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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 :

5243 Post No. : 17242

The Nightingale of Punjab – the sobriquet given to her by the film industry and the media. Today, she would have completed 93 years.

Remembering the zestful singer Surinder Kaur on her birth anniversary today.

Born in Lahore in 1929, her family moved to Ghaziabad near Delhi when the Partition happened. It was the same year that she also got married. She was already a singing star in undivided Punjab, and had made her debut as  singer on the Lahore radion station in 1943. Between 1943 and 1947, she and her elder sister Prakash Kaur recorded a number of Punjabi folk song with HMV. These songs have created a genre of their own, and continue to be the gold standard in Punjabi folk music even today, more than seventy five years after being originally recorded.

Her husband, Prakash Singh Sodhi, a professor of Punjabi Literature at Delhi University was very supportive of her career as a singer, and encouraged her to go to Bombay (now Mumbai) and make a mark for herself in the Hindi film industry. She came to Bombay in 1948, and immediately got a break, with music director Ghulam Haider giving her a chance to sing three songs in the film ‘Shaheed’. During the next four years, till 1952, she recorded more than fifty four songs in Hindi films. And then took a decision to return to Delhi. The reason that was cited was a disagreement with the climate of Bombay.

She was conferred the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Punjabi Folk Music in 1984, by the Sangeet Natak Academi, the Millennium Punjabi Singer award, and Padma Shri award in January 2006 for her contribution in Arts. The Guru Nanak Dev University conferred on her a doctorate degree in the year 2002.

Later in the year 2006, her health took a turn for the worse, and she went to United States for treatment, and to be with her daughters who are settled there. Her condition worsened and she passed away in a New Jersey hospital on 14th June, 2006. She was 77 years old.

Each of the songs that she has sung in Hindi films is a gem. The tone and character of her voice is so distinct, and her diction carries a touch of north India, and Punjab in particular. I present today this wonderful song from the 1948 film ‘Naao’. The lyrics are from the pen of DN Madhok and the music is from the mind of Gyan Dutt.

A song that tells of the state of the heart of the lady, whose beau is leaving for distant lands. The words and their rendition is simply too good –

तुम तो चले हो लगी तोड़ के
हम कित जाएँ

you are departing, breaking this alliance of hearts
alas, where can I go

 

Listen to this lovely melody, and the wonderful rendition – the voice of Surinder Kaur.

[Note: The lyrics of this song have been sent by dear Prakashchandra ji.]

Song – Tum Ho Na Ho Hamaare, Hum Ho Gaye Tumhaare (Naao) (1948) Singer – Surinder Kaur, Lyrics – DN Madhok, MD – Gyan Dutt

Lyrics (provided by Prakashchandra)

tum ho na ho hamaare
o lo ji hum ho gaye tumhaare
tum ho na ho hamaare
o lo ji hum ho gaye tumhaare
ab ho o o oo dil na dukhaana
ab ho o o oo dil na dukhaana
jaane waale pardesiya
mohe bhool na jaana
jaane waale pardesiya
mohe bhool na jaana
tum jeete hum haare
o lo ji hum ho gaye tumhaare
tum jeete hum haare
o lo ji hum ho gaye tumhaare
tum ho na ho hamaare
o lo ji hum ho gaye tumhaare

ae ji o ji ye adaayen na bhaayen
ae ji o ji ye adaayen na bhaayen
tum to chale ho lagi tod ke
hum kit jaayen
tum to chale ho lagi tod ke
hum kit jaayen
do nainon ke maare
o lo ji hum ho gaye tumhaare
do nainon ke maare
o lo ji hum ho gaye tumhaare
ab ho o o oo dil na dukhaana
jaane waale pardesiya
mohe bhool na jaana
tum jeete hum haare
o lo ji hum ho gaye tumhaare
tum ho na ho hamaare
o lo ji hum ho gaye tumhaare

o ji o ji dil sataaye hum ko
o ji o ji dil sataaye hum ko
din na kisi se katey
raat ki dil se pooch lo
din na kisi se katey
raat ki dil se pooch lo
kya jaadu kar daale
o lo ji hum ho gaye tumhaare
kya jaadu kar daare
o lo ji hum ho gaye tumhaare
ab ho o o oo dil na dukhaana
jaane waale pardesiya
mohe bhool na jaana
tum jeete hum haare
o lo ji hum ho gaye tumhaare
tum ho na ho hamaare
o lo ji hum ho gaye tumhaare

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir Kapur)
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तुम हो ना हो हमारे
ओ लो जी हम हो गए तुम्हारे
तुम हो ना हो हमारे
ओ लो जी हम हो गए तुम्हारे
अब हो ओ ओ॰॰ दिल ना दुखाना
अब हो ओ ओ॰॰ दिल ना दुखाना
जाने वाले परदेसिया
मोहे भूल ना जाना
जाने वाले परदेसिया
मोहे भूल ना जाना
तुम जीते हम हारे
ओ लो जी हम हो गए तुम्हारे
तुम जीते हम हारे
ओ लो जी हम हो गए तुम्हारे
तुम हो ना हो हमारे
ओ लो जी हम हो गए तुम्हारे

ए जी ओ जी ये अदाएं ना भाएँ
ए जी ओ जी ये अदाएं ना भाएँ
तुम तो चले हो लगी तोड़ के
हम कित जाएँ
तुम तो चले हो लगी तोड़ के
हम कित जाएँ
दो नैनों के मारे
ओ लो जी हम हो गए तुम्हारे
दो नैनों के मारे
ओ लो जी हम हो गए तुम्हारे
अब हो ओ ओ॰॰ दिल ना दुखाना
जाने वाले परदेसिया
मोहे भूल ना जाना
तुम जीते हम हारे
ओ लो जी हम हो गए तुम्हारे
तुम हो ना हो हमारे
ओ लो जी हम हो गए तुम्हारे

ओ जी ओ जी दिल सताये हमको
ओ जी ओ जी दिल सताये हमको
दिन ना किसी से कटे
रात की दिल से पूछ लो
दिन ना किसी से कटे
रात की दिल से पूछ लो
क्या जादू कर डाले
ओ लो जी हम हो गए तुम्हारे
क्या जादू कर डारे
ओ लो जी हम हो गए तुम्हारे
अब हो ओ ओ॰॰ दिल ना दुखाना
जाने वाले परदेसिया
मोहे भूल ना जाना
तुम जीते हम हारे
ओ लो जी हम हो गए तुम्हारे
तुम हो ना हो हमारे
ओ लो जी हम हो गए तुम्हारे


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 :

5202 Post No. : 17186

Today’s song is from the film Hip Hip Hurray-1948.

How many of us really know what ” Hip Hip Hurray ” means in reality ? I am sure all of us have used this slogan several times during our school and college days, whenever we were celebrating a victory of our team over the rivals or someone had earned a coveted Reward or an Honour from the authorities. I have used it many times myself, as a victory slogan etc. That was not an age when we cared for the dictionary meaning of popular words or phrases like this one. The colloquial meaning was sufficient for us.

Out of curiosity, I checked a few English dictionaries like the Oxford and the Concise Cambridge dictionary. I found that ” HHH ‘ is a cheer slogan called out to express congratulations towards someone or something. It also denoted appreciation and approval of a victory. ” So much for the meaning of this phrase !

I could not find the story of this film, despite my efforts. There was another film made in 1984 with the same title. That film was based on an Inter-Collegiate Football competition, with a background of a love story of Raj Kiran and Dipti Naval. Then there was also a TV serial, with the same title. It ran from 21-8-1998 to 25-5-2001, with 80 episodes, followed by its second season with 45 episodes , after 15 years.

Anyway, the film Hip Hip Hurray-1948 was produced by Navin Yagnik and Hari Kashmiri, for the banner ‘ Kashmir Films’. The film was directed by Arvind Sen. He had earlier acted in 2 films-Doctor-1940 and Devdasi-1945. Hip Hip Hurray -1948 was his Debut film as a director and he went on to direct another 10 films till Nasihat (1986). His 2 films Muqaddar-(1950) and Kafila-(1952) became successful. They had excellent music also.

The film’s Music Director was Pt. Hanuman Prasad. The name Hanuman Prasad paints a picture of a Pehelwan playing kushti in an akhaada. Guru Hanuman and his akhaada in North India were quite famous. In the late 50s and 60s,there were many Wrestling Championships played in India. Many Pehelwans from other countries also came here to participate. Through these bouts the name of Dara Singh became very famous and later he appeared in Hindi films. The name Hanuman rekindles memories of that era.

However, one would be reasonably surprised if I tell that Pt. Hanuman Prasad ( Sharma/Triloki) was a well known Hindi Film Music Director in the 40s and 50s. Hanuman Prasad was a complete musical package, in the sense that he composed, wrote lyrics ( Gaali, Jasoos, Saudagar and Rasilee) and sung a song also in film( Rasili)-as Sharma. He even directed the film Rasilee-46. Geeta Dutt fans will remember him as the one who discovered her and gave her the first break in Playback singing in Hindi films in 1946.

There were 2 lyricists for 9 songs (actually 11 songs). The 9th song had 3 parts on 2 different records. It was sung by different singers). However, HFGK failed to credit every song with its lyricist’s name. The cast of the film was Balwant Singh, Navin Yagnik, Nirupa Roy, Mangala, Prabhu Dayal, Kumkum, Gulab etc. and a battery of comedians like Dikshit, Bhudo Advani, Radha Kishen and Gope.

Balwant Singh was an actor and a singer. He had no song in this film and from the film ‘Apni chhaya’-1950, with Mohd. Rafi giving him the playback, his singing came to a close.

BALWANT SINGH was born in Pandoga village of Hoshiarpur on 9-12-1918 in a Jahagirdar’s family. He was quite rich. After a training from Pt. Bhishmadev in classical music, he came to Bombay and joined Bombay Talkies at the age of 18 years. He first gave Playback in Jeevan Prabhat-37.In Nirmala-38 he acted and also sang a song. Then came Durga-39 where also he acted and sang. V. Shantaram cast him in Padosi-41 and his songs in this film were hits.

He was Hero in Darpan (1941),Swapna (1942),Malan (1943),Naukar (1943),Paraya Dhan (1943), Ashirwaad (1943), Collegian (1944), Dr.Kumar (1944), Bhanwar (1947,Hip hip Hurray (1948) and Apni Chhaya-(1950) etc. As a hero he sang less songs. His songs with Shanta Hublikar (Malan) and Parul Ghosh and Khan Mastana (Bhanwar) were very popular. He also acted in Nirmala, Vachan and Kangan.

In all, he acted in 18 films, sang 20 songs in 10 films and also wrote 6 songs in the film Sumitra-1949.

He married a girl from the royal family of Palanpur, Gujarat. After leaving films, he worked in All India Radio for 4 years. Then he settled in Ahmedabad, directing Dramas and Teaching music. Finally, he shifted to Ludhiana where, after a long illness, he died on 4-12-1985.

When Balwant Singh worked for A.I.R., it was claimed that he was responsible for the making of the famous morning Signature Tune of the A.I.R., and despite all presentations to several authorities, he was not given the credit for this. His son also claimed this in his interview given to our friend Shishir Krishna Sharma, for his Blog ” Beete hue din”. When I read his interview on the Blog and the You Tube, I wrote to Sharma ji, pointing out to him that this tune was made by the German refugee in India- Walter Kaufmann and NOT Balwant Singh. My E Mail dated 21-4-2021, to him is given here….

Dear Sharma ji,

I visited YouTube and heard your presentation.
I have also read what is written in your post about Balwant Singh on your Blog.
I would like to bring to your notice that it seems this Signature Tune of A.I.R. was NOT made by Balwant Singh,
but by one Walter Kaufmann, when he worked for All India Radio from 1934 to 1946.
There is a book ” THE MUSIC THAT STILL RINGS AT DAWN, EVERY DAWN”
Walter Kauffmann in India, 1934 – 1946
Author – Amrit Gangar
Published by Goethe Institut, Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai. 2013

Chapter 3 in this book is THE ALL INDIA RADIO, on page 36.

In this chapter it has been given in detail, with proofs in terms of several letters etc about the signature tune made by him for A.I.R.
There is an interview of the son of Dinkar Amembel, station Director, Bombay AIR, who says that Dinkar had played the Tanpura and
Mehli Mehta played the Violin.

I have this book, gifted to me by the author.

When you come back to Mumbai, you can visit me and see the book entries yourself.
I am fully convinced that the tune was done by Walter Kaufmann only.
It is possible that that is the reason why Balwant Singh’s claim was not entertained ever !

However, for whatever reasons, the said point was neither removed from his Blog nor the YouTube presentation.

Today’s song is sung by 4 singers namely, Geeta Roy, Zohrabai Amabalawali, G.M. Durani and Shamshad Begum. It is a good song. Enjoy….


Song- Jawaani hum guzaaren tumhaare aasre (Hip Hip Hurray)(1948) Singers- G.M.Durrani, Geeta Roy, Zohrabai Ambalabai, Shamshad Begum, Lyricist- Not known, MD- Pt. Hanuman Prasad

Lyrics

hahahahahaha
hahaha
hmmhm hm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm
hmm hmm hm hmm hmm hmm
jawaani hum guzaaren
guzaaren
jawaani hum guzaare
tumhaare aasre
hum tumhare aasre
tumhaare aasre
hum tumhare aasre

jabse hua hai milan
mera man hai magan
mujhko chhod akeli
kahin jaao na sajan
o kahin jaao na sajan
main to teri nazar se
rahoon saath saath re
poori hogi aas re
aao jawaani hum guzaare guzaare
guzaare
tumhaare aasre
hum tumhare aasre
tumhaare aasre
hum tumhare aasre

?? sapnon ??
??
ise looto na raani
tum door se mere jiya mein chubh ??
aao ?? re
aaja paas paas re
poori hogi aas re
aao jawaani hum guzaaren
guzaaren
tumhaare aasre
hum tumhaare aasre
tumhaare aasre
hum tumhaare aasre

tum aayi to le aayi
ummeedon ka savera
hansi khushi ki har ek shaam
aur pyaar ka basera
tere rain basere mein
kaatenge ?? re
kaatenge ?? re
hum rachenge raas re
hum rachenge raas re
aao jawaani hum guzaaren
guzaaren
tumhaare aasre
hum tumhaare aasre
tumhaare aasre
hum tumhaare aasre

?? hai
muhabbat zindagi mein museebat ka ?? hai
pyaar karo to bahaar chhaye
ho jaaye ?? baat re
?? baat re
hum rachenge raas re
poori hogi aas re
aao jawaani hum guzaaren
guzaaren
tumhaare aasre
hum tumhaare aasre
tumhaare aasre
hum tumhaare aasre
jawaani hum guzaaren
guzaaren
jawaani hum guzaaren
tumhaare aasre
hum tumhaare aasre
tumhaare aasre
hum tumhaare aasre


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Blog Day :

5173 Post No. : 17144

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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2012-2022) – Song No. 92
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This date ten years ago (viz 16 September 2012) saw seven songs from seven different movies getting covered in the blog.

Here are the details:-

Blog post number Song Movie (Year) Remarks
6646 Kitaab e dard mein likha mere gham ka fasaana hai Sultaana(1934) 2 songs covered out of 13 by now
6647 Sapnon mein aane waale Ham Ek Hain (1946) Movie YIPPEED by now
6648 Duniya ne teri duniya waale Deedaar (1951) Movie YIPPEED by now
6649 Dil yoon yoon karta hai Heer Ranjha (1948) 5 songs covered out of 11 by now
6650 Kitni jawaan hai raat koi yaad aa gaya Aazaad (1955) Movie YIPPEED by now
6651 Saathi tere naam ek din jeewan kar jaayenge Ustaadi Ustaad Se(1981) One song covered out of 6
6652 Chaand sifaarish jo karta hamaari Fanaa(2006) 3 songs covered out of 5 by now

One can see that three movies (out of 7) whose songs were covered on this date ten years ago have since been YIPPEED. That leaves us with four movies that are eligible for Blog Ten Year CHallenge today (16 September 2022).

“Heer Ranjha”(1948) is an eligible movie for Blog Ten Year Challenge today.

“Heer Ranjha”(1948) was produced and directed by Wali Sahab for Punjab Film Corporation. The movie had Mumtaz Shanti, Ghulam Mohammad (actor), Gulab, Roop Kamal, Majnu, Ramlal, Gulnar, Malik Amin, Aziz, Minaayi, Neeladevi, Aziz Kashmiri, Nauratavi etc in it.

“Heer Ranjha”(1948) had 11 songs in it. Five songs have been covered by now.

Here is the sixth song from the movie to appear in the blog. The song is sung by Geeta Dutt and G M Durrani. Wali Sahab is the lyricist. Music is composed by Aziz Khan.

Lyrics of the song and other details were sent to me by Prakashchandra.

audio link:

Song-Qafas ki qaid mein (Heer Ranjha)(1948) Singers-Geeta Dutt, G M Durrani, Lyrics-Wali Khan, MD-Aziz Khan
Both

Lyrics(Provided by Prakashchandra)

Qafas ki qaid mein aen
qafas ki qaid mein
hamko o hai yaad-e-aashiyaan baaqi
hai yaad-e-aashiyaan baaqi
abhi hai aansuon mein
muskuraane ke nishaan baaqi
qafas ki qaid mein aen

tumhaara kaarwaan aan
manzil pe jaa pahunchaa
khudaa haafiz
manzil pe jaa pahunchaa khudaa haafiz
tumhara kaarwaan aan aan
manzil pe jaa pahunchaa
khudaa haafiz
jaa pahunchaa khudaa haafiz
tumhaarey bhi ee ee ee
tumhaarey bhi lipatney ko
hai gard-e-kaarwaan baaqi
hai gard-e-kaarwaan baaqi
qafas ki qaid mein aen

jinhein jalnaa hai woh o
jal jal ke bujhte
aur bhi jalte hain
to bujhney par bhi jalte hain
jinhein jalnaa hai woh o o
jal jalke bujhte
aur bhi jalthe hain
to bujhney par bhi jalte hain
ke shammaa bujh chuki hai
ke shammaa bujh chuki hai
aur hai uska dhuaan baaqi
aur hai uskaa dhuaan baaqi
qafas ki qaid mein aen

pahunchne ko pahunch
jaaoonga manzil par
magar us din
pahunch jaaoongaa par us din
ke manzil hogi manzil par r r r r r
ke manzil hogi manzil par
na manzil ka nishaan baaqi
na manzil ka nishaan baaqi

qafas ki qaid mein
hamko o hai yaad-e-aashiyaan baaqi
hai yaad-e-aashiyaan baaqi


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 :

5168 Post No. : 17137

Today’s song is from yet another Historical movie-Padmini-1948. Like the last post, even this film story is connected with Rajasthan, by coincidence.

The film was made by the Punjab Film Corporation, Bombay – owned by the Producer, Director and Lyricist of this film – Wali Sahab. Music Director was Ghulam Haider and the cast consisted of Mumtaz Shanti (wife of the director Wali Sahab), Ashok kumar, Mumtaz Ali, Maya Devi, Neelam, Sultana, A.Shah and others.

Film Padmini-48 was the second Historical movie in which Ashok Kumar had ‘acted’. The first one was ” Humayun”-1945. In that film, according to Isaq Mujawar, author of several books on old films and artistes,” Ashok kumar was ridiculed by the theatre audience for his feminine acting and running with the war gear on the screen. he looked so funny in that attire that whole audience was laughing loudly at him” (book-Screenplay). Obviously, Ashok Kumar, who had an image of a simple romantic Hero in the Bombay Talkies films with Devika Rani and later with Leela Chitnis, was a misfit in the Historical role. Looks like he did not realise this or did not care for it and accepted the second such film again.

Same case was with Ashok Kumar’s Mythological films. The first mythological film that he acted in was ‘ Savitri”-1937 with Devika Rani as Savitri. Ashok Kumar was still a new actor and this was his only 4th film. He had yet to get branded as a Romantic hero, but the Mythological role of Satyawan did not suit him at all. When one sees some photos of this film, one will be confused as to who is Satyawan and who is Savitri. Even in the photos he looked so odd and awkward. In Spite of this, he acted in another Mythological film ” Uttara Abhimanyu “-1946, with Shanta Apte. Here, he was Abhimanyu and did not suit the role at all due to his age, which was 35 years. Shanta Apte as Uttara was also over 30 years old. Thankfully, good sense prevailed and Ashok Kumar did not act in such films in the Hero’s role thereafter !

In the film Padmini-1948, actress Sultana had done a role. Her sisters Zubeida and Shehzadi had quit films in late 30’s after their marriage, but Sultana continued in films. Sultana, also known as Sultana Razaaq, was one of the earliest film actresses from India and acted both in silent movies and later in talkie movies. She was daughter of India’s first female film director, Fatima Begum. Zubeida (leading actress of India’s first talkie film Alam Ara -1931) was the younger sister of Sultana. The youngest sister was Shehzadi-also an actress. Actress Mehtab (Sohrab Modi’s wife), whose real name was Najma, was the step sister of these girls. Najma was the daughter of Marium, one of the wives of Nawab of Sachin.

Sultana was among the few girls who entered films at a time when it was not considered an appropriate profession for girls from respectable families, let alone Royalty. Born in the Surat city of Gujarat in western India, Sultana was a stunningly beautiful Muslim princess, the daughter of Nawab Siddi Ibrahim Muhammad Yakut Khan III of Sachin State and Fatima Begum. She had two sisters, Zubeida and Shehzadi, both actresses. However, there is no record of a marriage or a contract having taken place between the Nawab and Fatima Bai or of the Nawab having recognised any of her children as his own, a prerequisite for legal paternity in Muslim family law. Actually, the Nawab had 3 wedded wives and Fatima was an ‘ outside’ arrangement.

Sultana was a popular actress in the silent movie era, usually cast in romantic roles. She started her career as an actress in Veer Abhimanyu (1922) film in 1920s and later performed in several silent films. Later, she also acted in talkie movies. Sultana did sexy roles in films and earned a name as “Sultry Sultana”. She acted in 20 Silent films. She continued acting after the Talkie films started and worked in 19 Talkie films. Her last film was ‘ Girdhar Gopal ki Meera’-1949.. She came into limelight when she filed a case against Yassir Hussain Lalji, son of the chief of Bombay Municipality, in 1931, claiming to be his wife and demanding a sum of Rs. 5 lakhs in those days !

When India was partitioned in 1947, she migrated to Pakistan with her husband, a wealthy man named Seth Razaaq. Her daughter, Jamila Razaaq, was also encouraged by her to act in Pakistani films and she produced a film in Pakistan, named Hum Ek hain (1961), written by famous scriptwriter, Fayyaz Hashmi. The film was partly shot in colour, which was rare those days, but it failed miserably and Sultana stopped producing any films afterwards.

Sultana’s daughter, Jamila Razaaq, married the well known Pakistani cricketer Waqar Hasan, who is the brother of filmmaker Iqbal Shehzad. He runs a business under the name National Foods at Karachi. (Author’s note- This is based on information collated from the book ‘Asli Nakli Chehere’ by Vithal Pandya, Blog of P.Kamalakar, 1946 Film Directory, pak.mag site and my notes, with thanks to all)

Another unknown name in the cast is A.Shah. Here is some information on him. An actor who was quite a popular comedian those days was A Shah aka Aziz Shah. He was born in 1910, at Sialkot. He did not have much schooling, except primary education at Lyallpur and at Islamia High School, Lahore. Due to his rich and sweet voice, he used to recite Holy Quran, on farmaish. He wrote poetry also.

He joined Saroj Movietone in 1930, under Mohan Bhavnani as an artiste at Rs.40 p.m. He acted in ‘Shakuntala’-31 and ‘Gul Bakavli’-32. He had to take a 2 year break, due to an illness. Back in Bombay, he worked in the film ‘Fidai Tohid’-34 as a hero. He gave music to the film ‘Gunehgar’-36. He wrote dialogues for ‘Mother India’-38 and ‘Daughters of India’-39. His first comic role was in Ranjit’s ‘Mirza Sahiban’-35. He became famous with his role in Punjabi film ‘Kurmai’-41.

His best role came in ‘Sharada’-42, as Munshi Udharchand Shikarpuri. This was repeated by him in the film ‘Keemat’-46. Some of his 11 films were, ‘Dhandora’-41, ‘Armaan’-42, ‘Sukh Dukh’-42, ‘Kanoon’-43, ‘Sanjog’-43, ‘Geet’-44 and ‘Ek Din Ka Sultan’-45, and Padmini-48.After 1948, he stopped acting and wrote lyrics in films like ‘Raat Ki Rani’-49, ‘Namoona’-49 and ‘Ek Teri Nishani’-49. After this he possibly migrated to Pakistan and we have no further information about him anymore. Baburao Patel of Film India magazine was his fan.( Adapted from Film Directory-46 and pak.mag with thanks.)

Today’s song is from the early career of Geeta Roy when she was new, not very well known and with a fresh melodious voice. The song is very sweet. Music is by Ghulam Haider, who was in a hurry to migrate to Pakistan. He was one of the very few popular and successful MDs in undivided India, who went to Pakistan and did not do that well there. Not only that, he suffered from Cancer and died within 2 years of going to Pakistan. This is in contrast to many other MDs, who were ordinary and not so popular in India, became highly successful, popular and famous in Pakistan Some such examples are Nissar Bazmi, Tufail Faruqi, G.A.Chishti (Babaji) etc etc.

The producer, Director and lyricist of this film was Wali Saheb who also migrated to Pakistan soon after, along with his wife Mumtaz Shanti. Just for information, Mumtaz Shanti’s mother was a Hindu named Shanti and father was a Muslim-Mumtaz Shah. That’s how she called herself Mumtaz Shanti.

I am not giving the story of this film, because the story of beautiful queen Padmini and her Jauhar, along with hundreds of other women, to save their honour from the army of Allauddin khilji is very well known.


Song- Mere angna kaag na boley (Padmini)(1948) Singer- Geeta Roy, Lyricist- Wali Sahab, MD- Ghulam Haider

Lyrics

Mere angna kaag na boley
ke nain mere ae kajle bharey

mere angna kaag na boley ae
mere angna kaag na boley
ke nain mere
ke nain mere kajle bhare ae
kajal bharey
mera dhak dhak jiyra doley
ke nain mere kajle bhare ae
kajle bharey
mere angana kaag na boley

tere nain baan man bhaaye re
tere nain baan man bhaaye re
man piya piya nit gaaye re
man piya piya nit gaaye re
koi piya ko jaa ke bataaye re
ke nain mere
ke nain mere kajle bhare ae
kajle bhare
mere angana kaag na boley
nain mere kajle bhare ae
kajle bharey
mere angna kaag na boley

mere man ke meet harjaai re
mere man ke meet harjaai re
meri gaaon gaaon ruswaai re
meri gaaon gaaon ruswaai re
main to preet kiye pachhtaai re
ke nain mere
ke nain mere kajle bharey ae
kajle bharey
mere angna kaag na boley
nain mere kajle bharey ae
kajle bharey

pehle kar ke pyaar ki batiyaan
haay pehle kar ke pyaar ki batiyaan
paachhe bheji na prem ki patiyaan
paachhe bheji na prem ki patiyaan
maine nainon mein kaati saari ratiyan
ke nain mere
ke nain mere kajle bharey ae
kajle bharey
mere angna kaag na boley ae
mere angana kaag na boley
nain mere kajle bharey ae
kajle bharey
mere angna kaag na boley


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Blog Day :

5116 Post No. : 17064

Today’s song is from the film Chanda ki Chandani-1948.

The film was directed by Dwaraka Khosla, the lyricist was D.N.Madhok and the music Director was Gyan Dutt.

When I was looking at the cast of this film, my eyes were stuck on one name and a smile came to my face.

From the day films started being made in India, in the first stage, no one was ready to work in films. In the second stage, no one from a respectable family was coming forward to work in films. In the third stage, very few educated people joined the films. However, as the film industry got well established, the picture changed and highly educated people from respectable families joined Cinema world. Not only that, working in films became a matter of prestige. It brought fame and money both ! The film industry attracted all talented people from various places.

Working in films also became an attraction for many producers, directors, lyricists, singers, music directors,cinematographers, choreographers etc. In fact, people who had no direct involvement in the actual role playing too became attracted to be seen on the silver screen. Thus, we find many examples of such ‘ unconnected ‘ film personalities to appear on the silver screen at least once.

