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Paisaa hi maalik paisaa hi daataa

Posted on: May 5, 2011


This article is written by Sudhir,a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie songs and a regular contributor to this blog.

I have seen the movie Sautela Bhai (1962) many years ago on Doordarshan, and have remembered it for a very strong performance by Guru Dutt. It is a family drama, based on the story of two step brothers. Guru Dutt, the elder, is a responsible and values oriented person. The younger one is an irresponsible weakling, who has a bevy of crooked friends around him. The storyline moves on a very predictable track, with a happy ending.

Another thing that I remembered from this movie was a nonsense fun song, which I could not recall at all for years. The only thing that I remembered was the name of the movie, as a line in the song from in between – ‘bhajo kal daaram’. For a very long time, the songs of this movie were not visible anywhere, and only recently I have been able to locate a few songs online. As I listened to this song (unfortunately available only in audio at this time), I realized that I had hit upon the very song that I have been searching for long.

In the movie, I remember, the younger brother is having a drink session with his friends, and they end up singing a twaddle of a song in praise of money. The lyrics are by Shailendra – writing lines like ‘mauke se apni daal mein nimboo nichodye’. The sometimes noisy and sometimes slow pace of the music is composed by Anil Biswas. The primary voice in the song is that of Manna Dey, but the song credits also include the name of Anil da himself, besides a chorus of voices.

I am not able to place the set of actors on whom this song is picturized, as the video clip is not available. In any case, enjoy this fun song.

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Song-Paisa hi maalik paisa hi daata (Sautela Bhai) (1962) Singers-Manna Dey, Anil Biswas, Lyrics-Shailendra, MD-Anil Biswas
Lyrics

paisaaaaaaaaa nahin hota
jo ye
paisa nahin hota
kuchh aur mein hota
magar aisaaaa
aisa nahin hota
aise ka bharosa na hai
na vaise ka bharosa
sachaa hai mere yaar to
paise ka bharosa
ke paisa hi maalik
paisa hi daataa
paisaaaaa hi tera yaaram
to pyaare
bhajo kaldaaram bhajo kaldaaram
bhajo kaldaaram bhajo kaldaaram
bhaj kaldaaram
bhaj kaldaaram
pyaare bhaj kaldaaram
pyaare bhaj kaldaaram
pyaare bhaj kal
haaaaanh
naavaa hai jinke paas
uske haath jodiye
uske haath jodiye
ji uske haath jodiye
mauke se apni daal mein
nimboo nichodiye
arre nimboo nichodiye
aji nimboo nichodiye
apni har ek paayi ko
daanton se daabiye
paisa na chhodiye
kahin paisa na chhodiye
paisa na chhodiye
kahin paisa na chhodiye
poochho kyun
bhalaa kyun
ke paisa hi maalik
paisa hi daataa
paisaa hi tera yaaram
to pyaaaaaaare
bhajo kal daaram bhajo kal daaram
bhajo kal daaram bhajo kal daaram
bhaj kal daaram
bhaj kar daaram
pyaare bhaj kal daaram
pyaare bhaj kal daaram
pyaare bhaj kal
haaaaanh
o teri golaaiyon mein
heeeeen eeeen eeeeen
teri golaaiyon mein
ghira dil mera
aaj jaana ke kyun ye jahaan gol hai
chaand suraj bhi hain
gol teri tarah
gol dharti pe ye
aasmaan gol hai
gol dharti pe ye
aasmaan gol hai
gol dharti pe ye
aasmaan gol hai
kyun
kyun
ke paisa hi maalik
paisa hi daataa
paisaa hi tera yaaram
to pyaaaaaaare
bhajo kaldaaram bhajo kaldaaram
bhajo kaldaaram bhajo kaldaaram
bhaj kaldaaram
bhaj kaldaaram
pyaare bhaj kaldaaram
pyaare bhaj kaldaaram
pyaare bhaj kal
aah haaaaanh haaan
pyaari nanadaiyaa(?) sharam (?) kahaan bhool aayee
pyaari nanadaiyaa(?) sharam (?) kahaan bhool aayee
pyaari nanadaiyaa(?) sharam (?) kahaan bhool aayee
pyaari nanadaiyaa(?) sharam (?) kahaan bhool aayee

12 Responses to "Paisaa hi maalik paisaa hi daataa"

Sudhir Ji,
I too remember this movie,because Pranoti Bhattacharya was paired with Guru Dutt in this film.The younger brother’s role was done by Raaj Kumar.
There were some 8 songs in this film,out of which only 2 were solos-one each of Lata and Mahendra Kapoor.Rest all were duets or 3 singers’ songs in which,Meena Kapoor,Pankaj Mitra,Anil Biswas,Manna Dey and Lata featured in different songs.
Anil Biswas was in 2 duets.
In this film,Anil Biswas also had Background singing,in which he used Suman Kalyanpur and Arun Dutta,in addition to all the others including himself.
The film had nothing to write home about,as it went on the beaten track,perhaps giving something to viewers who liked to weep when pathetic and tear producing scenes appeared.
Perhaps,the only solace was Shailendra’s songs and Anil ji’s music !
-AD

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Arun ji,
Thanks for the additional details; I continue to marvel a the amount of information you have about films of Hindi cinema from the earlier decades.

One thing I would like to confirm though. I also checked and found out that the name of the actor who plays the role of the younger brother is Raj Kumar. However, I am not sure if it is the same Raj Kumar that we are familiar with from many movies. The character I remember in the movie is not very tall, whereas the Raj Kumar we know is a fairly tall person. Also, as I remember from my memory, he looks very different.

In those years, another famous Raj Kumar, albeit from Kannada movies, was just starting off his career. Could it be that it is this other Raj Kumar who played maybe this one role in Hindi films. I am checking for videos of other songs from this movie and try to find out.

Rgds
Sudhir

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Sudhir ji,
Thanks for your good words.
The Kannada Rajkumar you mentioned was certainly not in this or for that matter in any other Hindi film.
Dr.Rajkumar( real name-S.P.Muthuraja),born on 24-4-1929 and died on 12-4-2006,was a staunch advocate of Kannada and other south indian languages.He was an active worker of’ Gokak Varadhi’,a movement for support of Kannada language.
He acted in 206 Kannada movies and only one Telugu Movie-Kalhasti Mahatmyam. No other language films.
Incidentally,he was kidnapped by the famous Chandan chor VEERAPPAN and kept for 108 days as a captive in Jungles.It was rumoured that Karnataka Govt. paid a ransom of 45 crores to Veerappan for the release of Dr.Rajkumar due to public pressure.
He was next only to MGR in respect of public adulation and respect.
-AD

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Sudhir ji,
The actor in Sautela Bhai,in the role of the younger brother IS the same Rajkumar who was originally Kulbhushan Pandit and who was a Police Inspector in Mumbai in Bombay Police Department.
Starting with Rangili in 1952 and ending with Jawab and God & Sun in 1995,Rajkumar acted in 70 films.Sautela Bhai was the only film he did in 1962
-AD

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please translate to english for us desi, plaese

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The more I listen to this song, the more i’m liking it. Any idea what “bhajo kal daaram” means?

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Raja ji,

Finally we have an answer to your query. 🙂 And it is thanks to Arun ji yet once again.

Arun ji,
As I read you post on Harvey Pam’s blog, the post of about twin songs with same tunes, I got the answer to Raja ji’s query. In your write up, as you recalled your early years in Hyderabad, you have written,
“Nizam state had its own currency which was called ‘ HAALI ‘ Rupiya. The British Rupee was also accepted here at a cost of about 1.6 Haali Rupiah. The British Rupee was called ‘ KALDAAR ‘.”

So here is the answer to Raja ji’s query, – what “bhajo kaldaaram” means?

“bhajo kaldaaram, bhajo kaldaaram”
“Let us all worship the Rupee”
“Let us all chant the name of the Rupee”
🙂

‘Kaldaaram’ being the poetic extention of ‘Kaldaar’. Shailendra surely did pick a very interesting word.

Rgds
Sudhir

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Fantastic ! Now I have corrected the lyrics accordingly (by merging kal and daaram in the lyrics to form kaldaaram)

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Sudhir ji,

I am dumbfound !
Not with the solution to the puzzle,but to your dedication,tenecity and fabulous memory !!
It is a super committment to have remembered this old unanswered query and connect the solution to it.
I know only a man like Sudhir ji could have done it.
Thanks a ton.
Shailendra being in the team of Shanker-Jaikishen,probably must have known about KALDAR Rupiah,from Shankar singh,who came from Hyderabad.
The final HAALI conversion to Kaldaar Rupees was finally closed on
31-10-1956,one day prior to formation of Andhra Pradesh.
-AD

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Amazing!!!

Sudhirji, just like Arunji, I am amazed that you remembered this question. Thank you so much for clarifying this. It did bother me at that time (I was translating the movie and songs for Greta – and I like to understand every word that I am translating :-)).

Yes, it must be kaldaaram – based on Kaldaar. I did not even know the British Rupee was called Kaldaar.

What an amazing nugget of info – and mined in such an amazing way too.

Thank you so much, Sudhirji.

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knurl on rupee coin gave it word kaldaar

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