Dancer maestro Mangal Maharaj wants his son, Girdhar, who is a dancer par excellence, to enter the once-in-ten-years Nateshwar Utsav dance competition, win it, and be crowned the Bharat Natraj. While Girdhar can do a solo dance number, he is also required to dance the Shiv-Parvati Tandav dance with a female partner. Mangal Maharaj would like Roopkala to be his partner, but ends up being disappointed with her. Now with only a year left for the Utsav, he chances upon talented dancer and singer, Neeladevi, and recruits her. He subjects her to strenuous training and he is pleased with her performance. Then he finds out that Girdhar and Neela have fallen in love with each other, and their involvement is interfering with their performance. Unhappy with Neeladevi, he dismisses her, and sets forth to look for another dancer. The question remains: Will he be able to find another one, train her, and make her compete just in time for the Utsav, or will he lose this opportunity altogether and wait for another 10 years?

HINDI | INDIA | 1955                                       




Gopi Krishna, Sandhya, Keshavrao Date 


Producer: V. Shantaram

Story & Screenplay: Dewan Sharar

Music: Vasant Desai

Cinematography: G. Balakrishna

Editing:Chintamani Borkar



1.       V. Shantaram's wife Sandhya starred in the lead role

2.       The movie was deemed as a Super Hit

3.       Who's who of the film industry attended the premiere of Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje. Most were sceptical about the film's success as it starred an non-established heroine, Sandhya, opposite a classical dancer, Gopi Kishen. However, when the screening ended, there was a standing ovation for Shantaram.

4.       Shantaram and his third wife Sandhya had done Parchhain and Teen Batti Chaar Raasta earlier but after this superhit, the director-actress made a team in several films: Do Aankhen Barah Haath, Navrang, Stree, Sehra, Pinjra and Jal Bin Machhli Nritya Bin Bijli.

5.       Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje won the President's Gold Medal for best film and was also adjudged Best Film of the year byFilmfare.

6.       Since Sandhya was not a trained dancer, she was made to rehearse from morning to night by Gopi Kishen for months on end.



3rd National Film Awards (1955): All India Certificate of Merit for Best Feature Film, Best Feature Film in Hindi

4th Filmfare Awards (1956): Filmfare Award for Best Film, Filmfare Award for Best Director,

Filmfare Award for Best Art Direction,Filmfare Award for Best Sound Design