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Today morning, I saw a message in my mail box from Sudhir ji in which he gave me a link of a Hindi song from a Bangla film which I have not covered so far in the series ‘Hindi songs from Bangla Films’. I took the note of the song and told him that I will write an article covering the song in the coming days. In the afternoon, I got another message from Sudhir ji on whatsapp with an urgent note that today is the birth anniversary of Suchitra Sen and I should write an article on the occasion covering the song referred to by him which is picturised on Suchitra Sen.

Suchitra Sen has been one of my favourite actresses since I saw her performance in ‘Aandhi’ (1975). After watching her performances in many Bangla films in the recent period, my admiration for her as a performing artist has grown. So, it is an opportunity for me to write  a tribute to her on behalf of our blog on the  occasion of  her 89th birth anniversary today, April 6th.

Most of the Hindi film audience may not be much familiar with Suchitra Sen as she had acted in only 7 Hindi films.  Her Hindi films were ‘Devdas’ (1955) in the role of Paro with Dilip Kumar, ‘Musafir’ (1957) with Shekhar, ‘Champakali’ (1957) with Bharat Bhushan,  ‘Sarhad’ (1960) and ‘Bambai Ka Babu’ (1960) with Dev Anand, ‘Mamta’ (1966) with Ashok Kumar / Dharmendra and ‘Aandhi’ (1975) with Sanjeev Kumar. It was the latter two films which made her well-known amongst Hindi film audiences of that time. Unfortunately, there was no occasion for further opportunity to work in Hindi films as she took voluntary retirement 1978 from the film industry.

Suchitra Sen (06/04/1931 – 17/01/2014) whose real name was Roma Dasgupta. She was born in Sen Bangabaari village in Pabna district in East Bengal (now Bangla Desh). The family migrated to Calcutta (now Kolkata) during the partition in 1947. At the age of 16, she got married to Dibanath Sen, a marine engineer and a son of an industrialist. She joined Bangla film industry in 1952 with the support from her father-in-law and her husband who financed her initial films.

Suchitra Sen’s first film was ‘Shesh Kothay’ (1952) which was never released. Her first officially released film was ‘Saat Number Kayedi’ (1953) in which her lead actor was Uttam Kumar who had been then labelled as a ‘flop hero’ due to films in which he worked in 1948-52 flopped at the box office. It was a coincidence that his first film with Suchitra Sen became a box office hit. Since then, the Suchitra Sen-Uttam Kumar pair worked in about 30 films. Almost all of which became box office hits.

During her filmy career (1952-78), Suchitra Sen worked in about 60 films (including 7 Hindi films). I have seen some of her Bangla films which gives me an impression that she was selective, especially from 1960 onwards, in choosing the films with good story line in which she as a heroine got more or less equal footages with the hero of her films. A few of films of her during this period were with woman-oriented stories.

Among the Bangla films I watched, Suchitra Sen gave excellent performances in ‘Saat Pake Bandha’, ‘Uttar Phalguni’ and ‘Deep Jwele Jai’. I feel that she reserved her best for these three films. These films were critically acclaimed and were remade in Hindi like ‘Mamta’ (1966) from ’Uttar Phalguni’ (1963), ‘Kora Kaagaz’ (1974) from ‘Saat Paake Bandha’ (1963), ‘Khamoshi’ (1966) from ‘Deep Jwele Jaai’ (1959) etc

Apart from her good performances and box office success records as an actor, Suchitra Sen’s professional approach to her career must have made the film producers to give her preference while choosing  the heroine. For instance, she refused the role in one of Satyajit Ray’s film because he wanted her to give bulk dates for shooting which would have affected the producers of her other films.

Sometime in 1970, Suchitra Sen lost her husband while on a visit to the USA. One of her close confidants was of the view that though she did not cancel any schedule of shooting at that time, her husband’s death was the beginning of her moving towards a secluded life. The failure of her film ‘Pranay Pasha’ (1978), made her to retire from the film industry at the age of 47. However, over a period of time, it became evident that with retirement from the films, she had also shunned public life. She spent her last 35 years in her house as recluse, confining herself within a close circle of family and a few friends. During this period, she did not attend any public functions. She refused Dada Saheb Phalke Award in 2005 just to avoid going to Delhi and the public glare.

Suchitra Sen suffered from lung infections for which she was admitted in a Kolkata hospital sometime in December 2013. She had almost recovered from her ailment but on January 17, 2014, she got a cardiac arrest which took her life.

[Note: Some of the information on Suchitra Sen is based on a number of articles available on-line including some from Gopal Krishna Roy, a film journalist with United News of India who remained one of a very few  close confidants of  Suchitra Sen until her death].

On the occasion of Suchitra Sen’s  birth anniversary, here is a very popular Meera bhajan “Barse Badariya Saawan Ki’ which is sung by Geeta Dutt for the Bangla film ‘Grihaprabesh’ (1954). The song is picturised on Suchitra Sen and a girl whom I am not able to recognise.  The song is intercepted after the mukhda with Bangla dialogues between Suchitra Sen and  Uttam Kumar who joins them. After the end of the dialogue, the song is resumed with Uttam Kumar playing tabla.

As per www.geetadutt.com , the other voice in the bhajan in the mukhda part is that of Krishna Banerjee who lip sync for the girl. Mukul Roy is the music director.

In the audio version of the song uploaded by SAREGAMA, the song starts after the dialogues in the sound track version of the song. The lyrics are based on the video version of the song.

This popular Meera bhajan has been rendered by many singers including Lata Mangeshkar, Suman Kalyanpur, Sudha Malhotra and other Hindustani classical singers. Geeta Dutt adds one more variation to this bhajan and I like it. Suchitra Sen lends serenity to the bhajan.

Video

Audio

Song – Barse Badariya Saawan Ki (Grihaprabesh) (1954) Singer – Geeta Dutt, Krishna Bannerjee, Lyrics – Meerabai, MD – Mukul Roy

Lyrics

barse badariya saawan ki

barse badariya saawan ki
saawan ki man bhaavan ki
saawan ki man bhaavan ki
barse badariya saawan ki
barse badariya saawan ki
barse badariya saawan ki

saawan ki man bhaavan ki
saawan ki man bhaavan ki

[dialogues]

saawan mein umagyo mero manwa
saawan mein umagyo mere manwa
bhanak suni hari aawan ki
bhanak suni hari aawan ki

umad ghumad chahun disi se aayo
umad ghumad chahun disi se aayo
damini damake jhar laawan ki
damini damake jhar laawan ki
barse badariya saawan ki
barse badariya saawan ki

nanhi nanhi boondan meha barse
nanhi nanhi boondan meha barse
sheetal pawan suhaavan ki
sheetal pawan suhaavan ki

meera ke prabhu girdhar naagar
meera ke prabhu girdhar naagar
aanand mangal gaawan ki
aanand mangal gaawan ki

barse badariya saawan ki
barse badariya saawan ki
saawan ki man bhaavan ki
saawan ki man bhaavan ki
barse badariya saawan ki
barse badariya saawan ki

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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बरसे बदरिया सावन की

बरसे बदरिया सावन की
सावन की मन भावन की
सावन की मन भावन की
बरसे बदरिया सावन की
बरसे बदरिया सावन की
बरसे बदरिया सावन की

सावन की मन भावन की
सावन की मन भावन की

[संवाद]

सावन में उमगयो मेरो मनवा
सावन में उमगयो मेरो मनवा
भनक सुनी हरी आवन की
भनक सुनी हरी आवन की

उमड़ घुमड़ चहुं दिश से आयो
उमड़ घुमड़ चहुं दिश से आयो
दामिनी दमके झर लावन की
दामिनी दमके झर लावन की
बरसे बदरिया सावन की
बरसे बदरिया सावन की

नन्ही नन्ही बूंदन मेहा बरसे
नन्ही नन्ही बूंदन मेहा बरसे
शीतल पवन सुहावन की
शीतल पवन सुहावन की

मीरा के प्रभु गिरिधर नागर
मीरा के प्रभु गिरिधर नागर
आनंद मंगल गावन की
आनंद मंगल गावन की

बरसे बदरिया सावन की
बरसे बदरिया सावन की
सावन की मन भावन की
सावन की मन भावन की
बरसे बदरिया सावन की
बरसे बदरिया सावन की


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Blog Day: 4277 Post No.: 15512

“Ghulaam Begam Baadshah”(1956) was directed by Jugal Kishore for Niagra Films, Bombay. This “costume drama” movie had Sheila Ramani, Daljeet, Wazir Mohammad Khan, Altaf, Nishi, Sadiq, Paaras, Khairaati, Malika, R Nath, Jogendra, Prretam, Dilip Bamblahri, Wazid Ali, Bhanesh Kumar, Svivji Bhai, Chaand, Kamaldeep, Raj Puri, Prakash etc, with Johny Walker in guest appearance.

The movie had six songs. All songs were solo songs. Five different singers sang these six songs.

Two songs from the movie have been covered in the past.

Here is the third song from “Ghulaam Begam Baadshah”(1956) to appear in the blog. this song is sung by Geeta Dutt, who was the only singer to sing two songs in the movie. Other four songers got to sing one song each.

This song is penned by Indeewar. Music is composed by Sudeept.

PS-Sheila Ramani is the dancer, as ponted out by Prakashchandra, our inhouse face recongnition expert.

The song is picturised as a Rajdarbaar dance song. I am unable to identify the dancer. I request our knowledgeable readers to help identify her as well as the other actors seen in the picturisation.


Song-Dil se mere dil mila (Ghulaam Begam Baadshah)(1956) Singer-Geeta Dutt, Lyrics-Indeewar,MD- Sudeept

Lyrics

duniya
kya hai ae ae ae ae ae
dekh zara
o dilruba

dil se mere dil mila aa
aa dil se mere dil mila
dil se mere dil mila aa
aa dil se mere dil mila
chupke se kya jaadu kiya
nazron se kisne mujhe chhoo liya
chupke se kya jaadu kiya
nazron se kisne mujhe chhoo liya
guncha mere dil ka hans kar khila
guncha mere dil ka hans kar khila
dil se mere dil mila aa
aa dil se mere dil mila

lab pe hansi
dil mein khushi
doobi rahe masti mein ye zindagi
lab pe hansi
dil mein khushi
dubi rahe masti mein ye zindagi
ek jaam nazron se aisa pila
ek jaam nazron se aisa pila
dil se mere dil mila aa
aa dil se mere dil mila

kashti hoon main saahil hai tu
kehta hai dil meri manzil hai tu
kashti hoon main saahil hai tu
kehta hai dil meri manzil hai tu
ab toot bhi jaane de faasla
ab toot bhi jaane de faasla
dil se mere dil mila
aa dil se mere dil mila

marzi jahaan
le chal wahaan
tere liye thhukra doon donon jahaan
marzi jahaan
le chal wahaan
tere liye thhukra doon donon jahaan
duniya hai kya mujhko tu jab mila
duniya hai kya mujhko tu jab mila
dil se mere dil mila aa
aa dil se mere dil mila
dil se mere dil mila aa
aa dil se mere dil mila aa aa


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Blog Day: 4276 Post No.: 15511

“Aawaara Shahzaadi”(1956) was produced and directed by Pyarelal for Hind Pictures, Bombay. This “social” movie had Meena Shorey, Daljeet, Johny Walker, Sheila Ramani, Malika, Sheikh, Habeeb, Radheshyam, Maqbool, Rajraani, Jillani, Azeem, Pal Sharma, Raju, Rajni, Heera Sawant etc in it.

The movie had seven songs in it. One song has been covered in the past.

Here is the second song from “Aawaara Shahzaadi”(1956) to appear in the blog. This song is a romantic song which is sung by G M Durrani and Geeta Dutt. Khawar Zamaan is the lyricist. Music is composed by Jimmy.

Only the audio of the song is available. My guess is that the song was picturised on the lead pair of Daljeet and Meena Shorey. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of this song.


Song-Ham tumse raazi tum hamse raazi (Aawaara Shahzaadi)(1956) Singers-G M Durrani, Geeta Dutt, Lyrics-Khawar Zamaan, MD-Jimmy
Both

Lyrics

hum tumse raazi
tum hamse raazi
bolo ji bolo ab kya karega kaazi
hey chhodo ji chhodo
ham nahin raazi
bolo ji bolo ab kya karega kaazi

pehle kyun tumne teer chalaaye
kyun leke dil ko mere saamne aaye
pehle kyun tumne teer chalaaye
kyun leke dil ko mere saamne aaye
aapki hai ye zarranawaazi
bolo ji bolo ab kya karega kaazi
hey chhodo ji chhodo
ham nahin raazi
bolo ji bolo ab kya karega kaazi

mushkil hai mushkil pyaar nibhaana
bachpan se seekha maine dil ka lagaana
mushkil hai mushkil pyaar nibhaana
ae jee
bachpan se seekha maine dil ka lagaana
nahin chalegi ye jaalsaazi
bolo ji bolo ab kya karega kaazi

hey
ham tumse raazi
tum hamse raazi
bolo ji bolo ab kya karega kaazi

tere liye main sab kuchh luta doon
kadmon pe tere apna sar bhi jhuka doon
tere liye main sab kuchh luta doon
kadmon pe tere apna sar bhi jhuka doon
dil bhi ha taza ulfat bhi taazi
bolo ji bolo ab kya karega kaazi
hey chhodo ji chhodo
ham nahin raazi
bolo ji bolo ab kya karega kaazi

jalti hai duniya jalti rahegi
ulfat ki gaadi apni chalti rahegi

achcha jee
jalti hai duniya jalti rahegi
ulfat ki gaadi apni chalti rahegi

hey hey
jeet gaye ham pyaar ki baazi
bolo ji bolo ab kya karega kaazi
hey hum tumse raazi
ham tumse raazi
bolo ji bolo ab kya karega kaazi
hey ham tumse raazi
tum hamse raazi
bolo ji bolo ab kya karega kaazi


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Blog Day: 4262 Post No.: 15487

“Badnaam”(1952) was produced by D D Kashyap for Filmistan Limited Bombay. This “social” movie had Shyama, Balraj Sahni, Ulhas, Murad, Prabhu Dayal, Pappu, Narendra Kumar, Sheela, Jankidas, D S panchotiya, Bhujbal singh, Talwar, Shakeel, Mishra, Munna, Helen etc in it.

The movie had eight songs in it. Four of these songs have been covered in the past.

Here is the fifth song from “Badnaam”(1952) to o appear in the blog. The song is sung by Geeta Dutt. Shailendra is the lyricist. Music is composed by Basant Prakash.

Only the audio of the song is available. I request our knowleadgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of this melancholic “dukhiyaari naari” song.


Song-O dene waale ye kya diya toone (Badnaam)(1952) Singer-Geeta Dutt, Lyrics-Shailendra, MD-Basant Prakash

Lyrics

o o o
o o o
o o o
o o o
o o o
o o o
o o o

o o o
o o o
o dene waale ye kya diya toone
do chaar aansu do chaar aahen
o o o o
dene waale

hoke rahi barbaad jawaani
haaye
hoke rahi barbaad jawaani
dil ko mili ik dard nishaani
dil ko mili ik dard nishaani
loot liya taqdeer ne sab kuchh a a
loot liya taqdeer ne sab kuchh
dena chaahe to kyun chaahe
o o o o
o dene waale ye kya diya toone
do chaar aansoo do chaar aahen
o o o o
dene waale

meri mohabbat adhoori kahaani ee
haaye
meri mohabbat adhoori kahaani
khil ki dhhali phool si zindgani
khil ki dhhali phool si zindgani
dukhdon ki nagri gham ka andhera aa aa
dukhdon ki nagri gham ka andhera
laayi kahaan mujhe pyaar ki raahen
o o o o
o dene waale ye kya diya toone
do chaar aansoo do chaar aahen
o o o dene waale
o o o
o o o
o o o


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Blog Day: 4261 Post No.: 15485

“Maaya Machhindra”(1951) aka Gorakhnath was directed by Aspi Irani for Super Pictures, Bombay. This mythological movie had Surendra, Nirupa Roy, Trilok Kapoor, Usha Kiran, Shanta Kunwar, Nand Kishore, Parshuram, Chaandni, Rajni, Bheem, Amirbai, Gulzar, Mona, Master Vinod etc in it.

The movie had eight songs in it. Two of these songs have been covered in the past.

Here is the third song from “Maaya Machhindra”(1951) to appear in the blog. The song is sung by Geeta Dutt and Surendra. Manoharlal Khanna is the lyricist. Music is composed by Premnath (MD) who was different from the actor of the same name,

Only the audio of the song is available. My guess is that this song was picturised on Nirupa Roy and Surendra. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of the song.


Song-Toot gayi haay jeewan veena (Maaya Machhindra)(1951) Singers-Geeta Dutt, Surendra, Lyrics-Manoharlal Khanna, MD-Premnath (MD)
Both

Lyrics

toot gayi haaye jeewan veena
jeewan sathi bin kya jeena
bin kya jeena
toot gayi haaye
toot gayi haaye jeewan veena
jeewan saathi bin kya jeena
bin kya jeena
toot gayi haaye

tan me kaante man mein kaante
tan mein kaante man mein kaante
neend kabhi aankhon mein aake
neend kabhi aankhon mein aake
tadpoon jaise jal bin meena
jal bin meena
toot gayi haaye

pankhheen ik panchi hoon main
udna chaahoon ud na sakoon main
pankhheen ik panchi hoon main
udna chaahoon ud na sakoon main
maut hai ye jeewan bhar jeena
aise jeena
toot gayi haaye

naina kahen ab kaun hamaara
man poochhe ab kisko sahaara
beete dinon ki haaye raina
beete dinon ki haaye raina
sapnon ki godi mein jeena
toot gayi haaye

toot gayi haaye jeewan veena
jeewan saathi bin kya jeena
bin kya jeena
toot gayi haaye


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Blog Day : 4254 Post No. : 15474

“Aadhi Roti” (1957) was produced by Amritlal Gandhi and Vallabk Choksi and directed by Chandrakant for Gandhi and Choksi, Bombay. the “social” movie had Bhagwan, Sulochana, Ulhas, Prem Adib, Kumud Tripathi, Manorama, Al Nasir, Bima Kumari, Master Dabboo, Roop Kumar (Daisy Irani), Ratnamala, Rajan Haksar, Radheshyam, Amirbai Karnataki, Baby Akhtar, Mehrunnissa, Bagla, R S Dubey, Champak Lala, Rajesh Sharma, Shrawan Kumar, Uma Khosla, Shakuntala etc in it.

The movie had eight songs in it. Two songs have been covered in the past.

Here is the third song from “Aadhi Roti” (1957) to appear in the blog. the song is sung by Geeta Dutt. Bharat Vyas is the lyricist. Music is composed by Avinash Vyas.

Only the audio of this song is available. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of this sad lullaby song.

HFGK informs us that this song is part I of a three part song in the movie.


Song-Soja re soja mere laal soja (Aadhi Roti)(1957) Singer-Geeta Dutt, Lyrics-Bharat Vyas, MD-Avinash Vyas

Lyrics

soja re
soja mere laal soja
nindiya ki nagri mein kho ja
mere laal
kho ja
soja re
soja mere laal soja

soya hai gagan
soya hai pawan
soya hai gagan
soya hai pawan
tu bhi so jaa o nirdhan ke dhan
soja
soja re
soja mere laal soja

na koi resham jhool jhulaaye
na koi pankha dulaaye
soja kanhaiya
tujhko teri
maiyya ki mamta sulaaye
soja re
soja mere laal soja

tu jo soye
sang sang tere
soyenge dukhde hamaare
apne dulaare ke mohan mukhde pe
waaroon main lakh lakh taare
soja re
soja mere laal soja


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Blog Day : 4235 Post No. : 15445

Hearty Greetings to all readers, on the auspicious occasion of Maha Shivratri-2020. On this day, I present a special song. Today’s song is actually not a song in the usual sense, but it is “Shiv Stuti”, rendered by Geeta Dutt, Badrinath Vyas and Chorus, in the film Har Har Mahadev-1950.

Har Har Mahadev-50 was a special movie. It achieved the status of a “Flag Bearer”, for Mythological films to be made in the coming decade of the 50s. It is not that Religious films were not made earlier. In fact, right from 1931 onwards such Dharmik films were being made. However, subsequently, when a variety of Genres came to the films, these movies lagged behind. The first attempt of reviving the religious films came when film Ram Rajya-43 became a Hit film, but in the 40s Stunt films dominated, so this chance subsided. Next when Har Har Mahadev became an extremely successful film, the religious films got a realm boost.

