Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Kaha gaye ye Bollywood gems ?

"Hoton pe aisi baat, to dabake chale aayi "( Jewel Thief)
"Jab tak hai jaan, jaane bahar mein nachoongi " ( Sholay)
"Yamma Yamma , yeh khoobsurat sama" ( Shaan)
" Anhoone ko honee kar de ,Amar Akbar Anthony"
" Oye oye, gazar ne kiye hai ishaara ( Tridev) " and many more such songs.

Whats common to all of them is that they are all climax songs from Bollywood of yore. Songs that are now slowly getting extinct in the new marketing heavy Bollywood. Climax songs were characterized by the following
1. Skimpily clad heroines singing a catchy song usually with props like daru bottles that would flow freely as the muncipal drains in Mumbai.
2. A huge kumbh mela type aggregation of villains ranging from Bob Christo, Papu Polyester, Shakti Kapoor, Anand Balraj to champs like Raza Murad, Gulshan Grover and of course Amrish Puri. And in that rare moment of weakness when the double intoxication of wine and woman induce the bathroom singing Indian Idol in the villain, the movie would reach its earth shattering climax and the heroes would crop up to pound the living ketchups of the villains.
3. Usually the heroes would be locked in custody and at that end of the song would have got the energy or the strategy to break the chain or lock. Just the thought of having to dance around trees with the heroines used to stimulate their brains to ideas. Or they could be in obvious disguises that would completely fool the villains. Long moustaches, a big mole, a turban, a velcro strip like beard and other fancy dress stuff leased by Maganlal Dresswala would be the common disguises.
And then there would be the action se bharpoor gun fights and dialogue baazi to create a happy ending and der aaye durust aaye police would come and arrest the left over villains.
Oye oye ... such golden moments of a bygone Bollywood era.
The other mandatory items that are dying a slow death are :
1. Entry scene/entry song for the hero. Here the best scene would be Ajay Devgan entering college with his two legs split between two motorcycles in his first movie Phool aur Kaante. A close second wud be Suniel Shetty in his first movie Balwaan where he jumps from the 21st floor, lands on his hands, does a push up and then begins bashing up the goondas. And look at Shahid Kapoor now. He did not even ride a bike in his first movie. Hero banne chale hai barkhuddar.
2. The super titillating rain song for the heroine to display her calling cards in Bollywood. Here the best is of course Raveena Tandon's Tip tip barsa paani in Mohra.Well Kareena and Priyanka are still light years away from such a dynamo performance.
3. The separate comedy track where Johny Lever and Shakti Kapoor could elevate ordinary scripts to watchable ones. Well the age of specialization is upon us. In the main movies, hero khud comedy karega like Akshay Kumar or else we have to wait for the pure comedy movies of Priyadarsan. Pappu koi to chalao chappu...

Readers(if any) also please comment if I have left out something any of your favourites from a bygone era.


At 6:27 PM, Blogger Shivaji said...

Many mobies would have the Madari and the Kalandar Bandar....
And the prayer song before Santoshi...with bells wildly oscillating...
And the occasional Bhai Behen and Rakhi song followed by Behen ka rape...

At 9:18 PM, Blogger Anuradha said...

And those final death scenes of Hero Ka Baap turned villain, when all his paap come before his eyes and his last words 'Mujhe Maaf kar do'...

At 5:52 AM, Anonymous anita said...

The whole Bollywood Formula has changed a lot, yet I have to admit yash chopra stories still stick to the romantic love songs, with colorful sherwanis and huge gardens...the formulas keep changing...now the club scene is a must!! i miss the old bollywood

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