Wednesday, January 03, 2007

In the entire history of Hindi film music, has there ever been a song more annoying, more inane, more completely intolerable than Crazy Kiya Re? And must people insist on playing this paean to bad taste at varying distances from my window at all times, so that I can hear it wafting in in all its tuneless glory without a goddamn break? From all my windows, to be precise, so there's no removing oneself to another room. And to be honest, how much removing can one do in a two-bedroom flat? (and in the present rather large state where hauling myself out of bed is something I ponder over for hours, wondering if it's worth it.)

Getting back to Crazy Kiya Re. Apart from the obvious silliness of the lyrics, there's the belligerent, aggressive tone of it that sends me into paroxysms of irritation. Then there's the fact that each time I hear it, Aishwarya Rai in body-hugging leather rises like a vision before the eyes and is that something one can take with equanimity at the best of times?

As for the lyrics, I feel I must blame Gulzar for starting this trend of mixing English and Hindi words in Hindi film songs -- a review of Kajare Re with the sublime line 'aankhen bhi kamal karti hain, personal se sawal karti hain' becomes necessary at this point. The man's done it earlier too; songs like Do diwane shahar mein from Gharonda have the occasional 'of course' popping up here and there.

But does that mean lesser mortals (Sameer, I tell you!) must try it too? Most annoying.

23 Comments:

At January 03, 2007 7:20 PM, Blogger TS said...

You are very, very funny. I live for funny (and stupid and inane actually but lets not get into that right now!)

Good luck with the kid!

:)

 
At January 04, 2007 2:30 AM, Blogger Aspi said...

About this trend of Hinglish songs: I have two ABCD kids and they listen to Hindi songs, but when a Hinglish song comes on, they *really* listen and sometimes even maybe sing it. Given how much Bollywood has been eyeing the overseas market, we might be looking at an irreversible trend.

 
At January 04, 2007 3:44 AM, Anonymous anangbhai said...

You said it there aspi. These songs are perfect for the 5-12 ABCD demographic.
I'll be over here blasting RunDMC. I suggest the same to those tired of pseudo-reggae-notatall-dancehall hindi songs.

 
At January 04, 2007 7:33 PM, Blogger Zero said...

>>In the entire history of Hindi film music, has there ever been a song more annoying, more inane, more completely intolerable than Crazy Kiya Re?

No, definitely not. Not at all (oh, that awful concoction of words!). At least, not any that I have been subjected to as far back as I remember now. So annoying that I want to give it an award and ask them to stop it all with this.

P.S.:- Didn't read the rest of the post that followed this line. Which makes this comment pretty indulgent. But, then, is a Oh-yeah!-I-know-so-much-what-you-mean that bad?

 
At January 05, 2007 12:41 PM, Blogger The Marauder's Map said...

TS: Thanks. I live to spread sweetness and light.

Aspi: Actually, not all Hinglish songs are that bad. I'm ok with the likes of 'It's the time to Disco' and 'Rock n Roll Soniye' though no one can accuse them of being poetry. But this one is really bad beyond belief.

Anangbhai: Don't even get me started on hip-hop and (shudder) its desi avatar.

Zero: Hey, in case you're worried, the rest of the post lives up to the expectations set by the superlative first sentence. do read it. :D

 
At January 05, 2007 4:22 PM, Blogger Ron said...

Try living in my old house. There used to be these "Cultural functions" every month wherein people from tyhe neighbourhood would sing Suroor, Jhalak Dikhla Ja and othe HR gems to the accompaniment of "orchestra music" till the wee hours of the night.

Crazy Kiya Re in my opinion is no match for the dozens of wannabe HRs that I have had to contend with.

 
At January 06, 2007 3:03 AM, Blogger Aspi said...

Holy Crapmonkey, Ron. And I thought my life was tough when I was subjected Dhoom 2 over and over again at a recent wedding.

 
At January 11, 2007 1:49 AM, Blogger Ghetufool said...

fyi, R will be most hurt to read this. he was boasting about the song in the office. and was nearly getting me excommunicated for not loving it.
are you sure the song doesn't come loud from your computer room?

 
At January 13, 2007 6:50 PM, Blogger LAK said...

You said it, Marauder.And the way she (Sunidhi Chauhan?)pronounces "crazy" is almost "nails-on-wall" irritating.

 
At January 21, 2007 11:12 PM, Blogger Nikhil said...

Well, you've got a point, but have you heard the other remixes we have to endure nowadays ? Compared to them I find Crazy kiya re (literally) music to the ears...

 
At January 24, 2007 7:15 PM, Blogger Khozem F Sahiwala said...

plz see my blog for defunct of Mumbai Mills. Hope to see your blog on scientists besides bollywood. Correct !

 
At January 31, 2007 11:57 AM, Blogger Woodsmoke said...

Hilarious post.
Came across your blog by chance, glad to have done so.

 
At March 02, 2007 12:49 PM, Blogger ubuntu said...

Same here , its too intolerable to listen to completion,
and as a irony it is played almost everyday on every radio channel as a request song
When will ppl grow up :-)

 
At March 13, 2007 8:16 PM, Blogger panu said...

yes. Gutur Gutur from Dalaal.

 
At March 14, 2007 5:13 PM, Blogger LAK said...

Come on Marauder, new post please! What "no good" are you up to now?

 
At April 09, 2007 4:19 PM, Blogger The Mad Momma said...

am assuming that you are busy with the new baby and so havent blogged.. congratulations... just came across your blog via Sheetal's. and no.. there is no song more annoying on earth. have just spent the last few months griping abt it and as someone rightly commented.. it brings out the nails on the wall variety of reaction in me.

 
At April 11, 2007 11:10 AM, Blogger ankurindia said...

nice blog

 
At April 16, 2007 2:58 PM, Blogger Shuv said...

i shudder to think about what's playing at ash's sangeet today (tomorrow?)...this song must definitely be on every half hour.

 
At May 07, 2007 2:42 PM, Blogger eve's lungs said...

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At May 30, 2007 12:58 AM, Blogger All Blog Spots said...

your blog is really nice , it simply tells how beautiful your thoughts are ! Great wrok

 
At August 25, 2007 10:43 AM, Anonymous pooja said...

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At October 09, 2007 9:48 PM, Blogger dreamy said...

I absolutely sycophantically agree with you!..

I don't have much problems with the noise as I have with BOTH the noise and the visuals..what with the "ant" look.

Aishwariya looks like an ant, I tell you.

 
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