The Narrative Function of Song and Dance: Jab We Met

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4. “Tum Se Hi”

Aditya has left Geet in Manali, and he’s returned to Mumbai. He’s turned his business around. He’s successful. And we learn a little bit more about how he’s managed to do that in this song:

“Tum Se Hi” shows us clearly the effect that Geet has had on Aditya’s life — he’s found the joy of music again — he’s found joy in everything again. But if we weren’t quite sure he was in love with Geet before, we can be sure of it now. Everything he does, every moment is because of Geet, and he imagines her based on his last memories of her, mostly wearing what she wore in Manali, in the song “Yeh Ishq Hai”. She’s not there, yet she’s always there with him. This will nicely echo what he tells her later in the film, that every time he had to make a decision, he wondered what Geet would do, and then he would do that. “Whatever I am,” he says, “it’s because of you.”

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