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O re maanjhii…

My 10 favourite ‘maanjhi’ songs from Hindi cinema


To say that I love the maanjhi songs would be an understatement. Particularly “O re maanjhi” from Bandini takes me to a different dimension. Maanjhi (also pronounced as maajhi) is a boatman. In songs and poems they are often pleaded to by lovers (mostly women) to take them across the river to meet their beloved. In devotional songs he is the spiritual master who is being begged by the seeker to give him/her that shift in consciousness, which will take him/her from the body consciousness to brahman. These two different levels give the songs a certain spin.

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Posted by on May 3, 2011 in Bollywood, Lists

 

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Baaz (1953)

I was looking forward to this movie for lots of reasons. It is Guru Dutt’s first movie as a full-fledged actor. Geeta Bali. Having read the review on Upperstall by The Third Man, I thought Guru Dutt and a swashbuckler movie combo had to bring forward a super hybrid danshoo film. Furthermore, although the film has a patriotic theme, I can’t recollect that the movie was ever screened on DD.

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Posted by on April 30, 2010 in Bollywood, Guru Dutt Series

 

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