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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 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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Songs from Artiste Name Films….Second Season….No. 9
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Today’s song is from the film Noor Mahal-1965.

from the film title, can you guess who is today’s star of the post in this series ? Difficult to guess correctly. It is not about noorjehan, remember. While I discuss matters about this film and other aspects, you keep guessing about today’s star !

Film Noor Mahal-65 was made by Ratan productions and the film was directed by Nausheer Engineer. This was a Costume film dealing with the age old story of ‘ king, queen, wicked vizier and a lover couple ‘. Possibly this was one of the last such pictures in the late 60’s decade. The trend of films had changed drastically in the 60’s and this type of films had lost its audience now. The director Nausheer Engineer had directed 7 films in his career – all in C grade category. The films were, Inteqam-47, Shamsheerbaaz-53, Carnival queen-55, Diler Daku-57, Circus queen-59, Chini jaadugar-59 and his last film was Noor mahal-1965. There were two earlier films with the same title, one in 1934 and the other in 1954.

An interesting point about today’s film was its Music Director- Jaani Babu Qawwal ( arrangers Sonik-omi). He was born in 1935 at Hinganghat, maharashtra. His real full name was Jaan Mohammed Jani babu. He was known as a good qawwal. He came into films and acted in 9 films, but he sang 40 songs in 30 films. He also tried his hand at being a Music Director. His first attempt was today’s film ” Noor Mahal-1965 ‘. All the 6 songs in this film ( I have heard them all) were very good and 2 qawwalis from this film-including today’s qawwali- became popular. Despite providing good music, he did not get any film as an MD. Maybe because Sonic-Omi had left him. He managed to get two more Muslim religious film somehow – Qoobat E Parwardigaar-78 and Aulia E Islam-79. That was the end of his stint as an MD. His one qawwali ” Mehangai maar gayee” from the film Roti Kapda aur Makan-74 is remembered even today. Jani Babu Qawwal died on 28-1-2008.

The other famous qawwal in films was Shakeela Banu Bhopali. She was multitalented. She acted in 32 films, but sang only 4 songs in 3 films. She too gave music to just 1 film-‘ Maze Le Lo’- 1975. She died on 16-12-2002. These were the only well known qawwals who were active in various film fields.

The cast of the film Noor Mahal-35 was Chitra, Jagdeep, Tiwari, Lalita Desai, W.M.Khan, madhumati and others. One of the cast was Wazir Mohammed Khan aka W.M.khan. He is another interesting person associated with this film. W.M.Khan had the unique honour of being the First ever Male singer in In the Hindi talkie films of india. he had done the role of a Faqir in film ‘ Alam Ara ‘-1931, the first indian Talkie film, in which he had sung a song on screen himself-” de de khuda ke naam pe”. In his 42 years of film career, he acted in 105 films and sang 6 songs in 4 films-namely Alam ara-31, Sair E Paristan-34, Dard E dil-34 and Alam Ara -56. He had also sung, on screen, the famous song ” Aye mere watan ” in the film Kabuliwala-1961.

An Interesting thing about him is that he began his career in Talkie films with ‘Alam Ara’-1931 and ended also with the film Alam Ara-1973. In between, he acted in another version of Alam Ara in 1956, in which he sang the same song from the 1931 film again. But alas, both times, no record was issued on both occasions. Now none of those two films are available to see and enjoy !

Today’s song is sung by Usha Timothy and others. Usha Timothy, born on 8-10-1949, sang only 56 songs in 50 films. Later on she focussed on stage shows and multinational tours with few groups. She had created a stir in the industry by claiming that the famous Patriotic song ” aye mere watan ke logon “, sung famously by Lata Mangeshkar ( and which, reportedly, brought tears to Pandit Nehru’s eyes) was sung by her much earlier than lata, in a stage show conducted by C.Ramchandra himself. This was claimed by her, after the death of C.Ramchandra and could never be corroborated by anyone else. This matter was also discussed fiercely on the RMIM forum some years back.

The story of film Noor mahal-1965 was a concoction of several earlier stunt films. It was woven around a wicked brother, who kills his elder brother-the King. He also tries to kill the queen, the son and a daughter, but some loyal sardar escapes with the children. Cut to 20 years later….The brother now remembers that the king’s children were betrothed to a son and daughter of his friend. He then kills the friends and locks up the son. The daughter , however.
, pretends to love him and marry him. A masked girl rescues the son and they dutifully fall in love, sing songs etc. They are the real betrothed ones. All is well when the brother king is killed and the son becomes the King.

So much for the film. Now we return to our star of the post in this series. This is an actress about whom hardly anybody knows.

In the name of the film Noor Mahal is hidden a name of an actress…NOOR. (short for Noorjahan).

Have you any idea who this actress is ? Yes, she became the wife of comedian Johnny Walker. Born on 21-7-1940, she was the second of the 3 sisters. The eldest was Shakila, then Noor and lastly Nasreen.All 3 sisters joined films, but Shakila was the most famous and had a longer career span than the sisters.
Noor debuted as the child star singing the famous song,” Udan khatole pe ud jaun’ in the film Anmol Ghadi-46. Along with her the other child artist debutant was M.Kabir ( later father of actress Sonam). Then came Dard-47. In both these films, she was credited as Noor Mahal, but after this in all subsequent films, she was billed as Noor only. Noor acted in 16 films. They were Anmol Ghadi-46, Dard-47, khubsurat-52, Baghi-53, Do bigha zameen-53, Laila-54, Noor Mahal-54, khushboo-54, Aarpaar-54 ( singing Main na pyar karungi ), Naukri-54 ( as Kishore kumar’s sister,singing ‘ Chhota sa ghar hoga’ ), Mast Qalandar-55, Shahi chor-55, Sakhi hatim-55, Lutera-55, Heer-56 and Chand ki duniya-59. The last two films got delayed releases.

During the film Aarpaar-54, she acted in a very popular song,’ are na na na Tauba Tauba, main naa pyar karungi”, along with comedian Johnny Walker. Johnny fell in love with her and they got married in 1955. After marriage she stopped taking films anymore. The couple had 3 daughters and 3 sons. All 3 sons studied in the USA, all 3 daughters were married off before Johnny’s retirement from films. She stays in her bungalow, ” Noor Villa ” (as good as Noor Mahal !) in Andheri, Mumbai.

Now let us enjoy this very good qawwali.


Song-Rehte ho kis gali mein kya naam hai tumhaara (Noor Mahal)(1965) Singers- Usha Timothy, Manna Dey, Suresh Rajwanshi, Lyricist- Saba Afghani, MD- Jaani Babu Qawwal

Lyrics(Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)

aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa aa aa
phirte ho maare maare ae ae ae
koyi nahin sahaaraa
aa aa aa aa aa
rehte ho kis gali mein
kya naam hai tumhaaraa
rehte ho kis gali mein
kya naam hai tumhaaraa
rehte ho kis gali mein
kya naam hai tumhaaraa
aji rehte ho kis gali mein
kya naam hai tumhaaraa

aji rehte ho kis gali mein
kya naam hai tumhaaraa

aa aa aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa aa
chamka huaa hai apni
taqdeer ka sitaaraa aa
chamka huaa hai apni
taqdeer ka sitaaraa
ham kyun tumhen bataayen
kya naam hai hamaaraa

ham kyun tumhe bataayen
kya naam hai hamaaraa

ham kyun tumhe bataayen
kya naam hai hamaaraa
aji ham kyun tumhe bataayen
kya naam hai hamaaraa

aji ham kyun tumhe bataayen
kya naam hai hamaaraa

aa aa aa aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa aa aa aa

husn se door ho tum
kitney magroor ho tum
arey deewaanon zaraa
hamko pehchaano zaraa
chhaaya hai kaisa nasha
kuchh nahin tumko pataa aa
kuchh nahin tumko pataa
tumko pataa
tumko pataa
haan
chhaaya hai kaisa nasha
kuchh nahin tumko pataa

dil kahin tum ho kahin
ishq hai khel nahin
ye kaam hai usika
gham ?
ye kaam hai usika
gham ?
rehte ho kis gali mein
kya naam hai tumhaaraa
rehte ho kis gali mein
kya naam hai tumhaaraa
aji ham kyun tumhe bataayen
kya naam hai hamaaraa
ham kyun tumhe bataayen
kya naam hai hamaaraa

rehte ho kis gali mein
kya naam hai tumhaaraa
aji rehte ho kis gali mein
kya naam hai tumhaaraa

ham kyun tumhe bataayen
kya naam hai hamaaraa
aji ham kyun tumhe bataayen
kya naam hai hamaaraa

aa aa aa aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa aa aa aa

baat jo tumne kahin
chalo aisa hi sahi
ham to deewaane bhi hain
aur parwaane bhi hain
ham tumhe jaan gaye ae ae
khoob pehchaan gaye ae ae
ham tumhe jaan gaye
jaan gaye
jaan gaye ae

haan
ham tumhe jaan gaye ae ae
khoob pehchaane gaye ae ae

ik haseen? ho tum
? ho tum

tum ye bhi jaante ho
kisne tumhe sanwaaraa
tum ye bhi jaante ho
kisne tumhe sanwaaraa
ham kyun tumhe bataayen
kya naam hai hamaaraa

rehte ho kis gali mein
kya naam hai tumhaaraa
rehte ho kis gali mein
kya naam hai tumhaaraa
ham kyun tumhe bataayen
kya naam hai hamaaraa
aji ham kyun tumhe bataayen
kya naam hai hamaaraa

rehte ho kis gali mein
kya naam hai tumhaaraa
aji rehte ho kis gali mein
kya naam hai tumhaaraa

aa aa aa aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa aa aa aa

ham to talwaar bhi hain
phool bhi khaar bhi hain
hosh mein aao zaraa
chhaayegi gham se ghataa
phir ye haalaat kahaan
yeh haseen raat kahaan
ye haseen raat kahaan
raat kahaan
raat kahaan
haan
phir ye haalaat kahaan
ye haseen raat kahaan

ek pal ki hai khushi
gham mein badlegi hansi
duniya mein aadmi ko
kaafi hai ek ishaaraa
duniya mein aadmi ko
kaafi hai ek ishaaraa
rehte ho kis gali mein
kya naam hai tumhaaraa
rehte ho kis gali mein
kya naam hai tumhaaraa
aji ham kyun tumhe bataayen
kya naam hai hamaaraa
ham kyun tumhe bataayen
kya naam hai hamaaraa

rehte ho kis gali mein
kya naam hai tumhaaraa
aji rehte ho kis gali mein
kya naam hai tumhaaraa

ham kyun tumhe bataayen
kya naam hai hamaaraa
aji ham kyun tumhe bataayen
kya naam hai hamaaraa

aa aa aa aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa aa aa aa

tum ho talwaar agar
ham bhi rakhte hain jeegar
taaron ki chhaaon taley
aao lag jaayen galey
din ho yaa raat rahe ae ae ae
yaad ye baat rahe
yaad ye baat rahe
baat rahe
baat rahe
haan

din ho yaa raat rahe ae ae ae
yaad ye baat rahe

maut se darte nahin
mar ke bhi marte nahin

apni nigaah mein hain
toofaan bhi kinaaraa
apni nigaah mein hain
toofaan bhi kinaaraa
ham kyun tumhe bataayen
kya naam hai hamaaraa
ham kyun tumhe bataayen
kya naam hai hamaaraa

rehte ho kis gali mein
kya naam hai tumhaaraa
rehte ho kis gali mein
kya naam hai tumhaaraa
ham kyun tumhe bataayen
kya naam hai hamaaraa
aji ham kyun tumhe bataayen
kya naam hai hamaaraa

rehte ho kis gali mein
kya naam hai tumhaaraa
aji rehte ho kis gali mein
kya naam hai tumhaaraa

aji rehte ho kis gali mein
kya naam hai tumhaaraa
rehte ho kis gali mein


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 comedy film Halla Gulla-1954. This was a film made by Bhagwan, under his own banner- Bhagwan Art productions, Bombay. He was the producer and the director. He had done a role in the film too. However, Master Bhagwan was not the Hero. The Hero was Sajjan and the Heroine was Shakila. Besides these 3 people, there was a line up of actors in the cast, like Leela Gupte, Leela Gandhi, Baburao pahilwan, Dada Salvi and many more-most of whom are unknown names to me.

Master Bhagwan started directing the films from Bahadur Kisan-38, then came Criminal-39 and Sukhi Jeevan-42. In between, he went to Madras to direct two Tamil films, Jaykodi and Van Mohini. His film Sukhi Jeevan-42 was the Debut film for C.Ramchandra in Hindi films. This film was produced by Harishchandra Rao kadam- the elder of the Kadam brothers (Chandra Rao Kadam being the younger one). The film was a success, with a good run in theatres. His contract for this film had assured him a 20% share in profits, if the film was a success. Since the film was a success and ran long, Bhagwan asked for his 20% share to H.Kadam. However, he flatly refused, claiming that inordinate delay had caused excess expenditure and there was no profit. Bhagwan understood that he was being cheated, but could not do anything except expressing his displeasure.

Bhagwan decided then and there that hereafter he will not work for anybody else. He would have his own production set up and a studio. He started his own company-“Jagriti pictures”and also got a studio- Asha Studio, which was near RK studio. His successful stint as a director had earned him a name and he had no difficulty in getting finances for his first film. The terms were, take 80000/- and return 1 Lakh, when the film gets sold to distributors. Film making was so cheap then ! The first film which Bhagwan made as an independent Producer Director was intentionally titled “Badla-43”, as if he took revenge on Harishchandra Rao Kadam !

This sort of cheating of the gullible,helpless artistes was common in some companies. One such famous company was Minerva of Sohrab Modi. When he made his second film “Saeed E Hawas”-36, he had engaged an actor Chandra Kumar, as a Hero in that film. Chandra Kumar (real name Sardar Gul who changed his name to Anil Kumar again) was promised Rs. 200/- for this role. After the film was released, when he asked for his payment, Modi gave him only Rs. 50/-, claiming that the film was a flop. Chandra Kumar was helpless and he left Minerva for good, immediately.

Master Bhagwan’s first film ‘Badla’-43 was a Hit film. He then started making films after films, in the Stunt Genre. Films like Bahadur, Jalan, Madadgar, Dosti, Shakehand, Matlabi, Bach ke rehna, Bhole Bhale, Jeete Raho, Bhedi Bangla etc etc. His stunt films became popular and he earned lot of money. At his peak, he had 2 Bunglows in Bombay and 6 cars. His films had many admirers in the film line also, like Raj Kapoor, Sanjeev Kumar, Naushad etc.

Today’s film is Halla Gulla-54. The name immediately brings to the mind a popular song “Halla Gulla lailla, khullam khulla gayi la” famous in the 50’s times. However the song is not from this film. It was from film Dholak, for which Shyam Sundar had given the music. Barring very few films, which Bhagwan directed, he never did the role of Hero in his films. In the film Halla Gulla also he was not the Hero. Sajjan was the Hero.

Sajjan was one of the very few people in the film line who were Literature oriented. Some examples were Meena Kumari writing Shayari and Bharat Bhushan with an unusually big library of English books. Sajjan not only wrote poetry and film lyrics, he wrote a research based big book on Nav Ras in the Human Life. He participated in kavi Sammelans and Mushayaras and won laurels. His published poetry book “Jawan”was so popular that Nehru bought 100 copies for Delhi libraries. It was reprinted in several editions.

Born on January 15, 1921 in Jaipur, his full name was Sajjan Lal Purohit, a Pushkarna Bramhin. For many generations in the family, no one was interested in music or acting. He was famous with his first name in the movie world. Sajjan did his graduation from Jawahar college, Jodhpur. He had a desire to be a lawyer but not an actor.

