Shauk Hai & A Cover

A reworked version of an old post from my other blog, and a classy cover version of the song by Aishwarya.

‘Kaash ye zindagi Khel hi khel mein kho gayi hoti...’ – How true? If only life were a child’s play….

This has been one of the regular Google talk status messages in the past few years. It’s from a track from the movie Guru called Shauk Hai, that did not make it to the audio CD’s or Cassettes, but did come out in a A.R. Rahman Special MP3 CD by Sony.

A subtle one, featured on Vidya Balan mainly in the movie, is rendered by a heavenly voice, Soumya Raoh (of Unn Siripinil fame), and she breezes through this song. It’s one of ARR’s simplest songs ever, mainly accompanied by keyboard notes. The interlude 2:36 – 2:57 is ARR at his best. The song never fails to amaze me, and I am tempted to repeat the track several times, each time I hear it. The ‘subah ki roshni’ has a nice outburst, proving that ARR is a musical genius once again.

I could go with a lot of adjectives for this one – soft, gentle, subtle, tender and so on, but nothing could capture the entire essence of the song. The yearning of Vidya Balan to lead a normal life is very well conveyed in this song.

At times, I feel that the song did not get enough attention as the other songs in the movie. But, I am sure there is a silent majority that loves this song. I’d say that the song is exclusive to those fans. There is no full video on this one, as in many Maniratnam movies’ songs. It appears in parts and the picturization of the song fits in well in the movie.

Here’s a cover version by Aishwarya: http://soundcloud.com/tragickingdom/shaukhai

The Original:

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