Sunday, May 30, 2010

Song of the Day: B-O-R-E! But this song is anything but ...

I totally loved this movie, and this song was the highlight for me. Sadhna was actually my mom's schoolfriend from her days in Mumbai, which is pretty cool considering she made "Jhumka Gira Re" so famous and they had that "Sadhna Haircut" with the bangs and all that was so popular in the 60s.

Love in Simla is one of those movies that grabs you because its about rooting for the underdog ... Sadhna with her glasses and her jaded view is just so cute and anti-heroine, you HAVE to love her. It was a total Cinderella story, with Sadhna living with her aunt & uncle and spoiled cousin. But vindication comes in her stealing away her cousin's rich boyfriend, HUZZAH! She couldn't have done it without her fairy grandmother, who takes away her glasses and ponytail (sorry, that's a line from Not Another Teen Movie) and gives her the famous Sadhna Cut (essentially, it's just bangs).

I remember really wanting Sadhna's character to dump the boyfriend and go out there in the world and take over ... but whatevs.

Here's the AWESOME Love Ka Matlab Hai Pyar from Love in Simla (1960):

Friday, May 28, 2010

Song of the Day: Speaking of Hiccups ...

Completely unrelated to yesterday's post, this number started randomly playing in my head today ... maybe I heard it on my mom's fabulous ATN radio station (XM Radio) and it sat subconsciously in my head. Babita seems like a pretty good time in this! And her overacting is verrrrry familiar! Man, I see where Karishma Kapoor gets her acting chops. Asha's voice is incredible in this though, as always.

Aao Huzur Tumko from Kismat (1968)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Song of the Day: Hiccups and Jodis

This song was in my head when I woke up this morning ... gorgeous song, but I wish they had thought up better lyrics than "hi-hi-hi-hi-hitchiki lagi" for such a pretty melody ... but this song "Aaj Subah Jab Mein Jagah" from Aag aur Shola (1985) is gorgeous and I was at the height of my Sridevi worship when it released.

Also I was thinking today that some jodis just capture you and it FEELS right when you see them together, they just have that natural chemistry ... the following come to mind:

- Amitabh & Rekha

- Sridevi & Jeetendra

- Dharmendra & Hema Malini

- SRK & Kajol

- Rishi Kapoor & Tina Munim (I KNOW, Neetu, I love her too, but I loved this pair)

- Anil Kapoor & Madhuri Dixit

- Aamir Khan & Juhi Chawla

- Dilip Kumar & Vyjanthimala (Yes, I know, Madhubala, but I found this more fun, and I liked Madhubala with Kishore Kumar, like in Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi)

- Raj Kapoor & Nargis

- Rajesh Khanna & Mumtaz (I know, Sharmila Tagore, but I really love him w/ Mumtaz)

And then of course there's the lesser known jodis, like:

- Alok Nath & Reema Lagoo - who wouldn't want them as parents?
- Akshay Kumar & Saif Ali Khan
- Salman Khan & Govinda
- Abhishek Bachchan & John Abraham
- Amitabh Bachchan & Shashi Kapoor

Good times ...Would love to hear other's favorites!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Satyabhama aur Rukmini Rani (dono Krishna ki thi deewani)

So obviously since I'm a dancer and come from a family of dancers, most of my movie song memories from the early days were songs that we performed on stage. Today's song of the day was one that I've actually never seen the original before today! Since I was six we've been doing the Satyabhama Aur Rukmini Rani mini-dance drama from Raja Aur Runk (1968). I had NO idea that Sanjeev Kumar was in it, much less that he played Krishna!!! I don't know what this all had to do with the movie but it appears to be a dream sequence while someone is relating the tale of how Krishna got stuck in a massive ego-battle between two of his wives. That's why polygamy = bad Krishna. Get with the program. Oh ok, I guess it's ok if you're GOD and all. Anyway Satyabhama is known to have a lot of pride, and she gets all pissed when Krishna goes to hang out with Rukmini for a while (who incidentally I thought he married first?!). Narada, our favorite troublemaker/sage tells her that if she can provide Krishna's weight in gold she'll get him back. She tries, and no matter how much wealth she heaps on the scales she can't lift Krishna at all. Insert Nelson's "Ha Ha" from The Simpsons.

So Narada takes Krishna off and tries to sell him in the bazaar (???) and Bhama is forced to go make nice with Ruks to pray and sing bhajans till they get Krishna back and learn to share like Kindergarten 101. Except it's your husband.

