Pacific Duets - XIV
sa mukhadaa kyuun sharmaaya
aankh mili aur dil ghabraaya...
Jaag Utha (1959)
Singer: Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle
Music: S D Burman
*ing: Madhubala, Sunil Dutt
This fragile song adheres to every known norm of romanticism there
(one of them being the 'pacific' nature of the song), perhaps too much
to the letter. The diffused moonlight setting, the haystack, long
stares, blushes galore, and the soft, whispery rendition... all lead up
to the triumph of this universal cliche. A gorgeous duet featuring a
star pair that worked, as far as I know, in only two movies together
(the other one, Jwala, was released in 1971, two years after
Who has written the song ? Even with its use of all common poetic
idioms, the song conveys a touching intimacy in its portrayal of newly-
found love, right from the prelude:
natakhat taaron hamen na nihaaro
hamri ye preet nayi...
going through all the bashfulness, the apprehensions, the reassurances,
and beneath it all, the underlying, unshakeable faith that they belong
ye bhiige nazaare, karte hain ishaare (?)
milne ki ye rut hai gori din hain hamaare
sun lo piya pyaare, kya kehte hain taare
hamne to bichhadte deke kitnon ke pyaare
kabhi na alag hui kaaya se chhaya
chaand sa mukhada...
I absolutely love this song.