She’s a small town girl – Shankar Mahadevan – Vishal-Shekhar – Ranbir Kapoor | Bachna Ae Haseenon (2008)


Movie: This song appeared in 2008 Yash-Raj Films’ hit romantic drama Bachna Ae Haseenoon (Watch Out, Ladies) produced by Aditya Chopra and directed by Siddharth Anand. The movie starred Ranbir Kapoor, Minissha Lamba, Bipasha Basu, Deepika Padukone, Puneet Issar, etc.

The movie begins with Raj Sharma (Ranbir Kapoor), a young playboy traveling with his friends to Switzerland. He had just completed his twelfth standard exams. He meets Mahi (Minissha Lamba), who is with her family and friends, on the train. Mahi is in love with love and thinks she will find her filmi hero in the new country. She is left behind in one of the stations and Raj jumps out of the train to be with her. He takes her to the airport with him.

When they reach Zurich airport and he tells his friends that he had trapped Mahi into having sex with him. Mahi hears that and is shocked and heartbroken. Raj realizes that she has heard all the lies he told his friends. He just leaves the airport, shamelessly.

Soon, Raj acquires a job as a game designer with Microsoft, in Mumbai and he finds Radhika (Bipasha Basu) to have a live-in relationship with her. Radhika is an aspiring model. Raj gets an offer to go to Sydney for the launch of one of the games he designed and stay there. He thinks that Radhika is a modern girl and he would be able to easily move on after leaving her. Radhika, on the other hand, declares that she would be happy to sacrifice her career as a model to marry him and join him in Sydney. Raj is not ready for a commitment and flees on the day he is going to marry Radhika. Radhika waits till nightfall at the registrar’s office and is dejected.

Soon, Raj has a successful career in Sydney. One day, he meets Gayatri (Deepika Padukone). Gayatri is a gutsy, independent woman, who drives a cab by night and is a B-school student by day. Raj becomes friendly with her and also learns that she does not believe in the institution of marriage like him. They begin to date and he realizes that he had begun to feel something for her and these feelings challenge his commitment-phobia.

She rejects his proposal when he proposes to her. He realizes how Mahi and Radhika had felt when he had rejected them. He decides to seek them out to apologize to them. First, he visits Amritsar where Mahi lives. He is told that she had got married to Joginder Ahluwalia and they have 2 sons. At her home, he finds Joginder, who beats him up when he realizes that he is the same Raj, who had made Mahi a non-believer in love and unresponsive to her husband’s feelings.

Raj meets Mahi at her sister’s wedding and tells her despite her resistance in talking to him that Joginder is the Raj of her dreams. Mission accomplished, he leaves the wedding venue during the Sangeet ceremony itself and leaves for Mumbai where Radhika, a small-town girl, has become a successful model, Shreya Rathod. She has become a very rude person. She ignores him when he tries to reach her coming out of an event venue. He somehow catches up with her in Italy where she is holidaying. He asks for her forgiveness. She says she would forgive him but if and only if he works hard for it. She makes him her PA and makes him really slog for it. This song is heard in the background when he is completing several tasks, she had given him, at one go.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Anvita Dutt Guptan and the music was composed by Vishal-Shekhar.

The song talks about a small town girl, who has achieved such a lot within a few years. She has also got an attitude that shows.

Video: Cinematography is by Sunil Patel. The dance choreography is by Ahmad Khan.

The video opens with Bipasha Basu and Ranbir Kapoor traveling in a large boat. She is orally making a checklist, which is affirmed by him. The music has already begun. In the next shot, he is running through some streets to locate the laundry. A male voice begins the song in the background. Ranbir Kapoor reaches a café to get the cappuccino that she had ordered.

He has to patiently wait for his turn. When he runs back with the cappuccino, he bumps into someone to drop it. He runs back to get another one. She takes him shopping for dresses for her. They are back at her place. When she sees him talking on the phone, she throws the papers she is looking at below the balcony toward the sea and tells him to get them.

She makes him to several household chores. She orders him to dance on the streets because she is bored. He has to comply with her wishes. Someone throws some change at him and Bipasha Basu smiles. The song ends abruptly and the video also ends as she leaves and he concludes his dance.

Artists: The playback of this song has been sung by Shankar Mahadevan and the onscreen performances are by Bipasha Basu, Ranbir Kapoor and others.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song depicts how a girl can make a man dance at a gesture by her. The song has an influence of Punjabi Bhangra in it. The song and the artists are very good. The video is watchable for the same.


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