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Main To Tere Rang Raati

Posted on: September 2, 2019


This article is written by Sudhir, 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.

My affair with Sadhna started very tiny. The film was ‘Ek Phool Do Mali’ (1969) and the song was “Sainyaan Le Gayi Jeeya Teri Pehli Nazar”. That image of a beautiful Kashmiri village belle, with that charming and becoming smile captured my mind and my heart. She was being blackmailed by Sanjay to sing a song for him, using her recorded voice in a tape recorder, which he threatened to make public. So in a manner of speaking, the song was of the ‘Dance Under Duress’ category. 🙂 She is somewhat letting it on that her song and dance is a make believe effort. But then Hindi films are Hindi films. And a tiny pre-teen mind is quite inexperienced in these matters; and quite easily enamored by that charming smile, and the gestures of endearment, howsoever artificial they may have been.

In the same year (1969), I also got to see ‘Inteqaam’. The storyline therein is a make believe endeavor to deceive a rich man and his son, and so I was not impressed with her presence and her beauty as much. ‘Ek Phool Do Mali’ would be the compass bearing for me for some time, till I got into my next crush. 🙂

Remembering Sadhna on the anniversary of her birth today – 2nd September.

It would be much later that I would realize that I had actually seen her much earlier in ‘Parakh’ (1960), which I had watched on TV. Actually, it would be many years after that TV viewing that I correctly identified the leading lady as Sadhna. For many years at a stretch, I used to believe that Nutan was the heroine in ‘Parakh’. Many years later when this error was set right in my mind, I went back to see this film once again, to make sure that I had finally identified her correctly in that film.

Later on, the mind got to see her other earlier films on the rewind –  ‘Hum Dono’ (1961), ‘Aarzoo’ (1965), ‘Love In Simla’ (1960), ‘Ek Musafir Ek Haseena’ and ‘Asli Naqli’ (1962), ‘Rajkumar’ (1964), and the quintessential ‘Mere Mehboob’ of 1963. This is the listing of films that I got to see earlier; of course the other films like ‘Prem Patra’ (1962), ‘Man Mauji’ (1962), ‘Wo Kaun THi’ (1964), ‘Waqt’ (1965), ‘Mera Saaya’ (1966), ‘Dulha Dulhan’ (1964) also followed, albeit later. The ‘Ek Phool Do Mali’ effect was repeated when I got to see ‘Mere Mehboob’. That scene of the first encounter between Husna (Sadhna) and Anwar (Rajendra Kumar) is one of the most unforgettable cinema moments in my mind. All the un-uttered emotions that were spoken just through the eyes, the only part of the face that is partially visible from within the burqa (veil covering the face), emphatically conveyed much more than any words.

Born this day in 1941, Sadhna would have been 78 today. She was born in Karachi, into a Sindhi family. When the partition happened in 1947, the Shivdasani family moved to Bombay. As she has stated in her interviews, she was interested in dramatics right from childhood, and used to participate in school plays. Her uncle (father’s real brother) Hari Shivdasani, was already an established actor in Bombay. Hari had started his career appearing in films, from 1934 – his first film being ‘Dharam Ki Devi’ (1935). So when Sadhna and her family moved to Bombay, she already had a mentor and a significant link into the film industry.

She was just fourteen, when this filmland connection, got her a bit appearance as one of the chorus dancing girls in the 1955 film ‘Shri 420’. Hari Shivdasani himself had a significant role in the film, as one of the coterie of crooked businessmen. The song is the iconinc “Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh. . .”. Sadhna is one of the chorus dancers, quite easily identifiable, at least in the first half of the song. Hari Shivdasani is himself present in the group of guests at this party. [Note: Another very notable presence in this song is that of Jaikishan, the music director.] There is anecdotal material which says that Raj Kapoor was somewhat offended with Sadhna, on issues relating to hair style and make up etc., and that Sadhna did not complete the shooting of this song.

During her first year at college, producer director TN Bihari approached her for a secondary role in a Sindhi film ‘Abaana’, released in 1958. Sadhna played the role of the younger sister of the heroine, role played by Sheila Ramani. Star struck as she was, the teenaged Sadhna requested Sheila for her autograph when they first met for shooting. Giving her the autograph, Sheila commented that one day will come when she (Sheila) would be taking autograph from Sadhna – a prophecy that realized itself shortly thereafter.

Things moved fast after this. Sadhna photo appeared in ‘Screen’. The photo came to the notice of Shashadhar Mukhrjee, who invited Sadhna to join the School of Acting that he had established in Filmalya, his production studio. Sadhna joined. ‘Dil Deke Dekho’ (1959) was launched, with Nasir Husain as the director. S Mukherjee gave him the option to select a new heroine opposite Shammi Kapoor, and Nasir Husain picked Asha Parekh, also one of the students at the same school. Sadhna had to wait another year for her formal break into films. S Mukherjee announced ‘Love In Simla’ (1960) as the launch vehicle for his son Joy Mukherjee. The director, RK Nayyar, was also making his directorial debut with this film. Given the option by S Mukherjee, RK Nayyar picked Sadhna as the leading lady for the film. Her film career had now formally started.

For about a decade, her career was a rising graph, and her work was very much appreciated. She appeared along with practically all the big names of that era – Dev Aanand, Raj Kapoor, Sunil Dutt, Shashi Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, Manoj Kumar, Joy Mukherjee, Dharmendra, Biswajit, Sanjay, Kishore Kumar, Feroze Khan, Parikshit Sahni, and yes, Rajesh Khanna – one film they shared credits for – ‘Dil Daulat Duniya’ (1972). About 30 films, in a career span of about 15 years, is the sum total of Sadhna’s body of work.

By the end of the decade of 1960s, Sadhna developed some recurring health problems and her films started getting delayed. 1974 saw the release of ‘Geeta Mera Naam’ and ‘Chhote Sarkar’. In 1975 came ‘Vandana’ and a much delayed ‘Amaanat’. After that, there is radio silence in her career, as she chose to stay away from films. Even earlier than that, HS Rawail opted for Vijayantimala for the leading lady in ‘Sunghursh’ (1968), after first considering Sadhna, and so did Pacchi, when he replaced Sadhna with Rajshri for ‘Around The World’ (1967).

Although Sadhna was the heroine of choice for ‘Love In Simla’, the director RK Nayyar (also her future husband), was quite openly unhappy with her looks. In his opinion, Sadhna’s forehead was wide enough to “. . . land a helicopter”. It was suggested that her hair style be changed. And after some research, the choice came to Audrey Hepburn’s hair style in films like ‘Sabrina’ (1954) and ‘Funny Face’ (1957). Audrey Hepburn sported a few locks of hair that were not brushed back, but were thrown forward so as to partially cover her forehead. The hairstyle was adopted, and yes, it became very popular in India, by the name ‘Sadhna Cut’.

Sadhna passed away in 2015, on 25th December.

Today’s song is solo performance on screen by Sadhna. The film is ‘Ishq Par Zor Nahin’ from 1970. The film is produced under the banner of Twinkle Star, Bombay, and is directed by Ramesh Sehgal. The cast of actors is listed as Sadhana, Dharmendra, Biswajeet, Kamini Kaushal, Abhi Bhattacharya, Jagdeep, Nadira, Leela Mishra, Randhir, Jagdish Raj, Meena, Madhumati, and Uday Chandrika.

There are 8 songs listed for this film, all from the pen of Anand Bakshi. The music is from the mind of SD Burman. Singing voice is that of Lata Mangeshkar.

The story is about two childhood friends, who fall in love with the same lady, who in turns, loves only one of them. The other person is not aware of this reality, and actually tries to get help from his friend to woo the lady. Hmm. . . reminds one of many films – especially ‘Sangam’ (1964). The story progresses on very predictable lines, with sacrifice at the end of the film, by the one who is earlier unaware of his friend’s love, and later regrets after coming to know the truth. However, it is the songs and the music of this film which are something great to write home about. Together, SD Burman and Anand Bakshi have collaborated in about a dozen films and majority of them have wonderful songs that have been hits.

This song is sort of an on stage performance by Sadhna. We can seen Dharmendra, Biswajeet, Abhi Bhattacharya and Nadira in the audience. Biswajeet, the unaware friend, thinks that this song is meant for him, and is quite happy. Dharmendra, who is aware of the triangle, and has been coaxed by Biswajeet to attend this performance, is quite visibly ill at ease during the performance.

I picked this song for the poignant and effective performance by Sadhna, for a song that is somewhat of a somber expression of serious love. The lyrics of this song are adapted from a traditional bhajan originally written by Sant Meerabai.

Lovely song, lovely rendition by a lovely Sadhna. Things can’t get much better than this for the tiny crush in my heart that still sustains.

Audio

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Song – Main To Tere Rang Raati (Ishq Par Zor Nahin) (1970) Singer – Lata Mangeshkar, Lyrics – Anand Bakshi, MD – SD Burman

Lyrics (Provided by Prakashchandra)

mitwaa. . aaa. . aaaaaa. .
mitwaa. . aa. . aaa. . aaaa. .
mere saathi

main to
tere rang raati
main tere rang raati
mere mitwaa. . aaa. . aaa. .
mitwaa. . aaa. . aaaaaa. .
mere mitwaa
mere saathi
main tere rang raati
main tere rang raati
mere mitwaa
mere saathi
main tere rang raati
main tere rang raati

raana ki
naa banoon main raani
main to hoon kaanha
teri deewani
le ja chupke se meri doli
doli
aa ja chhupke o humjoli
mitwaa. .aaa. . re
le ja chupke se meri doli
aa ja chhupke o humjoli
sang aaye
na aaye
baraati
main tere rang raati
main tere rang raati
mere mitwaa
mere saathi
main tere rang raati
main tere rang raati

main meera
tu mera man meet
haan poorab janam
se hai hamri preet
main meera
tu mera man meet
haan poorab janam
se hai hamri preet
kaise bichhde hamre naina
naina
jab tak hai jeevan raina
mitwaa. .aaa. . re
kaise bichhde hamre naina
jab tak hai jeevan raina
sang jaley
sang bujhey
diya baati
main tere rang raati
main tere rang raati
mere mitwaa. . aa. . aa. .
mitwa. . aaa. .
mere mitwaa
mere saathi
main tere rang raati
main tere rang raati

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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मितवा॰ ॰ आss आsssss
मितवा॰ ॰ आs आss आsss
मेरे साथी

मैं तो
तेरे रंग राति
मैं तेरे रंग राति
मेरे मितवा॰ ॰ आss आss
मितवा॰ ॰ आss आsssss
मेरे मितवा
मेरे साथी
मैं तेरे रंग राति
मैं तेरे रंग राति
मेरे मितवा
मेरे साथी
मैं तेरे रंग राति
मैं तेरे रंग राति

राणा की
ना बनूँ मैं रानी
मैं तो हूँ कान्हा
तेरी दीवानी
ले जा चुपके से मेरी डोली
डोली
आ जा छुपके ओ हमजोली
मितवा॰ ॰ आss रे
ले जा चुपके से मेरी डोली
आ जा छुपके ओ हमजोली
संग आए
ना आए
बाराती
मैं तेरे रंग राति
मैं तेरे रंग राति
मेरे मितवा
मेरे साथी
मैं तेरे रंग राति
मैं तेरे रंग राति

मैं मीरा
तू मेरा मनमीत
हाँ पूरब जनम
से है हमरी प्रीत
मैं मीरा
तू मेरा मनमीत
हाँ पूरब जनम
से है हमरी प्रीत
कैसे बिछड़े हमरे नैना
नैना
जब तक है जीवन रैना
मितवा॰ ॰ आss रे
कैसे बिछड़े हमरे नैना
जब तक है जीवन रैना
संग जले
संग बुझे
दिया बाती
मैं तेरे रंग राति
मैं तेरे रंग राति
मेरे मितवा
मेरे मितवा॰ ॰ आss॰ ॰ आss॰ ॰
मितवा॰ ॰ आsss
मेरे साथी
मैं तेरे रंग राति
मैं तेरे रंग राति

2 Responses to "Main To Tere Rang Raati"

lovely post from the heart of a true fan. speaks volumes about your love for the beautiful lady
thank you for introducing this bhajan on her Birth anniversary.
for me the list of favourite Sadhana songs will include “jhumka gira re”; “abhi na jao chodkar” and all songs from “ek musafir ek haseena” & “Love In Shimla”

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Thanks for a nice post on Sadhana. actress of many memorable films. (Parakh, Prem Patra, Mere Mehaboob,, Woh Kaun thi , Mera Saaya,,are some I would rate high on my list)
It is a new info to me that Sadhana was Chorus girl in ;Mud Mud Ke..”
I have not heard this song earlier nor have I watched this movie. Other songsof this movie that I have heard are memorable

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