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 37: Hum Ko Malum Hai

Movie: Jaan-E-Mann (2006)
Song(s): Hum Ko Malum Hai
Music Director: Anu Malik
Lyrics: Gulzar
Singers: Sonu Niggam, Sadhana Sargam
Actors (in the song): Salman Khan, Preity Zinta.

(This song is on this list for the sheer ridiculousness of it. Yes, I am in that mood! 😀 😀 😀 )

Go over the credits again. Yes, Gulzar and Anu Malik. Yes. Yes. I had a shock the first time I saw that as well. But honestly, listen to the song, and tell me if the following is not something that ran through your mind.

The antara and the mukhda are written by two different people. There is no way those that really promising opening lines into “Mom maani nahi, dad naaraaz tha, meri barbadiyon ka wo aaghaz tha, ishq ka ek hi ek andaaz tha“. Really. What were you thinking o you God of words!

Moving on, at 8.34 this song is really long, I won’t blame you if you feel it’s the entire movie in there. Because it really is. Part of being a Salman fan is watching movies like these. And Main Aur Mrs. Khanna. Though I understand that Shirish Kunder had noble ideas and planned to turn this into a musical-type of thing (Farah Khan almost succeeds), you really cannot take this love story seriously.

If I remember correctly, this movie had the costliest trailer ever, I have no clue why. If you’re planning to watch this movie: let me warn you, Anupam Kher is a midgety-dwarf. And a bad one at that. I have no clue what this movie aimed to do. Also spoiler alert, there is is Preity Zinta look alike called Preity Zintakova.

The biggest surprise though is Akshay Kumar. He did this movie and then went on to do Joker with Shirish Kunder. What were you think of boss?! Was one movie not good enough for you?!

Watch the video here (take ten minutes out to gape at it):

Day 36: Stop That

Movie: Gambler  (1995)
Song: Stop That
Music Director: Anu Malik
Singers: Devang Patel
Actors (in the song): Govinda

Honestly, I am quite surprised this is only my second Govinda song on this list.

And quite clearly, Devang Patel and Govinda are a combination no one who was alive from the 90s is likely to forget. In Gambler there was another song, Meri Marzi that captured the imagination of this country like no song before that.Not only is Patel the baap of rap in India, he also has his distinct style of inane-ness that no one since has been able to follow.

But most importantly, the lyrics of this song caught my attention this time. There’s a hint of sarcasm that could even be alluding to a dystopian future if you look for it. Or I am just over analysing! 😛

On the other hand it can always be said that the lyricist simply found rhyming words first and then put them together, that’s quite plausible considering that the brief for this song must have been “make it mad”.

Govinda is in his evergreen best here with garish get-ups and moves that can only be his forte. Seriously! Look at step he repeats on loop. It’s weird but very tough to do.

My favourite line is the one I can never forget:

Madhuri Dixit mili raste mein,
Khaaye chane humne saste mein.

(Madhuri Dixit met me on the road,
We ate chickpeas for cheap.)

Enjoy the video here:

Day 34: Tu Hi Re

Movie: Bombay (1995)
Song: Tu Hi Re
Music Director: A. R. Rahman
Lyrics: Mehboob
Singers: Hariharan, Kavita Krishnamurthy/K.S. Chithra
Actors (in the song): Arvind Swamy, Manisha Koirala

Considering the number of Rahman songs that have made it to this list, I could do 100 days of Rahman! Though, I should probably finish this one first! 🙂

If this song doesn’t give you goosebumps, then I think little else will. Though I do insist you must try Bombay Theme from the same movie. And if you haven’t already seen it, do watch the movie, if only for the music. Though, there is a lot to love in it, it’s a movie that hits hard with the riots and rioters.

My sole memory of this movie is the one with the grandfather and the grandson walking the streets one night after the riots begin and them meeting rioters of the other religion. The grandson quickly covers for the old man, a close brush that to this day I have vivid recollections of.

Like every Rahman soundtrack worth its salt, this one too is difficult to find fault with. The man leaves no stone un-turned, to get you to feel the music when you hear it, even if it has been almost 20 years since it’s release, the songs are just as evocative.

Which brings us to this song. Uyire Uyire in Tamil (movie is dubbed into Hindi) is sung by Hariharan, a first time for him as well as Rahman who has experimented much with his voice later on. Tu Hi Re is a long song at almost 7 minutes, but it is never once boring. It keeps throwing one emotional punch after the other that hits you right in the feels.

Kehna Hi Kya is my favourite of this soundtrack, not only is the music exemplary, so is Manisha Koirala. Watch out for the part where Chithra sings “wunhe mein pukaaru“, typically Southie style! 😀

Humma Humma is a classic you cannot not hear. Even Benny Dayal (Cue for me to go Ooooooooo) infused it with his own brand of enthu and groove! You must watch this video even if it is only for the Carnatic bit in the beginning!

