Conversations: The Real Meaning

So every once in a while, my husband likes to surf youtube for snippets from the ultimate Bollywood hit of the 70s, Sholay. He does have it on DVD but youtube must be more convenient since the DVD only seems to be gathering dust. Hmmph! Anyway, he knows the dialogs backwards and can recite them in his sleep, if he has to.

A few days ago, he felt the need to go down memory lane and watch Helen shake her stuff to the most famous song of all times:



Medha watched in stunned silence. Once the song was over and she had regained her composure, she asked her father: Daddy, now tell me the real meaning of Mehbooba.

22 comments:

musical said...

"Stunned silence" these words capture the essence of your post!

Suganya said...

ROTFL.

Anita said...

Shhh...don't tell anyone - I haven't seen that movie from start to end; only in parts. I know, I know...

But, I'm not the fan who has to explain the real meanings... :D

sunita said...

lol Manisha, my hubby does exactly the same...he's such a great fan of the movie...lol again :-DDD

Rachna said...

haaaaaa.... what do u say when they ask such questions...heee

Shyam said...

hahaha... i can understand why she asked that question - Helen's - er... mehBOOBas are very much in the forefront1 :D :D

Musings from Myopia, AKA John said...

Hilarious!

aspiring annapoorna said...

Anita! This is totally my story too - although I claim(ed) to be a sholay fan, I had never sat down and watched the whole movie start to end...

Manisha- stunned silence here too ! I shudder to think of what she's going to say when she hears hindustani for 'I'm proud of you" (mujhe tumpar naaz hai - replace naaz with synonym) LOL

Cynthia said...

I am laughing so hard! I wish I could go out and rent the DVD but I can't :(

Can you direct me to a site where I can buy Hindi-film DVDs?

click said...

cynthia, are you nutz? you wanna watch hindi film dvds?

manisha, helen looks like a nun compared to what the heroines of today shake, y'know. has medha seen mad dixit in tezaab?

Sia said...

ROFL... I do agree with Bee ;)

Manisha said...

Musy, Suganya, Sunita, Shyam, John, good for weekend humor, eh? But not so great when you consider the fact that she does not know the language. She is learning but her progress is s-l-o-w!

Anita, I watched Magnificent Seven and then Seven Samurai after I saw Sholay. I was young and so I was very disappointed that it was not all that original after all. Some folks like my dear husband are oblivious to this and so Sholay lives on in our home. It is only now that I am able to appreciate so much more of the movie.

Rachna, me? I just stare at her in disbelief and tell her that these sort of questions come from the genes she inherited from her father! Not me, no way! I think she laughed the most at her own question. Seriously though, the communication lines are very open and we encourage her to talk to us about anything and everything. And, she does. I hope we can sustain this through the teen years!

AA, I stayed awake all of last night thinking of the synonym for naaz. Are you thinking of gaur (as in Hindi)? Or do you mean a homophone for naaz in English? Which also eludes me. So spill! I can't bear it anymore! I need my sleep!

Cynthia, I bought ours from some online desi but US-based store 8 or 9 years ago. Amazon has Sholay - you will need to check what the shipping is to your country. If it gets too expensive, let me know.

Bee and Sia, but... but... but.. we really don't watch too many Hindi movies. We suffered through the terrible acting in Jodha Akbar recently and ugh ugh ugh. Even Hrithik's gorgeous torso could not make it better. She did see Devdas last year and was very upset by it all but loved the dances and the costumes. And Madhuri did shine in it despite her thick waist. And, we watched SRK stutter in Chak De, which was pretty good by Bollywood standards. It could have been so much better but I guess you have to make a start somewhere, right? And, Lagaan is also one of her favorites.

So no, she hasn't watched Tezaab. And I am not in a hurry to fix that any time soon!.
:-D

Anita said...

Even if Sholay was a hash of a couple of Hollywood movies, Javed did a great job of the dialogues between Verru-Mausi; and Gabbar's are of course, legendary. Quite an iconic movie, even if I haven't seen it fully!

Don't watch the Aishwarya Rai trash anyway. Chak De was the last Hindi movie I saw...quite a few months ago. It's time for another; and Taare Zameen Pe is a good one I am told.

Sandeepa said...

Good question...:D

Totally offbeat but regarding the phonetic pronounciation of a similar word...

My daughter has a not much used name we had set aside for home, which is the hindi word for butterfly.
I had also wanted to set it as the code word/password in my daughter's school. So when I wrote it down, the daycare director looked at it astonished and pronounced it aloud "you know how" and gave me a weird look.
I kept smiling and then it struck me !!!

aspiring annapoorna said...

(Eyes shut tight and cringing)The word I was talking of is 'faqr' -- its an obvious no-no given the angrezi gaali it sounds like...

Ok you can begin the 'aww gross, shut up' s now B-/

Manisha said...

Anita, Seven Samurai is a Japanese film by Akira Kurosawa. It's in black and white and if you haven't seen it, your education needs to begin right away. Once you have seen it, see it again and again. For each time you see it, you discover something new. It's a masterpiece.

I don't disagree with you about the dialogs and Gabbar.

I saw TZP and it's a tear jerker. Sob. A tad over the top but it's a Hindi movie after all. We really have seen far more Hindi movies in the past year than before. My grocer hands me a free DVD for every $25 I spend in his store.


Sandeepa, oops! It reminds me of a converstion I had with a friend when his phone was on low batt. Nothing to do with a butterfly, merely onomotopaeic (that's a word, right?)

AA, I am going to use that tonight. Thank you! Now I can get some shuteye! You, on the other hand, can open your eyes now. :-D

Pelicano said...

Hmmm...well.

What is the Hindi word for butterfly? :-)

Rachel said...

:D

musical said...

No! I didn't find this humorous! It is serious, how do you answer their questions, especially in contexts like these! I am not surprised that she thought what she thought given the picturisation of the song. I would be stunned too.

Manisha said...

Musy, in this case it was funny because she was being funny.

If it is an earnest question, then it must be addressed accordingly. Assuming it was, we would have had to explain several things: what the Hindi word means, why the woman was dancing the way she was, and most of all, why Daddy was watching the song. We really do talk about everything. And she does come up with questions that need to be handled carefully - so that she gets the correct information from the right source.

musical said...

Yup, talking about everything is really important! That's healthy for the child-like you said, to get the right information from the right source.

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