Happy Friendship Day!

Is it still Friendship Day in India?  Am I getting in just under the wire or did I miss it?  Oh well, either way I want to do a quick post on it with a few of my favorite songs about friendship. (this is an updated and reposted post from last year)

Any post on Friendship Day has to start with this:

And so long as we are talking about friendship and love triangles with Rani Mukherjee, have to mention Mujhse Dosti Karoge:

 

Speaking of love triangles and friendship, this is of course the classic friendship film/song!

 

Not the closest possible roommate/friends trio on film.  After all, it’s not like they are raising a baby together!

 

And a gender reversed version of the same song!  From the incomparably entertaining, Dil Aashna Hai.

Female friendship really reaches it’s peak in this song.  there aren’t that many female friendship songs, but even if there were more, I think this one would still be close to the top.

 

And finally, I have to end the post with this, just as I had to start with Kuch Kuch Hota Hai:

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10 thoughts on “Happy Friendship Day!

  1. You missed Yaari Hai Imaan Mera

    And Friendship Day in India is first Sunday of August. I don’t know why. It used to be a greeting cards and friendship bands and gifts kind of holiday. K2H2 shows it totally accurately.

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  2. I think the reference with most guy BFF duo songs and concepts in indian entertainment is that it ties up with the Krishna-Sudama legend. Viewing it through a sexual lens feels foreign. And foreign influenced. Plus, we see the near-sibling or better than siblings kind of platonic bromance between men all over the region in real life too so the ‘are they more than friends?’ question never really arises organically. A case for it can always be made but it would be a forced interpretation of what’s not organic for the culture. And we do have the possibly gay relationship depicted in the friend, philosopher, guide side hero character already wherever it’s needed. I know guys who actually share underwear and sleep hugging each other and they’re still not gay. It’s a weird and wonderfully accepting culture. Even the ‘gay is bad’ notion was introduced to us by the west. Gay sex used to be called Nawabi Shauk (indulgences of nawabs) and was discussed without homophobia right up to the turn of the century in this country.

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    • Well said Asmita. I lived for ten years in “foreign’ and that gay culture was really foreign to me. In our college days in India we guys had so much close friendships without an iota of sexual orientation in it. But in USA and Canada whenever I tried to be friends with a guy, he tends to make sexual advances. I was so sick of them but I also feel pity for them.

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      • I have plenty of secretly and not so secretly gay friends so I’m not opposed to or offended by it. As a culture, I pity us all. Gay, straight, undecided, none of us have the right to love anyone of our choice or to marry them. But yes, our men are thankfully comfortable with touching other males without it having a sexual tone.

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