Moh moh ke dhage – Monali Thakur – Anu Malik | Dum Lagake Haisha (2015)

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Movie: This song appeared in 2015 rom-com Dum Lagake Haisha (loosely translates to Use Strong Force) directed by Sharat Katariya and Maneesh Sharma and Aditya Chopra jointly produced the movie under the banner of Yash-Raj Films. The movie starred Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar (debut), Sanjay Mishra, etc.

The movie opens in 1995. Prem Prakash Tiwari (Ayushmann Khurrana) owns a video cassette shop in Haridwar’s local market. Prem’s father Chandra Prakash Tiwari (Sanjay Mishra) compels him to wed Sandhya (Bhumi Pednekar). Sandhya is an educated teacher while Prem is a school drop-out.

Prem does not like Sandhya because she is overweight. They have arguments often. But, Sandhya is hopeful. She has to go back to her home for some reason. While bringing her back to his home, Prem visits a roadside food stall and has some of the food. It is at this time that this song is heard in the background.

Song: The lyrics were penned by Varun Grover and the music was scored by Anu Malik.

The gist of the song is, “The strings of enchantment have entangled around your fingers. I wish someone would tell me how these can be disentangled.”

Video: The award-winning cinematography is by Manu Anand.

The video opens as Bhumi Pednekar and Ayushmann Khurrana are traveling in his scooter. The song begins with the first shot. The voice, singing the song, is a female one. They reach a roadside stall and sit on the available seats near the river. He has some food. But, when he asks her to have some food, she declines.

Shots of the lead pair’s marriage are shown. Some other shots of the movie before this song are also shown. This is a promotional video where during the song the lyrics are shown on still shots of the lead pair. On the way home, in a lonely street, Bhumi Pednekar’s slipper falls off as they are moving in the scooter. He stops and goes back to pick it up. He drops it in front of her.

As she puts on the slipper, he starts the scooter and gestures her to sit behind him. The song peters out and the video ends soon.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Monali Thakur and the onscreen performances are by Ayushmann Khurrana Bhumi Pednekar and others.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song talks about the heroine being enchanted by materialistic desires. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.

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