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 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 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 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):

Day 26: Tanhayee and Jane Kyun

Movie: Dil Chahta Hain (2001)
Song: Tanhayee and Jane Kyun
Music Director: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (SEL)
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
Singers: Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Caralisa Monteiro(chorus)
Actors (in the song): Aamir Khan, Preity Zinta

Remember Dil Chahta Hai? The movie that made people go to Goa every summer break as a rite of passage in college? Remember the music? Remember the opera singer? Remember Saif and Sonali in the flying step?

It would be an understatement to say that this is an album nicely made by SEL. Perhaps their best, in my opinion, tying very close to Johnny Gaddar (though the song by them that I can never forget is Aasman Ke Paar from Rockford. A movie both unappreciated and never given any importance to..pssst.. watch the video!)  DCH is the one movie I can definitely say bought a lot of new things in the Hindi film industry. Better music, better story, better hair cuts, shooting abroad and my favourite: Farhan Akhtar (behind the scenes).

If you’re wondering why the two contrasting songs, then I won’t blame you. On Tuesday, the day this song was to be posted, I had a lot of funny experiences. Some that I can laugh only in hindsight. Tanhayee was the background music when I thought I would be stranded at Amsterdam airport and miss my flight (more on that later). Jane Kyun was the one that got stuck in my head when after I boarded the flight, since I was thinking of DCH. Not only is Jane Kyun my favourite of the movie, it is also the one of the songs in which  SEL have put a lot of effort in, in my opinion.

I hope you know that they used the Australian aboriginal instrument – Didgeridoo- in this song. It’s the sound you hear at the start of the song. My favourite part, obviously, is Preity Zinta. Yes. The bubbly, sweet, simple looking, curly-haired Preity! 🙂 Especially in the part where she moves from the blue dress to the red top, her smile is something to die for.

As for Tanhayee, it’s Sonu Nigam all the way, yet again. If Shaan can make you smile, Sonu Nigam can make your insides crumble. I think the only other time I felt the exact same was Satrangi Re from Dil Se and may be a little less of the same in the sad version of Kal Ho Na Ho (don’t watch the video unless you want to see SRK overact!)

My favourite lines from Tanhayee:

Kyun aisi ummeed ki maine, jo aise nakaam hui,
duur banayi thi manzil, toh rastein mein shaam hui.

(Why did I hope for something that failed so,
I made my goals too far, the evening set on the way to them)

Watch the video here:

The lines that don’t leave my head from Jane Kyun:

Pyar toh khair sab hi karte hain,
Jaane kyun aap hi mukarte hain.

(Well, everyone loves,
Who knows why only you deny it.)

Watch this song here:

Day 23: Tanha Dil

Album: Tanha Dil (2000)
Song: Tanha Dil
Music Director: Ram Sampath
Lyrics: I’ve no clue!
Singers: Shaan
Actors (in the song): Shaan.

Consider the fact that I was approximately 10 years old when this song released and had no clue of what it is to “grow up”, leave friends or move on in life leaving everything known to you, behind. Even then, this song caught my fancy and I distinctly remember thinking to myself, will this happen to me too?

Guess what? It did. Growing up and moving away from the people and things you love is a part of the Universal experience of the years immediately after your teenage. As much as you love them, moving on is inevitable; leaving you to fend for yourself and make your decisions on your own.

Philosophy aside, this song after Shaan’s Loveology class (90s video!!!!!!!!!!), was what made me his fan. Even today, I may appreciate Sonu Niggam’s work, but Shaan remains my favourite. Close your eyes, you can hear him smile when he sings! That’s his magic.

I spent a beautiful day today in Quebec City (updates soon under the category Montreal), what surprised me most is that the experience was not something like what movies have but much better! Left to myself in the old part of Quebec City I had a little more than a couple of hours to just roam and explore a beautiful city all by myself. That’s when the lyrics connected with me completely.

My favourite lines therefore are the entire mukhada!

Aankhon mein sapne liye ghar se hum chal to diye,
Jaane ye raahein ab le jaayengi kahaan.
Mitti ki khushboo aayein palkon pe aansu laaye,
Palkon pe reh jaayega yaadon ka jahaan.
Manzil nayi hain anjaana hain caravaan,
Chalna akele hain yahaan.
Tanha dil tanha safar,
dhoondhein tujhe, fir kyun nazar?

(Even though we’ve left out house with dreams in our eyes,
We don’t know where these roads might lead us.
The smell of mud (synoymous with old memories) bring tears to eyes,
the world of memories will remain in the eyes.
The goals are new and the paths a unknown,
we have to walk alone here.
A lonely heart a lonely path,
why then do my eyes (sight literally)  look for you?

You can watch the video here:

Day 10: Ae Nazneen Suno Na

Movie: Dil Hi Dil Mein (2000)
Song: Ae Nazneen Suno Na
Music Director: A. R. Rahman
Lyrics: Mehboob Kotwal
Singers: Abhijeet
Actors (in the song): Kunal Singh, Sonali Bendre.

I am really sleepy and very tired after a looooong day! So just posting the link to the song today, details will follow later. Don’t let that bother you though, listen to the song and enjoy the romantic setting like I did! 🙂

Update: Finally the promised post.

Dil Hi Dil Mein is one of those movies that I can say was before it’s time and not at the same time. Two people meet on the internet, lie about their identities and finally discover the truth – that certainly seems like something from this world. However, the number of times they confess their love to each other and the number of times it goes haywire is astounding! Even for a Bollywood film!

Originally in Tamil, this movie was dubbed into Hindi, so quite honestly, I am surprised it has good lyrics. Not only that, I think this is a rare album by Rahman where only a single song has stood out to me in an entire album. Seems like the rest as simply timepass.

Enjoy Sonali Bendre in various dresses simply wandering about in this song (reminds me of her “Soundarya Sabun Nirma” ad), and the picturesque locales. Abhijeet has really done a nice job with the song.

The lines I would listen to over and over again:

Lagta hain ke tum ko, rab ne banaya jis dum,
Apni kudaraton ko usne tum mein kar diya tha gum,
Iss jahaan ko husn baatna bhi kar diya tha kam.

(It seems like the moment the almighty created you,
he lost his nature in you,
and he he distributed less beauty to the world since.)

Watch the video here: