Bumbro Contest: Which Version is Your Favorite?

No particular reason for this post, the song was just going through my head. And I thought we should determine, once and for all, which is the best version. FYI, “Bumbro” is a Kashmiri folk song independent of the movie versions, it’s just two separate Kashmir-set films decided to remix it for their movies.

What I think of as the “original” version. Hrithik, Preity, clever set up of an old friend walking into her song set and leaping into the back-up dancing. Hrithik is hot and happy and dancing, Preity is cute, it’s got big glittery production values and a clever little byplay as Preity and Hrithik recognize each other.

And then the new version! No fancy costume, no fancy set, no fancy dancing, but a new remix to the song, and super super cute kids! And a super cute dude.

Having just rewatched both of them, I think I am going with…..Hrithik-Preity!!!! The flirting is just too irrisistable.


13 thoughts on “Bumbro Contest: Which Version is Your Favorite?

    • I was all set to vote for the adorable children and the pretty lake version, but then I rewatched Hrithik-Preity and it is just SO GOOD!!! Young Happy Hrithik is irrisistable.


      • I actually rewatched the movie a few months ago (first time as an adult!)…and it’s such a good movie! It really brought out the complexity of Kashmir and helped me understand why the army-militancy cycle was endless…plus all the supporting characters (Jackie Shroff, Sonali Kulkarni, etc.) are so well etched. Why did this movie flop?


        • I don’t think it flopped-flopped. But it was Hrithik’s big release post-KNPH and it didn’t live up to that hype. Was more of an average film. Every time I watch a VVC film, I get distracted by how well filmed it is. The pure cinematography of his work is so SATISFYING compared to the usual bland Hindi film style.

          On Fri, Aug 20, 2021 at 10:15 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



  1. Hard to beat young Hrithik.

    After seeing the version that Shreyans posted, the Notebook version feels like what you would do with one dude, some kids, no backup dancers, and a gorgeous backdrop, but everyone secretly imagining themselves on stage in full costume. While the Hrithik/Preity version is the fully staged cinematic production with rich costumes and the best dancers.


    • You would have so many thoughts on Mission Kashmir!!! It is just a very interesting movie, with many layers to it.

      Also, I finally finished reading The Aunt Who Wouldn’t Die on my plane ride and it was excellent. At one point very early on, I was a bit worried that Somlata’s story would be that of a long suffering wife but the way she handles all the malevolence is so satisfying.


  2. Hrithik-Preity version all the way! Most people formed a crush on Hrithik after seeing him in Ek Pal Ka Jeena, but my crush started with this song. They were just so young and adorable and perfect matched with their charisma.

    Also, agree with the others, this movie is so interesting. And it seems like many people might not have seen it. Any interest in proposing it for a watchalong? There is so much to talk about in this movie, from deep discussions to adoring Preity’s dimples and Hrithik’s biceps!


    • But it’s such a DARK movie! So much bad stuff happens, along with Hrithik’s biceps. Makes me nervous.

      On Tue, Aug 24, 2021 at 8:43 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



      • Agreed. It can be at times very dark, but there are also many light moments in the movie. You would also have to make sure you put up your no politics disclaimer. But it is also a movie about humans and human emotions. Maybe if you don’t do it as a watchalong, one day, when you are in the right head space, (not now while you have all the house stuff going on) you could do a Margaret review.


        • I can tell you this now, which always makes me giggle. My best friend in college was desi, and delightfully innocent and sort of confused by things. She confessed to me that the first time she watched Mission Kashmir, SPOILERS she missed the whole significance of the black mask hidden in the drawer. So in her mind, Young Hrithik goes into his father’s study, opens a drawer, closes a drawer, and becomes a terrorist. Like, at any point, someone can open and close a drawer and then TERRORISM. It’s the hidden cause. Drawers. END SPOILERS

          On Wed, Aug 25, 2021 at 9:42 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:



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