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Maang mein bhar le rang sakhi ri

Posted on: February 22, 2012


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

Of the many movies out there on my need-to-see list, I can now tick off one – Mujhe Jeene Do (1963).

I have been wanting to see this movie for a very long time now. I got the DVD ages ago but somehow never got around to seeing it till yesterday evening.

I’ve become a bit cautious of having expectations from movies that I’ve waited to see for very long. This is perhaps a result of watching Neel Kamal, after the “mother of all waits” – I waited for almost 30 years to watch this movie! And what a major let-down it was!

Anyway, I got into watching MJD with limited expectations. I knew and liked a few songs already but, again from the Neel Kamal experience, that does not say very much. (Neel Kamal’s problem for me was certainly not its songs).

I had read a bit about MJD’s storyline – just enough to have enough to not know and therefore look forward to. What I did know, served as a pretty good teaser for the movie.

For starters, the cast had Sunil Dutt and Waheeda Rehman. Now Waheeda is one of my all-time favourite actresses and I do like Sunil Dutt a lot too, so this pairing was already something to look forward to (I’d seen them in Ek Phool Char Kaante and Reshma Aur Shera already and loved both films, though they are very different types of films).

To me, Sunil Dutt may not have been seen as a big star in the league of the big three or Shammi Kapoor but I’ve almost always found his films (especially those before the 70s) to be meaningful and extremely watchable.

I knew MJD was made under Sunil Dutt’s own banner, Ajanta Arts. I’ve seen a few films made under this banner in the 1960s and they were all different from the usual boy-meets-girl-romance of that period. Each of them was interesting in its own way.

In the popular TV reality show “Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai”, I’d seen an episode on Sunil Dutt where Waheeda Rehman is one of the guests. She talks about Sunil Dutt, her experiences working with him – and about MJD. The movie was shot to some extent right in Chambal Valley (which in those days was well-known for real-life dacoits) and during shooting one day, they had a panic call to pack up early because of warning of a possible dacoit attack. Waheeda, recounting this, laughed and said “I used to complain to Sunil that whenever he took me for his films, they were always in difficult places”. (An obvious reference to MJD and Reshma Aur Shera – this was shot in the Rajasthan deserts). It was a lovely interview and only served to increase my desire to see MJD.

I knew it was a dacoit film – and a much-acclaimed one at that. Sunil Dutt, who somehow always seemed to fit naturally into a dacoit role, had won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for this film.

So there was plenty to look forward to when I settled down yesterday evening to watch the movie.

And I am glad to say I was not disappointed. I will admit there are moments when I felt it could just go a bit faster (or maybe I was tired after a long day) – and the very few comedy scenes (with Asit Sen and Rashid Khan in particular) also seemed superfluous in a film as intense as this – but overall this is a film that stays pretty true to its message. And that’s more than be said for many films that tend to lose the plot mid-way (the famous “curse of the second half” syndrome). There were moments when I was reminded of Gunga Jamuna but this film is less commercial and more focused on its message.

And that message is “Doesn’t a dacoit, however many misdeeds he may have committed in the past, deserve a chance in society if he sincerely wants to reform himself and do good for society? And why should his family suffer for his misdeeds anyway?”.

Sunil Dutt, as the dacoit Thakur Jarnail Singh, puts in a solid performance. Thankfully, the movie’s not all about him – there’s a sizeable role for Waheeda Rehman too. And she is her usual dependable self – a high-quality performance all the way. There is also a good supporting performance from Rajendranath

Coming to the songs.

Written by Sahir and composed by Jaidev, I am reminded of Hum Dono where these two weave together some magical numbers. (In fact, even here the credits acknowledge Nav Ketan when they mention Jaidev, suggesting to me that Jaidev may have been borrowed from Nav Ketan for this project).

All the songs are just lovely – and one of the first things I did after seeing the movie was to check whether they were posted on this blog.

Well, many of them already were – but there was this gem of a song by Asha Bhosle which was not yet posted.

And that is when I decided to write this post because this song really deserves to be here on this blog.

Now I’m pretty sure I’ve heard this song in the past too – but I must have last heard it a really long time ago because it was somewhere in my subconscious. Another reason why it was just so lovely listening to it again yesterday.

It is about Waheeda Rehman dreaming about her wedding. She is a tawaif (courtesan) who has never really found respect amongst men. They’ve only ever visited her for her dance and song. Here, Sunil Dutt, the dacoit has abducted her and completely surprised her by proposing marriage to her. She’s understandably lost in her own world as a result.

I loved the song when I heard it yesterday and I hope you do too. I will not say much more about it – just enjoy it.


