If Lokmanya Tilak had not started an organized community Ganeshotsav all over Maharashtra as an awareness campaign for people during the British Era, Bollywood would not have begun celebrating the festival with such a lot of fanfare and fervor. Thus, Bollywoody Ganeshotsav is today’s topic.
I happen to remember an incident connected to this festival, which happened when I was a student. This little girl Dolly used to be a very good friend of my Mom and would call her Mummy Aunty because my sister and I called her Mummy. Dolly would visit our home without fail every day and during Ganeshotsav, she would also sing Bhajans in her special style – Jai Ganesh jai Ganesh jai Ganesh Deva, Matapati Pitapati Parvati Deva instead of Jai Ganesh jai Ganesh jai Ganesh Deva, Mata jako Parvati Pita Mahadeva. I am sure Lord Ganesha would have melted due to the innocent devotion she had for the Elephant God.
Some Bollywood songs eulogizing Lord Ganesha are:
Murti Ganeshki andar daulat deshki… Takkar (1980)
Deva ho Deva… Humse Badhkar Kaun (1981)
Ganapathi apne gaon chale… Agneepath (1990)
Morya re… Don (2006)
Tera hi jalwa… Wanted (2009)
Deva Shri Ganesha… Agneepath (2012)
Sada dil vi Tu… ABCD (2013)
Gajanana… Bajiro Mastani (2015)
Suno Ganapathi Bappa morya… Judwa 2 (2017)
Bappa… Banjo (2016)