8 March 2014

My Favourites: Songs in Disguise

No, I do not mean the songs are masquerading as something else (what?); it's just that it made for a catchy title. On the other hand, the idea for this post came from when I was writing the post on tropes in Hindi cinema. I did make fun of the hero disguising himself to get into the villain's lair, but I also recorded that it gave us some splendid songs, and therefore that was one trope I didn't mind having around. As tropes went, that wasn't egregious at all.  

The next step, of course, was to write a post on songs sung by the hero in disguise. The question of course, was, should I limit myself to what one of my readers, Subodh, calls my 'autocratic and dictatorial' rules? Should I, for instance, restrict it to just that trope - the disguised hero in the villain's den? Or should I, would I, could I widen the scope of the theme? After all, our heroes are known to disguise themselves to woo their beloveds in front of their disapproving fathers. They also disguise themselves just to woo the disapproving heroine, who will fall in love with them soon after. Hmm... after a long time spent debating the pros and cons (all of 3.6 minutes), I decided I would, could, and should leave the theme wide open - 'why' doesn't matter.  

But so as to not disappoint Subodh, I decided there had to be some restrictions - my list would have only disguised heroes, not heroines (who could be disguised or not, if they were part of the duets), and b) the hero had to be singing, not just remain a spectator. And, oh, just for me, because I like making things difficult for myself - only one song per hero. So, here are my  picks.

1. Gustakh nazar chehre se hata (Dev Anand) 
Jaali Note (1960) 
Singers: Asha Bhosle - Mohammed Rafi
Music: OP Nayyar
Lyrics: Raja Mehdi Ali Khan  
This fits the trope of 'hero in a villain's den' very well. Only this not a 'climax' song. Dev Anand is Inspector Dinesh, who along with his faithful hound, sorry, assistant, Pandu ( Om Prakash) is on the trail of a gang of counterfeiters. Trailing a 'pandit' whom he suspects of being in cahoots with the gang, D & P land up at Hotel Shangrila, where the suspect has a quick word with 'Lily' (Helen - even the dancers' names were stereotypical, were they not?) This is a song that I like very much, even though it seemed like they just wrote a situation so they could plonk a song in; but hey, when the song is as chirpy as this, who is protesting? I like it because Helen/Lily certainly looks like she would pull off their false beards a couple of times, and D & P are forced to protect their hirsuteness from her grasping hands. And in the midst of it all is the suspect - trying very hard to escape by hiding behind the chorus. So along with the post-riposte in the song, there is also that little bit of suspense - will she? won't she? will she uncover their disguise by the time the song ends? Or will the hero catch his suspect redhanded? This being the beginning of the film, it doesn't matter much. In any case, Dev Anand is handsome (yes, even with his beard and mucchhad) and Helen is beautiful, and OP Nayyar's composition trips along merrily.  

2. Dekhoji ek bala jogi (Shammi Kapoor)
China Town (1962)
Singers: Mohammed Rafi - Minu Purushottam
Music: Ravi
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri 
If I hadn't decided to stick to the 'only one song per hero' rule, I could have probably made a 'Shammi Kapoor in Disguise' post. The man seemed to make a habit of disguising himself, if not downright impersonating someone else. In China Town, where he is already playing a double role (of Shekhar and Michael), he spends half of Shekhar's on-screen time, pretending to be Michael (amongst others). Shekar (Shammi Kapoor) is a club singer, and hence not exactly husband-material for Rita  (Shakila), the only daughter of the wealthy Raibahadur Digambar Prasad Rai (SN Bannerji). Fed up of Rita sneaking out to meet Shekhar, he decides to whisk Rita off to Calcutta so she can be married off to a man who is more 'appropriate'. Only, Shekhar has just had a job offer from Calcutta, so,  of course he is on the same train. And in disguise. As an itinerant mendicant. His persistence annoys Rita until he manages to indicate who he is, without arousing his prospective father-in-law's suspicions. (Lasts only until the song is sung, but hey...) 

 3. Aake seedhi lage  (Kishore Kumar) 
Half Ticket (1962) 
Singer: Kishore Kumar 
Music: Salil Choudhary
Lyrics:  Shailendra 
This is a scenario I didn't mention in my introduction to the post - the hero running away from the villain. Kishore Kumar, who has run away from home, and has 'disguised' himself as a little boy so he can con the ticket seller into selling him a 'half-ticket' runs into Pran, who is also on the run - from the police. Wanting to escape their scrutiny, the wily villain stashes the loot - a diamond - in Kishore's pocket. Then begins a dog-chase-cat-chase-mouse game - the police after Pran, Pran after Kishore, and Kishore, not knowing he is walking around with a priceless diamond,  on the run from both. On the way, of course, they get to disguise themselves a bit more, and sing a couple of songs. I have mentioned  Woh ik nigaah kya mili in a couple of posts before, where Pran ends up tied to the stake as Kishore pulls one over him. In this song, another laugh riot, Kishore is disguised as a woman, and Pran gets to shake a leg (and does so, quite well). Of course, Pran being Pran, he is well aware that the 'woman' is actually Kishore. But then, Kishore gets to sing both parts - male and female. And Salilda's composition ebbs and flows, in a manner quite as controlled as the chaos on screen. 

4. Laga chunri mein daag (Raj Kapoor) 
Dil Hi To Hai (1963) 
Singer: Manna Dey 
Music: Roshan
Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi 
Another scenario that I had not envisaged; here, the hero, Chand (Raj Kapoor) has no ulterior motive at all. He is not running away from anyone, he is not chasing villains, there is no disapproving father, there isn't even a heroine to impress or woo... He is forced to don a disguise to help a friend in need, by pretending to be Khan Saheb, a reputed classical singer. However, this disguise will get him closer to the woman he loves. Prior to this, Jamila (Nutan) has been insisting to her fiance Yusuf(Pran) that she wants to learn music, and will only do so from Chand, a radio singer. Yusuf, not willing to let the handsome singer anywhere near his betrothed, and suspecting that Jamila's affections are more engaged than she lets on, flatly refuses. Yusuf is at the show where Chand pretends to be Khan Saheb. Eureka! What better ploy than to get this doddering old man to teach his fiancee. Little does he know that he's just dug a pit for himself. A rollicking romantic comedy, Dil Hi To Hai saw Raj Kapoor in a swashbuckling role, playing dual personalities, romancing the heroine, conning the villain, and even duelling with him to win the hand of the fair lady. Meanwhile, we get to hear this fantastic song by Manna Dey, one of many melodious compositions by Roshan. Bliss!  (Trivia: the dancer in the song is Padmini Priyadarshini - one for Dustedoff's 'Songs picturised on unknown actors' post.)

5. Zara man ki kiwadiya khol (Dilip Kumar)
Kohinoor (1960)
Singer: Mohammed Rafi
Music: Naushad
Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni
Ever thought you would see tragedian Dilip Kumar in a mad romp that was Kohinoor? For that matter ever thought tragedienne Meena Kumari could do anything more than grieve? Well, watch the absolutely madcap comedy that was Kohinoor to see what two great performers could do with an inspired script. While on the song, meet Sangeetkar Maharaj Kohinoor Baba, otherwise known as Rajkumar Dhivendra Pratap Bahadur Chandrabhan (Dilip Kumar) as he ventures into the villain's lair to rescue his fair princess, Rajkumari Chandramukhi (Meena Kumari). Well-knowing the propensity of Hindi film heroines to let the cat out of the bag, the wily Rajkumar sings out his warning well in advance of coming face to face with the imprisoned princess. For a change, we have an intelligent (and intrepid) princess, who not only understands his warnings, but also sees through his disguise (even if the villain cannot). This song is just the beginning, mind you. Be prepared for the prince and his sidekick (Mukri) to spout the most nonsensical dialogues, the valiant princess to begin chucking brass vases around at people (she has the most perfect aim too!) plus she shows a great propensity to hitting people over the head plus she is absolutely smashing to look at! Dilip Kumar swashbuckles with style, Jeevan is properly villainous, and everyone has a rollicking time. Fantastic!

6. Chhalke teri aankhon se (Rajendra Kumar)
Aarzoo (1965) 
Singer: Mohammed Rafi
Music: Shankar-Jaikishen
Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri
From the king to the pretender. No offence meant to Rajendra Kumar, but he, like so many others who came after him, were greatly inspired by Dilip Kumar. Here, he is just pulling wool over the eyes of his beloved's father. She, of course, not only knows who he is, but is complicit in the masquerade. Gopal/Sarju (Rajendra Kumar) has come to Usha's (Sadhana) house pretending to be her friend Salma's father, Hakeem Saheb. He even has an old man's voice to go with his disguise. (Why he has a pair of dark glasses inside a house, at night, is something I will never understand.) Only, the old man's quaver disappears once he begins singing. So, instead of Hakeem Saheb's "budhape ki aawaz", we are treated to Rafi's mellifluous rendition of a lovely ghazal.

7. Ye duniya gol hai (Johnny Walker)
Chaudvin ka Chand (1960) 
Singer: Mohammed Rafi, 
Music: Ravi
Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni
Yes, I know I said, 'heroes'; yes, I know Johnny Walker is not a hero. But he was no less than one, with parts being written for him, with songs being written for him, with specific lines of dialogue being written for him. He was a very, very important part of the films in which he had a role. And he commanded the same respect that was given to the top heroes of his time. Guru Dutt, for instance, couldn't dream of making a film in which Johnny Walker did not have a role. This film, made immediately after the box-office debacle of Kagaz ke Phool, was produced by Guru Dutt Films, but directed by Dutt's assistant, M Sadiq. Song picturisations, however, were still directed by Dutt himself. This Muslim social, one of the few that had me going 'what the...', 'why the...' how the...' throughout the film, nevertheless had great music, courtesy underrated composer Ravi. Once again, the disguise is purely out of the goodness of his soul - he, Shaiza, is only trying to get a photograph of Jameela (Waheeda Rehman) for his lovestruck friend, Nawab Sahib (Rehman).

 8. Tere dwar khada ik jogi (Pradeep Kumar)
Nagin (1954) 
Singer: Hemant Kumar 
Music: Hemant Kumar
Lyrics: Rajinder Krishan
In a tribal/folklore/something adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (or its many Indian versions), comes a tale set among two warring Naga tribes. Of course, the respective son and daughter have to fall in love. And of course, the fathers have to protest. The course of true love never runs smooth, and all that. And so, he, Sanatan (Pradeep Kumar) the proud son of a tribal chieftain, is forced to dress as an ascetic to go meet his beloved, Mala (Vyjayanthimala), the beautiful daughter of the rival chief, who has been betrothed to another man, villain (of course!), by her father. Of course, Sanatan is welcomed with open arms by the chief, because he helps the old man win against his son-in-law to be (who's busy fleecing his prospective sasur until Sanatan happens along). What will happen when Sanatan's masquerade ends? Will the lovers triumph? Watch the movie to find out. (Actually, don't. Just listen to the songs.)

9. Phoolon ke haar le lo (Ashok Kumar)
Inspector (1956)
Singer: Hemant Kumar
Music: Hemant Kumar
Lyrics: SH Bihari
Back to our trope of a hero in disguise in a villain's den. In a murder mystery (directed by Shakti Samanta), Inspector Shyam (Ashok Kumar) is forced by circumstances to mount an investigation against his own beloved, Varsha (Geeta Bali). Circumstantial evidence is against her (Of course it was; the dumb woman drags a corpse wrapped in sacking out of her car, and down her driveway, and plonks it against a streetlight in full view of a policeman!), and Inspector Shyam is put to more than usual effort to track down the real culprit. Of course, being blessed with more than average brains, he actually does follow police protocol (like sending the body for a post-mortem) and is more Sherlock Holmes than Hercule Poirot when it comes to sleuthing. Hence the darkened skin and the Vaishnavite forehead marks. (While I find it interesting that all murder mysteries are tracked to brothels and seedy night-clubs, I must confess that this is one film that was a rather decent watch.) 

10. Kajra muhobbatwala (Biswajeet/Babita)
Kismet (1968)
Singers: Shamshad Begum - Asha Bhosle
Music: OP Nayyar
Lyrics: SH Bihari 
Manmohan Desai helming a cockamamie thriller? Who would have thought of it? So we have Biswajeet on the run from goons (Shetty and gang) because a police informant hid a microdot containing information about bomb blasts in Biswajeet's guitar. Of which, he has no clue. He is just a singer by profession. Of course, he runs into Babita, who is running away from the gilded cage of her wealthy father. And of course, they fall in love. But much shenanigans have to be endured before truth and love triumph. 

I began with a couple of duets; this is a female-female duet, even though one of the duo on screen is so obviously a man. This is also a historic duet, because while Kajra muhobbatwala became wildly popular, it was the last song that Shamshad Begum would ever sing under OP Nayyar's baton. As he mentioned in an interview once, he owed his career to the fact that Shamshad, then at the top of her career, worked with him when he was a newcomer. He rued the fact that he had let both her and Geeta Dutt down because of his personal equation with Asha Bhosle.

Also, watching the film, one is struck by just how much Karishma Kapoor resembles her mother, both in looks and in the way she moves.  

I was going to end this post with the duet above, but I thought I would put in two more songs, one involving the first 'superstar' of Hindi Cinema, and the second, involving his successor, and one possible rival.

11. Duniya mein logon ko (Rajesh Khanna) 
Apna Desh (1972) 
Singers: RD Burman - Asha Bhonsle 
Music: RD Burman
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
This is a fantastic film. Yes, really. :) In the actual meaning of the term, of course. So, we have an honest, upright 'youth', Akash (Rajesh Khanna), who is now on the warpath after he has been fired from his job.  Well, not just that, but he has found out a dastardly conspiracy, his brother is missing and he knows the city's most respectable denizen is behind the everything bad that is happening to him and the city. So, of course, in the second half of the film, he gets to masquerade as an international gold smuggler, with a wife named Madam Lolopolita, and a henchman named Alibaba. (How an impecunious youth has the money to set up as a wealthy smuggler - well, this is a Manmohan Desai film, you're looking for logic?) But, that gave us Duniya mein logon ko, and the film was great masala fun, so who is complaining?

 12. Anhoni ho honi karde (Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor)
Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
Singers: Kishore Kumar, Mahendra Kapoor, Shailendra Singh
Music: Laxikant-Pyarelal
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

Another madcap adventure from Manmohan Desai, the master of nonsense. He was absolutely at the top of his game here, and I don't think he ever matched the inspired insanity that was AAA. So even before the credits flashed, we had an attempted murder and an attempted suicide (not by the same person), a car chase, three kids abandoned, the suicide attempt foiled, the murder attempt failed, the children separated, being brought up by loving foster parents who belong to different religions, their paths crossing and criss-crossing without any of them being aware of sibling ties, culminating in all of them giving blood - at the same time - to their wounded mother (of which relationshop they are all unaware as well). Did I mention all this happens pre-credits? This is a film that demanded you suspend disbelief; what you have is a rollercoaster of madness, and it all ends with Anthony (Amitabh Bachchan) disguising himself as a priest, while Akbar (Rishi Kapoor) gets to become his own uncle, and Amar (Vinod Khanna) turns himself into a one-man wedding band. Fun, fun, fun!! We don't get films like these any more.

Do you have any favourite 'in disguise' songs? Share them, do.

29 comments:

  1. Lovely post! My top favorite is "Aake seedhi lage" from Half Ticket (1962),because of Pran as he plays along with Kishore Kumar;the song is a treat to watch :) Other favorites of mine are songs #4,#6,#7,#9,#10,#11 and #12.

    Some of my favorite songs on the same theme are-
    "Cham Cham Baje Re Payaliya" from Jaane Anjaane (1971)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkqCfLo54t8

    A song from Haseena Maan Jayegi picturised on Shashi Kapoor - "Suno Suno"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fuOegCyYGU

    and "Kaise Samjhaoon Badi Nasamajh Ho" Suraj (1966)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGNlrzq3FIQ

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  2. Disguise songs were huge fun! I love all these songs.

    Here is one more Ustadon ke Ustaad disguise songs.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWitSj7KTK0

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  3. but WITH a song . . . one finds it much easier to embrace the gag in all its wackiness.
    Too, too true.

    Laughing at your reaction to Kishore's antics in Pyar Kiye Jaa. Perhaps it is because we grew up with these films that I, at least, don't find it creepy. Silly, perhaps, even boring at times, but unlike today's stalking songs, the songs from those years had a refreshing innocence about them. (Or perhaps, we were more innocent then.) And knowing, as the audience, that the chap in disguise is the hero, made it a sort of delicious secret that we shared with the hero. I can understand where you are coming from, though.

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  4. Hey Coolone, thank you. :)



    You know, you scared me - that second video with Shashi Kapoor in drag? It is amazing how much he resembles his grand-niece Karishma! (Yes, I know it is a heresy even to mention both those names in one breath, but...)



    And Shammi! I really could have made a 'Shammi in Disguise' post!

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  5. Thanks, Ava. :) These songs are such fun!

    Who is the person with Pradeep Kumar?

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  6. Nice theme for a post. I like no. 3, 4, 7, 10 and 11
    a good ashok kumar in disguise song is:
    jaa re beimaan from Secretary
    http://youtu.be/2k6xbACsk0s

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  7. Songs Of Yore8 March 2014 22:49

    Anu,

    Excellent theme and great songs. But where is the hero in disguise, with his dancing troupe, entering the den of the villain? Have you noticed that the wordings of their songs contain open declaration that they have come to kill the villain and his henchmen? And the dumb villain enjoys the song thoroughly. No wonder, with such low IQ they all get killed in the end.

    A fantastic double disguise (with genders reversed) is this vintage song from Shehnai (1947), composed by C Ramchandra and sung by himself and Shamshad Begum. Dualari dressed as a male and Mumtaz Ali as female with some incredible dancing:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53xvHFLBijg
    AK

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  8. Anu, we're back to our crazy coincidences! Just the other day, I was watching a film (review coming up probably today), and there was a scene where the hero comes in disguise to the heroine's house - and (though he doesn't sing a song), I thought "There are so many songs with people in disguise. Why not do a list?" :-)

    I like your list - some songs (like Gustakh nazaar chehre se hata and Aake seedhi lagi) more than others. By the way, one thing I've never been able to understand is when the hero and heroine are on the run from villains, and escape by disguising them - only to prompt join a group of performers and dance, either on stage or on a street. Wouldn't that draw undue attention to themselves (and it invariably does, even with the villains standing about and gaping). Maybe they simply depend upon villains to be too dimwitted and myopic to see what's under their very noses.

    Anyway. My two paise, with men who don't figure in your list. Dharmendra, first, with Nutan in Humne rukh se purdah hataaya toh jal jaaoge; not one of my absolute favourite songs tune-wise, but it's rather a lot of fun:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZQJ1a0S3Sg

    And another fun song, also with the heroine in tow; Sunil Dutt and Shakila in Main hoon Papa Khan from Post Box No 999:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgwU3biaZT0

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  9. Subodh Agrawal9 March 2014 03:07

    Thanks for giving me a generous mention Anu, I am flattered :)


    All the songs in the post and the comments are great fun, as they are meant to be. I wonder if the song 'Ankhiyan sang ankhiyan laagi' from 'Bada Aadmi(1961)' is also a disguise song? It definitely looks like one - given the exaggerated mannerisms of the classical singer and his patently false beard.

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  10. Thank you, Harvey. I hadn't heard the song from Secretary before. It was nice to see Ashok Kumar enjoying himself. :)

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  11. AK, the trope you mention happened more in the 70s, I think. Especially where they insist they are going to kill the villain. :)

    So as to not disappoint you, here is one with my favourite hero.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0T09y5o0I1w



    And one more. Here, while he is in disguise, he is at least more subtle about his intentions. There is no overt declaration of war.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=438Va8JVHdk


    Thank you for posting that lovely song here in the comments. I had to stifle a laugh at Dulari disguised as a man. :)

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  12. Thank you, Madhu. Have you noticed Harvey picking up other coincidences in our choice of movies to review? :)

    I've never been able to understand is when the hero and heroine are on the run from villains, and escape by disguising them - only to promptly join a group of performers and dance, either on stage or on a street. Wouldn't that draw undue attention to themselves?


    True dat. I don't mind them joining a group of dancers, actually, or being on stage. But are they in the background? No. They are always the lead singers/dancers. I suppose this is what they think is meant by 'hiding in plain sight'?

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  13. Thank you , Subodh. *grin* I did have your oft-repeated complaint in mind when I was putting down my guidelines for this post, so I thought I must give you credit. :)

    I don't know anything about the film Bada Aadmi but you are right about the man's actions. It seems to me that it is a stage show, so it might not be a disguise as much as a costume, perhaps. I'm posting the song here; maybe someone will be able to throw more light on the matter.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLNEREmv14U

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  14. No, I didn't 'miss' your favourite. *grin*. It is not my favourite, that is all. :) I'm glad you posted it. I would let Mehmood in, because like Johnny Walker before him, Mehmood often had an important role to play. He's not the hero. Saanjh aur Savera had Guru Dutt and Meena Kumari in the leading roles. Mehmood must be the comic side part.

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  15. Arrey yaar! Itna achcha disguise tha kya :) Its Sheikh Mukhtiar. :) Glad you recognised Pradeep Kumar :) :) :)

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  16. "I suppose this is what they think is meant by 'hiding in plain sight'?"

    Yes! I suppose Hindi film characters are actually more acute than we give them credit for!

    By the way, the comment about Ajhun na aaye baalma reminded me of this one; from a later period, but still. Vinod Khanna in disguise in Priye praaneshwari.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnVFnq5y0qk

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  17. Great list of newish films. I've only seen a few of these, Tere Bin Laden, Phas Gaye Re Obama, Loins of Punjab Presents. I thoroughly enjoyed all of them, TBL and PGRO because they were smart and funny and Loins of Punjab because I saw some of my friends and(at the time) classmates in the films characters. I was born and raised in Vancouver BC and while I myself am a 4th generation Canadian I was still exposed to the NRI culture. I went to school with many people who were part of the Punjabi/Indian diaspora and it's uncanny how similar they were to the characters in LOP - despite the fact the film's characters are clearly supposed to be stereotypes of NRIs. Although, admittedly I have yet to meet a gay bhangra hip-hop dancer calling himself Turbanotorious B.D.G. But hey, anything is possible lol.

    Looks like I'll have to give Jan We Met a try, I also am not too fond of Kareena Kapoor so I passed this one up when it came out. And Khosla Ka Ghosla too, I thought it would be a sub-par film and skipped it (I didn't want to have my surname associated with a bad movie lol) but I think I'll have to give it a watch too. Hopefully they're both on Netflix for convenience.

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  18. Yeah, not a Kareena fan either, but she is good in Jab We Met. And oh, you should definitely watch Khosla ka Ghosla.

    About the Loins of Punjab stereotypes - I know stereotypes get a bad rap, but don't they originate from reality? I laughed my way through that film because I could actually give names

    to each one of the characters from among my acquaintances. :)

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  19. What an interesting subject, but you and Madhu dono milketempting me with your posts and I just do not have the time to read them, I will be returning tomorrow, so maybe sometime next week I will catch up with you two

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  20. I found Khosla ka Ghosla and Jab We Met on Netflix and watched them back to back. I enjoyed them both. Actually I was pleasantly surprised by Kareena Kapoor in Jab We Met, she actually did a good job playing Geet, she definitely held the film. Still can't say I'm too crazy about her, but she proved to me that she's a half decent actress when she wants to be. I might have to look at some of her better stuff like Chameli--well maybe not, we'll see.

    And you're spot on with the stereotype thing, half of the fun of watching Loins of Punjab was seeing people I know in the characters. Btw you have an acquaintance that falls to the tube of the Turbanotorious BDG? That's pretty soli--I'm slightly envious lol

    Anyways thanks for the recs. I'll have to check out Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na too when I have time.

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  21. *grin* But just think, when you return, you can sit and relax with both of us. :)

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  22. I am back, I am also extremely tired but this particular topic was playing on my mind. I have loads of stuff to catch up on here in Bombay but I still could not get this interesting topic out of my mind. I will be honest, I still haven't managed to get the time to read your post in detail, I just skimmed through it, but I was eager to add my favourite song, so I thought why not post the song right now, I can read the post at leisure later.
    The song is din jawani ke chaar from Pyaar Kiye Jaa

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEH2lIbpibk

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  23. Yes! I suppose Hindi film characters are actually more acute than we give them credit for!

    Perhaps it is made for people like me. :)

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  24. Arre yaar, I haven't seen the fillum. And perhaps these disguises are so good when they are watched by dhakhans like me. :)

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  25. I thought I replied to this comment, but obviously I didn't.(Or DIsqus stole my comment.)

    she proved to me that she's a half decent actress when she wants to be.
    When she has a good director, and she stops (for a few moments) being so full of herself, that woman can act. Long before she became this munhphat know-it-all, I saw and liked her in Refugee. I remember thinking to myself, 'Kapoor genes' - definitely not Babita's. Geet was a revelation after countless films where Kareena just made me want to tear my hair out in frustration.



    And oh, let's remove Turbanotorious BDG from my list of acquaintances. But I do have a second cousin who is a rapper with his own group. :)

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  26. Sahi bola, someone should be fooled ;)

    BTW Faryal on your header, SUPERCOOL.

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  27. I notice you accept that I am a dhakhan! *grin*

    You only noticed Faryal now? :) It's been there ever since I put a header on the blog. But because it is a rolling header, each banner appears at random. Which is probably why you didn't see it so far. :)

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  28. Where did my comment and song disappear? Ok I will once again post my favourite song in disguise
    din jawaani ke chaar
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEH2lIbpibk

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  29. I don't know, Shilpi. It came into my inbox, but when I came to the blog, it wasn't there. :( Sorry. I'm glad you came back and posted though. FilmiContrast referenced this song in her comment, but didn't link to it. I'm glad you did.

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