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Blog Day :

4929 Post No. : 16769

Today’s song is from a C grade film called Baghi Sardar (1956).

I remember once Atul ji had expressed his opinion that ‘many times the B and C grade films provide A grade music’. I tend to agree with his opinion on this issue. There are many examples of songs from costume, stunt, action and religious films which became very popular. Off hand I remember at least two songs. The first was “Zara Saamne To Aa O Chhaliye” from a religious film ‘Janam Janam Ke Phere’ (1957). It was sung by Lata and Rafi, written by Bharat Vyas and music was by SN Tripathi. This song not only became very popular, but it became the No. 1 song on Binaca Geet Mala for 4 weeks. The second was a Rafi song “Parwardigar e Aalam, Tera Hi Hai Sahara” from the film ‘Hatimtai’ (1956). There was another song also from this film”Jhoomti Hai Nazar Jhoomta Hai Pyaar” which too became very popular. This was a costume film.

Another example comes to my mind. A qawwaali from the film ‘Al Hilal’ (1958), a costume film. This qawwaali “Hamen To Loot Liya Mil Ke Husn Waalon Ne” became very famous. This song also had the prestigious honor of being the 5000th song for this Blog on 13-11-2011. Further, it had an unique honor of having write ups from 3 stalwarts, namely Atul ji, Sudhir ji and Raja ji. Incidentally, earlier in 1935 also there was a film Al Hilal, first directorial venture of the great Mehboob Khan. This was a film made by Sagar Movietone. The songs of this film also became very popular. However, since the playback had not yet started then, no records were issued for these songs.

I used to like watching religious films because of the trick scenes of the films. I liked stunt and action films for their death defying stunts by the actors and I saw costume films because of their King, Queen and evil Vazir stories. Children liking such films, for the reasons given here, is understandable, but I wondered how adults and grown up people came to see such films. Later I learnt that there is a child hidden in every adult.

This child in some adults gets excited with magic, supernatural strength and fighting. Such people constituted the audience of B and C grade films. The audience for religious films constituted old adults, and ladies, who believed in God’s power. Film makers all over the world have always taken such people as their targets and films were made to attract them and satisfy their emotions.

Right from the First Silent film ‘Raja Harishchandra’ (1913), films have been made on religious stories. A vast nation like India provides plenty of folk tales and all these have been used to make films. In addition, Arabian Night stories of 1001 was yet another bumper source of masala for making interesting films. The 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and to some extent the 60’s had been making stunt / action / costume / religious films. In early films, till film ‘Aan’ (1952), the actors working in the films used to do all the stunts themselves. From this film, use of doubles and fight masters/composers started being used. In film ‘Aan’, the fights and the horses were managed by Azim Bhai and Douglas took care of fight scenes involving fencing. Same year, in films like ‘Sinbad Jahaazi’ (1952) and ‘Shin Shinaki Boobla Boo) (1952), the south developed hero Ranjan (real name Ramnarayan Venkatraman Sarma) appeared on Hindi scene in Bombay and entertained us with his Olympic level fencing fights. Earlier he was seen in ‘Chandralekha’ (1948), ‘Nishan’ (1949) and ‘Mangala’ (1949) – remakes of their Tamil films. In the subsequent years these Fight Masters became ‘Action Directors’.

In the films from 1935 to the 1950s, Nadia and others used to perform the stunts themselves. In the 60’s – a decade dominated by romantic films, for heroes, the action was mostly relegated to the climax scenes to rescue the ‘Damsels in Distress’ ! The 60’s also saw the emergence of ‘The Action Hero’. The first film, where a hero dared to bare his chest for the first time, was in film ‘Phool Aur Patthar” (1966) and the action hero was born with Dharmendra !

The set of actors, directors, producers, banners and even the audience was fixed for such films. Certain theaters were earmarked to exhibit such films in every city and small town. Some heroes of these action films, later on, became directors for such movies e.g. Majnu, Kamran, Daljit, John Cavas etc. ‘Baghi Sardar’ (1956) was also directed by Majnu, who started his talkie film career with a parody film ‘Majnu’ (1935). Though his original name was Harold Lewis, he was branded as Majnu and he too continued with this name.

MAJNU – Harold Lewis was a Punjabi Christian. He was born on 2-11-1913. It is said that before joining films, Harold had worked in circus as a joker. He acted in 3 Silent films, including ‘Flames Of Flesh’ (1930).

He was the childhood friend of Roop K Shorey. When Shorey wanted to make his second film, he chose Harold as the hero. Majnu was introduced as a leading man opposite Shyama Zutshi by producer/director Roop K Shorey in film ‘Majnu’ (1935) — a musical comedy satirizing the old story of Laila Majnu, produced, directed and shot in Lahore with Ghulam Haider as music director. With daring motorbike stunts and special effects, audiences were thrilled at the sight of Majnu strapped on the railway tracks by the villain.

The film was a success and RK Shorey repeated Majnu as the leading man in his next film, ‘Tarzan Ki Beti’ (1938). ‘Tarzan Ki Beti’ was hailed as the best jungle picture ever produced in India at the time. Filmed in the snowy Himalayas, the film topped its predecessor in its action sequences and placed Punjab on the entertainment map of India and the world.

Majnu appeared in almost all of Shorey’s films. He was also doing films with other producers. In 1942 he did a double role in ‘Nishani’ and in 1943 he directed his first film ‘Paapi’. Shorey also gave him a film ‘Badnami’ (1946) for direction and it was here that Majnu met IS Johar who wrote the story and dialogues of ‘Badnami’.

Majnu paired with IS Johar in ‘Ek Thi Ladki’ (1949), the debut film of Johar. Later they made a comedy pair in 10 films, including the hit ‘Hum Sab Chor Hain’ (1956). His last film with Johar was ‘Akalmand’ (1966).

Majnu acted in 77 films. His first film was ‘Majnu’ (1935) and his much delayed and released last film was ‘Shri Krishna Bhakti’ (1973). He acted in many Punjabi films also. He directed 8 films including ‘Paapi’ (1943), ‘Badnami’ (1946), ‘Son Of Alibaba’ (1955), ‘Tatar Ka Chor’ (1955), ‘Malika’ (1956), ‘Basre Ki Hoor’ (1956), ‘Baghi Sardar’ (1956), and his last film – ‘Chandu’ (1958).

Harold Lewis aka Majnu died on 26-3-1974.

The cast of this film consisted of Daljit, Chitra, Majnu, Ameeta, Amarnath, Prithvipal, Shaikh, Helen, Kammo, Satish Batra, Ramesh Thakkar, Shakuntala, Kanchanmala, Jugal Kishore etc. The music for this film was given by composer BN Bali. He was one of those small time composers, who got only the B and C grade films. First of all, let us know who this BN Bali is. There was yet another composer Bali, in the early era of Hindi films – HCBali or Harishchandra Bali (20-3-1906 to 24-6-1976), the expert classical singer who changed into a successful composer is credited with discovering KL Saigal in the early 30s.

BN Bali or Baldev Nath Bali too was a good singer and was a composer restricted to mostly religious or low budget films. He gave music from ‘Bedard’ (1949) up to ‘Do Dilwaale’ (1973), a total of 24 films, including one unreleased film ‘Bahut Door’ (1940s). He also gave music to a Haryanvi film in 1973. Though he composed music with a variety, somehow he lacked what it takes to make it to the Big league. On the contrary, BN Bali is known for copying the popular tunes of other composers blatantly.

“Jab Un Ka Khayal Aata Hai”, sung by Rafi in ‘Pehla Pehla Pyar’ was a copy of Rafi’s “Jin Raaton Mein Neend Ud Jaati Hai” by Hansraj behl. “Sapne Meine Saiyan Tum Aaya Na Karo” – Asha / Manna Dey song was a true copy of OP Nayyar’s “Ek Pardesi Mera Dil Le Gaya”, and “Tu Us Ka Kar Bhala” – Rafi in ‘Raja Vikram’ sang the same “Bhagwaan” tune as in “O Duniya Ke Rakhwaale” etc.

Today’s song also resembles some song, but I am unable to recollect exactly. If some reader recognizes the original song, please mention as your comment here.


Song – Lagi re lagi re lagi lagi re (Baaghi Sardaar)(1956) Singers- Geeta Dutt, Satish Batra, Lyricist- Bharat Vyas MD- BN Bali
Unidentified Male Voice

Lyrics

hey ae
lagi re lagi re lagi lagi re

lagi re lagi re lagi lagi re
lagi re lagi re lagi lagi re
meri mehfil mein hai bheed lagi
main kis’se kis’se pyaar karoon
hai dekh rahi aankhen kitni
main kis’se aankhen chaar karoon
haay kis’se aankhen chaar karoon
lagi re lagi re lagi lagi re

ye kehte mere ghar aao
wo kehte dil mein bas jaao
in mein kisko ghayal kisko zakhmi kisko beemar karoon
haay kis’se aankhen
haaye kis’se aankhen chaar karoon
lagi re lagi re lagi lagi re

lafde mein pado na jaane jigar
jhagde na karo yoon shaam pahar
paam papa pam paam papa pam
haahi hi hahai hi
are hum bhi hain tere deewaane
zara dekh lo humko ek nazar
bakta hai
tu bakta hai

ho o o o o
sab yoon hi bakne wala hai
mai kis kis ko aetbaar karu
haay kis’se aankhen
haay kis’se aankhen chaar karoon
haay kis’se aankhen chaar karoon
he lagi re lagi re lagi lagi lagi re

farhad ki kasmein khaayi hain
majnu ki mujhe duhaayi hai
teri mehfil mein maine dilbar
dil ki kaaleen bichhaayi hai
ae husn ki mallika haan kar do
apna dil bhi gulzaar karo

haay kis’se aankhen chaar karoon
lagi re lagi re lagi lagi re

ooh haaye
samjho to ishaare akl ke hain
budhhu
abey chup be
ulfat ki hain ye lalkaaren
kya samjhe
aap ik saath nahi tik sakti hain
ek myaan mein do do talwaaren
hat be
abe ja bey

o o
main jaan tumhaari hoon pyaare
lo tum se main ikraar karoon
haay kis’se aankhen
haaye kis’se aankhen chaar karoon
haaye kis’se aankhen chaar karoon
lagi re lagi re lagi lagi re
lagi re lagi re lagi lagi re
meri mehfil mein hai bheed lagi
main kis’se kis’se pyaar karoon
hai dekh rahi aakhen kitni
main kis’se aankhen chaar karoon
haay kis’se aankhen chaar karoon
lagi re lagi re lagi lagi re


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Blog Day :

4906 Post No. : 16713

“Husn Ka Chor”(1953) was produced by Homi Wadia and directed by JBH Wadia for Basant Pictures, Bombay. The movie had Usha Kiran, Mahipal, Brij Mohan Vyas, Azeem Dalpat, Sardar Mansoor, Agha Shapoor, Bismilla etc in it.

The movie had seven songs in it. Five songs have been covered in the past.

Here is the sixth song from “Husn Ka Chor”(1953) to appear in the blog. The song is sung by Geeta Dutt. Raja Mehdi Ali Khan is the lyricist. Music is composed by Bulo C Rani.

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


Song-O duniya banaane waale bata anjaam hamaara kya hoga(Husn Ka Chor)(1953) Singer-Geeta Dutt, Lyrics-Raja Mehdi Ali Khan, MD-Bulo C Rani

Lyrics

o duniya banaane waale bata
anjaam hamaara kya hoga
o duniya banaane waale bata
anjaam hamaara kya hoga
taqdeer khafa tadbeer khafa
jeene ka sahaara kya hoga
o duniya banaane waale bata
anjaam hamaara kya hoga
o duniya banaane waale bata

hans hans ke hamen koi loot gaya
hans hans ke hamen koi loot gaya
kismat ka sitaara toot gaya
ae falak bata barbaadi ka
ab aur kinaara kya hoga
o duniya banaane waale bata
anjaam hamaara kya hoga
o duniya banaane waale bata

guzre huye din tadpaane lage
guzre huye din tadpaane lage
in aankhon mein aansoo aane lage
in aankhon mein aansoo aane lage
roti huyi aankhon ke aage
saawan ka nazaara kya hoga
o duniya banaane waale bata
anjaam hamaara kya hoga
taqdeer khafa tadbeer khafa
jeene ka sahaara kya hoga
o duniya banaane waale bata


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Blog Day :

4905 Post No. : 16712

“Ham Hindustani”(1960) was produced by S Mukherjee and directed by Ram Mukherjee for Filmalay, Bombay. Most Indian patriotic movies are jingoistic and boastfuul, but this patriotic movie sought to inspire Indians to make India great again through deeds and not by rhetoric. The movie had Sunil Dutt, Asha Parekh, Joy Mukherjee,Helen , Jageerdaar, Agha, Leela, Chitnis, Mubarak, Vijaya Chaudhary, Malika, Sheela Rao, Mirza Musharraf, Rav Avtaar, Moni, Chatterjee, Hari Shivdasani, Yogendra, Bob, B K Mukherjee, Sarita, Saibi, Sitaram, < Baby Nasreen, Caeser, Shyam Chatterjee etc in it.

The movie had nine songs in it that were penned by five lyricists.

Eight songs songs have been covered so far.

Here are the details of the songs that have been covered so far:-

Blog post number Song Date of posting Singer(s)
624 Chhodo kal ki baatein 26 January 2009 Mukesh
1308 Raat nikhri huyi zulf bikhri huyi 19 May 2009 Mukesh
4128 Maanjhi meri qismat ke 4 July 2011 Lata
4688 Neeli neeli ghataa o bheegi bheegi hawaa 24 September 2011 Asha Bhonsle, Mukesh
6939 Chori chori tori aayi hai Radha 3 November 2012 Lata
14137 Ham jab chalen to ye jahaan jhoomey 8 March 2018 Rafi
16455 Chhedo na mohe Kaanha jaa 4 July 2021 Lata
16689 Baalma mori latt suljha de 8 December 2021 Asha Bhonsle

The ninth and final song from “Ham Hindustani”(1960) is sung by Geeta Dutt and Usha Khanna. K Manohar (father of Usha Khanna working under this name) was the lyricist. Music is composed by Usha Khanna.

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

With this song, all the songs of “Ham Hindustani”(1960) are covered in the blog. “Ham Hindustani”(1960) now joins the list of movies that have been YIPPEED in the blog.


Song-Tu laage mora baalam ye kaise kahoon main (Ham Hindustani)(1960) Singers-Geeta Dutt, Usha Khanna, Lyrics-K Manohar, MD-Usha Khanna

Lyrics(Provided by Prakashchandra)

tu laage mora baalam
ye kaise kahoon main
tu laage mora baalam
ye kaise kahoon main
jo poochhe hain sakhiyaan
to chup rahoon main
tu laage mora baalam
ye kaise kahoon main

ho o o o o
tose ye boloon
bhai meri kya majaal
meri kya majaal sainyya
meri kya majaal
ho o o o o
aankhon mein hai mere dil ka sawaal
dil ka sawaal
sainyya dil ka sawaal
sapna ?? main jo ?? takoon main
sapna ?? main jo ?? takoon main
?? main
tu laage
tu laage
tu laage mora baalam
ye kaise kahoon main
jo poochhe hain sakhiyaan
to chup rahoon main
tu laage mora baalam
ye kaise kahoon main

ho o o o o
aankhon ne teri na jaane kya kaha
jaane kya kaha saiyya
jaane kya kaha
ho o o o o
maathe pe mere paseena aa gaya
paseena aa gaya ji
paseena aa gaya
khoyi khoyi dekhoon
paseena pochhoon main
khoyi khoyi dekhoon
paseena pochhoon main
paseena pochhoon main
tu laage
tu laage
tu laage mora baalam
ye kaise kahoon main
jo poochhe hain sakhiyaan
to chup rahoon main
tu laage mora baalam
ye kaise kahoon main


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Blog Day :

4866 Post No. : 16657

“Chunariya”(1948) was directed by Ravindra Dave for Kuldeep Pictures, Bombay. Mulkraj Bhakri had written the story, dialogues, screen-play and lyrics. For all practical purposes, Mulkraj Bhakri was the producer of the movie as well, though Kuldeep Sehgal was credited as producer and Lekhraj Bhakri as production controller. Almost all persons involved in the making of this movie were displaced from Lahore during partition and this movie was their attempt to establish themselves in Bombay fil industry.

This movie had Wasti, Manorama, Pran, Randhira, Cuckoo, Narbada Shanker, Sofia, Chaand Burke,Ramesh, Sarita, Baij Sharma, Shrimati Motipal,Krishn Duggal, Menhdi Raza Raja etc in it.

The movie turned out to be a hit and that went a long way in establishing the persons in Bombay film industry.

The movie had ten songs in it. Nine songs have been covered so far. Here are the details of these songs:-

Song Date of posting Singer(s)
Sab kuchh lutaayaa hamne aakar teri gali mein 2 April 2011 Rafi
Aankh meri lad gayi re lad gayi 21 December 2011 Lata Mangeshkar, Indra Goyal
O motor waale babu 23 December 2011 Geeta Dutt
Dil e naashaad ko jeene ki hasrat ho gayee tumse 1 September 2012 Lata Mangeshkar
Tera kaanton se pyaar 4 February 2013 Geeta Dutt, Rafi
O koi nain mila ke chala gaya 3 April 2017 Geeta Dutt
Hansi le ke aaye thhe ro kar chale 3 August 2017 S D Batish
Tere milne ko jee dhadke 2 May 2018 Geeta Dutt
Daaman se bandh gayi choli re 11 September 2021 Geeta Dutt

One can notice that as many as five singers were used in the nine songs that have been covered so far. The singers were strugglers at that time. This movie saw Lata Mangeshkar singing a ghazal for the first time in Hindi movies. The Rafi Geeta Dutt duet in this movie is the oldest Rafi Geeta Dutt duet in Hindi movies that is available. Lata Mangeshkar had sung only one duet with a male singer till 1947. This year, she sang eight such duets. Her duet with Indra Goyal was her only duet with that singer.

The tenth and final song from the movie is a rare song. It would appear that very few people have actually listened to this song. HFGK mentions this song as “saawan aaya-3 re jaage more bhaag sakhi re”. The words “Saawan aaya” appear in the movie only towards the end of the song. “Jaage mora bhaag sakhi re” is not at all there. Instead, we find the opposite words, viz “Soye mora bhaag saki ree” in the song. 🙂

Listening to the song, one would classify it as a Geeta Dutt solo with chorus towards the end. But, HFGK mentions this song as sung by Geeta Dutt, Zohrabai Ambalewaali and Asha Bhonsle. HFGK also mention this song as the first Hindi film song sung by Asha Bhonsle.

If Zohrabai Ambalewaali and Asha Bhonsle have sung in this song, then that would be in the last stanza that is sung by chorus though personally I could not detect the individual voices of Zohrabai Ambalewaali and Asha Bhonsle. People with better hearing abilities may be able to detect their voices.

Nevertheless, this rare song does have the distinction of being the first Hindi movie song with Asha Bhonsle’s voice in it.

With this rare and special song, all the songs of “Chunariya”(1948)have now been covered and this movie joins the list of movies that have been YIPPEED in the blog.


Song-Soye more bhaag sakhi ree Saawaan aaya re (Chunariya)(1948) Singers-Geeta Dutt, Lyrics-Mulkraj Bhakri, MD-Hansraj Bahl
Zohrabai Ambalewaali + Asha Bhonsle
Geeta Dutt + Zohrabai Ambalewaali + Asha Bhonsle

Lyrics

o o o
o o o o

bhanwar padi hai mori naiyya
bhanwar padi hai mori naiyya
roothh gaya
roothh gaya
roothh gaya hai hamse khewaiyya
roothh gaya hai hamse khewaiyya
na mora baabul
na mora bhaiyya
na mora bhaiyya

saawan sakhi ree main kaise gaaun
kisko dil ka haal sunaaoon
haal sunaaoon oon oon
saawan sakhi ree main kaise gaaun
kisko dil ka haal sunaaun
haal sunaaoon oon oon

naa gaa ree sakhi
naa gaa ree sakhi
ye saawan ka raag

em>more man mein laage aag sakhi
more man mein laage aag
more man mein laage aag sakhi
more man mein laage aag

soye more bhaag sakhi ree
saawan aaya re
saawan aaya re
soye more bhaag sakhi ree
saawan aaya re
saawan aaya re

saawan aaya saawan aaya
saawan aaya re
saawan aaya saawan aaya
saawan aaya re

jaage more bhaag sakhi ree
saawan aaya re
saawan aaya re


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Blog Day :

4853 Post No. : 16643

“Naach” (1949) was directed by Ravindra Dave for Kuldip Pictures. The movie had Shyam, Suraiya, Kuldip, Raj Mehra, Gulab, Yashodhara Katju, Sofia, Shyama, Wasti, Om Prakash etc in it.

The movie had eleven songs in it. Ten of these songs have been covered in the past.

Here are the details of the ten songs that have been covered so far:

Blog Post number Song Date of posting singer(s)
3986 Dil de diya hai tujhko 11 june 2011 Rafi, Shamshad Begam
4003 Ae ishq hamen barbaad na kar 15 june 2011 Suraiyya, Rafi
4046 Lab pe fariyaad hai dil barbaad hai 22 June 2011 Rafi, Lata, Geeta Dutt
9529 Chhaaya samaa suhaana 6 March 2014 Rafi, Suraiyya
9769 Baat takoon main teri kothhe chadh ke 26 April 2014 Suraiyya
9775 Ae dil kise sunaaun ye dukh bhara fasaana 27 april 2014 Suraiyya
9789 Jo tum badley jahaan badla 30 april 2014 Suraiyya
9795 Tere gham ke sahaare jee rahi hai zindagi meri 1 may 2014 Suraiyya
16300 Chhak chhak chali hamaari rail 1 April 2021 Geeta Dutt, Lata, Unknown male voice
16421 Namastejee Namastejee 1 June 2021 Zohrabai Ambalewaali, Shamshad Begam, Rafi

As we can see from the above table, this movie made its debut more than ten years ago on 1058th day of the blog . Today, on the 4853rd day of the blog, the eleventh and final song of “Naach”(1949) gets covered in the blog.

The song under discussion is sung by Rafi, Lata and Geeta Dutt. Mulkraj Bhakri is the lyricist. Music is composed by Husnlal Bhagatram. Only the audio of the song is available. It sounds like a fakeer/ beggar song to me. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of this song.

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


Song-Kyun karta maan jawaani ka (Naach)(1949) Singers- Rafi, Lata, Geeta Dutt, Lyrics-Mulkraj Bhakri, MD-Husnlal Bhagatram
All

Lyrics

kyun karta maan jawaani ka
kyun karta maan jawaani ka
tu ek bulbula paani ka
tu ek bulbula paani ka
kyun karta maan jawaani ka
kyun karta maan jawaani ka
tu ek bulbula paani ka
tu ek bulbula paani ka

ye raunaq saari do din ki
ho do din ki
ho do din ki
jeewan phulwaari do din ki
ho do din ki
ho do din ki
kyun karta tera mera hai

na tera hai na mera hai
kyun karta tera mera hai
na tera hai na mera hai
duniya hai naam kahaani ka
duniya hai naam kahaani ka
tu ek bulbula paani ka
tu ek bulbula paani ka
kyun karta maan jawaani ka
kyun karta maan jawaani ka
tu ek bulbula paani ka
tu ek bulbula paani ka

ye roop jawaani rang rahe
na rang rahe
na rang rahe
sada koi bhi tere sang rahe
na sang rahe
na sang rahe
jo dekh raha hai sapna hai

koi na tera apna hai
jo dekh raha hai sapna hai
koi na tera apna hai
duniya hai naam kahaani ka
duniya hai naam kahaani ka
tu ek bulbula paani ka
tu ek bulbula paani ka
kyun karta maan jawaani ka
kyun karta maan jawaani ka
tu ek bulbula paani ka
tu ek bulbula paani ka


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Blog Day :

4828 Post No. : 16607

“Son of Sindbad”(1958) was produced by Ram Kamlani and Balwant Bhatt and directed by Nanabhai Bhatt. for NeoLight Films Bombay. This “Kalpnik” movie had Premnath, Jabeen, Bhagwan, Poornima, Nishi, Tiwari, Shammi, Sundar, Kuldeep Kaur, Jagdeesh, Samson, Cuckoo, Ridku, Kriiplani, K Tiwari Saroj, Heera, Fazlu, Saiyyad, Keshav, Abdul, Kenny etc in it.

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

Here is the third song from “Son of Sindbad”(1958) to appear in the blog. It is sung by Rafi and Geeta Dutt. Prem Dhawan is the lyricist. Music is composed by Chitragupta.

Only the audio of the song is available. The movie had Lata Mangeshkar, Rafi, Mukesh and Geeta Dutt as playback singers so it is difficult to guess about the picturisation of this song. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of this song.


Song-Kabhi to haan haan haan kaho na (Son of Sindbad)(1958) Singers-Rafi, Geeta Dutt, Lyrics-Prem Dhawan, MD-Chitraupta

Lyrics

kabhi to haan haan haan kaho na
na na ji na na na meri jaan
kabhi to haan haan haan kaho na
na na ji na na na meri jaan
aise na taalo
main mar jaaunga
milega mar ke bhi chain kahaan
haay
kabhi to haan haan haan kaho na
na na ji na na na meri jaan

jhoothhi hi tasalli sahi
jhoothha hi tu de ja hamen waada
ja ja re deewaane
kyun hai tera gaali khaane ka iraada

arre jhoothhi hi tasalli sahi
jhoothha hi tu de ja hamen waada
ja ja re deewaane
kyun hai tera gaali khaane ka iraada

yoon na jalenge
joote padenge
o yoon na jalenge
joote padenge
to ye bhi sah legne jaane jahaan
kabhi to haan haan haan kaho na
na na ji na na na meri jaan

bade teesmaar khan ho
dekho koi aur darwaaza

tere darwaaze se hi apna to uthhega janaaza
bade teesmaar khan ho
dekho koi aur darwaaza

tere darwaaze se hi apna to uthhega janaaza
chutti to hogi
roti phirogi
chutti to hogi
roti phirogi
jaao ji
marna nahin hai aasaan

kabhi to haan haan haan kaho na
na na ji na na na meri jaan

yoon na thhukraao
na milega koi dilwaala aisa
dhoondhoge chiraag leke
to bhi paaoge na mere jaisa

aah aah aah
yoon na thhukraao
na milega koi dilwaala aisa
dhoondhoge chiraag leke
to bhi paaoge na mere jaisa

tu bemisaal hai
tu bhi kamaal hai
aa ha
tu bemisaal hai
tu bhi kamaal hai
to phir aaj hi kar do haan
kabhi to haan haan haan kaho na
na na ji na na na meri jaan


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4822 Post No. : 16598

“Mamta”(1952) was produced by R B Haldia and J L Sharma and directed by Gunjal. This “social” movie was a Nishaat Films, Bombay production.

The movie had Sumitra Devi, Ulhas, Mirza Musharraf, Rajan Haksar, Kamal Mehra, Chitralekha, Bhagwandas, Ramesh, Rajni Shanta abi, Sadi, Kabil Amritsari, Baby Salma, Master Raja, G P Srivastav, Sheela, Paro etc in it.

The movie had eight songs in it. Seven of them were composed by Sonik, and one by Hansraj Bahl. Five songs have been covered in the past.

Here is the sixth song from “Mamta”(1952) to appear in the blog. The song is sung by Geeta Dutt. Verma Malik is the lyricist. Music is composed byS Sonik.

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


Song-Sitaaron hanso na meri bebasi par (Mamta)(1952) Singer-Geeta Dutt, Lyrics-Verma Malik, MD-Sonik

Lyrics

sitaaron hanso na
meri bebasi par
taras khaao kuchh to
meri zindagi par

tumhaare sahaare agar toot jaate
tumhaare sahaare agar toot jaate
mujhe is tarah tum kabhi na sataate
bahaa lo do aansu meri trasdi par
taras khaao kuchh to meri zindagi par

ho o o
meri jaan kar di ghamon ke hawaale ae
meri jaan kar di ghamo ke hawaale
ye kaisi saza di saza dene waale
kyun bijli gira di hai dil ki kali par
taras khaao kuchh to meri zindagi par

mita de mujhe
mujhko veeraan kar de
mita de mujhe
mujhko veeraan kar de
ae maalik tu mujhpe
ye ehsaan kar de
ke khushiyaan mana le meri bekasi par
taras khaao kuchh to meri zindagi par


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.

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4803 Post No. : 16570

‘Chunariya’ (1948) was produced under the banner of Kuldeep Pictures of Lahore-based Kuldeep Sehgal which was his first film in Mumbai after partition. The film was directed by Ravindra Dave. The story, dialogues, screen-play and lyrics were written by Mulk Raj Bhakri. The production controller was his brother, Lekh Raj Bhakri. The star cast included Manorama and Wasti in the lead role with Randhir, Pran, Sophia, Cuckoo, Narbada Shankar, Mehdi Raza, Chand Burque, Baij Sharma etc in subsidiary roles.

It is interesting to note as to how the box office success of ‘Chunariya’ (1948) helped the career revival of some of the displaced persons from the Lahore film industry. Most of them had shifted to Mumbai after partition in 1947 almost penniless. Although the film was produced by Kuldeep Sehgal, according to character actor Janaki Das, it was Mulk Raj Bhakri along with his brother, Lekh Raj Bhakri who organized the actors and the crew, mostly among the displaced from Lahore film industry. Later, both Bhakri brothers floated their own film production companies and became producers/director.

The film’s director, Ravindra Dave was also a displaced person from Lahore film industry who came to Mumbai along with his brother Ramnarayan Dave and their maternal uncle, Dalsukh Pancholi. ‘Chunariya’ (1948) was his first directorial film in Mumbai. Ravindra Dave also floated his own film production company and became the producer-director of Hindi and Gujarati films. The acting career of Manorama and Pran, both from Lahore, took off in Mumbai from the success of ‘Chunariya’ (1948).

Music Director, Hansraj Bahl who started his career as the music director in Mumbai with ‘Pujaari’ (1946), was on the downhill after the continuous failures of about half-a-dozen films. He bounced back with good compositions of the songs for ‘Chunariya’ (1948) some of which became popular. Although, Geeta Dutt was the main female playback singer for the film, it was Lata Mangeshkar’ song, dil-e-naashaad ko jeene ki hasrat ho gayi tumse which became very popular. Similary, Mohammed Rafi’s song, sab kuchh lutaaya hamne aakar teri gali mein also became very popular.

‘Chunariya’ (1948) has the distinction of becoming a film in which Asha Bhosle sang her first song in Hindi film, ‘saawan aaya re saawan aaya jaage more bhaag’ along with Geeta Dutt and Zohrabai Ambalewaali in this film. However, according to Raju Bharatan who wrote Asha Bhosle’s musical biography, Asha Bhosle sang her first Hindi film song, ‘gareebon ke data gareebon ke waali’ in ‘Andhon Ki Duniya (1947) along with Zohrabai Ambalewaali. Unfortunately, as of now, both the songs are not available on any of the video sharing platforms. There may be some story as to why many on-line articles on Asha Bhosle consider the song in ‘Chunariya’ (1948) being her first Hindi film song rather than her song from ‘Andhon Ki Duniya’ (1947).

‘Chunariya’ (1948) had 10 songs – all written by Mulk Raj Bhakri of which 8 songs have already been covered on the Blog. The remaining two songs were not available on video sharing platforms for quite some time. Very recently, I am able to get mp3 clip of one of the two ‘missing’ songs which I have uploaded on a video sharing platform.

I am presenting the 9th song, ‘daaman se bandh gayi choli re, meri sakhi paraayi ho li re’ which is rendered by Geeta Dutt and chorus. From the wordings of the lyrics, it is apparent that it is a ‘Bidaai Song’ sung by bride’s friends.

Audio Clip:

Song-Daaman se bandh gayi choli re (Chunariya)(1948) Singer-Geeta Dutt, Lyrics-Mulkraj Bhakri, MD-Hansraj Bahl
Chorus

Lyrics

daaman se bandh gayi choli re
choli re daaman se
ho daaman se bandh gayi choli re
daaman se bandh gayi choli re..ae
choli re daaman se
ho daaman se bandh gayi choli re

em>mori sakhi paraayi ho li re..ae
ho li re daaman se
ho daaman se bandh gayi choli re

baabul kaa ghar chhod sakhi
kar pi kaa ghar aabaad
hoooooooo
piya prem mein kho na jaana
hamein bhi rakhna yaad
man har lenaa
saanwariya kaa
aa aa aa aa aaa
bol ke meethhi boli re..ae
boli re daaman se
ho daaman se bandh gayi choli re
daaman se bandh gayi choli re..ae
choli re daaman se
ho daaman se bandh gayi choli re

pi charanan mein baith sakhi
tum swarg ka sukh nit paana
ho ooo oo
unki charan dhool ka nis din
maathhe tilak lagaana
haan haan
har raat teri bane deewaali
ee ee ee ee eee
har din ho tera holi re
holi re daaman se
ho daaman se bandh gayi choli re
daaman se bandh gayi choli re..ae
choli re daaman se
ho daaman se bandh gayi choli re


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.

