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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.

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For today’s episode of this series, I present this sensuous song from the 1970 film ‘Veer Abhimanyu’.  As the name suggests, this is a mythological film, which based on the historical narrative from the epic Mahabharat. It covers the part of history of Abhimanyu, the son of Arjun. I give a brief summary below.

Abhimanyu is the son of Arjun and Subhadra. As Subhadra is the younger sister of Krishna and Balram, that makes Krishna and Balram uncles (mamma) of Abhimanyu. Being the son and nephew of the three best stalwarts of this epic, Abhimanyu is groomed to become one of the bravest and best warriors amongst the entire Kuru clan (i.e. both the Kaurav and Pandav lineages).

There is a short episode in Mahabharat, where it is narrated how Abhimanyu learnt the art of piercing and entering the Chakravyuh formation on a battlefield. A Chakravyuh is a formidable and impenetrable discus shaped formation of soldiers. The main purpose of this formation is to keep safe the generals and the battle leaders from the enemy warriors. It is a complex structure of intertwined ring formations of soldiers, and is almost impossible to penetrate. When Subhadra was pregnant, carrying Abhimanyu in her womb, one night Arjun was describing the complex structure of this formation, the trick to penetrate and enter it, then how to destroy it from the inside and then exit from the ruins of this formation. It is stated that Abhimanyu learnt this warfare strategy, in his mother’s womb, while Arjun was describing it. As the narrative tells us, after listening to about half of this description, Subhadra drifted into sleep. And so, Abhimanyu could imbibe only the first half of this strategy, i.e. penetrating and entering this formation, but could not get the remaining description on how to exit from it. This partial learning had a very telling consequence on battlefield of Kurukshetra.

As the Mahabharat war started, Abhimanyu was one of the primary architects of the roster of daily victories for the Pandavs. He was just sixteen years old at that time. On the first day of warfare, Abhimanyu engaged Bhisma, his great grandfather, in one-on-one battle. By the end of the day, Bhishma is not able to overcome Abhmanyu, rather by end of the day, Abhimanyu breaks the bow in the hands of Bhishma. And the day ends. On the second day, Abhimanyu attacks Ashwathama, son of Dronacharya, the seer who has taught the Kauravs and Pandavs in the skills and art of waepons and warfare. On hearing that Abhimanyu has attacked Ashwathama, Drona immediately comes to his son’s assistance. Another day long duel happens, and Drona is finally at the mercy of Abhimanyu. And the day ends.

For the third day, Drona devises a deceptive strategy. A part of Kaurav army would engage and draw away Arjun, and Krishna along with him, to a far point from the main battlefield. Then another part of the Kaurav army would form the Chakravyuh, and engage the remaining warriors of the Pandav army, which would expectedly be led by Abhimanyu. To everyone’s knowledge, only two people know the stratagem of how to break the Chakravyuh formation – Arjun and Krishna. And both of them are lured away on a deceptive trail elsewhere. The purpose is to engage and defeat Abhimanyu, without exposing the main warriors of the Kaurav side. To everyone’s surprise, Abhmanyu, instead of being daunted in the face of the Chakravyuh takes on the challenge, breaks it and enters. The Kaurav battle leaders are frightened – that this boy knows the secrets of this strategy. But in fact, Abhimanyu knows only half the strategy, as described above. He nonetheless enters the Chakravyuh. There is a long list of names of warriors on Kaurav side given in the narrative – the ones who are defeated and killed by Abhimanyu on that day. But in the end, being unable to make progress outwards from the Chakravyuh, Abhimanyu is surrounded by the Kaurav warriors, who engage him one-to-many.

Abhimanyu fights till the end. The horses of his chariot are killed, Kripacharya kills his chariot drivers, his chariot is destroyed, his bow is broken by an arrow from behind him, fired by Karna. He takes to fight with sword and shield, then takes on a chariot wheel to stave off his opponents. When the chariot wheel also is broken, he is engaged in gada-yudh (fighting using the mace) by son of Dushaasan. In the end, he is killed by a blow of mace from the behind.

In this episode, the stalwarts of the Kaurav army broke so many rules of warfare engagements, that were conventionally agreed upon by the two armies. There would only be one-on-one battle between warriors; an injured warrior would not be attacked; a warrior not having any weapons or arms would not be attacked; the chariot horses and chariot drivers would not be attacked; no warrior would be attacked from behind. Such was the prowess and the fighting ability of this young warrior, and such was the fear he generated when he penetrated the Chakravyuh that the entire Kaurav army on that day, including Bhishma, Drona, Kripacharya, Karna, Duryodhan, Dushaasan, and many others, put together their strength, and broke umpteen rules of engagement, in their endeavor to take out Abhimanyu from the battle equation.

The amorous side of this narrative is the marriage of Abhimanyu with Uttara.

Abhimanyu’s wife is Uttara, the daughter of King Viraat. Their coming together is also an interesting narrative. When the Pandavs have been exiled, they are supposed to spend twelve years away from from Hastinapur, and after that they have to spend one year in agyaat-vaas – incognito anonymous exile. If by any chance, their whereabouts become known during this last one year, the term of their exile would be extended by another twelve years. During this period of agyaat-vaas, Pandavs take refuge in the kingdom of King Viraat, all being disguised into different roles concealing their real identities.

As part of this masquerade, Arjun takes on the role of Brihannala, an eunuch who teaches music and dance to the children of King Viraat. Later, when their identities are revealed at the end of this period, King Viraat is gratuitous and happy, and proposes to offer his daughter Uttara in marriage to Arjun. Arjun declines the proposal saying that since Uttara is his student, he cannot think of a matrimonial relationship with her. He, in turn proposes to accept her as his daughter-in-law, much to the delight of King Viraat and the entire Pandav family. The Pandav family is rejoicing because, unknown to Arjun, but known to Yudhishtar and Draupadi, Abhimanyu and Uttara have already met and are in love.

When the sad end comes for Abhimanyu in the battlefield, Uttara is carrying his child – Parikshit. Parikshit goes on to inherit the throne of Hasitnapur, as the sole surviving heir of the entire Kuru clan. After the demise of all other male members of the two families in the great war, and after the departure of Pandavas alongwith Draupdi to the Himalayas, Pariskshit becomes the King of this land. His reign also signals the advent of the Kali-yug on this earth.

The song that is presented today, depicts the yearning of Uttara for Abhimanyu. The two have already met, are in love, and the lady is pining for his company. On screen, the role of Uttara is played by Kanchana. The lady who accompanies her is Krishna Kumari, an actress from Tamil / Telugu films. [Thanks to Prakash ji for the identification.]
She is accompanied by another lady friend, who I am not able to identify. I request other knowledgeable readers to please help identify this actress.

The film is produced under the banner of Shri Rajlakshmi Pictures, Madras, and is directed by V Madhusudan Rao. Quite possibly, this is a Hindi remake of the original Tamil or Telugu version. The star cast is listed as NT Ramarao, Shobhan Babu, Pehalwan Kantarao, Padmanabhan, Kanchana, and G Varalakshmi. Six songs are listed for this film, all are written by Prem Dhawan, and the music is also composed by him.

We have had some recent discussion on sensuous and suggestive songs in the early decades, some of which were ordered to be cut from the film by the Censor Board. This song is quite high in that category of being sensuous and suggestive. And yet, in 1970, this song was allowed by the Censor Board. The social and moral norms change so much over the decades.

However, apart from the visuals, I liked this song for the quality of its verses, the music, and its rendition. A very well created song in my opinion.

Song – Kisne Chhoo Liya Naazuk Tan Haaye Ram  (Veer Abhimanyu) (1970) Singer – Asha Bhosle, Lyrics – Prem Dhawan, MD – Prem Dhawan

Lyrics

kis ne chhoo liya
mmmm mmm mmm mmm
ang ang doley
mmmm mmm mmm mmm

kis ne chhoo liya naazuk tan haaye ram
ang ang doley ka karoon laagey hai sharam
kis ne chhoo liya naazuk tan haaye ram
ang ang doley ka karoon laagey hai sharam

piya jo aaye waari jaaun waari jaaun
laaj sharam se bal-khaaun bal-khaaun
piya jo aaye waari jaaun waari jaaun
laaj sharam se bal-khaaun bal-khaaun
un se chori muskaaun muskaaun
un se chori muskaaun muskaaun
ghunghroo chhanke chhanke
paayal chhann chhann
kis ne chhoo liya naazuk tan haaye ram
ang ang doley ka karoon laagey hai sharam

sapne ko apna kehte nahin
apne ho sainyyan ya ho sapna koi
sapne ko apna kehte nahin
apne ho sainyyan ya ho sapna koi
ek tak dekha hum kho gaye
jaane kyon hum to tumhaare ho gaye
jaane kyon hum to tumhaare ho gaye
kis ne chhoo liya naazuk tan haaye ram
ang ang doley ka karoon laagey hai sharam

jiya kaahe machle kaahe tadpun
jaane kyon tan yun haale doley
jiya kaahe machle kaahe tadpun
jaane kyon tan yun haale doley
hai koi jaadu tu ne kiya
khaaye jo ye manwa hichkole
khaaye jo ye manwa hichkole
kis ne chhoo liya naazuk tan haaye ram
ang ang doley ka karoon laagey hai sharam

kis ne chhoo liya naazuk tan haaye ram. . .

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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किसने छू लिया
म्ममम म्मम म्मम म्मम
अंग अंग डोले
म्ममम म्मम म्मम म्मम

किसने छू लिया नाज़ुक तन हाए राम
अंग अंग डोले का करूँ लागे है शरम
किसने छू लिया नाज़ुक तन हाए राम
अंग अंग डोले का करूँ लागे है शरम

पिया जो आए वारी जाऊँ वारी जाऊँ
लाज शरम से बलखाऊँ बलखाऊँ
पिया जो आए वारी जाऊँ वारी जाऊँ
लाज शरम से बलखाऊँ बलखाऊँ
उन से चोरी चोरी मुसकाऊँ मुसकाऊँ
उन से चोरी चोरी मुसकाऊँ मुसकाऊँ
घुँघरू छनके छनके
पायल छन्न छन्न
किसने छू लिया नाज़ुक तन हाए राम
अंग अंग डोले का करूँ लागे है शरम

सपने को अपना कहते नहीं
अपने हो सैंय्याँ या हो सपना कोई
सपने को अपना कहते नहीं
अपने हो सैंय्याँ या हो सपना कोई
एकटक देखा हम खो गए
जाने क्यों हम तो तुम्हारे हो गए
जाने क्यों हम तो तुम्हारे हो गए
किसने छू लिया नाज़ुक तन हाए राम
अंग अंग डोले का करूँ लागे है शरम

जिया काहे मचले काहे तड़पूँ
जाने क्यों तन यूं हाले डोले
जिया काहे मचले काहे तड़पूँ
जाने क्यों तन यूं हाले डोले
हाए कोई जादू तूने किया
खाये जो ये मनवा हिचकोले
खाये जो ये मनवा हिचकोले
किसने छू लिया नाज़ुक तन हाए राम
अंग अंग डोले का करूँ लागे है शरम

किसने छू लिया नाज़ुक तन हाए राम॰ ॰ ॰

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This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in 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 : 3825 Post No. : 14829

Wonder pe Thunder !

Today’s song is from film ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’ (1971). When I found that this very popular and famous song of the early 70s was yet to be covered in the blog, my first reaction was to disbelieve it. I was almost sure that there was some mistake. I scanned the entire ‘H’ alphabet film list, bur could not see this song under any heading. Then I checked the year wise and MD wise lists – with same result. I was wondering how this song has escaped from the keen eyes of our contributors, who are specialists in the songs of the 70s ! At the end of it, I even checked with Atul ji, who confirmed that the song, indeed, was yet to be covered by us. This was a bonanza for me.

