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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 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.

This is his 600th writeup in the blog.

Blog Day:

4327 Post No. : 15618

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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2010-2020) – Song No. 31
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Agha Jaani Kashmiri (16/10/1908 – 27/03/1998) was perhaps the first story/screen-play/dialogue writer who was the ‘king maker’ in the Hindi film industry. Some of the producers/directors like Mehboob Khan, Shashidhar Mukherjee, Sunil Dutt used to consult him while taking up their new film projects. It is said that though he would be officially engaged for writing screen-play and dialogues, in realities, he would be their adviser in almost all the aspects of the film-making. Some of the actors themselves used to get trained from him about the correct pronunciations of their dialogues in Hindustani. Ashok Kumar, Devika Rani, Nargis, Joy Mukherjee, Sadhna, Saira Bano were some of the actors who sought his advice on their Urdu diction.

During his nearly 4 decades of filmy career in Hindi film industry, Aghajaani Kashmiri directed only one film, ‘Tohfaa’ (1947). The star cast included Nawab Kashmiri, Veera, Rehman, Anuradha, Shah Nawaz Shakuntala, Agha Miraz, Kanta, T N Charlie etc. There were 6 lyricists for 10 songs which were set to music by M A Rauf Osmania, the ghazal singer at the court of Nizam of Hyderabad and on Nizam Radio. Rafique Ghaznavi provided the background music. The theme of the film was Hindu-Muslim unity.

Nawab Kashmiri. a favourite actor of New Theater’s Boss, B N Sarkar, was a cousin of Agha Jaani Kashmiri and was the same actor who removed all his teeth for the realism of his role in ‘Yahudi Ki Ladki’(1933).[Ref: ‘Stars From Another Sky’ (2010)]. In ‘Tohfaa’ (1947), he probably did the role of an Ustad whose daughter (Veera) is in one-sided love with Ustad’s disciple (Rehman). The disciple takes it to be a sisterly love of her devotion. The daughter is devasted when the disciple falls in love with a city-bread damsel (probably, Anuradha) whom he introduces to his ‘sister’ to fulfil his long overdue promise to present her with a gift (tohfaa). It is a tragic story of misinterpretation of love between the Ustad’s daughter and his disciple and also of the misinterpretation of the gift (tohfaa) the daughter was expecting. [I have interpreted the story of the film based on the review of the film in May 1948 issue of ‘Filmindia’].

The review in ‘Filmindia’ had blamed the inapt handling of the direction by Agha Jaani Kashmiri. The film flopped miserably at the box office. My guess for one of the reasons for the failure of the film is its timing of the release. This film was due for release at a time when the partition of the country was to take place. Hindu-Muslim riots on the eve of the partition forced the film to be released post-partition. The film was released in April 1948 by which time the prospective audience had already seen the impact of the partition. Probably, they were not in a mood to watch the serious film with the rhetoric of Hindu-Muslim unity theme. But most of the songs in the film became popular.

Exactly 10 years ago, i.e. on May 23, 2010, our Blog had covered 3 songs of which one song, kahaan tak jafaa husn waalon ke sahte, was from ‘Tohfaa’ (1947).

So far, 7 out of 10 songs from ‘Tohfaa’ (1947) have been covered in the Blog as under:

No. Songs Posted on
1. kahaan tak jaffa husn waalon ke sahte 23/05/2010
2. jeene ki soorat ho gayee 28/07/2012
3. kisne chheda man ka taar 14/10/2012
4. ik aisa geet sunaavo 23/06/2013
5. hamne tumne kiyaa thha jo aabaad 03/07/2013
6. mohabbat kar mohabbat kar 07/07/2013
7. bhole sajan tujhe kaise bataaun 01/02/2015
8. wo dil gaya wo dil ke sahaare chale gaye Being covered in this writeup
9. gunche sharminda na ho Yet to be covered
10. kabhi tarsi huyi aankhon ki hasrat Yet to be covered

It would be observed that out of 10 songs, 3 songs are yet to be covered. There has been no addition to the song already covered in the Blog for the last 5 years. I checked on the video sharing platforms on the internet and found that out of these 3 songs only one song, wo dil gaya wo dil ke sahaare chale gaye is available as of date which I am presenting here. The song is rendered by Geeta Dutt. The song is written by Rafique Ghaznavi which is set to music by M A Rauf Osmania.

Audio Clip:

Song-Wo dil gaya wo dil ke sahaare chale gaye (Tohfa)(1947) Singer-Geeta Dutt, Lyrics-Rafiq Ghaznavi, MD-M A Rauf Osmania

Lyrics

wo dil gaya wo dil ke
wo dil gaya wo dil ke
sahaare chale gaye
sahaare chale gaye
sahaare chale gaye
wo dil gaya wo dil ke
sahaare chale gaye
jinse thha hamko pyaar
jinse thha hamko pyaar
jinse thha hamko pyaar
wo pyaare chale gaye
jinse thha hamko pyaar

tum the har ek cheez thhi ee ee ee
mere naseeb mein aen aen
tum kya gaye naseeb
tum kya gaye naseeb
hamaare chale gaye
jinse thha hamko pyaar
wo pyaare chale gaye

raushan thha jinke dam se mera
aa aa aa aa
dil mera khayaal
wo chaand bhi gaya
wo sitaare chale gaye
sitaare chale gaye
sitaare chale gaye
jinse thha hamko pyaar
wo pyaare chale gaye

jab band aankh karte hain
aen aen aen aen
ye dekhte hain hum m m m m
jaise ki hum bhi saath
jaise ki hum bhi saath
tumhaare chale gaye
jaise ki hum bhi saath
tumhaare chale gaye
jaise ki hum bhi saath
tummhaare chale gaye
chale gaye


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 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 : 3788 Post No. : 14772

SONGS FROM ARTISTE NAME FILMS….Song No. 11
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Today’s song is from the film Sitara-1939.

About 4 years ago, I had run a series of songs from films with Artiste’s names. I had discussed songs from films like, Madhubala-50, Nargis-46, Veena-48, Usha kiran-52, Renuka-47, Madhuri-32, Hurricane Hansa-37, Zubeida-2000, Kamla-46 and Aasha-38 ( A to Z ). When the series ended discussing 10 songs, I found that I had few more songs from similar titled films like, Nirmala-38, Sitara-39, Vasanti-38, Poornima-38, Meenakshi-42 and Durga-39. Today’s song is from this collection.

Film Sitara was made and directed by Ezra Mir, under his own banner, Everest pictures Corporation. The music was by Rafiq Ghaznavi for songs written by Munshi Dil. The cast of the film was Ratanbai, Khursheed, Nazeer, Mubarak, K N Singh, Sunalini Devi, Violet Cooer, Mirza musharraf and many others. There was, however, no artiste of name Sitara in it.

Senior readers in the bracket of 55 to 75 years of age would recollect the Indian Documentaries made by Ezra Mir, shown before almost every film in the theatres. Indian News Reel and these documentaries on various subjects were actually used as a facility to enter the theatre late and still catch the whole movie from the beginning. These documentaries were made mostly by Ezra Mir and the voice over used to be that of Pratap Sharma usually. ( his younger brother Mahesh Sharma was my good friend in those days).

Ezra Mir was one of the rare persons who worked in the famous Hollywood studios for a considerable time, before he came to India and got involved in making films here. He was also a rare person who, despite being in great demand in the commercial cinema, chose to join a Government organisation and did a monumental significant work for the future generations. For a long time, I was thinking him to be a Muslim man, but at a much later date, I came to know that he was a Jew person.

Ezra Mir ( real name Edwyn Meyers) was born on 26-10-1902 at Calcutta. After completing his education, he joined Madon Theatres in 1921. In 1923, he left for Europe and America to work in film industry. After doing bit roles in Rudolph Valentino’s films in Long Island, New York and working for First National Biograph Studios, he joined the Universal studios as a ” Film Cutter ” and later as a Scenario writer. By his diligent and hard work he became the chief of story Department in United Artistes. In 1929, he wrote and directed a film ‘ Simbolisque ‘, which created a sensation in the film circle there.

With the advent of the Talkie, he came back to India , joined Imperial Film co. and made film Noorjehan-31 in Hindi and English. In 32-33, he joined Sagar movietone and directed Zarina-32, Pagal premee-33 and Farzand e Hind-34. Then Ezra went to Calcutta. After doing some films he came back and made documentaries on second world war. In 1940, he was appointed by the Govt. on Film Advisory Board. In 1942, when V.Shantaram left as its head, he became the head. From 1942 to 1946, he made 170 documentaries.

In 1951 he joined Films Division and in 1956, became its President. In his tenure here, he made 400 documentaries. In 1970 he got ‘ Padmashri ‘. Ezra Mir died on 7-3-1993. His Filmography is Noorjehan-31, Zarine-32, Pagal premi-33, Farzand e Hind-34, Mera Pyara and Rasheeda-35,Jeevan Sangram, Parivartan,Rajdulari and Shaitan ka pash-36, Rikshawala-38,Sitara-39, Beete din-47, pamposh-54 and Raju aur gangaram-64.

The Music Director of film Sitara-39 was Rafiq Ghaznavi, who was a multi faceted artiste. He acted in 18 films, directed 1 film, sang 30 songs in 15 films and gave music to 22 films and composed 191 songs, according to MuVyz.com.

Private life of a celebrity has always been a matter of curiosity for the common man and if the celebrity is from the show world like films ,then there are all attempts to dig out the ‘ behind the scene’ stories about the famous people.

In the early era, the female artistes were from the courtesan or the singing families. Most males too were not much educated. Thus there were many cases of illicit relationships and children out of wed locks. For the rich producers, having an ‘extra facility’ was a matter of a few thousands. In those days the social medias and the film magazines were not common, hence such matters hardly came into the open. The insiders, however, knew many stories. Few personalities like actor Shyam, Rafiq Ghaznavi, Prem Adeeb,C.Ramchandra were some of the artistes who were claimed to be involved in ‘ extra-curricular activities ‘. So were some Producers and Directors.

When careers are on the rise,talents are bright and the work is extraordinary, it hardly matters what the artistes do in their private lives. People are happy with their work. Yesteryear Actor,Singer and Music Director RAFIQ GHAZANAVI was one such person.

Rafiq was a singer from his school days and he became famous by the time he completed his Matriculation. He had learnt music from a blind expert. He was called by H.M.V. to Lucknow and several records were made of his songs. He completed his graduation. He was an expert in Hindi, Urdu, English, Punjabi, Pushtu and Afghan Persian languages fluently. He was a voracious reader of English books. He edited a magazine “Raavee”. His stage shows were always housefull. He was honoured by the American Art Society with a Gold Medal. He was famous in the art circles of Lahore.

His first film as a composer was ” Pavitra Ganga”-1932. Then came Prithviraj Sanyogita-33 and Deewaani-34 etc. He was a good friend of producer Director Mehboob Khan. The voice accompanying the Mehboob Productions Logo is that of Rafiq Ghazanavi, “Muddai lakh bura chaahe to kya hota hai, wohi hota hai jo manzoor-e-Khuda hota hai”. The famous Logo consisted of a Hammer and Sickle, indicating the socialistic inclination of Mehboob Khan, who was a great follower of Pandit Nehru’s idealogy. When 14 year old Nargis was offered the heroine’s role in Mehboob’s ” Taqdeer ” the music was entrusted to Rafiq Ghaznavi. Shamshad Begum was brought from Lahore specially to sing her first songs in Bombay for “Taqdeer” and Rafiq Ghaznavi was directing her songs.

Famous writer Saadat Hasan Manto, in his book “Stars from another sky “, had devoted a full chapter to Rafiq. Manto, in his inimitable style has described all his ‘extra ‘ activities in details,as he was an observer for most of them. Rafiq was tall and handsome and had the magical quality to attract women. Wine and women were his weaknesses. But there was much more to Rafiq than only running after lowly women. He was never a one woman man. He had married 3 sisters, one after another, but never remained faithful to any one of them. As far as his music was concerned, he was very strict and never mixed these two things. He always tried to give his best in every film. Here is a short Bio from a Pakistani source-pakfilms.net, some years ago.

Born to an enlightened family in 1907, in Rawalpindi, Rafiq Ghaznavi was full of life since his earliest days. He passed his childhood amidst scenic, natural beauty, surrounded by mountains, valleys and lakes.

After receiving his matriculation examination degree, Rafiq Ghaznavi moved to Lahore. In Lahore, he completed his intermediate examination from Islamia College, Lahore. Then he graduated from the Punjab University.

During those days if a handsome, enthusiastic young man was endowed with acting talents, he was more inclined towards the glamorous movie business. Rafiq Ghaznavi was no exception. Let us go seventy-five years back in time and see how movies were made in that time period.

Those were the days of silent movies. Though the vocal film ‘Alam Ara’ was released in 1931, still silent movies were in vogue for quite sometime, just like black and white movies continued to flood the market after the advent of color movies.

Visionary movie director, Mian A.R. Kardar, is considered the discoverer or ‘Columbus’ of the Lahore film industry. Moved by Rafiq Ghaznavi’s powerful voice and good looks, Kardar signed him as hero for his silent movie, ‘Brave heart’, while the latter was studying in college.

Thus, Rafiq Ghaznavi debuted in the film ‘Brave heart’ in 1931 at the age of twenty-four. Soon Rafiq Ghaznavi began to outlive his town and his time while his companions were thinking what to make of their lives.

Director A.R. Kardar, on the other hand, made his first talking film, ‘Hoor Punjab’ in 1932. Later, he changed its name to ‘Heer Ranjha’ and it was released under the banner of Play art photo tone.

Handsome, as Rafiq Ghaznavi was, Kardar picked him up for the romantic lead role of ‘Ranjha.’ While actress Anwari played the lead romantic role of ‘Heer Seyaal’. Additionally, Rafiq Ghaznavi composed music and lent his impressive voice to all the songs. Hence, he was the hero-composer-singer in the film ‘Heer Ranjha.’ Since all the songs were pictured on him he was also the singing star.

After working in ‘Heer Ranjha’, Rafiq Ghaznavi migrated to Bombay and worked diligently for the Bombay film industry. Rafiq was a multi talented man. He acted in 18 films. He directed 1 film-Prem pujari-35. He sang 30 songs in 15 films and he gave music to 22 films, composing 191 songs. (all statistics from MuVyz.com)

Dwelling on his personal life, Rafiq Ghaznavi married film actress Zehra and had a daughter, Shahina, from her. Shahina grew up and made her mark as an actress in movies like ‘Beli’, ‘Nigar’, ‘Aankh ka nasha’, ‘Bharosa’, and ‘Intiqaam.’

Rafiq Ghaznavi also had a son, Murad, from his first wife, Zehra. In due course of time, Rafiq Ghaznavi divorced Zehra. She married director A.M. Mirza and was known as Zehra Mirza.

Actress Anwari was the second wife of Rafiq Ghaznavi with whom he had a daughter, Zarina Agha. Later, Zarina changed her name to Nasreen and worked in director A.R. Kardar’s movie, ‘Shah Jehan’ and Daud Chand’s movie, ‘Aik Roaz.’
After Rafiq left Anwaribai, she married Jugal Kishore Mehra ( Raj kapoor’s Mama), who converted to Islam and became Ahmed Salman. He was also the director of Radio Pakistan. He adopted Nasreen and got her married to Agha Liyaqat Gul Tajik. He settled in London doing Diamond business.

Further, Nasreen Agha’s daughter, Salma Agha, achieved great name and fame as a singing star.

Actress Anuradha, whose real name was Khursheed Akhtar, was the third wife of Rafiq Ghaznavi, with whom he had a son, Ayaz Mehmood. Furthermore, one of Rafiq Ghaznavi’s daughter married popular writer-director, Zia Sarhadi. Zia Sarhadi’s two sons, Khayam Sarhadi and Bilal Sarhadi attained fame in show business.

Interestingly enough, all three wives of Rafiq Ghaznavi were real sisters and they hailed from Amritsar.

Rafiq Ghaznavi, who was such a charismatic figure, a talented composer of the highest grade and a visionary, passed away on 2-3-1974, in Karachi, at the age of sixty-seven.

Today’s song is sung by Rafiq himself. In those days, films used to have many songs. Even this film had 13 songs. There were 5 singers who sang these songs. I first heard few songs of this film and I selected this song as it is better than the other songs.


Song- Main sadke tere nigaahe muhabbat (Sitaara)(1939) Singer- Rafiq Ghaznavi, Lyrics- Munshi Dil, MD- Rafiq Ghaznavi

Lyrics

main sadqe tere ae
nigaahe mohabbat
main sadqe tere ae
nigaahe mohabbat

banaaya mujhe baa
banaaya mujhe baa
banaaya mujhe baa
aadshaah e muhabbat
haaye
main sadqe tere ae
nigaahe mohabbat
main sadqe tere ae
nigaahe mohabbat

taaron ki hansi hai meri
taaron ki hansi hai meri
kaliyon ki khushi hai meri
kaliyon ki khushi hai meri
phoolon ki pari hai meri
phoolon ki pari hai meri
ye jungle hai aaraamgaah e muhabbat
ye jungle hai aaraamgaah e muhabbat
haaye
main sadqe tere ae
nigaahe mohabbat
main sadqe tere ae
nigaahe mohabbat

banaaya mujhe baa
banaaya mujhe baa
banaaya mujhe baa
aadshaah e muhabbat
main sadqe tere ae
nigaahe mohabbat
main sadqe tere ae
nigaahe mohabbat


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“Bolti Bulbul”(1942) aka “Shaahi Fakeer” was directed by Dhirubhai Desai for Vishnu Cinetone, Bombay. This fantassy movie had Anil Kumar, zebunnisa, Mehar Sultana, sardar Mansoor, Nawaz, Mumtaz, S Nazir, Samson, Ali, Mirajkar, Shahzaadi, Alaknanda 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.

During the last 15 months or so, I have been concentrating mainly on rare songs from films of 1940s in my articles for the Blog. During this period, I came across some playback singers, music directors and lyricists who were unknown to me. I also got to know about some of the not so famous film production banners. Similarly, I got the opportunity to gather some information on film directors of 1930s and 40s such as Debaki Bose, P C Barua, V Shantaram, A R Kardar, Kishore Sahu, Mehboob Khan, Kidar Sharma etc.
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“Taqdeer”(1943) was directed by Mehboob Khan and Nazam Naqvi. The movie had Chandramohan, Motilal, Charlie, Kayam Ali, Jillo, Ansari, Laddan etc in it. It was the first role of Nargis as a leading lady. She was just 14 years of age at that time.
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“Najma”(1943) was produced and directed by Mehboob Khan for Mehboob Productions,Bombay. The movie had Ashok Kumar and Veena in lead roles supported by Sitara, Kumar, Yaakoob, Majid, Rajkumari Shukla, Murad, Laddan etc.
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“Najma”(1943) was produced and directed by Mehboob Khan for Mehboob Productions,Bombay. The movie had Ashok Kumar and Veena in lead roles supported by Sitara, Kumar, Yaakoob, Majid, Rajkumari Shukla, Murad, Laddan etc.
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This article is written by Raja, 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.

Today (14 november 2016) is the death anniversary of yesteryear leading lady and character actor, Veena.

I must admit that I got to know Veena’s name less than 10 years ago. It was probably due to memsaab’s blog. In fact, that blog has made me aware of many personalities that I had seen for years on screen without knowing their names.
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“Najma”(1943) was produced and directed by Mehboob Khan for Mehboob Productions,Bombay. The movie had Ashok Kumar and Veena in lead roles supported by Sitara, Kumar, Yaakoob, Majid, Rajkumari Shukla, Murad, Laddan etc.
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This article is written by Raja, 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 is the birth anniversary of Ashok Kumar, one of Hindi film industry’s legendary actors. It is ironic that it also happens to be the death anniversary of his younger brother, Kishore Kumar, another of the industry’s legends.
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