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Fiza (2000) is concisely described at IMDB here: In 1993 Fiza’s brother disappears during the riots in Mumbai. In 1999 Fiza is tired of waiting and goes looking for him. But there’s a little more to it than this, since when he’s gone he becomes a TERRORIST!  And this makes me think, can I write the word terrorist without being put on some kind of a watch list?  I’ll let you know.  I suppose the movie’s poster hints at what happened to the lost brother.

Fiza (Hindi: फ़िज़, Urdu: ﻓﻀﺎ) is a 2000 Indian film written and directed by Khalid Mohammed.  The film stars Karisma Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan and Jaya Bachchan. Although the film failed at the box office, it was well acclaimed by critics. Originally Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan were supposed to have cameo appearances, but their scenes were removed due to considerations about the length of the running time. The film is about Fiza (Karisma Kapoor), whose brother, Amaan (Hrithik Roshan), disappears during the 1993 Mumbai riots. Fiza and her mother Nishatbi (Jaya Bachchan) desperately hold on to the hope that one day he will return. However, six years after his disappearance, Fiza, fed up with living with uncertainty, resolves to go in search of her brother. Driven by her mother Nishatbi’s fervent hope and her own determination, Fiza decides to use whatever means she can—the law, media, even politicians—to find her brother, which brings her into contact with various characters and situations.  When she does find him, to her horror she sees that he has joined a terrorist group!!!!! (source)

One of the first gorgeous songs in the film is Piya Haji Ali by A.R. Rahman (who will be embarking on a world tour this year) which plays as we see the stunning views of  Haji Ali Dargah Mosque in Mumbai. All the music from the film is composed by Anu Malik.

The Filmfare for Best Actress went to Karisma Kapoor, and Best Supporting Actress went to Jaya Bachchan for their performances in Fiza. I always enjoy the intensity Karisma Kapoor brings to her characters, and for my tastes, the more hysterical the better!  Kapoor has plenty of opportunities to be her most animated and outraged best in portraying Fiza.

Fiza is fietsy and surly as it is, but she’s put on edge even more than usual since the ’93 bombings, and the fact that her brother has mysteriously vanished.  Her mother (Jaya) processes her grief over her missing son differently than Fiza and she’s trapped somewhere between denial and faith, but Fiza’s frustrations are manifested in her acting out more than is acceptable for a nice Muslim girl.  Her mom gently warns her about this…

Fiza sometimes goes out to the club and on one occasion she seems to attempt to pick a fight through a dance. It’s been a while since I’ve seen the film, but I’m sorry to report that I think this was a girl fight over a guy.  I hate to see the ladies stoop so low, but hota hai.

Here she is in the club about to show her dance/fight moves. It’s like she’s a hybrid Capoeira master, Bollywood style. It’s one of those item numbers that makes you think What on earth am I watching and why? In other words the type I love most! Not a lot of people know this, but I choreographed this number:

Fiza has a fiery personality as it is, but too often she is pushed to the limit and her very sharp tongue and tantrums are justified.  There are some scoundrels who follow her making lewd comments and generally sexually harass her;  as they say in India they are eve teasing. Isn’t that a crazy term, twisting the fault back to the woman?

Idiots!  They go to a further level at  taunt her with threats of throwing some acid at her.   Look how casually these n’er do wells toss up the acid bottle here:Well, boys will be boys afterall, (kidding) and nobody messes with the Fiza, and she just snatches the  bottle of acid, taking control of the situation!

If Fiza can speak her mind in the face of extreme harassment, have cool nightclub dance challenges, can’t she go to infiltrate some top-secret terrorist group to try to find her missing brother? YES SHE CAN! So she sheds her salwar kameez and puts on her polar fleece jacket, some acid wash jeans, and her backpack and heads Kashmir or where ever they train terrorists, to handle things! Does she have time to buy a puppet?  NO!

After slipping on her high waisted, acid wash jeans, Fiza happens upon Shusmita Sen grooving out to Mehboob Mere, with playback singers Sunidhi Chauhan and Karsan Sargathia.  I was listening to  Curry Smuggler’s podcast last week, and they made reference to the film, which reminded me that in my ever-growing backlog of movie screen caps, I had several images from Fiza.  This was reminder enough to help get to posting about it. It’s the eclectic mash-up of  Mehboob Mere with Slave 4 U by Britney Spears (which was based on Nasty Girl by Vanity 6 ) that reminded me to do this post.  You can find that HERE: episode 2 track 4.

Fast forward to find that Fiza locates her radicalized brother outside of a gift shop.

Fiza brings her brother back to Mumbai, but he’s different, sort of stressed out and tense since he’s an undercover terrorist! Mom tries to help him out by taking him to a relaxation/friendship group in the park called the Ha Hi Hi club, lead by Johnny Lever. I think a better naam for the club would have been The LOL club.

I hope you’ve enjoyed some of the more peculiar screen caps I found from Fiza and I’d love to hear about your impressions and memories of the film.  I will always take a screen cap when I see the word melodious, so I’ll leave you with this one from Fiza:

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I’m still working on uploading my photos from my recent trip to Mother India and I’ll post a link to them soon. In the meantime I’d like to share the filmi related photos from the trip. This first photo I’ve included here may not appear too filmi, yet it is and I’ll tell you why. Have you seen the classic film Deewaar? If so, wouldn’t you think of the wild factory fight scene from the film if you found yourself in any type of factory or warehouse in India? I know I did! In case you need to be reminded, here’s that scene:

india0809-3412 Here I am touring Noni’s factory in Ludhiana. His favorite actor is Sunny Deol. Noni spoke of high thinking and simple living and did not attempt to fight me in the factory, which is always a possibility for any fan of Sunny Deol, who is really a fighter on screen. Instead of fighting, he was a very gracious host, yet after seeing so many fight scenes in factories in Bollywood films, I had to be prepared. I look all peaceful here, but if need be, I would have taken him down along with all the workers! Believe that! O.K, not really.

The Bollywood star who I saw the most on billboards during my trip was Abhishek Bachchan. He was advertising a cell phone company and these billboards were everywhere:

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 Sometimes there were just billboards of Abi scowling, like this one. Grrrrrrrr:

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Karisma (look hard and you can see her in the top left of the photo) and Kareena, were also being used to endorse beauty salons and crackers, as in the small explosive devices. Somehow I don’t think the Kapoor sisters were aware of their images being used here.

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Finally, I found Shilpa Shetty selling Vodka. Isn’t that rather racy for India? From afar I thought it was an ad for perfume, or maybe some kind of energy drink, but closer inspection revealed it was for vodka! Can a nice Indian girl endorse liquor?

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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?

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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

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“Koi Ladki Hai”  with playback singers– Lata Mangeshkar, and Udit Narayan from Dil To Pagal Hai (1997)

Lyrics in Hindi and English

 

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(Hindi: दिल तो पागल है, Urdu: دل تو پاگل ہے, translation: The Heart Is Crazy) is a Bollywood comedy/drama, released October 31, 1997, depicting the love-lives of dancers in a musical dance troupe.

 It was directed by Yash Chopra. It stars Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit and Karisma Kapoor, with a guest appearance by Akshay Kumar.

The movie was the second highest grosser for the year 1997 in Bollywood. (wikipedia)

Look how well the film did with awards:

 1998 Filmfare Awards

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