Remember how my whole OK Kanmani review was wondering what they would do with all the Tamil specific stuff that helped build a connection between the characters while they were both exiled in Bombay? Well, this new OK Jaanu song shows the way the new movie might possibly have found a way to do the same. And I am not sure if it works or not, because I am still so stuck in the previous one.
This song is clearly replacing one of my favorite songs from OK Kanmani, which is brilliant both musically and character-wise. Dulquer and Nithya missed a train and have to split a hotel room. Dulquer shows her a new feature on his tablet that sets up a beat and lets you record and then loop anything. Dulquer records his voice whispering “just like that”, and Nithya sings a lovely little bit of classical Tamil music. And then the two voices repeat and mix and soar and the two of them dance together. And then go to sleep in separate beds. It’s a great visual way of showing how their connection is deeper and more complex than just sex, that their first night together was about their characters melding into art, not sex.
So, here’s the original:
So, how did they do it here? Well, they used “Humma Humma”! Which kind of works I guess? It’s an all India hit, and it’s about having sex, so it’s kind of this in joke between the two characters, singing an older song that they both know that is super sexy, and then not having sex. You miss out on the idea of them creating something new, but replace it with the idea of them remixing something old together.
UPDATE: Okay, Ryan C. in the comments just asked something which made me realize I had stupidly assumed everyone was as familiar with “Humma Humma” as I am. And the context in which it was originally used. Here is the song:
For context (without too many spoilers), the couple in the original are this sweet pair who fell in love in southern India and eloped to Bombay. For various reasons, although they are married and living together, they haven’t been able to have their “first night” until now. So there is the contrast between the wild sexual dance going on outside their window, and this sweet excited pair of innocents inside. All of which adds a different layer to the use of “Humma Humma” remix in this particular scene in OK Jaanu. It’s another young couple, from Bombay, but instead of splitting the sexuality between the outside people and the inside people, they are both sexual and innocent in this case.