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Jaao re jogi tum jaao re

Posted on: August 13, 2013

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

Today, the 13th of August, is the birthday of one of Hindi cinema’s big stars of the 1950s and 60s, Vyjanthimala.
If one were to go by her recorded year of birth as 1936, today is her 77th birthday. While recording this fact, I could not help observing that two other legends of the same period, Waheeda Rehman and Nutan, are also recorded as 1936 born. Somebody up there must have been in a liberal mood in 1936 to decide to send these three to Planet Earth in the same year!

Hailing from Tamil Nadu, Vyjanthimala was the first South Indian actress to make a big name for herself in Hindi cinema as a leading lady. And though there were others like Padmini and Saroja Devi, the first name that anybody thought of from South India before Hema Malini made it big, was Vyjanthimala.

(Technically, Waheeda Rehman was also from South India but one tends to associate Vyjanthimala more with South India perhaps because of her Tamil background, her acting in Tamil films and her Bharat Natyam fame.)

Vyjanthimala started her career in a Tamil film, Vazhakai (meaning “Life”) in 1949. The film was a big hit and got remade in Hindi as Bahaar in 1951. This film became a big hit too. I remember seeing this movie as a young boy – two of its songs got stuck in my head. “Duniya ka mazaa le lo duniya tumhari hai” and “Qasoor aap ka”.

Bahaar was the first in a series of successes for Vjyanthimala over the next two decades. She might not had had the critical acclaim of a Nargis, or the beauty of a Madhubala, or the ability of a Meena Kumari or a Nutan to produce stirring performances that touch the soul, but purely on box-office success, Vyjanthimala could match any heroine of her time.

After Bahaar, her first big hit came with Nagin (1954). This was one of the biggest hits of the year, with its music becoming an absolute craze. Songs like “man doley mera tan doley”, “tere dwar khada ek jogi” and “mera dil ye pukaare aaja” became very popular. One of my favourite songs from my childhood days (and to this day) is the last-mentioned one – I still sing “bheega bheega hai sama, aise mein hai tu kahaan” a lot. 🙂

Then there was Devdas (1955). One of the landmark movies of its time. A film for which Vyjanthimala was a last-minute choice as Chandramukhi. A role for which she won the Supporting Actress award but felt unhappy with it because she believed it was not just a Supporting Actress role.
Then another superhit film, Naya Daur (1957). Ok, this was a surprise hit – but it was a big hit nevertheless.
Then Kath Puthli (1957). Also a film I remember seeing as a young boy. I think the title song was fairly popular and I think the film did OK too.

Then Sadhna (1958). One of my favourite films. Again, she won an award for this film. BR Chopra, in an interview, narrated how Vyjanthimala got the role. He had originally wanted Nimmi for the role but she couldn’t give him dates. On hearing about this film, Vyjanthimala’s mother came with her to his place and almost fell at his feet to give the role to Vyjanthimala. BR Chopra had of course worked with Vyjanthi before in Naya Daur. And had found her quite professional to work with. So he agreed to give her this chance too. And what a fine performance she came up with! This film has some fine songs like “aurat ne janam diya mardon ko”, “aaj kyon humse parda hai” and “kaho ji tum kya kya khareedoge”.

And then one of the all-time biggies of Hindi cinema, Madhumati (1958). Again, a film that is overflowing with fantastic music.
And then, Ganga Jamuna (1961). Another very big hit. And one in which I actually liked her acting a lot. And a film that also has lovely music by Naushad saab.

And, for a change if we want to look at a non-Dilip Kumar pairing, we have Sangam (1964) with Raj Kapoor. Again, excellent music.
And there was Jewel Thief (1967) with Dev Anand and “Suraj” with Rajendra Kumar, both big hits with popular music.
There were many other films that I haven’t mentioned.

New Delhi (1956) with Kishore Kumar (“nakhrewaali aa”). Rangoli (1962) also with Kishore (“chhoti si ye duniya”). Leader (1964) with Dilip Kumar, a film also with well-known melodies.

The 1960s included Ishaara (1964) with Joy Mukherjee (“ye dil beqaraar sa hai”), Pyar Hi Pyar (1968) with Dharmendra (“dekha hai teri aankhon mein”), Saathi (1968) with Rajendra Kumar (“mera pyar bhi tu hai”), Duniya (1968) with Dev Anand (“dooriyan nazdeekiyaan ban gayin”), Prince (1969) with Shammi Kapoor (“badan pe sitaare”) and Ganwaar (1970) with Rajendra Kumar (“mehka mehka roop tumhaara”) .
The purpose of mentioning all this is just to give an idea of how popular her films were. And especially the music in her films. It can be argued that this does not say anything about her acting as such. Fair enough. But she was still good enough to win four Filmfare Best Actress Awards!

We also need to keep in mind something I haven’t really talked about.

Vyjanthimala’s first love, by her own admission, was not acting. It was Bharat Natyam. She was extremely passionate about it – and still is, to this day. She has given performances around the world and has her own troupe to promote this art. As she has herself said in interviews, acting happened – but Bharat Natyam was always her first love. So whatever she achieved in films was inspite of it not being her first love.
Understandably, many films tried to showcase her dancing ability. Raj Tilak (1958) and Vanjikootai Vaaliban (same year) are basically the same story, one in Hindi, one in Tamil, made by SS Vasan, which has one of the finest classical dance competitions ever seen in Indian cinema. This time, between Vyjanthimala and Padmini, another very highly accomplished Bharat Natyam dancer.

In many other films too, Vyjanthimala has a dance of some sort or the other. In Dr. Vidya, she has a competition with Helen. In Prince, too she is seen in a similar competition. And in many other films, I suspect a dance was thrown in just because it was Vyjanthimala.
All in all, she has has an accomplished career, both as a leading lady and as a very famous Bharat Natyam dancer and teacher.
Now, onto the song for today.

When I wanted to post a song for Vyjanthimala’s birthday, I checked out this blog to see what had been posted. And I was really surprised to see that this song was not yet posted.

I immediately got down to working on it. For it is one of the classics from yesteryear.

The song is “jao re jogi tum jao re” from Amrapali (1966), sung by Lata Mangeshkar.

Now “Amrapali” was one of those films that was especially close to Vyjanthimala’s heart. It is the story of Amrapali, the courtesan in the court of the king of Vaishali. During a battle with Vaishali, the king of Magadh, Ajatashatru is injured and is tended to by Amrapali, who is unaware of his identity. Love develops between the two of them. Later, when she finds out his identity, she is torn between him (representing the enemy) and her fierce loyalty to her kingdom, Vaishali. Eventually she is influenced by Buddha and joins as one of his followers.
The film itself gives Vyjanthimala an opportunity to showcase her dancing ability. From what I’ve read, she gave her everything to it and had high hopes from the film. But the Indian audience being what it is, they could not quite appreciate the film at that time. As a result, the film was a huge commercial flop. Though much later on it achieved critical acclaim, it affected Vyjantimala very much at that time. It is said that its failure prompted her to some extent to decide to quit the industry. Although she did act in a few films thereafter (Jewel Thief, Pyar Hi Pyar, Prince and Ganwaar, for example), she was winding down her acting career and effectively quit the acting scene by 1970.
“Amrapali” is known in Hindi cinema as one of the finest collaborations between Lata Mangeshkar and Shankar Jaikishen. Of course, they had many early successes together, starting with Barsaat. But then, by the mid-1960s, some differences had developed and S-J began using other singers like Sharda and Suman Kalyanpur. Inspite of that, when they did partner, they produced some outstanding compositions together.
And “Amrapali” is as fine an example as any. The film is full of Lata songs – and each one is a gem. “Tumhe pyar karte karte”, “neel gagan ki chhaon mein”, “tadap ye din raat ki” and “jao re jogi tum jao re” are literally music to the ears for any music lover. I have listened to these songs umpteen times and can never get enough of them.

Of these songs, three were already posted – today is the turn of “jao re jogi”. (I believe there is just one other song in this film “nacho gao nacho”. If my information is correct, when that is also posted, this film can be marked as complete).
When I was listening to “jao re jogi” yesterday, I got an urge to know the raag involved. Now I know next to nothing about raagas, but I managed to find an excellent site where I could get information about this. Apparently this is Hamir/Hamvir Kalyani raag.
I am posting here two clips – one an audio, one a video. The video has the last stanza missing, hence the audio is also being posted for completeness.

Interestingly one of the comments on the video version says that this song was removed from the film when it was released in Sri Lanka. Also, apparently the DVD version does not contain it. I remember seeing this film a few years ago but I don’t remember whether this song figured or not. Maybe one of our more knowledgeable readers can share with us in what situation this song figures.
Anyway, I will now leave you with this classic.

And oh, wish you a very happy birthday, Vyjanthimala ji.


Song-Jaao re jogi tum jaao re (Amrapaali)(1966) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Shailendra, MD-Shankar Jaikishan


jaao re jogi tum jaao re
jaao re jogi tum jaao re
ye hai premiyon ki nagri
yahaan prem hi hai pooja
jaao re jogi tum jaao re
ye hai premiyon ki nagri
yahaan prem hi hai pooja
jaao re jogi tum jaao re

prem ki peeda sacha sukh hai
prem bina ye jeevan dukh hai
prem ki peeda sacha sukhh hai
prem bina ye jeevan dukh hai
jaao re jogi tum jaao re
ye hai premiyon ki nagri
yahaan prem hi hai pooja
jaao re jogi tum jaao re

jeevan se kaisa chhutkaara
hai nadiya ke saath kinaara
jeevan se kaisa chhutkaara
hai nadiya ke saath kinaara
jaao re jogi tum jaao re
ye hai premiyon ki nagri
yahaan prem hi hai pooja
jaao re jogi tum jaao re

gyaan ki kaisi seema gyaani
gaagar mein saagar ka paani
gyaan ki kaisi seema gyaani
gaagar mein saagar ka paani
jaao re jogi tum jaao re
ye hai premiyon ki nagri
yahaan prem hi hai pooja
jaao re jogi tum jaao re
jaao re jogi tum jaao re
jaao re jogi tum jaao re

16 Responses to "Jaao re jogi tum jaao re"

Thanks a lot for an excellent post.
By the way, one would like to remind the readers of another big box-office hit of 1964,”Zindagi” starring Raaj Kumar & Rajendra Kumar with excellent music, especially the song from Manna Dey – ‘Muskura Laadle Muskura’.
Avadh Lal


@ Raja ji – Great post as usual (what else we can say…) !! thanks !
about the song – Oh my God, even this was still balance to be posted !!
all songs from this movie are my favorite songs.
thanks again,
and our here is wishing Vyjanthimala ji a ‘very happy birthday’ !!!


As I read this post, I was racking my brain, trying to remember if I saw this song when I watched the film recently. I don’t think it was there.

Such true words “Gyan ki kaisi seema gyani, gagar me saagar ka paani”

Vyjayantimala looked like an Apsara in this film, it is my favorite. I love the story, the acting, the music… everything.

Excellent post as usual, Raja. 🙂

Happy birthday to the grand lady. She is that indeed. I love the way she bows from the waist while doing ‘namaskar’, It is such an humble act.


She was the only one without the ubiquitous South accent. How did she manage to do it should be a matter of research.
She gave Madhubala, Waheeda, Nutan run for their money. Her smile, her gait, her poise was seen to be believed. A truly all round artiste.


Raja ji,
This is a very good article on V.Mala. Though she was an actress I liked to see,nowadays,I just cant see her latest Photos !
One small point. While writing about film SADHANA, you have mentioned that her mother went for this role etc.
V.Mal’s mother Vasundhara Devi was not on talking terms with her for most of her life.
It was V.Mala’s Grandmother YADUGIRI DEVI who controlled all her assignments and affairs till she got firmly established. I have written about Yadugiri Devi and V.Mala in details in my post


Many years ago(must be in late 80s`), when doordarshan started its Rangoli programme(on its morning Sunday trasmission) , once they have telecasted “Jaao rey jogi”song,(That to I clearly remember the video clip is visualy is of very bad quality print)

From that day onwards, I have seen the movie many times on Doordarshan,Set max and Dvds`s released by 2 or 3 companies, I didn`t find this song till today(in the prints of this movie). I don`t know why this song alone got the punishment.

Another Chorus song is also included in the song cassettes of this movie “naacho gaao , aayaa mangal tyohaar”(which was picturised as a dance song in the night time, where warriors celebrate near camp fire?(where Sunil Dutt and Vyjayanthimala meet and the sparks fly)


video link:


Thanks for the post and remembering the b’day of her.
I also bought the DVD of this movie, just to find this song in the video print. But, was disappointed. 😦 I hope some true music lover has the original video cassette of the movie and will share it with others.


Atul ji
Above provided video is not the original video, it is an edited on, If you keenly watch it, you can detect that no close ups are there, I am 100% sure that this video was mixed with the visuals of song “Tadap ye dinn raat ki”(from the same movie Amrapali(Sunil dutt visuals)and the Vyjayanthimala visuals are borrowed from the visuals of Chhoti Si mulaaqaat” Vyjayanthi(Lata Combo)classical stage dance song “Kal nahin paaye jeeyaa, more piyaa tum bin”
Just watch this Chhoti si mulaaqaat video, you will come to know the video mixing of the video clip of Jaao rey jogi


Good work. There wasnt any lip syncing in the video, so I knew it was fake, but didnt remember the Chhoti Si Mulaqat song.


it is true that vmala made it big in bollywood starting her carrier in hindi through bahar 1951. And everyone thinks that she was the first south indian actress to act in hindi movies and paved way for others. But the truth is that Padmini was the first south indian who started her carrier though kalpana (1944-1948). Kalpana was made in 1944, but due to world war, the film was released in 1948. After kalpana she acted in tamil, telugu, kannada, malayalam, hindi and russian movies


Vyjanthimala’s costumes in ‘Amrapali’ were truly gorgeous! Though they were quite ‘revealing’ and ‘daring’ by any standards, she lent dignity to them! ‘Amrapali’ was based on Acharya Chatursen’s novel, ‘Vaishali ki nagar vadhu’. It’s such a tragedy that though it was such a well made movie with superlative performances by Vyjanthimala and Sunil Dutt, it failed at the box office. It only goes to show how shallow the taste of the moviegoer is!


Jao re jogi tum jao re is not based on Hamir. It is based on Raaga Kamod with some phrases hewing to Raaga Gaud Malhar. But even Kamod has elements of Gaud Malhar.



Feature by feature, Vijayanthimala was more beautiful than Madhubala, but everybody has to jump on the Madhubala bandwagon! Why the hype? Because her looks were not typical Indian? Because she died young? Not saying she was not beautiful, but to say she is the most beautiful Indian actress ever is pure hyperbole!


Kala Dwarakanath ji,
It is said that ” Beauty lies in the beholder’s eyes”.
Every person’s standards of Beauty are different and in such matters nobody is wrong. Everyone is right in his own way.


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