Friday Favorites – Swades

As you may have noticed, I’ve been kind of pathetic about posting lately. Swades deserves to be a Friday favorite; it’s one of my favorite movies, and I don’t mean out of just Hindi films. I’m going to sit down and stick through this review. Wish me luck.

Swades (Homeland): We the People was released in 2004. It was written, produced, and directed by Ashutosh Gowariker with music by A. R. Rahman, and lyrics by Javed Akhtar. Interestingly, there is a musical theme used in the film that Rahman worked into Slumdog Millionaire— if you’re familiar with Slumdog, keep an ear out for it.

If you want a summary, you can visit the Wikipedia page, but to give you a really basic idea– Mohan (Shahrukh) works for NASA, but goes back to India to find Kaveri Amma (Kishori Balal), the woman who raised him. He finds her living with Gita (Gayatri Joshi, in her first and only film), a young woman in a small village which he finds quite primitive. But he’s captivated by Gita, and is drawn in by the problems he sees in the village. He and Gita work to change them, and gradually the people of the town become quite impressed by him. He has to return to the US, and asks the two women to come with him. You’ll have to watch it to see what happens. :) Read the rest of this entry »

Song Sunday – Tanhayee

I’ve been sort of pathetic lately when it comes to getting posts up on the days they’re supposed to go up. It’ll be better this week, I promise.

Today’s song is from Dil Chahta Hai. We finished watching it last night, and we truly enjoyed every moment. It’s a pretty happy movie– this song is quite intense compared to the other ones.

Without further ado, Tanhayee:

(Picturized on Aamir Khan, this song was composed by  Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy with lyrics by Javed Akhtar. It was sung by the always amazing Sonu Nigam. The whole soundtrack was written in ten days and recorded in three weeks. I almost hate them for their talent, but I just love it so much.)

Friday Favorites – Wake Up Sid

Well, I promised I would review Wake Up Sid this week, and as it definitely doesn’t fit Stupid Saturday, it’s this week’s Friday Favorite. Although, I am loathe to post about it because in the movie Sid and Aisha are both hired for the jobs they want the very first time they apply, and I just got turned down again today. Ugh! It’s just a movie, it’s just a movie, it’s just a movie. Things work out unrealistically in movies. Things work out especially unrealistically in Bollywood movies.

Excuse me.  :)

Moving past my personal whinings about how hard my poor little life is, Wake Up Sid most definitely fits in Friday Favorites. It would be really hard not to like this movie, and I just loved it. I watched it on a whim– it was on Watch Instantly on Netflix, and I’d been kind of curious to see something with Ranbir Kapoor, so I turned it on, and was quite impressed by what a cool movie it is. Read the rest of this entry »

Song Sunday – Yun Hi Chala Chal

I know you’re all sitting there DYING for me to post again. You’re all saying, “Where’s Hannah? It’s Song Sunday! I want my song!”

Okay, maybe not. So I probably don’t need to bother with the excuse that I left for church at 8:15 this morning, spent the entire afternoon at nursing home services, and visited a friend’s 3-hour class tonight. And I am wiped out. This comes not so much from everything I did, but because I wore the wrong pair of shoes. I love boots, but when you’re on your feet most of the day, they’re not the brightest idea. But, hey, I’m not known for my bright ideas.

But enough about me! Because I love you so much, here is a really nifty song from Swades. I think of this as the Hindi version of Life Is a Highway:

Some of the lyrics:

Keep roaming thus oh traveler
How beautiful this world is
How colorful this world is
These pathways call out to me and say
Somewhere someone’s waiting for you
Why is the heart restless
Who is it going to meet

What the heart most desired
Maybe that’s about to happen

Life is the vehicle and time is the wheel


The heart feels lightened
Like a burden lifted from the shoulders

Like the innocent childhood has come back
Like bathing in the ganges after a long time
(okay, you’ll never hear that in Rascal Flatts).


Wherever you go may you always find love

And blaze a path oh traveler.

Want to download it at Amazon? Go on. It’s by A. R. Rahman and Javed Akhtar, with Udit Narayan, Kailash Kher, and Hariharan singing, and it’s 89 cents! Why would you not download it?