Bengali Films of Salil Chowdhury

Kobita (1977)
(2nd cover image) (Bengali)

Title Music




Other known variations

Hnd Mal Tam Tel Kan Bng Oth


Shuno shuno go sabey Kishore CL4 CM2 - - - - -


Bujhbe naa keu bujhbe na Lata Mangeskar KU3 CC2 - - - - -
KB3 Dhat teri maaro guli Sabita Chowdhury AW3 - - - - - -
KB4 Aami to kumeer dhorey aanini Manna Dey - - - - - - -
KB5 Hathaat bhishon bhaalo laagchhey Lata Mangeskar - - - - - - -

"shuno shuno go sabey" is a long and a very picturesque composition. Its a long parable about a village boy who always befriended animals but felt a complete stranger amongst people. It has this unique narrative style which reminds one of the legendary songs such as "paalki chole" and "Chal bhai chal" (from "Sangat"). I can't imagine anybody else other than Kishore singing this song though ! Manna Dey may be ? The melody of this song sounds very folkish and was first used by Salil in the film "Chemmeen". That song was "puthan purakkare" which became one of the most popular songs in the history of Malayalam Films.
Talking about Manna Dey - "aami to kumeer dhore aanini" is another Salil-classic. Full of sarcastic humour and socio-political comments but wonderful composition and orchestration and Manna Dey has done a fantastic job. Reminds one of "Ei duniyaay bhaai sobi hoy" from "Akdin Raatre". I always wondered where Salil got his ideas from when he composed these songs - I mean the lyrics which so beautifully fit the melody and mean so much. Other information about this film: Kabita is a 1977 Bengali-language Indian feature film directed by Bharat Shamsher starring Mala Sinha in the lead role. The film is a remake of the Tamil classic film Aval Oru Thodar Kathai (1974) where Kamal Hassan had a supporting role as a neighbor. He played the same role in the Bengali remake, thus his only foray into Bengali film industry. He also acted in the Telugu remake Anthuleni Katha (1976) with Jayaprada, playing a different role as her boss and suitor. He also did a guest role in another remake, the Kannada film Benkiyalli Aralida Hoovu (1983) with his real-life niece Suhasini playing the lead role. The only remake he didn't appear in is the Hindi film Jeevan Dhaara (1982) starring Rekha. (ack: Wikipedia)