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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.

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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


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4241 Post No. : 15457 Movie Count :

4258

“Jai Jwaala”(1972) also known as “Pooja Aur Paayal”(1972) was a movie produced under the banner of K D Films Bombay. The movie had Sujit Kumar, Sonali, Madhumati, Ram Mohan, Kammo, Chandrashekhar, B M Vyas, Shahid Bijnori, Dinesh Hingoo, Kumud Tripathi, Rukhsana, Ratna, Bhupendra Kumar, Hanifa, Tikkoo, Baby Saeeda, Nirupama, Rehman etc, with special appearances by Sunil Dutt, Sanjeev Kumar, Jaya Bhaduri, Madan Puri, Lata Bose, Gopi Krishan and Johny Walker.

The movie had six songs in it.

Here is the first song from “Jai Jwaala”(1972) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Rafi. Naqsh Llayalpuri is the lyricist. Music is composed by Kamalkant.

The song is picturised as a drunkard song on Sujit Kumar and a mujra dancing Madhumati.

With this song, “Jai Jwaala”(1972) makes its debut in the blog.


Song-Ye to mumkin hi nahin hai (Jai Jwaala)(1972) aka (Pooja Aur Paayal) (1972) Singer-Rafi, Lyrics-Naqsh Llayalpuri, MD-Kamalkant

Lyrics

ye to mumkin hi nahin hai
ki bahak jaaun main
saakiyaa itni pila de
ki mahak jaaun main
saakiyaa itni pila de
ki mahak jaaun main
ye to mumkin hi nahin hai ki
bahak jaaun main
saakiyaa itni pila de
ki mahak jaaun main
saakiyaa itni pila de
ki mahak jaaun main

ye amaanat hai teri
tu jo kahe dil apna
ye amaanat hai teri
tu jo kahe dil apna
aaj kadmon pe tere
jhoom ke rakh jaaun main
saakiyaa itni pila de
ki mahak jaaun main
ye to mumkin hi nahin hai ki
bahak jaaun main
saakiyaa itni pila de
ki mahak jaaun main

aaj ki raat meri jaan ye
tamanna hai meri
aaj ki raat meri jaan ye
tamanna hai meri
ban ke masti teri
aankhon se chhalak jaaun main
saakiyaa itni pila de
ki mahak jaaun main
saakiyaa itni pila de
ki mahak jaaun main
ye to mumkin hi nahin hai ki
bahak jaaun main
saakiyaa itni pila de
ki mahak jaaun main
saakiyaa itni pila de
ki mahak jaaun main
ki mahak
main
ke
main
ki mahak jaaun main
ki mahak jaaun main


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Blog Day : 4232 Post No. : 15441

“Sandhya”(1975) was produced by Sunik Kumar and directed by Mirza Masood Baig and Sunil Kumar for Knight Films Bombay. This “social” movie had Aziz Mirza, Nargis Bano, Sunil Kumar, Rajita Thakur, Sharad Kumar, Nilo Roy, Kamal Kapoor, Hira Lal, Ratnamala, Haider Kumar, Dilip Dutt, Mona, Baby Bindu, Misri Lal, Hariram Raheja, Mauji Ram, Radhey Shyam, Mohammed Ali, Haroon, Romeo, Rehana, Surendra Sharma, Prasad, Ashok, Moolchand, M.L.Kapoor, Sajjan Harilalka, Yudhishtir etc in it.

This obscure movie had three different to find songs in it. Two of these songs have been covered in the past.

Here are the details of these two songs:

S N Song Song number in blog Date of posting
1 Zindagi tujhse bahot pyaar kiya hai maine 11064 14-Apr-2015
2 Ang ang rang chhalkaaye 15085 23-June-2019

Today (18 february 2020) is the birth anniversary of Jaan Nisaar Akhtar (18 February 1914 – 19 August 1976) as well as Khayyam (18 February 1927 – 19 August 2019). Curiously, Their birth anniversary as well as death anniversary fall on the same days (though in different years).

As a tribute to them, here is the third and final song from “Sandhya”(1975). This song is sung by Sulakshana Pandit. Jaan Nisaar Akhtar is the lyricist. music is composed by Khayyam.

Only the audio of the song is available. It sounds like a mujra song to me. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of this rare song.

Lyrics of this song were sent to me by Prakashchandra.

Audio link:

Song-Jo palkon par nahin aate wo aansoo kisne dekhe hain (Sandhya)(1975) Singer-Sulakshana Pandit, Lyrics-Jaan Nisaar Akhtar, MD-Khayyam

Lyrics(Provided by Prakashchandra)

ye dilwaale jo dil de kar
silaa chaahein
pataa kab hai ae
ye kyaa maangey
ye kyaa chaahein
kabhi aanchal dhalak jaaye ae
jo baahon se
ye deewaane
(laughing sound)
badan chhoo lein
nigaahon se

pighal jaaye jo honthon ki nami dekhein
machhal jaayen jo aankhon mein hansi dekhen
par aankhon ki
hansi mein
gham ke pehloo
kis ne dekhe hain aen
par aankhon ki
hansi mein
gham ke pehloo
kis ne dekhe hain aen
jo palkon par nahin aate
par nahin aate
woh aansoo kis ne dekhe hain

kabhi chaahein ke ras pee len
nazaaron ka
kabhi chaahein ke tan rach len
bahaaron ka
mehkte phool ye kab
todna chaahein
lapakte ae haath kaliyaan
todnaa aaa chaahein aen aen aen aen
jo shaakhein toot’ti hain
unn ke baazoo kis ne dekhe hain aen
jo shaakhein toot`ti hain
unn ke baazoo kis ne dekhe hain aen

husn-ae-shamma tera
sabki aankhon ka nashaa
pyaar parwaane karein
raqs deewaane karein
par tere dil ki lagi
koi samjha na kabhi
sab ki padti hai nazar
tere jalwon pe magar a a a
dhuaan ban kar
bikhar ke tere gesoo
kis ne dekhe hain
jo palkon par nahin aate
woh aansoo kis ne dekhe hain


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Blog Day : 4226 Post No. : 15431

“Aarop”(1974) was directed by Atmaram for GuruDutt Fims Combines, Bombay. this movie had Saira Bano, Vinod Khanna, Vinod Mehra, Rehman, Bindu, Bharat Bhushan, Keshto Mukherjee, Paintal, Gulshan Arora, Kundan, Savita, Manik, Murad, Krishnkant, Jankidas, Rajan Haksar, Maruti, Viju Khote, Pardesi, Bhaagwan, Sabina, Chandu Johny Walker etc, with special appearances by Lily Chakraborty, Rajesh Bahal, Raj Mehra and Mohan Choti.

