Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi: Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte playlist, and Surinder the Clerk

Joe the Plumber, meet Surinder the Clerk! The aam aadmi (common man) is apparently in much need of attention everywhere. Bollywood is no exception, and it wouldn't hurt to portray Surinder (guessing he's a clerk), who works at Punjab Power, as India's equivalent of Joe. Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma, releases December 12.

While Joe is trying to tackle economic concerns and did his share to influence votes, Surinder will tackle matters of the heart while trying to convince us that all lovers are special. It's a theme with universal appeal, and who better than Shah Rukh the Pervasive Loverboy to play Surinder?

If a love story involves marriage (it seems this will) and fiduciary responsibilities and political tendencies that inherently factor in (unless my definition of critical intangibles in marriage is hopelessly flawed), it's not that bad a comparison, right? There's even a political undertone to the tag line, there is an extraordinary love story in every ordinary jodi. A quote from our President-Elect, from this Times of India piece:

...I have always looked to Mahatma Gandhi as an inspiration, because he embodies the kind of transformational change that can be made when ordinary people come together to do extraordinary things.

Been listening to the soundtrack by Salim-Sulaiman. You can listen to all songs at this link, or download them from iTunes. They are typical of the genre (and cast), but one fun song in particular stands out -- Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte (Run into you later) by Sonu Nigam. It's a tribute to Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand, Shammi Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna, and Rishi Kapoor. In addition to hoping for Amitabh Bachchan songs, I was hoping Dilip 'The Living Legend' Kumar would be in the mix, but that might have made some things too obvious; major gaffe avoided, Shah Rukh! :P

Preferences and biases aside, the song does contain lyrics from and allusions to some fantastic songs from the 1950s through 1980s. Figured it would be a fun exercise to try to identify them. When it isn't the lyrics, it is the music. Take a listen:

I'm not very familiar with music from these decades, and am certain I've missed a few. If you identify more, please leave a comment with the information, and I'll add it to the list (with credits, of course). Here are the ones I found (click to enlarge, open in new window/tab to follow along):

**This note added 11/16: Thank you Bollyviewer for noting the Raj Kapoor tribute contains a reference to Chhalia (1960), the Rajesh Khanna section to Kuch to log kahenge from Amar Prem (1971) and to the term 'Babu Moshaaye', his notable way of addressing Amitabh Bachchan's character in Anand (1971).**

Here's my YouTube playlist with the original songs in the sequence in which they appear in Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte. It's good for background noise, and I hope you find it of some value. Use the console to skip songs. It's also available at this YouTube link.

And finally, I found the title to the song interesting also because Hum Hain Raahi Pyaar Ke, Phir Milenge, and Chalte Chalte, was each the title for a film starring Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, and Shah Rukh Khan respectively.

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi really should be one of the better comedies of the year. I certainly hope it is. Regardless, at least it'll have lovely newcomer Anushka Sharma in wardrobe I'm most attracted to! ;)

Official website (and picture source): This link at the Yash Raj Films website.

Also see:
Fun with words, a poem on Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (2008)


Anonymous said...

The song and the tributes are good. It would be great to see RNBDJ, as Shah Rukh is doing comedy in it and I'm sure he'd not disappoint anyone.

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Saurabh: I'm looking forward to a Shah Rukh starrer, when I don't normally do. I don't know why that is, maybe it's the timing.

It's interesting you note he 'wouldn't disappoint'. I think that has driven his career more than anything else, for better or for worse. He's probably taken few risks as a result, but a great entertainer he is, and pretty good at comedy too!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the work you've done on this post tBF! I would never have realised any of this.

I didn't know anything about SRK's new film till this. But now I just can't wait! I think Shah Rukh is really great at comedy, these days anyway. (I hide behind my hands when I watch his 90s attempts at it though!)

Anonymous said...

Oh my god, I love that playlist! You mean there are references to all those twenty songs in Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte?!!! I shall enjoy trying to spot them all. What an education you are!!

Anonymous said...

What a fun post :-) I must get this soundtrack!

And I too always look forward to SRK, no matter what he's up to!

theBollywoodFan said...

Thank you for your comments!

Hi Joss: You're very welcome. It was fun putting it together, and yes, references to all those songs are indeed contained in Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte. Which means the playlist of originals, if it'll hold up over time (i.e. if the songs remain on YouTube), is something I'll keep revisiting.

Hi Memsaab: It's a decent soundtrack, but that Shammi tribute probably mandates a purchase ;) Let's see what SRK can come up with here. The promos promise an entertainer.


Shweta Mehrotra Gahlawat said...

I am so digging SRK here- he is Amol personified (heart)- the song is so adorably shot- plus Anushka looks fab. totally enthu about this one.

ajnabi said...

Oh wow, fantastic playlist. Thanks! And I'll join you in your anticipation. I think Anushka's outfits looks fantastic, and her adorable girl-next-doorness reminds me of Preity in Dil Se.

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Shweta! It should be fun, yes. I'm so ready for December, but there's Yuvvraaj on the 21st of this month first to look forward to as well. Which means three trips to the cinemas in a little over a month...fun!

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Ajnabi: Thank you, and glad you enjoyed the playlist. It's so full of brilliant songs, it's difficult not to enjoy it!

I agree completely on Anushka. I hope she doesn't disappear like my favorite newcomer opposite Shah Rukh, Gayatri Joshi.

We've gotten some good male newcomers this year: Imran Khan, Farhan Akhtar, and Rajeev Khandelwal, in particular. It's about time we got Anushka and the leading Ghajini ladies Jiah or Asin (although the two are not completely new, but new to a Bollywood film with blockbuster potential), which is really exciting!

Anonymous said...

Wow! What an interesting soundtrack and you've done a great job cataloging the different references - they arent easy to catch. With your list for reference I did get a few more references - in the Raj Kapoor tribute there is a reference to Chhalia (1960) and in the Rajesh Khanna section there is line Kuch to log kahenge - a song from his Amar Prem (1971) as well as Babu Moshaaye - his famous way of addressing Amitabh's character in Anand (1971).

O this is such a fun exercise! Need to listen to it more to catch some other hidden references - the original songs' tunes are changed which make the references a lot harder to get.

SRK's new make-over is certainly interesting but I'd like to know more about the film before I decide to look forward to it! Any line about the plot?

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Bollyviewer: Thank you so much! I've added the info to the playlists above, really appreciate your comment! :)

All I know of the plot is what is revealed at the film's official website. There are a couple of trailers there, and the new theatrical promo promises a typical SRK flick (not implying good or bad), which will, at the very least, work just fine for those (there are many) who've given versatility a pass throughout SRK's career. :P

Anonymous said...

I think the "Phir Milenge" is probably a reference to a scene from Raj Kapoor's film Mera Naam Joker. It isn't used in a song, but there is a famous scene between Kapoor and the second heroine who is in the Russian circus in Hindi (Phir Milenge) and Russian (Dosvadanya). I haven't really studied the song, but if I find something I'll post again.

-Martha J.

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Martha, and thank you for that bit of info! There seem to be so many good movies somehow tied to this song, I feel really left out not having seen most. Hope to change that.

Really appreciate you stopping by and commenting. Please do visit again.


angshu said...

Chandni should be the 27th clip And 'hum hai raahi pyar ke phir milenge chalte chalte' is not so much a tribute less to the older generation as a tongue-in-cheek reference to 3 films of the 3 Khans - Aamir (Hum hai raahi pyar ke), Salman (Phir Milenge) and SRK himself (Chalte Chalte).

theBollywoodFan said...

Welcome Angshu, and thank you for your visit and comment! That title could indeed be a toungue-in-cheek reference to the three films you're referring to (as noted in the post). Perhaps it is their way of illustrating, as the song says in the paragraph that is repeated, that the film fraternity will continue to entertain, through generations!

Anonymous said...

Adab theBollywoodFan!
Thanks so much for this song list and dedicating a post to a movie you may not have cared for too much. Very fair of you yaar. This was perhaps my favorite part of the film. I've been running around all the blogs and now reading the RNBDJ reviews now that I've seen the film. Since U had read no posts on the subjects I was so surprised by this song and loved it. I'm glad you took the time to pay special attention to this song and all the references. Even I as a semi-newcomer (3 years or so now) to Bollywood caught many in that song, as well as in the movie in particular, for instance the obvious Dhoom sequence. While blog hopping, at memsaab's review, she referenced this excellent write up:


This post I referenced above also talks of the line I loved from the song "In every life we change our form/On dream's curtains are we reborn" and interprets it as you do, though a bit differently. I love your take on that in this comment:
"Perhaps it is their way of illustrating, as the song says in the paragraph that is repeated, that the film fraternity will continue to entertain, through generations!"
Yes I agree on that interpretation too. Vay!

You don't have to ask, I loved it, just a tad less, like approximately .000121%, less than Ghajini. :) Still surprised how much I loved both these blockbuster films. Loved Anuskha and want to see her again.

Back to the song, I wish that your precise list was added over at Wikipedia, since there's is super lame and also not quite getting it right, I know it's the nature of wikipedia to be that way, but still, dekh:

Cameo appearances in the song- "Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte"

Kajol as Raj Kapoor's love, Nargis

Bipasha Basu as Dev Anand's love, Nutan

Lara Dutta as Shammi Kapoor's love, Helen

Preity Zinta as Rajesh Khanna's love, Sharmila Tagore

Rani Mukerji as Rishi Kapoor's love, Neetu Singh


Too bad your super list is not there in its place. OK mitr, I'll eventually do a post on this movie too (like I will with Ghajini) and link yours in.

All the best! or should I say instead, Hum Hain Raahi Pyaar Ke, Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte,

theBollywoodFan said...

Thanks, Sita-ji. Well, it is a good compilation of some very popular and excellent oldies, no doubt. And this post was written about a month before the film was released. I told you I was looking forward to the film. :)

Thanks also for the link to that 'insanely long' article. It almost convinces one that there was more thought put into the film than there (quite obviously, but that's only my opinion) actually was!

Ojas said...

What an interesting blog thread! Just what I've been looking for! It seems like SRK is in a mimicry mood...he did a same combo-compilation in Om Shanti Om. Nevertheless, the song is catchy and an awesome tune!

But I have a question: I think Bipasha isn't Nutan here..isn't she more like Asha Parekh or Waheeda Rehman?