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Jhun jhun jhun jhun baje jhunjhunaa

Posted on: April 16, 2021


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Today’s song is from the film “Mera Haque aka In search of Happiness”. This was made by Master Vinayak’s Huns Pictures, Bombay. Directed by Parshwanath Alatekar, it had music by D.P.Korgaonkar , popularly known to us as K.Datta. The story writer and lyricist was Pt. Anand kumar. This film was a remake of Marathi hit film ” सुखाचा शोध ”. The common cast of the film was Baburao Pendharkar, Minakshi, Damuanna Malwankar, Vimal Sardesai, Usha Mantri, Dinkar Rao alias Dada Salvi, V S Jog, Shanta Thaker etc etc.

In the early era of the cinema there was a trend to make films in 2 languages – Local and Hindi. Therefore most films made by Marathi filmmakers at Bombay, Poona and Kolhapur were made in Marathi and Hindi. The consideration was only commercial.Local language for local audience and Hindi for All India market. Similarly, in the South too Bilinguals were made. However here the languages were Tamil and Telugu. The other two Language films Malayalam and Kannada started a bit late. Some films, however, were made even in 3 languages or sometimes dubbed in other languages. Hindi films from south started quite late,in 1948, with Chandralekha made by S S Vasan. After its success, for the next 8 to 10 years southern bilinguals were made in Local and Hindi languages.

Even in Calcutta, films were made in Bangla and Hindi, with the same commercial angle. In Calcutta, some Hindi films too were made by film companies other than New Theatres. This trend of Bilinguals from Calcutta was a regular feature since 1935 for about 15 years – longer than south or Marathi films.

One feature of these Bilinguals was that Local language actors appeared in the Hindi version. For Marathi actors, speaking dialogues in Hindi was not much of a problem, so many such local actors worked in Hindi versions. Comparatively, southern and Bangla actors found it difficult to speak Hindi, so less number of local artistes appeared in Bilinguals. many times their dialogues had to be dubbed by some other artiste.

From Marathi, one such local popular artiste was Damuanna Malvankar. His full name was Damodar Rajaram Malvankar. He was born in a poor Bramhin family at Nippani (near kolhapur) on 8-3-1893. He had only the basic education. In those days, there were no films, but stage dramas were very popular. Getting a job as an actor was easy. Damu had a natural squint and he skillfully used it as his best weapon.

At the age of 15 or so, he joined Keshav Rao Datey’s theatrical company ” Maharashtra Natak mandali”. He used to get only comedy roles. After a few years, he joined Deenanath Mangeshkar’s ” Balwant Sangeet Mandali’. When Talkie films started, he joined cinema along with director Vishram Bedekar. He did films with master Vinayak and Acharya Atre.

Like all others, he too worked in the Hindi versions of Marathi’s successful films. In all, he acted in 11 Hindi films. They were Krishnarjun Yuddha-34, Andheri Duniya-36, Bramhachary-38, Mera Haque-39, Ghar ki Rani-40, Amrit-41, Sangam-41, Badi Maa-45, Jeevan yatra -46, Subhadra-46 and Main tera Hoon-47.

Damuanna was a very popular comedy actor in Marathi films. He worked in over 50 Marathi films. At one time he used to get more than double of what the Hero of the film used to get for his role. His most famous film role was that of ” Chimanrao” a fictional character in Marathi literature. His companion used to be ‘ Gundyabhau” acted by V.S.Jog. This comedy pair was a household name during their peak time.

His only daughter Bharati Malavankar was a Heroine in Marathi films. Damuanna had very cordial family relations with the Mangeshkar family, from the days he had worked for Deenanath’s drama company, when all these children were too young. This culminated in Hridaynath Mangeshkar marrying Bharathi Malvankar. This comedian, Damuanna Malavankar died on 14-5-1975.

The other Marathi actor in this film and the singer of today’s song is Vimal Sardesai. The lead actress Vimal Sardesai hailed from the Konkan area and started her film career as baby Vimal. She acted in only 7 Hindi films. Her first film was Saathi-38. This was the Hindi version of Marathi film Savangadi-38, starring Durga khote and Mubarak Merchant. Her second film was Mera haq-39. It was her first film as a Heroine. This too was a Hindi version of Marathi film ‘ Sukhacha Shodh”. Then came Narsi Bhjagat-40 made by Prakash pictures, Alakh Niranjan-40 was a Hindi version of Marathi film Gorakhnath-40, Apna Ghar-42 was a Hindi version of Marathi film Aaple Ghar-40- directed by Debaki Bose, his first film in Bombay, Wadia’s Shobha-42 and her last film was Mahatma Vidur-43, a Hindi version of Marathi film of the same name. This was also the last film of Parshwanath Altekar the director.
After this film Vimal Sardesai was traceless. Probably she got married and left films.

The story writer and the Lyricist of this film was Pt. Anand Kumar. Pt.Anand Kumar was born in Delhi in 1907. He was a producer, director, writer and Lyricist. From childhood, he was not interested in studies in English medium. He was taught Urdu, Hindi and Sanskrit by his poor Brahmin Shastri father. When he was 15 year old, he entered a business. He was always discontented. He wanted to become an actor, but family resisted. He tried fasting and even suicide. Then he stole some money and ran to Bombay. He could not get into any studio and after money finished, he returned to Delhi, only to take more money and run to Bombay again. Even after this failure, he went back to Delhi and started writing stories.

His first book ‘Mera Huq‘ became a hot seller and he started earning money. He was invited by film people and he went to Bombay nth time. He wrote stories, dialogues and Lyrics of scores of films and earned name and money. He produced a film ‘Zameen’-43, under his own banner Anand Brothers. He directed 5 films,including a Hit marathi film, Gora Kumbhar-42. Some of his films as a Lyricist were Suvarn Mandir-34,Katle aam-35, Pratibha-37, Divorce-38, Saathi-38, Alakh Niranjan-40, Punarmilan-40, Charnon ki Dasi-41, Raja Rani-42 etc. As a writer some films were, Divorce-38, Honhaar-36, Saathi-38, Vasant sena-42, Rang mahal-48 etc etc.

Now let us enjoy the song by Vimal Sardesai.


Song-Jhun jhun jhun jhun baje jhunjhuna (Mera Haque)(1939) Singer- Vimal Sardesai, Lyricist-Pt. Anand Kumar, MD- D P Korgaonkar

Lyrics

Jhun jhun jhun jhun baje jhunjhuna
sun sun bhanvra Naache ae
Jhun jhun jhun jhun baje jhunjhuna
sun sun bhanvra Naache
bole pihu pihu ke bol
bole pihu pihu ke bol
bhanvra pihu pihu ke bol
bhanvra pihu pihu ke bol
Jhun jhun jhun jhun baje jhunjhuna
sun sun bhanvra Naache ae
sun sun bhanvra Naache
naache
sun sun bhanvra Naache ae ae
sun sun bhanvra Naache
naache
sun sun bhanvra Naache ae ae

??
aisi baani bol
??
aisi baani bol
?? se
?? se
leke nindiyaa ghol
leke nindiyaa ghol
bhanvra
aisi baani bol
bhanvra
aisi baani bol
Jhun jhun jhun jhun baje jhunjhuna
sun sun bhanvra Naache ae
Jhun jhun jhun jhun baje jhunjhuna
sun sun bhanvra Naache ae

2 Responses to "Jhun jhun jhun jhun baje jhunjhunaa"

Dear Guruji,

If memory serves me right, the Marathi Film “AMAR BHOOPALI” (1951/52) was made in Bangla as well. The Bangla version was assisted by NITIN BOSE.

This song still survives to this day :

Perhaps there were other Films also made in Marathi and Bangla.

One recalls, the hugely popular Bangla Film “PALATAK” (1963) was Produced by Rajkamal Kalamandir.

With warm regards

PARTHA CHANDA

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Partha Chanda ji,
Thanks for your information.
As far as I understand, Amar Bhupali was not made in Bangla, but was dubbed.
The examples I gave in the post were meant to indicate the trend. Occasional and exceptional cases were not discussed.
That way Ranjit made Tamil films, Imperial had made films in Telugu, English, German, Indonesian, Persian and Tamil, in addition to Hindi films. A Hindi film was produced and shot in Madras in the early 30s etc etc.
Hindi film history has many such occasional and exceptional cases. A separate post can be written by you on this topic.
It was nice to read your comment on my post after a long gap.
-AD

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