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:




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 24: Dekha Hain Aise Bhi

Album: Sifar (1998)
Song: Dekha Hain Aise Bhi
Music Director: No clue!
Lyrics: I’ve no clue!
Singers: Lucky Ali
Actors (in the song): Lucky Ali.

One of the best part of being born in the 90s was that I was a witness to a curious shift in the mindset of Indians and India. Not old enough to comprehend it then, I realise now how the new economy affected all that we consumed. Through movies, songs and even everyday reminders in our lives.

Lucky Ali, Shaan, Silk Route, Junoon, Strings, Euphoria, KK were the albums I grew up on, the album music culture that died a little after early 200s. The kind of music I sorely miss today in the time of remix! Remember Puraani Jeans? A song I totally comprehended almost 15 years after I first saw it.

Carrying on with my theme from yesterday of travel and being alone, here’s my favourite Lucky Ali song (after O Sanam). It’s a mix of messages like all his songs. There is lonliness, re-birth, love, mystery and the part I love the most – no resolution! His music videos are poetry, they’re short stories from bigger epics – just an episode from life. Yes, I do miss these music videos where women gyrating was not a given. Nor was Chaar Botal Vodka (whatever the aim of that be).

Raise your hands if you miss the entire phase of pop music and artists who existed outside of the film business! 🙂

You can enjoy the video 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: