Ae dil hai aasaan jeena yahaan…

Ae dil hai aasaan jeena yahan, ye hai Bombay, ye hai Bombay (2) meri jaan…SIGH.

I miss Mumbai, and this song just puts me in a reminisce-mode every single time I hear it or see it. Tongas, Marine Drive – oh my god.

For me, songs are to a Hindi film what stars are to a dark sky – without them it’s just another dark, vast space of nothingness. No, not nothingness maybe, but just an endless expanse without the glitter and sparkle. (Raise your hand if you agree with me)

I love this film, absolutely love it because it’s one of those rare geniuses that have an outstanding soundtrack. Every single song is a masterpiece – perfectly hummable and listen-able for at least a million times.

The name is CID and it starred Dev Anand, Shakila and Waheeda Rehman along with K.N Singh and Johnny Walker.

They say that Guru Dutt, who produced the film, had promised Dev Anand that he would direct Dev if and when he made a film. Dev Anand made a similar promise that he would let Dutt direct his film. (which happened with Baazi – next in line)

Waheeda Rehman, although an established actress in South India, was relatively new to the Hindi film industry.

CID was more of a “practice-film” for her and she had a supporting role in it. Practice for what, you ask? Well, Pyaasa of course!

So Waheeda played a vamp-of-sorts and Shakila, who is comparitively lesser known but equally, if not more, gorgeous, plays the heroine.

CID was such a major success that director Raj Khosla apparently gifted Guru Dutt a large, swanky sports car. Talk about thank-you gifts.

Zohra Sehgal, the spunky granny, was the choreographer for this film. More on her (read the comments).

Another popular song Ankhon hi ankhon mein isharaa ho gaya was written by Jan Nisar Akhtar, who is Javed Akhtar’s father. Genius runs in the family.

Ok, back to my favourite song, ae dil hai mushkil. Now, many of you may know that Johnny Walker had an odd voice ( well, ok different). To be fair, it completely did justice to his comical characters. And Mohd Rafi ( as far as I know) was the one who always acted as the playback singer for him.  Because he could manage to modulate his voice so that it matched the actor’s voice perfectly. In fact, Rafi called Walker to the music studio a couple of days prior to the picturization, and noticed his mannerisms, his tone and then worked on the song, sounding exactly like him.

Also, the song is inspired from an American folk song, ‘Oh my darling Clementine’. Got this piece of trivia from another gentleman’s blog Thank you!

If you love Hindi songs, you HAVE to get these! See if you can recall the rest of them:

  • Boojh Mera Kya Naam Re
  • Kahin Pe Nigahen Kahin Pe Nishana
  • Lekhe Pahla Pahla Pyar
  • Jata Kahan Hai Diwane
  • Ankhon Hi Ankhon Mein

See? AWESOME right???  Take a listen to Ae Dil Hai Mushkil here. Enzoooy!


6 thoughts on “Ae dil hai aasaan jeena yahaan…

  1. “CID was such a major success that director Raj Khosla apparently gifted Guru Dutt a large, swanky sports car”- Wasnt it the other way round ??? i.e Guru Dutt gifted Raj Khosla a large swanky sports car after the success of the film. Wikipedia article on CID mentions the same.

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