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

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4279 Post No. : 15519

Saga Of Sleepless Nights – 6
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un aankhon mein neend kahaan
jin aankhon se preetam door base

The contest between a heart in love and the nights of loneliness is as ancient as the written word itself. Poets of yore, across the ages, and to the present times, have all written about the tribulations of the nights of loneliness. Time does pass at its own pace, but for a lonely heart pining for love, it is as if the time has come to a standstill.

The acute anxiety of the empty moments wherein apparently nothing is happening, is something that cannot be explained in words. It is a sensation that has to be experienced, to get the true flavor of the feelings that are ensconced in the words ‘hijr’ (“हिज्र”) and ‘firaaq’ (“फ़िराक़”) – the feelings of separation, the feelings of being incomplete, the feelings of anticipation, waiting, the feelings of incessant yearning that seems to rend the heart asunder.

Philosophers and poets have ruminated over this experience, and have recommended certain pursuits. There is that famous rhyme that talks about counting green bottles standing on a wall. It is based on the children’s counting nursery rhyme – “Ten Bottles on the Wall”. Folks who cannot sleep are recommended to start from, well, maybe a thousand bottles, keep knocking them down one at a time, and keep a count of the bottles left on the wall. Starting from thousand, this process is bound to get drowsy some way through getting to the target of downing all the thousand bottles from the wall.

The other, of course is counting sheep, jumping over a fence. So just keep a count of the imaginary sheep that are jumping over the make believe fence, and continue counting till the senses give way.

The more esoteric recommendation from the poets, especially for forlorn lovers longing for their mate, is to count the stars. Now this remedy may not work in urban habitats in current times – in best of times with normal pollution levels, about a score stars maybe visible. So this poetic bulwark of heartening proportions does not work in a city like Delhi. Ah yes, but in locales where the skies are clear, this assignment can be undertaken in real earnest. On a clear moonless night, the sky looks so crowded with stars, that the mission of counting stars can be a humbling task. And very well suited for the lonely hearts stricken with the malady of separation and longing.

The beauty of the poet’s mind is simply fantastic and out of this world. It goes even beyond this imagination of being assigned the task of counting the stars. Let me borrow some lines from my own article that I wrote for the song “Aaj Unke Paay e Naaz Pe Sajdaa Karenge Hum”. The lyrics of this song dwells on this task of ‘अख्तर शुमारी’ – the act of counting stars (‘अख्तर’) in the sky. The relevant portion of the lyrics goes like this,

maana shab e firaaq bhi
hoti hai is liye
har nabz e gham isi ke
sahaare guzar sakey
naqaam e ishq hijr mein
taare gina karey
hum intehaa e shauq ki
hadd se guzar gaye
lo aaj hum ne saare
sitaare bhi gin liye
ab ae shab e firaaq bataa
kya karenge hum

And I quote from my write up,

The poet has surpassed many superlatives to weave the fabric of words that makes up this song. Let me give you an example. It is quite a traditional concept in poetry, that a lonely lover in the long nights of wait and anticipation, is advised to count the stars in the sky – a metaphor that implies that neither the stars in the sky will ever be counted, and nor the wait for the beloved ever end. This refrain is encountered often in romantic poetry. But the poet of this song does one better, and goes a step beyond. He says that all the stars are now counted, and so tell me o night of long wait what should I do.

lo aaj hum ne saare sitaare bhi gin liye
ab ae shab-e-firaaq bataa kya karenge hum

A superlative expression that rises to defeat even the task of counting the stars. And poses the question, that in my crazed passion, I have even gone ahead and actually counted all the stars, so tell me what should I do now.

The poet’s imagination is endless, and so this discussion can, and will be continued elsewhere. For now, I present this oh so wonderful song rendered so lovingly by Shamshad Begum, that tells about the nights of loneliness and longing. The film is ‘Sona Chaandi’ from 1946. The lyrics are written by Wali Sahab and the music is composed by Tufail Farooqui.

The film is produced under the banner of New Bombay Theatre, Bombay and is directed by RD Pareenja. The star cast is listed as Chandni, Suresh, Kishori, Saroj Borkar, Kamla, Ghulam Rasool, Amrit Lal, Radha Kishan amongst others. There is a total of 12 songs in this film penned by three songwriters – Wali Sahab, Shamim and Khawar Zamaan. This song is written by Wali Sahab.

So let’s listen to this heartwarming winner in the ‘खनकती हुई’ voice of Shamshad Begum. The protagonist is blaming her beau for her sleeplessness – “तेरे बिना नींद ना आई रे”.

Song – Baalam Harjaai Re, Tere Bina Neend Na Aayi Re  (Sona Chaandi) (1946) Singers – Shamshad Begum, Lyrics – Wali Sahab, MD – Tufail Farooqui

Lyrics

baalam harjaai re

baalam harjaai re
tere bina neend na aayi re
neend na aayi re
o neend na aayi re
baalam harjaai re
tere bina neend na aayi re
neend na aayi re
o neend na aayi re
baalam harjaai re

bhool gaye baalam nibhaane ki rasmen
bhool gaye baalam nibhaane ki rasmen
nindiya ne kha leen na aane ki kasmen
nindiya ne kha leen na aane ki kasmen
nainon mein ratiyaan
nainon mein ratiyaan ganvaai re
tere bina neend na aayi re
neend na aayi re
ho neend na aayi re
baalam harjaai re
baalam harjaai re

mukh se na bolun
pyaare mukh se na bolun
pyaare
roye roye jaaun main
dil ki kahaani
dil ki kahaani najar se sunaaun main
dil ki kahaani najar se sunaaun main
nainon mein
nainon mein ghat ghir ke aai re. . .
nainon mein ghat ghir ke aai re
tere bina neend na aayi re
neend na aayi re
ho neend na aayi re. . .
baalam harjaai re

baalam harjaai re. . .

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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बालम हरजाई रे

बालम हरजाई रे
तेरे बिना नींद ना आई रे
नींद ना आई रे
ओ नींद ना आई रे
बालम हरजाई रे
तेरे बिना नींद ना आई रे
नींद ना आई रे
ओ नींद ना आई रे
बालम हरजाई रे

भूल गए बालम निभाने की रस्में
भूल गए बालम निभाने की रस्में
नींदिया ने खा लीं ना आने की कसमें
नींदिया ने खा लीं ना आने की कसमें
नैनों में रतियाँ
नैनों में रतियाँ गँवाई रे
तेरे बिना नींद ना आई रे
नींद ना आई रे
हो नींद ना आई रे
बालम हरजाई रे
बालम हरजाई रे

मुख से ना बोलूँ
प्यारे मुख से ना बोलूँ
प्यारे
रोये रोये जाऊँ मैं
दिल की कहानी
दिल की कहानी नजर से सुनाऊँ मैं
दिल की कहानी नजर से सुनाऊँ मैं
नैनों में
नैनों में घट घिर के आई रे
नैनों में घट घिर के आई रे
तेरे बिना नींद ना आई रे
नींद ना आई रे
हो नींद ना आई रे॰ ॰ ॰
बालम हरजाई रे

बालम हरजाई रे॰ ॰ ॰


This article is written by Avinash Scrapwala, a fellow enthusaist 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 : 4258 Post No. : 15480

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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2010-2020) – Song No. 11
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‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’ (1978) was directed by Raj Kapoor for his home production RK Films, Bombay. He dedicated this movie to his beloved friend singer Mukeshchandra whom we fondly know as Mukesh.

The cast of the film includes Kanhaiyalal, AK Hangal, David, Hari Shivdasani, Leela Chitnis, Sheetal, Baby Padmini, Baby Komal, Tun Tun, Vishwa Mehra, Mansaram, Pardesi, Shriram Shastry, Nandini, Mona, Seema, Mani, Yasmin, Bina, Subroto Mahapatra and Javed Khan.

The story of this movie was written by Jainendra Jain. Radhu Karmakar was the Director of Photography. Raj Kapoor who produced and directed this movie was also the editor of this movie.

HFGK lists nine songs and one dialogue track released on records of this movie. The total nine songs are including of their parts and the title song is mentioned to be in four parts. There are two more songs (the ‘aarti’ and ‘shlokas’ with the titles, and ‘’Yashomati maiyya se boley…’) in the movie having two parts. Narendra Sharma, Anand Bakshi and Vithhal Bhai Patel wrote the songs for this movie. Music for this movie was composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey, Bhupinder, Mukesh, and Nitin Mukesh who debuted as a singer in this movie had given their voices to the songs in this movie.

This movie was passed by Censor Board on 22.03.1978 with restricted viewing certificate.

Three songs from ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram-1978’ posted on the blog earlier are as follows;

Song  Posted On
 Yashomati maiyya se boley Nandlala  07.09. 2008
 Satyam Shivam Sundaram  15.03.2010
 Suni jo unke aane ki aahat …  11.02.2020

I watched this movie much later in nineties (I think so). However, I remember, in my childhood, the two songs from this movie were very much popular viz. the title song “Satyam Shivam Sundaram“and “Yashomati maiyya se boley Nandlala” as they were frequently played on loud speakers and radio. The title song was also the most favorite number of almost all ‘orchestras’ which used to play it during ‘Ganesh Festival’ or other festival programs. However, I didn’t like both these songs then.

Rather I very much like the song “Chanchal Sheetal Nirmal Komal” and the song being presented today, maybe I heard them on radio during those years. Later on, when I bought the album of this movie (an audio cassette in late eighties) the song “Suni Jo Unke Aane Ki Aahat” also become my favorite song from this movie with all other songs.

When I checked the ‘annual Binaca Geetmala’ for the year ‘1978’ I found ‘Yashomati maiyya se…’ (as expected), at number seven and the song was, surprisingly for me, not the title song of the movie but it was “Chanchal Sheetal Nirmal Komal” ranking at number twenty-four of the list.

Well coming back to the ‘Blog ten-year challenge’ today we have two songs posted on this day ten years back as follows;

 Song  Movie title-Year  Remarks
 Satyam Shivam Sundaram  Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978)  03 of 09 songs posted
 Hai isi mein pyaar ki aabroo  Anpadh (1962)  All Songs posted on the

Blog

As one of the movies i.e. ‘Anpadh’ (1962) is already ‘Yippeeee éd’ on the blog we have ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’ to be represented with a song on the blog today. The song I have selected today was noted long time back and was pending for posting. It is sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Bhupendra. I like this song very much and particularly for those few lines sung by Bhupendra Singh which makes this song very very special of course with great singing by Lata Mangeshkar and so greatly composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal to the beautiful lyrics by Vithhal Bhai Patel.

Let us enjoy this wonderful song now …

(Note: – In the movie, this song appears in two parts. The video of the second part is not available now however full audio of this song is available).

Video (Partial)

Audio (Complete)

Song – Sainyaan Nikas Gaye Main Naa Ladi Thi (Satyam Shivam Sundaram)(1978) Singers – Lata Mangeshkar, Bhupendra, Lyrics – Vithalbhai Patel, MD – Laxmikant Pyarelal

Lyrics (Based on audio link)

rangmahal ke dus darwaaze
rangmahal ke..ae dus darwaaze
naa jaane kaun si khidki khuli thhi
sainyya nikas gaye
main naa ladi thhi
sainyya nikas gaye
main naa ladi thhi
sar ko jhukaaye..ae main to
chupke khadi thhi
sainyya nikas gaye
main naa ladi thhi
sainyya nikas gaye..ae
main naa ladi thhi

piyaa..aa..aa
kaun gali gaye shyaam
piyaa..aa..aa
kaun gali gaye shyaam
mori sudh naa leenhi haaye raam
piyaa..aa..aa
kaun gali gaye shyaam

ang mere gehne
pyaasi umariyaa
ang mere gehne
pyaasi umariyaa
jogan ho gayee
main bin sanwariyaa
haathon mein mere ae
mehndi rachi thhi
mehndi mein mere
ansuwan ki ladi thhi
sainyya nikas gaye
main naa ladi thhi
sainyya nikas gaye
main naa ladi thhi

aa aa aa
aa aa aa

chhod piyaa ghar
nehar jaaoon
chhod piyaa ghar
nehar jaaoon
kaun dehri
ab sees jhukaaoon
kar singaar main
dulhan bani thhi
aisi dulhan se
kunwaari bhali thi
sainyya nikas gaye
main naa ladi thhi
sainyya nikas gaye
main naa ladi thhi

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Devnagri Script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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रंगमहल के दस दरवाज़े
रंगमहल के ए दस दरवाज़े
ना जाने कौन सी खिड़की खुली थी ई
सैंय्या निकस गए
मैं ना लड़ी थी
सैंय्या निकस गए
मैं ना लड़ी थी
सर को झुकाए॰॰ए मैं तो
चुपके खड़ी थी
सैंय्या निकस गए
मैं ना लड़ी थी
सैंय्या निकस गए॰॰ए
मैं ना लड़ी थी

पिया॰॰आ॰॰आ
कौन गली गए श्याम
पिया॰॰आ॰॰आ
कौन गली गए श्याम
मोरी सुध ना लीन्ही हाए राम
पिया॰॰आ॰॰आ
कौन गली गए श्याम

अंग मेरे गहने
प्यासी उमरिया
अंग मेरे गहने
प्यासी उमरिया
जोगन हो गयी
मैं बिन सांवरिया
हाथों में मेरे॰॰ए
मेहंदी रची थी
मेहंदी में मेरे
अंसुवन कि लड़ी थी
सैंय्या निकस गए
मैं ना लड़ी थी
सैंय्या निकस गए
मैं ना लड़ी थी

आ आ आ
आ आ आ

छोड़ पिया घर
नैहर जाऊं
छोड़ पिया घर
नैहर जाऊं
कौन देहरी
अब सीस झुकाऊँ
कर सिंगार मैं
दुल्हन बनी ई थी
ऐसी दुल्हन से
कुंवारी भली थी
सैंय्या निकस गए
मैं ना लड़ी थी
सैंय्या निकस गए
मैं ना लड़ी थी


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusaist 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 :

4257 Post No. : 15478 Movie Count :

4266

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Hindi Songs in Bangla Films – 22
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‘Banarasi’ (1962, Bangla film) was produced by Ruma Guha Thakurta and was directed by her husband, Arup Guha Thakurta. The film was based on a story written by novelist Bimal Mitra (he also wrote the story of the film ‘Sahab Bibi Gholam’).  The main actors in the film are Soumitra Chatterjee, Ruma Guha Thakurta, Tulsi Chakraborty, Tarun Kumar, Asha Devi, Maneka Devi, Shyam Laha etc. The film is available on a video sharing platform with English sub-titles.

I had heard of Ruma Guha Thakurta (Ruma Devi for Hindi film audience) as an occasional actor in Hindi films and an ex-wife of Kishore Kumar. Finding her name in the Bangla film under discussion, that too not only as an actor-singer but also as a producer of the film, I thought I need to know more about her than what I had the impression about her in my mind. Fortunately, information about her is available on-line including her interview on Doordarshan.

Ruma Devi (03/11/1934 – 03/06/2019) was born as Ruma Ghosh (later known as Ruma Guha Thakurta after her second marriage) in a family of talented vocalists. She was the niece of Satyajit Ray.

Ruma Devi started as a dancer in Uday Shankar’s troupe in Almora. Later, she shifted to Bombay (now Mumbai) and worked as a child actor in her first film, the Bombay Talkies’ ‘Jwaar Bhata’ (1944). She worked in three more Hindi films – ‘Mashaal’, 1950 (’Samar’ in Bangla), ‘Afsar’ (1950) and ‘Raag Rang’ (1952). She got married to Kishore Kumar in 1951. After the birth of their son, Amit Kumar in 1952, Ruma Devi stopped working in the films.

In 1958, Ruma Devi and Kishore Kumar parted amicably. Ruma Devi shifted to Kolkata and set up Calcutta Youth Choir (CYC) in collaboration with her maternal uncle, Satyajit Ray and Salil Chowdhury. Throughout her life, she was actively involved with CYC. In 1974, she led a troupe of singers and dancers of CYC to participate in Copenhagen Youth Festival where CYC won the first prize.

In 1959, she worked in her first exclusive Bangla language film, ‘Ganga’ (‘The River’, 1960) as a supporting actor. Her role in the film was critically acclaimed. She worked in about 60 Bangla films from 1950 through 1998 during which she was associated with the renowned  directors like Satyajit Ray in ‘Abhijan; (1962) and ‘Ghanashatru’ (1989), with Tapan Sinha in films like ‘Atithi’ (1959) and ‘Nirjon Saikote’ (1963) and with Tarun Majumdar in films like ‘ Palatak; (1963) and ‘Balika Bodhu’ (1967). She also worked in Bangla films as a playback singer and did choreography in a couple of Bangla films. Her last film as an actor was Mira Nair’s English film ‘The Namesake’ (2006).

In 1960, Ruma Devi got married to director Arup Guha Thakurta with whom she has a son, Ayan and a daughter, Sromona Chakroborty who is a singer.

Ruma Devi passed away in her sleep on 03/06/2019 at her Kolkata residence due to old age-related problems.

The story of ‘Banarasi’ (1962) is as under:

Ratan (Soumitra Chatterjee) works as a draftsman in the railways and stays in an old man’s house in Kolkata as a paying guest. The only person with whom he shares his personal matters and who also help him financially in case of need is his close friend, Monty (Tarun Kumar). One day, while returning from watching a play in the theatre, Ratan sees a girl who has stopped her horse driven coach to buy a paan. The girl’s face resembles that of his childhood friend, Sona (Ruma Guha Thakurta) who was kidnapped at the ghats of River Ganga in Banaras. He watches her until she gets down from the coach and enters a building. Ratan wants to meet her but Monty discourages him by saying that the building houses courtesans. But Ratan is anxious to visit her to ascertain whether she is really Sona, his childhood friend to whom he was to marry later.

One day, without the knowledge of Monty, Ratan visits Sona and comes to know that the girl he saw earlier was indeed Sona whose life has now changed after her kidnapping and she has become a courtesan with a new name ‘Banarasi’. Ratan tells her that he wants to marry her and both of them can still start a life afresh by shifting to a place away from Kolkata where no one would know their background. After much persuasion, Sona agrees. Ratan arranges his transfer to a remote village where Railway is lying new tracks. Sona runs away with Ratan in the night.  Both of them get married in a temple at Kalighat and travel by train to their new place of work in a remote village.

The station master of the village railway station accommodates him in his house until he gets the staff quarters. Both Ratan and Sona are happy. However, their happiness is short lived as Ratan comes across a calendar with her picture as a courtesan in a shop. Now Sona’s past haunts him and there is some tension between husband and wife. Their tension is further compounded when one of Sona’s old clients who has halted in the village on a business trip, recognises Sona. She and Ratan are humiliated in the presence of villagers. Sona decides to leave her husband as she feels that it was due to her past that Ratan has to face the humiliation in the society. She leaves the house in the dead of the night. Ratan, on not finding her wife in the house, goes out searching for her. He meets Sona halfway and promises her that no matter what the society says, he would always be with her. With these words, Ratan accompanies Sona to an uncharted place leaving everything behind in the house.

The film was critically acclaimed but did not do well on the box office front. Probably, the theme of the story was familiar. The extent of sympathy which the director of ‘Umrao Jaan’ (1981) created for the character of the courtesan was missing in the character of courtesan in ‘Banarasi’ (1962). However, both Soumitra Chatterjee and Ruma Guha Thakurta have given sensitive performances as per the demand of their respective roles.

By now, I have come to know that Bangla films with courtesan’s theme or scenes have a couple of Hindi songs. In ‘Banarasi’ (1962) also, there are 3 Hindi songs of which two are mujra songs and the third is a partial holi song in Bhojpuri dialect. I am presenting one of the two mujra songs, “Shabnam To Royi Royi” sung by Ruma Guha Thakurta who is singing for herself as a courtesan. The song is written by Nyay Sharma which is set to music by Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.

