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Do din ki bahaar hai phir kya intezaar hai

Posted on: December 19, 2022


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Today’s song is from a dubbed Tamil film bearing the name in Hindi as Ek Tha Raja-1951.

It is merely a coincidence that in a span of only few days, I am writing again on a dubbed film from south. That too, featuring 2 of the most influential, ambitious and successful actors who turned into equally successful politicians, formed new political parties and became Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu respectively – N.T.Rama Rao and M.G Ramachandran.

I remember once our Atul ji had mentioned in one of his posts on this Blog that ” Indians are fond of only 3 things on which they can talk incessantly for hours, namely Films, Politics and Cricket ” How true his words are, we all know. Among the friends, it is always one of the above subjects which is invariably discussed – nay, the conversions are not complete without touching these. We all know how these 3 topics influence social media or the people in India. And when films and politics are the subject matters for a single personality, then the emotions become very strong ! At least, this was the case till a few years back. The points of interest might have changed for the new generation and I am blissfully ignorant about the topics that interest the new generation.

However, there is a difference between the influence of Cinema in South India and the rest of the world. While cinema is a matter of entertainment in the rest of the world, In south India, cinema not only influences the social life, but also the politics in a major way. Popular Hero and Heroines in south are nothing less than Gods and Goddesses. The influence of cinema on politics in south can be proved by a simple fact that since last 50 years, the Chief Ministers of Madras/Tamil Nadu have been from the film world. Even in Andhra Pradesh ( the erstwhile A.P.) the C M was a leading Film star for some years. The film personalities wield considerable influence in Politics even In Karnataka and Kerala.

In Madras state and later in Tamil Nadu ( from 1969), right from Chief minister Anna Durai to Jayalalitha ( except Kamraj, for a brief period), the state politics was controlled by film artists like MGR, Karunanidhi etc. All of them invariably used the medium of Cinema to further their ideals and party agendas-of DMK or AIADMK.

Of all the CMs, M G Ramchandran or just MGR (Hero of today’s film Ek Tha Raja-1951), was the most ambitious person. He was keen that he should be well known all over India, especially North India. But his biggest problem was Hindi language. Modern technology solved this problem to some extent and he decided to make a Hindi film using the dubbing facility. Thus was made the Tamil film “MARMAYOGI” ( Ek Tha Raja-51 in Hindi). Newspaper “Hindu” briefly describes, how and why this film was made, in an article published in 2008. Here is an edited extract from the article…

” Perhaps the most historically significant film of 1951 was K. Ramnoth’s Marmayogi, a Jupiter Pictures’ production made at Central Studios in Coimbatore. This film, a folkloric tale of kings, royal mistresses and rebellious princes was written by A. S. A. Sami who had planned it specially for M. G. Ramachandran.

MGR who made his debut as hero in Sami’s Rajakumari -47, was aware that the success of that film was due to reasons other than himself. It had action, trick scenes, entertainment, sexy dances and the hero was only an auxiliary cause and nothing more. So MGR persuaded Sami to write a script built around him to boost his image as a social rebel, do-gooder, and a fearless fighter for the underprivileged.

MGR was an ardent filmgoer and a fan of Hollywood action heroes such as Douglas Fairbanks and Errol Flynn. Fairbanks fascinated him more and he modelled himself after this famous American idol of the Silent Era. Sami worked on a script, a mix of literary and classical elements, for MGR. Inspiration was drawn from the novel “Vengeance” by Marie Correlli and the legend of Robin Hood! MGR was cast as the younger prince who rebels against a woman who usurps his father’s kingdom and lets loose a reign of terror. The king pushed off a boat by his mistress, and presumed to have drowned, escapes and lives in disguise as a mysterious saint (hence the title Marmayogi) and also parades as a ‘ghost’ at nights. The hero turns into a Robin Hood and leads the masses to victory. The name of the hero — Karikalan –— was deliberately chosen to impress and exploit the new feeling of ‘Tamilness’ among the people.

In films of this genre, names of heroes are mostly Sanskrit derivatives such as Veerasimhan and Pratapan. But Sami went for a typical Tamil name, after the name of the famous Tamil king, Karikala Chozhan.

Initially the title of this film was Karikalan. Later it was changed so that people don’t mistake it for a historical film. Ramnoth revealed his talents with his technically slick direction. Sama as the king, Anjali Devi as the power-crazy mistress and Sahasranamam as the elder prince performed their roles well. But the movie belonged to MGR. Every word of his dialogue was planned and written to build a special image for him and the lines had multi-layered meanings. One of the lines summed up MGR’s ambitions, personal, and political … “Naan kuri vaithaal thavara maatten! Thavarumey aanaal kuri vaikka maatten!”( It means- when I aim, I don’t miss. If it is to miss, I don’t aim !) This dialogue became popular and was greeted with gleeful screams in cinema houses. Strangely the Censors gave Marmayogi an ‘Adults Only’ certificate. Why? The film had a ‘ghost’ and hence the ‘A’ certificate!

Marmayogi’ received a warm welcome from the masses, especially the rapidly increasing rank and file of the MK party. With this film MGR’s image brightened and his career as a political figure was established. Soon he acquired a prefix to his name “Puratchi Nadigar”!( Revolutionary Actor ). “

The film was made in Hindi simultaneously, with dubbing of dialogues, but it did not evoke any enthusiastic response from the Hindi audience, perhaps due to the artistes being new and unfamiliar to them and the different style of acting of southern actors-dramatic- which was alien to Hindi viewers. MGR could not get what he wanted, but it was well compensated with extraordinary success of the Tamil film. The film was dubbed in Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Sinhalese languages and was successful everywhere-except the Hindi belt.

Let us now take the opportunity to know more about M.G.Ramachandran (MGR), like we did with N.T. Rama Rao (NTR) some time back. In case of these actors we can not separate their film life and political life. Maruthur Gopalan Ramachandran (17 January 1917 – 24 December 1987), was born in Kandy, Ceylon, in a migrated Keralite family. His mother tongue was Malyalam. Also popularly known as M.G.R., he was a politician, actor, philanthropist, and filmmaker who served as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu from 1977 until his death in 1987. He was the AIADMK’s founder and J. Jayalalithaa’s mentor. On 19 March 1988, M.G.R. was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour.

In his youth, M.G.R. and his elder brother M. G. Chakrapani became members of a drama troupe to support their family. Influenced by Gandhian ideals, M.G.R. joined the Indian National Congress. After a few years of acting in plays, he made his film debut in the 1936 film Sathi Leelavathi in a supporting role. By the late 1940s, he had graduated to lead roles.

M.G.R. became a member of the C. N. Annadurai-led Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK party) and rose through its ranks, using his popularity as a film star to build a political base. In 1972, three years after Annadurai’s death, he left the DMK, then led by M. Karunanidhi to form his own party—the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). Five years later, M.G.R. steered an AIADMK-led alliance to victory in the 1977 election, routing the DMK in the process. He became Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, the first film actor to become a chief minister in India. Except for a four-month interregnum in 1980, when his government was overthrown by the Union government, he remained as chief minister till his death in 1987, leading the AIADMK to two more electoral wins in 1980 and 1984.

In October 1984, M.G.R. was diagnosed with kidney failure as a result of diabetes. He died on 24 December 1987 in his Ramavaram Gardens residence in Manapakkam after a prolonged illness. M.G.R. is regarded as a cultural icon in Tamil Nadu and is regarded as one of the most influential actors of Tamil cinema. His autobiography Naan Yaen Piranthaen (Why I was Born) was published in 2003.

MGR, dominated like no other, the films and politics of India’s Tamil Nadu state. A charismatic actor and philanthropist, he commanded the idolatrous adulation of millions of Tamilians and became Tamil Nadu’s chief minister. His achievements in 3 fields, namely films, philanthropy and politics were remarkable considering his humble origins in Sri Lanka. Raised in poverty by a widowed single mother, he had nothing more than his good looks when he got his first break in “Sati Lilavati”, a Tamil film of the late 1930s. In the 1940s and 50s, the Tamil film industry was being transformed by screenwriters like Annadurai, Karunanidhi and others belonging to the Dravidian movement. MGR starred in many of the movies they helped make.

Annadurai became his mentor and MGR joined the DMK, Annadurai’s new Dravidian party. His films made MGR a matinee idol among Tamilians. He also started monetarily helping people in need, sowing the seeds for his reputation as a philanthropist. When Annadurai died as Tamil Nadu’s chief minister, MGR’s rival Karunanidhi assumed office. MGR accused him of defalcation and was kicked out of the DMK.

