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Blog Day : 4199 Post No. : 15383

Hullo Atuldom

Happy festival at the outset.

A festival that goes by various names :- Makara Sankranti (AP, Karnataka, Kerala, Goa, Maharashtra), Pongal (TN & Pondicherry), Lohri (Punjab, Haryana, Delhi), Sakraat & Makraat (Bihar, UP, Uttarakhand), Uttarayan (Gujarat, Diu, Daman), Suggi (in parts of Karnataka), Magh Saaji (HP), Ghughuti – (Kumaon), Makara Chaula (Odhisha), Kicheri (Poorvanchal, East UP), Pousha Sankranti (Bengal and North East), Magh Bihu (Assam), Shishur Sankraat (Kashmir ), etc etc. Outside of the country, in some neighbouring Asian countries to be exact, it is celebrated as Maaghe Sankrast – Nepal, Tirmoori – Sindh Pakistan, Songkran -Thailand , Pi Ms. Lao – Laos, Thingyan – Myanmar, Mohan Songkran – Cambodia etc. Basically we are all celebrating the transition of the Sun across the Equator, on it’s journey from the southern hemisphere to the northern hemisphere.

Each region of India have their own ways of celebrating the event but as I have come to understand there are a few things common to all –Jaggery, til (also called gingelly, or sesame seeds), sugarcane, and freshly harvested ears of corn, wheat or even turmeric (in South India). Then of course the children enjoy themselves with kite flying which takes on the form of competition at times. So let us say Happy Festival. Tamil Nadu has its festivities spread over 3-4 days culminating in what is called Mattu Pongal – celebrated the next day of Sankrant with races with cattle involved. (PETA has tried to bring some order to the extent to which the animals can be made use of, and the conditions in which the races take place).

Last weekend, I was lucky to be asked to join my Chacha and Chachi, to an evening full of OPN songs by a newly formed music group. The members of the group were out to entertain themselves and showcase their talent among their close friends and relatives. The closest anyone of the group had come to anything Bollywood was when the hostess’s father had his ardent fan moment when he came face to face with OP Nayyar sometime in the 70s or 80s. That man was a self taught Harmonica player and encouraged his children and wife to sing along. And the wife and daughter of the (now) deceased man were at the forefront of the group which had female and male singers who sang in their own voices without aping any of the originals and that was a welcome change. The group presented medleys of songs with similar beats- the trade mark tonga-beat songs, and songs dipped in Punjabi folk tunes. The evening began with the song from ‘Sambandh’ – “Chal Akela Chal Akela” and then one song followed the next. The evening climaxed with songs that fell in tune with “Sar Pe Topi Laal Haath Mein Resham Ka Roomal”. In between there was an instrumental rendition of songs from ‘Kashmir ki Kali’, ‘Ek Musafir Ek Haseena’, ‘Kismat’ and ‘Phir Wohi Dil Laaya Hoon’ using the saxophone by Shri Shyam Raj ji who (if I heard right) had been a saxophone player for many of OPN’s songs.

Let me add that we were invited to the evening because my cousin’s husband has taken up singing and joined this group post his retirement. It was a revelation that he sang so well. The first song he sang that evening was “Piya Piya Piya Mora Jiya Pukaare” and “Surma Mera Niraala” was his next. And I must say he “yodels” almost like the Kishore Kumar whose fan he is.

As is my habit (ever since I associated with this blog) the first thing I did on returning home was to look up the anniversary page of our blog and see what was the date of OPN’s anniversaries. Next I checked what songs of OPN are yet to make their appearance on the blog. I found many movies of the 50s & 60s with two or three songs left to attain yyiippeeeehood. Then I began looking up for associated videos on YouTube, these songs are not yet available on YouTube too. In fact only the audio of some songs are available and not the whole movie. So that makes reaching videos difficult. But we cannot let the occasion of remembering OPN go by without a song.

So here it is. A song from the film ‘Raagini’ of 1958. The film is produced by Ashok Kumar, jointly with TS Ganesh, and is directed by Rakhan. This movie had a song which was enacted on screen by Kishore Kumar and playback was by Mohd Rafi. Now I discovered another song, as I was hunting songs for this post, which is again classical raaga based and Ustaad Amaanat Ali Khan and Fateh Ali Khan are the playback singers. On screen we have Padmini performing a classical dance and Kishore Kumar sitting on stage in a classical gaayaki mode and lip-syncing. A very uncharacteristic Kishore and a very uncharacteristic Omkar Prasad Nayyar who was popular as OP Nayyar. The song ends with Padmini matching steps to the brilliant tabla accompaniment.

As I was writing this post I recollected a post by Atul ji where he has mentioned about movies with names of popular actresses of the time but the actresses were not part of the cast of that particular movie, e.g. ‘Kalpana’ (1960) didn’t have Kalpana as heroine. An this film, ‘Raagini’ has Padmini as the heroine; Raagini the actress was her sister.

Let us enjoy this rare presentation, Kishore Kumar lip syncing a classical song in the voice of Bade Fateh Ali Khan.


Song – Chhed Diye Mere Dil Ke Taar Kyun (Raagini) (1958) Singers – Ustaad Amaanat Ali Khan, Bade Fateh Ali Khan, Lyricist – Jaanisar Akhtar, MD – O P Nayyar
Ustaad Amaanat Ali Khan + Fateh Ali Khan

aaaaaaa aaaaaaa
aaaa aaaaaaa aaaaaaaaa
aaaaaaa aaaaaaaa

chhed diye mere dil ke taar kyun
chhed diye mere dil ke taar kyun
baaj rahi paayal madmaati
baaj rahi paayal madmaati
chaal chale pag pag lehraati
chaal chale pag pag lehraati
jhoom raha jiya baar baar yoon
jhoom raha jiya baar baar yoon
chhed diye mere dil ke taar kyun
chhed diye mere dil ke taar kyun

(sargam)
chhed diye mere dil ke taar kyun
(sargam)
chhed diye mere dil ke taar kyun
aaaaaaaa aaaaaaa
chhed diye mere dil ke taar kyun
aaaaaaa aaaaaaaa
aaaaaa aaaaa aaaaaaa aaaaaaaa
aaaaaaa aaaaa aaaaaa
chhed diye mere dil ke tar kyun
aaaaaaa aaaaaa
aaaaa aaaaa aaaaaa aaaaaaaa
aaaaaaa aaaaaa aaaa
chhed diye mere dil ke tar kyun
chhed diye mere dil ke tar kyun

 


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Blog Day : 4190 Post No. : 15372

Today (7 january 2020) is the 63rd birthday of Reena Roy (DoB 7 january 1957). She made her debut in Hindi movies with B R Ishara who cast her in “Zaroorat”(1972) in a “bold” role. She was considered suitable for songs that are these days considered item songs. “Jaise Ko Taisa”(1973) may not be remembered today, but someone like me associate this movie with the song “able saawan mein jee dare rimjhim tan pe paani gire”. This song was picturised on Reena Roy and Jeetendra.

Reena Roy formed a hit pair with Shatrughan Sinha beginning with “Kallicharan”(1976) followed by “Vishwanath”(1978)- 16 movies in all. She also formed a hit pair with Sunil Dutt. She figured in “Naagin”(1976), “Jaani Dushman”(1979) etc with Sunil Dutt.

Reena Roy’s pairing with Jeetendra in typical Madrasi family dramas led to some memorable tear jerkers viz. Apnapan(1977), Badalte Rishtey(1978), Asha(1980), Pyaasa Saawan(1982), Arpan(1983) etc (22 movies in all). She won Filmfare award for best supporting actress for her role in “Apnapan”(1977).

Reena Roy also got to work with Rajesh Khanna, after he was no longer a superstar. They worked together in four movies. One such movie was “Dhanwan”(1983). Here Reena Roy plays the widow of Rakesh Roshan- another of her “strong” roles that she was known for in 1980s.

On this occasion, here is a song from “Dhanwaan”(1981). This song is sung by Lata. Sahir Ludhianvi is the lyricist. Music is composed by Hridaynath Mangeshkar.

The song is picturised as a stage dance song where Rajesh Khanna has bought the entire show and he is the only one in the hall watching the performance. The same situation would later arise with Jaya Prada and Amitabh Bachchan is another movie, viz “Sharaabi”(1984). 🙂

Lyrics of this song were sent to me by Avinash Scrapwala.

Video

Audio (containing wrong poster)

Song-Kuchh log mohabbat ko vyopaar samajhte hain (Dhanwaan)(1981) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Sahir Ludhianvi, Md-Hridaynath Mangeshkar

Lyrics(Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)

Mohabbat ka aa taalluk
Shaan o shaukat se nahin hota
Ye saudaa
Aisa aa saudaa hain
Jo daulat se nahin ee ee ee hota

Kuchh log mohabbat ko
Kuchh log mohabbat ko
Byopaar samajhte hain ae ae
Duniya ko khilaunon ka
Baazar samajhte hain ae ae ae
Kuchh log mohabbat ko
Byopaar samajhte hain ae ae
Kuchh log mohabbat ko

Daulat ka nashaa inn ko
Kuchh itna jyaada hai
Daulat ka nashaa inn ko
Kuchh itna jyaada hai
Duniya ki har ik shay ko
Aa aa aa aa aa
Duniya ki har ik shay ko
Paane ka iraada hain
Apne ko do aalam ka aa
Apne ko do aalam ka
Mukhtaar samajhte hain ae
Kuchh log mohabbat ko o

Dil kya hain wafaa kya hain
Ye log na samajhenge
Dil kya hain wafaa kya hain
Ye log na samajhenge
Mitne ki adaa kya hain
Aa aa aa aa aa
Mitne ki adaa kya hain
Ye log na samajhenge
Har shahks ko bikne par
Har shakhs ko bikne par
Taiyyar samajhte hain ae ae
Kuchh log mohabbat ko o

Kahiye bhi to inn jaise
Dildaaron ko kya kahiye
Kahiye bhi to inn jaise
Dildaaron ko kya kahiye ae ae
Mazboor hain aadat se
Aa aa aa aa aa
Mazboor hain aadat se
Bechaaron ko kya kahiye
Ham aise dimaagon ko
Ham aise dimaagon ko
Ham aise dimaagon ko
O o o
Ham aise dimaagon ko
Beemaar samajhte hain ae ae
Kuchh log mohabbat ko
Byopaar samajhte hain ae ae
Kuchh log mohabbat ko

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Devnagri Script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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मोहब्बत का आ ताल्लुक
शान ओ शौकत से नहीं होता
ये सौदा
ऐसा आ सौदा हैं
जो दौलत से नहीं ई ई ई होता

कुछ लोग मोहब्बत को
कुछ लोग मोहब्बत को
ब्योपार समझते हैं ए ए
दुनिया को खिलौनों का
बाज़ार समझते हैं ए ए ए
कुछ लोग मोहब्बत को
ब्योपार समझते हैं ए ए
कुछ लोग मोहब्बत को

दौलत का नशा इन को
कुछ इतना ज्यादा है
दौलत का नशा इन को
कुछ इतना ज्यादा है
दुनिया कि हर इक शय को
आ आ आ आ आ
दुनिया कि हर इक शय को
पाने का इरादा है
अपने को दो आलम का आ
अपने को दो आलम का
मुख्तार समझते हैं ए
कुछ लोग मोहब्बत को ओ

दिल क्या हैं वफ़ा क्या हैं
ये लोग न समझेंगे
दिल क्या हैं वफ़ा क्या हैं
ये लोग न समझेंगे
मिटने कि अदा क्या है
आ आ आ आ आ
मिटने कि अदा क्या है
ये लोग न समझेंगे
हर शख्स को बिकने पर
हर शख्स को बिकने पर
तैयार समझते हैं ए ए
कुछ लोग मोहब्बत को ओ

कहिये भी तो इन जैसे
दिलदारों को क्या कहिये
कहिये भी तो इन जैसे
दिलदारों को क्या कहिये ए ए
आ आ आ आ आ
मजबूर हैं आदत से
बेचारों को क्या कहिये
हम ऐसे दिमागों को
हम ऐसे दिमागों को
हम ऐसे दिमागों को
ओ ओ ओ
हम ऐसे दिमागों को
बीमार समझते हैं ए ए
कुछ लोग मोहब्बत को
ब्योपार समझते हैं ए ए
कुछ लोग मोहब्बत को


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

Blog Day :

4176 Post No. : 15353 Movie Count :

4232

Songs Repeated in Hindi Films – 13
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A great day today. The remembrance day of one of most recognized icons of the Golden Era of Hindi film music. Rafi Sb. The name says it all. It is our own compulsions that drive us to write again and again about him, but yes, the name says it all. The mere mention brings to mind spontaneously, the journey spanning four decades, and thousands of rich gems that he rendered and bequeathed to us. The one voice that makes loving this music oh so easy.

We already have two posts today, enriching his memory, and talking about his work and his personality. The adjectives and epithets have all been used, time and again, so one is at a loss to say new things about him. There is a celebration gathering that happens at this residence today. Many devoted fans from across the country are in Bombay for this occasion. Our dear Bakshi ji is there today – have to hear from him his account of the visit to Rafi Mansion today.

Besides Bakshi ji, there are two more very good friends who are there today. Both of them are in the category of devotion beyond definition. It is a devotion that takes on the form of worship, which in of itself is a quality to be appreciated. Their life is all about Rafi Sb, their work is all about trying to perpetuate his memory. My meeting with them individually was through other friends, who introduced us. And it did not take any time to acknowledge and understand – this is going to be a lifelong association. I will briefly talk about them today.

Ahsan Qasim is a resident of Hapur, a small town that is about one a half hour’s drive from Delhi. He runs a small restaurant in his neighborhood, and has also setup a small coaching school for basic teaching of English and computers. He is an avid searcher and collector of anything that relates to Rafi Sb. As of now, we are quite much at the limits of Rafi Sb’s recorded songs. Yes, some numbers are still not accounted for, and I dare say, some numbers are still to be identified, given the gap in information available for some untraceable films of the era. But that does not limit his search. He is continuously searching for recordings of live programs, sitting through complete films looking to find out snippets of Rafi Sb’s voice used for items that do not qualify as complete songs, and hence have not been part of 78 rpm or LP releases. The verses sung in the film ‘Pyaasa’ (1957) are quite well known. But there are dozens of more such snippets that Ahsan Bhai has searched out.

He also collects videos of Rafi Sb’s songs, and hence he also continuously digging to locate films that are not yet in public domain. He has a channel on YouTube by his own name. He continuously adds to it – rare audios and videos of Rafi Sb songs. Recently he has uploaded a small video segment of a Rafi Sb song from the film ‘Kahin Aur Chal’ (1968), a film that decidedly has been categorized as lost, for now.

He has made a detailed listing of all the stars, and many who do not qualify as stars, to whom Rafi Sb has given playback. Rafi Sb never shied away from singing for completely new and unknown actors, as well as on screen characters. Ahsan Bhai’s drive is to identify such actors – he has a list and video clips of many totally unknown faces who are lip syncing Rafi Sb’s voice. And to say the least, his endeavor to dig out old films has been so beneficial for armchair collectors like me. 🙂 He is the person who was finally able to acquire ‘Karvaan e Hayaat’ and shared with me. Like so, he has dug out many other rare films, which we know that are not available in public domain.

The second person I wish to talk about today is another dear friend – Arun Gautam. The name plate outside his door reads as ‘Rafi Arun Gautam’. He is a resident of Delhi. When I visited his home for the first time, I was amazed to see – he has one room completely devoted to Rafi Sb. The room is almost like a museum, and also a room where he hosts his friends for listening sessions. The walls of the room are adorned with portraits and photographs of Rafi Sb, some are absolutely rare. All the shelves are full of books, cassette tapes, 78 rpm records and LPs. In between spaces are full of small and large memorabilia that relates to Rafi Sb. There is a harmonium, although not the original, but an exact replica of the one owned by Rafi Sb. There is telephone instrument, with Rafi Sb’s home phone number written on it – once again an exact replica of the original. There are two small cars (toy cars actually) – one a white Ambassador, and the second one a red Fiat, complete with the actual numbers on the number plates. The cars models and numbers are exactly the ones owned by Rafi Sb. There is a small statue of Rafi Sb. There are road signs – place of birth of Rafi Sb, his residence area in Bombay etc. I mean, it is a real treat for the fans of Rafi Sb. And Arun ji has such a childlike pleasure as he shows us visitors around the room.

There is an old gramophone player – the original HMV 102. If any of the readers have heard this sound they will understand. And for those who haven’t, I recommend them to listen to one if possible. Arun ji has a Philips player also – which is electronic. He played the same records on both the machines. The sound from the 102 – it shook my inside. Never ever have I heard such a complete and such a rich sound being reproduced from a 78 rpm record. Yes, we all know that the 78 rpm recording and reproduction is the ultimate. But that day, listening on the 102 was an unsurpassed, never before experience. A machine that is just cranked by hand, no electric or electronics involved. Just a very good sound box and a very good needle. The sound filled the room as I have never heard before. And with the same childlike eagerness, Arun ji played so many rare records. Not that we have not heard the audio before. But the records themselves are so rare, only one or maybe a few acknowledged copies to be existing in public domain. It was a memorable session we had that day, on my first visit. And of course, followed up later with more such sessions.

Arun ji also played some very rare and unheard snippets. Do you know that Rafi Sb has sung two lines of the immortal ghazal of Saigal Sb from ‘Shahjehan’ – “Gham Diye Mustaqil. . .”. This snippet is hidden away in the film ‘Reporter Raju’ (1962); it is not on any record, and only someone painstakingly searching for such things will be fortunate enough to locate it. And then, at the end of the session, as we were preparing to say goodbye, he asked us to wait for a minute. He went inside, and returned with a small plastic package. Opening it, he showed us a necktie – an original worn by Rafi Sb at recordings. Around the room he pointed out to a couple of photographs wherein Rafi is sporting that very necktie. We find out that it is presented to Arun ji by Rafi Sb’s daughter herself, when she visited Delhi and also came to Arun ji’s home. That was the most exhilarating close encounter for me.

And one more thing about Arun ji. He is the convener of the group that is petitioning for the Bharat Ratna award for Rafi Sb.

The most endearing thing about these two gentlemen – very soft spoken, very friendly, extremely humble, and a heart that will share anything you ask of them. True and devoted lovers of music, I must say. And I am fortunate to be in their circle of friends.

Memories of Rafi Sb, shaken and enlivened by these reminiscences.

The song today – although it is a Rafi song, but today’s presentation is not in his own voice. This song, “Badan Pe Sitaare. . .”, originally from the film ‘Prince’ (1969) – Rafi Sb giving playback for Shammi Kapoor, has got repeated in the film ‘Fanney Khan’ from 2018. Yes, so recent. The magic of the golden era lives on and on. This version is sung by Sonu Nigam, and performed on screen by Anil Kapoor.

This song comes to us courtesy of Peevesie’s Mom – the lady is always on the lookout to combine events and anniversaries. Today, 24th is the birth anniversary of Rafi Sb. And it is also the birth anniversary of actor Anil Kapoor. She located this song, and then graciously called me to take it on and present it as part of the ‘repeat songs’ series. Of course, with a short notice (like less than 24 hrs 🙂 ), and a opportunity to combine celebrations that is very difficult to pass. The song had to, has to come today, and today only. Of course, the pleasure of rewards is quite commensurate with the bait proffered. 😀

As I mentioned, the singing voice is Sonu Nigam – a sound that is quite close to Rafi Sb’s singing, as per many opinions. I am retaining the original credits of lyrics and music composition. On screen, we see Anil Kapoor, a part time vocalist in a local orchestral group in the film, attempting a ‘Shammisque’ perfromance. How far successful, I leave it to the readers to judge. For one, Shammi Kapoor would never have a set of dancers around him, in the manner in which the latter day dances are choreographed.

Some other links that come to mind. The dance starts with the rapid shaking of a hand by Anil Kapoor – memories of the dance in the song “Aa Ja Aa Ja, Main Hoon Pyaar Tera” (‘Teesri Manzil’, 1966). Then, we have the initial ‘alaap’ sounds, so to say. The first “lallalllallaaa, la llarrall lallaa lallallaaa” reminds one of the famous Rajesh Khanna performance of “Gulaabi Aankhen Jo Teri Dekhin. . .” (‘The Train’, 1970). Then there is a second piece that goes like “la ra la la la ra la la la ra la la la ra laa” – I am not able to decipher its ‘hear-alike’ source. Then there is the 3rd piece “pappaa pa pappaa pa” – if I am not mistaken, it reminds one of the opening sounds of “Duniya Mein, Logon Ko. . .” (‘Apna Desh’ 1972). Request readers to please add to or comment on these observations.

So a song with many entanglements. Original Rafi Sb song, rendered by a Rafi Sb ‘hear alike’. Original song performed by a Kapoor, now performed by another Kapoor. And the two anniversaries to add to the mix. Quite an interesting addition to the repeat song series. Thanks Peevesie’s Mom ji.

Happy and healthy wishes to Anil Kapoor – goodness, he turns 63 today. Last year he was 62. My, my. 🙂

And long live the memories of Rafi Sb. The best thing that God gave to Hindi films. Unforgettable.

Song – Badan Pe Sitaare Lapete Huye  (Fanney Khan) (2018) Singers – Sonu Nigam, Lyrics – Hasrat Jaipuri, MD – Shankar Jaikishan

Lyrics

lallalllallaaa
la llarrall lallaa lallallaaa
la llarrall lallaa lallallaaa
la llarrall lallaa lallallaaa
 
la ra la la la ra la la la ra la la la ra laa
la ra la la la ra la la la ra la la la la laa
la ra la la la ra la la la ra la la la ra laa
 
paraa pappaa
paraa pappaa
paraa pappaa
paraa pappaa
 
pappaa pa pappaa pa
pappaa pa pappaa pa
pabbaa ba babbaa ba
babbaa ba babbaa ba
 
riul rham jham
jhamriul rham jham
jhamriul rham jhalurum

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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लल्ल लल्ल लल्ल ला
ला लारल्ल लल्ला लल्ललल्ला
ला लारल्ल लल्ला लल्ललल्ला
ला लारल्ल लल्ला लल्ललल्ला

ला रा ला ला ला रा ला ला ला रा ला ला ला रा ला
ला रा ला ला ला रा ला ला ला रा ला ला ला ला ला
ला रा ला ला ला रा ला ला ला रा ला ला ला रा ला

परपप्पा
परपप्पा
परपप्पा
परपप्पा

पप्पा पा पप्पा पा
पप्पा पा पप्पा पा
पब्बा बा बब्बा बा
बब्बा बा बब्बा बा

रीउल रह्म झम
झमरीउल रह्म झम
झमरीउल रह्म झालूरम

बदन पे सितारे लपेटे हुये
ओ जाने तमन्ना किधर जा रही हो॰॰ओ॰॰ओ
ज़रा पास आओ तो चैन आ जाये
ज़रा पास आओ तो चैन आ जाये

बदन पे सितारे लपेटे हुये
ओ जाने तमन्ना किधर जा रही हो
ज़रा पास आओ तो चैन आ जाये
ज़रा पास आओ तो चैन आ जाये

है बनने सँवरने का जब ही मज़ा
कोई देखने वाला फन्ने तो हो
नहीं तो ये जल्वे हैं बुझते दिये
कोई मिटने वाला इक फन्ने तो हो
बदन पे सितारे लपेटे हुये
ओ जाने तमन्ना किधर जा रही हो
ज़रा पास आओ तो चैन आ जाये
ज़रा पास आओ तो चैन आ जाये

बदन पे सितारे लपेटे हुये
ओ जाने तमन्ना किधर जा रही हो
ज़रा पास आओ तो चैन आ जाये
ज़रा पास आओ तो चैन आ जाये

[तुरही वादन]

बदन पे सितारे लपेटे हुये
ओ जाने तमन्ना किधर जा रही हो
ज़रा पास आओ तो चैन आ जाये
ज़रा पास आओ तो चैन आ जाये

 


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in 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.

My affair with Sadhna started very tiny. The film was ‘Ek Phool Do Mali’ (1969) and the song was “Sainyaan Le Gayi Jeeya Teri Pehli Nazar”. That image of a beautiful Kashmiri village belle, with that charming and becoming smile captured my mind and my heart. She was being blackmailed by Sanjay to sing a song for him, using her recorded voice in a tape recorder, which he threatened to make public. So in a manner of speaking, the song was of the ‘Dance Under Duress’ category. 🙂 She is somewhat letting it on that her song and dance is a make believe effort. But then Hindi films are Hindi films. And a tiny pre-teen mind is quite inexperienced in these matters; and quite easily enamored by that charming smile, and the gestures of endearment, howsoever artificial they may have been.

In the same year (1969), I also got to see ‘Inteqaam’. The storyline therein is a make believe endeavor to deceive a rich man and his son, and so I was not impressed with her presence and her beauty as much. ‘Ek Phool Do Mali’ would be the compass bearing for me for some time, till I got into my next crush. 🙂

Remembering Sadhna on the anniversary of her birth today – 2nd September.

It would be much later that I would realize that I had actually seen her much earlier in ‘Parakh’ (1960), which I had watched on TV. Actually, it would be many years after that TV viewing that I correctly identified the leading lady as Sadhna. For many years at a stretch, I used to believe that Nutan was the heroine in ‘Parakh’. Many years later when this error was set right in my mind, I went back to see this film once again, to make sure that I had finally identified her correctly in that film.

