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Ang se ang lagaa le

Posted on: February 3, 2011


This writeup is provided by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular conrtributor of posts to this blog

I love watching old movies (pre-1980, just to clarify!) and of late I’ve been watching a whole lot of them. Kala Pani, Kala Bazar, Kashmakash, Chhote Sarkar, Pagla Kahin Ka, Kasauti, Ma Beta, Waqt, Ek Bechara, Cobra Girl, Swayamvar, Raja Aur Runk, Jeene Ki Raah are just some of the movies I watched in January this year.

Recently I had the pleasure of watching the film Elaan (1971). Now this is a movie I distinctly remember from my childhood as one that I did NOT manage to see then. I have always wanted to see it because I knew it had an “invisible man” theme to it. But somehow till now I just could not get to see it.

Well, recently that situation got corrected and I finally found myself watching this 40-year old movie.

I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it . Yes, an “invisible man” theme is a timeless one that cuts across age-groups (as “Mr. India” (1986) will testify). Maybe the fact that it allows people to vicariously live out their secret fantasy – that they can switch between “visible” and “invisible” on the press of a button (or in this case, wearing of a ring) – is what makes this theme such a big success.

The movie has all the typical elements you expect from a movie of that period – dances by Helen, flashy sets and lights, a sinister-looking Shetty, a comedian element in Rajendranath. It has a then- upcoming villain in Vinod Khanna and an equally upcoming lead pair in Vinod Mehra and Rekha. All in all, good timepass stuff which the whole family can enjoy.

And yet the movie was a flop. I have NO idea why this would be the case. Short of assuming that it was swept aside by the Rajesh Khanna wave (and had no saleable hero like Dharmendra or Shashi Kapoor as savior), I cannot think of another reason why it would not do well. Sometimes, the box-office in India totally baffles me.

Anyway I enjoyed the movie a lot – which is one reason why I am talking about it here at all.

Now, coming to its songs. They were composed by Shankar-Jaikishen.

I am not sure whether this was when Jaikishen was still alive (this could have been one of his last movies) but I could not help feeling this was not one of S-J’s better works.

Sure, there is their touch here and there – and there are a couple of good songs – but maybe they were beginning to show strains of their Sharda-related differences (Sharda does have a few songs here), maybe they were beginning to feel the heat with MDs like Laxmikant-Pyarelal and RD Burman now churning out hit after hit, maybe they were missing the pen of trusted lyricist Shailendra, maybe Jaikishen was already in ill-health, I do not know. But it just did not feel like a solid S-J soundtrack. That’s just my opinion.

Atul has posted one song of this movie already “aap ki raay”. Before I started watching the movie, I already knew there was one other song in the movie that was quite famous. But I intentionally did not check it out beforehand. I wanted it to surprise me.

Well here is that song “ang se ang laga le”. Now this Lata song was quite popular in its time – I remember hearing it a lot when I was a schoolboy. At that time, the text “ang se ang laga le” (loosely translating to “let our bodies meet”) would probably have raised a few eyebrows and caused a few blushes – maybe that was one reason for the song’s popularity.

Be that as it may, I think there is far more to this song than just this. And I realized that when I watched this movie recently and heard this song after so many years. I have said before that I’m not the greatest fan of Lata’s voice but I do admire her a lot. And sometimes her voice does sound surreal . I think this particular song makes pretty good progress in the “surreal” direction even if some may argue that it does not totally get there. In any case, it is a lovely listen. And Hasraj Jaipur’s lyrics are lovely too.

And the picturisation is good too. Rekha (looking gorgeous in her pre-Amitabh avatar) wants to have fun with Vinod Mehra – but he frustrates her by being invisible. So she starts singing to this invisible man! Towards the end of the song, he decides that he’s tortured her enough and deigns to show himself to her. All god fun.

I hope you enjoy the song like I did.

Audio

Video

Song-Ang se ang lagaa le (Elaan) (1971) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Hasrat Jaipuri, MD-Shankar Jaikishan

Lyrics

Ang se ang lagaa le
saanson mein hai toofaan
jalne lagi hai kaaya
jalne lagi hai jaan
jalne lagi hai kaaya
jalne lagi hai jaan
o o
ang se ang lagaa le
saanson mein hai toofaan
jalne lagi hai kaaya
jalne lagi hai jaan
jalne lagi hai kaaya
jalne lagi hai jaan
o o
ang se ang lagaa le
saanson mein hai toofaan

prem tera ek bichhua
zeher chadhey ghabraaoon
prem tera ek bichhua
zeher chadhey ghabraaoon
ghaayal hoon mein teri
naagin si bal khaoon
o o
ghayal hoon mein teri
naagin si bal khaoon
prem ka rog niraala
kaise tujhe samjhaoon
tere liye nirmohi
dekh na main mar jaoon
tere liye nirmohi
dekh na main mar jaoon
o o
ang se ang lagaa le
saanson mein hai toofaan
jalne lagi hai kaaya
Jalne lagi hai jaan
o o
ang se ang lagaa le
saanson mein hai toofaan

prem sudha barsa de
man ka kamal khil jaaye
prem sudha barsa de
man ka kamal khil jaaye
main hoon janam ki pyaasi
pyaas mori mit jaaye
o o
main hoon janam ki pyaasi
pyaas mori mit jaaye
paas jo tere aaoon
tu bhi mohey tarsaaye
jaane phir aisi raina
jeewan mein kab aaye
jaane phir aisi raina
jeewan mein kab aaye
o o
ang se ang lagaa le
saanson mein hai toofaan
jalne lagi hai kaaya
jalne lagi hai jaan
jalne lagi hai kaaya
jalne lagi hai jaan
o o
ang se ang lagaa le
saanson mein hai toofaan
ang se ang lagaa le
saanson mein hai toofaan
saanson mein hai toofaan
saanson mein hai toofaan
saanson mein hai toofaan

6 Responses to "Ang se ang lagaa le"

Oh That brings back memories! I haven’t seen this movie but the song I remember well !! It used to be played often in the radio in the seventies but then disappeared…thank you for reminding me. So the movie was good? I’ll see if I can find a copy to see..

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/ELAAN-SHANKAR-JAIKISHAN-EMOE-2034-1971-RARE-BOLLYWOOD-Hindi-EP-RECORD-VG-/401190266221?hash=item5d68cda56d:g:DXkAAOSwCGVX3SOD
according to this vinyl record image the lyricist of this song “ang se ang lagaa le” is SHAILENDRA help !

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/INDIAN-VINTAGE-BOLLYWOOD-MOVIE-POSTER-ELAAN-VINOD-KHANNA-REKHA-1971-/182379134640?hash=item2a76a4beb0
In this poster they have written 4 lyricists` names as
Hasrat,Varma Mallik,Indeewar,Faruk Kaiser

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1)Ang se ang laga le:Lata:Shailendra or Hasrat Jaipuri
(Hasrat Jaipuri as written on CD inlay cover),but above shown vinyl records of the movie shows the lyricist`s name of this song as Shailendra)
2)Aapke rai mere baare mein:Rafi,Sharda:Indiwar
3)Aaj tumhare:Asha Bhosle:Faruk Kaiser
4)Janab-e-man salam hai:Sharda:Faruk Kaiser
5)Aath ko aath mein milakar:Sharda:Varma Malik
6)Dance Music
7)Dance Music
8)Title Music

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