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Raja Se Bhikhari Tak Chor Se Pujaari Tak

Posted on: June 6, 2015


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Entertaining Sales Pitch Songs – 9
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aao aao
laal paan ki begum
do ka chaar banaayenga, chaar ka aath banaayengaa

As promised, here is a very unique sales pitch song.  And very entertaining too, very fast paced – as fast paced as the real life protagonists who run these roadside trick business.  Yes, quick gambling – very quick, very dirty.  An innocent participant will always part with his money.

People who live in Bombay must be all very familiar with this roadside gaming activity.  Not that it does not happen in other cities, but through films and other folklore, this gaming seems to be closely associated with Bombay, possibly originating from there as well.  The basic game is very simple, as is the setup for it.  One just needs a small piece of cloth and a set of playing cards. Even an incomplete set will suffice since the game generally uses only three cards.  So the game goes like this – the dealer will spread out the cloth on the pavement, and place three cards face down on it.  One of the cards is the primary, and generally it is the queen of hearts.  The game is that the dealer will expose the cards in the beginning in their original positions.  Then the cards are turned face down on the cloth, and the dealer will very speedily shift and interchange their positions.  After a few cycles of such interchanges, he will stop, and the player is now suppose to guess where the special card is.  Of course, a wager has to be placed before the card is identified and turned face up for identification.  If the player identifies it correctly, the dealer will give the player the amount that he / she has wagered, plus an equal amount from his side.  If the player’s guess is incorrect, then the wagered money belongs to the dealer.

It sounds simple, but it is not.  The entire setup is designed to make the player part with the money.  In the beginning one or two rounds, the dealer will make it very simple and make the player win some small amounts.  Then the player is egged on, by the dealer and other bystanders, praising the deft eyesight and the sharp memory, encouraging the player to put larger bet.  Then, in one fell sweep, the dealer will move the cards so quickly that the player is bound to get confused, will guess incorrectly, and will end up losing all the money.

A word about the bystanders.  Majority of them are simply part of the gang, making it appear as if a big crowd is gathered, and a huge interesting game is going on.  Some of them will also be placing bets, small ones, and winning.  This is just a ploy to attract the real fish.  These bystanders will encourage the innocent and gullible ‘fish’ to join the game and encourage him / her to continue betting more and more.  Also, if the things go bad, in the sense the player starts to argue, and looks like a person who is capable of starting a fight, then all of them will suddenly gang up and turn on such a defiant player.

Another simpler trick that is used, if the player is really very good and seems to continue winning.  After a few rounds of letting him win, he is asked to place a large bet, and lay down the money on the piece of cloth. Now, as the dealer starts to interchange the cards, one of the bystander gang members will shout ‘police’ or something to that effect.  Now all the hell breaks loose.  Everyone starts to run in different directions.  The dealer simply bundles up the cloth and the money and the cards, and make a speedy getaway.  And the rest of the bystander crowd will jostle around the player and prevent him from chasing the dealer.

The dealer of course is a very sharp card spinner. Even the cards are switched sometimes, so that no matter which card the player identifies, the primary card is actually missing from the game altogether.

I have witnessed this game myself in Bombay, and was once very nearly trapped into playing.  Once crossing one of the rail foot bridge, I saw this activity in full swing.  I think it was in Matunga area.  It was peak afternoon, and a crowd of people were huddled around a person sitting on the pavement.  Curious to see what is happening, I just paused at the fringe, trying to peep in.  Within a matter of seconds, I got pushed inside the crowd, and got a very close view of the game in progress.  Couple of people were betting.  All the while the game is on, the dealer continues an equally rapid monologue, which contains promises to multiply your money many times over.  I watched for a few minutes,  and then the dealer shifted his attention to me, asking me to also place a bet.  Having seen this thing for the first time, I hesitated in refusing.  Sensing my gullibility, the people started to encourage me, and the dealer almost reached out to my pocket, as if to help me pull out some money to place the bet.  When this happened, some good sense prevailed in my brain, and I just forcibly ran out of the circle of bystanders, and did not pause till I was a good two three hundred meters away. And then I slowed my pace, and continued to walk without looking back.

Coming to this song from the 1961 film ‘Dekhi Teri Bambai’.  I have long held the view that the scenarios of the Hindi film songs are so pervasive that one can locate a film song for any situation, any activity, any emotion – well, almost.  For a long time now, I have ceased to be surprised with the discoveries of songs that apply to heretofore un-addressed human scenarios.  Still, when I came across this song I must admit that I was taken by surprise on seeing such a situation being covered – a sales pitch for attracting people to come and try their luck with the game of chance, crooked as it may be.