Take the case of Music Director S.N.Tripathi, for example. When he joined the film industry through Bombay talkies, for fun, he first did a small role in the film Jeevan Naiya-1936, which was also the first film of Ashok Kumar as a Hero. But after that film, after 10 years, he started acting in films and finally he ended up acting in 83 films in his career, while giving music to 107 films and even directing 10 films ! This is the charisma of films !!. Another example I remember offhand is that of music director Jaikishen ( of Shankar- Jaikishen fame), who appeared as a singer in the film Begunah-1957.

Among lyricists, I remember Dewan Sharar, doing a small role in the film Karma-1933, who ended up appearing in 7 more films in the next 20 years ! Not only this, but even Lata Mangeshkar ( initially as a need), Asha Bhosle, R D Burman etc have appeared on the silver screen. Mukesh and Talat Mehmood had done Hero’s roles too. There could be many such examples and our readers can quote them.

In my younger days ( which was too long ago ! ), I remember Alfred Hitchcock, director of Murder mystery films, had the habit of appearing at least once in evry film that he made, either as a part of a crowd or in a negligible cameo role. During that period, it became a craze all over the world to spot him in his films- which was a difficult task and people saw films many times just to locate him.

All this came to my mind, when I saw the name of Neelkanth Tiwari in the cast of the film Chanda ki Chandani-1948. Tiwari was a well known author and a lyricist in Hindi films. This winner of Sahitya Academy Award, had a penchant for appearing on Silver screen. He appeared in at least 2 films – Apna paraya-1942 and Chanda ki Chandani-1948. He is also said to have appeared along with Dev Anand (with whom he was quite close) in one of his films- name of which I do not know. Not only this he also sang a song in his first film Nirdosh-1941 !

Other members of the cast of this film were Jairaj, Rehana, E.Bilimoria, Moni Chatterjee, Kesari, Veera, Ameer bano etc. The case of E. Bilimoria is strange. He became an actor by accident (reminds me of Motilal and Ranjan too). In the early era of the Talkie films the Bilimoria brothers were very famous. First it was D (Dinshaw) and then came E (Eddie) Bilimoria. Eddie was born at Bilimora,in Gujarat, in 1900. At the age of just 13 years he ran away from house to Kirkee (near Poona), to his uncle, to become a Fireman in Railways. Here, he became a Door keeper in a Cinema house and also learnt operating the film projector. Due to ill health, he was brought to Bombay.

One day he went to Imperial Studio to meet his brother Dinshaw, who worked in films. Mistaking him to be Dinshaw, make-up was done to him and he played a role in the film ‘Punjab Mail’. Then onwards he started working regularly in films. As a Hero his first silent film was ‘Raj Ramani’. He worked as Hero in 7 Imperial films and 10 films of Ranjit Studio. His Heroines were Putli, Shanta, Sultana. Madhuri, Padma, Panna and others. When Talkie films started he was Hero in 32 films made by Ranjit, opposite Gauhar, Shanta, Kamla, Mehtab, Madhuri and Sitara etc. He worked in 15 films opposite Madhuri only. Fencing, shooting and horse riding were his specialties as a stunt Hero. He was the First in India to wear Cowboy dress in stunt films.

Char chakram-32, Miss 1933-33, and Nadira-34 were his Hit films. In the film ‘ Sipahi ki sajni’-36, he jumped into Sea from a flying plane, without duplicate. Daredevil stunts were his hallmark. There were hundreds of stitches on his body. After 1939 he stopped getting Hero roles, so he did other character roles. After 1953, he was reduced to only an Extra. He did acting till 1973 and then took up a job in a Fridge and AC shop. He stayed in a flat in Kemps corner in Bombay. His last days were not very happy. E.Bilimoria died on 18-2-1981 at Bombay.

He acted in 73 Talkie films, directed 1 film ( sone ki chidiya-48) and also sang 4 songs in 4 films. His first film was Radha Rani-32 and last was Honeymoon-73.
( adapted from ‘Inhe na Bhulana’ (in Gujarati) by Harish Raghuwanshi, with thanks.)

Another name of interest was that of Veera. This name too may not be known to many. Veera was from a Parsi family.Her full name was Veera Ankaleshwaria. Obviously, her family came from Ankaleshwar,a small industrial town(now), in Gujarat. She started her career in films as a Heroine opposite Nasir khan in the film Mazdoor-1945. Then came Shikari-46 and later Eight days-46, both had Ashok Kumar as the Hero. Both the films were from Filmistan. Her last film as Heroine was Tohfa, opposite Rehman and Leela opposite Agha , both films from 1947. Then she stopped getting Heroine roles and shifted to side roles. In all she did 22 films.

Her other films were, Veena, Ziddi, Chanda ki Chandani- all 48, Sanwaria-49, Hamara Ghar and hamari beti- 1950, Hamari shaan, Ramjanma and Sagar-1951, Aasmaan, izzat, Moti mahal, Sanskar and Shin shinaki boobla boo-all1952, Dana Pani-53, Boot polish and Sheeshe ki deewar both 1954.

She married Mohsin Abdulla, who had worked in Bombay Talkies as a writer. He was the younger brother of actress Renuka Devi ( Begum Mirza) and ex husband of actress Neena (Shaheeda). After the marriage, both migrated to Pakistan in 1955. No news after that.

Today’s song is a good one, sung by Sulochana Chavan and B. Hussain. I do not know who this B. Hussain was. HFGK mentions the singer of this song as Geeta Roy, but the names on the actual gramophone record are different. This song and the record photo was uploaded by Jaffer Bhai. Thanks to him for this rare song. Let us enjoy this duet – which is the 7th song of this film to feature on this Blog.


Song- Kaali kaali raat hai (Chanda Ki Chaandni)(1948) Singers- Sulochana Kadam, B Hussain, Lyricist- D N Madhok, MD- Gyan Dutt
Both

Lyrics

kaali kaali raat hai
kaali kaali raat hai
gar saas teri so jaaye to kuchh baat hai
kaali kaali raat hai
gar saas teri so jaaye to kuchh baat hai
kaali kaali raat hai
kaali kaali raat hai

lo ghir ghir baadal aa gaye
aa morey raaja
hum ghabra gaye
lo ghir ghir baadal aa gaye
aa morey raaja
hum ghabra gaye
tu to ghabra gayi
mera dhadke hai dil
tu to ghabra gayi
mera dhadke hai dil
tu makkhi ban ke
kabootar ban ke
o sajni aa ke raat beeti jaat hai
raat beeti jaat hai

per maa teri so jaaye to kya baat hai
per saas teri so jaaye to kuchh baat hai
kaali kaali raat hai
kaali kaali raat hai

jo main jaanti
saasu ka raaz ghar mein hoga
jo main jaanti
saasu ka raaz ghar mein hoga
kabhi na aati
kunwaari hi rah jaati
jo main jaanti
saasu ka raaz ghar mein hoga
kabhi na aati
kunwaari hi rah jaati
jo main jaanta
meri dushman hai meri maata
jo main jaanta
meri dushman hai meri maata
zehar ka pyaala pee ke
kabhi ka mar jaata
jo main jaanta
meri dushman hai meri maata
zehar ka pyaala pee ke
kabhi ka mar jaata

udhar padi to khabardaar
ye last hai
kaali kaali raat hai
kaali kaali raat hai
per saas teri so jaaye to kuchh baat hai
per maa teri so jaaye to kya baat hai
kaali kaali raat hai
kaali kaali raat hai


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Blog Day :

5106 Post No. : 17047

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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2012-2022) – Song No. 69
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This date ten years ago (viz 11 July 2012) saw six songs from six different movies getting covered in the blog. Here are the details:-

Blog Post number Song Movie (Year) Remarks
6213 Chaand mere kyun door khada sharmaaye Chandralekha (1948) 7 songs covered out of 11 by now
6214 Do din ki bahaar Dulaari(1949 Movie YIPPEED by now
6215 Hazaaron khwaahishen aisi ki har khwaahish pe dam nikley Ghaayal(1951) 5 songs covered out of 11 by now
6216 Jaa re baadal Kailashpati(1962) 3 songs covered out of 16 by now
6217 Tum jahaan ho wahaan kyaa ye mausam nahin Road To Sikkim(1969) One song covered out of 8 by now
6218 Kab talak shamma jali yaad nahin Painter Babu (1983) 3 songs covered out of 7 by now

We can observe that one movie (out of six) whose songs were covered ten years ago on this date has since been YIPPEED. Other five movies are eligible for Blog Ten Year Challenge today (11 July 2022).

“Chandralekha”(1948) was the first movie whose song was discussed on 11 july 2012 and it is the first movi whose song is getting covered ten year later on the same day.

“Chandralekha”(1948) was directed by S S Vasan for Pioneer Pictures, Madras. The movie had T R Rajkumari, M K Raadha, Ranjan, Sundari Bai, Yashodhara Katjoo, L Narayan Rao, Subbayya Pillai, V H Janaki,H Krishnamurthy, B S Kalla, A K Chopra, Sundar Rao, Varalakshmi etc in it.

The movie had 11 songs in it. Seven songs are covered in the blog so far.

Here is the eighth song from “Chandralekha”(1948) to appear in the blog. The song is sung by Uma Devi and Moti. Pt Indra Chandra is the lyricist. Music is composed by S Rajeshwar Rao.

The song is picturised on T R Rajkumari and M K Radha who are seen riding a chariot while lip syncing this song.

Lyrics of the song and other details were sent to me by Prakashchandra.

video link:

audio link:

Song-Bichhde dil aaj miley aaj miley hain (Chandralekha)(1948) Singers-Uma Devi, Moti , Lyrics-Pt Indra Chandra, MD-S Rajeshwar Rao
Uma Devi + Moti

Lyrics(Provided by Prakashchandra)

bichhdey dil aaj miley aaj miley hain
haan hhaan aaj miley hain
bichhdey dil aaj miley aaj miley hain
haan hhaan aaj miley hain
armaanon ke phool khiley
phool khiley hain
haan haan phool khiley hain aen
armaanon ke phool khiley phool khiley hain
haan hhaan phool khiley hain

chaand bhi jawaan….aaan…aan
chaandni bhi jawaan hai
chaand bhi jawaan….aaan…aaan
chaandni bhi jawaan hai
ummeedon se bharpoor saara jahaan hai
ummeedon se bharpoor saara jahaan hai

boli chaandni
haan boli chaandni
boli chaandni
haan boli chaandni
kahaan chaley aey ae aey ae aey ae ae
kahaan chaley aey ae aey ae aey ae ae
kahaan chaley aey ae aey ae aey ae ae
kahaan chaley aey ae aey ae aey ae ae
bichchdey dil aaj miley aaj miley hain
haan haan aaj miley hain
haan haan aaj miley aaj miley aaj miley hain..aen


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Blog Day :

5103 Post No. : 17039

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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2012-2022) – Song No. 65
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This date ten years ago (viz 8 July 2012) saw six songs from six different movies getting covered in the blog. Here are the details:-

Blog post number Song Movie (Year) Remarks
6195 Koi din zindagi ke gungunaakar hi bitaata hai Gunjan(1948) 4 songs covered out of 9
6196 Zara sun lo ham apne pyaar ka afsaana kehte hain Baazaar(1949) 15 songs covered out of 16
6197 Mohabbat karne waalon ka yahi anjaam hota hai Aankhen (1950) Movie YIPPEED by now
6198 Tera khayaal dil se mitaaya nahin abhi Doraaha(1952) 5 songs covered out of 8
6199 Murga murgi pyaar se dekhen Do Kaliyaan(1968) Movie YIPPEED by now
6200 Ye wahi geet hai jisko maine Maan Jaayiye(1972) Movie YIPPEED by now

We can observe that three movies (out of six) whose songs were covered on this date ten years ago have since been YIPPEED. That leaves us with three movies that are eligible for Blog Ten Year Challenge today.

“Gunjan”(1948) is one of three eligible movies.

“Gunjan”(1948) was produced by Nalini Jaiwant and directed by Virendra C Desai for Nalini Productions, Bombay. The movie had Nalini Jaywant, Trilok Kapoor, Balraj Sahni, David, Veena Kumari, Pandey, Purnima Chaudhary, Keshav Purohit, Narbada Shankar, Nakuj Malik, S Akhtar, Pandit Kaul, Baby Sukanya etc in it.

The movie had nine songs in it. Four songs have been covered so far.

Here is the fifth song from ‘Gunjan”(1948) to appear in the blog. The song is sung by Nalini Jaiwant. S R Saaz is the lyricist. Music is composed by Ashok Ghosh.

The song is reminiscent of the popular song “Afsaana likh rhi hoon” of those days.

Only the audio of the song is available, but it is clear that the song was picturised on Nalini aiwant herself.

Lyrics of the song were sent to me by Prakashchandra.


Song-Rote huye ko aur rulaata hai zamaana (Gunjan)(1948) Singer-Nalini Jaiwant, Lyrics-S R Saaz, MD-Ashok Ghosh

Lyrics(Provided by Prakashchandra)

rote huye ko aur rulaataa hai ae zamaanaa
aansoo na bahaanaa..aa aa
aansoo na bahaanaa
rote huye ko aur rulaataa hai ae zamaanaa
aansoo na bahaanaa aa aa
aansoo na bahaanaa

ye aansoo hain mitaati huyi
khushiyon ki nishaani..eee
ye aansoo hain mithaati huyi
khushiyon ki nishaani..eee
seeney mein chhupaa ley ye ae
motiyon ka khazaanaa..aa aa
yoon hi na lutaanaa
rote huye ko aur rulaataa hai ae zamaanaa
aansoo na bahaanaa aa aa
aansoo na bahaanaa

mat keh ke tooney
aaj tak dekhi nahin khazaa
mat keh ke tooney
aaj tak dekhi nahin khazaa
mil jaayegaa zamaaney ko
hansney kaa bahaanaa..aa..aa
ye raaz chhupaanaa
rote huye ko aur rulaataa hai ae zamaanaa
aansoo na bahaanaa..aa aa
aansoo na bahaanaa

kya jaaney kab sulag padey
bujhtey..ae huye armaan..aan..aan
kya jaaney kab sulag padey/padein
bujhtey..ae huye armaan..aan
beetey dinon ki yaad na
is dil ko jalaa naa/jalaanaa
achcha hai bhulaanaa
rote huye ko aur rulaataa hai ae zamaanaa
aansoo na bahaanaa..aa aa
aansoo na bahaanaa


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Blog Day :

5069 Post No. : 16987

Today’s song is from the film ‘Mala The Mighty’ (1948).

When I had first heard the name of this film, I wondered how ‘Mala’- a girl can be mighty ? I could never imagine that Mala could be a male’s name too. It was only after I grew up and toured the Eastern India (read W.B.) for official work, I came across this strange phenomenon – where, what is considered as an exclusive feminine name in the rest of India, could be a male’s name too ! Names like Mrinal, Vimal, Kamal, Jyoti, Mridul, Daya, Champavati, Devki, Dwaraka, Hiran etc. India truely is unique !

Film ‘Mala The Mighty’ was described as a costume drama, but clearly it was a C grade jungle film. The film’s other name was also ‘Sher-e-Jungle’. The film was produced by Basant Pictures of Homi Wadia. Homi was the younger brother of JBH Wadia and they were joint owners of Wadia Movietone, which was famous for making action/stunt films in the 30’s and the 40’s. The arrival of Fearless Nadia into Wadia Movietone strengthened its fortunes, The younger brother Homi Wadia fell in love with Nadia. he wanted to marry her, but his mother was against it. Therefore, only after his mother’s death, Homi married the then 51 year old Nadia and she became NADIA WADIA !

In 1942 there was a dispute between the brothers. The elder JBH Wadiawanted to make social and other genre films, while Homi wanted to continue with action/stunt films. He felt the financial risks were much less in action films and as such they already had a very good team of actors. In the end Homi Wadia formed his own Basant Pictures. The whole team led by Nadia joined Homi’s production house. Wadia Movietone had the non-human participants for stunt films, like the horse -Punjab Ka Beta, a Dog – Tiger and a Motor car – Rolls Royce Ki Beti. Homi Wadia made a new team with the Horse – Rajpoot, Dog – Moti, Motor Car – Austin Ki Bachhi and in addition they had a motorcycle – Runnio.

Home Wadia had the winning lead pair of Nadia and John Cawas for stunt films. By 1948, Nadia had reached the midpoint of her career. From 1933, in 15 years’ time she had done 28 action/stunt films. She slowed down and in the next 11 years she did 15 films only. Homi was always on the lookout for an actress who would take over from Nadia. First he got actress Radha Rani who did only 7 films for him and left. Then he found actress Leela- about whom no information is available. There was a time when several Leelas were acting in Hindi films – like Leela Chitnis, Leela Desai, Leela Chandragiri, Leela Gupte, Leela Pawar, Leela Sawant, Singer Leela Mehta and later on Leela Naidu. Out of these Leela Pawar, Leela Sawant and Leela Gupte were acting in stunt films of mainly Master Bhagwan. But Wadia’s Leela was not known. Anyway, she did only a few films, got married and left films.

Cast of the film was John Cawas, Leela, Dalpat, Azim, Shri Bhagwan, Shyamsunder, Waman Talpade and a few others. The film was also directed by John Cawas. A physical culturist, John Cawas was born in 1910 in Jubbulpore, Madhya Pradesh state. Athletic, handsome,  and with an impressive physique (he won the 1930 All-India Bodybuilding Championship), John was a natural choice for the action flicks that had become so popular in the 1930s.

Hailing from a Parsi family he appeared as an extra in Wadia Movietone’s ‘Noor-e-Yaman’ (1935) which led to supporting roles in that company’s films ‘Desh Deepak’ (1935), ‘Hunterwali’ (1935) and ‘Miss Frontier Mail’ (1936), all featuring stunt queen Fearless Nadia, who he would continue to work with in countless other films.

He quickly graduated to lead roles in pictures like ‘Toofani Tarzan’ (1937), ‘Diamond Queen’ (1940), ‘Stunt King’ (1944), ‘Black and White’ (1944), ‘Atom Bomb’ (1947), ‘Maya Mahal’ (1949), ‘Jungle Ka Jaadu’ (1955), ‘Magic in Baghdad’ (1956), ‘Diler Daku’ (1957), and ‘Circus Queen’ (1959). He acted in 40 films, out of which he worked in 26 films with Fearless Nadia. He also directed 3 films – ‘Mala The Mighty’ (1948), ‘Baghdad Ka Jaadu’ (1956) and ‘Zimbo Ka Beta’ (1966).

Not content with just acting, he also kept busy as an assistant director, director, and writer on numerous films, the bulk of which were produced by JBH and Homi Wadia. Wadias gave him a flat in their office building to live – free for life. John Cawas never married, and after retiring from films, he continued on as caretaker of the Wadia film offices until his death on October 4, 1993.

Another cast member was Azeem – who later on became well known as a Fight Composer in Hindi films. Azim Bhai (real name: Saiyad Azim Jafri) was one of the leading action directors in Hindi films. After a stint in the army he headed off to Bombay in 1934 and found work as stunt man at Eastern Art Film Company where he was put under contract and he worked on most of the company’s films like ‘Sher Ka Panja’ (1934) ‘Bal Hatya’ (1935), ‘Dharam Ki Devi’ (1935), and ‘Prem Raatri’ (1936).

When Eastern Art Film went out of business, Azim moved over to Saroj Company then found work at Paramount Film Company, Imperial Film, and Wadia Movietone where he worked both as a stunt man and as an actor. Afterwards, he joined Master Bhagwan’s team and acted in many action/stunt films.

By the end of the 1940s, he became a Fight Master independently. Azim became well known for his swordsmanship and he often worked alongside fellow stunt coordinator Master Douglas and two were tasked with training Dilip Kumar and Prem Nath in that sport for the film ‘Aan’ (1953). Azim has also trained many action directors and stunt persons including Ghani, Ravi Khan, Dawood (aka Hercules), Veeru Ustad, and Mansoor.

Azim Bhai coordinated the stunts on a number of fantasy films including ‘King Kong’ (1963), ‘Jadugar Daku’ (1962), ‘Parasmani’ (1963), ‘Sunehri Nagin’ (1964), ‘Hercules’ (1964), and ‘Aaya Toofan’ (1964), the spy films ‘Spy In Rome’ (1968) and ‘Kismat’ (1969), as well as the horror flicks ‘Bees Saal Pehle’ (1972) and ‘Ab Kya Hoga’ (1977).

He died on 23-10-1984.

There was another Fight Composer with a similar name – S Azimbhai (Sheikh Azim), who was much junior and he operated from 1954 to 1999. He is not to be confused with the senior one.

The third interesting name in the cast is of Dalpat – a sure name in action films. Dalpat (Joshi) was a stunt artiste. A tall, sophisticated and suave person mostly appeared in negative roles . Dalpat  was a part of Wadia’s unit since its inception and played the role of villain in the stunt movies ,which used to have Fearless Nadia and John Cawas or occasionally some other hero, apt in performing stunts.

Owing to the unprecedented popularity of Miss Nadia, other filmmakers also cast her along with John Cawas and Dalpat in their similar type of stunt movies for which she was known. After her era was over, Basant Pictures concentrated their energy in making mythological and Arabian Night movies, in which Dalpat always had a role. Later in the 50s, the studio system came to an end and actors and technicians who learned their art from their benevolent master Homi Wadia, looked for assignments from other producers.

One may call it destiny or lack of initiative on the part of Dalpat. He was offered only costume/stunt/religious movies by outside producers.  Dalpat, who did a stint as production controller for a few movies, was reverentially called Dalpat Kaka owing to his age, seniority and status by film folks. Age did not affect his appearance and he looked as suave as he was many decades earlier. He started his career by acting first in ‘Hoor e Baghdad’ (1934). He worked in 120 films. His last film was ‘Toofaani Takkar’ (1978).

I had seen the film ‘Mala The Mighty’, in its second or maybe the third run in the early 50s. The film was a rehash of the frequently used, but tested formula of Tarzan – slightly modified. Such stories never stopped entertaining people. In any case who wanted the story? They all wanted the stunts, animals, fights and dances.

The story of the film is,

Mohanlal (Azim) is a rich businessman. Once while on a trip in a ship, on a bad stormy night, the ship is wrecked. He survives but his wife dies, and his 2 daughters are missing. After 15 years he decides to search for his daughters in the jungles of Kaliyana, bordering the sea, hoping that they might have been washed ashore.

With him is Chimanlal (Shri Bhagwan) who was to marry one of the daughters, and a friend Professor Tatto (Shyamsunder). On the border of the jungle they employ Ali Bux (Kareem), a guide and his friend Trivedi, who is actually a gold digger looking for the golden treasure of tribal queen Sheen. On their way they are attacked by tribals but there comes Mala The Mighty (John Cawas) who saves them with his army of elephants. Mala is the legendary king of the jungle who fights lions, tgers and kills crocodiles etc. He takes the party to his tree top house and they find Leela (Leela) a 17 year old beauty living as his companion.

Trivedi is captured by the tribals. He strikes a deal with Sheen, the queen (Leela – in double role), to capture Mala, whom Sheen loves, in exchange for the gold treasure. Mala gets captured and is brought to the tribal chief Rajan (Waman Talpade) who wants to kill him. Meanwhile Leela comes there with the party to rescue Mala. Mohan Lal recognises both girls as his long lost daughters. Rajan tries to kill Mala, but Sheen saves him and gets killed. The animal friends of Mala arrive and the tribals run away. Leela hugs her father but refuses to go with him, choosing to remain with Mala The Mighty.

Today’s song is sung by the film’s young and upcoming composer Chitragupta Shrivastav, M.A. Lyricist was Shyam Hindi.
The End !


Song – Teri Manzil Door Musafir (Mala The Mighty) (1948) Singer – Chitragupt, Lyricist – Shyam Hindi, MD – Chitragupt
Chorus

Lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)

aaaa aaaa aaa aaaa
aaaa aaaa aaa aaaa

aaaa aaaa aaa aaaa
aaaa aaaa aaa aaaa

aaaa aaaa aaa aaaa
aaaa aaaa aaa aaaa

oo oo oo
teri manzil door musafir
teri manzil door musafir
chalte jaana
chalte jaana
(aaaa aaaa aaa aaaa)
chalte jaana
(aaaa aaaa aaa aaaa)
chalte jaana

teri manzil door musafir
chalte jaana
chalte jaana
(aaaa aaaa aaa aaaa)
chalte jaana
(aaaa aaaa aaa aaaa)
chalte jaana

subah hai chalna shaam hai chalna
subah hai chalna shaam hai chalna
zindagi ka naam hai chalna
zindagi ka naam hai chalna
duniya ki har cheez hai chalti
har ek shay ka kaam hai chalna
aa jaati hai manzil chaahe
aa jaati hai manzil chaahe
kitni bhi ho door
kitni bhi ho door musafir
chalte jaana
(aaaa aaaa aaa aaaa)
chalte jaana
chalte jaana
(aaaa aaaa aaa aaaa)
chalte jaana

lobhi jeevan aisa panchhi
lobhi jeevan aisa panchhi
paap ki bole bhasha
(aaaa aaaa aaa aaaa)
(aaaa aaaa aaa aaaa)
paap ki bole bhasha
is ke dono pankh anokhe
asha aur niraasha
asha aur niraasha
lobh ka ant hai jaan gawaana
lobh ka ant hai jaan gawaana
lobh se bhago door
lobh se bhago door musafir
chalte jaana
(aaaa aaaa aaa aaaa)
chalte jaana
chalte jaana
(aaaa aaaa aaa aaaa)
chalte jaana

teri manzil door musafir
chalte jaana
(aaaa aaaa aaa aaaa)
chalte jaana
(aaaa aaaa aaa aaaa)
chalte jaana
chalte jaana

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

आ आ आ आ
आ आ आ आ

आ आ आ आ
आ आ आ आ

आ आ आ आ
आ आ आ आ

ओ ओ ओ
तेरी मंज़िल दूर मुसाफिर
तेरी मंज़िल दूर मुसाफिर
चलते जाना
चलते जाना
(आ आ आ आ)
चलते जाना
(आ आ आ आ)
चलते जाना

तेरी मंज़िल दूर मुसाफिर
चलते जाना
चलते जाना
(आ आ आ आ)
चलते जाना
(आ आ आ आ)
चलते जाना

सुबह है चलना शाम है चलना
सुबह है चलना शाम है चलना
ज़िंदगी का नाम है चलना
ज़िंदगी का नाम है चलना
दुनिया की हर चीज़ है चलती
हर इक शै का काम है चलना
आ जाती है मंज़िल चाहे
आ जाती है मंज़िल चाहे
कितनी भी हो दूर
कितनी भी हो दूर मुसाफिर
चलते जाना
(आ आ आ आ)
चलते जाना
चलते जाना
(आ आ आ आ)
चलते जाना

लोभी जीवन ऐसा पंछी
लोभी जीवन ऐसा पंछी
पाप की बोले भाषा
(आ आ आ आ)
(आ आ आ आ)
पाप की बोले भाषा
इसके दोनों पंख अनोखे
आशा और निराशा
आशा और निराशा
लोभ का अन्त है जान गवाना
लोभ का अन्त है जान गवाना
लोभ से भागो दूर
लोभ से भागो दूर मुसाफिर
चलते जाना
(आ आ आ आ)
चलते जाना
चलते जाना
(आ आ आ आ)
चलते जाना

तेरी मंज़िल दूर मुसाफिर
चलते जाना
(आ आ आ आ)
चलते जाना
चलते जाना
(आ आ आ आ)
चलते जाना


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5067 Post No. : 16982

Today’s song is from the film Refugee-1948. This film was made by Harishchandra Pictures and it was directed by Tara Harish. Lyricist was Pt. Phani and the music director was Ajit Merchant. The cast consisted of Urmila, Harishchandra rao kadam,Hamid (actor Ajit), Majnu (Harold Lewis), Dalpat Joshi, Sulochana Kadam and others.

This was a film depicting the life story of a Hindu refugee from Lahore, who comes to Bombay and his love story. Though Harischandra rao Kadam was basically an action/stunt film actor and director, this was his first and last attempt of making a social film. The film was not successful and Kadam went back to his comfort zone of stunt/action films. This Kadam was the one who gave the first opportunity of directing a film to Master Bhagwan and also to C Ramchandra as a Music Director of a Hindi film for the first time. That film was Sukhi Jeevan-1942.

1948 was an year in which, after the turmoil caused by the Partition, the film industry was trying to come back on track. While the year 1947 saw the highest number of films made-181 films, the Indian film industry did not suffer so much, even after the exodus of film artistes,,because the sheer number of majority in the films was Hindus.Additionally, the vacancies were immediately filled by the II line of artistes in every department, waiting for their turns. Thus 1948 made a respectable number of films- 149, indicating the inherent strength of the film industry.

Partition did some damage to India, but as there was a second line waiting to take over, the impact was negligible. However, Pakistan had to build a new film industry with the help of the migrant artistes in almost all departments of filmmaking. Once this generation ended their career, unfortunately there was not much of a second line to take over in Pakistan.

Here is an excerpt from a book “The Travels of Bollywood Cinema ” by Anjali Geeta Roy, in this connection…….

” The rioting of 1947 set in motion irreversible, irrevocable migration. B R. Chopra and I S Johar were planning films in a big way for Lahore but had to run for their lives. Ramanand Sagar left in July, as did Gulshan Rai. Character actor Om Prakash (of Fateh Din fame, an all-time favourite skit relayed for years by Radio Lahore), comedian-bad man Jeevan and many others also left Lahore for Bombay. O P Nayyar recorded his immortal song Preetam Aan Milo/ Dukhia Jiya Bullai, Aan Milo at the His Master’s Voice studio in Lahore. He left Lahore only in 1948 when it became clear that people with the wrong religion were not going to return to their homes on either side of the Punjab. Writer Rajinder Singh Bedi escaped, sitting on top of a railway carriage carrying loads of Hindus and Sikhs out of Lahore. Song-writer Naqsh Lyallpuri began his literary career in Lahore as a journalist but had to leave in 1947. Punjabi singers Surinder Kaur and Prakash Kaur, and Pushpa Hans also left Lahore.

Migration in the other direction also took place. Nazir and his wife Swarnlata, Noorjahan and her husband Shaukat Husain Rizvi, character actor Alauddin and many others headed for Lahore. Manto came in January 1948, music directors Ghulam Haider and Khurshid Anwar followed some years later and director M. Sadiq probably in 1969 or 1970. Meena Shori, Khurshid and Mumtaz Shanti also immigrated to Lahore. Some Pakistani actors in Lahore continued to use Hindu filmic names. Santosh Kumar (Musa Raza) and Sudhir (Shah Zaman), the two most famous heroes of the 1950s and 60s represented such practice. On both sides, initially considerable goodwill existed between the two film communities.

Some families were divided. Thus for example, while Nazir shifted to Lahore, his nephew K. Asif stayed on in Bombay. Kardar stayed on but his brother Nusrat Kardar and son Rauf Kardar returned to Lahore. While Suraiya, her mother and grandmother settled in Bombay, many of her other relatives shifted to Lahore. Rafi stayed on to reign supreme in Bombay while his parents and siblings were in Lahore.

There were some cross-religion marriages that created peculiar challenges. Raj Kapoor’s maama (maternal uncle) Mr Mehra married a Muslim, converted to Islam and stayed in Lahore. A unique case of reverse migration took place as well: poet Sahir Ludhianvi (Abdul Hai) left Lahore for India.”

Following Partition in 1947, A. R. Kardar and his co-brother Mehboob Khan both left for Pakistan. However, according to Bunny Reuben, as quoted by Mihir Bose, they returned to India, but no reason was given for their return. Journalist and author of several books, Ambarish Mishra writes, ” when I asked Kardar about his Pakistan visit, he told me that after the Partition, Mehboob immediately went to Pakistan. He was disturbed with the news of Hindu-Muslim conflicts in Bombay Film Industry. It was said that Hindus will not allow Muslims in the film industry – which was totally wrong and only a rumour. He wanted to get an idea about his future in this new country. He was keen on settling there. After a month or so, I went there. Being from Lahore, I understood that the film conditions were not conducive for our growth there, as nothing was in order. Everything was in a mess there. I convinced Mehboob somehow and we both came back for good. I told him, as long as Nehru was there, they had no problems in India.” By coincidence, Nehru died and the next day Mehboob also died !

Film Refugee-48 is also an example of how the film industry reacted to the partition Blues. For the Music Director Ajit Merchant, this was his first film as an independent MD. Earlier he was working as an assistant to Ashok Ghosh and Anil Biswas. For actor Ajit (credited as Hamid), this was just his second film in a side role. Later he became the hero in the film Janampatri-1949. Singer Sulochana kadam (later Sulochana Chavan) acted for the first time. She acted in one more film and then settled as only a singer.

After Partition, 10 to 20 million people became refugees on both sides, with at least 10 million people losing their lives. This was easily the largest Refugee crisis in the world. India was the only country which has faced Refugee problem several times in recent history. In 1937, Burma was separated. First ruled by Japan and then the Thais. Finally the British ruled it and Burma was free on 4-1-1948. Every time lakhs of refugees came to India. At Least 2 names can be quoted- Helen and V.K.Naidu, MD, who were Burma refugees. Ceylon’s independence in 1948 gave us refugees. Bangladesh refugees still give us trouble though Bangladesh was formed in 1971. Pondicherry in 1954 and Goa was liberated in 1961, without much refugee crowds, which were manageable.

The film’s Heroine Urmila is a name having Same Name Confusion. Urmila Sr.and Urmila Bhatt are two Urmilas. This film’s Urmila …You will find the name Urmila- in some films she is named as Urmila Devi, and Urmila Gupta also. She was not a very good looking actress, but she compensated for it with her good acting. Urmila Gupta was born on 31-3- 1921 at Panja Sahib, Rawalpindi district of United Punjab. Her father, who was a Civil Contractor, died when she was only 5 year old. She did not get much education but could read and write as well as talk fluently, Urdu, Hindi and English.

She started her career with a small uncredited role in the film Mirza Sahiban-33. She was the younger sister of Mirza in this film. After some more small roles, she got her major role in the film Aansuon ki Duniya-36. After this, she did not look back and did Punjab Lancers-37, Talwar ka Dhani-38, Kahan hai manzil Teri-39, Hurricane special-39, Flying Ranee-39, Desh Bhakt-40, Sasural-41, Sajjan-41, Mere Sajan-41, Naari-42, Das Baje-42, Call of youth-42, Badal -42, Apna Paraya-42, Tamasha-42, Kirti-42, Salma-43, Bansari-43, Refugee-48 etc etc. Urmila got married to Vinod Talwar, a businessman and stopped working in films, for some time, maybe for raising a family. She resumed working in films and acted in another 20 odd films till 1952. She had sung 12 songs. In all, she worked in about 55 films.

Now something about the Producer, actor of this film, Hero of many stunt films, was Harishchandra Rao (Kadam). He was born in Bhuj, Gujarat on 11-8-1910. He did early schooling in Bhuj, but his family shifted to Karachi, due to financial debacle. He did Cycle repairing work and completed his matriculation by the age of 18 years. He joined a Touring film company. Once, while in Bombay he was watching the film shooting in the Paramount company. Suddenly, the director offered him a role in the film. Thus he entered the films. From 1932 he did few silent films.

He joined Shankar Bhatt’s Prakash Pictures and worked in their first Talkie, ” Bambai ki Mohini “- 1934. He was with Prakash, upto 1939, doing stunt films inside and outside also. He did some films for Wadia too, in between. Finally he started his own company, ” Harishchandra Productions “. He continued to work as an actor, director and producer. He sang a few songs also.

Some of his films were Daulat, Naujawan, Rangila mazdoor, Rangila jeevan, Sukhi jeevan, Lehri jawan, Inaam, Sone ki chidiya, Refugee, Durban, Laat sahib, Tamasha etc etc He worked in about 42 films.

His brother Chandrarao Kadam was also a stunt actor. He was known as Stunt King. He had his Chandrarao Films. He acted, directed and produced films. The brothers were friendly with Master Bhagwan and gave him preference in their films, till Bhagwan started his own company- Jagriti films. Later on Chandrarao floated his own Chandivali Studio in Bombay suburb, which is still actively run by his progeny.

Today’s song is a qawali, sung by Ram kamlani and chorus. Though the uploader of this song claims that Mukesh is also one of the singers, I did not find this song in the Mukesh Geet Kosh. The singer obviously must be one from the chorus itself.


Song- Hamen ghar sanam ke to jaana manaa hai 9Refujee Singers- Ram Kamlani, Lyricist- Pt. Phani, MD- Ajit Merchant
Chorus

Lyrics

hamen ghar sanam ke to jaana manaa hai
hamen ghar sanam ke to jaana manaa
miley raah mein to bulaana manaa hai
miley raah mein to bulaana manaa hai
hamen ghar sanam ke to jaana manaa hai

arre haaye ulfat jataayen to kaise
arre haaye ulfat jataayen to kaise
usey daagh dil ke dikhaayen to kaise
zabaan par muhabbat ka laana manaa hai
zabaan par muhabbat ka laana manaa hai
hamen ghar sanam ke to jaana manaa hai
hamen ghar sanam ke to jaana manaa hai
miley raah mein to bulaana manaa hai

arre bulaaana manaa hai jee
bulaana manaa hai
hamen ghar sanam ke to jaana manaa hai
hamen ghar sanam ke to jaana manaa hai

muhobbat ka naatak
kabhi hum jo khelen aen aen
mohobbat ka naatak
kabhi hum jo khelen
ke ghar saamne
uske ghar ke jo le len
museebat hai phir bhi
ke gaana manaa hai
museebat hai phir bhi
ke gaana manaa hai

agar geet gaa kar rijhaaya bhi usko o o o
agar geet gaakar rijhaaya bhi usko o o
bahut gidgidaakar
manaaya bhi usko
to wo baat dil ki
jataana manaa hai
to wo baat dil ki
jataana manaa hai
hamen ghar sanam ke to jaana manaa hai
hamen ghar sanam ke to jaana manaa hai
miley raah mein to bulaana manaa hai

haay haay bulaana mana hai jee
bulaaana manaa hai
hamen ghar sanam ke to jaana manaa hai
hamen ghar sanam ke to jaana manaa hai


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 : 5033 Post No. : 16942 Movie Count : 4598

Today’s song is from an obscure, not very well known film Sabyasachi-1948. The name of the film is rather strange and not many people will know what it means. In simple translation it means a person who is Ambidextrous or one who can use both hands with equal expertise. This was an adjective used famously in Mahabharat for Arjun. He was an extraordinary archer and he could do this with both his hands separately and simultaneously, with the same expertise.

