Movie: Palkon Ki Chaon Mein (1977)

Music Director: Laxmikant Pyarelal

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar

I had mistaken this composition for a RD song, until I checked the facts out. This is a Laxmikant Pyarelal composition which shatters the stereotype of a LP song. The reason I thought this was an RD song is primarily because how Lata ascends her pitch from 0 to 10 and back, in a matter of 2 notes! (of course, this is not an academic claim but purely an aural one).

The song is about a woman who is on the cusp of marriage-hood, a favorite theme of poets and lyricists. There have been countless songs on this theme. Gulzar manages to convey a barrage of emotions in just one line that brings out the essence of the subject in ‘main dulhan si lagati hoon, dulhan banaa de re‘…..’I look like a bride, now just (if someone could) make me one‘. Plain and simple.

The rest of the song is replete with a sensory interpretation of imagery and objects, such as:

“aankhon mein raat ka kaajal laga ke, main aangan mein thande sawere beecha doon” 

I am not even going to attempt to translate the above line since the metaphors would sound utterly deliberate and superficial in another language. How a man can describe feelings that are quite positively a forte of the opposite gender is beyond me! But then, how Gulzar writes what he writes is only known to him. Needless to say, understanding the process of his writing is an exercise in futility.

घुंगटा गिरा है ज़रा घुंगटा हटा दे रे, कोई मेरे माथे की बिंदिया सजा दे रे,
मैं दुल्हन सी लगाती हूँ दुल्हन बना दे रे!
आँखों में रात का काजल सजा के,
मैं आँगन में ठन्डे सवेरे बीछा दूं,
जो पैरों में मेहँदी की अगनी लगा दे रे

कोई मेरे माथे की…
ना चिट्ठी ही आयी ना संदेसा आया,
हर आहट पे आने का अंदेसा आया,
कोई झूठी मूठी किवड़िया हिला दे रे
कोई मेरे माथे की…