When I was little I got to be little sidey roles in this drama, but I was all excited when I got the big starring role of sociopath Satyabhama in 1999. Gotta find that tape. If I do I'll edit this post and add it.

So here's today's bollystalgic song of the day, "Oh Kanhaiya" or the Story of Satyabhama and Rukmini, from Raja Aur Runk.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

I heart Disco - Bolly-ishstyle!

Watching the Disco Dancer songs on YouTube inspired me to make this list of my favorite Bollywood Disco numbers ... because India held on to the popularity of Disco well into the late 80s and early 90s when it was considered totally lame here in the U.S., and I love them for it. Obviously everything you come up with when searching for Bollywood Disco is gold, but I'll just post my favorites - the ones I have the most Bollystalgia about:

1. EVERYTHING from Disco Dancer, the title song, Jimmy Jimmy Aaja Aaja, Koi Yahan A-ha Nache Nache, and one of my personal faves, Ae Oh Aa Zara Mudke:

There was this guy named Dimple who used to dance to Disco Dancer at the Festival of India at Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit when I was little. It was scandalous watching him, from the moves to the super-tight cat suits he used to wear. It's clear who his hero was.

Who put the electrical tape around Mithun's waist? His outfit also sort of reminds of something Mork from Mork and Mindy would wear. Kim's gold boots look like leftovers from her Wonder Woman halloween costume. God, the early 80s were SO awesome.

2. Boom Boom from STAR (1982)
Ok, this was tough because Ooie Ooie is also awesome, but I had to go with Nazia Hassan's inimitable style and Rati Agnihotri rocking it out.

Incidentally you should also watch the title song STAR for Kumar Gaurav's full gold spangly outfit.

3. Ramba Ho from Armaan (1981)
Usha Uthup is awesome. So is this song.

4. Hari Om Hari from Pyara Dushman (1980)
This party is crazy. Kalpana Iyer is fearless in her fringe-y, Tahitian-ey outfit. I can't believe she's an Iyer - we're such a conservative culture!

5. Gore Nahin Hum Kale Sahi from Desh Premi (1982)
Utterly horrifying on so many levels ... the blackface, the dancing, Hema Malini dressed up to look like Michael Jackson??? Let's focus on the positive - the rotating stage that looks like a record! Yay!

6. Disco Deewane by Nazia Hassan from Sangdil (1982)
Ok, so this shouldn't technically count as its a Urdu movie and was for all practical purposes a pop song ... but who doesn't love it????

7. Disco '82 from Khuddaar (1982)
I find Lata Mangeshkar even saying the word Disco sooo odd.

8. Disco Station from Haathkadi
OMG Reena Roy!!! WHAT is going on with that outfit? It's part Marathi-Laavani, part-80s Disco! The light-up floor is amazing too.

9. Jaan-e-jaan ... Nisha from Sanam Teri Kasam
More Reena Roy awesomeness ... with the added bonus of Kamal Hassan (oh, just wait till I get into Tamil disco videos!). Her jumpsuit would be "in" nowadays.

10. Udi Baba from Vidhaata (1982)
Man, 1982 was the YEAR. Padmini Kohlapuri in a teddy and sparkly hat. Not sure I love the curly short hair underneath, but hey, she owns it in this. I'm not sure what's up with the fake superman character, but love the lights, disco balls, giant gun motifs, and revolving stage!

11. Aap Jaisa Koi from Qurbaani
Best disco song in a hindi movie EVER? In my opinion yes. It's got gorgeous, glam-doll Zeenat resplendent in gold, a light-up floor, Nazia Hassan's voice, a brooding Vinod Khanna for good measure ... and its STILL the song that gets all the ladies on the dance floor at a party:

Credit to Laila Mein Laila too, Because I love Amjad Khan in it.

12. Bachna Ae Haseeno or The Medley from Hum Kisise Kum Nahin
Couldn't decide, both are so awesome!

13. Aaya Sanam Aaya Deewana Tera from Bade Dil Wala
Because I'm a shameless Rishi Kapoor fangirl.

14. Disco '84 - Inquilaab - song starts at about 1:45
Oh Amitabh ... Oh Shakti Kapoor! The whole set looks very Austin Powers-esque, doesn't it? Shakti looks strangely like Howard Stern in his get-up, and for some reason Amitabh reminds me of those three flying villains from Superman 2. And with that white hair and beard, doesn't it seem like this video could be from today?

15. Jawani Jawani - Jaani Dost
Couldn't resist throwing in some Silk Smitha. Jeetu, are you wearing a headband? You know, doing the moves in this dance would be a pretty good aerobic workout.

16. Jawani Jaaneman - Namak Halal
Speaking of Jawani ... this is CLASSIC. Right from the phone call - "I want to kill you. I WILL Kill you." - Raat Baaki from this movie is also amazingly disco-fare. I think I had a Barbie-version of that gold outfit.

17. Om Shanti Om - Karz
Chintu is my unequivocal favorite - he's just so cute! That smile! That energy on the (light-up or revolving) dance floor! That charm! I have to admit, I WANT to love Ranbir Kapoor so much more than I actually do because of how much I love his parents.

18. Disco Bhangra - Gangaa Jamunaa Saraswati
This song is a total travesty, but it also manages to get stuck in my head. I never saw this movie, the song was on one of those Hits VHS tapes, and it has remained in my head all these years. The black leather outfit & Michael Jackson glove are TOO MUCH. He had to be at least 50 when this came out!

19. Yaar Bina Chain - Saheb
The rhinestone studded suit is awesome. Anil Kapoor, dude, you are like Richard from Lost ... you just don't age!!!

20. Saara Zamana - Yaarana
Love this Coliseum that they're dancing in.

21. Pyar Karnewale - Shaan
I love, love, love this song! So fabulous!

22. Jeena Bhi Hai Kya - Kasam Paida Karnewale Ki
Mithun does Thriller - to the tune of "Billie Jean"? I'm confused? Then again, the very existence of Salma Agha on-screen confuses me.

23. Pucho Na Yaar Kya Hua - Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai
One of my favorite songs and movies. I still can't sit at a table with cutlery and not pick up the spoons and start singing "Haiyya Haiyya". And this probably is the source of my obsession with light-up dance floors.

24. Mamma Mia Pom Pom - Justice Chowdhary
I am a crazy Sridevi fan and I completely wanted to BE her in this ... even if it meant I'd have to have a beau that danced like a fool - seriously it is SO funny watching him try to do these steps. His outfits are pretty rocking too. This is another great Sridevi-Jeetendra workout video dance.

25. Naam Mera Premkali - Chaalbaaz
The picturization of this TOTALLY doesn't match the song at all, but the whole LOOK, from Sri's jheri curl to the lights and all, are very disco!

26. Tamma Tamma Loge - Thanedaar
OMG this was the SONG when I was 14. I remember my dad being horrified by how she walks in the beginning (way too sexy for a 14-yr-old to be watching, I wonder what he would have thought of those kids dancing to Single Ladies if he were still alive?). I am more horrified by her hair and outfit. Someone in India was kinda obsessed with Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation video! Also, I read somewhere that Javed Jaffery was Sanjay Dutt's body double in this because Sanju Dada couldn't get the dance moves down. HAHAHAHA! Warning: This video is a Mullet-fest.

27. Saat Samundar - Vishwatma

28. Disco Dandia - Love Love Love
Aamir + Juhi = cutest pair ever. And when this song came out everyone was obsessed with it!

29. It's My Challenge scene from Pyar Karke Dekho
There is so much awesomeness going on here I can't even begin to describe it. This was the first Govinda movie we ever saw and we were obsessed with it. We made SO MUCH FUN of this scene in particular - there's just so many cheesy things happening here. The mullets, the headbands, the sparkly outfits ...

30. Muqabla - Humse Hai Muqabla/Kaadhalan
The fabulous Prabhu Deva aka Benny Lava doing his thang.

There's obviously SO MUCH MORE than this list, I know, and I'd love to hear others' favorites. But I also wanted to just throw out there a few songs from contemporary Bollywood that evoke this Disco-era awesomeness.

a) It's the Time To Disco - Kal Ho Na Ho
b) Dard-E-Disco - Om Shanti Om
c) Discowale Kisko - Dil Bole Hadippa
d) Where's the Party Tonight - Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna
e) Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe - Dil Chahta Hai
f) Dan Te Nan (Aaja Aaja) - Kaminey

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Doston Se Pyar Kiya ... Shaan se!!!!

The early 80s was a smorgasbord of awesomesauce, as evidenced by movies like Shaan (1980). I admit I haven't seen the Bond movies w/ evil Blofeld who is supposed to be the inspiration for Shaan's villain Shaakaal, so for me, Kulbhushan Karbhand's Shaakaal was the ultimate Dr. Evil (so much that when I named my friend's pet turtles Shaakaal, Mogambo and Gabbar Singh, Shaakaal was my favorite). But this movie has all the coolest elements from the Bond movies, the villain's lair, complete with a board room table that revolves and at the push of a button drops the selected henchman into shark-infested waters. The back-projection of sharks swimming behind Shaakaal was particularly effective.

 Thanks FilmiGirl for the pic!

Shaan has some of my favorite opening credits of all-time, sung by house favorite Usha Uthup. Oh my god, this song is awesome. The crazy gyrating chick in spandex is an interesting choice, but never stopped me from loving the opening. Our video had a musical sequence where they show all the actors and freeze frame on each of them - it's not on here so I'm not sure what happened to it ... but I remember it sooo clearly because my sister and I used to act it out. But this opening is still amazing.

So the characters in this movie, even besides Shaakaal, are awesome. There's Ravi and Vijay, played by the great duo of Shashi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan. There's con artist uncle and niece team played by Johnny Walker and Bindiya Goswami, Sunita, played by the fabulous Parveen Babi, and of course Rakhee and Shatrughan Sinha thrown in there for good measure, and Sunil Dutt in a cameo as Rakhee's husband. There's the rockin' Mazhar Khan in there too, playing disabled & homeless dude/informant Abdul who gets a song that is super memorable because of the subtitles we had on our tape: "My Name is Abdul. What? Oh, My Name is Abdul, I keep eyes on everything!"

 Now I haven't re-watched Shaan recently, so I'm going to just recap some of the most memorable scenes for me ... I have over my lifetime watched this movie MANY times so I'd say I remember most of it, but rather than re-hash the plot, I'll just do a highlights reel.

We started the movie meeting Sunil Dutt, good, nice cop. He's married to Rakhee, and they have a spoiled rotten little girl with the most annoying voice ever. Sunil Dutt generally fights crime and is awesome. His brothers are small-time crooks Ravi and Vijay. The guys meet up with con-artist duo Johnny Walker and his niece Bindiya Goswami, and fall prey to one of their scams. They track them down through Abdul  (in a fabulous scene where Amitabh wears a jumpsuit of some kind with "69" embroidered on the chest pocket) and eventually fall into a partnership. On one of their planned scams, they come across Parveen Babi who is also a con-artist, and kuch kuch happens between her and Vijay (Amitabh).

When we were little, every movie with two heroines was game for me & my sister to act out the scenes taking one of each of the roles. My sister (who consistently got to be Parveen Babi in movies like this, Jaani Dost, Burning Train, Mahaan, etc.) got to be Sunita, which means she got the limelight for one of the best songs ever (Pyar Karnewale)

And I was Bindiya Goswami in this one. Which actually turned out to be ok, because I got one of the most fabulous movie names of all time: "Pushpa Bhargav" (Naam to bada pyaara hai). I still use Pushpa Bhargav as my "club name" (name I give to random guys at clubs that dare to try and speak to me).

Anyway so the Pyar Karnewale scene is particularly awesome because at the end of the song, Bindu (who plays some rich heiress) gets her necklace stolen and all our con-artist heroes stand in a line and say "Kya Tumne?" "Nahin to" ("Did you?" "No!") to each other while trying to figure out who took it, ending with Johnny Walker who turns to a stranger and says it. My sisters and I used to do this all the time.

 There's an homage to this scene in Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja (1993) where Bindu AGAIN gets her necklace stolen at the end of the "Mein Hoon Roop Ki Rani" number, but the original takes the cake. "Mera Haar! Aaaaah!"

In another fabulous scam, the team dress up Ravi and Vijay as swamis to do a great fun poolside dance number.

So eventually Shaakaal, admist sending henchmen to their shark-infested death in his revolving boardroom of death (one of whom was Som from Satte Pe Satta! And the bearded dude who tried to kill Seema by giant boulder was also in this boardroom! Trump, you've got to get one of these!), tries to coerce Sunil Dutt to be on his side. Good, kind, wonderful Sunil refuses, and is chased down by instruments of evil and eventually shot to death from a helicopter on the beach. A sad demise indeed. Vijay and Ravi are pissed, and naturally decide to about-face and become good to destroy Shaakaal and avenge their brother. But not before being late for their date and pissing off the ladies, which requires a song sequence of awesomeness. Enter "Jaanu Meri Jaan" - come on, you couldn't stay mad at these guys either.

Shatrughan Sinha shows up in between as a marksman who is blackmailed by Shaakaal to kill Sunil Dutt. Rakhee is all "He's the one!" but then he tells his sad story and we're all "awwww". Plus he's super sweet to annoying-voiced Guddi. So he joins forces with Ravi and Vijay to save the day.

The big plan to go in and get Shaakaal is to dress up as a dance troupe and perform the amazing "Yamma Yamma" (incidentally, my sister does a killer R.D. Burman voice for this song, Pyar Hume Kis Mod Pe from Satte Pe Satta and Mehbooba from Sholay).

Afterwards there's lots of running, shooting, chasing and explosions, very Austin Powers-esque. Of course Shaakaal loses, and our bad-guys-turned-good save the day and avenge Rakhee and stupid Guddi.

The songs in this movie are incredible, and the early scenes with the cons are truly hilarious. The duo of Amitabh and Shashi Kapoor is always great (Namak Halal, Do Aur Do Paanch), and this movie started my love for these two as a team.

I happened to find this movie (subtitles and all) in its entirety on youtube, but I doubt it will be up for long, so watch it while you can!!! Enjoy and jiyo shaan se!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Song of the Day: Shameless self-promotion

So when I was a teenager my sisters and I had this band called Ishara, we used to perform Hindi songs at birthdays, graduations, weddings, etc. and we were quite popular back in the day, not necessarily because we were really good musicians or anything, but because we were fun to watch. My eldest sister was our main singer and she was uber-talented, but I was not really much of a keyboardist ... I took one week of piano lessons at age 6 and then quit. All the playing I did for our band was by ear, and I used to mess up all the time. The funny thing is our audiences didn't seem to care much. For one, I think my sister's talent carried us all ... and two, we were having so much fun up there together, goofing around, laughing, dancing, being sisters, that I think our audiences just had fun watching us.

So when I had Tarif Karoon Kya Uski from Kashmir Ki Kali (1964) stuck in my head today, I thought rather than post a link to the original video or song, I'd post a video of us performing it. The singer is our extremely close family friend Gopal, the guitarist is our adopted brother, and the three marching sillies are my sisters and me. For some reason, it seemed like a good song to march to.

On repeat in my head - poetry and all ...

Today's song of the day is a repeat offender ... possibly one of the most romantic songs of all time? Mmm, Amitabh's deep voice reading gorgeous poetry, what's not to love? Stupid sexy Amitabh (Simpsons reference, for those of you not inclined to the most brilliant tv show ever).

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Sachin rocks as Krishna

The very first Bollywood movie (then known as simply "hindi fillum") I remember seeing was the 1979 Rajshri film GOPAL KRISHNA starring the adorable Sachin Pilgaonkar as Krishna and Zarina Wahab as Radha. Considering we went on to re-watch this movie 2-3x every year since then, I'd say it goes down as one of my favorites of all time.

As a kid I watched a lot of mythological films, including Hara Hara Mahadev (old black & white), Hara Hara Gange, Sampoorna Ramayana, Kumara Sambhavam etc. Somehow this one captured us more than others ... which probably had something to do with the fabulous songs by Ravindra Jain, the flute music by Hariprasad Chaurasia (woot!) and the boyish charm of Sachin as Krishna.

What a charmer Sachin-Krishna is! So rommy, ya.

I have to say I simply don't understand why Sachin wasn't a huge superstar in the 80s. He seriously had it all, looks, charisma, acting chops, dance skills ... I mean what more could anyone want? Between this movie and his character of "Sunny" in Satte Pe Satta (my ALL-TIME favorite movie), he totally had my heart.

Notably, Yashoda was played by Rajshri Pictures favorite Reeta Bhaduri! I remember thinking she was just ultimately gorgeous in this movie - even more so than Zarina Wahab's Radha. She gets two great songs in this movie, "Koi Math Jariyo" with Baby Krishna and "Tu Man Ki Athi" with the adorable Master Sandeep as Child Krishna.

The story, narrated through song, starts right from Kamsa terrorizing the countryside, capturing his father and usurping his throne, and generally looking wicked on his throne while random chicks in scanty costumes feed him grapes and fan him. He imprisons his sister Devaki and her husband Vasudeva after hearing a prophecy that their 8th child would be his downfall.

The scenes of Kamsa killing each of Devaki's babies by dashing them on the ground was very haunting for me as a kid, though they made it as pleasant as possible by showing it in shadow and then having the "spirit" go up into the sky and become a star.

Finally Vishnu decides to step in and take the form of Devaki's 8th child to do in the evil uncle:

So Krishna grows up as the child of Mother Yashoda in Gokul, and we get to enjoy all his childhood antics like disappearing and scaring Kamsa's dumb minions, Attacking the demon Trinavrata with his super-strength, and stealing butter from the cowherd maidens of Gokul.

One of my favorite sequences to this date is when 5-yr-old Krishna is playing his flute for Radha in a grove and they morph into adult (teenage?) Krishna and Radha, and Zarina Wahab does one of the most awkward, ungainly, ridiculously choreographed dances ever.

Once Krishna grows up, we get to see him fight possessed bulls, wrestle and dance atop a giant 5-headed snake, and so much more until he eventually ponies up and goes to defeat his evil uncle Kamsa. But all of that was just filler for the main attraction of this movie - the dance songs!

Now I grew up in a house of dancers (my mom is a Bharata Natyam teacher) and so we were obviously the most jazzed about the songs we could choreograph for stage performances ... I think I was 3 yrs old the first time we did a dance to "Oh Gopala":

And my mom taught the Holi song to a bunch of older ladies in Canada somewhere around 1983, and me and my best friend Ami learned it and danced it so much that she finally let us perform it with the older girls in 1984:

Super heart. Such great memories. My eldest sister even danced to Neer Bharan Ka on stage with her best friend. We were seriously obsessed with this movie. In fact, I need to go ransack my mom's house now to see if I can find the DVD I picked up a couple years ago!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Tony Braganza was such a stud.

This morning the song in my head was this gem from Baaton Baaton Mein (1979). My sister and I were obsessed with this movie - and I don't think there's ever been a hero quite like Tony Braganza ... played with such conviction by Amol Palekar, who may or may not have shoulders. Tina Munim's "Nancy Pereira" also seems to be dancing very awkwardly here, and Ranjit Chowdhary has a Jughead-from-Archie-comics appeal as Nancy's brother Sabi. The only person who seems to be having a great time here is Shobhini Singh as "Hazel Pinto". Maybe she's not uncomfortable with the fact that they turned "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" into a Bollywood song?

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Stuck in my head all day!

I wake up every single day with a random song in my head ... this was the one for today and I have not been able to shake it, it's from Shagird (1967), "Woh Hai Zara":

My Favorite Khan Songs - 90s Heartthrob Salman Khan

Yes, I admit in the early 90s I had my room plastered w/ posters of Salman Khan (and Joe Dumars and Michael Jordan). In my defense he was super cute then, and I think remains today one of the most conventionally good-looking Hindi actors out there. Granted, age has not been super kind to him, and there's all sorts of shady stories about him, but every so often I see glimpses of the charisma he had in the early days.

1. Dil Deewana - Maine Pyar Kiya (his killer dance move w/ the kabootar is too much for Bhagyashree, she just faints away)

(this one is tough because I also super adore Mere Rang Mein Rangnewali)

2. Maang Teri Saja Doon - Baaghi (from the movie where Sallu falls for a ho)

3. Chandni Raat Hai - Baaghi - (oh Sallu, your red tank top is too hawt! And I love how he's so turned on by her two braids.)

4. Deewana Dil or Dhin Dhinak Dhin - Patthar Ke Phool (song starts at 3:13)

5. Yeh Dharti Chand Sitare - Kurbaan (I CRAZY LOVE THIS SONG! Even if Ayesha Jhulka is retarded.)

6. Saathiya Tune Kya Kiya - Love (Totes love Revathi's big 90s hair. Let's not talk about Sallu's hair)

7. Dekha Hai Pehli Baar - Saajan (never mind that I thought Madhuri-Salman was a horrible pair, she looks like his aunty. And dearest Salls, you look like an idiot trying to dance next to her).

8. Jogi Tere Pyar Mein - Suryavanshi (this movie was way creepy. Well, at least Sheeba was.)

9. Kitna Pyar Tumhe Karte Hai - Ek Ladka Ek Ladki (such a sweet song. love Neelam too)

Ok I don't even love this song but I have to put it on here so you can all see how ridiculous looking Karishma was: Mein Kya Hai - Jaagruti)

And this one too: (Sun Mere Sajna - Nischaiy)

10. Teri Hi Aarzoo Hai - Chandramukhi (I can't believe anyone thought a Sridevi/Salman pairing looked good, though I love each of them separately. Sri, I love your biker shorts. Did you borrow that outfit from Stacey from the Baby Sitters Club? Just asking.)

