Malang (song)

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"Malang"
Malang (Dhoom 3 Single) - Cover.jpg
"Malang" cover
Soundtrack single by Siddharth Mahadevan, Shilpa Rao from the album Dhoom 3
Released 2 December 2013 (2013-12-02) (Single)
28 November 2013 (2013-11-28) (Song promo)
5 December 2013 (2013-12-05) (Music video)
Format CD single, Legal digital download
Recorded 2012–2013
Genre Filmi • Soundtrack single
Language
Length 4:33 (Single)
0:38 (Song promo)
4:46 (Lyrics Video)
Label YRF Music
Writer Sameer Anjaan
Composer Pritam
Producer

"Malang" (English: Vagrant love)[a] is the second single released from the 2013 Bollywood film Dhoom 3, which starred Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif, Abhishek Bachchan, and Uday Chopra and was directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya. The song was composed by Pritam, who also composed for the previous two films of the film series,[3][4] with lyrics by Sameer Anjaan. It was sung by Siddharth Mahadevan and Shilpa Rao and performed on film by Khan and Kaif. The song's performance is represented as part of a stage show. Malang was released on the digital music platform iTunes on 2 December 2013.[5] Lyricist Sameer Anjaan has described the song as a "beautiful, pure and sublime Sufi love song".[6]

Production[edit]

The production for the song is said to have cost INR50 million (US$790,000)[7][8][9][9][10][11][12][13][14][15] and involved the work of 200 professional acrobats[7][8][10][11][12][14][15] who were flown in from the United States for the song.[8][12] The shoot, which took twenty days,[8][11][12] used a set in Reliance Studios which took 2 months to construct.[7][8][9][11][12][14][15] Cirque du Soleil performers were hired to train the two actors in acrobatic performance for a few weeks prior to the shoot, which was done without the use of safety nets or harness.[16][17]

The film's choreography required performer Aamir Khan to spin about 60 times in a minute[10][18] at an elevation of 80 feet.[10][18] As a result, Khan suffered from nausea during the filming and had to be put on medication to combat the sensation.[10][18][19] Los Angeles based airbrush artist Adam Tenenbaum applied Khan's intricate, tattoo-like body paint for the shoot.[20][21] Katrina Kaif's part was choreographed by Shampa Gopikrishna; her sequences took 11 days to shoot.[22]

Music video[edit]

The song was shot in Mumbai's Film City.[23]

The music video starts with a picture of Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif. The shot then moves to center around the logo of the song in front of a platform in the shape of Star of David or Star of Goloka[24] decorated with lights. Credits then display the names of the singers, Siddharth Mahadevan and Shilpa, that of the composer, Pritam, and lastly those of the contributing lyricist Sameer Anjaan.

The performance stage is lighted with small green, yellow and crimson coloured spotlights dotting the black background both horizontally and above the platform. The front of the stage is occupied by a water-body[clarification needed], semi-circular structures on two sides flanking the star shaped one in the middle, which holds the performers. An acrobat and a gymnast are at the front of the stage, along with others who are sitting on both sides of the water-body.[clarification needed] While Sahir (portrayed by Aamir Khan in the film and music video) is shirtless and in black, Aliya (portrayed on screen by actress Katrina Kaif) wears a white outfit. Sahir enters the stage performing a front somersault while the stage lights up with pyrotechnics. Taking hold of an aerial silk, he glides once over the top of the audience whilst holding a torch with his free hand. Aliya enters the stage from above sitting on an aerial hoop while Sahir dances below, followed by both of them dancing together as well as performing aerobatic stunts in mid air with the support of aerial hoops and aerial silk rigged above. The rest of the video consists of pictures of Sahir and Aliya with the lyrics below, interspersed with a few scenes from the film. The video ends with Sahir throwing his bowler hat towards the screen, which leads to the logo of the film along with the film's release date.[b]

Critical reception[edit]

Both the film's soundtrack and the Malang single received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Critic Rajiv Vijayakar, reviewing the single for Bollywood Hungama, praised the song's Sufi influences and the "full-throated" singing.[29] Joginder Tuteja, reviewing for Rediff.com, described the song as a "love track with a good rhythm" but criticised it for having an uncanny resemblance to another track, titled Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, from a 2007 film of the same name that was also produced by Yash Raj Films.[30] Mohar Basu, reviewing for Koimoi.com, stated "this one is a Thumbs up!" acknowledging Rao's vocals, the grandeur of the music video, the lyrics, and the "sprinkling of Pre-modern Balkan music" that he detected in it.[31]

FIR filing[edit]

A First Information Report (FIR) has been filed against Yash Raj Films by the Madariyya Sufi community on grounds of "hurting their religious sentiments and defaming their tradition."[6][32]

Chart Performance[edit]

Ten days before the film's release, the song entered the Top 10 charts at the No. 8 position.[33] The next week, it reached No. 1.[34] It then dropped two positions to No. 3[35] and another position to No. 4 the week after that.[36]

It made its debut at No. 5 position in the Asian Download Top 40 Charts six days before the film's release.[37] The week after, it dropped to occupy the No. 6 position.[38] The following week it climbed up two positions to No. 4. The song then occupied the No. 2 position for two weeks before slipping back to No. 4.

The single debuted at No. 7 position on The Times of India Radio Mirchi Top 20 chart the day the film was released in theatres.[39] The next week it climbed one spot to No. 6.[40] Among the Top 20 it ranked No. 2 in its third week on the chart.[41] It lost its second position the week after, returning to No. 4.[42]

The song ranked among the top few songs with choreography at the end of the year 2013.[43]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital Download[5]

Hindi Version[edit]

  1. "Malang" – 4:33

Tamil Version[edit]

  1. "Mayanga" – 4:33[44]

Telugu Version[edit]

  1. "Tarang" – 4:33[45]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Nastaliq: ملنگ, Malaṉg IPA: [mələ̃ŋɡ]; The word Malang has several meaning, in several different regions, which are at times even contradictory to each other. Persia is considered the region of origin, while in Afghanistan it can be used to refer to magicians, beggars, sorcerers, and even holy men. Author Jonathan L. Lees book, The "Ancient Supremacy": Bukhara, Afghanistan and the Battle for Balkh, 1731-1901 describes malang as "a religious mystic, often with heterodox or extreme sufi tendencies; a shrine attendant".[1] The word's usage in the song is associated with the love of a nomadic nature, and thus "vagrant" has been used here.[2]
  2. ^ The synopsis here is for the 4:46-long YouTube video[25] released by Yash Raj Films, featuring mostly lyrics. The makers of the film have decided against releasing the full video online, instead releasing only a 30-second promo with the promise that the full song is available only in theatres.[26][27] Due to similar footage the part-lyrical video has been used.[28]
 c. The first interlude of the song has elements from a 2011 Tamil film Aaranya Kaandam's background score by Yuvan Shankar Raja.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jonathan L. Lee (1 January 1996). The "Ancient Supremacy": Bukhara, Afghanistan and the Battle for Balkh, 1731-1901. BRILL. p. 606. 
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  3. ^ "Pritam chooses Dhoom 3 over Ek Tha Tiger". Bollywood Hungama News Network. Bollywood Hungama. 15 September 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Aamir Khan to sing in Dhoom 3". Subhash K. Jha. Mid Day. 17 February 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
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  8. ^ a b c "After doing acrobatic dance moves in 'Malang' with Katrina Kaif, Aamir Khan tap dances solo for 'Dhoom:3'". DNA Web desk. Daily News and Analysis. 5 December 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c d e "Aamir Khan was put on medication for Malang". Shalvi Mangaokar, Hindustan Times. Hindustan Times. 29 November 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c d "Teaser: Experience Malang with Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif in Dhoom 3". India Today Online. India Today. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
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  13. ^ a b c "Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif in Bollywood's most expensive song 'Malang'". Sunitra Pacheco. The Financial Express. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
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  19. ^ "Aamir Khan gets body art for Dhoom 3 song 'Malang'". India Today Online. India Today. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  20. ^ "Aamir's tattoo is in reality Air-brush body-art.". Deblina Ghosh Mukherjee. Eisamay. 21 December 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
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  23. ^ "Satkona - Star of David or Star of Goloka?". Swami B.G. Narasingha. Gosai.com. 6 February 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  24. ^ "Malang - Full Song with Lyrics - DHOOM:3". YRF YouTube channel. 5 December 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  25. ^ "Dhoom 3 to only release song teasers of 30 seconds". TNN. The Times of India. 26 November 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  26. ^ "Dhoom 3 Will Only Reveal Song Teasers Full Songs Reserved Till Release". Koimoi.com Team. Koimoi.com. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
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  30. ^ "Dhoom 3 Music Review". Mohar Basu. Koimoi.com. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
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  33. ^ "Yaariyan Rocks !!". Atta Khan. Planet Bollywood. 21 December 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  34. ^ ""Hasee Toh Phasee" makes the chart but "Jai Ho" is a complete flop !!". Atta Khan. Planet Bollywood. 5 January 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  35. ^ "Sohail Sen`s "Gunday" is a promising effort !!". Atta Khan. Planet Bollywood. 11 January 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  36. ^ "Asian Download Top 40 - 14th December 2013". Official Charts Company. 14 December 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  37. ^ "The Official Asian Download Chart 21 December 2013". BBC. 21 December 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  38. ^ "Mirchi Top 20". The Times of India, Radio Mirchi. The Times of India. 20 December 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  39. ^ "Music Chart - The Times of India". The Times of India, Radio Mirchi. The Times of India. 27 December 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  40. ^ "Music Chart - The Times of India". The Times of India, Radio Mirchi. The Times of India. 3 January 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  41. ^ "Music Chart - The Times of India". The Times of India, Radio Mirchi. The Times of India. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  42. ^ "SRK, Ranbir, Deepika, Jacqueline, Akshay , Aamir, Katrina : Who Made The Best Dance Moves Of 2013?". Nayandeep. Koimoi. 18 January 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  43. ^ "Mayanga (From "Dhoom:3 - Tamil") - Single". Abhishek Nailwal, Mahalakshmi Iyer & Aditi Singh Sharma & Pritam. ITunes. 2 December 2013. 
  44. ^ "Tarang (From "Dhoom:3 - Telugu") - Single". Abhishek Nailwal, Shilpa Rao, Aditi Singh Sharma & Pritam. ITunes. 2 December 2013. 

External links[edit]

External video
Official 30 second promo.
External video
Official lyrical video.