Later on, the mind got to see her other earlier films on the rewind –  ‘Hum Dono’ (1961), ‘Aarzoo’ (1965), ‘Love In Simla’ (1960), ‘Ek Musafir Ek Haseena’ and ‘Asli Naqli’ (1962), ‘Rajkumar’ (1964), and the quintessential ‘Mere Mehboob’ of 1963. This is the listing of films that I got to see earlier; of course the other films like ‘Prem Patra’ (1962), ‘Man Mauji’ (1962), ‘Wo Kaun THi’ (1964), ‘Waqt’ (1965), ‘Mera Saaya’ (1966), ‘Dulha Dulhan’ (1964) also followed, albeit later. The ‘Ek Phool Do Mali’ effect was repeated when I got to see ‘Mere Mehboob’. That scene of the first encounter between Husna (Sadhna) and Anwar (Rajendra Kumar) is one of the most unforgettable cinema moments in my mind. All the un-uttered emotions that were spoken just through the eyes, the only part of the face that is partially visible from within the burqa (veil covering the face), emphatically conveyed much more than any words.

Born this day in 1941, Sadhna would have been 78 today. She was born in Karachi, into a Sindhi family. When the partition happened in 1947, the Shivdasani family moved to Bombay. As she has stated in her interviews, she was interested in dramatics right from childhood, and used to participate in school plays. Her uncle (father’s real brother) Hari Shivdasani, was already an established actor in Bombay. Hari had started his career appearing in films, from 1934 – his first film being ‘Dharam Ki Devi’ (1935). So when Sadhna and her family moved to Bombay, she already had a mentor and a significant link into the film industry.

She was just fourteen, when this filmland connection, got her a bit appearance as one of the chorus dancing girls in the 1955 film ‘Shri 420’. Hari Shivdasani himself had a significant role in the film, as one of the coterie of crooked businessmen. The song is the iconinc “Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh. . .”. Sadhna is one of the chorus dancers, quite easily identifiable, at least in the first half of the song. Hari Shivdasani is himself present in the group of guests at this party. [Note: Another very notable presence in this song is that of Jaikishan, the music director.] There is anecdotal material which says that Raj Kapoor was somewhat offended with Sadhna, on issues relating to hair style and make up etc., and that Sadhna did not complete the shooting of this song.

During her first year at college, producer director TN Bihari approached her for a secondary role in a Sindhi film ‘Abaana’, released in 1958. Sadhna played the role of the younger sister of the heroine, role played by Sheila Ramani. Star struck as she was, the teenaged Sadhna requested Sheila for her autograph when they first met for shooting. Giving her the autograph, Sheila commented that one day will come when she (Sheila) would be taking autograph from Sadhna – a prophecy that realized itself shortly thereafter.

Things moved fast after this. Sadhna photo appeared in ‘Screen’. The photo came to the notice of Shashadhar Mukhrjee, who invited Sadhna to join the School of Acting that he had established in Filmalya, his production studio. Sadhna joined. ‘Dil Deke Dekho’ (1959) was launched, with Nasir Husain as the director. S Mukherjee gave him the option to select a new heroine opposite Shammi Kapoor, and Nasir Husain picked Asha Parekh, also one of the students at the same school. Sadhna had to wait another year for her formal break into films. S Mukherjee announced ‘Love In Simla’ (1960) as the launch vehicle for his son Joy Mukherjee. The director, RK Nayyar, was also making his directorial debut with this film. Given the option by S Mukherjee, RK Nayyar picked Sadhna as the leading lady for the film. Her film career had now formally started.

For about a decade, her career was a rising graph, and her work was very much appreciated. She appeared along with practically all the big names of that era – Dev Aanand, Raj Kapoor, Sunil Dutt, Shashi Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, Manoj Kumar, Joy Mukherjee, Dharmendra, Biswajit, Sanjay, Kishore Kumar, Feroze Khan, Parikshit Sahni, and yes, Rajesh Khanna – one film they shared credits for – ‘Dil Daulat Duniya’ (1972). About 30 films, in a career span of about 15 years, is the sum total of Sadhna’s body of work.

By the end of the decade of 1960s, Sadhna developed some recurring health problems and her films started getting delayed. 1974 saw the release of ‘Geeta Mera Naam’ and ‘Chhote Sarkar’. In 1975 came ‘Vandana’ and a much delayed ‘Amaanat’. After that, there is radio silence in her career, as she chose to stay away from films. Even earlier than that, HS Rawail opted for Vijayantimala for the leading lady in ‘Sunghursh’ (1968), after first considering Sadhna, and so did Pacchi, when he replaced Sadhna with Rajshri for ‘Around The World’ (1967).

Although Sadhna was the heroine of choice for ‘Love In Simla’, the director RK Nayyar (also her future husband), was quite openly unhappy with her looks. In his opinion, Sadhna’s forehead was wide enough to “. . . land a helicopter”. It was suggested that her hair style be changed. And after some research, the choice came to Audrey Hepburn’s hair style in films like ‘Sabrina’ (1954) and ‘Funny Face’ (1957). Audrey Hepburn sported a few locks of hair that were not brushed back, but were thrown forward so as to partially cover her forehead. The hairstyle was adopted, and yes, it became very popular in India, by the name ‘Sadhna Cut’.

Sadhna passed away in 2015, on 25th December.

Today’s song is solo performance on screen by Sadhna. The film is ‘Ishq Par Zor Nahin’ from 1970. The film is produced under the banner of Twinkle Star, Bombay, and is directed by Ramesh Sehgal. The cast of actors is listed as Sadhana, Dharmendra, Biswajeet, Kamini Kaushal, Abhi Bhattacharya, Jagdeep, Nadira, Leela Mishra, Randhir, Jagdish Raj, Meena, Madhumati, and Uday Chandrika.

There are 8 songs listed for this film, all from the pen of Anand Bakshi. The music is from the mind of SD Burman. Singing voice is that of Lata Mangeshkar.

The story is about two childhood friends, who fall in love with the same lady, who in turns, loves only one of them. The other person is not aware of this reality, and actually tries to get help from his friend to woo the lady. Hmm. . . reminds one of many films – especially ‘Sangam’ (1964). The story progresses on very predictable lines, with sacrifice at the end of the film, by the one who is earlier unaware of his friend’s love, and later regrets after coming to know the truth. However, it is the songs and the music of this film which are something great to write home about. Together, SD Burman and Anand Bakshi have collaborated in about a dozen films and majority of them have wonderful songs that have been hits.

This song is sort of an on stage performance by Sadhna. We can seen Dharmendra, Biswajeet, Abhi Bhattacharya and Nadira in the audience. Biswajeet, the unaware friend, thinks that this song is meant for him, and is quite happy. Dharmendra, who is aware of the triangle, and has been coaxed by Biswajeet to attend this performance, is quite visibly ill at ease during the performance.

I picked this song for the poignant and effective performance by Sadhna, for a song that is somewhat of a somber expression of serious love. The lyrics of this song are adapted from a traditional bhajan originally written by Sant Meerabai.

Lovely song, lovely rendition by a lovely Sadhna. Things can’t get much better than this for the tiny crush in my heart that still sustains.

Song – Main To Tere Rang Raati (Ishq Par Zor Nahin) (1970) Singer – Lata Mangeshkar, Lyrics – Anand Bakshi, MD – SD Burman

Lyrics (Provided by Prakashchandra)

mitwaa. . aaa. . aaaaaa. .
mitwaa. . aa. . aaa. . aaaa. .
mere saathi

main to
tere rang raati
main tere rang raati
mere mitwaa. . aaa. . aaa. .
mitwaa. . aaa. . aaaaaa. .
mere mitwaa
mere saathi
main tere rang raati
main tere rang raati
mere mitwaa
mere saathi
main tere rang raati
main tere rang raati

raana ki
naa banoon main raani
main to hoon kaanha
teri deewani
le ja chupke se meri doli
doli
aa ja chhupke o humjoli
mitwaa. .aaa. . re
le ja chupke se meri doli
aa ja chhupke o humjoli
sang aaye
na aaye
baraati
main tere rang raati
main tere rang raati
mere mitwaa
mere saathi
main tere rang raati
main tere rang raati

main meera
tu mera man meet
haan poorab janam
se hai hamri preet
main meera
tu mera man meet
haan poorab janam
se hai hamri preet
kaise bichhde hamre naina
naina
jab tak hai jeevan raina
mitwaa. .aaa. . re
kaise bichhde hamre naina
jab tak hai jeevan raina
sang jaley
sang bujhey
diya baati
main tere rang raati
main tere rang raati
mere mitwaa. . aa. . aa. .
mitwa. . aaa. .
mere mitwaa
mere saathi
main tere rang raati
main tere rang raati

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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मितवा॰ ॰ आss आsssss
मितवा॰ ॰ आs आss आsss
मेरे साथी

मैं तो
तेरे रंग राति
मैं तेरे रंग राति
मेरे मितवा॰ ॰ आss आss
मितवा॰ ॰ आss आsssss
मेरे मितवा
मेरे साथी
मैं तेरे रंग राति
मैं तेरे रंग राति
मेरे मितवा
मेरे साथी
मैं तेरे रंग राति
मैं तेरे रंग राति

राणा की
ना बनूँ मैं रानी
मैं तो हूँ कान्हा
तेरी दीवानी
ले जा चुपके से मेरी डोली
डोली
आ जा छुपके ओ हमजोली
मितवा॰ ॰ आss रे
ले जा चुपके से मेरी डोली
आ जा छुपके ओ हमजोली
संग आए
ना आए
बाराती
मैं तेरे रंग राति
मैं तेरे रंग राति
मेरे मितवा
मेरे साथी
मैं तेरे रंग राति
मैं तेरे रंग राति

मैं मीरा
तू मेरा मनमीत
हाँ पूरब जनम
से है हमरी प्रीत
मैं मीरा
तू मेरा मनमीत
हाँ पूरब जनम
से है हमरी प्रीत
कैसे बिछड़े हमरे नैना
नैना
जब तक है जीवन रैना
मितवा॰ ॰ आss रे
कैसे बिछड़े हमरे नैना
जब तक है जीवन रैना
संग जले
संग बुझे
दिया बाती
मैं तेरे रंग राति
मैं तेरे रंग राति
मेरे मितवा
मेरे मितवा॰ ॰ आss॰ ॰ आss॰ ॰
मितवा॰ ॰ आsss
मेरे साथी
मैं तेरे रंग राति
मैं तेरे रंग राति


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 : 3931 Post No. : 15003

Mukesh song ” Dil jalta hai to jalne de” actually introduced me to the film Pehli Nazar-45. Being a Muslim social film, it was quite popular in Hyderabad, which was Nizam state, with a considerable Muslim population in it.

When the Fazli Brothers-the Director brothers- decided to make their first Muslim social film, ” Qaidi” in 1940, they were not sure how the purists in their religion would accept a film on Muslim life.But the director-Hussanain Fazli- was very firm that come what may, he would produce a Muslim social film. Just to be on a safe ground, he chose to make the film in Calcutta- far off from Bombay to avoid any resistance from the fundamentalists. The film was made by Film Corporation of India, Calcutta.

Contrary to Fazli’s fears, film Qaidi-40 was received by the Muslim community with open arms. It was a Box office success wherever it was released. For first time perhaps, the community was treated with a film about their culture and social life. Film Qaidi-40 set the ball rolling. It gave a feeling of ” yes, we can do it” not only to Fazli Brothers but many other producers, like Mehboob, K.Asif, Mazhar Khan etc etc.

From the 40s to the 47, there was a line of Muslim social films lined with pride and confidence. Notable amongst them was Paak Daaman-40 by Rustom Modi, Masoom-41 by Fazli brothers, Muslim ka lal-41 by Mohan Pictures, Fashion -43 by Fazli Brothers, Najma-43 by Mehboob, Salma-43 by Nazir Ahmed, Ismat-44 by Fazli Brothers, Bade Nawab saab-44 by actor Kumar and Pramila, Bhaijaan-45 by United Films and Phool-45 by K.Asif.

With this background, the Actor, Producer and the Director Mazhar Khan decided to make a Muslim social film and he started ” Pehli Nazar’ in 1945. When he was thinking about the cast, one of his friends from Lahore told him about a new beautiful girl from Lahore who acted in film Khazanchi-41 in a small role of a Bar Girl-on whom a full song was filmed. She, though a Muslim, called herself “Asha”. Mazhar khan saw the film and decided to feature this girl as heroine of his film. he went to Lahore, met the girl and gave her such a lucrative offer that she accepted it immediately. She was Munawar Sultana.

We have often heard and read that in olden days, young film aspirants from far off cities and smaller towns, ran away from homes to the Maya Nagari-Bombay, to try their luck. Few of them succeeded. But mind you, not ALL stars came running away to Bombay. Many of them were brought honourably too, particularly from other film centres like Calcutta and Lahore. For example, Shamshad Begum was brought to Bombay, honourably from Lahore. Saigal was brought from Calcutta to Bombay, with attractive offer.

