the greatest song in the world
"Kehne Ki Nahi Baat" (Mohammed Rafi singing Laxmikant-Pyarelal) from Pyar Kiye Jaa, 1966
This song has everything! Big band brass! Surf music and Chuck Berry influences! Social protest lyrics! Groovy head-shaking choreography! Beatlesque harmonies! Animal noises! A marching band! Shashi-shimmy!
This is the most exuberant Shashi dancing I have ever seen, and it is a thing of beauty. He hops and skips barefoot down the sidewalk, leading a ramshackle conga-ish line of backup fellows, he twists again like I wish I did last summer, and he even gets his Elvis on for a moment, thrusting his hips this way and that. He gets his proto-SRK on too, eyebrows working overtime. He does not yet have his 70s masala curls, but his hair is long and loose enough that it dances too, easy breezy in the beachfront sunshine. In short, he is Shammi - yet with all his magical Shashi powers too.
Update to post (May 27, 2008): Thanks to reader Sumanth, I've just learned of the Tamil version of this movie - or rather, the Tamil original (if imdb's date for Kadalikka Neramillai is to be trusted). Watch that movie's version of this song here and be amazed at how much the Hindi version copied! Same location! Some of the same dance moves and props! Whoa.
The PPCC just re-watched Jab Jab Phool Khile with a Friend of the PPCC, and I was just admiring 1960s mod Shashi dancing. Especially that whole thing about crouching down and twisting. It's a bit West Side Story. FAB.
Clearly I need to see this movie.
The Shashi and Asha romp over Bombay is definitely the best part of JJPK!
Katrin - Buy it now, Katrin! Buy it!
Anarhavist - that's exactly what I thought too! I've already thought about moving to the town in Koi Mil Gaya, and I think that might be more my speed long-term, but I will certainly vacation in "Kehne Ki Nahi Baat."
Fie on Ramlal! Hail to the food!
It's just...the best thing ever.
After watching this, I sense a lack of tam o' shanters in my life. I must rectify this!
Kirsten - Yes! Short of going back in time to the set of this film to dig up what other slang was being used at the time, I am fresh out of adjectives that are actual words and not just sound effects.
magpie - :)
See if you like this song,
Thanks Beth...this song made my day and brought back memories although the Tamil version of the song. I remember watching the song on black and white TV with Ravi Chander dancing around in his drain pipe trousers!
Now that I am old I can hear the various musical influences: Beattles, samba, the 1960s music....etc.
Interestingly, a very recent rediff column talked about dance in films a little bit. "Naach Basanti Naach" by Sukanya Verma can be found here.
Yes. The Tamil version is the original. Both films have the same director(C.V. Sridhar).
Here are two other similar scenes,