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This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in 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 a duet from film Uski Tamanna aka Her last desire-39. Have you ever heard about this film ? I have also never known this film. But then, barring a few well known, successful film names, one really does not know any other film names in a specific year. Majority of films are like this only.

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….”

Film Uski Tamanna aka Her last desire-1939 was directed by Yakub and the music was by Anupam Ghatak. he was employed by Sagar movietone and gave music to its 6 films.he was one artiste who died quite young.

The music Director Anupam Ghatak – the second-generation Bengali-Hindi composer (after Rai Chand Boral and Pankaj Mullick) was born in 1911 at Mymensingh(now in Bangladesh). He took music lessons from father Atul Ghatak and Keshav Ganesh Dhekan. He became an excellent Flautist. After a short stint in AIR,as a singer in 1930, he joined as assistant to Bishen Chand Boral (brother of Raichand Boral) and later to R C Boral himself for Vidyapati-1937
First independent film score: Payer Dhulo. Later worked at Sagar Film in Bombay, composing Zia Sarhadi’s Bhole Bhale and a series of films for Badami, Luhar et al. (1939). Returned to Calcutta, notably for Barua’s Shapmukti; thereafter had assignments in both Calcutta and Lahore. Known for his wide range, from the sentimental Ekti paisa dao go babu in Shapmukti to the experimental Gane more kon indradhanu in Agni Pareeksha.

His Hindi film career started with ‘Tarzan ki Beti-38 and Bhole Bhale-39. He gave music to only 17 Hindi films, which included Ladies Only, Service Ltd.,Sadhana, Uski tamanna, Civil marriage, Sri Ramanuj etc. In Lahore he did Champa, Badnami and Shalimar, before Partition. His last Hindi film was Shamsheer, which was released only in 1953,after he died in 1947 itself.

The cast of the film was Yakub, Maya Banerjee, Jyoti, Bhudo Advani, Putlibai etc etc. The name Putlibai may be unknown to many. There was a famous dacoit in Chambal Ghati, by this name in the decade of the 50’s, but actress Putlibai has no connection with that. Mothers and daughters acted as leading ladies in the same era….Miss Putli or Putlibai and Miss Gohar Mamajiwala (the term Miss was used not merely to state the marital status of the leading ladies of those days)….

Like Miss Sharifa and Husna Banu , Putli and Gohar were mother and daughter. Putli was an accomplished actress of the silent screen who championed in the Talkies because of her extraordinary singing talents. Gohar was born in 1910 and entered the screen in 1926, where her mother Miss Putli too entered more or less the same time. Information about Miss Putli is very limited however, Gohar became India’s popular iconic star and is still remembered today.

Miss Putli acted in 33 Talkie films. Her first Talkie was Ratan Manjiri-35 and her last film was Dhoke baaz-46. She sang one song each in the film Lehri Badmash-44 and Dhokebaaz-46.

Today’s song is a duet sung by Harish and Maya Banerjee. With this song, film Uski Tamanna makes its Debut on our Blog. Including this film, my last 5 posts were from films which made Debut on the Blog. Today’s rare song was given to me by shri Abhay Jain ji (USA) and was uploaded kindly by our Sadanand Kamath ji. Thanks to both.


Song- O mast nazar diljaani teri taaza rahe jawaani (Uski Tamanna)(1939) Singers- Harish, Maya Banerjee, Lyricist- Pt. Indra, MD- Anupam Ghatak

Lyrics

O mast nazar diljaani ee ee
mast nazar diljaani
o mast nazar diljaani
mast nazar diljaani
teri taaza rahe jawaani ee
teri taaza rahe jawaani ee
mast nazar diljaani
o mast nazar diljaani
hai hamko pyaas bujhaani ee
hamko pyaas bujhaani ee
hai hamko pyaas bujhaani ee
piye aankhon ka paani ee
piye aankhon ka paani ee

mast nazar diljaani
o mast nazar diljaani
mast nazar diljaani

chaar nazar hai hone waali
aaa ha haha
ha ha ha ha ha
kuchh paa ke
kuchh khone waale

aaa ha haha
ha ha ha ha ha
chaar nazar hai hone waali
aaa ha haha
ha ha ha ha ha
kuchh paa ke
kuchh khone waale

aaa ha haha
ha ha ha ha ha

jeevan ki ee ee
jeevan ki ee phulvaari mein
jeevan ki ee ee
jeevan ki ee phulvaari mein
seenche aasha ka paani
seenche aasha ka paani
madhur prem veena ki dhun se
gaaye prem kahaani
gaaye
gaaye prem kahaani
madhur prem veena ki dhun se
gaaye prem kahaani
gaaye
gaaye prem kahaani


This article is written by Peevesie’s Mom, 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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Hullo Atuldom

In one of his recent posts our Avinash ji has suggested that there should be a category of posts – ‘Post inspired by fellow Atulite’ or ‘Post inspired by Atulite WA group chat’. I would like to borrow a phrase from Sudhir ji ‘thank you for the nudge’ and direct it towards Avinash ji. If not for Avinash ji I would have written this post a month later. Don’t know how I mixed up dates. And there have been posts wherein Atul ji has credited me with being good at remembering dates. It is not so Atul ji, calendars also need reminders.

I am 100% sure that the followers of this blog and non-followers too will be aware of a movie that released in the 70s. 1975 to be exact. It went by the name ‘Sholay’. It was a multi-star-cast movie that ran for years in a single cinema hall in Mumbai. This blog has already covered each and every song possible from that movie with detailed posts accompanying them. I am sure, the readers are wondering, why I am revisiting the movie then? Well ‘Sholay’ is something like an ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’ (1977) or any other formula movie. ‘AAA’ had a lost-and-found formula which was repeated in many movies after it. ‘AAA’ itself was a copy of numerous movies preceding it with the lost-and-found theme. It can be safely said that Indian movies thrive as much on the stories of the Ramayan and Mahabharata as they do on the lost-and-found theme.

So, where does ‘Sholay’ fit, in the scheme of things? Well, the ‘Thakur-Dacoit-Hired help’ formula has been repeated in a few movies too. Personally I have seen three movies on that story-line, there may be more. Two of them had a female for Thakur. That is, someone out to avenge the injustice meted out to her assisted by guys – ladies were SUPPOSED to be naajuk, bebas, etc. and a widow to add masala to the story. I am sure a woman of the new millennium will protest at the description of bebas, naajuk – even I will protest. There were Basanti and Radha as love interests in ‘Sholay’ – all the remakes also had ladies to distract the Veeru and Jai of the remakes.

Yesterday I saw ‘Army’ which had released on 28th June 1996 i.e. exactly 8 days short of 24 years ago. It was directed by Raam Shetty, produced by Nitin Manmohan and Mukul Anand and had music by Anand Milind. This is one of the ‘Sholay’ remakes that I spoke of in the previous paragraph. It has Sridevi playing a pregnant widow out to avenge her husband’s death for which she takes the help of five prisoners who are on the death-row. I hope the ‘Sholay’-connect has been explained. Explaining further- there it is two prisoners, here it is five. There the prisoners escape hoodwinking the ‘Angrezon ke zaamane ka Jailor‘; here Sridevi helps the prisoners get out of prison using sleep-inducing sweets. In ‘Sholay’; the thakur’s house was on a hillock overlooking the village, even that was replicated in ‘Army’. The prisoner’s are holed up in a secluded house that overlooks the area adjoining the palace of Sridevi’s tormentor. This was then the background of the movie from which I am presenting a song to our today’s birthday boy.

Coming back to the thoughts expressed in the opening paragraph, I asked Avinash ji if he was aware of the favourites of our today’s birthday boy. Favourite actor, singer, music director etc. Both of us thought hard and found that we don’t know much about his favourites but he knows all of us fairly well. What I do know, he has a ‘more than’ good knowledge about cricket and movies. He loves his pets and they are the family that live with him as his wife is working in a different town and daughter is a student elsewhere. Of late I have discovered that he has a love for the progresses that the country has made in the various sectors post the ’98 Pokharan tests. He is proud to be employed in the biggest service provider of the nation.

In addition to all that he has a unique sense of humor, which surfaces often on the blog in his posts and is given the title “Atulism” by our very own Rajaji.

Its is the birthday of the brain behind this blog, our Ranchiwala Gaanewala (Sudhir ji’s title for him). Wish you a very Happy Birthday Atul ji from your Army of contributors. We wish you all the best with lots of fun and music.

Today’s song is a lively song where the prisoners are having a party-like song and dance before escaping from the prison. It is sung by Alka Yagnik, Abhijeet and Vinod rathod. The two male singers are playback for Ravi Kishan. Ronit Roy, Sudesh Berry, Mohnish Behl and Harish who feed the jailor Kiran Kumar a laddo during the song and the favour is returned by the jailor. So when the song ends the rest of Sridevi’s Army have to bodily carry him out of the prison. It was an entertaining movie but becomes too violent towards the end. Whatever gory violence was snipped out of ‘Sholay’ found itself here.

Once again wishing our leader Atul ji a very Happy Birthday

Song – De Taali, De De De De Taali  (Army) (1996) Singer – Alka Yagnik, Abhijeet, Vinod Rathod, Lyrics – Sameer, MD – Anand Milind
Chorus

Lyrics 

hae haa ho
hae haa ho
hae haa ho
hae haa ho
hae haa ho
hae haa ho
hae haa ho

chaudi chaudi sadak nahin
koi tadak ya bhadak nahin
oonche oonche ghar nahin
lafda jhagda darr nahin
shor sharabaa yahaan nahin
khoon kharaba yahaan nahin
kehne wale jail kahein
par yahaan badi khush haali
de taali de de de de taali
de taali de de de de taali

chaudi chaudi sadak nahin
koi tadak ya bhadak nahin
oonche oonche ghar nahin
lafda jhagda darr nahin
shor sharaba yahan nahin
khoon kharaba yahan nahin
kehne wale jail kahein
par yahan badi khush haali
de taali de de de de taali
de taali de de de de taali

aaaa aaaa aaaa

hansi udaaye yaar hamaari
baat koi na maane
hum kaise andar aayein hain
koi bhi na jaane
baahar jeena hai to yaaro paisa chaahiye
khaana peena hai to yaaro paisa chaahiye
naukri maangoon to sarkaar paisa maange
khaali ghoomoon to dost yaar paisa maange
taxi chalaoon hawaldaar paisa maange
ghar jo jaoon to parivaar paisa maange
kisi bank mein mera koi khata nahin
koi fokat mein khaana khilaata nahin
apna to yeh kehna hai
humko andar rehna hai
apna toh yeh kehna hai
humko andar rehna hai
yahan toh apni zindagi hai tension se khaali
de taali de de de de taali
de taali de de de de taali
hae haa ho
hae haa ho

bina degree ke kaam yahaan sab ko mile
kaam karte hi daam yahaan sab ko mile
yahaan time se roti sab ko mile
dal chaawal boti sab ko mile
bina bhaade ke kholi sab ko mile
arre yaar humjoli sab ko mile

haan haa haa haaa
hoo hoo oo
aaj ka din bhi achha din hai
sundar bada muhoorat hai
tum jaise logon ki pyaare
baahar bahut zaroorat hai
baahar jao
jaa ke duniya walon ko samjhao
subah shaam marne waalon ko tum jeena sikhlaao
jo bhi baahar jayega woh jeevan bhar pachhtayega
jo bhi baahar jaayega
woh jeevan bhar pachhtayega
baahar jaake milegi humko nafrat gurbat gaali
de taali de de de de taali
de taali de de de de taali

chaudi chaudi sadak nahin
koi tadak ya bhadak nahin
oonche oonche ghar nahin
lafda jhagda darr nahin
shor sharaba yahaan nahin
khoon kharaba yahaan nahin
kehne wale jail kahein
par yahaan badi khush haali
de taali de de de de taali
de taali de de de de taali
hae haa ho
hae haa ho
hae haa ho
hae haa ho


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

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Today’s song is from film Amanat-43. There were 4 films with the same title, made in 1943, 1955,1975 and 1994. The films of 1955 and 1975 have already been yippied on the Blog. Amanat-43 makes its Debut with today’s song. The song is sung by Tara Harish.

When I had heard this name first time, somewhere in the late 40s, I had thought that this was some lady’s name. Later I thought that it was a joint name of two persons – one female and one male. However, after I read about ‘him’, his name mystery was solved. Harish, also known as Tara Harish, was born on 23-10-1916 at Delhi. His real full name was Tarachand Anand Biharilal Mathur. He was distantly related to Motilal and Mukesh. His father died when he was just 3 year old. He was brought up by his brothers and uncle. He graduated in 1937. After trying and failing in a second hand car business, he decided to enter film world and joined Sagar Movietone, where Motilal was getting established.

His first foray into films was in film ‘ 300 days and after ‘-38. In this film, however, he was uncredited. He got roles in other films like Postman, Ladies only, Service Ltd, Hum,Tum aur Voh, Ek hi Rasta, Civil marriage, Aurat, Nai Roshni, Vijay, Haqdar etc etc. He used to sing also in the films. As a Hero his last film was Amanat-43.

Harish took up Direction with film Beda Paar-44, a stunt C grade film, but soon he directed many social films also. In his career he directed 21 films. Some of his films are Toote tare-48, Ustad Pedro-51, Malhar-51 ( originally Harish was to be the hero, but he gave chance to Arjun), Daku ki ladki-54, Lalten-56, kali Topi laal rumaal-59, Do Ustad-59, Burmah Road-62. His last film, as a Director, was Awara Abdulla-63.

Harish acted in 21 films. He sang 39 songs in 16 films ( stats by MuVyz). He established his own production company- Omar Khayyam Films. When he was directing film Ustad Pedro-51, he changed the name of actress Nargis Rabadi to Shammi, since another more famous actress of same name- Nasrgis- was existing already in films.

Tara Harish died sometime in 1970.

Film Amanat-43 was made by N R Desai Productions and it was directed by Lalit Chandra Mehta. Earlier, Mehta had directed 2 films, namely, Nai Roshni and Lalaji, both in 1941. After Amanat-43, he directed one more film- Azadi ki raah par-48, before disappearing from films, as I did not find his name in any film later on.

The film had music by Ninu Mujumdar. There were 8 songs, written by Neelkanth Tiwari, MA. This Sahitya Academy award winner hailed from Madhya Pradesh. He was a very well known poet and a writer and was highly respected in film industry. He was a friend of Dilip kumar and Kishore kumar. He even acted in films like Nirdosh and Apna paraya in 1941. Both films were made by National studios. Tiwari also tried his hand at singing a song in film Nirdosh-41.

As a lyricist, he wrote 140 songs in 36 films. His last film as a lyricist was Hameer Hath-64. First song of Mukesh-“Dil hi bujha hua ho” from film Nirdosh-41 as well as the first yodelling song of Kishore kumar from film Adhikar-54 were written by him.

In addition to film songs, he also wrote many Jingles for advertising companies, for various products. After films he returned to M.P. and continued writing. He died on 11-2-1976, leaving behind wife Rama Devi, 2 daughters and one son.

The cast of film Amanat-43 was Harish, Husn Bano, Sankata Prasad, Bhudo Advani, Jyoti, Dulari, Nawab, Master Badri and many more. Actress Jyoti, besides acting in the film had also sung 2 duets in the film, one with the composer Ninu Mujumdar and the other with Dulari. This Dulari does not seem to be the one who acted in film Shehnai-47 and on whom the famous song “aana meri jaan Sunday ke Sunday” was filmed. She also became a popular character artiste in later films. She could neither sing nor dance, according to her interview published in Blog Beete hue din run by Shishir krishna Sharma ji. This singer Dulari may be Shama Dulari who later on had a 3 year contract with Shalimar Pictures, Poona and acted/sang in 3 of the films under this banner. Before Amanat, she seems to have sung songs in film Jhankar-42 also.

JYOTI ( real name Sitara Begum) was born in 1921 in a professional singer’s house in Agra-UP. Waheedan Bai was her elder sister. She was Nimmi’s aunt also.
She grew up in a musical atmosphere. She learnt the classical music of Agra Gharana.
Her entry into films was easy due to elder sister already being in films. Anil Biswas gave her first opportunity in Comrades-39 to act and sing 2 solo songs.
Then came Ek hi Rasta and Sadhana. She had done also Uski tamanna and Bhole Bhale in 1939.
Actually, she became famous after Aurat-40,in which she had 5 songs. Same year Pooja and Sanskar also added to her fame. In Sanskar,she sang with sister Waheedan Bai and also with Harish. Thus 1940 was a very lucky year for Jyoti.
In 1941,Darshan and Radhika, Jawani-42, Amanat-43. During 1942, there were rumours of bombing in Bombay. Jyoti got scared and stopped working for about 3 years. After much cajoling by Mehboob and Kardar she started working in 1945. Thus films Devar and Saathi in 46 saw her in films.

Her voice had some resemblance to Parul Ghosh. She was not a great singer, but Anil Biswas supported her very much.
Jyoti was married earlier, but her husband had left her. In Bombay she fell in love with G M Durani.
She married G.M.Durani-MD,Singer and Actor. Their married life was happy and long.
Jyoti acted in 19 films. Her last film was Sati Vaishalini-59. She sang 38 songs in 12 films. Her last songs were in film Devar-46.

Today’s song is sung by Harish. I have listened to other few songs of this film, but the music was very disappointing. This must be Ninu Mujumdar’s poorest film music easily. I selected this song as I felt, this was the best among other songs. After listening to this song, you can imagine about other songs.


Song-Chhoo gayi Chhoo gayi koi mera mann (Amaanat)(1943) Singer-Harish, Lyricist- Neelkanth Tiwari, MD- Ninu Mujumdar

Lyrics

Chhoo gayi Chhoo gayi koi mera mann
chhoo gayi
Chhoo gayi Chhoo gayi koi mera mann
murli bana gayi koi mera mann

mere hi honthhon se murli banaay ke
mere hi honthhon se murli banaay ke
koi baja gayi mera bhola mann
murli bana gayi koi mera mann
chhoo gayi

praanon mein bhar gayi koi nayi dhun
praanon mein bhar gayi koi nayi dhun
kaanon mein bhar gayi nayi run jhun
kaanon mein bhar gayi nayi run jhun
sapnon se
sapnon se
sapnon se bhar gayi mere nayan
murli bana gayi koi mera mann
chhoo gayi

soyi thhi mere aangan mein raat
soyi thhi
soyi thhi mere aangan mein raat
aayi wo kirnon ki le kar baaraat
aayi wo
aayi wo kirnon ki le kar baaraat
kamal sa khil gaya
kamal sa khil gaya angna ??
murli bana gayi koi mera mann
Chhoo gayi Chhoo gayi koi mera mann
murli bana gayi koi mera man
Chhoo gayi Chhoo gayi koi mera mann
chhoo gayi


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

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Today’s song is from the first decade of the Talkie films, viz 1930s. This song is from “Hum,Tum aur Woh”(1938). This was a film made under the banner of Sagar Movietone, a highly prestigious and famous film company of the times. This company was riding on waves of popularity and fame during those days of 1938.

Shri Biren kothari ji has written a wonderful book on Sagar Movietone. It is based on interactions with the surviving members of the Desai clan as well as several contemporary documents and is regarded as an authentic volume on Sagar Movietone. However, oday’s article is based on another book, “Mehboob Khan” written by Shashikant Kinikar, published in 2015, 2 years after Kothari ji’s book. This 300+ page book, in Marathi, has plenty of original photos and articles on Mehboob Khan written by Anil Biswas, Sitara Devi, Shamshad Begum, P.K.Nair, Wazahat Mirza, Naushad and Shakeel Badayuni and therefore it is full of several anecdotes which are unknown to many. The book also contains 4 articles by Mehboob Khan himself. The book is an excellent treatise on Mehboob Khan-the Director and the Human Being, with 230 pages dedicated on him and his films.

However, Mehboob’s story is incomplete without Sagar’s story.

Hindi film industry has produced some great directors who, besides having a commercial outlook, also served the society by making films on burning social issues. On their parts, they contributed their “Two Cents” to serve the Nation. Such directors included Raj Kapoor, V.Shantaram, Guru Dutt, Satyajit Ray and Mehboob Khan-to name a few.

Born as Ramzan Khan in 1907 in Bilimora, Gujarat, Mehboob was from a Gujarati Muslim family. He never got a formal education in his young age, but he was keen on two things-5 times Namaz and seeing films. His father being in Police Department, films were free for him. One day he ran away to Bombay to become an actor. However his father found him out and brought him back. He was immediately married off, with a belief that he would improve.

Two years after marriage and one child, he ran to Bombay again and worked in Imperial film co. as an extra for Rs.30 pm. This too after he worked without any pay for 5 months due to the mistake of the clerk ! He worked in crowd scenes and sundry roles-without a dialogue, of course, starting as one of the 40 thieves of Alibaba. He worked in several films uncredited. His first, big and credited role came in the film “Shirin Khushru”-1929.

In 1927, after the Talkie film “The Jazz Singer” was shown in US, the world started making Talkie films. India too jumped into the bandwagon. In 1931, Imperial-competing with Madon Theatres of Calcutta- wanted to make a Talkie and started work fast. Mehboob Khan was almost finalised as the Hero. Even his costumes were made ready, but he was destined for something different, and Master Vithal was made the Hero of India’s first Talkie. Ardeshir Irani’s safety valve of minimizing the risk of the first venture by selecting the existing popular Hero, scuttled Mehboob’s dream.

Meanwhile, Imperial started a new company,’Sagar Movietone’, along with Dr. Patel and Chiman Desai. Some artistes and techies were shifted to Sagar-including Mehboob- from Imperial. Mehboob continued to work in 12 silent films. Here, he met Faredoon Irani, Cinematographer and they became thick friends. Irani was with Mehboob till the end.

During this period, Mehboob wrote a film story and convinced the owners to allow him to direct this film. Owners were hesitant, naturally, to allow this young extra actor to direct a film. Lastly a deal was struck, that Mehboob and Faredoon should be allowed to shoot one reel film. If they like it, continue or else, scrap it and recover money from these two chaps. After one reel shooting the owners realised that they had struck Gold in the process and Mehboob completed his first Directorial venture ” Al Hilaal “-35. The film was a great success and Mehboob ‘chal pada’. Mehboob went on to direct 7 more films for Sagar. All his films were successful.

From film Jageerdar-37 Mehboob and Anil Biswas pair teamed up for 8 films-till Roti-42.

When Mehboob was making arrangements for his next film, Alibaba, the sudden news that Sagar is closing down hit them. Mehboob Khan contacted Imperial to allow him to shoot for his film in their studio, which Ardeshir gladly permitted. The film shooting proceeded til Sagar became National studios. Mehboob made 3 important films of his career in National studio, namely Aurat-40, Behan-41 and Roti-42.

When National studio also closed down all workers came on road. However, Mehboob decided to start his own company. One Mr. Lalaji of Manoranjan Distributors of Delhi promised capital. National studio was renamed as Central studio by the owner, K.K.Modi-elder brother of Sohrab Modi. He allowed Mehboob to use the studio till his own studio came up. Mehboob took a place nearby to start his office. In this period there was a rift between Mehboob and Anil Biswas and they separated for ever-albeit bitterly.

Mehboob wanted a Logo for Mehboob Productions. He selected a sher written by Agha Jani kashmiri for film “Al Hilal”….” Muddai lakh bura chahe to kya hota hai, vahi hota hai jo manjur e Khuda hota hai”. It was recorded in the voice of Rafiq Ghaznavi with appropriate prelude music and sound of lightening and clouds. He also took Sickle and Hammer for the Logo, and clarified that because he respected workers and certainly he was not a communist.

His first film Najma-43 ( his daughter’s name was Najma), with Ashok Kumar and Veena was a Hit film. It was followed by Taqdeer-43, Humayun-45,Anmol Ghadi-46, Elaan-47, Anokhi Ada-48, Andaaz-49, Aan-52, Amar-54 and his Magnum Opus Mother India-57. After the high of Mother India, Mehboob aimed to fly even higher with Son of India (1962) but the film was a total misfire and, in fact, his weakest film. Mehboob had been neglecting health inspite of suffering Heart attacks. In May 1964, he suffered another attack but survived. His financiers were after him for repayment and he was worried. He called Rajendra Kumar and asked for a loan of 4 lakh rupees against his studio to be made in his name. Rajendrakumar refused to take the studio and promised to give him the amount next day at 11 am, without any mortgage. In the evening, news of Nehru’s heart attack came. Mehboob became restless. Soon the death news came and Mehboob became grief stricken. Akhtar gave him sleeping pills, but he had to be admitted to Nanavati Hospital. He too died at 2 am on 28th May 1964. At the time of his death, Mehboob Khan was harboring ambitions to make a film on the life of Habba Khatoon, the 16th century poetess-queen of Kashmir.

Mehboob Khan directed 8 films for Sagar, 3 films for National and 11 films for Mehboob productions.( based on information from Upperstall, Mehboob Khan by Shashikant Kinikar and my notes).

One advantage of reading a Biography is that you get to know the person’s version on controversies. As far as Mehboob and Anil Biswas’s split is concerned, Mehboob’s version is 180 degrees opposite to what Anil Biswas gave. Difficult to side anyone. But this split did help first Rafiq Ghaznavi and then Naushad.

In the cast of the film, one finds a name Sunalini Devi. Now let us know something about Sunalini Devi, the actress. She was born on 1-1-1896 in Hyderabad Deccan. Her father, Aghornath Chattopadhyay-a Bengali settled in Hyderabad – was a Sanskrit scholar, was proficient in 27 languages and was the first Indian to get the D.Sc. honour. Sunalini was the elder sister of Sarojini, who became Sarojini Naidu after her marriage, and Harindranath Chattopadhyaya-renowned poet.

Sunalini learnt Music and Dance from her third year of age itself. Due to her sweet voice, she was called ‘ Kokila ‘. It is to be noted that her younger sister Saojini naidu was called ‘ Nightingale of India’ ! It is unfortunate that the film industry did not use Sunalini’s music skill in her films and she sang just one song in her career in film ‘ Raja Rani-42’.

Sunalini started acting in stage dramas from 1918. her first movie was ” Light of Asia”-released initially in Germany and Poland in 1925 ( its restored version was released on 5th July 2001, in India. This film was made by Himanshu Rai. The film was shot in Lahore. It was a silent film on Gautama the Buddha. Her first Talkie film was ‘ veer Kunal-32’. She acted in 56 films. Mostly she was known for motherly roles only. She had, like her more eminent sister, married a south Indian- mr.A.S.Rajan, a writer from Madras.

Some of her more known films are, Aurat, Lalaji, Inkaar, Nai roshni, Talaash, Bairam khan, Tamasha, Dilruba, Malhar etc etc. She retired from films in 1956.

Let us now listen to the song of today. It is sung by Maya Banerjee and Harish. The music was by Anil Biswas. I find the tune of this song a little unusual. It looks like the lady is stressing her point with fists hammered on a desk.

With this song, this film “Hum Tum aur Woh” (1938) makes its Debut in the Blog.


Song-Hamen preet kisi se nahin karni (Ham Tum Aur Wo)(1938) Singers-Maya Banerjee, Harish, MD-Anil Biswas

Lyrics

hamen preet kisi se nahin karni
hamen preet kisi se nahin karni
hamen preet ki reet bataao nahin
hamen preet ki reet bataao nahin
hamen preet kisi se nahin karni
hamen preet kisi se nahin karni
hamen likh likh chithhiyaan mat bhejo
hamen likh likh chithhiyaan mat bhejo
hamen jamuna kinaare bulaao nahin
hamen jamuna kinaare bulaao nahin
hamen preet kisi se nahin karni
hamen preet kisi se nahin karni

ham likhh likhh chithhiyaan bhejenge
tumhen apne paas bulaayenge
ham likhh likhh chithhiyaan bhejenge
tumhen apne paas bulaayenge

ham roothhenge
ham jhagdenge
ham roothhenge
ham jhagdenge
ham dor se kheench ke laayenge
ham dor se kheench ke laayenge
in baaton se hamko daraao nahin
in baaton se hamko daraao nahin

hamen preet kisi se nahin karni
hamen preet kisi se nahin karni
hamen preet ki reet bataao nahin
hamen preet ki reet bataao nahin
hamen preet kisi se nahin karni
hamen preet kisi se nahin karni


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

Forgotten Melodies of the 1940s – 12
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Readers of this Blog may recall Talat Mehmood’s iconic song aa teri tasweer banaa loon from ‘Naadaan’ (1951) which was composed by Chic Chocolate (Antonio X. Vaz). Recently, I came across the mp3 clip of a song with the same starting verse from an obscure film ‘Rekha’ (1943). There is no mention of the names of singers and lyricist of the song. I got some information from the internet about the film but drew a blank on the names of singers. I could not locate the song on YT.
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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 sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Today (18 february 2014) is the Birth Anniversary of NALINI JAYAWANT. She was one of my favourite actresses from the 40s and 50s. Her film which I liked the most was “Hum sab chor hain “-1956. Though she was 30 year old by this time, she still looked very charming, naughty and beautiful. The Hero,Shammi Kapoor was only 26 years,but no one ever felt that she looked older than him. There were excellent songs in the film,composed by O.P.Nayyar and the story was quite entertaining.
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Today (27 march 2013) is the festival of Holi. This is the fifth Holi for this blog ! Majority of well known Holi songs from Hindi movies have been covered during the last four such occasions. Those are the songs that one gets to listen from all radio and TV stations that play Holi songs. But we in this blog, unlike radio and TV, cannot repeat the same songs and we have to discuss “new” as yet undiscussed songs on every occasion.
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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

In one of my earlier write-ups posted on this blog, I had mentioned that of late, my memories of childhood and younger days have become very sharp where as I tend to forget many events which had happened in recent years. Recently, I came across an article on reminiscence bump theory. It says that there are three stages of memories: (1) the period of childhood amnesia during which we do not remember the events that had happened during infancy to say up to the age of 5 years, (2) reminiscence bump is a tendency for older people to increasingly remember events that happened during 10 to 30 years of age and,(3) the period of middle age to old age, viz.over 35 years of age to the present period during which there is a tendency to forget the events. So my memory is working as per reminiscence bump theory :-). And I am not complaining because it helped me to remember and locate about half a dozen rare songs of 30s and 40s which have already been posted on this blog.
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