Day 17: Love Rap

Movie: Krantiveer (1994)
Song: Love Rap
Music Director: Anand-Milind
Lyrics: Sameer
Singers: Sapna Mukherjee, Poornima, Sudesh Bhosale, Amit Kumar
Actors (in the song): Nana Patekar, Atul Agnihotri, Mamta Kulkarni, Bindu.

Krantiveer was the movie for which Nana Patekar won the National Film Award. Look at this song and you’ll wonder why! But in all fairness, this song is not what the movie is even remotely like. It is a serious movie that is worthy of Nana Patekar and even scared/scarred me as a kid.

A couple of years back, a friend wrote a poem on the theme of rap and included the Marathi lyrics by Nana Patekar in this song and that led me to a re-discovery of the song and the movie. Since, it’s just stuck to the back of my head like it did when I was a kid and didn’t even understand the lyrics. I think I spent most of my life singing wrong lyrics (poking around I came to know most people who were kids when the movie released did sing their own lyrics.)

This song is not time-pass, it’s not crass neither is it something that makes me cringe because it is fun! Seeing this song before writing this post, I was wondering how much the age difference between Bindu and Nana Patekar might be. She did this song at practically the end of her career as a cabaret dancer in Bollywood and Nana Patekar had just started out in the 80s, if I am not wrong. A quick search revealed to me they’re actually the same age! He’s actually older than her.

Another doubt that crept into my head was where on earth did Mamta Kulkarni go? She had some really nice songs in the 90s. Turns out I was not the only one wondering. You can read her story here if interested.

Sudesh Bhosale, also known as the “voice” of Amitabh Bachchan has sung a part of this song. I have no clue whose voice it is because he imitates so many voices it is difficult to guess which one is his. The fact that I don’t recognise the other male voice doesn’t help either, but I guess the “rap” voice is Bhosale. The female voices: Poornima strikes again! It’s only while doing this challenge I realised how many 90s songs are sung by her!

I love the work that Sameer has done here as a lyricist. Considering he’s the one who also bought us the romantic and sappy songs from Kuch Kuch Hota Hain, this is really different! The phase I am in currently, makes me notice things, like how the Hindi lyrics are translated into the Marathi ones seamlessly to mean the same thing! That requires a lot of effort.

There are too many favourite parts in this song, here are the two top ones:

Kyun dil karta hain dhak dhak mere yaar,
Kuch aur nahi ye hain pyar ka bukhar.
(Why does my heart go dhak-dhak my friend,
This is the fever of love nothing else.)

You know my age I’m thirty plus nine
Oh that means you are old wine
(Nothing to translate! :P)

P.S. If you hear carefully, the chorus very clearly sings “Looouuu rap”! So that’s where it started!

You can watch the video here:


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