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Today’s song is from the film Rai Saheb-1942.

How many of us really know anything about the title ” Rai Saheb” ? I am sure most people may not know.

When the British were ruling a larger part of the world, they had a system of honouring special people for their Loyalty towards the Raj, or for those who had done some great work, those who worked for removing the social ills etc etc. To do this, these people were given special Titles. The British Royalty used to bestow honourable titles for extraordinary work in its Empire, like OBE (Order of British Empire), CBE,CSI and similar titles. Usually such titles used to be given to Royal people of its Empire like Kings, Rajahs, Maharajas etc etc. It was a great honour.

For larger kingdoms like India, titles sounding Indian were used for other important people. RAI SAHEB was one of the titles The next higher one was Rai Bahadur and the next was Dewan Bahadur. These were for Hindus. For Muslims and Parsis it was Khan Bahadur and for Sikhs it was Sardar Bahadur. So you see, the cunning Britishers tried to keep all religions separate from each other in every thing that they did, because this split was useful to them to rule Indians. ( In Maharashtra Rai Bahadur was called Rao Bahadur). Usually, these Rais and Bahadurs were rich people only.

So, film Rai Saheb-42 was a story involving a major role for a millionaire Rai Saheb. The film was the first ever effort of Producer Chhotubhai Desai, who was earlier the production Manager in the famous Wadia Movietone. The film was supposed to be a social comedy. It was a successful film, if you believe Baburao Patel’s comments in his popular magazine Film India. It was released on 16-5-1942 in Lamington Cinema, Bombay and ran for a long time. Baburao Patel’s good comments must have helped the film performance, I guess.

Made by Janak films, this movie was directed by S.M.Yusuf, for whom this was his 7th film as a Director,but first successful film of his career. S.M.Yusuf , born on 20-6-1910, was originally from U.P. and started his career by assisting directors in various studios. He was one cine artist who migrated to Pakistan and became a very successful director there too.

After Partition, several artistes-heroes,heroines,Directors,Comedians,lyricists,Composers, Singers and character artistes migrated to Pakistan. Almost 90% of them failed there miserably. Some of them like Meena Shorey shone for a while but ended up in penury and anonymity. Exceptions were like Malika -e-Tarannum Noorjahan. From the successful artistes,the major chunk was musicians-composers like Khurshid Anwar, Nissar Bazmi, Nashaad etc. Among the directors. S M Yusuf was one of the exceptions who succeeded. The migration of Cine artistes continued till 1965,when President General Ayub Khan banned Indian actors. Shaikh Mukhtar-1963 and Kumar-64 were probably the last to migrate to Pakistan. Till then some artistes like Sheila Ramani, Nasir Khan,Pran, Manorama, Composer Timir Baran etc went and worked in Pakistani films.

S.M.Yusuf started directing films in India from Bharat ke Laal-36. He directed 24 films like, Darban, Aina, Grihasthi, Saheli, Rai Saheb, Mehendi,Guru Ghantal, Bahurani, Maalik, Gujara, Hyderabad ki Nazneen,Bikhre Moti etc. He married actress Nigar Sultana. He also acted in a small role in the film Guzara-54.

In late 50’s he migrated to Pakistan with his talented son Director Iqbal Yousuf. His first film Saheli (1960) was a big hit of that time and was awarded in India also. It was a remake of his film Mehendi, made in India. He also made a remake of his film Ghumastha as Bahu Rani in Pakistan. Film Nek Perveen was a remake of same title film from India.His other films were Aulad, Dulhan, Honahar, Ashyana, Eid Mubarak, Suhagan, Zindagi aik safar hay, Shareek-e-Hayat, Bahu raani, Goonj uthi shehnai, Nek perveen and Haar gaya insaan.

When he went to Pakistan, he made his first film there -“Saheli”, which was a ditto remake of his own Hindi film- Mehendi-1950. This film Saheli became such a great hit that it virtually grabbed all major awards including a Nigar award for S M Yusuf himself. He made about 15 films in Pakistan,before he died on 17-8-1994, at Lahore,from where he had begun his career ! In his last years, he had settled in Canada, but he came to Pakistan on a visit, as if to die in his own place.

