March 18, 2009

Celebrating Shashi-happy birthday o owner of the bounciest curls!

While the blogging world celebrates its favorite hero's birthday (see here and here and elsewhere on my blogroll).

I thought I'd pick five of my favorite Shashi songs- NO sad or emo songs here: specifically the kind that I'd dance to on the fake-pretend Shashi party that'll go on in my head all day today.

#5: "Le Jayenge" from Chor Machaye Shor. Zippy and happy, with Shash and Mumtaz- high energy indeed! I need to have house parties like this, where my guests and I dance in perfect, unrehearsed sync...

#4: "Ni Sultana Re" from "Pyar Ka Mausam"- what can you say about this song? flirtation in a picnic- with all the hair flicking and flinging your heart could desire. If you didnt love him already, this song would compell you to love Shashi. Cuteness galore.

#3: "Dilbar" from "Haseena Maan Jayegi"- not a huge fan of the song, BUT- we get TWO hair-flicking Shashis in 1 song- THAT is movie gold!

#2: "Waada karo" from Aa Gale Lag Ja- partying on skates, apparently the quintessential 70s accessory of choice. Shashi and Sharmila-lovely. Shashi and Sharmila on skates- divine.

Drumroll to #1: The tiny "typewriter" song that is less a song and more a song-let from Bombay Talkie, with the lovely Helen and Shashi in dripping brilliance. So profound and so fun- exactly what the Shash means to me!

Party to The Shash tonight- you know you love him!

EPIOGUE: Huge thanks to Gebruss, who posted this wonderful Shashi video on you-tube- its the happiest song ever, from a movie that is comedy gold: "Pyaar Kiye Jaa." I couldn't include it in the 1st lot 'cos I didn't have the video, but its wonderfulness would edge out #3 on the list easily. Thank you thank you ever so much!


Anonymous said...

Awwww Happy Burday to Shashi!!!! :-D

Love your list. All of these would make it to my own Shashi-party list too, especially Le jaayenge. I'd add Kehne ki nahin baat (from Pyar Kiye Ja), Pyaar to ek din hona tha (from Ek Shriman Ek Shrimati) and Chekhush nazaare (from Pyaar Ka Mausam where you get Shashi+guitar and gypsies too!) to the party mix as well.

dunkdaft said...

'Ni sultana re..' what a choice !! love it.
And how about crazy, mad 'Humko tum pe pyaar aayaaa...' from Jab Jab Phool Khile

bollywooddeewana said...

Great choice for No. 1, bollywood at its creative best, who else would think about dancing on typewriter keys

Beth Loves Bollywood said...

Yaaaaay! THAT is the kind of celebration we can all get behind! We should assemble a proper youtube playlist. Maybe I will pull my act together and post some more songs later this week and we can make a mega-list!

I will DEFINITELY be partying to The Shash tonight (and all day long, but in my head only, since work is freakishly busy). I am wearing a very brightly patterned shirt, though :)

Unknown said...

Okay, I couldn't wait! :)

Nicki said...

OMG, love the new header. Abhay looks so good!!

Happy Birthday to Shashi. I don't think I've watched enough Shashi movies to do a list. :(

Shweta Mehrotra Gahlawat said...

Bollyviewer: I wanted to add kehne ki nahin baat, but couldnt find the right video! That movie is so brilliant :)

Darshit: Love "Ni"- but anything connected w/ "Jab Jab Pul Khile" makes me uneasy- just never been able to appreciate that movie- ah well :D

Bollywoodeewana: I guess it folks could argue with us that it isnt Bollywood because it was a Merchant Ivory production- but I absolutely agree w/ you- it catches the spark of Bollywood- crazy, profound, high energy- and Shashi! :D

Beth: Cool link! I am putting in my favs. Strange and unplanned- but I am wearing a mad-patterend shirt as well- the Shash would approve.

Nicki: Doesnt he? Power to my FPBWBF :D You are lucky- u have tons more Shashi to discover...

Anonymous said...

Nice tribute!
All the best!

Bhargav Saikia said...

Brilliant songs! I love Ni Sultana Re!

PS Your blog header image (Abhay with the cig) is classy! :)

Shweta Mehrotra Gahlawat said...

Sitaji: thanks!

Bhargav: Yes on both counts! The Abhay obsession has taken over pretty bad :D

gebruss said...

Is this any good:

It's such a fabulous song :)

Shweta Mehrotra Gahlawat said...

That's IT! Gebruss u are wonderful!!!! WONDERFUL! WUNDERFULL!! thank u thank u
Just added it as a supplement to the post :D