Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro: A 5-Star Classic

In the year 1983, two unexpected things happened. First, India won the Cricket World Cup and a movie Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro became a super hit. I am writing about this because I heard that Kundan Shah—The director is planning to make its sequel with the tentative title Hum Honge Kamyab. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, a satirical take on the enduring corruption during the early 80s remains a cult classic. If I have to give 5 star to any movie I will give it to Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro without any hesitation.

The movie was made of a very small budget of 7-8 lakh; although it was no blockbuster but it contributed a lot to Indian cinema. It was a hit in almost all over the world. As the saying goes Even the smallest person can change the course of future; Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron was a universal hit and collectively loved by one and all. It was beyond the dominion of art and commercial cinema.

Stars like Naseeruddin Shah, Pankaj Kapoor, Om puri, Satish Koushik, Neena Gupta, Satish shah were the cast of this movie. This cast only will make you to watch the movie again and again. Even the Crew was not far behind, which includes the likes of Sudhir Mishra, Kundan Shan and Vidhu Vinod Chopra. 

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron is HUMOROUS and comedy movie unlike any. I believe no one can ignore the witty one-liners this movie has with an underlying layer of sarcasm and mockery of existing corruption.

The movie doesn't end with a happy note yet it leaves a smile on your face.

I can’t forget the ending scene of this movie with a plot of Mahabharata and I am sure many of you remember this iconic sequence. I have Just recollected these classic one-liners which are enough to tickle the funny bone:

  • Shaant gadadhari Bheem shaant.
  • Nahi, Draupadi jaisi Sati nari ko dekhkar maine cheer haran ka idea drop kar diya hai. Jai ho, aisi Sati nari ki jai ho.
  • Yeh sab kya ho raha hai?
  • Bhaiya, yeh aap keh rahein hai? (drastic change of tone) Abbe sale, kehde cheer harne ko.
  • Draupadi tere akele ki nahi hai. Hum sab shareholder hain.
  • Magar bade bhai ke vachan ki aagya ka palan karna hi padega
         Ahuja: Kyun?

         Abbe natak main aisa likha hai.

         Ahuja: Palan to humne kabhi apne baap ki aagya ka nahi kiya. Tu cheez kya hai?
  • Dhanush tod diya. Teen rupaye ka nuksaan kar diya. Main nahi karta natak watak. Bhaad mein jao tum sab.
  • Nalayak, adharmi, durachari, vamachari, bhrasthachari, bol sorry! Apne sasur ko nahi pehchante? Main hoon Draupadi ka baap, Dhrupad.
  • This is too much. Yeh Akbar kahan se aa gaya?
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Duryodhana or Suyodhana

Well, I must say that I wouldn't have written this post until I had an argument over the character of Duryodhana. While fighting I brought this interesting topic on Duryodhana.

When I was in class 12th (CBSE) I had read a chapter in our Hindi book called ‘Mahabharat ki ek saanjh’ by Bharat Bhushan Aggarwal. I still remember this because this was the first time I developed sympathy for Duryodhana. It’s a well argued play depicting the conversation between Duryodhana—at his death bed and Yudhistira among others. This was the first time I viewed Mahabharata through my eyes or Duryodhana’s point of view.

The writer, Bharat Bhushan Agrawal nearly convinced me that the Kauravas were more 'rightful' than the Pandavas. I also got to know for the first time that the name of Duryodhana was infact Suyodhan and this made me thinking more than what he said about the 'rightful' Kauravas and Pandavas.

According to Wikipedia:

"He is actually named as Suyodhan which means a great warrior, he changed his name to Duryodhan which means impossible to conquer, many people have misconception that he is been called as Duryodhan because of his misdeeds."

As I knew the fact that "History is written by the victors", I could never really trust my history text books. I think what would be the real Mahabharata if Kauravas had won the war. As I was more curious about Suyodhana, I started more literature search and came across many articles like ‘Duryodhana’ by Kaka Vidhate and 'Mrityunjay’ along with many blogs. While going through all these articles I really understood what was happened actually in the Mahabharata war. I collected the facts of Bhisma killing (when he refused to fight Shikhandi), Drona killing (after he laid down his arms on hearing the false news of his son’s death) and last but not the least Karna killing (trying to get his wheel out of a ditch).

I found many interesting or heart-touching articles (which may be rightful in Duryodhana’s vision) on Duryodhana…sorry Suyodhana and his lonely battle to get what he thought was rightfully his. I got a new insight of Mahabharata. Finally I concluded that No one was right in Mahabharat, Kauravas and Pandavas were fighting for their personal interests. There was no any purpose of Good over Bad. But, I do think Ramayana served this purpose where one kills demons whereas in Mahabharata one kills human (even relatives and own brothers).

But if you have got wisdom then you should be able to find all the positive things from every Individual of Mahabharata or Ramayana and incorporate in to your character. We can’t decide or we never can draw a conclusion that who was right and who was wrong.

In my previous blog I had said that Mahabharat is an epic of heroes. I think I am lucky enough to think in this way and I feel sorry for the people who have narrow vision. If you don’t make your vision broad it will surely bring the conflicts in beliefs and religion.

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