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5131 Post No. : 17087

‘Kaarwaan (1956) was produced by Dev Jolly and directed by Rafique Rizvi for Shahkar Productions, Bombay. the movie had Mahipal, Shakila, Helen, Cuckoo, Randhir, Hiralal, Yashodhara Katju, Paul, Sheila Vaz, Gope, Satish, Zed Hussain, Sharma, Dhanraj, Prema etc in it.

The movie had nine songs in it. Three songs have been covered so far.

Here is the fourth song from ‘Kaarwaan’ (1956) to appear in the blog. The song is sung by Balbir. Pt Bhushan is the lyricist. Music is composed by S Mohinder. The song also has a female voice uttering monosyllables.

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

Lyrics and other details were sent to me by Prakashchandra.

audio link:

Song-O zara sambhal sabhal ke chal (Kaarwaan)(1956) Singer-S Balbir, Lyrics-Pt Bhushan, MD-S Mohinder

Lyrics

o zaraa sambhal sambhal ke chal..ll
pad jaaye kamar mein na bal..ll
kyon
haayye tere bhi chaahne waale hain jaani
tere bhi chaahne waale hain jaani
zara sambhal sambhal ke chal..ll

jabse tumko dekhaa maine
dil hai daanwaadol
aakhir teree marzi kyaa hai
kuchch to munh se bol
mar jaaoon na main jal jal..ll
mar jaaoon na main jal jal..ll
haan..aaa…aan
tere bhi chaahne waale hain jaani
tere bhi chaahne waale hain jaani
zara sambhal sambhal ke chal…lll

in zulfon mein baandh ley mujhko
baandh ley meree jaa…aan
ek baar to dekh le hans ke
main tere qurbaan
ab chain naheen ek pal…ll
ab chain naheen ek pal
chal hatt
haayye tere bhi chaahne waale hain jaani
tere bhi chaahne waale hain jaani
zaraa sambhal sambhal ke chal…ll

dekh ke gorey gorey rukh pe
kaala kaalaa til..ll
ho gaya tere ishq mein seedha
mera tedha dil..ll
sab nikal gaye hain bal..lll
sab nikal gaye hain bal..ll
hmm huhh
hoyye tere bhi chaahne waale hain jaanee
tere bhi chaahne waale hain jaani
zaraa sambhal sambhal ke chal..ll
pad jaaye kamar mein na bal..ll
haayye tere bhi chaahne waale hain jaani
tere bhi chaahney waaley hain jaani
zaraa sambhal sambhal ke chal….lll

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir Kapur)
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ओ ज़रा संभाल संभाल के चल
पड़ जाये कमर में न बल
क्यों
हाए तेरे भी चाहने वाले हैं जानी
तेरे भी चाहने वाले हैं जानी
ज़रा संभाल संभाल के चल

जबसे तुमको देखा मैंने
दिल है डांवाडोल
आखिर तेरी मर्ज़ी क्या है
कुछ तो दिल से बोल
मर जाऊँ ना मैं जल जल
मर जाऊँ ना मैं जल जल
हाँ
तेरे भी चाहने वाले हैं जानी
तेरे भी चाहने वाले हैं जानी
ज़रा संभाल संभाल के चल

इन ज़ुल्फों में बांध ले मुझको
बांध ले मेरी जान
एक बार तो देख ले हंस के
मैं तेरे क़ुर्बान
अब चैन नहीं इक पल
अब चैन नहीं इक पल
चल हट
हाए तेरे भी चाहने वाले हैं जानी
तेरे भी चाहने वाले हैं जानी
ज़रा संभाल संभाल के चल

देख के गोरे गोरे रुख पे
काला काला तिल
हो गया तेरे इश्क़ में सीधा
मेरा टेढ़ा दिल
सब निकल गए हैं बल
सब निकल गए हैं बल
हम्मम
हाए तेरे भी चाहने वाले हैं जानी
तेरे भी चाहने वाले हैं जानी
ज़रा संभाल संभाल के चल
पड़ जाये कमर में न बल
हाए तेरे भी चाहने वाले हैं जानी
तेरे भी चाहने वाले हैं जानी
ज़रा संभाल संभाल के चल


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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5080 Post No. : 17003

Today’s song is from the film ‘Kismat Palat Ke Dekh’ (1961).

Generally, I like to write on films from the 30’s to the 50’s decade, which is my comfort zone. I feel homely and on friendly ground when I write about those old films. Films after 1960 are NOT a ‘ NO- NO ‘ for me, but unless I find either the film or the song interesting, I normally do not choose that song. That way and to allay any misunderstanding in our readers’ minds, let me stress here that I have written more than 200 posts on films from 1960 to 2013 also. Actually since there is still so much scope in the first 3 decades of talkie films, turning to the films of 60+ songs is not that common.

Just for my own information, I was curious about when was the last song from the 60’s discussed by me. I took out my long books wherein I first hand write my articles, backwards from my post on the 12th June 2022. I was surprised to find that my last song-post for a film of 1962 (‘Sautela Bhai’) was on 6-12-2020 ! That’s a cool gap of 176 posts in between !!

The usual question comes as to what is an ‘Old Film’ ? It all depends on the person’s age who wants to know the answer. Over a period of last so many years I got the following answer….

For a Person Aged An Old Film is From
20-30 years films of and prior to 1990
30-40 1980
40-50 1970
50-60 1960
60-70 1950
70-80 1940
80++ 1930

For youngsters of 20-30 years, songs of 1930 are antiques, 1940’s are Grandpa’s choices, 50 & 60’s are Dad’s favorites and 70 & 80’s are very old songs ! So, one can see the connection between the age and the period of film songs to label it differently !

Now coming to today’s song ‘Kismat Palat Ke Dekh’ (KPKD) was a costume/stunt drama. The title of this film has an interesting history behind it.

During the 30’s and the 40’s there was a comedian named Noor Mohammed. Based on his role as Charlie Chaplin including his dress, mustache, hat, stick, talk and walk, he was nicknamed as Charlie. There was a time when this Charlie was extremely popular all over India. He used to sing his own songs too. He became so famous and popular that films were sold in his name . He started to get special songs shot on him in almost every film – much before Johnny Walker in the 50s. He sang his own songs. He left Ranjit Studios and was the first actor to become a ‘free-lance‘ breaking the studio system. Some of his films and songs therein were famous all over India. In the film ‘Sanjog’ (1943), he sang “Palat, Tera Dhyan Kidhar Hai“. This line became so famous that young boys in colleges used this line for calling girls, in those days. In the film ‘Dhandhora’ (1941), he sang “Ek Do Teen Char Paanch Chhe Saat Aath Nau Dus Gyara Bara,Teri Nazar Ne Mujhe Mara“. Raj Kapoor used “Ek Do Teen Aaja Mausam Hai Rangeen” (film ‘Awaara’ (1951)) and later Madhuri Dixit’s “Ek Do Teen” (film ‘Tezaab’ (1988)) became very famous. In the film ‘Taqdeer’ (1943) he sang ”Thank You, Mention Not” and “I Am Very Very Sorry”. These too became popular.

Based on Charlie’s song “Palat, Tera Dhyan Kidhar Hai” this film’s title was finalized as ‘Zara Palat Ke Dekh’. For reasons unknown to others, the Censor board objected to this title and asked the makers to change it. After a lot of arguments, the makers finally had to change it to ‘Kismat Palat Ke Dekh’. I have seen this film. Neither the original nor the revised title had any connection with the story of the film.

This was the first and the only film directed by actor CS aka Chandrashekhar Dubey. I could not get enough information about Dubey from anywhere. He used to live somewhere in the Seven Bungalows area of Andheri west, where I have been living since long time. I used to see him along with his friends sitting in a hotel nearby sometimes. After searching a lot, I came across a short note on him by Mr. MN Sardana ji on the FB page of ‘Wo Din Yaad Karo’. For our readers, I reproduce it here after adapting and adding my information to it from my notes.

Chandrashekhar Dubey aka C Dubey was born on 4-9-1924 at Village Kannod of Dewas District in the then Central Provinces (now Madhya Pradesh). During his college education, he was very active in politics and had been in jail during the Quit India movement too. He had his quota of struggle, when he arrived at Mumbai to become someone .

Luckily he found his Godfather in film maker Amiya Chakraborty, who noticed him and took him under his wings. Dubey, became his Man Friday. He was spot boy, production executive, prompter and assistant director all rolled into one, besides doing small roles in the films made by Mars & Movies and other production Houses . His first film was ‘Devdaasi’ (1945).

Filmmaker Guru Dutt gave him the role of a doctor in ‘Mr & Mrs 55’ (1955), which got him much needed publicity. In the famous movie ‘Seema’, made by his mentor Amiya Chakraborty, Dubey was assigned the role of a street ruffian cum thief, who made the life of heroine Nutan miserable. People found Dubey quite amusing and he became a full time actor. In 1957 Amiya Chakraborty passed away suddenly due to heart attack, leaving his movie ‘Kathputli’ incomplete, which was completed by Nitin Bos. Totally dedicated to his late master Amiya Chakraborty, Dubey did not leave the company. Ajit Chakraborty took the reins of the company and made ‘Ardhangini’ in 1959 and ‘Apne Huye Paraye’ in 1964 and Dubey gave him his full support and services.

While he was established as a character actor, he now wanted to exhibit his other skills by directing a film He got a chance in 1960 to direct a light hearted entertaining movie ‘Zara Palat Ke Dekh’. It was a modest movie and had an experienced artist Anoop Kumar And a new bee Preeti Bala as lead players. Anoop Kumar had appeared in many movies in supporting roles and had done a variety of roles like hero, comedian, villain and sympathetic roles. In the 1952 movie ‘Rani’, which was made by Jupiter Pictures, Madras and directed by LV Prasad , he did a swashbuckling role of a warrior, opposite the great actress of South Bhanumathi, who was a versatile singer also.

Preeti Bala was raw and had only a faint idea about acting. Instead of changing the style of acting, she changed her name as Zeb Rehman, which did not bring any change to her destiny. She was in news during sixties when she did body double of Madhubala in few movies like ‘Half Ticket’, ‘BoyFriend’ and ‘Passport’, since Madhubala was ailing and it was not possible for her to attend the shooting. The movie ‘Zara Palat Ke Dekh’ had music by Gunjan. The movie, when completed and sold, faced a big hurdle, when Censor Board refused to certify the movie. Their main objection was related to the title of the film, which they found offensive and denigrating. Producer tried to justify the title, but our prude and adamant Censor Board refused to budge and insisted on changing the title. Since publicity material including lobby cards were already printed, film makers reluctantly renamed the movie as ‘Kismat Palat Ke Dekh’. The movie when released in 1961, did not do good for any one and all those connected with the movie were disappointed. Since the movie had flopped, it poured cold water on the ambition of music composer Gunjan, director Dubey and the lead players. Producers duo Nanda and Gupta after losing substantial money downed the shutter of their company.

CS Dubey was a good character actor. He acted in 196 films. His last film was ‘Antim Nyay’ (1993). He died on 28-9-1993, but after his death, his 8 films were released – the last one being ‘Yaar Meri Zindagi’ (2008).

(Thanks to Mr. M.N.Sardana ji).

The film’s music director was Gunjan. Who was Gunjan? Most people do not know that Gunjan was another name under which singer/composer GM Durrani gave music. As Gunjan he also gave music to film ‘State Express’ (1961). Earlier in his career, he gave music to films like ‘Angoori’ (1943), ‘Vijayalaxmi’ (1943) and ‘Dhadkan’ (1946) under his real name.

The cast of the film was Anoop Kumar, Preeti Bala (aka Zeb Rehman), Durga Khote, Daljit, Iftikhar, Majnu, Polson, Dalda, Jeevankala etc.

‘Kismat Palat Ke Dekh’ was truly an obscure movie. It was clearly a B grade film with the appropriate star cast. The Hero Anoop kumar was in double role in this film (as if one Anoop was not enough !).

The film was produced by Balendra Gupta and NC Nanda, under the banner of Movie Hits (indicating hopes), and was directed by CS Dubey or Chandrashekhar Dubey, a small time actor in those days. Dubey was a veteran, having started his career from the 30s and he used his knowledge of old films in this.The original title of this film was ‘Zara Palat Ke Dekh’.

Later on the title was changed to ‘Kismat Palat Ke Dekh’. However neither the audience ‘zara bhi palat ke dekh’ nor their kismet changed jara bhi !

The lyricists were Akhtar Romani and Sadiq Nazmi. Story and screenplay by Sri Prakash and Dialogues by Suman Romani.

The story of the film was….

The story had nothing remarkable and it was highly predictable. Prince Kunwar (Anoop Kumar) is studying in UK when his father dies and the king appoints him as his successor, instead of his elder brother Samsher (Daljit), who is a gone case, indulging in wine, women and gambling. Kunwar starts for India. Samsher wants to kill him. Loyal Diwan ji and another sardar, Mansingh are escorting Kunwar when they are attacked. Diwanji is killed, Kunwar is injured seriously and thrown in a river presuming dead, but Mansingh escapes. Mansingh, one day finds Badloo (Anup Kumar), who looks same to same as Kunwar. Mansingh does not know that he is a barber. Mansingh makes him the Kunwar and brings him to the capital of Kingdom. Princess Kiran (Preeti Bala) who is engaged to Kunwar suspects Badloo.

The real Kunwar is saved by people of Imlipur as Badloo and brought to his ‘mother’ (Durga Khote). Kunwar understands the situation and keeps quiet till opportune moment comes. Finally he contacts Kiran and they together expose the impostor prince, kill Samsher in a fight and reunite themselves as a reward.

In the early 60s, when the Film industry was churning out excellent movies after movies, it was hardly expected that such a film would succeed. The film got what it deserved. A peaceful rest in the cans !

The mukhda remains the same as the original title of the film “Zara Palat Ke Dekh”.

HFGK mentions Manna Dey and chorus, but the voice of S Balbir is also there in the song.


Song- Zara palat ke dekh (Kismat Palat Ke Dekh)(1961) Singers-Manna Dey, S Balbir, Lyricist – Not known, MD- Gunjan (GM Durani)
Chorus

Lyrics

palat
palat
zara palat ke dekh

o o o o
zara palat ke dekh
palat

meri unglion ka jaadoo
ik baar dekh
do baar dekh
dus baar dekh baabu
o topiwaale laalu
o pagdiwaale kaalu
o dhotiwaale baalu
kaahe bana hai bhaalu

hai koi dilwaala
to aage aaye laala
banaa doon matwaala
zamaane se niraala
o mathura waale maamu
o dilli waale shaamu
o bambai waale ramu
o maamu
abe shaamu
ae ramu
ae daamu naamu gaamu shaamu ho oo

mat ho udaas
aa mere paas
aa jin ka jaam badloo
o o o
zara palat ke dekh
ae ae ae ae palat

aa aa aa aa aa
majnu aur farhad ka maine
shave kiyaa thhaa pyaare
aa aa aa aa aa

ban gaye donon
aaj zamaane ki aankhon ke taare
ae mukhda main chamkaa doon aisa
dilbar khud dil haare
shaam jee
haay
raam jee
haaye
shaam jee
haaye
raam jee
haaye
shaam jee
haaye

ae mukhda main chamkaa doon aisa
dilbar khud dil haare
aur pukaare
kya

ke kisne banaai teri daadhi
sanwariyaa
waari waari jaaun
waari waari jaaun
sainyya
waari waari jaaun rasiya
waari waari jaaun balmaa
kisne banaai teri daadhi
sanwariyaa
waari waari jaaun
ho o
zara palat ke dekh

aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
mujhse shave karaa le pyaare
ban jaayega hero
ae varna reh jaayegaa baabu
ae tu zero ka zero

arre ashok aur kishor hi ka sun lo afsaana
kabhi banaate thhe daadhi
hum unki rozaana
jabhi to aaj zamaana hai unka deewaana
wo bhool baithhe hamen dil magar ye bhoola naa
magar ye bhoola na

kya
wo unka yahaan aana
wo aage baithh jaana
hazaamaten karaana
kahaaniyaan suuraana
tum bhi aavo shave karaavo
mumkin hai waise ban jaao
haan haan waise ban jaao
haan haan waise ban jaao
o o o
zara palat ke dekh
o zara palat ke dekh
o zara palat ke dekh
o o zara palat ke dekh
palat


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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4952 Post No. : 16818

Today’s song is a special one. It is from the film Taxi 555-1958. The film was released on 30-11-1958 at Super Cinema in Bombay. Why I call this song a Special song is, because this song ( Diya bujhaao, jhatpat jhatpat ) is a parody of K L Saigal’s well known song ” Diya Jalaao, jagmag jagmag” from the film Tansen -1943. Of course the Parody stops only at the Mukhada of the song. The style or the tune of the rest of the song is entirely different, nevertheless the mukhada, being famous, undoubtedly reminds us of Saigal’s song.

Fil Taxi 555-1958 was a Murder Mystery, though HFGK calls it a Social film. Although the 50’s decade was the peak of the Golden period of HFM, in terms of Melody, Content, Tune and Rendition, the type of films slowly changed to Crime, Murder mysteries and Detective stories, towards the end of the decade, The 60’s decade was full of such films. However films like Agra Road,, Aparadhi Kaun, Begunah, Nau do gyarah and Ustad (5 films) in 1957 and 10 O’Clock, 12 O’Clock, Detective, Howrah Bridge, Kala Pani, Mujrim, Phir subah Hogi, Post box 999, Solva saal, Taxi 555 (10 films) in 1958 were indicators of the dominant film genres of the coming times.

Film Taxi 555, a Murder mystery filmwas made by Golden Movies- owned by producer Mulkraj Bhakri and directed by his brotherLekhraj Bhakri. All the 8 songs of the film were written by Prem Dhawan and the Music Director was Sardar Malik, assisted ably by arranger Sebastian D’Souza.

As the name suggests, Sebastian was from Goa. A typical Goan likes to live life-“Sushegaat”- which loosely means “Araam se” or a carefree life. Their philosophy is Eat, Drink and be Merry. This Merry part included Music. Goa has given many musicians to India. Lata/Asha are from Mangeshi-Goa, though the family had shifted to Kolhapur, Music Directors Dattaram(Wadkar) and N.Datta(Datta Naik), Singers Kishori Amonkar, Kesarbai Kerkar, Shobha Mudgal, Hema Sardesai, Prabhakar Karekar, Remo fernandes, Lorna are from Goa.(The list is only indicative, not exhaustive).
Anthony Gonsalves was from Majorda-Goa. He worked for Naushad, O P Nayyar and Laxmikant Pyarelal (‘My name is Anthony Gonsalves’ song is a tribute by Laxmikant Pyarelal to him, as he taught Pyarelal so many things including Notations.)

Chick Chocolate aka Anthony Vaz from Aldona-Goa—he worked for C.Ramchandra mainly.

Chris Perry worked for Khayyam,R D Burman,Kalyanji Anandji, and Laxmikant Pyarelal.

Frank Fernando- worked with Anil Biswas, Kishore Kumar, Roshan and C.Ramchandra.

Sebastian D’Souza from Bicholim-Goa—worked for Shanker Jaikishen from 1952 to 1975 and also with O P Nayyar. Incidentally, he is the one Arranger who worked with a maximum number of different Music Directors,irrespective whether they were small, medium or big ones, new or old ones.

Most of the players of western instruments in the Orchestras were from Goa. Only some are mentioned.

Sebastian D’Souza was one of the most reputed arrangers in Bollywood, who did his best-known work with the duo of Shankar-Jaikishan between 1952 and 1975. His first break was with O. P. Nayyar. The first tune he arranged was “Pritam aan milo”, which was sung by C. H. Atma in 1955. He devised a system of notation that incorporated the microtones that characterised Indian melodies.

Sebastian was born on 29 January 1906 in Reis-Magos, Goa. He learnt to play the violin and piano in a local church school. While learning these instruments, he also learnt to write music notation. It was during this time that he listened to the famous symphonies of well-known composers of the western world, namely, Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Haydon and Richard Wagner. Deeply interested in violin and piano, Sebastian continued his learning and went to places like Allahabad, Mussorie and Delhi. At Delhi, in Hotel Astoria, he started his own band and people appreciated it. In 1942, he went to Lahore, and in Hotel Stiffels, he started his own band. This continued until 1947. After partition, he went to Bombay and started his career as a violinist in the film industry. He played for well-known music directors like Anil Biswas, Naushad, Vinod, Ghulam Haider, Husnlal-Bhagatram, S. D. Burman, Sajjad Hussain and Shanker-Jaikishan.

He started his career as a Music Arranger in 1948-49 with O. P. Nayyar when Nayyar recorded his first song “Preetam aan milo…..” sung by C. H. Atma and written by Mrs. Saroj Mohini Nayyar (O. P. Nayyar’s wife) . After three years, Nayyar signed his first film, Dalsukh Pancholi’s “Aasmaan”, as an independent music director. At that time he called Sebastian to work as his Arranger. Sebastian, thus, started his career as an arranger with O. P. Nayyar in 1952 which he continued till 1973. The last film for which he worked with O. P. Nayyar was ‘Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye’. Incidentally this was also the last film of singer Asha Bhosale with Nayyar.

In 1952, Sebastian’s friend Sunny Castellino, who worked as an arranger for Shanker-Jaikishan, introduced Sebastian to the duo. So Sebastian started as Shanker-Jaikishan’s arranger from 1952 with Amiya Chakravarty’s Daag, and continued until 1975. Film Sanyasi was Sebastian’s last film with them.

In film Daag as an arranger, Sebastian’s most successful innovative work was the creation of a memorable counter-melody for a song sung by both Talat Mehmood and Lata Mangeshker –‘Ai mere dil kahin aur chal…..’. According to Sebastian, in this song he used the accordion for creating counter-melody along with violin and mandolin. And the result was excellent. Sebastian used accordion for interlude music in a number of songs but its use as the main instrument for counter-melody was rare.

Shankar-Jaikishan being lovers of Indian Classical Music, composed a LP record titled Raga Jazz Style in which they presented 11 Raga in Jazz style. Sebastian arranged the music and wrote the notations. Sebastian also worked for great music directors like Salil Chowdhury, Vasant Desai, S. D. Burman, Madan Mohan, Roshan, Dattaram and N. Dutta. Sebastian occasionally worked for Vinod, Sardar Malik, S.Mohinder, Kalyanji Veerji Shah, Kanu Ghosh, Iqbal Qureshi, Prem Dhawan, Shyamji Ghanashyamji and Nitin Mangesh as well. And he never forgot to express his gratitude towards renowned musicians such as Robert Correa and Mike Machado (the Pianists), Albuquerque, Verga, Simplicio D’Souza and John Gonsalves (the Cellists), V Balsara and Goody Seervai (the Accordionists), Duorado, Narvekar and Karnad (the solo Violinists) and David (the Mandolin player). He would also fondly recall his contemporary music arrangers such as Johny Gomes, Castellino, Chic Chocolate, Ram Singh, Rizbert and Franky.

When he died, on 9-3-1998, in his own Bungalow- “Seb-Maria “, he instructed that no money to be spent on his funeral and all that was saved should go to charity; such is the modesty of greats. Sebastian left behind a rich musical legacy which will live into generations after his time.

Sebastian’s remarkable contribution was his ability to combine Western orchestra with the Indian. His are the songs which we remember even today due to the richness of his musical arrangements and the variations in his melodies. Sebastian was a complete musician. His music lovers will remember his music for years to come. (Thanks to an article by Dr. Padmanabh Joshi. Parts of his article have been used here with adaptations,along with an article from the book ‘Rahe na rahe hum’ by Shantaram Mankikar and my notes.)

The film’s director was Lekhraj Bhakri. Let us know more about Lekhraj through an interesting incident in the life of a well known artiste…

An youngster, like millions of displaced Punjabis ,crossed over to India in 1947 from Abbottabad ( Now Pakistan), when the Indian subcontinent was divided. He and his family, like hundreds of other refugee families from Punjab, were given shelter in Kingsway camp located in north Delhi.

It was by chance that the youngster named Hari Kishan Goswami met his distant cousin Lekh Raj Bhakri, a filmmaker, who was on a visit to Delhi. The well experienced movie maker was impressed with the personality of the lanky handsome man & inquired from him if he is interested in being an actor. The young lad, who was a fan of Dilip Kumar , readily agreed & reached Bombay. Those days Bhakri Sahab was making a film Fashion-1957, with his favourite actor Pradeep Kumar ,Mala Sinha,Chandra Shekhar,Jabeen & Kammo & the shooting was in progress . Mr Goswami was told to be in the studio , to get himself acquainted with the nitty gritty of the film making .

So Goswami started working as an assistant to director Lekhraj Bhakri- for the film Fashion-57. There was a song in the film, in the voice of Hemant Kumar, to be shot on a Beggar on the screen. On the day of shooting, the actor who was supposed to do the role of the beggar and sing this song, did not come. Lekhraj Bhakri caught Hari kishen Goswami, put on the make up of the bearded beggar and made him sing this song on camera. Thus the debut of Goswami took place with Hemant Kumar’s song !

No one from the audience could ever imagine that the person with dishevelled hairs, having a big beard , and with a song on his lips is a handsome young man of 19 years . The movie was ‘Fashion’, released in 1957 & the song was , Composed & crooned by Hemant Kumar . It was the young man’s first exposure before camera. The song was to chide a wayward hero (Pradeep Kumar),who has left his wife (Mala Sinha),for another woman (Kammo) having ill intentions.The song was “ Dharti ki godh mein…” After Fashion ,Bhakri Sahab made Sahara in 58 ,with M Rajan & Meena Kumari & Hari Kishan Goswami ( who now wanted to be called as Manoj Kumar, the name Dilip Kumar had in a film), was given a substantial role . Bhakri Sahab, true to his words, took on Manoj Kumar in his subsequent movies Panchayat, Chand & Honeymoon (1960).

Lekh Raj Bhakri , directed his first film Rajpoot-51 and thereafter he regularly directed movies ,like Resham,Thokar,Dak Babu etc within a modest budget . He directed about Twenty movies during 1950 to 1962. He made most of his movies under the banner Tasviristan ,owned by Kuldip Sehgal and his sibling Mulkh Raj Bhakri’s Golden movies . Mulkh Raj Bhakri ,besides being a producer of Hindi/Punjabi movies ,was also a writer & lyricist . He wrote the famous song ‘Haye Chanda Gaye Pardes’ for Chakori, which is still appreciated by connoisseurs of film music. Mulkh Raj Bhakri also made Bhangra ,a super hit musical in Punjabi ,which had Sunder & Nishi in lead roles.

Mr Lekh Raj Bhakri made many family oriented movies ,like Maa Beta, Tange Wali ,Naya Zamana,HoneyMoon etc. At the same time ,he had no problems directing films of other genres for those who wanted to watch fantasy & Arabian Nights movies. For them he made Naqab, Alladin Laila & Nag Padmini . Later,he made a musical Muslim social ‘Shama’ ,which had Suraiyya & Nimmi & music was composed by Ghulam Mohammad.

Lekh Raj Bhakri ,beside Manoj Kumar, introduced music directors Kanu Ghosh with his film Naya Zamaana (1957 ) & Iqbal Qureishi with Panchayat (1958 ). He also introduced actor Vijay Dutt with Shama. Mr Bhakri hung his boots after Banarsi Thug ,a hugely entertaining movie ,released in 1962. He did not further attempt to make movies , as after the arrival of colour ,the budget of Hindi movies was increased many fold & now it was a risky business. It did not suit the temperament of a simple soul like Bhakri Saheb . Mr Bhakri,who did not believe in showing off ,always kept a low profile despite being a successful director , bade adieu to show business . Much later, he passed away on 03 March 1976 at the age of sixty years. It was a matter of time ,when the era of principled film makers ,who made purposeful movies with message , came to an end & proposal makers having no regards for ethical values arrived with the sole aim of earning money .( adapted from the article by shri M.N.Sardana ji, with thanks. )

Today’s song is an interesting one with entertaining Lyrics. This is the 3rd song of the film on this Blog – all duets of S. Balbir


Song- Diya bujhaao jhatpat jhatpat (Taxi 555) (1958) Singers- Rafi, Balbir, Lyricist- Prem Dhawan, MD- Sardar Malik (assistant / arranger Sebastian)

Lyrics

Diya bujhaao jhatpat jhatpat
Diya bujhaao jhatpat jhatpat
Diya bujhaao
sone waale sun re
tere aangan mein murga boley
(kukdoo koon koon
kukdoo koon koon)
tere aangan mein murga boley
kaahe na ankhiyaan kholey
diya bujhaa
diya bujhaa
diya bujhaa
jhatpat jhatpat
diya bujhaao
jhatpat jhatpat
diya bujhaao

keh gaye kehne waale
kya ustaad jee
suno beta

uthh jaag musaafir
bhor bhayi
ab rain kahaan jo sowat hai
jo jaagat hai so paawat hai
jo sowat hai so khowat hai
soch zara
soch zara
soch zara
diya bujhaao
jhatpat jhatpat
diya bujhaao

meethhe sur mein kaaga gaaye
sone mein kyun waqt ganwaaye
kaam bina kya kaam jagat mein
kaam se milte daam jagat mein
daam se milta naa aam
daam se milta naam jagat mein
naam kamaa
naam kamaa
naam kamaa
diya bujhaao
jhatpat jhatpat
diya bujhaao
jhatpat jhatpat
diya bujhaao

jaldi karo beta

khul gaye nalke aa gaya paani
thhumak thhumak chali Raadhe Raani
paniya bharan main to chali jaat hoon
sar par bhaari prem ka matka
laage kamar mein sau sau jhatka
jhatka
jhatka
jhatka
jhatka
sar par bhaari prem ka matka
laage kamar mein sau sau jhatka
phir bhi meethhe geet gaat hoon
sur mein to gaao
sur mein to gaao
sur mein to gaao
sur mein to gaao


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Blog Day :

4935 Post No. : 16780 Movie Count :

4568

Today’s song is from an obscure C grade action film Chini Jadugar-1959.

The film was made under the banner of Noshirwan Movietone, Bombay, – possibly owned by the director of this film – Noshir Engineer. He was also its Producer. He was a specialist director of action/stunt/costume films. He directed 7 films, starting with the film Inteqam-1947. The came Shamsheerbaz-53,Carnival Queen-55, Diler Daku-57, Circus Queen-59, Chini Jadugar-59 and lastly it was Noor Mahal-1965, In 5 of these films the MD was Shafi M Nagari.

The composer for the film Chini Jadugar-59 was ‘Shafi M. Nagri’. It was a riddle. Who was this Shafi Nagri ? In a few films, his name also appeared as Shafi Nagri. I was tired of searching for information in books and on the Internet, about this Shafi. Finally, the riddle was solved by Shri Girdharilal ji Vishwakarma, the famous Historian and Collector of songs. He explained that this person was none other than Shafi mohd. Nagri -popularly known as Mohd. Shafi !

Composer Mohd. Shafi ( 25-12-1925 to 30-4-1980 ) was one of those talented artistes of Hindi Film Music who was only used by others and never got enough credit for his work.He is honoured as “The original Arranger” in the industry.He was an excellent Sitar player. He started with the Imperial Film company-where he played Bulbul Tarang. In 1937 he went to Calcutta, joined New Theatres and played Sitar in films Kapal Kundala-39 and Aandhi-40, as an assistant to Pankaj Mullick and K.C.Dey. He played the sitar in the film “Ujala”-42. In this film, the Hero-Prithviraj kapoor was shown as a Sitar player,hence the expertise of Shafi was fully utilised in this film.

Starting with the film ‘Haqdaar’-46, he gave music to 19 Hindi films and 2 Marathi films. He worked with Naushad, as his assistant and Arranger, for 14 years.He was considered a ‘Dada’ in Background music.He gave Background music to about 70 films( for Naushad and others). For Mughal E Azam, K.Asif used to send his personal car to fetch him to studio. It was said that Shafi gave the first break to Suman Hemmadi(Kalyanpur) in Mangu-54 and Hemlata in the unreleased film Iraada.

Shafi had bought his first car when he was just 15 year old. He had a posh flat in Shivaji Park area of Dadar in Bombay. In the end , everything was gone.He had helped families of Shakeel Badayuni and Ghulam Mohammed after their deaths. However in his last difficult days , except Rafi, no one came for his help. In the final few months, his memory had gone. His Begum ruefully said,” Good that he does not remember anything. All took his advantage and gave him nothing. There were more things to forget than to remember ! ”

It is said that the entire music of Sohni Mahiwal-58 was done by him. Naushad was sick during this period and did not attend even one recording. “Do hanson ka joda” and “Dhoondo dhoondo re saajna” Gunga Jamuna-61 were his creations. He used to give tunes to many composers too-whoever asked for help.

It is believed that Shafi also acted in 2 films, namely Jungi Jawan-43 and Diler Detective-48. As a MD, he gave music to 19 films and composed 125 songs.

Film Chini jadugar-1959 had music by Shafi M Nagari. Now, who is this composer ? A search on HFGK gives names of films for him, namely Krishna Kanhaiya-52, Shamsheerbaz-53, Sher dil-54, Carnival Queen-55, Diler Daku-57, Circus Queen-59 and Chini Jadugar-59. Well known Music expert and collector Shri Girdharilal Vishwakarma ji has confirmed that it is none other than composer Mohd. Shafi only. In this name he gave music to 7 films and composed 48 songs.

During the Studio system and later on, few known MDs too availed of this trick to find a way out of the rules. For example, Snehal Bhatkar used different names to give music as long as he worked in HMV. C.Ramchandra used the name Annasaheb or P Ramakant when giving music to action/stunt films, Lata Mangeshkar gave music in the name of Anandghan, Hafiz Khan Mastana used the alias Gunjan and S D Batish used Nirmal Kumar. So, it is no wonder that while assisting Naushad for so many years, Mohd. Shafi used an alias for giving music to outside films.

The cast of the film Chini Jadugar consisted of Kamran, Krishnakumari,Shaikh, Habeeb,Vasantrao pehelwan, Ismail,Rajni, Moti (Dog), Ustad (Horse) and many others. Kamran was the Hero. Kamran khan Rizvi was a regular Stunt Hero and I used to enjoy his films. He started his film career with Baghi Sipahi-36, a film made by East India Film Co, Calcutta. A.R.Kardar was its Director. Later on Kamran came to Bombay, along with kardar, who was his Patron for quite some time.

Hero Kamran and Heroine Nazi was a popular combination of 12 stunt films, those days. Kamran worked in 52 films. In 1963, film Bachpan was being directed by Nazar Ahmed. He had some disputes with the Producer and he left the film midway. The Debutant Hero Salim ( father of actor Salman Khan) and Debutant Heroine Menaka ( Eldest sister of Daisy and Honey Irani…all daughters of Mrs. P.N. Irani, a greedy mother, who spoiled the childhood of her children for money) were in trouble. Kamran stepped in and completed the film by directing the balance part, without taking any money. During this period, he fell in love with Menaka and they got married. Her film career ended there only. They had one son and one daughter ( Actor, compere, Director Sajid Khan and famous Choreographer and Director Farah khan).

Kamran stopped getting Hero’s roles, as stunt films were not being made to that extent in the 70s and later period. He decided to become producer and Director. This proved to be his nemesis. He failed miserably,lost everything and became an alcoholic. He divorced Menaka, who worked as a Housekeeper in a 5 star hotel (Hotel Sea Rock) and he lived in his big flat in Versova with 2 children but no money. He died in 1985.

Kamran directed 11 films from Panch Ratan-65 to Ban Manush-80. His last film as an actor was Nastik-83.

In the cast there is the name of an actor, Shaikh. Sheikh was a Comedy actor in the 40s,50s and the 60s. He has acted in 170 films,as per Muvyz stats. He sang 10 songs in 7 films as per HFGK (Daulat ki duniya-47, Fifty Fifty-UR, Nakli Baap-49, Jiya Raja-49, Dushman-50, Hatimtai-56 and Naagmani-57).

He was essentially a B and C grade film comedian, so his name is not known to most people. Sanjeev Narvekar’s book, “Eena meena deeka” gives very little information about him. In his hey-days, he was popular in a class of people who were regulars of stunt,fantasy and action films. He was a fixture in almost all Wadia films. He was the main singer in the iconic qawali, “Humen to loot liya milke husn walon ne ‘ from the film Al Hilal-58. (It was the 5000th song on this Blog)

He had directed 2 films, Shahnaaz-48 and Mr.Toofan-63. He started his career in Hindi films with Pakke badmash-39. Before that he had acted in a Marathi film “Netaji Palkar-39″by Bhalji Pendharkar (info from CITWF). His last film was Aadamkhor-85. No information is available on his life anywhere.

Today’s song is a duet, sung by S.Balbir and Suhasini Kolhapure. She sang only 6 songs in 5 films like Sabse bada Rupiah-55, Shahi bazar-57, Chini Jadugar-59, Laalach-60 and Saaya-61., before disappearing without a trace.

With this song, film Chini Jadugar-59 makes a Debut on the Blog.


Song- Ye rut haseen ye raahen (Cheeni Jaadoogar)(1959)Singers- S Balbir, Suhasini Kolhapure, Lyricist- Akhtar Romani, MD- Shafi M. Nagari aka Mohd. Shafi
Both

Lyrics

hurr
haha

Ye rut haseen ye raahen

Ye rut haseen ye raahen
ye jawaan jawaan nigaahen
mehki hawaayen
behki fizaayen
dil kyun machal na jaaye
Ye rut haseen ye raahen

aankhon mein hai rang suhaane
honthon pe naye afsaane
ae kaash yahin thham jaayen
yoon pyaar ki ye mastaani
chhoote na saath
chhoote na haath
aao sapan ??yen
Ye rut haseen ye raahen

main phool agar ban jaaun
main bhanwra ban ke gaaun
ban jaaun agar main titli
main ban ke hawa lahraaun
aayi bahaar laayi qaraar
??yen
Ye rut haseen ye raahen

udte huye kaale baadal
lehraata hua ye aanchal
nazron mein anokhi masti
dil mein hai niraali halchal
jaage umang naache pawan
do dil jo muskuraayen
Ye rut haseen ye raahen
ye jawaan jawaan nigaahen
mehki hawaayen
behki fizaayen
dil kyun machal na jaaye
Ye rut haseen ye raahen


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Blog Day :

4816 Post No. : 16587

“Anarbala”(1961) was directed by Raja Yagnik for Unity Productions, Bombay. This costume drama movie had Daljeet,, Krishna Kumari, Tiwari, Maruti, Neelofar, Pal Sharma, Babu Raje, Pandit Iqbal, Moni Chatterjee, Kesari, Shree Bhagwan, Jeewan Kala etc in it.

The movie had eight songs in it. Two songs from the movie has been covered in the past.

Here is the third song from “Anaarbaala”(1961) to appear in the blog. The song is sung by S Balbir, Sudha Malhotra and female chorus. Ramesh Chandra Pandey is the lyricist. Music is composed by Bulo C Rani.

Only the audio of this song is available. The song appears to be a qawwaali. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of this song.


Song-Aji maana ke bahut hain aap haseen (Anarbala) (1961) Singers-S Balbir, Sudha Malhotra, Lyrics-Ramesh Chandra Pandey, MD-Bulo C Rani
Female Chorus

Lyrics

aa aa aa
maana
aji mana ke bahut hain aap haseen
dil ko thukraaya karte hain
lekin ham bhi dilwaale,
dil dushman se lagaaya karte hain
hamse hi kadar aapki hai
ho hamse hi aap bigadte hain
kya apne aap ko samjha hai
kyun itana aap akadte hain jee akadte hain
haan aan aan
sun lijiye aeji sarkar, sun lijiye aeji sarkar
agar kuchh aap hain to, agar kuchh aap hain to
kuchh ham bhi hain
sun leeje aeji dildaar
sun leeje aeji dildaar
agar kuchh aap hain to, agar kuchh aap hain to
kuchh ham bhi hain/font>

maana husn pe marne ko, laakhon dildaar machalte hain
lekin kab shama bulaati hai
jalne waale khud jalte hain

ye jalte hain
ye jalte hain

un parwaanon ki hasti kya,
jeene pe jinko naaj nahin
aa aa aaa
ham bhi to mohabbat karte hain
haan
par maut ke hain mohtaaj nahin een een
ho par maut ke hain mohtaaj nahin

sun leeje aeji sarkaar
sun leeje aeji sarkaar
agar kuchh aap hain to
kuchh ham bhi hain

aa aa aa aa
hai shokhi bhi itni ki,
aap khud ko bhagwaan samajh baithe
hai khair hamarre dil ko hi
aap apna makaan samajh baithhe
aabaad ho ya barbaad ho o o
ab ye jaan bhi aapki dualat hai
maashook hai gar bhagwan to
apne aashiq ki badaulat hai
sun leeje aeji dildaar
sun leeje aeji dildaar

agar kuchh aap hain to, agar kuchh aap hain to
kuchh ham bhi hain



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Blog Day : 4464 Post No. : 15948

“Baaraati” (1954) was directed by J K Nanda for Kardar Productions, Bombay. The movie had Chand Usmani, Peace Kanwal, Agha, Om Prakash, Sham Kumar, Leela Mishra, Baby Sheela, Darpan, Johny Walker, abbas, Rajan KHaksar, Heera Sawant, Agha Miraz, Kathana, Ameer Ali, Agha Mirza etc. in it.

The movie had eight songs in it. Seven songs have been discussed in the past. Here are their details:-

Blog post number Song Date
1742 Kis naam se pukaaroon kyaa naam hai tumhaara 11 August 2009
2714 Kahin door koyaliyaa gaaye re 2 August 2010
3219 Aa phir se mere pyaar ki kismat sanwaar de 17 November 2010
8572 Teri nazron ne hamko chheda hai 22 August 2013
15728 Haaye koi keh de papeeha se jaa ke 16 July 2020
15775 Saari raat jaage laage jo tose nainwaa 2 August 2020
15875 Dhak dhak dhak dhak kare dil 9 September 2020

Here is the eighth and final song from “Baaraati”(1954). This song is sung by S Balbir, Asha Bhonsle and chorus. D N Madhok is the lyricist. Music is composed by Roshan.

It uis a very long song (over seven minutes long). It is picturised as a “fair” (mela) song. I am unable to identify most actors seen in the picturisation. I feel that a lady seen dancing towards the end of the picturisaation could be Sheila Vaz, though her name does not figure in the credits. I request our knowledgeable readers to help identigfy her as well as others seen in the picturisation.

I have not been able to get the lyrics right to my satisfaction, especially in the parts with Punjabi words. I request our readers with keener ears to help fill in the blanks/ suggest corrections in the lyrics as applicable.

With this song, all the songs of “Baaraati”(1954) have been covered in the blog and this movie thus joins the list of movies that have been YIPPEED in the blog.


Song-Naach le baawariya tohe lene aaya sanwariya (Baraati)(1954) Singers-S Balbir, Asha Bhonsle,Lyrics-D N Madhok, MD-Roshan
Male chorus
Female chorus
All chorus

Lyrics

naach le baawariya
naach le baawariya
tohe lene aaya saanwariya
naach le baawariya
naach le
naach le
nach le baawariya
tohe lene aaya saanwariya
naach le baawariya

mera chana masaale vaala
jisko khaaye seth ka saala
kha ker ho jaaye matwaala
moonchh pe taav de
chane hain bade chatpate

jaane waale baabu mohse ankhiyaan milaaye ja
jaane waale baabu mohse ankhiyaan milaaye ja
taras gaye more nain baawre
inko daras dikhaaye ja
jaane waale baabu
jaane waale baabu mohse ankhiyaan milaaye ja

o o o
bhaag ke aaja
kisi bahaane
laakh samjhaaya
jiya nahin maane

aaye jawaani jaaye jawaani raah take na teri
aaye jawaani jaaye jaawani raah take na teri
laakh baar samjhaaya gori
ek na maani meri

ae ae
kaajal waali ankhiyaan tohri
hoye kaajal vaali ankhiyaan tohri
hans hans ke kuchh bolen
inki boli main jaanoon
ye bhed tumhaare kholen
dil uksaaya hai
haaye dekh ke phir bhi hamen bulaayaaya hai
ha ha ha ha
hurr
balle balle balle balle balle
hrr
hahahaha
balle bulle balle

tu bhi sachcha main bhi sachchi donon hain majboor
dilon se hai nazdeek saanwre par kadmon se door
dilon se hai nazdeek saanwre par kadmon se door

hey kasam tumhaari raat kathhin aur din mushkil se beete
kasam tumhaari raat kathhin aur din muskil se beete
bina bulaaye aaja saanware hum haare tum jeete
main mar jaaungi
tere bin mere baalam kal na paaungi

hrr
o balle
o balle
haaye

baarah man ki dulhan dekho
vrindavan ki jogan dekho
london ki sair main kar ke
??
dilli ka raaj dekho
do do paise
do do paise
baarah man ki dulhan dekho
vrindavan ki jogan dekho

le jaana re ae
le jaana re ae
ganderiyaan paise ki paav ser

ye din hain bahaaron ke
aisi jatan karo darshan ho
pyaaro ke ae
aisi jatan karo o o
kajre ki syaahi hai
ansuvan ka paani chithhi saajan ko likh de
ansuvan ka paani ho

dil ro ro den duhaai
yaar tere milne nu
? jaan dukhaan vich paayi
yaar tere milne nu

seene vich laga teer jee
o lab da phirda(?) heer jee
seene vich laga teer jee
o lab da phirda (?) heer ki
?? chaar chaar ke main jee
chaar chaar ke
gal haaye
gall apni ?? chak waali bai
yaar tere milne nu
dil ro ro den duhaai
yaar tere milne nu
jhoom jhoom aayi re ghata
jhoom jhoom aayi re
jhoom jhoom aayi re ghata
jhoom jhoom aayi re

nanadi ke bhaiyya mera
jiya de duhaai re teri
jiya de duhaai re
nanadi ka bhaiyya mera
jiya de duhaai re teri
jiya de duhaai re

re ghata
jhoom jhoom aayi re ghata
jhoom jhoom aayi re
jhoom jhoom aayi re ghata
jhoom jhoom aayi re
jhoom jhoom aayi re ghata
jhoom jhoom aayi re


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Blog Day :

4454 Post No. : 15922

Today’s song is from the film Dost-54. There were films made with this title in 1944, 1954,1974,1989 and 1990. There were 17 films with the word Dost in their titles. Film Dost had 7 songs. 6 songs are already discussed here, but one song was not available for a long time. Now that is available and today’s song will qualify the film to become YIPPEED !

This is a Male-Male duet, sung by S.Balbir and S.Kapoor. Balbir is a known singer, but I do not know anything about this S Kapoor. He also acted in this film. The cast of the film was Usha Kiran, Suresh, Majnu, Randhir, Uma Dutt, Kammo, Mohana, S Kapoor, S Nazir and others. Actually actor Om prakash is also acting in this film. The film poster shows his name as well as photo. However, HFGK does not show his name in the cast. Such instances are not uncommon. Even in the film “1857” of 1946, the hero was Surendra, but his name was missing from the cast. Surendra had also sung one solo and one duet in the film.

Of course, the task of compiling HFGK was a mammoth one, so such small errors were seen sometimes. I find that only the HFGK volume II covering the 40’s decade has such instances and also in this volume, the cast names of films are few, giving a feeling that it is an incomplete cast detail. In all other volumes the cast is given almost fully. But these matters are understandable. The 40’s decade was a highly disturbed one. What with the second world war, independence, migration of artistes and the Partition. No wonder, material from this decade must have been difficult to gather.

Majnu was one of the actors in the cast. Majnu was not his real name. His real name was Harold Lewis-a Punjabi Christian. He was a close friend of producer Director Roop K Shorey. Shorey made a film “Majnu-1935″ and Harold was the Hero. The film was a Parody of the Laila – Majnu story. There were many fighting scenes in it and in one scene, Majnu is tied up to Railway Tracks. This film became very popular and the people started calling him majnu. He too liked it and continued with this name for life. In Hindi films, this is the only case where the actor is permanently named after his first role.

In the South film industry, I know of at least two Prominent actors, who were named forever, based on their first role or the company they worked for. First was actor Villupuram Chinnaiah Manrayar Ganesamoorthy, who started his career by acting in stage dramas. His first drama ” Shivaji kanda Hindu Rajyam”, featuring him in the role of Shivaji, became a Hit and so popular that the great social reformer E V Ramsamy conferred on him the name ” Sivaji “. He became SIVAJI GANESAN.

The second case was that of actor Ganapati Subramanian Sarma. He was a graduate in those early days of cinema. He joined Gemini Studiosas a Production Executive and from here he did a small role in Gemini’s film ” Miss Malini”-1947. Since there was already another ganesan in south films, this actor was called GEMINI GANESAN, as he was working in Gemini’s film.

Coming back to Majnu – MAJNU-Harold Lewis was a Punjabi Christian. He was born on 2-11-1913. He was the childhood friend of Roop K.Shorey. When Shorey wanted to make his second film,he chose Harold as a Hero.The film was MAJNU-1935,which was a satirical spoof on the old Laila-Majnu story.There were many stunts and in one scene Majnu is tied up on railway track by the villain.The film became a hit and Harold was renamed MANJU for his film career.

He appeared in almost all of Shorey’s films.He was also doing films with other producers.In 1942 he did a double role in Nishani and in 1943 he directed his first film Paapi. Shorey also gave him a film Badnami-1946 for direction and it was here that Majnu met I.S.Johar who wrote the story and Dialogues of Badnami.

Majnu paired with I.S.Johar in EK THI LADKI-1949,the debut film of Johar. Later they made a comedy pair in 10 films, including the hit film HUM SAB CHOR HAIN-1956. His last film with Johar was Akalmand-66.

Majnu acted in 77 films. His first film was Majnu-35 and his much delayed and released last film was Shri Krishna Bhakti-73.
Majnu directed 8 films including,Paapi-43, Badnami-46, Son of Alibaba-55, Tatar ka chor-55, Malika-56, Basre ki Hoor-56, Baghi sardar-56, and his last film – Chandu-58.

Harold Lewis aka Majnu died on 26-3-1974.

The music director of the film Dost-54 was Hansraj Behl. Hansraj Behl, in my opinion,is one of those composers in the film world, who composed lots of melodious songs. Unfortunately, he was also one of those composers who never got Big banners to work for. He and his brother, Gulshan Behl founded N.C.Films, on their father’s name-Nihal Chand- and produced B and C grade movies to which Hansraj gave his music. Hansraj was known as Master ji, in the industry. Only two people were known as Master ji…one was Ghulam Haider and the other was Hansraj Behl. Hansraj usually worked alone and rarely used any assistant while giving music.

Hansraj is remembered for giving initial playback singing breaks to Asha Bhonsle and Madhubala Jhaveri. He also gave a chance to his own friend Verma Malik-Lyricist. Malik used to live with him initially, in Bombay. He composed music for 62 films from Pujari-46 to Badmashon ka Badmash-79. One film “Insaaf ka Khoon” was released after his death,in 1988.

Hansraj Behl is one of the music directors who became successful in the post independence era. He composed music for not only Hindi films but also for Punjabi films. Hansraj was born on 19 November 1916 in Punjab. He got his basic education in music from Pt. Chunnilal. Then he opened his music school in Lahore and he had some non-film records released under the label of HMV. In 1944 Hansraj came to Bombay to try his luck in the Hindi film industry as a music director.

After one year of struggle he got his first film Pujari, made by Ardeshir Irani, in 1946. He got films like Gwaalan and Phulwaari in the same year, but all these films could not do well at the box office. Behl tasted success in 1947 with the release of Lakhon Mein Ek and Chheen Le Aazadi. ‘Moti Chugne Gayi Re Hansi..’ sung by Shamshad Begum and Mukesh from the film Chheen Le Aazadi became very popular. In 1948 he came up with four films – Chunariya, Mitti Ke Khilone, Pardesi Mehmaan and Satya Narayan, of which Chunariya’s music was a hit especially the song ‘Dil-e-Nashaad Ko Jeene Ki Hasrat Ho Gayi..’ sung by Lata Mangeshkar. The song which placed him among high class music directors was ‘Sab Kuchh Lutaya Hamne Aakar Teri Gali Me..’ sung by Mohammed Rafi and written by Mulk Raj Bhaakri.

In the year 1949, he came out with Chakori, Raat Ki Raani, Zevraat and few more films. Lata sang one of her favourite songs, ‘Haye Chanda Gaye Pardes Chakori Yahan Ro Ro Mare..’ in Chakori, which became very popular and it helped Hansraj to gain popularity among music lovers. ‘Jin Raaton Mein Neend Ud Jaati Hai..’ sung by Mohammed Rafi in Raat Ki Raani was a nationwide hit.

In 1950-51 he gave many hit songs with Lata Mangeshkar, Geeta Dutt and Suraiyya. Songs of Kisi Ki Yaad became very popular soon after the release of the film. ‘Koi Mujhko Na Bulaye..’ and ‘Tadapta Chhod Kar Mujhko Kahaan Tum Reh Gaye..’ both sung by Geeta Dutt and ‘O Jaane Wale Ye Kya Kiya..’ by Mohammed Rafi gained immense popularity. In 1952 he introduced Madhubala Jhaveri as a playback singer in Apni Izzat and Jaggu. Madhubala sang ‘Dil Mere Tera Diwaana..’ with Talat Mehmood and ‘Meethi Meethi Loriyaan Main Dheere Dheere Gaoon..’ (both Apni Izzat) featured her solo voice. In 1954, he again came out with musical films like Dost and Khaiber. ‘Aaye Bhi Akela Jaye Bhi Akela..’ from Dost (1954) sung by Talat Mehmood was among one of his memorable compositions.

He continued to give his best in films like Rajdhani, Milan, Miss Bombay, Changez Khan and Saawan. Songs like ‘Bhool Ja Sapne Suhane..’ from Rajdhani (1956), ‘Mohabbat Zinda rehti Hai..’ from Changez Khan (1957), ‘ Jab Raat Nahi Katti..’ from Changez Khan (1957), ‘Zindagi Bhar Gham Judaai Ka..’ from Miss Bombay (1957), ‘Haseen Ho Khuda To Nahi..’ from Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh (1960), ‘Bheega Bheega Pyar Ka Sama..’ from Saawan (1959) and ‘Tujhko Dhoondhu To Dhoondhu Kahaan..’ from Milan (1959) crossed all the barriers of success and Hansraj Behl’s name was on the lips of every music lover.

After all these successful films he continued to give music till 1969 but failed to give any hit because his later films were either stunts or fantasy films with little scope for having good music. His last hit song was an all time great creation ‘Jahan Daal Daal Pe Sone Ki Chidiya Karti Hai Basera..’ which was sung by Mohammed Rafi for the film Sikandar-e-Azam in 1965.

Hansraj Behl died of Cancer in Bombay on 20-5-1984.

With today’s song, all the eight songs of the film Dost-54 get covered and the movie gets YIPPEED in the blog

(Audio video not available on Youtube – This is another site audio mp3 song)
Audio – Mp3 Link
Click Here – Hum Phire Kanware.mp3
Song-Ham phiren kanwaare rab jee (Dost)(1954) Singers-Balbir, S Kapoor, Lyrics-Om Prakash, MD-Hansraj Bahl

Lyrics

Hum phiren kanwaare Rab ji
Hum phiren kunware
Hum phiren kanware Rab ji
Hum phire kanware
is duniya mein bhookhe nange jiyen tere sahaare
kya karen bechaare rab jee
hum phiren kunwaare

shahar mein aa kar hamne daata
dekha ajab tamaasha
shahar mein aa kar hamne daata
dekha ajab tamaasha
koi na poochhe paani kisi ko
beshaq mare pyaasa
koi na poochhe paani kisi ko
beshaq mare pyaasa
o rab jee beshaq mare pyaasa
isi liye main dikhe hain
lemon sode saare
qurbaan tumhaare
rab jee
hum phiren kunwaare

sare aam phirte hain yahaan par
mard aurat ke jode
sare aam phirte hain yahaan par
mard aurat ke jode
dekh ke in jodon ko
mere dil par paden hathauden
dekh ke in jodon ko
mere dil par paden hathauden
o rab jee
dil par paden hathauden
kaisa ye insaaf hai tera
ham bhi rahen kanwaare
ab badal chuka re
rab jee
ham phiren kanwaare

dhanwaalon ki naiyya maalik
bin chappoo hai chalti
dhanwaalon ki naiyya maalik
bin chappoo hai chalti
ham bhookhon ki is duniya mein
daal nahin hai galti
ham bhookhon ki is duniya mein
daal nahin hai galti
o rab jee
daal nahin hai galti
na ghar baar na paise palle
ro ro karen gujaare
phaakon ke maare
rab jee
ham phiren kanwaare

chalte phirte din guzren
footpath pe kati raat
o neeli chhatri waale
ab bigad gayi sab baat
main to bhola bhaala hoon
o main to bhola bhaala hoon
tu meri laaj bachaa le
ya to ik se do kar de
ya apne paas bulaa le
apne paas bulaa le
o rab jee
apne paas bulaa le
gaya waqt nahin aayegaa
kuchh soch le mere baare
kuchh soch le mere baare
sun jag ke ke pyaare
rab jee
ham phiren kanwaare
is duniya mein bhookhe nange
jiyen kare sahaare
kya karen bechaare
rab jee
ham phiren kanwaare


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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 Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. 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 :

4306 Post No. : 15578

Another wonderful discovery, another song that I had never heard before. The film is ‘Zindagi’ from 1956. The music composition is by Mohammed Shafi.

Mohammed Shafi is the name I was trying to get to also, on 30th April, which is the remembrance day for him. After getting the post in place for C Arjun that evening, I was not able to pull together this post, for remembering Mohammed Shafi Sb.

Once again, another very talented music director about whom, not much information is available. After much searching, I am able to locate a very brief article by a gentleman named Qaseem Abbaasi on the web site ‘Apnaarchives.org’. I am including some details from that article in this post.

He was born sometimes in 1920s. His father’s name was Majid Khan, who passed away when Shafi was very young. Majid Khan was the grandson of the renowned beenkar Bande Ali Khan. Bande Ali was also a master of swar-pradhan gayaki and was the brother of Abdul Karim Khan Sb’s father. As I searched for more details about Bande Ali Khan, I reached the website Swarganga Music Foundation, and a somewhat detailed article on Bande Ali Khan. Browsing through this article, I discover that one of the more famous disciples of Bande Ali Khan is Imdaad Khan of Etawah, who is none other than the grandfather of Ustad Vilayat Khan (28 Aug, 1928 – 13 Mar, 2004), the renowned Sitar maestro of India.

A little clue about his early years can be surmised from a family connection that is mentioned. Mohammed Shafi’s wife, Zeenat, was the sister of Ustad Vilayat Khan. Vilayat Khan Sb’s family came originally from Etawah (close to Agra in UP). Apparently, Vilayat Khan Sb’s grandfather, Imdaad Khan, moved from Etawah to Gouripur in Mymenshingh district in undivided Bengal (now in Bangladesh). Vilayat Khan Sb was born in Gouripur. Sitar and classical music was a family tradition with them, and the family and their music tradition is known as Etawah gharana.

It can be surmised that Mohammed Shafi Sb was also based in Bengal in his early years. One, being married to the sister of Ustad Vilayat Khan, a family based in Mymensingh at that time. Second, Mohammed Shafi started his career at New Theatres, Calcutta (now Kolkata), working as a musician and assisting RC Boral, Pankaj Mullick and KC Dey. It is suggested that he contributed as a musician to films like ‘Kapaal Kundala’ (1939) and ‘Aandhi’ (1940).

In early 1940s, along with the migration of many artists from Calcutta to Bombay (now Mumbai), Mohammed Shafi also moved to Bombay. Although not listed in Geet Kosh, Qaseem Abbaasi Sb has written that he assisted music director Bashir Dehlavi in the 1942 film ‘Ujaala’. In this film, Prithviraj Kapoor played the role of a sitar player, and apparently, some special pieces were composed by Mohammed Shafi for this film.

Later on, he had a long association with Naushad as an assistant music director. For the film ‘Mughal e Azam’, the sitar pieces were prepared/played by both Abdul Haleem Jafar Khan Sb and Mohammed Shafi. It’s said that K Asif used to send a car to pick both of them for playing Sitar for the background music.

He got his first break as independent music director 1946 with the film ‘Haqdaar’. He continued to work till mid 1970s, but has only about 22 24 films to his credit. The number maybe 23, if we consider ‘Badi Maa’ (1974) as a re-release of ‘Tanhaai’ (1961). In parallel, he continued to assist many directors as a musician and music arranger.  Following is the list of films for which has composed music,

  • 1946  Haqdaar
  • 1946  Kaango
  • 1947  Do Naina
  • 1947  Rishta (unreleased)
  • 1947  Shikaarpuri
  • 1949  Anokhi Sewa – along with Dhoomi Khan
  • 1949  Bedard – along with BN Bali and Ram Prasad
  • 1949  Gharaana
  • 1951  Hulchul – along with Sajjad Hussain
  • 1952  Annadaata
  • 1952  Krishna Kanhaiya – along with BS Kalla
  • 1953  Aabshaar – along with Ghulam Haider & Bhola Shreshtha
  • 1953  Daara
  • 1954  Baazooband
  • 1954  Mangu – 2 songs, rest by OP Nayyar
  • 1956  Zindagi
  • 1960  Mohabbat Ki Jeet
  • 1960  Shriman Balasaheb (Marathi)
  • 1961  Tanhaai – later released as Badi Maa in 1974
  • 1965  Kite Fight (Wo Kata)
  • 1967  Shrimant Mehuna Pahije (Marathi)
  • 1971  Iraada – along with Vitthal-Mumtaz
  • 1974  Bari Maa – same as Tanhai (1961)
  • 1975  Dayaar-e-Madina

To his credit – Suman Hemadi Kalyanpur sang her debut song in the film ‘Mangu’ (1954), a wonderfully soft lorie “Koi Pukaare Dheere Se Tujhe” under his music direction. And again, singer Hemlata made her debut under his music direction in the film ‘Iraada’ (1971) – the songs “Main Ankahi Kahaani, Sadiyon Ki Hoon Nishaani” and “Main Jaan Ke Badle Mein Le Loongi Dhadakta Dil”.

A connected piece of information is that he also gave music under different names – Shafi M Nagri / Shafi Nagri / Shafi. All the films that he composed under these pseudonyms are stunt / fantasy type films. The list is,

  • 1953  Shamsheerbaaz
  • 1954  Sher Dil
  • 1955  Carnival Queen
  • 1956  Baghdad Ka Jaadu
  • 1957  Diler Daaku
  • 1959  Chini Jaadugar
  • 1959  Circus Queen
  • 1966  Tarzan Aur Jaadui Chirag – along with Shaukat

[Author’s Note: The name Shaukat for the above listed film ‘Tarzan Aur Jaadui Chirag’ (1966) is most probably Shaukat Dehlavi.]
[Author’s Note: I thank dear Arun ji. His comment on two missing films by Mohammad Shafi prompted me to re check and update the list of films above.]

Adding the above listed eight films, the total films by Mohammad Shafi comes to 32.

In the latter half of 1970s, Mohammed Shafi’s health deteriorated, and his last years were very difficult. He suffered a stroke, which resulted in partial amnesia. It is said that he did not receive any help or friendly hand, from the industry, except from Rafi Sb who would visit him occasionally and quietly leave money under his pillow without telling him.

He passed away after long years of illness on 30th April, 1980.

‘Zindagi’ (1956) is produced under the banner of Kesar Films, Bombay and is directed by CL Dheer. The star cast is listed as Geeta Bali, Vijaylakshmi, Jaswant, Baby Naaz, Gulab, Rasheed, Sudarshan, Krishnakant, Tuntun, and Jagdish Sethi.

There are 8 songs listed for this film. Seven songs are written by Kaifi Azmi, and one song is by Raja Mehdi Ali Khan. Today’s song is that solitary song from the pen of Raja Mehdi Ali Khan.

The singing voices are of Sudha Malhotra, S Balbir and Jagmohan Bakshi. The song is beautifully structured around a very clever use of chorus lines, with clear demarcation of male and female chorus lines. The pace and the rhythm of the song is quite energetic. It seems to be a picnic song, from the manner of singing and the words being said. I request other knowledgeable readers to please add information about this song and the film.

Listen and enjoy.

[Editor’s Note – This song is the 300th song of Raja Mehdi Ali Khan in the blog as a lyricist.]

[Acknowledgements: Sources referred to for compiling the above article are – (1) ‘Dhunon Ki Yatra’ by Pankaj Raag; (2) Article on Mohammed Shafi by Qaseem Abbaasi on Apnaarchives.org; (3) Wikipedia article on Ustad Vilayat Khan; (4) Article on Ustad Bande Ali Khan on Swarganga Music Foundation website.]

 


Song – Kaali Kaali Ye Ghata, Thandi Thandi Ye Hawa (Zindagi) (1956) Singer – Balbir, Jagmohan Bakshi, Sudha Malhotra, Lyrics – Raja Mehdi Ali Khan, MD – Mohammed Shafi
Male Chorus
Female Chorus

Lyrics

kaali kaali
ye ghata
o thandi thandi
ye hawa
kahe pyaar karo ji
kahe pyaar karo

o kaali kaali
laa laal laal
ye ghata
laa laal laal
o thandi thandi
laa laal laal
ye hawa
la la laa
kahe pyaar karo ji
kahe pyaar karo

kaali kaali
la lallall laa
ye ghata
la lallal laa
o thandi thandi
la lallall laa
ye hawa
la lallall laa
kahe pyaar karo ji
kahe pyaar karo

aankhen aankhon si mila ke
zara dekho muskura ke
aankhen aankhon si mila ke
zara dekho muskura ke
koi teer jigar ke paar karo
o kaali kaali
la lallal laa
ye ghata
la lallal laa
o thandi thandi
la lallal laa
ye hawa
la lallal laa
kahe pyaar karo ji
kahe pyaar karo

aise ghoor ghoor ke
dekha na kar mere ko
sharam mohe laage
dekh maarungi tere ko
teer e nazar chala ke
maar daalo muskura ke
teer e nazar chala ke
maar daalo muskura ke
hum par na daya sarkaar karo
kaali kaali
la lallal laa
ye ghata
la lallal laa
o thandi thandi
la lallal laa
ye hawa
la lallal laa
kahe pyaar karo ji
kahe pyaar karo

tera chehra phoola phoola omlet ki taraah
o teri gaaliyaan kha loonga chaklet ki taraah
mere saamne na chal ghaaslet ki taraah
o mere dil ko na tal poplet (?) ki taraah
teri surat tutti futti..ee..ee
pyaar kare meri jutti..ee..ee
teri surat tutti futti
pyaar kare meri jutti
kisi aur se naina chaar karo
o kaali kaali
la lallal laa
ye ghata
la lallal laa
o thandi thandi
la lallal laa
ye hawa
la lallal laa
kahe pyaar karo ji
kahe pyaar karo

laaaa
lall laaa lee laaa
lall laaa lee laaa
lee da da ri da da rum
da da ri da da rum

——————————————–
Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
———————————————

काली काली
ये घटा
ओ ठंडी ठंडी
ये हवा
कहे प्यार करो जी
कहे प्यार करो

ओ काली काली
ला लाल लाल
ये घटा
ला लाल लाल
ओ ठंडी ठंडी
ला लाल लाल
ये हवा
ला लाल लाल
कहे प्यार करो जी
कहे प्यार करो

ओ काली काली
ल लल्लल ला
ये घटा
ल लल्लल ला
ओ ठंडी ठंडी
ल लल्लल ला
ये हवा
ल लल्लल ला
कहे प्यार करो जी
कहे प्यार करो

आँखें आँखों से मिला के
ज़रा देखो मुस्कुरा के
आँखें आँखों से मिला के
ज़रा देखो मुस्कुरा के
कोई तीर जिगर के पार करो
ओ काली काली
ल लल्लल ला
ये घटा
ल लल्लल ला
ओ ठंडी ठंडी
ल लल्लल ला
ये हवा
ल लल्लल ला
कहे प्यार करो जी
कहे प्यार करो

ऐसे घूर घूर कर
देखा ना कर मेरे को
शरम मोहे लागे
देख मारूँगी तेरे को
तीर ए नज़र चला के
मार डालो हमें मुस्कुरा के
तीर ए नज़र चला के
मार डालो हमें मुस्कुरा के
हम पर ना दया सरकार करो
काली काली
ल लल्लल ला
ये घटा
ल लल्लल ला
ओ ठंडी ठंडी
ल लल्लल ला
ये हवा
ल लल्लल ला
कहे प्यार करो जी
कहे प्यार करो

तेरा चेहरा फूला फूला आमलेट की तरह
ओ तेरी गालियां खा लूँगा चाकलेट कि तरह
मेरे सामने ना चल घासलेट की तरह
ओ मेरे दिल को ना तल पापलेट(?) की तरह
तेरी सूरत टूटी फूटी॰॰ई॰॰ई
प्यार करे मेरी जूती॰॰ई॰॰ई
तेरी सूरत टूटी फूटी॰॰ई॰॰ई
प्यार करे मेरी जूती॰॰ई॰॰ई
किसी और से नैना चार करो
ओ काली काली
ल लल्लल ला
ये घटा
ल लल्लल ला
ओ ठंडी ठंडी
ल लल्लल ला
ये हवा
ल लल्लल ला
कहे प्यार करो जी
कहे प्यार करो

ला॰॰॰
ल लल्लल ला ली ला
ल लल्लल ला ली ला
ली डा डा ली डा डा रम
डा डा री डा डा रम


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“Taxi 555″(1958) was produced by Mulkraj Bhakri and directed by Lekhraj Bhakri for Golden Movies, Bombay. The movie had Pradeep Kumar, Shakeela, Azra, Lalita Pawar, Maruti, Mahipal Sundar, Vijay Pandit, Sagar, Leela Mishra, Romesh sinha, Amrit Rana, Nadir, Nazeer Kashmiri, Ravikant, Dubey, Brahmbhatt, Vidhyawati, Narbada Shankar, Sadiq, Chandabai, Harun etc, with guest appearance by Heeralal.

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

Here is the second song from the movie to appear in the blog. The song is sung by Balbir and Asha Bhonsle. Prem Dhawan is the lyricist. Music is composed by Sardar Malik.

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


Song-Aaja aisa waisa koi bhi bahaana kar ke (Taxi 555) (1958) Singers-Balbir, Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Prem Dhawan, MD-Sardar Malik

Lyrics

na na haan haan kar ke
haan haan na na kar ke
o main kya baliye kuchch bhi karke
aaja
aisa vaisa koi bhi bahaana kar ke
ho aaja
aisa vaisa koi bhi bahana karke
na na haan haan kar ke
haan haan na na kar ke
ho aaja aisa vaisa koi bhi bahana karke
aaja aisa vaisa koi bhi bahana karke
kaise aaun ghabraaun
maahi mere man ke
main chaloon to bairi jhaanjhar jhan jhan jhanke
main chaloon to bairi jhaanjhar jhan jhan jhanke

main akeli aur duniya ki laakhon ankhiyaan
kabhi chaukidaar dekhe kabhi dekhen sakhiyaan
kabhi chaukidaar dekhe kabhi dekhen sakhiyaan

o teekhe nainon se sabko deewaana kar ke
ho aaja aisa vaisa koi bhi bahaana kar ke
ho aaja aisa vaisa koi bhi bahaana kar ke
kaise aaun ghabraaun maahi mere man ke
main chaloon to bairi jhaanjhar jhan jhan jhanke
main chaloon to bairi jhaanjhar jhan jhan jhanke

aake aadhi aadhi raat ko jagaaya na karo
seeti maar ke yoon hamko bulaaya na karo
seeti maar ke yoon hamko bulaya na karo

ho phero aankhen na hamko mastaana kar ke
ho aaja aisa vaisa koi bhi bahaana kar ke
ho aaja aisa vaisa koi bhi bahaana kar ke
kaise aaun ghabraaun maahi mere man ke
main chaloon to bairi jhaanjhar jhan jhan jhanke
main chaloon to bairi jhaanjhar jhan jhan jhanke


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