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Mat jaa mat jaa mat jaa jogi

Posted on: October 15, 2011

“Jogan” (1950) was a movie produced by Ranjit Movietone and directed by Kidar Sharma. The story was different and was regarded as a risky proposition by the other leading directors of the time, who on listening to the one line plot (disturbing the sanyas of a jogan) refused to have anything to do with the movie. Then Kidar Sharma himself decided to take up the challenge at the encouragement of Chandulal Shah,the producer, who developed the story of the movie from the one line brief. The fact that the plot of the movie was written by Chandulal Shah was not known for half a century since Chandulal Shah had refused to take the credits.

Here is what Mr Arunkumar Deshmukh, our inhouse treasure trove of rare informations about old movies shares with us:

JOGAN(1950) a Ranjit movietone film was a big hit in those days.There was a strange thing about this movie,that in the credit list of the movie they used to show a big Question Mark instead of any name of the story writer.For many years,this was a mystery and no one knew the answer,till one day,before his death in 1999,Kidar Sharma revealed the story behind the STORY of Jogan,thus-
” The man who wrote the story declined to take the credit,at the last minute.He was the great CHANDULAL SHAH himself.
He saw one English movie,in which the Hero falls in love with a Nun and tries to get her out of celibacy.He wanted to make its Hindi version.he called 2 of the time’s best directors,Nitin Bose and Mahesh Kaul and told them the ‘one line story’-disturbing the sanyas of a Jogan.
Both of them laughed loudly and said no film can be made on this.That precise time I entered the room and heard this.Bose and Kaul left and the servant brought a Paan for Chandulal.I asked him “Main Beeda uthaun ?” meaning,may I take the challenge ?
Chandulal said,”Remember,my financial condition is so bad that I have only one month’s ration at home.If you fail Ranjit will be destroyed.”
I accepted the challenge.I made this movie in just 29 days,working Day and Night.I wanted to prove to Bose and Kaul that I was not a fool.They had said(after hearing my challenge) that ‘fools rush where Angels fear to tread’
The film was a Hit. ”
The story of Jogan was Vijay(Dilip Kumar) falls in love with Surabhi(Nargis),a Jogan who sings in a temple every day.When he follws her daily,she tries to dissuade him ,but he wont listen to it.She has become a Jogan after her marriage is fixed with an old man and she tries to commit suicide,is saved by Maha Maa(Pratima devi) and made a Jogan.Finally,she disappears and after few years Vijay gets a letter from her that she loved him,but has committed suicide.

I have discussed as many as six songs from “Jogan” (1950) already and I am not even halfway there, when it comes to covering all the songs of this movie.

Here is another song from this movie. This song is sung by Geeta Dutt. This song is not written by any contemporary lyricist, but it is written by a lady who lived several hundred years ago and like the protagonist of the movie, she too was a jogan. Yes, the lyrics are by Meerabai, the legendary jogan of the medieval era.

The song is picturised on Nargis.

Bulo C Rani is the music director.



Song-Mat jaa mat jaa mat jaa jogi (Jogan) (1950) Singer-Geeta Dutt, Lyrics-Meerabai, MD-Bulo C Rani


mat jaa
paanv padoon main tori

mat jaa mat jaa mat jaa jogi
paanv padoon main tori
mat jaa mat jaa mat jaa

prem bhakti ko panth hi nyaaro
prem bhakti ko panth hi nyaaro
ham ko gyaan(?) bataa jaa
ham ko gyaan(?) bataa jaa
chandan ki main teekaa rachaaun
chandan ki main teekaa rachaaun
apne haath jalaa jaa
mat jaa mat jaa mat jaa jogi
paanv padoon main tori
mat jaa mat jaa mat jaa

jal jal bhai bhasm ki dheri
jal jal bhai bhasm ki dheri
apne ang lagaa jaa jogi
apne ang lagaa jaa jogi
Meeraa ke prabhu giridhar naagar
Meeraa ke prabhu giridhar naagar
jyot mein jyot milaa jaa
mat jaa mat jaa mat jaa jogi
paanv padoon main tori
mat jaa mat jaa mat jaa jogi

2 Responses to "Mat jaa mat jaa mat jaa jogi"

The word under question mark (?) is “gail” which means “path” or “way”. Also, it’s “chita” not “teeka” in the later lines. The song is on Purnima – with Jogan Nargis, whose sentiments it reflects, is in frame most of the time.


Dear mr. Atul.
I’ve always loved Meerabhajans. The simplicity makes them understandbale for everybody. Since my memories goes back, i’ve heard them. So Juthika Roy’s Meerabhajans were common in our household. One of my treasures in mij home is a Meera statue. This one by Geeta Roy (Dutt) is just too much. So is “Yaad karoge, ek din hum ko yaad karoge”Thank you so much Mr. Atul. Have a nice day. Greetings from Roos


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