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Picture first love — a giggly you running across vast stretches of greenery in slow motion, occasionally losing yourself thinking about the one who makes your toes tingle. '90s kids, chances are that you have come to believe in this version of first love after you watched the song Pehla Nasha from the Aamir Khan-Ayesha Jhulka starrer Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander.
Millennial or not, Pehla Nasha is what we believe love looks like. And no one, I repeat, no one has lived through their prime and not hummed the melody in their heads. It is just that catchy. And Onir tried to do the unthinkable — he tried to recreate the song I'd like to imagine is Cupid's entry music.
That's right, Onir recreated the song for his next film, Kuch Bheege Alfaaz. The emphasis here is on the word 'recreated' and not 'remixed' and only, and only for that, am I going to let this aberration pass. Phew!
The new Pehle Nasha (which is technically Dusra Nasha by that logic. Naah, it's called Pehla Nasha Once Again. Seems legit) is picturised on Geetanjali Thapa and debutant actor Zain Khan Durrani. Kuch Bheege Alfaaz is essentially a love story between two people too burdened by their insecurities, but eventually love liberates them.
In the video, it looks like the two are finally going to come face-to-face after having talked over the phone for months. There is a sense of excitement and nervousness curled up into a ball, along with sudden gushes of embarrassment and self-doubt. Yet in the last scene of the song, when the duo is sitting in a secluded corner of a tram, their eyes haven't met as yet, an overwhelming sinking feeling floods them.
So, full points for picturisation. The song itself is so versatile that it renders itself to any situation, and in that sense, fits this sequence perfectly. Originally composed by Jatin-Lalit and sung by Sadhana Sargam and Udit Narayan, Pehla Nasha Once Again has been recreated by musician Anshuman Mukherjee, and sung by Jubin Nautiyal and Palak Muchhal.
Now, Jubin is no Udit, we know that and he knows that. Which is why he didn't even try to replicate the original, but gave it a personal touch instead. If you're a fan of his naughty voice — like yours truly — this song is for you. Palak, in parts, seemed to be trying to be a bit too like Sadhana with the same shrill pitch. It did work fine, but she could have tried something different like Jubin, #justsaying.
The original, however beautiful it may sound, would have been incomplete without the sweet-as-sugar looks of Aamir and Ayesha. Here, Zain and Geetanjali were near-perfect in that sense, with extra points to Zain for being oh-so-chocolatey.
The original was shot in the picturesque locales of a hill station. In this rendition, the hills have made way for the quaintness of Kolkata — a city that seems to moonwalk through ages — clubbed with the old-world charms of trams, hand-pulled rickshaws and British architecture.
Brownie points for giving us a repeat of the signature step from the original video — that slo-mo jump over the hedges — in this case, recreated by Zain. Delish.