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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.

Recently, Tommydan55 has uploaded the film PREM KAHAANI (1937) with some cleaning and restoration works relating to both the video and the audio. The full film is here. The result was that I got motivated to watch the movie without much of the strain on my eyes. What a film! As against my expectation of a slow moving story of the film which was my experience in most of the films of the 30s, this film was different. The slick editing of the film ensured that the story moved in a pace comfortable for viewing. This may be the reason as to why I could watch the movie in one sitting which I seldom do especially in respect of old classic Hindi films of 30s and 40s. The DVD/VCD of the movie is of 1 hour 30 minutes which means that the film has been heavily edited for DD/VCD including a couple of songs. But I did not find much issue with the continuity of the story.

PREM KAHAANI (1937) was Bombay Talkies 8th film, based on Niranjan Pal’s original story in English ‘ Touchstone’ or ‘Marriage Market’. The film was directed by Franze Osten. The main star cast included Ashok Kumar, Maya Devi, Vimla Devi, Madhurika Devi, M Nazir, Mumtaz Ali, Sunita Devi, Saroj Borkar, Chandraprabha, Tarabai Solanki, Kamta Prasad etc.

The film has a story with in a story. The film opens with a scene in which the father tells his daughter ‘I have told you once. I have told you a million times. You will marry the boy I have chosen’. But daughter is adamant. She would marry the man she loves. This dialogue is heard by the priest (M Nazir) who has come to fix the marriage. When the mother requests the priest to prevail upon the daughter to marry the boy of their choice, he refuses to intervene. Why? Herein lays the story of priest’s life within the story of the film which is the tragic story of Jagat (Ashok Kumar), Maya (Maya Devi), Ramla (Vimla Devi), Usha (Madhurika Devi) and Chandrakant (M Nazir). With a tragic background, Chandrakant renounced the world and became an ascetic and then a priest.

There were two widows – Shanti Devi (Saroj Borkar) and Heera Devi (Tarabai Solanki) who stayed together in a house. Heera had a son, Jagat (Ashok Kumar) and Shanti had a daughter, Maya (Maya Devi). As they grew up, they started liking each other. However, Shanti Devi has fixed Jagat’s marriage with Usha, Chandrakant’s sister. The idea is to get a hefty dowry which will enable Heera to send Jagat to Bombay for higher studies. Chandrakant is also looking to get married to a beautiful girl which he finds in Shanti’s daughter, Maya. Jagat is forced to marry Usha as a faite accompli while Maya agrees to marry Chandrakant for the betterment of Jagat’s dream.

Before their impending marriages against the wishes of Jagat and Maya, a third dimension is introduced by way of Ramla (Vimla Devi) who is the sister of Bhagwandas ( P F Pithawala). Jagat stays with the family while studying in Bombay. Jagat becomes close to Ramla on account of their charities shows in which Sharma (Mumtaz Ali), Indira (Sunita Devi) and Prabha (Chandraprabha) are connected. Realising that he is becoming too close to Ramla who is already engaged to Motilal (Manohar Ghatwani), Jagat returns to his town. Ramla follows him which infuriates Motilal. He also follows them with a vengeance. How his vengeance turns into a tragedy is the lesson the priest wants the parents of the daughter to learn.

After hearing the story of priest’s own life, the film has an unusual ending with the last dialogue in which father tells his daughter ‘dear, you will marry the man you love’.

The film had 8 songs, all written by J S Kashyap which were set to music by Saraswati Devi. I am presenting the first song ‘ankhiyaan jhapi mori …nadiya kinaare khadi sochti’ from the film to appear in the Blog.

This is an unique song as there is another song within this song as a flashback. While Saraswati Devi sings ‘ankhiyaan jhapi mori’ for Chandraprabha in raag yaman as a rehearsal, Ashok Kumar in another room hears the song which reminds him of his romantic sojourn with Maya Devi on the banks of a river in rural area where they sing ‘nadi kinaare khadi sochti’. The song ends with Saraswati Devi singing the refrain.

HFGK has listed this song as two separate songs as this ‘double song’ could not have been accommodated within the maximum duration of about 3 minutes and 40 seconds on one side of a 78 RPM record. This is evident from the existence of two audio clips whose links are also given below.

With this song (listed as two separate songs in HFGK), ‘Prem Kahaani’ (1937) makes its debut in the Blog.

