Dil Cheez - Karsh Kale feat Monali Thakur, Coke Studio @ MTV Season 2





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Published on Aug 11, 2012

Sung by Monali Thakur, this song is a reinterpretation of the classic from Umrao Jaan. Karsh chose to include this because of his memories from childhood where he would sit and watch old Hindi films with his mother on holidays. The reworking here has Monali singing English parts as well.

Composed by: Khayyam
Produced by: Karsh Kale
Language: Hindi, English
Lyrics: Original lyrics by Shahryar and additional English lyrics by Monali Thakur
Vocals: Monali Thakur
Sitar: Ravi Chary
Sarangi: Sabir Khan
Tabla: Karsh Kale
Drums: Jai Row Kavi
Guitar: Warren Mendonsa
Guitar Gaurav Gupta
Bass: Johan Pais
Keys: Nigel Rajaratnam
Flute: Ajay Prassanna

Recorded by: Steve Fitzmaurice, Ashish Manchanda (Flying Carpet Productions, Mumbai), assisted by Thorsten Muller
Mixed by Steve Fitzmaurice at the Pierce Rooms, London and Warren Mendonsa
Mastered by Bunt Stafford Clark at the Pierce Rooms, London

Song synopsis:
Bas Ek baar mera kaha 
Dil Cheez kya hain aap meri jaan lijiye
Is Anjuman mein aaaaa
Is Anjuman mein aaapko

Deewaron Dar ko ghaur se


In this world of loneliness..
I don't know how the sound of you in my heart...
makes me cry...I don't know how it became a lie...I don't know why...yeaa

Kahiye tohh, 
kahiye toh aasmaan ko.
Kahiye toh aasmaan ko zameen par utaar laaye.

Mushkil nahin hain kuchh bhi 
Agar thaan lijiye.
Dil cheez kya hain aap meri jaan lijiye.
Bas ek baar mera kahaa maan lijiye 
Bas ek baar
Haan Bas ek baar
A courtesan explaining to a Nawab (nobleman) what it would take to win her love and to
sustain it given the social stigma of such a relationship.

The Meaning:

"If you hear me just once and understand my feelings, I will happily give my entire life to
you... and not just my heart! Because, if you hear it beating, you will know the passion and
love it holds, and you would keep coming back to the road that leads to me.

"So my love...before you take your first steps into this relationship, be warned and prepare
yourself for the consequences of falling in love with someone like me (a courtesan)!!"

With determination, even heaven can be brought down to earth (a blissful life can be lead
overcoming the social barriers). As nothing is impossible if one decides. I will go all the way to
bridge the gap between you and me. All you need to do is to just love me for who I am.

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Comments • 915

Chitra Sahai
People do not bother before commenting at all. Where did you get this information that she is pop singer only? She is a trained classical singer. She was trained in Hindustani classical music under Pandit Jagdish Prasad and Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty.[3]
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Atanu Bhuyan
+Hindustani Music Lover please enlighten us
sk hasem ali
+Naseem Khan ****
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Upender kumar
i don't understand, why there is so much hate here !? this is beautiful.
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Sheetal Weiz
hehe sooo true
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Kajol Paul
Just awwssoommeee..😍😍😍😘
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Vijay Sharma
beautiful voice god job and please don't compare with others singers couz every singer is different voice quality
Kunal Krishna
if 2 singers sing same song comparison is inevitable
Pranay Moktan
Monali Thakur is undoubtedly one of the best singers I've seen in recent years. She touches such high notes with great precision and The "Murkiyas " are fantastic especially in the line"is anjuman main aapko" are just outstanding and also the western singing is commendable. Wow Monali.. Those who are giving negative comments must be shreya ghoshal fans who doesn't have a hold on western music... I wish she was versatile ! I wish !!! great going Monali... Fantastic :)
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santanu ghose
ranay Moktan
Pranay Moktan
surely shreya is very good :) peace here.. I Have shared an olive branch too :)
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All those haters running amok have never touched a harmonium in their lives...
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Dhanraj Durjan
+ben lapointe lol exactly!
ben lapointe
+Dhanraj Durjan because we're all different, silly!
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Mridula Singh
screwed song! they could have made this sung by sniti mishra.... have heard many songs of monali thakur, but sorry to say her voice is thin n shaky
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Vini Sharma
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Lakshya Khanna
She shouldn't have sung this! I am her fan, but she is just awful here... That very much explains why lata and asha are queens!
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Avinash Kumar
me too is a fan of Monali Thakur, but really this is nowhere near to the originally sung by Asha tai.
Amitabh Dey
That's right!
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raj veer
actually main problem of we all are we are not going to accept any change in our surrounding... mante Hain iss song ka original version aacha but Bhoot aacha gaaya hai Manali ma'am ne ... Hume iss trah k changes ko accept krna hoga
Tejas Natu
it is coz of such terrible renditions tht pak coke studio is said to be better thn ours .. Monali is such a good singer but she shud have refused after listening ..
The rendition isn't terrible. I agree Pak coke studio might be better, but treat this as a song u idiot and then identify it. Speak good, if not - DONT.
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