A song for each picture #3, and can you please help me name this?

The third installment of the series, and a promise made in point 7 of this post fulfilled. Would appreciate your thoughts!

Lines by Karan Singh (Aamir Khan) to Priya Varma (Manisha Koirala) in Mann (1999):

Husn ko chaand, jawaani ko kamal kehte hain,

Dekh kar hum tukhe ek zu-e-ghazal kehte hain.

Uff yeh sang-e-marmar sa tarasha hua shaffaaf badan,

Dekhne waale tujhe Taj Mahal kehte hain.

And my informal translation:

Beauty is called the moon, youth a lotus,
Upon seeing you, I call you the essence of a poem.
This beautifully sculpted figure, pure as (white) marble,
Those who see you, call you the Taj Mahal.

Loved the context in which Taj Mahal was used. About a decade earlier, in Love Love Love (1989), Vicky (Gulshan Grover) ridiculed Amit (Aamir Khan) at a party celebrating Reema's (Juhi Chawla) birthday (the replica was a gift by Amit):

Here is a replica of the Taj Mahal at Legoland California in Carlsbad (click to enlarge):

I still drink this brand of tea. Ustad Zakir Hussain (the tabla/fusion genius) introduced it to us back in the day in one of these commercials.

Perhaps it is fittingly endorsed today by a Nawaab?

And if you have read my review of Jodhaa Akbar (2008), you know I am rather fascinated with the Mughal (or Mogul) Empire and its cultural influences that are prevalent across the Indian subcontinent today. How else would one explain a post on Chhota Akbar? (Akbar was always my favorite, because of all those Akbar-Birbal stories I heard from my late grandfather as a child.)

So what's the point?

Well, I just recently framed my last drawing (click to enlarge, it's from 2003 -- been a while), and am hoping to display it at the entrance to my home. But I don't have any titles for it yet, and was hoping you could help me give it some :)

No requirements, and the titles can be in any language. Hoping to list each one I get next to it. Of course, criticism is always welcome (this one's hardly flawless, if you look carefully, you'll see), and I hope you think it is worth naming.

And to stay consistent with the theme of this post and Bollywood, the question posed in this series: What Bollywood song(s) does this picture (of the drawing) remind you of?


Notes on the drawing:
Dimensions: 18 in x 24 in
Tools used: Pencils only (B - 8B)
Interesting notes: It has several poems by the Shakespeare equivalent of Urdu, Mirza Ghaalib. The real Taj Mahal contains verses of the Quran (or Koran).

Finally, a beautiful song in Ek Mohabbat by A. R. Rahman (not from a movie, so it wasn't going to be an answer). Couldn't find a version with subtitles, so do forgive. The visuals and music alone are worth sharing:


Nicki said...

First of all, beautiful drawing!!

Second - I was ignorant about the Mogul empire until Jodha Akbar came along.

Third - I disliked Love Love Love. Not sure if you know but was 90% exact copy of Hollywood's Tuff Turf, which I loved at the time.

memsaab said...

Lovely drawing! My favorite soundtrack of all time is the one for the 1963 film Taj Mahal (music by Roshan)...I love every song in it. Movie is pretty good too!

Anonymous said...

Adab theBollywoodFan!
Lovely post! Love the tea, the lego Taj, your cute little photo and that you choreographed a number for the festivities, and your inclusion of Ek Mohabbit. I liked the song so much I did a mini post on it a while back.


All the best,

Anonymous said...

The drawing is fantastic and maybe it transcends the need for a title.
I also have to see Love Love Love, if only for that scene you captured here. How dramatic!


theBollywoodFan said...

Nicki: Thank you! The Mogul empire was very influential in South Asia for over three centuries, as you now know. I like them for their contributions to the arts and culture of the region (especially the cuisine).

I didn't know Love Love Love was adapted from a Hollywood film. I thought the story was quite basic, I wouldn't imagine they would've needed to look too hard to feel inspired. Disappointing. Regardless, as noted in the review, I can see why the film didn't do well. Although I liked it, of course, given Aamir and Juhi! :)

Memsaab: Thanks for your comment! I have seen Taj Mahal (although it's been a long, long time, and I need to revisit), and I agree that the music is fantastic! Compliments on your fantastic taste for a favorite soundtrack!

Sita-ji: Glad you enjoyed the post, and thanks for your kind words. The Lego Taj is not commercially available (the Eiffel Tower is), and if they don't sell it soon enough, I might just have to go to the Lego factory and customizes the pieces. I built the 3D puzzle of the Taj (from Toys R Us), but it was more fun to draw it. I have a three more Mogul-themed drawings, but not all are worth sharing :)

Oh Love Love Love is dramatic all right! There are other Aamir movies you might want to check out first though...in my organization of Aamir Khan's filmography, this one is in not near the top tiers.

The drawing's been untitled for too long... :(

Any more songs and titles?

bollyviewer said...

What a beautiful drawing! It reminds me of every TajMahal related songs I've ever heard - especially Ek shehenshah ne banwaa ke haseen TajMahal. But does a depiction of the Taj really need a name? Surely it speaks for itself. :-D

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Bollyviewer: Thanks! What a song that is! I haven't seen the movie, but really should. And I'm starting to buy into what you and Sita-ji said about the structure speaking for itself. :)

salek said...

The one song that I always associate with the Taj Mahal is ‘Ajooba’ from Jeans. I actually didn’t know the name of the song at all until I searched for it on YouTube. All I remembered is that it was played a lot on TV Asia about 10 years ago and the image of Aishwarya Rai in front of the Taj Mahal has always stayed with me. Music again is by A.R. Rahman. See the Taj at about 3:00 into the video…


For some reason, I had always thought the word ‘ajooba’ had a negative connotation, but here it refers to several natural wonders as well as seven modern manmade wonders, which are featured in the song.

The ad with Nawab Saif reminded me of another commercial (some brand of basmati rice or masala I think), featuring Sharmila Tagore and Mansoor Ali Khan that aired a few years ago. Have you seen it?

‘Ek Mohabbat’ really is a great song and visually spectacular. I liked how it mentions several of South Asia’s tragic romances. The West may have Romeo and Juliet, but we have Hinduism’s Radha-Krishna, Islam’s Adam-Hawwa (this might be a stretch but from the Islamic perspective their banishment from heaven was a tragedy for mankind), Heer Ranjha, Sassi Pannu, Mirza Sahiban, Sohni Mahiwal, Laila Majnu (of course this legend has its origins in the Middle East), Salim Anarkali, and Shah Jahan - Mumtaz.

Apparently Prince Salim (when he became Jehangir) built a memorial for Anarkali, but that too suffered an interesting fate. The mazar is discussed at the end of this music video (it’s the same one I mentioned in a comment on your Khuda Kay Liye review)…


By the way, I’ve read somewhere that the caretakers of the Taj Mahal have decided to cover it in some sort of mud to restore the luster of the marble exterior. It seems that over the years the marble has lost much of its shine due to air pollution.

Your picture immediately reminded of the curiously dressed gentlemen at the beginning of this classic Bollywood song…


It also reminded me of the shiny silver sherwani I wore at my first birthday party (which coincidentally was also in 1991) with a silver Gandhi cap to match, though it cannot compare to the embellishments of your outfit.

More amazing than the drawing itself is the immense amount of effort you have put into it. I’m not sure what sort of title to give it, perhaps something like ‘Ek Aashiq Ki Jahd’ (A Lover’s Struggle), if that makes sense. Feel free to improve it - your Urdu is far superior to mine.

I guess my thoughts on the title were that just as Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal out of love for his wife, you drew the Taj out of love of Mughal architecture and admiration of the Taj’s beauty. Just as twenty thousand laborers along with architects and craftsmen spent 17 years building the Taj, you must have spent hours meticulously drawing each motif, sketching each shadow, shaping each dome, and inscribing each poem.

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Salek: Thank you for your comment, and glad to know you're well! (It'd been a while, buddy) :)

'Ajooba' from Jeans was the first Aishwarya song I liked, and I love its art direction and choreography (not to mention music, filming locations, and costumes...and Ash helps too)! Thanks for sharing the clip, and for reminding me of how good the song is. The word 'ajooba' means 'wonder', and it's understandable how one would be led to believe it has negative connotations, because that is how the word is often used (to ridicule, synonymously with 'unique specimen', lol).

I have not seen the other ad with Saif, Sharmila and Mansoor. Sounds interesting, just as the silver sherwani and a Gandhi cap! Awesome!

'Ek Mohabbat' does serve as a reminder for us of all those 'legendary' couples, thanks for sharing. Maybe they should have added, Bhuvan-Ghauri ki mohabbat, or Veer aur Zaara ki mohabbat?! Kidding, of course...I know, I know, they're not all in the same league.

That Asha Bhosle song is a great classic, thanks for sharing. Now to get cast in that avatar!

Thanks for your kind words on the drawing. 'Ek Aashiq Ki Jahd' sounds very appropriate! It's definitely making the list (as noted above)!

Again, thanks for stopping by. Have a good one!

Anonymous said...

Adab TheBollywoodFan!
Here’s my attempt at putting a song to the Taj drawing. I saw “Dil Hi Dil Mein” ( 2000) the other day, which is the Hindi dubbed version of the Tamil, “Kadhalar Dhinam.” Good movie if you haven’t already seen it.


In the version I saw the songs were also in Hindi, though here’s a link to the Tamil version of the tune by A.R. Rahman, with a Taj Mahal playing a significant part in the background and Sonali Bendre in dancing in front of it.

Subtitled too!

I couldn’t find that song in the Hindi version, but here is another song in Hindi from the movie:

All the best,

theBollywoodFan said...

Adab Sita-ji: Thank you so much for sharing this! It's an awesome song, and I do miss Sonali Bendre. I just saw Sarfarosh again this past weekend, and wished she was active in Bollywood (sigh)...

The plot to Kadhalar Dhinam seems interesting...I'll try checking it out some time! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Adab theBollywoodFan!

I gave you the first link since it was subtitled, but this one is much longer, and provides many more views closer inside the Taj Mahal and much more of Sonali too.


I did enjoy this very wholesome movie and think I'll do a post on it soon. Lots of orphan action! I wish Sonali was active in Bollywood again too. I really liked her as SRK's Dr. in Kal Ho Na Ho.

All the best!

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Sita-ji: Thank you! This was fun! Maybe inspiration for a drawing of a woman (Sonali) and the Taj?! Who knows? :o)

Enjoyed your review of the film at this link!

Anonymous said...

Adab and thanks for the link. Unfortunately my little write up much about Sonali. I was distracted by the hair styles, the orphan theme, and real life suicide of one of the actors made fail to speak of how great and beautiful Sonali was in her role. Yes, she's certainly able to inspire a drawing!

All the best,

Pitu said...

OMG TBF mujhe tera wo pink suit chahiyeeeeeeee! It is so cute! And Nairobi huh? Hubby's family is from there :-)

theBollywoodFan said...

LOL Pitu, it'd be a perfect fit! Blame my obsession of Sanjay Khan's TV show around that time for the attire, fondly referred to as the 'Tipu Sultan wala suit' in my extended family.

Nairobi is a wonderful place! I lived in Dar-es-Salaam in neighboring Tanzania for a bit, and my favorite part of desi culture in East Africa is, by a long, long way, the food.

theBollywoodFan said...

PS: In addition to the beaches, wildlife, water sports, and golf!