Though I have named the post, At a snap of A Finger, it wasn’t at all easy for me.
A couple of years back, I published a post based on Hindi film songs incorporating the sounds of clapping of hands. I already had a song list with Hindi film songs with the whistle. When I published the former, fellow blogger Anita ji (from the blog, Trivia – the spice of life) added a song where the song had the sounds of clapping of hands and also of snapping of fingers and she mentioned both the things in her comment. In reply to her comment, I added that the sounds of finger snapping could be the next part in the series. I take the opportunity to thank her for instilling the idea in my mind.
Before we actually hit the list, it would be interesting to know the science behind finger snapping.
Wikipedia defines it as, Snapping one’s fingers is the act of creating a snapping or clicking sound with one’s fingers. Primarily this is done by building tension between the thumb and another (middle or ring) finger and then moving the other finger forcefully downward, so it hits the palm of the same hand at a high speed.
While I was searching further I came across an article on Science World. Interested readers can go through the article. There is an interesting image as well on the site, which I’ve shared.
The finger snapping is also implemented in some occasions where someone wants to show one’s superiority over the others (I must add I detest snapping fingers at the waiters or anything like that), or wants to stress on a certain point, or it can be a bold expression of satisfaction following an insult which one thinks to be quite apt.
Here, the thought that immediately crossed my mind was of Sridevi snapping her fingers in Laadla, after she sufficiently humiliated the person in question. She would say, ‘Understand? You better understand’
She was phenomenal as Sheetal Jaitley.
I started collecting songs and the process went on for more than a year. It finished a couple of months back. I found that the sound was mainly incorporated as a rhythm support. However none of the songs had the sound throughout, but only for a small part of the song. But a few songs do have it for a longer duration. Still I tried to recollect and check such songs. As it was difficult in general to remember the picturisation of a song in detail, it took a long time to collect a sufficient number of songs.
So my attempt is to put forth a list of Hindi film songs incorporating the sounds of finger snapping. Here we go……..
1. Hai Preet Jagan Ki Reet Sada – Purab Aur Pachhim (1970) Mahendra Kapoor & Chorus / Kalyanji Anandji – Indeevar
This was the song added by Anita ji in her comments. The clip has an initial section without significant instrumental support, where Manoj Kumar describes the ancient Indian scientists and their contribution to modern science. When the main song starts, Manoj Kumar and the listeners use finger snapping as rhythm support. It’s for a short time, and later the song also has hand clapping sounds.
I felt it necessary to add the song at the first position to acknowledge Anita ji for the idea.
2. Kya Ghazab Karte Ho Jee – Love Story (1981) Asha Bhosle / R D Burman – Anand Bakshi
This was the first song that I could immediately recollect for the list and mentioned it in reply to Anita ji. The song begins with the sound of finger snapping that continues for a short time thereafter. Once the full orchestration starts, the finger snapping sounds are not reused.
Aruna Irani tries to seduce a very young and innocent looking Kumar Gourav, but never does she appear vulgar or emotes offensive expressions. Quite an enjoyable song, and a fun to watch as to how an apprehensive Kumar Gourav reacts to Aruna Irani’s gestures and how Vijayeta reacts to the whole situation.
3. Joote De Do Paise Lelo – Hum Aapke Hain Kaun (1994) Lata Mangeshkar, S P Balasubrahmanyam & Chorus / Ram Laxman – Ravinder Rawal
I think this is the song on today’s list with finger snapping for a longer duration than other songs. It’s mainly utilised as a rhythm support and quite a fun to watch. The wedding rituals and bhojan etc also continue in the background. Madhuri Dixit and Salman look young, I mean they were actually young and look charming.
All of the songs of the movie became popular and it was even criticised for being a video tape of a wedding. But the film did wonders at the box office.
4. Paas Woh Aane Lage Zara Zara – Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1993) Alka Yagnik & Kumar Sanu / Anu Malik – Hasrat Jaipuri
The audio of this song has finger snapping sounds at many places, though on screen it’s synched with actual finger movements on just a few occasions. But still in the paucity of songs in general I decided to include it on the list.
5. Janeman Aaja Aaja – Dalpati (1991) Kumar Sanu & Sadhna Sargam / Ilaiya Raja – P K Mishra
Sonu Walia appeared as a guest for this popular song. The song saw huge popularity and its catchy rhythm was later copied in a few Hindi film songs as well. It very beautifully incorporates the finger snapping sounds for rhythm making and that makes it even more catchy. The song was choreographed by Prabhu Deva and his father Murug Sundar.
The original Tamil movie, Thalpati, directed by Mani Ratnam was dubbed in Hindi. The Rajnikanth starrer was a huge success in South and it also marked the debut of actor Arvind Swamy. Loosely based on the epic, Mahabharat, the film portrayed strong characters and was intense.
6. Tu Tu Tu Tu Tu Tara – Bol Radha Bol (1992) Kumar Sanu & Poornima / Anand Milind – Sameer
Talking about the copies of the song from Dalpati, this is one. The rhythm was exactly copied and perhaps so was the finger snapping. The song was extremely popular and the movie was very popular too. Lots of finger snapping throughout the song. Poornima’s excellent voice quality made it very pleasant. But after the 90s, she was not heard prominently in Hindi films. She, as Sushama Shreshthha, was very popular as a child singer.
7. Khud Ko Kya Samajhti Hai – Khiladi (1992) Udit Narayan, Abhijit, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Sapna Mukherjee & Chorus / Jatin Lalit – Shyam Raj
There are sounds of finger snapping in the audio at many occasions, though very few of those are actually picturised as finger snapping. A college song, which was very popular too in its days. The Rose day being celebrated in the college with Akshay Kumar obviously betting for the occasion. Ayesha Jhulka finally falls for his charm and accepts the red rose.
8. Le Gayi Le Gayi – Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) Asha Bhosle, Udit Narayan & Chorus / Uttam Singh – Anand Bakshi
Finger snapping only on a couple of occasions, in the beginning of mukhda and later at Shah Rukh Khan’s entry on stage. The song, its dance steps by choreographer Shiamak Davar and the movie all were extremely popular. The song, though technically a duet in the film, appeared as a solo by Asha Bhosle on the cassettes.
The next couple of songs have finger snapping for a really short time, but as it’s there right at the beginning of the song, it’s quite easy to remember the songs. Additionally the songs were very popular back then and still maintain the popularity.
9. Ek Do Teen – Tezaab (1988) Alka Yagnik & Chorus / Laxmikant Pyarelal – Javed Akhtar
The song opens with dialogues between Alka Yagnik and the chorus and before the actual dance starts, Madhuri would do the finger snapping dance steps. That’s for a very short period.
The song is now considered a classic and is one of the iconic songs of the 80s. Madhuri Dixit became an overnight star and sensational upcoming face of Hindi cinema. Her dance talent was very much appreciated and the choreographer of the song was Saroj Khan, who was awarded the best choreographer at the Filmfare awards for this song. It started an era of dance numbers where Madhuri would dance to Saroj Khan’s dance steps and the latter would get the Filmfare award.
10. Maine Pyar Tumhi Se – Phool Aur Kaante (1991) Kumar Sanu & Anuradha Paudwal / Nadeem Shravan – Sameer
The song opens with finger snapping sounds and then the actual singing starts. The finger snapping is there for a few seconds, around 6 to 7 seconds only. But it’s never repeated thereafter.
Before I conclude, I couldn’t help adding the party scene from K3G, where in Amitabh’s birthday bash, he breaks into a song and the audience spontaneously starts snapping fingers in response. Enjoy the scene.
I end the post on this note. I was unable to recollect any befitting Hindi film songs from the golden era of the 40s, 50s and the 60s. If you know or remember any such song, please add it to your comments. Of course you can add any other film song as well.
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