Lagan (1941 film)
|Directed by||Nitin Bose|
|Produced by||New Theatres Ltd. Calcutta|
|Written by||Binoy Chatterjee|
|Starring||K. L. Saigal
|Music by||R. C. Boral|
|Edited by||Subodh Mitra|
Lagan is a 1941 Indian Bollywood film. It was the fifth highest grossing Indian film of 1941. The film was directed by Nitin Bose for New Theatres Ltd. Calcutta. The film was a bilingual with K. L. Saigal and Kanan Devi acting as the lead in the Bengali language version of it, Parichaya. The music for both versions was by R. C. Boral. This was the last film Saigal did for New Theatres, Calcutta, before his move to Bombay to make films for different studios there.
At the annual college event the main singer goes missing. To help matters, Kusum Kumari (Kanan Devi) plays a record. The lyrics of the song are by a young poet (K. L. Saigal) living in a village. The Principal of the college, impressed by the poet’s work brings him to the city. The poet takes to training Kusum to sing for the next event and falls in love with her. One of the patrons (Nawab) is a wealthy businessman. He is enthralled by Kusum and after negotiations with her father, gets married to her in spite of the poet trying to intercede. The poet disappears but after some time the husband listens to Kusum and helps in furthering the poet’s career. The gesture is misunderstood by the poet who thinks that the help was given to him because of Kusum’s love for him. Finally Kusum has to let him know that for her the poet was a Guru she respected.
- K. L. Saigal as the Poet
- Kanan Devi as Kusum Kumari
- Nawab as Deendayal
- Nemo as Madholal
- Rehmat Khatoon as Poet’s Aunt
- Jagdish Sethi
- G. Vaid
The music director was R. C. Boral, with lyrics Arzu Lucknavi and Pandit Madhur. Boral made use of western influences in the music for this film like the use of piano in Kaaheko Raad Machayi. The major reason for the success of the film is cited as the songs sung by Kanan Devi (5) and Saigal (6).
|1||Kaaheko Raad Machayi||K. L. Saigal|
|2||Hat Gayi Lo Kari Ghata||K. L. Saigal|
|2||Koi Manushya Kitna Hi Bura Ho||K. L. Saigal|
|3||Ye Kaisa Anyay Data||K. L. Saigal|
|4||Main Sote Bhag Jaga Dunga||K. L. Saigal|
|5||Kaise Kate Ratiyan Balam||K. L. Saigal|
|6||Hamari Laaz Nibhao Swami||Kanan Devi|
|7||Koi Samjhaye Ye Geet Sakhi Kya Hai||Kanan Devi|
|8||Tum Bin Kal Na Aave Mohe||Kanan Devi|
|9||Taakat Tu Haari|
|10||Madbhari Madbhari Matwari||Kanan Devi|
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