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Song by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (composer) & Shafqat Amanat Ali (singer)
from the album KANK : Music From The Motion Picture
Released16 June 2006 (India)
FormatCD single, Digital download
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Sufi rock
LabelSony BMG
Songwriter(s)Javed Akhtar
Producer(s)Karan Johar
Music video
Mitwa on YouTube

"Mitwa" (Hindi: मितवा,English: Friend) is a popular Hindi song from the 2006 Hindi film Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna directed by Karan Johar, starring Shahrukh Khan, Rani Mukherji, Abhishek Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan and Preity Zinta. The song is composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, while the lyrics are penned by Javed Akhtar the song was sung by Pakistani folk singer Shafqat Amanat Ali.[1] and the female singer Caralisa Monteiro sang and also penned the words "love will find a way".


Shankar Mahadevan had previously heard the song "Ankhon Ke Sagar" by Pakistani singer and vocalist Shafqat Amanat Ali's on radio and gathered details about him. When they composed Mitwa, they decided to opt for Amanat instead of Shankar himself, since they wanted the song to be different.[2]

The song is a Sufi rock ballad, which is first of its kind in a Karan Johar film.[3] The trio had used the traditional Indian instruments Santoor and Sarod which was played by Shankar.[4]

Reception and performance[edit]

The song received excellent feedback from critics and audience alike. The song ruled the charts in coming days.[2][5] Bollywood Hungama, in its half-yearly music roundup, remarked, "The song that rocks most is 'Mitwa', that has so far been responsible for the good opening of KANK."[6]


Actress Vidya Balan is admittedly a fan of the song. "When Mitwa plays, my hands go out like Shah Rukh Khan's".[7] She insisted that the song be played when the romantic sequences between her and Shahid Kapoor were shot for the movie Kismat Konnection.[8]


Shafqat Amanat Ali won the GIFA Best Playback Singer Male Award for Mitwa Revisited.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The voice behind Mitwa in KANK". 19 July 2006. Retrieved 28 June 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Karan Johar is too demanding: Shankar Mahadevan : Star Talk". Retrieved 28 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Making of the Music Exclusive with translations | PlanetSRK - ShahRukh Khan discussion forums & community". PlanetSRK. 18 June 2006. Retrieved 28 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Displaying a topic". Retrieved 28 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Top 10 Hindi Film Songs on Planet Bollywood". 15 August 2006. Retrieved 28 June 2011.
  6. ^ "Best albums in the first half of 2006". 8 July 2006. Retrieved 28 June 2011.
  7. ^ "HindustanTimes-Print". 13 January 2007. Retrieved 28 June 2011.
  8. ^ "Mitwa therapy - Times Of India". 18 June 2008. Retrieved 28 June 2011.
  9. ^ "Annual Global Indian Film Awards Nominations and Winners :". Retrieved 28 June 2011.