Articles on Hindi Films

Prithviraj (Chauhan)

When I was very young, I used to listen this 10-part drama on five 78 discs. My father gave away all of his gramophones and records except this set, when we left Kaithal, Haryana in 1953 after my mom passed away. These records have been preserved since then. I brought them with me from India in May 2006. They have not been played since 1953. I bought an audio-technica Model AT-PL50  just to play these; I do not have any other records of any other kind, well,  except  a sinlge Bandini record that Dr. M L Kapur gave me recently.

Of course, this record player does not have 78 speed! So, I played them on 45 and recorded the audio in wav form. Then I used a software called 'Spin It Again' to adjust the speed and do some mild cleaning.

My father had told me that he bought them in Lahore around 44-45. The records say SHAHENSHAHI RECORD on the label and have an alif-laila type photo on them. Consulting the book 'The 78 r.p.m. Record Labels of India' by Michael Kinnear, I found out that this record company recorded hunderds of records from August 1934 to about 1944, when they closed down.

Here is a photo of side 1 of record 1:

Here is a photo of the label:

Here is the 10-part drama.

Listen to prithviraj_drama-01

Listen to prithviraj_drama-02

Listen to prithviraj_drama-03

Listen to prithviraj_drama-04

Listen to prithviraj_drama-05

Listen to prithviraj_drama-06

Listen to prithviraj_drama-07

Listen to prithviraj_drama-08

Listen to prithviraj_drama-09

Listen to prithviraj_drama-10

Now You Know!



Mr. Mohammed Hussain Farooqui (1915-1990)

Sangeet Ka Ek Tanha Safar

Brief biography

Late Mr. Mohammed Farooqui was born on 17th August 1915 in the city of Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan in a religious family of mohalla peerzadgan. He got his basic education in the city under the guidance of his father Haji Muniruddin. During his childhood he displayed talent in singing.
Mohd. Farooqqui

In his youth Farooqui Sahib actively participated the music; he had been always attracted to the world of music. During his schooling he performed as a singer in varied stage programmes in Rajasthan. However, his religious Haji father was against such activities. When Mohammed Farooqui completed his education, his father had visions of his son becoming a teacher, but his destination was a film studio.

At last in 1945 Farooqui Sahib came to Bombay to try his luck in the Hindi Film industry as a singer with a reference letter for the famous music director Khemchand Prakash. The only person who knew him in Bombay was Mr. Azad Farooqui, with whom Farooqui Sahib stayed for some time in old Khar. After he had struggled for a year, Khemchand Prakash asked Mr. Farooqui to see him at his house. When Farooqui Sahib went there, the legendary singer K L Saigal was also present. Khemchand Prakash introduced him to Saigal who asked Mr. Farooqui to sing a song. He sang the famous lori by Saigal, 'soja raj kumari soja'. After hearing this Saigal Sahib was very impressed and remarked, ''There is something new in his voice''. This was enough for Mr. Farooqui to get a contract with Ranjeet Movietone on a monthly salary.


After some time he got his first film as a co-singer, but Farooqui Sahib met with real success in 1947. It was a golden year for his music career. In this year his films 'Chheen le azadi', 'Duniyan ek sarai', 'Lakhon mein ek' and 'Pehli pehchan' were released. All of his songs were well-received. In particular, the song 'kamzoron ki naheen hai duniyan' from the film 'Chheen le azadi' was popular with the freedom fighters who soon achieved the goal of an independent nation.
Mohd Farooqui
Another song which endeared Farooqui Sahib to both the intellectuals and working class was 'ek musafir aye baba ek musafir jaye' from the film 'duniyan ek sarai'. In 1948 bhajans of the film 'Jai hanuman' and 'is khak ke putle ko' from the film 'Mitti ke khilone', were appreciated by the public. His last two films 'Bhool bhulaiyan 1949' and 'Alakh niranjan 1950' were also popular. Mr. Farooqui was among one of the singers who became successful without any formal musical training from a guru.

It was the end of the 1950. Farooqui's father became seriously ill and sent a message to him to come home immediately. After all his successful films, Farooqui Sahib had to leave Bombay and thereafter never went back to sing another song.

Rest of his life was spent as a mission to help the poor section of the society with the light of education.

On 8th February 1990 Mohammed Farooqui left for heavenly abode at the age of 75 years, leaving behind family and friends to grieve for the loss of a talented personalty.

After his passing away one of his friends paid tributes like this,

Khabar kya thee mohammed aap hamein tanha chhorh jayenge,
Dil-e-rahber ko ghamgeen aur purnam banayenge,
Ab na subaha ayegee is shaam ke baad,
Bas hum to sirf aapke geet gungunayenge

The name of Mohammed Farooqui will figure on the list of many underappreciated talents for their contribution to Hindi cinema.

Here is a photo of his residence


Here is a photo of one of his most popular records.

Song record


Chheen le azadi (1947)
Duniyan ek sarai (1947)
Lakhon mein ek (1947)
Pehli pehchan (1947)
Piya ghar aja (1947) Acting only
Neel kamal (1947) Acting only
Bichhde balam (1948)
Jai hanuman (1948)
Mitti ke khilone (1948)
Pardesi mehman (1948)
Bhool bhulaiyan (1949)
Alakh niranjan (1950)

List of songs (Left click on the blue link to listen, right click to save)

1.  Chheen Le Aazadi (1947)~Kamzoron Ki Naheen (1 & 2)~Pt. Inder~Hansraj Behal~Mohd. Farooqui & M. Hussain Kamzoron_Ki_Lacharon_Ki_(Fast)
1a.                                            Kamzoron Ki Naheen (Slow)
2.  Duniya Ek Sarai (1947)~Ek Musaafir Aaye Baba~Kedar Sharma~Hansraj Behal~Mohd. Farooqui Ek Musafir Aye
3.  Duniya Ek Sarai (1947)~O Aai Baisakhi~Kedar Sharma~Hansraj Behal~Mohd. Farooqui & Saathi O Ayi Baisakhi
4.  Lakhon Mein Ek (1947)~Jeewan Hai Anmol~Pt. Inder~Bulo C. Rani & Hansraj Behal~Mohd. Farooqui & Hamida Bano jiivana-hai-anamola-panchhii   
5.  Pehli Pehchaan (1947)~Sahara Besaharon Ka~Pt. Inder~Bulo C. Rani & Hansraj Behal~Mohd. Farooqui & Saathi Sahara_Besaharon_Ka_Tum_Ho
6.  Pehli Pehchaan (1947)~Unhen Hum Dhoond Nikaalenge~Pt. Inder~Hansraj Behal~Mohd. Farooqui, AR Ojha, Mantri & Saathi
                                            Unhen Hum Dhoondh
7.  Bichhde Balam (1948)~Suhagan Kaahe Ko Too~Pt. Inder~Bulo C. Rani~Mohd. Farooqui Suhagan_Kahe_Ko_Tu_Aansoo_Bahaye   
8.  Bichhde Balam (1948)~Haseenon Ko Dil Mein~Pt. Inder~Bulo C. Rani~Mohd. Farooqui, AR Ojha & Meena Kumari
                                            Haseenon Ko Dil
9.  Jai Hanuman (1948)~Kahaan Site Kit Dhoondoon~Pt. Inder~Bulo C. Rani~Mohd. Farooqui Kit Dhoondhoon 
10. Jai Hanuman (1948)~Ab Ram Rajya Ki~Pt. Inder~Bulo C. Rani~Mohd. Farooqui Ab_Raam_Rajya_Ki_Aage_Suni_Kahani
11. Mitti Ke Khilaune (1948)~Iss Khaak Ke Putle Ko~BR Sharmar~Bulo C. Rani & Hansraj Behal~Mohd. Farooqui Is Khaq ke Putle
12. Pardesi Mehman (1948)~Ajab Hindustan Take Ser Bhaaji~pT. Inder~Hansraj Behal~Mohd. Farooqui Ajab_Hindustan_Ajab_Hindustan
13. Pardesi Mehman (1948)~Nigaahon Se TukRe Na Dil Keejiye Gaa~Indra~Hansraj Behal~ Faruki, A R Ojha and Saroj Gharapade Nigahon Se Tukde
14. Bhool Bhulaiyan (1949)~Chaahe Dil Ki Khidki~BR Sharmar~Bulo C. Rani~Mohd. Farooqui Chahe Dil Ki
15. Alakh Niranjan (1950)~Alakh Niranjan Jai Sat Guru~Manohar Khanna~Premnath~Mohd. Farooqui Alakh_Niranjan_Alakh_Niranjan

All of the above info and photos have been supplied by his son, Tasleem (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Songs 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 10, 12 and 15  have been supplied by Tasleem and
songs 4, 11, 13 and 14 come from the secret vault of Dr Manohar Lal Kapur
Songs 1a and 8 have been provided generously by M. Waheed Dehwar of Quetta. Song 6 is from G L Vishwakarma

Video clip from Neel Kamal (1947), he says, "tumhara koi jan pehchan wala hai" Please download and play with Media Player Classic, VLC media player or Windows Media Player Clip from Neel Kamal 1947 



Photo of Tasleem Farooqui, his son.

A Year in Hindi Movies 1944
               1944 - Dilip Kumar!!!

The following is based on the book,"Star-Portrait". Born at
Peshawar on December 11, 1922, he was brought to Deolali at age
6. His father Ghulam Sarwar Khan was a successful fruit trader
and had 12 children, of which the child at number 3 was named
Yusuf Khan. As a school kid, he liked to play football and chess.
In 1936, he came to Bombay and went to the Anjuman-e-Islam High
School near VT Station. He was very good in sports but mediocre
in studies. A friend of his used to get the exam questions by
some mysterious method, and shared these with him. Both of them
passed many exams this way. Yusufbhai does not know even now how
his friend managed to get the questions!