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Today’s song is a duet from the film ‘Aaj Aur Kal’ (1947).

This is yet another movie from 1947, about which very little information is available, other than what is given in HFGK inadequately. Names of the cast are given by only 3 names and the lyricist name is missing.The film was made Chitra productions Ltd., Lahore. It was directed by KA Abbas and the MD was Khursheed Anwar. No names of any singers are given.

Khursheed Anwar gave music to only 10 Hindi films in India. His only one film had songs which became famous and that film was the last film of KL Saigal – ‘Parwana’ (1947), after which Saigal left this world. No other film was musically popular or famous. The last film of Khursheed Anwar was ‘Neelam Pari’ (1952). He migrated to Pakistan after this film. In Pakistan, however, he was one of the most celebrated and honored composers. He gave music to about 20 films and many of his films like ‘Intezar’ (1956), ‘Jhoomer’ (1959), ‘Ghunghat’ (1962), ‘Heer Ranjha’ (1970), ‘Parai Aag’ (1971) and ‘Mirza Jaat’ (1982) became hits. He also won several awards in Pakistan. He is credited with keeping the classical music alive in films. He got the Nigar Award 3 times. It is a matter of curiosity how those MDs who were not so popular in India became famous and popular in Pakistan. Examples are GA Chishti or Nissar Bazmi. Eminent composer in India like Ghulam Haider did not succeed in Pakistan.

I had to strive very hard to collect information on this film from various sources and I learnt that the producers of this film were CR Gwalani and RK Parasher. Actors Shyam and Nayantara were the lead actors and singers Zeenat Begum, Imdad Hussain and Naseem Akhtar sang some of the songs of this film. The most important information I got was that the story of this film was a science fiction story. It portrayed life in an imaginary city called Gandhi Nagar in the year 2048 (100 years later in future).

This was not the first Sci Fi film in India. Way back in the year 1937, there were 2 such films were made. One was by Prabhat film co. -‘Wahan’ (1937), in which Chandra Mohan and Shanta Apte were the lead pair. The second was by Prakash Pictures – ‘Khwab Ki Duniya’ (1937), with Jayant and Sardar Akhtar in lead. This film was based on the novel ‘The Invisible Man’ by HG Wells, published in 1897. A Hollywood film was made on it in 1933 with the same title. In the year 1938 again there were 2 Sci Fi films made. Ranjit Movietone made ‘Prof. Waaman M.Sc.’ (1938). This was about a man who travels in time. The second film was ‘Mr. X’ made by Prakash Pictures again.

In the 50’s there was a film ‘Mr. X’ (1957), with Ashok Kumar and Nalini Jaywant in lead. After 1960, there may be more Sci Fi films but I am not much aware about them, except ‘Mr. X in Bombay’ (1964) and ‘Mr. India’ in 1987. Our readers may enlighten us about any other such films.

The cast of the film ‘Aaj Aur Kal’ aka ‘Today Or Tomorrow’ (1947) was Neeta, Rashid Ahmed and Arif as per HFGK. I do not know who Neeta or Arif, but I certainly know who Rashid Ahmed was. He was popularly known as Rashid Khan in later films. Rashid Khan was a new entrant in Hindi films then, having debuted in ‘Dharti Ke Lal’ (1946), this was his just 4th film. Vadodara or Baroda has given many actors to the film world. Some of them are Mehboob Khan, Urmila Bhatt, Shabbir Kumar, Farooque Sheikh, VH Desai, Dinesh Hingoo etc. Add to this, Rashid Ahmed Khan aka Rashid Khan, who was a villain, comedian, character artiste and everything else, except the hero.
He was born on 5th July 1915. He was a Suleimani Muslim, hence very liberal and secular in nature. He studied upto BA, LL.B., but without becoming an advocate he came to Bombay to become an actor. He met Jaddan Bai,who gave him tit bit roles in films. Then he was employed by Sohrab Modi as a painter in his studio. Rashid Khan used to copy the acting of Chandra Mohan. After two months this job was also gone. Finally, Rashid Khan got a job in All India Radio, Bombay as an announcer.

One day Balraj Sahni met him. He was directing KA Abbas’ drama ‘Zubeida’ and was looking for an actor for the important role of Munshi Bedil in the drama. He was impressed with Rashid Khan and offered him the role. Rashid Khan flatly refused. Next one month, on and off, Balraj Sahni was trying to convince Rashid Khan, but he was adamant in not doing acting. Just one week prior to the staging of the drama, Rashid Khan met Balraj Sahni and accepted his offer.

Rashid Khan’s acting was much appreciated by critics. Balraj gave him a role in the film ‘Dharti Ke Lal’ (1946), which became his debut film. Many stage stalwarts were acting in that film. Deena (Sanghvi) Pathak had a dance item in it. Later she became a famous character actress in Hindi films in the 70s and 80s. Rashid Khan got several films like ‘Hasrat’, ‘Gudia’, ‘Aaj Aur Kal’, ‘Anjuman’, ‘Aarzoo’ etc. Initially he was credited as Rashid Ahmed, but later on he ensured that he was mentioned as Rashid Khan. In the beginning, he had to improve his Urdu/Hindi diction, as he was a Gujarati person.

Dev Anand cast him as Postmaster in Navketan’s first film ‘Afsar‘. Then came ‘Baazi’, ‘Jaal’, ‘Aah’, ‘Shri 420’ and many others. He acted in most Dev Anand and Guru Dutt films. KA Abbas cast him in his 8 films. He was a favorite of Hrishikesh Mukherjee. He worked with Mukherjee in 18 films. Personally, I like his role of a ‘body builder and exercise freak’, in the film ‘Ek Phool Chaar Kaante’ (1960). In his career, Rashid Khan did acting in 96 films.

In 1953, he married one Suraiya. His son Fazal is a photographer and daughter Heena married into the Fida Hussain family.
Rashid Khan rarely got long and big roles, but he made his small roles memorable. He was not typecast. He did roles as villain, comedian and character artiste as father, brother or friend of the hero. While shooting at Famous Studio, on 7-11-1972, he got a massive heart attack and died while working, just like Gope. [Adapted, with thanks, from a Gujarati article by Harish Raghuwanshi ji.]

Today’s duet is sung by Zeenat Begum and Imdad Hussain. I have no information about this male singer. The song is reasonably good one.


Song- Aao saathi aao (Aaj aur Kal)(1947) Singers- Zeenat Begum, Imdad Hussain, Lyricist- [Unattributed], MD- Khursheed Anwar
Zeenat Begum + Imdad Hussain

Lyrics

o o o
aao saathi aao
saathi tum kis oar chalin
kis oar chalin

main andekhe desh chali ee ee ee ee
andekhe desh chali

phaile phaile khet hamaare dekho
khet hamaare
ham sabne mil jul ke sanwaare dekho
mil ke sanwaare
mehnat ka chamka hai suraj
mehnat ka chamka hai suraj
raat ki baat gayi ee ee ee ee

o o o
aao saathi aao
main andekhe desh chali ee ee ee ee
andekhe desh chali

nayi umangen
ho o naya zamaana
nayi umangen
ho o naya zamaana
nayi tarangen
ho naya fasaana aa
nayi tarangen
ho naya fasaana
main hoon aaj ki prem kahaani ee
main hoon kal ki nayi nishaani ee
aaj aur kal se milke banaayen
aaj aur kal se milke banaayen
duniya ek nayi ee ee ee ee

o o o
aao saathi aao
main andekhe desh chali ee ee ee ee
andekhe desh chali ee
o o o

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

ओ ओ ओ
आओ साथी आओ
साथी तुम किस ओर चलीं
किस ओर चलीं
मैं अनदेखे देस चली
अनदेखे देस चली

फैले फैले खेत हमारे देखो
खेत हमारे
हम सबने मिल जुल के सँवारे देखो
मिल के सँवारे
मेहनत का चमका है सूरज
मेहनत का चमका है सूरज
रात की बात गई
ओ ओ ओ
आओ साथी आओ
मैं अनदेखे देस चली
अनदेखे देस चली

नई उमंगें
हो ओ नया ज़माना
नई उमंगें
हो ओ नया ज़माना
नई तरंगें
हो नया फसाना
नई तरंगें
हो नया फसाना
मैं हूँ आज की प्रेम कहानी
मैं हूँ आज की नई निशानी’
आज और कल से मिलके बनाएँ
आज और कल से मिलके बनाएँ
दुनिया एक नई

ओ ओ ओ
मैं अनदेखे देस चली
अनदेखे देस चली
ओ ओ ओ


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