Day 29: Mere Dil Ka Tumse Hain Kehna

Movie: Armaan (2003)
Song: Mere Dil Ka Tumse Hain Kehna
Music Director: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (SEL)
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
Singers: Chithra
Actors (in the song): Anil Kapoor, Preity Zinta

Last week when I took an unplanned break from blogging about movies, I asked my friends at Bookhad for some help with songs. After I said the songs from DCH would be one, Aroop suggested this one! 🙂

Armaan is a movie I saw some time last year, and was immediately reminded of all the hospital dramas on TV. Indian and the American ones. Why do we have so many love stories in hospitals? Is that the most “happening” place? Wonder what my doctor friends feel about this.

Anyway, Preity Zinta in the movie and the song! Watch her! Her look, the way she acts as a deranged patient first and then a jealous, conniving wife is one of her career best, in my opinion. Watch this song and see the twist in the “samjhe” where very casually she threatens that if you don’t remain mine, then… Clearly, killing herself or him is not a very cheery thing to put in a seduction song, but she does it!

The funny part about this song is, unlike the usual where the actress gradually strips to up the “hot” quotient (pretty funny in my opinion), Preity actually begins in the bath and then her dresses keep getting longer! Wow. The best portion of the choreography for me though, is the part where she picks up the knives and forks and leads Anil Kapoor to the bedroom! Talk about living under gun-point (there’s a Tamanche pe Disco joke here somewhere, but I’m way to tired).

I will take a minute here because I have to appreciate Anil Kapoor. That man will be 60 soon and is still going from strength to strength. There was a time in the mid-2000s where I thought his career would slowly fade away after the string of nonsensical movies he did. Look at him now! 24 was a brilliant show for Indian TV, and don’t forget his debut as a director with Gandhi, My Father.

My only grouse with this song is SEL‘s choice of getting Chithra to sing. This is a snazzy, fun song that would better suit Sunidhi Chauhan’s voice. Instead she sung the soft from the movie, Meri Zindagi Mein Aaye Ho, my favourite from the movie! Nevertheless, enjoy the video here:

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: