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Blog Day :

4824 Post No. : 16602

“Saudaagar”(1951) was produced by S V Mungre and directed by M I Dharmsee for West Hind pictures, Bombay. This social movie had Rehana, Nasir Khan, Suraiyya Chaudhary, Bhudo Advani, Shakuntala, Ratan Kumar, Bala etc in it.

The movie had ten songs in it. Six were composed by C Ramchandra and four by Hanuman Prasad.

Four songs from the movie (three composed by C Ramchandra and one composed by Hanuman Prasad) have been covered in the past.

Here is the fifth song from “Saudaagar”(1951) to appear in the blog. The song is sung by Lata Mangeshkar. P L Santoshi is the lyricist. Music is composed by C Ramchandra.

Only audio of the song is available. It is almost certain that the song was picturised on Rehana. I euest our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of this melancholic song.


Song-Bigad gayi kyun meri taqdeer bante bante (Saudaagar)(1951) Singer-Lata, Lyrics- P L Santoshi, MD- C Ramchandra

Lyrics

dil mein chupaaye unki ulfat kaa khazaana
aankhon se likh rahe hain taqdeer kaa fasaana

aa aa aa aa
bigad gayi kyon meri taqdeer bante bante
bigad gayi kyo meri taqdeer bante bante
mit gayi ulfat ki lakeer bante bante
bigad gayi kyun meri takdeer bante bante

aa aa aa aa
manzil ke paas aakar manzil hi bhool baithhe
manzil ke paas aakar manzil hi bhool baithhe
kismat ne mitaa daali tadbeer bante bante
kismat ne mitaa daali tadbeer bante bante
bigad gayi kyun meri taqdeer bante bante
bigad gayi kyun meri taqdeer bante bante

aa aa aa aa aa
tujhko to zamaane ne hone naa diyaa meraa
tujhko to zamaane ne hone naa diyaa meraa
hum mit gaye khud teri tasveer bante bante
hum mit gaye khud teri tasveer bante bante
bigad gayi kyun meri taqdeer bante bante
bigad gayi kyun meri taqdeer bante bante


This article is written by Peevesie’s mom, 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 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 :

4817 Post No. : 16589

Hullo Atuldom

Today we are revisiting a movie that released in 1966 and was directed by J B H Wadia. The songs were all written by D.N. Madhok and C Ramchandra was the music director. It had 8 songs of which only 2 are on the blog. These are the ones posted:

Song Remarks
Duniya banaane waale ne post by Sudhirji marking 4200th post of the blog and has a lot of info about the actor Sajjan.
Tasveer bhi dekhi thhi this is also a post by Sudhirji.

Interesting notes are present in this second post about how C Ramchandra and D N Madhok have collaborated only twice (before this movie) and that too in the beginning of their careers.

Both these posts provide links to Memsaab’s blog and the synopsis/ review to the movie. BTW I forgot to mention that we are revisiting “Tasweer”.
As I sat to write this post my aim was to look for movies starring Zulfiqar Ali Shah Khan whose birthday falls on 25th September. He would have turned 82. I was paying particular attention to movies at the start of his career. I stumbled on a few movies where he had made uncredited appearances and the songs associated with them. I found that most of his initial songs are already present on the blog. I also found the song which was his absolute first appearance. I looked up for the song on the blog and also posted a comment pointing to the actor’s presence (that is the reason for my noticing that detail Nahmji).

I am sure the followers of the blog have figured out that I am talking of the very handsome, smart, fashionable, uber-cool icon of Bollywood. An actor, who in the later half of his career made super cool movies which were all phenomenal successes. His movies were peppered with great music, action and emotions. He had a special liking for the Cow-Boy getup. We are remembering Feroz Khan today. Sudhirji’s post of 2017 gives us a lot of insight on Feroz ‘stylish’ Khan and his career, I am sure I can’t better it.

Today’s song see him dance with Helen. We have Kalpana sitting, getting sad and shedding a tear and Sajjan (in a french beard) as part of the audience.

Video

Song-Nazar badli zamaane ki (Tasveer)(1966) Singer-Mahendra Kapoor, Lyrics-D N Madhok, MD-C Ramchandra
Chorus

Lyrics

nazar badli zamaane ki
na tum badle
na hum badle
wahi hai dil
wahi armaan
wahi waade mohabbat ke
(chorus)
nazar badli zamaane ki (lara lara)
na tum badle (lara lara)
na hum badle (lara lara)
wahi hai dil (lara lara)
wahi armaan (lara lara)
wahi wade mohabbat ke (laa laa laa)

jhatak de tu agar gesu
toh yeh mehfil mehek jaaye
jhatak de tu agar gesu
toh yeh mehfil mehek jaaye
tere nazron se takraaye
toh saaghar bhi behek jaaye
na badli woh adaa teri
na zulfon ke makam badle
wahi hai dil
wahi armaan
wahi wade mohabbat ke
(chorus)
nazar badli zamane ki (lara lara)
na tum badle (lara lara)
na hum badle (lara lara)
wahi hai dil (lara lara)
wahi armaan (lara lara)
wahi wade mohabbat ke (laa laa laa)

tumhaara naam sunte hi
dhadak jaataa hai dil ab bhi
tumhaara naam sunte hi
dhadak jaataa hai dil ab bhi
jo naghma tumne chheda thha
wo dohraata hai dil ab bhi
mile bichhde huye phir se
agar nazrein karam badle
wahi hai dil
wahi armaan
wahi waade mohabbat ke
(chorus)
nazar badli zamane ki (lara lara)
na tum badle (lara lara)
na hum badle (lara lara)
wahi hai dil (lara lara)
wahi armaan (lara lara)
wahi waade mohabbat ke (laa laa laa)


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in 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 :

4787 Post No. : 16543

‘Ghunghroo’ (1952) was produced under the banner of Filmkar, owned by Rajendra Jain which had produced ‘Deedar’ (1951) and later, ‘Maan’ (1954). The film was directed by Hiren Bose. The star cast included Om Prakash, Sumitra Devi, Kuldeep Kaur, K N Singh, Murad, Badri Prasad etc. A feature of the film’s casting was that Om Prakash was the lead actor in a double role – one as a shy man and the other in a role of a lead actor in a theatre.

Om Prakash, who commenced his filmy career in a small role of a villain in his maiden film, ‘Dassi’ (1944) followed by another villain role in ‘Dhamki’ (1945), had worked in lead roles in ‘Aai Bahaar’ (1946), ‘Shahar Se Door’ (1946) and ‘Pagdandi’ (1947). However, all these three films failed at the box office and with this, his dream of becoming a lead actor was shattered. The partition in 1947 further compounded his problems for he had to start afresh his career in Hindi films in Mumbai. After remaining unemployed for a year, Om Prakash accepted whatever roles that were offered to him. In about 2 years from his first film in Mumbai – ‘Lakhpati’ (1948) in post-partition period, Om Prakash had become a busy actor doing various character roles.

Against this background, it must be a pleasant surprise for Om Prakash that after a gap of 5 years, he got not only the lead role but also a double role in ‘Ghunghroo’ (1952). But the film failed so miserably that in no time, it went into the list of obscure films. It appeared that Om Prakash was destined to become a popular actor in his various typles of character actor’s roles some of which became unforgettable like in ‘Pyaar Kiye Jaa’ (1966), ‘Padosan’ (1968), ‘Gopi’ (1970), ‘Chupke Chupke’ (1975) and many more.

