Ever since I had this vision of Dhoni’s evil twin on Youtube singing “Gulaab jaisan bagiya main, mahok jaal gori”, I have become a convert to Channel Bh.
Or as the Babuas calls it: Channel Bhojpuri.
Many eons ago, I had commented on how Bhojpuri movies were like a breath of fresh earthy air in today’s claustrophobic world of sepia-toned, stylized NRI dramas that are totally detached from the dreams and aspirations of those whom Lalloo refers to as the “pipool”.
Now it seems that Bhojpuri music is following in the steps of Bhojpuri movies, moving in to relieve the “aam aadmi” of their listless existence, brought about by remixes, item numbers, nasal bleatings and stale Indipop.
And unlike P Chidambaram’s aam aadmi budget, Bhojpuri music really works.
Sample Exhibit No 1 sung by, as mentioned before, a carbon copy of Dhoni. The song’s lyrics are very philosophical, having multiple meanings.
Goriya tu rosleela koro, leela koro, leela koro
Toni si jeans dhila koro, Toni si jeans dhila koro
Needless to say, whether the man wants the lady to wear looser (dhila) jeans and thus conceal her contours from the prying eyes of the zaalim world or whether he wants her to loosen her jeans for some other purpose, is of course open to much conjecture.
Less ambiguous is Exhibit No 2 which begins with a romantic man asking a girl “Buchi darling, tum aapne seal kab torwaoge? Tumhara seal todne ke liye main kabhse bekaraar hoon” and proceeds to the lyrical “Eh Buchi, haye Buchi, eh Buchi, bolo seal kaha tooti”.
But of course even in such a simple song of love, corporate India just has to place their products shamelessly. Sample this:
Choli main Pepsi Cola
Lehenga main Coco Cola
Aur chunori main churao le baru
Goriya Mango Frooti.
Eh Buchi, bolo seal kaha tooti
And as we all know, partaking a Mango Frooti whose seal has been tampered with may make you sick.
Then there is Exhibit No 3 dedicated to “Chiltua ke didi” , a girl who in this music video has a tendency to wear skimpy tops and take a dip whenever some water is nearby. The desperation of love has perhaps never beeen as beautifully expressed as when the lovelorn man says:
Lakh joota chappol chahe sandel kucho maro
Chahe beech bajaar main humro ijjot utaro
And finally Exhibit No 4 , a socially conscious song about a poor buxom woman who at her father-in-law’s house has to serve “double-duty”, taking care of the demands of both husband and devaar (brother-in-law).
Haaye daiya hum ka bataye,
Duty double sasuraar main
Subtle. Poetic. And so much in touch with our lives.
This is what great art really is.
[PS: Thanks Manu for Exhibit No 1 and No 3.]