Pehla nasha – Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992)

Film: Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992)
Music: Jatin-Lalit
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri
Singers: Udit Narayan, Sadhana Sargam

Chaahe tum kuchh na kaho maine sun liya, ke saathi pyaar ka mujhe chun liya reinforces the proverbial phrase ‘if speech is silver, silence is golden’. A few things in life are as soothing as a cool breeze and as calm as a summer sea…this track is one of them. It will remind you of your first love, make you fly, smile, cry and be nostalgic …and for some may be all at the same time! Majrooh Sultanpuri weaves a dream with Pehla nasha pehla khumaar, naya pyaar hai naya intezaar, kar loon main kya apna haal, ae dil-e-beqaraar tu hi bata. He also beautifully captures the love-smitten carefree aspiration with Udta hi phiroon in hawaon mein kahin, ya main jhool jaaoon in ghataaon mein kahin, ik kar doon aasmaan aur zameen. Jatin-Lalit tune this beautifully and pace it stunningly well along with some heart-warming instrumentation via the piano and the saxophone but minimal tabla-laced percussion. Udit Narayan and Sadhana Sargam emote it magnificently and I think this one defines, expresses and emotes romance like not many have done before. Feel blessed to have heard this in my lifetime! What a number!!!

This one is arguably the best composition of Jatin-Lalit’s career and definitely one of the best of the 1990s! The young music composer duo got a special place in people’s hearts after this album particularly via this track. This was also one of the very few songs to be shot completely in slow motion – the instrumentation, its pace and the mood was perfect to do that! This youthful and very successful album had the nation hooked on to it. The album had the Pinball Wizard-inspired Yahaan ke hum Sikandar (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hw6l6CgrzNw), the rags-to-riches Arre yaaron mere pyaaron (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBmPHIW6B68), the breezy Humse hai saara jahaan (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKIajN–hV0), the catchy Naam hai mera Fonseca (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48sx4U31S1E), the sad Rooth ke humse kabhi (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mrZVGTOimI) and the dance-worthy Shehar ki pariyon ke peechhe (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W40XHUbShz4)

About Shailendra Singh

A music lover, critic and self-proclaimed aficionado!
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