Main laapata tu laapata – Palak/K K – Sohail Sen – Katrina/Salman | Ek Tha Tiger (2012)

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Movie: This song appeared in 2012 Yash-Raj Films’ hit romantic spy thriller Ek Tha Tiger (There was a Tiger) directed by Kabir Khan and produced by Aditya Chopra. The movie starred Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Ranvir Shorey, Girish Karnad, Roshan Seth, Gavie Chahal, etc. Post this movie; a sequel Tiger Zinda Hai was released last year. The critics were happy with only the movie’s music, action and cinematography.

RAW agent Tiger tends to kill someone or the other during every mission. His boss Dr. Shenoy (Girish Karnad) warns him about it before giving him a new assignment. The new mission is in Dublin, Ireland; where Trinity College Professor Anwar Jamaal Kidwai (Roshan Seth) is suspected of sharing his findings with the Pakistani spy agency ISI. Gopi (Ranvir Shorey) also joins Salman Khan in the mission.

Though Tiger meets the professor, he is unable to spend time with him. Instead, he ends up dating the professor’s caretaker Zoya (Katrina Kaif). What initially started as an attempt to find more information becomes a romantic drama. Before he realizes anything; Tiger is attacked and robbed by someone, he suspects is an ISI agent. Gopi keeps warning Tiger, not to let personal feelings obstruct him from performing his duty toward his nation. Soon, Zoya also falls in love with him and Tiger and she get to know each other’s feelings.

When Professor Kidwai and Tiger are present at a theater watching the dance choreographed by Zoya, some activity is discovered in Professor Kidwai’s home. Gopi informs his friend about it. Tiger discovers Zoya copying the Professor’s research files from his computer. Tiger tries to convince her into working for India. She decides not to commit treason to her country Pakistan. Tiger kills her colleague, who appears suddenly and Tiger lets her go.

Through a cryptic message, Zoya informs that she would be attending the UN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting at Istanbul and Tiger shakes himself out of his forced rest and a desk job. He joins Dr. Shenoy and the Indian Foreign Minister at the meeting. Zoya and Tiger meet and decide to run away from it all. They elude the RAW and ISI agents and go away to Cuba. Dr. Shenoy realizes that Tiger has left RAW and India for good because Tiger had withdrawn all his savings from a bank in Istanbul. The RAW boss orders Gopi to find Tiger and if need be, kill him to avoid Pakistan getting inside information of RAW. This song is heard in the background at this point.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Anvita Dutt Guptan and the music was composed by Sohail Sen.

The gist of the song is, “Nobody can find us. We are lost for them.”

Video: Cinematography is by Aseem Mishra. Dance choreography is by Ahmad Khan-Vaibhavi Merchant.

The video opens with the lead pair going to Cuba and traveling in a yellow sports car. The music has already begun. The camera shoots the daily activities in the streets. The lead pair is in a taxi and reaches their destination. They are happy with the room they have been given and hug each other for achieving what they had intended.

They move toward the bed. The next shot shows Katrina Kaif coming out on the balcony. A female voice is heard singing this song in the background. Salman Khan is sitting talking to some men in the streets below. Katrina Kaif stands on the balcony. When he sees her, he leaves the company of the men and runs back to their residence. She is happy.

Next, the lead pair is seen playing on the sea waves on a beach. She teaches dance to kids for a living. It appears all too easy to lose oneself in another country and not be findable by others. He paints something on canvas, while she tries to be romantic with him. Then, they are seen dancing with some natives.

Salman Khan sells his paintings for a living. In between, they are seen singing the song. The music rises to a crescendo and the video ends as the lead pair is seen standing on a street waiting for someone or something.

Artists: The playback of this song was sung by Palak Muchchal and K K and the onscreen performances are by Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Girish Karnad and others.

Cultural Influence: Part of this typically filmi song has some influence of the Cuban culture on it. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.

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