Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tu Hi To Meri Dost Hai



Listened to this number on FM a few days ago, and before I knew it was from Yuvraaj, written by Gulzar and composed and sung (in part) by A R Rehman, I was humming it all the time. I simply can't get it off my head. Everytime I listen to it, I find myself in a different world.

Gulzar is superb, much better than Akhtar, who disappointed me with his kale-neele-peele songs in Rock On. Plus the refrain by Rehman. You have to listen to it to feel it. One more reason this track is particularly intriguing is because it talks about a 'dost' rather than the hundreds of synonyms for a beloved. There are a lot of songs on dosti but not often do you listen to 'meri' dost.

I could probably put it as my most favourite song of 2008. A very close contender would be Teri Ore from Singh is King, which, though quite soothing to the ears, lacks in the emotional content in this one.

There were a few more ear-friendly songs this year, not listed in any particular order:

  • Teri Ore (Singh Is King)
  • Bakhuda Tumhi Ho (Kismat Konnection)
  • Khuda Jaane (Bachan Ae Haseeno)
  • Kabhi Kabhi Aditi (Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na)
  • Zara Zara Touch Me (Race)
  • Chaar Dino Ka Pyaar (Jannat)
  • Pichhle Saat Dino Mein (Rock On)
  • Pehli Nazar Mein (Race)
What do you think? Do you feel this is the best song of the year or am I getting too emotional?

Aaja main hawaon mein bitha ke le chaloon/ Tu hi to/ Tu hi to meri dost hai...


20 comments:

Jayati said...

yes..this is a very good song..very touching..and talks truly of a friend...

Anadi Misra said...

I too am a stickler for lyrics...thats why I didn't like JTYJN songs that much...no Gulzar :)...agree about Teri Ore too...

I like most songs on your list except the Rock On ones. Just can't stand Farhan Akhtar's singing...

BTW, most of the Yuvraaj songs are great (grew on me :P)...try Tu Muskura...thats my current fave...

Roli said...

Cool... it has become my Fav too... :)

I want to listen to it while travelling. I like good music all the more in my car.... today I will download and then in the evening will go for a long drive... :)

Other songs which you have listed are also lovely...although Aahista is also a good track from Jane Tu ya Jane na.

Anonymous said...

Please try Zindagi from Yuvvraaj.. its exceptional.. Bhuvan

ashes said...

Jayati:

Yeah right.

ashes said...

Anadi:

I concur with you on baby Akhtar's nasal twangs, but I found Papa Akhtar's attempt at kabhi-khud-pe-hansa-kabhi-khud-pe-roya quite thoughtful, also the relation between laundry ka bill and aadhi padhi novel quite abstract. :)

Yes, Tu Muskura and Zindagi are quite good too. Man, the Rehman-Gulzar combo has to be good.

ashes said...

Roli:

Yeah, long drives and good music are a wonderful combination :)

Aahista is a good one too. (BTW, it is from Bachna Ae Haseeno and not from JTYJN.) Actually there are so many genres even in Indian film music that one cannot have a common top-10 list. I included Zara Zara Touch Me in the list because I actually found that exceptional. Otherwise, as you can see, the list contains of melodious, soft songs, that linger on more than the catchy short-lived dance numbers.

ashes said...

Bhuvan:

Yes, thanks for that. Zindagi is exceptional. However, it has a saddening feeling, and sad songs sort of get over me, and I try to avoid entering the pensive mood. But yes, that is one song that will stay for years to come.

Pawan said...

Great song with really great lyrics...
just can't stop listening to it...
And as far as Gulzar is concerned.. he is really great poet/writer. check out his album Marasim with Jagjit singh.... each track is just awesome with really deep meaning.
Anyways try Kuch Kam from Dostana..

Cuckoo said...

Well, someone sent me this song & I downloaded this morning and since then it's been continuously playing in loop. :)

This 'dost' word is special, gives so much of 'apnapan'.. .. much better than any other form of selfless bond.

Gulzar is anyway good. I agree with you about Gulzar/Rehman combo.

Mayank said...

yeah you getting too emotional. go get a girl ;-)

ashes said...

Pawan:

Yes I have listened to Marasim, and liked it. Shaam se aankh mein nami si hai is simply mind blowing. Just heard Kuchh Kam, it is done well by Shaan, and the lyrics are good too. Thanks.

ashes said...

Cuckoo:

Yes, dost. :) Agree with you.

ashes said...

Mayank:

:) Yeah, I felt the same. And I am trying, of course :)

~vagabond~ said...

Love the song from yuvraaj too. And it's not just the lyrics (though they're good too)...I think Rahman has outdone himself with the music too.

Anadi Misra said...

BTW, judging from the promos, Yuvvraaj seems like Rainman concept with Bollywood treatment (muZeik, love angle..some melodrama, an additional brother)...What do you think?
Notice how Ghai likes 3...3 brothers in Trimurti, 3 sisters in Yaadein, 3 brothers in this one again...and I remember right, Karma too had 3 guys helping Dilip Kumar...could be just a coincidence...

ashes said...

Vagabond:

:) Too many toos. Song too, lyrics too, music too. :) But yes, the track is too good and rightly solicits so many toos.

BTW, I like your blog too. :)

ashes said...

Anadi:

Oh yeah, I hadn't seen the promos of Yuvvraaj, but now when I saw it, it does resemble Rain Man, and Anil Kapoor's character that of Hoffman's.

Nice observation about Subhash Ghai believing numerology and stuff. I never thought he believed in all that, but now when he added an irritating extra 'v' in Yuvvraaj...

Amiya Shrivastava said...

Is he the same Yuvraaj?? The cricketer Yuvraaj?

I am glad to see you now writing on songs too...

It's a coool song..

ashes said...

Amiya:

Come on dude! Where are you? Yuvvraaj is the new Subhash Ghai movie. And when I have mentioned the musician and the singer and the lyricist, what did you think when I said the song is from Yuvraaj? It could mean nothing other than the movie...

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