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Pataakha song 'Naina Banjare': Champa and Genda’s dreams come alive in this decent number


Although Gulzar’s lyrics fall below expectation, the beauty of the visuals make this song worth a watch

Mayur Lookhar

In 2006, Gulzar and Vishal Bhardwaj had collaborated to give us the classic 'Naina' song in Omkara (2006) and singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan had chipped in with a mesmerising performance. Twelve years later, the lyricist has penned another Naina song, called 'Naina Banjare', for Bhardwaj's upcoming film Pataakha. There's no Rahat Fateh Ali Khan this time, but Bhardwaj has roped in Arijit Singh. 

The opening lyrics of 'Naina Banjare' come across as pretty generic and not what you’d ideally expect from a Gulzar song. Singer Arijit Singh's voice, too, comes hard at you in the beginning. All of just two minutes and four seconds, the song comes alive in the antara, where Gulzar has given much better lyrics.

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The singing and the music have a steady flow. Unfortunately, the song ends just when you think there’s more to come, leaving you craving for more. The song would have had a better impact on listeners if director-composer Bhardwaj had added another verse. 

More than the music and the singing, it is the visuals that hold your attention. Champa (Radhika Madan), Genda (Sanya Malhotra) are, perhaps, married, or are simply enjoying some blissful times with their respective lovers. 

The essence of the song is 'dreaming'. Most people fail in life for they don't dare to dream. In smaller towns, it is all the more difficult to realise one's ambitions, given the economic conditions and the social restrictions. But the greatest joys of life is found in the most simple things. Here, we see Champa overjoyed on getting a haircut at a saloon. It’s the probably the first time the village belle has been to one. She is then dining with her man at a restaurant. That, too, looks like a first. Both Champa and Genda also wear western clothing for the first time. 

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Genda is over the moon when her beau shows her an English coaching centre. While we don't get to see her enroll for the classes, we do see her boyfriend teach her by the riverside.

The mood of the song changes in the second half as the tears of Genda and the stunned silence of Champa suggest that these dreams were short-lived. As seen in the trailer, the two girls learn that the men they have eloped with are, in fact, brothers, and that the rival sisters are again stuck with each other in the same household.

Pataakha will be released on 28 September. 

Watch the 'Naina Banjare' song below:

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