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Songs Repeated in Hindi Films – 17
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Aah yes, this one too. 😀 😀

This iconic creation from the team of Majrooh Sb and SD Burman, preparing such delicious offerings for the 1958 film ‘Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi’, got reused in a recent film. The memorable film needs no introduction, and neither do its songs and music. Great songs, falling in the category of ‘evergreen’, or ‘सदाबहार’ as Bakshi ji prefers to describe such songs.

This everlasting piece of naughty music, rendered equally playfully by Kishore Kumar, and the icing to top all these superlatives is the on screen performance by Kishore Da himself. Walking down the stairs backwards, talking to his tools, and making music from them, and all the while getting on the nerves of the lady customer who has barged into the car repair workshop run by three brothers whose motto in life is to dislike women. And that too at 2 am. Regulars will remember the beginning of this episode. Kishore is woken up in the middle of the night, a very rainy night, by a damsel drenched in rain. He wishes for her to disappear – quite a disturbance to his sleep while he is on active night duty. When the lady points out to the light glowing on the signboard that says ‘Day & Night Service’, the sleep starved hero shuts off the light bulb and declares – there, we are no longer day and night service – good bye.

All this preamble and then the song and its performance – the memories keep us music lovers awake at night.

Fast forward to 2013. A film came, titled ‘Listen Amaya’. The key thing that made this film attractive was the lead pair – Deepti Naval and Farooque Sheikh – teamed up once again after a gap of many years. Between 1981 and 1985, the two had appeared in six films as the lead pair. And the film names tell the story – ‘Chashme Buddoor’ (1981), ‘Saath Saath’ (1982), ‘Katha’ (1982), ‘Rang Birangi’ (1983), ‘Kisi Se Na Kehna’ (1983) and ‘Ek Baar Chale Aao’ (1983). Then in 1985, they again appeared together in Yash Chopra’s ‘Faasle’, albeit this time they were not the lead pair.

After ‘Faasle’, we do not see them together, goodness, till 2011. That year, the film ‘Tell Me, O Khuda’ was released. This is a film directed by Hema Malini, and was intended as the launch vehicle for her daugther, Esha Deol. Again, in this film, Farooque and Deepti were not the lead pair. They played the roles of foster parents of the leading lady Esha Deol. So effectively, ‘Ek Baar Chale Aao’in 1983 turns out to be their last outing together as the romantic lead pair.

Thirty years later, in 2013, comes ‘Listen Amaya’, and we see this pair once again playing the roles of a mature couple finding romance and love in their later years.

[Ed Note: Regulars will recall a similar film had come in 2005 – ‘Pyaar Mein Twist’. In that film, another fabulous romantic pair – Dimple Kapadia and Rishi Kapoor – of the ‘Bobby’ (1973) fame, had come together yet once again on the silver screen, to play the roles of mature single adults finding soulmates in their later years. Dimple and Rishi had also appeared in the film ‘Saagar’ (1985) as the lead romantic pair.]

Leela (Deepti) is a widow who owns and manages a library café – ‘Book A Coffee’. She has a daughter, Amaya, role played by Swara Bhaskar, who is a budding writer. Into their lives, walks in Jayant (Farooque), a widower, and a photographer by profession. Leela and Jayant are attracted towards each other, much to the discomfort of Amaya, who does not relish the thought of her mother being romantically involved. Although, she also is working with Jayant on a coffee table book about the old bazaars and market places of Delhi, but in her mind she hits a wall, when it comes to accept him as another man in her mother’s life.

The film is beautifully contoured around the concepts of memories and realities of life – passages of real life that slide into memories and portions of memory that become parts of life again. It is a touching tale of coming to terms with one’s own maturity, as on the part of Amaya, and on the other hand, acceptance and realization of emotions, without fanfare, without the flourish of animated expressions, on the part of Leela and Jayant. When Amaya is all too disturbed about the budding relationship in her mother’s life, the protagonists calmly give in, and decide to discontinue meeting, without a word being said, or any regrets being announced. And when Amaya sees this upcoming consequential circumstance, she finds herself flummoxed, to be at the fulcrum of a possible second disaster in her mother’s life. The sternest exchange that we see between the mother and daughter is when Leela admonishes Amaya telling her that she still is her mother and will continue to take care of her. And the softest touch of complaint is when Amaya finally reaches out to Jayant on the day their book is to be published, hugs him with the words asking the question – why does he never gets angry. A much more endearing assay about finding love than ‘Pyaar Mein Twist’. My humble opinion of course.

But what about this song, you will ask. Ah yes, we have to get back to the song, a repeat one at that, giving me the 17th opportunity of this series. 🙂 Amaya herself has a romantic link up in this film, with the young man Raghav (role played by Siddhant Karnick). Although part of the side plot, Raghav has an important part as in showing up the mirror to Amaya about what her feelings and reactions towards her mother’s life are all about.

Okay so this film needed a rocking romantic relief (not exactly, but something a la comic relief, a practice invented by the dramatists of the yore). So Raghav is an intelligent guy – to win over his lady love, he actually starts with the mother of his lady love, making his way to the heart of his beloved through the mind of his beloved’s mother. That is another thing that majority of the song as picturized, is spent in a dream sequence of wide open eyes where he is serenading his lady love actually.

There are three songs in this film, that have been created by the husband wife team of Indraneel Hariharan, the music director, and Poonam Hariharan, the lyricist. This ‘rocking romantic relief’ song is a re-rendition of the ‘सदाबहार’ classic, as mentioned above. The lyrics and the music of the song remain the same. Only that it has been re-recorded in the voice of Kunal Ganjawala for ‘Listen Amaya’. Another variation is that of the three original stanzas, only two have been used in this re-rendition. On screen, the song is performed by Siddhant Karnick. The venue of the song is the library café that is run by Leela. The song starts with Raghav trying to win over Leela. But then right after the mukhda is done, his mind slides into the fantasy plane, and he is now wooing Amaya in the dream world. The starting scene is kind of same as the car repair workshop from the original film. And that is in black and white too. But soon, color is ‘restored’ and we see more contemporary scenarios to motivate the romancing mood.

And the all too lovely effect – the sound of two clicks near the end of song. In the original, we have Kishore Kumar tapping in the final nut to finish the repair job. In the rerun, we have Leela snapping her fingers to get Raghav back from his reverie to the real world. Classic touch. 🙂

So two films from recent years, on romantic relationships between mature adults, have been picked up for this series – both having re-used an iconic popular hit from the golden era.

Time to do it again. . . 🙂

Song – Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si  (Listen Amaya) (2013) Singer – Kunal Ganjawala, Lyrics – Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD – SD Burman
Chorus

Lyrics

hmm
ek ladki bheegi-bhaagi si
soti raaton mein jaagi si
mili ek ajnabi se
koi aage na peechhe
tum hi kaho ye koi baat hai
hmm
ek ladki bheegi-bhaagi si
soti raaton mein jaagi si
mili ek ajnabi se
koi aage na peechhe
tum hi kaho ye koi baat hai
hmm

dil hi dil mein jali jaati hai
bigdi bigdi chali aati hai
dil hi dil mein jali jaati hai
bigdi bigdi chali aati hai
dhundhlaati huyi
balkhaati huyi

saawan ki sooni raat mein
mili ek ajnabi se
koi aage na peechhe
tum hi kaho ye koi baat hai
hmm
ek ladki bheegi-bhaagi si
soti raaton mein jaagi si
mili ek ajnabi se
koi aage na peechhe
tum hi kaho ye koi baat hai
hmm

tan bheega hai sar geela hai
uska koi pench bhi dheela hai
tan bheega hai sar geela hai
uska koi pench bhi dheela hai
tanati jhukti
chalti rukti
nikli andheri raat mein
mili ek ajnabi se
koi aage na peechhe
tum hi kaho ye koi baat hai
hmm
ek ladki bheegi-bhaagi si
soti raaton mein jaagi si
mili ek ajnabi se
koi aage na peechhe
he he
tum hi kaho ye koi baat hai

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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हम्म
एक लड़की भीगी भागी सी
सोती रातों में जागी सी
मिली एक अजनबी से
कोई आगे ना पीछे
तुम ही कहो ये कोई बात है
हम्म
एक लड़की भीगी भागी सी
सोती रातों में जागी सी
मिली एक अजनबी से
कोई आगे ना पीछे
तुम ही कहो ये कोई बात है
हम्म

दिल ही दिल में जाली जाती है
बिगड़ी बिगड़ी चली आती है
दिल ही दिल में जाली जाती है
बिगड़ी बिगड़ी चली आती है
धुंधलाती हुई
बलखाती हुई
सावन की सूनी रात में
मिली एक अजनबी से
कोई आगे ना पीछे
तुम ही कहो ये कोई बात है
हम्म
एक लड़की भीगी भागी सी
सोती रातों में जागी सी
मिली एक अजनबी से
कोई आगे ना पीछे
तुम ही कहो ये कोई बात है
हम्म

तन भीगा है सर गीला है
उसका कोई पेंच भी ढीला है
तन भीगा है सर गीला है
उसका कोई पेंच भी ढीला है
तनती झुकती
चलती रुकती
निकली अंधेरी रात में
मिली एक अजनबी से
कोई आगे ना पीछे
तुम ही कहो ये कोई बात है
हम्म
एक लड़की भीगी भागी सी
सोती रातों में जागी सी
मिली एक अजनबी से
कोई आगे ना पीछे
हे हे
तुम ही कहो ये कोई बात है


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