Category — Hindi Music

What’s common between…

1. GWB, Ratan Tata, Angelina Jolie, Clint Eastwood and Rajiv Gandhi (You could add Raffu to the list as well)

2. Waheeda Rehman, Harsha Bhogle, Sharmila Tagore, Sushmita Sen and Vivek Oberoi. (You could add Padma to the list as well)

3. Sonali Bendre, Gul Panag, Arnab Goswami, Pooja Batra and Shweta Menon. (Add Padma, Anshu and Manishwa to the list as well)

4. Shekhar Suman, Sridevi, Geeta Bali, Valmik Thapar and Supriya Pathak

5. Yuvraj Singh (Cricketer), Aamir Khan, Sonu Nigam, Ahmed Khan (Choreographer) and Aftab Shivdasani

January 6, 2009   16 Comments

The Bollywood Real Names Quiz

Okay, let’s see how many of these you can work out. Use Google if you would like to – I can’t stop you anyway.

1. He had a “Dutt” embedded in his real name, but conveniently dropped that part for his screen-name. He however played a character in a film – who had his “real name”. The film was rehashed into the recent YRF’s Bachna Ae Haseeno. Which actor, which film?

2. His reel-name made people think he was a Bengali, but this filmmaker was actually from Karnataka. He shares his surname with a leading actress of today. Who? And his real name?

3. Who the hell is Basavalingaiah Hiremath?

4. He was born as Dileep Kumar and married Saira Bano. Who?

5. Actor A couldn’t use his real name in films as the first name was already taken up by Actor B. Actor B’s real name was Yudhisthir. Who were A and B?

January 5, 2009   6 Comments

The law is an ass. So is the judge.

Star Plus hasn’t run out of ideas – yet. It still keeps churning out newer reality shows – but this time with a twist. Apparently, a new show to be in air soon – Arre Deewano Mujhe Pehchano will have a donkey as the judge, instead of the usual Reshammiyas and Sidhus.

Kavita Kaushik will be anchoring the show along with a live animated character Ghadhashri. As the name suggests it is a donkey, which will scrutinise each gag and gives his expert comments in place of judges.

So, what’s new you might ask. Don’t Himesh, Abhijeet, Annu Malik et all look like asses? Worse, they even bray like them.

January 3, 2009   2 Comments


If you haven’t seen a Buffalaxed video yet, you have missed quite a bit of the fun.

So what does getting Buffalaxed mean? The Urban Dictionary calls it: The art of taking an Indian (or any other non-english) music video and giving it subtitles for what it sounds like in English.

And why is it called Buffalaxed? Simply because the art of subtitling was started by a Youtube user called Buffalax. His real name happens to be Mike Sutton and the first of his videos – a weird interpretation of a Prabhu Deva video – loony bun is fine, Benny Lava was a massive hit. Soon, the idea spread and there are now hundreds of Buffalaxed videos all over the web. Do a search for “Buffalax” on youtube and you’ll find tons of these videos.

But there were objections too – Some felt that the video was done in “good fun” while others worried that their culture was being mocked. And then MTV jumped in as well. In a series called “Lost in Translation”, MTV Buffalaxes western videos (as well as a few tamil and telugu ones) for its desi audience. Check them out:

The Benny Lava Video that started it all.

MTV gives it back with Alane.

January 2, 2009   1 Comment

The Manishwa Bollywood Awards 2008

I like good Bollywood films. And I love bad Bollywood films. The badder, the better and certainly more enjoyable. It’s probably a bit perverse, but there’s nothing more amusing than a filmmaker or actor putting in an effort – only to see him fall flat on his face.

As an effort to honour these efforts, here is the Manishwa Bollywood Awards – the biggest phussses of the year 2008.

Film of the Year: Drona. Easily the most spectacularly shot nonsense of the year. It had Alfa Romeo car-chases, but yet when they fought, they used tubelights as swords.  Once they had seen the rushes, I wonder why they even went about promoting the film – with the Small B even running into the Bigg Boss household. If it wasn’t for a brilliantly timed hospitalization story of the Big B, the Small B would have been eaten up by the media.

Actor of the Year: Himesh Reshammiya. The good thing – he didn’t have a double role in Karzzzz. Monty was back with his waxed chest, ladies hairstyle and girlie jeans – uttering the most memorable lines of 2008 – main Ravi Verma hoon Kamini. And Ravi Verma would have mouthed an expletive from his grave.

Actor(ess) of the Year: Kareena Kapoor in Tashan. Size zero, abilities zero. She closely beat Kareena in Golmal Returns for the crown.

Debut of the Year: Harman Baweja: One actor who will certainly make it big. Around the year 2050 – when Hrithik would be thinking of retirement.

Song of the Year: Tandoori Nights: Fantastic song – made you feel like dumping Himesh and Urmila down a flaming tandoor. Meaningful lyrics as well: Jiya jale, jale , jale – what else would you get after a full-round of Tandoori chicken? Acidity and Heartburns, of course.

Director of the Year: Subhash Ghai: Two amazingly directed movies – Black and White as well as Yuvvraj – splendid examples of what his students at the Whistling Woods institute will be capable of.

Eyesight of the year: Anushka Sharma in Rab ne Banaa di Jodi for not able to spot her husband when he got rid of the spectacles and moustache. Maybe she needs Suri’s glasses as well.

Incentive of the year: Dostana for pointing us out the wonderful legal workaround to get past the immigration procedures quickly. Incentive for many to swing the other way.

Ulta-chor-kotwal-ko.. of the year: Raakesh Roshan the legendary lifter for accusing Ram Sampath of being money-minded when the former was caught red-handed lifting a song for Krazzy4.

Perfectionist of the Year: Who else, but Aamir Khan for putting in a year’s effort for the perfect garbage called Ghajini.

December 29, 2008   No Comments

The Dawood Ibrahim Namesake

India’s most wanted man Dawood Ibrahim apparently was on a flight from London to Mumbai – and was trapped by investigators.

In a case of mistaken identity, a passenger by the name of Dawood Ibrahim, who had flown in on a Virgin Atlantic flight from London, was detained at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) by sleuths of the Intelligence Bureau and Mumbai Crime Branch.


Another airport official said the interrogators even pulled on his beard to make sure that he wasn’t wearing a disguise.

A close friend of mine tells me that a few months ago a man named Himesh Reshammiya arrived in a flight from Amsterdam – and met with similar fate by the security staff at the Mumbai airport.

First, the security staff brought a laundry clip – the kind with powerful springs – and set it up on his nose. Next they asked the suspect to sing a song called “Lut jaaun, lut jaaun”. When the man managed to sing, in spite of a blocked nose, the security staff went for a further confirmatory check. They pulled at his hair. When their fears were confirmed that he wasn’t wearing a toupee, they breathed a sigh of relief.

The entire security staff then pulled out  their ear plugs, relaxed the security alert and let Mr.Reshammiya go.

December 15, 2008   2 Comments


…on an obscure music channel called 9XM.

Socho agar koi aadmi naak se gaata hai, to woh muh se kya kya karta hoga…

Well…one thing Himesh can’t resist is to shoot his mouth off.

December 15, 2008   No Comments

Swanand Kirkire is back with Uttaran

I have been a great fan of unusual voices – the rustic, unrefined kind. And Swanand Kirkire’s voice haunts. Primarily a songwriter, he isn’t a classically trained singer – and that is probably why he don’t hear his songs very often.

Luckily, Swanand Kirkire is now back with the title song of Uttaran on Colors – every weeknight at 10 p.m. Check it out below.

For those who are still wondering on who Swanand Kirkire is – check out his wiki profile.

And check out this video – where a car drive in the rains captures the perfect blend of Swanand’s rugged voice and Shubha Mudgal’s soothing rendition.

December 15, 2008   3 Comments