Vintage film : Rattan (1944)

The film Rattan, released in 1944 and starring Amir Banu, Karan Dewan and Swarnalata was a landmark movie in more than one way. First, it catapulted music maestro Naushad to the top and perhaps for the first time the use of folk percussion instruments like dholak etc. instilled a new sense of rhythm into film music which until then was more melody and less rhythm. Rattan was a huge success and it enabled Naushad to charge Rs 25,000 per film, a big amount those days. It also brought singers like Amirbai Karnataki and Zohrabai Ambalawali amongst the top-notch female singers of their time.

Zohrabai Ambalawali – Ankhiyan Milake :  Download

Zohrabai Ambalawali – Rumjhum Barse Badarwa :  Download

Amirbai Karnataki & Shyam Kumar – O Janewale Balamwa :  Download

Karan Dewan – Jab Tum Hi Chale Pardes :  Download



  1. March 3, 2010 at 7:45 am

    25,000 thousand was really a big amount those days.
    Heard first time the name of singers as ‘Amirbai Karnataki and Zohrabai Ambalawali’.
    Good post. Thanks.

  2. Surendra Bhimani said,

    July 28, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Rattan’s heroine was Swarnlata, and not Amirbanu or Amirbai.

  3. om said,

    August 28, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Great collection and a commendable work to upload them on the net; I thought my ‘records’ had been broken, so I would never have a chance to hear them ever again; your attempt has made these singers immortal. Congrats.

  4. November 6, 2010 at 10:57 am

    what a beautiful & universal song was at that time, it is really heart touching song today also

  5. Shreyas Pandya said,

    December 12, 2010 at 6:11 am

    Rattan was a super duper hit in those days. People arguably consider 50s and 60s as the glorious era of Hindi cinema but I think it all comes down to movies like Rattan which planted the seeds for the music to follow. Beautiful songs. And 25000 is a fair bit of money even today so I think that would have been a monstrous figure in those days. Well done Naushad sir.

  6. Kallan Jagdish Mohan said,

    December 24, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    It was great movie of that era .I had the opportunity watch this movie in dec.1977 in the chilly winter of Pnjab in the last show 9.30 to 12.30.It was really inconveneince worth taking.The marriage of my7 friend was fixed for the next day.We enjoyed the film and its melodious songs.By preserving the songs you have done a great service to the film.

  7. virendra singh verma said,

    December 26, 2010 at 7:00 am

    what i appreciate equally with the music
    is the dialogue delivery
    and the purity of pronunciation

  8. zrohit said,

    December 30, 2010 at 12:22 am

    Anyone know what the word “Bharammaa” means?

    अखियाँ मिलाके जिया भरमा के
    akhiyaa.N milaake jiyaa bharamaa ke


  9. indianraga said,

    December 30, 2010 at 12:32 am

    भरमा is derived from the word भ्रम (illusion). The former is in Bhojpuri dialect.

    • zrohit said,

      December 31, 2010 at 1:15 am

      So what does the line “अखियाँ मिलाके जिया भरमा के” translate to?

      thanks in advance..

  10. virendra singh verma said,

    January 9, 2011 at 7:46 am

    this is directed to..zrohit
    after seducing me with love through your eyes
    and making my heart full of illusions of love
    do not go away leaving me alone…discarded

    this is what can be translated loosely

  11. January 16, 2011 at 1:20 pm


    Just wonderful, I lost my sense and mind was in the air for a while. Hats off to your so much of work.

  12. om prakash srivastava said,

    November 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    wonderful collection of melody

  13. P RAVINDER LAL said,

    November 25, 2011 at 1:33 pm



  14. dhawal said,

    December 19, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    rumzum barse badrwa realy sweet song n nice words

  15. jitesh said,

    January 19, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    o jane wale balamwa laut ke laut ke aa……….damn good ……..all songs are really outstanding………

  16. PRABHAT BHATIA said,

    June 22, 2012 at 12:24 am

    “PREN NAGAR” was the first movie in which Nuashad sahab had given music and, of course, RATTAN had been his biggest hit so far. Some more facts about this movie: 1: The whole movie was completed for only Seven Thousand Five Hundred Rupees after paying to all actors, actresses, director, music director, lyrist, singers, etc. 2: The royalty from the sales of it’s music records (after it’s release) in the first year was more than Rupees Three Lacks. 3: This was the only movie which had 12 songs on 6 – 78 rpm records alongwith dialogues from the film – which I had a chance to play and hear on my Nanaji’s (my mother’s father) HMV Gramophone in early 1950s in Mathura, UP, India. My father had liked the music so much that he would start dancing on Rumzhum Barse Badarwa. My son, my daughter and my grandson (who is 14 this year) – they all love these songs. Once I was driving with my grandson Akshat in California, when he was only 2 years old, Rumzhum Barse Badarwa was being played and after it was over, grandson started saying “Phirse Bajao, Phirse Bajao”. What a music director Sir Naushad Sahab was. No comparision at all. He was the one who initiated the playback singing and had brought in many famous singers like Shyam Kumar (Dillagi) who had sung one duet in Rattan also, Uma Devi, Amir Bai, Zohrabai, etc. Sir Naushad Sahab also gave a very rare chance to Mohd Rafi to sing one line in a song with K L Saigal in “Shah Jahan” movie. What to say about the Greatest Music Director of all the times.

  17. PRABHAT BHATIA said,

    June 23, 2012 at 1:48 am

    Mohd Rafi’s was also introduced by Naushad in the film “PAHLE AAP” – Hindustan ke hum hain, Hindustan hamara.

  18. Neresha Sieunarine said,

    June 25, 2012 at 6:24 am

    I am very proud of my mother country, India and the many great things it has been doing.My great grandmother was from Bihar.

  19. Sanjeev said,

    August 22, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Naushad received a very small sum, Rs. 8,000.00 after the film had earned about one crore. He was on a salary of Rs. 500.00 pm. This is from his own book.

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