Jai Santoshi Maa: The film for which people pledged utensils, whose hymns became famous C. Arjun

Sharadiya Navratri With the beginning of (Navratri 2022), the sound of devotional songs has started reaching the ears. Apart from film songs, bhajans and folk music have also started playing all around. In such a situation, the memory of that religious film abounds, whose songs still remain on the top of the list of film devotional songs. Yes, we are talking about the film ‘Jai Santoshi Maa’. Ramesh Sippy’s block buster ‘Sholay’ was released in the same year the film came on screen. That is, the year 1975. Both the films ‘Sholay’ and ‘Jai Santoshi Maa’ had some things in common, that the story of these films came to the silver screen from purely fictional stories. Both were one of the films to register strong presence at the box office. Discussion of ‘Jai Santoshi Maa’ because it was a much less budget than ‘Sholay’ and a superhit film like it without big stars.

‘Jai Santoshi Maa’ has set such a stage of religious films, which is difficult to touch even today. To see this film, people mortgaged the utensils of the house. In the villages, even ear-rings were mortgaged. Not only this, the film ran continuously for weeks and months in theaters and only after the arrival of this film, the temples of Santoshi Mata were established in many places in the country. Women started fasting on Fridays. Santoshi Mata’s story books started selling at book-stalls. According to various media reports, the film, made at a cost of just Rs 25-30 lakhs, has earned Rs. Box office collection made new records. After ‘Jai Santoshi Maa’ on a low budget, unseen artist and devotional story, many other producers made religious films, but they were not successful in comparison. Even the 2006 film with the same name could not do much at the ticket windows.

C. Arjun of ‘Jai Santoshi Maa’

‘I accept your fast, mother…’, ‘I will perform the aarti of Santoshi Mata…’, ‘Here there, where there, don’t ask where….’ As the songs are playing anywhere, your lips will start mixing in harmony. Composer C. Arjun was the creator of such tunes, who took the film songs on the tongue of the people. In his interview on Vividh Bharati, C. Arjun had said – Before this film, the people of the industry used to know me, but the songs of ‘Jai Santoshi Maa’ gave me recognition in the general public. Composer C. Arjun is right. Before ‘Santoshi Maa’, the number of films he did or the singers and singers with whom he sang, those songs were far away from being famous. Pankaj Raag, author of the book ‘Dhunes Ki Yatra’, has written – C. Arjun was known as the composer of Ghazals. Small budget ‘Jai Santoshi Maa’ introduced Bharatvarsh to the talent of this musician.

the story of selling cassettes

C. Arjun associated with ‘Santoshi Maa’ at a program of AIR’s Vividh Bharati memorable anecdote was told. In fact, after the release of the film, he used to visit a cassette seller’s shop in Mumbai every day. To know whether cassettes of songs of ‘Jai Santoshi Maa’ are being sold or not. C. Arjun was disappointed for several days after the release. He would ask the cassette seller, he would have only one answer every day – no cassettes were sold. Arjuna returned with a sad heart. This went on for several days. meanwhile ‘Jai Santoshi Maa’ reached small towns and cities. And then its songs were heard from loudspeakers from homes to alleys. C. Arjun said- The songs of this film made it a superhit. By the grace of Santoshi Maa, people outside the film industry also started knowing C. Arjun.

Pradeep and Usha Mangeshkar from ‘Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon’

Kavi Pradeep wrote the songs of the film ‘Jai Santoshi Maa’. Same Poet Pradeep who has written the famous patriotic song ‘Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon’. When Lata Mangeshkar gave her voice, the eyes of the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru became moist. Kavi Pradeep, who composed the song of ‘Jai Santoshi Maa’, has also lent his voice to the songs of this film.

The song ‘Yahan Vahan Jahan Tahaan…’ has been recorded in Pradeep’s voice. Apart from these, most of the songs have been sung by Usha Mangeshkar. Songs sung by Manna Dey and Mahendra Kapoor also became very famous. However, in Navratri, you too listen to the hymns of Santoshi Mata and enjoy this devotional film made by Bollywood.

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