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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.

‘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.

The film was a satirical comedy with an unusual end. In this film, Surendra was not a conventional hero in the sense that he did not get any of three main actresses at the end. I have made a synopsis of the story of the film based on the review published in April 1939 issue of ‘Filmindia’ which is given below:

Three girls from three different states, Bengal, Gujarat and Punjab viz Chhaaya (Prabha, Bengali), Sarojini (Sabita Devi, Gujarati) and Asha (Bibbo, Punjabi), meet at a railway station in Bombay (Mumbai). They decide to stay together for their boarding and lodging for which they rent a flat. Satish (Surendra) also meets these girls who come to know that he is passionate about music and stays opposite their rented flat.

The girls staying together for sometime now know each other’s nature. Asha, the Punjabi girl is crude, greedy, music lover, lazy, comfort seeker etc. Chhaaya, the Bengali girl is miser, coy, primitive, and childish. Sarojini, the Gujarati girl, is educated, resourceful and has a great organisational capacity but these are all at the expenses of other two girls. They also display one-upmanship about their respective states.

All the three girls not only live together, they also aim at the same man, Satish who spend much of his time with these girls either on outings or in their rented flat. One day, girls decide to visit his house across the street without notice and find a stout woman welcoming the girls. The stout woman turns out to be Satish’s wife. It is shocking for the girls. The girls walk out of the house muttering something derogatory about the men folk in general.

For Sagar Movietone, ‘Ladies Only’ (1939) gave them a good start for the year 1939 with a box office hit. This was followed by another box office success viz ‘Ek Hi Raasta’ (1939). The banner had also planned for their ambitious films like ‘Alibaba’ (1940) in Hindi and Punjabi and ‘Kumkum the Dancer’ (1940) in Hindi and Bengali. But before these films could be released, Sagar Movietone found themselves in a dire financial crunch. By the end of 1939, the banner was amalgamated with General Films to form National Studios.

‘Ladies Only’ (1939) had 11 songs written by Pandit Indra and Zia Sarhadi but the name of the specific lyricist for each song is not available. All the songs were set to music by Anupam Ghatak.

Here is the first song ‘chamke poonam ko poonam ko chaand’ from the film to appear in the Blog. The song is sung by Surendra and Bibbo. It can be observed that the structure of lyrics are not in usual form and the song is composed for Surendra and Bibbo on different notes and tempos. The song is probably picturised on them separately.

With this song, ‘Ladies Only’ (1939) makes its debut in the Blog.


Song-Chamke poonam ke poonam ko chaand (Ladies Only)(1939) Surendra, Bibbo, MD-Anupam Ghatak

Lyrics

chamke poonam ke
poonam ko chaand
chundariya mein
chundariya mein
haan
chamke poonam ke
poonam ko chaand
chundariya mein
chundariya mein

aadhi raat ko paayal baaje
aadhi raat ko paayal baaje
aadhi raat ko paayal baaje
aadhi raat ko paayal baaje
aadhi raat ko paayal baaje
oonchi atariya mein
oonchi atariya mein

chamke poonam ke
poonam ko chaand
chundariya mein
chundariya mein
haan
chamke poonam ke
poonam ko chaand
chundariya mein
chundariya mein

tan man kaa itihaas chhipa hai
tirchi najariya mein
tan man kaa itihaas chhipa hai
tirchi najariya mein
chamke poonam ke
poonam ko chaand
chundariya mein
chundariya mein

badi bedhab nainon ki maar
badi bedhab nainon ki maar
shikaari
khud ho gaya shikaar
shikaari
khud ho gaya shikaar
badi bedhab nainon ki maar
shikaari khud ho gaya shikaar
bik gayi main be-mol tol
is prem nagariya mein
bik gayi main be-mol tol
is prem nagariya mein
chamke poonam ke
poonam ko chaand
chundariya mein
chundariya mein
haan
chamke poonam ke
poonam ko chaand

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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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.

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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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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.

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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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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.

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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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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.

 

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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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.

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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“Sitaara”(1939) was directed by Ezra Mir for Everest Pictures Corporation, Bombay. The movie had Ratanbai, Khursheed Bano, Nazeer, Mubarak, Jamshedji, Aashiq Hussain, K N Singh, Sunalini, Voilet Cooper, Mirza Musharraf, Nazeer Bedi, Bibi Bai, Haidersha, Aashuji, Trivedi etc in it.
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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 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.

The first lady of Bangla cinema. And the first lady singing superstar of Indian cinema. It is said that at the height of her popularity, she required protection when she was traveling.

Remembering Kanan Devi on the anniversary of her birth today (22nd April). (It is her 99th anniversary)
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“Sapera”(1939) was directed by Debaki Bose for New Theatres, Calcutta. The movie had Pahadi Sanyal, Kanan Devi, Prithviraj Kapoor, Nawab, K C Dey, Menaka Devi, Sham Laha, Vikram Kapoor, Vinay Goswami, Satya Mukherji etc in it.
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“Aap Ki Marzi” (1939) was directed by Sarvottam Badami for Sudama Productions, Bombay. The movie had Sabita Devi, Motilal, Vasanti, Mazhar Khan, Khursheed, Sunalini Devi, K N Singh, Sethi, Kripalani etc in it.
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