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Jaa jaa re jaa saajnaa

Posted on: July 29, 2010


In Bollywood movies, “Mujra” songs is one of a standard category of songs. Most people, including me, discuss such songs as a matter of course, without thinking much about this matter. But the songs of “Adalat” (1958), which are all “Mujra” songs force me to think about it.

This movie depicts the life of Nargis, who is from a respectable family but who is abducted (if that is the right word) and is forced to become a courtesan against her wishes. Here in this song, she is made to perform in front of clients, and she, in keeping with her good upbringing, sings a song that sounds like a chaste love song, and then , to compare and contrast her,and perhaps to show her what a proper “mujra” is like, an experienced dyed in the wool courtesan sing a “proper” mujra. The song ends in a rather painful manner (painful for my tender sensibilities) when Nargis’ young daughter wanders into the gathering trying to join in the act,and the audience have a hearty laugh. This is a very poignant scene.

This song is sung by Lata and Asha Bhonsle. Rajinder Krishan is the lyricist and Madan Mohan composed the music.In the picturisation, one can see Pran as well. any idea who is the other courtesan who lip syncs in Asha Bhonsle’s voice ?

Note: The “dyed-in-the-wool” mujra is performed by Minoo Mumtaz. Uncredited, her name does not appear in the list of actors in the film.

[Ed: Updated by Sudhir on 23 Feb, 2017]

This update has been prompted on the express request of dear friend Arvinder Sharma ji.  Folks who are familiar with the web site ‘Songs of Yore’, may be in the loop of an ongoing discussion on twin songs in Hindi films.  The original article was posted by AK ji seven years ago.  It is heartening to see the still continuing discussion on this topic, with more than 160 comments posted over the seven years.

The case of this twin song is very peculiar. This song is recorded separately in the voices of Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle, and the two versions are published separately on different 78 rpm records. The serial no. of the Lata version is N 52795; and that of Asha version is N 52797. Although having been recorded separately, in the film, these two songs are picturized as a duet, with alternating antaraas (stanzas) being lip synced by Nargis (Lata version) and Minoo Mumtaz, lip syncing the Asha version.  Film director Kalidas has interwoven these two songs and presented them as a duet being presented as a mujra, part of it at slow pace performed by Nargis sitting almost motionless in the mehfil, and part of it as a fast paced dance by Minoo Mumtaz.

In the Geet Kosh volume III, Hamraaz ji has also noted this peculiarity, stating that the two songs have been presented on screen as a duet.

The mukhda of the two songs is almost identical.  The Lata version is

Ja Ja Re Ja Saajna
Kaahe Sapnon Mein Aaye
Ja Ke Des Paraaye
Bewafaa. . .

And the Asha version is

Ja Ja Ja Saajna
Kaahe Sapnon Mein Aaye
Jaa Ke Des Paraaye
Bewafaa. . .

Arvinder ji has requested to track down these two original versions and upload them, as they are not yet separately available online.  In the two versions, the antaraa lines are different, and so is the pace of singing.  However, IMHO, these two form a twin pair of songs, both versions sung by female singers.

 

Duet Version (Video)

Lata Solo Version (Audio – original 78 rpm recording)

Asha Solo Version (Audi0 – original 78 rpm recording)

Song – Jaa Jaa Re Jaa Saajnaa (Adalat) (1958) Singers – Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics – Rajendra Krishan, MD – Madan Mohan

Lyrics

(Duet Version)
jaa jaa re jaa saajnaa
jaa jaa re jaa saajnaa
kaahe sapnon mein aaye
jaa ke des paraaye
bewafaa aa
jaa jaa re jaa saajnaa
kaahe sapnon mein aaye
jaa ke des paraaye
bewafaa aa
jaa jaa re jaa saajnaa

tujhko garaz kyaa meri wafaa se
jiyun yaa maroon main teri balaa se
tujhko garaz kyaa meri wafaa se
jiyun yaa maroon main teri balaa se
o o o
jaa jaa re jaa saajnaa
kaahe sapnon mein aaye
jaa ke des paraaye
bewafaa aa
jaa jaa re jaa saajnaa

jaa jaa re jaa re
jaa jaa jaa
jaa jaa jaa saajna
jaa jaa jaa saajna
kaahe sapnon mein aaye
jaa ke des paraaye
bewafaa
jaa jaa jaa saajna
jaa jaa jaa saajna

dil to diyaa thaa tujhe bade armaan se
dil to diyaa thaa tujhe bade armaan se
pyaar lagaayaa bhi to kis beimaan se
pyaar lagaayaa bhi to kis beimaan se
de hi gayaa jo dagaa
sainyaa jaa jaa jaa
jaa jaa jaa saajna
jaa jaa jaa saajna

jaa jaa re jaa saajnaa
kaahe sapnon mein aaye
jaa ke des paraaye
bewafaa aa
jaa jaa re jaa saajnaa

do din ki pehle jhoothi khushi di
dard bhari phir ye zindagi di
do din ki pahle jhoothi khushi di
dard bhari phir ye zindagi di
ho ho ho
jaa jaa re jaa saajnaa
kaahe sapnon mein aaye
jaa ke des paraaye
bewafaa aa aa
jaa jaa re jaa saajnaa

jaa jaa re jaa re jaa re
haath pakad baithi
kyun aise meet ka
haath pakad baithi
kyun aise meet ka
dhang na aaye jise
zara sa bhi preet kaa
dhang na aaye jise
zara sa bhi preet kaa
jaane naa kyaa hai wafaa aa
sainyya jaa jaa jaa
jaa jaa jaa saajna
jaa jaa jaa saajna
kaahe sapnon mein aaye
jaa ke des paraaye
bewafaa
jaa jaa jaa saajna
jaa jaa jaa saajna

(Lata Version)
jaa jaa re jaa saajnaa
jaa jaa re jaa saajnaa
kaahe sapnon mein aaye
jaa ke des paraaye
bewafaa aa
jaa jaa re jaa saajnaa
kaahe sapnon mein aaye
jaa ke des paraaye
bewafaa aa
jaa jaa re jaa saajnaa

tujhko garaz kyaa meri wafaa se
jiyun yaa maroon main teri balaa se
tujhko garaz kyaa meri wafaa se
jiyun yaa maroon main teri balaa se
o o o
jaa jaa re jaa saajnaa
kaahe sapnon mein aaye
jaa ke des paraaye
bewafaa aa
jaa jaa re jaa saajnaa

 

do din ki pehle jhoothi khushi di
dard bhari phir ye zindagi di
do din ki pehle jhoothi khushi di
dard bhari phir ye zindagi di
ho o o
jaa jaa re jaa saajnaa
kaahe sapnon mein aaye
jaa ke des paraaye
bewafaa aa aa
jaa jaa re jaa saajnaa

(Asha Version)
jaa jaa re jaa re

jaa jaa jaa

jaa jaa jaa saajna
jaa jaa jaa saajna
kaahe sapnon mein aaye
jaa ke des paraaye
bewafaa
jaa jaa jaa saajna
jaa jaa jaa saajna

dil to diyaa thaa tujhe bade armaan se
dil to diyaa thaa tujhe bade armaan se
pyaar lagaayaa bhi to kis beimaan se
pyaar lagaayaa bhi to kis beimaan se
de hi gayaa jo dagaa
sainyaa jaa jaa jaa
jaa jaa jaa saajna
jaa jaa jaa saajna
kaahe sapnon mein aaye
jaa ke des paraaye
bewafaa
jaa jaa jaa saajna
jaa jaa jaa saajna

 jaa re jaa re jaa re

haath pakad baithi
kyun aise meet ka
haath pakad baithi
kyun aise meet ka
dhang na aaye jise
zara sa bhi preet kaa
dhang na aaye jise
zara sa bhi preet kaa
jaane naa kyaa hai wafaa aa
sainyya jaa jaa jaa
jaa jaa jaa saajna
jaa jaa jaa saajna
kaahe sapnon mein aaye
jaa ke des paraaye
bewafaa
jaa jaa jaa saajna
jaa jaa jaa saajna

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8 Responses to "Jaa jaa re jaa saajnaa"

Fantastic song. Madan Mohan is a gem.
Have you categorised twin-tune songs? One song and two tunes like this one… Dil Dhoondta Hai-Mausam, Rang Aur Noor Ki Barat-Ghazal etc.

Interesting category. I have not thought about that but may be I should.

Atul Ji, in the songs by movies page, this song is mentioned as a Multiple Version song. I do not see a multiple version of the song. Am I missing something? Thank you.

Dear All,

This is to draw your attention to an important update made to this post. And also to answer the query posed by Pradeep ji.

This particular song has a peculiar background. Originally recorded as two solo songs in the voice of Lata ji and Asha ji, on screen it is presented as a duet, in the form of a happy-sad song.

I have uploaded the original 78 rpm versions of the two solo songs, which were not available online so far. I have also added a brief about the why and the how of this update. Dear friend Arvinder ji has requested for this update, based on an ongoing discussion in the Songs of Yore website. I am able to track down these two rarely available solo versions, from the set of recordings given to me by another dear friend Zafar Bhai.

Rgds
Sudhir

Sudhir ji,

Thanks for bringing this to the notice of the readers. I did not know the background as to why the Lata-Asha duet on the screen was available as solos on 78 rpm records. This doubt came to my mind long back when I had bought the 78 rpm record of Asha Bhonsle solo which I still have. But at that time, I had not given much thought over the matter.

The Asha Bhonsle solo sounds more like O P Nayyarish than Madan Mohan.

By the way, the mujra dancer is Roopmala and not Minoo Mumtaz.

what a coincidence. i saw this song for the first time in my life this Sunday on doordarshan’s rangoli. i fell in love with the twin pace of the song but it never occurred to me that it could be two songs presented as one.
thank you for posting the two versions Sudhirji

Thanks Sudhirbhai for providing interesting trivia without which I would not have had real flavor of this mujra.
Regards

Sudhir Ji
Thanks a ton for your very timely upload, which clarified my point that the song is a twin version song, by Lata and Asha in the discussion at SoY, and Your comments there also made it amply clear.
Thanks again for bearing with me 😀, and I promise this won’t be the last of it
Regards

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