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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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explosionThanks to some comments left on THIS POST I found out some bad news. NAHIN!!!!!!!! Right now it looks like some of the Explosion 2009 tour dates have changed and I no longer see my fair city of Minneapolis listed as a stop.  I hope the show gets rescheduled, and if not I hope I can get my money back for my tickets.   Here’s the latest  on the remaining tour dates from his site:

Sonu Niigaam, Sunidhi Chauhan, Hard Kaur live in Concert…With pleasure we announce the schedule for the tour.. Be there to witness and experience the biggest explosion of 2009..It will be one you will remember all your lives!!

7th August 2009 – Houston

8th August 2009 – San Fransisco/Oakland

9th August 2009 – Denver

15th August 2009 – Phoenix – but not confirmed til now

16th August 2009 – Los Angeles – NEW DATE

25th September 2009 – Boston –  NEW DATE – but not confirmed til now

I went over to the Explosion 2009 tour site and personally asked him to come.  It can’t hurt, right?  Maybe this will help too:

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UPDATE!  as of 8/5/09

It’s now back on!

22nd 23rd August 2009 – Minneapolis NEW DATE

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If you’re planning on catching Sonu Nigam, Sunidhi Chauhan, Hard Kaur’s tour…Spoiler Alert!

Sorry, I just like the drama and warning of typing Spoiler Alert! At least this is a spolier alert for about 10 minutes of Sonu bhai’s segment. Check out a bit of the Explosion 2009 show from Washington D.C., USA. These videos are from the 7/29/09 show,  or for those outside the US, that would be from the 29/7/09 show.


Thanks to Prathamesh24 for posting these!

subhajitroy77 has also posted many video clips from the show.

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Friends in the US, are you going to go to the Explosion 2009 show?

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Here’s the list of dates I found for the tour:

24th July 2009 – Washington DC/Fairfax

25th July 2009 – Dallas/Garland

26th July 2009 – Boston  – The promoter has cancelled this show

31st July 2009 – Chicago/Rosemont

1st August 2009 – Atlantic City

2nd August 2009 – Los Angeles

7th August 2009 – Houston

8th August 2009 – San Fransisco/Oakland

9th August 2009 – Denver

15th August 2009 – Orlando Canceled?  😦

16th August 2009 – Minneapolis Canceled? I’d like to hope postponed

23rd August 2009 – Minneapolis NEW DATE Sonu Niigaam LIVE in Concert

15th August 2009 – Phoenix – but not confirmed til now

16th August 2009 – Los Angeles – NEW DATE

25th September 2009 – Boston – NEW DATE but not confirmed til now

The main Explosion Information from Sonu bhai’s page keeps changing, so go HERE to keep updated.

exp.mspIt seems like there’s no centralized promotion of this tour and you’ll have to track down tickets via local promoters by clicking on the city of choice above or go through Localfiles.   I hope to make it to the Minneapolis show to see and hear Sonu Nigam.   Unfortunately the promotional flyer  for the August 16th show doesn’t list Hard Kaur or Sunidhi Chauhan, so who knows if they’ll be there.  If  Hard Kaur is at the Minneapolis show I’ll try to find her back stage so I can free style with her.  Once the tour has started and you’ve seen a show, please stop in with your comments to share.

Stop over to Filmi Girl’s blog, where she’s doing a daily countdown featuring each of the artists from the tour: Sunidhi Chauhan, Hard Kaur and Sonu Nigam. She’s also posted an excellent SHOW REVIEW with setlist and photos!

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I had the pleasure of escaping to Puerto Vallarta again this year from Minnesota’s extra long winter. During my recent trip I met a lovely Indian couple from Michigan, Sheela & Chaitanya.  I saw a man several times in the hotel’s lobby who looked like Sanjay Dutt.  Of course it wasn’t him, but when I saw this couple I knew they would perhaps understand my glee.  “Hey, have you seen that guy who looks like Sanjay Dutt? It’s not him, but he looks a lot like him!” They kindly tolerated my Bollywood obsession, and never once called me a pagli gori. I asked Sheela-ji for her movie recommendations and upon her advice I watched Chameli.

Chameli is the story of a prostitute, (Kareena Kapoor). Aman Kapoor (Rahul Bose) an investment banker, lost his wife in a car accident on a rainy night. Neha was pregnant with their child. The accident left him depressed and lonely. He drowned his grief with alcohol or smoking. Chameli was sold to a brothel by her uncle when she was young. She is now a tough, street smart girl. On one rainy night, Aman and Chameli, two strangers, meet each other in Mumbai. The story shows how their relationship develops and how each other’s lives change. (wikipedia)

Kind hearted Chameli sponsered a little street urchin and upon finding out he was chewing tobacco, she threatened to give him the “tight slap to the face.”

Lately I’ve noticed that there are eunuchs who are sometimes prostitutes in many of the Bollywood movies I’m seeing: Jodhaa Akbar, Water, Ek Chalis Ki Last Local, and Raja Hindustani to name a few. Chameli had one too!

The Kapoor dynasty magic! As Chameli, Kareena is so strong, yet so vunerable:

So on a rainy night, I watched this movie of a rainy night and was particularly fond of the tune “Bhaage Re Mann” with music by Sandesh Sandilya and lyrics by Irshad Kalimby. The fantastic playback singer is Sunidhi Chauhan,  and the song is picturised on Kareena Kapoor and Rahul Bose

Lyrics in Hindi.  English lyrics are included in the comments below.  Many thanks to TheBollywoodFan.

For more on Sunidhi Chauhan, read Dr. Mandar’s article at cinema sangeet.

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