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Remembering you

I saw the movie on TV so many years ago. I liked A R Rehman, this was the second musical score after Lagaan that I saw/ heard and loved his distinctive style.

The movie was called (in politically incorrect terms) Bombay and had Manisha Koirala and Arvind R Swamy (who didn’t quite get his share of good roles in Bollywood, despite being so talented and expressive)

It was part of the great director Mani Ratnam’s trilogy. It is the second in his trilogy of films that depict human relationships against a background of Indian politics, starting from Roja in 1992, this one in 1995 and Dil Se in 1998. One good film every 3 years. The film was originally made in Tamizh and dubbed in Hindi, Telugu and Malayalam with the same title.

Mani Ratnam made the movie to highlight a common man caught up in violence not of his own making.

The song has been sung beautifully by Hariharan and Kavitha Krishnamurthy. She sounds more soulful than her other songs and Rehman keeps the song in a deliberately slow tempo with instrumentation and composition more befitting an orchestral symphony. He was already moving out of the confines of local cinema and music and making his oeuvre more acceptable to worldwide audiences, while retaining the Indian ethos. The lyrics were made to order by Mehboob.

I loved Hariharan’s unplugged version as well. The intro is much more sombre and in keeping with my mood today, a day of remembrance for me.

तू ही रे, तू ही रे

तेरे बिना मैं कैसे जीयूं

आजा रे, आजा रे

यूँ ही तड़पा ना तू मुझको

जान रे, जान रे,

इन साँसों में बस जा तू

चाँद रे, चाँद रे,

आजा दिल की ज़मीन पे तू

चाहत है अगर आके मुझसे मिल जा तू

या फिर ऐसा कर, धरती से मिला दे मुझको

तू ही रे, तू ही रे

तेरे बिना मैं कैसे जीयूं

आजा रे, आजा रे

यूँ ही तड़पा ना तू मुझको

इन साँसों का देखो तुम पागलपन के

आए नहीं इन्हें चैन

मुझसे ये बोली मैं राहों में तेरी

अपने बिछा दूं ये नैन

इन ऊंचे पहाड़ों से जां दे दूंगा मैं

अगर तुम ना आई कहीं

तुम उधर जान उम्मीद मेरी जो तोड़ो

इधर ये जहां छोडू मैं

मौत और ज़िन्दगी,

तेरे हाथों में दे दिया रे

आई रे, आई रे, ले मैं आई हूँ तेरे लिए

तोड़ा रे, तोड़ा रे, हर बंधन को प्यार के लिए

जान रे, जान रे, आजा तुझमे समां जाऊं मैं

दिल रे, दिल रे, तेरी साँसों में बस जाऊं मैं

चाहत है अगर आके मुझसे मिल जा तू

या फिर ऐसा कर, धरती से मिला दे मुझको

तू ही रे, तू ही रे

तेरे बिना मैं कैसे जीयूं

आजा रे, आजा रे

यूँ ही तड़पा ना तू मुझको

आ…

सौ बार बुलाए मैं सौ बार आऊँ

इक बार जो दिल दिया

इक आँख रोये तो दूजी बोलो

सोयेगी कैसे भला

इन प्यार की राहों में पत्थर हैं कितने

उन सबको ही पार किया

इक नदी हूँ मैं चाहत भरी आज मिलने

सागर को आई यहाँ

सजना, सजना, आज आंसू भी मीठे लगे

तू ही रे, तू ही रे

तेरे बिना मैं कैसे जीयूं

आजा रे, आजा रे

यूँ ही तड़पा ना तू मुझको

जान रे, जान रे,

इन साँसों में बस जा तू

चाँद रे, चाँद रे,

आजा दिल की ज़मीन पे तू

पल-पल पल-पल वक़्त तो बीता जाए रे

ज़रा बोल ज़रा बोल

वक़्त से के वो थम जाए रे

आई रे, आई रे, ले मैं

आई हूँ तेरे लिए

जान रे, जान रे,

आजा तुझमें समा जाऊं मैं

Stay safe, stay happy and stay away from the Wuhan Virus. Take the jab as we near 700 million shots in the country.

Have a wonderful weekend, folks, I will spend remembering in solitude amongst a small group

By abchandorkar

Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Pune, India

8 replies on “Remembering you”

I have a problem with these “remake songs”. We achieved kind of Nirvana listening to the Tamil originals of most ARR song. Thus the Hindi, Telugu versions were kind of sounded alien. Remaking whole songs is very common in South Indian languages. Even “Nile Nile Ambar Par” was from Tamil original of Kalaakaar. Somehow the first version we listened to gets registered. Thus I don’t listen to these Hindi versions. But yes, it’s a magical song.

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The famous lyricist swanand kirkire once in an interview told that how difficult it is for the lyricist is to bring the exact emotions of the original lyrics into the translated one

PK mishra and mehboob were largely successful in this mission wen it comes to rahman

Suramai ankhiyo main and aei zindagi gale laga le are couple of the masterpieces of gulzar saab in the said context
Legend he is, no doubt

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खास रहमान स्टॅम्प असलेलं हे भावपूर्ण गाणं ,
आर्त अशी चाल, त्याला साजेसा वाद्यमेळ आणि इंटरल्युड्स

Killer combo and great teamwork

Thnq sir for the nostalgic trip

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All the A R Rehman songs are truly very good….👌👌
Tu hi re ….. song is wonderful with a mixture of calmness and sadness….amazing background score…..
All the songs from Roja movie are my favourite…..
Arvind Swami is looking good and well maintained in Roja….

Thanks for this wonderful and Hatke share….this time..
Aniruddha Sir👍👍🙏🙏

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