Naa jiya laage na – Lata Mangeshkar – Salil Chowdhury – Sumita Sanyal | Anand (1971)


Today’s third post is the analysis of the song, Naa jiya laage na, from the Bollywood movie, Anand (1971). The song has been analyzed on the basis of its context and visualization.

Movie – Anand (1971)

The song, Naa jiya laage na, featured in Rupam Chitra’s tragidrama, Anand (1971), produced by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and N C Sippy and directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. It starred Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Ramesh Deo, Seema Deo, etc.

Anand (Rajesh Khanna) is afflicted by Lymphocarcoma of the intestine. Tongue-twister, eh? In simple words, he is a cancer patient. He has been admitted in Dr. Prakash Kulkarni’s (Ramesh Deo) Mumbai-based hospital. But he runs away from there and lands in Dr. Bhaskar Banerjee’s (Amitabh Bachchan) home, the day the 2 meet. Prakash and his wife, Suman Kulkarni (Seema Deo), visit Bhaskar’s home and see Anand there.

Suman and Prakash invite Bhaskar and Anand to their wedding anniversary. When the invitees arrive, Suman immediately strikes a chord with Anand and calls him an elder brother. Anand is sad that he is not in a position to bless her since he was himself a guest in this world for a few days. Back at Bhaskar’s home, he is seen singing a sad song. Bhaskar arrives at that time and realizes that there is something in Anand’s past that he is not revealing to his friends in Mumbai, though Bhaskar insists on knowing about it, post the song ends.

Instead, Anand finds out that Bhaskar is in love with his former pneumonia patient, Renu (Sumita Sanyal), who visits the doctor at his home. Anand coaxes them to reveal their love to each other and the couple decide to go on a date. But Anand comes along and walks away, when the couple talks about mundane stuff instead of their future plans. As he walks away, Bhaskar tells Renu on her request that Anand is suffering from a deadly disease.

Renu continues to visit Bhaskar’s home. Anand coaxes both of them to reveal their feelings for each other. He even visits Renu’s home with Bhaskar’s matrimonial alliance for Renu to convince her mother (Durga Khote), who immediately accepts it. However, she tells him that the wedding can happen only after 3 months, i.e. they would have to wait for Renu’s father’s first death anniversary to get over. Hindus observe this abstinence of auspicious events during the year post the death of any immediate family member.

Soon, Renu is seen singing this song, on one of her visits to Bhaskar’s home.

Song – Naa jiya laage na

The lyrics of the song, Naa jiya laage na, have been penned by Gulzar and set to tune by Salil Chowdhury.

The girl sings, “Naa. My heart cannot bear to live without you.”

Video – Naa jiya laage na

Cinematography is by Jaywant Pathare.

The video opens with Sumita Sanyal walking to the left beyond a curtain and beginning the song. She is in a bedroom and sets about placing things in the right places. Then, she moves around the bedroom.

She moves toward a window and then goes and sits on the bed. Next, she moves toward the dressing table and sets her hair right, looking at her image in the mirror. As she turns and returns to the bed, the song peters out and the video also ends there.


Lata Mangeshkar sang this song for Sumita Sanyal.

Cultural Influence

There is no influence of any culture on this song. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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