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Immensely enjoying  every bit of endless looping of this song on my ipod (from Anurag Kashyap’s latest film Dev D):

The wedding brass-band version above is certainly a hoot (and an inspiring decision by Kashyap to want to do this), but for a serious listen, I would recommend the other, very grungy, rock version . Possibly the best rock song ever sung in Hindi (apologies to all the Hindi punk-band-in-a-garage I am ignorant about).

And ummm…for further fun (or not), do check out this x-rated remix as well:

NSFW depending on where you are – certainly use ear-phones or keep the volume down if you are in India. Certainly not the most of polite of languages – reminded me intensely of some conversations during the hostel days.

In case someone still doesn’t know, Dev D is Kashyap’s re-imagining of the sappy love-triangle, Devdas. As part of the minority that absolutely loved Kashyap’s earlier venture, No Smoking, I am quite looking forward to this movie.

[Also wondering when some custodians of the Bangali-kalture will call a strike in Kolkata due to perceived slight on Sarat Chandra’s legacy and asking the govt to ban the film there!

Me, I am quite happy – I have always hated the mushy, tear-jerking sentimentality and pyan-pyanani nyakamo (sorry can’t translate) aspect of many of Sarat Chandra’s works (to be fair, he created some fairly strong, adventurous characters as well), and am happy that someone is hacking it.]

Written by BongoP'o'ndit

February 11, 2009 at 3:46 am

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  1. baaki gaane sune? some really good songs in the album. Paayaliya is a favorite of mine for some time. But quite a few others are worth putting on repeat.


    February 11, 2009 at 4:05 am

  2. @Rahul: Yeah rest of the album is pretty good too…haven’t had a chance to listen carefully to all the other 16 yet – Payaaliya I like, and Dhool-yaara-dhol, Ek-hulchul-si are my other two favs. also, Pardesi has a nice video….


    February 11, 2009 at 4:12 am

  3. Another huge fan of No Smoking here, and eagerly looking forward to this weekend. Last weekend was a tossup between Dev D in Fremont and a Paul Newman retro in San Francisco. Newman won, but barely. Never would have imagined such a dilemma would be presented by a Debdas remake, of all things. Hats off to Anurag!

    I lurk quite a bit at — a new “new wave” still sounds far-fetched, but these are undoubtedly very interesting times for Hindi/Hinglish films.

    I used to be with you on absolutely detesting Saratbabu’s sentimental chh(n)ichk(n)aduni. Apart from parts of Srikanta, and Charitrahin to a lesser extent, where he redeems himself, there was not much in it for me. But I knew he did manage to ruffle a lot of conservative feathers and probably deserved a second hearing.

    I started to think, and I am sure it was not an entirely original idea, an argument could be made that the main theme of his works as well as his life – a man’s quest for feminine affection and absolute disregard for everything else, a Vaishnava surrender without the spiritual context — can be very subversive of patriarchy. Could his unprecedented and unsurpassed popularity have been a positive influence on self-esteem of rural bangali women who read nothing else and for whom Bankim and Rabindranath, let alone Saratbabu’s contemporary modern writers, were completely inaccessible? Likely.


    February 12, 2009 at 6:33 am

  4. @Dipanjan: Interesting comments. Firstly, I would add Pather Dabi among the novels that had likable, strong characters.

    Could his unprecedented and unsurpassed popularity have been a positive influence on self-esteem of rural bangali women who read nothing else and for whom Bankim and Rabindranath,

    You could be right. But my question is how much access did rural Bengali women have to his (or anyone else’s for that matter) in that day and age ? My own idea, and I could be wrong, is that Saratchandra was read a lot by middle and higher class women who went for….er…..light reading. My own experience with my mom and aunts of similar generation is that Saratchandra affected them mostly in a sentimental manner.

    Of course, it does not help him that the Bengali film-makers decided to squeeze every ounce of tear possible out of the already sentimental works.

    This discussion could be a separate blog post on its own !


    February 16, 2009 at 12:48 am

  5. Yes, this merits a separate blog post. One quick point about rural access. We need to keep in mind “samajik jatrapala” – both ameteur and professional – based on Saratchandra’s novels, in addition to his books and film adaptations. Often cornier and more sentimental than original texts, they nevertheless conveyed ideas which could have been considered transformative in that day and age. I need some numbers to flesh out this argument, and knowing myself, I will never find time to do the research.

    Dev D is an amazing, amazing movie. I am still recovering from the experience and struggling a bit with the ending.


    February 18, 2009 at 6:40 pm

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