Baazigar O Baazigar – Baazigar (1993)

Before any more re-mixers get to it, wanted to get to you this immensely hummable and superbly-packaged *Kumar Sanu* and *Alka Yagnik* sung number from a score that sent *Anu Malik’s* career into a different orbit.

 Hoooo… Mera dil tha akela, tune khel aisa khela
Teri yaad mein jaagun raat bhar
Baazigar O Baazigar
Tu hai bada jaadugar
Baazigar O Baazigar
Tu hai bada jaadugar

Hooo…dil leke dil diya hai
Sauda pyaar ka kiya hai
Dil ki baazi jeeta dil haar kar
Baazigar main Baazigar

Chupke se aankhon ke raste, tu mere dil mein samaaya
Chaahat ka jaadu jagaake, mujhko dewaana banaaya

Pehli nazar mein bani hai tu mere sapnon ki raani
Yaad rakhegi yeh duniya apni wafaa ki kahaani

This song has all the Anu Malik idiosyncrasies one can think of – a grand opening orchestration, a lone violin riff, use of female chorus, percussion (especially tabla and dholak), use of multiple guitars and oodles of romance! What isn’t missing also is the ‘inspiration’ he got from Kaun hai jo sapnon mein aaya (Jhuk Gaya Aasman; Shankar-Jaikishan; 1968). Hum Baazigar O baazigar and Kaun hai jo…together and you will understand. Interestingly, both these opening pieces – Kaun hai jo…in particular – seem to be inspired by Elvis Presley’s Marguerita (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApjA9OfAUk4; 1963; Source: IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106333/trivia?ref_=tt_ql_2). Another piece of trivia (Source: IMDb again) – Nadeem-Shravan walked out of Baazigar leaving Jaadugar O Jaadugar behind and their loss was Anu’s gain! Alka Yagnik and Kumar Sanu sing their hearts out for newcomers Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan. Nawab Arzoo’s words are simple yet effective. Malik’s planning, enthusiasm, instrumentation and super-packaging makes this number much endearing and soothing to listen. Worth the gamble listening to it and humming along!

About Shailendra Singh

A music lover, critic and self-proclaimed aficionado!
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