When Paul Gauguin was a student, he had Catholic religion as a subject. His teacher was a Bishop, who had his own methods to inspire children, and to lead them to understand life and its deeper meaning. He had three fundamental questions in his course: “Where does humanity come from?” “Where is it going to?”, “How does humanity proceed?”. These three questions may not be that important in the classroom but inspired Gaugin much later to create a great painting.
The point, I am trying to make is, never ignore anything as trivial. What you consider as trivial may well be a deep philosophical tenet. All you have to do is notice. Carefully.
Here, we present to you some of the finest trivial pieces from Hindi film songs which you have ignored as trivial without realizing the deep hidden meaning within. I also believe that philosophy is greatest when presented in the most trivial form. Then, there is a higher meaning. As an old saying goes “चड्डी पहन के फूल खिला है ” (lotus blooms in the swamp). Oh, actually, that will be “कीचड में ही कमल खिलता है ”.
Chai mein dooba biscuit ho gayaa – This harmless line is part of the more famous “Chai Mein Dooba Biscuit Ho Gaya, Main To Ainvayi Ainvayi Ainvayi Ainvayi Lut Gaya” and most of us ignore the first part and have fun with the new found joy of discovering Ainvayi. Have you ever wondered what is the real meaning there? Imagine you are that biscuit and just have been dipped in a hot, steaming cup of tea. What are the possibilities? You may fall in the cup and be part of the vast ocean of tea. Or you may survive, only to face two inevitable possibilities. Either you are destroyed during the journey and fall down to the mighty earth or you meet your destiny and fulfill your raison d’etre, which is to be devoured and attain the highest state of Fanaa. This is it.
All in one, one in all – There are many reasons, why, you are not aware of this gem. One of them is, you consider yourself Amitabh Bachchan’s greatest fanboy or fangirl. Please, don’t insult my intelligence. I have done a Toofan-Jaadugar-Ganga-Jamuna-Saraswati marathon. Okay, I digress.
Before making some of us Crorepatis, Mr. Bachchan used to indulge in a bit of vigilante justice on-screen and this song is from one such epic B-Gold, Indrajeet. During one such mission in the movie, he saunters into a club where we find our four musketeers wanting to become ‘all in one, one in all’ with the pretty lady.
If you are thinking that when you see the video, you are wrong my friend. You are underestimating Gulshan Bawra, the great man who also gave us “Mere Desh ki dharti” and yes, this song is actually about national integration. Released during turbulent times when people were vastly intolerant, it pre-empted the Babri masjid demolition by a year and was preaching the message of national integration and how we should be “all in one and one in all”. Nobody noticed it then otherwise the “6th December-1992” scar on the fabric of Indian secularism would have never appeared.
The song is hummable and melodious, given the fact that Pancham da is the composer. The fact that you are watching the glorious Mahesh Anand jiving to the groovy soundtrack makes the video highly watchable. Also, what makes this song great is, it easily gets an entry into the Hall of Fame for all ‘Reshmi Zulfein’ songs. Yes, I have a ‘Reshmi Zulfein’ Hall of Fame and a fetish for everything ‘Reshmi’. ‘Yeh hai Reshmi Zulfon ka Andhera’, ‘Yeh reshmi zulfein, yeh sharbati aankhen” and such like. The closest thing to this may be a succulent reshmi kebab.
Mat socho ki sastaa hai saudaa, fal paaye, lagaaye ga jo paudha – You have heard ‘Eena Meena Deeka’, danced to it, won an Antakshari challenge with ‘ई ’ using this and laughed at the whole madness. The greatest trick Kishore da had up his sleeve was he never let you realize the important hidden message, almost satanic, in those lines.
In Bhagwat Gita, Lord Krishna tells Arjun, who is struggling with his aim, in general and in life,
“कर्मणयेवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन। मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि”|
In short, “Do your job and don’t expect any result.” or be detached. In a very anti-Gita stance, Rajendra Krishnan, talks about results, economics and Return on Investment (ROI) which you will much later realize, after you get a degree in management education. Nobody remembers Rajendra Krishnan who took on religion, philosophy and the Bhagwat Gita, in his own style. What a great man!
Aaj baazar hi bik gaya re – Another gem about economics and free markets and you thought only textbooks can teach you economics. Stop drooling over the free samples on display and understand the real meaning. Why do you think they are giving their hearts for free? No, this is not ‘Dire Straits’ country. The reason is, when the market itself is sold, how or what can they sell? It’s a free for all after that. Try selling stuff in such a market and then you will understand the importance of Mr Amitabh Bhattachrya. How effectively he embeds his wisdom in a jazzy song which also teaches you Mathematics 101. Yes, 75 is peechatarr and 77 is sattatar. There.
Take it easy policy – There is a reason we think P K Mishra is the greatest pop-philosopher ever. This song is not that reason as we have to give the credit to Mr. Vairamuthu for the original Tamil lyrics. However, for his copy-pasting skills and for his understanding of what works in Hindi and what doesn’t, we can’t say enough. We won’t say anything about the song and will want you to just watch this video, hear the song and understand it. Each and every line is a gem and always remember, “Jeet ka mantra hai, take it easy policy”.
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