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Old songs in new colors, know the story behind the song ‘What Jhumka’ from ‘Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani’

Arvind Das

Every film song popular in hundred years has a different story. These songs have preserved the memories of generations. Rani’s question – ‘What Jhumka’ – is actually from the new generation. Apart from giving voice to the socio-cultural situation of an era, these old songs have also been telling the love story of the modern generation.

‘Rocky and Rani’s love story’ in discussion

The film, ‘Rocky and Rani’s love story’ released recently is in discussion. Made in an entertaining style, the film is also doing well at the box office. After Shahrukh Khan’s ‘Pathan’, Karan Johar’s film has attracted the audience towards theatres. A film is interpreted on many levels. Critics are also watching this film in many ways. It is being said that for the first time in his twenty-five years of film career, Johar’s film has a political tone. This film also captures the changes coming in the relationship between men and women. Along with this, questions have also been raised on looking at the art of dance through the prism of ‘gender’.

Know the story behind the song ‘What Jhumka’

Hindi cinema has been expressing the feelings and aspirations of a large section of the society through popular culture. While the story element has always dominated in Bollywood, the role of music and songs has also not been less. Barring exceptions, critics rarely talk about the lyricist-composer. But as famous film director Shyam Benegal has written – ‘Indian ‘talkie’ films started singing even before speaking. There were 70 songs in the film Inder Sabha (1932). However, the old songs and music of Hindi cinema have been very beautifully woven into the story of this film. In the beginning of the film, in the song ‘Rae Bareilly Ke Beech Bazari Jab Husn Dikhana Jayegi’ picturized on Rocky (Ranveer Singh) and Rani (Alia Bhatt), Rani seductively asks Rocky – ‘What jhumka’? In fact, Amitabh Bhattacharya may have penned this song, but in a way, this song is a tribute to the evergreen song – ‘Jhumka gira re Bareilly ke bazaar mein’ – from the movie ‘Mera Saaya (1966)’. Composer Pritam has preserved the tunes of Madan Mohan.

effect of old song

Similarly, the story of the older generation characters in the film – ‘Hum Botho (1961)’ – is told through the song ‘Abhi na jao chhodkar ki dil abhi bhara nahi’ written by Sahir Ludhianvi. Also, the song ‘Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanna’ from the film ‘Guide (1965)’ and the very popular song ‘Aap Jaisa Koi Meri Zindagi Mein Aaye To Baat Ban Jaye’ from ‘Qurbani (1980)’ is also very well done. Has been used. The sound of this ‘disco’ sung by Nazia Hasan is heard even today. Pakistan’s Nazia was just fifteen years old when she was awarded the ‘Filmfare’ award for this song. Not that there are no original songs in ‘Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani’, but the effect of old songs gives a different flavor to the film. Every film song popular in hundred years has a different story. These songs have preserved the memories of generations. Rani’s question – ‘What Jhumka’ – is actually from the new generation. Apart from giving voice to the socio-cultural situation of an era, these old songs have also been telling the love story of the modern generation.

(Author-Journalist)

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