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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This post made me smile. I am a BIG Madhuri Dixit fan and for me it would be one of her songs. All in all, perfectly said!

@Manasi: I knew that you were since you and Madhuri are Kathak dancers 🙂

I said i miss the cook singing even before i read this..but now as i go through there isnt one song that i can think of that wasn’t zestfully sung by us..frequenters beings no.2 and 9. Well, i guess i identify with nostalgia too..part in songs and part in the joint singing:)

Not just 2 and 9 yar … we almost sung all of them. In my next post, I will put your play list.

Awesome! I should thank u for reminding me of many meaningless yet entertaining songs of ‘yesteryears’ if i may use that word! and yes, DDLJ did and still defines the word ‘romance’ for me! Thanks for the list! Good job!

Thanks for the comment Swarupa. They are not exctly ‘yesteryears’, we are not so old :D, but they are fun nevertheless. I guess you are a big SRK fan, I was too once, before I saw MNIK

How did u miss didi tera dewar deewana & amma dekh tera munda bigada jaay ??…really nostalgic…bought back the childhood memories 🙂

i know .. i should have included amma dekh

Thats a nice post.

Wow! I was not born in 1983 (came 4 years later) but I vividly remember each of these songs alongwith the tune and dance!

BTW, why no mention of Hum Aapke Hain Kaun? “Didi tera devar deewana” was a chartbuster for a long time, and then how could you miss out “Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast” 😀

Yea I missed some songs, but since there were 10 this is all I could do.

>> This movie is the reason, why we girls expect too much (romance wise) from our boyfriends and husbands.

OMG, YES. 🙂 One of my then-boyfriend-now-husband’s first conversations was him asking me “Do you girls really think men are like Raj in DDLJ?” LOL, good times.

Thanks for the comment Nandini! I really have become a fan of your blog and I am going to add it to my blog roll right away 🙂

Becoming a fan of yours, too.. How did you find my blog? Are you related to one of my co-workers by any chance?

Yea I am Sucharita’s sister and she had told me about your blog, but I read Indian Home Maker’s blog and found that she had referenced one of your posts in one of hers 🙂

Bro…. thanks for the nice post…

but i will be surprised … if u can provide me any links to BPL Ek se badkar ek….

that used to be my favorite in those days….but i find nothing on google or utube…

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