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:

Day 4: Yeh Dil Deewana

Movie: Pardes (1997)
Song: Ye Dil Deewana
Music Director: Nadeem Shravan
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
Singers: Sony Niggam
Actors (in the song): Shahrukh Khan, Mahima Choudhary, Apurva Agnihotri

This is one song that I can never have enough of! Everything about the song is perfect, the lyrics, to Sony Niggam, SRK, the long driving scene in the dessert and obviously all the places SRK dances in.

Why this song suddenly? My roommate from Paris is a HUGE fan of SRK. After two days of talking to her about him and his movies (she calls him George Clooney of India), we came to Niagara today. The streets of Niagara are fun, there are haunted mansions, museums and incidentally a wax museum with SRK’s statue. Immediately, this song came into my head because my surroundings are so similar! (Not the Las Vegas part but wherever it is that SRK dances with dolls at.)

The highlight of this song is Sonu Niggam. I doubt there is a single person who doesn’t like the way he “ooh”s and “aah”s in the song! It is simply impossible to ignore how earnestly he sings this song. Especially in the chorus line of “Phir bhi yaad ussi ko karta hain yeh diilllll”. The “dil” always makes mine melt.

I don’t think much can be said about the movie though. It is one those movies that I watch only for the songs. This one and a couple of others (hopefully some other day). I love what Nadeem Shravan have done to the music in this song where it is in equal parts fast paced with a western feel and about the very Indian way of dealing with heartbreaks, running away! 😛

Random thoughts: 1. How did Anand Bakshi decide to insert the random verse “God Saves The Man..” etc etc.? It doesn’t even gel with the music, it’s like a break in the entire feeling. I always cringe when I hear the melody that leads to this piece.

2. What is a grown man doing in Disneyland when he is supposedly grieving?! 😛

3. Portion from 5.09 to 5.16 is a green screen? The dance moves look like they weren’t shot on site. (See what I did there?)

My favourite lines:

Dil Kaisa Be Peer Hain, Wo Ek Tasveer Hain,
Main Kehta Hoon Tod De, Kehta Hain Zanjeer Hain.

Makes me go “Waah! Waah!” everytime. Time to shut the overanalysis.

Do you agree with me? Do watch the video and comment.