Sunday, December 30, 2012

Akshay Kumar

 My DH just walked in on me watching Akshay Kumar in action and he was quite astounded. "I didn't know you watch films like this; when can we have a romantic evening watching Jackie Chan or Chuck Norris kick some butt?"

He seems to be an actor with a lot of stunts and few expressions but it's starting to grow on me. No one who can run up a wall can be all bad :)

I think I already mentioned Kambakkht Ishq in which he's a stunt actor who spends the movie squabbling with Kareena Kapoor.

Here's a link:

The music:
Dil to Paagal Hai is Shah Rukh Khan's film, Akshay Kumar has just a small role but I thought it was cute. He does a lovely little pantomime in the end.

 The photos on the left are from the movie Khiladiyon ka Khiladi. I thought the scene was unintentionally hilarious (the two guys are brothers, by the way) but besides this melodrama there was a lot of ass-kicking, some romancing and silliness.

Khiladi means player.


Awara Paagal Deewana features Akshay Kumar as an underworld don who gets into a deadly dispute with his brother in law.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Satyamev Jayate: Female Foeticide

 Aamir Khan's TV show first episode subtitled:

An emotional Aamir Khan talking to a divorced mother who was forced by her husband's family to abort six female pregnancies, a woman whose husband bit her face and other women who have come to find out the hard way that daughters are not welcome in their family.  According to his statistics the ratio of girls/boys being born has grown worse in recent years and selective abortions are a common practice among the literate and the wealthy although many people think it's the poor and the illiterate who are doing this. 

Mere Brother Ki Dulhan deleted scenes

MBKD deleted scenes

Movie trailers in 10 words or less

Mere Dad ki Maruti
A guy lost his dad's car and then stuff happens

Mujhse Fraaandship karoge
People lie on Facebook and then stuff happens

Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Shah Rukh Khan recites poetry and then stuff happens

Things blow up and then stuff happens

Ek Tha Tiger
There is Salman Khan and then stuff happens

Mere Brother Ki Dulhan
A bride is sought and then stuff happens

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Saiyaara - brilliant song
Here's a lovely song sung by Mohit Chauhan and Taraannum Mallik

aasmaan, tera mera hua
khwaab ki tarah dhuaan dhuaan
aasmaan, tera mera hua
saans ki tarah ruaan ruaan
jaaye jahan tu jaye
paaye mujhe hi paaye
saaye ye mere hain tujh mein samaaye
Saiyyara main saiyaara
saiyaara tu saiyyara
Sitaron ke jahan mein milenge ab yaara

your sky, and mine,
has become all smoke, like a dream..
your sky, and mine,
is spread in parts, like breaths..
wherever you go,
you'll find me only..
these shadows of mine are comprised in you..
planet, I'm a planet now..
Planet, you're a planet (too)..
And we shall meet again in the world of stars now..

tu jo mila to yoon hua
ho gayi poori adhoori si dua
tu jo gaya to le gaya
sang tere mere jeene ki har wajah

since you have met, it has so happened,
as if some unheard wish is fulfilled..
as you left, you took with you
every reason for me to live..

tum pe miti, tum se bani,
tum se hua hai haan khud pe yakeen
tu jo nahi to na sahi,
main hoon yahan to
tu hai yahin kahin..

I'm sacrificed on you, I am made of you,
(as in, am good due to you)
from you only I have belief in myself..
If I am here,
you're somewhere here only..

Movie scenes -mainly Band Baaja Baaraat

Here are some random movie scenes with no subtitles. I'll treat them as a listening comprehension task.

Band Baaja Baaraat deleted scenes
the audio breaks a bit for me in places

Business Ka Pehle Rule

Band Baaja Baaraat first challenge

Band Baaja Baaraat - fight

Another BBB scene

Band Baaja Baaraat ending

Collection of romantic scenes
YRF scenes: More videos

Monday, December 10, 2012

Jab Tak Hai Jaan

Yash Chopra'a fina film Jab Tak Hai Jaan was pretty good, a beautiful film with some powerful emotion although I found Katrina Kaif's character a little annoying. Anoushka was more likeable imo although. Katrina looks doped in the poster and I didn't feel it was well motivated in the film, why she thought that Jesus wanted her to promise silly and destructive things in order to get answers to her prayers.  But I suppose if she had had more sense there would have been no Jab Tak Hai Jaan.
The music is great. My favorites are Challa and Jiya Re.
More about the songs and the lyrics

Challa is in Punjabi so I'm not even going to try to understand it but here is  a translation found in SRK's twitter stream:

Ishq Shava video

Jiya Re with lyrics

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Taare Zameen Par

I have to confess that I did not learn much Hindi from this film because I was too engrossed in the story.

Taare Zameen Par is the story of an eight year old boy Ishaan who excels in art but fails most of his other classes. His teachers and parents don't know what to do with him so he gets sent off to a boarding school. They have a new art teacher who helps Ishaan overcome his learning difficulties. In the end art brings everybody together. It's a simple story but very movingly told, and I've always had a soft spot for films about teachers making a difference in children's lives.

Apparently it was inspired by the life story of Akira Kurosawa, a Japanese film maker.

Ishaan is played by a talented young actor Darsheel Safary and the art teacher is Aamir Khan.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Main Kya Karoon & other movie songs

Songs from Barfi (haven't seen it yet):
Main Kya Karoon is my fave, jazzier  than you'd ordinarily expect from a Bollywood song.
Video with film imagery.
Video with lyrics.
Video with lyrics and subtitles.  This song is pretty easy to understand.

Dil yeh mera, bas mein nahi
Pehle kabhi, aisa hota tha nahi
Tu hi bata is dil ka main
Ab kya karoon

Kehne pe, chalta nahi
Kuch dino se, meri bhi sunta nahi
Tu hi bata iss dil ka main, uff ab main kya karoon
Main kya karoon...
Is dil kya karoon, main kya karoon...

Karta awaargi
Iss pe toh dhun chadhi, hai pyaar ki
Jaane gumm hai kahaan
Baaton mein hai pada, bekaar ki
Karta hai awaargi
Is pe dhun chadhi, hai pyaar ki
Na jaane gumm hai kahaan
Baaton mein hai pada, bekaar ki
Ulti yeh baat hai
Aise halaat hai
Ghalti kare yeh main bharu

Uff dil ka kya karoon
Main kya karoon...
Is dil kya karoon, main kya karoon...

Dil pe mera kaabu nahin
Fitrat kabhi iski aisi thi nahin
Tu hi bata is dil ka main
Ab kya karoon

Songs from the movie Rush (I haven't seen it but I like some of this music)
Songs from Saattai:
Just posting this for the music. I don't understand a word, it's from a Tamil movie, but the opening track is hypnotic imo.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

दिल चाहता है Dil chahta hai -The heart desires

A brilliant film about love and friendship. It's Farhan Akhtar's first, starring Aamir Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta and  Dimple Kapadia.

Examples of how to use the verb want:

 I haven't seen any other Aamir Khan films but I think I must now put them on my watch list.
Jaane Kyun song with subtitles
The same with scenes from the movie:
The song Tanhaaye
Aamir Khan heartbroken in the video
The same song subtitled.

I get so excited when I watch Bollywood films  and am able to understand something without the subtitles, so I'm happy to report that if Aamir Khan ever asks me to marry him I'll be able to understand him.

I love this film.
It's quite long so it took me two evenings to see all of it so my viewing experience was a little divided. The first half until the intermission I thought it was Saif Ali Khan's, Akshaye Khanna's and Dimple Kapadia's movie. The second part was Aamir Khan's all the way through.

Anyway, go watch it if you haven't already.  
Here is the link again

Random words

I forget why I looked these up but here goes..

की तरह ki tarah  - as, after the fashion of

हमेशा की तरह hamesha ki tarah  - true to form, as always

हमेशा की तरह काम जारी है  hamesha ki tarah kam jari hai  - business as usual

सिलसिला silsila - chain, series, sequence, train

बेचैनी bēcainī -restlessness, uneasiness, fear


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Tujhe bhula diya

Another really beautiful song from the film Anjaana anjaani
Music: Vishal-Shekhar
Lyrics: Vishal Dadlani, Kumaar
Singers: Shruti Pathak, Mohit Chauhan, Shekhar Ravjiani
Subtitled lyrics video

Bollymeaning: English translation

Atif Aslam

Here's a singer whose voice I like quite a lot:

Atif Aslam
He's from Pakistan and sings a lot of movie soundtrack songs.
The song in the movie Kismat Konnection
Bakhuda Tumhi Ho - Video with English Translation 

The song lyrics
Video with song lyrics in Hindi

We just learned in the last post about the crazy train dancers that shadow is  

छाया (f) chāyā

but now, to confuse us, this song introduces us to the word, 

साया (m) sāyā  

which also means shadow.  

 Tera Hone Laga Hoon with Lyrics -Ajab prem ki Ghazab Kahani 
Tu Jaane Na - Atif Aslam - Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani 
Tu Mohabbat Hai - Atif Aslam- Lyrics 

Have you ever danced on the roof of a moving train?

छाया (f)  chāyā -  shadow

Chaiyya Chaiyya (English Subtitles) - Dil Se... HD
Here's a scary video...Shah Rukh Khan and Malaika Arora dancing on the roof of a moving train.  I can't watch it without a feeling of dread that someone's going to fall and get injured. It's not even a flat roof and they're jumping there. Shah Rukh Khan's career could have been tragically cut short.

बिल्कुल  पागल  

(bilkul paagal)

If there had been villains on that train they  probably wouldn't have seen the tunnel coming.

Anyway, here are the lyrics (it repeats quite a bit):

Jinke sar ho ishq ki chaaon
Paaon ke neeche jaanat hogi
Chal chaiyya chaiyya chaiyya chaiyya
Saare ishq ki chhaaon chal chaiyya chaiyya
Pau janat chale chal chaiyya chaiyya
Voh yaar hai jo khushboo ki tarah
Voh jiski zubaan urdu ki tarah
Meri shaam raat, meri kaayanat
Voh yaar mera sainya sainya
Gulposh kabhi itraaye kahin
Mehke to nazar aa jaye kahin
Taaveez banaake pehnoon usay
Aayat ki tarah mil jaaye kahin
Voh yaar hai jo imaan ki tarah
Mera nagma vohi mera qalma vohi
Mera nagma nagma mera qalma qalma
Yaar misaale ous dhale
Paaon ke tale firdous chale
Kabhi daal daal kabhi paat paat
Main hava pe dhoondhoon uske nishaan
Main uske roop ka shehdaai
Vo dhoop chhanv se harjaai
Vo shokh hai rang badalta hai
Main rangroop ka saudaai
Jinke sar ko ishq ki chhaaon
Paaon ke neeche jannat hogi
Shaam raat meri kaaynaat
Vo yaar mera sainya sainya
Voh yaar hai jo khushboo ki tarah
Voh jiski zubaan urdu ki tarah
Meri shaam raat, meri kaayanat
Voh yaar mera saiyya saiyya