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This article is written by Raja, 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.

Today we pay tribute here on the blog to Mahendra Kapoor, one of the well-known voices of the golden era of Hindi music, on the occasion of his 9th death anniversary. There are many ways to start this tribute but, instead of “getting my eye in”, let me, Sehwag-style, straightaway go for it. By “it”, I mean the elephant in the room.

That is, why are there so many people who dislike Mahendra Kapoor’s voice? On many occasions when I’ve discussed music with other music-lovers, there have been varying opinions on Rafisaab, Kishore, Shankar Jaikishen, RD Burman and others. Most of these artistes are much-admired but there has  been the occasional detractor too. This makes for interesting debate for me, because I like to understand the rationale behind the minority contrarian view.

With Mahendra Kapoor, it seems to be just the opposite. In fact, I probably find myself now holding the minority contrarian view on him, considering the majority view of music lovers seems to not rate him much. In fact, even amongst some Atulites, there is a certain scepticism about Mahendra Kapoor. So where does this come from? And if many, knowledgeable, music-lovers share this, can they all be wrong?

Even OP Nayyar in an interview late in his life said that he didn’t exactly rate Mahendra Kapoor as a singer.  And this, from someone, who used Mahendra Kapoor fairly extensively in the mid/late 60s after being upset with Rafisaab. In fact, MK had delivered quite a few hits for OP – songs like “Mera Pyaar Wo Hai“(from ‘Ye Raat Phir Na Aayegi’, 1966), “Laakhon Hain Yahaan Dilwaale” and “Aankhon Mein Qayaamat Ke Kaajal” (from ‘Kismat’, 1968), “Andhere Mein Jo Baithe Hain” (from ‘Sambandh’, 1969), “Kamar Patli, Nazar Bijli“, “O Yaaron Ki Tamanna Hai Teri Zulfon Mein Fans Jaayen”  and “Tumhaara Chaahne Waala Khuda Ki Duniya Mein” (from ‘Kahin Din Kahin Raat’, 1968). All popular songs. In the interview, OPN made this comment in the context of missing Rafisaab, but I feel it was rather harsh on MK.

Yet, MK had a fairly successful career spanning five decades. Would that have happened if he had really not been of a certain standard?

My take on this is, each singer is different.  He has his own voice, style, range which makes him unique. This might endear him to others – or it might not, depending on the listener’s taste.  There are many who do not even like Mukesh’s singing. They consider him limited. And there are many who swear by him. So it is a matter of taste.

We could apply the same reasoning to MK too. He had his unique voice, style and range – which clearly did not appeal to some.  I think what made it much more difficult for him was the constant comparison with Rafisaab.  Invariably, it ended up making MK look like an imitator, the poor man’s Rafisaab – with the consequent aversion to his singing. In MK’s defence, this is not his fault. He was who he was, never claiming to be anywhere at the level of Rafisaab. He was very conscious of the fact that Rafisaab was in a different league altogether – MK considered him his guru. He can hardly be blamed if the composers wanted a Rafisaab clone and thought he could fit the bill.

I must mention here that when the two, MK and Rafisaab, did sing together in Aadmi (1968) for “Kaisi Haseen Aaj Bahaaron Ki Raat Hai”, MK totally held his ground. (This song was initially recorded as a Rafisaab-Talat duet, but in the film version, the playback pair was Rafisaab-MK).

And that is the point I am trying to make. I am no diehard MK fan – but I am not a critic either.  Like I’ve often said, I enjoy listening to various singers – and that includes MK. Every singer has sung excellent songs – and some not-so-good ones (at least in my humble opinion). MK is no exception. I’m no music expert, but I think the one thing that is most impressive about MK’s singing – and I hope even his critics will agree on this – was his high range. It is really astounding – he could hold his voice even at highest octaves, which even a singer of Rafisaab’s stature could not match. Just listen to “Chaand Chhupaa Aur Taare Doobey” from the 1958 film ‘Sohni Mahiwal’ and “Na Munh Chhupaa Ke Jiyo Aur Na Sar Jhukaa Ke Jiyo” from ‘Hamraaz’ in 1967, and you’ll know what I mean. Another song that comes to mind is “Ramchandra Kah Gaye Siya Se” (from ‘Gopi’, 1970). There are other songs too where this particular ability of MK was sought to be put to good use by the composers.

