Thursday, 1 March 2007

Jaan Tere Naam...

The general perception about my nick of the woods is that it is a village, a place made only for a country bumpkin like me! Well that’s exactly what I am going to disprove.

Today, while I was setting out for my office, waiting at the bus stop (Ya we have buses, gone are the days of bullock carts!) I kept looking at the watch. I was getting late. (And Ya, there is no time difference between Panvel and Mumbai. Although looking at it, you’d feel it ought to belong to different times.)

Finally my messiah came, driving a Tata Safari, wearing an orange bandana and those spectacular goggles. He was driving toward my office and offered me a lift. I happily jumped in, with an opportunity to “rub shoulders” (The car was jam-packed you see!) with 9 more people.

Here comes the exciting part. There was an LCD (I don’t know what it is called, so am faking it) screen in the Sumo. And you won’t believe it – the movie being played was “Jaan Tere Naam”. Eat your heart out guys. I was the fortunate one, ensconced firmly in the back seat and gifted this Godsend opportunity to watch this path-breaking movie! Ask any child about two things that he/she remembers about 1992 – the reply will be 1) Pakistan won the World Cup, and 2) Jaan Tere Naam was realeased.

So for all my unconversant friends, “Jaan Tere Naam” was one of those epochal movies of the early nineties, which changed the life of every person who saw that movie. (It just made them more miserable? NO WAY) It touched their lives in a unique way.

It starred Ronit Roy (the current Big B of the small screen) and Farheen. Here goes the plot, poor boy meets rich girl in college. They fall in love, due to circumstantial encumbrances, the girl ditches the boy. Boy falls into the rut of depression. He learns that his girl is going to get married to someone else. That is when our hero dons the bright colours of band-walleh and goes marching along with the band into the girl’s marriage place and breaks into a jig.

Now, please read carefully... The following lines have been penned by expert lyricists. Please do not try this at home!!! (I am sure this is where Gulzar got inspiration from for his “Humko maloom hai (Jaaneman)”) Do not lose the essence of the song while getting lost in appreciating its literary value.

“First time dekha tumhein hum kho gaya
Second time mein love ho gaya!

Ye akhkha India jaanta hai, hum tumpe marta hai Dil kya cheez hai jaanam, apni Jaan Tere Naam karta hai. Tere se marriage karne ko main Bambai se Goa aaya. Pan mere ko Father ne tere Red Signal dikhlaya. Father se tere kya lena mujhe, Tu chahe mujhko main chahoon tujhe! Ye akhkha India jaanta hai, hum tumpe marta hai Dil kya cheez hai jaanam, apni Jaan Tere Naam karta hai…”

WOW! Whatever happened to the days of writing intelligible songs!!! It was vintage Kumar Sanu, at his nasal best! At times it sounded nasal, but most of the times, the voice seemed to be originating from some other orifice. I was on cloud nine when it began. The bristling of the hair on my hands had begun, I started nodding, tapping my feet, and even gyrating to the beats. People had strange expressions on their faces I guess they can’t appreciate cinema at its best. It does not get any bigger or better than this movie!

There are many more gems in this movie – the sensational songs, the amazing acting, and most of all a sense of belonging with an era that has gone by. I would recommend this movie to anyone who would want to relive those wonderful moments. I also plan to request my friends to learn this song. It would be a befitting tribute to our college to sing this evergreen melody at our next alumni meet!

Ye akhkha India jaanta hai, hum tumpe marta hai
Dil kya cheez hai jaanam, apni Jaan Tere Naam karta hai…

The car halted, I got down. I was a changed man – a fulfilled man. Not everyone gets dropped to office and gets to see “Jaan Tere Naam”. All thanks to Panvel! I guess, I am destiny’s child!!!

22 comments:

Maya said...

Aha!!Adi's finally getting back into his "natural" ghaati style;-)Jaan Tere Naam!Good one,adi...I suppose I've seen glimpses of this movie too...Oh...& you want us to learn the lyrics,is it?No way!!!Don't know why but after reading this one,the images that came to my mind were of the "superbly ghaati" Big B movie 'Mard',a few scenes of which we enjoyed at your uncle's place:-)...And by the way,panvel is NOT such a bad place at all...We've been to your place & I agree it's no 'Hiranandani Gardens' but please,not bullock-carts!!Stop butchering Panvel;-))

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Blogger: Neeraj said...

Saw this typo error in my comment..so reposted the comment to rectify that..
BTW, isn't this a cool way to scam anyone's blog. I mean, post some crap and delete is over and over again..All this while the total number of comments keep incrementing..
This is something people like myself with next-to-nothing responses could try! Might make my blog look better..lol

The comment is as follows



Aditya, could you for our benifit get this movie released on HD-DVD. Perhaps a screening at the dome theatre wouldn't be bad too. In case you stumble upon the original/pirated VCD/DVD of this classic, please remember to make a copy for me.

My local CD wallah tells me that the movie has suddenly gone out of stock. Little does he know about the mass influence your blog has. :-)

BTW, the next time you get into such a SUMO, you might do well to ask for MAA KASAM, one of the many Mithun classics.

