Jaan Pehechan Ho

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"Jaan Pehechan Ho"
Sung by Mohammed Rafi from the album Gumnaam
Released 1965
Genre Filmi
Indian rock
Rock and roll
Length 5:38
Composer Shankar Jaikishan
Producer Shankar Jaikishan

Jaan Pehechan Ho is a popular Indian rock & roll song, composed by famous Indian music director duo Shankar Jaikishan, lyrics by Shailendra, and sound by Mohammed Rafi. It was produced for the 1965 Bollywood film Gumnaam, directed by Raja Nawathe, produced by N.N. Sippy, and starring Manoj Kumar and Nanda. The song has been widely "remediated" in North American circulation.[1]

The video[edit]

Jaan Pehechan Ho as seen on Ghost World DVD

The song's video introduces the movie to the audiences. It was shot in a disco and features Laxmi Chhaya. The choreography was by Herman Benjamin.

Ted Lyons and His Cubs[edit]

The group "Ted Lyons and his Cubs" playing the song can also be seen in 1964 film Jaanwar playing "Dekho Ab To" (a cover version of I Want to Hold Your Hand by Beatles) and Tasveer (starring Feroz Khan), Love Marriage (starring Dev Anand), Bedaag (starring Manoj Kumar), Shehnai, and Mere Sanam (both starring Vishwajeet). The dancer/choreographer Oscar Unger can also be seen in most of them.

Popular culture[edit]

The song appears in the opening credits of the 2001 movie Ghost World. In an interview, Ghost World writer Daniel Clowes mentions that he obtained his 20th generation copy of the scene from someone who had been housesitting for Peter Holsapple, guitarist and songwriter for The dB's, and he copied it from Peter's collection. Then they approached the sons of the producers and acquired the rights to use the song in the movie. The Ghost World DVD features the entire music video from the movie.[2]

The song, with similar costumes and choreography, also appears in the Cullberg Ballet's rendition of Ekman’s Triptych.

The song was also used for Heineken's 2011 "The Date" commercial.[3][4]

In 2012, a cover of the song was included by The Bombay Royale in their debut album You Me Bullets Love.[5][6]

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