Sunn bhavra – Shashaa Tirupati – A R Rahman | Ok Jaanu (2017)

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Movie: This song appeared in 2017 romrama (romantic drama) Ok Jaanu (Ok Beloved) directed by Shaad Ali and produced by Mani Ratnam (Madras Talkies) and Karan Johar (Dharma Productions). The movie starred Aditya Roy Kapur, Shraddha Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, Leela Samson, Eesh Kakkar, etc.

The movie involves Adi (Aditya Roy Kapur), who is a video game developer, accidentally meeting Tara (Shraddha Kapoor). Tara wants to pursue higher studies in Paris and Adi wants to make it big in the US as a video game developer. They move around together and fall in love. They decide that marriage is not for them. They want a ‘no strings attached’ relationship. Tara travels to Ahmadabad for a project. Adi also jumps into the train without a ticket. In Ahmadabad, they visit an Islamic religio-historical monument for Tara’s project and they also visit Gandhiji’s workplace in Sabarmati, which has become a museum now. Tara reveals to Adi at this time about the trauma of coming from a broken home. They are late for their train and they end up in a lodge room. Tara does not allow Adi to have sex with her.

However, when she is back in her hostel in Mumbai; she encounters her mother, who asks her several questions about where she has been and with whom. Adi catches up with Tara at her office and they have sex in her hostel room. Soon, they decide to have a live-in relationship at the place he lives. His landlord Gopi Shrivastava (Naseeruddin Shah) does not permit them to stay there without marriage. It is at this time that his wife Charu (Leela Sampson) plays the sitar and Tara sings this song.

Song: The song has lyrics by Gulzar and the music has been composed by A R Rahman.
The gist of the song is, “Listen to the bee and hear what he says.”

Video: Cinematography is by Ravi K Chandran.

The video opens with Aditya Roy Kapur and Naseeruddin Shah conversing with each other. They hear the beginning of a song at that time. They look into the French door where they see Shraddha Kapoor singing to the tune of the sitar that is being played by Leela Samson. The 2 men enter the room where the 2 ladies are sitting. Leela Samson also begins to sing.

Naseeruddin Shah begins to enjoy the song. Leela Samson appreciates the rendition of the younger girl. Aditya Roy Kapur throws her a kiss. Then, the lead pair is seen taking a goldfish bowl somewhere. Obviously, Naseeruddin Shah had accepted that they live together. Next, they are seen shifting her minimal stuff to their live-in home.

The song peters out in the background and the video ends as Shraddha Kapoor is seen sleeping on the bed. I find this song a little odd in the sense a young girl and an older woman are singing the song, but one singer has given playback for them. I would expect that older people’s voice would change as they age. I wonder what did the composer think while composing the song.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Shashaa Tirupati and the onscreen performances are by Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapur.

Cultural Influence: This is a typically filmi song with classical overtones. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.

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