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All the best, Ek se badhkar ek, Ikke pe ikka …

Posted on March 24, 2010. Filed under: Entertainment | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

This post is for everyone born around 1983 in India and who hit teenage in the 90s. Remember eagerly awaiting Fridays because that was the day Shriman Shrimati and All the best would run on DD Metro? Remember telling your mom that you will start studying after watching the number 1 song? Remember memorizing the song orders and having an argument at school the next day over which song was at which number? Remember playing Antakshari with your friends and trying to recollect the songs from last week’s countdown? Remember your parents turning off cable tv during your final exams, but being consoled by the presence of at least a few countdown shows on DD?

I loved the countdown shows back then, because they still were a novel concept. I also loved the comedy which was interspersed between the songs. Be it the sitcomesque All the best (Shafi Inamdar, later Satish Shah, Laxmikant Berde and Swaroop Sampat) and Ek se badhkar ek (Kartika Rane, Mukul Deo et al) or be it the quippy wisecracky gossip of Sajid Khan on Ikke pe ikka (Zee Cinema).

So, once last year, my then room mate was humming a song while doing the dishes. I continued singing the same song. After a while, both of us looked at each other aghast. The same thought ran through our minds, “How the hell does she remember this song?” Then we burst out laughing, because we were glad that we had found someone else like us. So, I compiled a list of many songs, which make me feel nostalgic (sigh, I have reached the age when nostalgia means something), some of which are now almost forgotten. Here goes, enjoy.

10. Loveria hua …
Memorable for the freshness of SRK and Juhi. Juhi is now a has-been and SRK is now fresh from My Name is Khan. Watch it here.

9. Kya Ada kya jalwe tere paaro …
Bet no one remembers the heroine (I do, Anjali Jathar) and bet no one remembers the name of the movie (do not know myself), but everyone remembers this song, for its catchy tune. This one ruled the roost at #1 for many weeks. Also check out ‘Sheher ki ladki‘ and ‘Jhanjhariya‘.

8. Yunhi kat jaayega safar saath chalne se ..
This would be the perfect song to create a controversy during Antakshari and make your opponent look bad. So, my opponents would get the letter ‘Ha’ and would immediately start off, “Hum hain raahi pyaar ke, chalna apna kaam …”. And I would say, “Hold your horses, my friend, this song starts with ‘Ya’, ‘Yunhi kat jaayega ..'”. Watch it here.

7. Aankh maare woh ladka …
Bonus points if you remember this movie – ‘Tere Mere Sapne’. This movie (and the Miss World contest) made the Bachchan parivar bankrupt and they were the first people in the history of mankind (exaggeration alert), to get bailout money. Anyways, the original ‘stars’ of this movie – Chandrachud Singh and Priya Gill have disappeared from the face of the earth. Whereas, Arshad Warsi and Simran who are in this song were written off, but have gone on to bigger and better things (Simran is a star down South).

6. Oonchi hai building, lift teri band hai …
David Dhawan ruled the 90s. And this song personifies his genre. Crass but funny. I am sure no one has forgotten Anu Malik’s stupid playback and Salman’s inanities, and did I mention the dumb lyrics? At least, it is more tasteful than ‘Sarkaileyo Khatiya‘ and ‘Saiyyan ke saath madhaiyya mein’ (Small mercies). I included this song because it has so many of 90s cult icons – Salman, Karishma, David and Anu Malik.

5. Husn Hai Suhana …
In this one, David joins hands with his muse and protege, Govinda, another 90s icon. I love this rambunctious song – catchy tune, fast beats and awesome dance moves.

4. Dhol bajne laga …
Farah Khan and bucolic somehow do not go together. But in this song, they did and quite nicely so. Watch it here.

3. Gore gore mukhde pe kaala kaala chashma …
The Akshay Kumar phenomenon had not yet happened then. Even then, he had the awesome athletic dance moves and the comic timing.

2. Ankhiyaan milaun …
No 90s songs countdown is complete without her, in fact you (I) can create a countdown just of her songs.
Thankfully, we do not notice the fugly Sanjay Kapoor in this song, because of her. I have chosen to pass her HAHK songs (because no one has forgotten them), and chosen to include this one. I remember being scared for her before watching Dil to pagal hai. I thought she would be terribly overshadowed by the fitter Karishma Kapoor, especially in Dance of Envy, but was I wrong! Karishma was pwned by her grace, beauty and poise. Priyankas and Katrinas, you can hold no candle to her – Madhuri Dixit.

1. Na jaane mere dil ko kya …
He was my first love. I wept and laughed during this movie. I know any girl who reads this did too. This movie is the reason, why we girls expect too much (romance wise) from our boyfriends and husbands. No other SRK movie is as good (ok, maybe Chak de India) is as good. All you girls, remember your 13 year old self and enjoy this one.

I know that I have left a lot of your favorite songs. Do mention them in your comments. Also, while researching for this post I came across many such forgotten erstwhile super hit songs and am going to create a youtube playlist soon containing all of them, so watch this space. Mentioning the contributors of this post – Ashwin Aji, Sucharita Gaat and Tanushree Ganguly.

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A Tale of 1.2 Reviews

Posted on March 8, 2010. Filed under: Entertainment, Funny | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

I had promised myself, that I will never do movie reviews in this space. But after many months of  laziness induced by my wedding and consequent binge-eating, the tide of creative juices is at an ebb. So the easiest thing to do was to write the reviews of 2 movies, which I saw in the recent times. I will not be writing anything that has not been written before but at least I can be mercenary and include buzz words, that will show up in the search engines that crawl Blogosphere.

Here they are 1 big and 2 mini reviews:

1. My name is U-Know-What.

1 word review: P-A-K-A-U

At the end of this viewing, I felt like I had contracted Asperger’s syndrome. I had all the symptoms:

  • Could not meet anyone’s gaze (because I am a self confessed SRK fan, and this movie was so pakau, that I was ashamed SRK was a part of it)
  • Irritation because of loud, shrill sounds – (“You suck, you suck, you suck … Liar!Liar!Liar!” and Kajol’s outburst “Jaoooo Khaaan Jaoooo” and of course, “My name is hhh(rr)hkkkhhaaann (from epiglottis) and I am not a terrorist”).
  • A splitting headache because of the ennui and the torpor that had set in (don’t know if the last one is a symptom).

There were many dumb things in this movie. But the most face-palmest according to me are:

  • 2 newbie reporters who are Google Earth personified“Arre Wilhelmina, Woh toh Georgia mein hai na?” According to Mr. hhhh(rr)khan (from epiglottis) himself, Wilhelmina is a town of 250 people and 800 cattle. And these reporters did not even require a second to quote the state, given a town. I hope I get a chance to ask them, “Can you tell me in which state the town Salem is?” (This is a trick question. Almost every other state in US has a town named Salem. However full marks and kudos to them if they answer Tamil Nadu.)
  • Racist overtones – This movie tries its best to convince us that all Muslims are not terrorists. But ignores the fact that all blacks do not live in shanties and do not have funny hair and are not fat. But since Mr. hhh(rr)khan (from epiglottis), suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, he can get away with racist comments like “Mama Jenny moti hain aur unke baal thode ajeeb hain.” Thank god he stopped at that and did not continue to say “Mama Jenny, thodi kaali bhains ki tarah dikhti hain.” If only Bhajji had suffered from Aspergers, then he would not have had to change his story from “Monkey” to “Maa ki”.
  • The dialog between the newbie reporters and the Sikh news anchor

Guy newbie reporter (aka pretty boy struggler from Luck by Chance): Sir, you removed your pagdi after 9/11? You are a bad Sikh!
Sikh Reporter (aka Parveen Dabaas): Shameful silence.
Guy newbie reporter : (thinking to himself)  Dumb$@%* KjO, by mouthing such silly dialogues, I will remain a struggling actor all my life, stuck with this stupid female whose claim to fame was being Genelia’s agony aunt. Dude, atleast you could have made Dabaas lose the hariyali on his chin. Daadhi without pagdi – still seems like a jehadi to me).

1.1 Ishqiya

1 word review: Timepass, paisa vasool.

There were many good things about this movie.  But the best thing I liked about it was the fresh perspective.  It is a black comic caper set in the hinterlands of India. Most movies that are set in the cow-belt of India are rather grim and depressing. The few examples that come to my mind are Prakash Jha’s umpteen movies, Shool, Hazaron Khwahishein Aisi, Bandit Queen. But in Ishqiya, the issues of casteism, misogynism, kidnappings, violence are laughed at, but in a self-deprecatory way, as illustrated in “Apne yahan to shia-sunni the, idhar to yadav aur pandey ne apni fauj bana ke rakhi hai!”

All in all, an awesomely timepass movie, though I wish things had not become so crazy in the denouement.

1.2 All the Best.

1 word review – Inane but hilarious.

I had zero expectations from this movie and that is why I enjoyed it. This movie promises to be inane and is exactly that. Of course, the biggest laugh provider was RGV(Sanjay Mishra) .  You pity him, because he is beaten up by Sanjay Dutt all the time, but manages to be calm with his “Just chill” mantra. In the end, he pretends to muster up courage by saying – “I care a Bhakra Nangal Dam(n) be!”, but I am sad to say, is again beaten up.

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