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In the golden period of Hindi film industry, there were many popular and famous actors (actors include actresses) who were well known to most of the cine goers of their relevant time. Those actors included heroes, heroines, character actors, villains and vamps, comedians, dancers etc. However, there were actors who were not  well known to most of the cine goers as most of the time, they would have small roles in films. But even with small roles, some of them have left lasting impressions on the connoisseurs of Hindi films. There was eagerness to know as to who were those actors. Among this set of actors is the playback singer and actor, Shyam Kumar.

Born as Gul Hamid Ali in Pune, Shyam Kumar (1913 – 1981) joined Kardar Studio as a playback singer on the recommendation of Naushad. He sang for Naushad in ‘Sharda’ (1942), ‘Namaste’ (1943), ‘Sanjog’ (1943), ‘Kanoon’ (1943), ‘Ratan’ (1944), ‘Pehle Aap’ (1944), ‘Sanyasi’ (1945), and ‘Dillagi’ (1949). He worked in some of these films but never sang for himself. However, his playback singing career never took off as he had tough competitions from GM Durrani and later from Mohammed Rafi, Mukesh, Talat Mehmood etc. After ‘Guzaara’ (1954), Shyam Kumar virtually gave up playback singing. After 1954, he sang for the last time in ‘Tilasmi Duniya’ (1962).

Being on the payroll of Kardar Productions, Shyam Kumar also acted in the films produced/directed by AR Kardar which included ‘Sharda’ (1942), ‘Sanyasi’ (1945), ‘Dard’ (1947), ‘Dulaari’ (1949), ‘Jaadoo’ (1950), ‘Deewana’ (1952) ‘Dil-e-Naadaan’ (1953), ‘Yaasmeen’ (1955) etc. Due to his impressive physique, he was considered for roles with negative shades though in a few films like ‘Vijaygarh’ (1954), ‘Rashtraveer Shivaji’ (1965) etc, he was the lead actor. During his four decades of filmy career, Shyam Kumar acted in over 140 films and sang around 30 songs in 15 films.

The first time I became aware of Shyam Kumar was in my younger days when I had heard his voice in the iconic song “Tu Mera Chaand Main Teri Chaandni” in ‘Dillagi’ (1949) which used to be often played on Radio Ceylon. It was only during my 78 RPM gramophone record collection period in early 1970s I came to know through my friend, also a record collector, of the confusion created by the name ‘Shyam’ on 78 RPM record.  As the song was picturised on the hero of the film, Shyam (actor Shyam Chadha) who was accredited as ‘Shyam’ in the credit titles of the film, many felt that the actor Shyam sang this song for himself. On the other hand, Shyam Kumar, the singer who also acted in this film was accredited as ‘Sham Kumar’ in the credit titles. The fact was that actor Shyam lip synced the voice of Shyam Kumar in the song.

I had no inkling as to how Shyam Kumar looked like though I had seen him in many films as a familiar actor without knowing his name. He generally worked in ‘B’ grade films in negative roles but in most of ‘A’ grade films, he worked as one of the henchmen of the villains. Even in scenes where his presence was  minuscule among other prominent actors, by his sheer expressions and unusual dresses he wore for the films, the audience would notice his presence. I have included a few samples of his expressions and dress sense in the films as montages in the audio clip of a song I am presenting with this article.

Shyam Kumar was the lead actor along with Krishna Kumari in the film ‘Vijaygarh’ (1954). The other star cast included Habib, Abu Bakar, Mohammed Sandow, Maqbool, Ranjana, Rafiq etc. The film was directed by AY Sheikh. The film seems to be an obscure one as not much information is available on it.  From the title, it would appear that the film belongs to the genre of historical drama. But the star cast of the film gives me an impression that it was a costume drama/stunt film.

The film’s 7 songs are as obscure as the film. Songs were  written by two lyricists – Muzaffar Shahjahanpuri and Indivar and were set to music by two music director – Krishna Dayal and AK Prem.  I have uploaded the video of the first song from the film which is “Gungunaai Fiza Jagmagaaya Sama”. It is a duet sung by Manorama (not the actress Manorama) and Shyam Kumar. This song is attributed to Muzaffar Shahjahanpuri and AK Prem as lyricist and music director, respectively. I heard the name of Manorama as a playback singer for the first time. She appears to be a trained singer. Checking through the Geet Kosh listings, we find that the singer Manorama was apparently active only during the period of 1954-55 during which time she sang a total of eleven songs for four films.
[Note: Incidentally, Yashodara Katju had a younger sister, Manorama Katju and was associated with a film magazine ‘Screen’ in 1950s.]

It is often said that Shyam Kumar never sang for himself in the films. He gave playback to other actors.  In ‘Vijaygarh’ (1954), Shyam Kumar was the lead actor and had sung three songs – two duets with Manorama and one solo. All these 3 songs are mix of romance and joy. Going by the list of other male actors in the film, I do not think that these 3 songs would make much sense if picturised on them.  So, it is a point to ponder whether Shyam Kumar performed one or more of his three songs himself.

With this song, ‘Vijaygarh’ (1954) makes a debut in the Blog.

[Ed Note: A honky-tonk coincidence plays in with the addition of this song to our blog. This song belongs to the 4274th film on this blog, and it appears on the 4274th day of the blog. Well, what do you say. 😀 😀 .]

 

Song – Gungunaai Fiza Jagmagaaya Samaa (Vijaygarh) (1954) Singer – Manorama, Shyam Kumar, Lyrics – Muzaffar Shahjahanpuri, MD – AK Prem
Manorama + Shyaam Kumar

 

Lyrics

gungunaai fiza jagmagaaya sama
aa aa aa aa
gungunaai fiza jagmagaaya sama
li bahaaron ne do dil mein angdaaiyaan
ho angdaaiyaan
ho o o o
gungunaai fiza jagmagaaya sama
li bahaaron ne do dil mein angdaaiyaan
ho angdaaiyaan
ho o o o
 
tu ne ghunghat hataaya bahaar aa gayi
tu ne ghunghat hataaya bahaar aa gayi
roop chamka to bijli bhi sharma gayi
roop chamka to bijli bhi sharma gayi
chhaa gayeen muskuraane se rangeeniyaan
ho rangeeniyaan
ho o o o
gungunaai fiza jagmagaaya sama
li bahaaron ne do dil mein angdaaiyaan
ho angdaaiyaan
ho o o o
 
aisi barsi khushi saare gham dhul gaye
aisi barsi khushi saare gham dhul gaye
zindagi ke naye raaste khul gaye
zindagi ke naye raaste khul gaye
ab basaayenge hum ek niraala jahaan
ek niraala jahaan
ho o o o
gungunaai fiza jagmagaaya sama
haa aa aa aa
gungunaai fiza jagmagaaya sama
li bahaaron ne do dil mein angdaaiyaan
ho angdaaiyaan
ho o o o

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
——————————————

गुनगुनाई फिज़ा जगमगाया समां
हा आ आ आ
गुनगुनाई फिज़ा जगमगाया समां
ली बहारों ने दो दिल में अंगड़ाइयां
हो अंगड़ाइयां
हो ओ ओ ओ
गुनगुनाई फिज़ा जगमगाया समां
ली बहारों ने दो दिल में अंगड़ाइयां
हो अंगड़ाइयां
हो ओ ओ ओ

तू ने घूँघट हटाया बहार आ गई
तू ने घूँघट हटाया बहार आ गई
रूप चमका तो बिजली बहई शर्मा गई
रूप चमका तो बिजली बहई शर्मा गई
छा गईं मुस्कुयाने से
हो रंगीनियाँ
हो ओ ओ ओ
गुनगुनाई फिज़ा जगमगाया समां
ली बहारों ने दो दिल में अंगड़ाइयां
हो अंगड़ाइयां
हो ओ ओ ओ

ऐसी बरसी खुशी सारे ग़म धूल गए
ऐसी बरसी खुशी सारे ग़म धूल गए
ज़िंदगी के नए रास्ते खुल गए
ज़िंदगी के नए रास्ते खुल गए
अब बसाएँगे हम इक निराला जहां
इक निराला जहां
हो ओ ओ ओ
गुनगुनाई फिज़ा जगमगाया समां
हा आ आ आ
गुनगुनाई फिज़ा जगमगाया समां
ली बहारों ने दो दिल में अंगड़ाइयां
हो अंगड़ाइयां
हो ओ ओ ओ


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