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Athanni jahaan amma rupaiyya howe baap

Posted on: January 13, 2023


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Today’s song is a funny Dance song from the film – Naya Aadmi-1956.

There were 4 films with titles Aadmi – in 1939, 1957, 1968 and 1993. Then came films describing an Aadmi, like Aadmi sadak ka-1977, Pehla Aadmi-1950, Naya Aadmi-1956 and Bhala Aadmi-1958. Aadmi alone is not good, so films came like Aadmi aur Apsara-1991, Aadmi aur Aurat-1984 and 1999, Aadmi aur insaan-1969 and even Aadmi ki Aurat-2009 !

Since the times when the adventurous S.S.Vasan-Producer, Director and Owner of Gemini Studios, made his film ” Chandrakanta”- in Hindi in 1948 on a mammoth scale (with over 600 prints of the Hindi version for simultaneous release on All India basis on 24th December 1948), the Southern film industry woke up. After the film Chandrakanta was successful, Vasan started making remakes of his Tamil hit films in Hindi one after another. When other filmmakers of the South saw Vasan busy doing this and visiting his bank very often with several bags full of money to deposit, they too joined the bandwagon !

Thus, the entire decades of the 50’s and the 60’s saw many films from South, in the form of Remakes of Southern Hit films, Dubbed or shot at Madras for the All India audience of Hindi films. After Vasan’s Gemini, A.V.Meiyyappan’s AVM, Nagi Reddy’s Vauhini Studios and L.V.Prasad’s Prasad productions gave many films, made with all Southern, all Bombay or a mixed cast of actors. Many major Heroes of South secretly nurtured a desire to shine in the Hindi belt. They joined this race. Actors like M.G.Ramchandran (MGR), N.T.Tama Rao (NTR), A.Nageshwar Rao (ANR), Sivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan etc., actresses like Bhanumathy, Jayalalitha, Jamuna etc and character artistes like Relang, S.V.Ranga Rao etc appeared in Hindi films. ( A very loooong list of such remakes and dubbed films is available on IMDB ). Even today many Southern Hit films are remade or dubbed in Hindi and the addition is, many Hindi Hits are also remade in Southern languages. The West Bengal Film Industry which actually led this trend in the 30’s and the 40’s has fallen way behind now.

The cast of film Naya Aadmi-56 was Anjali Devi (south), N.T.Rama Rao, jamuna, Ram Sarma, Ragini (South), Anwar hussain, Gope , Helen, Raja sulochana etc etc. Music was by the pair of M.S.Vishwanathan and T.K.Rammurthy. This was their First Hindi film as Music Directors. Film Naya Aadmi-56 was made by Jupiter Pictures, madras. The film was directed by C.P.Dixit. The original film was Tamil Hit film VELAIKARI – 1949, which was remade as Naya Aadmi in Hindi-1956, Santosham in Telugu in 1956 and also as Malli Maduve in Kannada in 1963.

Jupiter Pictures, one of the top Tamil banners of the time, entered into a five film contract with matinee idol N.T. Ramarao and simultaneously remade their box office Tamil hit, Velaikari (1949) as Santhosham in Telugu and Naya Aadmi in Hindi. Interestingly Velaikari was also released in some Telugu provinces with the title ‘Dasi Kanya’ in Telugu in the posters. C.P. Dixit who assisted L.V. Prasad for the Hindi version of Jupiter’s Tamil, Hindi bilingual Rani (1952) was signed to direct both Santhosham and Naya Aadmi . The cast for both the versions remained the same but for Anwar Hussain stepping in for Jaggaiah and comedian Gope replacing Relangi for Naya Aadmi.

Since Telugu language was a problem for the Bombay based director C.P. Dixit, T. Hanumantharao assisted him as dialogue director. Dixit later directed about a dozen movies apart from Naya Aadmi, in Hindi including Paras , Mausam, Fakira, Ghazab and Beta Ho Tho Aisa (1994). earlier he had also acted in Hindi film Namoona-1949. Viswanathan- Ramamurthy composed the music which also contributed to Santhosham ’s success. NTR signed a five film contract with Jupiter Pictures – Santhosham and Naya Aadmi followed by Umasundari (1956- directed by P. Pullaiah), Valmiki (1963 -C.S. Rao) and Marmayogi (1964- B.A. Subbarao).

