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Bataao bataao hai kya ye saheli

Posted on: March 4, 2023


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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 other sites without the knowledge and consent of the web administrator of atulsongaday.me, then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

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‘Raanjhanaa’ (2013) is a love story which was produced by Krishika Lulla and was directed by Aanand L Rai. Dhanush (of Kolaveri fame) made his debut in Hindi film as a lead actor along with Sonam Kapoor. Other actors in the film were Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub, Swara Bhaskar, Abhay Deol (special appearance), Kumud Mishra, Deepika Amin, Shilpi Marwah, etc in supporting roles. The film was dubbed in Tamil as ‘Ambikapathy’ (2013).

The consequence of unrequited love is the theme of the film’s story.

Kundan Shankar (Dhanush), the son of a Tamil priest in a Varanasi temple is madly in love with his childhood crush, Zoya (Sonam Kapoor) who, now grown up, does not wish to reciprocate his love as they belong to different faith. Bindiya Tripathi (Swara Bhaskar) loves Kundan but he does not reciprocate her love for the obvious reason. When Zoya’s parents come to know about her relationship with Kundan, she is sent away to Aligarh for further schooling. Kundan continues to be in good books with Zoya’s parents who also admires him for his timely help whenever they required.

Zoya gets admission in JNU for higher studies where she gets involved with students’ union activities. Here, she comes in contact with Jasjeet Singh (Abhay Deol). Both are in love with each other and are keen to get married. Knowing her parents’ views on inter-faith marriage, Zoya tells Jasjeet to impersonate himself as Akram Zaidi when they meet her parents.

Zoya returns to Banaras after many years and meets Kundan to tell him that she is in love with Akram and he should convince her parents for her marriage with Akram. She also tells him that he should also get married to Bindiya who loves him. Kundan’s love for Zoya makes him agree to her both requests, albeit reluctantly.

On the day of the pre-wedding ceremonies of both Zoya and Kundan at different venues, Kundan’s comes to know through a newspaper report that the student leader of JNU is a Sikh, Jasjeet Singh in the guise of Akram Zaidi. This enrages Kundan so much that he rushes out of his pre-wedding ceremony to tell Zoya’s parents that Akram is not a Muslim. In the milieu, Jasjeet is badly beaten by Zoya’s relatives for lying them and Zoya tries to commit suicide. When Kundan comes to know about these incidents, he rushes to the hospital leaving his wedding ceremony. Injured Jasjeet is taken to his native place by his parents and Zoya recovers from her attempted suicide injuries.

When Kundan returns from hospital, it is too late for him to get married to Bindiya. His parents, being angry, expels him from the house. The homeless Kundan feels remorseful as it was because of him, Jasjeet got injured and Zoya tried to commit suicide. To redeem himself from his wrongdoing, Kundan takes Zoya to Jasbeer’s native place where he comes to know that he has succumbed to his injury.

Zoya rejoins JNU and carry forward the work of the party floated by Jasjeet. Kundan, after knowing that Zoya is heading the party, joins the party. He becomes popular with the party workers and overtime, he has risen to one of the important functionaries of the party. Zoya, who already holds Kundan responsible for Jasjeet’s death, feels threatened by Kundan’s popularity. With some instigations and support from outside politicians, Zoya plans to get Kundan injured during his campaign speech. However, Kundan gets badly injured in a blast and is hospitalized in a serious condition.

When Zoya comes to know that Kundan who was already aware of her plan, deliberately decided to get injured, she rushes to hospital to be with him. In his dying moment, he tells her that he is now very tired and wish to get a final rest. He wishes to be born in Banaras again and be an unrequited lover of a girl like Zoya.

The highlight of the film is the exceptional performance by Dhanush. He gives through his performance a feeling that no one else but he can only perform the role of Kundan. Dhanush dubbed his dialogues in Hindi in his own voice for which he took extensive coaching in Hindi. Some shades of Tamil accent in his Hindi dialogues worked well for his character of a Tamil brahmin in the film. Swara Bhaskar and Zeeshan Ayub also performed very well in their respective roles of Bindiya and Kundan’s close friend, Murari.

‘Raanjhanaa’ (2013) had 9 songs, all written by Irshad Kamil which were set to music by A R Rahman. According to Aanand L Rai, film’s director, when A R Rahman heard that the script was Banaras based, thoughts of Ustad Bismillah Khan immediately came to his mind. He suggested using elements of shehnai in the film’s songs in honour of the shehnai maestro. (Source: May 9, 2013 issue of ‘Mid-Day’). He composed all the songs in folk-classical base to give a feel of Banaras.

I am presenting the first song from the film, ‘bataao bataao kya hai paheli’ to appear on the Blog. The song is rendered by Madhushree, Vaishali Samant, Chinmayee, Aanchal Sethi and Chorus. The song is written by Irshad Kamil which is set to music by A R Rahman. The background of the song is that when it becomes certain to Kundan that Zoya would be getting married to her fiancé, Jasjeet Singh posing as Akram Zaidi, Kundan agrees to marry Bindiya. At both the places, pre-wedding rituals are going on simultaneously as this song is played in the background.

In this song, there are three riddles in the conversation between two ‘sakhis’ describing some ordinary events. One sakhi who acts as an interlocutor answers the riddles by imagining that she is talking about her ‘saajan’ (beloved). The ‘sakhi’ says ‘no’ and gives the answer which turns out to be something ordinary. The song is inspired from Amir Khusro’s ‘mukriyaan’ (riddles). An example of the many riddles Amir Khusro wrote is as under:

raat samay wah mere aawe
bhor bhaye wah ghari uti jaawe
ye achraj hai sab se nyaara
ae sakhi saajan
naa sakhi taara

Another feature of this song is that there are percussions and shehnai which are vocally played in the interludes. As per the credit titles of the film, the vocal percussions and shehnai were given by Chinmayee and Aanchal Sethi.

Video Clip:

Audio Clip (with video mix):

Song-Bataao bataao hai kya ye saheli (Raanjhana)(2013) Singers-Madhushree, Vaishali Samant, Chinmayee, Aanchal Sethi, Lyrics-Irshad Kamil, MD-A R Rahman

Lyrics: (Based on Audio Clip)

sa dha ni re
aa aa aa
sa dha
aa aa aa aa aa
aa aa aa aa aa
dha ma dha ni
dha ni re
dha ni pa
re ga ma dha pa
re ga pa sa
ga ma dha dha
ni ni sa ni dha pa
re ga ma dha pa re sa
aa aa aa
aa aa aa
ga ma dha dha
ni ni ni ga re ga
sa re sa
aa aa aa aaa
aa aa aa aaa
aa aa aa aaa

bataao bataao hai kya ye saheli
bataao bataao hai kya ye paheli
bataao bataao hai kya ye saheli
bataao bataao hai kya ye paheli
haan hai sakhi uljhan
kya sakhi uljhan
ae sakhi uljhan
kya sakhi uljhan
ae sakhi uljhan
kya sakhi uljhan

tyun tyun tyun tyun tyun….un
tyun tyun tyun tyun tyun….un
tyun tyun tyun
tidid tyun tyun tyun tyun….un
tidid tyun tyun tyun
tyun tyun tyun tyun
tyun tyun tyun
tyun tyun tyun
tyun tyun tyun
tyun tyun

hriday saara badal hai jaata
janam janam kaa usase naata
ho kabhi hai waadi ho o
kabhi suwaadi
kabhi hai waadi ho o
kabhi suwaadi
ae sakhi saajan
naa sakhi shaadi
ae sakhi saajan
naa sakhi shaadi
ae sakhi saajan
naa sakhi shaadi

pein pein pein pein pein
pein pein pein
pein pein pein pein pein
pein pein pein
paaye pa pa
paaye pa pa
paaye pa pa
paaye pa pa
paaye pa pa
paaye pa pa
pei…………..n
paaye pa pa
paaye
paaye pa pa
paaye
paaye pa pa
paaye
pei……………n

chaahe to wo karde andhera
geela karde tanmann mera
chaahe to wo karde andhera
geela karde tanmann mera
main to sukhaati hoon
tera dil daaman
ae sakhi saajan
o sakhi saawan
ae sakhi saajan
naa sakhi saawan

haaye
paas naa ho bada sataaye
sataaye
paas jo ho bada sataaye
sataaye
paas bulaaye bina batlaaye
bataaye
paas wo aaye bina batlaaye
bataaye
paas rahe nazar naa aaye
na aaye
paas rahe nazar lagaaye
lagaaye
paas usike rahen
khwaishen khwaishen
paas usike to hai
khwaishen khwaishen
o uske liye ho
karoon sau jatan
ae sakhi saajan
haan sakhi saajan
ae sakhi saajan
haan sakhi saajan
haan sakhi saajan
haan sakhi saajan

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