Jaan Pehechan Ho

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"Jaan Pehechan Ho"
Sung by Mohammed Rafi
from the album Gumnaam
Released1965
GenreBollywood, filmi, Indian rock, rock and roll
Length5:38
Songwriter(s)Composer: Shankar Jaikishan
Lyrics: Shailendra
Producer(s)Shankar Jaikishan

"Jaan Pehechan Ho" is a popular Indian rock & roll Bollywood song, sung by Mohammed Rafi, composed by music director duo Shankar Jaikishan, and with lyrics by Shailendra. 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] "Jaan pehechan ho" is a Hindi phrase roughly translated as "Let's know each other."

Video[edit]

Jaan Pehechan Ho as seen in Ghost World

The song's video was shot in a disco and features Laxmi Chhaya as the main dancer. The psychedelic dance choreography was by Herman Benjamin, who is also singing the song onscreen.

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 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]
In the 2014 video game Far Cry 4, by Ubisoft, the song is heard playing when the character storms the main antagonist's fortress.
The song, with similar costumes and choreography, also appears in the Cullberg Ballet's rendition of Ekman’s Triptych.

Lyrics[edit]

Let's know each other

[Let's know each other,
to make this life easier,
O Stealers of heart,
Steal not glances,
Tell your name]


This night is youthful,
Let it not pass so (x2)
won't come back if you wish & call later (x3)

[Let's know each other ... Tell your name]


Will you tell me or not, will you?
done with signs & gestures (x2)
It's hurting straight in heart now (x3)

[Let's know each other ... Tell your name]


Glancing quietly,
with those crazy eyes, (x2)
Will this little affair turn into a story (x3)

[Let's know each other ... Tell your name]

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 The Beatles), as well as 1966 film Tasveer (starring Feroz Khan) and 1959 film Love Marriage (starring Dev Anand), and Bedaag (starring Manoj Kumar), Shehnai, and Mere Sanam (both starring Vishwajeet). The dancer/choreographer Oscar Unger can also be seen in most of them.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Novak, David. 2010. "Cosmopolitanism, Remediation, and the Ghost World of Bollywood." Cultural Anthropology 25(1):40-72". Retrieved 9 December 2012.
  2. ^ Brandi, Ralph. "And the dancing is really a substitute for sex". Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Ask Sam: Straight answers". Winston-Salem Journal. 2011-10-08. Archived from the original on 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2011-10-08.
  4. ^ "Heineken "The Date" commercial (2011)". Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  5. ^ "The Bombay Royale, Odd Future, Chet Faker and Sean Paul". The Australian. 2012-04-12. Retrieved 2012-04-12.
  6. ^ "The Bombay Royale - Jaan Pehechan Ho". Retrieved 2012-03-30.