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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 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 : 3556 Post No. : 14263

Today’s song is from a rare film of the early talkie era – ‘Baala Joban’ from 1934. The film was produced by Gandharva Cinetone – a company owned by Baburao Patel, who also directed this film.

The name of Baburao Patel is known to every lover of old Hindi films, but as a political commentator and a member of parliament, he is known to others. From the mid 1930s to the 80s he was a name synonymous with daredevil journalism, superb quality English writing and an active life style. Add to it several marriages and countless children by legitimate relationships and otherwise.

Baburao Pandurang Patil (he is a ‘Marathi Manoos’ and not a Gujarati) was born on 4-4-1904, in Masvan village, about 100 kms from Bombay, in Palghar district, in a Vanzara ( Banjara) community. His birth date is a strange confluence of numbers. The date is written as 4-4-4. Also, if we take the total of the digits written as 4-4-1904, it also adds up to the number 4 only.

When he was 4 year old, his mother passed away, and his father remarried. Subsequently the family shifted to Bombay. He was put in an English medium school. However he did not complete his matriculation. Lack of formal education always pinched him in life and he always respected highly educated people. He compensated by avidly reading books on philosophy, religion, politics and medicine, and gained an excellent command over spoken and written English language.

After doing many petty jobs, in 1926 he joined ‘Cinema Samachar’, a film magazine in Hindi, English and Urdu languages. He never knew when he entered the film world and became a script writer and a director. He established his own banner ‘Gandharva Cinetone’ and made 5 films as a director – ‘Kismat’ (a silent film from 1931), ‘Sati Mahananda’ (1933), ‘Maharani’ (1934), ‘Baala Joban’ (1934) and ‘Pardesi Sainyan’ (1935). Later in life, he directed two more films with wife Susheela Rani Patel as the heroine – ‘Draupadi’ in 1944 and ‘Gwaalan’ in 1946.

He joined DN Parkar, who owned New Jack printing press and who was publishing a house magazine ‘Prabhat’ for Prabhat Films. He then started his own magazine ‘FILM INDIA’ in April 1935, at a price of 4 annas (annual 3 rupees). From the very first issue, it was printed on high quality art paper. The cover image of the first issue featured a hand painting of actress and novelist Nalini Tarkhud, from film ‘Chandrasena’. There were many ads in the magazine, which promised ”honest journalism and constructive criticism”, though in later issues his criticism was incisive, insulting and quite daring. The cine industry feared his reviews, but readers adored him. Khwaja Ahmed Abbas, the famous writer and film director was also on his staff, and looked after the magazine when Baburao was travelling.

In all these twists and turns of life, his surname became Patel instead of Patil. He continued with it. He hurt many of his fellow film makers and actors. In one case, Shanta Apte is on record having gone to his office and beaten him with a whip, for his defamatory and derogatory remarks in the magazine.

Baburao married 3 times. His first marriage took place when he was studying. The second was with Shirin and the third was with his ex-secretary Sushila Rani Tombat – a very good looking Konkani singer and dancer.

Sidharth Bhatia has written a book titled ‘The Patels of Film India’. Noted author Manto also wrote extensively on Baburao. Bhatia writes – ‘Baburao had an eloquence and power of writing. He had a sharp humour, often barbed. There was a tough guy assertiveness with his venomous pen’. Baburao called Kalpana Kartik “pigeon busted”, Suraiya “Ugly”, and Dev Anand “effiminate”. Meena kumari was “. . .like an inverted shuttle cock”.

His magazine celebrated 50 years in 1985. Baburao became MP from Madhya Pradsh in 1967 on a ticket from the erstwile Jansangh party. One good quality of Baburao was that he was very kind to the poor and helpless people. Baburao Patel died on 4-9-1982.

The cast of the film ‘Baala Joban’ is listed as Padma Devi (a fixture in all Baburao’s films and a personal ‘special friend’), Mubarak, Gulab, Shirin Bano (she later married director Nanubhai Bhatt; Mahesh bhatt is her son), Madhukar Gupte, Nandu Khote (stage and silent film actor; father of Shubha Khote, brother in law of Durga Khote), Raja Pandit, Badri Prasad etc.

Besides acting in the film, Badri Prasad was also the music director of this film. It was his debut film as a music director. He is a wonder in the annals of Hindi film history. There is no other known person in the history who was an actor, lyricist, singer, music director, producer, director and a choreographer- all at same time in his career. He was simply unique. There was no one else like him.

As an actor he has appeared in 147 films. I remember him in ‘Albela’ (1951) as Bhagwan’s father, in ‘Bhaagam Bhaag’ (1954) as Shashikala’s uncle, as the missing father of Nalini Jaywant in film ‘Hum Sab Chor Hain’ (1956), and as the wheelchair confined father of Zahida in ‘Anokhi Raat’ (1968).

As a singer, he has sung 11 songs in 7 films. As a music director, he has 16 films to his credit – ‘Baala Joban’, ‘Vishnu Bhakti’, ‘Fashionable India’, ‘Romantic India’, ‘Zambo The Ape Man’, ‘Swaraaj Ke Sipaahi’, ‘Badhe Chalo’, ‘Yangrilla’, ‘Himalay Ki Beti’, ‘Double Cross’, ‘Zambo Ka Beta’, ‘Jhoothi Sharam’, ‘Anuradha’, ‘Vanmala’, ‘Madhusudan’ and ‘Zevar’.

He has one film to his credit as a lyricist, one as a producer and one as a director. As a choreographer he has done 52 films – from ‘Namoona’ (1949) to ‘Raaj Nartaki’ (1991).

Badri Prasad was born on 14-11-1902, in Benaras, UP. He started acting in Ramleela in the Bhelpura area in Benaras. From there he reached Calcutta, spent time at New Theatres and other studios and then landed in Bombay in 1932. His first film as actor was ‘Navchetan’ (1932).

Then he worked as an assistant to some composers and gave music independently first time to ‘Baala Joban’. His last film as a composer was ‘Zevar’ in 1942.

Then he continued his career, working in character roles. In 1949 he first did choreography in ‘Namoona’ (1949). After for the next 40 years he choreographed in till his last film.  His last film as an actor is ‘Dhoop Chhaon’ from 1997 – an active acting career that spans a period of 44 years.

As a composer many famous singers sang for him, like Amirbai  Karnataki, Noorjehan, Snehlata, Shyamsunder, Radharani, Sarla Devi, Ameena, Gauhar, E Rama Rao, Ramanand, Vatsala Kumthekar , Vimla Kumari, Iqbal Bibi etc.

Badriprasad was a learned man with command over Hindi, Urdu, English and Sanskrit. He wrote many plays for AIR also. He had a very big collection of books in his house. He was called Pandit Badriprasad,due to his expertise in Sanskrit. He was a man of few words, so his fabulous career remained unknown and he was known only as a character artist.

He had 2 daughters. One daughter Surekha Pandit remained with him till his death. Surekha too is an actress, doing bit roles in films – ‘Anupama’, ‘Mere Sanam’, ‘Nartaki’, ‘Gaban’, ‘Sant Gyaneshwar’, ‘Mere Huzur’, ‘Aadmi Aur Insaan’, ‘Saat Hindustani’, ‘Do Dooni Chaar’, ‘Shehar Aur Sapna’, ‘Aarti’ etc. After marriage she was known as Surekha Parkar.

The singer for today’s song is Marutirao Pehelwan. He has also acted in this movie. He was originally from Kolhapur. In the early era of talkie films, many wrestlers joined film companies. They worked mostly in action films. Some such actors were Baburao Pehelwan (he was the hero of Master Bhagwan’s stunt films; later on worked as a stuntman with fight master Azim Bhai), Vasantrao Pehelwan (he was the one who brought Indurani from Poona to Bombay; was a popular villain in stunt films), Nandram Pehelwan (very popular in silent films but fell on bad days in the talkie era), Sadiq Pehelwan, Maane Pehelwan, Amir Khan Pehelwan etc.

Marutirao Pehelwan was different. He was handsome, tall, well built, could act and sing well. He was selected for the hero’s role in first Gujarati talkie film ‘Narsi Mehata’ (1932), made by Sagar Movietone. He acted as hero and other roles in about 40 films and sang songs too. His first Hindi film was ‘Lanka Dahan’ (1933) and last his film was ‘Apna Ghar’ (1942).

He married his co-star of many films – Tara (sister of Sitara Devi and Alaknanda). They left films and settled in Dhule, Maharashtra. Marutirao started a dairy business there. Famous dancer Gopi Krishna was their son.
[Author’s Note: From 1946, there was another comedian actor named Maruti, active in Hindi films. Initially, he too was billed as Marutirao, creating confusion. He was the father of comedienne Guddi Maruti.]

Today’s song is a Folk song of Rajasthan. It is in Marwari language. Shri Girdharilal Vishwakarma ji has uploaded this song as the ‘first Marwaari song in Hindi films”. On my email inquiry, he has kindly informed me that in this folk song, the wife is telling her husband (aali ja) that ‘bichhuda‘ (scorpion) has bitten her and she wants to go to her ‘peehar‘ (father’s house) now. I am very much thankful to him for this rare song.

[Author’s Note: Acknowledgements and thanks – The above write up refers to and has adapted material from books by Sidharth Bhatia, Saadat Manto, Isak Mujawar, Vithal Pandya, Biren Kothari (book on Sagar Movietone), Sanjit Narwekar, scroll.in, HFGK, Encyclopedia of Indian Films and my own notes.]


Song – Bichhudo Ri Ghaali Peehar Chaali Saa, Aali Jaa (Baala Joban) (1934) Singer – Marutirao Pehalwan, Lyrics – Traduitional, Music – Badri Prasad Manik

Lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)

bichhudo ri ghaali peehar chaali saa
aali jaa
bichhudo ri ghaali peehar chaali saa
aali jaa
lehardaar beechhudo
naina ro lobhi beechhudo
ghansaagar mhaaro beechhudo

haan laladi sar daabe poochho thaake saa
aali jaa
laladi sar daabe poochho thaake saa
aali jaa
lehardaar beechhudo
naina ro lobhi beechhudo
ghansaagar mhaaro bee. . .

beechhoda naina par bichhudo ladio saa
aali jaa
beechhoda naina par bichhudo ladio saa
aali jaa
lehardaar beechhudo
naina ro lobhi beechhudo
ghansaagar mhaaro beechhudo

bambai jaavo to motor laavyo saa
aali jaa
bambai jaavo to motor laavyo saa
aali jaa
lehardaar beechhudo
naina ro lobhi beechhudo
ghansaagar mhaaro beechhudo

bichhude ri ghaali peehar chaali saa
aali jaa
lehardaar beechhudo
naina ro lobhi beechhudo

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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बीछुड़ो री घाली पीहर चाली सा
आली जा
बीछुड़यो री घाली पीहर चाली सा
आली जा
लहरदार बीछुड़ो
नैना रो लोभी बीछुड़ो
घनसागर म्हारो बीछुड़ो

हाँ ललड़ी सर दाबे पूछो थाके सा
आली जा
ललड़ी सर दाबे पूछो थाके सा
आली जा
लहरदार बीछुड़ो
नैना रो लोभी बीछुड़ो
घनसागर म्हारो बी॰ ॰ ॰

बिछोड़ा नैना पर बीछुड़ो लडिओ सा
आली जा
बिछोड़ा नैना पर बीछुड़ो लडिओ सा
आली जा
लहरदार बीछुड़ो
नैना रो लोभी बीछुड़ो
घनसागर म्हारो बीछुड़ो

बम्बई जावो तो मोटर लावयो सा
आली जा
बम्बई जावो तो मोटर लावयो सा
आली जा
लहरदार बीछुड़ो
नैना रो लोभी बीछुड़ो
घनसागर म्हारो बीछुड़ो

बिछुड़े री घाली पीहर चाली सा
लहरदार बीछुड़ो
नैना रो लोभी बीछुड़ो

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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 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 : 3541 Post No. : 14215

Today’s song is from the film ‘Asiai Sitara’ (1937) aka ‘Star Of Asia’.

The film was made by Harshad and Jagtap. It was distributed by Wadia Movietone. The director was Haribhai Desai, the music was by Master Mohammed and the lyricist was Pt. Anuj. The film cast was master Vithal, Jenabai Pawar, Minoo the Mystique, Vasant pehelwan, Master Dhulia etc.

After the initial surge of the films made on mythology, parsi fantasies and folk tales, the adventurous film makers moved on to make films on social issues, comedy, stunts, social reforms, history, love stories and religious personalities. From 1935, the rise of stunt films in talkie version (thanks to Fearless Nadia) gave rise to a genre, which lasted till the 1950’s. After that, it faded to a natural death. Nowadays, all the heroes do the stunts themselves, but their films are not called stunt films.

However, the audience, which was accustomed to films of fantasy, costume and folk tales, still existed, so on and off such films too were made by older film makers. The film ‘Asiai Sitara’ was also one such costume film. This was a film originally made by Haribhai Desai of Surya Film Company, Bangalore, as a silent film in 1932. In those days, Bangalore was the main city in South Circuit, so many big film distributors (mostly Gujaratis) had their offices in Bangalore. After the demise of silent films, most of them closed their distribution offices and jumped into talkie film making in Bombay. Some prominent distributors were, Dr. Ambalal Patel and Chimanlal Desai (started Sagar Movietone), Ramniklal Shah (started Mohan Pictures, Ramnik Films etc.) and Haribhai Raghunath ji Desai (started Surya Film Company in Bangalore itself).

The story of Haribhai Desai is very interesting. He was born in a very wealthy family of a village near Kutch area of Gujarat. He was very intelligent and completed his graduation in Bombay. The silent film industry was developing very fast. Haribhai decided to jump into it. To get his fundamentals strong, he went to America and did his graduation from New York Institute of Cinematography. Coming back to India, he took up a job as a manager in Laxmi Pictures and later in Suvarna Pictures of Poona. With this experience and few distribution contracts, Haribhai landed in Bangalore and set up his shop as a distributor.

Very shortly, in 1929, he established his own film production company – Surya Film Company at Bangalore, which was his main aim in life. He went to Kolhapur, hunting for talent. Kolhapur was an important film making centre in those times. There, he found Ganapatrao Baakre (गणपतराव बाकरे) –  a very handsome, well built wrestler and a daredevil stunt actor working in Baburao Painter’s  Maharashtra Film Co. He also noticed another very good looking young man, with good physique, working in stunt films for free (he was from a rich family). He was Zunzar Rao Pawar  झुंझार राव पवार). His real name was DK Pawar, but was called by this name after his role in a successful company. Haribhai needed  good and well known actors. He lured them with higher salaries and brought them to Bangalore. Ganpat Rao was paid Rs.1000 pm in those days.

Production of silent films started rapidly. Their first film was ‘Raj Hriday’ (1929). It was released in four theatres in Bombay in October 1929. The publicity of this film was handled by Kikubhai Desai (father of Manmohan Desai). Film pamphlets were showered on Bombay city from an aeroplane, as an advertisement gimmick! No doubt the film ran to houseful audiences in all theatres. In a very short time both actors from Kolhapur became very popular and famous. Surya Films made about 40 silent films.

Meanwhile Zunzar Rao Pawar fell in love with an Anglo-Indian girl – Jena Lawson, who was looking for an entry in films. They got married and she became Jenabai Pawar. Haribhai was not the one to lose such opportunities. He made two films with Jenabai Pawar as a heroine. The first was ‘The Hawk’ (aka ‘Baaz Bahadur’, 1931) and the other was ‘Asiai Sitara’ (1932). She did not work in more films. Soon Baakre and Pawar family returned to Kolhapur, after four years in Bangalore.

When the silent era ended and talkie films flourished, Haribhai closed Surya Films and went to Bombay. There, he remade his two successful silent films, made with Jenabai Pawar, as talkie films, with the same heroine. ‘Baaz Bahadur’ was made in 1936 and ‘Asiai Sitara’ was made in 1937. Now that these were talkie films, Jenabai also sang in the film. She sang four songs in each film. Considering she was not Indian, the songs were reasonably good. Earlier the silent films had Ganapat Rao Baakre as the hero, now in talkie films, Master Vithal was the hero.

Master Vithal (1906-1969) was the first superstar of silent films. He also has the credit of being the hero of the first talkie film of India ‘Aalam Ara’ (1931). He got this role only because of his un-paralleled popularity in silent films. He was the first ‘Angry Young Man’ of Indian cinema in the 1920s and the 1930s. His films were full of stunts, fighting and daredevil acts. Master Vithal was very handsome with a very muscular physique. He was the ideal of many aspiring young actors like Bhagwan.

So, when Bhagwan became stunt film hero and a director, his ardent wish was to act with Master Vithal or direct him. By 1940, Master Vithal was almost a gone actor, with very few Hindi films. So when Bhagwan got him to act in his film ‘Naghma e Sehra’ (1945), both Bhagwan and his close friend C Ramchandra were extremely excited. CR not only gave music to this film, but also did playback singing for Master Vithal and fulfilled his wish.

Today’s generation has no idea what position Master Vithal held in the minds of Indian audience in those days. Stunt films were very popular and Master Vithal, with his handsome looks, muscular physique and daredevil stunts was extremely popular. I am perhaps one of the very few remaining now, who has seen his film. I only remember one scene from that film, in which Master Vithal jumps from a tree onto an open car, fights with the goons and takes away the heroine, who promptly embraces him. I neither remember the name of the film nor of the heroine. She might be Zebunnisa.

Master Vithal (Vithal Raghunath Desai) made his début on the stage as a child artist with Raja Pur Natak Mandali. He then started his career as a film editor with Maharashtra Films, Kolhapur which was owned by Baburao Painter. His first film role was as a female dancer in ‘Kalyancha Khajina’, a silent era film directed by Painter. He continued to work as film editor and a dancer and played minor roles in films. His first break as a male lead was in the film ‘Ratna Manjari’ (1926) produced by Sharda Studios, which he had joined earlier in 1925. After ‘Ratna Manjari’, he was a permanent fixture in the role of a hero and he was the star attraction of the films from Sharda Studios.

Sharda Studios was owned by Nanubhai Desai, Anand Prasad Kapoor and Harshadrai Mehta.  Nanubhai Desai was the studio founder and director of many stunt films produced by the company in which Vithal appeared in swashbuckling roles with Zebunnisa as his heroine. A professional wrestler, he became a very popular fearless hero acting in films on historical themes related to Rajasthan and Maharashtra; thus giving him the title ‘the Indian Douglas Fairbanks, a title Vithal hated. Audience adored him in his stunt hero role, which became his ‘forte’. By 1930, he was the highest paid male star in Indian cinema industry.

In 1930, Vithal’s popularity in stunt films attracted Ardeshir Irani of Imperial Film Company to invite him to join his company to make India’s first talkie, though Mehboob Khan was also vying for the role. Vithal, who was quite excited by Irani’s offer, accepted and moved to Irani’s newly formed film company Sagar Studios in Bombay, breaking his contract with Sharda Studios, only by few days. Nanubhai Desai was furious and he kidnapped Master Vithal. He was kept a captive, forcing him to extend the contract with Sharda Films. When Irani came to know this, he went to the court against Sharda films. Eminent lawyers like Setalwad and Mohmmed Ali Jinnah were employed by the litigating parties.

When the case started in the court, the judge asked Master Vithal, where he would like to join. That time Sharada was paying him Rs. 300 pm. Master Vithal replied that whichever company gave him more salary, he would join them. After this, there was an auction in the court and sums were spelt for master Vithal. Imperial Film company won when they offered Rs. 1200 pm as salary. The judge gave his judgement and Master Vithal joined Imperial. Thus he became the first actor to get a four figure salary in Indian Films. He was also the first actor in the industry, to own a car. After losing Master Vithal, Sharada Film company wanted a replacement for him.  They appointed P. Jairaj, an upcoming handsome and muscular actor, on a salary of Rs. 100 pm!

The following year, Master Vithal played the hero in the first Indian talkie ‘Aalam Ara’ with Zubeida as the female lead. ‘Alam Ara’ was also the first film in which music was introduced, as many as seven music scores were part of the film. As his Hindi diction was poor, he could not deliver the dialogues properly; his acting quality in histrionic roles was also questioned. He was  shown mostly in a state of trance or semi consciousness in the film and hardly had any dialogue. It is said that Vithal could not adopt himself to the new genre of talking-singing films in Hindi as he was “reduced to a hero who is (was) magically struck dumb in Alam Ara”. In 1932, he did some more silent films, which were no longer preferred by the audience. The talkies led to the decline of his career in Hindi films. Vithal would never get a major role in Hindi films again. From 1934 onward, he started doing some Marathi films realizing his limitations. From the 1940s onward, he regularly appeared in films by Bhalji Pendharkar and those featuring Lalita Pawar and Durga Khote. He also played in a side role in the 1944 blockbuster film ‘Ramshashtri’Towards the end, he played only minor roles in Marathi films; his last film appearance was in 1966.

A lot has been said about his inability to speak Urdu dialogues and there is a popular myth, that after ‘Aalam Ara’, he did not get any talkie film and he left the Bombay film industry for Kolhapur to continue his career in Marathi films. Nothing can be farther from truth, because not only Master Vithal was cast as a hero in another talkie film, by Imperial Film Company itself – ‘Anangsena’ (1931), but many other well known production houses like Wadia, Mohan, Pradeep, BK Dave, Ranjit etc. engaged him for talkie films.

However, Master Vithal who was not very comfortable with Urdu dialogues, was no more interested in doing Hindi films anymore, so he did films very selectively. He acted in 8 silent films till 1934 and 16 talkie Hindi films till 1946. He even gave music to a film ‘Kashmir Ki Kali’ (1946), and also acted in it. All this after ‘Aalam Ara’.

Master Vithal is in history books as the first hero of the first Hindi talkie film and also has to his credit the introduction of a double role (by Shahu Modak) in a Bilingual film ‘Aawaara Shehzada’ (1933), which he directed (‘Autghatkecha Raja’ in Marathi). Master Vithal himself was the first to do a double role in silent film,’Prisoner of Love’ (aka ‘Raj Tarang’, 1927), made by Sharada Films.

Master Vithal acted in a total of 92 films – Hindi, Marathi, talkie and silent. He also directed two talkie films – one each in Hindi and Marathi. In one of his interviews, he regretted his decision to shift to Kolhapur in 1946 permanently as, he felt, this reduced his Hindi film participation. He had constructed a big chawl in Kolhapur and in his retirement years, he lived on its rental income. He died in 1969.

Haribhai Desai did not do anymore Hindi films. He was active in Gujarati films as a writer and director. He even made a Telugu film as a director. The film was ‘Bhaktimala’ (1941). It was made on the theme of Devdasi tradition of Maharashtra, where maidens are married to God. Actress P Bhanumathi did the main role. The film proved to be a great hit in south and remakes in southern languages were also made. This is considered a milestone movie in Telugu films.

‘Asiai Sitara’ has 8 songs. This song is sung by Master Dhulia, a famous Gujarati folk singer of repute. This song was composed as a parody of Saigal’s famous song “Balam Aaye Baso More Mann Mein” from film ‘Devdas’ (1935). The composer Master Mohammed, was famous for his patriotic songs. He had earlier composed another parody song, “Gaawo Gaawo Ae Mere Saadhu“, in the film ‘Miss Frontier Mail’ (1936), which was a parody of the KC Dey song ‘Jaao Jaao Ae Mere Sadho, Raho Guru Ke Sang‘ from film ‘Pooran Bhagat’ (1933).

The film ‘Asiai Sitara’ and singer ‘Master Dhulia’, both make a debut on the blog today.

[Author’s Note: Acknowledgements and thanks – The above write up refers to and has adapted material from books by Shri Vithal Pandya, Isak Mujawar, Dr RK Verma, and from Harish Raghuwanshi ji, CITWF, MuVyz.com, HFGK, Encyclopedia of Indian Films and my own notes.]

 


Song – Aan Phanse Ab Ban Mein Bhaiya (Asiai Sitara) (1937) Singer – Master Dhulia, Lyrics – Pandit Sampat Lal Shrivastav ‘Anuj’, Music – Master Mohammed
Unidentified Male Voice

Lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)

aan phanse ab ban mein bhaeee..yyaa
aan phanse ab ban mein bhaieee..yyaa
aan phanse
aan phanse
bhai..ee..ee..ee..yaaaaaaa

aan phanse ab ban mein bhaiya
aan phanse ab ban mein
bhai..ee..ee..ee..yaaaaaaa

ye kya kar raha hai

taan maar raha hoon

jhoothe ke laaye
saanche gawaaye
jhoothe ke laaye
saanche gawaaye
sach bin lutiaa kaun piraaye
sach bin lutiaa kaun piraaye
kaari badariya barsan laagi
kaari badariya barsan laagi
baitha gar saawan mein bhaiya
baitha gar saawan mein
bhai..ee..ee..ee..yaaaaaaa

suratiya kaisi bhai kaari
kaari
kaari
suratiya kaisi bhai kaari
ab to kamariya tootan lagi
tootan laagi
tootan laagi
reh gayi mann ki mann mein bhaiyyaaa
reh gayi mann ki mann mein
bhai..ee..ee..ee..yaaaaaaa

nainanwa paayo nirbhaagi
nainanwa paayo nirbhaagi
tab hi pawanva phootan laagi
phootan laagi
phootan laagi
dhool pari nainan mein bhaiyyaaa
dhool pari nainan mein
bhai..ee..ee..ee..yaaaaaaa

kaisi bhai ye harkat

kalaam le raha hoon

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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आन फंसे अब बन में भईsय्याआ
आन फंसे अब बन में भईsय्याआ
आन फंसे
आन फंसे
भई॰॰ई॰॰ई॰॰ई॰॰य्याआआआआ

आन फंसे अब बन में भइय्या
आन फंसे अब बन में
भई॰॰ई॰॰ई॰॰ई॰॰य्याआआआआ

ये क्या कर रहा है

तान मार रहा हूँ

झूठे के लाये
साँचे गवाए
झूठे के लाये
साँचे गवाए
सच बिन लुटिया काऊ पिराये
सच बिन लुटिया काऊ पिराये
कारी बदरिया बरसन लागी
कारी बदरिया बरसन लागी
बैठा गर सावन में भइय्या
बैठा गर सावन में
भई॰॰ई॰॰ई॰॰ई॰॰य्याआआआआ

सूरतीया कैसी भई कारी
कारी
कारी
सूरतीया कैसी भई कारी
अब तो कमरीया टूटन लागि
टूटन लागि
टूटन लागि
रह गई मन की मन में भइय्या
रह गई मन की मन में
भई॰॰ई॰॰ई॰॰ई॰॰य्याआआआआ

नैननवा पायो निरभागी
नैननवा पायो निरभागी
तब ही पवनवा फूटन लागि
फूटन लागि
फूटन लागि
धूल परी नैनन में भइय्या
धूल परी नैनन में
भई॰॰ई॰॰ई॰॰ई॰॰य्याआआआआ

कैसी भई ये हरकत

कलाम ले रहा हूँ


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 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 : 3537 Post No. : 14203

Today’s song is from the film ‘Captain Kirti Kumar’ (1937). The song is sung by a child star of yore – Ram Marathe.

Do you ever wonder, what happens to child stars when they grow up or what must be adult actors doing when they stop getting roles or get retired ? In the early years of films, anyone looking good and was a tolerably good singer could become actor or an actress. Education was not necessary. Working in films was not considered good those days. So, those who joined film line, in their early years, had no other skill or education. The payments were dismal, there was no guarantee of continuation and temptations were too many.

As a result, many of the first generation of actors, singers and others in the film world, ended up in poverty, loneliness and met a sad end. Many such heart breaking stories are well known. However, not all ended up like this. There were cases, where the artist left the film industry even when they were getting ample work, changed their course of life and achieved greater success or happiness.

The child stars were of two types. One type  who had no relatives or a godfather to help them when they passed the age of being a child actor. Such actors got lost in the merciless world of film industry and ended up doing work as a junior artist or an extra or at the most doing character roles. Examples are Junior Mehmood and Jagdeep etc. The other type was, who had someone in their family or a close relative well established in the film world. When they crossed their child actor age, they got into adult roles easily. Many of them became top class heroes and heroines. Some examples are Madhubala, Meena Kumari, Shashi Kapoor and many other Kapoors, Nargis, etc.

Of course, there were exceptions. I know of at least two examples of successful and in demand child stars – with a godfather, who left the film industry midway to pursue their ambition in some other fields. One case is that of Shashi Kapoor senior. Starting as a child star from 1944 he did child roles in 21 films up to 1955. Then he left films, completed his graduation and post graduation in science, and worked as a lecturer in Bombay. Then he went to USA to do his PhD in Maths. He worked in an American university as a Professor of Maths for 30 years. What a life, indeed !

The second case is of child actor Ramchandra (Ram) Marathe. He was born on 23-10-1924 in Poona and studied in Bhave school up to 10th class. He and his brother (Anant Marathe aka Anant kumar) worked in films as child actors, due to family conditions. They started work from 1936 onwards. Ram Marathe had an edge over his brother, in that he could sing too. Starting with ‘Shahu Chor’ in 1936, he worked in Sagar movietone (6 films), Ranjit (3 films) and Prabhat (2 films), in addition to other companies like Prakash, Mohan Pictures, Imperial etc. He acted as a child star in 16 films and sang 11 songs in 6 films. After this Ram left films and started training in classical music – his liking. Here is a short bio of Ram Marathe, adapted from meetkalakar.com,

Ramchandra Purshottam Marathe was born on 23rd October, 1924. He began his early career as an actor singer in films produced by the Prabhat company. His formal training in music assumed a definite direction when he came under the tutelage of Master Krishnarao (Phulambrikar). Later, he trained under accomplished musicians such as Mirashibuwa of Gwalior and Vamanrao Sadolikar of Atrauli-Jaipur. His quest for widening his musical horizons culminated in a long-lasting discipleship (15 years) under Jagannathbuwa Purohit (‘Gunidas’). As a consequence of his broad training and background, Rambhau’s music integrated the best of Gwalior, Agra and Jaipur styles. Rambhau was a stalwart in the field of Marathi natyasangeet. He was also known as a composer. Among his pupils is Ulhas Kashalkar.

Pt. Ram Marathe had performed in all the prestigious musical festivals at various places like Jalandhar, Patna, Lahore, Delhi, Gwalior, Calcutta, Banaras, Amritsar and almost all over the Maharashtra. His contribution to Indian classical music was recognized with several Awards for his unique and successful performances.  He was ‘A Top Grade’ Hindustani classical artist of All India Radio.

Since he had undergone a proper Tabla training, he had a great command on taal and layakari. He had special command on rare – Anvat Raags and Jod Raags and he was highly recognized for his clear and fast tankriyas and also for purity of Raags. He always used to enrich his audience with various semi-classical forms like khayal, tarana, tappa, natyasangeet, thumri, dadra and bhajans in his concerts. Unlike the present classical singers, his concerts used to last more than 5 hours with powerful intensity and stamina.

He started his stage career under the perusal of Natvarya Shri Ganapatrao Bodas in 1950 as a leading character in old classical musical dramas like Saubhadra, Sanshaya Kallol, Swayamvar, Ekach Pyaala, Maan Apmaan etc. with veteran actors and actresses such as Balgandharva, Hirabai Badodekar, Vinayakbuwa Patwardhan, Nanasaheb Phatak etc. Despite of his busy schedule in concerts, he performed in 22 old and new Sangeet Natak with more than 5000 stage shows. This is purely out of his dedication and commitment towards Sangeet Rangbhoomi.

He composed music for more than 10 dramas such as – Mandarmala, Suvarntula, Megh Malhaar, Tansen, Baiju etc. and acted in them as the leading charter role.

His disciples includes many (more than 50) eminent classical singers like Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Sudhir Datar, Ram Pratham, Vishwanath Kanhere, Vishwanath Bagul, Yogini Joglekar, Shashikant Oak, Madhuwanti Dandekar, Sanjay Marathe and Mukund Marathe etc. who have got training from him under the traditional Gurukul way of learning.

Maharashtra Government honoured him with the ‘Sangeet Bhushan’ degree in 1961.  In 1981, he again got recognition from the Government of Maharashtra, for successful completion and continuous 30 years of career in Marathi Sangeet Rangbhoomi. He was also bestowed the honoured title of ‘Sangeet Chudamani’ by Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Puri.

He was appointed by AIR, New Delhi on Northern (Hindustani) Music Audition Board Committee. He was also on the Advisory Board of Nagpur University and other universities in India. He has more than 100 gramophone records and a number of CDs and LPs to his credit and composed more than 50 bandish in various Raags.

Ram Marathe died on 4-10-1989.

The film ‘Captain Kirti Kumar’ had a cast consisting of Motilal, Bibbo, Yaqub, Sankatha Prasad, Pandey, Bhudo Advani and VH Desai. Comedian VH Desai made his debut with this film. He was a famous and extremely popular comedian from late 30s to 40s. He was a law graduate from Baroda, but instead of pursuing a career in courts, he opted for films. His style was typical-fast delivery of dialogues. He was very poor in remembering dialogues and required many retakes. As per Ashok Kumar, in ‘Kangan’ (1939), a Bombay Talkies film, he took as many as 75 retakes. The German director Franz Osten was so furious that he told Desai “If you were not so popular a comedian in India, I would have thrown you out long back”.

Starting with Sagar Movietone, he appeared in ‘Captain Kirti Kumar’, ‘Bhabhi’ and ‘Navjeevan’, and then joined Bombay Talkies, appearing in ‘Jhoola’, ‘Kangan’, ‘Naya Sansaar’, ‘Kismet’ etc. He acted in initial films of Filmistan, from where he was taken by PL Santoshi for ‘Shehnai’ and ‘Khidki’. Later he also appeared in ‘Shaheed’ (1948) and ‘Andaz’ (1949). In ‘Andaz’ he did the funny role of DDT – Prof. Devdas Dharamdas Trivedi. The role was specially written for him. Desai died of heart attack in 1949.

Another regular actor of Sagar Movietone was Sankatha Prasad. He was the elder brother of the more famous character actor Kanhaiyalal (who was initially only a lyricist). Sankatha Prasad was born in UP in February 1903. He came to Bombay and started working in films in 1929. From the beginning of his career, he was a regular actor in the silent and talkie films of Sagar Movietone, and also of National Studios and Amar Pictures. Sankatha Prasad worked as a character actor for his entire career. He featured in all the three talkie films of Sagar in 1931. His first talkie film was ‘Veer Abhimanyu’ (1931) and the last film was ‘Do Mastaane’ (1958). In all, he worked in 65 films.

The film’s director, Chimanlal Muljibhoy Luhar (1901 to 1948 ) was a graduate in chemistry. He was a noted author and critic with various journals in the early 1920’s. He joined Kohinoor as a lab assitant, but soon learnt photography and became an expert cameraman. He shot about 20 films with Krishna Cinetone, and then joined Sharda Pictures. Later, he joined Sagar as a Director from 1934 to 1940. He also worked with Prakash Pictures from 1941 to 1946. He directed 15 films including film ‘Talaash e Haq’ (1936), in which Baby Rashida made her debut. She later became famous as Nargis.

The film has 10 songs, composed by A Bhasker Rao. This was his only film as an MD. He was a writer (‘Aadmi’, 1939) and assistant director (‘Padosi’, 1941) in Prabhat. Hailing from south Karnataka, Amembal Bhasker Rao’s elder brother A Sunder Rao was an expert Harmonium player.  His younger brother A Dinkar Rao aka D Amel, was with AIR as a Musician for 40 years. A Bhasker Rao was a tabla player and a disciple of Master Krishna Rao Phulambrikar.

With this song, the film ‘Captain Kirti Kumar’ makes its debut on our blog today.

[Author’s Note: Acknowledgements and thanks – The above write up refers to and has adapted material from ‘Sagar Movietone’ by Shri Biren Kothari ji, ‘Eena Meena Deeka’ by Sanjit Narwekar, books written by Isak Mujawar, MuVyz.com, HFGK and my own notes.]


Song – Jagat Mein Dhoom Hai Teri (Captain Kirti Kumar) (1937) Singer – Ram Marathe, Lyrics – [Unattributed], Music – A Bhaskar Rao

Lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)

jagat mein dhoom hai teri
daya ki wo mere bhagwan
sunaa deta hoon sun le ??
daya ki wo mere bhagwan
sunaa deta hoon sun le ??
daya ki wo mere bhagwan

bura hoon ya bhala hoon
jo bhi hoon tera pujaari hoon
bura hoon ya bhala hoon
jo bhi hoon. . .

. . . bhala hoon
jo bhi hoon tera pujaari hoon
suna deta hoon main gham ki
kahaani wo mere bhagwan
jagat mein dhoom hai teri
daya ki wo mere bhagwan

wo raja hi nahin
sab bekason ka aasra bhi hai
wo raja hi nahin
sab bekason ka aasra bhi hai
unhin ke dam se hai mera
?? wo mere bhagwan
unhin ke dam se hai mera
?? wo mere bhagwan
jagat mein dhoom hai teri
daya ki o mere bhagwan

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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जगत में धूम है तेरी
दया की वो मेरे भगवन्
सुना देता हूँ सुन ले ??
दया की वो मेरे भगवन्
सुना देता हूँ सुन ले ??
दया की वो मेरे भगवन्

बुरा हूँ या भला हूँ
जो भी हूँ तेरा पुजारी हूँ
बुरा हूँ या भला हूँ
जो भी हूँ॰ ॰ ॰

॰ ॰ ॰ भला हूँ
जो भी हूँ तेरा पुजारी हूँ
सुना देता हूँ मैं ग़म की
कहानी वो मेरे भगवन्
जगत में धूम है तेरी
दया की वो मेरे भगवन्

वो राजा ही नहीं
सब बेकसों का आसरा भी है
वो राजा ही नहीं
सब बेकसों का आसरा भी है
उन्हीं के दम से है मेरा
?? वो मेरे भगवन्
उन्हीं के दम से है मेरा
?? वो मेरे भगवन्
जगत में धूम है तेरी
दया की वो मेरे भगवन्


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 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 : 3534 Post No. : 14193

Today’s song is from the film ‘Alakh Niranjan’ (1940).

These days I am on a mission to collect and present valuable information on some less known actors and actresses, from the bygone era of the 30s and early 40s. Today also I will talk about a really forgotten actress of the silent era and the early Talkie films – LEELA CHANDRAGIRI or Miss Leela. Do not mix up this name with Leela Desai, Leela Sawant or Leela Mishra. All are different.

But before that, something about the film.The film’s name is ‘Alakh Niranjan’ aka ‘Gorakhnath’. We are all aware that “alakh niranjan” is the call given by the gossains (गोसाईं) (or followers) of Nath Sampradaay or the fakirs of Kabir Panth, when they visit a fixed number of households to ask for bhiksha (alms). When I was about 6 to 7 year old, during the visits to my Naani’s (maternal grandmother’s) home in a village, I used to hear this call from the gossain, who stood outside the door. Someone from the house used to give uncooked food material like rice, wheat or jowar. Even wheat atta was given. These gossains had a jholi (a spacious carrying bag made of cloth), having 4-5 compartments and they would expertly add the bhiksha to the appropriate compartment. They never took money. These people are also called by the name avadhoot (अवधूत) (a mystic or a saint who is beyond ego-consciousness, duality and common worldly concerns).

Alakh is a term used by Nath Sampradaay for The Creator. It signifies a nirgun (One that is beyond physical attributes) and nirakaar (One that is not bounded by form and shape) manifestation of the Supreme Power. The word alakh also means That which cannot be measured, or perceived by the physical sensory powers and intellect. Niranjan means spotless or pure. Primarily it is a call to identify the Nath Yogi. Niranjan is also another name for Lord Shiva.

A brief description of the Nath Sampradaay and about Gorakhnath.  It is likely that some of our readers may not be familiar with the details behind these names. In the Hindu Sanaatan traditions the worship of Lord Shiva is called Shaivism and the worshippers and followers of Lord Shiva are called Shaivs. Nath Sampradaay is a sub tradition within Shaivism. The followers of this tradition consider Adinath or Lord Shiva as their first Lord. The word Nath implies Master. In this tradition, there is a lineage of nine Gurus or Teachers. The form of sadhna practiced by the followers of this tradition is called Hath Yog (हठ योग).

The first Guru in this lineage is Matsyendra Nath, who is better known as Machhindra Nath. The traditional history recounts that Matsyendra was born under an inauspicious star. This warranted his parents to throw the baby into the ocean. In the ocean the baby was swallowed by a large fish, and he lived and grew up inside the belly of the fish, for many years. The fish swam to the bottom of the ocean where Lord Shiva was imparting the secrets of yoga to Mata Parvati. Matsyendra overheard this discourse and learnt the secrets of yoga. He began to practice this yog sadhana inside the fish’s belly. After twelve years he finally emerged as an enlightened Siddha.

There is a list of Nine Nath Gurus, who are called Navnath. The first Nath Guru is Machhindra. The complete list is as follows

  1. Machhindranath
  2. Gorakhnath
  3. Jalandhar Nath
  4. Kanif Nath (Kanhoba)
  5. Gahini Nath
  6. Raja Bhartrihari Nath (Bharthari)
  7. Revan Sidha Nath
  8. Charpati Nath  and
  9. Naag Nath.

The stories surrounding every Nath Guru, especially the earlier ones, are very exciting, thrilling and entertaining. One must read them from the original Nath Puraan or Nav Nath Pothi. I have read all of them. These stories are in no way less than any Arabian Night stories. Due to their entertainment value, several films in several languages have been made on the early Gurus like Machhindranath and Gorakhnath. Films on Machhindranath were made as ‘Maaya Machhindra’ in Hindi, in 1932, 1951, 1960 and 1975. Films on Gorakhnath as ‘Alakh Niranjan’, were made in 1940, 1950 and 1975. Films on Bharthari were made in 1932 and 1944. Films on other Naths were made as ‘Raja Gopichand’ in 1933, 1938 and 1950. Same way films on Naths in Telugu, Tamil, Gujarati and other languages were also made.

‘Alakh Niranjan’ is the story of Gorakhnath. The story of his birth is briefly given below.

The first Guru Machhindra Nath went to a house for bhiksha. The lady of the house, after giving him the bhiksha, asked him if he can bless her to bear a child, a wish that had remained unfulfilled thus far in her life. Guru Machhindra Nath dipped his hand in his jholi and took out some some vibhuti (ash). He gave it to her and asked her to partake it and that she will conceive a son. After he is gone, one of the neighbours tells the lady not to believe all this. The lady gets a doubt and throws the vibhuti on a pile of garbage.

Time passes. After 12 years, Machhindra Nath again comes to the lady and asks, how her son was. The lady, ashamed, tells him the truth. The Guru goes to the pile of garbage and gives a loud call, “My son, come here”.  From the garbage rises a son of about 12 years. He is Gorak Nath. Machhindranath takes him away and gives him the deeksha (anointing him as his disciple) of Nath Sampradaay. ‘Go‘ means Earth and ‘rakh‘ means to protect. So Gorakh is one who is protected by Mother Earth.

The film (1940 version) was made by Arun Pictures and directed by Bhal G Pendharkar (Bhalchandra Gopal Pendharkar – 3-5-1897 to 28-11-1994). Born at Kolhapur, he was the son of King Shahu Maharaja’s court physician Dr. Gopal Pendharkar, and Radhabai. He was awarded Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1991, when he was 94 year old already. More about this illustrious film director some other time. Let us now talk about the film’s heroine Miss Leela.

Leela Chandragiri was born in Chikodi, a town near Kolhapur, in a singing family. She learnt singing from a very young age. The talent hunters of Prabhat film company found her and she was brought to Kolhapur. She was beautiful, tall and wheat complexioned. She made her debut in V Shantaram’s silent film ‘Uday Kaal’ in 1930. She did the role of Bhawani Devi, who blesses Shivaji and gives him the Bhawani talwar (sword). Leela became famous by acting in the grand silent film ‘Chandrasena’ (1931) of Prabhat films.

Leela’s first talkie film was ‘Jalti Nishani’ (1932), a bilingual in Hindi and Marathi (as ‘Agni Kankan’). The hero in this film was Master Vinayak. Leela had no problem in delivering Hindi/Urdu dialogues as she was fluent in both languages. She became the heartthrob of the audiences. Being from a singing family and trained, singing came naturally to her. She sang her own songs starting from her first talkie film itself. In 1933, she appeared in ‘Maya Machhindra’ (1933), in which her hero was Master Vinayak again. They worked together again in a Marathi film ‘Sinhgad’. Prabhat’s first coloured film ‘Sairandhri’ (1933) also featured her in the main role. The film was processed in Germany.

After this, Prabhat Films shifted to Poona, but Leela chose to stay back in Kolhapur and decided to work with Bhalji Pendharkar. They became attracted to each others and got married. Leela already had two children, a son, Jaysingh and a daughter,  Madhavi. Bhalji adopted both children and gave them father’s love. Even Bhalji had one son from his first marriage – Prabhakar. Later, when they built their own studio, it was given the name Jayprabha. It combined his two sons’ names – JAYsingh and PRABHAkar. Madhavi got married to the Marathi author Ranjit Desai. Madhavi also authored one book herself.

Miss Leela appeared in the following films –

  • Jalti Nishani (1932)
  • Maya Machhindra (1932)
  • Sairandhri (1933)
  • Akashwani (1934)
  • Kaal Koot (1935)
  • Kaliya Mardan (1935)
  • Raja Gopichand (1938)
  • Alakh Niranjan (1940)
  • Maharathi Karna (1944)
  • Swarna Bhoomi (1944)
  • Valmiki (1946), and
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji (1952).

She mostly worked in films directed or made by Bhalji Pendharkar only.  During the riots in 1948 (on account of  Gandhi ji’s assasination), their Jayprabha studio was burnt down, because Bhalji was a Brahmin. However, within few years he built it again. After Bhalji’s death the studio was purchased by Lata Mangeshkar.

During Miss Leela’s career, contemporary to her, there were 3 more actresses named Leela active in Hindi films. One was Leela Desai (daughter of a Gujarati father and a Bengali mother from Bihar. She was born in America.). The second was Leela Mishra – who became Leela mausi later on. The third one was Leela Sawant – essentially a stunt film actress who worked in master Bhagwan’s films.

The music of this film was by DP Korgaonkar aka K Datta (who is known for film ‘Badi Maa’ (1945) and songs of Noorjehan). The main role of Gorakhnath was done by B Nandrekar. Other actors were Chandrakant (father of well known Marathi/Hindi actor Vikram Gokhale), Raja Paranjape (who became a famous Marathi director in the 1950’s decade) and others. There were 8 songs in the film. 4 were sung by Miss Leela. Both the film as well as the singer Miss Leela are making their debut on the blog today.

[Author’s Note: Acknowledgements and thanks – The above write up refers to and has adapted material from ‘Beete Kal Ke Sitaare’ by Shri S Tamrakar, ‘Flashback’ by Isak Mujawar, Wikipedia, CITWF.com, MuVyz.com, Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema, HFGK and my own notes.]

[Ed Note 1 : As I was noting the lyrics of this delightful song, I also noted that in this song, a lady is being teased by her friends. The lady is in the family way, carrying a child, and the friends are singing a song about it. The words and the phrases, as presented are so playful, so endearing, and at the same time, modest and innocent. The friends are singing of the progressing months in pregnancy, and how the lady is blossoming. Then when the time comes, she gives birth to a child. I do not remember hearing any other such song in HFM; maybe I am not aware. I can recall some songs that are sung by the husband wife couple who are expecting a child. The manner in which a group of friends are teasing an expectant mother – I think I am hearing for the first time. The wording is just so wonderful.

nanadi ne kheencha palla
boli kahaan hai lalla

Nanadi, the younger sister in law of the lady; she playfully pulls at her bhabhi’s palla and asks – o tell me, where is the child. The imagery created by these words and these lines is so wonderful. I would request other readers and friends to comment if there are other similar instances in the world of Hindi film songs.]

[Ed Note 2 : I request help from other readers with keener ears to help with one word marked as ?? in the lyrics below.]


Song – Gori. . . Laaj Ki Baat (Alakh Niranjan) (1940) Singer – Miss Leela, Unidentified Female Voice 2, Unidentified Female Voice 2, Lyrics – Pandit Anand Kumar, Music – DP Korgaonkar
Chorus

Lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)

gori . . .
laaj ki baat
gori . . . laaj ki baat
gori . . . laaj ki ba..aat
gori . . . laaj ki baat

munh se boli na jaat
munh se boli na jaat
munh se keh baithe aaj
munh se keh baithe aaj

gori
sej kyon na jaaye
gori sej kyon na jaaye
gori sej kyon na jaaye
gori sej kyon na jaaye

nanadi ne kheencha palla
nanadi ne kheencha palla
boli kahaan hai lalla
boli kahaan hai lalla
kaun ghar maara dallaa
kaun ghar maara dallaa
phooli na samaaye gori
gori
phooli na samaaye gori
gori
peeli pad jaaye gori
gori
peeli pad jaaye gori

beeta chhatwa maas suhaagan
beeta chhatwa maas suhaagan
hansat saatwaan chala mudit mann
hansat saatwaan chala mudit mann
sakhi aathvaan jaate jaate
sakhi aathvaan jaate jaate
khile bageeche phool uthe tan
khile bageeche phool uthe tan

navaa bade bhaagon se aaye
navaa bade bhaagon se aaye
laal janmaaye gori
gori
laal janmaaye gori

pyaare.. laal ki baat
pyaare.. laal ki baat
pyaare.. laal ki baat

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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गोरी॰॰॰
लाज की बात
गोरी॰॰॰ लाज की बात
गोरी॰॰॰ लाज की बा॰॰आत
गोरी॰॰॰ लाज की बात

मुंह से बोली ना जात
मुंह से बोली ना जात
मुंह से कह बैठे आज
मुंह से कह बैठे आज

गोरी
सेज क्यों ना जाये
गोरी सेज क्यों ना जाये
गोरी सेज क्यों ना जाये
गोरी सेज क्यों ना जाये

ननदी ने खींचा पल्ला
ननदी ने खींचा पल्ला
बोली कहाँ है लल्ला
बोली कहाँ है लल्ला
कौन घर मारा दल्ला
कौन घर मारा दल्ला
फूली ना समाये गोरी
गोरी
फूली ना समाये गोरी
पीली पड़ जाये गोरी
गोरी
पीली पड़ जाये गोरी
गोरी

बीटा छटवां मास सुहागन
बीटा छटवां मास सुहागन
हंसत सातवाँ चला मुदित मन
हंसत सातवाँ चला मुदित मन
सखी आठवाँ जाते जाते
सखी आठवाँ जाते जाते
खिले बगीचे फूल उठे तन
खिले बगीचे फूल उठे तन

नवां बड़े भागों से आया
नवां बड़े भागों से आया
लाल जनमाए गोरी
गोरी
लाल जनमाए गोरी

प्यारे॰॰॰ लाल की बात
प्यारे॰॰॰ लाल की बात
प्यारे॰॰॰ लाल की बात


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 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 : 3525 Post No. : 14162

Hullo Atuldom

Remembering today a producer- director who started his career in Bollywood in the year 1948. Our in-house encyclopaedia has already enlightened us that this was as a writer for an AR Kardar film of Filmistan. The other Filmistan movies that carry his name as writer are ‘Anarkali’ (1953), ‘Munimji’ (1955), and ‘Paying Guest’ (1957).

Recently Zee Classic ran a series which was hosted by the writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar called ‘Classic Legends’ which tried to give an insider’s view on the legendary film personalities. I happened to see the episode which featured this writer- producer- director or to put it in one phrase “Film Maker”.  Javed Saab talked about the various genres under which films are made in India and said that this particular film-maker made movies in a genre called ‘Rom-Com Musical’.

The person whom we are remembering today on his 15th death anniversary – Nasir Hussain, was one who thought up this kind of entertaining movies. But then we had ample doses of romance and comedy in all movies made in India and music is a must for our movies be they suspense thrillers or murder mysteries, or even vendetta movies.

Nasir Hussain gave us all these ingredients in equal measure in many of his movies. So, what if ‘Yaadon Ki Baarat’ (1973) was vendetta of a boy who witnessed his parents’ murder. We still had seven songs in the movie of which 3 were romantic. Similarly, ‘Teesri Manzil’ (1966) had Asha Parekh trying to solve her sister’s death – so, it can be called a murder mystery. This movie too had 6 songs of which 2 were pure romantic numbers and one was a total comedy, in addition to all the situational comedy that kept occurring through the movie. Then he also made movies where the family gets separated in the first few minutes and then the poor protagonist -simply put ‘the hero’ – goes through the paces of the movie trying to look for his lost mother or father, wooing the wealthy heiress, singing a few songs in the process etc. Almost all of Nasir Hussain’s movies followed the same story in the sixties. He changed his storyline somewhat for ‘Caravan’ (1971) and ‘Bahaaron Ke Sapne’ (1967), later on in the mid-eighties we had ‘Manzil Manzil’ (1984) with the story of a separated family coming back together in the climax. The later part of the seventies had two Nasir Hussain movies with only romance and songs as their backbone – ‘Hum Kisise Kam Nahin’ (1977) and ‘Zamaane Ko Dikhana Hai’ (1981).

There were a few constants in Nasir Saab’s movies namely – Majrooh Sultanpuri, Asha Parekh, Rajendranath, and a character that used to walk-in swinging a racquet calling himself Subodh Mukherjee. Of course, from the 1966 ‘Teesri Manzil’ RD Burman was his constant for music direction, an association that lasted for almost 19 years till the 1984 ‘Zabardast’. Even when his son Mansoor Khan took over the direction of movies of Nasir Hussain Films ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’ (1988) and ‘Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikandar’ (1992) Nasir Saab continued to write the script and dialogues. He was possibly the first to have back-to-back songs or four songs-in-a-row kind of situations – remember “Megha Re Bole Ghanan Ghanan” and “Bade Hain Dil Ke Kaale” (film ‘Dil Deke Dekho’, 1959). “Aap Ke Kamre Mein Koi Rehta Hai” (‘Yaadon Ki Baraat’, 1973) had three parts to it.  And then of course the foursome “Chaand Mera Dil“, “Aa Dil Kya Mehfil Hai Tere”, “Tum Kya Jaano Mohabbat Kya Hai” and “Mil Gaya Hum Ko Saathi” came all together in ‘Hum Kisise Kam Nahin’ (1977).

On going through the list of Nasir Hussain’s movies posted on our blog I find that many of his movies have already been Yippeee’d. ‘Hum Kisise Kam Nahin’ has been shown as having 5/6 songs posted. On reviewing the list, I found that the one song from the four-song medley has been posted. Which means it is not 5/6 but 5/9 posted.

Let us enjoy this second song from the dance competition medley. Not in this clip, but towards the end of the this four song medley, Amjad Khan also makes an entrance into this scene.

Thank you Nasir Saab for leaving us enjoyable movies

Song – Aa Dil Kya Mehfil Hai Tere Kadmon Mein (Hum Kisi Se Kam Nahin) (1977) Singer – Kishore Kumar, Lyrics – Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD – RD Burman
Chorus

Lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)

aa
dil kya
mehfil hai tere
kadmon mein

aa. . . dil kya
mehfil hai tere

duniya ki bahaaren tere liye
chaand sitaare tere liye

ho ho ho ho

jaan e ada
oo ho ho ho
jaan e ada
jaan e wafaa
tujh pe main fida
ho ho ho
ho jaan e wafaa
tujh pe main fida

ho oo oo
aa. . . dil kya
mehfil hai tere
kadmon mein

aa. . . dil kya
mehfil hai tere

duniya ki bahaaren tere liye
chaand sitaare tere liye

ho ho ho ho

jaan e ada
oo ho ho ho
jaan e ada
jaan e wafaa
tujh pe main fida
ho ho ho
ho jaan e wafaa
tujh pe main fida

ho oo oo
aa. . . dil kya
mehfil hai tere
kadmon mein

aa. . .

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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दिल क्या
महफिल है तेरे
कदमों में

आ॰॰॰ दिल क्या
महफिल है तेरे

दुनिया की बहारें तेरे लिए
चाँद सितारे तेरे लिए

हो हो हो हो

जान ए अदा
ओ हो हो हो
जान ए अदा
जान ए वफा
तुझ पे मैं फिदा
हो हो हो
हो जान ए वफा
तुझ पे मैं फिदा

हो ओ ओ
आ॰॰॰ दिल क्या
महफिल है तेरे
कदमों में

आ॰॰॰ दिल क्या
महफिल है तेरे

दुनिया की बहारें तेरे लिए
चाँद सितारे तेरे लिए

हो हो हो हो

जान ए अदा
ओ हो हो हो
जान ए अदा
जान ए वफा
तुझ पे मैं फिदा
हो हो हो
हो जान ए वफा
तुझ पे मैं फिदा

हो ओ ओ
आ॰॰॰ दिल क्या
महफिल है तेरे
कदमों में

आ॰ ॰ ॰

 


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 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 : 3521 Post No. : 14140

Today’s song is from the 1946 film ‘Alibaba’.

The story of ‘Alibaba And The 40 Thieves‘ has been entertaining the masses of the world since the 18th century. It is a part of the ‘ Arabian Nights’ stories. These stories have been the basis of films in almost every language in every country of the world, including China. But for a few large scale films, most such films fall under stunt / action / costume films or in short C grade films.

Most of us like to watch films, be it on a TV, in a cinema hall, or through DVD. Some like old films and some like new films. Did you ever see films like, ‘Khooni Khanjar’, ‘Daghabaaz Doctor’, ‘Shaitaan Ka Paash’, ‘Chaar Chakram’, ‘Daaku Rani Talwaarwaali’, ‘Jaadu Ka Danda’, ‘Zinda Laash’, ‘Revolver Rani’, ‘Sindbad-Alibaba-Alladin’, ‘Flying Man’, ‘Fighter Sheela’, ‘Khooni Darinda’, ‘Tarzan Aur Jadugar’, ‘Tarzan Aur Jaadui Chiraag’, ‘Golden Gang’, ‘Murde Ki Jaan Khatre Mein’, or ‘Jaadui Putli’ ? I bet you may not have even heard most of these movie names. These are all stunt films or in other words ‘C’ grade films.

In India I really wonder how the classification or grading of films is done, or who is the person or the body authorised to do it. Because Censor Certificates do not label A B or C grades at all. Then how does this happen ?

My guess is that films are graded on two counts – one, the cost of production or budget and the class of stars in it and two, the class of people for whom the film is made or directed, like the rich, middle and the poor class. Whatever the basis, there is a very thin line between A and B grade films, while there is a big gulf between these two and the C grade films.

Stunt films, costume dramas, fantasy films and purely religious films are normally treated as C grade films. These film do not carry any prestige, the actors working in them are exclusive to C grade films, the production values and the budget is quite low and most important, they are ALWAYS shown in theatres situated in older parts of the town, single screens, or only for morning shows or in theatres generally frequented by lower strata of society.

In India, this is the fate of C grade films. Actually these films have everything that A and B grade films have, like story, songs, dances, fights etc., but still,the treatment given to handling of the story etc. in the films is very poor or lacking in expertise. This is a different world altogether. The set of actors is fixed, many times the composers are unheard of or they are known composers now in bad shape, the directors are typical and the production houses are exclusive to churn out such films.

It is, nevertheless, a fact that many well known and famous actors and actresses of the 40s and 50s evolved from the stunt films of yore. Examples are Jairaj and Master Bhagwan. Can you believe that this roly-poly Bhagwan Dada was a great body-builder when he started his career in stunt films in the late 1920s and 1930s ? Lalita Pawar (Amboo), Madhuri, Rampyari, Miss Moti, Sabita Devi and Sulochna (Ruby Myers) are some female examples who graduated to social films via stunt films.

Sometimes gems are found in these C grade films. Remember the famous qawwaali- Hamen To Loot Liya Mil Ke Husnwaalon Ne– which had the honour of becoming the prestigious 5000th song in this Blog ? This was from a C grade film from 1958 – ‘Al Hilal’.

In my younger days I was fond of stunt films and used to travel to theatres in old city of Hyderabad, to watch films featuring Kamran (father of famous choreographer and Director Farah Khan and director, comedian, anchor Sajid Khan), Naazi, Bhagwan and many such actors. ‘Adventures Of Captain Marvel’ (1941) and ‘Trip To Moon’ (1902) were my favourites from Hollywood’s Republic serial productions.
[Ed Note: In the early part of the twentieth century, Republic Studios was one of the main production houses in Hollywood, along with Universal, Columbia and Mascot etc. Serial productions were two reel short films, that were produced as a series – either as a comic serial (e.g. ‘The Three Stooges’ etc.) or as an action serial (e.g. ‘The Adventures Of Fu Manchu’ and ‘Commando Cody: Sky Marshals Of The Universe’ etc.)]

Today’s song under discussion is from a C grade film, ‘Alibaba’ made in 1946. Not much information is available on this film. Such C grade films generally go unnoticed. We only know that this film was made by Mohan Pictures of Ramniklal Shah (husband of actress Indurani), who was well known for making such low budget stunt films. The director of this film was his Co- Brother (साडू)- Nanubhai Vakil (husband of actress of Sarojini who was sister of Indurani and mother of actress Azra). The music was by Damodar Sharma and Ram Gopal. In the cast, only 3 names are mentioned in HFGK – namely Shanta Patel, Prakash and NA Ansari.

Recently, we learnt about a stunt film Hero-Shankar Rao Vazare. Today we will know more about another stunt actor Prakash. During the decade of 1940s, he performed in many action and stunt films.

The real name of actor Prakash was Hashmat Ullah Khan. He was born in 1914 at Gwalior, where his father was a businessman. The family was originally a Punjabi Muslim family. Hashmat studied somehow up to inter arts and left the college. He was an overactive child, interested in acting in films. Hashmat ran away to Bombay and worked in Sagar Movietone. He got a small uncredited role in film ‘Village Girl’ (1936). Not satisfied with this, he travelled to Calcutta.

In Calcutta, Hashmat worked in 3 films – Taqdeer Ka Teer’ aka ‘Prem Lakshya’ (1936), ‘Bandit Of The Air’ aka ‘Hawai Daaku’ (1936) (the first film of KN Singh as a hero; Mazhar Khan was the villain here) and ‘Dangerous Woman’ aka ‘Khatarnak Aurat’ (1938). He also got a miniscule role in New Theatre’s film ‘Abhaagin’ (1938).  Not getting what he aspired, Hashmat shifted to Delhi and worked in All India Radio as a singer. True to his nature within two years he left this job and landed in Bombay again.

It is reported that he was very arrogant, untrustworthy and a cheat of first rate; also seemingly that he was quarrelsome, a liar and short tempered. Perhaps his experiences taught him a lesson and he decided to change himself and concentrate on work seriously. This did good to him in his life. In his second stint in Bombay, first he worked in ‘Gharib Ki Ladki’ (1940), but the film got delayed and was released in 1941 only. Meanwhile he did ‘Rani Saheba’ (1940) and ‘Pyaar’ (1940) also. This time his career took a good turn. Till film ‘Gharib Ki Ladki’, he used his name Hashmat for credits, but after that he took a new name Prakash and used it till the end of his career.

A changed actor Prakash became acceptable to the industry and more assignments came his way. In all Prakash did 5 films as Hashmat and 38 films as Prakash. However, he got only action, stunt and C grade films. Once director WZ Ahmed met him and Prakash went to Shalimar Pictures in Poona to do 3 films for them, namely ‘Ek Raat’, ‘Prem Sangeet’ and ‘Mann Ki Jeet’. He was also a favourite of Master Bhagwan and appeared in many of his stunt films. The year 1946 proved to be the best year for Prakash, because he did 14 films in 1946.

After Partition he migrated to Pakistan and did few films there. He came back to India and did 3 films in the 1960s. His last film was ‘Suhaag Raat’ (1968). There is no information about him after that. May be he went back to Pakistan or died, we do not know.

The composer of today’s song – Damodar Sharma, was a name attached to stunt films of Paramount, Liberty, Ramnik Productions, Mohan Pictures etc. Starting in 1934, Damodar Sharma gave music to 41 films till 1948. After that he stopped getting films and for survival, he became assistant to composer AR Qureshi (29-4-1919 to 3-2-2000) till 1964.

Today’s song tune has been inspired (read copied) by the famous all women qawwaali – “Aahen Na Bhari, Shiqwe Na Kiye” from the film ‘Zeenat’ (1945). The tune is very similar. For this reason only this song is very melodious and worth listening to. This song is very rare.

With this post, the 1946 film ‘Alibaba’ makes its debut on our blog today.

[Author’s Note: Acknowledgments – Information for this article is taken, with thanks, from Harish Raghuwanshi ji, All India Film Directory, Who’s Who in Indian Film Industry, HFGK, MuVyz and my own notes.]



Song – Aansoo Na Girey Naale Na Kiye (Alibaba) (1946) Singer – [Unattributed], Lyrics – [Unattributed], Music – Damodar Sharma

Lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)

aansoo na girey naale na kiye
ghabra ke kaleja thaam liya
aansoo na girey naale na kiye
ghabra ke kaleja thaam liya
ghabra ke kaleja thaam liya

aansoo na girey
naale na kiye
aansoo na girey naale na kiye
ghabra ke kaleja thaam liya
ghabra ke kaleja thaam liya
ghabra ke kaleja thaam liya
toofaan sa uth’ta tha dil mein
ey..ey..ey
aaa aaa aaaaaa
aaa aaa aaa
toofaan sa uth’ta tha dil mein
par kuchh na zabaan se kaam liya
par kuchh na zabaan haan haan
par kuchh na zabaan se kaam liya
hum apni kahaani bhool gaye
jab tera kisi ne naam liya
hum apni kahaani bhool gaye
jab tera kisi ne naam liya
aansoo na girey naale na kiye
ghabra ke kaleja thaam liya

dil ke dukhde
gham ke kisse
ey..ey..ey
aaa aaa aaaaaa
aaa aaa aaa
dil ke dukhde gham ke kisse
ya hum samjhen ya wo samjhen
ya hum samjhen ya aaa haaan
ya hum samjhen ya wo samjhen..en..en
aaa aaa aaaaaa
aaa aaa aaa
majboor e mohabbat  ke dar se
alfaaz se hum azaad huye
alfaaz se hum haan haan
alfaaz se hum azaad huye
nazron ne sunaaye afsaane
aankhon se zubaan ka kaam liya
nazron ne sunaaye afsaane
aankhon se zubaan ka kaam liya
aansoo na girey naale na kiye
ghabra ke kaleja thaam liya
ghabra ke kaleja thaam liya
ghabra ke kaleja thaam liya

ab dekhne se kya hota hai
dekha karey duniya saahil se
aaa aaa aaaaaa
aaa aaa aaa
toofaan chade ab ya utrey
jo doobne waale the doobey
jo doobne waale haan haan
jo doobne waale ho ho
jo doobne waale the doobey
kashti ka sahaara jaane de
toofaan ka daaman thaam liya
kashti ka sahaara jaane de
toofaan ka daaman thaam liya
aansoo na girey naale na kiye
ghabra ke kaleja thaam liya
ghabra ke kaleja thaam liya
ghabra ke kaleja thaam liya

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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आँसू ना गिरे नाले ना किए
घबरा के कलेजा थाम लिया
आँसू ना गिरे नाले ना किए
घबरा के कलेजा थाम लिया
घबरा के कलेजा थाम लिया

आँसू ना गिरे
नाले ना किए
आँसू ना गिरे नाले ना किए
घबरा के कलेजा थाम लिया
घबरा के कलेजा थाम लिया
घबरा के कलेजा थाम लिया
तूफान सा उठता था दिल में॰॰ऐ॰॰ऐ॰॰ऐ
आss आss आsssss
आss आss आss
तूफान सा उठता था दिल में
पर कुछ ना ज़ुबान से काम लिया
पर कुछ ना ज़ुबान से हाँ हाँ
पर कुछ ना ज़ुबान से काम लिया
हम अपनी कहानी भूल गए
जब तेरा किसी ने नाम लिया
हम अपनी कहानी भूल गए
जब तेरा किसी ने नाम लिया
आँसू ना गिरे नाले ना किए
घबरा के कलेजा थाम लिया

दिल के टुकड़े
ग़म के किस्से॰॰ऐ॰॰ऐ॰॰ऐ
आss आss आsssss
आss आss आss
दिल के टुकड़े ग़म के किस्से
या हम समझें या वो समझें
या हम समझें या आं हाँ
या हम समझें या वो समझें॰॰ऐ॰॰ऐ॰॰ऐ
आss आss आsssss
आss आss आss
मजबूर ए मोहब्बत के दर से
अलफाज से हम आज़ाद हुये
अलफाज से हम हाँ हाँ
अलफाज से हम आज़ाद हुये
नज़रों ने सुनाये अफसाने
आँखों से ज़ुबान का काम लिया
नज़रों ने सुनाये अफसाने
आँखों से ज़ुबान का काम लिया
आँसू ना गिरे नाले ना किए
घबरा के कलेजा थाम लिया
घबरा के कलेजा थाम लिया
घबरा के कलेजा थाम लिया

अब देखने से क्या होता है
देखा करे दुनिया साहिल से
आss आss आsssss
आss आss आss
तूफान चढ़े अब या उतरे
जो डूबने वाले थे डूबे
जो डूबने वाले हाँ हाँ
जो डूबने वाले हो हो
जो डूबने वाले थे डूबे
कश्ती का सहारा जाने दे
तूफान का दामन थाम लिया
कश्ती का सहारा जाने दे
तूफान का दामन थाम लिया
आँसू ना गिरे नाले ना किए
घबरा के कलेजा थाम लिया
घबरा के कलेजा थाम लिया
घबरा के कलेजा थाम लिया


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 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 : 3515 Post No. : 14118

Today’s song is from the 1952 film ‘Aandhiyaan’.

The early part of the 1950s was a turbulent period for the Hindi film industry. A wholesale, but silent change was taking pace. Though the exchange of film fraternity from India to Pakistan and vice versa had slowed down, the vacancies created by the exit of actors, directors and composers were getting filled up fast. At the same time, the older generation of artistes was slowly fading out, giving way to the artists of the newer generation.

Changes were taking place even in other areas, like public tastes in music and the film contents. This automatically changed the face of the film music and the type of film stories presented. Hindi films were now becoming entertainment oriented, taking a precedence over films discussing social reforms. Surprisingly, the decade of the 50s became a ‘ Golden Period ‘ for mythological, religious and devotional films. As many as 124 such films were released in 10 years from 1950 to 1959. This gave roughly an average of one such film released every month continuously for 10 years !

Older composers like Gyan Dutt, Husnlal Bhagatram, K Datta, Hansraj Behl etc were on the decline and the newer ones like Shankar-Jaikishen, Madan Mohan, OP Nayyar etc. prospered. Some old stalwarts like Naushad, C Ramchandra and SD Burman continued their popularity for many more years. Actors, who had entered this field in the second half of the 40s pushed hard to establish themselves into this new set up. It was easier for them to adapt their working pattern to suit the new tastes. One such actor was Dev Anand.

By the end of second world war, writer director Chetan Anand was struggling hard. He wrote dramas, worked for All India Radio, worked even for BBC and finally met KA Abbas of IPTA. Meanwhile, his brother Dev Anand too, after graduation, came down to Bombay and worked in the British Censor Office at a salary of Rs. 160 pm. He too joined IPTA. The brothers worked there and acted in IPTA’s drama, ‘Zubeida’. But their target was Hindi films. Luckily, in 1945, Dev got a role in Prabhat’s film ‘Hum Ek Hain’ and same time Chetan also became Director of India Pictures’ film ‘Neecha Nagar’. Both films were released in 1946 and flopped at the same time. ‘Neecha Nagar’ was critically acclaimed but popularly rejected. Till 1948, every film of Dev Anand was a flop. ‘Ziddi’ (1948), a film which he got courtesy Ashok kumar, was a hit film. Then came Madhubala and ‘Niraala’ (1950).

One day, Dev Anand went to Makanlal Jain, owner of M and T Films, and asked for his full payment in advance and also some more as a loan. Jain liked and trusted Dev, so he gave all that money to him. Dev took all that money to Chetan Anand and said, “Let us start our own banner. I will be the hero and you be the director. Suraiyya will be our heroine”. They established Navketan in 1949. Nav means New and Ketan was the name of Chetan’s son. They established their first office in room number 147 in Famous Studios, Mahalaxmi, Bombay.

Chetan Anand had written a drama ‘The Inspector General’, inspired by Nikolai Gogol’s drama ‘The Government Inspector’. With suitable adaptation in this drama, Navketan’s first film,’Afsar’ (1950) was made on shoe string budget, within six months. The film was released on 16-6-1950. And it promptly flopped. For their next film, they called in their good friend Guru Dutt to be the director and selected a crime story. They needed a new heroine. Mona Sinha, a cousin of Uma Anand (Chetan Anand’s wife) had come to Bombay as their guest. Chetan selected her and changed her name to Kalpana Kartik. She became the heroine of 7 Navketan films. Later on, when Dev Anand married Kalpana Kartik in 1954, Chetan Anand, in addition to being his brother, also became his co-Brother ( साडू ).

The film that Guru Dutt directed for Navketan – ‘Baazi’ (1951) became a hit film and it gave Navketan the much needed stability. Two more films were planned, ‘Aandhiyaan’ (1952) and ‘Humsafar’ (1953). Again, both films were flops. Navketan decided to fall back on a crime story once again. Uma Anand wrote the story, Chetan wrote the screenplay and Vijay Anand wrote the dialogues. SD Burman was brought back for the music – the music of ‘Baazi’ had also been a hit. The film – ‘Taxi Driver’ was directed by Chetan Anand and it became an unprecedented hit film. The songs became popular and SD Burman got the Filmfare award too. ‘Taxi Driver’ was also the first film showing the new logo of Navketan for the first time.

Coming to the film we are discussing today. ‘Aandhiyaan’ was written by Chetan Anand and Hameed Bhatt – his friend from their IPTA days. This time music was composed by Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Jaidev, who had learnt sarod from the Ustad, became his assistant for this and the next film. Ten years later Jaidev would independently give music to Navketan’s hit film, ‘Hum Dono’ (1961). All the 8 songs of ‘Aandhiyaan’ were written by Pt Narendra Sharma. 5 singers – Lata, Asha, Hemant Kumar, Laxmi Shankar and Surinder Kaur were used. Lata sang a long song in 3-parts, which is being presented today. It is almost 10 minutes long. One of the commenters on YouTube has stated that this was originally recorded as a 6-part song. Since HFGK reports only 3 parts, either the claim is wrong or the other 3 parts must have been discarded before the film took final shape.

The choreography for the film was done by Laxmi Shankar, who also sang one song in the film. The cast of the film was Dev Anand, Kalpana Kartik, Nimmi, KN Singh, MA Latif, Leela Mishra, Durga Khote etc. Johnny Walker had a small role in the film, probably as a mascot (which did not work this time). The story of the film is

Ram Mohan (Dev Anand) is a sincere and hard working advocate. He is the legal advisor to Seth Deen Dayal (MA Latif). Seth ji’s daughter Janki (Kalpana Kartik) and Ram Mohan are in love. Seth ji gives his consent for their marriage and they are engaged. Raami (Nimmi) secretly loves Ram Mohan but never expresses her love. Another businessman Kuber Das (KN Singh) wants to marry Janki.

Janki’s mother falls ill and Seth ji spends all his money on her treatment. Finally, he even asks for a loan from Kuber Das. Kuber puts a condition that Janki should marry him. With all other sources exhausted, Seth ji has no option. Janki also is ready to marry  Kuber to save her mother. Thus Kuber marries Janki. When Janki’s mother comes to know this, she goes into a shock and passes away.

Kuber wants Janki to sleep with him, but she refuses. When he forces, Janki runs away and collides with Raami, who had come there to inform her about her mother’s death. When she sees Kuber forcing Janki, Raami kills Kuber Das. She is arrested and brought to court. Before she gets to hear her sentence she dies in the courtroom itself.

Ram Mohan and Janki get married. (No. 651)

 


Song – Hai Kahin Par Shaadmaani Aur Kahin Nashaadiyaan (Aandhiyaan) (1952) Singer – Lata Mangeshkar, Lyrics – Pt Narendra Sharma, Music – Ustad Ali Akbar Khan

Lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)

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Part 1
———–
hai kahin par shaadmaani
aur kahin nashaadiyaan
aati hain duniya mein sukh dukh ki
sadaa yun aandhiyaan
aandhiyaan
aati hain duniya mein sukh dukh ki
sadaa yun aandhiyaan
aandhiyaan
hai kahin par shaadmaani
aur kahin nashaadiyaan

kya raaz hai
kya raaz hai..ai..ai
kya raaz hai
kya raaz hai
aaj parwaane ko bhi
apni lagan par naaz hai
naaz hai
kyon shama bechain hai
khamosh honay ke liye..e..e
kyon shama bechain hai
khamosh honay ke liye
aansuon ki kya zaroorat
aansuon ki kya zaroorat
dil ko roney ke liye
dil ko roney ke liye
tere dil ka saaz pagli
tere dil ka saaz pagli
aaj be-awaaz hai
aaj be-awaaz hai

hai kahin par shaadmaani
aur kahin nashaadiyaan..aan..aan

———–
Part 2
———–

aaa aaaa aaa
aaaaa aaaa aaa
aaaaa aaaaa aaaaa aaaaa
aaaa aaa aaaa aaa

hai kahin par shaadmaani
aur kahin nashaadiyaan
hai kahin par shaadmaani
aur kahin nashaadiyaan
aati hain duniya mein sukh dukh ki
sadaa yun aandhiyaan
aandhiyaan

aain aisi aandhiaan
aain aisi aandhiaan
aaan..dhi..aa..aa.aan
bujh gaya ghar ka chirag
dhul nahin sakta kabhi
jo pad gaya aanchal mein daa..aa..aagh
dhul nahin sakta kabhi
jo pad gaya aanchal mein daagh
the jahaan armaan
the jahaan armaan
us dil ko milin barbaadiaan
barbaadiaan

hai kahin par shaadmaani
aur kahin nashaadiyaa..aa..aan

———–
Part 3
———–

aaaa aaaa aaaa aaaa
aaaa aaaaaa aaaaaaa aaa

aaaa aaaaa aaaaaaaa
aaaaa aaaaa aaaaaaa aaaaa aaaaa aaaaaaaaaaa

zindagi ke sabz daaman mein
zindagi ke sabz daaman mein
kabhi phoolon ke baag
zindagi ke sabz daaman mein

zindagi ke surkh daaman mein
kabhi kaanton ke daagh
zindagi ke surkh daaman mein
kabhi kaanton ke daagh

kabhi phoolon ke baagh
kabhi kaanton ke daagh

phool kaanton se bhari hain
zindagi ki vaadiaan
aati hain duniya mein sukh dukh ki
sadaa yun aandhiyaan
aandhiyaan
hai kahin par shaadmaani
aur kahin nashaadiyaan

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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भाग १
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है कहीं पर शादमानी
और कहीं नाशादियां
आती हैं दुनिया में सुख दुख की
सदा यूं आंधियाँ
आंधियाँ
आती हैं दुनिया में सुख दुख की
सदा यूं आंधियाँ
आंधियाँ
है कहीं पर शादमानी
और कहीं नाशादियां

क्या राज़ है
क्या राज़ है॰॰ऐ॰॰ऐ
क्या राज़ है
क्या राज़ है
आज परवाने को भी’
अपनी लगन पे नाज़ है
नाज़ है
क्यों शमा बेचैन है
खामोश होने के लिए॰॰ए॰॰ए
क्यों शमा बेचैन है
खामोश होने के लिए
आंसुओं की क्या ज़रूरत
आंसुओं की क्या ज़रूरत
दिल को रोने के लिए
दिल को रोने के लिए
तेरे दिल का साज़ पगली
तेरे दिल का साज़ पगली
आज बेआवाज़ है
आज बेआवाज़ है

है कहीं पर शादमानी
और कहीं नाशादियां

———–
भाग २
———–
आss आsss आss
आssss आsss आss
आssss आssss आsssss आssss
आsss आss आsss आss

है कहीं पर शादमानी
और कहीं नाशादियां
है कहीं पर शादमानी
और कहीं नाशादियां
आती हैं दुनिया में सुख दुख की
सदा यूं आंधियाँ
आंधियाँ

आईं ऐसी आंधियां
आईं ऐसी आंधियां
आं॰॰धि॰॰आ॰॰यां
बुझ गया गहर का चिराग
धुल नहीं सकता कभी
जो पदगाया आँचल में दा॰॰आ॰॰आग़
धुल नहीं सकता कभी
जो पदगाया आँचल में दाग़
थे जहां अरमां
थे जहां अरमां
उस दिल को मिलीं
बरबादीयां
है कहीं पर शादमानी
और कहीं नाशादियां

———–
भाग ३
———–
आss आss आss आss
आss आsssss आssssss आss

आss आsss आssssss
आssss आssss आssssss आssss आssss
आssssssss

ज़िंदगी के सब्ज़ दामन में
ज़िंदगी के सब्ज़ दामन में
कभी फूलों के बाग
ज़िंदगी के सब्ज़ दामन में

ज़िंदगी के सुर्ख दामन में
कभी काँटों के दाग़
ज़िंदगी के सुर्ख दामन में
कभी काँटों के दाग़

कभी फूलों के बाग
कभी काँटों के दाग़
फूल काँटों से भरी हैं
ज़िंदगी की वादियाँ
आती हैं दुनिया में सुख दुख की
सदा यूं आंधियाँ
आंधियाँ
आंधियाँ
है कहीं पर शादमानी
और कहीं नाशादियां


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 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 : 3507 Post No. : 14092

Today’s song is from film ‘Pehla Aadmi’ from 1950.

India became an independent nation on 15th August, 1947. It saw the end of about 100 years of protest, riots, mutinies and revolutionary attacks on the British Raj, who had ruled us for so many years – 190 years, to be exact. That is after Robert Clive won the battle of Plassey in 1757. Besides political upheaval, independence had different impact on different people in India.

Firstly, those millions of freedom fighters who were busy 24 x 7, shouting, protesting and marching against the British, suddenly had no work no do. They faced a big void in their life. Those students who had left their education half way to join the freedom struggle found that they were nowhere now. No education, no jobs and no activity. This led to finding ways of making quick money – like black marketing, political exploitation of the society to make quick bucks, illegal activities etc.

Secondly, the writers and authors who were suppressed and prohibited from writing anti-British articles or even patriotic songs and dramas, found that they now could do so, but there were no takers. The relevance of such writings was lost because India was independent now.

Thirdly, the film makers, who could not express their patriotic urges through films were now free to make such films. There was no need to be symbolic now. Direct expressions were now allowed without restraint.

Even in the patriotism or the independence struggle, there were two divisions. One, which followed the footsteps and teaching of Ahimsa by Mahatma Gandhi and two, was the revolutionary explosive type who believed in bloodshed, punishment and overthrowing the rulers by weapons. For making a film the Gandhi ji’s way was too mild, without any drama, suspense or heroism. So it was the revolutionary way to independence struggle which was opted by film makers. There were many films about freedom struggle – Bhagat Singh and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, but very few on Gandhi ji’s teachings like ‘The Last Message’, ‘Ahimsa Path’ (both 1949) and some docu-films.

On the other hand, some films were made about the freedom struggle of revolutionaries like, ‘Azaadi Ki Raah Par’, ‘Desh Seva’, ‘Hua Savera’, ‘Refugee’, ‘Shaheed’, ‘Soldier’s Dream’ (all in 1948); ‘Apna Desh’, ‘Matrubhoomi’ (both in 1949); ‘Hindustan Hamara’, ‘Kashmir Hamara Hai’, ‘Pehla Aadmi’, ‘Samadhi’, (all in 1950); ‘Andolan’ (1951), ‘Anand Matth’ (1952) etc. As the euphoria diminished, such patriotic films too were made infrequently.

The life and times of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose has always fascinated every Indian. Despite the step motherly treatment and a total neglect many times by the Congress Party, Netaji occupies the number one position as a revolutionary, who had a clear goal, organisational skill, leadership qualities and a well cut out plan to achieve independence. But for the support of Congress leaders of the times, he sure would have achieved his target. Most Indians believe this even today. So, no wonder film makers made films on Netaji in every Indian language.

Calcutta’s New Theatres too did not lag behind and they made a film on the life and times of Netaji. The title of this film ‘Pehla Aadmi’ is very intriguing. To know the background of how this title was selected, let us go back a little and peep into history which few Indians know.

Subhash Chandra Bose as the Supreme Commander of Azad Hind Fauj (aka Indian National Army – INA) adopted in 1943, a variant of Purna Swaraj flag that included the words ‘AZAD’ on the saffron band on top, ‘HIND’ on the bottom green band and in the centre white band a ‘Springing Tiger’ in lieu of Gandhi ji’s ‘Charkha’, symbolising INA’s strength and their indomitable will to fight.

The Indian National Army was born during World War II. Originally, it was founded by Captain Mohan Singh in Singapore in September 1942 with Indian prisoners-of-war (POWs) held by the Japanese army in the Far East. This was with the support of the Indian Independence League, headed by expatriate nationalist leader Rash Behari Bose. However, the first INA was disbanded almost immediately in December 1942 after disagreements between Hikari Kikan and Mohan Singh, who came to believe that the Japanese High Command was using the INA as a mere pawn and propaganda tool. [Ed Note: The Hikari Kikan was the Japanese liaison office responsible for Japanese relations with the INA and the Azad Hind Government in exile.]

However, the idea of a liberation army was revived with the arrival of Subhas Chandra Bose in the Far East in 1943. In July, at a meeting in Singapore, Rash Behari Bose handed over control of the organization to Subhas Chandra Bose. Bose was able to reorganize the fledgling army and gained massive support among the expatriate Indian population in South East Asia, who supported the INA both financially, as well as by enlisting with the INA. At the peak of its activities, INA consisted of about 85,000 troops, including a separate women’s unit, the Rani of Jhansi Regiment, headed by Capt. Lakshmi Swaminathan (aka Capt. Lakshmi Sehgal). Under the leadership of Subhash Bose, this rejuvenated INA fought along with the Imperial Japanese Army against the British and Commonwealth forces in the campaigns in Burma, Assam, Imphal and Kohima, and later, against the successful Burma Campaign of the Allies. The INA stormed and captured the Andaman Islands, and had reached within shouting distance of Chittagong, when the Japanese army surrendered after the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Moirang in Manipur was the headquarters of INA. Colonel Shaukat Malik  hoisted the Tricolour for the first time on Indian soil on 19 March 1944, in Moirang with the help of Manipuris like Shri Mairembam Koireng Singh and others who were members of the INA. It is on this historical episode that Bimal Roy made the film ‘Pehla Aadmi’ in 1950.

The star cast of the film is Balraj Vij, Smriti Biswas, Pahadi Sanyal, Ashita Bose, Paul Mahendra, Zahar Roy, Heeralal, Asit Sen, Bela Bose etc.

Smriti Biswas, a protestant Bangla Christian was born in Calcutta on 17-2-1932. She studied in a Missionary girls’ school. Her father and mother both were Headmaster and Headmistress in other schools. Smriti had a liking for acting. When she was just 12 year old, she acted in film ‘Hamraahi’ (1945) and ‘Dwand’ (Bangla). When this was became at her home, she was put in another school. Later, the family shifted to Lahore. There Smriti acted in film ‘Ragni’ (1945), opposite Pran and also some other films.

After Partition, the family came to Delhi. Smriti met actor / producer / director Dr. SD Narang. He cast her in the film ‘Ek Aurat’ (1948) and Bangla film ‘Chinni Putul’, which became a hit. In 1951, Smriti shifted base to Bombay. According to her interviews, before coming to Bombay she had acted in 26 films. However no details are available for this. In 1953 she acted in ‘Shamsheer’ and also as a heroine opposite to Dev Anand in ‘Hum Safar’.

Though she was a star in Calcutta and Lahore, in Bombay she mostly got roles as a vamp or other supporting roles. She claims to have worked in 90 films. Some of her well known films are, ‘Dilli Ka Thug’, ‘Baap Re Baap’, ‘Bhaagam Bhag’, ‘Sailaab’, ‘Jaagte Raho’, ‘Aab e Hayaat’, ‘Hamdard’, ‘Teen Batti Chaar Raasta, ‘Abhimaan’, ‘Daaka’ etc .

Smriti was proficient in English, riding, swimming and cooking. She could play sitar, harmonium and guitar. She was very jolly like a tomboy. Smriti got married to Dr. SD Narang in 1960 and left films for ever. She gave birth to 2 sons. After the death of Dr. Narang in 1986, she gave her bungalow for development to a builder, who cheated her and she became homeless. She changed 28 houses in Bombay. She also lost her houses in Delhi and Mahabaleshwar due to crooked relatives. Finally, poor Smriti shifted to Nashik and has lived in a 500 sq.feet flat. Till last year she was in Nashik.

