Kajrare kajrare tere kare kare naina – Alisha/Shankar/Javed – Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy | Bunty Aur Babli (2005)


I like this song because of its catchy tune. This song appears in the 2005 movie Bunty Aur Babli. This was the first movie to feature Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan together.

Movie: Produced by Aditya Chopra and directed by Shaad Ali, the comic caper starred Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukherjee, Raj Babbar, Prem Chopra, late Ravi Baswani, Puneet Issar, Rameshwari, Kiran Juneja, etc. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan also appears in the movie for this item number. It is a crime-comedy film with slight similarity to the American classic Bonnie and Clyde without the dark elements.

The plot is centered on 2 rather lovable crooks but does not contain violence. All the adventures of Bunty and Babli are thoroughly Indianized, including the counterfeit selling of the Taj Mahal.

Rakesh Trivedi (Abhishek Bachchan) lives in a village with his parents. His father works as a railway ticket collector and wants his son to take up a similar job. But, Rakesh has dreamt big. He keeps ideating on new business plans and is convinced that he would be successful one day. He is stubborn and does not want the kind of work that his father does.

The Punjabi girl Vimmi Saluja (Rani Mukherji) lives in another small village with her parents. She lives to watch movies and study supermodels. She desires to become Miss India. Her parents arrange her marriage with a youth with a decent job. Meanwhile, Rakesh gets an ultimatum to either attend the job interview for which his father has arranged or leave the house.

Rakesh and Vimmi pack their bags and slip out of their homes in the middle of the night. They meet each other at a train station and become friends after listening to each other’s stories. They are supportive to each other for their dreams. Vimmi tries to join the Miss India contest. However, she is thrown out after an argument. Rakesh tries to sell his ideas for an investment scheme. But a businessman rejects his proposal because another man had come first with the idea, which he had stolen from Rakesh.

When Rakesh finds out that the businessman had made money from his idea, he and Vimmi con him and make away with the money, he believes is his. They realize that it is very easy to con people. Thus they decide to take up this profession and reach Mumbai. They find the lifestyle too exciting to give up. They adopt the names of ‘Bunty’ and ‘Babli’ and keep successfully conning different people, looting affluent people disguised as religious priests, business partners, local guides, health inspectors, etc. Their loud activities make them famous and are covered in newspapers. Romance sparks off between them; they marry and continue conning the wealthy as a married couple.

However, Rakesh and Vimmi do not know that ACP Dashrath Singh (Amitabh Bachchan) had caught up with their conning activities and was getting closer by the second. He wants to put them behind bars and for that he persistently follows them.

This item number appears in the movie around this time.

Song: Lyrics have been written by Gulzar and music has been composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Initially, it was A R Rahman, who was approached for composing the music for this movie. He had to decline because of his busy schedule. Rest is history.

The younger man tries to attract the dancer. But, she is attracted to the older man. Thus, she tells him to get closer, so that her pain of separation from him would go.

Video: Cinematography is by Abhik Mukhopadhyay. Dance choreography is by Vaibhavi Merchant.

The set of the dance hall is very attractive. Lighting looks very fancy and good. The flooring color compliments the color of the dancers’ costumes. The lights behind Aishwarya Rai blink in time with the beats of the song.

The dance has been choreographed with Indian classical dance steps, Indian folk steps with the jerks of the hip. Abhishek Bachchan acts like a monkey in the song! Amitabh Bachchan has been given his usual style of dance by the choreographer.

Artists: Playback singers are Shankar Mahadevan of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy fame, Alisha Chinoy and Javed Ali. Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan dance to the tune with extra dancers.

Cultural Influence: This song is visually appealing and has only entertainment value.


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