Luka chhuppi bahut hui – Rang de Basanti (2006)

Immerse yourself in a free-flowing composition expressing mother-son separation magnificently put together by Prasoon Joshi and laced with superlative voices of Lata Mangeshkar and AR Rahman in a semi-classical mould.

Luka chhuppi bahut hui
Saamne aa ja na..
Kahaan kahaan dhoondha tujhe
Thak gai hai ab teri maa
Aaja saanjh hui mujhe teri fikar
Dhundhla gai dekh meri nazar aa ja na…

Teri raah take aankhiyan
Jaane kaisa kaisa hoye jiya…

The acoustic guitar-based rhythm meanders and flows into one of the tabla-laced antaras adding a new dimension! Lata Mangeshkar poignantly expresses the motherly emotion for her lost son. AR Rahman effectively reaches the high notes signifying the son’s heavenly presence. Somewhat better Hindi diction from ARR could have made it even more endearing. I couldn’t resist noting a minor similarity of the antara here (2:57 – 3:00) with Kunal Ganjawala’s Indipop 90s version of Channa ve ghar aaja re (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRsLGUK2FsM; 1:16 – 1:19). The sur-istic crescendo adds a new dimension to the composition. ARR shows his crooning prowess with the flute accompanying him note-by-note with the lovely tabla taal alongside. Prasoon Joshi strings the mother-son love and emotion in some lovely words. Has the ability to make eyes wet! Yahaan sab kuchh hai maa phir bhi lage bin tere mujhko akelaTeri raah take akhiyaan jaane kaisa kaisa hoye jiya…

About Shailendra Singh

A music lover, critic and self-proclaimed aficionado!
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