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Kabira kahe ye jag andha

Posted on: September 8, 2021

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Hullo Atuldom

Last year in May, I had posted a Hindi song from a Malayalam film which starred Mohanlal, on the occasion of his 60th birthday. At that time I had mentally made note to write a post for the birthday of the other super actor of Malayalam.

Mammootty, birth name Muhammad Kutty Panaparambil Ismail, turned 70 on 7th September. I recalled that I missed the date only now.
Mammootty is a versatile actor who made his debut as a Junior artist in 1971. His next film came in 1973 which had a dialogue too. He was also active on stage and landed his first lead film role in 1979, but that movie never got completed. His first released movie, which had him playing a credited role came in 1980 followed by a supporting role of a circus stunt bike rider in the 1980 release ‘Mela’. His career ran the course of small roles or supporting roles till 1987 when he had a major success with “New Delhi”, one of the first Mammootty films that I got to see.

Here I would like to add that I became aware of this actor only post 1988 when I shifted down-south and began seeing, enjoying and understanding these movies. Prior to that I was aware of only Kamal Hassan and Rajnikanth because they had made appearances in Bollywood.

I would also like to add that the Mammooty starrer “New Delhi” was remade in Hindi, in 1988. where Jeetendra replaced Mammootty and rest of the cast was retained. The other Mammootty films of that period which I have seen on repeat, almost like an ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’ or ‘Sholay’, are ‘Oru CBI Dairy Kurippu’ (A CBI Dairy Entry), ‘Nair Saab’ and ‘Iyer The Great’. I would also recommend these movies to the followers of this blog, even if they don’t follow the language, for the sheer quality of the acting, story and overall look of the movies. Of course, ‘Oru CBI Dairy Kurippu” was made in Hindi as ‘Police Public’ (1990) where Raaj Kumar played the CBI officer character that Mammotty had played in the Malayalam film. His “Katha Parayumpol” (as the story is told) was remade in Hindi as “Billu” where Shahrukh Khan played the character which Mammooty enacted in the original. Even Rajesh Khanna has acted in a remake of the Mammootty film “Kanamarayathu” (Hidden in plain sight-1984); the Hindi film was called ‘Anokha Rishta’ (1986).

I can go on listing movies of his which has him play comic hero, action hero or serious hero; he played characters which are all of these at the same time. He has acted in over 400 films and in 1986 alone he was seen in 35 films.

This actor has done a few films in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Kannada and also the role of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar in a Jabbar Patel directed biographical film on the architect of Indian constitution, in English. For this role he won the National award for best actor in 1999. He is the recipient of three National awards, seven state awards and thirteen Filmfare awards. He is also a Padma Shri recipient.

Before we proceed to the song I would like to mention that he is a qualified lawyer and also involved in a lot of philanthropic work specially towards improving the life of cancer patients, eradication of child labour and child begging etc. His son Dulquer Salman has been an actor too, for the last 10 years or so.

We are having s song from the Jabbar Patel directed “Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar” which had a theatrical release in 2000 although it was certified in 1998. It was produced by NFDC and was jointly funded by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and the Government of Maharashtra. It was simultaneously shot in Hindi and English. Jabbar Patel has said that Mammootty was considered for the role after Patel saw Mammooty’s picture on a magazine cover and felt there was a resemblance. The actor himself was hesitant to take on the role as it meant shaving his moustache and also playing the character out of his own imagination as there were no known footage of Babasaheb available to study the body language and way of speaking etc. The movie had 6 or 7 songs of which one has been credited to Sant Kabir. The music was by Amar Haldipur. Ravindra Sathe, Roop kumar Rathod, Vinod Sehgal, and Jayashree Shivaram were the playback singers used. The cast included Sonali Kulkarni (Ramabai Ambedkar), Mohan Gokhale (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi) etc. Today’s song is in the voices of Ravindra Sathe and Vinod Sehgal. Wishing Mammukka (as his fans address him affectionately) on reaching 70, albeit belatedly.

Song-Kabira kahe ye jag andha (Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar)(2000) Singers-Ravindra Sathe, Vinod Sahgal, Lyrics-Kabir, MD-Amar Haldipur


kabira kahe ye jag andha
kabira kahe ae ye jag andha
kabira kahe ye jag andha
kabira kahe ae ye jag andha

andhi jaisi gaai
bachhda tha so mar gaaya
andhi jaisi gaai
bachhda tha so mar gaaya
jhoothi shaan chataaye
kabira kahe ye jag andha
kabira kahe ae ye jag andha

gagan ghata gahraani sadho oo oo
gagan ghata gahraani sadho
gagan ghata gahrani
purab disha se uthhi hai badariya
ho o o purab disha se uthhi hai badariya
rimjhim barsat paani ee
rimjhim barsat paani
purab disha se uthhi hai badariya
rimjhim barsat paani
ho rimjhim barsat paani
andhi jaisi gaai
bachhda tha so mar gaya
jhoothi shaam chataaye
kabira kahe ye jag andha
kabira kahe ae ye jag andha
kabira kahe ae ye jag andha
kabira kahe ae ye jag andha

arda parda chhod de
ho oo ardha pardha chhod de
bin parde ke baad
ardha parda chhod de ae ae
bin pardhe ki baad
dulhan se dulha mila toh
dulhan se dulha mila toh
pheekhi ee eee
pheekhi padhi baaraat
kabira kahe ye jag andha
kabira kahe ae ye jag andha

2 Responses to "Kabira kahe ye jag andha"

(Belated) Happy Birthday, Mammootty sir! I loved him in a couple of Tamil movies as well….Thalapathy & Kandukondain Kandukondain, for eg. Recently watched The Priest. And yes, a great actor. Though my personal favourite is Mohan Lal ❤️❤️


Thank you for you kind words
I loved Mammooty in the Tamil films that you have mentioned plus all his malayalam movies. Imagine Usha Uthup acted in a Malayalam movie because she got to share screen space with Mammukka so what if she played his mother. That movie is an entertainer too.
Oh Yes, that is the case with most malayalam film fans: love one and be a fan of the other.


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