Raja Beta bada hoke jayega school – Mohammad Rafi – C Ramchander – Agha | Insaniyat (1955)


Movie: This song appeared in 1955 costume drama Insaniyat (Humanity) directed and produced by S S Vasan. The movie starred Dilip Kumar, late Dev Anand, late Bina Rai, late Shobhana Samarth, late Jayant, Agha, Mohana, Zippy, etc.

The movie begins with King Zangoora’s soldiers destroying the market by throwing out all the produce and breaking wares on sale. A village girl Durga (Bina Rai) appears from nowhere and slaps the commander Bhanu Pratap (Dev Anand) for what he was doing. As a result, Bhanu Pratap stops the destruction, despite his deputies warning him that Zangoora would not be happy. Bhanu Pratap arrives and argues with Zangoora that the subjects should not be tortured. Otherwise, disaster was awaiting him. Zangoora does not agree and leaves.

Bhanu Pratap leaves his soldier’s headgear and knife and goes away on his horse as a rebel. He is initially not accepted by the people for whom he had rebelled. But, Mangal (Dilip Kumar) and others come to his rescue as Bhanu Pratap had recently saved the life of Durga from a raging bull.

Zangoora gets the news that Bhanu Pratap has got settled in the village and is training the villagers against the oppressor. Mangal is in love with Durga, but cannot talk about his love to her. On the other hand, Durga has fallen in love with Bhanu Pratap. Mangal’s mother (Shobhana Samarth) realizes that he is in love with Durga and visits her father to arrange his son and Durga’s marriage. She returns home and informs her son, who is happy about it. But, when Durga’s father apprises his daughter about the alliance, she becomes sad. Her father realizes that she is in love with Bhanu Pratap. It’s anybody’s guess, how he gets to know. He tells her that he will marry her to Bhanu Pratap only. She is elated and runs out to inform Bhanu Pratap about it.

A friend of Mangal informs him that Durga and Bhanu Pratap are together and he comes to confront Bhanu Pratap. But, when Durga insists that she loves Bhanu Pratap, Mangal decides to back out and arranges for Durga and Bhanu Pratap to get married. The day they are being married, Zangoora’s soldiers attack the village. The villagers’ combined effort under the able leadership of Bhanu Pratap is successful in making the attackers run away from there.

Milkman Bhola (Agha) is thrown into the jail because he was in love with a girl from Zangoora’s palace. Bhola’s jail-mate is a gorilla called Zippu (Zippy). Zippu becomes friends with Bhola. Bhola escapes from the prison, with the help of his girlfriend Chameli (Mohana). Zippu also escapes from the prison. Bhanu Pratap finds Bhola and Zippu selling sweets on the streets and welcomes them in his new-found community.

Durga and Bhanu Pratap marry at the next auspicious time and she gives birth to a child. During the child’s birthday, Bhola sings this song and Zippu performs on stage.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Rajinder Kishan and the music was composed by C Ramchander.

The gist of the song is, “My beloved child with grow up and go to school. He will not make mistakes in reading or writing. Let us remember this. He will become an expert in what he learns and he will throw his weight around kids.”

Video: The director of photography is P Ellappa. Dance choreography is by Bhasker Roy Chowdhury.

The video opens with Zippy entering the stage with a slate and writing instruments. The song has already begun in the background. Zippy joins some kids on the sets of a classroom. While the other kids are writing the Alphabet, Zippy just scratches lines on the slate. Agha is singing the song.

In the next shot, Zippy is seen as a school teacher, disciplining the kids with a cane. Then, he is seen at home. Now, Zippy is married and it is his wife’s turn to throw her weight around. Soon, the song peters out and the video also ends there.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Mohammad Rafi and the onscreen performances are by Agha, Zippy and others.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song is sung by the comic artist about how the heroine’s son would grow up. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.


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