Ganesh Chaturthi 2023: Ganpati’s fame in Hindi films

On the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, the fame of installation of Ganpati idol in homes, pandals and later its immersion has now spread from Maharashtra to the rest of the country and abroad. Especially in the last few years, Ganesh Utsav has started being celebrated on a large scale in North India. Believe it or not, along with market forces, Hindi films also have a big role behind this. People who have been watching the installation and immersion of Ganpati in films for decades, with the rise of news channels that emerged two-two and a half decades ago, saw thousands of small and big Ganpatis in Maharashtra and especially Mumbai and heard stories about the Raja of Lal Bagh. Due to this, their festive mood could not be controlled for long and now the situation is such that in many cities, much before the arrival of Ganesh Chaturthi, markets are decorated with Ganapati idols on the roadside, and on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturdashi, there is traffic jam like in Mumbai. The situation arises.

Ganesh Chaturthi in movies

If we look at his films, Vighnaharta Ganapati has always found a place on the cinema screen. Since till some time ago, most of the Hindi films made here had the background of the story in Mumbai, hence the festivals like Janmashtami, Dandiya, Ganpati celebrated there were easily depicted in them. Anyway, Lord Ganesha is dear to everyone, and especially children see him as their friend, that is why in recent years, animation films like ‘Bal Ganesh’, ‘My Friend Ganesha’ have been liked a lot. Well, it may be surprising to see that most of the scenes and songs related to Ganpati in Hindi films were filmed on criminals, gangsters etc. Remember the climax of Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘Satya’ (1998) when the criminal hero Satya enters the crowd of Ganpati immersion on the beach and kills the villain Bhau. This is counted among the most realistic scenes of Ganpati immersion in Hindi films. Remember Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Agneepath’ (1990), Sanjay Dutt’s ‘Vastav’ (1999), Hrithik Roshan’s ‘Agneepath’ (2012) or Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Sarkar 3’ in 2017, all of them revolved around the immersion of Ganpati. There are depictions of criminals and police with grand scenes.

Movies showing the story of Ganesh ji

By the way, films showing the story of Lord Ganesha have always been made in our country. In the era of silent cinema, ‘Ganesh Avtaar’ (1922) directed by Gajanan V. Sane, ‘Ganesh Janam’ released in 1930 etc. are mentioned. Homi Wadia’s ‘Shri Ganesh Mahima’ in 1950, Jayant Desai’s ‘Shri Ganesh Janam’ in 1951 and Jaswant Zaveri’s ‘Shri Ganesh Vivah’ in 1955 were much liked. Films like ‘Shri Ganesh’ of 1962 and ‘Jai Ganesh’ of 1972 were also seen. Hindi films are full of songs praising Lord Ganesha or aarti. Especially the Ganesh Vandana ‘Sukhkarta Dukhharta Varta Vighnachi…’ composed in Marathi by the famous 17th century saint Swami Samarth Ramdas, is now sung with great devotion by even non-Marathi speaking people. This aarti has become a part of innumerable films, but after the release of the film ‘Vaastaav’, it has been adopted by the Hindi society.

songs related to ganesh ji

Talking about other superhit songs related to Ganesh ji, the song ‘Deva O Deva Ganpati Deva Tumse Badh Kar Kaun’ from 1981’s ‘Humse Badh Kar Kaun’ still resonates today. Well, on this occasion, ‘Tera Hi Jalwa…’ from Salman Khan’s ‘Wanted’ released in 2009, ‘Tujhko Phir Se Jalwa Dikhana Hi Hoga’ from Shahrukh Khan’s Don, released in 2006, Hrithik Roshan’s released in 2012. Apart from ‘Deva Shri Ganesha…’ from ‘Agneepath’, two songs from the film ‘ABCD-Any Buddy Can Dance’ in 2013 – ‘Shambhusutay Lambodaraya Moriya…’ and ‘Sadda Dil Vi Tu…’ in 2015. Today’s generation listens to, sings and even dances to ‘Bajirao Mastani’s ‘Gajanana Gajanana Gajraya…’ with great interest.