Is reshmi pazeb ki jhankar ke sadke – Lata/Rafi – Madan Mohan – Ranjeeta/Rishi Kapoor | Laila-Majnu (1976)


Movie: This song appears in the 1976 tragic love story Laila-Majnu (A Person Crazy about Laila) based on the legendary story of Layla and Majnun, directed by H S Rawail and produced by Ram B C and Seeroo Daryani. The movie starred Rishi Kapoor, Ranjeeta (debut), Danny Dengzongpa, Aruna Irani, Asrani, Paintal, late Jalal Agha, late Iftekhar, Tom Alter, Ranjeet, etc.

The movie is based on the real story of a young man Qais ibn al Mulawwah of the Northern Arabia. One version says that he spent his youth with Laila tending their flocks. The other version says that he fell passionately in love with her. Both the versions add that he became insane after her father did not allow him to marry her. Thus he was called Majnun Laila or Laila’s Lunatic. This love story was made into a poem in 11th century Arabia. The Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi adopted it in the form of a long narrative poem called Khamsa (the quintet). This poet had also written Khosrow and Shirin.

Laila and Qais were born to rival clans, the Amaris and the Sharwaris and loved each other as children. In the kind of love they shared; if one was hurt, the other bled. As kids, in school, the Maulvi asks them to write Allah on their slates. Qais lost in thoughts of Laila, writes her name, instead. The Maulvi is furious and canes his hand. Laila’s hand begins to bleed. News of such incidents spread like wildfire and Laila’s father gets scared that his daughter would attain disrepute. He stops her from going to the school. The 2 clans decide to separate the 2 children because for them joining them in marriage was impossible. Laila and Qais grow up in different places.

Several years later Qais (Rishi Kapoor) and his friends visit Laila’s (Ranjeeta) town to buy camels. At that time, a storm rages in the marketplace and brings Laila’s veil to Qais. When they turn around, it is love at first sight. Qais, braving a lot of security, visits Laila’s bedroom in their home to tie a pair of anklets, she had chosen to like in the market. He ties only one of the pair so that he would get a chance to see her again the next night. In the morning, when Laila discovers the anklet on her foot, she sings this song and with her Qais sings his part, being on the streets.

Song: This hit song was composed by late Madan Mohan and the lyrics were penned by Sahir Ludhyanvi. This song also reached the number one position on the Binaca Geetmala Annual list in 1977, which rarely happened for a Madan Mohan composition.

The girl says, “I can sacrifice anything for the musical sound of this silken anklet. I can sacrifice anything for the beloved, who tied it to my feet.”

The man says, “I would sacrifice anything for those tresses and lovely lips and face. Every show was ablaze with brightness. I would sacrifice anything for the beauty of my beloved.”

The girl continues, “Youth desired this lovely music for a long time. Desire was making this garland of heartbeats for long. I would sacrifice anything for your love that comes silently.”

The man takes over, “My youth was sleeping in beauty’s colorful shelter. I have stolen and brought back her charming charisma in my eyes. This vision was in my destiny.”

The girl says, “My eyes are swinging and my body has become intoxicated.”

The man adds, “My desire to see her again is creating ripples in my heart.”

The girl says, “I would sacrifice anything for the ailment that my heart has, now. I can sacrifice anything for the musical sound of this silken anklet. I can sacrifice anything for the beloved, who tied it to my feet.”

Video: Cinematography is by G Singh.

The video begins with Ranjeeta entering the hammam (a private swimming pool) to bathe. When she begins the song, she brings out the anklet from inside the water. On the other hand, Rishi Kapoor is shown singing and dancing on the streets with the other piece of the pair of anklets.

Now, Ranjeeta’s bath is over and she is helped into a red dress by her servants. After a few dance steps, she is wearing a bottle green dress. The video ends with Ranjeeta, being surrounded by her maids and turning away from the camera.

Artists: The playback has been sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammad Rafi and Ranjeeta and Rishi Kapoor lip-sync to the song, with Preeti Ganguly, Asrani, Paintal and Jalal Agha looking on.

Cultural Influence: This is the case of love-at-first-sight. It is said that this story has been made from a real incident. The video is watchable for the artists and the melodious song as many times as one wants.


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