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.”


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





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

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

  1. Indeed a wonderful film and an excellent song. Every single person I know who has watched this movie thinks this song is one of the best not only of the movie, but of the decade, which I find very interesting. I really liked the song ‘Aaye ho meri zindagi mein’ from this movie, but as you say, the dialog involved in Pardesi, and the juncture of the movie in which it appears, makes this one for the ages.

  2. ajnabi,
    Karisma HAD to wear the sunglasses to hide her true love for Raja. They had just been totally embarassed by the kiss they’d shared the day before AND the fact that they were from 2 different worlds and they had to part ways. The eyes would have revealed so much pain in her heart and soul, so she had to cover them with the glasses. They served to hide her vunerability to Raja’s love shakti. :)
    I can’t wait until you see this movie one day and report back on your blog.

  3. Thats is one of the beautiful songs of 90’s. It has all the subjects , “Vafa”, “Bewafai”, “Darr”, “Pyar”, “Passion”, and most sensitive” Judai

    • Rag Tiwari-ji,
      Thanks for stopping in to comment. Yes this film really did have all those elements. I never thought of it from that perspective. I think that’s why it’s so good.

  4. I love this song to pieces, almost entirely because of Kalpana Iyer. I was googling to figure out who she was, and voila, all roads lead to sita-ji. Which is fitting: while I was rewatching the video, I was obsessively trying to tell if she was downing Johnny Walker, but I think it’s some knock-off in a round bottle.
    Anyway, Kalpana’s character continues to be one of my favorite vamps Hindi film. (Plus she reminds me of Jerri Blank, Amy Sedaris’ character in Strangers with Candy, and you could do worse than to be the Jerri Blank of Bollywood.)

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