Dum lagake haisha – Sultana/Jyoti/Kailash – 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 there. During his friend’s wedding, he uses words like ‘bull’ for Sandhya in envy of his friend’s thinner wife and they slap each other. She leaves his home the next day and sends a divorce notice.

On the day of the court hearing, the judge tells them that they have to stay with each other for 6 months and then only decide whether divorce is required or not. Thus, they are compelled to stay together. A race, where a husband has to carry his wife on his back, is organized in their place and his family members convince them to participate in it. Prem is convinced and the D-day arrives. He and his wife are slow starters but soon move ahead of the bunch. This song is heard in the background during the race.

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

The gist of the song is about getting ready to bear the burden of a household. The man and the girl are till then like a paper kite, broken from its thread, flying waywardly. When the responsibility of marriage falls on their shoulders, they tend to almost topple with the burden. Maintaining a balance is a requirement.

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

The video opens with the preparations for the race. Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar with their families are seen walking toward the race tracks, as the other couples are exercising. The song begins. The lead pair joins the other racers. The gong is hit for the competition to begin and the couples begin the race.

The lead pair is left behind by the other fast racers. They are running on sand. Then, they are seen moving over large tyres. One by one the other couples fall down, as they do not see where they are going. They keep looking at the lead pair. They have to climb a few small steps and walk a thin bending ramp.

At one point, the lead pair is about to slip from the ramp. Their families look worried. After passing these ramps, the racers move on a stretch of sand. Next is a patch of muddy water. Everybody falls into the water when they pass it. Bhumi Pednekar laughs at Ayushmann Khurrana and he throws some muddy water on her.

Ayushmann Khurrana hoists Bhumi Penekar on his back and again tries to move on. They again slip and fall at the point where the water meets the dry sand. Bhumi Pednekar climbs up and helps him up. They get a lot of applause for their actions. The wife of his main competitor is hurt when she falls in the large puddle of water and their progress is slowed down.

As the audience watches them breathless, the lead pair passes the winning mark. Their families rejoice. The lead pair does not even stop to take the trophy but continues further. The song ends abruptly and the video also ends as they are happy to continue on.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Sultana Nooran, Jyoti Nooran and Kailash Kher and the onscreen performances are by Ayushmann Khurrana Bhumi Pednekar and others.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song is symbolic of how a man and his wife can bear the burden of their household together. The main thing is the balance that they struggle to create between them. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.

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