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Zara bachna gori se bachna

Posted on: June 23, 2016


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, 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.

Today’s song is from the film “Sitamgar”-1958. It is sung by Geeta Dutt and S. Balbir.

Just a few days back, our Avinash ji had posted a song from this film ( first song of this film). Films having title “Sitamgar” were made in 1934, 1954, 1958 and 1985. The 1954 film “Sitamgar” was a C grade stunt film. The story of that film was set on a beautiful island, where a Tyrant villain kills people to get a hidden treasure. That is why the film’s name was ‘Sitamgar alias Khoobsurat Taapoo or Beautiful Island.’ I do hope that the Title riddle faced by Avinash ji is now solved !

Sitamgar-58 is a dubbed Tamil film. The decade of the 50s was a period when there was a lot of exchange of films between Bombay and the South. Some Hit and Popular films of South were remade in Hindi like Nishan-49, Bahar-51, Miss Mary-57 etc. In the mid 50s, the trend of dubbing southern films picked up speed and some popular films of major stars like MGR, NTR, ANR, Sivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan etc were dubbed in Hindi. It was not a one way traffic though. In 1960, the famous “Mughal E Azam” was dubbed in Tamil and released with a different Title, “Akbar “-61.

In those days, most popular actors of south were known by their initials like MGR, NTR etc. The simple reason was that the south Indian names were usually very long- like Marudhar Gopalan Ramchandran or Nandmuri Tarakrama Rama Rao or Akkineni Nageshwar Rao or even Vettaithidal Chinnaiah Pillai Ganesan ( that is Sivaji Ganesan). You cannot write such long nams all the time, so their fans shortened their names with their initials and these actors began to get described by their initials. The female actors fortunately kept simpler names like P.Bhanumathy or Vasundhara etc.

In Bombay the names of actors were short and mostly one or two part names like Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand, Karan Dewan or Shaikh Mukhtar,Ajit etc. No actor was known by his initials. Nowadays, however, I find that the trend of addressing Hindi actors by their initials have has started and we now find actors called AB or SRK etc.

All the major and popular actors of South secretly nursed ambitions of gaining famous in the Hindi belt too. But no one was ready to shift to Bombay to achieve their aim. On the other hand,female actors of the south were more outgoing and they reaped the rewards as we can see from the success of names like Vyjayantimala, Waheeda, Padmini and Hema Malini, to name a few !

As a via-media, the hit films of south actors were dubbed in Hindi but such methods did not bring the desired results for the male actors of the south. During this period many films were made in Hindi, which were remakes of Hit South films. It was then realised that Remakes were more popular. In fact the dubbed versions were rejected by other regions. The reasons were many.One, the southern actors were unknown in other regions, two the style of acting in southern movies was exaggerated or melodramatic, which was considered artificial-not natural and thirdly, the southern heroines were comparatively bulky. All these points were taken care of in making Remakes, with local stars and accepted styles of acting. Slowly dubbing stopped and Remakes prospered.

These days many ( read most) Hit Hindi films have been remakes of Hit south movies. For example, Hera Pheri ( Malyalam-Ramjirao speaking), No Entry (Tamil-Charlie Chaplin), Bhool Bhulaiya (Oriinal Malyalam film made into kannada,Tamil and even Bangla), Ghajini ( Tamil- Gajhini, original Hollywood film Momento) and many others like, Wanted, Housefull, Ready, Bodyguard, Singham, Force, Rowdy Rathore, Son of Sardar, Kick etc etc.

SITAMGAR-58 was a dubbed film. Originally it was a Tamil film “Üthama Putran”, which was also dubbed in Telugu as “Veer Pratap”. The cast of the film was Sivaji Ganesan, Padmini, Ragini, Kannamba,M K Radha, K A Thangvelu, Somu, Helen etc. MD was a pair of G.Ramanathan and B N Bali. It seems both composed all songs together and there is no individual credit to any song. The film was directed by T. Prakash Rao. The story, dialogues and screenplay was by Sreedhar, who later became a famous Director…even in Hindi.

This is a story of twins. One good and one bad. But it was not an origial Tamil story. Also, it was not the first film made on this story. A film of same name was made in the 40s too, in Tamil. Few centuries ago Alexander Dumas wrote a novel ‘ The man in the Iron mask’, as a 3-part sequel to his famous “Three Musketeers’. It was rumoured i that period that the novel was based on a true story of Emperor Louis XIV, who had a look alike twin brother , kept in dungeons for life. many films were made in Hollywood and Europe, on this story, the last was in 1998.

In the film Sitamgar-58, Sivaji Ganesan plays the Twin roles of a Tyrant and a “Do-Good Prince in exile”. A Rock and Roll song- dance was included in a Tamil movie for the first time in this movie and Helen, the famous dancer from Bombay- was specially brought in to do this number ( along with local dancers Rita and Gemini Chandra). This Tamil film was a Box office biggie and draws crowds even today for its Re-runs.

Films, Film stars and actors play an important role in the social life of Tamil Nadu and Andhra. Top class film stars are adored by their fans and Fan clubs are established, their statues erected and even Temples are built. ( Nowadays, all this frenzy seems to be less, in my opinion.). Due to their influence on the people, it comes as no surprise that Political parties tried to rope them in. So every big star in cinema has a political connection. Tamilnadu and Andhra had Cine stars as Chief Ministers and it continues to be so in Tamilnadu even today ! Surprisingly, the situation is not like this in Karnataka. It may be because Karnataka is the youngest state among all Southern states.

As for Kerala, Marxist influence in the state of Kerala ensured that no individual is idolised there and so Malayalam movies of Kerala too have not thrown up and major politician of film world connection. However Dr. Raj kumar in Karnataka and Satyan and Prem Nazir in Kerala were Cult figures in their respective states.

The people of Tamilnadu are so much influenced by Cinema that Popular stars get special names from the public.

Sivaji Ganesan ( 1-10-1928 to 21-7-2001 ) was very popular and competed with MGR. His original name was Vettaithidal Chinniah Pillai Ganesan. He was called Sivaji Ganesan, after his famous role of Shivaji in stage play, ” Sivaji kanda Indhu Rajyam ” , written by DMK leader C.N.Annadurai. Sivaji ganesan had more than 30,000 Fan clubs all over the world. He acted in more than 300 films in Tamil, Telugu, Malyalam, Knnada and Hindi.

I have seen both versions, namely ‘ Sitamgar’-58 and its Telugu copy ‘ Veer Pratap ‘ while I was in Hyderabad. It is simply a dubbed film and both were same, but the fun was in watching Tamil actors speaking in Hindi and Telugu. Here is the story of the film-

In the kingdom of Malarpuri, the queen (P.Kannamba) delivers a male child. Her brother Naganathan (M N Nambiyar) replaces it with a dead child with help from a maidservant, and informs king Varaguna Pandiyan (Sadasiva Rao) that the newborn is dead. To Naganathan’s surprise, the queen gives birth to another boy soon after delivering the first. Minister Gunaseelar arrives by then and the king is informed of the birth of two children, one dead and one alive. Everyone is happy that at least one is alive. Naganathan decides to kill the first infant and hands it over to his servant Somappa (Stunt Somu). However, Somappa and his wife raise the prince in a forest.

The crown prince is Vikraman and his identical twin in the forest is Parthiban (both played by Sivaji Ganesan). On his deathbed, the king (M K Radha) appoints Naganathan as the guardian of crown prince Vikraman, and gives the order that Naganathan would be solely responsible for Vikraman’s safety. To achieve his objective of ruling the country, Naganathan brings up Vikraman with all vices and does not allow him to bond with his mother. On the other hand, Parthiban grows up to become a valiant warrior under the guidance of Somappa and fights for the public.

