Sunday, 5 February 2017

Udaaan -- The Rollercoaster of Life


Cinema and music videos are a powerful medium. The Indian movie industry produces around 2000 movies annually. Most movies are escapist in nature with scenes of heroes with 6 pack abs warding off an army of villains, or about love stories. However there are a few movies which minus the melodrama and masala, just describe success stories and the struggles of life. One such movie is Udaan.

Set in Jamshedpur, it is based partially on the life of famous producer and Bollywood director Anurag Kashyap. Directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, it is one of the few Bollywood movies that are not over the top in melodrama, slapstick comedy or mindless action scenes. This movie is all about coming-of-age and finding your passion and true calling in life.

The music of this movie is both motivating and inspirational. Composed by Amit Trivedi with lyrics written by Anurag Kaskyap and Amitabh Bhattacharya, there are elements of rock and grunge genres in it. The best track of this movie, in my opinion is "Kahaani - Aankon ke Pardon Pe".

 

The lyrics of this song are quite poignant. 

कहानी खत्म है या शुरुवात होने को है ,
सुबह नाइहि है या फिर रात होने को है,
आने वाला वक्त देगा पनाहें ,
या फिर से मिलेंगे दो राहें ,
खबर क्या, क्या पता !

A rough translation in English follows:

Has a story got over or is it a beginning of new story,
Is it morning or again nightfall,
Will the coming times gives us refuge and shelter,
Or will again we get two paths
We do not know !

Life provides us with many ups and downs, problems and tough times. For some it is the death of a loved one, an accident, physical injury or trauma associated with it. For others, it could be less severe problems like emotional issues like anxiety, depression, heartbreak etc. It takes a little time to tide over such times. And songs with lyrics such as these give us the inner strength to overcome such temporary setbacks and come out stronger in life.

I would like to make a small digression. On a recent trip to Jabalpur, I had been on a boat ride through the Marble Rocks on the river Narmada. Boating through the serene river with cliffs and rocks towering above was a surreal experience.

Which brings me to another song from the movie Udaan - Naav.



 The opening lyrics go as follows :

Naav Hai Teri Lyrics

Chadhti lehren laangh na paayen
Kyun haanpti si naav hai teri, naav hai teri
naav hai teri..
Tinka tinka jod ke saanse
Kyun naanpti si naav hai teri, naav hai teri
naav hai teri..
Ulti behti dhaar hai bairi, dhaar hai bairi
Ulti behti dhaar hai bairi, dhaar hai bairi
Ke ab kuch kar ja re bandhu..


Read more: http://www.lyricsmint.com/2010/08/udaan-chadhti-lehren-laangh-naa-paayein.html
Chadhti lehren laangh na paayen
Kyun haanpti si naav hai teri, naav hai teri
naav hai teri..
Tinka tinka jod ke saanse
Kyun naanpti si naav hai teri, naav hai teri
naav hai teri..
Ulti behti dhaar hai bairi, dhaar hai bairi
Ulti behti dhaar hai bairi, dhaar hai bairi
Ke ab kuch kar ja re bandhu..


Read more: http://www.lyricsmint.com/2010/08/udaan-chadhti-lehren-laangh-naa-paayein.html
 चढ़ती लहरें लांघ न पाएं क्यों हांफती सी नाव है ते, नाव है तेरी ,
तिनका तिनका जोड़ से साँसे 
क्यों हांफती सी नाव है ते, नाव है तेरी,
उलटी बहती धार है तेरी धार है तेरी,
की अब कुछ अर जाये बंधू !
A rough English translation is as follows :

Against the rising waves your boat is helpless and tired,
Living one gasp at a tine, your boat is helpless and tired.
Though the currents are against you,
Its time to make a difference.

Naav Hai Teri Lyrics

Chadhti lehren laangh na paayen
Kyun haanpti si naav hai teri, naav hai teri
naav hai teri..
Tinka tinka jod ke saanse
Kyun naanpti si naav hai teri, naav hai teri
naav hai teri..
Ulti behti dhaar hai bairi, dhaar hai bairi
Ulti behti dhaar hai bairi, dhaar hai bairi
Ke ab kuch kar ja re bandhu..


Read more: http://www.lyricsmint.com/2010/08/udaan-chadhti-lehren-laangh-naa-paayein.html
Chadhti lehren laangh na paayen
Kyun haanpti si naav hai teri, naav hai teri
naav hai teri..
Tinka tinka jod ke saanse
Kyun naanpti si naav hai teri, naav hai teri
naav hai teri..
Ulti behti dhaar hai bairi, dhaar hai bairi
Ulti behti dhaar hai bairi, dhaar hai bairi
Ke ab kuch kar ja re bandhu..


Read more: http://www.lyricsmint.com/2010/08/udaan-chadhti-lehren-laangh-naa-paayein.html


I noticed that one of the boatman was dumb. However, he was pointing to the various points of interest and the cliffs and rocks with full of enthusiasm and energy. In spite of a physical handicap of being dumb, he was earning his livelihood. This scene can be perfectly captured with the opening lyrics of this song Naav. After these opening lyrics, there is a beautiful Sitar interlude and then the main portion of the song starts.

Another masterpiece of this soundtrack is Aazadiyan, my second favourite song.


The sitar interludes in this song stand true testimony to the genius of music composer Amit Trivedi.

The songs in this movie do not seem out of place and help to take the plot forward. In addition, they can be listened to independent of the movie.

In short, this movie takes the audience through a journey and we can relate to the main character. He faces a lot of adversities but comes out stronger in life.

After all, living life with positivity and full of energy is what it is all about, right?.

Life is a roller coaster - we've just got to ride it. These are not my words, but the lyrics of a popular song by Ronan Keating, a popular Irish artist and singer.



Udaan definitely is a must watch since  it is about the rollercoaster that is life. I would rate it at 9/10. Awaiting more such gems from the film fraternity !