‘I asked Shahid Kapoor, tum naachte ho ki udte ho?:’ Sukhwinder Singh on the goosebump-inducing Haider song | Scene Stealer

MD Merajul IslamMay 15, 2022

Vishal Bhardwaj’s 2014 Hamlet adaptation Haider is awe-inspiring in some ways. Having learn the play whereas I used to be in faculty, I used to be excited to see how it could play out on display screen, and useless to say, I used to be thrilled with the outcome. How the filmmaker spoke about tough socio-political points of Kashmir, while additionally skilfully changing this masterful tragedy onto the celluloid, nonetheless offers me goosebumps. Nobody has been this daring about Kashmir in mainstream Hindi cinema since.

Haider has a number of breath-taking moments, however the one which captured my consideration was the tune “Bismil.” Google defines the Urdu phrase as wounded or sacrificial slaughter, which, curiously is how Shahid’s Haider Meer attracts parallel along with his lifeless father. Within the unique play by Shakespeare, one thing comparable occurs when Hamlet directs and acts in a play referred to as Mousetrap and principally factors a finger at his uncle for his father’s homicide. On this Sukhwinder Singh tune, our antihero dances and lashes out at his mom (Tabu), and factors accusatory fingers at Kay Kay Menon (the uncle determine within the movie) for the loss of life of his father.

Talking about how this was the primary time when the acclaimed singer received an opportunity to do a ballad sort of quantity, Sukhwinder instructed indianexpress.com, “It’s a ballad, the tune tells a narrative, one thing which used to occur in V Shantaram movies. You would say this tune is an instance of an Indian opera. So when Vishal was narrating the tune to me, I shortly realised that this type of expression is one thing I might be doing for the primary time in my profession…So I often sing effortlessly, however in Bismil, I needed to be extra calculative in a manner, you can say. It wasn’t simple. Within the center, the tune dips and uncovers its depth for the viewers. It relates the homicide thriller that’s on the crux of the movie. And it does so by way of visuals on display screen, by way of its poetic lyrics, and thru its music and singing.”

Sharing his response upon lastly seeing his exhausting work come alive on display screen, the Nationwide Award winner stated, “To begin with, I wish to say thank Vishal Bhardwaj, as a result of he gave me the chance to sing a tune like this. He believed in me. And for this, I actually contact his ft. The tune made me really feel like I used to be as soon as once more sitting in a kind of dreaded Maths lessons, however the last outcome was like ‘qayamat.’And after I lastly had the possibility to see it on the massive display screen, I used to be flabbergasted. Additionally, I’ve to go with Shahid Kapoor, who I couldn’t assist however ask: ‘Tum naachte ho ki udte ho bhai?‘ (Have been you dancing, or flying?).”

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One other spotlight of the tune is its poetic lyrics which subtly, however plainly tells the listener all they should know concerning the story, and the place does Haider’s main angst stems from. The veteran Gulzar, Bhardwaj’s long-time collaborator, did an unimaginable job of summing up your entire movie inside a six-minute one-of-a-kind revenge dance observe. The weird choreography, plus the usage of the puppet figures added that additional, virtually theatrical worth to the tune.

Talking concerning the choreographer Sudhesh Adhana, who gained the Nationwide Award for his work in “Bismil,” Sukhwinder Singh stated, “There was another distinctive factor about Bismil which you’ll be able to later verify with Vishal Bhardwaj. The person who has choreographed this, had by no means choreographed something in his life earlier than. He’s from Kashmir; he has no filmy background or connections. He had some expertise. The factor that he imagined, the perfume of that creativeness was captured by our filmmaker. There’s an Urdu time period for this, Tassawwur.”

Clearly, that perfume of the magic spun collectively by all these artistes has lengthy lingered after the discharge of the movie.

You’ll be able to watch Haider on Netflix.


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