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

5121 Post No. : 17070

Today’s song is from the film Intezar ke baad-1947.

1947 was the year of our Independence and this was also the year in which the highest number of Hindi films were made-187 ! This record remained unbroken till 1985 when 187 Hindi films were made. That means from 1931 to 1984 – a span of more than 50 years – thi record remained unbeaten. Even for the All India film count of all languages was the highest till 1947 – it was 280 films. This of course was broken sooner when in 1949, a total of 291 films of all languages were made in the country.

When the quantity increases without a valid reason, it usually damages the quality.Although few landmark Hindi films were made in 1947, like Jugnu,Do Bhai, Dard, Mirza Sahibaan, Shehnai, Elaan, Parwana, Saajan, Neelkamal, Aap ki sewa mein,Meerabai (of M.S.Subbulaxmi), Naatak, Sidoor etc., most others were below par. This possibly happened as there was a deluge of migrating Muslim film artistes from India to Pakistan and they completed their films somehow to fulfil ther contractual responsibilities. Thus not much attention was given to quality, but to complete the film.

Intezar ke baad-47 was also one such film. Based on an unbelievable flimsy story, directed by a veteran of silent films and a lusterless musical score made this film an ordinary movie to remember. The film was directed by G.P.Pawar, a fall out of the silent era. The music was by Aziz Khan aka Aziz Hindi. A point to note was, however, that few old time artistes like Shantarin, Shanta Kumari and madhav kale etc. featured in the film. The cast, besides these artistes, consisted of Jeevan, Rahaman,Husn Ara, Gope, Rajkumar, madhukar gupte, Shanta Patel, Vijaya etc. The story of this film was….

The Zamindar of Ratanpur had no child for a long time. At last he got a charming daughter. His wife fought with him bitterly when he was drunk and left the home with the baby. She left the baby at the doorsteps of Dada patel- a kind gentleman and then she committed suicide. Eventually the baby grows up into a beautiful girl-Shama. The zamindar also adopts an orphan-Mohan, who too grows up.
A local merchant Fakirchand wants to marry his daughter Shaila to Mohan- who is a wayward wasted young boy and he wants to marry Shama. Shama loves another good person-Dr. Ajay who also loves her. The Dewan of the zamindar blackmails zamindar to expose that his son Mohan is actually the dewan’s own son. He also blackmails Dada patel to expose that Shama is not his daughter. When Mohan learns all this, he kills Dewan.
The police arrest him. In the court everything is exposed and Mohan is jailed for 2 years. Dr. Ajay and Shama get married. After Mohan comes out he is a reformed person. He gets married to Shaila. All’s well that ends well ( and the audience is happy that the film has ended ! ).

2 names from this film attracted me. One was actress Shanta kumari. To get some information on Shanta Kumari, I had spent a few years and had scanned several sources like books and sites etc. Finally, here is her information that I collated from several sources.

Miss Shanta Kumari , a forgotten name of early Bollywood, who championed in both silent and talkies (please do not confuse with the South Indian actress of the same era).
Miss Shanta Kumari was born in 1904 to a family of ten and entered silent movies at the age of sixteen (1920). She worked in 1920 s with the Sharada film company ( Kala Pahad, 1927) with Master Vitthal and later joined Delhi’s Great Eastern film company ( Bhai ki Kasai, 1928, Pilgrims of Love 1929, Kumud Kumari 1929). She later joined the Ranjit film company ( later Ranjit Movietone) and acted with Eddie Billimoria in Prince Charming (1930) & Castles in the Air (1930). In 1930 also she worked with Kohinoor Film Company for the movie Arya Kanya (1930). Since she was a very accomplished singer and dancer she hadn’t got any difficulty in entering Talkies and excelled in Talkies. She made her debut talkie with Shri Krishna Film Company’s Heer Ranjha (1931). Her some other memorable early Talkies were Lanka Dahan (1933), Hatim Tai (1933), Bulbul-e- Punjab(1933), Bhoola Shikar (1933), Aaj Kal (1934), Sinhasan (1934), Baal Hatya (1935)

Shanta Kumari was very beautiful. After her first Talkie film Heer Ranjha-1931, came many films, including 4 parts of the film Hatimtai-33, in which she was Heroine Husnbanu. In film Sant Tulsidas-34, she sang along with even G N Joshi, famous classical singer of those times and later on an officer in H.M.V. Recording section. Due to her good singing, till 1936 she sang on A.I.R. Bombay. In 1940, she got married to Sound Recordist Kothari. In the later period, she acted in some famous films like Bharat Milap-42, Ramrajya-43, Prithvi Vallabh-43, Gwalan-46, Ram Vivah-49 and Grih Laxmi-49. After a gap, she appeared in the film Toofan aur Diya-56. She acted in few C grade films and her last film was Toofani Tarzan-62. She acted in 27 films and sang 21 songs in 8 films. She died on 18-1-2006 ( information collated from Beete kal ke sitare by Shriram Tamrakar, MuvYz,interview by V S Nigam on medium.com and book The lost Treasure by K.Pasupuleti with thanks).

