3 Idiots (2009) lyrics and translation: Zoobi Doobi

Song three of five the soundtrack to the upcoming 3 Idiots, which is also the subject of my favorite trailer of the film so far (you've got to see it, below; what do you think?), is a fun throwback track which pays tribute to old Hindi films and, in the words of Aamir Khan, to one Hindi film made in English (that would be Titanic (1997))! It's the only song in the album which involves a woman singer (Shreya Ghoshal does the honors, opposite a very in-form Sonu Nigam).

Check out the marvelous choreography to this! Aamir and Kareena Kapoor are looking great together. Boman Irani here reminds me of one of my favorite songs from 2008, Mastam Mastam in Yuvvraj. And is that a Guru Dutt I see?! :)

I like that this song only adds to the many moments in Aamir films -- from Dil (1990) through Fanaa (2007) and Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (2008) -- in which several oldies are incorporated in the screenplay. (Our good friend Darshit called the theme to this well beforehand, by the way! Remember Woh Ladki Hai Kahaan from Dil Chahta Hai (2001)?)

Really enjoying the one line that's repeated -- what happens in films is exactly what's happening. The music (Shantanu Moitra) has a sweet melody, and one can only hope the film has moments in which more of this pleasant tune can be used in the background score. The lyrics (Swanand Kirkire) shine through again. I want to say the title -- Zoobi Doobi -- reminds me of two favorites: 1) the classic Zooby Zooby song by Alisha Chinai in the film Dance Dance (1987), with music by Bappi Lahiri; and 2) Scooby Doo! So how can this ever go wrong? :)

Here are the lovely lyrics and my attempted translation. (I'm assuming there's no character named Zoobi in the film. That'd put a crazy spin to it!) I'll use the less sophisticated word 'crazy' for 'paagal', in sheer admiration of the "crazy, stupid ladki" from Jaane Tu =) Fun, fun song, and if it were to be described in one word, I'd say sweet! Enjoy.

As always, you can listen to all songs at this IN.com link. The album is also available for download at this iTunes link.


Darshit said...

Haha definitely this is the song we were talking abt. I just loved that Moon Pic, and was going to say 'Jaisa Filmon main hota hai....' [then saw u typed it right below :D].

Lovely pic indeed. Love that line from the song too. And haan, thats Gurudutt :)

But btw, where are the Eight Packs????

shell said...

Where to start?
This is my favorite song on the album, it did't even take a nanosecond to grow on me. The picturization is fantastic with all it's different elements. So much great imagery it blows my mind. Thanks for the translations. I also love the line "What happens in films is exactly what's happening." Are they trying to tell us not to take a deep look into films? Those people who make a living analyzing movies are sure going to be in for a shocker!
Also, one last note, I didn't realize the chicken dance was part of the Indian culture! And here I've been dancing Indian at every single wedding I've been to since I was a child and didn't even know it!

theBollywoodFan said...

Darshit: Yep, you called it! I like Sonu going 'hu ba HU' :)

So wait a sec, do we see Raj Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna, Guru Dutt of course, Shammi Kapoor...this should be fun. He's done a total, conventional Bollywood track after a long, long time, it seems. Eight packs are likely gone...good for him to not have to maintain them, but it's got to have taken a toll on his body to go up and down like that. Ouch. But then, that's his view of his profession, and he's obviously benefited tremendously (monetarily too) to justify the pain.

theBollywoodFan said...

Shell: Thanks. It took me a few listens, but what a melody! The picturization is absolutely fantastic, yes.

Are they trying to tell us not to take a deep look into films?

Good thought, and who knows? I think it's their equivalent of bragging about films setting standards for romantic relationships. I contemplated using 'movies' instead of 'films' in the translation, but deferred to the source -- movies are typically less serious, I'd say 'films' are more formal and thought-provoking, but that might just be me. Who's to say both wouldn't have intense love stories. Would be interesting to see what film scholars and yes, the critics, have to say about that!

The chicken dance isn't nearly as pervasive in the Indian culture as it is here (e.g. we'd rarely see it out on the sports fields in India as we do here), but yes, it's out there! I'll be sure to point it out in a great song from the next movie I'll review :)

ajnabi said...

This is the first promo that's actually been interesting to me. I love the playful fun of the lyrics and the picturization. And Aamir and Kareena look good together--but then, we knew they would. :-)

bollyviewer said...

Just realised who did the music on 3 Idiots and rushed to listen to the songs. This was my favorite of the lot - so catchy and fun and with such a retro feel to it. Like Shell, I didnt take a nanosecond to take to it, either! And the best part was that when listening to it, I imagined what the dance steps should be like, and then came here and saw the video - they were exactly what I had imagined, only better!

The bow tie may be Guru Dutt (he was more Guru Dutt in Luck By Chance, I thought) but the transparent shirt and rain is screaming SRK to me!

AND, Aamir's matakas are priceless. That HAS to be mentioned! :-)

theBollywoodFan said...

Ajnabi: It's by far the best of the three promos, certainly agree, and yes, the picturization is really playful and smile-inducing. :)

Bollyviewer: I *knew* you'd like this. Old is gold, after all! =) Really cool that you were thinking of the dance steps, must've been fun to see it on screen!

Agreed on the shirt, rain and SRK (kinda like a cross between a song from Chalte Chalte and that memorable song with Sushmita Sen in Main Hoon Na, which also featured a swing).

And I guess the thumkas had me in a trance, LOL, but good to know the matakas are doing their part too! ;) This should be fun. Thanks for stopping by.

Rizwan said...

ilike this song it makes me feel like an olden day remembrence.i just loved that moon pics.Rizwan Ahmed Dholpur.

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Rizwan, and welcome to the blog! Thank you for your comment. This promo sure makes it seem the song's going to offer a fitting tribute to the oldies, let's hope for the best! I'm really enjoying the sets and wardrobe here as well.

Do stop by again, sometime. Cheers.

Anonymous said...

Just watched this film on UK TV. Thought it was absolutely brilliant. And that song, "zoobi doobi" will be in my head for days now!

Also Aamir Khan is gorgeous...