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What Lies Beneath – The Blouse

Suma Nagaraj
Popcorn
5 April 2011

Remember how many hearts went dhak dhak for Madhuri's wide-eyed innocent response to Neena Gupta's wildly suggestive 'Choli ke peeche kya hain?' in Subhash Ghai's Khal Nayak that kind of deified Sanjay Dutt's wildchild ways? If there was one woman who knew all about the business behind the blouse, it was Madhuri Dixit, the then reigning queen of Bollywood, who'd left contemporaries Sridevi and Juhi Chawla far, far behind in the desirable-desi-belle stakes. If it wasn't wooing men on the wrong side of the law with demureness-despite-threadbare-cholies, it was getting men with no knowledge of the birds and the bees up to amorous speed on what we're really here on earth for.  Psst. Juhi and Sridevi didn't stand a chance.

Madhuri's blouse-clutching insistence that it was only a living, four-chambered heart that beat a steady rhythm for her man from behind the sequins and sewed-on mirrors on her blouse left many young men (in the throes of adolescence and far, far beyond) curling their toes, if I ain't being too subtle. Just when I was thinking that subtle (?) euphemism is no longer worshipped in the world of music, I come across a cover version that takes the original song's audacity and reincarnates it to appeal to the YBC (young, bearded, confused) factories of testosterone that you encounter everywhere you go nowadays. (Really, why are there so many?)

This raggedy YBC bunch of the very creatively named band, The Kominas , have done a nerve-jangling version of the song, set to actually get your heart beating to the ditty of the blouse and its questionable contents.

See, hear, rejoice.

Though I'm not much of a fan of this kind of music, you have to admit it's superbly catchy.

Do you think this is a good cover of the original? Also, Shakira can learn a thing or two about lyric-writing from Choli ke peeche, no :D?

Note: Choli ke peeche kya hain? translates to 'What's behind the blouse?' - literally. It was a huge, huge hit and is considered a Bollywood classic and is credited with kicking off a trend of suggestive, raunchy songs that went on to become the identity of their films. Suggestive soon made way to vulgar in Madhuri-less Bollywood - remind me to write about that sometime.

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