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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.

Blog Day : 3527 Post No. : 14168

Today’s song is from film ‘Adhoori Kahani’ (1939).

This film is made by Ranjit Movietone of Sardar Chandulal Shah. A lot has already been written about him, Gauhar Mamajiwala and Ranjit Studios, so I am skipping that part. In the late 30s and early 40s, i.e. from about 1937 to 1947, Hindi film industry was making films emphasizing social reforms, society needs, peaceful coexistence of different religions and also raising a voice against the sinful customs prevalent then in Indians, all over the country. Some of the topics were, child marriages, marriages between the very young and the old, dowry demands, disowning parents, gambling, criminal activities etc.

Major film companies like Ranjit, Bombay Talkies, New Theatres, Prabhat Films etc. were the torch bearers in this campaign. After the country’s Independence and by the end of the 40’s decade, the taste of the audience started changing rapidly and within a short period the type of films produced took a 180 degrees’ turn. Now the films handled comedy, crime stories, modern love stories and in general, light entertainment became the sole purpose of seeing a film.Thus the role of films as a ‘reformer or a ‘teacher/preacher’ ended and films handling such themes got a poor response from the same audience.

Of course, 1939 was the initiation period for such a change. The first generation actors, directors and composers were still on the top and the film stories too were made in preaching style. The music was quite slow and influenced by stage/dramas/classical songs. Ranjit Movietone used to produce films like a factory. At any given time at least 2 to 3 film shootings were going on different floors. In its production life, Ranjit produced 175 films, including films in Marathi and Tamil. However, Calcutta’s New Theatres made 177 films, holding the Indian Record (perhaps the world record too).

Somehow, I feel that due to Saigal’s films, notably ‘Devdas’ (1935), the film makers of the late 30s were inclined to show death of the lead player of their films. If not, there was a kind of a tinge of sadism in some of the films made during this period. For example, I can quote Minerva’s ‘Jailor’ (1938) and ‘Main Haari’ (1940), ‘Adhoori Kahaani’ (1939), Kardar’s ‘Paagal’ (1940) and ‘Pooja’ (1940), Prabhat’s ‘Aadmi’ (1939), New Theatre’s ‘Badi Didi’ (1939) and ‘Dushman’ (1939), Sagar Movietone’s ‘Ek Hi Rasta’ (1939), Mehboob’s ‘Aurat’ (1940), Circo’s ‘Geeta’ (1940), New Theatres ‘Nartaki’ (1940), Mehboob’s ‘Behan’ (1941) and few other films. In all these and such films there was a serious theme – tragedy, sadism, psychotic behaviour, perversion and similar not so good emotions.

It was the pure and innocent love stories of Devika Rani and Ashok Kumar that gave relief to the audience. No wonder, a naive and extremely visible awkward Ashok kumar became popular on this background, as a help to him. By the mid 1940’s and end of the decade, the total trend of film stories had taken a drastic turn, as mentioned earlier.

Film ‘Adhoori Kahaani’ was one of those dark story films, where three main characters commit suicide in the film. The film was directed by Chaturbhuj Doshi, and the music was provided by Gyan Dutt, a paid employee of Ranjit. The cast of the film was Durga Khote, Prithviraj Kapoor, Rose, K Datey, Ila Devi, Ishwarlal, Yaqub, Khatoon, Mirza Musharraf, Meera etc etc.

The name ‘Meera’ is one of those which cause ‘Same Name Confusion’. Luckily, the other Meera (Mishra) started her acting career only in 1946, when this Meera was in the last phase of her career. Still many sites, books and writers mix up their filmography. Meera was an Anglo-Indian girl in Hindi films. During the silent film era a lot many European and Anglo-Indian girls acted in films. Few of them continued even after Talkie films started and very few like Sulochana and Sabita Devi etc. became successful even in the films for a considerable time. Some of these girls were, Ruby Meyers – Sulochana, Iris Gasper – Sabita Devi, Susan Soloman – Firoza begum (not the singer), Effie Hippolet – Indira Devi, Bonnie Bird – Lalita Devi, Esther Abraham – Pramila, Renee Smith – Sita Devi, Berryl Classen – Madhuri, Winnie Stewert – Manorama Senior, Erine Issac Daniels – Manorama Junior, Florence Ezekiel – Nadira, Sophie Abraham – Romilla, Rose Musleah – Rose, Lilian Ezra – Lilian, Mercia Soloman – Vimla, Rachel Sofaer – Arti Devi, Rachel Cohen – Ramola Devi, Patience Cooper, Violet Cooper, Ermelin – Sudhabala etc.

Meera’s real name was Muriel Alexander. She was born on 10-11-1919. She was from a respectable family. Her father was Superintendent – Local Audit in AG’s office. Brother E. Alexander was a national level cricketer. She passed her Inter-science exam from Benaras Hindu University. It was through one Mr. Seal, who was a manager in Adarsh Chitra, that she got her first break in film ‘Dhuwaandhaar’ (1935). It is not known if she sang any song in that film, as no records are available. My guess is that, besides acting, she must have sung few songs in that film. [Author’s Note: ‘Dhuwaandhaar’ was also the debut film for Leela Chitnis.]

Her name first appears as an actress and singer in film ‘Bhabhi’ (1938), in which she sang 3 solo songs. From 1935 to 1938, she must have sung many songs, but singers names are not mentioned in the available information on the available gramophone records. Thus many singers’ credit during this period have been lost. After ‘Bhabhi’, her name appears in ‘Nirmala’ and ‘Vachan’ (both from 1938) in which she sang 1 solo and 3 duets. She acted and sang songs in films of Ranjit, Prakash and Minerva Movietone films. [Author’s Note: Amirbai Karnataki also suffered due to this missing singer’s information situation.]

As per information available Meera acted in ‘Dolti Naiya’ (1934), ‘Dhuwandhar’ (1935), ‘Bhabhi’ (1938), ‘Wahaan’ (1938), ‘Adhoori Kahaani’ (1939), ‘Taatar Ka Chor’ (1940), ‘Paak Daaman’ (1940), ‘Chingaari’ (1940), ‘Armaan’ (1942), ‘Meri Duniya’ (1942), ‘Mauj’ (1943), ‘Krishna Bhakt Bodana’ (1944), ‘Ji Haan’ (1945), ‘Sham Savera’ (1946), ‘Ye Hai Duniya’ (1948) and ‘Sansaar’ (1951). In the film ‘Nirmala’ she only sang.

Another name in the cast is that of Ishwarlal.  Ishwarlal was born on 9-10-1911 at Ghanghaniya, Kathewar, Gujrat, as Ishwarlal Hariprasad Doshi. He belonged to a Jain family. After matriculation, he came to Bombay to act in films. Ishwarlal was very handsome. He got a job in Ranjit Studios. His first film was ‘Bhootiya Mahal’ (1932). Then came ‘Chaar Chakram’, also 1932.

He started acting and singing in films. Initially he sang only duets. Meanwhile, with ‘Jwalaamukhi’ (1936), he became a hero. He sang many songs in Ranjit Films, but the records are not available. Those days, not all songs of the film were recorded for commercial purpose. In ‘Billi’ (1938), he sang a duet with Sunita Devi. In ‘Aaj Ka Hindustan’ (1940), he sang two solos. In ‘Ummeed’ (1941), he had a duet with Noorjahan. In ‘Pyaas’ (1941), he sang with S Pradhan. In 1942, got two solo songs and two duets to sing in ‘Fariyaad’ under the baton of Khemchand Prakash. In ‘Zabaan’, under C Ramchandra, he sang 7 songs.

Some of his films were-

Diwali, Dheeraj, Chandni, Bhola Shikar, Nadira, Sitamgarh, Veer Babruwahan, Barrister’s Wife, College Kanya, Desh Dasi, Keemti Aansoo, Dil Ka Daaku, Jwaalamukhi, Sajni, Dil Farosh, Adhoori Kahaani, Thokar, Holi, Pyar, Bansari, Lalkar, Chirag, Us paar.

In 1945, he was the hero opposite to Noorjehan in ‘Badi Maa’, but he had no songs. In fact his last songs were in ‘Us Paar’ (1944). Then he did character roles in Subhadra, Mahasati Tulsi Vrinda, Sanskar, Naulakha Haar, Khuda Ka Banda etc.

His last film was ‘Meri Soorat Teri Aankhen’ in 1963.

He was married to a loyal wife Kamalabai. Due to excessive smoking he contracted lung diseases and died on 22-1-1969 in Bombay.

‘Adhoori Kahaani’ was a modernisation fable based on a story by famous Gujarati writer Gunwant Rai Acharya. screenplay, dialogues and lyrics were by JS Kashyap, Cinematography was by LN Varma and the music was composed by Gyan Dutt. The film was hailed as one of the best by Director Chaturbhuj Doshi.

The film’s story is. . .

The educated and liberal thinking Harbala (Durga Khote) is married to Seth Gopaldas (Keshav Rao Datey), a rich zamindar. He is a highly conservative type of husband with old time thinking. He neither approves nor likes the modern ways of his wife Harbala and tries to criticise and oppress her at every small thing. They have two children- Somnath (Prithviraj Kapoor) and Neelam (Rose). Gopaldas always accuses Harbala that she is spoiling the children and not treating them with discipline.

Fed up with this torture, harassment and his authoritarian traditionalism, Harbala commits suicide. Both children feel guilty. Hatred towards father drives them to commit suicide after their mother.

Having lost all family, Seth Gopaldas repents, but it is too late. The film ends with a hope that in the future, a less oppressive society will emerge. For now, the story is unfinished tale or Adhoori Kahani. (652)

 

The film had 12 songs of which nine are written by Kashyap, 2 songs by Mrs. Bhagyavati Ramya and one song by PL Santoshi. With this song, the film ‘Adhoori Kahani’ makes its debut on the Blog.

 


Song – So Ja Lalna So Ja (Adhoori Kahaani) (1939) Singer – Miss Meera, Lyrics – JS Kashyap ‘Natwaan’, Music – Gyan Dutt

Lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)

so ja lalna so jaa
so ja lalna so jaa
maa ki godi
maa ki godi hai tera ghar
jeevan se tu aaya thak kar
so ja lalna so jaa
maa ki godi
maa ki godi hai tera ghar
jeevan se tu aaya thak kar
so ja lalna so jaa

is gulshan mein haar nahin hai
swarg hai ye sansaar nahin hai
is gulshan mein haar nahin hai
swarg hai ye sansaar nahin hai
so jaa
lalna
so jaa

aao godi
tumhen sula doon
meethi meethi (?? ??) doon
aankhon mein jal dhaara baha kar
tan man ka sab taap bujha doon
aankhon mein jal dhaara baha kar
tan man ka sab taap bujha doon
jeevan ka santaap mita doon
so jaa
lalna
so jaa

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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सो जा ललना सो जा
सो जा ललना सो जा
माँ की गोदी
माँ की गोदी है तेरा घर
जीवन से तू आया थक कर
सो जा ललना सो जा
माँ की गोदी
माँ की गोदी है तेरा घर
जीवन से तू आया थक कर
सो जा ललना सो जा

इस गुलशन में हार नहीं है
स्वर्ग है ये संसार नहीं है
इस गुलशन में हार नहीं है
स्वर्ग है ये संसार नहीं है
सो जा
ललना
सो जा

आओ गोदी
तुम्हें सुला दूँ
मीठी मीठी (?? ??) दूँ
आँखों में जल धारा बहा कर
तन मन का सब ताप बुझा दूँ
आँखों में जल धारा बहा कर
तन मन का सब ताप बुझा दूँ
जीवन का संताप मिटा दूँ
सो जा
ललना
सो जा

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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.

Blog Day : 3491 Post No. : 14023

There was a time when the films made in Hindi could be classified easily as A grade, B grade and C grade films. A grade films were those made by big and famous banners with top class actors and leading music directors. B grade films were those made with second rung of actors, director and music directors. C grade films were those films which were made by not so famous banners, almost unknown actors directors and composers. Usually C grade films used to be action/stunt films, made on shoestring budgets, having a fixed story line resembling Tarzan, Hercules or Hollywood action films of Robin Hood, with the background of a jungle, tribe people, king-queen-wicked wazir and similar stories.

C grade films were always quickies, made on  shoe-string budgets. During the late 1930s and 40s, Master Bhagwan action films used to be completed in about Rs. 50,000 only – including studio rent, sets, artist fees and other expenses. C grade films had a captive audience comprising of factory workers, daily wagers, low income earners and students. However, such films used to rake in big profits to the film makers. Therefore, even top class banners sometimes made C grade films, to make up their losses in big film flops.

