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O mere man ke meet aa gaayen suhaane geet

Posted on: August 23, 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 ‘Aadhaar’ (1945).

This film was made by Geeta Pictures, Bombay. It was directed by Ramanlal Desai and this social film had music by SN Tripathi. The lyricist was MA Razi and the film cast was Umakant, Kokila, Yaqub, Shehzadi, Firoza, Ramesh, Usha , Ahmed and many others.

When film making started in India with silent films in the first decade of the last century, the filmmakers faced an unexpected difficulty. The difficulty was in getting actresses for films. No women were ready to act in the films, as it was considered a very low level profession. Dadasaheb Phalke wrote in his reminiscences how he tried to invite even prostitutes to work in the films and how even they refused saying it was a lower job than even being a prostitute !

Sensing an opportunity in this field, many European, Anglo-Indian and Jew girls joined films as actresses. Since the films were silent, their zero knowledge of Hindi or any regional language was not an obstacle. The dialogues were shown as strips of typed sentences on the screen. The girls also had no objection to giving romantic scenes or even kissing on the screen. Some actresses in those days were Ruby Meyers (Sulochana), Marcia Solomon (Vimla), Rachel Sofaer (Aarti Devi), Miss Rose, Iris Gasper (Sabita Devi), Susan Solomon (Firoza), Effie Hippolet (Indira Devi), Bonnie Bird (Lalita Devi), Esther Abraham (Pramila), Renee Smith (Seeta), Beryl Classen (Madhuri), Winnie Stewart (Manorama), Florence Ezekiel (Nadira), Muriel Alexander (Meera) and many others.

In the second part of the second decade i.e. from 1915 onward, some Indian girls from tawaif families also joined and as a result the count of ‘white skin’ girls started diminishing. After the advent of talkie films, speaking Hindi and singing – if needed, became a requirement for the actresses and automatically the Jew, Anglo-Indian and the European girls disappeared from films. Only a few, who learnt Hindi and singing, survived for a few more years, like Sabita Devi, Meera, Pramila, Sulochana, Madhuri and Firoza etc. Those who left early had no problem, but those who continued had to face the competition with the newer and younger local artistes and one by one they too ended their careers. However, not all ended happily. There was one Jew actress whose life in the last part of her career ended pathetically, in penury and she died unsung. We all know of such ends of many actors like Master Shiraz, Master Nissar, Bhudo Advani etc., but the sad story of the once famous actress is not known much. She acted in this film and her name was FIROZA.

Firoza (real name Susan Solomon) was born in a village in Konkan, Maharashtra on 30-7-1905, into a Bene Isareli Jew community. By the time she finished her education, she was proficient in Hebrew, Marathi, Hindi and English. In spite of opposition from family, she started working in silent films and soon became popular. Some of her films also became famous and hits. She continued working in silent films till 1934, when silent films stopped being made. Due to the family’s opposition, she had to leave her house. She stayed in Bombay.

With the advent of talkie films, she naturally entered talkie films, with ‘Noor E Yaman’ (1935), in a small role. She acted in films like ‘Bhikaran’ (1935), ‘Aansuon Ki Duniya’ (1936), ‘Bharat Ke Laal’ (1936), ‘Jeevan Jyoti’ (1937), ‘Dukhiyari’ (1937), ‘Veerbala’ (1938) etc. Due to her success in films, she fell a prey to false promises and dreamt of working in Hollywood films. She wasted 3 years in this and dejected, started working in films again here with ‘Ek Raat’ (1942), ‘Circus Girl’ (1943), ‘Duniya Diwaani’ (1943), ‘Bhagta Bhoot’ (1943), ‘Andhi Duniya’ (1943), ‘Din Raat’ (1945), ‘Aadhaar’ (1945), ‘Lal Batti’ (1947), ‘Daulat Ke Liye’ (1947), ‘Haatimtai’ (1947), ‘Dilwaale’ (1948) etc.

She became an alcoholic and a chain smoker. She made the mistake of refusing offers from Bombay Talkies and other big banners. Meanwhile she fell in love with actor Chandra Mohan and wished to marry him, but he became a drunkard and died in 1949. Her financial condition became worse. She did small roles in Marathi and Hindi films. ‘Yasmeen’ (1954) was her last film.

She lost her parents and lived alone in a single room, where she died unnoticed one day in early 70s. She was one of the top 5 Jew actresses, included in the Documentary ‘Shalom Bollywood’ made by Danny Ben-Moshe in 2003. Thus ended a talented artiste !.
[Note – There was another Firoza Begum, wife of music director Kamal Dasgupta. She is different. She was a Bangladeshi singer.]

[Ack: Information culled from ‘Beete Kal Ke Sitare’ by S Tamrakar, ‘The Untold Story of Jews in Indian Cinema’ in Sunday Guardian, ‘Women in Hindi Cinema’ by Bhavna, Jigna and Supriya, theoneminute.com and my notes.]

The lead pair of the film ‘Aadhaar’ was Umakant (Desai) and Kokila. Despite my efforts I could not get any information on this actress. First I thought that she is Nirupa Roy, because the real name of Nirupa Roy was Kokila. But this Kokila has been in films since 1937 when Nirupa Roy was only a 6 year old girl. First film of this Kokila was ‘Meri Bhool’ (1937). She also acted in films like ‘Gentleman Daku’ (1937), ‘Dukhiyari’ (1937) in which she sang 1 song also, ‘Prem Sagar’ (1939), ‘Gareeb Ka Laal’ (1939), ‘Wayda’ (1940), ‘Jagat Mohini’ (1940), ‘Meri Khwahish’ (1941). ‘Aadhaar’ seems to be her last film. She appeared like a flash and disappeared like a comet !

Let us know something about the director Ramanlal Desai. There were 2 directors in the film industry- Ramanlal (Lalbhai) Desai and Ramanlal (Bhimbhai) Desai. Both operated in almost the same period. Luckily Ramanlal Bhimbhai Desai was known as ‘The King of Mythologicals’ and the other Desai directed all types of films. Ramanlal Lalbhai Desai was born on 6-9-1915 at Ahmedabad (some sources indicate different year and place). His father was a station master in the BBCI Railway (Bombay-Baroda and Central India Railway). He was educated in Bombay and he studied up to Inter-Arts. He soon left his studies to work as an assistant cameraman and assistant director for ‘Thief of Baghdad’ (1934). In 1935 he shifted to Ganesh Movietone but then came back to Paramount. He was assistant director in ‘Fairy of the Flute’, ‘Guru Ghantal’, ‘Black Ghost’, ‘Burqawali’, ‘Aladdin’, ‘Vagabond Lover’, ‘Madhur Bansari’ etc. He co-directed films like ‘Patriot’, ‘Darpan’ and ‘Mere Saajan’, in Rex Pictures. He was a good editor and a musician.

He became a full fledged director with ‘Daughter of the Jungle’ (1942), ‘Muhabbat Ki Jeet’ (1943), ‘Circus Girl’ (1943), ‘Bhagta Bhoot’ (1943), ‘Rangeela Dost’ (1944), ‘Aadhar’ (1945), ‘Kismat Ka Dhani’ (1946), ‘Jadui Putli’ (1946), ‘Tiger Man’ (1947), ‘Naqali Heera’ (1948), ‘Dhanwale’ (1948), ‘Dilwale’ (1948), ‘Roshni’ (1949), ‘Sangeeta’ (1950), ‘Aab e Hayaat’ (1955), ‘Hum Bhi Kuchh Kam Nahin’ (1958), ‘Minister’ (1959) and ‘Zalim Tera Jawab Nahin’ (1960). He turned to Gujarati films and directed ‘Sole Saaj Singar’ (1977) and ‘Kul Deepak’ (1978). He was working as a Production Supervisor for the film ‘Nastik’ (1954) (credited).

[Thanks to Shri Harish Raghuwanshi ji for allowing me to use some info used here].

Film ‘Aadhar’ was unique, because it featured 4 artistes falling in the category of ‘same name confusion’ – namely, Ramanlal Desai, Shehzadi, Firoza and Kokila. Today’s song is a duet sung by Geeta Dutt and SN Tripathi – the MD himself.


Song- O mere man ke meet aa gaayen suhaane geet (Aadhaar)(1945) Singers- Geeta Roy, SN Tripathi, Lyricist-M A Razi, MD-SN Tripathi
Geeta Roy + SN Tripathi

Lyrics

o mere mann ke meet
aa gaayen suhaane geet
aa gaayen suhaane geet
aa gaayen suhaane geet
o mere mann ke meet
aa gaayen suhaane geet
aa gaayen suhaane geet
aa gaayen suhaane geet

ye mann karta hai gaa re
ye mann karta hai gaa re
cham cham ye chamakte taare
cham cham ye chamakte taare
chanda bhi kare ishaare
chanda bhi kare ishaare

aapas mein kitni preet
aapas mein kitni preet
saawan mein kitni preet
o mere mann ke meet
aa gaayen suhaane geet
aa gaayen suhaane geet
aa gaayen suhaane geet

ye nadi taraane gaaye
ye nadi ee ee
ye nadi taraane gaaye
ulfat ke saaz bajaaye
ulfat ke saaz bajaaye
kyun mann mein aag lagaaye
kyun mann mein aag lagaaye

ye lehron ka sangeet
ye lehron ka sangeet
ye lehron ka sangeet
o mere mann ke meet
aa gaayen suhaane geet
aa gaayen suhaane geet
aa gaayen suhaane geet
o mere mann ke meet

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

ओ मेरे मन के मीत
आ गायें सुहाने गीत
आ गायें सुहाने गीत
आ गायें सुहाने गीत
ओ मेरे मन के मीत
आ गायें सुहाने गीत
आ गायें सुहाने गीत
आ गायें सुहाने गीत

ये मन करता है गा रे
ये मन करता है गा रे
चम चम ये चमकते तारे
चम चम ये चमकते तारे
चंदा भी करे इशारे
चंदा भी करे इशारे
आपस में कितनी प्रीत
आपस में कितनी प्रीत
सावन में कितनी प्रीत
ओ मेरे मन के मीत
आ गायें सुहाने गीत
आ गायें सुहाने गीत
आ गायें सुहाने गीत

ये नदी तराने गाये
ये नदी ई ई
ये नदी तराने गाये
उल्फ़त के साज़ बजाए
उल्फ़त के साज़ बजाए
क्यों मन में आग लगाए
क्यों मन में आग लगाए
ये लहरों का संगीत
ये लहरों का संगीत
ये लहरों का संगीत

ओ मेरे मन के मीत
आ गायें सुहाने गीत
आ गायें सुहाने गीत
आ गायें सुहाने गीत
ओ मेरे मन के मीत

4 Responses to "O mere man ke meet aa gaayen suhaane geet"

Thanks Arunji for the post full of rare information, enjoyed reading📖 very much
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Thank u, Prakash ji.
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Arun ji,
More than anything, this comment is to let you know how much I appreciate your energy, enthusiasm and dedication to give out useful information on such regular basis.
Many years of good health, happiness, peace of mind and music to you.

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Dear Dr.Shetty ji,
Thanks for your offbeat comments.
I thank you for thinking in this way and appreciating the efforts that are taken to collate information from various sources, check them for authenticity and then write a cohesive post without leaving the main purpose, i.e. the film, song, music and the people connected etc.
I do not like to only rewrite what is there for everybody to read from the HFGK or the wikipedia. I feel there should be something new and interesting to know about in my posts. My efforts are towards that. Hope it happens.
Thanks again for your encouraging and motivating observation and saying it here !
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