10 Sep 2010

Sonu Nigam's Search for Quality: 'Cham Cham' from Striker

    Sonu Nigam
  
Cham Cham
Singer: Sonu Nigam
Music: Shailendra Barve
Lyrics: Jitendra Joshi
Soundtrack: Striker (2010)

We have always called them the playback singers, their singing prerecorded to be used in movies. The 1973-born Sonu Nigam, after years of struggle broke ice in 1997 for the memorable soundtracks of Border and Pardes. Over the next decade, he established himself as one of the most wanted singers in the industry. Then he surprised us a couple of years back by deciding to cut down on the number of songs, saying that he didn't want to compromise on quality. Now we do not know how that works, but it certainly did give Sonu some great songs, and some average. One notable song was Cham Cham from the film Striker (2010).

The soundtrack of Striker (2010) had a bunch of music directors sharing the eight songs (For a Bollywood movie - a sole composer is usually considered a sane arrangement), of which Shailendra Barve composed two.

A refreshing strain of the qawwali form, much of the seven minutes of the running time of Cham Cham is breezy and magical. Like in traditional qawwalis, there are very brief  interludes between the lines, that decorate the flow of this beautifully written song courtesy Jitendra Joshi. Both Barve and Joshi are new to Hindi film music and there is a sweet fresh sound scape to the song. Everything is suitably toned down, no resounding chorus here, instead Nigam's voice and sharp sound mixing (probably) creates the effect of two or three Sonu Nigams going for it together. The film's failure dimmed the song's reach, now you can search for the same on youtube.com or on mp3. Here are the lyrics of the song - Hindi song, in English script:

                
jannaton ke dar khule kuch baashinde the chale

le aaye wo nanhi jaan us khuda ka ek payaam
tab se tu hai jahaan mein ban ke raunak yahan ki meri jaan
khwahishon se bhi aage jo khushi ka mile wo armaan…

rare rare raaa durururu ra… rattatarara… rattatatrara… rirerarara..

cham cham jani raatein ye sitaron wale hath
bheeni bheeni khushbhoo jaise teri meethi baat
ujla ujla sa ye tan
jaise mehka ho chandan
baahon mein teri guzre mera ye saara jeevan
teri ada mein masoomiyat hai phir bhi hai shokhi rangeeniyat hai
taaron se bhar doon main aanchal tera,
rab se bhi pyara hai chehra tera.. chehra tera.. chehra tera…

rare rare raaa durururu ra… rattatarara… rattatatrara… rirerarara..

phool hothon pe khile chand aankhon mein mile
phool hothon pe khile chand aankhon aankhon mein mile
bikhre moti subah ki jaise kirne teri ye muskaan
noor barse nazar se noori tujh mein basi hai meri jaan
noor barse nazar se noori tujh mein basi hai meri jaan
teri dhanak ki pyasi nazar hai
deewanagi ye tera asar hai
roohane rangon ka ye aanchal tera
sapno ki raaton ka ye baadal mera.. baadal mera.. baadal mera…

rare rare raaa durururu ra… rattatarara… rattatatrara… rirerarara..

dheere dheere sar chadha tera jaadu aage badha
dheere dheere sar chadha tera jaadu jaadu aage badha
hua khud se juda main phir bhi tujhpe fida main meri jaan
ishq le le tu le le le le, le le mera imtihaan
ishq le le tu le le le le, le le mera imtihaan
soone safar ki tu sohbat hai, bakhshi khuda ne ye milkiyat hai
aaja saja de gori aangan mera, jaise sajaya tune lamha mera.. lamha mera.. lamha mera..

Word Power
bashinda: resident
payaam: message
dhanak: rainbow
roohane: soulful
sohbat: company
milkiyat: property, possession


The lead cast, Siddharth and Nicolette Bird feature in this still from Striker