Songs
Lag Jaa Gale

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lag  galē
Embrace me
00 :00
lag  galē 
hasīn rāt 
Embrace me …
Beautiful night …
00 :24
lag  galē ki phir yah
hasīn rāt  na 
śāyad phir is janm mēṁ
mulāqāt  na 
Embrace me, that this beautiful night
might not happen again.
Maybe, in this life,
an encounter might not happen again.
00 :47
lag  galē ki phir yah
hasīn rāt  na 
śāyad phir is janm mēṁ
mulāqāt  na 
lag  galē 
Embrace me, that this beautiful night
might not happen again.
Maybe, in this life,
an encounter might not happen again.
Embrace me …
01 :31
hamkō milī haiṁ āj 
ghaṛiyām̐ nasīb 
[both lines x2]
 bhar  dēkh lījiē
hamkō qarīb 
Today we have obtained these moments
only due to good fortune
[both lines x2]
Look at (your) heart's content,
us close by
02 :07
phir āpkē nasīb mēṁ
yah bāt  na  
śāyad phir is janm mēṁ
mulāqāt  na 
lag  galē 
In your destiny, this circumstance
might happen again or not.
Maybe, in this life,
an encounter might not happen again
Embrace me …
02 :51
pās āiyē ki ham nahīṁ
āēm̐gē bār bār
[both lines x2]
bām̐hēṁ galē mēṁ ḍāl 
ham  lēṁ zār-zār
Come close to me, that I
will not come again and again
[both lines x2]
Having put arms in necks (embraced each other)
we shall weep bitterly
03 :26
ām̐khōṁ  phir yah pyār ki
barsāt  na 
śāyad phir is janm mēṁ
mulāqāt  na 
This shower of love from the eyes
might happen again or not
Maybe, in this life,
an encounter might not happen again
03 :48
lag  galē ki phir yah
hasīn rāt  na 
śāyad phir is janm mēṁ
mulāqāt  na 
lag  galē 
Embrace me, that this beautiful night
might not happen again.
Maybe, in this life,
an encounter might not happen again.
Embrace me …

Lag Jaa Gale (Hindi: लग जा गले, Urdu: لگ جا گلے) "Embrace me" is a song from the 1964 Hindi suspense film "Woh Kaun Thi?" (Who was She?).

The movie is about a young physician who doubts his mental stability (Dr. Anand, played by the Indian actor Manoj Kumar), and his wife Sandhya, a woman surrounded by tragedy and mystery who also seems to cause eerie, supernatural situations (played by the Indian actress Sadhana Shivdasani, or simply "Sadhana").

In the movie part where this song is used, Sandhya is enticing Anand while singing, seeming to suggest that it will be their last night together.
Youtube is not allowing the movie video clips to be play embedded at the moment, so I am using a video with only the lyrics. If you want to watch the movie scene you can go here
The song is interpreted in playback by the immensely famous Indian female singer Lata Mangeshkar. Her interpretation became so popular, that she often came to be associated with this song in particular, despite having contributed to more than a thousand Bollywood films. The same happened with the actress Sadhana, who despite a stellar career was often identified as the one who "sang" this song.

The expression ho na no, repeated often during the song, is used in Hindustani to refer to something that might happen or not. Also gale, from gala, the neck or gullet, is the idiomatic way to indicate an intimate embrace, despite sounding a little prosaic in English.

The song still enjoys big popularity across India and to a lesser degree in Pakistan too. It is still customarily sung at all kinds of social events in India even today.
It has been interpreted by many other artists and bands notably by Shreya Ghoshal, Arijit Singh, and the band Sanam. But, in my opinion, the original is the best.

The author of the lyrics was the Indo-Pakistani poet and writer Raja Mehdi Ali Khan, who also created many other top-ranked film songs during his career.

The music was composed by the Indo-Iraki musician and director Madan Mohan Kohli (a.k.a. "Madan Mohan" or "King of Ghazals"), one of the top composers for Hindi movies of all times.

Curiously, Raj Khosla, the director of the movie "Woh Kaun Thi?" originally rejected the song, but he reconsidered after listening to it a second time.

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