The story of ‘Pehla Aadmi’ was written by actor Nazir Hussain (ex INA), the lyrics were by Prakash (ex INA), and the music was by RC Boral. The film was directed by Bimal Roy, assisted by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. This was Bimal Roy’s last film with New Theatres. When he came to Bombay for the premier of the film, he met Hiten Chaudhari, who had worked in NT earlier. He was the first to leave NT and join Bombay Talkies in Bombay. Hiten took Bimal Roy to Bombay Talkies where he was offered the director’s position for the upcoming film ‘Maa’ (1952). Bimal Roy accepted it and settled in Bombay thereafter.

The story of ‘Pehla Aadmi’ is summarized below.

Vijay Kumar and Chaudhari are thick friends, living in Rangoon, Burma. They have a son Kumar and daughter Lata. The children fall in love when young, and decide to get married, with elders’ consent. The year is 1943. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose arrives in Singapore and tours Far Eastern areas. He invites the youngsters to join his INA to serve the motherland.

Kumar decides to join INA and promises Lata that they will get married after the war is over.  Before going, Kumar’s father gives him a sword to use in the war. Kumar, after his training is over, is sent to the war front. During a battle, his leader is shot. Before dying he gives Indian flag to Kumar and asks him to hoist it after victory.

The battle is won by Kumar’s unit and Kumar proudly unfurls the Indian Flag first time on a liberated Indian town. He becomes the ‘Pehla Aadmi’ to do so. Unfortunately, after hoisting the flag Kumar is shot dead. His body is brought to Rangoon for last rites. Lata is weeping. Kumar’s collegue in the war tells Lata to fulfil Kumar’s job in liberating the country. Lata too joins INA. (No.650)

The film has 11 songs, as listed in the Geet Kosh. Today’s song is the second song on the blog. It is sung by Aparesh Lahiri and Sandhya Mukherjee. Aparesh Lahiri is the father of the jewellery laden music director Bhappi Lahiri. The video shows Balraj Vij and Smriti Biswas.

[Author’s Note: Acknowledgements and thanks to lallantop.com, mukundsathe.com, Harish Raghuvanshi ji, Wikipedia, HFGK and my notes.]

 


Song – Hum Chale Nai Duniya Rachne (Pehla Aadmi) (1950) Singer – Aparesh Lahiri, Sandhya Mukherjee, Lyrics – Prakash BA, Music – RC Boral

Lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)

hum chale
hum chale
hum chale nai duniya rachne
hum chale naya itihas liye
hum chale nai duniya rachne
hum chale naya itihas liye

wo raat andheri barkha ki
olay barse chamke bijli
wo raat andheri barkha ki
olay barse chamke bijli
par thaan liya jab mann me to
hum jaan pe apni khel chale

tum badho
tum badho
tum badho goliyaan phool banen
kante bhi tujhko dhool banen
tum badho goliyaan phool banen
kante bhi tujhko dhool banen
o janewale ja tu ja
bhagwan tumhara bhala kare
o janewale ja tu ja
bhagwan tumhara bhala kare
hum chale nai duniya rachne
hum chale naya itihas liye
hum chale nai duniya rachne
hum chale naya itihas liye

suraj pashchim mein ug aaye
ya chaand sitaare mit jaayen
suraj pashchim mein ug aaye
ya chaand sitaare mit jaayen
main asha deep
main asha deep jalaaye teri raah takun
tu aan miley
main asha deep jalaaye teri raah takun
tu aan miley

jaayenge
jaayenge
jaayenge ab hum tum mil kar
lo prem milan ke din aaye
hum chale
ha ha ha
hum chale

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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हम चले
हम चले
हम चले नई दुनिया रचने
हम चले नया इतिहास लिए
हम चले नई दुनिया रचने
हम चले नया इतिहास लिए

वो रात अंधेरी बरखा की
ओले बरसें चमके बिजली
वो रात अंधेरी बरखा की
ओले बरसें चमके बिजली

तुम बढ़ो
तुम बढ़ो
तुम बढ़ो गोलियां फूल बनें
कांटे भी तुझको धूल बनें
तुम बढ़ो गोलियां फूल बनें
कांटे भी तुझको धूल बनें
ओ जाने वाले जा तू जा
भगवान तुम्हारा भला करे
ओ जाने वाले जा तू जा
भगवान तुम्हारा भला करे

हम चले नई दुनिया रचने
हम चले नया इतिहास लिए
हम चले नई दुनिया रचने
हम चले नया इतिहास लिए

सूरज पश्चिम में उग आए
या चाँद सितारे मिट जाएँ
सूरज पश्चिम में उग आए
या चाँद सितारे मिट जाएँ
मैं आशा दीप
मैं आशा दीप जलाए तेरी राह तकूँ
तू आन मिले
मैं आशा दीप जलाए तेरी राह तकूँ
तू आन मिले

जाएंगे
जाएंगे
जाएंगे अब हम तुम मिल कर
लो प्रेम मिलन के दिन आए
हम चले
हा हा हा
हम चले


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 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 : 3501 Post No. : 14066

Todays song is from an old film of the 30s – ‘Sunehara Sansar- from 1936.

Songs from films made in the 30s are difficult to find.If you find a song of a film of your choice, you are a lucky person. Sometimes, as a fluke, such songs are encountered and your day is made. Luckily, there are collectors from India and Pakistan, who collect songs from various sources and upload them on You Tube for the benefit of music lovers and history students. Since no collector ever discloses his sources, it is difficult to know from where the song has been taken. Actually it hardly matters as long as it is not used for commercial purpose. Such 70-80 year old songs are no one’s personal property in any case, once they are on public domain. The uploaders are also aware of it.

We are thankful to many uploaders like Shri Girdharilal Vishwakarma ji of Jodhpur, Shalin Bhat ji in the US, Javed Rsjs ji and many more such kind and helpful souls who serve the interest of Film music history, by making old rare songs available to music lovers and writers. Our own Sudhir ji, Atul ji and Sadanand ji too upload such rare songs. God Bless Them all. Today’s song is uploaded by Shalin Bhat ji.

The song is from a film made by East India Film Co. of Calcutta. In those days, the name Calcutta was synonymous with New Theatres, in the film world. New Theatres is a Golden Chapter in the Indian Film History. Established by BN Sircar in 1930, NT was not just a commercial entity, but an institution which strengthened the foundation of film making in India. Sircar established systems and discipline in film shootings. He was an engineer from London. Son of a very famous and rich Advocate General of Bengal, Sircar was a soft spoken but a firm personality. Being rich himself, he had no problem in building a well equipped company, without making a compromise on quality – both in in terms of machinery and people.

Most other studio owners like V Shantaram, Mehboob, Chandulal Shah, Sohrab Modi, SS Wassan, Guru Dutt, Raj Kapoor etc. took over as company’s film director, but not Sircar. He had a strong line up of capable directors like PC Barua, Hem Chander, Debaki Bose, Nitin Bose, Premankur Attorthy, Phani Mujumdar etc. He never ever interfered with directors choices of actors or work. Remaining in the background, he ensured shootings as per schedule.

NT was like a family. It ran on systems. It became a way of life for people working in it. Since its establishment in 1930, competition increased consistently, in the number of film producing companies in Calcutta. By 1938, there were 18 Production houses in Calcutta alone. They were – Arora Film Co., Shri Bharat Laxmi Pictures, Chitramandir RBS Prodn, Dev-Dutt films, East India Film Co., Indua Movietone, Kali Films, Kamala Talkies, Maadan Theatres, New Popular Pictures, Moti Mahal Theatres, Murli Pictures, Quality Pictures, Radha Film Co., Sonoray Picture Syndicate, Sunrise Film Co., and Tollywood Studio. Interesting point is, Bombay film industry came to be known as Bollywood many decades after this Calcutta studio – Tollywood – which continues till today for Bangla Film industry.

After 1939, the second world war created problems for NT. On one hand raw film shortage and  severe competition and on the other hand ego clashes of the stalwarts and exodus from the company plagued NT. PC Barua was the first to leave,in 1940, to restart his own studio. One by one people started leaving. From 1942 to 1947, many important actors, directors and technicians left NT and went to Bombay. During its existence, NT created an all time record as a company. It had produced  177 films as against the nearest competitor – Ranjit Studios of Bombay, with 175 films (as per Cine Advance issue dated 5th Dec 1980).

During the Golden period of NT, Debaki Bose made a Bangla film ‘Sonar Sansaar’ in 1936. The same was also made in Hindi as ‘Sunehra Sansaar’. During the period 1934 to 1936, Debaki Bose worked for East India Film Co. His film, ‘Seeta’ (1934) won the Honorary Diploma in Venice Film Festival and his last film there was ‘Sunehra Sansaar’ (1936). After this Debaki Bose (who gave the name ‘Kumar’ to actor Syed Ali Hasan Zaidi of film ‘Puran Bhagat’ (1933) returned to NT for the period from 1937 to 1941. He then left NT to start his own production company.

The East India Film Company was based in Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, Bitish India. It was the first Indian film company to screen a movie at an international Film Festival. Started in 1932 in Calcutta, by RL Khemka, it went on to be a pioneer in producing films across several regional film industries, including Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, Telugu, and Tamil in the decade after its founding; till then, production companies were restricted regionally.

The company was formed in 1932 by RL Khemka, a local Marwari businessman in Bengal after acquiring the RCA Photophone studio, its location recording equipment, and its Mitchell cameras. In 1933, East India Film Company’s first Bengali film production, ‘Jamuna Puline’ was released. The director was Priyanath Ganguli, who had joined here after leaving Maadan Theatres. Riding on its success, the company became the first Bengali studio to venture into not just Hindi films, but also various films in South Indian languages. East India Film Company was soon producing a dozen movie releases per year, including several hits like ‘Savitri’ (Telugu) and ‘Ramayan’ (Tamil).

The East India Film Company’s ‘Seeta’, made by Debaki Bose, was the first talkie shown in an international film festival. It was shown in 1934 at the Venice Film Festival where it won an Honorary Diploma. Subsequently, Bose also made his noted film, ‘Sonar Sansaar’ (Hindi: ‘Sunhera Sansaar’) in 1936 under the East India Film Company banner.

Shot in Calcutta on a lavish budget of Rs.75,000, East India Film Company’s ‘Savitri’ in Telugu was a huge hit. Based on a popular stage play by Mylavaram Bala Bharathi Samajam, the film was directed by debutant C Pulliah and starred stage stalwarts Vemuri Gaggiah and Dasari Ramthilakam as Yama and Savitri, respectively. Like ‘Seeta’, this film was also shown in Venice Film Festival, where it too won an Honorary Diploma.

Film ‘Sunehra Sansaar’ had 21 songs, all written by its hero – Vijay Kumar, BA. [Author Notr: I have written about him in my post “Tan Prem Ki Raakh Lagaa Kar Ke“on 31-1-2018). The cast of the film was Vijay Kumar, Rampyari, Menaka Devi (her first film in Calcutta), Kamla Jharia, Azuri, Mazhar Khan, Gul Hamid, KN Singh (his debut film) and others.

Like several common feminine names in those days – Zebunnisa, Zubeida, Khursheed, Zohra, Amirbai, Gauhar, Radharani, Menaka, Noorjehan, Yasmin, Vimala etc, there were common male names too. One of them was Hamid. It was prefixed and suffixed by Gul, Ali, Syed etc. For example, actor Ajit’s real name was Hamid Ali and actor singer Shyam Kumar was Syed Gul Hamid Ali. I remember, once when I wrote about Shyam Kumar and his real name, our Sudhir ji had queried if he and the actor Gul Hamid were same. I had informed him that they were different.

Today we will know more about this actor Gul Hamid, who acted in many films in the 30s and died very young at 31 years only. He was a handsome young man from Peshawar. After starting his film career from Lahore, he moved to Calcutta where he worked in more than a dozen of silent films and talkies. Some of his films were made in Bombay too. He had many honors to his credit. He acted in Heer Ranjha, the first film produced in Punjabi and in Seeta, a talkie that won an Honorary Diploma in the 1934 Venice Film Festival. That was also the first Indian film shown at an International film festival. Hamid also wrote the script, acted in, and directed the film Khyber Pass (1936). 

Gul Hamid was born in 1905 in Pirpiai, a village near the Kabul River in the North West Frontier Province of British India (now in Pakistan). His father was Saif Ullah Khan. Gul Hamid Khan had three brothers named Abdul Hameed Khan, Gul Jamal Khan and Sayed Jamal Khan. Gul Hamid Khan was married to Patience Cooper (later Sabra Begum) from 1930–1936, one of the first early silent movie actresses.

He became an all-India celebrity when AR Kardar cast him in his hit movie. It is said that the movie industry never again saw an actor with Gul Hamid’s looks. He made his film debut with Sarfarosh alias Brave Hearts in 1930, which was a silent movie made in Lahore and directed by AR Kardar. In 1931, his films Aatishe Ishq and Wandering Dancer were released. Gul Hamid also had the honour of working in the first ever Punjabi feature film Heer Ranjha released in 1932. This film was made in Lahore and directed by AR Kardar. In 1933, his film Yahudi Ki Ladki was released based on Agha Hashar Kashmiri‘s stage play by the same name. His other films released in 1934 were ChandraguptMumtaz BegumSultana and Night Bird.

1935 was the richest year of Gul Hamid’s career as many of his films were released in it. In Bharat Ki Beti (1935), his heroine was Rattan Bai.  His other notable talkie films in 1935 were Sauteli BadruhiSaleema  and  MurdererYasmin was also released the same year in which his name was Behram. As per records, only three films were released in 1936 i.e. ‘Sunehra Sansaar’, Baghi Sipahi and Khyber Pass.  Khyber Pass was the film in which he not only acted but also wrote its script and directed it. He worked with his wife, Patience Cooper, in three films i.e., Baghi Sipahi, ‘Murderer’ (1935) and Khyber Pass. He died  in 1936 due to a throat ailment.(Hodgekin’s Disease).

The story of film Sunehara Sansar-36, as outlined in Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema, is as follows,

This is a parable about human suffering and capitalist enterprise. The village headman has the bandits attack house of Ramesh to settle an old dispute. His wife Roma is kidnapped and infant son is abandoned in a forest. Years later, Roma works as a nurse to a kind millionaire and her son Raghunath lives with other unemployed youths, in a nearby house. They all dream about starting a Soap Factory. The father has become a beggar in that town only. No one is aware about others. Changed circumstances bring the family together and the kind millionaire helps to set up the Soap Factory.

Today’s song is composed by KC Dey, but the singer is not known. I presume it is Vijay kumar only. So, here is a song from an 80+ year old film. Surprisingly, the song is clear.

[Auhtor’s Note: Acknowledgements and thanks to Indian Cinematograph Year Book – 1938, Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema, Muvyz, HFGK, Wikipedia, IPFS.com, Pakfilms.com, book by Ambarish Mishra and my notes.]


Song – Sukh Anand Aur Prem Ki Khaatir (Sunehra Sansaar) (1936) Singer – [Unattributed], Lyrics – Vijay Kumar BA, Music – KC Dey

Lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)

sukh anand aur prem ki khaatir
sukh anand aur prem ki khaatir
bana ye soney ka sansaar
bana ye soney ka sansaar
is mein dhan dualat joban hai
hai. . .
is mein dhan dualat joban hai
jeevan saathi hai pyaari naar
sukh anand aur prem ki khaatir
sukh anand aur prem ki khaatir
bana ye soney ka sansaar
bana ye soney ka sansaar

putra hai aankhon ka taara
jis se chamke jagmag parivar
aish ke jhoole jhoolo nis din
prem se looto mauj bahaar
putra hai aankhon ka taara
jis se chamke jagmag parivar
aish ke jhoole jhoolo nis din
prem se looto mauj bahaar
saathi ishwar gun gaawo
saathi ishwar gun gaawo
saathi ishwar gun gaawo
jis ne racha sunder sansaar

sukh anand aur prem ki khaatir
sukh anand aur prem ki khaatir
bana ye soney ka sansaar
bana ye soney ka sansaar
is mein dhan dualat joban hai
hai. . .
is mein dhan dualat joban hai
jeevan saathi hai pyaari naar
sukh anand aur prem ki khaatir
sukh anand aur prem ki khaatir
bana ye soney ka sansaar
bana ye soney ka sansaar

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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सुख आनंद और प्रेम की खातिर
सुख आनंद और प्रेम की खातिर
बना ये सोने का संसार
बना ये सोने का संसार
इस में धन दौलत जोबन है
है॰ ॰ ॰
इस में धन दौलत जोबन है
जीवन साथी है प्यारी नार
सुख आनंद और प्रेम की खातिर
सुख आनंद और प्रेम की खातिर
बना ये सोने का संसार
बना ये सोने का संसार

पुत्र है आँखों का तारा
जिससे चमके जगमग परिवार
ऐश के झूले झूलो निस दिन
प्रेम से लूटो मौज बहार
पुत्र है आँखों का तारा
जिससे चमके जगमग परिवार
ऐश के झूले झूलो निस दिन
प्रेम से लूटो मौज बहार
साथी इशवर गुण गावो
साथी इशवर गुण गावो
साथी इशवर गुण गावो
जिसने रचा सुंदर संसार

सुख आनंद और प्रेम की खातिर
सुख आनंद और प्रेम की खातिर
बना ये सोने का संसार
बना ये सोने का संसार
इस में धन दौलत जोबन है
है॰ ॰ ॰
इस में धन दौलत जोबन है
जीवन साथी है प्यारी नार
सुख आनंद और प्रेम की खातिर
सुख आनंद और प्रेम की खातिर
बना ये सोने का संसार
बना ये सोने का संसार


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 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 : 3491 Post No. : 14023

There was a time when the films made in Hindi could be classified easily as A grade, B grade and C grade films. A grade films were those made by big and famous banners with top class actors and leading music directors. B grade films were those made with second rung of actors, director and music directors. C grade films were those films which were made by not so famous banners, almost unknown actors directors and composers. Usually C grade films used to be action/stunt films, made on shoestring budgets, having a fixed story line resembling Tarzan, Hercules or Hollywood action films of Robin Hood, with the background of a jungle, tribe people, king-queen-wicked wazir and similar stories.

C grade films were always quickies, made on  shoe-string budgets. During the late 1930s and 40s, Master Bhagwan action films used to be completed in about Rs. 50,000 only – including studio rent, sets, artist fees and other expenses. C grade films had a captive audience comprising of factory workers, daily wagers, low income earners and students. However, such films used to rake in big profits to the film makers. Therefore, even top class banners sometimes made C grade films, to make up their losses in big film flops.

There were certain production houses which specialized and thrived on such films – like Paramount Films, Jagriti Films, Mohan Pictures, Wadia Movietone etc. Since studio system was in vogue, the film studios usually had fixed actors and directors in their employment. Music directors were of no consequence, so anybody would do. Well known composers like C Ramchandra used to take another name while composing music for C grade action films. Music assistants of famous composers used to give music to such films. Well known composers fallen on bad days also gave music to such films. C grade films rarely released commercial gramophone records for their film songs, so such songs are a real rarity even with big collectors.

Some common and regular names one finds in such grade C action/stunt films are Nadia, Boman Irani, Sayani, Bilimoria brothers, Cooper sisters, Zohra Khatoon, Ameena Khatoon, Khatoon Bai, Prakash, Adjania, Noorjehan (sr.), Moosa Pehelwan, Vasantrao Pehelwan, Baburao Pehelwan, Marutirao Pehelwan, Azim Bhai, Basheer, Ali, Bachha, Chandra Rao, Harishchandra Rao, Shankar Rao, Master Bhagwan, Mirajkar, Jamshed, John Cawas, Lalita Pawar, Navin Chandra. . . and many more such names.

Barring a few names like Lalita Pawar, Bhagwan, Nadia etc, all the other action film actors remained relatively less known. No one knows anything about them. Actors like Baburao Pehelwan, Marutirao Pehelwan (he was the hero in the first Gujarati talkie film ‘Narsi Mehta’), Chandra Rao, Sayani etc. were quite famous in their times, but except their Filmography (thanks to HFGK), nothing more is known about them. All of them ended only with mere names !

Today, I am writing about one such action film hero of 7 silent and 12 talkie films of the 1930s and 40s, whom I stumbled upon recently. His name is so obscure and unknown that even I was stunned, but he has acted with heroines like Rajkumari (Dubey), Sarojini, Vatsala Kumthekar, Gauhar Karnataki and had acted in films made by well known production houses like Paramount and Mohan Pictures.

On 2nd January 2015, I got a message on my Facebook page from an unknown person called ‘Tejas Vazare’. Since I try to avoid unknown people as my Fb friends, I ignored that message. Three years later, this January, I saw the message again. This time it attracted my attention by what he wrote. He mentioned that his grandfather was a Hindi film hero of the 1930s and 40s. Out of curiosity, I wrote to him asking him to sent information about himself and his grandfather. He informed me that Master Shankar Rao Vazare was a hero in few films in 1930s and 40s. This was a name new to me. He also sent me film posters, photos, newspaper articles etc. about him. On reading all this, I strongly felt that here was a man who needs to be brought before today’s world. We exchanged lot many mails. I checked all film names with my books and prepared a list of films having evidence.

Tejas and me have planned to meet in March, in Bombay. May be his father (son of Shankar Rao) and aunt (daughter of Shankar Rao) will accompany him. That time I will complete my interview with them and prepare a detailed article with photos, posters etc for publishing on line. But till then, I wish to present his short biography on this blog first. This blog has the right to have such things first here before anywhere else. I owe it this much. So, here we go.

Master Shankar Rao Vazare was born on 1-1-1916 in the Bhabhanagar area of Nashik (Maharashtra), in a peasant family. His father Trimbak Rao Vazare was the Patil of Nashik. (Patil used to be the overall head of the village / town) and his uncle was the chairman of the Municipality. Shankar Rao was very keen on films. Dadasaheb Phalke was also from Nashik. Taking inspiration from him, Shankar Rao developed attraction for films. He used to see English films in the tent theatre of Nashik.

He reached Bombay. He was very handsome, tall and had a good physique. He got roles in the silent films made by Mahavir Photoplays. From 1929 to 1931, he worked in 7 silent films. There could be more also, but initially he was uncredited. Problem with the silent films was that they generally had 2 or 3 titles and alias names. Additionally as per the local language the title used to change also. So, it is very difficult to trace silent films by titles in the various lists published.

The list of his silent films that has been identified so far is –  ‘Father’s Love’ (1929), ‘Ideal Woman’ (1930), ‘Prince Of The People’ (1930), ‘Avarice’ (1930), ‘Niradhar Niru’ (1931), ‘Jungle Ka Jawan’ (1931) and ‘Saroj Kumari’ (1931).

His first talkie film was ‘Toofani Tamancha’ aka ‘Hands Up’ (1935), made by Paramount Film company. In this film, his heroine was Gul Bano. He acted in 7 films made by Paramount Film Co., 3 by India Liberty Co., and 1 each made by Mohan Pictures and Allied Films. Here is the list of his talkie films,

 

Film Title Year Production Company Director

Heroine / Co worker

1. Toofani Tamancha
aka Hands Up
1935 Paramount RN Vaidya Gul Bano / Miss Pukhraj
2. Farz e Adaa
aka Loyalty
1936 Indian Liberty AM Khan Shehzadi (sister of Zubeida (of Alam Aara)) / Vidya
3. Bansari Balaa
aka Fairy Of The Flute
1936 Paramount AM Khan Gauhar Karnataki / Kamla
4. Burkhawali
aka Bombay Mail
1936 Indian Liberty (Unknown) Gauhar Karnataki / Miss Pearl
5. Madhraat Ka Mehmaan
aka Midnight Man
1938 Indian Liberty Kikubhai Desai Miss Moti / Miss Pokhraj
6. Jungle Ka Jawan 1938 Mohan Pictures Chunilal Parekh Rajkumari / Kamla
7. Madhu Bansari 1939 Paramount Nanubhai Vakil Sarojini (sister of Indurani, mother of Azra, wife of Nanubhai Vakil) / Vatsala Kumthekar
8 Son of Alladin
aka Alladin ka Beta
1939 Paramount Nanubhai Vakil Sarojini / Ranibala
9. Reshami Saari 1939 Paramount GP Pawar (husband of Lalita Pawar) Kanta Kumari / Miss Moti
10. Aflatoon Aurat
aka Veerangana
aka Amazon
1940 Paramount Kikubhai Desai Miss Moti / Kanta Kumari
11. Mere Raja 1941 Paramount TS Mani Miss Moti / Kanta Kumari
12. Jungle Ki Pukar
aka Call Of The Jungle
1946 Allied Films Ramji Arya Ameena Khatoon / Usha

After 1941, he found it difficult to get films. He returned to his hometown Nashik to look after his family, farming and also started a business dealing in cucles. In 1946, he got his last film and after that, he again returned to Nashik. Master Shankar Rao Vazare died on 21-1-1949, at a very young age of only 33 years.

Shankar Rao Vazare was the favourite hero of director Kikubhai Desai (father of Manmohan Desai) for silent and talkie films. Fearless Nadia, Ashok Kumar and Kishore Kumar were his fans. Ashok Kumar used to like seeing his films. In one interview, Kishore Kumar has said – “Despite being a hero, my brother Ashok Kumar never did a fight scene on the screen. I considered Master Shankar Vazare a better hero than him ! ”

His hometown Nashik was very proud of him. During the centenary celebrations of Nashik Municipality, they published his photo and a short Biography in their souvenir. There were articles and photos published in local newspapers. His wife expired about 4 years ago and his sons continue to live in Nashik. They are proud of him.

To get a song from his films was a great problem since nothing is available on YouTube. I sent out request letters to some famous record collectors and our own Sudhir ji. All collectors replied negatively, but only Sudhir ji had just one song from the film ‘Madhu Bansari’ (1939). He sent me the song promptly. Thank you Sudhir ji for your kind help. On finding this song, Tejas Vazare and his family were overjoyed and have thanked our Sudhir ji wholeheartedly.

This song is sung by Vatsala Kumthekar, under the baton of Damodar Sharma. The film was directed by Nanubhai Vakil. The cast of the film was Master Vazare, Sarojini (sister of actress Indurani, mother of actress Azra and wife of Nanubhai Vakil ), Vatsala Kumthekar, Ganpat, Basheer, Ali etc. There were 14 songs in the film.

Acknowledgements :

–  Inputs from Tejas Vazare (grandson of Master Shankar Rao Vazare)
–  Article in newspaper ‘Lokmat’
–  Centenary book of Nashik Municipality
–  Advertisements in Times of India and Film India magazine
–  HFGK compiled by Shri Harmandir Singh ‘Hamraaz’
–  ‘Silent Filmography’ by Dr RK Verma
–  Sudhir ji
–  And my notes 🙂


Song – Rang Rasiya Aao Re (Madhu Bansari) (1939) Singer – Vatsala Kumethkar, Lyrics – [Unattributed], Music – Damodar Sharma

Lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)

rang rasiya..aa..aa
aawo re
rang rasiya..aa..aa
aawo re
jeevan ki
prem jyot ko jagaawo
rang rasiya..aa..aa
aawo re
rang rasiya..aa..aa
aawo re
jeevan ki
prem jyot ko jagaawo
rang rasiya..aa..aa
aawo re
rang rasiya..aa..aa
aawo re

lagan lagi tumhre sang pyaa..aa..aa..re
aaa aaa aaaaa aaaaa
aaa aaaa aaaa aaaaa
aaaaaa aaaaaa aaaa aaaa
aaaa aaaa
aaaaaa aaaaaaaa
lagan lagi tumhre sang pyaa..aa..aa..re..e..e
oo oo aa..aa..aa
lagan lagi tumhre sang pyaare
lagan lagi tumhre sang pyaa..aare..e..e
oo oo oo
aa aa aaaaaaa aaaaa
aaa aaa aaaa aaa aa
lagan lagi tumhre sang pyaare
mann mein bas ke tum kahaan sidhaare
mann mein bas ke tum kahaan sidhaare
aawo
aawo preetam pyaare
aawo
aawo preetam pyaare

rang rasiya
rang rasiya aawo re
rang rasiya aawo re
jeevan ki prem jyot kojagaawo
rang rasiya. . .

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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रंग रसिया॰॰आ॰॰आ
आवो रे
रंग रसिया॰॰आ॰॰आ
आवो रे
जीवन की
प्रेम ज्योत को जगावों
रंग रसिया॰॰आ॰॰आ
आवो रे
रंग रसिया॰॰आ॰॰आ
आवो रे
जीवन की
प्रेम ज्योत को जगावों
रंग रसिया॰॰आ॰॰आ
आवो रे
रंग रसिया॰॰आ॰॰आ
आवो रे

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आsss आsss
आsssss आsssssssss
लगन लगी तुम्हरे संग प्या॰॰आ॰॰आ॰॰रे॰॰ए॰॰ए
ओ ओ आ॰॰आ॰॰आ
लगन लगी तुम्हरे संग प्यारे
लगन लगी तुम्हरे संग प्या॰॰आरे॰॰ए॰॰ए
ओ ओ ओ
आ आ आssssss आssss
आs आs आsss आss आs
लगन लगी तुम्हरे संग प्यारे
मन में बस के तुम कहाँ सिधारे
मन में बस के तुम कहाँ सिधारे
आवो
आवो प्रीतम प्यारे
आवो
आवो प्रीतम प्यारे

रंग रसिया
रंग रसिया आवो रे
रंग रसिया आवो रे
जीवन की प्रेम ज्योत को जगावों
रंग रसिया॰ ॰ ॰


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This blog discusses Bollywood songs of yesteryears. Every song has a brief description, followed by a video link, and complete lyrics of the song.

This is a labour of love, where “new” songs are added every day, and that has been the case for more than nine years. This blog has over 14200 song posts by now.

This blog is active and online for over 3500 days since its beginning on 19 july 2008.

Total number of songs posts discussed

14279

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Movies with all their songs covered =1140
Total Number of movies covered =3898

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