This was a film made by Associated Pictures, Calcutta. No wonder then that the entire crew and cast was from Bengal only.Even the Heroine, Meera Mishra-though not a Bangla actress, was an expert in Bangla language, who had acted in few Bangla movies too. During the early cinema period, Calcutta was also a major centre for Hindi films and from 1932 to almost 1955, Hindi films were made there regularly, by several film makers including of course the New Theatres. However, after 1955, there were almost no actors/actresses who could speak fluent Hindi. More than that, the Bangla film industry itself had grown so much that there was no need to make Hindi films anymore.

From as early as 1935-36, Hindi films were made based on Novels of Bangla language. The contribution of Bangla language to provide fodder for films is unmatched.(The only other Indian language to do this is Malayalam). This was mainly because the people in Bengal are avid readers of books. During my Marketing career, I visited various parts of Bengal in 20 years. I used to be amazed at the “Book Fairs’ held at Calcutta. I visited these fairs a few times and was overwhelmed to see lakhs of people purchasing books there. I think the Book Fairs must be doing a turnover of crores of rupees !

I tried to make a list of Hindi films based on Bangla novels and I easily crossed the 50’s mark, when I stopped. 90 % of these films were Hits. Some of the popular Hindi films on Bengali novels are Devdas-35, Milan-46, Anandmath-52, Do bigha zameen-53, Sujata-55, Kabuliwala-61, Ghunghat-60, Bandini-63, Namkeen-67, Bhuvan Shome-69, Satyakam-69, Sahib, bibi aur ghulam-62, Khamoshi-70, Uphaar-71, Saudagar-73, Amar Prem-72, Chupke Chupke-75 (my favourite), Kora Kagaz-74, Balika Badhu-76, Kitaab-77, Apne paraye-80, lekin-90, Rudaali-93 and many more. You will notice that films on Bangla novels were not just family dramas or tragedies, but it was a mix of comedy, pathos, drama, entertainment and almost every Genre except Historical and Mythological films, perhaps.

Film Sabyasachi-1948 was also based on Bangla novel “Pather Dabi”, by Sharat Chandra Chatterjee. The novel was initially serialised in the Bangla magazine “Bangbani” and then published in 1926. However after initial 5ooo copies were sold out in a week’s time, the British Government banned the novel on 4-1-1927. The novel Pather Dabi (The right of Path/ Demands of the road) was about a secret society whose goal is to free India from British rule.

The leader of this secret group is Sabyasachi Malick. He is highly educated, having studied Medicine, Engineering and Law from the Universities of UK and USA. He is tall and so strong that he created records of swimming the flooded rivers in torrential rains and crossing the entire Himalaya on foot in record time. He punishes the rich and helps the poor. In short he is The Superman ! He knows several languages and is an expert in Makeup too. Apurba (Paresh Bannerjee) is a weak member of this team and he becomes a Police informer. Sumitra (Meera Mishra) and Bharathi(Sandhya Rani) are the 2 women in this group who have faced several problems in their personal lives.

The Indian Express, in its review of the film says, ” the film story touches upon issues of Untouchability, Orthodoxy and Faiths. It deals with bRich-Poor divide and status of women in the then Bangla society. It criticises British Policies and India’s inherent customs of Religion and social structure.” Sabyasachi was Bengal’s first Superman of Bangla Fiction, according to the Indian Express.

The film was made in Bangla and Hindi versions. The Bangla version was directed by Bibhuti Laha. The Hindi version was directed by ” Agradoot’, who also directed the film Babla-53 later in Hindi. The film was released on 6-11-48. The cast of the Hindi version was Meera Mishra, Tulsi, Anup, Paresh Banerjee, Sandhyarani,Savitri Devi,Uma, Sunder, Bipin Gupta and many others. Songs were written by Zahir Hussain and music was composed by Robin Chatterjee.

Robin Chatterjee. He was born on 8-1-1914, at Calcutta. His name is not too well known to Hindi film lovers, though he was very famous in Bengal (as Robin Chatopadhyaya), where he composed several NFS and film songs. For many years he assisted Anupam Ghatak,MD. He even sang in the chorus for New Theatre’s film Adhikar-1938. However he was not so successful in Hindi films.

His first Hindi film was Rajlakshmi-1945, wherein he gave the first opportunity to Talat Mahmood to sing a Hindi film song. Till then he was singing Bangla NFS and film songs with the name Tapan kumar. His next film was Tum aur main-1946 which had very good songs by kanan Devi. Then came Voh Dono-1947 and here Sandhya Mukherjee gave good songs. Robin Chatterjee gave music to 14 Hindi films, namely – Rajlakshmi-45, Tum aur main-46, Voh Dono-47, Sabyasachi-48,Ratnadeep-51, Pehli Shadi-53, Firdaus-53, Shobha-54, Majboori-54, Africa-54, Dhake ki malmal-56, Miss Toofan mail-58, Police Station-59 and Chimney ka Dhuvan-1973…this was a much delayed film. He also gave music to a Bhojpuri film- Saiya se kar le milanwa-1966.

Robin Chatterjee died on 2-4-1976 at Bombay at the age of just 61 years.

The story of film’s heroine Meera Mishra is strange. She entered Hindi films with Bombay Talkies film Milan-46. Meera Mishra’s joining the films generated a lot of interest and excitement because she was the wife of an I.P.S. Officer. Meera reportedly answered an advertisement of The Bombay Talkies in newspapers and was called for an interview and was selected readily. Two films, bilingual , Naukadubi (Bengali) and Milan (Hindi) were produced by Bombay Talkies and Meera was chosen to play Kamala in both versions.

The Bengali film Naukadubi had Abhi Bhattacharya playing Ramesh, Meera Sarkar as Hemnalini and Pahari Sanyal as Akshay Babu. The Hindi version Milan had Dilip Kumar as Ramesh and Meera therefore had Dilip Kumar as her first leading man. The Hindi version had Ranjana playing Hemnalini while it was Pahari Sanyal again as Akshay Babu in Milan. The film was directed by Nitin Bose and Anil Biswas was the music director. Parul Ghosh lent her voice in both the versions and here in Noukadubi she had some five Tagore songs, her only Bengali songs.

Both Naukadubi and Milan did well and the initial plan of Meera was to retire after this one film. However, her I.P.S. husband Kripa Sindhu Mishra was killed in action during Delhi riots and Meera decided to carry on with her film career. She had a son Jishnu from the Late K P Mishra. Her other films included Abhijatya (1949), Eki Gramer Chhele (1950), Abarta (1950), Sandhya Belar Rupkatha (1950), Sabyasachi (Hindi-1948)-based on Sarat Chandra Chatterjee’s Pather dabi. She played the role of Sumitra, Bishnupriya (1949). Her other Hindi films included Ghar ki Numaish-49,Chhore-50,Kashmir Hamara hai-50, Azadi ke baad-51, Chamakee-52, Chhoti Maa-52.

She quit films early and settled into married life again. Her husband was Mr Ranjit Gupta, Chief secretary to the Government of West Bengal.

Meera Mishra was born in Kanpur and died in Calcutta somewhere in 2007.

Today’s song is sung by Sandhya Mukherjee. She began her career in Mumbai singing Hindi songs, starting with a song in the film Sabyasachi-1948. Her first playback song was in the film Tarana in 1951. She sang, as a playback singer, 36 songs in 19 Hindi films. Though she sang several songs in 7 films in Hindi, her name became famous only after she sang a duet ” gupchup gupchup pyar karen” with Hemant Kumar in the film Sazaa-1951. Her last Hindi film song was in the film Chimni ka dhuan-73. She decided to come back to and settle in her home city Kolkata in 1952 due to personal reasons.


Song- Aayi mere jeevan ki saanjh suhaani (Sabyasaachi)(1948) Singer- Sandhya Mukherjee, Lyricist- Zaheer Hussain, MD- Robin Chatterjee

Lyrics

Aai mere
aai mere jeewan ki saanjh suhaani
Aai mere
aai mere jeewan ki saanjh suhaani
aai mere
aasha ki bagiya mein phool khile hain aen
aasha ki bagiya mein phool khile hain aen
aai mere jeewan ki saanjh suhaani
aai mere

ye deepak sunahri jalaata hai kaun
ye duniya meri jagmagaata hai kaun
ye deepak sunahri jalaata hai kaun
ye duniya meri jagmagaata hai kaun
umangon par aai hai roop jawaani ee
umangon par aai hai roop jawaani ee
aai mere jeewan ki saanjh suhaani
Aai mere

lutaaati hai masti chaman mein bahaar
hai donon ke joban per aaya nikhaar
lutaaati hai masti chaman mein bahaar
hai phoolon ke joban per aaya nikhaar
bulbul na kyun ho khushi mein deewaani ee ee
bulbul na kyun ho khushi mein deewaani ee ee
aai mere jeewan ki saanjh suhaani
Aai mere

pee pee ki boli madhur bol papeehe
phir phir ke masti mein dol papeehe
ho dol papeehe
pee pee ki boli madhur bol papeehe
phir phir ke masti mein dol papeehe
sunaaye jaa tu apni prem kahaani
sunaaye jaa tu apni prem kahaani
aai mere jeewan ki saanjh suhaani
aayi mere


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