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O rangrez

Posted on: July 25, 2019


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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Sports biopic is a rare genre for Hindi film industry until recently. Producing a sport biopic film is like venturing into an uncharted water. However, the box office successes of ‘Paan Singh Tomar (2012) and ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ (2013) have created a trend in Bollywood to produce sports biopic films on a regular basis. During the last 5 years, sports biopic such as ‘Mary Kom’ (2014), ‘Dangal’ (2016), ‘Azhar’ (2016), ‘Budhia Singh – Born to Run’ (2016), ‘M S Dhoni – The Untold Story (2017) and ‘Soorma’ (2018) were released. Some more sports biopic films have been in the pipelines for a long time. They include films on Dhayan Chand (Hockey), Saina Nehwal (Badminton), P V Sindhu (Badminton), Abhinav Bindra (Shooting) etc.

‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ (2013) was a trend-setter in Hindi films in propagating sports biopic as a genre of film. The film was directed by Rakeysh Ompradkash Mehra with Farhan Akhtar as Milkha Singh – the Flying Sikh who was the first Indian sprinter to win gold medals in Asian and Commonwealth games. The screen-play, dialogues and songs were written by Prasoon Joshi. The film was a box office success to the extent that it logged about Rs,165 crore as global earnings as against the total cost of about Rs.30 crore in producing the film.

Unlike other genres of films, producing biopics, that too the sports biopic films are time consuming process as experienced by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, the producer-director of the film. True life stories required a lot of research. Finding a financier/distributor for the sports biopic film is equally difficult as this was an emerging genre of the film at the time of making the film. Lastly, finding a right type of actor to do the role of the sports biopic character is difficult. The actor needs to devote a considerable time to come into the physique and the mannerism requires for the character he plays in the biopic. Most of the top actors will not have time to spend for training schedules. Farhan Akhtar who did the role of Milkha Singh in ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ (2013) had revealed during an interview:

I went through a tremendous amount of training for nearly seven and a half months before we started shooting, and then again for the entire duration of shooting, which lasted about 10 or 11 months. So I was under training for more than a year and a half. I actually lived the life of an athlete; I wasn’t just pretending to be one.

Farhan Akhtar also took Urdu lessons from his father, Javed Akhtar and Punjabi lessons from Gulzar to improve his diction.

I missed watching ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ (2013) when it was released in July 2013 despite a high recommendation from my son. Recently, I watched the film on Hotstar and liked it. This is one of few films which I had watched on small screen in one go. I regretted for not having watched the film on a multiplex screen when it was released

The film has depicted the life story of Milkha Singh broadly reflecting three stages of his life from 1947 to 1962. In the first stage, he migrates to India as a 12-year orphaned boy from his village in Pakistan who has lost his parents, a brother and sister during partition. As a boy, he spends his childhood in Refugee camp in Delhi. His married sister takes care of him. In the second part, his grows into a teenager when he indulges in petty crime. He also falls in love with Biroo (Sonam Kapoor). But his girl friend would marry him only when he abandons his ruffian way of life and become a responsible man. Milkha Singh accepts the challenge and joins Army in his third attempt. The last part of the film is on his becoming a successful athlete (sprinter) after overcoming lots of physical hardships. He wins gold medals in Asian and Commonwealth Games but loses his Biroo as her parents had married her to a different groom. He also loses the medal in Rome Olympic but at the end he emerges winner in his life.

The director refrained from over-dramatising the emotional events following the partition. Milkha Singh has been depicted in the film true to his life having both good and not so good sides of his life. I never knew that Milkha Singh had a very traumatised childhood and had spent few days in Tihar Jail for petty crime, until I saw the film. For me, Milkha Singh was a ‘Flying Sikh’, a title which was given by General Ayub Khan when he defeated his Pakistani counter-part in 200m run in Indo-Pak Friendship Athletic Meet at Lahore in 1962.

By the way I noticed that the moustache of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman which has become trendy, resembles that of Prayag Raj in the role of an Army Officer in ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ (2013).

The mesmersing music composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (S-E-L) is another plus point of the film. The album has 8 songs including one rock version of title song which is played as the credit titles run at the end of the film. I was unaware of almost all of the film’s songs except the title song ‘bhaag Milkha bhaag’ until I watched the film recently. I am sure, after ther release of the film, three of the songs namely, ‘havan kund maston ka jhund’ ‘zinda’ and ‘slow motion angreza’ must have become very popular with the younger lots as these songs are blended with rock music and rhythmic beats.

But what made me to write this article is one song out of 8 songs in the film which lingered in my mind for a long time. The song is ‘o rangrez tere rang dariya mein’ rendered by Javed Bashir and Shreya Ghoshal. Javed Bashir is a Pakistan-based Hindustani Classical, Sufi and Qawwali singer. The tune of the song is based on raag Khamaj which is generally used for virah ras (separation). Hence this raag is favourite of ghazal and thumri singers. Shankar Mahadevan has used Khamaj raag in this song somewhat in a lighter mood to sync with the romantic background of the song.

Another feature of this song is that though it is picturized as a romantic song, the underlying tone of the lyrics is Sufiyana. The song starts with salutation to Rangrez. The words, ‘Rang’ and ‘Rangrez’ have been widely used by Sufi poets. ‘Rangrez’ is a Persian word which means ‘dyer’ who colours the cloth. But Sufi poets use this word metaphorically for a Sufi Saint who imparts colour (knowledge) to his followers to be one with the Almighty. There is no difference between ‘you’ and ‘me’ in a same way when colour is applied to the cloth and they become one. Prasoon Joshi has nicely written three lines in the song under discussion to emphasize on the philosophy of ‘oneness’:

ek bhi saans alag nahin leni
khench lena praan iss tan ke
nahin rehna dooja ban ke

One more feature of this song is that in the interlude music, in addition to percussion (Tabla and Dholak) Bouzouki (Mandolin like instrument) and Guitar, a rare musical instrument called Esraj has been used. One can listen to the sound of Esraj in Video clip of the song between 1:33 and 2:05 which sounds like that of Sarangi. The reason is that Esraj (like Dilruba) is a hybrid musical instrument combining the sounds of Sitar and Sarangi. This instrument has rarely been used in Hindi film music as it has almost extinct from professional circuit by 1980s. Instead music directors like S D Burman, Roshan, R D Burman had used Dilruba. It appears that Esraj is one of music director S-E-L’s favourite musical instruments. They have used Esraj for musical compositions in ‘Manmarziyaan’ (2018) and ‘Raazi’ (2018) also.

Enjoy this ‘two-in-one’ song – a romantic song if one watches the video clip of the song and a Sufiyana song if one only listens to the song.

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Audio

Song-O rangrez (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag)(2013) Singers-Javed Bashir, Shreya Ghoshal, Lyrics-Prasoon Joshi MD-Shankar Ehsan Loy
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Lyrics (based on audio clip):

o rangre…..z
o rangrez
tere rang dariya mein
o rangrez
tere rang dariya mein
doobna hai bas tera ban ke
haaye
nahin rehna dooja ban ke

ek bhi saans alag nahin leni
ek bhi saans alag nahin leni
khench lena praan iss tan ke
haaye ae
nahin rehna dooja ban ke

apne hi rang mein mujhko rang de
dheeme dheeme rang mein mujhko rang de
saundhe-saundhe rang mein mujhko rang de
rang de na
rang de na
rang de na..aa
o o o
apne hi rang mein mujhko rang de
dheeme dheeme rang mein mujhko rang de
saundhe saundhe rang mein mujhko rang de
rang de na
rang de na
rang de na.. aa

ghunghroo hai tu
main to hoon paaon piya
jha na na na nan
peepal tu main to hoon chhaaon piya
tabhi hoon magan
o.. naino mein bas chhab teri lehraaye
jhalke chhalke chhalke re

barse halke halke
apne hi rang mein
ho o o
apne hi rang mein mujhko rang de
dheeme dheeme rang mein mujhko rang de
saundhe saundhe rang mein mujhko rang de
rang de na
rang de na
rang de na..aa

maala mein aa tujhko piro loon
tujhe pehnu sajan
honthon mein aa sargam sa boloon
tujhe rat loon sajan
sajan tees meri pees de mujh mein hi
ghul ja
mill ja mill ja sajnaa

pighal ke mill jaa mill jaa
apne hi rang mein
ho o o
apne hi rang mein mujhko rang de
dheeme dheeme rang mein mujhko rang de
saundhe saundhe rang mein mujhko rang de
rang de na
rang de na
rang de na..aa

ni dha pa
dha re sa
ni dha pa
dha re sa

o rangre….z
(o rangre…z)
o rangrez
tere rang dariya mein
o rangrez
tere rang dariya mein
doobna hai bas tera ban ke
haay
nahin rehna dooja ban ke

apne hi rang mein mujhko rang de
dheeme dheeme rang mein mujhko rang de
saundhe saundhe rang mein mujhko rang de
rang de na
rang de na
rang de na aa

ho o o
apne hi rang mein mujhko rang de
dheeme dheeme rang mein mujhko rang de
saundhe saundhe rang mein mujhko rang de
rang de na
rang de na
rang de na aa

3 Responses to "O rangrez"

Such a lovely song. Thank you Kamathji.
This is proof that all songs post golden era are not lost cases as far as Melody or message is concerned.
And very good on the eye too.
You are right about the popularity of the “havan kund” song and the other two that you mentioned, Kamathji

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Peevesie’s mom ji,

I have observed that the combinations of music directors like A R Rahman and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy with Gulzar/Javed Akhtar/Prasoon Joshi produce one or two songs in their films which can compete with the songs of the golden era of HIndi film music.

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yes. and some songs of S-E-L and A R R are popular even after the expiry period of their run on FM channels and satellite TV

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