Sunday, February 22, 2009

Words From The Songs Of Delhi 6

Like I said, I wanted to write separately about the music of Delhi 6. It's a huge relief after the disappointment that was Ghajini, where Kaise Mujhe was the only track I actually liked.

The tracks from Delhi 6 took a while to grow on me, and I grew tired of Masakali pretty quickly, but there are a few tracks that I find really touching and hummable.

As the movie opens with Amitabh Bachchan's evergreen voice, these words fill the air:

Zarre zarre mein usi ka noor hai
Jhaank khud mein, woh na tujhse door hai
Ishq hai us se to sab se ishq kar
Ishq hai us se
To sab se ishq kar
Is ibaadat ka yehi dastoor hai

Is mein us mein aur us mein hai wohi
Is mein us mein aur us mein hai wohi
Yaar mera har taraf bharpoor hai

Then there is the title track, which has this really nice, zingy feel to it. The French touch does wonders for this song.

Bada kas ke gale lagata hai
Dhadkan ki dhoom sunata hai
Iske baaye taraf bhi dil hai
Iske daaye taraf bhi dil hai
Yeh sheher nahi mehfil hai

I've already done a post on Genda Phool. In the movie, this song is actually not used in the kind of situation one would think, having heard the song. It's actually used in a slightly arbitrary but interesting way. But I can watch Abhishek do his Genda Phool dance any number of times.

I've also already written about Rehna Tu. This is definitely one of the most beautifully worded songs in Bollywood in recent times. Every word, every line is so touching, as is the general philosophy behind the song.

Tujhe badalna na chahoon
Ratti bhar bhi sanam
Bina sajaawat, milaawat
Na zyaada na hi kam


Tu zakhm de agar
Marham bhi aake tu lagaaye
Zakhm pe bhi mujhko pyaar aaye

Of course, there's the Hey Kaala Bandar song. I could not make head or tail out of this until I saw the movie. Once you see it, and appreciate the significance of the song, it's probably the most meaningful song in the album.

Saare rit rivaaz hata kar
Dekho apne ghar ke andar
Shaayad kahin kisi kone mein
Ghoom raha hai kaala bandar

The Arziyan number, with its qawwali style, resembles Rahman's other works like Noor-Un-Ala-Noor from Meenaxi and Khwaja Mere Khwaja from Jodhaa Akbar. Somehow, when this song appears for the first time (It appears twice. Once you get to hear only a few lines and later you hear all of it.), one actually gets the feeling that this guy who has just come to Delhi from the States is being welcomed by Delhi 6 with open arms. A couple of beautiful lines:

Daraare daraare hain maathe pe maula
Murammat muqaddar ki kar do maula

Dil Gira Dafatan definitely deserves to be mentioned here, but I can't pick just a few lines from it which really left their mark. And I do not intend to put the entire song here. But the general feel of the song is dependent on a lot more than the words. The vocals and the music are both surreal. It kind of reminds me of Kahin To...

There was a line which was not part of a song, just something that Sonam said during the course of the film. She was referring to her dad's beloved pigeon.

Ye udd nahin sakti. Iske pankh bandhe hue hain. Kyunki ye bauji ki chaheti hai.

Nothing very special about these words, except their figurative meaning. This is the point where I really felt for Sonam's character and could relate to her.

Beautiful movie. Beautiful songs.

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