That, precisely, was the fame of Bombay, that careers are made in Bombay and opportunities are found in abundance for them who have Talent and Luck ! Munawar Sultana, was one such star, who was brought from Lahore with an offer of Rs. 4000 pm and rented furnished accomodation – by Mazhar Khan

Munawar Sultana was born on 8 November 1924, in Lahore, into a strict Punjabi Muslim family. According to an interview with son Sarfaraz and daughter Shaheen, conducted by Shishir Krishna Sharma, Munawwar’s father was a radio announcer. Munawwar wanted to become a doctor, but was side-tracked by an offer in films. This was a small role in the film, Dalsukh Pancholi’s Khazanchi (1941), where she played a barmaid, and had a song, “Peene Ke Din Aaye” picturised on her. She went by the screen name Asha for this period.
In 1945, she was visited in Lahore by producer-actor-director Mazhar Khan, who contracted her on a monthly fee of Rs. 4000 plus an apartment, and brought her to Bombay. Munawwar’s first film with Mazhar was Pehli Nazar, where she was cast opposite actor Motilal. In the popular song “Dil Jalta Hai Toh Jalne Do” (Let the Aflame Heart Burn) playbacked by singer Mukesh for Motilal, Khan focused on Munawwar’s close-ups during the picturisation.

Following Pehli Nazar, she was kept busy through 1947 to 1949 working in several films. Baburao Patel wrote in the cine-mag Filmindia 1949, about her being one of the most over-worked actresses along with Suraiya and Nargis.
In 1947, Munawar acted in four films Dard, Elaan, Andhon Ki Duniya and Naiyya. Dard was directed by Kardar under Kardar Productions. In spite of no big stars being in the film, it turned out to be a surprise “musical hit” at the box office. The hero of the film was Kardar’s brother Nusrat (Kardar). The song “Afsana Likh Rahin Hoon” became a big success. Elaan garnered positive reviews for Munawwar. A Muslim social, the film was praised for its “progressive attitude” towards the need of education.

A lot has already been written about Elaan-47,elsewhere,as well as on this blog too,earlier.

When Mehboob Khan heard the story initially,he spent few days thinking about it.He anticipated the adverse reactions of the Fundamentalists on this film. His team for this film included many Muslims, almost in every department. Major contributors like Naushad, Zia Sarhadi, Amirbai Karnataki and most important , Munawar Sultana,the Heroine,were all Muslims.Others at least were connected indirectly,but Munawar was the Heroine.

Mehboob Khan had a sitting with her and explained to her the entire story and the likely repercussions to the film.He gave her an option to opt out of the film. Munawar played very brave and firmly told Mehboob Khan that she was 100% with him and was ready to work and face,whatever happens as an aftermath.
This act of courage was loved and appreciated by Mehboob Khan very much and he remained indebted to her ever after.
1948 saw Munawar in four more films. Parai Aag, Sona, Majboor and Meri Kahani

1949 was Munawar’s busiest year with seven releases. Out of her four films released in 1950, Munawar’s most notable film was Babul (Father’s House). She acted opposite Dilip and Nargis in this love triangle. Directed by S. U. Sunny, the music was composed by Naushad The film became a major success at the box office. She acted in a few more films till 1956, with Jallad being her last appearance.

From 1950, Munawar’s career slowed down, and she acted in fewer films. She met her husband Sharif Ali Bhagat, a businessman, on the sets of a movie for which he provided furniture. He produced two films with Munawar in the lead, Meri Kahani (1948) and Pyar Ki Manzil (1950). Following the sudden death of her husband in 1966, Munawar managed her family of four sons and three daughters . In the last eight years of her life, Munawar suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. She died on 15 September 2007, at her home in Ambedkar Road. Pali Hill, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

For the second Heroine’s role, Mazhar had already signed actress Veena. He was impressed with her looks and style. Getting Veena for this film posed no problem.The Hero was to be Motilal. Anil Biswas too had been signed for its music. The shooting started in early 1945. In between Mazhar khan himself as well actress Veena were acting in K Asif’s film Phool-a Muslim social film again. This film was full of Top stars of those times, so even after completion of the shooting of the film Pehli Nazar, the film was not released in Bombay. The film was censored in the end of 1945. Then the film was first released in Lahore and then in major cities of Northern India. Finally Pehli Nazar was released in Bombay on 18-4-1947 at Minerva Theatre. Originally it was to be in Royal opera House, but the inordinate delay in Bombay release forced it to be in Minerva, another posh theatre of repute.

The film and the acting, particularly of Motilal and Munawar Sultana was appreciated by newspapers and film magazines. There were different opinions about the end of the film. Overall Mazhar khan was successful in fulfilling his dream of making a good Muslim social film, after all. The cast of the film was Motilal, Veena, Munawar Sultana, Baburao Pendharkar, Balakram,Bhudo Advani, Cuckoo, Parveen ( made her debut in this film), Nemo, Nafeesa Begum, Bibbo, Leela Pawar etc etc.

Nemo’s real name was M M Beg. Born at Calcutta on 27th December 1903. Passed Senior Cambridge exam and entered Film line. In 1933. He edited the periodical ‘ AKKAS’ for New Theatres, in English and Urdu. Wrote story of film “President”. Debut in film Yahudi ki Ladki-33 Mostly worked in NT films. till Kashinath-43. In all, he worked in 25 films, 17 of them with new Theatres only. I remember him in film Shri 420 as the seth who brings Police to stop the song and dance of the Basti.

The story of film Pehli Nazar-45 was….. Nasir Mirza and Akhtar Mirza were Lucknow based brothers. Due to a rift between them they lived separately in the same Haveli as neighbours. There was no talk between the brothers.

However Shahida ( Veena), daughter of Nasir and Husna (Munawar Sultana) daughter of Akhtar were bosom friends since childhood and were almost inseparable.

Nasir’s friend in Bareilly sends his son Mushtaq (Motilal) for studies in Lucknow. Mushtaq and Shahida become friendly and Nasir gets them engaged. But, as the brothers are not on talking terms this is kept secret.

One day Mushtaq happens to see Husna, she also sees him and love blooms between them. Mushtaq is so enamoured with Husna, that he breaks his engagement with Shahida. Upset Shahida feels guilty that she did not inform Husna about their engagement.

When Husna learns about the engagement of Shahida and Mushtaq, she feels guilty and perturbed. There is now a chaos in both families. Husna fears that her father may commit suicide to avoid humiliation. After lot of thinking Husna decides to end her life and consumes poison and dies.

The brothers are in shock and grief. They realise their follies and unite. Mushtaq finally marries Shahida only.

There are 10 songs in this film. 7 songs are already discussed. There are several stories about the recording of song ” dil jalta hai to jalne de”. which have been discussed earlier, so we bypass them today. Songs of this film have been discussed by Sadanand ji, Sudhir ji and Atul ji. With me presenting a song today, the film becomes Unique whose songs have been discussed by all 4 of us !

Today’s song is a song and dance, shot on Cuckoo and others. HFGK is silent on the names of singers. This is an issue which is unnecessarily magnified. One must understand that Harmandir ji did this colossal work of HFGK, with great hard work and used whatever information was available to him that time. In few cases no information was available, in some cases wrong information was used and in some case doubtful information was there. He added ” Addenda” to all volumes, with additional information correcting the gaps etc. So, even if singers are not mentioned for some songs, later on experts have rightly identified the voices and due credit is given. We did it on our Blog this, several times. So ” HFGK does not mention singer” need not be made into a big issue at all. In today’s case Sadanand ji-the uploader- has identified the main voice as that of Binapani Mukherjee. Some other expert has identified Naseem Akhtar as the second voice. I am considering both these names as singers.
Editor note- There is a third female voice in the song as well.

( I am thankful for some information used from ‘Forgotten movies on Muslim culture 1933-1947’ by Kamlakar Pasupuleti ji, The Filmdom-1946, Harish Raghuwanshi ji, and my notes ).


Song- Khan Kaabul se aaya ji wai wai (Pehli Nazar)(1945) Singers – Naseem Akhtar, Binapani Mukherjee, Unknown female voice, Lyrics- Dr. Safadar Aah, MD- Anil Biswas

Lyrics

hoy
khan kaabul se aaya ji
wai wai wai
pista chilgoza laaya ji wai wai

shawl lena ji pashmeena lena
ho na naqdi to kishton pe lena
shawl lena ji pashmeena lena
sasta sauda lagaaya ji
sasta sauda lagaaya ji
wai wai wai wai
wai wai wai wai
kaabul se aaya
haan maano(?) hamaari gali aana
hamaari gali aana
zara nainon se naina milaana
ji naina milaana

khan aaya ji
aaya ji
wai wai wai wai
wai wai wai wai
kaabul se aaya
chalo kaabul hamaare saath janiya(?)
ho janiya janiya (??)
chalo kaabul hamaare saath janiya(?)
mujhe maaregi teri pathaniya
mujhe maaregi teri pathaniya

main pathaani ko ghar se nikaaloon
main pathaani ko ghar se nikaaloon
paani paani(?)
phir to bainyyaan main tere gale daaloon
phir to bainyyaan main tere gale daaloon

tujhko ?? banaaya ji
aurat banaaya ji
bibi banaaya ji
wai wai wai

aayi meri pathaani hathheeli
kahin mujhko chhupa le chhabeeli
kahin mujhko chhupa le chhabeeli
zara mujhko nigode bata de
kya huye tere shaadi ke waade
kya huye tere shaadi ke waade

sab bhulaaya
sab bhulaaya
bhulaaya ji
wai wai wai wai
wai wai wai wai
kaabul se aaya
kyun aaya

khan ki ham to aurat pathaani
ae kaun shaitan ki tu hai naani
ae kaun shaitan ki tu hai naani
mard hamaara churaaya ji wai wai wai
mard hamaara churaaya ji wai wai wai
mard hamaara churaaya ji wai wai

jaan jaane de
jaan jaane de
hatt jaa deewaane
kyun re aaya thha naina ladaane
kyun re aaya thha naina ladaane
too ne isko bhulaaya ji
too ne isko bhulaaya ji wai wai wai
too ne isko bhulaaya ji wai wai wai
too ne isko bhulaaya ji wai wai wai


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in 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 : 3904 Post No. : 14958

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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2009-19) – Song No. 22
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This day, ten years ago, the songs that we were listening to are listed below,

 

Dukh Ke Ab Din Beetat Naahin Devdas 1935
Antam Fantam Chhod De Babu Hum Sab Chor Hain 1956
Hai Kali Kali Ke Lab Par Lala Rukh 1958
Jaa Re Beimaan Tujhe Jaan Liyaa Private Secretary 1962
Dil Ki Girah Khol Do Raat Aur Din 1967
Apni Aadat Hai Sabko Salaam Karnaa Pyaar Deewaana 1972

 

Six songs were posted, six films represented. Over the past 10 years, four of these films have completed their run of songs – ‘Devdas’ (1935), ‘Hum Sab Chor Hain’ (1956), ‘Lala Rukh’ (1958) and ‘Raat Aur Din’ (1967).

For the remaining two films, the score card says –

‘Private Secretary’ (1962) – 4 songs posted out of total 7 listed, and
‘Pyaar Deewaana’ (1972) – 2 songs posted out of total 8 listed.

So in preparation for the Ten Year Challenge post for today, as I started to scan the remaining songs of these two films, I had to stop right at the first song that I checked, for I knew it has to be this one today. The song is a stage dance song from the film ‘Private Secretary’. The listing in the Geet Kosh is not fully informative, because the song title listed is actually the lead in verse to the song. The burden of the song comes later, and it was not apparent when I read the song title. But when I played this song – my goodness, I am amazed that a song of this caliber has been lying unnoticed for all these years. That is the reason for the urgency in my mind to post this.

This song was frequently heard on the air waves during the radio listening days, and so it is a very familiar and a favorite song from that time. After the leading verse, as soon as Lata ji starts to croon “O O O Saanwre. . .”, I just sat up straight with surprise – my God, this song, this lovely melody. Not yet posted. Hiding where all these years. And I knew it has to get posted right away.

The film ‘Private Secretary’ is produced under the banner of Radiant Movies, Bombay and is directed by Chander. The cast of actors is listed as Ashok Kumar, Jaishri Gadkar, NA Ansari, Mohan Choti, Poornima, Raja Gosavi, Neelam, Jerry, TN Sinha, Manohar Geer, Raj Kumar, Ravi Khanna, Kashi, CN Kapoor, Athawale, and Umakant. The seven songs listed are all from the pen of Prem Dhawan, and the music is composed by Dilip Dholakia. The singing voice is of Lata Mangeshkar.

The song is performed by Jaishree Gadkar on screen, as a stage performance. In the beginning of the song, we can see Ashok Kumar and Mohan Choti as part of the audience. A wonderful song and an equally wonderful performance – the song merits to be on the list of best dance songs.

Listen to this charming melody. And tell me. Did you have the same reaction as I did?

Song – O Saanwre, Aa Ja Pyaar Liyei  (Private Secretary) (1962) Singer – Lata Mangeshkar, Lyrics – Prem Dhawan, MD – Dilip Dholakia

Lyrics

pee ke daras ko tarse akhiyaan
bin saawan ke barse akhiyaan

kit gaye rasiya
o mann basiya
kaa se mann ki
boloon re batiyaan

aaaaa aaaaaa aaaaa aaaaaa
aaaaaaaa aaaaaa aaaaaa aaaaa
aaaa aaa aaa aaa aa
aaaa aaa aaa aaa aa
aaaa aaa aaa aaa aa
o saanware
aa jaa pyaar liye
gaati bahaar liye
ke tere bina morey naina huvey
baaware
o saanware
aa jaa pyaar liye
gaati bahaar liye
ke tere bina morey naina huvey
baaware
o saanware

jab se suratiya aankhon mein samaai
hum ko to laage saari duniya paraai
jab se suratiya aankhon mein samaai
jab se suratiya aankhon mein samaai
hum ko to laage saari duniya paraai
milne ki pyaas liye
ek yahi aas liye
baithi rahoon main subah shaam re
ooo ooo ooo
o saanware
aa jaa pyaar liye
gaati bahaar liye
ke tere bina morey naina huvey
baaware
o saanware

dil ko bichhaaya hai
raahon mein tumhaari
jaane kab kismet jaagegi hamaari
dil ko bichhaaya hai
dil ko bichhaaya hai
raahon mein tumhaari
jaane kab kismet jaagegi hamaari
din jaaye raat aaye
dil se na aag jaaye
saanson mein goonje tera naam re
oo oo
o saanware
aa jaa pyaar liye
gaati bahaar liye
ke tere bina morey naina huvey
baaware
oo oo saanware

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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पी के दरस को तरस गई अखियाँ
बिन सावन के बरसे अखियाँ

कित गए रसिया
ओ मन बसिया
का से मन की
बोलूँ रे बतियाँ

आssss आsssss आssss आsssss
आsssssss आsssss आsssss आssssssss
आsss आss आss आs
आsss आss आss आs
आsss आss आss आs
ओ ओ सांवरे
आ जा प्यार लिए
गाती बहार लिए
के तेरे बिना मोरे नैना हुवे
बावरे
ओ सांवरे
आ जा प्यार लिए
गाती बहार लिए
के तेरे बिना मोरे नैना हुवे
बावरे
ओ सांवरे

जबसे सुरतिया आँखों में समाई
हमको तो लागे सारी दुनिया पराई
जबसे सुरतिया आँखों में समाई
जबसे सुरतिया आँखों में समाई
हमको तो लागे सारी दुनिया पराई
मिलने की प्यास लिए
एक यही आस लिए
बैठी रहूँ मैं सुबह शाम रे
ओ ओ ओ
ओ सांवरे
आ जा प्यार लिए
गाती बहार लिए
के तेरे बिना मोरे नैना हुवे
बावरे
ओ सांवरे

दिल को बिछाया है
राहों में तुम्हारी
जाने कब किस्मत जागेगी हमारी
दिल को बिछाया है
दिल को बिछाया है
राहों में तुम्हारी
जाने कब किस्मत जागेगी हमारी
दिन जाये रात आए
दिल से ना आग जाये
साँसों में गूँजे तेरा नाम रे
ओ ओ
ओ सांवरे
आ जा प्यार लिए
गाती बहार लिए
के तेरे बिना मोरे नैना हुवे
बावरे
ओ ओ ओ सांवरे


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Blog Day : 3901 Post No. : 14952

This song is from Master Bhagwan’s film ‘Damaad’ (1951).

This is the film which inspired Bhagwan to write a comedy social musical film story for his evergreen film Albela. In the decade of 1940’s, Bhagwan had specialised in low budget C grade action and stunt films. Usually his films would be completed in Rs. 60 to 70 thousand rupees only. He used to churn out films after films with the same set of actors with almost the same story in all his films. The audience of Master Bhagwan’s films came to the theatre to see his antics and comedy, coupled with action scenes of fighting and incredible stunts.

Usually Bhagwan never played the hero’s role in his own films. The hero in his films would necessarily be Baburao Pehelwan and Bhagwan used to be his side kick. Both had their love interests – usually the heroine for Baburao and her friend or maid for Bhagwan. Like Baburao and Bhagwan, even the lady actors were fixed. He had a set of such actresses like Shanta Patel, Chanchal, Leela Gupte, Vitha Lokare, Usha Shukla etc. They used to be in his films by turns. Actor Azim Bhai (who later became the famous Fight Master in Hindi films) was usually the good natured but timid employer of these two. Their job was to protect the Seth ji from goons, fight with them and finally win the girls in the end. Film after film the same story was used with slight changes here and there. The audience was least bothered about the story or the histrionics etc. They came for the dialogues, the fights and stunts.

Very few people know that both Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar were his great fans. When Bhagwan fell on bad times and shifted to a 2-room tenement in a chawl in Dadar, Dilip Kumar, while going for his daily shootings, used to stop at the chawl, honk till Bhagwan appeared in the gallery and waved to him, and then he proceeded to his work.

It was Raj Kapoor, who used to see his shootings in Jagriti studio, very near to RK studio. He once suggested to him to try making a social film. Incidentally, his good friend C Ramchandra (Anna for Bhagwan) also pressed him to dare making a social film. CR even promised him to give music to his social film in his popular name C Ramchandra (he gave music to Bhagwan’s films in the name of ‘Annasaheb ‘ till then). Bhagwan started thinking seriously on this issue. At that very time he got an offer to work in a social comedy film, to be produced by Beema Films of MT Mudnani and directed by Brij Rani. Since this was a social film Bhagwan wanted to give it a try. He wanted to assess the feasibility of making his own social film.

The film was ‘Damaad’ (1951). The story was simple. A simpleton is made a ‘ghar jamai’ (resident son-in-law) and has a miserable life. Incidentally, he becomes a successful singer. The film was absolutely an ordinary one. Being a director himself, Bhagwan understood the potential of the story to become a hit film. In addition the offer of C Ramchandra’s music was also inviting him. The film ‘Damaad’ came and went without making any ripples. Neither the producer made any more films, nor the director got any other film. The cast and the 3 MDs employed were also C grade anyway.

Taking inspiration from film ‘Damaad’, Bhagwan started writing the story of ‘Albela’ . For this film, he needed a cast other than his usual C grade film cast. Other actors were booked but no reputed heroine was ready to work in his film. Those days, Bhagwan’s name was only associated with C grade action stunt films. Then one day he approached Geeta Bali. She agreed – a bit reluctantly – to listen to his story. After listening to the story, Geeta Bali realized the potential of a hit film and said yes.

The shooting of ‘Albela’ started but Bhagwan kept it a secret. After few weeks of shooting, he invited Anna (CR) to come to see the shooting, without telling him anything. Anna went to Jagriti studios to see the shooting. After some shots were taken, he asked, ‘Bhagwan, this is your film, but where are the fights?”. Bhagwan smiled and said,”Anna, there are no fights. This is a social film I am making which you wanted me to do. Now it is your turn to stand by what you had promised to give your best music”. Sure enough C Ramachandra gave immortal music to film ‘Albela’ and the rest is history as they say.

Bhagwan’s planning for ‘Albela’ was so perfect that he got the Censor Certificate on 13-12-1951 and the film was released on next day i.e. on 14-12-1951 at Imperial Talkies in Bombay. Within 3-4 days, the film became houseful in every show. It was so successful that it overshot the combined collection of first week opening of BR Chopra’s ‘Afsaana’, Raj Kapoor’s ‘Awaara’, Dev Anand’s ‘Baazi’, AVM’s ‘Bahaar’ and Nitin Bose’s ‘Deedaar’, all released in 1951 only!

The tremendous success of ‘Albela’ made the financiers, producers and directors to line up Bhagwan’s doorstep with project proposals. The success of ‘Albela’ had also gone to the head of Bhagwan dada. He did not realize or acknowledge the contribution of Geeta Bali and C Ramchandra’s music to its success. He thought that it was due to him and he went on signing film after films in that period. As his new films started failing, the incomplete films were abandoned and ‘Albela’ became his swan song. The downward slide of his career and popularity started right after this film, although some more films like ‘Bhagam Bhag’ (1956) etc were hits-again due to music and Kishore Kumar.

Anyway the producer NT Madnaney never ever tried to produce any more films after ‘Daamad’, which was not at all successful at the box office.
The screenplay and direction was by Brij Rani. There were 3 composers, Shamoo who had given music to ‘ Yeh hai zindagi-48’ and ‘Begunah’ (1949) with Haribhai. Indravadan Bhatt had given music to 10 films in the late 40s. Ram Panjwani had been an actor in Berozgaar-36 and Chhotisi duniya-39, a singer in Damad-51 and Maa ka pyar-49, an MD for Magroor-50 and Damad-51 and also a Lyricist for one song in film Teen Batti chaar Rasta-53

The story was more or less same as ‘Albela’ – a good for nothing fellow sings well and makes a fortune – that is the one line story of this film.

Chamak (Bhagwan) is too simple a person, who is a teacher in a school, where even his students make fun of him. He gets married to a rich man’s daughter-Geeta (Krishna Kumari). Chamak loses his job and his father-in-law takes him to his house in a bigger town. Chamak is impressed with all the wealthy living and eats like a hog and sleeps like a dog every day. Honored initially as the son-in-law of the house, slowly he is despised, insulted and treated shabbily by in laws for doing nothing.

One day when Chamak is singing alone, the manager of the local theatre hears him, gets impressed and offers him job of a singer. Chamak accepts it and in no time becomes a famous singer and tours all over India. Seeing that he is famous, his in laws start pampering him. Now Chamak has become clever. He teaches a lesson to his in laws and finally they realize their folly and all is well that ends well.

The cast of the film was Bhagwan, Krishna Kumari, Yashodhara Katju, Protima Devi, Cuckoo, Habib, Kathana, Ishu Jahagirdar etc. etc. The story and screenplay was by director Brijrani.

Brij Rani was born in 1921 at Shikarpur, Sindh province, in a well to do business family. She studied up to Matriculation and also qualified as a Middle School Teacher. However, she opted to join films as an actress. Her first film was Jeewan Jyoti-37, doing an un credited small role to get the feel, followed by Calcutta after Midnight-37, Aurat-40, Wayda-40, Ulti Ganga-42, Daughters of the Jungle-43, Bhagta Bhoot-43, Circus Girl-43 and Lal Haveli-44.

She was getting roles only in stunt films and C grade films. Being from a business community, she started her own company- Bharat productions and herself made stunt films.

Meanwhile she continued acting in films like Lal Haveli-44 and acted and directed film Circus King-46 and film Sajni-47. Then there was a gap. probably she looked after her family. In 1951, she directed film Daamaad-51.

As far as Yashodhara Katju is concerned, there is a bizarre story behind her entry into films. Earlier there was a Kashmiri girl working in Hindi films,in the late 30s. Her name was Shyama Zutshi. Actor Chandramohan too was a Kashmiri Bramhin and held the view that Kashmiri Bramhin girls should not work in films as it is below their dignity. He strongly opposed Shyama’s work in the films and put lot of pressure on her to quit films. Fed up of his pestering and also afraid of his anger, Shyama left films. Her last film was Khooni Jadugar-1939.

However, soon after this, yet another girl who too was a Kashmiri Bramhin came into films from 1941. Chandramohan tried all his pressure tactics and tried to force her out of the films, but this girl was different. She was tough and did not fear him or yield to his intimidations. She continued to work in films unabated. Chandramohan died in 1949, but this girl worked in films from 1941 to 1974. She worked in 86 films and earned quite a name.

Her name was Yashodhara Katju ( 15-4-1928 to 1974 ). She was the niece of Pt. Nehru, but never ever used her highly placed relations to get work. Her father K L Katju was U.P.’s well known politician and also a senior bureaucrat. They were from Lahore, where Yashodhara had studied upto Senior Cambridge and also dancing. She was a leading comedienne in the early 50s and had formed a pair with Gope for some films. She married a Navy officer and spent her retired life as a housewife, away from filmdom.

Today’s song is actually in 2 parts, but it is combined in one video. The singers are Sulochana kadam(for Yashodhara katju), Ram Panjwani (for Bhagwan), Ishu Jahagirdar (for Dhobi), and Shrimati Vishnilal ( for elderly lady). VISHNI LAL was born in Hyderabad( Sindh) in 1926. She came to Bombay in 1943 to sing in films. Ram Daryani recommended her to Khemchand Prakash and he gave a break to her in film Chiragh-43. She sang in very few films like Qurbani-43,Anjuman-48 Mitti ke khilaune-48,Maghroor-50,Daamaad-51,Chhoti Duniya-53 etc.

Her family shifted to Bombay in 1947, after Partition. She was married to a businessman Mansukhani. She then settled in Dubai, with her family.

Let us now enjoy the song video.


