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Today’s song is from an obscure film ‘Angoori’ (1943).

The film was produced by The Indian Art Pictures, Bombay. This was a new company formed and this film was their first venture. They did not have their own studio, like many other producers. Due to the second world war, many new financiers turned to film making, using their black money earned during the rationing of many essential commodities. Even the raw film stock, used to make a movie, was controlled and naturally was available in black market freely at a premium price. Such producers got their films shot in some established studios by renting a shooting floor. The prolific film company, Ranjit, had reserved 2 floors out of their 8 shooting floors, only to be given on rent to such producers. Film ‘Angoori’ was shot in the studios of Circo Production company.

The film was based on a novel by writer LK Shukla. For the director, Mahesh Kaul, this was his debut film as a Director. So far he had been only a writer and a sundry actor in films.

Mahesh Kaul (10-4-1911 to 2-7-1972) was born in Lahore and educated in Moni College, Nagpur. After graduation, he worked as a journalist and a bank manager. He then entered films as a lyricist and dialogue writer. He debuted as an actor in KA Abbas scripted film ‘Naya Sansar’ (1941) and played Dronacharya’s role in film ‘Mahatma Vidur’ (1943). His other films as an actor were ‘Apna Ghar’ (1942), ‘Gopinath’ (1948), ‘Kaaghaz Ke Phool’ (1959) and ‘Tere Mere Sapne’ (1971). His first film as a director was ‘Angoori’, then came ‘Paristan’ in 1944. He produced and directed film ‘Gopinath’, with Raj Kapoor and IPTA actress Tripti Mitra. Some of his major films as a director are ‘Naujawaan’ (1951), ‘Aakhri Dao’ (1958), ‘Talaaq’ (1958), ‘Sautela Bhai’ (1962), ‘Palki’ (1967), ‘Sapnon Ka Saudagar’ (1968) etc. In all he directed 15 Hindi films. His last film ‘Agni Rekha’ came after his death, in 1973.

The music director for this film was GM Durrani and the lyricist was Rammurty Chaturvedi. Earlier, when the film was planned and an advertisement was published in ‘Film India’ magazine, the film had given the name of Pt. Indra as the lyricist, but later on probably he was replaced by Rammurty. The cast of the film was Ulhas, Kaushalya, Dar Kashmiri, Mukul, Chandrahas, Sunetra, PR Joshi, Angre, Ranjan, Peer Muhammad, Mukul etc. This was Durrani’s first film as an MD.

Ghulam Mustafa Durrani, often abbreviated as GM Durrani (1919 – 8 September 1988) was a popular and legendary Indian radio drama artist, playback singer, actor and music director. To his credit, he tried to make his own identity as a playback singer and not try to follow the KL Saigal type of singing. GM Durrani was notable for sad songs, romantic songs, patriotic songs, Quraan Khani, qawwalis, ghazals and bhajans. He was also one of the first Muslim singers to get to sing Hindu Devotionals. GM Durrani was also the most senior Punjabi singer-actor at that time. He was radio drama artist and full-time singer of Lahore, Delhi and Bombay stations of AIR (All India Radio, aka Akashvani (radio broadcaster)). His native language was Pashto but he had a strong command over Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi. He sang in many Indian languages including Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and Pashto language in Indian movies in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. After the 50s Durrani sang very few songs. Durrani was the disciple of radio broadcaster Zulfiqar Ali Bukhari.

Ghulam Mustafa Durrani was born in Peshawar, British India in 1919. He was a Pathan (Pashtun) and belonged to the Mohammad Zai Durrani Kabila. He was from a conservative family where even tea was not taken. Milk and lassi were the drinks of choice. When he used to go to those shops and some songs used to be heard, he used to hum along with them. Everyone used to say this boy should go to Bombay, as his voice was very good. The thought of becoming an actor entered his mind as well. He soon ran out of money to make ends meet.

His mother had expired when he was very young. Father was educated and of artistic mind but very strict, and the only ally at the home was his loving grandmother. But she could also not protect him from his father’s anger.

The last job Durrani did in Peshawar was of at a painter’s shop where an artist always used to hum the tunes of the songs composed by highly respected composer and actor Rafiq Ghaznavi. He also started imitating those songs and got appreciation from the colleagues which inspired him. Durrani started practising Rafiq Ghaznavi’s songs and assumed him as his master. During this time, his father took him to another job at his uncle’s motor-part shop. But the artist within, didn’t stay long there and Durrani ran away from the home to Lahore with only 22 rupees in his pocket.

In Lahore, Durrani did odd jobs along with singing on radio. This brought him fame and passion for radio singing which took him to Delhi first, and then to Bombay. He came to Bombay on 14 April 1935. In Bombay, he got somehow a job at the Radio Station and from here he got recognition. Film wallahs started calling him to sing.

His singing career started from AIR. Durrani was discovered by film producer Sohrab Modi of Minerva Film Company (later known as Minerva Movietone). Modi gave him his first break around 1935-36 in the movie ‘Saed-e-Havas’ (1936), a historical under the music director, classical musician Bundu Khan popularly known as ‘Taan-Talwar‘ Bundu Khan.

When Durrani came to Bombay playback system was not there and one had to act on screen. He didn’t like running around trees and refused to work further. He faced a lot of difficulties and could not return as people would call him a ‘Kanjar‘. Minerva was reportedly to close down soon too. He soon joined the Delhi Radio Station of AIR (Akashvani). Durrani was working at the Delhi Radio Station where he got acquainted with poet Behzad Lakhnavi whose many ghazals had been sung by Mallika-e-Ghazal (Queen of Ghazals) Akhtari Bai Faizabadi, later to become famous as Begum Akhtar.

He later shifted to the Bombay Radio Station where he met a big personality at the time, whom he considered his ustad (master), Station Director of Bombay station of AIR (Akashvani), Baba-e-Nasharayat (Father of Broadcasting) Zulfiqar Ali Bukhari who helped the radio station come up a lot. Durrani always referred to Zulfiqar Ali Bukhari as ustad as a mark of honour. (ZA Bukhari, was the Station Director of Delhi station and then Bombay station of AIR (Akashvani). After the partition of India and creation of Pakistan, Bukhari migrated to Pakistan. He was made the first director-general of Radio Pakistan (Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation) and later, he served as general manager of PTV (Pakistan Television Corporation)).

Durrani’s salary was fixed at Rs 40 per month. Here he was working as a drama artist. He was soon counted as one of the best drama artist on the radio those days. Over a period of three years his salary had gone up to Rs 70 per month. But fate would soon call him back to films. In 1939-40, when the method of playback singing was already in use, he returned to films, to lend his voice for a film titled ‘Bahurani’ (1940) as his first playback singing assignment. The film was made by Sagar Movietone and its music director was Rafiq Ghaznavi. Durrani was then working as a full-time Singer in AIR (Akashvani). Those were British days and they were not allowed to do any private recordings. But Ghaznavi insisted. and Durrani laid down some conditions, like; the recording should be fixed on a Sunday night so that no outsiders would be allowed to enter the studio. Secondly, he said that his name shouldn’t appear in credit titles or on discs. The song was a duet with Miss Rose, an Anglo-Indian, who didn’t have much experience as a singer. He was paid Rs. 75 for the song as against his salary of Rs. 70 a month at AIR (Akashvani). He then left  his job at AIR on 31st December 1940 and decided to concentrate fully on his film career.

Thereafter he sang for, among others, noted music directors like Khawaja Khurshid Anwar, friend Naushad, Shankar Rao Vyas and AR Qureshi (also known as Alla Rakha, Pandit Ravi Shanker’s famous tabla accompanist) for films like ‘Namaste’ (1943), ‘Shama’ (1946), ‘Mirza Sahiban’ (1947), ‘Magroor’ (1950), ‘Sabak’ (1950), ‘Humlog’ (1951) and scores of others. He became very popular. Many singers started their careers with him and he inspired many others too.

He was the idol of Mohammed Rafi who imitated him in the initial days. Now what could be a better tribute to singer than that, that the symbol of divinity in the Indian Music Industry, Mohammad Rafi, followed him. In fact, in 1944 Rafi recorded what he considered his first Hindi language song for the film ‘Gaon ki Gori (1944) for Shyam Sunder, “Aji Dil Ho Kaaboo Mein To Dildaar Ki Aisi Taisi” with GM Durrani and chorus.

Geeta Dutt also started her career in her break through movie ‘Do Bhai’ (1947) with the song “Aaj Preet Ka Naata Toot Gaya“, a duet with GM Durrani for SD Burman.

Similarly, “Haaye Chhore Ki Jaat Badi Bewafa“, (in film ‘Chaandni Raat’, (1949), a duet with GM Durrani, was Lata’s first song for composer, Naushad.

Durrani has sung many songs during his career. His output later reduced. According to a story he was influenced not to sing for some time after his Hajj visit and Rafi then helped him get back to singing but by then his career was over. Music composer Khawaja Khurshid Anwar in his first film ‘Kurmai’ (Punjabi-1941) took Durrani as his assistant and later gave him the film ‘Angoori’ (1943) as music director.

In the period of KL Saigal – Surinder, Khan Mastaana and GM Durrani were also famous. GM Durrani was one of the 40s legendary playback singers. Durrani tried to make his own identity as a playback singer and not try to follow the KL Saigal type of singing. His singing style was to inspire Rafi and others in the years to come. Later GM Durrani became a model to many playback singers who followed then. The soulful renditions of Durrani were to be reminded of by Talat’s singing as well.

Mohammed Rafi was influenced most notably, by GM Durrani on whose style he based his singing. He sang with his idol in some of the songs such as “Humko Hanste Dekh Zamana Jalta Hai” (Hum Sab Chor Hain, 1956) and “Khabar Kisi Ko Nahin Wo Kidhar Ko Dekhte Hain” (Beqasoor, 1950).

Durrani considered his first famous song was “Duniya Mein Sab Jode Jode” of the film ‘Sharda’ (1942) composed by Naushad.

The song “Neend Hamaari Khwaab Tumhaare Kitne Meethe Kitne Pyaare“, that made him a real rage was however composed by Shyam Sundar for the movie ‘Nai Kahaani’ (1943). This song, sung most part by GM Durrani with some support by child-star Balakram, was playing everywhere. When he sang, this song, the listeners went crazy. This timeless melody can never be forgotten by fans of Indian Cinema. Nearly 40 years later, when Tata Oil Mills did a program Mortal Men Immortal Melodies to celebrate fifty years of talkies in India, they invited him to re-render the song. Although many had forgotten him, his voice was still great and he got a standing applause for it.

There was a time when GM Durani was the favourite and most preferred singer for most composers in the industry. From 1941 to 1951, he sang over 300 songs. He is a case of “Riches to Rags”. Once a rich and famous singer,he spent his last few years fighting with throat cancer, poverty and loneliness. His end was quite pathetic.

GM Durani was a leading singer, like Surendra. The difference was Surendra sang only in his own films and thus had limitations,but Durrani was a playback singer, without much competition. In the 40s, there were hardly any male Playback singers,because most singers were actors themselves and sang their own songs, like Asit Baran. Karan Dewan, Ashok Kumar, Prem Adeeb, Arun Ahuja, Balwant singh, CH Atma, Ishwarlal, kantilal, KL Saigal, Pahadi Sanyal etc. There were of course few playback singers like Khan Mastaana, SD Batish, AR Oza, Balbir etc., but they were no competition to Durrani at all.

Because of this ,some singers were jealous of him and there was an attempt to poison him with Mercury Chloride (sindoor) given in a paan  by another well known singer. All relevant stories point out fingers to Hafeez Khan Mastaana in this incident as the culprit. Before he could confess, which he wanted to it seems, Mastaana died in absolute poverty and in total neglect near Mahim Dargah.  Later on his only son used to be seen begging there for quite some time. One of the RMIM members had met him there.

After singing assignments dried up, he opened a provision stores in Mahim, Bombay and ran it for 3 years. Finally, when the losses mounted, he sold off the business in loss.

In his last days, Durrani had throat cancer. He was looked after well by his sons and daughters. In his last days, he was interviewed by the famous writer Shri Rajnikumar Pandya ji. After I came to know Shri Pandya ji, he kindly gifted me a CD containing this last interview of Durrani. The interview was conducted just one day prior to his death . So I have not only Durrani’s real voice, but also a song he sang from his deathbed for this interview ! Thanks to Shri Pandya ji. GM Durrani, in that last interview claimed that he had helped both financially and professionally two rising singers – Mohd. Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar, in their initial struggling period. He describes his first meetings with them in the interview.

GM Durani sang many memorable songs like, “Haath Seene Pe Jo Rakh Do To Qaraar Aa Jaaye“, with Noorjehan in ‘Mirza Sahiban’ (1947), “Laara Lappa Laara Lappa Laai Rakhda” with Lata in ‘Ek thi Ladki’ (1949), “Nazar Phero Na Ham Se” with Shamshad Begum in ‘Deedar’ (1951), “Gaaye Chala Jaa“, with Lata in ‘Hum Log’ (1951), “Humko Hanste Dekh Zamana Jalta Hai” with Rafi in ‘Hum Sab Chor Hain’ (1956. Durrani sang about 300 songs. His last song came in ‘Lal Pathar’ (1971). Co-incidentally, in this last film, he also appeared on screen, lip syncing a song by Mohd Rafi – “Unke Khayaal Aaye To Aate Chale Gaye“.

GM Durrani acted in 16 films, from 1949 to 1978. He sang 305 songs in 168 films. He gave music as MD in 8 films and also wrote lyrics in film ‘Nazaare’ (1949).

An odd name in the cast of ‘Angoori’ is Dar Kashmiri. A little information about this name. He was the eldest brother of Omkar Nath Dar aka OK Dar  aka Jeevan.

Om Prakash Dar was born into a  large family. He had 23 siblings. His grandfather was the Governor of Gilgit in Gilgit-Baltistan. He lost his father when the youngest- Jeevan – was 3 years old and his mother died at childbirth. Being the eldest, he came to Bombay in search of jobs and entered films. Instead of his original long name, he was called Dar Kashmiri.

Actually, when Jeevan came to Bombay in search of film roles, Om Prakash Dar aka Dar kashmiri, his elder brother, was already working in films. Jeevan appeared first time in ‘Fashionable India’ (1935). Since his name was Onkar Nath, he was billed as OK Dar (and not Dar Kashmiri – please note).

His elder brother Dar Kashmiri worked in many films- some of them are – ‘Noor Mahal’ (1934), ‘Watan Parast’ (1934), ‘Yaad Rahe’ (1940), ‘Abla’ (1941), ‘Saugandh’ (1942), ‘Angoori’ (1943), ‘Naya Taraana’ (1943), ‘Room No. 9’ (1946), ‘Hua Savera’ (1948′, ‘Kundan’ (1955) and ‘Ayodhyapati’ (1956). and many other films. In every film, he was billed as Dar Kashmiri only.

Jeevan was billed as  OK Dar (Jeevan) from film ‘Romantic India’ (1936) onwards and then on as Jeevan only – except still a few films where he was billed as OK Dar (Jeevan). In film ‘Patit Paavan’ (1955), both brothers acted and they were individually billed as Jeewan and Dar Kashmiri. This settles their name issue completely.

Let us now listen to this duet. With this song, film ‘Angoori’ of 1943, makes its debut on the blog.

(Information about GM Durrani here, is based partly on an article in www.peoplepill.com and from Rajani Kumar Pandya ji’s book ‘Aap ki Parchhainyan’. I acknowledge and my thanks to both. Information on Dar Kashmiri is from Filmdom-46).


Song – Nainon Mein Naina Deenho Daal. . . O. . . Baanke Naina Waale (Angoori) (1943) Singer – Kaushalya, GM Durrani, Lyricist – Ram Murty Chatruvedi, MD – GM Durrani
Kaushalya + GM Durrani

Lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)

nainon main naina deenho daal
nainon main naina deenho daa..aal
oo oo ooooo
baanke naina waale
nainon main naina deenhi daal
nainon main naina deenhi daa..aal
oo oo ooooo
baanke naina waali
nainon main naina deenho daal

jaat dagariya lad gaye sajni
jaat dagariya lad gaye sajni
chanchal nain hamaare
chanchal nain hamaare
chhail tere zulmi nainon se
chhail tere zulmi nainon se
nain hamaare haare
nain hamaare haare
oo oo ooooo
baanke naina waale
nainon main naina deenhi daal
nainon main naina deenhi daa..aal
oo oo ooooo
baanke naina waale
nainon main naina deenho daal

baney baawre pyaase naina
baney baawre pyaase naina
ab to naa tarsaao
ab to naa tarsaao
bas kar ke nainon mein pi
bas kar ke nainon mein pi
nainon ki pyaas bujhaao
nainon ki pyaas bujhaao
oo oo ooooo
baanke naina waale
nainon main naina deenho daal
nainon main naina deenho daa..aal
oo oo ooooo
baanke naina waale

nainon main naina deenho daa..aal
nainon main naina deenho daa..aal

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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नैनों में नैना दीन्हों डाल
नैनों में नैना दीन्हों डा॰॰ल
ओ ओ ओss
बाँके नैना वाले
नैनों में नैना दीन्हीं डाल
नैनों में नैना दीन्हीं डा॰॰ल
ओ ओ ओss
बाँके नैना वाली
नैनों में नैना दीन्हों डाल

जात डगरिया लड़ गए सजनी
जात डगरिया लड़ गए सजनी
चंचल नैना हमारे
चंचल नैना हमारे
छैल तेरे ज़ुल्मी ननों से
छैल तेरे ज़ुल्मी नैनों से
नैन हमारे हारे
नैन हमारे हारे
ओ ओ ओss
बाँके नैना वाले
नैनों में नैना दीन्हीं डाल
नैनों में नैना दीन्हीं डा॰॰ल
ओ ओ ओss
बाँके नैना वाली
नैनों में नैना दीन्हों डाल

बने बावरे प्यासे नैना
बने बावरे प्यासे नैना
अब तो ना तरसाओ
अब तो ना तरसाओ
बस करके नैनों में पी
बस करके नैनों में पी
नैनों की प्यास बुझाओ
नैनों की प्यास बुझाओ
ओ ओ ओss
बाँके नैना वाले
नैनों में नैना दीन्हों डाल
नैनों में नैना दीन्हों डा॰॰ल
ओ ओ ओss
बाँके नैना वाले

नैनों में नैना दीन्हों डाल
नैनों में नैना दीन्हों डा॰॰ल


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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Today’s song is from film ‘Kaarwaan’ (1956), a costume drama, made by Shahkaar productions, Bombay. Produced by Dev Jolly, it was directed by Rafiq Rizvi – whose career as a director came to a close with this film. His 6 films began with ‘Waayda’ (1940). The music was by S Mohinder. The lyricists were Tanvir Naqvi, Pt. Bhushan and Saarshaar Sailani.

S Mohinder aka Bakshi Mohinder Singh Sarna, was one of the very few Sikh composers in Hindi films (only 3 till 1970. Sardul Kwatra, GS Kohli and S Mohinder). For this film, he had 2 assistants. One was Inderjeet Singh, who was the maternal Uncle (mamma) of today’s singer Daler Mehndi and the other was Pt Kishen who was Husnlal and Bhagatram’s nephew (sister’s son). These two assistants were working with S Mohinder till 1961, after which both died one after another.

S Mohinder was born on 24-2-1925 in a small town called Silanwali in Montgomery District of un-divided Punjab. His full name was Bakshi Mohinder Singh Sarna.  His father Sujan Singh Bakhshi was a sub-inspector in police. Soon the family moved to a comparatively larger city Lyallpur, where young Mohinder around 1935 came in contact with an accomplished Sikh religious vocalist Sant Sujan Singh. He honed his skills for several years in classical music in the tutelage of Sant Sujan Singh. Initially he wanted to be a singer. The family moved to Sheikhupura , close  to Nankana Sahib, the birth place of Guru Nanak and S Mohinder got his further training in classical music from legendry Sikh religious musician Bhai Samund Singh. Frequent transfers of his father kept the family on the move. Since S Mohinder’s education was suffering badly, durIng early forties, he was enrolled in Khalsa High School in village Kairon in Amritsar District.

In 1947, the rest of the family too moved to East Punjab in India. The love for classical music brought S Mohinder to Benares. After a couple of years of grooming in classical music in Benares, the Mecca of Indian classical music, S Mohinder, came to Bombay, the leading center of film industry. His first successful film was ‘Neeli’ (1950), which was musically a hit but not successful on the box office. S Mohinder took a regular job of music director with Filmistan Studios, which was churning out movies like factory. He composed music for Filmistan for half a decade. It was a great experience.

After a successful relationship as a music director with Filmistan Studios, S Mohinder composed music for Chandu Lal Shah’s (Ranjit Movietone) film ‘Zameen Ke Taare’ (1960). It became a hit. After that he composed the music for Wadia Brothers film ‘Reporter Raju’ (1962) and producer Roop K Shori’s film ‘Ek Ladki Saat Ladke’ (1961). He gave music for unreleased film ‘Do Dost’ also.

S Mohinder says that during the sixties, when only Hans Raj Behl and Sardul Singh Kwatra were in the field of composing music for Punjabi films, he also tried his hand at Punjab films. The response was good. His music for his first Punjabi film ‘Pardesi Dhola’ was a hit. After that he mainly devoted his attention on composing music for Punjabi films only. His music for ‘Chambe Di Kali’ also became a hit. Inderjit Hassanpuri, a friend of S Mohinder, made a Punjabi film ‘Daaj’ for which S Mohinder composed very emotional tunes. Later on during the late seventies S Mohinder composed music for some non-film Punjabi albums too and the singers included the best in the Punjabi music business, Surinder Kaur and Asa Singh Mastana. These private albums were also instant hits.

In 1960, S Mohinder composed music for the film ‘Mehlon Ke Khwaab’ produced by Madhubala. The film did quite well at the box office and its music became a hit. The untimely death of Madhubala in 1969, during the prime of her youth deeply saddened S Mohinder. He came to the conclusion that the field of composing music for Hindi films was getting a lot of new players and the melody was slowly yielding place to noisy heavy metal music. So he decided to go back to his roots and switch to composing music for Punjabi movies.

Ram Maheshwari and Panna Lal Maheshwari, originally from Amritsar, decided to make a movie in Punjabi based on Sikh religious sentiments. The film was titled ‘Nanak Naam Jahaaz Hai’. S Mohinder got the contract to compose the music. The story of the film required some scenes to be picturized in the Golden Temple. S Mohinder thought that the music for those scenes was a very sensitive subject and must be performed by the finest exponent of Sikh Religious classical music. So he requested Bhai Samund Singh to sing the Shabads. Bhai Samund Singh was also the mentor of S Mohinder during his early training in classical music. Initially Bhai Samund Singh hesitated, but eventually he agreed to sing for the movie. S Mohinder believes that what Bade Ghulam Ali Khan’s singing was to the great movie ‘Mughal e Azam’, the shabads sung by Bhai Samund Singh are to Punjabi film ‘Nanak Naam Jahaaz Hai’. As we all know film ‘Nanak Naam Jahaaz Hai’ has been an all time hit Punjabi movie. Its music was also as big a success.

The runaway success of ‘Nanak Naam Jahaaz Hai’ ushered in an era of for making well meaning movies based on Sikh religious stories. S Mohinder composed the music for most of these Sikh religious movies.’Dukh Bhanjan Tera Naam’ (1974) featuring Shaminder Singh as the hero was the next film, it was also quite successful. Then came two more namely ‘Man Jeete Jag Jeet’ (1973) and ‘Paapi Tare Anek’ (1976). Both were successful at the box office. All these movies were made during the decade of seventies. S Mohinder also composed some of his most memorable music for these movies.

During the decade of nineteen seventies, S Mohinder composed music for some private albums also including some featuring Sikh devotional music and some featuring the folk music of Punjab. Legendry Punjabi singer Surinder Kaur was prominently featured on some of these albums. He gave music to 36 Hindi films, composing 243 songs. He also sang 3 songs in 3 films.

S Mohinder left India for the USA in October 1982, when he was at the peak of his career as a music composer. The last film featuring his music was named ‘Maula Jatt’, with Dara Singh in the male lead role. Even in US, he did lot of work in Music – like recording songs, running a music school etc. (Adapted, with thanks, from an article in apnaorg.com)

Today’s song is written by Tanvir Naqvi. Tanvir Naqvi (real name – Syed Khursheed Ali) was born on 16th February 1919, at Lahore. His father was a jaagirdar and elder brother was ADC to a nawab. Tanvir went to Persia, along with father, where he was educated in Urdu and Persian. From the age of 14 years, he started writing poetry and participated in various mushairas. He published a book of poetry, titled ‘Suhaane Sapne. By chance, AR Kardar read it and called Tanvir to Bombay to write for his film ‘Swami’ (1941), made by CIRCO Productions.

In his next film, ‘Nai Duniya’ (1942), Suraiya sang his song as her first song. His films ‘Anmol Ghadi’ (1946) and ‘Jugnu’ (1947) became hits and all his songs were appreciated much. He had earned a good name. However, after film ‘Parda’ (1949), he migrated to Pakistan. In 1954, K Asif invited him to India to write songs for his film ‘Mughal e Azam’, but by that time, Naushad had built his own team and he declined to take Tanvir Naqvi. From 1954 to 1959, Tanvir did many films. He also joined S Mohinder and wrote songs for his 7 films.

In 1959, Tanvir Naqvi shifted again to Pakistan, but this time for good. There also he wrote for many films, like ‘Koel’, ‘Jhoomar’, ‘Salma’, ‘Gulfam’, ‘Elaan’etc. He wrote also for Punjabi films. He had married Idaan – elder sister of actress singer Nurjehan. However, since he had no children from her, so he married again and had 2 children.  He died in Lahore on 1-11-1972. In India, he wrote 224 songs for 48 films. Some of his songs are popular even today.

The cast of the film consisted of Shakila, Mahipal, Heeralal, Gope, Yashodhara Katju, Randhir, Satish, Sheila Vaz, Helen, Cuckoo and others. All the usual actors for a C grade costume drama. I find that most main actors are the subject matters of many articles, but actors like Heeralal are left out. I reproduce below a brief biosketch of Heeralal that I have earlier posted for the song “Main Hoon Bhaiya Dim Timkar“.

Heeralal is a familiar face to every fan of vintage Bollywood as he played countless character parts, often as the villain, in literally hundreds of films both big and small. He was born Heeralal Thakur, on March 14, 1912 in Lahore (now part of Pakistan) and began his career in silent films with AR Kardar’s ‘Safdar Jung’ which was released in 1930. Incidentally, his second film, ‘Daughters of Today’, actually made it to movie theaters first, in 1929. He was under contract to United Players Corporation and made several silent pictures for them before making the transition to talkies and moving on to other studios for films like ‘Pavitra Ganga’ (1932), ‘Seeta’ (1934), and ‘Blood Feud’ (1935).

Some of his notable fantasy, sci-fi and horror films include ‘Khooni Jaadugar’ (1939), ‘Arabian Nights’ (1946), ‘Mehbooba’ (1954), ‘Hatimtai Ki Beti’ (1955), ‘Roop Basant’ (1955), ‘Sakhi Hatim’ (1955), ‘Shah Behram’ (1955), ‘Indra Sabha’ (1956), ‘Shaan e Hatim’ (1958), ‘Dr. Z’  (1959), ‘Dr. Shaitan’ (1960),  ‘Jadoo Mahal’ (1962), ‘Flying Man’ (1965), ‘Gumnaam’ (1965), ‘Sindbad, Alibaba and Alladin’ (1965), ‘Love And Murder’ (1966), ‘Sheba And Hercules’ (1967), and ‘Alibaba’ (1976). Hiralal worked continuously until his death on June 27, 1982.

He had worked in 203 films. His first film was ‘Pavitra Ganga’ (1932) and last film was ‘Kaalia’ (1981).

Today’s song is actually a very sweet song and had been a popular song in its time. This is a duet of Lata and GM Durrani. The mukhda says – “Ae Saarbaan, Saarbaan. . .”. The word saarbaan means actually ‘camel handler’, but in Persian language it also means the caravaan leader. I liked this song very much. In fact, many of the songs composed by S Mohinder are very good, but somehow he never became an A grade composer.

 

Song – Ae Saarbaan Saarbaan, Kis Raah Ka Raahi Hai Tu (Kaarwaan) (1956) Singer – Lata Mangeshkar, GM Durrani, Lyrics – Tanveer Naqvi, MD – S Mohinder

Lyrics

ae saarbaan saarbaan
ae saarbaan saarbaan

kis raah ka raahi hai tu
hai tujhko kiski justju
hogi teri manzil kahaan
ae saarbaan saarbaan
ae saarbaan saarbaan

teri meri manzil nahin
manzil hai manzil ka nishaan
ae jaan e jaan jaan e jaan
ae jaan e jaan jaan e jaan

mujhko ko bhi apne saath le. . .
de haath mera haath le
de haath mera haath le
mushkil bahut hain raaste
aasaan hain mere waste
aasaan hain mere waste
raste ki sab dushwaariaan
ae saarbaan saarbaan
ae saarbaan saarbaan
ae jaan e jaan jaan e jaan
ae jaan e jaan jaan e jaan

gar tujhko khud pe hai yakeen. . .
mushkil koi mushkil nahin
mushkil koi mushkil nahin
ghat’ta rahega har khatar
kat’ta rahega ye safar
kat’ta rahega ye safar
badhta rahega kaarwaan
ae saarbaan saarbaan
ae jaan e jaan jaan e jaan

badh kar na thehren phir kadam. . .
ye shauk ka dastoor hai
ye shauk ka dastoor hai
teri mohabbat ke liye
sab kuchh mujhe manzoor hai
sab kuchh mujhe manzoor hai
le chal mujhe chaahe jahaan
ae saarbaan saarbaan
ae saarbaan saarbaan
ae jaan e jaan jaan e jaan
ae jaan e jaan jaan e jaan

ae saarbaan saarbaan
ae saarbaan saarbaan

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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ए सारबाँ सारबाँ
ए सारबाँ सारबाँ

किस राह का राही है तू
है तुझको किसकी जुस्तजू
होगी तेरी मंज़िल कहाँ
ए सारबाँ सारबाँ
ए सारबाँ सारबाँ

तेरी मेरी मंज़िल नहीं
मंज़िल है मंज़िल का निशां
ए जान ए जान जान ए जान
ए जान ए जान जान ए जान

मुझको भी अपने साथ ले॰ ॰ ॰
दे हाथ मेरा हाथ ले
दे हाथ मेरा हाथ ले
मुश्किल बहुत हैं रास्ते
आसाँ है मेरे वास्ते
आसाँ है मेरे वास्ते
रस्ते की सब दुश्वारीयाँ
ए सारबाँ सारबाँ
ए सारबाँ सारबाँ
ए जान ए जान जान ए जान
ए जान ए जान जान ए जान

गर तुझको खुद पे है यकीं॰ ॰ ॰
मुश्किल कोई मुश्किल नहीं
मुश्किल कोई मुश्किल नहीं
घटता रहेगा हर ख़तर
कटता रहेगा हर सफर
कटता रहेगा हर सफर
बढ़ता रहेगा कारवां
ए सारबाँ सारबाँ
ए जान ए जान जान ए जान

बढ़ कर ना ठहरें फिर कदम॰ ॰ ॰
ये शौक का दस्तूर है
ये शौक का दस्तूर है
तेरी मोहब्बत के लिए
सब कुछ मुझे मंजूर है
सब कुछ मुझे मंजूर है
ले चल मुझे चाहे जहां
ए सारबाँ सारबाँ
ए सारबाँ सारबाँ
ए जान ए जान जान ए जान
ए जान ए जान जान ए जान

ए सारबाँ सारबाँ
ए सारबाँ सारबाँ

 


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

Today’s song is from a very little known film ‘Nirmal’ from 1952. During the period of the 50s, the film industries in all centres, i.e. Calcutta, Madras and Bombay were in full steam. The Partition had made a quantitative and qualitative change in the Hindi film industry. Many seasoned and successful artists had left India, creating a void suddenly. However, this proved to be an opportunity in disguise for many artists ‘waiting in the wings’ in the fields of  acting, film direction and music direction. The void was filled up almost immediately.
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This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Today’s song is from film ‘Anban’ (1944) (pronounced as un-bun). So far, only one song from this film has been discussed on our blog in 2011. This is, therefore, the second song from this film. No songs of this film are available anywhere like You Tube etc. Then, how did I get introduced to  this song ? There is a story behind this.
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With this post, the blog has reached yet another very significant milestone – 1000 films Yippeee’d, i.e. all songs covered.
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This article is written by Gajendra Khanna, 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.

Atul ji’s 10K Song Milestone Celebrations – 10
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Congratulations Atul ji for this unparalleled effort of ten thousand posts. You are truly an inspiration! We have a lot to learn from you and Thanks from the bottom of my heart for all that you do.

Today, I write this post with a gamut of emotions running through my mind. I still remember the year was 2008. A team of music lovers including me had got together and launched the website on www.geetadutt.com It had been a labour of love for us to make a digital temple dedicated to our beloved singer. We had spent countless hours discussing over the internet on what all should be put on the website and then doing the needful to make it happen. Our small team was very dedicated and the beauty of all of it was that we all had never met till then.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in 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.

It has been full three years almost to the day, that the last song of this music director was posted here on this blog. After three long years, we have another post with a song composed by this maverick composer whose quality of music is exemplary, but the quality of his social interface left a lot to be desired. Uncompromising to the last, he managed to do a lot less work, than he could have. A tale of regrets all the way, for himself, and for his fans – that we were bereft of more of his creativity.

Remembering Sajjaad Husain on the anniversary of his birth today (15th June).
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Missing Films of 1960s – 4
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The term ‘cancelled’ is not a difficult word to decipher and understand – something incorrect, or outdated, or not required. It simply gets ‘cancelled’ – like a train or a plane reservation, a defective product coming off from the assembly line, or even an appointment that is not required, or cannot be met.  Besides this general usage and its association with sundry and trivial experiences in life, I have come across this term in two other fields, where the meaning and intent of usage turned out to be very specific, and took some time to understand and assimilate it.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog.This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in 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.

While at school, he was nicknamed ‘Matinee Show’ by his classmates. And here is why. One or more times a week, he would play truant from his home. Climbing down from his first floor room, after he had been sent to bed, and the rest of the family was asleep or getting ready to sleep. He would make a beeline to a nearby cinema theatre, and watch the night shows of the films then currently showing. Sometimes it would also be films from Hollywood. The next day at school, he regaled his classmates with the stories of the films he saw. And not just simply the stories, he would play act some of the scenes to the delight of his friends. And so they nicknamed him ‘Matinee Show’.

This young boy went on to become one of leading producer-director in the Hindi film industry.
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