If you look at the type of films made in the 40s and 50s, you will notice a clear shift of the tastes of Indian film audience. The decade of the 30s was of the novelty of Talking films, so people saw whatever was offered to them. But by the 40s, the Industry had become a bubbly young one and films were made as per the budgets available, tastes of the audience and lastly on the choice of the producers.

The first half of the 40s was affected by second world war. This decade brought a new class of investors/financers, who had made easy money ( read Black money) in the war period. They were ready to invest/finance in film making, but their motto was “less investment and more profits”. To achieve this, the only way was to make a C grade stunt/action film. Thus, in this decade, there was a whole lot of C grade films, consisting of Stunt/Action films, Costume dramas, Magic based imaginary films and the likes of their ilk. These films could be made in less money ( according to Bhagwan Dada, a stunt film was made in about 30 to 50 thousand rupees only) and almost at a guaranteed profit of sizable percentage. Thus, so many such films were made that we can label the 40s as ‘the decade of stunt films’. During 1941 to 1950, approximately 210 stunt/action and similar films were made, giving a rough average of 21 films per year, for 10 continuous years !

Mythological/Religious films were being made from 1931 itself. They tried to give them a competition. Though only 80 such films were made in the 40s – 1941 to 1950 – two Block Busters from this religious film genre, gave lot of hopes to makers of such films. One was Ram Rajya-1943 and the other was Har Har Mahadev-1950. In fact, the extra ordinary success of Har Har Mahadev was so encouraging, that producers turned again to making Religious films in the next decade. The cost of making a religious film was much more than producing a C grade stunt film, but the turn over and profit was also many times more than the stunt films. The audience of religious films was mainly from Middle class society, who was now earning enough money to see films.

Due to higher cost of production religious films did not have the same number of films produced in the 50s decade. However 125 films were made from 1951 to 1960, giving an average of 12 films per year or 1 film per month for 10 continuous years. In this period the stunt/action film production diminished considerably – slowly walking towards a natural death of this Genre in due course ! The decade was crowded with Musical, Social and Comedy films. Even religious films provided good songs and music, as against stunt films-where it was non existent. The audience taste spurned the Stunt/action films and those producers too turned to producing religious social, musical and comedy films.

In this process, Har Har Mahadev-50 played a major role. Not only the story, acting, direction and production values were good but its music also played a stellar role ( after Ram Rajya-1943), in reviving the wave of religious films. The credit goes to its Music Director, Avinash Vyas (21-7-12 to 20-8-84). He was comparatively new. It was his just the 5th film. Starting with Mahasati Anusuya-43, he did Lehri Badmash-44, Krishna Bhakta Bodana-44 and Gunsundari-48 till then.

The success of Har Har Mahadev-50 was also due to excellent song lyrics by Ramesh Shastri ( 2-8-1935 to 30-4-2010). He was from village Diyor, Bhavnagar dist .in Gujarat. He went to Benares to study and completed Visharad (equivalent to B.A.). He came back to Ahmedabad and studied in St. Xavier’s college. He did his Ph.D in Sanskrit. He served in Ayurvedic colleges of Bhavnagar, Baroda and Ahmedabad.

When Raj Kapoor advertised for songs for his new film, Barsat, Ramesh Shastri responded with his songs and RK selected his song-“Hawa mein udta jaayen mera laal dupatta mal mal ka”, which became an instant hit and very popular too. Same year he also wrote songs for films Ram Vivah, Shaadi ke baad and Usha Haran. In 1950, he wrote 5 songs for film Har Har Mahadev. One song by Geeta Dutt, “Kankar kankar se main poochhoon, Shankar mera kahan hai” became famous and popular. After this he wrote for his last film Jai Mahakali-51 and stopped film activity.

He retired in 1990. Though Raj Kapoor called him several times, he was not interested in films or settling in Bombay and hence he declined every time. He wrote several Bhajans in Hindi and Gujarati, under the pen name of ” Ram Sharan”. These were broadcast over A.I.R. and Radio Ceylon regularly. He suffered from Cerebral palsy and was handicapped for last 10 years. He died on 30-4-2010).

The lead pair for the film Har Har Mahadev-50 was Trilok Kapoor and Nirupa Roy. After this film both became very famous as Shankar and Parvati. They did 18 films together- all religious films. Trilok Kapoor was born at Multan on 3-3-1882 and was educated at Peshawar. He went to Bombay to join his brother. He got his first film CHAR DARVESH-1933. He went to Calcutta and did some films there. He also worked as assistant to Director Hem Chandra. In the 40s and 50s, His patent role was that of Mahadev. He did 7 films in a row for this role and in all those films Nirupa Roy was Parvati. (However, no one could ever beat the divine pair of Ram and Seeta enacted by Shobhana Samarth and Prem Adib in Ram Rajya-1943).

Trilok Kapoor did about 120 films His last film was a TV film Akanksha, which was released after his death on 23-9-1989.

As per HFGK, Trilok Kapoor the actor sang 1 solo in Aaj ki Duniya and 5 duets in Raja Rani-42. After this there are no songs on his name.

NIRUPA ROY she was a versatile actress. To prove my point, I repeat here what I had said about her few years back. Nirupa Roy (4-1-1931 to 13-10-2004) was an enigma of Hindi Cinema. An ordinary lower middle class housewife turned into an actress due to a need to survive. Funny thing was that it was her husband who had visited the studio to get a job as an actor and the studio selected his wife instead ! Nirupa Roy who acted in over 250 movies has been variously branded as a Goddess of Mythological films, a suffering wife of a poor farmer, a troubled housewife of social films, an acclaimed quintessential mother of Bollywood and even a Stunt film actress !

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 8 films. She sang Bhajans, romantic songs, Comedy songs, qawalis, sad songs and peasant folk songs on the screen.

She changed her Heros like “Badalate huye 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 stunt Girl in 8 films. She even wrote a popular film song for film Samrat Chandragupta-58 ( Mujhe dekh chaand sharmaye – Lata).

I had seen this film,not once but many times.it was full of trick scenes and It had become a cult film. Trilok Kapoor,who acted the part of lord Shiva was rumoured to have a real snake around his neck during the film shooting. Nirupa Roy who played the role of Uma,was quite scared of snakes and it became a problem. Finally,an artificial snake was used,when their joint shots were shot.

HAR HAR MAHADEV-1950 was produced and directed by Jayant Desai under the banner of Jayant Desai Production. With this one film alone Jayant Desai became a millionnaire in those days.

It was also the FIRST film where the pair of Trilok Kapoor and Nirupa Roy became a hit as Shankar-Parvati and they played this role in 6 subsequent films.
This is a story, when Tarakasur, the king of demons invades the land of gods, to avenge the insult meted out to his mother by Indra. Tarakasur wins the war and all Gods are kept in captivity-including the offender Indra.

Lord Vishnu and Bramhadev know, only Lord Shiva can defeat Tarakasur but he is in Tapascharya(Meditation). Kamdev is sent to lure Shiva from his meditation, but Shiva is so angry that, opening his Third Eye, he burns Kamdev. Now only Uma, the daughter of king Himalaya can save the world. Uma(Nirupa Roy) starts penance to propitiate Shiva(Trilok Kapoor).

Due to her earnest Bhakti and devotion, Shiva relents and breaks his Meditation. Shiva and Uma get Married and later lord shiva destroys Tarakasur, releasing all the Gods.

On this auspicious day of Mahashivratri, the marriage of Shiv-Parvati is solemnised in the midnight.

Film Munimji-55 has a very nice song depicting the marriage details. It is also posted in this blog, already.

Today (21 February 2020), on this auspicious day of Maha Shivratri – when Lord Shiv ji weds Devi Parvati, here is Shiv Stuti from film Har Har Mahadev-50. Jai Mahadev !

Editor’s note– The lyrics are in Sanskrit. Our knowledgeable readers are requested to help fill in the blanks/ suggest corrections in the lyrics.


Song-Shiv stuti (Har Har Mahadev)(1950) Singers-Geeta Roy, Badrinath Vyas, MD-Avinash Vyas

Lyrics

jai gangadhar
har har jay Girijadheesha
har jay Girijadheesha
twamam paalay nityam
twamam paalay nityam
kripya jagdeesha
har har har mahadev

kailashe giri shikhare
kalpdramvipine
?? kalpdramvipine
gunjati madhukar punje
gunjati madhukar punje
kunjavane gahne

tasmilalitsudeshe sheela manirachita
?? sheela manirachita
?? deshi sheela
tanmadhye harnikate
tanmadhye harnikate
gauri ??
har har har mahadev

vibudhvadhu bahu nrityat ?? karitam
?? karitam
kinnar gaayan kurute
kinnar gaayan kurute
sapt swar rachitam

?? mridang vaadyate
har mridang vaadyate
kuru kuru lalitam venum
kuru kuru lalitam venum
madhuram naatayate
har har har mahadev
har har har mahadev

————————
Devnagri script lyrics
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जय गंगाधर हर हर जय गिरिजाधीशा ।
हर जय गिरिजाधीशा ।
त्वं मां पालय नित्यं
त्वं मां पालय नित्यं कृपया जगदीशा॥
हर हर हर महादेव

कैलासे गिरिशिखरे
कल्पद्रमविपिने ।
हर कल्पद्रमविपिने ।
गुंजति मधुकर पुंजे
गुंजति मधुकर पुंजे
कुंजवने गहने ॥

? ललितसुदेशे शीला मणिरचिता ।
हर शीला मणिरचिता ।
तन्मध्ये हरनिकटे
तन्मध्ये हरनिकटे गौरी उपवीता ? ॥
हर हर हर महादेव

विबुद्धवधू बहु नृत्यत ?? करितम
हर ?? करितम ।
किन्नर गानम कुरुते
किन्नर गानम कुरुते सप्त स्वर रचितम ॥

?? मृदंग वाध्यते ।
हर मृदंग वाध्यते ।
कुरु कुरु ललिता वेणुम
कुरु कुरु ललिता वेणुम
मधुरम नाट्यते ॥
हर हर हर महादेव
हर हर हर महादेव


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Blog Day : 4210 Post No. : 15406

Today’s song is from film Indrasabha-56.

From the title of the film, one can conclude easily that this was based on a Mythological story. However, it was not so. It was a remake of the film Indrasabha-1932, made by Madan Theatres, Calcutta. That film had Master Nissar and Jahanara Kajjan in the lead. That film had a world record of having the maximum songs-69 songs- details of which are given in the HFGK Volume-I. (It was suggested in the HFGK that there were 2 more songs also in the film, thus making a total of 71 songs).

The film was based on an Urdu play “Inder sabha, written by Syed Agfha Hasan “Amanat Lakhnavi” ( 1815-1859). This was probably the second play on imaginary story involving Mythological characters. The first one was Vishakha Datt’s play ” Mudra Rakshas “, written somewhere in the 9th century. Amanat’s play was written in 1853 and was first performed on stage in Lucknow in 1854. The original play had 46 songs, consisting of 8 geets of folk genres, 8 thumaries and 30 Gazals. When I was searching for information on the story or review of this film. I came across an article in http://www.bihartimes.com, from which I quote the relevant portion…

” “Indar Sabha” draws from both the rich tapestry of Persian dastans/masnavis and folklore as well as Hindu mythology. But it goes much further – amalgamating the strands of Urdu literary tradition, North Indian nautanki (folk theatre), Hindu devotional theatre/dance (Ram Lila, Ras Lila), classical Sanskrit drama and Wajid Ali Shah’s court pageants, contends Afroz Taj, professor of South Asian Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In fact, Prof Taj has translated and extensively analysed the work in “The Court of Indar and the Rebirth of North Indian Drama” (Anjuman Taraqqi Urdu (Hind), 2007).

The story is that Indar (Hindu celestial king Indra) organises a concert for his court. His court dancers, the Pukhraj (Yellow/Topaz), Nilam (Blue/Sapphire), and Lal (Red/Ruby) Paris (fairies) dance and sing for him in a variety of styles. Amanat showcases his craft here with their songs corresponding to their colour motif – the Pukhraj Pari presents basant songs, Nilam mentions blue flowers and jewels, and Lal Pari incorporates the red of the twilight, gems and blood in her lyrics.

When it is the Sabz (Green) Pari’s turn, Indar falls asleep. She storms out and meets an old friend, the Kala Dev (dev here not the gods of the Indian mythology, but demons of Persian folklore) and confides she saw a sleeping human prince on her way and fell in love with him. She orders him to bring him before her and he complies.

Awoken to see a beautiful woman confessing she is in love with him, Prince Gulfam of Akhtarnagar (an obvious reference to Lucknow of Wajid Ali Shah “Akhtar”) is confused and then angry at being abducted. Learning he is at Indar’s fabled court, he is now most keen to see its legendary dancers. The Sabz Pari warns him of the peril but he is adamant and threatens to commit suicide. She gives in and smuggles him in before resuming her performance. Unfortunately, Gulfam is discovered and a furious Indar orders he be imprisoned in a deep well in the Koh-i-Kaf (Caucasus).

The Sabz Pari, herself humiliated and cast out of the court, wanders through fairyland in the guise of a “jogan (female hermit)” in search of the prince. Reports of a new singing talent reaches Indar, who summons her for a performance. He is moved so much that he offers to give her her heart’s desire – and it is hard not to guess what she wants – and gets.

Encapsulating the refined aestheticism of Wajid Ali Shah’s reign, the play, surviving British annexation of Nawabi Awadh and the horrors of 1857-59, got a new lease of life as it was taken up and performed by theatre companies, mostly Parsi troupes, all over British India. It was first performed in Bombay in 1864, hit Lahore and Calcutta in 1875, and overseas – Singapore (1913) and Rangoon (1927). And it was these Parsi troupes that eventually formed the nucleus of the Hindustani film industry.

Amanat’s play is significant in other respects too. Not only is it a linguistic kaleidoscope with ghazals in polished Urdu and folk songs in Awadhi/Braj, but it also reflects the composite multicultural ethos – by conscious mixing of Hindu and Muslim cultural traditions or featuring Persian/Urdu words in a Braj lyric and vice versa.”

Film ‘Indrasabha’-56 was directed by a veteran of such films – Nanubhai Vakil. He was one of the highly educated persons of those times (B.A.LL.B), who joined films in the silent era and successfully continued into the Talkie era till the 70’s decade. The film was made under the banner of Shah Pictures, and the producer was its owner Ramniklal Shah (husband of actress Indurani- a heroine in the 30’s decade) The MD was A R Qureshi aka Tabla Maestro Alla Rakha. His assistant for this film was Damodar Sharma – himself a Music Director of the early Talkie films. The cast of the film was, Chitra, Daljit, Heeralal, Ameeta, W M Khan, Al Nasir (husband of actress Veena), Sadiq, Rajan Haksar, Ranjana Shukla and many others.

How many names a person can have ? 2 – 3 – 4 ? Film actress Ameeta had 5 names. She was born Qamar Sultana. Her mother called her Indira, friends called her Indu, In film Thokar-53, she appeared as Jai jaiwanti and finally she was named Ameeta by Vijay Bhatt. Total 5 names. Ameeta was born on 11-4-1940 to Riaz Ahmed and Shakuntala Devi , in Calcutta. After her father’s death, they shifted to Bombay.

She started acting in Kaafila-52, Anmol Sahara-52 and Thokar-53. In 1953, she became Heroine of film ” Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu”, for which she got the name Ameeta. The film was a flop. After roles in popular films like Munimji-55 and Hum sab chor hain-56 she was selected as a lead actress, opposite Shammi Kapoor in film “Tumsa nahin dekha”-57. The film was a great Hit and she became a Star !

Though she acted in some good films like Dekh kabeera Roya-57 and Goonj uthi Shehnai-59 etc, she remained all the time a B grade Heroine. Till her last film Kisan aur Bhagwan-74, she acted in 47 films and then she left films. Her mother died soon after. Her daughter Sabeeha acted in few films, but shifted to a more successful business of Jewellery designing. (adapted,with thanks, from the book ” Beete hue din” by Shishir Krishna Sharma ji).

One more interesting name in the cast is Ranjana Shukla. Once upon a time, she was the Heroine of Dilip Kumar in film ” Milan”-46, made by Bombay Talkies, now relegated to ordinary roles in films.

Ranjana’s real name was Ratan Shantaram Deshpande. She was born in Nagpur on 20-10-1927. While studying in St. Ursula High School, she learnt dancing and music from well known ustads. After passing her 6th standard examination, she came to Bombay to her elder sister, Kusum Deshpande, who was already working as actress with Minerva Movietone films. Kusum married Vasant Thengadi, a handsome actor in Hindi films of those times.

Kusum arranged for specialised dancing for Ratan in the holidays. Later Ratan was taken to Vijay Bhatt of Prakash pictures for an interview. She was immediately selected and got a role in the famous film Ramrajya-1943. In this film she was Chitralekha, Sita’s sakhi. Vijay Bhatt also changed her name to Ranjana. She was on pay roles of Prakash for Rs. 2000 pm. She acted in films like police-44, Vikramaditya-45 and Hamara Sansar-45. Next films were Nai Maa-46 and Zamin Asman-46.

Ranjana was called by Bombay Talkies to do Heroine’s role opposite Dilip kumar in film Milan-46. This film was based on Bangla film Nauka Doobi written by Tagore. She did the role of Hem Nalini in this film’s Hindi version. The same role was done by Meera Sircar in the Bangla film Nauka Doobi.

After this film, Ranjana was in great demand, but she wanted to quit films and get married to live a simple life. She married a young and handsome writer Arvind Shukla. But after few months he fell sick and there was no income. So, she had to continue working in films till 1975. She also worked in many Marathi films. In all, she worked in about 35 films or so. Ranjana worked with many big stars of her times like, Prem Adeeb, Prithviraj Kapoor, Jairaj, Dilip Kumar, Jeevan, Umakant etc etc

It is interesting to note that her sister and her brother in law acted with her in few films. Some such films were Zamin Asman-46 and Shadi se pehle-47. In film Saajan ka Ghar-48 all three had worked together. We have many families like this in Hindi films. I remember Zubeida and her mother and sisters, Sitara Devi and her 2 sisters, Nargis,her mother and brothers, Kapoor family, Dilip kumar, his brother and sister in law, many film couples and families of several film people are examples. Ranjana was perhaps one early example. Thank God, this Ranjana was not around when yet another Ranjana came to Hindi films. She was Ranjana Deshmukh, niece of actress Sandhya(nee Vijaya Deshmukh). This Ranjana, however , worked mainly in Marathi films and did only 4 Hindi films starting with the famous film Chaani-77. Unfortunately, she first met with an accident and then died of Heart attack at the age of just 40 years or so.

Today’s song is sung by Asha, Geeta and chorus. The lyrics are by Shevan Rizvi. This is the 3rd song from this film to appear here.


Song-Laala laala Gulle laala pyaar kare hai kismetwaala (Indrasabha)(1956) Singers- Asha Bhonsle, Geeta Dutt, Lyricist- Shevan Rizvi, MD- A R Qureshi
Asha Bhonsle + Geeta Dutt + Chorus

Lyrics

Laala Laala Gulle laala
Laala Laala Gulle laala
pyaar kare hai kismat waala
pyaar kare hai kismat waala
Laala Laala Gulle laala
jisne kiya na pyaar
ho jisne kiya na pyaar
uska jeena hai bekaar
uska jeena hai bekaar
Laala Laala Gulle laala
Laala Laala Gulle laala
pyaar kare hai kismat waala
pyaar kare hai kismat waala
Laala Laala Gulle laala

agar koi haseen qaatil
jo kabhi maange tumse dil
ajab se kehna lotar(?) ka
ajab se kehna lotar (?) ka
shaida tum par har dil waala
lalar lala lallar lalla
Laala Laala Gulle laala
Laala Laala Gulle laala
pyaar kare hai kismat waala
pyaar kare hai kismat waala
Laala Laala Gulle laala

ke jab tak ?? na karna
ham kahaan phir tum kahaan phir hum
ke jab tak ?? na karna
ham kahaan phir tum kahaan phir hum
ye mausam aaye na har baar
ye mausam aaye na har baar
rang hai sab ka udne waala
Laala Laala Gulle laala
Laala Laala Gulle laala
pyaar kare hai kismat waala
pyaar kare hai kismat waala
Laala Laala Gulle laala

haseenon ke ishaaron par
lutaa do din jhukaa do sar
haseenon ke ishaaron par
lutaa do din jhukaa do sar
warna jeena hi bekaar
warna jeena hi bekaar
pyaar ki duniya Gulle laala
Laala Laala Gulle laala
Laala Laala Gulle laala
pyaar kare hai kismat waala
pyaar kare hai kismat waala
Laaala Laaala


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Blog Day : 4180 Post No. : 15359

“Paak Daaman”(1957) was directed by S M Yusuf for Wadia Brothers, Bombay. This Muslim social movie had Chitra, Sudesh Kumar, Kumar, Krishna Kumari, Renu Makad, Adeeb, Moti Sagar, Mirza Musharraf, Sheikh, Baalam, Wazir Mohammad Khan, Praveen Paul, Indu, Kesarbai, Meena, Shree Bhagwan, H Prakash, Bande Hasan Qawwaal, Sardar Mansoor, Merunnissa, Mumtaz, Maqbool, M K Hasan, Mitthu Miyaan, Korega, Roopmala, Julien, Onkar, Jago etc in it.

The movie had eleven songs in it. Three songs from the movie have been covered in the past.

Here is the fourth song from “Paak Daaman”(1957) to appear in the blog. The song is sung by Geeta Dutt and chorus. Shakeel Badayuni is the lyricist. Music is composed by Ghulam Mohammad.

Only the audio of the song is available. From the sounds of it, this song appears to be a club dance song. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of this song.


Song-Khel khilaadi khele jaa (Paak Daaman)(1957) Singer-Geeta Dutt, Lyrics-Shakeel Badayuni, MD-Ghulam Mohammad
Chorus

Lyrics

khel khilaadi khele jaa
khel khilaadi khele ja
khel khilaadi khele ja
khel khilaadi khele ja

ho ho ho
ho ho ho
(khel khilaadi khele ja
khel khilaadi khele ja
)
mauj kare dil waala
dushman ka munh kaala
mauj kare dil waala
dushman ka munh kaala
saath hai tere kismat pyaare
himmat ko na haar
khilaadi khele ja
khilaadi khele ja
khilaadi khele ja
mauj kare dil waala
dushman ka munh kaala
saath hai tere kismat pyaare
himmat ko na haar
khilaadi khele ja
khilaadi khele ja
khilaadi khele ja

duniya ek jua khaana hai
ismein hain sab juaari
ismein hain sab juaari
duniya ek jua khaana hai
ismein hain sab juaari
ismein hain sab juaari
apna apna daanw lagaaye
khele duniya saari
apna apna daanw lagaaye
khele duniya saari
khele duniya saari

aha ha ha ha ha ha
raaja khele raaj se
phalsafi damaag se
raaja khele raaj se
phalsafi damaag se

aashiq dil ki daag se
aashiq dil ke daag se
o ho ho
muflis khele patton se hai jeet sabhi ko pyaari
ho pyaari
khilaadi
khele ja
khiladi khele ja
khiladi khele ja

dhokha dekar chaalen chal kar duniya daulat paaye
duniya daulat paaye
dhokha dekar chaalen chal kar duniya daulat paaye
duniya daulat paaye
mehnat kar ke kaun kamaaye
muft mein jab mil jaaye
mehnat kar ke kaun kamaaye
muft mein jab mil jaaye
muft mein jab mil jaaye

aha ha ha ha ha ha
dil mein sab ke chor hai
dil mein sab ke chor hai
beimaani ka zor hai
beimaani ka zor hai
barbaadi ka shor hai
barbaadi ka shor hai
ho ho
jeb ho sab ki khaali baabu
phaili hai bekaari bekaari
khilaadi
khele ja
khilaadi khele ja
khilaadi khele ja


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Blog Day : 4169 Post No. : 15343

Today’s song is a melodious song from the film Chaalbaaz-58. The film was produced by Balwant Bhatt and Ram Kamlani, under the banner of Neo Lite films. Songs were written by Anjum Jaipuri and Prem Dhawan. The music was by the Melody magician Chitragupta. There were 7 songs in the film. 2 songs are already discussed and today’s song is 3rd song from this film.

The title Chaalbaaz seems to be quite a favourite with film makers. Films with same title were made in 1958, 69, 80, 89 and 2003. In addition there was Chaalbaaz Leader-70 and Chaalbaaz Haseena-2002 also. The cast of Chaalbaaz -58 was Nirupa Roy, Jairaj, Nishi, K N Singh, David, Bhagwan, Cuckoo, Moti(Horse) and Tiger (Dog). It was a stunt film, directed by a veteran of this Genre – Nanabhai Bhatt.

Hindi film industry is a funny place. Here popular actors are immediately typedcast and it becomes their identity, whether they want it or not. Once a particular theme becomes a Hit, producers want to make similar films, with the same actor. Thus most leading actors get stamped. Many dont mind it because they too are comfortable with such type of films.

That is how Dharmendra was in the roles of “He Man” (does this mean all others were “She- Men”?), Amol Palekar as a Middle class simpleton, for a period Dilip kumar was a Tragedy king, Raj Kapoor a straight forward, simple man, Dev Anand a Playboy, Bharat Bhushan a lover or a singer, Rajendra Kumar almost always a suffering lover…..so on and so forth. Same was, even the actresses got typedcast like Meena Kumari was a Tragedy Queen, Madhubala, naughty lucky girl etc etc.

The audience categorised the actors for various Genres and roles. Other than these, the artiste was not acceptable to them in any other type casting. Can you ever imagine Kanhaiyalal, Nana palshikar or Rashid Khan in a Millionaire’s role? Can you imagine Nana Patekar as a Romantic, ‘run around a tree’ type lover boy ? Can you visualise Jeetendra in a Mythological film as Lord Shiva ? We can not, even in our dreams, accept them in these roles. Nimmi always had films in which she suffered and wept throughout. People had forgotten how she looked while smiling.

When film makers tried to change the type of roles of an actor, he became a failure (even a laughing stock) and he was not accepted in that role. For example, in his early films, Ashok Kumar was known as a shy Lover boy. When he was cast as Satyawan in film “Savitri”-1937, the audience was shocked and the film failed miserably. Similarly when Ashok Kumar (then 35 year old) acted as Abhimanuu (22 year old) in film “Uttara Abhimanyu’-1946, he was rejected outright.

Mehboob Khan cast him as King Humayun in film Humayun-45. In one scene, Ashok Kumar had to run, in a war costume, with a sword. The way he ran was so feminine and pathetic, that the audience used to laugh in the theatre. Thankfully, Ashok Kumar never again acted in any such films till the end. Leela Mishra was famous as a simple village type “Leela Mousi” in almost all films. In film “Baton baton mein”-79, she was shown as an Anglo Indian Christian woman. To see Leela Mousi in a knee long Frock and to feel her awckwardness in that dress was a painful exercise for the audience.

However, and thank God for this, there were some actors who consciously avoided getting typedcast and did variety of roles. One shining example was Sanjeev Kumar. He was truly a versatile actor and would fit into any Genre with natural ease. After Film Azad-55, Dilip Kumar also shook off the tag of “Tragedy king” and became a real versatile actor enjoying working in different type of roles.

Among Heroines, I can not think of any such actress, who fitted in all Genres and roles, Except One ! Yes, there was one actress who was truly versatile and did a lot of role types – social, historical, Mythological, comedy, tragedy, crime, family, action and stunts too, character roles, daughter in law, mother in law, mother, mujra dancer, religious films – you name it and she had done it. Can you guess the name ?

NIRUPA ROY !, Yes, she was a versatile actress. To prove my point, I repeat here what I had said about her few years back. Nirupa Roy (4-1-1931 to 13-10-2004) was an enigma of Hindi Cinema. An ordinary lower middle class housewife turned into an actress due to need to survive. Funny thing was that it was her husband who had visited the studio to get a job as an actor and the studio selected his wife instead ! Nirupa Roy who acted in over 250 movies has been variously branded as a Goddess of Mythological films, a suffering wife of a poor farmer, a troubled housewife of social films, an acclaimed quintessential mother of Bollywood and even a Stunt film actress !

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 8 films. She sang Bhajans, romantic songs, Comedy songs, qawalis, sad songs and peasant folk songs on the screen.

She changed her Heroes like “Badalate huye 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 stunt Girl in 8 films. She even wrote a popular film song for film Samrat Chandragupta-58 ( Mujhe dekh chaand sharmaye – Lata).

Film Chaalbaaz-58 was produced by Balwant Bhatt and Ram kamlani. The elder brother of Nanabhai Bhatt- Balwant Bhatt was born at Porbandar,Gujarat on 13-1-1909. Balwant started his career by assisting Naval Gandhi in 1930-31 and Pesi karani at Imperial Film company and then N.B.Vakil at Sagar Studios in 1932. A prolific director of second tier, action oriented films, Bhatt’s first as a director was Royal Film Company’s 1932 silent thriller PASSING SHOW which featured popular stunt-film actor Navinchandra. He turned Director with the advent of Talkie films and joined Prakash Pictures with BAMBAI KI MOHINI [1934; aka: ACTRESS] starring Miss Panna and Miss Alakhnanda. His last one was Nagin aur Sapera-1966. He directed 33 films,mostly stunt and C grade films.

Bhatt directed action star Fearless Nadia in DELHI EXPRESS (1949) and CIRCUSWALE (1950) as well as the comedian Bhagwan in JOKER (1949) and JODIDAR (1950), and even had opportunities to work with bigger names such as Bibbo in SUHAAG (1940), Maya Banerjee in MADHU SUDAN (1941), and Prithviraj Kapoor in AANKH KI SHARAM (1943). But the vast majority of Bhatt’s output was in the category of B-grade films.

He directed some Gujarati films like Sansar Leela,Seth Sagsha,Diwadandi,Snehlata etc.He was the producer of Dillagi-1942,Gunehgar-53,Alif Laila-53,Sinbad the sailor-52, Son of Sinbad-58, Police Detective-60 etc. etc. Diwadandi-1950 became famous for its song-” Taari aankhni afini”, sung by Dilip Dholakia with music by Ajit Merchant. His film Mordhwaj-52 was the Debut film for MD Narayan Dutt. Balwant Bhatt died on 7-2-1965,at Bombay.

Today’s song is a duet sung by Geeta Dutt and Ram Kamlani. Ram Kamlani was Gope’s youngest brother. They were 9 siblings and Ram kamlani was the last one. He was born on 20-10-1919. Though Gope started his career in acting in 1933 and concentrated only on acting,Ram kamlani dabbled in Acting,Direction,Production and Playback singing too. He entered the film line in late 40s.

As an actor he acted in 9 films like Ajeet, Inaam, Kaajal, Do Raaha, Joi Bangla Desh etc. As a Singer he sang 22 songs in 15 films. Starting with Doosri Shaadi-47, he sang in Ghar ki Izzat, Rangeen zamana, Kaajal, Refugee, Pyaar ki jeet, Maa ka pyar, Naao, Raakhi, Bahurani, Khamosh Sipahi, Meena Bazar, Malkin, Chaalbaaz, Laal Dupatta etc.

Mostly, he sang for his brother Gope. His songs were generally duets. These were mainly comedy songs,very few were serious ones.His rare solos like,” Bane hai hum to Ghar Jamai'(Ghar ki izzat) and ” Koi samze isse muhabbat”(Meena Bazaar) became popular.

When Gope established Gope Productions,he produced some films and directed some of them,like,Muskurahat,Biradari,Bezuban,khamosh Sipahi,Hangama etc.

Ram Kamlani died in 1983 in Bombay.

This is a melodious song. The mukhda is “Daudo re daudo, bhaga dil chura ke chor”. Surprisingly, there was another song in film Char Minar-56 (MD- Sardul Kwatra) which had a similar mukhda “Daudo ji chor chor bhaga dil chura ke”. This song also was a good song and had almost same tune. That song had Geeta Dutt and Rafi as singers. Let us now enjoy today’s song.
( Thanks to Harish Raghuwanshi ji for his Gujarati article and http://www.cinemajadu.com for information used herein.)


Song-Tina tin ke tina kisi ne dil hai chheena(Chaalbaaz)(1958) Singers- Geeta Dutt, Ram Kamlani, Lyricist-Prem Dhawan, MD- Chitragupta
Both

Lyrics

daudo re daudo bhaaga re bhaaga
dil chura ke chor
tina tin ke tina
kisi ne dil hai chheena
tina tin ke tina
daudo re daudo
bhaaga re bhaaga
dil chura ke chor
tina tin ke tina
kisi ne dil hai chheena
tina tin ke tina
kisi ne dil hai chheena
tina tin ke tina

khol zara to ghoonghat gori
dekhen soorat tori
hoy khol zara to ghoonghat gori
dekhen soorat tori
hum to hain deewaane tere
hamse kaisi chori
aaja ree
aaja chupke se paas gori
kaahe kare shor
tina tin ke tina
kisi ne dil hai chheena
tina tin ke tina
kisi ne dil hai chheena
tina tin ke tina

o ho ho
o ho ho o ho ho
ha ha ha
aa ha ha aa ha ha
devar jaage saas bhi jaage
jaag raha ghar saara
devar jaage saas bhi jaage
jaag raha ghar saara
phir bhi zaalim ne na jaane kaise daaka maara
daudo re daudo bhaaga re bhaaga
dil chura ke chor
tina tin e tina
kisi ne dil hai chheena
tina tin ke tina
kisi ne dil hai chheena
tina tin ke tina

na main jaaun baans bareli na main jaaun jhansi
na main jaaun baans bareli na main jaaun jhansi
in zulfon mein baandh ke mohe de de pyaar ki phaansi
aaja ree
aaja chupke se paas gori
kaahe kare shor
tina tin ke tina
kisi ne dil hai chheena

tina tin ke tina
kisi ne dil hai chheena
haay tina tin ke tina
kisi ne dil hai chheena
haay
tina tin ke tina
kisi ne dil hai chheena
tina tin ke tina


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