Do you remember that song from Raj Kapoor’s famous film ‘Shri 420’, whose lyrics are ‘Ramaiya Vastavaiya, Ramaiya Vastavaiya’. This is the song whose tune is still holding the rising tune. This film was released in 1955. The lyrics of this song have been enticing music lovers for the last 6 decades. If you have seen this song once, then whenever you listen to the tune of this song for the second time, then the picture of helpless and despondent Raj Kapoor and helpless Nargis dancing in Befriki, might have come in front of your eyes.
The song ‘Ramaiya Vastavaiya’ was decorated with a bow by Shankar Jaikishan and voices for it were given by Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh. This song was written by Shailendra, one of Raj Kapoor’s favorite lyricists. But you will be surprised to know that this song started while ordering tea and breakfast. The song was ready and when it was completely ready and hit the screen, this song made a permanent place in the hearts of the audience. How ‘Ramaiya Vastavaiya’ was made and who were the people involved in its creation, this interesting information is up to you today. Will deliver
Raj Kapoor had a team of talented people
Raj Kapoor was not only a successful filmmaker, but he also kept searching for talented people. From lyricist Shailendra, Hazrat Jaipuri to musician Shankar Jaikishan, Raj Kapoor gave hero diamonds to Bollywood. Who gave the audience the best of songs and music. The passion of this team of Raj Kapoor towards work was amazing. Whether in the studio or elsewhere, work never disappeared from his mind and heart.
When Raj Kapoor announced the film ‘Shri 420’
These teams did not work sitting at one place. Sometimes in National Park, sometimes in Khandala and sometimes in Lonavala. Sometimes even Lata Mangeshkar used to accompany him. This team used to have a lot of fun. But the echoes of Antares, Mukhades, Sur-Raags and instruments used to resonate continuously in the mind. After the success of the film ‘Awara’, when Raj Kapoor announced the film ‘Shree 420’, he started making excellent music for it.
How ‘Ramaiya Vastavaiya’ was made
How was ‘Ramaiya Vastavaiya’ made? You should also know the story of the making of this song. The quartet of Shankar, Jaikishan Hazrat Jaipuri and Shailendra went to Khandala once. Whenever these people used to go to Khandala, there used to be a dhaba on the way. Where they used to stop and have tea and breakfast. This time too, after stopping at the dhaba, they were waiting for the order taker. There, there was a boy named Ramaiah, who worked there and he was Telugu speaking. Shankar himself lived in Hyderabad and he could speak Telugu, so he called that girl in Telugu ‘Ramaiya Vastavaiya’. It means ‘When will you come here’ Shailendra, sitting next to him, liked these words and he started speaking these two words again and again in tone. When she was saying two words again and again Hasrat Jaipuri said, ‘That’s all.’ So he further said, ‘I have given my heart to you.’ Everyone said wow… this can become a song.
Raj Kapoor was happy after listening to the song
Now Shankar also got involved in this. Jaikishan also started giving music by tapping the table there. In this way the outline of this song was prepared. Well, when these people came back to Mumbai after drinking tea, Shailendra kept threading his words and the song kept getting better. From Khandala, these people directly reached RK Studio and went in front of Raj Kapoor and narrated all the songs that had been prepared. Raj Kapoor was happy and said – this is what I wanted. After this he prepared the outline of the shooting.
Dholak’s beat was strong in the song
Raj Kapoor decided where this song would be in the film and would take the story of the film forward. The beats of Dholak were used in the song in such a way that even those who do not know how to dance cannot stop their steps.
When Raj Kapoor said it would be shot like this
Raj Kapoor was such a filmmaker, in whose films songs are important and they take the story forward. Even in this song, after seeing Raj Kapoor’s expression, his pain is felt. In this song, hardly anyone else could have conveyed the emotion hidden in the words of Shailendra in the way Raj Kapoor made him aware. When this song was being made, many people had expressed doubt that these words of Telugu would not be understood by Hindi speaking people and this song would not be able to connect with emotion. Tried to fit other words but that didn’t work. Then Raj Kapoor decided that this song would be shot in this form.
There were 8 songs in the film
The story of this film was written by Raj Kapoor’s favorite Khwaja Ahmed Abbas. There were 8 songs in the film and all the songs were super hit. Out of these 8 songs, 5 songs were written by Shailendra. Whereas, the other 3 songs were written by Hazrat Jaipuri.
This is the story of ‘Shri 420’
The story of ‘Shri 420’ is about an innocent unemployed youth coming from Allahabad to Mumbai and living in a slum there. Here this young man meets a teacher and both of them fall in love, but then he becomes so blind in the glare of Mumbai that he gets trapped in the web of oppression and gets away from the people of the township. In the end, he realizes the hollowness of glitter and comes back to the township.
FIRST PUBLISHED : March 17, 2023, 16:22 IST