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Look! It Is A Bungalow!

My ten favourite bangala (bungalow) songs

A dream of one’s own house/cottage in the suburbs has been and is the motor of many middle class households all over the world. Maybe it is the security it offers or the need for privacy, to have a garden and the cosy life which one associates with it and thus to achieve ultimate goal of every human being to be happy. If one really ‘achieves’ all these things with the acquisition of this cosy house is secondary. I think the dream in itself the best part of it.

Like many of the dreams and aspirations of the common man (whoever or whatever he/she is), even this aspect has not been neglected in the Hindi film songs. Here are my favourites!
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Posted by on August 23, 2012 in Bollywood, Lists

 

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Happy Janmasthami

My ten favourite Krishna songs


Today is Krishna Janmasthami, Krishna’s birthday. Krishna is the most favourite of all the Hindu deities in Hindi films and is sung about in many ways. Today while discussing with Madhu on Facebook, I started listing some Krishna songs, which came into mind and thus this list happened. It was made in a hurry, so pardon any mistakes made.

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Posted by on August 10, 2012 in Bollywood, Lists

 

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Of Clouds and Separation

My ten favourite songs on clouds and separation


Mid-June, the rains used to arrive in Bombay when I was a kid. The black clouds would hold the promise of change. This would mean relief from the heat and dust of the preceding summer months and a burst of new life. The dreary plain near our house would promise to turn into a pond with lots of small streams arising and emptying in it. These small streams would then become alive with small and big crabs and tadpoles! Coinciding with the arrival of the black clouds, the new school year would also arrive. This would mean new textbooks! The dark messenger would also bring the hope, that I would share the class room with my friends from last year, but at the same time also the anxiety if I would again have to spend this new school year with class bully.

These dark water-bearers of sky, who brought so many emotions in my being were and are also the bearers of hope over the centuries in India for separated lovers. The earliest mention is found in Meghduta (the cloud messenger) by Kalidasa (most probably 4th century CE). It tells the story, how a yakṣha (a supernatural being), after being exiled, asks a passing cloud to take a message to his wife. In Hindi cinema though, we find mostly women singing to the clouds. They call upon them to be their messengers, to take a message to their far-off beloveds, asking them to return back.
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Posted by on June 16, 2012 in Bollywood, Lists

 

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Gaane ka kachumbar II

“Chaman ke phool bhi tujhko” from Shikari

For years I used to sing this song as „kamal ke phool bhi tujhko gulab kehte hai” (Lotus flowers call you rose). I thought that maybe for lotus flowers gulab (rose) is a bad word and thus call her that. After some years I came to know of the real wordings, but it didn’t much help to know if being called gulab is praise or just plain bitching.

One of my distant aunt’s name (distant by relation but geographically too close) was Gulab and she was not really famous for her pulchritude but very much for her back biting. Maybe this was the cause of my dilemma.

And then I heard somebody sing one day:

Chaman ke phool bhi tujhko JULAB kehte hai” (Flowers of the garden call you a laxative)!

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2011 in Bollywood

 

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Aar Paar (1954)

Aar-Paar has been one of my favourite time-pass Guru Dutt films. And every time I watch it, I discover something new about it and I end up liking it more than ever. It is his first independent movie under his own production. Basically it is a bit like Baazi without the gamble and the dimensions toned down. And for the first time no K. N. Singh. Did they fall out? As far as I know Guru Dutt never repeated him in his films again except for C.I.D.
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Posted by on May 8, 2010 in Bollywood, Guru Dutt Series

 

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