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

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#the Decade of Seventies – 1971 – 1980 #
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# Bhoole-Bisre Geet # 75# Dharmendra- Memories of the Seventies #
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 Welcome all to this article of mine which comes after a long gap of more than a month, and though I am late in sending this article, I hope our editors will consider this for post. And that will also help me in getting back into the ‘article writing’ again, because since last two months I am trying to complete and send some of my unfinished articles, but the schedule at work front and very less time after official work is not allowing me time and the concentration to focus on the articles I wish to share.

Well, with this article I hope I get back into writing and share my thoughts taking you down memory lane into the ‘seventies’ again 🙂

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8th December 2018 is the 83rd birth anniversary (08.12.1935) of actor Dharam Singh Deol whom we fondly know as Dharmendra. And, ‘maa kasam …’ 🙂 , he will be there in our fond memories of the movies from almost every decade ever since he began his career in the Hindi movies with ‘Dil Bhi Tera Ham Bhi Tere’ (1960) till the very recently released movie ‘Yamla Pagla Deewaana-Phir Se’ (2018).

For me I have fond memories of watching many of his movies with my uncles, like ‘Shikaar’ (1966), ‘Yakeen’ (1969), ‘Kab? Kyun? Aur Kahaan?’ (1970), ‘Mera Gaon Mera Desh’ (1971), ‘Resham Ki Dori’ (1974), ‘Raja Jaani’ (1973), and more. Then I also remember some of his movies which I must have watched with my parents like ‘Yaadon Ki Baarat’ (1973), ‘Dost’ (1974), ‘Sholay’ (1975), ‘Maa’ (1976), ‘Charas’ (1976), ‘Dream Girl’ (1977), ‘The Burning Train’ (1980) etc. I still remember watching his ‘Devar’ (1966), during the Ganpati Festivals on the small 16mm screen in open grounds in the seventies.

Then there were movies which I watched with my brothers and cousins during the ‘summer vacations’ like ‘Dharam-Veer’ (1977), ‘Chacha Bhatija’ (1977), ‘Ram Balram’ (1980), ‘Teesri Aaankh’ (1982), ‘Samrat’ (1982), ‘Main Intaqaam Loonga’ (1982). And then movies like ‘Aap Ki Parchhaayiyaan’ (1964), ‘Main Bhi Ladki Hoon’ (1964), ‘Izzat’ (1968), ‘Mere Hamdam Mere Dost’ (1968), ‘Khamoshi’ (1969), ’Sharaafat’ (1970), ‘Samadhi’ (1972), ‘Jheel Ke Us Paar’ (1973), ‘Chaitaali’ (1975), ‘Chupke-Chupke’ (1975), ‘Ek Mahal Ho Sapnon Ka’ (1975), ‘Kinaara’ (1977), ‘Blackmail’ (1978), ‘Dillagi’ (1978) which I watched during the weekly screening of movies in the re-creation club building in our colony where we were staying then.

Then, when I was a grown-up boy 🙂 there was a phase in my life when I was learning in 11 -12th std but was less on studies and more on cricket and movies. I watched many of his movies like ‘Haqeeqat’ (1964), ‘Pyaar Hi Pyaar’ (1968), ‘Jugnu’ (1973), ‘Patthar Aur Paayal’ (1974), ‘Pratigya’ (1975), and the other movies released during those years (1983-1985) i.e. ‘Naukar Biwi Ka’ (1983), ‘Qayaamat’ (1983), ‘Jeene Nahin Doonga’ (1984), ‘Baazi’ (1984), ‘Dharam Aur Kanoon’ (1984), ‘Jaagir’ (1984), ‘Jhoothha Sach’ (1984), ‘Raj Tilak’ (1984) etc. And then I got to watch some movies like ‘Bandini’ (1963), ‘Neela Aakaash’ (1965), and ‘Satyakaam’ (1969), ‘Phagun’ (1973), on television (‘Doordarshan’) during this period.

The above was when we were still located in the Akola District of Maharashtra (CP & Berar circuit for the movies). And by that time I was already a Rajesh Khanna fan 🙂 . Reading the film magazines then I came to know that it was Dharmendra whose movies were still running good even during the Kaka’s Superstardom days. After that we shifted to Parli Vaijnath – Marathwada region of Maharashtra (and known as in the Nizam Circuit for the movies).

There I had already taken up working in a construction company and during this period till 1988 I watched many of the old and new movies. I remember I watched Dharmendra’s ‘Aaayi Milan Ki Bela’ (1964), ‘Kaajal’ (1965), ‘Aaye Din Bahaar Ke’ (1966), ‘Anupama’ (1966), ‘Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya’ (1966), ‘Phool Aur Patthar’ (1966), ’Aankhen’ (1968), ‘Aaya Saawan Jhoom Ke’ (1969), ‘Rakhwaala’ (1971), ‘Loafer’ (1973), ‘Keemat’ (1973), ‘Baghaawat’ (1982), ‘Hukumat’ (1987), ‘Aag Hi Aag’ (1987) etc.

Then I shifted to Kota (Rajasthan) in Nov 1988 for my professional career and there also watching the movies was the ‘main source of entertainment’. I got to watch many old Hindi movies as well as the new ones. I got to watch Dharmendra’s movies like ‘Batwaara’ (1989), ‘Naakabandi’ (1990), ‘Farishtey’ (1991) and after many years I got to watch ‘Mera Gaon Mera Desh’ (1971) again in a theater. I watched the film repeatedly on consecutive days and enjoyed it a lot. Later on, based at Kota and traveling around places like Nimach, I watched ‘Tehalka’ (1992). I also remember correctly that I watched his ‘Man Ki Aankhen’ (1970), on VHS cassettes on ‘VCR’ we use to hire to watch movies then during our weekly get-together or holiday. Later I bought VCDs of the films ‘Ganga Ki Lehren’ (1964), ‘Dulhan Ek Raat Ki’ (1967), which has one of my favorite songs “Ek Haseen Shaam Ko. . .“.

And there are other movies like ‘Aadmi Aur Insaan’ (1968), ‘Bahaarein Phir Bhi Aayengi’ (1966), ‘Chunaoti’ (1980), ‘Do Chor’ (1972), ‘Ishq Par Zor Nahin’ (1970), ’Jeevan Mrityu’ (1970), ‘Jwaar Bhaata’ (1973), ‘Kahaani Kismat Ki’ (1973), ‘Mohabbat Zindagi Hai’ (1966), ‘Naya Zamaana’ (1971), ‘Razia Sultan’ (1983), ‘Tum Haseen Main Jawaan’ (1970), which I don’t remember correctly but I think I watched them either in theatre or on TV. As I was going through his filmography for this article, I was thinking that there are still many movies of him (till seventies) which I have not watched and should watch them as and when possible.

The latest movies that I have seen of Dharmendra is ‘Apne’ (2007), which I could not watch in theatre when I was in Kachchh-Gujarat and had later bought its DVD and watched with my parents and family at home.

Watching his movies has always been a different experience and entertaining and enjoyable too. I think me, and many others like me, will always be thankful to him for the joy he has given to us through his movies. His fight scenes with Shetty are always a favorite of mine and those were the main attractions from his movies too, wherever Shetty was co-star in the movies he acted.

Then there are songs from his ‘black and white’ movies and many other ‘musicals’ of the ‘seventies’ which I cannot forget and many of them are ‘songs that brings back memories’ for me. I have watched many of his movies more than once and it is always pleasant to watch him on the screen. I cannot forget his ‘emotional speech’ in the ‘Filmfare awards function’ when he was felicitated with the ‘Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award’.

His movies also have many emotional scenes between a ‘mother and son’ where I always find him very natural and touching. For today’s occasion I am presenting a song from the 1976 movie ‘Maa’. As I had mentioned earlier in one of my articles that there are few Hindi movies where an elephant has been a central character in the movies and few of these movies have been a part of my permanent memory since then. I remember to have watched this movie with my parents but have forgotten it now except Dharmendra, the elephants in the movie and this song that I am presenting today.

Though the song is a background song and not lip-synced by Dharmendra, I want to introduce it with this article. (I had earlier sent this song to Atul ji in Oct 2012). Also, this is the song which brings back memories of those years for me. It is part of that ‘nostalgia’ of Hindi movies and the songs for me over the years.

So, I when decided to share an article for Dharmendra’s birth anniversary (now belated), I searched for other songs from his movies where he also lip-synced the songs, or even from this movie ‘Maa’, but I strongly feel sharing of this song sung by Rafi Saab which is a trip down memory lane for me from the movies of Dharmendra of the seventies.

‘Maa-1976’ is edited and directed by M.A. Thirumugam for ‘Devar Films, Madras’. It is produced by Sandow M.M.A. Chinnappa Devar who had also written the story of this movie. It has Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Nirupa Roy, Ranjeet, Padma Khanna, Devar, Om Prakash, Paintal, Bramhachari, Shashi Kiran, Rajan Haksar, Urmila Bhatt, Umesh Sharma, Raj Baldev, Viju, Kalpana, Gemini Balu, Narayan Mustafa, Anand Kumar and others. Dialogues for this movie were written by Inder Raj Anand and editing was done by M.G. Balurao (assisted by K. Ramu). The movie was passed by Censor Board on 10.09.1976.

The movie has total seven songs in it as per HFGK and all the seven songs are written by Anand Bakshi and composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. HFGK also mentions about two tracks as club dance music and dance music in this movie. Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, and Mohd Rafi had given their voices to the songs in this movie.

I am reproducing below the ‘plot summary’ of this movie as mentioned on IMDB

Vijay lives with his mother in a palatial house deep in the jungles in South India where he makes a living trapping animals for circuses, zoos – both nationally and internationally. He meets with beautiful US-returned Nimmi, both fall in love with each other and want to get married. Vijay’s mother cautions them both against separating new-born animals from their birth mothers, but both refuse to listen. Then the unexpected happens, a mother lioness, angered at Vijay for taking her cubs, attacks him, and leaves him badly wounded. With the help of his mother, and Nimmi, Vijay recovers and despite of what happened, and his mother’s warning, he again goes to trap animals – this time a baby elephant for a circus. He does manage to trap the elephant in a pit, but the angered mother elephant pursues them, even after they transport it in a truck. Her maternal and protective instincts come to fore, she overtakes the truck, dismantles it, but is chased away by Vijay and his employees. She turns to attack Vijay, but his mother intervenes – and is instantly attacked and crushed. Holding his mother in his arms, Vijay swears to hunt them the elephant as well as all other animals and kill them one by one, but his dying mother makes him promise that he will not do so, but instead return all cubs to their parents, as well as the baby elephant. Vijay promises to do so, and his mother passes away. Vijay is devastated, in heart-wrenching sorrow & pain, he calls out to his mother, and carries out her promise. He releases all trapped animals, and returns the cubs to the jungle. But returning the baby elephant, Ganesh, is another issue altogether as it has been transported to the city, and must be brought back. When Vijay goes to bring it back, he finds out that the truck had broken down, the elephant had escaped and is lose in the city. He desperately goes around looking for it. In the meantime, back home, the mother elephant is on a rampage, enraged at being separated from its child, it crushes vegetation, attacks villagers, and tears down their dwellings. And the next target that looms before it is none other than Vijay’s beloved – Nimmi…

 Today’s song is sung by Mohd Rafi and composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Lyrics are by Anand Bakshi. The movie ‘Maa’ also makes a debut on the blog today …!!!

Belatedly wishing Dharam ji a very happy birthday and a healthy and peaceful life ahead …

[Author’s Note: This also serves one of my purpose of introducing movies having ‘same title’ too. We already have the movie ‘Maa-1952’ and ‘Maa-1960’(UR) on the blog. And fortunately, I had the opportunity to share couple of songs from the ‘1952-Maa’ and one song from the ‘1960-Maa’ on the blog].

Maa Tujhe Dhoondhoon Kahaan

 

Song – Maa. . . Tujhe Dhoondhoon Kahaan (Maa) (1976) Singer – Mohammed Rafi, Lyrics – Anand Bakshi, MD – Laxmikant Pyaarelal

Lyrics

Part 1

maa aa aa

maa tujhe dhoondhoon kahaan aa
maa tujhe dhoondhoon kahaan aa
maine mamta ko pehchaana
main bachchon ke dard ko jaana
tujhko kho kar maa aa aa aa
maa tujhe dhoondhoon kahaan
maa tujhe dhoondhoon kahaan
maa aa aa°°°°°°

maa ek jaisi hoti hai
bachche ik jaise hote hai
chot lage to insaanon ki tarah
pashu bhi rotey hai
bichchde huon ko maine milaaya
maine apna karz chukaaya
tujhko kho kar maa aa aa aa
maa tujhe dhoondhoon kahaan
maa tujhe dhoondhoon kahaan
maa aa aa

tu sach kehti thi ee
kisi ki bad duaa lag jaati hai
tu sach kahti thi ee
kisi ki bad duaa lag jaati hai
apni hi bandook se goli
khud pe bhi chal jaati hai
maine kaisa khel yeh khela
roun baitha aaj akela
tujhko kho kar man aa aa aa
maa tujhe dhoondhoon kahaan
maa tujhe dhoondhoon kahaan

maine mamta ko pehchaana
main bachchon ke dard ko jaana
tujhko kho kar maa aa aa
maa tujhe dhoondoon kahaan
maa tujhe dhoondoon kahaan
maa aa aa

Part 2 (at the end of the movie)

bichchde huon ko maine milaaya
maine apna karz chukaaya
tujhko kho kar maa
maa tujhe dhoondhoon kahaan
maa tujhe dhoondhoon kahaan
maa aa aa

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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भाग १

माँ आ आ

माँ तुझे ढूढूं कहाँ आ
माँ तुझे ढूढूं कहाँ आ
मैंने ममता को पहचाना
मैं बच्चों के दर्द को जाना
तुझको खोकर माँ आ आ आ
माँ तुझे ढूढूं कहाँ आ
माँ आ आ °°°°°°

माँ एक जैसी होती है
बच्चे इक जैसे होते है
चोट लगे तो इंसानों कि तरह
पशु भी रोते हैं
बिछड़े हुओं को मैंने मिलाया
मैंने अपना क़र्ज़ चुकाया
तुझको खोकर माँ आ आ आ
माँ तुझे ढूढूं कहाँ आ
माँ आ आ

तू सच कहती थी ई
किसीकी बद्दुआ लग जाती है
तू सच कहती थी ई
किसीकी बद्दुआ लग जाती है
अपनी ही बन्दूक से गोली
खुद पे भी चल जाती है
मैंने कैसा खेल ये खेला
रोऊँ बैठा आज अकेला
तुझको खोकर माँ आ आ आ
माँ तुझे ढूढूं कहाँ आ
माँ तुझे ढूढूं कहाँ आ
मैंने ममता को पहचाना
मैं बच्चों के दर्द को जाना
तुझको खोकर माँ आ आ आ
माँ तुझे ढूढूं कहाँ आ
माँ तुझे ढूढूं कहाँ आ
माँ आ आ°°°

भाग २

बिछड़े हुओं को मैंने मिलाया
मैंने अपना क़र्ज़ चुकाया
तुझको खोकर माँ आ आ आ
माँ तुझे ढूढूं कहाँ आ
माँ आ आ

माँ आ आ


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“Khan Dost”(1976) was directed by Dulal Guha for Ramayan Chitra Mandir, Bombay. The movie had Raj Kapoor, Shatrughan Sinha, Mithu Mukherji (new discovery), Satyen Kappu, Sulochana, Asit Sen, Jagdish Raj, Maruti, Prakash, Shekhar Purohit, Rajan Haksar, Duggal, Saminder Pande, Chandulal, Rajrani, Amar Sen, Sameer, Baby Lubna etc, with special appearances by Subhash Ghai, Jagdeep, Sundar, Leela Mishra and Yogita Bali.

The movie had three songs in it. One song has been covered in the past.

Here is the second song from “Khan Dost”(1976) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Manna Dey. Indeewar is the lyricist. Music is composed by Kalyanji Anandji.

The song is picturised as a poignant song on Shatrughan Sinha who plays a prisoner and who is seen looking back at his wasted life with regret in this picturisation. The pictorisation also shows Satyen Kappu playing a jailor and Raj Kapoor playing his subordinate.

Incidentally, Hindi movie jails look like a police station where a prisoner is seen kept behind bars in a small room. That is because Hindi moviemakers cannot differentiate between a police station and a jail. 🙂

Audio

Video

Song-Meri zindagi tujhpe roye (Khan Dost)(1976) Singer-Manna Dey, Lyrics-Indeewar, MD-Kalyanji Anandji

Lyrics

meri zindagi mujhpe roye ae
roye

meri zindagi mujhpe roye ae
roye
meri zindagi mujhpe roye ae
roye
main kaam kisi ke na aa saka
main kaam kisi ke na aa saka
main pyaar kisi ka na pa saka
koi aise umr na khoye
meri zindagi mujhpe roye ae
roye

jo karz liya hai saanson ka
wo karz chuka na paaya
jo karz liya hai saanson ka
wo karz chuka na paaya
baaqi hi raha har karz mera
koi farz nibha na paaya
ab waqt kahaan kuchh kar sakoon
ab waqt kahaan kuchh kar sakoon
koi zakhm kisi ka bhar sakoon
ab pachhtaaye kya hoye
meri zindagi mujhpe roye ae
roye

kuchh bhi na kamaaya jeevan mein
maine sab kuchh hi ganvaaya
kuchh bhi na kamaaya jeevan mein
maine sab kuchh hi ganvaaya
jisne dikhlaai duniya mujhe
us maa ka dil bhi dukhaaya
jis pe hon gunaahon ke saaye
jis pe hon gunaahon ke saaye
wo chain kahaan se paaye
dariya bhi ye daag na dhoye
meri zindagi mujhpe roye ae
roye
main kaam kisi ke na aa saka
main pyaar kisi ka na pa saka
koi aise umr na khoye
meri zindagi mujhpe roye ae
roye
roye


This article is written by Nahm, 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.

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na tu zameen ke liye hai na aasmaan ke liye
tera wajood hai sirf dastaan ke liye
 

palat ke su-e-chaman dekhne se kya hogaa
wo shaakh hi na rahi jo thhi aashiyaan ke liye

garaz paarast jahaan mein wafaa talaash na kar
ye shai bani hai kisi dusre jahan ke liye

Thus wrote Sahir Ludhianvi for the film ‘Daastaan’ (1972). Here he takes a cue from Allama Iqbal who said ….

na tu zameen ke liye hai na aasmaan ke liye
jahaan hai tere liye tu nahin jahaan ke liye

Ever the cynic….

Whereas Iqbal was always motivational, Sahir had an inverted view of things.  Maybe this solitude and despair was because of ‘Pyasaa” or vice versa.  Take the instance of “Wo Sub’ha Kabhi To Aayegi“ in the film ‘Phir Subah hogi’ (1958). These verses are said to have inspired his contemporary Jaan Nisaar Akhtar to write the song “Gham Ki Andheri Raat Mein” in ‘Susheela’ (1966), with the lines,

gham ki andheri raat mein dil ko na beqaraar kar
sub’ha zaroor aayegi, sub’ha ka intezaar kar

Just last week, I was thinking about the Hindi poem I had written in 2016. It was published in my office magazine. This poem has some heavy references of Sahir’s songs.  And that I should write a post about Sahir Ludhianvi on his anniversary. But for some reason I had the impression that his death anniversary falls in June or July. I thought I will look up on the blog for the birth anniversary and if it is anytime soon I will write a post.

As it happened my office computer was out of order last week and it returned to work only on Friday and there is no lap-top currently in my use at home, I missed the opportunity to write this article on time. It was Raja ji’s article which alerted me to the fact of Sahir Ludhianvi’s death anniversary on 25th October.

Before I get to the song in hand, let’s take a look at my poem.  This is rather long and I am told it lacks something.  But this is the finished product:

कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती ?

सुना मैंने के कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती
सोचा के अपनी सी कुछ कोशिश मैं भी कर देखूं
कोशिश एक जद्द-ओ-जहद हालात को बेहतर करने की
कोशिश जो हर एक करे खुद को बेहतर इंसान बनाने की
कोशिश वो जो अपने परिवार की, सम्मान की रक्षा की
कोशिश के ऐसे जीऐं अपना स्तर उँचा हो नजर में खुदा की
कोशिश वो जो हो इज्जत से जीने की और इज्जतदार मरने की
फिर कहें
कि कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती ।

फिर कहा किसी ने कि मरने की बात क्यू करें
मौत में कैसी इज्जत कैसी आबरू
क्यूं जब मर कर बाबुल से नजरें मिलाना है
तो जीना और मरना ऐसे रहे के अपना सर उँचा हो
ये ना हो कि बहू और बेटी को बाजार में खड़ा करे
और कहें कि
कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती ।

शायद ये साहिर नें 1957 में लिखा हो के
“संसार की हरेक बेशर्मी
गुरबत की गोद में पलती है”
सोचने लगी के क्या ये आज भी सच है
कोई सोचे या नहीं, बात काबिले गौर है
क्यूं की
कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती ।

और कहा साहिर ने के
“अवतार पयंबर जनती है,
फिर भी शैतान की बेटी है”
मुझे लगा जैसे आज मैं ही बैठी हूं
किसी टेलीविजन के ‘टॉक शो’ पर
और दुहार लगाई हूं “फ्रीडम ऑफ एक्सप्रेशन” की
वहां तक,
कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती ।

आज का दौर हम सब ‘अय्याश’!
माडर्न और सैवी होने का हमें फक्र है

‘अय्याश’ इतना ‘ओल्ड फैशन्ड’ शब्द है,
की ‘हम अय्याश’ सुन कर सब चौंके,
अय्याश वो है जो ऐश में डूबा हुआ है
जिंदगी के मजे लेने में, जानों और पहचानों
“औरत ने जन्म दिया मर्दों को, मर्दों ने उसे बाजार दिया”
और तो
कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती ।

मेरी बहनों और बेटियों, अपनी इज्जत अपने हाथ
जब खुद अपनी इज्जत करना सीख जाओ
के औरों को तुम्हारी इस्मत पर नजर डालते शरम आये
संघर्ष का सब से बड़ा मैदान यहीं है के
कोख में अपनी बेटी का कत्ल ना होने देना हरगिज
और ना खुद को शैतान की बेटी बनने दो,
बात बहुत बड़ी मेरी तुच्छ कलम कह गयी
सच है,
कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती ।

ओ बाबुल प्यारे, मुझे नाज से लाड से पालने वाले
कल तू मुझे संजोता, संवारता था और ससुराल भेजता
कल मैं तेरी आँखों की चमक और पगड़ी का फक्र थी
आज ये हाल है, कि हम अपनी बेटियों को परदेसी कर देते हैं
ताकि वो अपनी पोजिशन बनाये दुनियाँ में
जाओ,
के कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती ।

नतीजा ये की आज दुनियाँ की कोई गैर-जरूरी चीज नहीं
जिसे बेचने में मेरा इस्तेमाल नहीं होता
आज मैं हर अखबार में हर फिल्मी पोस्टर में
हर पल हर वक्त बेची और खरीदी जाती हूं
मजे की बात तो ये हुई के मुझे एहसास तक नहीं
की मैं हर लम्हे कितनी “निर्भय” हो गई इस बाजार में
पता है, कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती
अगर ये मेरी और तुम्हारी हार नहीं है
तो कोई मुझे बताये कि ये क्या है?

ये कैसी कोशिश है
कि हर तरह से मेरी हार होती है ।

Sounds rather like a long story.  But the story is original and sort of a parody of the original ‘Koshish Karnewaalon Ki Kabhi Haar Nahin Hoti” by Harivansh Rai Bachchan.

Now moving to the song in hand, from the film ‘Begum Jaan’ (2017).  This is an adaptation of the original song in “Phir Subah Hogi”(1958) written by Sahir Ludhianvi.   Only a word in the mukhda is changed and the whole song in re-rendered by Arjit Singh and Shreya Ghoshal. Credit for the lyrics and composition is given to Sahir Ludhianvi and Khayyam.
(As per myswar.com  http://myswar.co/song_details/begum-jaan-2017-woh-subah-hami-se-aayegi-7 )

A big fan of Arjit Singh I am not and this particular rendition has not endeared him to me.  I believe singing has to be of words and uttering words in a loose manner somehow dilutes the impact.  I don’t know if the singing here was required this way due to the situation, as I haven’t seen the movie.   The background music is a haunting fall back on “Tadap Tadap Ke Iss Dil Se” (‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’, 1999). While listening to this and the original by Khaiyyam I was reminded of “Dekh Lo Aaj Hum Ko Ji Bhar Ke” (‘Baazaar’, 1982) as well as “Najariyaa Ki Maari” (“Pakeezah”, 1971).

This is a tribute to the poet of such inimitable songs such as:

Tum Mujhe Bhool Bhi Jaao To Ye Haqq Hai Tum Ko

Tum Agar Mujh Ko Na Chaaho To Koi Baat Nahi

Chalo Ek Baar Phir Se Ajnabi Ban Jaayen Ham Donon

Jaane Wo Kaise Log Thhe Jin Ke Pyar Ko Pyar Mila

Mann Re Tu Kaahe Na Dheer Dhare

And many more such songs.

