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

Blog Day : 5012 Post No. : 16917 Movie Count : 4595

Today’s song is from an ” interesting” film – Pamposh-1953.

I have always been stating that History is never permanent. Whenever new evidence comes, the history changes to that effect. Same is the case with Film History. It keeps on changing, whenever honest workers dig up new evidence with credible proofs. This is normal and Film History lovers have accepted it too. Occasionally – very occasionally or almost rarely, some such evidence comes out which no one had ever dreamt about and when no one had ever doubted the existing accepted matters as facts.

From the early 80’s or to be precise, when Harmandir Singh Hamraz ji published his HFGK for the 50’s decade, as the first in his series of many decades subsequently, we all had known that the Music Director of film Pamposh-1953 was Manoharlal Khanna – father of MD Usha Khanna, the second prolific woman composer for hindi films. (the first prolific woman MD was Saraswati Devi). It was mentioned in the HFGK and Usha Khanna too had repeatedly told so in her articles and interviews.

During the last few years, I have met close relatives of many yesteryear artistes and interviewed them. One thing I noticed was that most relatives, those close ones, did not know or were not sure of certain matters. Sometimes they knowingly told wrong things to enhance the image of that artiste. So I learnt to counter check facts before including them in the interview material.

Usha Khanna’s case also seems to be like this. I carefully listened to her interview about her father, posted on RMIM recently and I found that she made claims which were not wholly correct about her father. One of the claims she always made was that it was she who actually had given music to film pamposh, but her father’s name was credited. Actually neither Usha Khanna (who was barely 12 year old in 1953)nor her father M.L.Khanna had given music to film Pamposh-53. It is noteworthy to note that HFGK has a footnote for this film stating that ” The film booklet mentions MD’s name as Mohan Lal Aima and Cecil Mendoza”. Enthusiastic senior RMIM members worked furiously on this issue and dug up several proofs to arrive at a conclusion that MOHAN LAL AIMA was actually the Music Director of film Pamposh-53.

Film Pamposh was screened at the Cannes Film Festival, France on 9-4-1954 with the French title “FLEUR DE LOTUS” (Lotus of Kashmir or कश्मीरी कमल ). In that also the MD’s name was given as Mohan Lal Aima. This film was made in English, French, Spanish,Italian, German, Hindi, Bengali and Tamil and had won high praise in Cannes, as per the French newspaper “LE MONDE”. This information is from the book ” The world of Ezra Mir” by N.J.Kamath, pub.2005.

I am not only impressed but also amazed to see how the active RMIM members coordinate while working on a research project. Some of the senior members, like Magicians, produce Links, Photographs, Book extracts, Paper cuttings etc. to add to the information. I am not taking any names, because

i) the list will be too long and

ii) they all are equally knowledgeable and hard workers.

Imagine doing their regular jobs and yet contributing enthusiastically on the forum which is simply superhuman ! My Hats Off to RMIM !. Over the years, they have contributed substantially to Hindi film history. I Hope some members produce a book on RMIM. One small book already published is not enough.

Now the important point would be to know who this M L Aima is. Here is his information,collected from various sources made available on RMIM forum.

Mohan Lal Aima was born in a family of ‘Datatreya Kauls’ of Fateh Kadal, Srinagar, on 21-7-1922 . This area was across the Jhelum river and close to Syed Ali Akbar locality. His father , Pandit Ved Lal Aima had earned respect and goodwill in the society even with his modest means and simple living. The family got Aima nickname as some elder from this clan was a gifted osteopath (Waatangor) who cured many people with fractures and dislocations.

After completing his M.A. LLB, and a Diploma in Statistics, he was to join Bar and establish himself as an advocate, but contrary to that, he gave a surprise/shock to his family and the conservative Kashmiri Pandit society ( at that point of time) when he decided to opt for music and singing as his career. During those days, it was something like a rebellious act for his middle-class family. And he earned the nickname “Mohan Chhakri”.

He also led a group of boys that sang this song when Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru and Sheikh Mohd Abdullah addressed a huge gathering at Palladium cinema Lal chowk Srinagar in November 1947 . This song was written by Maulana Masoodi, a close associate of Sheikh Mohd Abdullah during those days and it used to be played as an anthem song in official functions during 1948 and 1949.

He scored music for first full-length Kashmiri feature film MAENZRAAT. He scored music for Nadim sahib’s opera ‘Bombur Ta Yemberzal’ that was widely appreciated and shown to Russian dignitaries Nikita Khruschev and Nikolai Bulganin. during their visit to Kashmir. It was performed in early December, 1955 at Nedou’s Hotel , Srinagar by a galaxy of Kashmiri artists and singers. Marshal Bulganin was reportedly seen tapping his foot when the artists sang the Bomburo Bomburo. He also scored music for the Kashmiri version of the movie “Shayar e Kashmir’ Mehjoor”.

His tune for Nadim Sahib’s composition “Bomburo Bumburo Shaam Rang Bomburo” became popular in the entire length and breadth of the country after it was used in a Bollywood movie.

He scored music for Ezra Mir’s 1953 film “Lotus of Kashmir(Pamposh)”.It was produced by Ambalal J. Patel. He also scored music for “ROKO” a short telefilm produced for Door Darshan by M Y Bhat . It was telecast from four metros of the country sometime in1975 or 1976. He further gave music to the film “Kashmira”, produced by Childrens Film Society.

He was also commissioned by Muzaffar Ali as a music consultant cum co-composer for his aborted high profile film Zooni ( Story based on the life of Habba Khatoon ) . The music of the international version was to be done by Oscar winner Japanese composer, Riyuchi Sakamoto, while music for all the songs in Kashmiri was to be scored by Mohan Lal Aima. And the renowned fashion designer, Mary McFadden of New York had been engaged to design the costumes of the film.Muzaffar Ali had to put his project on hold due to widespread militancy in Kashmir. The shooting of this high profile movie with Dimple Kapadia and Vinod Khanna in lead roles had been started during the summer of 1989.

He was the Head of the Music section in Radio Kashmir, Srinagar from 1949 to 1964. Aima was sent as Director General, on deputation to Kabul for Radio Afghanistan. He became extremely popular there. Later he was transferred to New Delhi and Bombay also. During 1979, he lived in Seven Bunglows area of Andheri West in Bombay. He was always eager to help the visiting Kashmiri artistes and arranged for their staying free at Bombay.

Aima could play several traditional Kashmiri Musical instruments. In Bombay, he prepared a CD of kashmiri Devotional geets. It was named ” Man Pamposh”. It became very popular. In 1990, he was bed ridden with Cancer and he died in Bombay.

Many eminent music experts and his friends like Padmashree Pran Kishore Kaul, Bihari Kak – actor, Muzaffar Ali, Padmashri Moti Lal Khemu and others have written about him.

His brother Omkarnath Aima was an actor. He was the hero of the First Kashmiri film “Maenz Raat”. Onkar’s son Alok Aima was also an actor and worked in many Hindi films like “Jaane bhi do yaaron “. M.L Aima’s son Satish Kaul was also an actor. (Based mainly on an article by Shri Autar Mota, on his Blog The Chinar Shade, with thanks and RMIM sources.)

This film was directed by Ezra Mir. Some of the Senior readers, in the bracket of 55 to 75 years of age would recollect the Indian Documentaries made by Ezra Mir, shown before almost every film in the theatres. Indian News Reel and these documentaries on various subjects were actually used as a facility to enter the theatre late and still catch the whole movie from the beginning. These documentaries were made mostly by Ezra Mir and the voice over used to be that of Pratap Sharma usually. ( his younger brother Mahesh Sharma was my good friend in those days).

Ezra Mir was one of the rare persons who worked in the famous Hollywood studios for a considerable time, before he came to India and got involved in making films here. He was also a rare person who, despite being in great demand in the commercial cinema, chose to join a Government organisation and did monumental significant work for the future generations. For a long time, I was thinking him to be a Muslim man, but at a much later date, I came to know that he was a Jew person.

Ezra Mir ( real name Edwyn Meyers) was born on 26-10-1902 at Calcutta. After completing his education, he joined Madon Theatres in 1921. In 1923, he left for Europe and America to work in the film industry. After doing bit roles in Rudolph Valentino’s films in Long Island, New York and working for First National Biograph Studios, he joined the Universal studios as a ” Film Cutter” and later as a Scenario writer. By his diligent and hard work he became the chief of story Department in United Artistes. In 1929, he wrote and directed a film ‘ Simbolisque ‘, which created a sensation in the film circle there.

With the advent of the Talkie, he came back to India , joined Imperial Film co. and made film Noorjehan-31 in Hindi and English. In 32-33, he joined Sagar movietone and directed Zarina-32, Pagal premee-33 and Farzand e Hind-34. Then Ezra went to Calcutta. After doing some films he came back and made documentaries on second world war. In 1940, he was appointed by the Govt. on the Film Advisory Board. In 1942, when V.Shantaram left as its head, he became the head. From 1942 to 1946, he made 170 documentaries.

In 1951 he joined the Films Division and in 1956, became its President. In his tenure here, he made 400 documentaries. In 1970 he got ‘ Padma Shri ‘. Ezra Mir died on 7-3-1993. His Filmography is Noorjehan-31, Zarine-32, Pagal premi-33, Farzand e Hind-34, Mera Pyara and Rasheeda-35,Jeevan Sangram, Parivartan,Rajdulari and Shaitan ka pash-36, Rikshawala-38,Sitara-39, Beete din-47, pamposh-54 and Raju aur gangaram-64.

The cast of the film was Moghali (Leela Kanade), B.Bilimorea, Violet Smith,Savitri,Vinod, Savi Multani, Rusi Patel and others. The story, screenplay and direction was of Ezra Mir. The film was produced by Ambalal Patel, who was with Sagar Movietone when it was launched in 1932. The lyricist was Manohar lal Khanna.There were 5 songs sung by Seeta Kalyanpur and Moti Sagar -3 solos and 2 duets.

Lastly, about the singer of today’s song-Seeta Kalyanpur. I have not got any information about her anywhere, but I faintly remember having read somewhere that She was the sister of Suman Kalyanpur’s husband. However I can’t confirm it. With this song Film Pamposh and Singer Seeta Kalyanpur make their Debut on our Blog.


Song- Jannat hai Kashmir hamaara (Pamposh)(1953) Singer-Seeta Kalyanpur, Lyricist- Manohar Lal Khanna, MD- Mohan Lal Aima and Cecil Mendoza

Lyrics

Jannat hai Kashmir hamaara
Kashmir hamaara
Jannat hai Kashmir hamaara
Kashmir hamaara
Kudrat ki godi mein khele
har nazaara
nazaara pyaara pyaara
ho nazaara pyaara pyaara
Jannat hai Kashmir hamaara
Kashmir hamaara

phoolon ke hain yahaan khazaane
jharnon mein sangeet suhaane
phoolon ke
phoolon ke hain yahaan khazaane
jharnon mein sangeet suhaane
hardam bahti prem ki dhaara
nazaara pyaara pyaara
ho nazaara pyaara pyaara
Jannat hai Kashmir hamaara
Kashmir hamaara

saada dil insaanon ki basti
mehnat ho jeewan ki kashti
saada dil insaanon ki basti
mehnat ho jeewan ki kashti
har mehnat hai hamen gawaara
nazaara pyaara pyaara
ho
nazaara pyaara pyaara
Jannat hai Kashmir hamaara
Kashmir hamaara

dulhan si kashmir ki waadi
?? jo bhi shahzaadi
dulhan si kashmir ki waadi
?? jo bhi shahzaadi
kudrat ne hai ise sanwaara
nazaara pyaara pyaara
ho nazaara pyaara pyaara
Jannat hai Kashmir hamaara
Kashmir hamaara
kudrat ke godi mein khele
har nazaara
nazaara pyaara pyaara
hai nazaara pyaara pyaara
Jannat hai Kashmir hamaara
Kashmir hamaara


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

Blog Day : 4977 Post No. : 16854 Movie Count : 4585

#The Decade of Seventies – 1971 – 1980 #
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# Bhoole-Bisre Geet # 168 # Missing Films of 1972 – 17#
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Today’s song is from the movie ‘Shiv Bhakt Baabaa Baalaknaath’. I was not aware of this movie earlier, till coming across it in the ‘Hindi Film Geet Kosh’ – Vol-V i.e., 1971-1980.

‘Shiv Bhakt Baabaa Baalaknaath’ was directed by Avtar for Balaknath Art Films, Bombay. It is a devotional (bhakti pradhan) movie passed by Censor Board on 09.05.1972. The star cast of this movide includes Babloo, Jayshree Gadkar, Mahesh Desai, BM Vyas, Sulochana, Babu Raje, Sulochana Chatterjee, Radheshyam, Anuradha Guha, Suresh Divekar, Thakur, Lakiram, Pushpa, Bhagirath, Raghu, Moolchand, Omi, Sitaram, Parasram, Maruti, Madhukar, Narendra Shridhar and others. SN Tripathi and Aarti make a special appearance in this movie.

As per HFGK, this movie has eight songs written by five lyricist as per details given below.

Sl. No. Song Title Singer/s Lyricist
01 Om Jai Kalaadhaari Hare, Swami Jai Pauna Hari Hare Mahendra Kapoor, chorus Durgadas Jagota
02 Ulfat Ki Rawaani Mat Poochho, Bewa Ki Jawaani Mat Poochho Mahendra Kapoor Bharat Vyas
03 Chanda O Mere Chamke Tu Aisa Ki Mit Jaaye Jag Ka Andheraa Usha Mangeshkar Bharat Vyas
04 Aaj Guru Ki Aagyaa Le Kar… Is Bharat Ki Bhoomi Par Aise Teerath Mahendra Kapoor Thakur Chhabda
05 Ghar Ghar Bhatkoon, Dar Dar Bhatkoon, Milta Nahin Mujhe Tera Thhikaanaa Usha Mangeshkar Sudarshan Sharma
06 Mathura Naa Jaao Bhaai, Kaashi Naa Jaao … Jinki Ek Jhalak Se … Manna Dey, Krishna Kalle, chorus Bharat Vyas
07 Baba Mera Suhaag Naa Ujde Suhaag, Ban Ke Suhaagin Rahi Abhaagan … Usha Mangeshkar Bharat Vyas
08 Hote Hain Dilwaale Kamal Barot, Usha Bansal Gauhar Kanpuri

Today’s song is sung by Manna Dey and Krishna Kalle with chorus. Audio and video links for the songs of this movie seems to be unavailable as of now. However, this movie is available in parts on YouTube.

Let us have take another look on the list of movies of 1972 alphabetically after adding today’s movie, which is the 117th movie of 1972 in the listing as per Geet Kosh. For brevity the list given below includes the list of movies missing on the blog and list of all movies from the last post – “O Kheton Ki Shahzaadi” from the movie ‘Shaayar-e-Kashmir Mahjoor’ to today’s movie song-post.

Sl. No. Movie Title Director Music Director Passed by Censor Board No of Songs on the Blog No of Songs as per HFGK
1 Aakraant Girish Vaidya Jagat Singh 07121972 0 No Information
17 Bachche Mere Saathi TN Babu MS Vishwanathan 17111972 Songs Not Available 6
24 Bharat Darshan Khwaja Ahmed Abbas Jaidev 04111972 0 No Information
45 Fighter Sheela Vijay Not Mentioned 07101972 0 No Information
50 Gunfighter Johnny KSR Das Aadi Narayan Rao 25031972 Songs Not Available 5
53 Hunterwaali KS Reddi Satyam 02091972 Songs Not Available 5
54 Jaadoo Nagari Vednatham Roghaviya Aadi Narayan Rao 05061972 0 No Information
68 Lady James Bond KSR Das Satyam 11071972 Songs Not Available 5
73 Maayaa Darpan Kumar T Shahni Bhaskar Chandavarkar 12121972 0 No Information
81 Miss Chaalbaaz (Tingoo Agent 000) Ravi Rajan-Nagendra 27111972 Songs Not Available 4
95 Raajdhaani Express BJ Patel L Chakravarty 04031972 Songs Not Available 5
115 Shaayar-e-Kashmir Mahjoor Prabhat Mukherjee Prem Dhawan 24081972 1 10
116 Sharaarat Manmohan Desai Ganesh 21021972 7
117 Shiv Bhakta Baabaa Baalaknaath Avtaar Roshanlal Khatri 09051972 0 8

*Notes:

  1. Songs for ‘Bachche Mere Saathi’, ‘Gunfighter Johnny’, ‘Hunterwaali’, ‘Lady James Bond’ and ‘Miss Chaalbaaz’ (Tingoo Agent 000) seem to be unavailable as of now.
  2. There is no information about the songs in HFGK Vol-V (1971-1980) for the movies – ‘Aakraant’, ‘Bharat Darshan’, ‘Fighter Sheela’, ‘Jaadu Nagari’ and ‘Maaya Darpan’ as mentioned above.

Let us now listen to today’s song, and welcome ‘Shiv Bhakt Baba Baalak Nath’ on the blog.

Song – Mathura Na Jaao Bhai Kaashi Na Jaao (Shiv Bhakt Baba Baalak Nath) (1972) Singer – Manna Dey, Krishna Kalle, Lyrics – Bharat Vyas, MD – Prem Dhawan
Manna Dey + Krishna Kalle
Chorus

Lyrics

mathura na jaao bhaai
kaashi na jaao
teerath na jaao
aur na ganga nahaao
jin ki ek jhalak se janam janam ke paap kat jaayen
aise baba ke gun gaao
baba ki dhooni ramaao
aise baba ke gun gaao
baba ki dhuni ramaao
mathura na jaao bhaai
kaashi na jaao
teerath na jaao
aur na ganga nahaao

uttar dakshin
purab paschim
koi na aaye kaam re ae
baba ke charnon mein dhoondho
milenge chaaron dhaam re ae ae
milenge chaaron dhaam re ae
na bhasmi ramaao aur na maala phiraao
mandir mandir mann ko at bhatkaao
jin ki ek jhalak se janam janam ke paap kat jaayen
aise baba ke gun gaao
baba ki dhooni ramaao
aise baba ke gun gaao
baba ki dhooni ramaao
mathura na jaao bhaai
kaashi na jaao
teerath na jaao
aur na ganga nahaao

baalak roop hai kitna pyaara
sab devon se nyaara hai
sabhi devta jhilmil taare
baba to dhruv taara hai ae
baba to dhruv taara hai 
in ki mohini moorat bhaai
sab ki jyot hai in mein samaai
jin ki ek jhalak se janam janam ke paap kat jaayen
aise baba ke gun gaao
baba ki dhooni ramaao
aise baba ke gun gaao
baba ki dhooni ramaao

mathur na jaao bhaai
kaashi na jaao
teerath na jaao
aur na ganga nahaao
jin ki ek jhalak se janam janam ke paap kat jaayen
aise baba ke gun gaao
baba ki dhooni ramaao
aise baba ke gun gaao
baba ki dhooni ramaao
aise baba ke gun gaao
baba ki dhooni ramaao
aise baba ke gun gaao
baba ki dhooni ramaao

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir Kapur)
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मथुरा ना जाओ भाई
काशी ना जाओ
तीर्थ ना जाओ
और ना गंगा नहाओ
जिनकी एक झलक से जनम जनम के पाप कट जाएँ
ऐसे बाबा के गुण गाओ
बाबा की धूनी रमाओ
ऐसे बाबा के गुण गाओ
बाबा की धूनी रमाओ
मथुरा ना जाओ भाई
काशी ना जाओ
तीर्थ ना जाओ
और ना गंगा नहाओ

उत्तर दक्षिण
पूरब पश्चिम
कोई ना आए काम रे
बाबा के चरणों में ढूंढो
मिलेंगे चारो धाम रे
मिलेंगे चारो धाम रे
ना भस्मी रमाओ और ना माल फिराओ
मंदिर मंदिर मन को मत भटकाओ
जिनकी एक झलक से जनम जनम के पाप कट जाएँ
ऐसे बाबा के गुण गाओ
बाबा की धूनी रमाओ
ऐसे बाबा के गुण गाओ
बाबा की धूनी रमाओ
मथुरा ना जाओ भाई
काशी ना जाओ
तीर्थ ना जाओ
और ना गंगा नहाओ

बालक रूप है कितना प्यारा
हर देवों से न्यारा है
सभी देवता झिलमिल तारे
बाबा तो ध्रुव तारा है
बाबा तो ध्रुव तारा है
इनकी मोहिनी मूरत भाई
सबकी ज्योत है इन में समाई
जिनकी एक झलक से जनम जनम के पाप कट जाएँ
ऐसे बाबा के गुण गाओ
बाबा की धूनी रमाओ
ऐसे बाबा के गुण गाओ
बाबा की धूनी रमाओ

मथुरा ना जाओ भाई
काशी ना जाओ
तीर्थ ना जाओ
और ना गंगा नहाओ
जिनकी एक झलक से जनम जनम के
पाप कट जाएँ
ऐसे बाबा के गुण गाओ
बाबा की धूनी रमाओ
ऐसे बाबा के गुण गाओ
बाबा की धूनी रमाओ
ऐसे बाबा के गुण गाओ
बाबा की धूनी रमाओ


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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4954 Post No. : 16820

Today’s song is from the film Stage-1951.

The film was made by Jeevan Pictures, Bombay. The producer was G D Chandana and the film was directed by one Vijay Mhatre, who was basically a successful Cinematographer. He got an opportunity of directing a film but could not do much to make the film a Hit, despite having a popular lead pair of Dev Anand and Ramola (Khajanchi-41 fame). This was due to a very weakened run of the mill story of the film. He ended his directorial career with only this film and went back to his comfort zone of remaining a successful Cinematographer.

There were two Music Directors who composed 12 songs of the film. However, HFGK credits only 9 songs with MD’s name. The remaining 3 songs are left ‘ Ram Bharose’. Luckily there was only one Lyricist-Sarashar Sailani, so it is understood that all the songs were written by him only.

Sarashar Sailani was born on 12-3-1925 in Lahore. He was not much educated (not a graduate), but was a school teacher, used to participate in Mushairas. The owner of Jeevan Pictures,Lahore, was Motiram Jain and he was a lover of Shayari and poetry. Motiram liked his shayari. When Motiram started his First film Arsi-47, he invited Sailani to write story, song and dialogues for this film. Arsi-1947 was his first film as a Lyricist. Some songs became popular and Sailani jumped into the film line.

Lachhiram called him for his next film Mohini-47 and Shyamsunder called him for Ek Roz-47. Along with director Daud Chaand, Sailani also shifted to Bombay. However, after the Partition, Daud returned to Lahore but Sailani remained in India. He wrote lyrics. generally he got only low budget films, but he worked with some quality composers like Pt. Amarnath, Husnlal-Bhagatram, Roshan, Chitragupta, Jaidev, A R Qureshi, Hansraj Behl etc.

In all, he wrote 150 songs in 32 films. From 1960 onwards, after the film ‘ Bade ghar ki bahu’, he stopped songwriting and took up only story, dialogue writing, in which he did many good films. some of such films were Bewafa,Baaz,Barsat ki raat,Unpadh,Aayi milan ki bela,Aapki parchhaiyan,Ganga ki laharen, Majboor, Aaye din bahaar ke, Aman, Devar, Gunahon ka devta, kanyadaan,Aya saawan jhoom ke, Anjana etc.etc. His last film as a dialogue writer was Maa aur Mamta-70. He died on 10-4-1969 at Bombay.

One of the Music Directors was Sardar Malik for this film. Sardar Malik today is a lesser known composer compared to other giants of the film industry, but he has created some golden melodies. Born on 13-1- 1925, Sardar Malik had learnt classical music from Ustad Alauddin Khan. He also learned a variety of dancing skills from Pt.Uday Shankar. Some other stars like Guru Dutt and Mohan Sehgal too were part of the troop under Pt. Uday Shankar, same time.

Sardar Malik got his break as a Music Director in a movie called ‘Renuka’ which was released in 1947. Sardar Malik also sang 4 songs in this movie – 2 solo songs and also 2 duets with Zohrabai. But the movie was not a big success and he remained unrecognized. In the same year, he also composed music for a movie ‘Rain Basera’, but that movie too was not successful. In 1949, only one movie was released of Sardar Malik and that was ‘Raaz’. The movie had some wonderful numbers from Rafi, Amirbai and Binapani Mukherjee.

In 1951, Sardar Malik shared the credits with Husnlal Bhagatram and composed a few songs for a movie ‘Stage’, which had lovely numbers sung by Asha Bhosle like ‘Dil Machalne Laga’. Asha Bhosle had excellent control in her voice in the early 50s and her association with Sardar Malik was very special in this era when Lata and Geeta Dutt were at the top.

His next movie was ‘Laila Majnu’ which was a huge success. Sardar Malik composed only 3 songs for this movie ‘Baharon Ki Duniya Pukare’, ‘Tere Dar Pe Aaya Hoon’ and ‘Dekh Li Ae Ishq’. All the other songs were composed by Ghulam Mohammed but the songs showed his versatility and he gained recognition in the film industry. Thokar (1953) established Sardar Malik as a successful composer. Songs like ‘Ae Gham-e-Dil Kya Karoon’ by Talat and Asha Bhosle and ‘Hawa Ghungunayee Fiza Muskayee’ are evergreen numbers.

‘Aulad’ (1954) showed Sardar Malik’s overall class through his magical compositions. This movie had some great numbers like ‘Duniya Tasveer Ha’i (Talat Mahmood) and ‘Tum Salamat Raho Hazar Baras’ (Asha). The same year saw the release of ‘Chor Bazar’ (1954), which had some of the best songs rendered by Lata Mangeshkar. She sang 3 beautiful songs in this movie ‘Chalta Rahe Yeh Karvan’, ‘Huyi Yeh Humse Ye Nadani’ and ‘Dar Dar Ki Thokare Hain’. In the mid-50’s Sardar Malik composed music for a few movies like Ab-e-Hayat-55, Taxi-555-58, Chamak Chandni-57 and Maa Ke Aansoo-59. All these movies had some nice songs. If we observe the decade of the 50s, Asha Bhosle, Talat Mahmood and Rafi sang some of the best songs of Sardar Malik.

The decade of 60’s saw the release of ‘Saranga’ (1960), which can be considered as one of the best movies of Indian Cinema. The title song of the movie sung by Mukesh and the sad version of the same sung by Rafi is still as popular as it was 60 yrs ago. Many veteran music composers consider this movie as the best movie composed by Sardar Malik ever. The same year saw the release of ‘Mera Ghar Mere Bachche’ which contained some great songs sung by Mukesh, my favorite song being the duet of Mukesh with Suman Kalyanpur ‘Baharon Se Poochho’.

Sardar Malik remained active in the first half of the 1960s and composed some outstanding music for second rung movies like Madan Manjari, Bachpan, Pick Pocket, Naag Mohini, Jantar Mantar, Maharani Padmini, Roop Sundari and Main Hoon Jadugar. It was destiny that most of the films he composed for were not box-office successes, but he never compromised on the quality of his music. His career appears to come to an abrupt halt in the mid-60s. The last movie of Sardar Malik was Gynaaniji which was released in 1977. This movie had songs sung by Rafi, Asha, Jaspal Singh and Jagat Singh Jagga. After this he gave music to one film in which all his family was working- Nigahain-1983. He even wrote a few songs for this film.

Sardar Malik gave music to 25 films, composing 199 songs. He sang 8 songs in 2 films-Renuka-47 and Raaz-49.

Sardar Malik had huge knowledge on all forms of Indian Music. He always depended on light background orchestration in many of his songs. He made the use of accordion and flute in many of his songs. As he was classically trained, he had excellent knowledge on various ragas too. Married to noted lyricist Hasrat Jaipuri’s sister, Kausar Jahan (Bilqis), Sardar Malik had three sons – Annu, Abbu and Dabbu Malik. Thanks to his father’s blessings, Annu Malik met with a lot of success in the 1990s and 2000s.

Sardar Malik passed away on January 27th 2006, but the legacy he has left behind will always remain with us.

Today’s song is sung by Master Sonik and Lata mangeshkar. Hindi films had so far, to my knowledge,3 artistes who were blind and into film music. The first was K C Dey, a singer and a music director. The second was Manohal Lal Sonik- again a singer and a music director and the third one was Ravindra Jain who was a Lyricist, singer and a Music Director. Their natural deficiency did not come in the way of their music careers and the industry too gave them the recognition for their talents.

Master Sonik aka Manohar lal Sonik was born on 26-11-1926 in Sialkot, Punjab.By his third year, he lost his vision completely. Undaunted, he learnt music-first from the Music school of Lahore and then from Lucknow. For sometime, he was assistant to pt. Amarnath Batish.

After Partition he joined Delhi A.I.R. Later, he sang 8 songs in 7 Hindi films,namely Chaar Din-49, Stage-51,Kashmir-51, Khaibar-54, Mast Qalandar-55, Inquilab-56 and then after 20 years he sang in film Umar qaid-75 also. He gave music to film Ishwar Bhakti-51 along with Giridhar and then film Mamta-52, with Hansraj Behl.

Meanwhile, his nephew Omprakash Sonik, who was a singer in Delhi A.I.R., proposed working as a team of composers, calling themselves as ” SONIK-OMI “. They got their first film ” Dil ne phir yaad kiya”-66. The songs became popular. They continued to give music till Anadi Dada-93, when Master Sonik died on 9-7-1993. As a team, music was given to another 5 films by Omi alone till the film- Yeh hai basti Badmashon ki-1999. As a team, they gave music to 104 films composing 536 songs.

Today’s song is from the film Stage-51. There was a time between say, 1940 to 1970 when many film stories were woven around the Hero or Heroine being either a part of or an aspirant to be a part of a drama company or a musical group ( some examples are Albela, Hum sab chor hain, Teesri Manzil etc). This gave the producers ample scope and opportunities to include song and dance items in the film without any problem. Stage-51 was also one such movie having a murder mystery of a singer dancer. The film story was….

Prof.Rajan(Raj Mehra) is sad because his family life is spoiled due to the sharp and acidic tongue of his wife(Kuldeep Kaur).His daughter Sudha(Ramola) is with him on this issue.One day he discovers that his college love Kamini(Gulab) is in town as Neelam the stage dancer.He goes to meet her.Both share their grief but Rajan can not help her.In due course, Rajan’s wife learns about Neelam,there is a fight and Rajan is injured by accident.He goes to meet Neelam-who is murdered and police arrest Rajan with blood stained clothes.

Sudha, who is enjoying her boy friend Anand’s(Dev Anand) Birthday party, learns about it. She is determined to find out the real culprit. With help from Anand, his friend Chunnu(Sunder) and some clues, they reach Poona. Sudha joins as Dancer in the previous stage company of Neelam. They get the proof that the Owner of the theatre(Mubarak)is the culprit.

After some chase,suspense and a mock fight(it is funny to see Dev Anand fighting 7-8 gundas at a time),the murderer is caught by the police, Rajan released,Sudha-Anand married and Rajan’s wife reformed.

Let us now listen to the funny song which gives advice on how to be careful in Bombay.


