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Kaun sachcha hai kaun jhoothha hai

Posted on: January 30, 2018

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“Zindagi Zindagi” (censored on August 19th 1972) starred Ashok Kumar, Sunil Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Farida Jalal, Ramesh Deo, Anwar Husain, supported by Shyama, Jalal Agha, Master Tito, Chaya Devi, Gajanan Jagirdar etc. Music was by Sachin Deb Burman who led the list of playback singers (the song with the titles is in the voice of Sachinda and Anand Bakshi was the lyricist. The other playback singers were Kishore Kumar, Manna Dey and Lata Mangeshkar. Producer was Nariman A. Irani and A.P. Sharma and director was Tapan Sinha.

The movie (what little I saw of it) is based in a village where there is a hospital of which Sunil Dutt is a doctor and revolves around the life of the villagers and casteism. Ramesh Deo played Choudhury Ramprasad’s vagabond son. Today’s song has him {Ramesh Deo} lip-sync in the voice of Manna Dey through the lanes of the village and making politician-type promises of sadak (road), school, railgaadi (train), pul (bridge) etc. all in one breath.

Possibly the first movie in which I made note of an actor called Ramesh Deo was Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s “Anand”;that too not when the movie was released (I was a toddler at that time) but when I saw it on Doordarshan.

Then subsequently I saw him in “Jeevan Mrityu” (on tv of course) which came before “Anand” and other movies like “Khilona” “Lakhon mein ek” “Dus Lakh” and numerous other movies. He mostly played characters that were grey or completely negative, though occasionally he played a lovable friend as in “Shikar” or “Anand” or “Rampur Ka Laxman” “Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka” etc.

Now why am I talking about Ramesh Deo ? Because he turns a year older today (30 january 2018). He turns 89 today-unbelievable that he has been around for so long. He made his debut in Marathi films in 1951/52 and his Hindi debut was in the 1962 Rajshri Productions movie “Aarti”. Recently (meaning 2-3 years back) I saw him on some Marathi channel where they were felicitating him on his long innings in the film world- Marathi and Hindi. They also showed footage of his contribution to the industry and then it dawned on me that he has produced feature films, television serials, ad films etc. He is active even now as can be seen in the surf excel ad which has him play an adoring grandpa with Vidya Sinha as the grandma . Ramesh Deo’s family is into entertaining the world- his wife is actress Seema Deo and sons Ajinkya- an actor and Abhinay- a director of movies, ads and television serials.

Honestly speaking I landed on a song mouthed by Ramesh Deo by accident. In the long time that he has spent in movie (almost 250 Hindi movies) the number of times he has sung songs on screen can be counted on one’s fingers. This is one such song that reminds me of “woh jhootha hai vote na usko dena” from “Namak Haram” though here it looks like he is making false promises. 🙂



Song-Kaun sachcha hai kaun jhoothha hai (Zindagi Zindagi)(1972) Singer-Manna Dey, Lyrics-Anand Bakshi, MD-S D Burman


kaun sachcha hai
aur kaun jhootha hai
pehle ye jaan lo
phir apna vote do
haan ji
kaun sachcha hai
kaun jhootha hai
pehle ye jaan lo
phir apna vote do

arrey haan
jaan lo
pehchaan lo
phir apna vote do o o
kaun sachcha hai
kaun jhootha hai
pehle ye jaan lo
phir apna vote do

hum janta ke
sevak hain ji
ham janta ke sevak hain
ham karte hain sewa
woh janta ke
dushman hain ji
woh janta ke dushman hain
woh khaate hain mewa
dhokha na khaana
zamaana bura hai
munh mein hai raam naam
aur bagal mein
chhura hai
jaan lo pehchaan lo
phir apna vote do o o
kaun sachcha
aur kaun jhootha
are haaan
pehle ye jaan lo
phir apna vote do
kaun sachcha

kaun jhootha
pehle ye jaan lo
phir apna vote do

ram prasad
jai jai
ram prasad
jai jai
haay haay
hay haay

iss chhote se gaanv ko hum sheher banaayenge
aur bail gaadi ke badle railgaadi chalaayenge
gaadi chalayenge ji
gaadi chalayenge

aur school banaayenge
pul banaayenge
aspataal banaayenge
pakka waada hai
pakki sadak bhi banaayenge
jai jai ramprasad
mera kehna maan lo
phir apna vote do
kaun sachcha hai
aur kaun jhootha hai
pehle ye jaan lo
phir apna vote do

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