Movie: Paheli (2005)

Music Director: M M Kreem

Singers: Sunidhi Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh

Song: Phir Raat Kati

Amol Palekar‘s 2005 Paheli, based on Vijaydan Detha’s short story set in Rajasthan, was released with much fanfare and featured an all star cast of Shahrukh Khan, Rani Mukherji, Juhi Chawla and Naseeruddin Shah. However, the film did not light up the box office and quickly faded from the collective  memories of the fickle moviegoers. To me, it remains one of those attempts where SRK tried to break away from his image unsuccessfully. The last time he tried was in Ketan Mehta’s Oh Darling, Yeh Hai India. The music of the film was composed by the M M Keeravaani of the Telugu film industry who goes my M M Kreem when he composes music for Hindi films. I believe he is a talented composer, but was unlucky to have composed music for box office duds in the big bad world of Hindi films (his other notable work in Hindi includes: Zakhm and Iss Raat ki Subah Nahin)

Gulzar’s lyrics for all the songs of the movie are peppered with Rajasthani and Marwaari words. This particular song has a zany energy to it and is sung with the required gusto and unison by both Sunidhi and Sukhwinder. The plot of the movie is like a folklore which has been passed down by word of mouth through generations, and the song is a fitting ode to this theme. Words like “marusthal (wilderness)”, “baloo (sand)”, “reti (sand)” evoke Rajasthan and it’s mystique. On an aside note, is this the first time I am hearing the mention of “god” in a Gulzar song (in “rab raakhan beliyaan“)? I believe, Gulzar is a non-believer and hence his poetry categorically stays away from “god” (although, it might just be that I am selfishly hoping he bats for my team).

फिर रात कटी और दिन निकला, 

जब  दिन  निकला  तो   रात  चढ़ी 

फिर  प्रीत  की  ऐसी  पिग  बढ़ी ,
रब  राखा  बेलिया ,

ऊंटनी  पर  जब  चाँद  चले
और  चाँद  के  पीछे  रात  चले
और  तारों  की  बारात  चले ,
रब  राखा  बेलिया
हर  रात कहानी  चलती  है
कभी  हवा  सुनती है  बातें
कभी  बात  जबानी  चलती  है
रब  राखा  बेलिया


फिर रात कटी और दिन निकला 

जब  दिन  निकला  तो   रात  चढ़ी
फिर  प्रीत  की  ऐसी  पिग  बढ़ी ,
रब  राखा  बेलिया ,


देह  की  रेती उड़   जावेगी ,
प्रीत  सदा रह  जावेगी
समय  गुजर  जावेगा  बाबु
लोक  कथा  रह  जावेगी
नाम  सदा  रह  जावेगा
मारूस्थल  में  बालू  जब  तक ,
उनका  नाम  रहेगा

फिर रात कटी और दिन निकला 

जब  दिन  निकला  तो   रात  चढ़ी
फिर  प्रीत  की  ऐसी  पिग  बढ़ी ,
रब  राखा  बेलिया ,


बहुत  बरस  जब  गुजर  गए  और
लाख  चाँद  जब  उतर  गए
पीपल  पर  एक  पड़ाव  हुवा  और
फिर  जन्मेका  छाव  हुवा
तब  से  हर  प्रेम  कहानी  में  वो
आते  है  और  जाते  है
मारूस्थल में बालू  जब  तक ,
उनका नाम  रहेगा

फिर रात कटी और दिन निकला 

जब  दिन  निकला  तो   रात  चढ़ी
फिर  प्रीत  की  ऐसी  पिग  बढ़ी ,
रब  राखा  बेलिया ,

ऊंटनी  पर  जब  चाँद  चले
और  चाँद  के  पीछे  रात  चले
और  तारों  की  बारात  चले ,
रब  राखा  बेलिया…