To celebrate the fact that I now have my own blog, and can therefore write whatever I want without (hopefully) getting comments from Times of India readers saying ‘what is the point of this article?’ or ‘go back to your country, you white leech’, I have decided to introduce a new series in which I get to write about Bollywood songs. What’s the point, you ask? I shall tell you.
Now that I’ve officially left India (I got back to Scotland last night), I’m going to have to find ways to soothe my chronic desi-deprivation, and probably one of the easiest home remedies for this (even easier than making chai, and better for dental health) is watching song videos from my favourite Hindi films. For the blog series I’m going to pick some of these and write about them, posting the videos so that you can watch them and get the songs stuck in your head for the rest of the day/week. Fun, na?
Today’s Filmi Fix, then, is ‘Roobaroo’ from Rang De Basanti. I watched this movie on the plane yesterday, which proved to be a terrible mistake; sending me from an already quite fragile emotional mindset (I was leaving Delhi! My home! My friends!) into a damp-eyed, lip-quivering state of total idiocy. It also didn’t help that at the same time I was eating my last Indian meal and getting very sentimental about the pot of Mother Dairy dahi.
Perhaps I need some real therapy.
Anyway, I’d forgotten how wonderful – and sad – this film is. Especially this song. And, come on, it’s Aamir Khan and AR Rahman – enough said!