Monthly Archives: February 2008

Lift Karadey by Pritam

Came across this Atif song ‘Pehli Nazar mein’ from Race. Well its not all that a great song anyways… but reading the comments on youtube, what I learn was disturbing.

Thanks to Pritam’s Korea connexion! Wasn’t there another song with Korea connection? I believe it was ‘Kya mujhe pyar hai’ from Woh Lamhe.


At times, he does a good job ripping off, and in fact makes the song better than original. And if the songs of Metro are any proof, I think he should be awarded the greatest arranger for 2007! And its possible that the copy may be better than the original. In the western world, in my opinion, Eric Clapton’s and GnR’s version of Knockin on heaven’s door are better than the original! And so there are many great cover versions such as Turn the page by Metallica, I shot the sheriff by Clapton, Oye Como Va, Black Magic Woman by Santana. Peter Framton’s version of Soundgarden’s Black hole sun is quite awesome.

But all these guys publicly acknowledged it being a cover version, and took the creative freedom to make it their own! Why can’t Mr Chakraborty give the credits to original composer? Will it make him any less of  musician? Did it matter to any of those musicians above? In fact they went on to create some world class covers. And in many cases, people recognize the cover versions more than the originals.

My request to Pritam: Its okay to bring in the influence of world music to Bollywood, and make it better by all means. But do not take away the credits of creation! Don’t you feel ashamed being nominated for the best music director, when all over the world people have living proof of songs being ripped! So why don’t you come out in public, accept it!

May be one more theory behind it is to create these bad publicity intentionally. As you all know, its good to be the center of buzzword. No publicity is bad publicity! Going by that law, it might be helping him more than doing any bad. Bollywood is full of people hungry for any kind of publicity, they will go to any extent for journos to write about them! In the current generation of music directors, I believe, there are more blogs written about Pritam than anyone else! Who cares about Jatins & Lalits? ARRahman is 90’s. Anu Malik has had his share of plagiarism accusations and is past anyways. Vishal, Shekhar are too nice and clean! Ismail Darbar is considering being back as a session musician. Salim Sulaiman just make good music and mind their own business. The Amar Akabar Anthony (SEL) of Bollywood is busy acting in Cricket videos and some of their own soundtracks! Do a google search on Pritam & Plagiarism, you’ll know the amount of internet bandwidth, hard drive space, research dedicated to the cause!

Just like the one you are reading right now …


“Taare Zameen Par” title song

TZPDefinitely the other songs from TZP in my opinion are way more melodic and better compositions than this title track, but this is a nice composition as well. Esp the bells bground throughout the song has been used very effectively. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy truly created magic for an even more magical movie, made by a magical director about a magical boy.

  [bells] A    E      G#m    F#m

A     B      E     (x 2)
 E                              B

Dekho Inhein Yeh Hain Aas Ki Boondein

  E                             B

Patton Ki God Mein Aasmaan Se Koodein

  E                        A            B

Aandayee Lein Phir Karwat Badal Kar

  E                              B

Nazuk Se Moti Hans De Phisal Kar

  E         D     A                E

Kho Na Jaaye Ye Taare Zameen Par

Yeh To Hain Sardi Mein Dhoop Ki Kirane

Utarein Jo Aangan Ko Sunhera Sa Karne

Mann Ke Aandheron Ko Roshan Sa Kar Dein

Thithurti Hatheli Ki Rangat Badal Dein

Kho Na Jaaye Ye Taare Zameen Par

[interlude: A    E      G#m    F#m

                 A     B      E]


Jaise Aankhon Ki Dibiya Mein Nindiya


Aur Nindiya Mein Meetha Sa Sapna

 A                                                 E

Aur Sapne Mein Mil Jaaye Farishta Sa Koi


Jaise Rangon Bhari Pichkari


Jaise Titliyan Phoolon Ki Kyari

  A                                           E

Jaise Bina Matlab Ka Pyara Rishta Ho Koi

  E                      C#m

Yeh To Aasha Ki Lehar Hain

             B              A

Yeh To Ummeed Ki Sehar Hain


Khusiyon Ki Nehar Hain

             D             A              E

Kho Na Jaaye Ye Taare Zameen Par

[ rest of the chords are similar, so listen and follow the same pattern....]

