Thursday, 9 October 2014

Treasured Assets - Some Examples From Bollywood

Recently, there was much brouhaha about "cleavage" in the social media. A top-actress, Deepika Padukone, was targeted just before the release of her movie, 'Finding Fanny'. Last year, actress Sonam Kapoor was under similar focus with the release of her movie, 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag'.
Actresses have always been the cynosure of attention, sometimes unfair & ugly.

Mango people (Aam Aadmi) or ordinary citizens like you and me don't have it much better...
We judge others and get judged too. We get judged even if we don't judge :)

Thanks all for voting for my idea for IndiSpire #33:

To answer this question, I present some lyrics, dialogs & situations from Hindi Movies in this post.

Physical Assets

"Yeh mehlon, yeh takhton, yeh taajon ki duniya (This world is of palaces, wood/metals, crowns)
Yeh insaan ke dushman samaajon ki duniya (This world is of the enemy of humans & societies)
Yeh daulat key bhookhey rawajon ki duniya (This world is of the wealth-greedy & customs)
Yeh duniya agar mil bhi jaaye to kya hai? (What's the point even if we get the world?)

Yeh duniya jahaan aadmi kuch nahi hai (In this world, the worth of a human is nothing)
Wafa kuch nahi, dosti kuch nahi hai (Faithfulness is nothing, Friendship is nothing)
Yahaan pyaar ki qadr hi kuch nahi hai (Here there is no respect for love)
Yeh duniya agar mil bhi jaye to kya hai?
(What's the point even if we get the world?)
Jala do isey, phoonk daalo yeh duniya (Burn this, blow away this world)
Mere saamne se hata lo yeh duniya (Remove this world in front of me)
Tumhari hai tum hi sambhalo yeh duniya (You take care as this world is yours)
Yeh duniya agar mil bhi jaye to kya hai?
(What's the point even if we get the world?)"

- Lyrics of the Hindi-Movie song- Yeh Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaye To Kya Hai?, Pyaasa (1957)

In the movie Pyaasa, actor Guru Dutt plays an unsuccessful poet whose ex-girlfriend, Mala Sinha, marries a well-to-do publisher for financial security. The publisher publishes the poet's works after the poet is believed to be dead in an accident. The publisher buys everyone and thus, no one believes the poet when he claims that he is alive. Rather, he's put in a mental asylum. However, the poet escapes, reaches the memorial service and denounces this materialistic and corrupt world.

"Jhan jhan ki suno jhankaar! (Listen to the tinkling)
Ye Duniya Hai Kala Bazaar. (This world is black market)
Ye paisa bolta hai. Ye paisa bolta hai. (This money speaks. This money speaks.)"

- Lyrics of the Hindi-Movie song- Yeh Paisa Bolta Hai, Kala Bazaar (1989)

"Yaaron sun lo zara haan apna ye kehna (Friends, just listen to what I say)
Jeena ho to apun ke jaise hi jeena (If you live, live just as I do)
Gaadi bangla nahin; na sahi, na sahi (Neither car nor bungalow; no matter)
Bank-balance nahin; na sahi, na sahi (No bank-balance; no matter)
TV Video nahin; na sahi, na sahi (Neither TV nor VCR; no matter)
Suiting shirting nahin; na sahi, na sahi (Neither suits nor shirts; no matter)
Inki humko kyon ho fikar? (Why should we care about these?)
Jee lo jaise mast kalandar! (Live like a joyous & crazy ascetic!)"

- Lyrics of the Hindi-Movie song- Yaaron Sun Lo Zara, Rangeela (1995)

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Mental Assets & Inner Beauty

In the movie Rangeela, the heroine played by Urmila chooses the black-movie-ticket-marketeer common man, played by Aamir Khan, over the rich and successful top movie-hero, played by Jackie Shroff. She does so as the former is good-at-heart.

"Andaaz mein itna saadapan to kitna sundar hoga munn, (Personality is so simple, then mind will be so beautiful)
Bin gehne aur shringaar bina woh to lagti hai dulhan." (Without jewelry or make-up, she looks like a bride.)

- Lyrics of the Hindi-Movie song- Chand Sitare Phool aur Khushboo, Kaho Na Pyaar Hai (2000)

In the movie Kaho Na Pyaar Hai, the rich and smart heroine falls for a struggling and simple singer. She does so as she loves him for what he is, and is not bothered about his status or his material riches.
In a scene from the same movie, when her father points out the difference between their status, she leaves her father's car at a traffic-signal and gets seated on the backseat of her beau's cycle to show her father that now there's no difference in their status.

Some points from more Hindi movies-

In the movie Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya, the heroine wants to marry only if she gets to marry wearing a "Kareena-waala Designer-Lehnga"- a Designer-Lehnga like actress Kareena Kapoor.
Later, when she falls in love & understands the value, she goes for a local Lehnga, and wishes for a local dulha (groom) instead of a Designer dulha...

In the movie Queen, Kangna Ranaut plays Rani, who is rejected by her foreign-returned fiance just before her wedding just because she's too simple and cannot cope up and as "their status does not match anymore". Later, when she embarks on a solo trip to Paris, clicks a Selfie after trying out a cleavage-revealing dress in a mall and posts the same 'sexy' pic to the same man, his interest in her is rekindled! The guy even comes hunting for her to another city! 
But, Queen is loved by so many people of different nationalities just for what she is- her inner beauty and goodness.

Siding up with the rich and adopting foul, unfair or unethical means to get rich can be very harmful. 

In the movie Shree 420, Raj Kapoor is a simpleton from Allahabad, whose character gets corrupted in Mumbai. To earn riches, he joins a rich-man out to con the poor people of their wealth in a bogus-housing scheme/scam. He pays a high price to get wealthy.

In the movie Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman, the simple & innocent hero played by Shah Rukh Khan, joins a rich builder and adopts unethical means to get rich. When a flyover collapses due to usage of sub-standard material in construction, he is blamed.

"Aaj mere paas paisa hai, bungla hai, gaadi hai, naukar hai, bank-balance hai. Aur tumhaare paas kya hai? (Today I have money, bungalow, car, servant, bank-balance. And what do you have?)
Mere paas...MAA hai!" ( I have MOTHER)

- Dialogue from the movie Deewar (1975)

The movie illustrates that even after one has so many riches and status-objects, still one is away from loved ones and loses one's mother, and ultimately the angry young man's quest for material wealth leads to his death that too at the hands of his own brother...
Lesson- Be good and earn the treasure- Maa ka Aashirwaad (Blessings of Mother!)

Values like humility, honesty, discipline etc. are real treasures to be cherished.

I feel-
No need to be rich or have material possessions or act smart to impress anyone.
If you are honest and good-at-heart, people will still fall in love with you and be your fan.

In the movie Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Farhan Akhtar plays Milkha Singh, an Indian athlete with a humble background who's real and honest like coal and shows his true colors and background. Still, he earns international fame and respect with his dedication, good work & achievements. Milkha Singh is a hero.

Similarly, the movie Mary Kom shows how hard-work and discipline can make a woman a champion, even after she's become a mother and the world has forgotten her and has written her off... As Mary Kom becomes a world champion yet again, the world sits up and takes notice.

True that this is a materialistic, fake and showy world, where immaterial is love!
May we all be safe, wise, happy with what we have, & stop being funny as above! 
I feel- Being a HEROINE/HERO with good values & ethics is a treasure-trove!

Linking it to IndiSpire #33
Two Shoes in Texas- HERO


  1. I just simply can't believe that you created this post with these songs. How do you get such ideas Anita. You are simply awesome. Super like it...

    1. Thanks Alok for such kind words & appreciation :)
      Makes it worthwhile :)

  2. In the race to earn wealth, we should never forget our loved ones and also never lose the basic human of love, care and compassion....

    1. Very true. Else, even winning the race becomes meaningless...

  3. Concur with your hawk eye observation, Anita.
    Only if the materialistic world understood and took note.
    Well penned. :)

    1. Thanks Poonam:)
      Yes, the materialistic world needs to understand. But, it'll be possible if it takes its focus away from the "materials" :)

  4. I loved the songs incorporated...just loved it.....In movies it is most of the time soul over face value or pocket real world though sadly things are different but then again who stops you from standing out of the crowd, your choice....Great post

    1. Thanks Datta.
      We are lovers of Hindi Movie-Songs!
      There's a lot of difference between the reel & real world, but some similarities too :)

  5. What an amazing and "hat ke" take on the topic. Only you could think of this soul sis. Truly enjoyed reading it.

    1. Thanks! Delighted that you liked it, Soul-sis :)

  6. It is the way of the world, right? Material possessions are the things which bring power and more material wealth to enjoy - people want to show off; I wouldn't expect anything else to be of that significance for normal people these days.
    Didn't know that Rangeela had such a meaningful song, I was a little kid without knowledge of Hindi at that time :D

    1. Very true. Material possessions are for showing off! Yes, it's a way of the world now.
      Rangeela has great music by AR Rehman & lovely songs & lyrics. You must listen to its album! One of my favorites!

    2. I always loved the songs, just couldn't get to know the lyrics at that time:D I do wonder why the newer Bollywood movie songs fail to have that class :(

    3. Okay :)
      Every period has its own songs based on the people composing & listening to it!
      I guess soon we'll revert to the golden era... Remember Fashion? People seem to go for the 60s & 70s look! :)

  7. What a great intro to movies in your country. I like the themes of humbleness and truth, love over materialism. The movies stress such positive messages.

    1. Thanks Mary!
      So glad you like the messages of our Bollywood movies. You must watch a Hindi-Movie (with sub-titles). I'm sure you'll love it :)

  8. What a research work! What a great presentation! And the quotes you have used are simply superb!
    Keep inspiring :)
    TC! Keep smiling :)

    1. Thanks Sindhu! Actually, no research-work! As I am a HUGE Bollywood fan, all this info was in my head :)
      Shared the tweet-messages from Twitter as I felt they are relevant to this topic.
      Thanks for your appreciation!
      Keep smiling :)

  9. How beautifully you have woven songs, Bollywood, poetry and wisdom in one post Anita. Enjoyed reading this.

    1. Thanks for your nice & kind words, Alka :)
      Delighted that you enjoyed reading this post!

  10. Hi dear! Lovely superb mind-blowing and many more. I like your signature style of Filmi Post :)
    It reminds me of old movie starring Ashok Kumar and Pradeep. Ashok Kumar was born very ugly and his father abandoned him. Later he became singer or something. Not remember the name :( May be you could tell. The movie contains lots of classical and semi-classical songs by Manna Dey.

    1. Thank you so much, Ravish :)
      Thanks for enriching my post by sharing info about the Ashok Kumar movie- "Meri Surat Teri Ankhen".
      It's so relevant! The hero is shunned just because he is "ugly" to look at, though he is blessed with a divine voice... So unfair... Just imagine- his own father treats him so...
      The movie has classic songs- 'Poochho na kaise maine raiyn bitayi' by Manna Dey is superb!
      "Meri Surat Teri Ankhen" also has songs by stalwarts like Md.Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar etc. & wonderful music by S.D.Burman.

  11. Great Anita...yes..I agree with Ravish, it's your signature style of filmy post and you did it once again !

  12. I found this all very interesting as I know so little about Hindi movies. I really appreciated the translations you provided in addition to your insights and commentary, because the lesson you are giving here is one I believe in so strongly. There is so little value in material posessions, what matters is the content of character and soul. One can be with the most wealthy person on earth and be unhappy, choose instead the one whose treasure is what they are inside. Beautiful post to share with us for Two Shoes Tuesday, good luck in the drawing that is coming up soon! :-)

    1. Thanks for sharing your views, Josie.
      Yes, the lessons are Universal & valid for the whole world. So glad you could connect with what I have shared.
      Fingers crossed :)

  13. It's a tough life out there, especially in Bollywood. So many tricks and strategies are required for mere survival, let alone success. Can't blame Deepika or anyone for what they are doing. The media is in no better position. Each one is sucking the other's blood and fattening themselves int he process too. So who cares?

    1. In this world, everyone is after maximizing profits. Sadly, it's at the cost of others.
      As everyone hankers after material wealth & possessions, that's all what people care :)

  14. God! Anita! How do you do these!
    The topic is a serious one, but I can't imagine in this manner, really you out do yourself each time.

    1. Thanks for such kind words, Indrani.
      It's the effect of good company like you! I'm blessed :)

  15. Well penned Anita, with some golden hits of yesteryears! Sure anything that catches eyes and rake in moolah for news makers.... becomes the breaking news

    1. Thanks Rahulji :)
      Yes, moolah seems to be Allah these days...

  16. Lovely Post Anita, enjoyed reading it throughout.... You are really a creative person and it shows up in your writings. Brilliantly put all the songs and scenes. Just awesome..... :)

    1. Thanks Priyashi for your lovely words & awesome adjectives :)
      It takes creativity & talent to recognize creativity & talent! You too are super creative, my friend!

  17. Beautifully done Anita.Liked it :)

    1. Welcome to my Blog :)
      Glad you liked it.

  18. wooowwww........super post! I love ur lines: no need 2 b rich/smart/hv material possessions 2 impress ne1. That's very true.If ppl reject us d way we are, it means they lose knowing a gem better. :) Driven by self-gain even in relations is the basest level ppl stoop these dez....

    1. Thanks for sharing your wise words, Amrita.
      I agree with you.
      If people don't recognize our worth, it's their problem, not our's.
      They have a different criteria to "judge" & their mind is blinded by materialism... They need help, not us!

  19. Consumerism has long been the lure, the goad, and the downfall of mankind. Sadly it is not getting better but worse. As our need for more continues we care less about others and even see less of the real beauty in this world.

    1. How true! Thanks a lot for sharing your apt words. This is reality.
      May we have no downfall with consumerism, rather rise & appreciate the true beauty...


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