Day 7: Likhe Jo Khat Tujhe

Movie: Kanyadaan (1968)
Song: Likhe Jo Khat Tujhe
Music Director: Shankar-Jaikishan
Lyrics: (I don’t know! Do you?)
Singers: Mohammad Rafi
Actors (in the song): Shashi Kapoor, Asha Parekh.

I’ve not seen this video, let alone the movie (the summary seems good). But this is one of those songs that I heard as a kid mostly while playing Antakshri with people older than myself and in a Bollywood night concert etc.

The music and the lyrics may be great, my first draw to this song is the way Mohammad Rafi sings, but what does it for me with this song is the expressions! Watch the video and I hope you notice the absolute lack of dance choreography that is synonymous with Bollywood.

Though Shashi Kapoor is a little comical sometimes with his expressions, Asha Parekh is SO expressive that I wonder how she moves all those facial muscles! The picturesque background (I guess it is Kashmir), is something I noticed much later. Try to look at the snow capped mountains if you can take your eyes of the duo.

The lyrics of the antara in itself are pretty predictable for me. But the mukhda with the khat (letter) brings up a sort of nostalgia in me for the “good old days of Bollywood”. I am absolutely mermerised on how there is barely anything happening in the song, they walk, he sings, they go to a car, he sings, they go around a tree, he sings and done!

I guess that’s the charm of the actors of yesteryear’s that everyone keeps talking of. Hope many more make their way into this list!

My favourite lines are the ones in the opening:

Likhe jo khat tujhe, wo teri yaad mein,
Hazaaron rang ke, nazaarein ban gaye.

(The letters I wrote to you while reminiscing about you,
Have turned into scenes of a thousands of colours)

On the request of a friend who follows my blog but wrote to me to say doesn’t understand Hindi, I will be translating my favourite lines everyday from now  on, I don’t guarantee that it is the best translation though. 🙂

Here’s the video! Enjoy!