[Editor’s Note: The delay in publication is an oversight of the editors, the author had sent in this contribution just in time.]


Song – Wo Sub’ha Ham Hi Se Aayegi (Begum Jaan) (2017) Singer – Arijit Singh, Shreya Ghoshal, Lyrics – Sahir Ludhianvi, MD – Khayyaam
Arijit Singh + Shreya Ghoshal
Chorus

Lyrics

in kaali sadiyon ke sar se
jab raat ka aanchal dhhalkega aa
aaaa aaaaa aaaaaaaaa
jab dukh ke baadal pighlenge
jab sukh ka saagar chhalkega aa
aaa aaa aaa aaa
jab ambar jhhoom ke naachega
jab dharti naghme gaayegi
woh sub’ha hameen se aayegi
woh sub’ha hameen se aayegi
woh sub’ha hameen se aayegi
woh sub’ha hameen se aayegi

jis sub’ha ki khaatir jug jug se
ham sab mar mar ke jeete hain

aaa aaa aaa
jis subah ki amrit ki dhun mein
ham zehar ke pyaale peete hain
in bhooki pyaasi roohon per
ek din to karam farmaayegi
woh sub’ha hameen se aayegi
woh sub’ha hameen se aayegi

maana ke abhi tere mere
armaanon ki qeemat kuch bhi nahin

hmm hmm hmm
mitti ka bhi hai kuchh mol magar
insaanon ki qeemat kuchh bhi nahin
aa aa aa
insaanon ki izzat jab jhoothhe
sikko mein na toli jaayegi
woh sub’ha hameen se aayegi
woh sub’ha hameen se aayegi
woh sub’ha hameen se aayegi
woh sub’ha hameen se aayegi
woh sub’ha hameen se aayegi
woh sub’ha hameen se aayegi

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Hindi Script Lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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इन काली सदियों के सर से
जब रात का आँचल ढलकेगा
आssss आssss आssssssss 
जब दुख के बादल पिघलेंगे
जब सुख का सागर छलकेगा
आss आss आss आss
जब अम्बर झूम के नाचेगा
जब धरती नग़मे गाएगी
वो सुबहा हमीं से आएगी
वो सुबहा हमीं से आएगी
वो सुबहा हमीं से आएगी
वो सुबहा हमीं से आएगी

जिस सुबहा की खातिर जुग जुग से
हम सब मर मर के जीते हैं
आss आss आss
जिस सुबहा के अमृत की धुन में
हम ज़हर के प्याले पीते हैं
इन भूखी प्यासी रूहों पर
एक दिन तो करम फरमाएगी
वो सुबहा हमीं से आएगी
वो सुबहा हमीं से आएगी

माना के अभी तेरे मेरे
अरमानों की क़ीमत कुछ भी नहीं
हम्ममम हम्ममम हम्ममम
मिट्टी का भी है कुछ मोल मगर
इन्सानों की क़ीमत कुछ भी नहीं
आs आs आs
इन्सानों की इज्ज़त जब झूठे
सिक्कों में ना तोली जाएगी
वो सुबहा हमीं से आएगी
वो सुबहा हमीं से आएगी
वो सुबहा हमीं से आएगी
वो सुबहा हमीं से आएगी
वो सुबहा हमीं से आएगी
वो सुबहा हमीं से आएगी


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 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 : 3730 Post No. : 14673

The palat side of today’s song, was posted – goodness, four years ago.  And Sandhya ji is now completing 87 years today, and stepping into her 88th. Abundant greetings to Sandhya Mukherji – we wish for her good health and comfort, and that we may get many more such opportunities to greet her.

Four years back, I had posted the lovely, lively “O Re Jeene Waale, Hans Le Gaa Le Dhoom Mach Le” – one of her very few non film songs recorded in Hindi. From the same gramophone record (GE 24065 – Columbia), I present today, the song from the other side. A more poignant song, a sad song of separation – this song is no less iconic. As I tried to search for more, I drew a blank (so far).  It seems that this gramophone record and these two songs may well be the only two non-film Hindi songs that have been recorded by Sandhya ji.

For a brief bio sketch of this artist, I request readers to go back to the song referred above, and view that article.

She worked at New Theatres from 1948 to 1950, and sang under the music direction of RC Boral. She came to Bombay in 1950 – ‘Sazaa’ (1951) was her debut in the Bombay industry, after which she recorded songs for another eight films. And then, in 1956 she decided to return to Calcutta, after having recorded “Maine Jo Li Angdaai. . .” under the music direction of Salil Da, for the film ‘Jaagte Raho’ (1956). After that, she stayed only in Calcutta, and recorded a few songs for a handful of Hindi films.

Today’s song is penned by Prem Dhawan and is set to music by Kanu Ghosh. The melancholia of this song is such a surprising antipode of the song “O Re Jeene Waale. . .”. Listen and enjoy.

Once again, greetings to Sandya ji, and best wishes for a healthy and comfortable years ahead.


Song – Tum Gaye Lut Gaya Pyaar Ka Ye Jahaan (Sandhya Mukherji NFS)(1950) Singer – Sandhya Mukherji, Lyrics – Prem Dhawan, MD – Kanu Ghosh

Lyrics

tum gaye
lut gaya
pyaar ka
ye jahaan
na rahi
wo khushi
na rahe
armaan

tum gaye
lut gaya
pyaar ka
ye jahaan
na rahi
wo khushi
na rahe
armaan

meri aankhon ki tum
roshni le gaye
meri aankhon ki tum
roshni le gaye
mere hothon ki tum
sab hansi le gaye
ab meri zindagi
zindagi hai kahaan

wo bahaaren gayin
wo nazaare gaye
wo bahaaren gayin
wo nazaare gaye
meri raaton se wo
chaand taare gaye
na meri hai zameen
na mera aasmaan

tum gaye
lut gaya
pyaar ka
ye jahaan
na rahi
wo khushi
na rahe
armaan
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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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तुम गए
लुट गया
प्यार का
ये जहां
ना रही
वो खुशी
ना रहे
अरमां

तुम गए
लुट गया
प्यार का
ये जहां
ना रही
वो खुशी
ना रहे
अरमां

मेरी आँखों की तुम
रोशनी ले गए
मेरी आँखों की तुम
रोशनी ले गए
मेरे होठों की तुम
सब हंसी ले गए
अब मेरी ज़िंदगी
ज़िंदगी है कहाँ

वो बहारें गईं
वो नज़ारे गए
वो बहारें गईं
वो नज़ारे गए
मेरी रातों से वो
चाँद तारे गए
ना मेरी है ज़मीं
ना मेरा आसमां

तुम गए
लुट गया
प्यार का
ये जहां
ना रही
वो खुशी
ना रहे
अरमां


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 : 3727 Post No. : 14666

Today, October 1st is the birth anniversary of two iconic personalities of Hindi film music. Both started their career in Hindi film industry in Bombay (Mumbai) in 1946 – one as a music director and the other as a lyricist. Yes, it is Sachin Dev Burman’s 112th birth anniversary and Majrooh Sultanpuri’s 99th birth anniversary. Both have been my favourites amongst the music directors and lyricists of the golden era of Hindi film music. Both seem to have been made for each other. SD Burman was one of the earliest pioneers in introducing the concept of ‘tune first lyrics later’ in Hindi film music while Majrooh Sultanpuri was master in writing lyrics to the tune.

I found both of them to be non-conformists in their respective fields.  SD Burman’s compositions did not leave trails to identify them as SD Burman type of music. In my younger days, it was not easy for me to identify the songs composed by SD Burman. Had I not known in advance, I would have difficulties in knowing that songs of ‘Baazi’ (1951), ’Pyaasa’ (1957) and  ‘Nau Do Gyarah’ (1957) were composed by the same music director. Majrooh Sultanpuri on the other hand wrote lyrics of varied moods and of all genres with ease. Another common factor between these two stalwarts was that both were called as ‘old man with young heart’. If SD Burman could composed Roop Tera Mastaana at the age of 64, Majrooh Sultanpuri wrote lyrics for Raat Shabnami Bheegi Chaandni at the age of 77.

Despite both SD Burman and Majrooh Sultanpuri starting their filmy career in 1946, it took about 11 years for both of them to work together in Navketan’s  ‘Nau Do Gyaarah’ (1957), though the other collaboration, ‘Paying Guest’ (1957) was released first. The main reason was that SD Burman was already working with Sahir Ludhianvi since 1951. It was only when SD Burman stopped engaging Sahir after ‘Pyaasa’ (1957) that he found Majrooh Sultanpuri as a suitable lyricist partner. From 1957 till SD Burman’s death in October 1975, both of them worked together in 20 films composing 137 songs.

I have already written about Majrooh Sultanpuri last year while covering the song Nanha Mora Doley Mori Anganiaa. So in this article, I propose to discuss only the musical career of SD Burman.

Sachin Da (1/10/1906 – 31/10/1975) was born in Comilla, a part of Tripura at that time (now in Bangladesh). He belonged to Tripura’s royal family in which his father, Nabadwip Chandra Dev Burman, was the next in line to Tripura Royalty. However, due to some palace machinations, Nabadwip Burman was denied his right as the next king of Tripura because of which he along with his family shifted to Comilla. SD Burman’s childhood years in Comilla became his training ground for music as he became enthralled by the folk music of what was then known as East Bengal.

After graduation from a Comilla college, SD Burman enrolled for Master’s degree in English in the University of Calcutta in 1924. However, he soon gave up his studies to become the disciple of Krishna Chandra Dey (KC Dey). Later, he continued his musical training under Ustad Badal Khan and Pandit Bhishamdev Chatopadhyay.  The royal family of Tripura were the connoisseurs of Hindustani classical music. They resented SD Burman’s indulgence in singing and recording folk songs for earning as it was below dignity for a royal member of family to earn from the music. They also felt that folk songs were not meant for royalty as they were sung by the lower strata of the society. Because of this, SD Burman did not get the traditional royal welcome when he visited Agrtala after his marriage with Meera in 1938.

In 1932, SD Burman left Tripura for Calcutta (Kolkata) for pursuing his interest in music. In the same year, he approached HMV for his first recording of a non-filmy Bengali song. However, he failed in the audition test. Luckily for him, Hindustan Musical Products (Hindustan Records) offered to record his first gramophone song. The song became a major success for Hindustan Records. During 1932-1946, SD Burman recorded over 100 non-films, mostly Bengali and some filmy Bengali songs most of which became commercially successful.

Despite success as a singer in non-film songs, SD Burman had to face disappointment in 1933 when a song sung by him in the film ‘Yahudi Ki Ladki’ (1933) was deleted and was recorded afresh in the voice of Pahadi Sanyal due to the internal politics of New Theatre. In 1935, SD Burman got an opportunity to do a minor role of a beggar in Madhu Bose’s film ‘Selima’ (1935) in which he was to sing a song. At first, SD Burman refused telling that he would be ostracised from the Tripura royal family if they came to know that he was working in a film. However, Madhu Bose assured him that no one would recognise him in his make-up of a beggar with beard and moustache. So this became SD Burman’s first film song as an actor-singer.

Sometime in 1942, SD Burman got an offer from Chandulal Shah to join Ranjit Movietone as music director. The offer was declined as he did not relish the idea of leaving Kolkata. In the next two years, he found that he was not able  to get enough opportunity to compose music for Bangla films as all important banners had their own music directors in their pay rolls. These music directors would offer him to sing as a playback singer which he would not agree as his wish was to become a music director. At this juncture, he took a decision that he would not sing for any other music directors and he would sing his own compositions for films not as a playback singer but as background singer. He maintained that stand consistently after he became a part of the Bombay (Mumbai) film industry in 1946.

In early 1940s, Bengal was reeling under the worst famine. The film industry was adversely affected. There was an exodus from Kolkata to Mumbai film industry for a different reason. SD Burman knew that despite his liking for Kolkata, he had to move to Mumbai to be able to achieve his dream of becoming a music director. In October 1944, SD Burman along with his family landed in Mumbai on the invitation from Rai Bahadur Chunnilal and Sashadhar Mukherjee who had formed Filmistan with Ashok Kumar, Gyan Mukherjee and other technicians, a breakaway group from Bombay Talkies.  Burman joined Filmistan as music director.

In Mumbai, SD Burman’s greatest handicap was his inability to fully understand Hindi, leave aside Urdu.  This handicap willy-nilly made him the pioneering in ‘tune first lyrics later’ concept in Hindi film song compositions. It is said that in his first two films with Filmistan, C Ramchandra helped SD Burman in music arrangements. I guess, as a newcomer, it was difficult for him to arrange musicians and communicate with them.

His first film as a music director was ‘Shikaari’ (1946) followed by ‘Aath Din’ (1946), both produced under the banner of Filmistan.  The music of ‘Shikari’ (1946) did not create much interest in the common public though studio hands appreciated newness in his music compositions. However, songs of ‘Aath Din’ (1946) especially two songs sung by SD Burman and Pehle Na Samjhaa Pyaar Tha by Ameerbai Karnataki became popular and made him a different class of music director well-versed with the then East Bengal folk music.

SD Burman was not satisfied with his music in these two films as he did not find anyone in the streets singing his songs. On the contrary, he found his servant always humming the songs from ‘Rattan’ (1944). He felt that unless his songs became popular on the streets, his presence as a music director would never be felt in Bombay film industry.

In the meanwhile, Sashadhar Mukherjee allowed him to take up the music direction in the films outside Filmistan. In 1947, he did two films outside Filmistan – ‘Chitor Vijay’ (1947) and ‘Dil Ki Rani’ (1947) both having Raj Kapoor and Madhubala as lead pairs. Neither the films fared well on the box office front nor did the songs become popular. The only point of interest in ‘Dil Ki Rani’ (1947) was that SD Burman made Raj Kapoor to sing in his own voice a song, O Duniya Ke Rehne Waalo Bolo Kahaan Gaya Chitchor.

Filmistan entrusted SD Burman with the music direction of ‘Do Bhai’ (1947). Sashadhar Mukherjee was a hard task master who rarely got satisfied with the tunes SD Burman composed for this film. Fed up with the constant rejections of tunes by Sashadhar Mukherjee, one day, SD Burman decided to have a show down with his boss. Probably after that he would think of leaving Filmistan and go back to Kolkata. To his surprise, Sashadhar Mukherjee at once approved the first tune he played on the harmonium and asked him record the song at the earliest. The song was Mera Sundar Sapna Beet Gaya sung by Geeta Roy (later Dutt). This song made Geeta Roy a star playback singer overnight. The film was a box office success. For the first time, SD Burman heard his servant humming this song which made him very happy. In 1948, he composed songs from ‘Vidya’ (1948). It was his first film with Dev Anand and Suraiya. The film did not fare well on the box office but one song  Laayi Khushi Ki Duniya, picturised on Dev Anand and Suraiya, became very popular.

Filmistan’s ‘Shabnam’ (1949) can be regarded as SD Burman’s first real successful film as a music director as all the songs of the films became very popular. For SD Burman, it was one of his most satisfying period of his musical career as he found the songs of ‘Shabnam’ being heard on the street quite often. He even heard the labourers at Bandra Railway Station, singing one of the songs from this film in tandem with their track maintenance work.

In 1950s, SD Burman did not have much success as a music director. ‘Afsar’ (1950) was his first film for Navketan – a film production company started by Chetan Anand and Dev Anand. The film did not fare well at the box office although two songs – Naina Deewaane Ek Nahin Maane and Man Mor Huaa Matwaala became popular. ‘Pyaar’ (1950) also did not have a great run. SD Burman was now depressed that even after 5 years of his stint as a music director in Bombay film industry, he has not established himself as a successful music director. With this thought in mind, he decided to leave Mumbai and return to Kolkata.

At that time, Ashok Kumar was reviving Bombay Talkies by producing ‘Mashaal’ (1950) for which SD Burman was entrusted with the music direction. His leaving at a crucial juncture would have affected the film. After much persuasion by Ashok Kumar, SD Burman stayed back to complete the music direction of the film with a condition that after the completion of his work, he would return to Kolkata.

It so happened that ‘Mashaal’ (1950) became a box office hit film. Almost all the songs of the film became very popular. But it was Manna Dey’s song,  Upar Gagan Vishaal which drew attention of the common folk. With this song, Manna Dey seemed have announced that he had, at last, arrived in the world of Hindi film music. Manna Dey had worked as an Assistant Music Director for SD Burman but he got his first chance to sing under his baton only in ‘Mashaal’ (1950).

With the success of ‘Mashaal’ (1950), producers lined up for signing SD Burman for their films which included ‘Bahaar’ (1951), ‘Buzdil’ (1951), ‘Ek Nazar’ (1951), ‘Naujawaan’ (1951) and ‘Sazaa’ (1951). All these films had very popular songs some of which are still remembered today like Sainya Dil Mein Aana Re, Jhan Jhan Jhan Jhan Paayal Baaje, Thandi Hawaayen Lehra Ke Aayen and Tum Na Jaane Kis Jahaan Mein Kho Gaye.

But one film SD Burman  did in 1951 gave a tremendous boost to his career as a music director – it was Navketan’s ‘Baazi’ (1951). It was Guru Dutt’s first directorial venture. SD Burman’s musical treatment in this film was quite a contrast to what he had so far churned out. There were no Bengali traces in the songs. Instead, he predominantly used western and Punjabi beats. In fact, he turned Sahir Ludhinavi’s philosophical ghazal, Tadbeer Se Bigdi Huyi Taqdeer Banaa Le  into a seductive club song. All the songs of ‘Baazi’ (1951) became super hits. The success of ‘Baazi’ (1951) made SD Burman almost a permanent fixture with Navketan Banner until ‘Chhupa Rustom’ (1973). By now, he had dropped the idea of shifting to Kolkata.

The musical success of ‘Baazi’ (1951) created a successful pair of Sahir Ludhianvi and SD Burman. During 1951-57, both of them created 138 songs in 18 films. Unfortunately, due to clash of egos, they did not work together after ‘Pyaasa’ (1957).

I will not go into further details of his successful films as they are in large numbers. But there are a few films which I consider as classic insofar as SD Burman’s music is concerned. They are ‘Taxi Driver’ (1954), ‘Pyaasa’ (1957), ‘Nau Do Gyaarah’ (1957), ‘Paying Guest’ (1957), ‘Kaala Paani’ (1958), ‘Sujata’ (1959), ‘Kaala Baazar’ (1960), ‘Bandini’ (1963) ‘Tere Ghar Ke Saamne’ (1963), ‘Guide’ (1965), ‘Aradhana’ (1969), ‘Prem Pujari’ (1970), ‘Sharmilee’ (1971), ‘Tere Mere Sapne’ (1971), and ‘Abhimaan’ (1973). But within these films, there were high points in SD Burman’s musical career – ‘Baazi’ (1951), ‘Pyaasa’ (1957), ‘Guide’ (1965), ‘Aradhana’ (1969) and ‘Abhimaan’ (1973).

During 1946 until his death in October 31, 1975 SD Burman composed music for 90 films (including one unreleased film) comprising 673 songs (666 songs if I exclude 7 songs from the unreleased film). This gives an annual average of 3 films. According to those who had closely worked with SD Burman, he would consider him to be ‘busy’ if he had two films on hand. He considered himself ‘very busy’ if he had 3 films on hand. He would not take any more musical assignments until he completed one of the three films on hand. So the annual average of 3 films are within the parameter he set for himself.

It was during the recording the song, Badi Sooni Sooni Hai Zindagi Ye Zindagi  from ‘Mili’ (1975) that SD Burman got paralytic attack and was shifted to Bombay Hospital. Later, RD Burman completed the recording of the song. What an irony! When Kishore Kumar was singing this song for recording, his mentor was in the hospital in deep coma. SD Burman remained in coma for the next 5 months until his end came on October 31, 1975.

Since the article has already become very lengthy, I propose to write a second part of the article covering some other aspects of SD Burman’s Hindi film music on his Remembrance Day on October 31, 2018. There are hundreds of anecdotes in the life of SD Burman – some known and some unknown to me – which makes his musical journey very interesting. While Gulzar called him ‘Prince of Music’, Pandit Hari Prasad Charasia referred him as ‘Sangeet Sant’ (Saint of Music). Kersi Lord, who worked with SD Burman as a drummer and later as an accordionist for a very long time, called him ‘an old man with a young heart’ insofar as his music was concerned. Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, the santoor player called SD Burman as a wonderful person with child-like innocence.

I will end this article with a statement that SD Burman was a music director who remained at the zenith of his musical career in Hindi film industry since the success of ‘Baazi’ (1951) until his death on October 31, 1975. Even 5 year hiatus with Lata Mangeshkar (1957-62) did not affect his musical career. Some of the films for which SD Burman composed music may have failed at the box office but his music did not fail.

On the occasion of 112th birth anniversary of SD Burman and 99th birth anniversary of Majrooh Sultanpuri, I present one of their creations from ‘Sitaaron Se Aage’ (1958). The film was produced by VL Narasu, a coffee plantation magnate from the South India. The film starred Ashok Kumar, Vyjayantimala, Jagdish Sethi, Johny Walker, Shammi, Iftekhar, Raja Sulochana, Leela Mishra, Manmohan Krishna etc.

The film seems to have jinxed from the very beginning. Gyan Mukherjee was originally assigned to direct the film. He had even completed musical sitting with SD Burman. The film went into shooting floor in 1956. However, Gyan Mukherjee fell ill and was diagnosed with brain tumour. He was also afflicted by Parkinson’s disease. He passed away in November 1956. Ashok Kumar had to rope in Satyen Bose to direct the film (As revealed by late Sachin Bhowmick and quoted in ‘SD Burman – The Prince Musician’ – Anirudh Bhattacharjee & Balaji Vittal (2018).

During the making of the film, SD Burman got into tiff with Lata Mangeshkar on the issue of re-recording of the song, Sainya Kaise Dhaaroon Dheer as he wished to record the song afresh with some changes in the tune. Since Lata was leaving for a foreign trip, she could not give him the date, nor she could commit to give a priority date on her return from the trip. This enraged SD Burman to such an extent that he stopped engaging Lata Mangeshkar as a playback singer for the next 5 years. He got the above-mentioned song recorded in the voice of Asha Bhonsle. But she could not render the song the way S D Burman wanted. So he retained the originally recorded Lata version for the film. The remaining songs which were to be sung by Lata in the films were rendered by Asha Bhonsle (3) and Geeta Dutt (1).

After about 8 years from this incidence, SD Burman got his original wish fulfilled. Lata Mangeshkar recorded a song based on the tune of the song referred to above. The result was the culmination of a new song for the film ‘Guide’ (1965). The song was Mo Se Chhal Kiye Jaaye Dekho Sainya Beimaan. Incidentally, as I checked from the credit titles, Hiralal was one of the choreographers for both ‘Sitaaron Se Aage’ (1958) and ‘Guide’ (1965).

‘Sitaaron se Aage’ (1958) got delayed and finally released sometime in early 1958. The film was a musical extravaganza with Vyjayantimala performing a number of semi-classical dances in the film. A feature of the songs in this film was that  SD Burman used Western scores in a couple of songs like Chanda Ki Chaandni Ka Jaadoo and Mehfil Mein Aaaye Wo Aaj Dheere Se that sounded like waltz music.

So far 7 songs (out of 9 including one multiple version song) from this film have been covered in the Blog. I present the 8th song – ‘Aa Khilte Hain Gul, O Mere Bulbul’ sung by Lata Mangeshkar. The song was written by Majrooh Sultanpuri and picturised on Vyjayantimala as a dance song. The song is not only melodious but rhythmic as well.

[Author’s Note: Some of the information on SD Burman’s early life and early musical career has been sourced from ‘SD Burman – The World of His Music’ by Khagesh Dev Burman (translated from Bengali by SK Ray Chaudhuri), 2013.]

(Video)

(Audio)

Song – Aa Khilte Hain Gul, O Mere Bulbul (Sitaaron Se Aage) (1958) Singer – Lata Mangeshkar, Lyrics – Majrooh Sultanopuri, MD – SD Burman
Chorus

Lyrics

aa khilten hain gul
o mere bulbul
rut hai jawaan
tu hai kahaan
dilruba aa aa aaa
aa khilten hai gul
o mere bulbul
rut hai jawaan
tu hai kahaan
dilruba aa aa aaa
aa khilten hai gul
ho oo mere bulbul
mil jaa gale
kahin ye milan ki 
rut na dhale
mil jaa gale
kahin ye milan ki 
rut na dhale
 
o o o o
o o o o o 
wohi teri raahen
wohi meri aahen
wohi main hoon
wohi dil mera
o
wohi teri raahen
wohi meri aahen
wohi main hoon
wohi dil mera
wohi teri baaten
wohi meri raaten
wohi rang e mehfil mera
rah ke juda
dil na dukha
aa bhi jaa aa aa aaa
aa khilten hain gul
o mere bulbul
jiyara jaley
piya kabhi apne
din thhe bhale
o jiyara jaley
piya kabhi apne
din thhe bhale
rut hai jawaan
tu hai kahaan
dilruba aa aa aaa
aa khilten hain gul
o mere bulbul
 
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aaa
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aaa
aa aa aa aa

o o o o
o o o
raah teri takta
gham se sulagta
chaand bechaara kahaan gaya
o raah teri takta
gham se sulagta
chaand bechaara kahaan gaya
tu hi nahi aaya
dhal gaya saaya
yahaan ka taara wahaan gaya
raat dhali
jhoom chali
phir hawaa aa aa aaa
aa khilten hain gul
o mere bulbul
tum na miley
khadi khadi jaloon piya
chanda taley
ho tum na miley
khadi khadi jaloon piya
chanda taley
rut hai jawaan
tu hai kahaan
dilruba aa aa aaa
aa khilten hain gul
o o mere bulbul. . .

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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आ खिलते हैं गुल
ओ मेरे बुलबुल
रुत है जवां
तू है कहाँ
दिलरुबा आ आ॰॰आs
आ खिलते हैं गुल
ओ मेरे बुलबुल
रुत है जवां
तू है कहाँ
दिलरुबा आ आ॰॰आs
आ खिलते हैं गुल
हो ओ मेरे बुलबुल
मिल जा गले
कहीं ये मिलन की
रुत ना ढले
मिल जा गले
कहीं ये मिलन की
रुत ना ढले

ओ ओ ओ ओ
ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ
वही तेरी राहें
वही मेरी आहें
वही मैं हूँ
वही दिल मेरा

वही तेरी राहें
वही मेरी आहें
वही मैं हूँ
वही दिल मेरा
वही तेरी बातें
वही तेरी रातें
वही रंग ए महफिल मेरा
रह के जुदा
दिल ना दुखा
आ भी जा आ॰॰आ॰॰आ
आ खिलते हैं गुल
ओ मेरे बुलबुल
जियरा जले
पिया कभी अपने
दिन थे भले
जियरा जले
पिया कभी अपने
दिन थे भले
रुत है जवां
तू है कहाँ
दिलरुबा आ आ॰॰आs
आ खिलते हैं गुल
ओ मेरे बुलबुल

आ आ आ आ
आ आ आ आss
आ आ आ आ
आ आ आ आss
आ आ आ आ

ओ ओ ओ ओ
ओ ओ ओ
राह तेरी ताकता
ग़म ये सुलगता
चाँद बेचारा कहाँ गया
ओ राह तेरी ताकता
ग़म ये सुलगता
चाँद बेचारा कहाँ गया
तू ही नहीं आया
ढाल गया साया
यहाँ का तारा वहाँ गया
रात ढली
झूम चली
फिर हवा आ॰॰आ॰॰आs
आ खिलते हैं गुल
ओ मेरे बुलबुल
तुम ना मिले
खड़ी खड़ी जलूँ पिया
चंदा तले
हो तुम ना मिले
खड़ी खड़ी जलूँ पिया
चंदा तले
रुत है जवां
तू है कहाँ
दिलरुबा आ आ॰॰आs
आ खिलते हैं गुल
ओ ओ मेरे बुलबुल॰ ॰ ॰


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 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.

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4006

Today’s song is from a resoundingly flop film of its time, Rambaan-48. The film was made by Prakash Pictures of Bhatt Brothers, known for quality films of different Genres. During the early 40s, their Mythological films like Bharat Milap-42 and Ramrajya-43 were extraordinarily successful. Film Rambaan was also directed by Vijay Bhatt-as usual- and the Music Director was Shankar rao Vyas, their favourite. The film story and dialogues were by Mohanlal Dave and Pt. Girish. Lyricists were Pt. Indra, Neelkanth Tiwari and Moti,B.A.( who was actually M.A.). The cast of the film was Prem Adib, Shobhana Samarth, Umakant, Ramsingh, Chandramohan, Amirbai, Leela Mishra and many others.

The lead pair of Prem Adib and Shobhana Samarth had become extremely popular all over the country as Ram and Seeta, after their two films Bharat Milap and Ram Rajya. These two actors came together for the first time in film Industrial India-1938. After this they worked in 11 more films plus one more film Ramayan-54, which was concocted by joining parts of 3 films made by Prakash Pictures on Ram and Seeta. After this film-Rambaan- Prakash films focused on social and musical films and made memorable films like Baiju Bawra-52 and Gunj Uthi Shehnai-59.

The stories of Rama and offshoots of Ramayana have always inspired film makers. Mahabharat too did the same. In Hindi language alone, films on Rama stories are around 25 ( not counting obvious other films like Ram aur Shyam, Ram Lakhan or Ram Balram etc.). Practically, in every Indian language and dialects, Nepalese and Sinhalese, Ram films are made. However, the kind of fame, popularity and the Box office returns, that the Film Ram Rajya-43 earned is beyond imagination. Calendars from 1944 to 1950 featured Shobhana and Prem as Ram and Seeta. Wherever these stars went they were mobbed and people used to touch their feet, treating them as Ram and Seeta.

Enthused with this fabulous response, Prakash were planning a third film on Ram and Seeta as a last film in the Trilogy of Ramayan Stories. They waited for a good five years and made Rambaan-48.

Ramayan and Mahabharata are the two major Religious Epics for Indians. Ramayana has been popular and widesread all over the Eastern World. There are in all 301 versions of Ramayana. These include the original Valmiki Ramayan and few other major Indian language Versions like Kamban’s Ramavataram in Tamil and Rangnathan’s Ramayana in Telugu. Then there is Ramayan Manjiri in NE and Bengal version. There is a Jain version too.Besides Ramayana in every Indian language and many dialects with scripts, there are Ramayana Versions in Burma, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Phillipines, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Thialand, Malaysia, Japan, Mongolia, Vietnam and China. All these versions total upto 300 in number. Then what is the 301st version ?

301st is the version of the fertile imagination of the authors of the ” Story Departments” of Indian film companies. Even Prakash Pictures had its own department. The first two films Bharat Milap and Ram Rajya were mostly based on the original Valmiki Ramayan. For film Rambaan-48, however, the Bhatt brothers gave free hand to the story and dialogue writers, in order to include something new, for which the same audience will come to the theatres. This is where things went wrong. The novel changes and additions that Mohanlal Dave and Pt. Girish brought into the Ramayana story were ridiculous, which were rejected out right and were resented by the Indian viewers. The Cinematic liberty taken for a film is one thing and twisting and distorting an accepted historical story by the millions over centuries of generations is another thing.

I am sure, if only Valmiki was to watch this film, he would have jumped from Everest or taken a Samadhi immediately ! Let us see what happened in the film, after all.

First and foremost, Shobhana Samarth was 8 month’s pregnant during the shooting of this film ( with her third daughter Chatura ) and it showed everytime she came on the screen. Could they not wait for another 6 months ? As such she was nearing her middle age-at 33 years- and it was obvious to everyone. Secondly, Prem Adib-two years younger than Shobhana, as it is- had put on lot of fat and seeing his open body with loose muscles, almost double chin and a face without freshness was a punishment for the senses.

The blue eyed handsome Chandramohan did the role of Ravan in this film. His characterisation of the role was made very ridiculous. Every now and then and in every scene, his ‘Taqia kalam” was rolling eyes like a drunken person and shouting ” Main Kaun “. Then giving the reply himself ” Main Ravan “. Actually, according to Valmiki and everyone else, Ravan was a very learned Brahmin, a peerless scientist, Veena player, a scholar on Vedas and a staunch devotee of lord Shiv. To make him look like a clown was very sad and disappointing indeed.

Shoorpnakha was actually married early, but her husband was killed by Ravan, in a battle. Ravan had made her a queen of Dandkaranya. In the film, her Swayamwar is shown. She rejects everyone and remains unmarried. This was undigestible to moviegoers who were familiar with the story of Ramayan.

Shabari katha is similarly distorted. In Valmiki Ramayana, after meeting Ram,Seeta and laxmana and giving them half eaten fruit, Shabri self immolates and goes to Heaven. In the film she first meets the three and after Seeta is abducted meets Ram again to inform him that she saw Ravan carrying Seeta in his plane. She also introduces Ram to all the Vanar leaders-Sugreev, Hanuman, Jambuwant etc.

There were many such New Discoveries, thanks to the writers, in this film. I remember in 1950, when this film came to Hyderabad, I had accompanied some old relatives and my Grandfather to this film. After coming back all were very angry. I don’t remember what exactly they had said, but I wrote in my diary ” the film was boring”.

Baburao Patel of Film India was not one to miss such an opportunity to pull up the director and producer. In the February 1949 issue, he had devoted three pages to the film, mostly tearing it apart, accusing the producers of tarnishing the Hindu religion. He only appreciated actor Umakant, who traditionally did the role of Laxman ( He did this role in 7 films in all) as a good and suitable actor. he even suggested him to be promoted as Ram, in their next film.

There is a name Ramsingh, in the film’s cast. The actor Ramsingh’s name is not very famous or well known, but in his times, he did Hero’s and Villain’s role in many films. Information about him was not available anywhere on the Internet till today. For the first time his information is appearing here today.His entry in films and life story is very interesting.

During the 1942 ‘Quit India’ movement, there was a riot in Allahabad. Police opened fire and along with several other people, Secretary of All University Students Union also was killed. Fearing a backlash from college students, the Government closed down all colleges and vacated Hostels. Two persons became homeless. One was Ramchandra Dwivedi- who later on became well known as Kavi Pradeep- and the other was Ramsingh- who became an actor.

After the riots, instead of informing his family about his welfare, Ramsingh left for Bombay and then to Poona, to become an actor. He was tall,fair and handsome. V.Shantaram hired him as an assistant in the studio. His family thought that he must have been killed in the riots and grieved, when he never returned.

One day one of the villagers came to their house and told excitedly, that he had seen a Hindi film and in that film, an actor looked exactly like Ramsingh. The family went to the town and saw the film. Lo and behold ! there he was. Looking just like Ramsingh. Anxiously a group of elders reached Prabhat Studio in Poona and inquired. The officials brought out their own son- Ramsingh before them !! Everyone was happy. It seems he did not contact his household just to avoid the Police investigations, as he too was an active participant in the agitation.

Ramsingh was born into a rich Zamindar family of village Ishanpur in Pratapgarh (U.P.), in 1920. After graduating, while doing his M.A. he joined films. His first film was Ramshastri-44, then came Chand-44, Lakhrani-45 and Hum ek hain-46….all Prabhat films. While in Prabhat, he became friendly with Dev Anand and Guru Dutt. In his later years, they gave him roles in their almost every film..

In his other films, Ramsingh worked with Heroine Ranjit Kumari ( real name Ranjit Kaur), to whom he got married later on. He was already married while in school and also had 3 children from his first wife. From the second marriage he got 4 children.

Ramsingh played Hero, Villain and character roles in 69 films. Some of his notable films were, besides 4 Prabhat films, Gaon-47, Shaheed-48, Khidki-49, Aparadhi-50 ( He was the Hero, opposite Madhubala), Sargam-50, Sangram-50, Shrimati ji-52, Jaal-52, Baaz-53 etc etc. In his later career, he only got insignificant roles in B and C grade films and Mythologicals. His last film was Sati Sulochana-69. ( 2 more films Veer Chhatrasaal-71 and Mere Bhaiya-72 were released after he left films).

Ramsingh returned to his native place with Ranjit Kumari and children in 1970 and started doing Agriculture. The U.P. Chief Minister H.N.Bahuguna was his classmate and a very good friend. Ramsingh approached him. Bahuguna, to help him, immediately established ” U.P. Film Corporation ” and made Ramsingh its Chairman. However, due to political turmoil in the country, Bahuguna left congress and joined Congress For Democracy, against Indira Gandhi. As a result the film corporation was wound up and Ramsingh returned to the fields again.

Ramsingh started drinking, against medical advise and died in 1984, in his village.

Shankar Rao Vyas gave a very sweet and melodious music. Today’s song, particularly, is the best of the 3 songs which I have heard. This song is sung by Shankar Dasgupta.

Born in 1927 in Bengal, Shankar Dasgupta started singing from childhood. He was a trained singer. In 1946,he got a break with Anil Biswas in his film Milan-46. His first song itself became very popular.

Then he sang in films like Anjana, Didi, Girl’s school, Jeet, Aahuti,Izzat, Do Raha etc. He sang about 63 songs in 39 films. he gave music to 4 films, Sadma, Sheeshe ki deewar, Hotel and Pehli mulaaqaat.

He assisted Anil Biswas and Jaidev for many years. He did work on TV and in News reviews too. He settled in England after retirement,but was active on TV there too.

On one of his routine visits to India in 1992, he met with a tragic accident on a Railway station in Bombay, on 23-1-1992 and died on the spot.

With this song, the film Rambaan (1948) makes its Debut on the Blog.

(Credits- thespeakingtree.com, bollymusings.com/cradle, kuch kalakar by Jawed Hamid, Filmindia-Feb-49, Prof. Yadav’s book, wiki and my notes)


Song-Uth Lakhan lal priya bhai (Raambaan)(1948) Singer-Shankar Dasgupta, Lyrics-Moti B A, MD-Shankar Rao Vyas

Lyrics

Uthh Lakhan lal priya bhai
Uthh Lakhan lal priya bhai
dasha tumhaari dekh Raam ki
ankhiyaan bhar bhar aayin
Uth Lakhan lal priya bhai

Maat Pita Patni ki maaya
bhai ke kaaran sab bisraaya
chhod Ayodhya ka sukh tumne
jogi roop banaaya
jis bhai ke liye yudhh mein
praan ki baazi lagaayi
Uth Lakhan lal priya bhai

pahle mujhe khila phir khaate
aur sulaa kar sote
?? tumhaare kaun kabhi to
baad raam ke hote
swarg puri ke ?? se
pahle pahunchu(?) jaai
Uth Lakhan lal priya bhai

Maat Kaushalya aur Sumitra
juwat(?) baantat waari
panthh herti haay Urmila
ki ankhiyaan bechaari
aankh moond ke huye tumhi kya
tanik daya na aayi
Uth Lakhan lal priya bhai

Seeta Raavan ke ghar bandi
Meghnath chadh aayo
jagat kahega naari ke kaaran
Raam ne bandhu ganwaayo
dheeraj chhooto jaat sabhi ka
kab se ter lagaayi
Uth Lakhan lal priya bhai
Uth Lakhan lal priya bhai


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 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 : 3719 Post No. : 14653

When ‘Bawarchi ‘ was released in 1972, I had seen it on the big screen in the theatre with family. In this film, Hrishikesh Mukherji has woven a remarkable story of a joint family and their interesting interactions. The head of the family (a widower), his three sons, two daughters in law, third son still a bachelor, and three children. The roles of the two daughters in law were played by Durga Khote and Usha Kiran. Being quite un-exposed to cinema otherwise (it was school years for me) I was quite unfamiliar with these two ladies when I saw this film for the first time.

I was later to recall these two senior actresses, when I would get to see their earlier, older films. The first such re-introduction was when I saw ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ (1960) on TV for the first time. Then I came to recognize Durga Khote in her role as Jodha Bai, and connected her with her role in ‘Baawarchi’. The two films had a difference of 12 years, and decidedly, she is looking much younger and sweeter in her role as Badi Maa in ‘Baawarchi’, compared to her royal appearance as the empress of India and wife of Emperor Akbar. One scene (from ‘Baawarchi’) that really amazed me and mesmerized me, is the family song situation from an early morning impromptu get together of the family members – “Bhor Aayee Gaya Andhiyaara”. During the course of this song, the two supposedly middle aged daughters in law perform the rapid pace thaap steps dance to the rapid taal – “dhiga tum naa naa naa naa naa” being rendered by the family help Raghu (role played by Rajesh Khanna). It was a real wonder to see the two ladies perform that sequence. A quick check reminded me that Durga Khote was, goodness, 67 years of age, when she performed in ‘Bawarchi’.

Remembering Durga Khote on the anniversary of her passing away (22nd September).

The first and the top most lady luminary of the Hindi cinema, Durga Khote was born on 14th January, 1905, in a well­ known family of Bombay. The family hailed from Goa and spoke Konkani at home. Her mother’s name was Manjulabai. Her father, Pandurang Shamrao Laud, was a famous lawyer and her brother was also a well known barrister. The young Vita Laud (her maiden before marriage) was educated, like her siblings, at Cathedral High School and St. Xavier’s College from where she did her B.A. While still in college, she was married into the Khote family, graduated and settled down with her husband. By the age of 26, she was a widowed mother of two sons – Bakul and Harin.

Into this scenario, and a life of a very traditional family, plopped in something utterly new – the world of cinema. Durga Khote wanted to work to support her children. In doing so, she became a pioneer of sorts. It was a time when the film industry was regarded as the preserve of the base and the bawdy. Also, most of the female characters were played by men at the time.

It all came about through her sister Shalini, also married and having amongst her circle of friends, a gentleman by the name JBH Wadia. At the time JBH was working with Mohan Bhavnani as the latter’s assistant. The talkies had just made their appearance on the silver screen. Bhavnani who had just made a picture, wanted to give it the box office appeal of a “talkie” ending. The picture starred Mrs. Bhavnani and her husband was  looking out for a girl who would feature with his wife in the climax scenes of the film. Approached by JBH, Shalini refused. But knowing Durga as a person who would try anything once, she recommended her. Durga was ready to have a go at the part, accepted the role and went off to the studios the same day. Mr. Bhavnani’s heterogeneous production was soon completed, printed and made ready for release.

The film flopped. And for the beautiful young housewife and mother there followed a period of embarrassment at being connected with a filmy disaster. The film was ‘Farebi Jaal’ (also titled as ‘Trapped’ in English). “That is just how I felt when I saw it. It was a terrible film,” Durga Khote recalls in an earlier interview. She goes on to say that, “. . . my position was more than awkward. I had suddenly achieved a fair measure of notoriety. I just couldn’t walk around in Girgaum without people pointing at me.”

Looking back on it she laughed at the by-gone crisis. Through all this turmoil and unease there was one solid consolation: both the Laud and the Khote families were far too intelligent and sophisticated to be worried by the affair. On the contrary “My families stood up for me” declared Durga Khote with a proud smile of affection.

Amongst those who saw the film ‘Trapped’, was the then up and coming producer and director V Shantaram. After seeing her performance, he offered her the female lead role of Taramati in the bilingual film ‘Ayodhyache Raaja’ – ‘Ayodhya Ka Raja’ (1932). Durga Khote saw in it an opportunity to vindicate herself. Once again encouraged by the families, she accepted the role and played it beautifully. The film was not only good but a big hit, in both the Hindi and Marathi versions.

V Shantaram simultaneously cast her also in ‘Maya Machhindra’ (again 1932). This was a also a smash hit. These two top successful films established her straight off as a top star. Following came a number of films that won her acclaim from the public and from the film industry. After the two fabulous successes in 1932, what followed is no less dazzling a repertoire of well known films and famous roles.

In 1933, she appeared opposite to Prithviraj Kapoor in the New Theatres Production from Calcutta – ‘Raajrani Meera’. This year also saw her play the lead role opposite to a very young and handsome new entrant into the industry – P Jairaj, in the film ‘Patit Paavan’ (Pratima Phototone, Bombay).

1934, and she is paired opposite to Prithviraj once again in ‘Seeta’, from East India Film Company in Calcutta.

1935, another production from New Theatres – ‘After The Earthquake’, as the female lead opposite to Syed Mohammed Nawab. And once again, paired with Jairaj in ‘Jeevan Natak’ – a Debaki Bose Production in Bombay.

In 1936 came one of her many superlative roles on the screen – ‘Amar Jyoti’ from the production house of Prabhat, with co stars Chandramohan, Vasanti and B Nandrekar.

She played the lead role in ‘Pratibha’ in 1937, opposite to Master Shyam; film by Shalini Cinetone.

1938, and she appeared in two films – ‘Nand Kumar’ (Jaishree Films), working with Govindrao Tembe and ‘Saathi’ from Natraj Films, paired with Mubarak – another popular hero of that era.

1939 saw her appearing with Prithviraj once again in the Ranjeet Studios production – ‘Adhoori Kahaani’.

In 1940 it is Chandramohan and the film is ‘Geeta’ from Circo Productions. Also in 1940 came the famous and popular hit film, ‘Narsi Bhagat’ working with Vishnupant Pagnis.

1941 and it is ‘Charnon Ki Daasi’ from Atre Pictures, paired with Gajanan Jagirdar.

In 1942, she appeared in 2 films, ‘Bharat Milap’ of Prakash Pictures, with co stars Prem Adeeb, Shahu Modak and Shobhana Samarth; and in ‘Vijay’ from National Studios, opposite to Harish.

1943 turned out to be a blockbuster year for her, appearing in the lead role in six films. She was seen in ‘Qurbani’ opposite to Ishwar Lal, ‘Mahasati Anusuya’ with Shahu Modak, E Billimoria and Shobhana Samarth; ‘Mahatama Vidur’ with Vishnupant Pagnis; ‘Tasveer’ – paired with the young newcomer Motilal; and ‘Zameen’, paired with Biswas. The listing for 1943 is complete only when we talk about the mega film from Minerva Movietone – ‘Prithvi Vallabh’ in which she is paired with Sohrab Modi.

In 1944, it is ‘Maharathi Karn’ paired with Prithviraj Kapoor once again, and ‘Dil Ki Baat’ a romantic social, working opposite to Ishwar Lal.

In 1945, it is ‘Lakahrani’ from Prabhat, working opposite to Sapru; ‘Panna Dai’ working with Chandramohan and Mubarak; and ‘Veer Kunal’ with Mubarak, Kishore Sahu and Shobhana Samarth.

In 1945, we also see a major qualitative shift in her career. She stepped away from lead roles and very gracefully migrated towards support roles as a character artist. ‘Village Girl’ was probably the first such film, in which she does not play the lead role. But her films and her roles continue to be significant and powerful.  She had already stated to play non-romantic lead roles in films like ‘Charnon Ki Daasi’ (1941) and ‘Bharat Milap’ (1942). Her filmography beyond 1945 speaks volumes of her prowess as an actress, and her ability to command the scenes, and the films. Moving to character roles, her assignments continue to increase, and she continued to be a busy and an in demand artist for another almost four decades. During her career, she has appeared in more than 200 films.

A special mentions needs to be made of the 1953 film ‘Chacha Chaudhry’ – a comedienne performance which took the industry and the public by storm. The brilliant timing of her expression, gestures, movement and dialogue combined to make that role such a scintillating comedy portrayal that she all but stole the picture from the consummate actor Raja Paranjpe – who doubled as director and lead player – and Dhumal. The three of them made it a slick, hilarious romp.

Durga Khote’s portrayals have been sensitive and consummate. Notable mentions must be made of some of her performances;

as Queen Kaikeyi in the 1942 film ‘Bharat Milap, jealously coveting the throne for her own son – her personification of the grasping queen made one understand if not quite condone the old king’s doting weakness;

as Shachi Devi, mother of Chaitanuya Mahaprabu in the 1953 biopic ‘Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’ – a heart-rending performance of a mother torn between her love for her son and the gratification she feels in his single-minded devotion to God, and her heartbreak for his bewildered, forsaken girl-bride, and her gradual resignation, made for a portrayal which was a gem of histrionic art;

as Jodha Bai, the empress of India, wife of Akbar – once again called upon to make a dreadful choice of loyalties, torn between the warring father and son – at first unable to invoke the blessings for her husband leaving for the battlefield, with the certainty of the fear that her son will be killed, and then when Akbar challenges her by attempting to erase the sindoor from her forehead, very sternly and studiously she performs the pooja giving the due honor to her suhaag even in the face of an eventuality of possibly losing her only child.

These and many other such power packed performances have made Durga Khote the dame thespian of the Indian cinema. She was honored with the Padam Shri award in 1968 and the coveted Dada Saheb Phalke Award in 1983.

In 1950, Durga Khote naturally gravitated towards the stage and she joined the Marathi Sahitya Sangh, starting her long association with the theatre also. She kept busy acting in, producing and directing plays. She also founded Durga Khote Productions which produced short films – advertising, documentary, educational and industrial.

She continued to be active both in films and in theatre till the mid 1980s. After that, she moved into semi-retirement. She passed away this day, in 1991, in Bombay.

The film ‘Amar Jyoti’ has been acclaimed as a film much, much ahead of its time, both in terms of handling of the subject matter as well as in terms of technical finesse and special effects. The film represented India in the Venice film festival in 1937 and won praises and accolades as one of the best three films at the festival.

The film deals with the theme of suppression and negation of the role of the woman in the society, and one lady’s rebellion against it. As a subject, this was a daring endeavor by V Shantaram, given the prevalent sentiments in the society of that era. Nevertheless, this film was much acclaimed and became very popular at the box office too. Since the story revolves around pirates, scenes related to sailing ships and ships in conflict, it was a major accomplishment for the director, to be able to create the necessary environment within the studio, and film all the naval scenes using advanced special effects techniques, within the confines of the studio itself.

The film pertains to an undefined historical period. A queen (role played by Karuna Devi) and her cruel minister Durjay (role played by Chandramohan) are challenged by a woman turning a pirate and terrorizing the coastal provinces of the kingdom. This woman, Saudamini (role played by Durga Khote), has been much wronged by her husband. But when she pleads for justice from the royal court, Durjay decrees that a husband was the complete master of his wife, whom he could ill-treat, use as a chattel or dispose of as a slave. She is denied custody of her son by the queen, after she refuses to return to her matrimonial home. This greatly enrages Saudamini and drives her to revolt and seek revenge. She takes on the mantle of a male role and gets into a commanding position, as the captain of a pirate ship. She is assisted by her associate, Rekha (role played by Vasanti).

Durjay is captured and is kept as a prisoner with one of his legs cut off, to make him realize the eternally enslaved condition of women. Her next big catch is the princess Nandini (role played by Shanta Apte), the queen’s daughter. In her relationship with the princess, Saudamini plays an even bigger game by converting the princess to her creed of female emancipation, which considers love and marriage as a bondage. The princess suppresses her feelings for a shepherd boy, Sudhir (role played by B Nandrekar), whom she had met during her days in the pirate’s den. Unknown to even Saudamini, this shepherd boy is actually her own son, who was separated from her years ago.

In the continued sequence of events, Durjaya escapes with the help of Sudhir and returns to arrest Saudamini. Saudamini is captured, but the others, along with Nandini and Rekha, escape. It is finally revealed that Sudhir is Saudamini’s long-lost son. Nandini and Sudhir are married and Rekha carries forward Saudamini’s legacy.

Shantaram has used the symbol of the lamp and the flame very effectively. He deployed many other techniques that were considered path-breaking at that time. The film’s real success is in bringing out the inner conflicts of women, who may become male-like rebels, at the cost of suppressing their natural urges as wife or mother. In one of the most moving scenes in the film, we see Saudamini secretly fondling the tiny garments of her son, who has been separated from her.

In this song, we see this brief interlude, as Saudamini is remembering her child. The brief song is written by Pt Narottam Vyas, and the music is composed by Master Krishna Rao Phumblikar. The playback singing voice is that of Vasanti.

Remembering and honoring the enduring legacy of this fine actress – Durga Khote.

[Author’s Note: Acknowledgements – This article has adapted material from online sources viz., Cineplot and Wikipedia. Filmography details have been prepared using the Geet Kosh voumes 1 and 2.]

Song – Ankhiyan Ke Tum Taare Pyaare (Amar Jyoti) (1936) Singer – Vasanti, Lyrics – Pt Narottam Vyas, MD – Master Krishna Rao
Durga Khote

Lyrics

akhiyan ke tum taare pyaare
chhod mohey mat jaa re
ab mat jaa re

akhiyan ke tum taare pyaare
chhod mohey mat jaa re
ab mat jaa re

[sudhir. . .]
[main teri maa. . .]

akhiyan ke tum taare pyaare
chhod mohey mat jaa re
ab mat jaa re

aansoo nainan mein se

aansoo nainan mein se
aansoo nainan mein se
kaahu tohey pukaarun
kaahu tohey pukaarun
waaroon sukh dukh saare
waaroon sukh dukh saare
waaroon sukh dukh saare

akhiyan ke tum taare pyaare
chhod mohey mat jaa re
ab mat jaa re

[ab mat jaa re]

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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अखियन के तुम तारे प्यारे
छोड़ मोहे मत जा रे
अब मत जा रे

अखियन के तुम तारे प्यारे
छोड़ मोहे मत जा रे
अब मत जा रे

[सुधीर॰ ॰ ॰]
[मैं तेरी माँ॰ ॰ ॰]

अखियन के तुम तारे प्यारे
छोड़ मोहे मत जा रे
अब मत जा रे

आँसू नैनन में से

आँसू नैनन में से
आँसू नैनन में से
काहू तोहे पुकारूँ
काहू तोहे पुकारूँ
वारूँ सुख दुख सारे
वारूँ सुख दुख सारे
वारूँ सुख दुख सारे

अखियन के तुम तारे प्यारे
छोड़ मोहे मत जा रे
अब मत जा रे

[अब मत जा रे]


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 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 : 3713 Post No. : 14642

Ek kissa hai, Radha ka. There is a tale, of a girl named Radha. She was in her teens, ‘kamsin’ as they say in parlance – young and innocent in years; sporting dark tresses that reached her knees; her supremely fair and flawless skin as if made from milk; her eyes – bright, with a depth enough for a smitten heart to drown itself. She would come to the terrace to hang out the laundry for drying. Iqbal, smitten as he was with the beauty of this young lady, would wait everyday to fill his heart with her moving images. The fascination, the infatuation remained as it is, unexpressed – for he could never muster up enough courage to say or do anything to express his feelings. Fears and apprehensions of many kinds held him back. Radha, remained a puppy love dream – forever. But is sure did make a poet out of that obsessed heart that could not express itself to its beloved.

He penned the following lines, as his initiation into the world of verse writing,

खेंचते हैं अपनी जानिब यार ये गेसू मुझे
आ रही है हर तरफ से प्यार की खुशबू मुझे
एक राधा से हुई है जब से मेरी दोस्ती
सारी दुनिया कह रही है आजकल हिन्दू मुझे

These tresses of my beloved, beckon me
The fragrance of love is diffused all around me
Since my heart has made a friend named radha
All the world is calling me a hindu these days

By his own admission, he would never have taken to pen and paper, if by some God sent blessing, this infatuation would have ripened into a reciprocated affair, and if the two would have been betrothed. The world of letters, and the world of cinema would have been robbed of one of the best romantic poets of the Golden Era of the Hindi film music.

Iqbal Hussain, born on 15th April, 1927 in Jaipur, grew up to be known by his pen name more than anything else – Hasrat. And the city of his origin came in to complete his identity recognition – Jaipuri.

He passed away this day (17th September) in 1999 after a scintillating career of almost five decades as a songwriter. The unsuccessful saga of his first love was in any case immortalized. The famous aria venerating the identity of the romantic messaging device called the ‘प्रेम पत्र’ (love letter), was originally written for his Radha, of the terrace visits. The song it became is – “Ye Mera Prem Patra Padh Kar” (film ‘Sangam, 1964).

It is a temptation to revisit all the great poetry he has written, that has become popular and enduring. But then even this one night, sleepless per force, would be inadequate to do justice. But in any case, that sampling may just be a reprise for all the dear melodies that I am sure all readers and lovers of this music, have stored away in their memories.

And so I just introduce this one song today. This wonderful melody, for the longest of the time, I was under the impression that this one is already posted here. But today I discovered that it is still in waiting. The film is ‘Badnaam’ from 1952. The music director is Basant Prakash (brother of Khemchand Prakash). The baritone rich singing voice is that of Shankar Dasgupta. The verses, of course, are from the pen of Hasrat Jaipuri.

The first sub line of this poem imitates the well known starting words of the famous she’er – “Ye Ishq Nahin Asaan, Bas Itna Samajh Lijey. . .” from a ghazal by the maestro Jigar Moradabadi. But after that it goes on to take a powerful identity of its own with lines like “. . .zakhmon mein chhupa lena, tasveer e mohabbat ko. . .” and “. . .khud lut ke sikha dena, duniya ko wafa karna. . .”.

An immense ghazal – words, composition, rendition – all are superlative. With memories of Hasrat Sb, enjoy this wonderful creation.

[Author’s Note: The episode of the poet’s first love is adapted from the definitive article on Hasrat Jaipuri, from the book ‘Hindi Filmon Ke Geetkar’ by Anil Bhargav.]

Song – Ye Ishq Nahin Aasaan, Kaanton Pe Jiya Karna (Badnaam) (1952) Singer – Shankar Dasgupta, Lyrics – Hasrat Jaipuri, MD – Basant Prakash

Lyrics

ye ishq nahin aasaan
kaanton pe
kaanton pe jiya karna
kaanton pe jiya karna

ye ishq nahin aasaan
kaanton pe jiya karna
kaanton pe jiya karna
ashqon ka zehar hardam
khush ho ke piya karna
kaanton pe jiya karna

kehte hain jise ulfat
ye khel hai sholon ka
kehte hain jise ulfat
ye khel hai sholon ka
chupchaap hi jal jaana
hargiz na gila karna
kaanton pe jiya karna

zakhmon mein chhupa lena
tasveer e mohabbat ko
tasveer e mohabbat ko
zakhmon mein chhupa lena
tasveer e mohabbat ko
tasveer e mohabbat ko
khud lut ke sikha dena
duniya ko wafa karna
kaanton pe jiya karna

aise to kai toofaan
raahon mein sataayenge
aise to kai toofaan
raahon mein sataayenge
ghabra ken a darr jaana
manzil pe badha karna
kaanton pe jiya karna
ye ishq nahin aasaan
kaanton pe jiya karna
kaanton pe jiya karna

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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ये इश्क़ नहीं आसान
काँटों पे
काँटों पे जिया करना
काँटों पे जिया करना

ये इश्क़ नहीं आसान
काँटों पे जिया करना
काँटों पे जिया करना
अशकों का ज़हर हरदम
खुश हो के पिया करना
काँटों पे जिया करना

कहते हैं जिसे उलफत
ये खेल है शोलों का
कहते हैं जिसे उलफत
ये खेल है शोलों का
चुपचाप ही जल जाना
हरगिज़ ना गिला करना
काँटों पे जिया करना

ज़ख़्मों में छुपा लेना
तस्वीर ए मोहब्बत को
तस्वीर ए मोहब्बत को
ज़ख़्मों में छुपा लेना
तस्वीर ए मोहब्बत को
तस्वीर ए मोहब्बत को
खुद लुट के सीखा देना
दुनिया को वफा करना
काँटों पे जिया करना

ऐसे तो कई तूफान
राहों में सताएंगे
ऐसे तो कई तूफान
राहों में सताएंगे
घबरा के न डर जाना
मंज़िल पे बढ़ा करना
काँटों पे जिया करना
ये इश्क़ नहीं आसान
काँटों पे जिया करना
काँटों पे जिया करना


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 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 : 3696 Post No. : 14613

Today’s song is from film Shakuntala-43. It was the first film made by V.Shantaram, in his newly established own studio Rajkamal Kalamandir Ltd. This name was made by combining the first few letters of his parents- RAJaram and KAMALabai Vankudre. The studio was set up in 1942 and the first film was made almost immediately with Shantaram’s second wife, Jayashree as the Heroine opposite Chandramohan- the (actually) Blue Eyed boy of Shantaram.

The year 1942 was an eventful and Milestone year for Hindi film industry.

It was in 1942 that a splinter group from Bombay Talkies, led by S Mukherjee, separated and established their own Filmistan Studio.
Abdul Rasheed Kardar started his own Kardar Studios, after working for many famous film makers of Bombay and Calcutta.
Leaving Prabhat Films, with select associates like brother V.Awadhoot (cinematographer), Vasant Desai and few others, Shantaram started his own studio-Rajkamal Kalamandir.

Mehboob Khan left National studios( earlier Sagar movietone) and established his own Mehboob Studios, with the famous Sicle and Hammer on its Logo.

Homi Wadia left Wadia Movietone ,along with fearless Nadia, and started his own Basant pictures.

Begum Akhtar made her rare appearance in film Roti-42.

Muqabala-42 was the ffirst film with many Trick scenes and double role of Fearless Nadia,speaking shudh Hindi in one character and donning Saree with bangles, kumkum etc.

Bharat Milap was the first film in which Prem Adib and Shobhana Samarth played the roles of Ram and Seeta. Later they created history with film Ramrajya-43 in the same roles.

Madhubala debuted as Baby Mumtaz in Basant-42.

This splurge of activities in 1942 and its roll over effect flooded the next year 1943 with ” ek se badhkar ek ” films from the new establishments, competing with the established ones. Films like Aabroo from Hind Pictures of Nazeer Ahmed, Adab Arz by Amar pictures of Virendra Desai (ex Sagar), Kanan Devi’s Hospital, Hamari Baat and Kismat from Bombay Talkies, Kanoon and Namaste by Kardar, Hunterwali ki beti and Mouj from Basant pictures, Andhera, Bansari, Gauri and Nurse from Ranjit, First film Najma by Mehboob studios, Panghat and Ramrajya by Prakash, Poonji from Pancholi of Lahore,Prithvi wallabh by Minerva and the biggest grosser Shakuntala from Rajkamal made the year 1943 a memorable year indeed. In addition other films from Circo, Mohan, Murali and many other production houses too joined in.
Out of all this, Shakuntala ran for 104 weeks and it was the First film shown in USA also. The success reassured Shantaram about his decision to go alone. He started with new vigour.

film Shakuntala had a cast of Jayashree ( Shantaram’s second wife), Chandramohan,Kumar Ganesh, Ratan Piya, Nana Palshikar, Shantarin etc etc. The songs were written by Dewan Sharar and Ratan Piya. The music was given by Vasant Desai. This was his first film with Shantaram. He went on to give music to several films from Rajkamal, like Parbat pe apna dera-44, Dr. Kotnis ki amar kahani-46, Matwala Shayar Ram Joshi-47 ( Amar Bhoopali-50, Marathi), Dahej-50, Surang-53, J.J.Payal Baje-55, Do ankhe bara haath-57 and Ladki Sahyadri ki-66.

Sharar had adapted the story from the original ” अभिज्ञान शाकुंतल by Mahakavi Kalidas ” written in the 3rd century. He wrote the story, dialogues and Lyrics also. This was Sharar’s first film with Shantaram . Their association continued for some more films like, Parbat pe apna dera-44, Dr. Kotnis ki amar kahani-46, Apna Desh-49, Teen batti char Raasta-53 and J.J. Payal baje-55.

Dewan Sharar also acted in 8 films and wrote 62 songs in 12 films.

Hindi film industry has seen uneducated, educated and talented artistes in various fields like acting, direction,production, cinematography, story and dialogue writing, Lyricists,composers etc etc. It has also seen successful artistes leaving films and shining somewhere else on their merits like, Shashi kapoor-sr, S D Batish, Lyricist Moti,B.A. etc etc. However , there is only one example where the artiste had an extraordinary success in totally unrelated fields, was a distinguished author and an acknowledged scholar BEFORE joining the film industry . He is Dewan Sharar. Not much has been written about him so far. Here is something about him.

Dewan was not his first name. It was a Title used as a prefix. He came from a family which had served as Dewans in many states traditionally in few generations. His name was Atmanand Sharar. He was born (1899-1969) in Multan in erstwhile Punjab. From 1929 to 1942, he travelled in many countries. He is credited with editing the Magazine, ” Shabistan “, the first Urdu cinema paper in India. He worked as a Publicist for the League of Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. He edited a leading weekly ” Great Britain and the East ” for 3 years He regularly contributed to British and American press. He was the first Indian whose 4 plays were broadcast over BBC. From 1937 to 1940, he was in charge of the cataloguing of Urdu books and Manuscripts in India House at London. He published many books like’ Indian Folklore’, ‘ In the garden of Peacocks’, ‘ East meets West’ and ‘ Gong of Shiva’. The last one was translated in many languages of Europe. Hindi film ‘ Ishara’-43 was based on this novel. He also wrote the story of Himanshu Roy’s film ” Karma”-33- first English film by an Indian. The film credits start with his name First.

This is what South Asian Cinema Faculty of U.K.said about him, “Film and stage actor, writer of English novels, short stories, stage and radio plays, “Eastern Adviser” to British-Gaumont films in London and Urdu poet. He also contributed prominently to Indian cinema as a producer, character actor and a story and dialogue writer. Born in Multan, Dewan Atmanand Sharar (1899-1969) came from a family that had served as Dewans or Ministers in Indian princely states. After graduating from Punjab’s prestigious Government College, Lahore, he established an impressive repertory company in 1919 and presented several Hindustani plays and mushairas in various urban centres. In 1929, he set up a film-producing and distribution company and began to edit Shabistan,reputedly the first Urdu cinema paper in India.
In 1933, Dewan Sharar moved to London for the completion and launch of Himansu Rai’s Indo-British film, Karma (1933) ofwhich he was the storywriter. It was completed in England by Indian & British Film Productions with J.L. Freer Hunt as the director and Thorold Dickinson as editor. Sharar also produced and acted in Nagin ki Rani, the Hindustani version of Karma. While in London, many of his English short stories on Indian life appeared in mainstream newspapers in the UK and overseas. A major London publishing firm, George G. Harrap & Co., published two of his English works: The Gong of Shiva(1935) and Hindu Fairy Tales(1936). His short stories were also published as part of an anthology which included contributions from other famous contemporary writers. He also contributed a number of English radio plays for the BBC.

After returning to India in 1939 just before World War II, he worked for All India Radio Bombay and Delhi. He then joined filmmaker, V. Shantaram and adapted Kalidasa’s Sanskrit classic, Shakuntala for the silver screen in Hindustani. The film was a runaway success and the Sharar-Shantaram combine lasted over a decade winning laurels for both Sharar and Shantaram’s banner, Rajkamal.

In 1943, Ishaara (1943), a film based on Sharar’s English novel The Gong of Shiva catapulted actor Prithviraj Kapoor to stardom. Besides becoming an important pillar of popular Indian cinema, he also started Dewan Sharar Publications in 1963. His descendants include famous Bombay-based Indian film actor Akash Khurana and Nagpur-based businessman turned playwright and theatre actor Vikash Khurana. ”

The other Lyricist of film Shankuntala-43 was a poet with a very romantic name-Ratan Piya. He was born on 5-3-1904 at Lucknow. His father Pt. Madan Mohan was secretary to Motilal Nehru. His father was a theatre lover and so started his own Theatre company at Allahabad. Ratan, after his matriculation started working in it. He was trained to write songs for its dramas. Their company was patronised by the Viceroy, who paid Rs. 20 p.m. as his Patronage !

Ratan debuted as a Lyricist in film Pakke Badmash-1939. For this film, he even wrote an English song. His films were Zaban-43, Mali-44, Umang-44 Nai Baat-47 and Batohi-48. For sustenance, he even acted in few films like, Shakuntala-43, Umang-44, Meena-44, Mahakavi Kalidas-44, Panna Dai-45, Khush Raho-49, Janam Patrika-49 and Begunah-49. After this ratan Piya returned to Allahabad to look after their Theatre when his father died.

Today’s song is sung by Vasant Desai himself. He gave music to 46 films. He acted in 4 films. He sang 13 songs in 9 films. He was often called for giving Background music to films. He gave Background music to 99 films.

( credits- http://www.sacf.co.uk, stagecrafttheatre.com, film directory-48, HFGK, MuVyz, and my notes )


Song-Chali apne ghar ko Shakuntala (Shakuntala)(1943) Singer-Vasant Desai, Lyrics-Dewan Sharar, MD-Vasant Desai

Lyrics

is bargad ko abmain tumhaare palle daal chali
par bahan
hamen kiske palle daal chali ho

hamen kiske palle mein daalegi
sakhi laadli
tu chali
chali
hamen kyon thhi ye ghadi dekhni
chhuta chhutpane ka jo naata thha
chali
chali aashram se shakuntala
chali aashram se shakuntala

??priya
priyamvada
?? mat
chhodo
shakuntala ko dheeraj do

madan
mere nanhe
ab main tujhse juda ho rahi hoon
ghabra nahin
baba teri paalna karenge

gurubaba
apne pyaaron ko vida karne jal tak hi aana thheek hota hai
ab ye jheel ka kinaara aa gaya
hamen aagya de kar
aap aashram ko laut jaayiye

kya
aap sab yahin se laut jaayenge

main tum sabko phir kab dekhoongi

baba se kab miloongi
baba
tapasya seap waise hi duble ho rahe hain
mere jaane se aur dukhi na hona
baba
mere baba

jo hansaati thhi
usey do diye
jise paaya thha
usey kho diye
gale mil ke rona judaai ka
pita putri ki hai yahi vidha
chali

beti
samay ho gaya

chali apne ghar ko shakuntala
ye safar tera path yatra
tujhe chhaaon achchi ghani miley
miley tujh ko chaman khile khile
tujhe peene ko miley ganga jal
path yatra teri ho sufal
chali


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 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 : 3690 Post No. : 14599

Mohammed Rafi – Duets – ‘अ’  से  ‘ह’ तक  (From ‘अ’ to ‘ह’) – 21
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‘ट’ – टूटे तो टूटे कोई दिल का सहारा ॰ ॰ ॰

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हम आस किए जाते, तुम पास नहीं आते
जाना था चले जाते, मिलने को चले आते

Everyone has to depart, someday. But this beseeching yoke of memories is now becoming an encumbering burden, that would probably be lightened only when I myself will depart.

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Presenting the next episode in this series. With close to half of Rafi Sb’s songs already posted on the blog, it is getting to be not an easy job to find songs to fit the requirements of the series. The alphabet letter for today is ‘ट’. When we scan the list of songs, we find a long list of songs starting with ‘t’, but then on closer review, one finds that majority of these ‘t’ songs are actually for the syllable ‘त’ –  as in ‘तुम’, ‘तुम्हारे’, ‘तेरा’ etc. There are very few songs that will start with the sound of ‘ट’.

But then, the going is still good. In fact I found two very good songs that satisfy this criteria; the second one I found fit quite well into another series, so I kept that aside for now.

This song is from the film ‘Lagan’ from 1971. Prior to this, two other films by this same title have been made – on in 1941 and the second in 1955. This is the third one. The film is produced under the banner of RRK Combine of Madras (now Chennai), and is directed by Ramanna. The star cast of this film includes Nutan, Ajay Sahni, Prem Chopra, Farida Jalal, Jagdeep, Bindu, Sulochana, Shabnam, Jaishri T, Nazir Hussain, Beerbal, Dubey and Kailash Chopra amongst others.

The film is a family drama – a story about a mother (role played by Sulochana) and her two sons (roles played by Prem Chopra and Ajay Sahni aka Parikshit Sahni). They relocate from Burma to Bombay, and a good Samaritan soul (role played by Nazir Hussain) in the form of a friend of the lady’s late-husband, hands them over substantial assets that are the share of the late-husband. Life is comfortable, only that the elder son (Prem Chopra) is wayward, and seeks extra-marital happiness. His wife is on way for a child, and he mistreats her. When this become known to the mother, she resolves to take action against her elder son, and to set him right.

The film has six songs, all written by Anand Bakshi, and tuned to music by Laxmikant Pyaarelal. Some of the songs are well heard memories from radio listening days. I picked this song for being a duet of Rafi Sb, but could not locate its video. I even scanned the film quickly, but it seems this song has been excluded from the film.

A duet in the voice of Rafi Sb and Asha Bhosle, it seems like a sad song of separation. As I scanned the film, I really could not make out where and how this song might fit into the storyline. If it were a solo sad song, then it could have fit in well. But a sad song presented as a duet seems to have no place in the film.

And so, presenting the next in this series, a song that is presents  a complaint, possibly from to a separated companion, or may be to the Almighty.

Song – Toote To Toote Koi Dil Ka Sahaara  (Lagan) (1971) Singer – Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle, Lyrics – Anand Bakshi, MD – Laxmikant Pyaarelal
Rafi + Asha Bhosle

Lyrics

toote to toote koi dil ka sahaara
toote to toote koi dil ka sahaara
sahaara
ho hi raha hai phir bhi apna guzaara
ho hi raha hai phir bhi apna guzaara
roothe to roothe koi saathi hamaara
roothe to roothe koi saathi hamaara
hamaara
ho hi raha hai phir bhi apna guzaara

chaahe wafa kar chaahe kar bewafaai
chaahe wafa kar chaahe kar bewafaai
hum wo nahin jo denge teri duhaai
samjhe na samjhe zaalim tu ye ishaara
ishaara
ho hi raha hai phir bhi apna guzaara
toote to toote koi dil ka sahaara

ro ro ke phir na tera hum naam lenge
ro ro ke phir na tera hum naam lenge
baahen kisi ki bhi hum to thaam lenge
chhoote to chhoote hamse daaman tumhaara
tumhaara
ho hi raha hai phir bhi apna guzaara
toote to toote koi dil ka sahaara
roothe to roothe koi saathi hamaara
hamaara
ho hi raha hai phir bhi apna guzaara

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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टूटे तो टूटे कोई दिल का सहारा
टूटे तो टूटे कोई दिल का सहारा
सहारा
हो ही रहा है फिर भी अपना गुज़ारा
हो ही रहा है फिर भी अपना गुज़ारा
रूठे तो रूठे कोई साथी हमारा
रूठे तो रूठे कोई साथी हमारा
हमारा
हो ही रहा है फिर भी अपना गुज़ारा

चाहे वफा कर चाहे कर बेवफाई
चाहे वफा कर चाहे कर बेवफाई
हम वो नहीं जो देंगे तेरी दुहाई
समझे ना समझे ज़ालिम तू ये ईशारा
ईशारा
हो ही रहा है फिर भी अपना गुज़ारा
टूटे तो टूटे कोई दिल का सहारा

रो रो के फिर ना तेरा हम नाम लेंगे
रो रो के फिर ना तेरा हम नाम लेंगे
बाहें किसी की भी हम तो थाम लेंगे
छूटे तो छूटे हमसे दामन तुम्हारा
तुम्हारा
हो ही रहा है फिर भी अपना गुज़ारा
टूटे तो टूटे कोई दिल का सहारा
रूठे तो रूठे कोई साथी हमारा
हमारा
हो ही रहा है फिर भी अपना गुज़ारा


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