Kabhi Neem Neem from 2004’s Yuva was one of those songs that I wasn’t allowed to listen to. To all the parents out there, look up ‘reverse psychology’. This only makes the child more inquisitive.
It won’t come as a surprise to you, but I spent most of ‘home alone’ days binging music channels. You haven’t experienced self-control if you didn’t spend most of your childhood resisting the urge to hum a banned song. I’m telling you guys, it’s a skill.
Kabhi Neem Neem was one of those Bollywood sex songs that had that effect on me.
Abhishek and Rani in Kabhi Neem Neem
Yuva is one of the many Hindi feathers in an already decorated Mani Ratnam‘s hat. However, a cast that included Ajay Devgn, Vivek Oberoi, Esha Deol, Kareena Kapoor along with Abhishek Bachchan and Rani Mukerji couldn’t manage to attract viewers to the theatres. And we wonder why doesn’t Bollywood try anymore.
The movie follows the lives of three different men, one of them include our lead, Abhishek Bachchan as Lallan Singh. He falls in love with Shashi (Rani Mukerji) and ends up marrying her. Well, he ends up abusing her, but that’s for another day.
The music video of Kabhi Neem Neem features these two, stuck home and up to no good.
(So, basically living that quarantine life in 2004. Man, when people tell me Mani Ratnam is ahead of his time, this is what they’re talking about.)
Kabhi Neem Neem begins with the couple sharing a moment in the rain. They head up to their modest love-nest. We follow them into the next day and the song ends with an implied sex scene as the screen fades to black. You know, that old chestnut.
A.R. Rahman does it again
A.R. Rahman is a genius that comes but once in our lifetime. I’m just grateful that I was alive to see Rahman in his peak.
Mere Seene Mein Hai Quaid Who Ab Jee
Preet Ki Raakhon Laaj Aye Mere Rab
Along with the music, Rahman also provides vocals to Abhishek Bachchan in Kabhi Neem Neem. Accompanying him is Rahman’s usual collaborator, Madhushree.
The lyrics are by Mehboob, the lyricist not the actor. To this day, I consider this to be his greatest work. All your disagreements can be directed at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yuva maybe a film that was rejected by the masses but Kabhi Neem Neem will definitely outlive all its naysayers.