Dard karara – Sanu/Sadhana – Anu Malik – Ayushmann/Bhumi | Dum Lagake Haisha (2015)


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 and win the race. During the race, Sandhya asks him to stop her from leaving him and he complies. Prem does not stop after the race. Without even bothering to take the trophy, he continues ahead with Sandhya on his back all the way through the streets of the city. He does not stop until they reach his home. They kiss and seal their love for each other. The movie ends and this song appears at the end of the movie during the final titles.

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

The gist of the song is, “You are the language of my love. I write you a little, every day. I am lonely and write the explanation on a blank sheet of paper. When I met you, I had a slight pain in my heart. Only those people live, who have been hurt by love.”

Video: The award-winning cinematography is by Manu Anand. Dance choreography is by 80s-90s choreographer Chinni Prakash. That is why I found the steps so familiar.

The video opens with several girls and men beginning to dance on a large walking bridge. Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar are walking together, happily. The lead pair begins to dance with each other. They begin to sing the song as well. There are a couple of changes in the dress. Soon, the song peters out and the video ends as the lead pair walks toward the setting sun and hugs each other.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Kumar Sanu and Sadhana Sargam and the onscreen performances are by Ayushmann Khurrana Bhumi Pednekar and others.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song between the hero and the heroine. They finally accept that they are in love with each other. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.

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