Nok Jhok – Chhapaak (January 2020)

Chhapaak se appears an acoustic ballad that seems to be in familiar territory! Siddharth Mahadevan tries his best to lift up the Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy composition comprising Gulzar’s lyrics.

Baat baat pe keh dete hain nok jhok
Bas nok jhok, bas nok jhok

Baat baat pe sheh dete hain nok jhok
Bas nok jhok, bas nok jhok

Hmm… pal pal chonche maarte rehna
Chubhti hai par hanste rehna
Taago mein koi girah nahi
Par baaton mein phanste rehna

Nok jhok, bas nok jhok
Bas nok jhok, Bas nok jhok
Bas nok jhok, bas nok jhok
Bas nok jhok, bas nok jhok

Sensitive subjects need acoustic ballads like this one! The intention seems great but Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy lose the plot somewhat and end up with sort of a mash-up. The refrain (Nok jhok bas nok jhok) sounds like Yeh laal ishq, yeh malaal ishq from Goliyon ki Raasleela Ram-Leela on steroids (2013; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bD1gepaUZms; 0.36 to 0.44). It will also remind you of the Delhii Heights (2007) Rabbi Shergill-composed and Sonu Nigam and Rabbi Shergill sung number Kitni der tak kitni der tak aaj sham ya saver tak (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJeivmpY6vU). However, Nok Jhok neither seems to have the soul of Yeh laal ishq nor the racy punch of Kitni der tak. The big question is – will it grow on you? Time will only tell. Siddharth Mahadevan, Shankar Mahadevan’s son, plays his part well and tries to lift up the composition. Gulzar’s words are appealing but I would have expected more! Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy get the guitar riffs perfectly right and are superb accompaniment to the words enhancing the feel of the number. In my mind though, there’s Nok jhok if I like it and if this is the first good number of 2020!

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10 Responses to Nok Jhok – Chhapaak (January 2020)

  1. RAJ says:

    Dear Shailendraji, Hope you are doing well…With due respect to the great lyricist Gulzaar sahab, I penned few lines for title track of Chapaak, just as a hobby…Please go through and kindly give your valuable feedback and let me know how you find it…
    Khubsurat si ek zindagi ji rahi thi,
    Thoda gam , thodi Khushi , seenjh rahi thi
    Anginath khwab, ankho mein piroye,
    manzilo par chal padi thi, X 2

    achanak Waqt badla, mera khuda mujhse rootha,
    Chand cheete jo udi. mera Chehra tuta phuta
    Ek shaitan ne ki dastak,
    kar di bemani harkat,
    Aur…. Chaapaak se kismat bikhar gaya….
    Chapaak se kismat bikhar gaya…..

    Na rahe, Na manzil,
    Sirf Andhera hi Andhera,
    Dimag sunn aur ankho mein patti,
    Khwaishe adhoori, Irade sare kacchi,
    Na hosh , Na josh,
    Mano wakqt tham sa gaya …

    Ek shaitan ne ki dastak,
    kar di bemani harkat,
    Aur…. Chaapaak se kismat bikhar gaya….
    Chapaak se kismat bikhar gaya…..

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  2. RAJ says:

    Dear Shailendraji, Good Afternoon… Just one more please… Penned one more Chappaak title track…Request your kind review and valuable feedback please…Good Music Score and Articulate Voice should take it to another level I think…Kind Regards Raj
    =========================================================
    Holi ki pichkari, maano rango ki fuvaari.
    Fark sirf itna hein, rang ye zehrila hein
    Boonde jo tan ko chue, ghav ye dil kar daale,
    Yeh kaisi hein holiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii, chali chehre pe goli (*2)
    Chhapaak, Chhapaak ….., Aaah Chaapaak Chaapaak….Ye Chhapaak Chhapaak….. oh Chaapaak Chaapaak ( Chorus !!!)

    Khwab jo dafan hue , khushiya kafan hue,
    Aankhe moond si gayi, rooh bhi kaamp uthi,
    bebassi andhera chaya
    aasma bhi julas aaya ,
    tanhai ki aisi baad jo aayi…. Pag pag kaate hi paayi.
    Abhh kuch bachaa nahiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin, Abhh koi sachaa nahiiiiiiiiin,
    Yeh kaisi hein holiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii, chali chehre pe goli (*2)
    Chhapaak, Chhapaak ….., Aaah Chaapaak Chaapaak….Ye Chhapaak Chhapaak….. oh Chaapaak Chaapaak ( Chorus !!!)

    Na Hosh, Na josh, Na Khyal, Na Chaal.
    Na Chahat, Na Langar,
    Abh kiske sahare yeh Zindagi ka mangar
    Ek insaan , bana Shaitan, hua haivaan ….
    mita gaya masoom sa pehchaan, *2
    kar gaya zindagi raaakh , raakh, hmm, raakh, raakh , haa raakh raakh…
    Chhapaak, Chhapaak ….., Aaah Chaapaak Chaapaak….Ye Chhapaak Chhapaak….. oh
    Chaapaak Chaapaak… (( Chorus !!!))

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  3. Dear Shailendraji , Humbly request to review and provide your valuable feedback…Kind Regards Raj

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  4. Dear Shailendraji, Thank you so much for your valuable feedback…Really means a lot to me. Hoping that some day I get a chance to pen lyrics for a bollywood movie :):) Good Day Sir…

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