1. Aeri Jane Na Doongi
Lata Mangeshkar sings this song for Meena Kumari who plays the title role of a courtesan in Chitrakekha. The first two lines, based on a bandish attributed to Sadarang, composer and singer in the court of Muhammad Shah Rangile are woven by Kidar Sharma into lyrics that are a blend of seduction and romance.
So the honey trap of shringar opens up in the lines
अलकों में कुंडल डालो और देह सुगंध रचाओजो देखे मोहित हो जाये ऐसा रूप सजाओ...
Redolent desire smouldering as the body is decked in jewellery and anointed with fragrance.
Which must then lead to the inevitable ( she knows the power of the seductive female over any man)
मधुर मिलन की दुर्लभ बेला यूँ ही बीत न जायेऐसी रैन जो व्यर्थ गवाये, जीवन भर पछतायेसेज सजाओ मेरे साजन कीले आओ कलियाँ गूँद गूँद
Direct assault. Does it remind you of the lady spider preparing her web to wait? Exactly. When a courtesean welcomes a king to her bower, she hopes he will be snared forever.
2. Na Jao Saiyan Chhuda Ke Baiyan
Granted it is a wife seducing her husband. He is satiated, he wants variety, excitement. She wants more. And holds back nothing in expressing her need.
Ok, there is the good wife, the Sati Savitri element in the concluding lines, tumhare charanon mei aagayi hoon, yahin jeeyoongi, yahin maroongi, but Meena Kumari springs a surprise with her controlled sexiness as she sings Yeh bikari zulfen, Yeh khilta Kajra, Yeh meheki chunari, Yeh man hi madira... which is a complete U- turn from the appeal in jo tum na ho to main kya karoongi... Geeta Dutt's voice with its rich, sensual overtones drips sexiness from the very first line. jeeyoongi, yahin maroongi, but Meena Kumari springs a surprise with her controlled sexiness as she sings Yeh bikari zulfen, Yeh khilta Kajra, Yeh meheki chunari, Yeh man hi madira... which is a complete U- turn from the appeal in jo tum na ho to main kya karoongi... Geeta Dutt's voice with its rich, sensual overtones drips sexiness from the very first line.
We know the seduction, though powerful, fails on screen. Rehman walks away because the story dictated it. But reports have it that the song inspired a generation of neglected wives to articulate their needs! Liberation comes from the most unexpected sources!
3. Hum Aapki Ankhon Mein
The banter, the flirtatious note underlying this song does not quite hide the sexual magnetism in play. The romantic melody with western shades sets the mood, but the lyrics say much more. No tender, love-sick I love yous here, but the suggestion of it couched in playfulness. Implying too the underlying finishing point of all flirtatious word-play, in hum aap ko kwabon mein la la ke sataiyenge... the bedroom forming the unseen background to the stanza. The equally teasing responses, with the uplifted lilt at the end of each question Geeta throws back, goad the pursuer on, he knows she is not unwilling. Ah the headiness of the chase, and the ensuing conquest! This song suggests it all!
4. Apne Aap Raaton Mein
Compare the poetry of this with the open erotic mood of Asha singing Sajna Hai Mujhe Sajna Ke Liye in Saudagar. Of the many sensual songs that Khayyam has set to music, this is possibly the most suggestive, even more so than Jalta Hai Badan in Razia Sultan. Perhaps the visuals give this song its unique status. While Jalta Hai Badan is an item number with extras writing obscenely around the dancer, apne aap raaton mein has the woman wandering around unable to sleep, kept awake by unsatisfied desires. This song makes it here as much for lyrics like
jane kaun balo meungliya pirota hainkhelta hai pani setan badan bhigota hainjane kiske hatho segagari chhalkti hainjane kiske baho sebijliya lapakti hain apne aapapne aap..
As for the suggestive images the words create...You can hear the beating heart, the stifled panting. Apne aap.
5. Tu Chanda Main Chandni
Balkavi Bairagi and Jaidev give form to this song which cloaks an open invitation to sex in poetry and music. Moving from Tu chanda main chandini, Tu saravar main shaakh, to
na sarovar, na baavadi, na koi thandi chhanvna koyal, na papihara, aisa mera gaon rekahan bujhe tan ki tapano saiya siramorchandr-kiran to chhod kar, jaye kaha chakor?jaag uthi hai savarejaag uthi hai savare, meri kunwaari pyaas reangare bhi lagane lage piyaangare bhi lagane lage, aaj mujhe madhumaas remadhumaas re, aaj mujhe madhumaas re.
Through twists and turns of the tune, the lyrics move to:
char pahar ki chandani, mere sang bitaapne hatho se piya mujhe laal chunar udhakesariya dharti lage, ambar laalam-laal reang laga kar saahiba kar de mujhe nihal renihal re, kar de mujhe nihal...
Can anything be more explicit!
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Sathya Saran edited Femina for twelve years during which it was declared a Superbrand. Sathya has a book of short stories titled The Dark Side as well as best selling and critically acclaimed biographies on Guru Dutt and SD Burman. Baat Niklegi toh Phir The Life and Music of Jagjit Singh is her latest published biography from which she will narrate stories along with music and film clips.