In 1941, he arrived in Calcutta and worked as an apprentice in a laboratory of East India Film Company. His initial breakthrough in films was as an extra in films like Masoom (1941), Chowringhee (1942). Sajjan left Calcutta during World War II and reached Bombay. In Bombay he knew Prithwiraj Kapoor from his Calcutta days. He joined the Prithvi Theatre and worked in dramas like, Shakuntala, Pathan, Deewar, Aahuti, Kalakar, Kisan Paisa etc etc. Here he came into contact with Shammi, Raj, Shashi kapoor, Omprakash, Premnath, Zohra Saigal, B M Vyas, Ram Ganguli, Shankar, jaikishen and others. Afterwards, he started doing dramas separately. In ” Dhola Marwan” his heroine was Snehprabha Pradhan. He did many One Man Shows too.

He was a writer of Poetry. He participated in many gatherings of poets. His poetry book ” Jawan” became so popular that even Nehru had bought 100 copies of it. It was reprinted four times.

In Mumbai he worked as an assistant to famous director Kidar Sharma. At that time great showman Raj Kapoor also worked as an assistant to Kidar Sharma. He also worked as assistant to Gajanan Jagirdar and for film Vakil Sahib-43 and got Rs. 35 as salary.

A poet by heart, Sajjan showed His talent when he wrote dialogues for Meena -1944 and lyrics for Door Chalen -1946, Jail Yatra-47 and Dhanyavad -1948.

His acting debut film was Mera Suhag-47. After that, Bombay Talkies’ Muqaddar was released in 1950. His heroine was Nalini Jayvant. As a Hero, he worked with Geeta Bali, Nutan, Nimmi, Shyama, Shakila, Nalini Jaywant etc etc.

Now Sajjan was well established in the film world. In 1950s- 60s Sajjan acted as hero or side-hero in films like, Sainya, Rail Ka Dibba, Bahana, Sheesha, Malkin, Nirmohi, Kasturi, Mehmaan, Lagan, Girl School, paridhaan, Do Dulhe, Ghar-Ghar Mein Diiwali, Haa-Haa-Hee-Hee-Hoo-Hoo, Poonam, Jhanjhar, Halla- Gulla. As a hero his last film was Kabuliwala-61 and as an artist he last appeared in the 1986 release Shatru.

Artist of more than 150 films Sajjan also worked in TV serials. In Vikram-Betaal he played Betaal. His other serial was Lena-Dena.

Sajjan acted in more than 150 films. Though he was a reasonably good actor, he felt very awkward while singing a song on screen. His Producers and Directors knew this and they gave him minimum songs. Thus he is on record in his 150+ films to have sung around 20 odd songs only, in spite of being a Hero in some films. After retirement, Sajjan was not in good health, but he wrote a book ‘ Ras-Bhav ‘, discussing all the 9 Rasas as enunciated by Bharat Muni’s Treatise on “Natya Shastra”. He also published a book on the Birth Centenary of Prithviraj Kapoor, whom he revered very much. Sajjan died on 17-5-2000. (Based on interview by Sulbha Ternikar, in her book-Chanderi Athavani (चंदेरी आठवणी ), with thanks.)

The Music Director of this film was Nissar Bazmi. I always wondered,how some composers,who were found mediocre here,without much spark,giving music only to B and C grade films,became extremely popular and successful in Pakistan,winning accolades ? one example is Nisar Bazmi. To understand this strange phenomena,one must consider the state of affairs in Pakistan Film Industry for 5-6 years post Partition. Here is a part of an article on this issue,I found on a Pakistani site,filmbirth.com

” Pakistan has been a part of India up until 1947. Up to that point Lahore was one of the thriving cinema producing centers in India. The first film made in a Lahore studio was “Delhi Express” (1935) and Urdu and Punjabi films were to follow. The partition of India into two independent states – India and Pakistan, caused the demise of the Lahore film industry. Most Hindu filmmakers in Pakistan fled the region when the Islamic Pakistani government became independent. Without the Indian funding and production facilities, the migration of many renowned filmmakers and stars and a lack of proper distribution channels, Lahore (Lollywood) soon became less than a footnote in the regional cinematic landscape.

Fortunately, the outflow from Lahore was accompanied by an inflow into the city. Affected by the same political change, a number of talented Muslims who have established themselves in Bombay’s (now Mumbai) film circles, moved back to Lahore. Prominent among them were film producer Syed Shaukat Hussain Rizvi, his wife actress and singer Noor Jehan, actress Swarn Lata, actor Nazeer, director W. Z. Ahmad, director Luqman, director Sabtain Fazli, music director Feroze Nizami and music director Khawaja Khursheed Anwar. These creative artists laid the foundation of the Pakistani film industry. They were also responsible for producing some of the best films ever made in Lollywood.

The creative energy of Lahore’s film people began to express itself as soon as the partition frenzy subsided. Lollywood became alive again and Teri Yaad was the first film released after partition. Featuring Nasir Khan, brother of film icon Dileep Kumar and Asha Posle, it was released at Lahore Parbhat Cinema on Sept 2, 1948. Its producer was a Hindu named Diwan Sardari Lal, Daud Chand was the director while Nath was the music director. The following year, Anis Productions released a Punjabi film Pheray. Featuring Nazeer (who was also its director) and Swarn Lata, the film proved to be a success and became the first Pakistani film to complete a 25-week run at cinema houses. Another important film was Naubahar Films’ Do Ansoo which was released in 1950. Produced by Sheikh Latif and directed by Anwar Kamal Pasha, it won popularity and became first Urdu film to complete its silver jubilee. ”

Due to shortage of composers, all were welcomed with open arms. Those who had talents did extremely well here. Unfortunately the second generation of composers of calibre were not prepared and once these migrants disappeared from the scene,the musical fields of Pakistan dried up. According to an article on Wiki,there are 7 ages in Pakistan Film music –

1.Independence and growth-1947-1958
2. The Golden Age of Pak Film Music- 59-77
3. The age of Disaster…..77-88 (Onslought of VCR and brain Drain to Bangladesh in 1971)
4. Politics,Islamisation and downfall…..79-87
5. Collapse…..88-2002
6. Decline…..2002-2009
7. New wave and Hopes….2010 onwards.

