You watch the Rachel Maddow Show, which means, depending on how you watch it, you watch the commercials on The Rachel Maddow Show. You roll your eyes at the corny Cialias ads, you skeeve at those ones about lubricated catheters, you rage at the fracking ones, you turn the sound off at the occasional series of abused pets followed by Alissa Milano and starving children followed by that country singer and the wounded veterans. Even though the show has nothing to do with the commercials and in some cases we see different commercials depending on geography and cable provider, I know from tweeting with other viewers that the commercials are integral to the TRMS viewing experience.
That said, I finally broke down last night and tried to find the song that the Indian lady sings a snippet of in he commercial about calling her mother in India. This one.
I am well out of my element in searching the Hindi web, but here’s what I figured out. Any additions you can offer are appreciated:
The actress in the commercial is Gita Setia. It’s possible to find her singing online but not that song, as far as I can tell.
The song comes from a 1961 movie with a crazy plot called Hum Dono.
The title of the song, or the English-ized spelling of it, is Abhi Na Jao Chhodkar. So here it is from the original movie.
A little more helpful in hearing the song is this karaoke version so you can see the words as they’re sung. And this translation of the song in English (which kind of contradicts the explanation in the phone commercial) is also helpful in appreciating the song’s theme and beauty.
Having done all of that, I have to admit the versions I found didn’t really suit my taste and didn’t have the appeal of the little bit Ms. Setia sings in the commercial. Then in looking through random YouTube comments on related videos I found a lot of people talking about Shreya Ghoshal. I gather she’s a popular singer in India. She has a version of Abhi Na Jao Chhod Kar from a different, more recent movie, that is really worth hearing.