Yaar Mod Do – Guru Randhawa, Millind Gaba

This heart-warming song sung and penned by the young mellifluous duo of the Punjabi Music Industry, Guru Randhawa and Millind Gaba, is the newest ode to Friendship. I happened to hear it while flipping through my favourite Punjabi channels and honestly, paused because of Guru Randhawa. His songs like Khat, Outfit and Patola are a rage (Patola, being a personal favourite). I’m glad I stopped to listen because there hasn’t been such a soulful number on friendship in a long time. The instant you think Friendship Song, you think Yaar Anmulle (Sherry Mann) or Yaariyan (Babbal Rai) but now we have another and I don’t hear anyone complaining!

The sincerity in their words travels through their beautiful voices and into your bloodstream like tiny shock-waves, leaving you covered in goosebumps. No matter who you are – a college student who meets his gang everyday but hasn’t realised how valuable they really are or a professional perpetually short on time who can’t recall the last time he caught up with his pals – this track will compel you to stop, reflect and act. It plucks at the heart-strings and will make you pick that phone to make the long-overdue call to your BFF.

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The song is intensely nostalgia-evoking with the melody in perfect tandem. You may catch yourself day-dreaming and smiling as you’re reminded of your gang. Passing the bill on and pretending you’re out of cash, happy-highs with the squad, demanding a treat like it’s your birth-right, leg-pulling and endless laughter. The video, however, is heartrending. Seems like an anomaly when observed separately but if you’re not the baal-ki-khaal nikaalne waala person, you’ll appreciate how the picturisation and vocals manage to blend beautifully all the same. The song takes your mind on an emotional journey, replete with smiles and tears.

Do note the tick-tick-tick of a clock that plays throughout the song. It starts the instant the boys are informed about their friends’ critical condition (at 1:23 in the video), to when they see them after a successful, life-saving operation (at 4:46) There’s a moment where we see a clock’s hands move and the beats drop down to a mere tick-tock (2:38). Though fleeting, it adds a metaphorical touch, almost signifying the ephemeral nature of our being.

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Lai lo paisa te lai lo pyaar, mainu mere yaar mod do… Take money and take love away but please return my friends to me. Less literally, the lead vocalists recount memories with their buddies and offer to give up everything they possess, in exchange of those lost friends. Phone de wallpaper te ne jo chaar, ohi chaar yaar mod do… Words that hit home and make you realise how friendship takes a blow in this mad rush called life.

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Special mention to Millind Gaba for his touching performance. He’s the man behind the music that does justice to the sublime lyrics. I was pleasantly surprised to see how well he can act too. In a particular scene where he is seen reminiscing their Shanivaar drinking-in-the-car scenes (3:16), the seamless change in expressions, from smiling to being reduced to tears, reveals his acting prowess!

It’s been around 2 weeks to the release and the song’s been playing on-loop ever since. Yaar Mod Do is after my heart for more reasons than one. Maybe that’s why I felt compelled to write and let the world know about its sheer brilliance on all counts; right from the spell-binding lyrics to the vocals, the video to its execution. This isn’t a review by any means, it’s pure appreciation. Kudos and major respect to everyone behind this master piece! Thank you for giving us the latest Friendship Anthem.

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