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I proclaim today as 90s Music Day


And, since I do, and also since I’m working from home today, I thought I’d post some videos here that I used to love when I was growing up, and yes – the thought that I loved some of these songs does embarrass me (a lot!), but then there’s just so much about the 90s that would embarrass almost everyone, that well – here it is, then.

Now, some of these songs I may be embarrassed about, but some others I still quite like. And, I won’t tell you which ones – I know I’ll be judged! 😀

So, the No.1 romantic Hindi movie of the Nineties – Dil, and Mujhe neend na aaye, chain na aaye… from this movie. I really, really wanted that black satin outfit that Madhuri’s wearing in a part of the song, with a red flower behind her ear – and yes, I am (quite!) ashamed of that.

This song, and the next one, from the same movie.

There was something so nice about building a home out of nothing.

“Chhat pyaar ki,

dil ki zameen,

khwaabon ki hain ye deewaarein…” …or something like that.

This song I remember dancing to – a lot!

And, this song from another Aamir-Madhuri movie. And, can I just say that I thought Aamir looked quite cute in his specy-avatar.

And then, this song from another movie from 1990 – Baaghi, with Salman Khan and Nagma. Used to love the red and white striped sweater that he’s wearing in this song.

And, this one from another Salman Khan movie, this time with Revathi.

And this song – I still really like, by the way.

And – the ultimate Salman Khan movie from the 90s – Maine Pyaar Kiya, the movie that created Prem and Suman.

A little bit of film trivia. In Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, the next Rajshri movie with second avatar of “Prem”, there’s a scene during Pooja’s wedding, when Prem gets a crank call, and the girl on the other end says that her name is Suman, with the soundtrack of Maine Pyaar Kiya playing in the background. See, now would you have known that if it wasn’t for this post? 😀

I also liked this next song, which was a copy of this song.

The original antakshari that we all tried to memorise, so that playing antakshari became so much easier. Yes, cheating wasn’t a big deal for us, obviously.

And then, this and this too, from the same movie.

And, then – hold your breath – this next song, from the movie that had the long-haired poet and his long-haired friend, both in love with the same girl.

And, then this song from Vishwatma, and I love the music that this song starts with.

And, how can you have a list of songs from the 90s, without having Govinda in them, so here’s one with him and Divya Bharti.

Oh, and this murder mystery from the Nineties – Khiladi. The frilly frocks, bright colours, coed-colleges, singing and dancing – how much more Nineties can you get? 😀

And, there are so many more of these absolute classic gems, that I find myself ODing on 90s music, and not doing enough work. (I am supposed to be working from home, you remember?)

So, more of these another time. No, no – don’t worry – there are loads more where these came from! 🙂

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Films and Me


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Arth, Bazaar, Namak Halaal, Zamaane Ko Dhikhana Hai, and Angoor – don’t they all seem to be from quite a long time ago?

They don’t anymore, after you realise that they released in the year that you were born in. Or, they actually (truthfully) do, but you don’t want them to.

But, on the upside, what wonderful movies were made the year I was born!

During my summer hols in school, I’d spend about a month in D’doon with my Naani, and I remember sleeping till noon and feeling too lazy to bathe, and experiencing a sense of kinship with the brothers in Satte Pe Satta. Incidentally, that released the year I was born too.

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Oh, and – the one I am proud-est of! Mithun-da’s magnum opus. Yes – I too am a Disco Dancer!

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Karthik Calling Karthik, and why I loved it.


So, if one is walking out of a movie hall with one’s husband (and best friend, I might add), and the first and only thing one can think of saying is – “I want to marry Farhan Akhtar!” – does that mean anything?

No, just wondering. Out of curiosity.

So, anyway – I loved Karthik Calling Karthik. And here are the reasons why:

  1. Read Brangan’s fantastically-written review to find out why you’ll love the movie. I swear I’m in love with the man’s writing!
  2. Farhan Akhtar’s acting. It’s partly low-key, wallflower-type – done superbly; partly fun, intelligent, nice guy – done fantastically again; and partly, dark, negative and fantastic!
  3. The story moves along quickly through the first half, and even though I’d sort of guessed how it would resolve itself, parts of the film still spooked me out.
  4. The music – noisy, electronic, disorienting, even jarring sometimes – and fits the film so well.
  5. Even Deepika Padukone – even though I don’t really like her that much normally – she really fits the role here, and plays Shonali quite well.
  6. The opening credits – loved how they set the tone of the film so well.
  7. Farhan Akhtar – and how hot he is!

Next movie on the agenda – Road, Movie. And then maybe Teen Patti.

For now, lots of plans for the weekend. Party at some friends’ place tonight, a Heritage Walk early tomorrow morning, and then it’s Brat’s birthday too tomorrow. 🙂

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Update Time


Been away for many days, and not ‘coz I was busy at work. Instead, I have the following new addictions:

  1. Jeffrey Archer – Have re-discovered all his books. In the last month or so, have finished Kane and Abel, A Twist in the Tale, Cat O’Nine Tales, Honour Among Thieves, Sons of Fortune, First Among Equals, Shall We Tell the President, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less, False Impressions, and A Quiver full of Arrows. Currently reading As the Crow Flies.
  2. Facebook – Though this is now quite an old addiction. I’m currently trying to not have to keep updating my Status(!) on Facebook.
  3. The Sims – Extremely addictive it is!!

After a long-ish time, G and I have been spending more time together. Mostly, this is limited to a late-night drink out on the terrace together after a long day at office for both of us. At least a couple of times a week, we try and watch a movie with that drink. Night before last, we watched The Pursuit of Happyness. We’d missed it when it came out last year. Absolutely beautiful movie

I also watched Madhuri’s comeback film. I cannot fathom why the woman came back to THIS!! Bad script, bad actors, bad costumes, weak story, bad direction – and Madhuri’s accent!! One of my many quirks is that I can never watch a film while eating. This has nothing to do with not liking food. It’s only that I can’t bear to miss even a single shot in the film, a single expression, a single cut, a single…whatever. I have to either watch a film in a theatre, or else draw the curtains, eat, drink, go to the loo, and do everything else that might interrupt the film. And this is something that bugs my entire family. I’ve been known to even shout at people for coughing and sneezing. In fact, this quirk extends to not just myself, I even nudge (poke??) the person I’m watching the film with if she/he even looks down at their food for (as long as!) 10 seconds. [Note to G: I do this for your good!]

Things I did while watching Aaja Nachle:

  1. Heat dinner
  2. Eat dinner
  3. Give the cats’ food
  4. Make soup for G, and fry bread crumbs for the soup
  5. Go to the loo
  6. Bring a blanket from the other room
  7. Talk on the phone

If that doesn’t say how bad the film is, nothing else will!

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When Harry Met Sally


One of my favourite movies!When Harry Met Sally
Some of my favourite dialogues from the film…

Harry: “There are two kinds of women: high maintenance and low maintenance….”
Sally: “Which one am I?”
Harry: “You’re the worst kind. You’re high maintenance, but you think you’re low maintenance.”

My husband once (before he became my husband) called me “high maintenance”, and I’m still flabbergasted!

Another quote from the same movie, with Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan talking about another of my favourite movies…

Harry: He wants her to leave. That’s why he puts her on the plane.
Sally: I don’t think she wants to stay.
Harry: Of course she wants to stay. Wouldn’t you rather be with Humphrey Bogart than the other guy?
Sally: I don’t want to spend the rest of my life in Casablanca married to a man who runs a bar. That probably sounds very snobbish to you, but I don’t.
Harry: You’d rather be in a passionless marriage –
Sally: – and be the First Lady of Czechoslovakia –
Harry: – than live with the man… you’ve had the greatest sex of your life with, just because he owns a bar and that is all he does.
Sally: Yes, and so would any woman in her right mind. Women are very practical. Even Ingrid Bergman, which is why she gets on the plane at the end of the movie.

And, the best one from the same movie…

Harry: I love you.
Sally: How do you expect me to respond to this?
Harry: How about you love me, too?
Sally: How about, I’m leaving.
Harry: Doesn’t what I said mean anything to you?
Sally: I’m sorry, Harry. I know it’s New Year’s Eve. I know you’re feeling lonely, but you just can’t show up here, tell me you love me, and expect that to make everything all right. It doesn’t work this way.
Harry: Well, how does it work?
Sally: I don’t know, but not this way.
Harry: How about this way? I love that you get cold when it’s seventy-one degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re lookin’ at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely. And it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.
Sally: (feeling manipulated but also melting) You see. That is just like you, Harry. You say things like that, and you make it impossible for me to hate you, and I hate you, Harry. I really hate you. I hate you.

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It’s 12:16 a.m.


…and I’m still at office.

Just finished work. Now waiting for a cab that’ll drop me home.

I was getting bored and called G, who said – why don’t you blog for a bit? Well, I’m here now – but am here so brain numbed that I can think of nothing to say.

And, I am probably going to read this tomorrow morning and wonder why I wrote at all.

I write – one, because I like to, once in a while. Two, I feel good about people visiting my blog and reading what I write. I’d feel even better if said people would leave comments though.

Saw Heyy Babyy a couple of nights ago. Lots of people saw nothing redeeming in the film. I thought it was a brilliant first effort at direction. (Film spoiler ahead)

The film was full of typically Sajid Khan jokes. I specially liked Boman Irani saying “aami tomaake bhaaloo bhashi” – with emphasis on bhaaloo (bear) – because he really likes Ritesh Deshmikh who is dressed as a cartoon bear called Eddy Teddy. Also, in another scene, Fardeen K, Ritesh D and Akshay K are trying to decide what they should name the baby – Fardeen says Aafreen – and Ritesh goes – Really? Why not Janasheen? That I think, is hugely funny!

Also, Sajid Khan managed to make Fardeen Khan act! That, in itself, is a big achievement. Not even Ram Gopal Verma succeeded in making the man look less like a block of wood and more slightly resembling a human with facial expressions.

Did not like Vidya Balan in Heyy Babyy. Had loved her in Munnabhai and Parineeta. Thought she looked very hard in this one. But then, maybe she was supposed to. But, there was none of that magic that I think Vidya Balan brings to the screen this time. Like Juhi Chawla, Vidya too lights up the screen – I think the good humour and happiness is contagious – everytime I watch either of these two actors, it always manages to cheer me up.

Boman Irani was good. As usual. The man never lets you down.

Akshay Kumar. When did the man start acting so well?! He was so good in Heyy Babyy. Now I know he got good after he finished with the action-hero type roles. But Heyy Babyy made me realise just how amazing he’s become. In the scene where the doctor comes and tells the three of them that the baby’s lungs are filled with water and she’s got pneumonia, and might not survive the night – Akshay’s face, and each expression on it, looks like it’s heartfelt. It’s so real.

On the whole, pretty good film. And I have not laughed as much as I did while watching Heyy Babyy in a very long time. It’s not even all slapstick humour. It’s actually very funny. Good fun!

I am now dying to watch Chak De and Gandhi My Father.

P.S.: Very good review of Chak De here.

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ek sau solaah chaand ki raatein…ek tumhaare kaandhe ka til…


This is a post that was inspired by something I read on Megha‘s blog about one of my favourite songs…

Incidentally, the line “ek sau solaah chaand ki raatein, ek tumhaare kaandhe ka til” from the song Mera Kuchh Saamaan from Ijaazat refers to the 116 phases of the moon that are listed in Indian classical literature. What Gulzar means to say is that all the possible phases of brightness that the moon has to offer, cannot even begin to match the tiny dark spot on your shoulder.

Very, very nice, I think. 🙂

Anyway, thinking about mera kuchh saamaan started me thinking about my favourite Hindi songs – or, some of my favourite Hindi songs, at any rate.

  1. Mera Kuchh Saamaan and Katra Katra from Ijaazat
    For RD’s awesome music, Asha’s awesome voice, and Gulzar’s awesome lyrics. For the lines “tumne to aakash bichhaya…mere nange pairo mein zameen hai…” in Katra Katra. And for the aforementioned lines from mera kuchh saamaan.
  2. Sona Nahin Naa Sahi from One 2 Ka 4
    For the lines “sona nahin na sahi, chaandi nahin na sahi…fikar kya hai, main hoon na tere liye…“. Not great lyrics, I know. But I just love the thought in the song. That, no matter if we have very little, but you have me – always.
  3. Hum Aapki Aankhon Mein from Pyaasa
    For the lines “hum aapko khwaabon mein la la ke sataayenge…hum aapki aankhon se neendein hi uDaa dein to…“. And for Geeta Dutt’s and Rafi’s playful, lilting voices.
  4. Tum Pukar Lo and Humne Dekhi Hai Unn Aankhon Ki from Khamoshi
    muqtasar si baat hai tum se pyaar hai…tumhaara intezaar hai, tum pukaar lo…” from tum pukaar lo. And, “humne dekhi hai, unn aankhon ki mahakati khushboo…haath se chhuuke ise, rishton ka ilzaam na do…” – only Gulzar can write words like “aankhon ki mahakati khushboo“. Beautiful! 🙂
  5. Meri Jaan Mujhe Jaan Naa Kaho from Anubhav
    honth jhuke jab honthon par…saans uljhi ho saanson mein…do judwaan honthon ki…baat kaho aankhon se…“. Very sexy words, don’t you think?
  6. Gulmohar Gar Tumhaara Naam Hota from Devtaa
    gulmohar gar tumhaara naam hota…mausam-e-gul ko hasaana bhi humaara kaam hota…“. Such a nice thought behind the lyrics. Also, ‘coz I love Gulmohar trees when they’re in full bloom – especially the red ones. Look like fire flowers.
  7. Dekh Ke Teri Nazar from Howrah Bridge
    There’s this one line in the song, which goes – “aaye ho dho ke kahin aankhein sharaab se” – I don’t think any other Hindi film song describes intoxicating, sexy eyes as well.
  8. Abhi Naa Jaao ChhoDkar from Hum Dono
    Love this song for its lyrics and music, but more so because this is the first song G sang to me. Not “sang” really – typed. We were chatting and it was very late at night, and I said I had to go sleep – and this is when he said abhi na jaao chhoDke, ke dil abhi bhara nahin…and I said, yehi kahoge tum sada ke dil abhi nahin bhara. And, this was one of those times when I was feeling constantly surprised at how two people who’ve had such different exposures and lives, have so much in common. I love old Hindi film songs (as is quite evident from this list!), and most people I’ve known have had no idea about any except for the most over-played and popular old songs. Another of the things that surprised me the same way is when G said (again in one of our chats) “swatIsaid” (translation: that’s what I said) – which is what Ern Goon from The Five Find-Outers used to say. 🙂
    Also, G’s ID on ICQ used to be Hawkeye. From Hawkeye Pierce in M*A*S*H, who I used to be absolutely in love with. 🙂
  9. Maula Mere Maula from Anwar
    Beautiful, beautiful lyrics, and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s awesome voice.
  10. Tum Jo Mil Gaye Ho from Hanste Zakhm
    The most haunting romantic song I have ever heard. Gives me goosebumps every time I hear it. Kaifi Azmi’s lyrics and Rafi’s voice. Wow!
  11. Mujhe Dard-e-Dil Ka Pata Naa Thaa from Akash Deep
    yoon hi apne apne safar mein gum, kahin door mein kahin door tum…chale ja rahe thay juda juda, mujhe aap kisliye mil gaye…” Need I say any more? 🙂
  12. Teri Deewani from Kailasa
    Not a Hindi film song, but such beautiful lyrics. And Kailash Kher sings it with such feeling.
  13. Mann Re Tu Kaahe Naa Dheer Dhare from Chitralekha
    Outlook voted this as 1st out of the 20 best Hindi film songs ever. Not the best, I think. But, one of the best for sure!
  14. There’s this one song that I loooove! It’s by Yesudas, as far as I remember. There’s this one line in the song that goes – “samay ka aanchal thaam ke pal pal umar chali hai jaane kahaan…” – and I can’t for the life of me remember tha title of the song, or any other words from it. Can someone please help me? ‘Coz this is going to be driving me mad till I do remember which song this is from!!

Correction: Maula Mere Maula is not a Rahat Fateh Ali Khan song – it’s actually sung by Roop Kumar Rathod. Still very nice though.

Tags: Also, I tag Quirky Soul, Anand, River, Anvita and the Mad Momma. Also, whoever else would like to take it up. 🙂

Another Update: I have finally managed to remember – with no help from anyone – which the last song I wrote about is! It’s tere bin soona more mann ka mandir! 🙂

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