Only Bollywood can make a movie on one of the greatest rulers in the history of the world and make him dance to ‘Raat Ka Nasha’. Thanks, Bollywood for ruining history.
For people who are still clueless, I’m talking about 2001’s Aśoka. The movie was based on the life of the great Mauryan emperor, Ashoka the Great. It starred Shah Rukh Khan in the titular role along with Kareena Kapoor, Ajith Kumar and Hrishita Bhatt.
Aśoka had great potential but unlike its namesake emperor, the movie couldn’t live up to the expectations.
Raat Ka Nasha’s music video
I have to admit, Raat Ka Nasha has one of the most beautiful locations seen in a Bollywood sex song. Funnily, they didn’t even have to travel to Europe. Who knew Bollywood filmmakers could find pretty locations in India?
The song was filmed at Bhedaghat and Panchmarhi in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The beautiful spots along the banks of the river Narmada complimented the song perfectly.
Raat ka Nasha features Kareena Kapoor (Princess Kaurwaki) and Gayatri Jayaraman, who’s dancing on a boat, Jiya Jale-style.
If I may, it’s a love boat.
The Brains and Vocals behind Raat Ka Nasha
Tera Nasheela Badan Baahon Ne Chhoda Nahin
Aankhein To Kholi Magar Sapna Woh Toda Nahin
Fun fact, A. R. Rahman was once attached to this project but he opted out. They replaced him with Anu Malik and I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but he did a commendable job.
If you forget the historical context, Raat Ka Nasha is easily one of the best Bollywood sex songs. My personal favourite, Gulzar, penned yet another beauty and I am not going to act surprised after this. The man is a ‘lyrics generating machine‘.
Tera Khyaal Aaye To Balkha Ke Pal Jata Hain
Paani Ki Chaadar Tale Tann Mera Jal Jaata Hain
The legendary Carnatic singer, Krishnan Nair Shantakumari Chithra, or K. S. Chithra is responsible to immortalise Gulzar’s beautiful words that gave us Raat Ka Nasha.
Did you know, she is one of the “First Ladies” of India who were honoured by the President of India? Amazing, right?
In conclusion, I would like to address the age gap between Kareena Kapoor and Shah Rukh Khan. Film industries are notorious when it comes to casting an older man opposite a much younger woman.
However, in the case of Kareena and Shah Rukh, the 15-year-old age gap is justified as the real Asoka and Kaurwaki also had a 16-year-old age gap.
So, kudos, I guess?