Vintage film : Khazanchi (1941)

Khazanchi (Hindi: खजांची) was a 1941 film produced by Pancholi Production, which was based in Lahore, and directed by Moti B Gidwani. The film starred M Ismail, Ramola Devi, S D Narang, Manorama, Durga Mota and Ajmal. Music was directed by Ghulam Haider, who left the profession of a dentist to become a musician. Ghulam Haider revolutionalized the face of the Hindi film songs and laid the foundation for the Hindi film as we know it today by combining popular ragas with the rich verve and rhythm of Punjabi music. A huge hit, Khazanchi was one of the films that helped to establish the musical style of the Hindi film industry in subsequent years. The film also shot Shamshad Begum into the big league.

Shadilal (M Ismail), the khazanchi (cashier) must take some jewellery to Bombay. His son Kanwal (S D Narang) wants to marry Madhuri (Ramola), the daughter of the rich Durgadas (Durga Mota), but the wicked Ramesh (Ajmal) is determined to marry her to get his hands on her wealth. The news comes from Bombay that Shadilal has murdered an actress and stolen her jewellery. A typical murder mystery, the rest of plot should be best left to your imagination.

Shamshad Begum – Diwali Phir Aa Gayi Sajni :  Download

Shamshad Begum – Ek Kali Nazon Ki Pali :  Download

Shamshad Begum – Laut Gayi Papan :  Download

Shamshad Begum – Man Dhire Dhire :  Download

Shamshad Begum – Mohe Bhabhi La Do :  Download

Shamshad Begum – Mori Churiyan :  Download

Umrao Zia Begum – Pine Ki Din Aaye :  Download

Shamshad Begum & Ghulam Haider – Nainon Ke Baan Ki :  Download

Shamshad Begum & Ghulam Haider – Sawan Ke Nazare Hain :  Download

Shamshad Begum & Ghulam Haider – Tori Ankhen Hain :  Download

The outstanding feature of this film is its music composed by Ghulam Haider, especially ‘Sawan Ke Nazare Hain’, ‘Ek Kali Nazon Ki Pali’ and ‘Nainon Ke Baan Ki’. Some of tracks have Ghulam Haider himself singing alongside Shamshad Begum. ‘Pine Ke Din Aaye’ is sung by Ghulam Haider’s wife Umrao Zia Begum. It is even said that the film introduced the then very young Baby Noor Jehan, as a playback singer in the song ‘Sawan Ke Nazare Hain’ as a chorus participant. It was the first film, which was without actress Baby Noor Jehan on screen and with her song picturized on other actress.

.. more vintage films »



  1. Zephyr said,

    June 20, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Thanks for this one Indianbaja. I am having a ball downloading them all!

  2. indianraga said,

    June 20, 2010 at 10:58 pm


  3. Surjit Kohli said,

    June 24, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    I wish your recording engineer had taken little more care while transferring of songs of film Khazanchi (1941) from the original soundtrack or video-track, in particular three songs namely 1-Diwali Phir Aa Gayi Sajni, 5-Mohe Bhabi La Do and 10-Tori Ankhen Hain, have not come out well. There are dialogues and other noises creeped in which has nuisance value. Recording from soundtrack or video-track require extra care and diligence but of course, it is worth the effort when actual shellac discs are not available. I have been able to achieve reasonable success in doing these transfers, on many occasions, which I could share it with you but do not know how.
    As for the participation of Noorjehan in chorus singing is concerned, it is a myth like many other myths created in the past from the mythical times. The song “Sawan Ke Nazare Hain” opens up with Umraosia (or Umrao Zia, if you prefer to call) Begum leading the first stanza of the song. She (Umraosia) is there in all chorus singing, and it is not difficult to detect her voice without any difficulty. It may also be of interest to mention here that in your posting of 7th June under the heading “Lost Melodies part 4” Noorjehan once again is there in film Gulbakawali of 1939. HMV claimed at the time of release of a set of cassettes a few years back that “Shala Jawaniyan Mane” was her first song, when supposedly she was just thirteen years old. Listening to the song, it does not require an expert’s opinion but a simple common sense that the song belong to an older girl with a very high pitch voice. I have never heard Noorjehan singing in that high pitch voice. The traditional view is that Noorjehan started her singing career with “Tu Kaunsi Badli Mein Mere Chand Hai Aaja” in film Khandan in the year 1942. She was then 16 or 15 years old, and listening to the song once again without expertise one could hear a teenager’s voice. All her songs in the film Khandan were sung in the same style and audio frequency as of first. Even at the time of release of Khandan film mangazine like “Chitra” of Lahore quoted the above fact. So we have another myth to contend with.

  4. indianraga said,

    June 25, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Thanks for the feedback. I have cleaned the 3 songs you have mentioned, of their nuisance value. The songs that are with me have been collected over a period of 2 years or so. As my blogs are a single-handed-effort, I neither have enough knowledge nor the technology to remaster each track. When I started writing this blog, I had actually apologised to all my readers in advance, in view of the errors and mistakes I would be committing while writing on vintage Hindi films. Your help and guidance is most welcome.

  5. Surjit Kohli said,

    June 27, 2010 at 12:26 am

    I am impressed with your dedication and commitment to the cause of Indian music, and equally grateful, to the prompt action in improving the quality of the songs mentioned in my earlier response. I shall be pleased to assist in whatever manner if I can, to see that right information is posted to the background and history of these oldies. Keep it up and good luck.

  6. Surendra Bhimani said,

    July 28, 2010 at 12:42 am

    My favorite song from Khazanchi is “Nainon ke baan ki reet anokhi.”

  7. squarecutatul said,

    September 19, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Fantastic site. It is a great blog for those who love vintage Hindi songs. I too have a blog for golden ordies called that is a one man effort and I appreciate the hard work and dedication of the owner of this blog. Keep it up. I will be a regular visitor to this blog in future.

  8. Milind said,

    May 19, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Great efforts by you and i accept my heartfelt good wishes to you.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: