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This article is written by Peevesie’s mom, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day :

3752 Post No. : 14717 Movie Count :

4021

Hullo to Atuldom

October was slightly busier than normal. I have missed a few birthdays -dates which I always try to write for. I missed Kishore Kumar’s anniversary, and birthdays of Hema Malini, Ashok Kumar, Vinod Khanna, Smita Patil, Shammi Kapoor and a few for which I had made mental notes for – Sunny Deol, Kadar Khan etc. But unless I write oops! type, mental notes remain in the mind. And even mere typing is not enough I should send it as email too, technology has not yet advanced to the level that one person can read another’s thoughts and convert it into a post. Thank god that there is a small amount of privacy left in these modern technological times.

But my post today (26 october 2018) is not to cry about technology. Today is one of those dates in October which I don’t like to miss; at least for the last 3 years.

It is important for me that I write at least a few words to wish this dear friend of ours on his birthday. I may not be as eloquent as Atulji was in this post of his last year, or as emotional as Archanaji was in this post. I have not known our today’s birthday boy for as long as Pamir Harvey but I agree to everything that he had written in this post and have expressed it a few times in this last few years. He is among those friends with whom there has been a comfort level wherein I just message him or pick up the phone and talk for long without any particular topic (sometimes we do get topical).

As he has said last year in one of his comments and I quote “this blog might have started as a repository for HFM, but over the years, it has spawned close friendships amongst some of us, co-travellers.”

Here is wishing this co-traveller, friend, and fellow Atulite- Rajaji “A very very Happy birthday”. May we see more of you on the blog. And don’t mind if you can’t feed us with your essays even your twit-style writing is thought provoking.

The song with this post is from a rather new movie (by the standards of the blog) considering it released on 5th November, 1999. It was directed by Eeshwar Nivas, for a story by Ram Gopal Verma. The movie tried to portray the criminal-politician nexus using Bihar as the backdrop and its effect on the life of an honest police officer. The movie starred Manoj Bajpai and Sayaji Shinde on the two sides of the law. It won a National Award for best feature film, and represented India at various international film festivals. The songs were penned by Sameer and Amar Akbar Anthony were the music directors. OOPS, Sorry! I mean Shankar- Ehsaan- Loy (I have Shankar Mahadevan call the trio as Amar- Akbar- Anthony in one of his interviews).

Today’s song is sung by Baby Anagha, Kavita Krishnamurthy, and Shankar Mahadevan. It is a typical scene-in-a-middle class home in the morning before the father prepares to leave for work. A very familial situation where Raveena Tandon plays the homemaker – one of the many deglamourized roles she played.

Oh, it is also Raveena Tandon’s birthday today. Let us wish Raveena a long and healthy life and enjoy her in this song.


Song-Mere papa ka gussa (Shool)(1999) Singers-Baby Anagha, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Shankar Mahadewan, Lyrics-Sameer, MD-Shankar Ehsan Loy

Lyrics

mere papa ka gussa
tam tadam

ayya mere papa ko gussa jab aata hai
dar ke maare tv aur kapaat hil jaata hai
ayya mere papa ko gussa jab aata hai
dar ke maare tv aur kapaat hil jaata hai
papa ka gussa kaisa
hai darasingh jaisa
dekho dekho
dekho dekho
ayya tere papa ko gussa jab aata hai
dar ke maare tv aur kapaat hil jaata hai
papa ka gussa kaisa
hai darasingh jaisa
dekho dekho
dekho dekho
ayya tere papa ko gussa jab aata hai

jaldi savere main uthti hoon
kya kya ghulaami karti hoon
socho socho
socho socho
jaldi savere main uthti hoon
kya kya ghulaami karti hoon
socho socho
socho socho
inko uthaake
chaai banaake doon main
kapde saare dhoti hoon
main naashta deti hoon
poore ghar ka bojh
apne sar pe main
leti hoo
tumhe bhi main sambhaaloon
inhe bhi main sambhaaloon
kaise bolo,
ho bolo bolo
ayya tere papa ko ghussa jab aata hai

mere papa ka ghussa
tam tadam

main hoon police mein
choron ka peechha
din bhar main karta hoon
aage peechhe
ae daudoon bhaagoon
main hoon police mein
choron ka peechha
din bhar main karta hoon
aage peechhe
ae daudoon bhaagoon
meri majboori koi nahin samjhe yahaan

arre main bhi ghar mein cockroach aur choohon se ladhti hoon
saara din inke main peechhe padti hoon
tum bhi the mere pichhe
lekin shaadi se pehle
main hoon main hoon
boss ghar ki

ayya mere papa ko gussa jab aata hai
dar ke maare tv aur kapaat hil jaata hai
papa ka ghussa kaisa
hai darasingh jaisa

dekho dekho
dekho dekho
dekho dekho
haan dekho dekho
mere papa ka gussa
tam tadam

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This article is written by Peevesie’s Mom, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day :

3719 Post No. : 14652 Movie Count :

4004

Hullo to all in Atuldom

I don’t know if anyone has noticed the current obsession that I am displaying. Many of my contributions to the blog in this calendar year have been to celebrate the birthdays of artists who are otherwise called “character artist” or “supporting cast”.

Has anyone tried to visualise what story “The Ramayana” would have been if there was no Dasharatha, Kaikeyi, Sugriva, Hanuman, Vibhishana or even Ravan. Can one think of “The Mahabharat” minus Duryodhana, Shakuni, Kunti, or any of the “supporting characters”? Where would “Sholay” be without Gabbar, or the fate of “Mr. India” without Mogambo. Can one think of “Parichay” minus the cute kids of the family, “Chupke Chupke” without Jijaji, “Golmaal” without Bhavani Shankar; “Deewar” minus THE MAA. That means all stories, be they the epics or modern tales, need characters which are good, bad, ugly or in-between, around the main characters for the story to be interesting.

Thank God Indian movies follow the story-pattern set by the epics and have given us quality actors who don’t mind playing second fiddle to the main characters so-much-so that sometimes their acting out the character overshadows the character of the main lead itself.

Today’s post also celebrates the birthday of one such actor without whose presence Manoj Kumar’s “Shaheed”, “Purab Aur Paschim”, “Upkaar” or “Kranti” cannot be imagined. Rajesh Khanna’s 15 (out of the 19 that they were co-actors in) jubilee hits would be unthinkable and it seems that distributors, back then, backed any movie with this hero-villain Jodi. Similarly, his pairing with Bindu was also much sought after in movies till even in the 90s. This actor was successful for his villainy without gizmos or funny names. And he is one of the many actors whose work has always been appreciated by the audiences; who will be able to survive in the cut-throat competition that Bollywood has. He has played second fiddle to so many of his contemporary villains even after attaining success with ‘Kati Patang’, ‘Upkaar’, ‘Teesri Manzil’ etc.

He was known for his one-liners. For example “main woh bala hoon jo sheeshay se patthar ko todta hai” in Kati Patang; “jinke ghar sheeshe kain ho woh batti bhujakar kapde badalte hain” in Souten; then in the next decade of his career these one-liners went a step further towards enhancing his comic characters with gems like “bhains poonch uthayegi to gaana to nahi gayegi, gobar hi degi” in Aaj Ka Arjun; “kar bhala toh hoga bhala” in Raja Babu and the most charming one-liner of all “nanga nahayega kya aur nichodega kya” in Dulhe Raja. Aah! Now I can see that gleam of excitement in those reading this, and so I will not write his most famous one-liner “Prem naam hai mera, Prem Chopra” in Bobby

Before I began to write this post, I was hunting for songs with Prem Chopra in them. My logic was mostly all actors start out with the wish to play the main lead. There would be at least a movie or two where Prem Chopra was the HERO and sung some songs to the heroine. And sure enough I found a few but then they are already posted on our blog – “Tum Apni Saheli Ko. . .” (‘Samaaj Ko Badal Daalo’, 1970), “Paanv Mein Painjaniya, Naache Sajaniya. . .” (‘Kunwaari’, 1966), “London Se Aaya Hoon Albela” (‘Vachan’, 1973) & “Aaj Pila De Saaqi Apni Aankhon Ke Paimaane Se” (‘Doli’, 1969). But as a villain also he has sung a song in a train as part of a mission to loot an inspector played by Krishan Dhawan – “Raah Mein Kaliyan Khila ke Yaar” (‘Nafrat’, 1973). Then there are numerous songs where the heroine sings a romantic song to the handsome (many times more good-looking than the hero himself) Prem Chopra in a bid to evoke a response from the hero as in “Kitna Mazaa Aa Raha Hai. . .” (‘Raja Jaani’, 1972). Then there is the song from Sikandar-e-Azam without which no TV or Radio program is complete on the national holidays of Independence Day and Republic Day – “Jahaan Daal Daal Par Soney Ki. . .“. Just that the number of songs lip-synced by Prem Chopra is few. But there are such songs available and he is one of the lucky oldies (today being his 83rd birthday) to be still active in movies and getting to play meaningful characters and also sing once in a while.

He is related to the Kapoor Khandaan as his wife is sister to Krishna Kapoor, wife of Raj Kapoor. By that, he also is brother-in-law of Premnath, Rajendranath etc. His three daughters are married to actors Sharman Joshi, Vikas Bhalla and publicity designer Rahul Nanda- all connected with Bollywood.

About today’s song. I have seen this movie a few years ago on TV (of course) and was happy to see three characters as the protagonists of the movie. ‘Umar’ (2006) was written and directed by Karan Razdan (remember him from the Doordarshan serial ‘Rajani’). It had music by Shamir Tandon and Shaily Shailendra was the lyricist. It starred Kadar Khan, Satish Kaushik, Prem Chopra and Jimmy Shergill in the lead with Shakti Kapoor, Shenaz Treasurywala, Dalip Tahil etc. in supporting cast. It is a story of three old men living the last years of their life in the UK. The three have problems of their own viz. their children ill-treating them, racial discrimination etc. They find solace from an affectionate young man (Jimmy) who is a student and a singer / waiter at a bar. This young man gets embroiled in the murder of his owner and the three elderly men help him run from the law making them fugitives too. But then there were a few songs in that movie which centred around Kadar Khan, Prem Chopra and Satish Kaushik. This was a movie which in Atulji’s words “didn’t try to please all” and so was not very successful at that time possibly what used to be called an “art movie” in the 70s and 80s are now called movies for the “multiplex audience”.

Todays’ song is sung by Kavita Krishnamurty, Sonu Nigam, Manna Dey and Shabab Sabri.

Wishing Prem, Prem Chopra a very Happy Birthday. Thank you for entertaining us all your life.

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(Audio)

Song – Duniya Waalon Ko Nahin Kuchh Bhi Khabar (Umar) (2006) Singer – Manna Dey, Shabab Sabri, Sonu Nigam, Kavitha Krishnamurty, Lyrics – Shaily Shailendra, MD – Shamir Tandon
Chorus

Lyrics

ooooo hoooo oooooo
aaaaa aaaa haaa

duniyawaalon ko nahin kuchh bhi khabar
hai hai
duniyawaalon ko nahin kuchh bhi khabar
kahein pyar karne ki hai ye koi umar
ham kahein dil se dil mile jo agar
ham kahein dil se dil mile jo agar
tab hai pyar karne ki har ek umar
tab hai pyar karne ki har ek umar
duniyawaalon ko nahin kuchh bhi khabar
kahein pyar karne ki hai ye koi umar
ham kahein dil se dil mile jo agar
haan ham kahen dil se dil mile jo agar
tab hai pyar karne ki har ek umar
tab hai pyar karne ki har ek umar  
duniyawaalon ko nahin kuchh bhi khabar
nahin kuchh bhi khabar

raat din seena kyun phadakata hai
seene me dil kyun dhadakata hai
lalla la
la la la la la
lalla la
la la la la la

raat din seena kyun phadakata hai
seene me dil kyun dhadakata hai
kahin to hai wo haseena koi
jiske liye dil ye tadapta hai
koi kahe gulbadan jaane chaman hai kahaan
koi kahe gulbadan jaane chaman hai kahaan 
duniyawaalon ko nahin kuchh bhi khabar
kahein pyar karne ki hai ye koi umar
ham kahein dil se dil mile jo agar
haan ham kahein dil se dil mile jo agar
tab hai pyar karne ki har ek umar
tab hai pyar karne ki har ek umar
duniyawaalon ko nahin kuchh bhi khabar

ye jahaan ik saraaye phaani hai
yahaan har cheez aani jaani hai
aaaaaaa aaa aaa
oooo hoo ooo
ye jahaan ek saraye phaani hai
yahaan har cheez aani jaani hai
aa ke na jaaye wo budhapaa hai
jaa ke na aaye wo jawaani hai
gayi akad dheeli pakad josh magar hai jawaan
gayi akad dheeli pakad josh magar hai jawaan
duniyawaalon ko nahin kuchh bhi khabar
kahein pyar karne ki hai yeh koyi umar
ham kahein dil se dil mile jo agar
ham kahein dil se dil mile jo agar 
tab hai pyar karne ki har ek umar
tab hai pyar karne ki har ek umar
duniyawaalon ko nahin kuchh bhi khabar

duniyawaalon ko nahin kuchh bhi khabar
kahein pyar karne ki hai yeh koi umar
ham kahein dil se dil mile jo agar
tab hai pyar karne ki har ek umar
tab hai pyar karne ki har ek umar
(tab hai pyar karne ki umar)
har ek umar
tab hai pyar karne ki umar
umar
umar


This article is written by Peevesie’s Mom, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day : 3589 Post No. : 14342

Hullo Atuldom

Back to writing after a gap of 3 weeks. Lovely three weeks. Spent among the hills of North- East India and South India. Must thank my nephew for insisting that I accompany them. If the Himalayas and its snow-clad peaks are a heavenly sight so are the mountain ranges of the Nilgiris in the south – the common feature being acres of tea gardens. For the second weekend outing to the Nilgiris, I hold my son and niece responsible.

Trust humans to spoil a good thing. Where there was a lot of discipline among the locals at both places; tourists have ruined Ooty as much as say Lonavla, Khandala or Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra. Thankfully Sikkim has not faced much tourist onslaught and so is much cleaner. The air in these hill stations are so pollution free one doesn’t feel like returning to pavilion and the reality of daily routine. I am sure our Sadanand ji will be nodding in agreement being an avid traveller and having visited many such pristine locations. Hope I am right?

More about my travels some other time, I will get straight to the topic of this post.

This post is to wish the lady with the dazzling smile a very happy birthday. Unbelievable that she turned 51 yesterday. The dancer who out-dances her co-star without meaning to and effortlessly at that. But she is not all song and dance only; she is great in exhibiting all emotions with her eyes, face and voice. Just like the heroines of yesteryear, specially Madhubala, with whom she used to be constantly compared. Yes yes. I am speaking of Madhuri Dixit (now Nene). Having made her debut in movies through the 1984 Rajshri Productions ‘Abodh’ and tasting success with ‘Tezaab’, ‘Ram Lakhan’, ‘Tridev’, etc. she made a place for herself among the top-ranked heroines of Bollywood. Her teaming with Anil Kapoor, Sunny Deol, Sanjay Dutt, Govinda, Jackie Shroff (all the reigning stars of that period) was well received by the audiences. In the later half of the 90s she also teamed successfully with the 3Khans. She was lucky to have roles written specially for her as in Prakash Jha’s ‘Mrityudand’ and MF Hussain’s ‘Gaja Gamini’.

As much as I love Madhuri and her movies with their songs and dances, there are some songs of her’s which I don’t approve of. For example, her song in the movie ‘Anjaam’ – “Athraa Baras Ki Kunwaari Kali Thi. . . Choodi Tooti Chane Ke Khet Mein” or the song from ‘Khalnayak’ – “Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai”; and then there is ‘Mera Piya Ghar Aaya O Ram ji” in ‘Yaarana’ or even “Dhak Dhak Karne Laga” from ‘Beta’. All these songs and some more of that type, which made Madhuri Dixit a dancing-star, are full of double meanings and were lapped up by the public. But there also is a greater number of Madhuri songs which are just as popular and have more ‘decent’ lyrics. For example, “Didi Tera Devar Deewana”, and her songs from ‘Devadas’, ‘Saajan’, ‘Sangeet’ etc. (no, I am not going to list her filmography here 🙂 ). The song with this post is one such song.

It is from Rajkumar Santoshi’s 2000 release ‘Pukaar’ (making a debut on the blog).  The main cast of this film is Madhuri with Anil Kapoor and Namrata Shirodkar and a supporting cast of Om Puri, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Rohini Hattangadi, KD Chandran, Neeraj Vora, Danny and Prabhu Deva (just for a song). It is a well-made film based on espionage in the army and had a love triangle added for spice which gives the central characters a lot of scope to showcase their ‘sacrificing attitudes’. The songs are penned by Javed Akhtar and AR Rehman is the composer. This song is sung by Shankar Mahadevan and Kavita Krishnamurty. It is a stage show to celebrate some event in the army cantonment. The song shows Madhuri decently matching steps to Prabhu Deva’s vigorous dance. Anil Kapoor, Namrata and the other members of the cast are in the audience which join in towards the song’s climax.

Wish you a very Happy Birthday Madhuri!

Song – Que Sera Sera Sera, Jo Bhi Ho So Ho (Pukaar) (2000) Singer – Shanker Mahadevan, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Lyrics – Javed Akhtar, Kaly, MD – AR Rehman
Female Chorus
Male Chorus
All Chorus

Lyrics

naujawaano
baat maano
kabhi kisi se
na pyaar karna
naujawaano
baat maano
kabhi kisi se
na pyaar karna
hey que sera sera sera
jo bhi ho so ho
hamein pyaar ka ho aasra
phir chaahe jo ho
hey que sera sera sera
jo bhi ho so ho
hamein pyaar ka ho aasra
phir chaahe jo ho

pyaar zindagi
pyaar har khushi
pyaar jisne paaya hai,
wahi dil phool jaisa khila
pyaar galti hai
pyaar dhokha hai
pyaar dhalti chhaaya hai,
dekho phir na karna gila
oo oo
pyaar zindagi
pyaar har khushi
pyaar jisne paaya hai,
wahi dil phool jaisa khila
pyaar galti hai
pyaar dhokha hai
pyaar dhalti chhaaya hai,
dekho phir na karna gila
pyaar hi dhadakano ki kahaani hai,
pyaar hai haseen daastaan
pyaar ashqon ki deta nishaani hai,
pyaar mein hai chain kahaan
pyar ki baat jisne na maani hai
uski na to zameen hai na hai aasmaan
naujawaano
baat maano
kabhi kisi se
na pyaar karna
hey que sera sera sera
jo bhi ho so ho
hamein pyaar ka ho aasra
phir chaahe jo ho
hey que sera sera sera
jo bhi ho so ho
hamein pyaar ka ho aasra
phir chaahe jo ho

pyaar jaise hai purab-pashchim
pyaar hai uttar-dakkhin,
yahaan hai pyaar hi har disha
pyaar rog hai
pyaar dard hai
pyaar tode dil ek din
ye hi hai pyaar ka silsila
oo oo
pyaar jaise hai purab-pashchim
pyaar hai uttar-dakkhin,
yahaan hai pyaar hi har disha
pyaar rog hai
pyaar dard hai
pyaar tode dil ek din
ye hi hai pyaar ka silsila
pyaar se hi to rangeen jeevan hai
pyaar se hi dil hai jawaan
pyaar kaanto ka jaise koi ban hai
pyaar se hi gam ka samaan
pyaar se jaane kyon tum ko uljhan hai
pyaar to saari duniya pe hai meharbaan
naujawaano
baat maano
naujawaano

hey que sera sera sera
jo bhi ho so ho
hamein pyaar ka ho aasra
phir chaahe jo ho
hey que sera sera sera
jo bhi ho so ho
hamein pyaar ka ho aasra
phir chaahe jo ho

na na na na naujawaano
na na na na
na na na na
na na na na
na na na na
naujawaano
na na na na
na na na na
na na na na
na na na na
na na na na
na na na na
na na na na

hey que sera sera sera
jo bhi ho so ho
hamein pyaar ka ho aasra
phir chaahe jo ho

hamein pyaar ka ho aasra
phir chaahe jo ho
hey que sera sera sera
jo bhi ho so ho
hamein pyaar ka ho aasra
phir chaahe jo ho
hey que sera sera sera
jo bhi ho so ho
hamein pyaar ka ho aasra
phir chaahe jo ho

pyaar pyaar pyaar pyaar pyaar pyaar

ok ok ok ok. . .

pyaar pyaar pyaar pyaar pyaar pyaar

hamein pyaar ka ho aasra
phir chaahe jo ho
hamein pyaar ka ho aasra
phir chaahe jo ho

hey que sera sera sera
jo bhi ho so ho
hamein pyaar ka ho aasra
phir chaahe jo ho
phir chaahe jo ho
phir chaahe jo ho
phir chaahe jo ho


This article is written by Raja, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Blog Day : 3510 Post No. : 14101

It’s not easy writing this. I’ve written many posts here on the death anniversaries of various artistes – but in all those cases, I’ve had the benefit of distance of time from the event. Even if it is the first death anniversary, at least 365 days have passed since. That does make a difference. Today’s post isn’t a death anniversary post. It’s a tribute post, of course, but the artiste in question has just left us a few hours ago! And we are still in mourning. Which is why I write this post now with a lot of sadness in my heart.

This morning, when I woke up, I got the news that was like a bolt from the blue – that Sridevi, one of the most famous and popular actresses of our times, was no more. When I checked my whatsapp messages today, a regular morning routine, there was a message from one of my nieces – “This Sridevi news has left me so disturbed. She was my all-time favourite”.

I immediately checked Twitter, which is my usual go-to source for latest news. And sure enough – it was real, not a fake news item. Twitter is notorious for fake news being spread – but this time, unfortunately, there was nothing fake about this. Tributes were pouring in on Twitter.

I took a deep breath. It all seemed so unbelievable, it took me a while to digest the news. Sridevi  had died a few hours earlier of a cardiac arrest in Dubai. She had gone to attend a family wedding – it turned out to be her last day on this earth. There were pictures of her from just a few hours earlier – she looked just fine. In fact, she looked more than fine, she looked gorgeous – like she’d always looked. I was not aware of any health complaints of any sort. So then how did this suddenly happen?

There are theories floating around, some to do with her diet, pills etc. I do not want to discuss any of this here – it is all in the realm of speculation anyway, and I am sure we will get to hear more about it in the days to come.  Right now, all I know is that my thoughts have been with her all day today. I can see Sridevi’s face right in front of my eyes –superbly expressive, that twinkle in her eye, that smile. I can see her dancing, whether as a Naagin, or doing a break-dance in Michael Jackson style – completely at ease with both.

I can see her portraying a docile, innocent Anju one minute, and a chaalu Chaalbaaz Manju the very next. That is / was Sridevi. She could do both sadness and madness to such perfection within minutes – and you wouldn’t be able to say she was acting. No wonder she won many millions of fans all over the world. And not just Hindi film fans. Sure, she reigned as superstar for almost a decade in the Hindi film industry but her career in the South Indian film industry was not just longer, it was also probably far richer.

There will be many obituary and tribute pieces written for Sridevi in the days to come. As is common, her entire life will be detailed – from her early days to her final ones. Her career will be discussed in great detail, as will her personal life. I choose not to add to the repetitive element of these. I am no expert on Sridevi anyway – and anyone who wants a lot of facts on her is better advised to seek out one of those other sources. As is my wont, I will discuss Sridevi here from a personal perspective.

Hmm, where do I start? When did I first hear of Sridevi? I must admit that I first heard of Sridevi only in the late 1970s, though she had already become a popular name in South Indian cinema for some years by then. I lived in Eastern India at that time, where the exposure to South Indian cinema was very limited – and I’d heard of very few actors and actresses of the South.  Of course I’d heard of the legends (Sivaji Ganesan, MGR, Gemini Ganesan, Savitri, KR Vijaya etc.) but of the then-current lot, I’d not heard of many. Yes, I’d heard of Kamalahasan and Rajinikanth, though I’d not seen any of their films. As for heroines, I got to hear names like Sripriya, Srividya, Sujatha. And Sridevi. To me, the name Sridevi was just one of these names at that time.

Around that time, South Indian producers once again began to show interest in making Hindi films. Of course earlier too they had made a lot of films but the pace had slackened in the 1970s. It suddenly began picking up towards the end of the decade. Understandably these producers wanted to work with actors they were familiar with. So, just like Jamuna and KR Vijaya in an earlier generation, we got to see new South Indian faces entering the Hindi film industry.

Thus, in 1979, we got news that two big-name South Indian actresses would be seen in Hindi films. Jayaprada would be seen in a film called ‘Sargam’ (1979), and Sridevi would be seen in a film called ‘Solvaan Saawan’ (1978). ‘Sargam’ became a huge hit – and set Jayaprada on her way to success in the Hindi film industry. ‘Solvaan Saawan’, on the other hand, just came and went – and with that seemed to sink Sridevi’s future too in Hindi films. She simply seemed to have disappeared from the Hindi film scene.

For a while, I forgot about the existence of Sridevi, even as she was becoming a progressively more popular and successful star in the South. As it is, Hindi films rolled merrily on – with established heroines like Zeenat Aman, Hema, Parveen and Reena Roy, and a new set of heroines like Poonam Dhillon, Rati Agnihotri, Padmini Kolhapure, Anita Raaj and Deepti Naval.

By then, I was getting increasingly busy with my studies and was not able to keep pace with Hindi movies.

Then came 1983 and ‘Himmatwaala’ happened.  Sridevi returned with a bang. This film, in which she starred opposite Jeetendra, turned out to be a smash hit, with the songs becoming super-duper hits. Ironically for me, these songs only hastened my distaste for songs of that period, a distaste that had been formed with songs like “Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain”, “. . .Chaaye Pe Bulaaya Hai” becoming big hits. From then on, I almost completely shut myself off from Hindi films for a while.

‘Himmatwaala’ was one in a string of films from South India, many of which were commercially successful during the 1980s. Many of them starred Sridevi, Jeetendra and Jayaprada. Some starred Rajesh Khanna. But I had got a mental block about these films. So while Sridevi and Jayaprada were becoming big stars in Hindi cinema, I refused to watch their films. Years later, around 2007, I did watch ‘Himmatwaala’ on TV, keeping my expectations very low. Must admit it wasn’t all THAT bad!

Despite this mental block, I did watch the odd Sridevi film. The first one I remember watching was ‘Sadma’ (1983). I remember thinking “Oh, so THIS is Sridevi!”.  I liked her in the film. Then I watched ‘Tohfa’ (1984). Only because it was being screened in our local club and my friends persuaded me to watch it. I went in with very low expectations – and was therefore not very disappointed. Again, I liked Sridevi in the film. But then I’m not a particularly big fan of Jayaprada. So in comparison, I’d any day prefer to watch a Sridevi film. And then I watched ‘Moondram Pirai’ (1982), the Tamil classic – of which ‘Sadma’ is a remake. Apart from these three films, I didn’t watch a single Sridevi film in the 80s.

Thankfully her career wasn’t dependent on my taste at the time 🙂 otherwise it would not have taken off at all. She kept going from strength to strength. By 1986, when she would be seen in ‘Sultanat’, ‘Aakhri Raasta’, ‘Jaanbaaz’, ‘Karma’ and ‘Nagina’ – all big movies, I realized that whether I was watching her movies or not, the whole of India seemed to be watching them. And loving her.

I realized that though there were other heroines like Meenakshi Seshadri and Dimple Kapadia who had the odd hit film, and Jayaprada was still very much in the mix, Sridevi had gone ahead of them all. She was now probably the No.1 heroine of the time. (Rekha, by then, was in a league of her own).

Then in 1987, Shekhar Kapur’s ‘Mr. India’ hit the screens – and that probably sealed it. Anyone who had any doubts about Sridevi’s rank in the industry was effectively shut up by this film. Her “Hawa Hawaii” song was a rage all over India. And then there was “Kaate Nahin Kat’te Ye Din Ye Raat”, which was Sridevi all the way.

Around this time, it was not inconceivable that a film would run on Sridevi’s name alone. She had earned that superstar status. On the male front, Amitabh Bachchan in the mid to late 1980s wasn’t having a good run. And none of the other male stars were quite superstar material yet. Sridevi was.

Yet she continued to act in a remarkable number of poor-to-average films – such was the quality of films in the 1980s! You can hardly blame the actor for that. You were lucky if there was one memorable film in ten. Most films could be forgotten the moment you stepped out of the hall.

Of her other well-known films, two from 1989 come to mind – ‘Chaandni’ and ‘Chaalbaaz’. I remember ‘Chaandni’ becoming a superhit. I’m not so sure about ‘Chaalbaaz’ – though it is one of my favourite Sridevi films. She plays a double role – and how. The film, a remake of ‘Seeta Aur Geeta’ (1972), is a hilarious comedy, completely owned by Sridevi.

1991 saw ‘Lamhe’ – another landmark film in her career. Once again, Sridevi was seen in a double role. Mother and daughter. A very different sort of film. I think ‘Lamhe’ failed at the box-office – it was a storyline that the audience found difficult to accept. But that does not take away from Sridevi’s performance.

1992 saw ‘Khuda Gawaah’, again a double role for Sridevi. Mother and daughter again. I wonder if any heroine has done more double roles than Sridevi. Fabulous scenes of Afghanistan, fabulous acting by Sridevi.

1993 had the resounding and expensive flop, ‘Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja’. After this, her career took a dip – and after ‘Judaai’ (1997), she was next to be seen in a lead role, goodness, 15 years later, in ‘English Vinglish’ (2012). And what a performance! It was SUCH a pleasure to see her in this film, putting up such a mature performance, that I was left wondering what might’ve been in the preceding 15 years.

Oh, one thing. I saw each one of the films I’ve mentioned above only after 1995. Yes, even her 1980s hits. Like I said before, I studiously stayed away from 1980s films at the time they were released. Not just Sridevi films, but all 1980s films. In the process, I might have missed some good ones too. I caught up with many of them later. After 1995.

And as I watched Sridevi, I could understand why she had become such a superstar. Beyond her looks and her amazing dancing ability, there was a fine actor. Not everyone realizes this – but her ability to take a scene to a different level altogether, just with her facial expressions, a roll of the eyes, a smile from the side of her mouth, all of this added to producing a memorable performance. And I daresay unlike the male superstars, her mannerisms didn’t come across as clichéd, even if she repeated them. She only endeared herself even more to the audience.

Yes, I could fully understand why Sridevi was a superstar. But ironically I realized this only after she had conceded the top spot to Madhuri Dixit, herself a deserving No.1. Many folks make a big deal of the Sridevi – Madhuri rivalry. I’ve never cared about it – each actor has his/her time and ups and downs. Both Sridevi and Madhuri were terrific actors and entertainers – and that is the main reason they were loved so much by the public. Anyway, the timing when the realization hit me, is irrelevant. What’s important is she is loved by millions of people. The outpouring of grief today is testimony to this. Whether you are a superstar or not, is secondary.

Let’s move on to the song for today.

I’ve picked this song from ‘Chaalbaaz’ (1989). It’s one of my favourite Sridevi films. I have watched it multiple times – and can still watch it. A ‘Seeta Aur Geeta’ (1972) remake, Sridevi here plays Anju (the docile one) and Manju (the chaalu one). The male leads are played by Sunny Deol and Rajinikanth. Though the film stars Anupam Kher, Rohini Hattangadi and Shakti Kapoor too, the film belongs to Sridevi. The dialogues are hilarious – check them out on youtube.

The song for today showcases, to some extent, why Sridevi was so popular. Just look at her bindaas dancing, just look at the expressions on her face. This is classic Sridevi. You cannot but love her in this song. Although it features Sunny Deol too, and a whole host of supporting dancers, Sridevi clearly steals the show. I’ve watched the song five times already today. It’s one way of remembering Sridevi. I am sure you will like the song too. Just observe Sridevi through the song – she is having so much fun, this song will just lift your spirits.

Lyrics have been provided by Avinashji. He was kind enough to offer to write them up, as soon as he got to know that I was planning to do this write-up. Thanks a lot, Avinashji.

Thank you for all the wonderful memories, Sridevi. You will always remain in our hearts.


Song – Na Jaane Kahaan Se Aayi Hai (Chaalbaaz) (1989) Singer – Amit Kumar, Kavita Krishnamurty, Lyrics – Anand Bakshi, MD – Laxmikant Pyaarelal
Unidentified Male Voice
Chorus

Lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)

dub dub dub dub dub dub du ru ru ru
dub dub dub dub dub dub du ru ru ru
dub dub dub dub dub dub du ru ru ru
dub dub dub du u u u 

naa jaane kahaan se aayi hai
naa jaane kahaan ko jaayegi
deewaana kise banaayegi ye ladki

badi chhoti hai mulaaqaat
bade afsos ki hai baat

hu u  u u u yaa

kisi ke haath naa aayegi ye ladki ee
ru u u u
kisi ke haath naa aayegi ye ladki ee
ru u u u

naa jaane kahaan se aayi hai
naa jaane kahaan ko jaayegi
deewaana kise banaayegi ye ladki

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
ooh a

ye bheega huaa badan tera
is dil mein aag lagaa dega
ye bheega huaa badan tera
is dil mein aag lagaa dega
chhaayega baadal zulfon ka
to paagal tujhe banaa degaa aa
paagal tujhe banaa degaa aa
tu ru ru ru ru ru u u
tu ru ru ru ru ru u u

karega yaad mujhe din raat
bade afsos ki hai baat
hu u  u u u yaa
kisi ke haath naa aayegi ye ladki ee
ru u u u
kisi ke haath naa aayegi ye ladki ee
ru u u u

[undeciphered sound]

ye ladki bheegi bhaagi si
kya ghar se bhaag ke aayi hai
ye ladki bheegi bhaagi si
kya ghar se bhaag ke aayi hai
ye ladki nahin hai naagin hai
jo neend se jaag ke aayi hai
jo neend se jaag ke aayi hai

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

mere haathon mein de de haath
bade afsos ki hai baat
hu u u u u aa
kisi ke haath naa aayegi ye ladki ee
ru u u u
kisi ke haath naa aayegi ye ladki ee
ru u u u

[undeciphered sound]

ha ha ha ha ha ha hmm
aaraam se baitho paas mere
darne ki koyi baat nahin
aaraam se baitho paas mere
darne ki koyi baat nahin
main tumse pyaar karun mere
aise to bure haalaat nahin
aise to bure haalaat nahin

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

karegi yaad mujhe din raat
bade afsos ki hai baat
hu u u u u aa
tumhaare haath naa aayegaa
ye ladka
ru u u u
tumhaare haath naa aayegaa
ye ladka aa
ru u u u

naa jaane kahaan se aayi hai
naa jaane kahaan ko jaayegi
deewaana kise banaayegi ye ladki ee

badi chhoti hai mulaaqaat
bade afsos ki hai baat
hu u u u u aa

kisi ke haath naa aayegi ye ladki ee
ru u u u

kisi ke haath naa aayegi ye ladki ee
ru u u u

dub dub dub dub dub dub du ru ru ru
dub dub dub dub dub dub du ru ru ru
dub dub dub dub dub dub du ru ru ru
dub dub dub du u u u 
ru u u ru ru ru ru
ru ru ru ru ru ru ru u u
dub dub dub dub dub dub du ru ru ru
dub dub dub dub dub dub du ru ru ru
dub dub dub dub dub dub du ru ru ru
dub dub dub du u u u 
ru u u ru ru ru ru
ru ru ru ru ru ru ru u u
dub dub dub dub dub dub du ru ru ru
dub dub dub dub dub dub du ru ru ru
dub dub dub dub dub dub du ru ru ru
dub dub dub du u u u 
ru oo oo oo

———————————————————————————
Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Avinash Scrapwala)
———————————————————————————

डुब डुब डुब डुब डुब डुब डू रु रु रु
डुब डुब डुब डुब डुब डुब डू रु रु रु
डुब डुब डुब डुब डुब डुब डू रु रु रु
डुब डुब डुब डू रु रु रु

ना जाने कहाँ से आयी है
ना जाने कहाँ को जायेगी
दीवाना किसे बनाएगी ये लड़की

बड़ी छोटी है मुलाक़ात
बड़े अफ़सोस कि है बात

हु उ उ उ उ या

किसी के हाथ ना आएगी ये लड़की ई
रु उ उ उ
किसी के हाथ ना आएगी ये लड़की ई
रु उ उ उ
ना जाने कहाँ से आयी है
ना जाने कहाँ को जायेगी
दीवाना किसे बनाएगी ये लड़की

हा हा हा हा हा हा हा
हा हा हा हा हा हा हा
उह अ

ये भीगा हुआ बदन तेरा
इस दिल में आग लगा देगा
ये भीगा हुआ बदन तेरा
इस दिल में आग लगा देगा
छाएगा बादल जुल्फों का
तो पागल तुझे बना देगा आ
पागल तुझे बना देगा आ

तू रु रु रु रु रु रु उ उ
तू रु रु रु रु रु रु उ उ

करेगा याद मुझे दिन रात
बड़े अफ़सोस कि है बात
हु उ उ उ उ या
किसी के हाथ ना आएगी ये लड़की ई
रु उ उ उ
किसी के हाथ ना आएगी ये लड़की ई
रु उ उ उ

(असपष्ट शब्द )

ये लड़की भीगी भागी सी
क्या घर से भाग के आयी है

ये लड़की भीगी भागी सी
क्या घर से भाग के आयी है
ये लड़की नहीं है नागन है ‘
जो नींद से जाग के आयी है
जो नींद से जाग के आयी है

रु रु रु रु रु रु
रु रु रु रु रु रु

मेरे हाथों में दे दे हाथ
बड़े अफ़सोस कि है बात
हु उ उ उ उ या
किसी के हाथ ना आएगी ये लड़की ई
रु उ उ उ
किसी के हाथ ना आएगी ये लड़की ई
रु उ उ उ

(असपष्ट शब्द )

हा हा हा हा हा हा हम्म

आराम से बैठो पास मेरे
डरने कि कोई बात नहीं
आराम से बैठो पास मेरे
डरने कि कोई बात नहीं
मैं तुमसे प्यार करूँ मेरे
ऐसे तो बुरे हालात नहीं
ऐसे तो बुरे हालात नहीं

रु रु रु रु रु रु
रु रु रु रु रु रु

करेगी याद मुझे दिन रात
बड़े अफ़सोस कि है बात
हु उ उ उ उ या
तुम्हारे हाथ ना आयेगा
ये लड़का
रु उ उ उ
तुम्हारे हाथ ना आयेगा
ये लड़का
रु उ उ उ

ना जाने कहाँ से आयी है
ना जाने कहाँ को जायेगी
दीवाना किसे बनाएगी ये लड़की

बड़ी छोटी है मुलाक़ात
बड़े अफ़सोस कि है बात

हु उ उ उ उ या
किसी के हाथ ना आएगी ये लड़की ई
रु उ उ उ
किसी के हाथ ना आएगी ये लड़की ई

रु उ उ उ

डुब डुब डुब डुब डुब डुब डू रु रु रु
डुब डुब डुब डुब डुब डुब डू रु रु रु
डुब डुब डुब डुब डुब डुब डू रु रु रु
डुब डुब डुब डू रु रु रु
रु उ उ रु रु रु रु
रु रु रु रु रु रु रु उ उ

डुब डुब डुब डुब डुब डुब डू रु रु रु
डुब डुब डुब डुब डुब डुब डू रु रु रु
डुब डुब डुब डुब डुब डुब डू रु रु रु
डुब डुब डुब डू रु रु रु
रु उ उ रु रु रु रु
रु रु रु रु रु रु रु उ उ

डुब डुब डुब डुब डुब डुब डू रु रु रु
डुब डुब डुब डुब डुब डुब डू रु रु रु
डुब डुब डुब डुब डुब डुब डू रु रु रु
डुब डुब डुब डू रु रु रु
रु ऊ ऊ ऊ

 


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Hullo all Atulwaasis

I want to thank a few people who made me what I am. And the few means a small number of 25 or so teachers. Today (5 september 2017) is TEACHER’s Day.

During school days, we used to eagerly wait for this day. Those were the days when we didn’t have regular pocket money and we had to put an application to our parents for anything from Re. 1 to Rs. 5 (depending on what the class organizing committee would have set as the minimum individual contribution.)
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This article is written by Peevesie’s Mom, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Hullo Atulwaasis

Today’s(3 september 2017) post is inspired by this post of Atulji. To be more exact I have been saving up this post ever since this was posted and this was mentioned in the comments by Bharatji and Maheshji.

I was saving this song to present it on the occasion of the birthdate of two people involved in this song.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Today, 21st June is designated as the World Music Day. The reminders checked in quite late in the afternoon today. The historical details about this event are available on the internet, and our dear Arun ji has also summarized them in a brief post on the Whatsapp group.

As I set down thinking about this event, and to search out an appropriate song for today, my mind almost immediately went to the 1985 film ‘Sur Sangam’.  In my mind, this is probably the best film on the theme of classical music, in the recent decades. Times are past that classical music and the legends of this art form used to be the central themes of many a film, especially from the historical perspective, in the decades that coincide with the golden era of Hindi film music. Historical persona such as Tansen and Baiju, Narsi Mehta and Meerabai, Kalidas and Soordas, Kabir and Rani Roopmati have been central themes and central characters of many a film till the decade of 1970s. Beyond that, I cannot easily recall a film whose theme and storyline is based primarily on classical music.
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