The other name was singer Munawar Sultana. There was an actress Munawar Sultana working in Indian films from 1941 (Khazanchi) to 1956 (Jallad), but she never sang and the singer Munawar Sultana never acted in any film-here or in Pakistan. Still, due to similarity in names, people mixed up these two artistes. Here is the singer’s information.

Munawar Sultana was a film playback singer of Pakistan active in the 1950s. She was born on 8-11-1924 at Lahore. She started her career in the mid-1940s as a radio and film playback singer. She used to take music lessons from the renowned music director Ghulam Haider. She started singing in Hindi films. She sang 25 songs in 14 Hindi films. The films were Shukriya-44,Dhamki-45, Behram Khan-46, Aai Bahar, Pagdandi-47, Mehendi, Intezar ke baad, Ek roz, But Tarash, Rooprekha, Reet, Patjhad, Chup chup ke and Barsat ki ek raat-48.

After independence of Pakistan in 1947, Lahore film industry had to rebuild itself because most of the Hindu film studio owners decided to migrate to India and they left Lahore, Pakistan. Music Director Ghulam Ahmad Chishti, Munawar Sultana and Inayat Hussain Bhatti are mostly credited with bringing the dead music industry of Lahore back to life again.She also worked with music directors Rashid Attre, Safdar Hussain besides Ghulam Haider and Baba Chishti to produce many super-hit film songs in the 1950s.

She continued to work at the Radio Station, Lahore and recorded many popular Punjabi folk songs there as well. Munawar Sultana was known for her melodious voice among the Pakistani public. In the late 1950s,she married the then Station Director of Radio Pakistan, Lahore-Ayub Roomani.

Her marriage coupled with arrival of new playback singers-especially Zubaida Khanum and Naseem Begum ended her singing career. She started focusing more on her family life and kids. She died on 20 May 1995 in Lahore,Pakistan. (Information adapted from pak.mag and IMDB, with thanks.)

Today’s song is sung by Munawar Sultana. This is the second song from this film here.


Song- Meri beete jawaani mastaani (Intezaar Ke Baad)(1947) Singer-Munawar Sultana, Lyricist- C.Zaman, MD- Aziz Khan Hindi

Lyrics

Meri beete
Meri beete jawaani mastaani
haaye Raama
mere baanke balam nahin aaye
Meri beete
Meri beete jawaani mastaani
haaye Raama
mere baanke balam nahin aaye
mera dhak dhak ye nanha sa dhadke jiya
mera dhak dhak
mera dhak dhak ye nanha sa dhadke jiya
joban aaya
joban aaya
magar tum na aaye piyaa
haan
joban aaya
joban aaya
magar tum na aaye piyaa
kaun roothhi jawaani ko manaaye
haaye
kaun roothhi jawaani ko manaaye
haaye Raama
mere baanke balam nahin aaye
Meri beete
Meri beete jawaani mastaani
haaye Raama
mere baanke balam nahin aaye

gore gaalon ka
gore gaalon ka rangat gulaabi gayi(?)
baanke naina mere ab sharaabi nahin
ab to saawan bhi man ko na bhaaye
haaye
ab to saawan bhi man ko na bhaaye
haaye Raama
mere baanke balam nahin aaye

haaye aana naa
aana naa
hai sooni nagariya meri
ab to lelo piyaa jee khabariya meri
haaye na aana
aana aana
hai sooni nagariya meri
ab to lelo piya jee khabariya meri
aag birha ki man ko jalaaye
haaye
aag birha ki man ko jalaaye
haaye Raama
mere baanke balam nahin aaye
Meri beete
Meri beete jawaani mastaani
haaye Raama
mere baanke balam nahin aaye


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This article is the 16700th article in the blog.

Blog Day :

4898 Post No. : 16700

Publishing the blog century post brings some anxious moments. One has to worry about the song that should be used for the occasion. It also calls for more efforts than usual as far as writeup is concerned.

But once the century post is published, one tends to relax for the next 99 songs. The next century post occasion will not arrive for many months, so I can relax- this is the usual feeling. But sooner or later, even those “many months” are over and yet another blog century occasion presents itself.  🙂

That occasion is upon us. And this post is post number 16700th for the blog.

I have discussed it in the past that I begin to worry about the century post only at the eleventh hour and 59th minute. When the time for worrying arrived, I found that I had no idea what song to discuss. Then I remembered that I sometimes come across rare songs and I note down their details, hoping to use these songs at special occasions. These details are stored away in text files titled “rare songs”, “rare songs latest”, “rarest songs” etc.

I located these files and realised that I had several songs in these files. I checked them up and finalised a song. Just when I sat down to prepare a writeup, I found out that the song had already been used up on a past occasion. So I had to switch over to another song.

The song that I have chosen as the 16700th song for the blog is from “Pagdandi”(1947). This movie was directed by Ramnarayan Dube. The movie had Akhtar, Padma, Gyani, Kalawati, G N Butt, Om Prakash, Shyam Lal, Durga Mota Sudarshan, Raza Meer etc in it.

The movie had ten rare songs in it. HFGK does not contain details of the singers for any songs. Only the record numbers of the songs are available. That is how rare these songs are.

However, the blog has so far covered as many as eight songs from the movie.

This song, the ninth song from “Pagdandi”(1947), like other songs does not give details of the singer. But the uploader mentions the singer as Munawwar Sultana. Lyrics are by D N Madhok. Music is composed by Khursheed Anwar.

The song is a fun song to listen to. It is a “Sainyya bhaye kotwal ab dar kaahe ka” genre of song, which was fairly popular in Hindi movies those days. I remember “Daroga jee”(1949) containing several songs of this genre. In these songs, the lady would tell everyone that her beau had become a big shot government employee and now others better start paying respect and tributes to the lady. Sainyya becoming “kotwal” (read policeman) was preferred the most. Next preference was for sainyya to become patwaari (which is the case here).

In all these songs, others would be warned to behave themselves, else “thhaane mein rapat” may follow.  🙂 In this case, one is threatened with “bhaari jurmaana”.  🙂 Such misuse of powers vested with officials was considered normal those days. 🙂

In small remote places, even today small time policemen and government officials wieid considerable influence over public. If they go to the local market, the shopkeepers treat them as VIPs. Some of them, mainly policemen do not even pay for stuff they take from shops. Kids who watch all this dream of becoming policemen. People who are a bit more aware dream of becoming IAS or IPS, but such people are not found in these remote places.

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

Only one more song from the movie is left to be covered. But that record number of that song “Rukhsat hua jo god ka paala” is not mentioned, which suggests that this song was only there in the movie and its records were not issued. So unless the prints of the movie miraculously become available, this tenth and final song from the movie is not available and has been lost.

With this song, we reach blog post number 16700. This is the 167th blog century for the blog. Now we are just three centuries away from 17000 mark. At the present rate, we should be there in another six months or so.

I take this opportunity to thank one and all. The continous support, patronage and encouragemnent that we get from one and all is the fuel that drives this musical bandwagon. I take this opportunity to thank one and all. I take this opportunity to especially thank our regulars whose contributions are enriching the blog and taking it to newer heights. Here is hoping that we keep reaching many more landmarks in the times to come.


Song-Balma patwaari ho gaye (Pagdandi)(1947) Singer-Munawwar Sultana, Lyrics-D N Madhok, MD-Khursheed Anwar

Lyrics

balma patwaaree ho gaye
naukar sarkaaree ho gaye
balma
balma patwaaree ho gaye
naukar sarkaaree ho gaye

arre o dagar chalne waale
are o
are o dagar chalne waale
meree matkee dhulkee jaaye
uthha le
meree matkee dhulkee jaaye
uthha le
mat ghoor ghoor ke dekho hamen
jis jis ne yoon dekha hamko
jurmaane bhaaree ho gaye
mat ghoor ghoor ke dekho hamen
jis jis ne yoon dekha hamko
jurmaane bhaaree ho gaye
balma
balma patwaaree ho gaye
naukar sarkaaree ho gaye

arre o gaanv waalon aawo
arre o
arre o gaanv waalon aawo
khud jahaan dekh lo ghus ghus jaao
khud jahaan dekh lo ghus ghus jaao
patwaaree sabka afsar hai
yeh bade saab kaa kehna hai
aardar bhee jaaree ho gaye
patwaaree sabka afsar hai
yeh bade saab kaa kehna hai
aardar bhee jaaree ho gaye
balma
balma patwaaree ho gaye
naukar sarkaaree ho gaye

arre o dagar chalne waale
arre o
arre o dagar chalne waale
meree matkee dhulkee jaaye
uthha le
meree matkee dhulkee jaaye
uthha le
mat ghoor ghoor ke dekho hamen
jis jis ne yoon dekha hamko
jurmaane bhaaree ho gaye
mat ghoor ghoor ke dekho hamen
jis jis ne yoon dekha hamko
jurmaane bhaaree ho gaye
balma
balma patwaaree ho gaye
naukar sarkaaree ho gaye


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.

Muslim socials, one of the genres of Hindi films, came into prominence during 1940s when ‘Qaidi’ (1940), produced by Film Corporation of India, Calcutta became a box office hit. Thereafter, in the 1940s, films like ‘Maasoom’ (1941), ‘Yaad’ 1942), ‘Naukar’ (1943) ‘Najma’ (1943), ‘Ismat’ (1944), ‘Zeenat’ (1945), ‘Pehli Nazar’ (1945), ‘Nek Parween’ (1946), ‘Shama’ (1946), ‘Dard, (1947), ‘Elan’ (1947), ‘Kaneez’ (1949) etc were released and most of them which became box office successes.
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This article is written by Avinash Scrapwala, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in 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.

‘Barsaat Ki Ek Raat’ from 1948 was directed by G Singh. The star cast of this film includes Pran, Amarnath, Asha Posley, Shahzadi, Durga Mota and Shyam Lal amongst others.
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