This is one of the songs of RD Burman, which I liked very much. Comparatively, he was one of the new composers in those times – in my opinion – though he had already done about 40 films before ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’ (HRHK). In last few years I had liked few songs from his earlier films like ‘Parichay’ (1972), ‘Seeta aur Geeta’ (1972), ‘Caravan’ (1971), ‘Kati Patang’ (1970) and ‘Teesri Manzil’ (1966). However, he suffered in my hands, due to my biased view of film songs of the period of 70s and beyond and except few more songs of RD Burman, I never liked his music, which in general I felt, was too loud and mostly copied from other sources (see several U-Tube videos on this issue, as a proof). However, I concede that he was a worthy son of a worthy composer compared to some other composer-son composers and that his music was much better than theirs and that he lasted for a longer period, cut short only by his sudden death in 1994, at the age of 55 years.

Today’s song is sung by Asha Bhosle and chorus and its video shows that it was sung on screen by a Hippie Girl (Zeenat Aman) amidst a smoking Hippie crowd. Somewhere in the year 1966, I had visited Goa (Panaji) to participate in a conference. During my visit, we had 2 free days and we roamed around the beautiful beaches of Goa. Goa had been liberated from the Portuguese about 6 years back and the Indian tourists did not have enough time yet to spoil the beaches and cities of Goa. So we could really enjoy our trip. During our beach visits we saw many Hippie groups, behaving in a ‘who cares’ attitude on the beaches. No wonder, many of my colleagues took their photographs to show in their respective private circles. That was a time when the Hippie culture had spread around the world.

Hippie (also spelled hippy) people were members of a counter cultural movement during the 1960s and 1970s, that rejected the mores of mainstream American life. The movement originated on college campuses in the United States, and also spread to other countries. Hippies felt alienated from middle-class society, which they saw as dominated by materialism and repression, and they developed their own distinctive lifestyle. They favoured long hair and casual, often unconventional, attire, sometimes in ‘psychedelic’ colours.

Many males grew beards, and both men and women wore sandals and beads. Long flowing granny dresses were popular with women, and rimless granny glasses with both men and women. Hippies commonly took up communal or cooperative living arrangements, and they often adopted vegetarian diets based on unprocessed foods and practiced holistic medicine. Hippies tended to be dropouts from society, foregoing regular jobs and careers, although some developed small businesses that catered to other hippies.

Hippies advocated non-violence and love, a popular phrase being “Make love, not war,” for which they were sometimes called ‘flower children’. They promoted openness and tolerance as alternatives to the restrictions and regimentation they saw in the middle-class society. Hippies often practiced open sexual relationships and lived in various types of family groups. They commonly sought spiritual guidance from sources outside the Judeo-Christian tradition, particularly Buddhism and other Eastern religions. Hippies promoted the recreational use of hallucinogenic drugs, particularly marijuana and LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), in so-called head trips, justifying the practice as a way of expanding consciousness.

By the mid-1970s the movement had waned, and by the 1980s hippies had given way to a new generation of young people who were intent on making careers for themselves in business and who came to be known as yuppies (young urban professionals). Nonetheless, hippies continued to have an influence on the wider culture, seen, for example, in more relaxed attitudes toward sex, in the new concern for the environment, and in a widespread lessening of formality.

Film HRHK was Dev Anand’s idea. Initially, he wanted Zahida to become its Heroine. She, however rejected the offer when she learnt that in the film, she would be Dev’s sister – Jasbir. Dev Anand also wanted SD Burman to do the music. When Dada heard the original story, in which Zeenat falls in love with Dev, not knowing that he was her brother, Dada flatly refused the film and also advised Dev to change the story, as Indian public would be averse to an incest story. Eventually RD Burman was selected as MD.

Similarly, this song – “Dum Maaro Dum” was originally to be a duet of Usha Uthup and Lata Mangeshkar. Possibly Asha Bhosle, who was on the verge of leaving OPN and joining RD Burman (who had applied for a divorce with Rita –  his wife) scuttled the plan and the song came to Asha as a solo and another duet with usha Uthup. RD burman then changed the whole tune of the song, using Asha’s skill of singing in higher pitches.

All songs of this film became popular, especially “Phoolon Ka Taaron Ka Sabka Kehna Hai” and “Dum Maaro Dum” were heard everywhere. The lyrics of the song “Dum Maaro Dum” were very apt to indicate and describe the philosophy and frustration of the younger generation in that period –

duniya ne hum ko diya kya
duniya se hum ne liya kya
hum sab ki parvah karen kyun
sabne hamara kiya kya

All this clearly indicated what was eating the minds of young people.

Fortunately, 70s was the period when the Hippie culture was on decline worldwide. As such, this type of philosophy and such cult did not fit into the Indian mind set in any case. Therefore, this culture did not grow much here and had a natural end – like everywhere else in the world.

Two interesting anecdotes about this film. One, Dev Anand in his autobiography -“Romancing With Life “, published in 2007, had confessed that during this film, he had fallen in love with Zeenat. He was to make a confession to her, when he learnt that she had gone very close to Raj Kapoor. In one party, he also saw Raj kapoor hugging Zeenat and she was responding to him. Dev was disillusioned. He knew that Zeenat was keen to work in RK’s film ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’, and that all this was due to that only. He simply removed her thought from his mind.

Second is about the Burmans. In the program ‘Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan’, Pancham narrated that – “Papa used to go for morning walk everyday in Juhu. People recognised him and would say, look, SD Burman is going. One day he came back very excited. He told me, today people recognised me and said, Look RD Burman’s father is going. Papa was proud of me that my music in HRHK was famous and popular.”

Nandu Chawathe- a leading fiddler and violinist was associated with Pancham in those days. This person – Nandu Chawathe, was a guest in one of our get togethers of Atulites in Mumbai, thanks to one of our members Nitin ji Shah. He had played some songs on his violin in that meeting,  Chawathe says that Dev Anand was very much upset, when Asha replaced Lata and Pancham took time to compose the new tune for Asha Bhosle. The final product, however, pleased Dev Anand.

The story of the film, as given in wiki, is –

In the background of the rise of the International Hare Krishna movement in the 1970s, is a Montreal-based family of the Jaiswals, consisting of mom, dad, son, Prashant, and daughter, Jasbir. Due to differences, Mr and Mrs Jaiswal separate, leaving Jasbir with dad, and Prashant with his mom. Eventually Prashant and his mom travel to India, leaving father and daughter behind in Montreal. Mr. Jaiswal remarries, and brings his new wife to live in his home. Jasbir is told by her nanny that her mother & brother are dead. Back in India Prashant is sent to a boarding school and his father makes sure that none of Prashant’s letters reach Jasbir, so that it would be easy on her part to get over emotional trauma. Jasbir is upset with her inconsiderate step-mother and ignorant father who is deeply immersed in his business.

Years later, Prashant has grown up to be a pilot. He has received a letter from his dad that Jasbir, who had rebelled and left home, is now located in Kathmandu, Nepal, with a group of hippies. Prashant decides to find his sister and hopefully get her back to the family. When Prashant lands in Kathmandu he does not find Jasbir, but instead finds Janice, who is indeed his sister with a new name. Janice has no recollection of her childhood, and is always in the company of hippies spending most of her time consuming alcohol & drugs with them.

Janice lives with the hippies in the property rented out by local landlord Drona. Drona’s real business is stealing ancient artifacts from Kathmandu and selling it to foreign nationals. Michael, one of the hippies, is the one who does all the dirty work for him. Janice’s boyfriend Deepak misunderstands that Prashant is trying to woo Janice, hence they exchange a few blows every time they meet. Meanwhile, Drona has an eye on Shanti, a local salesgirl working in one of the shops owned by him. Shanti has feelings for Prashant which creates one more enemy for him. Later Prashant and Shanti elope and get married. At the same time a precious idol is stolen from local temple by Michael, which he hides in Janice’s house. Prashant secretly observes all this. Drona tries to frame Shanti for theft by secretly planting another stolen artifact in her house. Later he spreads the word that since the day Prashant has arrived idols are being stolen and he is stalking local girls.

The police commissioner is a friend of Prashant’s father, and has already received a letter stating the purpose of Prashant’s visit to Kathmandu. He suspects that Drona is trying to frame Prashant because he has married Shanti. He gets a search warrant for the entire property of Drona and recovers a diary which has contact details of his friends abroad who help him sell the stolen artifacts. The police also recover the stolen artifact from Shanti’s home, squarely blaming Prashant for it. Shanti is deeply hurt by this and looks around for Prashant. Prashant meanwhile is with Janice, trying to convince her that he is her brother, who she had been told dead long back. Michael overhears the conversation & conspires to put the blame on the brother-sister duo. Taking advantage of the situation Drona and Michael instigate the locals against Prashant by framing him for the theft and duping Shanti under pretext of marriage. The hippies and the locals are now ready to bash Prashant the moment they come across him.

When Prashant again tries to meet Janice, the hippies give him a solid thrashing. The police commissioner intervenes and Prashant is saved. At the same time the true face of Drona is uncovered and he meets his end trying to run away from police. Janice sees that both her parents have arrived to meet her and realizes that Prashant is indeed her brother. Janice is deeply hurt that her parents had to see her in this state. She runs away from them and commits suicide. In her suicide note she tells Prashant how deeply she loved him and she never intended him to find her in this state and suicide was the only way out for her.

‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’ (released on 9-12-1971) was a Landmark film for Navketan – a film production company, which could boast of a world record (yet unbeaten) that the company was run for 62 years by the same person who established it in 1949 ! The cult song “Dum Maaro Dum” became so popular that no function was complete without this song for the next 10 years! Enjoy this song here today…..

[Author’s Note: The article uses information from books ‘Gaata Rahe Mera Dil’ and ‘Music Beyond Boundaries’, Wiki, The Hindu and my notes].

Video (Partial)

Audio (Complete)

Song – Dum Maro Dum, Mit Jaayen Gham  (Hare Rama Hare Krishna) (1971) Singer – Asha Bhosle, Lyrics – Anand Bakshi, Music – RD Burman
Female Chorus
Male Chorus

Lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)

hush..shh..shh..shh

dum maaro dum..mm..mmaaaa
mit jaaye gham..mm..mmaaaa
bolo subah shaa..aam
hare krishn hare ram
hare krishn hare ram
hare krishn hare ram
hare krishn hare ram

dum maaro dum..mm..mmaaaa
mit jaaye gham..mm..mmaaaa
bolo subah shaa..aam
hare krishn hare ram
hare krishn hare ram
hare krishn hare ram
hare krishn hare ram

pa..aa pa ra pa pa tu tu tu
aa..aa ee..ee
ta raa ta raa ta raa ta raa raa..aa

duniya ne hum ko diya kya
duniya se hum ne liya kya
hum sab ki parvah karen kyon
sab ne hamaara kiya kya
duniya ne hum ko diya kya
duniya se hum ne liya kya
hum sab ki parvah karen kyon
sab ne hamaara kiya kya

aaaa aaaa aaaa aaaa

dum maaro dum..mm..mmaaaa
mit jaayen gham..mm..mmaaaa
bolo subah shaa..aam
hare krishn hare ram
hare krishn hare ram
hare krishn hare ram
hare krishn hare ram

hush..shh..shh..shh

dum maaro dum..mm..mmaaaa
mit jaaye gham..mm..mmaaaa
bolo subah shaa..aam
hare krishn hare ram
hare krishn hare ram
hare krishn hare ram
hare krishn hare ram

chaahe jiyenge marenge
hum na kisi se darenge
hum ko na roke zamaana
jo chaahenge hum karenge

aaaa aaaa aaaa aaaa

dum maaro dum..mm..mmaaaa
mit jaayen gham..mm..mmaaaa
bolo subah shaa..aam
hare krishn hare ram
hare krishn hare ram
hare krishn hare ram
hare krishn hare ram

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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हश॰॰शश॰॰शश॰॰शश

दम मारो दम॰॰मम्म॰॰मम्मआ॰॰आ
मिट जाएँ ग़म॰॰मम्म॰॰मम्मआ॰॰आ
बोलो सुबह शा॰॰आम
हरे कृष्ण हरे राम
हरे कृष्ण हरे राम
हरे कृष्ण हरे राम
हरे कृष्ण हरे राम

दम मारो दम॰॰मम्म॰॰मम्मआ॰॰आ
मिट जाएँ ग़म॰॰मम्म॰॰मम्मआ॰॰आ
बोलो सुबह शा॰॰आम
हरे कृष्ण हरे राम
हरे कृष्ण हरे राम
हरे कृष्ण हरे राम
हरे कृष्ण हरे राम

पा॰॰आ प र पा पा तु तु तु
आ॰॰आ ई॰॰ई
त रा त रा त रा त रा रा॰॰आ

दुनिया ने हमको दिया क्या
दुनिया से हमने लिया क्या
हम सबकी परवाह करें क्यों
सब ने हमारा किया क्या

आ॰॰ आ॰॰ आ॰॰ आ॰॰

दम मारो दम॰॰मम्म॰॰मम्मआ॰॰आ
मिट जाएँ ग़म॰॰मम्म॰॰मम्मआ॰॰आ
बोलो सुबह शा॰॰आम
हरे कृष्ण हरे राम
हरे कृष्ण हरे राम
हरे कृष्ण हरे राम
हरे कृष्ण हरे राम

हश॰॰शश॰॰शश॰॰शश

दम मारो दम॰॰मम्म॰॰मम्मआ॰॰आ
मिट जाएँ ग़म॰॰मम्म॰॰मम्मआ॰॰आ
बोलो सुबह शा॰॰आम
हरे कृष्ण हरे राम
हरे कृष्ण हरे राम
हरे कृष्ण हरे राम
हरे कृष्ण हरे राम

चाहे जिएंगे मरेंगे
हम ना किसी से डरेंगे
हमको ना रोके ज़माना
जो चाहेंगे हम करेंगे

आ॰॰ आ॰॰ आ॰॰ आ॰॰

दम मारो दम॰॰मम्म॰॰मम्मआ॰॰आ
मिट जाएँ ग़म॰॰मम्म॰॰मम्मआ॰॰आ
बोलो सुबह शा॰॰आम
हरे कृष्ण हरे राम
हरे कृष्ण हरे राम
हरे कृष्ण हरे राम
हरे कृष्ण हरे राम


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 : 3819 Post No. : 14817

Today’s song is from film ‘Ek Shola’ (1958). It is sung by Asha Bhosle and Geeta Dutt. The lyricist was Majrooh Sultanpuri and the music director was Madan Mohan. The film was produced by Deep and Pradeep Productions –  a joint venture of Deep Khosla and Pradeep Kumar. The film was directed by Chander Sehgal. Not much is known about Chander Sehgal, except that he directed only 2 films – ‘Ek Shola’ and ‘Mitti Mein Sona’ (1960). He died on 29-5-1960. The cast of the film is Pradeep Kumar, Mala Sinha, Jawahar Kaul, Leela Mishra, Nazir Hussain, Shubha Khote etc.

In Hindi films, there have been three actors who were very handsome and very lucky but zero in acting – Karan Dewan, Pradeep Kumar and Bharat Bhushan. They all appeared in leading roles opposite all leading actresses of their times. They had the best films, best songs and best roles. Karan Dewan had about 25 Silver Jubilees to his credit and was considered a lucky star. Bharat Bhushan had the most musical films to his credit like ‘Baiju Bawra’ (1952), ‘Shabaab’ (1954) and ‘Mirza Ghalib’ (1954) etc. Pradeep Kumar had ‘Anarkali’ (1953) and ‘Taj Mahal’ (1963).

All three had their brothers producing films for them. Gemini Dewan made films for Karan Dewan, R. Chandra made films for Bharat Bhushan and Kalidas for Pradeep Kumar. Unfortunately, in later years, all three lost everything and died in poverty and neglectful anonymity. Karan Dewan was a manager with BR Chopra’s production company. When he died no one came for his funeral except for Chandrashekhar and Manmohan Krishan from the Cine Artist’s Association. Bharat Bhushan even worked as a watchman in a film studio, in his last days. He too died unsung and only the men from the Association were present at the cremation.

Pradeep Kumar’s case is the saddest. He lay seriously ill in the ICU of a Calcutta nursing home, abandoned by his relatives. The hospital was not discharging him, unless the bills were paid. Luckily one Mr. Pradeep Kondaliya, an estate agent, recognised him, despite his grown beard. He paid the huge outstanding bill of the hospital and took Pradeep Kumar to his home, where he passed away after a few days. He was cremated by his fan. Such is the film industry – cruel and ruthless, where the recognition lasts only till one is successful, and even close relatives desert you in bad times.

Pradeep Kumar aka Sital Batabyal was born on 4 January 1925. When he was 17 years old, he started as assistant cameraman. Later he decided to take up acting. He started his film career in Bengali films. His notable roles in Bengali films were in ‘Alaknanda‘ (1947), directed by renowned filmmaker Debaki Bose, and in ’42 (1951). It was Debki Bose, who gave him the filmy name Pradeep Kumar.

Pradeep Kumar  then shifted to Bombay and Filmistan studios, and had an important role in the film ‘Anand Math (1952). He played the lead role with Bina Rai in ‘Anarkali’ (1953) and with Vyjayanthimala in ‘Nagin’ (1954). Both films were very popular and had songs that added to the movies’ success. He had a spate of releases in the second half of the 1950s. He did not enjoy as much success in the 1960s, though ‘Ghoonghat’ (1960), ‘Aarti’ (1962) & ‘Taj Mahal’ (1963) were successful. He worked with Meena Kumari in seven films; ‘Adil-E-Jahangir’, ‘Bandhan’ (1956), ‘Chitralekha’, ‘Bahu Begum’, ‘Bheegi Raat’, ‘Aarti’ and ‘Noorjehan’; and with Mala Sinha in eight films; ‘Naya Zamana’, ‘Hamlet’, ‘Baadshah’, ‘Detective’ (1958 movie), ‘Fashion’ (1959 film), ‘Ek Shola’, ‘Duniya Na Maane’, and ‘Mitti Mein Sona’.

He did not get to act in lead roles with the newer heroines of the 1960s such as Sadhana, Saira Banu, Babita or Sharmila Tagore, though he did work with Asha Parekh in ‘Ghoonghat’ and ‘Meri Surat Teri Aankhen and with Waheeda Rehman in ‘Raakhi (1963). In 1969, he moved to character roles with ‘Sambandh’ and ‘Mehboob Ki Mehndi’, but did not have many visible roles till ‘Jaanwar’ and ‘Razia Sultan’ in 1983.

He won the Kalakar Award-Lifetime Achievement Award (1999).

Pradeep Kumar died in Calcutta on 27 October 2001, at the age of 76. He is survived by his daughters Reena, Meena and Beena Banerjee who plays character roles in movies and TV serials including ‘Uttaran’, son Debiprasad and granddaughters Tanisha, Suparna, Riya and Hrishita. Beena Banerjee’s son Siddharth Banerjee worked as assistant director in Sajid Khan’s ‘Housefull 2’ (2012) and ‘Himmatwala’ (2013).

Mala Sinha was an educated, hard working actress. Though she worked with leading banners and was heroine to well known heroes, she was never counted among the class I heroines of her times. She worked with many newcomers, like Dharmendra etc. Her career spanned a long time but she never got a single Filmfare Award, though nominated 4 times.

Mala Sinha was born in a Bengali Nepalese Christian family in Calcutta, on 11-11-1936. Mala Sinha claimed herself a Bengali descent Nepali many years ago in a TV interview Her parents named her Alda. Her friends at school used to tease her by calling her Dalda (a brand of vegetable oil), so she changed her name to Mala. In her childhood she learnt dancing and singing. Although she was an approved singer of All India Radio, she has never done playback singing in films. But as a singer she has done stage shows in many languages from 1947 to 1975.

Mala started her career as child artist in Bengali films ‘Jai Vaishno Devi’ followed by ‘Shri Krishan Leela’, ‘Jog Biyog’ and ‘Dhooli’. Noted Bengali director Ardhendu Bose saw her acting in a school play and took permission from her father to cast her as a heroine in his film ‘Roshanara’ (1952) – Bangla film, her cinematic debut.

After acting in a couple of films in Calcutta, Mala had to go to Bombay for a Bengali film. There she met Geeta Bali, a noted Bollywood actress, who was charmed by her and introduced her to film director Kidar Sharma. It was Sharma who cast her as a heroine in his ‘Rangeen Ratein‘ (1956). Her first Hindi film was ‘Baadshah’ (1954) opposite Pradeep Kumar. Then came ‘Ekadashi’ (1955), a mythological film. Both failed, but her lead role in Kishore Sahu’s ‘Hamlet’ (1954), paired opposite Pradeep Kumar, fetched her rave reviews in spite of it failing at the box office. Films like ‘Lai Batti’ (ac­tor Balraj Sahni’s only directorial venture), ‘Nausherwan-E-Adil’ where she starred as the fair maiden Marcia in Sohrab Modi’s romance about forbidden love and ‘Phir Subah Hogi’, which was direc­tor Ramesh Saigal’s adapta­tion of Dosteovsky’s novel Crime and Punishment, established Mala Sinha’s reputation as a versatile actress who took the maximum career risks by accepting unconventional roles.

Mala was a singer of some repute and used to sing for All India Radio; she was not allowed to sing playback (even for herself) in the movies with the lone exception being 1972’s ‘Lalkar’. In the 1950s, she had string of hits opposite Pradeep Kumar like ‘Fashion’ (1957), ‘Detective’ (1958), ‘Duniya Na Maane’ (1959) though their first two ventures had failed. The films she did with Pradeep Kumar were men-oriented. In 1957, noted Bollywood actor and film director Guru Dutt (the husband of Geeta Dutt) cast Mala in his film ‘Pyaasa‘ (1957) in a role originally intended for Madhubala. Mala gave a memorable performance as the relatively unsympa­thetic part of an ambitious woman who chooses to marry a rich man (played by actor Rehman) and have a loveless marriage rather than a poor, unsuccessful poet and her impoverished lover (played by Guru Dutt) whom she ditches. ‘Pyaasa‘ remains to this day a classic in the history of Indian cinema and a turning point for Mala Sinha.

After ‘Pyaasa’ her major success were ‘Phir Subah Hogi’ (1958) and Yash Chopra’s directorial debut ‘Dhool Ka Phool’ (1959) that elevated her into a major dramatic star. There was no looking back for Sinha then as she was part of many successful movies from 1958 to the early ’60s like ‘Parvarish’ (1958), ‘Ujaala’,’ Main Nashe Main Hoon’, ‘Duniya Na Maane’, ‘Love Marriage’ (1959), ‘Bewaqoof’ (1960), ‘Maya’ (1961), ‘Hariyali Aur Rasta’ and ‘Dil Tera Deewana’ (1962), ‘Anpadh’, ‘Bombay Ka Chor’ (1962). Critics believe her career best performance was in ‘Bahurani’ (1963), ‘Gumrah’, ‘Gehra Daag’, ‘Apne Huye Paraaye’ and ‘Jahan Ara’. Apart from pairing with Pradeep Kumar, her pairing opposite Raaj Kumar, Rajendra Kumar, Biswajit and Manoj Kumar in woman-oriented films were appreciated by audiences, with her films opposite Biswajit being the most popular.  She did 10 films with Biswajit. In 2007, they won the Star Screen Lifetime Achievement Award, calling them on stage together giving due respect to their popularity as a pair who have tasted box office success.

The most remarkable feature of career of Mala Sinha was that most of her 1960s and 1970s hits were fueled by her own star power as much as the heroes and most of the times her role was more powerful than the hero. Though she was pitted opposite her seniors like Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand, Kishore Kumar, Pradeep Kumar and when she acted opposite the emerging stars from late 1950s like Shammi Kapoor, Rajendra Kumar and Raaj Kumar, she made sure her role was as good as theirs.

In 1966, Sinha went to Nepal to act in a Nepali film called ‘Maitighar when the Nepali film industry was still in its infancy. This was the only Nepali film she did in her career. Her hero in the film was an estate owner called Chidambar Prasad Lohani. Soon after, Mala Sinha married CP Lohani with the blessings of her parents. From the beginning theirs was a long-distance marriage with Lohani based in Kathmandu to look after his business and Sinha living in Bombay with their daughter Pratibha. She continued acting after her marriage.

From 1974, she cut down on her assignments as the lead actresses. She accepted strong character roles in films like ’36 Ghante (1974), ‘Zindagi‘ (1976), ‘Karmayogi (1978), ‘Be-Reham’ (1980), ‘Harjaee’ (1981), ‘Yeh Rishta Na Tootay’, ‘Babu’ (film) and ‘Khel’, which were popular.

In the early ’90s Madhuri Dixit was promoted as new Mala Sinha in magazines. But, after 1994, she completely withdrew from industry and has given very few public appearances. In ‘Dhool Ka Phool’ and BR Chopra’s ‘Gumrah’, she played the first unwed mother and adulterous wife respectively in Hindi cinema. As she grew older, she gracefully moved on to doing character roles that befitted her age. She was last seen in ‘Zid’ (1994). Though Mala Sinha evinced as much interest in her daughter Pratibha’s career as her father did in her career, she was unable to achieve the same success for her daughter. (Adapted from wiki).

Mala Sinha came from Calcutta to make a career in Bombay films. In Calcutta she worked in a Bilingual film ‘Chitrangada’ (1954) in Bangla and Hindi. In 1954 again, she did her first film in Bombay, ‘Baadshah’ (1954), then came ‘Hamlet’ (1954), ‘Riyaasat’ (1955) and ‘Ekadashi’ (1955).

In all her interviews, Mala Sinha always quoted ‘Rangeen Raten’ (1956) with Shammi Kapoor as her first film in Bombay. She was ashamed of revealing that in film ‘Riyaasat’ (1955), her Hero was Mahipal and in film ‘Ekadashi’ it was Trilok Kapoor. She always hid this fact. There are many heroines who want to hide their struggling days. For example, in film ‘Professor’ (1962) Shammi Kapoor’s heroine was Kalpana. Though touted as her first film, her first film was ‘Pyar Ki Jeet-62’, opposite Mahipal – a fact which Kalpana always hid from everyone.

Similarly, A grade heroine Meena Kumari also had done several mythological and costume films before ‘Baiju Bawra’ took her high up and above other heroines. Films like ‘Veer Ghatotkach’ (1949), ‘Shri Ganesh Mahima’ (1950), ‘Laxmi Narayan’ (1951), ‘Hanuman Paataal Vijay’ (1951) and ‘Alladin aur Jadui Chirag’ (1953) had Mahipal as her Hero. In her later years, she always hid her earlier film Heroes.

Even comedian Johnny walker, who is supposed to have made a beginning with ‘Baazi’ (1951), had earlier worked in ‘The Last Message’ or ‘Aakhri Paigham’ (1949). However this fact is not told by anyone.

Not only actors, but even singers do this. They hesitate to tell that the first sang for C grade films. Take the case of Sudha Malhotra, who used to declare ‘Arzoo’ (1950) as her first film, under Anil Biswas. But she never told that earlier she had sung 3 songs in film ‘Aakhri Paigham’ (1949), under the baton of Abid Hussein Khan, composer.

It is very unfortunate that once the artiste becomes famous, he tends to forget his humble beginning with less known film or a composer. This is because they are ashamed of it. I feel the blame also goes to people who take their interview, because the interview takers do not do proper homework. Many times they do not know anything and simply note down whatever is told by the artiste.

There were 8 songs in the film ‘Ek Shola’. 3 songs are already discussed. This is the 4th song. It is a long song, recorded on one side each of 78 rpm record nos. N-52832 and 52833). We present here the full song covering both sides.

 


Song – Chanda Se Bhi Pyaara Hai, Akhion Ka Taara Hai  (Ek Shola) (1958) Singer – Asha Bhosle, Geeta Dutt, Lyrics – Majrooh Sultanpuri, Music – Madan Mohan

Lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)

mmmm mmmmm mmmm
mmm mmm mmm mmm mmm mmmmmmm

chanda se bhi pyaara hai
akhion ka taara hai
dil ka sahaara mera laadla
chanda se bhi pyaara hai
akhion ka taara hai
dil ka sahaara mera laadla

ghata ka saaya hai zindagi
idhar se aai udhar chali
rukey na jeevan ki baansuri
haaye.. apni dhun mein gaa

khushi se saagar jal chhalke
pakad chaley dil sambhal ke
kahen tarangen machal ke
zaraa mauj mein lehra haaye..
khushi se saagar jal chhalke
pakad chaley dil sambhal ke
kahen tarangen machal ke
zaraa mauj mein lehra haaye..
ghata ka saaya hai zindagi
idhar se aai udhar chali
rukey na jeevan ki baansuri
haaye.. apni dhun mein gaa

chanda se bhi pyaara hai
akhion ka taara hai
dil ka sahaara mera laadla..aa..aa

jab mera nannha chhaiyan chhaiyan
thummak thummak doley
tuk tuk taakey
jhuk jhuk jhaanke
gudiya ghunghat kholey
jab mera nannha chhaiyan chhaiyan
thummak thummak doley
tuk tuk taakey
jhuk jhuk jhaanke
gudiya ghunghat kholey
ho gudde sa dulaara
akhion ka taara hai
dil ka sahaara mera laadla..aa..aa

ghata ka saaya hai zindagi
idhar se aai udhar chali
rukey na jeevan ki baansuri..ee
apni dhun mein gaa

jo mastion mein jee’e hain
usey na ?? ?? ??
ye raaz tere liye hai magar
tu nahi samjha haaye..
jo mastion mein jee’e hain
usey na ?? ?? ??
ye raaz tere liye hai magar
tu nahi samjha haaye..
ghata ka saaya hai zindagi
idhar se aai udhar chali
rukey na jeevan ki baansuri..ee
apni dhun mein gaa

chanda se bhi pyaara hai
akhion ka taara hai
dil ka sahaara mera laadla..aa..aa
A B C D
aleef bay pay
ka kha ga gha..aa..aa
A B C D
aleef bay pay
aur bhai ka kha ga gha
ab padhne askool chala hai
ye mera shehzaada
ab padhne askool chala hai
ye mera shehzaada
ho parion ne sanwaara hai
akhion ka taara hai
dil ka sahaara mera laadla
aa..aa..aa
chanda se bhi pyaara hai
akhion ka taara hai
dil ka sahaara mera laadla

mmm mmm mmmmmm mmmm
mmm mmm mmmmmm mmmm
aaa aaa aaaa aaa aaa aaa

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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मम्मम मम्ममम मम्मम
मम्म मम्म मम्म मम्म मम्म मम्म मम्ममममम

चंदा से भी प्यारा है
अखिओं का तारा है
दिल का सहारा मेरा लाड़ला
चंदा से भी प्यारा है
अखिओं का तारा है
दिल का सहारा मेरा लाड़ला

घटा का साया है ज़िंदगी
इधर से आई उधर चली
रुके ना जीवन की बांसुरी
हाए॰॰ अपनी धुन में गा

खुशी से सागर जल छलके
पकड़ चले दिल संभाल के
कहें तरंगें मचल के
ज़रा मौज में लहरा हाए॰॰
खुशी से सागर जल छलके
पकड़ चले दिल संभाल के
कहें तरंगें मचल के
ज़रा मौज में लहरा हाए॰॰
घटा का साया है ज़िंदगी
इधर से आई उधर चली
रुके ना जीवन की बांसुरी
हाए॰॰ अपनी धुन में गा

चंदा से भी प्यारा है
अखिओं का तारा है
दिल का सहारा मेरा लाड़ला॰॰आ॰॰आ

जब मेरा नन्हा छइयाँ छइयाँ
ठुमक ठुमक डोले
टूक टूक ताके
झुक झुक झाँके
गुड़िया घूँघट खोले
जब मेरा नन्हा छइयाँ छइयाँ
ठुमक ठुमक डोले
टूक टूक ताके
झुक झुक झाँके
गुड़िया घूँघट खोले
हो गुड्डे सा दुलारा है
अखिओं का तारा है
दिल का सहारा मेरा लाड़ला॰॰आ॰॰आ

घटा का साया है ज़िंदगी
इधर से आई उधर चली
रुके ना जीवन की बांसुरी
हाए॰॰ अपनी धुन में गा

जो मस्तीओं में जीए हैं
उसे ना ?? ?? ??
ये राज़ तेरे लिए है मगर
तू नहीं समझा हाए॰॰
जो मस्तीओं में जीए हैं
उसे ना ?? ?? ??
ये राज़ तेरे लिए है मगर
तू नहीं समझा हाए॰॰
घटा का साया है ज़िंदगी
इधर से आई उधर चली
रुके ना जीवन की बांसुरी॰॰ई
हाए॰॰ अपनी धुन में गा

चंदा से भी प्यारा है
अखिओं का तारा है
दिल का सहारा मेरा लाड़ला॰॰आ॰॰आ

ए बी सी डी
अलीफ बे पे
क ख ग घ॰॰अ॰॰अ
ए बी सी डी
अलीफ बे पे
और भई क ख ग घ
अब पढ़ने अस्कूल चला है
ये मेरा शहज़ादा
अब पढ़ने अस्कूल चला है
ये मेरा शहज़ादा
ओ परियों ने संवारा है
अखिओं का तारा है
दिल का सहारा मेरा लाड़ला
आ॰॰आ॰॰आ
चंदा से भी प्यारा है
अखिओं का तारा है
दिल का सहारा मेरा लाड़ला

मम्म मम्म मम्मममम मम्मम
मम्म मम्म मम्मममम मम्मम
आ आ आ आ आ आ॰॰आ

 


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 :

3799 Post No. : 14790 Movie Count :

4045

Missing Films of 1960s – 88
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This journey of searching out the missing films is such an interesting exploration of the unheard and less heard gems – or as they say on Radio Ceylon (SLBC now) ‘कम सुने और अनसुने गीत’.

Today’s song is one such rarely heard gem, but oh what exquisitely crafted gem this one is. The film is ‘Haveli’ from 1970. The name sounds as if this would be a film of the horror genre, of course mixed with police and robber crime drama. The one poster of this film that I am able to locate on the net (actually an image with the song on YT), shows the leading lady with a revolver in her hand. The rest of the poster combines the film title logo, and another image of the lead pair. This image does not exhibit any overt horror type flavor – just that the title gives such an impression.