Having watched Om Prakash in character roles in many films, I wish, I could have watched him as a hero in ‘Ghunghroo’ (1952). Unfortunately, the film seems to have been lost forever for viewing. A few of the lobby images available on-line featuring Om Prakash with Sumitra Devi and Kuldeep Kaur looked interesting. I have incorporated a couple of them in the video of the song which I propose to present with this write-up.

As with most of the obscure films, I could not find the story and review of ‘Ghunghroo’ (1952) on the internet, After some intense searches, I could get a synopsis of the story from one of many lesser known websites on Hindi films which appers to be copied from the film’s song-synopsis booklet because it was written in typical synopsis style language without revealing the ending of the film. From what I could gather from the synopsis, I present the gist of the story as under:

Vinod (Om Prakash) is a shy person who lives in Pune. He is in love with Hema (Sumitra Devi) but does not have enough courage to disclose to her. When he comes to know that Hema also loves him he is the happiest person.

Vinod has a twin brother, Baalam (Om Prakash) who works for a theatre in Mumbai as a lead actor. He often pairs with Kamini (Kuldip Kaur) and their pair is very popular thus making them a box office attraction. Baalam gets attracted towards Kamini and she exploits this by her false love to him to keep her popularity intact at the box office. In this way, she earns fortunes by way of gifts from royal and aristocratic visitors to the theatre.

Kamini’s exploitation game is exposed to Baalam. After a quarrel, she gets Baalam killed with the help of her accomplice, Hiralal (K N Singh). The ghost of Ballam cames out and starts taking revenge on his enemies. Baalam’s ghost also appears in Vinod’s house and enters Vinod’s body. Vinod suddenly becomes Baalam Baalam’s ghosht takes Vinod to Mumbai as Baalam. Hema followes him to Mumbai. Now starts the vicious circle of chase. Heart-broken Hema ran after Vinod who, in turn, runs for his life from Baalam. Baalam runs after Kamini for his revenge. Vinod turned Baalam is dragged by Hiralal and his goons. Thus, all of them find inyolved in a chain resulting in ‘comedy of errors’.

I have no idea as to how the film ends in reality. But in such a type of the story, the villains, K N Singh and Kuldip Kaur would be exposed and arrested with Om Prakash and Sumitra Devi united.

‘Ghunghroo’ (1952) had 9 songs, all written by Rajendra Krishan which were set to music by C Ramchandra. All the 9 songs are available which I have heard and find them melodious with typical brand of C Ramchandra’s compositions.

I am presenting the 5th song from the film, ‘dil kisi ko deejiye dil kisi kaa leejiye’ sung by Zohrabai Ambalewaali, Mohmmed Rafi and chorus. The song appears to be a part of the stage show in the film.

Audio Clip:

Song-Dil kisi ko deejiye dil kisi ka leejiye(Ghunghroo)(1952) Singers-Zohrabai Ambalewaali, Rafi, Lyrics-Rajinder Krishan, MD-C Ramchandra
Both

Lyrics

dil kisi ko deejiye
dil kisi kaa leejiye
zindagi hai chaar din
yahi kaam keejiye
yahi kaam keejiye
dil kisi ko deejiye
dil kisi kaa leejiye
zindagi hai chaar din
yahi kaam keejiye
yahi kaam keejiye

le na jaaye dil koi aapka mazaaq mein
le na jaaye dil koi aapka mazaaq mein
ae ji zara soch ke ki soch ke
aisi baat keejiye
aisi baat keejiye

dil kisi ko deejiye
dil kisi kaa leejiye
zindagi hai chaar din
yahi kaam keejiye
yahi kaam keejiye

aaaa aa aaa
aaaa aa aaa aaa
aa aa aa aa

aaa aa aaa aa
aaa aa aaa aa
aa aa aa aa
zindagi hai chaar din
yahi kaam keejiye
yahi kaam keejiye

aapko huzoor kyon husn ka guroor hai
aapko huzoor kyon husn ka guroor hai
aaine mein dekh ke ki dekhe ke
phir se baat keejiye
phir se baat keejiye
dil kisi ko deejiye
dil kisi ka leejiye
zindagi hai chaar din
yahi kaam keejiye
yahi kaam keejiye

aaaa aa aaa
aaaa aa aaa aaa
aa aa aa aa
aaa aa aaa aa

aaa aa aaa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
zindagi hai chaar din
yahi kaam keejiye
yahi kaam keejiye

dil hamaara thhaa kabhi
ab tumhaara ho chuka
dil hamaara thhaa kabhi
ab tumhaara ho chuka
aapki khushi huzoor
deejiye na deejiye
deejiye na deejiye

dil kisi ko deejiye
dil kisi kaa leejiye
zindagi hai chaar din
yahi kaam keejiye
yahi kaam keejiye


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 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.

This article is his 1000th post in the blog.

Blog Day :

4779 Post No. : 16531

POST NO. 1000
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I had never imagined that in my life I would ever write 1000 articles on old films and music. When I retired from my regular service in 1998, I had many offers from the Pharma Industry, because of my 35 years’ successful track record. I had joined the Pharma giant – Glaxo Laboratories as a Medical Representative and retired as the General Manager – Marketing.

Instead of doing another job, I started my own Consultancy and ran it till 2008. Then I got fed up of doing the same thing for so many years and closed the consultancy. I spent 2 years travelling all over the country with my wife. In 2010, I decided to learn Computer. My enthusiastic grandchildren became my teachers and I learnt the basics soon. Initially I found fun downloading old film songs and making CDs. I had crossed my 70 years by that time.

Then one day while surfing the Net, I discovered atulsongaday.wordpress.com and I was very glad to see the way songs were discussed here. I became a regular visitor. At that time I remembered about several diaries and notebooks, in which I had written about the films I had seen from the 40’s to the 60’s. I opened those boxes and cleaned the notebooks. Some had been damaged by white ants and few were torn and had become old with faded ink.

With whatever was remaining, I started commenting on the posts of the Blog and soon I was a known person to other regulars. Even at that time, I did not think of writing posts myself. After about 2 years, once Atul ji suggested that i write posts and he himself posted my write up on a song of 1937 sent to him along with the song, so that it could be used for the Blog. The post was published the next day on my name and I was welcomed by all regulars. Enthused with the acceptance, I continued writing regularly from 1-10-2012 onwards and today I am at this stage, with 1000 posts here and some more on other Blogs and sites. I published interviews of relatives of old time actors and also wrote one book, which was published in July 2018.

My journey in this field has been unbelievable. From a Nobody to a person well known in the Cyberworld of old films and music, whose name is mentioned in several books by other authors, national and international. All these accolades and recognition is because of one person, who helped me from the beginning and continues to do so even now. That person is ATUL JI. I thank him wholeheartedly for supporting, encouraging and motivating me throughout. Thank you, ATUL JI.

I also thank all other ATULITES of our group here who have been very appreciative and helpful. Thanks to each one. ATUL JI is not very expressive about the good he does to people, so I express my feelings about him, whenever the occasion comes. I also wish, one day I meet him on one of his visits to Mumbai.

In the journey of the last 10 years, I have devoted a lot of effort to dig out information on the unknown and the less known artistes, films and songs of the yore. I think my best contribution to the history of old films is about the ” SAME NAME CONFUSIONS “. I had found that this was one problem which troubled every student of film history (like me) and no work has been specifically done on solving this problem. My tireless efforts have clarified the SNC cases of about 80 film personalities so far.

Digging up History is a continuous process. None of the writerson old films were present when things took place in the 30’s and the 40’s. At least no one was in the age of understanding matters of films or writing about films. So, all historians have to depend on existing documents like old books, old papers and magazines and similar materials to get credible information. Since old information keeps on cropping up at several intervals, the film history keeps on updating itself. In some cases, new information proves the existing old information wrong. So sometimes old statements are proven wrong in view of the new evidence. Thus you will find that no book on film history is without a mistake.A MISTAKE TODAY WAS THE TRUTH TILL NEW INFORMATION NULLIFIED IT. It does not and should not reduce the credibility of the author in any way. Some of my own comments made in 2011 and 2012 were found to be wrong when new information became available. It happens to all. The readers must understand this.

In my last 9 years, i have written about hundreds of people, films and songs. In my Laptop, I have stored information of more than 1600 people and films. In the last 1000 psots here, i have never written a post without giving some information. I feel the reader must gain something when he spends time reading my post. I don’t claim that my posts had no mistakes…they had, but never intentionally. I also make it a point to credit the source whenever I have taken information from somebody or somewhere. It is possible that I forgot sometimes but never knowingly. I do not feel ashamed to accept my mistakes. A mistake is a mistake, anyway. I never wrote on popular and well known artistes like Dilip, Raj , Dev, AB, Meenakumari etc etc. I hope I have always given something new to readers in my post.

So, what next ?

I can only repeat the verse of Robert Frost………..

The woods are lovely, dark and deep
But I have promises to keep
and miles to go before I sleep
and miles to go before I sleep……

Thank you Atul ji, Sudhir ji, my friends in the ATULITE group, my co-travellers in this journey and guides like Rajni Kumar Pandya ji, Dr Surjit Singh ji, Shishir Krishna Sharma ji, AK ji of Songs of yore,  Gopal Pillai ji and many others.

I can not end this without thanking wholeheartedly the help and encouragement given to me at every stage by Shri HARISH RAGHUWANSHI JI, without whom my work would be incomplete. Thank you Sir !

For today’s occasion, I have selected a song from a film which has music by my favourite MD- C. Ramchandra. Film Naghma E Sahra-1945 had a special importance in the lives of Master Bhagwaqn and C. Ramchandra. Master Vithal was the idol for both of them. Though Master Bhagwan himself worked in, produced and directed stunt films, he was keen that his idol Master Vithal should work in his film and that he should do the direction . By 1945, master Vithal was losing his popularity in Hindi films and he was also not getting many films, so he was thinking of concentrating on Marathi films and to go and settle in Kolhapur, where he had bought a big Chawl. So his income from its rent was also guaranteed.

When Bhagwan came to know this, he became panicky, thinking that his dream would remain incomplete. He gathered courage and contacted Master Vithal and offered him a role in his film. To Bhagwan’s delight Master Vithal almost readily accepted the offer. Until then Bhagwan had no idea about his film. He started work along with Ehsan Rizvi, his favourite writer, on the story of the new film. He also contacted C.Ramchandra to give the news. Untill then, C. Ramchandra gave music to Bhagwan’s films, but used other names than C.Ramchandra. For this film, he decided to use his real name. Thus their dream of working with master Vithal was fulfilled.

This way the film was made. As luck would have it, this film really became the last film Master Vithal did in Hindi in Bombay. He left Bombay and went away to Kolhapur. However, he regretted his hurried shift, later in life. I would have written more about Master Vithal, but the post has already become a long one. Maybe some other time.

Today’s song is a duet sung by Khan Mastana and Hamida Bano. Enjoy…..


Song-Bahaar hai Baahar (Naghma e Sahra)(1945) Singers- Chitalkar, Khan Mastana, Hamida Bano, Lyricist- Ehsaan Rizvi, MD- C Ramchandra
Both

Lyrics

bichhdi hui bahaar
galey daalti hai haar

aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa

ba..haar hai bahaar
ba..haar hai bahaar

hai raab e shokhiyaan
phoolon pe hai nikhaar
ba..haar hai bahaar
ba..haar hai bahaar

na husn ko hai guroor
na ishq ko hai nayaaz
mil ke gale se aa aa aa
karte hain donon naaz
ab baj rahe hain saaz
ab baj rahe hain saaz
ab mil gaye hain taar
aa aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
ba..haar hai bahaar
ba..haar hai bahaar

aankhon mein hai sharaab
ehsaan mere gulaab
chhoo kar na ho bata
aa aa
ab jee apne hi kharaab
do do jiyen chiraa
do do jiyen chiraa
ab kiska intezaar
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
ba..haar hai bahaar
ba..haar hai bahaar

deewaana main tera
dil ko kiye hoon
tu mere liye hai
main tere liye hoon
aa ae dil ki aarzoo
armaan hain beqaraar
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
ba..haar hai bahaar
ba..haar hai bahaar

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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बिछड़ी हुई बहार
गले डालती है हार

आ आ आ आ आ
आ आ आ आ आ

बा..हार है बहार
बा..हार है बहार

है राब ए शोखियाँ
फूलों पे है निखार
बा..हार है बहार
बा..हार है बहार

ना हुस्न को है गुरूर
ना इश्क़ को है नयाज़
मिल के गले से आ आ आ
करते हैं दोनों नाज़
अब बज रहे हैं साज़
अब बज रहे हैं साज़
अब मिल गए हैं तार
आ आ आ आ आ
आ आ आ आ आ
बा..हार है बहार
बा..हार है बहार

आँखों में है शराब
एहसान मेरे गुलाब
छू कर ना हो बता
आ आ
अब जी अपने ही खराब
दो दो जीएं चिरा
दो दो जीएं चिरा
अब किसका इंतज़ार
आ आ आ आ आ
आ आ आ आ आ
बा..हार है बहार
बा..हार है बहार

दीवाना मैं तेरा
दिल को किए हूँ
तू मेरे लिए है
मैं तेरे लिए हूँ
आ ए दिल की आरज़ू
अरमां हैं बेक़रार
आ आ आ आ आ
आ आ आ आ आ
बा..हार है बहार
बा..हार है बहार


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Blog Day :

4741 Post No. : 16468

“Girls’ School” (1949) was produced by Kavi Pradeep and Amiya Chakraborty and directed by Amiya Chakraborty for Lokmanya Productions, Bombay. This movie had Geeta Bali, Sohan, Mangala, Krishna, Sajjan, Ramsingh, Shashikala, Vimala Vashisht etc in it.

A letter sent to “Film India” magazine and published in its August 1949 edition has this to say about the movie:-

I am wondering what this film has to do with women’s educational institute. There is not a single scene depicting as to how our rustic Indian girls are thought to become good mothers, good wives and good sisters though the head mistress of the Girls School uses these phrases so generously.

Nowhere (in the film) do we come across a single shot of the newly appointed young teacher and the head mistress taking classes. But none the less, we see a good deal about their ‘Laila-Majnu’ affairs. I shudder to think of the consequences that might follow if all the unmarried teachers begin to act in this manner.

The above reader was not alone in holding such views about this movie. The movie duly flopped and with that Kavi Pradeep gave up his aspirations of becoming a producer and confined himself to being a lyricist for the rest of his career. His co producer Amiya Chakraborty, though continued to be a producer and director and he met ith considerable success in his subsequent ventures.

“Girls’ School” (1949) had nine songs in it. Amil Biswas was originally signed up as the music director and he had composed four songs before he was shown the door as he could not see eye to eye with Kavi Pradeep. The remaining five songs were composed by c Ramchandra.

8 Songs from “Girls’ School” (1949) have been covered in the past. Here are their details:-

Sr. No. Details of Songs Date of Posting
1. Tumhi kaho mera man kyun rahe udaas nahin 25 April 2011
2. Baar baar tum soch rahi ho…chaar din ki chaandni hai 9 July 2011
3. O shahar ke baanke baaboo…zara dil pe rakhiyo qaaboo 19 May 2015
4. Kuchh sharmaate huye aur kuchh saham saham 6 February 2016
5. Raam bharose meri gaadi 25 October 2016
6. Danke ki chot par kehta hoon main 12 November 2017
7. Phoolon ka sapna dekhne waalon 1 may 2021
8. Gori ek baat sun badi mazedaar hai 9 July 2021

Here is the ninth and final song from “Girls’ School” (1949) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Lalita Deulkar. Kavi Pradeep is the lyricist. Music is composed by C Ramchandra.

Only the audio of the song is available. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of this song.

Lyrics of this song were sent by Prakashchandra.

With this song, all the songs of “Girls’ School” (1949) are covered in the blog and the movie joins the list of movies that have been YIPPEED in the blog.

audio link:

Song-Koi bata do re ab main kya karoon (Girls’ School)(1949) Singer-Lalita Deulkar, Lyrics-Kavi Pradeep, MD-C Ramchandra

Lyrics(Provided by Prakashchandra)

ek taraf hai jag ka aaa bandhan
ek taraf hai pyaaa..aaar
inn donon ke ae
beech mein meraa
jal rahaa hai sansaar

koyi bataa do rey ae ae
koyi bataa do rey
ab main kyaa karoon oon
kyaa karoon

mujhko woh din hai yaaa…aaad
mujhko woh din hai yaad
ke jab mere nain huye thhe chaar
palkon ne saath diya
khushi ki shabnam se singaar
magar woh din bhi
beet gaye ae ae ae ae
magar woh din bhi ee
beet gaye ae ae
bichchad gaye dildaar
meri aashaa ki
sab kishtiyaan
doob gayee manjhdaar
ho o doob gayi manjhdhaar
koyi bataa do rey ae ae
koyi bataa do rey ae
ab main kyaa karoon oon
kyaa karoon

kaun karega
apne haathhon se
apni chitaa taiyyaar
kaun rakhegaa
meri tarah se
phir us mein angaar
mere liye zindagi ee bani hai
ab talwaar ki dhaar
main to chaahoon ke
piyaa ko pukaaroon
phir bhi sakoon na pukaar
ho o
phir bhi sakoon na pukaar
koyi bataa do rey ae ae
koyi bataa do rey ae
ab main kyaa karoon oon
kyaa karoon


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4740 Post No. : 16466

“Leela”(1947) was produced by Gyan Mukherjee and directed by Dattaram N Pai for Filmistan, Bombay. The movie had Shobha, Kanu Roy, Veera, V.H.Desai, Aga Jan, Leela Misra, Krishnan kutty, B.M.Dixit, Satyanarayan, Sharma, Sunalini devi, Roshan, Radha, Roma etc in it.

The movie had nine songs in it. Seven songs have been covered in the past.

Here is the eighth song from “Leela”(1947) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Binapani Mukherjee. Qamar Jalalabadi is the lyricist. Music is composed by C Ramchandra.

Only the audio of the song is available. I request our knowledgeable readers to thro light on the picturisation of the song.

Lyrics of this song were sent to me by Prakashchandra.

Audio link:

Song-Duniya se hamein kya mila hai pyaar kisi ka (Leela)(1947) Singers-Binapani Mukherjee, Lyrics-Qamar Jalalabadi, MD-C Ramchandra

Lyrics (Provided by Prakashchandra)

duniyaa se hamein kyaa
duniyaa se hamein kya
milaa hai pyaar kisee kaa
duniyaa se hai pyaaraa
hamein iqraar kisee kaa aa aa
pyaar kisee kaa

duniya se hamein kyaa
duniyaa se hamein kya
milaa hai pyaar kisee kaa
duniyaa se hai pyaaraa
hamein iqraar kisee kaa aa aa
pyaar kisee kaa

do raahey pe meri jawaani khadee hai
do raahey pe meri jawaani khadee hai
ye soch rahee hai
idhar duniya khadee hai ae
udhar pi ki gaali hai
jaaoon pee ke gali mein
jaaoon pee ke gali mein
sunaa hai daur kisee kaa
duniyaa se hai pyaaraa
hamein iqraar kisee kaa aa aa
pyaar kisee kaa
duniya se hamein kyaa
duniyaa se hamein kyaa
milaa hai pyaar kisee kaa
duniyaa se hai pyaaraa
hamein iqraar kisee kaa aa aa
pyaar kisee kaa

tu aaye to main dil ke
armaan nikaal loon
paaon ki sunn`ke aahat
dil ko sambhaal loon
baahon ka haar banaa ke
tere galey mein daal doon
baahon ka haar banaa ke
tere galey mein daal doon
tu poochh ye hai kyaa
tu poochh ye hai kyaa
main kahoon pyaar kisee kaa
duniyaa se hai pyaaraa
hamein iqraar kisee kaa aa aa
pyaar kisee kaa

duniya se hamein kyaa
duniyaa se hamein kya
milaa hai pyaar kisee kaa
duniyaa se hai pyaaraa
hamein iqraar kisee kaa aa aa
pyaar kisee kaa aa


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in 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 :

4739 Post No. : 16463

Blog 10-Year Challenge (2011-2021) – Song No.30
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In Hindi film industry, the experiences of lyricists turning producer/director have not been generally good barring very few exceptions like P L Santoshi and Gulzar. Dr. Safdar Aah Sitapuri, after successfully writing lyrics for 25 films during 1939-1945, turned director with ‘Bhook’ (1946). The film flopped at the box office. With this, he reverted to song writing until 1954 when he directed ‘Maan’ (1954). This film also flopped. After this, he went back to his teaching profession.

Nakshab Jarchvi, who started his filmy career as lyricist in 1945, turned producer-director with ‘Nagma’ (1953) which was a successful film at the box office, He produced and directed his next, ‘Raftaar’ (1955) which flopped. Next, he directed ‘Zindagi Ya Toofaan’ (1958) which did not do well on the box office front. After this film, he migrated to Pakistan.

Ishwar Chand Kapoor directed two films – ‘Chaand Sitaare’ (1948) and ‘Tarang’ (1952) after which he was absent from Hindi film industry between 1952-57 to resurface as lyricist in 1957. J S Kashyap, the writer and lyricist, directed the only film ‘Anyaya’ (1949). Bharat Vyas, after directing his first film, ‘Rangeela Rajasthan’ (1949), refrained from directing any film thereafter. Aziz Kashmiri directed his first film, ‘Sabz Baag’ (1951). After about a decade, he directed his second and the last film, ‘Pathan’/’Rang Raliyaan’ (1962). Both the films were failures at the box office.

The hardship experienced by Shailendra when he produced ‘Teesri Kasam’ (1966) is well known. Jaan Nisar Akhtar produced ‘Bahu Begum’ (1967). Despite having top actors and excellent music, the film failed at the box office. Probably, he may have realised that producing a film was not his cup of tea. He, therefore, concentrated only on song writing thereafter. There may be some more examples of lyricists turning producer/director and failed. Kavi Pradeep was one among them.

Kavi Pradeep started his career as lyricist with Bombay Talkies and wrote lyrics for six films between 1939-43. The tremendous success of ‘Kismet’ (1943) with its songs, all written by Kavi Pradeep becoming very popular, took his career as a lyricist took a great height. In 1943, because of the internal rift, Ashok Kumar, Shashdhar Mukherjee, Gyan Mukherjee, Rai Bahadur Chunnilal and a few more left Bombay Talkies to form Filmistan. Kavi Pradeep also joined them with a 5-year contract.

‘Chal Chal Re Naujawaan’ (1944) was the first film produced under Filmistan banner whose all songs were written by Kavi Pradeep. The film failed at the box office. It appears that after this, Kavi Pradeep was sidelined in Filmistan. Except for ‘Shikari’ (1946), Kavi Pradeep did not get to write songs for Filmistan’s other films like ‘Mazdoor’ (1945), ‘Eight Days’ (1946), ‘Do Bhai’ (1947), ‘Nadiya Ke Paar’ (1948) and ‘Shaheed’ (1948). Since he was under contract with Filmistan and was almost inactive, Kavi Pradeep wrote for films made outside Filmistan such as ‘Kadambari’ (1944), ‘Amrapali’ (1945), ‘Sati Toral’ (1947) and ‘Veerangana’ (1947) under an assumed name of ‘Miss Kamal B.A.’

After the end of his contract period with Filmistan in 1948, Kavi Pradeep became a freelancer. During this period, he decided to turn producer with a newly set up film production company, Lokmanya Productions along with Amiya Chakrabarty and produced the first (and the last) film, ‘Girls’ School’ (1949) which was directed by Amiya Chakrabarty. The film’s star cast included Geeta Bali and Sohan in lead role with Sajjan, Shashikala, Ram Singh, Mangala, Vimala Vashisht, Haroon, in subsidiary roles.

The film’s synopsis is as under:

Meena (Geeta Bali) leaves home when she is forced to accept an arranged marriage. She comes to a village and set up a girls’ school which is opposed by local landlord. Bipin (Sajjan), the landlord’s brother-in-law has an eye on Meena. The school is in need of a teacher. In response to an advertisement, Shanti Kumar Majumdar appears for an interview and gets selected as teacher in the girls’ school. The landlord’s widowed sister Sumitra Devi (Vimla Vashisht), a supporter of the school, objects because he is not married. Meena and Shanti Kumar fall in love but he realises the damage he may cause to her school and leaves. Bipin then spreads rumours about Shanti Kumar’s morals, which cause a further difficulty that has to be resolved before both the future of the school and of the loving couple may be assured. (Source: https://indiancine.ma/FLM).

The film failed miserably at the box office and Kavi Pradeep lost his good amount of money which probably made him realised to settle for only the song writing for the rest of his life. Amiya Chakravarty started his own banner ‘Mars & Movies’ and successfully produced and directed films like ‘Daag’ (1952), ‘Patita’ (1953) and ‘Seema’ (1955).

‘Girls’ School’ (1949) had 9 songs of which 7 songs have been covered in the Blog, details of which are given below:

Sr. No. Details of Songs Date of Posting
1. Tumhi kaho mera man kyun rahe udaas nahin 25/04/2011
2. Baar baar tum soch rahi ho…chaar din ki chaandni hai 09/07/2011
3. O shahar ke baanke baaboo…zara dil pe rakhiyo qaaboo 19/05/2015
4. Kuchh sharmaate huye aur kuchh saham saham 06/02/2016
5. Raam bharose meri gaadi 25/10/2016
6. Danke ki chot par kehta hoon main 11/12/2017
7. Phoolon ka sapna dekhne waalon 01/05/2021

Generally, Kavi Pradeep was known for his patriotic, inspirational and religious songs. In ‘Girls’ School’ (1949), he had written some light-hearted songs such as songs at Sr. Nos. 4 and 6 in the above table. I am presenting one more light-hearted song, ‘gori ek baat sun badi mazedaar hai’ from the film sung by Chitalkar (C Ramchandra) and Shamshad Begum. The song is set to music by C Ramchandra. I had uploaded the video of the song more than 4 years back with a view to posting the song on the Blog. It is only today, the song got a muharat to be presented under ‘Blogs 10-Year Challenge (2011-2021)’.

Enjoy this ‘nok jhok’ song.

Lyrics of the song were provided by Prakashchnadra.

Audio Clip:

Song-Gori ek baat sun badi mazedaar hai (Girls’ School)(1949) Singers-C Ramchandra, Shamshad Begam, Lyrics-Kavi Pradeep, MD-C Ramchandra
Both

Lyrics(provided by Prakashchandra)

gori ek baat sun
badi mazedaar hai
kyaa
teri takraar mein bhi pyaar hai
teri takraar mein bhi pyaar hai

piya tum kitne samajhdaar ho
ha ha
kaun kehta hai ki tum ganwaar ho
kyon gori kaisi kahi
badi mauke ki rahi
magar ye baat tumhaari nahin
magar ye baat tumhaari nahin
udhaar hai

haain
teri takraar mein bhi
uun hoon

teri akal se das guni hai gori
mujh mein akal
zara sheeshe mein dekho apni shakal
jyaada bak bak mat kar
jyaada bak bak mat kar
bas ho jaa chupchaap
baap re baap
ghadi ghadi mujhko sata mat
lagega paap
baap re baap
mere bhagwaan bata…aa
mere bhagwaan bata
ye kya chamtkaar hai
mera baalam hai
ya police ka zamadaar hai

teri takraar mein bhi pyaar hai
teri takraar mein bhi pyaar hai

aaj se sun papeeha
aaj se sun papeeha
teri meri kutti
apne naihar ko chali ja
hai tujhe chhutti
aisa mat bolo piya
dhak dhak hoye jiya
aisa mat bolo piya
dhak dhak hoye jiya

phir kaahe ko akadti
meri sarkaar hai
teri takraar mein bhi pyaar hai
teri takraar mein bhi pyaar hai

teri meri preet gori
kabhi nahin chhoote
kabhi nahin chhoote
hato ji hato balam
hato ji hato balam
tum ho bade jhoothe

meri dugdugi baje dug dug
o mere saiyyaan jio jug jug
meri dugdugi baje dug dug
o mere saiyyaan jio jug jug
tera mera jhagda mita
ab to beda paar hai
tera mera jhagda mita
ab to beda paar hai
teri takraar mein bhi pyaar hai
teri takraar mein bhi pyaar hai
teri takraar mein bhi pyaar hai


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Blog Day :

4621 Post No. : 16265

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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2011-2021) – Song No. 17
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This date ten years ago (13 March 2011) saw six songs from six different movies getting discussed in the blog. Here are the details:-

Blog post number Song Movie (Year) Remarks
3645 Nukta cheen hai gham e dil Yahudi Ki Ladki(1933) 5 songs covered by now out of 19
3646 Abhi shaam aayegi niklenge taare Samadhi(1950) Movie YIPPEED by now
3647 Ye haseen shaam gardish mein jaam (Teerandaaz) Teerandaaz(1955) 3 songs covered out of 6 by now
3648 Aankh mein shokhi lab pe tabassum Reshmi Roomaal(1961) Movie YIPPEED by now
3649 Jabse ham tum bahaaron mein Multiple version song Main Shaadi Karne Chalaa(1962) 5 songs posted out of 9 by now
3650 Chaandi ki deewaar na todi Vishwaas(1969) Movie YIPPEED by now

Four out of six movies have since been YIPPEED. So we are left with just two movies which are eligible for Blog Ten Year Challenge today(13 March 2021).

