Hey! So today is my 33rd birthday, and I am super excited to be another year older and wiser. I absolutely refuse to be one of those chicks who thinks my life is over at 40, I'm really enjoying my 30s and wouldn't go back to my 20s for ANYTHING. Life is so much more secure, stable, comfortable, confident and just plain HAPPY in my 30s.
Anyway, realizing that it was my birthday once again led me to think of how my sisters and I, back in our days of being in a band together, always had a song handy in case it was someone in the audience's birthday. The obvious choice was this one:
BAAR BAAR DIN from Farz (1967)
But sometimes we'd choose more off-beat ones, like O MAMMA DEAR MAMMA from Saajan Bina Suhagan (1978) (check out the baby Padmini Kohlapuri in it!), or one of our personal favorites:
HUM BHI AGAR BACCHHE HOTE from Door Ki Awaaz (1964)
Occasionally we'd get a request for O NANHE SE FARISHTE from Ek Phool Do Mali (1969):
or AAYE HAI BAHAAREN from Ram Aur Shyam (1967)
Another standby of ours was:
AATI RAHENGE BAHAREN from Kasme Vaade (1978)
I only wish my birthdays could be as cool as these:
AAO JHOOME from Ek Ladka Ek Ladki (1992)
MACHALJANE KA DIN HAI from One Two Ka Four (2001)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU MR. PEDRO from Prem Deewane (1992)
MERE RANG MEIN from Maine Pyar Kiya (1990)
GAA RE MANN from Baabul (2006)
BIRTHDAY PARTY (tamil song) from Maya Bazaar (1995)
Nalam Vazhvu Ennalum (tamil song) from Marupadiyum (1993)
I remember on my 15th birthday, my sisters and I got into a fight with our friends over whether you're supposed to sing "Happy Birthday" BEFORE blowing out the candles/cutting the cake or after. We were pretty sure it was before, which is clearly the American way. In Bollywood, it appears you sing AFTER the candles are blown out/cake is cut. What do you think, my friends? We finally decided the the Bollywood way was what we would refer to as "Heppy Bird-day" (said in the accent). Those friends were definite HFS (Hindi Film Star) wannabes anyway.
Sooo this year, my sweet husband tried to book me a spa day, but I refused ... too expensive and unnecessary. I'll have the babysitter for a couple of hours tomorrow and will do the requisite mani-pedi or hair appointment if I have time after working out. We'll do dinner after he gets back from work ... but I hope he doesn't have to work late, or else I'll be singing this:
I guess I'll be happy as long as my birthday doesn't turn out like this:
Or the most memorable birthday scene in Hindi Cinema for ME ... the scene in Darr where Shah Rukh Khan shows up at Juhi Chawla's birthday!
Anyway, if someday I do get around to throwing myself a big soiree for my birthday I hope it's as awesome as this party:
Thanks as always for checking out the blog, and hope that if you have links to any great birthday songs/scenes from Hindi or Tamil movies that I've missed, you will definitely let me know.
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