Thursday, 18 July 2013

Badtameez Dil

Up until One Two Three from Chennai Express, the babies in my family were demanding to repeat one and one song only. As soon as the saxophone/trumpets end at the beginning and the music drops, they head into a rave-mode. Badtameez Dil is a cheeky, charming and repeatable song through and through. Most people won’t even be able to sing anything but the chorus but that’s what makes it so, so fun. I’m a huge fan of Pritam and his work despite what anybody claims. YJHD’s successful soundtrack speaks for itself and we will see many a mention when next year’s awards season starts. Amitabh Bhattacharya’s lyrics (not the English ones) are perfect for the song but I want to give the most credit to Benny Dayal here; to sing such nonsensical lyrics and make them seem – actually cool – takes some talent. Dayal’s voice is youthful and despite the speed of the verses, he takes his time and enunciates each and every word. The way he puts a thumps the ‘Badt’ in the chorus makes the chorus that extra bit catchy and his voice naturally captures the essence of Ranbir Kapoor’s character.

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The video of Badtameez Dil is almost like a celebration of Ranbir Kapoor’s achievements over the last few years; consecutive best actor awards, national recognition and startling box office success has made RK one of the most in-demand actors. He’s having a Hrithik Roshan style start to his career and all credit to him. That’s why I think this song is perfect for him in terms of content and style and that’s exactly how the video comes across; a celebration of current times with a huge ‘YOLO’ attitude. He makes the video what it is. I can’t think of any actor – other than one – whom can ‘own’ a song as much as RK has done in this video. He pulls off the suit look with absolute class and shows the world his ability to effortlessly dance. RK’s side-to-side chorus dance brings a smile to your face every time. As someone who loves to dance, I haven’t been able to imagine my next performance to be anything but Badtameez Dil’. A clear cut nomination for #SongoftheYear which will take a lot to beat and I just hope we can see more Dayal-Ranbir combinations in the future because their first collaboration is just brilliant. Oh, and the one actor that I mentioned earlier is none other than the King himself: Shahrukh Khan.

Badtameez Dil:

My theatrical version of Stan

My theatrical version of Stan