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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in 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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Muzzafar Ali, the producer-director of some of the parallel films has been very proud of the Awadhi culture. His father was the raja of Kotwara which is located in Lakhimpur Kheri district, a part of Awadh region. Moreover, he had completed his schooling in Lucknow, the centre of Awadhi culture. His sensibility towards Awadhi culture can be judged from his films, Gaman’ (1978), ‘Umrao Jaan’ (1981), Aagaman’ (1984), ‘Anjuman’ (1986) and the last one, “Jaanisaar’ (2015) with Awadh as background. “More than a ‘royal’, I am ‘loyal’ to my root – Awadh” says Muzzafar Ali.

In ‘Gaman’ (1978), the young Ghulam Hasan goes to Mumbai from Lucknow in search of employment opportunity and ultimately become a taxi driver living in a slum. His wife and the ailing mother live in Lucknow eagerly waiting for his return. But he has no saving after working as a taxi driver for months to visit his native place. True to his love for Awadh, Muzzafar Ali chose the location in Kotwara for shooting a part of the film covering the scenes of Ghulam Hasan’s wife and his ailing mother. The dialogues during the scenes in the film in the native village between Ghulam Hasan, his wife and mother were in Awadhi.

Muzzafar Ali was so much into Awadh that for ‘Gaman’ (1978), he had first approached Amitabh Bachchan who is also from the Awadh region, for the role of Ghulam Hasan (The reason could be that there were many dialogues in the film in Awadhi). Amitabh Bachchan had first agreed to do the role in principle. However, later he felt that his ‘angry young man’ image would be affected by doing the role in the film. So he declined the offer. The role went to Farooque Shaikh. (This was revealed by Mazzafar Ali in a documentary video film).

In ‘Umrao Jaan’ (1981), Muzaffar Ali takes us to the heartland of Awadhi culture – Lucknow-Faizabad belt in the film. The film depicts the nawabi Lucknow with its all grandeur – the language, the costumes, the sets etc. Probably, after his first experience of film production with ‘Gaman’ (1978), Muzzafar Ali became wiser. So he built into this film, some elements of commercial films like selecting Rekha for the role of Umrao Jaan. On a second thought, Asha Bhonsle was selected to sing songs for Rekha. He also selected the well-known theatre actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Shaukat Azmi, Deena Pathak, Gajanan Jagirdar to give the film a strong acting prowess in subsidiary roles. The mixing this ‘parallel’ film with commercial elements paid a rich dividend to Muzzafar Ali in that even after 37 years, this film has remained in the bloodstream of cinema fans.

‘Aagaman’ (1984) was Muzaffar Ali’s 3rd film, making it a part of the trilogy of films with the commonality of Awadhi culture. The film was produced by Uttar Pradesh Sugarcane Seed and Development Corporation under the banner of Integrated Films and was directed by Muzzafar Ali. The star cast included Suresh Oberoi, Bharat Bhushan, Saeed Jaffrey, Anupam Kher (his debut film), Dilip Dhawan, Deepa (her debut film), Sudhir Pandey, Yunus Parvez, Raj Bisaria, Javed Khan, Anjaan Srivastav etc.

It was the idea of Muzzaffar Ali to Vishwanath Pratap Singh, the then Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh to commission a feature film highlighting the plights of sugarcane growers in Lakhimpur Kheri, which is called the ‘sugar bowl of Uttar Pradesh’. Most of the shooting of the film had taken place in Kotwar and around.

It is surprising that ‘Aagaman’ (1984) is not available for watching online. It appears that the DVD of the film is also not available for sale. I remember that in one of the programmes on Doordarhsan, Muzzafar Ali had mentioned that the sound negatives of both ‘Aagaman’ (1984) and ‘Anjuman’ (1986) were lost/destroyed. That means that the only chance to see the film is from the private collectors. I find that video clips of most of the songs of ‘Aagaman’ (1984) are available online.

Anyway, the broad story line of the film as I understand from some online sources is that a sugar mill owner of a village has been exploiting the sugarcane growers by not paying them remunerative prices. As a result, sugarcane growers remained poor and debtors. A young man from the village after completion of his education from Lucknow takes up the issue of sugarcane growers with the sugar mill owner. But his efforts do not bear fruit as there are vested interests in the village. Ultimately, with great persuasion, he makes reasons to sugarcane growers to set up a cooperative sugar mill. Now they not only get the fair price for the sugarcane but being the members of the cooperative sugar mill, they also share the profits from the mill.

The film has 8 songs out of which as many as 7 songs were composed on the published nazms of Faiz Ahmed Faiz. The remaining one song was written by Hasrat Jaipuri. All the songs were set to music by Padma Vibhushan Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan. It was his first film as a music director.

I am presenting the first song ‘nisaar mein teri galiyon ke ae watan ke jahaan’ from the film which is a nazm written by Faiz Ahmed Faiz. He wrote this nazm in the backdrop of the establishment of Pakistan’s first military government in 1958 when many repressive measures were taken. Dissents were not tolerated. There was censorship on the newspapers. Political leaders and intellectuals were arrested and imprisoned. The song is rendered by Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan.

Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan (born 03/03/1931) is the doyen of Rampur-Sahaswan Gharana and is highly respected among the new generation of Hindustani classical singers. He has a large number of his disciples/trainees which include Asha Bhonsle, Geeta Dutt, Manna Dey, Kamal Barot, Suresh Wadkar, Hariharan, A R Rahman, Alisha Chinoy, Sonu Nigam, Shaan etc. I propose to write a detailed article on him sometime later.

The song in the video clip is somewhat shorter than the record version of the song due to a few lines repeated in the latter version. Furthermore, the order in which antara parts of the song is recorded in record version is different than the order in the sound track.

With this song, ‘Aagaman’ (1983) makes its debut in the Blog. The singer-composer also makes his debut in the blog.

Video Clip:

Audio Clip:

Song-Nisaar main teri galiyon pe ae watan (Aagaman)(1983) Singer-Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan, Lyrics-Faiz Ahmad Faiz, MD-Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan

Lyrics (based on video clip)

nisaar main teri galiyon pe ae watan ke jahaan
chali hai rasm ke koi na sar uthha ke chale ae
nisaar main teri galiyon pe ae watan ke jahaan
jo koi chaahne waala tawaaf ko nikle
nazar churaa ke chale jism-o-jaan bachaa ke chale
nisaar main teri galiyon pe ae watan ke jahaan

bahut hain zulm ke dast-e-bahaana joo ke liye
jo chand ahl-e-junoon tere naam leva hain
bane hain ahl-e-hawas muddai bhi munsif bhi
kise vakil karen kis se munsafi chaahen
magar guzaarne waalon ke din guzarte hain
tere firaaq mein hi subah-o-shaam karten hain
nisaar main teri galiyon pe ae watan ke jahaan

yoon hi hamesha ulajhti rahi hai zulm se khalq
na unki rasm nayi hai na apni reet nayi
yoon hi hamesha khilaayen hain hamne aag mein phool
na unki haar nayi hai na apni jeet nayi
isi sabab se falak ka gila nahin karte
tere firaaq mein hum dil bura nahin karte
nisaar main teri galiyon pe ae watan ke jahaan

gar aaj tujhse juda hain to kal baham honge
ye raat bhar ki judaai to koi baat nahin
gar aaj auj pe hain taala-e-raqib to kya
ye chaar din ki khudaai to koi baat nahin
jo tujhse ahd-e-wafa ustawaar rakhte hain
ilaaj-e-gardish-e-lail-o-nihaar rakhte hain
nisaar main teri galiyon pe ae watan ke jahaan

bujha jo rauzan-e-zindaan to dil ye samjha hai
ke teri maang sitaaron se bhar gayi hogi
chamak uthhe hain salaasal to hamne jaana
ke ab sahar tere rukh par bhi kar gayi hogi
garaz-e-tasawwur-e-shaam-o-sahar mein jeete hain
giraft-e-saaya-e-deewaar-o-dar mein jeete hain
nisaar main teri galiyon pe ae watan ke jahaan

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Translation (Provided by Sadanand Kamath)
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nisaar main teri galiyon pe ae watan ke jahaan
chali hai rasam ke koi na sar utha ke chale
jo koi chaahne waala tawaaf ko nikle
nazar churaaake chale jism-o-jaan bachaake chale

O my country! I bow to your streets.
They have decreed a custom that none shall walk holding his head high.
If any one wishes to take a round of walk,
walk sneakily, walk with a bend body (to avoid detection).

