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This article is written by Nahm, 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 :

3997 Post No. : 15093

Mohammed Rafi : The Incomparable (II) – Song No. 12
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This particular ghazal, as some other Mirza Ghalib ghazals, has been sung by various singers.  Some of the famous renditions by KL Sehgal Sb, Suraiyya and also by Jaddanbai are already posted in the blog:

https://atulsongaday.me/2012/11/20/nuktaa-cheen-hai-gham-e-dil/      KL Sehgal (‘Yahudi Ki Ladki’, 1933)

https://atulsongaday.me/2010/04/17/nukta-cheen-hai-gham-e-dil/        Jaddanbai (Non-Film song, 1930)

https://atulsongaday.me/2011/03/13/nukta-cheen-hai-gham-e-dil-2/         Suraiyya  (‘Mirza Ghalib’, 1954)

Another rendition of the golden era is yet to find its way into the blog, so here is the Rafi Sahab rendition.  This is a very small simple ghazal with only the four sha’irs being rendered.

The starting word is ‘nuktaa cheen’, which means to be critical or criticism of something or someone.  The word ‘nuktaa’  in common urdu actually means ‘a point” or ‘a dot’.  In geometry it used to be ‘nukta alif’ to ‘nukta bey” as in point A to point B.

Nukta cheeni as being critical of someone or something, ably comes out in this sha’ir by Qateel Shifai :

wohi to sab se zyada hain nukta cheen mera
jo muskura ke hamesha gale lagaye mujhe 

Here the word is used in the sense of ‘being critical of someone”.  But Ghalib says “nuktaa cheen hai gham-e-dil”, he means to use the word in the other English meaning of the word i.e. cirtical, as in serious ill or a critical condition of health.  I have always felt like this about this sha’ir.  Did Ghalib have knowledge of the English word for ‘nukta-cheeni’ and also its another usage, i.e. critical ?  Who can say!  It is more likely that ‘nukta cheen’ is a Persian origin word meaning critical, as in health condition.

Actually this blog has quite a few anecdotes about Mirza Ghalib recorded in the write-ups and comments. Those who wish to know more can read the comments on this page : https://atulsongaday.me/2011/02/23/aah-ko-chaahiye-ik-umr-asar-honey-tak/  including anecdote regarding this sha’ir :

banaa hai shah ka musaahib phire hai itraata
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agarna shehar mein ghalib ki aabroo kya hai

 Also a few more things that I can recite from memory high lighting the legendary poets talent for ‘fil-ba-dih” replies  i.e. quid pro que replies, what we mean when we say tit-for-tat.

Once Ghalib was taking a walk in the garden with the Emperor (Bahadur Shah Zafar) a few days after the holy month of Ramazaan.  The Emperor asks him “Roze kitne rakkhe ?”.

Ghalib who is known for not observing the religious obligations, was ready with his reply “huzur, ek nahi rakkha”.  Perfect example of telling the truth yet not saying it.

Mirza Ghalib was said to be very fond of mangoes.  Once he was sitting down with friends and eating mangoes to the heart’s content.  They all kept eating the mangoes and throwing the peel (chhilka) to one side.  One among them who didn’t like mangoes was not eating.  Some donkeys happened by and they made towards the mango peels, but did not eat them.  The person who was not eating the mangoes, took the opportunity to ridicule the others including Ghalib, saying that “ke dekho aam to gadhe bhi nahin khaate”.  To this Ghalib had the last word saying “gadhe hi aam nahin khaate”.

It has now been a few years since I had any meaningful, at length discussion with my cousins, uncles or even friends in live discussions.  Since we grew up and became responsible persons in our lives, we all seem to meet on occasions, for a few short hours or days if we are lucky.  And since most of my cousins are staying abroad, and lone friend from my school days is staying in faraway place, I miss this type of discussions.

It’s really funny how some conceptions or misconceptions are formed in mind and are difficult to dislodge. There are a few such instances related to words, where I carried misconceptions that were later corrected.  One was about the Urdu word ‘habshi’ (meaning – a person belonging to the Habsh tribe of North Africa, a dark coloured person).  I read the word as ‘Jashi”, since both words have the same formation as written in Urdu, except for placement of the dot below the alphabets. the ‘hai in ‘habshi’ is the same in the word as ‘jeem’, except for the dot below ‘jeem’. Actually the dot below the next alphabet ‘be’ may have looked like it below ‘hai’ and I read it as ‘jeem’ and read the word as ‘jashi’ to begin with, and the first impression stuck.

It was as late as 1981, when the film ‘Razia Sultan’ was released, and I became aware of my mistake.  My elder sister had a hearty laugh at that time and she told the joke to her friends too. 🙂

Next such thing happened to me with the song “Mera Mann Tera Pyaasa” from Gambler (1971). In this song there is this stanza :

 

zindagi hai meri ik daao
tu hai haar jeet meri
aise waise jaise bhi tu khel ham se
jaisi marzi teri …..

This is one of my favourite Rafi/SDB song, but I thought the lines were:

zindagi hai meri ik daao
tu hai ‘haathhi’ meri

It must have been as late as 2003-04 when I was disabused of the fact that the word was ‘haar jeet’ and not ‘haathi’, by my friends in office.  I took pain to explain how I could have thought of a ‘haathi’ in this line, mainly that since there is daao in first line, it can be a chess game and hence the haathi !  The friends managed not to double over with mirth 🙂 .

Having come to this song, I can leave it without quoting the last stanza :

pataa nahin kaun hoon main
kyaa hoon aur kahaan mujhe jaanaa
apni wo kahaani jo ajaani
ho ke ban gayi, fasaanaa
jeewan kyaa hai, tamaashaa
meraa man tera. . .

Here is this non-film ghazal rendered by Mohammed Rafi Sahab, which is composed by Khayyaam. Each and every word is rising from the throat as rose petals, falling on water – so light and slow, floating in the air first and resting on the water to swim.

This voice – a gift from the Almighty and a favour for mankind. . .

[Ed Note: This recording is from the LP released by HMV in 1967 on the occasion of the birth centenary celebrations of Mirza Ghalib. This is a very special LP – music by Khayyaam, singing voices of Begum Akhtar and Rafi Sb, narration by Kaifi Azmi and sleeve notes prepared by Ali Sardar Jafri. In current times, this LP has become a collector’s item.]

Song – Nukta-cheen Hai Gham e Dil, Us Ko Sunaaye Na Baney (NFS – Mohammed Rafi) (1967) Singer – Mohammed Rafi, Lyrics – Ghalib (Traditional), MD – Khayyaam

Lyrics 

nuktaa-cheen hai gham-e-dil
us ko sunaaye na baney ea ea
kya baney baat jahaan
baat banaaye na baney ea ea
nuktaa-cheen hai gham-e-dil

khel samjha hai kahin
chhod na de bhool na jaaye
kaash yoon bhi ho ke 
bin mere sataaye na baney ea ea
kaash yoon bhi ho ke

bojh wo sar se giraa hai ea
ke utthaaye na utthe ea ea
kaam wo aan padaa hai
ke banaaye na baney ea ea
kaam wo aan pada hai

ishq par zor nahi  
hai ye wo aatish ghaalib
ke lagaaye na lagey
aur bujhaaye na baney ea ea
ke lagaaye na lagey
aur bujhaaye na baney ea ea
nuktaa-cheen hai gham-e-dil

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Nahm)
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नुकता चीं है ग़म-ए-दिल
उस को सुनाये न बने ए ए
क्या बने बात जहां
बात बनाए न बने ए ए
नुक़ता चीं है ग़म-ए-दिल

खेल समझा है कहीं
छोड़ न दे भूल न जाए
काश यूँ भी हो के
बिन मेरे सताये न बने ए ए
काश यूँ भी हो के

बोझ वो सर से गिरा है ए
के उठाये न ऊठे ए ए
काम वो आन पड़ा है
के बनाए न बने ए ए
काम वो आन पड़ा है

इश्क़ पर ज़ोर नहीं
है ये वो आतिश ग़ालिब
के लगाए न लगे
और बुझाए न बने ए ए
के लगाए न लगे
और बुझाए न बने ए ए
नुकता चीं है ग़म-ए-दिल

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

Blog Day : 3652 Post No. : 14504

ASAD 10th Anniversary Celebrations – 12
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For TEN year old ASAD, my hearty congratulations and happy B-Day to the Musically Singing Blog.

The lion’s share of the congratulations for this celebration goes to Atul ji, for starting and sustaining this blog, and words cannot describe our gratitude for that. The blog has also brought together many music lovers and I have found some real ‘gems’ of friends in them. Atul ji, thanks again for that too.

I wish to celebrate with the members who like real GOOD Music with this RARE jugalbandi of Talat Mehmood and Mukesh.  It is an NFS Gazals and is one a rare set which are classified as ‘ham-radeef ghazalein‘​; which means a pair of ghazals in which a phrase of couple or more words at the end of each she’er is the same, even in when the ghazals are written by different sha’ayars.

I strongly believe – “Hain Sab Se Madhur Wo Geet Jinhen Hum Dard Ke Sur Mein Gaate Hain“. And so I have included these two ham-radeef ghazals, in this celebration series.  Some members may classify such songs as ‘melancholy‘. (By the way I hate to describe a song by that word. I prefer to call them ‘full of pathos’, instead).  As my personal choice, I enjoy and prefer them to ‘chaalu’ songs.  Recently Arunbhai mentioned on Facebook – “When you are happy, you enjoy the music. But, when you are sad, you understand the lyrics.” Since this is lyrics emphasising presentation, I am justified to present it for an Event Celebration.

Coming back to the ‘ham-radeef‘ ghazals presented today. It is from a really rare album bearing same name from Saregama (or was it ‘HMV’ and then ‘RPG’ as it was called in different periods of time). Great, but less heard music director Murli Manohar Swaroop not only searched out the ‘similar ending words’ ghazals, but also gave melodious and appropriate  tunes to them. The extended play record (called EP, for the knowledge of younger generations) contains four pairs of such ‘ham-radeef’ ghazals.

On this EP, three such pairs are by Talat and Mukesh and one is by Talat and CH Atma. Shri Sadanand Kamath from our group has already presented one Talat-Mukesh ‘ham-radeef‘ pair of ghazals on our musical blog. This is the second one out of those four and ‘Prabhu krupa’ permitting, I shall present them, unless someone beats me in the race.

As you can see, the lyrics have all the she’ers ending with the words “kyun ho“. That is the beauty of ‘Ham-Radeef’ ghazals. Two poets, Ghalib and Daagh Dehlavi, in different time period have written them. Two sweetest voices of OUR music world,  Talat Mehmood and Mukesh have rendered them in different tunes. I call it nothing less than the marvel of the composer Murli Manohar Swaroop.

Meanings and Translation (Provided by Sudhir)
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kisi ko de ke dil koi nawah-sanj-e-fughaan kyun ho
na ho jab dil hi seene mein to phir munh mein zubaan kyun ho

nawah = lamentations, poems on tragedy of karbala
sanj- = serious, sad, gloomy, depressed; as in sanjeedah / संजीदा
fughaan = lamentations, cry of distress

Once the heart is given to someone else
Why then lament with regret and distress
For, when the heart is given over, and is not in your bosom
How then there be a tongue in your mouth
[The poet is emphasizing that when the heart is given to someone else, then we have lost the right to complain or be regretful. We gave over our heart by our own sweet will. Then where arises the question to be distressed, or to raise a voice of complain.]

jo dil qaaboo mein ho to koi ruswaa e jahaan kyun ho
khalish kyun ho, tapish kyun ho, qalaq kyun ho, fughaan kyun ho

qaaboo = in control; in possession
ruswaa = infamous, disgraced, having a bad reputation
ruswaa e jahaan = having a bad reputation in the society, amongst ones social circle
khalish = irritation, enmity, antagonism
tapish = heat, burning, agitation
qalaq = rgret, pain
fughaan = lamentations, cry of distress

If heart is safe within our own posession
There is no fear of being disgraced, disreputed within one’s social circle
There will be no irritation, no agitation, no regrets, no cries of distress

wafaa kaisi kahaan ka ishq jab sar phodna thehra
to phir ae sangdil tera hi sang e aastan kyun ho

wafaa = faithfulness, keeping a promise
sangdil = person with a heart of stone
sang = stone
aastan = abode, threshold (in context of an entrance), दर, दरवाज़ा
sang e aastan = stone step at entrance; an abode made of stone

What be that love, and what good being faithful to such love
If love means breaking one’s head against stone
And if love does mean breaking one’s head against stone
Then why, O stone hearted one
Be that stone of your abode, of the entrance where you be
[The poet’s indication is towards the heart of the person, which is itself being compared to stone; for the heart is where one’s living force is; where one lives.]

bahut niklenge roz e hashr tere jaur ke kwaahaan
sitam ka hausalah duniya mein shart e imtihaan kyun ho

roz = day
hashr = final outcome, the final judgement
roz e hashr = the Day of Judgment; qayaamat; End of the World
jaur = tyranny, oppression, evil deeds
khwaahaan = wishes, desires
sitam = tyranny, injustice
hausalah = courage, capacity
shart = condition
imtihaan = trial, test

On the Day of Judgment
All the mis-deeds and offences of injustice
That you desired, will be exposed
Why then your courage for being cruel and merciless
Be a condition for your trials (today)
[The poet lays his faith on the final Day of Judgment, that an evil doers deeds will be exposed and dealt with accordingly, so why the courage and the capacity of an evil doer to torment and persecute others be a matter of examination today.]

qafas mein mujhse roodaad e chaman kehte na darr humdum
giri hai jis pe kal bijli wo mera aashiaan kyun ho

qafas = cage, place of confinement
roodaad = narrative, story
chaman = garden
roodaad e chaman = a story about (my) garden
aashiaan = abode, nest, home

O my beloved
(I am in (your) imprisonment (confinement))
Fear not narrating to me the description of my garden
Even if that be my nest
The nest that was struck by lightning yesterday

unhen go ranjish e beja hai lekin hai to hum se hai
mohabbat gar na ho baaham shikaayat darmiyaan kyun ho

go = although
ranjish = complaint, unpleasantness
beja = unjustified, unfair
baaham= together, alongwith
shikaayat = complaint, grievance
darmiyaan = middle, in between

My beloved has unfair unjustified complaints of me
But then these complaints are to me and no one else
For complaints only come along with love
[The poet is expressing that because love is, therefore complaints are. One does not complain to them with whom there is no relation of love.]

nikaala chaahta hai kaam kya taanon se tu ghalib
tere be-mehr kehne se wo tujh par mehrbaan kyun ho

taanah (taanon) = taunt, sarcasm
be-mehr = heartless, one without compassion

If you think that by being sarcastic
You will be able to obtain any advantage for yourself
Whyfore will you be showered with favors and love
Just be calling someone heartless and without compassion

jigar se kam naheen ae chaarahgar daagh e jigar mujh ko
jo paidaa kee ho mar mar ke wo daulat raa’egaan kyon ho

chaarahgar = healer, curer
daagh = wounds, blisters
raa’egaan = useless, waste

O my healer, my curer
The blisters on my heart
Are as dear to me, as is my heart itself
It is a treasure I have accumulated
With great pain and sacrifices
Why then this treasure may allowed to be wasted in vain

 


Song: Kisi Ko Deke Dil Koi / Jo Dil Kaaboo Mein Ho (NFS) Singers: Talat Mehmood / Mukesh, Lyrics: Ghalib / Daagh Dehlavi, Music: Murli Manohar Swaroop

 

Lyrics

kisi ko de ke dil koi nawah-sanj-e-fughaan kyun ho
na ho jab dil hi seene mein to phir munh mein zubaan kyun ho
kisi ko de ke dil koi

jo dil qaaboo mein ho to koi ruswaa e jahaan kyun ho
khalish kyun ho, tapish kyun ho, qalaq kyun ho, fughaan kyun ho
khalish kyun ho, tapish kyun ho

wafaa kaisi kahaan ka ishq jab sar phodna thehra
to phir ae sangdil tera hi sang e aastan kyun ho
kisi ko de ke dil koi

