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In my last article, I had discussed playback singer and actor Shyam Kumar, who has acted in many Hindi films but remained unidentified for most of the Hindi film audience. In this write-up, I am presenting one more such actor who has made us to notice him in many films but remained unsung because he did very small roles in most of the films in which he got opportunity to act – mostly as a sidekick, a henchman, a doctor, barman, hotel manager etc.  Though his roles in most of the films have been very brief say, not be more than 5 minutes duration but whatever he did as an actor in varied roles, it was noticeable to the filmy audience. The actor is Keshav Rana whose face in the films may be familiar to many cine audience but may not be known by his name to them.

I had seen Keshav Rana in some of the films in the late 60s and early 70s during which I was active in watching films almost every week-end but I was not aware of his name.  His acting as a police inspector in ‘Seeta Aur Geeta’ (1972) in a comical situation has still remained in my memory.  I did not know his name until I started collecting the pictures of personalities connected with Hindi films during the last 5-6 years. It was a co-incidence that his image propped up when I was searching for something else. And the image of Keshav Rana emerged as a scene from a film ‘Dillagi’ (1966). That was the beginning of my work to identify him in many more films.

Not much information about the early life of Keshav Rana is available on-line. The only information I know from IMDb is that his full name is Keshav Singh Rana and he belongs to Faizabad in UP. From his filmography, it appears that he came to Mumbai to join the film industry in the later half of 1950s. His first film as an actor was ‘Anjaan’ (1956). His most active years was 1960s and 1970s when he worked in around 50 and 70 films, respectively. On a rough count, Keshav Rana must have worked in around 130 films during 1956-1986.

During the last fortnight, I have seen some important films with Keshav Rana’s  scenes under prominent banners like that of Shakti Samanta, Arjun Hingorani, Ramesh Sippy, J Omprakash, BR Chopra, Prakash Mehra etc. He did a variety of roles in the films but in most of the films, he was moslty typecast as  Police Inspector/Commissioner, Doctor,  Hotel Manager, Barman, a patron of mujra dances etc.  In others films, he mostly performed roles in negative shades and sidekicks to the main actors. Of the films of Keshav Rana, I watched, the only film in which he got a relatively longish role of Puran Bahadur in negative shade of a blackmailer was in ‘Dillagi’ (1966).

Keshav Rana excels in negative roles with a smiling face. But behind his smiling face lies his evil and manipulative designs to blackmail his victims. In this role, he generally avoids fighting and bloodbath in most of his films. He leaves these parts to other henchmen. For example, in films like ‘Dillagi’(1966) and ‘Muqaddar Ka Sikandar’ (1978), he takes out his Rampuri knife but never uses it. Instead, he entrusts his fellow henchmen to fight it out. His light comical roles as a police inspector in ‘Seeta Aur Geeta’ (1972) with Hema Malini (as Geeta) and as a barman in ‘Shaan’ (1980) with Amitabh Bachchan have been well appreciated.

I have uploaded an audio clip incorporating along with the song, the screen shots of scenes in which Keshav Rana appears in some of his important films. Check out the audio link below.

‘Qatl’ (1986) appears to be Keshav Rana’s last film after which he did not act in any film. I could not get any information as to what he did thereafter.

Keshav Rana had played a small role of a patron of a kotha dancer in ‘Ganga Maiya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo’ (1962), the first Bhojpuri film.  The film was directed by Kundan Kumar. The star cast included Kumkum, Ashim Kumar, Nazir Hussain, Tiwari, Bhagwan Sinha, Helen, Leela Mishra, Kumari Khanna (Padma Khanna) etc. The story, screen-play and dialogues were written by Nazir Hussain. Songs were written by Shailendra which were set to music by Chitrgupt.

I am presenting the song ‘Luk Chhip Badra Mein Chamke Jaise Chanwa’ from the first Bhojpuri film rendered by Lata Mangeshkar and picturised on Kumkum who is dancing for the patron, Keshav Rana.

Listening to the song in audio clip gives a feel of the dance in a nautanki (folk theatre) in the rural Bhojpuri region. And why not? Both Shailendra and Chitragupt hail from Bhojpur region of Bihar.

Video

Audio

Song – Luk Chhip Badra Mein Chamke Jaise Chanwa (Ganga Maiya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo) (1962) Singer – Lata Mangeshkar, Lyrics – Shailendra, MD – Chitragupt

 

Lyrics

luk chhip badra mein chamke jaise chanwa
mora mukh damke
mori kusumi re chunariya itar gamke
mori kusumi re chunariya itar gamke
luk chhip badra mein chamke jaise chanwa
mora mukh damke
mori kusumi re chunariya itar gamke
mori kusumi re chunariya itar gamke
 
sonwa aisan piyar mor rangwa
phoolwa aisan komal mor angwa
sonwa aisan piyar mor rangwa
phoolwa aisan komal mor angwa
hirani aisan kajarwa naina chamke
kajrwa naina chamke
mora mukh damke
mori kusumi re chunariya itar gamke
mori kusumi re chunariya itar gamke
 
hamri baari umar ladkoriya
bhanwra neha lagaae barjoriya
hamri baari umar ladkoriya
bhanwra neha lagaawe barjoriya
hum t dolat paayaliya mori chhamke
paayaliya mori chhamke
mora mukh damke
mori kusumi re chunariya itar gamke
mori kusum re chunariya utar gamke
 
champa phoole chameli phoole bagiya
sudhi na lihale ram balam beragiya
champa phoole chameli phoole bagiya
sudhi na lihale ram balam beragiya
kehu na jaane basela kahunwa ramke
basela kahunwa ramke
mora mukh damke
mori kusumi re chunariya itar gamke
mori kusumi re chunariya itar gamke

luk chhip badra mein chamke jaise chanwa
mora mukh damke
mori kusumi re chunariya itar gamke
mori kusumi re chunariya itar gamke

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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लुक छिप बदरा में चमके जैसे चनवा
मोरा मुख दमके
मोरी कुसमी रे चुनरिया इतर गमके
मोरी कुसमी रे चुनरिया इतर गमके
लुक छिप बदरा में चमके जैसे चनवा
मोरा मुख दमके
मोरी कुसमी रे चुनरिया इतर गमके
मोरी कुसमी रे चुनरिया इतर गमके

सोनवा ऐसन पियर मोर रंगवा
फुलवा ऐसन कोमल मोर अंगवा
सोनवा ऐसन पियर मोर रंगवा
फुलवा ऐसन कोमल मोर अंगवा
हिरनी ऐसन कजरवा नैना चमके
कजरवा नैना चमके
मोरा मुख दमके
मोरी कुसमी रे चुनरिया इतर गमके
मोरी कुसमी रे चुनरिया इतर गमके

हमरी बारी उमर लरकोरिया
भंवरा नेहा लगावे बरजोरिया
हमरी बारी उमर लरकोरिया
भंवरा नेहा लगावे बरजोरिया
हम त डोलत पायलिया मोरी छ्मके
पायलिया मोरी छ्मके
मोरा मुख दमके
मोरी कुसुमि रे चुनरिया इतर गमके
मोरी कुसुमि रे चुनरिया इतर गमके

चंपा फूले चमेली फूले बगिया
सुधि न लिहले राम बलम बैरगिया
चंपा फूले चमेली फूले बगिया
सुधि न लिहले राम बलम बैरगिया
केहू न जाने बसेला कहुंवा रमके
बसेला कहुंवा रमके
मोरा मुख दमके
मोरी कुसुमि रे चुनरिया इतर गमके
मोरी कुसुमि रे चुनरिया इतर गमके

लुक छिप बदरा में चमके जैसे चनवा
मोरा मुख दमके
मोरी कुसमी रे चुनरिया इतर गमके
मोरी कुसमी रे चुनरिया इतर गमके


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