Anyway, Nisar Bazmi migrated to Pakistan during the Golden Age period and got all the benefits.

Nisar Ahmed was born in 1925,in Naseerabad, Khandesh,Bombay Presidency,in an orthodox family where there was no Musical background. However,Nisar was keen on learning music. By singing Saigal’s songs he won his teacher’s mind,who convinced his father and he was sent to Bombay to live with his Uncle. Due to his singing he soon joined the ‘Yaseen Kawwal Group’ and became famous as ‘Yaseen ka chhokra’. meanwhile he learnt classical music from ustad Amaan ali khan for 4 years. He joined AIR on a temporary basis and started singing. The then music director of AIR Dinkar Rao Amembal made him permanent on a salary of Rs. 45 pm. When his father learnt this he was overjoyed that without studies also he was earning more than educated people ! This was 1940.

Those days a drama ‘Nadir Shah Durrani’ was running on Radio. Nisar composed music for it and also gave background music. Impressed with his work he got his first Film,” Jamna paar”-1946 as a MD. He left AIR,changed his name to Nisar Bazmi and for got his dream of becoming a singer. In the next 15 years,he composed music for about 40 films,but only 27 films were released. Most of these films were C grade stunt films. Though he gave reasonably good music,he remained a C grade composer throughout. For film ‘Khoj’-53,the assistant producer had not much money. For singing a song he could only offer Rs.50/- to Mohd. Rafi (who was charging almost 1000/- per song those days). Rafi liked the song and he magnanimously sang the song ” chand ka dil toot gaya ” by taking just ONE rupee as fees !

For film ‘Bhala Adami’-58, he gave chance to Anand Bakshi as a Lyricist first time. His last film in India was ” Mister Toofan”- released in 63. Nisar migrated to Pakistan in 1962. Producer Fazal Karrem Fazli of Fazli brothers offered him first film ” aisa bhi hota hai “. The music of this film became Hit and very popular and there was no looking back for Nisar Bazmi. He gave music to 57 Pak films. He won Nigar Awards 7 times and also won ‘Pride of performance’ award from the President.

His last film was in 1981. He came back to Karachi and started teaching aspiring singers,but only one of them became a famous singer. He regretted that the younger generation looked for quick money and did not put hard work. None of his 8 sons loved music. They all followed different avocations. In his later life he was famous for learning Quran by heart.

His filmography in India was- Jamna Paar, Jeb katara, Dagabaj Dost, Khoufnak Aankhen, Hamari kismat, Jiyo Raja, Roop lekha, Bade Saheb, Gazab. Baama, Kyun ji, Gorilla, Khoj, Halla gulla, Sitamgar, Adamkhor, Pyara Dushman, Fighting queen, Jungle queen, Kar bhala, Bhala Admi, kal kya hoga, Sachhe ka bolbala, Teer aur Talwar, Shola jo bhadke, Zareena and Mister Toofan.
Bazmi sahib taught music to up-and-coming youngsters, but only Faisal Latif managed to become somewhat popular. When asked why his students like Shafiq-ur-Rehman, Tanveer Afridi, Shabana and Shazia Kausar are unable to reach the top, he said, “My job was to train them, which I did. Now it is up to the musicians to utilize them as I am sure they have the talent to be the best.” When asked if our youth going in the right direction, Bazmi sahib felt that it was because of our youths’ lack of interest that our music is not what it used to be.

“A youngster today doesn’t want to be taught like the legendary singers. His only interest is to become rich and famous in a short time, which is certainly the wrong way.”

He died on 22-3-2007 at Karachi.

(My thanks to Shri Harish Raghuvanshi ji, book Albela by Isak Mujawar and information in Listener’s Bulletin-no. 118)

Today’s song is sung by Asha Bhosle and chorus. There were 9 songs and ALL songs had Asha Bhosle as a singer. 8 songs were duets with Rafi. This is the only song without Rafi.