Song- Bach ke chalna meri sarkaar ki ye Bombay hai (Stage)(1951) Singers- Master Sonik , Lata Mangeshkar, Lyricist-Sarshar Sailani, MD- Sardar Malik
Both

Lyrics

sach kahaa kisi ne
bache hamesha
bachke mod ko
hamesha bachke mod ko chaliye
ho bachke
bachke chalna
bachke chalna meri sarkaar
ke ye Bombay hai
ke ye Bombay hai
taxi waalon se hoshiyaar
ke ye Bombay hai
ke ye Bombay hai

hamne is shahar ke andaaz niraale dekhe
hamne is shahar ke andaaz niraale dekhe
har kadam par yahaan dil lootne waale dekhe ae
har kadam par yahaan dil lootne waale dekhe
lut na jaana sare baazaar
ke ye Bombay hai
ke ye Bombay hai
bachke chalna meri sarkaar
ke ye Bombay hai
ke ye Bombay hai

ghar se hum aaye thhe
business koi karne ke liye ae ae
ghar se hum aaye thhe
business koi karne ke liye
ab hain bechain kisi shokh pe marne ke liye ae ae
ab hain bechain kisi shokh pe marne ke liye

bik na jaaye kahin ghar baar
ke ye Bombay hai
ke ye Bombay hai
bachke chalna meri sarkaar
ke ye Bombay hai
ke ye Bombay hai

hamko rah rah ke hansi aati hai in ladkon par
hamko rah rah ke hansi aati hai in ladkon par
phirte hain ishq ladaane ke liye sadkon par r
phirte hain ishq ladaane ke liye sadkon par
aise ladkon se khabardar
ke ye Bombay hai
ke ye Bombay hai

bachke chalna meri sarkaar
ke ye Bombay hai
ke ye Bombay hai
Bombaayyyy


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Blog Day :

4910 Post No. : 16724

Today’s song is from the film ‘Aazmaaish’ (1952). It was a ‘C’ grade action film made by Vinod Chitra. The producer HS Thorani was the director also. This was Thorani’s last film as a Director. Earlier to this film, he had directed 4 films, namely- ‘Stage Girl’ (1947), ‘Black Market’ (1947), ‘Taqdeerwale’ (1948) and ‘Achha ji’ (1950). During and after the World War II, such nondescript (meaning those who had no earlier Filmi background) producers and directors had cropped up. I strongly believe Thorani too was one of such people. The entry of black money into the film industry was due to such people only.

Funnily, all such novices made only C grade action and stunt films on priority. Why ? The reason was simple. In those days i.e. during the 1940s decade, a C grade stunt film was made in just about 75000 to 1 lakh Rupees, all inclusive. These films had a captive audience in almost every city and town in India, hence the films gave guaranteed returns of 100-150 % returns on Investment. Whereas the success rate of A grade Social films was not predictable and the investment was also four times more. So, no wonder, investors like Thorani preferred making stunt films only.

I was a great fan of stunt films and would not miss any stunt films running as a morning show (11 a.m.) at much reduced rates. In those days- I am talking about the early 50’s- the morning show rates were very low like 5 Annas, 8 Annas, 12 Annas and 1 Rupee for Balcony etc. All my pocket money and short term loans were spent on this. In the late 40s and early 50s I could see some films of the 30’s and 40’s shown in their second or third runs. By mid fifties, films of the 30’s became rare and then zero, but 40’s films were coming till late into the 50’s. I have seen fearless Nadia films, and films of Master Bhagwan, Prakash, Navinchandra, Kadam brothers, Billimoria brothers, Raja Sandow, John Cavas and many more.

In those days, it was not just me or people like me, but some of the film actors of those times too were great fans of stunt films. One great example was that of Kishore Kumar who was an ardent fan of Stunt Hero Shankar Rao Vazre and he used to coax Ashok kumar to do fighting like these actors, instead of singing songs with Devika Rani ! He himself has told this thing in his several interviews. Master Bhagwan was famous as a Producer, director and actor of C grade stunt films, till he made ‘Albela’ (1951) and entered the social film circle. Once Sanjeev Kumar introduced Bhagwan to his mother saying that he used to bunk school to see Bhagwan’s stunt films.

In one interview Master Bhagwan had said that “we had a fixed story and we used to make changes in the same story several ways in different films and used it. Our audience never bothered about the story or histrionics or songs. All they needed was a few dances and death defying stunts in the films. That we gave plenty in our films.”

Actor Shyam was Bhagwan’s good friend. Once Shyam said, ”I want to work in your films.” Bhagwan said,”First you see the shooting of our films and then we will talk.” It was decided that Shyam would visit Jagriti studios of Bhagwan to see the shooting of film ‘Laalach’ (1948).

Next day Shyam and his ‘close friend’ Munawwar Sultana came to see the shooting. A fight scene was being shot. Baburao Pehelwan was single handedly fighting with 3-4 gundas. During the shooting Baburao got a forceful hit from a fighter and he fell down from the first floor gallery on a glass table below. The table was in pieces. Seeing this, Shyam and Munawwar Sultana shouted in horror. Thinking that Baburao would die from this fall, they hurriedly ran away from the studio.

Luckily, Baburao was safe with some scratches. He tied a hankie and started the fighting again. When Shyam returned, he was astonished to see Baburao doing the shoot. Bhagwan asked Shyam, “so Shyam, do you still want to work in my films ?” Shyam shuddered and said, “No Baba, who wants to die doing stunts ?” Ironically Shyam did die after doing a horse riding stunt for the film ‘Shabistan’ (1951) ! (Actually, Shyam was a trained horse rider. The famous trainer Jimmy Bharucha had trained him in Poona).

Now something about the singer Ragi. We are accustomed to seeing only the usual regular well known names, but when some new or unknown name appears, our brows are raised and we wonder who this singer is. Same thoughts came to my mind when I first came across his name a few years back. One would immediately think of the singers in a Gurudwara, who are also called Raagis. I tried and tried very hard, but except that he hailed from Andhra Pradesh, I could not get any other information on him. Then one fine morning KS Raagi’s daughter- Vijaya Hazari from Pune- appeared on RMIM forum and gave some more information. Though even this was very meager, still at least something was there.

Kewal Singh Ragi was born and brought up in Hanamkonda, Warangal in erstwhile Andhra Pradesh (now it comes in Telangana), about 100 kms from Hyderabad. From childhood he was interested in singing. When he was in his teens, he ran away to Bombay (where else ? In olden days those who ran away used to land in Bombay almost always. Where do people run away to, nowadays ?). He got an entry into All India Radio and started singing there. He was in Bombay for 12 years. He not only got a chance to sing in films, but he composed music too as well as acted in some films,like ‘Daagh’ (1952) and ‘Patita’ (1953) etc.

He sang in films from 1940 to 1952 and sang songs with Geeta Roy, Shamshad Begum, Uma Devi, Kishori (supposedly, his own sister), Zebunnisa, Khursheed, Roshan Ara Begum, Razia Begum etc. These were all songs from B and C grade films. Some of the films he sang in were, ‘Do Bhai’ (1947), ‘Namumkin’ (1946), ‘Hamari Kismet’ (1949), ‘Siskiyaan’ (1950s), ‘Bulbul’ (1951), ‘Humraz’ (1940), ‘Aazmaaish’ (1952) etc. He gave music to ‘Bulbul’ (1951) and ‘Siskiyaan’ (1950s) (unreleased).

At this time, he had a heart problem and after leaving everything, he left for Hanamkonda, where he lived till 1974, when he breathed his last there.

The story of the film ‘Azmaish’ (1952) was nothing special –

Chhaya was engaged to Manoj. But he fell in love with Bela – the gypsy girl. Markus – son of the gypsy leader also loved Bela and his assistant Keron had bad designs on Bela. Disgusted with all this, Bela induces Manoj to run away with her to the city and they leave one night. Meanwhile Chhaya and her friend Bijli come to know that they are in city and they too go to the city to search them.

Keron is furious. He tries to rape Bela but Bela commits suicide. Markus kills Keron and in a fight with Manoj, Markus gets killed by falling from a hill. Manoj now realizes his mistake. He accidentally meets Chhaya and Bijli. They embrace each other and the story ends with their marriage.

Here is a duet of Shanti Sharma and KS Ragi. Shanti Sharma had sung 15 songs in 6 Hindi films – ‘Raees’ (1948), ‘Veer Ghatotkach’ (1949), ‘Kinara’ (1949), ‘Aazmaaish’ (1952) and ‘Maalik’ (1954).


Song- Kalkatte ki Laila tu main Dilli shahar ka chhailaa hoon (Aazmaaish)(1952) Singers-Kewal Singh Raagi, Shanti Sharma, Lyricist- FM Qaiser, MD- Ninu Mujumdar

Lyrics

Kalkatte ki Laila tu
main Dilli shahar ka chhaila hoon
albela
Kalkatte ki Laila tu
main Dilli shahar ka chhaila hoon
albela
do dil ki mehmaan jawaani
do dil ki mehmaan jawaani
duniya chaar dinon ka mela
hoy chhaila
hoy chhaila
Kalkatte ki Laila tu
main Dilli shahar ka chhaila hoon
albela

paison ko tum goli maaro
prem ka rishta hamse jodo
paison ko tum goli maaro
prem ka rishta hamse jodo
aaine mein munh apna dekho
paaon pado aur peechhaa chhodo
aaine mein munh apna dekho
paaon pado aur peechhaa chhodo
dil ka lagaana khel na samjho
dil ka lagaana khel na samjho
bhaiyya hai ye bada jhamela
bhaiyya hai ye bada jhamela
Kalkatte ki Laila tu
main Dilli shahar ka chhaila hoon
albela

dil mein basne waalon hardam
humko apna meet samajhna
humko apna meet samajhna
meet samajhna
meet samajhna
prem ki baazi haarne waale
haar ko apni jeet samajhna
haar ko apni jeet samajhna
jeet samajhna
jeet samajhna
jeet ke haara haar ke jeeta
jeet ke haara haar ke jeeta
jisne prem ka juaa khela
o chhaila

Kalkatte ki Laila tu
main Dilli shahar ka chhaila hoon
albela

aapas ka iqraar na toote
duniya chhoote tu na chhoote
aapas ka iqraar na toote
duniya chhoote tu na chhoote
ye na kehna pade kisi din
hum sachche tum jhoothhe
ye na kehna pade kisi din
hum sachche tum jhoothhe

aaja milkar bitaayen jeewan
aaja milkar bitaayen jeewan
tu bhi akeli main bhi akela
o Laila
tu bhi akeli main bhi akela
Kalkatte ki Laila tu
main Dilli shahar ka chhaila hoon
albela
Kalkatte ki Laila tu
main Dilli shahar ka chhaila hoon
albela


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Blog Day :

4618 Post No. : 16260

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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2011-2021) – Song No. 15
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This date ten years ago (viz 10 march 2011) was a normal day for the blog. As many as six songs from six movies were covered on that day.

Here are the details of the six songs that were covered on that day :-

Blog post number Song Movie (Year) Remarks
3633 Tumne kahaa chhoo maine chhoo liyaa Saawan(1959) Movie YIPPEED by now
3634 Wo dekho dekh rahaa thhaa papeehaa Fariyaad(1964) Four songs covered by now out of 6
3635 Aise to na dekho Bheegi Raat(1965) Movie YIPPEED by now
3636 Sun ae bahaar e husn mujhe tum se pyaar hai Night in London(1967) Movie YIPPEED by now
3637 Ho munna jaayegaa baazaar Man Mandir(1971) Three songs covered by now out of 6
3638 Do bechaare bina sahaare Victoria number 203 (1972) Movie YIPPEED by now

One can notice that four movies (out of six) whose songs were discussed ten years ago on that date have since been YIPPEED in the blog. So only two movies are eligible for blog ten year challenge today.

“Fariyaad”(1964) is one such movie. This movie was directed by Kidar Sharma for Show People, Bombay. The movie had Ashok, Zeb Rehman aka Preeti Bala, Dilip Dutt, Mohan Choti, Achala Sachdev, Gyani, Gopal Sehgal, Bela Bose, Apsara, Malik, Maria, Tuntun, Sayeeda, Najma,Shabani, Raj Maria etc in it.

The movie had six songs in it. Four songs have been covered in the past.

As blog ten year challenge today (10 march 2021), here is a song from “Fariyaad”(1964). Thia sonmg is sung by Mahendra Kapoor, Mubarak Begam and chorus. Kidar Sharma is the lyricist. Music is composed by Snehal Bhatkar.

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

Lyrics of this song were sent to me by Prakashchandra.

audio link:

Song-Dilli se do behnen aayin (Fariyaad)(1964) Singers-Mahendra Kapoor, Mubarak Begam, Lyrics-Kidar Sharma, MD-Snehal Bhatkar
Chorus

Lyrics(Provided by Prakashchandra)

Dilli se do behnein aayeen een
Dilli se ae ae ae ae
Dilli se do behnein aayeen
roop duhaayee rey ae
aei jee roop duhaayee rey ae

o zara sunn mere bhaai rey ae
o zara sunn mere bhaai rey ae

Rozie aur Daisy
oyye hoyye hoyye
har shayye angerzi
haayye haayye haayye
har baat mein tezi
oyye hoyye hoyye

baali umariya tirchhi najariyaa
jaadu naye jagaaye
main mar gayi jaadu naye jagaaye
main mar gayi jaadu naye jagaaye
baali umariya tirchhi najariyaa
jaadu naye jagaaye
main mar gayi jaadu naye jagaaye
main mar gayi jaadu naye jagaaye ae

ho o o ho o ho o o o
o dil pehloo o o o se ae
utth utth bhaagey ae ae ae ae
mukh se
nikse haayye
haaaaye

kaa hamri
o kaa hamri sudh budh bisraayi
daddy raam duhaayi rey ae
o zara sunn mere bhaai rey ae
o zara sunn mere bhaai rey ae

ankhiyaan matwaari
oyye hoyye hoyye
honthon par laali
haayye haayye hayye
latt kaali rey kaali
oho o o ho ho o hho o ho o o

haath milaayein haath hilaayein aen
baar baar kahen
haayye
haath milaayein haath hilaayein aen
baar baar kahey
haayye

inn ke charan chhuye bin bandhu
hamse rahaa naa jaaye
o raama
hamse rahaa na jaaye
kaissi ..eee
o kaissi mann mein
aggann lagaayi
daddy raam duhaayi rey ae
o zara sunn mere bhaai rey ae
o zara sunn mere bhaai rey ae

kya naach dikhaaye
oyye hoyye hoyye
sau sau bal khaaye
haayye haayye haayye
gardan mattkaayye
oyye hoyye hoyye


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Blog Day :

4534 Post No. : 16101

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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2010-2020) – Song No. 100
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This day ten years ago (16 december 2010) was another productive day for the blog. As many as seven songs were covered that day. The first post was published at 7:54 whereas the final post of the day appeared at 9:41 AM.

Here are the details of these songs :-

Blog post number Song Movie (Year) Remarks
3353 Arri o mohe chhed gayaa Singaar(1949) movie YIPPEED by now
3354 Meri pyaari patang chali baadal ke sang Dillagi(1949) movie YIPPEED by now
3355 Chaman mein rah ke veeraanaa Deedaar (1951) movie YIPPEED by now
3356 Yoon hi ulfat ke maaron par ye duniya zulm karti hai Alladin and the wonderful lamp (1952) movie YIPPEED by now
3357 Kaahe jaadoo kiyaa mujhko itna bataa Naghmaa (1953) movie YIPPEED by now
3358 Gusse mein jo nikhraa hai Dil Hi To Hai( 1963) movie YIPPEED by now
3359 Rafta rafta wo hamaare dil ke armaan ho gaye Ham Kahaan Jaa Rahe Hain(1966) 16-Dec-10

One can notice that fist six movies whose songs were covered that day have been YIPPEED in the blog by now. That leaves us with just one movie, namely “Ham Kahaan Jaa Rahe Hain”(1966) as the only movie eligible for Blog Ten Year Challenge today (16 December 2020).

“Ham Kahaan Jaa Rahe Hain”(1966) was produced by Shashdhar Mukherjee and Directed by Nitin Bose For Filmistan. The movie had Introducing Neena and Prakash (new introductions) With Abhi Bhattacharya, Badriprasad, Jagirdar, P Kailash, Rajan Haksar, Leela Misra, Murad, Bhardawaj, Jankidas, Rajkishore, Master Raja, Master Prakash, Pasha, Pardhi, Narbada Shankar, Nadira, Asrani, Birbal, Vittaldas Panchotia etc in it.

The movie had nine songs in it. Two songs have been covered in the past.

Here is the third song from “Ham Kahaan Jaa Rahe Hain”(1966) to appear in the blog. The song is sung by Manna Dey, Krishna Kalle and chorus. Qamar Jalalabadi is the lyricist. Music is composed by Basant Prakash.

HFGK mentions this as a two part song, though the picturiasation appears one single song.

The song is picturised on Prakash, Neena, Raj Kishore, Manjula(Dancer) and Shirley(dancer). Prakashchandra, who provided the lyrics if the song feels that Edwina is also there in the picturisation of the song at 2:05,3:30,5:08 of video link.

One can see that the song celebrates the year 1965. That was 55 years ago ! How time flies !

audio link 1 (first part)

audio link 2(second part)

video link

Song-Bombay Nineteensixtyfive chaa chaa chaa ki rangeen life (Ham Kahaan Jaa Rahe Hain)(1966) Singers-Manna Dey, Lyrics-Qamar Jalalabadi, MD-Basant Prakash
Manna Dey + Krishna Kalle
Male chorus
Male Chorus + Female Chorus
Male Chorus + Manna Dey

Lyrics(Provided by Prakashchandra)

oho ho
o ho o o o

oho ho
o o o o o

shabaab aa aaaya
khuley ae ae hain
husn ki aankhon ke ae
mai ae ae khaaaney
chaley ae ae aaaa aaye hain
mastaa aa aaney
liye ae haathon mein paimaaaaney

Bombay Nineteen sixty five
chaa chaa chaa ki rangeen life
Bombay Nineteen sixty five
chaa chaa chaa ki rangeen life
I love you u u
I love you
I love you u u
I love you
Bombay Nineteen sixty five (aehhey ae ae)
chaa chaa chaa ki rangeen life (aehhey ae ae)
Bombay Nineteen sixty five
chaa chaa chaa ki rangeen life
I love you u u
I love you
I love you u u
I love you

hey jaaney waaley kal ka zikr kya
aaney waaley kal ka fiqr kya
jaaney waaley kal ka zikr kyaa
aaney waaley kal ka fiqr kya
aao zara jhoomen
aao zara gaayein
aao zara jhoomen hhey
aao zara gaayein
aish karein maze karein
dhoom machaayein
aish karein maze karein
dhoom machaayein
bhool jaao kal
aaj ke ye pal
bhool jaao kal
aaj ke ye pal
yehi to hai
yehi to hai
yehi to hai life

Bombay nineteen sixty five (aahhhaa aa aa)
chaa chaa chaa ki rangeen life (oho o o ho o )
Bombay nineteen sixty five (oho o o ho o )
chaa chaa chaa ki rangeen life ( ho o hho o ho o o oo)
I love you u u u
I love you
I love you u u u
I love you

come on girls come on
hey boys
come let`s dance

twist twist
twist twist
twist twist
twist twist
twist twist
twist twist
come babes
come along

ek se ek yahaan beautiful
inki adaayein wonderful
ek se ek yahaan beautiful
inki adaayein wonderful
dene waala deta hamein dil jo hazaar
dene waala deta hamein dil jo hazaar
kar dete hum inn pe nissaar
kar dete hum inn pe nissaar
bhool jaao kal
aaj ka ye pal
bhool jaao kal
aaj ka ye pal
yehi to hai
yehi to hai
yehi to hai life
Bombay nineteen sixty five (aahhhaa aaa)
chaa chaa chaa ki rangeen life (oho o o ho o )
Bombay nineteen sixty five (oho o o ho o )
chaa chaa chaa ki rangeen life ( ho o hho o ho o o oo)
I love you u u
I love you
I love you u u
I love you u u u

hey ae tirchhi nazar ka khumhaar (aa hha hayye)
uss pe shabaab ki bahaar (aaa hha haayye)
hey tirchhi nazar ka khumhaar hayye haayye
uss pe shabaab ki bahaar haayye haayye
aao zara naachen
yaaron dil khol
aao zara naachen hey
yaaron dil khol
aao karein aao karen rock `n roll hho
aao karein aao karein rock `n roll
rock rock rock rock rock `n roll (ohho ho)
rock rock rock rock rock `n roll (ohho ho)
twist twist twist twist twist twist
twist twist twist twist twist twist

yehi to hai
yehi to hai
yehi to hai life
Bombay nineteen sixty five (aahhhaa aaa aaa)
chaa chaa chaa ki rangeen life (oho o o ho o )
Bombay nineteen sixty five (sixty five) (aahhhaa aa haaa)
chaa chaa chaa ki rangeen life(aahhhaa aa haaa)
I love you u u
I love you
I love you u u u
I love you


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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2010-2020) – Song No. 99
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This day ten years ago (viz 15 December 2010) was a wednesday, viz middle of the week. I was based at Nagpur. After initial struggle early in the year for settling down, I began to post songs at an average of 5 songs a day from
July 2010 onwards. Then there was a temporary slowdown in November 2010. I picked up pace again in december 2010. I notice that I had covered as many as seven songs on 15 december 2010. This was one of the seven occasions in the month when I posted as many as seven articles in a day. The first post appeared at 7:13 AM and the seventh at 9:27 AM. That is the kind of productivity I was capable of ten years ago. ! 🙂

Here is the list of the songs covered that day:-

Blog post number Song Movie Year Remarks
3346 Balam mohe chhedo naa Daasi 1944 6 songs covered out of 11
3347 Gaaye jaa geet milan ke tu apni lagan ke Melaa 1948 YIPPEED by now
3348 Dharak dharak tere bin mera jiyaraa Singaar 1949 YIPPEED by now
3349 dil ki duniyaa ujad gayi Shair 1949 YIPPEED by now
3350 Taaraa toote duniyaa dekhe Malhaar 1951 YIPPEED by now
3351 O chaand jahaan wo jaayen Shaarda 1957 YIPPEED by now
3352 Jalti huyi jawaaniyaan Bambai Raat Ki Baahon Mein 1967 One song out of 5 covered

One can notice that five out of 7 movies whose songs were covered ten years ago have since been YIPPEED.

