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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 :

4279 Post No. : 15519

Saga Of Sleepless Nights – 6
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un aankhon mein neend kahaan
jin aankhon se preetam door base

The contest between a heart in love and the nights of loneliness is as ancient as the written word itself. Poets of yore, across the ages, and to the present times, have all written about the tribulations of the nights of loneliness. Time does pass at its own pace, but for a lonely heart pining for love, it is as if the time has come to a standstill.

The acute anxiety of the empty moments wherein apparently nothing is happening, is something that cannot be explained in words. It is a sensation that has to be experienced, to get the true flavor of the feelings that are ensconced in the words ‘hijr’ (“हिज्र”) and ‘firaaq’ (“फ़िराक़”) – the feelings of separation, the feelings of being incomplete, the feelings of anticipation, waiting, the feelings of incessant yearning that seems to rend the heart asunder.

Philosophers and poets have ruminated over this experience, and have recommended certain pursuits. There is that famous rhyme that talks about counting green bottles standing on a wall. It is based on the children’s counting nursery rhyme – “Ten Bottles on the Wall”. Folks who cannot sleep are recommended to start from, well, maybe a thousand bottles, keep knocking them down one at a time, and keep a count of the bottles left on the wall. Starting from thousand, this process is bound to get drowsy some way through getting to the target of downing all the thousand bottles from the wall.

The other, of course is counting sheep, jumping over a fence. So just keep a count of the imaginary sheep that are jumping over the make believe fence, and continue counting till the senses give way.

The more esoteric recommendation from the poets, especially for forlorn lovers longing for their mate, is to count the stars. Now this remedy may not work in urban habitats in current times – in best of times with normal pollution levels, about a score stars maybe visible. So this poetic bulwark of heartening proportions does not work in a city like Delhi. Ah yes, but in locales where the skies are clear, this assignment can be undertaken in real earnest. On a clear moonless night, the sky looks so crowded with stars, that the mission of counting stars can be a humbling task. And very well suited for the lonely hearts stricken with the malady of separation and longing.

The beauty of the poet’s mind is simply fantastic and out of this world. It goes even beyond this imagination of being assigned the task of counting the stars. Let me borrow some lines from my own article that I wrote for the song “Aaj Unke Paay e Naaz Pe Sajdaa Karenge Hum”. The lyrics of this song dwells on this task of ‘अख्तर शुमारी’ – the act of counting stars (‘अख्तर’) in the sky. The relevant portion of the lyrics goes like this,

maana shab e firaaq bhi
hoti hai is liye
har nabz e gham isi ke
sahaare guzar sakey
naqaam e ishq hijr mein
taare gina karey
hum intehaa e shauq ki
hadd se guzar gaye
lo aaj hum ne saare
sitaare bhi gin liye
ab ae shab e firaaq bataa
kya karenge hum

And I quote from my write up,

The poet has surpassed many superlatives to weave the fabric of words that makes up this song. Let me give you an example. It is quite a traditional concept in poetry, that a lonely lover in the long nights of wait and anticipation, is advised to count the stars in the sky – a metaphor that implies that neither the stars in the sky will ever be counted, and nor the wait for the beloved ever end. This refrain is encountered often in romantic poetry. But the poet of this song does one better, and goes a step beyond. He says that all the stars are now counted, and so tell me o night of long wait what should I do.

lo aaj hum ne saare sitaare bhi gin liye
ab ae shab-e-firaaq bataa kya karenge hum

A superlative expression that rises to defeat even the task of counting the stars. And poses the question, that in my crazed passion, I have even gone ahead and actually counted all the stars, so tell me what should I do now.

The poet’s imagination is endless, and so this discussion can, and will be continued elsewhere. For now, I present this oh so wonderful song rendered so lovingly by Shamshad Begum, that tells about the nights of loneliness and longing. The film is ‘Sona Chaandi’ from 1946. The lyrics are written by Wali Sahab and the music is composed by Tufail Farooqui.

The film is produced under the banner of New Bombay Theatre, Bombay and is directed by RD Pareenja. The star cast is listed as Chandni, Suresh, Kishori, Saroj Borkar, Kamla, Ghulam Rasool, Amrit Lal, Radha Kishan amongst others. There is a total of 12 songs in this film penned by three songwriters – Wali Sahab, Shamim and Khawar Zamaan. This song is written by Wali Sahab.

So let’s listen to this heartwarming winner in the ‘खनकती हुई’ voice of Shamshad Begum. The protagonist is blaming her beau for her sleeplessness – “तेरे बिना नींद ना आई रे”.

Song – Baalam Harjaai Re, Tere Bina Neend Na Aayi Re  (Sona Chaandi) (1946) Singers – Shamshad Begum, Lyrics – Wali Sahab, MD – Tufail Farooqui

Lyrics

baalam harjaai re

baalam harjaai re
tere bina neend na aayi re
neend na aayi re
o neend na aayi re
baalam harjaai re
tere bina neend na aayi re
neend na aayi re
o neend na aayi re
baalam harjaai re

bhool gaye baalam nibhaane ki rasmen
bhool gaye baalam nibhaane ki rasmen
nindiya ne kha leen na aane ki kasmen
nindiya ne kha leen na aane ki kasmen
nainon mein ratiyaan
nainon mein ratiyaan ganvaai re
tere bina neend na aayi re
neend na aayi re
ho neend na aayi re
baalam harjaai re
baalam harjaai re

mukh se na bolun
pyaare mukh se na bolun
pyaare
roye roye jaaun main
dil ki kahaani
dil ki kahaani najar se sunaaun main
dil ki kahaani najar se sunaaun main
nainon mein
nainon mein ghat ghir ke aai re. . .
nainon mein ghat ghir ke aai re
tere bina neend na aayi re
neend na aayi re
ho neend na aayi re. . .
baalam harjaai re

baalam harjaai re. . .

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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बालम हरजाई रे

बालम हरजाई रे
तेरे बिना नींद ना आई रे
नींद ना आई रे
ओ नींद ना आई रे
बालम हरजाई रे
तेरे बिना नींद ना आई रे
नींद ना आई रे
ओ नींद ना आई रे
बालम हरजाई रे

भूल गए बालम निभाने की रस्में
भूल गए बालम निभाने की रस्में
नींदिया ने खा लीं ना आने की कसमें
नींदिया ने खा लीं ना आने की कसमें
नैनों में रतियाँ
नैनों में रतियाँ गँवाई रे
तेरे बिना नींद ना आई रे
नींद ना आई रे
हो नींद ना आई रे
बालम हरजाई रे
बालम हरजाई रे

मुख से ना बोलूँ
प्यारे मुख से ना बोलूँ
प्यारे
रोये रोये जाऊँ मैं
दिल की कहानी
दिल की कहानी नजर से सुनाऊँ मैं
दिल की कहानी नजर से सुनाऊँ मैं
नैनों में
नैनों में घट घिर के आई रे
नैनों में घट घिर के आई रे
तेरे बिना नींद ना आई रे
नींद ना आई रे
हो नींद ना आई रे॰ ॰ ॰
बालम हरजाई रे

बालम हरजाई रे॰ ॰ ॰


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Blog Day :

4279 Post No. : 15518

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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2010-2020) – Song No. 16
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When I look back on this day (5 april) ten years ago, this output of this blog had begun to go up. Four songs were covered on 5 april 2010 which was a 100 % improvement on two songs a day that the blog had got reduced to.

Following three sons were covered on that day :

Song Movie title-Year Remarks
Palat meri jaan tere qurbaan Aan Milo Sajna-1970 All songs covered
Duniya hamaare pyaar ki yoon hi jawaan Lahore-1949 08 of 10 songs covered
Bhool na jaana aaj ki baatein Waapas-1943 All songs covered
Door desh ka rahnewaala aayaa Jawab-1942 All songs covered

We can see that three of the movies whose songs were covered have already been YIPPEED during the past ten years. That leaves us with just one movie which qualifies to be discussed under “Blog Ten Year Challenge”.

This movie is “Lahore”(1949). “Lahore” (1949) was based on the aftermath of India’s partition following independence. This movie produced by Jaimini Dewan and directed by M L Anand for was Jaimini Dewan production. The movie had Karan Dewan, Nargis, Kuldeep, Pratima Devi, Gulab, Om Prakash, Randhir, Balakram, Urvashi, Ram Avtaar etc in it.

The movie had ten songs in it. Eight of these songs have been covered in the blog:-

Song Posted On
Bahaarein phir bhi aayengin 20.04.2009
Duniya hamaare pyaar ki yoon hi jawaan 05.04.2010
Toote huye armaanon ki ik duniya basaaye 12.08.2010
Sun lo sajan meri baat 10.11.2011
Wohi rota hua ek dil 06.05.2013
Ik aas badhaaye jaati hai 16.07.2013
Us dil ki kismat kya kahiye 04.06.2014
Bhagwaan kahaan hai 03.10.2016

That leaves us two more songs from the movie. Here is the ninth song from the movie. This song is sung by G M Durrani. Rajinder Krishan is the lyricist. Music is composed by Shyam Sundar.

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

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

Now just one song from “Lahore” (1949) is left to be covered. I have not been able to locate this song “Hum jahaan mein aaye hain aansoo bahaane ke liye” sung by Karan Dewanby > If our readers are able to locate this song then I request them to bring the song to our notice.

