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

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


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

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Today’s song is from an obscure film Yaad-42, the first directorial adventure of actor – director Mazhar khan. He also acted as a Hero in this film, opposite Veena. Others in the film were Satish, Azuri, Indira Devi, Shehzadi, Haadi, Haroon, Ram Avtar, Devraj etc.etc. Lyricist for its 9 songs was Munshi Arzoo Lucknowi and the music was by K.Datta aka Datta Korgaonkar. Two songs of this film are already discussed, first one in 2014 and the second in 2016.

Neither have I seen this film, nor I could get any information on this film on internet or any book. Obviously, it seems to be just one of those films which come and go without leaving its mark on the way. In those days, like any other year, such non-descript films were made in plenty. Only few films were noticeable and discussed by critics in the Media, i.e. in Newspapers, because this was the only media available in those days.

As said in the beginning, Yaad -42 was not only the first directorial venture for Mazhar Khan, but it was also the first Debut Hindi film for its Heroine Veena. How Veena joined films and how she came to Bombay is a very interesting story. In one of the interviews she gave in November 1981, to Urdu film magazine ‘ Shama ‘, she herself has described all this. Let us also read it once again…

Veena was born as Tajwar Sultana, on 4-7-1926, at Quetta in Baluchistan (now in Pakistan). Her father was in Railways, so he was transferred many times and her education was done at various places, including Delhi. After her Matriculation, she was sent to a women’s college, with Hostel, in Amritsar. In those days, her brother Shehzada Iftekhar was an assistant Cameraman at Northern India Studios, Lahore. This studio advertised for a Heroine, for their new Punjabi film ” Gawandi “. (This brother Iftekhar is many times mistaken for actor Iftekhar- who was totally different. The story of love for Suraiya is of this brother and not that actor Iftekhar.)

A Bangali lecturer from Veena’s college had applied. A few days later, a team (including her brother) from Lahore came to interview her, but she was rejected as she did not know Punjabi well enough. Veena was very keen to apply, but her brother warned her about the family resistance. She prodded him to give her photo to the visitors. Seeing her photo, she was called to Lahore for screen Test. All this was without letting the family know.

One Saturday, Veena left for Lahore. Next day she gave the screen test, mouthing dialogues written by Wali Saheb. She was selected and offered the role. One of the producers- Sheth Kishorilal, suggested to change her name for the screen as Veena ( it was his daughter’s name) and she became Veena.

She completed film ‘Gawandi-42’, opposite Hero Shyam, in just one month and in the next one month, she did another film ‘ Ravi Paar-42′, opposite Hero S.D.Narang. All this was without family’s knowledge, but she was aware of the impending storm. She returned to college. News about her film work had already reached the college. She was thrown out of the college and the hostel for this.

When she returned home, as expected there was a great scene. She was scolded and locked in a room. Her family wanted to get her married, which she vehemently opposed. Her family went to the producers and demanded that the films be destroyed. Of course, this was was not accepted. Meanwhile, Veena had received film offers from Mazhar Khan, Mehboob, Bombay Talkies and Rajneet. She left her house with brother and reached Bombay. Mazhar khan paid her Rs.2000 per month with a Bungalow and a Car. She did her first Hindi film ” Yaad “-42. Then came Najma-43 from Mehboob, Rajputani-44 from Ranjit etc etc. She earned One lakh rupees per film.

Veena did about 100 Hindi films in her career, till she retired in 1983. Even after her husband, Al Nasir’s death in 1957, she continued to stay and work in India with her children. Veena died on 14-11-2004. ( adapted from her interview in Shama, November 1981. Thanks to book ” ye un dinon ki baat hai” by Yasir Abbasi).

In Hindi cinema world, some artistes are known for some specialty. They may not be great artistes, but certain aspect of their career is so famous that they are remembered. For example, ” Dattu Theka” of composer Dattaram was and is very famous in film music. He was a small time composer but became famous for this. Similarly another such person was Datta Korgaonkar alias K.Datta as he was popularly known. He was famous for his passion and intense attachment to Nurjehan’s singing. Though he composed her songs in only 2 films, after she left india, Datta almost felt like a paralytic person and virtually lost interest in his music.

K.Datta or Datta Korgaonkar alias Anna saheb, was born in Sawantwadi in Konkan area on 4-6-1908. He grew up learning to sing. His mother was a Bhajan singer. He started singing on stage during Ganesh utsav melas. He was called to Kolhapur in 1937 to give music to a Marathi film, Chandrarao Morey’-38. His first break in Hindi came in 1939 with Mera Haq,followed by Alakh Niranjan-40, Geeta-40 ( in Hindi and Marathi) and Yaad-42.

He first came face to face with Noorjehan in Naadaan-43. He was simply mesmerised with her voice and singing style. He composed 7 songs for Noorjehan. After doing Zameen-43 and Maharathi Karna-44, he again composed 4 songs for Noorjehan in film Badi Maa-45. His songs ‘ Diya jalakar aap bujhaya’ and ‘ aa intezar hai tera’ are evergreen songs of Nurjehan. He also gave a break to Lata and Asha to sing in a chorus with Noorjehan. It is very sad that initially, K.Datta’s name was not mentioned on the 78 RPM records of Badi Maa. Only on the ‘re-issue’ records his name came up.

His other films were Yateem-45,Shaahkaar-47,Rangmahal-48,meri kahani-48,Daaman-51,Gumaasta-51,Rishta-54,Harihar Bhakti-56 and Ajanabi-66. In film Daman-51, he gave the First duet of Lata and Asha. In all K.Datta gave independently music to just 17 films,plus one film Badmash-44,with Khan Mastana. His Marathi films were 12 from 1938 to 1965. After retirement in 1965,he spent his time in Bhakti, Pooja and Asrology. He used to have special Pooja on every Thursday,when Bhajans were sung. Many composers and other film industry people used to be his visitors. Naushad, C.Ramchandra, Madan Mohan, Sajjad Hussain etc were the regular visitors to Annasaheb. He died on 23-12-1978.

He was a Noorjehan believer to the core. To date K Datta remains the only top composer from Maharashtra to whom Noorjehan came first, Lata later. No one regretted Partition more than K Datta. Indeed, his creativity seemed to come to an end once Noorjehan left him high and dry by moving, with a song on her lips, to Pakistan. He once said, “Noor Jehan left for Pakistan and took my creativity with her”. The four Noorjehan numbers, as fashioned by K. Datta, are historically most important. Because it was hearing and absorbing these four nuggets of Noorjehan, while acting with her in `Badi Maa’, that Lata Mangeshkar learnt to shape her vocal technique. If Lata came to sound a Noorjehan replica for so long, the tonal base for this was laid, just imagine, by a robustly tall Maharashtrian from the ghats called K Datta in `Badi Maa’.The last number of Noorjehan fetched him the ultimate tribute from no less a movie stalwart than Mehboob Khan, who said: “Bhai Datta, yeh gaana to aap ne Khuda ke darbar mein baithe hue banaya lag raha hai” (“It sounds as if you created this song sitting in Allah’s abode”). K Datta used to play Ek anokha gham ek anokhi musibat ho gayi on a harmonium presented to him by O.P. Nayyar. How grimly significant that the one music director, O.P. Nayyar, who never in his life commissioned Lata, should have gifted that harmonium to the one Maharashtrian composer who believed only in Noorjehan!

There is one odd name in the cast of this film- Hadi. His full name was Mohammed Hadi. He was also known as Master Hadi, due to his knowledge of Music and singing. In early Talkie films, he gave music to films, singly and with other composers and also sang songs. But mainly, he was an actor from the Silent era. No wonder he was seen in some films of the First year of Talkie films of 1931, like Draupadi, in which he had played the role of Shakuni. he sang 3 songs also. He was seen in other films like Abu hasan-31, and Daulat ka Nasha-31. His acting in saubhagya Sundari-33 and Sulochana -33 was much appreciated. He is estimated to have acted in about 30 films till 1947.

The other interesting name that appears in the cast is of Shehzadi. The original actress Shehzadi was the sister of Alam Ara-31 heroine Zubeida and Sultana. All 3 sisters retired from films in or around 1936.

This Shehzadi was different. She was born in Bombay and was well conversant with Hindi, Marathi, Urdu, Gujarati, Bangla and English. She joined Bombay Talkies and made her debut in film Jhoola-41. She was in the famous Dance-song ” Main to Dilli se dulhan laya re” along with Mumtaz Ali. She worked in films of Chitra productions,Saubhagya Pictures, Star Productions and Asiatic productions. She was Heroine of Gope in film ” Haso Haso aye duniya walon”-47.

Her acting in Saheli-42 and Yaad-42 was much appreciated. She did 26 films from 41 to 47 period. She started her own Ratnakar Productions in 1947 and made film ” Utho Jaago”-47, with actor Ashiq Hussain as a Hero. Soon after Partition, she married Ashiq Hussain and they migrated to Pakistan.

Yet one more name is Indira Devi. She was an Anglo-Indian from Calcutta with original name-Eugenia Peterson. She started with Silent films in 1927 ,like Jaidev, jana,Punarjanma, Kapal Kundala, Ganesh janma, Rajsinha, Waman Avtar etc etc. She got married in 1930 and stopped working in films till 1935, to raise a family. She changed her name to Effie Hippolite, but for films she took name of Indira Devi. She started with film Wamaq Azra-35. She went on to do 21 films till 1947, after which there is no information about her. Probably, she migrated to Britain.

Today’s song is sung by Saraswati Rane. This is the 3rd song from this film to be posted here.


Song-Haay Raama tirchhi najariya ne maara (Yaad)(1942) Singer- Saraswati Rane, Lyrics- Munshi Arzoo Lucknowi, MD- K Datta

Lyrics

Haay Raama
haay raama
haay raama
tirchhi najariya ne
tirchhi najariya ne maara
haay raama
tirchhi najariya ne
tirchhi najariya ne maara

?? joban ??
nainan par
?? maara
aa aa
aa aa
haa aa aa aa
haay raama
tirchhi najariya ne
tirchhi najariya ne maara

aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
haa aa aa aa aa
haa aa aa aa aa
?? nahin jaani
?? nahin jaani
baali umariya ne maara
aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aa
haa aa aa aa
haay raama
tirchhi najariya ne
tirchhi najariya ne maara
haa aa aa
haa
haa aa aa
haa
haa aa aa
haa
haay raama
tirchhi najariya ne
tirchhi najariya ne maara

sagri raina mohe tadpat beeti
sooni sajariya ne maara
aa aa
aa aa aa
sooni sajariya ne maara
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aa
haa aa aa aa
haay raama
tirchhi najariya ne
tirchhi najariya ne maara


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Blog Day : 3986 Post No. : 15075

“Shankar Shambhu”(1976) was directed by Chaand for A K Movies Bombay. The movie had Feroz Khan, Vinod Khanna, Sulakshana Pandit, Bindu, Jagdeep, Ajeet, Anwar Hussain, Suhir, Sulochana, Jayshree T, Shantanu, Jankidas, Viju Khote, Kishore Sinha etc with guest appearances by Pradeep Kumar and Lalita Pawar.

The movie had five songs in it. Two songs have been covered in the past.

Here is the third song from “Shankar Shambhu”(1976) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Suman Kalyanpur. Sahir Ludhianvi is the lyricist. Music is composed by Kalyanji Anandji.

The song is picturised as a mujra song on Bindu and Vinod Khanna.

It appears to be a rare song in the sense that it is one of rare occasions when Sahir Ludhianvi must have penned lyrics for Kalyanji Anandji.

This song appears to be a forerunner of the “Muqaddar Ka Sikandar”(1978) mujra song “Salaam e ishq meri jaan zara kubool kar le”.


Song-Mera dil churaa kar na aankhen chura (Shankar Shambhu)(1976) Singer-Suman Kalyanpur, Lyrics-Sahir Ludhianvi, MD-Kalyanji Anandji

Lyrics

mera dil chura kar na aankhen chura
mera dil chura kar na aankhen chura
sab kahenge tujhe bewafa bewafa
bewafa bewafa
dekh dil ko laga kar na dena daga
dekh dil ko laga kar na dena daga
sab kahenge tujhe bewafa bewafa
bewafa bewafa
mera dil chura kar na aankhen chura

hamne de di hai tujhko jubaan
ho hamne de di hai tujhko jubaan
tere kadmon mein niklegi jaan aan
tere kadmon mein niklegi jaan
dil ka naazuk sa hai ye aayina
dil ka naazuk sa hai ye aayina
tod dena na ae meharbaan aan
tod dena na ae meharbaan
ban ke toota agar silsila silsila
ban ke toota agar silsila silsila
sab kahenge tujhe bewafa bewafa
bewafa bewafa
mera dil chura kar na aankhen chura

gair ke ghar na rakhna kadam
ho gair ke ghar na rakhna kadam
ye sitam sah na paayenge hum m
ye sitam sah na paayenge hum
toone gar hamko dhokha diya
toone gar hamko dhokha diya
zahar kha lenge teri kasam m
zahar kha lenge teri kasam
jab janaaza uthha pyaar ka pyaar ka
jab janaaza uthha pyaar ka pyaar ka
sab kahenge tujhe bewafa bewafa
bewafa bewafa
mera dil chura kar na aankhen chura


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 : 3972 Post No. : 15058

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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2009-19) – Song No. 34
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Ten years back, 3rd June, 2009, five songs and five films. The films are,

Shart 1954
Return of Mr Superman 1960
Ganga Jamuna 1961
Khoj 1971
Ek Baar Muskura Do 1972

The film ‘Shart’ from 1954 made its debut on the blog with the iconic “Naa Ye Chaand Hogaa Na Taare Rahenge”. In terms of completion, the films ‘Shart’ and ‘Ganga Jamuna’ have been yippeee’d already. The remaining songs of the rest of the three films are waiting in the wings.

Coming of 1960s also saw the waning of the career of music director Anil Biswas. Active in the industry since 1935, Anil Biswas has made a very significant and a lasting contribution to the music of Hindi cinema. A trendsetter in many ways, Anil Da has also been responsible to introduce and groom some of the finest singing voices in the industry.

After two and half decades, in the beginning of 1960s, his body of work was reduced to just a trickle. In 1961, he directs the music for ‘Lucky Number’; in 1962, it is ‘Sautela Bhai’; and after many delays, ‘Chhoti Chhoti Baaten’ finally got released in 1965.  And it turns out to be his last film in the industry. He had actually moved to Delhi already, during this time frame (March of 1963) and was working at the All India Radio as the director of the National Orchestra and Chief Producer of the program ‘Sugam Sangeet’.

Today, we revisit one of his lesser known films – ‘Return of Mr Superman’ from 1960. The song is a mujra performance, presented on screen by Heera Sawant. I hope I am correctly identifying the main dancer in this clip. I request other knowledgeable readers and friends to please confirm or correct me. There are other actors in the audience that can be identified. We can clearly make out David and Rajan Haksar. There is another gentleman with ruffled hair and a large round eyes. I request the readers and friends to please help put a name to this face. Also, there is a trio of supporting singers on screen, who lip sync the chorus lines. Again, the request is to help identify these ladies.
[Ed Note: Prakash ji has identified the “. . .gentleman with ruffled hair and a large round eyes.” as Jagdish Kanwal. Thanks Prakash ji.]

The film is produced and directed by Manmohan Sabir, for his home banner – Manmohan Pictures, Bombay. The film has seven songs listed in the Geet Kosh, written by four songwriters – Anand Bakshi, Kaif Irfani, Manmohan Sabir, and PL Santoshi. This song is written by Manmohan Sabir. The music, of course, is by Anil Biswas.

The cast of the film is listed as Jairaj, Sheela Ramani, Helen, David, Naazi, Majnu, Shammi, Ram Mohan, Rajan Haksar, Jagdish Kanwal, Heera Sawant, Nazeer Kashmiri, Mohinder, Saleem Raza, Robert, Gulab, Ramesh, Arvind, Harun, Master Naveen, Krishna, and Funny Walker.