When the film was remade in Kannada with Dr. Rajkumar in the lead as Malli Maduve (1963) G.K. Venkatesh composed the music. Santhosham was released on December 24, 1955 and Naya Aadmi a week later on January1, 1956.

Though NTR acted in 23 Hindi movies,Naya Aadmi-1956 was the only film which was simultaneously made in Hindi and Telugu and hence so to say, was his only Hindi film. The other 22 films were dubbed in Hindi.

He had dubbed his Hindi dialogues himself. As he had problems with Hindi,the Dialogues were written in Telugu for him to understand the correct diction.
The music was given by the famous duo of Vishwanath-Rammurthy,who were as prolific as S-J in Hindi.Vishwanath used to sing songs also in south films.
Madan Mohan was opted for this film,as he was quite popular in south production houses-who understood his talent. However,since most songs had same tunes like Telugu songs, the duo also was retained in Hindi version. My information from the southern journals is that this song was composed(except the tune) by Madan Mohan. I do not know why his name is not mentioned in HFGK.

Just for information,the Telugu song is equally interesting.It is also available on You Tube.

Speaking of the “comic talent ” of NTR, let me tell you, there was one movie in 1954, VADDANTE DABBU (which means-Money when denied also), in which NTR with ANR (Akkineni Nageshwar Rao), Jamuna and Janki made a tremendous impact in comedy. This film became so popular that later he was offered comedy roles only. He,however,continued with Mythology and Historical films. Incidentally, this was a remake of a Marathi film “LAKHACHI GOSHT,”-1952, which was the story of a Lakh of Rupees, starring Raja Paranjape, Raja Gosavi, Chitra and Rekha etc.

In the 40s and 50s, Hindi, Marathi and Telugu films were exchanging themes,without obligation.

I hope our readers had enjoyed the Telugu Superstar’s Hindi Qawwali, already posted on this blog a few years back.

I have seen this movie when it was released in 1956.I also saw “Santhosham”, its Telugu version which also came soon after. The Telugu film was a mammoth success,celebrated jubilees and was remade in Kannada as well.

The Hindi version NAYA AADMI-1956 was not successful, maybe NTR was not a name known to many people elsewhere. However the music became powerful. The film was directed by C.P.Dixit-his first Hindi film.Later he directed 10 more Hindi films featuring top guns like Sanjeev kumar etc. He also acted in the film Namoona-1949. He was earlier an assistant to L.V.Prasad.

The story of this film was….

Mayadas,a money lender is a wealthy widower,whose son Shekhar loves their maid Chandani and his daughter Rajani hates her.Sitaram who took loan to educate son Anand cannot repay and Mayadas auctions his house.Sitaram commits suicide.His son Anand returns and knows this.He plans revenge on Mayadas.
One day Anand and his friend Jaggu find the dead body of Parmanand,a rich Zamindar from England.Anand is his look-alike and impersonates him.The blind mother receives him gladly and fixes his marriage with Rajani.After marriage,Anand tortures Rajani,uses all her money and insults Mayadas openly.He also creates rift in Shekhar and mayadas. Mayadas throws Shekhar out and burns Chandani’s house.
Now Shekhar wants to take revenge on Anand.
The further story tells us how both the men are converted to goodness and how everything settles down to normalcy with respective persons learning their lessons in life.

The highlight of the film was its music.

One of the Heroines of this film was Jamuna. There was another Same Name actress Jamuna Barua from the Bangla films about whom we know. Let us know about this Jamuna from South.

Jamuna (born 30 August 1936) is an actress, director and politician who appeared mainly in Telugu films. She made her acting debut at the age of 16 in Dr. Garikapati Rajarao’s Puttillu (1953), and received her breakthrough with L. V. Prasad’s Missamma (1955). Her filmography also includes Tamil, Kannada, and Hindi films. She won a Filmfare Award and an award at Filmfare Awards South. She was a Member of Parliament in the 9th Lok Sabha (1989–1991) representing the Rajahmundry constituency.

Jamuna was born in Hampi of present-day Karnataka to Nippani Srinivasa Rao and Kowsalya Devi. Jamuna was named Jana Bai. Her father is a Madhva Brahmin, while her mother is a Vaisya and they had an inter-caste love marriage. Her father was involved in the business of turmeric and tobacco and their family moved to Duggirala, in Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh when Jamuna was seven years old. She grew up in Duggirala. When Savitri was performing drama in Duggirala, she stayed in Jamuna’s house. Later, Savitri invited Jamuna to act in films. She entered as a heroine in movies at the age of 15. Jamuna’s mother tongue is Kannada.

Jamuna was a stage artist in school. Her mother taught her vocal music and harmonium. Dr. Garikipati Raja Rao (see Indian People’s Theatre Association IPTA) watched her stage show Maa Bhoomi and gave her an offer to act in his film Puttillu in 1952.She acted in 198 films in Telugu and other south Indian languages. She also acted in Hindi films, winning the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for Milan (1967), repeating her role from the original Telugu film Mooga Manasulu (1964). Jamuna acted in 22 Hindi films. Her well known Hindi films were Miss Mary-1957, Sadhana-1958, Hamrahi-1963 and Milan-1967. These were films made in Hindi actually, at Bombay and Madras. All the other films were dubbed films.
She also established Telugu artist association and has been doing social service through it for the last 25 years.

It is almost a custom among the southern film artistes to be in Politics atleast for some time. Jamuna also had a political career. Jamuna joined the Congress party in the 1980s and was elected to the Lok Sabha from Rajahmundry constituency in 1989. She lost the 1991 election and quit politics but briefly campaigned for the in the late 1990s during Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s tenure.

Jamuna married Professor Juluri Ramana Rao, a zoology professor in SV University, in 1965; he died on 10 November 2014 aged 86 due to cardiac arrest. They have a son, Vamsee Juluri and daughter, Sravanthi. They live in Hyderabad, Telangana. (Adapted from wiki, nett4you,with thanks. I have also used information from The Hindu article dated 11-9-2014 and an article from Andhra Prabha dated 27-1-1974, muVyz, HFGK and my notes).

Now let us enjoy this dance song. Helen danced on this song, even in its Telugu version- Santosham-1956, which was her first Telugu film. Later she danced in many southern films.


Song- Athanni jahaan amma rupaiyya howe baap (Naya Aadmi)(1956) Singer- Asha Bhonsle, Lyricist- Rajendra Krishna, MD- M.S.Vishwanath-T.K.Rammurthy
Chorus
Male chorus/voice

Lyrics

athanni jahaan amma
rupaiya hove baap
aisi duniya mein bhaiyya
jeena bhi hai paap
jeena hai paap
athanni jahaan amma
rupaiya hove baap
aisi duniya mein bhaiyya
jeena bhi hai paap
jeena hai paap

paani ya pawan ya chaand ki chandaniya
paise se khareed ke dikhaaye zara duniya
maam parimba chumba chumba
maam parimba chumba

paani ya pawan ya chaand ki chandaniya
paise se khareed ke dikhaaye zara duniya
phir din raat kaisa paise ka ye jaap
arrey paise ka ye jaap
aisi duniya mein bhaiya
jeena bhi hai paap
jeena hai paap
athanni jahaan amma
rupaiya hove baap
aisi duniya mein bhaiyya
jeena bhi hai paap
jeena hai paap

dhan ke firaak mein na chain paaye man
bolo kis kaam phir aayega ye dhan
dhan ke firaak mein na chain paaye man
bolo kis kaam phir aayega ye dhan
dhan nahin dhan aisa ye to hai sharaap
aisi duniya mein bhaiyya
jeena bhi hai paap
jeena hai paap
athanni jahaan amma
rupaiya hove baap
aisi duniya mein bhaiyya
jeena bhi hai paap
jeena hai paap

mili hai ye zindagi to jeene ke liye
hansi hansi khaane aur peene ke liye
maam barimba chumba chumba
maan barimba chumba chum

mili hai ye zindagi to jeene ke liye
hansi hansi khaane aur peene ke liye
sab kuchh hote huye
rote kyun hain aap
aji rote kyun hain aap
aisi duniya mein bhaiyya
jeena bhi hai paap
jeena hai paap
athanni jahaan amma
rupaiyya hove baap
aisi duniya mein bhaiyya
jeena bhi hai paap
jeena hai paap

dubba chip
ajeeba chubba
dubbachibba
ajeeba chub chub
dub dubba chib
ajeeba jubba
dubba chibba
ajeeba jubba
jub jub

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