Best Songs of Lyricist Swanand Kirkire: Part 1

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4. Behti Hawa (3 Idiots)

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Raju Hirani perfectly sums this as Aamir Khan’s funeral song. A man who put excellence before success all his life in both the film as Rancho and real life as an actor, deserves this song. Going against every grain of conventional wisdom, Rancho never cares for failures or future. He does what his heart says and the lyrics weave a unique fabric of personality for this special character.

Just the thought of creating your own path instead of following the herd was so fresh that Swanand Kirkire did not need any special shayari. He lets the thought do the talking.

Best lines:

Sulagti dhoop mein chhaaon ke jaisa
Raegistaan mein gaaon ke jaisa
Mann ke ghaav pe marham
Jaisa tha woh
Hum sahme se rehte koovein mein
Woh nadiya mein gotae lagata
Ulti dhara cheer ke tairta tha woh

 

5. Des Mera (Peepli Live)

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Looking at India’s diversity, an outsider might think it’s a miracle that we are together. This thought put forth by Indian Ocean is expanded upon by Swanand Kirkire’s contributions. Original lyrics were by Sanjeev Sharma, but rework for the film was done by Kirkire.

The lyrics describe the major conflict of the film. A farmer’s fake suicide attempt blown out of proportion by the media and democracy.

Raai Pahad hai kankar shankar
A mustard seed becomes mountain here and a stone can be god (Lord Shiva)

Baat hai chhoti bada Batangad
Small issues are made big (for no reason)

Arre India sir yeh cheez durandar
Sir, this India is a great thing

Rang rangeela parja tantar
This democracy is very colorful

Swanand Kirkire sticks to the hopelessness of Natha’s journey in Peepli Live as the words turn dark and devoid of any color in the final stanza:

Sookhe naina rookhi akhiyan
dry eyes, dry eyes

Dhundla dhundla sapna
foggy dream

Aansu bhi namkeen hai pyaare
the tears are also salty

Jo tapke so chakhna
taste it when it falls

Indian Ocean’s rooted music and powerful lyrics from Kirkire make the listener empathize with the most ignored aspect of our country: the villages.

 

6. Chand Ki Talaash (Khoya Khoya Chand)

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This is an underrated song that is probably in everyone’s memory but not on their lips. The lyrics celebrate a Guru Dutt style addiction to pain. Beautiful but self-destructive. The movie is reminiscent of the 1950s decade and the lyrics find inspiration from songs like Ye Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaaye To Kya Hai, Waqt Ne Kiya Kya Haseen Sitam and the obvious Khoya Koya Chand.

Guru Dutt’s dilemma of chasing fame and yet being thoroughly heartbroken at obtaining it is what drives the song. The heart understands that there will always be more sorrow with every achievement. This sorrow brings out great art which opens up even greater pain. Swanand Kirkire’s genius lies in the realization and acceptance that the only way to relieve pain is to create more of it.

Guru Dutt was an enigma. He had attempted suicide three times, failed in love/marriage and gave up film directing after the failure of Kaagaz Ke Phool. His life was the classic battle of self-inflicted pain for the sake of art. The lyrics remind us of this conflict and the man who was the living embodiment of it.

Best lines:

Jab Kabhi Yeh Dil Laga Dard Hi Hamein Mila
Dil Ki Har Lagi Ka Sunlo Dard Hi Hai Ik Sila
Jab Kabhi Yeh Dil Laga Dard Hi Hamein Mila
Dil Ki Har Lagi Ka Sunlo Dard Hi Hai Ik Sila
Kyun Naye Naye Se Dard Ki Firaaq Mein Talaash Mein Udaas Hai Dil

By Shridhar Kulkarni & Rima Fernandes

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2 Comments

  1. Itti si hansi Itti si khushi itta sa tukda chand ka , khwabon ke tinkon se chal banayeinn aashiyan.

    Bin pucchhe mera naam aur pata rasmon ko rakh ke pare chaar kadam bas chaar kadam chal do na saath mere.

    Saari ummrr hum mar marke ji liye ik pal toh abb hamein jine do , jine do

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