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Blog Day : 3855 Post No. : 14868

Today’s song is a surprise item. Just when we were ( atleast I was) feeling that all available film songs of Noorjehan are covered in the Blog, I came across this song. As a Bonus, even the complete video of this song was traced by me. For a long time, only a short clip of the song was available, but now you can enjoy the full video too.

The song is from film Lal Haveli-44. The film was made by Bombay Cinetone of K.B.Lal, the producer and director of the film. It seems the finance for this film was provided by one Rooplal Mehra, as per comment made by one of our readers. The film story was by R S Chaudhari, dialogues were written by Agha Jaan Kashmiri and Wajahat Mirza and the screenplay was done by the director K B Lal himself.

The cast of the film consisted of the then popular singing pair Surendra and Noorjehan, supported by Ulhas, Maya Banerjee, Badri prasad, Kanhiayalal, Baby Meena(Meena kumari), Alaknanda, Brijrani and few others. The veteran composer Meer Sahab composed the melodious songs written by Munshi Shams Lucknowi.

Noorjehan ( 21.9.1926 – 23.12.2000 ) had a very short span of career in India- 1942 to 1947, as far as Hindi films are concerned. Her first Hindi film was Khandaan-42 as an adult and the last film was Jugnu-47. She acted in only 15 films during this period. They were Khandan-42, Naukar-43, Naadaan-43, Duhai-43, Lal Haveli and Dost in 44, Zeenat, Gaon ki Gori, Bhaijaan and Badi Maa in 45, Hamjoli, Dil and Anmol Ghadi in 46 and Mirza Sahibaan and Jugnu in 47. In these films, as per one source, she sang just 68 songs. 66 songs of these are already discussed on the Blog. Today’s song will be the 67th song.

As long as Noorjehan was in India, people were mad about her singing. After she left India, people became Nostalgic about her. Many composers used to insist the female singers to sing like Noorjehan ( just like after Saigal, his copies were popular), for quite some time. Over a period of course this influence waned. Out of the many artistes-in different categories of film making- who migrated to Pakistan, no one became as successful as Noorjehan. Not because she was extraordinary, but because there was an aura of fame and awe about her singing.

During 1980,Zia Sarhadi, who too had migrated to Pakistan, visited India. While in Bombay, he was asked ” How is our Noorjehan ?” He replied,” the most successful artiste who came from India was Noorjehan in Pakistan.”
” How is her singing?”
” you call it singing because she is singing, otherwise there is no charm in her singing anymore. Shreiking is what she does now, instead of singing. People in India are nostalgic about her. And why not ? Her best songs finished in India only. What she is doing in Pakistan , I wont call that singing ! ”
These words from a poet who wrote songs for her, like ” Diya jalakar aap bujhaya ” and ” Aaa intezar hai tera “,speak a lot about Norjehan’s singing in Pakistan.( from the book ” From Noorjehan to Lata” by Isak Mujawar).

I am not a fan of Noorjehan. In fact, except Mohd. Rafi, I dont consider any singer ( that includes Lata too) versatile and heart touching singer. Of course this is my personal opinion. Every person has his own likes and dislikes. When the tune is lovely, music is appropriate and Lyrics are meaningful, any song by any singer-in general- can become popular, but when Lyrics are meaningless, music is average and the tune is ordinary, to render a song that will touch your heart makes a singer immortal-like Rafi.

Film Lal Haveli-44 had some less known artistes namely Alaknanda and Brij Rani. Let us know more about them.

Brij Rani was born in 1921 at Shikarpur, Sindh province, in a well to do business family. She studied up to Matriculation and also qualified as a Middle School Teacher. However, she opted to join films as an actress. Her first film was Jeewan Jyoti-37, doing an un credited small role to get the feel, followed by Calcutta after Midnight-37, Aurat-40, Wayda-40, Ulti Ganga-42, Daughters of the Jungle-43, Bhagta Bhoot-43, Circus Girl-43 etc . She was getting roles only in stunt films and C grade films. Being from a business community, she started her own company- Bharat productions and herself made stunt films.
Meanwhile she continued acting in films like Lal Haveli-44 and acted and directed film Circus King-46 and film Sajni-47. Then there was a gap. probably she looked after her family. In 1951, she directed film Daamaad-51.

You will find one more name in the cast-Alaknanda. In Hindi films, there were many sister-pairs who worked as actresses, but in the history of Hindi films-both Silent as well as Talkie- there have been only 3 sets of 3 sisters who worked as actresses in the same periods. The first set was of Zubeida, Sultana and Shehzadi in the early 30s. Then in the 40s came the second set of Alaknanda, Tara and Sitara Devi. In the 50s, the last Trio of Padmini, Ragini and Lalitha worked in same period. After this, to my knowledge, no such Trio of actresses came on the screen. If you count step-sister also, then Mehtab was the step sister of Zubeida, Sultana and Shehzadi trio. This made them the only Quartet of Sister Actresses in Hindi Film History ever ! Even their mother Fatima acted, directed and Produced films, to boot !! Alas ! Their father did not join films !!!

Alaknanda was born in or around 1910 in a Banares situated Mishra family. Her clan had a tradition of singing in temples for the last 5 centuries. The family had close relations with Nepal and its Royal family. Her Grandfather was a court singer. Her grandmother and mother were from Nepal, so Alaknanda called herself as ‘ half Nepalese ‘.

When her father wanted to train her and her younger sister Tara, in Dancing and music, there was opposition from their society. Therefore the family moved to another corner of Banares and he started a Music school and trained children of Royal families from Bengal. In one of their visits to Calcutta, Sitara Devi was born in Calcutta. Alaknanda’s first Talkie film was Suryakumari-33. She worked in 37 films till late 40s. All three sisters worked together in film Haiwaan-40. She had sung 15 songs in 7 films. She got Cancer and died sometime in or around 1947. Not much information is available about her or her sister Tara/Tara Devi/Tarabai. Vithal Pandya, in his book mentions that in her last days, Tara stayed in Bombay slums and worked as extra in films in her old age( Famous dancer Gopi krishna was her son). Sitara Devi, on the contrary,lived a famous,rich and majestic life, with several marriages. That’s life, anyway.

Film Lal Haveli-44 story was nothing new. It was spun around an old time Thakur- beautiful daughter- cruel creditor etc type story. The story was-

Thakur Ramchand lives in his ancestral Haveli, of which he is very proud. His sister has eloped with an ordinary soldier. He had objected to their love story as the boy was from a lower caste. The soldier dies in war and his sister commits suicide. Thakur is very sad. His daughter Mukta (Noorjehan) is in love with her childhood friend Anand (Surendra). Thakur’s haveli is already mortgaged with seth Laxman singh. When thakur knows about Mukta’s love, he bans Anand from coming to their house, but the lovers meet secretly. Mukta is sent to attend the marriage of the daughter (Maya Banerjee) of Laxman singh. There, Laxman Singh’s son Jawahar (Ulhas) sees Mukta and desires her. On Mukta’s return to Thakur, Laxman singh proposes her marriage with Jawahar in return of his Haveli.
Mukta, to save family pride, agrees to this marriage. Anand is upset and joins Army and goes to the war front. Anand is injured severely. In the meantime Thakur dies and the marriage gets cancelled. Enraged, Jawahar decides to burn the Haveli as a revenge. Anand returns to the village, comes to know this. There is a confrontation of Jawahar and Anand. Finally, Jawahar has a change of heart, seeing the true love of Mukta and Anand and he blesses their marriage with Lal haveli as a Marriage Gift. So, all is well, happy ending.

In today’s video, see Noorjehan, Ulhas, Maya Banerjee, dancing- singing girls and enjoy this melodious song.


