Tuesday, September 25, 2012

माही वे

Elaborate description of a female by a male lover — तेरे गाल गुलाबी रब्बा रब्बा, चाल शराबी रब्बा रब्बा —
her response — बजे मन में हलके हलके शहनाई रे — and,
a mother's wish — खुशियाँ जितनी है सब ढूंढ ढूंढ के लाऊँ — all rolled into one song.

And, the lyricist is — drum roll — Javed Akhtar.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

अनार्कली disco चली

Item numbers have become a fairly regular feature in Bollywood movies these days. In addition, the lyrics have recently tended to mix words from other languages too — in this case English and Hindi. (The word 'item' itself is part of the lyrics, and refers to the dancer as a 'coveted female').

This song has a definite beat to it, and is quite funny in the way the old man — Boman Irani — describes the dancer [in English translation]:
please give me some attention
that will reduce my tension