Lyricist Gilbert Chettiar’s new single ‘Rakh Lo’, sung by Abhay Jodhpurkar and composed by Anshul Sharma, is an ode to Raksha Bandhan and the bond of siblings. It reminds us of the importance of having a pillar of support in them. The track, which also has elements of ghazal, unfolds over the course of a film directed by Bijoya Mukherji, starring actors Pracheen Chauhan and Ayushee Ghoshal as a brother and sister who are facing their own tribulations but come together to help uplift each other.
Pracheen Chauhan, Ayushee Ghoshal feature in Raksha Bandhan special song ‘Rakh Lo’; this Gilbert – Abhay Jodhpurkar track is an emotional ode to sibling bonds
Gilbert, who also runs a label called Lafzon Music and has been writing lyrics since 2008, said in a statement, “We live in an age where people at different stages of life are facing different issues. At times people around us do not really recognize [them], that’s when our loved ones are the ones we rely on. ‘Rakh Lo’ is one of my projects that has a new perspective on life and is close to my heart. I’m curious to see how my audience reacts to it and how it affects them.”
The video explores a queer person working through her identity, even as her brother faces an impending divorce and is fighting to see his daughter. The music is created by some renowned names like sarangi artist Shahrukh Khan, tabla and dholak artist Prashant Sonagra and guitarist Sid Paul.
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A source close to the label said, “The words in the lyrics are expected to portray pain and share burdensome feelings together, even as the characters exchange knowing glances and smiles to brighten each other’s lives. Interweaving ideas of queer identity and everyday social life, the song picks up on a new kind of sibling relationship.”
The video ends with the message, “It’s a privilege for us to voice our support to the LGBTQIA+ community. Respect. Inclusivity. Acceptance.”
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