Song-Bhaiyya hamaaro jee (Laal Haweli)(1944) Singers-Unknown female voice, Noorjahaan, Lyrics-Shams Lucknowi, MD-Meer Sahab
Chorus

Lyrics

bhaiyyaa humaaro ji ee
bhaiyaa humaaro ji
aayi hain bahne aas lagaaye
aayi hain bahne aas lagaaye
dekho khadi hain duaar
dekho khadi hain duaar
bhaiyaa humaaro ji ee
bhaiyaa humaaro ji

haathon mein pahnungi sone ke kangan
haathon mein pahnoongi sone ke kangan
heere kaa pahnoongi haar
haar

heere kaa pahnoongi haar
bhaiyaa humaaro ji
bhaiyaa humaaro ji
bhaiyaa humaaro ji

pahanoongi main to dhaake ki saadi
pahanoongi main to dhaake ki saadi
bambay kaa gotaa kinaar

bambay kaa gotaa kinaar
bhaiyaa humaaro ji
bhaiyaa humaaro ji
bhaiyaa humaaro ji

na mohe chaahiye kangan naa saadi
na mohe chaahiye kangan naa saadi
naa teraa gotaa kinaar
naa teraa gotaa kinaar
ik bol kehde ae mere bhaiyaa
ik bol kehde ae mere bhaiyaa
pyaar se behna pukaar
pyaar se behna pukaar
bhaiyaa humaaro ji ee
bhaiyaa humaaro ji
bhaiyaa humaaro ji
aayi hain behnen aas lagaaye
aayi hain bahnen aas lagaaye
dekho khadi hain duaar
dekho khadi hain duaar
bhaiyaa humaaro ji
bhaiyaa humaaro ji

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Blog Day : 3495 Post No. : 14044

Today (11 february 2018) is the birth anniversary of Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931). People may argue that he has nothing to do with HFM, but I would argue back that there would be no HFM but for Edison. One out of Edison’s countless inventions was the invention of phonograph, which made it possible to record sound. All the HFM music that we are listening to now owe their existence to this paradigm shifting invention in human existence. We have no way of knowing how the great personalities of the past sounded like, but thanks to Edison, we got a device that could record the voices of people for posterity. That way the contemporaries of Edison and those who came later has their lives enriched to a degree that is beyond our imagination.

Of course, motion picture camera and light bulb are also his inventions. One can safely say that the modern life that we take for granted these days owes a lot to the inventions of Edison. All these inventions led to creation of major industries !

Lots and lots of other discoveries and inventions by lots and lots of other people have taken place since then. In the past, there was no way to preserve voice for postrity. Now it can not only be preserved, but now it can be shared with others easily with people that may be living on the other side of the globe, without leaving the comforts of our own homes ! What is more, these recordings can even be edited, enhanced etc. For instance, there are quite a few recordings that are of poor quality. But tchnology is now available that enables us to improve their quality quite dramatically.

It goes without saying that our blog makes use of lots of technologies that Thomas Edison and many others have created over that last 150 years or so.

Take the song under discussion for example. This song is from “Sheesh Mahal”(1950). Sheesh Mahal had nine nine songs in it. Seven songs have been covered in the blog. Out of the remaining two songs, one song is available in good audio quality (even video is available). But there is one song which seems to be missing from the movie and its audio, as available leave much to be desired.

But as noted above, technology comes to the rescue. There are audio softwares available that can help reduce noise and enhance audio quality. I am not much experienced in such matters but still I have been able to reduce the noise in this audio to an extent where the audio quality is bearable. May be with experience, I will become better.

So, on the occasion of Thomas Alva Edison’s 171st birth anniversary, here is this rare song from “Sheesha Mahal”(1950). This song is sung by Pushpa Hans. She had acted in it as well, so assuming that this song was picturised, it was picturised on herself.

Shams Lucknowi is the lyricist. Music is composed by Vasant Desai.

This song becomes the 500th song of 1950 to appear in the blog. That way, 1950 becomes the second year, after 1949, to have 500 songs in the blog. 1959 and 1960 are two years that are waiting in the wings to join this group.


Song-Bhoole zamaane yaad na kar (Sheesh Mahal)(1950) Singer-Pushpa Hans, Lyrics-Shams Lucknowi, MD-Vasant Desai

Lyrics

bhoole zamaane yaad na kar
yaad na kar
bhoole zamaane yaad na kar
yaad na kar

duniya ki yahi baaten hain
duniya ki yahi baaten hain
din hain to phir kabhi raaten hain
din hain to phir kabhi raaten hain
dil ko tu naashaad na kar
naashaad na kar
yaad na kar
bhoole zamaane yaad na kar
yaad na kar

zaalimon ki ye basti hai
zaalimon ki ye basti hai
rone pe duniya hansti hai
rone pe duniya hansti hai
aansuon se fariyaad na kar
fariyaad na kar
yaad na kar
bhoole zamaane yaad na kar
yaad na kar

ae dost hamen gham sahne de
ae dost hamen gham sahne de
kisi(?) ki nishaani rahne de
kisi(?) ki nishaani rahne de
shaad na kar
barbaad na kar
barbaad na kar
yaad na kar
bhoole zamaane yaad na kar
yaad na kar


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“Majhdhaar”(1947) was directed by Sohrab Modi for Minerva Movietone, Bombay. This social movie had Khursheed, Surendra, Sadiq Ali, Baby Tabassum, Surekha, Erich Tarapore, Rafiq Ghaznavi, Ghulam Hussain, Faizbai etc in it.
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“Shahanshah Babar”(1944) was directed by Wazahat Mirza Changezi for Ranjit Movietone, Bombay. This historical movie had Khursheed Bano, Sheikh Mukhtar, Sushil Kumar, Lala Yakoob, Majid, Anwari, Hasan Sheikh, Laddan, Sulochana Chatterji, Nagendra, Agha Jani etc in it.
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“Laal Dupatta”(1948) was directed by K B Lal for Aakaash Chitra, Bombay. This movie had Madhubala, Sapru, Ranjeet Kumari, Neelam, Bahagabai, Gulzar, Rajan Haksar, Kesari, Pandit Iqbal, Yusuf, Ulhas etc in it.
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“Laal Dupatta”(1948) was directed by K B Lal for Aakaash Chitra, Bombay. This movie had Madhubala, Sapru, Ranjeet Kumari, Neelam, Bahagabai, Gulzar, Rajan Haksar, Kesari, Pandit Iqbal, Yusuf, Ulhas etc in it.
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“Bade Nawaab Sahab”(1944) was directed by Vedi for Silver Films, Bombay. This “social” movie had Chandramohan, Pahadi Sanyal, Kumar, Pramila, Bibbo, Sushil Kumar, Shanta Patel, Leela Mishra, Kamla, Taj Mahmooda, Noor, Noor Begam, Laddan, Agha Jaan, Ghori etc in it.
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“Dil”(1946) was directed by S F Hasnain for Fazlli brothers, Bombay.. The movie had Noorjahaan, Abdul Latif, Baby Zubaida, Amina, A M Khan, Kamal, Geeta Bose, Ghory, Bhudo Advani, Anwari, Razi, Anees etc in it. etc in it.
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“Dil”(1946) was directed by S F Hasnain for Fazlli brothers, Bombay.. The movie had Noorjahaan, Abdul Latif, Baby Zubaida, Amina, A M Khan, Kamal, Geeta Bose, Ghory, Bhudo Advani, Anwari, Razi, Anees etc in it. etc in it.
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Music lovers who are regulars of this blog know that we do not just discuss popular songs of well known artists. We also discuss obscure and forgotten songs created by artists who have been forgotten with time. It is our experience that finding out any kind of information about such artists is a tall order.
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