Dola re dola re – Shreya Ghoshal/Kavita Krishnamurhy/KK – Ismail Durbar | Devdas (2002)

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This is one of a very few new songs that I like. The following reason is just one of many for liking it. One day, Mom and I had been to visit my sister’s place to meet my nephew. He was very small at that time. This song was being telecast on TV, right then. I began dancing like the 2 heroines in the video. My nephew also danced with me singing Lola re lola re… (Sic).

Shreya Ghoshal and Kavita Krishnamurthy shared the Best Female Playback Singer Filmfare Award for this song and Saroj Khan got the Best Choreographer Award.

Movie: This song appears in the hit 2002 romantic drama Devdas (a name) directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and produced by Bharat Shah. It is based on a novel of the same name, written by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay in 1917. This is the third time that this novel has been made into a Hindi film and the first color version. The movie has been screened at several international film festivals and bagged several awards.

The story involves Devdas Mukherjee (Shah Rukh Khan), a rich law graduate in the early 1990s, returning after 10 years’ studies in London, with a plan to marry his childhood sweetheart Paro (Aishwarya Rai). Though everybody thinks that Devdas would be marrying Paro, his scheming sister-in-law Kumud (Ananya Khare) reminds his mother Kaushalya (Smita Jaykar) of Paro’s maternal ancestors being nautanki performers and nautch girls. After being insulted by Kaushalya, Paro’s mother Sumitra hastily arranges her daughter’s marriage to a much older widower Thakur Bhuvan Chaudhury (Vijayendra Ghatge), who has 3 grown children.

Devdas’s father Sir Narayan Mukherjee (Vijay Crishna) also rejects Paro and Devdas takes refuge at the brothel of a good-hearted courtesan Chandramukhi (Madhuri Dixit). Devdas also leaves a letter for Paro, falsely saying that there was no love between them. When he regrets his decision to send the letter, Devdas returns to her during her wedding. He asks her to elope with him. But, she reminds him how he and his family had insulted her family and her.

Paro is told by her new husband that he had married her to be a mother for his children and be the lady of the estate. His love for his late first wife reigned supreme. She performs all her duties enthusiastically. Devdas, on the other hand, is heartbroken and permanently moves to Chandramukhi’s brothel to become an alcoholic. Devdas’s family servant Dharamdas (Tiku Talsania) urges Paro to get Devdas out of the alcohol habit.

Paro visits Chandramukhi’s brothel to accuse her of driving Devdas to alcohol but quickly realizes the love Chandramukhi has for Devdas. Then Paro invites her for Durga Puja to her in-laws’ place. On the festival day, when Chandramukhi arrives at their home, Paro introduces her as a friend. But, the Thakur’s son-in-law Kalibabu (Milind Gunaji), who is a frequent visitor to Chandramukhi’s brothel, has other plans. It is during this festival that both the women sing and dance to the tune of their own song.

Song: The music of this song was composed by Ismail Darbar and the lyrics were penned by Nusrat Badr.

The girls say, “Swaying, swaying. My heart is swaying, my body is swaying and my mind is swaying. Let the evil eye have their reaction. Let the lightning strike. I am tying the heavy anklet to my feet. I am tying the light anklet to my feet. I will sway and dance. I will rotate and dance. He is there in the bindi on your forehead. He is there in the sleep in your eyes. He is in your body and soul. He is in your heartbeats. He is in the chan chan of your bangles. He is in the khan khan of your bracelets.”

This way the girls tease each other about the one they both love.

Video: The award-winning cinematography is by Binod Pradhan.

The video begins with Shah Rukh Khan sinking into the river. The next shot is of the Durga idol. Then, Aishwarya Rai is shown welcoming Madhuri Dixit to dance. Saroj Khan’s award-winning choreography is mind-boggling.

Aishwarya Rai, Madhuri Dixit and other dancers are wearing typically Bengali saris. And both the leading ladies have danced in such unison, I am sure; they must have practiced so much. Milind Gunaji keeps looking at them from the balcony on an upper floor. The video ends with all the dancers coming together in the form of a blossoming bud.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Shreya Ghoshal, Kavita Krishnamurthy and KK. The onscreen performances are by Aishwarya Rai, Madhuri Dixit and some dancers. Milind Gunaji, Dina Pathak and others enjoy the dance.

Cultural Influence: Sanjay Leela Bhansali has made Chandramukhi and Paro meet and even perform a dance together, which was not there in the original text. The villain is also seen in between. There is a lot of influence of the Bengali Culture because this dance has been placed during Durga Puja in the movie. Both Madhuri Dixit and Aishwarya Rai are big artists. The song was a big hit and it has been performed in several events. Even today the performances are happening. Therefore, the video should be watched and it can be watched as many times as people wish.

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