Audio(Part-1) :

Audio (Part-2) :

Video

Song-Ankhiyaan jhapi mori…nadi kinaare khadi (Prem Kahaani)(1937) Singers-Saraswati Devi, Maya Devi, Ashok Kumar, Lyrics-J S Cashyap, MD-Saraswati Devi

Lyrics ( from the video version)

ankhinyaan jhapi mori ee ee
ankhiyaan jhapi mori ee
bisaraa gayi sudh aa
bisara gayi sudh aa
bhoola gayi dukh
sapne mein daras dikhaaye
yada o ri mori ee
ankhiyaan jhapi mori ee
ankhiyaan jhapi ee

nadiya kinaare thadi ee ee
nadiya kinaare thadi ee
chhabi nirakhat rahi ee
chhabi nirakhat rahi
nadiya kinaare thadi ee ee
nadiya kinaare thadi

nadi kinaare khadi sochti
nadi kinaare khadi sochti

kyaa aa
main nadiya hoti
kal kal karti jaati

nadiya ke dhig (?) khada sochta
nadiya ke dhig (?) khada sochta

kyaa aa
main saagar hota
mujh mein aa mil jaati

main parvat mein chhup jaati
maidaanon mein reh jaati ee
main jungle mein kho jaati ee
nahin aati ee

ahaa
baadal ko doot banaa kar
main nanhe nanhe boondaniyon hi mein
sandeswaa bhijwaata
tab

lahraati
madmaati
bal khaati
ithlaati
main daudi daudi aati
aur saagar mein mil jaati
mila na kiya aa
yada ho ri mori
ankhiyaan jhapi mori ee
ankhiyaan jhapi
ankhiyaan jhapi
ankhiyaan jhapi


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.

Ever since talkies came in to being in 1931, there have been some classical and semi-classical female singers who got attracted to Hindi film industry as actor-singers and playback singers in the 1930s and the 1940s. Begum Akhtar, Mukhtar Begum, Indubala, Roshanara Begum, Mallika Pukhraj, Saraswati Rane etc were some of the names that come to my mind. However, their filmy careers was short and soon they returned to the concert singing as their main vocation.

One of the lesser known names in this category of singers was Sundarabai of Poona.
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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 we will discuss about a fun song from an old film “Panghat” (1943). It is sung by Baby Tara and Rajkumari Shukla, under the baton of Srinath Tripathi aka S.N.Tripathi.
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This blog by now has become an online collaboration of likeminded music lovers. And these music lovers are collaborating on quite a few “projects” that may be informal but quite important and significant nevertheless.
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“Laal Haweli”(1944) was directed by K B Lal for Bombay Cinetone, Bombay. The movie had Surendra, Noorjahaan, Ulhas, Baby Meena (later known as Meena Kumari), Maya Bannerji, Yaakoob, Kanhaiyalal, Brijrani, Vatsala Kumthekar, Badri Prasad, Ghori, Alaknanda etc in it.
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KARWAT (1949) was directed by Gopal for Shri Gopal Pictures. The movie had Geeta Nizami, Satish, Paro Devi, Jeevan, Leela Mishra, Sarita Devi, Kamalakant etc. in it.
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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.

“Laal Haweli”(1944) was directed by K B Lal for Bombay Cinetone, Bombay. The movie had Surendra, Noorjahaan, Ulhas, Baby Meena (later known as Meena Kumari), Maya Bannerji, Yaakoob, Kanhaiyalal, Brijrani, Vatsala Kumthekar, Badri Prasad, Ghori, Alaknanda etc in it.
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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 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 from film Dahej-50, a melodramatic film from V.Shantaram. The song is sung by Jayashree Shantaram.
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“Chal Chal Re Naujawaan”(1944) was directed by Gyan Mukherji for Filmistan Limited, Bombay. The movie had Ashok Kumar, Naseem Bano, Jagdish Sethi, V H Desai, Motibai, Rafiq, Navin Yagnik etc in it.
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“Khamoshi”(1942) was directed by R C Talwar for Talwar Productions, Bombay. The movie had Ramola, Gyani, Shyam Sundar (actor), Ram Dulari, Leela Mishra, Amarnath, Manorama, Sundar, Nand Kishore, Himmat Rai etc in it.
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