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Raat se kaho rukey zaraa

Posted on: July 11, 2011


This article is written by Sudhir,a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

The 1965 movie, Luteraa, is a typical pirates movie, with an esteemed star cast that includes Dara Singh, Prithviraj Kapoor, Nishi, Helen, Hiralal, Jeevan, Maruti, Bela Bose and others. The story is about two brothers who are separated as children. Prithviraj Kapoor plays the role of the elder brother, who grows up to be the leader of a pirate group. Dara Singh also grows up to be a sort of vigilante who operates as a loner. Hiralal is a king, and Nishi is his daughter, the princess. Jeevan is the Wazir in the court of Hiralal.

The story line makes a lots of complicated twists and turns as it tries to sort out the multiple threads of lost siblings, cunning and scheming Wazir who wants to marry the princess and sieze the throne, the vigilante with whom the princess falls in love, the old mother who is the king’s prisoner in the dungeons, the court dancer who is in love with the Wazir and has been promised status of a queen, and more. There are battles at sea, and skullduggery in the palace, and what else not in the story plot.

However, the music of this movie is remarkable, simply superb. The songs written by Anand Bakshi, the compositions by Laxmikant Pyaarelal. The movie does not have a single song in a male voice. All songs are sung by female singers, and that too, by Lata, except for one song. There are four dance songs, and two romantic solo, all sung by Lata. Each song is wonderful gem in itself and the dance numbers are incomparable in their own right. There is one more, a duet sung by Shamshad Begum and Kamal Barot, which deserves a separate post all by itself. It is a peculiar and fun song and the surprise of the movie.

Two songs of this movie are already present on the blog. Here is a third song, another wonderful dance number from this movie – ‘Raat Se Kaho Ruke Zaraa’. This is one more dance number performed as a court dance, this time by Nishi, in the court of the pirate king Prithviraj Kapoor. The pirate’s court is differently structured. The pirate king is the only one seated and the rest of his courtiers (fellow pirates from his crew) are simply standing around in a circle. One can see both male and female pirates in the court.

Apparently Nishi is a prisoner of the pirate king at this time, and she is forced to dance in the court. Once again, the words beautifully express the feeling of defiance that the princess is trying to portray. There is anxiety on the face of the pirate king, especially when Nishi pulls out a dagger from one of the female pirates standing close by. The composition is racy and simply wonderful, so appropriately capturing the mood of the situation.


Song-Raat se kaho ruke zaraa (Luteraa ) (1965) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Asad Bhopali, MD-Laxmikant Pyarelal

Lyrics

raat se kaho ruke zaraa
raat se kaho ruke zaraa
meri jawaani ka
raks wo bhi
dekh le zaraa
raat se kaho ruke zaraa
meri jawaani ka
raks wo bhi
dekh le zaraa
raat se kaho ruke zaraa

ae
mere meharbaanon
ye
meri baat maano
phir na kabhi ye raat aayegi
aayi bhi jo raat
na ye baat aayegi
main aaj hoon
kal kahaan
raat se kaho ruke zaraa
raat se kaho ruke zaraa
meri jawaani ka
raks wo bhi
dekh le zaraa
raat se kaho ruke zaraa

ae
muskuraane waalo
jee bhar ke muskuraa lo
jaane phir dil ko qaraar ho na ho
ye jalwa ye raks e bahaar ho na ho
jo aaj hai
kal kahaan
raat se kaho ruke zaraa
raat se kaho ruke zaraa
meri jawaani ka
raks wo bhi
dekh le zaraa
raat se kaho ruke zaraa

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