Monday Morning Questions: What Do You Want to Ask Me as I Am (Hopefully) Back At Work?

I’m writing this last night and I am honestly not sure if I will be at work tomorrow or not. Or maybe I will be for a little while and then have to leave. I can’t decide if I am at the point where it will make me feel better to get out in the world and out of my bed, or at the point where I should really just stay in bed. We’ll find out!

As always, you can ask me anything from the personal (“what have you been watching while sick?”) to the specific and factual (“what are some classic sickness related Indian films?”) to the general discussion (“what is the best sick day film from India?”)

Now, question for you! Simple one, I missed his birthday so I will give Rahman a Monday question! What is your favorite Rahman song?

Hmmm. This is hard! I think I have to go with “Roobaroo”. With “Smiyyaii” as a runner up.


18 thoughts on “Monday Morning Questions: What Do You Want to Ask Me as I Am (Hopefully) Back At Work?

  1. Hope you are at work and feeling better! My fave Rahman song is Sona Nahi… from One 2 Ka 4. This is one of my favorite sentiments in love songs. That the hardships of the world don’t matter as much when you’re going through them with the one you love.

    My favorite soundtrack taken as a whole, though, is Dil Se. So Sufi! And lots of Udit singing. His voice is just so expressive.

    What are your favorite “I have a fatal illness and am hiding it from the ones I love” or “I have a fatal illness, therefore I must run away or push those I love away so I’m not a burden” plots in Indian movies?


    • I’m at work, but not feeling super better (only a few hours of sleep again last night). But at least good enough to come into work. Although I still might let myself leave early.

      “Sona Nahi” is so pretty, you are right. And Dil Se is lovely. Rang De Basanti edges it out slightly for me in terms of overall soundtrack quality, but it’s probably my top runner up.

      Ugh, I hate the “I have a fatal illness and so I must run away” plots! I think my favorite would be Aah, an old Raj-Nargis movie with that plot, only at the last moment they decide that somehow he can live after all because the audience loves a happy ending. Makes him seem really petty to have tried to push her away before when he was only sort-of dying, but I can live with it if we get a happy ending.

      On Mon, Jan 7, 2019 at 9:28 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:


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  2. So sorry you’re still sick! Dil Se is my favorite soundtrack, but the Tamil song Mental Manadhil is the whole reason I started watching Malayalam cinema. Remember we heard it at that A. R. Rahman concert before OK Kanmani came out? I was obsessed with that song! Fell in love with DQ then sought out his other films and the rest is history.


    • That’s part of the reason I love “Roobaroo”. It was the first song I heard and got obsessed with and knew was Rahman. I heard “Smiyaii” before that, but I wasn’t obsessed with it right from the start and didn’t process that it was Rahman. Roobaroo is when I realized he was really something special.


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    • I love Roobaroo. And the current head of the censor board is the one who wrote the lyrics, which is why I cut him a lot of slack. It feels like someone who can write that must have something more going on inside his head, right?

      On Mon, Jan 7, 2019 at 11:29 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



    • Do you like the movie around it, or just the song? I really like the song but have avoided the movie because it did not sound like my kind of thing.

      On Mon, Jan 7, 2019 at 11:39 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



      • DON’T WATCH THE MOVIE! I made the same mistake: I loved the song, but couldn’t find a video with subtitles, and I was dying to know what they are singing so I watched the movie, and I absolutely hated it! And I mean it, it’s not that I didn’t like it, I detest it and was furious when I finished it. Ok, the soundtrack is great, but the movie is not. And Nargis Fakhri isn’t even the biggest problem here. The worse was that the protagonist is the dumbest and most annoying guy in the world, and he doesn’t change at all in those veeeery long 3 hours. He only comes from being simple and dumb to angry and dumb, and that’s all. Please save yourself, and watch something better. and if somebody is curious what they are singing:

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  4. After watching another movie about rich girl-poor boy love I started wondering if I have seen movies about relationship where the girl is the poor one, or the girl works for boy’s family as a maid or in other modest position, but I can remember only few. I rememeber you reviewed once an old Pithiviraj’s movie and it had plot like this, but I don’t remember the title.
    Bommarillu if I remember well (and I haven’t seen the movie for ages) has Sidharth who comes from good family, and Genelia is poorer and has problems with her dad.
    Kaagaz Ke Phool – not exactly what I’m looking for, but Guru Dutt is wealthy and Waheeda very poor.
    I’m sure you know much more.


    • Bobby, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham would be the obvious ones. DDLJ too, although it’s less dramatic there. Maine Pyar Kiya. Yeh Dillagi. Alai Payuthay/Saathiya.

      Maybe it comes down to romance versus action? The action heroes tend to have the sexy rich girl heroines that they win over as part of their feats of strength. The romance films tend to have the sheltered average girl next door swept off her feet by the millionaire’s son.

      On Mon, Jan 7, 2019 at 3:49 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  5. My favorite is Vennelave Vennelave / Vennilave Vennilave/Chandare Chanda re

    Chikubuku raile, Urvasi Urvasi and Yaayire (Rangeela) – the songs that created a trend in early 90s.


  6. My all time favourite Ay Hairathe / Tere bina from Guru. I’m never sick of it. Also the reason why I have a soft spot for Abishek. The other is that onscreen Aish and Abishek make a really solid pair and I think they are often overlooked!

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    • I really like Abhi and Aish onscreen too! I like Ranishek better, but I like Aish better with Abhi than any of her other co-stars.

      On Tue, Jan 8, 2019 at 8:53 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



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