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Today’s song is from film ‘Sautela Bhai’ (1962). This film was about the divine quality of brotherly love between step-brothers, like Ram-Laxman or Ram-Bharat. The film had its quota of all possible tear jerking emotions and the artful close relatives who would enjoy the sorrow and misery of the otherwise united family. Actually, this was a most suitable story for a south Indian film, like AVM, who specialised in such movies.

This film’s story was based on famous Bangla author Sarat Chandra Chatopadhyaya’s novel ‘Baikunther Will’ (1920). There was another novel containing the word “will”, viz ‘Krishnakanter Will’ which was penned by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay in 1878.

These novels became the basis of several films in Bangla, Hindi and Tamil etc. The first silent movie came in 1927. Its Hindi version came in 1932 as ‘Krishnakant Ka Wasiyatnama’. Its latest Bangla version came in 2007 and Tamil film ‘Rohini’ came in 1953. However ‘Baikunther Will’ was not that popular and only one Bangla and one Hindi film was based on this novel. Screenplay and dialogues of Sautela Bhai were by Dev Kishen and film was directed by Mahesh Kaul.

Mahesh Kaul (1911-1972) was born in Lahore and educated in Moni College, Nagpur. After graduation, he worked as a journalist and then as a bank manager. He then started his career in films as a lyricist and dialogue writer. He debuted as an actor in KA Abbas scripted film ‘Naya Sansar’ (1941) and played Dronacharya’s role in film ‘Mahatma Vidur’ (1943). He was also in ‘Apna Ghar’ (1942). His first film as a director was ‘Angoori’ in 1943. Then came ‘Paristan’ (1944). He produced and directed film ‘Gopinath’ (1948), with Raj Kapoor and IPTA actress Tripti Mitra. Some of his major directorial ventures were ‘Naujawan’ (1951), ‘Akhri Dao’ (1958), ‘Talaaq’ (1958), ‘Kagaz Ke Phool’ (1959). As an actor his notable films are ‘Sautela Bhai’, ‘Palki’ (1967), ‘Sapnon Ka Saudagar’ (1968), ‘Tere Mere Sapne’ (1971) etc. His last film ‘Agni Rekha’ came after his death, in 1973.

The cast of film ‘Sautela Bhai’ (1962) is Guru Dutt, Bipin Gupta, Pranoti Ghosh Bhattacharya, Rajkumar, Asit Sen, Bela Bose, Ratna, Kanhaiyalal, SN Bannerji, Honey Irani, Sarosh irani etc. The music was composed by Anil Biswas.

By the time he was working on this film, Anil Biswas had lost interest in Bombay film world. The major reason being that with many new composers around, his demand had significantly diminished. He got only one more film after this – the film by his friend Motilal – ‘Chhoti Chhoti Baaten’ (1965). He was now looking for an alternative avenue in the field of music. He tried business outside music, but did not fare well at all. Due to all this and being unable to produce what the changing taste of the audience wanted, made his music most ordinary. But then, a diamond is a diamond. He gave a gem song “Ja Ja Re Baalma” in this film.

In the cast one finds two interesting names. One is Raaj kumar and the other is Sarosh Irani. For a long time, inspite of having seen the film, I was under the impression that this was an early film of Raajkumar ( Jaani wala). When Sudhir ji discussed a song from this film here, on 5-5-2011, I commented forcefully that this was the same Raaj kumar who was famous for his dialogue-bazi. Dear Sudhir ji tried to bring sense to the discussion, by giving some proof claiming that he was somebody else, but I was not convinced. Afterwards, we had a lot of emal exchange on the identity of this actor, in which even Dr.Surjit singh ji also jumped in with some photographs. Anyway, that time the discussion remained incomplete and indecisive, without any conclusion.

Later, however, I realised that I was wrong in this case and others were right. ‘This’ Rajkumar indeed was someone different. I started searching for details and found that there were actually 5 Rajkumars operating at the same time in Hindi films. Almost in the same period. The Maitri Manthan blog was also trying to solve this mystery and they were successful. ‘This’ Rajkumar was identified as Rajkumar Khatri. I have very recently given all his details in my post on the song “Jaag Re Jogi Jaag Re” from the film ‘Shuk Rambha’ (1953) in August 2017, hence I am not repeating that here.

I wish to draw your attention to the other interesting name – Sarosh Irani, in the cast of the film. From the name I suspected that Sarosh might be related to Daisy/Honey Irani. I remember in 2011, we were debating if Sarosh is a male or female and our Raja ji had confirmed that it was a male name indeed. I once again wish to thank the Maitri Manthan blog which located and intervieed the daughter of Sarosh Irani. I reproduce here a concise adaptation of his biography as it came out from the interview, for our readers,

Sarosh ji was born to Perin and Noshir Irani on 7 August, 1948 in Bombay. He is third among five siblings, namely, MenkaBunnySaroshDaisy and Honey. In 1979 he married Mona ji  and the couple is blessed with two lovely daughters, Sabah and Delnaaz. He did his initial schooling in Deolali’s well-known boarding school, The Barnes School. After he joined the film industry he went to St. Teresa’s High School in Bandra.

After his stint as a child-actor he and his brother, Bunny started their own construction company, B Irani S Irani.  In 1976 looking at favourable opportunities he went to Iran where he worked in the construction business. When the war broke out he was forced by the family to return and he came back to India with his wife towards the end of 1983. On his return he joined his brother Bunny (now retired) who by then was looking after the Irani CafeB Merwan which was started by their grandfather.

Sarosh ji’s first film as a child-actor was Masoom released in 1960.  He was finalised to play the eldest of the three siblings in the film. Little Honey Irani was chosen to play his younger sister. The song “Nani Teri Morni Ko More Le Gaye picturized on her, sung by Ranu Mukherjee.

Sarosh ji says “Satyen Bose was a good director. He had a lot of patience, he would wait till we gave the shot just like he had visualised. He would keep encouraging, even enact and show us at times. He was very friendly, never rude. I had a nice time shooting with him. Soon I got offers for Aarti (1962) and Sautela Bhai (1962). I started liking acting.

Tarachand Barjatya‘s Aarti (1962) was directed by Phani MajumdarAlok Bharati‘s Sautela Bhai (1962) directed by Mahesh Kaul was based on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay‘s “Baikunther Will” and had Pranoti GhoshBipin GuptaGuru DuttRaj Kumar and Kanhaiyalal playing pivotal parts. It’s a story of two step-brothers, the elder one a good-hearted rustic played by Guru Dutt and the younger, an educated weakling, spoiled by his crooked friends played by Raj Kumar. The film was honoured with the All India Certificate of Merit for the Third Best Feature Film at the 10th National Film Awards. The film is also known for Guru Dutt’s best ever performance as an actor. Sarosh ji played his childhood part. This adjoining scene from the film made us instant admirers of this child star.

Sarosh ji did a total of 5 films as a child actor – Masoom (1960), Aarti (1962), Sautela Bhai (1962), Man Mauji (1962) and Grahasti (1963). By the time Grahasti (1963) was released Sarosh ji was about 15 years old, an age when one is neither a child nor an adult and child stars hardly get acting assignments. In his short acting career Sarosh ji has left a mark, Masoom (1960) and Sautela Bhai (1962) are among our most loved films.

Around 1967 Sarosh ji joined his brother-in-law Kamran as an assistant director. The first film he assisted on was Watan Se Door (1968) which had Dara Singh and Nishi in leading roles. He assisted Kamran ji on about six films including Chalbaaz (1969) and Aisa Bhi Hota Hai(1971). Since then he hasn’t been associated with the film Industry directly but is glad to see the next generation, his nephews and nieces, Farah KhanSajid KhanFarhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar do well and make a mark in the entertainment  industry.

The story of the film Sautela Bhai is…..

Baikunth Muzumdar (Bipin Gupta) is a small time grocery merchant, having property and money in a village. After his first wife’s death, who has borne him a child, he gets marries again to Bhawani (Pranoti Bhattachrya). Contrary to everybody’s fears, Bhawani gives her love to Gokul, the infant. When she gets her own son, Vinod, both brothers love each others, like Ram-Laxman. Gokul (Guru Dutt) looks after family business, while Vinod (Rajkumar Khatri) goes to Calcutta for college studies. There, he gets into bad company and starts drinking etc.

Meanwhile, Baikunth dies after making a will, giving all property to Gokul, on wife’s instructions, as she is sure that Gokul will look after Vinod very well. When Vinod comes back, he is taunted by Gokul’s wife and father in law (Kanhaiyalal). Vinod thinks, being a step brother, Gokul has instigated this. He leaves the house with his mother against her will. He also plans to put a case against Gokul.

When Gokul learns all this, he goes to Vinod’s house, drags him out, beats him and gives away all the property to him in exchange of his love, which he professes with tears. Seeing all this, Vinod repents and realises how much Gokul loves him. He begs pardon and then all is well in the end. (646)

The film had 8 songs. 3 songs are already discussed. Today’s song is the fourth song. The situation of the song is, folk singers and dancers depict the love of Ram, Laxman and Bharat, when Ram is ordered to 14 years’ exile and Bharat is to be crowned as per Kaikeyi’s wishes. The song and scenes are symbolic of love between ‘Sautela Bhais’ of Ramayana. The young Gokul and Vinod are watching this drama, sitting on one mother’s lap, while the family too watches this. One of the singers is Pankaj Mitra, about whom I do not know anything. As per HFGK, Anil Biswas used 9 playback singers for 8 songs. Pankaj Mitra, Biswas and Arun Dutt are unfamiliar names. Pankaj Mitra seems to have sung songs in some Hindi films like ‘Sagina’ (1974), ‘Ganga Dhaam’ (1980), ‘Phagun’ (1973), ‘Mera Jeevan’ (1976), ‘Kinaara’ (1977), ‘Ab Aayega Mazaa’ (1984), ‘Grih Pravesh’ (1980), ‘Rihaaee’ (1980), ‘Raja Hindustani’ (1996) and ‘Mriggya’ (1976).


Song – Dekho Re Logo Bhai Bhai Ka Naata Dekho (Sautela Bhai) (1962) Singers – Manna Dey, Pankaj Mitra, Anil Biswas, Lyrics – Shailendra, MD – Anil Biswas
Chorus

Lyrics 

dekho..oo..oo
bhai bhai ka naata dekho
dekho dekho
dekho re logo
bhai bhai ka nata dekho dekho
amar agar ye preet na hoti jag me kya rah jata
dekho
dekho re logo bhai bhai ka nata dekho dekho

dekho taj ke aaj sukh dha..aam
chale ban ra..aa..aam
chale ban ra..aa..aa..aam
macha kohraam
ayodhya mein
dekho taj ke aaj sukh dham
chale ban ram
macha kohram ayodhya mein
macha kohram ayodhya mein
kahe log haaye kakaiyi
kumati kyon leyi
bhai tu badnaam ayodhya mein
macha kohram ayodhya me
kahe laage lakhan kar jod
kahe laage lakhan kar jod
hamen tum chhod akele ja na sakoge bhaiya
akele ja na sakoge bhaiya
rahu main sada tumhaare sang
tumhaara ang
akele dukh pa na sakoge bhaiya
akele dukh pa na sakoge bhaiya
akele dukh pa na sakoge bhaiya

aage aage ra..am siya
peechhe lakshman beer
purbasi dewen wida
naynan naynan neer
haaye ram
haaye ram
haaye ram
haaye ram