Song-Hone waali ho ke rahegi himmat haar na jaana (Halla Gulla)(1954) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Saba Afghani, MD-Nisar Baazmi
Chorus

Lyrics

ho o o
hone waali ho ke rahegi
himmat haar na jaana
gaao ek taraana
jhoom jhoom ke

ho o o
hone waali ho ke rahegi
himmat haar na jaana
gaao ek taraana
jhoom jhoom ke
gaao ek taraana
jhoom jhoom ke

ho ho o
o o o

ho o o
jaaun to naakaami
lautoon to badnaami
dil mera ghabraaye
kuchh na samajh mein aaye
kuchh na samajh mein aaye
o o o
o o o
laa pukaare aage badhhnaa
pyaar kahe ruk jaana
gaao ek taraana
jhoom jhoom ke
gaao ek taraana
jhoom jhoom ke

ho ho o
o o o

ho o o
kaisi hai majboori ee e
paas bhi rah ke doori
naagan si bal khaaun
haath maloon reh jaaun
haath maloon reh jaaun
o o o
o o o
mujh pe jo kuchh beet rahi hai
haal koi na jaana
gaao ek taraana
jhoom jhoom ke
gaao ek taraana
jhoom jhoom ke

ho ho o
o o o

ho o o
man hi man mein ro loon oon
apna bhed na kholoon
baat zubaan tak aaye
aur kahin naa jaaye
aur kahin naa jaaye
o o o
o o o
door khadi kismat muskaaye
chhede raag zamaana
gaao ek taraana
jhoom jhoom ke

ho o o
hone waali ho ke rahegi
himmat haar na jaana
gaao ek taraana
jhoom jhoom ke
gaao ek taraana
jhoom jhoom ke


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Blog Day :

4310 Post No. : 15587

Maangne Se Jo Maut Mil Jaati
Kaun Jeeta Is Zamaane Mein

Lata ji’s voice is so truly a match for the sadness oozing from this song, that seems to be so steeped in dejection and sorrow. The film – ‘Sunehre Kadam’ – the last one in Hindi cinema that he composed for in 1966. And as if this expression was not adequate, the film also has another equally melancholic song to match the depths of misery – “Na Baaz Aayaa Muqaddar Mujhe Mitaane Se”.

Bulo C Rani – music director, whose talent was never in question, and yet, in his career he stayed forever, in the sidelines and under the shadows of the bigger names in film. We celebrate his 99th anniversary of birth today, 6th May.

He was born this day in the year 1921, in Hyderabad, Sindh (now in Pakistan). As is with so many of the other lesser known artists of that era, practically no biographic information is documented. His father was a well known musician in his time. Bulo himself was a good singer and used to sing sufi kalaam, especially that of Abdul Shah Lateef. His love for music brought him to Lahore. He was just 21 at that time.

The shooting and processing of the film ‘Khandaan’ (1942) was in progress. Bulo met with Ghulam Haider, but did not get much attention from him. Then he also chanced to meet with DN Madhok, and a very good friendship came about. Madhok Sb got the young Bulo to travel with him to Bombay (now Mumbai). Once there, Madhok Sb got the young musician introduced into the world of Ranjeet Studios in the music department. He assisted Khemchand Prakash and Gyan Dutt in films like ‘Chandni’ (1942), ‘Sukh Dukh’ (1942), ‘Tansen’ (1943),  ‘Shahenshah Babar’ (1944) etc. In 1943 itself, his name appears for the first time in credits as a music director. He shares the music direction work with Gyan Dutt, for the film ‘Paighaan’ (1943). This is followed by a full independent responsibility for music direction, for the film ‘Caravan’ (1944).

Besides shaping up as a music director, the young Bulo was also singing. In his own films and also in films under the music direction of Khemchand Prakash and Gyan Dutt. He sang under the name of Bhola. Now that I read this name, I am wondering, whether the first name ‘Bulo’ is a variation on the name ‘Bhola’ that he used as a singer, and whether that his real first name was Bhola or Bhola-something.

With ‘Paighaam’ starts a journey of about two and a half decades during which he has given music to a little less than 600 songs in 68 or so films.

An interesting side note here. In the 1958 film ‘Al Hilal’, Bulo C created an iconic qawwaali of gigantic and everlasting popularity – “Hamen To Loot Liya Mil Ke Husn Waalon Ne”. After that, he tried to recreate the same magic in practically every alternate film that he did in the next 7 to 8 years. One qawwali by him appears in the films ‘Tin Tin Tin’ (1959), ‘Black Tiger’ (1960) , ‘Pedro’ (1960), ‘Anarbaala’ (1961), ‘Room No. 17’ (1961), ‘Jaadu Mahal’ (1962), ‘Madame Zorro’ (1962), ‘Magic Box’ (1963), ‘Haqdaar’ (1964) and ‘Son Of Hatitai’ (1965). The tone of the qawwaalis is almost similar to the iconic qawwaali of ‘Al Hilal’. But alas, none of the later qawwaalis made any lasting impression.

After the mid 1960s, no more work came his way. The mood of the Hindi film music was under transition, and like a few other music directors, he slowly faded from the memory – both of the listening public and of the film producer fraternity, He did work on some Sindhi films, and started giving coaching classes for music. Forgotten by the industry and his friends, he descended into depression in his later years. The dejection in life came to such an extreme that he eventually ended his own life (May 24, 1993). That he could not get by asking, he snatched it for himself –

maangne se to nahin mili to badh ke khud hi chheen li
jeena nahin tha aur is zamaane mein

The song presented today is quite uncharacteristic in style. This sounds more like an OP Nayyar-ish melody than a Bulo C Rani tune. The film is ‘Black Tiger’ from 1960. The film is produced by MH Doctor under the banner of Highway Pictures, Bombay and is directed by Akku. It is a stunt film with the star cast listed as Nadira, Azad, Sheikh, Ram Raseela, Habeeb, Jilani, Heera Sawant, Najma, Charanjeet, Arvind Kumar, Malik, Maqbool, Kedar, Gulab, Daatu, Sadhna, and Belan etc. Hmm, it is interesting to note – Nadira appearing in the female lead role in a stunt film in 1960. That is if she is the same Nadira that we are familiar with. I request other knowledgeable readers and friends to please add more information about this.

