Tu mere samne – Udit/Lata – Shiv-Hari – Shah Rukh/Juhi | Darr (1993)

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Today’s third post is the analysis of the song, Tu mere samne, from the Bollywood movie Darr (1993). The song has been analyzed based on its context and visualization.

Movie – Darr (1993)

The song, Tu mere samne, appears in the romantic psychological thriller Darr: A Violent Love Story (Fear), released in 1993. The movie was produced and directed by Yash Chopra under the banner of Yash-Raj Films. The movie stars Sunny Deol, Juhi Chawla and Shah Rukh Khan in the lead.

Kiran (Juhi Chawla) is a college student in Shimla and is on her way home to celebrate Holi. She hears a boy crooning to her across the college campus. She thinks that it is her Navy commando boyfriend Sunil (Sunny Deol), who has come to meet her and accompany her home. However, it is not Sunil but Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan), who a classmate with a crush on her.

Kiran is offended because she thinks Sunil had not met her though he had been to her college. Back home, Sunil drops on her from her wardrobe, frightening her. After her petty fights are over, he reveals that he never came to Shimla. While they are planning marriage, Rahul is trying to get close to Kiran.

Initially, Sunil and Kiran’s elder brother, Vijay (Anupam Kher) decide to handle the issue on their own. But when Rahul begins to stalk her, they take the assistance of the police. Rahul then challenges them that he would be meeting her the next day, which is Holi day, and they would not be able to stop it. He makes that call right from within their house and gets away scot-free. Kiran and Vijay’s wife, Poonam (Tanvi Azmi) are worried. The men decide to face the situation with the help of plainclothesmen.

Rahul visits Kiran’s home with a lot of color on his face and does not do anything until the police leave. The men also relax and go about their work. Rahul gets away with dousing Kiran with color. When Kiran screams, Sunil begins to chase Rahul and reaches the beach where Rahul gives him the slip.

Actually, Rahul is Sunil’s superior’s (Dalip Tahil) son and acts like a good friend to Sunil. That’s how Rahul could give him the slip, so easily. Rahul shoots Sunil when Sunil, Kiran and Poonam are coming out of a jewelry store, after shopping for the upcoming wedding. Sunil chases him and ends up injured in an accident.

Rahul and his father visit Sunil at the hospital and a police inspector comes at that point for enquiring about the incident. When the policeman asks Sunil details of the assailant, Sunil replies that the assailant was the height of Rahul. Rahul speaks up that the height is 5’ 10”. He hurries on to say that his own height was that.

Kiran fears that Sunil would die if they marry and she decides to leave the city. Sunil realizes that and catches up with her at the railway station and after convincing her, gets married to her at a nearby temple. They celebrate the wedding back home. Rahul is unable to digest this and he still thinks that Kiran had been convinced by Sunil to get married to him. He still thinks that Kiran loves him and not Sunil.

Sunil and Kiran go for their honeymoon to Switzerland. Rahul is deceived into thinking that they have gone to Goa. But Rahul is a very clever antagonist. He uses the death of his already dying friend Vikram Oberoi (Anu Kapoor) to show that Kiran’s stalker is dead and accesses the information of the real location of Sunil and Kiran. Then, Rahul goes to Switzerland and befriends the couple and again begins the stalking, though the newlyweds do not realize it. At one point, The 3 of them are a t a party and Rahul imagines that he is singing this song with Kiran.

Song – Tu mere samne

The lyrics of the song, Tu mere samne, were penned by Anand Bakshi and set to tune by Shiv-Hari.

The song goes, “You are in front of me. I am in front of you. Do I look at you or love you?”

Video – Tu mere samne

The cinematography is by Manmohan Singh. Dance choreography is by Saroj Khan.

The video opens with Shah Rukh Khan dancing with a girl, whose back is to the camera. He utters the first couple of lines of the song in his mind and the music begins. In the next shot, Shah Rukh Khan is seen running toward the camera, on the snow.

Closer to the camera, he jumps and sits on his knees in his characteristic style. He is panting after all the running. Juhi Chawla strokes his hair and his cheeks. Then, he stands up, as she touches his jaw.

He begins to sing and she smiles. When he moves away from her, she walks toward him and hugs him. They begin to dance and she also joins in the song, after a change in costume. There’re 2 other changes of costumes.

Saroj Khan’s choreography is mind-boggling! Juhi Chawla is both beautiful and dances well. All through the song, there are several changes of costumes and shots on beautiful locales. In the next shot, he plays the piano in the rain and she dances during that time.

Both of them are wearing white dresses. In the next shot, they are on a boat and he is spraying champagne on her. They are seen sitting on a seat together. The song ends abruptly and the video ends as Shah Rukh Khan comes back to the present, with a jolt.

Artists

Udit Narayan and Lata Mangeshkar have sung this song for Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla.

Cultural Influence

This song has not been influenced by any culture. It is one of my favorite Udit Narayan-Lata Mangeshkar croons. The song and the artists are fantastic. The video is watchable for the same.

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