Day 36: Stop That

Movie: Gambler  (1995)
Song: Stop That
Music Director: Anu Malik
Singers: Devang Patel
Actors (in the song): Govinda

Honestly, I am quite surprised this is only my second Govinda song on this list.

And quite clearly, Devang Patel and Govinda are a combination no one who was alive from the 90s is likely to forget. In Gambler there was another song, Meri Marzi that captured the imagination of this country like no song before that.Not only is Patel the baap of rap in India, he also has his distinct style of inane-ness that no one since has been able to follow.

But most importantly, the lyrics of this song caught my attention this time. There’s a hint of sarcasm that could even be alluding to a dystopian future if you look for it. Or I am just over analysing! 😛

On the other hand it can always be said that the lyricist simply found rhyming words first and then put them together, that’s quite plausible considering that the brief for this song must have been “make it mad”.

Govinda is in his evergreen best here with garish get-ups and moves that can only be his forte. Seriously! Look at step he repeats on loop. It’s weird but very tough to do.

My favourite line is the one I can never forget:

Madhuri Dixit mili raste mein,
Khaaye chane humne saste mein.

(Madhuri Dixit met me on the road,
We ate chickpeas for cheap.)

Enjoy the video here:

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Day 2: Maine Paidal Se Jaa Raha Tha

Movie: Hero No.1 (1997)
Song: Maine Paidal Se Jaa Raha Tha
Music Director: Anand-Milind
Singers: Vinod Rathod and Poornima (Sushma Shreshtha)
Actors (in the song): Govinda and Karishma Kapoor

There was this entire phase of movies in Bollywood when Hyderabadi humour and Hindi dominated the no-brain cinema genre. I specifically remember Govinda and Kader Khan in them! Hero No. 1 was in those sequence of movies and also that had the so-and-so No.1 phase.

The music of these movies are at best cheesy and at worst absolutely forgettable. What makes them special is the sheer energy that Govinda put into the dance(plus it looks so effortless)! This song has Karishma Kapoor starring opposite him who I think is one of his only co-stars(after Raveena Tandon) who managed to match him in hilarity and energy.

This song is one of my all time favourites because of it’s lyrics! As a kid, I never got the obvious innuendo of the choreography and the lyrics, but now I do, and I still wonder if it is half as bad as what we have now.

My favourite part is the singer Poornima who does an ad lib in the middle and the end that’s so funny not only because of the Hyderabadi Hindi but also the way she says it (waayy more energetic when compared to Vinod Rathod.)

However if you’re looking for a gem in this mine, it is this:

Maine shopping ko jaa rahi tha,
une saira se aa raha thee,
mere haatha ko jo pakda,
mujhe badnaam kiya na!

On second thoughts, it is the dialect that makes it so endearing to me, how about you!?

BONUS: Though the quality of video isn’t great, look at the people watching the shooting of this song! Hahahaha! We really love to watch people dance on streets. 😛

Watch the video here and do comment!