How are We Wasting our Time?

As Indians, movies and music are never far from us.

Indians, whether in the homeland or in distant lands like U.S., Canada, Australia or New Zealand spend countless hours either listening to songs or watching movies. And we are no different from the herd.

Here are some of the songs we are listening to/watching these days on our iPhone, PC or TV:

Cyanide (from Metallica’s new album Death Magnetic) – a new discovery
Teenager in Love (Donny Osmond) – an old favorite

Achcha To Hum Chalte Hain (Singer: Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar; Music: Laxmikant Pyarelal) – A hauntingly beautiful song from the 1970 blockbuster Aan Milo Sajna that we never tire of listening, particularly when the Black Dog seizes us. See Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh gambol around the park in this song. Say what you will, but we think Rajesh Khanna was a better actor compared to Amitabh Bachchan.

Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana (Kishore Kumar) – A classic from the 1971 Rajesh Khanna, Hema Malini, Shammi Kapoor film Andaz. Watch Rajesh Khanna and a very pretty Hema Malini riding on a bike on Bombay roads in this song. There’s a Asha Bhosle version of this song too.

Cheeni Kum (Shreya Ghoshal; Music – Illaiyaraja) – A lovely song from the 2007 romantic comedy Cheeni Kum starring one of Bollywood’s most talented actresses Tabu and that Bollywood budda Amitabh Bachchan.

Yeh Ishq Hai (Shreya Ghoshal) – from the Kareena Kapoor, Shahid Kapur blockbuster Jab We Met (2007). Nice chemistry between the two stars.

Sollaththan Ninaikkiren (M.S.Viswanathan, S.Janaki) – Awesome song from the 1973 K.Balachandar movie Sollaththan Ninaikkiren (Kamal Haasan, Jayachitra). This song is simply lovely and has a timeless appeal.

Uyirin Uyire (Kay Kay, Suchitra) – From the 2003 superhit Kakka Kakka starring Surya and Jyothika. Superb picturization of the song has led us to watch this scene more times than we can remember.

Endendhu Ninnanu Maratu (P.B.Srinivas, Vani Jayaram) – One of the all-time great Kannada songs from the Rajkumar, Manjula movie Eradu Kanasu (1974). Watch Rajkumar and Manjula dance, run around a hill and ride on a Lambretta scooter in this song.

Banegondu Elle Ellide (Rajkumar) – A lovely song from the 1976 murder mystery fim Premada Kanike (Rajkumar, Aarti). Rajkumar and Aarti are driving down a hilly road in this song. Premada Kanike was later remade in Tamil as Polladhavan with Rajinikanth in the lead.

Nodamma Hudugi (S.P.Balasubramaniam, Lata Hamsalekha; Music – Hamsalekha) – A superhit song from the superhit Juhi Chawla, Ravichandran movie Premaloka (1987). Juhi Chawla later went on to Bollywood and bigger things later.

9 Responses to "How are We Wasting our Time?"

  1. gtapradeep   September 30, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    u have to listen to varanam ayiram songs too…it came out nice Responds:

    So many lovely songs, so many lovely movies, so many lovely books….so little time left.

    Just listened to Varanam Ayiram songs…Not bad.

  2. gandhiji   September 30, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    I love that Juhi Chawla song.. the movie was dubbed into Tamil as Paruva Raagam and was a smash hit, as you may know.

    I am watching an AC/DC concert (wife screaming in the background, as it is past 11 pm.. How can AC/DC be watched without the speakers blaring!) on Palladia. “Thunderstruck” rocks! Easily one of my top 100 favorite songs. Responds:

    You write above: wife screaming in the background, as it is past 11 pm

    Like children, wives should be seen and not heard.

  3. gk   October 1, 2008 at 10:11 am

    i know dat u guys are totally against rip-offs n blatant lifts….bt yeh ishq hai is a perfect example of plagiarism…..abrupt lift from Indonesian singer Anggun’s ‘Être Une Femme’……. Responds:

    1. You write: yeh ishq hai is a perfect example of plagiarism

    What a shame… Yes, we just listened to Anggun’s ‘Être Une Femme’ (2004) and the similarity to Yeh Ishq Hai (2007) is unmistakable.

    Sad. Very sad. 🙁

    Thanks for the tip, GK.

    2. On Aug 1, you asked: have you seen ‘anbe sivam’?

    Here’s the Anbe Sivam review.

  4. mallukuttan   October 1, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    @GTA Pradeep

    No way man. Harriz Xerox jayaraj is still working hard for digging out the tunes that fits into the theme 🙂

    See Varanam ayiram inspiration and feel ashamed.

    Such a disgrace x(Searchindia, you who oppose plagiarism, please join me and help to bust this f**er out of Tamil music industry.;)

    AC DC

    Varanam ayiram title song Responds:

    Sounds similar.

    From the 1995 album Ballbreaker.

    Are you surprised?

  5. asdf963   October 1, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Which Ilaiyaraaja songs do you like in Tamil? I know there are soo many!! 🙂 But are there any particular Ilaiyaraaja songs that you absolutly love? Responds:

    1. You write: Which Ilaiyaraaja songs do you like in Tamil?

    Hey buddy, that’s an impossible question to answer. Depends on our mood of the moment.

    Machchana Paathingala (Annakkili), Mandram Vantha (Mouna Ragam), Indha Minminikku Kannil Oru (Sigappu Rojakal), Manjal Nilavukku (Mudhal Iravu), Poovarasambu (Kizhakke Pokum Rail), Senthaazham Poovil (Mullum Malarum)…the list goes on ad infinitum.

    2. In any case, we’re now too traumatized to respond coherently after the horrifying experience of watching Abhishek Bachchan’s pathetic piece of shit Drona.

  6. asdf963   October 2, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Damn!! It seems like the more one watches Abhishek Bachchan’s movies, the more medical help one requires to relieve the traumas!! 🙂 Responds:

    Very true.

  7. ajayrocks   October 5, 2008 at 2:37 am

    Have you listened to Aashiqui’s song,they ARE the best selling music of bollywood of all time.The music,the song,the melody and the voice are all great Responds:

    Aashiqui songs are good but we still like the old Guide, Sangam, Aradhana, Dost, Bobby, Hare Krishna Hare Ram, Yaadon Ki Baaraat, Anamika and (the relatively new) Baazigar songs more.

    We may even have the Aashiqui CD.

  8. gandhiji   October 6, 2008 at 10:59 am

    mallu, music directors like pritam, harris jeyaraj and yuvan shankar rajah create a dilemma for us.. but i am mentally corrupt.. just shut off my conscience and enjoy the new tunes that they steal from obscure sources.. it’s because of corrupt souls like me (I think I am in the majority) that these b@stards thrive..

    Indians aren’t alone in plagiarizing.. Responds:

    You write above: Indians aren’t alone in plagiarizing

    Good, when confronted with accusations of theft now our Bollywood & Kollywood movie-makers/music directors have another justification (besides the old Really? It must be a coincidence) – Hey, we are not the only thieves.

  9. aspire   November 20, 2008 at 3:22 am

    One more example of plagiarism:

    Anggun: Rose in the wind

    Kadhal Konden song

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