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Jag ko naach nachaaye paisa

Posted on: August 3, 2021


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 other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws

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Today’s song is from the film Paisa-1941. This was the first film having the word ‘Paisa’ in its title. After this film, every decade, there were films having the word Paisa in its title. In 1956 – Paisa hi Paisa, in 1957- Paisa, in 1969- Paisa ya Pyar, in 1974- Paise ki Gudiya, in 1985- Paisa yeh Paisa, in 1992- Paise ke Peechhe, in 2001- Paisewali, and in 2004- Paisa Vasool. Obviously, the importance of Paisa had established itself in the film industry !

Talking of film titles, I was once going through the Film Title Index from 1931 to 2012, published by Shri Hamraz ji. I was sure that the most popular word for film titles must be ” Pyar”. For the sake of confirmation and curiosity, I started counting the film titles starting with the word Pyar. I found 96 films made with Pyar as the starting word in their titles. There were another 11 variations like Pyaara, Pyaari etc.

Slightly disappointed with my age-old belief about Pyar being the most popular film title word shattered, I decided to find out which word was more in film titles than Pyar. Once I completed the count, I was surprised to find 206 films having the word ” Ek” in its titles. In this category, 32 films started with the words” Ek aur….”. While doing this exercise, I came across many Title repeats and I took up that issue.

I have found that there were films beyond count having a repeat of titles for 2 or 3 times,
4 times repeat titles were 80 films
5 times were 23 films
6 times were 5 films and
7 times was only 1 Title….” INSAF “. Films with this title were made in 1937, 1946, 1956, 1966, 1973, 1987 and 1997. As if by a rule, these films were made every decade till 2000 ! So much for Film Titles in Hindi Cinema World !

From 1931 till about the end of the 50’d decade, the Southern, Eastern and the Western region filmmakers used to make Bilingual (even Trilingual) films, i.e. one in the regional language and another in Hindi language. This was essentially to earn more profits and widen the scope of their films. In the early years, the regional cinema did not have so much market as the Hindi films had reached the nooks and corners of India- including South India, Ceylon, Burma, Afghanistan etc. As the times passed on, the Regional markets grew big enough to compete and do away with looking at Hindi markets for business.

Today’s film Paisa-41 was also one such film made in Marathi and Hindi. It is just a coincidence that my previous post and today’s post both have the films with the same Director-G.P.Pawar and the same Heroine-Kanta Kumari. The Lyricist of this film is not known, but the Music Director was C.Balaji.

I am sure, hardly anyone has ever heard his name so far. It is natural also, because Balaji gave music only to 2 Hindi films. First is Raja Gopi chand-1938 And the other film was Paisa-1941. Both his films were bilingual-in Hindi and Marathi. Basically Balaji was a marathi film composer. He was the first music director to change his name to look like a South indian name. C.Ramchandra came much later.

His real name was Balaji Gopal Chougule. originally his family was from Kolhapur, but he was born at Varanasi on 12-10-1913. After the death of his maternal grandfather Balaji came to Kolhapur. here he learnt music from Ustad Manji khan (son of Ustad Alladiya khan), Shankarrao Sarnaik and Govindrao Tembe. Tembe taught him the skill to give music to films.

He started working with some drama companies like Kirloskar natak mandali and Yeshwant Sangeet mandali, as a Harmonium player. In 1937, he became assistant to Govindrao Tembe for film ‘Pratibha'(Hindi/marathi). When Tembe left the film halfway, he completed its music, but his name was not credited. He got his first Marathi film independently, Kanhopatra. Its songs became very popular. Pendharkar gave him Raja Gopichand-38 as an independent MD. Later he did another film in Hindi/Marathi, Paisa-41.

In 1945, Balaji started learning music again, this time under Bhurji Khan (youngest son of Alladiya Khan). Balaji gave music to 5 Marathi films and 2 Hindi/Marathi films. When Shivaji University started in Kolhapur in 1962, he started an agitation for inclusion of Music in its curriculum. His efforts bore fruits and it was done in 1964. He gave tutions of Music in his last days. C.Balaji expired on 11-9-1984 at his home town, Kolhapur.

The cast of this film was Kanta Kumari, Madhav Kale, Indira Wadkar (this was her last Hindi film), Shakuntala, Vimal Ghaisas, Devaskar, Raja pandit ( he was an actor, director and producer. He was the husband of actress Ratnamala. They had one son-Jaikumar, who died in an accident. They were divorced later on), Bala saheb, V.D.Pandit etc.

Madhav Kale was born in Nashik in 1903. After his school education at Nashik, he joined Deccan college at Poona and passed Intermediate course. He was interested in playing in dramas, which was opposed by his mother. But he used to take part in dramas while in college. He was a good singer too. Wanting to join films, he sent applications to many companies. Saroj and Sharda companies responded. He acted in several silent films like Mukti Sangram, Kanak Kesari etc. He entered the Talkie films with Vikram Charitra-32, Mera Imaan-34 and Vishnu Bhakti-34. During this period, he got married in 1934.

He acted in 21 films. His last film was Gokul ka chor-59. He even directed one film, Sacha Sapna-42. He sang 13 songs in 7 films till 1942.
There is no information about him after this.
After writing this bio of Madhav Kale, I came to know that after the films, Madhav went back to Nashik, where he was active in local politics. He became a Municipal Councillor, but lost Assembly elections, which he was very hopeful of. He died somewhere in 1980.

Indira Wadkar was the Paternal aunt of Heroine Hansa Wadkar. Hansa Wadkar’s father had three sisters, Kesharbai, Indirabai and Sushilabai. Sushila was married to Master Vinayak, a renowned actor-director of the early era of Indian cinema. The elder sister as well as Indira Wadkar were acting in films and Indira was a classical singer as well. Indira acted in several films including Duniya Kya Hai (Resurrection) (1937) and in Vinayak’s production company “Hans Films” like Devata (1939) in Marathi. Indira used the surname Wadkar to avoid using the family name Salgaokar, for fear of reprisal from society against women acting in films. Her older sister, Kesharbai, was working in a film made by M.G. Rangnekar and she suggested that Wadkar work in films to sustain her family. She acted in 11 Hindi films. She was a popular mother in law in Marathi films.

Today’s song is sung by a Chorus, with an unknown male voice in it. With this song, film Paisa-41 makes its Debut on this Blog.


Song- Jag ko naach nachaaye paisa (Paisa)(1941) Singers- Chorus, Lyricist- Not known, MD- C.Balaji

Lyrics

Jag ko naach nachaaye paisa
jag ko khel khilaaye paisa
Jag ko naach nachaaye paisa
jag ko khel khilaaye paisa
lambe kad waala jhuk jaaye
lambe kad waala jhuk jaaye
bigde(?) ko akdaaye
bigde(?) ko akdaaye
paisa Jag ko naach nachaaye
paisa jag ko khel khilaaye
paisa Jag ko naach nachaaye
paisa jag ko khel khilaaye
paisa

paise ki mahima hai nyaari
paise ki mahima hai nyaari
isko poojen sab nar naari
isko poojen sab nar naari
meethhe khwaab dikhaaye paisa
meethhe khwaab dikhaaye paisa
jeewan swapn banaaye paisa
jeewan swapn banaaye paisa
jag ko naach nachaaye paisa
jag ko khel khilaaye paisa
jag ko naach nachaaye paisa
jag ko khel khilaaye paisa

begaane apne ban jaayen
begaane apne ban jaayen
dushman bhi aa kar apnaayen
dushman bhi aa kar apnaayen
aaye aa kar jaaye paisa
aaye aa kar jaaye paisa
jaaye jaa kar aaye paisa
jaaye jaa kar aaye paisa

paisa
paisa
paisa
paisa

paisa
paisa
paisa
paisa
paisa
Jag ko naach nachaaye paisa
jag ko khel khilaaye paisa
Jag ko naach nachaaye paisa
jag ko khel khilaaye paisa

5 Responses to "Jag ko naach nachaaye paisa"

“I have found that there were films beyond count having a repeat of titles for 2 or 3 times,
4 times repeat titles were 80 films
5 times were 23 films
6 times were 5 films and
7 times was only 1 Title….” INSAF “. Films with this title were made in 1937, 1946, 1956, 1966, 1973, 1987 and 1997. As if by a rule, these films were made every decade till 2000 ! So much for Film Titles in Hindi Cinema World !”
🙏 you certainly have a lot of patience to rummage and find this statistics. Amazing!

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It was not done in one day.
Such items are stored in my diary for use at a suitable time.
-AD

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Deshmukh Sir,
If my memory serves me right, there was also a film named Naya Paisa, made / released in 1957- 1958, soon after India switched from the system of a Rupee having 64 paise to 100 paise on 1st April, 1957. As is well-known, in order to distinguish the new hundredth part of a Rupee from the old paisa, it was given the name of Naya Paisa.
You may perhaps consider amending the list of films with Paisa in their titles accordingly.
Thanks and regards,
Avadh Lal

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Avadh Lal ji,
Thanks for mentioning one more film having Paisa in the Title.
Not only Naya Paisa-58, there were some more films having the word Paisa in their Titles in last so many years.
In the above post I selected only films which started with word Paisa first and mentioned only one film per decade to prove my point.
Thanks for your comment.
-AD

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The word in the lyrics is “bigde” but “kubde”

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