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Daulat agar ho paas to duniya khareed lo

Posted on: December 3, 2011


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music

A qawwaali with a difference. In that the performers on screen are not sitting down, but are prancing around in a completely free format. This is not the only non-sitting-down qawwaali performance, but I am sure it must be a very strong contender of being one of the funniest qawwaali performances to be seen on screen.

The year is 1956, and the film is an obscure and forgotten one, with the name ‘Nayaa Aadmi’. This film is a production from south. Produced under the banner of Jupiter Pictures, Madras by M Somasundaram, the film is a social drama directed by CP Dixit. The main players in the star cast are NT Rama Rao, Anjali Devi, Jamuna, Ram Sharma, Raagini, Anwar Hussain, Gope, Helen, R Nagendra Rao etc. The lyrics for this film are written by Rajinder Krishan, and the music compositions are shared between Madan Mohan and the duo Vishwnath-Rammurthi. The YouTube post identifies the music composer as Madan Mohan, whereas the comment in Geet Kosh indicates that the specific record for this song does not carry the name of the composer.

On screen, this qawwali is performed by NT Rama Rao, along with Anwar Hussain who is sporting a French beard. As mentioned, the first thing that strikes the viewer is that in fact there is no sit down performance. Rather, the lead character (NTR) and his friend (Anwar Hussain) are on the street, dancing. NTR has a harmonium strung from his neck. And they are accompanied by a group of casual strollers, who join in the fracas, as the two actors lead this street performance of a qawwaali. So the concept of casual bystanders joining a song is not so new, as the modern films would want us to believe. Only that their participation is not a choreographed group dance behind Govinda, or Karishma Kapoor, but is a more natural free form expression that looks more real. The performance by NTR and Anwar Hussain is definitely worth seeing. I have not seen any other Hindi film of NTR, but this performance speaks volumes of his comic talents. And Anwar Hussain is not far behind. At 2.36 in this clip, NTR takes the alaap on the rise, with his right arm rising with the octaves. When he lets go at the highest note, Anwar Hussain, grabs the alaap, as if from thin air, and brings it down the sargam steps. Really funny to watch these two actors performing this comic role. Most of the dance is as if the characters have no idea about how to move about, but are simply having fun.

The singing voices are those of Mohammed Rafi and Bulbul Kanpuri. I will go by this identification that is also endorsed by the Geet Kosh, but would like to add my comment – that this voice of Bulbul Kanpuri sounds very suspiciously close to that of the singer S Balbir. Just my hunch – and other opinions welcome. 🙂

I thank Arun ji Deshmukh for brining notice to this song. I had not heard it before. But I instantly liked this song, as soon as I got to see it on YouTube. Enjoy this light hearted fun filled creation from a forgotten film.

duniya ke har kamaal mein, paisa kamaal hai
chaaron taraf bichhaa huaa, paise kaa jaal hai

Money is the magic behind every wonder in this world
The mesh of money is spread in all directions around

paisa hi aadmi ki, badhaai ka hai nishaan
paisa na ho to aadmi, arhar ki daal hai

Money is the measure of a man’s stature in society
Without money, man is nothing more than the seeds of ‘arhar’
(NOTE: ‘daal’ is a soup made from seeds of many kinds from the lentils family. It is a staple diet across almost all of India – the much favored ‘sambhar’ which is the cornerstone of South Indian cuisine, is also a daal that includes a variety of spices and other ingredients. Daal is, rather was once supposed to be one of the most inexpensive food items. Nowadays, it is not; rather it is one of the expensive items on the household food budgets. The Hindi/Urdu idiom includes aphorisms that equate anything ‘cheap’ in life to daal. Comparison of something / someone to ‘daal’ is considered a derogatory remark. Adages like ‘ghar ki murgi daal baraabar’, ‘ye munh, masoor ki daal’ etc. are in common usage in Hindi/Urdu. ‘arhar’ is one of the important varieties of daal – the sambhar is made from this daal.)

daulat agar ho paas to duniya khareed lo
bulbul ka dil ya gul ka kalejaa khareed lo

If you have the riches, you can buy anything in this world
The heart of a nightingale
Or the essence of flowers, anything can be bought
(NOTE: ‘gul’ is flower; the word ‘kalejaa’ literally means liver. In context, it means the inner being, or the soul. As applied to the flowers, it could mean the fragrance or the essence of a flower’s existence.)

agar shaitaan ho dhanwaan to bhagwaan hotaa hai
gadhe ke paas ho paisa to wo insaan hotaa hai

If the devil is rich, people would worship him as god
And if an ass (donkey) has wealth, he will treated same as a human person

yahaan paisa hi abba hai
yahaan paisa hi amma hai
na ho paisa to afsar gate ka darbaan hotaa hai
paisa dikhaa ke koi bhi rutbaa khareed lo

Money is father, money is mother
A penniless nobleman is no better than a gatekeeper
With money, you can buy any title, any status

kahaa majnoon ne ik din ro ke yun lailaa ke abbaa se
arre muhabbat ho gayee hai mujhko susrey teri bitiyaa se

It is said that one day, a weeping Majnoon declared to Laila’s father
O my dear pa-in-law, I am very much in love with your daughter
(NOTE: the word ‘susrey’ is an expletive, that is a modified form of the word ‘sasur’ which means father-in-law. So the word is (ahem) respectable – it addresses an important relative. But it is also used as a curse word in common street form of usage – interpretations and implications are left to the reader’s imagination.)

sunee ye baat to lailaa ke abbaa ko hansee aayee
arre duwanni ki ye soorat aur muhabbat meri lailaa se

And guess what
On hearing this, Laila’s father laughed out loud, and retorted
Get away, don’t claim to be in love with my daughter
With this countenance of yours, that is not worth more than two annaas
(NOTE: ‘aanna’ is an old unit of currency in India. In the old currency system during the British Raj, one rupee consisted of 16 aannas, and one aanna consisted of six paise. Once again, measuring or equating something / someone with one aanna or two aanaas, is a derogatory remark in Hindi/Urdu. ‘duwanni’ is distorted form of ‘do aanna’ i.e. two aannas)

paakit mein hai jo maal to lailaa khareed lo

(If only Majnoon would have been a rich man)
With enough money in pocket, yes, one can even dare to buy Laila


Song-Daulat agar ho paas to duniya khareed lo (Naya Aadmi)(1956) Singers-Rafi, Bulbul Kanpuri, Lyrics-Rajinder Krishan, MD-Madan Mohan
Both

Lyrics

duniya ke har kamaal mein
paisa kamaal hai
chaaron taraf bichhaa huaa
paise kaa jaal hai
haaa aaaa
paisa hi aadmi ki
badaai ka hai nishaan
paisa na ho to aadmi
arhar ki daal hai

daulat agar ho paas to
haaaan
arre waah ustaad
arre daulat agar ho paas to
duniya khareed lo
daulat agar ho paas to
duniya khareed lo
bulbul ka dil
ya gul ka kalejaa khareed lo
bulbul ka dil
ya gul ka kalejaa khareed lo

aahe waah
daulat agar ho paas to
duniya khareed lo
daulat agar ho paas to
duniya khareed lo

aaaa aaaa
agar shaitaan ho dhanwaan
to bhagwaan hotaa hai
arre gadhe ke paas ho paisa
to wo insaan hotaa hai
aaaaa aaaa aaa
yahaan paisa hi abba hai
yahaan paisa hi amma hai
kya samjhe
na ho paisa to afsar gate ka
darbaan hotaa hai

waah waah waah waah
paisa dikhaa ke koi bhi
aaaa aaa aaaaaa
paisa dikhaa ke
koi bhi rutbaa khareed lo
paisa dikhaa ke
koi bhi rutbaa khareed lo
bulbul ka dil
ya gul ka kalejaa khareed lo
bulbul ka dil
ya gul ka kalejaa khareed lo

daulat agar ho paas to
duniya khareed lo
daulat agar ho paas to
duniya khareed lo

aaaaaa aaaaa aaaaaa aaaaaaa
aaaaaa aaaaa aaaaaa aaaaaaa
haaye

daulat agar ho paas to
duniya khareed lo
daulat agar ho paas to
duniya khareed lo

haa haa haa

aaa aaa
kahaa majnoon ne ik din ro ke yun
lailaa ke abbaa se
arre muhabbat ho gayee hai mujhko susrey
teri bitiyaa se

aaaaaaa aaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaa
sunee ye baat to
lailaa ke abbaa ko hansee aayee

heen heen ha ha ho aaaheee hee
arre duwanni ki ye soorat aur muhabbat
meri lailaa se

arre waah waah re waah
paakit mein hai jo maal to
aaa aaa aaa aaa
paakit mein hai jo maal
to lailaa khareed lo
paakit mein hai jo maal
to lailaa khareed lo
bulbul ka dil
ya gul ka kalejaa khareed lo
bulbul ka dil
ya gul ka kalejaa khareed lo

yeeaaah
daulat agar ho paas to
duniya khareed lo
daulat agar ho paas to
duniya khareed lo

duniya khareed lo
aji duniya khareed lo
duniya khareed lo
arre duniya khareed lo
haaye
daulat agar ho paas to
duniya khareed lo
daulat agar ho paas to
duniya khareed lo
daa daa d’daa
daa daa d’daa
daa daa d’daa

h’yeee

4 Responses to "Daulat agar ho paas to duniya khareed lo"

Sudhir ji,
Welcome back. It feels so nice to have you back in circulation.
Thank you for discussing one of the landmark songs because,though NTR acted in 4 Hindi movies,Naya Aadmi-1956 was the only film which was simulteniously made in Hindi and Telugu and hence so to say,was his only Hindi film.The other 3 films were dubbed in Hindi.
He had dubbed his Hindi dialogues himself.As he had problem with Hindi,the Dialogues were written in Telugu for him to understand the correct diction.
The music was given by the famous duo of Vishwanath-Rammurthy,who were as prolific as S-J in Hindi.Vishwanath used to sing songs also in south films.
Madan Mohan was opted for this film,as he was quite popular in south production houses-who understood his talent.However,since most songs had same tunes like Telugu songs,the duo also was retained in Hindi version.My information from the southern journals is that this song was composed(except the tune) by Madan Mohan.I do not know why his name is not mentioned in HFGK.
Just for information,the telugu song is equally interesting.it is also available on You Tube.
You have spoken of the “comic talent ” of NTR,in your above writing.Let me tell you,there was one movie in 1954, VADDANTE DABBU (which means-Money when denied also),in which NTR with ANR (Akkineni Nageshwar Rao),Jamuna and Janki made a tremendous impact in comedy.This film became so popular that later he was offered comedy roles only.He,however,continued with Mytholgy and History films.Incidentally,this was a remake of a Marathi film “LAKHACHI GOSHT,” which meant story of a Lakh of Rupees,starring Raja Paranjape,Raja Gosavi,Chitra and Rekha etc.
In the 40s and 50s,Hindi,Marathi and Telugu films were exchanging themes,without obligation.
I hope our readers have enjoyed the Telugu Superstar’s Hindi Qawwali.
-AD

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Arun ji,

Thanks for you note, and yes good to be back. Something was missing from my last few days also. (I was first tied up with some personal affairs, and then my computer crash took away another 2/3 days.) I am still trying to catch up on the comments.

Also, thanks for the information on NTR, and his appearance in Hindi films. By this account, this particular qawwaali is really something unique and special.

I think the reason that HFGK does not carry the name of the composer of this song is that the original record label apparently does not display the composer’s name.

Rgds
Sudhir

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Sudhir ji,
I have seen this movie when it was released in 1956.I also saw “santhosham”,its Telugu version which also came soon after.The telugu film was a mammoth success,celebrated jubilees and was remade in kannada and Tamil as well.
The Hindi version NAYA AADMI-1956 was not at all successful,may be NTR was not a name known to many people elsewhere.The film was directed by C.P.Dixit-his first Hindi film.Later he directed 10 Hindi films featuring top guns like Sanjeev kumar etc.
Mayadas,a money lender is a wealthy widower,whose son Shekhar loves their maid Chandani and his daughter Rajani hates her.Sitaram who took loan to educate son Anand cannot repay and Mayadas auctions his house.Sitaram commits suicide.His son Anand returns and knows this.He plans revenge on Mayadas.
One day Anand and his friend Jaggu find the dead body of Parmanand,a rich Zamindar from England.Anand is his look-slike and impersonates him.The blind mother receives hin gladly and fixes his marriage with Rajani.After marriage,Anand tortures Rajani,uses all her money and insults Mayadas openly.he also creates rift in Shekhar and mayadasMayadas throws Shekhar out and burns Chandani’s house.
Now Shekhar wants to take revenge on Anand.
The further story tells us how both the men are converted to goodness and how everything settles down to normalcy with respective persons learning their lessons in life.
The highlight of the film was its music.
-AD

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a link of the above song; (as the earlier is no more available now)

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