No subtitles though. Which, following my theory from yesterday, means that Shahrukh used to love me and was telling me through subtitling his videos. But now no longer loves me and is breaking up with me through NOT subtitling his videos. WHY SHAHRUKH???? WHY???? I’ll change for you! I’ll do whatever you ask! Just take me back!
Do you know Pritam? If you don’t, he is the composer who does the really light happy catchy pop type songs most of the time. And he is also the composer who is most likely to plagiarize. And to write sexy stupid songs with repetitive lyrics that you can’t get out of your head. So, whenever I admit that I love his music, I feel kind of ashamed of it.
But, it’s like sunshine! You listen to it, and suddenly you feel like you are driving a convertible, top down, through an open field with the sunlight pouring in and all’s right with the world. Even his stupidest tunes, just heaven. I was going to put in a bunch of his songs to lead up to this one, but turns out I’ve already done a Pritam themed posts, so just go here
And then there’s the singer. Shahid Mallya, who I had never heard of. Took a quick look at his filmography, looks like they bring him in whenever they need a really “Punjabi” voice. That kind of slightly rough folksinger sound, and able to really rattle through Punjabi lyrics. Like “Iski Uski” from 2 States. So, I’m reading the filmography, okay okay okay, know that movie and he only did one song, don’t know that movie, that was a really tiny budget film, BAM! Udta Punjab! Oh yeah, this guy is GOOD!!!! The songs from Udta Punjab are, just, mwah! You know? We have to buy that Shahid Kapoor’s character is both a super popular artist, and a real artist. And Shahid Mallya manages both, the crazy catchy hip-hop stuff, but also that really soaringly beautiful “Ikk Kudi”.
Most importantly, his voice doesn’t sound “off” coming from Shahrukh. I had a really hard time with Arijit Singh doing his voice in Dilwale because it was just a little too far off from his natural voice, and also from the kind of Udit Narayan sound I am used to coming out of him. But this I can live with. Or maybe it’s just that Shahrukh is playing the character with a slightly rougher tone of voice, I didn’t have as much of a hard time with Arijit singing for him in Raees, when he had a harsher character over all and his voice reflected that.
Okay, actual content time! And before discussion, the video itself! So we can all see the same thing before making judgements.
I feel like he is saying something really important before he starts singing, but what?!?!?!? I got something about how she has never heard a Punjabi song, or him sing a Punjabi song, or something. And maybe something about how that will make her attracted to him? I am confused. He also seems really angry somehow, and she seems confused/scared. Which is an odd opening for this peppy Pritam tune. I am assuming that there is some kind of slight shading to the exchange that I can’t get without subtitles which will make it all make sense.
For the rest of the song, it seems like they are not just in love, but in like, right? Although, it’s Imtiaz, they could actually fall in like before they fall in love. I hope they do, that is what makes Imtiaz’s films stand out for me, the way he builds those connections. I hope they are thrown together, they don’t like each other right away because they both have such strong and different personalities.
But then they come to enjoy each other and the relationship builds naturally in a way that surprises both them and the viewers.
And then I hope they have some time of just being really really happy together without putting a label on it (perhaps what the “Radha” song is showing).
And then they separate and slowly realize that what they were feeling was love, not the big romantic/sexy love that maybe they have felt with someone else, but a deep abiding love.