Thaha Chha, Samriddhi Rai’s new music video, evokes the finer aspects of college life
On Thursday, singer-songwriter Samriddhi Rai released her new song, Thaha Chha!, a duet with singer Vek, via YouTube. Her new song deviates slightly from her previous work, which has addressed issues such as social justice (Ma chahi Nepali) and female body politics (Ma dami chhu).
The new duet, which has been viewed over 290,000 times in just four days, is a lighthearted song about two college friends, one of whom attempts to take their friendship to a “new height,” while the other is not too keen on the idea.
The music video depicts typical college activities such as hanging out with friends, dancing, and playing basketball.
One of the characters in the music video, played by singer Vek, is a dandy looking for attention. His attention is drawn to our other protagonist, Rai. They appear to be close friends.
The lyrics, which are effectively simple, serve the purpose of evoking the brewing romance in the young adult boy’s head:
“Dubdai tyo nayanma/ parechu maya ma timilai thaha cha?/ nishcal tyo maan ley/ choryo yo maan timiai thaha cha/ sathi bhanda bhandai, kei mathi pugechu aaja/ aaba timrai wori pari/ ghumau ma ghari gari jhai lagcha/ k timilai thaha cha” [Drowning in your eyes/ I fell in love, do you know?/ that pure heart/ stole my heart, do you know/ you were my friend, but now you have reached higher than that/ now I feel like moving around you/ do you know?]
Unfortunately for him, the cheerful, athletic girl only wants to be friends, nothing more, nothing less. She is concerned that their friendship will be shattered if their bond is elevated to a higher level: “Maya ta tutla feri/ sathi sadai ko lagee timilai thaha cha?/ hanso ko pal haru/ bholi rodan hola timilai tha cha?/ Jodi hamro ramrai dekhla/ sansar ley estai guff hancha/ k timilai tha cha?/ sathi nai thik chau hami/ ramailo jindagani yehi lagcha/ k timilai tha cha? [Love can break/ but friendship lasts forever, do you know?/ the joyous moment/ can turn tragic tomorrow, do you know?/ our courtship may look good/ the world would flatter like this/ do you know?/ we are good as friends / this looks like a happy life/ do you know?]
That Rai has released the song despite all the stress brought about by the pandemic is a feat in itself. Despite its flaws, Thaha Chha is very much worth a listen.
Swastima Khadka, who appears in a cameo, adds a twist to the story. When Vek does not receive a positive response from Samriddhi, he confronts Khadka’s character.
The music video is vibrantly alive, with well-choreographed dance sequences and a few basketball skills; all of the actors are excellent in their roles.
However, while the music video is entertaining, the song falls short of Rai’s previous releases. Its melody is neither memorable nor memorable. The cool vibe provided by the video may captivate you again and again, but the audio, when taken apart, has less power to do so.
Previous songs by Rai, including Prayas, Herana, Asha, Ma dami chhu, and Ma chahi Nepali, were all effortlessly mellifluous, propelled by a pleasing sense of rhythmic vitality. It’s no coincidence that those songs have become ingrained in the minds of the listeners.
The fact that Rai released the song despite the pandemic’s stress is an accomplishment in and of itself. Despite its flaws, Thaha Chha is well worth a listen, and it’s accompanied by a lively, well-shot video. It might even improve your mood.
Watch the music video:
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