Saturday, 18 March 2017

Sambhal Ye Dil

A deeply touching duet with emphatic though contrasting expressions of feelings of two, Mohan (Sunil Dutt) and Rajni (Vyjayanthimala)
Mohan, a literature professor, who once hired Rajni, a Nautch girl to pose as his fiancée to console his ailing mother (who wished Mohan be married before she dies) is now pining for her to be with him forever. Rajni, in contrast, is withdrawing herself away, for the shear fear of social stigma linked to her “self”, a dilemma that stared on her face something she dreaded to face! Understable for a lady who frequently fleed unable to bear the mockery by customers (for whom she worked as prostitute).  A reason or two that made them mock: Be it when she dons a dance costume or regales herself royally with bridal sari n such other finery, lovingly gifted to her - considered as “Bahu-to-be” - by her wishfilled Ma -in-law-to-be (Leela Chitnis).
The heart of this song “Sambhal Ye Dil” lies in conversational lyrics of Sahir Ludhianvi so sublimely centered on two selves, Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala who sing their hearts out. Dialogue delivered musically that appears to be happening as if between each other while together, though distanced remotely away from one other.
Vyjayanthimala is portrayed in a typical posture of a human in depressingly dilemmatic state at the start of the song. In stark contrast is Sunil Dutt, right at the door and treading towards the balcony, arms ready to open wide, for Vyj…mala. Ala…watch Sunil’s sincerely smiling face greeting her, all of grace! Diverse yet subtle ways of depicting Rajni’s depressed state are notable through the song….ambling around the room with clenched fists, moist eyes et al. Even as Mohan maintains his cheerful face and heartfelt state right through his last verse when he sings “jo dil ki aakhri hadd hai wahaan tak baat pahunchi hai (my feelings are at the farthest edge of my heart) we too realise we are sitting at the edge of our seats wondering while watching….Unite, they must….yet our thoughts tossing between these two questions…Will they? Won’t they? …Will they? Won’t they?... Will they? Won’t they?

Movie Masaala:
Vyjayanthimala who exploited her dancing skills to the hilt alongside her acting duly won the Best Fimfare Actress Award. So did Mukhram Sharma for his Splendid Story. Vyjayanthimala in the same year was nominated for the biggest hit of her career Bimal Roy’s Madhumati
Sadhna was the fifth highest grossing film of 1958
Sunil Dutt in his role in this film as Professor of Poetry and Literature at a nearby college, during one of his lessons about a nobleman who has fallen for a prostitute, had this to say about dancing girls, “They love not the man, but his assets and money”
Sadhna was a conversational tale with no takers! Hold…. not till B R Chopra grabbed it and did not miss converting it to a big hit!
Vyjayanthimala overtly enamoured by the script her role had to enact on screen is believed to have gifted B R Chopra a plateful of coins! Ever smart at picking up potential roles - Chandramukhi in Devdas when Nargis and Suraiya refused; Rajni in this film when Nimmi (big star of that era) refused BRC’s offer.
Sambhal Ye Dil is 1/7 songs from
Film: Sadhna (1958)        
Director: B R Chopra       Music Director: Datta Naik
Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi    Singers: Asha, Rafi           Actors: Sunil Dutt, Vyjayanthimala

Few other songs reviewed in this blog:
Mang ke saath tumhaara
Tu Pyar Ka Saagar Hai
Churaliya Hum Tum Ne Jo Dil Ko
Aao Huzoor Tum Ko
Aayega Aane Waala
Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh

Songs reviewed here are a part of "Nostalgia" section in this blog. Few other sections in this blog include "My Paintings" "Mangala's Potluck" "Play with Words" "My First Post"
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Songs sung by Team Nostalgia at Dignity Foundation on 20th Jan 2017:
Ae maalik tere bande hum - Vasant Desai
Tum aasha vishwas hamare  - Hridayanath
Saranga teri yaad mein - Sardar Malik
Dhalti jaaye raat - Lachiram
Jai jai he jagadambe mata - Chitragupt
Haye jiya roye  - Hansraj Bahl
Hasne ki chahne kitna mujhe rulaya hai  - Kanu Roy
Chanda re ja re ja re – Khemchand Prakash
Tere sur aur mere geet – Vasant Desai
Prabhu tero naam - Jaidev
Mujhko tum jo mile – Mukul Roy
Phir kahin koi phool khila – Kanu Roy
Mera dil jo mera hotha – Kanu Roy
Haal e dil ko sunana tha – Snehal Bhatkar
Main apne aap se ghabra gaya hun - Iqbal Quereshi
Phir woh bhooli si yaad aayi hai - Sapan Jagmohan
Tumhe dekhti hoon to lagta hai aise - Jaidev
Zindagi dene waale sun – Ghulam Mohammed
Sambhal ye dil – Datta Naik
Jo tum muskura do – Datta Naik
Main tumhi se pooch thi hoon mujhe tumse pyar kyun hai – Datta Naik

DATTA NAIK  – compiled

Local resident of Portuguese Colony Goa
Started his career as music assistant of S D Burman
Active in film music for about 25 years (active till 1975)
First Film Music: MILAAP (1955)
First Hit: Chandrakanta (1956) with nearly a dozen songs. Most popular song: Maine Chand Aur Sitaron Ke Thamanna Ki Thi  …. followed by …..
His music score for the famous Children’s film: Ham Panchi Ek Dal Ke (1957). In this film, child artist Daisy Irany won the hearts of millions. The title song “Tang, Tang, Dole….Hum Panchi Ek Dal Ke” is rated as one of the best children’s songs to this day.
Oh Dil Ki Tamanna Thi Masti  Me Manzil” from the film Gyarah Hazaar Ladakiyaan (Bharat Bhushan – Mala Sinha) is a nostalgic song of Binaca Geetmala – Radio Ceylon. A popular song of those times is not to be heard now.
1958 – established himself as a noted music director with 2 beautiful Asha Bhosle songs “Kis jaga jaayen kisko dikhayen” and “Nainon se naina laage” (Film: Light House  - Ashok Kumar/Nutan)
1958 – Film Sadhna – a variety of beautiful songs that included a popular quawwali “Aaj kyon hamse parda hai
1959 – In “Bhai Bahen” – Daisy Irani’s film, Dutta’s “Sare Jahan Se Aacha” (Asha) and “Thandi hawa ke jhoke” (Shamshad Begum) were popular then
Credit of bringing Mahendra Kapoor to the forefront of playback singers (out of the shadow of Rafi)  goes to Dutta with Yash Chopra’s “Dharm Putra” (1960) and B R Chopra’s “Dhool ka Phool” (1959)
Bhool sakta hai bhala kaun tumhaari aankhen” – film: Dharm Putra – Mahendra Kapoor succeeded in giving required feeling to the song where it was Rafi’s success earlier.
Best of Dutta - “Tere Pyar Ke Aasra Chaahta Hoon” is a duet by Mahendra Kapoor and Lata in “Dhool ka Phool”

A reminder about remaining songs:
Jo tum muskura do – Duet
Tu hindu banega na musalman banega – Integration song
Kaise kahoon man ki baat – Semi classical
Karle job hi karna hai – quawwali
Tum mujhe bhool bhi jao to yeh haq hai tumko – Duet from film Didi
Sitare Raah Takte Hai
Main tumhi se poochthi hoon
Aurat ne janam diya mardon ka
Sambhal ye Dil
Ashkon me jo paya hai
Kis jagah jaayen
Ab who karam Karen
Daaman me aag laga baithe
Tere pyar ka aasra chaahtha hoon
Aaj ki raat nahi shikwon
Laal Laal Gaal
Dutta’s catchy compositions in some unheard films:
Aaj ye aanchal muh kyun chupaye
Dhoonde nazar nazar mera chand hai kidhar
Pyar ka jahaan ho chota sa makhaan ho
Meri tasveer lekar kya karoge
N Dutta also gave music for the film “Datta Naik”
Long association with Sahir as lyricist till Chehre pe Chehra
Sensible music director with minimum orchestra
Made a comeback in 1980 - Chehre pe Chehra and Miss Toofan
Dec 1987 – left the world ….unsung unknown
This underrated composer belongs to the list of many others like him:
Vasant Desai
Mukul Roy
Kanu Roy
Hansraj Bahl
Sapan Jagmohan
Adi Narayan Rao P
Iqbal Qureshi
Prem Dhawan
S N Tripati

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