The film, and the video version of its songs are long available on the YouTube.  But I ran into this song in the audio format, in my own collection, having received a CD recording of the 78 rpm gramophone records of this film from my friend Zafar Bhai.  Finding this song on the audio CD and not on the internet, intrigued me.  I tried to search trying different sources and different methods, but could not locate the video of the song.  Finally I reverted to the disc version of this film that is in my collection.  I scanned through the disc twice, unable to locate this song. Then I realized that the severe crime has been committed.  This song has been edited out of the disc version, most likely to accommodate the length of the film on the disc.  This is nothing short of blasphemy.  I then reviewed the film at a slower pace and I am able to locate the point where this song would have been, had it not been cut out.

The scenario in the film however, is not as sinister as such situations are in real life.  ‘Dekhi Teri Bambai’ is a standard fare cops and robbers story.  Calcutta police is on the lookout for a gangster boss, who is absconding.  Trailing him, the police inspector from Calcutta reaches Bombay.  As it turns out, the Bombay police is also after the same man.  So now the inspector from Calcutta and another from Bombay, unbeknownst to each other, join the gang incognito in an effort to gather evidence and to capture the boss.  Makes for some hilarious confusion, but all that is sorted out at the end, as at the climax, the two police personnel reveal themselves to one another and join forces to defeat the gangsters.

This situation, a gambling game, is actually a ploy that one of the police inspectors thinks up, to capture some gang members, by drawing them to a roadside gambling game.  Although, the video clip is not available, as far as I can make out from the scenes just prior to where the cut is made, this song is performed on screen by Sheikh (remember “Hamen To Loot Liya Mil Ke Husn Waalon Ne”) who lip syncs the voice of S Balbir, and a child actor, most likely Master Shashi (not the Shashi Kapoor we are familiar with) lip syncing the voice of Mubarak Begum.

Produced under the banner of Sheetal Movies, the film is directed by Kailash Bhandari.  The cast of actors includes Poornima, Daljeet, Sheikh, Jagdish Kanwal, Radhika, Prakash Kaur, Ramlal, Tilak Kundra, Vivek, Shammi, Kumari Aruna, Anand, and Master Shashi amongst others.

The seven songs of this film are written by Aziz Kashmiri and the music direction is by Vinod.  One listen to this lilting fast paced melody, and you will know why Vinod is known as the prodigal genius.

Have fun with this one of its kind song.  Listen and enjoy.

Song – Raja Se Bhikhari Tak Chor Se Pujaari Tak (Dekhi Teri Bambai) (1961) Singer – S Balbir, Mubarak Begum, Lyrics – Aziz Kashmiri, MD – Vinod
S Balbir + Mubarak Begum


o o o

suno re bhai
raja se bhikhari tak
chor se pujaari tak
raani se kahaari tak aaye
naseeb aazmaaye
lagaa le daao zindagi ka
bharosa nahin aadmi ka

do minton mein raam naam satt hai bhai

raja se bhikhari tak
chor se pujaari tak
raani se kahaari tak aaye
naseeb aazmaaye
lagaa le daao zindagi ka
bharosa nahin aadmi ka
aah

dilwaalon ke khel hai babu
kismet waale khelenge
dilwaalon ke khel hai babu
kismet waale khelenge
maya hogi meharbaan
to jholi bhar bhar le lenge
bhale se jawaari tak
panchhi se shikaari tak
kangle se hazaari tak aaye
naseeb aazmaaye
lagaa le daao zindagi ka
bharosa nahin aadmi ka

arre phenk phenk phenk pyaare

raja se bhikhari tak
chor se pujaari tak
raani se kahaari tak aaye
naseeb aazmaaye
lagaa le daao zindagi ka
bharosa nahin aadmi ka
aah haa

kismet tujhko dhoondh rahi hai
babu kyon sharmaata hai
kismet tujhko dhoondh rahi hai
babu kyon sharmaata hai
arre peechhe peechhe rehne waala
peechhe hi reh jaata hai
buddhu se khilaadi tak
coolie se anaadi tak
gali se pahaadi tak aaye
naseeb aazmaaye
lagaa le daao zindagi ka
bharosa nahin aadmi ka

aah
kyon bête tingoo

raja se bhikhari tak
chor se pujaari tak
raani se kahaari tak aaye
naseeb aazmaaye
lagaa le daao zindagi ka
bharosa nahin aadmi ka
aah

der na kar matwaale raja
samay guzarta jaata hai
der na kar matwaale raja
samay guzarta jaata hai
arre rooth na jaaye lachhmi rani
kaahe der lagaata hai
bambay se attaari tak
patli se bhaari tak
fashionable naari tak aaye
naseeb aazmaaye
lagaa le daao zindagi ka
bharosa nahin aadmi ka

aao bhai
lagaao bhai

raja se bhikhari tak
chor se pujaari tak
raani se kahaari tak aaye
naseeb aazmaaye
lagaa le daao zindagi ka
bharosa nahin aadmi ka
ha ha

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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ओ ओ ओ
सुनो रे भाई
राजा से भिखारी तक
चोर से पुजारी तक
रानी से कहारी तक आए
नसीब आज़माये
लगा ले दांव ज़िंदगी का
भरोसा नहीं आदमी का

दो मिनटों में राम नाम सत्त है भाई

राजा से भिखारी तक
चोर से पुजारी तक
रानी से कहारी तक आए
नसीब आज़माये
लगा ले दांव ज़िंदगी का
भरोसा नहीं आदमी का
आह

दिलवालों का खेल है बाबू
किस्मत वाले खेलेंगे
दिलवालों का खेल है बाबू
किस्मत वाले खेलेंगे
अरे माया होगी मेहरबान
तो झोली भर भर ले लेंगे
भले से जवारी तक
पंछी से शिकारी तक
कंगले से हजारी तक आए
नसीब आज़माये
लगा ले दांव ज़िंदगी का
भरोसा नहीं आदमी का

अरे फैंक फैंक फैंक प्यारे

राजा से भिखारी तक
चोर से पुजारी तक
रानी से कहारी तक आए
नसीब आज़माये
लगा ले दांव ज़िंदगी का
भरोसा नहीं आदमी का
आह हा

किस्मत तुझको ढूंढ रही है
बाबू क्यों शर्माता है
किस्मत तुझको ढूंढ रही है
बाबू क्यों शर्माता है
अरे पीछे पीछे रहने वाला
पीछे ही रह जाता है
बुद्धू से खिलाड़ी तक
कुली से अनाड़ी तक
गली से पहाड़ी तक आए
नसीब आज़माये
लगा ले दांव ज़िंदगी का
भरोसा नहीं आदमी का

आह
क्यों बेटे टिंगू

राजा से भिखारी तक
चोर से पुजारी तक
रानी से कहारी तक आए
नसीब आज़माये
लगा ले दांव ज़िंदगी का
भरोसा नहीं आदमी का
आह

देर ना कर मतवाले राजा
समय गुज़रता जाता है
देर ना कर मतवाले राजा
समय गुज़रता जाता है
अरे रूठ ना जाये लछमी रानी
काहे देर लगाता है
बंबे से अट्टारी तक
पतली से भारी तक
फ़ैशनेबल नारी तक आए
नसीब आज़माये
लगा ले दांव ज़िंदगी का
भरोसा नहीं आदमी का

आओ भाई
लगाओ भाई

राजा से भिखारी तक
चोर से पुजारी तक
रानी से कहारी तक आए
नसीब आज़माये
लगा ले दांव ज़िंदगी का
भरोसा नहीं आदमी का
हा हा

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1 Response to "Raja Se Bhikhari Tak Chor Se Pujaari Tak"

Aziz Kashmiri>>>
*Aag Ka Dariya (1953)
Akalmand (1966)
*Amar Shaheed (1959)
Baghi Sardar (1956)
Baharen Phir Bhi Aayengi (1966)
CID 909 (1967)
Dekhi Teri Bambai (1961)
Dholak (1951)
Dhoom Dham (1949)
Dil Aur Mohabbat (1969)
*Ek Do Teen (1953)
*Ek Thi Ladki (1949)
Himmat (1941)
International Crook (1974)
Jalte Deep (1950)
Janmapatri (1949)
Kahin Din Kahin Raat (1968)
*Khamosh Nigahen (1946)
Love & Murder (1966)
Mirza Sahiban (1947)
*Mukhda (1951)
Nasihat (1967)
*Ramman (1954)
*Sabz Baag (1951)
*Saloni (1952)
Shrimanji (1968)
Soldier (1969)
*Tara (1949)
The Killers (1969)
Ustad 420 (1969)
Wafa (1950)
Yeh Raat Phir Na Ayegi (1966)

Vinod>>>
*Aag Ka Dariya (1953)
*Amar Shaheed (1959)
Anmol Ratan (1950)
Dekhi Teri Bambai (1961)
*Ek Do Teen (1953)
*Ek Thi Ladki (1949)
Garma Garam (1957)
Ha Ha He He Ho Ho (1955)
Jalwa (1955)
*Khamosh Nigahen (1946)
Laadla (1954)
Makkhee Choos (1956)
*Mukhda (1951)
Mumtaz Mahal (1957)
Oot Pataang (1954)
Paraye Bas Mein (1946)
*Ramman (1954)
*Sabz Baag (1951)
*Saloni (1952)
Sheikh Chilli (1956)
*Tara (1949)
Shri Nagad Narayan (1955)
Titli (1951)

It can be observed from above that they had colloborated in 10 movies together

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