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When black money was stored inside Ganesh idol and nobody cared

The song from Takkar raises quite a few questions. 

Keyur Seta

Ganesh Chaturthi is mostly a Maharashtrian festival. It was made popular by freedom fighter and social reformer Lokmanya Tilak to unite commoners against the British oppressors. But over the last few decades, the festival has slowly become popular in other parts of India as well. The credit for this also goes to Hindi cinema. 

Songs about Ganesha festival started finding place in Hindi films, mostly from the 80s era. Few prominent ones include, ‘Deva Ho Deva’ (Humse Badhkar Kaun, 1981), ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’ (Agneepath, 1990), ‘Laut Ke Tujhko Aana Hai’ (Don, 2006) and ‘Deva Shree Ganesha' (Agneepath, 2012). 

Some of these Ganesha tracks have also played a role in taking the story forward. The same was the case with the Ganesh visarjan (immersion of the idol) song in Takkar (1980). But the lyricist and director took creative liberties to a different level by making the visarjan an important plot point.

Picture this: Ranjeet, the villain, wants to transfer black money from one location to another. To make sure nobody doubts him, he makes use of a Ganesha idol by storing black money inside it (in the big stomach) and pretends to be a part of the visarjan. But the two heroes, Jeetendra and Sanjeev Kumar, come to know about his plan. However, they make no efforts in foiling his plan, something the heroes of masala films always jumped at whenever they got a chance. 

So, what do they do? They expose the villain through song and dance. The song enlightens us on how people can shake a leg even when they are angry and tense. The lyrics go ‘Murti Ganesh ki, andar daulat desh ki, logo dekho dhyan se, poochho is beimaan se, kya chakkar hai, aaj humari takkar hai.’ Informing the police would have been so boring.

Watch the song:

Interestingly, despite the heroes exposing the villain publicly, thousands of people gathered around seem to be unaffected and a large group of traditional dancers continue dancing. After all, the show must go on. But it doesn’t stop here. The lyricist, Anand Bakshi, gives the third stanza to Ranjeet to rubbish off the allegations. So much for the compulsion of songs in our films. Trivia: The song is sung by Kishore Kumar and Mahendra Kapoor. 

However, on a serious note, looking at the song, the first thought that comes to our mind is whether it would have been allowed today by Pahlaj Nihalani-led Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) that creates a fuss over the slightest of problems even in 2016. But more than them, what would have been the reaction of these religious fanatic groups? 

We shudder to think this considering how they were up in arms against PK (2014) and OMG Oh My God (2012).