There are three versions to this song, in Tamil, Hindi and English. The two videos today are:

The original in Tamil:

The live performance which is bilingual (Hindi and Tamil):

Day 34: Tanhai Tanhai

Movie: Koyla (1997)
Song: Tanhai Tanhai
Music Director: Rajesh Roshan
Lyrics: No clue!
Singers: Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik
Actors (in the song): Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit.

Koyla belongs to that generation of movies where ‘izzat lootna’ of the mother/sister of every character was common place. Even by those standards, Koyla was a movie that bordered on barbaric and almost ridiculous.

Take for example the innovation with which the songs in this movie present themselves. SRK is mute (for those who didn’t know) but that’s a rather small thing to hamper his songs! SO with some creative usage such as – dream sequences, mouthing the words when someone else sings, more dream sequences, singing songs ‘from the heart’ which the actress understands- our hero manages the lowly hurdle that is singing when you cannot even speak.

Moving on though, the highlight of this song is the picturesque locale it has been shot in (seriously, some places are really breath-taking), do notice certain features of the song, such as SRK styling Madhuri’s hair, the silly signing between them and other miscellaneous actions after which promptly Amrish Puri’s men shoot at Madhuri to break the happy couple up.

I heard this song on radio the other day and hit a realisation- a part of the interlude (3.19-3.37) is the same tune as the base tune of Hum Toh Dil Se Haare from Josh. The funny part is, the music of Josh is by Anu Malik, and Koyla is Rajesh Roshan. So obviously, there had to be a more popular original song from where these two were copied. Sure enough, itwofs to the rescue! The tune is from Conquest of Paradise (start at .15) composed by Vangelis for the Oscar winner Chariots of Fire.

Interestingly, the itwofs post also mentions another song by Rajesh Roshan that inspired the main tune of Tanhai Tanhai. It’s his own song Frenny O Frenny from Khatta Meetha. That’s nice, copying from yourself, Roshan ji! 🙂

Talking on a tangent here, but Khatta Meetha is a movie you should watch. It’s a sweet film about a Parsi widower and widow who decide to marry and bring their families together. Yes, Golmaal 3 came from here. It’s one of those nice movies that just make you smile. Khatta Meetha is also famous for the song Thoda Hain Thode Ki Zaroorat Hain – a name that later inspired a TV drama show (remember that one?!).

Coming back to Tanhai Tanhai, it’s not a song that stands for much. Nothing I liked. It’s just “showing off” on my part on how I catch song tunes out and relate them to others! 😉

You can watch the video here:

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:

Day 32: Sar Jo Tera Chakraye

Movie: Pyaasa (1957)
Song: Sar Jo Tera Chakraye
Music Director: S. D. Burman
Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi
Singers: Mohammad Rafi
Actors (in the song): Johnny Walker.

I saw Pyaasa when I was around 11-12 years old, on a vacation in Mangalore. It was summer and unbearably hot outside so my family decided to stay indoors in our air-conditioned room. Unfortunately, the TV had only one Hindi channel and Pyaasa was the movie playing. I still remember feeling so down after watching the movie. “It’s so unfair!” I wanted to scream.

Pyaasa is one of the most depressing movies I have watched. It is about a poet who is famous after he is perceived to be dead. His life is a wretched struggle and over-all the movie was an extremely disillusioning experience for me. Even then, when film studies was not one my interests, I could see the break or the weak points of the movie (every item number in every movie today).

While the movie is over-all very serious, there are two songs that break the mood. This one where Johnny Walker (see the other post about him) is explaining the positive effects of a champi (the aim  is to distract the guards of the mental asylum where Guru Dutt is kept so that he can escape) and the other one is Hum Aapki Aankhon Mein (I think the video inspired the look and set of the first part of Wo Ladki Hain Kaha). It might just be an attempt to water down the drama of the movie or simply appealed to audiences and had one song that could be a “happy” memory of the movie. Jaane Wo Kaise Log is another song that you cannot miss from this movie. It ties up the over-all theme together quite nicely.

My grandmother sings “aaja pyaare paas humare kaahe ghabraaye” (come dear close to me, why are you scared) every time a child is scared to approach her. 🙂 And those are my favourite lines.

This song is one of those that is evergreen because of the lyrics! Which Indian has not had a champi when sad, happy, tired, energetic!? Everyone loves it because it connects with your memory of being loved through a head massage. 🙂

The Wikipedia entry does have a line on the tune of this song being copied and Burman not being happy about it (!!), but I have not been able to trace the original.  The story is loosely based on Sahir Ludhainvi’s (lyricist) failed romance with poet Amrita Pritam, so the entry says. Another interesting story about Ludhainvi is about his relationship with Gulzar that’s been translated by my friend Savio on his blog. The story leaves me with a smile.

Watch the video here: