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This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, 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’s song is from a comparatively new film ‘Lagaan’ (2001). The song,written by Javed Akhtar and composed by AR Rahman, is sung by 5 singers, viz. Alka Yagnik, Shaan, Shankar Mahadevan, Sukhwinder Singh and Udit Narayan. Why do I feel some readers are smiling after reading my above sentence calling ‘Lagaan’ as a new film ? As compared to what my forte has been so far (old films from 1930s to 1970), ‘Lagaan’ IS a comparatively new film. . . at least for me !

I have always believed that there are no boundaries for good films and good music. Fortunately, even today, we still get occasional good films. Of course everybody’s views may be different on this issue. I found that today, the films have better technical values, a bigger canvas and they try to cater to the Indian as well as non Indian audience, since nowadays most big budget films are shown outside India, where they are in big demand.

I am a great fan of Aamir Khan – the Actor. As a person, I don’t like his views, quotes and antics, but I respect his dedication to the roles he does in his films. Despite so many years, he has retained his quality of acting, involvement and his urge to excel and be a different actor. That is why, probably, he chooses to do fewer films than his other contemporaries. May be he believes that “Quantity is always at the cost of quality” !

When Ashutosh Govarikar, the director of ‘Lagaan’, first wrote the film script of ‘Lagaan’, he had decided that only Aamir khan is fit to do the role of Bhuvan. However, after hearing the script, Aamir Khan flatly refused to do the film. He told Ashutosh, “You have broken every rule of Hindi film making in this script (there are 5 such rules). There is a great risk in the film. Dont count me in this “.

Undeterred, Ashutosh made another draft, along with some dialogues. It took him one year. Then he contacted Aamir again, “I have a fresh script”. Aamir was ready to listen, but he asked “I hope it is not the same one having cricket and lagaan ?”  Ashutosh confirmed it was the same. Aamir said, “Then I don’t want to waste 3 hours of mine and yours. Forget it.” When Ashutosh insisted as a friend, Aamir gave him time. . . after one month.

After hearing the revised script, Aamir seemed excited and said, “Yes, I will do this film.”  Then the question came about producer. They went to many producers, but none was ready to do this film. One producer suggested, “In the end show that Bhuvan stabs Captain Russel with a stump, after the match.”  Ashutosh left his place without even responding. Finally they decided that the film has to be produced by Aamir himself. Aamir floated a company – Aamir Khan Productions Pvt Ltd. He and Mansoor Khan produced the film. This was probably the first time when a production company was formed for a script. Normally first the company is formed and the script comes later.

Some critics tried to claim that the ‘Lagaan’ theme is a copy or inspired from ‘Naya Daur’ (1957). Like Shankar in ‘Naya Daur’, Bhuvan also accepts the challenge inspite of villagers’ opposition. Like Rajni,  Gauri supports Bhuvan. Ajit, the one sided lover of Rajni, becomes hero’s enemy in ‘Naya Daur’. In ‘Lagaan’, Yashpal Sharma (Lakha) loves Gauri and becomes Bhuvan’s enemy etc. They showed the film to BR Chopra. He was terribly impressed and immediately wrote a letter to them. He said “In ‘Naya Daur’ the theme was ‘Man v/s Machine’. In your film the theme is ‘Man v/s the Oppressor”. It is totally different, no similarity at all. It is an independent excellent story.”

Ashutosh was very clear in his approach. The film was NOT on cricket. It was on an unjustified taxation and the villagers’ fight against it. ‘Fight for survival’ was the principle here. Villagers were unhappy as there were no rains and then this double Lagaan (taxation) came. The film showed how people get ready to fight the injustice. Even in the advertisements of the film, cricket was never mentioned initially.

The film created records in India as well as abroad. Whenever the film was shown in any International Film Festival and to the Oscar dignitaries, distributors used to throng for rights. The film was dubbed in French and Italian. It became the first Hindi film to be shown in Sweden, Finland and Brazil. The population in those countries did not even know what was the game of cricket. What appealed to them was the villager’s fight against injustice. In few countries just before the film. the general rules of cricket were shown to the audience.

The cast of the film is Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, Suhasini Mulay, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Raghuveer Yadav, Rachel Shelley, Paul Blackthorne etc. Before the film was released anywhere, it was first shown to people of Bhuj, where it was shot, as per Aamir’s promise. It was released in United Kingdom, China, Italy, France, USA, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Hong kong, the middle east and many other countries. In India, it was released on 15-6-2001, along with its premiere in UK. With a budget of Rs 250 million, it grossed 700  million rupees in its first week itself.

I liked this movie very much, like many other Aamir Khan films. I am not giving its story which is too well known. it was given by our own Nahm ji when she discussed its first song on this blog some time back. By coincidence, Peevesie’s Dad ji posted the second song of this film, coinciding with our young member and his daughter Peevesie’s birthday on Saturday, the 23rd December. Today’s song is the 3rd song from the film. The film has 7 songs and one dance instrumental piece. All songs are written by Javed Akhtar and composed by AR Rahman.

The situation of this song, which is a song from film’s opening scenes, is that villagers are worried as there are no rains for a long time. Suddenly, dark black clouds gather over the skies, making them feel that rains will come anytime now. They start celebrations and sing this song. But Alas ! the black clouds disappear as suddenly as they had come and gloom spreads over the village again. Just watch the feelings on the faces of the villagers before and after the cloud entry and exit. Enjoyable song. . . and the film !

(Note: Thanks to an adapted article by late Abhijit Desai about ‘Lagaan’. )

 


Song – Ghanan Ghanan Ghir Ghir Aaye Badra (Lagaan) (2001) Singers – Alka Yagnik, Shaan, Shankar Mahadevan, Sukhvinder Singh, Udit Narayan, Lyrics – Javed Akhtar, MD – AR Rahman
Male Chorus
Female Chorus
All Chorus

Lyrics 

ghan ghanan ghanan
ghan ghanan ghanan

ghan ghanan ghanan
ghan ghanan ghanan

ghan ghanan ghanan
ghan ghanan ghanan

ghan ghanan ghanan
ghan ghanan ghanan

ghan ghanan ghanan
ghan ghanan ghanan

ghan ghanan ghanan

ghan ghanan ghanan ghir ghir aaye badraa
ghan ghanghor kaare chhaaye badraa
dhamak dhamak goonje badraa ke danke
chamak chamak dekho bijuriya chamke
mann dhadkaaye badarwaa
mann dhadkaaye badarwaa
mann
mann dhadkaaye badarwaa. . .

kaale megha kaale megha
paani to barsaao
kaale megha kaale megha
paani to barsaao
bijuri ki talwaar nahin
boondon ke baan chalaao

megha chhaaye
barkhaa laaye
ghir ghir aaye
ghir ke aaye..ey..ey..ey..ey. . .
kahin mann machal machal
na yun chal sambhal sambhal
gaye din badal
tu ghar se nikal
barasne waala hai amrit jal..ll..ll. . .
duvidha ke din beet gaye
bhaiyyaa malhaar sunaao

ghanan ghanan ghir ghir aaye badraa
ghan ghanghor kaare chhaaye badraa
dhamak dhamak goonje badraa ke danke
chamak chamak dekho bijuriya chamke
mann dhadkaaye badarwaa
mann dhadkaaye badarwaa
mann
mann dhadkaaye badarwaa. . .

ras agar barsega
kaun phir tarsega
koyaliya gaayegi baithi munderon par
jo panchhi gaayenge
naye din aayenge
ujaale muskura denge andheron par
prem ki barkha mein
bheege bheege tan mann
dharti pe dekhenge paani ka darpan
jaiyo tum jahaan jahaan
dekhiyo wahaan wahaan
yehi ik samaa
ke dharti yahaan
ho pehne saat rangon ki chunariyaa..aa..aa. . .

ghanan ghanan ghir ghir aaye badraa
ghan ghanghor kaare chhaaye badraa
dhamak dhamak goonje badraa ke danke
chamak chamak dekho bijuriya chamke
mann dhadkaaye badarwaa
mann dhadkaaye badarwaa
mann
mann dhadkaaye badarwaa. . .

