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

Blog Day :

4378 Post No. : 15723

Today’s song is from a very old – almost 83 year old – film, from the first decade of Talkie films – Khudai Khidmadgar-1937. The film was made by Bharat Lakshmi Pictures, Calcutta. It was directed by the all rounder Vithaldas Panchotia, who also did an important role in the film. Music was by Nagardas Nayak. All the 12 songs in the film were sung by 6 singers and songs were written by Arzoo lucknavi.

In the early years of Talkie films Arzoo Lucknavi was an important and well known personality in the Calcutta Film circle. Since 1932, he was under a contract with New Theatre, where he wrote stories, dialogues and songs for their Hindi films. Due to his contract, he could not officially use his own name as a Lyricist for this outside film, hence he gave the name of his son – Tanvir – as the Lyricist.

Aarzoo Lakhnavi was one of the most respected poets of his era. His father Mir Zakir Hussain Yas, who was a disciple of Jalal Lakhnavi and his elder brother Mir Yusuf Hussain Qayas, both were poets. Arzoo, who was born on 26-2-1893 as Mohammed Hussain, was brought up in a cultured and fairly well-off household. He did his early education at home. Later, he learnt Arabic and Persian from some famous scholars of Lucknow.

His career as a poet began with the composition of a Marsia at the age of twelve. As a poet, he wrote Ghazal, Najm, Marsia, Kaseeda, Nath, Rubai, Salaam, Masnavi, Geet etc. Guided by Jalaal Lucknavi, he soon became skilled in the art of poetry. After Jalal passed away, Aarzoo was accepted as his heir to guide his disciples.

He came to Calcutta in 1932 and joined The New Theatres to write songs and dialogues of Hindi films. His Hindi was simple. He used to use minimum Arabic or Urdu words in Hindi songs. In Calcutta, he started writing songs,stories and dialogues for Hindi films. After 21 films in Calcutta, he moved to Bombay in 1942, where he wrote lyrics and dialogues for 32 more (Total 53 films and 246 songs) films.

Later, he migrated to Karachi after partition and joined Radio Pakistan. However his songs continued in our Hindi films till 1967. Though he had also written plays and other forms of poetry, he rose to fame mainly because of his ghazals. Three collections of Aarzoo’s ghazals, viz., Fughan-e-Aarzoo, Jahan-e-Aarzoo and Nishan-e-Aarzoo have been popular with the Urdu readers.

In Pakistan he participated in the competition to write the National Anthem. His poem was rejected because it talked of Secularism, Equality and Humanity. Another poem having 99% Arabic words was selected. He died in Karachi on 17th April 1961.

When I had first read this film’s name some years ago,I was under the impression that this could be a film on some story connected with the Political organization, Khudai Khidmadgar, in the pre-independence era. It was originally an organisation started for the upliftment of Afghan people. The literal meaning of these words is ‘ God’s servant’. Later, it became a political movement under the leadership of Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan or Sarhad Gandhi. It was also called a “Red shirt” organisation.

During the mid 1930’s, the British Government was very strict, so obviously the film had nothing to do with politics. It was a plain simple Costume drama about a Saint like personality who helps people, thinking himself as ‘ God’s servant’. The film depicted how the cruel and unkind king changes, because of the teachings of this Saint.

The year 1937 was a year of Revolution for the newly started Talkie Film. Initially the films were mainly based on Folk tales, Parsi dramas and Mythological stories. 1937 was a year in which the Film industry was trying to drop its old skin and don a New Avtar. From this year, a variety of subjects were used to make films. If we briefly look at some path breaking, landmark films using Novel themes, we will understand how the film industry was attempting to change itself.

The newly established Minerva Movietone made a film on the importance and benefits of Celibacy in the film ‘Atma Tarang’.
Some artistes made their Debuts in 1937, like Ghulam Mohd.,MD for film Banke Sipahi, Comedian V H Desai in film Captain Kirti Kumar, Kishore Sahu in fil Jeevan prabhat, the eternal Mausi of Hindi films, Leela Mishra debuted in film Gangavataran. This was also a Debut film for Dadasaheb Phalke in making a Talkie film. David made his Debut in ‘Zambo-the ape man’.

Prakash films tried their hand at Stunt films with ‘ Challenge’ and ‘His Highness’, using Veterinary actors like Dogs, Horses and a Motorcycle. Prabhat’s iconic film ‘ Duniya Maane na’ shook All India audiences with its story. Shanta Apte sang an English song in it. Bombay Talkies made its first and last Mythological film ‘ Savitri ‘ with Ashok Kumar and Devika Rani.

Gangavataran was a film made by Dadasaheb Phalke. it was his First, the only and his last Talkie film too.

Imperial made India’s first indigenously made First colour film-Kisan Kanya. With this film, however, Master Nissar ended his ‘Hero’ ship as an actor.
Wadia Movietone made India’s first songless talkie film,’ Naujawan ‘, facing the ire of its audience for ‘cheating ‘ them !
‘Zambo – The Ape man ‘ became the first Tarzan type Indian talkie film, beginning a new Genre !
Maadan theatres Calcutta pulled its shutters down with their last Talkie film’ Zinda Bhoot ‘.

1937 was real path breaking for 2 solid reasons….One, for the first time, Playback singing started in a Bombay film with ‘Mahageet ‘. The song was sung by Anil Biswas, its MD and it was filmed on Hiren Bose, in the role of a beggar, near a crematorium (Smashan Bhoomi), as per book ‘ Music without Boundaries’ by Dr. Ashok Ranade,pp183-186.
Secondly,for the first time, in an Indian film successful special effects were used in film ” Khwaab ki Duniya ” -a film by Prakash Pictures, based on the popular novel “The Invisible Man” by H G Wells. A Hollywood film by the same name was made in 1933. The trick scenes in this indian film were as good as the Hollywood film. Credit goes to Babubhai Mistri for creating actions of an Invisible man , on the screen. He was nicknamed ” Kala Dhaga ” after this film.

Today’s film Khudai Khidmadgar-37 was made with all these path breaking film carnivals. The cast of the film was. Vithaldas Panchotiya, Khaleel Ahmed, Mazhar Khan, Dar kashmiri, Shyam Sundar, Radha Rani, Ram Pyari, Sarla Devi, Snehlata, Master Fid Hussain and others.

Just before the advent of Talkie films, Parsi theatre and other drama companies were the only Entertainment sources. Parsi Theatre was famous and most successful because it travelled all over India to perform. They used special reserved Trains to carry people and sets,drapery etc for their company from kashmir to kanyakumari and Gujarat to Rangoon. The success of Parsi Theatre was attributed to Pt. Narayan Prasad Betaab, Pt. Radheshyam Kathavachak, Agha Hashra Kashmiri and Master Fida Hussain – called the four Pillars of Dramas.

Our Sadanand Kamath ji has already written about Betaab, Kashmiri and Kathavachak. Today I will write on the remaining Pillar – Master Fida Hussain to complete the quartet.

Fida Hussain (11/03/1898 to 10-7-1999) was born in Moradabad (UP) in a conservative family. Right from childhood, Fida Hussain was fond of singing. It is quite likely that he got interested in singing because of the travelling theatres and nautanki groups that visited his town. Fida Hussain’s father and uncle did not like his interest in singing. Almost every day, the young Fida Hussain used to get beatings from his uncle for singing, though his father despite the dislike for the singing and music, spared him from beating.

But the more beatings he got, his fondness for singing increased. He also started watching the free shows of nautanki (folk theatre) which culminated into his love for the acting as well. This enraged his married elder brother who instigated his wife to do something to affect his voice. One day, she served him paan with vermilion powder which resulted in loss of his voice for nearly six months. After getting his voice back thanks to a visiting Sadhu who gave him some prescriptions, Fida Hussain started attending nautanki shows with a greater vigour than before.

In 1917, Fida Hussain joined a local drama club and got training for six months before being given a female role in the drama ‘Shahi Faqeer’. In this way, the path toward theatre opened for him. Soon, with the recommendation of his local drama club’s President, he went on to join the New Alfred Theatrical Company which was touring around Delhi for staging ‘Veer Abhimanyu’. In January 1918, Fida Hussain ran away from his home in Moradabad for Delhi leaving his newly married wife at home.

The New Alfred company never employed female actors. Hence the female roles were performed by the male actors like Master Nissar. Fida Hussain also got mostly the female roles in New Alfred.

Once when New Alfred was staging a show in Meerut, one of the boys from his neighbourhood recognised Fida Hussain and promptly reported the matter to his father. His father-in-law promptly lodged a complaint with police and an arrest warrant was issued. This entire episode is too big to cover here. The conclusion of this episode was Fida Hussain got a reprieve from his father, who allowed him reluctantly to continue with his passion after getting assurances from him that he would never indulge in intoxication (of any form), gambling, always keep high morality and keep in touch with his family by visiting his hometown.

With his domestic issues getting resolved amicably, Fida Hussain could now concentrate fully on theatres. His association with New Alfred continued until it closed down in 1930. His most popular dramas under New Alfred were ‘Parivartan’ (1922), ‘Veer Abhimanyu (c 1923), ‘Parambhakt Prahlad’ (c 1923), ‘Shri Krishna Avatar’ (1924-25), ‘Ishwar Bhakti’ (1928), ‘Laila Majnu’ (1930). Except for ‘Laila Majnu’, Fida Hussain played the female roles in all these plays.

In the 1930s and 1940s, Fida Hussain got associated with many theatre companies all over north, east and west India, the prominent being Alfred, Madan (pronounced as Maadon), Shah Jahan, Narsi, Mohan and finally taking up the reins of Moonlight Theatre owned by Marwadi brothers in Calcutta (now Kolkata). During this period, Fida Hussain worked in ‘Nal Damyanti’, ‘Yahudi Ki Ladki’, Khoobsoorat Balaa’, ‘Seeta Banvas’, ‘Chalta Purza’, ‘Bhakta Narsi Mehta’, ‘Bharat Milap’, ‘ Krishna Leela’ and many more.

In 1939, he donned the title role of Narsi Mehta in the play ‘Bhakt Narsi Mehta’. The play became a hugely popular hit and it played for over 1000 nights. Because of this, Fida Hussain was honoured with the title ‘Narsi’ which he proudly used as a suffix to his name as Fida Hussain ‘Narsi’.

With the advent of talkies, Fida Hussain, like many other artists from theatres, was associated with a few Hindi films during 1934-46 as an actor-singer. The first film he worked was ‘Ramayan’ (1934) followed by ‘Insaf Ki Tope’ (1934), ‘Kunwaari Ya Vidhwa’ (1935), ‘Diljaani’ (1935), ‘Dil Ki Pyaas’ (1935), ‘Daku Ka Ladka’ (1935), ‘Balidaan’ (1935), ‘Khudaai Kitmadgaar’ (1937), ‘Matwali Meera’ (1940), ‘Bambaiwaali’ (1941), ‘Arabian Nights’ (1946) and ‘Toote Sapne’ (1946, Unreleased).

Except for ‘Bambaiwaali’ (1941) which was produced in Bombay (Mumbai), rest of films in which Fida Hussain worked were produced in Calcutta (Kolkata) where he was associated with Moonlight Theatres. I find that barring one or two films, he had small roles in the rest of his films. It is quite possible that due to his immense popularity on stage as an actor-singer, the producers of the films may have taken him in their films to attract his large fans to watch the films. My guess is that Fida Hussain did not have much interest in working in films as his heart was with the theatre.

Fida Hussain continued his association with Moonlight Theatres, Calcutta (Kolkata) where he was the boss. The owners (4 Marwadi brothers) did not interfere in any aspects of the Moonlight Theatre so long as they earned profit from this venture. I am surprised as to how Fida Hussain could successfully compete with Hindi films and run the Moonlight Theatres profitably in the 1950s and 60s. In 1968 when Fida Hussain completed 50 years in Parsi Theatre, he decided to retire from the theatre activities and spend the rest of his life with his extended family in Moradabad. With his retirement, the Moonlight Theatre was closed and with this the glorious years of Parsi Theatre came to an end.

However, Fida Hussain remained busy during most of his post-retirement years. Being the only living legend of Parsi theatres, his knowledge about the old theatrical styles were utilised for those interested in theatre. He became a regular visiting faculty for the National School of Drama, New Delhi until the 90s. He also conducted workshops for students who were pursuing their interest in the theatre. He was often one of the invitees to symposiums and seminars on Indian theatres. In 1985, Fida Hussain received the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in recognition of his contributions to Indian theatres. In 1978, he received the Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for acting. Fida Hussain passed away on 10-7- 1999.

Fida Hussain may be one of the few theatre personalities who commanded not only the respect but also kept his reputation high even during his poet-retirement years. He was also one of a few artists who judiciously used his earnings to create a bright future for his two sons and two daughters. At the time of his death, Fida Hussain was the owner of two brassware business firms in Moradabad which were run by his two sons.

During his theatre days, Fida Hussain recorded more than 200 songs with HMV. However, his filmy songs are few (may be less than 20) and it seems some of them were not issued on gramophone records.

Harmandir Singh Hamraz ji , who compiled the Hindi film geet Kosh, told an anecdote about Fida Hussain. During the data collection work of his geet kosh, Hamraj got the address of Fida Hussain in Moradabad. He wrote him a letter, requesting for an appointment to collect some data. For many days there was no reply. Suddenly, one day in the morning, Hamraz was astonished to see Fida Hussain at his doorstep. Fida Hussain said, ” I got your letter, but I wanted to see who this person is, who wants to know about the matters of 50 years ago. So I came here.” Hamraz ji kept him in his house for a week or so and he also gave all possible valuable information to Harmandir Singh Ji. This story is told by Harmandir ji himself.

Today’s song is sung by Master Fida Hussain, who did the role of a General of Army in the film. This song was repeated 4 times in the film, as told by Fida Hussain himself.

( My thanks for information from book ” The stages of Life” by Kathryn Hansen, Listener’s Bulletins, book ” पूर्वसुरींचे सूर ” by Dr. Suresh Chandvankar, Flashback by Isak Mujawar and my own notes over the years)


Song-Khoti duniya badi Rangeeli dekh na dhokha khaana baaba (Khudaai Khidmatgaar)(1937) Singer- Master Fida Hussain, Lyricist-Arzoo Lucknowi, MD- Nagardas Nayak

Lyrics

Khoti duniya badi Rangeeli
dekh na dhokha khaana baaba
phool mein kaantaa chhupa hua hai
mumkin hai chubh jaana baaba

is jeene ka kaun bharosa
ye jeena kya jeena aa aa
chalti saans hawa ka jhonka
ye aana wo jaana baaba

na thhe jin zaalimon ke zulm se
aman o amaan baaqi
mite aise ke ab khud bhi nahin unka nishaan baaqi
sukh mein sukh hai
dukh mein dukh hai
jo dena so paana baaba

lamba rasta kos kade hain
aur akele jaana aa aa
khaai kuyen se se bachte rehna
samajh ke paaon badhaana baaba

jaane waale aake mein(?) rang e chaman dikhla gaye
chaar din mein chaal gul mahke
khile murjha gaye
do din ka hai hera phera
aaj aana kal jaana baaba
do din ka hai hera phera
aaj aana kal jaana baaba
khoti duniya badi rangeeli
dekh na dhokha khaana baaba
phool mein kaanta chhupa hua hai
mumkin hai chubh jaana baaba aa aa aa


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

Blog Day :

4376 Post No. : 15718

Today’s song is from the film Amrapali-1945. The film was made by Murlitone. This historical film was directed by Nandlal Jaswantlal. The music was composed by Saraswati devi, who had left Bombay Talkies, after the exit of Devika Rani. The 11 songs of the film were written by Miss Kamal, B.A.. Most readers who are knowledgeable about the vintage films of the 40’s know that Miss Kamal, B.A. was a pseudonym of Kavi Pradeep. At that time, he was under contract with Bombay Talkies and could not use his real name . Under this Pen name, he wrote lyrics for four films, namely Kadambari-44, Amrapali-45, Sati Toral-47 and Veerangana-47. Incidentally, all these films were directed by Nandlal Jaswantlal.

Nandlal was born on 15-3-1907 at Bardoli in Surat. His father was Admin. Officer in Kohinoor films. He started his career by joining it in 1924. He assisted Chandulal Shah(1926-29) and also directed silent and Talkie films for Ranjit from 1929 to 1933. Nandlal left the job and went to Europe on tour. On his return he joined the Imperial company(34-36) and directed some remakes of silent films of Sulochana into Talkie films. For one year-1937- he went to Madras and ran a Laboratory also.

His first Talkie film as a Director was Pardesi preetam-33 and last was Akeli mat jaiyo-63. Both were Ranjit films. Due to his death in 1961, Akeli mat Jaiyo was delayed and completed by Chandulal Shah himself. Best known for his later Filmistan musicals: Anarkali (with Bina Rai and music by C. Ramchandra) and Nagin (with Vyjayanthimala), one of the biggest post-Independence musical hits. Admired for his sophisticated lighting (with cameraman Pandurang Naik). Used extreme close-ups and unusual angles creating disjointed but dramatic and sensual spaces (e.g. the beginning of Anarkali). Last film Akeli Mat Jaiyo was completed by Chandulal Shah. Apparently filmed many of the famous song sequences of M. Sadiq’s musical Taj Mahal (1963).

FILMOGRAPHY: 1929: Jawani Diwani; Pardesi Saiyan; 1930: Pahadi Kanya; 1931: Premi Jogan; Ghunghatwali (all St); 1933: Pardesi Preetam; 1934: Indira MA; Kashmeera; 1935: Pujarini; 1936: Bambai Ki Billi; Jungle Queen; 1939: Jeevan Saathi; 1941: Kamadhenu; 1943: Pratigya; 1944: Kadambari; 1945: Amrapali; 1945: Sati Toral; Veerangana; 1951: Sanam; 1953: Anarkali; 1954: Nagin; 1956: Taj; 1957: Champakali; 1963: Akeli Mat Jaiyo (1963). (Thanks to Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema.)

In film Amrapali-45, the film story was by Ramchandra Thakur. Actually, this was based on Thakur’s own famous novel Amrapali. The dialogues were by Munshi Dil. The film, made under the banner of Murli Cinetone, was shot entirely in the Andheri studios of Lakshmi productions. The story of Amrapali is a real story, which took place in the times of Gautam Buddha. Although the original novel of Tamchandra Thakur depicted the reality in his book very nicely, the film story was twisted and under the guise of taking ‘ Cinematic liberty’, the main events of the story were drastically changed, twisting the history. Comparatively, the film ‘Amrapali’ made later in 1966 was much better. At least it did not change the original story. Amrapali or Ambapalika’s story is mentioned in old Pali language Texts and Buddhist literature.

The cast of the film was Prem Adib, Sabita Devi,Jeevan, Arun Ahuja, Jagdish Sethi, Badri Prasad, Sankatha Prasad, Gulab etc.etc. This film was special for its Heroine, because it was her last film as an actress. In the silent era, many Anglo Indian, Jew and European girls acted in films. They were preferred too, for their free uninhibited acting. Kissing and hugging was no problem for them. However, when the Talkie films arrived, most of these girls had to leave films, because they could not speak Hindi or sing a song. Only some few dedicated actresses from the lot like Sulochana (Ruby Meyers), Sabita Devi (Irina Gasper) etc, continued in films, because they learnt Hindi and singing, with great efforts.

The real name of Sabita Devi was IRINA GASPER. She was an Anglo-Indian,born in an affluent family of Calcutta, in 1914.

After completing education she wanted to join films, but her family objected. Without the family’s knowledge, she sent her resume and Photo to British Dominion Film Co., owned by Dhiren Ganguly in Calcutta. When they informed their consent the family resisted and kept her locked in the house. She fell ill and finally, the family conceded to her wish.

Her first Silent film was Flames of Flesh-1930. Then came Kanthahaar, A touch of Love, After the death, Aparadhi, Money makes what not and Bhagyalaxmi as silent films.

When the talkie came, she determinedly learnt Hindustani and Urdu and also Music.
Her first Talkie film was Radhakrishna-33, in which she sang 16 out of 23 songs in the film, but no records were made. Next was Ek din ka Badshah-33. She shifted to Bombay for better opportunities. In 1934,came Shahar ka Jaadu,with Motilal as a debut actor and this film was a Hit. Later she and Motilal became a popular pair.

She did many films. Her some films were-
300 days and after, Apki marzi, kokila, Kulvadhu, Amrapali, Ladies only, Chandragupta, Chingari, Dr.madhurika, grihalaxmi, holiday in bombay, Jeevan Lata, King for a day, Lagna bandhan, Manmaani, , Phantom Of the hills, Silver king, vengeance is mine, Village Girl etc etc. In all, she acted in 23 Talkie films and sang 15 recorded songs in 7 films.

She was a good Piano and Harmonium player. In later days in 1943 onwards, she stopped singing herself. Her last picture was Amrapali-45.

In 1946, she got married and left for England. She came back again only to die in Calcutta in 1965.

The story of Amrapali or Ambalika as per history and the Pali literature is.. Amrapali was a Nagarvadhu (Public Courtesan) in the kingdom of Vaishali (present day Bihar), and the king of the neighbouring Magadha kingdom fell in her love. To get her, he attacks Vaishali and wins. However, before he approaches Amrapali, she has transformed into an Arihant (a female Monk), after her encounter with Gautam Buddha.

This simple story was twisted and many side plots were added to it, thereby making the filma drab one, without evoking any excitement. Sabita devi in her 30’s and Prem Adib’s growing in size, after his own marriage and huge success of film Ram Rajya in 1943, were not suitable anymore for Romantic roles. All in all, the film was not a successful one. According to Baburao Patel’s review of the film,the technical aspects of the film were excellent. These are, in any way, not of any cognisance by the audience. The film was released on 2-11-1945 at Roxy theatre, Bombay.

Today’s song is a very good Marching song. This must be at the time of motivating Vaishali’s people when Magadh sena attacked them. It reminded me of the Marching song ‘ Zindagi hai pyar se’ from the film Sikandar-1941. This is the third song Aamrapali (1945) to appear on this Blog.


Song-Aaj apne ghar mein lagi aag re (Aamrpaali)(1945) Singer-Ameerbai Karnataki, Lyrics-Kavi Pradeep, MD-Saraswati Devi
Chorus

Lyrics

Aaj apne ghar mein lagi aag re
aag re
naujawaan jaag re
jaag re
jaag re
Aaj apne ghar mein lagi aag re

apne desh ka wo jal raha hai baag re
apne desh ka wo jal raha hai baag re
apni maata ka
apni dharti ka lut raha suhaag re
naujawaan jaag re
Aaj apne ghar mein lagi aag re
aag re
naujawan jaag re
jaag re

jaag re
jaag re
jaag re

?? jo aag chaaron oar
??
takraane do
takraane do
maidaan mein talwaar se talwaar

hey karmveer jaago
hey shoorveer jaago
ranbheri baj rahi hai
praanon ka moh tyaago
aazaadi ke matwaalon
shamsheer ab uthhaalo
aazaadi ke matwaalon
shamsheer ab uthhaalo
apni izzat pe lag na jaaye daag re
naujawaan jaag re
Aaj apne ghar mein lagi aag re
aag re
naujawan jaag re
naujawaanjaag re
naujawaan jaag re

(jaag re
jaag re
jaag re)

hey ae ae
kisi ke aage jhukna mat
jhukna mat
jhukna mat
kadam badhaa ke rukna mat
rukna mat
rukna mat

o naujawaan
naujawaan
desh maangta hai aaj tera balidaan
o naujawaan
desh maangta hai aaj tera balidaan
tera balidaan
tu khud ko mita de
sarwasw lutaa de
aaj dushman se khul ke khel phaag re
naujawaan jaag re

aaj apne ghar mein lagi aag re
aaj apne ghar mein lagi aag re
aag re
naujawaan jaag re
aag re
naujawaan jaag re

aaj apne ghar mein lagai aag re
aaj apne ghar mein lagai aag re
aag re
naujawaan jaag re
aag re
naujawaan jaag re


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4375 Post No. : 15717

“Raseeli”(1946) was directed by Hanuman Prasad Sharma for Jai Bharat Pictures, Bombay. The movie had Radharani, Sushil Kumar, Kanhaiyyalal, Ramesh Gupta, Anant Prabhu, Ranibala, Meghmala, Shanti Devi, Ramlal, Shamlal etc in it.

“Raseeli”(1946) had ten songs in it. Three rare (and special) songs from the movie have been covered in it.

Here is the fourth song from “Raseeli”(1946) to appear in the blog. The song is sung by Sharma and Geeta Dutt. One commentator in the YT lin identified the male singer as Prem Narayan Sharma.

Gaafil Harnalvi is the lyricist. Music is composed by Hanuman Prasad Sharma.

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

The song ends up abruptly with a few lines yet to be sung. I request our knowledgeable readers to alert us if a longer and more complee link to the song becomes available.


Song-Neh laga mukh mod gaya (Raseeli)(1946) Singers-Prem Narayan Sharma, Geeta Dutt, Lyrics-Gafil Harnalwi, MD-Hanuman Prasad Sharma
Both

Lyrics

neha laga mukh mod gaya aa aa aa aa
dukhiya ko tadapte chhod gaya
dukhiya ko tadapte chhod gaya aa aa

preet laga ker nanhe se ae ae
ek chanchal man ko tod gaya
ek chanchal man ko tod gaya aa aa
albeli ke to tiraani(?)
wo deewaani hai deewaani

har kadam pe thokar khaate hai ae ae
jab se preetam mukh mod gaya
jab se preetam mukh mod gaya aa aa

deepak ki jyoti door huyi
door huyi

ab kahe ae
ab kahe patanga ro ro kar
ro ro kar
ro ro kar r

is armaanon ki duniya mein ae ae ae
ghanghor andhera chhod gaya
ghanghor andhera chhod gaya aa aa
ab aan padi hai dukhiyaaran
is jeewan ke chauraahe par
is jeewan ke chauraahe par

wo baanh pakad kar beech dagar r r r…


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4374 Post No. : 15715

“Apni Chhaaya”(1950) was directed by P L Santoshi for C R Productions. The movie had Cuckoo, Mumtaz Ali, Tiwari, Kanta Kumari, Balwant Singh, Sulochana Chatterji, Jawahar Kaul, Ramsingh, Mona, Sajjan, Dulari, Radha Krishnan etc in it.

“Apni Chhaaya”(1950) had ten songs in it. Three songs have been covered in the past.

Here is the fourth song from the movie. This song is sung by Shamshad Begam and Rafi. P L Santoshi is the lyricist. The movie had Husnlal Bhagatram and Hanuman Prasad as the music directors. Music of this song is composed by Hanuman Prasad.

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


Song-Khushi ki ye ghadiyaaan mubaarak mubaarak(Apni Chhaaya)(1950) Shamshad Begam, Rafi, Lyrics-P L Santoshi, MD-Hanuman Prasad Sharma

Lyrics

ye khushi ki ghadiyaan aan
mubaarak mubaarak
mubaarak mubaarak a a a k

khushi ki ye ghadiyaan
mubaarak mubaarak
khushi ki ye ghadiyaan
mubaarak mubaarak
khushi ki ye ye
khushi ki ye o
khushi ki ye ghadiyaan
mubaarak mubaarak

aa aa aa
huye door baadal l l l l
ghire thhe ae jo gham ke ae ae ae ae

zara dekhoon to
ghire thhe jo gham ke ae
nayi hasraton ke ae
sitaare hain chamke
aa haa
sitaare hain chamke
sitaare hain chamke

ye luta di hai sabne ye moti ki ladiyaan
luta di hai sabne ye moti ki ladiyaan
ye moti ki ladiyaan

ye moti ki ladiyaan
ye moti ki ladiyaan
ye moti ki ladiyaan
khushi ki ye ghadiyaan mubaarak mubaarak
khushi ki ye ghadiyaan mubaarak mubaarak
khushi ki ye ae
khushi ki ye o
khushi ki ye ghadiyaan mubaarak mubaarak

aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa
rahe ganga jamuna mein aen aen
jab tak ye paani ee ee

jab tak ye paani
rahe har jubaan par
tumhaari kahaani
tumhaari kahaani
tumhaari kahaani

ye sunaayegi bulbul
sune gul o kaliyaan
sunaayegi bulbul
sune gul o kaliyaan
sune gul o kaliyaan

sune gul o kaliyaan
sune gul o kaliyaan
sune gul o kaliyaan
khushi ki ye ghadiyaan mubaarak mubaarak
khushi ki ye ghadiyaan mubaarak mubaarak
khushi ki ye ae
khushi ki ye o
khushi ki ye ghadiyaan mubaarak mubaarak
khushi ki ye ghadiyaan mubaarak mubaarak


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

Blog Day :

4373 Post No. : 15711 Movie Count :

4330

Today’s song is from a film of early cinema-Bharosa-1940. There was a film of the same name- Bharosa in 1963, but the stories were entirely different. That film was more popular for Mehmood-Shubha Khote’s side story. Today’s film Bharosa-40 was made by Minerva Movietone. It was quite a serious film with an unusual, daring story for its time. The history of making this film is very interesting.

Sohrab Modi, in his earlier career used to work as an actor in his elder Brother’s – Rustom’s- ” Arya Subodh Natak Mandali “. After the Talkie films started, they felt it to be a threat to their stage dramas and decided to make Talkie films. ” Stage film company” was established in 1935 and to play safe, they decided to film their most popular drama ‘ Hamlet aka Khoon ka Khoon’ and market it, followed by their next best hit drama ‘Saeed E Havas aka King John’. Accordingly both were filmed and released as Talkie films. Unfortunately, their hopes were belied. Most people, having seen these dramas, did not see the films. The Modi brothers realised that making a Talkie film was a different ball game altogether !

They floated Minerva Movietone and produced the film ‘ Atma Tarang-37’. Those days Modi was influenced by Ramkrishna Mission teachings. Bachelor Modi used a story of ‘Celibacy’ (ब्रह्मचर्य ). In the period of 1935 to 1940, many Romantic films by Bombay Talkies and others were attracting the audience. People expressed their displeasure by not coming to this film. Consequently, this first film of Minerva Movietone also flopped. Luckily another film “Khan Bahadur’ was also made at the same time and this clicked.

Sohrab Modi understood and decided to make films on social issues, like Prabhat and New Theatres. Accordingly, he first made ‘Meetha Zaher’-38 on the evil of drinking alcohol, ‘ Jailor-38’ on illicit passion and ‘Divorce-38’ on separation after marriage. After a breather – Pukar-39 – he ended his quartet of reform Films with ‘Bharosa-40’. This film handled a very unusual subject like ” unintended Incest ” .(In 1941, film Bahen also touched on this topic subtly). According to the comments in magazine Film India,of those times,this film was not as successful as expected. Possibly due to the background of a more successful film ‘Pukar’, only the earlier year. Chandra Mohan was a common actor in both films, naturally his roles were compared by all.

The film was directed by Modi and the music was composed by G P Kapoor, who was a director (Nazrana-42), Singer and MD for 5 films, including Bharosa-40. Film’s story, screenplay, dialogues and songs were written by L C Bismil. The cast of the film was Chandra Mohan, Sardar Akhtar, Mazhar khan, Maya Devi, Sheela, Naval, Eruch Tarapore, Gulab, Menaka, Ram Apte and others. The film was released on 15th August 1940 at Minerva Theatre, Bombay. The story of the film Bharosa-40 was…..Gyan(Mazhar khan) and Rasik(Chandra Mohan) are good friends. When Gyan has to go to Africa, he leaves his wife-Shobha(Sardar Akhtar) with Rasik and his wife Rambha(Maya Devi). Rasik has always liked Shobha secretly and he develops intimacy with her. When Rambha goes to Maika, these two come together and Shobha gets pregnant. She delivers a daughter-Indira(Sheela).

As Indira and Madan(Naval)-Rasik’s son, grow together, they fall in love. Meanwhile Shobha dies and Gyan decides to marry Indira and Madan, though, knowing the secret, Rasik resists this marriage. But Gyan has his way and the marriage takes place. Rasik feels remorseful and reveals the truth to the newly married couple, who are actually Brother and Sister. Both commit suicide.

In the issue of Film India of September 1940, Baburao patel appreciated the direction of Sohrab Modi and called this film a better film than Pukar-39. The name of Maya Devi is not known much. Maya Devi was from Bombay and started her career from silent films in 1928 with Anarkali by imperial. Her first Talkie film was Kunwari ya widhva-35. Her real name was Leela. She became a favourite of Bombay Talkies and she did 6 films with them in 37 and 38. In all she did 5 silent films and 31 Talkie films till 1949. Her last film in India was Raaz-49. She got married with a Muslim and then migrated to Pakistan, where she did 19 films and then retired in 1964. Her first film in Pakistan was Phere-1949. She died in Lahore on 1-2-67. She did films in Gujarati and Punjabi also.

Another new name is Eruch Tarapore. He was a distant relative of Sohrab Modi and he worked only in Modi’s films. He worked in 16 films, right from Modi’s first film Hamlet-35 up to 1948. Eruch sang one song each in 3 films, Meetha zehar-38, Jailor-38 and Phir milenge-43. He died in 1948.

Sohrab Modi was a very strict person and when he entered the studio, there used to be total silence.C Ramchandra had spent the first 3 years of his career in Minerva and learnt the basics of composing music, under different MDs employed by Minerva. In due course, he became a big name and very successful. He described one memory associated with Minerva and Modi to film historian Isak Mujawar thus…

When Sohrab Modi sent a call to him to come for composing songs for one of his films, C Ramchandra remembered all this. While in Minerva, he knew Modi as a strict disciplinarian and a kind soul. In the subsequent period, C Ramchandra was impressed with the extraordinary success of Minerva movies like Pukar-39, Sikander-41 and Prithwi Vallabh-43. Afterall, his and Minerva’s careers had started together only ! Though he had become a famous and successful Music Director now with films like Shehnai, Saajan, Nadiya ke paar and Khidki etc amongst his 30 odd films, he went to meet Modi.

There was a tremendous change in circumstances when he left Minerva in 1938. When Minerva requested him to work for them in 1948, he had become so big that he could have easily refused to work for them, but he was not ungrateful. C Ramchandra has described this meeting to one of his friends, Isak Mujawar thus…

” When I entered the office of Minerva, after 10 years, I realised that while I had grown in my stature, Minerva had lost some of its sheen and its place among the top studios. Whatever I had learned while working here had made my foundation so strong that I could never repay Minerva’s debt fully. As I entered, I saw the same tall, well built Sohrab Modi and by his side Mehtab was sitting next to him. As soon as I crossed the door, both of them stood up. I was embarrassed. I went ahead and touched his feet. He murmured something and hugged me. I did Namaste to Mehtab ji. Modi talked briefly about his film and their expectations about the music. Then with a little hesitation, he asked me for my fees. I smiled and said, “Give me just One Rupee, sir. That’s my fees for Minerva”. However, they did not agree and a nominal token fee was fixed. I signed the contract “.

Those were the days when artistes gratefully acknowledged the help they received in their early careers !

Today’s song is sung by Menakabai. This is a Same name Confusion case. There were two Menakas. One singing this song was from Bombay.

Menaka/Menakabai / Menakabai Shirodkar ( Bombay )
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Menaka was born in Lahore in or around 1910. She was from a professional singer family and got training in classical singing. The family was originally from Belgaon and her maiden name was Menaka Belgaonkar. Later she was married and became Menaka Shirodkar.

At the age of 23-24 she landed in Bombay to try her luck in films. In those days such girls from singing families used to get into films easily, due to their singing capability. She joined Minerva and sang in their films, starting with Pukar-39,in which she got only one song.
She was more interested in classical singing and hence concentrated on singing more than acting. However, she did act in 5 films, in which she also sang.

After her film Gul Bakavli-47 she devoted her full time in singing and holding jalsas. Soon she became a known figure in singing circles. After marriage she got two daughters. One of them Shobha became a famous singer and was known as Shobha Gurtu.

After her singing was over Menakabai Shirodkar-as she came to be known later- retired and settled in Ponda,Goa.

She died on 23-12-2003 at the age of around 93 years.

Filmography-
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Title Comments
Pukar-39 1 solo song
Paak Daman-40 Acting and 3 solos+ 1 Duet
Main Haari-40 1 solo, 2 Duets
Bharosa-40 Acting and 2 solos, 1 Duet
Sikandar-41 1 solo
Ulti Ganga-42 1 solo, 1 Trio
Phir milenge-42 Acting and 3 solos
Prithwi Vallabh-43 2 solos, 2 Duets and 1 Trio
Bhakta Raidas-43 Acting and 1 Duet as Menakabai
Dr. Kumar-44 1 solo
Gul Bakavali-47 Acting and 4 solos, a Duet..all as Menakabai

With today’s song film Bharosa-1940 makes its Debut on this Blog.


Song-Naach rahi hai Maaya Maaya (Bharosa)(1940) Singer- Menaka Bai (Bombaywali), Lyricist-Lalchand Bismil Peshawari, MD- G P Kapoor

Lyrics

Naach rahi hai Maaya Maaya
Naach rahi hai Maaya Maaya
Naach rahi hai Maaya
Naach rahi hai Maaya Maaya
Naach rahi hai Maaya
ma ga re sa re sa ma ga pa ma ga
ma ga dha ni
dha pa dha ni dha pa sa
sa re sa
da ni dha
??la sabke saath milaaya
??la sabke saath milaaya
n n n n n n n n
naach rahi hai Maaya Maaya
naach rahi hai Maaya

Baaj rahi hai anvat(?) veena
naach rahi hai ?? Maaya
Baaj rahi hai anvat(?) veena
naach rahi hai ?? Maaya

saat suran mein ?? bandhe(?) hain
saat suran mein ?? bandhe(?) hain
?? apna rang jamaaya
apna apna rang jamaaya
n n n n n n n n
naach rahi hai Maaya Maaya
naach rahi hai Maaya

Maaya
naache
Maaya
dekhe
Maaya ne hai swaang banaaya
Maaya ne hai swaang banaaya
ajab khilaadi hai ye maaya
ajab khilaadi hai ye maaya
jisne ye adbhut khel rachaaya
jisne ye adbhut khel rachaaya
n n n n n n n n
naach rahi hai Maaya Maaya
naach rahi hai Maaya


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Blog Day : 4368 Post No. : 15700

While covering songs on most days, I do not feel much pressure. The only pressure on me is that the day should not end up as a DOT day. I make sure that at least one writeup appears on the blog every day. Fortunately there has been no DOT days this year. The last DOT day of the blog was in December 2019.

The other “pressure”, apart from that of avoiding DOT day, is to make sure that guest posts are published within a day or so. If there is too much delay in publishing them then it may lead to avoidable misunderstanding. Then there is pressure of publishing articles that are topical (having to do with anniversaries, special days etc) which must be published on the appointed day otherwise they lose their relevance.

When it is a question of publishing one post to avoid DOT day, I am happy just being able to publish a bare bones article, an article that hardly has any details other than the most basic information, a far cry from some of the three thousand words plus writeups in the blog. A few of the special occasion writeups are also like that. Guest posts are “easy” because all the hard work is already done by others. It is articles by me on special occasions that put me under pressure. If I am aware of the special occasion well in advance then I am mentally prepared, but if I become aware of the special occasion only on the day when it arrives, then I am in “trouble”. It happens with me in case of many of the anniversaries, seeing that I am not very good in remembering such dates.

Then there are some many days, like Mother’s day, Father’s day, Doctor’s day, Chocolate day and other such largely artificially created days that one becomes aware of only in the morning when one starts the computer and open the search page viz google. And there is some special google doodle staring at you, informing you that it was “Milk” day on that day ! I became aware of “milk” day on the morning of 1st June 2020. I felt that I needed to write an article on the occasion. Much of my day was spend thinking about an appropriate song, because there were very few songs on milk. Then it struck me that milk products qualify as well. And there are so many Hindi film songs on “Maakhan” (butter). We in India even have a God (Lord Krishna) who is the brand ambassador of “Maakhan”. It was already afternoon when this idea struck me and then I started typing out my writeup on the topic. This article finally appeared on the blog in the afternoon at 16:39 IST.

I feel the most “pressure” when the blog reaches its nervous nineties. It means that we need to have a special song as our blog century song. Nowadays, we are barely going at the rate of two or three songs in a day and we do not seem to able to muster the kind of creative writing juices that seemed to flow in abundance till a few years ago. Those days, people would start eagerly anticipating the moment. They would sometimes even stat guessing the song, taking hint from the tallies of various artists in the blog, or basing their guess on the anniversaries to come.

