Song of the Broken Pieces: Agar Tum Saath Ho 

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The background is shimmering with pink, yet the moment couldn’t be any sadder. Both of them are choked up, their eyes wobbly with tears, their faces creased with pain, their lips uttering words in muffled voices, their words fighting with each other and their voices with their own selves. Ved is hurt, and so is Tara. He wants to run away but she won’t let him. She holds his hand and promises to make things alright. Ved tries to break away from her clasp. And in that very moment, the soul shattering music stirs to life. 

Tara clutches onto Ved with every bit of her soul, (pal bhar thahar jao, dil ye sambhal jaye…) and Ved, after some resistance, gives in. The music, in that moment, acts as the background to a beautiful silence, that erupts from Ved’s momentary surrender. 

Pal bhar thahar jao…dil ye sambhal jaye…

Kaise tumhe roka karun… 

Meri taraf aata..har gum fisal jaye…

Aankhon me tumko bharoon…

Bin bole baatein…tumse karoon….

Agar tum saath ho…
(Stop for a moment….so that this heart gets steady…

How should I stop you….

Every sorrow that’s walking towards me shall slip away….if I fill you in my eyes….

I’ll communicate with you without speaking…if you’re with me…)



Tara has a lot to say, but her dreams are punctuated with IFs. This is indeed what every love story is – Beautiful dreams punctuated with ifs. She is trying to say this to Ved, throughout the movie. All she wants is for him to stop for a moment and communicate with her. But Ved is lost in his own web. 

The song is sad-sweet till now, however, once the male voice (Arijit) sets in, it just pierces through the heart. 

Teri nazron me hain tere sapne….

Tere sapno mein hai naaraazi…

Mujhe lagta hai ki baatein dil ki…

Hoti lavzon ki dhokhebaazi…

Tum Saath ho..ya na ho…

Kya fark hai….

Bedard thi..zindgi…bedard hai..

(Your eyes have your dreams…

Your dreams have ire…

It seems that the talks of the heart…

Are THE BETRAYAL OF WORDS…

No matter if you’re with me or not…

Life was ruthless…and is ruthless now…)

There are two voices of Arijit in these lines, both high pitched and low pitched, running simultaneously, reflecting the contrast in the character, the conflict which goes inside Ved till the end of the movie. This shows the true genius of A.R.RAHMAN, who created an immortal metaphor in a song. The two broken voices

Irshad Kamil has to be the hero of this masterpiece, the lyrics he has woven is beautiful and haunting. It just hits the right strings. Everybody who has loved and lost relates to the lyrics. 

The communication, which is Tara’s panacea, is just “betrayal of words” for Ved. Tara has painted a whole world where every dream begins with “If you’re with me….“, and Ved ends his message with the shattering confession, underlining the insignificance of her company, the futility of being with each other, and how it won’t change things for him. Ved can’t be helped, his battle is against himself. 

The whole movie revolves around this theme which has been composed into this unforgettable melody. It reflects the discord between the lives of two people, the contrast between dreams and reality, the distance between two separate worlds. 

The last few lines are of Tara, and those are still punctuated with Ifs. Ved, after repeating his words, has turned quiet now. The music ends with If you’re with me, every sorrow shall slip away…

And then Tara’s voice fades away, leaving a possibility that Ved finally understands the yearnings of Tara. 

Or maybe they’re still singing two different songs…

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