There is one interesting discussion that we have had earlier on this blog, relating to one song purportedly from this film. The song is “Stella O Stella O Stella”. The curiosity about this song is that it has also appeared earlier in the film ‘Chaar Dil Chaar Raahen’ from 1959. This earlier film also has music directed by Anil Biswas. On our blog, it so happens that this song, as it appears in ‘Return of Mr Superman’ is already posted; and the same song as it appears in ‘Chaar Dil Chaar Raahen’ has not yet been posted.

I would like to bring to the notice of interested readers, the fact that this song does NOT appear in the list of songs given in Geet Kosh for the film ‘Return of Mr Superman’. The original song, as appearing in ‘Chaar Dil Chaar Raahen’, written by Sahir Sb, is the correct attribution of this song. The appearance in the later film ‘Return of Mr Superman’ is simply a repeat use, probably inserted at a short notice to fill a certain scenario. The song certainly does not belong to this later film.

Coming back to the song for today – as one listens carefully, one realizes that this is actually a ghazal that has been presented as a mujra. An interesting variation. I am sure we will find more such instances, if we start looking carefully. Earlier, we have identified a couple of ghazals that has been presented as qawwaalis (and I am sure there are more of such instances also). So now we have another variation – I am sure we will find more cases of a ghazal presented as a mujra. As one listens to the wordings, it is really a very endearing expression –

dil to tujh ko de diya, ab jaan bhi de denge hum
jaan lene se na ab, ae jaan e mann ghabraaiye

So, remembering Anil Biswas – his rememberance day was 31st May, just three days ago. Getting on to another 10 year connect. And getting to listen to this wonderful mujra. . .

Editor note-With this song, Meena Kapoor completes 100th song as a singer in the blog.

Song – Dil Milaate Jaaiye Nazren Milaate Jaaiye (Return of Mr Superman) (1960) Singer – Meena Kapoor, Lyrics – Manmohan Sabir, MD – Anil Biswas
Chorus

Lyrics

dil milaate jaaiye..ae..ae
nazren milaate jaaiye
dil milaate jaaiye
nazren milaate jaaiye
ik nazar ae meharbaan
ab aur na tarsaaiye
ik nazar ae meharbaan
ab aur na tarsaaiye

haaye na tarsaaiye
ab aur na tarsaaiye
dil milaate jaaiye
nazren milaate jaaiye
dil milaate jaaiye
nazren milaate jaaiye

aap ka parda rahe aur
hum ko ho deedaar e yaar
aaaa aaaa aaaa aaaa
bach ke duniya ki nazar se
ae ji khwaab mein aa jaaiye
bach ke duniya ki nazar se
khwaab mein aa jaaiye
khwaab mein aa jaaiye
khwaab mein aa jaaiye
dil milaate jaaiye
nazren milaate jaaiye
dil milaate jaaiye
nazren milaate jaaiye

gair ki mehfil mein hum se
parda-daari kis liye
haaan aaaa aaaa aaaa
hum tumhaare hain
tumhaare
tumhaa..are
ae ji hum se na sharmaaiye
hum tumhaare hain
tumhaare
hum se na sharmaaiye
hum se na sharmaaiye ji 
hum se na sharmaaiye
dil milaate jaaiye
nazren milaate jaaiye
dil milaate jaaiye
nazren milaate jaaiye

dil to tujh ko de diya
ho oo oo oo oo
dil to tujh ko de diya
ab jaan bhi de denge hum
haaan aaa aaa aaa aaaa
jaan lene se na ab
ae jaan e mann ghabraaiye
jaan lene se na ab
ae jaan e mann ghabraaiye
jaan e mann ghabraaiye
ji jaan e mann ghabraaiye
dil milaate jaaiye
nazren milaate jaaiye
ik nazar ae meharbaan
ab aur na tarsaaiye
dil milaate jaaiye
nazren milaate jaaiye

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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दिल मिलाते जाइए॰॰ए॰॰ए
नज़रें मिलाते जाइए
दिल मिलाते जाइए
नज़रें मिलाते जाइए
इक नज़र ए मेहरबान
अब और ना तरसाइए
इक नज़र ए मेहरबान
अब और ना तरसाइए

हाए ना तरसाइए
अब और ना तरसाइए
दिल मिलाते जाइए
नज़रें मिलाते जाइए
दिल मिलाते जाइए
नज़रें मिलाते जाइए

आप का पर्दा रहे और
हमको हो दीदार ए यार
आ आ आ आ
बच के दुनिया की नज़र से
ए जी ख्वाब में आ जाइए
बच के दुनिया की नज़र से
ख्वाब में आ जाइए
ख्वाब में आ जाइए
ख्वाब में आ जाइए
दिल मिलाते जाइए
नज़रें मिलाते जाइए
दिल मिलाते जाइए
नज़रें मिलाते जाइए

गैर की महफिल में हमसे
पर्दादारी किस लिए
हाँ आ आ आ आ
हम तुम्हारे हैं
तुम्हारे
तुम्हा॰॰आरे
ए जी हम से ना शर्माइए
हम तुम्हारे हैं
तुम्हारे
हम से ना शर्माइए
हम से ना शर्माइए
जी हम से ना शर्माइए
दिल मिलाते जाइए
नज़रें मिलाते जाइए
दिल मिलाते जाइए
नज़रें मिलाते जाइए