Talking about composers, it is hard to think of Mahendra Kapoor without thinking of Ravi. Now Ravi is another artiste who sometimes draws criticism from music lovers. But if anyone could get the most out of MK, it was certainly Ravi. Especially in BR Chopra films, the combination of Mahendra Kapoor and Ravi, with Sahir as lyricist, delivered hit after amazing hit. Songs of ‘Gumraah’ (1963) and ‘Hamraaz’ (1967), to name just two of these films, are hugely popular to this day. I used to have a cassette with songs of these two films (on the two sides) and would play it non-stop on long car journeys. To date, I can listen to the songs of these two films any number of times. Fast forward, and I would also like to mention “Dil Ki Ye Aarzoo Thi Koi Dilruba Miley” from ‘Nikaah’ (1982).

Another composer who used MK successfully is the Kalyanji Anandji duo. Manoj Kumar  often used Mahendra Kapoor as his voice, especially after the huge success of “Mere Desh Ki Dharti” (Upkaar). In fact, this is the first Mahendra Kapoor song that I remember listening to in my life. Other songs that come to mind are “Iktaara Boley” from Yaadgaar (1970), “Hai Preet Jahan Ki Reet Sada” and “Dulhan Chali O Pehan Chali” from ‘Purab Aur Paschim’ (also 1970), which were also hugely popular. In fact, except for the one Mukesh song in ‘Purab Aur Paschim’, Mahendra Kapoor was the main male playback in a film full of songs.

Manoj Kumar’s preference for Mahendra Kapoor, even in the 70s and later, when Kishore Kumar was the reigning voice, could be seen in ‘Roti Kapda Aur Makaan’ (1974) – “Aur Nahin Bas Aur Nahin” and ‘Kranti’ (1981) – “Ab Ke Baras Tujhe Dharti Ki Raani Kar Denge“. Both these films had Laxmikant-Pyarelal as composers, but Manoj Kumar preferred MK as his voice.

Apart from Hindi films, Mahendra Kapoor sang a number of songs for regional cinema. Younger generations (well, younger than those who were already familiar with MK from before the 80s) will probably remember him best for the TV serial, Mahabharat, produced by, who else but, BR Chopra.

So, whatever be anyone’s opinion of Mahendra Kapoor (and each person is entitled to his/her opinion), I will always be grateful to him for the songs of ‘Hamraaz’ and ‘Gumraah’.

Now, moving on to the song for today. This is from the film ‘Anmol Moti’ (1969), starring Jeetendra and Babita. After the phenomenal success of ‘Farz’ (1967), this was a popular pairing, especially after ‘Aulaad’ (1968) also did well. They also came together in ‘Bikhre Mot’ (1971), ‘Banphool’ (1971) and ‘Ek Haseena Do Deewaane’ (1972).

Anmol Moti (1969) is a film I remember seeing as a very young boy. In fact, I saw this film right after I saw ‘Suhaag Raat’ (1968), also starring Jeetendra. In that film, Jeetendra’s character dies at the end. So when I saw ‘Anmol Moti’, I was very confused. I remember asking my sisters how he had come back after dying. They had a jolly good laugh at my expense. 🙂

I haven’t seen this film recently but I do remember this being a film about pearl diving. It was also the first time I heard of an octopus in my life. I also remember a few songs from this film, the most famous song probably being”Ae Jaane Chaman Tera Gora Badan“. The song being posted today, “Sehmi Sehmi Kahaan Chali” was also quite popular in its time. So when I was looking for a song for Mahendra Kapoor, this one came to mind – and happened to still be available for posting. The music is by Ravi, the lyrics by Rajinder Krishan.

Enjoy this popular song from the radio listening days.


Song – Sehmi Sehmi Kahaan Chali (Anmol Moti) (1969) Singer – Mahendra Kapoor, Lyrics – Rajendra Krishan, MD – Ravi
Chorus

Lyrics

sehmi sehmi kahaan chali
chhod ke dilwaalon ki gali
kab tak aankh churaayegi
kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein
ho kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein

o sehmi sehmi kahaan chali
chhod ke dilwaalon ki gali
kab tak aankh churaayegi
kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein
hoy kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein

haaye tera ye alhadpan
tauba tauba ye chitwan
aankhon mein shole naachen
zulfon mein khele saawan
haaye tera ye alhadpan
tauba tauba ye chitwan
aankhon mein shole naachen
zulfon mein khele saawan
ghir kar aa
baras bhi jaa
kab tak yunh tarsaayegi
kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein
hoy kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein
o sehmi sehmi kahaan chali
chhod ke dilwaalon ki gali
kab tak aankh churaayegi
kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein
hoy kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein

nayi jawaani ki hulchul
jaise bin barsaa baadal
kehti hai har angdaayi
saath hamen bhi letee chal
nayi jawaani ki hulchul
jaise bin barsaa baadal
kehti hai har angdaayi
saath hamen bhi letee chal
aankh milaa
maan bhi jaa
kab tak haath na aayegi
kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein
hoy kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein

o sehmi sehmi kahaan chali
chhod ke dilwaalon ki gali
kab tak aankh churaayegi
kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein
hoy kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein
o sehmi sehmi kahaan chali
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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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सहमी सहमी कहाँ चली
छोड़ के दिलवालों की गली
कब तक आँख चुराएगी
कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में
हो कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में

ओ सहमी सहमी कहाँ चली
छोड़ के दिलवालों की गली
कब तक आँख चुराएगी
कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में
होए कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में

हाए तेरा ये अल्हड़पन
तौबा तौबा ये चितवन
आँखों में शोले नाचें
ज़ुल्फों में खेले सावन
हाए तेरा ये अल्हड़पन
तौबा तौबा ये चितवन
आँखों में शोले नाचें
ज़ुल्फों में खेले सावन
घिर कर आ
बरस भी जा
कब तक यूं ही तरसाएगी
कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में
होए कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में

ओ सहमी सहमी कहाँ चली
छोड़ के दिलवालों की गली
कब तक आँख चुराएगी
कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में
होए कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में

नई जवानी की हलचल
जैसे बिन बरसा बादल
कहती है हर अंगड़ाई
साथ हमें भी लेती चल
नई जवानी की हलचल
जैसे बिन बरसा बादल
कहती है हर अंगड़ाई
साथ हमें भी लेती चल
आँख मिला
मान भी जा
कब तक हाथ ना आएगी
कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में
होए कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में

ओ सहमी सहमी कहाँ चली
छोड़ के दिलवालों की गली
कब तक आँख चुराएगी
कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में
होए कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में
ओ सहमी सहमी कहाँ चली

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

Feroze Khan – a name that forever spells flamboyance and style. Almost sounding like the Kingdom of the Pathaan. A popular and likeable persona who had to face near disapproval as a leading man, till quite many years into his career. And that too, when he decided to take on the industry on his own terms, and set up his own production house, delivering one hit film after another.

Remembering Feroze Khan on his 78th anniversary of birth today (25th September).

For almost a decade and half of in his early career, his forays into the top grade cinema is to be the understudy – the second lead, the hero’s best friend, the younger brother – always to end up as the runner up by the time the story concludes. Well, in ‘Aadmi Aur Insaan’ (1969), he is shot at and killed while deposing in a court room. A performance, by the way, which got him the year’s Filmfare award as the Best Supporting Male Actor. At a level, this image quite stuck with him for many years. It is almost as if his performance skills are heightened in the face of another skilled and popular opponent. But by himself, the producers at the top line almost as if do not want to gamble with his name.

After about a dozen years of this experience, he sets up his own production house – to deal with the film making world on his own terms now. In an earlier article for the song “Raaton Ki Siyahi Hai. . .”, I have written about his career progression from the late 1950s to his last appearances  in the first decade of the 2000s.

Today, I present this song from the film ‘Tasveer’ from 1966. The film comes from the banner of Wadia Movietone, and is directed by JBH Wadia. As I searched for some details, I locate this very interesting review that our dear Memsaab has published for this film on her website. 🙂 After reading the review, it sounds like a must-see film.

The interesting thing about this film is that it brings together two very ultra long timers in the industry, after a gap of almost quarter of a century. When I saw this co-incidence, I could not believe it myself. DN Madhok has been writing songs in Hindi films since 1932. And C Ramchandra has been on the music direction since late 1930s, early 1940s. These two extremely prolific artists apparently came together only twice before this film. In 1943, they worked together in films ‘Zabaan’ and ‘Bhaktraj’. Then after 23 years, they come together just once again – and that film is ‘Tasveer’ in 1966. And that, after having been contemporaries in the industry for almost three decades.

Both artists are at the closing horizon of their careers. DN Madhok’s name appears just in one more film. Which makes this his second last film. C Ramchandra inning continues, and he goes on to direct the music for another handful of films, two of which are in the decade of 1970s. But nonetheless, it is the closing years for both.

The song is in the voice of Mahendra Kapoor. On screen, a very young and energetic Feroze Khan is serenading his lady love – Kalpana. This one is a typical in-the-grden-around-the-trees song. Feroze Khan, is in his seventh year in the films. Memsaab comments that Feroze Khan is attempting to do a Shammi Kapoor in this film, and, I quote, “. . . he is so FINE, he almost succeeds”. Now that is saying a lot. 😉

So, enjoy this song, and remember this firebrand swashbuckling young pathaan from the 1960s.

 

Song – Tasveer Bhi Dekhi Thi, Aur Inko Bhi Dekha Hai  (Tasveer) (1966) Singer – Mahendra Kapoor, Lyrics – DN Madhok, MD – C Ramchandra

Lyrics

tasveer bhi dekhi thi
aur inko bhi dekha hai
tasveer ajab shai thi
aur ye bhi cheez kya hai
tasveer bhi dekhi thi
aur inko bhi dekha hai

mauka bhi hai fizaayen bhi
ye parbati hawaayen bhi
mauka bhi hai fizaayen bhi
ye parbati hawaayen bhi
aur saath mein ye
ae dil. . .
aur saath mein ye
ae dil kya aur maangta hai
tasveer bhi dekhi thi
aur inko bhi dekha hai
tasveer ajab shai thi
aur ye bhi cheez kya hai
tasveer bhi dekhi thi
aur inko bhi dekha hai

kyon itni mastiyaan bhar lee
aankhon mein kisi ne apni
kyon itni mastiyaan bhar lee
aankhon mein kisi ne apni
wo nazren jhuki rehti hain. . .
wo nazren jhuki rehti hain
jinka ke bol baala hai
tasveer bhi dekhi thi
aur inko bhi dekha hai
tasveer ajab shai thi
aur ye bhi cheez kya hai
tasveer bhi dekhi thi
aur inko bhi dekha hai

aise jo chup hain yun
hum samajh gaye hain kyon
aise jo chup hain yun
hum samajh gaye hain kyon
zulfon ne jhuk ke kaanon mein. . .
zulfon ne jhuk ke kaanon mein
kuchh in se keh diya hai
tasveer bhi dekhi thi
aur inko bhi dekha hai
tasveer ajab shai thi
aur ye bhi cheez kya hai
tasveer bhi dekhi thi
aur inko bhi dekha hai

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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तस्वीर भी देखी थी
और इनको भी देखा है
तस्वीर अजब शै थी
और ये भी चीज़ क्या है
तस्वीर भी देखी थी
और इनको भी देखा है

मौका भी है फिज़ाएँ भी
ये परबती हवाएँ भी
मौका भी है फिज़ाएँ भी
ये परबती हवाएँ भी
और साथ में ये ए दिल॰ ॰ ॰
और साथ में ये ए दिल
क्या और मांगता है
तस्वीर भी देखी थी
और इनको भी देखा है
तस्वीर अजब शै थी
और ये भी चीज़ क्या है
तस्वीर भी देखी थी
और इनको भी देखा है

क्यों इतनी मस्तियाँ भर लीं
आँखों में किसी ने अपनी
क्यों इतनी मस्तियाँ भर लीं
आँखों में किसी ने अपनी
वो नज़रें झुकी रहती हैं॰ ॰ ॰
वो नज़रें झुकी रहती हैं
जिनका के बोल बाला है
तस्वीर भी देखी थी
और इनको भी देखा है
तस्वीर अजब शै थी
और ये भी चीज़ क्या है
तस्वीर भी देखी थी
और इनको भी देखा है

ऐसे जो चुप हैं यूं
हम समझ गए हैं क्यों
ऐसे जो चुप हैं यूं
हम समझ गए हैं क्यों
ज़ुल्फों ने झुक के कानों में॰ ॰ ॰
ज़ुल्फों ने झुक के कानों में
कुछ इनसे कह दिया है
तस्वीर भी देखी थी
और इनको भी देखा है
तस्वीर अजब शै थी
और ये भी चीज़ क्या है
तस्वीर भी देखी थी
और इनको भी देखा है


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.

Today’s song is from the film Ghar Ki Izzat (1948). It is a lively duet of Shamshad Begum and Ram Kamlani. The film is produced and directed by Ram Daryani, under the banner of Murli Cinetone, Bombay. Music was given by Pt Gobind Ram and songs and dialogues were by Ishwar Chandra Kapoor. The cast of the film was Mumtaz Shanti, Dilip Kumar, Gope, Gulab, Dixit, Manorama, Jeevan, Suleiman etc etc.

In the early decades of talkie era, i.e. in the 1930s and 40s, many Muslim actors and actresses took on Hindu names, for obvious reasons. Here are some such examples – Mumtaz Shanti (real name – Mumtaz Begum), Renuka Devi (Begum Khurshid Mirza), Neena (Shahida), Meena Shorey (Khursheed Jehan), Geeta Nizami (Rasheeda Begum), Madhubala (Mumtaz Jehan), Indurani (Ishrat Jehan), Veena (Tajour Sultana), Shyama (Khurshid Akhtar), Dilip Kumar (Yusuf Khan), Jayant (Zakaria Khan), Kumar (Syed Ali Hasan Zaidi), Suresh (Naseem Ahmed), Sudhir (Shah Zamaan Khan) and many more.

However, not all did this. Those who did not change name were Mehboob Khan, Mazhar Khan, Ashraf Khan, Najmul Hasan, Zubeida, Noorjehan, Khursheed etc etc.

After Independence, this trend diminished, but a new trend started – that of taking on a screen name other than the real name. Some examples are Sunil Dutt, Balraj Sahni, Sanjeev kumar, Raaj Kumar, Jeetendra, Rajesh Khanna, Akshay Kumar etc. A full article can be written on this subject, but this is enough for now.

Film ‘Ghar Ki Izzat’ was the only film Mumtaz Shanti did with Dilip kumar. Compared to young Dilip Kumar, Mumtaz Shanti was more successful and experienced with films like ‘Basant’ (1942) and ‘Kismet’ (1943). She had worked with top actors of that era, like Ashok Kumar. In this film, you can see an awkward Dilip Kumar and a vibrant and seasoned actress Mumtaz Shanti.

Mumtaz Shanti or Mumtaz Begum was born in 1922 at village Dinga in Punjab (now in Pakistan). She lost her parents early and she was brought up by her uncle who was a police constable. After his transfer to Lahore, Mumtaz was able to continue her schooling. She learnt dancing and music. She was also an expert in household chores. At the start of filmi career, she was at first rejected by Shorey Pictures. But then the famous writer/lyricist Wali Saheb helped her and took her to Calcutta’s East India Film Co. to work in a Punjabi film ‘Sohni Kumharan’ (1937). She also did another Punjabi film ‘Chambey Di Daali’ (1941) in Calcutta. Now the things were different and she was invited by Shorey Pictures to Lahore, to act in their Punjabi film ‘Mangti ‘ (1942). This film was immensely successful and ran for 65 weeks giving her name and fame.

Rai Bahadur Chunilal Of Bombay Talkies  offered her a role in their film ‘Basant’ (1942). She came to Bombay and did Basant and then ‘Kismet’ (1943). Both the films were hits all over India.  Mumtaz was good looking, tall and lithe, so looked attractive. After ‘Kismet’ she became a free lancer and worked with many different studios. Her notable films are ‘Badalti Duniya’ and ‘Sawaal’ (1943), ‘Bharthari’, ‘Lady Doctor’ and ‘Pagli Duniya’ (1944), ‘Chaand Chakori’ (1945), ‘Shravan Kumar’, ‘Dharti’, ‘Magadhraj’ and ‘Pujari’ (1946), ‘Dekhojee’ and ‘Doosri Shadi’ (1947), ‘Padmini’, ‘Heer Ranjha’ and ‘Ghar Ki Izzat’ (1948), ‘Putli’, ‘Biwi’ and ‘Aahuti’ (1950). Her last film in India was ‘Zamaane Ki Hawa’ (1952). In all she worked in 21 Hindi and 4 Punjabi films. She did 2 films in Calcutta, 4 in Lahore and the rest in Bombay.

She married lyricist/writer/director Wali Saheb in 1947. He directed her in 3 films in India. He was very strict and forced her to come to studios only in burqa. She was not allowed to talk to anyone. No one was allowed to touch her, even in any scene. They migrated to Pakistan after 1953. She retired from films and remained a housewife only. Wali Saheb did 3-4 films in Pakistan, without much success. He passed away in 1977. Mumtaz Shanti passed away in 1993/94, unsung and unknown in Pakistan.

After Independence films were being made on social values which the Indian people wanted to inculcate in their new life, like importance of joint families, need to do hard work, need to abolish bad customs like dowry, bridging the gap between the rich and the poor, importance of education, women’s emancipation, abolition of castes and untouchability, respecting elders and traditions etc. Thus it will be seen that every film had some or the other message for the society.

This was also one such film, in which the makers stressed the need to strengthen the joint family tradition and to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor. The film had become quite popular, as it did not sound like a propaganda film but the message was conveyed in a very entertaining way. The songs were good and became popular. The music of this film is composed by Pt Gobind Ram.

Pt Gobind Ram was a highly respected composer in the industry for his originality. Stalwarts like C Ramchandra considered Sajjaad Husain and Pt Gobind Ram ji as the original composers. It is stated by Pankaj Raag in his book ‘Dhunon Ki Yatra’ that in the mid 1940s, “. . . when K Asif planned his magnum opus ‘Mughal e Azam’, he had initially engaged Gobindram ji as the music director”. It is another thing that the film was delayed, for other reasons, by almost 15 years. Almost all the main players in the film got changed during this period of delay, including the music director. During his career, Pt Gobind Ram gave music to 32 films from 1937 to 1955, composing 302 songs.

Just before writing this article, I saw this film on YouTube to refresh my memory. I had seen the film in the early 1950s in its second run in Hyderabad. The cast of the film includes the name Dixit.  Only a handful readers will recollect who he was, but there was a time in the early talkie era of 1930s and the 40s when he was a popular name. He and actor Ghory had formed a comic pair on the lines of the Laurel and Hardy team of the English cinema. In those days 4 comedians were popular – Dixit, Ghory, Kesari and Charlie.

Manohar Janardan Dikshit (this became Dixit in film line) was born on 12-11-1906 at Sinnar in Nashik district of Maharashtra. It seems, his arrival in this world was predicted by a sadhu. Somehow, in Dixit’s career, roles of sadhu played a vital role. He acted as a sadhu in as many as 31 films. His father was a district judge and was very strict at home. Due to frequent transfers, Dixit lost interest in studies. After two unsuccessful attempts in matriculation, he stopped going to school.

He started his film career as an assistant cameraman in Navjeevan Studio, with the help of Mama Varerkar, a noted Marathi writer who was associated with many studios of Hindi films. Of course Dixit did not learn anything of cinematography and did only manual works like carrying the camera etc. On the 14th November 1929, he faced the camera for his first role in the silent film ‘Sparkling Youth’ with P Jairaj and Madhav Kale. In Navjeevan Studios he did 3 more silent films and then joined the prospering, upcoming Ranjit Film company. Here he met his future partner Nazir Ahmed Ghory, who was born on 11-8-1901 at Bombay. Ghory was a graduate in those days. They paired in their first comedy film, ‘Char Chakram’ (1932), directed by Jayant Desai. The four ‘chakrams‘ in the film were Dixit, Ghory, Eddie Bilimoria and Madhuri. It was a hit film and the comedy pair became famous. They copied Laurel and Hardy. They even looked like them. Dixit was the Hardy part of the team.

They continued working together till 1947. I do not know exactly, but my guess is that they worked together in about 20 films. After partition, Ghory migrated to Pakistan and Dixit worked alone. Dixit was described by Baburao Patel as ‘our best comedian’. He was the darling of film critics too. Unfortunately, all the Ranjit Films where in they worked together were destroyed along with other negatives and except for few photos and stories about them, nothing remains now. Dixit worked in 4 silent and 66 Talkie films in 17 years’ time. For a person carrying 220 pounds weight, it was really creditable.

After the film ‘Ghar Ki Izzat’, Dixit suffered from a heart attack and he passed away on 29-6-1949 (adapted from Eena Meena Deeka and MuVyz, with thanks.)

The story of the film,

Seth Chunilal (Dixit) is a rich person. His daughter Radhika (Manorama) has married Chaman (Gope) who is their ‘ghar jamaai‘. He does not work anywhere. Radhika’s mother (Gulab) taunts him every now and then and one day, frustrated Radhika leaves the house along with Chaman. They start an insurance business and prosper in a village nearby. Chunilal’s son Chander (Dilip Kumar) becomes a lawyer. He visits his sister in the village. In same village, lives Roopa (Mumtaz Shanti) with her two brothers (Jeevan and Suleiman).

Chander gets introduced to this family, falls in love with Roopa and they get married. Upon coming to the city home, Chander’s mother starts taunting the new bahu on her poverty. Bahu, being adarsh bhartiya nari tolerates everything, but Chander gets frustrated and starts drinking. Sister Radhika and Chaman bring him to their house.

Chander’s mother and father start repenting and finally they go to Chander and Roopa, beg their pardon and bring them back with honour. They even call Chander and Radhika, but they refuse to come back, as they have prospered now.

So, all is well that ends well.

 

This film has 11 songs. According to the blog 6 songs are already discussed, but it transpires that one song ‘Ae Dard Zara Dum Le’ posted on 17-5-2011 and included as this film’s song, is actually a song from film ‘Zamana’ (1938). It was only used in this film as a radio song. So actually only 5 songs are covered. Today’s song is the 6th song from this film. In the video, Gope and Manorama singing this melodious song. The newer generation folks will remember the Chachi in the 1972 film ‘Seeta Aur Geeta’. Ah yes, this is the same Manorama.


Song – Aankhon Ko Aankhon Se Do Chaar Kiye Jaao (Ghar Ki Izzat) (1948) Singer – Ram Kamlani, Shamshad Begum, Lyrics – IC Kapoor, MD – Pt Gobind Ram
Shamshad Begum + Ram Kamlani

Lyrics 

aankhon se aankhon ko
aankhon se aankhon ko do chaar kiye jaao
pyaar kiye jaao ji
pyaar kiye jaao
aankhon se aankhon ko
aankhon se aankhon ko do chaar kiye jaao
pyaar kiye jaao ji
pyaar kiye jaao

hai teer nigaahon mein
aur bijli adaaon mein
hai teer nigaahon mein
aur bijli adaaon mein
bas yun hi mere dil pe
tum vaar kiye jaao
bas yun hi mere dil pe
tum vaar kiye jaao
pyaar kiye jaao ji
pyaar kiye jaao

aankhon se aankhon ko
aankhon se aankhon ko do chaar kiye jaao
pyaar kiye jaao ji
pyaar kiye jaao

o mast nazar aaj tu
masti ko luta de
aur chaand se chehre se zara
zulfen hataa de
jo dil mein tere hai
jo dil mein tere hai
wo nigaahon se suna de
ulfat ke nibhaane ka iqraar kiye jaao
ulfat ke nibhaane ka iqraar kiye jaao
pyaar kiye jaao ji
pyaar kiye jaao

aankhon se aankhon ko
aankhon se aankhon ko do chaar kiye jaao
pyaar kiye jaao ji
pyaar kiye jaao

pehlu mein mere chhota sa ik
sehma hua hai dil
har taar hai is dil ka
tere pyaar ke kaabil
aa dekh sajaa rakhi hai
kis thaath se mehfil
aa dekh sajaa rakhi hai
kis thaath se mehfil
ji jaan ka nazraana sarkaar liye jaao
ji jaan ka nazraana sarkaar liye jaao
pyaar kiye jaao ji
pyaar kiye jaao

aankhon se aankhon ko
aankhon se aankhon ko do chaar kiye jaao
pyaar kiye jaao ji
pyaar kiye jaao

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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आँखों से आँखों को
आँखों से आँखों को दो चार किए जाओ
प्यार किए जाओ जी
प्यार किए जाओ
आँखों से आँखों को
आँखों से आँखों को दो चार किए जाओ
प्यार किए जाओ जी
प्यार किए जाओ

है तीर निगाहों में
और बिजली अदाओं में
है तीर निगाहों में
और बिजली अदाओं में
बस यूं ही मेरे दिल पे
तुम वार किए जाओ
बस यूं ही मेरे दिल पे
तुम वार किए जाओ
प्यार किए जाओ जी
प्यार किए जाओ

आँखों से आँखों को
आँखों से आँखों को दो चार किए जाओ
प्यार किए जाओ जी
प्यार किए जाओ

ओ मस्त नज़र आज तू
मस्ती को लुटा दे
और चाँद से चेहरे से ज़रा
ज़ुल्फें हटा दे
जो दिल में तेरे है
जो दिल में तेरे है
वो निगाहों से सुना दे
उल्फ़त के निभाने का इक़रार किए जाओ
उल्फ़त के निभाने का इक़रार किए जाओ
प्यार किए जाओ जी
प्यार किए जाओ

आँखों से आँखों को
आँखों से आँखों को दो चार किए जाओ
प्यार किए जाओ जी
प्यार किए जाओ

पहलू में मेरे छोटा सा इक
सहमा हुआ है दिल
हर तार है इस दिल का
तेरे प्यार के क़ाबिल
आ देख सजा राखी है
किस ठाठ से महफिल
आ देख सजा राखी है
किस ठाठ से महफिल
जी जान का नज़राना सरकार लिए जाओ
जी जान का नज़राना सरकार लिए जाओ
प्यार किए जाओ जी
प्यार किए जाओ

आँखों से आँखों को
आँखों से आँखों को दो चार किए जाओ
प्यार किए जाओ जी
प्यार किए जाओ


This article is written by Peevesie’s Mom, 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.

Hullo to all in Atuldom

If it is a post by me then it has to be someone’s’ birthday.

It is 8thSeptember. Our beloved Asha Bhonsle’s 84thbirthday. So let me wish her a very Happy Birthday with this very lively number from her Non- Film album ‘Janam Samjha Karo’ (1997). I just thought that it will be a lovely departure from routine to showcase the versatility of the forever young-at-heart Asha.
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Saga Of Sleepless Nights -1
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oo oo. . neend na mujh ko aaye,
dil mera ghabraaye
chup ke chup ke, koyi aa ke,
soyaa pyaar jagaaye

कोई तो ऐसी उमर रही होगी, कोई तो ऐसा मुकाम आया होगा ज़िंदगी में, जब किन्हीं जज़्बातों के चलते, कुछ (या फिर कई) रातें आप ने जाग के गुज़ारो होंगीं।

There must have been an age, a time in life, a passage of emotional intensities, when you may have spend a few (or maybe many) sleepless nights – thinking, waiting, contemplating. Yes, they visit us all, the nights of the wide open eyes, when a cloudy sky is an irritating bore – for if the skies were clear, at least you would be able to start counting the stars.
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hum kahin bhi hon
chale aayenge

What an extraordinary promise this is.

We had a small get together of music lovers, earlier in the day today. And for the day it is, part of our conversation revolved around Rafi Sb, and his persona, and his legacy. ‘God’s Own Man’ is the phrase expressed by one of the gathering. Certainly, all people are God’s people. But then some are special. They are ‘God’s Own People’. Humble and giving – the two traits that stand out as shining beacons in this industry that is famous for cutthroat competition, and the rule of money power. So much corruption and cruelty bleeds into it, and in turn, generates more cruelty and heartlessness.
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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.

Today is a special day for Atulites and each one of us on our Whatsapp Group knows that it is Blog’s 9th anniversary. The Blog’s anniversary is the mother of all other celebrations connected with it. Otherwise how would it be possible to celebrate century songs, artists’ centuries, artists’ birth anniversaries, the remembrance days, other special occasions etc without the existence of the Blog?
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This song is the 100th duet of Rafi Sb and Geeta Dutt to be posted here on our blog.

As I was browsing the net earlier in the day, checking for articles and source material on Guru Dutt, I came across this she’er (couplet) which was written by the poet Kaifi Azmi in 1964, on hearing the news of Guru Dutt’s demise.

रहने को सदा दहर में आता नहीं कोई,
तुम जैसे गए ऐसे भी जाता नहीं कोई
माना की उजालों ने तुम्हें दाग़ दिये थे,
बे रात ढले शमा बुझाता नहीं कोई

rehne ko sadaa dehar mein aata nahin koi
tum jaise gaye aise bhi jaata nahin koi
maana ki ujaalon ne tumhen daagh diye the
be-raat dhale shama bujhaata nahin koi

It is true, no one comes in this world
To reside for ever
But the way you departed
No one even leaves that way
Granted that the brightness of flame
May have inflicted painful burns
But still, no one douses the lamp
Before the night comes to an end

Remembering Guru Dutt, the vital genius of Hindi cinema, on his anniversary today (9 july 2017). Had he been alive, he would have been 92 today.
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Last of the Music Moguls. Not that there have not been more prolific artists and music directors after him. One can readily name a few – Anu Malik, AR Rahman, Ilayaraja. But me, personally speaking, will not put the follow on ‘champs’ in the same bracket. Something ended when he left us, twenty three years ago. Times were-a-changing even as the 1960s played itself out. And he himself was singularly instrumental in that transformation.
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This article is written by Avinash Scrapwala, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular 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.

In a calendar year we celebrate special anniversaries of personalities related to HFM in almost all the months. Moreover, we pay our respect and homages on the remembrance day of such personalities too.

We also celebrate birth anniversaries of our team members and their family members and other ‘special days’ in their life, through posts/songs on the blog.
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