Day 25: Kya Kare Kya Na Kare

Movie: Rangeela (1995)
Song: Kya Kare Kya Na Kare
Music Director: A. R. Rahman
Lyrics: Mehboob
Singers: Udit Narayan
Actors (in the song): Aamir Khan, Urmila Matondkar

Rangeela was a starting point for a lot of things. Urmila Matondkar’s career, Manish Malhotra’s racy costumes, Rahman’s Hindi debut soundtrack and the start of what is around two decades of animosity between Aamir Khan and popular awards.

Originally the song for today was to be Tanha Tanha Yahan Pe Jeena, the return of Asha Bhosale and went with my songs of the last few days. However, the song happens to feature Jackie Shroff in a speedo, something that cannot be unseen in this life. You’ve been warned. Therefore, in my dilemma, I chose this one! Kya kare kya na kare humesha ki mushkil hain haay!

Aamir Khan is something else in this movie! A lovable galli ka gunda who makes money by selling tickets in black outside movie theatres. This is my favourite scene from the movie.

Rahman is featuring way too often on my list I realise, but it’s something I cannot help. This album has a haunting character to it that you cannot ignore. Especially the effervescent Hai Rama.

My favourite lines from this song are:

Wo saamne chamakti hain,
Saans hi atakti hain,
Aur ye zubaan jaati hain phisal.

(She shines in front of me,
I cannot breathe,
And my tongue slips) 😉

Watch the video here:


The Perks of Being Pretty

Ever been smug because a girl who was pretty got preferential treatment just because she was pretty? Or have a grouse against pretty women in positions of power?

My friend Tejas did a guest post by asking two Indian female bloggers if the International stereotypes and pretty girl advantage apply to all and sundry. The length and breadth of the conversation between them might just stun you! 🙂

Scattered Brain

A few months ago I had come across this Reddit thread (I know its a weird question, but what is it like to be a hot girl?) and the discussion there had stayed with me. Then recently, I felt the sudden urge to explore the topic in some detail. So I asked four of my (“conventionally pretty”) friends to write about it. I told them to answer the question: Do pretty girls enjoy the “beauty privilege”? Two of them obliged. Here are their responses.


Pretty Oblivious

Ankita Patil

Ankita A friend of mine asked me if I’d be open to writing something about the advantages that pretty girls have, in terms of getting stuff done for themselves.

We’ve all heard of this, surely. Do the pretty girls intentionally turn on their appeal to achieve an end? Or are they simply unaware that that which they thought to be…

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