The Russian folk song and its Hindi cover “Darling” in “7 khoon maaf”

A favourite song I often listen to a lot, is “Darling”, from the movie “7 khoon maaf

The movie is based on a short story by Ruskin Bond titled “Susanna’s seven husbands”. The song “Darling” is basically a Hindi cover version of the famous Russian folk song “Kalinka“.

The song has a speedy tempo and its tempo increases consistently over and over again.

It is performed ever so brilliantly by Usha Uthup and Rekha Bharadwaj.

Here is how the original goes if you are wondering.

It is a tune you might here with the Russia theme for the Civilization VI game and also Tetris uses Kalinka.

Usha Uthup’s brilliance

Getting back to Usha Uthup who sang in “7 khoon maaf”, I recently saw the movie Bombay to Goa. The story is rather whimsical and the comedy formulaic at times.

But there is this brilliant bit of Usha Uthup flipping back and forth between two different songs.

One response to “The Russian folk song and its Hindi cover “Darling” in “7 khoon maaf””

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    Thank you for writing this article and proving that the original music was composed by Russians. I am a Pianist from Royal Academy of Music, London and all my work is regarding modern and ancient musical history. I came across this Hindi song recently and something poked my mind finding it very similar to “Kalinka”. Now that i have the proof finally I’m satisfied.

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