(audio)
Song-Hamne circus mein naukri kar li (Lahore)(1949) Singer-G M Durrani, Lyrics-Rajinder Krishan, MD-Shyam Sundar

Lyrics(Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)

Hamne ae
hamne circus mein ae
naukri ee ee
kar li ee ee
ho o o o o
hamne circus mein
naukri ee ee
hamne circus mein
naukri kar li ee ee
he he he
o
naa miley rozgaar
ho o
naa miley
naa miley
naa miley rozgaar joote se
ae ae ae
naa miley rozgaar joote se

ishq ke marz ki
dawaa ye hai
haan aan aan aan aa
ishq ke marz ki
dawaa ye hai
ae ae ae ae
ho pal mein utrey bukhaar
ho o pal mein utrey bukhaar
joote se ae ae ae
pal mein utrey bukhaar
joote se

nayi tehzeeb tera kya kehnaa
haan aan aan aan aa
haan aan aan aan aa
nayi tehzeeb
dha dha dha sa ga
ga dha
ga dha
ga dha
ha

(sargam ….)

ha ha
nayi tehzeeb
nayi tehzeeb tera kya kehnaa aa
aa aa

o jaan se jyaada pyaar
ho o
jaan se
jaan se
jaan se jyaada pyaar joote se
ae ae ae
jaan se jyaada pyaar joote se

gair se lift
lift
maang lenge ham
maa aa aa aa ang
maa aa aa aa
aa aa aang
maa aa aa aa aang
maa aa aa aa aang
maa aa aa aa aang
gair se lift maang lenge ham
hm hm hm hm

o naa sahi teri car
ho o
naa sahi
naa sahi
naa sahi
teri car
joote se
naa sahi
teri car
joote se

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Devnagri Script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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हमने ए
हमने सर्कस में ए
नौकरी ई ई
कर ली ई ई
हो ओ ओ ओ ओ
हमने सर्कस में
नौकरी ई ई
हमने सर्कस में
नौकरी कर ली ई ई
हे हे हे

ना मिले रोज़गार
हो
ना मिले
ना मिले
ना मिले रोज़गार जूते से
ए ए ए
ना मिले रोज़गार जूते से
इश्क के मर्ज़ कि
दवा ये है
हाँ आँ हाँ हाँ आ
इश्क के मर्ज़ कि
दवा ये है
ए ए ए ए
हो पल में उतरे बुखार
हो ओ पल में उतरे बुखार
जूते से ए ए ए
पल में उतरे बुखार
जूते से
नयी तहज़ीब तेरा क्या कहना
हाँ आँ आँ आँ आँ आ
हाँ आँ आँ आँ आँ आ
नयी तहज़ीब
ध ध ध सा
सा
ग सा ग सा
गधा आ
हे हे
(सरगम …)

नि नि सा
ग ग रे सा गा पा
गा अ…

नयी तहज़ीब
नयी तहज़ीब तेरा क्या कहना आ
आ आ
ओ जान से ज्यादा प्यार
हो ओ
जान से
जान से
जान से ज्यादा प्यार जूते से
ए ए ए
जान से
जान से ज्यादा प्यार जूते से
गैर से लिफ्ट
लिफ्ट
मांग लेंगे हम
माँ s s s s s s ग
माँ आ आ आ ग
माँ आ आ आ आ आ ग
माँ आ आ आ ग
माँ आ आ आ ग
माँ आ आ आ ग
गैर से लिफ्ट मांग लेंगे हम
ह्म ह्म ह्म ह्म
ओ ना सही तेरी कार
हो ओ
ना सही
ना सही
तेरी कार
जूते से
ना सही
तेरी कार
जूते से


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 :

4278 Post No. : 15515 Movie Count :

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Today’s song is from film ‘Yaadgaar’ (1947). There were two more films with the same title made in 1970 and 1984. Today’s film was made by Hind Pictures, owned by actor, director and producer Nazir Ahmed Khan – also known to be the nth husband of actress Sitara Devi and actress Swarnalata. The film was directed by Nazir himself, who had also acted in it. The other cast was Jyoti, M Ismail, P Kailash, Agha, Tasneem, Cuckoo and many others. Tanvir Naqvi was the lyricist and music director was AR Qureshi.

I started writing on songs and films of yore, since almost end of 2012. Initially, my posts were based on information I had jotted down in my several diaries and notebooks. However, later I realised that I needed more information. After visiting some well known sites, I understood that either their information was incomplete or unreliable. So I decided to add more books to my existing library. At the same time research and thesis papers on old Hindi cinemas and related matters, articles in newspapers like The Hindu, Indian Express, Times of India, regional cine magazines in Hindi, Marathi, English and Telugu also came very handy. From the beginning, I made two rules. One, write only what can be defended, if challenged, and two, mention and thank the source if referred to, at the end of the post – if it is something special or unique.

Not only this, but I started preserving useful articles and bits of information on my laptop, divided into two different accounts. In few cases, I just jotted down the relevant URL details and description of type of information that it gives. By now their number has crossed almost 1000. Despite my age, I remember where is what information and I can put my hand on the required information in a few minutes. Sometimes, I find that there is no mention of any source for some information, as that is from an old book without author’s name. In the last 8 years, due to my extensive writings on this and other blogs and sites, I became known and friendly with many like minded scholars and writers. My library started bulging and friendly authors sent copies of their books as gifts to me.

This made my resources rich and luckily I have a knack of picking up the right information from the crowd of my resources at my disposal. Likewise, knowledgeable personalities like Harish Raghuwanshi ji, Rajnikumar Pandya ji, Biren Kothari ji, Shishir Krishna Sharma ji, Yasir Abbasi ji, Harmandir ji, Sanjit Narvekar ji, Amrit Gangar ji and many others on Facebook groups like MN Sardana ji etc help me from time to time. These names are only as examples, but there are many more actually. All this and friendly pressures led me to go for publishing my first book in 2018.

While writing more that 850 articles on old films and related matters, I concentrated only on the prose side of films, i.e. writing mainly about persons involved in films and not so much on the poetry side, i.e. music and songs. However, they can not be separated easily, so while emphasis was on people, but music and song too was base of my writing articles.

During these years, I have come across few personalities in films, who devoted half of their time on films, but achieved peaks in totally different fields too. Such cases are not many, but such people must get highlighted. Some people first shine in other fields and then come to films, but leaving this alluring magic of film life after a successful stint and then following a different life is surely worth praise.

Off hand, I can name a few such persons. One is Shashi Kapoor Sr. He worked as a very successful child artiste in 21 films from 1944 to 1955. While still in great demand, he left films and continued education. He did MSc and LLB here in India, and PhD in USA. He worked as a Professor of Maths in Michigan University for many years. Retired in 1997 and now lives in USA. Another person was SD Batish. After singing 115 songs in 70 films and giving music in 20 films, composing 154 songs, he left films, went to USA. He wrote many books on music and started a music institute to teach hundreds of students.

Similarly, singer Laxmi Shankar sang 27 songs in 18 films, shifted to USA and started a music school. She won many awards there. Lyricist Moti, BA (who was actually an MA) left films after writing 60 songs in 18 films, still in great demand, left films, went to his village in UP and taught in a College.

Ashraf Khan’s case is unique. After a successful career in Hindi films, he left everything and became a Sufi saint. His dargah is situated on Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway, where every year an Urs is held, to which many artistes from Bollywood go.

Similarly music director GA Chishti aka Babaji, became a faqir after leaving films. Actress of the 1940s, Renuka Devi migrated to Pakistan. She left films and became a social worker for women’s uplift and education in Pakistan. She worked for this, on Radio and TV of Pakistan for 20 years. She also wrote her autobiography,’A Woman of Substance’, which was published by her daughter after Renuka’s death.

Lastly Mukund Rai Trivedi aka Roy of the Roy-Frank pair who gave music to film ‘Gogola’ (1966), left films and returned to family business of mining in MP. He became a billionaire and later an MP in Lok Sabha.

The reason for remembering all this is because the music director of today’s film is AR Qureshi, who too is one who left films after giving music to 42 films, from 1943 to 1958, and became an internationally recognised tabla maestro, winning several awards. Just read his biodata. . .

Ustad Allah Rakha, born as Allah Rakha Khan Qureshi, was born in Jammu and Kashmir on 29-4-1919. He was an Indian tabla player, who popularised the art of tabla playing all over the world. Allah Rakha was born to a soldier, who later returned from the army and worked as a farmer after that to earn his bread and butter. Being the eldest of seven sons, his father did not expect him to learn music and opposed his idea of learning classical music.

Ustad Allah Rakha, as a young boy of 12 years, found the instrument fascinating while visiting his uncle in Gurdaspur. His inclination towards Indian classical music and the performing arts made him run away to Lahore for further learning, as he found little scope of learning the art-form in his home-town. Allah Rakha studied at the Punjab school of classical music (gharana) where he became a student of Ustad Mian Khadarbaksh Pakhawaji (Mian Quader Bakshi). He trained to be a singer under Ustad Ashiq Hussain.

Allah Rakha was also associated with theater as he lived in Pathankot for sometime and worked for a theater company. In 1930, Allah Rakha worked at the radio station in Lahore. According to reports, he moved to Delhi after six years, in 1936, to work with All India Radio. In 1940, he moved to Bombay and worked with Pandit Ravi Shankar and again on All India Radio. He was the station’s first ever tabla solo player then.