Those days are behind us. Those days we were galloping at Rajdhani express speed, reaching a century in 16 days. These days we are crawling at the speed of a passenger train, reaching centuries in over 50 days.

Just like in case of special occasion songs, I obviously has to think of an appropriate song for the blog century song. The song must be a “special” song befitting the special occasion. As in the case of other “special” occasion songs, this special occasion also puts me under pressure. This time the pressure is of my own making because I myself do not pay attention to the matter in time, and start worrying about it only at the last moment.

I was aware that we are reaching out 157th century, viz song post number 15700, but it was only yesterday (2nd July 2020) when I finally realised that the century post had to be inevitably posted on 3rd July 2020, if I had to ensure that this occasion did not clash with other special occasions viz anniversaries etc.

Like on many similar blog century occasions, I have chosen a “special” song as the blog post number 15700 of the blog. This song can be described as belonging to the category of rare songs, that few people may have heard of. Forget the song, one may not even have heard the name of the movie. The movie is called “Safed Ghoda Kaala Sawaar”(1960) aka “Black Rider”(1960). It was directed by Mehmood (same as the comedian or someone else ?) for Screenarts Bombay. The B grade obscure movie had Kamran, Krishnkumari, Habeeb, Shaam, Najma etc in it. HFGK mentions five songs for this movie.

One song from this movie has been covered in the past. Here is the second song from “Black Rider” (1960) to appear in the blog. The song is sung by Balbir and Minu Prushottam with chorus. Naqsh Llayalpuri is the lyricist. Music is composed by Harbans.

The song is a qawwaali and sounds wonderful to listen to. But while most qawwaalis are quite long, this qawwaali ends after three minutes , after just two stanza, with the listeners wanting more. I wonder if this song was originally longer and only three minutes long version of the qawwaali was released on record. I request our knowledgeable readers to thow light on the movie as well as on the picturisation of the song.
[Ed Note: As Sudhir ji points out in his comment, the full song is double the length – it is 6+ minutes and appears on two sides of a 78 rpm record. Whoever has uploaded the song did not take care enough to upload the full song. Sudhir ji has now uploaded the full qawwaali and updated the lyrics.]

With this extremely rare song, the blog reaches another century in the blog. This century took 53 days. Now that we are onto song post number 15700, the next magic number 16000 appears near by. Hopefully we will reach that big landmark in a matter of another few months.

With this post done, now I feel free to post next few articles without much pressure, before it would be time for the next important events for the blog, viz blog anniversary (which falls in july itself) etc.

I take this opportunity to thank one and all for their continued support in helping this musical bandwagon keep chugging along merrily. Many more musical gems still lie ahead that we need to explore and savor.

Song – Husn Waale Khilauna Jaan Ke Dil Tod Dete Hain (Black Rider)(1960) Singers – S Balbir, Meenu Purushottam, Lyrics – Naqsh Llayalpuri, MD – Harbans
Male chorus
Female chorus

Lyrics

aa aa aa
haseenon ki adaaon ne
hazaaron ko mitaa daala
kisi ko kar diya ruswa
kisi ka ghar jalaa daala

husnwaale khilauna jaan ke dil tod dete hain
husnwaale khilauna jaan ke dil tod dete hain
nazar se loot lete hain
tadapta chhod dete hain
ishq waale laga kar aag daaman chhod dete hain
ishq waale laga kar aag daaman chhod dete hain
ye zaalim berukhi se dil ka sheesha tod dete hain
ishq waale laga kar aag daaman chhod dete hain
ishq waale laga kar aag daaman chhod dete hain

kabhi palken jhukaa ke aur
kabhi zulfon ko bikhraa ke
aa aa aa
kabhi nazren milaa ke aur
kabhi aanchal ko lehraa ke
aa aa aa
dilon ko loot lete hain
dilaason per hi behlaa ke
tamaasha dekhte hain phir
tadapte dil ko tadpaa ke
sahaara dene se pehle
sahaare chhod dete hain
sahaara dene se pehle
sahaare chhod dete hain
nazar se loot lete hain
tadapta chhod dete hain
husnwaale khilauna jaan ke dil tod dete hain
husnwaale khilauna jaan ke dil tod dete hain

hamaara naam bhi badnaam
kar daala zamaane ne
haa..aa..aan
ghazab ki talkhiyaan bhar di
mohabbat ke fasaane mein
bade hi tez hain ye ishq waale
dil lagaane mein
basa ke apne haathon
pyaar ki basti mitaane mein
ye aise raahbar hain jo bhatakta chhod dete hain
ye aise raahbar hain jo bhatakta chhod dete hain
ye zaalim berukhi se dil ka sheesha tod dete hain
ishq waale laga kar aag daaman chhod dete hain
ishq waale laga kar aag daaman chhod dete hain

haa..aa..aa..aan
bade masoom bantey hain
bahut hoshiyaar hotey hain
haa..aa..aan
sambhal paate nahin wo
jin pe inke waar hotey hain
ye zaalim ishq waale
kis qadar ayyaar hotey hain
jo in se dil lagaate hain
bahut bezaar hotey hain
mohabbat ka haseen rishta ye pal mein tod detey hain
mohabbat ka haseen rishta ye pal mein tod detey hain
nazar se loot lete hain
tadapta chhod dete hain
ishq waale laga kar aag daaman chhod dete hain
ishq waale laga kar aag daaman chhod dete hain
aaa aaa aaa aaa aaaaa
aaa aaa aaa aaaaa
husnwaale khilauna jaan ke dil tod dete hain
husnwaale khilauna jaan ke dil tod dete hain
aaa aaa aaa aaa
aaa aaa aaa aaa
ishq waale laga kar aag daaman chhod dete hain

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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आ आ आ
हसीनों की अदाओं ने
हजारों को मिटा डाला
किसी को कर दिया रुसवा
किसी का घर जला डाला

हुस्नवाले खिलौना जान कर दिल तोड़ देते हैं
हुस्नवाले खिलौना जान कर दिल तोड़ देते हैं
नज़र से लूट लेते हैं
तड़पता छोड़ देते हैं
इश्क़ वाले लगा कर आग दामन छोड़ देते हैं
इश्क़ वाले लगा कर आग दामन छोड़ देते हैं
ये ज़ालिम बेरुखी से दिल का शीशा तोड़ देते हैं
इश्क़ वाले लगा कर आग दामन छोड़ देते हैं
इश्क़ वाले लगा कर आग दामन छोड़ देते हैं

कभी पलकें झुका के और
लाभी ज़ुल्फों को बिखरा के
आ आ आ
अभी नज़रें मिला के और’
कभी आंचल को लहरा के
आ आ आ
दिलो को लूट लेते हैं
दिलासों पर ही बहला के
तमाशा देखते हैं फिर
तड़पते दिल को तड़पा के
सहारा देने से पहले
सहारा छोड़ देते हैं
सहारा देने से पहले
सहारा छोड़ देते हैं
नज़र से लूट लेते हैं
तड़पता छोड़ देते हैं
हुस्नवाले खिलौना जान कर दिल तोड़ देते हैं
हुस्नवाले खिलौना जान कर दिल तोड़ देते हैं

हमारा नाम भी बदनाम
कर डाला जमाने ने
हाँ॰॰आँ॰॰आँ
ग़ज़ब की तल्खियाँ भर दीं
मोहब्बत के फसाने में
बड़े ही तेज़ हैं ये इश्क़वाले
दिल लगाने में
बसा के अपने हाथों
प्यार की बस्ती मिटाने में
ये ऐसे राहबर हैं जो भटकता छोड़ देते हैं
ये ऐसे राहबर हैं जो भटकता छोड़ देते हैं
ये ज़ालिम बेरुखी से दिल का शीशा तोड़ देते हैं
इश्क़ वाले लगा कर आग दामन छोड़ देते हैं
इश्क़ वाले लगा कर आग दामन छोड़ देते हैं

हाँ॰॰आँ॰॰आँ॰॰आँ
बड़े मासूम बनते हैं
बड़े होशियार होते हैं
हाँ॰॰आँ॰॰आँ
संभाल पाते नहीं वो
जिनपे इनके वार होते हैं
ये ज़ालिम इश्क़ वाले
इस कदर अय्यार होते हैं
जो इनसे दिल लगाते हैं
बड़े बेज़ार होते हैं
मोहब्बत का हसीं रिश्ता ये पल में तोड़ देते हैं
मोहब्बत का हसीं रिश्ता ये पल में तोड़ देते हैं
नज़र से लूट लेते हैं
तड़पता छोड़ देते हैं
इश्क़ वाले लगा कर आग दामन छोड़ देते हैं
इश्क़ वाले लगा कर आग दामन छोड़ देते हैं
आ आ आ आ आ
हुस्नवाले खिलौना जान कर दिल तोड़ देते हैं
हुस्नवाले खिलौना जान कर दिल तोड़ देते हैं
आ आ आ आ आ
इश्क़ वाले लगा कर आग दामन छोड़ देते हैं


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

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Today’s song is a very rare song from an obscure film-Parbat ki Rani-1948. The film was made by Leela Chitra Mandir, owned by the heroine of the film-Leela Pawar. The lyricist and director of this film was A.Karim and the Music Composer was Master Ibrahim. He gave music to only 2 films and his only one song is available. It is uploaded by Shri Girdharilal Vishwakarma ji, who kindly tells us about who are the singers too. HFGK does not mention any singers.

When filmmaking, especially the Talkie films started, there were some reputed and well known companies who produced films. In the few initial years, the films were sold and seen only based on who had made them. These companies had that much respect in India.Companies like Imperial, Ranjit, Sharda, krishna,Madon, Sarswati, Prabhat, New Theatres, Bombay Talkies etc had their own studios, own set of actors, directors, Music Directors and Technical staff. They employed good to very good people in different departments. These companies produced films, keeping in view the profile of their audiences. Who were they ? They were the educated middle class, well to do people doing service, the small and big businessmen, women of households and generally the upper crest and the affluent section of the society.

