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Woh Kaun Thi

January 16, 2006


Two Sundays ago I watched Woh Kaun Thi ('Who Was She') on Omni 2. My mum used to sing and hum the tunes from this flick constantly, Lag Ja Gale ('Hug My Neck, Yo!') being a favourite of both of ours. The soundtrack to this film imprinted itself on my brain at a very young age and so I was delighted to finally get a chance to watch it. Perfect Sunday afternoon fare. Here is a short clip of the main tune, Naina Barse ('Eyes Are Raining', ha!):



Made in 1964 this murder mystery/thriller, which was loosely based on Hitchcock's 'Vertigo', is full of delicious frames due to excellent camera work. I'll forgive the fact that the highly unbelievable story just rambles in the middle and has a weak ending because I am a HUGE fan of Sadhana and Helen and of course, Mr. India...err, I mean Bharat, himself, Manoj Kumar. These three paired with Raj Khosla (director) and the smashing duo of Lata Mangeshkar (playback) and Madan Mohan (music producer) made me want to rant about the 'good old days' of Indian Cinema. Before Bolly this & that and decades before my birth. I'm turning into my father.

There was something other than nostalgia that was rekindled that Sunday. A desire in me, as old as me, a need to acquire...THE SADHANA CUT. Oh. My. Bollygod. Much to my mother's dismay I have always wanted the Sadhana Cut. This was THE hairstyle of the 60s in India. Every hair dresser I have ever attempted to cajole into giving me this cut has outright refused and one (in Porbandar) actually fooled me into thinking I was getting one until the very end when I said, "So, now can you cut my bangs please? What? Oh. You're NOT cutting my bangs? I see. It's a 'special Sadhana cut'? Ah." Behold! The Sadhana Cut:

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Hmmm, I feel like I've seen that hair elsewhere...Oh yeah, her caucasian (but just as white) twin had the same hair:

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Ah, Bolly Bolly Bolly, at least back then you would choose your *inspiration* tastefully.

posted by Neha
3:23 PM

7 Comments:

Anonymous CeePee said...

Werd arah, unfortunately the same cant be always said for contemporary times, I keep seein cats wearing orange longshorts and visors in modern bollywood movies. Also they are like 45 years old.
I loves it.

1/16/2006 06:27:00 PM  
Anonymous i_d said...

Oy! At least we have aavur own ishtyle now, kya?

Naina barse: Majorly nostalgic - makes me weep.

Neha, so when do we get to see you with the Sadhana cut, a very tight churidaar and massively wide hips? Too much of this immoral western clothing, I tell you. How about some culture?

1/17/2006 09:25:00 AM  
Blogger Neha said...

Uh huh, our style is 45 year old men in visors. Like the dudes on the OC but older. You're so right, Cee Pee, the 'half-pant' craze is really something, with the bigass DKNY letters on the side or with an American flag bandana. For shame.

i_d - my western denim and trackjackets do really well in hiding my 'honor'. but i'm gujarati so once i get to about 32 my hips will take over and the churidaar will be my only option. at that point my name will automatically change to 'Aunty'.

1/17/2006 10:27:00 AM  
Blogger Paresh said...

As opposed to now Neha Aunty? As long you can get the Sadhna hair cut and not the Karisma Kapoor Hornet's Nest or the Kajol UniBrow, we're ok.

As for those long shorts, dude... they're ALL the rage here now!

And that one was removed cos I had typos up the arse.

1/17/2006 10:50:00 AM  
Anonymous CeePee said...

HAHA
I forgot about the american flag bandanas, that shit is hype, specially for the bollywood to rock.
Man, better yet, cats gotta wear the confederate flag!!!
I swear to god that would be the illest thing ever.

1/17/2006 11:11:00 AM  
Blogger Neha said...

oh jeez, I WILL PAY to see a Bolly actor on screen in a conferedate bandana. oh sweet lord of film and mumbai underworld, PLEASE make it so...

cee pee, you ever thought about directing hindi movies? you have vision, son!

uncle P, you are totally wearing a pair of those Chaddohs as we speak isn't it?

1/17/2006 12:33:00 PM  
Anonymous CeePee said...

Im so all over it its not even funny. You ofcourse will have to translate as my hindi and other such dialects are kinda rusty.

1/17/2006 04:13:00 PM  

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