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Blog Day: 4338 Post No.: 15637

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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2010-2020) – Song No. 33
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When I look back at 2010, the blog posting rate was surprisingly similar to the post rate of 2020. Every day one or two posts appeared during 2010. The blog clocked around 60 odd posts per month. Same is happening even in 2020.

Coming to this date 10 years ago, viz 3 june 2010, two posts were discussed in the blog as below :-

Song Movie title-Year Remarks
Tere binaa zindagi se koi shikwa nahin Aandhi (1975) All songs covered
Mil ke bhi ham mil na sake

Sunahri Naagin (1963) 07 of 08 songs posted

“Sunahri Naagin-1963” was directed by Babubhai Mistry for Everest Pictures, Bombay. Its story and screenplay were by Pt Madhur and Vishwanath Pandey. Dialogues were by C K Mast. It was a fantasy movie which had Mahipal, Helen, Sulochana, Anwar Hussain, Sapru, Priti Bala aka Zeb Rehman, Ulhas, Paul Sharma, Jeevankala, Bela Bose, Madhumati, Sheela Kashmiri, Kamal Mehra etc in it.

When I was going through the above, I thought that I was going through the credits of “Parasmani”(1963). Both movies were created by the same team, and even the star cast had much in common. Mahipal was the hero in both the movies, Here in ‘Sunahri Naagin'(1963), we have Helen in female lead instead of Geetanjali.

“Sunahri Naagin”(1963) had eight songs in it. Seven songs have been covered in the past. Here are the details of the seven songs covered in the blog:-

S N Song Post number in blog Date of posting
1 Been na bajaana jaadu na jagaanaa 2342 12-March-2010
2 Tu hi tu hai main dekhaa karoon 2345 14-March-2010
3 Chhedoge mujhko agar jaan ke 2449 16-March-2010
4 Mil ke bhi ham mil na sake 2511 3-June-2010
5 Main to ho gayi re badnaam 14495 16-July-2018
6 Yoon na akadiye yoon na bigadiye 15482 16-March-2020
7 Donon haathhon se dil kyun sambhaala hai 15493 24-March-2020

From the table, it can be seen that the movie made its debut in march 2010 and I discussed three songs from the movie in that month. Another song was discussed in june 2010. Then this movie was not taken up again in the blog for eight years.

This year, two songs have been discussed and one of these two songs was a Blog Ten Year Challenge song.

Today, another blog ten year challenge opportunity presents itself. On this occasion, here is this lovely song from “Sunahri Naagin”(1963). It is sung by Mukesh and Lata. The song is picturised on Mahipal and Helen. This song appears to be the song corresponding to Chori chori jo tumse mili to log kyaa kahenge of “Parasmani”(1963).

Not only are the singers same in the two songs, even the lyricist 9Farooque Kaiser is the same. Parasmani had music by Laxmikant Pyarelal. Here Kalyanji Anandji are the music director. Though HFGK is silent about the assistant music directors, it appears to me that Laxmikant Pyarelal may have been the assistant music director in this movie. I can notice Laxmikant Pyarelal stamp in this song.

It is a lovely song to listen to. Its lyrics and details were sent jointly by Prakashchandra and Avinash Scrapwala. Prakashchandra gave valuable background information on this movie whereas Avinash Scrapwala was the catalyst behind this Blog Ten Year Challenge Post.

With this song, all the eight songs of “Sunahri Naagin”(1963) are covered and the movie joins the list of movies that have been YIPPEEED in the blog. I notice that “Parasmani”(1963) too had been YIPPEED with its equivalent song viz Chori chori jo tumse mili to log kyaa kahenge . Such coincidences occur in the blog all the time.

Audio

Video

Song-Tujhe chaand kahoon ya phool kahoon (Sunahri Naagin)(1963) Singers-Mukesh, Lata, Lyrics-Farooque Kaiser, MD-Kalyanji Anandji

Lyrics(Provided by Prakashchandra)
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tujhe chaand kahoon yaa aa
phool kahoon
tujhe chaand kahoon yaa aa
phool kahoon
mere pyaar ka koi
naam nahin
haaye naam nahin
main teri nazar mein ae
bas jaaun
main teri nazar mein ae
bas jaaun
duniya se mujhe koi
kaam nahin
haaye kaam nahin

zulfon ki chamak ye kehti hai
tu koi sunehri naagin hai
zulfon ki chamak ye kehti hai
tu koi sunehri naagin hai
har saans mein sholaa tadpe hai
har geet mein dil ki dhadkan hai
har geet mein dil ki dhadkan hai

aankhon mein nashaa saa chhaayaa hai
aur haath mein mere
jaam nahin
haaye jaam nahin
main teri nazar mein
bas jaaun
duniya se mujhe koi
kaam nahin
haaye kaam nahin

do chaar ghadi kaa
milnaa ye
ab saari umar kaa bandhan hai ae
do chaar ghadi kaa
milnaa ye
ab saari umar kaa bandhan hai ae

tum naam wafaa ka
lete ho
duniyaa to wafaa ki
dushman hai
duniyaa to wafaa ki
dushman hai
do pyaar bharey dil waalon ko
duniyaa mein kahin aaraam nahin
aaraam nahin

tujhe chaand kahoon yaa
phool kahoon
mere pyaar ka koi
naam nahin
haaye naam nahin
main teri nazar mein
bas jaaun
duniya se mujhe koi
kaam nahin
haaye kaam nahin ee

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Devnagri Script Lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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तुझे चाँद कहूँ या आ
फूल कहूं
तुझे चाँद कहूँ या आ
फूल कहूं
मेरे प्यार का कोई
नाम नहीं
हाए नाम नहीं
मैं तेरी नज़र में ए
बस जाऊं
मैं तेरी नज़र में ए
बस जाऊं
दुनिया से मुझे कोई
काम नहीं
हाए काम नहीं

जुल्फों की चमक ये कहती है
तू कोई सुनहरी नागिन है
जुल्फों की चमक ये कहती है
तू कोई सुनहरी नागिन है
हर सांस में शोला तडपे है
हर गीत में दिल की धड़कन है
हर गीत में दिल की धड़कन है

आँखों में नशा सा छाया है
और हाथ में मेरे
जाम नहीं
हाए जाम नहीं
मैं तेरी नज़र में ए
बस जाऊं
दुनिया से मुझे कोई
काम नहीं
हाए काम नहीं

दो चार घडी का
मिलना ये
अब सारी उम्र का बंधन है ए
दो चार घडी का
मिलना ये
अब सारी उम्र का बंधन है ए

तुम नाम वफ़ा का
लेते हो
दुनिया तो वफ़ा की
दुश्मन है
दुनिया तो वफ़ा की
दुश्मन है
दो प्यार भरे दिल वालों को
दुनिया में कहीं आराम नहीं
आराम नहीं

तुझे चाँद कहूँ या आ
फूल कहूं
मेरे प्यार का कोई
नाम नहीं
हाए नाम नहीं
ैं तेरी नज़र में ए
बस जाऊं
दुनिया से मुझे कोई
काम नहीं
हाए काम नहीं


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusaist 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.

Blog Day :

4280 Post No. : 15521

In my last article, I had discussed playback singer and actor Shyam Kumar, who has acted in many Hindi films but remained unidentified for most of the Hindi film audience. In this write-up, I am presenting one more such actor who has made us to notice him in many films but remained unsung because he did very small roles in most of the films in which he got opportunity to act – mostly as a sidekick, a henchman, a doctor, barman, hotel manager etc.  Though his roles in most of the films have been very brief say, not be more than 5 minutes duration but whatever he did as an actor in varied roles, it was noticeable to the filmy audience. The actor is Keshav Rana whose face in the films may be familiar to many cine audience but may not be known by his name to them.

I had seen Keshav Rana in some of the films in the late 60s and early 70s during which I was active in watching films almost every week-end but I was not aware of his name.  His acting as a police inspector in ‘Seeta Aur Geeta’ (1972) in a comical situation has still remained in my memory.  I did not know his name until I started collecting the pictures of personalities connected with Hindi films during the last 5-6 years. It was a co-incidence that his image propped up when I was searching for something else. And the image of Keshav Rana emerged as a scene from a film ‘Dillagi’ (1966). That was the beginning of my work to identify him in many more films.

Not much information about the early life of Keshav Rana is available on-line. The only information I know from IMDb is that his full name is Keshav Singh Rana and he belongs to Faizabad in UP. From his filmography, it appears that he came to Mumbai to join the film industry in the later half of 1950s. His first film as an actor was ‘Anjaan’ (1956). His most active years was 1960s and 1970s when he worked in around 50 and 70 films, respectively. On a rough count, Keshav Rana must have worked in around 130 films during 1956-1986.

During the last fortnight, I have seen some important films with Keshav Rana’s  scenes under prominent banners like that of Shakti Samanta, Arjun Hingorani, Ramesh Sippy, J Omprakash, BR Chopra, Prakash Mehra etc. He did a variety of roles in the films but in most of the films, he was moslty typecast as  Police Inspector/Commissioner, Doctor,  Hotel Manager, Barman, a patron of mujra dances etc.  In others films, he mostly performed roles in negative shades and sidekicks to the main actors. Of the films of Keshav Rana, I watched, the only film in which he got a relatively longish role of Puran Bahadur in negative shade of a blackmailer was in ‘Dillagi’ (1966).

Keshav Rana excels in negative roles with a smiling face. But behind his smiling face lies his evil and manipulative designs to blackmail his victims. In this role, he generally avoids fighting and bloodbath in most of his films. He leaves these parts to other henchmen. For example, in films like ‘Dillagi’(1966) and ‘Muqaddar Ka Sikandar’ (1978), he takes out his Rampuri knife but never uses it. Instead, he entrusts his fellow henchmen to fight it out. His light comical roles as a police inspector in ‘Seeta Aur Geeta’ (1972) with Hema Malini (as Geeta) and as a barman in ‘Shaan’ (1980) with Amitabh Bachchan have been well appreciated.

I have uploaded an audio clip incorporating along with the song, the screen shots of scenes in which Keshav Rana appears in some of his important films. Check out the audio link below.

‘Qatl’ (1986) appears to be Keshav Rana’s last film after which he did not act in any film. I could not get any information as to what he did thereafter.

Keshav Rana had played a small role of a patron of a kotha dancer in ‘Ganga Maiya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo’ (1962), the first Bhojpuri film.  The film was directed by Kundan Kumar. The star cast included Kumkum, Ashim Kumar, Nazir Hussain, Tiwari, Bhagwan Sinha, Helen, Leela Mishra, Kumari Khanna (Padma Khanna) etc. The story, screen-play and dialogues were written by Nazir Hussain. Songs were written by Shailendra which were set to music by Chitrgupt.

I am presenting the song ‘Luk Chhip Badra Mein Chamke Jaise Chanwa’ from the first Bhojpuri film rendered by Lata Mangeshkar and picturised on Kumkum who is dancing for the patron, Keshav Rana.

Listening to the song in audio clip gives a feel of the dance in a nautanki (folk theatre) in the rural Bhojpuri region. And why not? Both Shailendra and Chitragupt hail from Bhojpur region of Bihar.

Video

Audio

Song – Luk Chhip Badra Mein Chamke Jaise Chanwa (Ganga Maiya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo) (1962) Singer – Lata Mangeshkar, Lyrics – Shailendra, MD – Chitragupt

 

Lyrics

luk chhip badra mein chamke jaise chanwa
mora mukh damke
mori kusumi re chunariya itar gamke
mori kusumi re chunariya itar gamke
luk chhip badra mein chamke jaise chanwa
mora mukh damke
mori kusumi re chunariya itar gamke
mori kusumi re chunariya itar gamke
 
sonwa aisan piyar mor rangwa
phoolwa aisan komal mor angwa
sonwa aisan piyar mor rangwa
phoolwa aisan komal mor angwa
hirani aisan kajarwa naina chamke
kajrwa naina chamke
mora mukh damke
mori kusumi re chunariya itar gamke
mori kusumi re chunariya itar gamke
 
hamri baari umar ladkoriya
bhanwra neha lagaae barjoriya
hamri baari umar ladkoriya
bhanwra neha lagaawe barjoriya
hum t dolat paayaliya mori chhamke
paayaliya mori chhamke
mora mukh damke
mori kusumi re chunariya itar gamke
mori kusum re chunariya utar gamke
 
champa phoole chameli phoole bagiya
sudhi na lihale ram balam beragiya
champa phoole chameli phoole bagiya
sudhi na lihale ram balam beragiya
kehu na jaane basela kahunwa ramke
basela kahunwa ramke
mora mukh damke
mori kusumi re chunariya itar gamke
mori kusumi re chunariya itar gamke

luk chhip badra mein chamke jaise chanwa
mora mukh damke
mori kusumi re chunariya itar gamke
mori kusumi re chunariya itar gamke

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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लुक छिप बदरा में चमके जैसे चनवा
मोरा मुख दमके
मोरी कुसमी रे चुनरिया इतर गमके
मोरी कुसमी रे चुनरिया इतर गमके
लुक छिप बदरा में चमके जैसे चनवा
मोरा मुख दमके
मोरी कुसमी रे चुनरिया इतर गमके
मोरी कुसमी रे चुनरिया इतर गमके

सोनवा ऐसन पियर मोर रंगवा
फुलवा ऐसन कोमल मोर अंगवा
सोनवा ऐसन पियर मोर रंगवा
फुलवा ऐसन कोमल मोर अंगवा
हिरनी ऐसन कजरवा नैना चमके
कजरवा नैना चमके
मोरा मुख दमके
मोरी कुसमी रे चुनरिया इतर गमके
मोरी कुसमी रे चुनरिया इतर गमके

हमरी बारी उमर लरकोरिया
भंवरा नेहा लगावे बरजोरिया
हमरी बारी उमर लरकोरिया
भंवरा नेहा लगावे बरजोरिया
हम त डोलत पायलिया मोरी छ्मके
पायलिया मोरी छ्मके
मोरा मुख दमके
मोरी कुसुमि रे चुनरिया इतर गमके
मोरी कुसुमि रे चुनरिया इतर गमके

चंपा फूले चमेली फूले बगिया
सुधि न लिहले राम बलम बैरगिया
चंपा फूले चमेली फूले बगिया
सुधि न लिहले राम बलम बैरगिया
केहू न जाने बसेला कहुंवा रमके
बसेला कहुंवा रमके
मोरा मुख दमके
मोरी कुसुमि रे चुनरिया इतर गमके
मोरी कुसुमि रे चुनरिया इतर गमके

लुक छिप बदरा में चमके जैसे चनवा
मोरा मुख दमके
मोरी कुसमी रे चुनरिया इतर गमके
मोरी कुसमी रे चुनरिया इतर गमके


This article is written by nahm, a fellow enthusaist 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.

Blog Day :

4228 Post No. : 15437 Movie Count :

4253

As valentine day party songs go, this one is not really so big on the event. Except for the heart shaped balloons, there is no other indication of this being a valentine day song. Point to be noted is that, the blog seems to have ignored this occasion also, along with a host of other days that are specifically designated throughout the year. Whatsapp university does a quite adequate job of reminding us of all these days, be it mother’s day, father’s day, couple day, hug day, chocolate day to name a few. These are just the days which came readily to mind, because a few of them were during this past week.

I remembered this song today just out of the blue from the film “Dil to paagal hai”. I remember seeing this film in theatre, must be in 1997. My elder sister was very fond of Yash Chopra films and the star cast was, as it is very much ascending stars of the era. Nevertheless I remember at one point in the film, where I told my sister that I don’t want to see this film and we are leaving. Which point I don’t care to share here.

This song talking of ‘Chaand’ & ‘Raat’ is actually compliant with my posts series titled ‘Chaandni Raatien”. Composer is Uttam Singh and the lyrics are by Anand Bakshi. It is picturized on Shah Rukh Khan, Karishma Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit. Shah Rukh and Karishma are at a Valentine Day party, whereas Madhuri Dixit is at her home, dreaming and singing along. At this point I think Shah Rukh and Madhuri haven’t met each other, but are scheduled to meet and fall in love. This song is in anticipation of the things to come in the story, because you see they have read the script and the song was ready, so the situation had to be created for it. Udit Narayan sings for Shah Rukh and Lata Mangeshkar is singing for Madhuri and Karishma both. The song is very catchy too despite being a mood song.

The film is full of melodious hit songs which were a rage then. Film and the songs won quite a few awards too. This song is having the tunes of other songs from the same film, as interlude. Again as I said the characters are anticipating the songs to feature in the film later on. Good imagination all around.


Song-Chaand ne kuchh kaha raat ne kuchh suna(Dil To Paagal Hai)(1997) Singers-Udit Narayan, Lata, Lyrics-Anand Bakshi, MD-Uttam Singh
Chorus

Lyrics

Hey hey
oo ho ho ho ho
Hmmm mmmmm
La la la laa laaaa

Chaand ne kuchch kahaa
Raat ne kuchh sunaa
Chaand ne kuchch kahaa
Raat ne kuchh sunaa
Tu bhi sun bekhabar
Pyaar kar
Oh ho ho pyaar kar
Aayi hai chaandni
Mujh se kehne yahi
Aayi hai chaandni
Mujh se kehne yahi
Meri gali mere ghar
Pyaar kar
Oh ho ho pyar kar

Chaand ne kuchch kahaa
Raat ne kuchh sunaa
Tu bhi sun bekhabar
Pyaar kar
Oh ho ho pyaar kar
La la
laa laa laa laa laa

Kya kahoon kya pataa
Baat kya ho gayee ee
Dillagi ye mere
Saathh kya ho gayee
Ik ishaara hai yeh
Dil pukaara hai ye
Ik ishaara hai yeh
Dil pukaara hai ye
Iss se churaa na nazar
Pyaar kar
Oh ho ho pyar kar
Chaand ne kuchch kahaa
Raat ne kuchh sunaa
Tu bhi sun bekhabar
Pyaar kar
Oh ho ho pyaar kar

Hey hey
Ah ha ha
aa haa

Ru ru ru ru ru ru uuuu
La la la la laa la laa
Ru ru ru ru ru ru uuuu
La la la la laa la laa
Ru ru ru ru ru ru uuuu
La la la la laa la laa

Ho oo ooo
Ooo ooooo
Hmmm mmmm
Mmmmmmm
La la la la la la
La la la laa la laa
Hai kaun kya khabar
Koyi to hai magar
Sapnon mein hai kahin
Aata nahin nazar
Main yehaan
wo wahaan
Aa rahi phir yehaan
Main yehaan wo wahaan
Aa rahi phir yehaan
Aawaaz kis ki magar

Pyaar kar
Oh ho ho pyaar kar
Chaand ne kuchch kahaa
Raat ne kuchh sunaa
Tu bhi sun bekhabar
Pyaar kar
Oh ho ho pyaar kar
La la
laa laa laa laa laa

Aaa aaaa aaaaaa
Aaa aaaa aaaaaa

Jis pe ham mar mitey
Uss ko pataa bhi nahin

aa aa aa aa aa
O Jis pe ham mar mitey
Uss ko pataa bhi nahin
Kya gila ham Karen
Wo bewafaa bhi nahin
Ham ne jo sun liyaa
Uss ne kahaa bhi nahin
Ae dil zara soch kar
Pyaar kar
Oh ho ho pyar kar

Hey hey
Ah ha ha aa haaaa
La la laa laa laaa laaa
Chaand ne kuchch kahaa
Raat ne kuchh sunaa
Tu bhi sun bekhabar
Pyaar kar
Oh ho ho pyaar kar
Aayi hai chaandni
Mujh se kehne yahi
Aayi hai chaandni
Mujh se kehne yahi
Meri gali mere ghar
Pyaar kar
Oh ho ho pyaar kar

Hey hey
La la la la laa la laa
Oh ho ho
Hmm mmmm mmm hmm hmm
Pyaar kar
Oh ho ho pyaar kar
Pyaar kar
Oh ho ho pyaar kar


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.

Blog Day : 4108 Post No. : 15259

Today’s song is a lovely duet by Lata and Hemant Kumar, from film Daaka-59. The film was made by Starland productions, Bombay for Hasmukh Kheda. The film was directed by Nanubhai Bhatt and the 6 songs of the film were written by Majrooh Sultanpuri (2 songs) and by Prem Dhawan (4 songs). Their music was composed by the King of Melody – Chitragupta. Dilip Dholakia was his assistant for this movie.

The cast of the film was Ashok Kumar, Nirupa Roy, Pran, Maruti, Smriti Biswas, Badri Pershad, Balam, Kesari, Kathana etc.etc. Songs of this film were recorded in 1956, but for reasons not known to us, the film was censored only in 1959 (25-11-1959). The length of the film was 12,698 feet and was in 14 reels.

Why I gave the details of the length and number of reels is that during the period of 50s, I remember how the films used to begin in the theatres. In Hyderabad city, once the show time was up, the theatre would be plunged in darkness and advertisements would start with slides or shorts. After this, usually there would be Indian News Reel or a Documentary of the Films Division. The Indian News reel was interesting and when some Cricket match was being played, here or abroad, some shots of the match would be shown. By this time, all the audience used to be in their seats. The first scene of the start of the main film was showing its Censor Certificate. It was at this time, when 99% audience used to read loudly in chorus, “14 Reels”, as if they had discovered some top secret ! Perhaps, it gave them an idea whether the film was a long one , normal or a short one.

Ashok Kumar (13-10-1911 to 10-12-2001) the Hero of this film, always surprised me. I wonder how much energy this man must have had. If you see his Career graph,it is most unusual. I am saying this because, normally an actor is at his best Performance level when he is young. As the age increases, his level diminishes and after a certain period, he is away from the Silver screen. In case of Ashok Kumar this is very different story. See the following chart and you will realise what I mean.

Period in years Aproximate Age No. of films done in the decade
Decade 1 (1936-1940 ) 25-30 years 12 (First film- Jeevan Naiya-1936)
Decade 2 (1941-1950 ) 30-40 years 23
Decade 3 (1951-1960) 40-50 years 55
Decade 4(1961-1970) 50-60 years 62
Decade 5(1971-1980) 60-70 years 85
Decade 6 (1981-1990) 70-80 years 60
Decade 7 (1991-1997 ) 81-86 years 13 (Last film- Aankhon mein tum ho-1997)

From 1936 to 1997 he acted in 310 films. That is a very long journey in films, of 61 years ! His first Heroine-Devikarani- was born in 1908 and the Heroine of his last film- Suman Ranganathan was born in 1974 ! He worked with Heroines from 4 generations (a film generation is counted as 15 years). Ashok Kumar ,in his career, paired with Devika Rani-she was 3 years elder to him in age- in 8 films, with Nalini Jayawant in 11 films and with Nirupa Roy in 21 films in 33 years’ period-from Bhai Bhai-56 to Dana Pani-89.

He had to sing his own songs. By that time the system of Playback had started, but actor singing his/her own songs also continued for some time. He sang 77 songs in 25 films. Effectively, his singing was halted by Mohd. Rafi, when he sang for Ashok Kumar in the film Saajan-47- a duet with Lalita Deulkar ( Humko tumhara hi aasra). After this Ashok Kumar sang one song each in film Chalti ka naam Gaadi-58, Aashirvad-68, Kangan-72, Khoobsurat-80 and finally in Shaukeen-82.

Look at his energy level in the above chart. As he grew up in age, his demand increased, he worked in more and more films till he was 86 year old. He was simply unique in this respect. May be Amitabh Bachhan is a match to him or even better than him because nowadays more films are made than before. I hope some contributor does this comparison in the same way.

When Ashok kumar started acting, he had a great problem. He did not know what to do with his hands. in all his early films, you will find him acting very awkwardly, because of this problem. When he acted in film Anjaan-41, this problem was solved. In this film he did a Doctor’s role, who is accused of a murder- which he did not commit. He had to be a detective to collect proof of his innocence and argue in the court also. During this period, he started smoking cigarettes and his ‘Hand’ problem was solved once for all. After this film, Ashok Kumar and his smoking became inseparable in every film ! (and also in private life) .

Ashok Kumar was one of those actors who did Natural acting in their films. Initially, that was not so, but after solving his ‘Hand’ problem in film Anjaan-41, he was one of the best such actor. Motilal, Sanjeev Kumar, Amol Palekar, Farooq Shaikh and Paresh Raval are some other names that came to my mind in this category.

For actress Smriti Biswas, film Daaka-59 was her last film. She quit films and married actor, director, producer and studio owner S D Narang.

Actress Smriti Biswas was born on 17-2-1932, in Calcutta in a middle class family. She was educated at home and she worked as child star in Bangla films, Sandhya and Dwandwa in the 1930s.

Hoping to make a better career, she shifted to Lahore. Here Pancholi studio gave her a break with the film Dhamkee-45. The film shooting started in 1943, but it was released in 1945. She got Raagini-45 in the same year. Its Director was Shanker Mehta. Two more of her films, viz Nek Dil-48 and Roop rekha-48 were also released there.

After Partition she returned to Calcutta. S.D.Narang, actor, producer and director also shifted to Calcutta along with her. He established his own Bengal National Studio and made Bangla and Hindi films with Smriti. Their ‘Ek Aurat’-48 was quite popular.

New Theatres cast Smriti in their film “Pehla Aadmi”-50 based on the story of Subhash Chandra Bose. It was directed by Bimal Roy. Both Smriti and Narang came down to Bombay. In the decade of 1950’s, she did about 21 films there. Daaka-59 was her last film. In 1960, she married S.D.Narang and retied from films, though she was still in demand. She has 2 sons. S.D.Narang died on 25-1-1986. She is in her 80s but enjoys life with family and friends.

Smriti Biswas did only about 27 films in her career, but her vivacious looks, sweet face and speaking style still reminds us of her roles.

Some of her more well known films are, Arab ka Saudagar-56, Bhai saheb-54, Lakhon mein ek-55, Samsheer-53, Aab e Hayat-55, Hum Safar-53 (opposite Dev Anand), Dilli ka Thug-58, Teen batti chaar Rasta-53, Baap re Baap-55 and Bhagam Bhag-56.

Recently I saw an article in Maharashtra Times of 14-4-2017. It was mentioned that She was living in a barely 500 square feet flat in Nashik, along with her two grown up, unmarried sons. All the property, Gold and money left by S D Narang was looted by other relatives and Smriti finds it difficult to pull on.

The Heroine of this film Nirupa Roy was a very unconventional actress of Hindi films. Her repertoire of roles was so varied that she could not be stamped with any one type of roles.

Nirupa Roy (4-1-1931 to 13-10-2004) was an enigma of Hindi Cinema. She has been a Heroine in 110 films,a mother in over 50 films,has been a Goddess in 50 Mythological films, a suffering wife in over 30 films and a Stunt girl in about 10 films.( I remember our Raja ji once said that it was difficult to imagine Nirupa Roy in any other dress than a Saree.) She sang Bhajans,romantic songs,Comedy songs,qawalis,sad songs and peasant folk songs on the screen.

She changed her Heroes like “Badalate huwe saathi”. She did 18 films with Trilok Kapoor ( 50-65), 12 films with Balraj Sahni ( 53-72), 16 films with P.Jairaj ( 53-78), and 21 films with Ashok Kumar ( 56-89). She was Amitabh’s mother in 12 films and a stunt Girl in 8 films. She even wrote a popular film song for film Samrat Chandragupta-58 ( Mujhe dekh chaand sharmaye – Lata).

Today’s song is a sweet duet of Lata and Hemant Kumar. Listening to some of their duets is a divine experience. Some of their duets like “yaad kiya dilne kahan ho tum”, “ye raat ye chandni phir kahan”, “gupchup gupchup pyar karen”, and ” Sanware salone aaye din bahar ke ” are some of the songs they made immortal in HFM. Lata’s voice never sounded sweeter with any other singer.

Today’s song is not as well known as the songs mentioned above, nevertheless this song has the hallmark of a Lata-Hemant Kumar duet song. It is a song that is best heard at night time- a “chhaayaageet” category song.


Song- Chaand ne kuchh kaha taaron ne kuchh suna (Daakaa)(1959) Singers- Hemant Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Lyrics- Prem Dhawan, MD- Chitragupta
Both

Lyrics

chaand ne kuchh kaha
taaron ne kuchh suna
baat hi baat mein jaane kya ho gaya
aankhen jhuk jhuk gayin
dhadkanen ruk gayin
kya bataaun mera dil kahaan kho gaya

chaand ne kuchh kaha taaron ne kuch suna
baat hi baat mein jaane kya ho gaya

hum to khud se hi nazren churaane lage
jaane kya soch kar muskuraane lage
hum to khud se hi nazren churaane lage
jaane kya soch kar muskuraane lage

ab to dil na kisi bhi bahaane lage
baat hi baat mein jaane kya ho gaya
aankhen jhuk jhuk gayin dhadkanen ruk gayin
kya bataaun mera dil kahaan kho gaya

raat aayi hai zulfen sanwaare huye
aankhon aankhon mein kya kya ishaare huye
raat aayi hai zulfen sanwaare huye
aankhon aankhon mein kya kya ishaare huye
bas hai itni khabar
hum tumhaare huye
baat hi baat mein jaane kya ho gaya

chaand ne kuchh kaha
taaron ne kuchh suna
baat hi baat mein jaane kya ho gaya


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Blog Day : 4046 Post No. : 15175

Am writing this post with a heavy heart.
I never expected that I’d be writing a post on this occasion so soon.
But if we’ve learnt anything about life in all our lives, it is that life is unpredictable.
For all the wonderful advancements that science has made, we still don’t know who will live how long. All we know is that everyone has to go some day.

As it turned out, Independence Day 2019 was the day that Vidya Sinha, well-known heroine of (mainly) the 1970s, had to leave us and go.

When I came across the news on Twitter this (15th August) afternoon, I felt immensely sad. She had passed away in the morning.

A few days earlier I had got the news that she was on ventilator, with lung problems. That news shocked me because I had no idea that she was unwell at all. I had not heard about her for years – and then suddenly, boom, you get news like this.

So today, when I read the news of her death, it was not entirely unexpected. But that doesn’t mean it made me any less sad.

Vidya Sinha was part of my childhood, part of my schooldays.

I’ve often said I am a 1970s boy – which means my school life spanned that decade.

It is also the decade that I have most nostalgic memories of – especially with regard to films and music. In the 1980s, I was busy with higher studies, career, moving places etc – life changed quite a bit. And of course, thereafter, other priorities took over.

So it is the 1970s, and my experiences of that decade, the films I watched, the songs I listened to, that have particularly fond memories for me.

And Vidya Sinha was certainly very much part of those fond memories. As it turned out, the main part of her career was totally in that decade. Though she acted in the 80s too (and even later), I will always associate her with the 1970s.

I will not discuss her personal life – to be honest, I don’t know much about it. I am sure there are many other sources that can, and will, provide this. I will myself learn about it only from them.

This post, written so soon after her passing away, is just to pay her my own personal tribute.

Many who have remarked on her death, have referred to her as having the “girl next door” image in her films. And that’s not entirely off the mark. In many of her films, this was the type of role she played. Both her best-known films, Rajnigandha (1974) and Chhoti Si Baat (1976) portrayed her as a woman who you could easily run into in Bombay at a bus stop, waiting for a BEST bus. Or working in an office. She had that unassuming, down-to-earth image about her.

And it was this image that endeared her to many at that time.

That was the time when Hema Malini was the reigning female superstar. Zeenat Aman, Neetu Singh and Raakhee were also popular. Rekha , though not yet the star she was to become, had her fair share of films. Parveen Babi and Reena Roy were beginning to make their mark. Then there were others, like Yogeeta Bali, Moushumi Chatterjee and Sulakshana Pandit, who had their fans too.

Many of these heroines comfortably fitted the requirement of the typical mid-1970s masala film. Stories often had a plot around smuggling, or (if village-based) dacoits. There’d be song-and-dance, a car (or horse) chase, “disguises” – the usual masala stuff. Music was often loud, costumes even louder.

Then you also had the “art” films of the mid-70s. Dominated by Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil.

But there was also room for simple, wholesome entertainment – without the above-mentioned elements. Films of Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee specialized in this.

And this is where Vidya Sinha fitted in very comfortably.

She didn’t have a very prolific, or long, career – certainly not by standards of other heroines. She also didn’t have a very wide variety of roles, unlike many other heroines.

But one thing for sure. In almost every film she did, she had a role that you felt was just tailormade for her. Ok, she wasn’t a star like Hema Malini, but the roles themselves needed an understated, non-star type, actor. And no one did that better than Vidya. (In later years, Deepti Naval would do similar roles).

Vidya doesn’t quite get credit for her acting – but I think it could also be because I always felt she didn’t “act”. She just seemed to be natural for her role – you didn’t even notice her “acting”.

In those days, when I was in school, Hema, being the reigning superstar, was the favourite for many of my friends. In trying to be “hatke” :-), I preferred Vidya, Moushumi, Leena C, even Sulakshana. Their films usually had better storylines, I felt.

I’ve seen most of Vidya’s films of the time – she didn’t act in too many.
The ones that I remember are Rajnigandha (1974), Chhoti Si Baat (1976), Karm (1977), Mukti (1977), Inkaar (1977), Pati Patni Aur Woh (1978), Tumhaare Liye (1978) and Atithee (1978).

I have very fond memories of those times, and of her – which is why it hit harder to hear about her illness, and her death.

She might not be physically around anymore, but her films will remain with us. And memories of her films. I thank her for these at least.

Moving on the song for today, it is from a film Mera Jeevan (1976).

Now this is a film I do not recall seeing. But when I checked the songs, all of them seemed familiar. That’s possibly because at that time, I used to get to listen to a lot of songs, without having any clue about the film. I’d get to hear the song on radio, or through my classmates in school. Or I might even have seen the film at that time, but have no recall of it.

There are 4 songs in this film – of which 3 are already posted. The title song sung by Kishore Kumar “mera jeevan kuchh kaam na aaya” is quite well-known, as is “tera jogi aaya” by Rafisaab. The other song posted already is “Koi mere haathon mein mehendi lagaa de”, sung by Asha Bhosle. I’ve heard this song too in my schooldays.

The song that remains to be posted is “ye sooraj ye chanda ye taare”, sung by Asha Bhosle. From the clip it appears that Vidya Sinha is a teacher at a school, and singing this song to her students.

Lyrics are by MG Hashmat, probably best-known for “mera jeevan koraa kaagaz”. At least, that’s the first time I heard of him.

The song “ye sooraj ye chanda ye taare” is philosophical – talking primarily about life.

Which, given the context of this post, is most apt.

A few lines struck me as particularly poignant

Jeevan khilona hai
Kitna salona hai
Sukh dukh ke aansoo ka
Haar phirona hai
Isi khilone se
Khel rachaana hai
Kya leke aaye the
Kya leke jaana hai

So very true.

We come into this world with nothing, and with nothing we will one day return.

All we leave behind are a legacy, if at all, and memories.

Go well, Vidya Sinha.

Thank you for the memories.

May your soul rest in peace.

Om Shanti.

PS-With this philosophical song, all the songs of “Mera Jeewan”(1976) have been covered in the blog and this movie joins the list of movies that have been YIPPEED in the blog.


Song-Ye sooraj ye chanda ye taare(Mera Jeewan)(1976) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-M G Hashmat, MD-Sapan Jagmohan
Chorus

Lyrics

aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa
aa aa

ye sooraj ye chanda ye taare
bolo chalte hain kis ke sahaare
bolo bolo
hamaare
nahin
uske
jisne hum sab ko banaaya hai
achcha
ye sooraj ye chanda ye taare
bolo chalte hain kis ke sahaare
sadiyon se ghoome hai
kisko ye dhoondhe hai
ye sooraj ye chanda ye taare
bolo chalte hain kis ke sahaare

nadiya ki dhaara ye
badle kinaara ye
thham nahin paaye kyun
behti hi jaaye kyun
kahaan se aati hai
kahaan ko jaati hai
kisne pukaara hai
kiska ishaara hai
ghoome zameen
aur aasmaan
manzil miley
jaane kahaan
ye sooraj ye chanda ye taare
bolo chalte hain kis ke sahaare
sadiyon se ghoome hai
kisko ye dhoondhe hai
ye sooraj ye chanda ye taare
bolo chalte hain kis ke sahaare

jeewan khilauna hai
kitna salona hai
sukh dukh ke aansu ka haar pirona hai
isi khilaune se
khel rachaana hai
kya leke aaye thhe
kya leke jaana hai
baadal kahe
jis ko jahaan
jalte dilon ka hai ye dhuaan
ye sooraj ye chanda ye taare
bolo chalte hain kis ke sahaare
sadiyon se ghoome hai
kisko ye dhoondhe hai
ye sooraj ye chanda ye taare
bolo
chalte hain kis ke sahaare
ye sooraj ye chanda ye taare

bolo
chalte hain kis ke sahaare


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Blog Day : 4033 Post No. : 15155

Today’s song is from film Shri Ganesh Mahima aka Shri Krishna Vivah-1950.

Mythological films have been my weakness from the beginning. When I was around 10-12 years of age, I would be a very happy, willing and enthusiastic escort to family elders-especially ladies, going for a Bhakti Pradhan film. What I liked in these films was the trick scenes and fantastic costumes. later on I realised these films also provided lot of religious knowledge in the formative years.

Most mythological films were based on stories from Ramayan and Mahabharat. But many films were also using stories from various Puranas like Shiv Puran, Vishnu Puran etc. There was no dearth of such stories, what with 18 Puranas and 2 Epic books. Stories of Puranas etc have some hidden meanings, which one has to look for. Few years ago,in one of my posts, I had explained how the Dashavatars of Lord Vishnu were actually the story of evaluation of Life on Earth. The first avtar of Matsya( the fish) explains us how life on earth began in water.The second avtar of Koorma (the Tortoise) told us the development of Amphibians who started living on land and water. So on and so forth

In Tretayug, Shri Ram came and in Dwapar Yug, Shri Krishna was incarnated by Lord Vishnu. Shri Ram gave a lesson on how to be an ideal son, husband, friend and a King, but Krishna taught us how to be a street smart person and win over enemies skillfully. I feel in today’s times, Krishna is more relevant than Ram. Krishna also taught us how to be a happy person and enjoy everything.

Like religious stories , there is no shortage of Gods also, in our Religion. This is actually one of the plus points of Hinduism. Each community can and will have its own version of God. Many Gods, but basics are never compromised. Everyone knows there is only ONE GOD, having a different version to suit the worshipper. Examples are, Fishermen have God in the matters related to Sea and Tribals in forests worship Gods made of Wood. We all know that these are all symbols and God lives in our Hearts.

One can find stories of most popular Gods like Ram,Krishna, Ganesh, Hanuman, Shiv ji, Vishnu etc, but somehow the film world has ignored Bramha, Saraswati, Shani deo, Surya dev, Kartikeya etc. These are the Gods for whom even temples are few. Kartikeya (elder son of Shankar-Parvati) is worshipped in south as Kumara swami. These Gods do appear in some films for few minutes, but exclusive films on them are missing. Now that Mythology is present only on TV, such films have become rare these days.

Our Indian film makers will never fall short of subjects for their films. They can combine any stories and make a Hybrid film- like for example, Sindbad,Alibaba and Alladin-1965. They can give families and children to famous characters like Zimbo ka Beta, Alladin ki Beti etc. The worst molestation has been done to the famous character of Tarzan. He is combined with, Capt. Kishore, Delialah, King kong, Circus, Cobra, Gorilla, Hercules, Jadugar, jadui Chirag, Jalpari and a Fairy. Tarzan is provided with a Mehbooba, Beta and Beti. Tarzan has been sent to Delhi, Paristan, Fairyland and even in a wonder car. I feel pity for Edgar Rice Burrows who must tired of turning in his grave !!!

Film Shri Ganesh Mahima aka Shrikrishna Vivah-50 is also a combination of stories from Ganesh Puran and Bhagwat Puran. In Ganesh Puran, there is a story that once The Moon laughed at Ganesh. Ganesh was angry and he gave a curse to the Moon. Moon came on his knees and then the curse was modified that whosoever sees the Moon on only Ganesh Chaturthi night, will be falsely accused of theft. In our childhood there was a rumour that to ward off the false accusation of theft, if you throw stones on somebody’s house and he abuses you, then the curse disappears. Some naughty boys used to do this and get abuses profusely !

In Bhagwat Puran, the story of Shrikrishna’s marriage to Satyabhama is described. In this film,both these stories are interwoven skilfully. The story of this film, as noted by me in my diary, is thus……

Great and Miraculous powers are attributed to Shri Ganesh the benefactor of mortals as well as the immortals. Such a benign being was once laughed at by Chandra only to be cursed by him. Realising his folly, Chandra begged for forgiveness and the curse was modified by the merciful divinity to be effective only on the day of Ganesh Chaturthi. He ordained that anybody looking at the moon on that night will be a victim of false accusations.

It was on such a day that Shri Krishna unwittingly looked at the moon in the night and had to suffer the indignity of being falsely accused of theft of Syamantak Mani. This jewel was acquired by Satrajit, one of the Yadavas as a boon from God Sun. Shri Krishna had sent Narad to Satrajit expressing his desire to possess the Mani. The events took such a turn that there was circumstantial evidence against Shri Krishna who happened to be at the Chambers of Satrajit’s daughter Satyabhama, devotee of Lord Krishna on the night prior to Satrajits losing the Mani. Shri Krishna was shocked at such allegation made by Satrajit and Shatadhanva ( Another Yadava) who had been promised by Satrajit the hand of his daughter Satyabhama.

Shri Krishna took upon himself to find out the jewel and redeem it to its rightful owner only to clear himself of the allegation. A search party was organised which came across the dead body of Prasain, a carcass of lion and also the foot-prints of a bear blazing a new trail which when followed led the party to a cave. Shri Krishna went inside the cave telling the followers to wait at the cave entrance for seven days and if he did no return by then, to go back to Dwarka. Inside the cave Shri Krishna found the Syamantak Mani and also Jambuwanti, the daughter of the powerful bear king Jambuwant. There ensued a fight between Shri Krishna and Jambuwant lasting for twenty one days. The people at the entrance of the cave returned as per instruction after the seventh day. The duration of this fight gave Shatadhanva a real chance for villainy. He puts in an all over effort to win the hand of Satyabhama who would marry none but Shri Krishna. Jambuwant after losing the battle gave away his daughter in marriage and Syamantak Mani as dowry to Shri Krishna.

Coming to Dwarka, Shri Krishna returned the jewel to its rightful owner, Satrajit repented and made amends by giving away his daughter to Shri Krishna in marriage. Shatadhanva came to know of this alliance and made short work of the unsuspecting Satrajit and decamped with the Mani. Shri Krishna brought justice to the evil doer and the villain Shatadhanva fell a victim to his famous Sudershana Chakra.

The cast of the film was Mahipal, Meena Kumari, S N Tripathi, Moolchand, Dalapat, Amarnath etc. The film was made by Basant Pictures and directed by its owner, Homi Wadia. Music was by S N Tripathi. In the arena of Mythological, Historical and Religious films, from the 40s to the 60s, the names of Mahipal, Trilok kapoor, Manhar Desai, Prem Adib and Shahu Modak were taken frequently. Similarly,Jeevan as Narad was also popular. All the Heros were handsome and they had a sort of special glow on their faces. Each of them had a special style of portraying roles. Prem Adib was famous for his roles of Ram, Shahu Modak excelled as Shrikrishna with his mischievous smile. Trilok Kapoor means Bhagwan Shankar. Manhar Desai and Mahipal did a variety of roles of different Gods. While Manhar Desai was more active on Gujarati screen, Mahipal worked mainly in Hindi films. His repertoire of roles included films of Mythology, History, Costume and Folk Tales.

Mahipalchand Mahadevchand Bhandari was born in Jodhpur, Rajsthan on 24-11-1919. By 1941 he got his B.A. degree and he also started participating in Kavi Sammelans,with his poetry. His break in films came with Nazrana-42. The film was a flop, but he was employed for writing lyrics.

He acted in Ranjit’s Shankar Parvati-43, Andhon ki duniya-43, Rajkamal’s Maali-44, Narsinh Avatar-44, Banwasi-48, Daulat-49, and Bhishma pratidnya-50. Meantime,he wrote songs for films Aap ki sewa mein-47 and Adalat-48. He did few more films with Homi Wadia and then he started his fantasy films with Wadia. For this, he was trained in Fencing and Horse riding. He worked with Shakeela in 18 films-mostly costume films of C grade. He worked with Meenakumari (4 films), Nirupa Roy (4), Shyama (6), Anita Guha (11) etc

In the 50’s decade,which was the peak for Mythological films with 124 films, his 70 films were released.In the 60s,he did 33 films-including Navrang and finally he did 19 films from 71 to 83. He did total 143 films. Mahipal spent his retired life with family and friends. He died on 15-5-2005. ( Bio adapted from ‘Inhe na bhulana’ Gujarati book by Harish Raghuwanshi ji, with thanks)

Today’s song is sung by Geeta Roy. At this time, she was still new and trying to get hold in film industry. You will love the song and her fresh voice.


Video

Song-Taaron ke palne mein jhoole chaand hamaara re (Shree Ganesh Mahima)(1950) Singer- Geeta Roy, Lyrics- Anjum Jaipuri, MD- S N Tripathi
Chorus

Lyrics

taaron ke palne mein jhoole chaand hamaara re
chaaand hamaara re
taaron ke palne mein jhoole chaand hamaara re
chaand hamara re

raaja banke raaj karega
raaja ban ke raaj karega
kundan ban ke damkega
kundan ban ke damkega
laalon ka ye laal hamaara
chanda banke chamkega
chanda banke chamkega
sabki aankhon ka ujiyaara
praan sa pyaara re
chaand hamaara re ae
taaron ke palne mein jhoole chaand hamaara re
chaand hamaara re

ghar aangan mein mera munna
ghar aangan mein mera munna
khelega muskaayega
khelega muskaayega
meethhi meethhi baaton se ye sabka man bharmaayega
sabka man bharmaayega
aashaaon ka deepak hai ye
aankhon ka taara re
chaand hamaara re ae
taaron ke palne mein jhoole chaand hamaara re
chaand hamaara re

taaron ke palne mein jhoole chaand hamaara re
chaand hamaara re


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Blog Day : 4028 Post No. : 15142

“Murliwaala”(1951) was directed by Vasant Painter for Madhuvani Chitra, Bombay. This movie had Vijaylaxmi, Shashi Kapoor (sr), Durga Khote, Gulaab, Mahipal, Parshuram, Krishna Kumari, Niranjan Sharma, Vasant rao Pahalwan, Ramesh Sinha etc in it.

There were eight songs in this movie. One song has been covered in the past.

Today (29 july 2019) is the 17th remembrance anniversary of Sudhir Phadke (25 July 1919-29 july 2002). as a tribute to him, here is the second song from “Murliwaala”(1951) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Lata. Bharat Vyas is the lyricist of this song. Sudhir Phadke is the music director.

The mukhda of this song is similar to that of <a href="“>another Lata song from “Bahut Din Huye”(1959).

I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the movie as well as on the picturisation of this song.


Song-Chanda chamka neel gagan mein (Murliwaala)(1951) singer-Lata, Lyrics-Bharat Vyas, MD-Sudhir Phadke

Lyrics

chanda chamka neel gagan mein
chanda chamka neel gagan mein
neel gagan mein
neel gagan mein
chanda chamka neel gagan mein

dekhoon jab ye jhilmil taare
yaad aate jamuna ke kinaare
dekhoon jab ye jhilmil taare
yaad aate jamuna ke kinaare
kaisi bhulaaun khel jo khele
kaisi bhulaaun khel jo khele
tum sang sang madhuban mein aen
chanda chamka neel gagan mein

jaana chaahoon
aa na sakoon main aen
jaana chaahoon
aa na sakoon main
ho jaaye na bhor re
aaah piya mere aaj kisi ne
pankh diye hai marod re
vyaakul man hai
aakul tan hai
vyaakul man hai
aakul tan hai
neer bahe nainan mein aen
chanda chamka neel gagan mein
chanda chamka neel gagan mein


This article is written by Sudhir, 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.

Blog Day : 4020 Post No. : 15132

21st July, 1969 – a tiny me was waiting for the arrival of the school bus, around 6.40 am in the morning, at the end of the lane where we lived, in Karol Bagh area of Delhi. Three, maybe four other friends, going to the same school – executing the normal morning routine, with strap bags on shoulders, waiting to espy the school bus that we all recognized oh so well, to take a turn from a crossing about 200 metres away – to come, and to gobble us up, and to carry us to yet another day at the school. I think, it was too early in life to philosophize about the love-hate relationship with education, school and school teachers. It was still kind of an eager fun to travel in the bus and get to a classroom, and spend time watching teachers do their things on the blackboard, for us. Ah yes, the blackboards back then were actually black, and white chalks were then the standard instrument of communication between the teacher and us.

Sorry, I am jumping the gun – classroom and education is not the topic today; ‘waiting for the bus’ is. So as I was saying, four five of us kids were at the appointed place, at the appointed time – waiting to be picked. Some of these memories are so vivid and crystal clear in the mind, as if it was just yesterday. Ah yes, does seem like yesterday. I remember there was a bakery and confectionery shop right on the corner where we used to wait for the bus. It was a family run business – two brother partners. Over the years, the ownership of that shop has remained in the family, but the subject matter of the shop has changed from confectionery to designer clothing today. I still remember, the board on the shop – ‘Paul’s – Bakers and Confectioners’.

The kids’ interest of course was in the candies, toffees and chocolate items displayed in the shop’s show cases. The shop would be open before we reached the waiting point, because being a baker, he was catering to the early morning needs of milk and bread supply, to the early riser families, which, in those times, was practically all the families in the neighborhood.

Ah, sorry, I digress again – waiting for the bus it was. So the different thing that happened on that morning was the the bus did not come on time. It was kind of a pleasant, expectation filled feeling in the kiddy hearts – is the bus not coming today? Well, bus used to be late once in a while. And the tiny minds would be inventing conjectures about the school being closed for this or that unimaginable reason. But then, those dreams used to be shattered within a matter of minutes – late it would be, but then it would appear on the horizon, and the young footsteps would prance on to the four steps and into bus, starting another day at the school.

But that day, the few minutes extended into many minutes – and no bus. Although we were all in the mood to run back home and make a pompous announcement of the mystery of the disappearing bus. Of course, none had the courage to do so. It was a mindless wait, but the instructions to this kiddy platoon was to stay rooted to the bus stop area, and not to wander away – no matter how late the bus was. And we waited. No, the parents were not with us. We kids were in that gray transition zone of trust building age, that the parents would drop us at the bus stop, and head back home, with the confidence that the kid would certainly board the bus and spend another productive day at the school. And so we waited.

One of the more enterprising member of this waiting platoon ventured into the bakery shop and asked for time. “Seven o five”, we were told – goodness the bus was twenty five minutes late. This had never happened before. It was a first in the long years of the tiny age of experiences that the kiddy minds had accumulated till then. But then, in the absence of any instructions for this unexpected, first time, unheard of situation, we were clueless as to what should be done. So we waited – did not have courage to venture back home – the certain thought in mind was that parents would simply scold us and ask us to get back to the bus stop immediately and wait some more. There must be a valid reason – breakdown, accident, petrol finish – whatever, but it will come. So go back.

But it didn’t come. Another fifteen minutes passed. Still no bus. The uncomfortable squirming had now transformed into an anxious fear – have we already missed it? Has the bus come and gone and all of us missed it by a minute or something. Now the fear started to grow, since if the bus had already gone, then the fault would be ours that we were a minute or two too late to reach the bus stop. And so what were we doing, while ambling towards the bus stop from home, how did we reach the bus stop late? And why? All sorts of uncomfortable thoughts were now cycling through the mind. And we waited.

But the tension was unbearable now. The urge was to rush back home, but in the absence of an explanation, the apprehension of the consequences did not allow us to move. First time in the long years of tiny experiences, we were facing a helpless situation, the CPUs of mind were primitive and no conclusive directions were forthcoming.

Finally, we saw a ray of hope. We espied a senior student of our school, walking towards our bus stop. This person used to board from the next stop on the route, about half a mile ahead. He came, he declared, and we conquered. 😀 😀

He informed us that the bus would not be coming that day, since the school had declared a holiday. So head back home and take a day off. Whoosh. . . the mounds of stones of uncertainty were suddenly lifted, a new energy seemed to flow now, in place of the helpless limbo. I am very very sure, all would have had this ‘Whoosh’ experience sometimes in school life – an unexpected holiday announcement. It was like ‘छप्पड़ फाड़ के’ – I am using this phrase in hind sight. Of course I was not aware of this phrase or its implications at that time.

Then one of us had the curiosity strong enough to ask, what happened, why this unannounced holiday. The senior was not very sure himself. He said his father had called the school, and the school had announced the holiday – it was because of the moon landing. Totally bewildered with this information the tiny brains could not process, we externally expressed relief and happiness, lugged the bags over the shoulders once again, and walked back home.

It was almost one hour after the bus time, and of course the parents were totally surprised to see me back at the doorway. Dad asked what was the matter. And I recounted in brief, about the wait, the senior student, the information about the holiday announcement and moon landing. Dad started to laugh. He had already known about this news – well he was part of the editorial team that published the morning paper. So he already had the information about the event in the late hours of the previous night. But there was no news in the papers about the school holidays. So then he ventured to confirm – went to another neighbor’s place to make a call to the school. We did not have a phone at home in those times. He returned after a few minutes, and his smile confirmed the announcement, and laid to rest any apprehensions, that I would be held to fault, for making up such tall story.

I asked him, and he explained, quite lucidly of course – he had prepared the news story for print just a few hours prior. But much of that did not register into the brain. The moon landing, Apollo 11, US spacecraft, Neil Armstrong – some key phrases stuck in the mind. I took up the newspaper and read through the story. The quantum and the quality of significance did not sink in then. But yes, this idea did sink in very earnestly that the event that happened was some towering, huge, first of its kind accomplishment by USA. In the later years, as my interest grew in scientific topics, I would come to realize the depth of significance and importance of this huge event. The man had landed on another celestial body for the first time in the history (known history??) of the mankind. Yes, it was huge.

On 25th May, 1961, John F Kennedy, the then US President, made this proposal to the US Congress, to land a man on the moon before the end of the decade. Of course, the objective was achieved on 20th July, 1969.

And so the event, and its earth shattering significance has stayed with me now, for all these years – all because the schools declared a holiday that day – to celebrate this towering achievement of the human race. The man had reached the moon, and the school was closed in celebration.

Today, we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of that accomplishment. Over the past 50 years, the science of astronautics, and the technology had progressed by leaps and bounds. But the ‘man on the moon’ event has this envious and non-duplicate-able quality about it – what more to say. The US scientists and NASA took almost 8 years to accomplish the target that their famous president had set for them. Long before that, the Indian cinema had already responded with the film ‘Rocket Girl’, in 1962, and with this humorous and lilting melody created by Prem Dhawan and Chitragupt.

Searching for an appropriate song for this celebration, I chanced to discover this fabulous gem of a song that has probably been considered lost and consigned to the deep. I tried to search for songs with reference to ‘chaand’. Another song from this film – “Na Jaane Chaand Kaisa Hoga” – is an iconic, popular hit song that is already posted on the blog. When I read the words of the mukhda of this, I was very curious to search and pull out this song, because the mukhda kind of hints at traveling to the moon. With some time spend, I am able to locate this song in my collection. As far as I could check online, this song is not yet available. So I prepared and uploaded this song, and here am presenting it for this celebration today.

Listening this song, I am so surprised that this song has remained obscure all these years. A vintage Chitragupt melody that takes the listener on a journey of lilting extravaganza – so beautifully tuned and so exquisitely arranged. The humming composition simply is not getting out of my mind at this time – the lady wants to travel to the land of the moon and have a romance amongst the stars, and gentleman is not at all convinced that they would reach there alive. 🙂  The words of the song are so interestingly crafted – it is a veritable treat to listen to.

‘Rocket Girl’ is a film from 1962, produced under the banner of Film Sansar, Bombay and is directed by Nanabhai Bhatt. The cast of actors is listed as Naaz, Sudesh Kumar, Jagdish Raj, Nilofer, Kanchanmala, Brahm Bhardwaj, Genius, Lal Bahadur, Mohammad Bhai, Ameer, Sandow, Shafi, Shammi, and Bhagwan Dada. Six songs are listed for this film, all from the pen of Prem Dhawan, with wonderful music compositions coming from the mind of Chitragupt.

I have no idea whether this film is about space travel, and visit to the moon. Listening to the two songs, it appears that his film is about space travel, I request our more knowledgeable readers to add more information about this film.
[Ed Note: Details about the film ‘Rocket Girl’ have already been posted by Arun ji, our in-house encyclopedia, with the earlier posted song of this film – “Na Jaane Chaand Kaisa Hoga”. The same are also available at Atul Movies – Rocket Girl (1962). Thanks to Aero Survey for this reminder.]

Fifty years of moon landing – and a surprisingly wonderful song to go along with – enjoy.

 

Song – Aa Ja Chalen Piya Chaand Waale Des Mein  (Rocket Girl) (1962) Singer – Suman Kalyanpur, Manna Dey, Lyrics – Prem Dhawan, MD – Chitragupt

Lyrics

aa ja chalen piya chaand waale des mein
taaron mein hum jaa ke pyaar karenge
aa ja chalen piya chaand waale des mein
taaron mein hum jaa ke pyaar karenge
teri kasam wahaan khair nahin jaan ki
marna hi hai to yahin pe marenge

basti nai sitaaron mein basaayenge
gaye jo wahaan palat ke naa aayenge
basti nai sitaaron mein basaayenge
gaye jo wahaan palat ke naa aayenge
aisi baaton se hum nahin darenge
na na na na
teri kasam wahaan khair nahin jaan ki
marna hi hai to yahin pe marenge
oo oo oo
aa ja chalen piya chaand waale des mein
taaron mein hum jaa ke pyaar karenge

jhoothe hain sabhi ye kisse chaand waand ke
le chaloon tujhe main zulfon mein baandh ke
jhoothe hain sabhi ye kisse chaand waand ke
le chaloon tujhe main zulfon mein baandh ke
jaao akele hum aahen bharenge
na na na na
aa ja chalen piya chaand waale des mein
taaron mein hum jaa ke pyaar karenge
oo oo oo
teri kasam wahaan khair nahin jaan ki
marna hi hai to yahin pe marenge

kehte the tumhin
sitaare doonga tod ke
honge meri jaan
ye waade kisi aur ke
mil ke jiye hain mil ke hi marenge
na na na na
teri kasam wahaan khair nahin jaan ki
marna hi hai to yahin pe marenge
oo oo oo
aa ja chalen piya chaand waale des mein
taaron mein hum jaa ke pyaar karenge
oo oo oo
teri kasam wahaan khair nahin jaan ki
marna hi hai to yahin pe marenge. . .

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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आ जा चलें पिया चाँद वाले देस में
तारों में हम जाके प्यार करेंगे
आ जा चलें पिया चाँद वाले देस में
तारों में हम जाके प्यार करेंगे
तेरी क़सम वहाँ खैर नहीं जान की
मरना ही है तो यहीं पे मरेंगे

बस्ती नई सितारों में बसाएँगे
गए जो वहाँ पलट के ना आएंगे
बस्ती नई सितारों में बसाएँगे
गए जो वहाँ पलट के ना आएंगे
ऐसी बातों से हम नहीं डरेंगे
ना ना ना ना
तेरी क़सम वहाँ खैर नहीं जान की
मरना ही है तो यहीं पे मरेंगे
ओ ओ ओ
आ जा चलें पिया चाँद वाले देस में
तारों में हम जाके प्यार करेंगे

झूठे हैं सभी ये किस्से चाँद वांद के
ले चलूँ तुझे मैं ज़ुल्फों में बांध के
झूठे हैं सभी ये किस्से चाँद वांद के
ले चलूँ तुझे मैं ज़ुल्फों में बांध के
जाओ अकेले हम आहें भरेंगे
ना ना ना ना
आ जा चलें पिया चाँद वाले देस में
तारों में हम जाके प्यार करेंगे
ओ ओ ओ
तेरी क़सम वहाँ खैर नहीं जान की
मरना ही है तो यहीं पे मरेंगे

कहते थे तुम्हीं
सितारे दूँगा तोड़ के
होंगे मेरी जान
ये वादे किसी और के
मिल के जिये हैं मिल के ही मरेंगे
ना ना ना ना
तेरी क़सम वहाँ खैर नहीं जान की
मरना ही है तो यहीं पे मरेंगे
ओ ओ ओ
आ जा चलें पिया चाँद वाले देस में
तारों में हम जाके प्यार करेंगे
ओ ओ ओ
तेरी क़सम वहाँ खैर नहीं जान की
मरना ही है तो यहीं पे मरेंगे


This article is written by Sudhir, 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.

Blog Day :

4000 Post No. : 15101 Movie Count :

4146

Missing Films of 1960s – 112
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Cricket is a distraction par excellence. 🙂  I am sure most of us bandwagoneers will agree.

That we are approaching the 151st century of songs on the blog, was being exchanged between Atul ji and myself for quite some days now. But the fact that we are also approaching the completion of the 4th millennium of no. of days of existence, almost went completely un-noticed by either of us. It was like just three or four days ago, that the tubelight came on in my mind. I immediately wrote to Atul ji. And equally immediately we agreed that we are on a threshold milestone that is more significant than the 151st century of songs.

Pondering on how to impress the importance of this event, we went back and forth with a couple of ideas. Of course, the idea that we should combine the 4th mega-day with the 151st C, was the immediate conclusion. And the century song was then scheduled for 1st July, and we decided to pace out the required interim posts so that we accomplish this combination.

Now we had already identified the century song, and Atul ji was already in preparation with the environment friendly post. The song – I had already suggested to Atul ji, and we had agreed to bring on “Main Mar Gai Garmi Se” as the crucial link in this scheme to bring home the message of global warming and connect it to the environment friendliness objective. But then Atul ji came up with a counter thought. The song itself is a June song, and we will be overstepping into July if we post it on the 4,000th day. Now what to do? After a brief exchange, we agreed that we will post this song on 30th June, on the 3,999th day and then figure out another special for 1st July. The decision then also put us in a scramble, because then we had four more posts to make this June song hit the date of 30th June. So then both of us weighed in, in favor of making these four posts (plus the century post, making it five) happen on Sunday, split as three posts by me and two by Atul ji.

I prepared the current latest post by Arun ji, and scheduled it for early morning release on Sunday. And then I worked the afternoon and evening to make two more posts, adding into two of my ongoing series – one for the repeat songs and one for the sleepless nights.

And then, of course we know what transpired on Sunday. India lost by 30 runs against England – personally I believe it could have been done, but then that is me, commenting, watching from thousands of miles away. In short, cricket otherwise consumed the attention and our combined target of 5 posts slipped by 2.

So in the morning, I get an email from Atul ji. Quite matter of fact indeed, that he was not able to make any posts yesterday, and that although it is July now, but the garmi still justifies the song, and that we are happy we combine 4M + 151C today. So the following is what I wrote back to him reassuringly –

Yes, in our part of the country, where monsoons have not yet arrived, the heat is sweltering and quite intense. The song is still very appropriate.

And btw, it is still June in the US. It will be June in Midway Islands, Samoa till 4.30 pm (IST) today. And overall, the month of June 2019 will remain on this planet till 5.30 (IST) pm, when finally midnight crosses over the International Date Line. :D) :D)

Atul ji agreed. If you notice the time of posting of the 151C song – it is 4.50 PM (IST). We made it well within the transmogrified target, with 40 minutes to spare. Meaning that the month of June was still alive on this planet when 151C got posted. The final edge of the midnight crossed over the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean 40 minutes after the posting, finally closing the month of June 2019 from everywhere on earth. Talk about close shaves. 😀 😀

But another notable mention still needs to be made.  In this exchange, Atul ji also expressed that he was not feeling very good about the amount of significance that he wants to bring in to this milestone of 4M days. He said it is not feeling weighty enough. So then I suggested that let us follow this 151C post with another post that brings is one more very significant song, and celebration, to add to the 4M festivities. And that I have the very thing planned for the 151C+1 post in any case, to be brought on to blog on 2nd July. So let me explain. Maybe some of you may have noticed. Whenever we reach a century post milestone, that milestone stays on for that entire day. Meaning we don’t follow up with any other post that day, to ensure that the century celebration stays on for at least one full day. When I explained the content I had planned for this 151C+1 post, he readily agreed to make an exception to this convention of keeping the day free after publishing a century post.

So excuse me for the long drawn intro – I believe the prelude circumstances were quite interesting enough to merit this story being told. 🙂 🙂

So what is special about this post – the 112th in the series of ‘Missing Films of 1960s?

Two reasons. Firstly, based on all the research and explorations that I have been able to make regarding the missing films list of 1960s that Ben Katie prepared as my homework, and based on all the material that I have been able to trace and ferret out, today’s post is the grand finale, of this series. Meaning that, given everything that I have been able to lay my hands on, this is truly the last film that can be presented in this series. So we have a marathon series of 112 episodes, lasting for 3 years, 9 months and 2 days, coming to a close today.

And secondly, the rarity of the song that is being presented today. The quality of rarity of this song in my opinion, actually goes beyond the rarest of the rare. Today’s song, for whatever it is worth, comes into play, where everyone related to Hindi film music has been resigned to the fact that this film, ‘Hawa Mahal’ of 1962 – it does not have any, and I mean ANY, surviving songs available. In a situation where the absence of songs is an established and accepted fact, when one is able to trace out something, even a partial song, that is indeed a matter of a resounding celebration. A little later in this post, I will explain the how this came about.

Let us quickly get over with the numbers first. Ben Katie started work on compiling the list of missing films from 1960s (1961-1970) by comparing the listing in GK Vol 4 and the list of songs posted on our blog. That was in November of 2014. She sent out the first draft listing to myself, Arun ji and the rest of the team for a quick review and update cycle. The review and update part did happen, but the ‘quick’ part did not. 🙂 Anyways, after setting up, reviewing and inserting special remarks for some films as required, we came up with the following numbers,

Total listed as released films               >>          942

No. of films present on blog                 >>          695
(at the time of finalizing the list)

No. of films still to be posted               >>          247
(at the time of finalizing the list)

So 247 was the count to be tackled, when I started working on this series. The first episode was aired on 30th Sep, 2015, and the movie presented in that first episode is ‘Muraad’ of 1961. Initially, I tried to stick to the sequence in which these films appear in the Geet Kosh. But not strictly all the way through – quite a few times I would break the sequence, based on availability issues or demands of some special event such as anniversaries etc.

As is apparent from the episode number, I have been able to bring onboard 112 films (including today’s ‘Hawa Mahal’). The following table gives the details of this analysis, by year within this decade.

Year Movies Released Included in the Blog To Be   Posted Series Posting Other Postings Films  Pending
1961 104 92 12 5 1 6
1962 93 61 32 15 3 14
1963 89 68 21 5 4 12
1964 99 78 21 9 5 7
1965 100 70 30 14 5 11
1966 103 80 23 9 10 4
1967 83 58 25 16 5 4
1968 72 53 19 8 6 5
1969 97 65 32 13 10 9
1970 102 70 32 18 7 7
 Totals 942 695 247 112 56 79

The first three columns (after the year column) give the status as of the compilation and analysis done by Ben Katie, at the beginning of this exercise, i.e. November of 2014. The next two columns give the data on postings for the particular year, after this exercise is set in motion. Interesting to note that at total of 56 songs of this decade got posted on the blog, outside of this series, during the same period. The last column gives the no. of films which are not yet available, and I mean, not available from any source, period. As far as my search of the past almost four years reveals, songs of these films are not available anywhere in public domain. I could be wrong, and oh boy, I will be the happiest person to be told that I am wrong 🙂 .

As per the last column, we are still short by 79 films from this decade. I am giving below the list of films that have remained untraceable even after continued effort of almost 4 years. The listing is by year in the decade.

Year   Balance movies Information
1961 1 Chatrapati Shivaji Children’s Film Society of India
2 Flight to Assam
3 Howrah Express
4 Mahavat
5 Tanhaai
6 Teen Ustad
1962 1 Aalha Udal
2 Balidan
3 Bijli Chamke Jamuna Paar
4 Deccan Queen
5 Fakiron Ki Basti
6 Hamen Bhi Jeene Do
7 Hamen Khelne Do Children’s Film Society of India
8 Jai Ho Mohabbat Ki
9 Madam Zapatta
10 Meri Bahen
11 Mohabbat Zindabad
12 Nadira
13 Raj Nandini
14 Rang Raliyan
1963 1 Deepak Children’s Film Society of India
2 Flying Horse (Udta Ghoda)
3 House Holder, The (Gharbaar)
4 Jai Jagannath
5 Junglee Raja
6 Kala Ghoda
7 Kala Jadoo
8 King of Carnival
9 Maya Mahal
10 Mr. Toofan
11 Raj Mahal
12 Tarzan And Gorilla
1964 1 Arab Ka Lal
2 Hukum Ka Ekka (Ace of Spades)
3 Khushnasib
4 Pahadi Jawan
5 Rahul Children’s Film Society of India
6 Raju Aur Gangaram (Boy & the Parrot) Children’s Film Society of India
7 Son of Hurcules
1965 1 Accident
2 Anmol Moti Children’s Film Society of India
3 Flying Man (Hawaii Insaan)
4 Kapurush-O-Mahapurush
5 Kite Fight (Wo kaata) Children’s Film Society of India
6 Kutte Ki Kahani Children’s Film Society of India
7 Main Bhi Maa Hoon
8 Mehbooba
9 Nartaki Chitra
10 Panch Ratan
11 Shahi Raqaasa
1966 1 Bahadur Dakoo
2 Chanchal Ka Swapna Children’s Film Society of India
3 Kazaki Children’s Film Society of India
4 Professor X
1967 1 Bhakta Prahlad
2 Maya Sundari
3 Naya Rasta
4 Rajoo Sachhe Moti-62 was re-released as Rajoo-67
1968 1 C.I.D. Agent 302
2 Lahu Pukarega
3 London Express
4 Mata Mahakali
5 Ram Aur Rahim Dubbed?
1969 1 Beti Yumhare Jaisi unavailable
2 Bhuvan Shome Songless Film
3 Danka
4 Ittefaaq Songless Film
5 Jungle King
6 Rakhi Rakhi
7 Rambhakt Hanuman
8 Sara Akash Songless Film
9 S.O.S. Jasoos 007
1970 1 Chalbaaz Leader
2 C.I.D. 999 in Goa
3 Do Thug
4 Heere Ki Titli Children’s Film Society of India
5 Muqabala
6 Qatil
7 Uski Roti Songless Film

The request for all readers and friends is to please check the above list. In case there is any information available about the songs of any of these 79 films, please, please, please share it with us.

So having dealt with the numbers and having told the story of pending films, let me now come to the song being presented today.  The film ‘Hawa Mahal’ of 1962 is produced by Ramesh Vyas, under the banner of Navkala Niketan, Bombay and is directed by BJ Patel. The main cast of actors is listed as Ranjan, Helen, Tiwari, Baboo Raje, Ramavtar, Bela Bose, Jugnu, Shyam, and Prakash amongst others.

There are six songs listed in the Geet Kosh. The name of lyricist is not given. Also, the names of the singers are not listed. Music direction is by Avinash Vyas. The singing voices used in this film are of Asha Bhosle and Mahendra Kapoor, however assignment to individual songs is not indicated.

Now coming to the mystery of songs of this film. In my search for the songs of this film, I could establish one thing. No gramophone records of the songs of this film are available anywhere. The general response from the premier collectors is that no 78 rpm records of this film were created. I was quite disappointed. With names like Helen and Bela Bose in the cast of actors, the film being of the ‘jaadugar saiyyaan’ types abracadabra of magic and fantasy, the music of Avinash Vyas, the singing voices identified – I was eagerly expecting some wonderful songs to be harvested from a film like this. But my search kept turning up a naught wherever I would be inquiring.

Then maybe three or so years ago, I espied a VCD release of this film with a VCD/DVD dealer in Chandni Chowk in Delhi. I just pounced at it, and bought it. Getting home, with an anxious expectation, I put on my laptop to play. I could not believe my eyes. The film runs its complete length, and NOT A SINGLE SONG is existing in the film. I was devastated. I ran the film again – maybe I had dozed off when the songs were playing. But no, even the second more careful screening did not turn up any songs. I ran the disc a third time, and carefully looked at sequence of scenes. And sure enough, I was able to detect three or four places, where the narrative jumps, and the scene makes up as if there would have been a song here. The realization struck me – all the songs had been edited out of the film. I was furious, cursing the VCD manufacturer’s apathy towards lovers of music, trying to cut down run time of the film to fit on the disk, वगैरह, वगैरह.

I tried once again – bought another disc, but still no songs. Now I was obsessed in trying to get to the source material of this film – the VHS tapes. In my search for the same, in India, as well as outside India, I was successful in procuring three different copies of the VHS tapes of this film from different sources. Imagine my horror, when I found that even the VHS tapes were bereft of any songs.

I was confused, angry and anxious. I started talking to my collector friends, asking them if they had any information on why such a fate had befallen this film. No one had any clue. The Geet Kosh does not carry any additional footnotes, remarks or corrigenda about this film. I was in total despair. Six songs listed, the film is available, and not one song is traceable.

The Geet Kosh lists only three actors – Ranjan, Helen and Tiwari. Just came to my mind, and I carefully viewed the credits at the beginning to get more complete information. One thing struck me as very peculiar. The name of the MD is given, names of two playback singers are given. But there is no name listed for the songwriter. I carefully checked it twice – sure enough the name of the lyricist is not in the credits. My mind then surmised this possibility that before the release of this film, some trouble must have brewed between the producer and the songwriter. No settlement could be reached through mediation, and the songwriter probably took the legal recourse, and got an order from the courts to disallow use of the songs written by him, in the film. The producer must have been forced to give up the rights to the songs. The same got deleted from the film, and as well, no gramophone records were manufactured. And the producer then also deleted the reference to the songwriter’s name in the credits. All well for them, but the music lovers have lost an unheard treasure.

Some month ago, for no reason, I picked up this disc, and started viewing it, simply as timepass, and to get the hang of the storyline. There is an evil magician living at the bottom of the ocean. He has fairies and mermaids as his attendants. He is collecting human skulls – when he will get to 100, he will achieve power to conquer the three worlds. Helen is one of the fairies that lures unsuspecting ‘aadam jaat’ male humans with her charm, and once entrapped, they are tied up and taken to the bottom of the ocean. One day, she lays a trap, and who would walk in but the hero of the film – Ranjan. She promptly falls in love with him, and sets him free, does not take him to her magician master. The news spreads in the underwater world, and the magician imprisons her. Her human beloved gets to know the story, and with his friends, goes down to free Helen. There is standard stuff of fights, fist fights and sword fights which seem to go on and on and on. There is a spaceship which is shaped like a palace – ‘Hawa Mahal’ for you. Ranjan defeats the magician and escapes from the underwater world in this spaceship, with Helen, and his friends. A happy ending for all. Lot of magic stuff happens throughout the film.

This time around, I watched this film in its entirety, right up to ‘THE END’. And that is where the magic happened. I discovered a partial song, right at the end of the film. It seems when the editor spliced out the songs from the main body of the film, he simply forgot that one partial song has been used in the closing minutes of the film. The discovery flabbergasted me – at least now we have one sampler from this film.

The singing voice is Mahendra Kapoor. The clip is a segment of the song, just over a minute in length. But goodness what a wonderful melody this turns out to be. One can only imagine what may have been the quality of songs if this is a representative sample. Wonderful, simply wonderful.

So then I upload this one minute clip, containing one complete stanza, and make for this post. This discovery is no less than any other rarest of rare songs. The world of collectors had given up on this film and its songs. But then we now have one half song, discovered quite by accident, giving a flavor of what could have been.

And with this startling discovery, I suspend further publications in this series. I say suspend, because I want to leave the door open for the possibility that any of the remaining 79 films of this decade, may turn up, only God knows where and when.

The wait will never end.

 

Song – Taaron Bhari Raat Hai  (Hawa Mahal) (1962) Singer – Mahendra Kapoor, Lyrics – [Unattributed], MD – Avinash Vyas

Lyrics

nai nai manzil hai
naya naya geet hai
poori hui aarzoo
mann ka mila meet hai
miley aaj humsafar
kal ki hai kya khabar
miley aaj humsafar
kal ki hai kya khabar
palken jhuka ke keh de
mann mein kya baat hai

taaron bhari raat hai
ghunghat mein chaand hai
akhiyaan mila ke keh de
mann mein kya baat hai. . .
taaron bhari raat hai

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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नई नई मंज़िल है
नया नया गीत है
पूरी हुई आरज़ू
मन का मिला मीत है
मिले आज हमसफर
कल की है क्या खबर
मिले आज हमसफर
कल की है क्या खबर
पलकें झुका के कह दे
मन में जो बात है

तारों भरी रात है
घूँघट में चाँद है
अखियाँ मिला के कह दे
मन में क्या बात है॰ ॰ ॰
तारों भरी रात है

 


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Today’s song is from an obscure film – ‘Jeb Katra’ aka ‘Pick Pocket’ aka ‘Girahkat’. The film may be obscure, but the song is extremely melodious and it is a pleasure to listen to such a song. I have liked it very much. The film was produced by actress-singer Brijmala’s home production Brij Prakash Productions. Looking at the cast of film and its director, it seems to be a stunt film. It was advertised as a Social Stunt film – whatever that means. To me it was like saying ‘a religious murder mystery film’ !

I have seen this film’s advertisements in the Jan and Feb 1946 issues of magazine Film India. In the Jan issue the lyricist is given as Shams Lucknowi and the composer as Bashir Khan Dehalvi. Next month – Feb – the ad says the lyricist is Ahsan Rizvi and MD is Nisar Bazmi.

The cast of the film was Navin Yagnik, Raj Rani, Samson, Ali, Radha, Habib, Sandow etc. The role of the ‘Pick Pocket’ was done by Samson, as mentioned on a photo of the film. The film was directed by Nari Ghadiyali- a veteran of C grade stunt films. Nari (Nariman) was a Parsee.

From the silent film era, Parsee community has been involved in film industry in different ways. In about every department of film making, there has been a Parsee, sometime somewhere. Parsee community is a very small entity. They never, even at their best times, exceeded a population of 3 lakhs in entire India. This is the only community which is truly a Minority community with just about 70000 people in entire India now. They have never ever asked for any reservation from the government. Parsees have significantly contributed to India’s industrial growth. Parsee greats like Tata, Godrej and Wadias have been extremely philanthropic too.

Parsees are mainly seen in Bombay and so it was no wonder that they joined the film industry, but a Parsee in Bengal has been a Pioneer in Cinema in the eastern India. JF Madon (1856 to 1923) had a roaring Parsee Theatre business in Bombay, but he shifted to Calcutta in 1902 and built an empire of Theatres and Cinema making. At one time the Madons had control on 127 Theatres in India. They made silent and talkie films in Bangla and Hindi. After his death, his third son JJ Madon took over. However, they closed their film business in 1937 and concentrated on their other interests like, imports, foods, pharma, insurance and real estate.

In Bombay, who can forget the contribution of Ardeshir Irani in starting the Talkie era with his ‘Alam Ara’ in 1931 ? In the early era, many Parsees contributed to Hindi cinema like Homi Master, Sohrab Modi, Sarswati Devi, JBH and Homi Wadia, John Cawas etc. In later period, the Irani sisters (Honey, Daisy and Manaka), Aruna Irani, Shammi, Fali Mistry and many others contributed. Earlier, in the field of direction, there were two well known names- Aspi (Aspinder) Irani and Nari (Nariman) Ghadiyali. Aspy Irani had married actress Husn Banu and Nari Ghadiyali had married actress Pramila. Both worked for stunt films made by another Parsee group – Wadia Brothers. Today’s film is also directed by Nari Ghadiyali. He directed 25 films, starting with ‘Jungle King’ (1939) to ‘Murad’ (1961).

The hero of film ‘Jeb Katra’ was Navin Yagnik, who was frequently seen in  C grade action/stunt films. Such films were made with tight budgets by small producers and hence the actors did not earn much money. To earn more money, their endeavour used to be to get roles in social films or films of other genres, especially made by well known production houses. Their payments were much better and also timely. Thus Navin also worked in some social films made by big banners.

As such stunt films declined in the latter half of the 50s, compared to 30s and 40s, as many producers like the Wadias, Mohan Pictures etc. shifted their focus to social films. Similarly major stunt film actors like Master Vithal, Master Bhagwan, Baburao Pehelwan, Azim Bhai etc. started getting roles in social films. Recently, I found a reference to Navin Yagnik in the autobiography of Hansa Wadkar- ‘Sangte Aika’ (‘सांगते ऐका’)  roughly translated as ‘Listen, I tell you’. In it she said. . . “My hero in this film was one Navin Yagnik, a handsome boy from UP. He was very shy and after the shootings, he would quietly sit in one corner reading something. He never joined our drink parties, nor he participated in any other group activity. I was attracted towards him but he gave no response. He sent me invitation card of his marriage, when it was fixed.’  Navin Yagnik (3-10-1912 to 28-10-1977) worked only in 30 films from film ‘The Mill’ (1934) to ‘Bhagwat Mahima’ (1955).

The MD for film ‘Jeb Katra’ was Nisar Bazmi. He was one of those musicians who migrated to Pakistan much later after the partition. There is a general perception among Indians that all those who migrated to Pakistan had a tough time there and they died in poverty. While this is true in cases of many actors and actresses, the converse is true about music composers.

Music directors who were worthless, unknown and unsuccessful, who gave music to obscure of B and C grade films here, in India, prospered very well in Pakistan. Composers like GA Chishti, Nisar Bazmi, Firoz Nizami, Tufail Faruqui, Rashid Atre, Inaayat Hussain, Fateh Ali Khan, Inaayat Nath, Khursheed Anwar were not very famous or popular in India, but in Pakistan almost every musician from India became famous, popular and successful. For example, Nisar Bazmi gave music to 40 films (only 27 released) in India. They were mostly C grade films and most songs were forgotten here. Same person, in Pakistan gave music to almost 60 films, won several awards and became famous and successful. How this happened ? What is the mystery ?

To understand this we must know what happened in Pakistan after partition and how was their film and music industry. According to an article in Wiki, since 1947, Pakistan film and music industry underwent several changes. It is worth repeating here. The period is divided as following,

‘Due to shortage of composers, all were welcomed with open arms. Those who had talents did extremely well here. Unfortunately the second generation of composers of calibre were not prepared and once these migrants disappeared from the scene, the musical fields of Pakistan dried up. According to  Wiki, there are 7 ages in Pakistan film music –

  1. Independence and growth – 1947-1958
  2. The Golden Age of Pak Film Music –  1959 – 1977
  3. The Age of Disaster – 1977 – 1988 (Onslaught of VCR and brain drain to Bangladesh in 1971)
  4. Politics, Islamisation and Downfall – 1979 – 1987
  5. Collapse – 1988 – 2002
  6. Decline – 2002 – 2009
  7. New Wave and Hope – 2010 onwards’

Anyway, Nisar Bazmi migrated to Pakistan during the Golden Age period and got all the benefits. Let us see what happened to Nisar Bazmi in Pakistan. His last film in India was ‘Mister Toofan’, released in 1963. Nisar migrated to Pakistan in 1962. Producer Sibtain Fazli of Fazli brothers offered him first film ‘Aisa Bhi Hota Hai’. The music of this film became hit and very popular and there was no looking back for Nisar Bazmi. He gave music to 57 Pak films. He won Nigar Awards 7 times and also won ‘Pride of Performance’ award from the President.

His last film was in 1981. He came back to Karachi and started teaching aspiring singers, but only one of them became a famous singer. He regretted that the younger generation looked for quick money and did not put hard work. None of his 8 sons loved music. They all followed different avocations. In his later life he was famous for learning Quran by heart.

Bazmi sahib taught music to up-and-coming youngsters, but only Faisal Latif managed to become somewhat popular. When asked why his students like Shafiq-ur-Rehman, Tanveer Afridi, Shabana and Shazia Kausar are unable to reach the top, he said, “My job was to train them, which I did. Now it is up to the musicians to utilize them as I am sure they have the talent to be the best.” When asked if the youth (of Pakistan) are going in the right direction, Bazmi Sb felt that it was because of our youths’ lack of interest that our music is not what it used to be. “A youngster today doesn’t want to be taught like the legendary singers. His only interest is to become rich and famous in a short time, which is certainly the wrong way.”

Nisar Bazmi died on 22-3-2007 at Karachi.

Today’s song from film ‘Jeb Katra’ is an exceptionally melodious song comparable to any leading composer’s song in India. With such tunes in his repertoire, I wonder why Nisar bazmi could not gain fame here itself. Usually when the film is a failure, the music of that film does not reach more audience and hence does not get exposure to become popular. Of course there are songs which became popular from flop films also. After all, it is a matter of luck only.

Song – Chaandni Raaten Kya Huin (Jeb Katra) (1946) Singer – Zohrabai Ambaalewali, Lyrics – Ahsaan Rizvi, MD – Nisar Bazmi

Lyrics

chaandni raaten
haaye
chaandni raaten kya huin
sukh ke wo din guzar gaye
chaandni raaten
haaye
chaandni raaten
jee bhar ke hum hanse naache
jee bhar ke hum hanse naache
aankhon mein aansoo bhar gaye
chaandni raaten
haaye
chaandni raaten

aisi buri hawa chali
aisi buri hawa chali
murjha gaye chaman ke phool
aisi buri hawa chali
aisi buri hawa chali
murjha gaye chaman ke phool
hasraten dil ki mit gayin
hasraten dil ki mit gayin
armaan saare mar gaye
chaandni raaten
haaye
chaandni raaten

doobhar hui hai zindagi
doobhar hui hai zindagi
marna bhi ho gaya kathin
doobhar hui hai zindagi
doobhar hui hai zindagi
marna bhi ho gaya kathin
doobne hum jahaan gaye
doobne hum jahaan gaye
dariya wahaan utar gaye
chaandni raaten
haaye
chaandni raaten

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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चाँदनी रातें
हाए
चाँदनी रातें क्या हुईं
सुख के वो दिन गुज़र गए
चाँदनी रातें
हाए
चाँदनी रातें
जी भर के हम हँसे नाचे
जी भर के हम हँसे नाचे
आँखों में आँसू भर गए
चाँदनी रातें
हाए
चाँदनी रातें

ऐसी बुरी हवा चली
ऐसी बुरी हवा चली
मुरझा गए चमन के फूल
ऐसी बुरी हवा चली
ऐसी बुरी हवा चली
मुरझा गए चमन के फूल
हसरतें दिल की मिट गईं
हसरतें दिल की मिट गईं
अरमां सारे मर गए
चाँदनी रातें
हाए
चाँदनी रातें

दूभर हुई है ज़िंदगी
दूभर हुई है ज़िंदगी
मरना भी हो गया कठिन
दूभर हुई है ज़िंदगी
दूभर हुई है ज़िंदगी
मरना भी हो गया कठिन
डूबने हम जहां गए
डूबने हम जहां गए
दरिया वहाँ उतर गए
चाँदनी रातें
हाए
चाँदनी रातें


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