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Blog Day :

5108 Post No. : 17049

“Lady Killer”(1968) was produced by Dhanpat Rai and directed by B J Patel for People Pictures, Bombay. The movie had Aroon Sarnaik,Shabnam,David, Rozina,JoniBond,Helen, Nilofer, Noor aka Noorjehan,Rani, Bina,Arvind Rathod,Vishwa Mehra, Shri Bhagwan, Shukla, Dawood, Julian, Pandit, Kirit,Dinesh, Satyendra Kapoor aka Satyen Kumar,Hercules etc in it.

“Lady Killer”(1968) had seven songs in it. One song has been covered in the past.

Here is the second song from “Lady Killer”(1968). This song is sung by Krishna Kalle. Indeewar is the lyricist. Music is composed by Ajit Merchant.

The song is picturised as a seduction song/ cabarat dance song/ belly dance song on someone whom even our inhouse face recognition expert Prakashchnadra is not sure about. His guess is that she could be either Rozina or Noorjehaan. I request other experts to help identify her. We can also see Aroon Sarnaik in the picturisation.

Lyrics and other details were sent to me by Prakashchandra.

video link

Song-Tu mujhse dil ka raaz keh de (Lady Killer)(1968) Singer-Krishna Kalle, Lyrics-Indeewar, MD-Ajit Merchant

Lyrics(Provided by Prakashchandra)

tu mujhse dil ka raaz keh dey
main apnaa dil bhi khol doongi
dekh kar mujhko muskuraa dey
tujhe khushiyon se tol doongi
tu mujhse dil ka raaz keh dey
main apnaa dil bhi khol doongi
dekh kar mujhko muskuraa dey
tujhe khushiyon se tol doongi
tu mujhse dil ka raaz keh dey…aey…ae

dikhaavey ki ye mehfil hai ae
yahaan tanhaa har ek dil hai
dikhaavey ki ye mehfil hai
yahaan tanhaa har ek dil hai
jo tum chaaho
koyee humdum
kaho kaisey rahenge hum
tu mujhse dil ka raaz keh dey
main apnaa dil bhi khol doongi
dekh kar mujhko muskuraa dey
tujhe khushiyon se tol doongi
tu mujhse dil ka raaz keh dey…aey…ae

jawaani ke hain mohalat kam
gulon par jyon koyee shabnam
jawaani ke hain mohalat kam
gulon par jyon koyee shabnam
bahaaron ki tu baat sunn ley
koyi achcha saa phool chun ley
tu mujhse dil ka raaz keh dey
main apnaa dil bhi khol doongi
dekh kar mujhko muskuraa dey
tujhe khushiyon se tol doongi
tu mujhse dil ka raaz keh dey…aey…ae

mere hotey udaasi kyun
nazar teri hai pyaasi kyun
mere hotey udaasi kyun
nazar teri hai pyaasi kyun
kisee ka ?? tujhey kyaa dar
tere to saamney hai saaghar
tu mujhse dil ka raaz keh dey
main apnaa dil bhi khol doongi
dekh kar mujhko muskuraa dey
tujhe khushiyon se tol doongi
tu mujhse dil ka raaz keh dey…aey…ae


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Blog Day :

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


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Blog Day :

4415 Post No. : 15819

Now a days we are regularly discussing songs under the “Blog Ten Year Challenge”. Every day, at least one movie is found to be eligible for this challenge.

Today (19 august 2020) is an exception. No movie is eligible today for the reason that no posts appeared on this day 10 year ago. That way, 2010 had lots of DOT days – 61 to be exact. 19 august 2010 was the 45th DOT day (out of 61) of 2010.

By contrast, 2020 thankfully has had no DOT days. And I hope that we will be able to maintain this record for 2020.

Today so far no post has appeared. On this occasion here is a song from “Chandi Pooja”(1957). “Chandi Pooja”(1957) was produced by Dinu M Desai and directed by Raman B Desai for New Precious pictures, Bombay. The movie had Nirupa Roy, Manhar Desai, Shanta Apte, Prem Adib, D.K.Sapru, Hans Raj, Malaya Sarkar, Panday, Moni Chatterjee, Sangeeta, Sudhir, Narbada Shankar etc in it.

The movie had eight songs in it. The movie had made its debut in the blog on 18 August 2010 and four out of eight songs of the movie have been covered so far. So the movie was eligible for “Blog Ten Year Challenge” yesterday. But we could noyt take up this movie yesterday.

One day later, here is the fifth song from “Chandi Pooja”(1957) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Asha Bhonsle and female chorus. Kavi Pradeep is the lyricist. Music is composed by Ajit Merchant.

Only the audio of this “Aaj main jawaan ho gayi hoon” genre of song is available. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of the song.

Lyrics of this song were sent to me by Prakashchandra.

Audio link:

Song-Bachpan hua khatam hai (Chandi Pooja)(1957) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Kavi Pradeep, MD-Ajit Merchant
Female chorus

Lyrics(Provided by Prakashchandra)

bachpan hua khatam hai
lagney lagi sharam hai
lo aa gayi jawaani ee
ab pyaar ka mausam hai
bachpan hua khatam
hmm….hmmm…hmmmm….hmmhmmm….hmmmmm
hmm….hmmm…hmmmm….hmmhmmm.hmmmmm

kya khoob ye umar hai
iss ka ajab asar hai
jhukney lagi hain palkein aen
tirchhi huyi nazar hai
ho o o o ho o o o
sakhiyon ye kya zulam hai
ab khul gaya bharam hai
ye baat mat bataanaa
tumko meri qasam hai
bachpan hua khatam
hmm….hmmm…hmmmm….hmmmmm.hmmmmm…hmmmm
hmm….hmmm…hmmmm….hmmmmm.hmmmmm…hmm….hmmm

kaissi ghadi ye aayee
aaney lagi angdaayi
mujko meri umariyaa aa aa
kiss oar kheench laayi
ho o o ho o o o ho o o
aakhon mein aaj dum hai
kya masti ka aalam hai
badli hai zindgaani
ab jo bhi ho to kam hai
bachpan hua khatam

bachpan hua khatam hai
lagney lagi sharam hai
lo aa gayi jawaani ee
ab pyaar ka mausam hai
bachpan hua khatam


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Blog Day :

4380 Post No. : 15726

“Chandi Pooja”(1957) was produced by Dinu M Desai and directed by Raman B Desai for New Precious Pictures, Bombay. The movie had Nirupa Roy, Manhar Desai, Prem Adib, Shanta Apte, Malay Sarkar, Sapru, Pandey, Sangeeta, Narbada Shankar, Hansraj, Sudhir, Moni Chatterjee etc in it.

The movie had eight songs in it. Three songs have been covered in the past.

Here is the fourth song from “Chandi Pooja”(1957) to appear in the blog. The song is sung by Shamshad Begam and Rafi. Kavi Pradeep is the lyricist. Music is composed by Ajit Merchant. In this movie, all other songs were solos, and this song is the only duet song. Only the audio of the son is available. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of the song. My guess is that it was picturised on the lead pair of Nirupa Roy and Manhar Desai.


Song-Ae jee o jee kaho (Chandi Puja)(1957) Singers-Shamshad Begam, Rafi, Lyrics-Kavi Pradeep, MD-Ajit Merchant

Lyrics

ae ji o
ji kaho
badi aaj ki daraawni hai raat
zara jaagte rehna
ae ji o
ji kaho
badi beimaan hai ye barsaat
zara bach ke rehna

aisa mat bolo ji
laage mohe darr
darr jo lage to gori aa jaao idhar
aisa mat bolo ji
laage mohe darr
arre darr jo lage to gori aa jaao idhar
tumhen kya khabar
badi door mera ghar
main hoon tere paas gori
phir kya fikar

ae ji o
ji kaho
kahin ho na jaaye aisi waisi baat
zara jaagte rehna
badi beimaan hai ye barsaat
zara bach ke rehna

aaj ki ye raat gori badi hai kathor
hamko bata do ji kab hogi bhor
aaj ki ye raat gori badi hai kathor
hamko bata do ji kab hogi bhor
gori tera dil hua kaahe kamzor
suna hai ke rehta hai yahaan ek chor
ae ji o
ji kaho
badi buri hoti chor ki zaat
zara bach ke rehna

badi aaj ki daraawni hai raat
zara jaagte rehna

kaale kale ghan dekho banen dushman
bade dhokhebaaz hain ye loot lete man
kaale kale ghan dekho banen dushman
bade dhokhebaaz hain ye loot lete man
koi to upaai karo kuchh to jatan
arre iske liye dena hoga pyaar ka vachan
ae ji o
ji kaho
dekho chhod na dena mera saath
zara jaagte rehna


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Blog Day : 3915 Post No. : 14976

Today’s song is from the film Chandi Pooja-57.

The decade of the 1950’s was significant in HFM for many reasons. Firstly, this was the decade which saw the peak of the Golden Era of the HFM and also it witnessed the downward trend in the quality of music by the end of the decade. Secondly, those Music Directors who bloomed highest in the end of 40’s, slowly started their journey downwards. A glaring example is that of C.Ramchandra. At the same time, those Music Directors who had just started their ascent in the end period of the 1940’s, went to their Zenith, stayed there for a while and began their descent by early 1960s. Typical examples are Shankar-Jaikishen, S D Burman, Madan Mohan etc.

The last few remnants of HFM of 1940s like Khemchand Prakash (he died in 1950), Hansraj Behl, Gyan Dutt, K.Datta etc began their downward journey in this decade and new stars like N Dutta, Hemant Kumar etc emerged on the musical horizon.

Thirdly, the decade was a decade of Mythological and Religious films. As many as 124 such films were released under this Genre. Consequently, Music Directors like Avinash Vyas and S N Tripathi etc, who were specialists of this Genre prospered.

1957, in my opinion, was the Pinnacle of Hindi films in the Golden Era. What films! What Music !! What entertainment !!! Films were at their best in 1957. The list reads Aasha, Abhimaan, Ab Dilli door nahin, Agra Road, Apradhi kaun, Baarish, Bada Bhai, Begunah, Bhabhi, Champakali, Dekh Kabeera roya, Do aankhen bara haath, Ek gaon ki kahani, Ek jhalak, Ek saal, Gateway of India, Hum panchhi ek daal ke,, janam janam ke phere, Kathputli, Miss Bombai, Miss India, Miss Mary, Mother India, Mr. X, Nau do gyarah, Naya Daur, paying Guest, Pyaasa, Shaarda, Yahudi ki Ladki etc etc.

It seemed as if, leading Music Directors had decided to showcase their Best offerings to the HFM lovers in the decade of the 50’s. In this flood, other MDs like Narayan Dutt, Bipin-Babul, Avinash Vyas, Jimmy, Sanmukh Babu upadhyaya, B N Bali, A R Qureshi, Ram Ganguly, S Mohinder, Ghulam Mohammed, Kanu Ghosh, Ramlal, Vinod, Sardul kwatra, Husnlal Bhagatram were operating but without their presence being felt.

Among all the stalwarts and their films,there was one Music Director, who quietly performed his acts and disappeared . His name was Ajit Merchant. He is one of those who were successful in Gujarati films more than Hindi films. he did give some melodious songs, however, he was not successful. he was the son of Ratansy Jetha, a criminal Lawyer in Bombay. Born on 15-8-1922, he was the only child in the family.Instead of school education, he was more interested in learning Music. he was encouraged by his father and learned from Ustad Amaan ali khan of Bhendi Bazar and Shiv kumar Shukla ( Principal of Music college, Baroda). he also learnt western music from Amy Markerus.

He started as assistant to Ashok Ghosh and Anil Biswas. His first independent work as Music Director was film Refugee-48. Then came film Raaj kumari-55 (a remake of Tamil film Van sundari), Indraleela-56, Chandi Pooja-57, Rambhakta Bibhishan-58, Sapera-61, Challenge-64 and his last film Lady killer-68. He was a Music producer in A.I.R. from 1957 to 1967. He gave music to 32 Gujarati films and only 8 Hindi films. In Gujarati, he is best remembered for Dilip Dholakiya’s song ” Taari aankhno afini” from film Diwa Dandi-50. ( Mera joota hai Japani is inspired by this song). He also gave music to more than 200 Gujarati, Hindi and Marathi stage dramas. He left behind wife Nilamben , 4 daughters and 2 sons, when he died on 18-3-2011 at Bombay.

Film Chandi Pooja-57 was directed by Raman Desai. Raman B Desai was born in Bilimora,Gujarat,on 28-4-1918. At the age of 20 years he joined Wadia Movietone as an assistant Director. He assisted Director Chaturbhuj Doshi for quite some time. he became an independent Director with Pehli Pehchan in 1947. Then came Narad Muni, Raja Harishchandra, Hari Darshan, Naag Panchami, Chakradhari, Rajyogi Bharthari, Navaratri, Waman Avataar, Ram navami, Grihalaxmi (he also produced it) and Amar jyoti-1965. he also directed 6 Gujarati films. Due to his expertise in religious films,he was known as ” King of Mythological Films”.

Raman B Desai expired on 22-12-1997. ( he should not be mistaken for another director Ramanlal Desai, who operated in the same period and directed films like Aab-e-Hayaat-55 and Sangeeta-50 etc).

The cast of the film was Nirupa Roy, Manhar Desai, Prem Adeeb, Shanta Apte ( her last film), Sapru and others. In hindi film, Shahu Modak and Manhar Desai both were Christians, but became famous by doing Mythological and religious films and enacting Hindu Gods and Saints.

Manhar Desai was a Gujarati Christian-real name Malcolm Alfredo D’souza. He was born on 3-8-1917. He used to stammer when he was a boy. He used to act and sing in dramas and due to his stammering style, he was very popular on stage. After completing High school, he ran away to Bombay to join Films, but could not even enter any studio, Disappointed, he returned to his home and restarted studies. He joined Wilson college in Bombay for graduation. In college he started acting and singing on stage. He had a friend N.C.Pandey, who was also mad after films. He promised Manhar that if he becomes a Director, he will make manhar a Hero. While in college Manhar married his classmate, who was from U.P.

In 1947, Manhar got a call from his friend N.C.Pandey, who was to direct a Hindi film. He made manhar the Hero of this film and thus fulfilled his promise. Toofani Sawar-47 was the first film of Manhar Desai, in Hindi. He was invited to work in film Gunsundari-48 ( Gujarati), opposite Nirupa Roy. The film was Hit and he acted in next film Mangal Phera-49 with Nirupa Roy. This too became a Hit film in Gujarati and then there was no looking back. His next Hindi film was Madhosh-51 opposite Meena Kumari. Following their success in Gujarati, Nirupa Roy and Manhar were paired in several Mythological films in Hindi. Films Naag Panchami-53 and Shivratri-54 made him a popular Hero in Hindi mythological films.

Manhar Desai was fond of Reading. During breaks in shooting, he would catch up with his reading. He also was a good painter. Manhar worked in 106 Hindi films. His last film was Nal Damyanti-88. In the last phase of his career, he was disillusioned about the working in films in this era, so he gave up working and retired. ManharDesai died on 25-2-1992.

Today’s song is a very melodious song. Many readers may still remember this song. My thanks to our Sadanand ji Kamath for locating this song and giving me the link, on my request, since I could not find it anywhere. This is the type of camaraderie that exists among the Atulites.


Song-Dig dig dig dig daiyya…chali meri Naiyya (Chandi Pooja)(1957) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Kavi Pradeep, MD-Ajit Merchant
Chorus

Lyrics

Dig dig dig dig daiyya
aa aa aa aa aa
chali meri naiyya
aa aa aa aa aa
Dig dig dig dig daiyya
chali meri naiyya
bahe purwaiyya re
hey haiyya re haiyya
haiyya re

matwaali gopiyaan pukaaren
jaldi se aa mil kanhaiyya
hey haiyya re haiyya
haiyya re

ooper chalte kaale megha aa
kaale kaale megha re
ooper chalte kaale megha
neeche chalti naav
chalti naav re ae
aa gaye ham to door
rah gaya peechhe gokul gaanv
gokul gaanv re
man ki amraiyya hai sooni ee
aa ja re raas rachaiyya
hey haiyya re haiyya
haiyya re

dig dig dig dig daiyya
aa aa aa aa
chali teri naiyya
aa aa aa aa

dig dig dig dig daiyya
chali meri naiyya
bahe purwaiyya re
hey haiyya re haiyya
haiyya re

chori chori kar ke bahaana aa
kar ke bahaana re
chori chori kar ke bahaana
ham nikle hain ghar se
nikle hain ghar se ae ae
mil ja re mohan
kaanp rahi hain ham duniya ke dar se
duniya ke dar se
lehron pe khelti patwaaren ae ae
karti hain chhappak chhappak chhaiyya
hey haiyya re haiyya
haiyya re


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Blog Day : 3859 Post No. : 14873

Greetings all – Basant is here. Today is the celebration of Basant Panchmi.

Of all the wonderful songs that have been created in Hindi films, for celebrating this King of Seasons, I would prefer to place this song today to be amongst the top five. Such a beautiful creation this is.

I myself had not heard of this song, till about five days ago. A friend in our circle enquired whether I had this song. He has been searching for it for some time now. Not being aware of it first hand, I said I will check. And when I located it in my collection, and then heard it for the first time, I am simply bowled over by the soft beauty and the delicious attractiveness of this song. The words, the music and the rendition have all come together in a conspiracy to steal your heart away.

The words are written by Saraswati Kumar Deepak. Ah, the enchantment of the lyrics that say – “चलो तारों के गजरे बना लो सखी” – come, lets make a garland from the stars. The wonderful music is from the mind of Ajit Merchant. The soft and beautiful melody – it makes such a delightful use of chorus lines interspersed with the primary singing voice. And this exquisite rendition is in the voice of Sudha Malhotra. She has rendered some of the loveliest songs in Hindi films. And this one stands right up there with her best – sung ever so sweetly.

The film is ‘Ram Bhakt Vibhishan’ from 1958 – one of the more obscure and unfamiliar productions, whose claim to fame might well just be the lovely music – like this song. The production banner is Rajni Chitr, Bombay. The film is produced by SJ Rajdev and directed by Samar Chatterji. The star cast of this film is listed as Nirupa Roy, Shahu Modak, Prem Adeeb, Krishna Kumari, Shanta Apte, Babu, Kamal, Surendra Kumar, Neema, Sarita, and Bipin Gupta. A total of nine songs are listed for this film. This is the third song for this film to appear here on our blog.

Listen to this lovely creation, and marvel – at the gems that still need to be discovered.

Song – Ritu Raja Ne Teer Chalaaya  (Ram Bhakt Vibhishan) (1958) Singer – Sudha Malhotra, Lyrics – Saraswati Kumar Deepak, MD – Ajit Merchant
Chorus

Lyrics

ritu raja ne. . .

ritu raja ne teer chalaaya
jiya lalchaaya
sajaniyaa..aa..aa
aaya basant
hua birha ka ant
sakhi aaya basant

o o oooo
ooooo oo ooooo
bhanwre chaley. . .
bhanwre chaley
bhanwre chaley gungunaate huye
suno praanon ki bansi bajaate huye
gungunaate huye
gungunaate huye
zara nainon se
zara nainon se naina milaate huye
chalo masti ki basti basaate huye
ritu raja ne
ritu raja ne teer chalaaya
jiya lalchaaya
sajaniyaa..aa..aa
aaya basant
hua birha ka ant
sakhi aaya basant

o o oooo
ooooo oo ooooo
angdaaiyaan. . .
angdaaiyaan
angdaaiyaan le ke pariaan chalin
neele neele gagan ki sundariaan chalin
dekho pariaan chalin
dekho pariaan chalin
badi natkhat hai
badi natkhat rengeeli badi manchali
saari duniya mein machne lagi khalbali
ritu raja ne
ritu raja ne teer chalaaya
jiya lalchaaya
sajaniyaa..aa..aa
aaya basant
hua birha ka ant
sakhi aaya basant

o o oooo
ooooo oo ooooo
chanda taley. . .
chanda taley
chanda taley jhoola daalo sakhi
chalo taaron ki gajre bana lo sakhi
jhoola daalo sakhi
jhoola daalo sakhi
hath chhodo ji
hath chhodo najariya utha lo sakhi
baanke balma ko apna bana lo sakhi
ritu raja ne
ritu raja ne teer chalaaya
jiya lalchaaya
sajaniyaa..aa..aa
aaya basant
hua birha ka ant
sakhi aaya basant

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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ऋतु राजा ने॰ ॰ ॰

ऋतु राजा ने तीर चलाया
जिया ललचाया
सजनीया॰॰आ॰॰आ॰॰आ
आया बसंत
हुआ बिरहा का अंत
सखी आया बसंत

ओ ओ ओssss
ओssss ओs ओssss
भँवरे चले॰ ॰ ॰
भँवरे चले
भँवरे चले गुनगुनाते हुये
सुनो प्राणों की बंसी बजाते हुये
गुनगुनाते हुये
गुनगुनाते हुये
ज़रा नैनों से
ज़रा नैनों से नैना मिलाते हुये
चलो मस्ती की बस्ती बसाते हुये
ऋतु राजा ने॰ ॰ ॰
ऋतु राजा ने तीर चलाया
जिया ललचाया
सजनीया॰॰आ॰॰आ॰॰आ
आया बसंत
हुआ बिरहा का अंत
सखी आया बसंत

ओ ओ ओssss
ओssss ओs ओssss
अंगड़ाइयाँ॰ ॰ ॰
अंगड़ाइयाँ
अंगड़ाइयाँ ले के पारियाँ चलीं
नीले नीले गगन की सुंदरियाँ चलीं
देखो पारियाँ चलीं
देखो पारियाँ चलीं
बड़ी नटखट है
बड़ी नटखट रंगीली बड़ी मनचली
सारी दुनिया में मचने लगी खलबली
ऋतु राजा ने॰ ॰ ॰
ऋतु राजा ने तीर चलाया
जिया ललचाया
सजनीया॰॰आ॰॰आ॰॰आ
आया बसंत
हुआ बिरहा का अंत
सखी आया बसंत

ओ ओ ओssss
ओssss ओs ओssss
चंदा तले॰ ॰ ॰
चंदा तले
चंदा तले झूला डालो सखी
चलो तारों के गजरे बना लो सखी
झूला डालो सखी
झूला डालो सखी
हठ छोड़ो जी
हठ छोड़ो नजरिया उठा लो सखी
बाँके बलमा को अपना बना लो सखी
ऋतु राजा ने॰ ॰ ॰
ऋतु राजा ने तीर चलाया
जिया ललचाया
सजनीया॰॰आ॰॰आ॰॰आ
आया बसंत
हुआ बिरहा का अंत
सखी आया बसंत


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

Today is the 98th birth anniversary of a venerated poet and song writer in our Hindi film industry. He is one of those lyricists in the industry, who has a significant portfolio of work but not much is known about his personal life. We only know that he started to work in the Hindi films in 1942. On our blog, the last two posted songs written by him are “Main Nainon Ka Saawan Bhulaane Chali Hoon”, and “Ek Gagan Panth Ka Pakheru”.
Read more on this topic…


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.

“Indra Leela”(1956) was produced by Malikchand Kochar, M A and directed by Rajendra Sharma for Nirmal Pictures, Bombay. This mythological movie had Trilok Kapoor, Kuldeep Kaur, S N Tripathi, Leela Mishra, Rajendra Singh, Indu Pal, Rajkumar, Ram Raseela, Lalit Kapoor, Nirmal Kumar, Kamaldeep, Chawla, Uma Devi, Uma Dutt, Amarnath Tripathi etc in it.
Read more on this topic…


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.

The runaway success of musical films like ‘Khazaanchi’ (1941), ‘Basant’ (1942), ‘Kismet’ (1943), ‘Tansen’ (1943) and ‘Rattan’ (1944) seem to have attracted, many new music directors to join the Hindi film industry in the 1940s. But only a few of them could climb the ladder of success to reach among the top music directors and elongate their successful musical carrier in the 1950s and beyond. Most of new music directors vanished into thin air after composing songs for very few films.
Read more on this topic…


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, 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.

This is a very melodious song from film, RAMBHAKTA BIBHISHAN-1958,sung by Kavi Pradeep ji, who was an expert in singing such songs.
Read more on this topic…


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