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Ek thha gaanv jahaan ka ek aisa thha raaja

Posted on: June 22, 2018


This article is written by Peevesie’s mom, 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.

Blog Day : 3626 Post No. : 14447

hullo Atuldom

“Thevar Magan” was a 1992 Tamil movie produced by Kamal Hassan and directed by Bharathan with music by Ilaiyaraja and a cast of Sivaji Ganesan, Kamal Hassan, Revathi, Gouthami and Nassar. The story in one line is thus- a reluctant educated son ascending a throne full of thorns. This movie was remade in Hindi in 1997 by Mushir-Riaz produtions with Priyadarshan as the director. Here the cast was headed by Anil Kapoor and Amrish Puri with Milind Gunaji, Tabu and Pooja Batra. Both movies credited Kamal Hssan as the storywriter.

Whenever I hear of a remake either from Hindi to any language that I understand – Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi, Gujarati or even say Telugu or Punjabi (both of which I have limited knowledge of) I make it a point to see both versions. The vice-versa also happens i.e. from regional language to Hindi, then too I see both versions, it is enlightening to see how actors understand the same character and portray them. To this end I have seen Drishyam in three languages and I felt that Mohanlal in Malayalam was good and Ajay Devgan in Hindi did not disappoint though Kamalhassan in Tamil failed to impress (my view which I feel the others may not agree to) in Papanasam (that was the title in Tamil). I have seen many other remakes too, the last one being a remake of Bhagwan Dada’s “Albela” in Telugu and Sachin Pilgaonkar’s “Ashi Hi Banwa Banwi” which I discovered was a remake of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s “Biwi Aur Makaan”.

So, coming back to “Thevar Magan” and “Virasat” both were engrossing movies with good songs and lot of action. And it can be safely said that Amrish Puri’s version of the Raja Thakur matched Sivaji Ganesan’s Periya Thevar. And Anil Kapoor matched Kamalhassan in portraying the educated foreign-returned Thakur/ Shaktivel Thevar. Added to all this Anu Malik gave music almost at par with Ilaiyaraja, reusing some of the original tunes. Today’s song is one of the reused tunes. It has Amrish Puri lip-syncing in Hariharan’s voice. The song runs with the opening titles. There are two other portions of the song; one after the Thakur comes home angry after facing humiliation in the village panchayat and another portion of the song plays when the Thakur dies of a heart attack and the whole village is sad.

Today(22 june 2018) it is the birth anniversary of Amrish Puri. He was an all-round entertainer. He had acted in about 400 films between 1967 and 2005. I suppose the first time I took note of him was in the movies ‘Dostana’ where he played the villain’s henchman in Prem Chopra’s gang and ‘Naseeb’ where he was one among a horde of villains like Prem Chopra, Kadar Khan, Shakti Kapoor and Amjad Khan. Of course, at the same time we saw him in some Rajshri Production movies as a Chowdhary who refuses to acknowledge that his family is on bad times and his daughter needs to work to run the house as in “Saawan Ko Aane do”. He was a tyrant village head in Bapu’s “Hum Paanch”; numerous movies where he was the dreaded bad character his best being the memorable Mogambo in “Mr. India”. In the 90s he also became a loving father, grandfather; displayed his comic timing in movies like “Chachi420” and “Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kate” etc. I have sat through many movies that I have mentioned just to enjoy Amrish Puri whether as Durgaprasad Bharadwaj (Chachi 420) or Retired Inspector Abhyankar (Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kate) or Chaudhry Baldev Singh (DDLJ) or Thakur Durjan Singh (Karan Arjun) to name a few.

Remembering Mogambo on his birth anniversary with this song from “Virasat” which is written by Jaaved Akhtar.

Video
(video)
Audio version

Some more portions of song


Song-Ek thha gaanv jahaan ka ek aisa thhaa raaja (Viraasat)(1997) Singer-Hariharan, Lyrics-Jawed Akhtar, MD-Anu Malik

Lyrics

hey ae
ek tha gaanv jahaan ka
dooma chikka chikka doom
doo doom doom doom
ek aisa tha raja
dooma chikka chikka doom
doo doom doom doom
ek tha gaanv jahaan ka
ek aisa thha raaja
sabke dilon mein woh rahta thha
uske jaisa koi nahin thha
ek thha gaanv jahaan ka
dooma chikka chikka doom
doo doom doom doom
ek aisa thha raaja
dooma chikka chikka doom
doo doom doom doom

gaanv mein sabhi ke chehre
dinga danga dinga danga
dinga danga do
phoolon ki tarah khilte thhe
dinga danga dinga danga
dinga danga do
gaanv mein sabhi ke chehere
phoolon ki tarah khilte thhe
khushiyon bhari thhi duniya
pyar ke diye jalte the
har ghar uska thha apna ghar
sabke liye woh ek baraabar
sukh aur dukh mein sabka
saathi woh banta thha
uske rehte har din mela thhe

ek tha gaanv jahaan ka
dooma chikka chikka doom
doo doom doom doom
ek aisa tha raaja
dooma chikka chikka doom
doo doom doom doom
ek thha gaanv jahaan ka
ek aisa thha raja
sabke dilon mein woh rahta thha
uske jaisa koi nahin tha
ek tha gaanv jahaan ka
dooma chikka chikka doom
doo doom doom doom
ek aisa thha raaja
dooma chikka chikka doom
doo doom doom doom

————————————-
sabke dilon mein woh rehta tha
(arri pagli shuroo se)
sabke dilon mein woh rehta thha
(mm hmm
maine kahaa na shuru se
)
kaise dadaji)
Ek tha gaanv jahaan ka
Ek tha gaanv jahaan ka
(Haan shabaash
Ab sab aise hi gaao
)
ek tha gaanv jahaan ka
ek aisa thta raaja
ek tha gaanv jahaan ka
ek aisa tha raaja
sabke dilon mein woh rahta tha
uske jaisa koi nahin tha

——————————-
zindagi ka sapna
ek din toota aa
band kar aankhein
sabse woh roothha
band kar aankhein
sabse woh rootha
usski yaadein dil se na jaayein
humko rulayein humko sataayein
chhaaya andhera
jab woh gaya
ab kehti har ek ki zubaan

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2 Responses to "Ek thha gaanv jahaan ka ek aisa thha raaja"

Remember Amrish Puri in
Muskurahat(1992)(Priyadarshan directorial venture-Revati,Jay Mehta Starrer)

Mohabbat(1985)(Bapu directed Anil Kapoor,Vijeyata Pandit Starrer)

oh yes “Muskurahat”! how could i forget. he was so sweet

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