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 19: Raftaarein

Movie: Ra.One (2011)
Song: Raftaarein
Music Director: Vishal-Shekhar
Lyrics: No Clue!
Singers: Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravijani
Actors (in the song): SRK and Kareena Kapoor.

This song should hopefully be the only one on my list that is here solely because I love the video more than the music… 🙂

When I think of Mumbai, I think of the trains. As much as I may despise the daily commute in the trains that usually runs into hours, I cannot help but miss them.

This song from Ra.One is one of the best picturised on the Mumbai Suburban Railway network, especially since a lot of it is graphics. The train, the small tidbits of conversations in Marathi  and the fear of there being a bomb – it’s all too real and well represented.

Personally, Ra.One was a well made movie, but sadly I was bored too soon. Especially with SRK and his noodles with curd habit. Really?! However, I  love the soundtrack of this movie as well as the background score. It’s a pity that some really great numbers got over-shadowed by Akon’s songs. My favourite song from Ra.One is Bhare Naina – the perfect blend of Western orchestra with Indian instruments and vocals.

Why apart from the video did I then choose Raftaarein today? It’s because there is something to be appreciated here about Vishal-Shekhar. The song clearly has the feel of an R.D.Burman number(typically the voice in this song) and since it’s sung by the duo as well, it just becomes much more fun! For a while now I’ve liked Vishal-Shekhar for what they do beyond music, they make it fun! Whether it be having Bappi Lahiri to do two lines in Bangla at the beginning of a song, a full song when he’s not been heard for ages, Usha Uthup with a peppy number in her inimitable style or SPB in a psuedo-Tamil one, singing for other music directors, or getting other music directors to sing for them, they’ve done it all. Which is a great shift from the previous generation of music directors who were so rigid that two songs with the same tune <– (explicit language) and battles over which was the “original” were far too common. This makes me connect with them, because for them music is part nostalgia and part novelty! Just like it is for me. (Sorry for the links! Proving a point. 😛 )

Coming back to this song, I love the feel of the song. It’s fast, peppy and in my opinion was put to perfect use as the promotional song for the movie. Coming to the video, there are some details that you cannot miss. The “secret control room” from where trains are monitored, the “fast train aahe ki slow” comment etc. are typical to Mumbai. Delnaaz Paul’s cameo matches her persona and somehow not funny at all but SRK warning the kids not to try his stunts at home certainly is.

There are some details so wrong that I’m surprised no body from the post-production team caught it before. CST (Main) train not stopping at Bandra station? Really?! It’d be weird if it did stop at Bandra. And what is the gibberish that the man speaks from the control room? “Panchbatti se CST local Varla station pe nahi ruki“(?!) even after 5 hearings I didn’t get that. Though I may not be knowledgeable, when Kareena increases the speed of the train, it is at around 35-40 km/hr. Is that how slow a train that’s not stopping anywhere will go at?

My favourite lines:

Khayalo mein bhi jo mumkin nahi ho,
Wahi kar dikhana himmaton ki to pehchaan hai

(That which is not possible even in imagination,
Performing that is the recognition of the brave.)

Enjoy the song, the singing, SRK and the Mumbai locals here! 🙂

Day 14: Tujhe Dekha Toh Ye Jaana Sanam

Movie: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
Song: Tujhe Dekha To Ye Jaana Sanam
Music Director: Jatin-Lalit
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
Singers: Kumar Sanu, Lata Mangeshkar
Actors (in the song): Shahrukh Khan, Kajol

Yes, I did it. I reserved the biggest song of the decade for my birthday! 😀

Heard this song? Obviously you have! There’s no rock under which you could’ve lived where you couldn’t have heard this song. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) holds the title of the longest running Hindi film ever. One of these days I will watch a show in Maratha Mandir.

So, if you’ve not seen this movie, then I suggest you must. It’s the reason why most Indian girls think that the ultimate European vacation includes finding yourself a nice boy and buying a bell from souvenir shops in the Swiss Alps.

There’s nothing special about this song, the lyrics are not remarkable for the period, Kumar Sanu and Lata Mangeshkar sing normally, SRK and Kajol re-play their entire European vacation with retrospection on “what if”s, while they’re sitting all the while in the khet of Punjab, even the choreography is the same as all other movies of the 90s.

What is remarkable though, something that strikes me now, what is it with metallic toned saris in the Alps? And then switching to neon coloured pseudo-western salwar kameezes?! While watching the video for posting this post (?!) today, I found myself shrieking, “Will you cover yourselves you fools! It’s so cold!” Thankfully, the snow is a very small part of the song. Have you also noticed SRK at 2.02? It’s like he is controlling a fit of laughter. (Go watch and laugh!)

My favourite lines are the opening lines:

Tujhe dekha toh ye jaana sanam,
Pyaar hota hain deewana sanam.
Ab yaha se kaha jaaye hum?
Teri baahon mein mar jaaye hum.

(When I saw you I realised this dear,
That love is madness dear.
Where do I go from here now?
I will just die in your arms.)

P.S. I miss Kajol (especially the unibrowed one).Very much.

Watch the video 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.