The film has 6 songs. 5 of them are written by Saba Afghani and the sixth one is by Tabish Kanpuri. This song is from the pen of Saba Afghani. The singing voices are of Geeta Dutt and Mahendra Kapoor. A delightful song of romantic exchange that has a very pleasing sound.

Listen and enjoy.

Song – O Parwaana, Kehta Hai Kya Afsaana  (Black Tiger) (1960) Singer – Geeta Dutt, Mahendra Kapoor, Lyrics – Saba Afghani, MD – Pt Shivram
Geeta Dutt + Mahendra Kapoor

Lyrics

o parwaana
kehta hai kya afsaana
zara tum bhi kaho ji
o deewaana
laaya hai dil nazraana
zara suno suno ji
o parwaana
kehta hai kya afsaana
zara tum bhi kaho ji

ye mausam
ye raaten
ye baaten khoyi khoyi
ye masti
ye shokhi
dil kaise bachaaye koi
ye mausam
ye raaten
ye baaten khoyi khoyi
ye masti
ye shokhi
dil kaise bachaaye koi
oo oo meri adaayen
khaali na jaayen
meri adaayen. . .
khaali na jaayen
jo bhi mujhse aankh milaaye
aahen bhare
o chhalkaana
in nazron ka paimaana
zara suno suno ji
o parwaana
kehta hai kya afsaana
zara tum bhi kaho ji

khul jaayen
ye zulfen
to mehfil ko mehka den
utth jaayen
ye nazren
to duniya ko behka den
khul jaayen
ye zulfen
to mehfil ko mehka den
utth jaayen
ye nazren
to duniya ko behka den
oo oo kaali ghataayen
jhoom ke aayen
kaali ghataayen. . .
jhoom ke aayen
saawan ki rut
nacche chham chham
aage tere
pehchaana
kyun kaisa hai nishaana
zara tum bhi kaho ji
o deewaana
laaya hai dil nazraana
zara suno suno ji

sarkaa doon
main aanchal
to chanda bhi sharmaaye
kaliyon ka
dil dhadke
phoolon ko paseena aaye
sarkaa doon
main aanchal
to chanda bhi sharmaaye
kaliyon ka
dil dhadke
phoolon ko paseena aaye
ho oo dil mein samaaye
mast banaaye
dil mein samaaye. . .
mast banaaye
honth gulaabi
nain raseele
jaadu bhare
ye maana
tumhaara hai zamaana
zara suno suno ji
o parwaana
kehta hai kya afsaana
zara tum bhi kaho ji
arre deewaana
laaya hai dil nazraana
zara suno suno ji

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
———————————————

ओ परवाना
कहता है क्या अफसाना
ज़रा तुम भी कहो जी
ओ दीवाना
लाया है दिल नज़राना
ज़रा सुनो सुनो जी
ओ परवाना
कहता है क्या अफसाना
ज़रा तुम भी कहो जी

ये मौसम
ये रातें
ये बातें खोई खोई
ये मस्ती
ये शोख़ी
दिल कैसे बचाए कोई
ये मौसम
ये रातें
ये बातें खोई खोई
ये मस्ती
ये शोख़ी
दिल कैसे बचाए कोई
ओ ओ मेरी अदाएं
खाली ना जाएँ
मेरी अदाएं॰ ॰ ॰
खाली ना जाएँ
जो भी मुझसे आंख मिलाए
आहें भरे
ओ छलकाना
इन नज़रों का पैमाना
ज़रा सुनो सुनो जी
ओ परवाना
कहता है क्या अफसाना
ज़रा तुम भी कहो जी

खुल जाएँ
ये ज़ुल्फें
तो महफिल को महका दें
उठ जाएँ
ये नज़रें
तो दुनिया को बहका दें
खुल जाएँ
ये ज़ुल्फें
तो महफिल को महका दें
उठ जाएँ
ये नज़रें
तो दुनिया को बहका दें
ओ ओ काली घटाएँ’
झूम के आयें
काली घटाएँ॰ ॰ ॰
झूम के आयें
सावन की रुत
नाचे छम छम
आगे तेरे
पहचाना
क्यों कैसा है निशाना
ज़रा तुम भी कहो जी
ओ दीवाना
लाया है दिल नज़राना
ज़रा सुनो सुनो जी

सरका दूँ
मैं आँचल
तो चंदा भी शरमाये
कलियों का
दिल धड़के
फूलों को पसीना आए
सरका दूँ
मैं आँचल
तो चंदा भी शरमाये
कलियों का
दिल धड़के
फूलों को पसीना आए
ओ ओ दिल में समाये
मस्त बनाए
दिल में समाये॰ ॰ ॰
मस्त बनाए
होंठ गुलाबी
नैन रसीले
जादू भरे
ये माना
तुम्हारा है ज़माना
ज़रा सुनो सुनो जी
ओ परवाना
कहता है क्या अफसाना
ज़रा तुम भी कहो जी
अरे दीवाना
लाया है दिल नज़राना
ज़रा सुनो सुनो जी


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Blog Day : 3574 Post No. : 14318

“Daara”(1953) was produced by Shaikh Mukhtar and directed by Harish for Omar Khayyam films, Bombay. The movie had Begum Para, Nigar Sultana, N A Ansari, Mukri,Tun Tun,Sankata Prasad etc in it.

