Forget the FM channels. The magnetic audio tapes, with the wait time for rewinds are the thing when it comes to music for our buddy Auto-Drivers. And when you ask them why not FM, they say “Fuck the Big Red Mirchi”. That’s actually how you abuse three channels at one go. Of course, it’s not in English that they tell me so, and well, it’s just a figment of my imagination. Anyway, Auto-Rickshaw music is BIG in a country where Himmessh actually sells audio cassettes more than CDs. In a world where digital music (okay CDs you may call it) to us is primarily MP3, music in daily life is predominantly high on the tone equalizer, and resonating from the Big black soundbox in the backseat of an Auto-Rickshaw. And what is the possibility of you being subjected to listen to a Himmessh, (yeah the man’s creation, as in a Picasso, or a Vinci, or a Sujoy, whatever)-probably 99.999%. I shall confirm the numbers very soon. But quality is not at all governed by the sheer number of playtime, is it? So here I am, preparing a whole Top 10 list of the Favorite Songs of the Auto-Rickshaws. The criteria for judgment: my ears, my senses and my reasons, perhaps movie background scores at times, and well a little SPICE.
10. Chalo Bulawa Aaya Hai: (Avtaar) This is one of the sole reasons why Narendra Chanchal is still one of the top grossers at Sanskaar Channel and what actually pays for his monthly post paid bills. One of the original examples of Devotion meets pop culture. Listen to it on a very high tone, and Narendra Chanchal actually sounds like Asha Bhosle, who sang the female version. Money wasted!! Saare Bolo Jai Mata Di.
9. Chal Gori (Krishnamuni Chutiya)- Most of you must not have heard of it, but this one is a gem. I belong to Assam, although I am a Manipuri. Auditoriums were sold out, and needless to say, the audio players were on steroids. It was like North East India had found its “Thriller”. Hate to admit it, but I once even danced to it, under severe intoxication. This one features here solely because of the auto-drivers of Silchar. Woo hoo! Can’t rememeber the infinte number of Pujo pandals playing this during the Pujas.LOL.
8. Rang Barse: (Silsila) The Big B gets high on Bhaang, and this is certified by the Auto Drivers association as the official Holi-High Song, nationwide. Launga ilaichi ka beeda lagaya-Chabe Gori Ka Yaar, Balam Tarse Rang Barse. This song often plays at first down, second to Anuradha Paudwal’s Gayathri Mantra Bhajan in the mix-tape of Ramu Bhai, the friendly neighbourhood Auto-driver.
7. Tu Shayar Hai: (Saajan) Alka Yagnik, Madhuri (before she was Mrs.Nene), and the photo clicking lame (seriously as poet Sagar, he was indeed lame) Mr.Dutt. I can still remember my Auto buddies imitating the finger moves of Madhuri. Recently heard it in a newly released version with Extra Jhankar Beats. Still reminds me of my 4th standard.
6. Sochenge Tumhe Pyaar: (Deewana) Rishi Kapoor in white pants, and his favorite anti-fat white suit. Kumar Nasal Sanu at his nasal best, (gosh! If he knew if he could push it further more, he wouldn’t have been forgotten by the music industry today(Nasals back in fashion eh!).Actually, this also features in the Kondhwa Auto Drivers Association Jhankar Beats Hot Picks list.
5. Aa Ante Amlapuram: (Aarya) This is a Telegu song and I don’t understand a single word of it. Surprisingly it is a huge rage in Maharashtra. So big, that it has become the anthem of Ganesh Chaturthis and Navratris even, well a close second to Falguni Pathak. Go to the Youtube Page here, and the comment written here is: Sluts on a Train. So untrue. That’s Tollywood for you, where plump is IN.
4. Naino Main Sapna: (Himmatwala) One of the original groundbreakers in filmi choreography and set design with a 1000 pots, 100 sarees and white sand beach backdrop to the Jumping Jack in white pants and the “Apsara Bikini” Clad Mrs.Kapoor. Believe it or not, I heard it full for the first time, three days back in the auto. I had to choose between Naino main Sapna and death (I was given a life-threatening stare when I asked him to stop the song). Just imagine High Treble Tathayya Tathayya Hoooooo, and imagine Monday morning beginning with it.
3. Bolo Tara Rara (Daler Mehndi): If there’s a single song which Daler Paaji is still selling, it is this one. I remember hearing it for the first time on Doordarshan’s first Countdown show “BPL-Ek Se Badhkar Ek”. Punjabi or not, Auto Drivers do know how to be ‘Fun’jaabi. Hayo Rabba Hayo Rabba!! I just love this song, and so does Raju Bhaiya.
2. Main To Raste Se Jaa Raha Tha: (Coolie No.1) There’s always an element of Govinda in each of his songs. This is actually just one of them. But the actual no.2 goes to each one of them. From Raja Babu’s ‘A Aaa Eee..U..u ..Ooo’, to Hero No.1 –Sona Kitna Sona Hai, to Sajan Chale Sasural’s – Dil Jaane Jigar Tujhpe and Tum bhi, DhokeBaaz Ho, also the Jhankar Beats version. No.2 is for the iceberg of Govinda Numbers which we love to hate, and the auto drivers love to keep it LOUD. Oh yes, I forgot, O Laal Dupatte Waali Tera Naam to Bata and Maine Paidal se Jaa.
1. After that mammoth no.2, you all must be wondering, what could possibly be No.1.
Hold your breathes me people, the Winner is….Prabhu Mithun (ala Greatbong) with India’s Bling Bling Lord Bappi Lahiri’s Guttar Guttur…Guttar Guttur (Dalaal). Forget the image if you can. Actually you can’t. Yellow Tribal Bikinis and Minis, replicating a village Vegas kinda showdown, with Mithun da in a dhoti and Ayesha Jhulka as the heroine, long before her Telebrands days. Ila Arun gives her career’s best vocals(apparently), alongside Alka Yagnik , Kumar Sanu and Bappi Da himself. The very intense lyrics reflect the deep love anguish of the protagonists –
are chadh gaya oopar re
atariya pe lotan kabootar re
panchhi deewana chugh kar daana
udd gaya phar phar re
atariya pe lotan kabootar re
Couldn’t help but embed this here. Just go insane!!!
Clipta – new video wave: Gutur Gutur (Dalaal)
And I remember there was a controversy associated with it, the costume design which was quite “liberating” to say the least. Actually this was just a rumor. The real controversy was raised by Menaka Gandhi (who was then associated with Heads and Tails, a popular show on DD), and she had objected to the following lines:-
baalon mein to pankh daale hain goriya
kitane kabootar maare hain goriya
tune sikaar karke
atariya pe lotan kabutar re
Controversy or not, we, as in the auto drivers still vote for this as the Numero Uno of the Official Auto Drivers Association Hot Song List. YouTube High Quality Link for BETTER VIEWING PLEASURE. You got something else on your favs, Half Return Mangta Hai!