Songs with Chaand -- the eternal performer

What were the odds that a song by Six Pence None the Richer would be playing on board an airplane as I returned to reading Jules et Jim by Henri Pierre Roche? As noted in this post on love triangles, the band and its one song inspired me to read the book. The following from Chapter Six of Part Two of the book, titled 'The locomotive- In town':

Jim loved the full moon, but Kate didn't. 'Love and the moon,' she said, 'so obvious and banal!' Probably moonlight had bad associations for her.

Kate had an interesting take which, some would argue, holds true in Bollywood films too. While concurrent references to love and the moon might be obvious and banal, they are justified and still appreciated by movie-watchers, as they always have been. When I came across these couple of sentences, I stopped reading for a few minutes and searched my iPod for songs with the word 'chaand' or 'chanda' (moon) or 'chaandni' (moonlight) in the title. Also thought of songs which effectively used the moon as a visual and not in the lyrics.



Here are the results, narrowed down to my top seven favorites (in chronological order). The only filters are that none of the songs is a lori (lullaby), and the 'chaand' or 'chaandni' being referred to is the moon and not a character in the film.

Thoughts on the list? Sure I've missed some good ones. Which songs would you add?


-- Dekho Woh Chaand from Shart (1954)
Singers: Hemant Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar
Music: Hemant Kumar

Watch this beautiful duet at this link, in which the moon appears in a wonderful open-ended context. The reference to the moon is hence made all the more appealing.



-- Chaudvin Ka Chaand from Chaudvin Ka Chaand (1960)
Singer: Mohammad Rafi
Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni
Music: Ravi

The champion of all Bollywood songs featuring the chaand. No introduction needed to this song (watch it below -- the music is digitized, but the original vocals and visuals are retained in this particular piece). One of Bollywood's all-time best. If asked to pick one song from the bunch, this would be it. Stunning.



-- Yeh Chaand Sa Raushan Chehra from Kashmir Ki Kali (1964)
Singer: Mohammad Rafi
Music: O. P. Naiyyar

An immortal song is Taareef Karoon Kya Us Ki (watch it here). I have not yet seen the film (shall, soon), the soundtrack to which offers song after wonderful song. The collective impact of this is a fantastic music album that has retained its freshness over decades.



-- Gali Mein Aaj Chaand Nikla from Zakhm (1998)
Singer: Alka Yagnik
Music: M. M. Kreem

Watch it at this link. This is one of my favorite Alka Yagnik songs. The poem is fantastic.

Tum aaye to aaya mujhe yaad, gali mein aaj chaand nikla
Jaane kitne dinon ke baad, gali mein aaj chaand nikla


Translated as:
When you came I remembered that the moon appeared in the lane
[Don't] Know after how many days the moon appeared in the lane



-- Chaand Chupa from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)
Singer: Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik
Lyrics: Mehboob and Sameer
Music: Ismail Darbar

Watch the song at this link. Starting to believe this film had a bit of everything. The song is lovely and is used as purposefully as can be expected.



-- Mitwa from Lagaan (2001)
Singers: Udit Narayan, Sukhwinder Singh
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
Music: A. R. Rahman

Watch it here. The moon makes an important appearance at the beginning of this song, as the 'apna ambar hai re' (the sky is ours) follows 'dharti apni hai' (the land is ours).



-- Chaand Sifarish from Fanaa (2006)
Singers: Shaan and Kailash Kher
Music: Prasoon Joshi
Lyrics: Jatin-Lalit

Since its release, this song (watch it here) seems to be the anthem of every Indian/Pakistani wedding video I have seen. Starring arguably two of the best actors in Bollywood today, Chaand Sifarish is an iconic izhaar-e-ishq (expression of love) of this decade.

14 comments:

Filmi Girl said...

Moonlight is such a pretty metaphor. I love the phrase from the song "Ek Ladki Ko Dekha" from 1942: A Love Story where he compares a lady to a moonlit night.

Shweta Mehrotra Gahlawat said...

Love the songs- alos thought of Pakeeza's "Chalo dildaar chalo chand ke paar chalo..."

theBollywoodFan said...

Filmi Girl: That's a beautiful song. Thank you. The 'chaandni raat' (moonlit night), as you note, is one of the many fantastic references to the 'ladki'. Wah! Was this the song that inspired your blog title ;)

Shweta: Great one too. Thanks! I need to see Pakeeza again to refresh my memory on the placement of the song...

Filmi Girl said...

And I forgot one of my favorite chand songs - "Khoya Khoya Chand" from Dev Anand's Kala Bazaar M. Rafi does wonderful things with that lyric.

theBollywoodFan said...

Right on Filmi Girl! That's a great one too. Thank you.

salek said...

There is also...

Yoon Shabnami (Saawariya)
Woh Chand Jaisi Ladki (Devdas)
Chandni Aayi Ban Ke (Dulari)
Chand Mera Dil (Hum Kisise Kum Nahin)
Aaja Sanam Madhur Chandni (Chori Chori)

Chandni Raatein - a classic from the Pakistani film, Dupatta, and sung by the legendary Noor Jehan

I've just discovered your blog and am already a fan. Great work!

theBollywoodFan said...

Great list, Salek! They are all good. I love the 'Yoon Shabnami' from Saawariya. Wrote about it back in October at this link. The piece with the chaand was very relevant, since the film released close enough to Eid. Reminded me of all the chaand-raat celebrations back home (Bombay and Karachi).

Thank you also for your kind words. Glad you liked it!

salek said...

I was listening to the Lagaan soundtrack and it turns out that the moon is also referenced in the lyrics of 'Radha Kaise Na Jale' and 'O Paalanhare'.

theBollywoodFan said...

Right on Salek! From 'O Paalanhare':

Chandaa mein, tumhai to bhare ho chaandni,
Suraj mein ujaala tumhai se.


And from 'Radha Kaise Na Jale':

Gopiyaan taare hain, chaand hai Radha,
Phir kyun hai us ko, viswaas aadha.


Both of them beautiful. Thank you for the great catches!

Nicki said...

I've never realized the moon was referenced in so many songs! Love it. Thanks so much. I always think of "Chand Chupke" from HDDCS. Since I don't know or understand Hindi, it's interesting that so many songs do reference the moon.

theBollywoodFan said...

Thanks Nicki. Chaand Chhupa is great. And there are so many more! The moon will always hold a major position in poetry, it must be cool to be able to relate to it across languages!

Deepti M. said...

I have a few more to add:

Chandni raat hai, tu mere ssath hai

Chanda re Chanda re, kabhi to miloge tum

Chandini, tu meri Chandini from Chandini

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi, Deepti, and welcome to the blog! Wow, those are all great, I love 'Chandni Raat Hai', thanks for reminding me it was missed :)

Anonymous said...

very old one
Chand aahein bhaega
phool dil tham lenge
husn ki baat kare toh
tab tera naam lenge