Today’s third post is the analysis of the song, Ni main yaar mananani, from the Bollywood movie Daag (1973). The song has been analyzed on the basis of its context and visualization.
Movie – Daag (1973)
The song, Ni main yaar mananani, was featured in the Yash-Raj Films’ romrama Daag (1973), produced and directed by Yash Chopra. The movie starred Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore, Prem Chopra, Rakhi, etc.
Sunil (Rajesh Khanna) and Sonia (Sharmila Tagore) are collegemates and are dating each other. They get married with the support of her maternal uncle (Madan Puri), though her aunt (Achla Sachdev) is against the alliance. During the newlyweds’ honeymoon, they stay at his employer’s home. Sunil, soon, ends up killing his employer’s son, Dheeraj (Prem Chopra), in a bid to save his wife from getting raped by the wayward man.
Sunil is sentenced to life imprisonment but on the way to the jail, the police van encounters an accident and all those inside it, are feared dead. Sonia’s uncle brings her back home. However, she is already pregnant with Sunil’s child and her aunt finds it affecting their reputation.
Sonia leaves her uncle’s place and moves elsewhere to give birth to a boy. Some years later she is a teacher at the school where her son Rinku (Master Raju) studies. Chandni’s (Rakhi) daughter, Pinky (Baby Pinky) is also studying there. Sonia’s past catches up with her and she is thrown out of the school. However, Chandni takes her home as a friend.
Things seem to be working out for Sonia. But fate has something else in store for her. It turns out that Chandni’s husband is none other than Sunil, living there under the name of Sudhir. Sonia and Sunil are shocked to see each other. That night Sonia is about to leave, with Rinku when Sunil stops her and it begins to rain.
Sunil coaxes her to move into the greenhouse with the kid. There, he informs her that he had survived the police van accident and had escaped to get his handcuffed removed from a blacksmith (Habib). He had gone to meet Sonia’s maternal uncle, who had told him that she had left his home, pregnant with Sunil’s child. At the same time, Sonia’s aunt had informed the police that Sunil was alive and with difficulty Sunil had given them the slip.
Since then, Sunil had been searching for Sonia and had ended up meeting Chandni and her father, Deewan (Manmohan Krishna), whose life Sunil had saved. With the police on his tracks, Sunil decides to stay at Deewan’s home. But it turns out that Chandni was about to be an unwed mother. During those times, the name ‘unwed mother’ was a blemish for the woman.
Being a virgin at marriage used to be an important moral equation, a woman had to share with the world. It was also imperative that a woman needed the anchoring given by a man. On the other hand, men did not have any kind of such restrictions. Virtue was a term limited to women and men could be as wayward as they wanted.
Coming back to the movie, Sunil agrees to give his name to the unborn child of Chandni, albeit without marriage. It was decided that their marriage would be a front for the society to accept Chandni and her child. Even Deewan would not be in on the truth. Sunil also insisted that he would not want to know her past and Chandni would not ask about his.
Sunil decides to leave with Sonia. But Sonia tells him that they should stay back for the reputation of Chandni and her kid.
The next day, there’s a celebration in the nearby village where Deewan, Chandni and Sonia are invited. This is the song one of the villagers (Padma Khanna) sings, at this point.
Song – Ni main yaar mananani
The lyrics of the song, Ni main yaar mananani, were penned by Sahir Ludhianvi and the tune was set by Lakshmi-Pyare.
The song goes, “I will placate my beloved, let people say anything they want.”
Video – Ni main yaar mananani
Cinematography is by Kay Gee. Dance choreography is by Suresh Bhatt.
The video opens with the sunlight streaming through the tall conifers and the music beginning. In the next shot, 2 male actors are playing the dholak. Padma Khanna and Aruna begin to sing and dance in tune with this song.
Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore, Rakhi, Manmohan Krishna, Baby Pinky and Master Raju are also present as the guests of honor. Sharmila Tagore and Rajesh Khanna exchange loving glances.
The 2 female dancers pull Rakhi and Sharmila Tagore into the dance and the music rises to a crescendo. Rakhi moves to Rajesh Khanna and begins to dance with him. Master Raju and Baby Pinky also join in the dance. The dance is contagious.
Even Manmohan Krishna begins to perform Bhangra, with another man! Sharmila Tagore is sitting on the ground, with the 2 kids encircling her. Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore are looking at each other, smiling. Soon, the song and the video end abruptly.
Lata Mangeshkar sings this song for Padma Khanna and Aruna. Sharmila Tagore. Rajesh Khanna, Rakhi, Baby Pinky and Master Raju are also seen in the video.
This song is a song of celebration. The Punjabi culture had influenced the song and the music is that of Bhangra. The girl, singing the song, has a lot of attitude and determination that I like. The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the same.