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Le maar haathh pe haathh

Posted on: January 23, 2023

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 If this article appears in other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of, then it is piracy of the copyright content of and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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Today’s song is from the film Choron ki Baraat-1960. This is a very rare song from a film, which is making its Debut on the Blog with this song. There was another film having the same title ,in 1980 also. 26 film titles started with the word Chor…, from 1931 to 2012.

produced by Charanjeet, under the banner of K Pictures, Bombay, the film was directed by Pradeep nayyar and the Music Director was Manohar (Arora), whose assistants for this film were Sonik-Omi, who themselves became a reasonably successful MD pair with the film ” Dil ne phir yaad kiya”-1966. The cast of the film was Amarnath (Bharadwaj), Nazi, Shaikh, Nemo, Shakeela Bano Bhopali, Gulab, Jeevankala, Ram Mohan and many others.

Film Choron ki barat-60 was a story about a hidden treasure and different people who are after getting it and how they try to outsmart others. It is a strange coincidence that in this film, there are artistes who, in their real life, were fit to be in a Choron ki baraat. What I mean to say is that, one Lyricist and one singer from this film cheated the film industry, the audience and the common people by hiding certain facts. Not only these two, but some other famous actors, actresses, singers etc, have hidden their career matters from others – mind you, not inadvertently but intentionally ! I am providing details of some such cases here for your information.

There were 5 Lyricists for 6 songs of this film. One of them was “Gulzar Deenvi”, who was known as ‘ Gulzar’ – the famous poet, director , singer and actor in later days. One of the singers of this film was Mahendra Kapoor. These two are the culprits, who tried to hide and cheat everyone in not admitting honestly how they entered the filmline. Now read this –

Gulzar’s first song was not from Bandini – 63, as is always claimed by him, in every interview. He has written lyrics in films Choron ki Baraat-60, Diler Haseena-60 and Shriman Satyawadi-60. He wrote these songs as Gulzar Deenvi. But he also wrote lyrics in the film Kabuliwala-61 and Prempatra-62 in the name of Gulzar. Even then he claims Bandini-63 as his first film- which is wrong. There is enough proof that Gulzar Deenvi and Gulzar is the same person.

Born January 9, 1934, in Amritsar, Mahendra Kapoor spent the majority of his childhood in Mumbai, where he claimed top honors in the All-India Murphy-Metro Singing competition – 57, for Newcomers. His victory captured the attention of filmmaker Raja Nawathe, who used him in 1958’s Sohni Mahiwal. This also caused a controversy, because the contest was for new comers and Mahendra Kapoor had already sung songs in several films like Madmast-53, Madhur milan-55 Lalkar-56 and Heer-56 and also his first solo song in film Diwali ki raat-56. Later on he gave some lame excuse that he had not got any payment for that song etc etc.

Mala Sinha came from Calcutta to make a career in Bombay films. In Calcutta she worked in a Bilingual film ‘Chitrangadha-54’ in Bangla and Hindi. In 54 again,she did her first film in Bombay, Badshah-54, then came Hamlet-54, Riyasat-55 and Ekadashi-55. In all her interviews, Mala Sinha always quoted “Rangeen Raten”-56 with Shammi Kapoor as her first film in Bombay. She was ashamed of revealing that in film Riyasat-55, her Hero was Mahipal and in film Ekadashi the Hero was Trilok Kapoor. She always hid this fact. There are many Heroines who want to hide their struggling days. For example,in film “Professor”-62 Shammi Kapoor’s Heroine was Kalpana. Though touted as her first film,her first film was Pyar ki Jeet-62, opposite Mahipal- a fact which Kalpana always hid from everyone.

Similarly, A grade Heroine Meena Kumari also had done several Mythological and costume films before Baiju Bawra took her high up and above other Heroines. Filmslike Veer Ghatotkach-49, Shri Ganesh Mahima-50, Laxmi Narayan-51, Hanuman Paataal vijay-51 and Alladin aur Jadui Chirag-52 had Mahipal as her Hero. In her later years,she always hid her earlier film Heroes. Even comedian Johnny Walker,who is supposed to have made a beginning with Baazi-51, had earlier worked in “The last message or Aakhri paigham”-49. A C grade film. However this fact is not told by anyone.

Not only actors,but even singers do this. They hesitate to say that they first sang for C grade films. Take the case of Sudha Malhotra, who used to declare Arzoo-50 as her first film, under Anil Biswas,but she never told that earlier she had sung 3 songs in film Aakhri paigham-49, under the baton of Abid Hussein Khan, a less known composer.

It is very unfortunate that once the artiste becomes famous, he tends to forget his humble beginning with a less known film or a composer. This is because they are ashamed of it. Shri Girdharilal Vishwakarma ji,famous collector and a film Historian,rues that they do so. He feels the blame also goes to people who take their interview,because the interview taker does not do proper homework. Many times they do not know anything and simply listen to whatever is told by the artiste.

One of the names in the cast of this film is NEMO. Hardly any reader would remember this name, but he was a major actor in the Hindi films of New Theatres, Calcutta and some films of Raj Kapoor in Bombay. Incidentally, the film Choron ki Baraat-1960 was his last film in which he had acted, though in a small role. The film was released just 10 days after Nemo died in Bombay. Here is his Bio-data….

Mirza Muhammad Begg was born on 27th december 1903 at Calcutta. He passed his Senior Cambridge. One day he, along with some friends, visited New Theatres to see a film shooting. Mirza Muhammad Begg merely wanted to watch the shooting of ‘Yahoodi Ki Larki’ (1933) but, as luck would have it, his visit to the New Theatres studio in Calcutta led to a small role in the same film. The part was that of a Roman king and little did Begg know back then that he’d soon be turning to Latin to fish out a lasting identity.

A year later, he was invited by New Theatres’ founder B.N. Sircar to work as the production manager of ‘Karwan-e-Hayat’ (1935) and another chance role beckoned. A female actor who was supposed to play an old witch in the film failed to turn up for the shooting and Begg volunteered for the part. The make-up department stepped up to the challenge and Begg, unrecognisable in the get-up, did the job (and always considered it his best effort). What happened next is even more interesting. Once the film was ready, the makers felt apprehensive about revealing to the public that a man had played the witch’s role. Begg came up with a solution – a gender-ambiguous screen name for himself. And in a delightfully wacky move, he picked a name that means ‘nobody/nothing’ in Latin – ‘Nemo’.

The name stuck on and this was the beginning of Nemo’s steadfast association with New Theatres – one that resulted in a string of features like ‘Karodpati’, ‘Dushman’, ‘Doctor’ and ‘Zindagi’. He was Vidushak, the royal jester, in ‘Vidyapati’, a rigid but caring father in ‘Jawani Ki Reet’ and the devoted caretaker Dharamdas in P.C. Barua’s ‘Devdas’. These diverse characters earned him appreciation from audiences and critics alike. Further, the story of the Saigal hit ‘The President’ (1937) was based on his idea and he was duly credited for the same. Alongside his work in films, he also edited and published ‘Akkas’ – a very popular Urdu (and later, Urdu-English bilingual) film magazine in those days. Its surviving copies now serve as an important archive of the early talkies. His last film with New Theatres was Kashinath. When Calcutta was bombed by Japan in late 1942, Nemo migrated with his family to his ancestral hometown, Lucknow. He later went over to Bombay for a short while to work in Mazhar Khan’s ‘Pehli Nazar’ (1945), and then returned to Lucknow to settle into a life far removed from the studio lights.

In the middle of it all lies an extraordinary fact – at the time he entered the movies, M.M. Begg was a national billiards champion! He won the inaugural Indian Open Billiards Championship in 1931 and never left the game thereon, despite a busy and flourishing film career. He won the trophy again in 1937, and between the 2 wins, he was the runner-up thrice. Not to mention, he represented the country at international tournaments and also headed various administrative organisations related to the game. His contributions towards establishing and popularising billiards and snooker in India are widely mentioned, and always in glowing terms. He was also obsessed with Racing.

