'Prem Mein Tohre' from Begum Jaan: Asha Bhosle's song explores vulnerabilities of sex workers
Asha Bhosle effortlessly lures you to the world of Begum Jaan and her brothel. At 83, she strikes a perfect balance between poise and power in her voice.
'Prem Mein Tohre', the new song from Srijit Mukherji's upcoming period drama Begum Jaan, explores the vulnerable side of sex workers.
Veteran singer Asha Bhosle effortlessly lures you to the world of Begum Jaan and her brothel with her enchanting voice. At 83, Bhosle strikes a perfect balance between poise and power in her voice and is undoubtedly the soul of the song. Her diction is on point as well, unlike a host of contemporary singers who eat into their lines. Watch out for when she croons 'saans' in the first stanza with a deliberate leap of breathlessness. Such intricacies stand testimony to her genius and decades of experience.
This song may also be the best of music composer Anu Malik since 'Moh Moh Ke Dhaage' from Sharat Katariya's 2015 romantic comedy Dum Lagaa Ke Haisha. Malik has composed the song in such a way that it feels like all the musical instruments are acting in a play and know their parts inside out. Every instrument either complements or leads to another one, creating a seamless sequence of harmony.
Kausar Munir's lyrics stand out as well. She brings out the conflict that plagues a sex worker. Sex workers are conditioned to keep their business and love separate but what happens when they fall in love with their customers? Bhosle's voice projects the mixed emotions of the lyrics beautifully. For them, falling in love feels like an act that cannot be undone and that is why they just submit themselves to the inevitable consequences.
Vidya Balan dominates the screen space in this one though the song reflects the predicaments of all her fellow sex workers. Balan subtly portrays the nuances of the song with her understated countenance. We all see glimpses of other supporting characters and get introduced to Ila Arun's character which had not surfaced in the trailer.
Begum Jaan also stars Gauhar Khan, Pallavi Sharda, Chunky Pandey and Naseeruddin Shah. It is produced by Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt's Vishesh Films. It is slated to release on 14 April.
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