The question came up as to what about the entertainment of the lower middle class,poor people, servants of the rich and their families, the daily earners and generally the poor class, who could not afford tickets of the posh theatres and those who hesitated to to join the white collared audience, for seeing the social films ? For them new types of films came up.Films which were cheap to make, cheap to distribute and cheap to exhibit in old theatres or theatres located in the older parts of the towns. To make the film cheap, everything about it had to be cheap, like unknown or new actors, less known composers and directors less or no expenses on settings etc etc.

Yet, the films had to appeal to the poor people. These people liked stories about Kings and Queens, injustice taken revenge of, where the poor becomes the king, stories in which the Hero has extraordinary physical powers to deal with villains and beautiful girls dancing and singing. These stories are identified with their dreams. So, film makers made such films, using Folk tales and adapted Arabian Night stories. The audience did not bother about the Histrionic capabilities of the actors or the quality of music, what they wanted to see was fighting, stunts and the daring hero winning the damsel , that all. All that they wanted to see was the Hero bashing the bad men and taking away the girl of his choice, Hero helping and fighting for the poor and punishing the wicked rich.They wanted fun, fights and few damsels. That’s all. And then, such films were made for them. This was the beginning of ‘ C ‘ grade films !

Initially, these action films were crude, but as the time went by, the films became polished and got some prestige and respect when the big film companies, like Ranjit, Mohan, Imperial, Madon and later Wadia Movietone started producing these type of films.Actors like Billimoria brothers, Jal merchant, Fearless Nadia, Radha Rani, Boman Shroff etc. brought some prestige to these films. Later on such films were done by Dara Singh, Azad etc.

Everything about C grade films was weird- from theatres to the audience. Even their Titles were strange, for example…Khooni Khanzar, Dagabaj Doctor, Shaitaan ka paash, Char chakram, Daku Rani Talwarwali, Jaadu ka dandaa, Zinda Laash, Revolver Rani, Sindbad-Alladin-Alibaba, Flying man, Fighter Sheela, Khooni Darinda, Tarzan aur Jadugar, Tarzan aur Jadui Chiraag, Golden Gang, Murde ki jaan khatare mein, Jadui putli etc.

The actors in such films,besides the main actors were…Bajar Battu, Phoolkumari, Maruti pehelwan, Bataata, Mitthoo Miyaan, Fatty Prasad, Boken Chattu, Minu the Mystic, Manchi Tuthi, Gareeb Raja, Kurbaan Jaoon, Pandit Dukhi, Vilayatu, Loveji Lavangiya, Adam Sandow, Sandow Safar, Dunlop, Chic Chak and a very strange name CHEMIST ! This name is found in 5-6 films. Many such names appeared.

Stunt films were made more attractive by including wild animals and regular animals like Horse, Dog, cat, parrot, Lion, Tiger, Elephants etc. In some films there were Hyenas and pythons too.

From 1935 onwards stunt films ,including Nadia’s,had a Horse named ‘Punjab ka Beta”, a Dog named ‘Tiger’, and a motor car named ‘ Rolls Royce ki beti’.

After Wadia brothers split and Homi started his Basant pictures, Nadia joined him and another set of animals like, Rajpoot(Horse), Moti(Dog) and Austin ki bachhi(a motor car) were included. In addition there was a Motorcycle called ‘Runnio’ as well.

Film critics and those who wrote in glossy magazines ignored these films, but a certain portion of Indian audience was a firm supporter of such films. Master Vithal, Master Bhagwan, Baburao pehelwan, John Cavas, kamran etc were their Heroes. Usually the Music Directors and Directors of these films were unknown and those available on minimum fees were always hired.

The Music Director of this film was also one such person – Master Ibrahim, who did only 2 films as MD. In the 50s and the 60s decade, there used to be a programme on Radio Ceylon, titled “Saaz aur Awaz”, at 7 am everyday. In this programme, film songs on different Musical Instruments were played-like Van Shipley on Guitar, Bismilla Khan on Shehnayi,Master Ibrahim on Clarinet. After this programme, there was ” Ek hi filmon ke geet” and at 7.30 the evergreen “Purane filmon ke geet” was scheduled.

For many years, I used to wonder as to who this Master Ibrahim was. I had read about Van Shipley and others, but information on Master Ibrahim was not seen anywhere. Finally, when my friend Javed Hamid ji from Delhi, sent me his book copies, published in Hindi, I found an article on Ibrahim, in one of his books,” Hindi cinema ke sadabahar Sangeetkar “.

His name was Ibrahim Rehmat Ali ( or E.R.Ali or Master Ajmeri, on some Record labels). He was born in 1915 at Ajmer and by his 11th year itself, he achieved expertise in playing a difficult musical instrument like Clarinet. he also learnt classical music from Banne khan, Jere khan and Dinkar Rao. From 1934 to 1936, he worked in Ranjit Movietone’s Music department. Then he joined All India Radio, for the next 6 years. In 1942, he joined H.M.V. and served there for the next 25 years.

In these 25 years, Master Ibrahim played his Clarinet in more than 6000 songs, recorded at HMV. He was also the Pioneer in presenting film songs on Musical Instruments. Even during his service. A.I.R. Bombay used to arrange his Clarinet Mehfil every month. He used to present different Raagas on Clarinet as per time of the day or night.

He gave music to only two films. Both were C grade,in the 40s decade. These films were Parbat Ki Rani-1948 and Bigde Dil-1949. He worked as assistant to many Music Directors like Ghulam Hyder, V K Naidu, Shyam Sundar, Fateh Ali Khan, Gulshan Sufi and Firoz Nizami.

He played not just the Clarinet, but also played Xylophone, Vibraphone, Alto saxophone, Supranophone and a few others. After his film songs on Clarinet became popular, different artistes like Van Shipley on Hawaiian Guitar, Enoch Daniels, Goodi Seervai, Hazara Singhand Sunil Ganguly on Piano Accordion and Brian Silas on Piano also became famous and popular, with their performances.

Master Ibrahim died on 20th September 1980, due to a Heart attack. The work of preserving his music on CDs started by HMV from 2015 and so far 4 CDs are published. His contribution in songs of films like Mughal E Azam, C.I.D., Mere Mehboob, Basant Bahar, Madhumati, Maya, Goonj uthi Shehnayi etc is remembered even today. Every year Radio Ceylon celebrates his death anniversary on 20th September by playing only his records.

He had 3 sons, who all are in the Music industry. They are experts in Vibraphone. Its use is very frequent in films nowadays. ( I thank Javed Hamid ji for his article in his book ” Hindi Cinema ke Sadabahar Sangeetkar” हिंदी सिनेमा के सदाबहार संगीतकार ).

The film’s director and lyricist was an all rounder. He acted in 3 films. From the film Aaj ki Duniya-40 to Mehbooba-1965, he wrote songs for 20 films. He directed 13 films. First film was Kalakar-42 and the last film was Mehbooba-65. He also gave music to 5 films. The films were kashmir ki kali-46, Toofani Tirandaz-47, Atom Bomb-47, Maya mahal-49 and Dhumketu-49.

I do not find today’s song very good, but then it is wrong to conclude anything with just one song. This song is important, because this is the only song of Master Ibrahim as a MD that is available. With this song film Parbat ki Rani-48 makes its Debut on the Blog.


Song-Badi bekal hai mere dil ki tamanna sajna tere liye (Parbat Ki Raani)(1948) Singers- Mohantara Talpade,Yashwant Bhatt, Lyricist- A Kareem, MD- Master Ibrahim
Both

Lyrics

Badi bekal hai mere dil ki tamanna aa aa
sajna tere liye
sajna tere liye
Badi bekal hai mere dil ki tamanna aa aa
sajna tere liye
sajna tere liye
hardam seene mein teri yaad hai
hardam seene mein teri yaad hai
duniya ummeedon ki aabaad hai
duniya ummeedon ki aabaad hai
tujhko jo dekha
huye raushan meri aankhon ke diye
sajni tere liye
sajni tere liye

Badi bekal hai mere dil ki tamanna aa aa
sajna tere liye
sajna tere liye
aaoge tum to main chhup jaaungi
aaoge tum to main chhup jaaungi
dhoondhoge haath nahin aaungi
dhoondhoge haath nahin aaungi
tumko sataaungi bahut tumne mujhpe zulm kiye
sajna tere liye
sajni tere liye
Badi bekal hai mere dil ki tamanna aa aa
sajna tere liye
sajna tere liye

apna waada na kabhi bhoolnaa
apna waada na kabhi bhoolnaa

dil ki dhadkan pe sada jhoolnaa
dil ki dhadkan pe sada jhoolnaa
jab tak jeewan hai rahenge hum tum sang priye
sajni tere liye
sajni tere liye

Badi bekal hai mere dil ki tamanna aa
sajni tere liye
sajna tere liye
Badi bekal hai mere dil ki tamanna aa
sajni tere liye
sajna tere liye


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

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Today’s song is from the film Ismat-1944 – a Muslim Social film made by Fazli brothers. This film was directed by the younger brother Sibtain Fazli, making his Debut as a Director. This was the second film of Fazli brothers to be made in Bombay, after the earlier film Fashion-43 also made in Bombay. Prior to that, they began their film making from Calcutta. This was to avoid the possible hindrance from the Muslim fundamentalists in Bombay, who were against making films depicting Muslim social life. Their first such film was Qaidi-40, made at Calcutta. It was followed by Masoom-41 and Chauranghee-42-all at Calcutta. Then they shifted to Bombay.

Films with the Muslim background of Muslim Culture were quite common in India,right from the First ever Hindi Talkie, “Aalam Ara”-31. Not just Social but different Genres like Arabian Night stories,Historical Romance, Folk Tales, Adventure Tales, Religious stories, Common King and Queen stories, Costume dramas etc had Muslim backgrounds. Indian public audiences watched these films with interest and without any bias.

If you see the film production patterns, You will realise that the biggest film companies all over India also followed the pattern of making initial films with Muslim background. Take for example the very first year of talkie films. Out of 24 films made, 7 films were on Muslim background. After Aalam Ara, there was Abul Hasan, Shirin Farhad, Laila Majnu, Noorjehan etc in 1931. Prabhat film company made Ayodhya ka Raja in 1932, but same year, next film was Jalti Nishani-32, a Pseudo-Historical Muslim background movie.

In Calcutta, New Theatres made their first 3 Talkie films in Hindi on Muslim subjects. Mohabbat ke aansoo-a household story, Subah ka sitara-a Folk Tale and Zinda Laash- an Arabian Night story. In the 30s and 40s, most stunt and costume films were on Muslim cultures.

In the initial era, the Talkie films were dependent on Parsi Urdu and Gujarati theatre stories. Before films appeared in India, the main channel of entertainment was stage dramas. Theatres were active and popular mainly in Maharashtra, Bengal and Andhra. The regional drama companies used to have mostly Mythological topics for their dramas. They also used to tour quite a lot. But their sphere of activities was limited to their language areas. Marathi drama companies toured only in Maharashtra towns or where there was a sizable Marathi population, like Baroda, Gwalior or Indore etc. So, their audiences were limited.

Similarly, Bengal and Andhra drama companies also toured where Bangla or Telugu population was the main audience. It was only the Parsee Theatre companies, Alfred, Elphinston etc etc, which toured all over the country, performing their Urdu dramas. Many times these companies used to take whole special trains to travel with artistes and material. This earned them All India acceptance of Muslim themes, which translated into the films that were made initially. In this endeavour, major contribution was from drama writers like Agha Hashra kashmiri, Syed Yavar Ali, Munshi Nazir, Betab, kathawachak, Bekal, Ehsaan etc etc.

Some early Talkie films on Muslim subjects were, Naksh e Sulemani-33, Bahar e Sulemani-35, Naadira-34, Farz e ada-35, Mumtaz Begum-34, Rashida-35 (First Muslim Social film), Noor e yaman-35, Qismat ka shikar-34, Adil e Jahangir-34, Anarkali-35, Jahan Ara-35, Shamsheer e Arab-35 and many more.

Fazli Brothers were the pioneers in making Muslim Social films from 1940 onwards. They felt that due to certain shortcomings in Muslim community, their development is suppressed. Their attempt was to highlight these points like Lack of education, for example, in their films in the garb of entertainment. Filmmakers like the great Mehboob Khan too were keen on such films, because he earnestly wanted to help his community to improve their status in Indian society.

That is why he opted for a Muslim Social theme for his Firtst movie under his own banner,” Mehboob productions”. The film was ‘ Najma-43″. Mehboob featured A grade actors like Veena, Sitara, Ashok kumar, Kumar, Yaqub, Majid and others for his first film. Later on he made yet another Muslim social film,” Elaan”-47 which was much bolder and he expected some opposition from the Muslim Fundamentalists. That is why he had warned his actors – especially Munawwar Sultana- to be ready for any repercussions from their own people, after the film was released. He gave an option to her to quit the film for safety, but she showed total faith in him and stuck to her role in the film.

Film Ismat-44 ( the Google meaning of this word is Chastity or Modesty) was made by Fazli brothers on all this background. By now, with the experience of 4 such films behind them, they had captured the technique of making films with subtle messages to their community. In this film, the darker side of the Western Culture, particularly Divorce and Separation, was highlighted.

The story of the film was – Aslam (Nandrekar) and Ismat (Nargis) get married. They both are from good traditional Muslim families. Same day Shafi Anwar (Ghori) and Ishrat (Mehtab) too get married Both had tasted western culture and follow it merrily. in due course of time, the Eastern culture (Aslam/Ismat) couple is happy, but Western Culture couple (Anwar/Ishrat) can’t adjust or compromise and are divorced. Ishrat joins a Theatre company as a Dancer at a very good salary. Soon she becomes rich and famous.

Aslam goes to Bombay to look for a job and meets with an accident with Ishrat’s car. She takes him to her home and looks after him. In this accident, Aslam loses his memory and forgets about Ismat. One day Ismat and her brother see his photo with Ishrat in a newspaper. They learn everything about his accident and loss of memory etc.

Ismat goes to Bombay and works as a maid in Ishrat’s house. She tries to remind Aslam about his past, step by step. One day Ishrat discovers this and removes Ismat from the job. Dejected, Ismat sits down for nonstop prayer. After some time, due to its power, there is a storm, lightning and thunder. In this period, Aslam is affected and suddenly his memory comes back. He escapes from Ishrat’s home and returns to Ismat. Both get happily united again and Eatern Culture wins over Western Culture.

The Hero of this film was B. Nandrekar, whose name may not ring any bells in new generation readers. Many actors-males and females- shifted from silent films to Talkie films easily as they knew Urdu/Hindi language fluently. There was an actor who easily transitioned from silent films to talkie films. This was B Nandrekar or Baba Saheb Dada saheb Nandrekar.
Nandrekar was one of the very few really handsome actors Hindi films ever had. He was born on 15th November 1910, in Sangli district of Maharashtra, near Kolhapur. Being a Muslim, he could speak Urdu/Hindi fluently. He completed his schooling from Kolhapur and joined films. Vishnupant Damle (one of the founder partners of Prabhat Films) was making silent film ‘Maharathi Karna’ (1928) for Maharashtra Film Co. He offered Nandrekar a role. Then he worked in other films like ‘Baji Prabhu Deshpande’ (1929), ‘Lanka’ (1930), ‘Kismet’ (1931) and ‘Dushman Ki Raat’ (1931).

His first talkie film was ‘Kurukshetra’ (1933). Prabhat gave him a role in ‘Sant Tukaram’ (1936) (its Hindi version came in 1948). He worked in ‘Amar Jyoti’ (1936) and became quite popular as a hero, opposite Shanta Apte. He was the hero in ‘Baghbaan’ (1938) opposite Sitara Devi.

In 1939, he became the first actor to go abroad to shoot scenes in the film ‘Africa In Hind’ – ‘हिन्द में अफ्रीका’ (1939). The shooting was done in Africa. Thus this became the first ever Hindi film to shoot in foreign country, and NOT film ‘Naaz’ (1954), as is popularly believed and also as mentioned in HFGK. Nandrekar had become very popular. The chappals he used in the film ‘Baghbaan’ became fashionable by the name ‘Nandrekar Chappals‘. This alone is enough to prove his popularity.

His lawsuit against Prabhat Film Company was a topic of discussion in the industry. There were differences between him and Prabhat over his contract with them. His lawyers were Mr. Jinnah and Mr. Setalwad, who won the case for him. He was also the first actor to work as a freelancer.

Nandrekar appeared in 23 films. His films were ‘Kurukshetra’ (1933), ‘Amar Jyoti’ (1936), ‘Jaadugarin’ (1937) (UR), ‘Baghbaan’ (1938), ‘Africa In Hind’ (1939), ‘Qaidi’ (1940), ‘Hindustan Hamara’ (1940), ‘Alakh Niranjan’ (1940), ‘Chitralekha’ (1941), ‘Mamaji’ (1942), ‘Duniya Tumhari Hai’ (1942), ‘Nai Kahaani’ (1943), ‘Andhi Duniya’ (1943), ‘Swarn Bhoomi’ (1944), ‘Lady Doctor’ (1944), ‘Ismat’ (1944), ‘Bachpan’ (1945), ‘Kamla’ (1946), ‘Jeevan Sikho’ (1946), ‘Parshuram’ (1947), ‘Meri Amaanat’ (1947), ‘Khandani’ (1947), ‘Sant Tukaram’ (1948) and last film ‘Bihari’ (1948).

He passed away in 1949. No definite information is available about his demise.

Today’s song is sung by Rajkumari. It is composed by H P Sharma (2 songs), who was a co-MD of the film with his own elder brother Pt. Govardhan Prasad (5 songs). This is the third song from film Ismat-44 to feature on this Blog.

(Ack: Information is used, with thanks, from books – ‘ stages of life ‘ by Kathryn Hansen, ‘Muslim Cinema’ by Isak Mujawar, and ‘Forgotten movies on Muslim culture’ by Kamalakar P.)


Song-Badali hawa luti bahar rang-e- chaman bigad gaya (Ismat)(1944) Singer- Rajkumari Dubey Banraswali, Lyricist- Shams Lucknowi, MD- H P Sharma

Lyrics

Badli hawa luti bahaar
rang-e- chaman bigad gaya
phoool hanse to yoon hanse
daagh bhi gar nikal gaya

gham se badal gayi khushi
maut bani hai zindagi
saans mili to jaise ek
saans mili to jaise ek
teer(??) ka dil machal(?) gaya
saans mili to jaise ek
teer (??) ka dil machal(?) gaya

thahri hawa ko chhaanv ne
sharmo haya ko raat bhar
aah magar ghame sahar
aah magar ghame sahar
kaam bana bigad gaya
aah magar ghame sahar
kaam bana bigad gaya
badli hawa luti bahaar
range chaman bigad gaya
phool hanse to yoon hanse
daagh bhi gar nikal gaya


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

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Today’s song is from the film “Uljhan” (1942). This was the first of the three same title films. The second came in 1975 and the third was in year 2000. This was the second film by Acharya Art Productions, floated by director N R Acharya. This was after he left Bombay Talkies, to chart out his own path, without either following the splinter group led by S Mukherjee or remaining with the rest of Bombay Talkies staff.

Probably, he thought that with Gyan Mukherjee in Filmistan and Amiya Chakrawarty and Najam Naqvi in Bombay Talkies, he had dim chances of progressing further. Like the splinter group, Acharya too had his own followers, like Anjali Devi and Ramchandra Pal, who stayed with Acharya. In later years, Anjali Devi became Mrs. Acharya too. Obviously, she had her own private agenda in following Acharya.

This film was directed by Acharya himself and the music for the 10 songs written by Lyricist Kailash Matwala, was composed by Ramchandra Pal. The cast of the film was Sardar Akhtar, Mazhar Khan, Krishnakant, Anjali Devi, Amrutlal, Rajkumari Shukla and others.

You find a name Amritlal/Amrutlal in the cast. He was an old time actor, from the beginning of Talkie films. Sometimes he was cast even as Master Amrutlal, because he sang songs too. He was basically a comedian and was known as Chaman in the film line. There is hardly any information-practically Nil- about him available anywhere, like many of the old time artistes. What we know about him is from HFGK alone. He acted in some 20 Talkie films, starting with Vikram Charitra-1932 to film Roop Nagar-1947. There are 23 songs in 10 films on his name also. He stopped singing from the film Pagli Duniya-44. Looks like his old style singing was no more appreciated.

Here too, we find that the Same Name Confusion has played a game. There was an All India famous literature giant Amrutlal Nagar. In spite of his colossal writing work, he spent 7 years of his illustrious career, from 1940 to 1947, in film line. During this period, he wrote 33 songs in 4 films…Sangam-41,Kisi se na kehna-42, Kunwara Baap-42 and Raja-43. Amritlal Nagar ( 17-8-1916 to 23-2-1990) was an extraordinary person. He handled almost every department of Literature-except perhaps Poetry and Autobiography. Short stories, Novels, dramas,travelogues and Lyrics etc etc were written by him During 1940 to 1947 period, he was in the film industry. He wrote stories, s/p, dialogues of as many as 20 films in Bombay , Kolhapur and Madras. He dubbed M.S.Subbulakshmi’s Tamil film ‘ Meerabai’ into Hindi. He also worked to translate Russian films like Zoya and Bukhara into Hindi. He won innumerable awards, including Padma Bhushan and Sahitya academy award. He was one of the very rare Hindi Literature stalwarts to work in the film industry for such a sustained period.

Unfortunately, there is the usual mix up in the filmography of these two wholly different personalities. Added to this confusion, there was also the singer Amrutlal Oza. Novelist Amrutlal Nagar never acted and never sang a song. Amrutlal Oza began his singing career with Film Pujari-1946. Actor singer Amrutlal had stopped singing from 1944 itself. Still, many sites and Blogs and writers get confused and mix up every Amrutlal’s filmography for acting and singing.

In one of my recent posts, I had mentioned that in the early era of Talkie films, the low caste and Tawaif girls joined films so that they could get married to some rich, successful person and lead a respectful life of a housewife. Amongst such girls, few were really capable and helped their partners in conducting their business – like Gauhar Mamajiwala of Ranjit or Mehtab of Minerva. Sardar Akhtar, who was the Heroine of today’s film-Uljhan-42 was also one such capable woman, who married Mehboob Khan and shared his work. How they got married was quite Cinematic too….

The life story of Sardar Akhtar is very interesting. Sardar Akhtar was a Punjabi Muslim born in Lahore in 1915. Her mother was a famous singer on the infamous Hira Mandi Road of Lahore. Akhtar learned singing from her mother and also other ustads. Her younger sister Bahar Akhtar was beautiful and a good singer. These sisters were famous as Daaro and Baharo in Lahore. Bahar was hired by United Players Corpn. of Lahore , as a Heroine in their film ” Qatil Katar “. Producer A R Kardar was also its Hero. They fell in love. Bahar was under strict surveillance by her mother, but with the help of a friend, Kardar abducted her and they were married. When this news reached her mother, Akhtar and her mother made a Police complaint against kardar. Kardar and his unit members were arrested and kept in a lock up for a few days for abducting a Minor girl. They were released when Bahar herself gave a statement in their favour. Kardar destroyed the negatives of his film to prevent Bahar from further acting in films.

After this episode Akhtar started working in dramas. She went to Calcutta and did a small role in the film Dhoop Chhaon-35. From there she came to Bombay and joined Saroj Movietone. She did films like Eid ka chaand,Roop Basant and Naqsh e Sulemani and earned a good name. She acted in films of Minerva and Wadia-mostly stunt action films. Mehboob needed two Heroines for his film Alibaba.. He selected Waheedan Bai and Sardar Akhtar. Akhtar was the younger sister of Bahar-wife of A.R.Kardar. In an article in Filmfare dated 16-8-1957,Mehboob wrote ” the moment I saw Sardar Akhtar, I fell for her and knew that one day she will be my wife.” Sure enough, he married her later.

Mehboob khan gave her a big role in the film Aurat-40 and her image changed. She also did Mehboob’s film Roti, during which they got married on 25-4-1942.. It was during the shooting of film Aurat, Mehboob was attracted towards Jyoti- sister of Waheedan Bai and one of the cast of Aurat- and he started spending time with her, having Tea together, Lunch together etc. Sardar Akhtar noticed this and played her cards well. She encouraged Jyoti to accept outside film offers lest she would be out of circulation. Then she poisoned Mehboob by telling him that Jyoti was not a good girl and that she was more interested in outside film roles. Consequently, Jyoti’s role in the film Aurat was reduced. By the time the film Aurat was completed, Akhtar had fully influenced Mehboob and then insisted on getting married. He too wanted it and they got married just before the film was released.
They did not have any issues but they adopted Saajid khan, child star of film Son of India-62. After Mehboob’s death in 1964 May, Akhtar lived alone, occasionally visiting Sajid khan, who had settled in the USA.

Sardar Akhtar did 44 films. Her last film was Raahat-45. However, she did small roles in films Hulchal-71 and Bandhe Haath-74. Sardar Akhtar sang 92 songs in 27 films. Considering that she was not a regular or playback singer, her 92 songs were highly creditable. Not even 50% of her songs came on gramophone records. During one of her US visits, Sardar Akhtar died there on 2-10-1984. She was a devotee of sufi saint Ashraf khan, her co-star of many films including Roti-42.

Film Historian and author Shri Rajnikumar Pandya ji had interviewed N R Acharya (Nrusinh Prasad Acharya). According to him the film Uljhan-42 was totally based on a Gujarati novel- MALELA JEEV (Souls of oneness), written by Pannalal Patel.

Today’s song is sung by an unidentified female with chorus. It is a good song. With this song, film Uljhan-42 makes it’s Debut on the Blog.

(information used in this post is culled, with thanks,from various sources like ‘Sapnon ke Saudagar’ by Vithal Pandya, Kamlakar P.’s Blog, wiki, Filmdom-1946, ‘Mehboob Khan’ by S.Kinikar and my notes).


Song – Arrey samdhi to darjin ka yaar lagan ke kapde bane (Uljhan)(1942) Singers- Chorus song, Lyricist- Kailash Matwala, MD- Ramchandra Pal

Lyrics

Arrey samdhi to darjin ka yaar
lagan ke kapde bane
Arrey samdhi to darjin ka yaar
lagan ke kapde bane
arre samdhin ne paaala sunaar
arre samdhin ne paaala sunaar
naye naye gahne bane
aha naye naye gahne bane
Arrey samdhi to darjin ka yaar
lagan ke kapde bane
Arrey samdhi to darjin ka yaar
lagan ke kapde bane

kahaan bhaage ye ?? sawaar
kahaan bhaage ye ?? sawaar
bade tum chhaila bane
bade tum chhaila bane
Rupa maaregi jhaadu ki maar
haan haan
Rupa maaregi jhaadu ki maar
haan haan khasam ka yoonhi(??) bane
haan haan khasam ka yoonhi(??) bane
Arrey samdhi to darjin ka yaar
lagan ke kapde bane
Arrey samdhi to darjin ka yaar
lagan ke kapde bane

ek dikhaawan ?? jaan
apni maa ke phhodo kaan
ek dikhaawan ?? jaan
apni maa ke phhodo kaan
Rupa jab bhi gaali dewe
budhiya teri sun na lewe
Rupa jab bhi gaali dewe
budhiya teri sun na lewe

arre sun to sahi o ganwaar
arre sun to sahi o ganwaar
kahaan yoon chalte bane
kahaan yoon chalte bane
bhauji se kahe ??
bhauji se kahe ??
bhaiyya tera jaaye sad
bhaiyya tera jaaye sad
bahan bhare teri kuyen se paani
bahan bhare teri kuyen se paani
Rupa meri ban patraani
Rupa meri ban patraani
maare gin gin ke hunter hazaar
maare gin gin ke hunter hazaar
na unse rote bane
haan haan
na unse rote bane
Arrey samdhi to darjin ka yaar
lagan ke kapde bane
Arrey samdhi to darjin ka yaar
lagan ke kapde bane


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“Hare Krishna”(1974) was directed by K Kameshwar rao for Mukesh Enterprises, Madras. This movie which wsas a mythological movie. had Hema Malini, Jaylalitha, N T Ram Rao, Jamuna, Devika, Rama Prabha, Kanta Rao, S V Ranga Rao, Nag Bhushanam, Rukmini, Satyabhama etc in it.

From the star cast, it appears that the movie was dubbed from a South indian movie. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of the movie. The star cast is very interesting of course as it contains two actors who became Chief Ministers of two south Indian states.

This movie had five songs in it. Here is the first song from “Hare Krishna”(1974) to appear in the blog. The song is sung by Suman Kalyanpur and Rafi. B D Mishra is the lyricist. Music is composed by S N Tripathi.

Only the audio of this Radha- Krishna song is available. I reuest our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of this song. My guess is that this song was picturised on Hema Malini and N T Rama Rao. But I could be wrong.

Lyrics of this song were sent to me by Nitin Shah.

With this song. Hare Krishna”(1974) makes its debut in the blog.


Song-Bansi ki dhun sun balmu (Hare Krishna)(1974) Singers-Suman Kalyanpur, Rafi, Lyrics-B D Mishra, MD-S N Tripathi
Both

Lyrics(Provided by Nitin Shah)

bansi ki dhun sun balmu
pyaar mein naachke main to jhoomoon
moh liya is man ko
toone maadhav in nainan ko
hey maadhav in nainan ko

tore hi nainan mein chhupoon
aa tere milan ko main tadpoon
nand kishore ki priye tu u
jhankaar more man ki tu
jhankaar more man ki tu

o o o o o
aa ha ha ha ha
aaa aaa aaa aaa
aaa aaa aaa aaa

vrindaavan ke gokul gaanv ka
tu hai salona sundar saanwra
vrindaavan ke gokul gaanv ka
tu hai salona sundar saanwra
sakhiyon ke sang raas rachaavat
hai mujhko priy ati bhaaya
hai mujhko priy ati bhaaya
vrindaavan ki na to sakhiyaan ab wo
ek tuhi hai saathi ab to
vrindavan ki na to sakhiyaan ab wo
ek tuhi hai saathi ab to
hey sajni ee ee ee ee
hey sajni
ras rang ki baaton se
main ho chuka tumhaara ab to
main ho chuka tumhaara ab to
tore hi nainan mein chhupoon
aa tere milan ko main tadpoon oo

o o o
bansi ki dhun sun balmu
pyaar mein naachke main to jhoomoon
bansi ki dhun sun balmu
pyar mein naachke main to jhoomoon
moh liya is man ko
tune maadhav ke nainan ko

haan re maadhav ke nainan ko


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