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Agar padho likhoge babu raja banoge

Posted on: July 17, 2013


“Mere Lal” (1966) was an S S Chitra Mandir production. It was directed by Satyen Bose. The movie had Dev Kumar, Mala Sinha, Indrani Mukherjee, Ratan, Abhi Bhattacharya, Samson, Siddiqui, Mahesh, Jagdev etc in it.

Despite being a movie of rather “recent” vintage, little information seems to be available on internet about the story of this movie. Few people have heard of this movie though people have been heraing its songs without being aware that the songs are from “Mere Lal” (1966). For instance, the wonderful evergreen song Paayal ki jhankaar raste raste is from this movie.

Two songs from this movie have been discussed in the past. I became aware of this sweet song from “Mere Lal” (1966) just now when its lyrics were sent to me by Khyati Bhatt who also discovered this song only recently.

The song is sung by Lata and it is picturised on a young boy called Mahesh Kumar who sings about the value of getting educated. The lyrics of Majrooh Sultanpuri are quite cute and lovely and they tell about the fact that eucation is necessary for people to be able to live honourably in the world.

The picturisation is interesting because it shows Mahesh Kumar singing this song to three of his pet animals- one monkey, one dog and one goat. I wonder what the story is all about. My guess is that Mahesh Kumar’s father is a madari and uses these animals for presenting road side tamashas. I am not aware of the story and I request our knowledgeable readers to tell us about the story of this movie.

Watching the picturisation of the song is a moving experience. I began to think about the pets. Human kids grow up and hope to lead respectable lives thanks to their education, but what future do these pets have once they grow up ? They are so utterly reliant on their human masters for their well being and how long can they expect to be with their owners is uncertain. And it is only the most fortunate of these pets that get to have masters who treat them humanely.

Here is this lovely song from this forgotten movie “Mere Lal” (1966).

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Song-Agar padho likhoge babu raaja banoge (Mere Lal)(1966) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD-Laxmikant Pyarelal

Lyrics(Provided by Khyati Bhatt)

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ye kehte hain baaba mere
aur kehte hai bilkul theek
izzat ke sang jeena hai to
munne likhna padhna seekh
jo hai anpadh gali gali
wo maanga karte bheekh
agar padho likhoge
baabu raja banoge
agar padhoge likhoge
baabu raja banoge
ye kehte hain baba mere
aur kehte hain bilkul theek
izzat ke sang jeena hai to
munne likhna padhna seekh
jo hai anpadh gali gali
wo maanga karte bheekh
agar padho likhoge
baabu raja banoge
agar padhoge likhoge
baabu raja banoge

ud jaaye na
aa aa
mitti banke
din khelon mein bachpan ke
aye mere albelon
kab kehta hoon mat khelo
aye mere albelo
kab kehta hoon mat khelo
par is’se khelo
isi kalam se hogi apni jeet
agar padho likhoge
baabu raja banoge
agar padhoge likhoge
baabu raja banoge
ye kehte hain baba mere
aur kehte hain bilkul theek
izzat ke sang jeena hai to
munne likhna padhna seekh
jo hai anpadh gali gali
wo maanga karte bheekh
agar padho likhoge
baabu raja banoge
agar padhoge likhoge
baabu raja banoge

unke aage sar jhuk jaayen
vidya ke jo gun gaayen
un ke pag mein taare
akshar hain jinko pyaare
un ke pag mein taare
akshar hain jinko pyaare
jag mein unka jhanda sada ude
pustak se jinko preet
agar padho likhoge
baabu raja banoge
agar padhoge likhoge
baabu raja banoge
ye kehte hain baba mere
aur kehte hain bilkul theek
izzat ke sang jeena hai to
munne likhna padhna seekh
jo hai anpadh gali gali
wo maanga karte bheekh
agar padho likhoge
baabu raja banoge
agar padhoge likhoge
baabu raja banoge

7 Responses to "Agar padho likhoge babu raja banoge"

‘Mere Lal’ was a very sentimental film, but it flopped badly because its Hero Dev Kumar was not fit for such roles! Abhi Bhattacharya was excellent in the movie.
This song also reminds us a song from, I think, Suraiya starrer ‘Maalik’, released around 1958. That song was ‘Padhoge, likhoge to hoge nawab….’ something like that! Please enlighten / correct me!!

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This Mahesh Kumar/Master Mahesh Kumar/Mahesh Kothare later became famous Marathi Movie director and also directed a few Hindi movies.

He acted as a child artiste in
Ghar ghar ki Kahani(1970)
Safar(1970)(as Feroz Khan`s young brother)
Raja aur runk(1968)(-in double role-lip syncs another famous “MAA” song-Lata song tu kithni achchi hai..pyaari pyaari hai, o maa, o maa-Laxmipyare-Nirupa Roy)
Chhota Bhai(1966)(lip syncs another famous “MAA”SONG-Lata-Maa mujhe apni aanchal mein chhupaa le, gale se lagaa le-Laxmipyare-Nutan)

Correct me If I am wrong.

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Atulji,
Thanks for the post. I haven’t seen the movie, but there is a song in the movie “Dhaaginaa tinak dhin……” by Mukesh and Usha Mangeshkar, in which you can see this “Bandar” doing the tamasha and there is a Madaari, not sure if he is the father of this kid (Mahesh Kumar)

Video (Duet)

Video (Solo)

Audio (Full version Duet + Solo)

The audio version is bit slow, but has an xtra para in duet version.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahesh_Kothare
More information on Master Mahesh KUmar

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Badshah (Dev Kumar) is the most wanted dacoit in town. One day he goes to rob a house with his group, but the police comes to catch them. Badshah manages to flee and hides at an unknown place, where he finds a young girl kidnapped and tied with ropes. He rescues the girl. The girls name is Jamna (Indrani Mukherjee) and she is a street dancer. She stays with her alcoholic uncle. Jamna develops an immediate liking for Badshah, inspite of knowing his profession. One day Badshah sees one of his enemies and he chases him. He follows him in a little boat in the Ganges. But the boat drowns in the flood. Badshah escapes safe through the flood and finds a little boy crying at the shore. The little boy was trapped in the flood and actually belonged to a married couple of the village. Badshah does not feel like leaving the kid alone. He takes the child with him. He goes to Jamna to give her the child so that she can take care of him. But she refuses, thinking that the child is Badshah’s son. Badshah takes the responsibility of the child and names him “Bacchu”. He gets very attached to Bachhu, also leaves his profession and eventually turns into a good man. On the other hand Bachhu’s real mother, Madhu (Mala Sinha) is devastated to have lost her only child. Badshah starts earning his bread and butter by singing and dancing on the streets. Ten years pass by. One day Badshah falls sick and Bachchu goes to sing alone, where he meets his real mother Madhu . Madhu and her husband recognize Bachhu by his locket. They go to Badshah to seek permission for taking Bachhu along with them. Badshah with initial hesitation lets them take their child, so that Bachhu can get a better home and education. Bachhu goes with his real parents. But Badshah and Bachhu both are really sad to have got separated. Badshah falls sick and his condition becomes critical. Bachhu flees from his home to meet Badshah. But by that time Badshah has died.
courtesy:Gomolo.com:
By Divya Solgama
http://www.gomolo.com/mere-lal-movie-synopsis-plot-story/3761

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Atul ji

I just found the story synopsis “Mere Lal” and by giving credit to the person who has written it, I have given the link to the synopsis also. Hope I haven`t done any mistake, by posting the synopsis of the movie written by others. The synopsis was written by DIVYA SOLGAMA and was available at GOMOLO.COM.

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