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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.

Today’s song is from a well known film ‘Baadbaan’ (1954). Well known for the simple reason that this was the last film coming from a one-time giant film studio Bombay Talkies. it was the last ditch effort of all the well wishers and workers of Bombay Talkies to save the company from closing down. Unfortunately the effort did not succeed and it was curtains for Bombay Talkies with this movie.

During the studio system, there were some leading studios and they had their own code of conduct, philosophy and inter-personal relationship ways. Sagar Movietone, Ranjit Studios, Bombay Talkies, Prabhat Film Company, Minerva Movietone and New Theatres of Calcutta were some of the major studios. Among them, they had all the cream stars of the film industry on their rolls. Sagar Movietone eclipsed just before the onset of the 1940s and the competition remained between Bombay and Calcutta studios only. Next to go down was Prabhat, then Ranjit, New Theatres, Bombay Talkies and the last was perhaps the Minerva Movietone.

Under the studio culture, the stars were the paid employees, but in the 40s when freelance working became common, any star was available to any studio. That is how Saigal could come to Bombay in the early 40s. Still stars had their own favourite studios and production companies. Similarly the studios too had their preferences for particular artistes. There were few artistes who had worked in 3-4 major companies. One of such stars was Leela Chitnis. In her Marathi Autobiography ” चंदेरी दुनियेत ” ( Chanderi Duniyet ) she comments on some companies’ work culture,

I had done 4 films in Bombay Talkies – ‘Kangan’, ‘Bandhan’, ‘Jhoola’ and ‘Azaad’. Bombay Talkies was the best equipped studio for artistes. Beautiful greenery, very good, well furnished small rooms for actors, clean bathrooms with all facilities, excellent canteen managed by the best professionals in India, tennis and badminton courts, medical facilities etc. All so very clean. Courteous and disciplined staff. Every person in Bombay Talkies uniform of white shirt and white pants.

Discipline in Prabhat was mechanical and torturous. Everyone had to work for 8 hours a day. There was a card punching for everyone, as well as signature in attendance book with entry time. Even for top artistes like Shanta Apte, Chandramohan etc. same rules. It was an atmosphere like a jail.

In Minerva, there was a terror of Sohrab Modi. In his absence, atmosphere used to be very cordial, but once he came, no laughing or talking. Sohrab Modi wanted everyone to fear him.

Bombay Talkies brought in the Happy and cordial work culture. Prabhat was inclined to Marathi, Ranjit to Gujarati and New Theatres to Bangla, but Bombay Talkies brought simple day to day Hindi in films.

After the onset of Second World War, Bombay Talkies had bad days. Though films were successful, atmosphere was polluted. Due to personal reasons, Himanshu Rai lost his mental balance and he died on 19-5-1940. After him Devika Rani became the chief. After she rejected S Mukherji’s request for a salary raise, he was upset. Bombay Talkies was divided in two groups for production purposes. However the competition became bitter and S Mukherjee and his friends left Bombay Talkies. Devika Rani got married and sold her shares to Shiraz Ali Hakeem in 1945. He too left for Pakistan and Govindram Sakseria became the owner. He brought back Ashok kumar and Vachha in 1947, when they bought all shares of Bombay Talkies. This duo made 8 films – ‘Majboor’, ‘Mahal’, ‘Ziddi’, ‘Mashaal’, ‘Sargam’, ‘Maa’, ‘Tamasha’ and ‘Muqaddar’. By 1952, they realised that the company was still in heavy debts, because of a major misappropriation of funds. Both of them left Bombay Talkies handing it over to the workers.

In an attempt to revive the company, ‘Baadbaan’ was planned. All the major stars worked free of cost. Though the film was successful, they could not save Bombay Talkies and it was finally sold to Tolaram Jalan. He started renting the studio for shootings. However, after film ‘Ganga Jamuna’ (1961) was shot there, Bombay Talkies was finally closed down. Today, there is an Industrial Estate on that site with 860 units working there ! End of a company !!

baad‘ means a storm and ‘baan‘ means safeguarding or protection. The film aroused lot of interest in people those days. Teenagers like us were excited to see two superstars, Dev Anand and Ashok kumar in one film, which was a rarity in those days. (These days to see a solo hero film is a rarity).

‘Baadbaan’, produced by the Bombay Talkies Workers’ Industrial Cooperative Society Limited, was premiered on Friday, June 18, 1954, to packed houses at the Roxy and various other theatres in Bombay.

The all-star cast of eleven top-rate players comprises Dev Anand, Meena Kumari, Usha Kiron, Ashok Kumar, Bipin Gupta, Gope, Krishnakant, Jairaj, Leela Chitnis, Sheikh Mukhtar and Shivraj.The credit for handling this brilliant array or talent goes to director Phani Mazumdar who also wrote the story and to Nabendu Ghosh whose compact screenplay and terse, but telling, dialogue exploit both the stars and their well-written parts as well as the richly-interesting story.

A beautiful, very melodious music score composed by Timir Baran and SK Pal, lovely lyrics written by Indivar and Udhav Kumar and superbly choreographed dances designed by the brilliant exponent Shanti Bhardan and Parvati Kumar provide sparkling highlights in this engrossing film. A brief summary of the story line is,

The picture depicts a story rich in incident and emotional conflict and centres on an orphaned child whose parents, fisher folk, are killed in a storm and who is adopted by a rich, kind and broad-minded philanthropist. The real drama sets in when the boy returns from England and falls in love with a lovely young socialite who reciprocates his love. On hearing of his true parentage, however, her father forbids the marriage but relents at seeing his daughter’s unhappiness.The hero’s overwhelming passion for a beautiful fisher girl from the village of his birth to which he returns, bent on improving his people’s lot, and his love for his charming wife make for strong emotional power climaxed tragically by the latter’s death and given subtle meaning by his return to his own people and a girl of his own kind. The best performance comes from Usha Kiron who dominates the picture with her gloriously rich portrayal as the fisher girl Mo­hnia. She literally lights up the screen with her brilliant, sympathetic acting.

Dev Anand, as the hero, puts over a good role despite the fact that he tends to fall short in some of his scenes and is a trifle gauche throughout the film. Meena Kumari, as his ill-starred wife, turns in a quiet, polished role in a quite difficult part. Another subtle but telling performance comes from Ashok Kumar who plays her silent lover and the hero’s friend with the consummate ease of a veteran artist. Bipin Gupta and Krishnakant, as the hero’s foster-father and the heroine’s father, act impeccably as usual. Jairaj, as Dev Anand’s father, does well in a small part and Leela Chitnis as his mother acts well and looks lovely. The comedy is provided mainly by Gope who handles his comic and dramatic scenes very well. (Review adapted from Cineplot, with thanks.)

The film had 7 wonderful songs.One of them, “Kaise Koi Jiye” a multi version song by Geeta Dutt and Hemant Kumar is already discussed. This song continues to be an all time favourite and evergreen song from this film. Today we will listen the third song, equally melodious, by Manna Dey and chorus. It is difficult to know who is the composer because HFGK has not mentioned individual credits for the songs. May be one can know it from the actual 78 RPM record label.


Song-Jaati hai jaati hai jaati hai aaj naiyya mori (Baadbaan)(1954) Singers-Manna Dey, Lyrics-Uddhav Kumar, MDs- Timir Baran and S K Pal
Chorus

Lyrics

jaati hai jaati hai jaati hai aaj
naiya mori
hey
jaati hai jaati hai jaati hai aaj
naiya mori

neela hai aakaash
dharti hari
dharti hari
dharti hari
neela hai aakaash
dharti hari
dharti hari
dharti hari

aaja tu naiya mein
jal ki pari
jal ki pari
jal ki pari
aaja tu naiya mein
jal ki pari
jal ki pari
jal ki pari

kaahe lajaaye
aankhon ko bhaaye ae ae ae
kaahe lajaaye
aankhon ko bhaaye
kyun le kataar naiya jaati hai aaj
naiya mori
hoye jaati hai jaati hai jaati hai aaj naiya mori
hoye jaati hai jaati hai jaati hai aaj naiya mori

hey hey maanjhi hey hey
hey hey maanji hey
zor se kheencho re
himmat na haaro re
hey hey maanjhi hey
maanjhi hai maan
ho jaal sambhalo re

hey hey maanjhi hey
badi hai machhali ho mil ke utaaro re
hey hey maanjhi hey
sabko pukaaro re
jaal sambhaalo re
hey hey maajhi hey
hey hey maanjhi hey

??ota sa ?? thha
??ota sa maal hoy
balhar maar??
balhar maar??
hoy
??ota sa ?? thha
??ota sa maal hoy
balhar maar??
balhar maar??

mehnat se kar lenge
duniya ko haath mein
kal ka zamaana hoga
apne hi saath mein
mehnat se kar lenge
duniya ko haath mein
kal ka zamaana hoga
apne hi saath mein

darr hai kisika nahin
rokega kau..au..aun
rokega kaun
hoye rokega kaun
rokega kaun
ho ho ho ho hey
??ota sa ?? thha
??ota sa maal hoy
balhar maar??
balhar maar??
??ota sa ?? thha
??ota sa maal hoy
balhar maar??
balhar maar??
hoy
??ota sa ?? thha
??ota sa maal hoy
balhar maar??
balhar maar??
??ota sa ?? thha
??ota sa maal hoy
balhar maar??
balhar maar??
ho o o o

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“Jai Singh”(1959) was directed by D Yoganand for R R Productions, Madras. It was the dubbed version of Telugu hit movie “Jaysimha”(1955). The movie had N T Ramarao, Waheeda Rehman, Anjali Devi, S V Rangarao, Relangi, Ghummadi, Kantha Ro, K V S Sharma, Rajnala, Rushyendra Mani etc in it.
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“Sapan Suhaane”(1961) was directed by Kedar Kapoor for K R Films, Bombay. This “social” movie had Balraj Sahni, Geeta Bali, Bhagwan, Kamini Kadam, Chandrashekhar, K N singh, Leela Mishra, Parveen Paul, Samson, Ram Mohan, Helen etc in it.
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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.

Today’s song is from a film called ‘Shiv Kanya’ (1954). The title may surprise some readers. Did Bhagwan Shiv ji have a daughter? Some people may brush it off thinking that it is yet another fruit of the fertile imagination of the “story department” of the production house. Can’t blame them either, because film makers are known experts in creating close relatives of popular film characters. Some examples are ‘Son of Aladdin’ (1939), ‘Daughter of Hatimtai’ (1940 and 1955) or even ‘Son of Zimbo’ (1966). Poor Alladin or Hatimtai would not be even knowing that they had a son or a daughter !

However, as far as mythological film subjects are concerned, there is absolutely no need to imagine or cook up stories, because the old scriptures like Puraanas provide varied situations for making films. That is how there is a film called ‘Krishna Arjun Yuddh’ in 1934, 1945 and 1971, based on a story from Bhagwat Mahapuraan. We also have ‘Ram Hanuman Yuddh’ in 1957 and 1975, based on Valmiki Ramayan. There was even a strange sounding film called ‘Shankar, Seeta, Anusuya” in 1965, made on a story from Garud Puraan and then there was a film called ‘Vish Waman ‘ (1936) based on Waman Puran.

When I first came across this film ‘Shiv Kanya’ in the mid 50s, I was perplexed, because I was not aware of Shiv Ji having a daughter too ! I knew about Kartikeya and Ganesh. Then I looked into a book ‘Stories from Puraanas’ and I learnt about it. Stories in Puraanas have sometimes slightly different versions in different Puraans. For example, Ram Hanuman Yuddh is mentioned in Valmiki Ramayan and you will find a modified version in Vishnu Puraan also. This is because Puraanas are based on Shrutis and there are additions by many scholars over the centuries.
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Nargis was “Miss India”(1957) in January 1957 and nine month later she was “Mother India” (1957) in october 1957. 🙂 I wondered what happened to Mrs India that should have logically followed in between. 🙂
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“Gauri Pooja”(1956) was produced by Chandrakant Desai and directed by Vinod Desai for Desai and Company, Bombay. The movie had Nirup Roy, Abhi Bhattacharya, Kumkum, Yashdhara Katju, Sundar, Shrawan Kumar, Kanta Kumari, Sarita, Umakant, Pravin Paul, Mumtaz, Hira Sawant, Neerja, Uma Dutt, Ram Shashtri, etc with guest appearances by Sulochana, Sapru, Bipin Gupta and Lalita Pawar.
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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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.

I did not have much idea about the film ‘Mehmaan’ (1953) except its star cast. But I have been mesmerised by its 8 melodious songs, two of which have so far been covered in the Blog. The film was directed by Ramanand Sagar, his first film as a director. The star cast included Premnath, Nimmi, Sajjan, Purnima, Radhakishan, Bikram Kapoor, Harish, Mumtaz Begum etc. With Nimmi in the lead role, one would expect a lot of melodrama, sufferings, unexpected twists in the love story etc.
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“Chhoti Chhoti Baaten” (1965) was directed by Motilal for Rajvanshi Productions, Bombay. The movie had Motilal, Nadira, Moti Sagar, Manju, Kumar, Krishan Dhawan, Leela Misra, Sangeeta, Mridula, Mubarak etc in it.
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It is believed that one needs to train hard and later work hard to become anything in life. But in India, people try to avoid hard work and want to succeed overnight. People trying to use “approach” to please higher ups-be they top officials or gods, instead of working to qualify for the job, is common.
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“Mera Geet”(1946), a social movie, was a production of Jayshakti Pictures, Bombay. Names of its producer and director are not known. This movie had Naseem Junior, Susheel Kumar, Leela Pawar, Vikram Kapoor, Mehndi Raja, Bholaram, Kashinath, Chiman Seth, Baby Tara, Shalini, Nalini, Heera Date, Chandrika, Om Prakash Sharma, Mukri, Aathwale etc in it.
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