Jogi Maahi Heer Ranjhna – Shekhar/Sukhwinder/ Himani – Vishal-Shekhar – Ranbir/Kunal/Minissha | Bachna Ae Haseenoon (2008)

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Movie: This song appeared in 2008 Yash-Raj Films’ hit romantic drama Bachna Ae Haseenoon (Watch Out, Ladies) produced by Aditya Chopra and directed by Siddharth Anand. The movie starred Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Bipasha Basu, Minissha Lamba, Puneet Issar, etc.

The movie begins with Raj Sharma (Ranbir Kapoor), a young playboy traveling with his friends to Switzerland. He had just completed his twelfth standard exams. He meets Mahi (Minissha Lamba), who is with her family and friends, on the train. Mahi is in love with love and thinks she will find her filmi hero in the new country. She is left behind in one of the stations and Raj jumps out of the train to be with her.

Raj finds out that there were 2 trains going to Zurich, soon– one that evening at 6 and the other was in the next morning at 6. He goes out to tell Mahi that the next train was to come only in the next evening at 6. Mahi insists that they hire a car and go by road to Zurich because she had a flight to catch from the city. They cannot afford a car, so they hire a scooter. By nightfall, Raj decides to play a prank on her. He says that the petrol in the scooter got over. She tells him to move along as they might find help soon. He pulls the scooter along.

They reach a village and she calls out to people. But, they do not find any. They sit down on a nearby seat. She tells him that her parents were in the process of deciding a groom for her. He confesses that he had lied to her about the petrol, for he had not known about her engagement. He also recites a poem he had written for her. She confesses that she had fallen in love with him.

When they reach Zurich airport and he tells his friends that he had trapped Mahi into having sex with him. Mahi hears that and is shocked and heartbroken. Raj realizes that she has heard everything he told his friends. He just leaves the airport, shamelessly.

Soon, Raj acquires a job as a game designer with Microsoft, in Mumbai and he finds Radhika (Bipasha Basu) to have a live-in relationship with her. Radhika is an aspiring model. Raj gets an offer to go to Sydney for the launch of one of the games he designed and stay there. He thinks that Radhika is a modern girl and he would be able to easily move on after leaving her. Radhika, on the other hand, declares that she would be happy to sacrifice her career as a model to marry him and join him in Sydney. Raj is not ready for a commitment and flees on the day he is going to marry Radhika. Radhika waits till nightfall at the registrar’s office and is dejected.

Soon, Raj has a successful career in Sydney. One day, he meets Gayatri (Deepika Padukone). Gayatri is a gutsy, independent woman, who drives a cab by night and is a B-school student by day. Raj becomes friendly with her and also learns that she does not believe in the institution of marriage like him. They begin to date and he realizes that he had begun to feel something for her and these feelings challenge his commitment-phobia.

She rejects his proposal when he proposes to her. He realizes how Mahi and Radhika had felt when he had rejected them. He decides to seek them out to apologize to them. First, he visits Amritsar where Mahi lives. He is told that she had got married to Joginder Ahluwalia and they have 2 sons. At her home, he finds Joginder, who beats him up when he realizes that he is the same Raj, who had made Mahi a non-believer in love and unresponsive to her husband’s feelings.

Mahi had gone to her mother’s place to participate in her sister’s marriage. Despite Joginder’s warning, Raj visits the venue of the wedding. Mahi keeps resisting the confrontation. Raj tricks her and apologizes to her. He also tells her that Joginder is the Raj of her dreams. He also sings this song at this time.

Song: The lyrics of this song were penned by Anvita Dutt Guptan and the music was composed by Vishal-Shekhar.

The man sings, “Listen to this story. There was a delicate doll. She was full of love. We can sacrifice anything for this love. There was a man from a village. He wore the headdress of a groom and came to marry this delicate doll. We can sacrifice anything for this groom. They got married. But, I wonder where this beautiful love was lost.”

Video: Cinematography is by Sunil Patel. The dance choreography is by Ahmad Khan.

The video opens with Ranbir Kapoor beginning the song. Puneet Issar, who plays Minissha Lamba’s father, turns around. He has his back to the camera. He turns playing the dafli, as the music begins. Several people get interested in the song and come to watch. Ranbir Kapoor throws the dafli away and begins to dance with some other men.

Kunal Kapoor looks at him with surprise. Some girls run to Kunal Kapoor and pull him toward the dance area. Ranbir Kapoor also joins them in requesting him. Kunal Kapoor looks up to see Minissha Lamba on the balcony. He begins to sing and hit a dhol. Minissha Lamba is seen coming down the staircase.

Minissha Lamba also begins to sing and then, dance. She moves close to Kunal Kapoor. Kunal Kapoor lifts Ranbir Kapoor in his arms and hugs him, happily. Ranbir Kapoor leaves as Kunal Kapoor, Minissha Lamba and the 2 kids dance as a family.

Artists: The playback of this song has been sung by Shekhar Ravjiani, Sukhwinder Singh and Himani Kapoor and the onscreen performances are by Ranbir Kapoor, Minissha Lamba, Kunal Kapoor and others.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song is a request by the hero to Minissha Lamba to accept her husband as her beloved. There is a lot of Punjabi Bhangra influence on this song. The song and the artists are good. The video is watchable for the same.

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