Song-Maang mein bhar le rang sakhi ri(Mujhe Jeene Do) (1963) Singers-Asha Bhonsle, Lyrics-Sahir Ludhianvi, MD-Jaidev
Chorus
Lyrics

maang mein bhar le
rang sakhi ri
aanchal bhar le taare
milan ritu aa gayi
jaayegi tu un sang sakhi ri
jo tohe laage pyaare
milan ritu aa gayi
milan ritu aa gayi
milan ritu aa gayi

koi chaandi ke rathh mein aaya hai
ae ae
mere baabul
mere baabul ki aaj dhaani mein
main ae ae
usse dekhti hoon
chhup chhup kar
ek halchal si hai
ae ae
jawaani mein
phhadke ek ek ang sakhi re aaj khushi ke maare
milan ritu aa gayi
milan ritu aa gayi
milan ritu aa gayi
milan ritu aa gayi

aa aa aa aa
maang mein bhar le
rang sakhi ri
aanchal bhar le taare
milan ritu aa gayi
milan ritu aa gayi
milan ritu aa gayi

ek joda hai meri baanhon mein
surkh joda mere badan par hai
sabki nazren hain mere chehre par
aur meri nazar sajan par hai
machli jaaye umang sakhi ri
dhadkan kare ishaare
milan ritu aa gayi

milan ritu aa gayi
milan ritu aa gayi
milan ritu aa gayi
maang mein bhar le
rang sakhi ri
aanchal bhar le taare
milan ritu aa gayi
milan ritu aa gayi
milan ritu aa gayi

meri doli sajaao
?? hain kahaan
phool bikhre huye hain raahon mein
phool bikhre huye hain raahon mein
jinki baanhon ki aarzoo thhi mujhe
jaa rahi hoon main
un ki baanhon mein
angna laage tang sakhi re
piyaa jab baanh pasaare
milan ritu aa gayi
milan ritu aa gayi
milan ritu aa gayi

aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa
milan ritu aa gayi
maang mein bhar le
rang sakhi ri
aanchal bhar le taare
milan ritu aa gayi
jaayegi tu un sang sakhi re
jo tohe laage pyaare
milan ritu aa gayi
milan ritu aa gayi
milan ritu aa gayi

18 Responses to "Maang mein bhar le rang sakhi ri"

Raja ji,
It is a treat to read your write ups.They keep a smooth flow and take the reader with your thoughts.Thanks.
In my opinion,Sunil Dutt was an actor who suited two extreme types of roles.
As Dacoit in Mother India or Mujhe jeene do and as a simpleton.comic hero of milan,Sujata,Padosan or Ek phool char kante.
He was not a great actor but he had his own audience who saw his films,whatever the role.
-AD

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Thank you, Arunji. I think I can count myself in that “own audience” fan group of Sunil Dutt. He was like a reliable middle-order batsman, he rarely let me down even if he wasn’t the first name on anybody’s favourites list. I think this was like a Chandu Borde or Dilip Sardesai in the 50s/60s?

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This is a film which hasn’t been released with subtitles, and it baffles me. It is such a well-known film. This is not really a hint, Raja, but if you’re bored… 😀 Lovely writeup.

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More than Raja, I think it is time the Indian DVD industry took the hint. I will definitely do that, if I were a DVD company bigwig.

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Make it happen Atul!!!! 🙂

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Let me see what I can do, memsaab! 🙂

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Atul Ji,
Good post as always.It is an experience to go through your (&all posts of the blog, be it from M/s Atul, Sadanand, Sudhir…). It is always a nostalgic trip. Well balanced write ups in a near conversational style……..As for Sunil Dutt, I liked him as an actor,producer and Director.Mujhe Jeene do and Gunga Jamuna are two opposing themes . First one a Dacoit has a change of heart and wants to return to normal life, where as in the latter a good man is forced to be a dacoit by evil society.
Thanks a lot
K S Shenoy ( Bangalore)

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In continuation of my earlier comments,sorry to have missed out to acknowledge and thank , Shri Raja for this nice write up.- K S Shenoy

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Thanks very much, Shenoy ji. And that’s a good point about Mujhe Jeene Do and Gunga Jamuna having two opposing starting-ending points. That had not struck me – the similarities for me were more to do with the hero being on the run with his woman with the police hot in pursuit.

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I stumbled across your blog here yesterday when I was looking for lyrics to a KL Saigal song, re-stumbled I should say. This time round I promptly subscribed to it so I may not miss a post.

This is amazing work Atul, to post a song a day. Luckily you have many people to help you out with a guest post.

Great write-up Raja. Remember I told you when we met that Tom was also looking to get this movie subtitled.

I agree with you about Neel Kamal, its hard to watch it, with so many interruptions from the loud CSP, so much melodrama, and in the end poor Raj Kumar is left high and dry. tch tch.

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Thanks for restumbling here. We aspire to make this blog a regular stumbling block blog for music lovers. 🙂

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Thanks, Ava. I do remember you mentioned about Tom wanting this movie to be subbed. I’ll see what I can do about it – would be useful not just for Tom and Greta but other non-Hindi speakers too.

And yes, Neel Kamal! What a disappointment! I waited 30 years to watch it. 🙂

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sounds so filmi, 30 saal tak mene tumhara intezaar kiya, lekin tum kya nikli!

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Some corrections to the lyrics:
mere baabul ki aaj dhaani mein
shd be
mere baabul ki rajdhani mein

ek joda hai meri baanhon mein
shd be
surkh joda hai meri baanhon mein

meri doli sajaao
?? hain kahaan
shd be
meri doli sajay re hain kahaar

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Raja ji

The fun part of being on this blog is that not only do we get to sample so many unheard, and obscure gems on a daily basis, but also get to revisit famous old favorites. And for me, many of these favorites take me back to my childhood, when I had seen this films on TV. And the best memories that have stayed with me are the wonderful songs and the music.

Reading this write up, I am also re-stepping the paths these memories take me back to. Great reminder, wonderful write up.

Thanks and regards
Sudhir

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Thank you Sudhirji. Indeed it is exactly as you say. Some of these songs take me too right back to some memory of the past and I get nostalgic. 🙂

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