Wasted Sunsets

Venue: Palace Grounds
Date : 30th Oct 2009
A concert has been organized by Maruti Suzuki A-Star and the rock band ‘Parikrama‘ is called to perform with a guy who is Javed Akhtar’s son. Did I say Javed Akhtar’s son? Apologies for the incomplete intro. He is the director of a movie. Incomplete intro again. He is the lead hero of a movie. Incomplete intro again. Oops, sorry! He is a ‘rock star’ dude šŸ˜‰

Rock On… Hai Ye Waqt Ka Ishaara
Rock On… Har Lamha Pukaara
Rock On… Yuhin Dekhta Hai Kya Tu
Rock On… Zindagi Millegi Na Dobaara…

Farhan Akhtar croaks, stretching his vocal cords. Few of the frenzied women, going gaga over the ‘rock star’, try to breach the security to go up the stage. Many guys are head banging and smoking joints. Auntyjis (and few uncles as well) are screaming “Farhan, Farhan” as he sways his mike like Ian Gillian and a fake smile is seen on Nitin Malik’s face (The vocalist of the rock band Parikrama) who seems to wait for his turn, collect the money from the organizers, gulp couple of beers and happily go back to his hotel room thinking why he wasn’t born to be a ‘rock star’. Parikrama seems like playing in ‘Ma bhagwati vishal jaagran‘ (which is organized by the ‘mohalla kalyaan samiti‘ during Holi in North India) where the vocalist keeps chanting – “bolo saachey darbaar ki jai” and the bhajans are sung to the tunes of ‘Dil to pagal hai‘ and the real devotees become high on ‘desi tharra‘ (country liquor) whole night and the Sari clad auntyjis are seen only in the morning, pushing each other, breaking the queues, to grab loads of ‘halwa‘, prepared in desi ghee that is served as prasad.

“How are you doing Bangaalooore?”. He asks and blows air kisses. The hallucinating babes scream and rest of the janta is just too happy after the celebrity darshan. A-Star guys are happy as well and they show their happiness by illuminating the back stage by sparklers and flying rockets that were perhaps bought on very cheap price from Hosur or Sivakasi during the off Diwali season. I mutely observe the hysteria and with so much ‘fun’ going around me, start to think – Am I normal?


But the rocker doesn’t stop there. U2 is next and Beatles is massacred as well. An ultimate obituary is paid to the legendary band!
After 20 minutes of divine performance, the rocker eventually bids goodbye, much to the disappointment of the females (babes and auntyjis included šŸ˜‰ ) and the long wait of Nitin Malik gets over as he finally gets hold of the mike. As soon as he starts singing “Highway to Hell”, the Bengaluru cops, determined to preserve the sanity of Indian culture, enter the scene and stop the concert citing high noise levels. The concert is called off and we curse the cops for their Prem Chopra attitude. Though exasperated, I find solace in the fact that we got inside through a free pass and it didn’t hurt much, at least in terms of money šŸ˜‰

I slowly move out towards the parking lot and in a sub conscious mind, start humming –
Chilla Chilla Ke Main Ye Sabse Kehdoon
Rock On… Hai Ye Waqt Ka Ishaara


5 Responses to Wasted Sunsets

  1. Pranav says:

    “Maa Bhagwati vishaal Jagran” — Haha.. I rememeber “Mohalla Kalyan samiti” was collecting all the Chanda to be spent on booze later from “Desi tharre ki dukaan” .and the since it was a jagran, it had to be on loudspeaker since Noise curfew was never enforced. Fun times.. and there will be ample entertainment in terms of Narendra Chanchal’s songs which were a big hit…Songs like “Aaa Maa Aaa tujhe dil ne Pukara” .

    Great post Nishchay.. Funny like always..Keep them coming

  2. himanshu says:

    bhai i agree with you totally………a simple software called Garage Band from apple , which is shipped free as part of leopard OS can just transform anybody’s voice to sound like a pro singer. In fact i recorded a couple of covers and with garageband, pitched my vocals up to sound like a female. and it bloody sounds good!!! So no surprises, farhan akhtar could sing in the movie………

    Junta bahut khush hui rock on dekh ke. Most of them dont even know that the idea about the movie is chepoed from a movie called “August Rush”.

    And the list of chepoed songs is :

    Sinbad the Sailor- From here to eternity by Iron Maiden
    Zehreele- Roots Bloody Roots by Sepultura
    Rock on- I couldnt find the song but the same tune has been chepoed by SEL in Lakshya and used as background score for the cliff climbing scene. I am searching for the song

    Chord progreesions for the song tu jo nahin are also chepoed from a song that i have heard but cant find right now
    so all in all a stupid movie and stupid music.
    but apne yahan to bhai farhan akhtar hi chalega………
    most beautiful part is: I told a die hard “rock on” fan about the songs having been chepoed. He insisted on listening to the originals. So I did that. after listening to the songs he says, “yaar yeh to dekho ki agar copy bhi kiya hai to kitna achhe se kiya hai”…………

    Rock and Roll….God Bless!!!!

  3. Hiiiii
    I can relate to your disappointment and the irritation that guy caused!..as he was here for Antaragini..(IIT’s music fest)
    OMG!!! U2!!! He can barely carry hindi songs :/
    which U2 song did Akhtar spoil??? šŸ˜€

  4. Preety says:

    Hey Nishchaya!!

    Congrats on yet another post! I coudln’t help recalling that recently I was invited to a “mata ki chauki” and I had to go there to oblige…the funny part was the auntiji’s who dont mind dancing on these occasions as well and enact a Krishna Radha role and that particular bhajan…God it was a torture more than fun!
    Anyways…gud work and keep writing!

  5. Pragya says:

    Hey Nishu Bhai…

    Ths iz amazin…!! I generally dun read but thiz really kept me On…. I likz it!!N da concert description was just Bang-On… šŸ˜‰ Keep goin…!!

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