bahut hai zulm ke dast-e-bahaana-joo ke liye
jo chand ahl–e-junoon tera naam leva hain
bane hain ahl-e-hawas mudaai bhi munsif bhi
kise vakil kare kis se munsafi chaahen
magar gujaarne waalon ke din gujarten hain
tere firaaq mein hi subah-o-shaam karten hain

There are many excuses to continue the oppression
for some crazy people in the guise of your name.
With power of lust, they are both the plaintiff and the judge,
Whom to appoint lawyer and from whom does get justice?
But one has to persist with these hard times for days.
In separation from you, they spend time from dawn to dusk.

yoon hi hamesha uljhati rahi hai zulm se khalq
na unki rasm nayi hai na apni reet nayi
yoon hi humesha khilaayen hain humne aag mein phool
na unki haar nayi hai na apni jeet nayi
isi sabab se falak ka gila nahi karte
tere firaaq mein hum dil bura nahi karte

As always, we reel under oppression.
Neither their rituals nor our traditions is new
As always we have made flowers to bloom in fire
Neither their defeat, nor our victory is new
We do not blame the sky
Nor we feel bad in our hearts for separation from you.

gar aaj tujhse juda hai to kal baham honge
ye raat bhar ki judaai to koi baat nahin
gar aaj auj pe hai taale-e-raqib to kya
ye chaar din ki khudaai to koi baat nahin
jo tujhse ahd-e-wafa ustuvaar rakhte hain
ilaaj-e-gardish-e-lail-o-nahaar rakhte hain

Though separated today, tomorrow we shall be re-united.
Separation is only for the night it does not matter.
If today our rivals are at the peak of powers, so what?
These four days of divinity do not matter.
Those who love you keep a firm belief in you.
We keep the remedy of revolution day and night.

bujha jo rauzan-e-zindaan to dil ye samjha hai
ke teri maang sitaaron se bhar gayi hogi
chamak uthi hai salasil to hamne jaana hai
ke ab sahar tere rukh par bhikar gayi hogi
garaz-e-tasawwur-e-shaam-o-sahar mein jeete hain
giraft-e-saya-o-deewaar-o-dar mein jeete hain

When lights in the prison dim, my heart has felt
that your forehead has been lighted with stars.
When my chains have sparkled, I have known
that the dawn must have straggled upon your face.
We live by imagining the dawn and dusk
We live in the shadows of the high prison walls

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This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in 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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With today’s song, I am introducing not only a Debuting film, but also a great stage actor singer of the Marathi Theatre of yore. The film is Charnon ki daasi-1941 and the singer is Master Avinash.

In the early era of the Hindi films, there were many local artistes, as Bombay was the centre of not only Films but also of Industries, which made it a land of opportunities. Initially the 1930’s film music was, as we all know, greatly influenced by Marathi Natya Sangeet, Hindi classical music and Parsee/Gujarati stage songs. There were musical stalwarts like Annasaheb Mainkar, Master Krishnarao Phulambrikar, Madholal Master, Pransukh Nayak, S.P.Rane, Hari Prasanna Das, Lallubhai Nayak, Brijlal Varma, Nagardas Nayak, Govindrao Tembe, Keshavrao Bhole, Prof. B.R.Deodhar, Dada Chandekar etc etc.

Most of them came to films after working for stage dramas and hence their music was sounding same, whoever was the Music Director. Similarly, singers, who sang on the stage too tried their hand at the film music. However, most such singers failed to impress and their careers did not last long.

Those who are conversant with Marathi Natya Sangeet must be aware of the contributions made by musicians like Deenanath Mangeshkar and Bal Gandharva. The Mangeshkar legacy goes on and on even today. Ganpatrao Laxmanrao Mohite aka Master Avinash was also a tall figure in Natya Sangeet. Master Avinash (1909-2009) was trained in music by Deenanath Mangeshkar and was trained in acting by Chintamanrao Kolhatkar- a great Marathi stage actor.

Avinash was one of those, who were with Balwant Sangeet Mandali, since its inception in 1918. This drama company was established by Master Deenanath Mangeshkar along with Chintamanrao Kolhatkar and Krishnarao Kolhapure. From the beginning, Avinash used to do female roles and his name was taken along with Bal Gandharva, in this respect. Due to his singing skill, he was quite a popular actor on the stage. Several of his Natya Geet records came into market and sold very well.

Master Avinash was simply ” Ganu Mama ” to Mangeshkar family. Though the patriarch of the M-family expired in 1942, Avinash survived almost 70 years (67 to be exact) after him. They were very close, hence a respected person for the M-family. He could, till his end, tell them his experiences with Deenanath and many others of that era. He taught some songs to baby Lata, when she was so small. Surprisingly, till he died in 2009, at the age of 101, his memory and health was very good.

He acted in most dramas written by Acharya Atre (P.K.Atre of Navyug Films and Atre Pictures) as well as all his Marathi films. However, Avinash worked only in one Hindi film-Charnon ki Daasi-41, which was a remake of Marathi film, Paayachi Daasi. By the time he appeared in this film in 1941, his singing and acting style was becoming outdated, for the Hindi audience. New styles of Music and young new actors had entered Hindi films. In any case, he was very successful on Marathi stage, so he did not bother to work in Hindi films.

As per an article on him, in The Times of India of 16-5-2002, he was a good cricketer, a wrestler, actor, singer and Music Director. Daily exercises must have kept him going healthy till the last. He remembered many anecdotes of old times, actors and especially of Deenanath Mangeshkar. He had a good collection of old photos and cuttings to show to the TOI reporter, who took his interview. In most Marathi films, he worked as a Hero opposite Vanmala. In film Charnon ki Daasi also they are the lead pair. Acharya Atre gave him the name Avinash for the stage. His popularity made his name a rage and many new born children were given his name in those years.

Film Charnon ki Daasi was written by P.K.Atre. It was directed by Gajanan Jahagirdar and was produced by Atre Pictures. The Music Director was Annasaheb Mainkar ( there were 3 Annasahebs in Hindi film Music. One was Mainkar, second was Datta Korgaonkar and third was C.Ramchandra. All were called Annasaheb) and the lyricist was Pt. Anand Kumar. The cast was Durga Khote, Vanmala, Gajanan Jahagirdar, Master Avinash, Kusum Deshpande, Nazeer Bedi, Ramesh, Sudhir and many others.

It was a typical Marathi reform social consisting of the age old friction of ” Saas-Bahu “. Durga Khote was the evil mother in law, who tortures the educated daughter in law-Vidya (Vanmala), with husband Murari (Avinash) protesting meekly. After the interval and towards the last part, the husband decides to be tough with his mother and the shocked saas surrenders and makes the Bahu head of the affairs. However, true to the middle class philosophy, the good Bahu returns the honour to the Saas and requests her to continue as family head ( minus the torture part, obviously), gives a very big speech and all is well in the end. The spice was added by the widowed Nanad- Champa (Kusum Deshpande). Gajanan Jahagirdar played Anokheram, the village scoundrel flirt, who is duly punished by the bahu, in the end.

In the advertisement of the film, the educational achievements of Vanmala-B.A., B.T. and Gajanan Jahagirdar- B.A. and Kusum Deshpande- B.A. was mentioned boldly and prominently.

Acharya Atre aka Pralhad Keshav Atre ( 13-8-1898 to 13-6-1969) was a Marathi-Hindi director and controversial literary figure in post-WW1 Maharashtra. Educated at the universities of Bombay and London; he studied experimental psychology under Cyril Burt and taught at Harrow before returning to India.

Owner-editor of populist down-market ” Maratha” newspaper; he was one-time Congress Party MLA. Later he became anti congress. He was Author of 22 plays, 13 short-story collections, four books of poetry and a 4-volume autobiography (Atre, 1965-7).

He was Teacher and producer of several school textbooks, often calling himself Principal Atre in his film credits. Aggressive polemicist remembered for famous literary battles with N.S. Phadke and Mama Warerkar.

He owned Chitramandir Studio/Atre Pictures (1940), the Atre Printing Press (1944) and Atre Arts (1968). He started his Film career by adapting his own short stories for Master Vinayak (Brahmachari, 1938; Brandichi Batli, 1939). He became a leading independent scenarist (e.g. Raja Rani, 1942) and pioneered the entry of new literary modes emerging from non-fictional prose into post-Independence Marathi film. His chosen genre was political satire, usually directed against the realist conventions of pre-WW1 social reform novels with their caste biases and Anglophilia.

However, his best-known film as director was the bitter-sweet melodrama Shyamchi Aai. Wrote plays in many genres: thrillers (To Mee Navhech), tragedies (rewriting the reformist Sangeet Natak playwright Ram Ganesh Gadkari and his own Udyacha Sansar) and satire. Noted scripts: Dharmaveer, Premveer, Begunah (all 1937), Ardhangi/ Ghar Ki Rani, Lapandav (both 1940). Preferred to hire directors rather than to direct. Produced and wrote his own movies, often starring actress Vanmala, through his Atre Pics, founded in 1940.

Gajanan Jahgirdar (2-4-1907 to 13-8-1988) the director of this film was the first Director of FTII in 1960. He is probably the only person in India at least, who has written 2 autobiographies-in 1971 and in 1986. He worked in 147 films and directed 17 films. He also wrote some songs in film Sant Tulsidas-1934.

Let us now listen to the first song of Master Avinash here. He makes his Debut and with this song, the film also makes its Debut.


Song-Teri gali mein aaya saudaagar (Charnon Ki Daasi)(1941) Singer-Master Avinash, Lyrics-Pt Anand Kumar, MD-Annasahab Mainkar

Lyrics

teri gali mein aaya saudaagar
kar le jawaani ka mol
kar le jawaani ka mol
meri sajni
kar le jawaani ka mol
meri sajni
kar le jawaani ka mol

teri zulfen rahin hain machal
tae ne keenhe hain naagan ke bal
tere abroo ne talwar taani hai amdaar
naina rahe munh se bol
tere naina rahe munh se bol
meri sajni
kar le jawaani ka mol
meri sajni
kar le jawaani ka mol
gori
teri gali mein aaya saudaagar
kar le jawaani ka mol
kar le jawaani ka mol
meri sajni
kar le jawaani ka mol
meri sajni
kar le jawaani ka mol

teri bindi pe daali nazar
goya sooraj raha ho nikhar
tere surme ki dhaar
phooti chhaathi ke paar
gayi chitwan kaleje ko chhod
gayi chitwan kaleje ko chhod
meri sajni
kar le jawaani ka mol
meri sajni
kar le jawaani ka mol
gori
teri gali mein aaya saudaagar
kar le jawaani ka mol
kar le jawaani ka mol
meri sajni
kar le jawaani ka mol
meri sajni
kar le jawaani ka mol

tere gaalon ke donon ghadhe
tere gaalon ke donon ghadhe
hain khumaari mein lab tak bhare
hain khumaari mein lab tak bhare
tere honthon ki thirkan
gaalon ki ubhran
thhodi ka til hai amol
teri thhodi ka til hai amol
meri sajni
kar le jawaani ka mol
meri sajni
kar le jawaani ka mol
gori
teri gali mein aaya saudaagar
kar le jawaani ka mol
kar le jawaani ka mol
meri sajni
kar le jawaani ka mol
meri sajni
kar le jawaani ka mol

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir Kapur)
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तेरी गली में आया सौदागर
करले जवानी का मोल
करले जवानी का मोल
मेरी सजनी
करले जवानी का मोल
मेरी सजनी
करले जवानी का मोल

तेरी ज़ुल्फें रहीं हैं मचल
तैने कीन्हे हैं नागन के बल
तेरे अबरू ने तलवार तानी है अमदार
नैना रह मुंह से बोल
तेरे नैना रह मुंह से बोल
मेरी सजनी
करले जवानी का मोल
मेरी सजनी
करले जवानी का मोल
गोरी
तेरी गली में आया सौदागर
करले जवानी का मोल
करले जवानी का मोल
मेरी सजनी
करले जवानी का मोल
मेरी सजनी
करले जवानी का मोल

तेरी बिंदी पे डाली नज़र
गोया सूरज रहा हो निखर
तेरे सुरमे की धार
फूटी छाती के पार
गई चितवन कलेजे को छोल
गई चितवन कलेजे को छोल
मेरी सजनी
करले जवानी का मोल
मेरी सजनी
करले जवानी का मोल
गोरी
तेरी गली में आया सौदागर
करले जवानी का मोल
करले जवानी का मोल
मेरी सजनी
करले जवानी का मोल
मेरी सजनी
करले जवानी का मोल

तेरे गालों के दोनों घड़े
तेरे गालों के दोनों घड़े
हैं खुमारी में लब तक भरे
हैं खुमारी में लब तक भरे
तेरे होठों की थिरकन
गालों की उभरन
ठोड़ी का तिल है अमोल
तेरी ठोड़ी का तिल है अमोल
मेरी सजनी
करले जवानी का मोल
मेरी सजनी
करले जवानी का मोल
गोरी
तेरी गली में आया सौदागर
करले जवानी का मोल
करले जवानी का मोल
मेरी सजनी
करले जवानी का मोल
मेरी सजनी
करले जवानी का मोल


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.

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Kikubhai Desai who was the producer-director of many successful stunt films during 1930s and early 40s, may not be known to most of the present generation movie buff or even immediate preceding generation. However, if it is revealed that he was the father of Manmohan Desai, the producer-director of many block buster films during 1960s through 1980s, some of the movie enthusiastic especially the movie fans of Manmohan Desai, may develop interest in knowing Kikubhai Desai.

I first came to know about Kikubhai Desai in one of the old issues of ‘Filmindia’ magazine about 5 years back as a producer/director of a stunt film( I have forgotten the name of the movie). While covering rare songs from films of 1930s and 40s during 2015, I came across the information that Kikubhai Desai was the father of Subhash and Manmohan Desai ! This revelation generated interest in me to know about him in detail. In my article posted in the Blog about 2 years back, I had made a brief mention about the filmy career of Kikubhai Desai. Thereafter, I lost track and did not pursue the subject further.

Recently, while flipping through the pages of January 1942 issue if ‘Filmindia’ magazine, I came across a small news about the sudden death of Kikubhai Desai on November 26, 1941 when he was giving finishing touches to his comedy film ‘Sheikh Chilli’ (1942). This reminded me of my unfinished work to get Kikubhai Desai’s life profile and his filmy career more vigorously than before.

Kikubhai B. Desai (1902-26/11/1941) was born in Sandalpur (now in Navsari district of Gujarat) in an Anavil Brahmin family. Not much is known about his educational background. In 1925, Kikubhai Desai joined as Manager in Jupiter Film Company which was soon taken over by Nanubhai Desai, (father of actress Bindu), one of the two founders of Sharda Pictures, the other being Bhogilal Dave.

However, Nanubhai Desai retired from the partnership in Sharda Pictures and decided to join hands with Ardeshir Irani to set up Sagar Films (Later renamed as Sagar Movietone). Due to some last minute disagreement, Nanubhai Desai withdrew from Sagar Films before it was set up and started Saroj Pictures (later renamed as Saroj Movietone in 1931). He made Kikubhai to handle the film distribution in Punjab and Bangalore branches for Saroj Pictures.

In 1929, Kikubhai visited Bangalore (Bengaluru) and met Haribhai Desai, the proprietor of Surya Film Company who was also his relative. At that time, Surya Films was making its first silent film ‘Raj Hriday’. Haribhai told him that if he has come to enjoy only the colourful world of film industry, he would be sent back home. If he was prepared to work hard and learn the nuances of the film making, he will put him in production department. So Kikubhai started his work from the production department.

When ‘Raj Hriday’ was completed, Kikubhai Desai was made in charge of publicity department. Although compared to production department, publicity department was not a high profile work at that time. Kikubhai felt that he would miss working among the hero-heroines of the films with lot of activities and fun on the set. However, in the absence of any other work opportunity, he reluctantly accepted the change of work. Kikubhai tried new way of publicity for ‘Raj Hriday’ (1929). He got printed a large quantity of attractive pamphlets of the films and got them dropped from the plane in Mumbai. Such publicity was done for the first time. Kikubhai’s novelty in the publicity of the film impressed Haribhai so much that he made him Manager of his Bombay (Mumbai) distribution office.

In Mumbai, Kikubhai’s novel way of publicity of ‘Raj Hriday’ had a positive impact on the film which became a hit. Producers from other banners started giving him contract for the publicity of their films. He did this work for about 2 years during which time he had earned sufficient income to establish his own film production company, Paramount Films and the Paramount Studio at Andheri East in 1931. The banner produced its first silent film, ‘Fauladi Pahelwan’ (1931). Jayant Desai directed the film with Chandrarao Kadam and Miss Nirmala in the lead. In all, Kikubhai produced 8 silent films during 1931-33.

‘Husn Ka Ghulam’ (1933) was Paramount’s first talkie film made under the banner of Saroj Movietone. Thereafter, he produced on an average 3 films every year. None of the online sources give complete list of the filmography of Kikubhai Desai. Manmohan Desai had once mentioned, among other things, that his father had produced/directed 31 talkies during 1931-41. With this vital information, I set upon preparing the filmography of Kikubhai Desai. It was not an easy task to prepare an exhaustive list of films produced by Kikubhai Desai. Sometime his name was mentioned as K B Desai or K Desai. He had also produced films under the banners of India Liberty Films/ Great India Films in addition to his main banner, Paramount Films. I had to rely on the posters/advertisements of the films for confirmations.

Following is the list of films produced by him some of which he directed:

Sr. No. Name of the film Director Banner
01 Husn Ka Ghulam (1933) J P Advani Paramount/Saroj
02 Baghdad Ka Chor (1934) D N Madhok Paramount
03 Hoor-E-Baghdad (1934) R N Vaidya Paramount
04 Chalta Purza (1934) R N Vaidya Paramount
05 Khooni Khanjar (1935) R N Vaidya /Kikubhai Desai Paramount
06 Jaadui Danda (1935) Dwarka Khosla Paramount
07 Tufaani Tamancha (1935) R N Vaidya Paramount
08 Burkhawaali (1936) Kikubhai Desai India Liberty
09 Laal Panja (1936) Kikubhai Desai Paramount
10 Farz-E-Ada(1936) A M Khan India Liberty
11 Bansari Baala (1936) A M Khan India Liberty
12 Guru Ghantal (1937) Kikubhai Desai India Liberty
13 Kaala Bhoot (1937) A M Khan India Liberty
14 Taranhaar (1937) Kikubhai Desai India Liberty
15 Sinhaldweep Ki Sundari (1937) Kikubhai Desai Indis Liberty
16 Alladdin aur Jaadui Chiraag (1938) Nanubhai Vakil India Liberty
17 Baanke Saanwaria (1938) Nanubhai Vakil India Liberty
18 Madhraat Ka Mehmaan (1938) Kikubhai Desai India Liberty
19 Madhu Bansari (1939) Kikubhai Desai Paramount
20 Sunehri Toli/Golden Gang (1939) Kikubhai Desai Paramount
21 Sansar Naiyya (1939) Nanubhai Vakil Paramount
22 Reshmi Saari (1940) G P Pawar Paramount
23 Golibaar (1940) Nanubhai Vakil Paramount
24 Sneh Bandhan (1940) J P Advani Great India
25 Aflatoon Aurat/ Amazon (1940) Kikubhai Desai Paramount
26 Akela (1941) Pessi Karani Great India
27 Mere Raja (1941) T S Mani Paramount
28 Circus Ki Sundari/Circus Queen (1941) Balwant Bhatt Paramount
29 Sheikh Chilli (1942) Kikubhai Desai Paramount

This list has been vetted by Harish Raghuvanshi ji, the Film Historian who added 4 films to this list making it 29 out of 31 mentioned by Manmohan Desai. The remaining 2 films may be the ones which were under production at the time of Kikubhai Desai’s death in 26/11/1941. Incidentally, for ‘Dashavatar’ (1951) produced under the banner of J K Films and directed by Jayant Desai, the name of Kikubhai Desai has been mentioned as producer. This may be one of the two unfinished films of Kikubhai Desai which may have been taken over by J K Films with new cast and crew.

From the titles of the films listed above, it is clear that Kikubhai Desai specialised in producing mainly stunt films. He seems to have shifted to producing romantic/social films like ‘Sneh Bandhan’ (1940), ‘Akela’ (1941) and a comedy film ‘Sheikh Chilli’ (1942).

I have noted from the star cast of the films produced under the banners of Paramount Films, India Liberty Films and Great India Films that Gohar Karnataki, Miss Pokhraj, Miss Moti, Shiraz, Gulab, Shankar Vazare, Navinchandra, Dalpat, Sardar Mansoor etc were the main actors. Damodar Sharma was the music director for as many as 23 films out of 29 films listed above.

As mentioned earlier, during the final touches to the film ‘Sheikh Chilli’ (1942) which was produced and directed by Kikubhai Desai, he collapsed and died of rupture in appendix on November 26, 1941 at the age of 39.

The sudden death of Kikubhai Desai created a void in his film production companies, Paramount Films and India Liberty Films/Great India Films. At the time of his death, besides ‘Sheikh Chilli’ (1942) which was at the editing stage, two more films were under initial stages of productions. All the works came to a standstill. His two sons, Subhash Desai and Manmohan Desai and a daughter were minors. With heavy liabilities and debts, Kikubhai’s wife decided to sell their big bungalow in Varsova with a fleet of cars and other assets of the film production companies except the Paramount Studio at Andheri (now Filmalaya Studio). She leased the Paramount Studio to Shiraz Ali Hakim on a monthly rental of Rs.500/- for the sustenance of the family. After selling the bungalow, the entire family shifted to Khetwadi in South Mumbai.

‘Circus Ki Sundari’ aka ‘Circus Queen’ (1941) was released on November 28, 1941 (2 days after the sudden death of Kikubhai Desai, the producer of the film) in Mumbai at Super Talkies. The film was directed by Balwant Bhatt. The star cast included Miss Moti, Jal Merchant, Gulab, S L Puri, Bose, Dhulia, A. Karim, Agha, Rekha etc.

The film was shot inside a real circus with its complete paraphernalia of artists and the wild animals. Probably, it was for the first time in India that a film was shot in the actual lions and tigers cages of a circus. Miss Moti must be a courageous girl do the shooting in the midst of lions and tigers. The story of the film runs more or less on the same lines which has been used in many stunt films of that time.

There is a weak King (S L Puri) who has a popular younger brother-prince named Pratap (Jal Merchant). There is a good prime minister and a wicked woman called Shyama Devi (Gulab) who lives with the King. Lastly, there is a gang of ruffians to complete the ingredients for a stunt film.

A circus is camped in the King’s capital in which an artist named Sundari (Miss Moti) acts with wild animals including lions and tigers. King is impressed with Sundari and wants her to be his mistress. He assigns this task to his henchmen. It so happens that Prince Pratap, King’s brother accidentally meets Sundari and they fall in love.

Now comes a third angle in the guise of Shyamla Devi who though lives with the King but likes to flirt with Prince Pratap. She hatches a plot to overthrow the King but on each occasion, the wise prime minister frustrates her efforts. So it is a three-way war for the supremacy – the King and his henchmen for bringing Sundari for him, Prince Pratap and Sundari to turn their love into a marriage and Shymala Devi and her ruffians to overthrow the King. All the three groups work simultaneously to achieve their respective goals. The end result is that Shyamla Devi dies in a large pot of burning oil. prince Pratap gets Sundari with the blessings of the King. The prime minister becomes victorious. [Paraphrased from the review of the film published in January 1942 issue of ‘Film India’ magazine].

The film had 10 songs which were written by P L Santoshi and A Karim. But the division of the songs between the two lyricists is not known. All the songs were set to music by Khan Mastana.

I present the first among 10 songs ‘le chal ri saagar par naiyya’ from the film ‘Circus Ki Sundari’ (1941). The song is sung by actor-singer Miss Moti.

With this song, ‘Circus Ki Sundari/Circus Queen’ (1941) makes a debut in the Blog.

Acknowledgements:
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1. I am grateful to Harish Raghuvanshi ji for providing me with the material on the early life and filmy career of Kikubhai Desai. He also sent me the scanned copies of the 3 pages from the Gujarati book ‘Sapna Na Saudagar’ written by Vitthal Pandya. He also helped me in updating the list of talky films produced/directed by Kikubhai Desai.

2. ‘Manmohan Desai’s Enchantment of the Mind’ by Connie Haham. Some pages were available online through Google Books in which Manmohan Desai talked about his father and their early days in Khetwadi (South Mumbai).

3. ‘The Advent of Sound in Indian Cinema’ by Virchand Dharamsey – published in the ‘Journal of the Moving Image’ as a research article (Pages 22 to 49).

Audio Clip:

Song-Le chal ri saagar paar (Circus Queen)(1941) Singer-Miss Moti, MD-Khan Mastana

Lyrics

le chal ri saagar paar
naiyya
le chal ri saagar paar
saagar paar sunhari duniya
saagar paar sunhari duniya
rehti sada bahaar
roop jawaani raaja raani
roop jawaani raaja raani
mil gaayen malhaar
mil gaayen malhaar
naiyya
le chal re saagar paar

chalna haule haule
naiyya
chalna haule haule
beech bhanwar na dole
chalna haule haule
naiyya
chalna haule haule
beech bhanwar na dole
sang na khewanhaar
sang na khewanhaar
le chal ri saagar paar
naiyya
le chal ri saagar paar
naiyaa
le chal ri saagar paar


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“Director”(1947) was a “social” movie which was directed by S Shafaqat, M A for Dawn Films, Punjab. This by now obscure movie had Salim, Raza, Zeb Qureshi, Zahoor, Aarif, Mohini Das, Iqbal Sheikh, Hafeez etc in it.

This rare movie had nine rare songs in it. It is known that the movie had two lyricists (Tufail Hoshiyarpuri, Aziz Kashmiri) and two music directors (Fateh ali Khan and Pt Lachchiram). HFGK is silent about the singers of the song.

Mr Girdharilal Vishwakarma, a renowned record collector, has recently uploaded a song from this movie. According to him, this song is sung by Zeenat Begam and it is composed by Fateh Ali Khan. The lyricist is not known.

I have not been able to get one (may be more) word right in the lyrics. I request our readers with keener ears to help fill in the blanks/ suggest corrections as applicable.

With this song, “Director”(1947) makes its debut in the blog.


Song-Sundar sundar taaron (Director)(1947) Singer-Zeenat Begum, MD-Fateh Ali Khan

Lyrics

Sundar sundar taaron
Sundar sundar taaron o o
Sundar sundar taaron
Sundar sundar taaron
meethhe meethhe geet suna kar
kirnon ka sangeet suna kar
meethhe meethhe geet suna kar
kirnon ka sangeet suna kar
birhan ke ae ae ae ae
birhan ke dukhiyaare man par
agni baan na maaro o o o
Sundar sundar taaron o o
Sundar sundar taaron
Sundar sundar taaron

tum aakaash
tum aakaash ke rahne waale
tum aakaash ke rahne waale
sukh saagar mein bahne waale
sukh saagar mein bahne waale
mere beete huye sapnon ka
mere beete huye sapnon ka
ab tum roop na dhaaro o o
Sundar sundar taaron o o
Sundar sundar taaron
Sundar sundar taaron

?? tumhaara saath tumhaare
rehta hai din raat
?? tumhaara saath tumhaare
rehta hai din raat
?? hamaara kabhi na poochhe
aa kar man ki baat
?? hamaara kabhi na poochhe
aa kar man ki baat
apni raah sidhaaro o o
Sundar sundar taaron o o
Sundar sundar taaron


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Blog Day : 3767 Post No. : 14740

“Aabshaar”(1953) was produced and directed by Hasrat Lucknowi for Globe Pictures, Bombay. The movie had Nimmi, Ashok Kumar, Rajkumar, Shyama, Nigar Sultana, Om Prakash, Lalita Pawar, Kuldip, Tiwari, Shyam Lal, Iftikhar, Neelam, Chandni, Leela Pandey etc in it.

The movie had eight songs in it which were penned by three lyricists and composed by three music directors, with five singers lending their voices in these songs.

Two songs from this movie have been covered in the past.

Here is the next song from the movie to appear in the blog. According to HFGK, this song is a multiple version song. One version is sung by Lata and another version by Rajkumari. Sarshar Sailaani is the lyricist. Music is composed by Bhola Shreshtha.

Only Lata version of the song is available and it is a lovely song to listen to. I am sure Rajkumari version would sound just as sweet when we can locate that.
[Editor Note: The Rajkumari version of this song is also now uploaded by Sudhir ji.]

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

[Lata Version]

[Rajkumari Version]

Song-Mujhko hai tujhse pyaar kyun (Aabshaar)(1953)Singer-Lata/ Rajkumari, Lyrics-Sarshar Sailaani, MD-Bhola Shreshtha

Lyrics

Lata Version
o o o
o o o
mujhko hai tujhse pyaar kyun
pyaar kyun

mujhko hai tujhse pyaar kyun
mujhko hai tujhse pyaar kyun
ye na bata sakoongi main
ye na bata sakoongi main
mujhko hai tujhse pyaar kyun
pyaar kyun

itni kathor preet kyun
preet ki hai ye reet kyun
itni kathor preet kyun
teri hamesha jeet kyun oon oon oon
teri hamesha jeet kyun
meri hamesha haar kyun
ye na bata sakoongi main
ye na bata sakoongi main
mujhko hai tujhse pyaar kyun
pyaar kyun

mehki hui hawa bhi hai
behki hui ghata bhi hai ae
mehki hui hawa bhi hai
behki hui ghata bhi hai
aise mein haaye dil mera aa aa aa aa
aise mein haaye dil mera
dhadke hai baar baar kyun
ye na bata sakoongi main
ye na bata sakoongi main
mujhko hai tujhse pyaar kyun
pyaar kyun
pyaar kyun
pyaar kyun

Rajkumari Version

mujhko hai. . .
tujhse pya..aar kyon

mujhko hai tujhse pyaar kyon
ye na bata sakoongi main
ye na bata sakoongi main
mujhko hai tujhse pyaar kyon

dil mein khayaal e yaar hai
dil mein khayaal e yaar hai
dil hai khayaal e yaar mein
dil hai khayaal e yaar mein
itna khayaal e yaar kya
itna khayaal e yaar kya
itna khayaal e yaar kyon
ye na bata sakoongi main
ye na bata sakoongi main
mujhko hai tujhse pyaar kyon

aankhen karo na chaar tum
aankhen karo na chaar tum
rooth rahe hain ?? tum
rooth rahe hain ?? tum
aaoge ek baar tum
aaoge ek baar tum
dil ko hai ye aitbaar kyon
ye na bata sakoongi main
ye na bata sakoongi main
mujhko hai tujhse pyaar kyon
ye na bata sakoongi main
ye na bata sakoongi main
mujhko hai tujhse pyaar kyon
pyaar kyon. . .

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Hindi Script Lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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लता की आवाज़

ओ ओ ओ
ओ ओ ओ
मुझको है तुझसे प्यार क्यों
प्यार क्यों

मुझको है तुझसे प्यार क्यों
मुझको है तुझसे प्यार क्यों
ये ना बता सकूँगी मैं
ये ना बता सकूँगी मैं
मुझको है तुझसे प्यार क्यों
प्यार क्यों

इतनी कठोर प्रीत क्यों
प्रीत की है ये रीत क्यों
इतनी कठोर प्रीत क्यों
तेरी हमेशा जीत क्यों॰ ॰ ॰
तेरी हमेशा जीत क्यों
मेरी हमेशा हार क्यों
ये ना बता सकूँगी मैं
ये ना बता सकूँगी मैं
मुझको है तुझसे प्यार क्यों
प्यार क्यों

महकी हुई हवा भी है
बहकी हुई घटा भी है
महकी हुई हवा भी है
बहकी हुई घटा भी है
ऐसे में हाए दिल मेरा॰ ॰ ॰
ऐसे में हाए दिल मेरा
धड़के है बार बार क्यों
ये ना बता सकूँगी मैं
ये ना बता सकूँगी मैं
मुझको है तुझसे प्यार क्यों
प्यार क्यों
प्यार क्यों
प्यार क्यों
प्यार क्यों

राजकुमारी की आवाज़

मुझको है॰ ॰ ॰
तुझसे प्या॰॰आर क्यों

मुझको है तुझसे प्यार क्यों
ये ना बता सकूँगी मैं
ये ना बता सकूँगी मैं
मुझको है तुझसे प्यार क्यों

दिल में ख्याल ए यार है
दिल में ख्याल ए यार है
दिल है ख्याल ए यार में
दिल है ख्याल ए यार में
इतना ख्याल ए यार क्या
इतना ख्याल ए यार क्या
इतना ख्याल ए यार क्यों
ये ना बता सकूँगी मैं
ये ना बता सकूँगी मैं
मुझको है तुझसे प्यार क्यों

आँखें करो ना चार तुम
आँखें करो ना चार तुम
रूठे रहे हैं ?? तुम
रूठे रहे हैं ?? तुम
आओगे एक बार तुम
आओगे एक बार तुम
दिल को है ये एतबार क्यों
ये ना बता सकूँगी मैं
ये ना बता सकूँगी मैं
मुझको है तुझसे प्यार क्यों
ये ना बता सकूँगी मैं
ये ना बता सकूँगी मैं
मुझको है तुझसे प्यार क्यों
प्यार क्यों॰ ॰ ॰


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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Today’s song is from the first decade of the Talkie films, viz 1930s. This song is from “Hum,Tum aur Woh”(1938). This was a film made under the banner of Sagar Movietone, a highly prestigious and famous film company of the times. This company was riding on waves of popularity and fame during those days of 1938.

