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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 from a stunt film Ji Haan aka Yes please – 1945.

This film was made under the banner of Gautam Chitra, Bombay. It was directed by a pair of Babubhai Mistry and Ramnik Bhatt. All the 8 songs were written by Pt. Indra and the music was by S.N.Tripathi…who was initially for stunt films and later was famous for Mythological movies. The cast consisted of Agha, Bhagwan,Shanta Patel, Meera, Gulab, Raziya,Azeembhai, Anant Prabhu etc etc.

Based on the major chunk of films made, the first 3 decades of talkie films can be easily named accordingly. For example, the 1930’s decade was the “experimental Decade’ because being a new medium, the filmmakers had no idea as to which type of films would attract the audience. Hence there was a mix of all Genres like Historical, Mythological, Folk stories, stunts, family and what not. The 1950’s decade can decisively be called a ” Mythological and Religious films decade” as 124 such films were made in this period. And the 1940’s decade can be said to be a Gold mine for B and C grade action/stunt and costume films. The contribution of Master Bhagwan in this Genre is incomparable to any other filmmaker in the first 30 years of Talkie era. He was not the ‘ initiator’ but surely a ‘developer’ of action films.

An American -Mike Barnum – runs 2 Blogs on B and C grade Hindi action/stunt films of India. Don’t be surprised. There are a few more foreigners who have extraordinary interest in Indian cinema of the yore and they have their own Blogs. One more example is ” memsaabstory.com’n run by Greta Kemmer. Then there is Tom Daniels too. Mike Barnum writes about Master Bhagwan thus…

” Known to his fans as a comedic sidekick in countless Bollywood films of the Golden Era, Bhagwan (Bhagwan Abaji Palav)played the lead and sometimes also directed numerous B grade comedy-action films throughout the 40’s and the 50’s decade. Bhagwaqn often worked opposite former wrestler Baburao pehelwan. With Bhagwan’s short, stubby stature and Baburao’s handsome physique, they made a popular pair.

Bhagwan entered films during the silent era. After a few years, doing bit parts and supporting roles, he tried his hand at Directing with the 1938 stunt film Bahadur Kissan, starring popular action star Chandrarao. Bhagwan co starred in the film with Hansa Wadkar, Sunetra and Vasantrao pahelwan-another former wrestler who was often seen in his films.

Bahadur kissan-38 was quickly followed by Criminal-39, Vanmohini-40 and Raja Gopichand-41 in which the comedian again acted and directed. Bhagwan’s comedy-stunt film combination became quite popular, but is little remembered today, mostly due to the fact that no prints seem to have survived.

Along with the stunt genre, Bhagwan took his brand of comedy and incorporated Horror in House of Mystery(Bhedi Bangla)-49 and spoofed Tarzan pictures with The Jungle man-50. While the masses enjoyed these little B films, it was not until Albela in 1951 that Bhagwan managed to impress the critics. This little musical comedy (produced under his banner-Bhagwan Art productions) also starred Geeta Bali and Baburao Pehelwan and it struck gold at the box office. Bhagwan tried to duplicate Albela’s success with rangeela and Jhamela-51, but both films flopped.

Sadly, of Bhagwan’s dozens of starring roles, only Albela and the comedy Damaad are currently available to see. Thankfully we can at least enjoy the ads and posters from many of his lost or missing films….. and who knows someday a few of these old classics will be unearthed for all to see ! Some of his films were madadgar, Pyar ki raat, Bahadur kissan, criminal, vanamohini, raja gopichand, Rooplekha, Achhajee, Bhedi bangla, Jungle man, Albela, damaad, Actor, Bhole piya, Joker, Bhoole bhatke, Dushmani, Daughter of the Sea, gunehgar, Sukhi jeevan, Badla, Nagma e sahra, Ji haan, Dosti, Shake hands, matwale, laalach, jalan, Jigar and others. “

Master Bhagwan was unique. He was a very hard working person. In the real sense, he brought in the wave of stunt films in the late 40s. After the films of Master Vithal and Fearless Nadia waned in their popularity by 1944-45, it was Master Bhagwan, who established his own Production house-Jagriti Films and produced several stunt films. he had a set of actors and actresses, which included Baburao pehelwan, Vasantrao pehelwan, Azeem Bhai, Shanta Patel, Chanchal, Leela Gupte, Usha Shukla and Vitha Lokare.

The storyline for most of his films was also fixed. Two young vagabonds-Baburao pehelwan and Bhagwan, come to Bombay in search of employment. One Sethji (Azeembhai ) appoints them to protect him from the local criminal (Vasantrao pehelwan). Sethji has a good looking daughter ( one of the stock Heroines), who has a maid (another girl from the stock). Baburao loves Seth ji’s daughter and Bhagwan loves the maid. After a lot of stunts and fighting scenes, the end would be happy. The same story with changed names and other minor changes was used in almost all his films like Badla, Bahadur, Jalan, Madadgaar, Dosti, Shake hand, Matlabi,Bach ke rehna,Bhole bhale, Jeete Raho or such other films. The audience did not mind . They were happy with the stunts. (Did Nasir Hussain and Manmohan Desai get inspiration from Bhagwan in this matter ?).

There was a time when most Indian heroes of the 60’s and the 70’s were great fans of Bhagwan’s action films. Examples are Kishore kumar and Sanjeev kumar. Actor Shyam was his good friend C.Ramchandra, Raj kapoor, P L Santoshi, Shashdhar Mukherjee and many others were his fans. I can not be counted among these famous ones, but I and Greta memsaab simply love Bhagwan’s action films.

Today I am presenting a fun song from the film Ji Haan-45. Out of 8 songs of the film, 5 were comedy songs. One comedy song is already discussed on this Blog. This will be the second song. Let us now enjoy this song.


Song-Mera piya tram chalaawe (Jee Haan)(1945) Singer-Meera, Lyrics-Pt Indra Chandra, MD-S N Tripathi

Lyrics

Mera piya tram chalaave
maayee re mose ticket maange
Mera piya tram chalaave
maay ree mose ticket maange
mere bachche ki laaj na aawe (?)
mere bachche ki laaj na aawe (?)
maayee re mose ticket maange
Mera piya tram chalaave
maay ree mose ticket maange

saajan mera thumka deta
saajan mera thumka deta
dete dhuaan udaawe
maaye re
dete dhuaan udaawe
mera sainyya afeem khaawe
mera sainyya afeem khaawe
Cheen des ko jaawe ae
Cheen des ko jaawe

baalam mera ??
baalam mera ??
tabla roz bajaawe
maaye re
tabla roz bajaaye

preetam mera charas chadhaawe
preetam mera charas chadhaawe
bhor bhaye ghar aawe ae
bhor bhaye ghar aawe
aate hi ?? bajaawe
maayee re
aate hi ?? bajaawe
maayee re mose ticket maange
mera piya tram chalaawe
maayee re mose ticket maange
mere bachche ki laaj na aawe
mere bachche ki laaj na aawe
maayee re mose ticket maange
mera piya tram chalaawe
maayee re mose ticket maange

mere ghar mein saas ??
mere ghar mein saas ??
jhaadu mujhe bataawe
maayee re
jhaadu mujhe bataawe

nanad akeli chugli kaate
nanad akeli chugli kaate
ik ut aag lagaawe ae
ik ut aag lagaawe

dewra mera bada chorta?
dewra mera bada chorta?
jhumka bech ke khaawe
maayee re
jhumka bech ke khaawe

sainyya hamra bada anaadi
sainyya hamra bada anaadi
munh pe ??
munh pe ??

bolo to aankh dikhaawe
maayee re
bolo to aankh dikhaawe
maaye re mose ticket maange
mera piya tram chalaawe
maaye re mose ticket maange
mere bachche ki laaj na aawe
mere bachche ki laaj na aawe
maaye re mose ticket maange
mera piya tram chalaawe
maaye re mose ticket maange


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

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Today’s song is from a stunt film-Ji Haan aka Yes Please-1945. Made by Gautam Chitra, Bombay, it had a pair of Directors-Babubhai Mistri and Ramnik Bhatt. All songs were written by Pt. Indra and the music was composed by S N Tripathi. The cast was full of the usual members of stunt films… Master bhagwan, Agha, Shanta Patel, Meera, Gulab, Azeem, Anant Prabhu etc.etc.

The 8 songs of this film give us some idea about the film. Out of the 8 songs, 5 are Comedy songs. 5 songs are sung by Shanta patel, 2 are by Meera and 1 is a chorus song Shanta Patel or Meerawere really not singers by any standards. getting them to sing for the movie clearly indicated a measure to save on cost of the production. All these stunt films were made on a tight budget. Because of this, the investment was less and profits were more. As there was a fixed audience in almost every town for such films, the distributors did not mind to invest or buy the rights for various circuits.

Nowadays, one film costs around 5 to 10 crores to make it. If some A+ grade star is featured, then the cost can go up to 25 to 30 crores also. In this context, if I were to tell you that in the 40’s decade a stunt film was made within just one Lakh, would you believe it ? You ought to, because thats what was required, according to Master Bhagwan-the stunt film expert of those days. During the first decade i.e. the 30’s, the cost was about 40 to 50 thousand rupees only, inclusive of everything.

As the decade of the 50’s was a Gold mine for Mythological and Religious films (124 films in 10 years), the 40’s was a storehouse for stunt films. The Cast, Director and the Production House were fixed. Lyricist and the MD depended on availability at cheaper cost or those who wanted an opening to films. Sometimes in the 60’s and the 70’s, the C grade films were the last resort for even the one time well known MDs. Composers like Anil Biswas, C. Ramchandra, Chitragupta and few others gave music to such films, for survival.

Names of stunt film actors is an interesting matter. Some common and regular names one found in Action/Stunt films are, Nadia, Boman Irani, Sayani,Bilimoria bros, Cooper sisters, Zohra Khatun, Ameena Khatun, Khatun Bai, Prakash, Adjania, Noorjehan (sr.), Moosa Pehelwan, Vasantrao Pehelwan, Baburao Pehelwan, Marutirao Pehelwan, Azim bhai, Basheer, Ali, Bachha, Chandra Rao,Harishchandra Rao, Shankar Rao,Master Bhagwan, Mirajkar, Jamshed ji, John Cavas, Lalita Pawar, Navin chandra…and many such names.

Kamran, Afghan Sandow,Habib, Ismail,, Dalpat, Dilawar, Leela Pawar, Leela Gupte, Shanta Patel, Usha Shukla, Madhuri, Dhondu, Shaikh, Nazi, Nishi, etc were a guarantee of 2-3 hours of exciting times. Forget the music or a coherent sensible story. Fighting, Fencing, Riding and a mix of Comedy and Dance was an assured entertainment.

In addition to all this, actors with odd and weird names were to be always found in stunt film casts. Have you ever heard actors with names like Bajarbattu, Phool Kumari, Maruti pehelwan, Batata, Mitthoo Miyaan, Fatty Prasad, Boken Chattu, Minu the Mystic, Manchi Tuthi, Gareeb Raja, Kurbaan Jaoon, Pandit Dukhi, Vilayatu, Loveji Lavangiya, Adam Sandow, Sandow Safar, Dunlop, Chic Chak and a very strange name CHEMIST ! This name is found in 5-6 films.

In the cast you will find a name Meera. This is aname for ‘ Same Name Confusion.’ At the same time, in the same period, there were 2 actresses named Meera. The Meera who acted in this C grade stunt film lasted a longer time. Meera’s real name was Muriel Alexander. She was born on 10-11-1919. She was from a respectable family. her father was Superintendent-local Audit in AG’s office. Brother E. Alexander was an All India level cricketer. She passed her Inter Science exam from Benaras Hindu University. It was through one Mr. Seal, who was a manager in Adarsh Chitra, she got her first break in film Dolti Naiya-34 and Shah E Iran-34 but film Dhuwandhar-1935 was released first.. This was the Debut film of Leela Chitnis also. It is not known if she sang any song in that film,as no records are available. My guess is that,besides acting,she must have sung a few songs in that film.

Her name later appears as an actress and singer in the film Bhabhi-38,in which she sang 3 solo songs. from 1935 to 1938,she must have sung many songs,but singers names are not mentioned. Thus many singers’ credit must have been lost in those years.Same case was with Amirbai Karnataki also. After Bhabhi,her name appears in Nirmala-38 and vachan-38 in which she sang 1 solo and 3 duets. She acted and sang songs in films of Ranjit, Prakash and Minerva Movietone.

She was married to Mr. R.N.Singh, Revenue Minister of Charkhari state.

As per information available, Meera acted in Shah E Iran-34,Dolti Naiya-34, Dhuandhar-35, Bhabhi-38, Vachan-38, Adhoori Kahani-39, Tatar ka chor-40, Paak Daman-40, Chingari-40, Darshan-41, Armaan-42, Meri Duniya-42, Mauj-43, Dr. Kumar-44, Krishna bhakta Bodana-44, Ji haan-45, Sham Savera-46, Ye hai Duniya-48, Sansar-51, Ilzam-54 and Hanuman Janma-54. She only sang in Nirmala-38 and Ulti Ganga-42. She sang 17 songs in 7 films.

Then there is also an actress named Gulab in the film cast. The First actress from Kashmir to work as a Heroine in Hindi films was GULAB. Her real name was Saraswati Devi. She was born on 10-6-1908 at Jammu. She joined Krishna Film Company in 1924. Her first silent film ‘Krishna kumar’ came in 1925. She worked in 60 silent films. Her last silent film was ‘Dagabaz Dushman’-32, made by East India Film co.Bombay.

Her first Talkie film was Suryakumari-33, made by Vishnu Cinetone. It was directed by Dhirubhai Desai. She sang one song ‘more preetam jab ghar aaye’ composed by Kikubhai Yagnik. Then came Baburao Patel’s ‘Bala Joban’-34, Sewa Sadan-34 and Nai Duniya-34 ( Debut film of Rajkumari and Jayant). In this film Gulab sang 2 songs.

Gulab was very beautiful and quite popular in the film industry. Some of her films were Bambai ki sethani-35, Challenge-37, Bharosa-40, Pyas-41, Ek Raat-42, Station master-42, Gaali-44, Rattan-44, Mann ki jeet-44, Mirza Sahibaan-47, Lahore-49, Badi Behan-49, stage-51, Post Box 999-58, Chhabili-60 etc etc. She acted in 160 films. Her last film seems to be Haqeeqat-64. She also sang 22 songs in 11 films.

Today’s song is also a comedy song. With this song, the film Ji Haan-1945 makes its Debut in the Blog.


Song- Haaye mora sainya to sattebaaz hai (Jee Haan)(1945) Singer- Meera, Lyricist- Pt. Indra, MD- S N Tripathi

Lyrics

Haaye mora sainya to
ho mora sainya to
sattebaaz hai
Haaye mora sainya to
sattebaaz hai
chhakke panje ka
ghar mein hi raaj hai
chhakke panje ka
ghar mein hi raaj hai
Haaye mora sainya to
ho mora sainya to
sattebaaz hai

ghar mein na tel na chaawal na genhu
ghar mein na tel na chaawal na genhu
aaj khatre mein handiya ki laaj hai
haay khatre mein handiya ki laaj hai
Haaye mora sainya to
ho mora sainya to
sattebaaz hai
chhakke panje ka
ghar mein hi raaj hai
chhakke panje ka
ghar mein hi raaj hai
Haaye mora sainya to
ho mora sainya to
sattebaaz hai

sainyya to motor mein pam pam kare hai
sainyya to motor mein pam pam kare hai
haan pam pam kare hai
haan pam pam kare hai
aur ghar mein
aur ghar mein choohon ki aawaaz hai
haay ghar mein choohon ki aawaaz hai
Haaye mora sainya to
ho mora sainya to
sattebaaz hai
chhakke panje ka
ghar mein hi raaj hai
chhakke panje ka
ghar mein hi raaj hai
Haaye mora sainya to
ho mora sainya to
sattebaaz hai

mehndi lagaa kar main naihar se aayi
mehndi lagaa kar main naihar se aayi
haan naihar se aayi
haan naihar se aayi
aur aaj
mere gobar bhare haathh aaj hain
mere gobar bhare haathh aaj hain
Haaye mora sainya to
ho mora sainya to
sattebaaz hai
chhakke panje ka
ghar mein hi raaj hai
chhakke panje ka
ghar mein hi raaj hai
Haaye mora sainya to
ho mora sainya to
sattebaaz hai

sakhiyon to pahnen
sona aur chaandi
sakhiyon to pahnen
sona aur chaandi
haan sona aur chaandi
haan sona aur chaandi
aur yahaan
yahaan peetel ke hi
saare saaz hai
haay peetel ke hi
saare saaz hai
Haaye mora sainya to
ho mora sainya to
sattebaaz hai


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

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Today’s song is from a film called Vachan-38. Films with the same title-Vachan were made in 1938, 1955, 1974 and 1996. Today’s film Vachan was produced by Bombay Talkies.

In the early era of Talkie films, Bombay Talkies had created great curiosity when it was established in the year 1934, mainly for 3 reasons. First reason was that both Himanshu Rai and Devika Rani, a highly educated, foreign returned couple, hailing from prestigious families, was behind Bombay Talkies. Secondly, It was the first ever film company established as a Registered company with Bombay Stock Exchange, with the most respected and very highly placed personalities of Bombay on its Board of Directors. They were Sir F.E.Dinshaw, Sir Chunilal Mehta, Sir Chimanlal Setalwad, Sir Phiroz Sethna, Sir Cawsaji Jehangir and Sir Richard Temple. Thirdly, there was a German Film Director Franz Osten and his team of Technicians consisting of Cinematographer Joseph Wirsching, Set Designer Karl Von Sreti, Sound Recordist Len Hartley and Lab Technician Wilhelm Zolle, to work in Bombay Talkies.

Germany had a very good name in India during the olden days i.e. during the early part of the last century. I remember my Grandfather ( who expired in 1975 at the age of 91 years) always praising Germany for so many things. In India,all things German were considered the Best- even better than the Vilayati or the British things !

Very few people know that Indian Cinema had a little known connection with the rise of Hitler in Germany in 1932-33. A group of men , engaged in Cinema in Germany, flocked to India in the 30’s and played a vital role in Indian Cinema and the arts of that times. After Hitler took over Germany in 1933, the German Cine Studio’s glory days were over and they were turned into Nazi Propaganda Machines !

It was at this time that several of its men left the studio and arrived in India, and contributed to Indian cinema’s formative years.

The foremost among them is Frantz Osten, a German whom Himanshu Rai and Devika Rani met at the UFA when they went to train there (they worked with Lang and Marlene Dietrich). Osten had already been directing films for the couple since 1925, when he made Light of Asia for them from Germany.

In 1934, he came to India and the next year, after Rai founded Bombay Talkies ‘ the legendary film studio in Malad that now lies in ruins ‘ Osten directed its first film.

He went on to direct the famous Devika Rani-Ashok Kumar starrer, Achhyut Kanya, without much knowledge of Hindi. The film, which featured the song “Main ban ke chiriya”, was shot by Joseph Wirsching; the sets were designed by Karl von Spreti and the laboratory was headed by Zolle, Osten’s team of UFA ex-members who worked for Rai’s state-of-the-art studio.

Osten and his fellow Germans directed 16 films for Rai. It was a remarkable feat for people who knew little Hindi ‘ mistaking the word “bulbul” once for a pair of bulls.

“It’s not clear if they had anything to do with the Nazi ideology, either way,” said film historian Amrit Gangar.

“If they did, it did not show in their films. But there were two other people who almost certainly migrated to India because of the persecution of Jews.”

Franz Osten(23-12-1876-2-12-1956) Hindi director, born in Munich as Franz Ostermayer, the elder brother of successful producer Peter Ostermayer. They set up a travelling cinema, Original Physograph (1907) and founded Munchner Kunstfilm (1909) after Osten had been making shorts for Pathé, Gaumont and Eclair. Their first feature: Die Wahrheit (1910). Osten’s début as director: Erna Valeska (1911). War correspondent in 1915. Joined Peter’s company Emelka (later Bavaria Film) in 1918. Made Der Ochsenkrieg (1920) with young cameraman Frank Planer of later Hollywood fame, one of Osten’s several contributions to a budding genre that after WW2 became known as the Heimatfilm. In fact, the Ostermayr/Osten brothers claimed to be the originators of the genre.

When Himansu Rai and Emelka made a deal to produce Prem Sanyas aka Light of Asia, Osten was assigned to direct. Continued directing Rai’s productions, often shooting in India as well as in Europe, in addition to directing for numerous companies in Berlin. Moved with cameraman Josef Wirsching and set designer Karl von Spreti to India to work at Himansu Rai’s Bombay Talkies (1934).
While in Bombay, became a member of the Nazi Party (1936). Interned by the British at the outbreak of WW2 while shooting his last film there, Kangan. Released and allowed to return to Germany (1940). Employed by Bavaria Film until 1945, for casting and setting up its film archive. In addition to Indian films, directed 33 silent features and 10 sound films.

After WW2 became manager of a Bavarian spa. His Indian films, following UFA tradition, were huge Orientalist spectacles with elephants, camels and expansive vistas often shot in deep focus. Effective authorship shared by producer Rai and scenarist Niranjan Pal. Adopted European conventions to introduce main actors, e.g. backlit mid-shots in soft focus gradually becoming more contrasted; also used mobile outdoor shots as in the railway-crossing sequence of Achhut Kanya. Strongly influenced younger Bombay Talkies film-makers Amiya Chakrabarty and Gyan Mukherjee, though they used his techniques for very different purposes.

Filmography-1925: Prem Sanyas, 1928: Shiraz, 1929: Prapancha Pash, 1935: Jawani Ki Hawa, 1936: Achhut Kanya, Janmabhoomi, Jeevan Naiya, Mamata, Miya Bibi, 1937: Izzat, Jeevan Prabhat, Prem Kahani, Savitri, 1938: Bhabhi, Nirmala, Vachan, 1939: Durga, Kangan, Navjeevan .

Film Vachan was a costume drama, first such film for Ashok Kumar. Some actors form an image in our mind. We accepted Ashok kumar as a simple hearted lover boy in early films like Jeevan Naiya, and Achhut kanya etc. Even his shaky songs became popular, because in those days all these social films with a cause were novelties. Most of the 7 films he did with Devika Rani were successful, but this film has to be rated a little on the lower side of the list. I have not seen the film, nor have I got any inkling about its story line, but from the comments in Film India Magazine of those days, it looks like a film of moderate success. It was released on 19-8-1938, at Roxy cinema, Bombay.
The cast of the film consisted of Devika Rani, Ashok kumar, meera, Mumtaz Ali, peethawala, Kamatha Prasad, Maya Devi, Pratima, Balwant Singh etc etc.

