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Today (16 november 2017) is an important day for HFM. It was on this day 100 years ago that music director Chitragupta (16 november 1917- 14 january 1991) was born.

He composed music in 143 Hindi movie. In addition, he composed for Bhojpuri movies as well (including in the very first Bhojpuri movie).

Chitragupta made his debut in HFM in 1946. He came into his own during the net two decades. Chitragupta was mostly confined to B grade movies where he gave A grade music. He was one of the few HFM composers who could adapt to the demands of South Indian producers. Most A grade movies that Chitragupta got to compose for were South Indian productions.

And what great songs Chitragupta has composed. Quite a few of his songs have gone on to become iconic songs. If someone was leaving his home after a disagreement with his sibling, then he was bound to mention the immortal “Bhaabhi”(1957) song- Chal ud jaa re panchhi” in the note that he would leave behind. I have actually seen one such note.

In the first school that I attended as a tiny tot, the school prayer that we sang every morning was “tumhi ho maata pita tumhi ho”. The school management was suitably impressed with this “Main Chup Rahongi”(1962) song to adopt it as the school prayer. And that school was by no means the only such school.

Even today, the best English Babu-Desi Mem song is the wonderful “Vaasna”(1968) song “Jodi hamaari banega kaise jaani”. The archtypically philosophical Pradeed song “kabhi dhoop kabhi chhaaon” is a Chitragupta composition.

Chitrgupta was a person who would not approach people for work and he was content working with smaller budget producers. He for indtance never met Raj Kapoor during hi active career (which coincided with Raj Kapoor’s active career). Raj Kapoor met him for the first time in late 1980s when Chtragupta’s music director songs Anand-Milind introducd him to Raj Kapoor. and Raj Kapoor then stated taht he would have signed up Chitragupta if only he had approached him during his days.

Chitragupta composed around 1000 songs in movies in 143 plus movies. This blog has 401 of his compositions.

27 out of 143 of his movies are not yet represented in the blog. On the occasion of the birth centenary of Chitragupta, here is a song from a as yet unrepresented movie called “Bank Robbery”(1969). This B grade stunt movie was directed by Maruti for Kiran Films, Bombay. The movie had an archtypical B grade cast of Dev Kumar, Nivedita, Anwar Hussain, Madhumati, Shaminder, Shefali Chaudhary, Kundan, Samson, Johny Whisky, Tunyun, K Kumar, Amrit Rana, Bazid Khan, G H Shaam, Ramesh Bhatia, Chandru, Sheila R, Saeeda, Jayshree, Maruti etc in it.

Here is a song from the movie that should be considered a forgotten gem. This song is sung by Lata. Prem Dhawan is the lyricist. Music is composed by Chitragupta.

The movie had five songs in it and they had the voices of four female singers and one male singer. Only the audio of the song is available. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the movie as well as on the picturisation of this song.

With this song, “Bank Robbery” (1969) makes its debut in the blog.


Song-Ae jaane jaana ye tumne na jaana (Bank Robbery)(1969) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Prem Dhawan, MD-Chitragupta

Lyrics

ae jaane jaana
ye tumne na jaana
kitna mujhe tumse pyaar hai ae
ae jaane jaana
ye tumne na jaana
kitna mujhe tumse pyaar hai
tum sangdil ho
tumhen kya bataayen
dil kis liye beqaraar hai
ae jaane jaana
ye tumne na jaana

jhilmil jhilmil chanda ki kirnen
utri hain kuchh gungunaati
jhilmil jhilmil chanda ki kirnen
utri hain kuchh gungunaati
gumsum gumsum khoye kahaan ho
o mere sapnon ke saathi
tum pass ho
phir bhi lagta hai jaise
ab tak hamen intzaar hai
ae jaane jaana
ye tumne na jaana

maana manzil dushwaar hogi
mushqil bahut hongin raahein
maana manzil dushwaar hogi
mushqil bahut hongin raahein
humko dar kya jab meharbaan hain
ik humsafar ki nigaahein
har mod pe ab chaman khil gaye hain
har raaste par bahaar hai ae
ae jaane jaana
ye tumne na jaana
kitna mujhe tumse pyaar hai
ae jaane jaana
ye tumne na jaana

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

# Superstar Child Artist – Junior Mehmood # 3
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Welcome back all to this series where we are discussing songs from movies of Junior Mehmood and particularly those songs where he is seen performing whilelip syncing in the voices of various playback singers.

I started this series with songs sung by Rafi Saab for Junior Mehmood. And so far in this series the following two posts have been posted on the blog;

1) Lagey koi lottery koi jackpot lagey (Rivaaz)(1972)

2) Na Koi Paisa Na Ilm Banaao Bambai Mein Film (Bansi Birju) (1972)

This third post is a delayed one. It is not just delayed but it comes after a long gap (almost two and half years).
And though I thought then(i.e. by Nov-2015) that I would conclude the series within a year then ,now this series stands extended and I intend to include a few more songs in this series that are sung by other singers for Junior Mehmood. (By doing so I also intend to find out the total number of songs lip synced by him).

Jr. Mehmood started his acting career at the age of eight. Unfortunately, the very first film which he got a chance to work in ‘Kitna Nazook Hai Dil’ (as mentioned by Junior Mehmood himself in an interview available on YT and other sources too) never got released and was shelved.

There are intereting stories about how Junior Mehmood got a chance to work in films and how he got this name ‘Junior Mehmood’. He himself narrated this tale in his interviews available on YT.

His real name is Naeem Sayyad and he was born (on 15th November’1956) to a ‘middle class’ family living in Mumbai.
His father was an Engine Driver in railways and the family used to live in the railway quarters at Antop Hill Mumbai (as mentioned in the biography of Jr Mehmood available on YT). There were six siblings – four brothers and two sisters, including himself.

His elder brother used to do photography on film sets and would share the happenings on the films sets among family members which little Naeem would listen with interest. His eagerness to watch film shootings made him visit the sets of a movie with his brother.

During one such occasion when a child artist working in this movie ‘Kitna Nazook Hai Dil’ was not able to remember and deliver a dialogue, little Naeem watching the shoot from the crowd reacted ‘kya itni si line nahin bol sakta’ 😊

The director of the movie took a look at him and asked little Naeem if he could deliver the dialogue and perform. He immediately accepted the challenge and delivered a flawless performance which impressed everybody present on the sets. And soon news about the ‘potential’ this little child spread in the film industry by ‘word of mouth’.

While watching film personalities on sets little Naeem started mimicking various actors /artists and performing dance numbers picturised on them. ‘Gumnaam-1965’ – ‘ham kaale hain to kya huaa dilwaale hain’ …was one of the most popular dance numbers that he used to perform on.

Little Naeem thus started receiving offers to act in movies as a ‘child artist’.

He got an opportunity to work with the great actor Mehmood in the movie ‘Suhaag Raat-1968’. During the shooting of this film he got a chance to work and interact with Mehmood who was also impressed by the potentialof little Naeem.

It so happened that Mehmood Senior was to celebrate the first birthday of his daughter Jinny and he invited almost all present on the sets of ‘Suhaag Raat-1968’ except little Naeem. Little Naeem was hurt a lot and he told Mehmood Saab that since his father was not a big film personality he (Mehmood Saab) had not invited him. Going further he also told Mehmood that given a chance to perform in this party he will definitely ‘rock’ the party – aapki poori party hilaa doonga – by peforming on Mehmood’s own ‘ham kaale hain to …’.

His performance in this party left everyone amazed and Mehmood called his father and advise him to send little Naeem for training and guidance under him. Mehmood also named him as ‘Junior Mehmood’.

Thus started the ‘era’ of ‘Junior Mehmood’ in Hindi movies and he entertained people for almost five-six years if we consider his golden period in Hindi Movies.

His first released film was ‘Naunihaal-1967’.

(The complete list of his movies/filmography needs to checked and authenticated to have accurate number of movies if we need to discuss them year wise.)

In the ‘1968 movie – Brahmachari’ he performed on Mehmood’s famous ‘ham kaale hain to kya huaa dilwaale hain’ from ‘Gumnaam-1965’’.

It was after ‘Brahmachari’ that he shot to fame and his career took off in Hindi movies and he became the most loved child artist of those years if not for the entire decade.

He was among those few personalities who possesed the prized the imported car (Impala) in Bombay during those years. He was only eleven years old at that time (as told by him in this interview here)

For today’s post initially, I had decided to present a song sung by Rafi Saab and even got uploaded one of the songs that was not available there on YT, but while I going through the filmography of Junior Mehmood I discovered some more songs including this song under discussion that I was not aware of till a couple of weeks back.

So, I decided to introduce this song from the late sixties, as the other songs from the later years can always be discussed later (since nowadays we are still in the ‘Fabulous Years 1941-50’ on the blog and even introducing some of the rare gems from this period, so we still have a long way to go and many songs to be discussed …)

Further, when I went through the list of movies of Junior Mehmood mentioned in the ‘filmography’ on various sources I foundnd that many of his movies are not mentioned in this list. So, I have decided to go through HFGK to check and update his list of movies till 1980 at least which will require a lot of time and during this process we can always discuss the remaining songs along with the details of his ‘filmography’.

Today’s song is sung by Shanti Mathur and composed by Dattaram.
Lyrics of this song are written by Bharat Vyas.

One song from this movie ‘Baalak-1969’ was posted on the blog on 02.10.2012.

Today (15 november 2017), on the occasion of the 61st birth anniversary of Junior Mehmood we wish him a very happy birthday and a healthy and entertaining life ahead.

Let us now enjoy this song where Junior Mehmood can be seen playing a ‘bigdaa huaa shaitaan bachchaa’ …

(the video link available on YT seems to have been edited and also have some lines missing, hence an audio link of the full song has been uploaded)

Video

Audio (Full)

Song-Mera naam hai Mehmood(Baalak)(1969) Singer-Shanti Mathur, Lyrics-Bharat Vyas, MD-Dattaram

Lyrics

Mera naam hai Mehmood
Rehta har jagah maujood
Peeta rehta hoon Bidi
Khaata rehta hoon Amrood

Mera naam hai Mehmood
Rehta har jagah maujood
Peeta rehta hoon Bidi
Khaata rehta hoon Amrood
Mera naam hai Mehmood

Langdaa mil jaaye to uski taang tod doon
Andhaa mil jaaye to uski aankh phod doon
Saamne ho koi bhi bandook chhod doon
Aunty ho ya Uncle main gardan marod doon
ho main gardan marod doon
Mera naam hai Mehmood
Rehta har jagah maujood
Peeta rehta hoon Bidi
Khaata rehta hoon Amrood
Mera naam hai Mehmood

Koi mujhe lafangaa kehta
Koi kahe mawaali
Lekin main to gaata rehta
Bhajan aur Qawwaali
Peeth pe laade gadhe ka bojhaa
Kaun school ko jaaye
Ham to Maa ke pet se saari
vidya seekh ke aaye
Ho saari vidya seekh ke aaye
Hey mera naam hai Mehmood
Rehta har jagah maujood
Peeta rehta hoon Bidi
Khaata rehta hoon Amrood
Mera naam hai Mehmood

Jitney jahaan mein Ullu ke patthhe ho gaye
Saare ke saare wo yahaan ikatthhe ho gaye
Kya ho gayi kharaab hai tabeeyat aap ki
Ya shaadi hai yahaan pe koi
Mere baap ki
Arrey mere baap ki
Mera naam hai Mehmood
Rehta har jagah maujood
Peeta rehta hoon Bidi
Khaata rehta hoon Amrood

Mera naam hai Mehmood
Rehta har jagah maujood
Peeta rehta hoon Bidi
Khaata rehta hoon Amrood
Mera naam hai Mehmood

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Devnagri Script lyrics( (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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मेरा नाम है महमूद
रहता हर जगह मौजूद
पीता रहता हूँ बीडी
खाता रहता हूँ अमरुद

मेरा नाम है महमूद
रहता हर जगह मौजूद
पीता रहता हूँ बीडी
खाता रहता हूँ अमरुद

लंगडा मिल जाए तो उसकी टांग तोड़ दूं
अंधा मिल जाए तो उसकी आँख फोड़ दूं
सामने हो कोई भी बन्दूक छोड़ दूं
आंटी हो या अंकल मैं गर्दन मरोड़ दूं
मैं गर्दन मरोड़ दूं
मेरा नाम है महमूद
रहता हर जगह मौजूद
पीता रहता हूँ बीडी
खाता रहता हूँ अमरुद

कोई मुझे लफंगा कहता
कोई कहे मवाली
लेकिन मैं तो गाता रहता
भजन और क़व्वाली
पीठ पे लादे गधे का बोझा
कौन स्कूल को जाए
हम तो माँ के पेट से सारी
विद्या सीख के आये
हो सारी विद्या सीख के आये
है मेरा नाम है महमूद
रहता हर जगह मौजूद
पीता रहता हूँ बीडी
खाता रहता हूँ अमरुद

जितने जहां में उल्लू के पठ्ठे हो गए
सारे के सारे वो यहाँ इकठ्ठे हो गए
क्या हो गयी खराब है तबियत आप कि
या शादी हैं यहाँ पे कोई
मेरे बाप कि
अरे मेरे बाप कि
मेरा नाम है महमूद
रहता हर जगह मौजूद
पीता रहता हूँ बीडी
खाता रहता हूँ अमरुद

मेरा नाम है महमूद
रहता हर जगह मौजूद
पीता रहता हूँ बीडी
खाता रहता हूँ अमरुद
मेरा नाम हैं महमूद


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.

khoobsurat haseen, koi tujh sa nahin
aate hain nazar aise chehre magar
kabhi kabhi
kahin kahin

Greetings to Asha Parekh ji, on completing 75 illustrious years, with all but 10 of them, in the film (and TV) industry.

The years have come and gone by, but the grace, the radiance, and smile is still the same. Having made her debut as a child star at the tender age of 10, it indeed has been a very fruitful and a prolific inning that she has played. The wires carried the news today in the day that her autobiography (co-authored with Khalid Mohammed) was released today. The title of the book is ‘The Hit Girl’. I am sure no explanation needs to be rendered for the title. Starting with ‘Dil Deke Dekho’ in 1959, there is a long list of hit films in which she has played the female lead role, all the way till the mid 1970s, when she moved into senior and supporting roles. The list of films reads like the ‘Best of 1960s/70s’. The list contains a ton of favorites. And I am sure all of us have a few on this list, that we will pick as our favorite films.

My love affair with Asha ji started with the song “O Mere Sona Re Sona Re Sona Re”. Film is ‘Teesri Manzil’ (1966). Too much of a small pre-school/early school kid that I was, this is one of the earliest memories that I carry of having seen a film on big screen. Not yet trained in the discussions of the finer details of music and instruments, those were the days that the melody would fall into the ears and the mind would capture it instantaneously and store it in the neurons forever. The music of ‘Teesri Manzil’ had this first impact on my nascent mind. Soon the brainwaves would be crowded with thousands of songs that the mind soaked in from listening to the radio. But the music of ‘Teesri Manzil’ – let me ask you, what would you do with your first out-of-this-world music experience. An yes, right, you will store it forever, and play it often.

Watching the film, I had an additional impact. Most of the films memories and emotions have been built and retained from watching it again and again over the years. But that first viewing in the big and dark cinema hall, with the larger than life images thrown on to the huge white screen – the memory that is retained is of this young, very beautiful girl singing “O Mere Sona. . .”, and making an all out effort to pacify a gentleman named Shammi Kapoor, who seemed to be upset and angry.

The mind at that time was too unfamiliar with the grown up emotions, to appreciate that the two characters on screen are in the process of falling in love. All I know is that I took an intense fancy to this young lady singing on the screen. Her expressions, her vitality, her antics took my heart away, and in its place, left her own images, that I remember, I would ruminate (yes, sorry, I did not know these words at that time; I am articulating them now) and dwell upon for weeks and months. In short, if I knew then and understood the grown-up emotions, I would have happily declared that I was in love. The expressions in this song are so natural, so much in flow, so much coming from the bottom of a playful and naughty young heart, that I believed all I saw on the screen. And simply fell in love.

Being what I was, a pre school small child, I did not know what to do with that fancy. All I know is that I would think about her, and this song I witnessed in the cinema hall. I would think about her often; likely that it was more often than often. I just liked being with her thoughts, and being with her in thoughts. I would fancy that we would meet, that we would be together. I did not know then, what else to do with that fancy. Other than the thing that I quite enjoyed to be in her company in thoughts. The song and its associated images would continue to replay on the screen of the mind, all the time. Yes, that is what it felt like, being in love.

I remember it took some months for this fancy to wear off. The song, the antics, the images in the mind – all of that was intact, and still is. Just that, that unnamed craving to be with her in person, quite faded away, and settled down into a liking in the heart, that would say – she is my favorite. Maybe so – maybe it was another fancy that would steal my attention away (more about that later 😉 ). But I do know that the fancy strongly lasted well for many months.

As I was looking to replay this episode, and searching for a suitable song, I happened to chance upon this song, that was quite unfamiliar for me before I heard it with some attention earlier today. I remember that ‘Saajan’ (1969) was not one of those films that I had watched in its original run. With limited opportunities to watch new releases in the cinema hall, I had very little say in which movies to see. As i played this song today, the lines that immediately caught my attention, are the ones I have noted at the beginning of this article.

khoobsurat haseen, koi tujh sa nahin
aate hain nazar aise chehre magar
kabhi kabhi
kahin kahin

That there is none so beautiful
And so charming as you are
Faces, enchanting as much as yours
Are surely seen at times
But oh so rarely
And oh so scarcely

Oh so true, and so well in tune with that fancy of mine years ago. A face so charming as hers, a screen presence so appealing as hers, comes by quite rarely, quite once in a while.

An eminent celebration for this gorgeous milestone today, Asha ji. And I pray that there be many more such celebrations to come. May He endow good health and longevity upon you, and that you be khoobsurat haseen, forever.

Many many happy returns of today.

Song – Ae Mere Meharbaan Ae Mere Hamnasheen  (Saajan) (1969) Singer – Lata Mangeshkar, Lyrics – Anand Bakshi, MD – Laxmikant Pyaarelal
Chorus

Lyrics

ooo oooo oooo ooooooo
ooooo oooo ooooo ooo ooo ooo
oooo ooo ooo oooo oooo oooooooo
oooo oooo ooooo ooooo
ooooooo

wai wai yaa
wai wai yaa
yaa wai wai yaa
wai wai yaa wai wai yaa
yaa wai wai yaa
wai wai yaa wai wai yaa

ae mere meharbaan
ae mere hamnasheen
ae mere meharbaan
ae mere hamnasheen
khoobsurat haseen
koi tujh sa nahin
aate hain nazar
aise chehre magar
kabhi kabhi
kahin kahin
ae mere meharbaan
ae mere hamnasheen
khoobsurat haseen
koi tujh sa nahin
aate hain nazar
aise chehre magar
kabhi kabhi
kahin kahin
ae mere meharbaan
ae mere hamnasheen

phoolon ko bahaar jaise pyaar karti hai
jaise pyaa..aar karti hai
dil ko teri yaad beqaraar karti hai
beqaraa..aar karti hai
hota hai asar. . .
hota hai asar
pyaar mein ye magar
kabhi kabhi
kahin kahin
ae mere meharbaan
ae mere hamnasheen

laayi tere naam mein pyaam aankhon ka
mein pyaa..aam aankhon ka
kar le tu qubool ye salaam aankhon ka
ye salaa..aam aankhon ka
milti hai nazar. . .
milti hai nazar
dilbaron se magar
kabhi kabhi
kahin kahin
ae mere meharbaan
ae mere hamnasheen
khoobsurat haseen
koi tujh sa nahin
aate hain nazar
aise chehre magar
kabhi kabhi
kahin kahin
ae mere meharbaan
ae mere hamnasheen

aaa aaaa aaaa aaaaa
aaaaa aaaaa aaaaa aaaa

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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ओss ओsss ओsss ओssssss
ओssss ओss ओsss ओs ओs ओs
ओsss ओs ओs ओss ओss ओssssss
ओss ओss ओsss ओsss
ओssssss

वई वई या
वई वई या
या वई वई या
वई वई या वई वई या
या वई वई या
वई वई या वई वई या

ए मेरे मेहरबान
ए मेरे हमनशीं
ए मेरे मेहरबान
ए मेरे हमनशीं
खूबसूरत हसीं
कोई तुझ सा नहीं
आते हैं नज़र
ऐसे चेहरे मगर
कभी कभी
कहीं कहीं
ए मेरे मेहरबान
ए मेरे हमनशीं
खूबसूरत हसीं
कोई तुझ सा नहीं
आते हैं नज़र
ऐसे चेहरे मगर
कभी कभी
कहीं कहीं

फूलों को बहार जैसे प्यार करती है
जैसे प्या॰॰आर करती है
दिल को तेरी याद बेक़रार करती है
बेक़रा॰॰आर करती है
होता है असर॰॰॰
होता है असर
प्यार में ये मगर
कभी कभी
कहीं कहीं
ए मेरे मेहरबान
ए मेरे हमनशीं

लाई तेरे नाम में पयाम आँखों का
मैं पया॰॰आम आँखों का
कर ले तू क़बूल ये सलाम आँखों का
ये सला॰॰आम आँखों का
मिलती है नज़र॰॰॰
मिलती है नज़र
दिलबरों से मगर
कभी कभी
कहीं कहीं
ए मेरे मेहरबान
ए मेरे हमनशीं
खूबसूरत हसीं
कोई तुझ सा नहीं
आते हैं नज़र
ऐसे चेहरे मगर
कभी कभी
कहीं कहीं
ए मेरे मेहरबान
ए मेरे हमनशीं

आs आsss आsss आssss
आsss आssss आssss आsss


This article is written by Raja, 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.

Today we pay tribute here on the blog to Mahendra Kapoor, one of the well-known voices of the golden era of Hindi music, on the occasion of his 9th death anniversary. There are many ways to start this tribute but, instead of “getting my eye in”, let me, Sehwag-style, straightaway go for it. By “it”, I mean the elephant in the room.

That is, why are there so many people who dislike Mahendra Kapoor’s voice? On many occasions when I’ve discussed music with other music-lovers, there have been varying opinions on Rafisaab, Kishore, Shankar Jaikishen, RD Burman and others. Most of these artistes are much-admired but there has  been the occasional detractor too. This makes for interesting debate for me, because I like to understand the rationale behind the minority contrarian view.

With Mahendra Kapoor, it seems to be just the opposite. In fact, I probably find myself now holding the minority contrarian view on him, considering the majority view of music lovers seems to not rate him much. In fact, even amongst some Atulites, there is a certain scepticism about Mahendra Kapoor. So where does this come from? And if many, knowledgeable, music-lovers share this, can they all be wrong?

Even OP Nayyar in an interview late in his life said that he didn’t exactly rate Mahendra Kapoor as a singer.  And this, from someone, who used Mahendra Kapoor fairly extensively in the mid/late 60s after being upset with Rafisaab. In fact, MK had delivered quite a few hits for OP – songs like “Mera Pyaar Wo Hai“(from ‘Ye Raat Phir Na Aayegi’, 1966), “Laakhon Hain Yahaan Dilwaale” and “Aankhon Mein Qayaamat Ke Kaajal” (from ‘Kismat’, 1968), “Andhere Mein Jo Baithe Hain” (from ‘Sambandh’, 1969), “Kamar Patli, Nazar Bijli“, “O Yaaron Ki Tamanna Hai Teri Zulfon Mein Fans Jaayen”  and “Tumhaara Chaahne Waala Khuda Ki Duniya Mein” (from ‘Kahin Din Kahin Raat’, 1968). All popular songs. In the interview, OPN made this comment in the context of missing Rafisaab, but I feel it was rather harsh on MK.

Yet, MK had a fairly successful career spanning five decades. Would that have happened if he had really not been of a certain standard?

My take on this is, each singer is different.  He has his own voice, style, range which makes him unique. This might endear him to others – or it might not, depending on the listener’s taste.  There are many who do not even like Mukesh’s singing. They consider him limited. And there are many who swear by him. So it is a matter of taste.

We could apply the same reasoning to MK too. He had his unique voice, style and range – which clearly did not appeal to some.  I think what made it much more difficult for him was the constant comparison with Rafisaab.  Invariably, it ended up making MK look like an imitator, the poor man’s Rafisaab – with the consequent aversion to his singing. In MK’s defence, this is not his fault. He was who he was, never claiming to be anywhere at the level of Rafisaab. He was very conscious of the fact that Rafisaab was in a different league altogether – MK considered him his guru. He can hardly be blamed if the composers wanted a Rafisaab clone and thought he could fit the bill.

I must mention here that when the two, MK and Rafisaab, did sing together in Aadmi (1968) for “Kaisi Haseen Aaj Bahaaron Ki Raat Hai”, MK totally held his ground. (This song was initially recorded as a Rafisaab-Talat duet, but in the film version, the playback pair was Rafisaab-MK).

And that is the point I am trying to make. I am no diehard MK fan – but I am not a critic either.  Like I’ve often said, I enjoy listening to various singers – and that includes MK. Every singer has sung excellent songs – and some not-so-good ones (at least in my humble opinion). MK is no exception. I’m no music expert, but I think the one thing that is most impressive about MK’s singing – and I hope even his critics will agree on this – was his high range. It is really astounding – he could hold his voice even at highest octaves, which even a singer of Rafisaab’s stature could not match. Just listen to “Chaand Chhupaa Aur Taare Doobey” from the 1958 film ‘Sohni Mahiwal’ and “Na Munh Chhupaa Ke Jiyo Aur Na Sar Jhukaa Ke Jiyo” from ‘Hamraaz’ in 1967, and you’ll know what I mean. Another song that comes to mind is “Ramchandra Kah Gaye Siya Se” (from ‘Gopi’, 1970). There are other songs too where this particular ability of MK was sought to be put to good use by the composers.

Talking about composers, it is hard to think of Mahendra Kapoor without thinking of Ravi. Now Ravi is another artiste who sometimes draws criticism from music lovers. But if anyone could get the most out of MK, it was certainly Ravi. Especially in BR Chopra films, the combination of Mahendra Kapoor and Ravi, with Sahir as lyricist, delivered hit after amazing hit. Songs of ‘Gumraah’ (1963) and ‘Hamraaz’ (1967), to name just two of these films, are hugely popular to this day. I used to have a cassette with songs of these two films (on the two sides) and would play it non-stop on long car journeys. To date, I can listen to the songs of these two films any number of times. Fast forward, and I would also like to mention “Dil Ki Ye Aarzoo Thi Koi Dilruba Miley” from ‘Nikaah’ (1982).

Another composer who used MK successfully is the Kalyanji Anandji duo. Manoj Kumar  often used Mahendra Kapoor as his voice, especially after the huge success of “Mere Desh Ki Dharti” (Upkaar). In fact, this is the first Mahendra Kapoor song that I remember listening to in my life. Other songs that come to mind are “Iktaara Boley” from Yaadgaar (1970), “Hai Preet Jahan Ki Reet Sada” and “Dulhan Chali O Pehan Chali” from ‘Purab Aur Paschim’ (also 1970), which were also hugely popular. In fact, except for the one Mukesh song in ‘Purab Aur Paschim’, Mahendra Kapoor was the main male playback in a film full of songs.

Manoj Kumar’s preference for Mahendra Kapoor, even in the 70s and later, when Kishore Kumar was the reigning voice, could be seen in ‘Roti Kapda Aur Makaan’ (1974) – “Aur Nahin Bas Aur Nahin” and ‘Kranti’ (1981) – “Ab Ke Baras Tujhe Dharti Ki Raani Kar Denge“. Both these films had Laxmikant-Pyarelal as composers, but Manoj Kumar preferred MK as his voice.

Apart from Hindi films, Mahendra Kapoor sang a number of songs for regional cinema. Younger generations (well, younger than those who were already familiar with MK from before the 80s) will probably remember him best for the TV serial, Mahabharat, produced by, who else but, BR Chopra.

So, whatever be anyone’s opinion of Mahendra Kapoor (and each person is entitled to his/her opinion), I will always be grateful to him for the songs of ‘Hamraaz’ and ‘Gumraah’.

Now, moving on to the song for today. This is from the film ‘Anmol Moti’ (1969), starring Jeetendra and Babita. After the phenomenal success of ‘Farz’ (1967), this was a popular pairing, especially after ‘Aulaad’ (1968) also did well. They also came together in ‘Bikhre Mot’ (1971), ‘Banphool’ (1971) and ‘Ek Haseena Do Deewaane’ (1972).

Anmol Moti (1969) is a film I remember seeing as a very young boy. In fact, I saw this film right after I saw ‘Suhaag Raat’ (1968), also starring Jeetendra. In that film, Jeetendra’s character dies at the end. So when I saw ‘Anmol Moti’, I was very confused. I remember asking my sisters how he had come back after dying. They had a jolly good laugh at my expense. 🙂

I haven’t seen this film recently but I do remember this being a film about pearl diving. It was also the first time I heard of an octopus in my life. I also remember a few songs from this film, the most famous song probably being”Ae Jaane Chaman Tera Gora Badan“. The song being posted today, “Sehmi Sehmi Kahaan Chali” was also quite popular in its time. So when I was looking for a song for Mahendra Kapoor, this one came to mind – and happened to still be available for posting. The music is by Ravi, the lyrics by Rajinder Krishan.

Enjoy this popular song from the radio listening days.


Song – Sehmi Sehmi Kahaan Chali (Anmol Moti) (1969) Singer – Mahendra Kapoor, Lyrics – Rajendra Krishan, MD – Ravi
Chorus

Lyrics

sehmi sehmi kahaan chali
chhod ke dilwaalon ki gali
kab tak aankh churaayegi
kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein
ho kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein

o sehmi sehmi kahaan chali
chhod ke dilwaalon ki gali
kab tak aankh churaayegi
kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein
hoy kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein

haaye tera ye alhadpan
tauba tauba ye chitwan
aankhon mein shole naachen
zulfon mein khele saawan
haaye tera ye alhadpan
tauba tauba ye chitwan
aankhon mein shole naachen
zulfon mein khele saawan
ghir kar aa
baras bhi jaa
kab tak yunh tarsaayegi
kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein
hoy kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein
o sehmi sehmi kahaan chali
chhod ke dilwaalon ki gali
kab tak aankh churaayegi
kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein
hoy kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein

nayi jawaani ki hulchul
jaise bin barsaa baadal
kehti hai har angdaayi
saath hamen bhi letee chal
nayi jawaani ki hulchul
jaise bin barsaa baadal
kehti hai har angdaayi
saath hamen bhi letee chal
aankh milaa
maan bhi jaa
kab tak haath na aayegi
kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein
hoy kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein

o sehmi sehmi kahaan chali
chhod ke dilwaalon ki gali
kab tak aankh churaayegi
kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein
hoy kabhi na kabhi to phansegi mere jaal mein
o sehmi sehmi kahaan chali
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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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सहमी सहमी कहाँ चली
छोड़ के दिलवालों की गली
कब तक आँख चुराएगी
कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में
हो कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में

ओ सहमी सहमी कहाँ चली
छोड़ के दिलवालों की गली
कब तक आँख चुराएगी
कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में
होए कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में

हाए तेरा ये अल्हड़पन
तौबा तौबा ये चितवन
आँखों में शोले नाचें
ज़ुल्फों में खेले सावन
हाए तेरा ये अल्हड़पन
तौबा तौबा ये चितवन
आँखों में शोले नाचें
ज़ुल्फों में खेले सावन
घिर कर आ
बरस भी जा
कब तक यूं ही तरसाएगी
कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में
होए कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में

ओ सहमी सहमी कहाँ चली
छोड़ के दिलवालों की गली
कब तक आँख चुराएगी
कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में
होए कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में

नई जवानी की हलचल
जैसे बिन बरसा बादल
कहती है हर अंगड़ाई
साथ हमें भी लेती चल
नई जवानी की हलचल
जैसे बिन बरसा बादल
कहती है हर अंगड़ाई
साथ हमें भी लेती चल
आँख मिला
मान भी जा
कब तक हाथ ना आएगी
कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में
होए कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में

ओ सहमी सहमी कहाँ चली
छोड़ के दिलवालों की गली
कब तक आँख चुराएगी
कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में
होए कभी ना कभी तो फसेगी मेरे जाल में
ओ सहमी सहमी कहाँ चली


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.

“Chaalbaaz”(1969) was directed by Kamral for Rainbow Pictures, Bombay. The movie had Dara Singh, Sanjana, Ullhas, Shyam Kumar, Meenaxi, Vijay Kumar, Habib, Tiwari etc in it.
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“Chaalbaaz”(1969) was directed by Kamran for Rainbow Pictures, Bombay. The movie had Dara Singh, Sanjana, Ullhas, Shyam Kumar, Meenaxi, Vijay Kumar, Habib, Tiwari etc in it.
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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.

We in this blog had two new resolutions and I had decided to stick to them as long as I can. One was to introduce a “new” movie daily and another was to to close the account of another movie by YIPPying it.

We are in may 2017, and both these resolutions have finally seen breaks. For instance, there was no YIPPEE song on 13 may 2017, a day that had only one post, a post that introduced a “new” song. The string on YIPPEE posts was in fact broken a few days earlier on 6 may itself when I posted a song that I thought was YIPPYing its movie but I was wrong. The “new” post string had got broken a while ago.
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This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in 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.

REPORT ON MUMBAI GANGOUT – Part 2
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……Javed ji was introduced to Sadanand ji, as they were meeting each other for the first time. Even I had met him for the first time, though we had E-mail communications earlier. It so happened that, in the last Mumbai Gangout which Sudhir ji attended, he had gifted all of us a copy of Javed ji’s first Hindi book ( he has more books in Urdu), ” Kuchh kalaakaar-kuchh yaden “. After reading that book, I wrote a mail to Javed ji about certain discrepancies, I had found in the book. Actually I was hesitant whether to write such a mail to him, but my adventurism won over me and the mail was sent finally.
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“Jigri Dost”(1969) was directed by Ravi Nagaaich for Vijaylaxmi Pictures. The movie had Jeetendra, Mumtaz, Basant, K. N. Singh, Komal, Agha, Nirupa Roy, Aruna Irani, Jagdeep, Prem Kumar etc in it.
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“Jyoti”(1969) was produced by A Devdas and directed by Dulal Guha for Chitra Mitra productions. The movie had Sanjeev Kumar, Nivedita, Aruna Irani, Abhi Bhattacharya, Tarun Bose, Moppet Soorja aka Sarika, Lalita Kumari, Jagdeep, Gopal Saigal, Pardesi, Shekhar Purohit etc in it.
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