Gori Re

Gori Re
"Gori Re"
Single by Shankar Ehsaan Loy (composer)
Shankar Mahadevan, Richa Sharma (singers)
from the album Vanity Fair
Released 8 August 2004
Format CD single
Recorded 2004
Genre Rajasthani folk
Label Decca Records
Writer(s) Javed Akhtar
Producer Janette Day
Music sample
Gori Re
Preview sample of Gori Re

Gori Re (Devanagari:गोरी रे, English: O Fair One!) is a song from 2004 British-American film Vanity Fair by Mira Nair. The track is composed by Indian trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, while the lyrics are penned by Javed Akhtar.


Mira Nair, the director of the film, was in search for good Indian musicians to score a single for the album, and finally roped Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy for the task at the last minute. She showed them a rough footage of the situation she wanted them to compose for, which was the last few sequences of the film. The trio has used table and several other Indian musical instruments for the song, without any synth to give it an ethnic feel.[1] She asked lyricist Javed Akhtar, who is also an old friend of hers, to write the lyrics in a way that it conveys the idea of a woman who has achieved all that she wanted and found her own voice - as it was to be filmed on Becky when she comes to India. The song is written in the Rajasthani dialect.[2]

The song was sung by Shankar of the trio, along with Richa Sharma.


Jerry McCulley of Celtic-Instruments described the song as "a sprighty duet",[3] while SoundtrackNet said the "aforementioned upbeat vocal number Gori Re" is enjoyable in its own way for one who enjoys Indian musical styles.[4]


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