The movie had seven songs in it. Six songs have been covered in the blog.

Here are the details of these six songs :

S N Song Song number in blog Date of posting
1 Nainon mein darpan hai 552 15-Jan-2009
2 Jhinchak jhinchak…sab kuchh milaa tu na milaa 1976 23-Sep-2009
3 Jabse toone bansi bajaai re 7232 22-Dec-2012
4 O phoolon ke desh waali…Haath mere hai madhu ka pyaala Multi Part song 8019 1-May-2013
5 Hey Jai Yashodanandan 11224 23-Sep-2019
6 Toot gaya mera sapna suhaana 15427 9-Feb-2020

Here is the seventh and final song from “Aarop”(1974) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Asha Bhonsle. Maya Govind is the lyricist. Music is composed by Bhupen Hazarika.

The song is picturised as a mujra song on Bindu. The audience of this dance performance include usual suspects viz Rehman, Paintal etc. I have not been able to identify a few of them. I request our knowledgeable readers to help identify them.

With this song, all the seven songs of “Aarop”(1974) are now covered in the blog. with this, “Aarop”(1974) joins the list of movies that have been YIPPEED in the blog.


Song-Chale aao na sataao (Aarop)(1974) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Maya Govind, MD-Bhupen Hazarika

Lyrics

champa ke das phool
chameli ki ek kali
arre haaye moorakh ki saari rain
chatur ki ek ghadi

chale aao
na sataao
chale aao
na sataao
mori hiyara ki agni bujhaaye jaao re ae
hamra jiyarwa de de balma naagin ye samjho
sajna main seedhi sadhi naar hoon na naagin ye samjho
hamra jiyrwa dai de baalma naagin ye samjho

bholi sooratiya neechi najariya aaya ek anaadi
mauka pa mori bainya marodi nikla bada khilaadi
bholi sooratiya neechi najariya aaya ek anaadi
mauka pa mori bainya marodi nikla bada khilaadi
chitwan ne hathkadi laga di
roop ne mara dhakka
haay dekh ke mora jaadu tona ho gaya hakka bakka
chale aao
na sataao
chale aao
na sataao
mori hiyara ki agni bujhaaye jaao re ae
hamra jiyarwa de de balma naagin ye samjho
sajna main seedhi sadhi nar hoon na nagin ye samjho
hamra jiyrwa dai de balma nagin ye samjho

sawa laakh ke honth hamaare
dedh laakh ke naina
choodi bhari kalaai mori teen laakh ki hai na
sawa laakh ke honth hamaare
dedh laakh ke naina
choodi bhari kalaai mori teen laakh ki hai na
chaar laakh ki chunar lahanga
paanch laakh ke bol
saat laakh ki mori kamariya
tan mora anmol
chale aao
na sataao
chale aao na sataao
mori hiyara ki agni bujhaaye jaao re ae
hamra jiyarwa de de balma naagin ye samjho
sajna main seedhi sadhi naar hoon na naagin ye samjho
hamra jiyarwa de de baalma naagin ye samjho


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in 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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4246

Hindi Songs in Bangla Films: 15
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Recently, while browsing through the internet, I came across an old article, Gems that never got their due, published in the ‘Times of India’. The article lists 8 critically acclaimed Bangla films which have been forgotten mainly due to their commercial failures. Of the 8 such films, one film to which I got interested because of its unusual title was ‘Antariksha’ (1957) directed by Rajen Tarafdar. Luckily, the film was available for viewing on a video sharing platform with English sub-titles. Probably, after restoration, this film may have been shown in one or more of some international film festivals.

My awareness about the Bangla film personalities have been limited to those who had also been associated with Hindi films. Ranjen Tarafdar, the director of ‘Antariksha’ (1957) was a new name for me. A statement by the writer of the article referred to above that “Rajen Tarafdar was of the same school of thought as Satyajit Ray. He was a painter himself and would sketch each shot division before starting to shoot. ….” prompted me to know more about him. This took me to another article, Tale of a forgotten director which appeared in ‘The Statesman’ on the occasion of his birth centenary in July 2017.

Like Satyajit Ray, Rajan Tarafdar (07/06/1917 – 23/11/1987) got associated with the Bangla films with the background of working in an advertising company in Calcutta (Kolkata). A graduate from Government College of Arts and Crafts, Kolkata, Tarafdar joined an advertising company as a Graphic designer where he worked up to 1958. His debut film which he directed apart from writing dialogues and screen play was ‘Antariksha’ (1957). It is said that his style of working and uncompromising nature did not suit the Bangla film producers. Hence, during his 3 decades of association with Bangla films, he directed only 7 Bangla films – 6 between 1957-75 and the last one in 1987. He also acted in 4 films of which 2 were Hindi films – ‘Arohan’ (1983) by Shyam Benegal and ‘Khandhar’ (1984) by Mrinal Sen.

‘Ganga’ (1960) was Rajen Tarafdar’s second Bangla film which won a Certificate of Merit in National Film Awards, 1960. ‘Palanka’ (1975), his 6th film won the Best Feature Film in Bengali at National Film Awards, 1975. The reason as to why Rajen Tarafdar has been forgotten is that most of his films were not available for viewing. It is mainly during the last couple of years, his films were restored and now available for viewing on the video sharing platforms.

As mentioned earlier, ‘Antariksha’ (Space, 1957) was Rajen Tarafdar’s debut film which he made mostly with new actors except some character actors. The star cast included Chhabi Biswas, Kajal Gupta, Prabir Kumar, Dinen Gupta, Premangshu Bose, Padma Devi, Kalipada Chakraborty, Kamala Adhikari, Sandhya Roy etc.

The film’s story is weaved around Raja Babu (Chhabi Biswas), a landlord in a rural Bengal who is stubborn, dictatorial and egoist as expected in a feudal system that was prevalent in those days. As against this, one of his employees, Jayanta is honest and a sincere worker who has been brought up by the landlord as his own son. Hence, he has the liberty to discuss with the landlord without any hesitation. For instance, he suggests to landlord to give donation to a rural school. But the landlord disagrees. Jayanta tells him that as a landlord, he has also a duty to safeguard the interest of his subjects.

Jayanta likes Bani (Kajal Gupta), the daughter of a priest of a local temple and has the intention to marry her. He conveys his wish to the priest who agrees after some hesitation. The landlord after his wife convinces him, agrees to the proposal. The landlord takes care of all the marriage expenses. He even arranges for a courtesan to sing for his guests during the marriage functions.

However, soon after the marriage, a mystery breaks out when an unknown person visits his house and tells him that he is Gagan Ganguly, the husband of Bani. He also says that as a proof, he is in possession of a letter which mentions that Bani was married to him when she was 7 years of age. The fact is that Bani was indeed married to one Gagan Ganguly in her childhood. But he went missing immediately after the marriage with the dowry amount and jewelries. Since he was never found, he was presumed dead. Now the unknown person impersonating as Gagan Ganguly wants to blackmail Jayanta by making the letter public if he does not pay him Rs.25000/-. He had gotten hold of the crucial letter written by the Priest while pick-pocketing Jayanta’s his purse. The letter was to be handed over to Priest’s spiritual guru while on his visit to Varanasi for purchase of saris for the wedding.

Jayanta loves his wife who is pregnant. She is not aware of the mental agony Jayanta is going through. He cannot afford to pay Rs.25000/- to the blackmailer nor he can let the matter becomes public that he has married a girl who was already married in her childhood. Because of the agony, he starts reaching home very late. Bani starts questioning him as to why he so much immersed in thoughts. But he evades answer.

To come out of the blackmailer’s clutches, Jayanta decides to run away from the village in a bullock cart with his pregnant wife with cash taken from his landlord’s treasury without his knowledge. The blackmailer comes to know when he visits Jayanta’s house to collect the money. He chases and confronts Jayanta on the way to handover the money. In the shuffle, the blackmailer gets killed. Jayanta is arrested and is put behind bar for fraud and murder.

While all of the landlord’s staff and family members think that Jayanta is innocent, the landlord is not convinced. Jayanta’s well-wisher tried to get him bail so that he can look after his pregnant wife whose health has deteriorated. The only person who can arrange bail for Jayanta is the landlord who is not willing to pursue his bail application. It is now the Priest who tell the landlord true facts from the letter written by Bani’s grand mother requesting him to adopt Bani as his own daughter when Gagan Ganguly, Bani’s husband had deserted her. Though, this leads to soften his stand against Jayanta, still he is not convinced as to why Jayanta had fraudulently taken money from his treasury to run away from the village. Since all his family members including his wife, real son and daughter-in-law, all his staff has gone to be with Jayanta’s wife who is seriously ill, he feels isolated and has a change of heart. The film ends with landlord visiting Jayanta’s house to enquire about Bani’s health and then proceeding to the police station on his horse carriage to wriggle Jayanta out of the piquant situation.

The director has presented this film in a very realistic way. Even though at some points, the story moves slowly, the film was not boring. Much of the story has been told by way of expressions and gestures of the artists supplemented by an excellent background music by Sarod maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. He has prominently made use of the combination of Sarod, Sitar and Flute for the background music. Dialogues are minimal and that too mostly short – one or two sentences. The romantic scenes are shown in a subtle manner in keeping with the rural setting. There are some poignant scenes in the latter part of the film without much melodrama.

The film has only one song, that too a mujra song in Hindi which a courtesan sings on the occasion of the marriage of Jayanta with Bani. The song is ‘taras taras gaye nain bichaare’ sung by Pratima Banerjee and Swarooplata. The song is written by Pandit Bhushan which is set to music by Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.

Video Clip:

Audio Clip:

Song-Taras taras gaye nain (Antariksha)(Bangla)(1957) Singers-Pratima Banerjee, Pratima Banerjee+ Swarooplata, Lyrics-Pt Bhushan, MD-Ustad Ali Akbar Khan

Lyrics (Based on video clip)

taras taras gaye…ae nain
o o o o o o
o o o o o nain
haay
taras taras gaye nain bichaare
taras taras gaye nain bichaare
taras taras gaye nain bichaare
piya ke daras ko ye matwaare
piya ke daras ko ye matwaare
taras taras gaye nain

kabhoon tu aahiyen mukh dikhalainhen
kabhoon tu aahiyen mukh dikhalainhen
haan mukh dikhalainhen
dukh se kati hain din rain
haan more raam
dukh se kati hain din rain
o more raama
taras taras gaye nain bichaare
taras taras gaye nain

more piya jab angna milaihain
more piya jab angna milaihain
phulwa ki aankhen chhil chhil jaihain
haan chhil chhil jaihain
ho chhil chhil jaihain
mann mein basi hain sukh chain
haan more raam
mann mein basi hain sukh chain
o more raama
taras taras gaye nain bichaare
taras taras gaye nain

more piya aa aa aaa aa aa jab
more piya…..aaaa aa jab
gharwa mein..aen hain
more piya jab gharwa mein aaihain
more piya jab gharwa mein aaihain
roothhi hoon main piya moko manaihen
moko manaihen
haan moko manaihen
bole hain meethhe meethhe bain
o more ram
bole hain meethhe meethhe bain
o more rama
taras taras o o
piya ke daras ko
taras taras gaye nain bichaare
taras taras gaye nain


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4231

Hindi Songs in Bangla Films – 14
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‘Antony Firingee’ (1967) was a Bengali film which has attained a classic status among the Bengali films. The film was directed by Sunil Banerjee. The main cast included Uttam Kumar, Tanuja, Lolita Chatterjee, Bhanu Bandopadhyay, Asit Baran, Ruma Guha Thakurta, Chhaya Devi etc. The film was based on a real-life story of Hensman Antony, a Portuguese national, who visited Chandannagar (near Kolkata) with his father, a trader, sometime in the 19th century. However, in the film, the story has some deviation from the real story probably to give a better cinematic depiction of the characters. Let me set out first the real story which I have gathered from the on-line sources.

Hensman Antony (1786-1836) arrived in Chandannager with his father, a trader sometime in the 19th century. He got so obsessed with the Bengali folk music and language that he decided to settle down in Chandannagar. During his stay, he started learning Bengali language and also the folk music. His life took a fresh turn when he saved a brahmin widow, Saudamini from self-immolation and took her to his place. He married her much to the annoyance of orthodox Bengalis. A widow re-marrying and that too a Firingee (foreigner from Europe) was nothing less than an act of blasphemy. The conservatives regularly harassed Antony and Saudamini by various means.

The influence of Saudamini on Antony was such that he started worshipping Maa Kali and Maa Durga that made him a spiritually inclined person. He also started learning Kavigaan (Bengali folk performances by poets of two groups who sing and perform in front of the villagers as a competition). He was also good in singing hymns in praise of Goddesses. His literary Bengali was so good that he became one of the popular poets of Kavigaan. These things did not go well with the orthodox upper caste Bengalis who felt that a Firingee is entering their domain. One day, a few villagers burnt their cottage which resulted in Soudamini getting burnt to death. At that point of time, Antony was away giving his winning performance in a Kavigaan.

There is an old Kali temple located in Bowbazar area of Kolkata known as ‘Firingee Kalibari’ to which Antony Firingee was associated with its renovation and also as a devotee.

The film, ‘Antony Firingee’ (1967) is available on-line for viewing in 7 parts. However, there is no English sub-titles. After knowing the real story of Hensman Antony, it was not difficult for me to relate the scenes in the film and also the context. Since the early life of Hensman Antony in Bengal was not known, the director has taken the cinematic liberty by showing that Antony’s mother was a Bengali. He spends most of his time singing Bengali songs with the workers of a riverbank. Antony’s behaviour is completely in odd with his brother and Marina (Lolita Chatterjee) who loves him. They would prefer him to mingle with their own (white) people.

The director has fictionalized the romantic link between Antony (Uttam Kumar) and Soudamini (Tanuja. In the film, her role was named as Nirupama) by making her a courtesan after she became a widow. Her singing as a courtesan attracts Antony. She reveals him her sad story as to how she ran away from home after the death of her husband to escape death on her husband’s funeral pyre. She was forced to become a courtesan by changing her name to Shakilabai. Both are now becoming closer to each other as both share the same interest – singing. Antony rescues her from the kothi and marries her. There is a complete transformation of Shakilabai from a courtesan to Nirupama as a housewife. Despite the constant harassment from the conservative society surrounding them for their rebellions, they lead a contended married life. Rest of the story in the film has been mostly kept as per the real-life story.

The dramatization by way of the irony of the situations in the film has been well conceived. For instance, because of Antony’s foreign origin, Bhola Moira (Asit Baran), the most popular kabiyal (a bard, akin to ‘kirtankar’ in Maharashtra and Karnataka) at that time, refuses to teach him to become the kabiyal. But in the end, at a Kavigaan, he defeats Bhola Moira who not only accepts his defeat graciously, he removes the flower garland from his neck and place it on Antony as a mark of his respect for Antony. And another irony of situation is that while Antony has won the duel with Bhola Moira, fanatics are burning his cottage in which his wife is being burnt alive. The film ends with Antony carrying the dead body of Nirupama out of the burnt house and takes to the river ghat.

The film won Uttam Kumar the National Award for the best actor in 1968. About 50 years later, ‘Antony Firingee’ (1967) was the opening film at Kolkata International Film Festival, 2018.

The film had 10 songs and a Tarana sung by Malbika Kanan, the wife of Pandit A T Kanan. All the songs are said to have become very popular. I am presenting the only Hindi song in the film, ‘ghir ghir aayi kaari badariya’ sung by Sandhya Mukherjee based on a popular traditional kajri. But in the film, it is sung for a mujra singer (Tanuja in the role of Shakinabai)) which is set to music by Anil Bagchi.

In the video version of the song, it is interspersed with western dances Antony’s community is indulging where Antony is being taken to participate. But he so immersed in mujra song heard in the background that he closes the door of the dance floor to hear the song uninterrupted. The audio clip has the full rendition.

