Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Your weekly dose of 80's Bollywood Cheese

There is something simply magical about Parveen Babi and I just can't put my finger on it. Sure she was breathtakingly beautiful but there was much more that made her such a presence on the screen. Maybe it was the way she looked so doe eyed innocent yet had that fire in her that made you think twice about messing with her. Today's clip showcases all that made Parveen my favorite actress of all time with Jawaane Jaaneman sung by Asha Bhonsle. No one (not even Asha's more famous sister Lata) could do sultry quite like she did and when you add in Bappi Lahiri's rocking background score - well then you know why this song became an instant classic.

From the moment Shashi picks up the phone and hears those words made famous even to this day 'I want to kill you, I WILL kill you' it brings a bit of uneasiness even before the first horn blows. Then when the music kicks in with the echo of Asha's voice after every few words the song pulls you in for the long haul. Favorite moments include...
~Parveen's amazing hairdo & fantastic dance moves.
~Her gold costume complete with gold sarong.
~Amitabh hamming it up a bit in the middle with some moves of his own.
~Shashi going from alarmed to enchanted while watching her as only he can.
~The crazy sets with the spinning thorns of death everywhere.
~Colorful lights aplenty with virtual Parveens dancing with the real Parveen.
~As one astute fan on youtube pointed out, the song just goes to another level from the 3:30 to 4:05 mark.

And finally, why is it that every time I see a song from this era of Bollywood do I think - "I must make it my life mission to find this club and party there till the sun comes up with my near and dear ones'. Watch the video and you will see exactly why. Next week, a review of the movie itself and yes folks, it is indeed a return to the land of Bollyweed ;)

P.S. Nafisa - Happy Birthday and on your next one you must wear Parveen's outfit to your party and turn the surprise around on your guests!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the bday shout out! I feel so special! I was in love with the gold outfit ever since I saw this song. And the gold sarong is like icing on a cake. If i remember correctly, I had a black, shiny outfit just like hers (except it wasn't hugging my body) when I was about 5-6 :)
I love 80s "Bollyweed"...nothing like em!! Keep em coming....

ajnabi said...

Oh goodness, those shining giant sea urchins on the state make me very nervous with Parveen gyrating so close. ;-) This is such a great song, and love Amitabh busting a move.

Reza said...

great stuff thank you
I grabbed great dvd of more stuff fom Bappi Lahiri incl trks from Namak Halaal from here if interested

Sanket Vyas said...

Nafi - You are very welcome and extra credit to you for emulating Parveen from a very young age. She was 'discovered' in Ahmedabad so next time you go back to visit just keep smiling - you never know who might be watching ;)

Ajnabi - Ahh, but that's the magic of Parveen, na? She can do the dance of death but never come close to it herself...

Reza - thanks for stopping by and will check out your stuff soon.