6 comments on “Some Mystery Singers and Dancers in Khazanchi (1941)

  1. Richard,
    I saw the movie recently at Tommydan’s site, and like you I too was mesmerised by the above dance-songs. You must have realised the inspiration of the male dancer in Tori aankhen hain. Does his get-up not bear an uncanny resemblance to Mumtaz Ali in Le lo choodiyan le lo from Achhut Kanya (1936)? Mumtaz Ali would, of course, follow it up in Basant, Jhoola, Shehnai etc.

    I would be following your blog for the answer to this mystery.


  2. Thanks, AK. It did occur to me that Mumtaz Ali was an influence. But regarding that Khazanchi dancer’s getup, the first thing I thought about was a scene in a movie made two years later, Sanjog – i.e., the guy who dances with Azurie. (His identity is also somewhat of a mystery.

    Under another version of that clip, someone suggested that maybe the dancer was Prem Dhawan, who danced in Singaar (1949). Speaking of which, look at Prem’s get-up there:

  3. Richard,
    The two dances are absolutely superb. The male dancers do seems to be the same person. Is this Prem Dhawan the famous lyricist/music director?

    One of the lady dancers in the second clip is obviously Cuckoo. Who are the other ladies?

    I found Sanjog an excellent farce and a well-scripted movie. With good songs to boot, it is surprising why this was not treated as Naushad’s first landmark film instead of Rattan, a year later.


  4. I like the cycle song a lot. Very melodious. I too though the male dancer could be Mumtaz Ali based solely on his style of dancing, but I think he isn’t. Like the way he moves his head from side to side.

  5. In Ari o mohe chhed diya, I think the male dancer is Surya Kumar, who later became quite famous as a choreographer.

    I’m as intrigued as the others about who the mystery dancers are. Hope you find out.

  6. Anu, you could be right about the male dancer. A few comments under the post say that it is Surya Kumar. But someone under the post from Sanjog said confidently that the dancer in “Ari O Mohe Chhed Gaya” was Prem Dhawan…while wondering if he could also be the dancer in “Kaun Gali Ka Chhora Pukare.”

    AK, yes, that is (or is not) Prem Dhawan, the lyricist/musical director. It’s conceivable that he could have been dancing, since he also was a dancer. (One biography that I looked at mentioned that he had learned classical dance from a former member of Uday Shankar’s troupe.)

    But I guess the majority opinion says that it isn’t him. I am not completely satisfied that this mystery has been solved, though. And I have no idea who the lady is who’s dancing with him and Cuckoo.

    So, we have more mysteries here. (But I am still wondering mainly about the songs in Khazanchi…)

    By the way, I agree that Sanjog was a great Naushad soundtrack. I downloaded an MP3 of the soundtrack several years ago and have been listening to it pretty often. I agree that it should have been Naushad’s landmark/breakthrough film, for the music alone. I have not actually watched the film, because I have not yet found it with English subtitles. But from all the clips I’ve seen, it looks very charming and funny. (From his slapstick alone, I can see that Charlie was hilarious.)

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