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

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4416 Post No. : 15823

Mukesh and his co-singers –7
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There is a school of thought amongst music lovers that the voice of Manna Dey suited better for Raj Kapoor than Mukesh. While technically, there could be substance to the concept, it remains a fact that the empathy evolving from the voice of Mukesh and the emotion and expressions of Raj Kapoor’s acting on screen fitted to a T. No wonder RK upon hearing Mukesh’s demise in far off Detroit city commented that he had lost his soul. I am of the firm opinion that the voice of Mukesh on Raj Kapoor suited most aptly than the actor singing himself.

As far as Manna Dey singing for Raj Kapoor is concerned, the songs from Chori Chori, Shree 420, Dil Hi Toh Hai, Mera Naam Joker etc. come to the mind instantly. Chori Chori and Shree 420, both released in 1956 were at a time when Mukesh was experimenting with many departments of films and had also signed a contract for the film Maashuqa as an actor-singer with heroine none other than Suraiya. The Contractalso had a clause that he would not be singing for anyone else till the completion of the film. The film unfortunately got delayed and so did the successful career of Mukesh.

It is for this reason that even though Mukesh has the iconic solo, a duet with Lata and a triad with Rafi saab and Lata, Manna Dey had his share of songs in the movie Shree 420 including the popular pyar hua ikraar hua hai.

It is said that Mukesh after singing 3 songs in the film conveyed to RK that he could no longer be part of the film because of the Contract that he had signed. So why didn’t Manna Dey establish himself as a permanent or a more frequent RK voice. Well, it was the year 1958, Mukesh free from the clutches of his Contract came back as a playback singer and boy what a return that was.

Madhumati, Parvarish, Phir Subah Hogi and Yahudi all under different composers and picturised on RK and Dilip Kumar were runway hits. Mukesh had found his mojo back. Raj Kapoor understood that with Mukesh giving him playback he need not look any further. The bond between them remained forever. Body and the soul’s bonding was noticed not only by Shankar Jaikishan but by other composers also. Thus, when Raj Kapoor forayed acting for other production houses, it was usually Mukesh who was summoned for playback.

Thus, we have Manna Dey singing only a few songs for Raj Kapoor in spite of the popularity of songs from Shree 420 and Chori Chori in 1956. However, all composers were also aware of the limitations of Mukesh and the versatility of Manna Day especially for the songs based on classical music. It is pertinent to mention the song from Dil Hi Toh Hai 1963. While most of the songs from this film were sung by Mukesh, Roshan the composer rightly found it prudent to have Manna Dey sing the popular Laagaa, chunri mein daag. With due respects to other stalwarts, I am of the firm opinion that no singer could have pulled off this song as elegantly as Manna Dey.

This post and the series as such is on Mukesh’s collaboration with other singers. And in this instance also, it’s not only about Mukesh and Manna Dey singing for RK camp but for all the songs that they rendered together in HFM. But then many songs sung by Manna Dey for Raj Kapoor have also become quite popular and hence I had to devote a majority of the post for their individual songs on Raj Kapoor.

Whilst we are on the discussing the singers in unison, I should highlight that Mukesh has sung a comic solo under Manna Dey’s composition for the film Chamkee (1952). I have always been curious to know why this song was offered to Mukesh as Manna Dey himself was quite apt at singing such songs. One possible reason could be due to the bad phase that Mukesh had entered during this period and this was could have been some kind of help extended.

Coming to today’s post, here is the list of all songs in which Mukesh and Manna Dey featured together. Not surprisingly, most of them are with multiple singers and chorus. Quite a few of them are rare and popular.

1 under Anilda is famous song from a popular film. It is interesting to note that it is sung by four singers whose names start with the letter “M”. Needless to say, it’s the only one of its kind in HFM where they have come together.

2 had many songs by Mukesh featured on Raj Kapoor and Mahendra Kapoor and Manna Dey join in for other actors in the song. Its again rare to find Geeta Dutt in SJ camp.

3 and 4 are under Hemant Kumar who himself was an accomplished singer and composer but got to many sing songs by other singers in his compositions. Mukesh has sung about half a dozen songs under him.

5 is quite a comic song on which our Arunkumar ji has written a detailed post.

S.No Name of the Song Movie (Year of release) Other co-singers if any Music Director Lyricist
1 Kadam kadam se dil de Chaar Dil Chaar Raahen (1959) Mahendra Kapoor, Meena Kapoor Anil Biswas Sahir Ludhianvi
2 Hai aag hamaare seene mein Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai (1960) Geeta Dutt, Mahendra Kapoor, Lata Mangeshkar Shankar Jaikishan Shailendra
3 Mujhko mohabbat ho gayi hai Biwi Aur Makaan (1966) Talat Mehmood, Hemant Kumar, Joginder, Hemant Kumar Gulzar
4 Aa tha jab janam liya tha Biwi Aur Makaan (1966) Hemant Kumar Hemant Kumar Gulzar
5 Ye kaun hain ye kaun hain jo besahaara hain Main Sundar Hoon (1971) Asha Bhonsle Shankar Jaikishan Anand Bakshi
6 Besharmi se sharam na kar Teen Chor (1973) Mohammed Rafi Sonik Omi Rajendra Krishan
7 Na tum ho yaar aloo Dus Numbri (1976) Laxmikant Pyarelal Majrooh Sultanpuri
8 Dilruba Dilliwali Dus Numbri (1976) Asha Bhonsle Laxmikant Pyarelal Majrooh Sultanpuri

4, 6, 7 and 8 from the above list are yet to be featured on the blog and I take up song number 7 for representation in this post.

Shri Harish Raghuwanshi of Surat, the compiler of Mukesh Geetkosh has helped me with confirming the correctness of and completeness of the above table of songs. I express my sincere thanks to him for his continued support.

Dus Numbri (1976) in which Mukesh had 04 songs was in continuation with the many songs that he was singing for Manoj Kumar during late sixties and seventies. The title song of this movie remains famous. Strangely, this title song is the only song of this film to be featured on the blog so far. Mukesh and Manoj Kumar’s combination had become quite popular with some outstanding songs. I had read somewhere that they were planning to produce a film upon the return of Mukesh from his US tour in 1976. As we are aware, Mukesh never came back from that tour as he passed away on 27 August 1976 in Detroit. This date being around the corner, my next post will be on his remembrance day and probably starting with a new series.


Song-Na tum ho yaar aaloo na hum hain yaar gobhi (Dus Numberi)(1976) Singers-Mukesh, Manna Dey, Lyrics-Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD-Laxmikant Pyarelal
Both

Lyrics

na tum ho yaar aaloo
na hum hain yaar gobhi
na tum ho yaar aaloo
na hum hain yaar gobhi
tum bhi ho yaar dhobhi
aur hum bhi yaar dhobhi
na tum ho yaar aaloo
na hum hain yaar gobhi
tum bhi ho yaar dhobi
aur hum bhi yaar dhobhi

na tum ho yaar aaloo
na hum hain yaar gobhi

suno majboori suno
tumse kya chori suno
suno majboori suno
tumse kya chori suno
ik din ka haal suno
ae Hiralal
kya bataaun huye kya kya lafde
kya bataaun huye kya kya lafde
saaheb ka suit pahan
le kar ke apni dhoban
hum bioscope chala dekhte hai

laallaallaa oy hoy
hoy hoy

ho ho
shaamat ki maat mera
saaheb bhi yaar mila
raste mein aur laga dekhne
dekha jo suit
ho diya kas kar do boot
ho gaali de de ke pakdi gardaniya
gaali de de ke pakdi gardaniya
ho machi wo dhooma dhoom (?)
wo kahin ho gayi re gum
usi hullad mein meri dhobaniya
usi hullad mein meri dhobaniya

dhoban ko le uda re
kyaa jaane kaun lobhi
dhoban ko le uda re
kyaa jaane kaun lobhi
tum bhi ho yaar dhobi
aur hum bhi yaar dhobi

na tum ho yaar aaloo
na hum hain yaar gobhi

o ho
suno majboori suno
tumse kya chori suno
suno majboori suno
tumse kya chori suno
apna bhi haal suno
ae Bansilal
coat maine bhi pehna kisi ka
coat maine bhi pehna kisi ka
arre kya thhi khabar
ke hai uske andar
ke photu hai mama inhi ka
hai aiyyo
ke photu hai mama inhi ka
dhoban ko sang liye
chehre pe rang liye
unhu
hotel pahunchaane bechaara
o oarkhaane ke baad
daala paackit mein haath
ke chukaa doon use daam saara
dena thha maal
diya photu nikaal
aisa dhokha hua mujh ko tagda
aisa dhokha hua mujh ko tagda
dhoban ne dekh
diye thhapad do ek
aur kar ke dhamaal
noch kar sar ke baal
kahin chal di wo kar ke jhagda
haay haay
kahin chal di wo kar ke jhagda
meri maal

ab haal mera sun kar
chup kyun ho
kuchh kaho jee
ab haal mera sun kar
chup kyun ho
kuchh kaho jee
tum bhi ho yaar dhobi
aur hum bhi yaar dhobi
na tum ho yaar aaloo
na hum hai yaar gobhi

suno majboori suno
tumse kya chori suno
suno majboori suno
tumse kya chori suno
hum bhi dil rakhhte to hain
pyaar kar sakte to hain

ho jee ek dhoban meri
haaye mehbooban meri
ek dam thi aazaadi
nayi nayi huyi thhi shaadi

par meri jaan e jahaan
wo gayi jaane kahaan
par meri jaan e jahaan
wo gayi jaane kahaan
aise lagti thhi
aise lagti thhi
gale haaye Raam
jaise istri chale haaye Raam
ho jabse wo gayi chali haaye Raam
main phiroon gali gali haaye Raam

arre chhod gayi dil mein kaanta
maar gyi dhobi paataa
milne ka yaar uske
koi jatan karo jee
milne ka yaar uske
koi jatan karo jee
tum bhi ho yaar dhobi
aur hum bhi yaar dhobi
na tum ho yaar aaloo
na hum hain yaar gobhi
tum bhi ho yaar dhobi
aur hum bhi yaar dhobi
na tum ho yaar aaloo
na hum hain yaar gobhi


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

Blog Day : 4387 Post No. : 15746

Mukesh and his co-singers – 6
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Continuing with the series of the collaboration of Mukesh with his co-singers, I bring forth today his songs with Kishore Kumar. We started this series with Rafi saab and have covered only Talat saab as far as male co-singers are concerned. Kishore Kumar would have been an obvious next choice and in continuation I present this post.

Both singers began their career imitating the great KL Saigal. Mukesh sang the iconic song “Dil Jalta Hai To Jalne De” from ‘Pehli Nazar’ in 1945 but had begun his singing career in 1940 itself. Kishore Kumar began his singing career much later in 1948, with the song “Marne Ki Duayein Kyun Maangoon” under Kemchand Prakash .

While Mukesh with his failed forays in various departments, settled seriously for playback from 1958, Kishore Kumar tasted fair success in his many inroads of films other than playback. Mukesh and Kishore Kumar in spite of being contemporaries had quite different trajectories. As such it is difficult to write in tandem about the two singers.

They collaborated for a total of only 10 songs. That’s about one song in three years. For this reason, I was again under the impression that all songs of the duo must have been covered. However, two songs are yet to be posted and today I present one of them here.

I missed my table formation on Mukesh songs for these several months and am happy to reproduce below the collection of the songs wherein the two singers have sung together in duets, triads and chorus songs.

 

S.No Name of the Song Movie (Year of release) Other co-singers if any Music Director Lyricist
1 Lo mil gayi degree pyar ki Maalkin (1953) Ram Kamlani Roshan Rajendra Krishan
2 Zindagi hai kyaa Satyakaam (1969) Mahendra Kapoor Laxmikant Pyarelal Kaifi Azmi
3 Yeh kaisa aaya zamana Humjoli (1970) Mehmood Laxmikant Pyarelal Anand Bakshi
4 Tik tik tik tik Kal Aaj aur Kal (1971) Asha Bhonsle Shankar Jaikishan Neeraj
5 Haal chaal theek thaak Mere Apne (1971) Salil Chaudhary Gulzar
6 Tere hamsafar geet hain tere  Dharam Karam (1975) Asha Bhonsle RD Burman Majrooh Sultanpuri
7 Na ho bas mein tere kuch Dharam Karam (1975) Poornima RD Burman Majrooh Sultanpuri
8 Arre phenk do jam ko Kabeela (1976) Kalyanji Anandji Farooque Kaiser
9 Hum ko tumse ho gaya hai pyar Amar Akbar Anthony (1977) Rafi, Lata Laxmikant Pyarelal Anand Bakshi
10 Jaaneman jaane jaan Chor Mandali (1983) (UR) Dilraj Kaur Kalyanji Anandji GL Rawal

Going through the above list quickly,

  1. Literally a Kishore Kumar solo was off course hijacked by self to represent the last song of Roshan-Mukesh collaboration to be featured on the blog. It was an opportunity I would never have let go and will remain one of my favourite posts on the blog.
  2. Is what Atul ji rightly says in the post is a light-hearted yet philosophical song. Again, he is right in saying that it’s a rare occasion when the 3 renowned singers came together. Going though the list above, we can safely conclude that it is in fact the only occasion.
  3. Featured in this post will be elaborated below and is probably the only one of its kind in HFM.
  4. Was again represented by self to remember composer Jaikishan on his 44th death anniversary. Here Mukesh and Kishore Kumar are singing for an older and younger generation respectively. More on this later.
  5. Has as many as 30 comments in the post and I would like to reproduce a part of Sadananad ji’s interesting observation. I always felt that whenever Kishore Kumar had sung with one or more other male singers, it was his voice which predominated the song. This song is an exception. It is Mukesh who has dominated with his voice lock, stock and barrel.
  6. Has Atul ji writing a befitting post on the many contributions of Sudhir ji to the blog. Another important feature of the post is the introduction of his program telecast on DD on 27 August 2012 on the occasion of Mukesh’s 36th death anniversary. I request readers to read the post again and watch the telecast in which Sudhir ji was invited to share his views.
  7. Of course is the iconic “Ik Din Bik Jaayega Maati Ke Mol which people usually associate with the solo sung by Mukesh. However as rightly pointed out in the post by our Sadanand ji, there are no less than 4 versions of this song in the film and in this particular triad Mukesh is joined by Kishore Kumar and Poornima also known as Sushma Shrestha. This is the only film in which Mukesh and Kishore Kumar have come together for two songs.
  8. This one is yet to be showcased on the blog and will remain the last of the combo to be featured after this post.
  9. Needs no introduction and is a rare and only one of its kind in HFM but also a landmark song to be posted on the blog on the occasion of representation of 11, 111th song on the blog. Again, the efforts, tricks and circumstances that the bosses engaged to bring forth the celebrations is to be read again to be felt, understood, enjoyed and appreciated.
  10. Was presented by Arunkumar ji in his Lost and Found – Gems from unreleased films series. In this unreleased film which took inordinate time for filming, we have an elderly Raj Kapoor and Ashok Kumar cajoling Bindu in the picturization of the song. This was probably the last film that RK acted.

To write about today’s song – we have Mehmood singing/taking for himself in his own voice, we have Kishore Kumar singing for Mehmood and Mukesh again singing for Mehmood. Have I mixed up the actors? 🙂

No. Mehmood played a triple role in this film ‘Humjoli‘ (1970), playing the roles of three generations of a family. But I must correct myself. It is not three, but 4 – a quartet role, probably the only one of its kind in Hindi films. In the last scene of this film, a new born baby makes an appearance on screen, being the son of the third generation Mehmood. And the face of the baby, as shown in the scene – it is again Mehmood himself.

It will be interesting to know if there are any such songs in which different singers have sung for the same actor in the same song. I personally feel it’s quite a rarity.

This film had multi-lingual make, remake, dubbings etc. I suppose, our Dr. Pradeep will have a feast on the issue in the comments section. I leave the stage open for him.

It’s easy to notice in the featured song, Mehmood of the mid-generation enacting Raj Kapoor’s acting, dialogue delivery and even the looks. I suppose it’s from the film JDMGBH.

The other songs from this film are well known. However only 3 out of the 6 songs have been represented as on date and this post covers the fourth featuring the singers under discussion. In this song as well as song no 4 in the list above, Mukesh sings for a mid-generation whereas Kishore sings for the younger one. From these examples, it is sort of evident that film makers and composers preferred Kishore Kumar to sing for newcomers and younger actors. In many of the songs of the 70s, Mukesh was usually resigned to giving playback for boatman, title songs etc. Off course there were huge exceptions such as the film ‘Kabhie Kabhi’ (1976) and the songs sung for Manoj Kumar.

There are quite a few films in which both Mukesh and Kishore Kumar were playback singers though not necessarily singing a duet or a triad in the same song. One such film is off course ‘Kati Patang’ (1971) in which Kishore Kumar has 3 glorious solos. Surprisingly RD Burman roped in Mukesh for another solo playback on Rajesh Khanna. Mukesh very much stands his ground in this solo “Jis Gali Mein Tera Ghar Na Ho Baalmaa“. This song as we all are aware is filmed on the famous Nainital lake. I am discussing this particular song as I have always wondered under what category this song would feature.

I have seen the film and have some fair idea of the plot. However, in this particular song, the look on Asha Parekh is more blank so to say. Rajesh Khanna is more composed than in his other songs sung by Kishore Kumar. The lyrics are somewhat cryptic. And, then Mukesh singing in a rather unusual high pitch. All these aspects put together; I am sure there can be various interpretations as to which genre this song belongs.

Can we have inputs from more knowledgeable readers of more such films in which the two singers sang for the same actor under different circumstances.

Shri Harish Raghuwanshi ji of Surat has been kind enough to check the correctness and completeness of the songs in the table and I shall remain indebted to him for the invaluable help rendered.

So, to conclude the rare combination of Mukesh and Kishore Kumar has a total of 10 songs.

Audio

Video

Song – Ye Kaisa Aaya Zamaana Ye Kaisa  (Humjoli) (1970) Singer – Mukesh, Kishore Kumar, Mehmood, Lyrics – Anand Bakshi, MD – Lakshmikant Pyaarelal
Mehmood + Mukesh

Lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)

hari om

beti
ye bharat hai
ya rome

hari om

jis ghar mein aisa hota hai
aur prem ka naatak
ha ha
hota hai
us ghar ko bas ram bachaaye
ghar ka bhedi lanka dhaaye

hari om

o o o o

balra..aam

ye kaisa
ye kaisa aaya zamaana
ye kaisa
ye kaisa
ye kaisa aaya zamaana
ye kaisa aaya zamaana
ye kaisa

bete ne baap ki na maani
na maani
na maani
buddhe ki qadar naa jaani
haaye
na jaani
na jaani
bete ne baap ki na maani
buddhe ki qadar naa jaani
ye meri aap beeti hai
kisi film ki nahin kahaani
ye kaisa
prabhu
ye kaisa aaya zamaana
(mere bete ki muraaden poori kar do prabhu)
ye kaisa
(prabhu)
ye kaisa aaya zamaana
ye kaisa
(us ke bete ko akal do)
ye kaisa aaya zamaana
ye kaisa

kaisi hai ulti khopdi dekho
baap

jaise hi mili naukri dekho
daada ji
shaadi shuda

shaadi shuda ho ke besharam
ghar mein le aaya chhokri dekho
ye kaisa
ye kaisa aaya zamaana ye kaisa
ye kaisa

khaa..aamosh

arre main bechara ja raha tha
raste pe wo thi khadi
haa..een
arre main bechara ja raha tha
raste pe wo thi khadi
pita ji
na main raja
na wo rani
wo mere peechhe padi
you tell me what to do
i don’t know
you tell me what to do
main kya bolun ji
you tell me what to do
i don’t know
you tell me what to do
what to do
what to do

heh heh
heh heh
heh heh he he
heh heh
heh heh
heh heh he he

chaand pe duniya pahunchi hai
tum abhi tak ho neeche
subah savere jaag kar
pad gaye mere peeche
maaf karo
nahin
saaf karo
nahin ji
mushkil badi aa padi
arre na main raja
na wo rani
wo mere peechhe padi
you
i don’t know
you
main kya bolun ji
you tell me
i don’t know
you tell me
main kya kahun ji
o baap
allaah
o daada ji
pita ji
o meri baat to suno
shobha
allaah
bete
daada ji
bete meri baat to suno
shobha
o daada ji

balra..am
shaant
shaa..aant


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

Blog Day : 4057 Post No. : 15189

Mukesh and his co-singers – 5
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We remember Mukesh on his remembrance day today (22 July 1923 – 27 August 1976).

Needless to say, the post had to be special. But, when a singer has almost 80% of songs considered as hits and most of these songs already represented on the blog, what can be more special. Well, a few hitherto songs of Mukesh continue to be discovered with a great deal of exhilaration to his fans and old hfm lovers in general. I assume that the present song will make this post special.

It is well known that Mukesh has nil to very few duets with singers like Noorjahan, Amirbai Karnataki, Jagit Kaur, Khursheed, Parul Ghosh etc. With singers like Hamida Banu, Suraiya, Rajkumari, Surinder Kaur, Sitara Kanpuri etc, the numbers are again quite few. He does have sizable numbers with Lata, Asha, Suman Kalayanpur, Geeta Dutt etc.

A very interesting companion in singing in this discussion will be off course the versatile Shamshad Begum. I had almost taken it for granted that all songs of hers with Mukesh have been covered on the blog. But then one thing led to another and resulted in this post of which I am extremely happy. Not one but two duets have been discovered in the last few weeks. Before I proceed with revealing the songs, it is pertinent to mention the traceability aspects of these duets.

We go back to Sadanand ji posting the Mukesh number for MGR in the comments section. I decided to take up Dhaniram’s collaboration with Mukesh and as usual sent the query to Shri Harish Raghuvanshi ji (of Surat) enquiring if it was the sole song under the composer.

Harish ji did confirm the singularity of the case, but added a priceless info that there is a duet in Shole (1953) in which Mukesh has a duet with Shamshad Begum. He further stated that very few music lovers are aware of this duet. The context being Dhaniram being the other composer apart from Naresh Bhattacharya to have scored music for the film. When I searched for this duet on the internet, I came across a Hemant Kumar solo and his duet with Shamshad Begum. Not losing hope, I was lucky enough to find the full movie on youtube. I first decided to go through the credit titles if I could trace Mukesh.

The film titles are shown on a railway track with very poor background and the moving train literally pushing the titles out of the screen. With great difficulty, I saw all the titles and there appears no mention of any of the playback singers in the film. Here, I would seek more knowledgeable reader’s kind explanation as to why many of the old films never bothered to credit playback singers in the titles. I suppose this trend continued even in the sixties for quite a few films.

The print of the film is extremely poor in both voice and picturization. The saving grace being something is available to run through. In spite the bad print and poor audio what stands out is the impeccable grace and beauty of Bina Rai and the ever energetic and melodious voice of Shamshad Begum. Coming back to the bad print of the film Shole (1953), I decided to run the film arbitrarily at short intervals. Then for one of the duets with a rather long prelude, I could hear sound bites very familiar to me. Yes, it is undoubtedly Mukesh.

I was so excited that I noted the time at which this duet starts and closed the film. I went to the other room in my house where my wife was busy with our daughter in her studies. They had a cursory look at my face and instantly both asked what I was so delighted about. I told them about the discovery and they again became engrossed with the studies knowing very well that this guy has no better work to do. My daughter likes a few songs of Raj Kapoor sung by Mukesh and wife likes a few of his duets and solos, but they are never into these statistics and other aspects of old hfm songs as I am. Anyways, I was back to the same link and juncture and again savored what I was listening for the very first time; an unheard duet of Mukesh. Only the first couple of lines of the mukhda are sung by Mukesh and then Shamshad Begum takes over for the rest of the duet. Its an extremely melodious duet to listen.

Now coming to another strange feature, I found four different versions of this song. The below table is self-explanatory and I have provided links for each of the versions.

Version Singers YouTube link
Film Soundtrack Mukesh, Shamshad Begum https://youtu.be/G8gkPL4qc8o
Hemant Kumar https://youtu.be/mmoh60LfIsc
78 rpm record Hemant Kumar https://youtu.be/OuvVFrcTYuU
Hemant Kumar, Shamshad Begum https://youtu.be/zlzgIDgky7g
Full movie SHOLE (1953) https://youtu.be/W6ubiNUgZuQ

Now, if the film had Mukesh and the 78 rpm version songs had Hemant Kumar, it would have been quite understandable. But, Hemant Kumar having sung the film version of the solo makes the case quite intriguing. Did Mukesh walk out of the film after singing the duet? We may never know. What we do know is that during this period he was working in various departments such as acting, composing, producing etc. and these experiments costing him dearly in terms of getting offers to give playback arguably for the rest of his singing career.

Also, during late forties and early fifties, the void created by the passing away of KL Saigal in early 1947 was yet to be filled. Good friends Mukesh and Talat Mahmood were vying to fill the gap and they both failed. One can now say with much conviction that the void created by KL Saigal will remain till the end of days.

Coming back to the versions, both the film soundtracks have poor audio and the 78 rpm ones have better audio quality. For some reason, I personally feel the duet of the film soundtrack is the best amongst the four if a better copy is available to listen. The momentary pause that Shamshad Begum has in the film soundtrack is more appealing than in the version song. Now one may ask, pause is a pause and how it can be differentiated. Well, crazy music lovers have additional senses to assimilate such nuances in music. Long live such craziness. 🙂

Now we come to the important discussion on the combo of Shamshad Begum and Mukesh. Forget writing in detail about their association, the very mention of the two names together excites me to no end.  Mukesh and Shamshad Begum, two different styles, but when it came to duets the styles glued to form some glorious duets in the annals of HFM. At many places on the net it is mentioned that the singers have altogether 22-24 duets. I am happy to list 29 and here is the carcanet of the jewels.

A cursory glace at the table reveals that they have actively sung most of their 29 duets during a period of only for 4 years of their career. This aspect has much to be pondered about.

S. No Name of song Movie (year) Music Director Lyricist
1 kya jaadu hai tere paas piyaa Chehra (1946) M A Mukhtar I C Kapoor
2 O dil ko hasaane wale Shatranj (1946) Madhav Lal and Baldev Nayak G S Madhup
3 lut gayi laajo beech Chheen Le Aazaadi (1947) Hansraj Behl Pt Indra Chandra
4 Moti chugne gayi re hansi Chheen Le Aazaadi (1947) Hansraj Behl Pt Indra Chandra
5 aagre se odhni manga de Laakhon Mein Ek (1947) Hansraj Behl Pt Indra Chandra
6 raat ko ji haay raat ko ji  Aag (1948) Ram Ganguly Majrooh Sultanpuri
7 kaise bataaun unse Anjuman (1948) Bulo C Rani Majrooh Sultanpuri
8 kabhi dil dil se takraataa  Anokhi Ada (1948) Naushad Shakeel Badayuni
9 Bhool gaye kyun deke Anokhi Ada (1948) Naushad Shakeel Badayuni
10 Tere naaz uthhane ko jee Grihasthhi (1948) Ghulam Mohammad Shakeel Badayuni
11 aayi saawan ritu aayi Mela (1948) Naushad Shakeel Badayuni
12 dharti ko aakaash pukaare Mela (1948) Naushad Shakeel Badayuni
13 main bhanwara tu hai phool Mela (1948) Naushad Shakeel Badayuni
14 mera dil todne waale Mela (1948) Naushad Shakeel Badayuni
15 O janewale humko bhool na O Jaanewaale (1948) Ali Hussain Moradabadi
16 sajanwaa prem kahaani O Jaanewaale (1948) Ali Hussain Moradabadi
17 ho badi zulmi tamanna hai Dada (1949) Naashad Majrooh Sultanpuri
18 pyaar mein tumne dhokhaa Shabnam (1949) S D Burman Qamar Jalalabadi
19 tu mahal mein rehni waali Shabnam (1949) S D Burman Qamar Jalalabadi
20 tumhaare liye huye badnaam Shabnam (1949) S D Burman Qamar Jalalabadi
21 maine dekhi jag ki reet (Happy and Sad versions) Sunhere Din (1949) Gyan Dutt D N Madhok
22 hamse nain milaana BA paas Aankhen (1950) Madan Mohan Raja Mehdi Ali Khan
23 Jaao sidhaaro hey raadha Aarzoo (1950) Anil Biswas Majrooh Sultanpuri
24 ho kaale kaale baadal Apni Chhaaya (1950) Hanuman Prasad P L Santoshi
25 kehne waale kehte hain Bijli (1950) Khemchand Prakash Bharat Vyas
26 hato hato ji aati hain ham Dilruba (1950) Gyan Dutt S H Bihari
27 mohabbat karne waalon se Hanste Aansoo (1950) Ghulam Mohammad Shewan Rizvi
28 duniya ne chede kahaniyaan Ek Thha Raja (1951) C R Subbaraman Pt Sudarshan
29 Aye dil tu kahin le chal (multiple versions)

 

Shole (1953)

 

Naresh Bhattacharya

 

Kamil Rashid

Before I proceed to write on the above duets please note that song no 23 has SD Batish, 26 has Geeta Roy, Pramodini Desai and 27 has Rafi saab singing along with Mukesh and Shamshad Begum in the respective songs.

It would not be an exaggeration to state that Mukesh and Shamshad were pioneers in playback singing. I know it is more often used for Shamshad’s career, but let us not forget that Mukesh too started giving playback as early as 1944 with ‘Uss Paar’. Why ‘Uss Paar’ and not ‘Moorti’ or ‘Pheli Nazar’? Well, that could take another detailed post. 🙂

In the above list song number 1, 3, 4 and 5 are regular features on Radio Ceylon and are played to this day. 6 was of course the directorial debut of Raj Kapoor, with Ram Ganguly’s haunting scores – the songs of the film remain popular to this day. The next film of RK, as we are well aware, had a change in composers. Shamshad Begum had a cabaret solo in ‘Awara’ and a couple of not so popular songs for SJ thereafter.

10 by one of my favourite composers Ghulam Mohammed is a rare treat to hear. I only wish Mukesh has sung more songs for him.

8, 9 and 11 to 14 need no description and arguably are the best-known duets of the combo; the magician of these two films being none other than the great Naushad.

‘Shabnam’ under SD Burman had 3 duets of the combo with Mukesh giving playback for thespian Dilip Kumar. Needless to say, the songs of this film were a huge rage during those days.

21 under Gyan Dutt is an absolute masterpiece. The debut movie of Madan Mohan had the combo singing a comical duet at 22.

The other songs may not be very well known, but as I have said earlier it is the combination of the singers that make the duets lively and a pleasure to listen.

Quite a few of these duets have been covered by our Sudhir ji in his series on Mukesh wherein he covered the rare and difficult to trace songs at the beginning of Mukesh’s career. Again, as I have written earlier, in spite of the best efforts of Sudhir ji having covered all the songs of Mukesh till 1950, welcome discoveries continue to be uncovered and 2 is such an example. Sudhir ji has shared the audio with me and it will be posted on the blog in the very near future. 🙂

29 and probably the last duet of the combo is covered in this post and I have already written about the many facets of this song. In fact Sudhir ji has sent queries and sought clarifications from his collector friends to understand the existence of the multiple versions of this song in the film.

‘Shole’ (1953) was directed by BR Chopra for Hira Films. The movie had Ashok Kumar, Bina Rai, Purnima, Jeevan, Mohana, Manmohan Krishna, Mirza Musharaf, Romi, Naaz, Uma Dutt etc in it. The movie had two music directors viz Dhaniram and Naresh Bhattacharya. The present song is composed by the latter. The lyrics of this multiple version song are credited to Kamil Rashid.

The lyrics of the Hemant Kumar solo version are slightly different in the 78 rpm vs the soundtrack versions, but giving due credit to Hamant Da, I herewith, for obvious reasons, present the lyrics of only the film soundtrack version of Mukesh and Shamshad Begum

I thank Harish ji for all the help rendered in making this elusive duet of Mukesh appear on the blog. I also thank Sudhir ji and Atul ji for giving me yet another opportunity to present this post.

Lastly, on his remembrance day, I pay humble tributes to Mukesh whose mellifluous voice continues to regale listeners the world over.

Song – Ae Dil Tu Kahin Le Chal  (Shole) (1953) Singer – Mukesh, Shamshad Begum, Lyrics – Kaamil Rashid, MD – Naresh Bhattacharya

Lyrics

ae dil
ae dil
tu kahin
le chal
le chal

ae dil tu kahin le chal
le chal
le chal

ae dil tu kahin le chal
le chal
le chal

aa aa aa aa

ye door ki manzil se mujhe
kis ne pukara hai
bhatke hue raahi ko
yeh kis ka ishaara hai
aashaon ke sagar ka
shayaad wo kinara hai
aashaon ke sagar ka
shayaad wo kinara hae
ae dil wahin le chal
wahin le chal
wahin le chal

ae dil tu kahin le chal
tu kahin le chal
kahin le chal
kahin le chal

jahaan ishq ke hothon par
fariyaad na ho koi
majboor na ho koi
naashad na ho koi
taqdeer ki thokar se
barbaad na ho koi
barbaad na ho koi
ae dil wahin le chal
wahin le chal
wahin le chal

ae dil tu kahin le chal
tu kahin le chal
kahin le chal
kahin le chal

do dil jo judaa kar de
wo raat na aati ho
hothon pe shikaayat ki
koi baat na aati ho
jahaan gham ki ghata le kar
barsaat na aati ho
barsaat na aati ho
ae dil wahin le chal
wahin le chal
wahin le chal

ae dil tu kahin le chal
tu kahin le chal
kahin le chal
kahin le chal

le chal
le chal
le chal
le chal
le chal

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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ए दिल
ए दिल
तू कहीं
ले चल
ले चल

ए दिल तू कहीं ले चल
ले चल
ले चल

ए दिल तू कहीं ले चल
ले चल
ले चल

आ आ आ आ

ये दूर की मंज़िल से मुझे
किसने पुकारा है’
भटके हुये राही को
ये किसका इशारा है
आशाओं के सागर का
शायद वो किनारा है
आशाओं के सागर का
शायद वो किनारा है
ए दिल वहीं ले चल
वहीं ले चल
वहीं ले चल

ए दिल तू कहीं ले चल
तू कहीं ले चल
कहीं ले चल
कहीं ले चल

जहां इश्क़ के होठों पर
फरियाद ना हो कोई
मजबूर ना हो कोई
नाशाद ना हो कोई
तक़दीर की ठोकर से
बर्बाद ना हो कोई
बर्बाद ना हो कोई
ए दिल वहीं ले चल
वहीं ले चल
वहीं ले चल

ए दिल तू कहीं ले चल
तू कहीं ले चल
कहीं ले चल
कहीं ले चल

दो दिल को जुदा कर दे
वो रात ना आती हो
होठों पे शिकायत की
कोई बात ना आती हो
जहां ग़म की घटा ले कर
बरसात ना आती हो
बरसात ना आती हो
ए दिल वहीं ले चल
वहीं ले चल
वहीं ले चल

ए दिल तू कहीं ले चल
तू कहीं ले चल
कहीं ले चल
कहीं ले चल

ले चल
ले चल
ले चल
ले चल
ले चल


This article is written by Mahesh Mamadapur, 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.

Mukesh and his co-singers – 4
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A song recorded and composed by Roshan in 1950, was the topic of discussion on a TV program nearly 5 decades later. The singer (judge on the show) was requested by none other than Anil Biswas, to sing a few lines of the famous song. The specific reference was to the word “ib” in the song “Sun Bairi Balam Sach Bol Re Ib Kyaa Hoga” from ‘Bawre Nain’ (1950). She rendered the song in an effortless manner without any background music. It is difficult to believe that she could sing so well at the spur of the moment.
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This article is written by Mahesh Mamadapur, 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.

Atul ji’s 10K Song Milestone Celebrations – 8
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Mukesh and His Co-Singers – 3
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The thought had crossed my mind a few months back. To calculate the sum of all the posts of contributors and subtract it from the grand total which would have given the obvious number. A number big enough to just admire, thank and congratulate with high gratitude. Thankfully, the pen and paper (and well a calculator) did not meet and so we had Sudhir ji planning his modus-operandi.

Else who knows, I would have written a common mail to both which I usually do and spoiled all the fun.

I got to know of Sudhir ji’s plans which he told me in person when I met him for a short visit to his house. Now wait. Isn’t our meeting a celebration to write a post? Yes indeed, but that shall wait for another day.
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This article is written by Mahesh Mamadapur, 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.

Mukesh and his co-singers – 2
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Talat Mahmood and Mukesh remained the best of friends till the latter departed for another world in August 1976. It gives me immense pleasure to present this second post in the series Mukesh and his co-singers featuring another of my all-time favourite singer.
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This article is written by Mahesh Mamadapur, 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.

Mukesh and his co-singers – 1
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Remembering Mukesh on his birthday today (22nd July 2016). (22 July 1923 – 27 August 1976)
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