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Today’s song is from the film ‘Hatimtai ki Beti’ (1955).

When I was very young and had just started taking interest in reading books and seeing films, I always felt that HATIMTAI is a girl’s name. This was because “Tai” in Marathi, means Didi in Hindi. It was only after I read the book “Arabian Night stories”, that I was surprised that Hatimtai was a Male name !

According to Wiki, Hatim-Al-Tai or Hatim-Al-Taeei was a 6th century Arabian Christian poet. He was adventurous and very generous. His name is mentioned in Arabian Night stories too. It seems a beautiful princess Husn Bano asked 7 questions and declared that she will marry only to whosoever answers these questions. A neighbouring king fell into her love and Hatimtai helped him find all the 7 answers. Hatim of Arabia was a Christian and a contemporary of prophet Mohammed, but they never met. He was famous for his generosity, wisdom, courage and hospitality. Later his son was converted to Islam.

Hatimtai’s story has always attracted the film makers from the silent movie times. There were 4 silent films titled “Hatimtai”. Then in 1933,first Talkie film ‘Hatimtai’ was made in 4 parts,each a separate full movie. ‘Son of Hatimtai’ was made twice and ‘Hatimtai ki beti’was also made twice. Hatimtai films had plenty of magic,adventure,dance and drama with humour. Among ” C” grade films, Hatimtai films were very popular. ‘Hatimtai ki Beti’was made in 1940 and 1955,both the films were directed by Nanubhai Vakil. In the 1940 film Sarojini,Indurani,Anil kumar etc were in the cast. That film was produced very lavishly by Sagar Movietone. In those days it cost them Rs. 1 Lakh 25 thousand rupees. The outdoor shooting was done in Agra and Fatehpur Shikri.

Hatimtai-55 was a partly coloured film. This was a period when the coloured films were still a novelty and not many films were made in colour. In fact most films were still in Black and White only. Today, after almost 65 years, when we see the old Black and White films, we get excited and feel that how soothing these films were to the eyes. The beauty of the Heroines seems more impressive. When one sees films of Madhubala in B/W and in Colour, one gets a feeling that B/W was much better. Of course, Nostalgia has a greater role in such feelings, I agree.

The film was made by Vakil Productions. Naturally the producer and Director was Nanubhai Vakil-the owner. Songs were written by Shevan Rizvi, except for just one song by Kaifi Azmi. The music was given by Nanubhai’s favourite MD- A R Qureshi who had given music to 18 films of Nanubhai vakil. Music director A.R. Qureshi (full name: Allah Rakha Qureshi , born April 29, 1919 in Phagal, in the Jammu district in Jammu and Kashmir state) was also a well-known tabla player and gave many performances on All-India Radio. He had left home as a teenager to study tabla with Mian Qadir Bakshi and entered films in 1943, sometimes billed as Allah Rakha. Among the the fantasy films he worked on are Flying Man (1947), Jadui Angoothi (1948), Sakhi Hatim(1955), Noor Mahal (1954), Hatimtai Ki Beti (1955), and Alladin Leila(1957). He gave music to 18 films, directed by Nanubhai Vakil.

In all he gave music to 40 films from 1943 to 1964. He even sang 14 songs in 7 films.

Shortly after Sim Sim Marjina in 1958, he left films ( except one film Idd ka chaand-64) and turned to classical music, touring with the famous Sitar Maestro Ravi Shankar throughout the 1960s and 70s as well as other musicians. In 1968 he collaborated with American jazz musician Buddy Rich, creating the album Rich a la Rakha.

He started the Alla Rakha Institute of Music in Bombay in 1985. His three sons, Zakir Hussain, Fazal Qureshi, and Taufiq Qureshi, are all tabla players.

A.R. Qureshi died on February 3, 2000.

For this film he had Damodar Sharma as his assistant. Sharma was one of the well known Music Directors of the early era films. Among the old era MDs, Damodar Sharma was different, in the sense that his songs were always unlike those of his contemporaries. When you hear his songs, you will notice that difference. From 1934 to 1948, he gave music to just 41 films. All his films were C grade films made by Paramount, Liberty, Ramnik Productions, Mohan Pictures and others. After 1948, he stopped getting films, so he worked as assistant to MD A.R.Qureshi till 1964.

Film Hatimtai ki Beti-55 had a cast of Chitra, Mahipal, Daljit, Krishnakumari, Kamal, Kammo, Kumkum, Helan, Heera Sawant Tun Tun, Maruti, Sundar, kesari, Niranjan Sharma, W M Khan etc. There were 4 Guest artistes also,including Al Nasir and Heeralal. With 5 specialist Dancers and 2 Heroines also dancing, the film had eye pleasing dances and good music too.

Actress Krishnakumari’s name appears here. She acted more in Stunt and costume films than social films. Krishna Kumari (not to be confused with the 1930s actress of the same name nor the south Indian actress T. Krishna Kumari) was born Rajinder Kaur in Rawalpindi, Punjab state (now part of Pakistan) on October 3, 1934. Occasionally playing the heroine in B-grade films including Vanraj (1952), Gorilla (1953) Black Rider (1960) State Express(1961) and Khush Naseeb (1964) she is probably much better known as a temptress or villain in the likes of Baghdad Ka Jadu (1956), Zimbo(1958), Police Station (1959), Lady of the Lake (1960), Jadoo Mahal(1962) or dozens of similar action, horror and fantasy films.

Her debut came in the film Bela-1947. Then she got film Girls School (1949), which also featured newcomers Geeta Bali and Shashikala, after which she appeared in Naao, which actually ended up in theatres first, releasing in 1948. Krishna Kumari’s career lasted 20 years, and during that time she managed to chalk up an impressive amount of credits, even if most of the pictures she made were not considered important by critics. She acted in 118 films.

The story of this film was………

HATIM TAI KI BETI-1955 was a costume drama set in the Arabian style mode. Produced by Nanubhai Vakil through his Vakil productions,it was directed by Nanubhai himself.The MD was A R Qureshi (Alla Rakha Qureshi,the famous Tabla player and father of Zakir Hussain,tabla maestro). His asst. was Damodar Sharma- in the 30s and 40s,he himself was a well known composer. The lyrics were by Shevan Rizvi( 8 songs) and Kaifi Azmi (2 songs).

It is imagined ( it is declared just before the credits) that Hatimtai had 2 daughters. The elder is Jahanara,the queen of Shahbad and the younger is Roshanara,who is known for feeding the poor and the needy always. The Shaitan(Devil ) and his assistant Badi (बदी) can not tolerate Roshan’s goodness. They come and poison the food she distributes. All,including the queen,become sick. However due to her goodness Imaan and Neki come and all recover. Then the Devil’s team poisons Jahanara’s mind and she imprisons Roshanara.

Meanwhile the neighbouring king of Turin proposes marriage of his elder son Salim with Roshan, but Jahanara wants to marry him. At the same time Salim’s younger brother Aslam also wants to marry Roshan, so Salim withdraws and Aslam is married to Jahanara( as Roshan). On the wedding night truth is revealed. Aslam is imprisoned but rescued by his friends.

Now Salim comes and is imprisoned by Jahanara. Aslam comes with army and rescues Salim and imprisons Jahanara. Roshanara comes and begs for pardon to repentant Jahanara.

King and queen of Turin arrive for the marriage,but Shaitan and Badi become snakes and bite Salim and others. Roshan Ara prays to God and due to her good work, Imaan and Neki arrive and revive everyone.

Finally Aslam and Jahanara and Salim and Roshanara get married.

Fortunately this is a video of the song and dance. The song has a good tune and is very melodious too. Enjoy….


Song-Humba humba humka duniya ghar hai gham ka (Hatimtai Ki Beti)(1955) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Shewan Rizvi, MD-A R Qureshy
Chorus

Lyrics

Humba humba humka
duniya ghar hai gham ka
Humba humba humka
duniya ghar hai gham ka

o o o
aahen aur ye naale
roye dil ke chhaale
aahen aur ye naale
roye dil ke chhaale
dekh tamaasha ??
duniya banaane waale
tarararara
Humba humba humka
duniya ghar hai gham ka
Humba humba humka
duniya ghar hai gham ka
Humba humba humka
duniya ghar hai gham ka

Humba humba humka
duniya ghar hai gham ka
Humba humba humka
duniya ghar hai gham ka

aa a aa
lalalaralala la
lalalaralala
o laralalalaraa
laralaralara

Humba humba humka
duniya ghar hai gham ka
Humba humba humka
duniya ghar hai gham ka

dekhi duniya teri
kaisi hai duniya teri
dekhi duniya teri
kaisi hai duniya teri
jismein kahin insaaf na paaya
duniya banaane waale
tarararara
Humba humba humka
duniya ghar hai gham ka
Humba humba humka
duniya ghar hai gham ka

Humba humba humka
duniya ghar hai gham ka
Humba humba humka
duniya ghar hai gham ka

aaaa
tatatarararraa
tatatarararraa
aa aa
laralalalalara
laralalalalara

Humba humba humka
duniya ghar hai gham ka

kya yoonhi mar jaayen
?? kar jaayen
kya yoonhi mar jaayen
?? kar jaayen
??
tu itna bata de
ham kahaan par jaayen
aa aa aa
Humba humba humka
duniya ghar hai gham ka
Humba humba humka
duniya ghar hai gham ka

Humba humba humka
duniya ghar hai gham ka
Humba humba humka
duniya ghar hai gham ka

o o o
tu hai ya begaana
kaun sune afsaana
tu hai ya begaana
kaun sune afsaana
teri ye duniya
?? bataaye
tujhko raham na aayi
hahahaha
Humba humba humka
duniya ghar hai gham ka
Humba humba humka
humba
Humba humba humka
humba
Humba humba humka
humba
Humba humba humka
humba
Humba humba humka
humba
Humba humba humka
humba
Humba humba humka
humba
Humba humba humka
humba
Humba humba humka
humba
Humba humba humka
humba

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