Day 33: Yaar Mila De

Movie: Saathiya (2002)
Song: Mere Yaar Mila De
Music Director: A. R. Rahman
Lyrics: Gulzar
Singers: A. R. Rahman and Very surprisingly, I don’t know!
Actors (in the song): Vivek Oberoi, Rani Mukherjee.

Too tired, really sleepy, so only posting the video today! 🙂 The post will be updated later this week!

Watch this song from Saathiya over here:

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Day 32: Sar Jo Tera Chakraye

Movie: Pyaasa (1957)
Song: Sar Jo Tera Chakraye
Music Director: S. D. Burman
Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi
Singers: Mohammad Rafi
Actors (in the song): Johnny Walker.

I saw Pyaasa when I was around 11-12 years old, on a vacation in Mangalore. It was summer and unbearably hot outside so my family decided to stay indoors in our air-conditioned room. Unfortunately, the TV had only one Hindi channel and Pyaasa was the movie playing. I still remember feeling so down after watching the movie. “It’s so unfair!” I wanted to scream.

Pyaasa is one of the most depressing movies I have watched. It is about a poet who is famous after he is perceived to be dead. His life is a wretched struggle and over-all the movie was an extremely disillusioning experience for me. Even then, when film studies was not one my interests, I could see the break or the weak points of the movie (every item number in every movie today).

While the movie is over-all very serious, there are two songs that break the mood. This one where Johnny Walker (see the other post about him) is explaining the positive effects of a champi (the aim  is to distract the guards of the mental asylum where Guru Dutt is kept so that he can escape) and the other one is Hum Aapki Aankhon Mein (I think the video inspired the look and set of the first part of Wo Ladki Hain Kaha). It might just be an attempt to water down the drama of the movie or simply appealed to audiences and had one song that could be a “happy” memory of the movie. Jaane Wo Kaise Log is another song that you cannot miss from this movie. It ties up the over-all theme together quite nicely.

My grandmother sings “aaja pyaare paas humare kaahe ghabraaye” (come dear close to me, why are you scared) every time a child is scared to approach her. 🙂 And those are my favourite lines.

This song is one of those that is evergreen because of the lyrics! Which Indian has not had a champi when sad, happy, tired, energetic!? Everyone loves it because it connects with your memory of being loved through a head massage. 🙂

The Wikipedia entry does have a line on the tune of this song being copied and Burman not being happy about it (!!), but I have not been able to trace the original.  The story is loosely based on Sahir Ludhainvi’s (lyricist) failed romance with poet Amrita Pritam, so the entry says. Another interesting story about Ludhainvi is about his relationship with Gulzar that’s been translated by my friend Savio on his blog. The story leaves me with a smile.

Watch the video here:

Day 31: Dheeme Dheeme

Movie: Zubeidaa (2001) Song: Dheeme Dheeme Music Director: A. R. Rahman Lyrics: Javed AkhtarSingers: Kavita Krishnamurthy Actors (in the song): Karisma Kapoor, Manoj Bajpai.

We had an audio cassette of this movie back in the days when everyone listened to music on them. The beige and brown background of the cover of the cassette as well as the amount of gold that Karisma Kapoor was wearing attracted me to it. That’s until the music started playing and then I was lost in it.

When I listen to the soundtrack now, it’s Mehendi Hain Rachnewaali by Alka Yagnik and Chodo More Baiyyan by Richa Sharma that I keep on loop. Both are melodies that stay with you unlike the rest of the movie.

My only memory of this movie is my mother, aunt (maasi), aunt (maami) and grandmother going to watch this while my sister and I stayed back with our grandfather and uncle. After seeing this movie about 2-3 years back, I see the reason on why it interested them so much and not the men. I felt like shaking Karisma Kapoor vigorously and saying “Girl! Grow up!” But all in all, it’s the type of story that would appeal to the Ekta Kapoor watching populace. Love triangle, two marriages, royals, palaces and Rekha.

Zubeidaa is apparently “loosely based” on the life of Zubeida Begum, the actress (not to be confused with Rani Zubeida the actress of Alam Ara). The movie is written by Khalid Mohamed, her first son. Partly biographical, I would presume, Karisma, Rekha and Manoj Bajpai are so ordinary it makes me wonder if the plane crash didn’t happen, this would be just another story.

The tragedy of Begum Zubeidaa goes further after her and Maharaja Hanwant Singh’s death. According to this article, her second son Tutu had a tragic end too. Her first son wrote the script for this movie. She couldn’t be a movie actress because her father didn’t approve of it; her son then became a movie critic and journalist of the types that we’ve rarely seen. That in itself is a Bollywood story!

Dheeme Dheeme is a soft song, Kavita Krishnamurthy has better songs, but this one is like-able. It also features an over-enthusiastic Karisma and a barely there Manoj Bajpai! Considering the fact that this is the man who played Bhiku Mhatre, Veerendra Pratap, Rashid, Raghavan Ghatge, Sardar Khan etc., it’s really surprising how under utilised he is in this movie.

Watch the video here and let me know if you agree:

Day 30: Kyon

Movie: Barfi! (2012)
Song: Kyon
Music Director: Pritam
Lyrics: Neelesh Misra
Singers: Papon, Sunidhi Chauhan
Actors (in the song): Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra.

Close your eyes, listen to the song. Come back and then read what I have to say.

Fell in love with Papon’s voice yet? 🙂

I first heard of Papon when my friend Mitra (no pun intended) heard him at a concert (presumably with his band East India Company) in Bangalore, around 2-3 years back and was raving about him. I had no clue who he was. Then I heard this collaboration (you can skip ahead to the song, it begins at 33.02) he did with Rabbi Shergill for Dewarists. And then Jiyein Kyun from Dum Maaro Dum. Then Kaun Mera from Special 26. And then Kyon. Surprisingly, that’s not the end. Watch him perform the song on Indian Idol Junior with Anjana in the opening episode. He actually smiles and moves and sways while singing!  😀

The music for Barfi! by Pritam was a surprise. It reiterates my belief that while he is not mass producing songs, he can come with gems like Life in a Metro… and Barfi!.  What adds to Kyon, or to the rest of Barfi!’s album is the way the music shapes around the movie. Obviously the lyrics add to it. Neelesh Misra may be famous for his radio show but he’s not new to famous songs. Jaadoo Hain Nasha Hain, Bepanah Pyar Hain, Woh Lamhe are all his songs.

Barfi! was a nice movie, not great, in  my opinion. But the music was great. My other favourites from this movie are Aashiyan and a YouTube only song Fatafati.

After the Indian Idol performance, Vidya Balan says that Papon’s voice has “hope” watch it here and tell me if you agree, I do!

Day 29: Mere Dil Ka Tumse Hain Kehna

Movie: Armaan (2003)
Song: Mere Dil Ka Tumse Hain Kehna
Music Director: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (SEL)
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
Singers: Chithra
Actors (in the song): Anil Kapoor, Preity Zinta

Last week when I took an unplanned break from blogging about movies, I asked my friends at Bookhad for some help with songs. After I said the songs from DCH would be one, Aroop suggested this one! 🙂

Armaan is a movie I saw some time last year, and was immediately reminded of all the hospital dramas on TV. Indian and the American ones. Why do we have so many love stories in hospitals? Is that the most “happening” place? Wonder what my doctor friends feel about this.

Anyway, Preity Zinta in the movie and the song! Watch her! Her look, the way she acts as a deranged patient first and then a jealous, conniving wife is one of her career best, in my opinion. Watch this song and see the twist in the “samjhe” where very casually she threatens that if you don’t remain mine, then… Clearly, killing herself or him is not a very cheery thing to put in a seduction song, but she does it!

The funny part about this song is, unlike the usual where the actress gradually strips to up the “hot” quotient (pretty funny in my opinion), Preity actually begins in the bath and then her dresses keep getting longer! Wow. The best portion of the choreography for me though, is the part where she picks up the knives and forks and leads Anil Kapoor to the bedroom! Talk about living under gun-point (there’s a Tamanche pe Disco joke here somewhere, but I’m way to tired).

I will take a minute here because I have to appreciate Anil Kapoor. That man will be 60 soon and is still going from strength to strength. There was a time in the mid-2000s where I thought his career would slowly fade away after the string of nonsensical movies he did. Look at him now! 24 was a brilliant show for Indian TV, and don’t forget his debut as a director with Gandhi, My Father.

My only grouse with this song is SEL‘s choice of getting Chithra to sing. This is a snazzy, fun song that would better suit Sunidhi Chauhan’s voice. Instead she sung the soft from the movie, Meri Zindagi Mein Aaye Ho, my favourite from the movie! Nevertheless, enjoy the video here:

Day 28: Nani Teri Morni Ko

Movie: Masoom (1960)
Song: Nani Teri Morni Ko
Music Director: Robin Banerjee
Lyrics: I’ve no clue!
Singers: Ranu Mukherjee.
Actors (in the song): I recognise none of them!

One of the sweetest songs of my childhood, something my nani taught me! 🙂 She still sings this one to me. Thinking of my grandparents today, here you go, this song sung by singer Hemant Kumar’s daughter Ranu has been recreated so many times that I’ve lost count now.

The best part about the song is no doubt the little girl who prances and swirls in the house in her cute skirt. However, the singer is clearly closer to the actor’s age and the difference in the voice is so prominent when you compare it to the other “child” singers of the era, who were more or less adults. Even if you shut your eyes, you can picturise a little girl singing this song with deep breaths in the middle to begin a new sentence and then suddenly losing the beat! 🙂

About the same time, Gharana had a similar song Dadiamma Dadiamma Maan Jao sung by Asha Bhosale and Kamal Barot. I wouldn’t be surprised if both the kids in the song are actually girls playing boys. Anyone know who they are? Also, Lalita Pawar is very entertaining as the Dadiamma. I remember watching this movie when I was a kid, and Pawar has since been the evil mother-in-law for me! 🙂

A song from your childhood that you like? Any suggestions for me to take up? Leave a comment!

Enjoy both videos here:

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Day 27: Meri Neend Udd Gayi Hai

Album: Kabhi Yeh Kabhi Woh (2002)
Song: Meri Neend Udd Gayi Hain
Band: A Band of Boys (ABOB)
Music Director: Leslie Lewis (Though I could be wrong)
Lyrics: I’ve no clue!
Singers: Karan Oberoi, Sudhanshu Pandey, Chaitanya Bhosale, Siddharth Haldipur, Sherrin Varghese.
Actors (in the song): ABOB.

Taking off from my previous posts about albums and non-film music in India, here’s A Band of Boys – India’s answer to the boy bands of the West.

ABOB was for all practical purposes good looking men (most of them were models) who could also sing decently. All their songs fall in the mainstream pop genre and they came from a talent hunt similar to Channel V Popstars.

While I remember Sherrin from Movers and Shakers, he was the vocalist of The Rubber Band, I have no clue which movie I’ve seen him in (I swear I saw him in one). Interestingly, Siddharth Haldipur’s brother Sangeet was in Aasma; the duo later turned music directors for movies and if I am not wrong then Aa Zara featuring Yana Gupta/Jacqueline Fernandes is their composition (confirmed by Wikipedia).

Karan Oberoi was in Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi and Sudhanshu Pandey (my favourite of the five) was a model whom you can still see in a lot of ads and I keep spotting him in movies such as Singham and Singh is King. For most part I was happy that at least he was still on TV unlike the others. That’s till I saw him as one of the back-up dancers in Lungi Dance. He’s to the immediate right of SRK in the first scene and then to the left and keeps meandering throughout; and the one who puts the straw in the coconut that SRK is holding at 00.16 etc. Watch the Lungi Dance video and join me in my disappointment.

Anyway, Meri Neend was ABOB’s biggest hit which gave competition to Kaliyon ka Chaman, but my favourites also included Gori, Aa Ja Meri Jaan and Nain Katari.

The songs from this genre, are different from the ones I mentioned in the Lucky Ali post. Simply because those were primarily about the music, these are about the videos! ABOB cannot sing, and VIVA!, Aasma were more about the packaging than the singing (though the singers did well individually – Anushka Manchanda, Neha Bhasin, Neeti Mohan are still on the film circuit).

Ganesh Hegde’s Main Deewana is the only song I distinctly remember being close to the teen-following the bands enjoyed. Though Hegde’s video was much better than all of these bands put together! Adnan Sami, Falguni Pathak, Fakir’s Maahi Ve, Bally Sagoo’s Gur Naal Ishq, Bombay Vikings etc. are my favourites in this category.

You can watch Meri Neend here (sorry for the bad quality):