Jai Janani jai Bharat Maa – Mahendra Kapoor – N Dutta – Shashi Kapoor | Dharmaputra (1961)


Movie – Dharmaputra (1961)

The song, Jai Janani jai Bharat Maa, was featured in the B R Films’ sociodrama Dharmaputra (1961) directed by Yash Chopra and produced by B R Chopra. The movie starred Mala Sinha, Rehman, Shashi Kapoor, Ashok Kumar, etc.

The beginning of the movie is set in 1925 India, during the British rule when India was at the peak of the independence struggle. The movie revolves around 2 families living in Delhi – those of Nawab Badruddin (Ashok Kumar) and Gulshan Rai (Nana Palsikar), who are very close to each other. Husn Bano (Mala Sinha), the Nawab’s daughter, gets pregnant as a result of an affair with a Javed (Rehman). When Nawab gets to know about it, he tries to find Javed to ask him to marry his daughter. But, Javed has already absconded. Gulshan Rai’s son Amrit Rai (Manmohan Krishna) and his wife Savitri (Nirupa Roy) help Husn during the crisis. Soon, Husn gives birth to a baby boy. The infant is adopted with proper traditional Hindu rites by Amrit Rai and Savitri.

Nobody in their city knows about Husn Bano becoming an unwed mother because the delivery happened elsewhere. After the naming ceremony of the infant, Husn Bano appears depressed. So, the Nawab suggests they visit some Islamic holy places for peace. They meet Javed at one of the places and the Nawab apologizes for not allowing him to marry Husn Bano and the young people’s marriage is performed.

Husn Bano is very attached to her son, who is now called Dilip. Javed notices and acknowledges it. Nobody tells him that Dilip is actually his son from Husn Bano. I wonder what would have happened if the fact would have been mentioned to him, after all, he is his father. During his active participation in the Quit India Movement, Nawab is shot and dies a martyr. Javed and Husn Bano shift to another location. Come 1947, they return and Husn Bano wants to see Dilip. Dilip has grown up into a handsome young… fascist and a Muslim-hater. He is studying Law. One day, he is requested to sing at a college competition and he sings this song.

Song – Jai Janani jai Bharat Maa

The song, Jai Janani jai Bharat Maa, was penned by Sahir Ludhyanvi and the music is by N Dutta.

The man extolls his country, in this song.

Video – Jai Janani jai Bharat Maa

Cinematography is by Dharam Chopra.

The video opens with Shashi Kapoor beginning the song aggressively. He is standing on a stage in front of a mike. Tabassum, Indrani Mukherjee, Deven Verma and other girls and men move forward in their seats to pay more attention to the song.

The audience lends their chorus voice to the song. Shashi Kapoor’s song is exhilarating and everybody is attracted to the emotions depicted in it. Soon, the song rises to a crescendo and ends. The video also ends as he stands humbly on the stage.


The song has been sung by Mahendra Kapoor for Shashi Kapoor. The video also shows Tabassum, Indrani Mukherjee, Deven Verma and others.

Cultural Influence

This is a fast and aggressive song, praising the character’s love for their country. It also inspires the audience to oust the Imperialists, who have gained control of the country. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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