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Not every beautiful song becomes the song-next-door. There always are those hidden gems, those beautiful beautiful gems, that go relatively unappreciated. But you know what? Sometimes, we like it that way! Sometimes a song makes you feel something so private and special that you get personally attached to it. And that’s when the desire to keep it hidden creeps in. You share that song only with a handful of people, because after all it is extremely special. Here’s a small list of such hidden gems. Well, it’s small because you cannot expect me to reveal it all. I mean, obviously. What did I just tell you? 😛
Here’s a song that surprisingly goes unnoticed in this brilliant movie- Tamasha. Tamasha has many great songs and they have received their share of appreciation, except this beauty! This song IS basically the movie. What I mean to say is, this song perfectly describes the theme of the movie Tamasha. How it shows that many small love stories are in fact one same story is worth noticing and thinking about. The song has splendid music of A R Rahman, exceptional lyrics by Irshad Kamil, and it is sung by the amazing Sukhwinder Singh along with Haricharan and Haripriya.
Sung by the greats- Abida Parveen & Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, this is a song that touches your soul. Penned by the subcontinent’s foremost musical genius Hazrat Amir Khusrau, ‘Chaap Tilak’ is actually a very popular qawwali. The song is full of identifiable symbolisms if you listen carefully and in essence it is all about love and the beauty of losing oneself in it. While the qawwali has been given voice by many artists before, this one is extremely special coming from the two legends of the music industry. The song has excellent direction as both singers are allowed the space to weave their own magic during the performance.
Just the name of the artist behind this master piece is enough- Piyush Mishra. For each line of this song there is one literal meaning that most of us can understand, and then there is one symbolic or hidden meaning that is not very easy to interpret. The wizard like voice of Piyush Mishra gives further mystery and thrill to the overall element of the song. The song in a very subtle way, describes the essence of the entire movie Gangs of wasseypur while also giving reflection of a normal human life. The song is a complete story in itself and the narration/singing by Piyush Mishra is beyond brilliant. The song has received its outstanding composition from Snehal Bhatka while Piyush Mishra was obviously the writer and the singer. Piyush Mishra’s “Husna” in MTV Coke Studio, (2012) is also worth spending time with!
This song, inspired by the folk music tradition of Bengal, is in the magical voice of Swanand Kirkire and Amitabh Bhattacharya. While Amit Trivedi has done a fabulous job in creating a delightful music composition, Amitabh Bhattacharya has done complete justice to the lyrics. The phrase “Kemon boka monta re” in the song literally means “what an idiot the heart is”. It’d be endearing to say that this one line describes the whole song perfectly but that would be unfair. The entire song is beautiful and even if you do not understand the meaning at once, it makes you feel something special. Search the meaning of the entire song and then listen to it again for a magical experience. Also in fact, I’d recommend EVERY song of the movie Lootera. It is one of the best albums ever!
The experience of writing this article was just as unique as it was strange. These songs mean something to me and I hope all of you can derive something out of it too. Happy Listening!