Versions of Bollywood Songs


Every song is distinct from another, except in some cases, the tunes are similar to older ones or rarely the lyrics in the beginning. Some old songs are picked up to be refurbished and to be presented in a new packet. In one movie – Dil Vil Pyar Vyar (2002), all the songs were reruns of older songs. The copyrights of these songs were legally bought and re-recorded with today’s singers.

But, some songs are so unique in that they deserve to be repeated in the same movie. Take, for instance, the Bhabhi (1957) song Chal ud ja re panchi…. This song appears in the movie thrice. It is a sad song alright, but it depicts first the release of a soul from the body, second the exodus of a family and third the exodus of the heroine from the family.

This is not the only type of song that can be repeated in a movie. There are sad and happy versions as well as male and female versions.

Sad and Happy Versions: Certain songs are sung happily and the same tune is repeated in the sad version at a slower pace with some changes in the lyrics.

For example, Abhi na jao chhor kar… from Hum Dono (1961). The happy version is an appeal from the hero to the heroine, not to leave him as yet because he is not satisfied with the meeting. Thankfully, this song demands the close proximity of the heroine rather than any sexual advances. The song is decent and clean. The other version cannot be completely called a sad song. But, it has a slower pace and it has the heroine motivating the hero in completing his duties as a son as well as an army officer.

Then we have, Tumhari nazar kyon khafa ho gayi…. The happy song has a teasing quality in it. The hero teases the heroine about her becoming upset due to him. On the other hand, in the sad version, the heroine wants to know why the hero has turned his back on her and that too after their marriage and 2 children.

Mr. India (1987) also has 2 such versions of the same song – Zu zu zu zum zum…. The happy version is happy, I mean the hero and the kids have fun during the song. On the other hand, the sad version indirectly depicts the death of the hero (and the audience’s) most favorite little kid in the group due to a bomb blast. I found some similarity of the sad version of this song with the Kartavya (1979) song – Chanda mama se pyara mera Mama…

More recently, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani (2013) had a sad song Kabira…, which expresses the sadness of the hero. In the process of achieving his dreams, he loses his family and his love. The audience liked this song so much that the makers released Kabira Encore…, which had the happy quality in it. The happy song also showed some wedding rituals from North India like the Haldi ceremony. But, the second song was not a part of the movie. The singers are also different in the 2 versions.

Male and Female Versions: The male and female versions usually consist of some teasing quality. In Ek do teen… from Tezaab (1988), the female version expresses the desire to meet the beloved. How using the Hindi numbers or specifically the dates of the month, the heroine depicts her loneliness without the hero, is worthy of a look and a hear. The male version teases the heroine. But, it also says that the hero had come to meet her, but, she did not appear in front of him on that particular day.

On the other hand, both male and female versions of Mere naina sawan bhadon… from Mehbooba (1976) are essentially sad songs. But, here the hero and the heroine (the ghost of the heroine from the previous birth) remind each other of their promise in their previous birth of uniting in love and marriage.

Finally, coming to Jiya oh jiya kuch bol do… from Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai (1961). Here both the male and female versions are happy. But, the only difference is that in the male version the hero teases the heroine that he is in love with her and tells her to confess her love for him. In the female version, however, they have been dating for some time and the hero asks for a kiss. The heroine refuses, being a typically shy Indian female of yore. The hero is not happy with the rejection. The heroine sings the song to reconcile with the hero.

Versions of songs come and go. Music may make people shake a leg. But, songs that are distinct, unique and having meaningful lyrics stay in the minds of the people for a long time.


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