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

Blog Day : 3620 Post No. : 14429

98 years ago, this day, was born this exceptional artist – Hemant Kumar. A singing voice that is remembered and cherished for it depth and softness. His versatility with the lower octaves is a measure of wonder. And a pleasure to listen to the songs sung by him.

I was checking online today for news and articles on the occasion of his birth anniversary. I found some – new and less recent. What amazes me is the shallowness of research effort that people put into such endeavours. All articles talk about the beginning of his career in Hindi films – ‘Jaal’ (1952) and SD Burman’s “Ye Raat Ye Chandni Phir Kahaan” as a singer; and as a music director – “Nagin” (1954). One article, based on an interview with him, at least gets to the correct debut as a music director – ‘Anand Math’ (1952). But as a singer, the complete period of 1945 to 1951 is completely overlooked.

Not too many songs to list for this part of his career, but at least the correct information needs to be investigated and presented. His debut Hindi film as a singer is ‘Iraada’ from 1945. For the next 5 to 6 years, he is on record as having sung 2 to 3 songs per year, before reaching the early 1950s, and getting the popular acknowledgement.

For today’s remembrance, I present this wonderful song from the film ‘Banphool’ of 1945. The lyrics of this song are written by Narendra Nath Tuli and the music composition is by Dhiren Mitra. This song is a kind of ‘naat’ in the honor of the Almighty, telling about his qualities as a benevolent Master, and as an unforgiving Judge who would impartially impart justice for both the good and the bad deeds. The mukhda (title line) of this song is an exhortation to revere Him and to connect with Him in love and submission, for He is the true benefactor.

लगा उस से लौ तू
मददगार है वो

On this Holy day of Eid celebration, I present this song in the honor of the Almighty, who is essentially the Father figure for this entire creation. Praise Be Upon Him.

And wishing a very Happy Eid to all friends and readers.
Aameen.

 

Song – Laga Us Se Lau Tu Madadgaar Hai Wo  (Banphool) (1945) Singer – Hemant Kumar, Lyrics – Narendra Nath Tuli, MD – Dhiren Mitra (Dhirendra Chandra Mitra)

Lyrics

laga us se. . .
lau tu. . .
madadgaar hai. . . wo

laga us se lau tu
madadgaar hai wo
laga us se lau tu
madadgaar hai wo
laga us se lau tu
tu ban uska banda
ke ghamkhaar hai wo
laga us se lau tu
tu ban uska banda
ke ghamkhaar hai wo
laga us se lau tu

sitamgaar jis par na ye zulm dhaaye
jo sakhti ke aage na sar ko jhukaaye
sitamgaar jis par na ye zulm dhaaye
jo sakhti ke aage na sar ko jhukaaye
nadaar ho kar bhi khudgaar hai jo
nadaar ho kar bhi khudgaar hai jo
tu banda hai uska talabgaar hai wo
laga us se lau tu

haan. . aan
ghani aur muflis pe. . .
waa ik nazar hai. . .
keeneh ki badi ke ey. . .
mutaabiq ajar hai
wo samjhega us se gunehgaar hai jo
wo samjhega us se gunehgaar hai jo
badal uske khoo hai ki
jabbaar hai wo
laga us se lau tu
madadgaar hai wo
laga us se lau tu

laga us se. . .
lau tu. . .
madadgaar hai. . . wo

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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लगा उस से ॰ ॰ ॰
लौ तू ॰ ॰ ॰
मददगार है ॰ ॰ ॰ वो

लगा उस से लौ तू
मददगार है वो
लगा उस से लौ तू
मददगार है वो
लगा उस से लौ तू
तू बन उसका बंदा
के ग़मखार है वो
लगा उस से लौ तू
तू बन उसका बंदा
के ग़मखार है वो
लगा उस से लौ तू

सितमगार जिस पर ना ये ज़ुल्म ढाये
जो सख्ती के आगे ना सर को झुकाये
सितमगार जिस पर ना ये ज़ुल्म ढाये
जो सख्ती के आगे ना सर को झुकाये
नादार हो कर भी खुदगार है जो
नादार हो कर भी खुदगार है जो
तू बंदा है उसका तलबगार है वो
लगा उस से लौ तू

हाँ॰॰आँ
ग़नी और मुफलिस पे ॰ ॰ ॰
वा इक नज़र है ॰ ॰ ॰
कीन्हे की बदी के ए॰ ॰ ॰
मुताबिक अजर है
वो समझेगा उस से गुनहगार है जो
वो समझेगा उस से गुनहगार है जो
बदल उस के खू है की
जब्बार है वो
लगा उस से लौ तू
मददगार है वो
लगा उस से लौ तू

लगा उस से ॰ ॰ ॰
लौ तू ॰ ॰ ॰
मददगार है ॰ ॰ ॰ वो

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Blog Day : 3617 Post No. : 14420

“Samrat” (1954) was directed by Najam Naqvi for Filmistan, Bombay. The movie had Ajit, Rehana, D.K.Sapru, Ram Singh, Kamlesh Kumari, Minoo Mumtaz, Randhir, Mumtaz Ali, Rajan Haksar, Srinath, S.L.Puri etc in it.

The movie had nine songs in it. Seven songs have been covered in the past.

Here is the eighth song from “Samrat” (1954) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Geeta Dutt. Rajinder Krishan is the lyricist. Music is composed by Hemant Kumar.

Only the audio of the song is available. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of this song.

When I listened to the song, I was sure that another song was the inspiration behind this song but I was not able to recall what song that was. Then my tubelight memory lit up and I remembered that the inspirational song hind this song wa Shola jo bhadke dil mera dhadke(Albela )


Gora bhi achcha kaala bhi achcha (Samrat)(1954) Singer-Geeta Dutt, Lyrics-Rajinder Krishan, MD-Hemant Kumar

Lyrics

hey

gora bhi achcha
kaala bhi achcha
gora bhi achcha
kaala bhi achcha
achcha magar dilwaala
chaahe gora chaahe kaala hai
gora bhi achcha
kaala bhi achcha
achcha magar dilwaala
chaahe gora chaahe kaala hai
gora bhi achcha
kaala bhi achcha

aankh jawaani ki chupke se lad gayi
aankh jawaani ki chupke se lad gayi
chupke se lad gayi ee
gore ko chhod ke
kaale pe pad gayi
gore ko chhod ke
kaale pe pad gayi
dil mein sama gaya kaala kaala kaala kaala kaala
gora bhi achcha kaala bhi achcha
achcha magar dilwaala
chaahe gora chaahe kaala hai
gora bhi achcha
kaala bhi achcha

sab se zaalim hai wo lutera
sab se zaalim hai wo lutera
haaye
pyaar se loote jo dil mera
pyaar se loote jo dil mera
dil mera
hai koi aisa dilwaala dilwaala
kaala kaala kaala kaala
gora bhi achcha
kaala bhi achcha
achcha magar dilwaala
chaahe gora chaahe kaala hai
gora bhi achcha
kaala bhi achcha

waqt hai thhoda
baat bahut hai
baat bahut hai
waqt hai thhoda
baat bahut hai
bhaag chalo to raat bahut hai
bhaag chalo to raat bahut hai
daal mein hai ji kuchh kaala kaala kaala kaala kaala
gora bhi achcha
kaala bhi achcha
achhca magar dilwaala
chaahe gora chaahe kaala hai
gora bhi achcha
kaala bhi achcha
hey


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Blog Day : 3617 Post No. : 14419

“Kitna Badal Gaya Insaan”(1957) was directed by I S Johar for Modern Theatre, Bombay. The movie had Ajit, Nalini Jaywant, I S Johar, Kamaljeet, Uday Laxmi, Shanti, Harbans Lal, Saroja, Anil Dutta etc in it.

“Kitna Badal Gaya Insaan”(1957) had eleven songs in it. One song has been covered in the past.

Here is the second song from the movie to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Lata. S H Bihari is the lyricist. Music is composed by Hemant Kumar.

The song picturisation shows Nalini Jaiwant remonstating with the Almighty- with Lord Krishna to be precise. The picturisation also shows some men listening to the bhajan from outside though they seem to possess far less devotion towards the Almighty than Nalini Jaiwant. 😉


Song-Har baat hai bigdi huyi bhagwaan bana do(Kitna Badal Gaya Insaan)(1957) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-S H Bihari, MD-Hemant Kumar