The music for film Rai Saheb-42 was by a pair of MDs- Madholal Master and Baldev Nayak, both from the early era of Talkie films. The cast of the film consisted of Jagdish Sethi, Rattanbai, Trilok Kapoor, Kaushalya, Gope, Dalpat, Mirza Musharraf, Kesarbai (she was the paternal aunt of actress Hansa Wadkar. She was instrumental in asking Hansa to join films to sustain her family. Her younger sister Indira Wadkar was also an actress in Hindi and Marathi films. Her youngest sister Susheelabai was the wife of Master Vinayak) and others.

The Heroine of the film was Kaushalya, who was barely 13 year old at the time of this film, but looked beautiful and older than her age. Kaushalya was born in Lucknow in 1929. She was the daughter of the famous dancer Lachhoo Maharaj and actress Daya Devi. Being brought up in the house of dancer and actor, Kaushalya picked up Dance, Music and acting very early. She appeared as a child artiste in films from 1936, when she was just 7 year old. She worked in 11 films as a child artiste. After the film Devbala-38, she did roles in Bhole bhale and Uski Tamanna-both in 1939, made by Sagar Movietone. She even sang in both films.

Then came films like Darshan and Ghar ki laaj, both 1941, and Baraat, Bharat milap, Rai Saheb, Station master and Swapna, all 42. The work poured on her till 1946, when she got married to a boy from Calcutta, when she had gone there to do films. After marriage she found it difficult to work in films, but continued for some more films, till her last film Ek Do Teen-1953.

In all Kaushalya acted in 27 films and sang more than 100 songs in about 35 films, in her short career. As a Heroine she had worked with Prithviraj Kapoor, Ulhas, Kumar, Ishwarlal, Trilok Kapoor etc.

The story of the film, as given in the Film India issue is as follows….

Manorama (Kaushalya) gets the news of her husband Prakash’s death in the city. After an enquiry, praksah’s parents all give up the hope and accept his death, but manorama is not ready to accept that prakash has died. She escapes from the village and goes to the city to find prakash. She changes her name to Shobha and joins a theatre as a dancer. Prakash is saved and adopted by a millionaire Rai Saheb (Jagdish Sethi) and his wife (Rattanbai) as his son-Ramesh. He meets Shobha in the dance theatre and they fall in love, not knowing that they are actually Husband-wife. After many ups and downs, they decide to get married and then come to know their own identities. All’s well that ends well.

With today’s song, film Rai Saheb-42 makes its Debut on this Blog.


Song-Jeet gayee jeet gayee jeet gayee main prem ki baazi jeet gayee (Rai Sahab)(1943) Singer-Kaushalya, Lyricist- Wahid Qureshi, MDs- Madholal Master and Baldev Nayak

Lyrics

Jeet Gayee
Jeet Gayee
Jeet Gayee
main ae ae ae
prem ki baazi
jeet gayee
jeet gayee
jeet gayee
main ae ae ae
prem ki baazi
main roothhe pi ko
manaa aayi
main roothhe pi ko
manaa aayi
main soye bhaag jaga aayi
main soye bhaag jaga aayi
Jeet Gayee
Jeet Gayee
Jeet Gayee
Jeet Gayee
Jeet Gayee
jeet gayee
main ae ae ae
prem ki baazi
jeet gayee
jeet gayee
jeet gayee

dil kahta thha
meri kismat mein kabhi khushi nahin hai
kismat ne chhala
muskuraayi
aur khilkhilaa kar hans padi
har raat ke baad ujaala
aur har dukh ke baad sukh ka aana zaroori hai
muhabbat ne apna jaadoo chalaaya
roothha hua preetam
prem ka bhikhaari ban kar aaya
aur aashaaon ke phool
nichhaawar kar gaya
dil ke saaz mein
geet machalne lage
dil ka toota hua aaina
phir jud gaya
wo dil ka darpan tod gaye thhey

wo dil ka darpan tod gaye thhey
dil ka darpan tod gaye thhey
mujhko rota chhod gaye thhey
mujhko rota chhod gaye thhey
main dil ke tukde jodoongi
main dil ke tukde jodoongi
par saathh na unka chhodoongi
par saathh na unka chhodoongi
Jeet Gayee
Jeet Gayee
Jeet Gayee
Jeet Gayee
Jeet Gayee
Jeet Gayee
main ae ae ae
prem ki baazi
jeet gayee
jeet gayee
jeet gayee


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