“Bambai Raat Ki Baahon Mein”(1967) is one movie that made its debut ten years ago and that is the only song from that movie to appear in the blog so far. This movie was written,produced and directed by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas. The movie had Surekha (as Asha), Madhavi (as Rosy), David (as Barrister Rameshchar), Irshad Panjathan, Prakash,Yunus Parvez,Madhukar, Hangal,Samir Kumar, Kuljit Singh, Ravikant, Bhagwan Sinha, Qamar Amrohi, Pardesi, Bhola, Jagadish Kumar, Ghanshyam Rohera, Moti Bina, Sunil Kaushik, Surendra Kaushik, Nazir Kashmiri, Chandulal, Verinder Raj Anand,and Athar Siraj. The movie introduced Persis Khambata as Lily, Vimal Ahuja as Amar and Jalal Agha as Johnny.

The movie had five songs in it.

Here is the second song from “Bambai Raat Ki Baahon Mein”(1967) to appear in the blog. The song, the title song of the movie, is sung by Asha Bhonsle. Chorus and an unknown nmale voice is also there in the song. The song is picturised as a stage performance song on Persis Khambhata, Jalal Agha and others. Hasan Kamal is the lyricist. Music is composed by J P Kaushik.

Lyrics of this song were sent to me by Prakashchandra.

video link:

Audio link:

Song-Bambai raat ki baahon mein (Bambai Raat Ki Baahon Mein)(1967) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Hasan Kamal, MD-J P Kaushik
Male chorus
Female chorus
All chorus
Unknown male voice

Lyrics(Provided by Prakashchandra)

hey aye aey ae aye aye ae ae ae
Bambai raat ki baahon mein
kahey nigaahon nigaahon mein
kyun khoyaa hai tu aahon mein
aa ja
aa jaa aa aa aa
aa ja pyar ki raahon mein
hey ae ae ae ae
aye ae aye ae aye ae
Bambai raat ki baahon mein aen
aaa aaa aaa aaa aaa aa
kahey nigaahon nigaaon mein aen
aaa aaa aaa aaa aaa
kyun khoyaa hai tu aahon mein
aa ja (aaa aaa aaa aaa)
aa jaa aa aa aa (aaa aaa aaa aaa)
aa ja pyar ki raahon mein (aaa aaa aaa aaa)
aaa aaa aaa aaa
aaa aaa aaa aaa

aaa aaa aaa aaa aaa
aaa aaa aaa

khaaa
pee
aur maze udaa
eat drink and be merry
khaaa
pee
aur maze udaa
kyun sabke fikron mein ghultaa hai ae ae ae
gaa
jhoom
mastiyaan lutaa
kyun gham ke sholon mein jalta hai
kal ki chinta kyon kartha hai
tu kyon dartha hai
naahaque marta hai
duniya ke dukh bhool ja
hey ae ae ae
hey ae ae ae ae ae
Bambai raat ki baahon mein
aaa aaa aaa aaa aaa
kahey nigaahon nigaahon mein
aaahaaa aaa aaa aaa aaa
kyun khoyaa hai tu aahon mein
aa ja (aaa aaa aaa aaa)
aa jaa aaa aaa aaa aaa (aa aa aaa aaa aaa aa)
aa jaa pyaar ki raahon mein (aaa aaa aaa aaa)
hey ae ae ae ae hey Bombay ae ae
hey hhey hey hey ae Bombay ae
hey hey hey ae Bombay ae (mm mm mm)
hey ae hey hey ae Bombay (mm mm mm)

aaa aa aaa aaa aaa aaa
aaa aaa aaa aaa

aaa aaa aaa aaa aaa
aaa aaa aaa aaa aaa aaa

hey ae hey ae ae Bombay ae
hey ae hey ae ae Bombay ae (hmm hmmmm)
hey ae ae ae hey Bombay (hmmm hmmmm)
hey ae ae ae Bombay ae (hmmm hmmmm)

raat muskuraati hai
what a sweet smile
raat muskuraati hai
jeene ka aa raaz bataati hai ae
jab chaahey to
thhoda jhuk ja
daam lagey to o o
khud bhi bik jaa
bik jaa bik jaa bik jaa aa
gairon se gar dil miltaa hai
gairon ko apnaa
apnon ko tu bhool jaa
hey ae ae ae
hey ae ae ae ae
Bambai raat ki baahon mein
aaa aaa aaa aaa aaa
kahey nigaahon nigaahon mein
aaahaaa aaa aaa aaa aaa
kyun khoyaa hai tu aahon mein
aa ja..aa (aaa aaa)
aa jaa aaa aaa aaa aaa aaa(aa aa aaa aaa aa aa)
aa jaa aaj ki raahon mein aen (aaa aaa aaa aaa)
aa jaa aaj ki raahon mein aen
aa jaa aaj ki raahon mein aen


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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4311

So far I have discussed three of the six feature films which Sai Paranjpye has directed in her filmy career – ‘Sparsh’ (1980) in “Geeton Ki Duniya Mein Sargam Hain Hum“,  ‘Chashm-e-Baddoor’ (1981) in “Is Nadi Ko Mera Aaina Maan Lo” and ‘Saaz’ (1997) in “Baa. . .dal Ghumadh Badh Aaye“. In this article, I take up one more film by her – ‘Disha’ (1990) which, is not well known to the public at large. Sai Paranjpye accords this film as her best feature film in terms of excellence in all the main departments of the film making – story, screen-play, dialogues, direction, and the acting contributions from all the actors associated with this film.

According to Sai Paranjpye, the story of the film was in the making process for about 17 years before it got fructified in 1990. The unique feature of the film is that the story is based on three different experiences she got over these 17 years which have no connection with each other. Yet, she weaved a story around three events linking them with a common theme of the problems of migrants and casual workers. She believed that the life around us offers so much material for the films that there is no need to get inspired from Hollywood movies. In other words, Sai Paranjpye’s sources of ‘plagiarisation’ are life around her.

Sometime in early 1970s, Sai Paranjpye made a visit to a village in Pune district along with her two friends who had adopted that village for water harvesting. During that time, she met a villager, an agricultural labourer who owned a small parcel of barren land. He was convinced that under his barren land was the source of water. So, for about 12 years, he had been digging the well, all alone in his free time, sometime even the whole night. But there was no trace of water. The villagers had branded him as a mad man. Fed up with his obsession for digging well, his wife has left him many times but would eventually return. And then one day, he struck water in the well. Villagers who were earlier calling him as mad man made him the hero of the village. The well was named after him. The story of that villager was cinematic but it was not enough to make a full-length film.

After few years, Sai Paranjpye met her friend, Sabhashini Ali (ex-wife of producer-director, Muzaffar Ali) in Mumbai. She was doing some social work among the mill workers who were mostly migrants and staying in what is known in Mumbai Chawls as Gala (a type of dormitory). This was at a time when old mills in Mumbai were in the verge of closure as they could not compete with mills with technologically advanced power looms.  She accompanied Sabhashini Ali to one of the Galas in mill area and was shocked to observe their staying conditions. In a single Gala, there were nearly 40 persons staying together in the shifts of 8 hours. They seem to enjoy their life. All were doing different activities – playing musical instruments, playing cards, shaving, some going out for practising lezim (folk dance). Sai Paranjpye talked to most of the mill workers after which she felt that it was a good theme for a cinema.

After some days, Sai Paranjpye once again met her two friends who had returned from Niphani after leading a protest against the tobacco growers and bidi makers for exploitation of tobacco workers. Those days, the middleman will recruit women from the nearby villages for making bidis at the end of which they would get daily wages based on the number of bidis they rolled in a day. But the middleman will exploit them by rejecting some rolled bidis on some false pretext. Also, some of the middlemen would make attempts for sexual favours as rewards for not rejecting some of the bidis rolled by them. Her two friends had taken up the issues with bidi factories and on behalf of the bidi workers.

With these three real stories, Sai Paranjpye wrote the script linking them with a common theme of the problems of migratory mill workers of Mumbai. This time, she decided to produce the film herself besides directing, writing the script, dialogues and songs. She roped in her favourite actors and also took Nana Patekar for the first time under her direction. The first part of the film was shot in a village near Pune. The second part of the film was shot in Mumbai in Sitaram and Indu Mills and the scenes of the migrant workers were shot in a real Gala of a Chawl. Some mill workers also acted in the films.

The main cast of ‘Disha’ (1990) consisted of Shabana Azmi, Om Puri, Nana Patekar, Raghuvir Yadav, Rajshri Sawant, Neelu Phule, Shayaji Shinde, Achyut Potdar etc. The gist of the story of the film is as under:

Bakuri is a non-descript village about one hour from Pune by road. In this village, the family of Parshuram (Om Puri) consisting of his wife, Hansa (Shabana Azmi), his five children and his younger brother, Soma (Raghuvir Yadav) stays in a hut. Parshuram is an agricultural labourer and has a small barren land in which nothing grows on it except the wild-flowers. However, he is convinced that under his barren land is the source of water. Hence for the last 12 years, he has been digging well, all alone whenever he is free. Hansa resents Parshuram’s obsession with digging well and often threatens to leave him. Soma plans to go to Mumbai for getting a job as most of the time, he is unemployed.

Soma is very friendly with Basanta (Nana Patekar) who stays with his old and sickly father (Neelu Phoole) in a hut close to Parshuram’s hut. Basanta is also an agricultural labourer whose marriage has been fixed with Phoolwanti (Rajshri Sawant) from an adjoining village. Basanta’s father wants his marriage to be performed with fun fare for which he takes a loan of Rs.10000/- against the hypothecation of a cow and a buffalo. The marriage of Basant and Phoolwanti is solemnised.

Soma comes to Mumbai for job and stays in a Gala where 40 other mill workers are staying, a few from his village. He gets a job in the mill. He sends money to his brother, Parshuram every month and sometime also sends readymade garments for his nephews and niece. Basanta, after his marriage feels uncomfortable as he is unemployed and the loan instalments are to be repaid which his father has taken for his marriage. So, he also departs for Mumbai in search of employment and lands in mill workers’ gala where his friend, Soma is also staying. Basanta also gets the job in the same mill where Soma is working.

After getting to know the realities in working condition in Mumbai, Basanta is determined to return to his village after working in the mill for 2-3 years and also advises Soma to return to the village  with him so that with the money they earned, they can start a cooperative farming in the village. But Soma is determined to work in Mumbai for a long time as he is now addicted to the life of Mumbai.

After few months of stay in Mumbai, Basanta calls his wife, Phoolwanti to Mumbai to show her the city. One of his roommates in the gala arranges a independent room in a chawl for 7 days. After seeing the staying conditions of Basanta in Mumbai, his wife tells him to return to the village as early as possible when she leaves Mumbai for her village.

In the meanwhile, to run the household, both Hansa and Phoolwanti works in a bidi making unit to roll bidis for which they get daily wages in terms of the number of bidis rolled. But the munshi (Achyut Potdar) of the bidi making unit tries to exploit them by finding their faults while rolling the bidis for which no amount is paid. His intention is to force them to give him some sexual favours.

At one time, Basanta’s father writes a letter to him to come to the village for some urgent work. He returns and finds that his father has got a transistor radio and supplies of bidis from Munshi. He also comes to know that his wife is working for a bidi making unit. He is unhappy that his wife has to work for running the household.

The next day, Parshuram strikes water in the well which he has been digging for 12 years. The whole village rejoices and the mad Parshuram becomes a hero in the village. There is a felicitation by the entire village during which he declares that the water in the well is for the entire village.

Basanta returns to Mumbai earlier than schedule and his friend, Soma is surprised. Basanta tells him that he got bored in the village within two days. Then there is a twist in the story. Basanta who has been pressurising Soma to return to the village along with him after 2-3 years, decides that he is going to work in Mumbai on a long-term basis to earn good amount of money as Soma has been advising him. However, this time, Soma surprises him by revealing that his brother has struck water in the well and he is going back to the village to do farming. The film ends with Soma boarding a state transport bus which is driving to his village away from Mumbai with Basanta struck in Mumbai.

From the above narration, the story of the film looks simple. I found the film interesting to watch because Sai Paranjpye in her usual way has relied on visuals to speak for the story along with some punch-line dialogues. For example, Shabana Azmi regards the well as her ‘soutan’ as Om Puri spends more time in the well than in the house. Sometime, he takes his afternoon siesta in the well itself. To this, Om Puri’s repartee to Shabana Azmi is that she should be thankful that her ‘soutan’ is ‘baanjh’ (infertile); otherwise one more platoon of children would have joined the family. Here ‘baanjh’ has another meaning in that despite digging for many years, water has not struck in the well.

The film was released in Mumbai in November 1991 and thereafter in Pune by Sai Paranjpye as no one was willing to distribute the film. It generated interest in the initial few days with house-full board. After watching the film, Manmohan Desai offered to release the film in the Delhi circuit. With the releases in limited theatres. the box office collection could barely cover the budget of the film.

The film did not get any award in India. However, when the film was shown in Chennai International Film Festival in 1991 as a private entry (it could not be shown in Indian Panorama as it had not won any award), it was highly appreciated because of which over a period of time, the film got invitations  in as many as 23 international film festivals all over the world where it has won 5 awards with cash prizes including one at Cannes international film festival.

Sai Paranjpye has mentioned in her book that the film had three songs. However, I found only two songs in the film – one is a lavani song and the other a fun song. Songs were not released on audio format. I am presenting the fun song, “Bambai Bambai Bambai Bambai Bam’ sung by Vinay Mandke, Ravindra Sathe, Tyagraj Khadilkar, Arun Joglekar and Chorus. The song is written by Sai Paranjpye which is set to music by Anand Modak. I am not able to segregate the lyrics according to playback singers as I am not familiar with their voices except that of Ravindra Sathe. I have also observed that playback singers seem to lip sync for multiple actors  According to Sai Paranjpye, the ‘anokhe bol’ in the song have been rendered by Vinay Mandke in addition to his part of the song.

The song is picturised in a gala where about 40 mill workers stay. Except for about  10 actors, rest of the participants in the song are real mill workers staying in the gala. If one goes through the lyrics of the song, it would be observed that the sad realities of mill workers (or for that matter, migrant workers in general) have been presented in the mask of a fun song. In the last two stanzas, there are ‘locals verses migrants’ theme presented in ‘lavani’ style. The prelude music of the songs with “Dhak Dhak Dhak. . .” is akin to the sound generated by the power looms of a mill when they are operational.

This song is the essence of the film’s main theme. With this song, ‘Disha’ (1990) make a debut in the Blog.

Acknowledgements:

Some of the information about the background for making the film ‘Disha’ (1990) is based on

  1. An interview conducted by Sridhar Rangayan and Saagar Gupta titled ‘Queen of Humour: A Candid Interview with Award-Winning Director and Writer Sai Paranjpye,’ South Asianist, Vol 2, No.3 (2010).
  2. The Marathi book, ‘Sai – Maaza Kalapravaas’ (2016) written by Sai Paranjpye.

Song – Bambai Bambai Bambai Bambai Bam (Disha) (1990) Singer -Vinay Mandke, Ravindra Sathe, Tyagraj Khadilkar, Arun Joglekar, Lyrics – Sai Paranjpye, MD – Anand Modak
Chorus

Lyrics

dhak dhak dhak dhak
dhak dhak dhak dhak
dhak dhak dhak dhak
dhak dhak dhak dhak
dhak dhak dhak dhak
dhak dhak dhak dhak
dhak dhak dhak dhak
dhak dhak dhak dhak
dhak dhak
dhak dhak
dhak daa dham
dhak dhak
dhak dhak
dhak daa dham

arre bambai bambai bambai bambai bam
arre bambai bambai bambai bambai bam
bambai bambai bambai bam
bambai bambai bambai bam
bambai bambai bambai bam
bambai bambai bambai bam
arre bambai bambai bambai bambai bam
arre bambai bambai bambai bambai bam
 
gaon mein behti doodh ki ganga aa
haay
gaon mein behti doodh ki ganga aa
kaanha murli bajaawat hai bhai 
kaanha murli bajaawat hai
aisa gokul chhoda… haay
aisa gokul chhoda bhai
kya narakpuri ye bhaawat hai
makdi ke jaal mein keeden ham
bambai bambai bambai bam
bambai bambai bambai bam
bambai bambai bambai bam
bambai bambai bambai bam
arre bambai bambai bambai bambai bam
bam b-bam b-bam bam
arre bambai bambai bambai bambai bam
bam b-bam b-bam bam
 
dhuaan gootan aur bimaari
dhuaan gootan aur bimaari
yahaan jawaan mard ke baal pakey
har kuchh bikta hai is nagri mein
bol tumhaara chaar takey
arre chaar take bhi naahin kam
bambai bambai bambai bam
bambai bambai bambai bam
bambai bambai bambai bam
bambai bambai bambai bam
arre bambai bambai bambai bambai bam
arre bambai bambai bambai bambai bam
 
wahaan aankh bichaaye baithi radha
aansoo uske sookh gaye
wahaan aankh bichaaye baithi radha
aansoo uske sookh gaye
bachche jo peechhe chhode wo
shaql baap ki dbhool gaye
bachche jo peechhe chhode wo
shaql baap ki bhool gaye
arre bhool gaye to kya hai gham
bambai bambai bambai bam
bambai bambai bambai bam
bambai bambai bambai bam
bambai bambai bambai bam
arre bambai bambai bambai bambai bam
bam bam bam bam
arre bambai bambai bambai bambai bam
bam bam bam bam
 
haaaaaaaaaaa
arre kameenon
beimaanon
badh badh taane dete ho
phir bharti kyunkar hote ho
tum phir bharti kyunkar hote ho
dham chik chik dham chik dham
arre bina bhulaaye tum mehmaan
upar se ho namak haram
waapas jaao
hari gun gaao,,o
waapas jaao
hari gun gaao
yahaan tumhaara kya hai kaam
yahaan timhaara kya hai kaam
kissa abhi karo ye khatam
khatam khatam bhai karo khatam
bambai bambai bambai bam
bambai bambai bambai bam
bambai bambai bambai bam
bambai bambai bambai bam
arre bambai bambai bambai bambai bam
bam b-bam b-bam bam bam bam
arre bambai bambai bambai bambai bam
bam b-bam b-bam bam bam bam
 
aiyya
paapi pet yahaan le aaya…aa….aa
arre paapi pet yahaan le aaya
nagar nahi ye bhul bhulaiyya
khoon paseena yahaan bahaaya
arre khoon paseena yahaan bahaaya
iss nagri ka namak chukaaya..aa aa aa aaa
yahin basera ho ab hardam
yahin basera ho ab hardam
arre bambai bambai bambai bambai bam
arre bambai bambai bambai bambai bam
b-bam bam bambai
arre bambai bambai bambai bambai bam
arre bambai bambai bambai bambai bam


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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.

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4305 Post No. : 15573 Movie Count :

4287

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Hindi songs in Bangla Films: 26
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Mumbai has been the leading Hindi film production centre in India ever since Dadasaheb Phalke produced the first silent film ‘Raja Harishchandra’ in 1913. After the release of India’s first talkie ‘Alam Ara’ in 1931, many more film production companies were set up in Mumbai, some of them owning the studios. The outdoor shootings, if any, in the initial stages of talkie films were done mostly in around Mumbai. It was quite natural that stories of some Hindi films would have Mumbai as the background portraying the many facets of the city. Obviously, in such films, there would be scenes from Mumbai and possibly one ‘Bombay-centric’ song.

The earliest Hindi film in which I found a song with Bombay (now Mumbai) as the theme is Bambai Ko Chalo Bambai Ko from ‘Kirti’ (1942) written by Pandit Phani. The song talks about Boribunder station (now Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus), dhuen waali ghaadi (steam engine train), Bambai Ki Sethani, Kalkate ke babu, Marwaad ki rani, Kashi ke sadhu etc. In short, the song gives a glimpse of cosmopolitan character of Mumbai.

In the 1950s, there were two songs which, I feel, are quintessential of Mumbai even now. The first is, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Jeena Yahaan Ye Hai Bombay Meri Jaan from ‘CID’ (1956) written by Majrooh Sultanpuri. At the outset, song would appear to be a fun song. But a closer look at the lyrics of the song would reveal that behind the fun, there is sarcasm. For example:

kahin building kahin traame, kahin motor, kahin mill
miltaa hai yahaan sab kuchh ik miltaa nahin dil
insaan kaa nahin kahin naam-o-nishaan

[Everything is available in Mumbai except love and humanity.]

Another example of sarcasm in the song:

kahin satta, kahin patta, kahin chori kahin race
kahin daaka, kahin faaka, kahin thokar, kahin thes
bekaaron ke hain kayi kaam yahaan

[There are many works available like gambling, pick-pocketing, burglary, horse racing etc. There is no dearth of employment for unemployed.]

But at the end, the song turns from the sarcasm to the theory of ‘karma’:

buraa duniyaa jo hai kahtaa aisaa bholaa tu na ban
jo hai kartaa wo hai bhartaa ye yahaan kaa hai chalan
dadagiri nahin milne ki yahaan

[By telling that the world is bad, one does not become good. Here, the motto is that one who works get the fruits of his work. Bullying will not fetch anything.]

The second song of 1950s I am referring to is about the flight of the homeless in Mumbai. The song does not have specific reference to Mumbai in its lyrics but the word ‘Boribunder’ in the lyrics is the indication as to which city the song is referring to. It is an iconic song, Cheen O Arab Hamaara Hindustan Hamaara from ‘Phir Subah Hogi’ (1958) which was written by Sahir Ludhianvi. Just three lines from the song sums of the problems of homeless in Mumbai in a sarcastic way:

rehne ko ghar nahin hai
saaraa jahaan hamaara
Hindustan hamaara

There are also songs like Jiska Joota Usi Ka Sar, Dil Hai Chhota Bada Shahar, Wah Re Wah Re Teri Bambai from ‘Guest House’ (1959) written by Prem Dhawan and Ye Bambai Shahar Ka Bada Naam Hai from ‘Kya Ye Bombay Hai’ (1959) written by Noor Devasi. Both the songs describe the life in Mumbai from different perspectives. Then there is a fun song, Ye Haseen Bambai Apne Ko To Jam Gayi from ‘Holiday in Bombay’ (1963) written by Anjaan and “Bambai Hamaari Bambai Ye Rajdulaari Bambai” from ‘Street Singer’ (1966) written by Hasrat Jaipuri.

As we come to 1970s, with the exponential growth of Mumbai as a business and commercial hub of India, Mumbai became one of the major preferred cities for migrant workers. The problems faced by migrants in Mumbai has been beautifully expressed in the song Seene Mein Jalan Aankhon Mein Toofaan Sa Kyon Hai from ‘Gaman’ (1978) written by Shahryar. The problem of finding homes for the middle class people in Mumbai who spent their bachelorhood in staying as paying guests is depicted in the song Do Deewaane Shahar Mein, Raat Mein Ya Dophar Mein, Aab O Daana Dhoondhte Hain Ek Aashiyaanaa Dhoondhte Hain from ‘Gharoanda’ (1977), written by Gulzar.

There are other ‘Bombay-centric’ songs in Hindi films which are mostly fun songs. One of the popular songs under this category is Ee Hai Bambai Nagariya Tu Dekh Babuaa from ‘Don’ (1978) written by Anjaan. I have not checked much about the songs on Mumbai in the 1980s and thereafter. But one song whose lyrics stand true to most of the migrants to Mumbai including those who came here to fulfil their dream of becoming artist in Hindi films is from an ‘off the mainstream’ film ‘Sankat City’ (2009). The apt song is “Mumbai One-Way Nagari Hai”.

All the ‘Bombay-centric’ songs I have enumerated above are from Hindi films. It was a pleasant surprise for me when I found one such Hindi song in Bangla film ‘Dui Bechaara’ (1960). The ‘Bombay’ song is “Karo Na Phere Gali Ke Mere Hanso Na Bolo Ji” sung by Geeta Dutt and Manna Dey. The song is written by Gulzar which is set to music by Bhupen Hazarika.

The film is not available for viewing. So it is difficult to visualise the situation of the song in the film. Probably, it could well be a stage song.

Audio Clip:

Song – Karo Na Phere Gali Ke Mere Hato Na Bolo Jee (Dui Bechaare) (Bangla) (1960) Singers – Geeta Dutt, Manna Dey, Lyrics – Gulzar, MD – Bhupen Hazarika
Both

Lyrics

karo na phere gali ke mere
hato na bolo ji
haay
jigar jalaa ke nazar churaa ke
kahaan chale ho ji

arre karo na phere gali ke mere
hato na bolo ji
aji jigar jalaa ke nazar churaa ke
kahaan chale ho ji

bahaane lagaaye toone
dekhi na Bambai teri
bahaane lagaaye toone
dekhi na Bambai teri
bura hai bigadna hamse
chalo aise roothho na
chalo dikhaa doon tumhen ghumaa doon
badaa shahar Bambai

puraana hai Boribunder
adda chor uchakkon kaa
puraana hai Boribundar
adda chor uchakkon kaa

badaa naam chori chakkar
rela dhool aur dhakkon kaa
badaa naam chori chakkar
rela dhool aur dhakkon kaa
aji chalo dikhaa doon
tumhen ghumaa doon
badaa shahar Bambai

o o o
anokhe tamaashe iske
kaisi ye Bambai teri
chalo dikhaa doon
tumhen ghumaa doon
badaa shahar Bambai

kinaare pe chaupati ke filmy pariyaan ghoomen
kinaare pe chaupati ke filmy pariyaan ghoomen
kahaan ko chale tum itni pahan ke oonchi patloonen
kahaan ko chale tum itni pahan ke oonchi patloonen
aji chalo dikhaa doon
tumhen ghumaa doon
badaa shahar Bambai

o o o o
anokhe tamaashe iske
kaisi ye Bambai teri
chalo dikhaa doon
tumhen ghumaa doon
badaa shahar Bambai

sharam bhi yahaan sharmaaye phere maari maari
sharam bhi yahaan sharmaaye phere maari maari

samundar mein dooben jaake maari baari baari
samundar mein dooben jaake maari baari baari
chalo main haari nakal hai saari
ajab shahar Bambai
ajji kaha thhaa hamne suna na tumne
chalo chhodo Bambai

chalo chalo chhodo Bambai
chalo chalo chhodo Bambai
chalo chalo chhodo Bambai


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4272 Post No. : 15503 Movie Count :

4273

Hullo Atuldom

Ideally this post should have come last year, when this veteran of about a few hundred movies, turned 80. But then that has not happened.
I have decided that we shall not let the occasion go unnoticed. And in south India, the celebration for a person turning 80 is normally on completing 81, as the system of calculating the auspicious date to celebrate says that the person should have witnessed a 1000 full moons in his life, with the life being said to have started after the 1st birthday. Etc. Etc. Etc.

Whatever be the logic, the celebration called “Sadabhishekam” is after the person crosses 81 and our celebrity is turning 81 today. So here we are wishing this veteran a Happy 81st birthday.

He was born Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed Jafri on 29th March 1939 in Amritsar. He made his first screen appearance at the young age of 11 or 12. B.R.Chopra’s “Afsana” was the starting point followed by “Ab Dilli Door Nahin”, “Hum Panchi ek Daal ke”, “Do Bigha Zameen”, “Aar Paar” etc. AVM’s “Bhabhi” saw him in his first role of a grownup. And then there was no looking back and we have seen him in movies till 2017- a really long career. He played a leading man in a few movies before finding his comic timing in “Brahmachari”.

He has had many famous songs filmed on him -“Paas baitho tabiyat bahal jayegi”, “In pyar ki raahon mein”, we have seen him shaking a leg when Shamshad Begum sang, for Kumkum’s debut in movies, “kabhi aar kabhi paar”. This post introduces us to the person whose 81st birthday it is today.

Yes we are wishing “Soorma Bhopali” of Sholay a.k.a father of Jaaved and Naaved Jaafri of ‘Booogie Boogie’ fame. Simply put we are celebrating comedian Jagdeep’s birthday.

He may have done around 100 movies prior to “Sholay” but when Salim-Javed wrote the character of ‘Soorma Bhopali’ it changed Jagdeep’s fortunes forever. He was seen in many movies after “Sholay” too but very few remember him as the sidekick of Gopi (Mithun Chakravarty) ‘Kabari” in Surakksha”” (1979); ‘Chandu alias James Bond’ in the 1977 release “Agent Vinod”; he had a tiny-blink-n-miss role in Feroz Khan’s “Qurbani”. Jagdeep was forever requested to reappraise his Soorma Bhopali, atleast once, in many subsequent movies. He himself wrote and directed a movie with the title “Soorma Bhopali” in 1988. I don’t know much about that movie other than the fact that it had a whole lot of Jagdeep’s co-actors from “Sholay” making guest and special appearances in that movie. IMDB.com gives the list of actors as Agha, Amitabh Bachchan, Master Bhagwan, Birbal, Brahmachari, Danny, Dharmendra; Aruna Irani appears to be the sole female in the starcast.

I have chosen a song from this 1988 movie to accompany this post. The music directors were Dilip Sen- Sameer Sen and songs were written by Asad Bhopali, Jaan Nissar Akhtar and Jagdeep himself has written a song. It was a difficult task selecting a song from this movie as Jagdeep has also sung a few songs in the movie. But I finally decided that we will have a song that accompanies the movie’s credits that is what I have deduced from the available clip. This song is sung by Mohd Aziz and Jagdeep and Asad Bhopali is the lyricist. As I was writing the lyrics I caught the names of lot more actors than those that I have mentioned who were common to Sholay and this movie.

Here is wishing our very own Soorma Bhopali, who had a one-liner to his character in Sholay that said “Soorma Bhopali aise nahin hai”, A very Healthy and happy Birthday.

Audio

Video

Song-Main hoon Soorma Bhopali (Soorma Bhopali)(1988) Singer-Md Aziz , Lyrics-Asad Bhopali, MD-Dilip Sen Samir Sen
Jagdeep

Lyrics

assalaam vaalekkum
aadaab arz hai
namaste
aao hanste hanste
aur jaao hanste hanste
paan khaalo
aur issi baat pe bajaao taali

ke main hoon soorma bhopali
arre haan soorma bhopali
ke main hoon soorma bhopali
miyaan haan soorma bhopali
main na rahoon Bhopal mein
toh sheher lage hai khaali ee ee
main hoon soorma bhopali
miyaan haan soorma bhopali

yeh mera bhopal hai
jo pyaar se maalaamaal hai
bairagadh se T T Nagar tak
jo hai yahaan khush-haal hai
moti masjid jaama masjid
Taj ul Masjid dekh kar
jo bhi dekhe birla mandir
chamak uthhe hai uski nazar
kamlapati raani ka mahal hai
beech mein donon taalon ke
jaise meri naak hai pyaare
beech mein donon gaalon ke
meri chaal anokhi sabse
meri chaal anokhi sabse
meri ada hai niraali ee ee
main hoon soorma bhopali
miyaan haan soorma bhopali

meri cycle meri dulhan hai
isko saja ke rakhta hoon
ise akela jab bhi chhodoon
taala laga ke rakhta hoon
logon meri soorat pe na jaao
dil hai mera aaine jaisa
mujhse meri ammi ne kahaa thha
beta haath ka mail hai paisa

paise ki parwaah na karna
bhale kaam mein rehna aage
uske karam par rakhna bharosa
woh jab chaahe kismat jaage
ooparwaala
ooparwaala kadam kadam par
kare teri rakhwaali ee ee
main hoon soorma bhopali
arre haan soorma bhopali
main na rahoon bhopal mein
toh sheher lage hai khaali ee ee
main hoon soorma bhopali
miyaan haan soorma bhopali
main hoon soorma bhopali
miyaan haan soorma bhopali


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