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Blog Day :

5128 Post No. : 17080

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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2012-2022) – Song No. 77
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This date ten years ago (viz 2 August 2012) saw seven songs from sven different movies getting covered in the blog.

Here are the details:-

Blog post number Song Movie (Year) Remarks
6351 O saawan ke din aaye re Sikandar (1941) 2 songs covered out of 7 so far
6352 Raakhi ka aaya tyohaar sakhi Raakhi(1949) 4 songs covered out of 10 so far
6353 Raakhi dhaagon ka tyohaar Raakhi(1962) Movie YIPPEED by now
6354 Chanda re mere bhaiyya se kehna Chambal Ki Kasam(1979) 6 songs covered out of 8 so far
6355 Meri behna ye raakhi ki laaj Ghar Dwaar(1985) One song covered out of 8 so far
6356 Mujhe maaf karna Om Sai Ram Insaaniyat Ke Dushman (1987) One song covered out of 5 so far
6357 Hum behnon ke liye mere bhaiyya Anjaana(1969) Movie YIPPEED by now

It can be observed that two movies (out of seven) whose songs were covered on this date ten years ago have since been YIPPEED. That leaves us with five movies that are eligible for Blog Ten Year Challenge today (29 July 2022).

“Sikandar”(1941) is one movie which is eligible for Blog Ten Year Challenge today (2 August 2022).

“Sikandar”(1941) was produced and directed by Sohrab Modi for Minerva Movietone, Bombay. The movie had Sohrab Modi, Prithiviraj, Vanmala, Meena, Sheela, Sadiq Ali, Shakir, K.N.Singh, Lala Yakub, Gajendra Singh, Jillo Bai, Zahur Raja, Abu Bakar, Ghulam Hussein, Noor Jehan, Prakash, G.S.Shorry, Attavale etc in it.

“Sikandar”(1941) had seven songs in it. Two songs from the movie have been covered so far.

Here is the third song from “Sikandar”(1941) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Menka Bai. Pt Sudarshan is the lyricist. Movie had two music diretors namely Meer Sahab and Rafiq Ghaznavi, but the music director of this song is not known.

Lyrics of the song were sent to me by Prakashchandra. He informs us that the song is picturised on Vanmala, but he is not sure about the identification of the male actor, who he guesses to be Shakir. I request our knowledgeable readers to throw light on the identification of the actor.

Audio link:

video link:

Song-Uthh jaag jawaani aati hai (Sikandar)(1941) Singer-Menka Bai, Lyrics-Pt Sudarshan

Lyrics(Provided by Prakashchandra)

uthh jaag jawaani aati hai
uthh jaag jawaani aati hai
uthh jaag
uthh jaag jawaani aati hai
uthh jaag jawaani aati hai
uthh jaag

uthh uthh darwaazaa khol zaraa
uthh uthh darwaazaa khol zaraa
kuchch dekh zaraa
kuchch bol zaraa
kuchch dekh zaraa
kuchch bol zaraa
kuchch hans ley
kuchch gaa ley
kuchch apnaa rang jamaa ley
kuchch hans ley
kuchch gaa ley
kuchch apnaa rang jamaa ley
tu qismat se khushqismat hai
tu qismat se khushqismat hai
khud tere ae ghar mein phoolon ki
rangeen kahaani aati hai
uthh jaag
khud tere ae ghar mein phoolon kee
rangeen kahaani aati hai
uthh jaag
uthh jaag jawaani aati hai
uthh jaag jawaani aati hai
uthh jaag

peeney kaa mausam aayaa hai
peeney kaa mausam aayaa hai
jeeney kaa mausam aaayaa hai
jeeney kaa mausam aaayaa hai
kuchch khaa ley
kuchch pee ley
kuchch khaa ley
kuchch pee ley
marney se pehley jee ley
marney se pehley jee ley
kab roz roz ujdey dariya mein
nayee rawaani aati hai
uthh jaag
kab roz roz ujdey dariya mein
nayee rawaani aati hai
uthh jaag
uthh jaag jawaani aati hai
uthh jaag jawaani aati hai
uthh jaag
uthh jaag jawaani aati hai
uthh jaag jawaani aati hai
uthh jaa…aaag


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.

Blog Day :

4972 Post No. : 16845

Today’s song is from the film Phir Milenge-1942.

The film was made by Minerva Movietone. In 1942, WWII was on its peak. Till that time, the Germans were on the attack, but from 1942 onwards, their decline had started and by 1945 end, both Japan and Germany had lost the war and surrendered to the Allies. However, the damage caused by the war situation continued for a few more years and like all other industries the film industry too took time to normalise its set up.

The war affected the film industry mainly in 3 ways. Firstly, the essential commodities like Petrol, Sugar etc went into shortage and the Government put several items under ” Rationing”. The list also included a shortage of Raw Film, the main requirement for making movies. Many restrictions like the length of the film etc were implemented. To rationalise and to take advantage of the powerful media like films, the Government gave additional raw film to producers on ‘ controlled rates ‘, provided they made a film with a story of helping the government war efforts. It was called a “propaganda” film.

Major film producers make a film or two such films to take advantage of the concession and allotment. During this period many such ‘ War effort’ films were made. Some examples are, Master Vinayak made ” Badi Maa”-1945 with Nurjahan and others ( including Lata and Asha). Acharya Atre’s Navyug films made the film ” Panna”-1944 with Jairaj and Geeta Nizami and film ” Phir Milenge”-1942 was made by Minerva Movietone.

The second impact of War, on the Indian Film Industry was that considerable clandestine Black Money entered the film making and many new, so called ‘Producers’, with bags of money were seen making films. Although more money became available to make more films, the directors had to entertain the whims of the producers about selection of actors or changes in the story. Many such producers started to ‘Direct’ the films. This lowered the quality of films, but brought in many new artistes and provided work to more people.

The third effect of the War was the most damaging. Since the new producers and directors did not have their own studios, they started alluring the studio employed artistes by giving more money per film. They hired studios for shooting films. This devastated the ” Studio Culture”, because artistes started “Freelancing”, without getting attached to a studio. This crumbled the studios on one hand and on the other hand the cost of engaging artistes escalated many folds. Before the war, films could be made in 75000 to 1 lakh rupees, now films needed 1 to 2 lakhs to make one film. It went on increasing and today, making a film in the 2020’s decade one needs atleast 40 to 50 crores per film.

Film Phir Milenge-42 had Sardar Akhtar, Sadiq Ali (later on called The Prince of Minerva), Meena, K N Singh, Menaka and a host of others. The film was directed by Sohrab Modi.

Sohrab Modi’s rise from a Stage Actor to a very popular and successful studio owner, actor-famous for his Dialogue Delivery of very long sentences, producer and director is very interesting. With small successes and big failures, he learned the art of giving what the audience liked in those days. However, one drawback of such people is that they can not and do not change as per the need of the times and become obsolete, ending their careers pathetically.

Famous for making large scale films, powerful dialogues and films with a lot of dramatics, Modi could not cope up with the changing tastes of the audience from the 30’s to the 60’s. The audience changed with 2 generations, but Sohrab Modi’s Minerva Movietone could not change their success formula which was not working now unlike earlier times ! May be he never wanted to change-due to self admiration or king size Ego !!

Minerva was the last big studio and film maker in the list of eminent studios established in the 30’s. When Minerva Movietone was established in 1936, there were already studios like Madon Theatres (est.1919), Imperial (1926), Ranjit Studio (1929), Prabhat (1929), Sagar Movietone (1929), New Theatres (1931), Wadia movietone (1931) and Bombay Talkies(1933). Therefore Minerva was the youngest studio. It is to its credit that it survived with dignity for a longer time-and actively too- than its predecessors and competitors, who perished, some tragically, from 1938 (Madon) to Ranjit (1963).

Sohrab Modi was a colossal personality. leela Chitnis,actress who had the experience in working for films made in different centers like Bombay, Poona, Kolhapur, madras, Calcutta,and Lahore writes in her Marathi autobiography ” चंदेरी दुनियेत “, about all major studios. About Minerva, she writes -“The atmosphere in Minerva was very playful, but once Sohrab Modi entered the premises, everyone used to be quiet and only did his work. He was a taskmaster and a great disciplinarian. he did not like people laughing or whiling their work time. it felt like a Jailor taking rounds in the jail. The atmosphere became suffocating sometimes. ”

I liked him and his films. However I always felt that Sohrab Modi was a polished, educated and a white collared version of Dara Singh. I liked his dialogue delivery style. Later I shifted my liking to Raajkumar ‘Jaani’.

In the cast we see a new name Eruch Tarapore. I was keen to know about this actor because of his strange name. It was a typical Parsee name. I searched quite a lot. Ultimately one day I accidentally came across a site about Parsee artistes. I forgot to note down the name and URL address of that site and till today I did not find it ever again. Anyway I found this information about Eruch Tarapore on this site.

Eruch Tarapore was a distant relative of Sohrab Modi and he worked only in Modi’s films. He worked in 16 films, right from Modi’s first film Hamlet-35 up to 1948. Eruch sang one song each in 3 films, Meetha zehar-38, Jailor-38 and Phir milenge-43. He died in 1948.

Today’s song is sung by Sardar Akhtar and chorus. The song was written by Pt. Sudarshan.


Song- Sipaahi toone jeet liya maidaan (Phir Milenge)(1942) Singer- Sardar Akhtar, Lyricist- Pt. Sudarshan, MD- Meer Saheb
Unknown male voice
Chorus

Lyrics

Sipaahi toone jeet liya maidaan
Sipaahi toone jeet liya maidaan
ladta chal tu
badhta chal tu
ladta chal tu
badhta chal tu
saath tere Bhagwaan
saath tere Bhagwaan
sipaahi toone
sipaahi toone
sipaahi toone

jeet liya maidaan
sipaahi toone jeet liya maidaan

?? bahaadur hai tu
?? bahaadur hai tu
ek ladaai jeet gaya
ek ladaai jeet gaya
jo kaala din aaya thha wo
jo kaala din aaya thha wo
hanste hanste beet gaya aa
hanste hanste beet gaya
dekh dekh kar himmat teri
dekh dekh kar himmat teri
duniya hai hairaan
duniya hai hairaan
sipaahi toone jeet liya maidaan
sipaahi toone jeet liya maidaan

kal wo din thha jab duniya ne
kal wo din thha jab duniya ne
dekhta thha laachaar tujhe
dekhta thha laachaar tujhe
aaj ladaai toone jeeti
aaj ladaai toone jeeti
aaj ?? hathiyaar tujhe
aaj ?? hathiyaar tujhe
kal duniya jai jai bolegi
kal duniya jai jai bolegi
hain sabhi ek zabaan
hain sabhi ek zabaan
sipaahi toone jeet liya maidaan
sipaahi toone jeet liya maidaan
sipaahi toone jeet liya maidaan



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Blog Day :

4766 Post No. : 16514 Movie Count :

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Today’s song is from the film Phir Milenge-1942, a film made by Minerva Movietone and directed by Sohrab Modi. All the 9 songs of the film were written by Pt. Sudarshan and were composed by the Music Director Mir Sahab. The cast of the film consisted of Sardar Akhtar, Sadiq Ali, Meena (Shorey), K.N.Singh, Eruch Tarapore, Manakabai, Ghulam Hussain, Saadat Ali and many others. For the 9 songs 7 singers were used.

Director of the film-Sohrab Modi was married to Mehtab- daughter of Marium, the divorced wife of a small time Nawab from Gujarat and the step sister of Zubeida (Alam Ara fame), Sultana and Shahzadi, daughters of Fatima- the extra-wife of the same Nawab. The Heroine of the film became the wife of Mehboob- the famous director and the owner of Mehboob studios.

It is a well known established fact that in the early years, many women artistes came from lower classes, singing families or Tawaifs and similar types. Most of these girls joined the film line in order to get a rich Seth ji or a suitable husband and spend the rest of the life respectfully. There are many examples of such ‘planned’ marriages in the early era. However, this process continued even in later times.

Film industry is one industry where men and women have to work together. Whether it is an Actor-director or Singer-Composer, for the sake of work they have to spend much time together. No wonder then that Cupid does his work overtime. Sometimes there is mutual attraction and at times there are one sided fires burning. In most cases the one sided fire is extinguished in a very painful way, like what P L Santoshi faced with actress Rehana or the slap Sanjiv Kumar got from actress Nutan.

There were cases when the love of Dilip kumar for Madhubala, died in the High court witness Box, when he gave evidence against her father in the ‘ Naya Daur‘ legal case. Dev Anand’s love with Suraiyya ended happily for Dev Anand with him marrying Kalpana Kartik, but Suraiyya stayed “Unmarried”, in his ” yaad”, throughout her life. Here the villain was her so-called ” Grandmother “, who actually was her own mother, as documented in the book “Stars from another sky” by Saadat Hasan Manto !

The successful 2-way traffic usually ended with a marriage. We can see marriages between producers and Actresses( Himanshu Rai-Devika rani and W Z Khan and actress Nina), directors and singers/actresses ( Nalini jaywant-Virendra Desai, Shaukat Hussain-Noorjehan, Geeta Dutt-Guru Dutt, Lalita Pawar-G.P.Pawar, Rattanbai-Hafiz Khan), Actors and Actresses ( Arun Ahuja-Nirmala devi, Snehprabha Pradhan-Kishore Sahu, Dev Anand-Kalpana Kartik, Dharmendra- Hema Malini, Rajesh Khanna-Dimple Kapadiya, Amitabh Bachchan-Jaya, Abhishek-Aishwarya, Kishore Kumar-Madhubala, Premnath-Bina Rai, Karan Dewan-Manju Desai, Marutirao Pehlwan-Tara Devi.)

There were some odd combinations like Satyendranath Athiah-Bhanu Athaiya (Lyricist-Costume designer),Lyricist-Singer (Amar Verma-Manik Verma), Singer-villain (Shakti Kapoor- Shivangi Kolhapure),Music teacher-student ( Roshan-Ira Moitra, Hemant Kumar-Bela Mukherjee, C.Ramchandra-‘Ben’ Ratan Thakur), and even a singer-Orchestra player (Vinita Amladi-Krishna Chakravarty) and lastly between singer-singers ( Jyoti-G M Durani, Gauhar Karnataki- Bal Gandharva). There were those pairs who were singers-actors ( Amirbai- Himalayawala, Rafiq Gazanavi- Anwari bai).

The interesting group, however, was that of Composer-Singers ( Sudhir Phadke-Lalita Deulkar, Asha Bhosle-R D Burman, Naashad-Premlata, Anil Biswas-Meena Kapoor, Pannalal Ghosh-Parul Ghosh, Khayyam-Jagjit Kaur, Ghulam Haider-Umrao Zia begum, Kamal Dasgupta-Firoza begum, Ninu Majumdar-Kaumudi Munshi).

Additionally, there were some high profile marriages too like, Kardar- Bahar, Mehboob khan-Sardar Akhtar, Sardar Chandulal Shah- Gohar Mamajiwala, Sohrab Modi- Mehtab, Homi Wadia- Fearless Nadia, Zubeida sr – Raja Dhanrajgir, S.D.Narang- Smriti Biswas etc. etc. Each of these marriages has an interesting story behind it. Please note that all these lists quoted in this post are only indicative and not exhaustive. Many more pairs have remained unmentioned.

One of the artistes in the cast of this film is Menaka. She was one of the ” Same Name Confusion” pair, which was operative in the same period, causing severe confusion in their filmographies. These two Menakas caused solid confusion as one of them had worked in films made at Bombay and Calcutta.

Menaka/Menakabai / Menakabai Shirodkar ( Bombay )
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Menaka was born in Lahore in or around 1910. She was from a professional singer family and got training in classical singing. The family was originally from Belgaum and her maiden name was Menaka Belgaonkar. Later she was married and became Menaka Shirodkar.
At the age of 23-24 she landed in Bombay to try her luck in films. In those days such girls from singing families used to get into films easily, due to their singing capability. She joined Minerva and sang in their films, starting with Pukar-39,in which she got only one song.
She was more interested in classical singing and hence concentrated on singing more than acting. However, she did act in 5 films, in which she also sang.

After her film Gul Bakavli-47 she devoted her full time to singing and holding jalsas. Soon she became a known figure in singing circles. After marriage she had two daughters. One of them, Shobha became a famous singer and was known as Shobha Gurtu.
After her singing was over Menakabai Shirodkar-as she came to be known later- retired and settled in Ponda,Goa.
She died on 23-12-2003 at the age of around 93 years.

Filmography-

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Title Comments
Pukar-39 1 solo song
Paak Daman-40 Acting and 3 solos+ 1 Duet
Main Haari-40 1 solo, 2 Duets
Bharosa-40 Acting and 2 solos, 1 Duet
Sikandar-41 1 solo
Ulti Ganga-42 1 solo, 1 Trio
Phir milenge-42 Acting and 3 solos
Prithwi Vallabh-43 2 solos, 2 Duets and 1 Trio
Bhakta Raidas-43 Acting and 1 Duet as Menakabai
Dr. Kumar-44 1 solo
Gul Bakavali-47 Acting and 4 solos, a Duet..all as Menakabai

Sadiq Ali- the Hero of this film was known as ” Prince of Minerva”. Sadiq Ali, was born on 6-10-1911 at Jalandhar, Punjab. His 2 cousins- Wazir Ali and Nazir Ali were famous Indian cricketers. Sadiq Ali completed his Engineering degree and worked in M.E.S. at Kanpur (Military Engg. Services). Due to strong desire to work in films and dramas, he resigned from his job after 5 years and joined Agha Hashr’s Drama company. When the company was closed, he joined The Burma Imperial film company at Rangoon. After few small roles, he came down to Bombay.

After working in some smaller companies, he joined Minerva Movietone. Starting with khan Bahadur-37, he worked in Minerva’s Pukar-39, Sikandar-41, Phir Milenge-42, Prithwiraj Sanyogita-43, Parakh-44 (only directed by Modi) and Ek din ka sultan-45, also in Sandesa-39,Black out, Duniya tumhari hai, Phir milenge, Lieutenant, Ulti Ganga, Patharon ke saudagar,Jagbeeti,Nishana, Do Naina, Manjhdar, Mitti etc. In all he acted in 23 films. His last film was Ever Ready-46. After partition, he migrated to Pakistan.

First film in Pakistan was Judai (1950 Shaheena,Nazar and Zeenat). Other film was Shola (1952).

Sadiq Ali was a very successful and famous actor before partition and got the title of Prince of Minerva. He acted in many films in India, but in Pakistan, Sadiq Ali could not be successful as he was in India.

He was paralyzed in the 60’s and could be seen sitting with a Pan shop in Capitol Cinema lane, Karachi. Died on 12-7-1977 in Karachi. In his last days, he was seen begging on the road.

Today’s song, sung by Sardar Akhtar is not sung like a professional singer, though she was one of the famous singers of Hiramandi Bazar of Lahore. I wonder how and why she sang 92 songs in 27 films. I never liked her songs. I think even Naseem Bano sang better than her in ” zindagi ka saaz bhi kya saaz hai”.

With this song, the film ‘Phir Milenge’ makes its Debut on this Blog.


Song- Kisi se preet na kariyo koye (Phir Milenge)(1942) Singer- Sardar Akhtar, Lyricist- Pt. Sudarshan, MD- Meer Saheb

Lyrics

Kisi se preet na kariyo koye
Kisi se preet na kariyo koye
preet jagat ka sundar dhokha
preet jagat ka sundar dhokha
preet kiye dukh hoye
kisi se preet kiye dukh hoye
kisi se preet na kariyo koye

preet patang kare deepak se
preet patang kare deepak se
phir peechhe pachhtaaye
phir peechhe pachhtaaye
deepak preet ki reet na jaane
deepak preet ki reet na jaane
tan man det jaraaye
Kisi se preet na kariyo koye

preet kanwal se bhramar kare hai
baithhe uthh kar jaaye ae
preet kanwal se bhramar kare hai
baithhe uthh kar jaaye ae
saanjh samay jab sot kamal jab
saanjh samay jab sot kamal jab
bhanwra jaan ganwaaye
Kisi se preet na kariyo koye

?? se neh lagaaye
?? kar lehraaye
?? se neh lagaaye
?? kar lehraaye
jhoome jhoole sudh budh bhoole
jhoome jhoole sudh budh bhoole
?? haath ??
Kisi se preet na kariyo koye


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Blog Day : 4062 Post No. : 15195

“Jal Tarang”(1949) was directed by Rajendra Sharma for Kuldeep Pictures Limited, Bombay. This “social” movie had Geeta Baali, Rehman, Ram Singh, Rajan Haksar, Ramesh Thakur, Shashikala, Kesari, Pesi Patel, Shyama, Sevak, Uma Dutt, Tiger (dog) etc in it.

The ovie had nine songs in it that were penned by six lyricists. Four of these songs have been covered in the past.

Here is the fifth song from “Jal Tarang”(1949) to appear in the blog. The song is a sung by Rafi and Shamshad Begam for most part and then one unknown male voice sings a line in the last stanza. So, what was sounding like a duet becomes a non duet. I request our knowledgeable readers to help identify this unknown male voice. My guess is that it could be Husnlal or Bhagatram, one of the music director duo.

Pt Sudarshan is the lyricist. This was the only song penned by him in this movie. Music is composed by Husnlal Bhagatram.

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


Song-Musaafir sada geet gaaye chala chal (Jal Tarang)(1949) Singers-Rafi, Shamshad Begam, Unknown male voice, Lyrics-Pt Sudarshan, MD-Husnlal Bhagatram
Both

Lyrics

musaafir sada geet gaaye chala chal
gaaye chala chal
gaaye chala chal

chala chal
chala chal
safar ki kahaani sunaaye chala chal
sunaaye chala chal
sunaaye chala chal

chala chal
chala chal

kahin ban ke rahmat ka baadal baras ja aa aa
kahin ban ke rahmat ka baadal baras jaa
kahin dil pe bijli giraaye chala chal
kahin dil pe bijli giraaye chala chal
giraaye chalaa chal
musaafir sada geet gaaye chala chal
gaaye chala chal
gaaye chala chal

chala chal
chala chal

rukaawat ke patthar hataaye chala chal l
rukaawat ke patthar
hataaye chala chal
dhuyen aasmaan ke udaaye chala chal
dhuyen aasmaan ke udaaye chalaa chal
udaaye chala chal
musaafir sada geet gaaye chala chal
gaaye chala chal
gaaye chala chal

chala chal
chala chal

tu duniya mein apna sabhi kuchh luta kar r
tu duniya mein apna sabhi kuchh lutaa kar
tu duniya ko apna banaaye chala chal
tu duniya ko apna banaaye chala chal
banaaye chala chal
musaafir sada geet gaaye chala chal
gaaye chala chal
gaaye chala chal

chala chal
chala chal

suna kar hamen chaar sukh dukh ki baaten
suna kar hamen chaar sukh dukh ki baaten
rulaaye chala chal hansaaye chala chal
rulaaye chala chal
hansaaye chalaa chal
hansaaye chala chal
musaafir sada geet gaaye chala chal
gaaye chala chal
gaaye chala chal

chala chal
chala chal


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Blog Day : 3742 Post No. : 14696

Today’s song is from a film called ‘Parakh’ (1944). This is a special song. It is a song sung by singer Ira Nigam. The song was written by Pt.Sudarshan and the music was by Khursheed Anwar. The cast of the film was Mehtab, Balwant Singh, Yakub, Shahnawaz, kaushalya, Sadiq Ali and others.

Ever since film making progressed and was seen as a job-provider, it attracted people from all over India. Unemployed but ambitious youngsters ran away from their hometowns to Bombay, with dreams in their eyes. As the industry got organised, those who were already working here either called or brought their other kins. Some impatient parents came themselves with their daughters. Due to poverty, examples of the entire family coming to Bombay and all joining the film industry were also seen-like Alla Bux, Iqbal Bano, Meena Kumari and her two sisters. Also seen earlier was Fatima and her three daughters and a step daughter-Mehtab. Some mothers or Grandmothers(Suraiya and Vyjayantimala) chaperoned their star children, while some fathers (like Madhubala’s) squeezed the best out of their child’s earnings (hell with her happiness !). In general,however it was the male part of the family which took charge of the actor or actress in film line.

If one sees the world history, one will find that most nations have changed culture wise and they have adapted themselves to the modern times and needs. Thus,things which were taboo a century ago are not taboo anymore. U.K. accepts jokes and cartoons on its royalty now,whereas hundred years ago, person would have been hanged in public for doing the same. USA can today tolerate parody of Christ and Christianity whereas hundred years ago the person would have been dead.

But our country has not changed its basic culture in spite of hundreds of years. Barring few exceptions, that too, in hi-fi society, Indian women are still ruled by the whims and dictates of males. When women from educated families entered the film industry, it looked like our women are liberated, but alas ! even in the film industry women are ruled by males.

A seemingly rebellious star of yesteryear – Shanta Apte – had to accept her own brother as husband in a film because she was not allowed to be touched by other males, by him. Unfortunately, her brother not only managed her film affairs, but also gave her a daughter. All this is recorded and declared by her daughter herself. She too became an actress in Marathi drama and films.

The most daring and courageous star of the 1940s – Meenakshi Shirodkar – who stunned everybody by donning a swimsuit and bathing in the waters of a river openly, in ‘Bramhachari’ (1938), had to give up her acting career midway because her husband refused to allow her to do any roles other than heroine.

Who knows how many women had to forego opportunities in film line only because their men-folk would not allow.

Today we will talk about a singer who had to forego wonderful opportunities in playback singing in Hindi films, first because of her father and then because of her husband. These days she only recalls and weeps.

Ira Nigam (NOT Ira Nagrath – wife of Roshan. She was different person) was born in October 1930 in Seoni (M.P.) in her mother’s maayeka. She had a God given gift of singing. She was educated in Delhi and Shanti Niketan. Her father Hriday Narayan Nigam was a singer himself. With his help she started singing on AIR Delhi. She completed her graduation in music form DU.

Her voice was sweet and melodious. Roshan, who was also working in AIR Delhi, one day brought the famous composer Khurshid Anwar to her house. They convinced her father to allow her to sing in films. She was so lucky to sing her first song in ‘Parakh’, under the baton of Khurshid Anwar. She was only 14 years old then. Here her father put a condition that only he will sing duets with her and no other male. Due to this strange condition, she got only one more film ‘Asmat’ (1944) and they had to go back to Delhi.

Ira got married meantime and came back to Bombay again in 1948. This time with her husband P.N. Nigam.

Harmandir Hamraaz, who interviewed her in Kanpur in Aug 1984 says that she wept when she told him that as her husband did not like her work in Hindi films, she had to give up singing after doing just 5 films. She did not have her own song records also. It was Hamraaz ji, who met her again and gave her those records. She was very happy.

She sang in ‘Rakhi’ (1949), ‘Chaar Din’ (1949), ‘Ek Teri Nishani’ (1949), ‘Veer Ghatotkach’ (1949) and last film ‘Guru Dakshina’ (1950). There were hundreds of singing offers to her when she left Bombay second time. First it was due to father and next it was due to husband, who cut short a melodious singing career. However, while in Kanpur and Delhi, she sang on A.I.R. and Television.

If you take 100 actors/actresses who worked in films, 20% will be the hero/heroines. The rest 80 % comprise of character actors, comedians, villains etc. Even out of the 20 % lead players, very few – like Dilip, Dev Anand or Amitabh – last as heroes till the end of careers but most others end up as character actors. Some examples are Pran, K N Singh, Om Prakash, Sunder Singh etc etc. Some actors do character roles from start to finish of their careers- like Nazir Hussain, Kanhaiyalal, C S Dubey, Tiwari etc. Some actors, though endowed with good face and personality, could not get a hero’s role and did character roles throughout.

One such actor was Shahnawaz Khan, known only as Shah Nawaz. He was born on 18-9-1906 in Hyderabad Deccan. His father was a Major in Hyderabad’s Nizam Army. During education, he used to act in dramas. After matriculation, he joined a Govt. service in Hyderabad state. He was however keen on joining films and dramas. After 5 years, he left the job and started a motor car business. In that connection, he would visit Bombay and try his luck at different studios. Finally, his efforts bore fruit and he got a villain’s role in film ‘Bharat Ka Laal’ (1936), in which he was listed as S. Nawaz. It was a stunt film made by the Kadam brothers (Harischandra Rao and Chandra Rao Kadam), with Master Bhagwan as the hero.

After this, he did not go back to Hyderabad. Then came ‘Daulat’ (1937), ‘Toofani Khazana’ (1937), ‘Rangila Mazdoor’ (1938), ‘Jungle King’ (1939), ‘Sardar’ (1940) etc. In 1940, he joined Bombay Talkies and worked in films. He was apparently in Devika Rani’s camp. He was in ‘Punarmilan’ (1940),’Bandhan’ (1940), ‘Jhoola’ (1941), ‘Naya Sansar’ (1941), ‘Kismet’ (1943) and ‘Hamari Baat’ (1943). He also worked in ‘Master ji’ (1943), ‘Police’, ‘Parakh’ and’ Anban’ (1944), ‘Zeenat’ and ‘Humayun’ (1945) and some more. In all, he did about 35 films in India. In or around 1948, Shahnawaz migrated to Pakistan. He was welcomed there. He did 41 films in Pakistan (32 Urdu and 9 Punjabi). Some films were quite famous like ‘Aansoo’ (1950), ‘Sassi’ (1954), ‘Ayyaz’ (1960) etc.

Shahnawaz died in Karachi on 18-6-1971. His last released film was ‘Nek Parveen’ (1975).

Another actor was Sadiq Ali. He was born on 6-10-1911 at Jullundhar, Punjab. His 2 cousins- Wazir Ali and Nazir Ali were famous Indian cricketers. Sadiq Ali completed his engineering degree and worked in M.E.S. at Kanpur (Military Engg. Services). Due to strong desire to work in films and dramas, he resigned from his job after 5 years and joined Agha Hashr’s drama company. When the company was closed, he joined The Burma Imperial Film Company at Rangoon. After few small roles, he came down to Bombay.

After working in some smaller companies, he joined Minerva Movietone. Starting with ‘Khan Bahadur’ (1937), he worked in Minerva’s ‘Pukar’ (1939), ‘Sikandar’ (1941), ‘Phir Milenge’ (1942), ‘Prithviraj Sanyogita’ (1943), ‘Parakh’ (1944) (only directed by Modi) and ‘Ek Din Ka Sultan’ (1945). In all he acted in 23 films. His last film was ‘Ever Ready’ (1946). After partition, he migrated to Pakistan. Unfortunately, he got killed in a riot in Karachi in 1947 itself.

Let us now enjoy the song from this film.

(Credits- Listener’s Bulletin no.s 58 and 59, Prof. Yadav’s book, Film Directory, HFGK, and my notes)


Song-Saajan wo din kaun thhe (Parakh)(1944) Singer-Ira Nigam, Lyrics-Pt Sudarshan, MD-Khursheed Anwar

Lyrics

saajan. . .
wo din kaun the
jab tum veena hum ta..aar
kismat phooti veena tooti
taar hui bekaar

bin saajan ke kaise nikle
mann ka meetha geet
bin saajan ke kaise nikle
mann ka meetha geet
samay tu jaldi jaldi beet
jaldi jaldi beet
samay tu jaldi jaldi beet
samay tu jaldi jaldi beet

sukh mein tu pal bhar na thehre
laakh bithaaye tujh par pehre
dukh mein tu kaise dat jaave
dukh mein tu kaise dat jaave
kaisi teri reet
samay tu jaldi jaldi beet
samay tu jaldi jaldi beet

[kuchh kehne](?) ko dar dar bhatkun
piya ki nagri le chal mujhko
[kuchh kehne](?) ko dar dar bhatkun
piya ki nagri le chal mujhko
jis nagri mein jaa ke basaa hai
jis nagri mein jaa ke basaa hai
sunta(?) ho mann meet
samay tu jaldi jaldi beet
samay tu jaldi jaldi beet
jaise bhi tu beet
samay tu jaldi jaldi beet

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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साजन॰ ॰ ॰
वो दिन कौन थे
जब तुम वीणा हम ता॰॰आर
किस्मत फूटी वीणा टूटी
तार हुई बेकार

बिन साजन के कैसे निकले
मन का मीठा गीत
बिन साजन के कैसे निकले
मन का मीठा गीत
समय तू जल्दी जल्दी बीत
जल्दी जल्दी बीत
समय तू जल्दी जल्दी बीत
समय तू जल्दी जल्दी बीत

सुख में तू इक पल ना ठहरे
लाख बैठाएं तुझ पर पहरे
दुख में तू कैसे डट जावे
दुख में तू कैसे डट जावे
कैसी तेरी रीत
समय तू जल्दी जल्दी बीत
समय तू जल्दी जल्दी बीत

[कुछ कहने](?) को दर दर भटकूँ
पिया की नगरी ले चल मुझको
[कुछ कहने](?) को दर दर भटकूँ
पिया की नगरी ले चल मुझको
जिस नगरी में जा के बसा है
जिस नगरी में जा के बसा है
सुनता(?) हो मन मीत
समय तू जल्दी जल्दी बीत
समय तू जल्दी जल्दी बीत
जैसे भी तू बीत
समय तू जल्दी जल्दी बीत


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“Padosi” (1941) was directed by V Shantaram for Prabhat Films. The movie had Gajanan Jagirdar, Mazhar Khan, Balwant Singh, Anees Khatoon, D D Kashyap, Radhakrishan, Vasant Thengdi, Balakram, Sumitra Devi etc. in it.
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Lata’s Songs NOT YET covered on our Blog – 2
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‘Subhadra’ (1946) produced by Prafulla Pictures, Bombay and directed by Vinayak, is a mythological film with the star-cast consisting of  Prem Adeeb, Shanta Apte, Meenakshi, Shantarin, Usha Mantri, Prabhakar, Majumdar, Ishwarlal, Yakub, Salvi, Jog, Daamu Anna Mavlankar, Nimbalkar and Lata Mangeshkar.  Three lyricists, Pt. Indra, Pt. Sudarshan and Moti BA, had written the songs of this film, and the music was set by veteran Vasant Desai.  It is a well-known fact that before becoming a full time playback singer, Lata acted in few Marathi and Hindi films for financial need to support her family.
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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.

“Padosi” (1941) was directed by V Shantaram for Prabhat Films. The movie had Gajanan Jagirdar, Mazhar Khan, Balwant Singh, Anees Khatoon, D D Kashyap, Radhakrishan, Vasant Thengdi, Balakram, Sumitra Devi etc. in it.
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“Padosi” (1941) was directed by V Shantaram for Prabhat Films. The movie had Gajanan Jagirdar, Mazhar Khan, Balwant Singh, Anees Khatoon, D D Kashyap, Radhakrishan, Vasant Thengdi, Balakram, Sumitra Devi etc. in it.
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New Theatre, Calcutta’s “Dhoop Chhaaon”(1935), a remake of their Bangla movie “BhagyaChakra”(1935) was directed by Nitin Bose. The movie had Biswanath Bhaduri, Vikram Kapoor, K C Dey, Ajmat Bibi, Nawab, Kidar Sharma, Uma Shashi, Dev Bala, Nagendra Bala, Giridharilal Vaidhya, Babulal, Ahi Sanyal, Indu Mukherji, Trilok Kapoor etc in it.
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