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“Apna Desh”(1949) was directed by V Shantaram for Rajkamal Kalamandir, Bombay. The movie had Umesh Sharma, Pushpa Hans, Manmohan Krishna, K.Datey, Parshuram etc in it.

There were nine songs in the film. Four songs have been covered in the past. Here is the fifth song from the movie. This song is sung by Pushpa Hans and it is picturised on her as well.

Dewan Sharar is the lyricist. Music is composed by Purushottam.


Song-Bedard zamaana kya jaane (Apna Desh)(1949) Singer-Pushpa Hans, Lyrics-Dewan Sharar, MD-Purushottam

Lyrics

bedard zamaana kya jaane
bedard zamaana kya jaane
hum kaise hain kis haal mein hai
bedard zamaana kya jaane

jis gul mein nahin khushbu ki mahak
jis gul mein nahin khushbu ki mahak
bulbul ka
bulbul ka tarana kya jaane
bedard zamana kya jaane

jis dil mein nahin bijli ki tadap
jis dil mein nahin bijli ki tadap
nainon ka
nainon ka nishaana kya jaane
bedard zamaana kya jaane

jis aankh ne shama dekhi na ho
jis aankh ne shama dekhi na ho
dard e parwaana kya jaane
dard e parwaana kya jaane
jise laila aur majnu ka ilm nahin
jise laila aur majnu ka ilm nahin
ulfat ka
ulfat ka fasaana kya jaane
bedard zamaana kya jaane

hum kaise hain
kis haal mein
bedard zamaana kya jaane
bedard zamaana kya jaane
haaye kya jaane

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Today (30 november 2017) is the birth centenary of Pushpa Hans (30 november 1917- 9 december 2011). She was an actor- singer in Hindi and Punjabi movies. Wikipedia page on her contain very little and incomplete details on her. According to wikipedia, she only worked in two Hindi movies. viz Apna Desh (1949) and “Sheesh Mahal”(1950). We in this blog are aware that she worked in “Singaar”(1949) and “Kaale Baadal”(1951) as well. Songs sung by her, from these four movies are represented in this blog.

Pushp Hans was a big name in Punjabi movies and music. But as mentioned earlier, her wikipedia page is silent about most of her achievements. She has sung and acted in “Chaman” (1948), which was the first punjabi hit movie for music director Vinod.

She was honoured with Padmshree in 2007.

After her film career, she served as the chief editor of “The Eves Weekly”, a women’s lifestyle magazine for 17 years.

As a tribute to Pushpa Hans on the occasion of her birth centenary, here is a song from “Apna Desh”(1949).

Very little is known about this movie. Mr Arunkumar Deshmukh, our beloved inhouse encyclopaedia, had given a very detailed account of this movie in the past. Here is what he had to say about this movie.

In 1947,India was divided into two countries. The Partition was a sad and torturous experience for the people on Borders and created thousands of Refugees on both sides. Thousands of families were separated and almost a million died during the Riots. No wonder that this provided inspiration to the film industry to make films on this topic-the event and its aftermath. Some Hindi commercial films based on trauma of partition were made, like, Lahore-49, Apna Desh-49, Firdaus-53, Nastik-54, Chhalia-60, Amar rahe ye pyar-61 and Dharmaputra-61. Three of these films revolved around tales of women abducted in the aftermath of partition..

APNA DESH-1949 was a brilliant film made by V.Shantaram, famous for making offbeat, socially relevant films. He made this film which was distributed all over India and in Ceylon as well. Within a few days, the film came under severe criticism and there were cries of banning the film. Baburao Patel,with his acidic style dubbed this film as Anti-National. In several cities, the film shows had to be cancelled due to Mob troubles.

What was there in this film to invoke such reaction ? This was a story of a Punjabi Hindu woman-Mohini. During riots of partition, she is abducted and raped in Pakistan by Muslims. Her family escapes to India. After some time a devastated Mohini returns to India. Her family and the society refuse to accept her. She is insulted and thrown out. in vengeance of this rejection, she decides to become a smuggler. She sends clothes and arms to Pakistan in exchange of Gold and Money. She falls in love with another refugee, Satish. Finally, when the secret is revealed and Satish is arrested and accused of smuggling, Mohini comes out and surrenders. She is arrested. End of the film !

Most Indians felt that Indian women will never react in this way. They would rather commit suicide. The film was even called ” Apna Trash”. Almost every newspaper viz The Times, The Hindu, The patriot etc condemned the film as Anti national. 1949 was also the period when Pakistan had infiltrated the army and Tribesmen in Kashmir. This had already created an Anti-Pakistani feeling in the country. Under the barrage of opposition, the film was forced to be withdrawn from the Theatres, not because of any legal considerations, but due to commercial reasons.

The strangest thing about this film is, while ALL other Prabhat and Rajkamal films are available, ONLY THIS FILM is missing from the archives. Its copy is not available even in the Film Archives at Pune. V.Shantaram never gave any explanation for this while he was alive.

I have not seen this film. The simple reason was that Shantaram’s films were rated very low on entertainment, as they were films with social causes. By the time I realised the film’s importance, the film was withdrawn and I could never see it. As such 1947 onwards and especially in 1949, so many musical films were released that Shantaram’s films were low on priority. The film details, background, contents and the aftermath of this remarkable film can be found in ” Mourning the Nation-Indian Cinema in the wake of Partition”, a book by Bhaskar Sarkar as well as in ” Violent Belongings, Partition, gender and National Culture” another book by Kavita Daiyya.

Though only the audio of the song is available, this song was clearly picturised on her as well. Dewan Sharar is the lyricist. Music is composed by Purushottam.


Song-Meri khushiyon ke sawere ki kabhi shaam na ho (Apna Desh)(1949) Singer-Pushpa Hans, Lyrics-Dewan Sharar, MD-Purushottam

Lyrics

mere khushiyon ke savere ki
kabhi shaam na ho o
shaam na ho
o hoye
kabhi shaam na ho
mere mit jaane ki koshish
kabhi naakaam na ho o o
naakaam na ho
o hoye
kabhi shaam na ho

sun bhi le waqt ki aawaaz
sun bhi le waqt ki aawaaz
badwaqti ae dil
ae badwaqti ae dil
khusnaseebi ki taraf se ae
koi paighaam na ho o
paighaam na ho
o hoye
kabhi shaam na ho
meri khushiyon ke savere ki
kabhi shaam na ho

jaan se pahle bhala kyun tera armaan nikle
tera armaan nikle
kya tera kaam tu ho jaaye
mera kaam na ho
mera kaam na ho
o hoye
kabhi shaam na ho
meri khushiyon ke savere ki
kabhi shaam na ho

aa aa aa aa
uff na kar
aah na bhar
uff na kar
aah na bhar
dard se aansu na baha
dard se aansu na baha
dekh duniya mein
dekh duniya mein
mohabbat kahin badnaam na ho o o
badnaam na ho
o hoye
kabhi shaam na ho
meri khushiyon ke savere ki
kabhi shaam na ho o
shaam na ho
mere mit jaane ki koshish
kabhi naakaam na ho
o o o o o
shaam na ho


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

Today(26 january 2016) is our Republic Day.

I wish all our readers a very happy Republic Day. Let us all resolve today to make some contribution to India’s progress, in whatever way possible to us.
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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.

THE VIBRANT 40s(Episode No. 10)
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Shakespeare said many things. Many of his sayings became quotable quotations. One of these was-” What is there in a Name ? A Rose called by any name, will smell just as fragrant ‘.
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I have mentioned it in the past that the best age of one’s life to enjoy watching movies is 8 to 12 years. The movies that one watches at this age tend to become the most memorable movies of one’s life.
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This article is written by Pamir Harvey, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

Today is Raja Swaminathan’s birthday! Raja is, as many of you must already be knowing, a regular contributor of posts here at this blog. Over the years I have learnt to admire his knowledge not only of Hindi songs, but also his knowledge in many fields particularly cricket. Raja is very lucid in his words and it is always a pleasure to read his passionate essays on his blog. His precise nature and ability to understand situations and context also makes him valuable as translator for the Edu productions in subtitling old films. More than all this I value Raja as a friend with whom I can do pagalpanthi! Happy Birthday Raja!
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I am aware of a 1971 movie called “Apna Desh”. It turns out that there was another movie of the same name. “Apna Desh” (1949) was a Rajkamal Kala Mandir production. It was produced and directed by V Shantaram. The movie had Pushpa Hans, Umesh Sharma, Manmohan Krishna, Chnadrashekhar, Sudha Apte, Keshavrao Date, Krishna Goyal, Satish Vyas etc in it.
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What is the best stage of one’s life to enjoy Hindi movies ? At the age of 5-6 years, you are too young to realise what is going on, and at the age of 15-16, you have learnt to think logically, and you are then required to become mature and responsible. Neither state of affairs is desirable if you want to enjoy Hindi movies.
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Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz made a very popular pair on Bollywood screen, and the duets picturised on them were an important highlights of such movies.
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“Apna Desh” was a movie that appealed to majority of movie goers. It had almost every thing that the movie going janta wanted. In those days, movie going public were undergoing a change of taste. Movies where hero sang sad songs and got bashed by the villains were proving unpopular. People wanted the heroes of 1970s to be more assertive and active than just singing sad songs.
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