The best way to know the self is feeling oneself at the moments of reckoning. The feeling of being alone, just with your senses, may lead you to think more consciously. More and more of such moments may sensitize ‘you towards you’, towards others. We become regular with introspection and retrospection. We get ‘the’ gradual connect to the higher self we may name Spirituality or God or just a Humane Conscious. We tend to get a rhythm again in life. We need to learn the art of being lonely in crowd while being part of the crowd. A multitude of loneliness in mosaic of relations! One needs to feel it severally, with conscience, before making it a way of life. One needs to live several such lonely moments. One needs to live severallyalone.

Saturday 12 December 2015


Routine, well that is the first and the only expression that comes to mind after watching the highly publicised next ‘Sheesh Mahal’ (Glass Palace) or ‘Aaina Mahal’ (Palace of Mirrors) song of the Indian film industry/Hindi cinema/cinema of Mumbai. The song in question is from the upcoming movie ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

This is not a movie that usually fits the bill for me. I don’t waste my time with the lot. Yes, I consider watching such movies a waste of time. In fact, most of the movies produced the Hindi cinema of Mumbai can safely be placed in this category.

After reading a bit that this one is going to be the next ‘Aaina Mahal’ song, I thought I would watch this song ‘Deewani Mastani’ from the movie ‘Bajirao Mastani’ and then again the iconic song ‘Jab Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya’ from the equally iconic movie ‘Mughal-e-Azam’.

And what I found myself doing?

I watched this song from the upcoming movie just once but I ended up watching ‘Jab Pyar..’ three-four times, like it happens whenever I watch this.

And what I found - there cannot be any comparison between the two songs – on any parameter of filmmaking – set design, colours, lighting reflections, props, lyrics, music, choreography, song and dance sequences, and acting – the song is intensely emotional in every aspect – a holistic kaleidoscope of human emotions on display.

Emotional intensity – that is what I found primarily missing in this ‘Bajirao Mastani’ song – apart from other negatives.

No doubt, this song, too, is a grand production, but the comparison should ideally end there.

Bajirao Mastani’s song is a dull, routine song that routinely happens in most films of Mumbai Hindi cinema. Colours look dull in spite of the grandeur of the set and ‘emotions on display’ sound and look a far-fetched concept.  The song will very soon fade away from the memory once the film is off screen.

I can watch ‘Jab Pyar..’ again and again but I have no such feeling about Bajirao Mastani’s song – after watching the two one after the other. 

Enjoy this ageless song: 

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -