Jaan Pehechan Ho

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"Jaan Pehechan Ho"
Song by Mohammed Rafi
from the album Gumnaam
Released1965
Genrefilmi, 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 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 first entered American popular culture through 1994 live performances of the song by Heavenly Ten Stems, an American experimental indie rock band that was based in San Francisco.[1]

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. Recently this song has also featured in Basmati Blues,starring Brie Larson, released in 2017. It was also used in bollywood film Luka Chhupi released in March 2019.

Lyrics[edit]

Let's get to know each other

[Let's get to 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 in vain (x2)
For it won't come back if you wish & call later (x3)

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


Will you tell me or not, your name?
I am done with signs & gestures (x2)
My heart hurts, give your name (x3)

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


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

[Let's get to 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. ^ a b "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. 8 October 2011. Archived from the original on 3 January 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Heineken "The Date" commercial (2011)". Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  5. ^ "The Bombay Royale, Odd Future, Chet Faker and Sean Paul". The Australian. 12 April 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  6. ^ "The Bombay Royale - Jaan Pehechan Ho". Retrieved 30 March 2012.