Reading Gulzar – Mora Gora Rang Lai Le

Gulzar (Click on the image for source.)
Gulzar (Click on the image for source.)

This song, as is widely believed, is what started it all. In Bimal Roy’s classic, ‘Bandini’, Lata Mangeshkar croons of the desire to meet the beloved.

Nargis, the actress on whom the song is picturised, plays a village belle. By staying faithful to the character, Gulzar does something here that he has done on few occasions since – keeping it simple.

Don’t get me all wrong, as I’m certain most of you will, but the simplicity of the language that you find here is rarely encountered in his works. There’s no word from Urdu, or even elaborate Hindi – this is the way you’d expect a girl who’s lived her entire life in a rural setting, away from education, but taught through fables and myths and the village gossip, to call out her love! Look at the penultimate stanza – conveys precisely what I am trying to.

Film: Bandini

Music: R. D. Burman

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar

Lyrics: 🙂

Here goes…

Mora Gora Rang Lai Le

Mora gora rang lai le,

Mohe shyaam rang dai de,

Chhup jaaungi raat hi main,

Mohe pee ka sang dai de…

 

Ik laaj roke paiyyaan,

Ik moh kheenche baiyyaan,

Jaaoon kidhar na jaanoon,

Humka koi batai de…

 

Badri hataake chanda,

Chupke-se jhaanke chanda,

Tohe Rahu laage baeri,

Muskaaye jee jalaike…

 

Kuchh kho diya hai paike,

Kuchh paa liya gawainke,

Kahaan le chala hai mannwa,

Mohe baawri banaike…

 

Mora gora rang lai le,

Mohe shyaam rang dai de,

Chhup jaaungi raat hi main,

Mohe pee ka sang dai de…

 

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