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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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 sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Today, February 21st 2017 is the 26th Remembrance Day ( I, feel it is better to call it Remembrance Day than calling it death anniversary) of Nutan, one of my favourite actresses. The first film of her which I saw in a theatre was ‘Milan’ in 1967. Thereafter, I had watched her black & white films when they were telecast on Doordarshan sometime in the early 80s. I am sure, many readers would agree with me that Nutan, through her intense acting, made us to ponder over the some of the social issues raised in films like ‘Seema’ (1955), ‘Sujaata’ (1959), Bandini’ (1963), ‘Saraswatichandra’ (1968) etc.

I had watched the film ‘Seema’ (1955) for the first time on Doordarshan probably in late 70s or early 80s. The story of the film and the roles played by Nutan and Balraj Sahani created so much impact on me that the story of the film lingered in my mind for few days. I had a similar experience when I saw ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool’ (1959) on its rerun some time in 1974. But this time the impact was such that I had no desire to watch this classic film once again. The story and scenarios were too gloomy for me. I had no such worries as far as ’Seema’ (1955) was concerned and I watched it multiple times.

I watched the film ‘Seema’ (1959) once more from my collections of DVDs of the classic Hindi films a few months back. After watching the film this time, I had a strong urge to write an article on Nutan’s journey in the film industry for the Blog in token of my gratitude for such a fine actress. I had done some research on her journey of almost 4 decades in Hindi film industry. I watched some of her classic black & white films once more to get a feel of her acting talent. I had also gone through some comments on the 4th updated edition of Nutan’s biography in Marathi ‘Asen Me Nasen Me’ (I may be I may not be) which was released about a year back. These coupled with interviews and few articles including one in ‘Filmfare’ magazine gave me an idea about Nutan’s filmy career which I find unique and interesting.

At the outset, it would appear that initially, Nutan (04/06/1936-21/02/1991) was reluctant to be an actress. Probably her mother, Shobhana Samarth, one of the top actresses of the 1940s may have decided that Nutan would become an actress. So she launched Nutan in her home production ‘Hamaari Beti’ (1950) which she produced and directed when Nutan was barely 14 years. Even though, the film did not fare well on the box office front, Nutan was noticed as a fine actress. This was followed by ‘Ham Log’ (1951) and ‘Nageena’ (1951) among other films in the early 50s which were successful.

However, most of her films released during 1952-54 did not fare well on the box office. Even though film offers were coming to her, Nutan decided to quit films for short period and pursue a course in Swiss Finishing School La Chatelaine. The school was meant for girls to acquire social grace and etiquette in the upper class society, especially as a precursor for the marriage. But Nutan was destined to become an actress.

A few profile pictures of her which Nutan sent from Switzerland of her trips in Europe to her mother was published in ‘Filmindia’ magazine, probably at the behest of her mother. The pictures attracted the attention of Shashdhar Mukherjee of Filmistan for the role of Heer for the film ‘Heer’ (1956). Nutan was called back from Switzerland to sign the film. During the same time, she also signed ‘Seema’ (1955). While ‘Heer’ (1956) did not fare well on the box office, ‘Seema’ (1955) became one ?of the top 10 hit films of 1955. This success was followed by the success of ‘Paying Guest’ (1957), ‘Dilli Ka Thag’ (1958), ‘Anaari’ (1959) and ‘Sujaata’ (1959) among some other films in which she acted.

Sometime in 1959, Nutan married Rajnish Bahl, a Lieutenant Commander in Indian Navy. At the time of her marriage, Nutan announced her retirement from films.

In 1960, Bimal Roy approached her with a script of ‘Bandini’ (1963) and said that this script was written keeping her in mind. If she declines the offer, he would not make the film. Since she had already decided not to work in the films, she was in a piquant situation. But her role in the film was challenging. Accepting the film would open the pandora’s box as few other banners had also been approaching her to accept the heroine’s role in the films.

It was very difficult to her say no to Bimal Roy especially when the role was a challenging one and Bimal Roy was prepared to wait. She agreed to work for the film. With this acceptance, she also signed ‘Tere Ghar Ke Saamne’ (1963) and ‘Dil Hi To Hai’ (1963). All these films became box office hits.

Generally, we talk about ‘first coming’ or ‘second coming’ in regard to any artist’s career. For Nutan, it was her ‘third coming’. Normally in the film industry, once an artist announces retirement or becomes out of sight, he or she becomes out of mind from those who matters in the film industry. Even if one calls her absence ?from? the film? industry in 1954 and again in 1960 as short sabbaticals, it is difficult for most of the artists in such situation to regain the pivotal position in the film industry. Nutan proved it wrong. Not only she proved her worth in terms of box office success of the films on her ‘second coming’ and ‘third coming’, she lapped up Filmfare awards for the Best Actress in ‘Seema’ (1955), ‘Sujaata’ (1959), ‘Bandini’ (1963), ‘Milan’ (1967) and ‘Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki’ (1978). It may be something of a record that she got 5 Filmfare Awards for the same category (Best Actress) over a period of 22 years from the age of 17 to 42 years.

And what a versatile actress Nutan was. If she did an intense acting of a rebellious and angry girl in ‘Seema’ (1955), she was also good in projecting herself in light romantic films like ‘Paying Guest’ (1957). If she wore swimming suit in the role of a swimming champion in ‘Dilli Ka Thag’ (1958), she was equally at ease in an intense role of a low caste adopted daughter in ‘Sujaata’ (1959). Again if she got an unconventional role of a jailed girl in ‘Bandini’ (1963), she also excelled in the light social comedy film ‘Tere Ghar Ke Saamne’ (1963).

From the 1980s onward, Nutan started getting supporting roles. Her role of a woman suffering from amnesia in the film ‘Meri Jung’ (1985) won her the Filmfare award for the Best Supporting Actress. During this phase of her career, Nutan worked with Dilip Kumar for the first time in the film ‘Karma’ (1986).

Nutan died of cancer on February 21, 1991 at the age of 55.

Two of her films – ‘Naseebwala’ (1992) and ‘Insaaniyat’ (1994) were released after her death.

Just as Shabhana Samarth produced and directed ‘Hamaari Beti’ (1950) for launching her elder daughter Nutan, She also produced and directed ‘Chhabili’ (1960) for launching her younger daughter Tanuja. With these two films, Shobhana Samarth probably created a history of launching her both the daughters by producing the films and directing her two daughters. It is also a co-incidence that Nutan sang her own songs in these two films produced and directed by her mother under the baton of Snehal Bhatkar.

There were 7 songs in the film CHHABILI (1960) of which as many as 6 songs were sung by Nutan either solo or as duet. 4 songs (including one multiple version song) from the film have been covered in the Blog.

On the occasion of Nutan’s 26th remembrance day, I am presenting the 5th song ‘O my darling, O my sweety’ from the film CHHABILI (1960) Sung by Nutan and Mahendra Kapoor. The song is written by S Ratan which is set to music by Snehal Bhatkar.

After listening to most of the songs rendered by Nutan including the playful song under discussion, I wonder as to why her potential as a singer was not exploited by producers/directors of her films.


Song-O my darling O my sweety (Chhabeeli)(1960) Singers-Nutan, Mahendra Kapoor, Lyrics-S Ratan, MD-Snehal Bhatkar
Both

Lyrics

o my darling
o my sweety
tujh pe fida
haay
mera dil hai
kya nigaahen
kya adaayen
tere bina jeena mushqil hai
o my darling
o my sweety
tujh pe fida haay mera dil hai
kya nigaahen
kya adaayen
tere bina jeena mushqil hai

phir wo kahegi
hehehe
how sweet
how sweet
how sweet

tu hai meri laila tu meri shirin
tu hai meri sohni sab se haseen
arre waah
tu hai meri laila
tu meri shirin
tu hai meri sohni
sab se haseen
tera mera pyaar ho jhoomti bahaar ho
par tujhe paana badi mushqil hai

o my darling
hmm hmm
o my sweety
hmm hmm
tujh pe fida haay mera dil hai
arre kya nigaahen
kya adaayen
tere bina jeena mushqil hai

how sweet
how sweet
how sweet

tere liye saara jag chhod diya
apnon se naata tod diya aa
haay haay

tere liye saara jag chhod diya
apnon se naata tod diya
baaten kar pyaar ki
dil beqaraar ki
ae dil waale
tu kyun be-dil hai
o my darling
o my sweety
tujh pe fida

haay
mera dil hai
kya nigaahen
arre kya adaayen
tere bina jeena mushqil hai

o my darling
hmm hmm
o my sweety
hmm hmm
tujh pe fida
haay mera dil hai
kya nigaahen
kya adaayen
tere bina jeena mushqil hai

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“Chaandni” (1942) was a Ranjit Production movie. It was directed by Jayant Desai. This movie had Ishwarlal and Khursheed in lead roles, with Dixit, Kesri, Noorjahaan, Rajkumari Shukla, Tarabai, Baby Kamla etc also there in support roles.

The movie had seven songs in it. Four songs from the movie have been discussed in the past.

Here is the fifth song from “Chaandni” (1942) to appear in the blog. This song is a lullaby song which is sung by Khursheed Bano. D N Madhok is the lyricist. Music is composed by Khemchand Prakash.

Only the audio of this song is available but it is clear that the song was picturised on Khursheed Bano herself, with Baby Kamla being the munni mentioned in the song.


Song-Nindiya jhulaawe meri munni ko sulaawe (Chaandni)(1942) Singer-Khursheed Bano, Lyrics-D N Madhok, MD-Khemchand Prakash

Lyrics

nindiya jhulaave
meri munni ko sulaave haan
munni ko sulaave
nindiya jhulaave
meri munni ko sulaave haan
munni ko sulaave

pyaari-pyaari meethi-meethi loriyaan sunaave maa
loriyaan sunaave
pyaari-pyaari meethi-meethi loriyaan sunaave maa
loriyaan sunaave
nindiya jhulaave meri munni ko sulaave haan
munni ko sulaave

munni meri rove
meri raat andheri haaye
munni meri rove
meri raat andheri haaye
munni meri hans de
mera din chadh aave haan
din chadh aave
munni meri hans de
mera din chadh aave haan
din chadh aave

tere sulaane ko aayi saagar se mast hawaa
tere sulaane ko aayi saagar se mast hawaa
peepal ke patve leke jhunjhunu bajaave ha
jhunjhunu bajaave
peepal ke patve leke jhunjhunu bajaave ha
jhunjhunu bajaave
nindiya jhulaave
meri munni ko sulaave haan
munni ko sulaave
nindiya jhulaave
meri munni ko sulaave haan
munni ko sulaave


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“Jawaab”(1942) was produced and directed by P C Barua for M P Production, Calcutta. The movie had P C Barua, Kanan Devi, Jamuna, Ahindra Chaudhary, Devbala, Zahar Ganguly, Tulsi Chakraborty, Tandon, Bikram Kapoor etc in it.

The movie had ten songs in it. Nine songs from the movie have been discussed in the past.

Here is the tenth and final song from “Jawaab”(1942) to appear in the blog. This light hearted song is sung by Ranjit Roy and it is picturised on himself. Bekal is the lyricist. Music is composed by Kamal Dasgupta. Ranjit Roy appears to be a fore runner of a comic actor-singer like say Kishore Kumar.

With this song, “Jawaab”(1942) joins the list of movies that have all their songs covered in the blog.


Song-Aaj sasur ghar jaibe re Bhikhu (Jawaab)(1942) Singer-Ranjit Roy, Lyrics-Bekal, MD-Kamal Dasgupta

Lyrics

Aaj sasur ghar jaibe
Aaj sasur ghar jaibe re bhikhu
Aaj sasur ghar jaibe
sundar mukhda
haha
sundar mukhda dekh joru ka
daal paraatha khaibe re bhikhu
daal paraatha khaibe re bhikhu
daal paraatha khaibe
hahahahah

joru more man ko lubhaaye
naache jhoome aur muskaaye
naache jhoome aur muskaaye
hehehehehe
ooyoy oy
hoho hoy
hi hi hi
naache jhoome aur muskaaye
naache jhoome aur muskaaye
chot ghoonghat mein chalaibe
aaha
chot ghoonghat mein chalaibe
joru
chot ghoonghat mein chalaibe
hi hi hi hi
hahahaaha

uski chhapariya roz sawere
samjhe
kauwaa bole kaanv kaanv
hahaha
jisko sunke joru hamri
hamen bulaawe aaw aaw
hamen bulaawe aaw aaw
aayo aayo

Bhikhu ke angna
samjhe bhai
Bhikhu ke angna
bole ghughu
to joruwa rowe
oo
sookhe thhal mein machhli jaise
tadap tadap rah jaaye
samjhe bhai
tadap tadap rah jaaye
nainon mein jal le chal bhikhu
nainon mein jal le chal bhikhu
jal bin wo mar jaaye re buddhu
jal bin wo mar jaaye
ae ae ae ae ae

magar
magar
magar
ae sundar saadi daiho
chamke jiska suit
aisa sundar saadi daiho
chamke jiska suit
haath mein saadi chal re bhikhu aur paanv mein boot
haath mein saadi chal re bhikhu aur paanv mein boot
ha ha ha

laad ke maine jaiho tattuu
dekh mujhe wo hoihe lattoo
laad ke maine jaiho tattuu
dekh mujhe wo hoihe lattoo
laila jaisa pyaar dikhaibe
laila jaisa pyaar dikhaibe
majnu mohe banaibe banaibe
majnu mohe banaibe banaibe
majnu mohe banaibe
hahahahahahahaha
hahahahahahaha
a a a a a
sasur ghar
sasur ghar


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“Jawaab”(1942) was produced and directed by P C Barua for M P Production, Calcutta. The movie had P C Barua, Kanan Devi, Jamuna, Ahindra Chaudhary, devbala, Zahar Ganguly, Tulsi Chakraborty, Tandon, Bikram Kapoor etc in it.

The movie had ten songs in it. Eight songs from the movie have been discussed in the past.

Here is the ninth song from “Jawaab”(1942) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Ranjit Ray and Anima Dasgupta. Pt Madhur is the lyricist. Music is composed by Kamal Dasgupta.

One comment in the comment section of this link mentions that the picturised version had the voice of Kanan Devi instead of Anima Dasgupta.

PS-I have been able to locate the video of the song now. The video version is sung by Ranjit Roy and Kanan Devi and it is picturuised on themselves.

With this song, nine songs from the movie have been covered in the blog. The tenth and final song-“aaj sasur ghar jaibe re Bhikhu”- does not seem to be available. So unless this song becomes available, this song will remain the last song from “Jawaab”(1942) to be covered in the blog.

Video

Audio

Song-Rona hai bekaar pagli (Jawaab)(1942) Singers-Ranjit Roy, Anima Dasgupta, Lyrics-Pt Madhur, MD-Kamal DasGupta

Lyrics

ronaa hai bekaar pagli
ronaa hai bekaar
ronaa hai bekaar pagli
ronaa hai bekaar
apne man ki baat chhupaati
kuchh poochho aur kuchh batlaati
par ye nainaa keh dete hain
par ye nainaa keh dete hain
jeet huyi yaa haar pagli
jeet huyi yaa haar pagli
jeet huyi yaa haar

are sharaabhi
o hushiyaar
nashe mein kar di khaali botal
aur duniyaa ko kehtaa paagal
nashe me kar di khaali botal
aur duniyaa ko kehtaa paagal
kyun kar man ke geet sunaaye
kyun kar
kyun kar man ke geet sunaaye
toot gayaa sitaar sharaabi
toot gayaa sitaar sharaabi
toot gayaa sitaar

maanaa ki main hoon diwaanaa
magar tujhe bhi hai pahchaanaa
deewaane se deewaane ki
deewaane se deewaane ki
ye kaisi takraar pagli
ye kaisi takraar pagli
ye kaisi takraar

haan-haan
haan-haan ham donon deewaane
haan-haan
haan-haan ham donon diwaane
gaayen paagalpan ke gaane
gaayen paagalpan ke gaane
yahi nashaa pahunchaa detaa hai
yahi nashaa pahunchaa detaa hai
premi ko us paar sharaabi
premi ko us paar sharaabi
premi ko us paar


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

It is a well-known fact that when sound films came into being in 1931, majority of the films which were produced, especially in the 1930s, belonged to the genres of action, adventure, costume drama, mythology, fantasy, folk legend etc. There were few takers for films containing social, family drama and romantic themes. In a way, this was the legacy from silent films. Those who produced and directed silent films may have thought it prudent to try more or less the same genres in sound films to begin with.

Hyderabad (Sindh) born Mohan Dayaram Bhavnani (1903-1962) was one of those directors who started his filmy carreer as director in silent films in 1925. He directed 19 silent films before venturing into sound films. From the listing of films directed by him, I find that most of his films belonged to the genres of action, adventure and costume dramas.

Before joining film industry, Mohan Bhavanani had studied film making in Germany after completion of his college in 1925. On the eve of the imminent arrival of sound films in India, Mohan Bhavnani once again went to Germany to study the techniques of sound films. His first sound film was ‘Trapped’ (1931) which probably may have been converted from his last silent film ‘Farebi Jaal’ (1931). This was the film in which Durga Khote made her maiden appearance as an actress. This was also the film in which Enakshi Rama Rao had a small role who later married Mohan Bhavnani.

In 1935, Mohan Bhavnani started his own film production company, Bhavnani Productions. Under his banner, he produced the first film ‘Jaan Bahadur’ (1935). This was followed by ‘Jaagran’ (1936) in which his wife, Enakshi Rama Rao was the lead actress. In all, he directed 23 sound films. 13 of these films were produced under his own banner.

In 1948, Mohan Bhavnani bid adieu to film industry and joined Film Division as the Chief Producer. He worked in this till 1955. In 1958, on an invitation from the Chinese Government for producing a documentary on China, he made extensive trips to China.

In 1937, Mohan Bhavnani had produced and directed a jungle adventure film ‘Zambo, the Ape Man’ a.k.a. ‘Sher-E-Jungle’ (1937). The film seems to be a success at the box office as he produced and directed its sequel, ‘Zambo Ka Beta’ a.k.a. Son of Zambo (1939). The star cast of the film included Navin Yagnik, Bimla Kumari, Nayampalli, Sunita Devi, Vatsala Kumthekar, David, Fatty Prasad, A S Gyani, Gulab, Gulzar etc.

There were 9 songs in the film written by Pandit Shivkumar who was associated with India’s independence movement and was a scholar in Hindi, Sanskrit and Urdu languages. Songs were set to music by Pandit Badri Prasad who, in his later filmy career, switched over in the role as a character actor and choreographer.

I am presenting the first song ‘hai ishq wohi aag jo paani mein lagaa de’ from the film ZAMBO KA BETA (1939) to appear in the Blog. The song is sung by Vatsala Kumthekar who also acts in the film. The song is rendered in the thumri style. After all, Vatsala Kumthekar was trained in Hindustani classical music under Ustad Khadim Hussain Khan of Agra Gharana.

With this song, ‘Zambo Ka Beta’ (1939) makes its debut in the Blog.

Audio

Song-Hai ishq wahi aag jo paani mein lagaa de (Zambo Ka Beta)(1939) Singer-Vatsala Kumthekar, Lyrics-Pt Shivkumar, MD-Pt Badri Prasad

Lyrics

hai ishq wahi aag jo o
paani mein lagaa de
haan haan
paani mein lagaa de
haan haan
paani mein lagaa de ae ae ae ae
hai khwaab wahi khwaab jo o
sotey se jagaa de
haan aan
sotey se jagaa de
haa aan
hai khwaab wahi khwaab jo o
sotey se jagaa de…ae ae ae ae

hai khushk ?? dekh chuke ae
ae ae ae ae ae
hosh ki duniya aa aa aa aa
ab aisi pilaa de ki jo o o
behosh banaa de
haan haan
behosh banaa de
haan aan
ab aisi pilaa de ki jo o
behosh banaa de ae ae ae

khaali hai suraahi to o o o o o
madhosh to tu hai ae ae ae ae ae ae
khaali hai suraahi to o o o o o
madhosh to tu hai ae ae ae ae ae ae
aa apne labon ko ye mere
aa apne labon ko ye mere
munh se lagaa de
haan haan haan
munh se lagaa de
haan aan
aa apne labon ko mere
munh se lagaa de
haa aan
hai ishq wahi aag jo
paani mein lagaa de…ae ae ae


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Today’s song is a “Special ” song from film Gulbakavali-47. It is written by Munshi Shefta, the MD was Phiroz Dastoor and the song is sung by Menakabai.

Now let see what is so ‘special’ about this song.

Couple of years back I had written a series of 3 articles of “Same Name Confusions”, in which a total of 15 Cine Artistes causing Same Name Confusions due to their similar names were segregated and the confusion, hopefully, was clarified.

When I had thought of this series, I had made a list of such names. The list consisted of over 30 such names. Important and frequently mistaken identities were selected first and I wrote about them. While doing that series,I know how much hard work I had to do to get the information from different sources and that too after corroborating it several times.

At one time, besides these 15 Same Name personalities, in my list of other artistes,there were at least

4 Raajkumars
6 Gauhars
8 Nalinis
3 Neelams
3 Zohras
2 Meenakshis
2 Madhuris
4 Noorjehans
3 Ameerbais

several Leelas, Khursheeds, Bimlas, Yasmins etc etc etc……

Hindi film industry is an ocean and no wonder, several students have earned their Ph.D.s in studying HF and HFM. I too continue learning new things from this ocean, every now and then.

Same thing happened the other day, when our friend Sadanand Kamath ji sent an email to me asking if Menaka, Menakabai and Menakabai Shirodkar were the same. He also made a fleeting remark about a certain Menaka Devi of Calcutta. Though I sent him the information I had about Menaka, I was wondering about all these Menakas. Thus started my intensive research for information on Menakas.

For almost 10-12 days, I stopped writing any posts on the Blog and I was engrossed in referring to various sources on the Net, various books and old discussions on RMIM etc. I also requested Harish Raghuwanshi ji for information on this subject. Once I got all data, I started dissecting and analysing it, by corroborating them with cross references from several books that I have.

During this process Sadanand ji was encouraging me and discussing this matter with me, raising questions and doubts and making suggestions by mails. After a marathon work of 15 days, finally I compiled all the information ( knowing that I may have to defend all this with references) and wrote down notes on both Menakas. I sent this information to Sadanand ji with a suggestion to him that he can use all this information for his article, since he had obtained a rare song of Menakabai from film Gulbakavali-47.

He, however, magnanimously wrote back to me that ” since you have done so much research on ‘Menakas’, I strongly feel that not me, but you should write the article on this “same Name Confusion” artiste. Please consider my request.” When I politely declined, he wrote back,” having done so much work, it is in the fitness of things that you reconsider to write this article”. Not only this, he also sent me the link for the uploaded song and the song lyrics. After this mail, I simply could not refuse and agreed to write this article.

For the benefit of our readers,I am giving the short Biographies of both the Menakas herewith….

Menaka Devi ( Calcutta)
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Menaka Devi was born in Varanasi on 23-1-1921. Her mother was a resident of the holy city although her father was from Bengal. She studied upto Matriculation. She could speak fluent English and Hindi, but not much of Bangla, having been raised in Varanasi. Her interest in music and dance took her to Bombay where she starred in a couple of films like Prince Thaksen (1929), Uttara Abhimanyu, Ishwar Ki Maut and others as a child artiste. When the Talkie started she acted and sang in Bhedi Rajkumar-34, Pyara Dushman-35 and Krishna Shishtai – 35.

Reportedly, she met the legendary film director Debaki Bose of Bengal during a train journey and he was so impressed by her that he decided to cast her in the lead role of his next venture in the Hindi version of the bilingual Sonar Sansar (1936 in Bangla and Sunehra Sansar-36 in Hindi) and thus began the illustrious career of Menaka Devi.

Her devotion to work was such that she learnt Bengali, her mother tongue although she was anything but fluent in it having spent all her life till then outside Bengal, so that she could play the same role (that of Alka) in the Bengali version also. Dhiraj Bhattacharya was her first hero on the screen. P.C.Barua, who was on the lookout for a young and fresh face to play Jharna in his forthcoming production Mukti (1937) selected her for both the versions ( Bangla and Hindi) and a flow started whereby she starred in films like Adhikar (1939), Abhigyan (1938), Bardidi (1939 in Bangla and Badi Didi in Hindi), Rajat Jayanti (1940) and others.

She decided to try her luck in Bombay around 1944 and starred in few films there and definitely made her presence felt although playing the second lead most of the time. Kishore Sahu procured her services for Hamari Duniya (1952). She was married to Pannalal Shrivastav and had 1 daughter ( Jaya Ganguly). She turned producer also and this proved her undoing. Both her films as producer, Apna na Huye Apne (No information of this film,probably incomplete) and Jeene Do-48, both starring herself with prominent Bombay stars flopped.

She returned to Calcutta a broken woman and found to her dismay that roles were not coming to her. She joined the MG Enterprise, a drama group of Molina Devi and performed on the stage to continue to live as an actress. She even arranged magic shows along with husband Pannalal Srivastava while small roles came pouring in films like Ekti Raat (1956) and others. The feature that strikes even today while seeing her performance is the spontaneous nature of her acting. Why good roles eluded her is a mystery. She was last seen on the screen in Bhombal Sardar (1983). In all, she acted in 60 films-Bangla and Hindi together.

Her end came on 22-1- 2004 after a prolonged fight not only against poor health but also poverty. Her death was reported only in one Bengali daily although her death news received good coverage on television.

Filmography- Only Hindi
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Title Place of production Comments
Bhedi Rajkumar-34 in Bombay Acted and sang 1 solo
Pyara Dushman-35 Acted and sang 2 solos
Krishna Shishtai-35 Acted and sang 2 solos
Sunehra Sansar-36 in Calcutta Acted and sang 1 solo
Mukti-37 Acted and sang 1 solo
Abhagin-38 Acted
Badi Didi-39
Sapera-39
Mahakavi kalidas-42
Shrikrishna Arjun yuddha-45 Bombay Acted
Shravan kumar-46
1857-46
Chitod Vijay-47
Jeene Do-48 ” ( produced also)
Hamari Duniya-52
Do Bigha Zamin-53 Calcutta

Menaka/Menakabai / Menakabai Shirodkar ( Bombay )
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Menaka was born in Lahore in or around 1910. She was from a professional singer family and got training in classical singing. The family was originally from Belgaon and her maiden name was Menaka Belgaonkar. Later she was married and became Menaka Shirodkar.
At the age of 23-24 she landed in Bombay to try her luck in films. In those days such girls from singing families used to get into films easily, due to their singing capability. She joined Minerva and sang in their films, starting with Pukar-39,in which she got only one song.
She was more interested in classical singing and hence concentrated on singing more than acting. However, she did act in 5 films, in which she also sang.