दिल तो तुझको दे दिया
हो ओ ओ ओ ओ
दिल तो तुझको दे दिया
अब जान भी दे देंगे हम
जान लेने से ना अब
ए जान ए मन घबराइए
जान लेने से ना अब
ए जान ए मन घबराइए
जान ए मन घबराइए
जी जान ए मन घबराइए
दिल मिलाते जाइए
नज़रें मिलाते जाइए
इक नज़र ए मेहरबान
अब और ना तरसाइए
दिल मिलाते जाइए
नज़रें मिलाते जाइए


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Blog Day : 3818 Post No. : 14816

“Phaansi”(1978) was directed by Harmesh Malhotra for Eastern Films, Bombay. This movie had Shashi Kapoor, Sulakshana Pandit, Ranjeet, Pran, Jeewan, Ifthikhar, Sapru, Urmila Bhatt, Sudhir, Rammohan, Mohan Sherry, Shetty, Birbal, Aarti, Rajrani, aruna Irani, Asrani etc in it. THe movie also had special appearances by Anwar Hussain, B M Vyas, Randheer, Poornima, Mohan Choti, Chaman Puri and Dev Kumar.

This movie was one of those one hundred odd movies that Shashi Kapoor had signed up after the fortuitious success of his “Chor Machaaye Shor”(1975). The success of that movie had more to do with the music but Shashi Kapoor was the biggest beneficiary. Produceers made a beeline signing up Shashi Kapoor. Shashi Kapoor signed up all the movies indiscriminately. He became so busy that he did not have “dates” to offer for the shooting of these movies. Those were the days when actors gave “dates” in units of “shifts”, but Shashi Kapoor began to give his “dates” in units of “hours” rather than “shifts”, much to the chagrin of his producers, including his elder brother Raj Kapoor, who had signed him up for “Satyam Shivam Sundaram” (1978).

I was no Shashi Kapoor fan, and I did not touc any of these Shashi Kapoor solo movies even with a barge pole.

Coming to “Phaansi”(1978), this movie was no great shakes. I did not watch it. The only thing worth remembering in this movie was a Rafi-Sulakshana Pandit duetsong, “jab aati hogi yaad meri.” This song, one out of four songs in the movie has already been covered in the past.

Here is the second song from “Phaansi”(1978) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Lata and chorus. Majrooh Sultanpuri is the lyricist. Music is composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal.

The song is picturised as a mujra dance song where Aruna Irani plays the mujre waali and Shashi Kapoor is her centre of attention. To this date, I have not understood why Hindi movie heroes (who were supposed to be men of virtue) would make their presence felt in the mujra songs of those days. 🙂


Song-Hamaari beqaraar si nazar bhi dekh lena (Phaansi)(1978) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD-Laxmikant Pyarelal
Chorus

Lyrics

humaari bekaraar si nazar bhi dekh lena
humaari bekaraar si nazar bhi dekh lena
humaari bekaraar si nazar bhi dekh lena
jo sab ko dekh lo to phir
idhar bhi dekh lena
jo sab ko dekh lo to phir
idhar bhi dekh lena
humaari bekaraar si
nazar bhi dekh lena
humaari bekaraar

kya batlaaun mere qaatil
kaise tumko paaya hai
jab galiyaan galiyaan dil bhatka
tab is manzil tak aaya hai
ajeeb hai ye pyaar ka safar bhi dekh lena
ajeeb hai ye pyaar ka safar bhi dekh lena
jo sab ko dekh lo
to phir idhar bhi dekh lena

aap ke deewaane bhi
aap ke deewaane bhi
aise kahaan baaz aate hain
dil se hain jo khelte
jaan pe bhi khel jaate hain
ab chaahe qayaamat uthh jaaye
deewaane kahaan ghabraate hain
ghabraate hain
ghabraate hain
tum aaj gham ke maaron ka jigar bhi dekh lena
tum aaj gham ke maaron ka jigar bhi dekh lena
jo sab ko dekh lo
to phir idhar bhi dekh lena

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

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

aa aa
loot ke baithhe ho tum
loot ke baithhe ho tum
kis ko andheri raaton mein
lahu ye hai ke rang hai
kuchh to laga hai haathon mein
yoon hi nahi kaha jaane jahaan
kuchh dam hain humari baato mein
haan baato me
ae ji baaton mein
udegi subah tak koi khabar bhi dekh lena
udegi subah tak koi khabar bhi dekh lena
humaari bekaraar si nazar bhi dekh lena
jo sab ko dekh lo to phir idhar bhi dekh lena


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 :

3794 Post No. : 14781 Movie Count :

4041

Missing Films of 1960s – 86
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Today’s debut film from the decade of 1960s is ‘Sasta Khoon Mehnga Pyaar’ from 1970. Honestly, never heard of this film before I took on this home work exercise to dig out missing films of 1960s. This is an obscure and almost unknown film, although 1970, comparatively speaking, is more recent vintage. This film is so obscure that even the print version of the Geet Kosh does not carry any details about this film, except for the song list and the artists associated with the songs. However, later this film seems to have become available in public domain, and was released on disc by T-Series. A short video clip of the initial credits is currently available on YouTube. I have been able to get the list of actor names from this clip. However this clip also does not carry the complete credits – it ends before reaching the names of the producer and director.

The film is from the banner of Sharda Films, Bombay. The cast of actors is a long list, as per the film’s credits – Dev Kumar, Sonia Sahni, Shailesh Kumar, Sulochana, Sajjan, Padma, Madhumati, BM Vyas, Pichhoo Kapoor, Sheikh, Bhagwan, Maruti, Ulhas, Ramesh Kant, Jankidas, Tuntun, Lalita Kumar, Maqbool, Jilani, Moolchand, Amrit Rana, Amir, Jairy, Nabab Kardari, Nabab Dadri, Waman, Sugandhi, Gulab Singh, Roop Kumar, Ganpati, Anil Kumar, and Mahesh Purohit. The last four names in this list are identified as child artistes.

