Friday, November 30, 2007

Rama Rama Kya Hai Dramaaa: Dud minus one

Adnan Sami is on the fast track to be the new funny priest of Bollywood music. First, he was all over Dhamaal - I had some fun with Whos the Baap? for a bit. But then it got old. And he's at it again on Rama Rama Kya Hai Dramaaa (I suppose there is a perfectly planetary reason to have ten a's in the title only I don't know what it is - I'm bad at both astronomy and math).

Rama Rama Kya Hai Dramaaa Neha Dhupia, Aashish Chaudhary Amrita AroraBesides the title track which comes with a video which will make your sides split - from groans of pain, Adnan also does a typical Adnan song called Yeh Faasle in which his vocals skid all over the place.

In any case, since I've been taught since childhood that even a pool of mud can house a lotus, I try to see the silver lining in every cloud. And RRKHD has one - its a song called Laija Laija by Bhojpuri singer Khushboo Jain (who has also done the title track for a TV serial called Maayka).

Why is "Laija Laija" so endearing to me?

First, Khushboo has a very affable, grounded voice - and she uses it to infuse a lot of fun in the song.

Second, it sounds like something right out of my day dreams when I was sitting two rows behind and across from the most famously good looking girl in school (the same one I had to embarrassingly enough tie a rakhee on later). Chances that the school dream girl would sing this to me were next to nil, which is ok because I did end up marrying the girl of my dreams. But that is another story.

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40 comments:

anu g said...

Trial...Comments not getting posted???.

anu g said...

Trial...Comments not getting posted???.

anu g said...

Sorry about that. I had written a long comment earlier, and it didnt get posted?? I think I chose the Google option, and didnt give the password.
Anyways, I just wanted to say that ref.another story, the poem u wrote to profess ur love to Lady Drift was so sweet.I dont know what the literature-sort of persons would say , but for someone like me who doenst know how to rhyme words, this was lovely.
Have just returned from a half-Guju wedding (man,u guys r really funloving), and hope to get back to read all thats happening here, when I have more time.

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Aspi said...

Forget what's been happening here, you should tell us more about the half-gujju wedding.

girlie girl said...

absolutely...Tell us about the wedding!!

Sania said...

Re-branding?

Joules said...

How come no updates on SRGMP lil'?

I watched this weeks episode and my new favourite Soha Ali Khan was on it.

Unfortunately dont know the names of the kids. But the lad who sang "Teri Diwani" (he looks like Karan Johar would have looked in his tweens) was really good. I do like the sardar kid. Has a very sweet personality. The blind girl sang well this week. She chose a nasal song and it suited her but I agree with Headmistress she is very annoying.

The assamese girl is so cute. Wish her hindi pronunciation was'nt so cringe-worthy.

Is it true the girl with the unibrow is only 12 and has already passed 12th grade? Wow, our very own doogie.

Uff the nakhras in the voice of the littlest girl were amazing. Too bad she got voted out.

Love it how the kids keep looking at their parents when the judges comments are negative.

anu g said...

I agree with Joules. How come there is no news on SRGMP? Aspi, how can u let ur trps go down like this? I was away for a week,and thought I'd be missing a lot.....but it seems to have been a quiet week.Yeh khamoshi kyon?

anu g said...

I cant really call the wedding a half-Gujju one cos only the groom;s side was Gujju, the wedding was done in typical Tamil Iyer style! I am sure by the third day, the grooms; side was as desperate to taste theplas and dhoklas as Aspi and the others here.
What was very clear was that u guys love sweets (as a uncle said in Gujju style, hum meethe hain na, isliye meetha khate hain'). While we were all yearning for a second cup of coffee at 7 in the morning, we saw the whole gang gorging on sweets, and enjoying it thoroughly.
There was also a mnehndi ceremony with a dj and music.....while we were all sitting demurely, the minute the music began, everyone ran onto the stage....big,small,young,old started dancing.Later the 80 yr grandma also hobbled up and shook a leg. That was so cute. What struck me was that Gujjus love enjoying life and are very family-oriented.Theres so much of love and laughter together, that its heartening to see all this. No wonder so many serials are based on Gujju families.It was really nice to see the Gujju style of life.
I hope no Gujjus are offended by any statement I may have made. I apreciate them thoroughly....so does my son, he has started to speak with a Gujju accent these days:).

Sidekick said...

aspi, i'll join the chorus of anu g and joules and clamor for more li'l champs coverage. it's the only show on indian tv that i watch, now that VoI is done.

anu g, fun roundup of the wedding. since i'm on something of a nostalgia trip one more item to add --- the big fat indian weddings :)

also, would never had checked out this album but for yr review, Aspi --- and i'm not sure that would've been a bad thing :P . i did however like khushboo in laija, laija. one more song that steps out of the shrill, high pitched, 'surilla' style that seems to dog our female singing stars.

anu g said...

Sidekick so u r a Gujju too?

Sidekick said...

actually, anu g i'm tamil iyer too, but i've been to lots of gujju weddings :)

anu g said...

I forgot to add that since the grooms party reached a day before the festivities began, we were wondering how to keep them occupied....but no problems!. They played musical chairs, catch-catch,sang bhajans and danced!!!It was so interesting to watch....what was more interesting to watch was the look on the faces of the older Tamil Mamas and Mamis who reached the venue dressed up in their silk wedding finery, and found the whole groom;s group running around on the wedding lawn!!!That was the best!!!!Again, a disclaimer here....no offence meant to any Gujju! Or Tamilians too!!!

anu g said...

Sidekick!!What a secret u have been hiding from us!!!(Unless u mentioned it earlier and I didnt note it)And here I have been happily showing off as if I am the only know-it-all Tamilian!!!!Am glad that Southies seem to be pretty active on the drift!!Aspi u better comeback soon,or u will find urself sidelined by us:)

Sidekick said...

anu g, nope i likely haven't mentioned it. i doubt much escapes that elephant like memory of yrs - and i mean that in the best possible way :). i'm a tamilian who has never lived in tamil nadu, so i'm a bit of a fake - yr position as the expert on all matters tamil is intact! as for drifters, it seems regionally (origin wise) speaking like a pretty evenly spread mix - part of why things are interesting with diverse points of view.

anu g said...

Sidekick,elephantine memory!!!I wonder where it all goes when I have to remember important chores and dates!!!
Sorry to disappoint u, but neither have I ever lived in Tamil Nadu!!I thought I was the only Tamil Iyer here, so showed off what little I know:).
By the way, I have no intention to begin a regional biased controversy like in VOI!!I just realised that I wrote some comments which can begin another war here. So guys, India is my country and all Indians......Peace please!!!

Aspi said...

ah anu g, thanks for the gujju wedding round up. Now you should try to wrangle an invitation to a Parsi one - those can be quite fun.

Sidekick, this L'il Champs thing is annoying me because they keep changing the title week after week. First it was SRGMP L'il Champs, then it was Razacomm..., then it was Razacom...200 (the 7 got snipped). As a result, my DVR hasn't recorded anything in ages! I think unless they have another name for it, I've captured all possible permutations of sponsor, show name and year so I should be able to watch this week.

Plus, to be fair, I've been a little busy catching up some movies - which I'll promptly review and drive you all away with its pretentiousness.

Sidekick said...

Aspi, I completely sympathize on the changing name of li'l champs. i've had to manually set my DVR to record each week! all this bcos i'm digging the show - the kids are fun and talented and i really enjoy watching sonu and suresh wadkar in action.

joules, count me in on the newly minted soha enthusiasts. i think i'll try to watch KKC just for her. i liked how sonu and suresh wadkar commented on some on the subtleties of the singing --- i'd totally missed them and it was nice to see judges not only doing their jobs so diligently but also explaining their criticism so clearly. Vaishali, the spunky kid, who was eliminated this week reminds me of Ankita on II3. Fun to watch but not the most talented singer. vasundhara , the blind kid, is a singer who is reliable and makes few mistakes, but to my mind is fairly unremarkable in terms of her voice and interpretation - vis-a-vis say aamir (whose teri deewani was wonderful). i think she gets a little undue credit fm sonu and suresh.

Aspi said...

Also you have to admit, there's very little that I can write about that show thats in jest. I would have to write very seedha-saadha posts, no?

Nothing like a little challenge, actually.

Sidekick said...

oh absolutely... suresh w is just such a good egg and sonu is so earnest that it is hard to take many potshots at them. plus it is a kids show so there is the tendency to err on the side of caution and not pillory kids. but aspi, i would humbly submit that u may be getting caught in a humor trap here. i don't think its necessary for every post to be deliberately funny. u have such an easy style and such a great sense of the absurd that even an seedha-seedha post will reflect that. plus there is a loyal drift following that is now hooked to yr stuff, so i'd say go for it :). o, well, i guess rah rah speeches are not my style!

Joules said...

Sidekick, you are so right about Sonu and Suresh's judging. The way they point at the little nuances (harkatein) is so awesome. I actually enjoy watching this show more than the SRGMP.

So have gujju weddings always been this way. Or is it life imitating art? I have seen UP weddings evolve into Karan Johar movies so have been wondering where the trend started.

Aspi said...

Sidekick, you have a point I always mull over. Never fear - new post going up that doesn't have one funny in it. And I'll be happy to do LiL C posts.

Joules, life always imitates art. The couples in the boink-baag in Vadodara now sing filmis songs to each other and do twirls before snogging.

anu g said...

I agree with Sidekick and Joules....Suresh and Sonu manage to keep the programme interesting without all the fights..... their approach was precisely what I had been suggesting to Aspi in the beginning.Its funny that Suresh can be so drab , but still I dont get bored with him????Maybe age is catching up with me and I cant take too much excitement:).
They also genuinely explain to the kids where they have gone wrong, and how to improve, unlike the other shows where the judges just criticized and fought!!
I am glad(not a very nice word to use for a kid) that Vaishali got out. She was not a great singer, and somehow made me feel she was too mature for her age......giving politically correct statements et al.
Aditya has to be praised too cos he is doing a great job as the big brother. I find the whole atmosphere very warm and good fun.I wonder whether Abhas can manage the same on VOI.
Aspi,Sidekick has so beautifully explained why u should give ur reviews.So on popular demand, please do give ur write-ups.We miss them!

Saritha said...

sidekick lol to this, 'suresh is such a good egg'.

btw,BH just informed me that he sang one of my fav songs from Chandini

anu g said...

Soha fans, good news for u,u get to see her with her mom this week on JDJ!
I enjoyed seeing her go chatter-chatter on the Lil champs show.Seems so much more normal than the other stars who behave very uppity and give short comments and answers.

Sidekick said...

saritha, tfs --- classic sridevi sighting. didn't realize that was the 'good egg' singing! the lovely song not withstanding, SW seems like the kind of guy who is better off teaching than singing. he has a light touch with criticism, and yet doesn't seem to hold back on it. i'm guessing his school is wildly popular --- esp. with film music hitting new highs in popularity.

anu g said...

Saritha, Suresh has sung many other famous songs too. U can generally identify his voice easily. He sings in perfect sur and taal,but lacks that little extra zing....just like the person he is....cute egg:),perfect singing, but nothing extraordinary.But he has made a great career for himself by teaching singing to kids.And his students who r not gifted with the best of voices,have also started to teach.

anu g said...

Oh yes,Sidekick.He is very famous in Mumbai.People clamour to learn even from his students who have begun to teach. I guess its all thanks to the reality shows! The Indian Idol finalists Rahul Vaidya and Ravi were his students.

anu g said...

It seems Anu Malik is going to be a judge on Asian Idol.Abhjeet Sawant has been selected to represent India. There was supposed to be a contest between the three Indian Idols. But he was directly selected. Sandeep is miffed. Is crying foul!!!We should cry foul for the very fact that he became India Idol2!!I wonder whether they will telecast this show in india. And wonder which songs they will all sing?

Sidekick said...

anu g, as always love the nuggets of news!

aspi looking fwd to the pretentious movie reviews..... since i've discovered indian music reality tv my netflix queue has been languishing. i need some motivation to jump start it :D

Joules said...

Not to forget Amey Date, Indian Idol finalist (top four) was also SW's student. I was totally fida on him and expected him to be the idol instead of Sandeep.

So now that we have egg and head what Sonu's nick name?

Sidekick, if you haven't watched Johny Gaddaar, do see it. The other movie I enjoyed recently is Bhool Bhulaiya. Even though Shiny hammed all the way, Vidya Balan's acting, the sets, the spookiness and some of the humor is worth watching. (A disclaimer - I liked 'No Entry' so you can imagine my taste in movies)

anu g said...

Oh Yes Joules, u r right about Amey. I knew Suresh had another student but couldnt remember who(Sidekick, impression crashing?).I saw Amey on a Antakshari prog some months ago...he has changed so much...put on weight, and has long hair....punky style. Even Karunya is looking like a punk now. I didnt know that shabby look = good singer!

Saritha said...

Amey was my fav too.anu,I agree with the shabby look.I didn't see Amey after II2 but I saw Karunya,looks awful with color contacts,dyed hair.sigh.

anu g said...

Saritha,Karunya with colour contacts? Oh, I didnt know that.Must be terrible. I guess we need to teach these guys the meaning of the term coined by you 'makeunder'!!!

Aspi said...

I do remember seeing Karunya in some cringe-worthy Diwali song. He looked different and was trying really hard to act.

With projects like these (and the one Raja Hasan did right after SRGMP) its going to be a long and winding road for these kids.

Joules said...

They all seem to put on weight whether it is Karunya, Amey, Hemachandra or Meenal who I recently saw in another Diwali song.

My expectations of these guys past the music show is quite low as very few have really made it and it is easy to sing popular songs but hard to make one of your own popular.

anu g said...

Hey heres something interesting about our cute egg Suresh!http://www.mumbaimirror.com/net/mmpaper.aspx?page=article§id=30&contentid=2007120420071204023358546da1973c

Sidekick said...

anu g, what chatpata news! totally loving it. puts the revered judge wadkar in a totally different light. the petulant whining and egotistic nakhras force me to reconsider branding him a good egg!

anu g said...

When Soha said she couldnt sing, Suresh said he was ready to teach her...but when Shweta is his singing partner, he says she cant even hum....even i am letdown bu this article.God, maybe I shouldnt have read that article...I would have preferred thinking of him as the cute egg!