11. Dil Tera Aashiq - title song (this song and movie were both hilarious. But um, Salman, can your orange pants get any higher? I think he borrowed these from Claudia Kishi from the BSC)

12. Yeh Raat Aur Yeh Doori - Andaz Apna Apna - hilariousness. Be careful of Karishma's fugness though. My eyes are still burning.

This one is tough because I love so many songs in this movie, but I settled on two:

13. Pehla Pehla Pyar - Hum Aapke Hai Koun (love intense Salman. Madhuri however is wearing what I can only refer to as a "party frock")

14. Jhoote Dedo Paise Lelo - Hum Aapke Hai Koun (I love it too much to make any remarks)(ok I lied, Salls, WHAT is that VEST And who dressed all the little girls like mini-hijras?)

15. Bhangra Paale - Karan Arjun (ok, my real fave song from this movie is Jai Maa Kaali, but I used that in the SRK list, so I put this one in. We did this once in Ishara w/ Chandra, Gopal and Vidya and I can't remember why but it was one of the most confusing songs we ever did. Maybe cuz no one could figure out when they were supposed to sing)
(Mamta is pretty rockin in this)
(those crazy gyrating village chicks kind of freak me out)

16. Jaana Suno - Khamoshi: The Musical (I wish he would stalk me like that)

17. I Love You - Auzaar (this song is totally hilarious)

18. Tum Par Hum Hai Atke - Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya (LOVE this song. I know he's being a goofball in this but I actually find him HOT in this, especially in the second verse when he beckons to her and does the "Ohhhhh, Tumhe Paana Hai, Maine Soch Liya" part)

19. Saajan Ji Ghar Aaye - Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (who didnt love him in this movie? And I love movies that leave him available at the end, for me of course)(I wanted her outfit in this. And her wig).

20. Chunari Chunari - Biwi No 1

21. Aankhon Ki Gustakhiyan - Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam - one of my favorite videos ever!! Gorgeous picturization, gorgeous Salman, gorgeous Ash.

22. Teri Chunariya - Hello Brother (Wow, Rani looked YOUNG. Salman, not so much. Crazy receding hairline).

23. Mhare Hiwada Mein Nache Mor - Hum Saath Saath Hai (LOVE. Ignore crazy Karishma and Saif. Sonali & Salman's part is the 2nd verse I think)(Prem. Eh-hey ...).

24. Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega - title song

25. Teri Ankhiyan Kamal/Saawariya - Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye

26. No. 1 Punjabi - Chori Chori Chupke Chupke

27. Mehndi Hai Lagi - Tumko Bhool Na Paayenge

28. Odhni Od Ke Naachoon - Tere Naam

29. Mujhse Shaadi Karogi - title song

30. Bindiya Chamakne Lagi - Dil Ne Jise Apna Kahan (I haven't seen this movie, but I like this song and based on the video I am dying to know what is going on!!!)

31. Chori Chori Chupke Se - Lucky: No Time For Love (this movie sucked royally, the wannabe Aishwariya is the worst actress ever.)

33. Laga Prem Rog - Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya

34. Salaam-E-Ishq - title song

35. Soni De Nakhre - Partner

Ok, I haven't really seen or heard any songs past this point, so these are IMO his best songs of the movies that I know of.


Saturday, May 8, 2010

My Favorite Khan Songs - Shah Rukh Khan aka King Khan!

Of course there are a million great SRK songs, but these are some of my faves (in chronological order, not priority order):

1. Aisi Deewangi - Deewana - Gotta love the early stalker-SRK days!

2. Ae Mere Humsafar Ae Mere Jaan-e-jaan - Baazigar (often forgotten, but really my fave in the movie!)

3. Tu Mere Samne - Darr (love, but am still a bit creeped out by this song at the same time. Stalker SRK again):

4. Badi Mushkil Hai - Anjaam - classic stalker SRK again!!!

5. Choo Lene De - Oh Darling! Yeh Hai India - I had totally forgotten about this song!

6. Jai Maa Kaali - Karan Arjun - LOVE LOVE LOVE! :)

7. DDLJ is a tough one but I have two faves -
Ruk Jaa O Dil Deewane is one of my fave SRK songs ever:


8. Zarasa Jhoom loon mein - DDLJ:

(but of course I love Tujhe Dekha To, who doesn't?)

9. Kaise Mukhde Se - English Babu Desi Mem (admittedly more Sonali Bendre than SRK):

10. Mein To Hoon Pagal Munda - Army (cuz Sridevi's my favorite!!!):

11. Chaahat Na Hoti - Chaahat (forgot about this one too, great song):

12. Dil Ki Tanhai Ko - Chaahat (this song also always stuck in my head):

13. I super heart this song - Do Dil Mil Rahe Hai - Pardes

14. Main Koi Aisa Geet Gaon - Yes Boss

15. Pyar Kar - Dil To Pagal Hai (I've been known to wake up at 3 am, look out at the moon and break into singing this song, only to fall back asleep seconds later, ask my college roommate Meeta!)

16. Mere Mehboob Mere Sanam - Duplicate (LOVE THIS SONG!):

17. Dil Se Re - Dil Se

18. I love all the Kuch Kuch Hota Hai songs, but I think Koi Mil Gaya is my favorite:

19. Banke Tera Jogi - Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani

20. Humko Humise Churalo - Mohabbatein - I have a love/hate relationship w/ this movie, honestly my fave song was "Chalte Chalte Yuhi" but it featured the extremely annoying Uday Chopra, so I had to go w/ the marginally less annoying Aishwariya:

21. Dil Ki Baazi Laga - One Two Ka Four (love SRK & Juhi)

22. O Re Kanchi - Asoka

23. Suraj Hua Maddam - K3G (if you look on the other side of the pyramid, you'll find Ajith Kumar singing "Yenna Solla Pogirai" to Tabu from Kandukonden Kandukonden. LOL!)

EDIT: please don't really look for Ajith & Tabu, I'm just kidding.

also love this song:

24. Yeh Ladki Hai Allah from K3G:

(skipping Devdas because really, that movie's songs belonged to Ash & Mads)

25. Ishq Kamina - Shakti (this song is awesome!!!)

26. Tauba Tumhare Yeh Ishare - Chalte Chalte

27. Mahi Ve - Kal Ho Na Ho:

28. Tumse Milke Dil Ka Hai - Main Hoon Na (SOOOO LOVE THIS SONG!!!)

29. Yeh Hum Aa Gaye Hai Kahan - Veer Zaara


Mein Yahan Hoon - Veer Zaara

30. Kangna Re - Paheli

31. Mitwa - Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna

32. Aaj Ki Raat - Don

33. Chak De India - Chak De India

34. Deewangi Deewangi - Om Shanti Om - this video is so fun!

35. Marjaani Marjaani - Billu Barber

Friday, May 7, 2010

My favorite Khan Songs - starting with Aamir!

After going to a 90s themed Khan Night music concert by local Boston band Saptaswar, I was thinking about songs I would have liked to hear and songs that I had forgotten I liked, and decided I wanted to come up with my own list of top favorite Khan songs ... would love to hear yours too!

Starting with Aamir Khan - a playlist of my favorites!:

1. EVERY SONG from QSQT, but particularly "Akele Hai To Kya Ghum Hai":
2. O Jaane Jaana - Deewana Mujhsa Nahin:
3. Mujhe Neend Na Aaye - Dil:
4. Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin - title song
5. Nazarein Mili - Afsana Pyar Ka
6. Aadhi Raat Ko - Parampara
7. OF COURSE!!!!!!!!!!!!! ****Pehla Nasha**** from Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar
8. But I was also nuts about this song from Jo Jeeta - Shehar Ki Pariyon:
9. Ello ji Sanam from Andaz Apna Apna
10. Raja Ko Rani Se Pyar - Akele Hum Akele Tum
11. Love all the songs, but this is one of my favorites from Rangeela - Kya Karein Kya Na Karein
12. I didn't love this movie cuz I'm not a huge Karishma fan, but I did like this song ... Pucho Zara Pucho from Raja Hindustani
13. Ahahaha, I had almost forgotten about Neend Churayee Meri from Ishq! :)
14. I actually liked Jaadu Hai Tera Hi Jaadu from Ghulam better than Aati Kya Khandala:
15. Ruth Aa Gayi Re from 1947: Earth
16. Radha Kaise Na Jale from Lagaan:
17. Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe from Dil Chahta Hai:
18. Mere Haath Mein - Fanaa
19. OF COURSE!!!!!!!!!!!! ****GUZARISH**** from Ghajini:
20. Jee Le Zara - Talaash