गुरुवार, जून 14, 2007

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

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