pedon par jhoole daalo
aur oonchi paing badhaao
kaale megha kaale megha
paani to barsaao
kaale megha kaale megha
paani to barsaao
bijuri ki talwaar nahin
boondon ke baan chalaao

hey..ey.ey hey ey
hmm hmm hmm hmm
hmm hmm hmm hmm
ho oo oo oo ooooo

aai hai rut matwaali
bichhaane hariyaali
ye apne sang mein laayi hai saawan ko
ye bijuri ki paayal
ye baadal ka aanchal
sajaane laayi hai dharti ki dulhan ko
daali daali pehnegi phoolon ke kangan
sukh ab barsega aangan aangan..nn..nn
khilegi ab kali kali
hansegi ab gali gali
hawa jo chali
to rut lagi bhali
jalaa de jo tan mann wo dhoop dhali

ghanan ghanan ghan
ghanan ghanan ghan

kaale megha kaale megha
paani to barsaao
paani to barsaao
bijuri ki talwaar nahin
boondon ke baan chalaao
boondon ke baan chalaao
ghanan ghanan ghir ghir aaye badraa
ghan ghanghor kaare chhaaye badraa
dhamak dhamak goonje badraa ke danke
chamak chamak dekho. . .

ghanan ghanan ghan
ghanan ghanan ghan

ghanan ghanan ghan
ghanan ghanan ghan

ghanan ghanan ghan
ghanan ghanan ghan

ghanan ghanan ghan
ghanan ghanan ghan

ghanan ghanan ghan
ghanan ghanan ghan

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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घन घनन घनन
घन घनन घनन

घन घनन घनन
घन घनन घनन

घन घनन घनन
घन घनन घनन

घन घनन घनन
घन घनन घनन

घन घनन घनन
घन घनन घनन

घन घनन घनन

घन घनन घनन घिर घिर आए बदरा
घन घनघोर कारे छाए बदरा
धमक धमक गूँजे बदरा के डंके
चमक चमक देखो बिजुरिया चमके
मन धड़काये बदरवा
मन धड़काये बदरवा
मन
मन धड़काये बदरवा॰॰॰

काले मेघा काले मेघा
पानी तो बरसाओ
काले मेघा काले मेघा
पानी तो बरसाओ
बिजुरी की तलवार नहीं
बूंदों के बाण चलाओ

मेघा छाए
बरखा लाये
घिर घिर आए
घिर के आये॰॰ए॰॰ए॰॰ए॰॰ए॰॰॰
कहीं मन मचल मचल
ना यूं चल संभल संभल
गए दिन बदल
तू घर से निकल
बरसने वाला है अमृत जल॰॰ल्ल॰॰ल्ल॰॰॰
दुविधा के दिन बीत गए
भईय्या मल्हार सुनाओ

घनन घनन घिर घिर आए बदरा
घन घनघोर कारे छाए बदरा
धमक धमक गूँजे बदरा के डंके
चमक चमक देखो बिजुरिया चमके
मन धड़काये बदरवा
मन धड़काये बदरवा
मन
मन धड़काये बदरवा॰॰॰

रस अगर बरसेगा
कौन फिर तरसेगा
कोयलिया गाएगी बैठी मुँडेरों पर
जो पंछी गाएँगे
नए दिन आएंगे
उजाले मुस्कुरा देंगे अँधेरों पर
प्रेम की बरखा में
भीगे भीगे तन मन
धरती पे देखेंगे पानी का दर्पण
जइयो तुम जहां जहां
देखियों वहाँ वहाँ
यही इक समा
के धरती यहाँ
हो पहने सात रंगों की चुनरिया॰॰आ॰॰आ॰॰॰

घनन घनन घिर घिर आए बदरा
घन घनघोर कारे छाए बदरा
धमक धमक गूँजे बदरा के डंके
चमक चमक देखो बिजुरिया चमके
मन धड़काये बदरवा
मन धड़काये बदरवा
मन
मन धड़काये बदरवा॰॰॰

पेड़ों पर झूले डालो
और ऊंची पेंग बढ़ाओ
काले मेघा काले मेघा
पानी तो बरसाओ
काले मेघा काले मेघा
पानी तो बरसाओ
बिजुरी की तलवार नहीं
बूंदों के बाण चलाओ

हे॰॰ए॰॰ए हे ए
हम्मम हम्मम हम्मम हम्मम
हम्मम हम्मम हम्मम हम्मम
हो ओ ओ ओ ओsss

आई है रूत मतवाली
बिछाने हरियाली
ये अपने संग में लाई है सावन को
ये बिजुरी की पायल
ये बादल का आँचल
सजाने लाई है धरती की दुल्हन को
डाली डाली पहनेगी फूलों के कंगन
सुख अब बरसेगा आँगन आँगन॰॰न्न॰॰न्न
खिलगे अब कली कली
हँसेगी अब गली गली
हवा जो चली
तो रुत लगी भली
जला दे जो तन मन वो धूप ढली

घन घनन घनन
घन घनन घनन

काले मेघा काले मेघा
पानी तो बरसाओ
पानी तो बरसाओ
बिजुरी की तलवार नहीं
बूंदों के बाण चलाओ
बूंदों के बाण चलाओ
घनन घनन घिर घिर आए बदरा
घन घनघोर कारे छाए बदरा
धमक धमक गूँजे बदरा के डंके
चमक चमक देखो॰ ॰ ॰

घन घनन घनन
घन घनन घनन

घन घनन घनन
घन घनन घनन

घन घनन घनन
घन घनन घनन

घन घनन घनन
घन घनन घनन

घन घनन घनन
घन घनन घनन

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This article is written by Peevesie’s dad, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a new 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.

23rd Dec…

One of the most Memorable day in my life. That day my bundle of joy was born. A sweet little baby. Hence everybody called her sweety. I still remember lot of her child hood mannerisms…My son had stiff resistance to drinking milk. But, my daughter, at the age of say 6 months …the moment she hears the activities of milk preparing will rush to the pillow and lie down face up to be ready for drinking milk…

Till she joined the pre-nursery she didn’t utter a word. But she was able to communicate exactly what she wanted without even uttering a word.

Once she joined school she started talking..and talking..and talking…

As a child the bonhomie between brother and sister was something special. something to be marked. something to be cherished. Even now I think of those days …I can only see The beautiful baby in a blue printed frock holding the fingers of her brother and moving around.

The first day, when we shifted our house from Dahisar to Deonar, is still fresh in my mind. My son a go getter (he was just 4-year-old at that time), went out and made friends with other children of the society in 10 minutes. Within no time he brought them home to show them his kid-sister as if she was a trophy to be displayed to them ..as if she was an inseparable part of his self..

When she was a baby her activities started at mid night and she would be full of energy till 3AM and 4am…And the poor me has to spend sleepless nights to take care of her. Infact till she reached her age of 3 I did not get to sleep properly at nights…

There are some unforgettable incidents during her childhood..

We were traveling from Chennai to Bangalore after my brother’s marriage. My daughter was just 10 months old, Due to some confusion we arrived say by 10.30 at station thinking 11.30 is the departure time. But the actual departure time was 10.45, my Mother-in-law was carrying my daughter & my wife was taking care of the son and children’s bag. I was carrying other luggage. I had told the coach no was S4….We were all running towards the coach since it was last minute. We all got in into the coach and suddenly I saw my mother-in-law & daughter were missing. I checked inside and outside. No signs, I saw the TTE standing outside and requested him to delay the train for some time since my baby is missing. By the time two whistles were blown. He told he is helpless. I was getting restless. My son started crying loudly. I looked here and there not knowing what to do. What if all of us get down and they are in some other compartment. What if we travel thinking they are in the train but they have not boarded. The stories of eunuch taking away the babies went in to my thoughts and I felt a cold wave getting in to my body. I did only thing I knew. Pray Pray. Then all of a sudden, I saw my mother-in-law getting down with the baby from S6 all pareshan. I pulled her hugged the baby and dragged her in to S4 to breathe a sigh of relief…and within seconds the train left…

And next episode is when she was three-year-old. She was sick and she was attended by a doctor next door who had his clinic across the road. She was having dysentery and vomiting. She did not get well even after two days. On a Saturday afternoon my wife went to the doctor’s house (just net door) and requested him see the baby. He told nothing to worry and that he would see her at 6 PM in his consulting room. At 6 Pm we carried her weak body to the doctor. There he told me that the situation is serious and I had to admit her to some hospital. The anger in me wanted to kill him. But I thought first things first. To admit her in hospital some money was required. Those days there were no ATMs. There was not much money in hand. I was helpless. I prayed and miraculously I saw my in-laws walking in to my house on their return from New Mumbai just to say a hello !

They had some money and we admitted her to a nearby hospital. The doctor had to come from Sion through the traffic jams. Finally, he arrived by 8 PM, administered some injections and drips. I was in hospital throughout the night praying. And by morning she was all right. Thank God again..

