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Moon – ચંદ્ર (Gujarati) – चांद (Hindi) – Σελήνη (Greek) – Lune (French)

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In many languages and cultures, the beauty of moon has been much talked about and songs have been composed of the moon, and the part it plays in love songs. Many a times even I am astounded by its beauty and the way it illumines with it soft light, creating a surreal calm, with its gentle presence.

Indian movie industry has really made moon a symbol of love, through the numerous songs in many of its movies over the years, be

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it the famous Mohammed Rafi song “Chaudvi Ka Chand” or  one of my favourite songs on moon is Chanda Re Chanda Re, from Sapnay, where the song talks in details of how the moon should sometimes journey to earth so that we can sit and chat together.

“Chanda Re, Chanda Re, Kabhi Toh Zameen Par Aa, Baithenge Baatein Karenge 
O Moon! Come down to the Earth someday, we’ll sit down and have a chat
Chanda Re, Chanda Re, Kabhi Toh Zameen Par Aa, Baithenge Baatein Karenge
O Moon! Come down to the Earth someday, we’ll sit down and have a chat
Tujhko Aate Idhar Laaj Aaye Agar, Odh Ke Aaja Tu Baadal Ghane
If You feel shy while coming here, cover Yourself with dense clouds and then come

Gulshan Gulshan, Waadi Waadi, Behti Hai Resham Jaisi Hawa (x2)
From the rose gardens to the skies, a silken wind is blowing
Jungle Jungle, Parvat Parvat, Hain Neend Mein Sab Ek Mere Siwa
The jungles, the mountains, and everyone else is asleep but me
Chanda... Chanda… Aaja Sapnon Ki Neeli Nadiyo Mein Nahaaye
O Moon! Let’s bathe in the blue watered rivers of dreams
Aa Ja Yeh Taare Chun Ke Hum Haar Banaaye
Let’s pick stars and make a garland out of them
In Dhundali Dhundali Raahon Mein Aa Dono Hi Kho Jaaye
Let’s get lost in these foggy lanes
Chanda Re, Chanda Re, Kabhi Toh Zameen Par Aa, Baithenge Baatein Karenge
O Moon! Come down to the Earth someday, we’ll sit down and have a chat
Tujhko Aate Idhar Laaj Aaye Agar, Odh Ke Aaja Tu Baadal Ghane
If You feel shy while coming here, cover Yourself with dense clouds and then come
Chanda Se Puchhenge Hum Saare Sawaal Niraale
We’ll ask the Moon all unique questions
Jharane Kyun Gaate Hai Pachchhi Kyun Matwaale
Why do the waterfalls sing and why are all the birds free-spirited
O Kyun Hai Saawan Mahina Ghataon Ka
Why is the Monsoon, the season of clouds?
Chanda Se Puchhenge Hum Saare Sawaal Niraale
We’ll ask the Moon all unique questions
Chanda... Chanda... Titali Ke Par Kyun Itne Rangeen Hote Hai
O Moon! Why do butterflies have such colorful wings?
Juganu Raaton Mein Jaage Toh Kab Sote Hai
If the fire-flies are awake at night, then when do they sleep?
In Dhundali Dhundali Raahon Mein Aa Dono Hi Kho Jaaye
Let’s get lost in these foggy lanes
Aa... Ho...
Chanda Re, Chanda Re, Kabhi Toh Zameen Par Aa, Baithenge Baatein Karenge
O Moon! Come down to the Earth someday, we’ll sit down and have a chat
Tujhko Aate Idhar Laaj Aaye Agar, Odh Ke Aaja Tu Baadal Ghane
If You feel shy while coming here, cover Yourself with dense clouds and then come

In Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Sanjay Leela Bhansali of the Ram Leela fame has a truly melodiously  captured the essence of moon in , Chand Chupa Badal Mein , and talks about how the moon shied away in the clouds, which is being compared to the beauty of the protagonist girl, Nandini which was played by Aishwarya Rai Bachan.

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There is no shortage of love songs and moon in the Indian Film Industry, another song that comes to mind about moon is, Mera Chaand Mujhe Aaya Hai Najar , Ai Raat Jara Tham Thamake Gujar ( I have seen my moon tonight, so ooh night please pass as slow as you can).

A song that was really popular few years back has been, from the movie Fanaa, which had Kajol and Aamir Khan in starring roles, Chand Sifarish Jo Karta Hamaarii, which is highlighted below with is English translation.

subahaan allaah… God be praised…
chaa.nd sifaarish jo karta hamaarii deta voh tumko bataa The moon gives us its blessings and tells us
sharam-o-hayaa ke parde giraake karnii hai hamko khataa it’s time to drop this veil of modesty and commit a sin.
zid hai ab to hai khud ko miTaana hona hai tujhme.n fanaa I’m determined to obliterate myself, to be annihilated by your love.
chaa.nd sifaarish jo karta hamaarii deta voh tumko bataa The moon gives us its blessings and tells us
sharam-o-hayaa ke parde giraake karnii hai hamko khataa it’s time to drop this veil of modesty and commit a sin.
terii adaa bhii hai jho.nkewaalii chhuuke guzar jaane de You remind me of the wind; touch me as you pass.
terii lachak hai ke jaise Daalii dil me.n utar jaane de You move as sinuously as a reed; plant yourself in my heart.
aajaa baaho.n me.n karke bahaana hona hai tujhme.n fanaa Come, make some excuse to move into my arms; I want to be destroyed by you.
chaa.nd sifaarish jo karta hamaarii deta voh tumko bataa The moon gives us its blessings and tells us
sharam-o-hayaa ke parde giraake karnii hai hamko khataa it’s time to drop this veil of modesty and commit a sin.
subahaan allaah…

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I would just like to say, that this post barely does justice to moon, love and music, as the Indian movie industry has done so, but this is a small tribute to moon, and what it signifies, in terms of love to the people of Indian Cinema.

(Note: All the songs mentioned have been hyperlinked to youtube clips of the songs and also to English translations)

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Movie Review – Ram Leela

Everytime Sanjay Leela Bhansali (SLB) announces a movie to be directed by him, the expectations for him to deliver or meet the expectations are monumental by the viewer.  “Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela” (or “Ram-Leela” for short), is the famous adaptation of William Shakespeare’s, famous play “Romeo and Juliet”. Does SLB do justice to the Indian version of the retold play, then I would give my personal opinion and say yes.

The movie is set in the north-western state of Gujarat in India, and the backdrop is compromised of the reds, whites, yellows and other bright hues, which give a rural look, and takes you in the world of Rajadi and Sanera. With the first reels of the movie coming on screen you become spell bound by the music, and vivacity of colours and camera work, which takes you from your cinema seat to these rural village in the middle of a 500 year old conflict between the Rajadi’s and the Sanera’s.

Ram Rajadi and Leela Sanera
Ram Rajadi and Leela Sanera

Ram – Leela, from the word go totally captivated me especially, since the titles began with the Gujarati folk song “Mor bani thanghat kare , Mann mor bani thanghat kare”, and then the shooting of the guns begin and the movie starts hence forth, taking you on a wild ride of love, lust, romance, comedy, violence, and drama of the Rajadi’s and the Sanera’s.

Many a times directors have tried to capture William Shakespeare’s, “Romeo & Juliet”, but none have done so with the dexterity of SLB. He has truly managed to capture the anguish and pain of being in love but not able to express that love, wanting to be together, but not able to be. In the form of Ram (Ranveer Singh) and Leela (Deepika Padukone), we have been provided with two characters who as  ‘Ram-Leela’ create a couple that ignites the screen with they chemistry and make you wish with the anguish that they love story deserves the epic happiness that these two love birds deserve.

Also there is never a dull moment when these two are together present on the screen.  The chemistry between Ranveer and Deepika is truly scorching hot.

Lahu Munh Laag Gaya ( Holi Song, where they fall in Love)
Lahu Munh Laag Gaya ( Holi Song, where they fall in Love)

As per tradition SLB has a style of introducing his main characters in some of the most unqiue ways especially his heroines, be it Paro in his magnum opus “Devdas” or Nandini in “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam” and he does the same in Ram – Leela as well. Ram is introduced to the catcy tune of Tattad Tattad, while Leela is seen running on to the screen playing Holi, and thus from there the movie picks its momentum of the star crossed lovers, who went against their families to write the love story.

Apart from the story, and the dialogues another high point of the movie was its music which Taran Adarsh has eloquently put in his review and we quote him, “One of the highpoints of GOLIYON KI RAASLEELA RAM-LEELA is, without doubt, its musical score [SLB, again]. Known for delivering musical gems in the past, the soundtrack of GOLIYON KI RAASLEELA RAM-LEELA is mesmeric, to put it in one word. Each of the songs befits the setting of the film, besides being seeped in melody. The fact that the tunes are on the loop says it all. ‘Lahu Munh Lag Gaya’, ‘Nagada Sang Dhol Baaje’, ‘Ishqyaun Dhishqyaun’, ‘Tattad Tattad’, ‘Ang Laga De’ and ‘Ram Chahe Leela’ are sure-fire hits already. Visually too, each of those songs is distinctively resplendent, with the choreography catching your eye as well. The background score [Monty Sharma] is top notch.”

Nagada Sang Dhol
Nagada Sang Dhol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We should state here that, 2013 totally is the year of Deepika Padukone, through the movie she proves with her screen presence the growth of her as a actress in 2013 from movie to movie, from the Sexy Siren in Race 2, to the simple Naina in Yeh Jaawani Hain Deewani, to Meenamma in Chennai Express, she has just vowed with her acting capabilities.

My personal reasons for suggesting that this movie be watched are as below:

  • Deepika Padukone as Leela Sanera is just awesome, which is evident in the sequences where she comes as the Sanera family scion since her mother cannot be present for the meeting and also when she shows her vulnerability in the song Ang Laga De.
  • Ranveer Singh as Ram, to date this is his best performance.
  • Sanjay Leela Bhansali, is just reason enough to watch this movie.
  • The musical score which matches the movie of this magnitude.

Finally I would say that if Sanjay Leela Bhansali is the Poet then his “Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela” is poetry in motion.