The name MEERA is one of those which cause ‘ Same Name Confusion’. Luckily, the other Meera (Mishra) started acting only in 1946, when this Meera was in the last phase of her career. Still many sites, books and writers mix up their filmography. Meera was an Anglo-Indian girl in Hindi films. During the silent film era a lot many European and Anglo-Indian girls acted in films. Few of them continued even after Talkie films started and very few like Sulochana and Sabita Devi etc. became successful even in the films for a considerable time.Some of these girls were, Ruby Meyers-Sulochana, Iris Gasper-Sabita Devi, Susan Soloman-Firoza begum ( not the singer), Effie Hippolet-Indira Devi, Bonnie Bird-Lalita Devi, Esther Abraham-Pramila, Renee Smith- Sita Devi, Berryl Classen-Madhuri, Winnie Stewert-Manorama Senior, Erine Issac Daniels-Manorama Junior, Florence Ezekiel-Nadira, Sophie Abraham-Romilla, Rose Musleah-Rose, Lilian Ezra-Lilian, Mercia Soloman-Vimla, Rachel Sofaer-Arti Devi, Rachel Cohen-Ramola Devi, Patience cooper, Violet Cooper, Ermelin-Sudhabala etc etc.

Meera’s real name was Muriel Alexander. She was born on 10-11-1919. She was from a respectable family. Her father was Superintendent-local Audit in AG’s office.Brother E. Alexander was an All India level cricketer. She passed her Inter science exam from Benaras Hindu University. It was through one Mr. Seal,who was a manager in Adarsh Chitra,she got her first break in film Dhuwandhar-1935. This was the Debut film of Leela Chitnis also. It is not known if she sang any song in that film,as no records are available.
My guess is that,besides acting,she must have sung few songs in that film.

Her name first appears as an actress and singer in film Bhabhi-38,in which she sang 3 solo songs. from 1935 to 1938,she must have sung many songs,but singers names are not mentioned. thus many singers’ credit must have been lost in those years.Same case was with Amirbai karnataki also. After Bhabhi,her name appears in Nirmala-38 and vachan-38 in which she sang 1 solo and 3 duets. She acted and sang songs in films of Ranjit,Prakash and Minerva Movietone films.

As per information available Meera acted in Dolti Naiya-34, Dhuwandhar-35, Bhabhi-38, Vachan-38, Adhoori Kahani-39, Tatar ka chor-40, Paak Daaman-40, Chingari-40, Armaan-42, Meri Duniya-42, Mauj-43, Krishna bhakta Bodana-44, Ji haan-45, Sham Savera-46, Ye hai Duniya-48 and Sansar-51. She only sang in Nirmala-38.

Another interesting name in the cast is Maya Devi. Maya Devi was from Bombay and started her career from silent films in 1928 with Anarkali by imperial. Her first Talkie film was Kunwari ya widhva-35. Her real name was Leela. She became a favourite of Bombay Talkies and she did 6 films with them in 37 and 38. In all she did 5 silent films and 31 Talkie films till 1949. her last film in India was Raaz-49. She got married with a Muslim and then migrated to Pakistan, where she did 19 films and then retired in 1964. Her first film in Pakistan was Phere-1949.She died in Lahore on 1-2-67. She did films in Gujarati and Punjabi also.

Today’s song is a song sung by Devika Rani, Meera, Lalita and Vimla. I do not know who these Lalita and Vimla were. This seems to be a friendly song of 4 of the sahelis, with dialogues in the beginning and the end of the song. With this song, film Vachan-38 makes its debut.

(For this post, I have used information from ” Walter Kaufmann in India 1934-1946″ by Amrit Gangar, The Big Indian Picture- Bombay Talkies-By Ambarish Roy Chaudhari, indiancine.ma, with thanks and my notes.)


Song-Naval Naveli Nyaari hum Kunwari baari(Vachan)(1938) Singers-Devika Rani, Miss Meera, Lalita, Vimla, Lyrics – J S Kashyap, MD- Saraswati Devi

Lyrics

hahahahaha
Malti
abhi aur khelenge
nahin Shama
ab ghar chalna chaahiye
bahut der ho gayi
kyon
darti hai
kahin pati mahashay khabar na len
hahaha
kyun nahin
pati ki dulaari hai na
hahahahaha
hum kunwaariyon ko koi fikr nahin
nahin nahin nahin nahin
hazaar baar nahin
hahahahaha

Naval Naveli Nyaari
hum Kunwari baari
Naval Naveli Nyaari
hum Kunwari baari
dosh nahin kuchh
hosh nahin kuchh
saral sahaj matwaari
dosh nahin kuchh
hosh nahin kuchh
saral sahaj matwaari
hum Kunwari baari
Naval Naveli Nyaari
hum Kunwari baari

khuli hawa mein nav kali ?? phoolen
khuli hawa mein nav kali ?? phoolen
pawan jhakoron mein madmaati jhoolen
pawan jhakoron mein madmaati jhoolen
tan man apna jeewan apna
tan man apna jeewan apna
ham ban ki chidiyaa
haan tum ??
maina
maina
maina

hahahaha
suna
jee
suna
aur guna bhi
aap ne abhi suna hi suna hai
guna nahin
hahahahah


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… a lilting voice […]
falling softer than petals from blown roses on the grass,
and then lingering on and echoing endlessly…

(excerpted from an article by Anup Kumar Pande, published in the Hindu dated December 17, 2004).

A description more decent, more appropriate, I have not been able to find, or even be able to conjure up. The word ‘grace’, characterizes this persona, in ways more than one. And in all ways, nothing more appropriate would appeal – the ‘grace’ of the Almighty, that was gifted to her; the ‘grace’ with which she carried this gift through a lifetime that can only be described as matchlessly supreme; and the ‘grace’ with which she conducted her life, and herself, in an era wherein being blemish-less is a dream accomplishment.
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“Darshan”(1941) was directed by C M Luhar, B Sc for Prakash pictures. The movie had Prem Adeeb, Jyoti, Meera, Bhudo Advani, Nazeer, Madhusudan, Amirbai Karnataki , Shakir, Baby Kaushalya, C Pandey, Daya Devi, Praveen Kumar, Ram Murty Athavale, Bholaram etc. in it.
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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.

VINTAGE NAUSHAD…..Song No. 2
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NAUSHAD started composing independently in 1940. That makes the year 2015, an year of Diamond Jubilee of his Debut. It is therefore appropriate that we take a re-look at his earliest compositions.

The second song in this series is from the film Darshan-1941. It was a social film made by the famous Prakash pictures ( Ramrajya-43 fame ). The film was directed by C.M.Luhar,B.Sc., a very experienced, learned and well known person in film world at that time. The cast was Prem Adeeb, Jyoti, Meera, Bhudo Advani, Nazeer, Madhusudan, Amirbai Karnataki etc.
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This article is written by Bharat Upadhyay, 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 (7 april 2014) we remember a great soul of India on his birthday, with a very brief account of his life.
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We in this blog try to discuss songs on the anniversaries of artists. Today (11 december 2013) is the first death anniversary of Pt Ravishankar (7 april 1920- 11 december 2012). So I decided to discuss a Hindi movie song involving him.
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“Meera” (1979) was produced by Premji and J N Manchanda and directed by Gulzar. The movie had Hema Malini, Vinod Khanna, Shammi Kapoor, Vidya Sinha, Amjad Khan, Bharat Bhushan, Dr Shreeram Lagoo, Dina Pathak etc in it.
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“Meera” (1979) was a Suchitra International Production. It was Produced by Premji and directed by Gulzar. The movie had Hema Malini, Vinod Khanna, Amjad Khan, Shammi Kapoor, Vidya Sinha, Dina Pathak, Dr.Shree Ram Lagoo, OmShiv Puri, Bharat Bhooshan, A.K.Hangal, Dinesh Thakur, Sudha Chopra, Kamal Deep, T.P.Jain, Gauri Kamat, Gurbachan Singh, Shahu Modak, Nasir, Maqsood, J.N.Manchanda, Ashish Chatterjee, Sadhana Khote etc in it.
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