November 1st, 2015

Me

Magic In Tunes: 10/20/2015 - Tujhe Dekha Tho Yeh Jaana Sanam

Dilwale Dulhainya Lejayenge ( = The Brave-Hearted Will Take Away the Bride) was released in 1995 with Shah Rukh Khan as Raj and Kajol as Simran in the movie. A simple love story that crosses between two countries, adding some excellent music, unforgettable dialogues, awesome locations, scenes that are etched as classic in Indian Cinema now, a lot of quirky moments and the movie has topped every possible chart in Indian Cinema. It had crossed the 1975 hit Hindi movie Sholay as the longest running movie in 2001. However, on Oct 20th marked its 20th anniversary and it is still played at Maratha Mandir theater in Mumbai, India making it the longest running movie. There are some people in audience who have had watched this movie more than 50 times and still watch. I myself had watched this movie quite a few times.

Although now some of the scenes or dialogues may seem irrelevant to the era, bordering on stupidity and outright silly, this movie still stops one for a few seconds at least. What made this movie such a classic, a hit, a craze, a rave, unique in itss own? That is definitely for another post to explain in length. However, to quote a few - Definitely the music. Each song still haunts one when they listen. Amazing locations both in India (Gurgaon) and outside India (England, Switzerland, Montbovon, etc) grabbed everyone's attention to the big screen. Who can forget the famous Train scene? How about "Bade bade deshon mein aaisi choti choti baatein ... hoti rehti hai, Senorita" or "Agar yeh tujhe pyar karti hai toh yeh palat ke dekhegi ... palat ... palat!"? Yes, these had become iconic statements in everyday life making Raj and Simran household people. Not only the plot and dialogues inspired many movies to come, but the music also has done the same.

My favorite piece from the movie is Tujhe Dekha Tho Yeh Jaana Sanam, melodiously Sung by legendry Lata Mangeshkar and Kumar Sanu. The Music composed by Jatin Lalit and Lyrics penned by Anand Bakshi. Normally I am not a huge fan of Kumar Sanu songs, but this is one of the few that haunts me many times.



Lyrics in Romanized Hindi:

Tujhe Dekha Toh Yeh Jana Sanam;  Pyar Hota Hai Deewana Sanam
Tujhe Dekha Toh Yeh Jana Sanam
Tujhe Dekha Toh Yeh Jana Sanam;  Pyar Hota Hai Deewana Sanam
Abb Yaha Se Kaha Jaye Ham; Teri Baahon Mein Mar Jaye Hum
Tujhe Dekha Toh Yeh Jana Sanam;  Pyar Hota Hai Deewana Sanam
Abb Yaha Se Kaha Jaye Ham; Teri Baahon Mein Mar Jaye Hum
Tujhe Dekha Toh Yeh Jana Sanam

La La La La La..........La La La La La, La La La
Aankhe Meri Sapne Tere, Dil Mera Yade Teri
O Mera Hai Kya (La La La), Sab Kuchh Tera (La La La); Jaan Teri Sanse Teri
Meri Aankhon Mein Aansoo Tere Aa Gaye; Muskurane Lage Saare Gham

Tujhe Dekha Toh Yeh Jana Sanam;  Pyar Hota Hai Deewana Sanam
Abb Yaha Se Kaha Jaye Ham; Teri Baahon Mein Mar Jaye Hum
Tujhe Dekha Toh Yeh Jana Sanam

Yeh Dil Kahin Lagta Nahin, Kya Kahu Main Kya Karu
Ha Tu Samne Baithi Rahe, Main Tujhe Dekha Karu
Tune Aawaz Di, Dekh Mai Aa Gayi; Pyar Se Hai Badi Kya Kasam

Tujhe Dekha Toh Yeh Jana Sanam;  Pyar Hota Hai Deewana Sanam
Tujhe Dekha Toh Yeh Jana Sanam;  Pyar Hota Hai Deewana Sanam
Abb Yaha Se Kaha Jaye Ham; Teri Baahon Mein Mar Jaye Hum
Teri Baahon Mein Mar Jaye Hum
Me

Magic In Tunes: 10/21/2015 - Ra Ra Ra Ragamai, Na Na Na Naadamai

Ananda Bhairavi was released in 1983 in both Kannada and Telugu languages which went on to become a superhit. It’s a classical movie whose plot is based on the Kuchipudi  dance (traditional dance of the state of Andhra Pradesh. More about the dance here). I remember watching this movie a long time ago but don’t remember much of the plot as I had never seen it again. However, this song for some reason had remained somewhere hidden in my brain.

Sung by S. P. Balasubrahmanyam as always with strong vocals supported by the Music composed by Ramesh Naidu and Soorath Ashwath. I could not find the Lyrics of this song anywhere online and when I tried to write it down while listening to it, I felt it so complicated. Obviously Uday Shankar had penned them with a mix of traditional and colloquial Telugu along with a hint of classical tunes. An implore by the lead hero to the lead actress who was being taken away from him wrongly truly comes out in the words. If only I could write them and decipher too.