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You can expect to hear this classic Laxmikant-Pyarelal song in Dev Patel’s Lion

Garth Davis’ Lion featuring Dev Patel in the lead features the classic song Chanda Ko Dhundne by Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

hollywood Updated: Feb 14, 2017 12:12 IST
Lion,Dev Patel,Sunny Pawar
Sunny Pawar stars as young Saroo in Lion.

Garth Davis’ Lion featuring Dev Patel in the lead, is getting the kind of raves showered on very few films set in India since Slumdog Millionaire. The film makes use of Hindi film songs, including the classic Chanda Ko Dhundne... composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

Bappi Lahiri has already made sure that the whole world knows that his song Come Closer from the Mithun Chakraborty starrer Kasam Paide Karne Wali Ki features in Lion.

However it is another evergreen Bollywood track that is featured in a crucial scene in the film, and it’s actually sung by the characters onscreen, not played as part of the background score.

It’s a harrowing sequence in an orphanage where the film’s little protagonist Saroo (Sunny Pawar) finds himself after being separated from his family. When a boy at the dingy orphanage is dragged out in the middle of the night, a little girl begins to sing “Chanda ko dhundne sabhi taarey nikal pade”, a song about little children searching for their parent in a big unfriendly city, from the film Jeene Ki Raah (featuring Jeetendra and Tanuja) released in 1969.

The little girl is joined by the other frightened children of the orphanage in the song. It is an incredibly poignant moment accentuated by the haunting melody.

The number composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal was sung by the sisters Asha Bhosle and Usha Mangeshkar, together with Hemlata.

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First Published: Feb 14, 2017 12:12 IST