After which he even composed music for 42 Hindi films from 1943 to 1958. His first film as a MD was ‘Mahasati Anusuya’ (1943) and the last released film was ‘Idd Ka Chaand’ (1964). He even sang 14 songs in 7 films between 1942 to 1949. He worked mostly in films made by Hind Pictures, Magnet Films, Sunrise Films and Mohan Studios of Dave brothers. Barring 1 or 2 films like ‘Bewafa’ (1952), he got only C grade stunt films or Muslim ibaadati films. He gave music in 3 Punjabi Films ‘Madari’ (1950), ‘Fumman’ (1951), and ‘Jagga’ (1964). He gave background music in ‘Pyar Ki Baatein’ (1951). He acted in ‘Aabida’ (1947). Uma Devi (Tuntun) first sang in ‘Wamiq Azra’ (1946) under AR Qureshi.

Ustad Allah Rakha had established the Alla Rakha Institute of Music in Bombay in 1986 and imparted his knowledge of the instrument to all his disciples in the institute. Allah Rakha and sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar brought classical Hindustani music to Western audiences as well. He was honoured with the Padma Shri Award by the Government of India in 1977 for his contributions to elevate the reach of tabla playing as an art form across the globe. Later on, Sangeet Natak Akademi also honoured him.

Ustad Allah Rakha and sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar brought classical Hindustani music to Western audiences as well. Their partnership reached legendary heights with performances at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and the Woodstock Festival in 1969. The two performed together in a lot many festivals and elevated the respect and popularity of tabla playing as an art form. Other than Pandit Ravi Shankar, he also worked with renowned Kathak dancers like Sitara Devi and Birju Maharaj.

Ustad Allah Rakha found fans not only in India but abroad as well. Reportedly, American percussionist, the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, was his huge fan. Hart always tried to learn from him even from single visits that Ustad used to make to his country. Hart was also quoted saying, “Alla Rakha is the Einstein, the Picasso; he is the highest form of rhythmic development on this planet.”

Other than the Grateful Dead drummer, Mickey Hart, Ustad Allah Rakha inspired George Harrison from The Beatles as well. Both of them performed together for a concert for Bangladesh in 1971. Mickey Hart also collaborated with him for the famous album ‘Rolling Thunder’ in 1972. The picture we have here is of Hell’s Angels member Terry The Tramp with tabla player Ustad Alla Rakha as they were set to perform together at the Monterey International Pop Festival, June 17th, 1967. He had collaborated with many prominent rock groups.

While Ustad used to generally team up with Pandit Ravi Shankar for his performances, he once collaborated with jazz drummer Buddy Rich for an album, ‘Rich à la Rakha’ in 1968. Some of his greatest works have been in the form of albums Improvisations – ‘West Meets East – Album 3’ (with Ravi Shankar, Yehudi Menuhin, Jean Pierre Rampel, Martine Gelliot), (on Angel records) (1976), ‘Master Drummers’ with Zakir Hussain (1991), ‘Tabla Duet, Chhanda Dhara’ (1994), ‘Ultimate in Taal-vidya’, (Magnasound/OMI) (1996).

Ustad Allah Rakha had married twice. He was first married to Bavi Begum and had three sons, Zakir Hussain, Fazal Qureshi and Taufiq Qureshi and two daughters Khurshid Aulia née Qureshi and Razia. Razia served him in his later years and was like a constant companion to her father. She died after a routine cataract surgery and Allah Rakha could not cope with the shock of her death and immediately slipped into a coma and passed away within 24 hours on 3-2-2000. Zakir Hussain is one of the most renowned tabla players of India.

Allah Rakha’s son Zakir Hussain grew up to be another legend in the country. Zakir Hussain has also been honoured with the Padma Shri in 1988 and the Padma Bhushan in 2002, by the Government of India. The honour that was bestowed upon his father by the Sangeet Natak Akademi came to him as well in 1990. Hussain has been working in films and on albums in India as well as abroad. Hussain owes his career to his father, who had made sure that he remained focused on this art-form.

Today’s song is sung by AR Qureshi himself. No information is available on this film. With this song, film ‘Yaadgaar’ of 1947, makes its debut on the Blog.

(Thanks to Harish Raghuwanshi ji for information on AR Qureshi, some time back)


Song-Kaahe door khada muskaaye (Yaadgaar)(1947) Singer- Alla Rakha Qureshi, Lyricist- Tanvir Naqvi, MD- AR Qureshi

Lyrics

kaahe door khada muskaaye
kaahe door khada muskaaye ae
kaliyon mein sharmaane waale
kaliyon mein sharmaane waale
phoolon ko mahkaane waale
phoolon ko mahkaane waale
kis kaaran ye phool tumhaare
kis kaaran ye phool tumhaare
bina khile murjhaaye
kaahe door khada muskaaye
door khada muskaaye
kaahe door khada muskaaye

kuchh kah le kuchh sun le daata
kuchh kah le kuchh sun le daata
hamre bahre goonge daata
hamre bahre goonge daata
jag mein tere baalak tadpen
jag mein tere baalak tadpen
tujh ko daya na aaye
kaahe tujh ko daya na aaye
kaahe ae ae


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Today, 28th March, is the remembrance day of another famous creator of musical melodies who has given us some of the most charming songs rooted in the classical music of our country. Shrinath Tripathi or SN Tripathi, passed away, this day in 1988 in Bombay, at the age of 75.

Regulars will remember the film ‘Achhoot Kanya’ (1936), and the iconic song “Main Ban Ki Chidiya Ban Ke Ban Ban Boloon Re”, so wonderfully composed by Saraswati Devi, and rendered by Ashok Kumar and Devika Rani, In an interview once, Ashok Kumar had described how this song was prepared. He was a novice at that time, and not a trained singer. He says that this song was rehearsed for almost a month before Saraswati Devi was satisfied enough to proceed to the recording room. The main stumbling notes for Ashok Kumar and for Devika Rani were the enhanced emphasis on “. . .Boloon Re” and “. . .Doloon Re”. Ashok Kumar narrates that it took him and Devika Rani one full month to render this emphasis to the satisfaction of the music director. A lesser known trivia attached to this anecdote is that SN Tripathi was the assistant music director for this film, and he conducted these rehearsals with the singers for the said one month.

Born in Benaras on 14th March, 1913, young Shrinath got associated quite early with Badriprasad, who was also from Benaras. [Note: Yes, the same Badriprasad whom we are more familiar as a character actor / music director / dance director / story and dialogue writer in Hindi films.] Badriprasad was already associated with the theatre scene in Benaras. Shrinath started to assist him with composing music for the stage plays, according to the scene and action on stage. In the company of Badriprasad, he also got wonderful opportunities to meet and listen to many other artists of classical music, vocal and instrumental, as part of the active cultural environment in the city.

Later, Badriprasad made his way to Calcutta and joined the theatre activities there, and eventually moved to films, and thence migrated to Bomabay (now Mumbai). Shrinath came to Lucknow and joined the Morris College of Music. That is where he met with Himanshu Rai and Devika Rani, who had come scouting for music talent for their production house – Bombay Talkies. They invited Shrinath to Bombay, and he joined them as a violinist and and assistant in the music department. The year would have been 1933 or 34, as his first credits are as the assistant music director for the 1934 film ‘Jeevan Naiya’.

He remained with Bombay Talkies till the release of film ‘Bhabhi’ in 1938. The he struck out, seeking assignments as an independent music director. His first break was with the film ‘Chandan’, which was apparently delayed and got released in 1941. There started a career that continued till the mid 1980s. His last film was ‘Mahasati Tulsi’ (1985). From the mid 1960s to mid 1980s, his assignments dwindled quiet a bit. The musical tastes were changing more towards orchestral and western style tunes. He got confined to religious films and regional films. Coming into the 1980s, he did only 3 films from 1981 to 1985.

As happens usually, the industry stopped paying any attention and his last years were spent in financial difficulties. He left this world after a brief illness, in 1988.

The film ‘Choodiyaan’ was released in 1942. The film was produced under the banner of Prakash Pictures and was directed by KJ Parmar and LJ Bhatt. The cast of actors included Prem Adeeb, Maya Bannerji, Jeevan, Shakir, Gulab, Bholaram, Meher Sultana, Baby Tara, Ranibala, Sitaram, Chiman Seth, Lakshmi, Vasant Kanse, Athawale, OP Sharma amongst others.

The film had eleven songs written by five lyricists – Pt Indra, prem Adib, Ramesh Gupta, Sharma and Tiwari. This song is written by Tiwari. My intuition says that the full name of this song writer is Neelkanth Tiwari. The time period is the same. His career also begins from 1941.

The song is rendered by Rajkumari (Rajkumari Dubey). The song presents a generic ode to the jewllery item ‘choodi’ (bangle). The song presents a  brief description about its construction, and its importance. The beauty of the song is that it is presented as a first person i,.e. the bangle itself is presenting this song. Given that the name of the film is ‘Choodiyaan’, this song might well have been the theme song of the film, and quite possibly may have been played at the time of credits. I request more knowledgeable readers to please add more information about this song and it picturization.

With this song, the film ‘Choodiyaan’ makes its debut on our blog. 🙂

[Note: There is one word in the lyrics that I seek help from readers to decipher. It is in the second antaraa. I request other readers and friends with keener ears to please help.]

Song – Choodi Hoon Main, Ek Kahaani Hoon Main (Choodiyaan) (1942) Singer – Rajkumari, Lyrics – Tiwari, MD – SN Tripathi

Lyrics

choodi hoon main
ek kahaani hoon main
choodi hoon main
ek kahaani hoon main
naari ke
naari ke sukh ki nishaani hoon main
naari ke
naari ke sukh ki nishaani hoon main
choodi hoon main
ek kahaani hoon main

bana kaanch ka hai kada mera tan
bana kaanch ka hai kada mera tan
darpan sa nirmal hai par mera mann
darpan sa nirmal hai par mera mann
zara thhes pahunchi tadakti hoon main
zara thhes pahunchi tadakti hoon main
aisa hai naari ka komal ye mann
aisa hai naari ka komal ye mann
naari ke sapnon ki rani hoon main
naari ke sapnon ki rani hoon main
choodi hoon main
choodi hoon main
ek kahaani hoon main
naari ke
naari ke sukh ki nishaani hoon main
naari ke
naari ke sukh ki nishaani hoon main
choodi hoon main
ek kahaani hoon main

patli kalaai hai phoolon ki daal
patli kalaai hai phoolon ki daal
chidiya si us par chehakti hoon main
patli kalaai hai phoolon ki daal
chidiya si us par chehakti hoon main
pyaari ke yauwan ka main hoon basant
pyaari ke yauwan ka main hoon basant
preetam ke mann mein thhirakti hoon main
preetam ke mann mein thhirakti hoon main
laakhon baras ki jawaani hoon main
laakhon baras ki jawaani hoon main
choodi hoon main
choodi hoon main
ek kahaani hoon main
naari ke
naari ke sukh ki nishaani hoon main
naari ke
naari ke sukh ki nishaani hoon main
choodi hoon main
ek kahaani hoon main

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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चूड़ी हूँ मैं
एक कहानी हूँ मैं
चूड़ी हूँ मैं
एक कहानी हूँ मैं
नारी के
नारी के सुख की निशानी हूँ मैं
नारी के
नारी के सुख की निशानी हूँ मैं
चूड़ी हूँ मैं
एक कहानी हूँ मैं

बना काँच का है कड़ा मेरा तन
बना काँच का है कड़ा मेरा तन
दर्पण सा निर्मल है पर मेरा मन
दर्पण सा निर्मल है पर मेरा मन
ज़रा ठेस पहुंची तड़कती हूँ मैं
ज़रा ठेस पहुंची तड़कती हूँ मैं
ऐसा नारी का कोमल ये मन
ऐसा नारी का कोमल ये मन
नारी के सपनों की रानी हूँ मैं
नारी के सपनों की रानी हूँ मैं
चूड़ी हूँ मैं
चूड़ी हूँ मैं
एक कहानी हूँ मैं
नारी के
नारी के सुख की निशानी हूँ मैं
नारी के
नारी के सुख की निशानी हूँ मैं
चूड़ी हूँ मैं
एक कहानी हूँ मैं

पतली कलाई है फूलों की डाल
पतली कलाई है फूलों की डाल
चिड़िया सी उस पर चहकती हूँ मैं
पतली कलाई है फूलों की डाल
चिड़िया सी उस पर चहकती हूँ मैं
प्यारी के यौवन का मैं हूँ बसंत
प्यारी के यौवन का मैं हूँ बसंत
प्रीतम के मन में थिरकती हूँ मैं
प्रीतम के मन में थिरकती हूँ मैं
लाखों बरस की जवानी हूँ मैं
लाखों बरस की जवानी हूँ मैं
चूड़ी हूँ मैं
चूड़ी हूँ मैं
एक कहानी हूँ मैं
नारी के
नारी के सुख की निशानी हूँ मैं
नारी के
नारी के सुख की निशानी हूँ मैं
चूड़ी हूँ मैं
एक कहानी हूँ मैं


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“Sewa”(1942), an obscure “social” movie, was directed by Dhirubhai B Desai for Ashok Pictures, Bombay. The movie had Zahoor Raja, A K Kabuli, Hadi, Prabha Shankar, Shyam Sundar, Bulbul, Shanta, Radha Rani, Anwari, Alice etc. in it.

The movie had 13 songs in it. One song has been covered in the past.

Here is the second song from “Sewa”(1942) to appear in the blog. The song is sung by Kamla. J C Kaur is the lyricist. music is composed by S N Tripathi.

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

With this song, we now have 200 S N Tripathi compositions in the blog.


Song-Mohan tum Mohan (Sewa)(1942) Singer-Kamla, Lyrics-J C Kapur, MD-S N Tripathi

Lyrics

Mohan tum Mohan
Mohan tum Mohan
mere Mohan
naina sohan
mere Mohan
naina sohan

Mohan Raadhe
Raadhe Mohan
Mohan Raadhe
Raadhe Mohan
Raadha sajni
Mohan Saajan
Raadha sajni
Mohan Saajan

Naina
naina mere Gokul Mathura
naina mere Gokul Mathura
aur man hai Vrindaawan
aa aa
aur man hai Vrindaawan
aa
Vrindaawan ki kunj galin mein
Vrindaawan ki kunj galin mein
murli bajaayenge manmohan
haan murli bajaayenge manmohan
Mohan
tum Mohan
haan
Mohan
tum Mohan
mere Mohan
naina sohan

pee pee papeeha bolega
pee pee
pee pee
pee pee papeeha bolega
kaanon mein amrit gholega
kaanon mein amrit gholega
rimjhim jab meha barsega
rimjhim jab meha barsega
Raadhe ka jiyara dolega
Raadhe ka jiyara dolega aa
Raadha pukaaregi
Mohan
Mohan
Raadha pukaaregi
Mohan
Mohan

Hanste aayenge nand nandan
Hanste aayenge nand nandan
wo paas bulaayenge
aur galey lagaayenge
preet ki reet sikhaayenge Mohan
preet ki reet sikhaayenge Mohan
naina sohan
mere Mohan
Mohan


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“Bhanwra”(1944) was a comedy movie that was well received during its time.

Mr Arunkumar Deshmukh, our in-house encyclopaedia on HFM related information has this to say about this movie:-

Bhanwara-44 was a story of two friends- Pancham (Saigal) and Rikhab (Arunkumar Ahuja), who come to Bombay in search of employment. The chawl where they stay,in single room tenements, has a pair of sisters, Indu(Monica) and Bindu(Kamla Chaterji). Indu happens to work as a teacher in the same place where Pancham is working as a Music and singing teacher. They fall in love. His friend Rikhab loves Bindu but is too shy to express his love. In this, he is assisted by his neighbour friend Pehelwan (Lala Yaqub). With his help, Rikhab develops a great body and finally wooes his ladylove. At the end, both the couples unite happily. The film was full of comic sequences, particularly with Arun Ahuja and Bindu. All in all, it was a hilarious movie.

Here is a rare song from “Bhanwra”(1944). The song is sung by Amir bai Karnataki. Swami Ramanand is the lyricist. Music is composed by Khemchand Prakash.

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


Song-Duniya ki aankhon se sharmaane waale (Bhanwra)(1944) Singer-Amirbai Karnataki, Lyrics-Swami Ramanand, MD-Khemchand Prakash

Lyrics

Duniya ki aankhon se sharmaane waale
chhaaon ki badli mein chhup chhup ke aa
chhup chhup ke aa
chhaaon ki badli mein chhup chhup ke aa
chhup chhup ke aa
sooni hai tujh bin man ki nagariya
sooni hai tujh bin man ki nagariya
aa ke ise tu basa aa aa
aa ke ise tu basa
aa ke ise tu basa aa aa
aa ke ise tu basa
Duniya ki aankhon se sharmaane waale
chhaaon ki badli mein chhup chhup ke aa
chhup chhup ke aa

badli ke aanchal mein jaise hon taare
badli ke aanchal mein jaise hon taare
taare
palkon mein aise jo rehna ho pyaare
palkon mein aise jo rehna ho pyaare
aankhon mein loongi chhupaaye
aankhon mein loongi chhupaaye
aankhon mein loongi chhupaaye
aankhon mein loongi chhupaaye
Duniya ki aankhon se sharmaane waale
chhaaon ki badli mein chhup chhup ke aa
chhup chhup ke aa

do pal ke din hain
rut hai suhaani
do pal ke din hain
rut hai suhaani suhaani
yaad se aaye hain aankhon mein paani
yaad se aaye hain aankhon mein paani
itna na hamko rula aa
itna na hamko rula
itna na hamko rula aa
itna na hamko rula
itna na hamko rula
itna na hamko rula


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

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Today’s song is from film Amanat-43. There were 4 films with the same title, made in 1943, 1955,1975 and 1994. The films of 1955 and 1975 have already been yippied on the Blog. Amanat-43 makes its Debut with today’s song. The song is sung by Tara Harish.

When I had heard this name first time, somewhere in the late 40s, I had thought that this was some lady’s name. Later I thought that it was a joint name of two persons – one female and one male. However, after I read about ‘him’, his name mystery was solved. Harish, also known as Tara Harish, was born on 23-10-1916 at Delhi. His real full name was Tarachand Anand Biharilal Mathur. He was distantly related to Motilal and Mukesh. His father died when he was just 3 year old. He was brought up by his brothers and uncle. He graduated in 1937. After trying and failing in a second hand car business, he decided to enter film world and joined Sagar Movietone, where Motilal was getting established.

His first foray into films was in film ‘ 300 days and after ‘-38. In this film, however, he was uncredited. He got roles in other films like Postman, Ladies only, Service Ltd, Hum,Tum aur Voh, Ek hi Rasta, Civil marriage, Aurat, Nai Roshni, Vijay, Haqdar etc etc. He used to sing also in the films. As a Hero his last film was Amanat-43.

Harish took up Direction with film Beda Paar-44, a stunt C grade film, but soon he directed many social films also. In his career he directed 21 films. Some of his films are Toote tare-48, Ustad Pedro-51, Malhar-51 ( originally Harish was to be the hero, but he gave chance to Arjun), Daku ki ladki-54, Lalten-56, kali Topi laal rumaal-59, Do Ustad-59, Burmah Road-62. His last film, as a Director, was Awara Abdulla-63.