Lyrics

har baat hai bigdi hui
bhagwaan bana do
vinti hai ye
mushqil meri aasaan bana do
aasaan bana do
har baat hai bigdi hui bhagwaan bana do
vinti hai ye
mushqil meri aasaan bana do
aasaan bana do

main kya karoon
main kya karoon taqdeer mere saath nahin hai
par tumse na ho aisi koi baat nahin hai
main kya karoon
taqdeer mere saath nahin hai
par tumse na ho aisi koi baat nahin hai
roothhi hui kismat ko meharbaan bana do
vinti hai ye
mushqil meri aasan bana do
aasaan bana do
har baat hai bigdi hui bhagwaan bana do
vinti hai ye
mushqil meri aasaan bana do
aasan bana do

bhagwaan ho
bhagwaan ho sansaar mein sunte ho sabhi ki
do chaar ghadi mujhko bhi mil jaaye khushi ki
bhagwaan ho
sansaar mein sunte ho sabhi ki
do chaar ghadi mujhko bhi mil jaaye khushi ki
kuchh mere liye jeene ka saamaan bana do
vinti hai ye
mushqil meri aasaan bana do
aasaan bana do
har baat hai bigdi hui bhagwaan bana do
vinti hai ye
mushqil meri aasaan bana do
aasaan bana do


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Blog Day : 3615 Post No. : 14414

“Samrat” (1954) was directed by Najam Naqvi for Filmistan, Bombay. The movie had Ajit, Rehana, D.K.Sapru, Ram Singh, Kamlesh Kumari, Minoo Mumtaz, Randhir, Mumtaz Ali, Rajan Haksar, Srinath, S.L.Puri etc in it.

The movie had nine songs in it. Six songs have been covered in the past.

Here is the seventh song from “Samrat” (1954) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Geeta Dutt. Rajinder Krishan is the lyricist. Music is composed by Hemant Kumar.

Only the audio of the song is available. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the picturisation of this song.


Dam bhar na sambhalne de karwat na badalne de(Samraat)(1954) Singer-Geeta Dutt, Lyrics-Rajinder Krishan, MD-Hemant Kumar

Lyrics

do ghadi saath tere
dil mera aabaad raha
aur phir iske siwa
kuchh na mujhe yaad raha

ye dard mohabbat ka aa
dam bhar na sambhalne de ae
karwat na badalne de ae
ye dard mohabbat ka

dekha ke lagi dil ki
bujhti nahin rone se
phir ponch liye aansu
jalti hai to jalne de ae
dam bhar na sambhalne de ae
karwat na badalne de ae
ye dard mohabbat ka

rah rah ke machalte hain aen
armaan mere dil ke
kaisi hai ye majboori
machle to machalne de
dam bhar na sambhalne de ae
karwat na badalne de ae
ye dard mohabbat ka

jab rooth gaye humse ae
din raat mohabbat ke
phir peer judaai ke ae
chalte hain to chalne de
dam bhar na sambhalne de ae
karwat na badalne de ae
ye dard mohabbat ka


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Blog Day : 3600 Post No. : 14367

Today (27 may 2018) is the 3600th day for the blog. A quick mental calculation would show that one year has 365 days so ten years has (365 x 10) + 3 =3653 days. In other words, this blog is just 53 days short of turning TEN years old.

A quick mental calculation would also show that 3600 x 4 = 14400. We would have been at song number 14400, if we were going at a rate of four songs a day. We were indeed maintaining that rate till two weeks ago. But now we have falleed behind that strike rate. Hopefully we will soon catch up on this strike rate.

Arriving at this century mark- an “artificial” century mark, as I like to describe such landmarks, calls for celebration. No, not some serious grim kind of celebration, but a rather light hearted silly kind of celebration.

I have stumbled upon just the kind of song that serves as an appropriately silly kind of song for the occasion. This song does not have the word “silly” in it, but it contains plentiful of words rhyming with “silly”. 🙂

This song is from a movie that is called “Laalten”(1956). “Laalten”(1956) was directed by Harish for Harish Productions, Bombay. The movie had Geeta Bali, Motilal, Kanhaiyalal, Shammi, Mukri, Indira Bansal, Indu Paul, Harish, Uma Dutt, Mohan Choti, Nazir Kashmiri, Ravikant, Kanwal Dukhiya, Arvind Kumar, Shakeel Nomani, Bishan Khanna, T N Charlie, A Qadir, Ratan Gaurang, Fazal Karim, Hameed Majnu, Bismillah, Nawab Kashmiri, Kamal Mohan etc. with Bhudo Advani in guest appearance.

This rare movie, which sounds like a fun movie had eight songs in it. Three song from the movie has been covered in the past. The previous song from this movie has appeared on day number 2986. So this song appears after a passage of another 614 days !

This “silly” fun song is sung by Balbir and Geeta Dutt. Shewan Rizvi, normally associated with “serious” songs lets his hair down penning the fun lyrics of this song. Hemant Kumar, normally associated with serious sombre kind of music also enjoys himself likewise. 🙂

Only the audio of this song is available. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw laalten light 🙂 on the movie as well as on the picturisation of this song.


Song-O lily lily lily lily lily (Laalten)(1956) Singers-Balbir, Geeta Dutt, Lyrics-Shewan Rizvi, MD-Hemant Kumar

Lyrics

o lily lily lily lily lily
o lily lily lily lily lily
tu thham ja mere aage
aa gayi billi
o lily lily lily lily lily
o lily lily lily lily lily
tu thham ja
mere aage aa gayi billi

main johny se apne
chali hoon milne dilli
main johny se apne
chali hoo milne dilli

chilli lily chilli lily chilli lily
o lily lily lily lily lily
o lily lily lily lily lily
tu thham ja
mere aage aa gayi billi

o lily lily lily lily lily
tu johny ko chocholate khilaati
mujhko aankh dikhaati hai
ye kiska toone naam liya
jo maine dil ko thaam liyaa

o god zara tu dekh ise
mere dil pe teer chalaati hai
ye mujhko fool banaati hai
chilli lily chilli lily chilli lily
o lily lily lily lily lily
o lily lily lily lily lily
tu thham ja
mere aage aa gayi billi

o lily lily lily lily lily
main teri adaa pe marta hoon
tu johny ka dam bharti hain
johny mera lovely dilbar
tu hai uske aage bandar
johny mera lovely dilbar
tu hai uskae aage bandar

o god zara tu dekh ise
ye meri jaan jalaati hai
ye dekh mujhko fool banaati hai
chilli lily chilli lily chilli lily
o lily lily lily lily lily
o lily lily lily lily lily
tu thham ja
mere aage aa gayi billi
main johny se apne chali hoon milne dilli
main johny se apne chali hoon milne dilli
chilli lily chilli lily chilli lily


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Blog Day : 3494 Post No. : 14043

“Us Raat Ke Baad”(1970) was a “social” movie. Information contained in HFGK about this movie is incomplete.

Luckily the print of this movie is available online. Watching it, one finds that the movie was produced and directed by Y B Siraj for 51 Cine Commercial corporation, Bombay. The movie had Sanjeev Kumar, Tanuja, Sailesh Kumar, Shaminder, Kishore Bhat (introducing), Aruna Irani, Madan Puri, Tarun Bose, Bela Bose, Asit Sen, Pravin Paul, Sundar, Amrit Patel, Dinesh Hingoo, Masterji etc in it.

HFGK mentions four songs in the movie and leaves blanks indicating that the movie had additional songs in it. On watching the movie, it is seen that the movie had a fifth song as well which is the movie opening song cum movie closing song. So the movie had five songs in all.

Two songs from the movie have been covered in the past. Here is the third song from “Us Raat Ke Baad”(1970) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Bula Gupta. Gulzar is the lyricist. Music is composed by Hemant Kumar.

The song is picturised as a cabarat dance song on Bela Bose, with a few shady looking characters visible in the picturisation.

Bula Gupta, a new name for this blog, makes her debut in the blog with this song. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on her.


Song-Jaam uthha ke tod ke taubaa pee(Us Raat Ke Baad)(1970) Singer-Bula Gupta, Lyrics-Gulzar, MD-Hemant Kumar

Lyrics

jaam uthha ke tod ke tauba pee ee
kal jo hona hai so hoga pee ee
hoy
jaam uthha ke tod ke tauba pee ee
kal jo hona hai so hoga pee ee

hoy

thhodi der mein chaand jawaan hoga aa
aaj hai ye kal aur samaa hoga aa
thhodi der mein chaand jawaan hoga aa
aaj hai ye kal aur samaa hoga aao
ho
ho
jaam se donon honth laga ke pee
kal jo hona hai so hoga pee ee
haay
jaam uthha ke tod ke tauba pee
kal jo hona hai so hoga pee ee

raat angdaayi leker jaagegi ee
haath se may ka pyaala maangegi ee
raat angdaayi leker jaagegi ee
haath se may ka pyaala maangegi ee
ho
aah
raat ke honth se honth laga ke pee ee
kal jo hona hai so hoga peeee
haay
jaam uthha ke tod ke tauba pee
kal jo hona hai so hoga pee


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

Blog Day : 3493 Post No. : 14036

Noted film director and story / screenplay writer OP Dutta, passed away this day five years ago. He was 90 years when he passed away in 2012.

OP Dutta was born in the town of Gujranwaala in Punjab (now in Pakistan), in 1922. No information is available online about his early years and his education. In 1948, when he was just 26 years old, he directed the film ‘Pyar Ki Jeet’. This film was a major success, and it established Suraiya, the singer-actress as a super star.

He continued to direct films till the end of 1950s. The Hindi films directed by him are – ‘Hamaari Manzil’ (1949), ‘Surajmukhi’ (1950), ‘Ek Nazar’ (1951), ‘Parbat’ (1952), ‘Maalkin’ (1953), ‘Lagan’ (1955), and ‘Aangan’ (1959).

In the early 1950s he travelled to Pakistan and helped to set up a studio in Karachi. Till then, Lahore was the only center of film production in Pakistan. As a part of this effort, he also produced and directed the film ‘Anokhi’ from the studios in Karachi. Regulars may be familiar with this film, that has recently been discovered and is available in public domain. The heroine of this film is Sheela Ramani, and the music director is Timir Baran. This film was probably the earliest and maybe the only significant effort of collaboration between he film industries of India and Pakistan.

From 1960s onward, OP Dutta gave up direction and started writing for films – stories, screenplays, dialogues etc. Notable films from this phase of his career are ‘Chiraagh’ (1969), ‘Do Raaste’ (1969), ‘Mastaana’ (1970), ‘Jeet’ (1972), etc. Later on, he wrote stories and screenplays for some of the big hits  – ‘Kshatriya’ (1993), ‘Border’ (1997), ‘Refugee’ (2000), ‘LOC Kargil’ (2003), and ‘Umrao Jaan’ (2006).

Today’s song is from the 1955 film ‘Lagan’. From the first phase of his career, this film is the only one that OP Dutta had produced and directed (as opposed to the other films which he only directed for other production banners). The film was produced under the banner of OP Films, Bombay. The star cast of this film includes Nalini Jaywant, Sajjan, Shammi, Randhir, Om Prakash, David, Raj Mehra, Ram Avtar, Baij Sharma, Pandit Iqbal, Baby Naaz, Pappu, Shaam Lal, Uma Dutt, Shivraj, Parshuram, and Kanwar Kesho amongst others. The songs of this film are penned by Rajendra Krishan and the music is by Hemant Kumar. Interesting to note that Ravi is the assistant music director with Hemant Da.

One song of this film has already been showcased on our blog. Today’s song is a song of sadness and separation sung so wonderfully by Lata Mangeshkar. Listen and enjoy.

 

Song – Mujhe Nazar Se Utaar Kar Bhi (Lagan) (1955) Singer – Lata Mangeshkar, Lyrics – Rajendra Krishan, MD – Hemant Kumar

 

Lyrics

mujhe nazar se utaar kar bhi
na chain paaya to kya karoge
mujhe nazar se utaar kar bhi
na chain paaya to kya karoge
jisey bhula ke chaley ho dil se
jisey bhula ke chaley ho dil se
wo yaad aaya to kya karoge
to kya karoge
mujhe nazar se utaar kar bhi
na chain paaya to kya karoge

chalo ye maana bagair mere
tumhaari raaten jawaan rahengi
chalo ye maana bagair mere
tumhaari raaten jawaan rahengi
magar jo bhoole se mere khwaabon ne
aa jagaya to kya karoge
to kya karoge
mujhe nazar se utaar kar bhi
na chain paaya to kya karoge

tumhaari mehfil mein roz hogi
nai kahaani naya fasaana
tumhaari mehfil mein roz hogi
nai kahaani naya fasaana
jo baaton baaton mein naam mera
zubaan pe aaya to kya karoge
to kya karoge
mujhe nazar se utaar kar bhi
na chain paaya to kya karoge
jisey bhula ke chaley ho dil se
jisey bhula ke chaley ho dil se
wo yaad aaya to kya karoge
to kya karoge
mujhe nazar se utaar kar bhi
na chain paaya to kya karoge

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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मुझे नज़र से उतार कर भी
ना चैन पाया तो क्या करोगे
मुझे नज़र से उतार कर भी
ना चैन पाया तो क्या करोगे
जिसे भुलाने चले हो दिल से
जिसे भुलाने चले हो दिल से
वो याद आया तो क्या करोगे
तो क्या करोगे
मुझे नज़र से उतार कर भी
ना चैन पाया तो क्या करोगे

चलो ये माना बगैर मेरे
तुम्हारी रातें जवां रहेंगी
चलो ये माना बगैर मेरे
तुम्हारी रातें जवां रहेंगी
मगर जो भूले से मेरे ख्वाबों ने
आ जगाया तो क्या करोगे
तो क्या करोगे
मुझे नज़र से उतार कर भी
ना चैन पाया तो क्या करोगे

तुम्हारी महफिल में रोज़ होगी
नई कहानी नया फसाना
तुम्हारी महफिल में रोज़ होगी
नई कहानी नया फसाना
जो बातों बातों में नाम मेरा
ज़ुबां पे आया तो क्या करोगे
तो क्या करोगे
मुझे नज़र से उतार कर भी
ना चैन पाया तो क्या करोगे
जिसे भुलाने चले हो दिल से
जिसे भुलाने चले हो दिल से
वो याद आया तो क्या करोगे
तो क्या करोगे
मुझे नज़र से उतार कर भी
ना चैन पाया तो क्या करोगे


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.

After a long gap-a very long gap really-I am discussing a song from a Mythological film- Ayodhyapati-56.

This song is sung by Hemant Kumar- who had actually specialised in singing such songs in the decade of 1950s. This decade was a Golden period for Religious films, because as many as 124 Religious, Mythological and devotional films were released in the decade from 1950 to 1959. This worked out to an average of one such film released in every month for 120 months, that is 10 years, continuously. Some of the best Bhajans of Hemant Kumar are from this decade only.

Among Mythological stories, Ram katha has always been the most popular, having a slight edge over Lord Krishna’s stories. No wonder that so many films were made, from the silent era till the 1970s on this topic. After 1970s, the baton of religious films/ stories was passed on to Television and no mythological films, barring some exceptions, have been made during the last 30-40 years.

Film Ayodhyapati was slightly different from the normal movies of this genre, viz Ramkatha. The story content of this film was based on a little known but interesting chapter of Ramayana. It was related to an episode before Rama’s birth.

The central theme of the film ( and it occupied a major portion of the film ) was focused on King Dashratha and queen Kaikeyi.

The name Kaikeyi, when uttered, brings hatred, anger and disgust to one’s mind, as she is branded as a ” Villain ” in Ramayana. If one reads the original version of Ramayana, written by the sage Valmiki, one will find that the truth is entirely different. In film Ayodhyapati, the focus is on Kaikeyi- explaining how she got those two Boons, which changed the course of Ramayana, from king Dashrath.

When I went into details, I learnt so many new things. It seems, all was planned with a purpose. Lord Rama, being an incarnation of Bhagwan Vishnu, had a specific mission on this earth and Kaikeyi was made a vehicle to initiate this mission.

Rama accorded Kaikeyi full respect; he gave her his abode and released her from the cycle of births and deaths. Yet Rama’s devotees find it difficult to forgive her for banishing him to the forest. Tulasidas, however, says it was all a Cosmic Play to destroy the demons. But devotees argue that Rama could have gone to the forest anyway, to destroy the demons. Why drag Sita along? Yet a reading of Ramayana shows that all those who met Rama, Sita and Lakshmana were blessed and they attained life’s goal by seeing, meeting, serving, talking to Rama. Many lives were transformed by the vision of Rama with Sita and Lakshmana. Only one person was forever disgraced and disrespected, and that person was Kaikeyi.

No girl is named Kaikeyi lest she takes on her characteristics. This is the bhakti perspective as Kaikeyi is seen in negative light. A jnani would know that what Kaikeyi contributed to the Cosmic Drama. Hers was the greatest sacrifice as she embraced infamy forever. Rama acknowledges her sacrifice and gives her due respect when they all come to meet him in the forest and when he comes back to Ayodhya later.

Kaikeyi’s maid Manthara’s motives are clear as she wanted to serve the king’s mother. But Kaikeyi’s change of behaviour is strange. Kaikeyi was the daughter of King Ashwapati and the only sister of seven brothers. She was brave, daring, rode chariots, fought wars, was extremely beautiful, played instruments, sang and danced. King Dasaratha saw her on a hunting expedition in Kashmir and fell in love with her. Kaikeyi’s father extracted a promise that her son (his grandson) would ascend the throne. Dasaratha agreed as he had no son from any of his wives. But Kaikeyi did not bear a son and so Dasaratha married Sumitra.

It is only in old age that Dasaratha gets four sons due to a yagna ceremony and Rama is the beloved of all. Kaikeyi loves Rama more than her own son Bharata, so it was inconceivable that she would banish Rama to the forest for 14 years. Sages say all this was going according to a Cosmic Plan. Just as there are several grounds for God’s incarnation as Rama and the creation of Ravana, there are several reasons for Kaikeyi’s actions. Firstly, Dasaratha had promised the throne to Kaikeyi’s son and the promise had to be honoured as was the rule of the Raghu Dynasty- ‘Praan jaaye par vachan na jaaye’- ‘Our words must be honoured even at the cost of our life.’ Second, as a child, Rama told Kaikeyi that since he was the incarnation of Vishnu, he needed an excuse to destroy demons and save sages. He needed someone to banish Him for 14 years and chose Kaikeyi as she was the boldest of the queens. Thirdly, as a child, Kaikeyi had blackened the face of a sage in meditation and he cursed her that she too would get a similar black reputation.

Ramkatha exponent Morari Bapu, gives us a fourth reason. Kaikeyi’s guru Sage Ratna, an astrologer, predicted that she would marry the king of Ayodhya who would die due of grief for his sons. To save the Raghu Dynasty, Kaikeyi would have to ensure that for 14 years no one sat on the throne for that would lead to misfortune. Sage Ratna was father of Shravan Kumar’s grandparents. Shravan Kumar was later killed accidentally by King Dasaratha’s arrow. Shravan Kumar’s grandfather was Sage Dhoumya whose parents were Ratnavali and Sage Ratna. Sage Ratna was a royal priest of Nandigram ruled by King Ashwapati. Sage Ratna had warned her that life as a queen would be very testing and her husband would die of grief for his son. Guru Vasishtha knew of this and decided that grief for son could be death of a son so rather than one son and king dying it would be better that only the king dies. So grief of separation was introduced and Dasaratha was allowed to die. Vasishtha advised Kaikeyi to ask for her two boons — for Rama to be exiled for 14 years and throne for Bharata. He knew that Bharata would never sit on the throne as long as Rama was living. It was Vasishtha who advised Bharata to install Rama’s wooden slippers on the throne if Rama disagreed to return to Ayodhya. The whole drama was planned and the players merely acted.

Kaikeyi had been given two boons for her fighting skills. When Indra, king of gods, requested Dasaratha to fight demon Samhasura, Kaikeyi accompanied him. In the battle Dasaratha’s chariot wheel got loose and Kaikeyi put her little finger in the spoke. Soon she took the chariot to a safe place, changed the wheel, nursed the wounded king and again went in the battlefield and they won. Dasaratha promised her two boons which she laughed away. She had forgotten about these boons but not Vashishtha and Manthara. They advised her to use these boons, but the intentions were different.

Kaikeyi inherited obstinacy from her mother. Once when King Ashwapati and his queen were strolling he heard a pair of birds talking and laughed uncontrollably. Ashwapati, King of Kashmir, had the boon of understanding language of birds, insects and animals. The queen wanted to know what the bird had said but the king replied that according to the boon if he disclosed it he would die. The queen said she didn’t care whether he lived or died but he must tell her what the birds had said. The king banished her forever to her parental home. Kaikeyi was raised by maid Manthara who wanted Kaikeyi to enjoy the highest status.

Kaikeyi knew she would be abused, hated and disliked for all times to come but she agreed to be a part of God’s leela or play.(thanks to speaking tree.in for some information.)

Film Ayodhyapati-56 was produced by A.A.Nadiyadwala, under the banner of Pushpa Pictures. The film was directed by S. Fattelal. Sheikh Fattelal Yasin Mistri was born on 20-10-1897, at Kagal in Kolhapur state of Maharashtra. He was the son of a stone Mason.He took artistic education from Abalal Rehman in Kolhapur. At the age of 21 years, he co-founded Maharashtra Film Company in Kolhapur, with Baburao Painter. He worked as an alround technician, learning many aspects of film making, including cinematography to a perfection. He had a friend Vishnu Govind Damle here, who was with Fattelal till he died.

In 1929, Fattelal left Maharashtra Film Company, along with his friends, Damle, Shantaram, Dhaiber nd Sitaram Kulkarni, to establish Prabhat Film company. He was popularly known as ‘ Saheb Mama ‘. In Prabhat, Fattelal became head of the production department and built sets for all the major films of Prabhat. His sets were appreciated even in Hollywood in those days. He made a team with Damle and they first directed a silent film ” Maharathi Karna “. Their next venture was Talkie film ” Sant Tukaram”-36. This film won laurels all over India and also in the Venice film festival. He worked on film ” Gopal Krishna”-38, ” Sant Dyaneshwar”-40 and ” Sant Sakhu”-42. After Damle died in July 1945, Fattelal directed film ” Jagadguru Shankaracharys”-55 and his last film as a Director was ” Ayodhyapati”-56. Then he retired.
Fattelal died on 24-1-1964 at Bombay.

Fattelal had married actress Gulab bai alias Kamla Devi.She was an actress in Maharashtra film company and later on in Prabhat film company. Most of our readers must have seen the famous Logo of Prabhat Films. It shows a bent lady, blowing ” Tutari “. The lady was Gulab bai, on whom this logo was filmed…by Fattelal himself.

Film Ayodhyapati-56 had 11 songs. One song is already discussed here. Today’s song is the second song.Unfortunately, barring these two, no other song is presently available on You Tube or anywhere on Internet. There is a 3 part very melodious song in this film, which depicts the preparation for young Rama’s proposed coronation, which never took place then.

The cast of the film was Usha Kiran ( Kaikeyi), Abhi Bhattacharya (King Dashrath), Rajkumar-khatri ( Rama), Ratnamala (Seeta), Dar Kashmiri alias Jeevan (Narad) etc etc. We also find a name ‘ Baby Asha Parikh’- who was to debut as a Heroine within 3 years from then on. Today’s song by Hemant kumar is played in the background when lord Rama leaves Ayodhya for the banishment to Jungles for 14 years……..


Song-Chhod chaley aaj hamaare Raam Ayodhya chhod chaley (Ayodhyapati)(1956) Singer-Hemant Kumar, Lyrics-Saraswati Kumar Deepak, MD-Ravi

Lyrics

chhod chale ae ae
aaj hamaare raam ayodhya chhod chaley
chhod chale ae
aaj hamaare raam ayodhya chhod chaley
vanvaasi ban raj dulaare sabse naata tod chaley
mukh mod chaley ae
aaj hamaare raam ayodhya chhod chaley

chala raam ka sewak ban kar laxman jaisa bhai
chali jaanki ban kar apne preetam ki parchhaai
nar naari pashu panchhi sabka manyak(?) naata tod chaley
mukh mod chaley ae
aaj hamaare ram ayodhya chhod chaley

jaise bachhde chhin jaane par dekha karti gaiyya
jaise bachhde chhin jaane par dekha karti gaiyya
waise hi ro ro kar dekhen ram lakhan ko maiya
maaya mamta mahal moh in sabse naata tod chaley
mukh mod chaley ae
aaj hamare raam ayodhya chhod chaley

Laxman bina mahal hai soona
seeta bina rasoi
raam bina hai sooni ayodhya
saari parja royi
chhod ke kaliyon ki galiyaan kaanton se nata jod chaley
mukh mod chaley ae
aaj hamaare
raam ayodhya chhod chaley
aaj hamaare
raam ayodhya chhod chaley


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.

“Hamaara Watan”(1956) was produced by Ramesh Vyas and directed by Jayant Desai for Navkala Niketan, Bombay. The movie had Bina Rai, Premnath, Agha, Ram Singh, S N Tripathi, Kumkum, Jagdish Kamal, Ramesh sinha, S Azeem, Habeeb, Nazeer Kashmiri, Md Rafi, Md Ali, M. Sandow, Hanuman, Md Hussain, Bela Sarkar, Jaya Rao, Maya Das etc in it.
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This article is written by Avinash Scrapwala, 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.

I have in one of my earlier posts mentioned this that music lovers like me always have songs playing in their mind. Or some incidents/memories will always bring some song to mind (that is what I think). For me many things / situations time to time bring me to some song, or it will remind me of some song that I would have listened earlier may be years before or a song which is lying dormant in my memory.
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