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: