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It is a well-known fact that when sound films came into being in 1931, majority of the films which were produced, especially in the 1930s, belonged to the genres of action, adventure, costume drama, mythology, fantasy, folk legend etc. There were few takers for films containing social, family drama and romantic themes. In a way, this was the legacy from silent films. Those who produced and directed silent films may have thought it prudent to try more or less the same genres in sound films to begin with.

Hyderabad (Sindh) born Mohan Dayaram Bhavnani (1903-1962) was one of those directors who started his filmy carreer as director in silent films in 1925. He directed 19 silent films before venturing into sound films. From the listing of films directed by him, I find that most of his films belonged to the genres of action, adventure and costume dramas.

Before joining film industry, Mohan Bhavanani had studied film making in Germany after completion of his college in 1925. On the eve of the imminent arrival of sound films in India, Mohan Bhavnani once again went to Germany to study the techniques of sound films. His first sound film was ‘Trapped’ (1931) which probably may have been converted from his last silent film ‘Farebi Jaal’ (1931). This was the film in which Durga Khote made her maiden appearance as an actress. This was also the film in which Enakshi Rama Rao had a small role who later married Mohan Bhavnani.

In 1935, Mohan Bhavnani started his own film production company, Bhavnani Productions. Under his banner, he produced the first film ‘Jaan Bahadur’ (1935). This was followed by ‘Jaagran’ (1936) in which his wife, Enakshi Rama Rao was the lead actress. In all, he directed 23 sound films. 13 of these films were produced under his own banner.

In 1948, Mohan Bhavnani bid adieu to film industry and joined Film Division as the Chief Producer. He worked in this till 1955. In 1958, on an invitation from the Chinese Government for producing a documentary on China, he made extensive trips to China.

In 1937, Mohan Bhavnani had produced and directed a jungle adventure film ‘Zambo, the Ape Man’ a.k.a. ‘Sher-E-Jungle’ (1937). The film seems to be a success at the box office as he produced and directed its sequel, ‘Zambo Ka Beta’ a.k.a. Son of Zambo (1939). The star cast of the film included Navin Yagnik, Bimla Kumari, Nayampalli, Sunita Devi, Vatsala Kumthekar, David, Fatty Prasad, A S Gyani, Gulab, Gulzar etc.

There were 9 songs in the film written by Pandit Shivkumar who was associated with India’s independence movement and was a scholar in Hindi, Sanskrit and Urdu languages. Songs were set to music by Pandit Badri Prasad who, in his later filmy career, switched over in the role as a character actor and choreographer.

I am presenting the first song ‘hai ishq wohi aag jo paani mein lagaa de’ from the film ZAMBO KA BETA (1939) to appear in the Blog. The song is sung by Vatsala Kumthekar who also acts in the film. The song is rendered in the thumri style. After all, Vatsala Kumthekar was trained in Hindustani classical music under Ustad Khadim Hussain Khan of Agra Gharana.

With this song, ‘Zambo Ka Beta’ (1939) makes its debut in the Blog.

Audio

Song-Hai ishq wahi aag jo paani mein lagaa de (Zambo Ka Beta)(1939) Singer-Vatsala Kumthekar, Lyrics-Pt Shivkumar, MD-Pt Badri Prasad

Lyrics

hai ishq wahi aag jo o
paani mein lagaa de
haan haan
paani mein lagaa de
haan haan
paani mein lagaa de ae ae ae ae
hai khwaab wahi khwaab jo o
sotey se jagaa de
haan aan
sotey se jagaa de
haa aan
hai khwaab wahi khwaab jo o
sotey se jagaa de…ae ae ae ae

hai khushk ?? dekh chuke ae
ae ae ae ae ae
hosh ki duniya aa aa aa aa
ab aisi pilaa de ki jo o o
behosh banaa de
haan haan
behosh banaa de
haan aan
ab aisi pilaa de ki jo o
behosh banaa de ae ae ae

khaali hai suraahi to o o o o o
madhosh to tu hai ae ae ae ae ae ae
khaali hai suraahi to o o o o o
madhosh to tu hai ae ae ae ae ae ae
aa apne labon ko ye mere
aa apne labon ko ye mere
munh se lagaa de
haan haan haan
munh se lagaa de
haan aan
aa apne labon ko mere
munh se lagaa de
haa aan
hai ishq wahi aag jo
paani mein lagaa de…ae ae ae

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“Holiday in Bombay”(1941) was directed by S Badami for Sudama Productions, Bombay. This forgotten movie had Sabita Devi, Shobhana Samarth, arun, Vatsala Kumthekar, E Bilimoria, Jaal Merchant, Ghory etc in it.
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“Aabroo”(1943) was directed by Nazeer for Hind Pictures, Bombay. The movie had Sitara Devi, Yakoob, Nazeer, Jagdish, Masood, Shakir, Vatsala Kumthekar, Laddan, Chanda Bai, Janardan Sharma etc in it.
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“Ishaara” (1943) is a movie produced more than seven decades ago. Little information was known about this movie till our own beloved inhouse Mr Arunkumar Deshmukh came to our help. In addition, we also had late Khwaja Sultan Ahmad (brother of music director Khursheed Anwar) as our visitor in the past who shared some unknown facts about the movies. Here are the details of this movie as narrated to us by the two abovementioned knowledgeable experts:
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

The Wonderful Sounds of 1930s – 8
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An absolute gem.  A duet song from 1938 about which almost no information is available.  Just that the film is ‘Baanke Saanwariya’ and the name of the music director is  Damodar Sharma.  I even checked the actual 78 rpm record of this song, which is available with my friend.  Even the names of the singers is not mentioned.
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This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

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Lesser known singers- Singer 8 (Vatsala Kumthekar)
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Lord Byron had said,” Time is a great leveller”.
To paraphrase Lord Byron, Hindi film industry is a great leveller. This industry has taken some people from Rags to Riches and some others from Riches to Rags !
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