After the king’s death, Vikraman ascends the throne and hands over administrative controls to Naganathan, who indulges in all kind of looting by levying more taxes. Parthiban comes out of forest and saves the minister’s daughter Amudhavalli (Padmini) when her chariot goes out of control. They fall in love, and he starts visiting her palace late in the night. Amudha encounters Vikraman, who looks similar to Parthiban, but does not disclose this to anyone. Vikraman likes her and tells Naganathan to fix his marriage with her. Amudha does not accept when Vikraman’s mother comes with the proposal. One night, the soldiers notice Parthiban getting into the palace and they reach Amudha’s room. She makes him escape by making him wear Vikraman’s costume. While leaving, he meets his mother, but pretends to be Vikraman. When he is talking to her, Vikraman arrives and they scuffle. Parthiban escapes, but when he comes again to meet Amudha, he is thrown into prison.

Through the maidservant, the queen learns that Parthiban is also her son. She goes to the prison and orders his release. By then, Vikraman arrives with Naganathan, who confirms they are brothers, but states that the kingdom cannot afford to have two brothers fighting for power. Vikraman does not wish to share the kingdom and to avoid anyone recognising him, orders that Parthiban be masked and imprisoned. Parthiban has an iron mask locked on his face; its key is with Vikraman. Amudha and Parthiban’s friend (K L Tangavelu) hatch a plan to rescue Parthiban. Amudha makes Vikraman insensibly drunk after a dance and takes the key. Parthiban’s associates reach the prison, set him free, put the same on Vikraman’s face and dump him in prison. Parthiban assumes charge of the kingdom and introduces citizen friendly policies which are welcomed by the people.

Naganathan suspects foul play. By then, Vikraman sends a message to Naganathan by writing on his dinner plate about Parthiban impersonating him. Naganathan rushes to jail, releases Vikraman, brings him to the Assembly and stops the coronation of Parthiban as king. In the fight that ensues between Naganathan’s army and Parthiban’s people, Naganathan dies. Parthiban and Vikraman fight despite a plea from their mother. When Vikraman loses, he escapes in a chariot wearing his mask. Parthiban tries to stop him, but he rushes away. Vikraman dies when his chariot falls off a cliff. Parthiban rules Malarpuri as a virtuous son along with Amudha and his mother.

The song and dance video is picturised on Ragini and Sivaji Ganesan. The lyrics of Hindi version were penned by Qamar Jalalabadi


Song-Zara bachna gori se bachna (Sitamgar)(1958) Singers-Geeta Dutt, S Balbir, Lyrics-Qamar Jalalabadi, MD-G Ramnathan- B N Bali
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Lyrics

zara bachna
gori se bachna
o zara bachna
gori se bachna
dekho ik hai anaar
uske sau hain beemaar
jisko dekho hua wo deewaana mera
zara bachna
gori se bachna
ik hai anaar
uske sau hain beemaar
jisko dekho hua wo deewaana mera
zara bachna gori se bachna

chhalke nigahon ke jaam
suhaani hai sham
o sajna
dil ki lagi ko bujha lo jee
chhalke nigahon ke jaam suhaani hai shaam
o sajna
dil ki lagi ko bujha lo jee
chaahe koi chhota ho ya koi mota ho
ya dil ka khota ho
sabka hi lota bharenge hum

waa waa
sabka hi lota bharenge hum
chaahe koi chhota ho
ya koi mota ho
ya dil ka khota ho
sabka hi lota bharenge hum

o mere jaaniya
pyaasi jawaniyaan
kab tak tadapti rahengi

ai ai yo
o mere jaaniyaan pyaasi jawaniyaan
kab tak tadapti rahengi
zara bachna
gori se bachna
o zara bachna
gori se bachna

sun mere sainya natkhat
o dekho achchi nahin hai ye khatpat
sun mere sainya natkhat
o dekho achchi nahin hai ye khatpat
aiyya
peele o raja gat gat
lele maza tu jhatpat
peele o raja gat gat
lele maza tu jhatpat

ho mere janiyaan
pyaasi jawaaniyaan
kab tak tadapti rahengi
ho mere jaaniyaan
pyaasi jawaaniyaan
kab tak tadapti rahengi
o zara bachna
gori se bachna
o zara bachna
gori se bachna
ik hai anaar uske sau hain beemaar
jisko dekho hua wo deewaana mera
zara bachna gori se bachna
o zara bachna
gori se bachna

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