Geet Kost lists four songs for this film. All the four songs are from the pen of Asad Bhopali, and the music director is Usha Khanna. The singing voice is that of Asha Bhosle. From the music and the style of rendition, it appears that this song was filmed as a mujra dance. In fact, at two places in the song, a male voice is also heard asking a question “kya?”. The song tells of a tryst between the lovers, that happened the previous night, and the lady forgot her dupatta, at the meeting place, when she returned from meeting her lover.

I am hearing this song for the first time today, and I have heard it multiple times as I prepared to upload it. Usha Khanna’s music is attractive, and this is a good song to bring up from the depths of obscurity. Listen and enjoy.

Song – Pee Se Milna Ghazab Hua Raat Dhale  (Sasta Khoon Mehnga Pyaar) (1970) Singer – Asha Bhosle, Lyrics – Asad Bhopali, MD – Usha Khanna
Unidentified Male Voice

Lyrics

aaaa aaaaaaaa aaaaaa
aaaa aaaaaa haaa

pee se milna ghazab hua raat dhale
haan pee se milna ghazab hua raat dhale
hui jab main juda un se mil ke galey
haaye raam main to apna dupatta wahin bhool aayi
daiyya daiyaa main to apna dupatta wahin bhool aayi

jab nigaahen milin
jab nigaahen
jab nigaahen milin
honth tharra ke chup ho gaye the
ek toofaan thaa..aa..aa
jis mein hum dono hi kho gaye the
ek toofaan thaa
ek toofaan thaa
ek toofaan thaa
jis mein hum dono hi kho gaye the
arre ghar pahunchi hosh udey
ghar pahunchi hosh udey
jab ye khyaal aaya
kya
haaye raam main to apna dupatta wahin bhool aayi
daiyya daiyaa main to apna dupatta wahin bhool aayi

un ki baton ka ras
un ki baton ka
un ki baton ka ras
dil ki nas nas ko garma gaya tha
ek achhoota nasha..aa..aa
mere jazbaat par chhaa..aa..aa gaya tha
ek achhoota nasha
ek achhoota nasha
ek achhoota nasha
mere jazbaat par chhaa..aa..aa gaya tha
arre ghar pahunchi hosh udey
ghar pahunchi hosh udey
jab ye khyaal aaya
kya
haaye raam main to apna dupatta wahin bhool aayi
daiyya daiyaa main to apna dupatta wahin bhool aayi

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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आsss आssssssss आsssss
आsss आssssss हाsss

पी से मिलना गज़ब हुआ रात ढले
हाँ पी से मिलना गज़ब हुआ रात ढले
हुई जब मैं जुड़ा उनसे मिलके गले
हाए रामा मैं तो अपना दुपट्टा वहीं भूल आई
दइय्या दइय्या मैं तो दुपट्टा वहीं भूल आई

जब निगाहें मिलीं
जब निगाहें
जब निगाहें मिलीं
होंठ थर्रा के चुप हो गए थे
एक तूफान था॰॰आ॰॰आ
जिस में हम दोनों ही खो गए थे
एक तूफान था
एक तूफान था
एक तूफान था
जिस में हम दोनों ही खो गए थे
अरे घर पहुंची होश उड़े
घर पहुंची होश उड़े
जब ये ख्याल आया
क्या
हाए रामा मैं तो अपना दुपट्टा वहीं भूल आई
दइय्या दइय्या मैं तो दुपट्टा वहीं भूल आई

उन की बातों का रस
उन की बातों का
उन की बातों का रस
दिल की नस नस को गरमा गया था
एक अछूता नशा॰॰आ॰॰आ
मेरे जज़्बात पर छा गया॰॰आ॰॰आ था
एक अछूता नशा
एक अछूता नशा
एक अछूता नशा
मेरे जज़्बात पर छा गया था
अरे घर पहुंची होश उड़े
घर पहुंची होश उड़े
जब ये ख्याल आया
क्या
हाए रामा मैं तो अपना दुपट्टा वहीं भूल आई
दइय्या दइय्या मैं तो दुपट्टा वहीं भूल आई


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog.This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day :

3792 Post No. : 14777 Movie Count :

4038

Recently, I came across one of the interesting topics of discussion about the ‘ghost’ singers of Hindi film industry in an editorial in October 1945 issue of ‘Filmindia’ magazine. I reproduce below some relevant portion of the discussion for the purpose of the article:

Outside the film industry, very few people seem to know what the ‘ghost’ singers of the screen earn per month. Many people are under the impression that music is still a cheap commodity in the motion picture world and can be purchased with paltry payments. Whatever be the actual quality of the film music from purely classical point of view, the silly, insipid music which Indian film producers usually give, cost them anything from Rs,400/- to Rs.1000/- per song and very often merely for the singing voice apart from the cost of orchestration and recording.

Amir Karnataki, a popular ‘ghost’ singer charges Rs.1000/- per song which require an hour for the rehearsal and two hours for recording the song. India’s best musicians (singers) – man or women – never earned so much money even during 24 hours of non-stop singing. There are many ‘ghost’ singers in the film industry. Some of the prominent ones like Zohra Jaan (Ambalawaali), Shamshad, Zeenat, Naseem Akhtar and Rajkumari should be earning Rs.8000/- to Rs.10000/- per month in good season. Amir Karnataki’s monthly earning should be colossal the way we find selling her voice to all and sundry pairs of lips on the screen.

The editorial has further estimated that with the number of films produced in a year, assuming an average of 9 songs per films, the total cost of music during a year comes to about Rs.6,50,000 with an average payment of Rs.500/- per song. This amount is shared by a dozen female playback singers and about half a dozen male playback singers, most of whom, according to the editorial, are rotten singers.

The editorial smacks of the jealous attitude towards the popular playback singers of that time. I have, however, brought this out for a different reason. If the producers thought that these were the popular playback singer those days and deserved such kind of payments, then why did producers refrain from giving them publicity to add value to their films in terms of creating the audience’s interest ?. Names of playback singers did not appear in the credit titles of the films until sometime early 1950s. Based on a few cases which I had come across, I guess, the song pamphlets of the films of the 1930s and the 40s may have mentioned mostly the names of the actors on whom the songs were picturised. So the playback singers during these times remained really the ‘ghost singers’ without any official identity with the films’ music. But why did they remain ‘ghost singers’?

The concept of ‘ghost singers’ has to be seen in the background of how the music in sound films evolved in its early stages. During this stage, actors were required to sing the songs on themselves in the films. Although the playback system was introduced in 1935 in Calcutta and in 1937 in Bombay, the system got well-established only in the early 1940s. However, the convention of giving credit to the actors as singers either in their own names or in the names of the roles they performed on the screen continued in most cases well into the end of the 1940s. The convention created a lot of problems in the latter years in identifying the so called ‘ghost singers’ especially for those who had interest in listening to the songs of pre-golden era period of Hindi film music. It was only after Lata Mangeshkar became a force to reckon with in the sphere of playback singing in early 1950s, the system of giving credit to playback singers both in the credit titles of the films as well as on the gramophone record labels was put in place.

It is in the context of identifying the playback singers and also music directors/lyricists that Har Mandir Singh ‘Hamraaz’ of Hindi Film Geet Kosh has rendered yeoman service in documenting the Hindi film music up to 1985. The process of documenting the Hindi film music – especially of 1930s and 1940s are an on-going process as we still come across many songs of these periods where playback singers, lyricists and music directors have not been identified.

Recently, I came across 4 rare songs of an obscure film ‘Mohini’ (1947). All the songs are very melodious. However singers for the songs have not been identified. There were three lyricists – Bekal, Sarshar Sailani and Raj Hashmi and two music directors – Lachhiram Tamar and Bhai Lal. But the individual songs were not identified with any one of the lyricists and music directors.

It was so frustrating for me for not being able to formally identify those associated with four melodious songs of the film. So I contacted Sudhir ji for help in identifying at least the singers of the songs. Though he had all the four songs in his collections, none of them were tagged. So he contacted one of his collector-friends who identified not only Munawwar Sultana as singer for all the four songs, but also confirmed that all the four songs were composed by Lachhiram Tamar. I am thankful to Sudhir ji and his friend for the help.

‘Mohini’ (1947) was produced under the banner of Mahindra Pictures, Lahore and was directed by Mahindra Gill. The star cast included Chand Kumar, Mahapara, Pran, Roofi, Nazar, Niranjan, Baby Shamshad etc. The film had 7 songs.

I am presenting the first song from the film,’meri mast aankhon se aa pee bhi le’ sung by Munawwar Sultana to appear in the Blog. As mentioned earlier, there were three lyricists and the song writer for this song has not been identified. The song was set to music by Lachhiram Tamar. The prelude music of the song would give an impression that the song belongs to the music style of early 1950s.

Enjoy this ‘Aankh’ song with ‘masti’.

With this song, ‘Mohini’ (1947) makes a debut in the Blog.

Audio Clip:

Song-Meri mast aankhon se aa pi bhi le (Mohini)(1947) Singer-Munawwar Sultana, MD-Pt Lachchiram

Lyrics

o o o
jeenewaale
pee bhi le
pee bhi le
pee bhi le
o o o
jeenewaale
pee bhi le
pee bhi le
pee bhi le
meri mast aankhon se
aa pee bhi le
aa pee bhi le
aa pee bhi le
meri mast aankhon se
aa pee bhi le
aa pee bhi le
aa pee bhi le

lutaayi huyi zindagi laayi hoon
lutaayi huyi zindagi laayi hoon
laayi hoon
bebasi ki hansi
laayi hoon
laayi hoon
bebasi ki hansi
laayi hoon
bol kar aaj saahab mein tere liye
bol kar aaj saahab mein tere liye
ye aahon bhari zindagi laayi hoon
ye aahon bhari zindagi laayi hoon
zindagi ka sahaara hai hi kya
zindagi ka sahaara hai hi kya
aa pee bhi le
aa pee bhi le
aa pee bhi le
meri mast aankhon se
aa pee bhi le
aa pee bhi le
aa pee bhi le

meri yaad dil ko sataati thhi jab
kya tujhe
yaad hai
yaad hai
aankhon(?) ke baat
yaad aati thhi jab
kya tujhe yaad hai
yaad hai
yaad ho ya na ho
ab aa bhi jaa
aa pee bhi le
aa pee bhi le
aa pee bhi le
meri mast aankhon se
aa pee bhi le
aa pee bhi le
aa pee bhi le


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Blog Day : 3769 Post No. : 14743

“Anmol Ratan”(1950) was directed by M Sadiq for Jaimini Dewan Productions, Bombay. The movie had Meena (Shorey ?), Karan Dewan, Gope, Gulab, Madan Puri, Nirmala etc in it. The movie had eleven songs in it. Nine of these songs have been covered in the past.