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4782 Post No. : 16536 Movie Count :

4500

I have come across 3 Hindi films on the story of ‘Krihsna-Arjuna Yuddh’. I had never heard of the story of war between Krishna and Arjun in Mahabharat. How could they be at war with each other when Arjun and Lord Krishna were not only great friends but they were also relatives. Then how did the story of ‘Krishna-Arjuna Yuddh’ emerge? I could not get the slightest indication of the story even as a sub-plot in Mahabharat. A search on the internet revealed that there was indeed a story of Krishna-Arjun war. I came across at least two such stories with some minor variations though the main theme (the reasons for the war) remained the same in both the stories. There may be a few more versions of this story.

The first version of the story of Krishna-Arjuna Yuddh’ which I read is based on a fictional work written by a Telugu author, Chilakamarti Lakshminarasimhan with a title ‘Gayapakhyanam’ (1890). Based on this story, the Telugu drama ‘Sri Krishnarjuna Yuddham’ was staged in early 20th century. Later, the film, ‘Sri Krishnarjuna Yuddham’ (1963) was made in Telugu. The timeframe in the story was pre-Mahabharat war. The full story can be read here and here.

The first film on Krishna-Arjuna war was a silent film ‘Krishna Arjuna Yuddha’ (1923). With the advent of talkies, the same was made into a sound film in 1934 in Hindi. This was again remade as ‘Shri Krishnarjuna Yuddha’ (1945) and ‘Shri Krishna Arjuna Yuddh’ (1971), both in Hindi. Going by the synopsis of the 1934 talky film, I feel that all these films were based on the second version of the story for which the timeframe for this story was post-Mahabharat war. I will also not be surprised if the story writers of each of these films may have added sub-plots to the main story to make the films interesting to watch.

The story of ‘Krishna-Arjuna Yuddh’ in Hindi films seems to have been adapted from the second version which I have read in an article in Punjab Kesari. I have paraphrased the story to make it concise:

Once Maharshi Gaalav was making a divine offering to Sun God in the early morning when he saw Gandharva king, Chitrasen travelling in his aviation chariot in the sky. However, while travelling, Chitrasen’s spit fell in the Gaalav’s offerings. He was terribly annoyed with Chitrasen. He was about to give him a curse when he realised that his cursing would result in nullifying his years of meditation. So, he went to Lord Krishna with a complaint against Chitrasen. After hearing, Lord Krishna at once took a vow that before the sunrise the next day, he would kill Chitrasen. Gaalav returned to his hermitage satisfied.

After Gaalav had left, Devrishi Narad reached Lord Krishna’s house. Observing Lord Krishna in a serious mood, Narad asked him as to what was the reason for his serious face. Lord Krishna revealed about Gaalav’s visit and his vow to kill Chitrasen before the sunrise the next day. After hearing this, Narad rushed to meet Chitrasen and apprised him of the danger to his life with Lord Krishna’s vow. Chitrasen got panicky and proceeded to Lord Indra and Lord Shiva with a request to protect him from Lord Krishna. His requests went in vain as they would not like to interfere with Lord Krishna’s matter.

A disappointed Chitrasen came back to Narad and requested him to find a way out to get his life protected. Narad gave him a solution by advising him to visit a particular place on the banks of Yamuna River in the midnight and cry loudly. After listening to his cries, a lady would come to him and enquire as to the reasons for his crying. He would have first get her commitment for the protection from his impending death without revealing as to who was his potential killer. Once the lady gives the promise to protect him, he can reveal the name of Lord Krishna as his potential killer. Chitrasen had no other option but to agree to Narad’s advice.

In between, Narad made a hasty visit to Arjun’s palace and met Subhadra. He told her that the day was the most auspicious one to take a bath in Yamuna River in the midnight and if she gets an opportunity to help a needy person, she would get ‘akshya punya’. That night, Subhadra visited the banks of Yamuna River along with her friends for the auspicious bath, After her bath, she heard a loud cry for help. She thought it as an opportunity to help a person in distress for ‘akshya punya’ and visited the person who was none other than Chitrasen. He told his problem to Subhadra without revealing the name of Lord Krishna. Once he got the firm commitment from her that she would protect him, Chitrasen revealed the name of his potential killer as Lord Krishna. Subhadra was now in a piquant situation. On the one side, Lord Krishna’s promise to Gaalav has to be met. On the other side, it was her commitment to save Chitrasen from a sure death,

Subhadra returned to her palace with Chitrasen and presented him to Arjun who turned out to be his friend. Arjun was ready to protect Chitrasen to fulfill the commitment Subhadra made to him. Arjun gave refuge to Chitrasen in his palace. Now it was Narad’s turn to meet Lord Krishna and to apprise him that his close friend and brother-in-law, Arjun had given protection to Chitrasen. He suggested to Lord Krishna to think twice before planning his next move. Lord Krishna requested Narad to convince Arjun to release and bring Chitrasen to his place.

Narad met Arjun with Lord Krishna’s proposal which Arjuna flatly refused to comply with. He said that having given promise to Subhadra to give protection to Chitrasen, it was not correct on his part to deviate from his promise as per the teachings of Lord Krishna. Narad went back to Lord Krishna and conveyed Arjun’s decision. Now a war was eminent between Lord Krishna and Arjun. Lord Krishna comes with his army of Yadavas and Arjuna with the army of Pandavas. A pierce war broke out between them exhausting all their conventional weapons without any result. At last, Lord Krishna took out his Sudarshan Chakra for which Arjun’s response was through his Pashupatashtra. Knowing that these two potent weapons were capable of destroying the whole world, Arjun invoked Lord Shiva who appeared at the war scene. After taking control of both these potent weapons, Lord Shiva reached out to Lord Krishna and reminded him that there were several instances where he had not fulfilled his vows in difference to his devotees. Lord Shiva ordered them to stop the war at once. Lord Krishna stopped the war by hugging Arjun and freed Chitrasen from his vow to kill him.

Maharshi Gaalav was disappointed. He felt that Lord Krishna, Arjuna, Subhadra and Chitrasen had played pranks with him. He told them that he was going to burn them with his power. So, he took some water on his hand to pour on the ground so that all the four are destroyed by burning. But before he could do so, Subhadra said loudly that if she was an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna and her devotion to Arjun was complete, the water from the hands of Gaalav would not fall on the ground. That was what exactly happened when Gaalav attempted to pour the water from his hand.

Maharshi Gaalav was ashamed of his act. He took leave of Lord Krishna and returned to his hermitage.

I like this fictional story because there is lot to be learnt from it. Firstly, one should never give commitment to anyone without ascertaining the facts in full. Second, one should not unilaterally act based on the information provided by a third party. Thirdly, the punishment should be in commesurate with the offence. Lastly, there should be timely intervention by the superiors before the matter goes out of hand.

‘Shri Krishnarjuna Yuddh’ (1945) was produced under the banner of Murari Picutures and was directed by Mohan Sinha. The star cast included Prithviraj Kapoor, Shobhana Samarth, Shahu Modak, Maneka Devi, Kanaiyalal, Rattanbai, Trilok Kapoor, Vasant Pehalwan, Nand Kishore, Shyam Sundar etc.

The film had 10 songs of which Y N Joshi and Dr Safdar Aah Sitapuri wrote 6 songs and 2 songs, respectively. Lyricists for the remaining 2 songs are not known. All the songs were set to music by Jagannath Prakash. This was the only film for which he was the music director.

I am presenting the first song, ‘vandan karo ri sakhi vandan karo’ from ‘Shri Krishnarjuna Yuddh’ (1945) to appear on the Blog. The song is written by Y N Joshi. HFGK is silent on the singers of the song. The song’s mp3 clip mentions the name of the singers as Hameeda Bano and Geeta Roy which I am inclined to agree.

With this song, ‘Shri Krishnarjuna Yuddh’ (1945) and the music director, Jagannath Prakash make debut on the Blog.

Audio Clip:

Song-Vandan karen ree sakhi vandan karen (Shri Krishn Arjun Yudhh)(1945) Singers-Hameeda Bano, Geeta Roy, Lyrics-Y N Joshi , MD-Jagannath Prakash
Chorus

Lyrics

vandan karen ri sakhi vandan karen
vandan karen ri sakhi vandan karen
vandan karen ri sakhi
vandan karen ri sakhi
vandan karen
vandan karen ri sakhi
vandan karen ri sakhi
vandan karen

vandan karen ri sakhi vandan karen ae ae
vandan karen ri sakhi vandan karen ae ae
vandan karen ri sakhi vandan karen
vandan karen ri sakhi vandan karen
Shri Ram kaa
Shri Ram kaa
Shri Ram kaa
Shri Ram kaa

maaya apaar inki mahima apaar
maaya apaar inki mahima apaar
shobha apaar inki leela apaar
shobha apaar inki leela apaar
rishi muni swaami??
haar gaye ree ee
rishi muni swaami ??
haar gaye ree ee
paaya na koi paar
koi paar
paaya na koi paar
koi paar
chalo milkar sakhi naman karo sakhi naman karo
chalo milkar sakhi naman karo sakhi naman karo
o sakhi naman karo
o sakhi naman karo

Shri Ram kaa
Shri Ram kaa
Shri Ram kaa
Shri Ram kaa

aise Gopal ko mere Gopal ko
man mein bithhaaungi aaj
aise Gopal ko mere Gopal ko
man mein bithhaaungi aaj
aise Gopal ko mere Gopal ko
man mein bithhaaungi aaj
aise Gopal ko mere Gopal ko
man mein bithhaaungi aaj
mangal Yashoda nandan karen ree sakhi
vandan karen
mangal Yashoda nandan kare ree sakhi vandan karen
vandan karen
o sakhi vandan karen
o sakhi vandan karen
Shri Ram kaa
Shri Ram kaa
Shri Ram kaa
Shri Ram kaa

ham karm par datey rahen
ham dharm par adey rahen
ham karm par datey rahen
ham dharm par adey rahen
inne sikhaaya hai hamen
anyaay se bhidey rahen
ham karm par datey rahen
ham dharm par adey rahen
ham karm par datey rahen
ham dharm par adey rahen
inne sikhaaya hai hamen
anyaay se bhidey rahen

mangal Yashoda nandan karen ri sakhi
vandan karen
mangal Yashoda nandan karen ri sakhi
vandan karen
o sakhi vandan karen
o sakhi vandan karen
Shri Ram kaa
Shri Ram kaa


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

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4729 Post No. : 16448 Movie Count :

4465

Not many films are made on Kashmir, though Kashmir featured in many films for filming songs etc. In the last 80 odd years, only 5 films have been made i.e. films having the name Kashmir in their titles. As such filmmakers were wary of making films on Kashmir. Being a controversial subject, they knew that the Government would surely ban the films, so as not to displease Pakistan. Thankfully, now the situation is different and films on subjects of national interest and glory are being made freely, without Government’s interference. This is true freedom for the Art. Many politically bold, revealing films, as well as films applauding our Army are being made.

The 5 films having Kashmir in their titles were- Kashmir ki Kali-1946, Kashmir hamara hai-1950, Kashmir-51, Kashmir ki kali-64 and Kashmir Hamara Hai-2001. I doubt if any of these films tackled the political aspect of Kashmir. Looks like our films had central themes of Love stories in the background of beautiful Kashmir. We all know about Shammi Kapoor and Sharmila Tagor’s film in 1964.

Today’s song is from the first film having Kashmir in the title, Kashmir ki kali-1946. An important matter connected with this film is that Geeta Roy (Dutt) sang 2 songs in it. One solo and one duet with someone called Devendra. Readers will recall that Geeta Roy made her singing Debut in film Bhakta Prahlad-1946, by singing in the chorus. So today’s song has the historical value of being her first ever solo playback song. In 1946, she sang in 12 films- an achievement for a singer in her first year of debut. This was an indication that not only the MDs, but also the public had liked her voice and style.

Film Kashmir ki kali-46 was directed by Jagannath Dhar- possibly his only film as a director. Lyrics of the 5 songs were by Matwala Panit and the music was by A. Karim. He was a multifaceted artiste. He acted in 3 films, directed 12 films, wrote 146 songs in 20 films and gave music to 5 films. The cast of this film was Master Vithal. Kavita Devi, Vasantrao Pehelwan, Omkar Devaskar, Kishen etc.etc. As we all know, Master Vithal was the Hero of the First Indian Talkie film ” Alam Ara”-1931, For him, this was his last film in Bombay.

A lot has been said about his inability to speak Urdu dialogues and there is a popular myth, that after ‘Aalam Ara’, he did not get any talkie film and he left the Bombay film industry for Kolhapur to continue his career in Marathi films. Nothing can be farther from truth, because not only Master Vithal was cast as a hero in another talkie film, by Imperial Film Company itself – ‘Anangsena’ (1931), but many other well known production houses like Wadia, Mohan, Pradeep, BK Dave, Ranjit etc. engaged him for talkie films. What’s more, he even sang 3 Hindi songs in the film Bhedi Rajkumar-1934.

However, Master Vithal who was not very comfortable with Urdu dialogues, was no more interested in doing Hindi films anymore, so he did films very selectively. He acted in 8 silent films till 1934 and 15 talkie Hindi films till 1946, in Bombay. He , however, acted in one more Hindi film ‘ Chhatrapati Shivaji”-1952, as it was made in Kolhapur only. His last film in Bombay was Kashmir ki Kali-1946. All this after ‘Aalam Ara’.

Master Vithal is in history books as the first hero of the first Indian talkie film and also has to his credit the introduction of a double role (by Shahu Modak) in a Bilingual film ‘Aawaara Shehzada’ (1933), which he directed (‘Autghatkecha Raja’ in Marathi). Master Vithal himself was the first to do a double role in the silent film,’Prisoner of Love’ (aka ‘Raj Tarang’, 1927), made by Sharada Films.

Master Vithal acted in a total of 92 films – Hindi, Marathi, talkie and silent. He also directed two talkie films – one each in Hindi and Marathi. In one of his interviews, he regretted his decision to shift to Kolhapur in 1946 permanently, as he felt this reduced his Hindi film participation. He had constructed a big chawl in Kolhapur and in his retirement years, he lived on its rental income. He died on 25-6- 1969.

BOMBAY- The Mayanagari, sometimes showed its Maya. It picked up unsuspecting souls and bestowed upon them the fame and a name as Leading actors, singers, Directors ,Lyricists or whatever in films. Thus, a scholarly young man, standing in a bus queue in Madras is picked up and made a Hero of more than 40 films as ” Ranjan”. It also made an onlooker of shooting from the crowds of a studio, the famous and rich Hero of more than 50 films as ” Motilal”. An ordinary Motor Mechanic becomes a well known film Director in various languages and is called ” Sarvottam Badami’. A poor motor mechanic working in a garage becomes an All India famous poet-Lyricist and Producer Director called ” Gulzar.” The same Maya made a casual singer in Hindu Colony,Dadar in Bombay a famous playback singer of repute, when her singing was heard by a passing Music Director Hanuman Prasad, just by chance. She was known later as ” Geeta Dutt”. There are many such examples.

There are many such numbers of ” Accidental Stars’, but the same Maya also scuttled the Golden chances of capable aspiring small timers to become big stars. At Least two glaring examples are known. One is very well known to many, but the other is hardly known to anyone. First case is, Mehboob Khan was almost selected as Hero of India’s First Talkie film ” Alam Ara”-31. Even suitable costumes for him were also made ready, but then Maya played the trick and his name was pushed back, in favour of the more famous Master Vithal, to cover up the possible risk of the failure of the First talkie, which was an experiment. Nevertheless Mehboob Khan became a significantly notable producer, director and studio owner of India.

The other case of how Maya scuttled the chances of fame, name and career of a small-time actor who was on the verge of becoming a big star, is not known to most people. Now, take a look at the cast of today’s film as mentioned in this post. Do you find a name Omkar Devaskar ? Well, this is his story….

Omkar Devaskar was born in 1911 in MP (Central provinces then). After his schooling, he ran away to Bombay to seek employment and got a job as an ‘ Assistant’ in the Imperial Film company. His job was to do any work given to him. The salary was Rs.20 pm. When he saw the film shootings, he had an urge to act in films. One day, he asked Ardeshir sheth about it and he started getting uncredited small roles in silent films.

The Imperial company decided to make a Talkie for the First time in India,mainly because of Dadasaheb Torne (Ramchandra Gopal Torne). It was he who prompted Irani to be the first in India to make a Talkie. Torne was his Manager for both Jyoti studio and Imperial Film Company. Torne was also an agent for Cinema Equipment imported from England and Germany. Torne imported Sound recording equipment and the company sent a German Engineer to explain and teach the technique to Indian technicians.

They first wanted to test the sound recording machine by recording and filming a song. Who would sing ? No one was ready to become the sacrificial goat. Irani saw Omkar and asked him to sing before the machine. A terrified Omkar lamely protested, but he had no choice. Ultimately he was ‘ made up’ and the recording and filming started. Omkar sang a Thumri, ‘ Pyare Rasia Bihari’. Everybody present, including Irani, were stunned with the sweet voice and the ease of his singing style. It came off extremely well. About 500 feet of film was shot flawlessly. Irani was so impressed that he toyed with the idea of giving Omkar the first song in the film Alam Ara. Maya swiftly went into action. Unfortunately the recording was not saved, otherwise it would have been the first film song to be filmed and Omkar the First ever singer actor to do so. But Alas ! This is called the stroke of misfortune ! Destiny had slated this honour for W.M.Khan.

Missing this chance, anyway, Omkar became an actor and singer. His first talkie film was Imperial’s ” Sati Anusuya “-33. He sang 3 songs in the film ” Noor E Iman “-33, besides acting in it. Omkar acted in about 30 films in all. His last film was, perhaps, Rangeeli-52. He sang 14 songs in 6 films. His last song came in the film Jagriti-49. Omkar was a regular actor in many Marathi films too. ( I have used information from Music beyond boundaries by Ashok Ranade and Marathi Cinema in Retrospect by Sanjit Narwekar, MuVyz, HFGK and my own notes, for this write up.)

Now let us listen to Geeta Roy’s first solo song from this film. With this song, the film Kashmir ki kali-1946 makes its Debut on our Blog.


Song-Ye kisne meri hasraton mein aag laga di (Kashmir Ki Kali)(1946) Singer-Geeta Dutt, Lyrics-Matwala Pandit, MD-A Karim

Lyrics

ye kisne meri ee ee
ee ee ee ee
ye kisne meri hasraton mein aag laga di
aag laga di
ke jisne meri ee
ke jisne meri zindagi dushwaar bana di
ye kisne meri ee
ye kisne meri hasraton mein aag laga di
aag laga di
ke jisne meri zindagi dushwaar bana di

ab tu hi bata aa aa
aa aa aa aa
ab tu hi bata
kisne shuru pyaar kiya thha
ab tu hi bata
kisne shuru pyaar kiya thha
kya maine kisi baat se inkaar kiya thha
kya maine kisi baat se inkaar kiya thha
phir kyun meri ee ee
ee ee ee ee ee ee
phir kyu meri tasveer kaleje se hata di
kaleje se hata di
ke jisne meri zindagi dushwaar bana di
ye kisne meri ee

gar tu na sahi
gar tu na sahi
lab pe tera naam rahega
tera naam rahega
tera hi tasawwur subah o shaam rahega
gar tu na sahi
gar tu na sahi
lab pe tera naam rahega
tera hi tasawwur subah o shaam rahega

ye toone mujhe ae ae
ae ae ae ae ae
ye toone mujhe pyaar ki kya achchi saza di
kya achchi saza di
ke jisne meri zindagi dushwaar bana di
ye kisne meri ee
ee ee ee ee ee
ye kisne meri hasraton mein aag laga di
aag laga di
ke jisne meri zindagi dushwaar bana di
ye kisne meri


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