Before people remind me of my ban on Bhojpuri music at RTDM (a tat-for-tit ban imposed because of Mithun-da’s movies in Raja Bhoja-land), I will say that just when I thought I could go on to other topics, Bhojpuri music has scaled yet a new height of excellence, a height that compels me to blog about it, despite my best intentions.
Long time readers know that I admire Bhojpuri music videos for their vision of purity — their “saadhgi” which stands in stark contrast to the decadent Western wanton lasciviousness we are bombarded with through television, radio and Times of India. In an age where innocence is as extinct as the dodo, Bhojpuri’s concentration on loosening jeans, double duties of newly married wives, hyperactive tailors and ladies with Pepsi cola in their lehenga has earned my unending admiration.
As also that of migrant laborers, like me, all over the world.
So what is this new height that I talk about?
The love of a woman for another woman. What narrow-minded people call “girl on girl action”.
Of course Bangla movies had laid the groundwork for this many years ago (after all what Bengal thinks today, Bihar thinks tomorrow). In a movie called Troyee (tentative English translation: Threesome), Mithun Chakraborty, Debashree Ray and the other guy in the threesome go to a park dancing and singing a song [Video] that can be again tentatively translated as ” We are on the road known and unknown. One and one makes two, two and one makes us.” Their song disturbs a number of couples canoodling in the park. For a blink-and-you-miss-it moment, we see one of the couples—-two girls.
Now of course this great tradition of acceptance has been perpetuated by our good Bhojpuri friends. The first song in today’s series is “Gaune ke raat dukhdayee re” which depicts a typical scene from the Hindi heartland—-a newly married girl recounts the events of her marital night by re-enacting the sequences with the said sahelis [Video] (quasi-NSFW) Truly a “banno rani tumhe siyaani hona hi tha” though to be honest she doesn’t seem too “anjani” from her saankhiyaans.
The second of this series, direct from the land where Rabri is the ruler, is a song about what else… Jalebis.[Video]. (quasi-NSFW) Jalebis magically appear from, what seems to be the posteriors of the ladies and find their ultimate repose somewhere else. The mutual attraction that these ladies share are not so evident as they more or less keep their hands off each other, perhaps because their ample paunches might bump against each other.
However what is even more entertaining is the video response they provoke from the Bhojpuri spice girls.
Yes I am talking about their iconic song “Kahe Jalebi ke tarse godiye, bada maza rasgulla main” [Video] (quasi-NSFW) which not only has plenty of physical expressions of girlie love and affection but also climaxes with the girls sucking on a rasgulla, an action which I think is Bhojpuri’s first same-sex liplock.
This video together with the similarly open “Chapra Sawaharwa Se” [Video] (chronicling the mutual love and admiration of two village girls) (possibly NSFW)has brought to the forefront, like Bhojpuri videos do, the hopes and aspirations of another persecuted but really “hot” minority—–indian women who love women.
As they say in the heartland: “Hum sab to lesbian hoyee gawa”.