Saturday, June 28, 2014




TALAT   MEHMOOD (1924-1998 )

Although he started as a Gazal singer at AIR Lucknow, he moved to  Kolkata and then to Mumbai  to try his luck in films . Looking handsome and elegant ,he  also got offers to act in films  apart from singing under some renowned music directors that included  Anil Biswas ,C Ramchandra , Chitragupt , Madan Mohan , Khayyam, Naushad ,Shanker Jaikishen and Kalyan Ji Anand Ji.

About working in Calcutta and Mumbai ,  Talat once said:

 “ I  noted the difference between filming in Bombay and Calcutta. Unlike the more artistic Calcutta where movies were made at a slow pace, Bombay was commercial. Life was hectic. Everyone was  in his own world and was, of course, very professional.”

He   acted in more than 12 films with some  leading heroines  of those days  that included kanan Bala ,  Suraiya , Nutan , Mala Sinha and Nadira . His last acting performance   was  for  a 1958 movie  'SONE KI CHIDIYA  'with Nutan  . For this movie , O P Nayyar  had brought in Asha  and  made  the hero Talat Mehmood   sing some memorable songs .One song that became all time hit is  'PYAAR  PAR  BUSS   TO   NAHIN  HAI  MERA   LEKIN   PHIR   BHI .  '
After hearing the final recording of the song , O P Nayyar told Talat Mehmood :
“  Kyaa baat bhai ? Sahir Sahib ki  nazm ki saari  tanhaayi aur udaasi  aap ne  gaane mein  Nikhaar di  “.

And Talat was a king of his own style. Loved , sought after and  respected for his mannerism , elegant dresses and social etiquettes . Some memorable songs sung by Talat  that come to my mind at the moment are :-

1 Shame Gham ki kasam                           
2 Aey sanam aaj yeh kasam khaayein         
3  Itnaa na Mujh Se Tu Pyaar Badaa                           
4  Nazar Uthaa ki yeh Rangeen samaa rahey na rahe       
5 Mein Dil Huun Ek Armaan Bhara         
6 Aey meray dil kahin Aur chal       
7 Woh  zaalim Pyaar kyaa jaane 
8 Yeh hawa yeh Raat Yeh Chandini     
9 Chal Diya kaarwaan   
10 Hain sab se Madhur woh Geet       
11 Aey gham e Dil Kyaa Karuun 
12 Ishq Mujh Ko Nahin Wahashat hi sahi     
13 jaayein To Jaayein Kahaan 
14 Bechain Nazr Betaab Jigar     
15 Raat ne Kyaa kyaa Khwaab Dikhaaye     
16  Aankhon Mein Masti Sharaab ki     
17 Dekh Li teri Khudaayi   
18 Phir Wohi  Shaam Wohi Gham  Wohi Tanhaayi Hai     
19 Chamka Chamka  Subah Ka  Tara           
20  Raahi Matwaale         
Talat has sung  solo songs,  songs , duets , non film Geets , Gazals, Bhajans and  Naats   . He sang More than 30 Bangla popular songs . He sang , Malyalam , Tamil , Telgu , oriya ,Awadhi ,Assamese . Bhojpuri , Gujrati , Maarwari , Maraathi , Sindhi , and Punjabi  songs . He worked with almost all the lyricists of the film Industry . He must have sung about 900 songs .  I need to add something more that goes as under:-

(a) He was always elegantly dressed .  A two piece suit , enviable ties , polished shoes , stylish smoking  and his  soft voice attracted attention. He got his suits stitched from England .

(b) He had the largest gan following world over .  I quote a few like Maharaja of Patiala . Pandit Nehru , King Zahir Shah of Kabul,  President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and  General Thimaaya .

(c)  He always encouraged new comers . Radio singer Suman Hemmadey's ( later Suman Kalyanpur ) first film song was a duet with Talat Mahmood in "Darwaza". A total  newcomer, she made it  to the big league when Talat agreed to sing the duet with her. The film Industry took immediate notice of her talent  .

(d) He toured  the US, UK , Gulf  and West Indies   and had successful shows tickets for which were always fully sold in advance.

(e) Doordarshan's documentary on Talat Mahmood "Sham e Gham Ki Qasam" was a wonderful production..Viewers loved "Sham e Gham Ki Qasam" and Doordarshan was  always flooded with requests for repeat telecasts of this show.

(f) He had a romantic  image and  the largest fan following amongst women of all age groups.  He  was  always a  ladies man. They loved and adored him. But inspite all this female fan following  , he was never involved in any controversy or scandal. His music directors , co singers ,  female co-stars and even Dilip Kumar , Raj Kapoor  and  Sunil Dutt have  spoken extremely highly of his noble personality. His heroines would say that he is too shy for romantic scenes . He was equally misfit for fight sequences  in his films.
I conclude this mini post on Talat Mehmood with lines from a Gazal of Majrooh Sultanpuri...

Dahar mein Majrooh koyee jaavidaan mazmoon kahaan,
Mein jissay chhootaa gayaa woh jaavidaan bantaa gayaa..
Jis taraf bhi chal pade hum aabalaa paayaan e shauq,
Khaar se gul aur gul se gulsitaan bantaa gayaa....''

So long so much ..,

( Avtar Mota )

For the above photograph, i remain grateful and indebted to Khalid Mehmood son of the legendry singer.

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1 comment:

  1. A master beyond comparison and a gentleman to the hilt . Perhaps the world will not see people of this ilk again ..


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