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Learning Marathi

Of late in one week 2 women friends have shown interest in wanting to learn marathi. They have begun staying in Mumbai after a long gap. One Bengali who was born here, lived for a while & father being in govt services moved around. She lost touch of school Marathi. She asked me online, “How to say happy b’day in Marathi, Neeta.” I smiled told her its said, Vadhdivsachya shubhechcha.”

She asked me whether i will speak to her in Marathi. I was happy to see the enthu. She said she is scared to speak in Marathi because she fears she will make mistakes. I told her if we don’t mistakes S then we will never learn. That is about every aspect of our lives. Our whole schooling & correcting methods are DONT, NEVER, IF THEN..punishment. WRONG means bad…hey common we ain’t robots. So she is trying now.

another friend, colleague, who sat behind me again another S has been quietly learning marathi on her own. She chats wt me, asks for few words. In fact she has bought a learn quick marathi, or easy to speak marathi book. She asks few words on chat or when we meet. She is a Jain who lived in Kolkatta & can speak few languages. This S has in fact gone a step ahead. She has in fact told her father that since she lives here he shld send all her tax papers, so that she can file her IT taxes, returns fm here instead of West Bengal.

This is their Karma bhoomi & they want to keep it that way, silently. DNA has a lot of good & nice people. Really. The new HR head is a relief, considering we’ve had a track record of all sorts, especially typical bengali, this H Ghosh is like god sent. He doesn’t encourage Bengalis who show familiarity to him. Begin speaking in Bengali instantly, or say where in Bengal, Kolkatta you are fm, I’m fm so & so place, blah blah. He says his janma bhoomi is West Bengal, but his karma bhoomi is Mumbai. He speaks chaste marathi & loves Mumbai.

These are noteworthy efforts. They won’t go down in history record books, but surely we Mumbaikars need to appreciate their efforts. Somewhere i feel them being women too makes a difference. Do i sound biased? may be. But experience doesn’t contradict me. Women take that little extra effort to adjust to new environment, learn something new, equip if that creates a sense of semblence, serenity & equilibrium. Ok won’t elaborate on this too much. More so these MNSs, Sena types instead of spewing venom in the name of Marathi shld go & give bouquets to such silent residents who want to make Mumbai their home.

When i went to Bangalore in 1999, i would carry a notebook, stop all & sundry to jot down words in Kannada. Being the bureau head of a tv channel i had to pick up the language ASAP, like yday types. Coz the leading politicians feared a Thackeray type there called Vatal Nagraj. He toh does vatola of everything.. destructs. I had already learnt few words, kept my ears wide open. So that i could at least grasp the gist. Yes, i have an ear for language & more the tones. somehow across languages some sounds convey the same emotion.

Kannadiga people appreciated that i took that effort of noting, asking & making mistakes. But believe me it was easier to make mistakes in Kannada than Marathi. I’d laugh with them when i made mistakes. More so many males liked i asked them to teach some abuses in Kannada. Obviously because one must know abuses in everylang. It says a lot..

however When i began speaking in Marathi, made mistakes it was seen as worse than killing a human!

Now people won’t believe if they heard me speak Marathi today. That once upon a time (no i don’t believe in fairy tales) i really didnt know how to write or speak in chaste Marathi is something im not ashamed to say. I would listen to the pronounciations & then write what i’d heard. so, instead of writing bolayala, i’d write bolaila, because that was the sound that fell upon my ears. Father thankfully gave up on me in childhood-see where i’ve reached today- he once saw my music notings i’d written sa-re-ga-ma in English phonetics & he lost it. His temp reached sky level & whatever happened thereafter, i have blanked out …

Then many would make fun of me, haha..its not like that..arey you don’t even know? How badly you speak…do u have any shame? Arey ur a Kolhatkar, Brahmin. Initially i would get hurt, then my horns would come up toink. Excuse me Marathi is NOT my mother tongue. It is Gujarati. My mother is fm Billimora & wrote, spoke lived Gujarati. I infact learnt Parsi-Gujju vv Bilimora types. Then my entire schooling was in a British Eng school. Pl NO convent. so Marathi was a 3rd lang for me. Yes, third lang. What we were taught was mughlike a parrot & puke in the exams. Where was the learning?

Unlike most others Chetan & Kartik wld be most encouraging. Papa made me buy plays, books, said start wt easy poets, writers. His father dada was toh great person. He’d say jaude loka boltat, tu prayatna karit ahes hech khoop zala. Tu kiti utkrushta Hindi boltes…come more on tv..adorable i tell you. mother wasn’t concerned, other typical Baman neighbours would make snide remarks & evetnually sent their kids to the same school as ours.

At home speaking to aaji was NO issue. Or writing letters to her. She’d listen to my sister & me fight..argue…she’s say say kay stupid, idiot, donkey monkey bolta ek mikina..marathi bhanda ki..My aaji, granny was a doll personified. I’d have killed someone & she would still have protected me like i was an innocent child. So she wouldn’t pull me up. the childhood days the Father was on another planet, I say fm Hitler’s planet. Baba is polar opposite today. We sat down & did translation of Srikrishna commission & India’s riots cases post Babri masjid demolition. A person wanted those translations, every morn baba & i wld sit at the table & work..with all fights, arguments, snide remarks he against Muslims, me against the Hindus, especially Bamans.

Mother aai was the best. She’d say jaude mala he yet nahi tevdha jar ka ala tula,khoop zala. So learning marathi was daunting for me early in life. then because i spoke chaste, eloquent English i was derided, looked own upon. It is easier for these ladies. Maharashtrians are less mean to these women. Like most indians they too are victims of symbolic gestures.

One who shows enthu, tries needs to be helped & encrouaged i feel.

SHANIA Episode & latest film

Now i am NOT much of a follower today especially of Pakistani or Indian cricket teams & more so tennis players. The couple Sania Mirza & Shoaib Mulik are in the news. Since the announcement of their engagement they are dominating our newspapers & tv.

This Ayesha urf, alias Maha -pardon me but she really looks Maha (BIG, Mega) & what with that smirk in her eyes! There is something definitely wrong at both the ends. This Shoaib comes across as the male chudail. He’s goofed ( should we say fucked) majorly. This Ayesha whatever was born in Saudi, lived there & Dubai for most of her college life, when she met Shoaib. Now this Pakistani lad wasn’t much of a name till his whole marraige, divorce episode came to light. These 2 knew each other in college, would meet frequently, got friendly & must’ve definitely had some sex. When things got too close, like Shoaib got Ayesha whatever preggies, the girl suddenly realised her Muslim roots & do’s don’ts of religion.

This is from some Muslims of Dubai, that i heard. Till then Shoaib was 20 & not yet popular crick player. SO the Ayesha whatever began getting pushy, get married was her mantra. Began putting family pressure. Meanwhile Shoaib convinced her the time wasn’t rt for marriage & more so baby production, because he wanted to make a name for himself. By then the Ayesha whatever must’ve got depresed. In order to keep her parents’ anxiety at bay she forced nikkah…Shoaib’s advisors told him he can have telephone nikkah…then for 6-7 yrs he hushed the matter. Tried to push under the carpet. He forgot he had even if a namesake nikkah, it still was wt some Ayesha whatever.

Now Ayesha whatever isn’t a simple village belle. She & her family look to be publicity mongers, may be social climbers. To their dismay the girl’s all problems made her big, while Shoaib’s name became really big. Then came a Sania in his life. Now how was he to deal with this all? So he came up wt this theory of some Ayesha whatever being someone pretty, who got married, while another imposter, fake Ayesha or real Maha (We’ll NEVER know who is real or what the truth is), is actually fake. The whole tele nikkah is true, but if he says talaq & it won’t even cost him more than Rs 5000 mehr, he can’t expose this part of his life & the remaining truth that he till now hidden fm his lady love Sania.

So this Shoaib male Item number has kept two young birds in his fists, trying to hit them at one time. Right now the love, sex or passion are running high so Sania & Shoaib will be happy. Trouble may begin later. More so this pathological liar won’t be able to change his spots – real side- Sania will be left wt his child alone to fend for both. But right now this episode has done miracles that NO soap opera in India could. All Hindi News channels have toppled the TRP ratings of tv entertainment channels. FOr next few days this on-off nikkah is giving full entertainment to a sex-starved nation. Meanwhile the politicians on both the sides of borders seem to have much in common -putting their feet in their mouths & saying utter nonsense. Meanwhile the passionate youth seem happy they have a new love story as inspiration. Now Ram Gopal Verma – since he hails from the hyderabad will delcare he will make a film. Meanwhile being Indo-Pak issue, it is up ONLY mahesh Bhatt’s sleeve.

So his daughter will go to Pak find a look alike of Shoaib, get Ateef Ali to sing some throaty numbers, find Sonam Kapoor look alike (NOT Sania look alike), then begin shooting in Pak while all drama unfolds here, the taped DVDs, CDs of the controversy & famed nikkah will be delivered to Pooja’s film set & within a month we’ll get fresh jism filled Vishesh film production. The title will be ‘Salakhey’…tag line fm Star news will be ‘sehra ya salakhey.’ People will go & watch the film & critics will rate this docutainment as a satire on the Shaina controversy. However Shaina NC film designer will threaten to file defamation suit for the couple being called as Shaina!

2010, the New Yr

I don’t know about everyone but my new yr’s eve was interesting, quiet & was at home by 11.00pm. I clicked pictures of the once in a blue moon. It was surrounded by clouds first, then an aura of red rim…then after few hours i saw a blue light near it. I really enjoyed gallavanting around south Bombay to take pics of the moon.

The moon looked fiery. I remember reading in the newspapers that once ina blue it was…rare…glad to have captured it. Then went for a quiet dinner wt friends & was home in time to get some more good pics. Then was busy on the cellphone.

Next morning began the runs. My stomach hurts even today. I really fail to understand what i have eaten. The only problem i can remember is having fenugreek or methi as we call it. ALl these leafy veggies if i eat outside can hit my stomach, i’ve inherited an abso sensitive stomach fm my baba (father). But i saw a fab movie ‘raat gayi baat gayi.’ sooo much that we see around with married couples…how men r busy hitting upon every girl that walks around…saurabh shukla’s directed it..kallu mama. Brilliant job i must say..

however amidst all this one major controversy erupted. the makers of 3idiots film are caught in a fight with Chetan Bhagat who wrote a book part of wc the makers have adapted. it’s called five point something..

Now legally speaking they seem complacent. Who? The filmmakers -aamir (super actor..inspiration..adaptor etc), director – Raju Hirani & Vidhu Vinod Chopra Producer. But truly legally speaking they are NOT on a firm footing. Because even if they adapted they should have written so just below the credit lines of screen play, dialogue, writer…our friends did NOT think it wise, or rather they must’ve short changed Bhagat.

Bhagat for all his writing (wc i’m sorry i ain’t a fan, more so NOT motivated to read) wc has made him a bestseller in India, i’m sure he is well travelled & i presume with education, well read. Well i wish he had read more & consulted some lawyers, other writers when he may have been approached, informed by aamir, chopra or Hirani abt the film being made on his book. Unless ofcourse he was taken by their stardom -its’ ok, most are usually taken. Those who are NOT like me are considered pompous but who cares what others think.

I don’t know what went wrong with Bhagat’s thinking. But he wrote on his blog things that actually gave aamir a clean chit initially…then readers, fans wrote to bhagat & told him he was made an arse…so tehn in his blog he wrote…”I, frankly, was shocked to see this. This is because I was also fed ‘this is an original movie’ line a lot. I wanted to see the final script – it was never shown to me. I wanted to see the film before release – it was not shown to me (even though trials had been done for people). What’s more, the makers had called me to their office and pressured me several times to withdraw my ‘Based on a novel by’ credit, which was by contract. They told me they’d replace it with something like ‘initiated by’ – a credit that doesn’t exist anywhere in the world. I still told them that if the film is indeed original, I’ll happily withdraw the credit, but somehow the promos don’t tell me so. I asked them to show me the film and they fell silent.”

Bhagat wrote on his blog & slowly by 31st dec this was a huge controversy. Bhagat is an example for falling for in to the trap of these are nice guys they won’t let him down. But these are all business people. They realised here is a sucker. Someone gullible & quietly squeezed in one fine line, like caution smoking is injurious to health…like that bhagat’s name appears…he obviously must’ve NOT been paid a handsome amount. I also wonder whether Bhagat himself smelt that this film will be a big hit (he shld’ve considering aamir sells his films hard). He shld never have allowed the trio to cut him short.

Now the trio’s called Bhagat all names..then they try & out him down publicly. Such rascals, muscle men do this, these are creative people. What if someone were to steal aamir’s credits? In fact after amol guptey’s example, bhagat shld’ve been hard on aamir & gang…now the drama unfolds like Ektaa kapoor’s soaps…let’s see what more happens
Now the trio

strange names & recollections

Suddenly the other day i remembered a song that would blare fm loudspeakers in India once upon a time. I was a toddler, many were not born then. “Beshaq mandir, masjid todo bulleshaa ye kahataa..” i text Khalid Mohd my dear friend asking the name of the singer…it was at the tip of my tongue, but just couldn’t remember…Chanchal was his name… he really could scream well, dunno recollect much of his singing though. Khalid wanted to murder me, bcoz i told him wots his name ya…he called back saying ‘Paani don’t give me scares, he’s ancient chanchal something…!!”

Names of singers are funny, but some sang funnier songs man..we give ample scope to all sorts of creativity in India.

After chanchal we just fast two decades and we have Altaf Raja, who sang “Pardesi Pardesi jana nahi…” which was another screeching bout. Our Hindi films songs give ample scope for all sorts of songs, singers

Some Mehta who sang, “Mein chahe yeh karu, mein chahye woh karun,” meaning i may do this, that or the other..wc made it to the songs & silver screen!!

Baba Sehgal though takes the cake for singing, “Aja mere gaadi mein baithja!”

Anand Shinde who sang ‘Tava naveen popat ha lagla mithoo mithoo bolaila,’ wc was then sung in Hindi.

Among the new ones is Gurudas of Rab De banani Jodi…they all are basically folk singers, NOT supported by godfathers or big shots of music industry so they get picked up for some out of sorts films, tracks & they render passionately their songs. They love singing, music and committed to their profession. They are revered by their local folks, who think even that one song wc has made rounds across the country or abroad is enough. Small pleasures they enjoy.

today, they may be forgotten, but there are some strange ones like me too who recollect these numbers! (People or works that i call as numbers)..they are not lewd people, just could not make it big…