After her film Gul Bakavli-47 she devoted her full time in singing and holding jalsas. Soon she became a known figure in singing circles. After marriage she got two daughters. One of them Shobha became famous singer and was known as Shobha Gurtu.
After her singing was over Menakabai Shirodkar-as she came to be known later- retired and settled in Ponda,Goa.
She died on 23-12-2003 at the age of around 93 years.

Filmography-
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Title Comments
Pukar-39 1 solo song
Paak Daman-40 Acting and 3 solos+ 1 Duet
Main Haari-40 1 solo, 2 Duets
Bharosa-40 Acting and 2 solos, 1 Duet
Sikandar-41 1 solo
Ulti Ganga-42 1 solo, 1 Trio
Phir milenge-42 Acting and 3 solos
Prithwi Vallabh-43 2 solos, 2 Duets and 1 Trio
Bhakta Raidas-43 Acting and 1 Duet as Menakabai
Dr. Kumar-44 1 solo
Gul Bakavali-47 Acting and 4 solos, a Duet..all as Menakabai.

( The above article is based on writings of Jyoti prakash Guha ji, Kolkata, Yogesh Yadav ji, Baroda, Dhananjay Naniwadekar ji, U.S.A., of RMIM,Isak Mujawar ji, information received from shri Harish Raghuwanshi ji, Surat, my notes, IMDB, Muvyz and HFGK. Thanks to all. )

The cast of the film Gulbakavali-47 was Phiroz Dastoor,Rabab,Sanobar,Menaka,Shyam kumar,Jabbar etc. The film was released in Super Cinema,Bombay 0n 9-1-1948. The film had a popular story from the Arabian Nights.Fantasy stories and Fairy tales have been enchanting masses for centuries. This is because everybody wants a magic which will make him happy, seeking a solace in such stories. For several centuries such stories have been invoking the child in a man.

GUL-E-BAKAVALI or the magic flower of the Bakavali Tree is supposed to do many things which are unimaginable. let us see the history of this story which has mesmerised the film producers for many years.

Gul-e-Bakawali is a popular medieval romance in many versions. The seventeenth-century poet Nawazish Khan was perhaps the first to write a Bangla version of Gule Bakawali, a story in verse about the love of Prince Taj ul mulk for the fairy Bakawali. The Sprinter catalogue records an Urdu Gule Bakawali written in verse in 1625. In 1722, Sheikh Izzatullah, a Bengali, wrote a prose version, Taj ul mulk Gule Bakawali, in persian. It is not known on which version Nawazish Khan based his poem.

There were several variant versions of Gule Bakawali, such as the poetic versions by Muhammad Mukim (1760–70), Muhammad Ali, Munsi Ebadat Ali (1840), Umacharan Mitra (1834), and Abdus Shakur, and the prose version by Bijaynath Mukhopadhyaya (1904). Kedarnath Gangopadhyaya wrote a play based on the story in 1978. Ebadat Ali’s Gule Bakawali is a dobhasi puthi.

The story was also popular in Urdu. Thus, at the beginning of the nineteenth century, Munshi Nehalchand Lahori wrote a prose version titled Mazhabe Ishq (1803), and Dayashankar Nasim wrote a masnavi (poem) called Gulzare Nasim (1835).

* Gul-e-Bakavali was the first picture with the same subject as Silent film in 1924 directed by Kanjibhai Rathod and produced by Kohinoor flms. It starred Jamna, Khalil, Fatma Begum, Noor Mohamed, Sabita Devi, Sultana, Usha Rani and Zubeida.

* The story was made as Silent film again in 1930 (Starring Vishnu, Gulab .. Dir Mohanlal Shah)

* Gul-e-Bakavali was made as Hindi films five times in 1932 ( starring Ashraf Khan, Zaibunnisa.. Dir Anand Prasad Kapoor), 1947 ( Starring Feroz Dastur, Menaka, Rabab, Sanober..Dir Rustom Modi), 1956 ( starring MG Ramachandran,Varalaxmi, Rajkumari…Dir Ramanna TR), 1963( starring Jairaj, Nishi.. Dir Jugal Kishore) and 1982( starring Feroz Khan , Amjad Khan … Dir Ravi (Kant Nagaich )..

* The story was pictured earlier in Telugu in 1938 with title Gulebakavali directed by Kallakoori Sadasivaravu and starring B. Jayamma. and again pictured as Gulebakavali Katha in 1962 (starring NT Ranarao , Jamuna, Nagaratnam .. Dir Kamalakara Kameshwara Rao)

* There are two Tamil versions, one from mid 30’s by Soundararajan (Tamilnadu Talkies fame!) and another version in 1955 , directed and produced by T. R. Ramanna and starring M. G. Ramachandran, T.R. Rajakumari and G. Varalakshmi…

The earlier Punjabi version was released in 1938 (*Baby Noorjehan , Ajmal , M Isamil … Dir Barkat Mehra) …

In Pakistan the story was pictured in 1961 (Ilyas Kashmiri, Jamila Razzaq .. Dir Munshi Dil .. MD.. Safdar Hussain ).

The story of the film was….

Long long ago a king was blessed with a son to his second wife, but the astrologer had warned him that if he sees his son’s face before he is 28 years, the king will go blind. So the king sends his queen and the new born out of kingdom. They go and settle in a jungle where the prince grows up. His name is Taj ul Mulk (Phiroz Dastur). After 26 years the king and his soldiers are passing through a jungle where this prince is living. By chance the king sees him and suddenly he loses his eyes. He realises that it is his son. The queen also comes there. The Raj jyotishi tells that only the flower of magic tree Bakavali or Gul-e-bakavali can bring back king’s sight. One condition is that only his son should bring it.

The king has 3 sons from his first queen, but they are useless. However they promise the king that they will bring the flower and set out in its search. Taj ul Mulk also goes searching for it.

Once Taj and the three other sons meet and they tie Taj with ropes, loot all his money and leave him like that for jungle animals to eat. The princess of state Bakavali is flying on her magic carpet with her friends, when she sees Taj. They get down and release him. Taj and princess fall in love and immediately sing a song or two to solidify the ties.

The Princess promises Taj to get him the magic Flower. While she is bringing the flower, the 3 evil sons steal it and run away. The princess is turned into a stone statue. When Taj learns about it, he follows the 3 Princes and gets the flower, bring the Princess to Human life and also brings back the King’s site.
All is well that ends well.

The song is sung by Menakabai and according to the book,” Dhunon ki yatra” by Pankaj Raag, the song was composed by Phiroz Dastoor. It is a good song. Let us enjoy it.

With this rare song, “Gul Bakaawli”(1947) makes its debut in the blog.

Audio

Song-Unhen kissa e gham sunaati rahoongi (Gul Bakaawli)(1947) Singer-Menka Bai, Lyrics-Munshi Shefta, MD-Feroz Dastoor

Lyrics(Provided by Sadanand Kamath)

unhen kissa-e-gham sunaati rahoongi
unhen kissa-e-gham sunaati rahoongi
main rang e mohabbat
main rang e mohabbat
jamaati rahoongi
unhen kissa-e-gham sunaati rahoongi

main har(?) pe shiqaayat
na laaungi
lab pe
sitam par tere
muskuraati rahoongi
sitam par tere
muskuraati rahoongi
unhen kissa-e-gham sunaati rahoongi

main taaron ki chhaaon mein
betaab ho o o kar
teri yaad mein
gungunaati rahoongi
teri yaad mein
gungunaati rahoongi
unhen kissa-e-gham sunaati rahoongi

wafaaon ko apni
zafaaon ko teri
main ginti rahoongi
wafaaon ko apni
zafaaon ko teri
main ginti rahoongi
ginaati rahoongi
ginaati rahoongi
unhen kissa-e-gham sunaati rahoongi


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Behzad Lucknowi was one of many Urdu poets who entered Hindi film industry in the 1930s. However, in my view, he was also one of the least visible poet-lyricists among those who had spent over a decade in the Hindi film industry in the 1930s and 1940s. Some of his high quality ghazals like zinda hoon iss tarah ki gham-e-zindagi nahin, tumhaare bulaane ko jee chaahta hai, rehne laga hai dil mein andhera tere baghair are still remembered today. Most listeners of these ghazals would identify these songs with Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar and Begum Akhtar, respectively, as it so often happens in case of popular Hindi film songs.
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“Jai Mahalaxmi”(1951) was directed by Nanubhai Vakil for New Laxmi Films, Bombay. The movie had Nirmala, arun Kumar, Shobhana Samarth, Ram singh, Mahipal, Baby Shakuntala, Usha Kiran, Ram Tiwari, Prakash, Niru, Sadhana, Mona, Ratan Kumar, P D lal, A Tiwari, Mishra etc in it.
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“Saalgirah”(1946) was directed by K S Daryani for Krishn movietone, Bombay. This movie had Snehprabha Pradhan, Jairaj, Bibbo, Gope, Majid, Tarabai, Chandrakala, Kumar, Pramila etc. in it.
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“Ghar Ki Bahu”(1947) was directed by Narayan Rao and G K Devre for Kohinoor pictures, Bombay. This “social” movie had Paro Devi, Umakant, Ghulam Mohammad (actor), Pandey, Mehar Sultana, Manohar Ghatwai, Dhuliya, Babu Raje, Geeta Sardesai etc in it.
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