Case Of Maligned Munni- Part I
On last Christmas evening, we had a small contributory dinner in our colony. There was singing and dancing too. I was surprised to see a grandson (aged around 2 years) of one of our close relatives, jive joyfully on the latest chart buster song from the movie titled “Dabangg” ie “Munni badnaam hui,darling terey liye..”
For those who are not so fluent in Hindi, here are the meanings of the main words:
badnaam means : notorious, unpopular, infamous, maligned etc.
badnaam karna means : to defame, to malign, to reproach, to stain, to denounce, to vilify, to libel, to scandalize etc.
A stanza of this peppy song goes thus:
Munni badnaam hui, darling tere liye
Munni ke gaal gulabi, nain sharabi, chaal nawabi rey,
Re zandu balm hui, darling tere liye.
A rough translation of the above would be:
Munni became maligned, for you, oh my darling,
Munni has rosy cheeks, alcoholic eyes, and a royal gait,
Oh I became Zandu Balm, for you, oh my darling…..
Another stanza goes like this:
Shilpa sa figure Bebo si adaa, Bebo si adaa
Hai mere jhatke mein filmi mazaa re filmi mazaa
Haye tu na jaane mere nakhre ve
Haye tu na jaane mere nakhre ve,laakhon rupaiya udaa
Ve main taksaal hui, darling tere liye
Cinema hall hui, darling tere liye
Munni badnaam hui, darling tere liye ….
Here is my attempt at translation of above verse:
I have a figure like that of Shilpa (Shetty),
And a style like that of Bebo (Kareena Kapoor)
In my dancing jerks, you will get the pleasure of watching a movie,
And what shall I say about my attitude, about which you don’t know.
Yeah, you don’t know that lacs of rupees are showered on my attitude.
I became a money minting machine, for you, oh darling..
I became a cinema hall, for you, oh darling..
Munni became maligned, for you, oh darling……
The song has created several records and is a “must have” number in any and every party. I have seen crowds of all ages, going mad over the song and enjoying the music and raunchy lyrics…
So, as usual, the detective in me, decided to investigate in to the case of this maligned Munni. I took the help of some of my students in my MBA classes.(Case studies are a favourite way of engaging the attention of students).
I posed the same question to all: Munni kyon badnaam hui or Munni kaisey badnaam hui ? I also gave them the liberty of giving their comments or responses in any other manner they liked.
Here are some of the interesting and hilarious responses:
1.A student who is fond of sher-o-shayri ,responded thus :
Tanhaai Mein Satati Hai Uski Yaad Aise….
Tanhaai Mein Satati Hai Uski Yaad Aise……
Pata Lagao Yeh Munni Badnaam hui Kaise ?
I don’t think the above needs any translation. The gist is that he too is reminded of Munni’s erotic dancing when he is all alone. The student does not know the reason for Munni becoming maligned and so he wants people to go and find out why she was maligned. OK?
2.A student took all the pains to add a funny stanza to the song :
Munni Badnaam Hui Darling Tere Liye,
Munni Ke Daant Hain Peelay, ( her teeth are yellow )
Gaal Chamkeelay (her cheeks are shining),Seeng Nokeelay ray (her horns are very sharp edged),
Woh Jungli Saand Hui,(she bacame a wild bull)Darling Tere Liye….!
3.A student was hoping to get married soon and he wished that his friends come and dance to the tune of this delightful song in his marriage.
Here is his grouse:
Meri hansi ka hisab kaun karega,
Meri galtiyon ko maaf kaun karega ?
Merey doston ko salamat rakhna,
Warna meri shaadi mein,
Munni Badnam hui..
wala dance, kaun karega ?
(hansi = smile, hisab= accounts)
(galtiyan=mistakes, maaf = excuse)
(salamat=preserve, hale and hearty)
(warna = or else, shaadi = marriage) (kaun=who)
4.A tech-savvy guy suggested that we should search on Google, as to why Munni became maligned .To that, a wise guy replied that :
Technology has its own limitations
Google may be the most powerful search engine.
But, yeh nahin pata kar saktaa ki, (it cannot find out)
Munni kyon badnam hui? (why Munni was maligned)
5.A shy type boy came out with his own genuine reason as to why, you know what happened. Here it is :
Main tau sharam key maarey.
