SOTW: Mai Ri

Song: Mai Ri
Movie: Dastak (1970)
Music Director: Madan Mohan
Singer(s): Madan Mohan and Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri

This soulful song caught my attention the very first time I listened to it. One reason for this is of course the brilliant music and lyrics, but a stronger reason was Madan Mohan’s voice. This was the first time (in fact the only time) I heard Madanji’s rendition and I was smitten.The music is soulful and evokes pain in your heart. It doesn’t take much intelligence to guess what the song and the movie is about. The lyrics of the song is worth noting. With lines like ‘Padi nadiya ke kinare mein pyaasi’ and ‘Mohe bahaa le jaaye aisi lehar koi aaye na’ and ‘Paakar bhi nahin unko mein paati’, the song makes you realize the pain of the female protagonist. This song stays with you for a long time in a haunting sort of way.

Music is by Madan Mohan, of course, and the his voice adds charm to the song. Lataji does a great job, no doubt, but after you listen to the song in male voice, the female version doesn’t shine that much. Lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri.

The video which I link below has the song in male voice first followed by female voice. There is no video, just a still of the male protagonist, Sanjeev Kumar and female protagonist, Rehana Sultan.

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