Archive for October, 2007

Happy Late Birthday Mr. Bachchan.  Your birthday was yesterday and it simply slipped my mind.amitabh_birthday667.jpg

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and check out this wonderful site dedicated to Big B.:





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From Taal (1999),  Ishq Bina”taal.jpg sung by Madhushree, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Sonu Nigam and A.R. Rahman, Composed by A. R. Rahman, and lyrics by Anand Bakshi. Our bad guy in yesterday’s video of the day, Amrish Puri,  also played a bad, bad man in Taal.

Akshaye Khanna‘s character shows he can get down on the Muslim tip, impressing Aishwarya Rai‘s character.

Anil Kapoor plays a P. Diddy music producer role in the movie.

What is significant here comes at the clip’s end: a very hot, sexy scene involving sharing a coke and a smile. Very hot!

Read Philip’sfil-ums great write up about Taal  HERE.




Ishq Bina” lyrics in Hindi with English translation

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So I thank you for figuring it out that Sarla Yeolekar played Sita in Dance Dance, so I search her naam and find this and read a fabulous review of the movie Farz, written by a kindred spirit! This author is a genius, just read a short excerpt from the 10-2-07 post:

“It’s especially odd to me, though hardly surprising, that so much of what is written about Indian cinema in English is so bland and academic when the cinema itself is so dedicated to populist approval, melodrama, and celebration. If anything, this dedication to eliminating the popcorn film severely limits the quality and variety of discussion, and thus our understanding as a whole, in deference to making everyone think the history of Indian cinema is comprised entirely of Mother India, The World of Apu, Deewar, and Devdas (and Disco Dancer, of course). Plenty to write about many stars, yet almost none of the books so much as mention Mithun Chakraborty, though he was wildly popular (and continues to be one of Teleport City’s most popular search terms). I mean, you don’t have to praise the guy, but pretending a huge hunk of popular cinema doesn’t exist just because it doesn’t jibe with some overly romanticized and over-intellectualized delusion of what an industry is hardly sounds like solid historical work to me. Somewhere, a spirited, good-natured book about crazy Bollywood action films, swank spy movies, and horror films is waiting to be written. And Mithun will be on the god-damned cover, baby!” farz.jpg

OK, let me include a bit more,

“And while the world of print may still be thin (disregarding all the celebrity gossip tabloids), there have been several exceptional Bollywood related film review sites launched over the past few years (including two — View from the Brooklyn Bridge and The Bollybob Societythat spend a healthy amount of time on cult films from the 60s and 70s — and thanks to an obsession with Sashi Kapoor and an admirable respect for swanky 60s fashion, Beth Loves Bollywood is on board as well, even if she sticks to the romantic movies instead of stuff full of spies and mummies). “

Ok, so I didn’t include any of the parts about Farz, except here, Farz was India’s first real attempt at making a James Bond style espionage thriller, but if you want to read about this 1967 film,” for more follow the link.

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We discussed Dance Dance in yesterday’s post, but that’s not enough! I must add more. WOW! Look what happens in the opening credits of  Dance Dance ! First there’s the fabulous song, “Zooby Zooby Zooby” sung by playback singer, Alisha Chinoy AKA the “Indian Madonna”, and currently a judge on “Indian Idol 3.” Who is the actress that plays Sita?  Look at the evil A.M. Singh, played by Amrish Puri. Look at the special powers ring he wears! All this in the opening credits! And some say they don’t have time for Bollywood! Forgive them father, they know not what they say, they hath not seen the opening credits for  Dance Dance .

and the bummer re-mix, part II of “Zooby Zooby Zooby,” after Sita is kidnapped! Sing along with the lyrics!

For a bit more about the movie, click HERE.

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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:

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Let’s check out Mandakini again in Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985), this time in “Sun Sahiba Sun!” 

This movie was great! “Sun sahiba sun, pyaar ki dun (Listen sir, to a love story)” – Sung when Ganga is declaring her love for her future husband. And if you’re so inclinded to sign along with playback singer, Lata Mangeshkar here are the lyrics.


Does anyone else think Mandakini resembles Melissa Sue Anderson who played Mary Ingalls on “Little House on the Prarie”?

We saw Mandakini earlier in the month HERE.




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“The great Indian cinema industry has been incorporating song and dance sequences around the story line to attract and entertain audiences.”

Read all about it here: http://narthaki.com/info/articles/art124.html

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 Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985),  (literally translated into English as “Rama your Ganges has become dirty”)  What a hot movie! For an indepth analysis please check out Philip’sfil-ums.

This is a story of a young man from Kolkata, who falls in love with a very innocent girl in mountains and marries her. Before leaving for Kolkata, he promised that he will come back to get her. Unfortunately, he never returned due to family barriers. The girl becomes mother of his child and finally she decides to search her husband. The girl, who is named Ganga, travels from Gangotri to Kolkata to find him (this is also the real path the Ganges river takes). On the way, she only meets sinful and bad people. Though she left Gangotri, innocent and clean (like the Ganges river), her journey has led her into the path of people who try to exploit her for her beauty.  Cultural allusions: The movie is an allegory that “synthesizes classical and mythic narrative, soft-core political and social commentary (here condemning the corruption of politicians and capitalists and championing the nascent environmental initiatives of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi). The narrative recapitulates the Abhijñānaśākuntalam story—that first appeared in the epic Mahabharata in perhaps the 3rd or 2nd century BCE and then was reworked, some six hundred years later, by the poet Kalidasa.” (wikipedia)

Watch “Ram Teri Ganga Maili Ho Gayi.”  “Rama Teri ganga maili ho gayi papiyon ke paap dhote dhote (Rama your Ganges has become dirty by cleaning the sins of sinful people)”

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