Showing posts with label Actor Singer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Actor Singer. Show all posts

Saturday, 9 May 2020

Talat Mahmood- The Singer, who gave us many Immortal Songs.

Talat Mahmood, the legendry singer of the Golden Era died on 8th May 1998 has given many Immortal songs to us. Although his peak barely spanned a decade, he has produced some of Bollywood's most treasured songs.  This accomplishment has earned him a place in our hearts and souls for all time to come.
Talat’s impeccable command over Urdu was the flavor of the films. Top music directors of that time were giving him songs. The first song he sang for Dilip Kumar was "Milte Hi Ankhe Dil Hua Deewana Kisi Ka" a duet from Babul 1950. He gave playback to all the big stars of that era such as Dev Anand, Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, and Sunil Dutt 
 His big break came with the song Ae dil mujhe aisi jagha le chal jahan koi na ho composed by music director Anil Biswas for the soundtrack of the movie Arzoo. The song proved to be extremely popular.
After Babul, he sang for Dilip Kumar in the 1951 film Tarana, the song "Seene Mei Sulagte Hai Arman" became super hit. The same year another song from Madhosh " Meri Yaad Mein Na Tum Aanso Bahana" also became hit.His voice was now being appreciated by all, most of the music directors were now giving him a chance. In 1952 he sang in 26 films, the songs of Daag and Anhonee became super hit. He sang for the first time for Raj Kapoor, this song" Mein Dil Hoon Ek Arman Bhara" is an immortal song.
Though he sang for Dev Anand in 1951 film Nadaan,"Aa Teri Tasvir Bana Loon"but the 1953 song "Andhe Jahan Ke Hum Hain" became hit. The same year "Sham-E-Gham ki qassam" for Footpath and "Zindagi dene wale sun" for Dil E Nadaan were a massive hit.
In 1954 he again sang for Dev Anand in Taxi Driver, the song  "Jayen to jayen kahan" became immortal and one of his greatest hits.
Talat sang approximately 800 songs spread over 4 decades spanning between the 40s and 80s Here I am posting a few of his immortal songs

Song of Arzoo 1950

Song of Baabul 1950

Song of Taraana 1951

Song of Madhosh 1951

Song of Daag 1952

Song of Anhonee 1952

Song of Foothpath 1953

Song of Dil-e-Nadaan  1953

Song of Taxi Driver  1954

Song of Baradari  1955

Song of Yasmeen  1955

Song of Dekh Kabira Roya 1957

Song of Sujata  1959

Song of Chhaya 1961

Song of Jahan Aara 1964

Saturday, 11 April 2020

K L Saigal - A Journey from Salesman to the First Singing Star

K. L. Saigal (11 April 1904 – 18 January 1947), is considered the first superstar of the Hindi film industry, A drop out of school and started earning money by working as a railway timekeeper. Later he worked as a typewriter salesman; this later occupation gave him the opportunity to travel widely in India.
He used to sing in gatherings with friends and met many people.  On one occasion he met Meharchand Jain; he would become one of Saigal's early friends and supporters.  In his travels, he also met B.N. Sircar the founder of New Theatres.  It is said that it was Sircar, who persuaded Saigal to go to Calcutta.
In Calcutta, he briefly worked in a hotel as a manager but his interest was in music grew day by day.  Though he didn't receive formal training, he learned it listening to other classical singers of that era. He was a frequent participant in mehfils.  He also recorded a number of discs of songs written and arranged by Harishchandra Bali.  These were released through the Indian Gramophone Company.  His reputation as a singer was growing.
 While in Calcutta, Saigal was introduced to R.C. Boral.  It was Boral who signed Saigal to a contract with New Theatres. Those were the days when actors and actresses sang their own songs, and musical ability was considered an important prerequisite for a successful film career.
His first film was an Urdu film "Mohabbat Ke Ansoo" (1932).  Thereafter he had roles in "Subah Ke Sitare", and "Zinda Laash".  These were released in 1932 but were not successful.
During this period Saigal continued to work in films and continued to sing private songs. Out of many private disks, of which Jhulana jhulao attracted much attention from the public. In 1934 one of his films "Chandidas" made him famous as an actor.

The next year in 1935 Devdas was released. After the phenomenal success of "Devdas", there was no doubt that Saigal was a formidable entity in the film industry. His songs in the film Devdas (1935), "Balam Aaye Baso Moray Man Mein" and "Dukh Ke Ab Din Beetat Naahi", became popular throughout the country
While in Calcutta, Saigal became proficient in Bengali.  This allowed him to sing and act in a number of Bengali films.  He even had the distinction of being the first non-Bengali that Rabindranath Tagore would allow recording his work.
His association with New Theatres continued to bear fruit in the successful films Didi (Bengali), President (Hindi) in 1937, Desher Mati (Bengali), Dharti Mata (Hindi) in 1938, Saathi (Bengali), Street Singer (Hindi) in 1938, Dushman (1939), Jiban Maran (1939) and Zindagi in 1940, with Saigal in the lead. There are a number of songs of this era which form the rich heritage of film music in India. Also, in Street Singer, Saigal rendered the song "Babul Mora Naihar Chhooto Jaye"

 He moved to Bombay in December of 1941, and there began to work with the Ranjit Movietone Company. There he did films such as "Bhakta Surdas", "Tansen", "Kurukshetra", "Omar Khayyam", "Tadbeer", "Shahjahan" and "Parwana".
In a career of fifteen years, Saigal acted in 36 feature films – 28 in Hindi, seven in Bengali, and one in Tamil. In addition, he acted in a short comedy Hindi film, Dulari Bibi (three reels), released in 1933., Saigal rendered 185 songs throughout his career which includes 142 film songs and 43 non-film songs. Of the film songs, there are 110 in Hindi, 30 in Bengali and two in Tamil. There are 37 non-film songs in Hindi, and two each in Bengali, Pashto, Punjabi and Persian. His non-film songs comprise bhajansghazals, and Lori. He has rendered the creations of poets such as GhalibZauq, and Seemab.
Saigal lived a short life. He died at the age of 42 years. It is said that in the years before his death, he was unable to sing or perform without first having a drink.  This was affecting both his health as well as his work.  He developed cirrhosis of the liver. He passed away on January 18th, 1947 in Jalandhar. Before his death, he was able to churn out three more hits under the baton of Naushad Ali for the film Shahjehan (1946). These are "Mere Sapnon Ki Rani", "Ae Dil-e-Beqaraar Jhoom" and "Jab Dil Hi Toot Gaya". Parwana (1947) was his last film, released after his death,   
Immortal Songs of K L Saigal
Ghazal of K L Saigal

The first private song of K L Saigal

Song of Chandidas (1934)

Song of Devdas (1935)

Song of Pujarin (1936)

Song of President" (1937), 

Song of Street Singer (1938)

Song of  Dushman (1939),

Song of  Zindagi (1940)

Song of  Zindagi (1940)

Song of  Bhakta Surdas (1942)

Song of  Tansen (1943)

Song of  ShahJahan (1946),

Song of  ShahJahan (1946),

Song of Parwana (1947)

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Talat Mahmood - A Great Fan of K L Saigal

