Retrograde. Bamboozlement! More Bamboozlement!

VIP Chaddies 'n Undies Ads from the 1980s

VIP first started making briefs for men in 1971. Jaikumar Pathare and L Jaipal Reddy, two electrical engineers of the Maharashtra State Electricity Board left their jobs and started making underwear because they realized there was no competition. ( And when they did first have competition, in mid-1980s, it came from a brand oddly named Rupa)

The brief was first worn by a young man named Dalip Tahil in an ad that proved to be an instant hit - an eye grabber. The plot of the ad that made VIP synonymous with underwear was simple, and it had a subtle touch of Superman iconography:  A beautiful woman is being harassed on the road by a laffanga. To her rescue comes a man dressed only in a bathrobe and an underwear. And he makes a grand entrance jumping from a balcony - camera capturing his underwear while he is coming down, his rob flying - he lands down on the road, grabs hold of the dame in distress and Karate chops the bad guy. And then we realize it was all a dream sequence of that woman. The guy wakes up the woman inside a car and asks, "Dreaming about me?"

Following is a later variant of that ad. This one also hit the screen in 1980s and cleverly just made use of the Print Ad of VIP:

Things begin to happen in style
With a VIP Frenchie under your belt.
 



I think the Hindi version of the Ad had the line: Kya hai uske paas jo mere paas nahi

I lot of people thought it was a strange ad. Well, the whole business of underwear in India is strange.

Take a look at this classic Ad from the 1980s. This one was also by VIP but directed at women after they got into the business of making Panties.


I think the model was Vanessa Vaz, can't mistake those brows [an old photo by photographer Swapan Mukherjee]. Also, I believe cover of the packet had some other model...the brows are trimmed.

It was a strange Ad. Now that I see it again, I can't make sense of it. What exactly are they trying to say. Guess they were just trying to sell some panties without showing any skin on national TV. Tough.

And it's funny that his Ad still bordered on, "Chintu, go fetch me a glass of water...fetch me yesterday's newspaper...there's some one at the gate, go check, I heard a ring, go check who rang up the phone, go study, switch off that idiot box,  it's bad for your brain. Nonsense!"

Only one channel. No remote. As television started heating up, these were the standard evasive actions performed by worried parents.

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Check out rest of the retro ads from the series here

Sun controlling film ads from 80s

The radiance of the sun
can sometimes be fun. Tip top Tip top.
But when it beats down hard
You have to be on your guard
An Ad for Garware Polyester Films

She's so happy now. No sweat...she almost jumps on the typewriter. 

After that groovy track, now some poetry from another one.

When the Sun wears you down
All you do is frown
Skin's like burning coal
It's time for Sun Control



Apart from fighting UV rays, preventing the sun from entering your sabun dani (that's how a Maruti 800 is often referred), it even affords greater privacy!

Somehow, a car with tinted windows became the power symbol of its rider. As terrorism started raising its ugly head. Privacy be  damned. Tinted windows were banned. But, if you still noticed a big car on the road with tinted black windows. It told you everything about the political clout of its owner.

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Related post:
Garware Plastics, makers of radio casings, a print ad from 1970s here
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Check out rest of the Tv ads here

a relic from the Pre-Mall Days

...Videsh janay walo ke liye woolen kapday har samay taeyaar
Roopam.Kapar Market.Bambai. 

An Advertisement of Roopam Store, Bombay:


Stop dancing.

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You may like to check out rest of the ad from the series here

those Vicks ads from the 80s


In that celebrated sound of Ameen Sayani.

Aap sardi se parayshan hai.
Ha.
Sar phat raha hai.
Ha.
Aur Naak bhi Band.
Ha.Bhai Ha.
Toh Sardard ki goli kyo...sardi ki khas goli lejiye. Vick Action 500.

Wakai
Jab sardi sataye
Toh sahi upay
Vick Action 500

but don't miss the plastered USE AS DIRECTED notice.

These tablets were actually launched by Vicks in 1978 and became a house hold name in India because of this particular ad created in the 1980s for the television. Ameen Sayani was the voice for most of their commercials (and for many more brands) from that era.

Another famous Vick Ad from the era was the ‘Khich Khich Dooor Karo’ ad for Vicks Cough Drops that were first launched in Indian market in 1966.


Gale may Khich Khich Gale may HMmm
Kya Karo
Vick  ki goli lo
Khich Khich door karo


This is the another version of the popular ad that released by Vicks in the 1980s. This one introduced the orange flavor. It was sweeter and, yes, it too had the Khas Aushadhi Tattv.
Strepsils lozenge, costlier and having a more serious mature feel, competitors of Vicks, alsoreleased an ad that became popular during that decade. They had recently come up wit ha new Orange flavor and an attractive new packaging. Their ad also used animation.
Vicks was probably eyeing this possible market. But Vicks, not only were their ads cute, but its animation had an edge - it gave Khich Khich a face and a body. [For another older version of the Vick Cough drop ad, the featuring Jayant Kripalani and little daughter of Ila Arun- Ishita Arun: check out this post by Soumyadip]

Apart from Golis, Vick also dabbled in fashion accessories.Another one of their popular product was
the handy Vicks Inhaler.

Bandh naak ka safai say Ant

If you are from the 80s generatio, it's about you confess that you used to have in your hand all the time. Even if you never had a nandh naak.
Why else would they later come up with a key chain version of the Inhaler. The Inhaler Craze went well into the 90s - remember the Inhaler sniffing sidekick of Akshay Kumar in the film Khiladi (1992)

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Besides these ads there were also Vicks VapoRub ads: ‘Happy Birthday Mummy’ and ‘Touch Therapy'.

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Check out rest of the ads from the 80s here

Raymond's Ads from '80s.

In life's lighter moments

The font of Raymond's is same. The theme is almost same: Man-Woman-Relations. Shown subtly. So subtle, the word 'suits' is not even mentioned.
 As you can see and hear, the brand was yet to get it's own (now famous) signature tune and "The Complete Man" tag line. Instead they used a famous western classic: Spring from Vivadi's Four Seasons - last part of movement 1: Allegro [video]
Also, you get to see how Walkman was used in 80s as a handy tool in courtship.

Here's another one:

In life's more nostalgic moments
This one had the right Jazz sound.

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Check out rest of the Indian TV ads here

Bajaj Bulb ad from 1980s


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bajaj bulb
I remember this ad because of its cutting edge animation. A roving eye inside the bulb, a beating heart inside the bulb. A perfect sync sound. A peak into the process of a bulb's making. A blue electric current  zapping alive inside the bulb. This one had the perfect visuals.

Another Bajaj Bulb ad of the era, the one that preceded it, had the perfect jingle:
Jab main chota ladka tha (I always thought Baccha tha just rhymes better ) 
badi shararat karta tha
Meri chori pakdi jati
Jab roshan hota Bajaj


Ab main bilkul bhooda hoon
Goli kha kar jeeta hoon
Lekin aaj bhi ghar ke andar
Roshni Deta Bajaj 

Check out the video


I have cleaned up the sound a bit and trimmed it.
You can download the classic Jingle here [.MP3, 18 sec, 247 Kb]
Enjoy!

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Check out rest of the ads from the series here

Indian Television Ads from 1980s

Found the following classic advertisements in the video of great television film Tamas (1986-87).
A big thanks to Arvind Gupta who uploaded the entire movie at Google videos.

A lot of old Indian ads are already available online at Youtube or at Google videos, but the following ads were not available earlier. So I scavenged through the film to get these ads. The ads include classics like  Vicks ki goli, Inhaler, Ha Bhai Ha Vick action 500, VIP undies, Raymonds, Bajaj Bulb and a few more relics.
 
Now, prepare for the trip down the memory lane. Here are the links to the posts on classic Ads from the 1980s:





  • GVC video cassettes


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You may also like to check this post for Vintage Print ads

Revisiting Tamas: Om Puri and that first scene

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Non-linear story telling, gripping cinematography by Govind Nihalani and by legend V.K Murthy, some great acting by Om Puri, animal fear and implicit violence. The atmosphere and tone for the television film Tamas was set by this brilliant opening scene and the award winning haunting theme, that sounded like death laments, created by Vanraj Bhatia .
Om Puri in Tamas

Govind Nihalani's television film Tamas (1987), based on a Hindi novel of the same name and two other short stories ('Chief ki dawat' and 'Amritsar aa gaya hai'?) by acclaimed Hindi writer Bhisham Sahni (1974), told the story of Partition of India from the perspective of common men.

In 1986, the film ran into trouble at the time of its telecast on the only available channel of the time, national broadcaster - Doordarshan. The film was shown at time when Hindu nationalism was just sprouting in India.
 Shiv Sena leader Pramod Nawalkar alleged that Tamas showed Muslims in favorable light. And BJP president L.K. Advani, complained that Tamas was "a distortion of history" because it depicted RSS and Arya Samaj as "beastly fanatics" while Muslim League members were dismissed as "mere ruffians" and Congresss men as "anaemic nincompoops." He claimed that while he was not pushing for a ban, he objected to government media being used to propagate "this kind of view of the Partition holocaust."
writes Purnima Mankekar in her book Screening Culture, Viewing Politics (1999) in a chapter, titled Popular Narrative, Location and Memory, dealings with Tamas controversy and Anti-Sikh rioting in Delhi of 1984.

Tamas was deemed dangerous because,at the core, it questioned violence and the communal politics that generates it. The controversy was at its peak during the first few episodes and then the curiosity of television viewers, gripped by the drama, took over and it all subsided.

The film was later released on video. In this video Bhisham Sahni introduced the film and talked about the message of the film and it's relevance. The film had a U certificate that deemed it fit for all.

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In an interview to Gentleman magazine in year 2000, Om Puri said, "When I realised i was not getting too may Ardh Satya, Drohkaals or Tamas' I started accepting offers of other kinds of films. I am not filthy rich so I had to do other films. But, fortunately, I have never had to go out and seek work."

In year 1999, Govind Nihalani made a film called Thakshak which can at best be called Nihalani's hard learning experience in making commercial bollywood cinema.

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Hogs are not easy to capture. When I was a kid, somewhere in the 4th year of my family's migration from Kashmir, I witnessed a sikh corner a big dirty pig in the dead end gully next to the place where we were putting up at that time. The Pig, brown because of its habit of living in muck, put up an unbelievably tough fight, it grunted, shrieked and generally ran helter-skelter. Sardarji, in his late 20s, determined, ended up rolling on the road a couple of times while trying to get his hands on the beast. I watched it all from the roof. I couldn't understand why he wanted to capture it. I learned much later.

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Watch Tamas Online

A big thanks to Arvind Gupta,who uploaded the entire movie at Google videos.[found via: a fine blog named a Reader's words]

Link to part 1 of  5

Link to part 2
Link to Part 3
Link to part 4
Link to part 5

Pictures of Indian Partition



The hasty reformer
who does not remember the past
will find himself condemned to
repeat it.

- Sir John Buchan

Introduction to Govind Nihalani's year 1986-87 television film Tamas based on a Hindi novel of the same name and two other short stories ('Chief ki dawat' and 'Amritsar aa gaya hai'?) by acclaimed Hindi writer Bhisham Sahni (1974).

The cover of Time magazine, October 27, 1947 (It has been available online for quite sometime as the magazine already has an online gallery of all its cover)

The cover of this American magazine read:
INDIA
Liberty and death
Writer-Historian Patrick French, in the final words of introduction to his book Liberty or Death: India's Journey to Independence and Division, tells us about Patrick Henry's phrase from American War of Independence, 'Give me liberty, or give me death,' that was reworked into the slogan, 'Liberty or death' by Indian freedom fighters. Later, Muslim League politician Liaquat Ali Khan transformed the same slogan by proclaiming: 'Pakistan or death.'

The death and destruction that followed has been documented in books, in films and in pictures. Of these, pictures were least available in public domain.

Thanks to Google and Life Magazine a lot of previously unseen photographs are now available online.

Here are some of the photographs of partition taken by Margaret Bourke-White in 1947 for Time Magazine [ courtesy Life magazine and Google ]

Sikhs migrating to Hindu section of Punjab after the partitioning of India.


Convoy of Muslims streaming past the dead of a previous caravan and the whitened bones of their buffaloes.


Mulsim man carrying his hookah in one hand while balancing pole holding his 5-yr. old son in convoy to West Punjab to escape anti-muslim Sikhs.

Sikh and his family in convoy migrating to East Punjab after the division of India

You can check out rest of the photographs here at Google images

Patrick French writes in the chapter titled Death: "Once the reciprocal genocide had attained critical momentum, it continued until a previously communally diverse provinces had been purged. By 1950, the Muslim population of Indian Punjab was just above 1 per cent, and the Hindu and Sikh population of Pakistani Punjab just below 1 per cent."

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famous Henri Cartier-Bresson, photograph titled "Kurukshetra", Punjab (India) 1948. It was also the cover of a later edition of Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children. Interestingly, the scene does not actually depict (like it is often assumed) two sides of refugees fighting. In fact, it depicts dancing "refugees at the Kurukshetra camp performing simple exercises to drive away lethargy and despair."

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Related post: My pick of Photographs of Life Magazine on Kashmir of that era.

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More pictures of partition at BBC

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Interestingly, that John Buchan quote can be found in a book from year 1947 called Modern Quotations for Ready Reference
By Arthur Richmond, Dover Publications.

Rushdie and International Gorillay/Guerillas: The Scene of Final Divine Punishment

Salman Rushdie actually got to Fs from the Islamic world for writing The Satanic Verses: a Fatwa and a Film.

Released in 1990, International Gorillay (No relation to big ape Gorillas...it's just that in the Indian Subcontinent 1 Guerilla = 1 Guerilla but 2 or more Guerillas = 2 or more Gorillay. It a linguistic thing.) was a big budgeted Pakistani film shot in shot in foreign locales by a man named Jan Mohammed (according to IMDB he started his illustrious career as a director with a film called Hong Kong ke Sholay) as a fitting reply to Salman Rushdie's novel The Satanic Verses.

The plot is simple: Rushdie is an Israeli Secret agent plotting to destroy Islam and Pakistan. How, you ask? Naturally, by opening houses of great vice like Discos and Casinos. Writing a slanderous (the right word is blasphemous!) book was just the beginning of his plans. Post Fatwa(for one, the scene of protest in the film look quite real!): In his secret hideout, an Island fortress protected by Mossad agents, he likes to torture poor Muslims. And how? By making the helpless victim listen to lines from his opus magnum magic realism book- The Satanic Verses, a method worse than poring hot boiling oil in the ears. These were the simple pre-Abu Ghraib days.

Naturally, someone had to do something about this evil mad man of devilish brains (and hands). So three pure of heart warrior 'Mujahid' brothers from Pakistan set out to trace him and bump him off this earth. How? Check the pic:
                                               via: theHotspotonline.com

How does it all end?
After the bumbling trio go through various hoops, blowing up this and that, in the end, Dolly, a phirang henchwoman who prances around evil Rushdie, has a change of heart and converts to Islam. As for Rushdie, the final terrible Punishment of God (no s) is meted out by the flying Korans:



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For another version: check this global News clip


The film ran into trouble at the time of its release. In 1990, some British Parliament members wanted to ban this in Britain, as they thought enough people would take this film seriously and did stall its release for a couple of months. The film was finally released after Salman Rushie, who was at the time living in Britain, intervened and lent his support to the release of this film.

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An interesting side note:

In 1983, thirty-eight shias walked into Hawkes Bay in Pakistani city of Karachi, because their leader managed to persuade them that a path would open through the sea, and they would then walk to the holy city of Karbala in Iraq.

Salman Rushdie recreated the incident in The Satanic Verses with a bit of magic.

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You can check out more such notes on The Satanic Verses here

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You may also like to read my older post about: Goddess Manat and Somnath Temple

Campa Cola and Gold Spot Ads from 1970s

Acknowledgment and a word of thanks: Originally uploaded by  Kunjel at a post titled That 70's Show
The post has some great scans of print ads from a couple of copies of Indian Edition of The Reader's Digest from 1970s.Do check out her post for some more fantastic scans.



Gold Spot ad from 1970s
The guy on right, the one rooting for Orange Pride, looks like Peter Sellers of Dr.Strangelove


Campa Cola Ad from 1970s.

In those NO COKE days these two were the most popular cold drink brands in India of 70s and 80s.

For more on that and for some more cold drink ads you can check out my previous post on  Vintage Indian Cold drink ads.

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You can also find these two brands in ads published in 1980s in Indian comic books like Indrajal. Spot them here at a fine collection by Soumyadip

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You may also like to check out my collection of Indian Print Ads from The Reader's Digest of 1970s here

Sadhana, Ek Haseena Ek Helicopter

"R K Nayyar [director of her debut Love In Simla], and later my husband said they loved my nose --- one could land a helicopter on it!"
  Via: An article about 1960s famous actress Sadhana at Rediff.com

Her husband R K Nayyar was the one who asked her to sport Audrey Hepburn fringe. She styled her hair like Hepburn and India got Sadhana cut.

"Sadhana cut" and that nose image: Altered from an image found at Tribute site dedicated to Sadhana.

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Her one film that I have seen countless time: Ek Musafir Ek Hasina (1962).

Maugham's Giulia Lazzari, Chandralal and Virendranath Chattopadhyaya

Famous English writer Somerset Maugham's short spy story Giulia Lazzari was based on a fictionalized account of British Intelligence agency's year 1915 attempt to get rid of Virendranath Chattopadhyay (nickname “Chatto”).
Virendranath Chattopadhyaya(1880 — September 2, 1937, Moscow), worked subversively from distant European shores like Germany and France for Indian Independence.

The report ended as follows: C, has a wife in India and two children. He is not known to have anything to do with women. He neither drinks nor smokes. he is said to be honest. Considerable sums of money have passed through his hands and there has never been any question as to his not having made a proper(!) use of them. He has undoubted courage and is a hard worker. He is said to pride himself on keeping his word.

Ashenden returned the document to R.
'Well?'
'A fanatic.' Ashenden thought there was about the man something rather romantic and attractive, but he knew that R. did not want any nonsense of that sort from him. 'he looks like a very dangerous fellow.'
Centered around events of World War 1, Virendranath was given the name "Chandralal", a German Indian Agent. Maugham, who actually worked as an agent in British Intelligence department during World War 1, portrayed himself as agent Ashenden. The story revolved around Ashenden's attempt to capture Chandra Lal by luring him to France using latter's Mata Hari-ish ex-mistress as the bait. Like most Maugham stories this one also has an ending with a twist.

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While working on the post about Virendranath Chattopadhyaya's younger poet-actor- dramatist brother Harindranath, I realized have Giulia Lazzari with me. So I jolted down this supplementary post.

The story can be found in Volume 3 of Somerset Maugham's "Collected Short Stories" published by Pan Books. This volume extensively dealt was the adventures of agent Ashenden.

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Harindranath Chattopadhyay of more than just Bawarchi fame

A thread of rhythm runs through man,
And blossom and brute and the body of God;
But the critic, who oft is a lampless clod,
Still comes with his little endless span
A hollow phrase and a measuring rod.
         - Harindranath Chattopadhyay

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Harindranath Chattopadhyay in Bawarchi
Clip: Harindranath Chattopadhyay (April, 1898 - June 23, 1990, Mumbai) as the fiercely patriarchal Daduji in Hrishikesh Mukherjee's year 1972 film Bawarchi. Quirky dialogues by Gulzar and a great natural act by Harindranath Chattopadhyay made this character very special and memorable. He also gave vocals to the refreshing classical based song bhor aayi gaya andhiyaara from this film.(video)  

The following year, in 1973 Harindranath Chattopadhyay was awarded Padma Bhushan in the field of Literature and Education.

Harindranath Chattopadhyay was a poet, a dramatist, a musician and an actor.

One of his most famous poems is Noon. The vivid imagery he evokes in his lines is mesmerizing.

Noon

The noon a mystic dog with paws of fire
Runs through the sky in ecstasy of drouth
Licking the earth with tongue of golden flame
Set in a burning mouth

It floods the forest with loud barks of light
And chases its own shadow on the plains
Some secret Master-hand hath set it free
Awhile from silver chains

At last towards the cinctured end of day
It drinks cool draughts from sunset-mellowed rills,
Then chained to twilight by the Master's hand
It sleeps among the hills.

Most of his poems are twanged with eastern mysticism and dealing with themes of birth, death, reincarnation and sort.A review of his early poems in Theosophist Magazine run by Annie Besant, July 1924-September 1924, and source of opening lines, here

You can check out some of his poems at Google books here, here and here 
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Famous Siblings

Harindranath Chattopadhyay's elder brother was Virendranath Chattopadhyaya, a lesser known shadowy figure working subversively from European shores for Indian Independence.

Harindranath Chattopadhyay's elder sister, elder to both of them, was The Nightingale of India: SarojiniNaidu.

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Related post:
A poem by Sukumar Ray

the ad asks if you have a wabsite


Spotted this oddity of an ad at Technorati.
They are offering to teach you money making tips. But first lesson they will tech you :"What is a Wabsite?"
The "company" running the ads certainly knows its target audience and its market. And they must have paid someone for creating this adword campaign.

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Previous sighting.

Rain Clouds and Ravi Shankar at Woodstock 1969



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Images: I had taken them back in June and posted here.
Music: Pandit Ravi Shankar on Sitar and Ustad Alla Rakha on Tabla at Woodstock Festival of year 1969.  This was their last appearance at Woodstock, it proved to be too much for them culturally. (video of their performance)

And yes, it was actually raining while they performed.

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An interesting footnote: George Harrison visited Kashmir in 1966 along with Ravi Shankar to learn Sitar.

Horror Classic Bees Saal Baad (1962)

Biswajeet in Bees Saal BaadOne of the biggest hit of year 1962 was Horror/Gothic Thriller Bees Saal Baad (1962) directed by Biren Nag and produced by Hemant Kumar. The film had (a newcomer) Biswajeet and stunningly beautiful looking Waheeda Rehman playing the lead in this - 'Whodunit it? May be ghost dunit it!' - story revolving around a house believed to be haunted by the revengeful murderous spirit of a young woman. Biswajeet, playing the lone scion of the family that owns the house, must get to the bottom of the affair to evade the mysterious death that also supposedly befell his ancestors. 

Waheeda Rehman in film bees saal baad
The plot of this film was partly inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles.But instead of Sherlock Holmes and Watson solving the mystery using elementary, this film had character actor Asit Sen as detective Gopichand Jasoos providing the comic relief (all standard Bollywood nomenclature). Asit sen was famous for his characteristic long slow drawl style of dialogue devilery that went: Kiaaayaaa Maaaain Andar Aaaa Sakta Huuuuuu.
And yes, like most classic horror movies, this film too had a creepy looking house help (see the previous post on Bhoot Bungla).

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Scene: Gopichand Jasoos in the Dungeon


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The film had some great music by Hemant Kumar. The music used in this clip is the starting tune of 'Beqarar kar ke hummein yoon na jaayiye'(video). Another popular song from the film was haunting Kahin deep jale kahin dil(video).

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Now Geotagg your Blogger Posts

Dec.10.2008

I am seeing Geotagging feature in draft.blogger
Now, one can add info. about Location to the blog posts. It's looks same as the feature for Geotagging Youtube videos.
But still no official word on what it actually does, its use and its benefits. But, it certainly looks a neat little feature.

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Update: Dec .11.2008

Here's a word from Blogger team on Geotagging

"When you publish your post, the geotag is displayed below your blog post as a link, which will open up Google Maps.

We also include each post’s location in your blog’s RSS and Atom feeds using GeoRSS, a standard for geotagging. This means that feed readers, map applications and search engines can associate your posts with their locations."
Quite a useful feature for travel blogs.

And yes there a couple of bugs in the feature right now.

Fix for blogs with customized template and not able to see the Location in the post.

In the Dashboard, goto Edit HTML

First and the most important step: Backup your template by clicking Download Full Template.

Now,Click the Expand Widget Templates

Use your Browser's search feature (Ctrl+F) to find the following line of code(or similar footer code line):

<div class="post-footer-line post-footer-line-3">

Just after this line add the following code:

<span class='post-location'>
<b:if cond='data:top.showLocation'>
<b:if cond='data:post.location'>
<data:postLocationLabel/>
<a expr:href='data:post.location.mapsUrl' target='_blank'><data:post.location.name/></a>
</b:if>
</b:if>
</span>


And it's done.

Raga Todi and all that Jazz by Shankar Jaikishan

In 1968,  musical duo Shankar-Jaikishan released an album called Raga Jazz Style. As the name suggests, keeping up with the era of Flower Power, this album was a beautiful experiment in fusing Indian melodies - ragas with Jazz.

One of the tracks from the album was based on a raga known as Raga Todi.

Shankar-Jaikishan had earlier worked on this raga for a song from their 1956 film called Basant Bahar. The song was Duniya Na Bhaye Mohe, Ab To Bulale in Raga Todi. It was sung by Mohammed Rafi and was picturised on top star of the era: Bharat Bhushan. (You tube video)

I found the Raga Todi Jazz track by Shankar Jaikishanat at a delightful blog named Eastern Eye by Phil. (You can download and check out the track here)

The blog has a wonderful collection of what we often call "eastern-fusion sounds" -  some of Ananda Shankar, some of RD Burman, some of Bappi Lahiri and among many others it also has musicians like Big Jim Sullivan.The blog has a beautiful track from his album Sitar Beat (1968) titled Flower Power. It kind of reminded me of Desh Raga (video of the popular variation).

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Some more info. on Raga Jazz Style

The album was released  by Gramophone Company of India Ltd [ECS- 2377]

The track listing for the album:

"Raga Todi" "Raga Bhairav" "Raga Malkauns" "Raga Kalavanti" "Raga Tilak Kamod" "Raga Miyan Malhav" "Raga Bairagi" "Raga Jaijaivanti" "Raga Mishra Pilu" "Raga Shiranjani" "Raga Bhairvi"

Based on the wiki page for Sitar in Jazz. Names of people who worked on this album:

Ustad Rais Khan (sitar, ), Manohari Singh (sax), John Pereira (trumpet), Lucilla (piano), Leslie Godinho (drums), Eddie Travers (bass), Dilip Naik (electric guitar), Anibal Castro (electric guitar), Suman (flute), Ramakant (tabla), Dattaram (assistant), Sebastian D'Souza (arrangement).

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Related Post:

some Pakistani Bloggers on Mumbai Terror Attack 26/11

After that post with shrill voices from Pakistan, here are some varied opinions (comments on the posts tell the real story) from Pakistani Blogosphere on Mumbai Terror Attack of 26/11:

Manan Ahmed at chapatimystery.com got (a few) comments as he broke the story on 26th. His first sentence had Lashkar-e Tayiba. One commenter (5) on 28th came up with pretty much all the possible scenarios. According to Scenario No .4:
India will survive this crisis and if they can control the impulse to kill a few thousand innocent Muslims, they will actually emerge stronger because this will lead to some serious reorganization of their extremely primitive and inept security services.
On 27th,  Shaheryar Ali at Pak Tea House wrote an Ode to Bombay. He writes a line that many Indians believe and take strength in:
They will fail to destroy India , they will fail to destroy the thousands of years old tradition of culture of tolerance and wisdom.
On 28th, Adil Najam at pakistaniat.com , in a show of strong solidarity with the victims and their families declared, "I, too, am a Mumbaikar today".

Fingers start pointing in the direction of Pakistan. A popular Pakistani Blogger, Teeth Maestro on 28th wrote:
[...]I expressed my relief that Pakistan was not being blamed since Deccan Mujahideen were taking the blame, but much to my dismay the good news [?] was short lived and very soon the Indian government was livid at the Pakistani intelligence agencies for having masterminded this attack [...]
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Conspiracy Theories about Mumbai Attack of 26/11

Amresh Mishra of Times of India too has termed the attack on 26th November as an attempt to divert attention from saffron terrorism. He lamented that with Hemant's death have got buried many secrets. Was the attack then meant to scuttle investigations that were exposing the ugly face of Sang Parivar which, after exploding bombs at Malegoan and Samjota Express, used to get away throwing muck on SIMI, Indian Mujahedeen, HUJI and Lashkar.
Some analysts in India do not rule out the possibility of involvement of Bhonsala Military School or Abhinav Bharat, which have recently come under scanning lenses of ATS.
A Perspective from Kashmiri Newspaper (probably the most popular one): Greater Kashmir
This is nothing new, during the Amarnath Land Row earlier this year, the same News paper carried an opinion according to which the way Jammu agitation was being managed, [it clearly]: 
substantiates the much talked about the Mossad plan for strangulating Kashmir economically. There have been rumours in circulation for past many years that the BJP led coalition government in New Delhi had involved the Israeli intelligence agency in Kashmir for ending the “movement for right to self-determination”.
This is how these Conspiracy Theories are eventually ingested and how people loose track of what they were talking about and forget the moot issues.

So how did the conspiracy theory regarding Mumbai attack start? Well, while the siege was still going on and the News was still being gathered, a fellow named Amresh Mishra went on air for some radio channel's call in program.

You can hear it out at Archive.Org.


That page lists his "insights":

  1. The mysterious circumstances under which the ATS Chief Karatke(sic) and the top brass was wiped out.
  2. The number of muslims killed which are around 30.
  3. The mystery behind Nariman House and his inside scoop on this place.
  4. The identity of Terrorists

Fascinating! The simpler people calling in on the show had pretty much the same "insight"!

And I read he's a historian having written, among other things, a book on the Revolt of 1857. I certainly won't be buying his books.

In a Hindistan Times sunday special story dated December 7 and titled 'The mourning in Malegaon', one Adbul Ansari is quoted as saying:
"Karkareji ko maara gaya hai kyonki sab khulaasa kar kar rahe the, aur kya? Ek umeed ki kiran thi hum logon ke liye, who bhi chali gayi. (Karkare has been killed because he was exposing the real forces behind the Malegaon blasts. We had one ray of hope, he too is gone)."
In 29th September bombings, a bomb kept in a motorcycle blew outside his shop. The trail of this  motorcycle led to arrest of some Hindu Extremists. The people of Malegaon now plan to rename that particular street after the man who was leading the investigations, they want to rename it 'Shaheed Hemant Karkare Road'.

As the conspiracy theory started doing rounds (and even as an Indian "News Channel" started to commit atrocious acts of media kabootarbazi on its sedated viewers), a commenter at a popular Pakistani Blog (I found the link to that interview at the blog) wondered even as he was being enlightened:
Thank you Doc for providing this link ,it is encouraging to see there are people ” Amaresh Misra ” who really are thinking originally to save their roots,their values and their country.
After a very long time I have read an original comment from an Asian.
His analysis can be applied to Pakistan as well and even more so because we are in direct conflict with USA.
Did not understand onething why he thinks USA will get into war against INDIA?

Why? Because:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also thought that it was a US operation as "people in this region cannot possibly carry out such a savage attack"...also he thinks America is now directing its arrows towards India...and possibly China.

Here's the clip from memritv.org:

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Patrick French (the only writer whose every book I can claim to have read ) has this to say in his op-ed titled They Hate Us — and India Is Us for The New York Times dated December 8, 2008:

When these well-planned attacks unfolded, it was clear to anyone with experience of India that they were not homegrown, and almost certainly originated from Pakistan. Yet the reaction of the world’s news media was to rely on the outmoded idea of Pakistan-India hyphenation — as if a thriving and prosperous democracy of over a billion people must be compared only to an imploded state that is having to be bailed out by the I.M.F. Was Pakistan to blame, asked many pundits, or was India at fault because of its treatment of minority groups?

 He concludes his write up with sentiment that is now reverberating in the region :
I received this e-mail message recently from a friend in Karachi: “Nowhere can get more depressing than Pakistan these days — barring some African failed states and Afghanistan.”
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Ramu Maali of Bhoot Bungla

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Ramu the psychotic looking Maali is perhaps one of most common and essential character in any true classic (often otherwise) Indian Horror film. The above clip is from a 1965 film by Mehmood called Bhoot Bungla.

The role of Maali in this film was essayed by great Indian character actor of yesteryear - Nana Palsikar. He did it with such conviction that the role almost became a model reference (like: Thou Shall Always Carry Lantern!) for almost every future horror film ever made in India specially the cult favorite ones made by Ramsay Brothers. Remember, in Indian Horror classic Veerana it is the crazy looking house help who turns out to be the evil one.

In Bhoot Bungla, the role of brave maalkin/betiya was played by beautiful Tanuja. Maalkin is not only brave but also intelligent, she does say, 'Maali couldn't possibly be smoking Regent Cigarettes'.


The music in this clip is by RD Burman for the song 'Main Bhookha Hu' from the same film. The song was in fact pictured on RD Burman, Mehmood and some men dancing in skeleton spandex suit (no.. probably just cotton) acting as hungry ghosts looking for human gosht. This film also brought together Kishore Kumar and Rahul Dev Burman for the first time. The film also had the crazy twist number Aao Twist Karein .But, my personal favorite song from this film is Jaago Sone Walo. 


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Signature tune of Hawa Mahal

Vividh Bharati, the Commercial Broadcasting Service (CBS) of All India Radio, was started in 1957 to compete with already famous Radio Ceylon that used to broadcast popular Hindi film music and had interesting broadcasters - it had Binaca Geet Mala and Ameen Sayani.

So Vividh Bharati came up with a bunch of some great programs like Inse Miliye, Chhaya Geet, Bhule Bisre Geet, Jaimala, Aap Ki Farmaish and Hawa Mahal.

Among these I certainly remember Hawa Mahal. Radio remained quite popular till late 80s and then declined in 90s - Television and Cable proved too powerful a foe. But if you grew up in a power cut prone area, even in late 1990s, often some cold winter night, dinner time, religiously around 8:30PM, was animated by the familiar sounds - the throaty laughs, dry sobs, contemplative Hmmms, irritated Ohhos and intelligent Ahas - coming from a play of Hawa Mahal. Same voices, different plays and a tune that seemed to sing, 'Attention Listeners! I have something important to tell You. An important Story. So listen now...'

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Download the Signature tune of Hawa Mahal (196Kb, .MP3, 0.9 seconds)

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Credit: Originally uploaded by Subir. A big thanks!

I have just edited (left out Yeh hai Vividh Bharati part) and filtered out some of the noise because I know a lot of people would love to have it on their mobiles!

Using Google Friend Connect's Review and Rate Social Gadget

Google Friend Connect is now open for all and live at google.com/friendconnect. I have added this functionality to this blog (look blew to see how it looks and fits in).
Friend Connect is basically Google's attempt at creating 'Facebook and MySpace kind of Social features'. According to Google: "You'll be able to see, invite, and interact with new friends or, using secure authorization APIs, with existing friends from social sites on the web like Facebook, Google Talk, hi5, LinkedIn, orkut, Plaxo, and others. And quite simply, you'll be able to do things together."

Google has made it quite easy for people on its Blogger platform to implement it of their blogs! It hardly took me 15 minutes to configure and customize Friend Connect for two of my blogs!

If, the blog is hosted on Blogger.com, one only has to login, add site, customize and add code to the blog. However other websites will have to upload two files on the web server - one for gadget functionality (canvas.html) and the other for security features (rpc_relay.html).

Although there aren’t many real Social Gadgets (Only 2 till now) that can be added yet …but it won’t be long before we see more Gadgets with great functionality.

One of the social Gadget now available with Friend Connect is Review/Rate Gadget (Google login required)that will let your friends to add Star Ratings and their own reviews to a video, article, book, photo, song, movie, comic, or anything else under the sun that you might have reviewed.

A comment at my old post about making Star rating work for custom blogger tells me that a lot of people with be happy with this Review and Rating gadget. Chris Bunting of Nonjatta who runs a great blog on Japanese Whiskey wanted: "help readers to my blog give reactions to individual whiskies that are being reviewed (rather than to the blog post itself)."

This functionality can usually be seem only on some big site. And now this functionality can be easily achieved on Blogger blogs (and others) using Friend Connect Review/Rate Gadget. The only thing to be kept in mind while configuring to gadget is to set the Scope of the Gadget to Page instead of Site.
See the image below:



After following the simple steps, copy paste the generated code onto your blog. And you are done.
Now, your friend (who are within your network) would be able to add their own reviews and ratings to whatever you might have reviewed. Here's how it will look like:


When I tried it out, the Star ratings wasn't working. Guess they are still working on a lot of things and they are telling the world about it :)

It will only get better and the way Google is coming up with new features to complete with other, it won't be long till we see more richer and more useful social Gadgets in Google's Friend Connect.

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

Typical Pakistani TV response to Terror attacks in India


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It's a conspiracy by Isrealis, Americans and Indians i.e. Western Zionist and Hindu Zionist. And some one called NeoKon sitting in US of A. And yes Mossad...
Just like Americans orchestrated 9/11, now Indians have tried to re-enact it. But unlike US, India incompetent - as usual - couldn't fool anybody. 


This is not real. I grew up watching PTV and other Pakistani channels, they used to have only old men as panelist then. It's not even a real News Channel. It's a promotional stunt for a forthcoming Sunny Deol film called Zion Ki Kasam Pakistan Ko Jala Kar Raakh Kar Dooga. I think the film is being produced by Isrealis...that's the only kind of producer he could hoodwink into producing this classic.
The guy in lal topi is a Hindu actor and the poor guy is not that fiery in real life. The woman is not that good an actor, she didn't even know urdu, so English just kept slipping in. She was given some tapes (and a haircut) of Shireen Mazari. Still, she couldn't completely pull the act through. And the young intelligent woman MLA plays the double agent in this film...notice how she say's, "Indian are at least united in their obsession...".
Where is Sunny Deol in all this? Who do you think that lal topi is?

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Bollywood is already too confusing for Indians, and this is what it has done to the TV "intelligentsia" in Pakistan.
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Update:
That Lal topi, a man named Zaid Zaman Hamid, is actually considered quite an interesting personality even in Pakistan for selling Brassdrums.

Philip Roth on Czechoslovakia's tryst with Commercial Television

In 1990, in the immediate aftermath of Czechoslovakia’s November 1989 Velvet Revolution" that led to overthrow of its Communist government, during a trip to Prague, American novelist Philip Roth asked Czech novelist and playwright Ivan Klíma:
As Czechoslovakia becomes a free, democratic consumer society, you writers are going to find yourselves bedeviled by a number of new adversaries from which, strangely enough, repressive, sterile totalitarianism protected you. Particularly unsettling will be the one adversary that is the pervasive, all-powerful archenemy of literature, literacy, and language. I can guarantee you that no defiant crowds will ever rally in Wenceslas Square to overthrow its tyranny nor will any playwright-intellectual be elevated by the outraged masses to redeem the national soul from the fatuity into which this adversary reduces virtually all of human discourse. I am speaking about the trivializer of everything, commercial television – not a handful of channels nobody wants to watch because it is controlled by an oafish state censor but a dozen or two channels of boring clichéd television that most everybody watches all the time because it is entertaining. At long last you and your writer colleagues have broken out of the intellectual prison of Communist totalitarianism. Welcome to the World of Total Entertainment. You don’t know what you’ve been missing. Or do you?
Ivan Klíma in his response quoted a memorandum that was doing the rounds at that time in their country. According to this memorandum:
Television, owning to its widespread influence, is directly able to contribute to the greatest extent toward a moral revival. This of course presupposes…setting up a new structure, and not only in an organizational sense but in the sense of the moral and creative responsibility of the institution as a whole and of every single member of its staff, especially its leading ones. The times we are living through offer our television a unique chance to try for something that does not exist elsewhere in the world.

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Found it in a little book by Philip Roth called Shop Talk
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