In 1977, MGR’s ADMK (later renamed AIADMK) party was swept into power. In his first term, MGR cleaned up corruption and carried out reforms like having an income limit for backward class people to be eligible for the reserved seats in government colleges and jobs. His reforms proved unpopular, so MGR became another corrupt Indian politician having learned not to rock the boat. Tamil Nadu stagnated during the rest of his reign. Yet his mesmerized legions of fans continued to vote him into power. His death in 1987 created a power vacuum that soon brought his old nemesis, the corrupt Karunanidhi, back into power. MGR was a complex man who triumphed over poverty and tried to improve the lot of the people who revered him. However, in the end, he was a God that failed.

As far as his appearance in dubbed Hindi films is concerned, MGR appeared in 11 films in Hindi. The first film was Ek tha Raja-1951 and the last film was Love in Kashmir-1976. These 11 films also included 2 films directed by him. They were Hamen bhi jeene do-1962 and Rangeen Duniya-1975. Compared to NT Ramarao with 23 films, MGR fell behind with just 11 Hindi films. Only initially he was keen and anxious to be popular in the Hindi land, but as the years passed by, his interest increased in politics and he was not keen on Hindi audience. Both NTR and MGR started with films and ended with politics enjoying the Chief minister ship of respective states. Except Jayalalita, no other artistes has achieved this anywhere else, so far. (Thanks to The Hindu, wiki, IMDB, nett4u,muVys, HFGK and my notes, for this ).

Today’s song is sung by Jikki, Zohrabai Ambalawali, a male voice and chorus. Jikki is an interesting Pseudonym used by the southern singer P.G.Krishnaveni. Though she was born on 3-11-1935 in Madras, her family belonged to Andhra Pradesh, who moved to Tamil Nadu. Her mother tongue was Telugu. Her uncle was a musician. She started her career by doing small roles in films. Her first Tamil film song became a super hit and then there was no looking back. She got married with A.M.Rajah, singer and M.D. They had 6 children.

In 1989, her husband died in a Railway accident on platform, before her eyes. After this shock, she took a long break and started again. She formed a Musical Troupe and did shows all over the world. She is supposed to have sung over 10,000 songs in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malyalam, Simhalese and Hindi. She sang 9 songs in 5 Hindi films, namely Ek tha Raja-51, Patal Bhairavi-52, Mr. Sampat-52, Gul E Bakavali-56 and Ram aur Rahim-68.

Enjoy this song now, composed by C.R.Subbaraman, who had also composed music for film Chandirani-1953.


Song- Do din ki bahaar hai phir kya intezaar hai (Ek Thha Raaja)(1951) Singers- Jikki, Zohrabai, unidentified male voice, Lyricist- J.S.Kashyap, MD- C.R.Subbaraman
chorus

Lyrics

aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa(bumchik bumchik bumbum
bumchik bumchik bumbum
)
aa
aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa

Do din ki bahaar hai
phir kya intezaar hai
Do din ki bahaar hai
phir kya intezaar hai
dukhiyon pe luta de pyaare
jitna dil mein pyaar hai
ho jitna dil mein pyaar hai
bum chik bum chik bum bum
bum chik bum chik bum bum
mazloomon ki raksha ko ye
dhaal hai talwaar hai
mazloomon ki raksha ko ye
dhaal hai talwaar hai
?? inki gardan ko
ye khanjar hain kataar hain
?? inki gardan ko
ye khanjar hain kataar hain

belan bhi taiyyaar hai
hey
Do din ki bahaar hai
phir kya intezaar hai
dukhiyon pe luta de pyaare
jitna dil mein pyaar hai
ho jitna dil mein pyaar hai

bum chik bum chik bum bum
bum chik bum chik bum bum

albeli naweli akeli hoon ??
koi karna na pyaar
teri soorat badi hai mazedaar
teri soorat hai jaada bukhaar
gori aao idhar
mori baari umar
abhi bachpan ne daaman hai chhoda nahin
abhi rishta jawaani ka joda nahin
yoon hi kachchi ho
yoonhi kachchi ho
itna main bhola nahin
dil mein ulfat hai
bheje mein khola(??) nahin
lo milaao nazar

unhoon

jhoothha iska pyaar hai
sachcha sewa?? hai
dukhiya maa bahnon ko doongi
jitna dil mein pyaar hai
ho jitna dil mein pyaar hai
hey
Do din ki bahaar hai
phir kya intezaar hai
dukhiyon pe luta de pyaare
jitna dil mein pyaar hai
ho jitna dil mein pyaar hai
bum chik bum chik bum bum
bum chik bum chik bum bum
bum chik bum chik bum bum
bum chik bum chik bum bum

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