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Down reminiscence lane with unsung song director C ARJUN


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Sharada Iyer

Many cine-lovers would possibly not recollect the title of song director C Arjun off-hand, however the songs composed by way of him for a mythological movie turned into a rage in 1975 because the songs entered each family giving them an immortal high quality.

Allow us to commute again in time to fifteenth August, 1975. A small funds mythological movie was once launched with infrequently any recognized faces along a big-budget multi-starrer with massive names. Coincidentally, each movies of their first week didn’t do smartly however later collected such a lot momentum that they went directly to create historical past in their very own manner and are remembered to these days for his or her exceptional luck tales, for no movie has somewhat emulated the type of luck they garnered and are thought to be evergreen classics lately. The movies have been Jai Santoshi Maa and Sholay respectively!

Whilst Sholay had the whole lot going for it ranging from the forged to director to writers and song director, Jai Santoshi Maa had best an emotional storyline and devotional songs and was once according to a goddess about whom no longer a lot is even written about in our mythology. In truth, she had existed most commonly in ‘Vrat Kathas’ or within the tales in the back of the fasts which ladies in some portions of the rustic noticed on Fridays for the goddess. But the movie defied all creativeness and expectation and took all of the country by way of typhoon with the type of devotion and sincerity and ease woven within the plot making it an out of this world super-hit. Even though relating to box-office collections, Sholay was once declared the highest grosser of the yr, Jai Santoshi Maa was once on the 3rd spot beating movies like Deewar, Sanyasi, Pratiggya, Khel Khel Mein, Chupke Chupke, and so on. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Hindi_films_of_1975)

Surely, one of the vital main contributing components of the movie’s luck was once the song of the movie. Written by way of Kavi Pradeep and composed by way of C Arjun, the easy but melodious devotional songs which turned into so fashionable again then, are remembered even lately. Even though the song of the movie entered each family, unfortunately the song director’s title after the preliminary reputation remained within the background and shortly turned into a reputation confined to movie historical past books. Neither prior to this movie nor after this, did C Arjun get to look luck like this in his profession.

The movie in truth popularized the goddess such a lot and other people have been so touched that may stay their sneakers out of doors and bathe cash and vegetation whilst the film was once being screened. The songs transported them to the extent of bhakti hitherto by no means witnessed prior to. When the lighting within the cinema corridor dimmed out, the target audience skilled a divine connect to their goddess which might no longer be defined.

Allow us to get started our adventure with two of the evergreen songs from the largest hit of C Arjun’s career-Jai Santoshi Maa. The main actors within the movie have been Ashish Kumar, Kanan Kaushal, Bela Bose, Anita Guha, Bharat Bhushan. The primary track is by way of Usha Mangeshkar and the second one track by way of Mahendra Kapoor.

Tune: ‘Mai toh aarti utaroon re Santoshi Mata ki, Jai Jai Santoshi Mata…’

Tune: ‘Yahan wahan jahan tahan mat pooch kahan kahan hai Santoshi Maa…’

Track director C Arjun was once born on September 1st, 1933, in Sind, Karachi (undivided India) and his complete title was once Arjun Parmanand Chandnani. In his complete profession, regardless that he at all times were given to compose song for B-grade and low-budget movies, his song was once at all times top-class. It was once his songs composed for the movie Punar Milan (1964) that made other people realize him to begin with. All of the songs stood out for his or her soothing melody particularly this romantic solo by way of Mohammed Rafi. Picturized on actor Jagdeep and actress Ameeta the track keeps its allure even after fifty years. In one among his interviews C Arjun mentions how he was once a bit of unsatisfied in regards to the starting of the track and that’s when Rafi Sahb added the sunshine buzzing on his personal at first making the song director more than pleased.

Tune: ‘Paas baitho tabeeyat bahal jaayegi, maut bhi aa gayi ho to tal jaayegi…’

C Arjun was once initiated into song from an overly younger age and his father was once his first song instructor. Later the circle of relatives migrated to Baroda, Gujarat, after partition. After coming to Mumbai searching for paintings in movies, he joined the then fashionable song director Bulo C Rani as an assistant. He were given his first damage as an unbiased song director in 1958 in a Sindhi movie Abana. The songs have been a giant hit. He made his debut in Hindi movies in 1960 with the movie Street No. 303, and had Mehmood, Shubha Khote, Ok N Singh, Twari and Helen in major roles. Here’s a foot-tapping duet from the movie sung by way of Mohammed Rafi and Asha Bhosle.

Tune: ‘Pehli pehli baar mile hain do deewaane, acchha ji…’

Right here is a gorgeous duet within the voices of Rafi and Asha as soon as once more from the movie Punar Milan. The combo of rhythm and melody impart a freshness and beauty to the track which leaves an enduring affect at the listener.

Tune: ‘In pyar ki raahon mein, tera hello sahara hai…’

C Arjun labored so much with Mohammed Rafi and composed many melodious songs, each solos and duets. I got here throughout this immortal duet within the voices of Mohammed Rafi and Talat Mehmood from the 1963 movie Sushila (regardless that in some puts it says 1966). The lyrics impart the sensation of no longer giving up hope even in our darkest instances with Rafi being the sound of hope- ‘Gham ki andheri raat mein, dil ko na bekaraar kar, subha zaroor aayegi, subha ka intezaar kar…’

Now not a lot is understood about this movie however to be had knowledge says the movie was once launched in 1977 and the identify was once modified to Subha Zaroor Aayegi. Not anything alternatively may create a dent within the high quality of this gem of a track.

In our movies even supposing the songs are just right, their picturization and the actors lip-syncing subject so much. That is the place in all probability C Arjun were given left in the back of relating to recollection of his songs. For example, the beautiful romantic solo by way of Mohammed Rafi- ‘Jitni haseen ho tum utni hello bewafa ho… ‘, from the movie Mangu Dada (1970) suffers no longer best from dangerous picturization but additionally from the celebs Sujit Kumar and Faryal who glance utterly misplaced within the track collection. Believe the impact of the track had the celebs been Rajendra Kumar and Meena Kumari or Dev Anand and Nutan, the track would have made headlines1

On the other hand, the celebs on whom his songs can be picturized didn’t subject to C Arjun who saved composing excellent songs with sincerity. In 1961 the movie Major aur Mera Bhai starring Mehmood and Ameeta was once launched and had wonderful songs. Once more, no longer a lot is understood in regards to the plot of this movie. The poster of the movie presentations two Mehmood faces. Did he have a double position in it? I may no longer to find out. I request the readers to section with any knowledge they arrive throughout. Right here is a fascinating Mukesh-Asha duet from the movie. In the meantime this is the audio hyperlink to the track:

Tune: ‘Major abhi gair hoon mujhko abhi apna na kaho…’

There have been two Rafi solos within the film- a amusing loving peppy romantic track and a poignant philosophical track.

Tune: ‘O gori, zulm kare zulf ka bikhar jaana…’

Tune: ‘Murakh hai insaan o bhagwan…’

In 1978, got here a movie Nawab Saheb starring Parikshit Sahni, Rehana Sultan and Tamanna. The movie was once infrequently recognized on the time of its unencumber however one Usha Mangeshkar solo from the movie turned into a big-hit and was performed at the radio virtually each day. Many would possibly recollect the track after paying attention to the hyperlink underneath.

Tune: ‘Ab se pehle toh yeh dil ki haalat na thi aaj kya ho gaya…’

The movie additionally had two extra beautiful songs- a solo by way of Rafi and an relaxing qawwali by way of Rafi and Manna Dey. The lyricist was once Sahir Ludhianvi. C Arjun thus confirmed his prowess in composing other forms of songs with elan.

Tune: ‘Hum mein hai kya ke hame koi haseena chahe…’

Tune: ‘Uss jaane do alam ka jalwa parde mein bhi hai beparda bhi hai…’

Any other movies for which he gave song have been Ek Saal Pehle, Chale Hain Sasural, Guru aur Chela, Love in Kashmir, Sant Rohidas, Sati Nag Kanya, Raksha Bandhan, Aankh ka Taara, and so on. C Arjun labored with many wonderful lyricists particularly Jaan Nissar Akhtar, Sahir Ludhianvi, Gulshan Bawra, Indeevar, Kavi Pradeep, Qamar Jalalabadi, Raja Mendi Ali Khan and so on.

Here’s a beautiful ghazal written by way of Raja Mehndi Ali Khan for the movie Punar Milan and sung by way of Asha Bhosle and Mubarak Begum. Picturized on Shashikala and Ameeta the track turns out to have long gone disregarded. If it weren’t for YouTube and those uncommon uploads, we might in all probability by no means know the lifestyles of such a lot of outdated songs.

Tune: ‘Chaah karni thi chaah kar baithe, zindagi hum tabah kar baithe…’

An excellent Mohammed Rafi- Ash Bhosle duet from the movie titled Ustad Pedro (1971) merits a point out for its melody. The actors once more appear unknown faces. Taking note of the audio by myself offers a calming feeling.

Tune: ‘Chaayi ghata baagon mein mor bole, phool khilne ka mausam aa gaya…’

Whether or not other people lately take note him or no longer, he endured operating until the yr 1983 and kicked the bucket within the yr 1992, on the age of 59 years because of middle assault. This weblog is a humble tribute to this honest song director by way of remembering a few of his remarkable compositions.

I finish the weblog with this fashionable haunting duet by way of Suresh Wadkar and Usha Mangeshkar from the movie Kanoon aur Mujrim (1981). That is but some other track marred by way of the actors and the picturization, therefore enjoying the audio right here. I’ve heard this track such a lot of instances but by no means knew the title of the song director. Each their voices sound so contemporary and lovely. It surely looks as if Usha Mangeshkar were given to sing a few of her profession very best songs beneath C Arjun.

Tune: ‘Shaam rangeen hui hai tere aanchal ki tarah, surmayi rang saja hai tere kajal ki tarah…’

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