She was bindass or bold as a child…During the stage functions in the society she would pick up the microphone and would narrate stories\ jokes etc… The previous day we had cracked an adult joke between me and my brother. She was around but considering her age we thought she would not understand. But to our astonishment she picked up the mike and narrated the joke to all where the gathering consisting of elders\ youngsters and children didn’t know what to do. I just hid myself somewhere…

I am describing a person who calls herself Peevesie in Atuldom. I spoke about her fearlessness in getting on the stage and facing an audience. There was one more such instance when she was in class 3 or 4. The apartment that we lived in had this custom of celebrating January 26th over two days. There is a pooja followed by some cultural show where in kids of the apartment presented their talent. At that point of time she was not yet a trained dancer but she choreographed and performed, that year’s favourite song (to her), with nearly the same steps that were in the movie. That is when we thought we should train her formally. And she was earnest about it till she found she had to choose between academics and dance. But even now she doesn’t miss an opportunity to dance.

She was an intelligent and hardworking student. My cupboard is full of certificates, trophies of various awards she got during the college….

My greatest moment was when she got admission in the prestigious NID..I was very happy..
The rest is not history but her future. God bless her. I wish her all the best. I love her . miss her keep dancing dear.

Here is the song that I was talking of.


Song-Raadha kaise na jaley (Lagaan)(2001) Singers-Asha Bhonsle, Udit Narayan, Vaishaali, Lyrics-Javed Akhtar, MD-A R Rahman

Lyrics(Provided by Peevesie’s mom)

madhuban mein jo kanhaiya kisi gopi se miley
kabhi muskaaye kabhi chhede
kabhi baat karey
raadha kaise na jaley
raadha kaise na jaley
aag tan man mein lagey
raadha kaise na jaley
raadha kaise na jaley
madhuban mein bhale kaanha kisi gopi se miley
man mein toh raadha ke hi prem ke hain phool khiley
kis liye raadha jale

hoy
kis liye radha jale
hoy
bina soche samjhe
hoy
kis liye raadha jale
kis liye radha jale

ho o o
gopiyaan taare hain
chaand hai raadha
phir kyun hai usko
biswaas aadha
ho o o
gopiyaan taare hain
chaand hai raadha
phir kyun hai usko
biswaas aadha

kaanhaji ka jo sada idhar udhar dhyaan rahe
raadha bechaari ko phir apne pe kya maan rahe
gopiyaan aani jaani hain
raadha toh man ki raani hai
gopiyaan aani jaani hain
raadha toh man ki raani hai
saanjh sakhaare jamuna kinaare
raadha raadha hi kaanha pukaare

oy hoy oy hoy
baahon ke haar jo daale koi kaanha ke galey
raadha kaise na jaley
raadha kaise na jaley

aag tan man mein lage
raadha kaise na jaley
raadha kaise na jaley

na dhir dhin na dhir dhin dhina
ho o o
na dhir dhin na dhir dhin dhina
ho o o
na dhir dhin na dhir dhin dhina
ho o o
na dhir dhin na dhir dhin dhina
ho o o

man mein hai raadhe ko kaanha jo basaaye
toh kaanha kaahe ko usey na bataaye
prem ki apni alag boli alag bhaasa hai
baat nainon se ho
kaanha ki yahi aasa hai

kaanha ki yeh jo naina hain
chheene gopiyon ki chaina hai
kaanha ki yeh jo naina hain
chheene gopiyon ki chaina hai

mili najariya hui baawariya
gori gori si koi gujariya
kaanha ka pyaar kisi gopi ke man mein jo paley
kis liye raadha jaley
raadha jaley
raadha jaley

raadha kaise na jaley

kisliye raadha jaley
raadha kaise na jaley
kis liye raadha jaley
kis liye raadha jaley

raadha kaise na jaley
kisliye raadha jaley
kis liye raadha jaley

aaaaaa aaaaaa
aaaaa
aaaaaaa
aaaaaa aaaaaa
da re da re da re
da re da re da re
da re da re da re
da re da re da re
da re da re da re
da re da re da re

raadha kaise na jaley
raadha kaise na jaley
raadha kaise na jaley


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 to all in atuldom

Yesterday, 10th October we had Rekha celebrating her 63rd. And today 11th October is the 75th birthday of the actor with whom she had a very good pairing from the mid 1970s to 1981.

The one and only – Amitabh Bachchan. Son of the extremely acclaimed Awadhi dialect-Hindi poet Shri Harivanshrai Bachchan and journalist Teji Bachchan. He was born in pre-independent India and his father had named him INQUILAAB, (I have heard Amitabh mention this in a few interviews). Thankfully, on the advice of another famous poet- Sumitranandan Pant- Harivanshraiji changed it to Amitabh – meaning a light that will never die out. I hope our BigB (a term coined by his fans) lives up to his name and continues to entertain us for as long as he wishes.

Initially he faced a lot of rejection from the industry as they felt he looked too thin and extra tall. He was also told that his voice was not suitable for radio; a career that he tried to fall back on as an alternative. But once he succeeded in Bollywood these very traits have made him the darling of the masses. In the initial days of struggle, after debuting as one of the seven hindustaani in KA Abbas’s ‘Saat Hindustani’ (1969), he had also taken up roles as second lead or supporting character to the likes of Manoj Kumar, Rajesh Khanna, Jeetendra, Navin Nischol, Sunil Dutt etc. He made his first appearance as the lead hero in the 1972 film ‘Bombay To Goa’, opposite to Aruna Irani. His luck turned for the better with ‘Zanjeer’ (1973) which got him an introduction to film maker Ramesh Sippy and led to ‘Sholay’ (1975). In between ‘Zanjeer’ and ‘Sholay’ he had a mixed bag of good, very good and not-so-good films like ‘Deewaar’, ‘Gehri Chaal’, ‘Bande Haath’, ‘Abhimaan’, ‘Saudagar’, ‘Namak Haraam’, ‘Roti Kapda aur Makaan’, ‘Majboor’, ‘Zameer’ etc. So, it can be safely said that as an actor he has faced an almost equal measure of successes and failures.

But that was a case when he floated a production house post a not-so-successful stint as a parliamentarian. He has produced some very good shows for television and had (again) a mixed bag of films – some were critically acknowledged some were liked by the audiences and some were torn-apart by both critics and masses – ‘Mrityudaata’ is a case in point.

As far as my falling in love with this actor called Amitabh Bachchanis concerned I suppose it started with listening to the cassette containing the dialogues of “Sholay” and his manner of mouthing -“agar kisine hilne ki koshish ki toh bhoonke rakh doonga”. Like Jai and Veeru said to Thakur in the same filum “hosh sambhalte hi pairon pe khade ho gaye”. I think my “hosh sambhaalna” (becoming conscious of movies and actors) came about the ‘Sholay’ time. And from then on, I have memories of all that I have seen in Bollywood. Ok I have been seeing movies even before ‘Sholay’ happened, ‘Seeta Aur Geeta’, ‘Haathi Mere Saathi’, ‘Aradhana’ etc. But movie watching became a habit after 1975/76. And that was the Amitabh era and I have enjoyed every single movie I was taken too. Whether it is Vijay of ‘Deewaar’, ‘The Great Gambler’, ‘Trishul’, ‘Shakti’ or ‘Don’, or Anthony of “?” (I will not name the movie), or the bumbling professor of “Chupke Chupke”, he was the darling of the masses. I still stop all my work when Amitabh appears on the small screen – ads, movies, ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati?’ etc. And I remember the frenzy the nation went into when he faced near death after an accident on the sets of Manmohan Desai’s ‘Coolie’ and a not-so-great movie went on to become a hit at that time – I think it was ‘Desh Premee’

I feel being stuck in doing almost same kind of roles made him take a sabbatical sometime between 1988-92 or till 1996 (I am not sure as I was living away from Mumbai then in a southern district of Tamil Nadu where we used to get one Hindi movie per year at the most. Shall I just say that he stopped doing movies since I was away? 🙂 But when I returned to Mumbai in 1992, Amitabh was seen in movies where he was trying to play age-appropriate characters and as also his style of movies had changed, probably this was because Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra, the two with whom Amitabh had his biggest hits, were no longer active, and a whole set of younger actors who called themselves Amitabh fans had taken over the scene as also the Khans had arrived. And then we saw Amitabh going the Ashok Kumar way- doing characters that were specially written for him even if he was not the romantic lead, he has even played negative roles and grey-shaded roles. One such different character is what we see him in the movie from which today’s song is taken.

Aks (The Reflection) is a 2001 supernatural thriller film directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and produced by Amitabh Bachchan and Jhamu Sughand. It is a Bollywood adaption of Hollywood movie “Fallen”(1998) starring Denzel Washington. Although the film won critical acclaim, it failed to perform at the box office. Amitabh Bachchan received his first Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for his performance.

Aks is a supernatural thriller centring on two characters — Manu Verma, the cop, and Raghavan, the shadowy killer.

Raghavan is caught and, as he is about to be executed by hanging, his spirit goes into Manu Verma’s body and starts to manipulate the cop into performing acts that Raghavan wanted to perform. But he couldn’t save himself. He goes to another town but is not able to find peace.

Eventually, Raghavan’s spirit leaves Manu’s body. Everything seems to be normal. Manu & his family go on vacation. Unfortunately, Raghavan’s spirit is still alive to conquer Manu’s friend’s body.

(The above synopsis I got from Wikipedia.)

This movie brought Amol Palekar and Amitabh together for the first time. Anu Malik gave music for the movie and Gulzar the lyricist, (a rare occasion I think). This is one of the many songs in Amitabh Bachchan’s voice. With this the film ‘Aks’ makes a debut on the blog.

Happy birthday to our Anthony Gonsalvez / Shahenshah / Vijay Dinanath Chauhan / Don – alright let’s just say HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU DEAR AMITABH BACHCHAN.

 

Song – Bhala Bura Bura Bhala Hai (Aks) (2001) Singer – Amitabh Bachchan, Lyrics – Gulzar, MD – Annu Malik

Lyrics

bhala bura
bura bhala hai
khote par sab khara bhala hai
bhala bura
bura bhala hai
khote par sab khara bhala hai

jooth sach ka kya pata hai
ek gham ek badi bala hai
chaal dhaal sab ek jaisi
saara kuch hi napa tula hai
sach ke sar jab dhuaan uthe to
jooth aag mein jala hua hai
bhala bura
bura bhala
khote par sab khara bhala hai

kala hai to kaala hoga
maut ka hi masaala hoga
choona kaththa zindagi to
supaari jaisa chhaala hoga
baap ne janaa nahin to
paapiyon ne paala hoga
thook se nikal gaya tha
bhook se nikaala hoga
bhala bura
bura bhala
khote par sab khara bhala hai

wo jo ab kahin nahin hai
us pe bhi to yakeen nahin hai
rehta hai jo phalak phalak pe
uska ghar bhi zameen nahin hai
akal ka khayaal agar wo
shakal se bhi haseen nahin hai
pehle har jagehon par tha wo
suna hai ab wo kahin nahin hai

bhala bura
bura bhala
khote par sab khara bhala hai
bhala bura
bura bhala
khote par sab khara bhala hai
bhala bura
bura bhala
khote par sab khara bhala hai

ha ha ha ha

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Hindi script lyrics (Provided by Sudhir)
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भला बुरा
बुरा भला है
खोटे पर सब खरा भला है
भला बुरा
बुरा भला है
खोटे पर सब खरा भला है

झूठ सच का क्या पता है
एक ग़म एक बड़ी बला है
चाल ढाल सब एक जैसी
सारा कुछ ही नपा तुला है
सच के सर जब धुआँ उठे तो
झूठ आग में जला हुआ है
भला बुरा
बुरा भला है
खोटे पर सब खरा भला है

काला है तो काला होगा
मौत का ही मसाला होगा
चूना कत्था जिंदगी तो
सुपारी जैसा छाला होगा
बाप ने जना नहीं तो
पापीयों ने पाला होगा
थूक से निकाल गया था
भूख से निकाला होगा
भला बुरा
बुरा भला है
खोटे पर सब खरा भला है

वो जो अब कहीं नहीं है
उस पे भी तो यकीं नहीं है
रहता है जो फ़लक फ़लक पे
उसका घर भी ज़मीं नहीं हैं
अकल का ख्याल अगर वो
शकल से भी हसीं नहीं है
पहले हर जगहों पर था वो
सुना है अब वो कहीं नहीं है

भला बुरा
बुरा भला है
खोटे पर सब खरा भला है
भला बुरा
बुरा भला है
खोटे पर सब खरा भला है
भला बुरा
बुरा भला है
खोटे पर सब खरा भला है

हा हा हा


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