The film is from the banner of Movies Den, Bombay. It is produced by Jawahar Anand and is directed by Sudarshan Babbar. The lead pair is Shailesh Kumar and Nivedita, and the remaining cast is listed as Azra, Heeralal, Manmohan Krishan, Ravikant, Brahm Bhardwaj, Lata Arora, Yunus Parvez, Ridku, Anand Prakash, Jawahar Kapoor, BK, Rahi, Dharmesh, Rajendra Kapoor, Jaishri T, Meenakshi, and Shefali.

The film has 5 songs, as per the Geet Kosh listings. Four of these songs, including the one being introduced today, are written by Naqsh Lyallpuri, and one is written by Naseem Sahranpuri. Music for this film and composed by Sapan Jagmohan. The singing voice is Asha Bhosle.

Although I have not seen the video of this song, but still, from the flavor of the words and the style of rendition, this seems to be a sensuous song, possibly even a seduction song. The measured deliberateness with which Asha ji has rendered this song, brings in just that right emphasis making this such an attractively sensuous song.

The cast of actors includes names like Jaishree T, Azra, Meenakshi, Shefali – so I would not even start to guess on whom this song might have been picturized. I request our more knowledgeable friends and readers to please add more information about this song and this film, if available.

But regardless, enjoy this wonderfully sensuous song.

Song – Gesuon Ki Haseen Chhanv Mein Humnasheen  (Haveli) (1970) Singer – Asha Bhosle, Lyrics – Naqsh Lyallpuri, MD – Sapan Jagmohan

Lyrics

gesuon. . .
ki haseen
chhaanv mein
humnasheen
tu hi bata
tere liye
kya nahin
kya nahin

gesuon ki haseen
chhaanv mein humnasheen
tu hi bata tere liye
kya nahin
kya nahin

ishaaron mein kehti hain angdaaian raat ki
abhi aur behakengi tanhaaian raat ki
ishaaron mein kehti hain angdaaian raat ki
abhi aur behakengi tanhaaian raat ki
kya nahin
kya nahin
gesuon ki haseen
chhaanv mein humnasheen
tu hi bata tere liye
kya nahin
kya nahin

meri jawaani bahaaron ka agaaz hai
kitna haseen mere naghmon ka andaaz hai
meri jawaani bahaaron ka agaaz hai
kitna haseen mere naghmon ka andaaz hai
kya nahin
kya nahin
gesuon ki haseen
chhaanv mein humnasheen
tu hi bata tere liye
kya nahin
kya nahin

kya nahin. . .

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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गेसूओं॰ ॰ ॰
की हसीं
छाँव में
हमनशीं
तू ही बता
तेरे लिए
क्या नहीं
क्या नहीं

गेसूओं की हसीं
छाँव में हमनशीं
तू ही बता तेरे लिए
क्या नहीं
क्या नहीं

इशारों में कहती है अंगड़ाइयाँ रात की
अभी और बहकेंगी तनहाइयाँ रात की
इशारों में कहती है अंगड़ाइयाँ रात की
अभी और बहकेंगी तनहाइयाँ रात की
क्या नहीं
क्या नहीं
गेसूओं की हसीं
छाँव में हमनशीं
तू ही बता तेरे लिए
क्या नहीं
क्या नहीं

मेरी जवानी बहारों का आग़ाज़ है
कितना हसीं मेरे नग़मों का अंदाज़ है
मेरी जवानी बहारों का आग़ाज़ है
कितना हसीं मेरे नग़मों का अंदाज़ है
क्या नहीं
क्या नहीं
गेसूओं की हसीं
छाँव में हमनशीं
तू ही बता तेरे लिए
क्या नहीं
क्या नहीं

क्या नहीं॰ ॰ ॰


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.

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Missing Films of 1960s – 86
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Today’s debut film from the decade of 1960s is ‘Sasta Khoon Mehnga Pyaar’ from 1970. Honestly, never heard of this film before I took on this home work exercise to dig out missing films of 1960s. This is an obscure and almost unknown film, although 1970, comparatively speaking, is more recent vintage. This film is so obscure that even the print version of the Geet Kosh does not carry any details about this film, except for the song list and the artists associated with the songs. However, later this film seems to have become available in public domain, and was released on disc by T-Series. A short video clip of the initial credits is currently available on YouTube. I have been able to get the list of actor names from this clip. However this clip also does not carry the complete credits – it ends before reaching the names of the producer and director.

The film is from the banner of Sharda Films, Bombay. The cast of actors is a long list, as per the film’s credits – Dev Kumar, Sonia Sahni, Shailesh Kumar, Sulochana, Sajjan, Padma, Madhumati, BM Vyas, Pichhoo Kapoor, Sheikh, Bhagwan, Maruti, Ulhas, Ramesh Kant, Jankidas, Tuntun, Lalita Kumar, Maqbool, Jilani, Moolchand, Amrit Rana, Amir, Jairy, Nabab Kardari, Nabab Dadri, Waman, Sugandhi, Gulab Singh, Roop Kumar, Ganpati, Anil Kumar, and Mahesh Purohit. The last four names in this list are identified as child artistes.

Geet Kost lists four songs for this film. All the four songs are from the pen of Asad Bhopali, and the music director is Usha Khanna. The singing voice is that of Asha Bhosle. From the music and the style of rendition, it appears that this song was filmed as a mujra dance. In fact, at two places in the song, a male voice is also heard asking a question “kya?”. The song tells of a tryst between the lovers, that happened the previous night, and the lady forgot her dupatta, at the meeting place, when she returned from meeting her lover.

I am hearing this song for the first time today, and I have heard it multiple times as I prepared to upload it. Usha Khanna’s music is attractive, and this is a good song to bring up from the depths of obscurity. Listen and enjoy.

Song – Pee Se Milna Ghazab Hua Raat Dhale  (Sasta Khoon Mehnga Pyaar) (1970) Singer – Asha Bhosle, Lyrics – Asad Bhopali, MD – Usha Khanna
Unidentified Male Voice

Lyrics

aaaa aaaaaaaa aaaaaa
aaaa aaaaaa haaa

pee se milna ghazab hua raat dhale
haan pee se milna ghazab hua raat dhale
hui jab main juda un se mil ke galey
haaye raam main to apna dupatta wahin bhool aayi
daiyya daiyaa main to apna dupatta wahin bhool aayi

jab nigaahen milin
jab nigaahen
jab nigaahen milin
honth tharra ke chup ho gaye the
ek toofaan thaa..aa..aa
jis mein hum dono hi kho gaye the
ek toofaan thaa
ek toofaan thaa
ek toofaan thaa
jis mein hum dono hi kho gaye the
arre ghar pahunchi hosh udey
ghar pahunchi hosh udey
jab ye khyaal aaya
kya
haaye raam main to apna dupatta wahin bhool aayi
daiyya daiyaa main to apna dupatta wahin bhool aayi

un ki baton ka ras
un ki baton ka
un ki baton ka ras
dil ki nas nas ko garma gaya tha
ek achhoota nasha..aa..aa
mere jazbaat par chhaa..aa..aa gaya tha
ek achhoota nasha
ek achhoota nasha
ek achhoota nasha
mere jazbaat par chhaa..aa..aa gaya tha
arre ghar pahunchi hosh udey
ghar pahunchi hosh udey
jab ye khyaal aaya
kya
haaye raam main to apna dupatta wahin bhool aayi
daiyya daiyaa main to apna dupatta wahin bhool aayi

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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आsss आssssssss आsssss
आsss आssssss हाsss

पी से मिलना गज़ब हुआ रात ढले
हाँ पी से मिलना गज़ब हुआ रात ढले
हुई जब मैं जुड़ा उनसे मिलके गले
हाए रामा मैं तो अपना दुपट्टा वहीं भूल आई
दइय्या दइय्या मैं तो दुपट्टा वहीं भूल आई

जब निगाहें मिलीं
जब निगाहें
जब निगाहें मिलीं
होंठ थर्रा के चुप हो गए थे
एक तूफान था॰॰आ॰॰आ
जिस में हम दोनों ही खो गए थे
एक तूफान था
एक तूफान था
एक तूफान था
जिस में हम दोनों ही खो गए थे
अरे घर पहुंची होश उड़े
घर पहुंची होश उड़े
जब ये ख्याल आया
क्या
हाए रामा मैं तो अपना दुपट्टा वहीं भूल आई
दइय्या दइय्या मैं तो दुपट्टा वहीं भूल आई

उन की बातों का रस
उन की बातों का
उन की बातों का रस
दिल की नस नस को गरमा गया था
एक अछूता नशा॰॰आ॰॰आ
मेरे जज़्बात पर छा गया॰॰आ॰॰आ था
एक अछूता नशा
एक अछूता नशा
एक अछूता नशा
मेरे जज़्बात पर छा गया था
अरे घर पहुंची होश उड़े
घर पहुंची होश उड़े
जब ये ख्याल आया
क्या
हाए रामा मैं तो अपना दुपट्टा वहीं भूल आई
दइय्या दइय्या मैं तो दुपट्टा वहीं भूल आई


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

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4040

Missing Films of 1960s – 85
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The next in this series is a religious film from 1970. Yes, the times were when this genre of films had a serious following, and the producers in the industry would be creating films in this category. Today’s film, ‘Shri Krishna Leela’ is from the house of Wadia’s, under their banner of Basant Pictures. As we review the data about film production under this banner, we find that this has been one of the very active production houses over the decades. [Note: I am examining the data in the Geet Kosh from 1931 to 1980 only.]

Over the years, Wadia film production company went about its business under the names as – Wadia Brothers, Wadia Brothers Productions, Wadia Films and Wadia Movietone. Collectively, these banners have been active since 1933 till the year 1971, having produced 50+ films in various genres – social, stunt, religious, mythical, costume dramas, historical etc. In 1943, the company launched another banner, named Basant Pictures. As we scan their list of films, once again we find slight variations in the banner names as – Basant Pictures, Basant Pictures (Wadia Brothers) and Basant Wadia Brothers Production. Collectively, this banner has a listing of about 60 films between 1943 and 1980. The films in this list also cover just the same set of film genres.

A brief about the House of Wadia. The ancestors of this Parsi family originally settled in Surat after migrating from Persia. The original business of Wadia family was shipbuilding. The logo of Wadia Movietone prominently carries an image of a ship – it is a representation of their origins – the legacy business that started off their fortunes. The Wadia Group’s shipbuilding business was set up in 1736 by Lowjee Nuserwanjee Wadia. Later during that century, the group shifted its base from Surat to Bombay. They built trading ships, and later in 1800s they build maritime vessels for the Royal Navy (Great Britain).

Wadia Movietone was founded in 1933 by the brothers – JBH Wadia and Homi Wadia. JBH Wadia (born 1901) was a very well educated young man, who came into the film industry in the closing years of silent cinema. He produced about a dozen silent films, with moderate success. His productions were mostly adaptations of successful Hollywood productions of that era.

The other co-founders were Manchersha Billimoria, and Burjore and Nadirshaw Tata. Their first film – ‘Laal e Yaman’ (1933) was a major commercial success. In 1935, the company produced ‘Hunterwali’ with Nadia in the title role, along with Boman Shroff and John Cawas in prominent roles. This film became a surprise hit, bringing in a huge commercial windfall for the company. In the process, it set a trend which was duplicated by Wadias themselves and also copied by many other production houses. In 1936 came ‘Miss Frontier Mail’, followed by ‘Lutaru Lalna’ in 1938, ‘Punjab Mail’ in 1939, ‘Diamond Queen’ in 1940, and ‘Bambaiwali’ in 1941. However, by this time, the repeated use of the stunt formula lost its luster, and the company started facing losses. In 1936, the Tata brothers had already moved out from the partnership. In 1942, the Wadia Movietone studio was put up for sale. V Shantaram, who was moving out of Prabhat at the same time, purchased this studio and set up his famous production house – Rajkamal Kalamandir, at this premises.

In 1942 itself, the younger brother, Homi Wadia, set up Basant Pictures as a new production house. He started producing films under this banner using studio facilities at other premises. In 1947, he eventually set up his own studio once again. Basant Studio was functional till 1981. In 1990, the studio was inherited by Riyad Vinci Wadia, the grandson of JBH Wadia. He revived film production once again under this banner. However, he too passed away in 2003. The studio now houses the Wadia Movietone and Basant Pictures archives and memorabilia collection.

The film ‘Shri Krishna Leela’ is directed by Homi Wadia. The star cast includes Master Sachin, Heena Kumari, Jaishri Gadkar, Sapru, Manhar Desai, Kumar Dighe, Deepak, Tabassum, Ratnamala, Padmarani, Uma Dutt, Shekhar, Master Bobby, Master Ratan, Tuntun, Babu Raje, Habeeb, Dalpat, H Prakash, and Prince Arjun. The songs of this film are penned by Bharat Vyas and the music is from the mind of SN Tripathi.

Today’s song is a lullaby, in the voice of Asha Bhosle. On screen, the song is performed by Jaishree Gadkar, in the role of Maa Yashoda, as she is crooning to put the infant Krishna to sleep. Close to the end of this clip, we see a little more grown up child Krishna, role played by Master Sachin.

A wonderfully soothing melody. . . listen, and relax.

Song – Palkon Ka Palna Nainon Ki Dori  (Shri Krishna Leela) (1970) Singer – Asha Bhosle, Lyrics – Bharat Vyas, MD – SN Tripathi

Lyrics

palkon ka palna
nayanon ki dori
palkon ka palna
nayanon ki dori
maiyya jhulaaye gaaye
meethi meethi lori
sapnon mein aaye tere
parion ki chhori
maiyya jhulaaye gaaye
meethi meethi lori
so ja mere laal
mere nnnhe se gopal

dekhun jo mukhda
mit jaaye dukhda
dekhun jo mukhda
mit jaaye dukhda
mere liye tu hai
chanda ka tukda
mere liye tu hai
chanda ka tukda
mamta bhari hai
mere mann ki katori
palkon ka palna
nayanon ki dori
maiyya jhulaaye gaaye
meethi meethi lori
so ja mere laal
mere nnnhe se gopal

soya hai madhuban
jamuna hai soi
saari nagariya hai
nindiya mein khoi
saari nagariya hai
nindiya mein khoi
tujhko chandaniya sulaaye chori chori
palkon ka palna
nayanon ki dori
maiyya jhulaaye gaaye
meethi meethi lori
so ja mere laal
mere nnnhe se gopal

mmmmm hmmmmm
hmmmm hmm hmm hmmm
mmmmm hmmmmm
hmmmm hmm hmm hmmm
mmmmm hmmmmm
hmmmm hmm hmm hmmm
mmmmm hmmmmm
hmmmm hmm hmm hmmm

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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पलकों का पलना
नयनों की डोरी
पलकों का पलना
नयनों की डोरी
मैय्या झुलाए गाये मीठी मीठी लोरी
अपनों में आए तेरे पारियों की छोरी
मैय्या झुलाए गाये मीठी मीठी लोरी
सो जा मेरे लाल
मेरे नन्हें से गोपाल

देखूँ जो मुखड़ा
मिट जाये दुखड़ा
देखूँ जो मुखड़ा
मिट जाये दुखड़ा
मेरे लिए तू है चाँद का टुकड़ा
मेरे लिए तू है चाँद का टुकड़ा
ममता भरी है मेरे मन की कटोरी
पलकों का पलना
नयनों की डोरी
मैय्या झुलाए गाये मीठी मीठी लोरी
सो जा मेरे लाल
मेरे नन्हें से गोपाल

सोया है मधुबन
जमुना है सोई
सारी नगरिया है नींदिया में खोई
सारी नगरिया है नींदिया में खोई
तुझको चंदनीया सुलाये चोरी चोरी
पलकों का पलना
नयनों की डोरी
मैय्या झुलाए गाये मीठी मीठी लोरी
सो जा मेरे लाल
मेरे नन्हें से गोपाल

म्ममममम हम्मममम
हम्ममम ह्म्म ह्म्म ह्म्ममम
म्ममममम हम्मममम
हम्ममम ह्म्म ह्म्म ह्म्ममम
म्ममममम हम्मममम
हम्ममम ह्म्म ह्म्म ह्म्ममम
म्ममममम हम्मममम
हम्ममम ह्म्म ह्म्म ह्म्ममम


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

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Mohammed Rafi – Duets – ‘अ’  से  ‘ह’ तक  (From ‘अ’ to ‘ह’) – 30
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‘ल’ – लीजिये दिल का नज़राना, लीजिये आँख का शुक्राना ॰ ॰ ॰

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आवाज़ दे कर हमें तुम बुलाओ ॰ ॰ ॰ 

Ah yes, that is what the heart desires, but sadly, that will happen no more. . . you are so far away now, that our supplications so sent, do not reach you any more.

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OK, wow, another gem from the radio listening days. And what a wonderful reminder this song is. The film is ‘Naya Kanoon’ from 1965, and Rafi Sb is accompanied by Asha Bhosle in this song. Given that Madan Mohan is the music director, I am a little surprised that Lata does not figure in this film at all. Eight songs in all, with four female solos, and one duet (this one) – all carry the voice of Asha Bhosle. Possibly this recording may have been done during the time when there was a stand off between Lata ji and Rafi Sb. Still surprising that Madan Mohan did not get Lata to sing even one of the solo songs. Or possibly, other reasons, circumstances may have intervened.

The film is directed by RC Talwar for the banner of Manchanda Productions, Bombay. The main star cast is listed as Ashok Kumar, Vaijayantimala, Bharat Bhushan, Poornima, Nishi, Leela Mishra, Badri Prasad, Kamal Mehra, and Om Prakash among others. There are eight songs in this film, or may be seven, because one song is a multi version song sung as a solo by both Rafi Sb and Asha Bhosle. All songs are from the pen of Hasrat Jaipuri, except one, which is written by Saraswati Kumar Deepak.

On screen, this song is filmed a recording studio song. The two singers – Bharat Bhushan and Vijayantimala, are recording this song in a studio. Or maybe the song is being broadcast live.  As we see the three stanzas, there are short visual interludes, and the dresses of the two artistes are different in each stanza. The intervening scenes convey a message as if displaying the rising popularity, as well as prosperity of the singer.

Bharat Bhushan in this 1965 film is a distant call from his heydays of ‘Baiju Baawra’ in 1952. Decidedly not looking any younger, but he is also looking much more morose. As the visual clip starts and the music comes on, the mind gets into position for a fast paced light hearted duet. But the expression on the face of the hero conveys as if he is going to break into “Maayoos To Hoon Waade Se Tere. . .” 🙂 🙂 .

Regardless, a very breezy composition which will tickle a few memories in the minds of radio listeners.  Listen and relive those memories.

 

Song – Lijiye Dil Ka Nazraana, Lijiye Aankh Ka Shukraana  (Naya Kanoon) (1965) Singer – Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle, Lyrics – Hasrat Jaipuri, MD – Madan Mohan

Lyrics 

lijiye dil ka nazraana
lijiye aankh ka shukraana
ye preet banegi afsaana
bolo to sahi hai kya marzi
bolo to sahi hai kya marzi
lijiye dil ka nazraana
lijiye aankh ka shukraana
ye preet banegi afsaana
bolo to sahi hai kya marzi
bolo to sahi hai kya marzi

aankh ne dekha to dil ne paa liya
meethi baaton ne hamne behka liya
pyaar mein hum bhi tumhaare ho gaye
tum miley to hum khushi se kho gaye
kadmon mein khada hai deewaana
bolo to sahi hai kya marzi
bolo to sahi hai kya marzi
lijiye dil ka nazraana
lijiye aankh ka shukraana

dil bade armaan se laaya hoon main
ye kali toofaan se laaya hoon main
meri palken jhuk rahi hain laaj se
tum hamaare ho chuke ho aaj se
aaya hai shama ka parwaana
bolo to sahi hai kya marzi
bolo to sahi hai kya marzi
lijiye dil ka nazraana
lijiye aankh ka shukraana

aur bhi duniya mein laakhon chaand hain
aapke aage magar wo maand hain
aur bhi duniya mein laakhon phool hain
aapke aage magar wo dhool hain
haazir hai tumhaara mastaana
bolo to sahi hai kya marzi
bolo to sahi hai kya marzi
lijiye dil ka nazraana
lijiye aankh ka shukraana
ye preet banegi afsaana
bolo to sahi hai kya marzi
bolo to sahi hai kya marzi
lijiye dil ka nazraana
lijiye aankh ka shukraana

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Hindi Script Lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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लीजिये दिल का नज़राना
लीजिये आँख का शुक्राना
ये प्रीत बनेगी अफसाना
बोलो तो सही है क्या मर्ज़ी
बोलो तो सही है क्या मर्ज़ी
लीजिये दिल का नज़राना
लीजिये आँख का शुक्राना
ये प्रीत बनेगी अफसाना
बोलो तो सही है क्या मर्ज़ी
बोलो तो सही है क्या मर्ज़ी

आंख ने देखा तो दिल ने पा लिया
मीठी बातों ने हमने बहका लिया
प्यार में हम भी तुम्हारे हो गए
तुम मिले तो हम खुशी से खो गए
कदमों में खड़ा है दीवाना
बोलो तो सही है क्या मर्ज़ी
बोलो तो सही है क्या मर्ज़ी
लीजिये दिल का नज़राना
लीजिये आँख का शुक्राना

दिल बड़े अरमान से लाया हूँ मैं
ये काली तूफान से लाया हूँ मैं
मेरी पलकें झुक रही हैं लाज से
तुम हमारे हो चुके हो आज से
आया है शमा का परवाना
बोलो तो सही है क्या मर्ज़ी
बोलो तो सही है क्या मर्ज़ी
लीजिये दिल का नज़राना
लीजिये आँख का शुक्राना

और भी दुनिया में लाखों चाँद हैं
आपके आगे मगर वो माँद हैं
और भी दुनिया में लाखों फूल हैं
आपके आगे मगर वो धूल हैं
हाजिर है तुम्हारा मस्ताना
बोलो तो सही है क्या मर्ज़ी
बोलो तो सही है क्या मर्ज़ी
लीजिये दिल का नज़राना
लीजिये आँख का शुक्राना
ये प्रीत बनेगी अफसाना
बोलो तो सही है क्या मर्ज़ी
बोलो तो सही है क्या मर्ज़ी
लीजिये दिल का नज़राना
लीजिये आँख का शुक्राना


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

Blog Day : 3779 Post No. : 14759

For me, this is a crush that still endures – a crush that I have never gotten over. Since the days when I first saw her in ‘Talash’ (1969) – and the song – “Kar Le Pyaar Karne Ke Din Hain Yahi” – a part of me has always remained smitten with her image and her thoughts. Helen, aah Helen – the ultimate danseuse of the silver screen. Helen – whose art has established the gold benchmark as a dancer, for all measures – from the past, and maybe, forever in the future. For sincerely, till this time, no other dancer has come close to this ultimate – in grace, in innovation, in energy, in movement – in every aspect of this art form.

It is said that the classical dance forms of India, are probably the most expressive traditional dances. The dancers are coached to develop the enhanced expressions for all the human emotions. The artist is taught not just to exhibit a series of well coordinated movements, which of course is very pleasing to the senses, but it is imperative for them to also communicate the emotions through the facial expressions, body language and the finer movements like twitching and trembling of specific muscles and body parts. The art of the Kathak, Bharat Natyam, Khatakali, etc. is so very refined in this aspect, and the aspiring artists are trained from a very young age.

As far as I am aware, Helen simply started dancing in films (in her teens, as early as when she was 13). She probably has no formal training in any dance form. And yet, seeing Helen on screen, in all the dancing forms, is an experience that flows across and covers the entire spectrum of human emotions and human exchange. In a career that spans almost seven decades, from the end of 1940s to the present day, she has likely appeared in 600+ films, and has regaled the audiences with that many colors and flavors of practically any dance form that may exist on this planet – rhumba, prancing, conga, frolic, folk, swing, rock n’ roll, spin, skip, step, samba, kabuki, disco, cabaret, jive, jump, cha cha cha, foxtrot, cavort, flamenco, waltz, boogie, santoso, flit, jig, jitterbug, hustle, gambol, polka, hop, sway, bunny hop, tap, shimmy, careen, salsa, mambo etc. – and of course, lavani and bhangra too. 🙂

Seeing her in so many different avatars of dancing, one is convinced that rhythm is naturally ingrained into her, and that there is almost a divine intervention here that allows her to pick up any choreography and perform exceedingly pleasing movements to it. The expression of emotions come to her so naturally – and the graceful flow of movements that is so excellently effortless – when she is in front of the camera, she actually knows what she is into. Such realization in the mind brings about a natural performance that simply cannot be executed in any better way. Unlike many of her ilk that have also performed on the Indian screen – yes, she knows, she is fully aware of what she is into.

There are a handful of rare performances by her that are not accompanied by any song. One of the finest, and in my humble opinion, her best such performance is a songless dance from the film ‘Hulchul’ (1971). Folks may remember this stage dance – for the variety of dance forms that are packed into this maybe 9 or 10 minutes performance, the multiple emotions that flow through it, and the significant message this dance experience is attempting to convey. (I tried to bring on this dance clip to our blog, but Atul ji is uncertain whether it qualifies. 😉 Maybe, I will try again.)

For me and my puppy-love heart, Helen is an ageless wonder that I adore. Sweet sixteen – that is what she is in my books, and that is how she is going to be, always.

And that also brings up today the most appropriate song of hers – to wish her a very happy birthday. The film is ‘Toofaan’ from 1969. The words are from the pen of Akhtar Romani. Music for this peppy and well paced dance number is created by Daan Singh. The singing voice – Asha Bhosle, probably the longest lasting partnership of singing voice and dancing steps on the Hindi screen.

Sharing the screen with Helen in this song is Dara Singh, whose birth anniversary just came two days ago (19th Nov). With this song we also remember him – he would have been 90 this year.

The dance is a typical folk dance from north India, performed in a very rural setting. Just see how wonderfully, this ordained Queen of the Cabaret – how wonderfully she is executing this oh so typically a rural folk dance.

And the words of the mukhda,

laaga mohe ab ki baar
o baanke piya pandrah pe ek nayo saal

Dear Helen, always young, always fresh, always sixteen – always sweet sixteen – forever.

Song – Laaga Mohe Ab Ki Baar (Toofaan) (1969) Singer – Asha Bhosle, Lyrics – Akhtar Romani, MD – Daan Singh

Lyrics

laaga mohe ab ki baar
o baanke piya pandrah pe ek nayo saal
laaga mohe ab ki baar
o baanke piya pandrah pe ek nayo saal
duniya pukaare solah baras ki
dekho chali re kataar
o baanke piya sun sun ke rang bhayo laal
laaga mohe ab ki baar
o baanke piya pandrah pe ek nayo saal

nainon mein kajra
zulfon mein gajra
haathon mein mehndi racha ke
gaalon pe laali
pairon mein paayal
maathe pe bindiya sajaa ke
dekhoon jo darpan awaaz aaye..e..e..e
dekhoon jo darpan awaaz aaye
khil ye gayo re singaar
o baanke piya sun sun ke rang bhayo laal
laaga mohe ab ki baar
o baanke piya pandrah pe ek nayo saal

logon ke darr se
mein apne ghar se
panghat mein ja na sakoon
panghat to kya
main apne hi angnaa
ghoonghat hataa na sakoon
ghoonghat jo sarke awaaz aaye..e..e..e
ghoonghat jo sarke awaaz aaye
hamri bhi kismat sanwaar
o baanke piya sun sun ke rang bhayo laal
laaga mohe ab ki baar
o baanke piya pandrah pe ek nayo saal
duniya pukaare solah baras ki
dekho chali re kataar
o baanke piya sun sun ke rang bhayo laal
laaga mohe ab ki baar
o baanke piya pandrah pe ek nayo saal

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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लागा मोहे अब की बार
ओ बाँके पिया पन्द्रह पे एक नयो साल
लागा मोहे अब की बार
ओ बाँके पिया पन्द्रह पे एक नयो साल
दुनिया पुकारे सोलह बरस की
देखो चली रे कटार
ओ बाँके पिया सुन सुन के रंग भयो लाल
लागा मोहे अब की बार
ओ बाँके पिया पन्द्रह पे एक नयो साल

नैनों में कजरा
ज़ुल्फों में गजरा
हाथों में मेहंदी रचा के
गालों पे लाली
पैरों में पायल
माथे पे बिंदिया सजा के
देखूँ जो दर्पण तो आवाज़ आए॰॰ए॰॰ए॰॰ए
देखूँ जो दर्पण तो आवाज़ आए
खिल ये गयो रे सिंगार
ओ बाँके पिया सुन सुन के रंग भयो लाल
लागा मोहे अब की बार
ओ बाँके पिया पन्द्रह पे एक नयो साल

लोगों के डर से
मैं अपने घर से
पनघट पे जा ना सकूँ
पनघट तो क्या
मैं अपने ही अंगना
घूँघट हटा ना सकूँ
घूँघट जो सरके आवाज़ आए॰॰ए॰॰ए॰॰ए
घूँघट जो सरके आवाज़ आए
हमरी भी किस्मत संवार
ओ बाँके पिया सुन सुन के रंग भयो लाल
लागा मोहे अब की बार
ओ बाँके पिया पन्द्रह पे एक नयो साल
दुनिया पुकारे सोलह बरस की
देखो चली रे कटार
ओ बाँके पिया सुन सुन के रंग भयो लाल
लागा मोहे अब की बार
ओ बाँके पिया पन्द्रह पे एक नयो साल


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.

Blog Day : 3778 Post No. : 14758

Hullo to all in Atuldom

Once upon a not-so-long a time ago the anniversary page on our blog said that Helen – the dancing diva – celebrates her birthday on 21st October and I had sent this song – “Lovelina, Aa Gaya Main“, from ‘Agent Vinod’ (1977) for the occasion. Then over the years we got enlightened that her birthdate was 21st November. And as I sit to write this, further enlightenment strikes – she turns 80 today!!!! WOW!!! And she has been entertaining us since she was 13, having appeared in ‘Awaara’ in 1951 – that is 67 years in public eye. Of course, the last time I saw her in front of the camera was on satellite television when she appeared on the chat show ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’ along with another favourite of mine – Asha Parekh. And so far, the last film that she has appeared in is ‘Heroine’ (2012) which is directed by Madhur Bhandarkar and starred Kareena Kapoor in the main lead. In there she portrays the character of a film artiste who is past her prime and is forgotten by the industry.

But the truth is Helen is not a forgotten has-been as far as the industry and her fans are concerned. She is still remembered fondly whenever we hear songs that she had performed to. Her sprightly steps, her outfits which were never garish even when there were sequins and feathers stuck on them, her luxuriant hair done up in various styles – are somethings which no other dancer or actress has ever tried to copy. She was never called a plain item girl, she was always the supporting actress who had some substance to her role even if it was two or three songs, with a few emotional scenes and there were films she was the second heroine pining for the hero and would give up her love or life in the climax so that the lead pair could live HAPPILY EVER AFTER. She has had a HAPPILY EVER AFTER life personally too even though she is her husbands’ (Salim Khan) second wife, theirs is a one big happy family and all of her step children have bonded closely with her. She has an adopted daughter who was given a grand wedding in 2014 and is now a grandma to that girl’s child. Her family is growing and hope her happiness grows too.

‘Ram Balram’ is a 1980 movie produced by Tito and directed by Vijay Anand. The movie was an average success at the box office. It brought Jai (Amitabh) and Veeru (Dharmendra) together after a gap of five years – five years after the super successful ‘Sholay’ (1975). ‘Ram Balram’ was the story of two ‘chachere bhais’ (cousins) who have a score to settle with Ajit – another of their chacha – who is responsible for all the calamities that struck their family. There is also a nautch girl – Tarabai (Helen) – who has some axe to grind against Ajit. As the movie moves to the climax, we have the brothers and Tarabai reaching their goals but in the melee Tarabai dies but not before seeing her daughter (Zeenat Aman) happy and in love with Ram (Dharmendra). Today’s song is a typical ‘trying to distract the villains’ henchmen’. The song is sung by Mohd Rafi, Asha Bhonsle and Dilraj Kaur. It has both Zeenat Aman and Helen dressed in sarees (unusual for them) dancing a typical Dharmendra dance. The song was written by Anand Bakshi.

I had been reserving this song for a rainy day- for a time when I write a last-minute post. And so here it is to wish both Zeenat Aman (had her birthday on 19th– turned 67) and Helen a very happy birthday.

 

Song – Balram Ne Bahut Samjhaaya Par Ram Ne Dhoka Khaaya (Ram Balram) (1980) Singer – Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle, Dilraj Kaur, Lyrics – Anand Bakshi, MD – Laxmikant Pyaarelal
Asha Bhosle + Dilraj Kaur
Mohammed Rafi + Asha Bhosle + Dilraj Kaur

Lyrics

balram ne bahut samjhaaya
balram ne bahut samjhaaya
par ram ne dhokha khaya
ab to ram hi jaan bachaaye
bachaaye
beda paar lagaaye
ab to ram hi jaan bachaaye
beda paar lagaaye
jo hona tha ho gaya
jo hona hai ho jaaye  
ab to ram hi jaan bachaaye
beda paar lagaaye
ab to ram hi jaan bachaaye
beda paar lagaaye

hum pinjre ke panchhi
pinjre ke panchhi
hum pinjare ke panchhi
hum se kitni door bahaarein
door bahaarein
aao mil kar sochen
mil kar sochen
aao mil kar sochen
apni bigdi aap sawaarein
teri saari baatein jaisi lakdi ki talwaarein
lakdi ki talwaarein
lakdi ki talwaar to
talwaar to
mushkil mein kaam na aaye
ab to ram hi jaan bachaaye
beda paar lagaaye
ab to ram hi jaan bachaaye
beda paar lagaaye

ho gore mukh pe zulf ye kali
naagan si lehraaye
naagan se rehna door sapere
tujhe das na jaaye
jaan hatheli par jo rakhe
apne pas wo aaye
aane wale aa gaye
aa gaye
dil dhadke haye haye
ab to ram hi jaan bachaaye
beda paar lagaaye
ab to ram hi jaan bachaaye
beda paar lagaaye

jab tak ram ki sena aaye
gaate raho ye gaana
oommm ommmm
jab tak ram ki sena aaye
gaate raho ye gaana
band hai saare darwaaze
har rasta hai anjaana
arre mushkil hai iss rawan ki lanka se bach ke jaana
arre mushkil hai iss rawan ki lanka se bach ke jaana
vinti hai hanuman se
hanuman se
lanka mein aag lagaaye
ab to ram hi jaan bachaaye
beda paar lagaaye
jo hona tha ho gaya
jo hona hai ho jaaye
ab to ram hi jaan bachaaye
beda paar lagaaye
ab to ram hi jaan bachaaye
beda paar lagaaye
ab to ram hi jaan bachaaye
beda paar lagaaye

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir Kapur)
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बलराम ने बहुत समझाया
बलराम ने बहुत समझाया
पर राम ने धोखा खाया
अब तो राम ही जान बचाए
बचाए
बेड़ा पार लगाये
अब तो राम ही जान बचाए
बेड़ा पार लगाये
जो होना था हो गया
जो होना है हो जाये
अब तो राम ही जान बचाए
बेड़ा पार लगाये
अब तो राम ही जान बचाए
बेड़ा पार लगाये

हम पिंजरे के पंछी
पिंजरे के पंछी
हम पिंजरे के पंछी
हमसे कितनी दूर बहारें
दूर बहारें
आओ मिल कर सोचें
मिल कर सोचें
आओ मिल कर सोचें
अपनी बिगड़ी आप संवारें
तेरी सारी बातें जैसे लकड़ी की तलवारें
लकड़ी की तलवारें
लकड़ी की तलवार तो
तलवार तो
मुश्किल में काम ना आए
अब तो राम ही जान बचाए
बेड़ा पार लगाये
अब तो राम ही जान बचाए
बेड़ा पार लगाये

हो गोरे मुख पे जुल्फ ये काली
नागन सी लहराए
नागन से रहना दूर सपेरे
तुझे डस ना जाये
जान हथेली पर जो रखे
अपने पास वो आए
आने वाले आ गए
आ गए
दिल धड़के हाए हाए
अब तो राम ही जान बचाए
बेड़ा पार लगाये
अब तो राम ही जान बचाए
बेड़ा पार लगाये

जब तक राम की सेना आए
गाते रहो ये गाना
ओमम्ममम ओमम्ममम
जब तक राम की सेना आए
गाते रहो ये गाना
बंद हैं सारे दरवाज़े
हर रस्ता है अंजाना
अरे मुश्किल है इस रावण की लंका से बच के जाना
अरे मुश्किल है इस रावण की लंका से बच के जाना
विनती है हनुमान से
हनुमान से
लंका में आग लगाए
अब तो राम ही जान बचाए
बेड़ा पार लगाये
जो होना था हो गया
जो होना है हो जाये
अब तो राम ही जान बचाए
बेड़ा पार लगाये
अब तो राम ही जान बचाए
बेड़ा पार लगाये
अब तो राम ही जान बचाए
बेड़ा पार लगाये


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.

Blog Day : 3778 Post No. : 14757

‘Dhongee’ (censor certificate 23-12-1976), was a movie directed by Ashok Roy and produced by Kant Kumar productions. It seems to have had a delayed release (Wikipedia says it was released 4th May 1979). It has a starcast of Randhir Kapoor, Neetu Singh, Asrani, Sujit Kumar, Farida Jalal, Iftikhar, and Premnath. Rakesh Roshan had a friendly appearance. The lyricist to this movie was Anand Bakshi and music director was Rahul Dev Burman. The movie had five songs and Asha Bhonsle, Kishore Kumar and Amit Kumar were the playback singers. One song of this film – “Haaye Re Haaye Tera Ghunghta” – has been posted earlier, as a contribution by Pamir Harvey where a brief outline of the movie is provided. This song is popular to this day. I remember that sometime in the late 90s or early 2000 there was a remix version to this song which triggered the memory of this song. As I sat to write this post I discovered that there has been another version of this song which has been used in a recent movie titled ‘Paisa Vasool’ (2004) – I don’t know anything about this recent movie.

Continuing after seeing the movie 🙂

So, ‘Dhongee’ is the usual masaala stuff, with a brother (Randhir Kapoor) and sister (Farida Jalal) loving and helping each other with wooing their prospective fathers-in-laws (Raj Mehra and Satyen Kappu). The brother’s aim is to fulfil his ‘dead’ father’s promise to the groom’s father and see that his sister lives a happy married life. On the way to fulfilling this he meets with an accident and ‘dies’. The insurance amount that his sister gets post the brother’s death is used by his fiancée (Neetu Singh) and her father to get the sister married. This is one part of the movie. But it is not even ‘interval time’ in the movie. Now begins the tale. The brother has actually survived the accident, has been unconscious for about 2 months, tended by a Nepali Gurkha – typically named Bahadur; recovers just in time to remember his sister’s wedding date; rushes home to witness the wedding without being seen by anyone. Now he is guilt-ridden that he has cheated the insurance company and is ready to do any activity that will earn him the money to repay the insurance. Here Bahadur steps in, suggests a name and location change & sends him to Nepal. Randhir Kapoor (Anand) is intrigued that random people around Kathmandu recognise him and escort him to a palace. After a few scenes that show the goings-on in the palace it is revealed that the palace is the headquarters for printing fake notes, belongs to Bahadur alias John and Anand has been cleverly sweet-talked into standing-in for the actual John (Premnath – it was the period when he used to play the BADMAN). Additionally, it is also revealed that the ‘dead’ father is a captive in the palace; the fiancée reaches Kathmandu (on duty, being an air-hostess); sees Anand; goes back; reports to the sister and then the whole family comes to help and rescue the father and brother and finish the movie. The songs are spread through the movie with a mandatory dance with the villain – Premnath is made to sing and dance.

Remembering Premnath today on his birth anniversary, he would have been 92. He was already the cute roly-poly fisherman – Braganza (‘Bobby’, 1973)- when I first became aware of the actor. And through the 70s he was Rai Saab Bhupendra Singh (‘Johnny Mera Naam’, 1970) Khan Badshah (‘Shor’, 1972), Dharmdas ‘Dharmatma‘ (‘Dharmatma’, 1975), IG Khanna (‘Kalicharan’, 1976), Sir Juda (‘Karz’, 1980) etc. I don’t remember having seen any of his movies where he had played a hero. I remember my father was a fan of the songs pictured on him in Raj Kapoor’s ‘Barsaat’ (1949) – “Patli Kamar Hai Tirchhi Nazar Hai“; “Main Gareebon Ka Dil Hoon Watan Ki Zabaan” from ‘Aab-e-Hayaat’ (1955) and “Main Raahi Bhatakne Waala Hoon” from ‘Baadal’ (1951). I recently discovered Vodafone Play – an app offered by Vodafone – which has a section dedicated to old movies, and I discovered ‘Saaqi’ (1952) – an interesting Arabian Nights type fantasy film where he co-starred with Madhubala.

Today’s song has Premnath sharing screen space with Randhir Kapoor (his nephew – ‘bhaanja’, in real life) and Neetu Singh, and shaking a leg outside the Kathmandu temple. I think this was a popular song in the past. Amit Kumar is the playback for Premnath.

Song – Rangon Ki Chhaaon Dhoop Mein (Dhongee) (1976) Singer – Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar, Amit Kumar, Lyrics – Anand Bakshi, MD – RD Burman

Lyrics

ho o oooo
ooo ooo
ooo ooo

mmmm. . .
usey jaan lo
pehechaan lo

rangon ki chhaon dhoop mein
wo aaya hai naye roop mein
rangon ki chhaon dhoop mein
wo aaya hai naye roop mein
wo hai. . . ek behroopiya
usey jaan lo
pehechaan lo
usey jaan lo oo
pehechaan lo
rangon ki chhaon dhoop mein
woh aaya hai naye roop mein
rangon ki chhaon dhoop mein
wo aaya hai naye roop mein
wo hai. . . ek behroopiya
usey jaan lo
pehechaan lo
usey jaan lo oo
pehechaan lo

jaise koi dulha baandhe sehra
us ke chehre pe hai naqli chehra
hooo ooo
jaise koi dulha baandhe sehra
us ke chehre pe hai naqli chehra
aaaa aaaaa
ab is mein kya raaz hai
poora dhokhebaaz hai
usey jaan lo pehechaan lo
rangon ki chhaon dhoop mein
wo aaya hai naye roop mein
wo hai. . . ek behroopiya
usey jaan lo
pehechaan lo
usey jaan lo oo
pehechaan lo

suljha di aankhon ne dil uljhan
haan haan yahi to hai hum sab ka dushman
he he
suljha di aankhon ne dil uljhan
haan haan yahi toh hai hum sab ka dushman
ooo oooooo
ooo ooo
ooo ooo
ooo ooo
iski sab kahaaniyan
iski hai nishaaniyan
usey jaan lo pehechaan lo
rangon ki chhaon dhoop mein
wo aaya hai naye roop mein
wo hai. . . ek behroopiya
usey jaan lo
pehechaan lo
usey jaan lo oo
pehechaan lo

tum dhongee ho to hum bhi kuchh kam nahin
tum ne jaal bichhaaya hai to gham nahin
he he
tum dhongee ho to hum bhi kuchh kam nahin
tum ne jaal bichhaaya hai to gham nahin
in baaton mein dam nahin
darne waale hum nahi
hamen jaan lo pehechan lo
rangon ki chhaon dhoop mein
main aaya hoon naye roop mein
arey
main hoon. . . ek behroopiya
hamen jaan lo
pehechaan lo
hamen jaan lo
pehechaan lo

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

हो ओ ओssss
ओsss ओsss
ओsss ओsss

मम्ममम॰ ॰ ॰
उसे जान लो
पहचान लो

रगों की छाँव धूप में
वो आया है नए रूप में
रगों की छाँव धूप में
वो आया है नए रूप में
वो॰ ॰ ॰ है एक बहरूपिया
उसे जान लो
पहचान लो
उसे जान लो॰॰ओ
पहचान लो
रगों की छाँव धूप में
वो आया है नए रूप में
रगों की छाँव धूप में
वो आया है नए रूप में
वो॰ ॰ ॰ है एक बहरूपिया
उसे जान लो
पहचान लो
उसे जान लो॰॰ओ
पहचान लो

जैसे कोई दूल्हा बांधे सेहरा
उसके चेहरे पे है नक़ली चेहरा’
हो ओ
जैसे कोई दूल्हा बांधे सेहरा
उसके चेहरे पे है नक़ली चेहरा’
आsss आsss
अब इस में क्या राज़ है
पूरा धोखेबाज़ है
उसे जान लो
पहचान लो
रगों की छाँव धूप में
वो आया है नए रूप में
वो॰ ॰ ॰ है एक बहरूपिया
उसे जान लो
पहचान लो
उसे जान लो॰॰ओ
पहचान लो
उसे जान लो॰॰ओ
पहचान लो

सुलझा दी आँखों ने दिल की उलझन
हाँ हाँ यही तो है हम सबका दुश्मन
हे हे
सुलझा दी आँखों ने दिल की उलझन
हाँ हाँ यही तो है हम सबका दुश्मन
ओsss ओsssss
ओsss ओsss
ओsss ओsss
ओsss ओsss
इसकी सब कहानियाँ
इसकी हैं निशानियाँ
उसे जान लो॰॰ओ
पहचान लो
रगों की छाँव धूप में
वो आया है नए रूप में
वो॰ ॰ ॰ है एक बहरूपिया
उसे जान लो
पहचान लो
उसे जान लो॰॰ओ
पहचान लो
उसे जान लो॰॰ओ
पहचान लो

तुम ढ़ोंगी हो तो हम भी कुछ कम नहीं
तुमने जाल बिछाया है तो ग़म नहीं
हे हे
तुम ढ़ोंगी हो तो हम भी कुछ कम नहीं
तुमने जाल बिछाया है तो ग़म नहीं
इन बातों में दम नहीं
डरने वाले हम नहीं
हमें जान लो
पहचान लो
रगों की छाँव धूप में
मैं आया हूँ नए रूप में
मैं॰ ॰ ॰ हूँ एक बहरूपिया
मुझे जान लो
पहचान लो
मुझे जान लो
पहचान लो


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