(I am so shy that)
Ladkiyon ko dekhtaa takk nahin……
(I never ever look at girls)
Aur woh kehti hain:
(and she says that ..)
Munni badnaam hui,darling terey (ie merey) liye…
6. A student who had the inside story of this whole episode, volunteered to spill the beans thus :
Uss nein moholley ke
(she has entrapped around)
100 ladkon ko
(a 100 boys from our locality)
fansaa rakha hai,
Aur humain kehti hai,
(and she tells me that…)
Munni badnaam hui, darling tere liye…..
INVESTIGATIONS CONTINUE… (like CWG scam investigations..)
WILL BREAK MORE NEWS SOON…WATCH THIS SPACE FOR PART-II.
Brosca ji, you are too good! God !! How I laughed reading this exclusive expose on Munni! Kudos. Waiting anxiously for the second part. Regards,
Geetashree Chatterjee, New Delhi
Jan 07, 2011
Dear Geetaji, many thanks for reading and enjoying my expose on Munni. PS: I have already requested you to spell my name as BROCA and not Brosca which sounds like the name of a Russian Spy !!
JS Broca, New Delhi
Jan 07, 2011
munni badnam hui, khud apne liye,
uske chehere pe nakaab, uske nakhare befaam,
munni besharm hui, khud apne liye
phir bhi gaati jaaye – darling tere liye
Got me and my friends totally hysterical….thoroughly enjoyed.Thanks for sharing. Regards.
Safiyyah Patel, UK
Jan 08, 2011
Broca Sir,simply superb ! Here is my response :
Boy:Apne ghar walon ko chhod dia terey liay,
Sub say rishta tod dia terey liay,
Tu nay aaj tak kya kia merey liay?
Ladki: Munni Badnaam hui darling bus terey liay!
Jyoti Sabharwal, Faridabad
Jan 08, 2011
Respected Broca Sir, your sense of humour, is awesome. Keep us regaled in the New Year with your case studies like this. Here is my response :
Khushboo Phool Sey Nikli Aam Ho Gayi,
Teri Yaad Mein Baithay Baithay Shaam Ho Gayi,
Hum Ney Chaha Nahin Tha Lekin Phir Bhi,
Munni Humarey Pyaar Mein Badnaam Ho Gayi !!
Manmeet Chaddha, Gurgaon
Jan 09, 2011
Thank you for sharing this entertaining and hilarious piece ! As you know ‘Dabang’ did not get the nomination for the Filmfare Award coming up soon ! My ‘facebook’ account gets closed from time to time , so I could not reply to your message .
RAJ NANDY, New Delhi
Jan 09, 2011
Dear Safiyyahji, I am glad you enjoyed the posting.Keep smiling.
Dear Jyoti ji, I am thankful to you for your amusing response.
Dear Manmeet ji,I am much obliged to you for sharing your views in spite of ur busy schedule.GBU.
Dear Raj ji, thanks.Though “Dabangg” did not figure in Filmfare Awards,it has made a clean sweep in Screen Awards by getting a record 6 awards in major categories.Munni song singer and choreography-both fetched deserved awards.
J S BROCA
Respected Broca Sir, a really laugh-riot of a posting.”Yeh Dil Maange More”..I say,Sir. Hats off to you. I think that like that Gabbar Singh’s dialogue about children going to sleep when they hear his name,soon Munni will also be much in demand.Here is an imaginary situation which may soon turn real :
Ek Bacha Bahut Der Sey Ro Raha Tha.
Mummy : Mele Laal Ko Kya Chahiye- Toffee, Biscuit Ya Chocolate ..?
Bacha : Bus ek Munni Chahiye Jo Merey Liye Baadnaam Ho Jaye ….!!
Radha Lahiri , Sahibabad
Jan 10, 2011
Dear Broca Sir,this was a really enjoyable post.Very creative too.So many different angles to look at Munni’s mania. Look forward to Part-II . All the best to you and your family in the new year.
Dear Radhaji and Rajesh ji, many thanks for your lovely responses.Wish you both and all others too-Best Of Luck for your Exams.GBU.
j s broca