Video of the day: “Dum Maro Dum” from Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971) and my thoughts on those glasses

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Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971) tackles lots of evils floating over from Montreal to Kathmandu: drugs, short skirts, hippies, smoking, drinking and the effects of divorce. I prefer the Hindi word for divorce: talak! Sounds so much more harsh and final than the word divorce. Say it: Talak! Doesn’t that sound more like divorce than divorce? Zeenat Aman‘s little Jasbir is told by her maid that her mom and brother are really dead, in order for her to better understand their disappearance from her life after the talak. How thoughtful of her. But I’m getting ahead of myself! What caused the divorce, I mean the talak? The philandering father (Kishore Sahu) is the cause and he flips the whole script on his wife (Achala Sachdev), blaming her. He asks for the divorce after downing some Johnnie Walker, then slaps his wife. In the first few minutes I had a scene combining a tight slap to the face AND drinking Johnnie Walker! Observe these serious parenting errors:

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So back to what I was saying about the maid. I loved how the maid broke the news to Jasbir that her mom and brother were dead, except for they weren’t really dead. I guess the maid thought it would be easier on the kid to explain their absence by telling her they were dead. See those ugly glasses on the nightstand?

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And if those images don’t show just how harsh things were for little Jasbir, take a look at what she has to tolerate from her new step mom in a pink negligee:

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Isn’t if easy for to understand why Jasbir wants to change her name to Janice and become a hippie after all the trouble she faced in Montreal?

When I watched Hare Rama Hare Krishna I just couldn’t stop focusing on Zeenat Aman‘s character’s glasses. Jasbir/Janice was such a mess as a kid. I know she needed those glasses to see, but did they have to be so ugly? I don’t blame her for not wanting to wear them both literally and metaphorically. The glasses were obviously used to symbolize her not wanting to have to “see” her disruptive home life, right?

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Skip ahead to her time in India and she sports groovy glasses, rose colored glasses. With that turbulent past Janice needs to see her world through rose colored glasses or not at all. It made me wondered if the saying rose colored glasses exists in Hindi. Zeenat Aman wearing those big round rose colored specs reminded me of my Malibu Barbie. Both the movie and the Malibu Barbie came out in 1971. Janice wore those pink glasses on top of her head a lot, just like Malibu Barbie did.

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Hare Rama Hare Krishna is a 1971 Indian film directed by Dev Anand starring himself and Zeenat Aman. The film was a hit and a star-making vehicle for Zeenat Aman, who played a westernized hippie, and won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award, as well as the BFJA Award for Best Actress. The movie dealt with the decadence of the Hippie culture. It aimed to have an anti-drug message and also depicts some problems associated with Westernization such as divorce. The film is about a Montréal-based Indian family, the Jaiswals. The brother Prashant (Dev Anand) and sister Jasbir (Zeenat) have a good relationship as children. However, the parents quarrel and separate leaving Prashant with the mother and Jasbir with the father. Jasbir is repeatedly told that her mother and brother are dead and she eventually believes that she will never see Prashant again. She is ill-treated by her step mother and she runs away from home. Prashant grows up to be a pilot and he learns that Jasbir is in Kathmandu, Nepalwith a group of hippies. To reunite with his sister, Prashant travels to Kathmandu and meets Shanti (Mumtaz) who was to later marry him, and also Janice who in reality is his sister Jasbir with a new name and identity. She has forgotten her childhood and Prashant too. Prashant has to get his sister back amongst other events which include his being suspected as a thief in Kathmandu and fearing for his life. (wikipedia)

Philips Filum’s has an excellent synopsis of the movie, and Nandini already posted the most excellent song from the movie, Ho Re Ghungroo Ka Bole, featuring Mumtaz, who like Aman sported those fat yarn ribbons in her hair.

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Janice’s western ways and messed up childhood results in her drinking beer from a can:

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So finally, here’s the video of the day, “Asha Bhonsle won Filmfare Best Female Playback Award for the song Dum Maro Dum, which was a huge hit. The music of the film was composed by Rahul Dev Burman and the lyrics were written by Anand Bakshi.” (wikipedia)

Thanks to organicjerk for the video.

Since I love the talent shows, watch Shreya Ghoshal on Amul Star Voice of India’s Chhote Ustaad introduce Anwesha Dutta Gupta who covers the movie’s title track “Hare Rama Hare Krishna”

Video by dJabhik

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.

Video of the Day: “Main To Hoon Sab Ka” from Hatya (1988)

To honor Nandini’s commitment to more Govinda in 2008, today’s video is “Main To Hoon Sab Ka,” from Hatya (1988).

hat2493e.jpgHatya is a 1988 Bollywood thriller film directed by Kirti Kumar and starring Govinda, Neelam, and Anupam Kher. Govinda stars as Sagar, a wealthy but idle young man. Following a night of consuming much alcohol he finds a homeless and parentless young boy. He takes the boy home and learns that he is deaf and attempts to nurture him and names him Raja. Durin this time he meets neelam and they fall in love. However soon enough it appears that the mother of the boy now in his occupation was brutally murdered and Sagar is the suspect. It is now up to Sagar and his new love to prove his innocence.(wikipedia)

“Main To Hoon Sab Ka,” and thanks to commenter jay, I now can tell you that the playback singer is the film’s producer and Govinda’s brother, Kirti Kumar, and the music is by Bappi Lahiri.

 

Thanks to Genelia01 for the video.

And for a great collection of Govinda and more, check out texanqueen at YouTube.

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: “Tere Ishq Mein Nachenge” from Raja Hindustani (1996)

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

“Tere Ishq Mein Nachenge”

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: “Chalak Chalak” from Devdas, 2002, Sharabi!

200px-devdas.jpgMinnesota, our blog’s headquarters, has been ranked the “healthiest state” in the USA for the past several years in a row, but now Vermont tops Minnesota as healthiest in the nation. Minnesota lost its top place as the #1 healthiest state in the USA this week because of binge drinking! So let this video from Devdas (2002) honor our state’s fall from grace and act as a warning against the dangers of sharabi. It may look fun at first, but look how it ends! Jackie Shroff, Shahrukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit in “Chalak Chalak” –Music composed by Ismail Darbar, playback singers Udit Narayan, Vinod Rathod, Shreya Ghoshal. Wouldn’t you too want to party with Jackie Shroff?

 

Lyrics in Hindi & English

Video of the Day: Vyjayanthimala in Devdas, 1955 vs. Madhuri Dixit in Devdas, 2002

Let’s look at the Chandramukhi character from Devdas, 1955, and Devdas , 2002.dvd_2791.jpg

The 1955 version stars:

  • Dilip Kumar as Devdas
  • Vyjayanthimala as Chandramukhi
  • Motilal as Chunni Babu
  • Suchitra Sen as Parvati (Paro)
  • The 2002 version stars:

  • Shahrukh Khan: Devdas Mukherjee
  • Aishwarya Rai: Parvati “Paro”
  • Madhuri Dixit: Chandramukhi
  • Jackie Shroff: Chunnilal (“Chunnibabu”)
  • Childhood sweethearts, Devdas (Dilip Kumar) and Parvati or Paro (Suchitra Sen) grow up in a small village with a love-hate relationship which changes to love when they mature. Devdas comes from a very rich and wealthy family. His dad does not approve of his marriage or even any friendship with Paro, and sends him away to Calcutta. Disheartened Devdas gives up on his love, and Paro gets married to a much older man, who has a grown-up son and daughter. Devdas realises he is unable to give up his love for Paro and returns to the village, only to find that she is married. He returns to Calcutta and falls into bad company and alcohol. He is introduced to a dancer, Chandramukhi (Vyjayantimala), who adores him and falls hopelessly in love with him. Devdas in not aware of Chandramukhi’s affection and love for him, as most of his time is spent in a alcoholic stupor, and lust for Paro. (IMDB)

    Watch Vyjayanthimala perform “Ab Aage Teri Marzi,” from Devdas (1955) written by S.D. Burman and sung by Lata Mangeshkar:

    Thanks to Ajit4555 for the video.

    Now watch Madhuri Dixit in the same scene from Devdas (2002). “Kahe Chade Mohe,” sung by Kavita Krishnamurthy. Wouldn’t you want to party with Jackie Shroff too?

    Video of the Day- “Salaam-e-Ishq Meri Jaan” from Muqaddar Ka Sikander, 1978

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    Starring Amitabh Bachchan
    Vinod Khanna
    Raakhee
    Rekha
    Amjad Khan
    Music by Kalyanji Anandji

    Orphaned and abused at a very young age, a young boy faces the harsh side of life as he struggles to make a living by slaving day and night. He gets empathy from a little girl, Kaamna, in whose house he works. Her dad, Ramnath, does not like him, and asks him to leave. He is adopted by a Muslim woman, Fatima, who decides to name him Sikander. Shortlythereafter, Fatima dies, leaving young Sikander with the responsibility of looking after her daughter, Mehroo. Years later, Sikander has grown up (Amitabh Bachchan) and amassed a fortune by turning in smuggled goods to the police, and getting generous rewards. He has still not forgotten Kaamna (Raakhee) from his childhood. He finds out where she lives, and buys the house right opposite hers. He meets her, but she rejects him. He starts to drink and frequent a prostitute by the name of Zohrabai (Rekha). (wikipedia)

    Listen to playback singers Lata Mangeshkar & Kishore Kumar on this great joint! This is one great movie and this segment will give you just a hint of the greatness. Is Amitabh swigging Johnnie Walker in this number? Is he sharabi? I believe so.

    Thanks to  scenary92  for the youtube video.

    Sing along!

    ishkawaalon se naa poochho, ke un kee raat kaa aalam
    tanahaa kaise gujarataa hai
    judaa ho humasafar jis kaa, wo us ko yaad karataa hai
    naa ho jis kaa koee wo milane kee fayraad karataa haisalaama-ye-ishk meree jaan, jaraa kabool kar lo
    tum hum se pyaar karane kee jaraa see bhool kar lo
    meraa dil bechain hain humasafar ke liye
    mai sunaaoo tumhe baat yek raat kee
    chaand bhee apanee pooree jawaanee pe thaa
    dil mein tufaan thaa, yek aramaan thaa
    dil kaa tufaan apanee rawaanee pe thaa
    yek baadal udhar se chalaa zoom ke
    dekhate dekhate chaand par chhaa gayaa
    chaand bhee kho gayaa us kee aagosh me
    uf ye kyaa ho gayaa josh hee josh me
    meraa dil tadapaa, kisee kee najar ke liye
    is ke aage kee ab daasataa muz se sun
    sun ke teree najar dabadabaa jaayegee
    baat dil kee jo ab tak tere dil mein thee
    meraa daawaa hain honthhon pe aa jaayegee
    too maseehaa mohabbat ke maaron kaa hai
    hum teraa naam sun ke chale aaye hai
    ab dawaa de humei yaa too de de jahar
    teree mahafeel mein ye dil jale aaye hai
    yek yehasaan kar, apane mehumaan par
    apane mehumaan par, yek yehasaan kar
    de duwaayen tuze umarbhar ke liye

    (lyrics from mp3000.net)

    Video of the Day: from “Dance Dance” (1987)

    Have you ever seen Dance Dance (1987) ?dancedancedvd1.jpg  I was inspired by this movie to choose the name “Sita” for myself after watching how his mother survived after being banished into the forest.

    Radha (Smita Patil) and Ramu (Mithun Chakraborty) are siblings. Their parents Shyam and Sita (Sarla Yeolekar) are singers. Once, Shyam and Sita go to perform in Jalpaiguri to get some money, since they are in a poor status and they have to pay a monthly rent. While performing in Jalpaiguri, Sita catchs the eye of a rich and powerful man called A.M. Singh (Amrish Puri). He stops them in the mid way home, kills Shyam and rapes Sita. Radha and Ramu get the news that their parents are dead. The house proprietor banishes them and they become homeless. Years later, Radha and Ramu have achieved success and are popular singers now. Ramu falls in love with Janita (Mandakini) and Radha gets married to Resham (Shakti Kapoor), who is their troupe member. They all sing and perform together. However, Resham becomes different and strange…(wikepedia)

    Watch  Mithun Chakraborty  dance here with Mandakini and his character has no idea his long lost mother, Sita, is watching from the sidelines:

    and here’s another video from the same movie, this time Romeo is sharabi, and there are some tight slaps to the face: