Video of the Day: “Intehaan Ho Gayi Intezaar Ki” from Sharaabi (1984)

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Happy New Year’s Eve!  Just think, It’s already 2008 in Bollywood! Sita-ji will be rockin’ in New Year’s Eve doing a jigsaw puzzle and listening to a book on tape because she doesn’t have a Bollywood movie on hand. Tomorrow she will head south of the border to look for signs of Bollywood in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  Nandini is making her way around the globe from Asia, perhaps flying over Bollywood right now!  BFC  believes that the scene in today’s video “Intehaan Ho Gayi Intezaar Ki,” shows how some may be celebrating the New Year.  It’s from the movie Sharaabi .

Sharaabi(English: Drunkard) is a 1984 Indian Hindi movie produced and directed by Prakash Mehra. This was Prakash Mehra’s last hit and sixth in a row with Amitabh, the other five being Zanjeer, Hera Pheri, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, Laawaris and Namak Halaal. He did subsequently make Jaadugar with Amitabh but the film did not click. The movie stars Amitabh and Jaya Prada with Pran and Om Prakash along with Bharat Bhushan and Ranjeet The music was given by Bappi Lahiri. Vicky Kapoor, the only son of multi-millionaire industrialist, Amarnath, grows up to be an alcoholic, a spolit brat albeit with a good heart. Amarnath has detached himself completely from Vicky’s life, and provides him money in lieu of affection and care, living this to be taken care off by Munshi Phoolchand. Vicky is very resentful of being ignored by his dad in this manner, and leaves no stone unturned to mock and belittle him at every available opportunity. Amarnath hopes to get his son married, but Vicky loves the daughter of a poor blind man, Meena, which is not acceptable to Amarnath. One day Amarnath decides he has had enough and decides to turn Vicky out of his house. He has him sign waivers, and asks him to get out, which Vicky does so. While Vicky is relieved of being freed from his dad’s control, the question remains that with no skills at making a living, how is Vicky to survive in a cold-hearted world? (wikipedia)

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Now watch Amitabh and Jaya Prada in “Intehaan Ho Gayi Intezaar Ki,” with music by Bappi Lahiri and playback singers Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle.

Thanks to Manmoonnaaa for the video!

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Happy 2008! See you next year yaaro!

Video of the Day: “Kannalanae” from Bombay (1995)

Today’s song is “Kannalanae” from Bombay (1995). I remember seeing this film and thinking in the music numbers the lips weren’t matching what they were singing and that Manisha Koirala should really work on her lip syncing skills.  I then much later realized that they were singing (or pretending to sing) in Tamil, and the movie was dubbed into Hindi. Duh! Of course I fell for Arvind Swamy  after seeing this movie. Didn’t you?

bombay.gifBombay (1995) is an award-winning Tamil feature film drama directed by Mani Ratnam, starring Arvind Swamy and Manisha Koirala, with music composed by A. R. Rahman. The film met with a strong reception upon release. The film is centred on events, particularly during the period of December 1992 to January 1993 in India, and the controversy surrounding the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. Increased religious tensions in the city of Bombay (now Mumbai) led to riots. Shekhar (Arvind Swamy) is the son of traditional Hindu parents. He is studying journalism in Bombay and returns to his village where he comes across Shaila Bano, (Manisha Koirala), a Muslim schoolgirl. The story revolves around their relationship in the midst of religious tension. The film caused huge controversy upon release in India and abroad, for its depiction of inter-religious relations. Well received critically and commercially, it was screened at many international film festivals including the Philadelphia Film Festival in 1996 where it was an audience favourite.It was subsequently dubbed in Hindi and Telugu. The film was banned in Singapore, Pakistan and Malaysia upon release. (wikipedia)

“Kannalanae” with playback singer K. S. Chithra, I think that this is the Tamil version, maybe tomorrow I’ll add the Hindi version titled “Kehna hi kya,” or do I have that the other way around?

