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

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The Nightingale of Punjab – the sobriquet given to her by the film industry and the media. Today, she would have completed 93 years.

Remembering the zestful singer Surinder Kaur on her birth anniversary today.

Born in Lahore in 1929, her family moved to Ghaziabad near Delhi when the Partition happened. It was the same year that she also got married. She was already a singing star in undivided Punjab, and had made her debut as  singer on the Lahore radion station in 1943. Between 1943 and 1947, she and her elder sister Prakash Kaur recorded a number of Punjabi folk song with HMV. These songs have created a genre of their own, and continue to be the gold standard in Punjabi folk music even today, more than seventy five years after being originally recorded.

Her husband, Prakash Singh Sodhi, a professor of Punjabi Literature at Delhi University was very supportive of her career as a singer, and encouraged her to go to Bombay (now Mumbai) and make a mark for herself in the Hindi film industry. She came to Bombay in 1948, and immediately got a break, with music director Ghulam Haider giving her a chance to sing three songs in the film ‘Shaheed’. During the next four years, till 1952, she recorded more than fifty four songs in Hindi films. And then took a decision to return to Delhi. The reason that was cited was a disagreement with the climate of Bombay.

She was conferred the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Punjabi Folk Music in 1984, by the Sangeet Natak Academi, the Millennium Punjabi Singer award, and Padma Shri award in January 2006 for her contribution in Arts. The Guru Nanak Dev University conferred on her a doctorate degree in the year 2002.

Later in the year 2006, her health took a turn for the worse, and she went to United States for treatment, and to be with her daughters who are settled there. Her condition worsened and she passed away in a New Jersey hospital on 14th June, 2006. She was 77 years old.

Each of the songs that she has sung in Hindi films is a gem. The tone and character of her voice is so distinct, and her diction carries a touch of north India, and Punjab in particular. I present today this wonderful song from the 1948 film ‘Naao’. The lyrics are from the pen of DN Madhok and the music is from the mind of Gyan Dutt.

A song that tells of the state of the heart of the lady, whose beau is leaving for distant lands. The words and their rendition is simply too good –

तुम तो चले हो लगी तोड़ के
हम कित जाएँ

you are departing, breaking this alliance of hearts
alas, where can I go

 

Listen to this lovely melody, and the wonderful rendition – the voice of Surinder Kaur.

[Note: The lyrics of this song have been sent by dear Prakashchandra ji.]

Song – Tum Ho Na Ho Hamaare, Hum Ho Gaye Tumhaare (Naao) (1948) Singer – Surinder Kaur, Lyrics – DN Madhok, MD – Gyan Dutt

Lyrics (provided by Prakashchandra)

tum ho na ho hamaare
o lo ji hum ho gaye tumhaare
tum ho na ho hamaare
o lo ji hum ho gaye tumhaare
ab ho o o oo dil na dukhaana
ab ho o o oo dil na dukhaana
jaane waale pardesiya
mohe bhool na jaana
jaane waale pardesiya
mohe bhool na jaana
tum jeete hum haare
o lo ji hum ho gaye tumhaare
tum jeete hum haare
o lo ji hum ho gaye tumhaare
tum ho na ho hamaare
o lo ji hum ho gaye tumhaare

ae ji o ji ye adaayen na bhaayen
ae ji o ji ye adaayen na bhaayen
tum to chale ho lagi tod ke
hum kit jaayen
tum to chale ho lagi tod ke
hum kit jaayen
do nainon ke maare
o lo ji hum ho gaye tumhaare
do nainon ke maare
o lo ji hum ho gaye tumhaare
ab ho o o oo dil na dukhaana
jaane waale pardesiya
mohe bhool na jaana
tum jeete hum haare
o lo ji hum ho gaye tumhaare
tum ho na ho hamaare
o lo ji hum ho gaye tumhaare

o ji o ji dil sataaye hum ko
o ji o ji dil sataaye hum ko
din na kisi se katey
raat ki dil se pooch lo
din na kisi se katey
raat ki dil se pooch lo
kya jaadu kar daale
o lo ji hum ho gaye tumhaare
kya jaadu kar daare
o lo ji hum ho gaye tumhaare
ab ho o o oo dil na dukhaana
jaane waale pardesiya
mohe bhool na jaana
tum jeete hum haare
o lo ji hum ho gaye tumhaare
tum ho na ho hamaare
o lo ji hum ho gaye tumhaare

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir Kapur)
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तुम हो ना हो हमारे
ओ लो जी हम हो गए तुम्हारे
तुम हो ना हो हमारे
ओ लो जी हम हो गए तुम्हारे
अब हो ओ ओ॰॰ दिल ना दुखाना
अब हो ओ ओ॰॰ दिल ना दुखाना
जाने वाले परदेसिया
मोहे भूल ना जाना
जाने वाले परदेसिया
मोहे भूल ना जाना
तुम जीते हम हारे
ओ लो जी हम हो गए तुम्हारे
तुम जीते हम हारे
ओ लो जी हम हो गए तुम्हारे
तुम हो ना हो हमारे
ओ लो जी हम हो गए तुम्हारे

ए जी ओ जी ये अदाएं ना भाएँ
ए जी ओ जी ये अदाएं ना भाएँ
तुम तो चले हो लगी तोड़ के
हम कित जाएँ
तुम तो चले हो लगी तोड़ के
हम कित जाएँ
दो नैनों के मारे
ओ लो जी हम हो गए तुम्हारे
दो नैनों के मारे
ओ लो जी हम हो गए तुम्हारे
अब हो ओ ओ॰॰ दिल ना दुखाना
जाने वाले परदेसिया
मोहे भूल ना जाना
तुम जीते हम हारे
ओ लो जी हम हो गए तुम्हारे
तुम हो ना हो हमारे
ओ लो जी हम हो गए तुम्हारे

ओ जी ओ जी दिल सताये हमको
ओ जी ओ जी दिल सताये हमको
दिन ना किसी से कटे
रात की दिल से पूछ लो
दिन ना किसी से कटे
रात की दिल से पूछ लो
क्या जादू कर डाले
ओ लो जी हम हो गए तुम्हारे
क्या जादू कर डारे
ओ लो जी हम हो गए तुम्हारे
अब हो ओ ओ॰॰ दिल ना दुखाना
जाने वाले परदेसिया
मोहे भूल ना जाना
तुम जीते हम हारे
ओ लो जी हम हो गए तुम्हारे
तुम हो ना हो हमारे
ओ लो जी हम हो गए तुम्हारे


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 the film Nadi Kinare-1939. The film was released in Pathe Theatre of Bombay on 10-11-1939.

The year 1939 was a landmark year in the history of the world.

The year was 1939 and the British Government had declared war against Germany and Japan, as soon as the WW II began. All countries ruled by Britain were – willingly or unwillingly, drawn into the war efforts and its effects. The war began in the month of September and soon various restrictions came into operation – like rationing, blackouts, shortages etc. The film industry which was still under its development stage suffered. It also realised the importance of remaining united as one industry. However, all that came after 1 or 2 years. In 1939 there was not much effect seen on the film industry.

The industry had its own problems. In spite of the playback system in operation, their problem was that because there was no technique of recording from the film negative yet, the singers had to sing twice. Once for the actual film shooting of the song, and later, with the same set of orchestra, for commercial records. Sometimes, the original singer was not available due to any reason, some other singer had to sing for commercial records. Thus we have many such examples, where the singer in the film song and the record is different. However, this problem continued only till mid 50’s when the Tape and the required technique became available. With just one time recording, the film and commercial recording were taken care of.

Khemchand Prakash. K.Datta (Datta Koregaonkar), Rafiq Ghaznavi and Anupam Ghatak made their Debut as Music Directors. Kavi Pradeep wrote his first film song for film Kangan. In 1939, 2 most Unusual songs were presented, for the first time ( and this record is not yet broken even after more than 80 years.). One was a Multi-Lingual song from film Aadmi-39, a film by Prabhat….Kis liye kal ki baat. This song was in Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Gujarati, Bangla, Tamil and Telugu. ( In its Marathi film version-” माणूस “, this song was only in one language-Marathi.) Different Lyricists and MDs were used for each language. The song became very popular.

Second unusual song was from film ‘ Ghareeb ka Laal’-1939. The song lyrics had the names of 32 artistes, operating in Hindi films that time. Top Heroes and Heroines were mentioned in this song. The beginning of the song was ” Tuze Bibbo kahoon ya Sulochana, Uma shashi kahoon ki Jamuna “. This song was sung by the comedian Mirza Musharraf. In later years many songs with film artistes’ names came but none had so many names. Thus this record is still unbroken, in case of both songs.

Besides these songs, let us quickly take a look at some films of 1939….

Aadmi – Prabhat’s hit film, a remake of the Marathi film ” माणूस “. It had some good songs by Shanta Hublikar, Sundarabai Jadhav and Ram Marathe.

Adhuri Kahani – a trend of Tragedy films set by the effect of film ‘Devdas’. All the 3 main characters of this film commit suicide in the end.

Badi Didi – A New Theatres film.

Brandy ki Botal – Master Vinayak’s comedy remake of Marathi film ‘ ब्रॅंडीची बाटली ‘.

Dil hi to hai – Debut of Kidar Sharma as a Director and Ramola as a Heroine in a Hindi film.

Dushman – New Theatres’ film of Saigal, with only his 4 songs.

Ek hi Raasta – Sagar presents first film with 3 Heroes in one film.

Ghazi Salauddin – Debut of Khemchand Prakash as M.D.

Hukum ka Ikka – First film with a Triple role by Umakant Desai ( who later specialised as Lakshman in 7 films, including Ramrajya-43).

Imaandaar – Debut of actress Shamim Akhtar.

India in Africa – This was the First Hindi film to be shot abroad (in Africa). The Hero B. Nandrekar had also gone to Africa for its shooting. Naaz-54 was not the first such film, though HFGK mentions it so.( Ref – pp 69, Maharashtra-The Birthplace of Indian cinema by Isak Mujawar)

Kangan – First of the 4 Hit films of Ashok Kumar and Leela Chitnis, made by Bombay Talkies. Kavi Pradeep’s Debut as a Lyricist in this film.

Kapal kundala – New Theatres. Pankaj Mullick’s hit song ‘ Piya milan ko jaana ‘.

Leather Face – Debut of Meena Kumari as a child artiste.

Navjeevan – Debut of Hansa Wadkar as a Heroine- Bombay Talkies film.

Pukar – Hit film from Minerva Movietone. Naseem Bano sings ” Zindagi ka saaz bhi kya saaz hai….”

Indian filmmakers had practiced 4 ways of getting stories for their films, since the beginning of Talkie films.

1. Copy from older films
2. copy from other languages or remake them
3. use stories from Foreign films – especially Hollywood and
4. make a mixture of all this and make a film.

Hundreds of films were made on the stories of Alibaba. Alauddin, Sindbad, Thief of Baghdad, Hatimtai, Gul E Bakavali and other stories from the Arabian Nights. Hollywood films made on famous novels or dramas were another source of inspiration. When the Talkie films started, the first such film was made in 1933 itself titled- “Awara Shehzada “, with Shahu Modak as its Hero.This was the first Hindi film based on the famous novel of Mark Twain- The Prince and the Pauper, published in 1881. Films on this ” Look alike” theme were made in Hollywood as early as 1915 and 1920 This theme was used abundently in Hindi films like Ram aur Shyam, Don, Seeta aur Geeta, Kanoon and many more films. The list will be too long.

In 1937 a film ” Duniya kya Hai” was made by Lalita Pawar, based on Count Leo Tolstoy’s famous novel ” Resurrection”, published in 1899. The Hindi film was inspired by the Hollywood film ” We live again” made on this novel. In 1938, prakash pictures made ” Khwaab ki Duniya “. It was inspired by the popular Hollywood film ” The Invisible man”-1933, which was based on the famous novel of same name, by H.G.Wells in 1897. Subsequently many films like Mr. X, Mr. India etc were made in Hindi on this theme.

These are few examples to prove the point. There are umpteen number of such films. Sometimes the story departments of the film strudios play a clever game. They mix up the stories of 2-3 Hollywood films and make a Hindi film. Today’s film ” Nadi Kinare”-1939 was also made based on few scenes and themes from 3 Hollywood films, namely ” The king and the chorus girl”-1937, ” Bluebeard’s eighth wife “-1937 and ” The rage of Paris “-1938.

The film was directed by Manibhai Vyas (27-4-1920 to 14-11-1993). he directed 20 films from Dukhiyari-1937 to Shrikrishna Bhakti-1973. The MD was Gyan Dutt and the cast was Kumar, Sitara Devi,Indubala, Ram Marathe, Kantilal and others.There were 13 songs in the film sung by Indubala, Sitara Devi,Kantilal,Kalyani and Gyan Dutt himself. Lyrics were by P.L.Santoshi and D.N.Madhok.

Actor/singer Ram Marathe had done a child role in this film He is one of those child actors who left film world at the right time and pursued his hobby of classical singing. Consequently he bacame a big name in Classical Music all over India. His case reminds me of anothe child actor-n Shashi kapur Sr, who was much in demand as a child actor during the period 1944 to 1955. he did 21 films as a child actor. Then he left films, completed his M.Sc. and Ph.D. He went to USA and became a Professor of Maths in Michigan University in USA.

Actually many child actors like Baby naaz, M.Kabir, Sarosh Irani, Master Romi etc reached an age when they were neither child nor an adult. They stopped getting any roles and had to leave films. Child actor Ramchandra ( Ram) Marathe was born on 23-10-1924 in Poona and studied in Bhave school up to 10th.He and his brother ( Anant Marathe aka Anant kumar) worked in films as child actors, due to family conditions. They started work from 1936 onwards. Ram Marathe had an edge over his brother,in that he could sing too. Starting with Shahu Chor in 1936, he worked in Sagar movietone (6 films), Ranjit (3 films) and Prabhat (2 films), in addition to other companies like prakash, Mohan Pictures, Imperial etc. he acted as a child star in 16 films. he sang 11 songs in 6 films. After this Ram left films and started training in classical music-his liking. Here is a short bio of Ram Marathe, adapted from meetkalakar.com….

Ramchandra Purshottam Marathe (1924-1989) began his early career as an actor and singer in films produced by the Prabhat company. His formal training in music assumed a definite direction when he came under the tutelage of Master Krishnarao (Phulambrikar). Later, he trained under accomplished musicians such as Mirashibuwa of Gwalior and Vamanrao Sadolikar of Atrauli-Jaipur. His quest for widening his musical horizons culminated in a long-lasting discipleship (15 years) under Jagannathbuwa Purohit (“Gunidas”). As a consequence of his broad training and background, Rambhau’s music integrated the best of Gwalior, Agra and Jaipur styles. Rambhau was a stalwart in the field of Marathi Natya Sangeet. He was also known as a composer. Among his pupils is Ulhas Kashalkar.

Pt.Ram Marathe had performed in all the prestigious musical festivals at various places like Jalandhar, Patna, Lahore, Delhi, Gwalior, Calcutta, Banaras,Amritsar and almost all over Maharashtra. His contribution to Indian classical music was recognized with several Awards for his unique and successful performances. He was “A-top grade” Hindustani Classical Artist of All India Radio.

Since he had undergone proper Tabla training, he had a great command on Taal and Layakari. He had special command on Rare–Anvat Ragas & Jod Ragas and he was highly recognized for his clear and fast tankriyas and also for Purity of Ragas. He always used to enrich his audience with various semi-classical forms like Khayal, Tarana, Tappa, Natyasangeet, Thumri, Dadra & Bhajans in his concerts. Unlike the present classical singers, his concerts used to last more than 5 hours with the powerful intensity and stamina.

He started his stage career under the perusal of Natvarya Shri Ganpatrao Bodas in 1950 as a leading character in old classical musical dramas like Saubhadra, Sanshaykallol, Swayamvar, Ekach Pyala, Manapman etc. with veteran actor and actress such as Balgandharva, Hirabai Badodekar, Vinayakbuwa Patwardhan, Nanasaheb Phatak etc. Despite his busy schedule in concerts, he performed in 22 old & new Sangeet Natak with more than 5000 stage shows. This is purely out of his dedication and commitment towards Sangeet Rangbhoomi.

Composed music for more than 10 dramas such as – Mandarmala, Suvarna Tula, Meghmalhar, Tansen, Baiju etc. and acted in the play as a leading character role.

His disciples include many eminent classical singers like Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar, Sudhir Datar, Ram Pratham, Vishwanath Kanhere, Vishwanath Bagul, Yogini Joglekar, Shashikant Oak, Madhuwanti Dandekar, Sanjay Marathe & Mukund Marathe etc. (more than 50) and have got the training from him under the traditional Gurukul way of learning.

Maharashtra Government honoured the “Sangeet Bhushan” degree in 1961.
• Recognition by Government of Maharashtra in 1981 for successful completion and continuous 30 years of career in Marathi Sangeet Rangbhumi.

• Honoured “Sangeet Chudamani Degree” by Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Puri.

Appointed by AIR, New Delhi on the Northern (Hindustani) Music Audition Board Committee. Also Advisory Nagpur and other Universities in India.
More than 100 Records and number of CDs and LPs to his credit and composed more than 50 Bandish in various Ragas.
Ram Marathe died on 4-10-1989.

Today’s duet song is sung by Sitara Devi and Kantilal (18-4-1907 to 17-6-1971). Kantilal acted in 31 films and sang 59 songs in 24 films.


Song- Duniya Deewaani duniya deewaani (Nadi Kinaare)(1939) Singers- Sitara Devi, Kantilal, Lyricist- Not known, MD- Gyan Dutt
chorus

Lyrics

Duniya deewaani
duniya deewaani
duniya deewani
duniya deewaani
duniya deewani

koi kahe haaye jigar
koi kahe dil
koi kahe haaye jigar
koi kahe dil
koi kahe chori chori
aake sajan mil
koi kahe chori chori
aake sajan mil
duniya deewaani
duniya deewaani
duniya deewaani
duniya deewaani
duniya deewaani

koi kahe dil na mila
aankh mila le
koi kahe dil na mila
aankh mila le
aankh mila le
koi kahe aankhon ke parde mein chhipa le
koi kahe aankhon ke parde mein chhipa le
duniya deewaani
duniya deewaani
duniya deewaani
duniya deewaani
duniya deewaani

le ke dil aaya hoon main yahaan
koi khareede
le ke dil aaya hoon main yahaan
koi khareede
koi khereede
hai koi dil waala jo
dil deke ye dil le
hai koi dil waala jo
dil deke ye dil le
duniya deewaani

duniya deewaani
duniya deewaani
duniya deewaani
duniya deewaani

loot le joban ke maze
duniya hai phaani
loot le joban ke maze
duniya hai phaani
duniya hai phaani
dam bhar mein guzar jaayenga
ye khwaab e jawaani
dam bhar mein guzar jaayenga
ye khwaab e jawaani
duniya deewani
duniya deewaani
duniya deewaani
duniya deewaani
duniya deewaani

le ke dil aaya hoon main yahaan
koi khareede
le ke dil aaya hoon main yahaan koi khareede
koi khereede

haaye
hai koi dil waala jo
dil deke ye dil le
hai koi dil waala jo
dil deke ye dil le
duniya deewaani
duniya deewaani
duniya deewaani
duniya deewaani
duniya deewaani


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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5182 Post No. : 17158

Today’s song is from the film Aap ki Marzi-1939. This film was made by Sudama productions, Bombay, founded by Dr. Ambadas patel, after Sagar Movietone merged with National Studios. This comedy social film was directed by Sarvottam Badami and the music was given by Gyan Dutt. The cast of the film was Sabita Devi, Motilala, Vasanti , mazhar, Khursheed, Sunalini devi, K.N.Singh, jagdish Sethi and others. Lyricists were P.L.Santoshi and S.P.Kalla Film Aap ki Marzi aka As you please-1939 was based on the hit Hollywood film” Paradise for 3 “-1938.

” FATE ” is a phenomenon which no one has understood so far and no one will ever know how it works.It makes the Rich a poor one and a Pauper may become a millionaire. Fate takes you through unknown destinations and you can niot guess where it will take you. There is no better example of this FATE, other than the life story of this film’s director.

The changes in the career of Sarvottam Badami took place are simply unimaginable. His life started as an ordinary Motor Garage mechanic.Fate made him a Film projectionist, an Automobile Engineer, a Sound Recording Engineer, a Film director of Tamil, Telugu and Hindi films, Film Division producer, An industrialist and finally a management Consultant ! Can you beat it ?

Sarvottam Badami was born in 1910 at Channapatna in Karnataka,to a revenue officer working in Mysore. He passed his SSLC and worked as a garage mechanic and then a projectionist in Select Picture House, Bangalore, both of which were owned by Dr. Ambalal Patel. Patel moved to Bombay and financed Ardeshir Irani of Imperial Film Company, and Chimanlal Desai as a partner, forming Sagar Movietone in 1930.
At the age of 19 years, Badami went to Bombay to study automobile engineering. He was asked by Ardeshir Irani who met him at a wedding to help out with the recording equipment he had purchased from abroad.

Badami helped in the sound recording department for the first Talkie in India, Ardeshir Irani’s Alam Ara (1931). Around that time a German director making the film Harishchandra left half-way and Badami offered to complete it, the co-director was Raja Chandrasekhar, although the co-director credit has also been cited as T. C. Vadivelu Naicker. The film turned out to be successful. He was contracted by Sagar Movietone (Sagar Film Company) to direct three films, two in Telugu and one in Tamil: Galava Rishi (Tamil), Rama Paduka Pattabhishekam and Shakuntala in Telugu. The success of these films established him as a director. His working team had people like the cinematographer Faredoon Irani, music director Anil Biswas and the Sagar Movietone favourites Sabita Devi and Motilal.

Initially, to avoid embarrassment to his family he requested not to be credited in the regional language films. He did not know Hindi but from 1932-1947, he worked for Sagar Movietone and also directed nearly 30 films in Hindi, for many others. His first Hindi film was Chandrahasa (1933) starring Noor Mohammed Charlie. He was paid Rs 2000 per film with the complete film being made within Rs 50,000. He worked with most of the top actors of the time like Motilal, Nargis, Ashok Kumar and Pahari Sanyal. He brought Mehboob Khan who was then doing roles as an extra out of obscurity and gave him the role of Sabita Devi’s father in the film Vengeance is mine(1935).

He made several films based on novels. Some of the writers whose work he used were K.M.Munshi, Sarat Chandra and Ramanlal Vasanthlal Desai. The film Aap ki Marzi (1939) was inspired by the Hollywood film Paradise for Three (1938). He became known for his satirical comedies and “socially relevant films”.His film Grihalaxmi (1934), which starred Jal Merchant and Sabita Devi, had the woman getting into marriage only if her doctor husband agreed not to want children. The success of the film mitigated the enraged public reaction at the time.

He showed his understanding of media publicity required for films when in 1937, Badami resorted to woo audiences by announcing cash prizes of Rs.500, Rs.200 and Rs.100 for the best reviews of his newly released film Kulvadhu (1937). The promotional gambit worked sending audiences to the theatres. According to an interview, most of Badami’s films didn’t survive as the negatives were burnt to extract the silver from the silver nitrate.

After Aap ki Marzi-38, he followed his mentor, Dr. Patel and joined Sudama Pictures, when in 1939, Sagar Movietone merged into National Films. Badami also worked in Famous Cine Laboratories, from 46 to 48.

Apparently, in 1948 Deputy Prime Minister Vallabh Bhai Patel, who was then also in charge of the Information Ministry, on a visit to the Cine Laboratories Bombay, asked Badami to help set up a NewsReel and Documentary section. The Films Division was established in 1948. He became chief producer in the newsreel department and made several documentaries. He worked in the Films Division making documentaries from 1948-1952. After that he stopped making films and returned to Bangalore to retire as “I was a forgotten man in the feature film world”. He became an industrialist by starting a manufacturing business. Later he worked as a Consultant for Kamani Group of Industries also. He died in 2005 in Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

FILMOGRAPHY: 1932: Harishchandra; Galava Rishi; Paduka Pattabhishekham; Shakuntala; 1933: Chandrahasa; 1934: Grihalakshmi; 1935: Dr. Madhurika; Vengeance is Mine; 1936: Jeevan Lata; Grama Kanya; 1937: Kokila; Kulavadhu; 1938: Three Hundred Days and After; 1939: Aap Ki Marzi; Ladies Only; 1940: Chingari; Sajani; 1941: Holiday in Bombay; 1942: Khilona; 1943: Prarthana; 1944: Bhagya Lakshmi; 1945: Ramayani; 1946: Uttara Abhimanyu; 1947: Manmani; 1951: Vinoba Bhave (Doc);1952: Roof over the head

(Ack: Sapnon ke saudagar by Vithal Pandya, Sagar Movietone by Biren Kothari, HFGK, muVyz, Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema, and my notes)

Film industry is one place where the most unimaginable things happen. Here are some examples – A young man working as a laboratory Technician overnight becomes, albeit reluctantly, an actor and later on a famous Hero in Hindi films (Ashok Kumar), A Choreographer becomes a very famous and successful Director and actor (Guru Dutt), A Clerk in Government Rationing office touches the sky and becomes a heart throb Cinema Hero (Dev Anand), A Bus Conductor is turned into a famous cult Hero of South (Rajnikant), A simple young man goes to meet his actor brother in a studio and is mistaken for his brother and made a hero in 40 Hindi films(D.Billimoria), a clueless scholarly young man standing in a bus queue in Madras is picked up as a hero and works in about 55 hindi films (Ranjan). These are some examples of how, when Lady Luck smiles on a person, his life changes !

Here is one case. The case of the suave, handsome actor MOTILAL who had absolutely no dream of becoming a film hero ! Born in Shimla on 4 December 1910, Motilal Rajwansh came from a distinguished family. His father was a renowned educationist, who died when Motilal was one year old. He was brought up by his uncle who was a well-known civil surgeon in Uttar Pradesh. At first, Moti was sent to an English school at Shimla and later, in Uttar Pradesh (UP). Thereafter, he shifted to Delhi where he continued with school and college.

After leaving college, Motilal came to Bombay to join the Navy, but he fell ill and could not appear for the test. Fate had other choices charted out for him. One day, he went to see a film shoot at Sagar Studios, where director K. P. Ghosh was shooting. Motilal, even then, was quite the man about the town and he caught Ghosh’s eye. Motilal described this event in his inimitable style,in one of his interviews….” The director Ghosh Babu looked towards me and said,” please come here”. I first thought he was calling someone standing behind me. I looked back and moved to one side. Nobody came forward, but Ghosh Babu came to me and pointed his finger at me and said, ” Yes, I am talking to you. Please come here” I went with him .” In 1934 (aged 24), he was offered the hero’s role in Shaher Ka Jadoo -1934 by the Sagar Film Company. Sabita Devi and Motilal’s first movie as a pair in the famous Sagar Movietone, the movie Lure of the City (aka Shaher ka Jadoo) released on 29 th September 1934 at the Imperial Cinema Bombay.

Mehboob Khan was earlier selected for the lead role and was later replaced by Motilal. This was actor Motilal’s debut film and Motilal – Sabita made the best pair in the Sagar Film Company. They acted together in many other movies under the banner of the Sagar like, Silver King -1935, Dr Madhurika -1935, Lagna Bandhan -1936, Jeevan Lata -1939, Kulvadhu -1937, Kokila -1937, Three hundred days and after -1938 and later in Sudhama Films in Ap Ki Marzi -1939 and Minerva’s Prarthana -1944. He worked with Mehboob Khan in Jagirdar -1937 and Hum Tum Aur Woh -1938 under the Sagar Movietone banner, in Taqdeer -1943 for Mehboob Productions, and Kidar Sharma’s Armaan -1942 and Kaliyan -1944. He also acted in S. S. Vasan’s film Paigham -1959 (Gemini Studios), and Raj Kapoor’s Jagte Raho -1956. In 1965, he also acted in the Bhojpuri film Solaho Singar Kare Dulhaniya.

Perhaps the role for which he received the most critical appreciation was that of the gentleman crook in S. S. Vasan’s adaptation of R K Narayan’s book Mr Sampat -1952. He is most remembered for his role as “Chunni Babu” in Bimal Roy’s Devdas -1955, for which he won his first Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award. Actor Naseeruddin Shah once described him as one of three all-time best actors of Hindi cinema, others being Balraj Sahni and Yakub.

Motilal was very suave and polished, and moved in high society, though towards the end of his life he was in financial difficulty. Although a thorough gentleman, he enjoyed gambling and races, and died almost penniless on 17th June 1965.

Motilal was an excellent Pilot and owned a small aircraft. He rarely travelled by train and always liked to fly. His family life was happy. His wife was a doctor.

He was in a relationship for several years with the actress Nadira. He was later involved with actress Shobhna Samarth after she separated from her husband, and he played Samarth’s real-life daughter Nutan’s father in Hamari Beti, Shobhana’s launch movie for Nutan. He also played her guardian in Anari, though this time the role had a villainous touch to it.

Motilal and Ashok Kumar were popular stars at the same time. Ashok Kumar was employed by Bombay Talkies and Motilal was employed by Ranjit. It is said that Sardar Chandulal paid Rs. One lakh to Motilal in those days. Motilal was a gambler. Once Chandulal Shah paid his debt of 75000 rupees which Motilal had lost in gambling, just to keep Motilal with Ranjit ! It is surprising that Ashok Kumar never worked with Motilal’s Heroines-Shobhana Samarth or Khursheed and Motilal never worked with Ashok Kumar’s heroines- Devika Rani or Leela Chitnis !

Actor Chandra Mohan treated Motilal as his son. During the last days of Chandra mohan, once Motilal had gone to meet him. Chandra Mohan was drinking from a costly forein Whisky bottle, but he did not offer it to Motilal. Motilal was feeling bad and then Chandra Mohan said, ” I know you must be feeling bad that I am not offering you this Whisky, but trust me it is not whisky- I am drinking Bewada (country liquor) from this bottle and I don’t want my son to drink this dirty stuff ! ”

Motilal was the winner of Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Devdas -1955 and Parakh -1960. He is credited with being among Hindi cinema’s first natural actors.

He also directed the film Chhoti Chhoti Baatein -1965, but died before its release. At the 13th National Film Awards, it won the award for Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Feature Film and he posthumously won the Certificate of Merit for the Best Story Writer. ( adapted some information from Vithal Pandya’s book-Asli Nakli Chehere, wiki, Star portraits, nett4you, the book Sagar Movietone, and Shirish Kanekar’s book- Yaadon ki Baaraat, with thanks and my notes.)


Song- Gauven charaa ke Baanke Bihaari apne ghar nahin aate thhe (Aap Ki Marzi)(1939) Singers- Khursheed Bano, Gyan Dutt, Lyricist- P L Santoshi, MD- Gyan Dutt
Both

Lyrics

gauven charaa ke
baanke bihaari
apne ghar nahin aate thhe ae
gauven charaa ke baanke bihari
apne ghar nahin aate thhe
phir jaa ke kahaan kho jaate thhe
phir jaa ke kahaan ko jaate thhe ae

gauven charaa ke baanke bihaari
apne ghar nahin aate thhe ae
gauven charaa ke baanke bihari
apne ghar nahin aate thhe

saath chhodkar gwaal baal sang
kunjon mein chhup jaate thhe
saath chhodkar gwaal baal sang
kunjon mein chhup jaate thhe
phir jaise hi ghar aate thhe
wo thappad maa ka khaate thhe
phir jaise hi ghar aate thhe
wo thappad maa ka khaate thhe

bansi baja ke Raadha ko wo
chupke chupke bulaate thhe
haan
bansi baja ke Raadha ko wo
chupke chupke bulaate thhe

sun bansi ki taan niraali
aji Raadha
aji Raadha
ho matwaali
sun bansi ki taan niraali
aji Raadha
aji Raadha
ho matwaali
donon raas rachaate thhe
kuchh hanste thhe kuchh gaate thhe
donon raas rachaate thhe
kuch hanste thhe kuchh gaate thhe
wo apna jee bahlaate thhe
wo apna jee bahlaate thhe
gauven charaa ke baanke bihaari
apne ghar nahin aate thhe
gauven charaa ke baanke bihaari
apne ghar nahin aate thhe


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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5166 Post No. : 17133

Today’s song is a melodious song from a less known film on a well known historical name – ‘Panna Dai’ (1945). The film was made by Pradeep Pictures, Bombay. Directed by Ram Daryani, its MD was Gyan Dutt and the songs were written by Dina Nath Madhok. It had a very sparkling star cast of Durga Khote, Chandra Mohan, Meenakshi, Mubarak, M Ismail, Master Vithal, Gope, Gulab, Leela Mishra, Nana Saheb Phatak, Azuri, Baby Nalini, Ratan Piya and many others in a long list suitable for such a historical movie.

When silent films started in India in the first decade of the previous century, by the time the films became an All India attraction in subsequent years, people were attracted to this new medium of entertainment. The Radio had also started during this period – around 1923 or so – first in Bombay, then Calcutta and finally in Madras in 1924. The organised broadcasting started on 23-7-1927. However it was only audio entertainment and available only in bigger towns and with wealthy people. Films gave the visual satisfaction and from 1931 films became ‘talkie’, providing audio and visual pleasures. No wonder this medium became popular more quickly. With portable equipment, films reached nooks and corners of the entire country.

As the talkie films started, well known artistes in different fields like literature, singing, music performers and stage actors wanted to join this industry. This applied to even the most respected and well known people. The industry was also keen to get such well known artistes and hence some such people did join the industry- albeit for a short period.

Initially, Bombay being the major center for films, the local famous artistes from the Marathi community represented a sizable number in this industry. No wonder then that the famous and well known authors, stage actors, singers and musicians contributed their share in films. Famous stage actors like Bal Gandharva, Bapurao Pendharkar, Hirabai Badodekar, Sureshbabu Mane, Govindrao Tembe, PL Deshpande, GN Joshi etc. sang, gave music and acted. Writers like VS Khandekar, NS Phadke, PK Atre, HN Apte etc. wrote stories, songs and screenplays in Marathi and Hindi films.

It was not only the Marathi bigwigs from stage and literature but even from the Hindi and Urdu famous artistes came to films to give their bits. People like Narayan Prasad Betab, Pt Sudarshan, Agha Hashra Kashmiri, Pt Narottam Vyas, Amritlal Nagar, Kanhaiyalal Munshi, Safdar Aah Sitapuri, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Jigar Muradabadi etc. did some work in films.

From Gujarat too such contributors like Master Vasant, Raghunath Bramhabhatt etc. came and from Bengal a host of writers and stage actors flooded the film industry. (Names of all language artistes are only indicative and not exhaustive).

All these ‘outsiders’ contributed, enriched the films and left for their own respective fields again. One such highly respected and well known stage actor from Marathi dramas was Nana Saheb Phatak. He acted only in 4 Hindi films including today’s film ‘Panna Dai’ (1945). (Bal Gandharva did only 2 Hindi films). Here is a short bio data of Nana Saheb Phatak. it is very difficult to get such information.

‘Nana Saheb’ Phatak was a great actor in Marathi theater who left a memorable impression with his deep voice and powerful dialogue interpretation. Born Gopal Govind Phatak on June 24, 1899, he was drawn to the stage at a very young age. He is believed to have been initiated into Marathi theatre through the play ‘Raksha Bandhan’, in which he played the role of Giridhar. One of his earliest performances was in Yashwant Tipnis’s ‘Matsyagandha’ in 1919 as the old king Shantanu.

With the help of his guru, Shri Ganpatrao Joshi, a veteran actor popularly known as ‘The Garrick of Maharashtra’, Phatak reached the height of his career during his time with the Lalitkaladarsha Natak Mandali – from 1921 to 1936. The Lalitkaladarsha Natak Mandali was founded by veteran singer-actor Sangeet Surya Keshavrao Bhosale. On September 20, 1913, the mandali (troupe) premiered a new play, ‘Rakshasi Mahatvakanksha’ (‘Demonic Ambition’), written by the highly respected playwright Veer Vamanrao Gopal Joshi, at the Bombay theater. The play established Lalitkaladarsha Natak Mandali as a reputed company in the industry, and prominent playwrights began to hand over their plays to be staged by the troupe. Keshavrao Bhosle also pioneered the use of red velvet curtains in Marathi theater. During his tenure with the mandali, Phatak gained tremendous popularity performing in plays including ‘Rakshasi Mahatvakanksha’ in 1914, Warerkar’s ‘Sanyasyacha Sansar’ (‘Sanyasi’s Life’) in 1919, and ‘Sonyacha Kalash’ (‘Golden Spire’) in 1932.

Phatak also performed in films, and his major screen credits include the silent movie ‘Bajirao-Mastani’ in 1925, his role as the evil Kamsa in ‘Akashvani’ in 1934, the hero Mansingh in ‘Rajput Ramani’ in 1936, the rival poet in ‘Pratibha’ in 1937, in ‘Panna Dai’ and Shivaji in ‘Thoratanchi Kamala’ in 1941. (Only Marathi)

In 1945, he played the role of Sudhakar, the drunkard in Gadkari’s ‘Ekach Pyala’, which set a new standard for other Marathi theater performers. Phatak played this role for over 15 years. His ability to embody a variety of characters led him to perform across genres in drama, ranging from historical to mythological and social to Shakespearean. In 1954, the eminent Marathi writer Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar, popularly known by his pen name Kusumagraj, adapted Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ for the Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh as ‘Rajmukut’ in Marathi. The play was directed by Herbert Marshall, a British director, and starred Nana Saheb Phatak as Macbeth and Durga Khote as Lady Macbeth. Despite stellar performances by these veteran actors, the production did not go well. Art and theater critic Dhyaneshwar Nadkarni would later attribute this failure to ‘the Indianising of Macbeth’.

Phatak continued to be interested in Shakespeare. Shirwadkar said that Phatak once asked him to write a play to suit old-school actors, so he adapted Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’ as ‘Natasamrat’ (‘The Actor-Emperor’) in 1970 with Phatak in mind. Unfortunately, Phatak could not act in it.

Nana Saheb Phatak remained a dominant figure on the Marathi stage for over 35 years. He was bestowed with the Akademi Award for Marathi Stage Acting in 1959. He passed away 15 years later on April 8, 1974.
[Thanks to articles from map.sahpedia.org, http://www.marathifilmdata.com, and Natya kalawant from Rasrang.]

Panna Dai’s name is famous in Indian History for her personal sacrifice. She substituted her own son to save the life of the heir of the Kingdom. Her son was killed before her eyes mistaking him for the heir. Here is some information about her.

Panna Dai was a 16th century nursemaid to Udai Singh II, the fourth son of Rana Sanga. She was a Khinchi Chauhan Rajput.
In Hindi, Panna means ’emerald’ and Dai means ‘nurse’. Udai Singh was left in care of Panna, after Rani Karnavati committed Jauhar in 1535. When Udai was attacked by his uncle Banvir, Panna Dai sacrificed her own son’s life to save him.

Panna Dai was the nurse of Rani Karnavati, who was the wife of Rana Sanga. In 1531, Vikramaditya, the second son of Rana Sanga, succeeded the throne after his brother Rana Ratan Singh II. He was known for being insolent and arrogant. In 1535, Chittor was attacked by Bahadur Shah, causing Karnavati to call nobles and ordinary soldiers to defend Chittor. Those who were forced to leave Mewar or were disgruntled, joined. Unfortunately, the battle was lost, leaving Chittor sacked. However, Rajputs occupied the fort as soon as Bahadur Shah left. With the fort back in Rajput control, Vikramaditya came back from Bundi to rule again.

After the defeat, Vikramaditya’s temperament didn’t improve, causing him to physically abuse a respected chieftain at the court. In this situation, Banvir (Rana Sanga’s nephew), who was the son of a non Rajput concubine of Prithviraj, joined the court. Banvir was ambitious and in 1536, he assassinated Vikramaditya. To remove all obstacles of his claim to the throne, Banvir attempted to assassinate Udai Singh. However, Panna was alerted of the situation, and she was assisted by a woman of Bari caste, who smuggled out Udai Singh from Chittor, carrying him in a basket, while Panna placed her own son, Chandan, in Udai’s place. Banvir came soon after, asking for Udai. Panna pointed at the bed, now occupied by her son, and watched as he was murdered. Banvir arranged a meeting of the court and informed the chiefs that both the heirs were deceased. He then claimed his right to the throne and appointed himself king of Mewar. Panna and Udai fled to Kumbhalgarh, where the governor was a Maheshwari Mahajan, Asa Depura, who agreed to grant Udai protection. Udai Singh was nearly 15 years of age then.

When the rumours of Udai Singh being alive reached Banvir, he called him impostor, but since Udai Singh was around 15 years of age and his maternal relatives from Bundi could recognize him, Udai Singh started getting more and more support. In 1540, Udai and a considerable force from Mewar, marched into Chittor to reclaim his throne. Banvir sent out an army to repel the attack, but he was defeated. Udai Singh was crowned the 12th Rana of the Sisodia Dynasty. His eldest son and successor Maharana Pratap was born in the same year.

[Adapted from ‘History of Rajputana’ by Raja Rajwade and wikipedia, with thanks.]

This film was the last film for Master Vithal. After this film, he retired from Hindi films (which he regretted later) and settled in Kolhapur till his death.

Let us now enjoy the second song from this film on this Blog.


Song- Neele gagan par laali chhaayee (Panna Dai)(1945) Singer- Raj Kumari, Lyricist- Deena Nath Madhok, MD- Gyan Dutt
Chorus

Lyrics

neele gagan par laali chhaayee
holi ka din aaya hai
neele gagan par laali chhaayee
holi ka din aaya hai
satiyaan tilak laga len
sooraj thhaal mein kesar laaya hai
thhaal mein kesar laaya hai
satiyaan tilak laga le
sooraj thhaal mein kesar laaya hai
thhaal mein kesar laaya hai
neele gagan par laali chhaayee
holi ka din aaya hai
neele gagan par laali chhaayee
holi ka din aaya hai

maa bete ko choom rahi hai
kaan mein uske kahti hain
maa bete ko choom rahi hai
kaan mein uske kehti hain
bhoomi ka dena kab denge
bhoomi ka dena kab denge
aaj wo shubh din aaya hai
neele gagan par laali chhaayee
holi ka din aaya hai
neele gagan par laali chhaayee
holi ka din aaya hai

tod rahi hain jag se naata
nirmal jal ki dhaara mein
tod rahi hain jag se naata
nirmal jal ki dhaara mein
bahte paani mein satiyon ne
bahte paani mein satiyon ne
man ka moh bahaaya hai
neele gagan par laali chhaayee
holi ka din aaya hai
neele gagan par laali chhaayee
holi ka din aaya hai

ek sotk se hain parwaane ae ae ae ae
ek saath jal jaayenge haan
ek saath jal jaayenge haan
ek saath jal jaayenge haan
ab tak inhi patangon ne
ab tak inhi patangon ne
jyoti ko amar banaaya hai
neele gagan par laali chhaayee
holi ka din aaya hai
neele gagan par laali chhaayee
holi ka din aaya hai
satiyaan tilak laga len
sooraj thhal mein kesar laaya hai
thhaal mein kesar laaya hai
neele gagan par laali chhaayee
holi ka din aaya hai
neele gagan par laali chhaayee
holi ka din aaya hai

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir Kapur)
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नीले गगन पर लाली छाई
होली का दिन आया है
नीले गगन पर लाली छाई
होली का दिन आया है
सतियाँ तिलक लगा लें
सूरज थाल में केसर लाया है
थाल में केसर लाया है
सतियाँ तिलक लगा लें
सूरज थाल में केसर लाया है
थाल में केसर लाया है
नीले गगन पर लाली छाई
होली का दिन आया है
नीले गगन पर लाली छाई
होली का दिन आया है

माँ बेटे को चूम रही है
कान में उसके कहती है
माँ बेटे को चूम रही है
कान में उसके कहती है
भूमि का देना कब देंगे
भूमि का देना कब देंगे
आज वो शुभ दिन आया है
नीले गगन पर लाली छाई
होली का दिन आया है
नीले गगन पर लाली छाई
होली का दिन आया है

तोड़ रही हैं जग से नाता
निर्मल जल की धारा में
तोड़ रही हैं जग से नाता
निर्मल जल की धारा में
बहते पानी में सतियों ने
बहते पानी में सतियों ने
मन का मोह बहाया है
नीले गगन पर लाली छाई
होली का दिन आया है
नीले गगन पर लाली छाई
होली का दिन आया है

एक सोत्क से हैं परवाने ए ए
एक साथ जल जाएंगे हाँ
एक साथ जल जाएंगे हाँ
एक साथ जल जाएंगे हाँ
अब तक इन्हीं पतंगों ने
अब तक इन्हीं पतंगों ने
ज्योति को अमर बनाया है
नीले गगन पर लाली छाई
होली का दिन आया है
नीले गगन पर लाली छाई
होली का दिन आया है
सतियाँ तिलक लगा लें
सूरज थाल में केसर लाया है
थाल में केसर लाया है
नीले गगन पर लाली छाई
होली का दिन आया है
नीले गगन पर लाली छाई
होली का दिन आया है


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

Blog Day :

5163 Post No. : 17128

Today’s song is from the film Adab Arz-1943. The film was made by Amar pictures, Bombay – which was started by Chimanlal Desai after Sagar Movietone closed and he also left National Studios. The film was one of the 8 films that his son-Virendra Desai – directed in his failed career. Music was provided to the 12 songs written by Rammurthy Chaturvedi, Kailash G Matwala and Pt. Indra, by Gyan Dutt who had recently left his long association with Ranjit Movietone. The cast of the film was Nalini Jayawant, Karan Dewan, Kamla Chaterjee, Ansari, Pratima Devi, Dulari, Mukesh, Nagendra M, M Kumar, and many others.

Not much information is available about this film anywhere. This is one great obstacle in writing about old films. Maybe the people who collect records and Film Booklets have its booklet giving some extra details and an incomplete storyline. otherwise such stories are available only in the reviews appearing in Film magazines of those times. Magazine Film India was a good source of such stories, but unfortunately issues of 1943 year are not available on the Net-like other years.

Luckily, at least HFGK gives the data for film songs of most films of the year. Here also there are films for which absolutely on information – except the film title – is available. I do not know why it is so, but surely HFGK makers must be helpless in such cases. I know how much effort Har Mandir Singh ji and his team took in collecting the data for films for compiling one volume for each decade.

In the year 2012, I had bought all the then available Volumes (5 Volumes) for the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, and the 70’s decades. Of late, volumes for next decades are also available, but I have not bought them, as I don’t generally write on films made after the year 1980. However, I have got the Book of filmography from 1981 to 2000, published by Hamraz ji. Except song details, it has all other details about films made in these 20 years.

The HFGK volumes for 1930 to 1960 which I have, are in complete tattered condition. This is due to its constant-almost daily- use for the last so many years. The cardboard covers have separated from the rest of the papers and the pages are in “divorced” condition with other pages ! Even then I use the same volumes in ” as is where is ” condition (they are beyond ‘gumming’), because of the hundreds of the small notes I have made on each page and each name, song and each detail. Buying new volumes means losing all this information being used as a reference or maintaining all 10 volumes, at a time, which will be cumbersome !

HFGK has been one of the tools I have used in writing my more than 1100 articles. I can not imagine how I would have done it without them. HFGK provides names of major and minor actors, the director, the MD and the song details which makes it very easy for finding the songs on social media like YouTube etc. Kind song collectors upload “new” old songs from time to time. There are music collectors who collect only the songs of the old films (without collecting 78 RPM records), like, for example Dr. Surjit Singh ji. He allows any song lover to download these songs for FREE. A real social worker, I would say. My friend Shri Abhay Jain from the USA has given me more than 6000 songs from films of the 30’s and 40’s alone !

Many times HFGK provides names of some actors, singers , MDs, or Directors who evoke my interest as they are not commonly seen and I spend months collecting information about them from various sources. Even in today’s film cast I find 2 interesting actor names, Nagendra M. and A.N.Ansari. Today I will provide information about Nagendra M here.

Nagendra Majumdar. He was the father of Music Director Ninu (Niranjan) Majumdar. Nagendra was born in a happy family in the year 1894 in Bombay. After his father died, “Pearl Dairy” established by his father ran very well doing good business. Suddenly, Nagendra’s wife fell seriously ill and despite taking her full care, she expired. Due to neglect of the Dairy in this period, Dairy also closed down.

He shifted to Baroda and worked as a State Police Inspector. Later he worked as Watch and Ward Inspector in Baroda Railways. He left the job and started working as a hero in dramas of famous dramatist R.V.Desai. Heeralal, the owner of Laxmi Film Company, Bombay was impressed with his personality and took him to Bombay in 1926 to act in his silent films. Thus started his film career. In those days Silent films used to be completed within a month. He worked as a Hero in films of Laxmi, Jagdish and Imperial film companies.

In the same year, he directed a film ‘Paani mein aag’-1926, made by Royal Arts. Then came two more films made by Kaiser E Hind films. He also directed films for other companies. In all, he directed 15 Silent films by 1932. By then the Talkie had arrived. In the next 14 years he directed 12 Talkie films like – Ras Vilas-32, Sassi Punnu-32, Patit Pawan-33, mirza Sahibaan-33, Mera Imaan-34, Kala Wagh-34, Rangila nawab-35, Kimiyagar-36, Aaj ka Aladdin aka Aladdin II-36, Lehri lutera-37, Talwarwala-46 and Swadesh Sewa-46.

When offers for direction became few, he started acting in films. He acted in 12 films. When K L Saigal came to Bombay, Nagendra wanted to work with him. In the film Tansen-43, he did the role of Tansen’s (Saigal’s) father and he was very happy. Other films that he acted in were Kanchan-41,Beti-41, Khilauna-42, Bhakt Surdas-42, Armaan-42, Tansen-43, Gauri-43, Adab Arz-43, Bharthari-44, Prabhu ka Ghar-45, Ghazal-45 and Dhanna Bhagat-45.

His last 2 films came in 1946, but his health was not cooperating for quite a few years. He gave up work and took a rest. However, he suffered from paralysis and died on 22-8-1951. His son Ninu Majumdar worked in Bombay A.I.R. as head of Gujarati programmes, since 1937. By the time Nagendra died, Ninu had already started working as a Music Director.

As a Director, Nagendra had worked with the best of his times like, Master Vithal, Zubeida, Jillo, Billimorea brothers, Madhuri, Navinchandra, Durga Khote, Jairaj, Sultana, Noorjehan sr and such luminaries of those days. He had worked for Ranjit, Imperial, Sharda, Lakshmi, Jayant Desai films, Yagnik films etc etc.

I have information about Ansari also, but the post will be too long and I know from my own experience that nowadays long posts are not read by most people. Ansari will have to wait for some other time, another day.

Lastly, a little information about Director Virendra Desai and the heroine of this film Nalini Jayawant. They got married in 1943, when Virendra was 15 years older than the 17 year old Nalini and when he was already married having 2 daughters and 1 son too ! Their marriage was not successful and they divorced in 1948. Virendra Desai led a dejected and defeated life personally after this, whereas Nalini married again and shone a lot in Hindi films as an actress. When she died, she was living alone and her body was discovered after 3 days. The ‘ May-December ‘ marriage was not lucky for both of them !

Today’s song is the second song from this film in this Blog and is sung by Nalini Jayawant again.

(Author’s note- Information for this article is collated from various sources like Listener’s Bulletins No. 40 of Feb-80 and No.145 of July 2010, HFGK, muVyz, Sapnon ke Saudagar by Vithal Pandya, Silent films by Dr.Verma, Lost Treasures by Kamlakar P., Sagar Movietone by Biren Kothari ji and my notes.)


Song- Kheton pe chale bhaiyya kisaan re (Aadaab Arz)(1943) Singer- Nalini Jaywant, Lyricist- Rammurthy, MD-Gyan Dutt

Lyrics

kheton pe chale bhaiyya
kisaan re ae
kheton pe chale bhaiyya kisaan re ae
thumak bhaagi (??) peechhe jaaye re
thumak bhaagi (??) peechhe jaaye re

aage badha hindustan re ae
aage badha hindustan re ae
talwaar sang sang jaaye re ae
talwaar sang sang jaaye re ae
kheton pe chale bhaiyya
kisaan re ae
kheton pe chale bhaiyya kisaan re ae
thumak bhaagi (??)
haan haan
thhumak bhaagi (??)
haan haan
thhumak bhaagi (??)
peechhe jaaye re

hare bhare haaye khet humaare
hare bhare haaye khet humaare
bhaiyya ke sariya(?) pagariya daari
bhaiya ke sariya(?) pagariya daari
gori bhaabhi ?? samjhaaye
gori bhabhi ?? samjhaaye
jhanda tiranga jaise phahraaye re
jhanda tiranga jaise phahraaye re
kheton pe chale bhaiyya
kisaan re ae
kheton pe chale bhaiyya kisaan re ae
thumak bhaagi (??)
haan haan thhumak bhaagi (??)
haan haan thhumak bhaagi (??)
peechhe jaaye re
thhumak bhaagi (??) peechhe jaaye re


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Blog Day :

5116 Post No. : 17064

Today’s song is from the film Chanda ki Chandani-1948.

The film was directed by Dwaraka Khosla, the lyricist was D.N.Madhok and the music Director was Gyan Dutt.

When I was looking at the cast of this film, my eyes were stuck on one name and a smile came to my face.

From the day films started being made in India, in the first stage, no one was ready to work in films. In the second stage, no one from a respectable family was coming forward to work in films. In the third stage, very few educated people joined the films. However, as the film industry got well established, the picture changed and highly educated people from respectable families joined Cinema world. Not only that, working in films became a matter of prestige. It brought fame and money both ! The film industry attracted all talented people from various places.

Working in films also became an attraction for many producers, directors, lyricists, singers, music directors,cinematographers, choreographers etc. In fact, people who had no direct involvement in the actual role playing too became attracted to be seen on the silver screen. Thus, we find many examples of such ‘ unconnected ‘ film personalities to appear on the silver screen at least once.

Take the case of Music Director S.N.Tripathi, for example. When he joined the film industry through Bombay talkies, for fun, he first did a small role in the film Jeevan Naiya-1936, which was also the first film of Ashok Kumar as a Hero. But after that film, after 10 years, he started acting in films and finally he ended up acting in 83 films in his career, while giving music to 107 films and even directing 10 films ! This is the charisma of films !!. Another example I remember offhand is that of music director Jaikishen ( of Shankar- Jaikishen fame), who appeared as a singer in the film Begunah-1957.

Among lyricists, I remember Dewan Sharar, doing a small role in the film Karma-1933, who ended up appearing in 7 more films in the next 20 years ! Not only this, but even Lata Mangeshkar ( initially as a need), Asha Bhosle, R D Burman etc have appeared on the silver screen. Mukesh and Talat Mehmood had done Hero’s roles too. There could be many such examples and our readers can quote them.

In my younger days ( which was too long ago ! ), I remember Alfred Hitchcock, director of Murder mystery films, had the habit of appearing at least once in evry film that he made, either as a part of a crowd or in a negligible cameo role. During that period, it became a craze all over the world to spot him in his films- which was a difficult task and people saw films many times just to locate him.

All this came to my mind, when I saw the name of Neelkanth Tiwari in the cast of the film Chanda ki Chandani-1948. Tiwari was a well known author and a lyricist in Hindi films. This winner of Sahitya Academy Award, had a penchant for appearing on Silver screen. He appeared in at least 2 films – Apna paraya-1942 and Chanda ki Chandani-1948. He is also said to have appeared along with Dev Anand (with whom he was quite close) in one of his films- name of which I do not know. Not only this he also sang a song in his first film Nirdosh-1941 !

Other members of the cast of this film were Jairaj, Rehana, E.Bilimoria, Moni Chatterjee, Kesari, Veera, Ameer bano etc. The case of E. Bilimoria is strange. He became an actor by accident (reminds me of Motilal and Ranjan too). In the early era of the Talkie films the Bilimoria brothers were very famous. First it was D (Dinshaw) and then came E (Eddie) Bilimoria. Eddie was born at Bilimora,in Gujarat, in 1900. At the age of just 13 years he ran away from house to Kirkee (near Poona), to his uncle, to become a Fireman in Railways. Here, he became a Door keeper in a Cinema house and also learnt operating the film projector. Due to ill health, he was brought to Bombay.

One day he went to Imperial Studio to meet his brother Dinshaw, who worked in films. Mistaking him to be Dinshaw, make-up was done to him and he played a role in the film ‘Punjab Mail’. Then onwards he started working regularly in films. As a Hero his first silent film was ‘Raj Ramani’. He worked as Hero in 7 Imperial films and 10 films of Ranjit Studio. His Heroines were Putli, Shanta, Sultana. Madhuri, Padma, Panna and others. When Talkie films started he was Hero in 32 films made by Ranjit, opposite Gauhar, Shanta, Kamla, Mehtab, Madhuri and Sitara etc. He worked in 15 films opposite Madhuri only. Fencing, shooting and horse riding were his specialties as a stunt Hero. He was the First in India to wear Cowboy dress in stunt films.

Char chakram-32, Miss 1933-33, and Nadira-34 were his Hit films. In the film ‘ Sipahi ki sajni’-36, he jumped into Sea from a flying plane, without duplicate. Daredevil stunts were his hallmark. There were hundreds of stitches on his body. After 1939 he stopped getting Hero roles, so he did other character roles. After 1953, he was reduced to only an Extra. He did acting till 1973 and then took up a job in a Fridge and AC shop. He stayed in a flat in Kemps corner in Bombay. His last days were not very happy. E.Bilimoria died on 18-2-1981 at Bombay.

He acted in 73 Talkie films, directed 1 film ( sone ki chidiya-48) and also sang 4 songs in 4 films. His first film was Radha Rani-32 and last was Honeymoon-73.
( adapted from ‘Inhe na Bhulana’ (in Gujarati) by Harish Raghuwanshi, with thanks.)

Another name of interest was that of Veera. This name too may not be known to many. Veera was from a Parsi family.Her full name was Veera Ankaleshwaria. Obviously, her family came from Ankaleshwar,a small industrial town(now), in Gujarat. She started her career in films as a Heroine opposite Nasir khan in the film Mazdoor-1945. Then came Shikari-46 and later Eight days-46, both had Ashok Kumar as the Hero. Both the films were from Filmistan. Her last film as Heroine was Tohfa, opposite Rehman and Leela opposite Agha , both films from 1947. Then she stopped getting Heroine roles and shifted to side roles. In all she did 22 films.

Her other films were, Veena, Ziddi, Chanda ki Chandani- all 48, Sanwaria-49, Hamara Ghar and hamari beti- 1950, Hamari shaan, Ramjanma and Sagar-1951, Aasmaan, izzat, Moti mahal, Sanskar and Shin shinaki boobla boo-all1952, Dana Pani-53, Boot polish and Sheeshe ki deewar both 1954.

She married Mohsin Abdulla, who had worked in Bombay Talkies as a writer. He was the younger brother of actress Renuka Devi ( Begum Mirza) and ex husband of actress Neena (Shaheeda). After the marriage, both migrated to Pakistan in 1955. No news after that.

Today’s song is a good one, sung by Sulochana Chavan and B. Hussain. I do not know who this B. Hussain was. HFGK mentions the singer of this song as Geeta Roy, but the names on the actual gramophone record are different. This song and the record photo was uploaded by Jaffer Bhai. Thanks to him for this rare song. Let us enjoy this duet – which is the 7th song of this film to feature on this Blog.


Song- Kaali kaali raat hai (Chanda Ki Chaandni)(1948) Singers- Sulochana Kadam, B Hussain, Lyricist- D N Madhok, MD- Gyan Dutt
Both

Lyrics

kaali kaali raat hai
kaali kaali raat hai
gar saas teri so jaaye to kuchh baat hai
kaali kaali raat hai
gar saas teri so jaaye to kuchh baat hai
kaali kaali raat hai
kaali kaali raat hai

lo ghir ghir baadal aa gaye
aa morey raaja
hum ghabra gaye
lo ghir ghir baadal aa gaye
aa morey raaja
hum ghabra gaye
tu to ghabra gayi
mera dhadke hai dil
tu to ghabra gayi
mera dhadke hai dil
tu makkhi ban ke
kabootar ban ke
o sajni aa ke raat beeti jaat hai
raat beeti jaat hai

per maa teri so jaaye to kya baat hai
per saas teri so jaaye to kuchh baat hai
kaali kaali raat hai
kaali kaali raat hai

jo main jaanti
saasu ka raaz ghar mein hoga
jo main jaanti
saasu ka raaz ghar mein hoga
kabhi na aati
kunwaari hi rah jaati
jo main jaanti
saasu ka raaz ghar mein hoga
kabhi na aati
kunwaari hi rah jaati
jo main jaanta
meri dushman hai meri maata
jo main jaanta
meri dushman hai meri maata
zehar ka pyaala pee ke
kabhi ka mar jaata
jo main jaanta
meri dushman hai meri maata
zehar ka pyaala pee ke
kabhi ka mar jaata

udhar padi to khabardaar
ye last hai
kaali kaali raat hai
kaali kaali raat hai
per saas teri so jaaye to kuchh baat hai
per maa teri so jaaye to kya baat hai
kaali kaali raat hai
kaali kaali raat hai


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

Blog Day :

4998 Post No. : 16895

Today’s song is from the film Sasural-1941.

Most of the “Family Dramas”, especially from the Southern stables, depict the problems of the family after the new Bahu comes to the house. In majority cases “problem” means disputes between the Saas- Bahu or the torture meted out to the meak and humble, sanskari Bahu by the Saas and /or Nanad. We have seen many such films. And then we have also seen films where the Bahu is dominating and gives troubles to saas and sasur- going to the extent of throwing them out of their own house. The third and most enjoyable type of family drama is wherein the Bahu is Tit for Tat to the machinations of the irritating Saas and Nanad.

I have been watching movies for about 65-70 years in different languages like Marathi, Hindi, English, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil and even a few Bangla ones. This was because Hyderabad state, where I grew up, was a multilingual state having a substantial population of Marathi, Telugu and Kannada people and of course Urdu speaking Muslims-the Rulers. In the beginning, when I was about 10 to 12 years old, I used to be a ‘Chaperone’ to a group of old relatives in the family for going to the theatre to see the films. Their invariable choices were essentially Mythologicals or tear jerker family films. I have seen more such ‘crying’ or ‘miracle’ filled films in my childhood.

But besides the types of family films mentioned above, there is or rather was one more category, wherein the film story used to be , in which the ‘would be’ Sasural was described in detail or the film story was about the proposed Sasural. In such films, the marriage is fixed, but the Groom or the Bride is mistaken for a wrong person,causing misunderstanding between the pair, till the mistake is rectified to set the things right. I have seen such films too. One film of the 40’s I remember is ” Panghat”-1943, wherein the groom is mistaken for a wrong person. Another similar story was in the film ” Chitchor”-1976. Such films were quite fun to see, because except the actors in the film, everyone in the theatre knew who was the real groom or the bride ! This enhanced the enjoyment.

Today’s film Sasural-1941 is also of this type only. In this film, however, both the groom and the bride misunderstand each other for some other person, but luckily fall in love with the right companion. This film was made by Ranjit Movietone and was directed by Chaturbhuj Doshi. All 13 songs of the film were written by D N Madhok and the music was by Gyan Dutt. The cast consisted of Motilal, Madhuri, Nurjahan Sr., Kantilal, Urmila, Bhagwan Das etc.etc.

Motilal was one of the earliest actors who brought ” Natural acting” to films. Later on actors like Ashok Kumar, Sanjeev Kumar, Amol Palekar and few others practiced it to enrich their films. Most of the new age readers may not be knowing who the actress ” Madhuri” in this film was. The only Madhuri they know is Madhuri Dikshit (I too liked her). For their benefit I reproduce here, once again, a translation of my article on this actress Madhuri. This was originally written in Marathi for a periodical, which has ceased to exist anymore.

Place- Shanmukhanand Hall,Mumbai
Date 7-2-1999
Time- 7 p.m.
Programme- Felicitation to ‘ Stars from the Silent Era’
Organisers- ” Amrut” and ” Cine Society of Bombay ”

The entire hall was overcrowded. Not only all the seats were occupied, but people were standing wherever possible. Everybody wanted to see the Two STARS on the stage-Jairaj and Madhuri. Both were in their late 80s, but looked radiant and smiling. For Madhuri it was a surprise, that the organisers found her out after living in oblivion for over 50 years. She was simply overwhelmed with the people’s affection and love. For Jairaj,these things were not new. He has been around all the time.

Madhuri and Jairaj were a Popular pair in Silent film era. They worked as a lead pair in 3 films, one each in 1930-Rasili Rani, 1931-Warrior from the wild and 1932-My Hero. They came together after almost 70 years, on this stage.

Like many others, Madhuri too was an Anglo Indian. Her name was Beryl Claessen. She was born on 3-11-1913 at Delhi. Her father was a big officer in the Government. Her initial schooling took place in Nainital. She learnt music too,because she wanted to become a Music Teacher. However, she never became,but on a visit to Bombay she was picked up by producer Indulal Yagnik and she started acting in silent films.

Many Heroines in those days were Anglo-Indians,Europeans or Jew girls. Since silent films did not require speaking Hindi or Urdu ( or any language,for that matter),these girls were preferred,as the Indian audience loved their fair colour (Gori Mem). Additionally,these girls did not hesitate to give intimate scenes like kissing or doing stunts themselves. Most girls knew Horse riding,fencing and fighting.

In 1928,there was a Silent film Madhuri,but actress Sulochana(Ruby Myers) did this role and in 1932 there was a Talkie film Madhuri,in which also Sulochana only did the role. When the Talkie films era began most of the Anglo Indian girls became jobless,since they could not speak Hindi/Urdu nor could they sing a song-the two requirements for actresses in early era Talkie films. However,few intelligent and professional actresses learnt Hindi/Urdu language speaking. Madhuri and Sabita Devi (Irene Gasper) were two such clever girls who achieved proficiency in these matters.

Madhuri was very beautiful. After doing 17 silent films,she made her debut in Talkie films with ‘ Pardesi Preetam’-1933. Jaswantlal Nandlal directed his first film here. Her Hero was Raja Sandow. She did many films for Ranjit under the direction of Jayant Desai. From 1933 to 1942,she acted in 28 films. They were (not in order) Kashmeera, Mitti ka Putla, Noor e watan, Secretary, Lehri lala, Rangeela Raja, Sitamgarh, Prithviputra, Thokar, Raj Ramni, Diwali, Matlabi Duniya, Toofani Toli, Shama parwana, College Girl, Nadira, Veer Babruvahan, Zamin ka chaand, Ban ki chidia, Toofan Mail, Mehman, Sasural, Shadi, Ikrar, Vakil Saheb, Paapi, Mazaq and Dharm-45 …her last film.

In 1941,Madhuri got married and after completing films on hand, retired from Film line. After this, she simply disappeared for next 50 years without a trace,till the organisers of a programme located her. Bombay’s ” Amrut” and ” Cine Society of Bombay ” held a felicitation programme on 7-2-1999, for “Stars from the Silent Era”. For Madhuri it was a surprise that the organisers found her out after living in oblivion for over 50 years. She was simply overwhelmed with the people’s affection and love.

She and Jairaj were felicitated on that day.

Film Sasural-1941 story appeared in the December issue of Film India magazine review, in short. Our Sadanand Kamath ji had given it in 2016, in his comments. Here it is…

“The marriage of Vinod (Motilal) and Usha (Madhuri) is fixed, But Usha has not seen her would-be-husband. A mix-up of suitors happens when a fat servant (Kantilal) impersonates Usha’s would-be-husband. The detailed story is not revealed in the review probably to avoid the ‘suspense in the comedy of errors’. It is only towards the end of the film when the impersonation of suitors gets revealed while on a forest trail when Usha falls in the arms of Vinod and the fat servant (Kantilal) gets the maid (Nur Jahan Sr,) as the original suitors.”

The funny song is sung by Kantilal, Motilal and chorus. Kantilal was a favourite with Sagar Movietone initially and then Ranjit Movietone. he featured in all the 3 successive comedy films made by Ranjit in this war period, namely Musafir-1940, Pardesi-1941 and Sasural-1941. Chandulal Shah believed that his audience needed lauhter during the tensions created by the second world war.

KANTILAL CHHAGANLAL PACHCHIGAR ( Soni) was born on 18-4-1907 in Surat, Gujrat. He was from a Goldsmith family. Due to inherent interest in music,after college education he came to Bombay to try film singing.

His first film was ‘Bulbul e Paristan’-1934 from Vishnu Cinetone. Kikubhai Yagnik was the MD. Kantilal sang 2 songs in it.In 1935, he acted, sang and gave Music to Preet ki reet. He sang in 6 songs. From 1937 to 1941, he was with Ranjit Movietone and acted and sang in 16 films. He sang 40 songs under Khamchand Prakash and Gyan Dutt. Then came Gazi Salahuddin, Kangan, Holiday in Bombay and Kanchan. Kantilal sang 60 songs in 24 films under 5 MDs.

In 1943,he married Ushaben and acted in Gujarati films and Dramas.
He died on 17-6-1971.

Some of his films were, Tufani Toli, Ban ki chidiya, Billi, Gorakh Aya, Prithvi Putra, Adhuri Kahani, Nadi kinare, Aaj ka Hindustan, Achhut, Diwali, Holi, Musafir, Pardesi, Sasural, Shaadi etc.

Enjoy the comedy song….


Song- Bibi bole naahin kunda khole naahin (Sasuraal)(1941) Singers- Kantilal, Motilal, Lyricist- D N Madhok, MD- Gyan Datt

Lyrics

ho o o
khole naahin
bole naahin
ho kunda khole nahin
bibi bole naahin
ho kunda khole nahin
aji baahar pade re barsaat
bole naahin
bibi bole naahin
o kunda khole naahin

aji baahar pade re barsaat
bole naahin
bibi bole naahin
o kunda khole naahin
bibi bole naahin

baaman ke ghar kutiya re bhaunke
bole naahin
kuchh bole naahin
baaman ke ghar kutiya re bhaunke
ghadi ghadi mein ?? chaunke
baali umar dar jaat
bole naahin
bibi bole naahin
o kunda khole naahin
o ji baali umar dar jaat
bole naahin
bibi bole naahin
o kunda khole naahin
bibi bole naahin

kanya ke ghar chaandi sona
par kismat mein phata bichauna
bole naahin
bibi bole naahin
kanya ke ghar chaandi sona
par kismat mein phata bichauna
khaane ko hai bhaat
bole naahin
bibi bole naahin
o kunda khole naahin
aji khaane ko hai bhaat
bole naahin
bibi bole naahin
o kunda khole naahin
bibi bole naahin

aeji baahar pade re barsaat
bole naahin
bibi bole naahin
o kunda khole naahin
bibi bole naahin

miyaan ke ghar mein patli jo daal
miyaaan jee ladke chale sasuraal
o miyaan ke ghar mein patli jo daal
miyaaan jee ladke chale sasuraal
aji shaadi kar pachhtaaye
bole naahin
bibi bole naahin
ho kunda khole naahin

aeji shaadi kar pachtaaye
bole naahin
bibi bole naahin
o kunda khole naahin
bibi bole naahin

aeji baahar pade re barsaat
bole naahin
bibi bole naahin
o kunda khole naahin
bibi bole naahin

?? nain lade re
aeji bhaado ki kaali kaali raat
bole naahin
bibi bole naahin
o kunda khole naahin
aeji bhaado ki kaali kaali raat
bole naahin
bibi bole naahin
o kunda khole naahin
bibi bole naahin
o kunda khole naahin
bibi bole naahin
aeji baahar pade re barsaat
bole naahin
bibi bole naahin
o kunda khole naahin
bibi bole naahin
bole naahin


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

Blog Day :

4982 Post No. : 16865

Today’s song is from the film Gul E Bakawali-1956.

Wild and fertile imagination has been a tool of entertaining mankind from ancient times. Today, old people tell tales to youngsters like they were told by their grandparents and so on. This has been going on and in the process, many creative authors chipped in their ‘ Two Cents ” to those existing stories enriching them further. Thus the child in the Adult man has always been provided fodder for his satiation for Romance and Thrill.

Arabian Nights has been one such book. Generations after generations have enjoyed the exploits of Allauddin, Alibaba and Sindbabd. Gul E Bakavali or the Magic flower of the plant Bakavali is also one of these stories. Needless to say that the filmmakers from the Silent era to the Talkie era have used this story in their films.

Gul E Bakavali-1924 was the first silent film on this story. And the first story in Talkie films was made in 1932. Let us see the History of these films….

GUL-E-BAKAVALI or the magic flower of the Bakavali Tree is supposed to do many things which are unimaginable. Gul-e-Bakawali is a popular medieval romance in many versions. The seventeenth-century poet Nawazish Khan was perhaps the first to write a Bangla version of Gule Bakawali, a story in verse about the love of Prince Taj ul mulk for the fairy Bakawali. The Sprinter catalogue records an Urdu Gule Bakawali written in verse in 1625. In 1722, Sheikh Izzatullah, a Bengali, wrote a prose version, Taj ul mulk Gule Bakawali, in persian. It is not known on which version Nawazish Khan based his poem.

There were several variant versions of Gule Bakawali, such as the poetic versions by Muhammad Mukim (1760–70), Muhammad Ali, Munsi Ebadat Ali (1840), Umacharan Mitra (1834), and Abdus Shakur, and the prose version by Bijaynath Mukhopadhyaya (1904). Kedarnath Gangopadhyaya wrote a play based on the story in 1978. Ebadat Ali’s Gule Bakawali is a dobhasi puthi.

The story was also popular in Urdu. Thus, at the beginning of the nineteenth century, Munshi Nehalchand Lahori wrote a prose version titled Mazhabe Ishq (1803), and Dayashankar Nasim wrote a masnavi (poem) called Gulzare Nasim (1835).

* Gul-e-Bakavali was the first picture with the same subject as Silent film in 1924 directed by Kanjibhai Rathod and produced by Kohinoor flms. It starred Jamna, Khalil, Fatma Begum, Noor Mohamed, Sabita Devi, Sultana, Usha Rani and Zubeida.

* The story was made as Silent film again in 1930 (Starring Vishnu, Gulab .. Dir Mohanlal Shah)

* Gul-e-Bakavali was made into Hindi films five times in 1932 ( starring Ashraf Khan, Zaibunnisa.. Dir Anand Prasad Kapoor), 1947 ( Starring Feroz Dastur, Menaka, Rabab, Sanober..Dir Rustom Modi), 1956 ( starring MG Ramachandran,Varalaxmi, Rajkumari…Dir Ramanna TR), 1963( starring Jairaj, Nishi.. Dir Jugal Kishore) and 1982( starring Feroz Khan , Amjad Khan … Dir Ravi (Kant Nagaich )..

* The story was pictured earlier in Telugu in 1938 with title Gulebakavali directed by Kallakoori Sadasivaravu and starring B. Jayamma. and again pictured as Gulebakavali Katha in 1962 (starring NT Ramarao , Jamuna, Nagaratnam .. Dir Kamalakara Kameshwara Rao)

* There are two Tamil versions, one from mid 30’s by Soundararajan (Tamilnadu Talkies fame!) and another version in 1955 , directed and produced by T. R. Ramanna and starring M. G. Ramachandran, T.R. Rajakumari and G. Varalakshmi…

The earlier Punjabi version was released in 1938 (*Baby Noorjehan , Ajmal , M Isamil … Dir Barkat Mehra) …

In Pakistan the story was pictured in 1961 (Ilyas Kashmiri, Jamila Razzaq .. Dir Munshi Dil .. MD.. Safdar Hussain ).

Today’s film was a Tamil film dubbed in Hindi. The film was made by Madras Cine Corporation and was marketed by R.R. pictures, Madras. The director was Ramanna and the MD was Gyan Datt. The cast of the film was T R Rajkumari, M G Ramchandran, Tangavalan, Raja Sulochana, G Varalakshmi, Chandrababu and others. 8 Songs of the film were written by P L Santoshi (7) and Indivar (1).

M G Ramchandran, N T Rama Rao, Gemini Ganesan, Shivaji Ganesan and many well known Southern Heroes wanted to act in Hindi films, but their problem was Language. Thus most of their Films in Hindi are dubbed films, though Gemini Ganesan made some Hindi film appearances in person. The score for others in Hindi is MGR (11 films), NTR (23 films), Gemini Ganesan (24 films), and Shivaji Ganesan (19 films). (The famous Kannada Hero Dr. Rajkumar did not work at all in any Hindi film.) Same is the case with South Heroines. Let us see about T R Rajkumari.

T.R.Rajkumari was an addition to the already present Rajkumaris in Hindi films. Thank God she did not sing, only acted, that too only in films made in South or by south producers. The other Rajkumaris were Rajkumari Dubey Banaraswali, Rajkumari Calcuttewali and Rajkumari Shukla.

Thanjavur Radhakrishnan Rajayee (May 05, 1922 – September 20, 1999), popularly known by her screen name T. R. Rajakumari, was a film actress, Carnatic singer and dancer. She has been called the first “dream girl” of Tamil cinema. Later she turned as a producer along with her brother under the banner “R. R. Pictures”. She had an active career in the period between 1936 and 1963.

Rajkumari was born on 05 May 1922 in Thanjavur, Madras Presidency, now in Tamilnadu, in a family of carnatic musicians. Both her mother and her grandmother wanted her to become a singer and trained her in Carnatic music.

Rajkumari made her film debut in Kumara Kulothungan which was produced in 1938 – 39 but was released in 1941 after Kacha Devayani. In the initial ads her name appeared as T. R. Rajayee but later in the film she was credited as T. R. Rajkumari. In 1944, Rajakumari starred in the record-breaking film Haridas alongside M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar and gained recognition for her glamorous portrayal.

She acted in few Hindi movies during 1948 to 1958. Her first Hindi film was Chandralekha with Ranjan.She worked in Chandralekha-48, Jeevan Tara-51, Manohar-54, Rajkumari-55, Gul e bakavali-56 ( produced by her company) and finally in Suhag-58.

Rajakumari died on September 20, 1999 after a prolonged illness.

Then there was Raja Sulochana in this film, who did 14 Hindi films. Chittajallu Rajeevalochana (15 August 1935 – 5 March 2013), better known as Rajasulochana, was a classical dancer and actress. She has acted in more than 300 Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi language films.
She was born on 15 August 1935 in Bezawada (now Vijayawada), in Andhra Pradesh. Her father, Pilliarchetty Bhakthavatsalam Naidu worked in Indian Railways and was transferred to Madras as PA to the General Manager of M&SM Railway. At school, her name was recorded in error as Rajasulochana.
She learned Indian classical dance from Lalithamma, K. N. Dhandayuthapani Pillai, Acharyulu and Vempati Chinna Satyam, Krishnakumar, Vishnu Vysarkar, and Kalamandalam Madhavan.

The Kannada stage and screen maestro H. L. N. Simha gave her an acting opportunity in Gunasagari (Kannada, 1953), produced by Gubbi Veeranna. Subsequently, she acted in about 274 films in all South Indian languages. She acted with all the leading stars of South Indian cinema such as M. G. Ramachandran, Sivaji Ganesan, N. T. Rama Rao, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Rajkumar, S. S. Rajendran, Prem Nazir, A. P. Nagarajan and M. N. Nambiar.

Rajasulochana was a special friend of the boss A.V.Meiyappan and he was trying to push her in Hindi films.It was rumoured that due to this only,a song and dance item was thrust in Chori Chori,even if it did look like a patch,having no connection to the picture story in any manner !(tum arabon ka herfer karnewale…)

Rajasulochana was a good dancer/actress and acted in some 80 odd Telugu,Kannada and Tamil movies. She acted/danced in few Hindi movies like, Aayi phirse Bahar, Alladin ka chirag, Naya aadami, Sitaron Se aage etc.

She founded the dance school “Pushpanjali Nritya Kala Kendram” in 1961 in Chennai. It has trained many students in Indian classical dance forms and celebrated its Silver Jubilee in 1986. She gave many dance performances in India and abroad and got critical acclaim for the dance dramas.

She had a son out of her first marriage and after it ended in a divorce, she married actor-director C. S. Rao and had twin daughters. One daughter lives in Chennai. The other twin daughter and son live in Chicago, Illinois.

Rajasulochana died in Chennai on 5 March 2013 at the age of 77. Condoling her death, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said the actress had left an imprint for herself in the film industry. She was engaged in creating artistes in her dance school “Pushpanjali Nrithya Kala Kendram” here, Jayalalithaa said.

Today’s song is a duet of P.Susheela and G M Durrani.


Song- Bade tum veer sahi baat badi mat karna (Gul e Bakaawli)(1956) Singers-P Susheela, G M Durrani, Lyrics-P L Santoshi, MD-Gyan Dutt

Lyrics

Bade tum veer sahi
baat badi mat karna
Bade tum veer sahi
baat badi mat karna
nahin jeet mujhe paayega
teer kitne hi koi chalaaye
nahin jeet mujhe paayega
teer kitne hi koi chalaaye ae
Bade tum veer sahi
baat badi mat karna

o abhimaanin naari
kaisi kismat lalkaari
o abhimaanin naari
kaisi kismat lalkaari
is jag mein yoon maharaj
?? mera dam bharte hain
is jag main yoon maharaj
?? mera dam bharte hain
jo ho tumhaare
use ?? karte hain
jo ho tumhaare
use ?? karte hain

achcha jee ye kahiye
ab ?? kya chaahiye
achcha jee ye kahiye
ab ?? kya chaahiye
mujhe to pau baarah padte hi
jay paaun
mujhe to pau baarah padte hi
jay paaun

ye lo jee pau baarah
?? kaise pade
ye lo jee pau baarah
?? kaise pade

man pe hogi jeet
man pe hogi haar
yoon na bekaar mere sarkaar
man ko kariye beqaraar
man pe hogi jeet
man pe hogi haar
yoon na bekaar mere sarkaar
man ko kariye beqaraar

man se lubhaake
kya ??
adhikaar man pe paay gaya
dil ko waar ke
dil mein kisi ke
kariye pahle ye akhtiyaar
man se lubhaake
kya ??
adhikaar man pe paay gaya
dil ko waar ke
dil mein kisi ke
kariye pahle ye akhtiyaar
bekaar mere sarkaar
man ko kariye beqaraar


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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4807 Post No. : 16575

Today’s song is from the film Armaan-1942.

I have found many times that film titles are given on the basis of the essence of the story – the result, the effort or even the relationship etc. It is expected that from the title itself, the movie fan should be able to guess the type of film or the story of the film. Some titles are straight forward like Baiju Bawra, Tansen, Jhansi ki Rani etc. Such films do not call for intelligence work to know about the film’s content. But when the titles like Armaan, Laalach, or Ladki are given, the fan has to scratch his head about the type of the story. Next help is from the cast of the film. Cast of a Stunt film is absolutely distinctive. The actors are fixed, not known to the general public and includes at least some actors with strange names like Chemis, Manchi Toothy or Bajarbattu etc. Initially, a Dilip kumar film used to be equated with a sad end due to Hero’s death. Nirupa Roy indicated a Religious film etc.

Even from the names of Directors one could guess about the type of films.For example, a film directed by Sohrab Modi meant extra long dialogues in pure urdu or Hindi, Historical story. Mehboob Khan meant a film on Nehruvian Socialism etc. From the names of Music Directors also one could fairly guess the type of film. Avinash Vyas or S.N.Tripathi means a Mythological film, Naushad or C.Ramchandra means musical entertainment etc.

There have hardly been any directors who handled films of different Genres. Tragedy, Comedy, Family film directors never tried historical and any Stunt film director never tried a family tear jerker. I can think of only one film director who directed films of different Genres like, Comedy, Tragedy, Family, Musical, Social evils and even a Mythological film. His name is Franz Osten- a Director from Bombay Talkies stable. And mind you, he did not know Hindi language-he had come from Germany ( he thought Bulbul means 2 Bulls !). May be that is why he could do it.

Film Armaan’s director was Kidar Sharma. He mostly did social films. I came to know about this autobiography much later than it was published posthumously – by his son in 2002. I bought the book sometime in 2015 or so. During the period 2012 to 2018, I bought books on cinema like a mad person. The result was, I ended up with 50 % useless books ! Initially I had no discretion and no knowledge as to which could be an useful book for me. Shortly ( and after spending a Ton !), I learnt the trick and became very selective. By the year 2018-2019, I became known to many writers and Historians. This resulted in getting recently published good books as gifts from various authors. This way I now have a reasonably good number of useful books. Some books I value very much like the Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema by Rajadhyaksha and a few rare books. I have a collection of 6700 songs from films of the 30s and 40s only, some of them very rare. These are also gifted to me by friends and collectors across the continents. I got some books xeroxed. Our dear friend (late) Bharatbhai Upadhyay, Harish Raghuwanshi ji, Deepak Chaudhari and few more have been very helpful in xeroxing old, rare books.

The cast of the film Armaan-42 was Motilal, Shameem, Nagendra, Meera, Rajkumari, Rewa Shankar etc . Kedar Sharma mentioned in his book that Sardar Chandulal Shah, owner of Ranjit had warned him not to take Shameem as Heroine. The reason was, Shameem was the niece of actress-singer Khursheed, who was very jealous of Shameem. He feared that Khursheed may not work with Kidar, if she is taken as Heroine. Kidar was firm and took Shameem. However, Khursheed did work in Kidar’s film later on without any complaint.

Shamim was variously billed as Shamim, Miss Shamim, Shamim Bano and Shamim Akhtar, in different films. She was born on 11th September 1926 in Lahore. Her father was a General Merchant. She used to sing and act in school dramas. She completed her matriculation from Islamia Girls school, Lahore. In 1939, she visited Bombay along with her father. They accidentally met director G.R.Sethi, who encouraged Shamim to join films. She too was keen on joining films.

She debuted in the film Imaandar-1939. Then came Baghi-39, Niraali Duniya-40, Kanyadan-40,Jadui Nagari-40, Pyas-41, Dhandhora-41, Return of Toofan Mail-42, Mehmaan-42, Fariyaad-42, Armaan-42, Gauri-43, Bansari-43, Pehle Aap-44, Jwar Bhata-44, Sanyasi-45, Laaj-46, Samrat Ashok-47, Sindoor-47, Bhanwar-47, Shikarpri-47, Ratan Manjiri-48,Toote Taare-48 and Desh sewa-48. She also sang about 30 songs in 11 films.

After partition, she migrated to Pakistan with the family. There, she acted in 8 films- 6 Urdu and 2 Punjabi. Her first film Shahida-49 was a hit film and celebrated Silver jubilee. Even Do Ansoo-50 and Ghulam-53 were hit films. Shamim married Producer/Director Anwar Kemal Pasha. Shamim died on 23-10-1982 in Lahore. Shamim was niece of actress singer Khursheed Begum. Shamim’s younger sister Naseem was also an actress in India, but she died quite young, on 17-11-1946 at Bombay, in India only. This was reported in Film India magazine also.

The other interesting name in the cast is of Nagendra Majumdar-father of Ninu Majumdar, MD. Nagendra was born in a happy family in the year 1894 in Bombay. After his father died, “Pearl Dairy’ established by his father ran very well doing good business. Suddenly, Nagendra’s wife fell seriously ill and despite taking her full care, she expired. Due to neglect of the Dairy in this period, Dairy also closed down.

He shifted to Baroda and worked as a State Police Inspector.Later he worked as Watch and Ward Inspector in Baroda Railways. He left the job and started working as a hero in dramas of famous dramatist R.V.Desai. Heeralal, the owner of Laxmi Film Company, Bombay was impressed with his personality and took him to Bombay in 1926 to act in his silent films. Thus started his film career. In those days Silent films used to be completed within a month. He worked as a Hero in films of Laxmi, Jagdish and Imperial film companies.

In the same year, he directed a film ‘Paani mein aag’-1926, made by Royal Arts. Then came two more films made by Kaiser E Hind films. He also directed films for other companies. In all, he directed 15 Silent films by 1932. By then the Talkie had arrived. In the next 14 years he directed 12 Talkie films like – Ras Vilas-32, Sassi Punnu-32, Patit Pawan-33, mirza Sahibaan-33, Mera Imaan-34, Kala Wagh-34, Rangila nawab-35, Kimiyagar-36, Aaj ka Aladdin aka Aladdin II-36, Lehri lutera-37, Talwarwala-46 and Swadesh Sewa-46.

When offers for direction became few, he started acting in films. He acted in 12 films. When K L Saigal came to Bombay, Nagendra wanted to work with him. In the film Tansen-43, he did the role of Tansen’s (Saigal’s) father and he was very happy. Other films that he acted in were Kanchan-41,Beti-41, Khilauna-42, Bhakt Surdas-42, Armaan-42, Tansen-43, Gauri-43, Adab Arz-43, Bharthari-44, Prabhu ka Ghar-45, Ghazal-45 and Dhanna Bhagat-45.

His last 2 films came in 1946, but his health was not cooperating for quite a few years. He gave up work and took a rest. However, he suffered from paralysis and died on 22-8-1951. His son Ninu Majumdar worked in Bombay A.I.R. as head of Gujarati programmes, since 1937. By the time Nagendra died, Ninu had already started working as a Music Director.

As a Director, Nagendra had worked with the best of his times like, Master Vithal, Zubeida, Jillo, Billimorea brothers, Madhuri, Navinchandra, Durga Khote, Jairaj, Sultana, Noorjehan sr and such luminaries of those days. He had worked for Ranjit, Imperial, Sharda, Lakshmi, Jayant Desai films, Yagnik films etc etc.

( Information for this article is collated from various sources like Listener’s Bulletins No. 40 of Feb-80 and No.145 of July 2010, HFGK, muVyz, Sapnon ke Saudagar by Vithal Pandya, Silent films by Dr.Verma, Lost Treasures by Kamlakar P. and my notes.)

Today’s song is the second song from the film Armaan-42 to feature here.


Song- Raat suhani re raat suhaani (Armaan)(1942) Singer- Shamim Bano, Lyricist- Kedar Sharma, MD- Gyan Dutt

Lyrics

raat suhaani re
Raat suhaani
raat suhaani re
Raat suhaani
aao guniyyaan aao
aao guniyyaan aao
sunaayen prem kahaani re
kahaani
aao guniyyaan aao
sunaayen prem kahaani re
prem kahaani

Chaand sittaare re
chaand
Chaand sittaare re
chaand sitaare
hum saajan se door
hum saajan se door
sajanwa paas hamaare re
hamaare
hum saajan se door
sajanwa paas hamaare re
paas hamaare

sard hawaayen re
hawaayen
sard hawaayen re
sard hawaayen
phoonk(??) rahin hain tanman
phoonk(??) rahin hain tanman
saajan
thhandi aahen re
aahen
phoonk(??) rahin hain tanman
saajan
thhandi aahen re
thhandi aahen

mast jawaani re
mast
mast jawaani re
mast jawaani
bhanwron ka paighaam suno
bhanwron ka paighaam suno
kaliyon ki zabaani re
zabaani
bhanwron ka paighaam suno
kaliyon ki zabaani re
kaliyon ki zabaani
raat suhaani re
raat
raat suhaani re
raat suhaani


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

Blog Day :

4701 Post No. : 16403

‘Chanda Ki Chandni’ (1948) was directed by Dwarka Khosla for IA Patel Productions, Bombay. It was a social movie. It had Rehana, Jairaj, Veera, Bilimoria, Shanta, Neelkanth Tiwari, Moni Chatterjee, Pandey, Keshri, Ameer Banu and others.

This movie has nine songs penned by DN Madhok and music was composed by Gyan Dutt. So far, the following five songs from this movie  have been posted on the blog.

Sr.No. Song Title Posted on
01 Chanda ki chaandni hai mauj hai bahaar hai 07.02.2014
02 Ulfat ke dard ka kabhi mazaa lo 11.03.2014
03 Ham ko bhoolaa diya to kya 16.03.2016
04 Jab teri yaad aati hai dil mera bhar bhar aaye 18.10.2017
05 O jaadugar kaahe tihaar gali aaye 16.07.2020

Today we are presenting sixth song from the above movie which is sung by Geeta Roy (later Geeta Dutt) and music is composed by Gyan Dutt. Lyrics are by DN Madhok as mentioned above.

I came across this song long back when I had shared one song each sung by Sulochana Kadam and Geeta Dutt. The today’s song was noted then but it had remained unposted so far.

Let us now enjoy today’s song …

Song – Jab Kaali Kaali Raatein Hongi (Chanda Ki Chaandni) (1948) Singer – Geeta Roy, Lyrics – DN Madhok, MD – Gyan Dutt

Lyrics

jab kaali kaali raatein hongi
jab kaali kaali raatein hongi
dil se dil ki baatein hongi
aur yaad tumhaari aayegi
aur yaad tumhaari aayegi

jab kaali kaali raatein hongi
dil se dil ki baatein hongi
aur yaad tumhaari aayegi
aur yaad tumhaari aayegi

jab aam ki daali dolegi
aur door koyaliya bolegi
aur yaad tumhaari aayegi
aur yaad tumhaari aayegi
jab kaali kaali raatein hongi
dil se dil ki baatein hongi
aur yaad tumhaari aayegi
aur yaad tumhaari aayegi

jab tum hum ko yaad karoge
jab tum hum ko yaad karoge
bhoole se ek aah bharoge
bhoole se ek aah bharoge
jab jhilmil jhilmil taare honge
jab jhilmil jhilmil taare honge
chanda se shokh ishaare honge
chanda se shokh ishaare honge
jab dhak se chhati dhadkegi
aur aankh hamaari phadkegi
aur yaad tumhaari aayegi
aur yaad tumhaari aayegi

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

जब काली काली रातें होंगी
जब काली काली रातें होंगी
दिल से दिल की बातें होंगी
और याद तुम्हारी आएगी
और याद तुम्हारी आएगी

जब काली काली रातें होंगी
दिल से दिल की बातें होंगी
और याद तुम्हारी आएगी
और याद तुम्हारी आएगी

जब आम की डाली डोलेगी
और दूर कोयलिया बोलेगी
और याद तुम्हारी आएगी
और याद तुम्हारी आएगी
जब काली काली रातें होंगी
दिल से दिल की बातें होंगी
और याद तुम्हारी आएगी
और याद तुम्हारी आएगी

जब तुम हम को याद करोगे
जब तुम हम को याद करोगे
भूले से इक आह भरोगे
भूले से इक आह भरोगे
जब झिलमिल झिलमिल तारे होंगे
जब झिलमिल झिलमिल तारे होंगे
चंदा से शोख इशारे होंगे
चंदा से शोख इशारे होंगे
जब धक से छाती धड़केगी
और आँख तुम्हारी फड़केगी
और याद तुम्हारी आएगी
और याद तुम्हारी आएगी

 


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