Monday, April 14, 2008

Chalo Ek Baar Phir Se..

I'm getting hooked to these piano songs.

Classy song, classy music and classy actors - what else can one ask for?!

In the old days this used to be the style - the piano songs. They don't do that too much now. There are two benefits of having a piano song in a film.

First, the director didn't have to get our heroes to dance. For example, like Rajesh Khanna who apparently has two left feet. Don't believe me? Watch this video.

Secondly, the director would directly bypass the challenge of hiding our heroine's height, which, back in those days, was usually less than half the height of our heroes. Well almost! It's just fantastic how they do it. I mean Sunil Dutt is close to some six and a half feet tall and Mala Sinha not even close to five, and to show them on one screen standing next to each other as lovers is just not a piece of cake. So the piano songs come in quite handy. And we as audience who loves quality songs gets to actually look at the faces instead of the workout videos.

Just one glance at those faces of Ashok Kumar, Mala Sinha and Sunil Dutt and it just makes me want to keep looking at them over and over again.

चलो इक बार फिर से अजनबी बन जाए हम दोनों (२)
(wow! what awesome piano plays here) Ravi's music rocks!

न मैं तुम से कोई उम्मीद राखु दील नवाजी की
न तुम मेरी तरफ़ देखो ग़लत अंदाज़ नज़रों से
न मेरे दील की धड़कन लड़खडाये मेरी बातों में
न ज़ाहिर हो तुम्हारी कशमकश का राज़ नज़रों से

चलो इक बार फिर से अजनबी बन जाए हम दोनों (२)
(notice the background music here while he sings, it's totally goosebumpy!)

तुम्हे भी कोई उलझन रोकती है पेश कदमी से
मुझे भी लोग कहते है की ये जलवे पराये है
मेरे हमराह भी रुसवाइयां है मेरे माजी की (२)
तुम्हारे साथ भी गुज़री हुई रातों के साए है
चलो इक बार फिर से अजनबी बन जाए हम दोनों (२)

तारुफ़ रोग हो जाए तो उस को भूलना बेहतर
ताल्लुक बोझ बन जाए तो उस को तोड़ना अच्छा
वो अफसाना जिसे अंजाम तक लाना न हो मुमकिन (२)
उसे एक ख़ूबसूरत मोड़ देकर छोड़ना अच्छा
चलो इक बार फिर से अजनबी बन जाए हम दोनों (२)
चलो एक बार...

(It's always funny to watch the picturization of these actors playing the musical instruments! What is Sunil Dutt playing there? :D)

Film: Gumraah (1963)
Singer: Mahendra Kapoor
Music Director: Ravi
Lyrics: Sahir Ludhiyanvi
Picturized on: Sunil Dutt, Mala Sinha, Ashok Kumar

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