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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day :

4010 Post No. : 15117 Movie Count :

4152

Songs Repeated in Hindi Films – 6
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The heart must have missed a beat – on reading the title of this post. Goodness. . . this wonderful iconic song, 65 years ago – it captured the imagination and the hearts of a generation, nay, many a generation of young hearts in love. This unforgettable song is imprinted on the sands of memory, never to be erased by any winds that may blow, till the end of life.

The golden age of melody was at its peak. The manner in which Shailendra knit together the words and lines of this love song – cannot be and has not been bettered since. The melody and the orchestration conceived by Shanker Jaikishan – the arrangement of the instruments, the preludes, the interludes, the rhythm – everything just perfect in this song. The renditions – Manna Da and Lata – the voices working together seamlessly – rising and falling in unison, and in apposition, complementing, merging – the “aa haa haa” lines going up all the way to the clouds. The lines

pyaar jo toota
saath jo chhoota

receding into the depths of somber apprehensions, and then suddenly a rising declaration of a resolution,

chaand na chamkega kabhi

the rendition volume going up all the way to the moon. The resolve expressed with such a dignified confidence in the nature’s machinations. The moon – no it will never stop shining, and thus, by implication, this love will never be broken, this companionship will never part. And suddenly, instinctively, unknowingly there is a lump in the throat and a warm moisture on the corners of the eyelids. Yes, yes – that is what love is – the poet, the music-waala, the singers – yes, they have got it just right, on the dot. Yes that is what love is, what it ought to be. Such noble souls lived in that golden era – who could feel it right, and conjure up an imagination, combining the words, the music and the sound – and then tell it to us so simply – that no further discourse would be necessary.

I am reminded of another quintessential song from the same film –

ramaiya vasta vaiya
maine dil tujhko diya

And once again, the simplest of words, the simplest verse one can conjure up – and there is no better way, no better words invented, before or since, to say – I love you.

And the scene, the depiction – the conceptualization – a master presenter is at work here. Here is an emotional entanglement coming to fruition in the hearts of two young people, almost at the very bottom of the ladder of social significance. A part time employee at a laundry, who has “borrowed” a suit that has come for cleaning, and his shoes are in tatters. A self employed teacher, who gives basic education to the underprivileged children in the backyard of her own home. But then love does not check on social status, or verify your bank balances, before making a burrow into the hearts. That love is simple. That love is without embellishments. That love is honest and innocent. That simply is love, and it happens, just happens.

The overcast skies, the lashing rains, the amused witness – the chaiwaala (tea seller), the incidental umbrella, the handy tootle that the young man plays, the happenstance of three cheruby toddlers in raincoats – all put together in a scenario that simply cannot now be erased from the memory’s palette.

The emotional expressions of the leading pair are just as consummate and accomplished as the scenario itself. The sharing of the umbrella becomes such a pivotal exchange. The young man offers it to the lady. And she hands it back, seeing him getting drenched. He takes it, but then sees that she is in the same plight, so immediately offers it back to her. She once again takes it, and with a helplessness writ large on her face, sees him getting drenched once again. And then the inevitable happens. With her eyes clenched, and her lips trembling with apprehension, she inches closer to him – dawning of the realization that one must share when there is a need. And the two come close now, holding the same umbrella – realizing that in love, one has to share, one has to hold together, and one has to steady each other against the squall of the winds and outpourings of this ruthless world.

And then the song begins – question by the young man, not specifically directed at her, but at himself too. And the lady answers, for both of them together – “. . . Maaloom Nahin Hai Kahaan Manzil . . .”. One of the supreme examples of cinema at its very best, in telling about emotions that shake a heart when the love is just starting to take baby steps in there. Marvellous . . . simply marvelous – much more than the best of the words can express.

Um. . . kind of got carried away with the original. 🙂

25 years after the release of the original, this song was used once again in the 1979 film ‘Salaam Memsaab’. And the manner of use is so very innovative. A little earlier, back in 1970, when ‘Mera Naam Joke’ was released, at the beginning of part II we see Raj Kapoor at the Bombay Carnival, hosting a bioscope stand, singing “Kehta Ha Joker, Saara Zamaana. . .”. And as he sings, he is operating the bioscope in which we are treated to clips of his earlier films, especially ‘Awaara’ and ‘Shri 420’. It is fun to watch those clips in fast forward mode.

In ‘Salaam Memsaab’, a similar presentation is used. A little background. Radha (role played by Zarina Wahab) and Sunder (role played by Asrani) are two young people, friends and in love. They are the street tamaasha people who sing and dance on the roadside to earn their living. Sunder has high aspirations, and wants to become rich quickly. Radha also has aspirations, but she is averse to making compromises with her principles of honesty and truthfulness. They work together, but this difference in their view of life generates arguments.

Near the beginning of the film, just about half hour into it, Radha chances to see a bioscope man, playing his machine near the Gateway of India. She gets in line and starts watching – she gets in when the song “Pyaar Hua Iqraar Hua Hai. . .” is starting to play. We can see her enjoying the show, and then as the lead pair comes on at the beginning of the song, she gets into a different dreamy dimension of fantasy, and instead of seeing Raj Kapoor and Nargis on the screen, she sees herself and Sunder there, performing the same song, singing and expressing their newly discovered love for each other. She is fascinated, and the entire song is replayed on the screen in front of her, performed now by the two new lovers.

This is a very innovative presentation. In the singing parts of the clip, we can see Radha and Sunder performing, and in the other parts of the clip, the director uses the original footage and scenes. The entire song moves back and forth between the now Radha and Sunder, and the earlier scenes. Very interestingly edited and put together. E.g. when the line “Phir Bhi Rahengi Nishaaniyan” is playing, the scene clips back to the original version and we see the three toddlers with raincoats, toddling through the rain. Readers may recall that in the original version, the three kids are the children of Raj Kapoor – Ritu, Randhir and Rishi. The clip cuts back and forth between the current version, shown in subdued colors and shades, and the original version shown in black and white. Very intelligently designed.

In her dream of wide open eyes, Radha sees herself and Sunder, in an exact image of the hero and heroine on screen. As one watches their movements and expressions, the effort has been made to create an exact replica not just of the scenario, but also of the performance and expressions. You can open up two windows in the video playing software, and play the two songs, this one and the original, side by side. One is amazed by the effort made by Zarina and Asrani to replicate the performance as nearly as possible. Ah, we know it is not Raj Kapoor and it is not Nargis. But still it is a very impressive performance to see.

The film ‘Salaam Memsaab’ is produced under the banner of Roshan Films, Bombay and is directed by Asrani himself. The cast of actors includes Asrani, Zarina Wahab, Ranjeet, Manju Bansal, Rahman, Keshto Mukherjee, Asit Sen, Jugnu, Leela Mishra, Sulochana (Senior), Tom Alter, CS Dubey, Arvind Rathore, Anand Girdhar, Amol Sen, Dilip Tahil, Nilu Arora, Master Jeetu, Yusuf, and Raju, with friendly appearances by Ashok Kumar, Sunil Dutt, Yogita Bali, and Rishi Kapoor. The songs of this film are written by Majrooh Sultanpuri and the music is by RD Burman. Seven songs are listed for this film which have been rendered by Mohamed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle.

This song, being a reuse, is not listed in Geet Kosh. And as I mentioned in an earlier episode of this series, it is not easy to track down such re-use songs, unless one has actually seen the film(s). I had also written that since I started this series, I have been getting inputs from many friends, from our bandwagon and also from others in our music lovers group, about such reuse songs. Since these songs are generally not listed, such inputs from friends has really added many interesting reuse scenarios that I was not aware of.

Today’s song was sent in as a suggestion from Anekant ji. He is a regular contributor in our comments section, and I am sure all are familiar with him. Not being aware of this reuse song, I am delighted to get this input from him. A real wonderful song, and a real wonderful reuse after twenty five years – from 1954 to 1979 to 2019 – and forty more, when we are now reading about it once again. 🙂

A reuse that takes you into a fantasy land of a dream of wide awake eyes. I am sure all of us have had some similar experience some time or another in our lives. Apologies for the digression, but I just remembered another such on screen ‘dream of wide awake eyes’ which I just cannot resist mentioning. 🙂 For all those who have seen and remember ‘Chhoti Si Baat’ (1972). Yes, I am referring to the song “Jaaneman Jaaneman Tere Do Nayan”. Amol Palekar is watching the film in a theatre. Onscreen the song is being performed by Dharmendra and Hema Malini. And within a few seconds, Amol Palekar goes into this ‘dream of wide awake eyes’, and through his eyes, we see the song being performed on screen by himself and Vidya Sinha. The reverie is quiet painfully broken as the villain appears at the end of the song and hits the hero with a belt. (Just from that split second profile, my feeling has been that it was actor Manmohan, the villain I mean.)

Ah so, we have a new category of songs to mull over – ‘dream of wide awake eyes’. And I am sure the readers will recall many such songs in Hindi films – yes, we do that a lot. 🙂

Enjoy today’s wonderful reuse treat and let’s wait for the next – what more such entertaining surprises are coming up.

Song – Pyaar Hua Iqraar Hua Hai  (Salaam Memsaab) (1979) Singer – Manna Dey, Lata Mangeshkar, Lyrics – Shailendra, MD – Shanker Jaikishan
Manna Dey + Lata Mangeshkar

Lyrics

pyaar hua
iqraar hua hai
pyaar se phir kyun darta hai dil
pyaar hua
iqraar hua hai
pyaar se phir kyun darta hai dil
kehta hai dil
rasta mushkil
maaloom nahin hai kahaan manzil
kehta hai dil
rasta mushkil
maaloom nahin hai kahaan manzil
pyaar hua
iqraar hua hai
pyaar se phir kyun darta hai dil
kehta hai dil
rasta mushkil
maaloom nahin hai kahaan manzil
pyaar hua
(aaa aaa aaa)
iqraar hua hai
(aaa aaa aaa)
pyaar se phir kyun darta hai dil
(aaa aaa aaa)

kaho ke apni preet ka
geet na badlega kabhi
tum bhi kaho is raah ka
meet na badlega kabhi
pyaar jo toota
saath jo chhoota
chaand na chamke ga kabhi
aaa haaa haaa
aaa haaa haaa
aaaaa haaa haaa
aaa aaa aaa

aaa aaa aaa
aaa aaa aaa
aaa aaa aaa
aaa aaa aaa
aaa aaa aaa
pyaar hua
iqraar hua hai
pyaar se phir kyun darta hai dil
kehta hai dil

rasta mushkil
maaloom nahin hai kahaan manzil
pyaar hua
(aaa aaa aaa)
iqraar hua hai
(aaa aaa aaa)
pyaar se phir kyun darta hai dil
(aaa aaa aaa)

raaten dason dishaaon se

kahengi apni kahaaniyan
geet hamaare pyaar ke
dohraayengi jawaaniyan
main na rahoongi
tum na rahoge
phir bhi rahengi nishaaniyaan
pyaar hua
iqraar hua hai
pyaar se phir kyun darta hai dil
kehta hai dil
rasta mushkil
maaloom nahin hai kahaan manzil
kehta hai dil
rasta mushkil
maaloom nahin hai kahaan manzil
pyaar hua
(aaa aaa aaa)
iqraar hua hai
(aaa aaa aaa)
pyaar se phir kyun darta hai dil
(aaa aaa aaa)

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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प्यार हुआ
इक़रार हुआ है
प्यार से फिर क्यों डरता है दिल
प्यार हुआ
इक़रार हुआ है
प्यार से फिर क्यों डरता है दिल
कहता है दिल
रस्ता मुश्किल
मालूम नहीं है कहाँ मंज़िल
कहता है दिल
रस्ता मुश्किल
मालूम नहीं है कहाँ मंज़िल
प्यार हुआ
इक़रार हुआ है
प्यार से फिर क्यों डरता है दिल
कहता है दिल
रस्ता मुश्किल
मालूम नहीं है कहाँ मंज़िल
प्यार हुआ
(आ आ आ)
इक़रार हुआ है
(आ आ आ)
प्यार से फिर क्यों डरता है दिल
(आ आ आ)

कहो के अपनी प्रीत का
गीत ना बदलेगा कभी
तुम भी कहो इस राह का
मीत ना बदलेगा कभी
प्यार जो टूटा
साथ जो छूटा
चाँद ना चमकेगा कभी
आ हा हा
आ हा हा
आss हा हा
आ आ आ
आ आ आ
आ आ आ
आ आ आ
आ आ आ
आ आ आ
प्यार हुआ
इक़रार हुआ है
प्यार से फिर क्यों डरता है दिल
कहता है दिल
रस्ता मुश्किल
मालूम नहीं है कहाँ मंज़िल
प्यार हुआ
(आ आ आ)
इक़रार हुआ है
(आ आ आ)
प्यार से फिर क्यों डरता है दिल
(आ आ आ)

रातें दसों दिशाओं से
कहेंगी अपनी कहानियाँ
गीत हमारे प्यार के
दोहराएंगी जवानियाँ
मैं ना रहूँगी
तुम ना रहोगे
फिर भी रहेंगी निशानियाँ
प्यार हुआ
इक़रार हुआ है
प्यार से फिर क्यों डरता है दिल
कहता है दिल
रस्ता मुश्किल
मालूम नहीं है कहाँ मंज़िल
कहता है दिल
रास्ता मुश्किल
मालूम नहीं है कहाँ मंज़िल
प्यार हुआ
(आ आ आ)
इक़रार हुआ है
(आ आ आ)
प्यार से फिर क्यों डरता है दिल
(आ आ आ)

 

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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day : 4008 Post No. : 15114

If someone pops up the name Jethalal, and asks for an identification, I am sure you will be puzzled to start with. Yes, surely a strange name, that many of the folks interested in Hindi films, will not be familiar with. This name belongs to the dear and popular actor of Hindi films – Sanjeev Kumar. His full real name was Harihar Jethalal Jariwala. Ah yes, now very familiar, right? 🙂

Remembering Sanjeev Kumar on the anniversary of his birth today. Had he been alive, he would have been 81 years old, having been born in the year 1938.

Sanjeev Kumar – an out and out product of stage and theatre, started his acting career at a very young age with IPTA (Indian People’s Theatre Association) and later continued with Indian National Theatre. He was born in Surat. The family moved to Bombay when he was young. After attending a training program at a local acting school, he joined the theatre while still in his late teens.

From the theatre, the progression to films was but natural for a performer as talented as he was. His first appearance was in the film ‘Hum Hindustani’ of 1960, in which he played a very small role. His first film as a hero was ‘Nishaan’ in 1965. For a few years his assignments were confined to C grade stunt and fantasy films. Then he 1968, he graduated into A grade cinema, with a sizeable role the 1968 film ‘Sunghursh’, alongside the likes of Dilip Kumar, Balraj Sahni, Iftekhar, Ulhas and Jayant. This year became a turning point in his career – ‘Raja Aur Runk’ became a runaway success, and ‘Anokhi Raat’ became the debut film of our blog. 🙂

The most powerful thing about Sanjeev Kumar’s performances has been that he never allowed himself to be typecast into any straitjacket. Whatever may have been the stage of his career, he willy nilly took such diverse variety of roles, regardless of the age and the temper of the character. When he was just 22, he played the role of a 60 year old in a stage play, father of 6 children. Positive or negative, he was simply concerned with a sincere portrayal. In ‘Anokhi Raat’ he plays the role of a dacoit. His comic roles are unforgettable – ‘Seeta Aur Geeta’, ‘Pati Patni Aur Who’, ‘Manchali’, ‘Angoor’, ‘Namkeen’, ‘Manoranjan’ . . . you name it. The diversity and the versatility of his performances is what brought the audiences into the cinema halls, just to see his roles. And for a surprising change, the viewing public never rejected him for his variety,

Today’s song is from the 1967 film ‘Gunehgaar’. From the era when he was still in the C grade stunt and crime thrillers, ‘Gunehgaar’ is the film in which he plays the role of an upright police inspector. His love interest is Kumkum, who later turns out to be the daughter of Sheikh Mukhtar, a wanted gangster. The film takes certain interesting and predictable turns, given the specifics of the relationships, and it ends with note of ‘All Is Well, That Ends Well’.

The film is produced under the banner of Simla Productions, and is directed by R Thakar. The cast of actors includes Sheikh Mukhtar, Sanjeev Kumar, Kumkum, Bhagwan, Madan Puri, Uma Dutt, Neelam, Nandini, Tuntun, Sulochana Chatterjee, Lakshmi Chhaya, Kundan, Dilip Dutt, and Tiwari.

The film has six songs, one of which – “Aankhen Pyaasi Lab Hain Pyaase” is already showcased here on our blog. The songwriting credits are shared equally between Akhtar Romani and Naqsh Lyallpuri. This song is from the pen of Naqsh Lyallpuri. Music direction is by Vedpal.

The song comes in at the start of the romantic relationship between Sanjeev Kumar and Kumkum – it is that initial getting to know each other type of song, performed partly on a beach and partly in a garden. Singing voices are Mahendra Kapoor and Usha Mangeshkar. A liltling and a very hummable song. Listen and enjoy.


Song – Nai Nai Hain Manzilen Naye Naye Hain Raaste (Gunehgaar) (1967) Singer – Mahendra Kapoor, Usha Mangeshkar, Lyrics – Naqsh Lyallpuri, MD – Vedpal
Mahendra Kapoor + Usha Mangeshkar

Lyrics

nai nai hain manzilen
naye naye hain raaste
chale na jaana chhod ke
hamen khuda ke waaste

nai nai hain manzilen
naye naye hain raaste
ho chale na jaana chhod ke
hamen khuda ke waaste
nai nai hain manzilen

aaaa aaaaa aaaaaaa
aaaa aaaaa aaaaaaa

ik chaand humsafar mila
kitni haseen baat hai
wo haath khushnaseeb hai
jis mein tumhaara haath hai
hum aaj is tarah miley
dil ki haseen raah mein
laakhon hi chaand ho gaye
roshan meri nigaah mein
tamaam kaayenaat aa gai
meri panaah mein
nai nai hain manzilen
naye naye hain raaste
chale na jaana chhod ke
hamen khuda ke waaste
nai nai hain manzilen

aaaaa aaaa aaaaaa aaaa
aaaaa aaaa aaaaaa aaaa

jhukti hui nigaah mein
meri wafaa ka raaz hai
naghma bani hain dhadkanen
dil mera ek saaz hai
dekha jo tum ne pyaar se
har phool muskura diya
mehki hui bahaar ne
sajde mein sar jhuka diya
nisar mein us husn ke
jis ne khuda bhula diya

nai nai hain manzilen
naye naye hain raaste
chale na jaana chhod ke
hamen khuda ke waaste
nai nai hain manzilen
naye naye hain raaste
chale na jaana chhod ke
hamen khuda ke waaste
nai nai hain manzilen

aaaaa aaaa aaaaaa aaaa
aaaaa aaaa aaaaaa aaaa

ooooo oooo oooooo oooo
ooooo oooo oooooo oooo

hmmmm hmmm hmmmmmm hmmm
hmmmm hmmm hmmmmmm hmmm

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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नई नई हैं मंज़िलें
नए नए हैं रास्ते
चले ना जाना छोड़ के
हमें खुदा के वास्ते

नई नई हैं मंज़िलें
नए नए हैं रास्ते
चले ना जाना छोड़ के
हमें खुदा के वास्ते
नई नई हैं मंज़िलें

आsss आssss आssssss
आsss आssss आssssss

इक चाँद हमसफर मिला
कितनी हसीन बात है
वो हाथ खुशनसीब है
जिस में तुम्हारा हाथ है
हम आज इस तरह मिले
दिल की हसीन राह में
लाखों ही चाँद हो गए
रोशन मेरी निगाह में
तमाम कायनात आ गई
मेरी पनाह मेँ
नई नई हैं मंज़िलें
नए नए हैं रास्ते
चले ना जाना छोड़ के
हमें खुदा के वास्ते
नई नई हैं मंज़िलें

आssss आsss आsssss आsss
आssss आsss आsssss आsss

झुकती हुई निगाह मेँ
मेरी वफा का राज़ है
नग़मा बनी हैं धड़कनें
दिल मेरा एक साज है
देखा जो तुमने प्यार से
हर फूल मुस्कुरा दिया
महकी हुई बहार ने
सजदे मेँ सर झुका दिया
निसार मैं उस हुस्न के
जिसने खुदा भुला दिया

नई नई हैं मंज़िलें
नए नए हैं रास्ते
चले ना जाना छोड़ के
हमें खुदा के वास्ते
नई नई हैं मंज़िलें
नए नए हैं रास्ते
चले ना जाना छोड़ के
हमें खुदा के वास्ते
नई नई हैं मंज़िलें

आssss आsss आsssss आsss
आssss आsss आsssss आsss

ओssss ओsss ओsssss ओsss
ओssss ओsss ओsssss ओsss

हम्ममम हम्म हम्मममम हम्म
हम्ममम हम्म हम्मममम हम्म


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day : 4007 Post No. : 15111

tum samay ki ret par chhodte chalo nishaan
dekhti tumhen zameen
dekhta hai aasmaan

These uplifiting lines are from the pen of Saraswati Kumar Deepak. The poetry composed sometimes in the early 1950s, was presented as a song in the 1953 film ‘Naya Raasta’. Saraswati Kumar Deepak is a song writer who has been confined to mythological and religious fare for most of his career. Active in the Hindi cinema since 1943, his songs can be heard in films all the way to the end of 1970s.

Remembering Saraswati Kumar Deepak today (8th July) on the anniversary of his passing away. And incidentally, yesterday (7th July) was his birth anniversary also.

He was born on 7th July 1918, at Navsthala Hasanpur in district Bulanshehar in Uttar Pradesh. His original name was Ram Gopal Sharma. Not much information is available about his early years. His education was in Hindi and Sanskrit. He did his BA from Meerut College. As a young man, he had begun writing poetry and prose.

In early forties he came to Bombay, and in 1942 he joined the production house of Fazli Brothers. His first assignment was as the writer of advertisements and promotional material in Hindi, for the films produced by Fazli Brothers. His first song appeared in the film ‘Zabaan’ of 1943 – “Dheere Se Kadam Badhaata Chal, Bigdi Taqdeer Banaata Chal”, which was composed by C Ramchandra and sung by Ishwarlal and Kaushalya. His next song – “Soti Hun Ab Chanda Mujhe Jagaa Dena”, appeared 1944, in the film ‘Badi Baat’. The song was rendered by Amirbai under the direction of Feroze Nizami. This song became very popular in its time, and the name of its writer started getting known somewhat in the industry.

In 1945, his songs appeared in ‘Piya Milan’ and ’Swarn Bhoomi’. However, 1946 became a defining year for him. Four films were released that carried songs written by him – ‘Bhakt Prahlad’, ‘Dev Kanya’, ‘Maansarovar’ and ‘Uttra Abhimanyu’. As the names of these films suggest, yes, they had an effect to have Saraswati Kumar typecast as a writer for religious and mythological films. This categorization he was never able to shake off for the rest of his career.

That is not to say that he did not write other type of songs for other genres of films. The songs “Kahin Ka Deepak Kahin Ki Baati” (‘Aag’, 1948), “Raat Gayi Phir Din Aata Hai” (‘Boot Polish’, 1953, and “Nigaahon Se Dil Mein Chale Aayiega” (‘Hameer Hath’, 1964) are a sampler that represents that wide portfolio of genres he could handle. He has written close to 350 songs for about 100 Hindi films. Besides that, he translated and dubbed the songs and the dialogues for about 25 regional language films.

Saraswati Kumar was not just a song writer. He was also a screenplay writer, a dubbing specialist and a renowned author of literature for children. Books like ‘Haathi Ghoda Paalki’ and ‘Jai Janani, Jai Bharati’ became quite popular and famous. He used to write a lot for All India Radio – plays, songs, sponsored programs etc. for two years, he anchored the program ‘Apni Kahaani, Apni Zubaani’ – sponsored by Bank of Baroda. And above all, as a journalist, he continuously contributed stories and articles for newspapers and magazines.

He passed away in 1986, just after completing his 68 year.

The film ‘Bansari Bala’ is produced by Moghabhai Deasi under the banner of Desai Productions, Bombay, and is directed by Nanubhai Vakil. The cast of actors listed for this film is Chitra, Daljeet, Maruti, Niranjan Sharma, Krishna Kumari, Ram Singh, Tiwari, Mishra, Kamal, Meenu Mumtaz, Wazir Muhammad Khan, Susheel Kumar, Nadir Mota, Razia, Rafiq, Munshi Munakka, Jugnu, Shashimala, Savitri, Jagdish Kamal, Heera Sawant, Sheela Waaz, Suresh Nigam, Master Rajesh, and Al Nasir.

Geet Kosh lists 9 songs for this film. Six songs are written by Pandit Faani and the remaining three are by Saraswati Kumar Deepak. Music direction is by Kamal Mitra. All the three songs which are written by Saraswati Kumar Deepak have been sung by Sudha Malhotra. One of these three is already showcased here on our blog – “Main To Chanda Ki Nagri Se Aayi Re”.

 Today’s lilting song is in the sweet singing voice is of Sudha Malhotra. Words are from the pen of Saraswati Kumar Deepak, and the signature melody is by Chitragupt. On screen, the song is performed by Chitra, who tells about her heart after someone came to her dreams and cast a captivating spell on her. The song is filmed in a garden. And we can see the subject of her aspirations (Daljeet) also present there, although she is not aware as she continues with the song.

The lyrics of this song have been sent in by Nitin Shah.

Listen and enjoy.

 


Song – Mere Nainon Mein, O Mere Sapnon Mein Chupke Se Aa (Bansari Bala) (1957) Singers – Sudha Malhotra, Lyrics – Saraswati Kumari Deepak, MD – Kamal Mitra

Lyrics (Provided by Nitin Shah)

aaaa aaaa
aaaa aaaaa

mere nainon mein
o mere sapnon mein chupke se aaaaaa
aaj kis ne ye jaadu kiya
meri duniya mein
o dil ki bagiya mein chhup chhup ke aa aaaa
aaj kis ne ye jaadu kiya
mere nainon mein
o mere sapnon mein chupke se aaaa
aaj kis ne ye jaadu kiya…..

aaaaa aaaaa aaaa
aaaaa aaaaa aaaa

teer jaane ye kaise laga
mera doley re doley jiya
teer jane ye kaise laga
mera doley re doley jiya
boley man ka papiha piya
boley man ka papiha piya
dard kaisa mujhe de diya aa aa
aaj kis ne ye jaadu kiya
mere nainon me in
o mere sapnon mein chupke se aa aaa
aaj kis ne ye jaadu kiya….

aaaaa aaaaa aaaa
aaaaa aaaaa aaaa

apne mann ki main kaise kahoon
sakhi chup bhi main kaise rahoon
apne mann ki main kaise kahoon
sakhi chup bhi main kaise rahoon
dil ki maujon pe kaise bahoon
dil ki maujon pe kaise bahoon
sakhi dhadke hai mora jiya aa aa
aaj kis ne ye jaadu kiya
mere nainon mein
o mere sapnon me chupke se aa
aaj kis ne ye jaadu kiya

aaaaa aaaaa aaaa
aaaaa aaaaa aaaa

raah mujh ko dikha di nayi
main to hirni si ghayal hui
raah mujh ko dikha di nayi
main to hirni si ghayal hui
aaj kis ki main paagal hui
aaj kis ki main paagal hui ee ee
diya kis ne ye damka diya
aaj kis ne ye jaadu kiya
mere nainon mein
o mere sapnon mein  chup ke se aa
aaj kis ne ye jaadu kiya. . .

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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आss आsss
आss आssss

मेरे नैनों में
ओ मेरे सपनों में चुपके से आ॰॰आ
आज किसने ये जादू किया
मेरी दुनिया में
ओ दिल की बगिया में छुप छुप के आ॰॰आ
आज किसने ये जादू किया
मेरे नैनों में
ओ मेरे सपनों में चुपके से आ॰॰आ
आज किसने ये जादू किया

आssss आssss आsss
आssss आssss आsss

तीर जाने ये कैसे लगा
मेरा डोले रे डोले जिया
तीर जाने ये कैसे लगा
मेरा डोले रे डोले जिया
बोले मन का पपीहा पिया
बोले मन का पपीहा पिया
दर्द कैसा मुझे दे दिया॰॰आ॰॰आ
आज किसने ये जादू किया
मेरे नैनों में
ओ मेरे सपनों में चुपके से आ॰॰आ
आज किसने ये जादू किया

आssss आssss आsss
आssss आssss आsss

अपने मन की मैं कैसे कहूँ
सखी चुप भी मैं कैसे रहूँ
अपने मन की मैं कैसे कहूँ
सखी चुप भी मैं कैसे रहूँ
दिल की मौजों पे कैसे बहूँ
दिल की मौजों पे कैसे बहूँ
सखी धड़के है मोरा जिया॰॰आ॰॰आ
आज किसने ये जादू किया
मेरे नैनों में
ओ मेरे सपनों में चुपके से आ॰॰आ
आज किसने ये जादू किया

आssss आssss आsss
आssss आssss आsss

राह मुझको दिखा दी नई
मैं तो हिरणी सी घायल हुई
राह मुझको दिखा दी नई
मैं तो हिरणी सी घायल हुई
आज किसकी मैं पागल हुई
आज किसकी मैं पागल हुई॰॰ई॰॰ई
दिया किसने ये दमका दिया
आज किसने ये जादू किया
मेरे नैनों में
ओ मेरे सपनों में चुपके से आ॰॰आ
आज किसने ये जादू किया

 


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day :

4000 Post No. : 15101 Movie Count :

4146

Missing Films of 1960s – 112
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Cricket is a distraction par excellence. 🙂  I am sure most of us bandwagoneers will agree.

That we are approaching the 151st century of songs on the blog, was being exchanged between Atul ji and myself for quite some days now. But the fact that we are also approaching the completion of the 4th millennium of no. of days of existence, almost went completely un-noticed by either of us. It was like just three or four days ago, that the tubelight came on in my mind. I immediately wrote to Atul ji. And equally immediately we agreed that we are on a threshold milestone that is more significant than the 151st century of songs.

Pondering on how to impress the importance of this event, we went back and forth with a couple of ideas. Of course, the idea that we should combine the 4th mega-day with the 151st C, was the immediate conclusion. And the century song was then scheduled for 1st July, and we decided to pace out the required interim posts so that we accomplish this combination.

Now we had already identified the century song, and Atul ji was already in preparation with the environment friendly post. The song – I had already suggested to Atul ji, and we had agreed to bring on “Main Mar Gai Garmi Se” as the crucial link in this scheme to bring home the message of global warming and connect it to the environment friendliness objective. But then Atul ji came up with a counter thought. The song itself is a June song, and we will be overstepping into July if we post it on the 4,000th day. Now what to do? After a brief exchange, we agreed that we will post this song on 30th June, on the 3,999th day and then figure out another special for 1st July. The decision then also put us in a scramble, because then we had four more posts to make this June song hit the date of 30th June. So then both of us weighed in, in favor of making these four posts (plus the century post, making it five) happen on Sunday, split as three posts by me and two by Atul ji.

I prepared the current latest post by Arun ji, and scheduled it for early morning release on Sunday. And then I worked the afternoon and evening to make two more posts, adding into two of my ongoing series – one for the repeat songs and one for the sleepless nights.

And then, of course we know what transpired on Sunday. India lost by 30 runs against England – personally I believe it could have been done, but then that is me, commenting, watching from thousands of miles away. In short, cricket otherwise consumed the attention and our combined target of 5 posts slipped by 2.

So in the morning, I get an email from Atul ji. Quite matter of fact indeed, that he was not able to make any posts yesterday, and that although it is July now, but the garmi still justifies the song, and that we are happy we combine 4M + 151C today. So the following is what I wrote back to him reassuringly –

Yes, in our part of the country, where monsoons have not yet arrived, the heat is sweltering and quite intense. The song is still very appropriate.

And btw, it is still June in the US. It will be June in Midway Islands, Samoa till 4.30 pm (IST) today. And overall, the month of June 2019 will remain on this planet till 5.30 (IST) pm, when finally midnight crosses over the International Date Line. :D) :D)

Atul ji agreed. If you notice the time of posting of the 151C song – it is 4.50 PM (IST). We made it well within the transmogrified target, with 40 minutes to spare. Meaning that the month of June was still alive on this planet when 151C got posted. The final edge of the midnight crossed over the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean 40 minutes after the posting, finally closing the month of June 2019 from everywhere on earth. Talk about close shaves. 😀 😀

But another notable mention still needs to be made.  In this exchange, Atul ji also expressed that he was not feeling very good about the amount of significance that he wants to bring in to this milestone of 4M days. He said it is not feeling weighty enough. So then I suggested that let us follow this 151C post with another post that brings is one more very significant song, and celebration, to add to the 4M festivities. And that I have the very thing planned for the 151C+1 post in any case, to be brought on to blog on 2nd July. So let me explain. Maybe some of you may have noticed. Whenever we reach a century post milestone, that milestone stays on for that entire day. Meaning we don’t follow up with any other post that day, to ensure that the century celebration stays on for at least one full day. When I explained the content I had planned for this 151C+1 post, he readily agreed to make an exception to this convention of keeping the day free after publishing a century post.

So excuse me for the long drawn intro – I believe the prelude circumstances were quite interesting enough to merit this story being told. 🙂 🙂

So what is special about this post – the 112th in the series of ‘Missing Films of 1960s?

Two reasons. Firstly, based on all the research and explorations that I have been able to make regarding the missing films list of 1960s that Ben Katie prepared as my homework, and based on all the material that I have been able to trace and ferret out, today’s post is the grand finale, of this series. Meaning that, given everything that I have been able to lay my hands on, this is truly the last film that can be presented in this series. So we have a marathon series of 112 episodes, lasting for 3 years, 9 months and 2 days, coming to a close today.

And secondly, the rarity of the song that is being presented today. The quality of rarity of this song in my opinion, actually goes beyond the rarest of the rare. Today’s song, for whatever it is worth, comes into play, where everyone related to Hindi film music has been resigned to the fact that this film, ‘Hawa Mahal’ of 1962 – it does not have any, and I mean ANY, surviving songs available. In a situation where the absence of songs is an established and accepted fact, when one is able to trace out something, even a partial song, that is indeed a matter of a resounding celebration. A little later in this post, I will explain the how this came about.

Let us quickly get over with the numbers first. Ben Katie started work on compiling the list of missing films from 1960s (1961-1970) by comparing the listing in GK Vol 4 and the list of songs posted on our blog. That was in November of 2014. She sent out the first draft listing to myself, Arun ji and the rest of the team for a quick review and update cycle. The review and update part did happen, but the ‘quick’ part did not. 🙂 Anyways, after setting up, reviewing and inserting special remarks for some films as required, we came up with the following numbers,

Total listed as released films               >>          942

No. of films present on blog                 >>          695
(at the time of finalizing the list)

No. of films still to be posted               >>          247
(at the time of finalizing the list)

So 247 was the count to be tackled, when I started working on this series. The first episode was aired on 30th Sep, 2015, and the movie presented in that first episode is ‘Muraad’ of 1961. Initially, I tried to stick to the sequence in which these films appear in the Geet Kosh. But not strictly all the way through – quite a few times I would break the sequence, based on availability issues or demands of some special event such as anniversaries etc.

As is apparent from the episode number, I have been able to bring onboard 112 films (including today’s ‘Hawa Mahal’). The following table gives the details of this analysis, by year within this decade.

Year Movies Released Included in the Blog To Be   Posted Series Posting Other Postings Films  Pending
1961 104 92 12 5 1 6
1962 93 61 32 15 3 14
1963 89 68 21 5 4 12
1964 99 78 21 9 5 7
1965 100 70 30 14 5 11
1966 103 80 23 9 10 4
1967 83 58 25 16 5 4
1968 72 53 19 8 6 5
1969 97 65 32 13 10 9
1970 102 70 32 18 7 7
 Totals 942 695 247 112 56 79

The first three columns (after the year column) give the status as of the compilation and analysis done by Ben Katie, at the beginning of this exercise, i.e. November of 2014. The next two columns give the data on postings for the particular year, after this exercise is set in motion. Interesting to note that at total of 56 songs of this decade got posted on the blog, outside of this series, during the same period. The last column gives the no. of films which are not yet available, and I mean, not available from any source, period. As far as my search of the past almost four years reveals, songs of these films are not available anywhere in public domain. I could be wrong, and oh boy, I will be the happiest person to be told that I am wrong 🙂 .

As per the last column, we are still short by 79 films from this decade. I am giving below the list of films that have remained untraceable even after continued effort of almost 4 years. The listing is by year in the decade.

Year   Balance movies Information
1961 1 Chatrapati Shivaji Children’s Film Society of India
2 Flight to Assam
3 Howrah Express
4 Mahavat
5 Tanhai
6 Teen Ustad
1962 1 Aalha Udal
2 Balidan
3 Bijli Chamke Jamuna Paar
4 Deccan Queen
5 Fakiron Ki Basti
6 Hamen Bhi Jeene Do
7 Hamen Khelne Do Children’s Film Society of India
8 Jai Ho Mohabbat Ki
9 Madam Zapatta
10 Meri Bahen
11 Mohabbat Zindabad
12 Nadira
13 Raj Nandini
14 Rang Raliyan
1963 1 Deepak Children’s Film Society of India
2 Flying Horse (Udta Ghoda)
3 House Holder, The (Gharbaar)
4 Jai Jagannath
5 Junglee Raja
6 Kala Ghoda
7 Kala Jadoo
8 King of Carnival
9 Maya Mahal
10 Mr. Toofan
11 Raj Mahal
12 Tarzan And Gorilla
1964 1 Arab Ka Lal
2 Hukum Ka Ekka (Ace of Spades)
3 Khushnasib
4 Pahadi Jawan
5 Rahul Children’s Film Society of India
6 Raju Aur Gangaram (Boy & the Parrot) Children’s Film Society of India
7 Son of Hurcules
1965 1 Accident
2 Anmol Moti Children’s Film Society of India
3 Flying Man (Hawaii Insaan)
4 Kapurush-O-Mahapurush
5 Kite Fight (Wo kaata) Children’s Film Society of India
6 Kutte Ki Kahani Children’s Film Society of India
7 Main Bhi Maa Hoon
8 Mehbooba
9 Nartaki Chitra
10 Panch Ratan
11 Shahi Raqaasa
1966 1 Bahadur Dakoo
2 Chanchal Ka Swapna Children’s Film Society of India
3 Kazaki Children’s Film Society of India
4 Professor X
1967 1 Bhakta Prahlad
2 Maya Sundari
3 Naya Rasta
4 Rajoo Sachhe Moti-62 was re-released as Rajoo-67
1968 1 C.I.D. Agent 302
2 Lahu Pukarega
3 London Express
4 Mata Mahakali
5 Ram Aur Rahim Dubbed?
1969 1 Beti Yumhare Jaisi unavailable
2 Bhuvan Shome Songless Film
3 Danka
4 Ittefaaq Songless Film
5 Jungle King
6 Rakhi Rakhi
7 Rambhakt Hanuman
8 Sara Akash Songless Film
9 S.O.S. Jasoos 007
1970 1 Chalbaaz Leader
2 C.I.D. 999 in Goa
3 Do Thug
4 Heere Ki Titli Children’s Film Society of India
5 Muqabala
6 Qatil
7 Uski Roti Songless Film

The request for all readers and friends is to please check the above list. In case there is any information available about the songs of any of these 79 films, please, please, please share it with us.

So having dealt with the numbers and having told the story of pending films, let me now come to the song being presented today.  The film ‘Hawa Mahal’ of 1962 is produced by Ramesh Vyas, under the banner of Navkala Niketan, Bombay and is directed by BJ Patel. The main cast of actors is listed as Ranjan, Helen, Tiwari, Baboo Raje, Ramavtar, Bela Bose, Jugnu, Shyam, and Prakash amongst others.

There are six songs listed in the Geet Kosh. The name of lyricist is not given. Also, the names of the singers are not listed. Music direction is by Avinash Vyas. The singing voices used in this film are of Asha Bhosle and Mahendra Kapoor, however assignment to individual songs is not indicated.