The movie had 7 songs in it. 7 Lyricist had written one song each !

Here is the third song from “Daara”(1953) to appear in the blog. This song is sung by Lata. Saba Afghani is the lyricist. Music is composed by Md Shafi.

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

I have not been able to get a few words right in the lyrics. i request our readers with keener ears to help fill in the blanks/ suggest corrections as applicable.


Song-Do din ki bahaaren khatm huyin (Daara)(1953) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Saba Afghani, MD-Md Shafi

Lyrics

hmm hmm hmm
do din ki bahaare aen
khatm huyin
armaan bhara dil ro hi diya
do din ki bahaaren khatm huyin
ulfat ki kahaani itni thhi
paaya bhi unhen aur kho bhi diya
do din ki bahaaren khatm huyin

ummeed ka sooraj chamka thha aa aa
saawan ki andheri raat liye
maaloom na thha milne ki ghadi
aayegi judaai saath liye
kismat ne hamen dhokha de kar
aabaad ?? barbaad kiya
do din ki bahaaren khatm huyin

fariyaad bani honthon ki hansi ee ee
gham dil ki tamanna loot gaya
ik geet ?? rooth gai
ek taar baja aur toot gaya
in jaagati aankhon se hamane
ik khwaab adhoora dekh liya
ulfat ki kahaani itni thhi
paaya bhi unhen aur kho bhi diya
do din ki bahaaren khatm huyin


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Blog Day : 3551 Post No. : 14248

“Behram Daaku”(1959) was directed by Akkoo for Afzal Films, Bombay. The movie had Manhar Desai, Chitra, Sheikh, Ashraf Khan, Habib, Tuntun, Shyam Kumar, Raj Adib, Menka Kumari, Daraj, Sharda, Babulal, Ranjana etc in it.

The movie had seven songs in it that were sung by five singers and were penned by three lyricists. One song from the movie has been covered in the past.

Here is the second song from “Behram Daaku”(1959) to appear in the blog. This song is song by Mubarak Begam. Saba Afghani is the lyricist. Music is coomposed by Sadat.

I have not been able to get a few words right in the lyrics. I request our readers with keener ears to help fill in the blanks/ suggest correction as applicable in the lyrics.

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


Song-Tere sitam ki daastaan (Behraam Daaku)(1959) Singer-Mubarak Begam, Lyrics-Saba Afghani, MD-Sadat

Lyrics

tere sitam ki daastan
ham na jubaan pe layenge ae
yaaden jab aayegi teri
yaaden jab aayegi teri
gham ko gale lagaayenge ae
tere sitam ki daastaan

jaane tujhe ye kya hua
gham diya pyaar loot ke
aankhon ki neend chheen ke
dil ka karaar loot ke
toone hamen bhula diya aa
toone hamen bhula diya
ham na tujhe bhulaayenge ae
tere sitam ki daastaan

chhedenge ham na bhool kar
dil ke s?? saaj ko
duniya na paayegi kabhi
teri jafa ke raaz ko
jitne badhenge ranj o gham
jitne badhenge ranj o gham
utna ham muskurayenge ae
tere sitam ki daastaan

maana ki ab naseeb mein
?? nahin hai ?? hai
phir bhi hamen teri kasam
apni wafa ka saath hai
rota rahega dil magar
rota rahega dil magar
aansoo na behne paayenge ae
tere sitam ki daastaan


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“Halla Gulla” (1954) was produced and directed by Bhagwan for Bhagwan Art Productions, Bombay. The movie had Bhagwan, Shakila, Sajjan, Baburao, Leela Gupte, Leela Gandhi , Begam Bai, Suneeta, Salvi, Qamar, Sukumar, Bhagwan Rao “Aankh”, Balaram, Deepak, Yashwant, Swami etc in it.
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some people may think that this article is discussing the song “betaab nazar bechain jigar” from “Yaasmeen” (1955). No, that song was covered in the blog in 2008 itself. This song, like the “Yaasmeen” (1955) song, is also sung by Talat Mehmood. But this song is from a movie called “Behram Daaku”(1959).
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“Fighting Queen”(1956) was produced and directed by Nari Ghadiali for NKG productions. This stunt movie had the usual cast of Nadia, John Cawas, Pramila, Sheikh, Habeeb, Shamim Chaudhari, Noorjahaan, Anjum, Hanuman, Mustafa, Azeem, Ahmad, S Jahangeer, Shankar Shambhu qawwaal etc in it.
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“Jahaazi Lutera”(1957) was produced by Ram Kumar and Naveen Bhansali and directed by Akkoo for Akkoo Productions, Bombay. This costume movie had Shashikala, Jairaj, Habib, Anwar, Maruti, Sheikh, Kamal, Rooplaxmi, Hira sawant, Shameem, Prem Kumar, Ram Kumar, Malik, Maqbool, Kedar, Amar Singh, Nanda, Harun, Bansi, Dhondhoo, Bachchoo, Shyama, Bela , Safi etc with Rajni in guest appearance.
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“Kal Kya Hoga”(1958) was produced by Y B Yavar and directed by Sound and shadow corporation, Bombay. This movie had Anita Guha, Manhar Desai, Shammi, Habib, Heera Sawant, Indira, Azim, Shamlal, Maqbool, Leela Sharma, Nandini, Meena, Jahangeer Lakadwala, Ghani, Md Ali, , Sheikh etc in it.
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