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Tamanna (1942 film)

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Directed byPhani Majumdar
Produced byChimanlal Trivedi
StarringLeela Desai
P. Jairaj
Karan Dewan
K. C. Dey
Music byManna Dey and K. C. Dey
CinematographyBibhuti Laha
Laxmi Productions
Distributed bySupreme Film Distributors
Release date
20 June 1942

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Tamanna is a Bollywood film. It was released in 1942.[1][2] The film was directed by Phani Majumdar, who also wrote the screenplay, for the Laxmi Productions Ltd. banner. This was the first film from the Laxmi banner, which had been started by Chimanlal Trivedi who earlier headed Circo Productions. Tamanna was also the renowned dancer, Leela Desai's, first film in Bombay. The main cast included Leela Desai, P. Jairaj, Karan Dewan, Jagdish Sethi and K. C. Dey, who besides acting, composed the music. S. K. Kalla wrote the dialogue and lyrics.[3]

Leela Desai, had previously worked in films made in Calcutta, like Vidyapati (1937), President (1937), Kapal Kundala (1939), Nartaki (1940) and Jiban Maran (1940).[4] Nargis appeared as a child actress in the film and "charmed the audiences".[5]

The story revolves around two people, Ramesh and Uma, who are in love with each other. Uma forgoes her love for Ramesh in order to help him fulfill his mission by marrying someone else.


Ramesh (P. Jairaj) is a straightforward young man with a desire to help mankind. He works as an engineer in a mill, and is interested in inventive research. Half his income is spent on that, and the rest on the betterment of the villagers. Uma (Leela Desai), is a wealthy young girl and lives with her brother, who is a Professor. She can not avail of money entitled to her till she gets married. Uma and Ramesh meet when they share a taxi. They soon fall in love but Ramesh's ideals come in the way. Uma marries someone else in order to procure the money for Ramesh to fulfill his mission.


Main Cast
  • Leela Desai as Uma
  • Jairaj as Ramesh
  • Jagdish Shethi as Arabind
  • K. C. Dey as Ramdas
  • Shanta Kumari as Shanti
  • Karan Dewan as Anupam
  • Shankerlal as Mr. Mehta
  • Majid as Chimanbhoy
Supported by

Suraiya, Babyrani, and Kashinath.


In his review of Tamanna, Baburao Patel, editor of the cine-magazine Filmindia of August 1948, commented, "The fundamental defect in the picture is the poor story, poorly presented". He put the blame of this on director Phani Majumdar. He praised Leela Desai, Jairaj, and Jagdish, with a special mention for K. C. Dey's acting "K. C. Dey attracts attention with his emotional work in certain tense moments".[3]


The music was composed by Manna Dey and the background Score composed by K. C. Dey with lyrics by S. K. Kalla.[6]

Song List[edit]

# Title
1 "Rani Meri Rani Hai"
2 "Jaago Aayi Usha"
3 "Hoshiyar Musafir Ab Na Chalega"
4 "Kaan Mere Kuch Sunte Hain"
5 "Bhabhi Bhool Kar Ke Dekh"
6 "Jo Teri Awaaz Pe Koi Na Aave"
7 "Hai Kaun Des Tumhara Musafir"
8 "Ri Mere Paar Nikas Gaya"
9 "Yun Yaad Mein Tumhari Dil"
10 "Aao Aao Door Se Aao"


  1. "Tamanna (1942)". Gomolo.com. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  2. Rajadhyaksha, Ashish; Willemen, Paul (1999). Encyclopaedia of Indian cinema. British Film Institute. Retrieved 12 August 2012. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  3. 3.0 3.1 Patel, Baburao (August 1942). "Our Review-Tamanna". Filmindia. 8 (8): 69. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  4. "Leela Desai". citwf.com. Alan Goble. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  5. Tilak Rishi (2012). "Bright Little Stars". Bless You Bollywood!: A Tribute to Hindi Cinema on Completing 100 Years. Trafford Publishing. pp. 74–. ISBN 978-1-4669-3963-9. Retrieved 9 August 2015. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  6. "Tamanna (1942)". myswar.com. MySwar. Retrieved 9 August 2015.

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