Someone just asked in a comment what all the songs are in “The Medley” from Mujshe Dosti Karoge and I thought “sure, that seems like a reasonable one off post to throw up for Rani’s birthday!” I know I can’t identify all the songs, but I can come close and hopefully you in the comments can fill in the rest.
First, the whole original sequence!
Now, first song! Hrithik begins with a song from Daag, the movie in which Rajesh Khanna marries Raakhee out of obligation but secretly actually loves Sharmila Tagore. And also the first movie produced by Yash Raj Films.
Followed by this song from Bobby, sung by the hero and the heroine’s father. And in this, sung by Hrithik and (significantly) RANI’s father. However, it is also part of a duet, remember that because the other half is going to come up in a bit.
Rani responds with the second verse of the same song, effortlessly picking up where Hrithik leaves off.
But then Kareena appears! And changes the song by providing the female counterpart to the male song. The man is demanding love while the woman bravely declares that if he is lying, she will have her revenge.
Hrithik responds with a song that calls back both to the carefree happy party scene where it was first used, and Yash Raj Film’s most successful film ever. Interesting that Hrithik’s modern version prettified and toned down the rough edges of it all.
And Kareena responds with another RK Studios hit! Boy, YRF is really trumpeting their purchase of the rights to the RK Studios back catalog. And making Kareena, whose father had just sold off her inheritance, help show off their purchase.
Woot-woot! “Bachne Ae Haseeno”!!!! Rishi’s theme song, originally used in Hum Kisese Kum Nahin.
Awwwww, a duet between Kareena’s parents! In the movie where they fell in love! Which was sold off along with everything else to the vulture/spider like Yash Raj Films in their effort to acquire everything important in all of film history.
Wooo! A modern one! Ish. The big hit from Gadar: Ek Prem Katha which came out just a few years earlier. And which is such an odd film, Yash Raj definitely does NOT own the rights to it, but I guess they figured with such odd producers, they wouldn’t even notice the song was being used.
And from the newest to the oldest! Kind of a tribute to the timelessness of Hindi film music that these two songs match together perfectly.
This is one of my favorite song moments in “The Medley”, because it seems to fit so perfectly, and Rani seems to start singing almost against her will. Turns out, that’s because it’s from a movie with the same plot! Aah, in which Raj Kapoor was engaged as a child to sparkling Vyjantimala, but when he writes her a letter to get to know her as an adult, she asks her “plain” younger sister Nargis to answer instead. And now Nargis is facing the thought of Raj marrying Vyjantimala even though she is the one he really loves after their letters.
Brahmachari! Shammi and Mumtaz! And totally happy silliness as a break from that last song where Rani almost, but not quite, revealed exactly what was happening.
And then Amitabh makes his first appearance! Not that surprising, Amitabh was never really known for the songs in his films, more the dialogues and fight scenes. And a bit of an interesting re-interpretation of the Hrithik-Kareena relationship in this, Kareena playing the part of the sexy village girl and Hrithik the cool city guy, which kind of fits with their NRI and sexy desi girl dynamic.
And from something super sexy we go to something super traditional. Or, put it another way, we lose the city-village dynamic and go all village. In this case represented by a bunch of middle-aged Indian born respectable ladies.
And now the part that makes my head hurt! So, in this universe, the movie/song Kaho Na Pyar Hai does exist. Which means Hrithik Roshan, the actor, must also exist. But then how can Hrithik also be a character in this film? Does he look exactly like a famous movie star and it never comes up? Or does Kaho Na Pyar Hai exist but star someone besides Hrithik? So confused!
That last song, besides being fourth wall breaking and confusing, is also Hrithik’s most direct demand to Rani. And she responds the best way possible, with the all time classic song of “I love you but I am sacrificing for the greater good”. And he can’t help but give a little smile of “game recognizes game” in response.
And to lighten things up, pulling out of the deep dark 60s and Meena Kumari and in to the happy silly early 1970s with Rajesh Khanna and Hema Malini.
And then it gets real. Super romantic and super intense. And, once again, my little mind is tied in knots! Is their a different Kuch Kuch Hota Hai in this universe in which there is a different actress than Rani playing Tina? Is it the universe in which Twinkle Khanna accepted the role that had been written for her?
And then the grand finale, which works wonderfully in context and also is the biggest film for YRF. It started with Daag, their first movie, and it ends with “Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhne” from Dilwale Dulhanie Le Jayenge, their biggest movie.