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

Blog Day :

5046 Post No. : 16958

Today’s song is from the ‘1952’ movie ‘Saloni’.

If you are a music lover and have been collecting cassettes earlier, you will remember that when HMV brought out the compilations of songs ‘decade wise’ it mentioned this decade of 1956-1966 as the ‘Melodious Years’ of Hindi Cinema. (If I remember correctly, the earlier decades were titled as ‘The Sentimental Era (1936-1946?)” and ‘The Fabulous Years (1946-1956)”.

‘Saloni”(1952) had eight songs. Seven of them were composed by Basant Prakash and one by Vinod.

I do not remember to have listened to the songs of this movie earlier. However, I went through this movie’s details, and its songs because of our regular reader Shri Deepak Patwardhan ji, who sent me ‘farmaaish’ of the song under discussion.

‘Saloni-1952’ was directed by J.P. Advani for ‘Goodluck Pictures, Bombay’. It was produced by Ram H. Khilnani.

This movie had Ashok Kumar, Nalini Jaywant, Poornima, Gulab, Mohna, Shakeela, Rajani, Heera Sawant, Mona, Bela, Achala Sachdev, Shivraj, Radhakishan, Randhir and others.

This movie was passed by Censor Board on 14.04.1952.

(The addenda in HFGK Vol-III (1951-1960) mentions that this movie was earlier titled as ‘Chanchal’).

As mentioned above this movie had eights songs composed by two music directors. Four lyricists penned the lyrics of the songs. The breakup of their workload is given below

Raja Mehndi Ali Khan three songs
Arjun Dev Ashq three songs
Aziz Kashmiri one song
Hasrat Jaipuri one song

Here are the details of the songs of this movie :-

SNo Song Title Lyricist Singer Posted On
01 Ek dil sharmaata hai, ek dil ghabraata hai Raja Mehndi Ali Khan Kishore Kumar, Rajkumari _
02 Meri veena ke sur saat Arjun Dev ‘Ashq’ Lata Mangeshkar 13.01.2018
03 Mere dil pe guzarti hai jo tum bin… zindagaani ke sahaare laut aa Raja Mehndi Ali Khan Lata Mangeshkar Being presented today
04 Mujhe dard toone ye kya diya Arjun Dev ‘Ashq’ Lata Mangeshkar 17.01.2016
05 Muhabbat ne badal di haalatein kuchh is tarah dil ki Arjun Dev ‘Ashq’ Rajkumari 21.05.2017
06 Dil de diya hai seene se nikaal ke ise rakhnaa zaraa Aziz Kashmiri Shamshad Begum, Trilok Kapoor 11.02.2014
07 Roti huyi aankhon mein hain tasveer kisi ki Raja Mehndi Ali Khan Asha Bhonsle _
08 Ye aayi sadaa dil tadap kar jab tootaa Hasrat Jaipuri Lata Mangeshkar _

We can see that four songs from this movie have been posted on the blog.

Today’s song is a melancholic song sung by Lata Mangeshkar. Lyrics are by Raja Mehndi Ali Khan and music is composed by Basant Prakash.

Let us listen to the song now …


Song- Zindagaani ke sahaare laut aa (Saloni)(1952) Singer-Lata Mangeshkar, Lyrics – Raja Mehndi Ali Khan, Music – Basant Prakash

Lyrics

o o o o
o o o o
o o o o
zindagaani ke sahaare laut aa aa
zindagaani ke sahaare laut aa
mera har aansoo pukaare
laut aa
laut aa
zindagaani ke sahaare laut aa aa
zindagaani ke sahaare laut aa

dhoondhti hai mujhko o
baaghon mein
bahaar aayi huyi ee
mere dil pe tere ae ae
gham ki hai ghataa
chhaayi ee huyi ee ee ee ee ee
dekh phoolon ke nazaare laut aa aa
dekh phoolon ke nazaare laut aa
mera har aansoo pukaare
laut aa
laut aa
zindagaani ke sahaare laut aa aa
zindagaani ke sahaare laut aa

kya khabar thhi ee ee ee ee ee
tere bin
ik pal naa kal paayenge ham .an .an .an
tum agar waapas na aaye
haaye ae
mar jaayenge ham
meri qismat ke sitaare laut aa aa
meri qismat ke sitaare laut aa
mera har aansoo pukaare
laut aa
laut aa
zindagaani ke sahaare laut aa
zindagaani ke sahaare laut aa


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

Blog Day :

5036 Post No. : 16947

Today’s song is from the ‘1949’ movie ‘Saawan Bhaadon’.

I think I had never gone through the songs of this movie earlier. Our regular reader on the blog Shri Deepak Patwardhan ji has send me ‘farmaaish’ of this song (he had even offered to note down the lyrics of this song too, however I told him that I will take care of that  ). And this is the reason that I got a chance to present a song from this movie on the blog today.

That also gives us an opportunity to have ‘a look on the list of songs this movie has.

But before that here is a brief about this movie.

“Saawan Bhaadon-1949” was directed by Ravindra Dave for ‘Prakash Pictures, Bombay.

It had Munawwar Sultana, Ramsingh, Randhir, Indu, Om Prakash, Jankidas, Raj Adeeb, Nirmal Kumar, Anwaribai, Baby Shyama, Gulnar, Tribhuwan Sinha and others.

As per HFGK Vol-II (1941-1950), ‘Saawan Bhaadon’ had ten songs written by Mulkraj Bhakri which were composed to music by Husnlal-Bhagatram.

Here is the list of songs from this movie along with their status on the blog (wherever the songs have been posted earlier).

SNo Song Title Singer/s Posted On
01 Kalejaa thhaam lo ab … Lata, Zohra, chorus 08.06.2011
02 Ye raahen muhabbat … Lata, Batish
03 Sadaa rahen din yahi hamaare Lata, Mohd Rafi 25.11.2011
04 Pad ke kafas mein … Lata, Batish
05 Sau sau gham ne ghera, ik dil mera Lata Mangeshkar
06 Do dil jiske paas sipahiyya Geeta Dutt (Roy)
07 Teri ankhiyaan saajan chor chor Lata Mangeshkar 05.07.2011
08 Teri is do rangi duniya mein Lata Mangeshkar 09.06.2011
09 Taare gin gin ke kat’ti hai raat meri Geeta Dutt (Roy) 29.06.2011
10 Tum bin raja nahin maika chain ho Lata Mangeshkar 30.09.2021

We can see from the above table that so far six songs from this movie have been posted on the blog.

Today’s song is a nice song sung by Lata Mangeshkar and only the audio of this song is available. Lyrics are by Mulkraj Bhakri and music is composed by Husnlal-Bhagatram.

Let us now listen to today’s song which grows upon the listener if it is listened to twice or thrice.
Lyrics for this song had also been sent by Prakashchandra earlier (for BTYC posts).


Song-Sau sau gham ne ghera (Saawan Bhaadon)(1949) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Mulkraj Bhakri, MD-Husnlal Bhagatram

Lyrics(Provided by Prakashchandra)

sau sau gham ne gheraa aa
ik dil meraa aa
ik dil meraa
sau sau gham ne gheraa aa
ik dil meraa aa
ik dil meraa

mamta ki maari
main dukhiyaari
mamta ki maari
main dukhiyaari
laal tohe main dhoondh ke haari
milaa pataa na mujhko tera
ik dil meraa aa
ik dil meraa
sau sau gham ne gheraa aa
ik dil meraa aa
ik dil meraa

gham ki kaali
badariyaa chhaayi
gham ki kaali
badariyaa chhaayi ee
kit jaaun jag ki thukraayi
chhaaya chaaron oar andheraa
ik dil meraa aa
ik dil meraa
sau sau gham ne gheraa aa
ik dil meraa aa
ik dil meraa

wahi chaman hai
wahi phulwaari
badlaa nahin zamaana aa
magar kahin wo daal nahin hai
jispe thha aashiyaanaa
mera lut gayaa rain-baseraa
ik dil meraa aa
ik dil meraa
sau sau gham ne gheraa aa
ik dil meraa aa
ik dil meraa


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Blog Day : 5010 Post No. : 16912 Movie Count : 4592

Today’s song is from a totally unknown and obscure film Shah E Misr-1946. The only reason this film will ever be remembered by the Historians is because film actor Ajit made his debut as a hero in this film, albeit with his real name Hamid. So, except the Historians and Ajit, you and I are the only people in this world who know the significance of this film !

The word “Shah” generally means a King. Historically, the Persian Monarchs were known as Shah-in-Shah, the colloquial may be Shahenshah, perhaps. In India, however, a Shah means a rich Sethiya- the name being common amongst the higher, richer Gujarati businessmen. There are several stories in world literature how Lady Luck made a commoner a King and thus there are many folk tales in Arabic and Persian languages about how common people became kings due to their valour and good luck.

No story of this film is available and I have also not seen this film. Therefore we can, at best, presume that this film depicted some such story in it. The film was directed by G.R.Sethi. He is one of those artistes about whom no information is available in any book that I have or on the Internet or any Bloge which I visit. So, all that we know about G.R.Sethi is only through the details available in HFGK. But whatever is available, is more than enough to make him an Unique person in Indian Film History !

G R Sethi started his directorial debut with the film Roshan Ara-1932. Then in 1933, Bharat Movietone , a film company, did something which has never been attempted again by anybody, later in the history of Hindi film making ! They made a film in one year in 4 different parts, which was directed by G.R.Sethi. The film was “Hatim Tai”, part I, part II part III and part IV , all launched,completed and released in 1933. All 4 films were independently full length films, with the same titles. They had different Censor Certificates. Though Marutirao Pehelwan was the Hero in all 4 parts, he had different Heroines in every part. This Marutirao is the same actor who did the main role in the First Gujarati Talkie film “Narsi Mehta “-1932, made by Sagar Movietone. Marutirao was the father of International Dancer Gopi Krishna, whose mother was actress Tara-sister of dancer Sitara Devi.

The second achievement of G.R.Sethi was that he directed the film “Hatimtai-1933 Part I “, in which India’s First song with ANOKHE BOL featured. The song was ” Donga Donga Dum Dum Daaka, Adam Boka, Masnam Maaka “. It was a Chorus song. The music was by Madhulal Master.

G.R.Sethi directed 23 films in his career. His last film was, by a strange coincidence, “Hatimtai-1947 ! Sethi wrote 84 songs in 9 films also – Roshan ASra-32, Nav Chetan-32, Hatimtai-1933..all 4 parts, Veer poojan-34, Sharif Daaku-38 and Imandar-39. The cast of the film was Hamid, Geeta Bose, Meghmala, Janaki, Syed etc.etc. The 9 songs of the film were written by Roopbani. The Music Director was Shanti Kumar Desai.

The Music Director of this film was Shanti Kumar Desai, a very talented but unlucky composer who rarely got support from any famous banner. His music was enchanting and tunes were superb, but Lady Luck did not favour him.

He was born in Amreli, Saurashtra, Gujarat state on 3-3-1908. His family was in service as Royal Musicians, so he was exposed to music from childhood.He was an expert Harmonium player. To start his career, he came to Bombay and worked in H.M.V. as a Broadcaster. Here he came into contact with many composers and learnt how they operated and made tunes etc.

He was already giving music to Dramas, but wanted to join the Film line as M.D. He got his first film Navbharat ( Jawanmard)-1934. In those days Gujarati producers and directors used to prefer Gujarati MDs. Thus out of his 36 films, 18 were done with Gujarati Directors like Sohrab modi, Nanubhai Vakil, V.M.Vyas(4 films), Kanjibhai Rathod, Dhirubhai Desai etc. He also gave music to Gujarati films.

He gave music along with Madholal Master,Rafiq Ghaznavi, Pannalal Ghosh, Shyambabu Pathak etc. Famous singers like Rafi, Manna Dey, Zohrabai, Amirbai etc sang in his films during their early careers. Even Kishore Kumar’s early film Sati Vijay-48 had music by Shanti Kumar Desai. He gave music to films of early era actors like Prem Adib, Mehtab, Sitara Devi, Leela Chitnis, Jal Merchant, Ashraf Khan, Rajkumari, Mazhar khan, Shanta Hublikar, Jairaj, E Billimoria, Kumar, Sardar Akhtar, Chandramohan, Shobhana Samarth, Durga Khote, Shahu Modak and Sulochana.

From 1934 to 1948, he gave music to 38 films. In 1964 his one film (Tere dwar khada Bhagwan) was released. He composed 333 songs. He never got films from top banners like Bombay Talkies,Prabhat, Sagar or Minerva, otherwise his career would have been different.

He died on 6-1-1986. Some of his better known films were Bholi bhikaran-36, Punarjanma-38, Anjaam-40, Suhaagan-42, Naukar-43, Ek din ka sultan-45, Shah E Misr-46 and Lav Kush-51

Only the other day I was re reading the book, ” ये उन दिनोंकी बात है ” (in English), written by Yasir Abbasi- a journalist and a Film Historian, who has written some books on films.When I bought this book and read it, I was pleasantly surprised that he had mentioned my name along with Hamraz ji and Harish ji, in ” acknowledgements”, thanking us for the help rendered to him. I was overwhelmed to see this, because such honesty and humbleness is rare these days. Not that I had done something great, but his acknowledgement was very soothing indeed !

This book is a collection of translated (from Urdu to English) articles written by several film artistes like Dilip kumar, Ajit, Nadira, Shyama, Talat mahmood, Johnny Walker, Veena etc. There are 15 such articles, 5 perspectives written by film actors and pen Portraits of 10 film personalities like Kardar, Satyajit Ray, K.Asif etc etc. All in all, it is a very engrossing book. I read what actor Ajit had written, before I wrote this post. He has shared his experiences with other artistes like W.Z. Ahmed, actor Shyam. he has described what happened after Shyam’s accident during Shabistan, madhubala, K.Asif, balraj Sahni, some anecdotes while shooting for Mughal E Azam, Prithviraj kapoor, Motilal and some more. The book has become so interesting because they have shared their experiences in the industry.

There are so many stories and anecdotes that I can easily make 3-4 posts on it. Maybe sometime in the future, when I write on a film of one of these artistes. Today’s song is sung by Amirbai Karnataki. With this song film Shah E Misr-1946 makes its Debut here.


Song-Dil mein mere khushi nahin(Shah e Misr)(1946) Singer-Amirbai Karnataki, Lyrics-Roopbani, MD-Shanti Kumar Desai

Lyrics

Dil mein mere khushi nahin
Dil mein mere khushi nahin
lab pe mere hansi nahin
lab pe mere hansi nahin
kehte hain jisko zindagi
kehte hain jisko zindagi
haaye wo zindagi nahin
haaye wo zindagi nahin
Dil mein mere khushi nahin

jinka main haal kya kahoon
jinka main haal kya kahoon
wo to guzar hi jaata hai
wo to guzar hi jaata hai
roye bina ke raat kar (?)
roye bina ke raat kar (?)
apni kabhi kati nahin
apni kabhi kati nahin
Dil mein mere khushi nahin

kisko sunaaun jaa ke main
kisko sunaaun jaa ke main
dard o alam ki daastaan
dard o alam ki daastaan
mera to is jahaan mein
mera to is jahaan mein
gham ke siwa koi nahin
gham ke siwa koi nahin
Dil mein mere khushi nahin

ris ris ke zakhm e dil mere
ris ris ke zakhm e dil mere
aasmaan pe chhaa gaye
aasmaan pe chhaa gaye
ye to jigar ke paar hai
ye to jigar ke paar hai
taaron se roshni nahin
taaron se roshni nahin
Dil mein mere khushi nahin
lab pe mere ae ae
hansi nahin


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Blog Day :

4980 Post No. : 16861

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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2012-2022) – Song No. 25
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This date ten years ago, viz 7 march 2012 saw six songs from six different movies getting covered. The sixth and final song of the day was 5600th song of the day. In other words, the movie completed its 56th century in the blog on this day ten years ago.

Here are the details of the songs that were covered on March 2012:-

5595 Kuchh yaad rahe to sun kar jaa Jawaab (1942) Movie YIPPEED by now
5596 Muhabbat hamaari zamaana hamaara Dulaari(1949) Movie YIPPEED by now
5597 Dil ke sahaare jaan se pyaare Taangawaali(1955) 7 songs out of 9 covered so far
5598 Badi mushqil hai ajab mera dil hai Chingaari(1955) 6 songs out of 8 covered so far
5599 Geet tere saaz ka Inteqam(1969) Movie YIPPEED by now
5600 Main hoon albeli Mujrim Kaun(1966) One song out of 8 covered so far

Three out of six movies whose songs were discussed on that day have since been YIPPEED in the blog. That leaves us with three movies that are still unYIPPEED and therefore eligible for Blog Ten Year Challenge today.

“Chingaari”(1955) is one such movie.

“Chingaari”(1955) was directed by S Srivastava for co-operative pictures production, Bombay. The movie had Shekhar, Nalini Jaywant, Leela Misra, Sunalini Devi, Pran etc in it.

This forgotten movie had eight rare songs in it. Six songs have been covered in the past.

As part of Blog Ten Year Challenge, here is the seventh and penultimate song from “Chingaari”(1955). The song is sung by Nalini Jaiwant. Anjum is the lyricist. Music is composed by Manohar Arora.

Lyrics of the song were sent to me by Prakashchandra.

audio link:

Song-Manzil pe pahunchna ab dushwaar hamaara hai (Chingaari)(1955) Singer-Nalini Jaiwant, Lyrics-Anjum, MD-Manohar Arora

Lyrics(Provided by Prakashchandra)

manzil pe pahunchna ab dushwaar hamaaraa hai
toofaan mein kasti hai aey ae ae ae
toofaan mein kashti hai
aur door kinaaraa hai
manzil pe pahunchnaa

dukh dard ke maaron ko o o o o
dukh dard ke maaron ko
ab kaun sahaaraa hai
le de ke fakkat teraa
ek maut sahaaraa hai
manzil pe pahunchnaa

qismat hamein le aayee..ee..ee…ee ee
ye kaun si duniyaa mein
ye kaun si duniyaa mein
qismat hamein le aayee ee ee ee..ee
ye kaun si duniyaa mein
ye kaun si duniyaa mein
suraj bhi nigaahon mein
dhundhlaa saa sitaaraa hai
manzil pe pahunchnaa

kaante ki tareha ab to o o o o oo oo oo oo o o
har saans khatakti hai ae ae
har saans khatakti hai
kaante ki tarey ae ab to..oo..oo
har saans khatkti hai
har saans khatkti hai
nazdeek bahot shaayad
ab waqt hamaaraa hai
manzil pe pahunchnaa ab
dushwaar hamaaraa hai
toofaanon mein kashti hai
aur door
kinaaraa hai aey ae ae


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Blog Day :

4971 Post No. : 16843

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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2012-2022) – Song No. 23
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This date ten years ago (26 February 2012) saw six songs from six different movies getting covered in the blog.

Here are the details:-

Blog post number Song Movie (Year) Reamrks
5531 Ban ban ke mit gayin hain taqdeer ki lakeeren Gauna (1950) 4 songs covered out of 7 so far
5532 Main jaanti hoon tum na aaoge kabhi piyaa Leela(1947) Movie YIPPEED by now
5533 Sun le tu dil ki sadaa Tere Ghar Ke Saamne(1963) Movie YIPPEED by now
5534 Dil sambhaale sambhalta nahin aaj to Raaz(1967) Movie YIPPEED by now
5535 Aao na galey lagaa lo naa o jaane jaan Mere Jeewan Saathi(1972) Movie YIPPEED by now
5536 Hazaar baaten kahe zamaana Ghatna(1974) Movie YIPPEED by now

One can notice that five movies out of six whose songs were discussed ten years ago have since been YIPPEED in the blog.

In other words, only one movie is eligible for Blog ten years Challenge today on 25 February 2022.

That movie is “Gauna”(1950).

“Gauna”(1950) was directed by Amiya Chakraborty for Jagat Pictures, Bombay. The movie had Usha Kiran, Anoop Kumar, Purnima, S.Nazir, Kesari, Wasti,Chaubey, Indumati etc in it.

The movie had seven songs in it. Four songs have been covered so far.

Here is the fifth song from “Gauna”(1950) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Geeta Roy (later Dutt). Qamar Jalalabadi is the lyricist. Music is composed by Husnlal Bhagatram.

Only the audio of the song is available. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of the song.

Lyrics of the song were sent to me by Prakashchandra.

audio link:

Song-Ye teri kahaani hai (Gauna)(1950) Singer-Geeta Dutt, Lyrics-Qamar Jalalabadi, MD-Husnlal Bhagatram

Lyrics(Provided by Prakashchandra)

ye teri kahaani hai
ye teri kahaani hai
aur meri zabaani hai aey
aur meri zabaani hai
hans hans ke banaayee hai
hans hans ke banaayee hai
ro ro ke sunaanee hai aey
ro ro ke sunaanee hai
ye teri kahaani hai

par waqt bahot kam hai
bas itnee kahaani hai ae
bas itnee kahaani hai
majboor muhobbat hai
majboor muhobbat hai
barbaad jawaani hai
barbaad jawaani hai
ye teri kahaani hai

kyun ashq pe hanstaa hai ae ae
ye teraa hi tohfaa hai ae
ye teraa hi tohfaa hai
kyon zakhm se jaltaa hai
kyon zakhm se jaltaa hai
teree hi nishaani hai ae ae
teree hi nishaani hai
ye teri kahaani hai

hum keh bhee naheen saktey
chup reh bhee naheen saktey ae
chup reh bhee naheen saktey
ye kaisaa fasaanaa hai
ye kaisaa fasaanaa hai
ye kaisi kahaani hai ae
ye kaisi kahaani hai
ye teri kahaani hai ae


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

Blog Day :

4964 Post No. : 16835

Today’s song is from a C grade Stunt film – ” Bach ke rehna-1949″.

Whenever I select a stunt film song to discuss and start writing the post, I become very nostalgic and emotional. This happens because a lot of memories of my early life are connected with these types of films. It is difficult for any person to accept that a Stunt film can make someone emotional, I understand. But this is the reality.

I grew up in a time when seeing such low grade films was a matter of disgrace for the middle class people. Stunt and action films in Hindi and Hollywood films made by Republic serial based on Jungle adventures, Space travels and Supernatural Heroes, supposedly were for lower classes, the uneducated and the daily wage earners. There used to be some equally C grade cinema halls in areas where such population was maximum, which regularly showed these films. Compared to posh theatres in better localities, these cinema halls had affordable ticket rates and on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, there used to be ” Morning Shows” at 10 or 11 am, during which such films as well as old Hindi and English films were shown in their second, third or even fourth runs, at reduced rates.

An interesting thing about the audience of such films was their active involvement with the happenings on the screen. When the fights used to be shown, there were shouts of encouragement for the Hero and also protests and discouraging shouts against the villains. In case the scene showed that the villain was taking the uppe hand, the audience used to provide advice to Hero loudly and the others would laugh at that ! The entire theatre thus responded without fail. I wont say if I too did like that, occasionally !

In the late 40’s and early 5o’s, I have seen many films of the 30’s and the 40’s decades in such morning shows only. However, seeing these films was not an easy task. As far as money was concerned, that was no problem, but on Fridays and Saturdays, school was there. Saturdays were half day school,alright. At times, I used to skip Friday or Saturday school and receive punishments the next day. The joy of adventure and seeing the film was easily compensating enough for the troubles taken.

My father was too busy in his vocation as a successful advocate, but my mother used to be worried about my studies due to my love for films. However I used to make her happy by being in the first 3 ranks in school and also passed with merit in my 12th examination. Therefore there were no complaints ( except occasional remarks by school teachers) about my studies.

When I remember all this, I feel that the generations born in later decades – who grew up in the 60’s onwards, have really missed all the fun of the stunt and action films. B the 70’s, all such films had stopped completely. Those cinema halls showing these films were re-developed into modern theatres and the audience too changed from action lovers to music and comedy lovers. Our action Heroes were seen in the roles of grandfathers and negligible roles in the films now. Most actors disappeared and the era of anxiety, adventure and daredevil stunts got replaced by SFX For people like us, the charm ended because we know today’s action scenes are machine-managed heroics and none done by actors themselves ! Sigh !!!

Today’s film Bach ke rehna-49 was one such C grade stunt film directed by Master Bhagwan. His close friend C.Ramchandra used to give music to most of his films, but under different names like Annasaheb or Ram Chitalkar or even P.Ramakant ( his assistant by name Ramakant Paingankar). This he did to preserve his identity as C.Ramchandra upper grade social, comedy and musical films. The cast of Bhagwan’s film was predictable.

Master Bhagwan was a very hard working person. In the real sense, he brought in the wave of stunt films in the late 40s. After the films of Master Vithal and Fearless Nadia waned in their popularity by 1944-45, it was Master Bhagwan, who established his own Production house-Jagriti Films and produced several stunt films. He had a set of actors and actresses, which included Baburao pehelwan, Vasantrao pehelwan, Azeem Bhai, Shanta Patel, Chanchal, Leela Gupte, Usha Shukla and Vitha Lokare. In this film the cast was Baburao, Bhagwan, Vasantrao, Azeem bhai, Leela Gupte, Razia ( sister of actress Suraiya Zulfi) and others.

The storyline for most of his films was also fixed. Two young vagabonds-Baburao pehelwan and Bhagwan, come to Bombay in search of employment. One Sethji (Azeembhai ) appoints them to protect him from the local criminal (Vasantrao pehelwan). Sethji has a good looking daughter ( one of the stock Heroines), who has a maid (another girl from the stock). Baburao loves Seth ji’s daughter and Bhagwan loves the maid. After a lot of stunts and fighting scenes, the end would be happy. The same story with changed names and other minor changes was used in almost all his films like Badla, Bahadur, Jalan, Madadgaar, Dosti, Shake hand, Matlabi,Bach ke rehna,Bhole bhale, Jeete Raho or such other films. The audience did not mind . They were happy with the stunts. (Did Nasir Hussain get inspiration from Bhagwan in this matter ?). In almost all his films the songs and dialogues were by Ehsan Rizvi.

Luck is a funny thing. In this world it is difficult to say who will be lucky and when and on whom Lady Luck will smile. Lyricist Ehsan Rizvi’s case falls under this uncertainty. Born on 26-1-1914 in U.P., Rizvi came to Bombay at the age of 24. He was a good poet and writer. He wanted to try his luck in the films. How he got a break in films is an interesting thing.

Master Bhagwan entered the film world with the silent film ‘ Bewafa Aashiq’-30. His first talkie film was ‘Himmat-e-Marda’-34. Initially,like all other Heroes, even Bhagwan used to sing his own songs. Once he had gone to Columbia company for rehearsal and recording a song. While entering, he saw a young man sitting under a tree and writing something. After rehearsal, he saw that fellow again and even after recording the man was still writing something. Bhagwan went to him and asked with curiosity what he was writing. The man answered, I am writing songs and stories. He came to know that his name was Ehsaan Rizvi and that he too lives in Dadar like Bhagwan. He took Rizvi’s address and left.

In 1938, Bhagwan got his first film as a Director- Bahadur kisaan-38. He called Ehsan Rizvi and gave him a scene and asked him to write dialogues. He came back with the dialogues. After reading Bhagwan was astonished. The scene started with one villager saying ” Ram Ram Bhaiya ji. Kaise ho ?” He asked Ehsan, ‘ being a Muslim, how have you written this?” He replied,” we start any work with God’s name. As your story is Hindu based, I wrote Ram Ram. If it was Muslim film, I would have written Allah”. Bhagwan was impressed and he gave him not only this film but Ehsan became a member of his group. He wrote songs, story and dialogues of at least 25 films of Bhagwan.

After the fall of Bhagwan’s fortunes. Bhagwan himself advised him to work in other banners as he was no longer in a position to make films now. Rizvi wrote lyrics for 60 films, but most of them were B or C grade films. He however wrote dialogues and screenplay for some well known films like Do Ustad-59, Mughal-e-Azam-60, Woh kaun thi-64, Aan milo sajna-71, Gopichand jasoos-82 etc etc. He had shared the Film Fare award for dialogues of Mughal e Azam-60, with 3 other writers. He died on 16-1-1983.

Today’s song is sung by Sulochana Chavan. Its tune reminds me of Rafi’s song ” wo apni yaad bhulane ko” from the film Jugnu-1947. otherwise it is a good song.


Song- Wo apna bana kar chhod gaye (Bach Ke Rehna)(1949) Singer- Sulochana Kadam, Lyricist- Ehsan Rizvi, MD- Anna Saheb (C Ramchandra)

Lyrics

wo apna bana kar chhod gaye
saawan ki andheri raaton mein
dil pyaar ke haathon doob gaya
aansoo ki bhari barsaaton mein

hum aahen na bharne paaye thhe
fariyaad na karne paaye thhe
tapke na thhe aansoo aankhon se
shiqwa na zabaan par laaye thhe
dekha jo zara sa hans ke hamen
dekha jo zara sa hans ke hamen
phir aa gaye unki baaton mein
wo apna bana kar chhod gaye
saawan ki andheri raaton mein
dil pyaar ke haathon doob gaya
aansoo ki bhari barsaaton mein

wo apna bana kar chhod gaye
saawan ki andheri raaton mein
dil pyaar ke haathon doob gaya
aansoo ki bhari barsaaton mein

chaahat ne hamen badnaam kiyaa
majboor kiya barbaad kiya
chaahat ne hamen badnaam kiyaa
majboor kiya barbaad kiya
ik hook si uthhi seene se
jab dil ne kisi ko yaad kiyaa
aankhon se aansoo behne lage
aankhon se aansoo behne lage
yaa taare toote raaton mein
wo apna bana kar chhod gaye
saawan ki andheri raaton mein
dil pyaar ke haathon doob gaya
aansoo ki bhari barsaaton mein


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

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Today’s song is from the film Nirdosh-1950.

There were 4 films with the same title – Nirdosh-1941, Nirdosh-1950, Nirdosh-1973 and Nirdosh-2018. The first film Nirdosh-1941 had singer Mukesh as Hero, opposite Nalini Jaywant and he sang his first film song on the screen. Film Nirdosh- 1950 was a film made by Filmistan Ltd.,Bombay and it was directed by Najmul Hasan Naqvi or simply Najam Naqvi. This shortening of his name had a history behind it.

Initially, when Najam came into the film line, he joined Bombay Talkies as an assistant doing odd jobs. However, soon ,looking at his interests, he was kept as a Continuity man in the direction department. In 1935, a handsome young man joined Bombay Talkies and the first film of Bombay Talkies-” Jawani ki Hawa”-1935 was made with Devika Rani and this young man-Najmul Hasan as the lead pair. The film was a Hit film. During the making of this film, he and Devika Rani fell in love. While their second film-” Jeevan Naiya”-1936 was on the floor, the Love Birds eloped to Calcutta. There was great commotion in the studio and everyone talked about it. The prestige of Bombay Talkies was at stake as the wife of the owner had run away with her lover.Eventually, Devika Rani was persuaded to return to Bombay. Najmul Hasan dared not come back. He continued in Calcutta, did some films and a roaring love affair with actress Kajjan, before migrating to Lahore.

The whole episode of elopement had become a matter of embarrassment for the continuity man; working in the same studio. His name too was Najmul Hasan. Because of the same name, this innocent chap -who had nothing to do with the elopement drama- had to suffer staring eyes and hush hush whisperings within the studio and the film circle of Calcutta !

He was Najmul Hasan Naqvi, born on 11-4-1913 at Moradabad-UP. He was working in Bombay Talkies doing odd jobs-continuity man and even as an actor in Achhut kanya-36. He was a very hardworking person. After this episode he changed his name to a shorter edition- Najam Naqvi.

He worked in the Direction department and his first film as an independent Director was PUNARMILAN-1940. He went on directing films like Raja Rani-42, Tasveer-43, Naya Tarana-43, Panna-44, Prithwiraj Sanyogita-46, Nateeja-47, Parayee Aag-48, Actress-48, Nirdosh-50, Rangili-52 and last film- Samrat-54.

In 1955, Najam Naqvi migrated to Pakistan and directed 7 films- Kunwari Bewa-56, Naghma e dil-59, Dil e nadaan-60, Qaidi-62, Ek manzil do rahein-62, Ek tera sahara-63 and lastly Payal Ki Jhankaar-66. Najam Naqvi died on 26-1-82 at Lahore. Due to the same name, many sites still mix up the filmography of these two artistes.

The cast of the film Nirdosh-1950 was Shyam, Rehana, Kuldeep Kaur, Om Prakash, K N Singh, Mukri and others. 3 Lyricists wrote the 10 songs of the film. They were S H Bihari, Asad Bhopali and RMA Khan. The Music Director was Shyam Sunder-one of my favourite MDs. He is one of the very few old time composers who composed some songs which will never fade away. He was not very prolific- just 20 films in a career of 10 years, but some of his songs are evergreen. he showed his talent right from his first film “Nai Kahani”-1943, by composing the beautiful song ” Neend hamari khwab tumhare”, sung so nicely by G M Durrani and sung on screen by the handsome B. Nandrekar.

To be famous and to shine in this world, mere Talent is not enough. You must also have Lady Luck with you. While it is generally true,it is more true in the case of our Film Industry.

It is said that LAXMI and SARASWATI do not stay together. Laxmi is the Goddess for Wealth and Saraswati stands for Arts,music and Wisdom. We have seen several examples of Actors,singers,Directors and composers,where,despite being talented,the person did not shine in life and had to remain unhonoured and unrecognised. But we have also seen cases where genuinely talented people in various fields do get honoured,recognised and become wealthy too.

So,what is the factor that binds Laxmi and Saraswati together ? It is ,Undoubtedly,LUCK ! Without having Luck,no one can get name,fame and wealth,however talented he may be.

But,what about those talented people who had almost everything coming their way,name,fame and wealth too,but just because of their own egos,bad tempers and bad habits,they lost everything and either died soon or spent their last days in neglect and sorrow ?

Yes,there are such examples too in the Film Industry. One such glaring example is that of Music Director SHYAM SUNDER. ( Another notable example is that of SAJJAD HUSAIN). Songs composed by Shyamsunder are one of my most favourite ones. His songs from Nai kahani,Bazar,Lahore and Village girl are to be remembered eternally.Bazar -49 song, ” Saajan ki galiyan ” is Lata’s No. 1 favourite song( so is mine ! ). The 6 songs of Noorjehan in Village Girl-45 are simply matchless.

Shyamsunder himself was a highly respected and preferred composer for singers and producers. He had the capacity to scale heights much higher than other composers of his time. But…Alas ! The habit of drinking and talking rubbish when drunk destroyed his career. Here is an anecdote of how much respected and remembered he was by the Ace singers like Noorjehan and Lata Mangeshkar…

Thirty five years after the partition and two wars between India and Pakistan; in the year 1982 the melody queen, Malika-e-Taranum Noorjehan visited India. It was certainly a grand occasion for millions of music lovers of the Indian sub-continent.

In her honour and to facilitate nostalgic music lovers, an impressive show was organised in Shanmukhanand Hall, Bombay which was attended by a large number of luminaries of Indian cinema. Notable amongst them were- Anil Biswas, Naushad, the maestro music composers and matinee idols- Devika Rani, Ashok Kumar, Dilip Kumar & nightingale of India Lata Mangeshkar to name a few.

Noorjehan came to the dais with a thunderous applause from the jam-packed auditorium and after a brief speech; as expected, she sang her most popular melody- ‘Awaaz de kahan hai, duniya meri jawan hei’ she recorded in India for film ‘Anmol Ghadi’ -Music was composed by Naushad.

Thereafter, it was Lata to sing, who found herself in a very difficult situation owing to a completely charged atmosphere all around the auditorium. She kept everyone guessing about the selection of her song.

Lata came out with one of her endearing melodies- ‘Saajan ki galian chhod chaley, dil roya aansoo beh na sakey’ from the film ‘Bazaar’ music for which was composed by Shyam Sunder. The applause was beyond imagination. The memory of the completely forgotten genius music director Shyam Sunder came alive, when in her next round Noorjehan sang– ‘Baithee hun teri yaad ka ley karkey sahara’ another immortal melody from film- ‘Village Girl’, music for which was composed by none other than Shyam Sunder.

The audience was indeed spellbound. Every one thought as to why she chose a completely forgotten Indian melody instead of a large number of songs she recorded in Pakistan after migrating from her performing place of origin- Bombay . Perhaps, it was in view of the fact that the singer and the composer of the film ‘Village Girl’ were from Punjab .

The momentous event continued with lots of nostalgic and tearful exchanges and it became a history in the annals of pre and post partition Indian art, culture, music and all such related aspects of humane

Why such a legendary music- composer has completely been forgotten,who composed music for some of the classics of his time, such as ‘Village Girl’- 1945, ‘Devkanya’ 1946, ‘Actress’ and ‘Ek Roz-1947, ‘Bazaar’ and ‘Lahore’- 1949, ‘Dholak’, ‘Kale Badal and Alif Laila’ -1951 just to name a few.

In 1943, he composed music for the film ‘Nai Kahani’. An alluring song of G.M. Durani and others–‘Neend hamari khwab tumhare, kitne meethe kitne pyare’ which became an instant hit. Even today after a gap of more than seventy years, the melody richly deserves an eloquent place in the list of popular melodies of yesteryears.

In his next film ‘Village Girl’ -1945, Shyam Sunder came with flying colours, wherein Noorjehan sang some of her fabulous melodies viz–‘Baithi hoon teri yaad mein ley karkey sahara’, ‘Kis tarah bhulega dil’ & ‘Sajan pardesi, balam pardesi’. In these vital numbers, the feelings immersed in the lyrics -written by Wali Saheb- she was in her complete command. The singer did not merely sing the words inscribed in the lyrics, but the depth of feelings. The class of accompanying instrumentation and the matching orchestration was superb and the genius of the composer was distinctively visible.

It is needless to reiterate that as and when a list of immortal melodies of previous century of Indian sub-continent in general and Noorjehan in particular will be drawn; these numbers will invariably find a prime place, music for which was composed by a totally forgotten genius called- Shyam Sunder.

For Shyam Sunder, after the exit of Noorjehan from Indian film music, there came the film ‘Actress’ in the year 1948, wherein Mohammad Rafi gave his initial introduction to the music world by singing – ‘Hum apne dil ka fasana unhe suna na sakey’ . This proved to be Rafi’s initial introduction. .

The music-creating journey of Shyam Sunder can be matched with another maestro called Sajjad Husain, who also composed music for just 14 films, but composed some of the finest melodies of his era.

Both the masters were highly perfectionists; but ill-tempered and uncompromising. Shyam Sunder, additionally in view of his addiction to liquor and excessive drinking, occasionally uttered abusive language and consequently used to lose control over his head and heart. During the making of the film ‘ Lahore ’, he had some abusive interaction with Lata Mangeshkar; as such, they were not on talking terms for a considerable time.

In the year 1952, when the film- ‘Alif Laila’ was in making, Shyam Sunder died in the recording studio, owing to excessive drinking and consequent heart attack; the music thereby was completed by his assistant- Madan Mohan. Due to his spat with Lata,she had stopped singing for him,but on his request she sang a song in his last film, Alif Laila-1953. She knew his calibre as a composer !

Shyamsunder was born in Multan (now in Pakistan). He was an expert Violin player and used to play in Jhande Khan’s orchestra in the early stage of his career. He started with Punjabi films from 1939. He gave a break to Mohd. Rafi in Punjabi film ‘Gul Baloch’. Nai kahani-41 was the beginning of his bright career and village girl-45,Lahore-49 and Bazar-49 were his pinnacle. He composed 187 songs in 20 films.

Shyamsundar died on 15-7-1952.

Some years back, Lata Mangeshkar had been interviewed on rediffmail.com, on 7-1-2011, in which she gave some short memory clips of her famous MDs. About Shyamsunder, she had this to say……

” During the period of 1946-1947, I was an employee of Master Vinayak.

One day he summoned me to his house in Dadar and told me that Shyam Sudner had come and wants to hear you sing. I complied and sang a Bandish. There was no reaction on Shyam Sunder’s face. Days passed by. Master Vinayak met an untimely end. I was searching for work.

Then one day, Shyam Sunder called for me.

I have sung many melodious songs for Shyam Sunder. I remember a qawaali from the film Chaar Din. The singers included Rafi, Shivdayal Batish, Rajkumari, Hamida, Johrabai and Iqbal. This qawaali, Haseenon ki adaein bhi by Shyam Sunder was very challenging and consisted of difficult taans.

Our rehearsal was going on. I was the focus of his attention. He was keen to know how I perform on a song which had a Punjabi style. I sang all the taans much to the delight of Shyam Sunder. He told everyone, “This is how to sing a song in Punjabi style.”

Shyam Sunder was a jovial person. Due to some misunderstandings, I was not singing for him for a period of time.

One day, I received a message from him. He had composed a song especially for me. The song Tujhko Bhulana Mere Basme Nahi from the film Alif Laila was the last song that I sang for him. He met a sad, untimely death. The song from his film Bazaar-1949 ” Sajan ki galiyan” is my favourite.”

Today’s song is also a typical Shyam Sunder song, sung by Shamshad Begum. This is the third song from this film here.


Song-Gaye wo mere dil ko veeraan kar ke (Nirdosh)(1950) Singer-Shamshad Begam, Lyrics-S H Bihari, MD-Shyam Sundar

Lyrics

na aaye thhe to zara itminaan thha dil ko
wo aa ke chal diye
phir bekraar karke mujhe ae

gaye wo mere dil ko veeraan kar ke
gaye wo mere dil ko veeraan kar ke
judaai mein rone ka saamaan karke
gaye wo mere dil ko veeraan kar ke
judai mein rone ka saamaan karke

jaate jaate saath apne ae
dil mera lete gaye
dard wo mujhko tadapne ke liye dete gaye ae ae
mila ye humen unse pehchaan karke
mila ye humen unse pehchaan karke
judaai mein rone ka saamaan karke
gaye wo mere dil ko veeraan kar ke
judaai mein rone ka saamaan karke

chaar din ki chaandni thhi ee
phir andheri raat hai ae
phir wahi tanhaaiyaan hain
aur gham ka saath hai
bada dukh hua unko mehmaan karke
bada dukh hua unko mehmaan karke
judaai mein rone ka saamaan karke
gaye wo mere dil ko veeraan kar ke
judaai mein rone ka saamaan karke


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“Husn Ka Chor”(1953) was produced by Homi Wadia and directed by JBH Wadia for Basant Pictures, Bombay. The movie had Usha Kiran, Mahipal, Brij Mohan Vyas, Azeem Dalpat, Sardar Mansoor, Agha Shapoor, Bismilla etc in it.

The movie had seven songs in it. Five songs have been covered in the past.

Here is the sixth song from “Husn Ka Chor”(1953) to appear in the blog. The song is sung by Geeta Dutt. Raja Mehdi Ali Khan is the lyricist. Music is composed by Bulo C Rani.

Only the audio of the song is available. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of the song.


Song-O duniya banaane waale bata anjaam hamaara kya hoga(Husn Ka Chor)(1953) Singer-Geeta Dutt, Lyrics-Raja Mehdi Ali Khan, MD-Bulo C Rani

Lyrics

o duniya banaane waale bata
anjaam hamaara kya hoga
o duniya banaane waale bata
anjaam hamaara kya hoga
taqdeer khafa tadbeer khafa
jeene ka sahaara kya hoga
o duniya banaane waale bata
anjaam hamaara kya hoga
o duniya banaane waale bata

hans hans ke hamen koi loot gaya
hans hans ke hamen koi loot gaya
kismat ka sitaara toot gaya
ae falak bata barbaadi ka
ab aur kinaara kya hoga
o duniya banaane waale bata
anjaam hamaara kya hoga
o duniya banaane waale bata

guzre huye din tadpaane lage
guzre huye din tadpaane lage
in aankhon mein aansoo aane lage
in aankhon mein aansoo aane lage
roti huyi aankhon ke aage
saawan ka nazaara kya hoga
o duniya banaane waale bata
anjaam hamaara kya hoga
taqdeer khafa tadbeer khafa
jeene ka sahaara kya hoga
o duniya banaane waale bata


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

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Songs from Artiste Name Films….Second Season….No. 3
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What is Beauty ?

Everybody’s definition of Beauty is different. It all depends upon individual likings. Some like good eyes, some like long hair, some like a round and attractive face….long nose…good smile… etc etc. Because of this, Shakespeare ended this debate by saying ” Beauty lies in the beholder’s eyes”. In other words, to each his own. However, there are many who go by the majority.

There have always been debates in the film industry as to who is the most beautiful actress and as expected there was no common answer. In the early times of cinema neither the audience nor the filmmakers ever bothered about the beauty of the actresses. In the 30’s, the stress was on film producing company names and the story of the film. It was in the 1940s that the point of beauty of the film heroine took prominence. When one sees the magazine and newspaper advertisements of that time, one notices this point.

During the 40’s decade two actresses were declared beautiful. One was Naseem Bano- who was called ‘ Pari Chehra” (face of the Fairy), and the other was Ragini- who was called “Aahoo Chashm” (Magical Eyes). Ragini’s eyes were Brown, which is a rarity. in all those years, there have been only three actresses, who had brown eyes. One was Vanmala, the second was Kamla Kotnis and the third was Ragini. However, it was only Ragini, who was given extraordinary publicity through newspapers, Hoardings and magazine articles, of being the ” Aahoo Chashm ” !

Ragini was born Shamshad Begum, on 11-12- 1923, at Gujranwala, in a bazaar, where, to quote that great sage, Agha Hashr, “Days are dormant and nights wide awake.” Her mother named her Shamshad Begum, and her father, Seth Diwan Parmanand, happily allowed a Muslim name. But, her mother died during her childhood, and Diwan took this young girl from Gujranwala to Lahore.

Even this early, Ragini had the looks that made her noticeable. In those days, the classical sense of beauty was quite different. Large, sparkling eyes and a fair complexion was enough for any girl in the films to be termed beautiful. Aahoo Chashm Ragni and Pari Chehra Naseem (Saira Bano’s mother) were both considered the epitome of beauty, although young people question those attributes today as “just average”. Ragini had Brown eyes. In Indian cinema there were only 3 Heroines who had such Brown eyes. Ragini was one, Kamla Kotnis was second and the third was Vanmala.

Ragini was not able to go to school for undisclosed reasons, although she had a happy childhood. Diwan Sahab’s good friend, Roop K. Shorey was a well known film maker, and one day, while visiting his house, he noticed the girl child. “Isn’t she cute?” he said. “She has the looks of a fine film actress.” Although Diwanjee had some reservations about allowing the girl to join the industry, Shorey pledged that he would look after her at every step of the shootings. In those days, there were very few girls in the industry. To find a seventeen year old girl as the heroine meant that you had hit the jackpot.

Shorey cast Shamshad as Ragini, in Kamla Movietones’ Punjabi film, Dulla Bhatti in 1940. M.D. Kunwar was the hero, while Ragini played Nooran in the film. It was a hit and people were spellbound by her charm. Her next film, Sehti Murad did not make such a bang. She also did ‘himmat’ and ‘Raavipaar’. Later, she worked in many films before Partition, including her first Hindi film,Nishani-42,,naila,Anarkali,Poonji, Kaise Kahoon, Dasi, Shirin Farhad,farz and others. In Kardar’s film, Shahjahan, Ragini played Mumtaz Mahal, while her first hero, M. D. Kunwar, who had done Dulla Bhatt’s role, characterized Shahjahan with great aplomb. Kunwar was so enamoured of Ragini that he had requested Kardar for the role, to be close to Ragini. Unfortunately, Ragini did not respond to his romantic advances, and Kunwar sank himself in perpetual drunkenness, which led to his getting infected by tuberculosis and his death soon after that.

After Kardar’s Shahjhan, Ragini did a few more films before Partition, namely Nek Parveen, Farz, etc. Amongst these, director Niranjan’s film, Farz was Sudhir’s first film too, and Ragini played the lead with him. Ragini acted in 14 Hindi films, before her migration. Ragini got married to mian Mohd. Aslam in 1945 and took a break to raise a family. After Partition,she migrated to Pakistan and was welcomed with open arms in Pakistan. She worked as the heroine in films like Mundri, Akeli, Nazrana, Beqarar, Shararey, Mumtaz and Zanjeerin Pakistan. Radio Pakistan , during its creative days, used to play the hit songs of Beqarar, Naukar and Bedari in the 1960s. The song from producer S. Gul and director NazeerAjmeri’s 1950 film, Beqararis, still played on the radio. Dil ko laga ke kaheen thokar na khana. It was sung by Ali Bux Zahoor and Munawwar Sultana, and remains one of the earliest hit duets of Pakistani films.

Ragini was an expressive character actress, who did a variety of roles in films like Husn o Ishq, Anarkali, and Aab e Hayat She made a perfect Mumtaz Mahal in Naseem usSaqlain’s Taj Mahal, although she wore a half veil in some of the scenes. It was a remarkable spectacle, but flopped because the local audience could not understand its historical significance. A huge expense to uplift it, with superb costumes, apart from the details taken care of during the royal procession shown in the film, are its high points. Ragini was able to use her arching eyebrows and expressive eyes brilliantly in Taj Mahal. Much has been written about her intimacy with famous producer, S. Gul, but he always maintained and proved by his actions that he had sympathy and reverence for her and shared her grief and heart felt fondness for the good times she had spent in the undivided India.

Ragini was invited to India to do two films,Chamkee-52 and Insaan-52. She completed these and went back to Pakistan. Later she divorced her first husband and married producer Gul. Her last days in Pakistan were very sad. She was thrown out of her house by her Son in Law,as he did not want an actress in his house. She spent her last days in a small room in Lahore and died unsung on 27-2-2007 at the age of 85 years. (information collated from various sources like pak.mag, cinerang by Isaq Mujawar, muVyz, HFGK,Flashback, Chanderi Smriti Chitre by Samant, upperstall with thanks and my notes)

Today’s song is from the film Ragini-1945. Actress Ragini was not in the film. The film cast consisted of Smriti Biswas, Najam ul Hasan, Pran, Aruna Devi, Gyani ji, Roofi and many others. The film was made by Maheshwari Pictures, Lahore and was directed by Shankar Mehta. He directed only 4 films in his career-Pagli -43, Ragini-45, Aai Bahar-46 and Rokshawala–60 ( for which he was also one of the producers). The music was by Pt. Amarnath – the eldest brother of Pt. Husnlal and Pt. Bhagatram.

The Hero of the film Ragini (RAGNI, as per the HFGK)-45 was Najam, who was (in)famous for eloping with Devika Rani of Bombay Talkies. Najmul Hasan was born on 5-9-1910, into a noble family of Lucknow. He was tall and very handsome and was bitten by the urge to act in the films. He left his Law studies and headed for Bombay. He met Sarojini Naidu, who was a family friend. She strongly recommended his name to Himanshu Rai. His Screen test was taken in which he passed. Though at first sight, Himanshu Rai was not impressed with his manner of behaviour, he still selected him for the First film of Bombay Talkies, opposite Devika Rani in Jawani ki Hawa-1935.

During Jawani ki Hawa-35- which was loosely based on Agatha Christie’s “Murder On The Orient Express”, published in 1934 only- Devika Rani fell in love with Najmul Hasan and they decided to elope. Their second film- Jeewan Naiyya-36 went on floor and the love birds flew to Calcutta. There was a great commotion in Bombay Talkies. Shashdhar Mukherji the production manager was close to his Bengali Boss Himanshu Roy. Mukherjee traced the couple to Calcutta, met Devika Rani and convinced her to return to Himanshu. Devika Rani returned, Himanshu Roy pardoned her, but not Najmul Hasan.

Najmul Hasan did not come back to Bombay. He joined the New Theatres in Calcutta and did films like Anath Ashram-37,Dushman-38,Kapal kundala-39,Jawani ki Reet-39, and Nartaki-40. Even in Calcutta, Najmul Hassan had a rocking affair with superstar Jahan Ara Kajjan. After doing the film Meenakshi-42, Najmul Hasan did some films like Daasi-44 , Ragini-45 and kaise Kahoon-45 in Lahore and then he decided to migrate to Pakistan in 1947. In Pakistan he did some films like Eid-1951, Ashiyana, Doctor, Mirza Jatt, Taxi Driver and Heer Ranjha etc.

Najmul Hasan, a very bitter man for the treatment he received in Pakistan, died in 1980 in Pakistan. (Based on information from सुंदर ती दुसरी दुनिया by Ambarish Mishra,pak.mag, The magical world of Bombay Talkies by Lalit Joshi with thanks and my notes)

Today’s song is sung by Zeenat Begum, who was not only a find of Pt. Amarnath, but also his main singer for many of his films.


Song- Ik hook si uthhti hai dil mein baar baar kyun(Raagini)(1945) Singer- Zeenat Begum, Lyricist- not known, MD- Pt. Amarnath

Lyrics

Ik hook si uthhti hai dil mein baar baar kyun oon
aankhon ne baandh rakkha hai ashkon ka taar kyun oon
ik hook si uthhti hai dil mein baar baar kyun oon
maatam hai jiski aarzuon ka jahaan mein aen
maatam hai jiski aarzuon ka jahaan mein aen
har cheez mein gar ho rahi hai sogwaar kyun
aankhon ne baandh rakkha hai ae ashkon ka taar kyun oon
ik hook si uthhti hai dil mein baar baar kyun oon

hook uthh raha hai dil mein janaaza ummeed ka
taar taar samne sab ro karaar kyun oon
aankhon ne baandh rakkha hai ae ashkon ka taar kyun oon
ik hook si uthhti hai dil mein baar baar kyun

barbaad ho chuka hai mera aashiyaan ??
barbaad ho chuka hai mera aashiyaan ??
bijli chaman mein kaundhhti hai baar baar kyun oon
aankhon ne baandh rakkha hai ae ashkon ka taar kyun oon
ik hook si uthhti hai dil mein baar baar kyun oon


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“Aabshaar”(1953) was produced and directed by Hasrat Lucknowi for Globe pictures, Bombay. This movie had Nimmi, Raj Kumar, Kuldeep, Tiwari, Shyam Lal, Ifthikar, Neelam, Chaandni, Leela Pandey, Lalita Pawar, etc, with guest appearances by Ashok KUmar, Shyama, Nigar Sultana and Om Prakash.

The movie had eight songs in it. Four songs have been covered in the past.

Here is the fifth song from “Aabshaar”(1953) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Asha Bhonsle. Waheed Qureshi is the lyricist. Music is composed by Md Shafi.

Only the audio of this song is available. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of this melancholic song.


Song-Mere dil pe chhaayin hain haaye gham ki ghataayen (Aabshaar)(1953) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Waheed Qureshi, MD-Md Shafi

Lyrics

tere gham ko chhupaana hai zamaane ki nigaahon se ae
hansi ka kaam lena hai sulagte ae ae ae
dil ki aahon se
mere dil pe chhaayi hain haaye gham ki ghataayen
mere dil pe chhaayi hain haaye gham ki ghataayen
sitaaron se keh do na wo muskuraayen
mere dil pe chhaayi hain haaye gham ki ghataayen

jabaan par tera naam aane na doongi
mohabbat pe ilzaam aane na doongi
bhula doongi main teri saari jafaayen
mere dil pe chhaayi hain haaye gham ki ghataayen

mere dil ko barbaad kar dene waale
kaleje ko zakhmon se bhar dene waale
tujhe phir bhi dil de raha hai duaayen
mere dil pe chhaayi hain haaye gham ki ghataayen
sitaaron se keh do na wo muskuraayen
mere dil pe chhaayi hain haaye gham ki ghataayen


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