Chhup chhupke – Sonu/Mahalakshmi – Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy – Abhishek/Rani | Bunty Aur Babli (2005)

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Movie: Produced by Aditya Chopra and directed by Shaad Ali, the Yash Raj Films’ comic caper Bunty Aur Babli (2005) starred Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukherjee, Raj Babbar, Prem Chopra, late Ravi Baswani, Puneet Issar, Rameshwari, Kiran Juneja, etc. It is a crime-comedy film with slight similarity to the American classic Bonnie and Clyde without the dark elements.

The plot is centered on 2 rather lovable crooks but does not contain violence. All the adventures of Bunty and Babli are thoroughly Indianized, including the counterfeit selling of the Taj Mahal.

Rakesh Trivedi (Abhishek Bachchan) lives in a village with his parents. His father works as a railway ticket collector and wants his son to take up a similar job. But, Rakesh has dreamt big. He keeps ideating on new business plans and is convinced that he would be successful one day. He is stubborn and does not want the kind of work that his father does.

The Punjabi girl Vimmi Saluja (Rani Mukherji) lives in another small village with her parents. She lives to watch movies and study supermodels. She desires to become Miss India. Her parents arrange her marriage with a youth with a decent job. Meanwhile, Rakesh gets an ultimatum to either attend the job interview for which his father has arranged or leave the house.

Rakesh and Vimmi pack their bags and slip out of their homes in the middle of the night. They meet each other at a train station and become friends after listening to each other’s stories. They are supportive to each other for their dreams. Vimmi tries to join the Miss India contest. However, she is thrown out after an argument. Rakesh tries to sell his ideas for an investment scheme. But a businessman rejects his proposal because another man had come first with the idea, which he had stolen from Rakesh.

When Rakesh finds out that the businessman had made money from his idea, he and Vimmi con him and make away with the money, he believes is his. They realize that it is very easy to con people. Thus they decide to take up this profession and reach Mumbai. They find the lifestyle too exciting to give up. They adopt the names of ‘Bunty’ and ‘Babli’ and keep successfully conning different people, looting affluent people disguised as religious priests, business partners, local guides, health inspectors, etc.

Vimmi begins to miss her parents and gives them a call. Soon, they are on the way to Mumbai where they have planned to split up the loot and go in their own ways. But, when Rakesh is about to catch a cab for Vimmi, she refuses to let go of him. She convinces him that he is nothing without her. They get married in a temple and on the wedding night, they think that they are singing this song.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Gulzar and the music was composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

The gist of the song is, “Look, the sky, from above my head, has flown away. The edges of the sky can be seen from the earth. This has happened silently.” This is a typical Gulzar song. We can attribute meaning to it or just listen to the song for the sake of it.

Video: The cinematography is by Abhik Mukhopadhyay. The dance choreography is by Vaibhavi Merchant-Bosco-Caesar.

The video opens with the lead pair kissing. The music has begun. The next shot is of a vast mountainous terrain. Abhishek Bachchan is seen from the sky, standing on a peak. He begins the song. Next, Rani Mukherjee is seen playing with the edge of her sari. They come close to each other. They begin to perform short dance steps. They visit a place with a lot of snow. There is quite a few change of dresses. Soon, the song and the video ends.

Artists: The playback for this song was sung by Sonu Nigam and Mahalakshmi Iyer while the onscreen performances are by Abhishek Bachchan and Rani Mukherji.

Cultural Influence: This is a typical filmi song. It can be watched for the artists and the song.

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