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Katthai aankhon waali ek ladki

Posted on: November 2, 2020


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Hullo Atuldom

“Duplicate” (release date 8/5/1998) was a movie that we went to see as a family because it had Shahrukh Khan in the lead. Those were times when we used to pick-and-choose movies which had decent or fun songs and some actor of our liking and we could take the children along. Thus we ended up seeing this ‘not-so-great’ story-wise film which was produced by Yash Johar and directed by Mahesh Bhatt. It had music by Anu Malik and lyrics were by Javed Akhtar. Alka Yagnik, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Kumar Sanu, Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Udit Narayan and Shankar Mahadevan were the singers used. This was one of the cassette tapes that I had purchased as the kids loved its songs. Personally speaking, I enjoyed the movie as it was inane, illogical and simply masaledaar Bollywood stuff. The kind which helps us to forget ourselves during the duration of its screening.

This was Shahrukh’s first double role movie (1996 had seen him play a triple role in “English Babu Desi Mem”, but the characters he played didn’t share screen space) where he played a bumbling youngman out to get a job as a top chef in a big 5-star hotel. The other SRK was a gangster on the run. The movie opens with Manu, the gangster, trying to hoodwink the cops with the help of his girlfriend Lily (Sonali Bendre). Juhi Chawla plays Sonia Kapoor, a hotel HR Manager, who bumps into Babloo (chef SRK) when they get into the same Taxi (from different sides of course) and end up bickering about who had hailed the cab etc. The cab driver mediates and suggests that they share the fare as the destination is same- the hotel where Babloo has an interview to attend. The ride to the hotel is peppered with Babloo rehearsing for the interview and Sonia and the driver enjoying themselves. The highlight of the scene is when Babloo declares his goals in life which includes “feeding his girlfriend VADAPAV that he will make in the 5-star kitchen”. (I hope I am exact at this, Peevesie).

We had Farida Jalal playing Babloo’s mother who is disappointed with his career choice as her aim was to make him a wrestler like his father. The movie also has a sprinkling of supporting actors – Tiku Talsania whose aim is to nab Manu, Gulshan Grover playing the badman character, Sharat Saxena, Kunal Vijaykar etc. There is a guest appearance by Kajol (though I don’t recall much about that).

The songs were all fun to watch but there was one really lyrical song in the album which had Javed Akhtar at his romantic best (for this movie).This is the song with which the movie is making its debut on the blog today.

I would love it if the birthday boy would care to explain a few words of this song. I am hinting at our Dilldaar Dilliwala -Sudhirji. Last year I had wished that he didn’t run out of ‘ideas for posts and series’ and he came up with a “this week that year” series that is essentially analyzing the blog for that week 10 years ago. We are missing it for the last month and half Sirji!!! 🙂 We want more of it -‘Yeh dil maange more’.

It also happens to be Shahrukh Khan’s birthday today as also Anu Malik’s. One has ruled the hearts of his fans with his acting and the other has given songs that make the fans dance. One was born into the industry but worked his way up the ranks. The other had no filmy connection but still has had a good to very good career graph. The melodies that this team has dished out are mostly successful.

Cannot forget “kiska hai yeh tumko intezaar main hoon na” (Main Hoon Na); “ae mere humsafar ae meri jaan-e-jaan” and “yeh kaali kaali aankhen” (Baazigar); “apun bola tu meri laila” (Josh); “iss pyaar se meri taraf na dekho pyaar ho jaayega” (Chamatkar); oh there are numerous songs of this jodi that will feature in my playlist.

Anu Malik made his debut in 1977 and SRK made his debut first on Doordarshan in 1988 before Hema Malini signed him on for “Dil Aashna Hain” but his first release was “Deewana”. Both the movies had Divya Bharati as his heroine. then we had a deluge where we saw him in “Chamatkar” (first with Anu Malik as music director), “Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman” (first of many with Juhi Chawla), “Baazigar” (again Anu Malik and first with Kajol),etc. etc. He was given the Filmfare award for best actor for his anti-hero role in “Baazigar”. He has won awards as many as 14 Filmfare awards of which 8 are as best actor. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2005.

Talking of Anu Malik, his father was the music director of the ’50s and ’60s. Recently I have subscribed to a channel which show evergreen classics along with programs like Sunheri Yaadein, Sitaaron Ka Caravan etc. One such treasure house program is Anmol Yaadein where in the host was interviewing Anu Malik. I saw Anu mention therein, that Sardar Malik was married to the sister of Hasrat Jaipuri. So as a child Anu, who was a fan of Shankar Jaikishan, used to pester his mama to take him along to the recordings where SJ were at work. Anu managed to meet his favourite composers through his mama (uncle Hasrat Jaipuri) and also play some music to them. Anu goes on to say that the legendary duo were impressed with Anu’s comfort when playing the Harmonium and he took it as their blessing for his future. He has worked with almost all lead singers of Bollywood starting with Manna Dey to many of the current day singers. He has been a judge on many Television shows.

Today’s song is in the voice of Kumar Sanu. It is filmed in the picturesque locales of Switzerland. In fact the church shown in this song is a famous attraction for Indian tourists and I recollect our tour operator making special mention of it as “the church where SRK has romanced a few heroines” mainly Kajol in DDLJ. This movie was not popular I suppose, or even this would have been mentioned.

Another thing which I would like to point out is the prominent use of the Tabla – Anu Malik’s favoured percussion instrument. It is used very nicely in the antara.

BTW I would love to know what is the meaning of “Katthai aankhon wali” as far as I understand the language ‘Kattha ‘ goes with ‘choona and supari’ in Paan (betel leaf).
Editors note:- (Katthai is the colour of katthai, viz bronish, so “katthai aankhon waali” means “browned eyed”.

Here is wishing our fellow Atulite a Very Very happy Birthday Sudhirji. In addition wishing the Bollywood jodi of Anu Malik and Shahrukh Khan on their birthday.

Video

Audio

Song-Katthai aankhon waali ek ladki(Duplicate)(1998) Singer-Kumar Sanu, Lyrics-Javed Akhtar, MD-Anu Malik

Lyrics

hmm hmm hmm hmm
hey hey hey hey
la la la la la aaa
hmmm hmmm hmmm hmm hmm

katthai aankhon waali ek ladki ee
ek hi baat par bigad’ti hai ae
katthai aankhon waali ek ladki ee
ek hi baat par bigad’ti hai ae
tum mujhe kyun nahin miley pehle ae ae
roz yeh keh kar mujhse lad’ti hai ae
katthai aankhon waali ek ladki ee
ek hi baat par bigad’ti hai
tum mujhe kyun nahin miley pehle ae ae
roz yeh keh kar mujhse lad’ti hai
katthai aankhon waali ek ladki
hmm hmm hmm hmm
hey hey hey hey
la la la la la aa
hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm

ru ru ru ru ru
ru ru ru ru ru
ru ru ru ru ru

gusse ki woh tez hai lekin
dil ki behad achchi hai
woh kaliyon se bhi naazuk hai
aur shehad se meethhi hai
chehre par hai narm ujaale
baalon mein kaali raatein
chehre par hai narm ujaale
baalon mein kaali raatein
hans de woh toh moti barse
phoolon jaisi hain baatein
hmm hmm hmm hmm
katthai aankhon wali ek ladki
ek hi baat par bigad’ti hai
tum mujhe kyun nahin miley pahle ae
roz yeh keh kar mujhse lad’ti hai
katthai aankhon wali ek ladki
hmm hmm hmm hmm
hey hey hey hey
la la la la la aa
hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm

mujhko tumse pyaar nahin hai
roothh ke mujhse kehti hai
lekin har kaagaz par mera
naam woh likhti rahti hai
main bhi uska deewaana hoon
kaise usko samjhaaun
main bhi uska deewaana hoon
kaise usko samjhaaun
mujhse milna chhod de woh toh
main ek din mein mar jaaun
hmmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm
katthai aankhon waali ek ladki ee
ek hi baat par bigad’ti hai
tum mujhe kyun nahin miley pehle ae
roz yeh keh kar mujhse lad’ti hai ae
katthai aankhon waali ek ladki
hmm hmm hmm hmm
hey hey hey hey
la la la la la aa
hmm hmm hmm hmm hmmm
hmm hmm hmm hmm
hey hey hey hey
la la la la la aa
hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm
laa laa la la
laa laa la la

4 Responses to "Katthai aankhon waali ek ladki"

This is one of the songs I liked from the first hearing. ‘Duplicate’ had good songs. The movie was over the top with birthday boy ,IMHO, a ham.

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Nice recap of the film. Some scene I am recalling now, like the Farida Jalal and Shah rukh khan, hotel scenes. And Juhi Chawla/Farida Jalal scene, where on being asked if she knows to cook, Juhi replies, “No, but I can prepare a list of what to cook.”.

Now that you mention it, the songs of this duo, Anu Malik and SRK, will last many more birthdays.

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Oh Yes! That scene also I remember. Also the scene where Farida Jalal goes and adds “Garam Masala” to Chinese and Japanese food.
🙂

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Thank You editor saab for explaining “Katthai”. Yes Juhi has “brown eyes” which are highly expressive

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