Song – Dhobiya Re Dhobiya Re Tera Chhora (Daamaad) (1951) Singers – Sulochana Kadam, Ram Panjwani, Shrimati Vishnilal, Ishu Jahagirdar, Lyrics – Bahaar Ajmeri, MD – Indravadan Bhatt
Sulochana Kadam + Ram Panjwani
Chorus

Lyrics

oo oo oo
dhobia

dhohia re dhobia re tera chhora
ho tera chhora
beech bajaria chhed kare mosey
beech bajaria chhede
dhohia re dhobia re tera chhora
ho tera chhora

main na chhedoon
main na chhedoon is ko dada
jhooth kahe ye tosey
ram kasam. . .
ram kasam iljaam dhare hai
bair karey ye mosey
ram kasam iljaam dhare hai
bair karey ye mosey

hmmm mmmmm

tu chhori re chhori re chhori chhori re
bada sareef hai mera chhora
bada sareef hai mera chhora
oo oo chhori
chhori jhooth kyon boley
o chhori jhooth kyon boley
sundar dekh ke morey lallan ko
kyon tera manwa doley
ho chhori
kyon tera manwa doley

oo oo
oo oo oo oo oo
o dhobia
sunder hai tera chhora to
main bhi naar albeli
sunder hai tera chhora to
main bhi naar albeli
roop dekh sharmaaye jaaye re
dhobia
roop dekh sharmaaye jaaye re
bagia mein haaye chameli
bagia mein haaye chameli
bada theed hai
bada theed hai. . .
o tera chhora
bada theed hai
bada theed hai. . .
o tera chhora
beech bajariya ghere
beech bajariya ghere
dhobia re dhobia re tera chhora
ho tera chhora

kyon ri dhobaniya
lagaai bujhaai to kar ke chali
par main to ko samjhunga
lagaai bujhaai to kar ke chali
par main to ko samjhunga
bhari bajariya mein o chhori
bhari bajariya mein o chhori
teri khabar main loonga
ab teri khabar main loonga
oo oo oo dhobia
chal hatt
parey hatt

oo oo dhobia
samjhaaye lei e ka
nahin to main rapat likhaaye deungi
samjhaaye lei e ka
nahin to main rapat likhaaye deungi
oo oo thaanedar se
thaanedar se keh kar main to
lambardaar se keh kar main to
band karaye deungi
milat mein
milat mein
qaid karaaye deungi
main ghabraaye gai
tere chhore se
phirey hai peeche morey
phirey hai peeche morey
dhobia re dhobia re tera chhora
oo tera chhora

shiv ram
shiv ram
shiv ram
shiv ram
shiv ram

mukhiya ke chhore se chhori
mukhiya ke chhore se chhori
kaahe karey tu ladaai
maafi maang le 
o chhori
maafi maang le 
maine lallan se kar di teri sagaai

oo oo oo oo
teri meri bhool hui o baalam
kar le mosey mel
haan haan
kar le mosey mel
tu mera chaand hai
main teri chandni

oo oo oo oo
chhaila re chhaila re chhaila chhaila re
khelen chaand ka khel
aao khelen chaand ka khel
khel
aa ri dhobaniya
ho gaya tera mera mel
ho gaya tera mera mel
ho gaya tera mera mel
ho gaya tera mera mel. . .

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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ओ ओ ओ
धोबिया

बीच बज़रिआ छेड़ करे मोसे
बीच बज़रिआ छेड़े
धोबिया रे धोबिया रे तेरा छोरा
हो तेरा छोरा

मैं ना छेड़ूँ
मैं ना छेड़ूँ इसको दादा
झूठ कहे ये तोसे
राम कसम॰ ॰ ॰
राम कसम इल्जाम धरे है
बैर करे ये मोसे
राम कसम इल्जाम धरे है
बैर करे ये मोसे

हम्मम म्ममम

तू छोरी रे छोरी रे छोरी छोरी रे
बड़ा सरीफ है मेरा छोरा
बड़ा सरीफ है मेरा छोरा
ओ ओ छोरी
छोरी झूठ क्यों बोले
सुंदर देख के मोरे ललन को
क्यों तेरा मनवा डोले
हो छोरी
क्यों तेरा मनवा डोले

ओ ओ
ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ
ओ धोबिया
सुंदर है तेरा छोरा तो
मैं भी नार अलबेली
सुंदर है तेरा छोरा तो
मैं भी नार अलबेली
रूप देख शरमाये जाये रे
धोबिया
रूप देख शरमाये जाये रे
बगिया में हाए चमेली
बगिया में हाए चमेली
बड़ा ठीठ है
बड़ा ठीठ है॰ ॰ ॰
ओ तेरा छोरा
बड़ा ठीठ है
बड़ा ठीठ है॰ ॰ ॰
ओ तेरा छोरा
बीच बज़रिआ घेरे
बीच बज़रिआ घेरे
धोबिया रे धोबिया रे तेरा छोरा
हो तेरा छोरा

क्यों री धोबनिया
लगाई बुझाई तो कर के चली
पर मैं तो को समझूँगा
लगाई बुझाई तो कर के चली
पर मैं तो को समझूँगा
भरी बज़रिआ में ओ छोरी
भरी बज़रिआ में ओ छोरी
तेरी खबर मैं लूँगा
अब तेरी खबर मैं लूँगा
ओ ओ ओ धोबिया
चल हट
परे हट

ओ ओ धोबिया
समझाये लेई ए का
नहीं तो मैं रपट लिखाये देऊंगी
समझाये लेई ए का
नहीं तो मैं रपट लिखाये देऊंगी
ओ ओ थानेदार से
थानेदार से कह कर मैं तो
लंबरदार से कह कर मैं तो
बंद कराये देऊंगी
मिलत में
मिलत में
क़ैद कराये देऊंगी
मैं घबराए गई तेरे छोरे से
फिरे है पीछे मोरे
फिरे है पीछे मोरे
धोबिया रे धोबिया रे तेरा छोरा
हो तेरा छोरा

शिव राम
शिव राम
शिव राम
शिव राम
शिव राम

मुखिया के छोरे से छोरी
मुखिया के छोरे से छोरी
काहे करे तू लड़ाई
माफी मांग ले ओर छोरी
माफी मांग ले
मैंने ललन से कर दी तेरी सगाई

ओ ओ ओ ओ
तेरी मेरी भूल हुई ओ बालम
कर ले मोसे मेल
हाँ हाँ
कर ले मोसे मेल
तू मेरा चाँद है
मैं तेरी चाँदनी

ओ ओ ओ ओ
छैला रे छैला रे छैला छैला रे
खेलें चाँद का खेल
आओ खेलें चाँद का खेल
खेल
आ री धोबनिया
हो गया तेरा मेरा मेल
हो गया तेरा मेरा मेल
हो गया तेरा मेरा मेल
हो गया तेरा मेरा मेल॰ ॰ ॰


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Blog Day : 3869 Post No. : 14887

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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2009-19) – Song No. 7
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On this day ten years ago (viz on 20 february 2009), six songs from six different movies were presented. Four of these movies have since been YIPPEED in the blog. Of the remaining two movies, one is from 1938 and another is from 1983. The 1938 movie (Shreet Singer) has two songs left to be covered and these songs are not available as far as I am aware.

So that leaves us with the 1983 movie viz “Sweekaar Kiya Maine” as the only eligible movie for our blog 10 year challenge.

“Sweekar Kiya Maine” (1983) was produced by S M Kothari and directed by Zaheer D Lari. The movie had Shabana Azmi, Vinod Mehra, Prema Narayan, Madan Puri etc in it. This movie was a remake of 1954 movie “Adhikaar” with Kishore Kumar and Usha Kiran in title roles. In “Sweekar Kiya Maine” (1983), Vinod Mehra and Shabana Azmi play the same roles.

“Adhikaar”(1954) is already YIPPEED in the blog. Curiously, Kishore Kumar sang a duet song Kamaata hoon bahut kuchh with Geeta Dutt, and in “Sweekaar Kiya Maine”(1983), he sang the same song again- this time with Asha Bhonsle. This duet is not yet covered in the blog.

So far, three songs from “Sweekaar Kiya Maine”(1983) have been covered in the blog. Ten years ago on this day, the blog presented a song, Chaand ke paas jo sitaara hai. Today, ten years later, here is another song from the movie. This song is sung by Lata. Nida Fazli is the lyricist. Music is composed by Usha Khanna.

This song is picturised on Shabana Azmi as a stage performance song.

Audio (Full)

Video

Song-Pyaar to sapna hai dard hi apna hai(Sweekaar Kiya Maine)(1983) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Nida Fazli, MD-Usha Khanna

Lyrics

pyaar to sapna hai
dard hi apna hai
pyaar to sapna hai
dard hi apna hai
neend jahaan khulti hai
khwaab pighal jaate hain
dard wohi rehta hai
naam badal jaate hain
pyaar to sapna hai
dard hi apna hai
pyaar to sapna hai
dard hi apna hai
neend jahaan khulti hai
khwaab pighal jaate hain
dard wohi rehta hai
naam badal jaate hain
pyaar to sapna hai
dard hi apna hai
pyaar to sapna hai
dard hi apna hai

muskraana to gham chhupaana hai
har khushi door ka taraana hai
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa
muskraana to gham chhupaana hai
har khushi door ka taraana hai
hosh ki raahon mein
dil hi deewaana hai
hosh ki raahon mein
dil hi deewaana hai ae ae
pyaar to sapna hai
dard hi apna hai
pyaar to sapna hai
dard hi apna hai

koi rishta na koi bandhan hai
har hansi aansuon ki chilman hai
koi rishta na koi bandhan hai
har hansi aansuon ki chilman hai
phool hain daaman mein
aankhon mein saawan hai
phool hain daaman mein
aankhon mein saawan hai
pyaar to sapna hai
dard hi apna hai
pyaar to sapna hai
dard hi apna hai

jo bhi dil ke kareeb aata hai ae
zakhm ban ke sada sataata hai
aa aa aa
aa aa aa
jo bhi dil ke kareeb aata hai ae
zakhm ban ke sada sataata hai
geet jo gaata hai
gham ko behlaata hai
geet jo gaata hai
gham ko behlaata hai ae ae ae ae
pyaar to sapna hai
dard hi apna hai
pyaar to sapna hai
dard hi apna hai
neend jahaan khulti hai
khwaab pighal jaate hain
dard wohi rehta hai
naam badal jaate hain
pyaar to sapna hai
dard hi apna hai
pyar to sapna hai
dard hi apna hai


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in 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 :

3822 Post No. : 14824 Movie Count :

4053

Missing Films of 1960s – 89
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The year that we are currently exploring is 1970. And I am surprised to be coming across so many films that at least I have not been familiar with. It would have been the period that listening to the radio would have already started. However, this film does not ring a bell at all.

The film that I introduce today is ‘Sau Saal Beet Gaye’. The obscurity of this film can also be estimated by the fact that even HFGK does not contain many details about this film. It contains a partial list of songs, and very little other information about the film itself. The banner name is identified as Natraj Productions. The lyricist name is listed as Indeewar, and the music director is identified as Usha Khanna.

Now, however, the film is available online. I reviewed the credits and gathered the following additional information. The star cast of the film is Ashok Kumar, Helen, Raj Mehra, Sajjan, Iftekhar, Pratima Devi, Chaman Puri and Mukri. The screenplay and dialogues are written by Ashok Kumar himself. The producer is Madan Chopra and the director is given as two names, indicating a duo – Ved-Madan. Possibly Madan is the same as the person identified as the producer.

I did not view the film in detail, only did a quick fast forward scan. Very interestingly, the lead romantic pair in this film is Ashok Kumar and Helen. The story is about two lovers meeting across the boundaries of life and death – in two different births. Quite familiar you might say. Yes, more than a handful of films come to mind that are based on this story outline.

Anyway, details in another post, maybe. Today’s song is a stage dance song performed by Helen. The male companion in this clip is not identified – most likely an unfamiliar junior artist who just appears in this song in the film. Helen works for a theater company owned by Iftekhar, who is the cousin brother of Ashok Kumar in the film. At the end of this song, Ashok Kumar and Helen are introduced, ostensibly for the first time, but there appears the first glimmer of a familiarity. And onward, the story unfolds.

The lyrics are from the pen of Indeewar and the music is by Usha Khanna. The singing voice is Asha Bhosle. A peppy and fast paced fun number that introduces Helen in this storyline. A Helen song is always a treat, and this one is no less. Listen and enjoy.

