Some songs live deep within you and bring you peace whenever you listen to them. Kun Faya is one such song, that stays right in my heart..in all my highs and lows. The voice of AR Rahman and Mohit Chauhan together are like a boon to mankind. So, we thought of decoding it out for you.
The opening of Kun faya kun has always been one of my favorite moments amongst all the songs in Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar. Jordan has romanticized the idea of how pain generates good art, but that romanticisation happens from a distance.
He has no idea of the damage that pain is soon going to cause to him when he will no longer be the wide-eyed, innocent youngster staring at all the legends from a distance. It is with this song that Jordan starts getting untethered from his normal life and steps into a life that will slowly drift away.
The first step of that is him being thrown out of his house – thus detaching him from his comfort zone, his life of normalcy.
This is where the first strains of the song set in, and notice how as he’s thrown out of his home, as he takes first steps towards the vold that his life will soon become, It is accompanied by the words –
“Kadam badha le, hadon ko mita le, aa ja khalipan mein pi ka ghar tera”.
As Jordan, standing at the brink of his home, thus at the brink of his life until then, stares with bewilderment, Irshad Kamil’s lyrics literally speak of an invitation to “enter the void”. Imtiaz is clearly aware of how Janardhan Jakhar will never be the same again, & he makes us look with deep empathy at this moment as Jordan takes his steps out of his house, his lane, the life that he’s always known.
It reminds me of a famous Robert Frost poem -“Come in” – extracts from which F’n use here to draw parallels between the song and the poem. In the poem too, like Jordan stands at the edge of “the void”, Robert Frost speaks of standing at the edge of the woods and staring at the intimidating darkness inside them.
“As I came to the edge of the woods,
Thrush music – hark!
Now if it was dusk outside,
Inside it was dark.”
And then Frost speaks of the “call to enter”, very much like the call to enter the void in Jordan’s song above-
“Far in the pillared dark
Thrush music went –
Almost like a call to come in
To the dark and lament.”