Harish acted in 21 films. He sang 39 songs in 16 films ( stats by MuVyz). He established his own production company- Omar Khayyam Films. When he was directing film Ustad Pedro-51, he changed the name of actress Nargis Rabadi to Shammi, since another more famous actress of same name- Nasrgis- was existing already in films.

Tara Harish died sometime in 1970.

Film Amanat-43 was made by N R Desai Productions and it was directed by Lalit Chandra Mehta. Earlier, Mehta had directed 2 films, namely, Nai Roshni and Lalaji, both in 1941. After Amanat-43, he directed one more film- Azadi ki raah par-48, before disappearing from films, as I did not find his name in any film later on.

The film had music by Ninu Mujumdar. There were 8 songs, written by Neelkanth Tiwari, MA. This Sahitya Academy award winner hailed from Madhya Pradesh. He was a very well known poet and a writer and was highly respected in film industry. He was a friend of Dilip kumar and Kishore kumar. He even acted in films like Nirdosh and Apna paraya in 1941. Both films were made by National studios. Tiwari also tried his hand at singing a song in film Nirdosh-41.

As a lyricist, he wrote 140 songs in 36 films. His last film as a lyricist was Hameer Hath-64. First song of Mukesh-“Dil hi bujha hua ho” from film Nirdosh-41 as well as the first yodelling song of Kishore kumar from film Adhikar-54 were written by him.

In addition to film songs, he also wrote many Jingles for advertising companies, for various products. After films he returned to M.P. and continued writing. He died on 11-2-1976, leaving behind wife Rama Devi, 2 daughters and one son.

The cast of film Amanat-43 was Harish, Husn Bano, Sankata Prasad, Bhudo Advani, Jyoti, Dulari, Nawab, Master Badri and many more. Actress Jyoti, besides acting in the film had also sung 2 duets in the film, one with the composer Ninu Mujumdar and the other with Dulari. This Dulari does not seem to be the one who acted in film Shehnai-47 and on whom the famous song “aana meri jaan Sunday ke Sunday” was filmed. She also became a popular character artiste in later films. She could neither sing nor dance, according to her interview published in Blog Beete hue din run by Shishir krishna Sharma ji. This singer Dulari may be Shama Dulari who later on had a 3 year contract with Shalimar Pictures, Poona and acted/sang in 3 of the films under this banner. Before Amanat, she seems to have sung songs in film Jhankar-42 also.

JYOTI ( real name Sitara Begum) was born in 1921 in a professional singer’s house in Agra-UP. Waheedan Bai was her elder sister. She was Nimmi’s aunt also.
She grew up in a musical atmosphere. She learnt the classical music of Agra Gharana.
Her entry into films was easy due to elder sister already being in films. Anil Biswas gave her first opportunity in Comrades-39 to act and sing 2 solo songs.
Then came Ek hi Rasta and Sadhana. She had done also Uski tamanna and Bhole Bhale in 1939.
Actually, she became famous after Aurat-40,in which she had 5 songs. Same year Pooja and Sanskar also added to her fame. In Sanskar,she sang with sister Waheedan Bai and also with Harish. Thus 1940 was a very lucky year for Jyoti.
In 1941,Darshan and Radhika, Jawani-42, Amanat-43. During 1942, there were rumours of bombing in Bombay. Jyoti got scared and stopped working for about 3 years. After much cajoling by Mehboob and Kardar she started working in 1945. Thus films Devar and Saathi in 46 saw her in films.

Her voice had some resemblance to Parul Ghosh. She was not a great singer, but Anil Biswas supported her very much.
Jyoti was married earlier, but her husband had left her. In Bombay she fell in love with G M Durani.
She married G.M.Durani-MD,Singer and Actor. Their married life was happy and long.
Jyoti acted in 19 films. Her last film was Sati Vaishalini-59. She sang 38 songs in 12 films. Her last songs were in film Devar-46.

Today’s song is sung by Harish. I have listened to other few songs of this film, but the music was very disappointing. This must be Ninu Mujumdar’s poorest film music easily. I selected this song as I felt, this was the best among other songs. After listening to this song, you can imagine about other songs.


Song-Chhoo gayi Chhoo gayi koi mera mann (Amaanat)(1943) Singer-Harish, Lyricist- Neelkanth Tiwari, MD- Ninu Mujumdar

Lyrics

Chhoo gayi Chhoo gayi koi mera mann
chhoo gayi
Chhoo gayi Chhoo gayi koi mera mann
murli bana gayi koi mera mann

mere hi honthhon se murli banaay ke
mere hi honthhon se murli banaay ke
koi baja gayi mera bhola mann
murli bana gayi koi mera mann
chhoo gayi

praanon mein bhar gayi koi nayi dhun
praanon mein bhar gayi koi nayi dhun
kaanon mein bhar gayi nayi run jhun
kaanon mein bhar gayi nayi run jhun
sapnon se
sapnon se
sapnon se bhar gayi mere nayan
murli bana gayi koi mera mann
chhoo gayi

soyi thhi mere aangan mein raat
soyi thhi
soyi thhi mere aangan mein raat
aayi wo kirnon ki le kar baaraat
aayi wo
aayi wo kirnon ki le kar baaraat
kamal sa khil gaya
kamal sa khil gaya angna ??
murli bana gayi koi mera mann
Chhoo gayi Chhoo gayi koi mera mann
murli bana gayi koi mera man
Chhoo gayi Chhoo gayi koi mera mann
chhoo gayi


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

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4261

Today’s song is from an obscure film – Namak-47. Not only the film title was obscure but even the production House, the Director and even most of the cast too was practically unknown.

And no wonder. 1947 was an year which saw India’s Partition on religion basis. Pakistan was created and there was a stream of film people wanting to migrate. By the beginning of 1947 itself it was clear that there would be a Partition and those of the film industry who wanted to migrate, were in a great hurry to finish off their projects on hand at any cost before the D Day. Investors and artistes of various fields in film making tried their best to complete their films somehow. In this melee, quality of films became the casualty in most such cases, where migration hungry people were involved. This resulted in an unusually high number of films being completed and censored. The year 1947 recorded the maximum number of films – 181, since films were made. This record remained till 1988 when 185 Hindi films were made. So this record stood for 57 years !

This also reflected in the cast of several films, where to fill up vacancies, actors were recruited thoughtlessly. Most such excess people never appeared in films again ever. Film Namak was an example . The film was directed by Balwant B. Dave. He was actually a Cameraman. With the help of an investor S H Torani, he floated a Production company, Azad Pictures to produce film Namak. He also became a director of this film. It is another matter that this Production Company got dissolved after this one film, but Balwant Dave directed 3 more films – White face-48, Shahi Bazar-57 and Gogola-66. This Azad Pictures had even announced 2 more films, namely Kasturba and Voice of India. These ofcourse remained only on paper.

Similarly, the Music Directors were Shyam Babu Pathak and one Naresh Chandra. Though Pathak was an established composer, who remained active many years thereafter, Naresh Chandra was never heard again. Naresh Chandra even sang a song in this film. I have heard his song in this film and wondered who taught him singing. Looks like he went for recording straight from his bathroom !

The cast of film Namak-47 consisted of Dulari, Bhim, Dilawar, Habib, Neelam, Sharda, Chandrashekhar, and Sugandha. The names of Bhim, Sharada, Chandrashekhar and Sugandha were never heard by me after this film. The lead actress Dulari was a comparatively new one. having worked in small roles hetherto, this film was her first film as a Heroine. Earlier in film Adab Arz-43, she had played a side Heroine and the love interest of Mukesh. The Lyricist was Indivar and there were 5 songs in this film- 4 of them composed by Pathak and 1 by Naresh Chandra, the song being sung by him only. For 5 songs a total of 7 singers were used, out of which 4 were New names. These were, Anika Rizvi,Shabnam Hussaini, Naresh Chandra and R P Sharma. These four singers’ names were not heard by me earlier and never later also. They proved to be One time performers only, as far as I know.

In the cast there were two names, which were a part of “Same name Confusion” list. Those names are Heroine Dulari and singer Leela Mehta. Many times, I wondered why same names were used in the film industry at all ? Names like Nalini and Leela could be counted in as many as 5 to 6 artistes. My observation is , whenever the artistes used their Surnames along with own names, there was no confusion. A case in point is name ‘Leela’.

There were following Leelas in film industry…
Leela Chitnis
Leela Chandragiri or Pendharkar,
Leela Mishra
Leela Sawant and
Leela Mehta.

Similarly, there were Shanta Patel, Shanta Mujumdar, Shanta Apte, Shanta Hublikar and many such examples. Since Maharashtriyan actresses were keen on using their Surnames, they were hardly a part of SNC, with the exception of Leelas. Leela Desai and Leela Chandragiri were actresses who operated in same periods in films. Generally, their names were credited full. However some films listed their names as simply, Leela or Miss Leela. In case of Leela Chandragiri , she was listed variously as Leela, Miss Leela, Leela Chandragiri or Leela Pendharkar. This caused lot of confusion in updating their filmographies.

In film Namak-47, the singer was Leela Mehta. Luckily she was essentially a singer, except for one Hindi film-Shri Ram Avatar-50, in which she had acted also.Since she was almost always credited as Leela Mehta, she was not a part of any SNC. Thank God !

Daughter of Kanhaiyalal Mehta and Indumati, Leela was born on 10-12-1935 at Borivali in Bombay. She was elder of the two sisters. Due to loss in business, her family shifted first to Ahmedabad and later to Baroda, where they settled. Leela studied in Marathi medium school- New Era Vidyalay in Baroda. Leela participated in all functions of the school and acted in dramas, much to the annoyance of their social circle. She developed interest in singing after listening to songs by Khursheed and Kananbala. She started learning music despite the resistance from home and others in their society.

V.M.Vyas, the famous Director and a family friend knew about her interest and offered her main role in film Ranak Devi-46. She was just 11 year old and did not suit the role, but she was given another role in it. Kokila Balsara aka Nirupa Roy too acted in it as a Debut film.

Due to her father’s death, the family shifted to Bombay and Leela took the responsibility of being the bread earner by acting and singing in dramas and Radio plays. Meanwhile she learnt further music from Prof. Surendra Rao. She started acting and singing in Gujarati films. Ranjit Movietone offered her a big role in film Gunsundari-48, but since the role needed her to put on a Sleeveless Blouse, she refused that role. Finally, it went to Dulari. She, however sang songs in that film and they became quite popular in Gujarat.

Leela Mehta had grown up in Marathi atmosphere and also was educated in Marathi Medium, so her Marathi was very good. She was invited to work in Marathi dramas. She did roles in famous and popular Marathi dramas and also sang songs. From 1950 onwards, she started acting in Gujarati dramas. Meanwhile she used to sing in Hindi films occasionally. In early 50s, she mad very successful foreign trips with her troupe, to do Gujarati dramas and singing concerts.

Inspite of being successful and acting and singing in Marathi, Hindi and Gujarati films and dramas, her father did not see even one show of hers. This pained her till end. leela stayed in a Bungalow in Versova in Bombay. Once it was rumoured that there was a Ghost in it, she immediately left that house and shifted to Dadar. Inadvertently, she forgot to inform the industry about her change of address, and this diminished her demand drastically.

Her mother died in 1972. In 1982, she toured USA. In 1985, the Marathi Natya Parishad honoured her with a cash award. Till 1992, she acted in Marathi and Gujarati TV serials. In all, Leela acted in 300 Gujarati/Marathi dramas, films and serials. Leela was bedridden and unable to speak also.Her house was demolished. She was under the care of a close relative, Nitin Dahisariya. Finally, the news came that Leela Mehta expired in September 2019.

Leela Mehta acted in only one Hindi film- Shri Ram Avatar-50. She sang 17 songs in 9 Hindi films, including 2 Unreleased films.
Her Films are Nai Kahani-43 ( 2 songs), Gaurav-47 (1), Namak-47 (1), Pehli Pehchan-47 (2), Gunsundari-48(2), Satyawan Savitri-48..No information, Chocolate-50..No information, Shri Ram Avatar-50 (4) and Hanste Rehna-50 (1). Her unreleased films were, Apradh-48 (3) and Bidhata-48 (1).

The other Same name was that of Dulari. There was one more Dulari, since the silent days into the Talkie, but luckily the Sr. Dulari stopped working much before this Dulari entered films, hence there was no SNC.

The Senior Dulari was in silent films starting with film “Poona Raided”-1924, made by Deccan pictures Corpn,Bombay. She acted opposite Vishnupant Pagnis ( who became famous in the Prabhat Talkie film “Sant Tukaram”-1936 and won award in Venice Festival). The silent films were made till 1934. She continued acting in the silent films and when Talkie films started she did act in few Talkie films too. There is a record that she acted in 11 Talkie films. Her last film was Laylo Nihar-1936. Then there is no trace of her.

The Junior Dulari was born as Ambika Vithalrao Gautam, on 18-4-1928 at Nagpur. Her father was in P and T dept. She was called first as Rajdulari and later only Dulari remained. She had 2 younger brothers. Father left P and T job,and joined “Alfred – Khatau” drama company. They shifted to Bombay in 1939.

She started films with Jhoola in 1941. In “Adab Arz”-43, she was the love interest of Mukesh. In film Paapi-53, she was Raj kapoor’s second heroine. In film Namak-47, she first became a Heroine.
Lee
She got married to Sound Recordist Jagannath Jagtap in 1951. They had one daughter. He died in 1972.
She acted in 171 Hindi, 35 Gujarati and 3 Marathi and 1 Rajasthani film till last film Ziddi-1997.

She died on 19-1-2013 at Pune.

I have not seen this film. I saw few advertisements of this film in some old issues of Film India magazine. According to the ads, the film was a social thriller and Dulari played a Christian Convert in this film. The dialogues were by Pt. Anuj.

With today’s song, film Namak-47 makes its Debut on this Blog.


Song-Do hain naina hon chaar kaise (Namak)(1947) Singers- Leela Mehta, Yeshwant Bhatt, Lyricist-Indeevar, MD- Shyam Babu Pathak
Both

Lyrics

Do hain naina
Do hain naina
hon chaar kaise
Do hain naina
Do hain naina
hon chaar kaise
Do hain naina

koi kahe hamko pyaar hai
koi kahe hamko pyaar hai
Do hain naina
Do hain naina
hon chaar kaise
Do hain naina

kisi ka saath nahin
haathhon mein haath nahin
kisi ka saath nahin
haathhon mein haath nahin
?? sharmaaye aur intzaar kaise
?? sharmaaye aur intzaar kaise
Do hain naina
Do hain naina
hon chaar kaise
Do hain naina

karaar kiya nahin
karaar kiya nahin
karaar kiya nahin
dil bhi diya nahin
dil bhi diya nahin
dil koi(?) ho jaaye taiyyaar(?) kaise
dil koi(?) ho jaaye taiyyaar kaise

Do hain naina
Do hain naina
hon chaar kaise
Do hain naina

ek nazar
ek nazar ?? unko ghoorti(?)
ek nazar ?? unko ghoorti(?)
ek nazar man mein bana leti hoor ki
ek nazar man mein bana leti hoor ki

salaam (?)kar le ab kaise kaise
salaam (?) kar le ab kaise kaise
pranaam ka miley adhikaar kaise
pranaam ka miley adhikaar kaise

Do hain naina
Do hain naina
hon chaar kaise
Do hain naina


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

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Today’s song is from a Stunt film- Black Out-1942. This was produced by Standard Pictures, Bombay, The film was directed by a veteran- Nari Ghadiyali. Music was by Ninu Mujumdar and Behram Irani. Songs were written by Wahid Qureshi. The film cast consisted of Benjamin, Shobha, Mukhtar, Bibi, Nazira, Sardar Mansoor, Ali, Habib, Bachhu Saoji, Sadiq Ali and many others.

When I read the film’s title, I thought it was based on some war story, because in 1942, there used to be Black Outs in major cities of India, due to fear of bombing by the enemies. In 1942, the second world war was in full force. However, later I found that this film had nothing to do with war and that it was a simple stunt film.

All stunt films had almost the same pattern of story. The only distinguishing factor was the variety of the stunts performed in the films. It depended upon the actors. The director and the cast of film Black out indicated loudly that the team of actors was that of a stunt film. This was clear, because the stunt films had a set of actors and actresses, as well as directors who were specialised in this Genre of films.

In this world, crime takes place only for 4 things. 1. Power, 2. Money, 3. Sex, and 4. Revenge. Stunt films from the 30s to the end of 60s were based only on Money and Revenge. It is only when the complexion of the Indian society changed, then the stunt/action films were made on Sex and Power. Not till then. And nowadays, the word ” Stunt films” is gone for ever. Now such films are called ‘ Super Action Films’ – where the ‘ action ‘ is not by the actors, but managed by the SFX Team (special effects team) !

I have not seen this film myself, but after reading its story synopsis from the film booklet, I find that actually, it was a social film – action and stunts coming only occasionally and they seemed to be incorporated as an afterthought.

Here is the film story:-

Ramesh (Sadiq) has designs on his brother, Dhirjlal’s (Ali) vast wealth which, according to his will, the old man is leaving half to his son Vasant (Sardar Mansoor).
Vasant and his sister Bimla (Shobha), have both been raised in luxury, but while Bimla was a worthy child, Vasant was spoiled and, unknown to his father, a drunkard and a gambler. Ramesh devises a scheme to make his brother realize what kind of a son Vasant really is, in an effort to get Dhirajlal to disown him.

But Vasant has fallen in love with Radha (Mukhtar), the divine daughter of an old employee of Dhirjlal’s. Radha tried to persuade Vasant to end his wicked ways, and because their love was so strong, Vasant became a changed man. Ramesh realizes he needs to up his game, and he hires a group of accomplices, led by a beautiful girl (Bibi), to trick Vasant into appearing in a suggestive photograph to show that he is of loose moral character. Surendra (Benjamin) and his pal Bagla Bhagat (Mehndi Raza) come across this scenario in which Vasant is to be framed, and they attempt to help him out of it, but not before the incriminating photo has been snapped.

Vasant pleads with Surendra to help him get the photo back, and Surendra puts on a disguise, reaches the den on a motorcycle, and succeeds in retrieving the photo, but not without a fight which also involves Bagla Bhagat and Vasant.

Seeing Vasant in jail due to the fight, Dhirjlal prepares a new will, excluding his son. Vasant learns that this was all the work of his greedy uncle and he makes this accusation in the face of his father, who angrily throws Vasant out of the house.

According to the new will, Ramesh becomes the recipient of half of Dhirajlal’s wealth, but Dhirajlal intends to change this after two years time and put Vasant back in the will.

