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Ek Je Chhilo Raja song: Tagore's 'Maharajo' aptly used to mark the return of Bhawal Sanyasi


Sung by noted vocalist Sahana Bajpaie, the song has been arranged with a fresh approach by singer Samantak Sinha.

Roushni Sarkar

'Maharajo' is a popular Tagore song that has been aptly used in Srijit Mukherji’s upcoming courtroom-drama Ek Je Chhilo Raja. Sung by noted vocalist Sahana Bajpaie, the song has been arranged with a fresh approach by singer Samantak Sinha.

Though, the song is originally loaded with spiritual and philosophical comments on the almighty, who is referred to as the King of kings – Maharaja, it goes perfectly well with the return of the Maharaja Mahendra Kumar Chowdhury of Bikram Estate as the Bhawal Sanyasi, played by Jisshu Sengupta.

In the visuals, the Sanyasi, surrounded by a curious crowd, finally opens his eyes after a long meditation. His sister (Jaya Ahsan) immediately recalls his early days as an indulgent king and remembers the moments she shared with him. The Sanyasi is then led to his palace by his sister and other people.

The onlookers gaze in awe as he gradually explores his erstwhile abode and tries to make a sense of his past from every corner of the palace. The joy as well as the vulnerable emotions surrounding his return is expressed well through the lyrics. The camera focuses on revealing the grandeur of the palace as the Sanyasi wanders about it, bringing alive his emotions and sentiments associated with it.

He eventually sits on a couch and his sister washes his feet with utmost affection and dedication. Ahsan’s expressions are extremely candid and natural here. They reflect the whirlpool of emotions she is tyring hard to contain.

The song ends with a visual of a photograph of the king on the glass table that also reflects the face of the Sanyasi, shedding tears.

Though the song focuses the protagonist mostly, Ahsan stands out in the emotional sequence. Bajpaie presents the well-known song in her rustic voice and ingenious style of singing. The visuals of the song echo the emotional content inherent in the lyrics.

Ek Je Chhilo Raja is due to be released on 12 October.

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