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Music meant to add Meaning: Basu Chatterjee’s ‘Chhoti Si Baat’

A still from Chhoti Si Baat

Can simple solutions be an answer to all the complex problems? Basu Chatterjee’s 1976 film ‘Chhoti Si Baat’ will explain to you the true essence of these little yet worthy things we miss out in our daily life and relationships. Renowned as an icon of middle cinema, shot in the midst of the city, portraying the day to day life of a common man. Here, songs are meant to add meaning to the story and are not just a fancy part of the movie. Considerably, the title track of this film ‘Na Jane Kyon Hota Hai’ sums up the conclusion and the meaning behind the title of this film.

A still from the song Na Jane Kyu

Before getting to the title song, there’s a moment in the film where Arun (Amol Palekar) dreams about Prabha (Vidya Sinha) while watching a movie, the song ‘Jaaneman Jaaneman Tere Do Nayan’ plays on the screen in front of him, with Dharmendra and Hema Malini’s guest appearance. And then comes the second and most important song of the story, when Arun has gone to Khandala for a month, Prabha’s real feelings for him are revealed in this beautiful title song.

The film raises numerous questions about human behavior while dealing truly with the feelings of the character. The same quest of relationships and the complex nature of human feelings have been explored beautifully by Chatterjee in his film Rajnigandha too. But the thing which makes ‘Chhoti Si Baat’ an epic portrayal is major because of its meaningful songs which perfectly match the theme of the story, clearly defining each and every moment experienced by the characters, as is experienced by us.

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