Srikrishnan said...

wow!!! hmmm..i guess i will have to watch the movie! Adi, this blog seemed as if u were narrating it with all the expresssions and over exaggeration!!! Excellent!!!

Swapna said...

U know wat,dnt miss such rides nemore.u culd b lucky enough 2 watch many more such movies that are fading into oblivion.u culd actually create a DB of these timeless classics.Surely FTTI or possibly institutes from abroad wuld wnt 2 get hold of these priceless collections.
one question... hw did u manage d poster...
Surely somebody has already started work on d collections.
i shuld admit,i do remember listenin 2 tht song which was incessantly played on Chitrahaar( remember Doordarshan).

Phaniprasad M said...

Normally, I advise people NOT to watch pirated movies but for this movie, I say "GO n STEAL IT BEFORE THE PARLOUR RUNS OUT OF COPIES!!"

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anirban said...

Bloody country bumpkin you saw a tata safari coming your way and then got into a sumo (get the vehicle name correct they are 2 different vehicles but maybe in panvel they are sold as the same thing). I always knew that your tastes (ahhmm!!) were different. (but rubbing shoulders in a group in a cramped car watching pathbreaking movies!! That just takes the cake.) Anyways enough educated comments now let me condescend to your rustic ghaati level and say that
ye to aakha duniya jaanta hai ki tu panvel ka sabse bada ghaati hai
par sala tu blog kabhi kabhi aacha likhta hai
aur phir panvel jab tak ghaati hai
adi hamara number one gaavar blogger hai
nice blog start is very cool
the lyrics are positively embarassing but hey keep writing ghaatigiri jindabad great work nice poster!!!!!!!!!

Vivek said...

My heartfelt commiserations! Unfortunately I have never had the good fortune to see the flick myself. So guess I am warned off it for life.

Aarti said...

Adi...AWESOME!!!Thats just not the word!!!Too good...
I'm totally at a loss of words.
Totally speechless...probably I should try singing.

Just too good...You brought a smile to my face (not that its tough) especially that poster out there. And see, this made me post a comment so soon!!!

Vivek said...

Thank you, Adi for your compliment, and yes, it must be attributed to divine providence only. We are but actors in the great stage of life, acting out parts written by someone else.

Manasi said...

If u ppl want to see ths movie, you can ask Crossword Bookstore to get u a copy of the VCD..tht's what I did

aditya said...

Hi everybody. I am sure this article will be remembered for the comments and not for the actual post!!!!!! I enjoyed it thoroughly.

@Neeraj: Will try and get my hands on this timeless classic. Also let me tell you, I am an ardent fan of Mithun(I mean it!!!). Will watch Maa Kasam.
As for the deleted comments - I too indulge in that scam.

@swapna, phani, anirban: Your comments were hilarious!!! People have been raving abt the comments more than the post.

Roopali said...

Hey adi how can u admire such path breaking movies that people have hardly heard abt?that can be done only by u and no1 else!ur article reminds me of ur supposedly favourite song with Ronit roy at his funniest best and the song a great source of laughter!haha!Adi you are a loyal to the ghaati community.keep it up!

The_jackal said...

Too gud adi... So much better than ur earlier post, no offence meant..
cudnt stop laughing..

btw, i have to be a jerk at all points in time so here goes.. cudnt help noticing, but i think i saw chucky praise herself.. Some people never improve... :-))) (Me dead on my next trip!)

Please continue the riot, brightens up my dreary existence...

Rhhhhhhhaaak on buddy!!

Arundhati said...

hey....enjoyed the article...watch more crappy movies and write blogs......much more fun to read it this way.....

krishnakbs said...

couldnt help leaving a comment...watched the movie just now...the particular song used to din every week on chitrahaar and wanted to watch it very badly then...
finally managed to do it today..on what else? -- Zee ;)

and well...to put it simply, am a bit tired after that movie. wonder why?

oh! by the way, just googled with the title of the movie...and came to ur blog..nice piece...

krishnakbs said...

and sorry for not putting it on the earlier comment..Know who irritating it is to get a comment from someone you dont know. had that experience myself.
so, here is the link to my site..

www.freewebs.com/krishnakbs

Aarti said...

Rajesh,
where could you see me praising myself? Let me remind you, I have not composed this blog ;)
T'was all praises to Adi!!!

Mahesh said...

now this is the kind of stuff i expect from you. your choice of words and topic are equally brilliant. Well, i used to love that song as a kid. i spent two years of my life in panvel but was not lucky to witness such a novel event. and kya baat hai. people who do not know you have actually posted a comment after reading your blog. this shows that you have made a grand mithunda entry into the blogging world .

Shreedhar said...

yu shud watch "Aasman Fatt Gaya Bhagwan Latak agay".. and Kaalia"... and dont miss " Kutte Ki maut".... you'll love it......

--the Devil

nascentagain said...

muhahahahha.......jaan tere naam.....i m tryng my level best to memorize the lyrix parantu i cant.....not tat gifted!.....hats off to u dude tat u cud rattofy the lyrics *wonders if these indeed are the lyrix o the song*.......full on tp aditya...:D