With the 17-year-old relationship between BJP and JD(U) set to end in Bihar, songs on friendship and separation are ruling the roost in Patna.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar during the chief minister's conference on internal security New Delhi. HT Photo/Sunil Saxena
Topping the lists is Dost Dost Na Raha, Pyar Pyar Na Raha, from Sangam (1964) starring Raj Kapoor and Vyjayanthimala, followed closely by Mere Dost Kissa Yeh Kya Ho Gaya, Suna Hai Ki Tu Bewafaa Ho Gaya, sung by Mohammad Rafi in Raj Khosla's Dostana (1980) that starred Amitabh Bachchan and Shatrughan Sinha.
The top songs doing the rounds on the internet to describe the split also include Dushman Na Karey Dost Ne Wo Kaam Kiya Hai, Umar Bhar Ka Ghum Hamey Inaam Diya Hai, from Aakhir Kyon (1985) starring Smita Patil and Rakesh Roshan.
But the one that takes the cake was Dagabaaz Re Tore Naina Bade Dagabaaz Re, Kal Mile Humko Bhul Gaye Aaj Re from Dabangg, sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
Of course, the evergreen Rafi number Kya Hua Tera Wada, Woh Kasam, Woh Irada from the 1977 Nasir Hussain film Hum Kisi Sey Kum Naheen.
Nitish Kumar could well have been singing Dua detein hain jeeney ki, dawa detein hain marney ki' in response to the BJP's stand. And BJP response could be sourced from Prakash Mehra's Haath ki Safaai: Tu Kya Janei Wafa, O Bewafa, Pyar Karna Terei Bas Ki Baat Nahin.
But then Sharad Yadav could join in, with the famous Rafi lines penned by Kaifi Azmi in Kagaz Ke Phool (1959): Arey Dekhi Zamaane Ki Yaari, Bicchadei Sabhi Baari Baari!
As for BJP patriarch LK Advani, his mood about his place within the BJP could be defined with Jaane Kahaan Gaye Wo Din, Kahate The Teri Raah Mein, Nazaron Ko Hum Bichhaaenge from Mera Naam Joker.
Sushil Kumar Modi, deputy chief minister from BJP and a Nitish supporter until now, could sing: Chaahunga Main Tujhe Saanjh Savere, Phir Bhi Kabhi Ab Naam Ko Tere, Awaaz Main Na Dunga from Dosti (1964).
The trauma of separation can perhaps best be defined in these words from the 1970 My Love, in which Anand Bakshi says, 'oh Tere Pyaar Kaa Ghum, Ek Bahaanaa Thaa Sanam, Apni Qismat Hi Kuchh Aisi Thi, Ki Dil Toot Gaya.
Finally, some might wish that Nitish and Sushil Modi could have done the Bachchan-Dharam duet, Yeh Dosti, Hum Nahi Chhodenge. Alas, that is not to be!
The next ten for the political lovelorn
For Sushma Swaraj:
O Jaanevaale Ho Sake To Laut Ke Aanaa, Ye Ghat Tuu Ye Baat Kahin Bhuul Na Jaanaa, (Bandini, 1963)
For Yashwant Sinha:
Khiza Kei Phuul Pe Aati Kabhi Bahaar Nahin, Mere Naseeb Mei Ai Dost Tera Pyar Nahin (Do Raaste, 1969)
For Lalu Prasad:
Yaad Na Jaae, Bite Dinon Ki, Jaake Na Aaye Jo Din (Dil Ek Mandir, 1963)
For Narendra Singh:
Mere Dushman Tu Meri Dosti Ko Tarsei (Aaye Din Bahaar Ke, 1966) or Mere Dil Se Sitamgar Tune Achchhi Dillagi Ki Hai, Ke Banke Dost Apane Doston Se Dushamani Ki Hai.
For Shivanand Tiwary:
Doston Se Pyar Kiya, Dushmano Se Badla Liya (Shaan, 1980)
For Giriraj Singh:
Aaa Dekhein Zara, Kismei Kitna Hai Dum (Rocky, 1981)
For Sukhda Pandey:
Chal Ud Jaa Re Panchhi, Ki Ab Ye Des Hua Begaana (Bhabhi, 1957)
For Nitish Kumar: Hum Bewafa Hargiz Na They, Par Hum Wafa Kar Na Sakey (Shalimar, 1978)
Aye Mere Dil Kahin Aur Chal, Ghum Kii Duniya Se Dil Bhar Gaya (Daag, 1952)
Swapn Jhare Phul Sei, Meet Chubhei Shuul Se... Kaaravaan Guzar Gaya, Gubaar Dekhte Rahe (Nai Umar Ki Nai Fasal, 1975)