Phir bhi yeh zindagi – Farhaan/Vishal/Divya/Alyssa/Sapna – Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy | Dil Dhadakne Do (2015)


Movie: This song appeared in 2015 Junglee Pictures and Excel Entertainment’s comic caper Dil Dhadakne Do (Let the Heart Beat) directed by Zoya Akhtar and produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar. The movie starred Priyanka Chopra, Farhaan Akhtar, Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shetty, Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma, Rahul Bose, Zarina Wahab, Parmeet Sethi, Dolly Mattoo, Riddhima Sud, Manoj Pahwa, Preeti Mamgain, Vikrant Massey, etc. Aamir Khan performed the voice over for the dog, which is the narrator of the movie.
Kamal Mehra (Anil Kapoor), a businessman owns a failing company Ayka. His relationship with his wife Neelam (Shefali Shetty) is troubled. He has 2 children – Ayesha (Priyanka Chopra) and Kabir (Ranveer Singh). Pluto is their family dog, which functions as the narrator.
Ayesha is a successful businesswoman in her own right, running a travel portal rated number 2 in the market. She is in an unhappy marriage with Manav Sangha (Rahul Bose). This man is a control freak and a narcissistic husband. He and his mother Smita (Zarina Wahab) hate Ayesha’s family. Kabir is an unwilling participant in the family business, though he prefers to be a pilot.
Kamal and Neelam’s 30th wedding anniversary is decided to be celebrated in a cruise ship during a 10-day cruise across the Mediterranean. The entire arrangements are made by Ayesha. But, her name is dropped from the invite because she is the married daughter. Kamal and Neelam would prefer her to have children and sit at home rather than run a business.
The invitees for the cruise include several business families particularly the Soods – Lalit Sood (Parmeet Sethi), his wife Naina (Dolly Mattoo) and their daughter Noori (Riddhima Sud). Kabir’s parents have planned the alliance of their son with Noor so that Lalit could support the drowing ship called Ayka.
But, fate has something else in store for them. On the cruise, Kabir meets Farah Ali (Anushka Sharma) the lead dancer of the troupe hired for the cruise. Kabir and Farah begin to date each other. Noori falls in love with her father’s business rival Vinod Khanna (Manoj Pahwa) and Vandana’s (Preeti Mamgain) son Rana Khanna (Vikrant Massey). But, when she is caught at a night out by her mother, she lies that she was with Kabir.
Soon, the Soods and the Mehras begin serious discussions about their children’s marriage. Noori and Rana confront Kabir about this. When Kabir is convinced that the other 2 are really in love, he suggests a plan to avoid the marriage between the wrong couple. In the meantime, Ayesha is frustrated with her marriage and is thinking of divorce. Enter her erstwhile boyfriend, journalist Sunny Gill (Farhan Akhtar). Sunny is Kamal Mehra’s manager Amrish’s (Ikhlaque Khan) son, who was exiled to America by Kamal Mehra because he and Ayesha were getting too close.
With the coming of Sunny, Ayesha’s feelings for him are rekindled. Even, Sunny begins to have the same feelings again. Ayesha’s just mention of divorce to her parents alienate them from her. They sing this song at this time, thinking of how to handle the situation.
Song: The lyrics were penned by Javed Akhtar and the music was scored by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.
The gist of the song is, “Untangle the entangled threads. If you listen to your heart, it says the truth. There are no roads like these where there is no turn. This heart tells me to let go. Don’t join broken glass. There is always a time when the road will break into 2. Every step there is an agreement and every step there is a disagreement.”
Video: Cinematography is by Carlos Catalan.
The video opens with the view of the sea. Priyanka Chopra is walking inside the ship and begins to sing this song to herself. No one is listening to it. It is as if the song is going on in her mind. Farhaan Akhtar comes out of his cabin and also beigns to sing. Only these 2 are singing. Others are busy with converstions with each other.
They all travel in a bus to a place of natural history. Shefali Shetty looks around some ruins. The entire set of travelers are now sitting watching a performance. Priyanka Chopra takes over the song. Rahul Bose is sitting with someone else. Farhaan Akhtar also sings and then, they sing together. They all take a trip on balloons.
Priyanka Chopra tries to talk to her mother, Shefali Shetty. But the older woman ignores her. When they are taking a group picture, all of them have fake smiles. Anil Kapoor has a serious expression on his face. The song peters out and the video ends there.
Artists: The playback singer is Farhan Akhtar, Vishal Dadlani, Divya Kumar, Alyssa Mendonsa and Sapna Pathak and the onscreen performances are by Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Farhaan Akhtar, Rahul Bose, Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shetty, Manoj Pahwa and others.
Cultural Influence: This typically Bollywood filmi song where the lead pair is a little confused. The song and the artists are good. The video is also watchable for the same.


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