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Main kheton ki Raani Raani re

Posted on: December 8, 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 Rasilee-1946.

In India, the Talkie film was born in 1931. Next 19 years were the Film Industry’s Teen years when it was shedding its limitations, trying new ways, learning the right things, expanding rapidly, making films considering the likes of the audience and achieving a status of a lovable, attractive and one of the most wanted industries to work for. The film industry entered its Adulthood in the early 50’s when the ” Golden Age of Music” enchanted the people of the world.

Every and each year from the 1931 to 1950, the Hindi films had some major events, some experiments, some innovations and some Milestones. 1946 was an year which too had its share in the process of Evolution. By 1946 to 1950 old towers shook hard to crumble. The studio system almost disappeared. Film industry could now boast of people highly educated, talented and hard working. Even artistes with International experience and success like Dewan Sharar, Shakuntala Paranjpye, actor Ranjan, Balraj Sahni etc contributed to Indian films. The old horse of Calcutta-New Theatres broke down and actors, directors and Music specialists from Bengal made a Bee-Line to Bombay, thus making it the strongest ever film centre.

1946 was also an year of consolidation, in a sense that due to the imminent Partition of India on the basis of Religion, agreed upon by Gandhi-Nehru combine, made Muslim artistes and film makers plan to pack their bags and move over to the new Utopia across the border. Their vacancies were to be filled up by the waiting second line of actors, directors and MDs. The film industry was to have a complete new look within 1-2 years and the beginning was from 1946. Thus the year was very important.

The year 1946 was an year which saw many changes in the film industry. The IInd world war had just ended. Rationing and control on many items had created Black marketing. This made many people Millionaires. The extra income started getting invested in Film making. The increased cost of Raw Films made filmmaking 7 to 8 times costlier. A film which was made in about 1 Lakh rupees in 1940, needed 8 Lakhs now. Studio system was waning and artiste rates increased to Lakhs instead of thousands.

In 1945, only 74 films were made. This number increased to 153 films in 1946. Further, in 1947, the film industry produced a record number of films – 181, but of course that was due to Partition. The quality of films was sacrificed at the cost of the quantity of films made in 1946. However, some quality films were made in 1946, indicating the changing face of filmmaking.

Film Dharati ke Lal-46 was made by IPTA people and it became the first film to be exhibited in Russia. Neecha Nagar-46 won the Grand Prix award in the French Film Festival. Film Dr. Kotnis ki amar kahani-46 was dubbed in English as ‘ The journey of Dr. Kotnis’. It was shown in the USA and then in the Venice Film Festival. Two musical films- Anmol Ghadi and Shahjahan were made in 1946. The year of Rasili-1946, was indeed a remarkable year when many artistes made their debuts in Hindi films in different fields – acting, Direction, singing or composing music etc.
Just look at this list…

Nirupa Roy, Geeta Roy, Geeta Bali, K A Abbas, Ravi Shankar, Balraj and Damayanti Sahni, Meena Kapoor, P L Santoshi (as a Director), Dev Anand, Rehana, Rehman, Kamla Kotnis, Abhi Bhattacharya, Chetan and Uma Anand, Kamini Kaushal, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Meena Kumari (adult roles), Indivar, Tasneem, Baby Tabassum, actress Shashi, Nigar Sultana, Kukku(as Heroine), Kishore Kumar (as actor in Shikari), Sudhir Phadke, Ram Ganguly, S D Burman, Nissar Bazmi, Mohd. Shafi, Hansraj Behl, Chitragupta Shrivastav, Snehal Bhatkar and Vinod.

Film Rasilee-1946 was made by Jai Bharat Pictures. This social film was directed by Hanuman Prasad, who also gave music to this film. He even wrote 2 songs for this film. He had also acted in the film Aansuon ki Duniya-1936. He gave music to 19 films composing 135 songs and wrote 19 songs in 6 films. This was the only film he ever directed.

The cast of the film was Susheel Kumar, Radha Rani, Kanhaiya lal, Ramesh Gupta, Anant Prabhu etc etc. The Lyricist was Gafil Harnalvi. The singers were Shamshad Begum, Kalyani, Mukesh, Narayan Datt, Rafi and Geeta Roy. Actress Radha Rani was one of the “Same Name Confusion” pair, in which she was the Bambai wali Radha Rani- about whom I have written earlier.

The other interesting cast member was Kanhaiyalal, whose career was like ” Jate the Japan pahunch gaye Cheen”. He joined the industry to become a Lyricist, but became an Actor. As an actor also he created a lasting impression.

Pandit Kanhaiyalal Chaturvedi was born on 15-12-1910 in Banares. His father was Bhairodutt and mother was Parvati Devi. He studied only upto 4th std. When he was 15 year old he was given the family Kirana shop to manage, but due to his hobby of seeing dramas, the shop had to be closed. Then he was tried on a Chakki. Here also he failed. Seeing his inclination, his father started his own Drama company called ‘ Sanatan Dharm Natak Samaj’. Kanhaiya started doing odd jobs in that company.

After father’s death, his elder brother Sankata Prasad went to Bombay and joined Sagar Film co. Kanhaiya also went to Bombay . There he wrote a drama ” 15 August ke baad” and wanted to stage it, but it was censored too much and he failed in this too.

He left for Calcutta and joined the drama company of Agha Hashr. He got a good role of ‘Tabalchi’ in it. But he left this too and went to Allahabad joining a Ramleela group where he presented one drama also. Once Chimanlal Desai of Sagar had come there. He saw Kanhaiya and called him to Bombay. He only wanted to write songs, stories and dialogues, but fate made him an actor only.

He first did an extra role in the film ” Sagar ka Sher”. He was noticed by Motilal and he took him to Mehboob. He was given a role in the film “Gramophone Singer-38″. His next big role was in the film ‘ Sadhana”-39, it was followed by Bhole Bhale-39, Ek hi Raasta-39 and Service limited-39.

In 1940, his life’s most important role of ‘Sukhilala’ was done by him in the film Aurat-1940. After 17 years, Mehboob chose only him to do the same role in the remake “Mother India-1957”.

Kanhaiyalal was known to be a “Scene Eater” by other stars. Even Dilip Kumar, Sunil Dutt, Rajesh khanna, Ashok kumar etc appreciated his dialogue delivery and acting. In his private life, Kanhaiayalal was very down to earth. Though he could easily afford it, he never bought a car and always travelled in Bus, Train or a Taxi.

He worked in 141 films and surprisingly 7 songs were picturised on him,on screen.Besides acting, Kanhaiyalal wrote dialogues, stories and songs in films. He wrote 57 songs in 8 films namely, Sadhana-39, Comrades-39, Bhole Bhale-39, Sanskar-40, Civil Marriage-40, Radhika-41, Nirdosh-41 and Kasauti-41.

His dedication for work was always appreciated. During the shooting of the film Aurat-40, the set fell on him and he was injured, but he told Mehboob,-‘ Don’t stop the shooting. Take the shots.’ After the shooting, he was given treatment.

Some of his films were Behen, Radhika, Lal haveli, Ganga jamuna, Sautela bhai, Grihasthi, Upkar, Ram aur Shyam, Teen bahuraniyan, Jeevan mrityu, Hum panch etc etc.
He gave his last film shot for film Hathkadi-82.
Kanhaiyalal Chaturvedi died on 14-8-1982, when he was 72 years old. He died in Delhi, leaving behind his wife, two sons and four daughters, and hardly any property. Even the body of the celebrated artiste could not be brought to Bombay, his home.

(information drawn from Sagar Movietone by Biren Kothari, Beete kal ke sitare by Shriram Tamrakar, wiki, HFGK,muVyz and my notes, all with thanks.)

Let us now listen to this good song by Shamshad Begum, from the film Rasilee-1946.


Song-Main kheton ki raani raani re(Rasili)(1946) Singer-Shamshad Begum, Lyricist-Gafil Harnalvi, MD-Hanuman Prasad

Lyrics

Main kheton ki Raani Raani re
haan main kheton ki Raani
Main kheton ki Raani
Main kheton ki Raani Raani re
haan main kheton ki Raani
Main kheton ki Raani

hare bhare ye khet hamaare
ae ae
ae ae
hare bhare ye khet hamaare
ae ae
ae ae
mujhko ye tan man se pyaare
ae ae
ae ae
murjhaayen to inko bechoon
oon oon
oon oon
murjhaayen to inko bechoon
oon oon
oon oon
khoon banaakar paani re
khoon banaakar paani re
haan haan haan haan
haan Main kheton ki Raani Raani re
haan main kheton ki Raani
Main kheton ki Raani

karen jo shokhi
tan jaati hoon
karen jo shokhi
tan jaati hoon
phool se kaanta ban jaati hoon
oon oon
oon oon
phool se kaanta ban jaati hoon
oon oon
oon oon
oon oon oon
thhar thhar kaanpen
thhar thhar kaanpen
sheesh jhukaayen
thhar thhar kaanpen
thhar thhar kaanpen
sheesh jhukaayen
chale meri manmaani re
chale meri manmaani re
haan haan haan haan
haan Main kheton ki Raani Raani re
haan main kheton ki Raani
Main kheton ki Raani
Main kheton ki Raani Raani re
haan main kheton ki Raani
Main kheton ki Raani

2 Responses to "Main kheton ki Raani Raani re"

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