Travels to the moon (and beyond) seem to be in the news again… 40th anniversary of the historic moon landing, space station walk coming up on Saturday, India’s moon-orbiting satellite back on track (if that’s the right term)… So last night and this morning, I’ve been thinking about a song about flying beyond the moon, from Pakeezah.
This movie took a long time to make, but since the filming was completed in ’71, I’m thinking that this song was written around the time when travels to the moon were a big subject in the whole world’s popular culture. But the basic subject of the song – going with a loved one far, far away from the cruel world that we know – had probably been around for a bit longer. (The first movie that I think of when I think about that theme is Guru Dutt’s 1957 film, Pyaasa.) And, it’s easy for me to see why such a theme has lasting power. Personally, I find it a very attractive idea. (Now I only need to find the woman who will run off with me, since past candidates kind of disappeared a while back.) I guess that’s a big reason why I love this song, though of course a lot of great talent went into it: music by Ghulam Mohammed, singing by Rafi and Lata, and those very attractive lyrics by Kaif Bhopali.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a separate clip for this song that had English subtitles, so I’m including two versions… One is the separate song clip without subs…
…and the other is an installment of that copy of Pakeezah at YouTube, which seems to have pretty good subtitles. (The song is near the beginning of the installment, and right before it, you can hear some nice background music by Naushad and witness the heroine’s great confession…)
P.S. It was mentioned somewhere at YouTube that you cannot see Meena’s face in most of the song because she couldn’t face the camera in that advanced stage of her illness. Facts like that just add a dimension of terrible sadness to this song and much of the movie. But Pakeezah at least has a farily happy ending (albeit with some very dark stuff mixed in) and, as I may have said before, I think it’s a great movie.
For the next post, I hope to go back to a film that Meena Kumari was in when she was younger and having a better time.
P.S. [7/23] OK, the writeup that I hoped to do as the “next post” will have to wait, mainly because of technical difficulties.