Song – Shabnam To Royi Royi, Taare Bhi Roye Bairi (Banarasi)(Bangla) (1962) Singer – Ruma Guha Thakurta, Lyrics – Nyay Sharma, MD – Ustad Ali Akbar Khan

Lyrics

shabnam to royi royi
taare bhi roye bairi
ab to tu aaja aaja
jaanewaale aaja..aa
jaanewaale aaja
shabnam to royi royi
taare bhi roye bairi
ab to tu aaja aaja
jaanewaale aaja..aa
jaanewaale aaja
 
taare bhi royen
meri raahen bhi royen
nigaahen bhi royen
meri duaa’en bhi royen
taare bhi royen
meri raahen bhi royen
nigaahen bhi royen
meri duaa’en bhi royen
manzil to khoi khoi
saathi bhi khoye bairi
ab to tu aaja aaja
jaanewaale aaja
jaanewaale aaja
 
royen muraaden apni
aanchal nahin hai
samjhi hum jisko saahil
saahil nahin hai
kashti to soi soi
kinaare bhi soye bairi
ab to tu aaja aaja
jaanewaale aaja..aa
jaanewaale aaja

shabnam to royi royi
taare bhi roye bairi
ab to tu aaja aaja
jaanewaale aaja..aa
jaanewaale aaja
 
palkon ne haar piroye
kis ko pehnaa’en
hichki malhaar gaaye
kis ko sunaa’en
palkon ne haar piroye
kis ko pehnaa’en
hichki malhaar gaaye
kis ko sunaa’en
hasrat to royi royi
nazaare bhi roye bairi
ab to tu aaja aaja
jaanewaale aaja. . .
jaanewaale aaja

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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शबनम तो रोई रोई
तारे भी रोये बैरी
अब तो तू आजा आजा
जानेवाले आ जा॰॰आ
जानेवाले आजा
शबनम तो रोई रोई
तारे भी रोये बैरी
अब तो तू आजा आजा
जानेवाले आ जा॰॰आ
जानेवाले आजा

तारे भी रोएँ
मेरी राहें भी रोएँ
निगाहें भी रोएँ
मेरी दुआएं भी रोएँ
तारे भी रोएँ
मेरी राहें भी रोएँ
निगाहें भी रोएँ
मेरी दुआएं भी रोएँ
मंज़िल तो खोई खोई
साथी भी खोये बैरी
अब तो तू आजा आजा
जानेवाले आजा॰॰आ
जानेवाले आजा

रोएँ मुरादें अपनी
आँचल नहीं है
समझी हम जिनको साहिल
साहिल नहीं है
कश्ती तो सोई सोई’
किनारे भी सोये बैरी
अब तो तू आजा आजा
जानेवाले आजा॰॰आ
जानेवाले आजा

शबनम तो रोई रोई
तारे भी रोये बैरी
अब तो तू आजा आजा
जानेवाले आ जा॰॰आ
जानेवाले आजा

पलकों ने हार पिरोये
किस को पहनाएँ
हिचकी मल्हार गाये
किसको सुनाएँ
पलकों ने हार पिरोये
किस को पहनाएँ
हिचकी मल्हार गाये
किसको सुनाएँ
हसरत तो रोई रोई
नज़ारे भी रोये बैरी
अब तो तू आजा आजा
जानेवाले आ जा॰॰आ
जानेवाले आजा


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

Blog Day :

4092 Post No. : 15236

I have been meaning to write a post on Majrooh Sultanpuri for some months now to commemorate the 100th birth Anniversary of a poet and film song writer par excellence.   But as usual one puts somethings on back burner and postpones things for some other time.

Last week I started the lyrics of this song from ‘Qayaamat Se Qayaamat Tak’ (1988), incidentally on my iPad and saved the file in yahoo mail. But that file is not opening in the any of the computers, so this post again didn’t even start.  Today is 1st October, 2019.  A very nice post by Sadanad Kamath Sir has appeared in the blog, which is quiet inspiring and it gave fresh ammunition to my jaded thoughts to start this write up.

Majrooh Saab’s super success with all music director, big and small, prolific and selective, is not comparable to anyone else.   None of the major song writers in his era can boast a list of composers as comprehensive as him, and more importantly successful, famous and hit songs.  Be it Madan Mohan and SD Burman, Chitragupt and Laxmikant Pyarelal, or RD Burman, Roshan, Rajesh Roshan & Khaiyyam, least of all Naushad & OP Nayyar, C Ramchandra & Salil Chaudhary also. I don’t have to start listing the beautiful lyrical and profound songs, Majrooh Saab wrote with/for all these composers.

Among his contemporaries, Kaifi Azmi, Sahir Ludhianvi, Shailendra, Hasrat Jaipuri, Rajendra Krishnan, Shakeel Badayuni, Qamar Jalaalabadi, later on Indeevar, Anand Bakshi and Gulzar etc., most were aligned with a music director or a film production  group etc.  Music Directors also preferred to work with a single lyricist or a couple at a time.  Among the major composers only SD Burman seemed to have worked with all of the above listed lyricist, as well as Majrooh.

Sahir Ludhianvi was more prone to making tributes to other poets in his songs.  But Majrooh seems to have paid a ‘khiraj-e-aqeedat’ to his fellow progressive poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz in Madan Mohan’s “Chiraag’ song “Teri Aankhon Ke Siwa Duniya Mein Rakha Kya Hai”.  This line is part of the immortal Nazm by Faiz – “Mujh Se Pehli Si Mohabbat Mere Mehboob Na Maang“.

In recent times, I have found that reading good work by others inspires me to write my own thoughts.  This is truer about poetry.  When I listen to some poets work, it given wings to my thoughts too.  I feel like writing something not necessarily on similar lines, better or superior, but some verse, some tributary sentences.

One can only wonder how such great creative minds must have felt when they heard some inspiring work of other greats and felt like expanding on the theme.  In this instance Majrooh Saab has gone on another tangent –

teri aankhon ke siwaa duniya mein rakkha kya hai
ye utthen subha chale, ye jhuken sham dhaley
mera jeena mera marna inhi palkon ke taley

As a poet with a heart that was Majrooh, why won’t he say –

dil me rakh lena ise haathon se ye chhoote na kahin
geet naazuk hai mera sheeshe se bhi toote na kahin

In my earlier tribute post for Majrooh Saab I have stated that just the lyrical poetry in “Rahen Na Rahen Hum, Mehka Karenge” in ‘Mamta’ (1966) is enough to make his place in the ‘Hall of Fame’ of Hindi film music.   Many colourful songs for Nasir Hussain’s films are written by Majrooh Saab for OP Nayyar and RD Burman.

The new age songs written by Majrooh for the film ‘Khaamoshi’ (1996) are among my favourites.  This time I have chosen a song from the 1988 film ‘Qayaamat Se Qayaamat Tak’ produced by Nasir Hussain and directed by his son Mansoor Khan for launching of Tahir Hussain’s son Aamir Khan. Incidentally dialogues, story and screenplay all are credit to Nasir Hussain.  The song starts with prelude music of clocks going “tick tock tick tock” in a departmental store, where Juhi Chawla has come to shop with her parents, Dalip Tahil and Beena.  She accidentally runs into Aamir Khan, who has promised his parent that he will not meet and talk to Juni Chawla for 6 month (?) or so. Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla belong to two Rajput families who are at logger heads with each other over past broken alliances among the families due to which Dalip Tahil’s sister had committed suicide.

Juhi Chawla and Aamir Khan met during a picnic trip to Mount Abu and fell in love without knowing that their families are having this rivalry.  Due to this, the love story is actually doomed to end in tragedy, but at the time of this song the lovebirds are unaware of this and are happily waiting for the wait period to get over. The singers are Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik, and the music is by Anand-Milind. The songwriter is one and only Majrooh Sultanpuri.   If I remember correctly, this was the film which started the trend of abbreviating the name of film as QSQT.

A song of hope and happy endings. A song with birthday parties, picnic on cycles and dreamy dates and marking days in the calendar till happy days are here again.

Song – Ae Mere Humsafar, Ek Zara Intezaar (Qayaamat Se Qayaamat Tak) (1988) Singer – Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Lyrics – Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD – Anand Milind

Lyrics 

ae mere
humsafar
ek zara intezaar
sun sadaayen
de rahi hai
manzil pyaar ki
ae mere
humsafar
ek zara intezaar
sun sadaayen
de rahi hai
manzil pyaar ki

ab hai judaai ka mausam
do pal ka mehmaan
kaise na jaayega andhera
kyun na thamega toofaan
ab hai judaai ka mausam
do pal ka mehmaan
kaise na jaayega andhera
kyun na thamega toofaan
kaise na milegi
manzil pyaar ki
ae mere
humsafar
ek zaraa intezaar
sun sadaayen
de rahi hai
manzil pyaar ki

pyaar ne jahaan pe rakkha hai
jhoom ke qadam ek baar
wahin se khula hai koi rasta
wahin se giri hai deewaar
pyaar ne jahaan pe rakkha hai
jhoom ke qadam ek baar
wahin se khula hai koi rasta
wahin se giri hai deewaar
roke kab ruki hai
manzil pyaar ki
ae mere
humsafar
ek zara intezaar
sun sadaayen
de rahi hai
manzil pyaar ki

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Nahm)
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ए मेरे
हमसफर
एक ज़रा इंतजार
सुन सदाएं
दे रही हैं
मंज़िल प्यार की
ए मेरे
हमसफर
एक ज़रा इंतजार
सुन सदाएं
दे रही हैं
मंज़िल प्यार की

अब है जुदाई का मौसम
दो पल का महमाँ
कैसे न जाएगा अंधेरा
क्यूँ न थमेगा तूफान
अब है जुदाई का मौसम
दो पल का महमाँ
कैसे न जाएगा अंधेरा
क्यूँ न थमेगा तूफान
कैसे न मिलेगी
मंज़िल प्यार की
ए मेरे
हमसफर
एक ज़रा इंतजार
सुन सदाएं
दे रही हैं
मंज़िल प्यार की

प्यार ने जहां पे रक्खा है
झूम के कदम एक बार
वहीं से खुला है कोई रस्ता 
वहीं से गिरि है दीवार
प्यार ने जहां पे रक्खा है
झूम के कदम एक बार
वहीं से खुला है कोई रस्ता
वहीं से गिरि है दीवार
रोके कब रुकी है
मंज़िल प्यार की
ए मेरे
हमसफर
एक ज़रा इंतजार
सुन सदाएं
दे रही हैं
मंज़िल प्यार की


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 : 4044 Post No. : 15170

Today’s song is from film Shakuntala-43. This was the first film of V.Shantaram, under his own new banner- Rajkamal Kala mandir. The song is sung by film’s Heroine, Jayashree, on whom it was filmed also. The song was written by Ratan Piya ( I like this musical name, really !) and the music was by Vasant Desai.

The film was directed by Shantaram and the Cinematographer was his own brother V. Awadhoot.The cast of the film Shakuntala-43 was, Jayashree, Chandramohan, nana Palshikar, Nimbalkar, Zohra, Shantarin, Ameena, Vilas, Ratan piya etc etc.

Besides being the first film of Rajkamal, it was also first film of Vasant Desai to give music to a Shantaram film. He went on togive music to other Shantaram films like, Parbat pe apna dera-44, Dr. Kotnis ki amar kahani-46, Matwala shayar Ram Joshi-47 ( Amar Bhoopali-52 in Bangla and in 55 for Marathi version also), Dahej-52, Surang-53, Jhanak jhanak payal baje-55, do aankhen baraa haath-57 and Ladki Sahyadri ki-66.

Likewise, for Lyricist and writer Diwan Sharar ( real name Dewan Atmanand Sharar) also this was first film with Shantaram. He adapted the story from original ‘ Abhigyan Shakuntalam” in Sanskrit by mahakavi Kalidas. He wrote the story, dialogues and some lyrics too. later on he did some more Shantaram filmslike Parbat pe apna dera-44, Dr, Kotnis ki amar kahani-46, Apna Desh-49, Teen batti Chaar raasta-53 and jhanak jhanak Payal Baje-55.

So far,8 songs of this film are already discussed here and lot of information has been given in them, I too have done one post for this film. I wrote about this film being the First in 3 cases as mentioned above. This film also was the Last film in Pre-Partition era for one artiste, who was a very popular and well known Heroine, in the early era of the Hindi films. Her name is Miss Zohra Jaan aka Zohra.

In the Hindi film industry history,there have been many brother and sister pairs who worked in films. However, there were only 2 cases where 3 sisters worked in Hindi films as Heroines. The first ‘Triplet’ was Zubeida (Alam Ara fame), Sultana and Shahzadi,who all operated in the 30’s. The second ‘ Triplet ‘ was Zohra, Mushtari and Anuradha (real name Khurseed Akhtar), who worked in Hindi films from the 20s to the 40s. Mushtari died in her teens, after doing just 8 films as Heroine, and the other sisters migrated to Pakistanafter partition.

Miss Zohra Jaan or Zohra is not known to most people. She was one of the most successful heroines in the 30’s, having her first 5 films declared as Hit films, in the early era of Cinema. let us know more about her.

Zohra was born into a famous courtesan’s family of Delhi. originally from Punjab, the family had shifted to Delhi for better prospects. She was trained in Dance and Music in Lahore. They were 3 sisters-Zohra, Mushtari and Khursheed Akhtar ( screen name Anuradha). Zohra, as a young girl, was very naughty and mischievous. She had learnt Urdu, Punjabi and Pushtu languages, with excellence.

One day, while on an outing in Lahore, with father, Zohra saw a shooting on the road. This was her first encounter with a film shooting and she was terribly impressed. A.R.Kardar had started a small studio ‘ United players’ Corporation’ in Lahore and he was doing the shooting. He saw the sisters and was keen on taking them in films. Next day Kardar, along with a common friend, went to Zohra’s father and made his offer, which was out rightly refused by her father.

After few days, her father took the family to Bombay, in 1928, for some work. They hired a beautiful bungalow on Chaupati. Zohra was quite grown up now.she sang very well. She did some Mujra programmes. At the same time her Mujra and some devotional songs were recorded by The Twin Records company.

Neelam, a singer known to the family took the girls to see a film in Imperial Talkies. Ardeshir Irani, who saw them there, was impressed.Along with Neelam, he went to meet her father, next day. He offered Rs. 500 for each sister- Zohra and Mushtari- per month if they agree to working in his films.In those days, Rs. 1000 was a hugh amount and it did the trick . With father’s permission, Zohra was very happy.She did 2 silent films- Nand kumar-1929 and Radha Krishna-1930.

When the Talkie films started, she did Anang sena-31, Niti Vijay-32, Dagabaz Ashiq-32 and Bharati Mata-32 with Imperial. However, due to her command over Urdu language and good acting all these films being Hits, she started getting offers from other producers. She got an offer of Rs. 2500 and she left Imperial. Mushtari continued at imperial. ( Mushtari,who was in her teens did only 8 films. She fell ill and was removed to Lahore. However Mushtari died on 8-6-1934 at a very young age.)

Zohra became very popular and went on from 2500 to 5000 rupees per month. She was a very calculated person and saved quite a lot money. She went on doing films after films. In the beginning of her carer she had married Rafique Ghaznavi, who was making a career in films as actor,director, singer and Music Director. He had earlier married Anwari in Lahore but divorced her after a daughter was born.

In film industry, Zohra was known as ‘Marlene Dietrich’ of India. From 1931 to 1943, she did 31 films and had sung 44 songs in 15 films. Unfortunately none of her records of film songs are available,as most songs were not made commercially. Her private NF song records may be available with some Record Collectors of India or Pakistan. her last film in India was “Shakuntala”-43. She was further engaged to work in Shantaram’s next film ‘Parbat pe apna dera’-44. At that time the winds of Partition were blowing and some communal riots also took place. Zohra was scared and she left for Lahore.

Meanwhile Rafique Ghazanavi had divorced her after 15 years of married life. He married Zohra’s younger sister Anuradha. After migrating to Pakistan, he divorced her also and married someone else. Their daughter Shaheen was young now and ready for entering films. Zohra married director A.M.Mirza.

Sohrab Modi and Kardar urged her to come back for their films,but she was reluctant to come here due to fear. In Lahore,her daughter started getting film roles.In 1948, Filmistan invited her to act in their proposed film “Heer Ranjha”. So, Zohra came on 3 month’s visa. She immediately worked in a quicky stunt film “Aaj ka Farhad”-48. The news of her coming to Bombay spread and she was flooded with offers. In just 15 days, she made 10 contracts. Prithviraj Kapoor got her 1 year visa, with Morar ji Desai’s help.

During this period some artistes in Pakistan felt that because of Indian films,film industry in Pakistan was not developing and hence there was an agitation not to take any Indian films for exhibition and distribution. As a reply, India also declared not to take any Pakistani artiste in Indian films. Producers like Jagdish Sethi and P N Aurora hesitated to proceed with their films with Zohra. So once again Zohra went back to Pakistan.

Her daughter Shaheen’s career took off. Several offers came to Zohra also,but she did not want to work with new people. Consequently,offers stopped coming. It was rumoured that Zohra was curt, egoistic and very quick tempered, which was actually true. in reality Zohra could never forget the free atmosphere at India and the work of professionals here. That was also the cause of her career’s ending Pakistan. There is no information about her after that. In India, Zohara worked with the Best actors, best Directors and Best banners, at Bombay, Lahore and Calcutta.

Hindi film industry is full of unbelievable stories and anecdotes about producers, Directors, Actors, Singers and music Directors. Among actresses,the story of actress Shanta Apte is very famous how she taught a lesson to Baburao Patel, by beating him with a whip, in his office, for writing objectionable and insulting about her in magazine Film India. her name is quotes as an example of Woman-Power, courage and as an act of protecting self respect.

It is unfortunate that an act of similar nature, performed by Zohra in 1934 ( much earlier to Shanta Apte’s act) has remained unknown. She did something to protect her self respect and to teach a lesson for insulting her.Let us know how it happened.

Zohra was shooting for film ‘Jawani Diwani’-34 in Jayant studio of Jayant Desai. She had sent her driver for bringing lunch, but he was delayed. The shooting was going on even after the Lunch period of 1.30 to 2.30. She became very uneasy. Unmindful of the delay, the director arranged foranother shot. Zohra told him,” Lunch hour is already over and it is past 2.30.I am going.”

The director said ” you cant go without doing this shot.”

Zohra was angry and said- “you are arranging for this shot since last one hour. I can not wait anymore.”

Director said sarcastically, ” O Bai ji, this is your job, not a joke.”

His calling her “Bai ji” was very insulting for Zohra. She removed her chappals and gave a solid beating to the director. He started begging pardon. This matter went to the owners and the director was removed instantly. You must be wondering how the word ‘ Bai ji’ annoyed Zohra. To understand this, we have to know something.

To understand this word,we have to go back in History. There were 565 Princely states in India before Partition. Due to patronising of fine arts like music and dance by these Princes, a new class of Nautch Girls emerged in the 19th century. All Nautch Girls were not the same. Author Michael Kinnear, in his book “The Gramophone company’s first Indian Recordings 1899-1908 “, has explained the classification and Nomenclatures of these Nautch Girls. As per that, there were 4 types…

Lowest Class…..IV Name – Khanki Prostitutes/Sex workers
Class III Name – Kaneez Daasi or servant
Class II Name – Bai ji Singing/Dancing
Class I Name – Jaan Top class singers

They all were called collectively as Tawayafs. The readers will now understand the difference between Amirbai,Waheedanbai,Jaddanbai and Tamancha Jaan, Gauhar Jaan, Malika Jaan, Zohra Jaan etc etc.

There were quite a few such stars in the annals of early cinema world. Hopefully,more artistes will be dug out with their history.

Today’s song is sung by Jaishree. The video shows how happy Shakuntala is, about her father agreeing to send her to Dushant.

( This article is based on information from various sources, like Zohra’s interview in Madhuri magazine of 18-12-1981, book ” The lost treasure” by Kamlakar Pasupuleti and Surjit Singh ji, Screenplay by Isak Mujawar, MuVyz, HFGK, CITWF, shri Harish Raghuwanshi ji and my notes.)


Song- Mere baba ne baat meri maan li (Shakuntala)(1943) Singer-Jayshree, Lyricist- Ratan Piya, MD- Vasant Desai

Lyrics

Mere baba ne baat meri maan li
Mere baba ne baat meri maan li
?? baba ne
?? baba ne
achche baba ne baat meri maan li
achche baba ne baat meri maan li
Mere baba ne baat meri maan li
Mere baba ne baat meri maan li

?? sandes
apne preetam ke des
?? sandes
apne preetam ke des
haay ??
kaun jaaye arri
le ke paati meri
kaun jaaye arri
le ke paati meri
Mere baba ne baat meri maan li
Mere baba ne baat meri maan li

bhanwre bhejoon tujhe
par hai ye darr mujhe
wo bhi kaliyon ka ras pee ke phool jaayega
wo bhi kaliyon ka ras pee ke phool jaayega
aur mera sandesa bhi bhool jaayega
aur mera sandesa bhi bhool jaayega

meri nanhi kudi(??)
aaj kar lo deri
meri nanhi kudi(??)
aaj kar lo deri

arre pyaari gayi maari
kya jaayegi
arre pyaari gayi maari
kya jaayegi
raah aadhi na pahunchegi
laut aayegi
raah aadhi na pahunchegi
laut aayegi
Mere baba ne baat meri maan li
Mere baba ne baat meri maan li

maina

kaho mitthhu ye maina tumhaari
saari baaten kahegi hamaari
nahin bhoolegi na
na na na na na
?? kah degi na
haan haan haan haan haan
mere pyaare pyaare maina
mere achche achche maina
mere pyaare pyaare maina
mere achche achche maina
leja meri khabar
mere saajan ke ghar
leja meri khabar
mere saajan ke ghar
Mere baba ne baat meri maan li
Mere baba ne baat meri maan li

kahna ab to bula lo mujhe
apne paas
kahna ab to bula lo mujhe
apne paas
pyaasi dasshan ki main
swaami teri udaas
pyaasi dasshan ki main
swaami teri udaas
dekh lena badha
unki jaldi se ??
jajaaldi jaldi se
meri pyaari pyaari maina
meri achchi ahchi maina
meri pyaari pyaari maina
meri achchi ahchi maina
leja meri khabar
mere saajan ke ghar
leja meri khabar
mere saajan ke ghar
Mere baba ne baat meri maan li
Mere baba ne baat meri maan li

aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa


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

Blog Day :

3999 Post No. : 15098

Saga Of Sleepless Nights – 5
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un aankhon mein neend kahaan
jin aankhon se preetam door basey. . .

It was October of 2017, a year and 8 months ago. The previous episode of this series was posted then. After that – this long gap. There have been many a sleepless nights in the intervening months. Yet, somehow I could not get back into the groove with this series. And actually, and inadvertently I should say, two songs that I was saving for this series, got posted otherwise, depleting my list of song. Anyhow, not an issue – the wealth of the Hindi film song still will reveal more songs for this category. 🙂

‘Ek Masoom’, a film from 1969, appears to be a film that likely took some time to get going, get completed and released. This film was rare and unavailable for decades, and it has been recently unearthed and then made available in public domain.

It is a lesser known film of Tanuja, who is paired opposite to a gentleman named Salim Durrani. Yes, the name sounds very familiar, but this gentleman is not the India’s cricketing great, as even I had jumped to conclude first time when I read this name. The cricketer Salim Durrani has appeared in one film – BR Ishaara’s ‘Charitraheen’ (1973). The Salim Durrani appearing in ‘Ek Masoom’ is a different person. From checking the Geet Kosh, it seems that this film is the only one in which this non-cricketer Salim Durrani has appeared, just like his cricketing namesake.

The story of this film is the theme of same-face-confusion. A mix up is caused when two individuals who look exactly alike, happen to inadvertently wander into the life space of one another. One of the characters has links to the world of crime. And so, the mix up results in some predictable situations, where one individual is arrested for the crimes of the other. The matters reach the court, and are finally settled when both of them eventually reach the courtroom at the same time, come face to face with each other, and mix up is sorted out.

Of course, in the interim, the lives of the people connected with this same-face duo, become topsy turvy. The gentleman who is the straight and shareef person, is the love interest of Tanuja. But when the suspicions are cast on his actions and his character, misunderstandings are created, bringing agony to the lady.

This song is the result of that agony Tanuja is undergoing, spending sleepless nights – awaiting for some sign of good hope that may dispel her apprehensions, and clear the air around the man she loves.

And so the refrain from the poet –

jo na poore hon un armaanon ne soney na diya
dil mein uth’te huye toofaanon ne soney na diya

 The sleepless nights bother those hearts that are torn asunder with the storms of emotions and anxiety. These storms will keep one awake. Thoughts of what could have been and what may possibly happen, rage through the mind. And the sleep – it is far, far away from the eyes.

Another sleepless night. And another song of sleepless nights.

Song – Jo Na Poore Hon Un Armaanon Ne Soney Na Diya  (Ek Masoom) (1969) Singers – Asha Bhosle, Lyrics – Fareed Tonki, MD – N Dutta

Lyrics

jo na poore hon un armaanon ne soney na diya
jo na poore hon un armaanon ne soney na diya
dil mein uth’te huye toofaanon ne soney na diya
jo na poore hon un armaanon ne soney na diya
jo na poore hon

har ghadi tere khayaalon ne rulaaya mujhko
har ghadi tere khayaalon ne rulaaya mujhko
din to kya shab ko bhi
deewaanon ne soney na diya
dil mein uth’te huye toofaanon ne soney na diya
jo na poore hon un armaanon ne soney na diya

jo na poore hon

yaad jab bhi teri aai to phir aati hi gayi
yaad jab bhi teri aai to phir aati hi gayi
lakh chaaha magar afsaanon ne soney na diya
dil mein uth’te huye toofaanon ne soney na diya
jo na poore hon un armaanon ne soney na diya
jo na poore hon

jo tadapte hain wo tadpa bhi diya karte hain
jo tadapte hain wo tadpa bhi diya karte hain
raat bhar shamma ko parwaanon ne soney na diya
dil mein uth’te huye toofaanon ne soney na diya
jo na poore hon un armaanon ne soney na diya
jo na poore hon

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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जो ना पूरे हों उन अरमानों ने सोने ना दिया
जो ना पूरे हों उन अरमानों ने सोने ना दिया
दिल में उठते हुये तूफानों ने सोने ना दिया
जो ना पूरे हों उन अरमानों ने सोने ना दिया
जो ना पूरे हों

हर घड़ी तेरे ख्यालों ने रुलाया मुझको
हर घड़ी तेरे ख्यालों ने रुलाया मुझको
दिन तो क्या शब को भी
दीवानों ने सोने ना दिया
दिल में उठते हुये तूफानों ने सोने ना दिया
जो ना पूरे हों उन अरमानों ने सोने ना दिया
जो ना पूरे हों

याद जब भी तेरी आई तो फिर आती ही गई
याद जब भी तेरी आई तो फिर आती ही गई
लाख चाहा मगर अफसानों ने सोने ना दिया
दिल में उठते हुये तूफानों ने सोने ना दिया
जो ना पूरे हों उन अरमानों ने सोने ना दिया
जो ना पूरे हों

जो तड़पते हैं वो तड़पा भी दिया करते हैं
जो तड़पते हैं वो तड़पा भी दिया करते हैं
रात भर शम्मा को परवानों ने सोने ना दिया
दिल में उठते हुये तूफानों ने सोने ना दिया
जो ना पूरे हों उन अरमानों ने सोने ना दिया
जो ना पूरे हों


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Blog Day : 3972 Post No. : 15057

Yesterday (2 june 2019) was Sunday. I for some reason thought that there was lots of time available with me and so I would do things that I had not done for ages. Sunday morning is the day when DD national presents ‘Rangoli’.

I used to be a regular watcher of this programme when I was based at Bilaspur. That was four to seven years ago. I have rarely watched this programme since.

On this ‘Rangoli’ programme on 2 june 2019, This presenter announced that the programme would have songs dealing with nature. I found that most songs were from 1990s from movies such as ‘Roja’ etc, with a couple of songs from 1960s. There was no value addition from the anchor on these songs while discussing the songs. May be I was expecting her too keep us enthralled like an Ameen Sayani or Nalin Shah. But then those days and those knowledgeable presenter have become rare to find. We should at least be thankful that Vividh Bharti still has good presenters with knowledge as well as passion for old songs.

I then thought that instead of finding fault in the presentation of ‘Rangoli’, I should look in the mirror. Even my articles in the blog has become routine. It is time to bring some zing and enthusiasm in my writeups.

Just as the ‘Rangoli’ programme covered mainly songs from 1990s, I too noted down the lyrics of some songs from 1990s. Somehow those songs of 1990s did not bring the same “kuchh kuchh hota hai” feeling in me. I decided to randomly pick a song from 1960s. This random picking gave me a song from ‘Phool Bane Angaarey’ (1963).

‘Phool Bane Angaarey’ (1963) was directed by Suraj Prakash for Asiatic Arts Productions Bombay. This movie had Mala Sinha, Raj Kumar, Johny Walker, Aashish Kumar, Shammi, Mumtaz Begam, Mukri, Nasreen, Tuntun, Sarita Devi, Laxmi, Leela Mishra, Chaman Puri, Ravikant, Mansaram, Bhalla etc in it.

The movie has six songs in it. Three of the most popular songs from the movie have been covered in the past.

The song under discussion, that I picked by lottery, is one that I had never heard before. But when I listened to this song, I quickly realised that my hunch about the difference in quality of songs between golden era songs and songs of 1990s was not misplaced. This forgotten and less heard song from 1960s sounded so sweet and lovely. And I had never heard this song before !

This song is sung by Lata. Anand Bakshi is the lyricist. Music is composed by Kalyanji Anandji.

It was one of the earlier songs penned by Anand Bakshi in his career. This song came in the era when classy lyrics were being written by several established lyricists. So Anand Bakshi, in a bid to make his mark among such talented lyricists came up with this gem of a song. It is ironic that many of his lesser quality songs are better known than this song.

Even the music director duo were relatively new on the scene. And in this song they have tried to create a Salil Chaudhary like effect. The song and its picturisation is reminiscent of Salil Chaudhary compositions of those years.

The song is picturised on Mala Sinha.

Yesterday (2 June 2019) gave me a feeling that I failed to utilise it to the full. Nevertheless, I noted down the lyrics of some songs from 1990s, that I will discuss next.


Song-Sambhal to le dil deewaana (Phool Bane Angaarey)(1963) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Anand Bakshi, MD-Kalyanji Anandji

Lyrics (Provided by Prakashchandra)

dil deewaana
zara
thehar
jaana

sambhal to le dil deewaana
zara thehar jaana aa
sambhal to le dil deewaana
zara thehar jaana
abhi na saamne aana
zara thehar jaana
sambhal to le

main guzri umr ko waapas zara pukaar to loon
main apne aap ko thhoda bahut sanwaar to loon
libaas gham ka nigaahon se main utaar to loon
samaa to ho le suhaana zara thahar jaana
abhi na saamne aana
zara thehar jaana
sambhal to le

khushi bhi itni achaanak main seh na paaungi
main apne aap mein bas aaj reh na paaungi
jo tum se kehna hai mujhko
wo keh na paaungi
main yaad kar loon fasaana
zara thehar jaana
abhi na saamne aana
zara thehar jaana
sambhal to le

sataane waale
tumhen main bhi thhoda tadpaaun
talaash karte phiro tum mujhe
main chhup jaaun
hazaar kehne pe bhi saamne na main aaun
banaa loon koi bahaana
zara thehar jaana
abhi na saamne aana
zara thehar jaana

sambhal to le dil deewaana
zara thehar jaana
sambhal to le

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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दिल दीवाना
ज़रा
ठहर
जाना

संभल तो ले दिल दीवाना
ज़रा ठहर जाना
संभल तो ले दिल दीवाना
ज़रा ठहर जाना
अभी ना सामने आना
ज़रा ठहर जाना
संभल तो ले

मैं गुज़री उम्र को वापस ज़रा पुकार तो लूँ
मैं अपने आप को थोड़ा बहुत संवार तो लूँ
लिबास ग़म का निगाहों से मैं उतार तो लूँ
समा तो हो ले सुहाना ज़रा ठहर जाना
अभी ना सामने आना
ज़रा ठहर जाना
संभल तो ले

खुशी भी इतनी अचानक मैं सह ना पाऊँगी
मन अपने आप में बस आज रह ना पाऊँगी
जो तुमसे कहना है मुझको
वो कह ना पाऊँगी
मैं याद कर लूँ फसाना ज़रा ठहर जाना
अभी ना सामने आना
ज़रा ठहर जाना
संभल तो ले

सताने वाले तुम्हें भी थोड़ा तड़पाऊँ
तलाश करते फिरो तुम मुझे
मैं छुप जाऊँ
हज़ार कहने पे भी सामने ना मैं आऊँ
बना लूँ कोई बाहाना ज़रा ठहर जाना
अभी ना सामने आना
ज़रा ठहर जाना
संभल तो ले

संभल तो ले दिल दीवाना
ज़रा ठहर जाना
संभल तो ले


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

Blog Day : 3949 Post No. : 15025

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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2009-19) – Song No. 31
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Aah, the heady days of a decade before. Posting six songs was quite the norm. On 11th May, the following films got represented on the blog.

Mashaal

1950
Hamraaz 1967
Aankhen 1968
Parichay 1972
Ghar 1978
Nikaah

1982

Believe it or not, except for ‘Ghar’, all the remaining films made their debut on the blog that day. As I check the record of the films over the intervening years, five of the films have completed their tenure, and all their songs are now showcased here. Just one of these films has not yet been yippeee’d. And that is ‘Nikaah’ from 1982.

When ‘Nikaah’ hit the theatres in 1982, it did create a popular flutter. The doe eyed Salma Agha caught the fancy of the audiences early on. For a brief time, she was quite a rage. Then, the second quality of this film, that drew crowds and appreciation, was the music and the songs. Practically all the songs were hits, and have enjoyed lasting popularity and appeal.

The film has six songs, and four of them have already occupied their places on the blog. Browsing the list, one is once again struck with wonderment and praise, for the songs are –

Beete Huye Lamhon Ki Kasak Saath To Hogi
Dil Ke Armaan Aansuon Mein Beh Gaye
Fazaa Bhi Hai Jawaan Jawaan
Dil Ki Ye Aarzoo Thhi Koi Dilruba Miley

Fabulous songs, each one of them. Now about the remaining songs of this film. There is one qawwaali song, which is more or less incidental in the film. It is the other remaining song that is notable, unique and having its own claim to fame.

Ghulam Ali does not need any introduction to the readers. This phenomenal singer, was quite a rage in India during the 1980s and 90s. Even today, his performances are enthralling and much awaited. It is quite sad that his performance trips to India have become a victim of politics.

When this film was released, it was acknowledged that BR Chopra had accomplished almost a coup, in being successful to have a song, a ghazal actually, sung by this popular and legendary singer, included in the film. I am not sure, but perhaps this is the only instance of Ghulam Ali’s voice being a part of a Hindi film.
[Ed Note: Based on the inputs received from Anekant ji and Sadanand ji, in the comments section below – certainly this song is not the only instance of Ghulam Ali singing for Hindi films. Thanks to both for this important update. 🙂 ]

And so, as I was checking the details, I was quite taken by surprise that this song is not yet posted here on our blog. Well, today, it comes on board.

For its times, this film was a bold statement addressing social issues relating to marriage and divorce in the Muslim community. The predicament of the lady getting a raw deal in life at the hands of a whimsical male partner, whose bizarre behavior and fanciful decisions are quite supported by the norms of the society, completely unmindful of the traumatizing consequences on the mind and the psyche of the lady – and all that, for no fault of hers.

This famous ghazal, which has been one of the all time favorites outside of the film domain, is penned by Maulaana Hasrat Mohaani.
[Ed Note: Sadanand ji further informs us that this ghazal as a non-filmi creation, is also sung by Jagjit Singh for the the TV Serial ‘Kahkashaan’ (1992) produced by Ali Sardar Jaffrey. That version is already posted on our blog at “Chupke Chupke Raat Din. . .“, by Sadanand ji himself. That post also includes a detailed bio-sketch of the poet, Maulaana Hasrat Mohaani – a very interesting read. Thanks Sadanand ji.]

The music composition is by Ghulam Ali himself. The complete ghazal is of course much longer, and there are various variations in different live performances and other recordings. In the film, only two she’rs are included. There are versions of this ghazal as being in the film, which are apparently longer with more couplets, but those are the handiwork of technology only. Some folks have uploaded longer versions, which are copy-paste extensions of the visual clips, overlaid with additional audio, giving an impression of a longer song in the film. But watching with little attention, one can make out that it is a fake.

On screen, this rendition is performed by the gramophone player. Deepak Prashar, having dismissed and divorced his wife, Salma Agha, is having bouts of depressive regrets, and he misses her. If I recall rightly, it is his birthday celebration, and he invites Salma. In this clip it is cake that we encounter first. Then we see a weepy Deepak listening to this ghazal, as it plays on a gramophone in the room. Salma makes an entry, unnoticed by Deepak, and she witnesses the pain of loss and regret that Deepak is exhibiting. Rest, as part of the story, to be discussed another time.

A salute to this legendary singer from across the border, who has a very solid grounding and training in the Hindustani classical music. And this post brings this popular film to being one short of having all its songs posted here. So the yippee-dom announcement should not be too far off now. 🙂

 


Song – Chupke Chupke Raat Din Aansoo Bahaana Yaad Hai (Nikaan) (1982) Singer – Ghulam Ali, Lyrics – Maulaana Hasrat Mohaani, MD – Ghulam Ali
Chorus

Lyrics

hmmm mmmm mmmm mmmmmm
aaa aaaa aaaaaa
hmmm mmmm mmmm mmmmmm

chupke chupke raat din
aansoo bahaana yaad hai
chupke chupke raat din
aansoo bahaana yaad hai
hum ko ab tak aashiqui ka wo
zamaana yaad hai
chupke chupke raat din
aansoo bahaana yaad hai

khench lena wo mera
parde ka kona daf-attan
khench lena wo mera
parde ka kona daf-attan
aur dupatte se wo tera
munh chhupaana yaad hai
hum ko ab tak aashiqui ka wo
zamaana yaad hai
chupke chupke raat din
aansoo bahaana yaad hai

dopehar ki dhoop mein
mere bulaane ke liye
dopehar kid hoop mein
mere bulaane ke liye
wo tera kothe pe
nange paanv aana yaad hai
hum ko ab tak aashiqui ka wo
zamaana yaad hai
chupke chupke raat din
aansoo bahaana yaad hai

hmmmmm hmmmmmm hmmm hmmm hmmm
aaaa aaaa aaaa
hmmmmm hmmmmmm
hmmm hmmmm hmmmm
hmmm hmmmm hmmmm
hmmmm hmmmm hmmm
hmmmm hmmmm hmmm

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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हम्मम म्ममम म्ममम म्मममममम
आs आsss आsssss
हम्मम म्ममम म्ममम म्मममममम

चुपके चुपके रात दिन
आँसू बहाना याद है
चुपके चुपके रात दिन
आँसू बहाना याद है
हमको अब तक आशिकी का
वो ज़माना याद है
चुपके चुपके रात दिन
आँसू बहाना याद है

खेंच लेना वो मेरा
पर्दे का कोना दफ़-अतन
खेंच लेना वो मेरा
पर्दे का कोना दफ़-अतन
और दुपट्टे से वो तेरा
मुंह छुपाना याद है
हमको अब तक आशिकी का
वो ज़माना याद है
चुपके चुपके रात दिन
आँसू बहाना याद है

दोपहर की धूप में
मेरे बुलाने के लिए
दोपहर की धूप में
मेरे बुलाने के लिए
वो तेरा कोठे पे
नंगे पाँव आना याद है
हमको अब तक आशिकी का
वो ज़माना याद है
चुपके चुपके रात दिन
आँसू बहाना याद है

हम्मममम हम्ममममम हम्मम हम्मम हम्मम
आss आss आsss
हम्मममम हम्ममममम
हम्मम हम्ममम हम्ममम
हम्मम हम्ममम हम्ममम
हम्मममम हम्ममम हम्मम
हम्मममम हम्ममम हम्मम

 

 


This article is written by Ava Suri, 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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Atul Song-A-Day 15K Song Milestone Celebrations – 4
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It is that time of the year again. Time to celebrate another landmark of this beloved blog by all the members who contribute to it. Congratulations to the blog, its members and readers for hitting the 15K landmark.

I tend to ‘wake up’ only during the celebrations, though I like to keep afoot of the blog, not as much as I used to. Time was when I was tethered to a chair and computer for eight hours a day when I was working. There were many hours to be whiled away at times and it was easy to read the blog more often. Now that I am retired and a new member of Grandparents Club, I find less time to sit at the laptop. I often read posts on my mobile and find it hard to post comments from there. Nevertheless, it is still my number two most visited blog. Number one is my own blog, sorry, heh heh.

From something that was once Atul ji’s hobby, posting a song a day, this blog has burgeoned into a treasure trove of information. Various contributors keep the blog humming and it now has two fathers, Atul ji has been joined by Sudhir ji. This makes it easier for the blog to keep growing. There are a number of regular contributors, Arunkumar ji Deshmukh is the Bhishm Pitamah of the blog. Nalini ji is passionate about the blog, commenting and writing posts. Sadanandji, Avinash ji, Nahm ji, Mahesh ji, Satyajit ji, Gajendraji, Satishji are some of the other stalwarts. Raja is a personal friend of mine as well as the co-mentor of the blog. Forgive me if I have forgotten the names of other contributors – my memory is shaky post-retirement. 🙂

What do I love most about this blog? Number one reason is the sheer amount of information I gather by being here. Number two is the consistency of high standards in keeping the posts original and error free. Number three is the liveliness of the blog, the constant refreshment of content.

Hindi film music is a vast ocean, no, it is more like the skies that are endless. Luckily for the lovers of this blog, there will always be new songs and new posts to keep us occupied.

Now about this song. When new movies are promoted on television, they are accompanied by one or two big songs from the film. It becomes the signature song for the movie. Hence we get to know the popular songs from each movie and hum it more often. Yet there are often hidden gems within the songs of each movie, less popular but more beautiful. We do not hear them unless we watch the movie and are struck by it or listen to the complete playlist. ‘Haasil’ has a signature song too, “Ankhen Bhi Hoti Hain Dil Ki Zubaan”. But I am struck more by this song – “Ab Ghar Aa Ja”, a classical number which plays in the background during a poignant passage in the film.

‘Haasil’ (2003) was directed by Tigamanshu Dhulia and featured Jimmy Shergill, Irfan Khan and Hrishita Bhatt. College politics and gang war in Allahabad form the backdrop in which Jimmy and Hrishita meet and fall in love. Unfortunately, Jimmy becomes involved in the gang wars between two student leaders and is forced to flee to Mumbai. But soon he realises that he cannot keep hiding and lose his girlfriend in the bargain. He decides to return to Allahabad and face the consequences.

This song plays when the hero is traveling back to Allahabad from Mumbai in a train. The picturisation is very apt, the hero is pensive as he misses his girl, also because he knows he is soon going face danger. His mood is reflected in this slow classical number.

This song will debut the movie ‘Haasil’ on the blog. If I am not mistaken, singer Javed Ali debuts on the blog too. I hope you will like the song as much as I do.

Video

Audio

Song – Ab Ghar Aa Ja, Piya Morey Aa Ja (Haasil) (2003) Singer – Javed Ali, Lyrics – Satyaprakash, MD – Jatin Lalit

Lyrics
(Based on Video Version)

piya morey aa ja

tum bin kaun
mora dukh jaane
ab ghar aa ja

kaahe aiso nithur
bhayo bataa de
ho
kaahe aiso nithur
bhayo bataa de
ho
tum bin saawan jiyaara jalaave
ab… ghar aa ja

hum se chhal na kariyo
piya morey
hum se chhal na kariyo
piya morey
hamri preet hai
tumhri pooja
hamri preet hai
tumhri pooja
ab… ghar aa ja
ghar aa ja
ghar aa ja
ghar aa..aa ja

(Based on Audio Version)

ab.. ghar aa ja
piya morey aa ja

ab ghar aa ja
piya morey aa ja 
ab ghar aa ja
piya morey aa ja 
tum bin kaun
mora dukh jaane
tum bin kaun
mora dukh jaane
ab ghar aa ja
piya more aa ja
tum bin kaun
mora dukh jaane
ab ghar aa ja…

kaahe aiso nithur
bhayo bataa de
ho
kaahe aiso nithur…
nithur…
kaahe aiso nithur
bhayo bata de
ho
tum bin saawan
jiyara jalaave
ab ghar aa ja
piya morey aa ja
ab ghar aa ja

hum se chhal naa kariyo
piya morey
ham se chhal naa kariyo… piya…
piya…
piya…
piya…
hum se chhal naa kariyo
piya morey
hamaree preet hai
tumhri puja
hamaree preet hai
tumahri puja

ab ghar aa ja
piya morey aa ja
tum bin kaun
mora dukh jaane
tum bin kaun
mora dukh jaane
ab ghar aaja…
ghar aa ja…
ghar aa..aa ja…

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir Kapur)
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(विडियो पर आधारित)

पिया मोरे आ जा

तुम बिन कौन
मोरा दुख जाने
अब घर आ जा

काहे अइसो निठुर
भयो बता दे
हो
काहे अइसो निठुर
भयो बता दे
हो
तुम बिन सावन
जियरा जलावे
अब॰ ॰ ॰ घर आ जा

हमसे छल ना करियो
पिया मोरे
हमसे छल ना करियो
पिया मोरे
हमरी प्रीत है
तुम्हरी पूजा
हमरी प्रीत है
तुम्हरी पूजा
अब॰ ॰ ॰ घर आ जा
घर आ जा
घर आ जा
घर आ॰॰आ जा

(औडियो पर आधारित)

अब॰ ॰ ॰ घर आ जा
पिया मोरे आ जा

अब घर आ जा
पिया मोरे आ जा
अब घर आ जा
पिया मोरे आ जा
तुम बिन कौन
मोरा दुख जाने
तुम बिन कौन
मोरा दुख जाने
अब घर आ जा
पिया मोरे आ जा
तुम बिन कौन
मोरा दुख जाने
अब घर आ जा॰ ॰ ॰

काहे अइसो निठुर
भयो बता दे
हो
काहे अइसो निठुर॰ ॰ ॰
निठुर॰ ॰ ॰
काहे अइसो निठुर
भयो बता दे
हो
तुम बिन सावन
जियरा जलावे
अब घर आ जा
पिया मोरे आ जा
अब घर आ जा

हमसे छल ना करियो
पिया मोरे
हमसे छल ना
करियो॰ ॰ ॰ पिया॰ ॰ ॰
पिया॰ ॰ ॰
पिया॰ ॰ ॰
पिया॰ ॰ ॰
हमसे छल ना करियो
पिया मोरे
हमरी प्रीत है
तुम्हरी पूजा
हमरी प्रीत है
तुम्हरी पूजा

अब घर आ जा
पिया मोरे आ जा
तुम बिन कौन
मोरा दुख जाने
तुम बिन कौन
मोरा दुख जाने
अब घर आ जा॰ ॰ ॰

घर आ जा॰ ॰ ॰

घर आ॰॰आ जा॰ ॰ ॰


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Blog Day : 3913 Post No. : 14973

Today’s song is from the film Dekho ji-47.

The film was made by Punjab Film Corporation and was produced and directed by its owner Wali Sahab. He also wrote the lyrics. The music was by Tufail Faruqi and his assistant Sabir Hussain ( 5 and 6 songs credited respectively).

This was one of the films of 1947, from which almost everyone- the cast, producer, director, lyricist, composers etc etc all migrated to Pakistan after Partition- some immediately and few after some time. This was of course not unusual. As the year 1947 began, news was circulating about the partition. Like many other industries, Film industry was also worried. There was an air of uncertainty. Who will stay and who will migrate was hotly debated in the privacy of homes, studios and clubs. People looked at each others with suspicion. Muslims were worried about their safety in India, in spite of the assurances by Gandhi and Nehru.

Crores of rupees were invested in films. After the second world war started in 1939, lot of Black money was generated and much of it came to Film industry. Investors, Financiers and producers were worried about half made films. Everybody seemed to be in a hurry to finish his assignment on hand. Due to this the quantity of films increased,sadly at the cost of quality. 1947 saw a record number of films made in 1947- 181 Hindi films, the highest ever since films were made. It took another 40 years to break this record in 1988, when 185 films were made.

Almost 75 to 80 % films of 1947 were obscure and forgotten within a short time. Films like Aisa Kyun, Atom Bomb, Barrister, Beete Din, Chalte chalte, Chandrahaas, Dehati, Daulat Ke Liye, Extra Girl, Farz, Gaurav, Gudiya, Heera, Janata, Jhalak, Khandaani, Lalat, Manmani, mere Bhagwan, Mohan, Nai Baat, Pehla Pyar, Paro, Riwaz, Shabari, Shahkaar, Tohfa, Toote Dil, Veerangana are some of the films made in 1947. How many of us even know about them ? Actually, some of these were films in which well known and major stars of the times had acted. For example, Mohan had Dev Anand as Hero, Lalat was the debut film of Usha Kiran (as Usha Marathe), Prem Adib and Vanmala had acted in Chandrahaas etc etc.

Not that ALL films were bad. Certainly some famous and excellent films providing some Milestones of Hindi cinema were also made in 1947, like Aapki Sewa Mein (First playback song of Lata M), Bela (all 10 songs by Zohrabai Ambalawali), Dard (Debut song of Umadevi), Elaan (a bold Muslim social film by Mehboob Khan), Jugnu (the only film of Dilip kumar and Noorjehan), Meera (all 18 songs by MS Subbulaxmi), Mirza Sahibaan (last film of Noorjehan in India), Neel Kamal ( debut of Raj kapoor and Madhubala as lead pair), Parwana (Last film of KL Saigal), Shadi Se Pehle ( first duet of Rafi and Lata) and Shehnai (epoch making music by C Ramchandra).

Nevertheless partition did have an impact on the Film industry, due to the migration of artistes from both countries. LAHORE an important city in the undivided Punjab in the pre-independence days was one of the major Film making Centres in India. Talented actors and musicians from all Punjab and Sindh area tried their luck in the Cine Industry at Lahore. Nevertheless, the biggest centre of film production was Bombay and it was every aspiring artiste’s dream to go to Bombay and shine there. The film activity at Lahore increased considerably in the early 40s in terms of film production and Music. Those days Lahore was called ” a supply source” for Bombay, as many actors and musicians shifted their base to Bombay from there.

In the communal frenzy, polarisation of artistes took place. Hindus shifted to Bombay and Muslims left for Lahore. But there were some reverse migrations also in this period. One example each is of Sahir Ludhiyanvi who migrated to India, and Deebo Bhattacharya from Calcutta migrated to Karachi and prospered in Pakistan as a successful music director.