Video Clip (Partial):

Audio Clip:

Song-Ghiri ghiri aayi kaari badariya (Anthony Firangi)(Bangla)(1967) Singer-Sandhya Mukherjee, MD-Anil Bagchi

Lyrics(based on audio clip)

aaa aaa aaa
aaa aaa aaa
aaa aaaa aaa aaa
ghiri ghiri aayi kaari badariya
piya nahin aaye
main kaa karoon guinyaan
ghiri ghiri aayi kaari badariya
piya nahin aaye
main kaa karoon guinyaan
kaa karoon guinyaan
piyaa nahin aaa…ye
piya nahin aaye
haaa aa aa
piya nahin aaye
piya nahin aaye
main kaa karoon guinyaan

daadur morey
daadur morey papeeha gaa…..ye
daadur morey papeeha boley
mujh birhan kaa jiyara…..aa doley
mujh birhan kaa jiyara…..aa doley
nis din unki yaa……d sataaye
piya nahin aaye
main kaa karoon guinyaan
piya nahin aaye mora
kaa karoon guinyaan
piya nahin aaye mora
kaa karoon guinyaan
piya nahin aaye
main kaa karoon guinyaa….n


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“Heeraa”(1973) was produced and directed by Sultan Ahmed for Sultan Ahmad Productions, Bombay. The movie had Sunil Dutt, Asha Parekh, Farida Jalal, Shatrughan Sinha, Helen, Kanhaiyyalal, Anwar Hussain, Nazir Hussain, Sulochana, Mukri, Randhir, Tabassum, Tuntun, Mumtaz Begam, B.B. Bhalla, Polsan, Renuka, Keshav Rana, Abhimanyu Sharma, Jankidas, Master Raju, Pahalwan, Habib, Mac Mohan, Maqbool, Bam Lahiri, Abhimanyu Sharma, Master Rajoo etc in it, with friedly appearances by Faryal, Asha Potdar, Shyam Kumar and Satyendra Kappu.

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

Here is the fifth song from the movie to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Lata. Indeewar is the lyricist. Music is composed by Kalyanji Anandji.

This song is a Bihar -Eastern UP kind of song where dancing girls were called to perform at important occasions such as weddings etc. In the picturisation, Asha Parekh is getting married and Helen is called upon to dance on the occasion.

Helen lip syncing in Lata’s voice (instead of Asha Bhonsle) and performing a mujra kind of dance (rather than cabarat). This was perhaps the idea of the moviemaker to cast Helen in a “different” kind of role. 🙂


Song-Der na karo piya pyaare (Heera)(1973) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Indeewar, MD-Kalyanji Anandji

Lyrics

aa aa
aa aa
shamma hai
gul bhi hai
bulbul bhi hai
parwaana bhi
raat ki raat ye sab kuchh hai
sahar kuchh bhi nahin
der na karo o
der na karo
piya pyaare
paas aate aate tumhaare
kahin door
kahin door
kahin door na main chali jaaun
der na karo o
piya der na karo
na karo

kaahe jodi
kaahe jodi nigodi piya maine tujhse najariya
dega taana
dega taana
dega taana zamana
hansegi ye saari nagariya
ab to hadd ho gayi intzaar ki
laaj rakh lo piya mere pyar ki
ab to hadd ho gayi intzaar ki
jali jaaun
pyaar ki aag mein
piya der na karo
piya pyaare
paas aate aate tumhaare
kahin doon na main chali jaaun
der na karo o
piya der na karo
na karo

dekhoon raahen
dekhoon raahen
nigaahen bichhaa ke main saari umariyaa a
par zamaana
par zamaana
par zamaana begaana
ye mohlat na dega sanwariya
waqt ko kisne roka
kahin de jaaye na dhokha
gair ka mujhe na kar de
maang mein aag na bhar de
aane waale abhi jo na aayega
dekh lena koi jaan se jaayega
aane waale abhi jo na aayega
chhali jaaun hathhon kismat se
main na chhali jaaun
piya der na karo
piya der na karo
na karo


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in 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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4217

Hindi Songs in Bangla Films – 8
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‘Aalor Pipasa’ (Thirst for Light) was a Bangla film released in January 1965. The film was directed by Tarun Majumdar. The film is available on-line with English sub-titles. The story of the film is about a courtesan (Sandhya Roy) who sacrifices her life for the betterment of her son. The entire story is depicted in the film by way of flash back when a senior doctor (Pahadi Sanyal) tells the story of the courtesan to his junior doctor (Asit Baran). The junior doctor happens to be the courtesan’s son.

Obviously, the story of the film revolves around Sandhya Roy and I must say that she has given an outstanding performance in the film. Hitherto, my knowledge about Sandhya Roy was limited to her Hindi films like ‘Asli Naqli’ (1962), ‘Pooja Ke Phool’ (1964), ‘Jaane Anjaane’ (1971) etc. But in Hindi films she had only secondary roles like Dev Anand’s ‘munhboli bahen’ (adoptive sister) in ‘Asli Naqli’ (1962) where she displays her combative but soft at heart attitudes. The song from the film laakh chupaao chhup na sakega was picturised on her.

In Bangla films, Sandhya Roy has been one of the prominent actresses who has been active in Bangla film industry for over 5 decades starting with lead roles and switching over to character roles. She has worked in more than 100 films. She is also in politics having successfully contested parliamentary election from Mednipur in 2014 on Trinamul Congress ticket.

Sandhya Roy (born 11/04/1941) was born in Nabadwip (West Bengal). However, her family belonged to Khulna (now in Bangla Desh) where her grand father was a landlord. In her childhood, she lost her parents. She was brought up by her maternal uncle at Khulna where she had her early education.

In 1957, Sandhya Roy returned to Kolkata and stayed with her sister. This was the beginning of her unexpected journey to Bangla films. While watching the shooting of the film ‘Mamlar Fol’ (1957), the director saw her and offered her a role in the crowd. Her first full-fledged film was ‘Antariksha’ (1957). After the success of this film, she started getting offers of lead roles in many Bangla films. She remained one of the leading actresses in Bangla films during 1960-80. During this period, she was paired with Biswajeet in about 20 films.

Sandhya Roy had her stint in Hindi films with ‘Asli Naqli’ (1962) which was followed by ‘Pooja Ke Phool’ (1964), ‘Raahgir’ (1969), ‘Jaane Anjaane’ (1971), Bandagi’ (1972) etc. The last Hindi film she acted was ‘Ek Anaar Sau Bimaar’ (2008). However, despite her good acting, she could not actively pursue her career in Hindi films.

From 1980s onward, Sandhya Roy continues to work in Bangla films as a character actress beside pursuing her political career.

Sandhya Roy married Tarun Majumdar, one of the leading directors of Bangla films who had also directed Hindi films, ‘Balika Badhu’ (1967) and ‘Raahgir’ (1969).

‘Aalor Pipasa’ (1965) had nine songs of which as many as 5 songs were Hindi semi-classical songs. This was to be expected since the story of the film revolves around a courtesan who entertains her clients by singing and dancing. The film also has a Sanskrit strotra (hymns) which has been rendered by Hemant Kumar as a background song when credit titles roll in the film.

In the film, Lata Mangeshkar sings two solos for Sandhya Roy of which I have selected the song ‘ghir aayi badariya piya naahi aaye’. The song has been written by Kaifi Azmi which has been set to music by Hemant Kumar.


Song-Ghir aayi badariya piya naahin aaye (Aalor Pipaasa)(Bangla)(1965) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Kaifi Azmi, MD-Hemant Kumar

Lyrics

ghir aayi badariya piya naahin aaye
ghir aayi badariya piya naahi aaye
tan man jale mora birha sataaye
tan man jale mora birha sataaye
ghir aayi badariya piya naahin aaye

jaa jaa re badra tu pi ko manaa laa
jaa jaa re badra……aa aa aa aa aa
jaa jaa re badra tu pi ko manaa laa
pi ke bina mohe kachhu hi na bhaaye
pi ke bina mohe
pi ke bina mohe kachhu hi na bhaaye
ghir aayi badariya piya naahin aaye
ghir aayi badariya piya naahin aaye

jeewan hai pyaasa ankhiyaan hain pyaasi
jeewan hai pyaasa ankhiyaan hain pyaasi
jeewan hai pyaasa ankhiyaan hain pyaasi
megha re kaahe ko jhariya lagaaye
megha re kaahe ko
megha re kaahe ko jhariya lagaaye
ghir aayi badariya piya naahin aaye
tan man jale mora birha sataaye
ghir aayi badariya piya naahin aaye
ghir aayi badariya piya naahin aaye….ye ye


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in 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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Hindi Songs in Bangla Films – 6
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A couple of months’ back, I had come across a Hindi song ‘ruke ruke se kadam’ from a Bangla film, ‘Laal Pathore’ (1964) sung by Mubarak Begum under the music direction of Salil Chowdhury. I could not locate the picturised version of the song. The tune of the song gives me an impression that it is picturised as a mujra song. While it was a new song for me, the ‘mukhda’ of the song sounded familiar to me. Oh! Yes. It was the more famous song, ruke ruke se kadam from ‘Mausam’ (1975) sung by Lata Mangeshkar under the music direction of Madan Mohan. Both the songs have almost the same lyrics which are accredited to Gulzar. So, it is one song, composed in two tunes by two different music directors, depicting two different emotions.

There is a section of the Hindi film music lovers who feels that credit for both the songs should go to Mirza Ghalib as he had originally written this ghazal which Gulzar has merely changed a few words to give an easy understanding of the original words. So, I decided to make a reality check by comparing the original ghazal written by Mirza Gahlib and the versions written by Gulzar for both the films mentioned above.

The original ghazal written by Mirza Ghalib has five she’rs. The ghazal written by Gulzar for the Bangla film ‘Laal Pathore’ (1964) has four she’rs and that for ‘Mausam’ (1975) has three she’rs. Let us compare the she’rs of all the three versions of the ghazal in a tabular form for easy verification as to whether the ‘allegation’ on Gulzar has substance or not.

Original ghazal by Mirza Ghalib Gulzar’s version of the ghazal – ‘Laal Pathore’ (1964) Gulzar’s version of the ghazal – ‘Mausam’ (1975)
Ruke ruke se kadam
ruk ke baar baar chale.Qaraar de ke tere dar se beqaraar chale.
Ruke ruke se kadam
mud ke baar baar chale.Qaraar le ke tere dar se beqaraar chale.
Ruke ruke se kadam
ruk ke baar baar chale.Qaraar le ke tere dar se beqaraar chale
Uthaaye phirte thhe ehsaan jism kaa jaan par.

Chale jahaan se to
ye pairahan uttaar chale.

Uthaaye phirte thhe ehsaan dil kaa seene par.

Tumhaare kadmon mein
ye karz bhi
utaar chale

Uthaaye phirte thhe ehsaan dil kaa seene par.

Le tere kadmon mein
ye karz bhi
utaar chale

Na jaane kaun si mitti watan ki mitti thhi.

Nazar mein dhool jigar mein liye ghubaar chale.

[Not used] [Not used]
Sahar naa aayi kayi baar neend se jaage.

Thhi raat raat ki ye zindagi guzaar chale.

Sahar naa aayi kayi baar aaftaab aaya.

Ham intezaar mein ye raat bhi guzaar chale.

Subah naa aayi kayi baar neend se jaage.

ki ek raat ki ye zindagi guzaar chale

Mili hai shama se ye rasm-e-aashiqui hamko.

Gunaah haath pe le kar gunaahgaar chale.

Shama se seekhi hai ye rasm-e-aashiqui hamne.

Gunaah haath pe le kar gunaahgaar chale.

[Not used]

Note: Bold words indicate changes from the original she’rs.

It will be observed from the above table that Gulzar has made only some cosmetic changes in the original ghazal written by Mirza Ghalib which has been used in the two films mentioned above. Hence, the credit for the two ghazals used in the films should have rightly gone to Mirza Ghalib. I am aware that Gulzar is a great fan of Mirza Ghalib and he had used Mirza Ghalib’s she’rs in a couple of his other songs including dil dhoondhta hai phir wahi fursat ke raat din. So, I thought that he may have given due credit to Mirza Ghalib in his film ‘Mausam’ (1975) for his inspirations. But in the credit title of the film in DVD version, there is no acknowledgement to Mirza Ghalib.

Coming back to the song ‘ruke ruke se kadam mud ke baar baar chale’ from the Bangla film, ‘Laal Pathore’ (1964), as mentioned earlier, this song is not available in the DVD version of the film. I feel that this mujra song may have been partially used in the film. But the full song is available on the record version which was issued by Saregama (then HMV). There is another Hindi song in the film, ‘saans ke zakhm bhar raha hai koi’ written by Gulzar and sung by Manna Dey which is partially used in the film.

‘Laal Pathore’ (1964, Bangla) in which Uttam Kumar, Supriya Devi (Chaudhury) and Srabani Basu acted in main roles was later made in Hindi as ‘Laal Pathar’ (1971) with corresponding roles for Rajkumar, Hema Malini and Rakhi. Both the versions were directed by Sushil Majumdar. While Salil Chowdhury composed the music for Bangla version, Shankar-Jaikishan composed the music for Hindi version.

I was enthralled with the Ghazal King Madan Mohan’s version of the ghazal, ‘ruke ruke se kadam’ from ‘Mausam’ (1975)’ Let us now enjoy Salil Chowdhury’s version of the same ghazal in a different setting.

Lastly, let us also give credit to Mirza Ghalib for the lyrics of both the version of the ghazal along with Gulzar.

Audio link:

Song-Ruke ruke se kadam mud ke baar baar chale (Laal Pathore)(Bangla)(1964) Singer-Mubarak Begam, Lyrics-Gulzar, MD-Salil Chaudhary

Lyrics

ruke ruke se kadam mud ke baar baar chale
ruke ruke se kadam mud ke baar baar chale
qaraar le ke tere dar se beqaraar chale
qaraar le ke tere dar se beqaraar chale

sahar naa aayi kayi baar aaftaab aaya
sahar naa aayi kayi baar aaftaab aaya
sahar naa aayi kayi baar aaftaab aaya
ham intezaar mein ye raat bhi guzaar chale
ham intezaar mein ye raat bhi guzaar chale
qaraar le ke tere dar se beqaraar chale

shama se seekhi hai ye rasm-e-aashiqui hamne
shama se seekhi hai ye rasm-e-aashiqui hamne
shama se seekhi hai ye rasm-e-aashiqui hamne
gunaah haath pe le kar gunaahgaar chale
gunaah haath pe le kar gunaahgaar chale
qaraar le ke tere dar se beqaraar chale

uthaaye phirte thhe ehsaan dil kaa seene par
uthaaye phirte thhe ehsaan dil kaa seene par
uthaaye phirte thhe ehsaan dil kaa seene par
tumhaare kadmon mein ye karz bhi utaar chale
tumhaare kadmon mein ye karz bhi utaar chale
qaraar le ke tere dar se beqaraar chale
ruke ruke se kadam mud ke baar baar chale


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in 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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Hindi Songs in Bangla Films – 4
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For the general Hindi film audience, Suchitra Sen (real name: Roma Dasgupta) is synonymous with her lead roles in ‘Bambai Ka Babu’ (1960) with Dev Anand, ‘Mamta’ (1966) with Ashok Kumar and ‘Aandhi’ (1975) with Sanjeev Kumar. The second category of audience with academic interest in Hindi films will add four more of her Hindi films – ‘Devdas’ (1955) in the role of Paro with Dilip Kumar, ‘Musafir’ (1957) with Shekhar, ‘Champakali’ (1957) with Bharat Bhushan and ‘Sarhad’ (1960) with Dev Anand. Those in the latter category of Hindi film buffs would also know that Suchitra Sen worked in many Bengali films and the Bengali film audience loved to watch their favourite on-screen couple, Suchitra Sen and Uttam Kumar.

I was in the second category insofar as Suchitra Sen was concerned until recently. But in my quest to get a few rare Hindi film songs in Bengali films made me to watch some of the popular and critically acclaimed Bengali films of the golden era (1950-75). In this process, I came to know about the important contributions made by Suchitra Sen and Uttam Kumar among others in reviving the Bengali film industry after the decline of big film productions banners like New Theatres, M P Productions (of P C Barua) and the collapse of the studio system.

Based on a number of articles available on-line including some from Gopal Krishna Roy, a film journalist with United News of India who remained one of the very few close confidants of Suchitra Sen until her death, I have given below some interesting aspects of her filmy career based on these readings:

1. Suchitra Sen (06/04/1931 – 17/01/2014) migrated from then East Bengal (now Bangla Desh) to Kolkata with her family in 1947. She joined film industry in 1952 when she was already married to Dibanath Sen, a Marine Engineer and the son of an Industrialist in 1947 at the age of 16.

2. She acted in her fist film ‘Shesh Kothay’ (1952, Bangla) which was never released. Her first officially released film was ‘Saat Number Kayedi’ (1953, Bangla)

3. Her second released film was ‘Sharey Chauttor’ (1953, Bangla), a light comedy film which was also her first film with matinee idol, Uttam Kumar, then nick named in the Tollygunj studio circle as a ‘flop hero’ because all the films he worked during 1948-52 were box office failures. With this film, Uttam Kumar made an impressive turnaround in his filmy career with Suchitra Sen. From this film onward, Bengali filmy audience adored them as the most iconic romantic pair in the Bengali films.

4. During her filmy career (1953-78), Suchitra Sen worked in 61 films (including 7 Hindi films) out of which she paired with Uttam Kumar in as many as 30 films. Almost all of their films were box office hits.

5. When Suchitra Sen was 39, she lost her husband, Dibanath Sen in 1970 while he was on a visit to USA. However, she kept her shooting schedules, more or less, as planned to avoid financial losses to the producers.

6. A glance through her filmography and brief story lines of most of her films gives an impression that Suchitra Sen had handled her filmy career, especially from 1960, onward very professionally. She appears to be selective in accepting the films. Most of her films have a strong story-line and she had almost equal footage in films along with lead actors. In this process, she had ensured that she had ample scope for portraying her characters in the films and was not over-exposed to her audience.

7. Suchitra Sen declined the offer of Satyajit Ray’s film because he had put a condition that she had to give bulk dates for shooting and during the making of the film, she should not work in any other films. Satyajit Ray decided to abandon the film rather than taking any other female actress. She had also declined the offer of Raj Kapoor to work in one of his films (My wild guess is that it was for ‘Sangam’ (1964) because he had also made an offer to Uttam Kumar for a role in his film ‘Sangam’ (1964) which he had also declined. The role went to Rajendra Kumar.)

8. Suchitra Sen was the first Bengali film actress to get the best actress award in any International Film Festival for her role in Bangla film ‘Saptapadi’ (1961) in Moscow International Film Festival, 1963.

9. After the box office failure of her last film ‘Pranay Pasha’ (1978), Suchitra Sen retired from the film industry at the age of 47. It was first thought that she had timed her retirement at the peak of her career. However, over a period of time, it became evident that with retirement from the films, she had also shunned public life. She spent her last 35 years in her house as recluse, confining herself with close circles of family and a few friends.

During her last 35 years, Suchitra Sen completely avoided public exposure. Even during the death of Uttam Kumar in 1980, she visited his house after mid-night to offer her condolence. It is believed that she had decline to accept Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2005 mainly to avoid the public appearance. In 2012, Government of West Bengal gave her ‘Banga Bibushan Award’ but she did not attend the function. Moon Moon Sen, her daughter accepted the Award on her behalf.

Suchitra Sen suffered from lung infections for which she was admitted in a Kolkata hospital sometime in December 2013. She had almost recovered from her ailment but on January 17, 2014, she got a cardiac arrest which took her life. As per her wish, her body was put in the casket with tinted glasses and was cremated as the earliest (in about 5 hours from the time of her death). So even in death, she ensured her privacy.

Dilip Kumar who had worked with Suchitra Sen in her first Hindi film ‘Devdas’ (1955) in the role of Paro, paid tributes to her upon her death in January 2014 which are reproduced below:

Suchitra had peerless, expressive eyes. She conveyed volumes with a single look. During an intense scene in Devdas, I had to look straight into her eyes and convey romance filled with pathos. She reacted uniquely, looking with equal intensity at me and doing a slight lip movement which was excellent. Bimal da complimented her after that shot and so did I.

Professional to the core, Suchitra maintained a distance from film folk and never opened up unless she was comfortable with the person she was interacting with. She preferred to work in silence. But she never disrespected anyone. As an artiste, she gave full respect to even a spot boy.

Her Hindi had a Bengali accent but it sounded sweet. She could give five modulations to a single dialogue. After Devdas, we worked in Musafir in 1957, but we were not paired together. I will never forget the serenity she lent to the bhajan, ‘man re hari naam karna’ by Lata Mangeshkar.

We shared a great work rapport, but I must confess, her pairing with Uttam Kumar was the greatest. Suchitra was unparalleled in ‘Saat Paake Bandha’, ‘Uttar Phalguni’ and ‘Deep Jwele Jai’. An actress of international calibre, her looks were simply haunting. [Source: The Times of India, updated version dated 17/01/2017].

Many of Suchitra Sen’s Bangla films were not only box office hits, some of them were critically acclaimed and were remade in Hindi like ‘Mamta’ (1966) from ’Uttar Phalguni’ (1963), ‘Kora Kaagaz’ (1974) from ‘Saat Paake Bandha’ (1963), ‘Khamoshi’ (1966) from ‘Deep Jwele Jaai’ (1959) etc.

I am presenting a Hindi song ‘zindagi ki ye bhool thhi’ from the film ‘Uttar Phalguni’ (1963, Bangla) sung by Sandhya Mukherjee. The name of the lyricist is not known. The song was set to music by Robin Chatterjee.

Suchitra Sen had a double role – both mother and daughter in this film which was produced by Uttam Kumar. But he did not act in this film. Suchitra Sen later did the same double role in the Hindi version ‘Mamta’ (1966).

Unfortunately, the video clip of the song is not available. In fact, I did not find the song in the DVD of the film. Since Sandhya Mukherjee had sung for Suchitra Sen in this film, I guess, the song was picturized on Suchitra Sen. The wordings of the song give me an impression of a mujra song, the similar situational song in Hindi version of the film could be rahte thhe kabhi jinke dil mein.

Audio Clip:

Song-Zindagi ki ye bhool thhi (Uttar Phalguni)(Bangla)(1963) Singer-Sandhaya Mukherjee, MD-Robin Chatterji

Lyrics

aa aa aa aa aaa
aa aa aa aa aaa
aa aa aa aa aaa
aa aa aa aa aaa
zindagi ki ye bhool thhi
pyaar kisi se ho gaya
zindagi ki ye bhool thhi
mohabbat ki thandi chhaon mein
naadaan dil thha so gaya
zindagi ki ye bhool thhi

kaisi ye dillagi huyi
dil nahin akthiyaar mein
kaisi ye dillagi huyi
dil nahin akthiyaar mein
gumnaam ek sandesha hai
koyal ki har pukaar mein
gumnaam ek sandesha hai
koyal ki har pukaar mein
lut gayi main to jeete jee
haay kisi ke pyaar mein
phool dikha ke dhool mein
kaanta koi chubho gaya
zindagi ki ye bhool thhi

meri nasheeli aankh mein ae
meri nashee….li aankh mein
tasveer kiski bas gayi
tasveer kiski bas gayi
khel samajh ke prem ke
jaal mein main to phans gayi
lut gayi dil ki har khushi
lut gayi dil ki har khushi
hansne ko main taras gayi
saahil pe la ke naav ko
saahil pe la ke naav ko
mallah khud dubo gaya
zindagi ki ye bhool thhi
pyaar kisi se ho gaya
zindagi ki ye bhool thhi


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