“Teerandaaz”(1955) is one of them. This movie was produced and directed by H S Rawail for Roshni Films, Bombay. The movie had Madhubala, Ajit, Jairaj, Kuldip Kaur, Gope,Sunder, Yashodhara Khatju, Chandrashekhar, Rirkoo, Bhagwan Sinha, Ravi, Paul Sharma, Krishna Varma, Kumud Tripathi, Ramlal, Madan Bhandari, Helen, Kammo, Mohana etc ith Chanchal as guest artiste.

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

Here is the fourth song from “Teerandaaz”(1955) to appear in the blog. The song is sung by Lata and chorus. Rajinder Krishan is the lyricist. Music is composed by C Ramchandra.

Only the audio of the song is available. I request our knoledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of the song.

Lyrics of the song were sent to me by Prakashchandra.


Song-Maine rakh dee nishaane pe jaan re (Teerandaaz)(1955) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Rajinder Krishan, MD-C Ramchandra
Female chorus

Lyrics(Provided by Prakashchandra)

maine rakh dee nishaane pe jaan rey
zaraa seedhaa to kar lo teer ko
maine rakh dee
maine rakh dee nishaane pe jaan rey
zaraa seedhaa to kar lo teer ko

dekho na aisi tirchhi nazar se
bhadkega sholaa dil se jigar se
dekho na
ajee dekho na aissi tirchhi nazar se
bhadkega sholaa dil se jigar se
achcha nahin hai rah rah ke taknaa
achcha nahin hai reh reh ke taknaa
aissey kissi dilgeer ko
zaraa seedhaa to kar lo teer ko
maine rakh dee nishaane pe jaan rey
zaraa seedhaa to kar lo teer ko

marne se hargiz darte naheen hum
aissi muhabbat karte naheen hum
hoke tumhaare haathon nishaana
hoke tumhare haathon nishaana
denge duaa taqdeer ko
zaraa seedhaa to kar lo teer ko
maine rakh dee nishaane pe jaan rey
zaraa seedhaa to kar lo teer ko

dil ki ye duniyaa kis ke liye hai
samjhey na haayye jis ke liye hai
dil ye hamaara ghar hai tumhaaraa
dil ye hamaara ghar hai tumhaaraa
looto na iss jaageer ko
zaraa seedhaa to kar lo teer ko
maine rakh dee
maine rakh dee nishaane pe jaan rey
zaraa seedhaa to kar lo teer ko
maine rakh dee nishaane pe jaan rey
zaraa seedhaa to kar lo teer ko
maine rakh dee nishaane pe jaan rey
zaraa seedhaa to kar lo teer ko


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Blog Day :

4597 Post No. : 16223

Today’s song is from an obscure film of 1944 – Dil ki Baat. The film was made by Atre Pictures, partly owned by P.K.Atre and actress Vanmala. Their relationship was similar to what C.Ramchandra and Lata Mangeshkar had in later years. The film was directed by Atre himself. The only other film he ever directed was Parinde-1945. He believed in hiring directors rather than directing films himself.

The music was composed by C.Ramchandra for the songs written by Ram Murthy and the film’s story, screenplay and dialogues were also written by P.K.Atre himself. The cast of the film was Durga Khote, Ishwarlal, Vanmala, Dixit, Leela Mishra, Vasant Sawkar, Jayram Desai etc.etc.

The year 1944 was a time when the world knew that the end of World War II was near, however, till that time the Raw Film shortage was troubling the film makers in India. Black money generated through Black marketing was disturbing the industry. The cost of the filmmaking, which was about a Lakh or so in 1940, had escalated to 5 to 6 lakhs per film. Studio system was weakened due to individual production practices started by black money investors. Star salaries had inflated. Many stars worked on FreeLance basis. The law of war promotion movies was now forcefully implemented. Many producers made War propaganda movies to get the Raw Film at controlled rates. Government had increased the Entertainment Taxes in Bombay, Madras, UP and CP areas, so the cost of Cinema tickets had increased. Prithvi Theatre was launched by Prithviraj Kapoor. Film artistes gathered under the leadership of EVR Naicker in Madras to form DMK party. M. Karunanidhi was a prominent leader.

In Spite of all this, some good Musical films were made in 1944. Saigal, who arrived in Bombay from Calcutta for good, made his second film in Bombay. New composers, New Heros and New heroines brought a variety of Genres of films made in 1944. Some of the major films of 1944 were….

Bhanwara – Second film by Saigal and Khemchand Prakash in Ranjit in Bombay. Made in just 9 days’ shooting for Saigal, by director Kidar Sharma. It was the second film for Monica Desai too (sister of Leela Desai and wife of Phani Mujumdar).

Bharthari – Last film in India by singer actress Jahan Ara Kajjan who sang her last 2 songs in it. She migrated to Pakistan in the wake of Partition. Very good songs in the film, especially ” Bhiksha de de maiya” by Amirbai and Surendra.

Chal Chal re Naujawan – First film from newly established Filmistan, by the deserters’ group from Bombay Talkies, led by S.Mukherjee and Ashok Kumar. Ashok Kumar sang 6 songs in it for the first and the last time for Ghulam Haider. His song ” Bolo Har Har Mahadev” was very melodious and popular.

Chand – Debut film of Husnlal-Bhagatram team. They were recommended by elder brother Pt. Amarnath, who was the first choice of D.D.Kashyap. After V.Shantaram and his team left Prabhat, this was an attempt by Prabhat to join the mainstream by opting for the first time a Non Marathi star cast and Punjabi style musicians. 5 singers were used by H-B for 11 songs. A mild success film.

Daasi – it was a musical from Lahore by Pt. Amarnath- with his favourite Zeenat Begum.

Film Dost produced the evergreen Noor Jahan song ” Badnam – muhabbat kaun karen” composed by Sajjad Hussain. This one song alone made them both immortal.

Draupadi – a feeble attempt by Baburao Patel to make a Heroine out of his secretary Sushila Rani.

Gaali – Another film by Sajjad, but with only 3 songs to him and 9 to Hanuman Prasad.

Iraada – Pt.Amarnath brought Hemant Kumar two years after his debut in film Meenakshi-42.

Ismat – The first and the only film of the brothers Pt. H.P.Sharma and Pt. Govardhan pershad, as a composer team.

Jwar Bhata – Devika Rani’s discovery, Dilip Kumar’s first film. He was the side Hero and the Hero was Agha. Actress Mrudula also debuted as Dilip’s Heroine.

Krishn Bhakt Bodana – The only film of the Revolutionary Poet singer Master Vasant from Surat. Avinash Vyas, Shankar rao Vyas composed music, while S.N.Tripathi gave background music.

Musical film Lal Haveli – Only time when Noor Jehan and Surendra sang together under Mir Saheb.

Mann ki Jeet – W.Z.Ahmed brings new Heroine Neena, who sings in the voice of Debutante Sitara of Kanpur in all her films. Neena was a Non-Singer.

My Sister – Saigal goes back to Calcutta to complete a Musical film ” My Sister”. Pankaj Mullick gives excellent songs by saigal and others.

There were two films ‘ Panchhi’ and ‘ O Panchhi’ with average songs.

Panna – A war propaganda film based on ” Mata Hari” story, with a new Heroine Geeta Nizami. MD Amir Ali dies before the film is released. The credits in the film dedicate the film to Late Amir Ali.

Perhaps the best music was by Vasant Desai to film ” Parbat pe apna dera”. Vanmala and ulhas excel in acting in a story of sexual repression. All songs are excellent, especially Amirbai’s song ” Pareshan hoon main ” is simply divine.

Lastly, the Best one. Record breaking musical ” Rattan” gave superlative songs by Naushad. Barring 2 songs by Manju, the other 8 songs were all Hits. Rattan gave 200% returns on the film and song records, to the Producer.

The director of this film-P.K.Atre, known popularly in Maharashtra as Acharya Atre, was a writer,Poet, Novelist, Dramatist, Journalist, Politician and a Newspaper owner. In his later years he became famous for his campaign of ” Samyukta Maharashtra” to get a separate Maharashtra state.

The heroine of the film, Vanmala was one of the only 3 Heroines who had Brown Eyes. The other two were Kamala Kotnis and Ragini.

Vanmala was one of those actresses, who not only came from a very respectable Royal family, but was also a highly educated person. In those days, these two things were valued highly. Veteran Marathi and Hindi actress Vanamala will always be associated with her roles in the landmark films, Sikandar (1941) opposite Prithviraj Kapoor and in particular the title role in Shyamchi Aai (1953), the first film ever to win the Best Film Award when the National Awards were instituted for Indian Cinema in 1954.

Vanamala was born as Susheela Devi Pawar on 23-5- 1915. Her father Lt.Col. Rao Bahadur Bapu Rao Pawar was a Minister in Gwalior state. Vanmala grew up in the Royal palace with Princess Kamla Devi. Vanmala graduated from Agra University in 1935 and did her B.T. from Bombay University in 1937.

At 21, Vanmala Devi, was a double graduate and a teacher in the progressive Agarkar High School of Poona. She felt she had a mission in life. Did she find what she was seeking? It is anybody’s guess but teaching was a first try and then she went on to films to find expres­sion for her irrepressible talent.

There was a wrench. Vanala tore herself away from the forbidding regulations of a tra­ditional Maratha family ruled by her father and the devotional orthodoxy handed down to her by her mother along with a love for nature and literature. Vanmala sought to reconcile the irreconcilables with the firm belief that, down the ages, all expressions of art in India were developed and presented by way of a sacred duty.

That was why, when neces­sary, she did not hesitate to turn her back on lucrative film assignments to appear on the Marathi stage. In fact, she work­ed gratis for the building fund of the Marathi Sahitya Sangh at Bombay. Her lead role in the Marathi version of Oscar Wilde’s ‘Lady Windmer’s Fan’ (शोभेचा पंखा), written by Prof. V.H.Kulkarni, is memorable. That was in the early forties.

She began her career in the late 1930s following her graduation and having become a teacher in Pune’s Camp Education Society. Vanamala entered films at a time when it was considered taboo for women from respectable families to work in films though women like Devika Rani and Durga Khote had started working in films by then. It was V.Shantaram who encouraged her to come into the film industry as an actress. Her first film was a Marathi film ” Lapandav”. Pricipal Acharya Atre became very friendly with her and brought her to Hindi films. Vanmala had unusual Brown eyes. Hindi film industry had only two actresses with Brown eyes. One was Vanmala and the other was Ragini, who migrated to Pakistan, after partition.

Prithviraj used to call her Diana the Moon Goddess. The lyrical Pahari Sanyal used to call her “Mala”. Motilal was more-down-to-earth and called her just plain “Bright Eyes”. In fact, it was her eyes that got her the role of Ruksana and it put her in the front rank of Indian film stars with the suc­cess of “Sikandar”. It was one of the early suc­cesses of Minerva Movietone and it has made film history in India.

Vanamala acted in both Hindi and Marathi Cinema. Among her Hindi films, Vanamala will always be best remembered for Sohrab Modi’s historical Sikandar and Sharbati Ankhen (1945), directed by Ramchandra Thakur for Wadia Movietone. In the former she played Alexander the Great’s love interest, a Persian woman, Rukhsana, who fearing for Alexander’s life extracts a promise from Porus that he will not harm Sikandar. Vanamala made a major impact in her role, her beauty coupled with her light-coloured lively eyes taking the audiences breath away. The film itself was a spectacle – its lavish mounting, huge sets and production values equalling the best of Hollywood then particularly its rousing and spectacular battle scenes. It was rated by a British writer as, “…well up to the standard of that old masterpiece The Birth of a Nation.”

The eyes that got Vanmala Devi the lead role of Ruksana in “Sikandar” had soon to be “disowned” in her next picture. In “Parbat Pe Apna Dera”, Van­mala Devi played the role of a blind girl with great effect. First Ulhas was seen, stick in hand, or rather his legs and the lower part of the stick. Then came Vanmala’s dainty feet taking each cautious step. Finally, the camera turned up­wards to feature her full figure. She later told that she was so involved with the role that she actually felt blinded. Once, she had to blink her eyes before she could focus them and look at V. Shantaram who was try­ing to draw her attention.

In Sharbati Ankhen, her Brown eyes were again used to mesmerising effect, the film so aptly titled one feels, after her! The film has some of the earliest songs sung by Mohammed Rafi in his career including Pyaar Karna hi Padega and Bahut Mukhtasar Hai Humari Kahani. The music for the film was done by Feroz Nizami who went on to compose unforgettable music in a hat-trick of films with the great Noor Jehan (Jugnu (1947) in India and Chan Wey (Punjabi) (1951) and Dopatta (1952) in Pakistan).

However, the one role that undoubtedly immortalized Vanamala forever was the title role in the National Award winning Marathi film, Shyam chi Aai-1953, directed by PK Atre. The film, regarded as a cult classic today, is based on one of the most influential Marathi novels of the 20th century (1935), a fictionalised account of the childhood years of Sane Guruji (1899 – 1950). A nationalist influenced by Vinoba Bhave and especially Gandhiji, he was imprisoned repeatedly for his work among the peasantry and participation in the Quit India agitations. His book Shyamchi Aai, written in jail, has 45 episodes in which Shyam, a youth living in poverty in Konkan, recalls the teachings of his mother, a devoutly religious person with an earthy and practical philosophy. The hit film has remained a generic landmark in Marathi Cinema and especially so for Vanamala’s maternal prototype. Actor Madhav Vaze, who played the role of her son Shyam in Shyamchi Aai, recalls Vanamala as a woman of few words. “Her actions spoke for her. She was well-educated and a cultured woman who belonged to a noble family from Gwalior,” he said.

Some other films that Vanamala acted in include Payachi Dasi (Marathi)/ Charnon ki Dasi (Hindi) (1941), Vasantasena (1942), Dil ki Baat (1944), Hatim Tai (1947), Beete Din (1947) and Shree Ram Bharat Milap (1965). In all, she did 25 Hindi films. She sang 24 songs in 5 films in her career. For some time she was a partner in Atre pictures also. She produced the film Bramhan Kanya aka Khandani-1947.

Eventually she did build a bungalow at Khandala and rented out a flat by the sea in Bombay which she furnished with taste and equipped with a selective library. But that still didn’t make a “home”. The nearest she got to it could be when she settled down in Gwalior to look after her ailing father. Perhaps, she had almost arrived at a “home” when she bought over a studio and became the first woman to own one.

The supposedly demure Vanamala was a staunch nationalist and was deeply involved in the freedom movement along with stalwarts like Aruna Asaf Ali and Achyut Patwardhan. She was deeply involved in several social causes and was a member of the Chhatrapati Shivaji National Memorial Committee. She also ran a school to train children in traditional Indian arts and culture, The Haridas Kala Sansthan.

Vanmala Devi’s retirement from films was no surprise to her friends. She had realized that the crusading zeal and aesthetic values of the pioneering days were giving place to new norms of success. She found that filmdom could not afford her the avenue for expression which she wanted— or needed. She sublimated all her yearnings for expression in the worship of Lord Krishna at Vrindavan and later in the ser­vice of her father.

Vanamala who had been suffering from cancer, passed away in Gwalior on May 29, 2007.
(My thanks to Upperstall and Sumati Dhanawate ji-Vanmala’s sister, for using some parts of their articles on Vanmala, along with my notes.)

Songs of film Dil ki Baat-44 are difficult to get. Only 2 songs are available in circulation. With today’s song, both the songs are on this Blog. C.Ramchandra had not developed his trademark style of music cmposition. That was still two years into the future.


Song-Sun re sajan sun re sajan sun re sajan sun (Dil Ki Baat)(1944) Singer-Vanmala, Lyrics-Miss Vimal MA, MD-C Ramchandra

Lyrics

Sun re sajan
Sun re sajan
Sun re sajan sun
Sun re sajan
Sun re sajan
Sun re sajan sun
meri paayaliyaa ki
meri paayaliyaa ki tu
runan jhunan jhun
sun
sun
Sun re sajan
sun re sajan
Sun re sajan sun

aaj maine haathhon mein mehndi rachaayi
aaj maine haathhon mein mehndi rachaayi
aaj meri aankhon mein preet samaayi
preet samaayi
aaj meri aankhon mein preet samaayi
preet samaayi
alsi sajaayi maine
champa chameli sun
ho champa chameli sun
alsi sajaayi maine
champa chameli sun
ho champa chameli sun
Sun re sajan
Sun re sajan
Sun re sajan sun

o kaali koyaliyaa
kook uthhi re
o kaali koyaliyaa
kook uthhi re
man mein mere meethhi si hook uthhi re
man mein mere meethhi si hook uthhi re
goonj rahi door kahin bansi ki dhun
haan bansi ki dhun
goonj rahi door kahin bansi ki dhun
haan bansi ki dhun
Sun re sajan
Sun re sajan
Sun re sajan sun

meri paayal se praanon ki preet jhare re
aa aa aa aa
meri paayal se praanon ki preet jhare re
aa aa aa aa
meri paayal se pankh tere baat kare re
meri paayal se pankh tere baat kare re
gaaye kisi chhaliya chhabele ke gun
gaaye kisi chhaliya chhabele ke gun
Sun re sajan
Sun re sajan
Sun re sajan sun
meri paayaliyaa ki
meri paayaliyaa ki tu
runan jhunan jhun
sun sun


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Today 5th January’2021 is the thirty-nineth ‘Remembrance Anniversary’ of music director C. Ramchandra (12.01.1918 – 05.01.1982) also known by the names of Anna Saheb and Chitalkar.

On this occasion here is song composed by him from the 1948 movie ‘Jalan’.

One song of ‘Jalan-1948’ have been posted on the blog on. Today’s song was noted by me more than six years back now. I had noted two songs then, the earlier posted one (which missed from my score 😊) and the today’s song. I like both the songs and particularly the today’s song. I think this one has been a forgotten gem.

Today’s song is also sung by Lalita Deulkar.

‘Jalan-1948’ was directed by Bhagwan for ‘Chandni Chitra, Bombay’. It was a ‘stunt movie’. It had Baburao, Bhagwan, Vasant Rao, Azim Bhai, Kanti Lal Ratan, Deepak, Deepak, Balaram, Yashwant, Mirajkar, Usha Shukla, Gaffar, Chanchala, Prema Lokre, Haresh Palav and others.

This movie had six songs written by Ehsan Rizvi and composed by Anna Saheb (or C. Ramchandra).
HFGK Vol-II (1941-1950) lists the songs as under;

S.No. Song Title Singers Posted On
01 Aaj basaa nain mere pyaar nayaa Gandhari, Chitalkar, chorus
02 Bataa do bataa do koi Lalita Deulkar 14.11.2016
03 Neer bhare morey nain sajanwa Lalita Deulkar
04 Jawaani hoti hai gaarat muhabbat aajmaane mein Chitalkar
05 Nazar mili tum bhi miley, ham bhi miley Lalita Deulkar, Chitalkar
06 Zaraa mere dil se poochho, mere dil ka afsaana Lalita Deulkar

Though I have not listened the other four songs from this movie, I am sure that they also must be good compositions, particularly when the music is by C. Ramchandra.

Let us now enjoy today’s song…


Song-Zara mere dil se poochho mere dil ka afsaana (Jalan)(1948) Singer-Lalita Deulkar, Lyrics-Ehsan Rizvi, MD-C Ramchandra

Lyrics

Zaraa mere dil se poochho
Zaraa mere dil se poochho
Mere dil ka afsaana
Zaraa mere dil se poochho
Zaraa mere dil se poochho
Mere dil ka afsaana

udi aankh se neendein lekin
Tumne kuchh na jaana
Udi aankh se neendein lekin
Tumne kuchh na jaana
Zaraa mere dil se poochho
Zaraa mere dil se poochho
Mere dil ka afsaana

Din to katen yaad mein lekin
Katen na lambi raaten aen aen aen aen
Din to katen yaad mein lekin
Katen na lambi raaten
Hansi hamaare honthon par hain
Nainon mein barsaatein
Hansi hamaare honthon par hain
Nainon mein barsaatein
Main na jaanoon samjhaana
Aur tum na jaano samajhna
Main na jaanoon samjhaana
Aur tum na jaano samajhna
Zaraa mere dil se poochho
Zaraa mere dil se poochho
Mere dil ka afsaana

Preet ki reet na jaane koyi
Kya keh kar samjhaaun un un un un un
Preet ki reet na jaane koyi
Kya keh kar samjhaaun
Dil tode jhankaar na samjhe
Kaisa geet sunaaun
Dil tode jhankaar na samjhe
Kaisa geet sunaaun
Yahi soch kar sharmaaun main
Kaise bhed bataana
Yahi soch kar sharmaaun main
Kaise bhed bataana
Zaraa mere dil se poochho
Zaraa mere dil se poochho
Mere dil ka afsaana
Zaraa mere dil se poochho
Mere dil ka afsaana


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