Altaf Raja is back. Nobody else could’ve made Jholu Ram (from the movie Ghanchakkar) sound so much fun. And he reminded us of all the awesome indipop singers that once defined the Indian pop scene. Do you remember these gems?
The Tum toh thehre pardesi singer was a tad too, besura, for people. And SO uncool , someone who deserved anda-tamatar (if you recall a scene from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai). But he’s here now. And we like.
Remember Aaja meri gaadi mein baith ja? He introduced the janta to rap and boy, was he popular! People even started dressing like him (we don’t approve). But the dude was cool. And it would be interesting to have him back on the scene. Especially if he ropes in Pooja Bedi, wet hair, red lips, swirly reddress and all.
The lord of spoofs. Bordering on cheesiness and at times, vulgarity as well, he parodied popular film songs. And some times English pop songs too. So Shakira’s Whenever, wherever became Hai kamar hoi kamar. People called him repetitive and boring. But how can you not like the man who sang Madhuri Dixit mili raste mein, khaye chane hamne saste mein?
He sang Chhuimui si tum lagti ho, where you saw Abbas and Preeti Jhangiani meet over a badly aimed water pipe, fall in love and eventually marry. However, Ingle was too mushy and a one-hit-wonder. But he’s still the man who gave us the tiny koala bears that we clip onto our shirts, our curtains, our bags... and every other clippable place.
We went crazy when he sang, Dil le gayi kudi Gujarat di. Jasbir was the gabroo jawaan Indi-pop desperately needed. He came, he sang, he conquered and then vanished! We want him back, the man who taught everybody basic Gujarati, Kem chho? Majaa ma chho?
This man meant only two words, Chok There! Apache Indian was cool, hep and everything underground. Sadly, he was too firang for the true-blue desis. But now we’re all grown up and don’t mind growing dreadlocks for this cool dude.
From HT Brunch, June 2
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