Day 38: London Thumakda/ Kiklikalerdi

Movie: Queen/Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana (2014/2012)
Song: London Thumakda/Kiklikalerdi
Music Director: Amit Trivedi
Lyrics: Anvita Dutt/Shelle
Singers: Labh Janjua, Sonu Kakkar and Neha Kakkar/Amit Trivedi, Pinky Maidasani, Yo Yo Honey Singh
Actors (in the song): Kangana Ranaut/Kunal Kapoor, Huma Qureshi

I am taking a break out of my schedule because I HAVE to post these songs. Songs I’ve been addicted to for a while now. If you missed the small fact in that Amit Trivedi is one of my favourite most music directors of the current lot, then this post will re-iterate the same.

Amit Trivedi entered the Bollywood scene with the unconventional soundtrack of Aamir, though the first he composed was DevD. Noticed for his talent and innovative music, he still hasn’t received the due that is rightfully his! And this irritates me to no end, because the only reason I see for this is because he doesn’t make a lot of public appearances.

How otherwise do you explain people not knowing him even after commercial hits like DevD, Ishaqzaade, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, English Vinglish, Lootera and Kai Po Che! ? Amit Trivedi’s music is not just something new, it is so experimental that some times it blows my mind to think of the range of music he has created. I think a post about him exclusively is now due.

Anyway, coming to the music of these two songs, typically loud and brash Punjabi songs and funnily enough even uses bawdy lyrics to a great extent with great success. London Thumakda is a pre-wedding sangeet/mehendi song with the typical wedding jokes and leg-pulling woven into the song. Note the lyrics and then pay attention to the twist in the traditional version of Latthe di chaadar (unsuccessfully recreated by Rajeshwari Sachdev) where the lyrics are performed by old aunties teasing Kangana. Also note Madonna’s Like A Virgin that receives a special mention in the song! 😉

Kiklikalerdi is a similar song that plays during Huma Qureshi’s engagement in Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana. Another Punjabi comedy that got lost in the pile of movies that released around the same time. The best part about the song is the twist on the rhyme kiklikalredi that leads on to the  rather typical Yo Yo Singh rap. Note the lyrics “Main tera raja hoon, tu meri rani hain, baby suraksha hi saavdhaani hain”. Detest as much as I may him, I have to give this one to Honey Singh! The way the song describes Kunal Kapoor and Huma Qureshi’s relationship in the movie is brilliant. It’s in equal parts witty, funny and cheeky.

Enjoy the two songs here:

And the second one:

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 19: Raftaarein

Movie: Ra.One (2011)
Song: Raftaarein
Music Director: Vishal-Shekhar
Lyrics: No Clue!
Singers: Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravijani
Actors (in the song): SRK and Kareena Kapoor.

This song should hopefully be the only one on my list that is here solely because I love the video more than the music… 🙂

When I think of Mumbai, I think of the trains. As much as I may despise the daily commute in the trains that usually runs into hours, I cannot help but miss them.

This song from Ra.One is one of the best picturised on the Mumbai Suburban Railway network, especially since a lot of it is graphics. The train, the small tidbits of conversations in Marathi  and the fear of there being a bomb – it’s all too real and well represented.

Personally, Ra.One was a well made movie, but sadly I was bored too soon. Especially with SRK and his noodles with curd habit. Really?! However, I  love the soundtrack of this movie as well as the background score. It’s a pity that some really great numbers got over-shadowed by Akon’s songs. My favourite song from Ra.One is Bhare Naina – the perfect blend of Western orchestra with Indian instruments and vocals.

Why apart from the video did I then choose Raftaarein today? It’s because there is something to be appreciated here about Vishal-Shekhar. The song clearly has the feel of an R.D.Burman number(typically the voice in this song) and since it’s sung by the duo as well, it just becomes much more fun! For a while now I’ve liked Vishal-Shekhar for what they do beyond music, they make it fun! Whether it be having Bappi Lahiri to do two lines in Bangla at the beginning of a song, a full song when he’s not been heard for ages, Usha Uthup with a peppy number in her inimitable style or SPB in a psuedo-Tamil one, singing for other music directors, or getting other music directors to sing for them, they’ve done it all. Which is a great shift from the previous generation of music directors who were so rigid that two songs with the same tune <– (explicit language) and battles over which was the “original” were far too common. This makes me connect with them, because for them music is part nostalgia and part novelty! Just like it is for me. (Sorry for the links! Proving a point. 😛 )

Coming back to this song, I love the feel of the song. It’s fast, peppy and in my opinion was put to perfect use as the promotional song for the movie. Coming to the video, there are some details that you cannot miss. The “secret control room” from where trains are monitored, the “fast train aahe ki slow” comment etc. are typical to Mumbai. Delnaaz Paul’s cameo matches her persona and somehow not funny at all but SRK warning the kids not to try his stunts at home certainly is.

There are some details so wrong that I’m surprised no body from the post-production team caught it before. CST (Main) train not stopping at Bandra station? Really?! It’d be weird if it did stop at Bandra. And what is the gibberish that the man speaks from the control room? “Panchbatti se CST local Varla station pe nahi ruki“(?!) even after 5 hearings I didn’t get that. Though I may not be knowledgeable, when Kareena increases the speed of the train, it is at around 35-40 km/hr. Is that how slow a train that’s not stopping anywhere will go at?

My favourite lines:

Khayalo mein bhi jo mumkin nahi ho,
Wahi kar dikhana himmaton ki to pehchaan hai

(That which is not possible even in imagination,
Performing that is the recognition of the brave.)

Enjoy the song, the singing, SRK and the Mumbai locals here! 🙂