dekho dekho
dekho re logo..oo. . .
bhai bhai ka naata dekho dekho
dekho re logo
bhai bhai ka nata dekho dekho

sun ram ka van gaman bechaare bharat akula uthe
sun ram ka van gaman bechaare bharat akula uthe
laute ayodhya ko turat nij maat par jhujhla uthe
laute ayodhya ko turat nij maat par jhujhla uthe
is raaj ke badle agar tum mangti mera maran
is raaj ke badle agar tum mangti mera maran
mai dukh na paata chala jaata
chhoo kar tere charan
gaye ram van mein
haaye ram
gaye ram wan mein
aur karoon main raaj to dhikkaar hai
dhikkaar hai
dhikkaar hai
mere janam par dhikkaar hai
lauta na laaun ram ko
tab tak narak jeena mera
hai lahu peena tab talak
jal bhi yahaan peena mera
ram
ram jai jai ram
haaye ram
jai jai ram
jai jai ram
ram jai jai ram
siya ram
jai jai ram
jai jai ram
ram jai jai ram
jai jai ram
jai jai ram

nadi vikal
parbat hiley

kanpe gagan ke chhor
vyaakul wani bharat ki
goonj rahi chahun or
bhaiya chalo
laut chalo
ro ro taat ne pram gawaye
bhaiya chalo
laut chalo
ro ro tat ne pram gawaye
siya ram gawaa ke awadh puri ne
dono nayan gawaaye
bhaiya chalo laut chalo
ye aansoo koi jod sake to
ek sagar ban jaaye
do bol hain mukh pe logon ke
ek ram dooja haaye
ek ram dooja haaye
ek ram dooja haaye
bhaiya chalo laut chalo
ro ro tat ne pram gawaye
bhaiya chalo laut chalo

ram na laute to unke
charno ki nishani le kar
chale bharat
ke raaj karegi
tab tak yahi awadh par
ram jai jai ram
ram jai jai ram
siya ram jai jai ram
ram jai jai ram
bolo ram jai jai ram
ram jai jai ram
siya ram jai jai ram
ram jai jai ram
bolo ram jai jai ram
ram jai jai ram
siya ram jai jai ram
ram jai jai ram
bolo ram jai jai ram
ram jai jai ram
siya ram jai jai ram
ram jai jai ram
bolo ram jai jai ram
ram jai jai ram
siya ram jai jai ram
ram jai jai ram
bolo ram jai jai ram
ram jai jai ram

dekho dekho
dekho re logo
bhai bhai ka naata dekho dekho
amar agar ye preet na hoti
jag me kya rah jaata
dekho
dekho re logo bhai bhai ka naata dekho
dekho
dekho re logo

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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देखो॰॰ओ॰॰ओ
भाई भाई का नाता देखो
देखो
देखो रे लोगो
भाई भाई का नाता देखो देखो
अमर अगर ये प्रीत ना होती जग में क्या रह जाता
देखो
देखो रे लोगो
भाई भाई का नाता देखो
देखो

देखो तज के आज सुख धा॰॰म
चले वन रा॰॰आ॰॰म
चले वन रा॰॰आ॰॰आ ॰॰म
मचा कोहराम
अयोध्या में
देखो तज के आज सुख धाम
चले वन राम
मचा कोहराम अयोध्या में
मचा कोहराम अयोध्या में
कहें लोग हाए कैकई
कुमति क्यों लेई
भई तू बदनाम अयोध्या में
मचा कोहराम अयोध्या में
कहे लागे लखन कर जोड़
कहे लागे लखन कर जोड़
हमें तुम छोड़ अकेले जा ना सकोगे भैया
अकेले जा ना सकोगे भैया
रहूँ मैं सदा तुम्हारे संग
तुम्हारे अंग
अकेले दुख ना पा सकोगे भैया
अकेले दुख ना पा सकोगे भैया
अकेले दुख ना पा सकोगे भैया

आगे आगे राम सिया
पीछे लक्ष्मण बीर
पुरबासी देवें विदा
नैनन नैनन नीर
हाए राम
हाए राम
हाए राम
हाए राम

देखो देखो
देखो रे लोगो॰॰ओ॰ ॰ ॰
भाई भाई का नाता देखो देखो
देखो रे लोगो
भाई भाई का नाता देखो देखो

सुम राम का वन गमन बेचारे भरत अकुला उठे
सुम राम का वन गमन बेचारे भरत अकुला उठे
लौटे अवध को तुरत निज मात पर झुझला उठे
लौटे अवध को तुरत निज मात पर झुझला उठे
इस राज के बदले अगर तुम मांगती मेरा मरण
इस राज के बदले अगर तुम मांगती मेरा मरण
मैं दुख ना पाता चला जाता
छू कर तेरे चरण
गए राम वन में
हाए राम
गए राम वन में
और करूँ मैं राज तो धिक्कार है
धिक्कार है
धिक्कार है
मेरे जनम पर धिक्कार है
लौटा ना लाऊं राम को
तब तक नरक जीना मेरा
है लहू पीना तब तलाक
जल भी यहाँ पीना मेरा
राम
राम जय जय राम
हाए राम
जय जय राम
जय जय राम
राम जय जय राम
सिया राम
जय जय राम
जय जय राम
राम जय जय राम
जय जय राम
जय जय राम

नदी विकल
परबत हिले
कंपे गगन के छोर
व्याकुल वाणी भरत की
गूंज रही चहुं ओर
भैया चलो
लौट चलो
रो रो तात ने प्राण गँवाए
भैया चलो
लौट चलो
रो रो तात ने प्राण गँवाए
सिया राम गंवा के अवध पुरी ने
दोनों नयन गँवाए
भैया चलो लौट चलो
ये आँसू कोई जोड़ सके तो
एक सागर बन जाये
दो बोल हैं मुख पे लोगों के
एक राम दूजा हाए
एक राम दूजा हाए
एक राम दूजा हाए
भैया चलो लौट चलो
रो रो तात ने प्राण गँवाए
भैया चलो लौट चलो

राम ना लौटे तो उनके
चरणों के निशानी ले कर
चले भरत
के राज करेगी
तब तक यही अवध पर
राम जय जय राम
राम जय जय राम
सिया राम जय जय राम
राम जय जय राम
बोलो राम जय जय राम
राम जय जय राम
सिया राम जय जय राम
राम जय जय राम
बोलो राम जय जय राम
राम जय जय राम
सिया राम जय जय राम
राम जय जय राम
बोलो राम जय जय राम
राम जय जय राम
सिया राम जय जय राम
राम जय जय राम
बोलो राम जय जय राम
राम जय जय राम
सिया राम जय जय राम
राम जय जय राम
बोलो राम जय जय राम
राम जय जय राम

देखो देखो
देखो रे लोगो
भाई भाई का नाता देखो देखो
अमर अगर ये प्रीत ना होती
जग में क्या रह जाता
देखो
देखो रे लोगो भाई भाई का नाता देखो देखो 
देखो रे लोगो

 

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This article is written by Ava Suri, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

I came across this beautiful unknown song just today. It is from the movie Sautela Bhai starring Guru Dutt and Raaj Kumar. The beautiful song is set to music by Anil Biswas and the peppy lyrics are by Shailendra. There is almost a mathematical precision to the way the song is arranged, the singers and the chorus sing in a set pattern, after listening to one paragraph you know exactly who is going to sing the refrain, and when the chorus is going to repeat lines. Such patterns are usual in good poetry, and it enhances the rhythm of this song too. A special word for fantastic singing by Manna Dey and Meena Kapoor. Meena’s voice sounds so rich and full, like Geeta Dutt’s. She complements Manna Dey’s amazing voice perfectly.
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This article is written by Sudhir,a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie songs and a regular contributor to this blog.

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