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O jaane jigar dekho idhar

Posted on: January 25, 2017


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular 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 Gemini Films’ presentation- Raj Tilak-1958.

This film is important for HFM historians for two reasons.

One reason is about its music Director C.Ramchandra. The teamwork of C. Ramchandra and Lyricist Rajendra Krishna started from the film Patanga-49. The songs of Patanga were extremely popular with Madras film makers and thus Rajendra Krishna was noticed by Southern Producers. AVM’s Bahar-51 was the beginning of Rajendra krishna’s love affair with south films, which lasted for many years. For film Azaad-55 and Gemini’s Insaniyat too had Rajendra Krishna as the lyricist. In those days, there was a fierce professional competition between AVM and Gemini, the two giants of south. Both had engaged Rajendra Krishna as a Lyricist. However Vasan of Gemini wanted that Rajendra Krishna should not work for AVM. Rajendra Krishna, of course, did not agree to this.

Therefore Vasan decided not to take Rajendra Krishna anymore for their films in Hindi. After Insaniyat-55, Vasan’s multi language film Raj Tilak-58 came to C. Ramchandra. He knew that Vasan did not want Rajendra Krishna for Gemini films. At that time, P.L.Santoshi met him. Santoshi was not only a writer and lyricist, but also a Producer and Director. He had a very successful partnership with C.Ramchandra from film Shehnai-47. After Khidki-49 and Sargam-50, Santoshi was on Top of his career.

At this stage, he decided to become a producer and made the film “Shin shinaki Boobla Boo”-52. The film flopped miserably and as if his luck turned its back on him, his subsequent directorial ventures like, Chalis baba Ek Chor,’ ‘Ha ha hi hi hoo hoo’, ‘Chham chhama chham’etc all flopped. After his ‘Hum panchhi ek daal ke’, he stopped getting any film offers. Even his lyrics writing became difficult what with new lyricists like, Shakeel, Majrooh, Sahir,Shailendra etc as strong competitors. After 1957 he fell on real bad times and sought help from old friends like C.Ramchandra.

C.Ramchandra was to do Raj Tilak of Gemini. Anyway Rajendra krishna was out, so he took up the recommendation for P.L.Santoshi to Vasan and got his nod. Unfortunately even this film flopped. In this process, Rajendra Krishna was hurt that C.Ramchandra promoted Santoshi to Vasan. The distance between Rajendra krishna and C.Ramchandra increased and after film Amardeep-58, the same year, Rajendra krishna parted ways with C.Ramchandra. He was popular in south and started recommending composers Ravi and Chitragupt to south producers. C.Ramchandra stopped getting films from south.

At the same time, in 1958, Lata Mangeshkar left C.Ramchandra. Her last film with C.Ramchandra was Amardeep, with just 2 songs. She refused to sing for the film Talaaq-58. Thus film Raj Tilak-58 brought only misfortune for C.Ramchandra from all sides and his decline started rapidly, having lost both business as well as Lata Mangeshkar !

Secondly, film Raj Tilak-58 was a remake of the Hit Tamil film, “Vanjikkottai Valiban”or ‘The youth from Vanji Fort’. This film was also remade in Telugu as “Vijay Kota Veerudu”. The remarkable thing was that C. Ramchandra was the Music Director of all the versions-Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. The lead actors, namely Gemini Ganesan, Padmini and Vyjayanti Mala acted in all the three versions. S.S.Vasan of Gemini was very fond of making multi language films. It started with ‘Chandralekha’-48, which was made in Tamil and Hindi. After that film became an All India Hit film, there were more films made in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. Films like Nishan-49, Mangala-50, Bahar-51, Mr.Sampat-52, Miss mary-57, Asha-57 and many more were made. The trend slowed down in later years, but continues till today.

S.S.Vasan of Gemini was known in the film Industry as India’s Cecil B.Demille, due to his penchant for doing things on grand scale in his films. Expensive sets, Exquisitely choreographed dances ( Bombay’s Hiralal was the Choreographer for Tamil, Telugu and Hindi versions), fast paced narration, pleasing visuals and period costumes were used extensively in all the three versions of this movie. The story of the film was based on Alexander Dumas’novel, “The count of Monte Cristo” ( 1844), with Indian adaptations, of course.

The highlight of this film was the Dance Contest between Padmini and Vyjayanti Mala. Both were experts in Bharat Natyam dancing. Both the actresses were at the Zenith of their careers and professional rivalry existed between them. Their Real life envy came into the Reel life contest too ! This dance shooting took almost 10 days, due to the demands of both actresses to get a better portion of screen space. Vasan himself supervised the editing of this song and ensured that no room for complaint was left in the final scene. Same scene from Tamil film was used in Telugu and Hindi versions to rule out room for any controversy. This Dance contest became a Milestone in south films.( This Dance contest and the song is discussed and posted by our Raja ji, on this Blog, on 19-2-2011).

In the desire to have impressive scenes, Back Projection was used. This means, some scenes from his own film Chandralekha-48 were used in this film.As a result, one could see Ranjan riding Horse in one of the scenes. Similarly, a passing Motorcar is also seen in this scene.( Even in the Hollywood film Ben Hur-59, one could see a Red car passing by, during the famous Chariot race. This clip is available on You Tube).

In the Tamil version, at the beginning of the Dance contest, the villain-P.S.Veerappa-says, ‘ Shabash, Sariyama potti ‘ ( Bravo,an excellent contest). In the Hindi version, the villain-Pran- says,’ Shabash, Ab mazaa aayega’. After the release of the film in Madras, the Villains remark became very famous and was used by people for many years !

There were 13 songs in Raj Tilak-58.They were all of lacklustre nature, as if C.Ramchandra had lost all his magic and skill. Surprisingly, same tune songs in Tamil and Telugu versions became quite popular and were considered one of the contributors to the films’ success in south. In Hindi the film Raj Tilak came silently and went silently without making any waves. Not that earlier no film of C.Ramchandra had flopped ( Shin shinaki boobla boo-52 had flopped roundly), but always at least few songs of even those flop films used to be famous and popular…like Tumhari yaad mein hum kitna roye-Lata in Shin shinaki boobla boo, for example. However today no one remembers any song from film Raj Tilak-58.

The cast of the film was Gemini Ganesan, Padmii, Vyjayanti mala, Pran, Lalita Pawar, Durga Khote, Bipin Gupta,Jagirdar, Vijaya kumari etc etc. The story of the film was….

The loyal Diwan of the kingdom accuses the Senapathi to have planned the killing of the young prince. The king ,as a punishment banishes him to another country, but Senapati hides in the kingdom itself. One day he kills the king becomes the ruler. Before dying, the king asks his loyal Diwan to save the prince and the princess. Diwan takes them and runs away, leaving his own wife and children.
Senapati captures Diwan’s wife, keeps her in prison on an island and leaves his son and daughter in the flowing river. Some kind person saves the children and they grow up as Chander ( G.Ganesan) and sister Gowri ( Vijaya kumari). Senapati comes to know about them and abducts Gowri and arrests Chander and keeps him in a prison on the same island as his mother. Gowri dies while attempting to run away.
Chander meets his mother and learns everything. He vows to kill the Senapathi. He tries to escape from the island with his mother, but mother dies on way and Chander is thrown into the raging sea. He survives and reaches Ratna island. The Rajkumari Mandakini of Ratna island loves him. He narrates every thing to her and she allows him to go his kingdom to kill Senapathi. He comes to the kingdom where he meets his father and also princes Padma who loves him. meanwhile Mandakini also reaches the kingdom. Padma and Mandakini meet and Padma allows them their love, sacrificing her love.

However during the final battle, in an attempt to save Chander, mandakini dies. Senapathi is killed and peace returns to kingdom. Padma and Chandar marry and he gets the Raj Tilak !

Today’s song is sung by Asha Bhonsle and chorus. In the video, we can see Gemini Ganesan and Vyjayanti Mala. This song is the best song amongst all the 13 songs of the film.


Song-O jaane jigar dekho idhar (Raaj Tilak)(1958) Singer-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-P L Santoshi, MD-C Ramchandra
chorus

Lyrics

aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aa
jaane jigar

o o o
jaane jigar
dekho idhar
o jaane jigar
zara dekho idhar
meri nazar kya keh rahi
jaane jigar
dekho idhar
o jaane jigar
zara dekho idhar
meri nazar kya keh rahi
aji o o

chaahti hoon tujhko o
nigaahon se baandh loon
chaahti hoon tujhko o
nigaahon se baandh loon
chaahon se baandh loon
aahon se baandh loon
aur dil ke paas le kar
aur dil ke paas le kar
saanson se baandh le
wo kuchh kahen
main kuchh kahoon
o jaane jigar
zara dekho idhar
meri nazar kya keh rahi
jaane jigar
dekho idhar
o jaane jigar
zara dekho idhar
meri nazar kya keh rahi
aji o o

hahahaha
hahahaha

kaise jaaoge bachke
bachke raaja
bachke raaja
bach ke
arre bachke
kaise jaaoge bachke

raaja ho o o o o
kaise jaaoge bachke
phoolon ke haar maaroon
rang rang ke pyaar maaaroon
nainon ke baan maaroon kas kas ke
kaise jaaoge bachke
maine seekhi machhli pakadni
preet nagar ke taal se
jaaoge tum kaise nikal ke
mera nainon ke jaal se
ye nainon ka jaala
aa aa aa
maine tujh pe daala
aa aa aa
tu hai bhola bhaala
tu hai bhola bhaala re ae ae
tu hai bhola bhaala

tujhko jo paaya naa
apna banaaya na
de doongi jaan raaja hans hans na
kaise jaaoge bachke

aaj uspe
aaj uspe
aaj uspe
aaj uspe
aa tu ?? taaj le
raahaton ka raaj le
aa rahi hai jhoomti
ik pari dulhan bani
pushp ko sanwaar ke ae
aarzoo ka taaj le
aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aa

geet gaao bahaar ke
preet ke bahaar ke
aapas mein ek hon
dil mile hain aaj do
baad intezaar ke

jaane jigar
dekho idhar
o jaane jigar
zara dekho idhar
meri nazar kya keh rahi

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