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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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‘Dedh Ishqiyaan’ (2014) was a sequel to ‘Ishqiya’ (2010). Both the films were produced under the banner of V B Films of Vishal Bhardwaj along with Raman Maroo and were directed by Abhishek Choube. While the main actors, Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi and Salman Shahid were retained for the sequel, the lead actress, Vidya Balan was replaced with Madhuri Dixit. Other supporting actors were Huma Qureshi, Vijay Raaz, Manoj Pahwa, Mehmood Hashmi, Ravi Gosain etc.

The story of the film was written by Darab Farooqui. It is said that the film’s story has been partly influenced by Ismat Chughtai’s short story ‘Lihaaf’ which was published in a Lahore-based Urdu journal in 1942. ‘Lihaaf’ sets out the events following the sexual awakening in Begum Jan after her unhappy marriage with a Nawab. She gets into a romantic relationship with her female attendant. This became a big issue in 1942. A legal case was filed against Ismat Chughtai on charges of obscenity in the Lahore High Court. She was subsequently exonerated from the charges (Source: ‘The Feminist Voice of Ismat Chughtai’ – The DAWN, 27/11/2016). Probably, the director of ‘Dedh Ishqiyaan’ (2014) did not want to take that risk. So, in the film, the relationship between Begum Para (Madhuri Dixit) and Munniya (Huma Qureshi) were discreetly shown in the film.

I have seen this film 5-6 years back and again a few days back on YouTube. There are plenty of this film’s reviews available online. So, I will not go into the details. The film is a romantic comedy thriller. Everything about this film turned out to be right – the performances of the actors, a sleek screenplay, catchy dialogues in chaste Urdu, good cinematography, excellent lyrics, dance, and music compositions. The pair of Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi stole the show. Madhuri Dixit excelled in the role of Begum Para, depicting varied emotions apart from her excellent dances. Huma Qureshi acted well in pairing with Madhuri Dixit in the role of Munniya, her attendant. Vijay Raaz in the role of a politician and Nawab-in-waiting and Salman Shahid in the role of a gangster boss have been outstanding.

The film received very good reviews from the critics. But, as per box office report, upon the film’s release in early January 2014, it achieved the average collection at the box office. Based on the worldwide box office collections, the film barely recovered the cost of production. I am not surprised as this is not a mainstream Bollywood film. In my view, this film will attain the status of a classic film over time and all those associated with this film will feel proud.

I was curious to know as to why the film’s sequel title was chosen as ‘Dedh Ishqiyaan’. Why was the usual sequel title ‘Ishqiya-2’ (like Drishyam-2, the latest sequel film) not chosen? I tried to find out from some videos about the film, available online, but could not come across any formal explanation from the producer or director. There were a couple of videos available online on the making of the film in which actors and unit members tried to guess as to what the reason for this title could be. A unit member guessed that it could be a marketing gimmick. Madhuri Dixit pointed out that extra smart persons in Marathi are called ‘Deed Shahane’. She guessed that the film’s title may have reflected the main characters in the film, who are all conmen, who individually think that they are smarter to outwit the other conmen. The most interesting explanation of the title came from a reviewer of the film who felt that ‘Dedh Ishqiyaan’ means ‘one and a half passionate.’ Naseeruddin Shah, posing as a Nawab and Arshad Warsi, posing as his orderly are passionately in love with Madhuri Dixit and Huma Qureshi, respectively. This is ‘one’ type of love. On the other hand, Madhuri Dixit posing as a wealthy Begum of a deceased Nawab and Huma Qureshi as her attendant, have romantic relationship which the reviewer counts as half love.

‘Dedh Ishqiyaan’ (2014) had six songs, excluding remix versions, all written by Gulzar and set to music by Vishal Bhardwaj. None of the songs from the film has been covered in the Blog. My favourite 3 songs from the film are – (1) ‘hamaari atariya pe aaja re saanwariya’, (2) ‘jagaave saari raina’ and (3) ‘na bolun main to kaleja phoonkey’. The first two are semi-classical songs while Gulzar’s lyrics in third song has a Sufiana touch which influenced me to select this as the first song from the film to appear on the Blog. Let me attempt the translation of the song:

na boloon main to kaleja phoonkey
jo bol doon to zabaan jale hai
sulag na jaave agar sune wo
jo baat meri zabaan tale hain

If I don’t say, my heart puffs. If I say, my tongue burns. I hope she does not get angry if she hears what I have concealed below my tongue. [The lover is in catch-22 situation in disclosing his love to the beloved].

lage na phir youn ke rog laage
na saans aave na saans jaave
ye ishq hai namuraad aisa
ke jaan leve tabhi tale hain

Getting infected with love is like a disease. Neither one can inhale or exhale breath. This love is such a loser that it leaves only when it takes one’s life. [In Arabic literature, love has 7 stages. Death is the 7th and the last stage. The film also talks about the 7 stages of love. Hence Gulzar may have in mind the 7th stage of love while writing ‘ke jaan leve tabhi tale hain’] .

hamaari haalat pe kitta rove hai
aasmaan bhi tu dekh leejo
ke surkh ho jaave uski aankhen
jaise jaise din dhale hai

Looking at my condition, you see how much the sky has shed tears so much that even his eyes have become red as the day turns to dusk. [Gulzar has beautifully used the metaphor of the sky’s colour at the dusk as teary eyes turning red as the day ends].

I was under the impression that this song sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was in the film’s soundtrack. While watching the film, I was surprised to know that in the film, it was sung by Raju Singh for Naseeruddin Shah who recites the poem in a mushaira in tarannum (tune) without the accomplishment of music. The song sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan with orchestration has been released on audio. I do not think that the song sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is a version song because all the songs of the film, including that of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan were released a week before the release of the film in the theatres. This suggests that initially, the director had thought of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan singing for Naseeruddin Shah as a full-fledged song. Probably, on second thought the director may have felt that it would look authentic to render this song as a recitation of poetry without orchestration in a mushaira scene. Since Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was based in Pakistan, Raju Singh who is also the music director and singer in his own right, was roped in to sing this song sans the last antara.

Enjoy the song in Sufiana lyrics and melody with pop music orchestration, mainly with the string instruments.

Video Clip:

Audio Clip:

Song-Na boloon main to kaleja phoonkey (Dedh Ishqiyaan)(2014) Singer-Rahat Fateh Ali Khan/Raju Singh, Lyrics-Gulzar, MD-Vishal Bhardwaj

Lyrics(Based on Audio)

na boloon main to kaleja phoonkey
na boloon main to kaleja phoonkey
jo bol doon to zabaan jale hai
sulag na jaave agar sune wo….o o o o o o
sulag na jaave agar sune wo
jo baat meri zabaan tale hai ae ae ae
na boloon main to kaleja phoonkey
jo bol doon to zabaan jale hai ae ae ae ae

lage to phir youn ke rog laage ae ae
na saans aave na saans jaave ae ae ae ae
lage to phir youn ke rog laage
na saans aave na saans jaave
yeh ishq hai namuraad aisa….aa aa aa aa aa
yeh ishq hai namuraad aisa
ke jaan leve tabhi taley hai ae

hamaari haalat pe kitta rove hai
aasmaan bhi tu dekh leejo o o
hamaari haalat pe kitta rove hai
aasmaan bhi tu dekh leejo o o
ke surkh ho jaave uski aankhen aen aen aen
ke surkh ho jaave uski aankhen bhi
jaise jaise yeh din dhale hai ae ae
na boloon main to kaleja phoonkey
jo bol doon to zabaan jale hai ae ae


This article is written by Peevesie’s mom, 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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Hullo Atuldom

Thank you Nahmji for reminding me of this song. How? Well in your previous post on Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan you mentioned his nephew. And immediately I thought of today’s song which is written by the poet, lyricist, author screenwriter and director who turns a year younger today.

This man has worked with all the legends of the Hindi film industry beginning (as lyricist) with Sachin Dev Burman in 1963 in a movie directed by Bimal Roy. His last released movie is “The Sky is Pink” which released in September 2019 and was directed by Shonali Bose (a new director who has been making films since 2005) and had music by Pritam Chakravarty. In the interim (1963 to 2019) he has written songs for movies directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Asit Sen etc of the earlier brigade and Shaad Ali, Mani Ratnam, Danny Boyle etc from the newer set of directors. He has of course written songs in the movies he himself directed, the last of which came in 1999 – Hu Tu Tu. This Sahitya Akademi, Dadasaheb Phalke, Padma Bhushan award winner has won several National Film awards, 21 Filmfare awards and also an Academy Award (popular as Oscars) plus a Grammy. Such a talent that even International juries cannot ignore right?

So it must already be clear that I am here wishing Shri. Sampooran Singh Kalra professionally called Gulzar on his 86th birthday. There is enough material in various posts about this man’s biography so let us go directly to the song which has a play of words that is typical of Gulzar saab.

In this song he has used words like “Piri” which I am sure that common people like me don’t know the meaning of. I would love it if someone can give synonyms.
This song is from “Ishqiya” which released in 2010. (10 years back). It was directed by Abhishek Chaubey, produced by Raman Maroo and Vishal Bharadwaj and has music by Vishal Bharadwaj. It had a highly talented star cast headed by stalwart Naseeruddin Shah, Vidya Balan, Arshad Warsi and a whole lot of talent in supporting cast too. It was written by Gulzar too. The story was placed in Gorakhpur. It had to do with the escapades of two criminals who botch up a job and run away to take refuge in the home of one Vidyadhar Verma (Adil Hussain- remember seeing him as Sridevi’s husband in “English Vinglish”) and end up meeting Verma’s wife Krishna (Vidya Balan) who gives them shelter to achieve her own secret goal.

Baaki ki kahaani parde pe (see the movie to enjoy this ‘black comedy’). After all if this 86 year old can say “dil toh bachcha hai ji” even we, his fans, should have bachhpana in our “dil”
The song is sung by Raahat Fateh Ali Khan.

Happy Birthday once again Kalraji a.k.a Gulzar saab.

Audio

Video

Song-Dil to bachcha hai jee (Ishqiya)(2010) Singer-Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Lyrics-Gulzar, MD-Vishal Bhardwaj

Lyrics

aisi uljhi nazar unse hat’ti nahin
daant se reshmi dor kat’ti nahin
umr kabki baras ke sufed ho gayi
kaari badri jawaani ki chhat’ti nahin
wallah yeh dhadkan
badhne lagi hai
chehre ki rangat
udne lagi hai
darr lagta hai tanha sone mein jee
dil toh bachcha hai jee
dil toh bachcha hai jee
thoda kachcha hai jee
aaaaa
dil toh bachcha hai jee
aisi uljhi nazar unse hat’ti nahin
daantse reshmi dor kat’ti nahin
umr kab ki baras ke sufed ho gayi
kaari badri jawaani ki chhant’ti nahin
raaa ra aaa aaa aa
raaa ra aaa aaa aa
raaa ra aaa aaa aa
raaa
raaa ra aaa aaa aa
raaa ra aaa aaa aa
raaa ra aaa aaa aa
raaa

kisko pata thha pehlu mein rakkha
dil aisa paaji bhi hoga
hum toh hamesha samajhte thhe koi
hum jaisa haaji hi hoga
haaye zor karein kitna shor karein
bewajah baaton pe ainvayi gaur karen
dil sa koi kameena aa nahin
koi toh roke
koi toh toke
iss umr mein ab khaaoge dhokhe
darr lagta hai ishq karne mein jee
dil toh bachcha hai jee,
dil toh bachcha hai jee
thhoda kachcha hai jee,
aaaa
dil toh bachcha hai jee

aisi udaasi baithhi hai dil pe
hansne se ghabra rahe hai
saari jawaani katra ke kaati
piri mein takra gaye hai
dil dhadkta hai toh
aise lagta hai woh
aa raha hai yahin dekhta hi raho
prem ki maare kataar re ae
tauba yeh lamhe
kat’te nahin kyun
aankhon se meri
hat’te nahin kyun
darr lagta hai khud se kehne mein bhi
dil toh bachcha hai jee,
dil toh bachcha hai jee
thhoda kachcha hai jee,
aaaaa
dil to bachcha hai jee


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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With the advent of social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook etc, many celebrities including the film fraternity have been using them them to be in touch with their admirers and fans. But the very same platforms are used for cyber bullying, infringement of privacy, fake news and trolling.

Most of the celebrated public figures especially from sports and film industry have been trolled some time or the other, I find that Abhishek Bachchan is one of the most trolled among the Hindi film actors. In the initial stages, most of the trolling was about his acting caliber. He was even trolled for the box office failures of some of his later films for his ‘useless acting’ or ‘acting like a rock’ even though to my mind, he had acted better than his initial films.

In the recent period, his trolls have become personal to the extent that even his wife and daughter have not been spared. He has been mocked for staying with his parents. He has been questioned as to how he had financed his vacation abroad when he had not worked in the films for a long time. This was in the context of his 2-year sabbatical from the films to concentrate on his sports teams of kabbadi and football. Netizens have also trolled him that whatever films he got was because of his father. Some trolls have been directed towards him in a most uncivilized manner and in bad tastes, almost like short hate speeches.

There may be some psychological reasons as to why netizens troll the celebrities. In the case of Abhishek Bachchan, I think, the trolls mainly emanated from the people’s high expectations from him as an actor considering that he was the son of megastar Amitabh Bachchan and one of the finest actresses, Jaya Bahaduri. It was very unfortunate for him to be compared with his father for his acting when he commenced his career as an actor in 2000. In a way, he was competing with his father to find a slot for himself as a successful actor when his father continued to be in demand from the film producers.

It is quite possible that in the initial stages of his acting career, Abhishek Bachchan might have got the benefit of his father’s recommendation. But an actor cannot sustain his acting career for a long time on recommendations. If it was so, actors like Rajiv Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor, Kunal Goswami and some more would not have been dumped by Hindi film industry as actors. During his 18 years of filmy career, Abhishek Bachchan has acted in 54 films, most of them under big banners.

Abhishek Bachchan may not be as charismatic and crowd puller as compared with some of his counterparts and his father. But in my view, he is as good an actor as Khans, Hrithik Roshan and Akhshya Kumar. Among his films I had watched, he has done quite well in ‘Yuva” (2004), ‘Bunty Aur Babli’ (2005), ‘Guru’ (2007) and ‘Dostana’ (2008). I also liked him in ‘Raavan’(2010) based on the picturization of songs. He did the same mistake as Shashi Kapoor did in the 1970s – working in films with multi-stars. In this process, he diluted his image as a solo hero in the film.

‘Jhoom Baraabar Jhoom’ (2007) was one of those multi-starrer film in which beside himself, the main actors included Preity Zinta, Bobby Deol, Lara Dutta and Amitabh Bachchan in a guest role. The film flopped at the box office. When the film fails, it is the director who should get the blame as he failed to connect the film with the audience. But our netizens got one more opportunity to troll their favourite bait, Abhishek Bachchan.

Anyway, the redeeming part of the film is the excellent songs composed by music director, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. There are 4 songs of which one multi-version song has been covered in the Blog. Here is the second song from the film – my favourite ‘dhaage tod laao chaandni se noor ke’ rendered by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Mahalakshmi Iyer. Gulzar saab’s unusual imageries are evident in the mukhda of the song.

It is a romantic song from the film of the new millennium with a soul of the golden period of Hindi film music.

Video Clip :

Audio Clip:

Song-Dhaage tod laao chaandni se noor ke (Jhoom Baraabar Jhoom)(2007) Singers-Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Mahalakshmi Iyer, Lyrics-Gulzar, MD-Shankar Ehsan Loy
Both,
metallic sound

Lyrics

dhaage tod laao chaandni se noor ke
ghoonghat hi bana lo raushni se noor ke
ho o o o
dhaage tod laao chaandni se noor ke
ghoonghat hi bana lo raushni se noor ke
sharma gayi to
aagosh mein lo
ho saanson se uljhi
rahe meri saansein

bol na halke halke
bol na halke halke
hontth se halke halke
bol na halke
bol na halke halke
bol na halke halke
hontth se halke halke
bol na halke

aa neend kaa sauda karein
ik khwaab den ik khwaab n
ek khwaab to aankhon mein hai
ek chaand ke takiye tale

kitne dino se
yeh aasmaan bhi
soya nahin hai
isko sula den
bol na halke halke
bol na halke halke
hontth se halke halke
bol na halke

bol na halke halke
bol na halke halke
hontth se halke halke
bol na halke

ma pa ni sa ga ma re
ga ma re
pa ni pa da
ga ma ga pa

re ga re ga re ga re ga …….re ga
sa re re sa re re …………….
ni sa ni sa sa sa ………
pa……..da………ma……..pa

umrein lagi kehte huye
do lafz thhe ek baat thhi
woh ek din sau saal ka
sau saal ki wo raat thhin

kaise lage jo chupchaap dono
o pal pal mein poori
sadiyan beeta dein

bol na halke halke
bol na halke halke
honth se halke

o dhaage tod laao chaandni se noor ke
o o o
ghoonghat hi bana lo raushni se noor ke

sharma gai to
aagosh mein lo
ho saanson se uljhi
rahi meri saansein
bol na halke halke
bol na halke halke
hontth se halke halke
bol na halke
bol na
halke halke
bol na halke halke
hontth se halke halke
bol na halke


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