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I had never thought highly of producer-director Kishore Sahu until I read an article written in August 1942 issue of ‘Filmindia’ by Hyacinth (a pseudo name for Susheela Rani Patel) a few months back. Until then, I had come across his name as the director of ‘Dil Apna Aur Preet Paraayi’ (1960) which I had seen in the theatre. Then, I was also aware of him of his association with ‘Kaalighata’ (1951) and ‘Mayur Pankh’ (1954). But in all these films, Kishore Sahu was not in my radar as my attention was more on Shankar-Jaikishan for their melodious songs in these movies.

I had no idea how Kishore Sahu looked like until I saw ‘Poonam Ki Raat’ (1965) in which he had the role of a doctor. After that I saw him in ‘Guide’ (1965) in the role of Marco. In both these films, he did not impress me either with his personality or with his acting. Even in the song picturisation of phoolon ka taaron ka sabka kehna hai, his acting during lip syncing one line ‘daady ko mummy ko…..sung by R D Burman was pedestrian.

But the article referred to above, read with many tit bits and news snippets appearing on the various issues of ‘Filmindia’ magazines about his films, revealed that in the 1940s, he had directed many successful films. Even as an actor, he had a good fan following if I go by readers' mail in the Filmindia magazines. The fact that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel attended the premier of the film ‘Veer Kunal’ (1945), produced and directed by Kishore Sahu would testify to the fact that he had a charming and pleasing personality in his younger days.

Kishore Sahu (22/11/1915 – 22/08/1980) was born in Durg in a wealthy family. His grandfather was the Diwan (Prime Minister) of Raja of the State of Raigarh and Rajnandgaon (now in Chhattisgarh). After completion of high school, Kishore Sahu completed graduation from Morris College, Nagpur in 1936. He was a brilliant student and was the Secretary of his college’s English Literary Society. He also edited the College magazine and took part in college dramas.

His father was keen to send him abroad for higher studies to become a barrister. But the young Kishore was attracted towards film industry and he was keen to become an actor. After knowing the intense desire of Kishore Sahu to become an actor, his father encouraged him in his pursuit. In 1937, Kishore Sahu came to Bombay (Mumbai) and met Himanshu Rai, the founder of Bombay Talkies. After his interview, Kishore Sahu was selected for the lead role opposite Devika Rani for the film ‘Jeewan Prabhat’ (1937). The film was commercially successful. However, in the review of the film in ‘Filmindia’ magazine, Kishore Sahu was pronounced as “another misfit as an actor. He is a big disappointment. He is worse than Ashok Kumar”.

Kishore Sahu’s entrepreneurial ambition made him to leave Bombay Talkies and float a film production company called ‘India Artists Ltd’ for which he was the Managing Director. ‘Bahurani’ (1940) was the first film produced under this banner in which he acted in the lead role opposite Rose. The film was commercially successful. However, during the making of the film, Kishore Sahu had differences with one of the largest contributors of finance for the banner. After the release of the film, Kishore Sahu resigned from the company and returned to Bombay Talkies to take the lead role in the film ‘Punar Milan’ (1940) opposite Snehprabha Pradhan. The film was a runaway hit.

During the making of ‘Punar Milan’ (1940), Kishore Sahu fell in love with Snehprabha Pradhan. They got married on September 13, 1940. However, in less than six months of their marriage, they separated leading to divorce sometime in 1942. The separation in less than six months of the marriage affected Kishore Sahu to such an extent that he left Bombay and stayed for months in his native town and Nagpur.

After recovering from the shock of separation, Kishore Sahu returned to Bombay with a story of ‘Kunwaara Baap’ (1942) which was his debut film as a director. He was also the lead actor opposite Protima Dasgupta. The film was a light social comedy. The box office success of this film encouraged him to direct two more social comedy films – ‘Raja’ (1943) and ‘Sharaarat’ (1944) in which he was again paired with Protima Dasgupta. While ‘Raja’ (1943) was a commercial success, ‘Sharaarat’ (1944) did not fare well at the box office.

Kishore Sahu’s next film belonged to the historical genre in which he was not so far been involved as an actor and director. The success of ‘Veer Kunal’ (1945) took him to a greater height. In the same year, he bought Hindustan Chitra Production from Chinubhai Madhavlal. So he had now his own film production company. However, his next three films – ‘Sindoor’ (1947), ‘Saajan’ (1947) and ‘Nadiya Ke Paar’ (1948) which he directed, were produced by Filmistan. With these films, Kishore Sahu scored a hat trick of box office hits followed by his home production ‘Saawan Aaya Re’ (1949) in which he was in the lead role and the director.

In the 1950s, Kishore Sahu seems to have lost his ‘golden touch’ in most of the films which he produced and/or directed. The one film during this period which was critically acclaimed and also fared well at the box office was ‘Dil Apna Aur Preet Paraayi’ (1960) which he directed. In the 1960s, ‘Grahasti’ (1963) directed by him for the Gemini was a box office success. His home production ‘Poonam Ki Raat’ (1965) did not create ripples at the box office.

To launch his daughter Naina Sahu as heroine, Kishore Sahu produced and directed ‘Hare Kaanch Ki Choodiyaan’ (1967) which was a box office failure. He made one more attempt to promote his daughter by producing and directing ‘Pushpanjali’ (1970) which also failed at the box office. The last film which Kishore Sahu produced and directed was ‘Dhuen Ki Lakeer’ (1974) which sealed his fateas producer and director. His last film as an actor was ‘Vakil Babu’ (1982) which was released after his sudden death in Bangkok on 22nd August 1980.

Apart from acting and directing films, Kishore Sahu was known for his short stories which he used to contribute to Hindi journals. Most of the short stories were written during his early days in the film industry. In 1942, he published his select collection of short stories in a book ‘Tes Ke Phool’ in Hindi.

RAJA (1943) was the second of his trilogy of light social comedy films, the other two films being ‘Kunwaara Baap’ (1942) and ‘Sharaarat’ (1944) in which Kishore Sahu acted in the lead roles and also directed the films. In these three films, his leading lady was Protima Dasgupta.

The film had 8 songs written by Rammurti Chaturvedi (4), Amritlal Nagar (1) and Bhagwati Charan Verma (2). Lyricist for the remaining one song is not known. All the songs were set to music by Khan Mastana. As far as I know, this was the only film in which Bhagwati Charan Verma, a well-known Hindi novelist and the poet was associated as lyricist. In fact, one of the twosongs credited to him in the film, namely ‘hum deewaanon ki kya hasti' was written by him as a poem in 1928:

Hum deewaanon ki kya hasti
Hai aaj yahaan kal wahaan
Masti kaa aalam saath chala chale
Hum dhool udaate jahaan chale

I wanted to present this song sung by Kishore Sahu. Unfortunately, this song is not available on the internet. In fact, none of the 8 songs were available on YT until one song ‘niraali duniya hamaari’ was uploaded by me on YT about a month back which I am presenting for this post. The song is sung by Kishore Sahu and Protima Dasgupta on the words of Rammurthi Chaturvedi.

Enjoy this rare song in the voice of the lead actors.

With this song, ‘Raja’ (1943) makes its debut on the Blog.


Song-Niraali duniya hamaari (Raja)(1943) Singers-Kishore Sahu, Protima Dasgupta, Lyrics-Rammurty Chaturvedi, MD-Khan Mastana
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Lyrics

niraali duniya hamaari
niraali duniya hamaari
niraali duniya hamaari
niraali duniya hamaari
niraali duniya hamaari
niraali duniya hamaari

yahaan mahlon ki tarah
dard bhare geet nahin
yahaan mahlon ki tarah
dard bhare geet nahin
yahaan hain meet sabhi
haar nahin jeet nahin
yahaan hain meet sabhi
haar nahin jeet nahin

yahaan hai preet nahin
khoon si seenchi huyi kyaari
yahaan hai preet nahin
khoon si seenchi huyi kyaari
niraali duniya hamaari
niraali duniya hamaari
niraali duniya hamaari
niraali duniya hamaari

wahaan hai bair
yahaan madhur milan
madhur milan

wahaan hai bair
yahaan madhur milan
madhur milan

yahaan hai preet
wahaan jee ki jalan
yahaan hai preet
wahaan jee ki jalan
yahaan sukh dukh ke phool khilte hain
milte kahin daari
yahaan sukh dukh ke phool khilte hain
milte kahin daari

haan haan
milte kahin daari
haan haan

milte kahin daari
haan haan
milte kahin daari
niraali duniya hamaari
niraali duniya hamaari
niraali duniya hamaari
niraali duniya hamaari


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“Chaalis Karod”(1945) was directed by Nanabhai Bhatt for Chandra Art Productions, Bombay. This by now obscure movie had Nirmala, Arun, Agha, Shantarin, Gope, Gulab, S Nazeer, Sunetra, Murli, M Elizer, Vijay, Madhurika, Yaakoob etc in it.
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“Bhedi Dushman”(1946) was directed by Ramjibhai Arya for Victory Pictures, Bombay. This obscure movie had Mehrunnisa, Master Kishre, Dalpat, Mohammad Hussain, Nazira, Mitthu Miyaan, Y M Jhaweri, Vatsala Kumthekar (junior), Rafiq, Gafoor, Noor Mohammad etc in it.
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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.

I came to know about a film made in 1940 with a title ‘Intezaar’ through Filmindia magazine. Later, it was given a new title ‘Sneh Bandhan’ (1940) and was released with the same name. I did not evince much interest in knowing about the film until I came across the mp3 clip of a beautifully worded song from the film.
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“Bairam Khan”(1946) was directed by Gajanan Jaageerdaar for Standard Pictures, Bombay. The movie had Mehtab, Jaageerdaar, Ghulam Mohammad (actor), David, Lalita Pawar, Benjamin, Hansa, Zebunnissa, Sunalini Devi, Chhotu, Shahnawaz, Latika, Akbar, Sadiq Ali, Dalpat, Zilani, Ramesh, Raman lal, Sham Lal etc in it.
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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. 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.

There are many lyricists who joined Hindi film industry since the talkies came into being. While some of them became famous, many remained in the background though some of them were connected with the film industry for a considerable length of time. The result is we do not have much information about the latter category of lyricists as far as their their detailed profiles are concerned. In this category, the names of Dr. Safdar ‘Aah’ Sitapuri, Rammurti Chaturvedi, Bhutaram Sharma, Shams Lucknowi, Kaif Irfani, Shevan Rizvi and many more come to my mind. Among the ‘many mores’ is the lyricist Aziz Kashmiri about whom very little is known of his life before he joined Hindi film industry.
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In the 1930s and 1940s, there was a producer and director by the name of Kikubhai Desai. He had produced and directed many mythological films in the silent era. With the advent of talkies in 1931, Kikubhai Desai switched over to talkies. His expertise lay in producing talkies of stunt, costume and magical genres. He also directed a few of these films produced by him under these genres. Some of the films he produced under the banner of Paramount Pictures were ‘Chalta Purza’ (1934), ‘Khooni Kanjhar’ (1935), ’Jaadui Danda’ (1935), ‘Burkhawali’ (1936), ‘Guru Ghantal’ (1937), ‘Alladdin Aur Jaadui Chiraag’ (1938), ‘Aflatoon Aurat’ (1940) etc. These films were meant for mass entertainment only. The films were produced at his own Paramount Studio, now known as Filmalaya Studio.
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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. 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.

Whenever I listen to songs rendered by Hafeez Khan Mastana, popularly known as Khan Mastana, I feel very sad and sorry for him. He was the son of Ustad Waheed Khan of Etawah Gharana who was a well-known sitar and surbahar player. The renowned sitarist Ustad Vilayat Khan was Khan Mastana’s first cousin.
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“Muqabala”(1942) was directed by atuk Bhatt and Babubhai Mistry for Wadia Movietone, Bombay. The movie had Nadia, Yakoob, agha, Dalpat, Rajni, Nazeera, Baby Madhuri, Jal Khambata, Khan Mastana, Azim etc in it.
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Forgotten Melodies of the 1940s – 40
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MOHABBAT KI JEET (1943) was produced under the banner of Girdhar Bahaar Productions and it was directed by Ramanlal Desai. The star cast included Nadia, Navinchandra, Leela Pawar, S Nazir, Shaqir, Agha, Munshi Kanzar, Vasantrao Pehlwan etc. From the star cast it can be safely assumed that the film belonged to the genre of stunt/action. I have no idea about the story of the film. But Nadia being the heroine in the film, one can expect that the story of the film would revolve around her role of striking out the forces of evil and restore goodness to the society. She would generally attain this by doing spectacular stunts and acrobatics which would please the front benchers in the theatres.
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