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This article is written by Avinash Scrapwala, 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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5023 Post No. : 16931

#the Decade of Seventies – 1971 – 1980 #
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# Bhoole-Bisre Geet # # Raaja Raani -1973#
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Today’s song is from the ‘1973’ movie ‘Raaja Raani’.

This is one of the movies released during ‘Rajesh Khanna era’ in Hindi movies.

I recall to have read that this movie was termed as un-successful or it was even considered as a ‘flop’ movie of its time. But times have changed now and considering various factors (economic) and the collections made by this movie then, this movie is now considered as a ‘hit’ or ‘successful’ movie of its time.

Here is what the Wikipedia page on Rajesh Khanna mentions about this movie now (in the section ‘acting career’ of Rajesh Khanna) –

“As per the review of Raja Rani written in 2014 by ‘The Hindu’ newspaper, the film did well at the box office and, taking into consideration the inflation as of 2014, the film would have grossed more than 100 crores. The attire worn by Khanna was a sleeveless shirt and trousers, thick leather belt, shoes without socks and a black cap.The Hindu review noted “On a lesser actor, the attire would have fallen flat, but Khanna, as a small time thief, carries it with characteristic élan.”

In 1973 Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore appeared together in the following movies (in alphabetical order):

Movie Title Director Lyricist/s Music Director Passed by Censor Board
Aavishkaar Basu Bhattacharya Kapil Kumar, Gyandev Agnihotri Kanu Roy 26.09.1973
Daagh Yash Chopra Sahir Ludhianvi Laxmikant-Pyarelal 30.03.1973
Raajaa Raani Sachin Bhowmick Anand Bakshi R.D. Burman 15.01.1973

Other than the above movies Rajesh Khanna appeared in ‘Namak Haraam’ with Rekha, then in a documentary made by BBC i.e. ‘Bombay Superstar’, and also did a guest appearance in a Telugu movie ‘Bangaru Babu’ (as mentioned on Wikipedia).

Sharmila Tagore appeared in ‘Aa Galey Lag Jaa’ with Shashi Kapoor in 1973 apart from than the three movies with Rajesh Khanna as mentioned above.

“Raaja Raani” was directed by Sachin Bhowmick. He was also the writer of this movie.

Sachin Bhowmick (17 July 1930– 12 April 2011) was mainly as a writer (story and screenplays) for many movies in Hindi. ‘Raaja Raani’ was the only movie where he had done the direction for a movie.

The producer of ‘Raaja Rani’ was Jagdish Kumar and it was presented by J. Omprakash.

‘Raaja Raani’ had Sharmila Tagore, Rajesh Khanna, Raj Mehra, Iftekhar, David, Suresh, Brahm Bharadwaj, Asit Sen, Altaaf, Naaz, Dulari, Praveen Pal, Ravikant, Madhup Sharma, Kanu Rai, Uma Dutt, Ratna, Ashok Saxena, Master Manoj, Master Chiku, Baby Subiya, Surender Shore, Indrani Mukherjee, V.K. Sharma (new discovery) and many others.

Dialogues of this movie were written by Ramesh Pant. Editing of this movie was done by Pratap Dave.

This movie was passed by Censor Board on 15.01.1973.

This movie had seven songs all written by Anand Bakshi and composed to music by R.D. Burman.
Here is the list of songs this movie had.

SNo Song Title Singer/s Posted On
01 Phir aankh se aansoo barse Lata Mangeshkar
02 Haa… mere chehre ki taraf Lata Mangeshkar
03 Jaa re jaa maine tujhe Lata Mangeshkar
04 Main ek chor tu meri raani Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar 08.12.2017
05 Aasmaan pe chaandni ka Lata, Mukesh, Rajesh Khanna 21.10.2008
06 Naa tumse huyi naa hamse huyi Lata Mangeshkar
07 Jab andheraa hotaa hai Asha Bhonsle, Bhupendra, chorus 11.09.2009

(Two songs from this movie ‘Jab andheraa hotaa hai’ and ‘Main ek chor tu meri raani’ made it to the annual list of ‘Binaca Geetmala’ of that year 1973 and they stood at number ten and twenty-one respectively.).

We can see from the above table that three songs from this movie have so far been posted on the blog. The movie made its debut on 21.10.2008 on the blog.

The three songs were also the most well-known songs from this movie. The others songs were not that popular and are lesser known songs. But they play their role carrying the movie forward according to the demands of the story.

Today’s song is one such poignant song filmed on Sharmila Tagore. It is a background song in the voice of Lata Mangeshkar. (We can also see one male and one female artist present in the picturisation of this song whom I am unable to identify.)

I have not yet watched this movie however today’s song (including others) and the following declaration in the voice of Rajesh Khanna, in the beginning of this movie, can give readers the idea of the story of this movie.

“This film is dedicated to those innocent victims of circumstances – The Fallens – who aspire and desire to rehabilitate themselves and become good citizens.”
More details about the story of this movie have been mentioned by Peevesie’s Mom ji in her post with the song ‘main ek chor tu meri raani’ posted on the blog on 08.12.2017.

Let us now listen to today’s song.

Video

Audio

Song-Phir aankh se aansoo barse (Raja Rani)(1973)Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Anand Bakshi, MD-R D Burman

Lyrics

phir aankh se aansoo barse
phir chhaayi ghataa ghanghor
likhne waalon se keh do
likhey ek kahaani aur
phir aankh se aansoo barse
phir chhaayi ghataa ghanghor
likhne waalon se kehdo
likhey ek kahaani aur

na kisi ko taras hi aaya
na kisi ko aai laaj
logon ne hanskar dekha phir
ek tamaasha aur
lo aasmaan mein kat gayi
lo aasmaan mein kat gayi
phir ek patang ki dor
likhne waalon se kehdo
likhey ek kahaani aur

phir ik aangan ki chhaaon
ban gayi parbat ki dhoop
phir ik gangaa ki mauj ne
badlaa madiraa ka roop
phir ik panghat ki raani
phir ik panghat ki raani
chal di marghat ki ore
likhne waalon se kehdo
likhey ek kahaani aur

kit jaaye ud kar panchhi
jiske na par naa ??
aur chaaron taraf shikaari
baithhe phailaaye jaal
is choron ki nagari mein
is choron ki nagari mein
har koyi roop ka chor
likhne waalon se kehdo
likhey ek kahaani aur
phir aankh se aansoo barse
phir chhaayi ghataa ghanghor
likhne waalon se kehdo
likhey ek kahaani aur


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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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4840 Post No. : 16627

‘Ye Gulistaan Hamaara’ (1972) was produced and directed by Atma Ram under the banner of Guru Dutt Films Combined. The star cast included Dev Anand and Sharmila Tagore in the lead roles supported by Pran, Iftikhar, Sujit Kumar, Johny Walker, Jaishree T, Lalita Pawar, Kanan Kaushal, Ramesh Deo, Raj Mehra, Keshav Rana, Janakidas etc.

The story is woven around a bridge which is being constructed over Dihing River in North-East India for a good connectivity. But the local tribals are oppose to it. They think that this is one way of imposing the slavery on the local tribes in the name of infrastructural development. This sentiment is exploited by some foreign agents who instigate the tribal chieftain to destroy the under-construction bridge. It is at this point, Dev Anand as an Intelligence Bureau Officer is sent to supervise the construction of the bridge without any hindrances.

How Dev Anand achieves the objective by overcoming the tribal opposition to construction of the bridge is the rest of the story that moves forward. If the film was to be made in English, it would have been apt to name the film as ‘The Bridge on the River Dihing’ on the lines of a well- known Hollywood film ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’.

The film’s outdoor shooting was done in Assam (near Digboi where a bridge was under construction), Meghalaya, and Arunachal Pradesh. During the shooting of the film, the crew faced the hostile crowd led by the Naga Students Federation in Shillong. Some stone throwing incidences were also reported. The Naga students felt that it was a politically motivated film to insult the Naga tribal culture. Sharmila Tagore played the role of a Naga girl named ‘Sekrenyi’ which is the name of the holy festival of Angami Naga tribe. It is said that with the intervention of Bhupen Hazarika, the shooting of the film went on smoothly thereafter. The name of Sharmila Tagore’s character in the film was changed to ‘Soo Reni’.

In my younger days, I had read in the newspapers about the opposition of local tribals in laying the railway tracks in Meghalaya (Guwahati to Byrnihat). I understand that this line is yet to be operational. The same problem is faced for the railway track between Silchar and Imphal in Manipur. The main worry the local tribals is that good connectivity would lead to the influx of outsiders in their tribal belts threatening their own existence and culture. I feel that ‘Ye Gulistaan Hamaara’ (1972) was a ‘half-baked’ attempt to remove tribal population’s worries about the likely cultural dominance by the rest of India over the North-East’s tribal culture.

At the time of the release of the film, Naga Students Federation took out the protest march for banning the film on the ground of undermining the Naga tribal culture. They also felt that a couple of songs in the film sounded racial. In any case, they opposed the released of the film in Nagaland and Meghalaya. There were violent protests on the streets of Shillong. Finally, the film was released in 1973 after incorporating a notice in the film itself that ‘customs depicted in film, folk dances, dresses etc have no parallel with any of the tribes in Nagaland’. Some songs’ wordings were also changed to appease the protestors.

Initially, Danny Denzongpa was to perform the role of Dev Anand’s local associate in the film. S D Burman had already recorded a song in Danny voice along with Lata Mangeshkar. However, Johny Walker insisted with Atma Ram that he should also get a role in the film. Atma Ram agreed to take Johny Walker in place of Danny. However, Danny’s first song as a playback singer was retained which was picturised on Johny Walker. I personally feel that the role of a local person would have fitted well on Danny because of his facial feature. But at that time, Danny was a newcomer to protest. His consolation must have been the debut song he sang under the baton of S D Burman which was well appreciated.

‘Ye Gulistaan Hamaara’ (1972) had 7 songs of which six songs were written by Anand Bakshi. Six songs have been covered on the Blog, details of which areas under:

Songs Date of Posting Singers
Gori gori gaaon ki gori re 30/10/2008 Kishore Kumar – Lata
Mera naam yaao mere paas aao 17/01/2009 Dany Denzongpa-Lata
Naina soyi soyi raina jaage jaage 09/06/2013 Lata Mangeshkar
Ho Tushima ri Tushima…aa gara toofaan 31/10/2018 Lata Mangeshkar
Hey suno meri baat chalo mere saath 03/12/2020 Kishore Kumar
Saare jahaan se achcha Hindostaan hamaara 26/01/2021 Sushma Shreshta and Kids -1, Chorus Version-2

I am presenting the 7th and the final song, ‘kya ye zindagi hai kaisi bebasi hai’ from the film which is rendered by Lata Mangeshkar, S D Burman and chorus. The song is written by Anand Bakshi. The song has its uniqueness in that when Lata Mengeshkar sings, the chorus voices parallelly sing some words which I am unable to decipher.

With this song, all the songs from the film ‘Ye Gulistaan Hamaara’ (1972) have been covered on the Blog.

Audio Clip:

Video Clip:

Song-Kya ye zindagi hai (Ye Gulsitaan Hamaara)(1972) Singers-Lata, S D Burman, Lyrics-Anand Bakshi, MD-S D Burman

Lyrics (Based on the Audio Clip):

kya ye zindagi hai
kaisi bebasi hai
bolo kyun khade ho gumsum
kya ye zindagi hai
kaisi bebasi hai
bolo kyun khade ho gumsum
ek baar mila de na
ek baar mila de na

sadiyon se yoon hi
sar pe dukhon kaa
bojha uthaaye
in parbaton pe
ham chal rahen hain
bhookhe nange pyaase
laao haath
laao haath
apne saath
laao haath apne saath
chalke dekho do kadam tum
kya ye zindagi hai
kaisi bebasi hai
bolo kyun khade ho gumsum

kitni hai doori ee
ham bade peechhe
tum bade aage
tumhen chhoo naa paaye
tumhen chhoo bhi len to
thukraaye jaayen
apna mel
nahin khel
apna mel
nahin khel
o baabu kahaan hum kahaan tum
kya ye zindagi hai
kaisi bebasi hai
bolo kyun khade ho gumsum
ek baar mila de na
ek baar mila de na

hamne ye maana
ham to bure hain
hamne ki buraayi
tum to bhale ho.o o
tumne hamaari
ki hai kya bhalaayi
samjhaao
sikhlaao
samjhaao
sikhlaao
gale se lagaa ke hamen tum
kya ye zindagi hai
kaisi bebasi hai
bolo kyun khade ho gumsum


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.

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4501 Post No. : 16038 Movie Count :

4386

I am not well-informed about Hindi films of 1980s and beyond, except about those that I have watched in the theatres or on Video sharing platforms. Between the late 1960s and early 1970s, I used to watch almost one film every week either on Saturdays or Sundays. My ‘over-exposure’ to films, mostly masala films, during this period created an aversion in me that discuraged me from watch theese films in the later years. Probably the theory of diminishing marginal utility was being applied to me. Over a period of time, my quota of watching films came down from once a week to 2-3 films a year which is still in force. Because of this, I have missed many entertaining and a few quality films released especially in 80s and 90s.

It may sound strange but until yesterday, I was not aware that there was a film titled ‘Swati’ (1986). I do not recall having heard about this film from any one of my relatives and friends who have interest in Hindi films. What attracted me to know more about this film was that first, it was a film from a well-known banner, Prasad Productions. Secondly, its ensemble of star cast included Shashi Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore, Meenakshi Seshadri, Madhuri Dixit, Vinod Mehra, Sarika, Akbar Khan among others. I was not aware that Meenakshi Seshadri and Madhuri Dixit had worked together in a film. I came to know later that both of them had earlier worked together in ‘Aawaara Baap’ (1985).

From the synopsis of the film’s story, it appeared that Shashi Kapoor and Sharmila Tagore worked in this film in the role of an elderly couple. The combination of the actors under a well-known film production banner motivated me to watch the film, the DVD of which was available on-line. The film was a remake of a Telugu film of the same title which was released in 1984 and became the box office hit. The film was also remade in Kannada as ‘Usha’ (1986). The story of the film is as under:

Dr. Rajendra (Shashi Kapoor) is a doctor who runs a nursing home. Sharda (Sharmila Tagore) works as a nurse with Rajendra. An event in her life has happened which has forced her to live a life in anonymity and as a single mother (I will not go into the details). She has a grown up daughter, Swati (Meenakshi Seshadri). She is under the impression that her father has deserted her mother which had made her a feminist and outspoken. She hates hypocrisies and prejudices which dominate our society.

During one of her argumentative encounters with a group of males, Swati meets Ram Mohan (Akbar Khan) who is associated with some leftist group and always seen with writing slogans on the walls. After the initial hate relations with Ram Mohan, Swati falls in love with him. Dr. Rajendra has been a widower with a grown-up daughter, Anandi (Madhuri Dixit), a tomboyish type girl. She is in love with Kapil (Raja Bundela) simply because her idol is cricketer, Kapil Dev. She is also fond of asking her father as well Kapil puzzles to solve.

Swati thinks that after her marriage with Ram Mohan, her mother will be left alone. She needs a companion. Swati knows that her mother and Dr Rajendra like each other but due to societal constraints, both can not think of upgrading their fondness into a life partnership. Swati persuades her mother and Dr Rajendra to get married. His daughter, Anandi is happy that she would get a mother. The marriage takes place and Swati and her mother shift to Dr. Rajendra’s house. Things are now well settled. Both Swati and Anandi gel very well too. Anandi’s marriage with Kapil is also fixed.

One day, Swati finds an old man lying on the road unconscious. She takes him to Dr. Rajendra’s nursing home. The patient come into consciousness and tells his life story to Swati. It becomes apparent that he is Satya Prakash, Sharda’s fiancé and Swati’s real father. If the real story comes into light, it may affect the marriage of Anandi with Kapil. It is also likely to affect the relations of Rajendra and Sharda. But Swati steers the unforeseen problem taking into the confidence Rajendra after revealing him the real story and taking a promise from him that he would not reveal his patient’s identity to her mother. Satya Prakash knows that he has no chance of survival. His wish is to see Sharda for the last time.

On the day of marriage of Anandi with Kapil, Both Rajendra and Swati arrange to bring Satya Prakash to the marriage venue. He gets to see Sharda during the marriage ceremony from a balcony. After the kanyadan ceremony is over, Satya Prakash is happy to see Sharda. With happiness displayed over his face, Satya Prakash dies.

I found the film in keeping with tradition of Prasad Productions which is known for producing films in the genre of family drama. In the standard of 1980s, the story of the film is bold and broad-minded. From the title of the film, it is apparent that it is Meenakshi Seshadri’s film. I have not seen any film of Meenakshi Seshadri. So, it is the first time I am watching her performance in this film which is outstanding. She has displayed all the moods of her character in the film – from a hard-core feminist, a kind hearted daughter for her mother as well for those affected by the prejudice towards them in the society. Her best scene is the poignant moments in the film when she has to solve the issues arising out of a sudden appearance of real father. Madhuri Dikshit as a step sister of Meenakshi Seshadri has a light comical role which she performs very well. She has a lively presence in the film. Shashi Kapoor and Sharmila Tagore in the role of elderly couple look elegant. Dialogues by Rahi Masoom Reza is catchy.

Despite having good share of melodramatic contents, the film is not a tear-jerker. I found the film absorbing.

‘Swati’ (1986) had 5 songs none of which has been represented in the Blog. I present the first song from the film ‘shaadi mubaarak bole shehnaayi’ to appear on the Blog. The song is sung by Anuradha Paudwal and Alka Yagnik. The words are that of Anand Bakshi which are set to music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. It is a marriage song picturised on Meenakshi Seshadri and Madhuri Dixit on the occasion of the marriage of their parents Sharmila Tagore and Shashi Kapoor.

With this, ’Swati’ (1986) makes its debut on the Blog.

Audio

Video

Song-Shaadi mubaarak bole shehnaayi (Swati)(1986) Singers-Anuradha Paudwal, Alka Yagnik, Lyrics-Anand Bakshi, MD-Laxmikant Pyarelal
Both

Lyrics

shaadi ke din mummy daddy sun lo baat hamaari
ek dooje ke aaj huye tum chhod ke duniya saari
samjhe
shaadi mubaarak bole shehnaayi
o bole shehnaayi
badhaayi badhaayi badhaayi
shaadi mubaarak bole shehnaayi
badhaayi badhaayi badhaayi

dulhe ka sehra
dulhan ki doli
gaaye pawan purwaayi ee
badhaayi badhaayi badhaayi
shaadi mubaarak bole shehnaayi
badhaayi badhaayi badhaayi

ye baat hai yaad rakhne waali
ye shaadi sab shaadiyon se niraali
ye baat hai yaad rakhne waali
ye shaadi sab shaadiyon se niraali
jannat mein jode bante hain sabke
ye jodi humne banaayi ee
banaayi banaayi banaayi
shaadi mubaarak bole shehnaayi
badhaayi badhaayi badhaayi

aapas mein tum na
takraar karna
ik doosre se bahut pyaar karna
aapas mein tum na
takraar karna
ik doosre se bahut pyaar karna
koi na maane
koi na jaane
tum aise karna ladaayi
ladaayi ladaayi ladaayi
shaadi mubaarak bole shehnaayi
badhaayi badhaayi badhaayi

jeete raho tum
hanste raho tum
doodho nahaao phoolo phalo tum

jeete raho tum
hanste raho tum

doodho nahaao phoolo phalo tum
dil se dua lab pe aayi
badhaayi badhaayi badhaayi
shaadi mubarak bole shehnaayi
o bole shehnaayi
badhaayi badhaayi badhaayi
dulhe ka sehra
dulhan ki doli
gaaye pawan purwaayi ee
badhaayi badhaayi badhaayi
shaadi mubaarak bole shehnaayi
badhaayi badhaayi badhaayi
badhaayi badhaayi badhaayi
badhaayi badhaayi badhaayi


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4458 Post No. : 15938

“Tyaag”(1976) was Produced by N S Kabir and directed by Deendayaal Sharma for Films and Films Interbnational Production, Bombay. The movie had Sharmila Tagore, Rajesh Khanna, Master Tito, Sulochana Latkar, Prem Chopra, Mukri, Asit Sen, Murad, Amrit Patel, Tuntun, Kamal Kapoor, Chandrima Bhaduri, Mohan Jerry, Mahendra Zaveri, Om prakash, Nayim, Billimoria, Anand, Lalita Kumari etc with guest appearances by Bindu, Master Satyajit, Dheeraj, Gurnam Singh, Sona, Raza Murad in it.

N S Kabir was Sharmila Tagore’s secretary, so one could reasonably guess that Sharmila Tagore was the actual producer. The movie had the same lead pair as that of the blockbuster “Aradhana”(1969). In fact, the songs of the movie were similar to the songs of “Aradhana”(1969).

There was one song that had the term “Kore kaaghaz” , seeking to recreate the magic of the song “Kora kaaghaz tha ye man mera” song from “Aradhana”(1969).

“Tyaag”(1976) had five songs in it. two songs have been covered in the blog including the above mentioned song.

Today is the birth anniversary of S D Burman (1 october 1908- 31 october 1975). On this occasion, here is a song from “Tyaag”(1976). This song is sung by Kishore Kumar and Lata. Anand Bakshi is the lyricist. Music is composed by S D Burman.

The song is picturised on Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore. Watching the picturisation, one can clearly see that this song seeks to serve the same purpose that the song “roop tera mastaana” serves in “Aradhana”(1969). 🙂

Too bad that the moviegoers did not treat the movie as the box office equivalent of “Aradhana”(1976). 🙂

Lyrics of this song were sent to me by Avinash Scrapwala.

Audio

Video

Song-Tum ham ham tum ek nadi ke hain do kinaare (Tyaag)(1976) Singers-Kishore Kumar, Lata, Lyrics-Anand Bakshi, MD-S D Burman
Both

Lyrics(Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)

Ham tum
Hmm
Tum ham
Ham tum
Ek nadi ke ae hain do kinaare
Ham tum
Hmm
Tum ham
Ham tum
Aise milenge pritam ho pyaare
Ham tum
Hmm
Tum ham
Ham tum

Aise milenge
ke dekhenge saare
Ham tum
Hmm
Tum ham
Ham tum

Door kya hai paas kya hai
Sun o jeevansaathi
Aar paar behti dhaar
Hamko hai milaati

Door kya hai paas kya hai
Sun o jeevansaathi
Aar paar behti dhaar
Hamko hai milaati
Door kya hai paas kya hai
Sun o jeevansaathi
Aar paar behti dhaar
Hamko hai milaati
Jeevan hai jab se
Naa jaane kab se
Jeevan hai jab se
Naa jaane kab se
Ham hain tumhaare ae
Tum ho hamaare
Ham tum

Hmmm
Tum ham
Ham tum
Aise milenge ke dekhenge saare

Ham tum
Tum Ham
Ham tum

Maan lete hain ke chalo
Tumne ye kahaa hai
Dil magar hamaara jaane
Kyun dhadak rahaa hai
Maan lete hain ke chalo
Tumne ye kahaa hai
Dil magar hamaara jaane
Kyun dhadak rahaa hai
Bheege nazaare
Jaise ye saare
Bheege nazaare
Jaise ye saare
Bheeg na jaayen aen
Yoon nainaa hamaare
Ham tum
Hmm
Tum ham
Ham tum

Aise milenge ke dekhenge saare
Ham tum
Tum Ham

Ham tum
Tum ham
Ham tum
Tum ham

Ham tum


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.

Blog Day: 4335 Post No.: 15631

The connoisseurs of Hindi film music of the 1960s and 1970s would recall the four melodious songs sung by Geeta Dutt in ‘Uski Kahaani’ (1966) and ‘Anubhav’ (1971). Fans of Gulzar would know that all these four songs have come from his pen. But I will not be surprised if only few of them would remember that all these four songs had been set to music by Kanu Roy. Among these few persons, most of them would not have known his real identity. In his case, it was not only of the confusion of same name but also the confusion with a wrong family tree.

Most of the websites including Wikipedia says that Kanu Roy was an actor and music director who started his acting career in 1940s and switched over to music direction from 1960 onwards. His filmography in IMDb shows him both as an actor and the music director. In some websites, Kanu Roy as a music director has been discussed with the photograph of the actor, Kanu Roy. He is also been wrongly associated with the family of Geeta Dutt as one of her brothers. The facts are:

1. Kanu Roy, the actor and Kanu Roy, the music director were different persons. Kanu Roy, the actor came to Bombay (Mumbai) in early 1940s to join Bombay Talkies. On the basis of Gulzar’s interview which appeared in a ‘Filmfare’ issue of 2012, Kanu Roy, the music director came to Bombay sometime in mid-1950s. (My guess is that he may have come with Basu Bhattacharya who was his close friend).

2. Kanu Roy, the actor was never a music director. Kanu Roy, the music director never acted in films.

3. Kanu Roy, the music director was not a brother of Geeta Dutt. I have seen a photograph of Geeta Dutt’s full family before her marriage. In this photograph, there is no Kanu Roy. The names of Geeta Dutt’s four brothers are Mihir Roy, Ranjit Roy, Mukul Roy and Milan Roy.

With multiple confusion about his name, even the basic profile of the music director, Kanu Roy is difficult to get. I could get some information from Gulzar’s interview published in one of the Filmfare issues of 2012 which is available on http://www.tanqeed.com . In this interview, Gulzar talked about his association as a lyricist with Kanu Roy which I have summarized below with my marginal inputs.

Kanu Roy had picked up the musical notes from Bengal. He began his career by assisting music director, Salil Choudhury who also had Kanu Ghosh as his Assistant Music Director. It seems Kanu Roy was a Welder by profession and had worked on the upkeeping of the Howrah Bridge. He was an introvert by nature and had in him a mix of timid and humble nature.

Basu Bhattacharya and Kanu Roy were great friends. It was Basu Bhattacharya who gave Kanu Roy his first break as a music director in ‘Uski Kahaani’ (1966) which he produced and directed at shoestring budget. Subsequently, he worked in another five films of Basu Bhattacharya. Because of the low budget films, Basu Bhattacharya would never allow Kanu Roy to have more than 6-8 musicians (as against 50-100 musicians the music directors like Shankar-Jaikishan, Naushad, O P Nayyar etc would have in their orchestra). Also, Kanu Roy would not get the regular shifts in the recording studios for rehearsals of the songs. He had to manage in the early morning hours of the recording studio. He did not have a bargaining power with Basu Bhattacharya to ask for more musicians. (Probably for the same reason, he may not have got the playback singers of his choice). It is remarkable that with these constraints, Kanu Roy could composed melodious songs in Basu Bhattacharya’s films.

Kanu Roy’s career ended with his life on 20/12/1981. He lived in poverty and died in poverty.

During his musical journey from 1966-80, Kanu Roy composed 28 songs in 8 films, of which 6 films were of Basu Bhattacharya. Of the remaining two films, one film ‘Mayuri’ (1970s) remained unreleased. Though his contributions to Hindi film music in terms of numbers were low, many of his melodious songs still linger on. Unfortunately, his name may not ring bell for many who may still enjoy those melodious songs.

Although most of Kanu Roy’s melodious songs have been covered in the Blog, I found one song which I liked for its all-round excellence – lyrics, rendition, melody, composition and the picturization. The song is ‘pahchaan to thhi pahchaana nahi’ from ’Griha Pravesh’ (1979). The song is rendered by Chandrani Mukherjee on the words of Gulzar. Having watched the film, I feel that this song summarises the theme of the film.

Amar (Sanjeev Kumar) and Mansi (Sharmila Tagore) has been married for 10 years with 8-year old boy. During this period, some staleness in their relationship develops. Both are under the illusion that they are in love but in practice, they are just being together under one roof. Now their marriage is in the verge of collapse when Amar develops affairs with his office typist Sapna (Sarika). He is caught in a bind in that while he loves Sapna, in the back of his mind, he is also emotionally attached to his family.

Finally, Amar tells Mansi of his intention to divorce her to marry Sapna. After the initial shock, Mansi agrees for divorce on the condition that he should bring Sapna to the house to meet her. The reason is that Sapna has seen Amar in the office as an Accountant and develop the liking for him in an office environment. But she has not seen him in his house where the environment is different.

Before Sapna visit to her house, Mansi gets her house painted. She undergoes herself to a new make-over. While doing this, the song under discussion plays in the background. Sapna visits her house with Amar. After a brief meeting, Mansi takes Amar aside and tell him that she is ready to leave him for Sapna. After the meeting, Mansi tells Amar to drop Sapna to her house. However, when crossing the road, Sapna walks over to the other side of the road while Amar gets stranded on the opposite side because of a marriage procession on the road. In the midst of the orchestra in the marriage procession playing ‘tu Ganga ki mauj mein Jamuna ki dhara’, both Amar and Sapna take leave by waving hands at each other. The scene is symbolic of conveying the message that Amar has a change of heart. The film ends with Amar returning home having coffee with Mansi and his son with the replaying of the film’s song ‘zindagi phoolon ki nahi, phoolon ki tarah mehkti rahe’.

The lyrics of the song under discussion are simple and convey retrospection on the part of a housewife who forgets to give attention to herself. Instead, much of her time is spent in the kitchen, looking after husband and the child and upkeep of the house. In this milieu, she forgets her own identity.

In keeping with the low budget of the film, Kanu Roy has used only three main musical instruments in this song – Sarod, Sitar and what I believe to be Khol (Bangla Dholak) which one can hear in a low rhythm as the song is rendered. The song starts with a prelude of Sarod and Sitar and the same instruments are used in the interludes of the song. Chandrani Mukherjee, who is the sister-in-law of Bappi Lahiri, has rendered the song with poignant feeling in keeping with the mood of the situation. The Audio clip is longer with the same lyrics because it has the longer prelude music than in the video clip.

This song sums up the story of a housewife in a middle-class society.

Video Clip:

Audio Clip:

Song-Pehchaan to thhi pehchaana nahin(Grih Pravesh)(1979) Singer-Chandrani Mukherjee, Lyrics-Gulzar, MD-Kanu Roy

Lyrics

pehchaan to thhi pehchaana nahin
maine apne aap ko jaana nahin
pehchaan to thhi pehchaana nahin
maine apne aap ko jaana nahin
pehchaan to thhi

jab dhoop barasti hai sar pe to
paanv mein chhaanv khilti hai
main bhool gayi thhi chhaanv agar
milti hai to dhoop mein milti hai
is dhoop aur chhaanv ke khel mein kyun
jeene ka ishaara samjha nahin
pehchaan to thhi pehchaana nahin
maine apne aap ko jaana nahin
pehchaan to thhi

main jaagi rahi kuchh sapnon mein
aur jaagi huyi bhi soyi rahi
jaane kin bhool bhulaiyya mein kuchh
bhatki rahi kuchh khoyi rahi
jeene ke liye main marti rahi
jeene ka ishaara samjha nahin
pehchaan to thhi pehchaana nahin
maine apne aap ko jaana nahin
pehchaan to thhi pehchaana nahin
maine apne aap ko jaana nahin
pehchaan to thhi


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Blog Day: 4263 Post No.: 15489

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Blog 10-Year Challenge (2010-2020) – Song No. 13
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In olden days (even today for that matter) Indians were expected to behave in a particular manner. For instance, when it came to their day to day live, most of them were “gareeb” and they were told that they had the sole right on the resources of the nation in the form of doles aka subsidies. All political parties claimed to be pro poor parties and promised to “hataao” gareebi if voted to power. After repeatedly getting voted to power on the plank of hataaoing gareebi, the same politicians now claim to be for the “gareeb”. These “gareeb” are supposed to be gullible possessing of short memory so the politicians can get away despite failing to fulfill their past promises.

Movie makers were no different. They too made movies for the same segment of society that were treated as “gareeb” by the political classes. This section of society was supposed to like movies with escapist stories that bore little resemblance to real life. Depicting real life was considered no no. Movies depicting real life were considered boring. Why would a “gareeb” audience come to the movie hall to watch movies depicting his real dull life ? This was what the movie makers believed in.

Sometimes, some movie makers would make movies with realistic movies. Ordinary movie goers and even press would describe these movies as boring. Most movies like this flopped.

Top stars acted in such movies for creative satisfaction, but the ordinary fans felt betrayed when they would go to the movie hall and find their star sans his usual mannerisms.

Rajesh Khanna is “Aavishkaar” (1973), and Amitabh Bachchan in “Man Aazaad Hoon” (1990) are two such movies that readily comes to my mind.

“Aavishkaar” (1973) was directed by Basu Bhattacharya Aarohi Film Makers Bombay. This movie had Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore, Dina Gandhi, Denis Clement, Satyen Kappu, Monika Jasnan (child artist), Devendra Khandelwal, Margaret, new discoveries Mahesh Sharma and Minna Johar etc in it.

The movie dealt with a real life “boring” tale, viz the marital life of a couple, played by Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore. Fans of superstar Rajesh Khanna, who went to the movie hass expecting a movie like “Aaraadhana”(1969) were disappointed. There was no way juvenile fans (including yours truly) of Rajesh Khanna, who were brought up on stuff like “Haathi Mere Saathi”(1971) and “Apna Desh” (1972) were going to like this movie.

This movie was only for “mature” movie goers. Just like “rich” people were looked down upon by “gareeb” people, “mature” people, with their occasional boring movies were looked down upon by people loving “mainstream” movies.

Please do not believe the review of “Aavishkaar”(1973) that is carried by wikipedia etc. These reviews are written with the benefit of hindsight by people who were not even born when this movie was released. I remember the reviews carried out in mainstream Hindi media during 1973 which bore no resemblance whatsoever with its review that we now find online.

Coming to the songs of the movie, “Aavishkaar” (1973) had five songs in it. Four of these songs are covered in the past as described hereunder:-

Song Posted On
Hansne ki chaah ne kitna mujhe 19.09.2008
Naina hain pyaase mere 20.03.2010
Mahaa shoonya ke mahaan vistaar mein 18.07.2016
Baabul mora, naihar chhuto hi jaaye 27.05.2019

From the table above, we can see that one song from the movie was covered on this day, ten years ago. So, this movie provides us an opportunity to have a blog ten year challenge. At the same time, all the songs of the movie get covered as well.

Ten years ago on this day, two songs were covered in the blog

Song Movie title-Year Remarks
Naina hain pyaase mere Aavishkaar-1973 04 of 05 songs posted
Kaali badariya maare najariya Do Roti-1957 All Songs posted on the blog

Here is the fifth and final song from “Aavishkaar”(1973) to appear in the blog. The song is sung by Manna Dey. Gyandev Agnihotri is the lyricist. Music is composed by Kanu Roy.

Lyrics of this song were sent to me by Avinash Scrapwala.

With this song, “Aavishkaar”(1973) joins the list of movies that have all their songs covered in the blog.

Video

Audio

Song-Maa ko pukaar kar poochha bachche ne (Aavishkaar)(1973) Singer-Manna Dey, Lyrics-Gyandev Agnihotri, MD-Kanu Roy

Lyrics(Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)

maa ko pukaar kar poochha bachche ne
aaya kahaan se hoon maa
bolo to
padaa kahaan paaya
bolo to
sun kar sawaal ye
maa ke stanon se ufan padaa doodh
aur bah aaya aankhon se
uttar

mere laal
tum to hamesha thhe
mere man ki abhilaasha mein
tan ki paribhaasha mein
bachpan ke gudiyaaghar mein ae
kitni baar tujhe
khelte khelte
toda aa
todte todte ae
jodaa aa

paakar khoya aur
kho kar payaa aa hai
kahaan se bataaun tu aaya hai
padaa tujhe maine kahaan paaya hai
mere ae laal

tu
haan tu hi to hai
meri amar aasha
subah ka sapna
maa aur daadi ki
sunehri khwaahish
prem ki paramparaa aa
aag ki khwaahish
aur prem ki aasha se
bani teri kaaya hai
kahaan se bataaun tu aaya hai
padaa tujhe maine kahaan paaya hai
mere laal

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Devnagri Script lyrics(Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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माँ को पुकार कर पूछा बच्चे ने
आया कहाँ से हूँ माँ
बोलो तो
पडा कहाँ पाया
बोलो तो
सुन कर सवाल ये
माँ के स्तनों से उफन पडा दूध
और बह आया आँखों से
उत्तर

मेरे लाल
तुम तो हमेशा थे
मेरे मन की अभिलाषा में
तन की परिभाषा में
बचपन के गुड़ियाघर में ए
कितनी बार तुझे
खेलते खेलते तोड़ा आ
तोड़ते तोड़ते ए
जोड़ा आ

पाकर खोया और
खो कर पाया आ है
कहाँ से बताऊँ तू आया है
पडा तुझे मैंने कहाँ पाया है
मेरे ए लाल

तू
हां तू ही तो है
मेरी अमर आशा
सुबह का सपना
माँ और दादी कि
सुनहरी ख्वाईश
प्रेम की परंपरा आ
आग की ख्वाईश
और प्रेम की आशा से
बनी तेरी काया है
कहाँ से बताऊँ तू आया है
पडा तुझे मैंने कहाँ पाया है
मेरे लाल


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Blog Day : 4161 Post No. : 15331

8th December is the 75th birthday of Rinku or Begum Ayesha Sultana Khan who also is known by the name Sharmila Tagore. What was not known is that she was born in Hyderabad. (I didn’t know, the stalwarts of the blog may be aware). She looked so delicate and fragile in “Kashmir Ki Kali” (1964) – her Hindi debut, having debuted in Bengali in 1959 through Satyajit Ray’s “Apur Sansar”; the need to protect her from Pran must have come naturally to Shammi Kapoor. She has a super-sweet smile too with deeeep dimples that form whenever she smiles. It was not as if she excelled only in glamourous baby-doll type of roles; she was comfortable even when she played the roles of mother and daughter – Chanda/ Kajri- in Gulzar’s “Mausam” (1975). 1975 saw her in five movies “Mausam”, “Chupke Chupke”, “Faraar”, “Amanush”, “Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka” and the character she played in each of them were completely different from each other.

I started following her from “Chupke Chupke” and then have seen many of her movies from the 60s and 70s on various media- Doordarshan, Satellite Television, YouTube etc. Had been very impressed by her in “Kashmir Ki Kali”, “Anupama”, “Satyakam” and “Viruddh” in the recent times. She was last seen on-screen in 2010 released “Break Ke Baad”. But videos of this elegant lady can be seen on YouTube in interviews etc where she speaks of her life and career and how her sister Oindrila Tagore (Tinku) played Mini, the central child character, in Tapan Sinha’s 1957 “Kabuliwala”.

She speaks of how she was given very short sentences to speak in her first Hindi movie by Shakthi Samanta etc (saw all this on the Zee TV show ‘Jeena Isi ka Naam Hai’).

For the occasion today let us have a song from the 1971 released, K B Tilak directed “Chhoti Bahu” in which she stars with her co-star of several box-office hits – Rajesh Khanna. She paired with him in seven successful movies beginning with “Aradhana” in 1969 and following it up with Amar Prem, Chhoti Bahu, Safar, Daag, Raja Rani, Aavishkaar and Maalik. She had a good pairing with Dharmendra too beginning with Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Anupama and Devar, Mere Humdam Mere Dost, Satyakam, Chupke Chupke, EK Mahal Ho Sapno ka and the last time we saw the pair together was in Sunny. She also had some good films with Shashi Kapoor- Waqt, Aamne Saamne, New Delhi Times, Suhana Safar etc.

Today’s song reminds me of another song with a similar theme – “Chanda hai tum mera suraj hai tu”. And also “Bada natkhat hai re Krishna Kanhaiya”, she did emote well in these song situations, we could see a lot of love for kids in those expressive eyes
“Chhoti Bahu” had six songs and debuted on the blog with he re Kanhaiyya kisko kahega tu maiyya in Kishore Kumar’s voice. The song is more or less the gist of the movie where we have Nirupa Roy as the equivalent of Devaki and Sharmila as the Yashoda of the young baby Sarika who is called either Kishan or Kanhaiya (have seen the movie ages back, should see again). This was followed by the Mohd Rafi sung ye raat hai pyaasi pyaasi. The third song posted was dulhaniya bata de ree . Today we have the fourth wherein a happy, young girl is seen playing “mother” to her favourite doll. As the movie progresses, we get to know that she cannot beget children of her own so her ‘jethani’ gives her the responsibility of being the mother to baby Sarika.
Wishing our Sharmila ‘dimpled’ Tagore a Happy Birthday.

Audio

Video

Song-Koyal bole daali se daali bole maali se (Chhoti Bahu)(1971) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Indeewar, MD-Kalyanji Anandji

Lyrics

koyal bole daali se
daali bole maali se
bolo
kya boli
til ke phool tili ke daane
munne raaja bade sayaane
saari duniya dekh li munne raaja
ho munne raaja
tujhsa koi nahin
saari duniya dekhli munne raaja
tujhsa koi nahin
til ke phool tili ke daane
munne raaja bade sayaane

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

tu mere mann ka darpan
saathi hai akelepan ka
jaane ajaane jod liya
tujhse naata jeewan ka
atkan chatkan dahi chatokan
atkan chatkan dahi chatokan
naach dikhaa de chhoom chhana chhan
saari duniya dekhli munne raaja
ho munne raaja
tujhsa koi nahin
til ke phool tili ke daane
munne raja bade sayaane

rooth na jaana tu mujhse
duniya roothe to roothhe
yahi mel yahi khel rahe
kabhi saath na apna chhoote
bal bal jaoon munne raaja
bal bal jaoon munne raaja
thhumak thhumak chal ke aaja
saari duniya dekh li munne raaja
ho munne raaja tujhsa koi nahin
til ke phool tili ke daane
munne raja bade sayaane

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

jaan meri rehti hai tujh mein
tu hi jaan hai meri
ek pal tujhe na dekhoon toh
duniya ho jaaye andheri
tujh bin mera jeewan aise
tujh bin mera jeewan aise
bin khushboo ke phool ho jaise
saari duniya dekh li munne raaja
ho munne raaja tujhsa koi nahin
til ke phool tili ke daane
munne raja bade sayaane
hmmm hmmhmm
hmmmm hmmmm
hmmmm hmmhmm


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Blog Day : 4123 Post No. : 15276

“Tyaag”(1976) was Produced by N S Kabir and directed by Deendayaal Sharma for Films and Films Interbnational Production, Bombay. The movie had Sharmila Tagore,Rajesh Khanna,Bindu,Dheeraj Kumar, Master Tito, Sulochana Latkar, Prem Chopra, Mukri, Asit Sen,Murad,Amrit Patel, Tuntun, Kamal Kapoor, Chandrima Bhaduri, Mohan Jerry ,Mahendra Zaveri,Om prakash, Nayim, Billimoria, Anand, Lalita Kumari etc with uest appearances by Bindu, Master Satyajit, Dheeraj, Gurnam Singh, Sona, Raza Murad in it.

This movie was apparently produced by Sharmila Tagore seeing that the producer was her secretary. The movie had the same lead pair as that of the blockbuster “Aradhana”(1969).

“Tyaag”(1976) had five songs in it. One song has been covered in the blog. This movie was one of the last movies with music by S D Burman.

Today (31 october 2019) is the 44th remembrance day of S D Burman (1 October 1906 – 31 October 1975). On this occasion, here is a song from “Tyaag”(1976). This song is sung by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhonsle. Anand Bakshi is the lyricist. Music is composed by S D Burman.

This song, containing the phrase “Kora kaaghaz”, which was there in a song of “Aradhana”(1969) as well, is picturised on Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore.

Lyrics of this song were sent to me by Prakashchandra.

Audio (Full)

Video (Partial)

Song-Kore kaaghaz pe likhwaa le (Tyaag)(1976) Singers-Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle, Lyrics-Anand Bakshi, MD-S D Burman
Both

Lyrics (Audio link)(Provided by Prakashchandra)

hmmm hmm hmm
hmm hmm
hmm hmmm
aaahaa haaa haaa
aa haa
aaa haaa

ohho ho o
hhaa haaa haa
ae hey hey ae ae he ae ae

kore kaaghaz pe likhwa le
kore kaaghaz pe likhwa le
jiya kiya tere hawaaley
ho ho o o
kore kaaghaz pe likhwa le ae ae
jiya kiyaa tere hawaaley

ho ho o o
kore kaaghaz pe likhwa le

kabhi sochta hoon mere sapnon ki raadhaa
kabhi sochta hoon mere sapnon ki raadhaa
kaanha se nain churaa ke
bhulaa de na waadaa
o Radhaa aa aa
bhula de na waadaa
bade be-imaan hain
bade be-imaan hain tere
naina matwaale
kore kaaghaz pe likhwa le
haan aaan jiya kiyaa tere hawaale
ho ho o
kore kagaz pe likhwa le

aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa
tera naam mera jeevan
teri preet pooja
tera naam mera jeevan
teri preet pooja
teri yaad bin iss mann mein
nahin koi doojaa rey mitwaa aaa
nahin koi dooja
mujhe bhool jaaye ae
mujhe bhool jaaye ab
ye duniya waale ae
kore kaaghaz pe likhwa le ae ae

jiya kiyaa tere hawaale
ho o o
kore kaaghaz pe

likhwa le
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
(hho ho oo o o o o ae hey hey ae )

badi hi niraali
dil ne likhi ye kahaani
ho o o badi hi niraali
dil ne likhi ye kahaani
galiyon ka raaja
main tu
mehlon ki raani deewaani
mehlon ki raani
ho o o
tere aagey mehlon waaley
tere aagey mehlon waaley
kyaa hain dilwaaley ae

kore kaaghaz pe likhwaa le
jiya kiya tere hawaale
ho o o
kore kaaghaz pe
likhwaa le


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Blog Day : 3965 Post No. : 15047

Songs Repeated in Hindi Films – 2
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One of the most iconic songs of Saigal Sb. A song that is a definitive representation of Hindi film music of the 1930s. That incomparable rendition by Saigal Sb under the music direction of RC Boral was recorded live for the film ‘Street Singer’ (1938). Recorded more than eight decades ago, this remains a signature piece for time immemorial. The vision of Saigal Sb, leaving his home, just carrying his harmonium with him, walking with a slow measured pace, and singing this thumri – it is one of the lasting images of Hindi cinema. That version of the thumri from the ‘Street Singer’ can be viewed here – “Baabul Mora, Naihar Chhuto Hi Jaaye“.

Anecdotes around that live recording and shooting tell of a microphone hidden in the harmonium, of the slow pace of walking so as to complete the singing and the visual shot keeping within the range of the camera. Playback singing had already been invented (1935) and was in progressive use in the industry. And yet, this song was recorded live. The performance can only be called – unprecedented, incomparable and peerless. Nothing more fascinates the diehard fans of Saigal Sb, than this one song by him. Many singers have sung this, but the Saigal version remains untouched, unsurpassed.

In the film, this song spans an extended sequence of scenes. And small parts of this song are also rendered by Kanan Devi. There is a sequence where Kanan Devi attempts to sing this song in the theatre. Later, Bhola (KLS) departs from their shared home, upset that Manju (Kanan Devi) is enamored by Amar Babu (Jagdish Sethi), and wants to move in with him. But after just one day away from Bhola, Manju returns home searching for him. And finds that he has left. She makes a phone call to Amar Babu, requesting him to bring his car. They start to drive towards the road that leads to Bhola and Manju’s home village. In the meantime, the scene shifts between Manju searching for Bhola, and Bhola walking away with the harmonium. The song is reprised here three or four times, sometimes just the mukhda, sometimes just the antaraa.

Amar Babu is driving the car with dismay in his heart. A windstorm arrives. There is lot of dust in the air, and visibility is not good. Manju alights from the car, and starts following the path on foot – the path that Bhola would have taken returning to his village. Tired and overcome by storm, Bhola falls down by the roadside. Manju sees someone lying on the road and rushes to him. The tryst happens again. Amar Babu watches them from a distance. And then with a wry smile on his face, he returns to his car, to start the lonely journey back to his home. Bhola and Manju start their foot journey back to their village. Once again the song is heard in the voice of Kanan Devi, as the visual shows the two mates, in a silhouette against a darkening sky. The hearts have met, they are returning home, and the lady’s voice is telling – “Le Babul Ghar Aapno, Main Chali Piya Ke Des. . .”.

Thirty five years later, in 1973, this classical thumri is now included in the film ‘Aavishkaar’, starring Sharmila Tagore and Rajesh Khanna. This time, the music composition is by Kanu Roy, who transformed it into a duet, with the participating voices of Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh. This time, in the picturization, this is presented as a background song, as the visual action on screen is mostly silent – and yet very expressive.

‘Aavishkaar’ presents a scenario of a brief hiatus in the lives of two people very much in love. In love they are, and they get married, and they start to live together. Maybe, just love is never enough. What love is – it needs to be examined, re examined and re invented often. And then it becomes love, more love and more meaningful. Else, just the drudgery of the consistent proximity, which used to be like heaven to start with, turns into stagnant boredom. Expectations still riding high, the lull now breeds contempt – a contempt that is actually screaming for and seeking a rejuvenated level of understanding and sharing. That is what ‘Aavishkaar’ is about.

The film starts on a day when it is the wedding anniversary of the protagonist couple. Amar (Rajesh Khanna) is aware, but still, broodingly ignores. He works late in office, he goes to see a film with a female co-worker, giving the audience the impression that he is seeking extra marital happiness. On his way back at night, he finally musters enough thought and courage, and buys a bouquet of Rajnigandha flowers. Arriving home, a certain scene transpires before he enters the house, and on an impulse, he places the bouquet in a flower pot next to the door, and enters the house, pretending that he does not remember the anniversary. A long night passes. There are flashbacks, there are arguments, there is even physical violence – highlighting the drift that has occurred in the relationship. Basu Bhattacharya has handled the conflict and the interactions very deftly. In my mind, this is the best handling of the situation of a very loving relationship gone sour. Many other films come to mind – ‘Arth’, ‘Dooriyaan’, ‘Anubhav’, ‘Aandhi’, ‘Grih Pravesh’, ‘Aap Ki Kasam’, the comical ‘Pati, Patni Aur Who’, ‘Abhimaan’ . . . and more. In ‘Aavishkaar’, the director portrays the conflict, the pain, and the reconciliation, at a very psychological level.

So, after a distraught and a tension filled hostile night, mostly sleepless and lot of exchanges and memories, the new day dawns. The rigmarole of the daily routine beckons. Mansi (Sharmila Tagore) gets up early and opens the front door to pick up the milk delivery. And then she sees. . . the bouquet standing in the flower pot. She picks it up. And the voice of Jagjit Singh drifts in from the background. She finds Amar standing behind her. . . and there is an embrace. A lot changed and a lot settled in that night of strife.

The two stanzas play out slowly. The first one as the couple are embracing and then they move back into the home. The second stanza is an external shot, mixing flashback again possibly, as we see the couple on the beach, in a mood of frolic, as the singer croons yet once again to say. . . “Le Babul Ghar Aapno, Main Chali Piya Ke Des. . .”.

The two instances that we are so familiar with, of the use of this song in Hindi films, both seem to have happy conclusion. But that was not the original thought when Wajid Ali Shah wrote and composed this thumri, way back in 1856. The British had played a game of deception with the Nawab of Awadh. In a bloodless coup, Wajid Ali Shah was dethroned and sent to Calcutta, and the British annexed Lucknow and the kingdom of Awadh. The Nawab was completely heartbroken, on leaving his beloved city, and his cultural roots. That is the time when this timeless poem was conceived.

Yes, the interpretations works both ways. There is this indication of a newlywed bride, going to her new matrimonial home. There is sadness on leaving the parent’s home, but there is also an eagerness and joyful elation of being with the one, with whom a new bond of love will be explored. And, there is the gloomy and poignant interpretation. Looking at the sad dilemma that was faced by Wajid Ali Shah – he was sentenced to leave behind his beloved city, his happy pastimes, and the people who made up his life that far. The discussions in literature talk about the passing passage of life into afterlife. That too, is a leaving behind of the home that one thinks to be their own, and then embark on a journey to meet the Maker. This jusxtaposition is captured so beautifully and so splendidly in this brief two verse thumri – “Main Chali Piya Ke Des. . .”.

In the context of this series, I bring on this song today to highlight another dimension of reuse that we see so often in Hindi films – the reuse of traditional poetry and folk music. This particular thumri is so simply a dear favorite of singers, that gathering the number of different renditions by different artists would be a big exercise in itself. Just to give you an idea, this thumri has been sung by the following singers – the list goes all the way from Bade Ghulam Ali Khan to Alisha Chinoy. The names, in no particular order are – Ustad Faiyaz Khan, Gauhar Jaan, Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Siddheswari Devi, Begum Akhtar, Rasoolan Bai, Naina Devi, Kesarbai Kerkar, Ustad Mushtaq Hussain Khan, Malka Jaan, KL Saigal, Jagmohan Sursagar, Kannan Devi, Ustad Khadim Husain Khan, Girija Devi, Shobha Gurtu, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki, Kishori Amonkar, Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh, Jagjit Singh (solo), Rajan-Sajan Mishra, Alisha Chinoy, Mahendra Chopra. . . and I am sure, many more artists of repute.

If I talk about Hindi films, then besides the two instances already covered in the write up above, this thumri appears in two more films. In 1954, Manna Dey has sung this for the film ‘Mahatama Kabir’ – a really wonderful rendition. Then later in 1964, Lata Mangeshkar has sung this for the Bhojpuri film ‘Naihar Chhutal Jaaye’.
[Ed Note: Dear Arun ji adds two more instances of this song being used in Hindi films, both from early 1930s. This song has been rendered by Durga Khote in the 1931 film ‘Trapped’ aka ‘Farebi Jaal’. Then again in 1934, this thumri appears in the list of songs for the film ‘Naachwaali’ – no information available regarding singer or music director.]

Such reuse that involves traditional poetry and folk songs, is really very simple, because this material is beyond the intellectual property disputes. For that matter, we have seen many such other creations being used in films across the decades. On the devotional side, the poems of Meerabai, Kabir Das, and Soordas are very popular and are used quite freely by the producers. Then we have the adabi poets, once again a traditional treasure that does not have any copyright issues attached. Ghazals of Ghalib are quite popular and have been used in many films across the decades. As I scanned the songs in HFGK I find that the ghazal “Dil e Nadaan Tujhe Hua Kya Hai” appears in 9 films from 1931 to 1980. The ghazal “Nuktacheen Hai Gham e Dil” appears in four films, “Ye Na Thee Hamaari Qismat” appears three times, “Phir Mujhe Deeda e Tar Yaad Aaya” also appears in three films, and so on.

Checking for Meerabai’s bhajans, one finds the popular ones like “Mere To Girdhar Gopal”, “Main To Gidhar Ke Ghar Jaaun”, “Tum Jo Todo Piya” etc., being used in many films. Not a precise search, but my estimate is that Meerabai’s bhajans appear in Hindi films more than 100 times. The search cannot be precise because there are many instances where the traditional bhajans or ghazals have been used without giving credit to the original poet. Additional note – Amir Khusro’s poetry appears in Hindi films no less than 10 times, of which at least 4 are occurrences of “Kaahe Ko Byaahi Bides. . .”.

The more difficult proposition would be to trace the folk songs reuse across Hindi films. With so much variations, and without acknowledgement to the original folk source, it is difficult to make an estimate of folk music reuse in films. But I will surely add that this segment would be more voluminous than the bhajans and ghazals. The song, or variations thereof, of “Jhumka Gira Re. . .” has been used in no less than four films.

Coming to the film ‘Aavishkaar’. The film is produced under the banner of Aarohi Film Makers and is directed by Basu Bhattacharya. The songs of this film are written by Gyandev Agnihotri and Kapil Kumar. And yes, this traditional thumri originally created by Wajid Ali Shah. The cast of actors is listed as Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore, Deena Gandhi, Denis Klement, Satyendra Kappu, Monika Jasnani, Devendra Khandelwal, Margaret, Mahesh Sharma, and Minna Johar etc.

Interesting side note – this film is the 2nd in the now famous trilogy by Basu Bhattacharya, on the topic of marital discord, the first one being ‘Anubahv’ (1971) and the 3rd being ‘Grih Pravesh’ (1977).

More interesting side notes. As we talk about reuse, I must mention the other interesting reuse in this film. Probably this is the only film where we can hear Sharmila Tagore singing. At one place in the film, the iconic Manna Dey song “Hansne Ki Chaah Ne. . .” is being sung by Sharmila. Then, at another place in the film, the song from ‘Teesri Kasam’ (1966) – “Duniya Banaane Waale, Kya Tere Mann Mein Samaai” is playing on the radio, and we can also hear Sharmila singing along with it.

So much for today. In the next episode, we shall explore another very interesting aspect of re-use of songs.

Audio

Video

Song – Baabul Mora, Naihar Chhuto Hi Jaaye  (Aavishkaar) (1973) Singers – Jagjit Singh, Chitra Singh, Lyrics – Traditional, MD – Kanu Roy
Jagjit Singh + Chitra Singh

Lyrics

baabul mora. . .
naihar chhuto hi jaaye

baabul mora. . .
baabul mora. . .
naihar chhuto hi jaaye

chaar kahaar mil mori
doliyaan sajaaye re
mora apna begaana
chhuto jaaye. . .
naihar chhuto hi jaaye

[dialogue – Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila]

angnaa to parbat bhaya
deori bhai bides
le babul ghar aapno
main chali piya ke des
main chali piya ke des
main chali piya ke des

baabul mora. . .
naihar chhuto hi jaaye

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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बाबुल मोरा॰ ॰ ॰
नईहर छूटो ही जाये

बाबुल मोरा॰ ॰ ॰
बाबुल मोरा॰ ॰ ॰
नईहर छूटो ही जाये

चार कहार मिल मोरी
डोलियाँ सजाये रे
मोरा अपना बेगाना
छूटो जाये॰ ॰ ॰
नईहर छूटो ही जाये

[संवाद – राजेश खन्ना, शर्मिला टागोर]

अंगना तो परबत भया॰ ॰ ॰
डेयोड़ी भई बिदेस
ले बाबुल घर आपनो
मैं चली पिया के देस
मैं चली पिया के देस
मैं चली पिया के देस

बाबुल मोरा॰ ॰ ॰
नईहर छूटो ही जाये

 


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#the Decade of Seventies – 1971 – 1980 #
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# Bhoole-Bisre Geet # 78 # Singer – Mahendra Kapoor #
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Today 9th January is the birth anniversary of Singer Mahendra Kapoor (9 January 1934 – 27 September 2008). Had he been alive today he would have been eighty-five years old.

On today’s occasion here is a song from the 1972 movie ‘Maalik’ sung by Mahendra Kapoor and composed by Kalyanji -Anandji. Lyrics are by Rajinder Krishan.

I have vague memories of watching this film on ‘Doordarshan’ and do not remember it now. In my childhood I had been hearing this song ‘Kanhaiyya Kanhaiyya Tujhe Aana Padega’ on loud speakers during the ‘Janmashtami’ festival. This song was very popular in those years. And after watching this movie ‘Maalik’ on ‘Doordarshan’ around 1983-1985, I came to know it was from this movie. However today on the occasion of birth anniversary of Singer Mahendra Kapoor, I am presenting herewith another Krishna song from the same film.

‘Maalik’ was directed by A Bhim Singh for Bharat Movies, Madras. It was produced by Vasu Menon. It had Sharmila Tagore, Rajesh Khanna, Deven Verma, Sonia Sahni, Bipin Gupta, Shivraj, Umesh Sharma, NS Bedi, Prem Kumar, Kabir Kumar, Baby Pinki and Ashok Kumar (in a special appearance). Story for this movie was written by Balamurugan. Dialogues of this movie were written by Rajinder Krishan (who also wrote the lyrics for all songs in this movie). Editing of this movie was done by A Paul Doraisingam. NS Bedi was also the dialogue director of this movie. This movie was passed by the Censor Board on 26.10.1972.

Rajesh Khanna played a different role in this movie from what was expected from him then and that too when he was on the peak of his career. May be because of that the movie didn’t fare well at the box-office, and may be because people might not have like to watch Rajesh Khanna in this type of role.

Our group of friends then who were the fans of Rajesh Khanna, did not like this movie much when we watched it on ‘Doordarshan’ then in 1983-85. And I remember next day we had discussed this movie and Kaka’s role in it at length. (But that is the matter for another article on Rajesh Khanna series. 🙂

The brief about this movie ‘Maalik-1972’ as given on IMDB is as below;

Rajesh and Savitri are in love, and soon they get married. They soon realize that they have a number of differences, the main one being that while Rajesh is a devout Hindu and worships Lord Krishna, Savitri does not believe in God. This leads to a number of arguments, yet both continue on with their married life. Soon a child is born to them. Unfortunately, the child is born without hands and legs. Both are anguished by this, and decide to placate God by visiting various places of worship all over India, little knowing that the truth lies elsewhere.

This movie has total thirteen songs as listed in HFGK Vol-V (1971-1980). Out of these thirteen songs, the singer’s name has not been mentioned for one song. Out of the remaining twelve songs we have one solo sung by Kishore Kumar, one solo by Lata Mangeshkar, three solo songs sung by Mahendra Kapoor and seven duets of Mahendra Kapoor with Lata Mangeshkar. That way, including the multiple version songs we have Mahendra Kapoor’s voice in as many as ten songs in this movie.

There was one movie made with the same title as ‘Maalik’ in ‘1958’. Five songs from this 1958 movie are already posted on our blog.

Today ‘Maalik’ of 1972 makes its debut on the blog. Here is this first song from this movie appearing here which is sung by Mahendra Kapoor and chorus.

Let us now listen to the today’s song in the voice of Mahendra Kapoor and chorus.

Radhe Krishna bol mukh se
tero kya laage re mol

Audio

Song – Radhe Krishna Bol Mukh Se (Maalik) (1972) Singer – Mahendra Kapoor, Lyrics – Rajendra Krishna, MD – Kalyanji Anandji

Lyrics

aaaa aa aa aa
radhe krishna bol mukh se ae
radhe krishna
bol mukh se
radhe krishna bol
tero 
kya laage re mol
tero
kya laage re mol
tero
kya laage re mol
ho ho o o o
radhe krishna bol mukh se
radhe krishna bol tero
kya laage re mol
tero
kya laage re mol

(western dance music)

pee le shyam naam ka pyaala
aa aa aa aa
pee le shyam naam ka pyaala
aur ho ja saancha matwaala
aur ho ja saancha matwaala
girdhar ke rang mein rang ja
re rang ja
tero
kya laage re mol
tero
kya laage re mol
tero
kya laage re mol

(western dance music)

natwar se preet lagaa le
ae ae ae ae
natwar se preet lagaa le
chhavi sundar man mein basaa le ae
chhavi sundar man mein basaa le
bansi ki dhun mein kho ja re kho ja        
tero
kya laage re mol
tero
kya laage re mol
ho ho o o
radhe krishna bol mukh se
radhe krishna bol mukh se
radhe krishna bol
mukh se re
radhe krishna bol

(western dance music)

radhe krishna bol
radhe krishna bol
radhe krishna bol
radhe krishna bol

(western dance music)

radhe krishna bol
radhe krishna bol

(western dance music)

radhe krishna bol
radhe krishna bol
radhe krishna bol
radhe krishna bol

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
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आ आ आ आ
राधे कृष्ण बोल मुख से ए
राधे कृष्ण
बोल मुख से
राधे कृष्ण बोल
तेरो
क्या लागे रे मोल
तेरो
क्या लागे रे मोल
तेरो
क्या लागे रे मोल
हो ओ ओ ओ
राधे कृष्ण बोल मुख से
राधे कृष्ण बोल
तेरो
क्या लागे रे मोल
तेरो
क्या लागे रे मोल

(पाश्चात्य संगीत)

पी ले श्याम नाम का प्याला
आ आ आ आ
पी ले श्याम नाम का प्याला
और हो जा सांचा मतवाला
और हो जा सांचा मतवाला
गिरधर के रंग में रंग जा
रे रंग जा
तेरो
क्या लागे रे मोल
तेरो
क्या लागे रे मोल
तेरो
क्या लागे रे मोल
 
(पाश्चात्य संगीत)

नटवर से प्रीत लगा ले
ए ए ए ए
नटवर से प्रीत लगा ले
छवि सुन्दर मन में बसा ले ए
छवि सुन्दर मन में बसा ले
बंसी कि धुन में खो जा रे खो जा
तेरो
क्या लागे रे मोल
तेरो
क्या लागे रे मोल
हो हो ओ ओ
राधे कृष्ण बोल मुख से
राधे कृष्ण बोल मुख से
राधे कृष्ण बोल
मुख से रे
राधे कृष्ण बोल

(पाश्चात्य संगीत)

राधे कृष्ण बोल
राधे कृष्ण बोल
राधे कृष्ण बोल
राधे कृष्ण बोल

(पाश्चात्य संगीत)

राधे कृष्ण बोल
राधे कृष्ण बोल

(पाश्चात्य संगीत)

राधे कृष्ण बोल
राधे कृष्ण बोल
राधे कृष्ण बोल
राधे कृष्ण बोल


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