Shri Biren kothari ji has written a wonderful book on Sagar Movietone. It is based on interactions with the surviving members of the Desai clan as well as several contemporary documents and is regarded as an authentic volume on Sagar Movietone. However, oday’s article is based on another book, “Mehboob Khan” written by Shashikant Kinikar, published in 2015, 2 years after Kothari ji’s book. This 300+ page book, in Marathi, has plenty of original photos and articles on Mehboob Khan written by Anil Biswas, Sitara Devi, Shamshad Begum, P.K.Nair, Wazahat Mirza, Naushad and Shakeel Badayuni and therefore it is full of several anecdotes which are unknown to many. The book also contains 4 articles by Mehboob Khan himself. The book is an excellent treatise on Mehboob Khan-the Director and the Human Being, with 230 pages dedicated on him and his films.

However, Mehboob’s story is incomplete without Sagar’s story.

Hindi film industry has produced some great directors who, besides having a commercial outlook, also served the society by making films on burning social issues. On their parts, they contributed their “Two Cents” to serve the Nation. Such directors included Raj Kapoor, V.Shantaram, Guru Dutt, Satyajit Ray and Mehboob Khan-to name a few.

Born as Ramzan Khan in 1907 in Bilimora, Gujarat, Mehboob was from a Gujarati Muslim family. He never got a formal education in his young age, but he was keen on two things-5 times Namaz and seeing films. His father being in Police Department, films were free for him. One day he ran away to Bombay to become an actor. However his father found him out and brought him back. He was immediately married off, with a belief that he would improve.

Two years after marriage and one child, he ran to Bombay again and worked in Imperial film co. as an extra for Rs.30 pm. This too after he worked without any pay for 5 months due to the mistake of the clerk ! He worked in crowd scenes and sundry roles-without a dialogue, of course, starting as one of the 40 thieves of Alibaba. He worked in several films uncredited. His first, big and credited role came in the film “Shirin Khushru”-1929.

In 1927, after the Talkie film “The Jazz Singer” was shown in US, the world started making Talkie films. India too jumped into the bandwagon. In 1931, Imperial-competing with Madon Theatres of Calcutta- wanted to make a Talkie and started work fast. Mehboob Khan was almost finalised as the Hero. Even his costumes were made ready, but he was destined for something different, and Master Vithal was made the Hero of India’s first Talkie. Ardeshir Irani’s safety valve of minimizing the risk of the first venture by selecting the existing popular Hero, scuttled Mehboob’s dream.

Meanwhile, Imperial started a new company,’Sagar Movietone’, along with Dr. Patel and Chiman Desai. Some artistes and techies were shifted to Sagar-including Mehboob- from Imperial. Mehboob continued to work in 12 silent films. Here, he met Faredoon Irani, Cinematographer and they became thick friends. Irani was with Mehboob till the end.

During this period, Mehboob wrote a film story and convinced the owners to allow him to direct this film. Owners were hesitant, naturally, to allow this young extra actor to direct a film. Lastly a deal was struck, that Mehboob and Faredoon should be allowed to shoot one reel film. If they like it, continue or else, scrap it and recover money from these two chaps. After one reel shooting the owners realised that they had struck Gold in the process and Mehboob completed his first Directorial venture ” Al Hilaal “-35. The film was a great success and Mehboob ‘chal pada’. Mehboob went on to direct 7 more films for Sagar. All his films were successful.

From film Jageerdar-37 Mehboob and Anil Biswas pair teamed up for 8 films-till Roti-42.

When Mehboob was making arrangements for his next film, Alibaba, the sudden news that Sagar is closing down hit them. Mehboob Khan contacted Imperial to allow him to shoot for his film in their studio, which Ardeshir gladly permitted. The film shooting proceeded til Sagar became National studios. Mehboob made 3 important films of his career in National studio, namely Aurat-40, Behan-41 and Roti-42.

When National studio also closed down all workers came on road. However, Mehboob decided to start his own company. One Mr. Lalaji of Manoranjan Distributors of Delhi promised capital. National studio was renamed as Central studio by the owner, K.K.Modi-elder brother of Sohrab Modi. He allowed Mehboob to use the studio till his own studio came up. Mehboob took a place nearby to start his office. In this period there was a rift between Mehboob and Anil Biswas and they separated for ever-albeit bitterly.

Mehboob wanted a Logo for Mehboob Productions. He selected a sher written by Agha Jani kashmiri for film “Al Hilal”….” Muddai lakh bura chahe to kya hota hai, vahi hota hai jo manjur e Khuda hota hai”. It was recorded in the voice of Rafiq Ghaznavi with appropriate prelude music and sound of lightening and clouds. He also took Sickle and Hammer for the Logo, and clarified that because he respected workers and certainly he was not a communist.

His first film Najma-43 ( his daughter’s name was Najma), with Ashok Kumar and Veena was a Hit film. It was followed by Taqdeer-43, Humayun-45,Anmol Ghadi-46, Elaan-47, Anokhi Ada-48, Andaaz-49, Aan-52, Amar-54 and his Magnum Opus Mother India-57. After the high of Mother India, Mehboob aimed to fly even higher with Son of India (1962) but the film was a total misfire and, in fact, his weakest film. Mehboob had been neglecting health inspite of suffering Heart attacks. In May 1964, he suffered another attack but survived. His financiers were after him for repayment and he was worried. He called Rajendra Kumar and asked for a loan of 4 lakh rupees against his studio to be made in his name. Rajendrakumar refused to take the studio and promised to give him the amount next day at 11 am, without any mortgage. In the evening, news of Nehru’s heart attack came. Mehboob became restless. Soon the death news came and Mehboob became grief stricken. Akhtar gave him sleeping pills, but he had to be admitted to Nanavati Hospital. He too died at 2 am on 28th May 1964. At the time of his death, Mehboob Khan was harboring ambitions to make a film on the life of Habba Khatoon, the 16th century poetess-queen of Kashmir.

Mehboob Khan directed 8 films for Sagar, 3 films for National and 11 films for Mehboob productions.( based on information from Upperstall, Mehboob Khan by Shashikant Kinikar and my notes).

One advantage of reading a Biography is that you get to know the person’s version on controversies. As far as Mehboob and Anil Biswas’s split is concerned, Mehboob’s version is 180 degrees opposite to what Anil Biswas gave. Difficult to side anyone. But this split did help first Rafiq Ghaznavi and then Naushad.

In the cast of the film, one finds a name Sunalini Devi. Now let us know something about Sunalini Devi, the actress. She was born on 1-1-1896 in Hyderabad Deccan. Her father, Aghornath Chattopadhyay-a Bengali settled in Hyderabad – was a Sanskrit scholar, was proficient in 27 languages and was the first Indian to get the D.Sc. honour. Sunalini was the elder sister of Sarojini, who became Sarojini Naidu after her marriage, and Harindranath Chattopadhyaya-renowned poet.

Sunalini learnt Music and Dance from her third year of age itself. Due to her sweet voice, she was called ‘ Kokila ‘. It is to be noted that her younger sister Saojini naidu was called ‘ Nightingale of India’ ! It is unfortunate that the film industry did not use Sunalini’s music skill in her films and she sang just one song in her career in film ‘ Raja Rani-42’.

Sunalini started acting in stage dramas from 1918. her first movie was ” Light of Asia”-released initially in Germany and Poland in 1925 ( its restored version was released on 5th July 2001, in India. This film was made by Himanshu Rai. The film was shot in Lahore. It was a silent film on Gautama the Buddha. Her first Talkie film was ‘ veer Kunal-32’. She acted in 56 films. Mostly she was known for motherly roles only. She had, like her more eminent sister, married a south Indian- mr.A.S.Rajan, a writer from Madras.

Some of her more known films are, Aurat, Lalaji, Inkaar, Nai roshni, Talaash, Bairam khan, Tamasha, Dilruba, Malhar etc etc. She retired from films in 1956.

Let us now listen to the song of today. It is sung by Maya Banerjee and Harish. The music was by Anil Biswas. I find the tune of this song a little unusual. It looks like the lady is stressing her point with fists hammered on a desk.

With this song, this film “Hum Tum aur Woh” (1938) makes its Debut in the Blog.


Song-Hamen preet kisi se nahin karni (Ham Tum Aur Wo)(1938) Singers-Maya Banerjee, Harish, MD-Anil Biswas

Lyrics

hamen preet kisi se nahin karni
hamen preet kisi se nahin karni
hamen preet ki reet bataao nahin
hamen preet ki reet bataao nahin
hamen preet kisi se nahin karni
hamen preet kisi se nahin karni
hamen likh likh chithhiyaan mat bhejo
hamen likh likh chithhiyaan mat bhejo
hamen jamuna kinaare bulaao nahin
hamen jamuna kinaare bulaao nahin
hamen preet kisi se nahin karni
hamen preet kisi se nahin karni

ham likhh likhh chithhiyaan bhejenge
tumhen apne paas bulaayenge
ham likhh likhh chithhiyaan bhejenge
tumhen apne paas bulaayenge

ham roothhenge
ham jhagdenge
ham roothhenge
ham jhagdenge
ham dor se kheench ke laayenge
ham dor se kheench ke laayenge
in baaton se hamko daraao nahin
in baaton se hamko daraao nahin

hamen preet kisi se nahin karni
hamen preet kisi se nahin karni
hamen preet ki reet bataao nahin
hamen preet ki reet bataao nahin
hamen preet kisi se nahin karni
hamen preet kisi se nahin karni


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Blog Day : 3764 Post No. : 14737

Today (7 november 2018) is Deewaali, the festival of lights. It is the biggest festival in India, and it has kept on becoming bigger and bigger with time.

For the blog, it happens to be our eleventh Deewaali. Unblievable but true that this blog has lasted this long and has in fact gone on to evolve and progress as well.

We have discussed all the well known Deewaali festival songs during the previous ten occasions. The aricles accompanying these songs may have covered the festival from several angles. Some articles have dscussed the history of the festival, while others may have touched its financial worth.

In my discussion the last year, I had opined that our worship of Goddess Laxmi can succeed only if we have worshipped Goddess Saraswarti and Lord Viswwakarma, whose festivals come earlier in the year. By worship, I meant not the symbolic worship but following the spirit behind the worship.

For instance, worshipping Goddess Saraswati means acquiring quality education and skills, and business knowhow, while worshipping Lord Vishwakarma means putting all that acquired education, skill and knowedge to use into providing quality goods and services that can be traded. These commercial activities bring you money, viz Laxmi, and that too without necessarily worshippng her symbolically during Deewaali festival. Look at the prosperous nations of the West and far east. They worship Goddess Saraswati the right way (stressing on high quality education) and worship Lord Vishwakarma (creating vast industrial infrastructure). Little wonder then that they are blessed by Goddess Laxmi throughout the year, and not just on the occasion of Deewaali.

A good number of Indians on the other hand are scarcely blessed by Goddess Laxmi, and I have already given the reasons above. Most Indians do not invest on acquiring useful skills because that is hard work. Indians somehow try to avoid working hard and hope to move ahead through short cut methods. When it comes to dealing with other humans, these short cut methods are bribes, sycophancy, sifaarish and other forms of corruption, which may bring “results” for the individuals but in the long run it proves counterproductive for society and the nation as a whole. No country in the world has ever progressed to become a prosperous nation by adopting short cup methods. I have been doing a lot of studies off late on the topic of economy where I have looked at the nations that were poor like India in the past but have now become prosperous. They have done so by adopting the right policies, which involved quality education, healthcare etc, adopting business friendly policies and enforcement of discipline and rule of law.

India is on the right track I feel, but the number of people blessed by Goddess Laxmi in India can increase only if we sincerely and seriously worship Goddess Laxmi and Lord Vishwakarma as the advanced Western and Far Eastern countries do. India does not have much time left to squander. India has another one decade or so to get its act together. If Indians can ensure quality education and have skilled employable manpawer and the right infrastructure and policies during the next one decade then Goddess Laxmi will begin to favour Indians like she favours the West and Far East nations. The vast manpower (then the biggest in the world, overtaking China), if educated and trained properly would be an asset for the nation. India cannot afford to fail here because failure means this vast population, if not employable, would then become a burden on the nation.

How to harness manpower for national development is a vast subject and I will cover it in some future date. Right now, people are in festival mood and most of them have more immediate pressing issues to worry about rather than long term issues like progress of the nation.:)

One important immediate issue that people worry about on the eve of Deewaali is- will I get leave to go home. 🙂 If somehow he/she manages to get leave, then the next worry is- trains are going crowded, how will I be able to reach home for festival. Indians, as is their wont, cannot help but look for short cuts here too. Ticket is wait listed. No problem. I will do something. So, a few days ago, I find an unsolicited whatsapp good morning message on my official mobile number. A few hours later, the person comes to the point. My son is employed in Mumbai. He has to come home to me for deewaali. He is wait listed. Here are the details. My take- I do not even know, who is this person, moreover, I am not based at Mumbai.Train is from A to B. I am based at C. This stranger wants me to go out of my way and help him. I am a soft hearted man by default, so I decide to help. I give the details to a staff of mine to be sent to concerned person in Mumbai, while telling him that I do not know who this person is. My staff is of the view that this person, going by his location must have obtained this number from the kid of my predecessor, who stays in this location B. OK, let us help him even if he is a stranger to me. So the requisition for emergency quota goes to Mumbai. On the date of journey, Mumbai office honours the request and allots a berth against emergency quota to the person. So this person is able to go to his parents during festival. Happy ending. Claps.

What about me and my family ? No such luck. I am based in eastern UP. My wife is a state government employee in MP. MP is going to assembly polls later in the month. Model code of conduct is in force in MP. So state government employees will not be given leave from now till the elections are over. So, unlike previous years, my wife and daughter will not join me for Deewaali at my place. First time ever for me to be away from my family during Deewaali. It happens. Elections are important. Country’s fate hinges on them. My wife often nags me to try and get myself posted in MP. Easier said than done, I tell myself sotto voce. Moreover, I feel that I am making a real contribution in the development of this place. It may look idealistic, but I feel that the nation will develop only if the backward areas of the nation, viz UP and Bihar develop. It is the duty of all people, including those from outside UP and Bihar, to help in the cause. I sincerely and seriously believe that I am adding my mite in this important work of nation building. I keep all these idealistic thoughts to myself of course. I do not think my wife will understand these sentiments. 🙂

Since all low hanging fruits, viz popular Deewaali songs, have already been plucked on past occasions, we are left with Deewaali songs that are obscure ones.

Here is an extremely obscure Deewaali song. It became available on YT when our own My Saradand Kamath uploaded it sometime back. The song is from “Badi Baat” (1944).

“Badi Baat” (1944) was produced and directed by Mazhar Khan for Mazhar Arts, Bombay. The movie had Swarnlata, Ulhas, Yakub, Mazhar Khan, Moti, Gulab, Khaleel, Madhusudan, Lalita, Mishra, Saguna, Ram Marathe, Baby Roshan, Chandra etc in it.

There were nine songs in this movie. Two songs from the movie has been discussed in the past.

Only The name of Kusum Mantri is mentioned in HFGK though the song seems to have at least another female voice, plus chorus. Swami Ramanand is the lyricist. Music is composed by Feroz Nizami.

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

I may have been unable to get a few words right in the lyrics. I request our readers with keener ears to help fill in the blanks/ suggest corrections as applicable.

I take this opportunity wish everyone a very happy, prosperous and safe deewaali.


Song-Phir aayi hai deewaali (Badi Baat)(1944) Singer-Kusum Mantri, Lyrics-Swami Ramanand, MD-Feroz Nizami

Lyrics

Phir aayi
Phir aayi
Phir aayi hai deewaali
deewaali
deewaali
deewaali
deewaali
Phir aayi hai deewaali
khushi se naach rahe hain naina
deep jale har oar
khushi se naach rahe hain naina
deep jale har oar
kaisi sundar rain hai pyaari
kaisi sundar rain hai pyaari
ho na iski bhor
kabhi bhi
ho na iski bhor

laut ke waapas na jaayen
ye ?? bulaane waali
ye ?? bulaane waali
ye ?? bulaane waali
Phir aayi hai deewaali
deewaali
deewaali
deewaali
deewaali
phir aayi hai deewaali

dil ke sainyyaan ghar mein naahin
dil ka manwa dole
dil ke sainyyaan ghar mein naahin
dil ka manwa dole
jaise khewaiyya ke bin naiyya
jaise khewaiyya ke bin naiyya
khaati hai hichkole
jaise khewaiyya ke bin naiyya
jaise khewaiyya ke bin naiyya
khaati hai hichkole

jin ke sainyyan ghar mein hain
wo chaal chale matwaali
jin ke sainyyan ghar mein hain
wo chaal chale matwaali
wo chaal chale matwaali
wo chaal chale matwaali
phir aayi hai deewaali
deewaali
deewaali
deewaali
deewaali
phir aayi hai deewaali
khushi se naach rahe hain naina
deep jale har oar
jaise sundar rain hai pyaari
ho na iski bhor kabhi bhi
ho na iski bhor

laut ke waapas na jaaye ye
raat(?) bulaane waali
ye raat(?) bulaane waali
ye raat(?) bulaane waali
phir aayi hai deewaali
deewaali
deewaali
phir aayi hai deewaali


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Blog Day : 3763 Post No. : 14736

“Doraaha”(1952) was a “social” movie which was produced by Surjeet Chhabra and directed by Bal Chhaabra for Progressive Pictures, Bombay. The movie had Nalini Jaiwant, Shekhar, Dewan Sharar, Jagdeesh Sethi, Agha, Kamal, K N Singh, Protima Devi, Murad, Leela Mishra, Romesh Sinha, D D Luthra, Kusum, Bhagwandas, Kiran etc in it.

The movie had eight songs in it that were penned by three lyricists and sung by six singers.

Three songs have been covered in the past.

Here is the fourth song from “Doraaha”(1952) to appear in the blog. This song is a duet which is sung by Meena Kapoor and Shankar Dasgupta. Prem Dhawan is the lyricist. Music is composed by Anil Biswas.

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


Song-Tera mera mera tera pyaar ho gaya (Doraaha)(1952) Singers-Meena Kapoor, Shankar Das Gupta, Lyrics-Prem Dhawan, MD-Anil Biswas
Both

Lyrics

ho o o
o o o
Tera mera
mera tera
pyaar ho gaya
pyaar ho gaya
Tera mera pyaar ho gaya aa
Tera mera

mera tera
pyaar ho gaya
pyaar ho gaya
tera mera pyaar ho gaya

aayi chhup ke milan ki raaten
aayi chhup ke milan ki raaten
huyi dil se nazar se baaten
huyi dil se nazar se baaten

ho o o
o o o
Tera mera mera tera pyaar ho gaya
pyaar ho gaya
Tera mera pyaar ho gaya aa
Tera mera mera tera pyaar ho gaya

mera dil na raha mere bas mein
mera dil na raha mere bas mein
ik peer uthhi
ik peer uthhi
ik peer uthhi nas nas mein re
ik peer uthhi nas nas mein
ho o o
o o o
Tera mera
mera tera
pyaar ho gaya
pyaar ho gaya
Tera mera pyaar ho gaya aa
Tera mera mera tera pyaar ho gaya

tere naina jaadoo kar gaye tere naina
tere naina jaadoo kar gaye
ye do naina tere
ye do naina tere
ham ek nazar mein mar gaye re
ham ek nazar mein mar gaye
o o o
o o o
Tera mera

mera tera
pyaar ho gaya
pyaar ho gaya
Tera mera pyaar ho gaya aa
Tera mera mera tera pyaar ho gaya

mera dil hai amaanat teri
mera dil hai amaanat teri
tere bas mein piya
tere bas mein piya
tere bas mein jaan ab meri
tere bas mein jaan ab meri
o o o
o o o
Tera mera
mera tera
pyaar ho gaya
pyaar ho gaya
Tera mera pyaar ho gaya aa
Tera mera mera tera pyaar ho gaya
pyaar ho gaya
Tera mera pyaar ho gaya aa


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Blog Day : 3762 Post No. : 14735

“Jwaar Bhaata”(1944) was directed by Amiya Chakravarty for Bombay Talkies. The movie had Mridula, Shamim, Agha Jaan, Dilip Kumar, P F Pithawala, K N Singh, Mumtaz Ali, Arun Kumar, Vikram Kapoor, Jagannath Arora,Naseem Lodhi, C J Pandey, Khaleel etc in it. The movie is today remembered as the debut movie of Dilip Kumar.

The movie had ten songs in it. For some reason I thought that this movie was already YIPPEED. My be I confused it with some other movie. Only three songs from the movie have been discussed so far.

Here is the fourth song from “Jwaar Bhaata”(1944) to appear in the blog. This song is a calling the beloved song which is sung by Parul Ghosh. Pt Narendra Sharma is the lyricist. Music is composed by Anil Biswas.

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

Some words in the lyrics are not clear. I request our readers with keener ears to help fill in the blanks/ suggest corrections as applicable.


Song-More aangan mein chhitki chaandni (Jwaar Bhaata)(1944) Singer-Parul Ghosh, Lyrics-Narendra Sharma, MD-Anil Biswas

Lyrics

More aangan mein chhitki chaandni
haan chaandni
ghar aaja sajan
More aangan mein chhitki chaandni
haan chaandni
ghar aaja sajan
chhedi koyal ne
chhedi koyal ne preet ki raagini
meethhi raagini
chhedi koyal ne preet ki raagini
meethhi raagini
ghar aaja sajan
More aangan mein chhitki chaandni
haan chaandni
ghar aaja sajan
More aangan mein chhitki chaandni

chanda more ang jalaaye ae
chanda more ang jalaaye
preet ki jwaala
preet ki jwaala
?? ??
chanda more ang jalaaye
kumhlaaye ho kumhlaaye ae
kumhlaaye piya bin shaalini(?)
haan shaalini(?)
ghar aaja sajan
More aangan mein chhitki chaandni
haan chaandni
ghar aaja sajan
More aangan mein chhitki chaandni

kheli sajan sang neend nigodi
kheli
haa haa
kheli sajan sang neend nigodi
tadpat nikle man ki ??
??
sajan sang neend nigodi
ho o o o o
main bani teri bairaagini
bairaagini ee
More aangan mein chhitki chaandni
haan chaandni
ghar aaja sajan
More aangan mein chhitki chaandni ee ee ee


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Blog Day :

3761 Post No. : 14734 Movie Count :

4027

“Ajaamil”(1948) was directed by Jamnadas Kapadia for Sanskar Chitra, Bombay. The movie had Umakant, Malti, Kanta Kumari, Narmadashankar, Kashinath, Bhimji Bhai, Chandrika, Shanta bai, Suresh, Manhar Desai etc in it.

This obscure movie had twelve songs according to HFGK. A few of these songs have become available on YT. Though HFGK is silent about the singers of all these songs, One can make out which song contain which voices.

Here is the first song from “Ajaamil”(1948) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Rajkumari. Lyrics are penned by Kavi Prabhulal Dwiwedi according to HFGK. Music is composed by Master Mohan junior.

It is interesting to note that the uploader of this song, well known record collector Mr Girdharilal Vishhwakarma mention the lyricist as S P Tripathi, an entirely different name from what is mentioned in HFGK. I have gone with the name provided by uploader.

Music is composed by Master Mohan Junior.

With this song, “Ajaamil”(1948) makes its debut in the blog. As many as 149 HIndi movies were released in 1948. With this song, “Ajaamil”(1948) becomes the 100th movie of 1948 to find representation in the blog. So this is yet another example of an “artificial” though significant landmark for the blog. 🙂


Song-Maanat naahin bihaari re (Ajaamil)(1948) Singer-Rajkumari, Lyrics-S P Tripathi, MD-Master Mohan Junior

Lyrics

Maanat naahin bihaari re ae
laakh jatan kar haari re ae
Maanat naahin bihaari re ae
laakh jatan kar haari re ae

jaaun jahaan main
sang sang doley
jaaun jahaan main
sang sang doley
madhur madhur sur
bain wo boley
naath hamaare
nain ishaare
lok ki laaj bisaari re ae
lok ki laaj bisaari re ae
Maanat naahin bihaari re ae
laakh jatan kar haari re ae

aap mahaawar mehndi lagaaye
aap mahaawar mehndi lagaaye
aap hi ang hamaar sajaaye
aap hi mohe paan khilaaye
haat se apne lagaayi re
haat se apne lagaayi re
Maanat naahin bihaari re
laakh jatan kar haari re

roothh jo jaaun
mujhko manaaye
roothh jo jaaun
mujhko manaaye
pair paden
aur binti sunaayen
nain neer se
dhoye charan mora
kare manuhaar wo bhaari re ae
kare manuhaar wo bhaari re ae
Maanat naahin bihaari re ae
laakh jatan kar haari re ae
Maanat naahin bihaari re ae
laakh jatan kar haari re ae


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