Ang Laga De – The Brilliance of Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Ang Laga De | Unmysh 2020

Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh are Bollywood’s favourite power couple. Their dating rumours emerged during the shoot of ‘Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela.’ If you watch Ang Laga De’s music video, you’ll see that it’s quite evident. 

Perfect casting

Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela marked the first time Sanjay Leela Bhansali collaborated with Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh. In my opinion, no one has cashed in on the couple’s success more than Bhansali. This movie acted as a revival to the director’s dwindling career.

Sensual music video

Love him or hate him, there’s no denying the fact that Bhansali’s music videos are great. In fact, he’s also the music composer for this film. The man knows his music!

In an album filled with hits, Ang Laga De topped various charts. The song gained attention because of the sensual music video. It is filmed entirely in the bedroom. Can a Bollywood sex song get any more obvious?  

Ang Laga De packs a punch

The vocals for Ang Laga De were provided by Aditi Paul and Shail Hada, while the lyrics were penned by Siddharth-Garima. Bhansali has a knack for choosing for relatively unknown talents for his soundtrack. And I must admit, they deliver it perfectly!

Tere seene ki lau mere andar bhi hai

Tu hawa de issue toh mera tann jale

The music video starts with Leela performing solo with a dhunachi on top of a bed! Traditionally, dhunachi is an incense burner used by Bengalis for aarti or ritualised dance worship. 

The use of dhunachi sets the scene for a smoky, hot and a sensual music video. This works as a visual treat, no doubt.

Main toh teri joganiya tu jog laga de re

This is the brilliance of Sanjay Leela Bhansali that I mentioned earlier. Leela considers herself to be a worshipper (joganiya) of Ram. Her solo performance with the dhunachi at the beginning, as Ram makes way towards the bed, is her version of ‘ritualised dance worship.’ Brilliant filmmaking!

Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela is still remembered fondly for it’s amazing soundtrack. It gave us a modern masterpiece like Ang Laga De, as well. If you ask me, if Sanjay Leela Bhansali compiles a résumé or a time capsule to be opened up after 50 years, this song should suffice him. This is just peak Bhansali.

Like this segment on Ang Laga De? We announce new Bollywood sex songs of the week every Sunday. So, watch out for this space. Meanwhile, check out other songs that have made Unmysh’s list of sex songs here. 

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