Thanks to aruhten  for the video.

For about the film, check out The Bolly Blog’s review HERE.

Video of the Day: “Music Release of Taare Zameen Par by Shammi Kapoor” and my musings on the movie.

 

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blackboardjunglebsm.jpgI finally went to see Taare Zameen Par (2007) tonight. I won’t review the movie, just give you a few thoughts. I don’t like teacher-hero themed movies.  Perhaps it’s because I’m a teacher by trade, and a special ed. teacher in an inner-city school at that. So when people find out my job I usually hear them gush, “Oh that’s soo great!  You must be soooo patient, that’s sooo nice!” And in Hindi I think to myself, “Bas!”  So I just laugh off movies like Dangerous Minds (1995), and that one where the black principal walks around with a baseball bat, forget the name, or the one where the Latino teacher teaches the eses physics and other smart stuff.  There are a couple exceptions though, I like To Sir, with Love (1966)  and  Blackboard Jungle (1955).  I  remember last fall when  Freedom Writers (2007) came out we could get free tickets as teachers.  The principal tentatively asked if some of us teachers planned to go and we all burst out laughing and said, “NO!”  But Bollywood is a different story. We know Bollywood can be shamelessly sentimental, and melodramatic, and so are most teacher-hero movies, so I wondered about how I’d respond to Taare Zameen Par, because after all it’s a teacher-hero flick. Would the theme I detest be balanced out because it’s Bollywood?  Well I cried immediately and continued to cry through most of the movie.  I knew I was being taken for a ride, but I gave in.   I felt like A. R. Rahman was sitting right next to me playing his heavenly sentimental music the whole while.  That’s how much I cried!  The main character, Darsheel Safary, is beautiful. Half way into the movie, when Aamir Khan finally appeared, he wore lots of cool designer jeans.  I loved the scene where Aamir is breaking down dyslexia to the boy’s parents.  The dad says, “You think mere beta retarded hai? Abnormal hai?”  Loved the pageant at the special needs school “Tulips,” with the Down syndrome kid in sequins.  Loved it!

mihirbose_bollywood.jpgAfter the movie I went over to Barnes & Noble to buy Bollywood: A History by Mihir Bose because I’ve checked it out of the library twice, and decided I must have my very own copy. A couple people in line seemed to look askance at me.  I thought it was odd, until I went in the bathroom and saw myself in the mirror, looking like I’d been crying for 3 hours, because I HAD BEEN!  They maybe thought poor Sita-ji was a victim of extreme holiday blues, or a death in the family, or maybe even domestic violence or a tragic breakup.  But it was simply the impact of Aamir Khan.  How could I explain that?  Impossible!  So don’t go public after the movie, lay low.

I loved the title song,  “Taare Zameen Par,” with playback singer  Shankar Mahadevan, composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, lyrics by Prasoon Joshi, click here to listen.

Finally, today’s video “Music Release – Taare Zameen Par by Shammi Kapoor,” thanks to YouTuber hijackchirag : 

Video of the Day: “Tere Ishq Mein Nachenge” from Raja Hindustani (1996)

johnniewalker.jpgJust like yesterday’s video, here’s another from Raja Hindustani (1996):

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The song is set at a party where Raj (Aamir Khan) is feeling mighty low and drinks away his shame of being from the wrong side of the tracks. Eventually after consuming some J&B whiskey, he starts drinking Johnnie Walker, Red Label at first, but then it switches to Black Label, which is one of the things I love finding in Bollywood movies: Characters drinking Johnnie Walker! And as all you fans of the genre already know, drinking Johnnie Walker is as common as seeing a dance contest, hearing “Happy Birthday” sung, or people getting a tight slap to the face in Bollywood films. Yet another one of its many, many charms!

See, first the J&B, then the Johnnie Walker:

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Of couse BollyWHAT? already has a great Synopsisof this scene:

At Aarti’s stepmother’s request, they go to Mumbai to celebrate Aarti and her father’s joint birthday. (Aarti’s stepmother is scheming to find a way to keep all the wealth in her own hands.) Shalini tricks Aarti into giving Raja a tuxedo and lying about where it came from (at Shalini’s suggestion, she tells Raja she saved up and bought it herself). Later, at the party, Shalini’s nephew tells Raja that it is actually his tuxedo, and Aarti gave it to Raja because she didn’t want to be shamed by his shabby clothing. Raja gets drunk and embarrasses Aarti horribly, and then raises his hand to her father, a slight which she cannot forgive and which leads her to cast him out from her home. (Fun fact: Aamir Khan, who is not in the habit of drinking, consumed almost a liter of vodka before the filming of the song in this sequence, “Tere Ishq Mein Nachenge.”) (Thanks BollyWHAT?)

rajahindustani.jpgThis scene features most of the movie’s cast: Aamir Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Suresh Oberoi, Archana Puran Singh, Pramod Muthu and a lot of extras and dancers. Boy wouldn’t it have been fun to play one of the extras?

And now “Tere Ishq Mein Nachenge,” with music by Nadeem Sharavan, Lyrics by Sameer, and playback singers Kumar Sanu, Alisha Chinai, and Sapna Mukherjhee.

 

“I’ll dance around in your love!”

Lyrics in Hindi and English from BollyWhat?

Video of the Day: “Pardesi Pardesi” from Raja Hindustani (1996)

Today’s video is the song,“Pardesi Pardesi” from Raja Hindustani (1996). First off here’s a bit about the movie:

raja.jpgRaja Hindustani (1996). (Hindi: राजा हिंदुस्तानी, Urdu: راجا ہندوستانی) is a 1996 Bollywood film directed by Dharmesh Darshan. It is a tale of cab driver from a small town who falls in love with a rich girl. Aamir Khan and Karisma Kapoor play the lead roles. The film became a box office hit. Its theme is similar to the 1960s hit Jab Jab Phool Khile starring Nanda and Shashi Kapoor. Two people from opposite socio-economic backgrounds fall in love and get married against the girl’s family’s wishes. The girl’s family then conspires to create a rift between the couple by exploiting the boy’s jealous, short-tempered nature. Wealthy Mr Sehgal (Suresh Oberoi) lives with his daughter, Aarti (Karisma Kapoor), and her stepmother Shalini (Archana Puran Singh) in a palatial home. Aarti wants to go for a vacation to a small hill station named Palankhet where her parents had met for the first time. Once there, she meets with taxi-driver Raja Hindustani (Aamir Khan), and after a short period of time, both fall in love with each other, and get married without Mr. Sehgal’s blessings. Eventually, Mr Sehgal forgives his daughter, and invites both newlyweds to his palatial home, not knowing that his wife, her brother, Swaraj (Pramod Moutho), and her nephew Jai (Mohnish Behl) have plans for him and his daughter that will change their lives forever. (wikipedia)

The movie stars Aamir Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Suresh Oberoi, Johnny Lever, Nevneet Nishan, Veeru Krishnan, Archana Puran Singh, Pramod Muthu, and the young Kunal Khemu. Kalpana Iyer and Pratibha Sinha are the roadside dancers in this clip of “Pardesi Pardesi.” The drunken-sharabi one, Kalpana Iyer, shows up in my internet research as the paramour of the married Amjad Khan! Her wikipedia link says, “Kalpana has been rumoured to have a live-in relationship with Bollywood villain, Amjad Khan until his death in 1992.”

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Well she is pretty hot and scary at the same time.

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I bet after seeing these screen images you can understand why I can’t get “Pardesi Pardesi” or the movie out of my head. The playback singers of the version here are Udit Narayan , Sapna Awasthi, and Alka Yagnik. There’s also a version of Pardesi Pardesiwith Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik as the playback singers. Enjoy and beware, this song may temporarily take over your brain!

“Foreigner, foreigner, don’t go and leave me. Foreigner, my friend, keep your promise! Remember me, don’t forget somehow!”

Thanks for the YouTube video chandaliali

LYRICS in Hindi and English and synopsis thanks to BollyWhat?

For more stills and a review about this great film click HERE.

For a bit of chugli on Karisma, read this blog entry: “The Real Pardesi

Video of the Day: “Yeh Dosti” from Sholay (1975) in honor of veteran Bollywood filmmaker G.P. Sippy, dead at age 93

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Veteran Bollywood filmmaker G.P. Sippy dies at age 93.

Here’s a video about his life and his passing.

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G.P. Sippy cremated Mumbai (PTI): Veteran Bollywood producer-director G P Sippy, who had become a household name with his 1975 blockbuster “Sholay”, was cremated here on wednesday. Sippy, who died on Tuesday night, was cremated at 11.45 am at the electric crematorium in Chandanwadi, Marine Lines. His family members and close relatives were present for the funeral. 93-year-old Sippy was suffering from age-related ailments for past few months. A scion of a rich Sindhi family, Sippy’s career got to a flying start with the film “Marine Drive” (1955) and went on to produce “Adl-e-e-Jahangir” with Pradeep Kumar, Meena Kumari and Durga Khote as its star cast, in the same year. The 50s and 60s was a hectic time for Sippy, with his banner producing and directing flicks like “Shrimati 420,” “Chandrakant,” “Light House,” “Bhai Behan” and “Andaaz”. In 1972, Sippy, along with son Ramesh, made super hit “Seeta aur Geeta” with Hema Malini in a double role. However, the movie for which he will be always remembered is “Sholay” which boasted of an impressive star cast that included Sanjeev Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Hema Malini and Dharmendra. Later on, he also produced films like “Saagar” (1985), “Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman” (1992), “Aatish” (1992), “Zamaana Deewana” (1995) which were also well-received by the audience. Sippy was the chairman of the Film and TV Producers Guild of India on four occasions in the 70s, 80s and 90s. He also bagged the Filmfare awards in 1968 and 1982. (The Hindu)

To honor G.P. Sippy‘s life, our video today is from his massive hit movie, Sholay, starring Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Sanjeev Kumar, Jaya Bhaduri and Amjad Khan. The song is “Yeh Dosti” by R. D. Burman, sung by Kishore Kumar and Manna Dey.

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Watch the good dosto, Amitabh and Dharmendra here:

Thanks to elitesurfer for the YouTube video.

LYRICS in Hindi with English translation

Video of the Day: Merry Christmas Bollywood style! from Kalicharan (1976)

For Holiday Wishes of All the Best from The BollywoodFoodClub click here, it’s worth the wait!

Searching the internet with the light of Rudoplh’s nose and found the perfect video prepared for you by Poptique of Youtube, and may I quote:

kalicapture05.jpgHello, Poptique here. This is the kind of Christmas Party I like best – funky themes from Kalyanji Anandji, a Mariachi band with toy space-guns, nefarious gangsters up to no good and best of all the legendary H-bomb groovin’ away in a festive dance number to beat them all! Keep watching for a surprise special guest…The clip this comes from the 1976 Hindi action-thriller KALICHARAN available on VCD from Ultraindia. It’s been uploaded for review purposes at www.poptique.blogspot.com – if you enjoyed the clip please consider purchasing the VCD from www.ultraindia.com


 
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! A Bollywood ChristmasHelen & Festive Guests in Kalicharan (1976):

Video of the Day: “Munbe Vaa” from Sillunu Oru Kaadhal (2006)

Today’s video is the song “Munbe Vaa” from the movie Sillunu Oru Kaadhal starring Surya, Jyothika Saravanan and Bhoomika Chawla.

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Right from childhood Kundavi has been brought up in a small village called Ambasamudram. She has two good friends right from school and one day both of her friends got married and leave. Kundavi’s father then fixes up her marriage with Goutham (Surya). Both look gloomy and dull during the wedding. Then the scene drifts to a period after six years in Bombay where they have 5 year old daughter and live as a happily married couple. Goutham works as a chief mechanic and he designs a new function for the car and he gets to go to New York for a short period. During this time, Jyothika somehow catches hold of Goutham’s old diary during his college days and the story goes back showing Goutham as a college wiz kid. In college, he was the popular guy who gets attracted to Aishu (Bhoomika Chawla), a local MP‘s daughter. Gautham and Aishu fall in love and they decided to get married. At the registrar’s office after Gautham ties the thali, Aishu’s father and his men beat him up and takes Aishu away. At the end of the diary, Goutham had written a note that basically said “if I have one wish, it would be to live with Aishu happily at least for one day.”From flashback, the scene now turns to the present as Goutham comes back from New York and finds his wife changed. She works late and avoids him. At this point, Kundavi goes and finds out Gautham’s lost love Aishu. Aishu has changed to a western clad modern girl in contrast to the salwar kameez girl in college. Kundavi tells Aishu to come over to her house and she tells her husband that he should live happily with Aishu for a day. Half heartedly though, Kundavi leaves her husband and goes. What happens in this one day forms the rest of the story. (wikipedia)

I’d sure love to see this movie! Any English subtitles? This is my Christmas wish: Tamil speaking people of Kollywood, I beg you, please subtitle your movies in English, like the kind people of Bollywood do! Must I learn Tamil to partake of your movies?  (Yes, I know some of the Tamil movies DO have English subtitles, but not as many as Bollywood.)

I LOVE this song! I love Shreya Ghoshal‘s voice!

Music composed by A.R. Rahman, with lyrics by Vali, playback singers, Naresh Iyer & Shreya Ghoshal. (Selected as Best Song of The Year 2006)

Thanks to rajhanish for the YouTube video. Lyrics in Tamil, sorry no English translation yet. Here’s a good blog about the movie.

p.s. It’s August 30, 2008, and I finally watched Sillunu Oru Kaadhal, and of course easily found an English subtitled version at Netflix. I really enjoyed it!

Video of the Day: Amanat Ali singing “Ajab Si” from Om Shanti Om on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007

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I loved this song “Ajab Si” originally performed by playback singer Kay Kay, lyrics by Vishal Dadlani,  from the 2007 movie Om Shanti Om.  I’ve tried to upload the song from the actual the movie here, but noticed the videos keep getting removed from youtube once they’re up, due to copyright infringment. This one video of the song has remained because it’s not from the actual movie, but from the show  Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007. I must make the point that India kicks our collective American asses in the music competition shows, like Idea Star Singer and  SRGMP .  The Indian shows have better sets, better themes, a better respectful and often weeping audience, and judges who actually listen to the singers on headphones!  They have raised the bar indeed. I want American Idol outsourced! Here contestant Amanat Ali  performs “Ajab Si” for guest judges from OSO: producer Farah Khan, actors Shreyas Talpade and Deepika Padukone, and the song’s writers, Vishal-Shekhar

AMANAT ALI, a contestant of the Zee TV Sa Re Ga Ma Pa musical show, brought tears not only in the eyes of all the judges and guest stars present there in the show, but also in the eyes of all television viewers with his song “Tujh se Naaraaz Nahi Zindagi” from the movie Masoom. His soulful song absolutely mesmerized everybody. (amanatali.net)

deepika.jpgHere Ali brings tears to Deepika as he sings the beautiful “Ajab Si” and she is so moved by the intensity of the emotion he evokes that she must remove her headphones. Enjoy how Farah Khan tells Ali, “You are looking so much like Shah Rukh Khan.”

 

Thanks to zagoo2000  for the Youtube video!

Lyrics in Hindi with English translation.

For some more Amanat on BFC, click HERE.