Jai bolo Be-imaanki – Mukesh – Shankar-Jaikishan – Manoj Kumar – Be-imaan (1972)


Today’s post is the analysis of the song, Jai bolo Be-imaanki, from the Bollywood movie, Be-imaan (1972). The song has been analyzed on the basis of its context and visualization.

Movie – Be-imaan (1972)

The song, Jai bolo Be-imaanki, was featured in the Filmnagar’s social drama, Be-imaan (1972), produced and directed by Sohanlal Kanwar. The movie, whose meaning is Dishonest, starred Manoj Kumar, Rakhi, Pran, Nazima, etc.

Shyam aka Mohan (Manoj Kumar) is a fugitive and a cheat. Once he disguises himself as a sadhu and tries to dupe a group of people, in a temple. One man asks him, who is a Be-imaan or Dishonest Person.

Song – Jai bolo Be-imaanki

The lyrics of the song, Jai bolo Be-imaanki, Verma Malik and the music set by Shankar-Jaikishan.

The man sings, “Neither does he bother about his honor, nor does he fear insult. Hail the Dishonest Man!”

Video – Jai bolo Be-imaanki

The cinematography is by Radhu Karmarkar.

The video opens with Manoj Kumar beginning the song. His team members fall at the feet of a rich man and the priest of the temple. The priest places some money inside a locker, located inside the sanctum sanctorium of the temple.

Manoj Kumar exposes the priest through the song. At night, his team steals the entire cash and jewelry inside the locker. The shot changes to a different one. In the next shot, the team is in the guise of Muslim fakirs and exposes a garment seller, who sells low quality cloths.

At night again, they empty the cash counter inside the garment shop. Next, they dupe a rich woman in the guise of Shivbhakt sadhus. Manoj Kumar says that her jewelry will be doubled if she would take their assistance.

The team exchanges the dough in which she drops her jewelry and take off on a run out of the city. There’s a change of dress and the team reaches a chair car of an outstation train. Some sadhus are occupying paid seats and the team shoo them off.

Then, the team occupies the seats exactly how the sadhus had. Soon the song peters out and ends abruptly. The music also ends as the team settles down in the empty seats. The video ends as the sound of the train ricketying toward its destination.


Mukesh sings this song for Manoj Kumar. and others are also seen in the video.

Cultural Influence

The song is a satire and highlights the dishonesty of people who dupe others. This is also a pointer at some rich people, in a capitalistic situation, who do not bother about the needy. This is one of my favorite Bollywood songs on the theme. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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