22.4.05

phir kya hua, didi?

There were many things that creative communications people did not do well many many years ago when cable in India was not even the glint of fibreoptics in Murdoch's eye. Many that they probably did disastrously. But they succeeded in giving us (me?) absurd memories, and laughter that is absurder still.

Main bhooka hoon
bhojan laao
jo kucch bhi hai le aao
main bhooka hoon!

Jukhe sharam se nayan
hui bechain,
draupadi boli...

and of course, the all time classic:

bela gulab juhi champa chameli
(bela gulab juhi champa chameli)

phool hain anek kintu mala phir ek hai!
(phool hain anek kintu mala phir ek hai)
ek
anek
ek
anek

Some of these social messages have just been burnt into my consciousness. Like unexpected burps they rise out of my mind and show me 2-D silhouetted forms swimming through water, dancing around a tree or circling an elephant. Birds flying with a hunting nets in their beaks, rats running around exemplifying solidarity.

Badly made, or cleverly implanted?

[unexpected burps? huh?]

6 thoughts:

Anonymous Friday, April 22, 2005  

it was DD's version of animax... yes?

vAgue Tuesday, April 26, 2005  

Animax is Animax's version of DD's futuristic visionary storytelling!

Rhyncus Sunday, May 01, 2005  

Ek titlee, anek titliyaan.
You might also remember the Tree of Unity with the crazy animated dance, the music is to die for.
These were not badly made, I think they were bravely made.

vAgue Wednesday, May 04, 2005  

The Tree of Unity of course...and the three blind men and the elephant..the list is endless.

Yup they were not badly made, though I wonder if their impact on us was more because we wer unexposed to tv and impressionable, or if they were in fact effective.
Bravely made sounds better than it is probably, what with them having just made what they would, then! Today it would be bravely made. Then, it was all they could do.

Anonymous Wednesday, June 29, 2005  

can you give me all the lyrics to ...

Main bhooka hoon
bhojan laao
jo kucch bhi hai le aao
main bhooka hoon!

Jukhe sharam se nayan
hui bechain,
draupadi boli...
...

mcjazzie@gmail.com

vAgue Wednesday, June 29, 2005  

mcjazzie: dunnno man I cant recall them, and they have been irritating me...

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