One of the ruling queens of beauty, expressions and commercially successful cinema, Vaijanthimala was a complete package and set the trend of South Indian heroines, skilled in classical dancing, setting the Hindi cinema on rage!
When I first saw the movie Sangam I was very young and frankly, I didn’t understand what the fuss was about. I mean a woman falls in love, that doesn’t result in marriage and she ends up marrying another man.. yes initially she is unsure of the relationship but eventually, she accepts the man wholeheartedly. And when they were about to live happily ever after the husband finds old letters and starts doubting her again… I mean why?? Why couldn’t they just openly talked about their past and live peacefully! Well, I guess that’s my 21st-century mind!
However today when I think back to the era this movie was made, life wasn’t that easy for a woman! A woman with a past was not an ideal one. A man can keep stalking her that’s fine. The lover can take a decision of giving up life for friendship that’s fine. The husband can doubt a wife for having an affair before marriage that’s also fine.. but a woman cannot have a say anywhere. A man stalked her and she hated it, her lover exchanged her for friendship and she had to play along and finally when she accepts her fate and loves her husband unconditionally, past haunts her again and this time again she has to bear the brunt!
Vaijanthimala looked convincing in every phase of the movie.. but the climax song with her frustration and desperation was beautifully depicted and penned aptly by none other than Kaviraj Shailendra.
“Tan saunp diya, man saunp diya, kuchh aur to mere paas nahin
Jo tum se hai mere hamadam bhagawaan se bhi wo as nahin
Jis din se huye ek duje ke, is duniya se anjaan hain ham”
“Jo sach hai saamane aya hai, jo bit gaya ek sapana tha
Ye dharati hai insaanon ki, kuchh aur nahin insaan hain ham”
How can a woman ever prove her intensity and still not be judged? She has given herself to the man fate has chosen for her and still, she has to justify her actions of past! To err is human, but unfortunately it’s understood as “to err as a man”, a woman has to balance that by perfection!
One of the best Shivranjani duets with Lata and Mukesh to the tunes of Shankar Jaikishan.
Published on Vyjayanthimala’s birthday, 13 August 2018
Kalpana Swamy is a seasoned communications professional with over 16 years of experience in corporate communications and brand consultancy. A music enthusiast, Kalpana believes creative exploration is food for her soul. A classically trained Hindustani vocalist, Kalpana loves to sketch, do oil painting and writes poetry in her spare time. She is fanatically in love with Hindi Film Music!