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Hindi songs in Bangla Films: 27
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One of the many Bangla films in which Uttam Kumar paired with Supriya Devi was ‘Bilambita Loy’ (1970). The film was directed by Agragami. The star cast included Uttam Kumar, Supriya Devi, Nirmal Kumar, Deepa Chatterjee, Asit Baran, Tarun Kumar, Bimal Mitra etc. I have watched the film with English sub-titles on an OTT platform.  The film’s English sub-titles are not as good as they ought to be. They are also not properly synchronized with the scenes. Within these limitations, I could make out the story of the film as under:

Mriganka (Uttam Kumar), an upcoming painter, falls in love with Aditi (Supriya Devi), the singer during their college days. After the completion of college, they decide to get married. Aditi belongs to Christian family with a good financial status in the society whereas Mriganka belongs to an orthodox Hindu middle class family. There is opposition from both the families due to different religious and social status. Both of them get married against the wishes of their respective family. However, Aditi’s father gives some initial financial support to set up the house and also send with them Judith (Deepa Chatterjee), an orphan who has been staying with Aditi’s family since childhood, to support the newly married couple in household work.

With the help of the initial financial support from Aditi’s father, Mriganka gets a large house at a very high rent. He also furnishes the house by buying costly furniture and fixtures. In a short period of their marriage, Mriganka has spent all the money his father-in-law has given to his daughter. He has no income as he is yet to establish himself as a painter of repute. Hence his paintings remain unsold in the exhibitions. Soon, there is a financial crisis for the newly married couple.

Both Mriganka and Aditi meet their common friend Subroto (Nirmal Kumar) to get his guidance as to how to come out of their financial mess. Based on his advice, they move to a smaller house to reduce the rent outgo. Aditi who has been trained in Hindustani classical music decides to take singing as a career and becomes the radio singer. She earns her fees but not enough to run the house. Mriganka is not able to sell his paintings. So, Subroto helps him getting a job in the office. However, being a painter at heart, office work does not interest him. Within short time, he leaves the office job.

In the meanwhile, Aditi has become a famous singer. The gramophone records of her songs are sold like hot cake. She becomes very busy in her singing assignments. She has now become a celebrity. Both are now comfortable on their financial front. However, Mriganka is not able to sell any of his paintings despite getting favourable critical reviews of his paintings. He is not prepared to compromise on the subject of his paintings by which the art lovers can be enticed. Out of frustration, there is constant frictions between Mriganka and Aditi on trivial issues. Mriganka who has been a teetotaler and a non-smoker becomes an alcoholic.  The matter reaches a stage when Aditi misunderstands Mriganka in the company of a female model in her house as a muse for his painting. In the background of intense arguments, Mriganka decides to leave the house. Eventually, Mriganka and Aditi get divorce.

While Aditi’s singing career is on the upper trajectory, Mriganka’s luck is not in his favour. He decides to try his luck out of India by participating in the painting exhibitions in Europe. Despite having differences with his father, Mariganka was fortunate that at the time of the death, his father has left him   his share of savings which has come handy now to finance his trip to Europe. However, Mriganka returns to India without any success in Europe. His health has already started deteriorating forcing him to give up painting.

One day, while coming out of the church, Judith sees Mriganka walking on the road looking very sick. She takes him to her house and nurses him for few days until he recovers from his ill health. Even after that Judith visits Mriganka’s house daily to take care of his food and other daily routine. This information gets passed on to Aditi when Subroto meets her. She gets upset over the ‘scandalous’ relations between Judith and Mriganka but dismisses this information as of no concern to her.

Mriganka gets married to Judith and he is back to painting due to her encouragement. But at the back of her mind, Judith feels that she is indirectly responsible for the separation of Aditi and Mriganka as she had given a false testimony to the divorce court that she had affairs with Mriganka in order to hasten the divorce proceedings under instructions from him. Judith suffers a miscarriage and she dies in the hospital. Aditi attends the burial of Judith where Mriganka and his friend Subroto are present.

The film ends with a scene in which Aditi and Mriganka come out of the burial ground. He is about to go his way when Aditi stops him. Mriganka crosses the road with the support of Aditi holding his hand.

This film is one more example in Bangla films of ending scene being indeterminate leaving it to the audience to interpret in their own way. The first interpretation could be that it was a mere courtesy to help Mriganka to cross the road and drop him in his house in her car. Another interpretation could be that by supporting him to cross the road by holding his hand, they are united as a couple. The third interpretation which looks more probable to me is that Aditi has decided to extend her emotional support to Mriganka after the death of Judith and they remain friends.

At the outset, I thought that the story of the film is akin to Hindi film ‘Abhimaan’ (1973) in which the husband and wife who are professional singers get separated because of ego clashes. But at the end, there is an emotional reunion between the two.

In my view, in ‘Bilambita Loy’ (1970), there are no explicit ego clashes between their respective professions or between man and woman.  Even if it is there, the director has kept that at the low key. The friction points between Mriganka and Aditi arise because the former is not able to spend much time with the latter as she is quite busy in her professional work. Aditi has problem with Mriganka because he spends money on things which are not priorities like alcohol when his own earnings are not enough to get two meals a day. Neither Mriganka has problem with Aditi’s professional pursuit nor Aditi is concerned about Mriganka not able to earn income.

In the height of their frictions, it is Mriganka who decides to go for divorce to give Aditi the space in her professional pursuit. He also knows that she will not divorce him. So, he creates an impression that he has affairs with Judith to get the divorce faster. In sums, I feel that the director has handled the subject with delicate balance, avoiding the label of a feminist to Aditi and a male chauvinist to Mriganka.

‘Bilambita Loy’ (1970) has 5 songs of which one is in Hindi. The song which I am presenting is “Mann Kahaan Laago Mora Chain Ganwaayi Diyo Re’ which is a duet sung by Manna Dey and Aarti Mukherjee. The song is written by Gulzar which is set to music by Nachiketa Ghosh.

The situation of the song is that after becoming popular singer in Bangla songs, a new music director has taken Aditi for the first time to sing a Hindi song to test it in the market. His idea is that if successful, he wants her to accompany him to Mumbai to make her popular in Hindi songs which will also benefit the music director in pursuing his career in Mumbai. However, with so much happening with her in personal front, Aditi finally declines to move out of Kolkata. In real life also, Supriya Devi, after working in Mumbai for 3 films – Begaana’ (1963), ‘Aap Ki Parchhaayian’ (1964) and ‘Door Gagan Ki Chhaaon Mein’ (1964), she bid farewell to Bollywood. It is said that she refused Raj Kapoor’s offer to her of a role in ‘Mera Naam Joker’ (1970) which eventually went to Simi.

(Video)

(Audio)

Song – Mann Kahaan Laago Mora Chain Gawaai Diyo Re (Bilambita Loy)(Bangla) (1970) Singer – Manna Dey, Aarti Mukherji, Lyrics – Gulzar, MD – Nachiketa Ghosh
Manna Dey + Aarti Mukherji

Lyrics

taap chadhe to
baid bulaayi ke. . .
tan ke rog utaare
arre mann ka rog na jaaye raama
laakh jatan kar haare

 
mann kahaan laago
aiyyo. . .
arre mann kahaan laago
mora chain ganwaayi diyo re
mann kahaan laago
mora chain ganwaayi diyo re
nain laage
bairi naina
nain laage
bairi naina
raat jagaayi diyo re ae
mann kahaan laago
ho o
arre mann kahaan laago  
mora chain ganwaayi diyo re. . .

kehte naina
sunte naina
preet ki andhi do batiyaan
haan
jhooth si kaari
laagi raama
veham se lambi
ye ratiyaan
kaisa rog lagaayi diyo re. . .
o mann kahaan laago
uyi ammaa
arre mann kahaan laago
mora chain ganwaayi diyo re. . .
ae ae ae ae
man kahaan laago
mora chain ganwaayi diyo re
 
kaahe chhalken
bheegi phalken
rote hanste sapanon mein
rog lage hai
jogan jaisi
do sansaari akhiyon mein
kaun ye paath padhaayi gayo re..
mann kahaan laago
haaye
arre mann kahaan laago
mora chain ganwaayi diyo re. . .
ae ae ae ae ae

mann kahaan laago
mora chain ganwaayi diyo re
nain laage
bairi naina
nain laage
bairi naina
raat jagaayi diyo re ae
man kahaan laago
mora chain ganwaayi diyo re
hey ae ae ae ae
man kahaan laago
mora chain ganwaayi diyo re

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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ताप चढ़े तो
बैद बुलाइ के॰ ॰ ॰
तन के रोग उतारे
अरे मन का रोग ना जाये रामा
लाख जतन कर हारे

मन कहाँ लागो
अइओ॰ ॰ ॰
अरे मन कहाँ लागो
मोरा चैन गँवाई दियो रे
मन कहाँ लागो
मोरा चैन गँवाई दियो रे
नैन लागे
बैरी नैना
नैन लागे
बैरी नैना
रात जगाई दियो रे
हो ओ
अरे मन कहाँ लागो
मोरा चैन गँवाई दियो रे॰ ॰ ॰

कहते नैना
सुनते नैना
प्रीत की अंधी दो बतियाँ
हाँ
झूठ सी कारी
लागि रामा
वहम से लंबी
ये रतियाँ
कैसा रोग लगाई दियो रे॰ ॰ ॰
ओ मन कहाँ लागो
ऊई अम्मा
अरे मन कहाँ लागो
मोरा चैन गँवाई दियो रे॰ ॰ ॰
ए ए ए ए
मन कहाँ लागो
मोरा चैन गँवाई दियो रे

काहे छलकें
भीगी पलकें
रोते हँसते सपनों में
रोग लगे है
जोगन जैसी
दो संसारी अखियों में
कौन ये पाठ पढ़ाई गयो रे॰ ॰ ॰
मन कहाँ लागो
हाए
अरे मन कहाँ लागो
मोरा चैन गँवाई दियो रे॰ ॰ ॰
ए ए ए ए ए

मन कहाँ लागो
मोरा चैन गँवाई दियो रे
नैन लागे
बैरी नैना
नैन लागे
बैरी नैना
रात जगाई दियो रे
मन कहाँ लागो
मोरा चैन गँवाई दियो रे
हे ए ए ए ए ए
मन कहाँ लागो
मोरा चैन गँवाई दियो रे


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