शुक्रवार, जून 15, 2007

The Lyrical Beauty of Paheli -4 : Khali Hai Tere Bin

After a small break, I am back and we continue with our ongoing series
on Paheli songs and this time we explore the lyrical beauty of "Khali
hai tere bin". "Khali hai tere bin" is a "Viraha" song and soulful
rendering by Hariharan and Bela (Saregama winner) adds value to the
composition and lyrics. The song reminds me of Maachis's "Tum gaye sab
gaya" primarily due to the mood of the song.. The mukhada is typical
gulzarish in its lines

"khali hai tere bina dono ankhiyaan tum gaye kahaan
ankhiyon ke aalon me tere bina
raat bhar jalti hai baatiyan"

where are you, without you, I am left emotionless
and having sleepless nights (raat bhar jalti hai baatiyan)

The lovers (ghost and laachhi) are seperated, and finding life
difficult and emotionless in the phase of seperation.. They are
recalling the moments they spent together. I think the song is placed
when the real Shahrukh (the human) returns back and the ghost Shahrukh
is seperated from Raani and the two lovers missing each other recalls
the time of togetherness.. "Ankhiyon ke Aalon" is a nice expression as
a placeholder for baatiyan (light) and signifies sleeplessness..

Ghost Shahrukh asks

"Doob-ta hai din to shaam ko, saaye udate hain teri yaadein liye
Laakh din hue hain ki raat ko aadhe chaand se teri baatein kiye"

Every evening, the images (of you) captures my attention and its been
a long time since we have seperated

"Yaad hai kya tujhe raah ki beriyaan"
Do you still remember the time that we have spent together?

Raani replies (might not be face to face)

"ek ek baat yaad hai, aadhi raat ke poore chaand ko
jaagti huee bhi hoon khwaab me, chehra ek hai, leti hoon naam do"

Yes I remember every single moment that we spent together..
Though I am facing the truth (jaagati huee means, living with Shahrukh
the human) still I am in my dreams (dreams reflect Shahrukh the
ghost, which is not real)... "Chehra ek hai, leti hoon naam do" (The
face of her husband remains the same but for her the two hearts are
different in character)

"Reet ke teelon ki sunti hoon boliyaan"

Here gulzar saab comes up with his unique style of merging a similar
sounding word instead of a popular and common word used. "Ret ke
teelon" is replaced by "Reet ke teelon" (do you recall any other
instances?, there are many more) and the line singnifies that she is
bound by traditional rules and helpless. Seems that Panchayat (village
administration) seperated the lovers in the name of traditions (will
know the exact context only after viewing the film)

MM Kreem then gets Hariharan at full blast to express the pain of
seperation of two characters. In one of the interludes, he has used
the antara of "dheere jalna" beautifully..

beautiful song indeed..

गुरुवार, जून 14, 2007

The Lyrical Beauty of Paheli -3 : Dheere Jalna

Its time for discussing the opening track of the album "dheere jalna".
"Dheere Jalna" is a fantastic composition by MM Kreem and rendered
beautifully by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal. But its lyrics of the
song that captures the theme and mood of the film amazingly.

The song is woven around the theme of a dream and the song talks about
many dreams in the context of the film. As we have discussed the theme
of the film earlier, where "Shahrukh the ghost" disguise himself as
the husband of newly wed Raani Mukherjee when her husband "Shahrukh
the human" moves out for five long years on the night of the wedding
it self. Sapne jo toot chuke hain (with the exit of Shahrukh the
human") , aur naye sapne jo aakaar le rahe hain (with the entry of
"Shahrukh the ghost"). This is definately picturised on Shahrukh the
ghost and most possibly after Raani comes to know about the truth of
Shahrukh the ghost.

"kaanch ka sapna gal hi naa jaaye
soch samajh kar aanch rakh-na
dheere jalna dheere jalna, zindagi ki lau pe jal-na"

"kaanch ka sapna" conveys a few things. One thing is that the dream is
fragile in nature and would not last long. Second it would be more
painful when it breaks and third it depicts the Ghost itself is a
dream and Kaanch ka sapna could mean Ghost who is the mirror image of
her husband and may not live long with her.
"Gal hi naa jaaye" reflects coming to the terms, the truth That is why
Shahrukh the ghost ask to take precautions while making a relationship
as it might not last long (soch samajh kar aanch rakhana)

But then Shahrukh the ghost have an objective behind all his disguise act.

"Tere roop ki halki dhoop me, do hi pal hain jeene hain
Teri aankh me dekh chuka hoon, jo sapne hain, seene hain"

Halki dhoop depicts a pale face, ek udaas chehra despite being a newly
wed wife. Shahrukh the ghost also understands that his relationship
will not last long with her and he has just "Do hi pal". But he has
seen the broken dreams in her eyes, which the (dreamstailor) ghost
will repair (jo sapne hain, seene hain - sewing the broken dreams) by
giving her some good company.

"Aankhon me sapno ki kirachein hain, chubhti hain
dheere jalna.."

as the dream is broken in pieces, the pieces hurts a lot....

MM Kreem's use of instruments at this moment takes the song to another

Raani seems to be undecisive till this point, but finally she finds
the ghost's company acceptable and she joins
"socha na tha, zindagi aise phir se milegi jeene ke liye
aankhon ko pyaas lagegi, apne hi aansoo peene ke liye"

She gets a life to live again and also gets her emotions back
(aankhein to aansoo nikaal kar sookh chuki hain, all emotions have
dried up, and this relationship will get back all the emotions for

zindagi ki lau pe jalna...


The Lyrical Beauty of Paheli -1 : Phir Raat Kati

The lyrical beauty in Paheli

Although I have already written a review on Paheli music, I have recently received a couple of messages to explain the meanings of a few songs (something which I hate to). Here is my try on some paheli lyrics.

I haven't read the story "Duvidha" or seen the earlier film on this, but as we already know that Paheli is story of a ghost (Shahrukh) who falls in love with a newly wed heroine Lachhi (Raani), whose husband left her immediately after the marriage for business. The ghost disguise every one by posing as Shahrukh, the husband and everyone happily lives for a while.. till the husband returns to the village.. now the paheli is whom should Raani choose as her life partner, the ghost Shahrukh or the human Shahrukh.

The songs of Paheli tries to sketch the story of the film and all the songs seems to be tightly integrated in the script. The lyrics are fantastic and paints a beautiful picture of the story. Each song carries a theme related to the script.

lets start with the sutradhaar geet "phir raat kati" (the simplest of all for me). At a first few listenings, the attraction of the song comes out to be fantastic rendering by sukhwinder and Sunidhi, but when you drills down the song, the simple yet beautiful lyrics are explored.

The song talks about the eternity of "Folk Tales" and introduces to us one of the folk tales from the sand dunes of Rajasthan. The song is comprised of very simple and
local words and it portrays the eternity of folk tales beautifully. Simple and effective lyrics makes this a wonderful introductory song..

"Har raat kahaani chalti hai, aur hawaa sunaati hai baatien
kabhi baat jubaani chalti hai"

Every night has a story to tell so as the winds in the sand dunes have stories to tell, as they have witnessed many..

"Deh ki reti ud jaavegi
Preet sadaa reh jaavegi
samay gujar jaavegaa baabu,
lok kathaa reh jaavegi"

The body will not last, but the love will be forever so as the folk tale

"Bahut din jab gujar gaye aur laakh chand jab utar gaye
Peepal pe ek padaav hua aur phir janme ka chaav hua"

This is the story of a ghost staying of a peepal tree, who wants to be a human again (phir janme ka chaav hua) after many many years (laakh chand is lacs of days in gulzar saab's unit of time)

"maaruthal me baalu jab tak, unka naam rahega"
As long as there is sand in the desert of Rajasthan, the story (of the ghost and Lachhi) will live"

The position for this song seems to be at the time of credits (in the beginning and/or in the end), until and unless the story teller Amol Palekar has something different for us.

Next on cards "Kangana Re" tomorrow

The Lyrical Beauty of Paheli -2 : Kangna Re

This time we explore the lyrical beauty in "Kangana re" (कंगना रे). One reason I hate the album of Paheli, is that the music company didn't provided the lyrics book with the album. The words I can make out only thru listening session and its possible that I might goof up in quoting the exact word sometime.

As I said earlier that each song of Paheli is penned around a theme.. and gulzar saab has penned "Kangana re" on diiferent kind of jewellery, portraying a newly wed woman (who usually wears lots of zevars) and requesting her husband to bring her the best of jewellery.

The song starts with the sounds of kangan and choodis and even the lyrics of opening lines talks about the khan khan and chhan chhaan sounds of kangans and how the newly wed wife using her zevars to wakeup her husband.

"जब चूड़ियाँ खनके, कंगना छनके
जग जा वे सजना रे छन छनन"
"jab choodiyan khan-ke, kangana chhan-ke, jag-ja ve sajna re
chhan chhanan"

(once the husband shahrukh gets up and joins raani on the dance
floor), Raani complains

थारो कौनो रंग ना भावे
मने थारो ढंग ना भावे
"thaaro kauno rang na bhaave
mane tharo dhang na bhaave"
[I dont like your style, the kind of jewellery and the colors you bring for me]

काँच हो तो टूटे, लाख हो तो छूटे
धनक तोड़ लाओ तो हम कंगन पहनेंगे
सात रंग की चूड़ी पहनेंगे
"Kaanch ho to toote, laakh ho to chhoote
Dhanak tod laao to hum kangan pahanange
saat rang ki choodi pahanange"

[the glass choodi breaks and laakh chhodi doesn't last long
get me a piece of rainbow on sky, I will then wear the choodi of seven colors. ]

the husband's reply is beautifully constructed by gulzar saab. He makes the rainbow a jhoola (the way it is shaped)

मैं एक सिरा बांधूं, तुम दूजा सिरा बांधो
तब सात रंग का झूला डाल के
रंग रंग रंग रंग गगन को रंगना रे
"main ek siraa baandhu, tum doojaa siraa baandho
tab saat rang ka jhoola daal ke
rang rang rang rang gagan ko rangana re"

[I will hold one end and you hold the another
We'll swing this rainbow together and color the sky..]

gulzar saab beautifully captures this in words and also full marks to Sonu Nigam and MM Kreem as they have executed this stanza beautifully..

Next stanza features a virahani (a seperated lover) is singing virah ka song...

ढोला रे ढोला
घोर अमावस जाए ना ढोला
बिरहा को रंग गूढ़ा
ढोला रे ढोला

चंदा की चूड़ी, दिखे तो पहनूं
हाथीदांत का चूढ़ा
बिरहा को रंग गूढ़ा
"dhola re dhola
ghor amaavas jaaye na dhola
birahaa ko rang goodhaa
dhola re dhola
chanda ki choodi, dikhe to pahanu
haathidaant ka chooda
biraha ko rang goodha"

She is trying to convey the pain of seperation (biraha), She says "biraha" is dark as she compares it with "ghor amaavas" and she says the biraha is getting longer and seems not ending "ghor amaavas jaaye na dhola"

Chanda ki choodi dikhe to pahanu
haathidaant ka chhoda

She says, The moment I see the moon (means amaavas gone, and biraha period ends) , she will wore a chooda of Haathidaant (Ivory), but for now the amaavas of seperation seems unending.. She is not talking of wearing the moon's bangle, but using moon as a bangle.

[I will wear the moon as a choodi or a chhoda of ivory but this amaavas of seperation is not ending and the color of seperation in very dark and painful]

The next stanza features another beautiful construction by gulzar saab, as the wife wants natural jewellery the husband offers her two alternatives

मारुथल में घूमे भंवर बगूलों के
ले लो बाहों में भर लो ना
बोलो तो सिलवा दूं सब जेवर फूलों के
खुशबू गहने भर लो ना
"maaruthal me ghoome bhanvar bagoolon ke
le lo baahon me bhar lo na
bolo to silava doon sab zevar phoolon ke
khushboo gahane (me) bhar lo na"

[In the desert there are lots of bhanwars (tornado shapes) of duststorm, you can wear them..]

beautiful thought considering the fact that females in rural and tribal areas do wear such shaped jewelery which covers the hand completely. He has another alternative of having zevars of flowers and comes out with the idea of scented zevars. But wife replies

धूल फूल के जेवर तन पे कांटे लागे
अंसुवन मोती चुन चुन के जो माला बने हम साजे"
"dhool phool ke zevar tan pe kaante laage
ansuvan moti chun chun ke jo maalaa bane hum saaje"

she replies "the best jewellery for me is my emotional connect, the thread made by drop of tears, the most natural zevars. " and you can find a hint of Meera here..

beautiful climax for a beautiful song.. MM Kreem and singrs too contribute to make it a pretty good listening.


just another gulzar fan
Pavan Jha

[Original Posting from Gulzarfans group]