Since I praised this song last Holi and since I wrote up Navrang sometime further back, a few artists whom I liked very much then have actually ascended in the ranks of my personal opinion, most notably: one of my absolute favorite music directors, C. Ramchandra, one of my faovorite actress-dancers, Sandhya, and one of my favorite directors, V. Shantaram. And maybe also Asha Bhosle, whom I have not paid enough attention to (while paying a lot of attention to a couple of other singers…). This Holi song, “Are Ja Re Hat Natkhat,” is a glorious meeting of all those great talents, and though Navrang may not have been a great movie (I liked it, but I could understand the point of some critics that it was far from Shantaram’s best), it still had one of the best soundtracks and some of the best dances in any of his films.
Fortunately, a lot of people still realize how great “Are Ja Re Hat Natkhat” is, and how momentous Navrang was, at least for its songs and dances (whether or not they want to say that it actually was a good film). Here’s a nice clip from an awards show that I mentioned before, the one that happened a couple of months ago: