Friday, April 20, 2018

R is for 'Ruk ruk ruk, arre baba ruk'

Now this is a very interesting song for multiple reasons. First off, it's not a song one would generally associate with our two-time National Award- and four-time Filmfare Critics Award-winning Tabassum Fatima Hashmi, fondly known as Tabu.

Not only does the song seem out of the character for the serious actor that we know her as, this song was also out of character for songs from that era in general, because for once, it was a girl harassing a boy on the streets! (Not that we condone any form of street harassment, but this sure was a breath of fresh air in those days.)

This song from the '94 movie Vijaypath was sung by the inimitable Alisha Chinai. Tabu won the Filmfare Best Debut award for the movie.

 The song starts off with Tabu playing Chinese whispers with a bunch of roadside beggars, who then proceed to do a very coordinated dance.

It is obvious from the way she is walking that Tabu either needs to pee urgently, or had a sleepover at the Eli re Eli sisters' house, thus wrecking her back.

Anyway, she sees Ajay Devgn (back when the 'a' in 'Devgan' was intact) and starts stalking and harassing him with her squad.

Check out the lyrics. 

Ab meri zid hai banoongi teri bride
Warna tere saamne karungi suicide
Kar de green tera red signal
Love shove kar le too baba no kal

Hey dekha jabse maine tujhko hua mujhko fascination
Meri aankhon ne diya hai tujhko pehla invitation
Mere dil pe ho gaya hai tere dil ka lamination
Hold my hand raja, kyon hai tujhko hesitation

Itna gussa itna anger, kyon hai tujhko frustration
Tere mere do dilon ki manjil toh hai love station
Sabse pehle aai hoon karne dil ka reservation
Tu jo chahe le le mere dil ka examination

But Ajay is not at all interested because he has more important things to do. He has vowed not to take off his sunglasses till he has avenged the death of the friend who donated him the eyes behind said sunglasses. No seriously, that is the plot of the movie.

Tabu is determined though. She has some bizarre dance moves up her sleeve, with her gang backing her up by wearing yellow raincoats and carrying big umbrellas in the middle of a sunny day.

Then she changes into an outfit made from the leftovers of Sanjay Dutt's Khalnayak outfit.

Time for a costume change again. This time, she has brought a bunch of cartoon characters along. If this won't get a grownass man to say YES, I don't know what will.

The bizarre lyrics continue. 

Chahe Miss India ho, chahe Miss World
Mere jaise nahin koi beauty queen
Meri ada meri baatein, sabse juda
Dekh dekh dekh, mai hoon gudiya haseen

Cake, pastry, sandwich, hamburger ya butter roll
Sabse mai hoon tasty, sun le main hoon baby doll
Gussa teri goli jaisa, bol talwaar se
Dil ka shikaar kar, honey jara pyaar se

Tu jo nahin mana, tujhe kar loongi kidnap
Love ki chain se, baandhugi sweet chap
Tujhko karoongi drown, dil ki gehri jheel mein
Ho jayega fit tu, yar dil ki reel me

Please take a moment to appreciate the redness of Tabu's red costume.

What do we have here now -- red and white polka-dotted dress with matching scarf tied around her hair, red and white polka dotted earrings, red tights, red nails, and red and white socks. 

Okay, I don't know what dance-yoga move this is.

Gosh, they are now physically assaulting him. Run, Ajay, run. Ride for the hills!

Enjoy this different side of Tabu!


Meena Chatty said...

Had great fun reading this post. I remember this song!

Charan Deep Singh said...

Some songs are like sticky despite being bad. This is one of them.

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Sayesha said...

Yes, I think a lot of us remember this so vividly!

Ya, this one's super catchy.

How do we know said...

Cmon, I used to actually LOVE this song. And all her steps! Did you know that was the beginning of the aerobics revolution in INdia? This song. No kidding :)

Sayesha said...

How do you know,
Sorry I don't understand. Did you think that this blogathon was for songs that everyone hates? Not at all. It's just for quirky songs. :)