Like most of the singers of the 40s and 50s Talat Mahmood was also influenced by singing superstar Kundanlal Saigal. He would sing Saigal songs for hours on his harmonium, he never tried to emulate his style. Later, at a function when he sang a ghazal of Mirza Ghalib, Nuktacheen Hai Gham-e-Dil, that had also been sung by Saigal, he got an offer to sing on AIR Lucknow. After listening to his voice, PK Sen of HMV offered him a one-year contract for 30 rupees. Talat left for Calcutta and recorded his first song in 1941, Sab din ek saman nahi tha, penned by Fayyaz Hashmi and composed by Kamal Dasgupta.
Pankaj Mullick who was also present there liked his voice, and he invited Talat to join New Theatres. Talat couldn't have accepted the offer since he was bound by the HMV contract, and also recorded private geet and ghazals for HMV.
His first encounter with Saigal happened when Saigal was recording a song for the film, My Sister, Do naina matware tihare hum per zulam karein, composed by Pankaj Mullick. Talat was spellbound seeing his idol singing.  In his own words, "Lag raha tha jaise noor ki barrish ho rahi hai (It felt as if there was a shower of bright light)."
Talat made his debut in PC Barua's film Rajlaxmi in 1945 and sang two songs in the movie. And, one song, Jago musafir jago, was picturised on him. Thereafter, Talat also performed in two films, Samapti and Swayamsiddha, as an actor-singer. During his stay in Calcutta, he recorded several popular songs in Bangla with the pseudo name Tapan Kumar and his debut rendition in Bangla, Duti pakhi duti teere majhe naadi bohe dhire dhire, broke all the records.
In 1949, Talat moved to Bombay to try his luck in Hindi films. Initially, many composers told him that he had a tremolo in his voice but composers wanted to change his singing style. It was Anil da who told Talat that this tremble in his voice was his strength, his USP. He composed a ghazal for Talat in film, Aarzoo (1950), Aye dil mujhe aisi jagah le chal, penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri. This was the beginning of the Talat Mahmood era.
Naushad took Talat for Dilip Kumar in Babul and he sang hits like Khushi ke saath duniya mein, Husnwalon ko na dil do, and duets with Shamshad Begum, Duniya badal gayee meri duniya badal gayee and Milte hi nazar dil hua deewana kisi ka.
In 1951, Anil da recorded Talat's classic number, Shukriya hai pyaar tera. Talat made his debut with SD Burman with the song, Aye zindagi ke rahi in Bahar, followed by Burman Da's Buzhdil, Ek Nazar, Sazaa.and the best was to come in Taxi Driver 1954, Jayen To Jayen Kahan. In Devdas 1955, he sang heart-rendring numbers, Kis ko khabar thi kisko yakeein tha and Mitwa lagi re ye kaisi anbujh aag. Even in Sujata, he was reluctant to take Talat to sing his evergreen number, Jalate hain jiske liye in Sujata.
By the mid-1950s, Talat became the most sought after playback singer. He was every composer's first choice, giving playback for Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand, Shammi Kapoor, Sunil Dutt, Shashi Kapoor and Bharat Bhushan, as also for Guru Dutt in his debut film Baaz as an actor: Mujhe Dekho Hasrat ki Tasveer hoon main composed by OP Nayyar. Later, he also sang his immortal number, Pyaar par bas to nahin hai for Nayyar in Sone Ki Chidiya. 
Talat sang for Khayyam Saab his masterpiece ghazal in film Footpath, Shaam-e-Gham ki Kasam, and a beautiful romantic number in the film, Lala Rukh is worth mentioning.
Talat Mehmood passed away after a cardiac arrest on 9th May 1998.
Song of Arzoo 1950

Song of Tarana 1951

Song of Daag 1952

Song of Patita 1953

Song of Footpath 1953

Song of Taxi Driver 1954

Song of  Dekh Kabira Roya 1957

Song of Sone Ki Chidiya.1958

Song of  Sujata 1959

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Actor Singer Songs of Bollywood

Before the playback singing started in Bolywood ,all most all the hero and heroines used to sing their songs,in fact they were taken on the basis of their singing talent.K L SAIGAL,Noor Jeahan,Ashok Kumar,Devika Rani,Kanan Devi and Suraiya were singing sensation of their time.
The great singers of Golden Era of Hindi Cinema like Mohammad Rafi,Kishorn Kumar,Mukesh and TalatMahmood also acted in many films.There are many playback singers who turned to acting but could not succeed,similarly there were many actors who tried their talent in singing. In this blog I have taken some of these great actors who sang in the films.

The first song on my list is from the 1947 film  Dil Ki Rani sung by Raj Kapoor
Song of Dil Ki Rani 1947
Here is a rare song sung by Dilip Kumar,a duet with Lata Mangeshkar in 1957 film Musafir

Song of Musafir 1957

We all know that Mena Kumari was a poet but beside this she was a good singer also,she sang many songs in her films like Duniya Ek Sarai 
                         Piya Ghar Aaja, Bichhade Bala and Pinjre Ke Panchhi
Song Duniya Ek Sarai

Amitabh  Bachchan is another actor who sang many songs in his films.The first time he sang in Mr Natwar Lal and later in many films like Lawaris ,Silsila and many more.

Song of Lawaris

Nutan was also a good singer, she sang in the 1960 film Chhabili

Song of Chhabili 1960

Amir Khan
Amir Khan sang Aati Kya Khandala in Ghulam,,Bum Bum Bole in Taare Zameen ParI Hate You in Delhi Belly and Dhaakad in Dangal.

Song of Ghulam 1998

Farhan Akhtar sang all the songs of movie Rock on, one song in movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, "Dil Dhadakne Do" title song and many more.

Song of Rock On 2008

Salmon Khan though not a good singer sang in few films like Bodyguard, Kick and Hero

Song of Bodyguard 

Shraddha Kapoor sang "Galliyan Unplugged" in Ek Villain, "Do Jahaan" in Haider, "Bezubaan Phir Se" in ABCD 2 and "Sab Tera" in Baaghi.

Song of Ek Villain 
Shahrukh Khan sang "Apun Bola" in Josh, "Jab Tak Hai Jaan Poem" in Jab Tak Hai Jaan and "Happy New Year".

Song of Josh