Video of the Day: “Haan Ji Haan Maine Sharaab Pi Hai” from Seeta Aur Geeta (1972)


Like Nandini described in yesterday’s post, I’ve also had a blockbuster week of watching Bollywood movies. In the past week I’ve seen, Debshishu, King Uncle, Haathi Mere Saathi, Amar Akbar Anthony, Cheeni Kum, Guide, Seeta aur Geeta, and Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander. It’s a rather bizarre mix of flicks. I’m drunk on this Bollywood binge, so today’s video fits the bill: “Haan Ji Haan Maine Sharaab Pi Hai” from Seeta aur Geeta. seeta_aur_geeta_1972_film_poster.jpg

Seeta aur Geeta (सीता औरगीता) is a 1972 Hindi film directed by Ramesh Sippy. The story is by Salim-Javed and the music by R.D. Burman. The story is about identical twins (played by Hema Malini) who are separated at birth and grow up with different temperaments. The twins then swap places (like The Prince and the Pauper). Hema’s two partners in the movie are played by Dharmendra and Sanjeev Kumar. Manorama excels in her role as the evil aunt who changes her tune after her arm is twisted (literally). (wikipedia)

Filmi geek has a nice write up on the movie. “Haan Ji Haan Maine Sharaab Pi Hai,” is sung by Lata Mangeshkar, with music by R.D.Burman, and lyrics by Anand Bakshi.

UsherRed‘s YouTube video is dubbed in Russian, which adds another layer to its already great appeal. In this clip poor Geeta, is set to get married, and is scheming to get out of it because she’s guilty that her fiancé mistakenly thinks she’s really Seeta. She trys to imagine the worst case senario, which involves a tight slap to the face, and wiggles her way out of that situation, or does she? Here’s how she figures she’ll be able to sidestep the shaadi:

I’m particularly fond of this scene because I had a pair of white patten leather go-go boots I wore when I was about five years old, just like Hema is sporting here.   It’s also impressive that she never spills even a drop of her sharaab in this scene.

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