Day 9: East Or West/ Tan Tana Tan Tan Tan Tara/ Oonchi Hain Building

Movie: Judwaa (1997)
Song(s): East or West/Tan Tana Tan Tan Tan Tara/ Oonchi Hain Building
Music Director: Anu Malik
Lyrics: Dev Kohli
Singers: Anu Malik/Abhijeet, Poornima/Anu Malik, Poornima
Actors (in the song): Salman Khan, Karishma Kapoor, Rambha.

Remember this movie? Based on a plot that is thinner than paper (twins having no control over their actions and moving as the dominant one does), with songs by Anu Malik that can at the best be described as stupid.

Why are there three songs you ask? A cousin suggested I include the song “East or West India is the Best” in my list. While watching the video, I realised the three most popular songs from this movie fall under the same category! Inane lyrics, silly reading (not singing) by Anu Malik, Salman Khan dancing in his very own style while the others have no clue about what’s happening in the movie or their life!

However cringe-worthy they may be currently, that’s the music that dominated the Hindi film industry throughout the 90s. There is no doubt that they’re extremely entertaining, but really, what were they thinking?! This may be just be me, but I think the back up dancers to the lead actor were so much more fun to watch then than the current ones!

Also, what work did the lyricist do – something something “waah waah”-repeat 8 times and move to chorus. Tan tana tan tan tan tara (!) East or West (Yo!) India is the Best (Yo!) – his contribution being the word “yo!” What is your inspiration, Sir?

“East or West” might have been intended as a tribute to India and it’s people, but it just ends up being a cariacature-ish representation of people. Though, it’s worth watching the video for Salman’s weird dance steps that have rap in the middle and portions so small that I wonder how they were shot. Three-four second scenes? But nothing beats the lyrics. For example:

Birla Tata Waa Waa,
Yahan Ka Aata Waa Waa,
Jooton Mein Bata Waa Waa,
Ladki Ka Chaata Waa Waa.

Funnily enough, Bata is not even an Indian company. -_-

You can watch the video here (Don’t miss the other videos below this):

Let’s move to the second song. What should I say about this song that I haven’t about the previous one? It’s not Anu Malik but Abhijeet who’s singing. Everything else is the same. Exactly the same description. Sample this:

Samajh na mujhko aisa waisa,
Mere batue mein hain paisa,
Tujhe khilaunga main jee bhar ke,
Garam Samosa Idli-yaan Dosa.

You can watch the video here (Don’t miss the other video below this):

Coming to the third song, it’s a cult in itself. It acts as an illustration on how normal conversational sentences can be turned into a song. You need no lyrics! And ditto as the first, by the way.

Tu aage aage main peechein peechein,
Ho chumbak ke tarah mujhko tu kheenchein,
Kaha jaa raha hain ankhiyon ko meechein,
Michael ke cycle ke aayega neechein.

You can watch 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!