There were certain production houses which specialized and thrived on such films – like Paramount Films, Jagriti Films, Mohan Pictures, Wadia Movietone etc. Since studio system was in vogue, the film studios usually had fixed actors and directors in their employment. Music directors were of no consequence, so anybody would do. Well known composers like C Ramchandra used to take another name while composing music for C grade action films. Music assistants of famous composers used to give music to such films. Well known composers fallen on bad days also gave music to such films. C grade films rarely released commercial gramophone records for their film songs, so such songs are a real rarity even with big collectors.

Some common and regular names one finds in such grade C action/stunt films are Nadia, Boman Irani, Sayani, Bilimoria brothers, Cooper sisters, Zohra Khatoon, Ameena Khatoon, Khatoon Bai, Prakash, Adjania, Noorjehan (sr.), Moosa Pehelwan, Vasantrao Pehelwan, Baburao Pehelwan, Marutirao Pehelwan, Azim Bhai, Basheer, Ali, Bachha, Chandra Rao, Harishchandra Rao, Shankar Rao, Master Bhagwan, Mirajkar, Jamshed, John Cawas, Lalita Pawar, Navin Chandra. . . and many more such names.

Barring a few names like Lalita Pawar, Bhagwan, Nadia etc, all the other action film actors remained relatively less known. No one knows anything about them. Actors like Baburao Pehelwan, Marutirao Pehelwan (he was the hero in the first Gujarati talkie film ‘Narsi Mehta’), Chandra Rao, Sayani etc. were quite famous in their times, but except their Filmography (thanks to HFGK), nothing more is known about them. All of them ended only with mere names !

Today, I am writing about one such action film hero of 7 silent and 12 talkie films of the 1930s and 40s, whom I stumbled upon recently. His name is so obscure and unknown that even I was stunned, but he has acted with heroines like Rajkumari (Dubey), Sarojini, Vatsala Kumthekar, Gauhar Karnataki and had acted in films made by well known production houses like Paramount and Mohan Pictures.

On 2nd January 2015, I got a message on my Facebook page from an unknown person called ‘Tejas Vazare’. Since I try to avoid unknown people as my Fb friends, I ignored that message. Three years later, this January, I saw the message again. This time it attracted my attention by what he wrote. He mentioned that his grandfather was a Hindi film hero of the 1930s and 40s. Out of curiosity, I wrote to him asking him to sent information about himself and his grandfather. He informed me that Master Shankar Rao Vazare was a hero in few films in 1930s and 40s. This was a name new to me. He also sent me film posters, photos, newspaper articles etc. about him. On reading all this, I strongly felt that here was a man who needs to be brought before today’s world. We exchanged lot many mails. I checked all film names with my books and prepared a list of films having evidence.

Tejas and me have planned to meet in March, in Bombay. May be his father (son of Shankar Rao) and aunt (daughter of Shankar Rao) will accompany him. That time I will complete my interview with them and prepare a detailed article with photos, posters etc for publishing on line. But till then, I wish to present his short biography on this blog first. This blog has the right to have such things first here before anywhere else. I owe it this much. So, here we go.

Master Shankar Rao Vazare was born on 1-1-1916 in the Bhabhanagar area of Nashik (Maharashtra), in a peasant family. His father Trimbak Rao Vazare was the Patil of Nashik. (Patil used to be the overall head of the village / town) and his uncle was the chairman of the Municipality. Shankar Rao was very keen on films. Dadasaheb Phalke was also from Nashik. Taking inspiration from him, Shankar Rao developed attraction for films. He used to see English films in the tent theatre of Nashik.

He reached Bombay. He was very handsome, tall and had a good physique. He got roles in the silent films made by Mahavir Photoplays. From 1929 to 1931, he worked in 7 silent films. There could be more also, but initially he was uncredited. Problem with the silent films was that they generally had 2 or 3 titles and alias names. Additionally as per the local language the title used to change also. So, it is very difficult to trace silent films by titles in the various lists published.

The list of his silent films that has been identified so far is –  ‘Father’s Love’ (1929), ‘Ideal Woman’ (1930), ‘Prince Of The People’ (1930), ‘Avarice’ (1930), ‘Niradhar Niru’ (1931), ‘Jungle Ka Jawan’ (1931) and ‘Saroj Kumari’ (1931).

His first talkie film was ‘Toofani Tamancha’ aka ‘Hands Up’ (1935), made by Paramount Film company. In this film, his heroine was Gul Bano. He acted in 7 films made by Paramount Film Co., 3 by India Liberty Co., and 1 each made by Mohan Pictures and Allied Films. Here is the list of his talkie films,

 

Film Title Year Production Company Director

Heroine / Co worker

1. Toofani Tamancha
aka Hands Up
1935 Paramount RN Vaidya Gul Bano / Miss Pukhraj
2. Farz e Adaa
aka Loyalty
1936 Indian Liberty AM Khan Shehzadi (sister of Zubeida (of Alam Aara)) / Vidya
3. Bansari Balaa
aka Fairy Of The Flute
1936 Paramount AM Khan Gauhar Karnataki / Kamla
4. Burkhawali
aka Bombay Mail
1936 Indian Liberty (Unknown) Gauhar Karnataki / Miss Pearl
5. Madhraat Ka Mehmaan
aka Midnight Man
1938 Indian Liberty Kikubhai Desai Miss Moti / Miss Pokhraj
6. Jungle Ka Jawan 1938 Mohan Pictures Chunilal Parekh Rajkumari / Kamla
7. Madhu Bansari 1939 Paramount Nanubhai Vakil Sarojini (sister of Indurani, mother of Azra, wife of Nanubhai Vakil) / Vatsala Kumthekar
8 Son of Alladin
aka Alladin ka Beta
1939 Paramount Nanubhai Vakil Sarojini / Ranibala
9. Reshami Saari 1939 Paramount GP Pawar (husband of Lalita Pawar) Kanta Kumari / Miss Moti
10. Aflatoon Aurat
aka Veerangana
aka Amazon
1940 Paramount Kikubhai Desai Miss Moti / Kanta Kumari
11. Mere Raja 1941 Paramount TS Mani Miss Moti / Kanta Kumari
12. Jungle Ki Pukar
aka Call Of The Jungle
1946 Allied Films Ramji Arya Ameena Khatoon / Usha

After 1941, he found it difficult to get films. He returned to his hometown Nashik to look after his family, farming and also started a business dealing in cucles. In 1946, he got his last film and after that, he again returned to Nashik. Master Shankar Rao Vazare died on 21-1-1949, at a very young age of only 33 years.

Shankar Rao Vazare was the favourite hero of director Kikubhai Desai (father of Manmohan Desai) for silent and talkie films. Fearless Nadia, Ashok Kumar and Kishore Kumar were his fans. Ashok Kumar used to like seeing his films. In one interview, Kishore Kumar has said – “Despite being a hero, my brother Ashok Kumar never did a fight scene on the screen. I considered Master Shankar Vazare a better hero than him ! ”

His hometown Nashik was very proud of him. During the centenary celebrations of Nashik Municipality, they published his photo and a short Biography in their souvenir. There were articles and photos published in local newspapers. His wife expired about 4 years ago and his sons continue to live in Nashik. They are proud of him.

To get a song from his films was a great problem since nothing is available on YouTube. I sent out request letters to some famous record collectors and our own Sudhir ji. All collectors replied negatively, but only Sudhir ji had just one song from the film ‘Madhu Bansari’ (1939). He sent me the song promptly. Thank you Sudhir ji for your kind help. On finding this song, Tejas Vazare and his family were overjoyed and have thanked our Sudhir ji wholeheartedly.

This song is sung by Vatsala Kumthekar, under the baton of Damodar Sharma. The film was directed by Nanubhai Vakil. The cast of the film was Master Vazare, Sarojini (sister of actress Indurani, mother of actress Azra and wife of Nanubhai Vakil ), Vatsala Kumthekar, Ganpat, Basheer, Ali etc. There were 14 songs in the film.

Acknowledgements :

–  Inputs from Tejas Vazare (grandson of Master Shankar Rao Vazare)
–  Article in newspaper ‘Lokmat’
–  Centenary book of Nashik Municipality
–  Advertisements in Times of India and Film India magazine
–  HFGK compiled by Shri Harmandir Singh ‘Hamraaz’
–  ‘Silent Filmography’ by Dr RK Verma
–  Sudhir ji
–  And my notes 🙂


Song – Rang Rasiya Aao Re (Madhu Bansari) (1939) Singer – Vatsala Kumethkar, Lyrics – [Unattributed], Music – Damodar Sharma

Lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)

rang rasiya..aa..aa
aawo re
rang rasiya..aa..aa
aawo re
jeevan ki
prem jyot ko jagaawo
rang rasiya..aa..aa
aawo re
rang rasiya..aa..aa
aawo re
jeevan ki
prem jyot ko jagaawo
rang rasiya..aa..aa
aawo re
rang rasiya..aa..aa
aawo re

lagan lagi tumhre sang pyaa..aa..aa..re
aaa aaa aaaaa aaaaa
aaa aaaa aaaa aaaaa
aaaaaa aaaaaa aaaa aaaa
aaaa aaaa
aaaaaa aaaaaaaa
lagan lagi tumhre sang pyaa..aa..aa..re..e..e
oo oo aa..aa..aa
lagan lagi tumhre sang pyaare
lagan lagi tumhre sang pyaa..aare..e..e
oo oo oo
aa aa aaaaaaa aaaaa
aaa aaa aaaa aaa aa
lagan lagi tumhre sang pyaare
mann mein bas ke tum kahaan sidhaare
mann mein bas ke tum kahaan sidhaare
aawo
aawo preetam pyaare
aawo
aawo preetam pyaare

rang rasiya
rang rasiya aawo re
rang rasiya aawo re
jeevan ki prem jyot kojagaawo
rang rasiya. . .

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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रंग रसिया॰॰आ॰॰आ
आवो रे
रंग रसिया॰॰आ॰॰आ
आवो रे
जीवन की
प्रेम ज्योत को जगावों
रंग रसिया॰॰आ॰॰आ
आवो रे
रंग रसिया॰॰आ॰॰आ
आवो रे
जीवन की
प्रेम ज्योत को जगावों
रंग रसिया॰॰आ॰॰आ
आवो रे
रंग रसिया॰॰आ॰॰आ
आवो रे

लगन लगी तुम्हरे संग प्या॰॰आ॰॰आ॰॰रे
आss आss आssss आssss
आs आss आss आssss
आssssss आsssss आsss आsss
आsss आsss
आsssss आsssssssss
लगन लगी तुम्हरे संग प्या॰॰आ॰॰आ॰॰रे॰॰ए॰॰ए
ओ ओ आ॰॰आ॰॰आ
लगन लगी तुम्हरे संग प्यारे
लगन लगी तुम्हरे संग प्या॰॰आरे॰॰ए॰॰ए
ओ ओ ओ
आ आ आssssss आssss
आs आs आsss आss आs
लगन लगी तुम्हरे संग प्यारे
मन में बस के तुम कहाँ सिधारे
मन में बस के तुम कहाँ सिधारे
आवो
आवो प्रीतम प्यारे
आवो
आवो प्रीतम प्यारे

रंग रसिया
रंग रसिया आवो रे
रंग रसिया आवो रे
जीवन की प्रेम ज्योत को जगावों
रंग रसिया॰ ॰ ॰


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

Blog Day : 3488 Post No. : 14009

In the early 1970s in Mumbai, it was quite common to see Pathan moneylenders standing outside the gates of the factories, mills, railway workshops and even some of the Government offices. Pathan moneylenders used to lend money at high interest rates, mostly to workers and subordinate staff who were in perpetual need of money. I had frequently watched them standing outside the main gate of my office, normally in pair, during the first week of every month. Their operations were always discreet without inviting any attention from the passers-by except that their distinct dress and caps would identify them to be the Pathans.

I had got the first hand information on the modus operandi of the Pathan moneylenders from one of my subordinate staff who was perpetually indebted to them. On the salary day, they would be present at the gate at the start of the office, at lunch time and the office closing time. If a borrower is not able to pay the monthly interest/principal amount, he would try to avoid the Pathans by not going out of the office during lunch time, would leave the office well before the closing time or leave late. But the network of the Pathans was so large that they would eventually catch the defaulters and get at least the interest amount by their discreet strong arm methods.

Their other occupation, that I have seen during my early years in the office, was selling dry fruits on the footpath. The Pathan would generally come around lunch time to sell the dry fruits near the gates of the office. He would continuously give high pitch commentaries describing the  quality of dry fruits and revealing the benefits of consuming dry fruits. Some passers-by would stand and watch the proceedings. Amongst these bystanders I suspected that a few of Pathans’ cronies would have themselves bought few items of dry fruits to create an aura of the demand for his dry fruits.

When the things which I described above became common, the Hindi films took cognizance of such activities which normally culminate into fun songs. For example, note the second stanza of the immortal song Din Hai Suhaana Aaj Pahli Taarikh Hai in which lalaji (generally refers to money lending Pathans) is waiting for his client to repay his loan:

kis ne pukaara ruk gaya baabu
lalaji ki jaan aaj aaya hai kaabu
o paisa zara laana
laana laana
o paisa zara laana
aaj pahli taarikh hai
khush hai zamaana aaj pahli taarikh hai

Similarly, in the song Mera Naam Abdul Rehman, Pistaawala Main Hoon Pathan from ‘Bhai Bhai’ (1956), the second stanza of the song has the following lines:

leo ji bhai saab hamaara pistaa bahut achhaa
leo ji mem saab hamaara pistaa nahi kachchaa
leo ji saab log khaayegaa aap ka baal bachchaa
khaa ke dekho very very good mera charoli baadaam pista

Very recently, I came across a similarly worded stanza in sales pitch song from the 1939 film ‘Hero No. 1’. The song is ‘Leu Ji Memsaab Hamaara Pista Bahut Achhaa’. The song is sung by actor-singer  Shyam Sundar (Sr.) on the words of Pandit Anuj, is set to music by Lallubhai Nayak. The actor-singer Shyam Sundar is not to be confused with the music director Shyam Sundar. As per his filmography, Shyam Sundar (Sr.) started his career as actor with ‘Sakhi Lutera’ (1934). He worked in over 30 films – overwhelmingly during 1930s and 40s. He has sung about 20 songs on himself in the films. It is apparent that his voice is feminist. Had I not seen his videos of the songs from ‘Hunterwali Ki Beti’ (1943), I would have assumed him to be a female singer.

So the inspiration for the second stanza of the song from ‘Bhai Bhai’ (1956) referred to above was the song under discussion which came out 15 years earlier of ‘Bhai Bhai’ (1956). I guess, Pandit Anuj may have got the inspiration for the lyrics by actually observing a Pathan selling dry fruits with his sales pitch.

‘Hero No.1’ was produced by Vijay Bhatt under the banner of Prakash Pictures and was directed by Balwant Bhatt. This action film had the cast of Jayant, Gulab, Umakant, Shirin, Lallubhai Nayak, Faizi, Munshi Khanjar, Bholaram, Ranjit, Shyam Sundar etc. There were 7 songs in the film.

With this song, the film ‘Hero No.1 (1939) makes a debut in the Blog.

[Ed Note: ‘Charoli’ is also a dry fruit. It is known by other names as ‘chironji’ or ‘chirongi’. Its English name is almondette.]


Song – Leu Ji Memsaab Hamaara Pista Bahut Achha (Hero No. 1) (1939) Singer – Shyam Sundar (Sr), Lyrics – Pandit Anuj (aka Sampatlal Shrivastav Anuj), MD – Lallubhai Nayak
Unidentified Female Voice

Lyrics

leuji memsaab
hamaara pistaa bahut achhaa
leuji saab log
hamaara pistaa nahi kachchaa
leuji memsaab
khaayega aap ka baal bachchaa
kha ke dekho very very good
meraa charoli badaam pistaa
 
banaa chatpata aalishaan
boodha kha ke hoye jawaan
banaa chatpata aalishaan
boodha kha ke hoye jawaan
khaanewaale kaa gaal hota laal. . . fauran
khaanewaale kaa gaal hota laal. . . fauran
leuji memsaab
hamaara pistaa bahut achhaa
leuji saab log
hamaara pistaa nahi kachchaa
leuji memsaab
khhaayega aap kaa baal bachchaa
khaa ke dekho very very good
mera charoli badaam pistaa
 
majedaar meri kismiss
majedaar meri kismiss
boodhi khaa ke ho jaaye miss
boodhi khaa ke ho jaaye miss
chintayen hoti dismiss. . . fauran
chintayen hoti dismiss. . . fauran

ae chokra
jara uppar aao

aaya memsaab

leuji memsaab
hamaara pista bahut achhaa
leuji saab log
hamaara pista nahi kachchaa
leuji memsaab
khaayega aap kaa baal bachchaa
khaa ke dekho very very good
mera charoli badaam pistaa

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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लेउ जी मेमसाब
हमारा पिस्ता बहॉत आच्छा
लेउ जी साब लोग
हमारा पिस्ता नाहीं काच्चा
लेउ जी मेमसाब
खाएगा आपका बाल बच्चा
खा के देखो वेरी वेरी गुड
मेरा चारोली बादाम पिस्ता

बना चटपटा आलीशान
बूढ़ा खा के होए जवान
बना चटपटा आलीशान
बूढ़ा खा के होए जवान
खानेवाले के गाल होता लाल॰॰॰ फौरन
खानेवाले के गाल होता लाल॰॰॰ फौरन
लेउ जी मेमसाब
हमारा पिस्ता बहॉत आच्छा
लेउ जी साब लोग
हमारा पिस्ता नाहीं काच्चा
लेउ जी मेमसाब
खाएगा आपका बाल बच्चा
खा के देखो वेरी वेरी गुड
मेरा चारोली बादाम पिस्ता

मजेदार मेरा किस्समिस्स
मजेदार मेरा किस्समिस्स
बूढ़ी खा के हो जाये मिस्स
बूढ़ी खा के हो जाये मिस्स
चिंताएँ होतीं डिस्समिस्स॰॰॰ फौरन
चिंताएँ होतीं डिस्समिस्स॰॰॰ फौरन

ए छोकरा
जरा ऊपर आओ

आया मेमसाब

लेउ जी मेमसाब
हमारा पिस्ता बहॉत आच्छा
लेउ जी साब लोग
हमारा पिस्ता नाहीं काच्चा
लेउ जी मेमसाब
खाएगा आपका बाल बच्चा
खा के देखो वेरी वेरी गुड
मेरा चारोली बादाम पिस्ता


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.

Saga Of Sleepless Nights – 2
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koi chupke se aa ke
sapne sulaa ke
mujhko jagaa ke boley
ke main aa raha hoon. . .

Our dear departed President had once made a statement that has now become a quotable quote, appearing in many PR campaigns and posters. He had said, “Dream is not that which you see while sleeping, it is something that does not let you sleep”.
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‘Ladies Only’ (1939) was produced under the banner of Sagar Movietone and it was directed by Sarvottam Badami. The star cast included Surendra, Bibbo, Sabita Devi, Prabha, Harish, Budho Advani, Sunalini Devi, Kaushalya etc. The film was released on 16th February 1939 and Moraraji Desai, the Revenue Minister of the then Bombay State was the chief guest.
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In my last two articles, I had discussed about the films of Mehboob Khan (as a producer as well as director) in combination with music director Anil Biswas. In the process of collecting information about the works of Mehboob Khan-Anil Biswas combination, I came across another unique association of Mehboob Khan with cinematographer, Faredoon A Irani. The uniqueness of this association is that all the films which were directed by Mehboob Khan (23 films during 1935-62) had Faredoon Irani as cinematographer.
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It is a well-known fact that when sound films came into being in 1931, majority of the films which were produced, especially in the 1930s, belonged to the genres of action, adventure, costume drama, mythology, fantasy, folk legend etc. There were few takers for films containing social, family drama and romantic themes. In a way, this was the legacy from silent films. Those who produced and directed silent films may have thought it prudent to try more or less the same genres in sound films to begin with.
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Ever since talkies came in to being in 1931, there have been some classical and semi-classical female singers who got attracted to Hindi film industry as actor-singers and playback singers in the 1930s and the 1940s. Begum Akhtar, Mukhtar Begum, Indubala, Roshanara Begum, Mallika Pukhraj, Saraswati Rane etc were some of the names that come to my mind. However, their filmy careers was short and soon they returned to the concert singing as their main vocation.

One of the lesser known names in this category of singers was Sundarabai of Poona.
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I was in the midst of writing a short write-up on a song from the film ‘Jawaani Ki Reet’ (1939) produced under the banner of New Theatres. The film was not available to view in DVD/VCD format. Luckily, I could get a short review of the film in February 1940 issue of  ‘Filmindia’ magazine which gave me some indication as to the theme of the story. The story reminded me of the film ‘Kangan’ (1939) produced under the banner of Bombay Talkies, as I had watched the 40-minute snippet of the film on YT a few days back.
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NADI KINAARE (1939) was produced under the banner of Ranjit Movietone and it was directed by Manibhai Vyas. The star cast included M Kumar, Sitara Devi, Sunita Devi, Charlie, Ghory, Indubala, Bhagwandas, Ram Marathe etc. According to an article in ‘Filmindia’ – December 1939 issue, the film was inspired from 3 Hollywood films – ‘King and The Chorus Girl’ (1937), ‘Bluebeard’s Eight Wife’ (1938) and ‘The Rage of Paris’ (1938). All these three films belong of the genre of romantic comedy.
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