Sunday, 10 July 2016

Great Songs by Forgotten Composer

C Arjun - Part4

Remember the songs of Jai Santoshi Ma,all the songs of this film were hit.The movie released with Sholay was a super hit.Its songs were liked by all the groups be it young or old,the songs were topping the charts be it Binaca Geetmala or Vividh Bharti.
The music Composer of this movie was C.Arjun,the real name was Arjun Parmanand Chandani born on 1-9-1933 at Karachi Pakistan.Originaly a Sindhi,his family got settled at Vadodara after the partition.His father was a singer,so music was in his genes.Before joining Hindi Film Industry he was assistant to a Sindhi Music Director Bulo C Rani.He started as an independant composer from a Sindhi Film ABANA.
                                            Song from  Road No 303 released in 1960

His first Hindi film was Road No 303 released in 1960,It was directed by Dharam Kumarwho directed films like,Truck driver,Sarfarosh,Rustam Kaun,Main aur mera bhai,Jalte deep,Capt.Sheroo etc. Menmood and Shubha Khote were the lead pair.Jan Nissar Akhtar and Naqsh Lyallpuri wrote the lyrics
                         Paas Beitho Tabeeyat Bahal Jaayegi" sung by Mohammad Rafi from Punarmilan

In 1964 his film Punarmilan released, the immortal song of this film"Paas Beitho Tabeeyat Bahal Jaayegi" sung by Mohammad Rafi gave him recognition in the film industry.The film didn't run but the songs became hit.The songs were Picturised on Jagdeep the famous comedian and Ameeta who were the lead pair.
It was tragedy with this Composer that he was not offered music for big banners so he had to give music to B or C grade movies.His teaming with the lyricist Jaan Nisar Akhtar would rank at par with the best of Sahir Ludhiyanvi’s composed by SD Burman or Roshan.but luck was not in his favour

                            Gham ki andheri raat mein by Rafi and Talat Mahmood fromSusheela (1966),
In 1966 another immortal composition of this great composer came .Gham ki andheri raat mein by Rafi and Talat Mahmood fromSusheela (1966), lyrics Jaan Nisar Akhtar.This song probably may be one of the last songs of Talat Mahmood.This song bears an uncanny similarity to Sahir Ludhiyanvi – Khayyam composition Wo subah kabhi to ayegi from Phir Subah Hogi.
                                   song from Ustaad Pedro(1971) "chhayi ghata baagon mein"
Before the relelease of Jai Santoshi Ma he gave music in many films like Mangu Dada,Ustad Pedro,Guru aur Chela all these movies were B grade after Jai Santoshi maa he was offered the music of Mythological films.
In 1978 “Nawab Sahib”  was produced by Satnam Rohra and directed by Rajinder Singh Bedi. The movie had Rehana Sultan, Parikshit Sahni, Johnny Walkar, Omprakash, Bharat Bhushan, Farida jalal, Chaman Puri,Tamanna, Ranjeet,Chand Usmani etc in it.If this movie is still remembered today, then the credit should go to the song.This song is sung by Usha Mangeshkar. It is picturised on Tamanna, with Rehana Sultan also present in the picturisation and Parikshit Sahni also visible in the picturisation

song from Nawab Sahib

How can I not incude the songs of Jai Santoshi Maa This movie was a Super Duper Hit of 1975.Released with Sholay,the music became super hit after its release.



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