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Cheeni Kum Hai, Cheeni Kum Hai

Posted on: April 11, 2015


This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Amitabh – The Later Decades – 1
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A super star status that has outlived and outlasted all other sovereignties in the history of the Hindi film industry.  A persona that has matured and changed with times, with a grace that is unequalled.  Amitabh Bachchan, a phenomena in the Hindi film world that goes beyond the normal definitions of a super star.

The reigning stars in the past, and even in the current times, have tried to and continue to try to cling to the image of the debonair and the swanky youth that has withered with time.  Or else, they move into the senior roles, but still adhering to the social and family stereotypes that they have been used to – parents in contrived and complex family situations, senior police officers, judges, dons of the underworld, teachers et al.  More often than not, and almost always, the maturing stars generally end up playing senior roles, but on the side, as a supporting actor.

Amitabh has had his share of such roles also.  But the thing to marvel at is that year after year, he is one star who has stayed in touch with the changing tastes and mores of filmgoers.  And as an artist, he has gone beyond the stereotype and continues to explore the unusual and out of ordinary characterizations.  And the creators of films in the industry have obliged, as they continue to write scripts for films that he will lead, in atypical and unexpected portrayals.  That is one measure of success that visits upon only those who are imaginative enough to continue to reinvent themselves.

The case in point is this film from 2007 – ‘Cheeni Kum’.  My relationship with recent cinema has been random and patchy at best, and I generally end up seeing a recent film either when it is highly recommended by someone whose tastes and judgment I trust; or that I find myself in a situation wherein watching a movie is the only option available to me.  2007 was when I was still based in the US.  I saw this film on a visit to my cousin and her family. On one of the days of my stay, my cousin had simply decided that the family will watch this film.  And I simply went along with it.

And one of those times when I did not regret it.  Actually, I very promptly became a fond fan of this light and unusual romantic comedy, that has been handled quite interestingly, keeping a delicate balance between the traditional view of such a situation, and the social values that continue to transform with time and with the geographical location (major part of action in this film is based in London and Delhi).  It is not an easy subject to deal with – a romance between a male of 64 summers and a young lady, in comparison, of 34 years.  As it turns out, the unlikely hero is actually a few years older that the father of the lady.  But then, of course, nothing more can better underscore the aphorism that love is blind and knows no bounds.

The concept is quite unique as a script for a Hindi film.  The role of the primary protagonist is just cut out for the personality that Amitabh is.  And that is what I meant when I said a few lines above.  He is now in the early seventies, and he still has the appeal and the charisma to fittingly shoulder a mature portrayal.  I simply cannot imagine another artist, barring maybe Naseerudin Shah, who could possibly pull this off.  It is the noteworthy roles like this one that make Amitabh stand apart and shoulders above other artists, contemporary or from the past.  And of course, I am not referring to his physical height.

Coming to the song.  It sometimes happens that one listens to a song, and then wishes that the song could have been longer.  For this is the theme cum title song for the film.  It plays multiple times during the film, always in the background.  And it is always played just two or four lines at a time, and almost always the background singing is neatly meshed into the action and the dialogue occurring on screen.  One gets a feel  of it, just a little bit, as two of the stanzas having two additional verse lines, get played, as per the situation.  And that paucity of persistence actually makes one crave for more of it.  But alas, the director does not oblige.

The title of the film refers to the caustic tongued Buddha Deb, owner of the best Indian restaurant in London.  The gentleman is a an arrogant and egocentric personality, probably venting his frustrations of a lonely life, in which, in the past, someone had briefly entered and then left.  A visitor from India, happens to visit the restaurant.  The first meeting is quiet unpleasant.  However, the lady responds with accepting the challenge that the egocentric expert chef throws her way, when he comments wondering whether she has ever stepped into a kitchen.  So the two persona, with an extreme difference in age, character and attitude, fall in love against all odds.

The male singing voice is Vijay Prakash and he lady behind the female singing voice is Shreya Ghoshal.  Music is by Ilyaraja.    The snippets in the female voice are a naughty and playful expression as the lady is walking away and is looking back over her shoulder, coyly glancing at the gentleman who is also intently watching her walk away.  And the snippets of the song in male voice are the expressions when the gentleman is waiting for and is missing the lady – the verses telling of things going on in his mind, things that he is too stubborn to speak from his lips.

View, listen and enjoy to this composite that I have created from the background snippets that are scattered throughout the duration of the film.  And if you have not watched this film, I would recommend that you do.

PS: As usual, our dear song sleuth, Prakash ji, has located the audio version of the full song (female version) and has sent me the link.  The lyrics for the complete audio of that version are now updated below.
Prakash ji,
Thanks an absolute ton. 🙂

[Composite of Video Clips from the Film]

[Complete Audio – Female Version]

Song – Cheeni Kum Hai, Cheeni Kum Hai (Cheeni Kum) (2007) Singer – Shreya Ghoshal, Vijay Prakash, Lyrics – Manoj Tapadia, MD – Ilayaraja

Lyrics

[Base lyrics of video clips from the film]
cheeni kum hai
cheeni kum hai
thodi thodi tujh mein hai kum
kum kum
hai kum kum
cheeni kum hai
cheeni kum hai
thodi thodi tujh mein hai kum
kum kum
hai kum kum

dheere dheere haule haule
door door hogi problem
humdum
o hum dum

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sooni sooni
khoi khoi
aankhen meri dhoondhe tujhe hi
kab se
haan kab se
ab aaogi
tab aaogi
kab aaogi
poochhun main yahi
khud se
haan khud se

main hoon yahaan
tu hai kahaan
aahen meri sun
sooni sooni
khoi khoi
aankhen meri dhoondhe tujhe hi
kab se
haan kab se

[Lyrics from the complete audio – female version]
cheeni kum hai
cheeni kum hai
thodi thodi tujh mein hai kum
kum kum
hai kum kum
cheeni kum hai
cheeni kum hai
thodi thodi tujh mein hai kum
kum kum
hai kum kum

dheere dheere haule haule
door door hogi problem
humdum
o hum dum
sun le kabhi
kehti hai kya
dil ki sadaa bhi
cheeni kum hai

cheeni kum hai
thodi thodi tujh mein hai kum
kum kum
hai kum kum

dheere dheere haule haule
door door hogi problem
humdum
o hum dum

dard jaata hai
muskura ke
dekh le
dekh le aazmaa ke
narm hota hai
mom jal ke
dekh le
dekh le
tu pighal le
maujon mein hai kal kal
lamhon mein hai halchal
thehra yahaan hai pal kyun
kyun kyun
kyun
kyun
cheeni kum hai
cheeni kum hai
thodi thodi tujh mein hai kum
kum kum
hai kum kum

dheere dheere haule haule
door door hogi problem
humdum
o hum dum

khwaab rangeen hain
is jahaan ke
dekh le
dekh le tu sajaa ke
apne saaye se
tu nikal ke
dekh le
dekh le tu badal ke
rangon ke hain mele
khushiyon ke hain rele
dhadkan pe pehra kyun hai kyun
kyun kyun
kyun
kyun
cheeni kum hai
cheeni kum hai
thodi thodi tujh mein hai kum
kum kum
hai kum kum

dheere dheere haule haule
door door hogi problem
humdum
o hum dum
sun le kabhi
kehti hai kya
dil ki sadaa bhi
cheeni kum hai

cheeni kum hai
thodi thodi tujh mein hai kum
kum kum
hai kum kum

dheere dheere haule haule
door door hogi problem
humdum
o hum dum

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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[आंशिक विडियो पर आधारित मूल पंक्तियाँ]
चीनी कम है
चीनी कम है
थोड़ी थोड़ी तुझ में है कम
कम कम
है कम कम
चीनी कम है
चीनी कम है
थोड़ी थोड़ी तुझ में है कम
कम कम
है कम कम

धीरे धीरे हौले हौले
दूर दूर होगी प्रोब्लम
हमदम
ओ हमदम

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सूनी सूनी
खोई खोई
आँखें मेरी ढूँढे तुझे ही
कब से
हाँ कब से
अब आओगी
तब आओगी
कब आओगी
पूछूं मैं यही
खुद से
हाँ खुद से

मैं हूँ यहाँ
तू है कहाँ
आहें मेरी सुन
सूनी सूनी
खोई खोई
आँखें मेरी ढूँढे तुझे ही
कब से
हाँ कब से

[सम्पूर्ण औडियो पर आधारित पूरा गीत – महिला स्वर में]
चीनी कम है
चीनी कम है
थोड़ी थोड़ी तुझ में है कम
कम कम
है कम कम
चीनी कम है
चीनी कम है
थोड़ी थोड़ी तुझ में है कम
कम कम
है कम कम
धीरे धीरे हौले हौले
दूर दूर होगी प्रोब्लम
हमदम
ओ हमदम
सुन ले कभी
कहती है क्या
दिल की सदा भी
चीनी कम है
चीनी कम है
थोड़ी थोड़ी तुझ में है कम
कम कम
है कम कम
धीरे धीरे हौले हौले
दूर दूर होगी प्रोब्लम
हमदम
ओ हमदम

दर्द जाता है
मुस्कुरा के देख ले
देख ले आज़मा के
नर्म होता है
मोम जल के
देख ले
देख ले
तू पिघल के
मौजों में है कलकल
लम्हों में है हलचल
ठहरा यहाँ है पल क्यों
क्यों क्यों
क्यों
क्यों
चीनी कम है
चीनी कम है
थोड़ी थोड़ी तुझ में है कम
कम कम
है कम कम
धीरे धीरे हौले हौले
दूर दूर होगी प्रोब्लम
हमदम
ओ हमदम

ख्वाब रंगीं हैं
इस जहां के
देख ले
देख ले तू सजा के
अपने साये से
तू निकल के
देख ले
देख ले तू बादल के
रंगों के हैं मेले
खुशिओं के हैं रेले
धड़कन पे पहरा है क्यों
क्यों क्यों
क्यों
क्यों
चीनी कम है
चीनी कम है
थोड़ी थोड़ी तुझ में है कम
कम कम
है कम कम
धीरे धीरे हौले हौले
दूर दूर होगी प्रोब्लम
हमदम
ओ हमदम
सुन ले कभी
कहती है क्या
दिल की सदा भी
चीनी कम है
चीनी कम है
थोड़ी थोड़ी तुझ में है कम
कम कम
है कम कम
धीरे धीरे हौले हौले
दूर दूर होगी प्रोब्लम
हमदम
ओ हमदम

6 Responses to "Cheeni Kum Hai, Cheeni Kum Hai"

Illiaraja>>Sadma-83, Appu Raja-90, Hey Ram-2000, Shiva-2006, Chal Chale-2009, Paa-2009,
Maonoj Tapadia>> Manorama-Six FeetUnder-2007, Madras Café-2013, NH10-2015,
Vijay Prakash>>Baaz-A Bird In Danger-2003, Bhoot-2003, Kyu Ho Gaya Na-2004, Swadesh-2004, Lakshya-2004, Bose the Forgotten Hero-2005, Hanuman-2005, Kaal-2005, Tango Charlie-2005, Holiday-2006, Iqraar-By Chance-2006, Men Not Allowed-2006, Chain Kuli Ki Main Kuli-2007, Hanuman Returns-2007, Meerabai Not Out-2008, Ru Ba Ru-2008, Yuvraj-2008, Aishwarya-2009, Blue-2009, Quick Gun Murugan-2009, Toss-2009, Click-2010, Rawan-2010, Force-2011, FALTU-2011, Love U..Mr Kalakar-20011, Mod-2011, Fatso-2012, Coke Blue 3-2013, Mardani-2014,

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My favourite film and my favourite song,Thank you Sudhir ji for the post and the lyrics and the song.

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audio link with different set of lyrics ?

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Prakash ji,

Thanks an absolute ton. I was searching for this, but was not able to locate it. I will update the lyrics right away.

Thanks and regards
Sudhir

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Your info is incorrect.

These are two different songs, both Solo with different lyricists:

cheeni kum : Shreya Ghoshal, Lyrics: Sameer

Sooni Sooni: Vijay Prakash, Lyrics: Sameer and Manoj Tapadia jointly

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this is the tamil song on which AB’s song was based. the movies were entirely different. the tamil movie “Mouna Raagam” was a movie showing the pains in forgetting ones’ first love and getting to like the man you marry. it was the fourth or fifth movie of Mani Ratnam. it was remade in Hindi as “Kasak” with Rshi Kapoor Chunky Pandey and Neelam in the lead.

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