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

This song is from the film Girls School-1949. It is sung by Chitalkar and Shamshad Begum- one of the most popular singing pair of the late 1940s. The song was written by Kavi Pradeep and the Music Director for this song was C.Ramchandra. In this film, there were two Music Directors. One was Anil Biswas ( he composed 4 songs) and C.Ramchandra ( he composed 5 songs).

In those days, it was quite unusual to have 2 very well known and well established composers for one film. During Partition time, few composers had left India without completing their assignments and the work was then completed by another composer. So there was a convincing reason for such cases. There were few pairs of composers like Husnlal-Bhagatram, but it was a professional and permanent team. In case of Girls School-49, having two big composers was quite unusual and it created ripples in the industry, not only in those times, but its echos were heard again in 1954 also. Let us see how it all happened.

This film was produced by Kavi Pradeep under the banner of Lokmanya Productions, Bombay. This was a company floated by him and Amiya Chakrawarty-director of this film. To understand the complexiities of Girls school, we must go back a little. In 1942, Anil Biswas was invited by Ranjit at a salary of Rs. 1500/ per month and by Bombay Talkies at a salary of Rs 2500/ per month. As National studio was winding up, Anil Biswas wanted to make a change anyway, but due to the contract of national he could not join Bombay Talkies openly. He, however, gave music to the film Basant-42 and name of his brother in Law, Pannalal Ghosh was used as its Music Director.

Finally when Anil Biswas joined Bombay Talkies, there were already two groups there. One was led by Devika Rani and Amiya Chakraborty and the other was led by S. Mukherjee along with Ashok Kumar, Gyan Mukherjee, Pradeep etc-a total of 15 artistes. Anil Biswas was invited by Devika Rani and that too at a salary of Rs. 2500/ per month, when Pradeep was getting Rs 1500 per month. This irritated Pradeep no end and he started troubling and finding faults with Anil Biswas. However Anil Biswas gave excellent music in the film Kismet and then everyone was happy as the film celebrated jubilees everywhere.

With this back ground, Anil Biswas joined Girls school as a Music Director, mainly due to Amiya who knew his calibre. Because of everybody’s background , the film was entirely shot in the Studios of Bombay Talkies. Kavi Pradeep being a producer and a Lyricist started interfering with Anil Biswas’s work and criticising him at every opportunity. Anil Biswas was fed up. He had already recorded three songs and a solo by Lata , ” tum hi kaho, mera man udas kyun na rahe” was to be recorded. Anil Biswas had taken C Ramchandra as his assistant for this film. Though C Ramchandra was already a popular and wellknown idndependent composer himself , still he had accepted to be his assistant here due to his respect for Anil Biswas. When the tune for Lata’s solo was made, Pradeep passed caustic remarks about it being not so good. There was an altercation between Anil Biswas and Pradeep and Biswas quit then and there and went away.

C Ramchandra had to take over as the Music Director for the balance songs of the movie. Pradeep was very happy. Next day recording of Lata’s solo song took place under the supervision of C Ramchandra, as planned. Later when Lata came to know that Anil Biswas has left and C Ramchandra had replaced him, she was very angry and said that she would not have recorded the song had she known about Anil Biswas’s exit. She objected to C Ramchandra taking over as the music direction and complained about it in the Artists association too. (Remember that Lata and C Ramchandra’s relations had not formed yet and Lata was still with Husnlal at that time.)

Later on in 1954, when O P Nayyar replaced Roshan for Mehbooba, Lata took up the issue with the Music Directors’ association. Anil Biswas was the chairman at that time and O P Nayyar was boycotted. At that time Lata quoted Girls school incident to prove that she was “highly Principled” on such matters!

Anyway, that was how C Ramchandra became the Music Director of Girls school-49 and he composed 4 duets of Shamshad and 1 solo of Lalita Deulkar in this movie. All the four duets of this pair are very interesting. However, with all this jhamelas, film Girls school was a total Flop. Pradeep lost heavily and closed the production company forthwith, after just this one film.

I had not seen this film, so I was curious to find its review in contemporary magazines. I did not find it in Film India or in other periodicals. However I read one letter from a reader in Film India, which criticised the film for not having to do anything with women’s education. He further asserted that the film title was a misnomer, since not even one scene was there in entire film which showed running classes or a teacher in the class etc. Finally I found a short synopsis of his film in the ‘ Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema, which is given here to give an idea of what the film was about.

” Rural drama about Meena (Geeta Bali) who leaves home rather than submit to an arranged marriage and starts a girls school in a village, although opposed by the local zamindar. The zamindars brother-in-law Bipin (Sajjan), who lusts after Meena, is the villain. The hero (Sohan) appears in answer to an advertisement for a schoolteacher and is appointed only because Meena mistakes his name – Shanti Kumar Majumdar for that of a woman. The zamindar’s widowed sister Sumitradevi, a supporter of the school, objects because he is not married. Meena and Shanti Kumar fall in love but realises the damage he may cause to her school and leaves. Bipin then spreads rumours about Shanti Kumar morals, which causes further difficulties that have to be resolved before both the future of the school and of the loving couple could be assured. ”

The cast of the film consisted of Rehana, Sohan, Kuldeep Kaur, David, Pran, Iftekhar etc etc. Not much information is available about this Hero- Sohan. In Hindi films, many aspirants tried their luck. Not all of them got an opportunity to enter films. In the early era, it was easy, but as the years passed by, it became difficult for the hopefuls. Few lucky ones got a Mentor- it helped them to only to enter films but not stay in the industry.

“Aaye bhi vo, gaye bhi vo, khatam fasana ho gaya “. These newcomers were given a fair opportunity to showcase their abilities, but unfortunately, despite their honest efforts, their skill did not show up and the audience was unimpressed. They got big banners, good experienced directors, but they disappointed their Mentors with non existent abilities to act. They proved to be ‘Non- Actors ‘.

Among them, some male actor’s names which I remember off hand are Arjun in Malhar-51, Rattan Chopra in Aman-67,Mom ki Gudia-72, Vijay kumar in Alif laila-54,Premendra in Holi aayee re-70, Deepak kumar in Aabroo-68, Ajay in Wapas-69, Som Dutt in mann ka meet-68, Vikram in Julie-75,Rajeev Kapoor in Raam teri Ganga maili-85, Shekhar Suman in Utsav-84, Kaycee mehra in Chhabilee-60 and mem didi-61, prashant in Sehra-63, Ashok Sharma in Hamari yaad aayegi-61, Ajit Chitnis in Aaj ki baat-55, Nusrat Kardar in Dard-47, Manish in Saraswati Chandra-68, Rajiv in Nayi umar ki nayi fasal-65, Aroop kumar in Bezubaan-62 etc etc.

Sohan Kapila was also one such actor, who was not successful as a Hero. Actually, big banners like Filmistan supported him. He got seasoned Heroines like Geeta Bali and Rehana as well as Debutants Jayashree Gadkar and Nalini Chonkar, but nothing worked. He proved that you can take the Horse to the water, but you can not make it drink !!! He acted in Girls school-49, lajawab-50, Sanskar-58, Ek armaan mera-59, Chaand ki duniya-59, Babar-60, Commercial pilot officer-63 and Picnic-66 and may be some more as character roles. After he retired, his daughter actress Padmini Kapila also had the same fate !

The film had 9 songs (4-by Anil Biswas and 5 by C.Ramchandra). Five songs are already discussed in this Blog. Today’s song is the sixth song. The song is not very melodious or foot tapping, but it has an unmistakable C.Ramchandra stamp on it. So let us enjoy this fun song.

Editors comments:
Today (11 december 2017) is Kavi Pradeep’s remembrance day. So this song serves as a tribute to him.

Secondly, this song is the 600th song of Shamshad Begam in the blog. She becomes the 18th artist and seventh singer to reach this mark in the blog.


Song-Danke ki chot par kehta hoon main (Girls School)(1949) Singers-C Ramchandra, Shamshad Begum, Lyrics-Kavi Pradeep, MD-C Ramchandra
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Lyrics

o o o o
danke ki chot par kehtaa hoon main
sunte jaao ji laalaa
aji sachche kaa hai bolbaalaa jagat mein
jhoothe kaa hai munh kaalaa
aji sachche kaa hai bolbaalaa jagat mein
jhoothe kaa hai munh kaalaa

oy laalala
o o
badi badi deengen jo haank rahe thhe
unke honthon pe lag gayaa taalaa

oy kal tak diwaali manaate thhe jo
dekho nikalaa hai unkaa deewaalaa
aji sachche kaa hai bolabaalaa jagat mein
jhoothe kaa hai munh kaalaa
aji sachche kaa hai bolbaalaa jagat mein
jhoothe kaa hai munh kaalaa
oy laala

chhip chhip ke chhuriyaan chalaane waalon
kab tak manaaoge khair

ho o o
chhip chhip ke chhuriyaan chalaane waalon
kab tak manaaoge khair
ishwar ki duniyaa mein der hai bhaiyaa
lekin nahin andher
ishwar ki duniyaa mein der hai bhaiyaa
lekin nahin andher
doosron ke liye mat khodo kunwaa
kisi kaa bhi is’se bhalaa naa huaa

are ham sab ke upar jo maalik khadaa hai
wo hai hazaar haathwaalaa
aeji sachche kaa hai bolabaalaa jagat mein
jhoothe kaa hai munh kaalaa
aji sachche kaa hai bolabaalaa jagat mein
jhoothe kaa hai munh kaalaa
oy laala

jeet naa sakegaa koi ab hamse baazi
jeet naa sakegaa koi ab hamse baazi
miyaan bibi raazi to kyaa karegaa kaazi

chullu bhar paani mein doob maro bhaiyaa
kehtaa hai ye gaadiwaalaa
chhote chhote baadalon
tum kyaa chhupaaoge
chandaa kaa ujiyaalaa
arre chhote chhote baadalon
tum kyaa chhupaaoge
chandaa kaa ujiyaalaa
aeji sachche kaa hai bolbaalaa jagat mein
jhoothe kaa hai munh kaalaa
aji sachche kaa hai bolbaalaa jagat mein
jhoothe kaa hai munh kaalaa
oy laala

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

While discussing interesting songs from the decade of the 50s, one can not keep away from C Ramchandra’s films. In the early 1950s, Chitalkar was in great demand and his films were becoming popular because of his songs. Of course, there were films like Jhanjhar-53 and Ghungroo-52, which did not become hits in spite of good songs.
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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

GIRLS SCHOOL (1949) was produced under the banner of Lokmanya Productions ( a joint venture of Kavi Pradeep and Amiya Chakraborty). The film was directed by Amiya Chakraborty. Interestingly, one of the assistant directors for him in this film was Guru Dutt. The star cast included Geeta Bali, Sohan, Sajjan, Shashikala, Mangala, Ram Singh, Vimla Vashisht etc. Amiya Chakraborty has been known to produce/direct socially relevant films which he must have got this legacy from his association with Bombay Talkies.
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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

For the last eight months or so, I have been scouting for some rare songs which are yet to be posted on the Blog. My first preference was to get those rare songs which have not yet made their presence in YT. During my search, I concentrated mainly of the songs of 1940s and about 50 of such songs have already made their appearances in the Blog. There are some more in my kitty of the 1940s segment, a few of which have already been uploaded on YT. But I thought I would take some pause for the 1940s and divert my attention to the rare songs of the 1950s.
For the 1950s songs, my initial experience showed that in respect of well-known playback singers like Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi, Mukesh, Talat Mehmood, Kishore Kumar, Suraiya, Geeta Dutt, Asha Bhonsle, Suman Kalyanpur etc, there was no need for me to find their rare songs. Almost all of their songs for which mp3 clips are available on the internet, have already been uploaded on YT. I believe that all these playback singers have their fans in YT who would ensure that almost all the songs of their idols get posted on YT. That leaves me room to search for rare songs of only the second string and other lesser known playback singers for the 1950s segment. And I like to explore songs of such category of playback singers.
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This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

This is a lovely foot tapping song from the film Saanwaria-49. It is sung by Shamshad Begam and Chitalkar, with music composed by C.Ramchandra himself.
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“Sipahiya”(1949) was directed by Aspi for Super Pictures, Bombay. The movie had Madhubala, Yaakoob, Agha, Husn Bano, Altaf, Kanhaiyya Lal, Jillo Bai, Ghulam Rasool, Amirbai, M K Hasan etc in it.
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This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

VINTAGE SHAMSHAD BEGUM…..Song No. – 9
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Today’s song is from the film Girls school-49. It is a duet sung by Shamshad Begum and Chitalkar.
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This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

MISSING GEMS FROM THE GOLDEN 50s…. Song No….8
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Today’s song is from a milestone film of 1950 – ‘Sangram’. I call this a ‘milestone’ film for many reasons.
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This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog.This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

LOST AND FOUND- GEMS FROM UNRELEASED FILMS….Song No.–7
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Today’s song is from film Nazrana-40s. It is sung by Shamshad Begum and Chitalkar, under the baton of my favourite composer C.Ramchandra. C Ramchandra started his career with a C grade stunt film ‘ Sukhi Jeevan ‘-1942. By the time he was a known name, Shamshad Begum had already become famous all over India with her songs from Khazanchi and other films. C Ramchandra used Shamshad’s voice for the first time when he sang a duet with her in his first Filmistan film ‘Safar ‘-46.
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“Niraala” (1950) was an M & T Films production. It was directed by Shankar Mukherji. The movie had Dev Anand, Madhubala, Leeta Misra, Mazhar Khan, Madhubala, Yakub, Radha Krishnan, Narbada Shanker, Dev Anand, Mumtaz Ali etc in it.
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