Thursday, May 08, 2008

Dil - The Mighty Heart

A careful observation and the secret for usage of the culinary reference 'Masala' to Indian Hindi cinema will unravel in front of your eyes like Mallicka Sherawat's dance sequence. The movie in question is archetype of 80s-90s Hindi cinema. DIL

"Ek chatak matak heroine le, usme jawani ka tadka laga de. Hero ka stud max hona zaroori hai. 2-4 tadakte bhadakte girl vs. boy college songs. Ab in dono ko pyar ke tel main garam hone ke liye dheemi aanch pe daal de. Jaise hi jawani, diwani, rawani halka laal rang pakad le, do dushman bapon ka tadka laga de. Aur haan isme side kicks, mimickry artist aur ugly ducklings swadanusar (according to taste) daal sakte hain. Tadka jor marte hi oopar se haalaat ki mirchi aur misunderstanding ka zeera chhidak de aur apki masala movie tayyar. Ek cheepad se theatre main serve kare aur dosto ya parivar ke saath enjwaayi kare"

The movie had all the essential elements of a 80s-90s hit. College boys with white 'campus' shoes. Girls in frilly frocks with puffed shouldered, boring harrowed professors teaching Ohm's law in big lecture theaters and yay Disco Dancing. The fathers (many a times pink with rage Saeed Jaffrey), never agreed with their siblings choice of soulmate and the leading couple had to rebel, that was until SRK wooed the entire family in DDLJ.

The depth in lyrics is hard to ignore. I am sure Raja (Amir) was studying biology by the way he described Madhu (Madhur Dickshit): khamba, patakhe ki ladi, shola, fuljhadi. He even delved in bioelectrical properties by giving Madhu's voltage characteristics! Watch for the moves in the song for a full body exercise with special emphasis for pot bellied uncles and aunties. Why go to VLCC and these health spas. Plug in Dil and move from six pack flabs to six pack abs.

Long before health tabloids discussed links between sleep disorder and heart problems our desi hero had described in beautiful verses (video link):
I don't get sleep, I don't get sleep, I don't get sleep
Someone go, find it and bring it
I don't know where my heart got lost
What my condition is, how can I tell you
Tossing and turning, I pass the night

Ask me, ask what my condition is
My condition is weak
No one can understand what ailment is affecting me
Someone go, find it and bring it

Oh heavens, what pain I have
The pain is very merciless
Sometimes it makes me laugh, sometimes it makes me cry

I don't get sleep, I don't get sleep, I don't get sleep
I don't get rest, I don't get rest, I don't get rest
Other highlights of the movie (for sake of brevity in bullets):

  • Definition of rape given by AK to MD. Something in which Indra delved in 'Ishq'
  • Tribute to Dev Anand by Kishore Anand Bhanushali. This was his debut movie. Read this too
  • Holding on to one's samskara. After winning a bout of boxing match against Ajitesh Irani. According to bet, AK had to kiss MD. After a tense moment, he shrugs her and say:
"Bachpan main mujhe sikhaya gaya thha ki airi gairi cheezon ko moonh nahi lagate!"

Random Trivia:

Ajitesh (Shakti the boxer in Dil) played her son on screen in Beta. His full name is Ajitesh Kumar Irani. Aruna and Indra Kumar are siblings.

Babloo mukherjee is son of Hindi cinema's best drunkard ever, the surname says it all: Keshto Mukherjee. And no Sushmita Mukherjee (Kitty, from TeleSerial Karamchand) is not KM's daughter

Another junior artiste, a college friend of Amir, appeared in KrackJack ad with Boman Irani as Krack and Jack.

Indra Kumar has a penchant of keeping one word movie names: Dhamaal, Masti, Mann, Ishq, Raja, Beta except for one 'Pyare Mohan'

(You might ask why the blog title: Dil - The Mighty Heart? Read Aam (the Common)


desh said...

"Bachpan main mujhe sikhaya gaya thha ki airi gairi cheezon ko moonh nahi lagate!"

best dialouge this one

btw I knew abt Aruna and Indra but not about Babloo

Anyway still remember singing the song so many times in my bachpan, khambe jaisi khadi hai waala

And Madhuri is awesome

Movie was a big timepass with all the massala, In the moments I think u forgot the last sequence whr Madhuri fights for her Mangalsutra with Anupam Kher, another classic reusable sequence

TheQuark said...

There is another one which I failed to mention:

MD quite early in the movie claims her to be shola in their standoff. Amir khan claims:

"Is sholay pe papad na sake to mera naam raja nahi"

Actually I was watching Dil in SET MAX after the IPL match. I was feeling very sleepy so could not finish the movie.

