Friday, July 02, 2010

When Bollywood's Men become Women...

...the sight is, how do I say it: A must see!

You've seen them before many times in so many films. Male actors in drag, in women's clothing, just trying to pass as actresses or trying to woo them or just for mockery. They look hideous, ridiculous, outrageous, and anything but gorgeous. But they still do it and we enjoy them.

Here I give you the first 10 songs where we get to indulge in this goodness. ;) I know there's more out there that I'm missing so if you remember it on top of your head, please do share.

In a random order:

  • Shashi Kapoor in suno suno kanyaao ka, Haseena Maan Jaayegi
    Here we get to see the Westernized females of Upkar at the poolside, then a weeping, shikara-riding, Kashmiri gal Nanda or you have a hard time deciding whether he looks more like Asha Parekh? I can't decide. Later we get to see her.. err him as orange-clad, ektara-playing jogan and kathak-dancing mujra girl/tawaif. You got to watch her thumkas and nakhras and jumps by the end! Sorry the video quality isn't the best but you will have just the same laugh, I guarantee it.

  • Amitabh Bachchan in mere angane mein, Lawaris (1981)
    Women with hair on chest and tummy! No more remarks.

  • Mehmood in nathaniya haale to badaa mazaa hoye, Johar Mehmood In Hong Kong (1971)
    If this is how men need to be wooed, it's no wonder women don't want to do it. [Partial song starts at 2:40 min]

  • Mehmood in dhadakne lagta hai mera dil, Dil Tera Deewana
    Tall and healthy women are beautiful but not here.

  • Shammi Kapoor in subhaan allah haaye haseen chehra, Kashmir Ki Kali
    You'd wish (s)he kept wearing that burkha, didn't you!?

  • Aamir Khan in dole dole dil dole, Baazi (1995)
    He makes one real pretty woman, I must say. And my my what dance can she do.. no wonder those men are going ga-ga over her. I don't blame them.

  • Kamal Hassan in chupdi chupdi chaachi, Chachi 420
    Checkout chachi's hip-swaying walks and the style in which she climbs the bus. ;) She takes my breath away! [Song starts at 4:57 mins]

  • Kishore Kumar in aa ke seedhi lagi dil pe, Half Ticket (1962)
    A classical dance, that's all I got to say. Pure entertainment! I do wonder about where her waist is though, don't you?

  • Shammi Kapoor in chali chali kaisi hawaa yeh, Bluffmaster
    The ultimate qawwali song where everything opposite is happening.. like "bhanwre pe marne lagi hai kali". My what lachak-filled thumkas can Shammi Kapoor maar and the way he moves his gardan is classic! New dancers can go take classes with him. This one has a bonus: I forget his name but it's the guy sitting next to Shammi Kapoor. Yes, indeed, it is a male actor.

  • Rishi Kapoor in dil dena buri balaa hai, Rafoo Chakkar (1975)
    You get a very cute looking Paintal as a bonus with a very feminine looking Rishi Kapoor. Too many buri balaa in this one? [You can watch more of it here]


Nina said...

Well done. This is a great work. Looking forward to come back and read rest of the entries and i became a follower(ninatoronto) of your blog.

Beth said...

You got my two favorites (the ones from Haseena Maan Jayegi and Rafoo Chakkar)! :) Shashi also does a tawaif number in Shankar Dada ("Jutti Loongi") but I couldn't find it online anywhere. I have some pictures from it on my writeup at He's SUCH an ugly woman, isn't he?

Kanan said...

Nina, hi! welcome to you. Happy to know you liked the post. And thanks for the follow.

Kanan said...

Beth, nice to know you like them too. ;)

I didn't know of the Shankar Dada number until I checked your post. Would love to see the video of it, I only found the audio. I'll update the post to add that. OMG!@ how Shashi looks as tawaif.. I am stumped. *yikes* Ugly isn't even the word. I like him a lot better as a man. ;) HAHAHA!

Anonymous said...

my fav
gajra mohobbat wala where in joy mukherji is a gal

Kanan said...

Anon, thank you for reminding that one. I had no idea about it! Indeed a song in the same category. The actor in the song is Biswajeet and quite funny looking at that. :)