Dekho Raaton Ke Seeney Pe Yeh Toh

Jhilmil Kisi Lau Se Ugey Hain

Yeh To Amboya Ki Khusboo Hain

Baagon Se Beh Chale

Jaise Kaanch Mein Choodi Ke Tukde

Jaise Khiley Khiley Phoolon Ke Mukhdey

Jaise Bansi Koi Bajaye Pedon Ke Taley

Yeh To Jhonke Hain Pawan Ke

Hain Yeh Ghungharoo Jeewan Ke

Yeh To Sur Hain Chaman Ke

Kho Na Jaaye Ye Taare Zameen Par

Muhaley Ki Raunak

Galiyan Hain Jaise

Khilney Ki Zid Par

Khaliyan Hain Jaise

Muthi Mein Mausam Ki

Jaise Hawayein

Yeh Hain Buzurgon Ke

Dil Ki Duwayein

Kho Na Jaaye Ye Taare Zameen Par

Kabhi Baatein Jaise Dadi Nani

Kabhi Chalkein Jaise Mum Mum Paani

Kabhi Ban Jaaye Bhole

Sawaalon Ki Jhadi

Sannatey Mein Hansee Ke Jaise

Sooney Hothon Pe Khushi Ke Jaise

Yeh To Noor Hain Barse Gar

Teri Kismat Ho Badi

Jaise Jheel Mein Lehraye Chanda

Jaise Bheed Mein Apne Ka Kandha

Jaise Manmauji Nadiya

Jhaag Udaye Kuch Kahe

Jaise Baithe Meethi Si Jhapki

Jaise Pyar Ki Dheemi Si Thapki

Jaise Kaanon Mein Sargam

Hardam Bajti Hi Rahe

Jaise Barkha Udati Hai Bundiya...

Lyrics are fantastic, and if you have seen the movie, it takes you through the roller coaster ride once again. The song is very reminiscent of the Aamir Khan’s character in the movie.

“Baatein Kuchh Ankahi Si” from Life in a…. Metro

Adnan Sami

There are two different versions of this song in Metro, but by all means I think Adnan Sami’s voice suits the song very much. And Adnan’s song is in C, the other version is in A. It sounds better in this scale, that’s my opinion. A nice harmonica adds to the bluesy feel of Adnan Sami’s singing. (of course there is harmonica on other version too). The harmony in the song is a must, it lends so well to do harmony on part ‘wo ho ho … shayad ye hi hai pyar’!

Once again, I am not sure about the *origin* of the song, but its yet another superb song from one of the best movie album in recent years.

The song has enough opportunity for vocals improvisation. Vocals harmony adds a lot to the song. I am transcrbing the chords for the grittier version of the song by Adnan Sami, however, if you must play the version which they filmed on, then just transpose everything to A.

[C]baatein kuchh ank[Am]ahee si, kuchh [F]ansuni si hone[G] lagi
[C]bu dil pe raha[Am] na, hasti ham[F]aari khone la[G]gi
[C] wo o[F] o o[C] o o[G]……..
[C]ayad yahi[G] hai pyaar

baatein kuchh ankahee si, kuchh ansuni si hone lagi
kaabu dil pe raha na, hasti hamaari khone lagi
wo wo o o o o o……..
shaayad yahi hai pyaar – 2

keh [C]de mujhse dil mein kya hai, aisa[Eb] bhi kya guroor
[C] bhi toh ho raha hai [Eb]thoda asar jaroor
yeh khaa
[Am]moshi ji[G]ne na de, ko[F]i toh ba[G]at ho
[C] wo o[F] o o[C] o o[G]……..
[C]ayad yahi[G] hai pyaar[C] – 2

tu hi meri roshani hai, tu hi chiraag hai
dheere dheere mit jaayega, halka sa daag hai
yeh zeher bhi yuun piya hai, jaise sharaab ho
wo wo o o o o o……..
shaayad yahi hai pyaar – 2
baatein kuchh ankahee si, kuchh ansuni si hone lagi
kaabu dil pe raha na, hasti hamaari khone lagi
wo wo o o o o o……..
shaayad yahi hai pyaar – 3

The concept of Band Metro was very unique and done with a cinematic style, never tried before in Hindi movies. It suits the movie very well.

“In dino” from (Life in a….) Metro

One of the finest melodies from movie Life in a …. Metro. However, I flinch before giving complete credit to its music director Pritam, because of instances of countless plagiarism! But one cannot take away the singing credits from Soham Chakraborty (are Pritam and Soham related? Chakroborty brothers? Name sounds similiar too).

This song is all about its melody, the instrumentation is rich (just as every other song of Metro), fuller sound with lots of keyboards, distortion guitar, harmonica, etc. One thing for sure, whether the song’s been lifted or not, he (Pritam) surely is a great arranger (unless of course, he engages someone else for arrangement).

You can play the song with just one guitar or a piano or combination of both. But the heart of the song is in its melody, you got to get that right, at least most of it (not an easy feat).

Prelude Guitar:  Fmaj7 Gm Fmaj7 (x2)C Am


in dino, dil mera, mujhse hai keh raha

  Dm7  F   C    Dm7  F   C

tu khaab saja, tu ji le jara

  Am             G         G                 C

hai tujhe bhi izaazat, karle tu bhi muhabbat

[ interlude 1: C     C7     Am      C

                   G          Dm    x 2 ]

C                                           G           C

berang si hai badi zindagi kuchh rang to bharoon

 C                                            G                   C

main apani tanahaayi ke waaste abbb kuchh toh karoon

     Am       Fm

   (aa aaaaaa ....)

  C                Fm                      G               C

berang si hai badi zindagi kuchh rang to bharoon

 C                             Fm               G                   C

main apani tanahaayi ke waaste abbb kuchh toh karoon

  G                                       C

jab mile thodi fursat - 2, mujhse karle muhabbat

  C                G                        C

hai tujhe bhi izaazat, karle tu bhi muhabbat

[Interlude 2:  C    C7   Am    G#   Bb     C  (x2)]

(second verse chords are identical to the first one)

(usako chhupaakar main sabse kabhi le chaloon kahin door...

aankhon ke pyaalon kse pita rahoon usake chehre ka noor) - 2

iss jamaane se chhupakar - 2, puri karloon main hasrat

hai tujhe bhi izaazat, karle tu bhi muhabbat - 2

in dino, dil mera, mujhse hai keh raha

tu khaab saja, tu ji le jara

hai tujhe bhi izaazat, karle tu bhi muhabbat - 2

The songs of Metro are a set of landmark compositions in Bollywood music industry. Rooted in best of both eastern and western worlds, the compositions are going to remain as classics forever. Wish only Pritam had truly composed all of them!

“Kholo Kholo” from Taare Zameen Par

This is a nice song to be played on an acoustic guitar or so. You can play it by yourself or get another guy to accompany you while you noodle around with playing some bluesy fillers. These fillers are there in the song, but very faint. You can make it explicit, play it louder. I would try to note the chords here, but its better explained by playing. Since it will take a long time to transcribe each and every pull-offs and hammer-ons, I am trying to do a approx job. Rest is upto you, to play it in your own style.

Kholo Kholo tab[ the pattern above keeps playing...]
kholo kholo darwaze
Parde karo kinare
Khutey se bandhi hai hawa
Mil ke chudao saare

Aajao patang leke
Apney hi rang leke
Aasmaan ka shamiyana
Aaj hamein hai sajana

Kyun is kadar hairaan tu
Mausam ka hai mehmaan tu
Duniya sajee tere liye
Khud ko zara pehchaan tu

Tu dhoop hain jham se bikhar
Em G A
Tu hai nadee o bekhabar
Beh chal kahin ud chal kahin
Em G B7 B7 Gaug
Dil khush jahan teri toh manzil hai wahin

G Asus2
Kyun is kadar hairaan tu
G Asus2 Em
Mausam ka hai mehmaan tu

[.. back to main pattern... and all the same chords follow...]
Baasi zindagi udaasi
Taazi hasney ko raazi
Garma garma saari
Abhi abhi hai utaari

Oh zindagi to hain batasha
Meethi meethi si hai aasha
Chakh le rakh le
Hatheli se dhak le ise

Tujh mein agar pyaas hai
Baarish ka ghar bhi pass hai
Roke tujhe koi kyon bhala
Sang sang tere aakash hai

Tu dhoop hain jham se bikhar
Tu hai nadee o bekhabar
Beh chal kahin ud chal kahin
Dil khush jahan teri toh manzil hai wahin

A5 Asus
Khul gaya aasmaan ka rasta dekho khul gaya
A5 D A5
Mil gaya kho gaya tha jo sitara mil gaya

Roshan hui saari zameen
Jagmag hua saara jahaan
Oh udne ko tu aazad hai
bandhan koi ab hai kahan

Tu dhoop hain jham se bikhar
Tu hai nadee o bekhabar
Beh chal kahin ud chal kahin
Dil khush jahan teri toh manzil hai wahin

Oh kyun is kadar hairaan tu
Mausam ka hai mehmaan tu

Well, I know all these chords are not accurate, but all those A family chords are derivatives of Asus, so you can play around that, and can’t go wrong. Important part is to land on B7 and Gaug (also called G+) there.

One other thing, I cannot get the chords aligned on the top of the text, so the placement in some places are off, so play it by listening to the chord changes.

Johnny Gaddaar (title track)

JG (Johnny Gaddaar) is one of the finest of 2007, even though it didn’t get its due recognition. Its on my top 5 (Bheja Fry, Chak De, Jab We Met, Taare Zameen Par & JG) of 2007. And the music is refreshing, stylish, and in tune with the ultra-sleekness of the movie. Here’s the title song, chorded and tabbed, for most part. Fun lyrics, great tremolo feel to the guitar riff (though reminds of Rama Re song from Kaante), the song totally rocks! Hope the tab helps. Have fun!

Johnny Gaddaar Riff
[riff repeats]
chhoti si jindagi gehari si jeb hai
baaki toh jaan-e-mann baaton ke seb hai – 2

baatein hai sab saali baatein hain
kehate hai phir bhool jaatein hain
Am C Eb Bb
hey johnny zindagi juwaan hai khel yaar
hey johnny gaddaar aaj nakad kal phir udhaar
hey johnny matlab hi hai asali yaar,
[riff repeats]
hey johnny

[interlude: on Am pent scale, play two notes at a time]
aayegi nahi phir yeh jindagi
Am F
mar marake kyun jina yaar, jamake khaana pina yaar
mar marake kyun jina yaar, bharake pyaala pina yaar
Cm Am
maangega toh mera hai, chinega toh tera hai ki nahi
[riff repeats]
baatein hai sab saali baatein hain
kehate hai phir bhool jaatein hain
(didn’t transcribe here onwards, because its same as above)
hey johnny sab kuchh hai yahaan sale mein
hey johnny gaddaar sab chalata hai khel mein
hey johnny chadh ja tu bhi rail mein, hey johnny

bharake chusle, eb mein thus le
baaton mein na aana tu, apani karata jaana tu
baaton mein na aana tu, apana gaana gaana tu
jaadu hai tere mein – 2 ki nahi
bhala kar toh tera bhala ho, aisa kaam jo saala chala ho
hey johnny thoda sa tu bhi khel yaar
hey gaddaar jo aaye tu pel yaar

hey johnny aaj nakad kal phir udhaar, hey johnny

For the main riff, you HAVE to get the tremolo effect. And switch between tremolo and distortion for the main part. But its a fun song, can be played in thousand diff style. So put in your own licks, add a solo, play some palm-muted power chords, and … just make it your own! Tons of opportunity…

‘Maa’ from Taare Zameen Par

Taare Zameen ParIts a terrific song (though a sappy one, but melodious), and has even more terrific cinematic moments associated … remember Ishaan’s look while at being left ‘alone’ at boarding school? Anyways, here’s the chords if you want to play on guitar or keyb. Its a simple song, yet effective, with one small twist during the verse.

Maa (Taare Zameen Par)

 C            F      C
Main Kabhi Batlata Nahin
 G             F               C
Par Andhere Se Darta Hoon Main Maa
 C              F      C
Yun To Main,Dikhlata Nahin
 G           F               C
Teri Parwaah Karta Hoon Main Maa
      F         G            C
Tujhe Sab Hain Pata, Hain Na Maa
      F         G               C
Tujhe Sab Hain Pata, ...... Meri Maa
  C                F       C
Bheed Mein Yun Na Chodo Mujhe
 G               F            F
Ghar Laut Ke Bhi Aa Naa Paoon Maa
 C            F          C
Bhej Na Itna Door Mujkko Tu
 G              F            C
Yaad Bhi Tujhko Aa Naa Paoon Maa
     G     F            C
Kya Itna Bura Hoon Main Maa
     G     F              C
Kya Itna Bura .....  Meri Maa      [interlude, C    F   (2) C   F    G   F   /  C   F   G  E    Am / Am-G-C]  
     C            E7
Jab Bhi Kabhi Papa Mujhe
  Am       G#         Fm       C
Jo Zor Se Jhoola Jhulate Hain Maa
  C            E7
Meri Nazar Dhoondhe Tujhe
  Am        G#      Fm       C
Sochu Yahi Tu Aa Ke Thaamegi Maa
  C            F       C
Unse Main Yeh Kehta Nahin
 G             F          C
Par Main Seham Jaata Hoon Maa
 C             F      C
Chehre Pe Aana Deta Nahin
 G              F              C
Dil Hi Dil Mein Ghabraata Hoon Maa
      G        F           C
Tujhe Sab Hai Pata Hai Naa Maa
      G        F                C
Tujhe Sab Hai Pata ......   Meri Maa
 [repeat first stanza]

Main Kabhi Batlata Nahin ....   

To embellish the song, you can pick up a harmonica (Chromatic one will be fine as the song is in C, else you can pick a C-scale harp) and play the prelude and interludes. Its got nice guitar interludes too, if you have someone accompanying you on keyb/guitar, you can play them or even better, improvise! Enjoy!And yeah, the movie is a gem! Go watch …