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band baja song from Om Darbadar

I am going crazy listening to this:

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Meri Jaan A a a ... Meri Jaan B b b ... Meri Jaan Cccccc


The song is from a film named Om Dar Badar directed by Kamal Swaroop in 1988.

About the Film
The film, having an absurdist plot and unconventional narrative style interweaving different sounds with different images, told the story of growing up in small town India. Set in Ajmer and Pushkar in Rajasthan, the film revolved around young Om's passage into adolescence.

The film straightaway faced trouble on its release: Censor Board had trouble understanding it, they banned it, thought it was surely incriminating someone, but couldn't pin point anything particular, and so finally gave their nod with an A Certificate.

In 1989 this art film even manged to win praise from commercial viewers winning Critics award for best film at the Filmfare Awards.

The Song
Notice the band in Om Darbadar playing strains of Bobby Darin's Come September Theme.
I wondered how come they were playing the tune of Nazrein Mili Dil Dadka from crappy Raja that was released much later in 1995. Subrat of PFC pointed out:  "Indian Band Baja Parties have been using Bobby Darin’s Come September track for a long while having picked it up from 5-star hotel orchestras." (Actually, Director Anurag Kashyap at PFC was discussing the song called Emosional Atyachar from his film Dev.D and he mentioned how he always wanted to rehash Om Darbadar song)
I now remember another leitmotif popular (at least couple of years ago) among Indian Band Baja wallas and even among (it still is) Shadiwallay Djs: 
Brazil by Venga Boys. The actual Brazil theme was made famous by Terry Gilliam's 1985 film "Brazil" which in turn was based on Ary Barroso's 1939 song "Aquarela do Brasil" ("Watercolor of Brazil"). 

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Song Uploaded to youtube by cdsjaik
The user has also uploaded couple of other scenes from this film. A big thanks!

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Read more about Om Dar Ba Dar and Kamal Swaroop at this fine article from The Hindu

8 comments:

  1. hi kamal here.nice to know some one likes it

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  2. "Bholenath meri hi chori par mera hi mantar. Thahar ja isi pose may abhi karta hu famous."
    Kamal(Swaroop?),
    I love it.

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  3. http://isohunt.com/torrent_details/52391954/Demonoid.+Om?tab=summary

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  4. please check phalke factory. you will get a lot

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  5. Thanks! I did check it...fascinating project! Will do a short post on it.

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  6. A A A Mohabbat Humsafar ho jaa

    B B B Mohabbat humnafar ho jaa

    A A A Mohabbat Humsafar ho jaa

    Meri Jaan AaaAaAaAa

    Meri Jaan BeeBbBbBb

    Meri Jaan Dddddeded

    Meri Jaan Ceeeeeeee

    Ki kab aa Sitambar sabse haseen mohabbat ka maheena
    Ki kab aa Sitambar sabse haseen mohabbat ka maheena

    Ki kab aa gale lag jaa! gale lag jaa gale lag jaa

    Dil toot raha hai! Jaan jal rahi hai
    Dil toot raha hai! Jaan jal rahi hai

    I say to baby
    I say to baby

    O my bride!
    o my flower! Pup pow papapapow


    It's like a sea baby It's like a market lady
    It's like a sea baby It's like a market lady

    Mithya hai Sansar Maya hai Sansar
    Mithya hai Sansar Maya hai Sansar


    It's like a sea baby It's like a market lady
    It's like a sea baby It's like a market lady

    Muh pe lagaya powder, baalon mein scent dala,

    Hotel mein raat kaati, theater mein din guzara

    Muh pe lagaya powder, baalon mein scent dala,

    Hotel mein raat kaati, theater mein din guzara


    Naye fashion se (haan haan), nayi pozition se (o ho)
    Naye fashion se (haan haan), nayi pozition se (o ho)


    Bolo haseen, dil mein kya pha'see
    Bolo haseen, dil mein kya pha'see
    Phir bhi mainnn...

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    post on Kamal Swaroop's Phalke film

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  7. Pandit Lakshminarayan Shastri (Babuji in Om Darbadar), read more about him here : http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pandit-Lakshminarayan-Shastri/254536367921376

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  8. Can anyone give me the link where I can get the songs for this film (Om-Dar-Badar)?
    My email id is kpatowary@gmail.com

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