'Bhoola Tujhe' (I forgot You) is a rather unconventional filmic 'hamd' (defined here) in the form of a one-on-one dialogue with God, in that it is primarily one that stems from lament. It consequently implies the seeking of forgiveness and hope therein. In its religious references, it alludes to the character's ignorance of the goodness religions advocate for at individual and collective levels, and his failure to acknowledge all he does not and cannot control. The character undergoes a spiritual transformation, and it is at this juncture that he sings Bhoola Tujhe.
The big questions with respect to the film, of course, are whether it is sung at the outset or toward the end, and who sings it. With vocals by Rashid Ali, lyrics by Abbas Tyrewala, and a delightfully grandiose musical accompaniment indicating its belonging to a film, here it is (thank you Farzad!):
Bhoola Tujhe by rahmaniac.com
Here is my translation:
On a note unrelated to Blue, the vocalist-lyricist-music director team (whose works include Kabhi Kabhi Aditi (2008) and Kahin Toh Hogi from Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (2008)), have me thinking this song might well have been a great fit in Jaane Tu if a deleted scene were retained, in which Jai and Aditi have a little debate on the existence of God. It's almost presented as a head v. heart or science v. art case, and about the only bit missing in the brief but witty discussion is that the foundations of Newtonian Physics lie in Newton's belief in God!
A Song for each Picture #8
This might also be a good time to share a few pictures (click to enlarge) from one of my favorite spots for quiet contemplation. I usually end up here with some book, or at a library, when I need to get away from the world. Please have a go at your favorite devotional (to any religion/deity) songs from Hindi films!
This post is scheduled to coincide with Eid. A happy Eid to you all, then! EID MUBARAK! Dessert's on me :)
Lake Shrine even has a memorial to the Mahatma Gandhi. If you've read any of Gandhi's works, you know he got 'it' and chose to focus on all that is common among religions. Good model to foster trust and respect, I say! Peace.