Ramesh makes a plot to stop the will’s revision and Surendra and Bagla Bhagat help Vasant to frustrate the uncle’s plans. All is well at the end.

Shobha has done the role of a side heroine- Bimla in this film. Shobha, unfortunately remains an actress about whom no information is available. On going through the HFGK, I find her name in at least 20+ films. Sometimes she is listed as Shobha Devi. Another bit of information about Shobha was that the actress Lata Sinha, who started as a child star (as Baby Lata) in Riyasat-55 and Nau Do Gyarah-57 etc. was her daughter. Lata did a good role in Bees saal baad-62. She mainly acted in action/stunt, costume and other B and C grade films only. She was also in film Bhoot Bungla-65.

Another interesting actor is Sadiq Ali, who became a regular in stunt films in the 40s, but prior to this, he was with Minerva Movietone. Sadiq Ali, was born on 6-10-1911 at Jullundhar, Punjab. His 2 cousins- Wazir Ali and Nazir Ali were famous Indian cricketers. Sadiq Ali completed his Engineering degree and worked in M.E.S. at Kanpur (Military Engg. Services). Due to strong desire to work in films and dramas, he resigned from his job after 5 years and joined Agha Hashr’s Drama company. When the company was closed, he joined The Burma Imperial film company at Rangoon. After few small roles, he came down to Bombay.

After working in some smaller companies, he joined Minerva Movietone. Starting with khan Bahadur-37, he worked in Minerva’s Pukar-39, Sikandar-41, Phir Milenge-42, Prithwiraj Sanyogita-43, Parakh-44 (only directed by Modi) and Ek din ka sultan-45, also in Sandesa-39,Black out, Duniya tumhari hai, Phir milenge, Ulti Ganga, Patharon ke saudagar,Jagbeeti,Nishana, Do Naina, Manjhdar, Mitti etc. In all he acted in 23 films. His last film was Ever Ready-46. After partition, he migrated to Pakistan.

First film in Pakistan Judai-1950, Shaheena-50, Nazar and Zeenat-51. Other film Shola (1952).

Sadiq Ali was a very successful and famous actor before partition and got the title of Prince of Minerva. He acted in many films in India, but in Pakistan, Sadiq Ali could not be successful as he was in India.

He was paralyzed in 60’s and could be seen sitting with Pan shop in Capitol Cinema lane, Karachi. He died on 12-7-1977 in Karachi. In his last days, he was seen begging on road.

Today’s song is a fun song, sung by film’s Music Director Ninu Mujumdar. The duet also has Rehmat Bai as a lady singer. Rehmat bai aka Rehmat bano was a professional singer from Lahore. Not much is known about this singer.

Ninu Mujumdar was a talented composer, but his career graph did not go up noticeably.

Ninu (Niranjan) Majumdar was born on 9-9-1915 in a Gujarati Nagar Brahmin family of Baroda (Vadodara). Ninu was a pet name that he became famous by. His real name was Niranjan, which he later used as a pen name in his Gazals. His father, Nagendra Mazumdar made silent films. He was also a Music Director and Lyricist in his times. Ninu Majumdar’s name is variously written as Mujumdar, Muzumdar, Majumdar and Mazumdar.

After the early influence of Faiyaz Khan, Mazumdar’s search took him to various routes and he studied different kinds of music before he came into his own to become one of the first Gujarati Sugam Sangeet (light music) singer. He soon graduated to composing his own music and writing songs. Apart from classical music, the earlier influence was also of Ravindra Sangeet. This was at the time when Bengali language enjoyed prestige among Gujaratis of a kind that was comparable to the status of French among the English speaking nations. He grew out of it in a few years.

The more lasting influence on his music was that of folk songs and semi-classical music of Uttar Pradesh (U.P.) like the Hori, Chaiti, Barkha Biraha as well asThumri and Dadra. He learned these during his stint in U.P. where he did farming for some years and also kept in touch through association with people like Satyendra Trivedi, a connoisseur of music and the “Thumri Queen”, Siddheshwari Devi, a family friend and his wife Kaumudi’s Guru.

Ninu’s ambition, even when he started his schooling in music at Baroda, was to become a music director in films. From 1937 onwards he participated in light Gujarati musical programmes. He also produced several features for All India Radio. From 1954, Mazumdar worked with all India Radio in Mumbai for over 20 years as Light Music Producer. He would have liked to take part in Hindi programmes too but the shortage of Gujarati artists forced him to concentrate on programmes in that language.

When in charge of music for the newly launched Vividh Bharati, that had to compete with Radio Ceylon without using any film music (film music was not played on AIR for several years due to conflicts over contracts and royalties), he successfully produced programmes inviting Salil Chaudhary, Kanu Ghosh and others from Bombay Youth Choir or IPTA and using voices of Manna Dey and other well known artists. Later when the issue of royalties was settled between the film producers and AIR, Mazumdar was the first to produce the popular Jaymala Programme by interviewing eminent persons from the film industry.

A career in films was also cut out for Ninu Mazumdar, as his father, Nagendra Mazumdar, was a dramatist and film producer. Nagendra was not much of a musician but he imparted his son training in music from the very early days.

Ninu found the field restricted, in a way in films, because of the need of working at a very fast pace and with view to pleasing the majority among the public. Ninu tried to introduce a new trend in film music, that of, adding a classical touch by borrowing from the old masters like Surdas. These attempts met with considerable success in Gopinath, a picture in which Ninu had interest as a producer as well.

It was in films made in the forties that a young Ninu Mazumdar’s voice could be heard. He sang with Sardar Akhtar in “Uljhan”, with Amirbai Karnataki in “Paristan” and Meena Kapoor in “Gopinath”.

He provided music for Jail Yatra-47 and Gopinath-48, two of the earliest Raj Kapoor films. It is well documented by now that the Yashomati Maiyase Poochhe Nandlala song in RK movie Satyam Shivam Sundaram is a direct lift from Mazumdar’s Aai Gori Radhika in Gopinath.

He also composed music for several Gujarati Films like “Jeevano Jugari”, “Okha Haran”, “Sharad Poonam” etc.

He sang and penned quite a few of his songs. Amongst others who sang for him were Meena Kapoor, Shamshad Begum, Geeta Dutt, Suraiya, Hameedabanu, Pradeepji, C.H.Atma, Ameerbai Karnataki, Raj Kapoor, Shankar Dasgupta, S.D.Batish, Lakshmi Shankar, Talat Mehmood, Siddheshwari Devi, Rajkumar, Nalini Mulgaonkar, Dilip Dholakia, Ajeet Merchant, Shobha Gurtu, Sarla Bhide, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosale, Manna Dey, Kishori Amonkar, Usha Mangeshkar, Leela Mehta, Premlata Naik, Kishori Ghia, Suman Kalyanpur, Kaumudi Munshi,etc.

Vetern composer Ninu Mazumdar passed away on March 3 2000. Some of his songs have become so popular that people often do not even remember who wrote or composed them.

He gave music to 19 Hindi films – Black out-1942,Amanat, Masterjee, School Master, Kiran, Paristan, Rangila Dost, Main kya karun, Gudiya, Jail yatra, Gopinath, Kuch naya, Aflatoon, Pul, Raj ratan, Ram Shastri, Teen Tasweeren, Bhai Saheb-54 and Punam ka chaand-67.

He sang 28 songs in 13 films and directed 1 film-Kuchh naya-48

His son Uday gave music to TV serial ” Buniyaad ” in the 80s.

With today’s song, film Black out-42 makes its debut on the Blog.


Song-Haay haay haay haay dil ko le gaya chor (Black Out)(1942) Singers- Ninu Mujumdar, Rehmat Bai, Lyricist- Wahid Qureshi, MD- Ninu Mujumdar
Both

Lyrics

Haay haay haay haay
haay haay haay haay
dil ko le gaya chor
Haay haay haay haay
haay haay haay haay
dil ko le gaya chor
ab jaun main kis oar
ab jaun main kis oar
Haay haay haay haay
haay haay haay haay
dil ko le gaya chor
raat ko hamne kheer pakaayi
khaa gayi usko billi
raat ko hamne kheer pakaayi
khaa gayi usko billi
billi ko jab dhoondhne nikle
billi ko jab dhoondhne nikle
jaa pahunche ham Dilli
jaa pahunche ham Dilli
Haay haay haay haay
haay haay haay haay
dil ko le gaya chor
Haay haay haay haay
haay haay haay haay
dil ko le gaya chor

Dilli mein jab khaana khaaya
jaage bhaag jawaan ke
Dilli mein jab khaana khaaya
jaage bhaag jawaan ke
saalan mein thhi mirchi itni
khul gaye dil ke taanke
saalan mein thhi mirchi itni
khul gaye dil ke taanke

Haay haay haay haay
haay haay haay haay
dil ko le gaya chor
Haay haay haay haay
haay haay haay haay
dil ko le gaya chor

Dilli ki jab sair ko nikle
mili hamen ek bandan(?)
Dilli ki jab sair ko nikle
mili hamen ek bandan (??)
aankh matkaa kar boli le do
mujhe sone ke kangan
aankh matkaa kar boli le do
mujhe sone ke kangan
Haay haay haay haay
haay haay haay haay
dil ko le gaya chor
Haay haay haay haay
haay haay haay haay
dil ko le gaya chor


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

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Today’s song is from the film Jhankar-42. The song is sung by Rajkumari and chorus. It is a traditional song written by Amir Khusro.

This film was a special film for many people. The Music Director of this film was Bashir Dehlavi who started his career as a Music Director with this film. The film was the first film made by the banner-Silver films, Bombay. The director was S. Khalil making his debut with this film. The cast of the film was Chandra Mohan, Pramila, M.Kumar, Azuri, Shehzadi, Gope, Altaf, Ghulam Mohammed, Chandra kumar and many others.

The cast of the film displays names of artistes who had almost passed their best years. Most actors were from the 1930s and now they tended to do side roles since lead roles were not coming that frequently. Due to excess alcohol, the handsome fine actor Chandramohan was on his way to self destruction. By 1949, his condition was worsoned irreversibly and he died of Liver Cirrhosis. Ghulam Mohammed, once a Hero, was reduced to character roles and after Partition he migrated to Pakistan.

Pramila did only one more film Beqasur-50 and retired from films. In 1942, she did 4 films. The last 1942 film she did was her husband’s film Jhankar-42. Kumar shifted his focus to producing and directing films and finally he too migrated to Pakistan. He continued acting in Pakistan films. Altaf was the husband of actress Khurshid jr. (elder sister of Meena kumari), who was getting edged out slowly as an actress. Actress Shehzadi Jr. also migrated to Pakistan after failing as a Producer (Utho Jaago-47). Gope’s and her last film as a leading pair was Hanso hanso aye duniyawalon, also in 1942. After this film, Gope became a Comedian for full time.

With such cast and debutante director and music director, the new company tried to make a Comedy film. I have not seen this film and I could not find its story or review anywhere on internet or in Film India magazine. However, from the film’s advertisements in the magazine and the news bits in it, I find that the film was not very successful, but must have given enough boost for the producers to go ahead and make 6 more films in next 8 years.

One of the owners of this banner- Silver Films – was actor M. Kumar, who was a successful artiste in the 30s and 40s, having worked with many prestigious banners. KUMAR was born in the prestigious family of Syed s of Lucknow-UP in India, on 23-9-1906. His real name was SYED HASSAN ALI ZAIDI. His family used to call him MIJJAN Miyan.

He was a handsome and tall person. He was keen on joining cinema, so he came to Calcutta and joined New Theatres. After doing side roles in Subah ka Sitara-32 and Zinda Lash-32, he was hero in PURAN BHAGAT in 1933. Even Saigal was also in the film.The film was about to be released and suddenly communal riots broke out in Calcutta.The new Theatre management found it difficult to announce a Muslim name of the hero of PURAN BHAGAT, in the tense atmosphere of Calcutta.The director of the film was Kumar Debaki Bose,a person from a Royal family. He took a decision and told Mijjan,” from today, I am giving you a part of my name. You will become KUMAR now.” This solved the film release problem and thus his name became KUMAR, then onwards. Truly enough, Debki Bose, thereafter never used his name Kumar again in his life !

After doing Yahudi ki Larki, Kumar came to Bombay. First he worked in Sagar ( 3 films) , Imperial (2 films)and then joined Ranjit Studios.

He married another actress PRAMILA , who was actually a Jew, Esther Williams. Pramila was later India’s FIRST Miss India in 1947. They got a son and a daughter Naqi Jehan (who too became a Miss India in 1967, exactly 20 tears after her mother.) Naqi acted opposite Rajesh Khanna in Akhari Khat, as a Heroine. Later she married into the business family of Kamdar of Bombay and became Mrs.Nandini Kamdar. Kumar had 3 sons from his earlier marriage. His first wife and children shifted to Pakistan after the Partition.

Kumar did many films in Ranjit, but in 1942, he was removed from Ranjit. At the same time, his friend, CHANDRAMOHAN also left Minerva Movietone (reason-despite PUKAR-39 being a blockbuster, his salary was not increased inspite of a promise by Sohrab Modi).They both decided to launch own company and on 16-3-1942, SILVER FILM CO. was launched. Its first film was Jhankaar-42. They produced Bhalai-43, Bade Nawab Saab-44, Devar-46, Naseeb-45, Dhun-53 and Bahana-60. Kumar acted in these films. He also directed Dhun and Bahana.

He produced and directed Aap-Beeti-1948 under his own company, Kumar Studios.Then under Shama Productions, he made Nahle pe dehla, Dhoom Dham and Dilbar. Later in life he made Badal aur Bijlee and Jungle King under Artists United films. Kumar worked in 73 films as an actor from 1932 to 1963.

From Najma in 1943, Kumar did only character roles in films like Bhishm Pratigya, Dayara, Mahal, Shri 420, Khiladi, Maalik, Baiju Bawra, Yahudi ki Ladki. His memorable role was in Mughal e Azam, that of the sculptor and a famous song-‘Aye mohabbat zindabad’ was shot on him. His last film was Raat aur Din (released in 1967)

In 1963, Kumar migrated to Pakistan, and started to work in Pakistani films without any delay. His son, S. A. Hafiz, who made Tauba, later became one of the best and well known directors of the country. Later he settled in USA. Kamal and Zeba played the lead in Tauba, which became a grand success. Kumar worked in 22 Pakistani films, including Head Constable, Azad, Shabnam, Naela, Saiqa, Sajda (his own film), Hum Dono, Nadya Ke Paar, Ik Musaflr Ik Hasina, Baalam etc. He gave one Superhit and three Hit films in Pakistan. Interestingly, he continued to act in the name of Kumar only, without using his original Muslim name there. Kumar died on 4-6-1982.

Film Jhankar-42 director S.Khalil directed only 7 films – jhankar-42, Nai Zindagi-43, Bhai Jaan-45, Shahkar-47, Sartaj-50, Gunehgar-53 and Benazir-64.

There is one more name ” Chandra Kumar” in the cast. Hardly, anyone will know who this actor was. He was none other than actor Anil Kumar (real name- Sardar Gul), who actually started his career with Minerva Movietone with its first film ” Said-E-Havas”-36, with the name Chandrakumar. After that he took the name Anil Kumar, but in this film he acted with this name, surprisingly. May be in few other films too he used this name.

Actor Anil Kumar (Sardar Gul) was born in 1915 at Calcutta. His father had a fruit business. They were from Peshawar (just like Dilip Kumar). He was not much educated but could speak Hindi, Urdu and English fluently. Once he went to Bombay to meet a friend. There he met an old acquaintance, who took him to Sohrab Modi.

The good looking Sardar Gul was liked by Modi and he offered him the lead role in his film ‘ Saed E Havas’-36. Sardar Gul was given a screen name of Chandra Kumar. The film was based on a translation of William Shakespeare’s drama- King John, by Agha Hashra Kashmiri in 1907. Sardar Gul was to get Rs. 200 for this work. The film was a flop and Sohrab Modi refused to pay him more than Rs 50. Annoyed, he left Bombay and returned to Calcutta.

However he came back in 1938 and did his first film with a new screen name Anil Kumar. The film was Talwar ka Dhani-38. Soon he was well known and acted in 10 films in next 3 years. As the decade of the 40s saw many new actors, producers and directors, he was reduced to Character roles and side roles. By 1950, he was almost like an extra. He did work in many films, but only few films credited him, as his roles were negligible. We find his name in just 30 films, where he was credited, the last such film being Tarzan and Deliailah-64.

Today’s song is sung by Rajkumari and chorus. The MD Bashir Dehlavi started his career with this film and gave music to 6 more films. His last film was Hawai Khatola-46. The song is a traditional one, written by Amir Khusro (1253 – 1325). This song is used in many films. some films are Heer Ranjha-48, Suhag Raast-48, Nadir Shah-68, Maang bharo Sajna-80 and Umrao Jaan-81 etc. Amir Khusro’s some other songs in films are Chhap tilak sab chhini re in Main Tulsi tere aangan ki- 78 and Rain suhag ki jaagi in Junoon-78.

Let us now enjoy this traditional song. With this song, Film Jhankar-42 makes its Debut here.


Song-Kaahe ko byaahi bidesh re lakhi baabul morey (Jhankaar)(1942) Singer-Rajkumari Dubey, lyrics-Amir Khusro, MD-Basheer Dehalvi

Lyrics

Kaahe ko byaahi bides re lakhi baabul morey
Kaahe ko byaahi bides re lakhi baabul morey
Kaahe ko byaahi bides re lakhi baabul morey

gudiya khilaune maine taak mein chhode
gudiya khilaune maine taak mein chhode
chhoda saheliyon ka saath re
lakhi Baabul more
chhoda saheliyon ka saath re
lakhi Baabul more

Kaahe ko byaahi bides re lakhi baabul morey

sona bhi deenha baabul rupa bhi deenha
sona bhi deenha aa aa aa aa aa aa
sona bhi deenha baabul rupa bhi deenha
deenha ratan jadaau re
lakhi baabul more
deenha ratan jadaau re
lakhi baabul more
Kaahe ko byaahi bides re lakhi baabul morey

itna dihin baabul ???
itna dihin baabul ???
saas nanand bole bol re lakhi baabul morey
saas nanand bole bol re lakhi baabul morey
Kaahe ko byaahi bides re lakhi baabul morey

aam tale se dola jo niksa
aam tale se ae ae ae
aam tale se dola jo niksa
koyal sabad sunaaye re lakhi baabul morey
koyal sabad sunaaye re lakhi baabul morey
Kaahe ko byaahi bides re lakhi baabul morey

tu kya boley meri kaali koyaliya
tu kya boley meri kaali koyaliya
chhoda baabul ka des re lakhi baabul morey
chhoda baabul ka des re lakhi baabul morey
Kaahe ko byaahi bides re lakhi baabul morey
Kaahe ko byaahi bides


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