Kidar Sharma’s 1964 remake, in colour, of his B&W classic, Chitralekha, gave his star protege, composer Roshan, an opportunity to prove his mettle. Man re paraphrases a Tulsidas couplet:
"Mana tu kahe naa dheer dharata ab
Dheer dhare sab karaja sudharata."
Though the mukhda was suggested by Sharma himself, the song was written by Sahir Ludhianvi. The lyrics convey the moral dilemmas of a triangle between a samant, bhikshuk and a sensual courtesan. Mohammed Rafi’s singing lifts the heart and Roshan manages to rein in the tendency to over-emote in this otherwise marvellous singer.
In the film, Man re appears in the context of two other songs: a coquettish invitation by the courtesan—Ae ri jane na doongi—and another challenge to the unworldly man’s vow of renunciation—Sansaar se bhaage phirte ho, bhagwan ko tum kya paaoge—both sung by...