Jaane Do Naa – When a Waterfall Eclipsed a Swimming Pool

Jaane Do Naa - Saagar | Rishi Kapoor & Dimple Kapadia | Asha Bhosle & Shailendra Singh | Unmysh 2020

Jaane Do Naa from the 1985 film, Saagar, is probably one of the most tantalizing Bollywood sex songs of the 80s. Yet, the song, as well as the movie, didn’t get much attention as it was overshadowed by Mandakini in Ram Teri Ganga Maili.

Or should I say, a waterfall overshadowed Saagar. If you know, you know.

One thing’s for sure, August of 1985 surely was an interesting month


Ramesh Sippy’s Saagar is the fifth and the last movie in his series of ‘movies that start with the letter S.’ The movie saw the legendary collaboration of Javed Akhtar and Ramesh Sippy along with talents like R. D. Burman, Kamaal Haasan, Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia.

Despite being a commercial dud, Saagar was chosen as India’s official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. So, yay?

Jaane Do Naa’s music video

The music video of Jaane Do Naa features Dimple Kapadia and Rishi Kapoor. Dimple is draped in red saree, you know, Bollywood’s idea of an ultimate sex symbol.

Ramesh Sippy didn’t bring anything new to the game when he directed Jaane Do Naa. The couple makes love by going to town on each other’s necks. A method that Shah Rukh Khan took and ran away with it. You know, as lip lock is a no-no.

However, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention one shot. The use of the swimming pool’s reflection on the two leads was a brilliant and innovative filmmaking technique. A technique that has been replicated in several Bollywood sex songs. 

Lyrics and Vocals of Jaane Do Naa

Pyaase Hothon Ki Jo Kahani Hain

Paas Aake Tumhein Sunaani Hain

Along with writing the script for Saagar, Javed Akhtar also wrote the lyrics. The song could’ve come off as a ‘man imposing himself on the woman’, but Akhtar’s lyrics walk that line perfectly. It’s surely a testament of how great and progressive Akhtar was even in 1985. 

Armaan Jo Dil Mein Machalte Hain

Tan Yun Hi Jalte Pighalte Hain

It won’t come as a surprise to the music aficionados of the 70s and 80s that this sensual Bollywood sex song was sung by none other than Asha Bhosale. Her spouse, the celebrated musician R.D. Burman, was responsible for the music of Jaane Do Naa.

To accompany Asha, we had Shailendra Singh who provided the vocals for Rishi Kapoor. 

When the news first broke out of Rishi Kapoor’s unfortunate demise, an old interview of Amitabh Bachchan resurfaced. In that interview, he claimed that Rishi Kapoor is probably one of the best lip-sync performers Bollywood has ever seen.

I agree with Mr Bachchan on this. Growing up, Parda Hai Parda and Om Shanti Om were two of my favourite music videos. To that ever-growing list, I’m also going to add Jaane Do Naa, as well. A great performer, indeed.

Like this segment on ‘Jaane Do Naa’? 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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