangda
urr yeeaah
un hun aahoon aahoon
un hun aahoon aahoon
un hun aahoon aahoon
un hun aahoon aahoon
o munde mard kamaiyaan karde
o o o o
hoy munde mard kamaiyaan karde
ke lachhi tere pal(?) na bane
un hun aahoon aahoon
un hun aahoon aahoon
un hun aahoon aahoon
un hun aahoon aahoon
bura hai na gaana
bura

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir Kapur)
————————————————

बुरा है ना गाना
बुरा
बुरा है ना गाना
बुरा
इतना तो जान
क्या चीज़ है ये कला आ आ
इतना तो मान
करते की विद्या है
बुरा है ना गाना
बुरा न बजाना
ये फन पुराना
बुरा है ना गाना
बुरा

मथुरा नगर की कुंज गलिन में
देखी हमने धूम रे
होय देखी हमने धूम रे
अरे मुरली की वो तान रसीली
मनवा जाये झूम रे
मनवा जाये झूम रे
दिल को हर एक नाच झंझोरे
कत्थक के यूं बाजे तोड़े
[कत्थक बोल]
बुरा है ना गाना
बुरा

ओ दूर दक्खन में जाकर देखी
दुनिया सुर और ताल की
दुनिया सुर और ताल की
छन छना छन बाजे मंजीरे
गूँजे थापें नाल की
गूँजे थापें नाल की
दिल पे ज़रा भी रहे ना काबू
भरतनाट्यम देख के बाबू
[भरतनाट्यम बोल]
बुरा है ना गाना
बुरा
बुरा है ना गाना
बुरा

सैर सपाटे कर के यारो
आए जब पंजाब में
हाय आए जब पंजाब में
ओय नाच वो देखा रंग रंगीला
जो ना देखा ख्वाब में
जो ना देखा ख्वाब में
बूढ़ा बच्चा लूला लंगड़ा
जिसको देखा नाचे भंगड़ा
उर्रर्र यीआह
ऊँ हूँ आहूँ आहूँ
ऊँ हूँ आहूँ आहूँ
ऊँ हूँ आहूँ आहूँ
ऊँ हूँ आहूँ आहूँ
ओ मुंडे मर्द कमाईयां करदे
ओ ओ ओ ओ
ओ मुंडे मर्द कमाईयां करदे
के लच्छी तेरे पल(?) ना बने
ऊँ हूँ आहूँ आहूँ
ऊँ हूँ आहूँ आहूँ
ऊँ हूँ आहूँ आहूँ
ऊँ हूँ आहूँ आहूँ आहूँ आहूँ
बुरा है ना गाना
बुरा

7 Responses to "Buraa hai na gaana buraa"

Thanks Arun ji for the whole lot of information regarding C.Arjun ji

Regards

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Thanks.

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Very lively song by the 2 great M- Mohd Rafi and Manna Dey. Sure it would have been a visual treat too considering Mehmood and Bhagwan Dada were the actors involved

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Yes, it was great seeing them both. A Master and a Chela.
Thanks.

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Arun Ji,
Thanks for writing on C Arjun.
Though you have written that Road 303 was the last film with numerals in the title, what flashed immediately in my mind is ‘Victoria 203’ ( 1972). Then there are Divid Dhavan movies , Hero no. 1, Coolie no 1, Aunty no.1….. Then there is ‘Dafa 302′(1975). One of the recent is ‘Article 15’,(2019) and ‘Section375′(2019)

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Dear Satish ji,
You are right, but I would request you to again read the 3rd line of the post from top. I have clearly said that I did the survey of films only from 1931 to 1960. Obviously, there must be such films after 1960, but I have not considered or written about them.
I hope the matter is clear now.
Thanks for your comments.
-AD

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Arun ji,
Noted. Thanks.Regards

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