Some of the families got divided, like Mehboob Khan opted to remain in India, but his brother MR Khan remained in Pakistan and worked as a well known producer. Juhi Chawla’s grandfather JC Anand and uncle Satish Anand stayed in Lahore. Consequently they became the pioneers of Pakistan Film Industry. After the divorce Rafi’s first wife also migrated to Pakistan with her children.

At the actual time of Partition some artists were in Lahore for film work. They were BR Chopra, Ramanand Sagar, IS Johar, Gulshan Rai, Omprakash, Jeevan, OP Nayyar, Rajinder Singh Bedi, Naqsh Lyallpuri, Surinder and Prakash Kaur and Pushpa Hans. They all left Lahore hurriedly and reached Bombay safely.

However this journey was not so safe for one actor – comedian Durga Prasad, known as Durga Mota. He was very fat. In the melee, he reached the Lahore station and somehow boarded the train to Bombay. Suddenly a group of mad rioters entered the Lahore station and started killing the travelers. Most people ran helter skelter, but due to his heavy body, Durga Mota could not run and was cut into pieces on the Lahore station platform itself !

Same way many artistes from Bombay left for Lahore and ALL of them reached safely.

With so many people migrating to Pakistan at a time and the condition of Pakistan Film Industry then, it is a moot question, whether all these migrants could get work there and shine ?

There were 2 types of people who migrated-

1. Those who had achieved their peaks already in India and

2. Those who had just started their careers.

Obviously the second group, at least some of them, could do well there eventually.

Some of the successful migrants there were – Noor jahan, Khursheed Anwar, GA Chisti, Nissar Bazmi, Firoz Nizami, Najam Naqvi, Nakshab Jarachavi, Sibtain Fazli, Wali Saheb, Manto, Rashid Atre, Sudhir, Santosh, Asha Posley, Shameem, Najma, Yasmeen, Ragini, Zahoor Shah, Shaikh Iqbal, Himalaywala, Nazar, Rafiq Gaznavi, Tanvir Naqvi, Iqbal Bano etc.

Some of the unfortunate ones were – Meena Shorey, Ratan Kumar, M Sadiq, Charlie, Ghori, Kumar, Sheikh Mukhtar, Najmul Hussain, Neena, Kalavati, Maya Devi, Ghulam Hyder, Nashaad, Premlata etc.

Almost all the artists who shifted to Bombay prior to Partition did very well here.

There was a second wave of Migration in the 50s, during which many artistes like Veera, Rattan Kumar, Rehana, Mumtaz Shanti, Meena Shorey, Wali Sahib, K Anwar etc migrated to Pakistan.

Partition did some damage to India, but as there was a second line waiting to take over, the impact was negligible. However, Pakistan had to build a new film industry with the help of the migrant artistes in almost all departments of film making. Once this generation ended their career,unfortunately there was not much of a second line to take over in Pakistan.

Like many top class composers who migrated to Pakistan, there were some small time or recently started composers who also left, like Inaayat Hussain (only 1 Punjabi film Kamli), Fateh Ali Khan (2 films- Aaina-44 and Director-47), Tufail Farooqi (2 films-Sona Chandi-46 and Dekho Ji-47). Inayat Hussain of course became a Legend in Pakistan.

Today we will talk about TUFAIL FAROOQI.

Tufail was born in Taran Taaran, Amritsar, Punjab, in 1918. After taking musical lessons from Ustad Abdul Waheed Khan for several years, he joined All India Radio, Lahore. He also worked with many composers. Finally, he got his first film, ‘Sona Chaandi‘-46. Out of 12 songs of the film, he composed 10 songs and 2 were composed by DC Dutt. In this film Tufail gave opportunity to a young but promising new comer, who was struggling to get established as a playback singer – Mohammed Rafi. Rafi got 4 songs in this film and he was overjoyed at this break.

Later Tufail gave music to his second film- ‘Dekho Ji’-47. Here too he composed 6 songs and the other 6 were composed by composer Sabir Hussain. Actually, Sabir Hussain was his assistant and just to encourage him, Tufail credited these songs to him.

After partition, Tufail migrated to Pakistan, along with family and Sabir Hussain in tow, but had to struggle hard there too. His first film was ‘Barkha’ in 1953. Tufail gave music to 37 films, mostly Punjabi films and less Urdu. His film, ‘Bahadur Kissan’ -1970 had a song- ”Mera sona des kissan da”, sung by singer Masood Rana. This tune was a blatant direct copy of the song ”Ye desh hai veer jawanon ka” from ‘Naya Daur’-57. The Pakistani song became a tremendous hit, not only with the Punjab farmers but also was played on Radio and TV often.

Tufail Farooqi’s sister was Master Ghulam Haider’s first wife (Umrao Zia Begum was his second wife), from whom he got a son-Saleem Haider. Later Saleem joined Pakistan Army and rose upto the rank of Lt. General. He retired in 2000.

Tufail worked till early 80s. He had married the famous Pak singer Pappu Pukhraj in 1953. He passed away in Lahore on 25-3-1988.

Film ‘Dekho Ji’s cast was Mumtaz Shanti, Anjum, A Shah, Khatoon, Haroon, Afzal, Dilshad, Mintobai, Gulnar etc. Anjum was the hero in this film. From his photos in Film India issues of 1946, he looked to be a very handsome young man. He was also seen in 2 more films-‘Bichhade Balam’ and ‘Rehnuma’, both of 1948. After this, I guess, he migrated to Pakistan like many other artistes, because now his name appears in many films made in Pakistan, during the period 50s to the 80s. Some of his films made there are, ‘Waada’-57, ‘Nai Ladki’-58, ‘Beqasoor’-69, ‘Shami’-89 etc.

Another actor in the cast, who was quite a popular comedian those days was A Shah aka Aziz Shah. He was born in 1910, at Sialkot. He did not have much schooling, except primary education at Lyallpore and at Islamia High School, Lahore. Due to his rich and sweet voice, he used to recite Holy Quran, on farmaish. He wrote poetry also.

He joined Saroj Movietone in 1930, under Mohan Bhavnani as an artiste at Rs.40 p.m. He acted in ‘Shakuntala’-31 and ‘Gul Bakavli’-32. He had to take a 2 year break, due to an illness. Back in Bombay, he worked in film ‘Fidai Tohid’-34 as a hero. He gave music to film ‘Gunehgar’-36. He wrote dialogues for ‘Mother India’-38 and ‘Daughters of India’-39. His first comic role was in Ranjit’s ‘Mirza Sahiban’-35. He became famous with his role in Punjabi film ‘Kurmai’-41.

His best role came in ‘Sharada’-42, as Munshi Udharchand Shikarpuri. This was repeated by him in film ‘Keemat’-46. Some of his 11 films were, ‘Dhandora’-41, ‘Armaan’-42, ‘Sukh Dukh’-42, ‘Kanoon’-43, ‘Sanjog’-43, ‘Geet’-44 and ‘Ek Din Ka Sultan’-45. After 1947, he stopped acting and wrote lyrics in films like ‘Raat Ki Rani’-49, ‘Namoona’-49 and ‘Ek Teri Nishani’-49. After this he possibly migrated to Pakistan and we have no further information about him anymore. Baburao Patel of Film India magazine was his fan.

I have no idea whatsoever about the story line of this film. From the various photographs and comments in Film India 1946 issues, the film seemed to be interesting and entertaining with dance, drama and songs. It seems the film was completed in record time, but it was not released in 1947 for sure. Actually, most of the 1947 censored movies got released in 1948, due to the disturbed political atmosphere in the country in 1947.

Here is a very melodious song from this film, sung by Shamshad Begum.


Song-Baalam Pardesia Saajan Pardesia (Dekho Jee)(1947) Singer- Shamshad Begum, Lyrics- Wali sahab, MD-Tufail Farooqui

Lyrics

baalam pardesia
saajan pardesia
kaali ghataayen ghir ghir aayin
ghir aayin
duhaayi re
duhaayi re
baalam pardesia
saajan pardesia

jhool rahi jhoola
saajan sang sajni ee
jhool rahi jhoola
saajan sang sajni
aur main akeli
jaloon bin agni
aur main akeli
jaloon bin agni
haaye raam
kaun sautan man bhaayi re
duhaayi re
duhaayi re
baalam pardesia
saajan pardesia

chhod gaye jab se
baalam harjaai re
chhod gaye jab se
baalam harjaai re
nainon mein tab se hi
nindiya na aayi re
nainon mein tab se hi
nindiya na aayi re
ansuwan se ho gayi
sagaai re
duhaayi re
duhaayi re
baalam pardesia
saajan pardesia

poochh rahi tum se
kadamb ki chhaiyyaan
poochh rahi tum se
kadamb ki chhaiyyaan
akeli ko chhod ke
kahaan gaye sainyya
akeli ko chhod ke
kahaan gaye sainyya
teri khabariya na aayi re
duhaayi re
duhaayi re
baalam pardesia
saajan pardesia aa aa

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

बालम परदेसिया
साजन परदेसिया
काली घटाएँ घिर घिर आईं
घिर आईं
दुहाई रे
दुहाई रे
बालम परदेसिया
साजन परदेसिया

झूल रही झूला
साजन संग सजनी
झूल रही झूला
साजन संग सजनी
और मैं अकेली
जलूँ बिन अग्नि
और मैं अकेली
जलूँ बिन अग्नि
हाए राम
कौन सौतन मन भाई रे
दुहाई रे
दुहाई रे
बालम परदेसिया
साजन परदेसिया

छोड़ गए जब से
बालम हरजाई रे
छोड़ गए जब से
बालम हरजाई रे
नैनों में तब से ही
नींदिया ना आई रे
नैनों में तब से ही
नींदिया ना आई रे
अंसुवन से हो गई सगाई रे
दुहाई रे
दुहाई रे
बालम परदेसिया
साजन परदेसिया

पूछ रहीं तुमसे
कदम्ब की छईंयां
पूछ रहीं तुमसे
कदम्ब की छईंयां
अकेली को छोड़ के
कहाँ गए सैंयां
अकेली को छोड़ के
कहाँ गए सैंयां
तेरी खबरिया ना आई रे
दुहाई रे
दुहाई रे
बालम परदेसिया
साजन परदेसिया


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