|Directed by Safdar Aah|
Music by Anil Biswas
Director Safdar Aah
Music director Anil Biswas
|Written by Safdar Aah|
Release date 1946 (India)
Screenplay Safdar Aah
Producer Safdar Aah
|Starring Sheikh Mukhtar
Cast Sheikh Mukhtar, Kanhaiyalal, Agha, Husna, Narmada Shankar
Bookh (Hunger) is a Bollywood film. It was released in 1947. Safdar Aah, a writer and lyricist, turned producer and director with Bhookh. Made under the Rang Mahal Ltd. banner, the film starred Sheikh Mukhtar, Kanhaiyalal, and new find actress Husna, in the main lead with music by Anil Biswas. Actress Kiran played the second female lead in her debut role. Others in the cast included Agha, Dulari, Narmada Shankar and Abu Bakar.
The film was a social drama about the poor trying to earn a living to appease their hunger, only to be oppressed by the rich corporate companies and business men.
The music director was Anil Biswas, with lyrics by Safdar Aah. Biswas used Shamshad Begum's voice for the first time in this film. He also sang some of the songs. One of the notable songs was "Dekho Hara Hara Ban Hawa San San San" sung by Shamshad Begum and Biswas, another was "Sare Jag Mein" sung by Biswas himself. Shamshad Begum and Geeta Dutt had first sung together in a group format for the song "Jab Chand Jawan Hoga" with singers Munawwar Sultana and Naseem in Bairam Khan (1946) under the music direction of Ghulam Haider. The song from Bhookh, "Ye Hasino Ke Mele Albele" was their first major duet together and it went on to become a success. The playback singers for the film were Geeta Dutt, Shamshad Begum and Anil Biswas.
1Ye Hasino Ke Mele AlbeleShamshad Begum - Geeta Dutt
2Dekho Hara Hara Ban Hawa San San SanShamshad Begum - Anil Biswas
3Is Jag Me Gareebo Ka Nahi Koi ThikanaGeeta Dutt