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Fading Memories…. Unforgettable Songs: August 2021

Shailendra’s Songs with Sardul Kwatra and Mukul Roy

Shailendra’s – a.k.a. Shankardas Kesarilal (B: 30-8-1923/ D: 14-12-1966) body of work beyond Shankar-Jaikishan and the other two music directors S D Burman and Salil Chaudhuri remains quite varied and interesting. There have been films where he has just one or two songs too.

We started taking a look at Shailendra’s songs with “other” music directors form the year 2017. Till now we have covered

In 2018, songs with Roshan

In 2019, songs with Hemant Kumar, Ravi and KalyanjiAnandji

In 2020, songs with SN Tripathi, Anil BIswas and C Ramchandra

Presently we will take up Shailendra’s songs with Sardul Kwatra and Mukul Roy, with who he had two films each.

Shailendra – Sardul (Singh) Kwatra

Sardul (Singh) Kwatra – 1928|2005 – was a master of Punjabi folk songs. His maiden Hindi film Ek Teri Nishani-49. That film failed at the box office. However, Sardul Kwatra composed music for 22 Hindi and 15 Punjabi films during his active career. Sardul Kwatra’s music in Mirza  Sahiban (1957) had caught attention of the cinegoers.

Pipili Saheb (1954)

The film had 9 songs of which had three lyricists – Hasrat Jaipuri – 6, Verma Malik -1 and Shailendra 2

Sapnon Ki Duniya Mein Naye Rang Laya O Man Bhaya Fagun Aaya – Usha Mangeshkar, Meena Mangeshkar, Shaminder Pal

A folk tune-based dance song that is set to a very pleasing tune and simple orchestration.

Chand Sitaro Mein Kaun Bulaye Re …. Pahalu Se Dil Uda Jaaye Re – Lata Mangeshkar, Shaminder Pal

Shaminder hailed from a well-to-do agriculturist family of Punjab. After Sardul Kwatra gave him the break, he did get to sing with a few other music directors as well.

When he came to Bombay, it was Shaminder’s dream to sing a song with Lata Mangeshkar. This is Shaminder’s dream come true.

Tees Maar Khan (1955)

The film had 10 songs. Prem Dhawan penned all other songs.

Jinki Nigahon Ne Chheena Hai Dil Mera Dekhoji Unka Nishana KahiN Aur Hai – Lata Mangeshkar

The protagonist happily mulls her love. The song has verve that catches the mood of the lyrics so vividly.

I could not find the other song Dhoondhati Hai Tujhko Nigahein (Asha Bhosle) on YT.

Shailendra – Mukul Roy

Mukul Roy (B: 16-8-1926 to 8-11-2009) was the elder brother of Geeta Roy (Dutt). He composed music in only 3 Hindi films, 2 Bangla films (Grihpravesh and Kay hiner kahini). He also gave music to one Gujarati film.

Sailaab (1956)

Mukul Roy produced the film and Guru Dutt was the director. The other lyricists for the film were Majrooh Sultanpuri (4), Hasrat Jaipuri (2) and Madhukar Rajasthani (1).

Yeh Rut Yeh Raat Jawaan Bekal Dil Ke ArmaaN Aise Mein Tu Kaha Mere Dibar Aa – Geeta Dutt

The song appears to a club dance song, with Geeta Dutt at her usual mellifluous intoxicating mood.

Aa Gayi … Re Raat Rangbhari Aa Gayi…. Bachpan Ka Hath Chhoota – Geeta Dutt

Geeta Dutt comes up with a very different tonal variation.

Detective (1958)

Shailendra was the sole lyricist for this mystery thriller genre film. Shakti Samanta was the director.

Aankhon Pe Bharosa Mat Kar Duniya Jadu Ka Khel Hai – Mohammad Rafi, Sudha Malhotra

Protagonists play tricks to please the lady.

Mohammad Rafi sings for Pradeep Kumar whereas Sudha Malhotra sings for the child artist Daisy Irani.

Kal Talak Hum Thik Tha Aaj Hamien Kya Ho Gaya – Mohammad Rafi, Geeta Dutt

The song is filmed on Johnny Walker and Bimla Kumari (not to be confused with Hawa Mein Udata Jaye Bimala Kumari).

Shailendra has deftly weaved in the colloquial Anglo-Indian diction for the lyrics enacted by Bimla Kumari, befitting her role in the film.

Chhodiye Gussa Huzoor Aisi Narazagi Bhi Kya – Mohammad Rafi

Here is a the then popular roothana-manana genre song.

Aaja Kar Le Muqabla Ye Baji Pyar Ki – Mohammad Rafi, Geeta Dutt

Johnny Walker masquerades as a matador and Bimla Kumari as bull in the stage play as the mystery seems to deepen in the background.

Mujhko Tum Jo Mile, Ye Jahan Mil Gaya – Hemant Kumar, Geeta Dutt

The song comes up as a mandatory duet.

Hindi Geetmala mentions of solo in Geeta Dutt’s coice, too, which may be a small piece used in the film.

Raahi Chal Sambhal Sambhal Ke Bada Katheen Hai Rasta – Asha Bhosle

On the face of it, this is a street song, but the lyrics are laded with meaning for the ‘The Detective’ to remain guarded against the machination of the villains. Visuals of furtive movements by the villains makes it easier  for the lay public in the cinema hall to appreciate this ‘between the lines’ message.

Do Chamakti Ankhon Mein Kal Khwaab Suhana Tha Jinka – Geeta Dutt

The beloved is whittling out time in clubs and the poor heroine is shedding tears at home. The formula-drama of a Hindi cinema, irrespective of the theme of the screen play is ploy to create a space for a female song of pathos!

Geeta Dutt is her at most expressive best in this song, which is enshrined in the front-row of her top songs.

With curtain call for the present episode, please remember that our journey of the memory lanes of Shailendra’s song for “other” music directors continue…..

We will continue remembering Unforgettable Songs that seem to Fading away from our Memories every second Sunday of the month next year too……..

Disclaimer: All images are sourced from net. All copyrights of the respective image remain with the original owner of the image.

By ASHOK M VAISHNAV

In July 2011, I opted to retire from my active career as a practicing management professional. In the 38 years that I pursued this career, I had opportunity to work in diverse capacities, in small-to-medium-to-large engineering companies. Whether I was setting up Greenfield projects or Brownfield projects, nurturing the new start-ups or accelerating the stabilized unit to a next phase growth, I had many more occasions to take the paths uncharted. The life then was so challenging!
One of the biggest casualty in that phase was my disregards towards my hobbies - Be with The Family, Enjoy Music form Films of 1940s to mid-1970s period, write on whatever I liked to read, pursue amateur photography and indulge in solving the chess problems.
So I commenced my Second Innings to focus on this area of my life as the primary occupation.
At the end of four years, I am now quite a regular blogger. I have been able to build a few very strong pen-relationships.
I maintain contact with 38-years of my First Innings as freelance trainer and process facilitator.
And yet,
The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

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