Anupam Kher traipsed on comedy and villainy with a poise seen only in Mast Kalandar as Pinkoo as an effeminate homosexual with a pink mohawk!

desh said...


btw u r tagged

Sandy said...

nice post
should write on other movies also such as Dil hai ki maanta nahin, Parinda, Qayamat se Qayamat tak or may include some sharukh flicks dil to pagal hai, DDLj, Darr - awesome dialogues .....awesome movies

dk said...

this is a little harsh on AK and MD, you talk about him saying...airi gairi cheez ko moonh nahi lagate!! .. and you didn't mention 'neeche waali chhamiya ne upar waale chhaila ko chummma diya hai' :D

i dont remember how many times i must have seen this and my younger brother used to mimic anupam kher's acts....
anupam kher: kutte waale tera kitna hua
kutte waala: paanch sau rupye
anupam kher: paanch so rupye!!!!!! are paanch sau rupye mein to 50 aadmi kutta ban ke bhaagne ko tayyar ho jaayenge :P

and u r THE Bollywoood Researcher

TheQuark said...

@Dk: Well, it is AK and MD who wanna play it harsh and rough not me :) the line is taken verbatim.

I have missed many points as I could not complete the movie on TV few days back.

Anupam Kher was definitely in his elements.

@Sandy: Well too many people have written too much on DDLJ so it adds no novelty. Personally I do not like QSQT because Juhi Chawla looks dumb and all that family pride, revenge and long drawn plot did not amuse me much. Dil Hai ki manta nahi is a copy of raj kapoor's movie (the name i do not remember but i have seen the movie) which incidentally also inspired a sallu and karishma movie named dulhan hum le jayenge. This leads to another Raj Kapoor -- Karishma konnection. Both of them have worked in a movie named anari and andaz and in the same plot (dulhan hum le jayenge and the other RK movie).

I chose Dil because it has almost all the element of 80s-90s. Parinda is a hatke movie, I loved it. I will have to make a serious post on it if I have something to write about it.

SRK movies post-DTPH are passable for me.

desh said...


For family sagas I like Saawan Kumar's Sanam Bewafa much better than QSQT, although QSQT songs are timeless but Sanam Bewafa songs are nowhere less...
also salman khan's charming performance, the new girl Chandni who dissapered after the movie and above all the rivalry of Pran vs Danny was awesome

Pran is a legened

btw my fav song from the movie "Chudi mazza na degi..."

btw Saawan Kumar can be a good research topic, some of his films which i remember are, Sautan(starring Kaka, Mrs Ambani, and Padmini along with Dr. Lagoo, Mothr 98 starring rekha, Chaand Ka Tukda Salman khan and sridevi and Salma par dil aa gaya starring ayub khan

Sandy said...

i also remember one movie Kala Bazaar starring Anil Kapoor and Jackie Shroff. That was a cult movie. There will be other movies starring these two stars of 90s and you can include Ajay Devgan's early movies such as Phool aur Kaante....awesome songs, all college boys and gals dancing behind ajay.

There is one more movie called Dilwale starring Ajay and Sunil Shetty. The dialogues are too good. I remember one of my friends had a audio cassete of dilwale dialogues. Paresh Rawal, as mama thakur with a young babe as his wife was pretty good.

TheQuark said...

@Desh: The name is Saawan Kumar Tak. Now now, I do not know he has any links with Aaj Tak. I have watched very few movies of him. Most of his work revolves around poor vocabulary of sawan, sajan, souten, sanam, bewafa.

Sanam Bewafa is that movie where he wasted the legend Pran by making a caricature out of him squeaking ammasaaNeeN, betasaaNeeN. Ghai's saudagar was better in this format.

Sautan (Souten actually) was indeed very good. I was watching a Kaka and Smita Patil flick, I do not remember it's name. I guess RockAss Roshan was also present in it.

IMDB says last movie he made was self titled! 'Sawaan... The Love Season' (2006).

@Sandy: Kala Bazaar hmmm, isn't it the same movie where a honest father had a dishonest son and vice versa. I loved this movie for all the character portrayal.

It has a beautiful song by nitin mukesh - Paisa Bolta Hai with awesome lyrics:

than than ki suno jhankar
ye duniya hai kala bazaar
ye paisa bolta hai ....

Sandy said...

Yesterday i thought of one more movie - Tezaab....ek do teen ....Anil Kapoor, Madhuri and Chunkey Pandey. Kiran Kumar was pretty good as Lotiya Pathan.
Infact, you can write about any movie of 80s with Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Chunkey Pandey, Rakesh Roshan(Kaamchor) .
There was one movie Meherbaaniyaan. Jackie Shroff was there but he was not the atual hero. Actual hero was a dog. Dog was also hero in another movie 'MAA' starring Jaya Prada and Jeetendra.

Sujoy said...
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Sujoy said...

If I can include the F word, my comment wud be F awesome!!

Shweta Mehrotra Gahlawat said...

I dont recall liking this one very much, thouch I am firm Amir fan- too much melodrama maybe. Madhuri was so animated in this one - I think I prefer her older :)

TheQuark said...

I recall liking it too much on new VCR at home :) A long drawn story might have put you off