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:

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Day 25: Kya Kare Kya Na Kare

Movie: Rangeela (1995)
Song: Kya Kare Kya Na Kare
Music Director: A. R. Rahman
Lyrics: Mehboob
Singers: Udit Narayan
Actors (in the song): Aamir Khan, Urmila Matondkar

Rangeela was a starting point for a lot of things. Urmila Matondkar’s career, Manish Malhotra’s racy costumes, Rahman’s Hindi debut soundtrack and the start of what is around two decades of animosity between Aamir Khan and popular awards.

Originally the song for today was to be Tanha Tanha Yahan Pe Jeena, the return of Asha Bhosale and went with my songs of the last few days. However, the song happens to feature Jackie Shroff in a speedo, something that cannot be unseen in this life. You’ve been warned. Therefore, in my dilemma, I chose this one! Kya kare kya na kare humesha ki mushkil hain haay!

Aamir Khan is something else in this movie! A lovable galli ka gunda who makes money by selling tickets in black outside movie theatres. This is my favourite scene from the movie.

Rahman is featuring way too often on my list I realise, but it’s something I cannot help. This album has a haunting character to it that you cannot ignore. Especially the effervescent Hai Rama.

My favourite lines from this song are:

Wo saamne chamakti hain,
Saans hi atakti hain,
Aur ye zubaan jaati hain phisal.

(She shines in front of me,
I cannot breathe,
And my tongue slips) 😉

Watch the video here:

Day 5: Khalbali Hain Khalbali

Movie: Rang De Basanti (2006)
Song: Khalbali
Music Director: A.R.Rahman
Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi
Singers: A.R.Rahman, Mohammad Aslam and Nacim
Actors (in the song): Aamir Khan, Siddharth, Sharman Joshi, Soha Ali Khan, Alice Patten, Kunal Kapoor.

From one all-time favourite to the other, one Khan to the other, this song is one that I can never get tired of listening to on loop! In fact that is what I am doing now.

Khalbali literally means hullabaloo or a bustle causing things to off the track they were meant to. Rang De Basanti (RDB) is one movie I remember walking out of the theatre with goosebumps on my body and seething with the injustice of the ending. Obviously, I wasn’t the only one who felt that way considering the reaction of the Indian populace to the movie and the political catalyst it eventually became for social movements.

This song and others (not the only one on my list, I’m sure), suit the movie so seamlessly that you may remember the songs and not the picturisation at all. They’re a part of the narrative and set the mood. For me, Khalbali does that brilliantly.

Take for instance the opening sequence of Siddharth smoking in a pensive mood (it’s always a pleasure to watch him) and then funny dance moves of Aamir Khan that all of a sudden metamorphose into a swanky step with Alice Patten and then a kiss (I don’t even remember seeing this!). Then the movie’s main plot of the juxtaposing between the past and present that is merges with the dialogues in the background and the mesmerising voice of Rahman.

I have no idea honestly of what is the one thing that makes this song tick. The music, the singing, the lyrics by Joshi, the actors, the tone it sets for the events of the movie, a mix of hope, romance and youthful spirit set together in a old tank/lake on a lazy afternoon, diving into water, graffiti painting – it’s just one free flowing river of a poetry.

I don’t think I can pinpoint my favourite verses or a anything I don’t like about it. It uplifts and makes me smile at the same time on how much this song/movie appeals to me even today almost a decade later! Especially the casual manner in which they say “hum lapakte saaye hain, hum sulagne aaye hain, ghar bataake aaye hain…” Especially the last part that signifies that we’ve no care, and we’ve informed those at home that don’t worry, I will do this. Oooof!

Still to keep traditions up, my favourite lines:

(starts after the dialogue “hum unke jazbeh tod nahi sake”)

Ziddi ziddi ziddi ziddi jazbaah (or is it ye zubaan?),
ziddi ziddi ziddi armaan,
ziddi hain toofan,
ziddi hum bhi yahaan.

Honestly, listen and enjoy the music without the video first!

Watch the video here: