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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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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Hindi Songs in Bangla Films – 20
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‘Aarohan’ (The Ascension, 2011 – Bangla film) was directed by Pinaki Choudhuri who wrote story and screen-play for the film. Soumitra Chatterjee and Sandhya Roy who were 76 and 69 years of age respectively at the time of making of this film were in the lead roles. The other supporting cast included Shamdarshi Dutta, Rituparna Sengupta (special appearance), Siddharth Chatterjee, Tulika Basu, Ashok Mukherjee, Rajesh Sharma, Nandini Chatterjee (special appearance) etc.

This film was selected for Montreal International Film Festival (2010) even before it was released in India. Pinaki Choudhury, the film’s director, in an interview, had said that he had read in a newspaper article about Mukti Bhavan in Varanasi where people who are about to die are given shelter for one month. He visited the place and spent few days with the inmates of the Bhavan. He was fascinated by the philosophy of the inmates who believe that dying in Varanasi give them salvation thus breaking the endless cycles of birth and death. Based on his experience, he wrote the story revolving around a patriarch of the family who decides to shift to Mukti Bhavan in Varanasi expecting that he would die within a month of his stay as per the prediction based on his horoscope.

It is not an easy decision for the old man to shift to Mukti Bhavan in Varanasi. There are clashes of thoughts between him and his aged wife, between him and his grandson also his friend. All of them react differently but for the same purpose of preventing him from going to Varanasi.

The film opens with a scene in which the 75-year old Surya Shekhar Chatterjee (Soumitra Chatterjee) while trying to cross a busy road in Kilkata is about to be hit by a speeding car when a young photographer saves him in the nick of time from the accident. Surya Shekhar is grateful to the photographer and invites him to his house.

Surya Shekhar is the firm believer in the horoscope. All predictions made on the basis of his horoscope has, so far, come true. One of the future predictions of his horoscope is that there will be threat to his life at the age of 75. And that threat was about to become true if the photographer had not saved him from the accident. Now he is fully convinced about his impending death as per the prediction in his horoscope. So, he plans to shift to Mukti Bhavan in Varanasi to attain salvation upon his death.

Surya Shekhar shares his plan with his wife (Sandhya Roy). She opposes his plan by saying that she had always supported him in his decisions but she would not agree for his shifting to Mukti Bhavan. But Surya Shekhar is adamant on his decision. His wife requests one of his close friends to counsel him to abandon his plan to stay in Mukti Bhavan. His friend tries to dissuade him from his plan by saying that what he is doing is not a faith but the plain superstition in believing the predictions. The young photographer who had saved him from the accident also tries to convince him by saying that astrology is not a science and no one can predict the future. But Surya Shekhar ends the debate by saying that Varanasi is his life’s last halting station.

As a flash back, Surya Shekhar does not have a good rapport with his son as the latter ridicules him for his so much dependence on the horoscopes. Their relation goes for the worst when the son decides to marry a girl outside his caste and that too without matching the horoscopes. Son gets married and settles down in the US. The son and his family had become persona non grata in Surya Shekhar’s house. Both father and son have not spoken to and seen each other for the last 25 years though his wife and the daughter-in-law are in communication with each other.

Surya Shekhar had not talked to his son when latter had a heart attack. He held a firm view that as per his horoscope, his son would not die before his death. Surya Shekhar has not even spoken and seen the face of his young grandson born and studied in the US who has come to India on a short vacation. The young photographer who had earlier saved Surya Shekhar is none other than his grandson Arijit (Samadarshi Dutta) which is revealed to Surya Shekhar by his wife while nominating him as the heir for his fixed deposits after his death.

Surya Shekhar departs for Varanasi along with his wife. Arijit accompanies them which would also give him the glimpses of Varanasi which has its unique character as a pilgrimage centre. The first few days of their stay in Varanasi goes well during which time he comes to know from the Manager of Mukti Bhavan that some old people who had come to die here have to make a revisit a number of times as they survived on each of their one-month stay. To hasten his death, Surya Shekhar decides to forgo dinner and also reduces his intake of food. The weakness caused by low intake of food makes him almost bedridden.

One day, Surya Shekhar get a mild chest pain. Since doctors are not permitted to visit Mukti Bhavan, Arijit informs his parents about his grandfather’s deteriorating health. Both his son and daughter-in-law rush to Varanasi to see him. Despite his son firmly telling him that by foregoing food he is in fact committing suicide, Surya Shekhar is not in a mood to argue with his son as he is destined to die in the next few days.

Parallelly, events are happening in Varanasi when Arijit gets involved with a married village woman from Bihar (Rituparna Sengupta) who also stays in the Mukti Bhavan with her mother-in-law who has also checked in for salvation. Her husband is a gay but her mother-in-law curses her being ‘baanj’ (barren) almost every day. Fed-up with her every day’s tantrums, daughter-in-law challenges her by saying that one day she will prove that she is not a baanjh. Her clandestine relation with Arijit results in her becoming pregnant. When her mother-in-law comes to know about it, she dies of shock. Now, the Bihari woman has to vacate the Mukti Bhavan. She becomes homeless as she has nowhere to stay with her illegitimate pregnancy. Seeing her predicament, Arijit decides to marry her and reveals his intention as such to his parents who at that moment are with his grandfather.

Arijit’s parents are shocked to know that he is going to marry not only a married woman but also outside his caste. Both of them oppose his proposal. But Arijit is adamant. In a fit of anger, Arijit’s father tries to slap him during which time, he gets a heart attack and dies in the Mukti Bhavan. Arijit performs his last rites at Varanasi Ghat. Surya Shekhar’s wife points out to her husband that he had said that the son would not die when he is alive. She questions him as to whose salvation he had predicted from the horoscope. After listening to his wife, Surya Shekhar takes out his horoscope from his pocket and tears it. He goes with his grandson to immerse his son’s ashes in the River Ganga. Arijit goes back to US with an assurance to his grandparents that he would soon return to India.

While returning to their room in Mukti Bhavan, Surya Shekhar finds the Bihari woman sitting with her meagre belonging at the Ghat. The film ends with Surya Shekhar asking the Bihari woman to accompany them to Kolkata where he has an old house. He would construct a bigger house where all of them would stay together. And that would be his salvation and emancipation.

This is the first time I watched the Dada Saheb Phalke Award winner, Soumitra Chatterjee in a lead role of 75-year old man in which he has got full scope to show his histrionic. He is well supported by equally talented Sandhya Roy with her excellent performance. I liked the young Samdarshi Dutta in the role of US returned grandson. His dialogues are in American accented English with American mannerism. Yet his character requires him to tune with the Indian ethos. It was a bit difficult role for him, that too in front of the senior actors which he has admirably performed. Ritupurna Sengupta in a role of a Bihari village woman has done a commendable performance of a rustic village woman with her dialogues in colloquial Hindi. All in all, it is a good film to watch.

In the DVD of the film I watched, there are 3 songs of which two are in Bengali and one in Hindi. In addition, there are two short Hindustani classical renderings by Ustad Rashid Khan in the background. I am presenting Hindi song ‘dil ko chura kar chale jaana na’ sung by Shreya Ghoshal which is picturised on Rituparna Sengupta who is in her beautiful dream sequence in Bollywood style. Samadarshi Dutta is also seen in the sequence. While lyricist of the song is unidentified, it is set to music by Suparna Kanti Ghosh.

Enjoy the beautiful interlude music from esraj (a musical instrument which produces the mixed sound of sitar and sarangi) and the flute along with the song.

Video Clip:

Audio Clip:

Song-Dil ko chura ke chale jaana naa (Aarohan)(Bangla)(2011) Singer-Shreya Ghoshal, MD-Suparna Kanti Ghosh

Lyrics (based on video clip)

hmm hmm hmm hmm
ha aa aaa
ha aa aa haa
ha aa aa aa aaa
hmm hmm hmm hmm chale jaana na
ha aa aaa
aa aa aaa
dil ko chura ke chale jaana na
dil ko chura ke chale jaana na
main ro ro maroongi tumhaare bina
apna bana ke chale jaana na
dil ko chura ke chale jaana na

zulmi iss duniya ne aur kya kiya
badnaami aur aansoo se dil bhar diya
phir tu ne pyaar se jo apna liya aa
phir tu ne pyaar se jo apna liya
rahoon kaise tumko nihaare bina
apna bana ke chale jaana na
dil ko chura ke chale jaana naa

tere jo saath hai to mumkin nahin
magar ab to kuchh bhi hai mushkil nahin
dhoondhti hoon khwaabon ki manzil yaheen ee
dhoondhti hoon khwaabon ki manzil yaheen
mile to jee loongi tumhaare bina aa
apna bana ke chale jaana na
dil ko chura ke chale jaana na
main ro ro maroongi tumhaare bina
apna bana ke chale jaana na
dil ko chura ke chale jaana na
ho o ooooooooo
o o o o o


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in 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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Hindi Songs from Bangla Films : 19
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‘Jogajog’ (Relationship, 2015) was a Bangla film which was based on a novel of the same name written by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore and published in 1929. The film was directed by Shekhar Das. The main cast included Bhartya Basu, Suvalagna Mukherjee, Ananya Chatterjee, Arjun Chakraborty, Shaheb Chatterjee, Locket Chatterjee etc. By the way, Bhartya Basu, the lead actor in the film was the MLA and the Minister of Tourism of the Government of West Bengal when the film’s shooting started. It was a debut film for the lead actress, Suvalogna Mukherjee.

Unfortunately, the film is not available on video sharing platforms. So, I had to depend upon the English edition of Tagore’s novel which is available online as well as review of the film on the Times of India. Having gone through both the sources, I get an impression that the film’s director, Shekhar Das has, by and large, adhered to the story of the novel including the names of the characters. The novel itself is a commentary on the declining influence of aristocracy of landlords in Bengal Presidency from early 20th Century and the emergence of neo-rich business class and their clash of culture and values. It is a feminist novel but at the end, it is the defeat for the female protagonist in the novel.

The gist of the story of the film is as under:

The story revolves around the hostility of two families – the Chatterjees and the Ghoshals. The Chatterjees are landlords whose fortunes have declined while that of Ghoshals have improved considerably thanks to their flourishing business. Bipradas Chatterjee (Arjun Chakraborty), current head of Chatterjee family is indebted to Madhusudan Ghoshal (Bratya Basu), the middle-aged head of Ghoshal family. To resolve the debt issue, Madhusudhan offers Bipradas to marry his younger sister, Kumudini (Suvalogna Mukherjee), a strong-willed, religious minded and cultured girl. She agrees to get married to Madhusudan who is twice her age to save her elder brother from the clutches of indebtedness to Ghoshals.

From the day Kumudini comes to Madhusudhan’s house after her marriage, she is assigned a subsidiary status in an already dysfunctional Ghoshal family in which there is a hen-pecked younger brother, a sister-in-law, Shyamasundari (Ananya Chatterjee) who has become widow at a young age. Kumuduni carries out her work in the household which is expected of a married woman. As she has been brought up in a cultured family where women have been treated equal with their men folks, Kumudini finds Ghoshal house exactly opposite of her cultural upbringing. Here she is treated as a sub-servient to Madhusudan as well as an object of his sexual desires. His vulgar display of wealth and the rustic way of conversations with her puts her off to such an extent that she develops aversion towards her husband. Added to her woos is Madhusudan’s illicit relationship with his sister-in-law, Shyamasundari. With these background , she takes recourse to spirituality. She identifies herself with Meerabai and find solace in singing Meera bhajans.

Over a period of time, Kumudini is subjected to emotional trauma and the marital rape. Not able to cope up with her emotional trauma any more, Kumudini comes back to her elder brother’s house. He gives her assurance that she is not a burden on him. On the contrary, it is her right to be in his house. However, when Kumudini’s pregnancy is revealed, her elder brother does not agree with Kumudini to get her liberation from the marriage as she is carrying Madhusudhan’s child. He justifies his stand by saying that it is not right to deprive the child from the father’s home. Kumudini is sent back to the Ghoshal household.

In a way, it is a defeatist end in the novel to Kumudini. Probably, Tagore went with the stark reality of that time. Since director, Shekhar Das had made this film in the 21st century, the film’s end comes with some minor changes so as not to make the film with a defeatist end for Kumudini. I have seen the end part of a pirated version of the film on a video sharing platform in which Madhusudhan visits Chatterjee’s house and meets Kumudini privately. He tenders his apology to Kumudini for his wrongdoings and request her to come back home.

‘Jogajog’ (2015) has two Meera bhajans of which I am presenting one of the most popular and famous bhajans ‘mere to Giridhar Gopal doosro na koi’. The bhajan is rendered by Shreya Ghosal whom I consider as ‘Lata Mangeshkar of 21st century insofar as per playback singing is concerned. I have watched her growing from the winner of ZEE TV’s ‘sa re ga ma’(children) programme sometime in the 90s and her first playback singing for Hindi film ‘Devdas’ (2002) and thereafter. I still remember the confidence and the pose with which she rendered a song in front of stalwarts like Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Girija Devi, Anil Biswas etc on the dais and many more stalwarts in the audience.

The song is picturised on Suvalogna Mukherjee and Bratya Basu is an impatient listener. The bhajan is set to music by Pandit Debojyoti Bose who is a Sarod player and a disciple of Sarod Maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. He is more into concerts than the music director.

I checked and found out that this Meera bhajan has been a part of more than a dozen Hindi films from 1932 onward. The singers varied from Zubieda, Sitara Kanpuri, M S Subbulaxmi, Mangeshkar sisters (Lata, Asha, Usha) to Vaani Jayraman. This is not an exhaustive list. There may be more singers in non-film segment.

I find Shreya’s Ghoshal’s version of this popular Meera bhajan equally pleasing to listen.

Video Clip:

Audio Clip:

Song-Mere to Giridhar Gopal doosro na koye (Jogajog)(Bangla)(2015) Singer-Shreya Ghoshal, Lyrics-Meera Bai, MD-Pandit Debojyoti Bose

Lyrics

mere to Giridhar Gopal doosro na koi
mere to Giridhar Gopal doosro na koi
jaake sir mor mukut mero pati soi
mere to Giridhar Gopal

taat maat bharta bandhu apna nahi koi
chhaadi do kul ki kaani
chhaadi do kul ki kaani kaa kariye koi
mere to Giridhar Gopal

aayi main bhakti ka jo jagat dekhat mohi
daasi Meera Giridhar prabhu
daa..aasi Meera Giridhar prabhu taaro ab mohi
mere to Giridhar Gopal doosro na koi
mere to Giridhar Gopal doosro na koi
jaake sir mor mukut mero pati soi
mere to Giridhar Gopal


This article is written by Aparna HM, 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 – 12
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Atul ji has become a legend now 🙂 . Anybody disagrees? I dont think so. Who else has achieved what he has achieved – a mammoth task of collecting information about 10,000 songs and then writing/sharing the same with like-minded enthusiasts. A monumental work, unselfish to the core. What sacrifices he must have made, how much time he would have spent, what passion he must be having to carry on blogging relentlessly for almost 9 years!! You would get an idea of it when you go through one of his write-ups for the song “Kitne Bhi Tu Kar Le Sitam“. Forget about miserly people running such a blog, it is not a possibility at all. Even a person earning good amount of money would hesitate to do it. You will understand my statement in its full extent only if you read the above-mentioned write-up.
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