Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Song: Chanchal Sheetal Nirmal Komal

I consider this an extra-ordinary beautiful song. Now, the movie 'Satyam Shivam Sundaram' had some excellent songs, but it was more controversial because of the exposure by Zeenat Aman in the film. The film was essentially about this beautiful girl from a simple household who burnt one side of her face in an accident. She hides the burnt face with a cloth, and this way, strikes the fancy of a visiting Shashi Kapoor who falls in love with her and marries her. Then he discovers the other part of her face, and leaves her. However, a flood, and the wishes of God show him the error of his ways and he accepts her.
The movie was released in 1978, and was directed and produced by Raj Kapoor. The song was sung by Mukesh, and the music director was Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Listen to the song, and don't care too much about the video.


chanchal sheetal nirmal komal sangeet ki devi svar sajani -2
sundarata ki har pratima se badhakar hai tu sundar sajani
chanchal sheetal ...

kahate hain jahaan na ravi pahunche kahate hain vahaan par kavi pahunche
tere rang-roop ki chhaaya tak na ravi pahunche na kavi pahunche
main chhoone lagoon tu ud jaaye pariyon se tere par sajani
chanchal sheetal ...

cho : aa aa aa aa aa hn
tere rasavanti honthon ka main geet koi ban jaaoonga
saragam ke phoolon se tere sapanon ki sej sajaaoonga
doli mein baith ke aayegi jab tu saajan ke ghar sajani
chanchal sheetal ...

aisa lagata hai toot gae sab taare
gore-gore ik chanda se rangeen badan se lipat gae
cho : o

mu : banakar nath kangan karadhaniya ghungharu jhumake jhoomar sajani
mu, cho : chanchal sheetal ...
cho : chanchal sheetal nirmal komal
mu : sangeet ki devi svar sajani -2

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Great Song: Ae Malik Tere Bande Hum

This song is a delightful song, from the movie 'Do Aankhen Baraah Haath'. The movie is a wonderful movie by V. Shantaram in 1957, on the subject of prisoner reform. The movie takes a jail warden who is trying to practice the concept of prisoner reform, getting some very deadly prisoners released to his custody and get them to being normal persons again. He suceeds, but pays with his life, however not at the hands of his prisoners. The song is a very inspiring song.

Ae Malik Tere Bande Hum


aye maalik tere ba.nde ham
aise ho hamaare karam
nekii par chale.n
aur badii se Tale.n
taaki ha.nsate huye nikale dam

jab zulmo.n kaa ho saamanaa
tab tuu hii hame.n thaamanaa
vo buraaI kare.n
ham bhalaaI bhare.n
nahii.n badale kii ho kaamanaa
ba.Dh uThe pyaar kaa har kadam
aur miTe bair kaa ye bharam
nekii par chale.n ...

ye a.ndheraa ghanaa chhaa rahaa
teraa inasaan ghabaraa rahaa
ho rahaa bekhabar
kuchh na aataa nazar
sukh kaa suuraj chhipaa jaa rahaa
hai terii roshanii me.n vo dam
jo amaavas ko kar de puunam
nekii par chale.n ...

ba.Daa kamazor hai aadamii
abhii laakho.n hai.n isame.n kamii.n
par tuu jo kha.Daa
hai dayaaluu ba.Daa
terii kRipaa se dharatii thamii
diyaa tuune jo hamako janam
tuu hii jhelegaa ham sabake Gam
nekii par chale.n ...

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Ghulam: The slave

Ghulam was a movie that won accolades for both Aamir Khan and Rani Mukerji. I was watching it again when it was coming on TV for the Nth rerun, and there are many scenes that are very gripping. It is somewhat different from the normal romance brand of movies. Released in 1998, and directed by Vikram Bhatt, the story of a Mumbai tapori had a charm in its own sense.
The title of the movie is played in 2 ways, one is about Aamir no longer remaining a slave and breaking free, and the second is when this rebellion finally inspires the long-subjugated and yet somewhat rebellious nukkad (neighborhood) to finally join Aamir in his rebellion against the local thug.


The movie is essentially about these 2 brothers, Jai (Rajit Kapoor) and Siddharth (Aamir) who live in a local basti (neighborhood). They are the sons of a former freedom fighter who has tried to bring them up with morals, but who has hidden a terrible guilt about betraying his former friends to the British under duress. When Siddarth was young, his father was visited by a former colleague who berated him for this treachery, and this caused him to commit suicide.
Now, both of them work to some level for the local goonda and former boxer, Raunak Singh (Sharat Saxena). Jai advises him in a financial and strategic way, since Raunak wants to get out of this low level earning stream, and enter the world of executing contracts for the state, something that will catapult him into a higher league of earnings altogether. For this, he needs that there should be no controversy around him now, but he is essentially of a hard and ruthless nature who brooks no opposition. Siddarth is an aspiring boxer who does odd work for Raunak Singh, but is otherwise a good for nothing guy.
One day, he comes across the motorcycle gang of Deepak Tijori and defeats him in a game of death, a famous sequence where they have to run against an oncoming train, and the person who jumps aside the last wins. He also gets attracted to Rani Mukherjee, who also starts falling for him. There is a famous song called 'Aati Kya Khandala' that became the rage after this movie.

Then he meets the person who eventually causes a change in his life. He meets a guy called Hari, who is a social worker, and becomes friendly with him. Hari starts coming in the way of Raunak Singh, and eventually they use Siddarth's friendship to call Hari for a meeting, and then kill him. This creates a sense of guilt in Siddarth's mind over his own role, further inflamed when he learns that Hari is Rani's brother and she is grief-stricken.
The rest of the movie is essentially about how he works up the courage to confront his own guilt, break the chains of slavery that bind him to the don (even when his brother confronts him), and eventually loses his brother as well. Mita Vashisth, who plays a social worker, plays a strong role in trying to get him to do what is right.
The movie finally culminates in the final confrontation, also for me, the favorite part. There is a fight in the end where Siddarth has to confront Raunaq, and also inspire the locality to fight back. Sections of this part seem a bit unbelievable, and the make up on Aamir's face (blood, etc) seem a bit over-done, but for me, this is the essence of the movie. The slave, when awakened, fights back with a ferocity not seen otherwise.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Great Sufi Song: Allah Ke Bande

This is from the movie, Waisa Bhi Hota Hain, a movie that was not very successful, but a cult classic. It's about a copy-writer (Arshad Warsi) living in Bombay in a normal existence with his girl-friend (a police inspector), but with the normal dreams of being successful. One day his life takes a turn for the different. He finds out that his brother, has been shot dead, and when his girlfriend finds out, she throws him out. He is sitting on a park bench, drinking, when he saves a man from death after he is shot. This man is actually from the underworld, and now Arshad Warsi is squarely in the middle of gang wars.
This song is now a very famous song, one that made the reputation of Kailash Kher. The song is an exceedingly beautiful Sufi song, very moving.


Tuta tuta ek parinda aise phuta ke phir judna paaya
Luta luta kisne usko aise luta ke phir udna paaya
Girta hua woh aasma se aake gira zaameen par
Khwabon mein aur baaton mein phir bhi woh kehta raha magar
Ke allah ke bandhe hasde, allah ke bandhe
allah ke bandhe hasde jo bhi ho kal phir aayega
Allah ke bandhe hasde, allah ke bandhe
allah ke bandhe hasde jo bhi ho kal phir aayega....................

Ho ke aapne par hi to usne tha udna sikhaaaa
Ho ke aapne par hi to ooooooooooooooooooooooo
Ho ke aapne par hi to usne tha udna sikhaaaa
Gum ko aapne saath mein lele dard bhi tere kaam aayegaa,
Allah ke bandhe hasde Allah ke bandhe,
Allah ke bandhe hasde jo bhi ho kal phir aayega....
tink tink tink
tukde tukde ho gaye athahar sapna jab woh tutaaa
bikhre tukdon ke mein allah ki marzi ka manjar aayega.......
allah ke bandhe hasde jo bhi ho kal phir aayega
Allah ke bandhe hasde, allah ke bandhe
allah ke bandhe hasde jo bhi ho kal phir aayega....................

Tuta tuta ek parinda aise phuta ke phir judna paaya
Luta luta kisne usko aise luta ke phir udna paaya
Girta hua woh aasma se aake gira zaameen par
Khwabon mein aur baaton mein phir bhi woh kehta raha magar
Ke allah ke bandhe hasde, allah ke bandhe
allah ke bandhe hasde jo bhi ho kal phir aayega
Allah ke bandhe hasde, allah ke bandhe
allah ke bandhe hasde jo bhi ho kal phir aayega..................

Friday, August 17, 2007

Song: Ek Din Bik Jayega

I really love this song. It was sung by Mukesh for the movie Dharam Karam in 1975, and sung on stage by Raj Kapoor, whose son Randhir Kapoor directed the movie. The movie was about how an underworld don and a honest man bring up each others sons. The underworld don, Premnath exchanges his son with Raj Kapoor, who is a singer, but inspite of their upbringing, the sons follow the paths of their real fathers. The movie stars Raj Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor, Rekha, Premnath and Dara Singh. It was R.D. Burman's only film as a Music Director for RK Films. Everytime I listen to this song with Raj Kapoor singing it on stage, you can feel it to be an auto-biographical song, with a person finally being remembered for his creations and works of art.


Ek Din Bik Jayega, Maati Ke Mol
Jag Mein Reh Jayenge Pyare Tere Bol
Dooje Ke Hothon Ko Dekar Apne Geet
Koi Nishani Chhod, Phir Duniya Se Dol
Ek Din...

Anhoni Path Mein Kaante Lakh Bichaaye
Honi To Phir Bhi Bichhda Yaar Milaye
Yeh Birha, Yeh Doori
Do Pal Ki Majboori
Phir Koi Dilwala Kahe Ko Ghabraye
Taram Pam...
Dhara Jo Behti Hai Milke Rehti Hai
Behti Chara Ban Ja Phir Duniya Se Dol
Ek Din...

Parde Ke Peechhe Baithi Saanval Gori
Thaam Ke Tere Mere Man Ki Dori
Yeh Dori Na Chhoote, Yeh Bandhan Na Toote
Bhor Hone Wali Hai Ab Raina Hai Thodi
Taram Pam...
Sar Ko Jhukaye Tu Baitha Kya Hai Yaar
Gori Se Naina Jod Phir Duniya Se Dol
Ek Din...

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Sarfarosh: A Great Movie

This is a movie that is subtle in some ways, and still loud in some ways. But overall, it is a great movie, one that I love watching; even if the songs with Sonali somehow seem to be out of place (although Sonali looks as great as over, but so does Aamir, looking young and debonair).
Sarfarosh was a movie released in 1999, around the time of the Kargil war, and was a pretty good depiction of the fight of the police against the mafia, gun runners and drug smugglers. The movie was anti-Pakistan, but not obviously though so in the sense of slogans or long speeches being made against the movie. The movie starred Aamir Khan as the young dynamic ACP, Ajay Singh Rathore, Sonali Bendre as the Delhi girl Seems with whom Aamir is in love, and starred Mukesh Rishi as a honest policeman and Naseeruddin Shah in the role of the chief villain, but not obviously playing the traditional role of a villain who beats up people and so on.

So what's the story ? Arms and ammunition is smuggled into India through the Rajasthan route (by using trained camels). The intention is to supply arms to internal rebels and criminals and use them for the purpose of destabilizing the country, killing people and so on. And you know who would be spear-heading this, Pakistan's ISI of course, able supported by a number of internal people, both Hindus and Muslims being equally complicit. And the person who is spear-heading this ? A famous Pakistani poet who had emigrated to Pakistan at the time of partition plays a strong role in this due to having been embittered by Partition. These weapons are used by a local tribal leader who uses these to massacre a marriage party and steal their money and jewellery.
Aamir is ACP Ajay Singh Rathore, in love with Seema (Sonali Bendre) when in college. She is seemingly aware, but does not do anything explicit to encourage him. However, his life takes a turn when his father promises to give evidence against terrorists. They kidnap his father, and in the fracas, his brother dies in an accident. The police are not helpful. His father is returned partially paralyzed.
This makes the family change their location to Bombay where his uncle has a shop. In the meantime, Sonali looks for him, seemingly making it obvious that it was not a one way love. He takes training in the police force and advances in the police officer levels, reaching an ACP level position, very honest and dedicated. At the same time, Salim (Mukesh Rishi), a Muslim policeman, leads a squad against smugglers, and finds that most of his squad is gunned down by the automatic weapons that the smugglers possess. He is taken off the case for that, and suspectingly, because he is a Muslim. He gets embittered and refuses to help Aamir when Aamir gets the case.
In a concert held for the Pakistani ghazal singer, Gulfam Hassan (Naseruddin Shah), Seema spots Ajay, and has a reunion. Since her brother has organized the concert, she also gets Ajay to meet Gulfam, somebody whose ghazals Ajay admires. Ajay also gets a chance to help Gulfam by giving him a copy of ghazals sung by Gulfam long back that were lost. On the police side, when Ajay is looking for a dance girl with connections to the crooks, he gets Salim's help and welcomes him to the team. They do a raid where Ajay gets injured, but the police force manages to recover a large number of weapons. From some information gathered from this raid, they manage to get information about Mirchi Seth and the small town of Bahid on the Rajasthan border where the smuggling happens.
The rest of the movie is about finding the crooks, and about being able to get enough evidence about Gulfam Hassan in order to convict him. When Gulfam Hassan is led into a set of circumstances where he is forced to kill a Pakistani ISI major, he commits suicide.
Overall, this is a great movie. The direction by debut director John Matthew Mathan is fast and slick, and the movie does not slack. Performances by the cast are fairly good, and the level of patriotism comes through without long speeches.


Jo Haal dil Ka

Hosh Waalon Ko Khabar Kya

Zindagi Maut Na Ban Jaye (Video not from the movie)

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Song: Janeman Janeman (Choti si baat -

This is an incredible song, very melodious. People wanting to see a light movie and enjoy a simple movie should watch this movie, Choti Si Baat. Made in 1975, the movie starred Amol Palekar, Vidya Sinha, Asrani, and Ashok Kumar. A light movie about a normal office going guy in Bombay who falls in love with a girl, but then finds another guy cutting in with superior skills. Amol Palekar then goes to Ashok Kumar (Col. Julius Nagendranath Wilfred Singh) who plays the role of a teacher who teaches young men as to what they need to get their love.
The song itself has 2 additional characters besides Amol Palekar and Vidya Sinha, Dharmendra and Hema Malini.

Lyrics of the song:

(Jaaneman jaaneman tere do nayan
Chori chori leke gaye dekho mera man
Jaaneman jaaneman jaaneman
Mere do nayan, chor nahi sajan
Tumse hi khoya hoga kahi tumhaara man
Jaaneman jaaneman jaaneman) -2

(Tod de dilo ki doori, aisi kya hai majboori
Dil dil se milne de
Jaa, abhi to huwi hai yaari, abhi se hi beqaraari
Din to zara dhhalne de) -2
Yahi sunte, samajhte, guzar gaye jaane kitne hi saawan
Jaaneman jaaneman...
Mere do nayan…

(Sang sang chale mere, maare aage peechhe phere
Samjhu main tere iraade
Doshh tera hai ye to, har din jab dekho
Karti ho jhoothhe waade) -2
Tu na jaane, diwaane, dikhaau tujhe kaise main ye dil ki lagan
Jaaneman jaaneman ...
La la ..., Mere do nayan…

(Chhedenge kabhi na tumhe, zara batlaado hame,
Kab tak ham tarsenge
Aise ghabhraao nahi, kabhi to kahi na kahi
Baadal ye barsenge) -2
Kya karenge baraske, ke jab murjhaayega ye saara chaman
Jaaneman jaaneman...
La la ..., Mere do nayan...

Song: Mere Desh Ki Dharti

After the death of Jawaharlal Nehru, the next Prime Minister was Lal Bahadur Shastri. He was Prime Minister for only 2 short years, from 1964 to 1966, before he died in Tashkent, but in that 2 years, he had won a war with Pakistan. He asked Manoj Kumar to make a patriotic movie based on soldiers and farmers, and this movie was the result. The movie, based on a son of the soil, who fights the enemy, and reforms his own wayward brother, was a huge hit, The song was very popular, and still remains very popular. The song was sung by Mahendra Kapoor, who has sung a number of patriotic songs.

Lyrics of the song:

mere desh kee dharatee, sonaa ugale, ugale hire motee
mere desh kee dharatee

bailon ke gale mein jab ghungaru, jeewan kaa raag sunaate hai
gam kos door ho jaataa hai, khushiyon ke kanwal musakaate hai
sun ke rahat kee aawaaje, yoo lage kahee shahanaaee baje
aate hee mast bahaaron ke dulhan kee tarah har khet saje

jab chalate hain is dharatee pe hal , mamataa angadaeeyaan letee hai
kyo naa pooje is maantee ko, jo jeewan kaa sukh detee hai
is dharatee pe jis ne janam liyaa, usane hee paayaa pyaar teraa
yahaa apanaa paraayaa koee nahee, hain sab pe, maan, upakaar teraa

ye baag hain gautam naanak kaa, khilate hain aman ke fool yahaan
gaandhee, subhaash taigor, tilak ayese hain chaman ke fool yahaa
rang haraa hareesing nalawe se, rang laal hain laal bahaadoor se
rang banaa basantee bhagatasing rang aman kaa weer jawaahar se

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Songs: Chithi Aayi Hain

There would not have been too many people who have not heard this song at least once. Featuring in the 1986 movie Naam starring Kumar Gaurav, Sanjay Dutt, Amrita Singh and Poonam Dhillon, the song was a mega-hit. Pankaj Udhas was a well known Ghazal singer even then, but this song made him very popular. The movie had music by Laxmikant-Pyarelal and the movie was directed by Mahesh Bhatt and directed by Rajendra Kumar.
The song also touched a lot of NRI's, given that the song was essentially a reminder of home, and the people who have been left behind and who just have memories now. This movie was a movie that was supposed to bring Kumar Gaurav some success, but it was the role of Sanjay Dutt as the more wayward son (with a good heart), but who eventually gets involved in drug smuggling which gave a good filip to his fame.


Chitthi Aayi Hai Aayi Hai
Chitthi Aayi Hai
Chitthi Aayi Hai Vatan Se
Chitthi Aayi Hai
Bade Dinon Ke Baad,
Hum Bevatnon Ko Yaad
Vatan Ki Mitti Aayi Hai,
Chitthi Aayi Hai ...

Upar Mera Naam Likha Hai,
Andar Ye Paigham Likha Hai
O Pardes Ko Jaane Vaale,
Laut Ke Phir Na Aane Vaale
Saat Samundar Paar Gaya Tu,
Humko Zinda Maar Gaya Tu
Khoon Ke Rishte Todh Gaya Tu,
Aankh Mein Aansoo Chhodh Gaya Tu
Kum Khaate Hain Kum Sote Hain,
Bahut Zyaada Hum Rote Hain
Chitthi Aayi Hai ...

Sooni Ho Gaeen Shehar Ki Galiyaan,
Kaante Ban Gaeen Baag Ki Kaliyaan
Kehte Hain Saawan Ke Jhule,
Bhool Gaya Tu Hum Nahin Bhoole
Tere Bin Jab Aayi Diwali,
Deep Nahin Dil Jale Hain Khaali
Tere Bin Jab Aayi Holi,
Pichkaari Se Chhooti Goli
Peepal Soona Panghat Soona
Ghar Shamshaan Ka Bana Namoona
Fasal Kati Aayi Baisakhi,
Tera Aana Reh Gaya Baaki
Chitthi Aai Hai ...

Pehle Jab Tu Khat Likhta Tha
Kaagaz Mein Chehra Dikhta Tha
Bund Hua Yeh Mel Bhi Ab To,
Khatam Hua Yeh Khel Bhi Ab To
Doli Mein Jab Baithi Behna,
Rasta Dekh Rahe The Naina
Maein To Baap Hoon Mera Kya Hai,
Teri Maan Ka Haal Bura Hai
Teri Biwi Karti Hai Seva,
Soorat Se Lagti Hai Bewa
Toone Paisa Bahut Kamaaya,
Is Paise Ne Desh Chhudaaya
Panchhi Pinjra Todh Ke Aaja,

Song: Dost Dost Na Raha

This is a song from the movie 'Sangam' made a long time back (1964). The movie was essentially a love triangle, starring Raj Kapoor, Rajendra Kumar and Vyjantimala, and was directed by Raj Kapoor. The music director was Shankar-Jaikishen.
The movie was about 2 guys in love with the same girl, but she loves Rajendra Kumar. Raj Kapoor does not know that Rajendra loves her also, and goes away for the war. He is presumed dead, but then comes back and marries Vyjanthimala. This song is sung when they are in Switzerland and Rajendra Kumar comes to meet them for a vist. The song was sung by Mukesh, and is an incredible song, very haunting.


Dost dost na raha, pyaar pyaar naa raha
Zindagi hamein tera, aitbaar na raha, aitbaar na raha

Amaanatein main pyaar ki, gaya tha jisko saunp kar
Woh mere dost tum hi the, tumhi to the
Jo zindagi ki raah me bane the mere hamsafar
Woh mere dost tum hi the, tumhi to the
Saare bhed khul gaye, raazdaar na raha
Zindagi hamein tera, aitbaar na raha, aitbaar na raha
Dost dost na raha...

Safar ke waqt mein palak pe motiyo ko taulti
Woh tum na thi to kaun tha tumhi to thi
Nashe ki raat dhhal gayi ab khumaar na raha
Zindagi hamein tera, aitbaar na raha, aitbaar na raha
Dost dost na raha..

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Song: Dil De Diya Hain

Ever since I started writing, I wanted to share some of the songs that I liked, and hence will be listing a song once in a while that I like. The first song is called 'Dil De Diya Hain' from the movie 'Masti' made in 2004. Now 'Masti's is all about 3 guys trying to get some fun outside their marriage, and hence this song was a surprise, given that the movie was average. Movie starred a number of people, Ajay Devgan, Aftab Shivdasani, Vivek Oberoi, Ritesh Deshmukh, Lara Dutta, Amrita Rao. The music director was Anand Raj Anand, and the song was sung by him. The song was written by Sameer.


Dil de diya hai, jaan tumhein denge
(Dil de diya hai, jaan tumhein denge
Daga nahin karenge sanam) -2
Ho...rab di kasam yaara, rab di kasam
(Dil de diya hai, jaan tumhein denge
Daga nahin karenge sanam) -2

(Rukh zindagi ne mod liya kaisa
Hamne socha nahin tha kabhi aisa) -2
Aata nahin yaqeen, kya se kya ho gaya
Kis tarha main tumse, bewafa ho gaya
Insaaf kar do, mujhe maaf kar do
Itna hi kar do karam
Dil de diya hai, jaan tumhein denge
Daga nahin karenge sanam

(Awaargi mein ban gaya diwaana
Maine kyun saadgi ko nahin jaana) -2
Chaahat yahi hai ke, is qadar pyaar doon
Qadmon mein tere main, toh jahaan waar doon
Chain mera le lo, khushi meri le lo
De do mujhe dedo saare gham
Dil de diya hai, jaan tumhein denge
Daga nahin karenge sanam

(Mere ashq keh rahe meri kahaani
Inhein samjho na tum sirf paani) -2
Ro ro ke aansuon ke daag dhool jaayenge
In mein wafa ke rang, aaj ghool jaayenge
Paas tum rahogi, bhool ab na hogi
Karoonga na tumpe sitam
Dil de diya hai, jaan tumhein denge
Daga nahin karenge sanam
Ho...rab di kasam yaara, rab di kasam
(Dil de diya hai, jaan tumhein denge
Daga nahin karenge sanam) -2

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Mujhse Shaadi Karogi: A nice watch

The first time I saw this movie, it was a few months after it had appeared. When it released, I was dismissive, thought that it would be a normal movie, what with Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan, and Priyanka Chopra; a normal movie with both of them fighting with each other for her, and so and so forth, you know the standard type. But then I watched it on TV, and it was a totally different experience.

Mujhse Shaadi Karogi

First of all, I found the movie overall to be a great comedy. It's a light movie that moves along at a fair clip, with very few scenes that could be seen to be dragging. Secondly, the character fitting seemed to be fine, with Akshay playing a dashing semi-playboy all about to wreck the romance of Salman and Priyanka, Salman playing a normal guy who is caring about his family and yet had a temper problem, and Priyanka playing her usual beautiful self.
The movie is primarily about these 3 people, with excellent support from Amrish Puri (in probably one of his last movies), Rajpal Yadav, Kadar Khan and Satish Shah. Salman plays Sameer, a hot tempered but otherwise a very good natured guy who has moved to Goa to be the manager of the lifeguards section, in order to get away from the shock when his girlfriend (Amrita Arora) married somebody else. She was shocked when he used a lot of force and anger, ironically when he was saving her. In Goa, his neighbour is the retired Colonel (Amrish Puri) who lives with his wife (Supriya Karnik) and daughter Rani (Priyanka). Priyanka is a budding designer, waiting for her big break. They meet, and Salman falls head over heels for her, but over a series of circumstances Salman keeps on hitting or otherwise injuring the Colonel, ending up in Rani's bad books. He apologizes multiple times, but keeps on doing something or the other.
At this time, Akshay enters and charms his way into the Colonel's house by some smooth talk and repairing the Colonel's injured neck, and moves closer to Rani. A series of incidents, very humorous where he keeps on upstaging Salman, allthough in a very humorous way. Examples are mixing vodka in the orange juice that Rani gets for Salman, setting things in a way that Rani sees a beautiful girl in Salman's bed, gets an impression that hot posters of beautiful girls are Salman's and so on. In the meantime, Satish Shah, who works for Salman bears the brunt of his frustration and has to work night shifts, till it is revealed that he is Rani's uncle, and suddenly he is the favorite of Salman Khan. Rajpal Yadav plays the role of an astrologer who is advising Salman, mostly wrongly. In a double role, he also plays the role of a gang leader who gets beaten up by Salman (when Salman in a haze believes that he is beating up Akshay). There is another incident when Salman anonymously pays for Priyanka's entry into a contest which she wins, and then Akshay takes credit.
There is one slightly strange incident in the latter half of the movie, when a magician brings Salman and Priyanka together, after Priyanka was vehemently against him. Seemed very contrived. The ending is in a cricket match opening where Kapil Dev, Harbhajan Singh and Navjot Sidhu are there, where Salman publicly confesses that he loves Priyanka and Akshay confesses that he is Salman's longtime friend, helping him in trying to control his anger. Overall a good movie.
Some nice songs from the movie: Rab Kare Tujh Ko Bhi Pyar Ho Jaaye, Lal Dupatta, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Golmaal: The Ajay Devgun one

This movie was a laugh riot for me, seriously; every time it re-runs on TV and I see it, I atleast manage to catch some scenes at least. These are a group of actors that take modern comedy, with accidents, attempted killings, breaking into a house, and so on, and turn it into a very funny movie. Of course, not everyone shares my opinion, I was speaking to a colleague and he was horrified that I liked it; he could not stand it and somehow his opinion of me must have also fallen. The movie does not star a very large cast, starring primarily Ajay Devgan, Arshad Warsi, Rimi Sen, Sharman Joshi, Tusshar Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Susmita Mukherjee, Mukesh Tiwari, Sanjay Mishra, Manoj Joshi, Vrajesh Hirjee, etc. The movie was made in 2006, directed by Rohit Shetty and music by Vishaal Shekhar; trendy music but nothing that remained hummable some time after the movie. It was also a big hit.
So, what's the movie all about ? It is about these 4 friends, not classic friends in the manner of persons sacrificing everything for each other, they do live for themselves, but are still great friends. Gopal (Ajay Devgun) is the eldest of the lot. When Sharman Joshi is in college, the other 3 are already out of college, a pain for the principal since they are regular conmen on a small scale and a nuisance for him. At one point, the principal warns Sharman to stay away from these people, but later when he finds that Sharman is involved in their schemes, he kicks him out from the college as well.
They have taken money from a local goonda called Vasuli Bhai, and are running from him as he tries to recover his money. While running, they stumble into a house (big mansion) belonging to Paresh Rawal and Sushmita, both of whom are blind. The couple have a son in the US, and are waiting for their grandson, Sameer to show up sometime. These 4 like the idea of living in the house, and plan to enter. Their plans get speeded up by accident, and they land up in a situation where they introduce themselves as Sameer (body of Sharman and voice of Ajay Devgun). As can be thought, such a person with the body of one and voice by another can be pretty interesting and comical, and it is. Another thing that is great fun is the way that Sharman is the one who keeps on translating whatever Tusshar says through his hand movements.
They start to settle in, and soon realize that Rimi Sen is living in the neighborhood. All of them are attracted to her, and would like her to be his, and not his friends. One day, they seen a pretend rape scene (acting) and jump in. Comedy here as well, since they need something to break the window, and so they throw Sharman through the window. Eventually, they rescue her to realize that it was a pretend. However, this way they get introduced to her, except for Tusshar who is dumb and cannot speak.
Later, Ajay introduces the others as his servants, cheesing them off. After this, there is a series of adventures whereby Arshad and Sharman try to impress Rimi and do so, except for Ajay who keeps on revealing their wrong-doings and moves off with Rimi (on his machine, a 4 seater bike). In both cases, first Arshad and then Sharman get provoked by the others to finish off Ajay for what he has done to them, and they try; but in each case, the attempt is borne by a guy sent by the mob boss (Sanjay Mishra).
In between, a servant Paandu, actually sent by the boss comes in the house. They initially threaten him to keep quiet, and then once he beats them up, they retaliate and kick him out. There is a classic scene that sort of pays tribute to the movie Black, when 2 of these guys talk about the movie and play the blind old man and lady.
In the end, it is revealed that the son and grandson of Paresh both were dead, and Paresh knew about all this, but still let them live there (he had realized that there were 4 of them). The mob boss (named Babli) is after the house because he had put some diamonds in the ashes that Paresh was carrying. Things turn out well in the end, and Rimi also selects Tusshar, since she wanted a guy who would listen to her and not speak too much :-).

Friday, August 3, 2007

Ardh Satya: A very hard hitting movie

It's been 24 years since this movie has been released, but other than the fact that the guns are newer, the money involved is more, and the violence more brazen, this could be a movie of today's time. The movie set a benchmark in the area of showing the interaction of police, politicians and the criminals / mafia class and how this corrupts society, and warps the mind-frame of even people who want to be honest. And yet, given that this was a movie from the past, without any songs, wonder how many people even remember it. I for one don't remember it appearing on a movie channel in the last few years.
Ardh Satya
Ardh Satya is a very hard-hitting movie, from a Director, Govind Nihalini, who is known for not pulling his punches, and making movies with a message such as Aakrosh, Manthan, etc. Ardh Satya stars a number of intense actors such as Om Puri, Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah, Amrish Puri, Sadashiv Amrapurkar, etc. The movie, released in 1983, won the Filmfare Awards for Best Director, Best Film, Best Story and Best Supporting Actor (Sadashiv Amrapurkar).
What is the story all about? This is Mumbai of the 1970's, where there is an easy interaction between the police force and the mafia. Om Puri is a dedicated and fiercely honest cop, Anant Welankar. He comes from a family where his father was also a policeman, a man of strict nature. His growing up was in the midst of his father's beliefs, along with beatings of his father, something that had an impact on him. This having said, he attempts to be honest, even though his superiors are shown to be well-oiled into the system, with both Shafi Inamdar and Achyut Potdar who have made their peace with the criminality of the system, and are now benefiting from it.
Once in the station, he starts to feel the impact of the power of criminals and politicians. He makes an arrest of some criminals for attacking a policeman, and his sense of accomplished is badly shocked when the goons are let off the next day. Why? Because they worked for Rama Shetty (Sadashiv in an award winning role) who is well connected, they are released pronto and Anant is advised to lay off (a sort of practical orientation to the realities of life) from anything to do with Rama Shetty. But what is a hot-headed police officer to do? In another incident, he again arrests more of Rama Shetty's men with the same consequence.
He meets an example of what could happen to a policeman in the same situation, Naseeruddin Shah, who could not compromise, and was evicted from his job and is now a derelict person, in total despair.
In the meantime, he has met a simple teacher, Jyotsna (Smita Patil), and in love with her, she also reciprocates. However, given the state that he is in in terms of his frustrations, he starts to drink more and more to alleviate the pain, and his relationship with her suffers. Things get worse when Rama Shetty gets the ticket for elections and is now on the upward path, with Anant having to provide the security for his rally. His frustration reaches such a level that he takes it out on a suspect who dies. And now Anant is in a mess. He can only go to one person for help, his arch-nemesis, Rama Shetty. What does he do? How does he redeem himself ?
The movie has a fascinating poem, recited by Om Puri. His voice gives it an extra push. In fact, the whole movie revolves around the incredible acting by Om Puri and Sadashiv Amrapurkar.

Chakravyuh mein ghusne se pehle,
kaun tha mein aur kaisa tha,
yeh mujhe yaad hi na rahega.

Chakravyuh mein ghusne ke baad,
mere aur chakravyuh ke beech,
sirf ek jaanleva nikat’ta thi,
iska mujhe pata hi na chalega.

Chakravyuh se nikalne ke baad,
main mukt ho jaoon bhale hi,
phir bhi chakravyuh ki rachna mein
farq hi na padega.

Marun ya maarun,
maara jaoon ya jaan se maardun.
iska faisla kabhi na ho paayega.

Soya hua aadmi jab
neend se uthkar chalna shuru karta hai,
tab sapnon ka sansar use,
dobara dikh hi na paayega.

Us roshni mein jo nirnay ki roshni hai
sab kuchh s’maan hoga kya?

Ek palde mein napunsakta,
ek palde mein paurush,
aur theek taraazu ke kaante par
ardh satya.