Here is the tenth song from “Anmol Ratan”(1950) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Nirmala devi. D N Madhok is the lyricist. Music is composed by Vinod.

Only the audio of the song is available. Nirmala devi(mother of Govinda) appeared in the movie so it can be assumed that the song was picturised on her. Moreover, the lyrics suggest that it was a mujra song. So it is a mujra song picturised on Nirmala devi


Song-Koi kah do balamwa se ut nahin jaaye(Anmol Ratan)(1950) Singer-Nirmala devi, Lyrics-D N Madhok, MD-Vinod

Lyrics

koi kah do balmva se ut nahin jaaye
koi kah do balmva se ut nahin jaaye
jit jaayike more tan aag lagaaye
jit jaayike haan jit jaayike
ho jit jaayike
more tan aag lagaaye
koi kah do balmva se ut nahin jaaye
koi kah do

daaman mere mein daal na duniya ki daulaten aen
haan
de daulaten unhen
jo inhen pa ke khush rahen
apni to maang ek hai
bolo to hum kahen
maangoon main sainya ji ka pyaar mil jaaye haaye
maangoon main sainya ji ka pyaar mil jaaye
koi kah do balmva se ut nahin jaaye
koi kah do balmva se ut nahin jaaye
jit jaayike more tan aag lagaaye
jit jaayike haan jit jaayike
ho jit jaayike
more tan aag lagaaye
koi kah do balmva se ut nahin jaaye
koi kah do

meri bala se abr ho saawan ki jhadi ho o o
haan aan
shabnam ke motiyon mein kali jhoom rahi ho
meri nazar ke saamne nazaara wahi ho
naynon mein nayna daal piya muskaaye haaye
nayno mein nayna daal piya muskaaye
koi kah do balmva se ut nahin jaaye
koi kah do balmva se ut nahin jaaye
koi kah do


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Blog Day : 3760 Post No. : 14733

“Rocky Mera Naam”(1973) was directed by Satnam Rohda for Bhagyalaxmi Chitra Mandir. The movie had Sanjeev Kumar, Nivedita, Bela Bose, Sundar, Rajan Haksar, Kundan Malik, Nishaan, Gulo, Leela Mishra, Mumtaz Begam, Dhanraj, Pratap, Johny Whisky, Kirti Bahal, Dilip Dutt, Ram Mohan, Chaman Puri, Ratan Gaurang, Ravi Khanna etc in it, with Guest appearance by A K Hangal.

“Rocky Mera Naam”(1973) had Four songs in it. Three songs from this movie have been discussed in the past. Here are the details of the songs that have been covered in the past :-

Song Title

Post No.

Post Date

Dil kabhi tumne diya thhaa ye tumhe yaad rahe 6781 3-Oct-12
So ja sanam 10601 25-Dec-14
Deewaana dil hai pyaar ka 14156 12-Mar-18

Here is the fourth and final song from “Rocky Mera Naam”(1973) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Asha Bhonsle. Naqsh Llayalpuri is the lyricist. Music is composed by Sapan Jagmohan.

The song is pictrised as a mujra dance song. One expects the dancer to lip sync as well as dance. Here there is distribution of labour. One lady lip syncs and another lady performs mujra. Just imagine similar distribution of labour in cricket bowling as well where one person runs on the bowling runup and another person delivers the ball. 🙂 In olden days, some cricket loving maharajas actually played cricket that way. 🙂

I request our knowledgeable readers to help identify the actors visible in the picturisation.

With this song, all the songs of “Rocky Mera Naam”(1973) get covered in the blog and this movie joins the list of movies that have all their songs covered in the blog.

Video

Audio

Song-Gham e aashiqui mein hai kya maza (Rocky Mera Naam)(1973) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Naqsh Llayalpuri, MD-Sapan Jagmohan

Lyrics

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

gham e aashiqui mein hai kya maza
gham e aashiqui mein hai kya maza
tumhen kya khabar
tumhen kya pata ji
tumhen kya khabar tumhen kya pata
ye hai dil ki baaten o bewafa
ye hai dil ki baaten o bewafa
tumhen kya khabar tumhen kya pata ji
tumhen kya khabar tumhen kya pata

tumhi socho ke tum kal thhe kya
aaj kya ho gaye
haaye humne sar ko jhukaaya jahaan
tum khuda ho gaye
nigaahen milaakar tumhi ye kaho
humen tumse kyu kar shikaayat na ho o o
tumhen kya khabar tumhen kya pata ji
tumhen kya khabar tumhen kya pata
gham e aashiqui mein hai kya maza
ye hai dil ki baaten o bewafa
tumhen kya khabar tumhen kya pata ji
tumhen kya khabar tumhen kya pata

koi matlab tumhen aaj phir kheench laaya yahaan
haaye yaad aate hain warna
tumhen jaaneman hum kahaan
bura na lage to kahen tumse hum
mohabbat nahin ye khuda ki kasam m m
tumhen kya khabar tumhen kya pata ji
tumhen kya khabar tumhen kya pata
gham e aashiqui mein hai kya maza
ye hai dil ki baaten o bewafa
tumhen kya khabar tumhen kya pata ji
tumhen kya khabar tumhen kya pata


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