Ilahi – Arjit Singh – Pritam Chakraborty – Ranbir Kapoor | Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani (2013)


Movie: This song appeared in 2013 Dharma Productions’ hit romantic drama Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani (This Youth is Crazy) produced by Karan Johar and directed by Ayan Mukherji. The movie starred Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Dolly Ahluwalia, Aditya Roy Kapur, Kalki Koechlin, etc.
The movie begins with Naina Talwar (Deepika Padukone) going shopping with her mother (Dolly Ahluwalia) and meeting her school friend Aditi Mehra (Kalki Koechlin) there. Aditi is an outgoing funky girl while Naina is a shy and nerdy student of medicine. When Naina hears that Aditi is going to Manali for vacations, she realizes what she had missed all through her life.
Kabir ‘Bunny’ Thapar (Ranbir Kapoor) and Avinash ‘Avi’ Yog (Aditya Roy Kapur) are also going for the trip. Naina decides overnight to join them and leaves for the trip without informing at home. Kabir is a flirty chap, who only wants to travel the world. He is not interested in marrying or settling down. During the mountain trek, Kabir and Naina come close to each other despite his flirting with other girls. He teaches her to have fun and more importantly to love herself and life.
Naina falls in love with Kabir, but, thinks that he may not get married to her. He wanted to travel the world over. Aditi is in love with Avinash, but, he does not reciprocate her feelings. Avinash keeps flirting with other girls. This hurts Aditi.
While they are returning from the trek, the friends get to know that Kabir is going to Chicago to study journalism. Initially, they are shocked. But then, they all have to accept it. Naina stops herself from saying her love for him and lets him go.
8 years later Kabir is still in America working as a videographer with a TV Channel. He is in Paris for a project. In between, he still keeps flirting with girls. It is at that time that this song is heard in the background.
Song: The music of this song was scored by Pritam Chakraborty and the lyrics were penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya.
The gist of the song is, “Evenings are like ascetics. Nights are like tunnels. I don’t know why my heart falls for revolting flights.” The man likes to travel like nomads and wonders why is it so.
Video: Cinematography is by Manikandan.
The video opens with the aerial shot of the Eiffel Tower. The next shot is of Ranbir Kapoor’s cluttered table and his picking up a white mug of coffee. The crew is getting into the car in a hectic frenzy. They shoot some footage at a historical spot. The music has already begun.
Ranbir Kapoor is seen looking around the place in the evening. The song begins in the background. He shoots some footage of the day-to-day activities in the streets. They have food at a restaurant. Ranbir Kapoor moves away from his friends, taking leave of them. He takes some still shots of the evening activities and those in the night.
The crew is on a yacht enjoying the day when suddenly Ranbir Kapoor jumps into the sea and the song and the video end there.
Artists: The playback singers of this song are Arjit Singh and the onscreen performances are by Ranbir Kapoor and others.
Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi song, analyzing why the hero wants to keep moving on from one place to the other. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.


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