haa..aan
bahut niklenge roz e hashr tere jaur ke khwaahaan
haa..aan
bahut niklenge roz e hashr tere jaur ke khwaahaan
sitam ka hausalah duniya mein shart e imtihaan kyun ho
khalish kyun ho, tapish kyun ho

qafas mein..ein..ein
haan
qafas mein mujhse roodaad e chaman kehte na darr humdum
giri hai jis pe kal bijli wo mera aashiaan kyun ho
kisi ko de ke dil koi

unhen go ranjish e beja hai lekin hai to hum se hai
unhen go ranjish e beja hai lekin hai to hum se hai
mohabbat gar na ho baaham shikaayat darmiyaan kyun ho
khalish kyun ho, tapish kyun ho

haan..aan..aan..aan
nikaala chaahta hai kaam kya taanon se tu ghalib
haan..aan..aan..aan
tere be-mehr kehne se wo tujh par mehrbaan kyun ho
kisi ko de ke dil koi

aan..aan..aan
jigar se kam naheen ae chaarahgar daagh e jigar mujh ko
jigar se kam naheen ae chaarahgar daagh e jigar mujh ko
jo paidaa kee ho mar mar ke wo daulat raa’egaan kyon ho
jo paidaa kee ho mar mar ke wo daulat raa’egaan kyon ho
khalish kyun ho, tapish kyun ho

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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किसी को दे के दिल कोई नौवा-संज ए फुगां क्यों हो
ना हो जब दिल ही सीने में तो फिर मुंह में ज़ुबान क्यों हो
किसी को दे के दिल कोई

जो दिल क़ाबू में हो तो कोई रुसवा ए जहां क्यों हो
ख़लिश क्यों हो तपिश क्यों हो क़लक़ क्यों हो फुगां क्यों हो
ख़लिश क्यों हो तपिश क्यों हो

वफा कैसी कहाँ का इश्क़ जब सर फोड़ना ठहरा
तो फिर ए संगदिल तेरा ही संग ए आस्तां क्यों हो
किसी को दे के दिल कोई

हाँ॰॰आँ॰॰आँ
बहुत निकलेंगे रोज़ ए हश्र तेरे जौर के ख्वाहाँ
हाँ॰॰आँ
बहुत निकलेंगे रोज़ ए हश्र तेरे जौर के ख्वाहाँ
सितम का हौसला दुनिया में शर्त ए इम्तिहान क्यों हो
ख़लिश क्यों हो तपिश क्यों हो

क़फ़स में॰॰एं॰॰एं
हाँ
क़फ़स में मुझसे रूदाद ए चमन कहते ना डर हमदम
गिरी है जिस पे कल बिजली वो मेरा आशियाँ क्यों हो
किसी को दे के दिल कोई

उन्हें गो रंजिश ए बेजा है लेकिन है तो हमसे है
उन्हें गो रंजिश ए बेजा है लेकिन है तो हमसे है
मोहब्बत गर ना हो बाहम शिकायत दरमियाँ क्यों हो
ख़लिश क्यों हो तपिश क्यों हो

हाँ॰॰आँ॰॰आँ॰॰आँ॰॰आँ
निकाला चाहता है काम क्या तानों से तू ग़ालिब
हाँ॰॰आँ॰॰आँ॰॰आँ
तेरे बे-महर कहने से वो तुझ पर महरबान क्यों हो
किसी को दे के दिल कोई

॰॰आँ॰॰आँ॰॰आँ
जिगर से कम नहीं हैं चारगर दाग़ ए जिगर मुझको
जिगर से कम नहीं हैं चारगर दाग़ ए जिगर मुझको
जो पैदा की है मर मर के वो दौलत रा’एगां क्यों हो
जो पैदा की है मर मर के वो दौलत रा’एगां क्यों हो
ख़लिश क्यों हो तपिश क्यों हो


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

Sureeli Suman – 1
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Since long time I have been contemplating to start this new series, as there are many many Film and Non-Film songs of Suman Kalyanpur yet to be covered in our Blog.
Read more on this topic…


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

Mukesh and his Composers – 5a
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In my last post on Mukesh’s birth anniversary(sab thhaath pada rah jaavega), we saw his association with Khaiyyam in terms of his “film songs”. I had said that I would come back with his NFS for the composer sometime later. Though I was cognizant about most of the NFS, I was not very sure of the complete list and hence restricted myself to the film songs. When I wrote that post, I too was not aware that “sometime later” would mean the very next post, that’s this one.

Harish Raghuvanshi ji the compiler of “Mukesh Geetkosh” (1985) sent a mail to Arunkumar sir, to be forwarded to self, with the details of the NFS of Mukesh for Khaiyyam. Details received from such an eminent and authoritative personality ought to be included and presented before I proceed with other composers. Harish ji’s mail was sent on 22nd July itself, but because of my preoccupations (honestly, it includes lethargy) this post got delayed for two weeks.
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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Troika of Blog’s latest century singers – Mukesh, Rafi and Kishore Kumar : 2. Mohammed Rafi
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With the completion of Rafi’s 2400th song , this Blog has covered nearly 50 per cent of the Hindi songs rendered by Mohammed Rafi during his active career (1948-1980). There is still a long way to go before this blog covers almost all the songs sung by him.
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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

During 1960-70, Lata Mangeshkar had sung some beautiful non-filmy ghazals. Two of these NFS, viz. dahar mein naqsh-e-wafaa and aankh se aankh milaata hai koi have already been covered in the blog. These ghazals were composed by Faiyyaz Shaukat and K Mahavir respectively. In 1969, a LP of her non-filmy ghazals of Mirza Ghalib composed by her brother Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar was released.
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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

In recent years, there has been a trend in Hindi film industry to make sequels of the box office hit films. Sequel films are said to be comparatively risk free as the success formula has already been tested. The earliest sequel film that I spotted on the internet was ‘Hunterwali Ki Beti’ (1943) which was supposed to be a follow-up of ‘Hunterwali’ (1935). I doubt whether the maker (Wadia brothers) of these two films ever thought in terms of a sequel but the story of the later film seems to be a follow up of the first film. Fearless Nadia (real name Marry Ann Evans) the first stunt heroine in the Indian film industry, John Cawas and Bhoman Shroff were part of the cast in both these films which were box office hits.
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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath,a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

The year was 1947. Dilip Kumar, Anil Biswas and Lata Mangeshkar were travelling in a suburban local train to Malad where Filmistan Studio was located. During the journey, Anil Biswas introduced Lata Mangeshkar as a Maharashtrian girl who would be the singing star of tomorrow. Those days most of the Hindi film songs used to have more Urdu words than Hindi. Dilip Kumar retorted sarcastically. ‘A Maharashtrian? Her Urdu would not do justice to the song. My ears would tingle in shame’. These words stung Lata Mangeshkar so much that in the following morning, she started learning Urdu from an Urdu tutor just to prove Dilip Kumar wrong. This incident was revealed by Lata Mangeshkar in a private function at Dilip Kumar’s residence some time in 1970. Dilip Kumar in his characteristic style, replied that Lata Mangeshkar’s pronunciations and diction both in Hindi and Urdu are so clear and correct that now his ears tingle in shame for those remarks he made in 1947.
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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

Recently, I came across on the internet, an old review of the book ‘Darlingji – the true love story of Nargis and Sunil Dutt’ (2007) on Onlooker magazine. The book was written by Kishwar Desai. What caught my attention in the review was a comment about Jaddan Bai, Nargis’s mother. It was stated in the review that there was a subtle hint in the book about Jaddanbai being a love child of Motilal Nehru and Daleepa Bai – a courtesan of Allahabad. I am not sure whether this is a fact or a mere rumour which remained unsubstantiated. But this review brought back to my mind Jaddanbai whom I had almost forgotten. In any case, my awareness about Jaddan Bai ( 1892 or 1906 – 08/04/1949) was limited to her being the mother of Nargis and some connection to Hindi film industry.
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I am aware of a 1971 movie called “Apna Desh”. It turns out that there was another movie of the same name. “Apna Desh” (1949) was a Rajkamal Kala Mandir production. It was produced and directed by V Shantaram. The movie had Pushpa Hans, Umesh Sharma, Manmohan Krishna, Chnadrashekhar, Sudha Apte, Keshavrao Date, Krishna Goyal, Satish Vyas etc in it.
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