 

Song – Brahmchari Ji, O Brahmchari Ji  (Sau Saal Beet Gaye) (1970) Singer – Asha Bhosle, Lyrics – Indeewar, MD – Usha Khanna

Lyrics

brahmchaari ji
o brahmchaari ji
brahmchaari ji
o brahmchaari ji
aao kareeb aao
aise na sharmaao
aao kareeb aao
aise na sharmaao
hum hain tumhare pujaari..
brahmchaari ji
o brahmchaari ji
brahmchaari ji
o brahmchaari ji

ye dikhaawa hai ye bhes utaaro ji
reh ke duniya mein duniya sanwaaro ji
aa ritra..rom-ritra..rom-ritra..ramanna
aa ritra..rom-ritra..rom-ritra..ramanna
ye dikhaawa hai ye bhes utaaro ji
reh ke duniya mein duniya sanwaaro ji
bhatko na ban mein tum
thehro ji mann mein tun
preet meri deewaani tumhaari..
brahmchaari ji
o brahmchaari ji
brahmchaari ji
o brahmchaari ji

insaan marte hain marti nahin aasha
yahaan har dil hai bas pyaar ka pyaasa
aa ritra..rom-ritra..rom-ritra..ramanna
aa ritra..rom-ritra..rom-ritra..ramanna
insaan marte hain marti nahin aasha
yahaan har dil hai bas pyaar ka pyaasa
duniya na thukraao
khud ko na tadpaao
mujhko dekho khushi hoon tumhaari..
brahmchaari ji
o brahmchaari ji
brahmchaari ji
o brahmchaari ji

har kisi ko
kisi ki zaroorat hai
ye hi duniya mein jeene ki surat hai
aa ritra..rom-ritra..rom-ritra..ramanna
aa ritra..rom-ritra..rom-ritra..ramanna
har kisi ko
kisi ki zaroorat hai
ye hi duniya mein jeene ki surat hai
palken to kholo ji
kuchh hum se bolo ji
aarzoo ho tumhen to hamaari
brahmchaari ji
o brahmchaari ji
brahmchaari ji
o brahmchaari ji
aao kareeb aao
aise na sharmaao
aao kareeb aao
aise na sharmaao
hum hain tumhare pujaari..
brahmchaari ji
o brahmchaari ji
brahmchaari ji
o brahmchaari ji

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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ब्रह्मचारी जी
ओ ब्रह्मचारी जी
ब्रह्मचारी जी
ओ ब्रह्मचारी जी
आओ करीब आओ
ऐसे ना शर्माओ
आओ करीब आओ
ऐसे ना शर्माओ
हम हैं तुम्हारे पुजारी॰॰
ब्रह्मचारी जी
ओ ब्रह्मचारी जी
ब्रह्मचारी जी
ओ ब्रह्मचारी जी

ये दिखावा है ये भेस उतारो जी
रह के  दुनिया में दुनिया सँवारो जी
आ रित्रा॰॰रोम-रित्रा॰॰रोम-रित्रा॰॰रामन्ना
आ रित्रा॰॰रोम-रित्रा॰॰रोम-रित्रा॰॰रामन्ना
ये दिखावा है ये भेस उतारो जी
रह के  दुनिया में दुनिया सँवारो जी
भटको ना बन में तुम
ठहरो जी मन में तुम
प्रीत मेरी दीवानी तुम्हारी॰॰
ब्रह्मचारी जी
ओ ब्रह्मचारी जी
ब्रह्मचारी जी
ओ ब्रह्मचारी जी

इन्साँ मरते हैं मरती नहीं आशा
यहाँ हर दिल है बस प्यार का प्यासा
आ रित्रा॰॰रोम-रित्रा॰॰रोम-रित्रा॰॰रामन्ना
आ रित्रा॰॰रोम-रित्रा॰॰रोम-रित्रा॰॰रामन्ना
इन्साँ मरते हैं मरती नहीं आशा
यहाँ हर दिल है बस प्यार का प्यासा
दुनिया ना ठुकराओ
खुद को ना तड़पाओ
मुझको देखो खुशी हूँ तुम्हारी॰॰
ब्रह्मचारी जी
ओ ब्रह्मचारी जी
ब्रह्मचारी जी
ओ ब्रह्मचारी जी

हर किसी को किसी की ज़रूरत है
ये ही दुनिया में जीने की सूरत है
आ रित्रा॰॰रोम-रित्रा॰॰रोम-रित्रा॰॰रामन्ना
आ रित्रा॰॰रोम-रित्रा॰॰रोम-रित्रा॰॰रामन्ना
हर किसी को किसी की ज़रूरत है
ये ही दुनिया में जीने की सूरत है
पलकें तो खोलो जी
कुछ हमसे बोलो जी
आरज़ू हो तुम्हें तो हमारी
ब्रह्मचारी जी
ओ ब्रह्मचारी जी
ब्रह्मचारी जी
ओ ब्रह्मचारी जी
आओ करीब आओ
ऐसे ना शर्माओ
आओ करीब आओ
ऐसे ना शर्माओ
हम हैं तुम्हारे पुजारी॰॰
ब्रह्मचारी जी
ओ ब्रह्मचारी जी
ब्रह्मचारी जी
ओ ब्रह्मचारी जी


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

Blog Day : 3727 Post No. : 14666

Today, October 1st is the birth anniversary of two iconic personalities of Hindi film music. Both started their career in Hindi film industry in Bombay (Mumbai) in 1946 – one as a music director and the other as a lyricist. Yes, it is Sachin Dev Burman’s 112th birth anniversary and Majrooh Sultanpuri’s 99th birth anniversary. Both have been my favourites amongst the music directors and lyricists of the golden era of Hindi film music. Both seem to have been made for each other. SD Burman was one of the earliest pioneers in introducing the concept of ‘tune first lyrics later’ in Hindi film music while Majrooh Sultanpuri was master in writing lyrics to the tune.

I found both of them to be non-conformists in their respective fields.  SD Burman’s compositions did not leave trails to identify them as SD Burman type of music. In my younger days, it was not easy for me to identify the songs composed by SD Burman. Had I not known in advance, I would have difficulties in knowing that songs of ‘Baazi’ (1951), ’Pyaasa’ (1957) and  ‘Nau Do Gyarah’ (1957) were composed by the same music director. Majrooh Sultanpuri on the other hand wrote lyrics of varied moods and of all genres with ease. Another common factor between these two stalwarts was that both were called as ‘old man with young heart’. If SD Burman could composed Roop Tera Mastaana at the age of 64, Majrooh Sultanpuri wrote lyrics for Raat Shabnami Bheegi Chaandni at the age of 77.

Despite both SD Burman and Majrooh Sultanpuri starting their filmy career in 1946, it took about 11 years for both of them to work together in Navketan’s  ‘Nau Do Gyaarah’ (1957), though the other collaboration, ‘Paying Guest’ (1957) was released first. The main reason was that SD Burman was already working with Sahir Ludhianvi since 1951. It was only when SD Burman stopped engaging Sahir after ‘Pyaasa’ (1957) that he found Majrooh Sultanpuri as a suitable lyricist partner. From 1957 till SD Burman’s death in October 1975, both of them worked together in 20 films composing 137 songs.

I have already written about Majrooh Sultanpuri last year while covering the song Nanha Mora Doley Mori Anganiaa. So in this article, I propose to discuss only the musical career of SD Burman.

Sachin Da (1/10/1906 – 31/10/1975) was born in Comilla, a part of Tripura at that time (now in Bangladesh). He belonged to Tripura’s royal family in which his father, Nabadwip Chandra Dev Burman, was the next in line to Tripura Royalty. However, due to some palace machinations, Nabadwip Burman was denied his right as the next king of Tripura because of which he along with his family shifted to Comilla. SD Burman’s childhood years in Comilla became his training ground for music as he became enthralled by the folk music of what was then known as East Bengal.

After graduation from a Comilla college, SD Burman enrolled for Master’s degree in English in the University of Calcutta in 1924. However, he soon gave up his studies to become the disciple of Krishna Chandra Dey (KC Dey). Later, he continued his musical training under Ustad Badal Khan and Pandit Bhishamdev Chatopadhyay.  The royal family of Tripura were the connoisseurs of Hindustani classical music. They resented SD Burman’s indulgence in singing and recording folk songs for earning as it was below dignity for a royal member of family to earn from the music. They also felt that folk songs were not meant for royalty as they were sung by the lower strata of the society. Because of this, SD Burman did not get the traditional royal welcome when he visited Agrtala after his marriage with Meera in 1938.

In 1932, SD Burman left Tripura for Calcutta (Kolkata) for pursuing his interest in music. In the same year, he approached HMV for his first recording of a non-filmy Bengali song. However, he failed in the audition test. Luckily for him, Hindustan Musical Products (Hindustan Records) offered to record his first gramophone song. The song became a major success for Hindustan Records. During 1932-1946, SD Burman recorded over 100 non-films, mostly Bengali and some filmy Bengali songs most of which became commercially successful.

Despite success as a singer in non-film songs, SD Burman had to face disappointment in 1933 when a song sung by him in the film ‘Yahudi Ki Ladki’ (1933) was deleted and was recorded afresh in the voice of Pahadi Sanyal due to the internal politics of New Theatre. In 1935, SD Burman got an opportunity to do a minor role of a beggar in Madhu Bose’s film ‘Selima’ (1935) in which he was to sing a song. At first, SD Burman refused telling that he would be ostracised from the Tripura royal family if they came to know that he was working in a film. However, Madhu Bose assured him that no one would recognise him in his make-up of a beggar with beard and moustache. So this became SD Burman’s first film song as an actor-singer.

Sometime in 1942, SD Burman got an offer from Chandulal Shah to join Ranjit Movietone as music director. The offer was declined as he did not relish the idea of leaving Kolkata. In the next two years, he found that he was not able  to get enough opportunity to compose music for Bangla films as all important banners had their own music directors in their pay rolls. These music directors would offer him to sing as a playback singer which he would not agree as his wish was to become a music director. At this juncture, he took a decision that he would not sing for any other music directors and he would sing his own compositions for films not as a playback singer but as background singer. He maintained that stand consistently after he became a part of the Bombay (Mumbai) film industry in 1946.

In early 1940s, Bengal was reeling under the worst famine. The film industry was adversely affected. There was an exodus from Kolkata to Mumbai film industry for a different reason. SD Burman knew that despite his liking for Kolkata, he had to move to Mumbai to be able to achieve his dream of becoming a music director. In October 1944, SD Burman along with his family landed in Mumbai on the invitation from Rai Bahadur Chunnilal and Sashadhar Mukherjee who had formed Filmistan with Ashok Kumar, Gyan Mukherjee and other technicians, a breakaway group from Bombay Talkies.  Burman joined Filmistan as music director.

In Mumbai, SD Burman’s greatest handicap was his inability to fully understand Hindi, leave aside Urdu.  This handicap willy-nilly made him the pioneering in ‘tune first lyrics later’ concept in Hindi film song compositions. It is said that in his first two films with Filmistan, C Ramchandra helped SD Burman in music arrangements. I guess, as a newcomer, it was difficult for him to arrange musicians and communicate with them.

His first film as a music director was ‘Shikaari’ (1946) followed by ‘Aath Din’ (1946), both produced under the banner of Filmistan.  The music of ‘Shikari’ (1946) did not create much interest in the common public though studio hands appreciated newness in his music compositions. However, songs of ‘Aath Din’ (1946) especially two songs sung by SD Burman and Pehle Na Samjhaa Pyaar Tha by Ameerbai Karnataki became popular and made him a different class of music director well-versed with the then East Bengal folk music.

SD Burman was not satisfied with his music in these two films as he did not find anyone in the streets singing his songs. On the contrary, he found his servant always humming the songs from ‘Rattan’ (1944). He felt that unless his songs became popular on the streets, his presence as a music director would never be felt in Bombay film industry.

In the meanwhile, Sashadhar Mukherjee allowed him to take up the music direction in the films outside Filmistan. In 1947, he did two films outside Filmistan – ‘Chitor Vijay’ (1947) and ‘Dil Ki Rani’ (1947) both having Raj Kapoor and Madhubala as lead pairs. Neither the films fared well on the box office front nor did the songs become popular. The only point of interest in ‘Dil Ki Rani’ (1947) was that SD Burman made Raj Kapoor to sing in his own voice a song, O Duniya Ke Rehne Waalo Bolo Kahaan Gaya Chitchor.

Filmistan entrusted SD Burman with the music direction of ‘Do Bhai’ (1947). Sashadhar Mukherjee was a hard task master who rarely got satisfied with the tunes SD Burman composed for this film. Fed up with the constant rejections of tunes by Sashadhar Mukherjee, one day, SD Burman decided to have a show down with his boss. Probably after that he would think of leaving Filmistan and go back to Kolkata. To his surprise, Sashadhar Mukherjee at once approved the first tune he played on the harmonium and asked him record the song at the earliest. The song was Mera Sundar Sapna Beet Gaya sung by Geeta Roy (later Dutt). This song made Geeta Roy a star playback singer overnight. The film was a box office success. For the first time, SD Burman heard his servant humming this song which made him very happy. In 1948, he composed songs from ‘Vidya’ (1948). It was his first film with Dev Anand and Suraiya. The film did not fare well on the box office but one song  Laayi Khushi Ki Duniya, picturised on Dev Anand and Suraiya, became very popular.

Filmistan’s ‘Shabnam’ (1949) can be regarded as SD Burman’s first real successful film as a music director as all the songs of the films became very popular. For SD Burman, it was one of his most satisfying period of his musical career as he found the songs of ‘Shabnam’ being heard on the street quite often. He even heard the labourers at Bandra Railway Station, singing one of the songs from this film in tandem with their track maintenance work.

In 1950s, SD Burman did not have much success as a music director. ‘Afsar’ (1950) was his first film for Navketan – a film production company started by Chetan Anand and Dev Anand. The film did not fare well at the box office although two songs – Naina Deewaane Ek Nahin Maane and Man Mor Huaa Matwaala became popular. ‘Pyaar’ (1950) also did not have a great run. SD Burman was now depressed that even after 5 years of his stint as a music director in Bombay film industry, he has not established himself as a successful music director. With this thought in mind, he decided to leave Mumbai and return to Kolkata.

At that time, Ashok Kumar was reviving Bombay Talkies by producing ‘Mashaal’ (1950) for which SD Burman was entrusted with the music direction. His leaving at a crucial juncture would have affected the film. After much persuasion by Ashok Kumar, SD Burman stayed back to complete the music direction of the film with a condition that after the completion of his work, he would return to Kolkata.

It so happened that ‘Mashaal’ (1950) became a box office hit film. Almost all the songs of the film became very popular. But it was Manna Dey’s song,  Upar Gagan Vishaal which drew attention of the common folk. With this song, Manna Dey seemed have announced that he had, at last, arrived in the world of Hindi film music. Manna Dey had worked as an Assistant Music Director for SD Burman but he got his first chance to sing under his baton only in ‘Mashaal’ (1950).

With the success of ‘Mashaal’ (1950), producers lined up for signing SD Burman for their films which included ‘Bahaar’ (1951), ‘Buzdil’ (1951), ‘Ek Nazar’ (1951), ‘Naujawaan’ (1951) and ‘Sazaa’ (1951). All these films had very popular songs some of which are still remembered today like Sainya Dil Mein Aana Re, Jhan Jhan Jhan Jhan Paayal Baaje, Thandi Hawaayen Lehra Ke Aayen and Tum Na Jaane Kis Jahaan Mein Kho Gaye.

But one film SD Burman  did in 1951 gave a tremendous boost to his career as a music director – it was Navketan’s ‘Baazi’ (1951). It was Guru Dutt’s first directorial venture. SD Burman’s musical treatment in this film was quite a contrast to what he had so far churned out. There were no Bengali traces in the songs. Instead, he predominantly used western and Punjabi beats. In fact, he turned Sahir Ludhinavi’s philosophical ghazal, Tadbeer Se Bigdi Huyi Taqdeer Banaa Le  into a seductive club song. All the songs of ‘Baazi’ (1951) became super hits. The success of ‘Baazi’ (1951) made SD Burman almost a permanent fixture with Navketan Banner until ‘Chhupa Rustom’ (1973). By now, he had dropped the idea of shifting to Kolkata.

The musical success of ‘Baazi’ (1951) created a successful pair of Sahir Ludhianvi and SD Burman. During 1951-57, both of them created 138 songs in 18 films. Unfortunately, due to clash of egos, they did not work together after ‘Pyaasa’ (1957).

I will not go into further details of his successful films as they are in large numbers. But there are a few films which I consider as classic insofar as SD Burman’s music is concerned. They are ‘Taxi Driver’ (1954), ‘Pyaasa’ (1957), ‘Nau Do Gyaarah’ (1957), ‘Paying Guest’ (1957), ‘Kaala Paani’ (1958), ‘Sujata’ (1959), ‘Kaala Baazar’ (1960), ‘Bandini’ (1963) ‘Tere Ghar Ke Saamne’ (1963), ‘Guide’ (1965), ‘Aradhana’ (1969), ‘Prem Pujari’ (1970), ‘Sharmilee’ (1971), ‘Tere Mere Sapne’ (1971), and ‘Abhimaan’ (1973). But within these films, there were high points in SD Burman’s musical career – ‘Baazi’ (1951), ‘Pyaasa’ (1957), ‘Guide’ (1965), ‘Aradhana’ (1969) and ‘Abhimaan’ (1973).

During 1946 until his death in October 31, 1975 SD Burman composed music for 90 films (including one unreleased film) comprising 673 songs (666 songs if I exclude 7 songs from the unreleased film). This gives an annual average of 3 films. According to those who had closely worked with SD Burman, he would consider him to be ‘busy’ if he had two films on hand. He considered himself ‘very busy’ if he had 3 films on hand. He would not take any more musical assignments until he completed one of the three films on hand. So the annual average of 3 films are within the parameter he set for himself.

It was during the recording the song, Badi Sooni Sooni Hai Zindagi Ye Zindagi  from ‘Mili’ (1975) that SD Burman got paralytic attack and was shifted to Bombay Hospital. Later, RD Burman completed the recording of the song. What an irony! When Kishore Kumar was singing this song for recording, his mentor was in the hospital in deep coma. SD Burman remained in coma for the next 5 months until his end came on October 31, 1975.

Since the article has already become very lengthy, I propose to write a second part of the article covering some other aspects of SD Burman’s Hindi film music on his Remembrance Day on October 31, 2018. There are hundreds of anecdotes in the life of SD Burman – some known and some unknown to me – which makes his musical journey very interesting. While Gulzar called him ‘Prince of Music’, Pandit Hari Prasad Charasia referred him as ‘Sangeet Sant’ (Saint of Music). Kersi Lord, who worked with SD Burman as a drummer and later as an accordionist for a very long time, called him ‘an old man with a young heart’ insofar as his music was concerned. Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, the santoor player called SD Burman as a wonderful person with child-like innocence.

I will end this article with a statement that SD Burman was a music director who remained at the zenith of his musical career in Hindi film industry since the success of ‘Baazi’ (1951) until his death on October 31, 1975. Even 5 year hiatus with Lata Mangeshkar (1957-62) did not affect his musical career. Some of the films for which SD Burman composed music may have failed at the box office but his music did not fail.

On the occasion of 112th birth anniversary of SD Burman and 99th birth anniversary of Majrooh Sultanpuri, I present one of their creations from ‘Sitaaron Se Aage’ (1958). The film was produced by VL Narasu, a coffee plantation magnate from the South India. The film starred Ashok Kumar, Vyjayantimala, Jagdish Sethi, Johny Walker, Shammi, Iftekhar, Raja Sulochana, Leela Mishra, Manmohan Krishna etc.

The film seems to have jinxed from the very beginning. Gyan Mukherjee was originally assigned to direct the film. He had even completed musical sitting with SD Burman. The film went into shooting floor in 1956. However, Gyan Mukherjee fell ill and was diagnosed with brain tumour. He was also afflicted by Parkinson’s disease. He passed away in November 1956. Ashok Kumar had to rope in Satyen Bose to direct the film (As revealed by late Sachin Bhowmick and quoted in ‘SD Burman – The Prince Musician’ – Anirudh Bhattacharjee & Balaji Vittal (2018).

During the making of the film, SD Burman got into tiff with Lata Mangeshkar on the issue of re-recording of the song, Sainya Kaise Dhaaroon Dheer as he wished to record the song afresh with some changes in the tune. Since Lata was leaving for a foreign trip, she could not give him the date, nor she could commit to give a priority date on her return from the trip. This enraged SD Burman to such an extent that he stopped engaging Lata Mangeshkar as a playback singer for the next 5 years. He got the above-mentioned song recorded in the voice of Asha Bhonsle. But she could not render the song the way S D Burman wanted. So he retained the originally recorded Lata version for the film. The remaining songs which were to be sung by Lata in the films were rendered by Asha Bhonsle (3) and Geeta Dutt (1).

After about 8 years from this incidence, SD Burman got his original wish fulfilled. Lata Mangeshkar recorded a song based on the tune of the song referred to above. The result was the culmination of a new song for the film ‘Guide’ (1965). The song was Mo Se Chhal Kiye Jaaye Dekho Sainya Beimaan. Incidentally, as I checked from the credit titles, Hiralal was one of the choreographers for both ‘Sitaaron Se Aage’ (1958) and ‘Guide’ (1965).

‘Sitaaron se Aage’ (1958) got delayed and finally released sometime in early 1958. The film was a musical extravaganza with Vyjayantimala performing a number of semi-classical dances in the film. A feature of the songs in this film was that  SD Burman used Western scores in a couple of songs like Chanda Ki Chaandni Ka Jaadoo and Mehfil Mein Aaaye Wo Aaj Dheere Se that sounded like waltz music.

So far 7 songs (out of 9 including one multiple version song) from this film have been covered in the Blog. I present the 8th song – ‘Aa Khilte Hain Gul, O Mere Bulbul’ sung by Lata Mangeshkar. The song was written by Majrooh Sultanpuri and picturised on Vyjayantimala as a dance song. The song is not only melodious but rhythmic as well.

[Author’s Note: Some of the information on SD Burman’s early life and early musical career has been sourced from ‘SD Burman – The World of His Music’ by Khagesh Dev Burman (translated from Bengali by SK Ray Chaudhuri), 2013.]

(Video)

(Audio)

Song – Aa Khilte Hain Gul, O Mere Bulbul (Sitaaron Se Aage) (1958) Singer – Lata Mangeshkar, Lyrics – Majrooh Sultanopuri, MD – SD Burman
Chorus

Lyrics

aa khilten hain gul
o mere bulbul
rut hai jawaan
tu hai kahaan
dilruba aa aa aaa
aa khilten hai gul
o mere bulbul
rut hai jawaan
tu hai kahaan
dilruba aa aa aaa
aa khilten hai gul
ho oo mere bulbul
mil jaa gale
kahin ye milan ki 
rut na dhale
mil jaa gale
kahin ye milan ki 
rut na dhale
 
o o o o
o o o o o 
wohi teri raahen
wohi meri aahen
wohi main hoon
wohi dil mera
o
wohi teri raahen
wohi meri aahen
wohi main hoon
wohi dil mera
wohi teri baaten
wohi meri raaten
wohi rang e mehfil mera
rah ke juda
dil na dukha
aa bhi jaa aa aa aaa
aa khilten hain gul
o mere bulbul
jiyara jaley
piya kabhi apne
din thhe bhale
o jiyara jaley
piya kabhi apne
din thhe bhale
rut hai jawaan
tu hai kahaan
dilruba aa aa aaa
aa khilten hain gul
o mere bulbul
 
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aaa
aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aaa
aa aa aa aa

o o o o
o o o
raah teri takta
gham se sulagta
chaand bechaara kahaan gaya
o raah teri takta
gham se sulagta
chaand bechaara kahaan gaya
tu hi nahi aaya
dhal gaya saaya
yahaan ka taara wahaan gaya
raat dhali
jhoom chali
phir hawaa aa aa aaa
aa khilten hain gul
o mere bulbul
tum na miley
khadi khadi jaloon piya
chanda taley
ho tum na miley
khadi khadi jaloon piya
chanda taley
rut hai jawaan
tu hai kahaan
dilruba aa aa aaa
aa khilten hain gul
o o mere bulbul. . .

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

आ खिलते हैं गुल
ओ मेरे बुलबुल
रुत है जवां
तू है कहाँ
दिलरुबा आ आ॰॰आs
आ खिलते हैं गुल
ओ मेरे बुलबुल
रुत है जवां
तू है कहाँ
दिलरुबा आ आ॰॰आs
आ खिलते हैं गुल
हो ओ मेरे बुलबुल
मिल जा गले
कहीं ये मिलन की
रुत ना ढले
मिल जा गले
कहीं ये मिलन की
रुत ना ढले

ओ ओ ओ ओ
ओ ओ ओ ओ ओ
वही तेरी राहें
वही मेरी आहें
वही मैं हूँ
वही दिल मेरा

वही तेरी राहें
वही मेरी आहें
वही मैं हूँ
वही दिल मेरा
वही तेरी बातें
वही तेरी रातें
वही रंग ए महफिल मेरा
रह के जुदा
दिल ना दुखा
आ भी जा आ॰॰आ॰॰आ
आ खिलते हैं गुल
ओ मेरे बुलबुल
जियरा जले
पिया कभी अपने
दिन थे भले
जियरा जले
पिया कभी अपने
दिन थे भले
रुत है जवां
तू है कहाँ
दिलरुबा आ आ॰॰आs
आ खिलते हैं गुल
ओ मेरे बुलबुल

आ आ आ आ
आ आ आ आss
आ आ आ आ
आ आ आ आss
आ आ आ आ

ओ ओ ओ ओ
ओ ओ ओ
राह तेरी ताकता
ग़म ये सुलगता
चाँद बेचारा कहाँ गया
ओ राह तेरी ताकता
ग़म ये सुलगता
चाँद बेचारा कहाँ गया
तू ही नहीं आया
ढाल गया साया
यहाँ का तारा वहाँ गया
रात ढली
झूम चली
फिर हवा आ॰॰आ॰॰आs
आ खिलते हैं गुल
ओ मेरे बुलबुल
तुम ना मिले
खड़ी खड़ी जलूँ पिया
चंदा तले
हो तुम ना मिले
खड़ी खड़ी जलूँ पिया
चंदा तले
रुत है जवां
तू है कहाँ
दिलरुबा आ आ॰॰आs
आ खिलते हैं गुल
ओ ओ मेरे बुलबुल॰ ॰ ॰


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