Dhoop Chhaon was a 1935 Hindi movie directed by Nitin Bose. It was the first Hindi film to use playback singing. Before this, film makers did not use playback singers and the original actors and actresses sang their own songs. Curiously, actors were chosen specifically for their singing abilities. Nitin Bose came up with the idea of playback singing and he discussed this with music director R C Boral and his brother Mukul Bose, who was also the sound recordist in New Theatres, Calcutta. And it worked in a big way. From then on, the system of playback singing was introduced in Indian films.
K L Saigal – Andhe Ki Lathi :
K C Dey – Baba Man Ki Ankhen Khol :
K C Dey – Teri Gathri Mein Laga Chor :
Pahadi Sanyal & Uma Shashi – Mere Prem Ki Naiya :
Pahadi Sanyal and Uma Shashi were also the main actors in the film.
Thanks for this upload which also includes 2 nos of K C Dey. The recordings are also absolutely clear. Now that they are noise free, funnily, I am missing that sound of friction which is so much associated with a rotating old 78 r.p.m.record and is so nostalgic for all of us ! Thanks so much for this gift.
Saigal never acted in the movie Dhoop Chhaon and there is no song “Andhe Ki Laathi” in it. This was a mess up created by HMV many many years ago and so unfortunately it has stuck so far. It is time HMV (SaReGa now) should clear up this ambiguity.
Shri Kohli ji, you seem to be a very knowledgeable person. Your guidance is most welcome. I confess, I am not very thorough in the history of Indian film music. I started this blog simply to share the music in my collection. Please keep updating me. Thanks.
You are doing a great service to fellow lovers of Hindustani music and I am greatly impressed with this elaborate setup. I am on the other and if allowed to be little cheeky, could brag an involvement with indian film oldies for the last fifty years. Having said that I must hasten to add that my interest in the indian classical music is no less. I was intriguied to listen to great Ali Akbar’s few pieces this evening on your website, which was a complete departure from all I have for many many years. But of course, my collection is the traditional of all what HMV had marketed. But nevertheless, these pieces (on your website) is a welcome departure nonetheless and perhaps it is the demand of present times.
In a 2.16 minute duration the word ‘prem’ has been used 13 times. That was the specialty of New Theaters. In “Chandidas” the word “prem” has been repeated 45 times. By the way, the tune of “mori prem ki naiya” reselbles with the tune of “Koi preet ki reet bta do hamen” from “Caravan-e-hayat” again produced by NT.
Though SAigal did not act in Dhoop Chhaon but gramophone records were surely recorded in his voice. The reason is that KC Dey was having contract with Hindustan Records and the gramophone records of Dhoop Chhaon were released by HMV.