It was nearly a decade after ‘Pehli Nazar’ that Raj Kapoor managed to pull Nemo out of his sabbatical for 2 memorable final acts in ‘Shree 420’ and ‘Jagte Raho’. In both, Nemo played similar roles of manipulative, corrupt seths who hide their sinister designs behind a facade of respectability. If he was jittery about facing the camera after a long gap, it doesn’t show (unless Seth Sonachand’s trembling chin is not a mannerism ). He was particularly effective in ‘Shree 420’, where he puts on the most evil smile possible and hisses to Raj Kapoor, “Aap se mulaqaat ho gayi, is mein fayda hi fayda hai.” He also did 3 more films- Raja Vikram-57 and Nag Champa-58 and Choron ki Baraat-60.

Nemo worked for 19 films of New Theatres and 6 others, totalling 25 films in all. His Filmography – Yahudi ki ladki-33, Karwaan E Hayat-35, Devdas-35, Karodpati-36, Manzil-36, Vidyapati-37, Anath Ashram-37, President-37, Dushman-38, Dharati Mata-38, Abhagin-38, Jawani ki reet-39, Badi Didi-39, Zindagi-40, Haar Jeet-40, Doctor-40, Aandhi-40, Lagan-41, Saugandh-42, Paheli Nazar-45, Shri 420-55, Jaagte Raho-56, Raja Vikram-57, Nag Champa-58 and Choron ki Barat-1960

It is believed that he died in Bombay on 18-8-1960. Cinema, publishing, sports – Mirza Muhammad Begg distinguished himself in everything he touched. And chose to call himself NEMO – a nobody. ( based on information from Filmdom-1946, HFGK, muVyz and an article by Yasir Abbasi ji, with thanks.)

Today’s song is a duet sung by Suman Kalyanpur and Mahendra Kapoor.

Song-Le maar haath pe haath (Choron Ki Baaraat)(1960) Singers-Mahendra Kapoor, Suman Kalyanpur, Lyrics-Naqsh Llayalpuri, MD-Manohar Arora
Female chorus
Male chorus


Le maar haath pe haath
goriye kar le pakki baat
faislaa ho jaaye
jaa jaa
faisla ho jaaye
arre pade zor ke saath
jo tere munh per ulta haathh
faisla ho jaaye

Allah jee
faisla ho jaaye
balle balle heeriye
oy balle balle Raanjhna

Dil ka sauda dil se kar ke
dekh zara mutiyaare
hoy dil ka sauda dil se kar ke
dekh zara mutiyaare
hoy dekh zara mutiyaare
jaa jaa re jaa tu
aur kisi ko dena aise laare
ho aise laare

tu kehna mera maan
ke hoga tera ye ehsaan
faisla ho jaaye
faisla ho jaaye
le maar haathh pe haathh
ha a a

kaathh ke ulloo itna keh de
kya hai tera iraada
kaathh ke ulloo itna keh de
kya hai tera iraada
hoy kya hai tera iraada

arre laakh buri hai soorat
lekin dil ka hoon shehzaada
main hoon shehzaada
arre kya hai tera zor
agar main abhi machaa doon shor
faisla ho jaaye

haaye Billo
faisla ho jaaye
arre pade zor ke saath

balle balle heeriye
o balle balle Ranjhna

bhola bhaala mukhdaa
us per gusse ki ye laali
hoy bhola bhaala mukhdaa
us per gusse ki ye laali
hoy gusse ki ye laali
arre chhod chhod chunri ka palla
warna doongi gaali
ho doongi gaali

yoon nakhron se na maar
tu karle deewaane se pyaar
faisla ho jaaye
jaa jaa
faisla ho jaaye
le maar haathh pe haath
ha ha

mera peechha chhod ke
apna kar le koi thhikaana
mera peechha chhod ke
apna kar le koi thhikaana
hoy kar le koi thhikaana

arre saaya ban kar saath rahega
tera ye deewaana
ho ye deewaana
hatt yoon na mujhko ghoor
teri nazron se ho jaadoo
faisla ho jaaye

haaye guddo
faisla ho jaaye

2 Responses to "Le maar haathh pe haathh"

Arun Ji, informative post as always.
Good to read about Nemo, a person who i never forgot, though he was probably not widely noticed by Hindi film goers. I chuckled when you mentioned about his quivering chin in Shree 420( something that was well etched in my memory). I note how he came to be known as NEMO.Intersting.
Thanks for the post


Satish ji,
Thanks for your appreciation and kind words.


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