Now coming to the mystery of songs of this film. In my search for the songs of this film, I could establish one thing. No gramophone records of the songs of this film are available anywhere. The general response from the premier collectors is that no 78 rpm records of this film were created. I was quite disappointed. With names like Helen and Bela Bose in the cast of actors, the film being of the ‘jaadugar saiyyaan’ types abracadabra of magic and fantasy, the music of Avinash Vyas, the singing voices identified – I was eagerly expecting some wonderful songs to be harvested from a film like this. But my search kept turning up a naught wherever I would be inquiring.

Then maybe three or so years ago, I espied a VCD release of this film with a VCD/DVD dealer in Chandni Chowk in Delhi. I just pounced at it, and bought it. Getting home, with an anxious expectation, I put on my laptop to play. I could not believe my eyes. The film runs its complete length, and NOT A SINGLE SONG is existing in the film. I was devastated. I ran the film again – maybe I had dozed off when the songs were playing. But no, even the second more careful screening did not turn up any songs. I ran the disc a third time, and carefully looked at sequence of scenes. And sure enough, I was able to detect three or four places, where the narrative jumps, and the scene makes up as if there would have been a song here. The realization struck me – all the songs had been edited out of the film. I was furious, cursing the VCD manufacturer’s apathy towards lovers of music, trying to cut down run time of the film to fit on the disk, वगैरह, वगैरह.

I tried once again – bought another disc, but still no songs. Now I was obsessed in trying to get to the source material of this film – the VHS tapes. In my search for the same, in India, as well as outside India, I was successful in procuring three different copies of the VHS tapes of this film from different sources. Imagine my horror, when I found that even the VHS tapes were bereft of any songs.

I was confused, angry and anxious. I started talking to my collector friends, asking them if they had any information on why such a fate had befallen this film. No one had any clue. The Geet Kosh does not carry any additional footnotes, remarks or corrigenda about this film. I was in total despair. Six songs listed, the film is available, and not one song is traceable.

The Geet Kosh lists only three actors – Ranjan, Helen and Tiwari. Just came to my mind, and I carefully viewed the credits at the beginning to get more complete information. One thing struck me as very peculiar. The name of the MD is given, names of two playback singers are given. But there is no name listed for the songwriter. I carefully checked it twice – sure enough the name of the lyricist is not in the credits. My mind then surmised this possibility that before the release of this film, some trouble must have brewed between the producer and the songwriter. No settlement could be reached through mediation, and the songwriter probably took the legal recourse, and got an order from the courts to disallow use of the songs written by him, in the film. The producer must have been forced to give up the rights to the songs. The same got deleted from the film, and as well, no gramophone records were manufactured. And the producer then also deleted the reference to the songwriter’s name in the credits. All well for them, but the music lovers have lost an unheard treasure.

Some month ago, for no reason, I picked up this disc, and started viewing it, simply as timepass, and to get the hang of the storyline. There is an evil magician living at the bottom of the ocean. He has fairies and mermaids as his attendants. He is collecting human skulls – when he will get to 100, he will achieve power to conquer the three worlds. Helen is one of the fairies that lures unsuspecting ‘aadam jaat’ male humans with her charm, and once entrapped, they are tied up and taken to the bottom of the ocean. One day, she lays a trap, and who would walk in but the hero of the film – Ranjan. She promptly falls in love with him, and sets him free, does not take him to her magician master. The news spreads in the underwater world, and the magician imprisons her. Her human beloved gets to know the story, and with his friends, goes down to free Helen. There is standard stuff of fights, fist fights and sword fights which seem to go on and on and on. There is a spaceship which is shaped like a palace – ‘Hawa Mahal’ for you. Ranjan defeats the magician and escapes from the underwater world in this spaceship, with Helen, and his friends. A happy ending for all. Lot of magic stuff happens throughout the film.

This time around, I watched this film in its entirety, right up to ‘THE END’. And that is where the magic happened. I discovered a partial song, right at the end of the film. It seems when the editor spliced out the songs from the main body of the film, he simply forgot that one partial song has been used in the closing minutes of the film. The discovery flabbergasted me – at least now we have one sampler from this film.

The singing voice is Mahendra Kapoor. The clip is a segment of the song, just over a minute in length. But goodness what a wonderful melody this turns out to be. One can only imagine what may have been the quality of songs if this is a representative sample. Wonderful, simply wonderful.

So then I upload this one minute clip, containing one complete stanza, and make for this post. This discovery is no less than any other rarest of rare songs. The world of collectors had given up on this film and its songs. But then we now have one half song, discovered quite by accident, giving a flavor of what could have been.

And with this startling discovery, I suspend further publications in this series. I say suspend, because I want to leave the door open for the possibility that any of the remaining 79 films of this decade, may turn up, only God knows where and when.

The wait will never end.

 

Song – Taaron Bhari Raat Hai  (Hawa Mahal) (1962) Singer – Mahendra Kapoor, Lyrics – [Unattributed], MD – Avinash Vyas

Lyrics

nai nai manzil hai
naya naya geet hai
poori hui aarzoo
mann ka mila meet hai
miley aaj humsafar
kal ki hai kya khabar
miley aaj humsafar
kal ki hai kya khabar
palken jhuka ke keh de
mann mein kya baat hai

taaron bhari raat hai
ghunghat mein chaand hai
akhiyaan mila ke keh de
mann mein kya baat hai. . .
taaron bhari raat hai

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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नई नई मंज़िल है
नया नया गीत है
पूरी हुई आरज़ू
मन का मिला मीत है
मिले आज हमसफर
कल की है क्या खबर
मिले आज हमसफर
कल की है क्या खबर
पलकें झुका के कह दे
मन में जो बात है

तारों भरी रात है
घूँघट में चाँद है
अखियाँ मिला के कह दे
मन में क्या बात है॰ ॰ ॰
तारों भरी रात है

 


This article is written by Avinash Scrapwala, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day :

3996 Post No. : 15092 Movie Count :

4142

Today 27th June 2019, is the eightieth birth anniversary of Rahul Dev Burman (27th June, 1939 – 4th Jan, 1994). We fondly remember him on this occasion and will be always thankful to him for giving us all those great nostalgic songs, great music and many everlasting gems.

As I was looking for a special song for this occasion and while going through his filmography, I decided to select a song penned by Nida Fazli. I thought they worked together in very few films so I was interested to introduce a new movie and I finally zeroed on this lesser known movie ‘Mangal Sutra’ (1981). I think even the song of today is a very lesser known and this might be because of this movie going unnoticed then. Even the filmography of RDB on ‘wiki’ does not have this movie in that list. (Since I could not prepare the details of RDB-Nida Fazli movies together I am deferring it for a post in the future).

‘Mangal Sutra’ was directed by B Vijay for Gaurav Films International, Madras. It was produced by Ravi Kumar. Mrs. Chandrika Shah and Mrs. Era Kalra were Associate Producers of this movie. It had Rekha, Anant Nag, Prema Narayan, Jagdeep, Madan Puri, and Om Shivpuri. The supporting cast included Keshto Mukherjee, Asit Sen, Rajendranath, BM Vyas, Chand Usmani, Jayshree T, Meena T, Guddi, Jezbel, Swaraj, NS Bedi, Shankar Singh, Vinod, Neeta, Sharma, Jailata, Baby Reema, Viju Khote and Madhu. Shashi Puri makes a guest appearance in the movie. And this movie introduced Master Vineet.

Story and screenplay of this movie was written by MD Sundar. Dialogues were written by Snehlata Verma. Editing of this movie was done by P Bhakthavathsalam. Vijaykumar Raichura was the Associate Director of this movie. The movie was passed by Censor Board on 13.03.1981.

This movie had total five songs penned by Kavi Pradeep (one song) and Nida Fazli (four songs). Asha Bhonsle, Bhupinder Singh, Dilraj Kaur, Lata Mangeshkar, Meena and SP Balasubramaniam had given their voices to the songs in this movie. Music for this film was composed by RD Burman.

One movie by the same title was also made in 1947 (as per note in HFGK-Vol-VI), however no songs from this movie seem to be available as of now.

In the movie this song happens to be on the ‘suhaag raat’ of Anant Nag and Rekha. When I listened to this song for preparation of this post I remember to have listen it somewhere earlier but I had forgotten it. This song is nice duet and as mentioned above in the movie it is on the ‘milan ki raat’ where the newlywed couple sings this song. And for that matter I think this song is for all couples even if they are not ‘just newly wed’, they can enjoy it on anniversary or anniversaries or even on the ‘silver –jubilee’ of their marriage 🙂 . The song is sung by my favourite singers Asha Bhonsle and Bhupinder Singh.

It is unbelievable that twenty five years have passed since our beloved RD Burman has left us in 1994. He left us in January 1994. I was posted at Kota then. I got married in June (on his birth anniversary) and I remember the first Hindi movie me and wife watched together at Kota was ‘1942 – A Love Story’. . .

Once again thanking Pancham Da for the lovely, beautiful, exciting music and moments its music has given to us. Let us now enjoy today’s song. With this song the movie ‘Mangalsutra’ (1981) makes its debut on the blog.

Video

Audio

Song – Raat Banoon Main Aur Chaand Bano Tum  (Mangalsutra) (1981) Singer – Bhupinder Singh, Asha Bhosle, Lyrics – Nida Fazli, MD – RD Burman
Bhupinder + Asha Bhosle

Lyrics (Provided by Prakashchandra)

hmm hmm hmm
hmm hmm hmm
ho ho oo oo

raat banoon main
aur chaand bano tum
deep banoon main
aur jyot bano tum
kuchh na sunoon main
kuchh na kaho tum
aao baahon mein aao

raat banoon main
aur chaand bano tum
deep banoon main
aur jyot bano tum
kuchh na sunoon main
kuchh na kaho tum
aao baahon mein aao o
raat banoon main
aur chaand bano tum

naya naya main hoon
nayi nayi tum
yoonhi naa kho jaaye raat
anjaani raahon ke raahi hai hum
chhoote na haathon se haath
naya naya main hoon
nayi nayi tum
yoonhi na kho jaaye raat
anjaani raahon ke raahi hai ham
chhoote na haathon se haath
jaaun jahaan main saath chalo tum
aao baahon mein aao

chaand banoon main
aur raat bano tum
jyot banoon main
aur deep bano tum
kuchh na sunoon main
kuchh na kaho tum
aao baahon mein aao o
chaand baoon main
aur raat bano tum

aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa

tum se hi tan hai
tum se hi mann
dil mein chhupaa lo mujhe ae
baahon mein le ke mere sanam
mujh se churaa lo mujhe
tum se hi tan hai
tum se hi mann
dil mein chhupaa lo mujhe ae ae
baahon mein le ke mere sanam
mujh se churaa lo mujhe
neend banoon main
aur khwaab bano tum
aao baahon mein aao o

raat banoon main
aur chaand bano tum
aa aa
deep banoon main
aur jyot bano tum
aa aa
kuchh naa sunoon main
kuchh naa kaho tum
aao baahon mein aao o

laa laa laa
laa laa laa aa

ho jab se basi ho aankhon mein tum
aa haa
lagti hai duniyaa haseen
aa
o main hoon safar meri manzil tum
tum jo nahin main nahin ee
ho jab se basi ho aankhon mein tum
aa aa
lagti hai duniyaa haseen
o main hoon safar meri manzil tum
tum jo nahin main nahin ee
rang banoon main
maang bharo tum
aao baahon mein aao
chaand banoon main
aur raat bano tum
deep banoon main
aur jyot bano tum
kuchh na sunoon main
kuchh na kaho tum
aao baahon mein aao o
aao baahon mein aao o
hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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हम्म हम्म हम्म
हम्म हम्म हम्म
हो हो ओ
रात बनूं मैं
और चाँद बनों तुम
दीप बनूं मैं
और ज्योत बनो तुम
कुछ ना सुनूं मैं
कुछ ना कहो तुम
आओ बाहों में आओ
रात बनूं मैं
और चाँद बनों तुम
दीप बनूं मैं
और ज्योत बनो तुम
कुछ ना सुनूं मैं
कुछ ना कहो तुम
आओ बाहों में आओ ओ
रात बनूं मैं
और चाँद बनों तुम

नया नया मैं हूँ
नयी नयी तुम
यूंही ना खो जाए रात
अनजानी राहों के राही है हम
छूटे ना हाथों से हाथ
नया नया मैं हूँ
नयी नयी तुम
यूंही ना खो जाए रात
अनजानी राहों के राही है हम
छूटे ना हाथों से हाथ
जाऊं जहां मैं साथ चलो तुम
आओ बाहों में आओ

चाँद बनूं मैं
और रात बनो तुम
ज्योत बनूं मैं
और दीप बनो तुम
कुछ ना सुनूं मैं
कुछ ना कहो तुम
आओ बाहों में आओ ओ
चाँद बनूं मैं
और रात बनो तुम

आ आ आ
आ आ आ
आ आ आ आ आ

तुम से ही तन है
तुम से ही मन
दिल में छुपा लो मुझे ए
बाहों में ले के मेरे सनम
मुझसे चुरा लो मुझे
तुम से ही तन है
तुम से ही मन
दिल में छुपा लो मुझे ए
बाहों में ले के मेरे सनम
मुझसे चुरा लो मुझे
नींद बनूं मैं
और ख्वाब बनो तुम
आओ बाहों में आओ ओ

रात बनूं मैं
और चाँद बनों तुम
आ आ 
दीप बनूं मैं
और ज्योत बनो तुम
आ आ 
कुछ ना सुनूं मैं
कुछ ना कहो तुम
आओ बाहों में आओ ओ

ला ला ला
ला ला ला आ


हो जबसे बसी हो आँखों में तुम
आ हा 
लगती है दुनिया हसीन

ओ मैं हूँ सफर मेरी मंजिल तुम
तुम जो नहीं मैं नहीं ई

हो जबसे बसी हो आँखों में तुम
आ आ
लगती है दुनिया हसीन
ओ मैं हूँ सफर मेरी मंजिल तुम
तुम जो नहीं मैं नहीं ई

रंग बनूं मैं
मांग भरो तुम
आओ बाहों में आओ
चाँद बनूं मैं
और रात बनो तुम

दीप बनूं मैं
और ज्योत बनो तुम
कुछ ना सुनूं मैं
कुछ ना कहो तुम
आओ बाहों में आओ ओ

आओ बाहों में आओ ओ
हम्म हम्म हम्म हम्म हम्म

 


This article is written by Peevesie’s Mom, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day :

3996 Post No. : 15090

Hullo to all of Atuldom

Welcome to a post which will get a reaction of “Yeh gaana baaki hai???” And I am sure Atulji will put this song under the category “How did I forget to post this song earlier?”.

In the 70s, and for all the 43 years since, this song has been extremely popular. It is a love song where the young couple meet on the sly, in the middle of the night. It was sung by Asha Bhonsle and Kishore Kumar for a sweet seventeen Neetu Singh and a handsome/ charming 23-year-old Rishi Kapoor. It had very simple choreography by PL Raj that made the pair look very adorable. It was written by Gulshan Bawra and set to tune by our today’s birthday boy.

27th June our dear RD Burman would have turned 80. Like I have written in my post which accompanied the song to remember Kishore Kumar on his last birthday, how I wish Pancham or RDB had not left this world when he did. Then the treasure trove of wonderful songs would have been overflowing. But then that was not to be and we lost him in 1994. But there is still a treasure trove which gives us a lot of songs which if played continuously will last us for days on end. There is a song for every mood. Currently as I write this, I have chosen some random songs on amazon prime music which began with “Chaand Churaa Ke Laya Hoon” (‘Devta’, 1978) went on to “Meri Bheegi Bheegi Si Palkon Pe” (‘Anaamika’, 1973) followed by “O Maanjhi Re” (‘Khushboo’, 1975) and has another 20 songs which include “Bangle Ke Peeche Teri Beri Ke Neeche” (‘Samaadhi’, 1972), “Roz Roz Dali Dali” (‘Angoor’, 1982), and “Mera Pyaar. . . Shalimar” (‘Shaimar’, 1978). Now I must admit I love RDB songs and what I chose to hear were songs which I have not heard in a while. I am totally impartial in my selections. 🙂

Now on to today’s song. Thank you, RD Burman, for bequeathing to us a huge set of songs to remember you with.

Editor comment-With this song, Asha Bhonsle completes 2600 songs as a playback singer in the blog.

Song – Ek Main Aur Ek Tu, Dono Miley Is Tarah  (Khel Khel Mein) (1975) Singer – Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle, Lyrics – Gulshan Baawra, MD – RD Burman
Kishore Kumar + Asha Bhosle

Lyrics

ek main aur ek tu
dono miley is tarah
ek main aur ek tu
dono miley is tarah
aur joh tan mann mein ho raha hai
ye to hona hi tha
ek main aur ek tu
dono miley is tarah
ek main aur ek tu
dono miley is tarah
aur joh tan mann mein ho raha hai
ye to hona hi tha

yoon nahi
milte hai yaar yaar se
de.. mujhe..
pyaar ka jawaab pyar se
dhadkanen hui jawaan
waqt bhi hai meharbaan
phir ye kaisi dooriyan
bolo bolo bolo bolo bolo bolo
ssshhh
ek main aur ek tu
dono miley is tarah
ho oo ek main aur ek tu
dono miley is tarah
ek main aur ek tu
dono miley is tarah
aur joh tan mann mein ho raha hai
ye to hona hi tha

lalalalalalaaa
lalalalallalaaaa

ho.. dooriyan
waqt aane pe mitaayenge
ek.. din..
itna paas paas aayenge
intezaar tab talak
beqaraar tab talak
yoon hi pyar tab talak
bolo bolo bolo bolo bolo bolo
sshh sshh sshh
ek main aur ek tu
dono miley is tarah
haan ek main aur ek tu
dono miley is tarah
aur joh tan mann mein ho raha hai
ye to hona hi tha

dillagi
ban gayi hai dil ki lagi
hey.. zindagi
naam hai isika zindagi
ho khel khel main sanam,
aa gaye jahaan pe hum
rok le wahin kadam
bolo bolo bolo bolo bolo bolo
sshh sshh sshh

ek main aur ek tu
dono miley is tarah
ek main aur ek tu
dono miley is tarah
aur joh tan mann me ho raha hai
hmmm hmmm hmmm hmmm hmmmmm
ye to hona hi tha
. . to hona hi tha
ye to hona hi tha

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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एक मैं और एक तू
दोनों मिले इस तरह
एक मैं और एक तू
दोनों मिले इस तरह
और जो॰ह तन मन में हो रहा है
ये तो होना ही था
एक मैं और एक तू
दोनों मिले इस तरह
एक मैं और एक तू
दोनों मिले इस तरह
और जो॰ह तन मन में हो रहा है
ये तो होना ही था

यूं नहीं
मिलते हैं यार यार से
दे॰॰ मुझे॰॰
प्यार का जवाब प्यार से
धड़कनें हुईं जवां
वक़्त भी है मेहरबान
फिर ये कैसी दूरीयां
बोलो बोलो बोलो बोलो बोलो
शशश
एक मैं और एक तू
दोनों मिले इस तरह
हो ओ एक मैं और एक तू
दोनों मिले इस तरह
और जो॰ह तन मन में हो रहा है
ये तो होना ही था

लालालालालाला॰ ॰ ॰
लालालालालाला॰ ॰ ॰

हो दूरीयां
वक़्त आने पे मिटाएँगे
एक॰॰ दिन॰॰
इतना पास पास आएंगे
इंतज़ार तब तलक
बेक़रार तब तलक
यूं ही प्यार तब तलक
बोलो बोलो बोलो बोलो बोलो
शश शश शश
एक मैं और एक तू
दोनों मिले इस तरह
हाँ एक मैं और एक तू
दोनों मिले इस तरह
और जो॰ह तन मन में हो रहा है
ये तो होना ही था

दिल्लगी॰॰
बन गई है दिल की लगी
हे ज़िंदगी॰॰
नाम है इसी का ज़िंदगी
हो खेल खेल में सनम
आ गए जहां पे हम
रोक ले वहीं कदम
बोलो बोलो बोलो बोलो बोलो
शश शश शश
एक मैं और एक तू
दोनों मिले इस तरह
एक मैं और एक तू
दोनों मिले इस तरह
और जो॰ह तन मन में हो रहा है
हम्म हम्म हम्म हम्म हम्म हम्म
ये तो होना ही था
॰॰ तो होना ही था
ये तो होना ही था


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day :

3994 Post No. : 15088 Movie Count :

4140

A career that almost wasn’t at one time. His father, himself at the head of a famous film production company, did not want his own son to be associated with films and the film world. Maybe a very well intentioned direction to his offspring, knowing all the glittering and the sordid ins and outs of the industry. But then, destiny has its own will and its own ways to propel individuals in particular directions.

We are celebrating 95th anniversary of birth of one of the maestros of melody in the world of Hindi film music. Madan Mohan was just 51 when he left us in 1975. The world of film music is so much more richer that he was here and composed so many memorable ghazals and songs – from 1951 to 1975. The world of music is also so much more poorer, because he left us so young. One can never say with certainty about what could have been. But yes, one would surely feel – had he lived longer. . .

Way back in 1947-48, it was not that the young Madan was completely cut off from the film world. Being the son of Rai Bahadur Chunni Lal Kohli, one of the partners at the Filmistan studios, he had a very firsthand exposure to and familiarity with the exciting work that went on in a film studio. He was in any case, musically inclined, very inclined, since his childhood. A very less known piece of anecdotal history was recently discussed at our group get together in Delhi.

His first foray into the world of music actually is as a singer. Ghulam Haider Sb had recorded a duet in the voices Madan Mohan and Lata Mangeshkar, for the iconic film ‘Shaheed’ (1948). It was a children’s song, which was supposed to be picturized on the lead pair, when they were children (in the storyline). The song was recorded and made ready for filming. Before it could be put on the sets, Rai Bahadur Sb got a wind of it, and he prevailed upon Sashadhar Mukherji, who controlled the film production side of the company, to have that song deleted from the storyline. Sadly enough, his writ prevailed, and the song was taken off the film, as well as from the recorded tapes. No recording of this said duet song is available.

Our own Bakhshi ji, in one of his meetings with Sanjeev Kohli, son of Madan Mohan ji, had enquired about this episode and the fate of this very important recording. Sanjeev Kohli confirmed the episode, but also added with regret that even he has not been able to trace out this rare recording. Sanjeev has a lot of rare items available on tape that are connected with his father’s work, but this particular duet he could never trace.

Today, we are introducing a film that probably is the last film to be released, for which music was actively composed by Madan Mohan Sb. The film ‘Veer Zaara’ of 2004 does not count, in the sense that the music for that film has been adapted and arranged using some of the unused melodies that were created by Madan Mohan. The film ‘Chaalbaaz’ was initiated in 1974, while he was still alive, but due to whatever reasons, it could be released only in 1980.

After the release of ‘Mausam’ in 1975, and his passing away in the same year, the following films that carry music by him, got released in later years.

  • ‘Laila Majnu’ (1976)
  • ‘Sharaafat Chhod Di Maine’ (1976)
  • ‘Saahib Bahadur’ (1977)
  • ‘Inspector Eagle’ (1978)
  • ‘Jalan’ (1978)
  • ‘Chaalbaaz’ (1980)

So there is a continued stream of his work getting released, for the five years immediately after his passing away. This would be a very interesting analysis to review his work post 1975. ‘Laila Majnu’, the Rishi Kapoor – Ranjeeta Thakur starrer, is of course well known for its songs. It would be an appealing exercise.

Another very interesting thing about the song being presented today is that the singing voices are of Amit Kumar and Asha Bhosle. In an interview (available on YouTube here), Amit Kumar has stated that Madan Mohan was one of the first two music directors who called upon him to sing for them (the other being the duo of Sapan Jagmohan), outside of his singing under the direction of his father, Kishore Kumar. This song is probably Amit Kumar’s first song to be recorded by a music director other than his father.

The film is produced under the banner of Ravi Films, Bombay and is directed by Hari Mehra. The star cast is listed as Deepak Khanna, Jaya Kaushalya, Nadira, Anjana, Imtiaz, Kamal Kapoor, Heeralal, V Gopal, Leela Mishra, Hani Chaya, Atam Prakash, Master Nitin, David, Abhi Bhattacharya, Raj Mehra, and Jairaj. The four songs in this film are written by Yogesh and music, of course, by Madan Mohan.

Recorded sometimes in 1974, but eventually released in the film in 1980, the song is an interesting and somewhat unusual composition. Reading the lyrics, it feels as if the stanzas are almost in free form, and yet the tune that ties them together is very attractive.

The only song that Amit Kumar has sung for Madan Mohan. Listen and enjoy.

Song – Hai Shaam Badi Matwaali  (Chaalbaaz) (1980) Singer – Amit Kumar, Asha Bhosle, Lyrics – Yogesh, MD – Madan Mohan
Amit Kumar + Asha Bhosle

Lyrics (Provided by Peevesie’s Mom)

hai shaam badi matwaali
aur aasmaan pe laali
is laali se rang tera
gulaabi ho gaya
khuda khair karey
khuda khair karey
khuda khair karey
khuda khair karey
hai shaam badi matwaali
aur aasmaan pe laali
iss laali se rang tera
gulaabi ho gaya
khuda khair karey
khuda khair karey
khuda khair karey
khuda khair karey

aaaaa aaaaaa

aaaaaa aaaaa
sooni sooni raahon mein akeli
main to jaa rahi hoon khoyi khoyi
aise mein apna mujhe banaa le
tujh bin mera aur nahi hai koi
har pal yeh pyar tera
saathi banaa jo mera
jeewan ka sab andhera
kahaan jaane kho gaya
khuda khair karey
khuda khair karey
khuda khair karey 
khuda khair karey

tera aanchal jab lehraaya

chalne lagi hawaa’ein
tera aanchal jab lahraya..aa..aa
tu ne zulfein kya bikhraain
jhukne lagi ghataa’ein
tune zulfein kya bikhraain..ee
oo de kar sapne tum ne apne
rang di meri adaa’ein
de kar sapne tumne apne..ae
tum se har din har pal hum ne
maangi yahi duaa’ein
jeewan ki in raahon mein yoon hi
rakhna tum baahon mein
tere pyar ki is chhaaon mein
dil mera so gaya
khuda khair karey
khuda khair karey
khuda khair karey
khuda khair kareln

hai sham badi matwaali
aur aasman pe laali
iss laali se rang tera gulaabi ho gaya
khuda khair karey
khuda khair karey
khuda khair karey
khuda khair karey

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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है शाम बड़ी मतवाली
और आसमान पे लाली
इस लाली से रंग तेरा
गुलाबी हो गया
खुदा खैर करे
खुदा खैर करे
खुदा खैर करे
खुदा खैर करे
है शाम बड़ी मतवाली
और आसमान पे लाली
इस लाली से रंग तेरा
गुलाबी हो गया
खुदा खैर करे
खुदा खैर करे
खुदा खैर करे
खुदा खैर करे

आssss आsssss
आsssss आssss
सूनी सूनी राहों में अकेली
मैं तो जा रही हूँ खोई खोई
ऐसे में अपना मुझे बना ले
तुझ बिन मेरा और नहीं है कोई
हर पल ये प्यार तेरा
साथी बना जो मेरा
जीवन का सब अंधेरा
कहाँ जाने खो गया
खुदा खैर करे
खुदा खैर करे
खुदा खैर करे
खुदा खैर करे

तेरा आँचल जब लहराया
चलने लगी हवाएँ
तेरा आँचल जब लहराया॰॰आ॰॰आ
तूने ज़ुल्फें क्या बिखराइं
झुकने लगी घटाएँ
तूने ज़ुल्फें क्या बिखराइं॰॰ई
ओ दे कर सपने तुमने अपने
रंग दीं मेरी अदाएं
दे कर सपने तुमने अपने॰॰ए
तुमसे हर दीं हर पल हमने
मांगी यही दुआएं
जीवन इन राहों में यूं ही
रखना तुम बाहों में
तेरे प्यार की इस छांव
दिल मेरा सो गया
खुदा खैर करे
खुदा खैर करे
खुदा खैर करे
खुदा खैर करे

है शाम बड़ी मतवाली
और आसमान पे लाली
इस लाली से रंग तेरा
गुलाबी हो गया
खुदा खैर करे
खुदा खैर करे
खुदा खैर करे
खुदा खैर करे


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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3979 Post No. : 15065

Today’s song is from film ‘Aaj Ki Baat’ (1955).

In one of his earliest posts, Atul ji had said that the Indian people like to talk about 3 things – politics, films and cricket. How true it was. . . till Whatsapp and Facebook became an obsession for most people in India. Now you see different, sometimes even strange topics being discussed with taste. Additionally, there are wise people to give you free doses of a variety of knowledge. In all this crowd, sometimes one finds even a few intelligent posts too !

Recently, I saw a video by National Geographic. It showed how a mother bear saves her wayward baby bear, from almost certain clutches of a hungry lion. Motherly love or love for children is a common factor among animals and humans. While animals try to protect their babies from enemies, starvation and life threatening situations, human parents try to provide the goodies of life and a paying career line to their children.

Film people are no different in this. Almost every successful star wishes that his children join this line and be famous and successful. However, they forget that in their own case they had struggled hard to earn their place in the life and more importantly they forget that talents are not necessarily hereditary !

When I chose today’s Talat song from film ‘Aaj Ki Baat’, I realised that this was the launching film for Ajit Chitnis – son of ace actress Leela Chitnis. Unfortunately, the film career of Ajit Chitnis never took off beyond his first and the only film. Actually, Ajit was a qualified commercial pilot, but he could not get a job in any air line. Consequently, he became a victim of alcoholism and was spoiled further. To help him settle in life, his mother-Leela Chitnis tried to bring him in film line. When she noticed her contemporary, Shobhana Samarth produced a film ‘Hamari Beti’ (1950), to launch her daughter Nutan, Leela too decided to produce a film to launch one of her two sons as an actor. She chose Ajit as he was elder and needed help. Manvendra (Leela used to call him as ‘Meena’) was not launched ceremoniously, but later he acted in 4 films in side roles. In his last film,’Ramu To Deewana Hai’ (1980) he even shared the credits with his mother. The history of most star sons in films is not very encouraging. In fact, success and failure ratio may be 10 to 90 percent in success and failures.

It is said that ‘No tree can grow under a Banyan tree’. This is absolutely true and applicable in film industry. Except in cases like the Kapoor family, i.e. Raj, Shammi and Shashi,who made their bright careers despite the shadow of their father and other brothers, we find that many of the sons, daughters, brothers or sisters of many popular and famous film stars were failures and never made it big in Hindi cinema.

We know cases like Suneil Anand, Nasir Khan, Tony Walker, Naina Sahu, Meera Joglekar, Ajit Chitnis, Rajendranath, Narendranath, Anoop Kumar, Mallika, Khursheed Jr., Simple Kapadiya, Shivangi Kolhapure,  Preeti Ganguly and many more. In spite of having all the backing of the famous family member, these and such many others just did not make it, because Talents are not always hereditary !

They all were given a fair opportunity to display their talent on the screen , but unfortunately despite their honest effort  their skill could not come out  & the viewers were left unimpressed . They were selected by big banners and well experienced directors were there to guide them. But  their talent remained hidden inside them and with their nonexistent artistry they disappointed their mentors. Non-actor Sohan Kapila was in the romantic lead of Filmistan’s ‘Babar’, which was released in 1960. This film was directed by Hemen Gupta, the distinguished director, who earlier had directed ‘Anand Matth’ (1952) for Filmistan. The film, also had the winning combination of Sahir and Roshan.  Dependable character actor Gajanan Jagirdar played the role of the great Mughal Emperor Babar . But the movie flopped, as the new hero failed pathetically to register  any emotion on his face. A big jolt for Seth Tola Ram Jalaan, who was already facing financial problems. Mr. Kapila appeared in 2-3 movies in inconsequential roles and disappeared from scene for ever. His daughter Padmini Kapila also pursued a career in films, but could not achieve much success .

There were many other actors like him, who got a chance to appear opposite illustrious heroines, unfortunately their effort did not make any impact on the cine loving public. Watching their miserable performance on the screen, no film maker came forward to sign them.  Out of sight is out of mind, it was matter of time when public as well as film industry forgot them.

‘Malhaar’, as the name suggests, is a musical film produced by the great singer Mukesh in 1951 . It had story by veteran actor SK Prem and its evergreen music was composed by Roshan. The movie had new comers Arjun and Shammi (Nargis Rabaadi). Arjun did get another chance in ‘Daku Ki Ladki’ (1954) to please the viewers with his emoting before the camera, but could not succeed and it was end of his career.

Rattan Chopra, the lucky boy was selected for films, among hundreds of aspirants. Mohan Kumar had suffered a huge set back when ‘Aman’ flopped. He  took the newcomer for ‘Mom Ki Gudia’ (1972) opposite Tanuja, with great hopes.  Unfortunately, the film failed to dispel the gloom and sank to the rock bottom. Acting was not his cup of tea, Rattan Chopra understood and wisely opted out of the race of stardom.

Director Amarnath introduced new comer Vijay Kumar in his 1954 offering ‘Alif Laila’ opposite Nimmi and Asha Mathur.  Sohan Kapila and Vijay Kumar had impressive physique, but had no clue about acting. The movie had lilting music by Shyam Sunder, which was his last contribution towards film industry. Helen for the first time got a chance to perform solo in the movie and for many decades she remained on top. But for Vijay Kumar it was his first & last chance.

Another non actor Premendra was introduced by old timer Vijay Bhatt in ‘Holi Aayee Re’ (1970), which was directed by his younger sibling Harsukh Bhatt.  It was pathetic to watch Premendra unsuccessfully trying to show case his imaginary ability in the field of acting .The movie flopped phenomenally and a huge investment made by Bhatt Brothers went up in a cloud of smoke.

There were some more like Pratibha Sinha, Archan Gupta, Jayant Gupta, Ashok Sharma,  Nusrat Kardar, Rajeev Kapoor, Manish Kumar, Navin Chandra, Aroop Kumar, Prashant, Shalini, Kaycee Mehra, Vikram, Shekhar Suman, Deepak Kumar, Ajay, Som Dutt and many more. Among them, some film names which I remember off hand are Deepak Kumar in ‘Aabroo’ (1968), ‘Ajay’ in ‘Wapas’ (1969), Som Dutt in ‘Mann Ka Meet’ (1968), Vikram in ‘Julie’ (1975), Rajeev Kapoor in ‘Raam Teri Ganga Maili (1985), Shekhar Suman in ‘Utsav’ (1984), Kaycee Mehra in ‘Chhabilee’ (1960) and Mem Didi (1961), Prashant in ‘Sehra’ (1963), Ashok Sharma in ‘Hamari Yaad Aayegi’ (1961), Ajit Chitnis in ‘Aaj Ki Baat’ (1955), Nusrat Kardar in ‘Dard’ (1947), Manish in ‘Saraswati Chandra’ (1968), Rajiv in ‘Nayi Umar Ki Nayi Fasal’ (1965), Aroop Kumar in ‘Bezubaan’ (1962) etc. There could be more such examples. Readers can give their comments.

According to what Leela Chitnis wrote in her autobiography, ‘Chanderi Duniyet’ (‘चंदेरी दुनियेत’), during the period 1952-53 she was in a very bad financial position. Her health had worsened due to a wrong operation and then a corrective surgery. Valuable time and all money was lost in this. To come out of this situation, she planned to produce a film launching Ajit. As the luck would have it, the film started in 1953, but took 2 years to complete. The rights were sold to a distribution company. They released the film first in Punjab, where it flopped miserably. Then it was not released anywhere at all and went into the cans forever. This was a great shock to Chitnis family.

The film had 8 songs. 2 songs are already discussed here. This is the 3rd song, sung by Talat Mehmood. Written by Raj Baldev Raj, it was composed by the ‘Gentleman Maestro’ – Snehal Bhatkar.

White full shirt, ironed white Pyjama, spectacles with big powerful lenses and the trademark white Gandhi Topi. He could easily be mistaken for a ‘Pandharpur Warkari‘ (a regular pilgrim to Pandharpur) or a member of a ‘Bhajani Mandali’ or simply a middle class ‘Marathi Manoos’. Such was the appearance of one of Hindi filmdom’s talented yet not so famous, music maestro VASUDEV GANGARAM BHATKAR or Snehal Bhatkar as we all love to know him.

In Hindi film music field, there were some talented composers like Ghulam Mohd, Mohd Shafi, Iqbal Qureshi, Daan Singh, C Arjun, Ramlal, Sardar Malik, Ajit Merchant, Jamaal Sen, Dattaram, Ganesh, Snehal Bhatkar etc., who could never reach the peaks of their careers. They really deserved this, but luck did not favour them. Big Banners never approached them and the losers were the lovers of music in India. They did not know, perhaps, how to sell their art. May be, they never wanted to enslave the music to gain name and fame, instead they preferred to settle for service to the music!

Bhatkar was one such composer. ‘Simple living and high thinking’ – never worked in this mayanagari, but he had no regrets. Till the end he was contented with whatever God gave him, whatever name and success he achieved. He was born into a family and grew in such atmosphere which was surrounded by traditional devotional music all around. In the lower middle class, the people had their entertainments in singing bhajans and doing keertans in temples en masse.

He was born on 17-7-1919. Vasudev G. Bhatkar knew at least 100 Bhajans by heart by the time he was in his 10th class. He was invited to sing in Ganesh Melas and other celebrations and soon became a well known name in the locality. Because of his singing and skills in playing harmonium and other instruments, he got a job in HMV in Bombay. Here he used to give accompaniment on harmonium to renowned classical singers. At the same time, taking cognizance of his singing skills, many Marathi bhavgeets and bhajans were recorded by HMV in those days. Some of them are popular in Maharashtra even today.

All the while, Bhatkar was looking for opportunity to compose in films. Sudhir Phadke, who too served in HMV and recorded some songs from 1943 to 1945, joined hands with Bhatkar and made a pair – Vasudev-Sudhir. They got a film of Baburao Painter ‘Rukmini Swayamvar’ in 1946 for music direction. The problem was due to his service in HMV, he could not openly work outside, hence he only gave his name as Vasudev. After this film the pair separated and Phadke went to give music to films like ‘Gokul’, ‘Aagey Badho’ etc. Due to financial constraints Bhatkar was unable to leave the job also.

In 1941, Bhatkar had come to know Kidar Sharma while recording songs for his film ‘Chitralekha’, which he was making for Ranjit Studios. Sharma had just come from Calcutta, to establish himself in Bombay. He had a knack of identifying talents. He gave chance to Bhatkar first to sing some songs with Leela Sawant in his film ‘Kaliyan’ (1944). After ‘Rukmini Swayamvar’, Kidar Sharma gave him his first break as independent composer in his ‘Neel Kamal’ in 1947. For this film, Bhatkar used the name  B Vasudev. Kidar Sharma had launched Raj Kapoor and Madhubala in adult roles as the lead pari in this film. It also launched Bhatkar, albeit in a pseudo-name. In the subsequent years Bhatkar used different names for different films-

  • ‘Suhaag Raat’ (1948) – as Snehal
  • ‘Sant Tukaram’ (1948) – as VG Bhatkar (he sang 6 songs also)
  • ‘Thes’ (1949) – as Snehal
  • ‘Sati Ahilya’ (1949) – as VG Bhatkar
  • ‘Pagle’ (1950) – as VG Bhatkar

After completing ‘Thes’ and ‘Sati Ahilya’, Bhatkar resigned from HMV.

He and Kidar Sharma were very good friends. Kidar gave him ‘Neki Aur Badi’ in 1949. He started the work. Meanwhile, Kidar Sharma met Roshan Nagrath in some musical event. Sharma was terribly impressed with Roshan and wanted to give him a break in his film. At that point of time, Kidar had just started work on ‘Neki Aur Badi’. He had a heart to heart talk with Bhatkar and Bhatkar gladly left the film for Roshan. Thus Roshan got his break with this film. Roshan never forgot Bhatkar’s magnanimity in his life and always respected Bhatkar.

In return Kidar Sharma gave ‘Hamari Beti’ (1950) to Bhatkar.  As he was a free bird now, Bhatkar started using the name Snehal Bhatkar from this film onward. Snehal was the short form of Snehalata, his daughter. Snehal Bhatkar did many Marathi films and recorded many bhajans in Marathi, which are ever popular. He did 27 films in Hindi and 12 films in Marathi. Out of 27 Hindi films, 9 were made by Kidar Sharma.

The song which made Mubarak Begum and Bhatkar famous in India was “Kabhi Tanhayion Mein, Hamari Yaad Aayegi” from the film ‘Hamari Yaad Aayegi’ (1961). (This film was was originally named ‘Jawaan Muhabbat’). Actually this song was to be done by Lata Mangeshkar. Lata had already recorded two songs for this film. Due to her extremely busy schedule she was unable to do this song, so she suggested the name of Asha Bhosle. However, already upset over Lata’s refusal, Kidar Sharma opted for Mubarak Begum and the rest is history-as they say. She made a gold of this song with her special voice.

After 1960, the musical scene in India was undergoing drastic changes and there was no space for composers like Bhatkar, who used minimum orchestra and dwelt upon melody. His films came after long intervals. Even Kidar Sharma left him after ‘Fariyad’ (1964) (only to return in ‘Pehla Kadam’ in 1980). Finally Bhatkar did his last film ‘Sehme Huye Sitaare’ in 1994, which featured his son Ramesh Bhatkar-who was already a popular hero in Marathi film, stage and TV. This obscure film did nothing good to Bhatkar.

After retirement Bhatkar devoted his time for children’s welfare and his original love – bhajan mandali singing.

Snehal or Vasudev Gangaram Bhatkar, together with cousin Devji Bhatkar and Panchambuwa Pandurang Shivalkar, was the founder member of ‘Vishwambhar Prasadik Bhajan Mandal’ in Dadar. It is still in operation after 50 years, with new set of singers. Bhatkar was very kind hearted. Every year, during Ganapati festival he used to visit his ancestral village ‘Bhate’ in Ratnagiri district and participate in singing bhajans.

Lata, Talat and Mukesh were his favourite singers. Talat, though has not sung many songs for him, his song “Zindagi Kis Mod Pe Laayee Hamein” from ‘Diwali Ki Raat’ (1956) was very popular. When rehearsals for this song were being done, Bhatkar had used only tabla and sitar for the practice session. The producer who chanced upon this rehearsal was so much impressed with this that he insisted recording the song only with minimum instruments. So, this song has only tabla, Sitar and another instrument for accompaniment.

Though there were many melodious songs composed by Bhatkar like, Khusro’s “Lakhi Baabul More Kaahe Ko Deeni Bides” sung soulfully by Mukesh in ‘Suhag Raat’ (1948); “Ro’oge Pachhtaoge” by Mukesh and Rajkumari in ‘Thes’ (1949); Lata’s “Chanda Tumko Laaj Na Ayee” from ‘Bhola Shankar’ (1951); Suman Kalyanpur’s “Haal e Dil Un Ko Sunaana Tha” from ‘Fariyaad’ (1964), except Kidar sharma no other big banner producer opted for Snehal Bhatkar. May be, his compositions were not so simple for common man to hum or sing, although they were quality songs.

Inspite of several melodious songs Bhatkar was never counted among the 1st line composers. Kidar Sharma also returned to him in 1980, but by that time Snehal Bhatkar was already on a descending track.

Snehal Bhatkar, a talented but not much applauded music director died peacefully on 29-5-2007 at his Dadar home.

Here is the song by Talat Mehmood from film Aaj ki baat-1955.

(My thanks to Shri MN Sardana ji for his post in ‘Voh Din Yaad Karo’ on Facebook, from which some information has been used herein.)

Song – Pyaar Ki Nazron Se Un Ko Dekhta Jaata Hai Dil (Aaj Ki Baat) (1955) Singer – Talat Mehmood, Lyrics – Raj Baldev Raj, MD – Snehal Bhatkar

Lyrics

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aaaa aaaaa aaaaaa
aaaaaa aaaaaa aaaaaaa
aaaa aaaa aaaa aaaaaa

pyaar ki nazron se un ko
dekhta jaata hai dil
pyaar ki nazron ki nazron se un ko
dekhta jaata hai dil
baat un ke saamne kehne se
ghabraata hai dil

kya hua mujhko
hai mere dil ki dhadkan tez tez
kya hua mujhko
hai mere dil ki dhadkan tez tez
thaamna mujhko ke seene se
uda jaata hai dil
baat un ke saamne kehne se
ghabraata hai dil

aaye hain wo zindagi
aaye hain wo zindagi
kadmon mein un ke daal de
kadmon mein un ke daal de
dil ko samjhaati hain nazren
mujhko samjhaata hai dil
baat un ke saamne kehne se
ghabraata hai dil

ho gai shaayad mohabbat
ho gayi un se mujhe
ho gai shaayad mohabbat
ho gayi un se mujhe
jab khayaal aata hai un ka
khud behal jaata hai dil
baat un ke saamne kehne se
ghabraata hai dil

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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आsssss आsssss
आsss आssss आsssss
आsssss आsssss आssssss
आsss आsss आsss आsssss

प्यार की नज़रों से उनको
देखता जाता है दिल
प्यार की नज़रों से उनको
देखता जाता है दिल
बात उनके सामने कहने से
घबराता है दिल

क्या हुआ मुझको
है मेरे दिल की धड़कन तेज़ तेज़
क्या हुआ मुझको
है मेरे दिल की धड़कन तेज़ तेज़
थामना मुझको के सीने से
उड़ा जाता है दिल
बात उनके सामने कहने से
घबराता है दिल

आए हैं वो ज़िंदगी
आए हैं वो ज़िंदगी
कदमों में उनके डाल दे
कदमों में उनके डाल दे
दिल को समझाती हैं नज़रें
मुझको समझाता है दिल
बात उनके सामने कहने से
घबराता है दिल

हो गई शायद मोहब्बत
हो गई उनसे मुझे
हो गई शायद मोहब्बत
हो गई उनसे मुझे
जब खयाल आता है उनका
खुद बहल जाता है दिल
बात उनके सामने कहने से
घबराता है दिल


This article is written by Nahm, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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3971 Post No. : 15056 Movie Count :

4132

“Dheere Dheere“ –

Dheere Dheere Machal Ae Dil-e-Beqaraar

Dheere Dheere Chal Chaand Gagan Mein

Dheere Se Jaana Bagiyan Mein O Bhanwra

Dheere Se Aa Ja Ri Ankhiyan Mein Nindiyaa Aa Ja Ri Aa Ja

Dheere Dheere Bol Koi Sun Na Le

Dheere Chal Dheere Chal O Bheegi Hawa

O More Sainya Ji Utrenge Paar Re Nadiyaa Dheere  Baho

Pal Pal O Pal Samay Tu Dheere Dheere Chal

Then there are songs have the word in different context, like;

O Gaadi Waale Gaadi Dheere Haank Re

Man Re Tu Kaahe Na Dheer Dharay

And this category of songs cannot be thought of without the superbly melodious “Dheeme Dheeme Gaaun, Dheere Dheere  Gaaun”.

All the above songs are already posted in the blog.  I had actually planned to do a series on ‘dheere dheere’ songs.  I also have plans for a few more such word based theme posts.   But for all these themes I am finding only newer songs.  So the series idea is dropped, will just be preparing random posts for which ever song appeals.

Here I am presenting a song which suits the theme to the ‘T’. Its from the movie ‘Aashiqui’ (1990) which is making its debut here. More than 29 years ago this movie came and the music created a storm. I personally am witness to the rage these songs were. In recent days I have been listening to the songs of this film and I am having to revise my choice of best song in the movie. This song ‘Dheere Dheere Se Meri Zindagi Mein Aana” used to by my favourite and I thought this was the best. But the other songs like the title song “Saanson Ki aroorat Hai Jaise”, “Jaan-e-Jigar Jaan-e-Mann”, “Main Duniya Bhulaa Doonga”,  “Nazar Ke Saamne Jigar Ke Ppaas”, “Ab Tere Bin Jee Lenge Hum”, “Tu Meri Zindagi Hai “, “Dil Ka Aalam Ab Kya Sunaaun Tumhen” etc.  Total 9 songs all are chartbusters. At the time this movie came and songs were so popular, it was a known fact that the songs were all from the Music Bank created by T-series (Gulshan Kumar). I think Mahesh Bhatt may have got to select the songs he wanted for his film. That is the only explanation for such high quality melodious songs in one film, when films used to succeed on only one or two good songs. Such was the condition of film music, despite the ghazal already having made a big comeback in Hindi film music. All songs in a film couldn’t be ghazal recitiations like in ‘Umrao Jaan’, so the film makers were making use of the urdu ghazal selectively.

There was at least one song in the above mentioned list which is a direct lift from an existing older song.

The music of the film was by Nadeem-Shrawan, and the singers were Kumar Sanu and Anuradha Paudwal. The lyrics are by Rani Malik for this song. The film had newcomers Anu Agarwal and Rahul Roy for hero and heroine, with support cast of Deepak Tijori as the friend, Reema Laagu as the mother, Tom Alter as the warden, among others.

Here is an excerpt of a review on imdb.com :

“Each and every song of this movie is timeless. Nadeem-Shravan may not be creative and experimental like A. R. Rehman, but it is true that if “melody” had a second name it would be Nadeem-Shravan. “Aashiqui”, “Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin”,”Sadak”, “Saajan”, “Deewana”, “Dil Ka Kya Qusoor”, “Salami”, “Damini”, “Dil Waale”, “Raja Hindustani”, “Jeet”, “Pardes” are examples of this genius combination. Mahesh Bhatt is one of the finest filmmakers we had, but it is sad that his biggest commercial success is probably his weakest work as a director, or probably got overshadowed by the lovable music.”

I can’t agree more with the above para. I don’t know the songs of ‘Dil Waale’ and ‘Jeet’ of the above listed films, but can add ‘Hum Hain Raahi Pyaar Ke’ and ‘Dhadkan’ which came much later, to this list. ‘Pardes’ would be the highest point or the culmination of this phenomena called Nadeem-Shrawan.

The music of this film did make a clean sweep of the Filmfare Awards of 1991

Best Music Director : Nadeem Saifi – Shravan Rathod

Best Lyricist : Sameer (For the song “Nazar Ke Saamne”)

Best Playback Singer – Male :
Kumar Sanu  (For the song “Ab Tere Bin”)

Best Playback Singer – Female :
Anuradha Paudwal  (For the song “Nazar Ke Saamne”)

This is the tally of these artists in the blog so far,

Nadeem Shrawan 15
Anuradha Paudwal 35
Kumar Sanu 22
Sameer 30

No wonder that the songs of ‘Aashiqui’ have been rehashed multiple times and reused a couple of times for ‘Aashiqui’ – 2 & 3.  I have come across very very high praise for Nadeem-Shrawan, some go to the extent of calling them SD Burman-ish.  Output wise I am inclined to agree that they were able to maintain a particular standard, which was a difficult task, given the market and commercial requirements.   As for being SDB-ish, I have found a song or two by them to be in the SDB mode.

Anyway, the songs of this movie are on their way to becoming sort of folklore/folk songs in the next century 🙂 🙂 , at the current rate and trends.

Video

Audio

Song – Dheere Dheere Se Meri Zindagi Mein Aana (Aashiqui) (1990) Singer – Kumar Sanu, Anuradha Paudwal, Lyrics – Rani Malik, MD – Nadeem Shravan

Lyrics

dheere dheere se
meri zindagi mein aana
dheere dheere se
dil ko churaanaa
tum se pyaar hamen hai kitna jaane jaana
tum se mil kar tum ko hai bataana

dheere dheere se
meri zindagi mein aana
dheere dheere se
dil ko churaanaa
tum se pyaar hamen hai kitna
jaane jaana
tum se mil kar tum ko hai bataana

jab se tujhe dekha
dil ko kahin aaraam nahin
mere hothon pe ek tere siwa
koi naam nahin
apna bhi haal tumhaare jaisa
hai saajan
bas yaad tujhe karte hain
aur koyi kaam nahin
ban gayaa hoon main
teraa deewaana
dheere dheere se dil ko churaana
oo dheere dheere se meri zindagi mein aana
dheere dheere se dil ko churaanaa

tu ne bhi aksar mujh ko jagaaya
raaton mein
aur neend churaai
meethi meethi baaton mein
tu ne bhi beshaq
mujh ko kitna tadpaaya
phir bhi teri har ek adaa pe
pyaar aaya
aa jaa aa jaa ab kaisa sharmaanaa
dheere dheere se dil ko churaana
oo dheered heere se meri zindagi mein aana
dheere dheere se dil ko churaanaa
tum se pyaar hamen hai kitna jaane jaanaa aa
tum se mil kar tum ko hai bataana
dheere dheere se meri zindagi mein aana
dheere dheere se dil ko churaanaa

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Nahm)
———————————————————-
धीरे धीरे से
मेरी ज़िंदगी में आना
धीरे धीरे से
दिल को चुराना
तुम से प्यार हमें है
कितना जाने जानां
तुम से मिल कर
तुम को है बताना
ओह ….
धीरे धीरे से
मेरी ज़िंदगी में आना
धीरे धीरे से
दिल को चुराना
तुम से प्यार हमें है
कितना जाने जानां
तुम से मिल कर
तुम को है बताना

जब से तुझे देखा
दिल को कहीं आराम नहीं
मेरे होंठों पे एक तेरे सिवा
कोई नाम नहीं
अपना भी हाल तुम्हारे जैसा
है साजन
बस याद तुझे करते हैं
और कोई काम नहीं
बन गया हूँ मैं
तेरा दीवाना
धीरे धीरे से
दिल को चुराना
धीरे धीरे से
मेरी ज़िंदगी में आना आ
धीरे धीरे से
दिल को चुराना

तू ने भी अक्सर मुझ को 
जगाया रातों में 
और नींद चुराई 
मीठी मीठी बातों में
तू ने भी बेशक
मुझ को कितना तड़पाया
फिर भी तेरी हर एक अदा पे
प्यार आया
आ जा आ जा अब कैसा
शरमाना
धीरे धीरे से
दिल को चुराना
धीरे धीरे से
मेरी ज़िंदगी में आना आ
धीरे धीरे से
दिल को चुराना
तुम से प्यार हमें है
कितना जाने जानां
तुम से मिल कर
तुम को है बताना
धीरे धीरे से
मेरी ज़िंदगी में आना आ
धीरे धीरे से
दिल को चुराना


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day : 3965 Post No. : 15047

Songs Repeated in Hindi Films – 2
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One of the most iconic songs of Saigal Sb. A song that is a definitive representation of Hindi film music of the 1930s. That incomparable rendition by Saigal Sb under the music direction of RC Boral was recorded live for the film ‘Street Singer’ (1938). Recorded more than eight decades ago, this remains a signature piece for time immemorial. The vision of Saigal Sb, leaving his home, just carrying his harmonium with him, walking with a slow measured pace, and singing this thumri – it is one of the lasting images of Hindi cinema. That version of the thumri from the ‘Street Singer’ can be viewed here – “Baabul Mora, Naihar Chhuto Hi Jaaye“.

Anecdotes around that live recording and shooting tell of a microphone hidden in the harmonium, of the slow pace of walking so as to complete the singing and the visual shot keeping within the range of the camera. Playback singing had already been invented (1935) and was in progressive use in the industry. And yet, this song was recorded live. The performance can only be called – unprecedented, incomparable and peerless. Nothing more fascinates the diehard fans of Saigal Sb, than this one song by him. Many singers have sung this, but the Saigal version remains untouched, unsurpassed.

In the film, this song spans an extended sequence of scenes. And small parts of this song are also rendered by Kanan Devi. There is a sequence where Kanan Devi attempts to sing this song in the theatre. Later, Bhola (KLS) departs from their shared home, upset that Manju (Kanan Devi) is enamored by Amar Babu (Jagdish Sethi), and wants to move in with him. But after just one day away from Bhola, Manju returns home searching for him. And finds that he has left. She makes a phone call to Amar Babu, requesting him to bring his car. They start to drive towards the road that leads to Bhola and Manju’s home village. In the meantime, the scene shifts between Manju searching for Bhola, and Bhola walking away with the harmonium. The song is reprised here three or four times, sometimes just the mukhda, sometimes just the antaraa.

Amar Babu is driving the car with dismay in his heart. A windstorm arrives. There is lot of dust in the air, and visibility is not good. Manju alights from the car, and starts following the path on foot – the path that Bhola would have taken returning to his village. Tired and overcome by storm, Bhola falls down by the roadside. Manju sees someone lying on the road and rushes to him. The tryst happens again. Amar Babu watches them from a distance. And then with a wry smile on his face, he returns to his car, to start the lonely journey back to his home. Bhola and Manju start their foot journey back to their village. Once again the song is heard in the voice of Kanan Devi, as the visual shows the two mates, in a silhouette against a darkening sky. The hearts have met, they are returning home, and the lady’s voice is telling – “Le Babul Ghar Aapno, Main Chali Piya Ke Des. . .”.

Thirty five years later, in 1973, this classical thumri is now included in the film ‘Aavishkaar’, starring Sharmila Tagore and Rajesh Khanna. This time, the music composition is by Kanu Roy, who transformed it into a duet, with the participating voices of Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh. This time, in the picturization, this is presented as a background song, as the visual action on screen is mostly silent – and yet very expressive.

‘Aavishkaar’ presents a scenario of a brief hiatus in the lives of two people very much in love. In love they are, and they get married, and they start to live together. Maybe, just love is never enough. What love is – it needs to be examined, re examined and re invented often. And then it becomes love, more love and more meaningful. Else, just the drudgery of the consistent proximity, which used to be like heaven to start with, turns into stagnant boredom. Expectations still riding high, the lull now breeds contempt – a contempt that is actually screaming for and seeking a rejuvenated level of understanding and sharing. That is what ‘Aavishkaar’ is about.

The film starts on a day when it is the wedding anniversary of the protagonist couple. Amar (Rajesh Khanna) is aware, but still, broodingly ignores. He works late in office, he goes to see a film with a female co-worker, giving the audience the impression that he is seeking extra marital happiness. On his way back at night, he finally musters enough thought and courage, and buys a bouquet of Rajnigandha flowers. Arriving home, a certain scene transpires before he enters the house, and on an impulse, he places the bouquet in a flower pot next to the door, and enters the house, pretending that he does not remember the anniversary. A long night passes. There are flashbacks, there are arguments, there is even physical violence – highlighting the drift that has occurred in the relationship. Basu Bhattacharya has handled the conflict and the interactions very deftly. In my mind, this is the best handling of the situation of a very loving relationship gone sour. Many other films come to mind – ‘Arth’, ‘Dooriyaan’, ‘Anubhav’, ‘Aandhi’, ‘Grih Pravesh’, ‘Aap Ki Kasam’, the comical ‘Pati, Patni Aur Who’, ‘Abhimaan’ . . . and more. In ‘Aavishkaar’, the director portrays the conflict, the pain, and the reconciliation, at a very psychological level.

So, after a distraught and a tension filled hostile night, mostly sleepless and lot of exchanges and memories, the new day dawns. The rigmarole of the daily routine beckons. Mansi (Sharmila Tagore) gets up early and opens the front door to pick up the milk delivery. And then she sees. . . the bouquet standing in the flower pot. She picks it up. And the voice of Jagjit Singh drifts in from the background. She finds Amar standing behind her. . . and there is an embrace. A lot changed and a lot settled in that night of strife.

The two stanzas play out slowly. The first one as the couple are embracing and then they move back into the home. The second stanza is an external shot, mixing flashback again possibly, as we see the couple on the beach, in a mood of frolic, as the singer croons yet once again to say. . . “Le Babul Ghar Aapno, Main Chali Piya Ke Des. . .”.

The two instances that we are so familiar with, of the use of this song in Hindi films, both seem to have happy conclusion. But that was not the original thought when Wajid Ali Shah wrote and composed this thumri, way back in 1856. The British had played a game of deception with the Nawab of Awadh. In a bloodless coup, Wajid Ali Shah was dethroned and sent to Calcutta, and the British annexed Lucknow and the kingdom of Awadh. The Nawab was completely heartbroken, on leaving his beloved city, and his cultural roots. That is the time when this timeless poem was conceived.

Yes, the interpretations works both ways. There is this indication of a newlywed bride, going to her new matrimonial home. There is sadness on leaving the parent’s home, but there is also an eagerness and joyful elation of being with the one, with whom a new bond of love will be explored. And, there is the gloomy and poignant interpretation. Looking at the sad dilemma that was faced by Wajid Ali Shah – he was sentenced to leave behind his beloved city, his happy pastimes, and the people who made up his life that far. The discussions in literature talk about the passing passage of life into afterlife. That too, is a leaving behind of the home that one thinks to be their own, and then embark on a journey to meet the Maker. This jusxtaposition is captured so beautifully and so splendidly in this brief two verse thumri – “Main Chali Piya Ke Des. . .”.

In the context of this series, I bring on this song today to highlight another dimension of reuse that we see so often in Hindi films – the reuse of traditional poetry and folk music. This particular thumri is so simply a dear favorite of singers, that gathering the number of different renditions by different artists would be a big exercise in itself. Just to give you an idea, this thumri has been sung by the following singers – the list goes all the way from Bade Ghulam Ali Khan to Alisha Chinoy. The names, in no particular order are – Ustad Faiyaz Khan, Gauhar Jaan, Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Siddheswari Devi, Begum Akhtar, Rasoolan Bai, Naina Devi, Kesarbai Kerkar, Ustad Mushtaq Hussain Khan, Malka Jaan, KL Saigal, Jagmohan Sursagar, Kannan Devi, Ustad Khadim Husain Khan, Girija Devi, Shobha Gurtu, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki, Kishori Amonkar, Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh, Jagjit Singh (solo), Rajan-Sajan Mishra, Alisha Chinoy, Mahendra Chopra. . . and I am sure, many more artists of repute.

If I talk about Hindi films, then besides the two instances already covered in the write up above, this thumri appears in two more films. In 1954, Manna Dey has sung this for the film ‘Mahatama Kabir’ – a really wonderful rendition. Then later in 1964, Lata Mangeshkar has sung this for the Bhojpuri film ‘Naihar Chhutal Jaaye’.
[Ed Note: Dear Arun ji adds two more instances of this song being used in Hindi films, both from early 1930s. This song has been rendered by Durga Khote in the 1931 film ‘Trapped’ aka ‘Farebi Jaal’. Then again in 1934, this thumri appears in the list of songs for the film ‘Naachwaali’ – no information available regarding singer or music director.]

Such reuse that involves traditional poetry and folk songs, is really very simple, because this material is beyond the intellectual property disputes. For that matter, we have seen many such other creations being used in films across the decades. On the devotional side, the poems of Meerabai, Kabir Das, and Soordas are very popular and are used quite freely by the producers. Then we have the adabi poets, once again a traditional treasure that does not have any copyright issues attached. Ghazals of Ghalib are quite popular and have been used in many films across the decades. As I scanned the songs in HFGK I find that the ghazal “Dil e Nadaan Tujhe Hua Kya Hai” appears in 9 films from 1931 to 1980. The ghazal “Nuktacheen Hai Gham e Dil” appears in four films, “Ye Na Thee Hamaari Qismat” appears three times, “Phir Mujhe Deeda e Tar Yaad Aaya” also appears in three films, and so on.

Checking for Meerabai’s bhajans, one finds the popular ones like “Mere To Girdhar Gopal”, “Main To Gidhar Ke Ghar Jaaun”, “Tum Jo Todo Piya” etc., being used in many films. Not a precise search, but my estimate is that Meerabai’s bhajans appear in Hindi films more than 100 times. The search cannot be precise because there are many instances where the traditional bhajans or ghazals have been used without giving credit to the original poet. Additional note – Amir Khusro’s poetry appears in Hindi films no less than 10 times, of which at least 4 are occurrences of “Kaahe Ko Byaahi Bides. . .”.

The more difficult proposition would be to trace the folk songs reuse across Hindi films. With so much variations, and without acknowledgement to the original folk source, it is difficult to make an estimate of folk music reuse in films. But I will surely add that this segment would be more voluminous than the bhajans and ghazals. The song, or variations thereof, of “Jhumka Gira Re. . .” has been used in no less than four films.

Coming to the film ‘Aavishkaar’. The film is produced under the banner of Aarohi Film Makers and is directed by Basu Bhattacharya. The songs of this film are written by Gyandev Agnihotri and Kapil Kumar. And yes, this traditional thumri originally created by Wajid Ali Shah. The cast of actors is listed as Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore, Deena Gandhi, Denis Klement, Satyendra Kappu, Monika Jasnani, Devendra Khandelwal, Margaret, Mahesh Sharma, and Minna Johar etc.

Interesting side note – this film is the 2nd in the now famous trilogy by Basu Bhattacharya, on the topic of marital discord, the first one being ‘Anubahv’ (1971) and the 3rd being ‘Grih Pravesh’ (1977).

More interesting side notes. As we talk about reuse, I must mention the other interesting reuse in this film. Probably this is the only film where we can hear Sharmila Tagore singing. At one place in the film, the iconic Manna Dey song “Hansne Ki Chaah Ne. . .” is being sung by Sharmila. Then, at another place in the film, the song from ‘Teesri Kasam’ (1966) – “Duniya Banaane Waale, Kya Tere Mann Mein Samaai” is playing on the radio, and we can also hear Sharmila singing along with it.

So much for today. In the next episode, we shall explore another very interesting aspect of re-use of songs.

Song – Baabul Mora, Naihar Chhuto Hi Jaaye  (Aavishkaar) (1973) Singers – Jagjit Singh, Chitra Singh, Lyrics – Traditional, MD – Kanu Roy
Jagjit Singh + Chitra Singh

Lyrics

baabul mora. . .
naihar chhuto hi jaaye

baabul mora. . .
baabul mora. . .
naihar chhuto hi jaaye

chaar kahaar mil mori
doliyaan sajaaye re
mora apna begaana
chhuto jaaye. . .
naihar chhuto hi jaaye

[dialogue – Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila]

angnaa to parbat bhaya
deori bhai bides
le babul ghar aapno
main chali piya ke des
main chali piya ke des
main chali piya ke des

baabul mora. . .
naihar chhuto hi jaaye

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

बाबुल मोरा॰ ॰ ॰
नईहर छूटो ही जाये

बाबुल मोरा॰ ॰ ॰
बाबुल मोरा॰ ॰ ॰
नईहर छूटो ही जाये

चार कहार मिल मोरी
डोलियाँ सजाये रे
मोरा अपना बेगाना
छूटो जाये॰ ॰ ॰
नईहर छूटो ही जाये

[संवाद – राजेश खन्ना, शर्मिला टागोर]

अंगना तो परबत भया॰ ॰ ॰
डेयोड़ी भई बिदेस
ले बाबुल घर आपनो
मैं चली पिया के देस
मैं चली पिया के देस
मैं चली पिया के देस

बाबुल मोरा॰ ॰ ॰
नईहर छूटो ही जाये

 


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